07 August 2019
Issue Ten
Across the Principal's Desk
Sovereign Hill 
Year 10 Students
Playhouse Theatre
Hands on Learning
School News
Dates to Remember
Beaufort Secondary College
(03) 5349 2305
37 Park Road
Beaufort, Victoria, 3373

Across the Principal's Desk

A highlight of last week for me was visiting our Year 9 students on their camp in Marysville. We changed venue this year and were not disappointed. Our students were able to participate in a range of activities over the course of the week that provided them with opportunities to build skills in leadership, cooperation, teamwork and resilience, whilst also pushing them outside of their comfort zones so they could develop confidence and coping strategies. I went with one group and joined in for some skiing and tobogganing – we also managed to get a snowball fight in amongst the more serious activities – lots of fun! It was pleasing to see the perseverance shown by our students when they kept picking themselves up and trying again on their skis.

Other activities such as hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing tested our students and they are all better for the week away and the skills and strengths they have developed. Thanks to Mr. de Zoete-Spiero for organising the camp and thanks to Mrs. Ham and Mr. Hooper for being prepared to spend the week away from family and guiding our students throughout the experience – they did a terrific job.


Our Year 10 students have been away on Work Experience for the last two weeks. This provided them with the opportunity to work in an environment that is of interest to them and potentially one they might aspire to work in once they leave school. The two weeks went well for our students and the feedback has been very positive from employers, the staff who visited them and the students themselves. Even if the students came to the conclusion that the workplace they chose is not one they would like to pursue, then the experience has been worth it for them, so they can reflect on their time and re-evaluate what their future direction might look like. It’s an excellent opportunity for our students to get a taste for ‘life in the workplace’. Thanks to Mr. Crouch for the time and effort he put into making the Work Experience Program so successful for our students – much appreciated.


Our Student Awards Assembly will take place next Tuesday morning. This is a formal assembly where we acknowledge the achievements of our students from the first half of the school year. The awards are presented in various categories that cover achievement, effort, reports and attendance. The awards are not easy to attain and therefore well-deserved by all recipients. Thank you to the teachers for the thought and effort that goes into completing nomination forms and to the panel for taking on the responsibility of deciding who gets to walk across the stage. Parents and community members are welcome to attend.


Mr. Karl Schier

Sovereign Hill 

On Thursday 25th July, our Year 9 Humanities class went to Sovereign Hill. Students experienced some of the inventions that contributed to the Industrial Revolution in Australia and the role of migration during the Gold Rush.



Year 10 Students

Last week saw our Year 10 students complete their second week of Work Experience placements. Work Experience represents a wonderful opportunity for students to experience at first hand the world of work and consider more seriously their future career choices.


Over the past two weeks students were placed in their local area as well as places such as Ararat, Ballarat and Melbourne. Some students stayed at the same work place for the two weeks, others went to two separate work places.


The feedback from both students and employers was very positive, resulting in some excellent outcomes for everyone involved.



Playhouse Theatre

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day…?”

Thanks to generous sponsorship by the MTC and Sharing the Light Foundation our Year 9 students had the awesome opportunity of seeing ‘Shakespeare in Love’ at the Playhouse Theatre in Melbourne last week. The plot centres on Will Shakespeare’s ‘writer’s block’ as he attempts to write his next masterpiece. Titled ‘Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter’, the play soon evolves to become ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as we now know it. Amazing costumes and sets, skilled actors and a clever, comedy-filled storyline, kept us entertained for more than two hours. We were extremely fortunate to spend the afternoon in a beautiful theatre experiencing this sell-out play.

Hands on Learning

We would like to officially welcome two new members to Hands on Learning, Mitch Pesti and Dallas Smart. We had over 20 applicants to join the program and these two students were selected after our interview process. 


Our new space has now been painted thanks to our students. Over the coming weeks flooring and the new kitchen will be installed by local tradesmen. A much needed split system will go in and then we can permanently move into the space each Friday.


On Friday 2nd August, Steve Schneider from Hands on Learning came out to assist with our program for the day. As part of the program students are taught how to safely use each piece of equipment we have and get signed off to competently use them. Steve taught the students how to safely use tape measures, hand saws, clamps, hammers and power drills and they applied what they learnt by making tool boxes. These will be used by the students to work on projects around the school. 




School News

2019 Parent Opinion Survey


Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Approximately 30 per cent of our families will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. This survey is open now and will close on Sunday 11th August. It will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones.


The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September via School Council and the school newsletter.


A letter with all of the relevant information was sent home yesterday. Please contact Ms. Kate McGinty if you have any queries or questions.


Mobile Phones

Just a kind reminder about Beaufort Secondary College’s mobile phone policy. If students choose to bring their phone to school our expectation is that they will leave it at the office in the morning and pick it up after school.


Mobiles phones are not permitted to be used during class time or at recess or lunch.  Should you need to get an urgent message to your child, parents are invited to call the General Office and the message will be delivered to your child immediately.


We thank our families and students for supporting our mobile phone policy so that our students can make the most of their learning at Beaufort Secondary College.



The temperature may be dropping but our expectations continue to rise regarding appropriate winter school uniform. Our expectations regarding an appropriate hem length on skirts and shorts still apply and we ask parents and students to ensure that hem lengths are no shorter than 5cm above the knee. Also a reminder to wear appropriate Beaufort Secondary College jackets that are wind and rain proof. We also continue to hold our expectations around hair colour and piercings. Please refer to the School Uniform Policy located in the front of our school diaries or on our website for more information.


We thank our families and students for supporting our high expectations at Beaufort Secondary College.


Child Safe Schools

The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian early childhood services and schools, to ensure they are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect.​ Beaufort Secondary College has many policies and procedures in place that cater for the protection, safety and wellbeing of our students.  Implementing the safe school strategies will further enhance the care and support we provide for our students.

There has always been zero tolerance of child abuse at Beaufort Secondary College and we will continue to build our good practices and implement further measures which are designed to protect all children from harm.




Dates to Remember

Important Dates


Wed 14              Eureka Basketball (7-8)



Mon 16               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


November        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