25 June 2019
Issue Eight
Across the Principal's Desk
Eureka Football
Plasticine Models  
Hands on Learning
House Basketball Competition
Parents & Friends
Dates to Remember
Beaufort Secondary College
(03) 5349 2305
37 Park Road
Beaufort, Victoria, 3373

Across the Principal's Desk

We’re in the final week of Term 2 and therefore close enough to half way through 2019 – another year flying by! It has been fantastic to be operating in the new buildings without construction occurring – a much smoother and less disruptive way of existing in our school. We’re enjoying the new buildings and outdoor spaces but still have some work to do to finish it all off with some painting, landscaping and further development of outdoor spaces required to get it to where we want it to be for the students. I will be consulting with the SRC to explore ideas for outdoor seating and recreation spaces around the grounds.


Government schools undertake a Review every four years to assess their progress against the goals and targets from the previous process and then develop a new Strategic Plan to support improvement for the next four years. Our Review will be conducted in the second half of next term. I’m looking forward to the discussion about our achievements and areas for improvement, which will be followed by setting goals and targets to support future progress. In preparing for the review, I am running focus groups with students, staff and School Council to gather ideas about what worked well over the past four years and what we could have done better. The discussions I have been involved in so far have been very rewarding and it has been terrific to gain different perspectives about our continuous school improvement journey.


In recent weeks, staff have been working hard on finalising assessment for this semester and writing reports. Students have been sitting exams to demonstrate what they have learnt throughout the sememster. Thank you to staff and students for a very solid half-year of work. I wish everyone a relaxing, enjoyable and safe mid-year break and I look forward to seeing you back at school on July 15th.

Eureka Football

Year 7 & 8 Boys' Football

On Wednesday 12th June, students participated in the Year 7 & 8 Eureka Football Tournament at Ballarat High School.  Students should be commended for their attitude and resilience on the day as the weather was very trying and conditions were tough.  In the end we played two games against Ballarat High School and Mt Rowan.  We were beaten in both, however  the boys tried until the end and didn’t complain once.

Best players in Game 1 were Ben Allan, Tim Parker, Jesse Kennedy, Zac Dally and Riley Burrill and in Game 2 best players were Jesse Kennedy, Ben Allan, Tim Parker and Alex Holm.


Thanks to Mr. Hooper for coaching the team for the day and to the parents who came to support us.


Year 7 Girls' Netball

On Tuesday 11th May, a team of Year 7 girls travelled to the Ballarat Netball Centre to compete against other schools in a Netball Competition. The girls displayed terrific skills and showed great determination on the day. They were very encouraging of each other and provided great feedback for each other to improve.


The results for the day:


Round 1 – Ballarat High 14 defeated Beaufort 0

Round 2- Mount Clear B 10 defeated Beaufort 6

Round 3- Phoenix 8 defeated Beaufort 3

Round 4- Daylesford 11 defeated Beaufort 6

Round 5 – Mount Clear A 13 defeated Beaufort 2


Thank you to Leah McErvale for umpiring and family/friends who came along on the day to support the girls.



Year 8 Girls' Netball

On Wednesday 12th May, a team of Year 8 girls travelled to the Ballarat Netball Centre to compete against other schools in a Netball Competition. The girls displayed terrific skills on the netball court and showed great determination for the day. They were very encouraging of each other and provided great feedback for each other to improve.


The results for the day:


Round 1 – Ballarat High 27 defeated Beaufort 2

Round 2- Phoenix B 9 defeated Beaufort 5

Round 3- Daylesford 15 defeated Beaufort 4

Round 4- Beaufort 16 defeated Woodmans Hill 5

Round 5 – Phoenix A 29 defeated Beaufort 2

Round 6 – Mount Clear 6 defeated Beaufort 5

Round 7 – Beaufort 11 defeated Mount Rowan 2


Thank you to Ms. McGregor for coaching the girls, Leah McErvale for umpiring and family/friends who came along on the day to support the girls.



Plasticine Models

7A have been studying Holes by Louis Sachar. Holes is a very popular novel about a miscarriage of justice that sends Stanley into a juvenile prison with a project to dig holes. 7A have enjoyed analysing the book and participating in a range of activities throughout the unit. One activity 7A completed was Plasticine Models, where they used plasticine to re-create a scene from the book. The models showcased the students’ knowledge and connection with the text.


Miss. Dridan



Hands on Learning

We are up and running in HoL and have made some great progress over the last few weeks. Each week students complete a Personal Focus Plan that helps students work on a particular aspect of personal development that, with teacher guidance, they choose to work on.


Students have been involved in planning, purchasing and cooking meals for the group. As you can see, we’ve also been very busy creating our new HoL learning space in the Agriculture shed. The room has now been plastered up and students have begun painting the room. Once this is completed we will have a kitchen and classroom area installed, as well as storage for tools and a work space.


Next term, students will be involved in creating individual projects as well as working on various other school building improvements. Given we have limited  access to funds, we are calling for help from the School Community for any building materials we could use. We are particularly looking for any timber that can be donated e.g, leftover building materials, pallets etc. We are happy to collect any materials. Please contact the school and leave a message for either Mr. Cunningham or Mr. Hooper if you can help.



House Basketball Competition

During Term 2 all of the Year 7-10 students compete in the annual House Basketball Competition. We saw some good skills displayed on the court and the students looked like they were enjoying themselves playing a sport they aren’t normally exposed to.


Our 9/10’s competed on Tuesday 18th June: The results were:

Round 1: Taltarni 8 defeated Tanaranga 3

Round 2: Wandarra 3 defeated Kambara 2

Round 3: Wandarra 6 defeated Tanaranga 3

Round 4: Kambara 10 defeated Taltarni 8

Round 5: Kambara 6 defeated Tanaranga 5

Round 6: Taltarni 8 defeated Wandarra 6


Our 7/8’s competed on Monday 24th June: The results were:

Round 1: Wandarra 4 defeated Tanaranga 2

Round 2: Taltarni 6 defeated Kambara 2

Round 3: Taltarni 8 defeated Wandarra 6

Round 4: Kambara 12 defeated Tanaranga 10

Round 5: Tanaranga 4 draw against Taltarni 4

Round 6: Kambara 18 defeated Wandarra 6


The results were very close in the end when combining the two competition days together. The winning house for the overall competition for 2019 was Taltarni.


This year our 9/10 Sport and Recreation class also had a go at running the Basketball Competition for the Year 7 and 8’s. They did a great job and it was a good learning experience for them. Thank you to you all.


A special thank you to all of the staff who helped out for the competition, in particular Chappy and Miss.Howden for umpiring and Mr. Collins for organising his Sport and Recreation students.



Parents & Friends

Limited Standing Only Tickets Still Available


Dates to Remember

Important Dates


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 10 Work Experience

Fri 26                   Curriculum Day - No students required at school

M- F 29 - 2          Year 10 - Work Experience

                              Year 9 -  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



Last Day of Term 2

On Friday 28th June, the SRC has organised a Casual Clothes Day. Please bring along a gold coin donation.


The SRC is also running a disco for all year 7-10 students Period 5, so come in your disco clothes!