19 March 2019
Issue Two
Principal's Report
Interview with a Boxer
Food Technology
Health and Wellbeing
Parents and Friends' Association
From the Office
Community News
Dates to Remember
Beaufort Secondary College
(03) 5349 2305
37 Park Road
Beaufort, Victoria, 3373

Principal's Report

From the Principal's Desk

Our School Council Election process has been completed for 2019-20. Congratulations to new and re-elected members – their contribution to the governance of our school is greatly appreciated. I would also like to thank retiring members for their input and support in fulfilling their important role on School Council.


Parent members 2019-20

Colin Gerrard

Louise Crowley

Kim Peacock

Jodie Harris

Ann Greymans

Troy McLinden

Ashley McErvale


Staff members

Belinda Evans

Jacki Kerr

Kathie Pitt

Kate McGinty


Student members

Ashleigh Crowley

(One further position to be determined at our March 26th meeting)


Co-opted members (positions to be determined at our March 26th meeting)


PFA Representative

Community Representative



Our first meeting for the Beaufort Secondary College 2019-20 School Council will commence at 6.30pm on Tuesday March 26th. The first 30 minutes of this meeting will involve electing office bearers for the new School Council. At 7.00pm we will break from the proceedings of the School Council Meeting to present the 2017 Beaufort Secondary College Annual Report in a public meeting format, which members of the Beaufort Secondary College community are welcome to attend. At 7.30pm we will resume our first School Council Meeting for 2019-20. Once again, congratulations and thanks to our new and existing School Council members.



Our Year 7 2020 Information Evening was held on Tuesday night in our brand new  Food Technology Wing. The purpose of the evening was to provide information about our school for parents thinking about choosing BSC for their child’s secondary education. Three of our Year 7 students Isabelle Mulquiny, Eric Wilkinson and Dallas Smart spoke about their experiences as they transitioned into our school from their respective primary schools – they did an excellent job with their presentations. Our School Captains, Rhiannon Goossens and Tiarna Pratley, shared their experiences of our school as students and leaders. It was terrific to hear the insights of the students in relation to how they see our school and it was pleasing to hear how complimentary they were about what we have to offer.


It was also wonderful to take the prospective parents and students on a guided tour of the school, including our new buildings. Although there are still quite a few finishing touches to complete, there has been clear and rapid progress since the beginning of the year. At the start of next term we should see buildings completed and the basics of the landscaping completed. There will still be projects and further renovations for us to complete but the major Capital Works project will be finished. This will give us an opportunity to ‘recalibrate’ and revisit our school culture and expectations in a ‘new’ physical environment by building on the strong foundations we already have in place.


Congratulations to our staff and students for the Athletics Carnival, which was held last Friday. We will be presenting awards at our assembly next Tuesday, but I would like to highlight that it was a terrific day with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, as well as quite a bit fun throughout the day to complement the competitive spirit. The students were outstanding. Thanks must go to Miss. Vernon for organising and running the day – it went off without a hitch but it takes time, effort and commitment to achieve such a result. Thanks to our staff for their tireless work and in particular to the staff who set up early in the morning and packed up at the end, as well as Mr. Crouch who came in on his day off to take control of the microphone, keeping us informed and entertained for the day. It was also fantastic to see parents, grandparents and friends there to support our young people. Thanks and well done to all!

Interview with a Boxer

By:  Ellie Sharples

If somehow you haven’t heard about Mitch Pesti fight, just ask him! Whilst talking to Mitch, I learnt about the training and preparation he does before a boxing match, as well as his motivation to start boxing and his aspirations for the future.


Trained by Steve Stranks (Southern Pride Boxing Club, Beaufort), Mitch started boxing a year ago. His weekly training schedule includes three, two-hour sessions with coach, Steve, as well as bag work at home. This keeps him in peak physical condition. In preparation for fights, Mitch will increase his training sessions, spar with older and heavier boxers and commit to strict diets to meet his weight requirements for weigh-in.


In the last two fights, Mitch was paired with boys taller and older than him. On Sunday 24th February at the Reggio Calabrio Club, Brunswick, Mitch showcased his skill as a boxer; listening to everything Steve told him, showing his opponent respect while receiving very little and not being drawn in by taunts, Mitch kept focussed and with the support of the club, family and friends, he won the fight and earned his place in the semi-finals for Junior State Title.


The semi-finals for Junior State Title were held at the Arnold Classic, Melbourne, this weekend just past. The competition was part of the Fitness Expo, and as a result, the atmosphere was very noisy with thousands of people milling around watching various competitions and hoping for a glimpse of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mitch had trained hard and had peaked at the perfect time for this match. By relying on all his training, guidance from his coach and plenty of support from the club and family, Mitch won a hard-fought battle for a shot at Junior State Titles, to be held in the next couple of weeks.


While thinking about boxing prior to the interview, I envisioned Mitch in the corner of a ring, punching a bag whilst “Eye of the Tiger” was blasting through a speaker. When I asked Mitch if this was the case, I got a laugh and was told that the vision was more or less true.


Well, what made him start such an extreme hobby? Being athletic and enjoying hobbies, Mitch thought “why not take up boxing?”. Mitch makes boxing seem easy, but the passion and dedication he has invested into this sport is truly inspirational.


I wanted to take Mitch back to the scene his last fight. “Mitch, weren’t you nervous?”. “Yes”, he replied. Considering that Mitch won, I am surmising he was able to channel all that nervous energy into a well-executed fight.


Everyone be sure to congratulate Mitch on his impressive fights and share your support for the Junior State Title. We are all behind you, Mitch!!!


Food Technology

Year 7A Food Technology

Term One for the Year 7 Food Technology students has been a challenging, but fun one.

With the old Food Tech wing having been demolished during the holidays, and the new Food Tech wing not completed, the Year 7’s had to adapt to cooking in the Student Centre. Without an oven, fridge or many utensils, it was a real challenge, but the students adapted very well with this.

We managed to make golf balls, baked potatoes and funny face biscuits, which was lots of fun.


But the real excitement was when it was announced we were able to move into the new kitchen. Our first lesson in there consisted of familiarisation with the kitchen, equipment and utensils, and going over safety and hygiene matters.

And then we were up and away, cooking. In pairs, the students chopped, beat and mixed and produced trays full of delicious mini quiches. There will be no stopping the creativity in the kitchen from now on.


A big thankyou to all the helpers this term in the Student Centre: Miss. Howden, Mrs. Newberry, Mrs. Palmer, Mr. Hooper and Mrs. Walker, and to all of the students who cooperated and participated exceptionally well.


Mrs. Powlett


Health and Wellbeing

Teens and Sleep

Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful — even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly. Sleepiness can make it hard to get along with your family and friends and hurt your scores on school exams, on the court or on the field. Remember: A brain that is hungry for sleep will get it, even when you don’t expect it. For example, drowsiness and falling asleep at the wheel cause more than 100,000 car crashes every year. When you do not get enough sleep, you are more likely to have an accident, injury and/or illness.


  • Sleep is vital to your well-being, as important as the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat. It can even help you to eat better and manage the stress of being a teen.
  • Biological sleep patterns shift toward later times for both sleeping and waking during adolescence -- meaning it is natural to not be able to fall asleep before 11:00 pm.
  • Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. Most teens do not get enough sleep — one study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights.
  • Teens tend to have irregular sleep patterns across the week — they typically stay up late and sleep in late on the weekends,which can affect their biological clocks and hurt the quality of their sleep.
  • Many teens suffer from treatable sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, insomnia, restless legs syndrome or sleep apnea.


Not getting enough sleep or having sleep difficulties can:

  • Limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. You may even forget important information like names, numbers, your homework or a date with a special person in your life
  • Make you more prone to pimples. Lack of sleep can contribute to acne and other skin problems
  • Lead to aggressive or inappropriate behavior such as yelling at your friends or being impatient with your teachers or family members
  • Cause you to eat too much or eat unhealthy foods like sweets and fried foods that lead to weight gain
  • Heighten the effects of alcohol and possibly increase use of caffeine and nicotine
  • Contribute to illness, not using equipment safely or driving drowsy


  • Make sleep a priority. Review Teen Time in this toolkit and keep a sleep diary. Decide what you need to change to get enough sleep to stay healthy, happy, and smart!
  • Naps can help pick you up and make you work more efficiently, if you plan them right. Naps that are too long or too close to bedtime can interfere with your regular sleep.
  • Make your room a sleep haven. Keep it cool, quiet and dark. I f you need to, get eyeshades or blackout curtains. Let in bright light in the morning to signal your body to wake up.
  • No pills, vitamins or drinks can replace good sleep. Consuming caffeine close to bedtime can hurt your sleep, so avoid coffee, tea, soda/pop and chocolate late in the day so you can get to sleep at night. Nicotine and alcohol will also interfere with your sleep.
  • When you are sleep deprived, you are as impaired as driving with a blood alcohol content of .08%, which is illegal for drivers in many states. Drowsy driving causes over 100,000 crashes each year. Recognize sleep deprivation and call someone else for a ride. Only sleep can save you!
  • Establish a bed and wake-time and stick to it, coming as close as you can on the weekends. A consistent sleep schedule will help you feel less tired since it allows your body to get in sync with its natural patterns. You will find that it’s easier to fall asleep at bedtime with this type of routine.
  • Don’t eat, drink, or exercise within a few hours of your bedtime. Don’t leave your homework for the last minute. Try to avoid the TV, computer and telephone in the hour before you go to bed. Stick to quiet, calm activities, and you’ll fall asleep much more easily!
  • If you do the same things every night before you go to sleep, you teach your body the signals that it’s time for bed. Try taking a bath or shower (this will leave you extra time in the morning), or reading a book.
  • Try keeping a diary or to-do list. If you jot notes down before you go to sleep, you’ll be less likely to stay awake worrying or stressing.
  • When you hear your friends talking about their all-nighters, tell them how good you feel after getting enough sleep.
  • Most teens experience changes in their sleep schedules. Their internal body clocks can cause them to fall asleep and wake up later. You can’t change this, but you can participate in interactive activities and classes to help counteract your sleepiness. Make sure your activities at night are calming to counteract your already heightened alertness.

National Sleep Foundation

Parents and Friends' Association

About PFA

Beaufort Secondary College Parents and Friends' Association support the College wherever we can.  PFA is the fundraising arm of the College.  Funds raised are used to support extra resources for the College as required.  The main fundraiser of PFA is the biannual Debutante Ball.  On the alternate years, BeauGala, the College Fete is held.  Parents and Friends meet once a month in the School Library.


As School Principal, Mr. Schier attends all meetings.  PFA is a great opportunity for parents to gain an insight into the school, keep up to date with school happenings and to offer a parent's perspective on current issues.  PFA also hold a place on School Council.


Can you help?  PFA is a small, happy, supportive committee.  New members are very welcome.

If you would like any further information, please contact Angela on 0439 565 468.

Past PFA donations have included:

-  Funding for shade sails

-  New student lockers

-  Ongoing annual cost of the library and staffroom newspapers

-  Ongoing annual costs of all Year 12 Exit Folders

-  Purchase of new school sports tops

-  New school blazers

-  Resources for Maths and Science faculties

-  Donations towards each World Challenge tour

-  Annual sponsorship of the Year 6 Orientation Days



PFA currently have put aside $8000, which we have approved as sponorship towards a decorative garden shade sculpture for the new school once the landscaping is ready.  Below is a sample of the style of structure.


2019 Debutante Ball

Preperations for the 2019 Debutante Ball are already well underway.  The Committee have been planning the Ball since October last year.  The Ball will be held on Friday 28th June in the Beaufort Shire Hall.  The Debutante Ball is offered to students in Years 10 and 11 and this year 18 couples will take part. 

Deb Ball Co-ordinator, Angela Gerrard, Arts

Co-ordinator, Mrs. McKelvey and participants are meeting every Monday lunchtime to plan and make decorations for the night.

All participants are reminded to pay their registration fee to the school office as soon as possible.

Pictured above:  Mrs. McKelvey, Angela Gerrard, Ashleigh, Zoe, Naomi and Lainey



PFA catered both morning tea and lunch for the staff curriculum day last week.  Many thanks to Colin Gerrard for providing the BBQ and scones on the day.  PFA also catered for the Year 6 Information Night on Tuesday 19th March.



Parents and Friends annually (for the past 2 years) offer $2000 towards Grade 6 Scholorships for Beaufort Primary School student/s who will be attending Beaufort Secondary College.

Choir Uniform

Get ready to see a new look School Choir in their uniforms sponsored by PFA

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday 21st March - PFA Meeting in the School Library

Sunday 5th May - Debutante Ball Training Begins

Friday 28th June - 2019 Debutante Ball




President - Angela 0439 565 468

Secretary - Jodie 0417 876 946

From the Office

Parent Payments, School Camps and Excursions 2019

Family Statements have been posted out this week.

We encourage families to pay the  2019 Parent Payment before the commencement of Term 2.

All Camps and Excursions must be paid in full prior to the activity. 

If families are experiencing difficulties please contact the school Business Manager to make suitable payment arrangements.

Payments can be made by cash at the school office or via Bpay.

Bpay individual family reference numbers can be found at the bottom

of your statement or by phoning the School Office.


Study Periods

Dear Parents,

Please be advised that students in Year 11 and 12 are to be at school during their study periods. Study periods are an opportunity for students to catch up on any work to be completed such as class tasks, projects and also homework.


They are a valuable learning time and we appreciate your assistance in supporting your child’s learning.  If your child is unable to attend their study period we kindly ask that you please send a note or phone either Mr. Lindorff or Mrs. Evans.


Students who are unable to provide a note may need to catch up on their study period during recess or lunch time. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Staff - Who to Contact 2019

If parents need to contact the school, below is a list of teachers areas of responsibility. 

If you are still not sure who to speak to, our friendly office staff can help or direct you to the        appropriate staff member.


Principal:  Mr.  Karl Schier

Assistant Principal:  Miss. Kate McGinty

VCE, VET & VCAL Co-ordinator:  Mrs. Belinda Evans & Mr. Anthony Lindorff

Year 7 Co-ordinators:  Mrs. Julie Doyle and Miss. Keiran Vernon

Years 8-10 Co-ordinator:  Mr. Simon De Zoete-Spiero

Sports Co-ordinator:   Miss. Keiran Vernon

Careers and Work Experience:   Mr. Phil Crouch

Business Manager:   Mrs Kerry Grant & Mrs. Kathie Pitt


For subject related matters, please contact the subject teacher.

Community News


VCE Exam Preparation

For more information, please contact Mrs. Evans or Mr. Lindorff



Dates to Remember

Important Dates


Thurs 21      VCE Legal Studies Ballarat Law Courts

Fri 22            Greater Western Region Swimming Sports

W 27 - F29   Year 7 Halls Gap Camp

Wed 27         Year 11 Physics - Ecolinc


Fri 5               House Cross Country

                        Last Day Term 1

Tues 23        First day Term 2

Thurs 19      Eureka Athletics

Thurs 25      ANZAC Day

Fri 26             Eureka Athletics


Sun 5             Debutante Ball Training begins

Tues 7           Eureka Cross Country

Fri 10             Girls' Football & Boys' Netball

Thurs            Year 11 Chemistry - Ecolinc

Wed 22         Eureka Football & Netball (11-12)

Thurs 30      Eureka Football & Netball (9-10)


Wed 5           Year 8 - Ecolinc

Fri 7              GWR - Cross Country

Mon 10        Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tues11         Eureka Netball (7)  Year 11  Exams   

Wed 12        Eureka Football (7-8)  Eureka Netball (8)

Th 13 - F 14         Year 11 -  Exams

Tu 25 - F 28         Year 7-10 - Exams

Wed 26        Eureka Hockey (7-12)

Thur 27       VCE Legal Studies Supreme Court Melbourne



Fri 28            Last Day Term 2

                       Debutante Ball


Mon 15        First Day Term 3

Tues 16       GWR Badminton (7-8)

Wed 18       GWR Badminton (Int & Snr)

M-F 22-26            Year 9 -  Rubicon Camp  

                                Year 10 Work Experience


Fri 26          Eureka Basketball (Int & Snr)

M- F 29 - 2           Year 10 - Work Experience


Thurs 1      GWR Table Tennis

Mon 5         Year 12 Chemistry - Ecolinc

Wed 14       Eureka Basketball (7-8)


Mon 17       GWR Athletics

M-F 16-20            Year 10 - Melbourne Urban Camp

Fri 20            Last Day Term 3


Mon 7           First Day Term 4

Wed 9           Eureka Tennis & Volleyball (7-8)

Year 11         Chemistry - Ecolinc

Wed 16         Eureka Tennis (7-8)

Wed 30         VCE Exams Start


Tues 5           Melbourne Cup Day


M-Tu 2-3       Year 8 -  Exams

W-F 4-6 Year 8 - Surf Camp - Anglesea

Th-F 12-13    Year 7 & 9 - Exams