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Learning that Matters
Learning mindset. It’s a phrase that will be prominent when Beaconhills parents read their child’s reports on Tuesday.
What it a learning mindset? As well as percentage marks for their semester’s work, why are students assessed on whether they are adaptive, responsible, focused, knowledgeable, collaborative and reflective? What does it all mean? What’s wrong with the good old A to F grades?
Put simply, the learning mindset is a framework designed to encourage our students to think of themselves as learners. As the nature of work in the future continues to change our students will need to not just ‘know stuff’ but have the approaches and mindsets that allow them to be continually skilled learners.
Unfortunately, the grade can be for our students the singular defining judgement of themselves as learners, leading them to creating fixed mindsets about what they believe are their capabilities. This can lead to our students not reflecting on what aspects that they can improve on the way they learn instead of what they have achieved.
At Beaconhills, we want our students to:
Thinking is the cornerstone of learning. And learning is the cornerstone of achievement. The more we encourage our students to think about their learning will lead to them develop themselves as learners and consequently improve their learning outcomes.
I hope you all have an enjoyable school holiday and we look forward to our students returning in the new term.
This blog was written by Stephen McGinley, who is Beaconhills College’s Deputy Headmaster. Headmaster Tony Sheumack has been on long service leave during term 2.
The first sod of earth is now turned on the site of the new Little Beacons centre, which will be built at the top end of the Berwick Campus near Year 9.
Little Beacons Berwick will open in semester 2, 2019, and is an ‘integrated children’s services centre’. It will have 48 places for children aged six months to three years, 88 places in Early Learning (three to five years), before and after school and vacation care, two maternal and child health rooms and two consulting rooms for services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and family support services.
The model is based on the College’s successful ‘excellent’ rated centre at Pakenham, with a focus on a collaborative, community approach.
A group of Year 8 students from across both campuses of the College are having the time of their lives, on study tour in New Caledonia.
Students are taking this opportunity to practice their French, interacting with locals in everyday situations.
Exciting news for our Year 12 Performing Arts scholar Samuel Loomes who was invited last week to play keyboard in his first professional show, Bring It On: The Musical.
Samuel, from the Berwick Campus, received a last minute call from Daniele Buatti, Musical Director of the show, to play that same night. He did such a great job that he was invited to join the band until the close of show this weekend at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre.
Samuel said he was “absolutely thrilled” at the invitation.
“I couldn’t believe it was happening,” he said. “After playing piano in amateur musicals for less than two years, it was a dream come true. I have loved the show so far and I hope it is the first of many!
He said he couldn’t have done it without the continuous support of piano teacher Dean Moore. Tickets for the show are on sale through Ticketek.
Some fantastic shots have come through of the diverse and entertaining acts from the Berwick campus Autumn Concert, held in May.
Well done to all of the staff and students involved, who put on a wonderful show for our community.
There’s much more to our teachers and staff than meets the eye. The hidden artistic talents of our Berwick Campus staff are now revealed in the Beaconhills College’s inaugural Staff Art Exhibition, on display at the Berwick Campus.
Students and staff will have the chance to see the variety of works in the Visual Arts centre until the end of term. They range from quilts to cupcakes, tapestry, paintings and digital images.
No, it’s a not a new form of student punishment, but rather a great way to improve initiative and teamwork skills! Pictured are members of the College Cadet Unit tackling the ‘Gilwell Gauntlet’ during the Cadets’ Annual Bivouac held recently at Gilwell Park in Gembrook.
Congratulations to Year 7 Pakenham Campus student Milie Paterson (pictured bottom right) who earned equal first place at the Legacy Public Speaking Competition held on Tuesday at the Dandenong RSL.
Mile spoke on the topic of ‘Fantasy World’, while other students from our multi-campus team discussed Personal Effort, Sacrifice and Perseverance. A great team effort from Milie and fellow students Katelyn Reynolds, Kane Blake, Jessica Peiris, Sineth Wickramasinghe, Adil Sujithkumar and Keegan Healey. Milie now goes on to the preliminary finals on 11 September.
What an incredible result from our generous donations to the FeedMelbourne appeal! We have donated a massive 1020kg of pasta, tinned tomatoes and plain flour, beating last year’s effort of 850kg. That equates to around 6120 meals for people in need this winter, produced by the FareShare kitchen.
CEO of FeedMelbourne Katherine Gokavi-Whaley said it was an “amazing response” from the Beaconhills community and thanked everyone who contributed. She said when 140,000 Victorians struggle to put a meal on the table at some time each month, “the whole community has to be part of the solution.”
Beaconhills’ Head of Citizenship and Service Clare Tuohy said she was thrilled with the College community’s response to the appeal.
We are incredibly proud of the fantastic results achieved by our students at the recent Association of Co-educational Schools (ACS) Athletics Carnival.
Beaconhills College finished in 5th place overall after a tough competition, setting four new individual records on the day. Two of those records were set by Year 7 students, with Sienna Sumsion jumping 1.49m in high jump, and Thomas Lambe throwing 12.42m in shot put. Our senior students were not to be outdone, with Year 10 boy Amiru Chandrasena jumping a record 12.59m in triple jump, and Year 11 student Cameron DeBruin racing a blistering 22.49sec in the 200m race.
Cameron went on to be named Overall Male Athlete of the Meet, after he also placed 1st in long jump, triple jump, the 100m sprint and 2nd place in shot put, an outstanding achievement!
Matisse Lazzari also scored in the top 10 athletes, placing 9th Overall with a 1st place in the 200m and 400m races, 2nd in 800m, 4th in 1500m and 5th in discus.
Beyond the individual results, our students conducted themselves with great pride for the College and respect for the other athletes, showing stellar sportsmanship on the day.
Pakenham campus Vice Captain Bryce Hathaway shaking hands after a tough relay race.
Year 11 student Cameron DeBruin was named Overall Male Athlete of the Meet
Come to Open Morning
Dragonfly has landed
Vacation care fun
Student doco makes festival finals
Up for debate
Drone shot captures campus
Jacob has the winning edge
Little Beacons Berwick Sod Turning
Year 8 study tour to New Caledonia
Bring it on, Samuel!
Welcome to term 3
Tony talks Beacon Explorers
Tony talks learning about sustainability at Beaconhills College
International Women’s Day
The benefits of risk
Little Beacons at the Berwick Campus
Happy new year – and congratulations…
School project launches Peregrine Beats
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