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Beaconhills College now has another Cancer Council Victoria research award thanks to fundraising efforts at the Cardinia Relay for Life event earlier this year.
The Beacon of Hope Research Award will support research into leukaemia and lymphoma. The Beacon of Hope team raised more than $11,000, with Year 10 student Chelsea Scott donating more than $1000.
Chelsea was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma this year, but after months of treatment has just learned she is in remission. Wonderful news for Chelsea!
The Cancer Council has given us a list of some the projects this award will help fund.
Dr Ashley Ng, Dr Kira Behrens, Prof Warren Alexander, Dr Rebecca Feltham, Prof John Silke and Dr David Komander,
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Drugging Undruggable Targets in Ph+ B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (2020 -2022)
Prof Richard Pearson
University of Melbourne
Combinatorial targeting of cellular “housekeeping” processes to treat cancer (2020 -2022)
Dr Lev Kats, Prof Ricky Johnstone
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Development of new targeted therapies for acute myeloid leukaemia (2019-2021)
Dr Donia Moujalled
New treatments for Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (2018-2020)
Prof David Ritchie, Dr Nicholas Huntington
The University of Melbourne
Inhibiting immune cell function to improve stem cell transplant outcomes in leukaemia (2018-2020)
Beaconhills students earlier this year getting ready for the Cardinia Relay for Life
Beaconhills has earned a $5000 Cardinia Shire grant to help provide meals to local people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant is part of the COVID-19 Meal Relief Program. It enables the College’s food services staff to prepare around 50 fresh, healthy meals each week which are then delivered to the Pakenham Salvation Army for distribution.
As one of its Beacon of Hope programs, the College has already been providing meals and fresh produce from our vegetable gardens to the Salvation Army to help support local residents during the pandemic.
Work is underway on the College’s new community garden at the Pakenham Campus. The garden will produce fresh vegetables to donate to Casey and Cardinia welfare organisations.
Year 9 student Noah Kemp’s Personal Best project has bought some real joy to students from an Indigenous school in north Western Australia.
For Noah’s project, he collected 96 pairs of footy boots to donate to the Ngalangangpum School. He was inspired after seeing his grandparents’ holiday snaps of children playing footy with bare feet.
Noah put collection boxes around the College and was delighted with the response. Cameron’s Trucking even pitched in with an offer of free transport of the boots up to the school.
Noah now has the satisfaction of seeing this video of the Ngalangangpum students getting a huge kick from their “deadly” new boots.
We are singing the praises of 10 of our students who have received their Outstanding Achievement certificates for their performances in last year’s Australian Guild Singing exams.
A very high five to students Caitlin Buckley, Jessica Bult, Araminta Hall, Chenuli Haththimuni, Isabelle Nicoli, Sonachi Okeleke, Sheneli Phillipsz, Keturah Ratnarajah, Aiden Thanapathy (not pictured), Harriet Yates – and of course proud Singing Teacher Anna Castle.
Beaconhills College parents and students have overwhelmingly voted Year 1 teacher Markus Munday as the winner of the Casey Cardinia Outstanding Teacher Competition.
An emotional Mr Munday had a surprise visit today from the Member for Gembrook, Brad Battin, to congratulate him and present him with a voucher prize.
Parents described Mr Munday, who teaches at the Pakenham Campus, as a warm and caring teacher who made learning exciting for his students.
One parent wrote: “My only wish is that every child gets to have a ‘Mr Munday’ during their schooling years. He really is an extraordinary teacher.”
A number of other Pakenham and Berwick Campus teachers were nominated by our community in the competition. We will reveal their names next week!
It was a delight to (finally) welcome all of our students back to Campus today.
While students in Prep – Year 2 and Years 10 – 12 returned to face-to-face learning on 26 May, it was wonderful for students in Years 3 – 9 to be reunited with classmates and teachers in person today.
Students, teachers and parents have spent term 2 coming to grips with a new type of schooling – online. While Little Beacons centres remained open – along with our on-campus blended program – for the majority of students, home has been the new classroom.
There was a tangible sense of excitement in the air as all of our students were warmly greeted at the College gates this morning, before they dove straight back into the action of regular classrooms.
Berwick Campus Principal, Sam Watson, greeted his students with balloons and a smile as they entered school grounds this morning.
Today our students recognise National Sorry Day. We remember and acknowledge the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations’.
Here is some work from our Year 4 students. They read the book ‘Sorry Day’ by Coral Vass, then created posters to display in their front windows.
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.
A prestigious Premier’s Award has gone to Year 12 student Jaime Watts for her 2019 VCE subject work in Extended Investigation. Her subject score was 48, placing her second in the state.
Jaime, from the Berwick Campus, had already earned selection in Top Talks and presented at the State Library event in February. Her research topic was ‘How does ‘monster in narrative’ reflect humanity’s evolution?’
Jaime was thrilled to learn of her Premier’s Award, although she may have to wait a little longer for the official presentation which is now delayed due to COVID-19.
She said the researching and writing the paper was her favourite part of the subject.
“Getting to research something I’m interested in and having the excitement of piecing it together to create something new was a great feeling.”
She said she would highly recommend that students did Extended Investigation in VCE: “It’s improved my skill set and knowledge in practically all areas of my learning, and to this day, I still use my EI research skills and the contents from my paper in my other projects and subjects.” Jaime’s subject teacher was Alan James.
Premier’s Award winner Jaime Watts
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.
Research award for Beaconhills
Meal Relief Program grant
Noah’s project best on ground
Singing students hit high note
Mr Munday is Casey/Cardinia’s Most Outstanding Teacher
Welcome back to school
Music scholar making the most of time at home
Premier’s Award for our student
ANZAC Day reflection
Boom time for digital borrowings
Relay For Life results
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
Let your light shine
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