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Berwick Year 12 student Daniel Sandvik has been making the most of his time at home. Our talented music scholar is currently working on a 9-movement, 29-minute orchestral arrangement of music from the soundtrack of the anime/visual novel CLANNAD and CLANNAD: After Story.
Admitting that he usually goes a little stir-crazy when not working on some musical passion project, Daniel was inspired to undertake this particular work because as a long time fan of anime CLANNAD: After Story stands out to him thanks to its musical score, which manages to be simultaneously both heart-warming and heart-wrenching.
Being self-taught in arrangement and composition, Daniel has had ongoing support from his teachers Dale Condon and James Hampton, who have continued to enthusiastically support the the project over Zoom.
Daniel hopes to one day have the arrangement performed by a symphony orchestra that he himself will conduct.
This year ANZAC Day is very different. We didn’t hold dawn services with thousands of people standing quietly in the dark. There were no marches down the streets to thank all those who have served our country in times of war and in peace.
However, there were lots of people standing in their driveways at 6am this morning, holding a candle and if they could, playing The Last Post – calling us never to forget the sacrifice paid by the men and women of our defence forces so we can live in peace.
Most of us now have no recollection of the men and women who served in World War 1. We didn’t meet them, touch their faces, know their voice. The only evidence we have for them is the journals, scratchy photos, and worn artefacts. If we are lucky, we may have some medals passed down the generations that we can wear as a proud tribute.
But we have other evidence of these lives. We have our lifestyle, our values, our freedom – we have peace in a democratic country. We are free to express ourselves, to fight for causes, to stand for justice, to believe in whatever idea of God we wish, or not.
The irony of ANZAC Day is that as we get further from the events that triggered it in the first place, the more important it is becoming. The less we know about the individuals who fought for our sake, the more we value their achievements, even though we will never meet them, never touch their faces, never know their voice. And this year when we cannot do what we are used to doing, we have found new ways to acknowledge them.
This year we are in a different war – not a war with guns and tanks with a clear and present danger. This is a war against an invisible force that goes by the name of COVID-19. Like wars in the past, some nations have been hit harder than others. Some people are more at risk than others. We all pay a price.
So it is appropriate on this different ANZAC Day to give thanks for all those who are now fighting for our freedom, our way of life, our very existence, even though we will, for the most part, never meet them, never touch their faces, never know their voice.
The Bible passage often quoted on ANZAC Day comes from John’s Gospel. It’s very late in Jesus’ ministry and he is preparing his disciples for his imminent death. Jesus says, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” It is a clear foreshadowing of Jesus’ death on the cross, which we have just commemorated at Easter. He acknowledges that his relationship with them is not one of master and slave, but of friends. The whole purpose of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is to bring us back into friendship with a loving God so we might truly live in peace.
This year, as we stand in our driveways, like those waiting for loved ones who never came home from war, we hold our candles – light that cannot be overcome by the darkness, a light that offers a beacon of hope, a light that reminds us even when we are apart we are still a community, a light that speaks of sacrifice – on the cross and on the fields of war so we may have freedom and peace.
Lest we forget.
Revd Steve Terrell is College Chaplain at the Berwick Campus and is also Chaplain to 31 Battalion, Australian Army Cadets.
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.
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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.”
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