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Learning that Matters
Students from Years 3 to 8 have read a total of 2179 books for the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. Each year, the Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.
Doctor Jessica Hamilton (Class of 2009) has just won the Australian Academy of Science’s annual Falling Walls Lab competition for her research exploring the possibility of extracting Carbon Dioxide from old mining operations.
Her work, published by a large international collaboration led by Monash University in Economic Geology, describes laboratory experiments to evaluate two approaches using existing low cost and low energy technologies to reuse stockpiled waste and capture carbon dioxide in the form of valuable carbonate minerals.
The significance of her work is clear as although passive carbonation of mine tailings occurs naturally, the equivalent of approximately 30 years of passive carbonation was achieved within four weeks in one of her suggested experiments.
This is an outstanding achievement and we are all so proud of her as she goes on to represent Australia in the next phase of the competition amidst 100 other pitches from leading scientists worldwide.
Little Beacons at our Berwick Campus can now celebrate attaining all six health priority areas of the Achievement Program, after ticking off ‘Physical Activity and Movement’.
The program is supported by the Victorian Government and delivered by Cancer Council Victoria. It helps workplaces, schools and early childhood services to create healthy places for working, living and learning.
Berwick Little Beacons can now join our Pakenham centre in achieving recognition for all six health priority areas. These are Sun Protection, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Physical Activity and Movement, Healthy Eating and Oral Health, Safe Environments and Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drugs.
Little Beacons even went one step further, completing the Sexual Health and Wellbeing priority area, normally recognised at school level.
Today, Beaconhills College Pakenham Campus Principal Sarah Rudiger is wearing yellow in support of R U OK? Day.
In a year when so many of us have faced challenges, we encourage our College community to reach out and have wellbeing conversations with loved ones.
And if you hear “No, I’m not OK” listen with an open mind, encourage action while offering what support you can, and make a time to check in again.
Remember, there is more to say after R U OK? Visit www.ruok.org.au for more information.
Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions parents make. We all want the best for our children and, in these tough economic times, this investment in education is very challenging. Families want to ensure they are spending wisely.
The crucial role of a good education in setting the foundations for lifelong learning can’t be overstated. Over the years I have conducted hundreds of parent tours of our school and answered many and varied questions. If you are choosing a school, I would like to share a list of what I believe are the seven key questions you could ask of the headmaster, or school representative:
Next Thursday 10 September and Monday 14 September, we launch our Discover Beaconhills webinar series where you can ask these questions and more. Each webinar is free and you can register here www.beaconhills.vic.edu/enrolment/
Along with our campus principals from Pakenham and Berwick, I look forward to meeting you.
The Beaconhills Home Challenge is the gift that keeps on giving during lockdown. And now Year 6 Pakenham Campus student Zoe Sharpe is the latest to jump on board, with the aim of donating 20 handmade beanies to children in the cancer ward at Monash Children’s Hospital.
Zoe has already made her first beanies and scarf – using Loopz yarn – while her grandmother also plans to donate home knitted tiny beanies and cardigans for premature babies in the neonatal ward.
Zoe said she read about the ‘Being Kind’ initiative – part of the Beaconhills Home Challenge – in the College Middle School bulletin.
“I wanted to help the children who had just gone through a massive thing in their life,” Zoe said. “I don’t think I would be able to even imagine what they have gone through, so I wanted to help them get better, or even put a smile on some of their faces.”
Beaconhills students are taking part of a variety of activities in the Home Challenge, from creating art to recording km in a ‘Run Around Australia’.
Zoe gets to work on her beanie challenge
Today – 2 September – is Early Childhood Educators’ Day, celebrating the wonderful contribution our early learning educators make to the wellbeing and healthy development of the children in their care. So here’s a big thanks to all of our staff at Little Beacons in Berwick and Pakenham.
The Association of Coeducational Schools (ACS) Chess Tournament is usually held in May where 7 schools play off face to face in a round robin. However, due to Covid-19, it looked highly unlikely that this event would be possible in 2020.
Fortunately, due to the technology of Zoom and Tornelo, an online tournament was held on August 21st. Due to all the technology involved that could possibly go horribly wrong, it was with excitement and some trepidation that our team of seven students (Sam Sail, Sarah Prendergast, Matthew Pearson, Cooper Lambert, Terry Prendergast, Taiji Ogawa and Alfie Howat) played in the Swiss format online tournament.
The team started strongly and after 5 rounds were equal 1st. However, although the students played determinedly, we finished 5th after the final round. Our best players on the day were Sam Sail who placed 5th after winning 5 games while Alfie Howat and Matthew Pearson placed 15th and 16th, winning 4 ½ of their 7 games. All players enjoyed the event immensely and commented on how much fun they had.
The importance of regular school attendance is an issue we have highlighted recently with our College community.
At this complex time we need to find a balance between managing the challenges of family life and keeping daily structures as normal as possible. The routines of the school day, even in the online world, can help keep a familiar rhythm to life. Things like going to bed at a reasonable time, getting up in the morning, being ready for the day, healthy eating and regular exercise patterns help support wellbeing and mental health
School refusal is an issue to be understood and closely monitored at this time of online learning. It may happen gradually or suddenly. School refusal is when a child begins to actively avoid class attendance. It may begin by students telling you classes are not on, or cameras don´t need to be switched on, or even that they are not required to submit work or participate. You may notice a decrease in engagement with friends or changes to sleeping patterns. The most powerful prevention of school refusal is to support and encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep.
Although it’s normal for a child to occasionally miss a day of school, parents should only be concerned if a child regularly complains about feeling sick or often asks to stay home/ avoid classes due to minor physical complaints.
School refusal is a complex issue as there is rarely a single cause. It affects children of all ages across primary and secondary levels. It can often occur during times of transition at school. More recently, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the educational experience of all students, affecting some more than others. Dealing with a school refusal child can affect the whole family, adding pressure to an already challenging time. As discussed by Dr Michael Carr-Greg on the SchoolTV site, school refusal is not considered a formal psychiatric diagnosis. It´s a name given to an emotional and/or behavioural problem that with assistance can be resolved.
You can click on this link to the school refusal edition of Beaconhills SchoolTV to find a range of information on the topic. And if you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information or seek medical or professional help.
By Yvonne Ashmore
Head of Wellbeing, Beaconhills College
The ‘Great Boarding House Bake Off’ is currently underway to inject some culinary fun into Stage 4 restriction for residents of the Beaconhills College boarding house.
Each weekend of term 3, students are cooking their favourite dishes that are then anonymously scored by their peers. These sweet sticky rice balls look particularly delicious!
Visual Arts Exhibition 2020
Spoonville Opens in Junior School
Daniel’s Math-Assisted Design
Thank You Day
Introducing our 2021 captains
Beaconhills supports Bangladesh home learning
Smoothing the path back to school
Purple warriors walk for epilepsy
Alumni wins Australian Academy of Science award
Little Beacons Berwick completes Achievement Program
World Teachers’ Day
7 key questions to ask when choosing a school
The importance of regular school attendance
Combatting racism starts with education
Get ready for a return to school
Supporting our community through crisis
Term 2, with a difference
Online Learning to continue into term 2
Support for health care workers
From humble beginnings
Welcome to 2020
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