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Beaconhills College adopted a new Constitution at its May 2019 Annual General Meeting – an important milestone in the school’s history.
The new Constitution provides a more suitable governance structure while retaining the College’s heritage and continuing Christian ethos.
As a community school, we have many families actively contributing to the rich and varied life of the College, from volunteering in classrooms through to participating in our many service programs.
This Constitutional change presents an opportunity for parents or members of the wider community to be involved in the strategic future direction of the College. We need members of governance with a varied range of skills and interests.
If you would like to learn more, you are invited to attend a Governance Information Seminar at the College’s Pakenham Campus (Global Beacons Centre) from 7-8pm on Tuesday 23 July. RSVP by COB Friday 19 July to Melanie.Thompson@beaconhills.vic.edu.au if you would like to attend.
Earlier this year, the ACT announced a decision to end the National School Chaplaincy Program in public schools after 2019.
While debate continues to swirl around the value of school chaplaincy programs, I would like to highlight what our chaplaincy team contributes to the community of Beaconhills College.
Chaplains are the heart of the school. They lead and support the spiritual growth and development of staff, students and parents. Our chaplains help people find meaning and purpose in their lives and are an integral part of our wellbeing team. As a Christian College that supports a multifaith community, our chaplains remind us all how we can strive to be better people, rise above adversity and be given hope.
It’s a curious dichotomy that while organised religion in western civilisation is declining, faith-based schools are going forward. Research has shown families choose faith-based school such as Beaconhills because of the values they hold and impart to their students.
While some schools have just a single chaplain, we are fortunate to have five qualified teaching chaplains, working alongside counsellors and Heads of House to support families, students and staff.
As the Head of the National School Chaplaincy Association, Peter James said (Eternity, 25 February 2019), secular learning and wellbeing frameworks “recognise the importance of spiritual support as part of achieving student wellbeing and educational outcomes.”
“Secular doesn’t mean the exclusion of all things religious”, he said.
The impact of tragic recent events in Sri Lanka has reverberated around the world, and touched the Beaconhills College community.
These deliberate attacks devastated families with the loss of so many innocent lives. While vigils are held around the world, and significant changes are made to the security of public gatherings in Sri Lanka, our thoughts and prayers are with the members of our community who have strong Sri Lankan connections.
We encourage families to contact our Wellbeing team via the main reception on 1300 002 225 if you or your children need additional support during this incredibly sad time.
As term 1 of 2019 draws to a close, our Pakenham Campus Senior Chaplain, Rev Peggy Kruse shares this message of hope for Easter time…
I am reminded each year of how very complex the Easter story is to tell to the younger students of our College. In fact, it is difficult for most of us even as adults to comprehend. It is most important to not overlook the crucifixion – though for the younger students we do not focus heavily on this part of the story. How can we even attempt to understand such a barbarous and cruel act(s) towards another human being? I, personally, need to be reminded of the crucifixion to keep the petty things in my own life in perspective. I also need to be reminded of how much God in the human form of Jesus suffered and how God through Jesus understands what it is to be human.
Without the crucifixion we would not need the miracle of resurrection – God’s ultimate power and conquering over death. The power over death was on many levels: physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. Jesus was set free from all of the earthly constraints that bind us as human beings. When we think of all the possibilities that exist to create new life, whether in plant, animal or human form within our natural world, we are also confronted with the idea that God exists within all of these capacities. But when we think of the resurrection of Jesus, God is demonstrating that life is sacred, life is a gift and life is to be celebrated. At Easter time, we need to hold all these things before us – the sacred, the gift, and the celebration of all good things that indicate that death is not the final answer. The ultimate meaning of the resurrection is the re-discovery in the small, intimate details and experiences of our daily life that make conversations with others, caring for those who need to be cared for, compassion for those without a voice and creating a better community – add up to the vision of a better, more complete and enriched future that is blessed by the God of love who is seen in Jesus Christ, our Saviour. God bless you and your family at this sacred time of Easter.
– Rev Peggy Kruse
The bushfire crisis has significantly impacted our region and College community. We have more than 400 students and at least 25 staff affected in some way – either directly or indirectly (ie cancellation of bus services).
Our community response has been heart-warming and overwhelming. Many people have offered to donate food and uniforms. Others are currently accommodating families who can’t yet access their properties, or are helping to provide horse agistment. Thank you all.
Following a Cardinia Shire meeting today, all emergency services have acknowledged the generous community support. Cardinia Shire is working with all the relief agencies to co-ordinate the response. They have requested patience from the community while they determine where the need is the greatest. At this stage food and clothing donations are not required, but we will keep you updated.
Once again I wish to thank our Beaconhills community for the spirit of generosity and goodwill which never fails to surface during these times. Our thoughts and prayers are with all emergency services personnel and everyone involved in this crisis.
Pakenham Year 3 students have written letters of thanks to the emergency service men and women, currently battling the bushfires.
The fires currently burning in the Bunyip and Gembrook state parks have impacted members of our local community. Beaconhills College will open for school tomorrow (Monday) as normal. We are working with the Department of Education in relation to safe transport routes. We anticipate a number of bus lines will be cancelled and will contact affected families as soon as we are informed.
The College has postponed the Pakenham Unit 3 Outdoor Education camp to Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park scheduled to depart tomorrow and the Pakenham Year 7 Mornington Peninsula Camp scheduled to depart on Tuesday.
The College is committed to supporting students and staff who are impacted and counselling and support services will be available. We are aware that as a result of evacuations, some students may not be able to come to school with a range of practical items such as lunch, school uniform and school stationery. Please be assured that all students impacted in this way are welcome to attend with whatever items they have available. We encourage families to contact our Wellbeing team via the main reception on 1300 002 225 so we can understand your situation and how we can best support your child.
Our thoughts are with everyone in our local community, including the dedicated emergency service teams, during this challenging time.
I am delighted to announce that Beaconhills College is set to expand its boarding residence at the Pakenham Campus to accommodate local students.
This is an exciting new expansion of our existing 10-bed boutique-style residence for international students, enabling us to now offer boarding to both boys and girls aged over 13 years. The new 16-bed accommodation also gives students in our region – and further afield – an option of boarding during weekdays.
I believe this could be a very attractive alternative to a city-based boarding school for families wanting the benefits of a Beaconhills College education. We are proud to be the only school in the Casey/Cardinia region currently offering boarding.
This year we have appointed a new live-in Head of Residence, Ingrid Watson. We also have two former students working as residential supervisors. One is studying arts and music at Monash and the other law/arts at Deakin University. Both girls have been exceptional in helping our live-in students with their studies.
Students also have seven-day access to schools facilities such as basketball and netball courts and of course the local swimming pool, sports competitions or dance classes.
Our residence extension will open in semester 2, 2019. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org you would like more details.
I was delighted to hear that our Beaconhills College Board Chairman Noel Martin has received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM).
Noel’s medal recognises his service to the community through charitable organisations Endeavour Ministries Inc, Elevo Institute, The Andrews Foundation and of course his outstanding contribution to the Beaconhills College Board for the past 24 years (he was appointed Chairman in 2011).
At the Andrews Centre, Noel volunteers every day. As just part of his work, he offers free legal advice, supports the administration and drives the van to collect food or furniture for people in need.
Noel is a gracious and generous man who has worked tirelessly for the common good. In his role with our College Board, he is committed to providing affordable, independent, Christian education to the broader community.
This OAM is a well-deserved honour for a person who truly exemplifies the Citizenship and Service pillar of our Beaconhills philosophy.
It’s wonderful to see all of our students back on deck today. We can’t wait to seize the challenges and opportunities that a new year of learning at Beaconhills College brings.
Citizenship and service underpins our ‘Learning That Matters’ philosophy at Beaconhills. Planning is well underway for the first major community service initiative for the year, the two Relay For Life events at Cardinia (22-23 February) and Casey (1-2 March).
Last year we had 444 walkers and many others from our community giving their support to this major fundraiser, helping the vital work of Cancer Council Victoria. What an outstanding effort from our College to help contribute more than $45,000 to the battle against cancer. That money was enough to earn us two Cancer Council Victoria Research Awards. A proud achievement.
Let’s go even bigger and better this year. There are many ways to show your support. Details are forthcoming of our Twilight Picnic and Movie Night on Friday 22 February at the Berwick Campus, along with a number of other fundraising initiatives this term.
If you are interested in donating or joining our ‘Beacon of Hope’ teams, here are the links. City of Casey event 1-2 March
..and Shire of Cardinia on 22-23 February
A warm welcome to all students who have just joined us in 2019. I hope you make the most of everything our school can offer.
Berwick Prep student April Thrikawala was all smiles on her first day of school.
One of the highly valuable programs we deliver effectively at Beaconhills College each year is HeadStart.
HeadStart is an exciting introduction to the 2019 curriculum for students moving to Years 9-12.
At Beaconhills, HeadStart evolved more than a decade ago from a simple two-day transition program. Rather than a tokenistic entrée to the next year level, HeadStart actually gives students the first two weeks of their 2019 curriculum in each of their subjects.
Academically, it not only provides some meaningful holiday homework, but sets strong foundations on which each student can build from the moment they recommence school in 2019.
It also gives senior students confidence in their decisions about the subjects they have chosen, resulting in far fewer last-minute subject changes at the start of the year.
We welcome students who are new to our College community next year, as they also enjoy our HeadStart program!
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
Welcome to a new school year
Getting a HeadStart
Wellbeing in action
Importance of Child Safe legislation
630kg of food…and counting
Medals for College students in Oceania Athletics
ACS Chess Tournament
Students win writing awards
Make nature play a priority, says Maggie Dent
Five winning teams in SEISA finals
Best on show
Dancers make it to nationals
Beaconhills winner in sustainability awards
Danielle O’Leary: rising star in education
World Environment Day
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