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Each year, our Year 9 students have one term to work on a project that is their personal passion and bring it to fruition.
The astounding breadth of creativity never fails to amaze teachers, parents and students when the works finally go on display – and this year was no exception.
Each student’s interests clearly shone through in the finished products. At the Pakenham Campus, Tylah Ryder showed her love of all things equestrian by making a western leather saddle, while Jacqui Dunstan created her own horse jump. Berwick Campus projects varied from a stock whip to a range of sports cream. Madeline Hawley spent nearly 90 hours painstakingly folding paper cranes to create her magnificent art piece.
Beaconhills was the first school in Victoria to introduce an on-campus Year 9 program, in response to the observation that Year 9 was traditionally when students switched off from their learning – often the most unproductive of the senior years. The program became the blueprint for many similar programs in schools across the state.
Here is a selection of photos of project from both campuses this term.
School holidays just got a whole lot easier thanks to a range of programs now on offer at Beaconhills College.
Whether it’s craft, kite flying, kicking a footy, picnics or pancake making, there is something to appeal to all ages and interests.
Little Beacons Learning Centre has a three-day vacation care program from 11-13 December which includes activities such as Christmas craft and a fantastic excursion to the Lillydale Lake ‘splash pad’.
Sports-loving students will enjoy the College’s Multisport program from 11-15 December with a choice of tennis, basketball, floorball, netball, gymnastics, tee ball and soccer.
Go to the College Shop on our website to find more info and under ‘camps and co-curricular’ and ‘courses’ (Junior School art program).
Lest we forget
Students from both campuses attended poignant Remembrance Day services earlier this week, to observe a minute silence for those Australians who have died as a result of war.
At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, we remember them.
State Education Minister James Merlino visited Beaconhills College’s Pakenham Campus on Friday to inspect the progress of the College’s new Year 9 Centre.
The Minister chatted with Year 9 students and viewed some of their Personal Best projects, before a walk-through of the new centre.
The State Government has contributed a $2.865 million grant to build the $5.7 million centre, which opens at the start of term 2, 2018.
“This is the first time in a decade that we have had a specific State Government program for non-government schools,” Mr Merlino said.
During the visit, Headmaster Tony Sheumack also raised the issue of traffic flow and speed restrictions around the Pakenham Campus. The College wants areas where the speed limit is still 80km/hr to be reduced to 50 km/hr during normal hours.
Education Minister James Merlino enjoyed viewing some of the students’ Personal Best projects
Year 8 student Marcus Graham is celebrating his selection on the under 16 Victorian state baseball team. The talented catcher recently learned he will join the blue team, the first of two under 16 state teams.
Marcus plays for the Berwick Cougars in summer and the Dandenong Angels in winter. He is now preparing for the January 2018 national championships in Sydney. Congratulations Marcus!
Three silver and three bronze medals came home with Beaconhills students who competed in the 2017 All Schools Track and Field Championships at Albert Park from 3-5 November.
Amiru Chandrasena, Year 9 Berwick Campus, earned a silver medal in the under 16 long jump and a bronze in the triple jump. He also qualified to represent Victoria in long jump at the All Schools National Championships in Adelaide and the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney.
Caitlyn McCormick, Year 8 Berwick Campus, threw a personal best of 33.86m to take the silver medal in under 15 discus and won a bronze in shotput.
Pakenham Campus’ Sophie Coughlin (Year 10) won silver in the 2000m under 16 steeplechase, placed fifth in the under 16 pole vault and tenth in the 3000m event, while Pakenham’s Cam Debruin ran fourth in the men’s 200m race.
Rhianna Clemow from the the Pakenham Campus earned bronze in the under 15 200m hurdles, 6th in under 15 90m hurdles, 10th in under 15 400m and 11th in under 15 200m.
Amiru mid flight in long jump
A charity drive by 10-year-old Beaconhills College student Jack Thompson has reaped an incredible 2610 of donated items to help the homeless.
Jack’s ‘Socks n’ Jocks’ drive for charity organisation Clean as Casper saw a deluge of donations from parents and businesses such as Coles in Casey Central, Underworks and Hanes underwear.
Proud mum Michelle said Jack had initiated the idea and the words on his promotional poster – the latter designed by a family friend – were his own.
“I am hoping that by doing this drive I will help people who are less fortunate to get back on their feet,” Jack said.
“I think it is very important for all of us to be good global citizens and this is my way of doing that.”
Now that the fundraising is over, the Thompsons have a mountain of underwear in their lounge-room ready for collection on Monday 6 November by Clean as Casper.
Congratulations to Year 11 student Nancy Yan who earned a medallion at this year’s Chinese Writing and Speaking Competition.
The competition was held on Friday 13 October at the University of Melbourne and involved 33 students from 15 schools across Victoria.
The annual event is hosted by CLTAV (Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria) and Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne.
Beaconhills College’s Mandarin teacher Yanie Chen attended the competition with Nancy and two other students from the College, Julia Liu and Eason Li.
Thanks to Beaconhills community donations, children in the Orema school near Hatolia in East Timor have a new building ready for the wet season.
When Beaconhills Year 10s visited Orema last term, staff cut the ribbon to officially open two new classrooms and staffroom, but the project was then not quite completed.
College students, staff and families have generously donated through church services, House services and other fundraising events to help build the $30,000 facility.
Head of Beacon Explorers, Sam Maddock, said the new building would give the school capacity to run more classes. Until recently there were 175 children using just three classrooms.
He said Beaconhills’ next goal was to raise $11,000 US to build a new kitchen for the school, using funding from the BeaconMeals initiative.
Beaconhills students have visited and volunteered in East Timor for many years as part of the Beacon Explorers program and the College has been a supporter of schools in the Ermera District, which includes Hatolia, since 2001.
The new classrooms
Head of Beacon Explorers, Sam Maddock, cuts the ribbon during the visit to Orema
More opening celebrations, with Head of Citizenship and Service Clare Tuohy and Sam Maddock, Head of Beacon Explorers
It may be just a humble laundry bag, but it has to the power to brighten the lives of Australia’s deployed servicemen and women.
Year 9 student Jessica Layton has sewed 27 laundry bags and a quilt for a voluntary organisation called Aussie Hero Quilts and Laundry Bags, as part of her Personal Best project.
The personalised bags are in bright colours instead of the standard military-issue colours, giving a connection to home and a welcome morale boost to Australia’s deployed servicemen and women.
Jessica, from the Pakenham Campus, was excited to be invited to Canberra recently to attend the 6th Annual Aussie Hero Quilts Thank You event at the Australian Defence Force Academy. The founder of Aussie Hero Quilts, Jan-Maree Ball invited Jessica to attend to share her project and present her laundry bags to Defence Force personnel.
Jessica said a highlight of the trip was the chance to speak to officers and tour the Royal Military College Duntroon, which she said was “incredible”.
While Jessica’s mum originally inspired the idea (she also sews for the organisation), Jessica tackled the project with virtually no sewing skills.
“Before I started this project, the only experience I’d had sewing was in Year 7 textiles class, so the initial challenge was learning to sew in a straight line,” she said. “It was also important to make sure that the seam I was sewing was a consistent measurement.”
She began sewing laundry bags while waiting for the quilt fabric to arrive. Each bag took her two to three hours, but her sewing speed increased as she went along.
Jessica was thrilled with the response from the servicemen and women to her laundry bags and the quilt, which was on display during the event.
“It’s a way of letting them know that people other than just their family and friends care about what they’re doing,” she said.
• Jessica’s project is just one of many creations on display at the upcoming Personal Best night at the Pakenham Campus on Thursday 2 November.
Jessica during her visit to Canberra
Personal Best projects unveiled
We have holidays covered
Remembrance Day services
Minister Merlino visits Year 9 Centre
Baseballer to represent Victoria
2017 All Schools Track and Field Championships
Jack’s charity drive helps homeless
Chinese Writing and Speaking Competition
East Timor classrooms ready for the wet season
Laundry bag project lightens the load
Diamonds dazzle at aerobics challenge
Our mission for a new kitchen
Introducing our 2018 school captains
Farewell Year 12s
2018 College fees
Timely advice for exam time
Senior School leadership seminar
Why Year 9?
Calling for senior scholars
Wellbeing in action
Reports that tell the whole story
School funding landscape clearer
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