02 April 2019
Issue Three
Principal's Report
Across the AP's Desk
Ballarat Law Courts
Ag Science
House Athletics Carnival
GWR Swimming
Library Happenings
BSC Photo Competition
Year 9/10 Sports Science
From the Office
Community News
General Information
Dates to Remember
Beaufort Secondary College
(03) 5349 2305
37 Park Road
Beaufort, Victoria, 3373

Principal's Report

The first term of the year has certainly gone by very quickly. Our staff and students have settled into the year well and we’ve had many positive achievements. There has been plenty of action with our Rebuild Project and we are now getting very close to completion. We’ve enjoyed moving into the new Food Technology building with new classroom spaces. The landscaping is taking shape and work is due to begin on our new sports courts any day now. The plan is for the contractors to complete their work over the holiday period. There will still be a few more spaces around the school that we will continue to update and improve to ensure we are happy with the quality of our learning spaces right throughout our school. However, it’s exciting to be so close!


There has been plenty on this term and this week is no exception. We had our Annual Report Presentation and the first meeting of our new School Council last Tuesday evening. Once again, I was very pleased to be able to present such a strong Annual Report which reflects the hard work we are putting into achieving positive outcomes for our students. Thank you to all of our school councilors for being prepared to play such an important role in the governance of our school. In particular, we thank Colin Gerrard for continuing in his role of School Council President.


We have Parent/Teacher Interviews on Wednesday 1st of May (the second week back after the holidays) and we encourage parents to take the opportunity to discuss the progress of their child with teachers. It will also be a great opportunity to check out our new buildings and spaces, so we look forward to seeing as many as people as possible.


A quick congratulations to Mitch Pesti who was successful in competing in the State Boxing Championships on the weekend. Mitch won his fight and a Gold Medal in his weight division, which makes him Victorian State Champion. Well done, Mitch – an amazing achievement!


On behalf of the staff at Beaufort Secondary College I wish all students and their families a safe and enjoyable Easter break.


Mr. Schier.


Across the AP's Desk

Wow! I can’t believe Term 1 is almost over. It’s been a very busy but productive term, which has seen the near completion of our new buildings. It has been exciting and rewarding to see the enthusiasm our students have demonstrated in learning in our new spaces.


There have been many highlights of Term 1. We have competed in many sports carnivals, including swimming and athletics, and I would particularly like to acknowledge our U18-20 Girls Freestyle relay team who finished third at the Regional Swimming Championship at Horsham. I was lucky enough to be present to cheer on Vicki, Tiarna, Tasha and Ashleigh as they made themselves and our school very proud. Well done, girls! I look forward to cheering you to second or first next year!


Feedback from students is that our Year 9/10 program is working well and students are engaged and interested and looking forward to their next lesson. Our Year 7s have completed their first camp which was a huge success and I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Mrs. Julie Doyle and Miss. Keiren Vernon in organising and supervising the camp. Thank you also to all the staff who attended the camp and provided our students with memories they won’t forget.



Please remember - you need access to COMPASS to keep up with life at Beaufort Secondary College. Each family should now have a unique login and password. If you have difficulty logging on, or do not have your logon password, please do not hesitate to contact our General Office.



Wearing full school uniform reinforces in students pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of the school community and assists in developing pride in representing their school. Issues of equity, health and safety, and expense are also factors that contribute to having a compulsory school uniform.


BSC expects that students will be neatly presented in full school uniform and it is an expectation that all students will abide by the uniform policy. We kindly request that parents support all aspects of this policy and therefore ensure that their child is in full school uniform every day.

Please note that BSC school jackets and blazers are both available for purchase for the cooler months. Black puffer jackets are not part of our school uniform and we kindly request that students do not wear them at school.


I look forward to meeting or seeing you again at our Parent Teacher Interviews on Wednesday 1st May. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email should you have any questions or queries about your child’s education.


Stay safe and enjoy your holidays.


Miss. McGinty


Year 7 Art

In Art with Ms. McGregor 7B students have explored a variety of Aboriginal styles and techniques such as spray painting, stenciling, dot painting and X-ray line work, to create beautiful bright artworks.  

Well done!



Year 8 Art

In Art with Ms. McGregor, Year 8B students have shown a great understanding of colour application and demonstrated complex painting techniques like the famous Post Impressionist artist, Vincent Van Gogh.



Year 7 Materials

Throughout Term One, students in 7B have been working busily to construct an aluminium figurine of Ned Kelly. The students have had to trace, cut, file and shape their components to ensure that they fit together neatly and don’t have any sharp edges. Each of the figurines is held in place by a stand, which is constructed with dowel and a piece of pine.

All students in 7B are hoping to  to take their figurines home by the Easter holidays.



Units 1 & 2 Food Studies

It has been a very exciting few weeks with the new kitchen and dining room facilities now open and fully functional. Year 11 Food Studies have wasted no time, recently undertaking their practical assessments. 


Students have been studying Food Origins, focussing on food from historical and cultural perspectives. Students have had to investigate the origins and roles of food through time and across the world. 


During last week's practical assessments students produced bacon and cheese frittata with ancient grains. 

This week students will be cooking Tefff pancakes with poached apple and pear. Teff is a fine grain - about the size of a poppy seed, that comes in a variety of colours. It is an ancient grain from Ethiopia. 



Ballarat Law Courts

VCE Legal Studies

The Year 12 Legal Studies class attended the Ballarat Law Courts on Thursday 21st March. We were privileged to be invited to a discussion session with Judge Stuart, a County Court Judge from Melbourne, who was in Ballarat for a four week circuit rotation.


The students were free to ask questions on matters relating to their studies, his life in the legal profession and his opinion on the Victorian legal system as it stands today, and whether there were any recommended reforms for improvement.


The students presented themselves in a professional manner and proudly represented the school.

Mrs. Maxted


Ag Science

Happenings in the World of Ag Science

Students in the new unit of Ag Science in Years 9/10, along with the students in the Alternate Program, have been busy in the garden over the past few weeks.


With such a wonderful space to enjoy and learn, garden bed preparation has been the focus and these are now almost ready for planting. We will be back in the classroom to work out the best varieties to plant, but not before we collect and work through some compost!


The photos show before and after work on the garden beds and the wonderful space we have at school.


Mrs. Ham



House Athletics Carnival

On Friday 15th March, we held our annual House Athletics Carnival at Llanberris Athletics Track in Ballarat. It turned out to be a fantastic day, with the sun shining brightly for the competitors and supporters. It was great to see so many students dress up in their house colours and costumes to add to the spirit and excitement of the day. Big congratulations to all of the students for their participation in events and displaying some great skills and talent.


On the day, we had Kambara and Tanaranga competing together and Taltarni and Wandarra.


Overall the winning teams were Kambara and Tanaranga on 1466 points, defeating Taltarni and Wandarra on 1116 points.


Our Age Group Champions were:


U13’s -  Tasha Saunders and Samuel Norris

U14’s -  Mia Evans and Myles Sandlandt

U16’s -  Tayla Stanaway-Barker and Jack Peacock

U17’s -  Vivian Johnson-Kight and Jude Poyser

U20’s -  Jessica Dridan and Willem Greymans


Well done to all competitors on their efforts.

Congratulations to Jack Peacock for being the Male Athlete of the meet and Tasha Saunders, Female Athlete of the meet.


A huge thank you to all of the staff, House Captains and students for making the day such a success.  Also, thank-you to family and friends who came along.  It is so nice to see so many friendly faces supporting our students around the track.   




Physics at Ecolinc

On Wednesday 27th March, our Year 11 Physics class attended a full day session at Ecolinc Science and Technology Innovations Centre, Bacchus Marsh. Students Jeremy, Ashleigh, Joey, Vivian, Davey and Josh spent the day playing with infrared cameras. 


The students used them to explore and investigate thermal signatures of hot and cold objects, as well as using them as a tool to determine the effectiveness of certain building designs on the cooling or heating in homes, such as double-glazed windows for insulation and ceiling fans as a means of evaporative cooling.


The day was a terrific opportunity to review classwork and do some hands-on investigations. The carefully designed Ecolinc buildings provided many interesting applications of thermodynamic principles, which further developed our appreciation of energy-saving cooling, heating and lighting.



Girls in Physics Breakfast

On Friday 22nd March, two of the three year 11 female physics students from our school attended the Girls in Physics Breakfast (organised by VicPhysics). This is the second year that Federation University has hosted this event.

Ashleigh, Vivian and I, embarked on an early morning drive into the city campus of Federation Uni. At the venue, Ash and Viv were assigned to separate tables with female students from other schools in the region and further afield. On each table were women who were beginning their careers based upon a physics education, such as Manufacturing Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Astrophysics.


After enjoying a delicious breakfast, the guest speaker, Dr. Dianne Ruka, introduced herself as a Kyabram girl who liked science at school but didn’t know what she really wanted to do. She explained that by doing what she liked (Biology) she moved though a number of careers to eventually working at Monash University as the Education & Training Coordinator with FLEET (the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies). Here she takes research being completed in physics and materials engineering and translates it into educational tasks and demonstrations. Dianne explained the physics behind superfluids, transistors and superconductors, as well as outlining some of the very exciting new technology that is just around the corner. She was very easy to listen to and made complex physics simpler to understand.


The three of us had a great morning and there were many very relevant messages for the girls to take away, that we will discuss as the year proceeds.


Jackie Kerr

(Physics Teacher)

GWR Swimming

On Friday 22nd of March we were fortunate to send an 18-20 Year Girls relay team to Horsham for the Greater Western Region Swimming Competition.  The team consisted of Victoria , Tiarna,  Tasha and Ashleigh.  The girls competed in the 4x50m freestyle relay against six other schools.


They had an amazing race and were lucky enough to finish 3rd overall, taking home a medal.

A huge congratulations to these girls on their achievement.


Thank you to all of the parents who assisted with transporting the swimmers to the event and cheering them on pool-side. It is lovely to see parents getting involved in the school sporting events.




Mitch Pesti

Congratulations to Mitch Pesti.

Mitch Pesti made his family, friends and trainer, Steve Stranks, very proud yesterday by fighting his way to a Victorian Gold Medal and the title of State Champion in his weight division.

This achievement is a testament to focus, hard work and plenty of heart, and Mitch should be congratulated for his determination to be the best he can be.


Well done, Mitch!! 



As part of the Applied Fashion Design course, students were required to work in a group and design an outfit based around or inspired by food. They were featured at the Lara Wine and Food Festival last weekend.
Jessica and 2 girls in her class created a Marshmallow gown.




Library Happenings

The purpose of this column is to let everyone know about the great things that happen in our Library.

This will include Book Reviews by students and staff, new titles to the Library and much more.




A good book can let you explore another place and time, it can take you away with fairies, witches or dragons, it can help you solve a murder or it can scare the life out of you. Sometimes it’s hard to find a good fit book but you WILL find one, just ask for help. We have books to suit every reading level and interest.


Although we encourage everyone to read, you can also come to the Library to complete your homework, play board and card games, do jigsaw puzzles, make origami figures, read the newspaper or magazines, use the computers and relax in a safe, comfortable environment. 



Please come along, whether you have suggestions, or just for a chat





I think this book was great for kids who like short stories. This book contained 13 Villain stories based on famous stories but from the villain’s viewpoint. My favourite one was about a boy named Jack who always went to visit a giant. They were best friends until the giant did something bad to the boy. If I had to rate this story I would give it 5 out of 5. All the stories end with suspense and leave you wondering what happens next.

Tahleah. D.














BSC Photo Competition

Beaufort Secondary College Photo Competition

With the aim to celebrate all things ‘Agriculture’ and to show our appreciation of the strong community links between our school and surrounding farm land, Beaufort Secondary College will be running a photo competition for the Month of April.


The theme for the competition is:


Agriculture: Providing food for your future


This competition is open to all students and all types of photography can be submitted, however it must be a photo you have taken!


Photos can be saved to a file called Ag Photo Competition on the public drive and the file name must include your name. You can enter up to 3 photos and they do not necessarily need to be photos taken in April, you may already have them on file at home.


Our official judge is Mrs McKelvey, who has kindly donated her time and expertise. Judging will take place in early May.


The top 10 entries will be displayed and the winning entry will be enlarged and take pride of place on a wall in our school.

Year 9/10 Sports Science

For the last two Thursdays the Year 9/10 Sports Science class has been assisting the Buangor PS students with athletics training. In preparation for the Buangor PS Athletics Day, the Sports Science students had to research and design training programs for a range of track and field events. 


Sports Science students had to ensure that Buangor students progressed from one week to the next and also cater for for a variety of ages (P-6), even modifying activities for the younger students. 

Sophie and Mia were involved in teaching 'Sprints' to the Buangor students. During their second lesson they had the responsiblity of recording all the student's 100m sprint times. The girls had to calculate handicaps and create heats for the Buangor Gift, that will be run on the last day of term. 


We would like to thank Buangor PS for organising the transport and allowing our class to assist with their training.  We hope to work with them again in the future!



From the Office

Student Absences

It’s not OK to be Away!


If your child is away due to illness or a    medical appointment, please phone the school before 10.00am.

Notes for medical appointments can be handed in to the General Office before the day of the appointment.

Students telling their teacher, or a friend, is not adequate notification of your child’s absence.

Families who are going on holidays during the school term should provide a letter to the school at least 2 weeks prior to the holiday,  so that work for the students can be provided.

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.

School Uniform

Students are reminded that they are expected to wear the correct socks to school.

Boys - plain grey socks, no emblems.

Girls - plain white socks with summer dress or shorts and navy tights with the kilt.


School coats and vests are available to purchase from Beleza in Ballarat.

Staff - Who to Contact

If parents need to contact the school, below is a list of teachers and their 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.


Secondary School Vaccinations in 2019

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to Year 7 and 10 students. These vaccines provide protection against:

    • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose for Year 7 students
    • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses for Year 7 students
    • Meningococcal A,C,W,Y – one dose for Year 10 students

Parents/guardians of Year 7 and 10 students should look out for the vaccine consent card booklet coming home from school with your child. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.


The Pyrenees Shire Council immunisation service may contact you about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. 


To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to betterhealth.vic.gov.au

Additionally, the Commonwealth Government is funding vaccinations for all children under 20 years of age who missed any scheduled vaccines, including a catch up program for Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for adolescents aged 15-19 years of age who have not already received the vaccine in school.


If students have missed vaccines, either in childhood or adolescence, and require catch-up vaccines, they should speak with their immunisation provider. (ie. local council or GP).

Community News

Girls Do Cyber

There’s still time to register for the ‘Girls Do Cyber’ coming up on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. We look forward to seeing as many Year 9-12 girls at this free event held at the Joint Cyber Security Centre.


WHERE:  Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) Melbourne

                  Level 32, 600 Bourke Street Melbourne

TIME:      10:00am – 2:30pm

                Please arrive at 9:30 am BYO Device and Earphones




General Information

Please save the Date

Wednesday 1st May Parent Teacher interviews.


Interviews will be available to book from Friday 5 April via Compass.


Please note that parents of Year 7 students should have received a letter outlining how to login to Compass.

Please contact our School oOfice for assistance in accessing or navigating Compass.


Why wear a Uniform

Positive Image

A uniform presents a positive image to the community.

A uniform creates a sense of pride and association with Beaufort Secondary College.

Reduce Costs to Parents

Over time, uniforms are cheaper than casual clothing and remove the competitive element potentially involved in designer casual clothes.

Safety of your Child

As a key element in meeting the Child Safe Standards, uniform allows staff to easily identify students as members of the school community and therefore maximises their safety.

The uniform is designed to be compliant with the Health & Safety requirements in all areas of the school. This is especially important with regard to shoes, which must be leather and polishableso that students are able to participate in technology subjects.



Dates to Remember

Important Dates


Fri 5               House Cross Country

                        Last Day Term 1

Tues 23        First day Term 2

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

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

Tues 11         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 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


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


SRC Last Day of Term 1

The SRC is running an Easter raffle.  Tickets will be 1 for $2 or 3 for $5.  There will be a prize for each year level.

On Friday 5th April, students can wear sports uniform and house colours for a gold coin donation.  All profits raised will be donated to the Good Friday Appeal.