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Our Pakenham Campus performing arts department is thrilled to announce that a number of students are nominated for a Youth Lyrebird Award and a Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Award, for their performances in this year’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Put your hands together for Christina Keen, nominated by Music Theatre Guild for ‘female performance in a leading role’ and the following Lyrebird award nominees; Christina Keen – Best Actress, Kody Haynes – Best Solo Song, Alivia Tankard- Best Ensemble Female Performer, Laura McMahon- Best Comedic Performance, Leo Zhou & Shea Li- Best Acting Partnership, Ned Fillingham- Best Cameo Performance, Ron Flavian- Best Cameo Performance, Jaime McIntosh- Outstanding Dancer, Outstanding Stage Crew- Youth Musical Best Lighting- Youth Musical.
Christina has also been invited to perform at the Guild’s awards ceremony at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat on 14 December. The Lyrebird awards are at Ringwood on 8 December.
Beaconhills College is proud to introduce our community to the 2020 senior school captains.
Congratulations to Pakenham students Jake Duffus, Chloe Ward, Michaela Franks and Samuel Sail.
Also to our new Berwick captains Jack Burridge, Erin Schubert, Chelsea Magee and Callum Pritchard.
The fine young people selected aptly demonstrate the qualities needed for the responsibility of these positions. Leadership at Beaconhills is focused around service and all of these students completed a rigorous process of application.
Congratulations again to our new captains, we know they will make fantastic role models for our Beaconhills College students in 2020.
Pakenham Campus captains, (l-r) Jake Duffus, Chloe Ward, Michaela Franks and Samuel Sail
Berwick Campus captains, (l-r) Jack Burridge, Erin Schubert, Chelsea Magee and Callum Pritchard
Who said books are dead? Not in the Beaconhills College libraries, where borrowing rates are through the roof, bucking the wider trends of declining reading rates.
This is thanks in part to initiatives such as categorising books into genres (as in books shops), displaying books with the covers facing outwards to make them more appealing and generally making the libraries vibrant community spaces. Regular author visits, numerous student clubs and reading programs are all part of the recipe for success.
Pictured here are our Year 8 Berwick library captains Lachlan Prestt and Grace O’Boyle.
Today Beaconhills College paused remember the end of World War I and pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
There were moving tributes at each campus followed by a minute’s silence at 11am. At the Pakenham Campus service, the names of Diggers from the Pakenham District who died in the Great War were read aloud.
At the Berwick Campus, eight ‘Quilts of Valour’ were presented to special guests; veterans, the widow of a veteran and children who have lost their father or been traumatised through their father’s war service.
Established by Beaconhills teacher Helen Comport, the Berwick-based Quilts of Valour presents handmade quilts to service members and veterans of the ADF in recognition of their sacrifice for Australia while on combat operations. The recognition is also extends to soldiers’ families.
Lest we forget.
Students won gold and silver medals in athletics at this year’s Victorian All Schools Track and Field Championships.
Year 11 student Amiru Chandrasena collected gold in long jump (7.14m) and silver in triple jump. Congratulations also to Cam de Bruin (Year 12) for his gold medal in the mens U20 200m race, running a time of 21.88. Caitlyn McCormick (Year 10) claimed a silver medal in discus and was also fifth in U17 shot put.
Rhianna Clemow (Year 10) placed fifth in the U17 javelin and tenth in the long jump. Well done to everyone who competed.
Gold and silver medals for Beaconhills student Amiru Chandrasena
Caitlyn McCormick won a silver medal in discus
Disco fever came to the Berwick Campus last Friday in the form of the annual Junior School Disco.
It was a chance to don the glow-in-the-dark accessories and burn off some energy on the dance floor. A great night had by all.
A Year 3 Beaconhills student has generously decided to donate his birthday money to charity SolarBuddy this year.
Vidusha Kodagoda was promised a big birthday, but after he and his family took part in a SolarBuddy morning at Beaconhills College, Vidusha thought the money ($500) would be better spent to help children living in energy poverty across the world. The funds will now help buy 20 solar lights.
Vidusha said he felt sorry for children who couldn’t afford birthdays and was glad to help.
SolarBuddy lights help children do their homework without using dangerous kerosene lamps. Beaconhills launched the SolarBuddy initiative in the College in 2017 and has held events throughout the year where families and students assemble the lights and write an accompanying ‘letter of kindness’ to the recipients.
All aboard the Beaconhills College tram!
Our Berwick Year 3 artists were thrilled to be invited to view their tram in person today.
The colourful design currently weaving its way around Melbourne for Yarra Trams was collated and submitted by teacher Kyla Whitfield as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
An exciting visitor dropped by Beaconhills College yesterday – the real Melbourne Cup!
The Cup, accompanied by Victorian Racing Club officials, was visiting our region as part of the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Members of our Equestrian Club and students gathered on the oval to get a close-up view of the iconic golden Cup as it made its way around the school.
Former Beaconhills student and Chemistry PhD candidate Lauren Blakeley (Class of 2012) dropped in to the College recently with a special gift for our science labs.
In case you didn’t know, 2019 is the Year of the Periodic Table and Lauren came armed with a complete set of elements to present to the school.
She has helped Professor Stuart Battern from Monash University to assemble 600 sets to distribute to high schools across the nation. Each set has an authentic sample of each known element (within safety boundaries).
Lauren also took time out to give an interesting presentation on her work to senior students and offer some wise words of advice to those thinking of a career in chemistry.
Lauren pictured with teacher Wendy Prendergast, who was her senior Chemistry teacher during her time at Beaconhills.
Senior science students examine the element samples
Performing arts awards
2020 senior school captain announcement
Who said books are dead?
Remembrance Day Services
Athletics competitors score gold and silver medals
Birthday party…or donate to charity?
Is this Melbourne’s most colourful new tram?
Melbourne Cup tours Beaconhills
Lauren is in her element
Record Book designs promote sustainability
Making a monster impact on the war on waste
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
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
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