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Learning that Matters
As term 1 of 2019 draws to a close, our Pakenham Campus Senior Chaplain, Rev Peggy Kruse shares this message of hope for Easter time…
I am reminded each year of how very complex the Easter story is to tell to the younger students of our College. In fact, it is difficult for most of us even as adults to comprehend. It is most important to not overlook the crucifixion – though for the younger students we do not focus heavily on this part of the story. How can we even attempt to understand such a barbarous and cruel act(s) towards another human being? I, personally, need to be reminded of the crucifixion to keep the petty things in my own life in perspective. I also need to be reminded of how much God in the human form of Jesus suffered and how God through Jesus understands what it is to be human.
Without the crucifixion we would not need the miracle of resurrection – God’s ultimate power and conquering over death. The power over death was on many levels: physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. Jesus was set free from all of the earthly constraints that bind us as human beings. When we think of all the possibilities that exist to create new life, whether in plant, animal or human form within our natural world, we are also confronted with the idea that God exists within all of these capacities. But when we think of the resurrection of Jesus, God is demonstrating that life is sacred, life is a gift and life is to be celebrated. At Easter time, we need to hold all these things before us – the sacred, the gift, and the celebration of all good things that indicate that death is not the final answer. The ultimate meaning of the resurrection is the re-discovery in the small, intimate details and experiences of our daily life that make conversations with others, caring for those who need to be cared for, compassion for those without a voice and creating a better community – add up to the vision of a better, more complete and enriched future that is blessed by the God of love who is seen in Jesus Christ, our Saviour. God bless you and your family at this sacred time of Easter.
– Rev Peggy Kruse
Our Pakenham Year 3/4 students had a chance to prove they’re strong and they’re bold yesterday, when visited by some of the stars of the AFL Richmond Football Club.
Tom Lynch, Nick Vlastuin, Ben Miller, Patrick Naish and Jack Ross took the students through a skills clinic to practise their kicking, marking and hand balling technique, before talking about how they as professional athletes practice mindfulness and resilience.
Congratulations to Berwick Campus Year 8 student Zitong Ren who has joined an elite group of eight students selected by the State Library of Victoria to be an Inky Awards judge. The Inky Awards are Australia’s only teen choice book awards, run annually to give young people the chance to vote for their favourite Young Adult book release of the year.
Zitong, who names ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ among his favourite reads, now has three months to read and review 20 books for a shortlist for voting on by teens across the country.
What an exciting weekend at the Bunyip Show! The Pakenham garden’s ‘Queensland Blue” beat out the competition to win 1st place for pumpkins over 3kg, 3rd place for pumpkins under 3kg and 1st place in the bean division.
The pumpkins, along with some other interesting garden produce are currently on display in the library.
Thank you to our College community for your overwhelming support of our recent bushfire appeal.
With your help, we raised more than $3,000 in cash donations for BlazeAid to support farmers who lost fences in the Bunyip bushfires.
The funds will help pay for materials, hire appropriate fencing workers and provide their meals as well as buy feed for animals.
Also donated, were seven cookware sets from the Lewis family – valued in total at $8,820.
Thank you all for your generosity.
The upcoming generation of Beaconhills College leaders were very excited to attend a recent leadership conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Junior School students participated in workshops designed to help them gain practical ideas to develop in their roles.
The group was accompanied by Deputy Head of Junior School Matt Newman and Principal Jenny Williams.
Dynamic author Nova Weetman is passionate about encouraging children to read and write. And her workshops with Year 7s yesterday in the Pakenham Campus library certainly inspired some amazing creative ideas from students.
Nova wrote her first book at 12 and has a successful career as an author of young adult and middle (grade) fiction. She has also written for various TV shows including Neighbours and H20.
Middle School student Michael Lorne was so inspired by lessons on energy poverty, that he involved his extended family in the College Solar Buddy program!
Purchasing 10 kits from the College, Michael taught his family members how to assemble them, so that they could make their way to students around the world.
Would you like to host an international student? Hosting is a rewarding and fun experience and a great way for families to learn about other cultures.
Beaconhills College, Pakenham Campus, is seeking Homestay hosts from mid-July for a number of international students visiting for short or long term periods. Financial remuneration is provided for hosting each student. Working with Children’s Checks are needed for anyone in the house aged over 18 years.
For more details or to register your interest, visit the international page of our website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 5945 3129.
Beaconhills College has added its voice to the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA).
Today is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools. To mark the event, students at both campuses are taking part in a range of activities designed to promote respectful relationships.
Student wellbeing is a priority at Beaconhills College. To further enhance its wellbeing program, Beaconhills has launched a Bullying and Unacceptable Behaviours Action Plan, following extensive research and consultation. It includes a Code of Conduct, based on the College values of respect, compassion and integrity, to be displayed in every classroom.
Students can now also can use a link on the College’s portal and student app to report and gain support if they’re experiencing or witnessing unacceptable behaviours.
This year’s NDA theme is ‘Bullying. No way! Take action every day.’
Relay for Life results
A rose by any other name
Age-group Athletics Champions
The doctor will see you now
Beaconhills presents Thoroughly Modern Millie
Open Day 4 May
Richmond Football Club clinic
Inky judge honour for Zitong
Pakenham pumpkins best in show
Recent events in Sri Lanka
A message of hope this Easter
Bushfires: thanks for your support
Boarding residence now open to local students
Order of Australia medal for College Board Chairman
Welcome to a new school year
Getting a HeadStart
Wellbeing in action
Importance of Child Safe legislation
New centre a celebration of original Year 9 vision
School funding model announced
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