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Wurundjeri elder Murrundindi was a special visitor to Little Beacons recently to help our five-year-olds name their Early Explorers space near the centre.
He named the space ‘Yukatoon’ (meaning happy) and talked about how the hill in that space looked like Bunjil. He said whenever Bunjil (a creator deity, often depicted as an eagle) is around, people are happy.
Murrundindi (centre) is pictured with Little Beacons children, College staff and (l-r) Senior Reconciliation Captain Imogen Atkins and Year 7 Wurundjeri student Isabella Cameron-Dukes.
Beaconhills College now has its own rose.
The Beacon of Hope rose is grown exclusively for Beaconhills College by Rankins Nursery, Garfield North and sold through the College’s online shop.
Proceeds from rose sales will go to Beaconhills’ Relay for Life campaigns, along with other Citizenship and Service projects.
The beautiful yellow rose comes in a 20cm pot and costs $25. Orders can be collected from the College Shop each Thursday, with your collection date advised once the order is completed.
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A very warm hearted thank you to all who visited our Berwick campus this week.
Our Junior School students were just tickled to show their proud grandparents and special friends what they have been learning.
Beaconhills College student Shenal Wickramasinghe is already flying high in the music industry with his own successful DJ business called Peregrine Beats.
The Year 7 student said he discovered DJ consoles at the age of four and knew then that “DJing was in his blood”. He got his first professional console at seven.
Shenal launched the business after researching peregrine falcons for a Year 5 project at Beaconhills and realising that he many similar values and qualities to the bird.
“It was fast (just like the music I make), it explores (just like me) and it always has a target (it is the only way I push myself!)” he said. “Someday I will soar like the peregrine!”
Judging by the demand for his DJ services, Shenal is already flying. He has been booked for numerous 40thand childrens’ birthdays, as well as performing arts festivals, basketball tournaments and discos. He recently performed at the Berwick Campus’ Middle School Performing Arts Festival.
“I simply love having fun and going that extra mile to ensure everyone at the party has an incredible time,” Shenal said. “I take the time to understand the crowd and play the appropriate music.”
He has saved up and bought much of his own equipment, while Beaconhills College has supported him in producing his own original songs using art music production software called Ableton. Having produced music now for two years he is constantly improving, learning new tips and tricks, while collaborating in his home recording studio with other artists.
Shenal studies music theory at school and is learning how to play the piano. He said his ultimate dream was to be one of the best DJs and producers in the world.
“I want to inspire many other young kids – just like how Martin Garrix and NGHTMRE inspired me,” he said. “My dream gig is to have a set at the three biggest festivals in the world: Tomorrowland, EDC and Ultra Music Festival.”
32 students from across both campuses of Beaconhills College recently traveled to Knox to compete in the second HPV race of the year – the Knox Grand Prix.
We had 4 teams entered in this race with 8 riders in each team; the Burners, the Scorchers, the Blazers and the Jets.
The race was a 6 hour long endurance event and we faced all conditions, rain, wind and sunshine.
This race was on a very difficult and technical track, with lots of very tight corners, hard uphill sections and fast downhill sections. This meant that there were a lot of crashes and roll overs! Thankfully, all riders and all teams finished the day successfully, exhausted but happy.
Dramatic scenes last night, as our Pakenham Drama ensembles explored the cold cases of ‘The Beaumont Children’ and ‘The Somerton Man’ for the Unit 3 showcase.
Students were asked to create pieces in either the style of Theatre of Cruelty or Epic Theatre, and enthralled the audience with piercing vocals and dramatic tension.
The next generation of Beaconhills College leaders were very excited to attend a leadership conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 14 March.
Eight Junior School leaders attended the conference, which was workshop-based and designed to help the students gain practical ideas to help them develop in their role as a student leader.
The group was accompanied by Deputy Head of Junior School Matt Newman and Principal Jenny Williams.
Beaconhills College staff member Fiona O’Callaghan has just become one of a handful of female cyclists to complete the gruelling 7 Peaks.
The road cycling challenge traverses hundreds of km of cycling terrain, climbing the mountains of Baw Baw, Buffalo, Buller, Falls Creek, Lake Mountain and Hotham, as well as Dinner Plain.
While participants can complete the peaks anytime from 27 October to 29 April, Fiona faced an extra challenge to overcome. Just before tackling the final Mt Hotham peak earlier this year, she suffered a collapsed lung following a routine medical treatment. However, last weekend she realised her goal, despite not yet regaining her previous level of fitness.
Fiona said the toughest challenge was Mt Baw Baw, renowned for its steep gradient (20 per cent in parts): “Baw Baw is number one in Australia for difficulty in road cycling”.
A keen member of the local Cardinia Climbers cycling group, Fiona only took up the sport two years ago. She works as a Graphic Designer in the Beaconhills’ marketing team (no jokes about spin!).
Her next challenges include the back of Falls Creek and Mt Donna Buang in the Victorian Alps.
Congratulations to all of our VCE students who received results this morning. Our College community is incredibly proud of each and every one of you.
We will share further details this afternoon.
Melbourne Cup tours Beaconhills
Lauren is in her element
Record Book designs promote sustainability
Making a monster impact on the war on waste
Students a shining light for local community
Japanese exchange trips
4Cs to close
Little Beacons find their happy place
Sam sails through French competition
Green gifts from down under
We want change!
Public v private school funding
Reports that tell the whole story
What are your values?
A commitment to Indigenous education
Help shape our school’s future
Why we value chaplaincy
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
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