This week is National Reconciliation Week. This is an opportunity for our entire school community, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to reflect on our shared history and consider our way forward through local actions that support the national agenda of reconciliation. The Beaufort Secondary College community acknowledges and pays our respects to the traditional owners, the Wadawurrung people, whose country we are on and we would also like to extend our respect to their Elders, both past and present.
Our Year 7 and 9 students participated in NAPLAN testing over the course of last week. Thank you to Ms McGinty and Mr de Zoete Spiero for organising and administering the test for our students, as well as all of the other staff who played a role in guiding and supporting the students in taking part in the Nation-wide Testing of students. Well done to our students for the way in which they participated in the three days of testing, which covered the key areas of Literacy and Numeracy. The results of the NAPLAN will assist us in learning more about our students and their individual learning needs. We will use the results to help us identify strengths in our students, as well as areas for improvement and by doing this we can target skills for further development. We have been very pleased with the way in which previous NAPLAN result have demonstrated our ability as a school to achieve strong learning growth from Year 7 to Year 9.
We had a very successful Curriculum Day last Friday. We spent part of the day participating in a self evaluation of our teaching and learning processes and examining our climate for learning. All government schools take part in a review process every four years. Our school will be reviewed in Term 3 of this year and as a result we have begun evaluating our achievements and areas that we believe we can improve upon. We will be seeking feedback from students, staff, parents and community in order to ensure we have a good understanding of our school from all perspectives. At the conclusion of the review, we will establish a four year Strategic Plan that will guide our focus and our work into the future.
We also spent part of the Curriculum Day focusing on our classroom environment, which is at the centre of our Instructional Model (a guide for our teaching processes). Ms Moore took the staff through teaching and learning strategies that will assist with a positive and engaging classroom environment for our students. Our teachers will be adding these strategies to their repertoire and observing each other putting these into practice in their lessons. We do this so that we continue to learn and improve as educators in delivering a quality learning experiences for our students. Thanks to Ms Moore for her work in preparing and delivering this professional learning to our staff.
The last part of the day was spent on developing our curriculum, particularly for our Middle Years program. We are very pleased with the progress we have made in delivering this new program for our Year 9 and 10 students. The subject offerings are more tailored to individual student interests and future pathways, and aim to provide engaging options for our students to choose from as they make their way into the senior years of school.
Ballarat Choral Festival
I had the pleasure of listening to our school choir sing at the Choral Festival in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Ballarat on the weekend. They did an outstanding job – producing an amazing sound and receiving lots of very positive feedback. It is a huge commitment of both time and energy from Mrs McKelvey, who leads our choir and it is greatly appreciated. We also appreciate the effort and involvement of Mrs Evans and Mrs Doyle, who sing with and support the choir. Our students, who volunteer to participate in the choir, were the stars and I admire their ability to perform at such a high level time and time again.
After many months of waiting the day had finally come for our horse riding adventure. There were 10 of us all heading for the Howqua Valley near Mansfield. We departed school at about 4pm in the Shire bus, only stopping for food at Yea. We arrived at our accommodation, Howqua Valley Views, at about 9pm with only a slight detour. We saw plenty of kangaroos and wallabies during the drive but were also fortunate to see two deer. Some very excited students and slightly weary adults moved into their bunkhouse accommodation and had a good night’s sleep, eager for the next day to begin.
Saturday morning saw all the students up and dressed and ready to go before breakfast! After a cooked meal we drove to the Watson family farm to meet our guides and our horses for the next two days. We then set off on our ‘Man from Snowy River’ experience on horseback. We rode up a very steep hill to spectacular 360 degree views of the valley below.
After lunch we rode through creek beds and bridle tracks, up and down hills, trotting and cantering along the way, back to our accommodation at Howqua Valley Views. Everyone had such a great time and riding skills improved immensely. We then enjoyed a relaxing hot shower before a hearty roast dinner around a camp fire in one of Victoria’s prettiest valleys.
Sunday started much the same as the day before. We brushed and saddled our horses before we set off for “Kate Camerons Peak”, the perilously steep hill where the famous jump scene from the Man from Snowy River movie was filmed. We then headed back down to the Watson family farm for lunch to complete our ride.
It was a quiet drive home with some very contented but weary students. Even a stop at the lolly shop in Mansfield did not have the effect it should! We were home by 7pm, with everyone having had an amazing time.
Business Management students have been learning how to develop a business concept, establish a business and create and market a product. In order for students to apply their knowledge and skills learnt within the classroom, they conducted a market day. During lunch on Wednesday the 15th of May, the students offered four stalls of savoury and sweet goods. The day was fun for all the stall holders, however there was a lot of work that had to take place beforehand.
The students established partnerships and together decided on the product or goods they wished to sell: created a business plan, conducted market research and began to advertise with posters and announcements. On the day of the market there was apprehension, what if no one wanted the goods they had to sell? They needn’t have worried, there were customers and the students actively competed for the customers’ dollars. After the market the businesses had to determine proﬁt or loss and evaluate how their business performed.
While making a profit wasn’t the most important outcome of the market, all groups did make a profit, which was gratifying for students. The students generously donated their profits to FightMND, to assist the research into finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.
A total of $143.70 was donated to FightMND by the 1/2 Business Management class.
Last Thursday, 23rd May, our Year 8 students visited Kryal Castle as part of their studies on Medieval Europe. The day was cool and clear, and everyone was excited as we pulled up outside the castle walls. Students drew a field sketch of the castle front before walking over the drawbridge and into a world of the past. Everyone was kept busy all day, moving from one activity to the next.
Students learnt about the world of nobles and had the opportunity to dress up as a king, queen and members of their court. They were informed about the arms and armour knights once used and were able to try on the various parts of knightly wear. They were told about the life of a noble, and then moved on to become an apothecary for a half hour. Students learnt about the world of a medieval chemist, and used a mortar and pestle to create a pleasant-smelling herbal poultice of rosemary, lavender, lemon balm, fennel and clary sage.
After lunch the students swung into battle mode, participating vigorously in a spot of sword fighting (all very safe, parents) and archery, using the famous long bow. The staff at Kryal Castle were extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their subject matter and were also very complementary about the students’ respectful behaviour on the day.
Everyone – staff and students both – had a wonderful time at Kryal Castle.
On Thursday 16th May, we travelled to Ecolinc to undertake some practical work for our Unit 1 Learning Outcomes.
We joined with students from 3 other small schools to revise metallic and covalent bonding. We made lots of 3D models to strengthen and extend our knowledge. A series of experiments were undertaken to determine properties of the substances, particularly conductivity.
We also learnt about carbon nanomaterials, their current and potential uses, along with their limitations. We undertook a series of steps to convert a solution into a suspension of gold nanoparticles, checking their presence with a laser light. Even though we couldn’t see them, it was pretty exciting to make gold.
We enjoyed a productive yet relaxing day.
Wednesday the 22nd of May, our Senior Girls' Netball Team travelled to Llanberris- Ballarat Netball Association Centre and partook in the Eureka Netball Competition. The girls lost the first game, however soon found their momentum and were able to win the remaining five games.
The girls played with determination and persistence, whilst displaying outstanding sportsmanship on the court.
Results for the day:
Game 1: Ballarat High School defeated Beaufort
Game 2: Beaufort defeated SEDA
Game 3: Beaufort defeated Mount Rowan
Game 4: Beaufort defeated Phoenix
Game 5: Beaufort defeated Daylesford
Game 6: Beaufort defeated Mount Clear
Thank you to Donna Bruty for umpiring and families who came to provide support.
On Sunday, 26th May, the City of Ballarat hosted the 24th Annual Choral Festival at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Sturt Street. This year, eleven choirs were represented from various parts of the region.
The ‘Beaufort Secondary College Singers’ (our school choir) participated again in this event and presented a fine performance that generated many positive comments afterwards. It was very affirming for our students to realise that there are others, both students and adults, who share a love of music and passion for singing.
The two songs we performed were ‘Locked Away’, a song written in 2015 by the Virgin Islands production duo Rock City, and ‘Colours of the Wind’, written by lyricist Stephen Schwartz and composer Alan Menken for the Walt Disney animated film Pocahontas, in 1995.
At the end of the individual choir performances, all vocalists combined to sing ‘One Voice’, a song written in 2004 by Ruth Moody of the ‘Wailin’ Jennys’, which progressively introduces each voice type (soprano, alto, tenor and bass), and culminates in the full volume of singers by the end. This year that translated into approximately 170 voices.
Many thanks must go to the supportive families that ensured that students could participate in the Choral Festival, those that came along in support, and the commitment that the students themselves displayed in their preparation for this programme. Also, many thanks must be extended to Mrs. Doyle and Mrs. Evans for singing, and also providing transport for the performance.
We look forward to further performance opportunities … we love what we do!
Mrs. Joy McKelvey
The Intermediate Boys Football Team travelled to Ballarat High School to play a round robin against Ballarat High School and Phoenix College.
Ballarat High School was first, and unfortunately it wasn’t the result we were looking for, going down 24.6 to 2.0. The boys battled it out hard right to the end with a number of good passages of play, however, we were up against a great outfit. There were some positive signs that we were able to take into the next game against Phoenix.
What a great performance by our boys in a much closer contest, only going down 13.4 to 5.7 against Phoenix College. We focused on moving the ball quicker and with more numbers around the ball a real intent to follow the game plan was shown. The boys played well together going into half time, only 3 goals down. The ball movement, pressure and the enjoyment were very noticeable, and it was just a great game to watch.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get the win, but the boys held their heads high and represented the school very well, demonstrating strongly our values of Respectful Relationships, High Expectations and Excellence. Overall a great performance by the boys, they all gave 100% effort.
Thanks to Miss. Vernon for organising the day, and to Alex and Blake for helping out.
The Senior girls Football Team travelled to Ballarat High School to play a round robin against Ballarat High School and Daylesford Secondary College.
It was great to see our school field a side that was a mix of experienced and inexperienced players.
The girls were exposed to some very skilled players from the opposition. Even though we didn't come away with a win, all girls enjoyed the experience and "gave it a red hot go" according to Mr. Hooper!
We would like to thank all girls involved, Miss Vernon for organising and Mr. Hooper for being the Assistant Coach.
On Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of May, Ash Crowley and Zoe Wheeler had the amazing opportunity of travelling down to Melbourne to attend MUNA. It was held in Melbourne's Parliament House. We competed against other Melbourne schools, debating issues that we are facing around the world, such as lowering the working age and trade barriers and tariffs.
A few weeks prior to MUNA, each of the teams were assigned a country. Ours was one that was close to home…New Zealand. We were also given a list of resolutions that we would debate on, and had to conduct research on each one, finding out what our countries stance was on the topic and determining several points to support our arguments.
We were fortunate enough to be hosted by two lovely Rotarians, Gill and Joe, who lived close by to Parliament House. Even though we didn’t come away with the overall win, we did win the best costume award, which we were pretty stoked about. We were both a bit unsure and shy at the start of the weekend, however by the end we loved it and would recommend attending MUNA to anyone who is given the opportunity.
Ash Crowley and Zoe Wheeler
Noah, a current Year 7 student, entered the 'Write 4 Fun' competition . He made the finals with the story below.
The Unordinary Friend
Jack was an ordinary boy dong ordinary things like riding a bike, playing games and doing homework, until one day it all changed when he was walking home from school. A car came flying from out of nowhere towards him and then out of the ordinary the car just froze right in front of his eyes. Instead of running away, he walked towards it. Then it just dropped and behind was a huge monster that was glaring at Jack. The monster came towards him and tried to grab him but Jack was too fast and ran around the corner. He nearly ran into Cam, his best friend for over 5 years. He tried to explain to Cam why he was running so fast and that there was a monster chasing him so then Cam looked. "There is no monster" he said.
"But I saw it. It tried to grab me. It wasn't my imagination, was it?"
"Probably was. Maybe you should go home for the rest of the night". So that's what he did. Then Jack wondered, 'Why would he say that I should go home for the rest of the night if he said it was just in my head? Maybe he knew something about it or maybe he is the monster. Maybe it could be a suit I will just watch him.'
So that's what Jack did. He snuck out and headed to Cam's house. For some reason, Cam was walking around for no reason. At that very moment he transformed into that ugly monster that Jack had seen earlier. He went out and said "I know who you are Cam, you knew about the monster the whole time. You are the monster!" Jack grabbed his pocket knife, opened it out to the sharpest blade and stabbed the monster right in the heart. It dropped right in front of him.
The next day no one would believe Jack about Cam and the monster, so that was the story of my unordinary friend.
On Saturday 18th May, Eastyn was in Roseberry, Tasmania for "The West Coast Golden Gloves Tournament". Eastyn competed in the 44kg and Under Division and fought against Gerald O'Callaghan. Eastyn came away with a victory, winning all three rounds. He also won "Junior Fighter of the Night".
Eastyn and 8 other fighters from "Rudy's Boxing Gym" will be heading to New Zealand at the end of July this year. This 10 day trip is being sponsored by Boxing Federation of Australia, Eastyn will be competing in two fights whilst there.
This term we have a new magazine subscription, Teen Breathe. This is a great read for girls and includes articles on; The Pros and Cons of Putting Things off till Later, It’s Good to Talk, and Stand up and be Counted. We still have the old favourites too; Street Machine, Australasian Dirtbike, Farm Machinery and Hyper. Everyone is welcome to read these magazines in the Library or they can borrow them to read later.
The daily newspapers are also available but cannot be taken from the Library.
AND LOTS OF GOOD BOOKS
Everyone is welcome to use the computers at recess and lunch. Students completing schoolwork will be given priority. If you have trouble completing your homework after school, then you are encouraged to come to the Library during your breaks. Please let me know if you need a quiet space or help.
Please remember to respect our library. It is an important space for all to enjoy.
THE SCHOOL OF GOOD AND EVIL
By Soman Chainani
“Appearances deceive, intentions revealed and love and friendship tested. All in the fictional world of Gavalon, the Endless Wood and The School for Good and Evil.”
The School for Good and Evil is about two friends who live very different lives that find themselves in a school that trains “Fairy Tale” Heroes and Villains. One of the girls is fair and good, the other is ugly and evil. But it’s what is on the inside that makes a person who they are, not their looks.
Both the girls have to find this out the hard way. The two friends face hardships like going to the ’wrong’ school, jealousy, horrid classes meant for the other, a prince, competitions between the schools and much more. But in the end the Witch and the Princess remain friends.
CSEF applications closing date is June 21st 2019.
The CSEF is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sport and/or excursion expenses for the benefit of the eligible student. It is paid directly to your child’s school and will be allocated by the school.
To be eligible a parent or legal guardian of a student must:
Hold a Veterans Affair Gold Card or be an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC ) OR Pensioner Concession Card (PCC)
Be a temporary Foster parent
The school requires a copy of a current Health Care Card.
CSEF forms are now available from the General Office.
SRC Cancer Fundraiser wear casual clothes Friday 31st May. Wear green or a touch of green. Gold coin donation please.
Beaufort Secondary College Parents and Friends are welcoming new members now.
Next meeting will be held on
Monday 24 June at 9.15am
in the School Meeting Room.
The meeting will include Morning Tea and
be followed by a Tour of the New School Buildings.
Come along and join us to support the school.
Any queries, call Angela
on 0439 565 468
Thurs 30 Eureka Football & Netball (9-10)
Fri 31 Year 11 Biology - Melbourne Zoo
Wed 5 Year 8 - Ecolinc
Fri 7 GWR - Cross Country
Mon 10 Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
Tues 11 Eureka Netball (7) Year 11 Exams
Wed 12 Eureka Football (7-8) Eureka Netball (8)
GAT - all Year 11/12 students completing Unit 3/4
Exams 10 am start
Wed 26 Eureka Hockey (7-12)
Thur 27 VCE Legal Studies Supreme Court Melbourne
Fri 28 Last Day Term 2
Mon 15 First Day Term 3
Tues 16 GWR Badminton (7-8)
Wed 17 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
Year 9 - Rubicon Camp
Thurs 1 GWR Table Tennis
Mon 5 Year 12 Chemistry - Ecolinc
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
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