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Tomorrow marks the start of the Beaconhills College home learning program. It’s a new endeavour for our College. We are all adjusting to a very different routine in a bid to collectively fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are just a few starter tips from Beaconhills eLearning staff and the Australian Government’s eSafety Commissioner.
Mental and physical health
Chat about expectations and boundaries
Be alert – know the signs
Some handy links with many resources for parents:
10 top tips from Beaconhills College Senior Chaplain, The Revd Peggy Kruse, on how to remain hopeful and calm during challenging times.
Sensational swimming today from Pakenham students at the annual Middle School Swimming Carnival.
Students in Years 5-8 took to the water at Noble Park Aquatic Centre with enthusiasm, and were proud to wear their House colours in the spirit of the day.
Thanks to our dedicated staff for a wonderful event.
Prep students (and their families) received a warm welcome for their first day of school at Beaconhills College.
After some initial nerves, students settled quickly into their classrooms thanks to a warm greeting from teaching staff.
Today we also welcomed students from years 5, 7 and 12 back to the College, for the start of what is set to be a wonderful 2020 school year.
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.
Order through the College Shop
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.
An Easter Blessing from Revd Peggy Kruse
COVID-19 Time Capsule
Online Learning to continue into term 2
Garden of hope
21 Day Challenge
Produce donated to charity
How pets help us study
Greetings from home: a new type of Beaconhills school day
Let the home learning begin
Coronavirus (COVID-19): a guide for parents
10 top tips on remaining hopeful and calm during challenging times.
Legal Studies students visit court
Support for health care workers
From humble beginnings
Welcome to 2020
Let your light shine
3 meaningful ways for alumni to stay connected
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
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