Your Journey Planning - Beaconhills College

 
Your Journey Planning - Beaconhills College
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Your Journey Planning - Beaconhills College
Contents
       Section
       1    Contents
       2    Welcome to Beaconhills College
       3    The Beaconhills education
       4    General information
       5    Parental commitment
       6    Transport information
       7    College governance
       8    Financial information
       9    Tuition fees 2021
       10 Enrolment confirmation deposits
       11   Enrolment guidelines
       12 Privacy and information management
       13 Contacting us

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Your Journey Planning - Beaconhills College
Welcome to Beaconhills College
   Beaconhills College offers affordable and high        The College Board is made up of 12 members. This        It expresses the hope that all of our students will
   quality education, setting it apart in the region.    comprises three members approved by the Anglican        become true contributors to the broader community
                                                         and Uniting churches, one appointed from the alumni     and demonstrate the Christian values and attitudes
   We are an independent, open-entry, co-educational     community, one from the parent community and            on which our College was founded.
   Christian College. Our strengths lie in our strong    five additional school community representatives,
   sense of community, from our infants and Early        together with the Headmaster and the Chair of the
                                                                                                                 Our values
   Learning years through to Year 12.                    Board.                                                  The type of person each student becomes is of
                                                         Our mission                                             utmost importance to us. For this reason, we have
   Our history
                                                                                                                 defined our core values as Integrity, Compassion and
                                                         Our mission is to give students opportunities to        Respect.
   Beaconhills was established in 1982 at Pakenham
                                                         let their light shine and be a beacon in the lives of
   and opened its Berwick Campus in 2003. The
   College was founded on Christian principles and       others.
   these underpin all of our programs.                   Our motto
   The College is owned by Beaconhills Christian
                                                         The College motto, Lux Luceat, means ‘Let your
   College Limited, a company limited by guarantee.
                                                         light so shine’, taken from Matthew 5:16 (NRSV).

                                                                      Luceat
                                                        Lux
                                                                                                                       Let your light so shine

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The Beaconhills education
   Our vision is to be a leader in personalised holistic       Students learn effectively when they are fully engaged
   education that is focused on Learning That Matters.         in their own learning and teachers teach best when
                                                               they are professionally engaged.
   Learning That Matters aims to implement best
   teaching and learning practices relevant to today’s and
   tomorrow’s students.

   At Beaconhills we educate the whole child, to help
   them develop spiritually, intellectually, physically and
   emotionally.
                                                                                                    Environment
                                                                                                        and
   The character attributes of each student we aim to                                               sustainability
   foster are built around the traditional central values of
   compassion, respect and integrity.
                                                                                  Our global                            Learning
   Our teaching                                                                   community                             mindset
   We understand the importance of quality teaching and
   ensure our teachers are not only passionate educators
                                                                                                  Learning
   in their field, but know how to motivate and inspire our                                      That Matters
   students to be enthusiastic and skilled learners.
                                                                                  Citizenship                           Values and
   Effective learning is greatly enhanced when there is                               and                                character
   a trusting and respectful relationship between the                               service
   student, teacher and parent. Effective learning is
   directly correlated to effective teaching.
                                                                                                       Wellbeing
   Teaching and learning needs to be managed in a way
   that allows students to feel safe, valued and respected
   in a dynamic and well-resourced learning space.

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 Junior School                                                                         Junior School (Prep to Year 4)
                                                                                       Connecting junior learners
                                                                                                                                               Physical Education

                                                                                                                                               All students from Prep to Year 4 have Physical
                                                                                                                                               Education classes led by specialist teachers. Students
Being

                                                                                         Key learning areas                                    in Years 2 - 4 have an extra House sport session
                                   Thinking                                              English
                                                                                                                                               each week.
                                   Inquiring, curious minds
                           Lateral, critical and creative thinkers                       Mathematics                                           Students take part in games to help improve their ball
                             Transferring, communicating and
                                  extending knowledge
                                                                                         Religion and Values Education (RAVE)                  skills and fitness. As children progress through the
                              Making connections in learning
                                                                                                                                               years, there is more emphasis on a wide variety of
        Community                                             Learning                   French and Japanese
                                                                                                                                               physical challenges in the form of organised games,
        Developing relationships                                 Focus on learning
        Respecting and valuing                                 Problem solving and
                                                                                         Physical Education                                    swimming programs and in specific skill sessions
             differences                                         mastery learning
         A sense of belonging                                    Collaborative and       Performing arts - Music (including instrumental       during Physical Education.
              and pride                                        personalised learning
         High expectations and                                       Risk taking and     program), Dance
           a culture of active
            encouragement
                                                                        reflection                                                             Performing arts
                                                                                         Visual Arts
                                                                                                                                               From Prep, every student has the chance to
                 Connecting junior                                                       Library
                                                                                                                                               experience performing arts through the curriculum
                     learners                                                                                                                  and co-curricular opportunities. Performance instills
                                                                                       The Junior School curriculum focuses on laying firm     confidence, discipline, courage and pride.
                                                                                       foundations in English, Mathematics and fundamental
                                                                                       skills, along with developing a positive attitude and   In the Junior School, drama is approached in a
                                                                                       healthy social skills.                                  variety of ways including: mime, dance, dramatic play,
                                                                                                                                               puppetry, role play, body awareness, improvisation,
                                                                                       Each teacher integrates Science, Humanities, Health,    performance and group dramatisation.
                                                                                       Design and Technologies within integrated units.
                                                                                       Specialist subjects include French, Japanese, Visual    Choirs, dance groups, string orchestras and drama
                                                                                       Arts, Library, Religion and Values Education (RAVE)     clubs are just some of the ways to be involved.
                                                                                       and performing arts subjects.                           Students perform in annual concerts, at assemblies, in
                                                                                                                                               performing arts festivals and musical productions.

                                                                                                                                               These activities are closely linked with other

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   curriculum areas. In this way, drama becomes a          Visual arts                                            trustworthiness, gratitude and compassion are
   part of learning, creating a deeper awareness and                                                              discussed regularly and are demonstrated through
                                                           Visual arts is a stimulating and challenging program
   understanding of ourselves and others. Not only                                                                the life of Jesus, as well as other biblical narratives.
                                                           offered to all students at the College.
   does drama foster self-confidence, develop language                                                            Lessons and fortnightly chapel services encourage
   and extend thinking, but it cultivates the children’s   Students explore different media and styles and        students to reflect on their own beliefs and values,
   emotions and imaginations and is a very powerful        are encouraged to express their own opinions           and how their actions can contributes to others.
   instrument for promoting the achievement of a variety   and attitudes through a number of subjects and
                                                                                                                  Connected deeply with the development of Values
   of other educational goals.                             disciplines. Creative, original responses are
                                                                                                                  and character is that of Citizenship and service
                                                           encouraged at all year levels.
   The College has teaching studios, recording studios                                                            learning. As part of a holistic education, and with
   and professional-standard performance venues.           From Prep to Year 4, students take part in an art      the principles of Christianity, our students, staff and
                                                           program that is based in specialist art rooms. Using   families are encouraged to give to others. As a caring,
   Classroom music incorporates a Kodaly program
                                                           many materials and techniques, they are encouraged     Christian community, support of those in need is
   and singing and percussion work. Elements covered
                                                           to explore and discover the world through art.         paramount in everything we do at Beaconhills and
   include pitch, melody, beat, rhythm, tone, colour,
                                                                                                                  the College provides financial and material aid to
   form, harmony and appreciation. Music is also           Religion and Values Education (RAVE)                   local, national and international organisations.
   linked to classroom themes and special events. All
   students in Year 2 complete the Strings Program         As part of the pillars of learning (Values and         There is, also, an annual worship service, which all
   for one semester. They receive small group tuition      character) and with the Christian foundations of       families attend in the evening. Alongside this, there
   on a chosen string instrument, culminating in a         the school, Junior School students have regular        are services for the Christian celebrations of Easter
   performance for parents and friends at the end of the   Religion and Values Education (RAVE) classes.          and Christmas, as well as, other services throughout
   semester.                                               The classes focus on the spiritual nurture of our      the year, including ANZAC and Remembrance Day
                                                           students, acknowledging that our school is an open     services.
   The Instrumental Music Program offers students the      entry school, for all faith backgrounds, founded on
   opportunity to take part in private music lessons.      Christianity and the values of compassion, respect     Beacon Explorers
   The Junior School has a choir which performs in the     and integrity.
   College and at various choral festivals in and around                                                          Outdoor education endeavours to take students out
   Melbourne. Drama is also offered for interested         In the Junior School, the program encourages           of their comfort zone and challenge them physically,
   children as a co-curricular activity. Junior School     students to understand that people have beliefs        emotionally and spiritually.
   students take part in an annual school play and         and faith that impacts the way they live and the
                                                                                                                  Outdoor education’s purpose is to help children
   musical production.                                     things they say and do. Values of empathy, respect,
                                                                                                                  develop important life skills they need to take into

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   adulthood. Many skills they gain underpin academic      The duration and location of these camps vary
   success.                                                according to the year level.

   Our outdoor education experiences are much more         Co-curricular activities
   than just camps - they are an opportunity to develop
   these skills.                                           Students can extend their horizons with a choice of
                                                           activities during and beyond the school day. Years 3
   Students quickly learn during their outdoor education   and 4 students may take part in co-curricular activities
   experiences that actions have consequences in the       such as:
   outdoors and they must communicate, work as a
   team, problem solve, respect their peers and learn      • Equestrian
   new skills.
                                                           • Drama
   At Beaconhills, the program is structured to allow
                                                           • Music ensembles
   each individual to build upon the skills developed in
   the previous year. At all times we have in mind the     • Choir
   capabilities of our students at each level.
                                                           • Sport
   Prep and Year 1

   An outdoor afternoon and early evening experience
   includes activities such as crafts and games.

   Year 2

   A sleep-over gives children the chance to enjoy camp
   activities and the experience of an overnight stay.

   Years 3 and 4

   Short camps from a base include canoeing, archery,
   ropes and initiative courses, giant swing, bush
   activities and bike riding.

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                                                                                      Middle School (Years 5 to 8)                              English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities. At
                                        Voice                                                                                                   Year 6, students have two significant teachers who
                              Building confidence and leadership                      Empowering young adolescents
                               Exploring strengths and passions
                                                                                                                                                teach a combination of English/Humanities and
                               Valuing the perspective of others                                                                                Mathematics/Science classes, ensuring the vital links
                                                                                        Key learning areas                                      between these subjects are consolidated. By Year
           Growth                                     Responsibility                    English                                                 8, students move to working with specialist teachers
         Developing positive and                           Making informed choices
         respectful relationships
                                                                  Creating a            Mathematics                                             in the areas of Mathematics, Science, English and
           Promoting resilience
          through perseverance
                                                              sustainable future
                                                                                                                                                Humanities; thus, preparing them for the expectations
         Navigating adolescence
                                                                     Becoming           Humanities
                                                                   digital citizens                                                             and requirements of Year 9 and the Senior School.
                                                                  Fostering
                                                             independent learning       Science
                                                                                                                                                A key goal of Middle School is to support students
                                                                                        French or Japanese
                Empowering young                                                        Physical Education/Personal Development
                                                                                                                                                to become capable, independent learners who are
 Being

                                                                                                                                                willing to take risks in their learning and embrace
                  adolescents                                                           Semester-based specialist classes in technology         challenges. The focus is on conceptual development
                                                                                        and art                                                 and knowledge-building through offering a diverse,

    Middle School                                                                       Religion and Values Education (RAVE)                    rich curriculum. Using an inquiry-based, integrated
                                                                                                                                                approach, students are presented with opportunities
                                                                                                                                                to link ideas and content across key learning areas
                                                                                      Middle School, Years 5 to 8 at Beaconhills, focuses       and contexts. In addition, academic development,
                                                                                      on conceptual development and knowledge-building          leadership and organisational skills development are
                                                                                      through offering a broad curriculum. Using an inquiry-    continually nurtured, within a whole school program
                                                                                      based approach, students are offered the chance to        that is solidly entrenched in the College’s core values
                                                                                      link ideas and content in an integrated approach.         of respect, compassion and integrity.
                                                                                      Middle School is a period of significant personal and     Physical Education
                                                                                      academic growth for students where, over the course
                                                                                      of four years, they are supported in their transition     In Middle School, students have Physical Education
                                                                                      from Junior School to Year 9. The transition process is   and Health classes that introduce students to the
                                                                                      scaffolded and sequential.                                importance of healthy life choices. At Year 8, students
                                                                                                                                                complete a Fitness and Health module where they
                                                                                      In their first year of Middle School, the model of        work on their personal fitness as well as learning
                                                                                      delivery is similar to their Junior School experience.    about the importance of nutrition. Students also
                                                                                      Year 5 students have one core teacher who teaches         participate in weekly House sport competitions.

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   Religion and Values Education (RAVE)                      Beacon Explorers                                         the previous year. At all times we have in mind the
                                                                                                                      capabilities of our students at each level.
   As part of the pillars of learning (Values and            Outdoor education endeavours to take students
   character) and with the Christian foundations of the      out of their comfort zone and challenge them             Year 5
   school, Years 5 to 8 students have weekly Religion        physically, emotionally and spiritually.
   and Values Education (RAVE) classes. The program                                                                   Base camp experiences are offered to all students.
                                                             The program umbrella stretches across a range of         Activities include canoeing, low ropes course, raft
   focus endeavours to develop awareness of different
                                                             curricular and co-curricular activities. Co-curricular   building, flying fox and bush activities.
   perspectives, different religions and understandings
                                                             sports such as snowsports come under the banner, as
   in the Christian tradition. Often links are made cross-
                                                             do the curriculum-based camps starting in Year 5 and     Year 6
   curricular with other aspects of the Middle School
                                                             culminating in Outdoor and Environmental Studies –
   Program.                                                                                                           This week-long program occurs in Canberra where
                                                             a VCE subject in Senior School.
                                                                                                                      students participate in a variety of educational
   Students attend assembly where there are Bible
                                                             The College employs specialist staff to develop and      experiences which focus on Australia’s history,
   readings and prayers, with a reflection from the
                                                             lead these programs.                                     culture, heritage and democracy. Students also
   chaplains. There is an annual House Church
                                                                                                                      participate in activities such as hiking, bike riding and
   Service, which all families attend in the evening.        Outdoor education’s deeper purpose is to help            canoeing in Jindabyne.
   Alongside this, there are services for the Christian      children develop important life skills they need to
   celebrations of Easter and Christmas, as well as, other   take into adulthood. Many skills they gain underpin      Year 7
   services throughout the year, including ANZAC and         academic success.
   Remembrance Day services.                                                                                          Year 7 students attend a four day camp on the
                                                             Our outdoor education experiences are much more          Mornington Peninsula which gives them a large
   Connected deeply with the development of Values           than just camps - they are an opportunity to develop     range of experiences. This program is an introduction
   and character is that of Citizenship and service          these skills.                                            to many of the skills and concepts that will be
   learning. As part of a holistic education, and with                                                                developed in future years and includes activities such
   the principles of Christianity, our students, staff and   Students quickly learn during their outdoor education
                                                                                                                      as raft building, a mountain bike rogaine and bush-
   families are encouraged to give to others.                experiences that actions have consequences in the
                                                                                                                      walking.
                                                             outdoors and they must communicate, work as a
                                                             team, problem solve, respect their peers and learn       Year 8
                                                             new skills.
                                                                                                                      A more challenging and specialised program is
                                                             At Beaconhills, the program is structured to allow       offered to Year 8 students. This program is based
                                                             each individual to build upon the skills developed in    around Halls Gap in the Grampians and includes

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   opportunities for students to enjoy canoeing,            actively promoted through an integrated performance   Visual arts
   mountain biking and an indigenous program at             program.
                                                                                                                  Visual Arts is a stimulating and challenging program
   Brambuk.
                                                            All students in Year 5 are involved in the Band       offered to all students at the College.
   The duration and location of these programs vary         Program. They receive small group tuition on a
                                                                                                                  Students explore different media and styles and
   according to the year level.                             chosen instrument culminating in a performance for
                                                                                                                  are encouraged to express their own opinions
                                                            parents and friends at the end of the semester.
   Performing arts                                                                                                and attitudes through a number of subjects and
                                                                                                                  disciplines. Creative, original responses are
   Every student has the chance to experience                Instrumental Music Program                           encouraged at all year levels.
   performing arts through the curriculum, co-curricular
                                                             Private tuition is offered to students on a range
   and House systems. Performance instills confidence,                                                            In Years 5 to 8, students learn a range of techniques,
                                                             of musical instruments including piano, recorder,
   discipline, courage and pride.                            flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone,       materials and styles. At this level, Art broadens into
                                                             percussion, guitar, voice and orchestral strings.    a number of subject areas covering both 2D and
   Choirs, dance groups, theatre sports, guitar groups,                                                           3D work. The priority is still each student’s unique
   jazz bands, string orchestras and drama clubs are just                                                         approach, but they are also expected to do research
   some of the ways to be involved. Students perform         Music Ensemble Program
                                                                                                                  on various topics and to experience a range of
   in annual concerts, at assemblies, in performing arts     This program caters for instrumentalists and         materials and media. Students also have theory
   festivals and musical productions.                        vocalists alike (concert and big bands, flute,       classes and discussions relating to art and artists.
                                                             brass and clarinet ensembles, choirs, string and
   The College has teaching studios, recording studios       guitar ensembles and several choral groups)          There are many exciting ways for students to further
   and professional-standard performance venues.             with opportunities to perform in one of our many
                                                                                                                  develop their skills, including:
                                                             concerts held during the year.
   The performing arts includes the teaching of Dance,                                                            •   Artists-in-residence at the College.
   Drama and Music. We seek to encourage group
                                                             School musical productions
   interaction at a level experienced in few other areas.                                                         •   Workshops throughout the year in a number of
   Its cultural richness provides a positive outlook and     Opportunities for performance are available in all       areas across the department.
   basis upon which to reflect and understand society.       sections of the College.
                                                                                                                  •   Hearing guest speakers talk about their work and
   Inherent in the disciplines of Dance, Drama and Music                                                              experiences.
                                                             The Annual House Performing Arts Festival
   is the stimulation, enhancement and development
   of both physical and cognitive skills. The students’      An inter-House competition that provides all
                                                             students with an opportunity to participate in a
   sense of identity, self-esteem and self-discipline is
                                                             vocal, dance, musical performance or a play.

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   Technology

   The College has an enviable track record in
   technology subjects, with the work of many of our
   students ranking among the best in the state. Each
   year growing numbers of our students qualify for Top
   Designs – part of the VCE Season of Excellence –
   and some have achieved Premier’s Awards.

   Within the Middle School technology encompasses
   Product Design and Technology, Systems
   Engineering, Textiles Technology and Food and
   Technology.

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                                                                                       Year 9 					                                               The school week is broken into four academic days
   Year                                                                                Experiential learning 		                                   and one experiential day. Academic days usually take
 Being
                                                                                                                                                  place at school, while experiential days may be off

    9                                  Self
                                                                                         Key learning areas
                                                                                         English/Humanities
                                                                                         Mathematics/Science
                                                                                                                                                  campus and involve a range of activities.

                                                                                                                                                  Each term, there are five distinct key learning areas
                                                                                                                                                  including the study of French or Japanese. Students
                                                                                                                                                  also undertake one elective per semester.
                                 Building relationships
                                 Developing character                                    Languages other than English
                                   and leadership                                                                                                 Year 9 Program highlights
                                    Self-reflection                                      Personal development
                                   Academic growth
                                                                                                                                                  Student learning is enriched through a model of
         Discovery                                        Challenge                                                                               studying the core disciplines of English, Mathematics,
          Beacon Explorers                                  Overcoming adversity       Year 9 is a unique and engaging program that gives         Science, Humanities and Physical Education, in
          Community service                                     Personal Best
         Experiential learning                            Self-belief and confidence   students the framework to develop their personal and       conjunction with an Experiential Learning Day once
                                                           Becoming independent
                                                                                       academic skills. It is a time when students begin to       every week. This Experiential Program aims to
                                                                                       explore their world view and question their place in it.   develop the values and character of our students in
                                                                                                                                                  the hope that they will become positive and active
           Experiential learners                                                       The College has designed a Year 9 Program
                                                                                       delivered from our purpose-built Year 9 centres.
                                                                                                                                                  global citizens. These days are often held off-campus,
                                                                                                                                                  where students travel to different locations to apply
                                                                                       These are multimedia-rich places of learning, staffed
                                                                                                                                                  their learning to real world contexts. Students travel
                                                                                       by teachers with special skills in teaching Year 9
                                                                                                                                                  independently on public transport, learning how to
                                                                                       students. The focus is not only about learning through
                                                                                                                                                  conduct themselves in public and be courteous to
                                                                                       experience but providing challenges and fostering
                                                                                                                                                  other commuters. At times, the program is completed
                                                                                       independence, decision-making, and character
                                                                                                                                                  on-campus and allows time for a deeper immersion
                                                                                       development.
                                                                                                                                                  into important topics and themes.
                                                                                       The Year 9 Program encompasses the Learning That
                                                                                                                                                  Personal Best
                                                                                       Matters framework both in and out of the classroom.
                                                                                       The Learning That Matters framework is a holistic          The Personal Best project enables students to
                                                                                       approach to curriculum that emphasises the skills,         follow an area of interest or passion and to
                                                                                       understandings and behaviours that will support our        complete an individual project that has research,
                                                                                       students now and in the future.                            skill-building and presentation components. The
                                                                                                                                                  project culminates in a Personal Best evening where

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   all student work is displayed or presented live to an      Common Good                                              Performing arts
   audience of parents, fellow students and staff. Past
                                                              The Common Good project enables students to              Our performing arts departments have helped launch
   projects have included musical items, fashion parades
                                                              explore social justice issues in small groups and        professional careers in dance, drama and music. The
   and information-oriented presentations.
                                                              involves these groups in community service activities.   College also has an impressive list of students who
   Team building                                              Again, this project culminates in a major presentation   have achieved Top Class awards.
                                                              of the issues and student responses to an audience
   Whilst most activities in the Year 9 Program include                                                                Every student has the chance to experience
                                                              of fellow students, parents and staff.
   aspects designed to develop student team building                                                                   performing arts through the curriculum and
   skills, some activities focus strongly on this important   City Experience                                          co-curricular programs. Performance instills
   life skill, including the Beacon Explorers Program, the                                                             confidence, discipline, courage and pride.
   Common Good project and the City Experience.               City Experience takes place individually and in
                                                              groups. It is an opportunity to explore the cultural,    Choirs, dance groups, theatre sports, guitar groups,
   Beacon Explorers Program                                                                                            jazz bands, string orchestras and drama clubs are just
                                                              historical and geographical aspects of Melbourne
   This challenging aspect of the Year 9 Program is           and is designed to promote independence and              some of the ways to be involved. Students perform
   designed to encourage every student to test the            confidence.                                              in annual concerts, at assemblies, in performing arts
   limits of their physical, mental and social abilities.                                                              festivals and musical productions.
                                                              Student interests
   Through this program, students learn to work                                                                        The College has teaching studios, recording studios
   together as a team and to better understand the            The Year 9 Program helps students explore issues         and professional-standard performance venues.
   consequences of their actions and decisions upon           of particular relevance to them at this stage of their
   others. The program, on the Great South West of            lives. Students get an opportunity to consider career    The performing arts includes the teaching of Dance,
   Victoria encourages students to enhance their              options and better understand social issues in their     Drama and Music. We seek to encourage group
   appreciation of the environment and understand our         community.                                               interaction at a level experienced in few other areas.
   need to care for and preserve it. They will travel in                                                               Its cultural richness provides a positive outlook and
   groups participating in activities including canoeing,     Human movement                                           basis upon which to reflect and understand society.
   hiking and mountain-bike riding. Before the tour,          The Year 9 Program covers a wide variety of physical     Inherent in the disciplines of Dance, Drama and Music
   students will learn about the Indigenous history and       activity, including Physical Education and the Outdoor   is the stimulation, enhancement and development
   settlement of the region. It is also vital that students   Education Program, centred around Personal Best          of both physical and cognitive skills. The students’
   learn about environmental issues and sustainability.       and exploring diverse recreational activities.           sense of identity, self-esteem and self-discipline is
   Students will learn to reduce their waste and energy
                                                                                                                       actively promoted through an integrated performance
   consumption on a daily basis.
                                                                                                                       program.

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    Instrumental Music Program
    Private tuition is offered to students on a range
    of musical instruments including piano, recorder,
    flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone,
    percussion, guitar, voice and orchestral strings.

    Music Ensemble Program
    The program caters for instrumentalists and
    vocalists alike (concert and big bands, flute,
    brass and clarinet ensembles, choirs, string and
    guitar ensembles and several choral groups)
    with opportunities to perform in one of our many
    concerts held during the year.

    School musical productions
    Opportunities for performance are available in all
    sections of the College.

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Senior School
                                                                                        Senior School 					 Students have the ability to choose from over 40
                                                                                                              different VCE subjects across 12 different faculty
                                                                                        Enabling young adults
                                                                                                                                                 areas.
                                                                                        Choosing the right academic path is essential in
Being

                                                                                                                                                 Beaconhills students traditionally study 12 VCE Units
                                                                                        Senior School. Beaconhills students can choose a
                                                                                                                                                 in Year 11 and 10 VCE Units in Year 12.
                                                                                        diverse range of pathways to suit their own strengths
                                                                                        and interests as we provide a vast number of VCE
                                       Flexible                                         units across a broad spectrum of learning areas.
                                                                                                                                                 Careers/ Pathways
                                   Individual learning pathways
                                   Allowing talents to flourish                                                                                  Students have a structured careers program in Year
                                                                                        Included in these choices and opportunities are a
                                    Independent, responsible
                                        and accountable                                                                                          10 that works to assist students in developing future
                                                                                        variety of learning pathway options including VCE,
                                                                                                                                                 pathways. Following Year 10, students continue to
                                                                                        school-assessed VCE, VET via external providers.
           Focus                                                    Finish                                                                       work closely with the Careers Counsellor to make
                                                                                        As a College, we are determined to develop new
        Teachers as mentors                                        Opportunities for
                                                                     leadership
                                                                                                                                                 informed decisions about their ongoing subject
             Study habits                                                               ways students can learn outside of the traditional
        Intellectual risk taking
                                                                  Role-modelling and                                                             selection and pathways options post Beaconhills.
           Mature learners
                                                                      mentoring         classroom.
                                                                  Sense of self-worth
                                                                                                                                                 Health and physical education
                                                                                        Year 10
                                                                                                                                                 In the senior years, there are a range of health
                                                                                        All Year 10 students study a core program of English,
         Enabling young adults                                                          Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Commerce,
                                                                                                                                                 and physical education electives. For VCE, subject
                                                                                                                                                 choices include Physical Education, Health
                                                                                        Personal Development, Ethics and Careers. Students
                                                                                                                                                 and Human Development, and Outdoor and
                                                                                        can also choose to study elective subjects from all of
                                                                                                                                                 Environmental Studies.
                                                                                        the College’s learning faculties.
                                                                                                                                                 Beacon Explorers
                                                                                        Year 10 students may have the opportunity to begin
                                                                                        their VCE in Year 10 if they have achieved the           The Year 10 Outdoor Education Program is designed
                                                                                        necessary academic outcomes in Year 9. Note not all      to further extend experiences and develop skills
                                                                                        VCE subjects can be accelerated.                         introduced in the younger years. These activities are
                                                                                                                                                 more specialised, with trained leaders taking students
                                                                                        VCE – Years 11 and 12                                    through a range of activities.
                                                                                        All Years 11 and 12 subjects are drawn from the          Students work in small groups and are encouraged
                                                                                        Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) curriculum.     to build on the skills learnt from previous expeditions.

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The Beaconhills education
   Students have the ability to choose from a number           Connected deeply with the development of Values         The College has teaching studios, recording studios
   of domestic and international camp options to suit          and character is that of Citizenship and service        and professional-standard performance venues.
   their interests. Domestic camp options include;             learning. As part of a holistic education, and with
                                                                                                                       The performing arts includes the teaching of Dance,
   sea kayaking, surfing/stand up paddle/hiking, rock          the principles of Christianity, our students, staff
                                                                                                                       Drama and Music. We seek to encourage group
   climbing, rafting, snow camping and art exploration         and families are encouraged to give to others. As
                                                                                                                       interaction at a level experienced in few other areas.
   in Jabiru. Students may also choose to be a part of a       a caring, Christian community, support of those in
                                                                                                                       Its cultural richness provides a positive outlook and
   10-day international expedition to either Vietnam, East     need is paramount and the College provides financial
                                                                                                                       basis upon which to reflect and understand society.
   Timor or China.                                             and material aid to local, national and international
                                                               organisations. On leaving the College, students are     Inherent in the disciplines of Dance, Drama and Music
   Students can choose VCE Outdoor and
                                                               encouraged to continue service to others as a life-     is the stimulation, enhancement and development
   Environmental Studies as a VCE subject.
                                                               long commitment. Parents and students are also          of both physical and cognitive skills. The students’
                                                               encouraged to consider giving to the College through    sense of identity, self esteem and self-discipline is
   Religion and Values Education (RAVE)
                                                               donations and bequests so that the opportunity of       actively promoted through an integrated performance
   There are several features of the normal Senior             a Beaconhills education can be assured for some
                                                                                                                       program.
   School Program, which relate to the Christian aims          students in need - long into the future.
   of the College. Each section has a regular assembly,
   which includes a Bible reading, prayer and reflection       Performing arts                                           Instrumental Music Program
   from a chaplain. During the course of the year, each                                                                  Private tuition is offered to students on a range
                                                               Our performing arts departments have helped launch
   House conducts an annual service of worship or                                                                        of musical instruments including piano, recorder,
                                                               professional careers in dance, drama and music. The
   dedication in which students are expected to attend                                                                   flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone,
                                                               College also has an impressive list of students who
   with their family. In Year 10, all students study Ethics.                                                             percussion, guitar, voice and orchestral strings.
                                                               have achieved Top Class awards.
   There is also an option to study Religion and Society
   through the VCE Program.                                    Every student has the chance to experience                Music Ensemble Program
                                                               performing arts through the curriculum, co-curricular
   Throughout the year, there are a number of other                                                                      The program caters for instrumentalists and
                                                               and House systems. Performance instills confidence,       vocalists alike (concert and big bands, flute,
   services in which the students participate and are
                                                               discipline, courage and pride.                            brass and clarinet ensembles, choirs, string and
   expected to attend. These include a commencement
                                                                                                                         guitar ensembles and several choral groups)
   service, an Easter service, ANZAC and Remembrance           Choirs, dance groups, guitar groups, jazz bands,          with opportunities to perform in one of our many
   Day services, services celebrating the foundation of        string orchestras and drama clubs are just some of        concerts held during the year.
   the school and a carols service.                            the ways to be involved. Students perform in annual
                                                               concerts, at assemblies, in performing arts festivals
                                                               and musical productions.

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The Beaconhills education
     School musical productions                             incorporate mechanical components.                       There are many exciting ways for students to further
                                                                                                                     develop their skills, including:
     Opportunities for performance are available in all     Textiles technology uses the design process to
     sections of the College.                               create textile products mostly relating to fashion and   •   Artists-in-residence at the College.
                                                            garment manufacture. Food Studies also follows the
                                                                                                                     •   Workshops throughout the year in a number of
     The Annual House Performing Arts Festival              design process and students learn to cook a wide
                                                                                                                         areas across the department.
                                                            variety of meals.
     An inter-House competition that provides all
     students with an opportunity to participate in a                                                                •   Hearing guest speakers talk about their work and
                                                            Visual Arts
     vocal, dance, musical performance or a play.                                                                        experiences.
                                                            Visual Arts is a stimulating and challenging program
   Technology                                                                                                        Senior students may use the art facilities at
                                                            offered to all students at the College.
                                                                                                                     lunchtimes as well as before and after school to work
   The College has an enviable track record in
                                                            Students explore different media and styles and          on their folios.
   technology subjects, with the work of many of our
                                                            are encouraged to express their own opinions
   students ranking among the best in the state. Each
                                                            and attitudes through a number of subjects and
   year growing numbers of our students qualify for Top
                                                            disciplines. Creative, original responses are
   Designs – part of the VCE Season of Excellence –
                                                            encouraged at all year levels.
   and some have achieved Premier’s Awards.
                                                            In Years 10, 11 and 12, there are a broad range of
   In Senior School, Product Design and Technology
                                                            subject choices and students can specialise in their
   (Wood or Textiles), Systems Engineering and Food
                                                            area of interest. By this level, many students have
   Studies are all offered as an elective from Years 10 –
                                                            made a career choice and the subject choices in
   12.
                                                            Visual arts become critical. While Year 10 is seen as
   In the design process, students use a design brief       an exploration of the breadth of the offering within
   to investigate and research a product, then go           this area, Years 11 and 12 are the time for students
   on to build the product and evaluate their work.         to specialise and build the all-important folio for
   Design Technology follows the design process; most       university entrance.
   products are wood-based or metal-based, but can be
                                                            In senior years, many students are career-focused
   made from any material.
                                                            and can take advantage of a number of extension
   Systems Engineering also follows the design process.     programs to help develop skills and experience.
   Most products students make are electronic and

                                                                      The Beaconhills education                                                                 3•14
Senior School subjects 2021
      Faculty                      Year 10 subjects                      Units 1 & 2                         Units 3 & 4

                                                             • English                           • English
                         • English
                                                             • Literature                        • Literature
                         • English and Literature
                                                             • English A                         • English A
       English           • English A                                                                        VCE Units         &4
                                                             • English Language (B)              • English Language  (B) 3
                         • English as an Additional
                                                             • English as an Additional          • English as an Additional
                           Language (P)
                                                               Language (P)                        Language (P)

                                                             • Foundation Mathematics
                         • Mathematics (Essential)                                               • Further Mathematics
                                                             • General Mathematics
     Mathematics         • Mathematics (Core)                                                    • Mathematical Methods
                                                             • Mathematical Methods
                         • Mathematics (Higher)                                                  • Specialist Mathematics
                                                             • Specialist Mathematics

                         • Ethics and Life
      Personal
                         • Physical Health and Wellbeing                                         • Religion and Society
    development
                         • Learning Pathways (Careers)

                                                             • Biology                           • Biology
                         • Biology and Psychology
                                                             • Chemistry                         • Chemistry
       Science           • Biology and Chemistry
                                                             • Physics                           • Physics
                         • Physics and Chemistry
                                                             • Psychology                        • Psychology

                         • Geography (Environmental
                           Change and Management)                                                • Geography
                                                             • Unit 2 Geography (Sem 1)
                         • Geography (Global Perspectives)                                       • History (Revolutions)
     Humanities                                              • Unit 1 Geography (Sem 2)
                         • History (Conflict and Change)                                         • Extended Investigation
                                                             • History (20th Century)
                         • History (The Fight for Freedom)
                         • ExTENd Project

                                                             • Accounting                        • Accounting
                                                             • Business Management               • Business Management
                         • Commerce for My Future
     Commerce                                                • Economics                         • Economics
                         • Commerce is Everywhere
                                                             • Legal Studies                     • Legal Studies
                                                             • Industry and Enterprise           • Industry and Enterprise

                                                             • Health and Human                  • Health and Human
                         • Personal Skills for Life            Development                         Development
     Health and
                         • Sport Science                     • Outdoor and                       • Outdoor and
  physical education
                         • Sport and Athlete Development       Environmental Studies               Environmental Studies
                                                             • Physical Education                • Physical Education

     Information         • Computer Applications                                                 • Data Analytics
                                                             • Applied Computing
     technology          • Coding and Security                                                   • Software Development

        LOTE             • French                            • French                            • French
  (Languages Other       • Japanese                          • Japanese                          • Japanese
     Than English)       • Chinese First Language (P)        • Chinese First Language (P)        • Chinese First Language (P)

                                                                                                 • Dance
                                                             • Dance
                         • Music Soundtracks and Jazz                                            • Drama
                                                             • Unit 1 Drama and Unit 2
                           (Sem 1)                                                               • Theatre Studies
   Performing arts                                             Theatre Studies
                         • Music in the Twentieth Century                                        • Music Style and
                                                             • Music Style and
                           (Sem 2)                                                                 Composition
                                                               Composition
                                                                                                 • Music Performance (B)

                         • Food Studies                      • Food Studies                      • Food Studies
                         • Product Design and                • Product Design and                • Product Design and
                           Technology (Wood)                   Technology (Wood)                   Technology (Wood)
     Technology
                         • Product Design and                • Product Design and                • Product Design and
                           Technology (Textiles)               Technology (Textiles)               Technology (Textiles)
                         • Systems Engineering               • Systems Engineering               • Systems Engineering

                                                                                                 • Art (P)
                                                             • Art (P)
                         • Art                                                                   • Media
                                                             • Media
                         • Media (Film)                                                          • Studio Arts
      Visual arts                                            • Studio Arts
                         • Media (Photography)                                                   • Visual Communication
                                                             • Visual Communication
                         • Design and Graphics                                                     Design
                                                               Design

                                                                                                 • External Language Studies
                         • External Language Studies         • External Language Studies
                                                                                                   (VSL)
       External            (VSL)                               (VSL)
                                                                                                 • Higher Education Studies
      providers          • Vocational Education Training     • Vocational Education
                                                                                                 • Vocational Education
                           (VET)                               Training (VET)
                                                                                                   Training (VET)

Year 10 CORE - English, mathematics, personal development

                                                                             (B) Subject offering only at Berwick Campus
Year 10 science choice
                                                                             (P) Subject offering only at Pakenham Campus

Year 10 humanities/commerce choice
General information
   Co-curricular opportunities                               Cadets                                             Drama and dance
   From Middle School to Senior School the                   Beaconhills has an active Cadet Unit. Thursday     This activity provides students with the
   Co-curricular Activities program is an important part     afternoon training sessions are conducted and      opportunity to use their creativity by devising and
   of the educational offering at Beaconhills. It is an      students have opportunities to represent the       presenting their pieces using various movements
                                                             College at parades. Weekend bivouacs and           and dance styles.
   expression of the belief that all students have special
                                                             camps are held for cadets each year.
   skills outside the classroom and that these should
   be developed fully. Co-curricular activities provide                                                         Ensembles
   enjoyable and challenging experiences that enhance        Chess
                                                                                                                An Ensemble program for strings, percussion,
   the self-esteem of students and assist them to benefit    Students are encouraged to join lunchtime          guitar and wind instruments is conducted within
   from their time at school in the broadest sense.          sessions to hone their chess skills. There is      the College.
                                                             an opportunity for students to be selected
   Participation in the Co-curricular program has, in        to represent the College in the SEISA Chess
                                                             competition.                                       Equestrian
   many cases, enabled higher levels of achievement in
   academic studies.                                                                                            Beaconhills teams enter several of the inter-
                                                             Community service                                  school equestrian competitions each year.
   Co-curricular activities are normally run outside the
   standard school day. Listed below are some of the         A major focus of the College is our service to
                                                             the community. In addition to raising funds for    HPV (Human Powered Vehicle)
   many examples:
                                                             charities such as the Red Cross Blood Bank and     Students have the opportunity to join one of
                                                             the 4Cs Food Bank, the College supports schools    three teams at the College to compete in a
     Athletics                                               in Bangladesh and East Timor.                      number of HPV competitions.
     Students are invited to participate in many
     disciplines of athletics, including cross-country.      Choirs                                             Lux Luceat Society (Senior School)
                                                             Choirs rehearse and perform throughout the year    The Society provides programs to selected
     Bands                                                   at a variety of College and community functions.   students to enhance their knowledge of available
                                                                                                                pathways and to focus on their life beyond senior
     The Show Band and Concert Band perform for
                                                             Debating                                           years.
     the College and wider community.
                                                             Experiences in debating are provided to students
                                                             through House and inter-school debating.

                                                                         The Beaconhills education                                                        4•1
General information
    Mountain Bike Club                                   VCE Season of Excellence opportunities
    The goal of this club is to give students the      Each year, increasing numbers of students receive
    opportunity to be a part of a mountain biking      VCE Season of Excellence awards, a program run
    community, improve technique and understand
                                                       by VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment
    basic bike maintenance.
                                                       Authority).

    School musicals                                    This places them at the top of the state for their work
                                                       in the areas of technology, media, visual arts and
    The College offers this opportunity for student
    performance across the sections.                   performing arts.

    Snowsports
    The focus of the Beaconhills College Snowsports
    is the introduction of snowsports to beginners
    and the pursuit of new skills and techniques for
    more experienced students.

    Sports
    Many sporting activities supplement our
    Curriculum program.

    Tennis
    Before, lunchtime and after school group
    coaching lessons run for 45 minutes and are
    open to beginning and intermediate players.
    Squad sessions for the intermediate to advanced
    players and private lessons are also available.

                                                                    The Beaconhills education                    4•2
General information
   Student wellbeing   Beaconhills College offers an holistic education       The Wellbeing Program is embedded throughout
                       that inspires excellence and nurtures confident,       the College and we continue to enhance and
                       independent learners. Learning is enhanced through     mature this. Students are welcomed at the start of
                       a whole school approach to wellbeing. This is          the day and encouraged to engage in the wide
                       focussed on connecting students to life and learning   range of opportunities available. Staff are trained to
                       through development of a positive sense of self,       understand and respond to a broad range of issues
                       awareness of others and a healthy body, mind and       affecting students, while students are encouraged
                       spirit.                                                to look out for and support one another. Specific
                                                                              support is available for those students who, at times,
                       Beaconhills College is committed to integrating
                                                                              may require it.
                       wellbeing thinking into all aspects of College life,
                       embedding wellbeing practice and action in the daily   Examples of wellbeing in action can be observed
                       lives of our students and staff. A systemic approach   through Assembly and House programs, specific
                       to wellbeing engaging students, staff and parents is   wellbeing days, sessions and activities, challenging
                       active through:                                        and inspiring opportunities and a strong culture of
                                                                              students supporting students. Our shared model of
                       •   Student connection and engagement
                                                                              care ensures that there are multiple staff who are
                       •   Shared model of care                               enabled and trained to support student wellbeing.

                       •   Responsive support systems

                       •   Wellbeing curriculum

                       •   Comprehensive staff training

                       •   Embracing change, understanding difference
                           and celebrating diversity

                       •   Finding individual strengths and encouraging
                           challenges

                                   The Beaconhills education                                                              4•3
General information
   Student Code of Conduct                                In the classroom              In the school             In our local and global            In the digital
   Acceptable behaviours support our College values             I will...              grounds I will...             community I will...             world I will...
   of Respect, Compassion and Integrity. Unacceptable
   behaviours are those that go against our College                                                                                                Demonstrate respect
                                                                                                                                                   for myself and have
   values, causing potential harm to others.                     Demonstrate respect for myself, others and all property.
                                                                                                                                                  consideration for other
   •   Do my behaviours show respect? Do they give                                                                                                  people’s feelings.
       regard to the feelings, rights and wishes of
                                                                                                                                                  Use the school network
       others?                                          Make positive contributions
                                                                                    Dispose of waste in the       Ensure that I wear my uniform      and other digital
                                                          in class and value the
                                                                                         correct bin.                     as expected.             resources to support
   •   Do my behaviours show compassion? Do they         contributions of others.
                                                                                                                                                       my learning.
       show my concern for and awareness of others
       through empathy and kindness, tolerance and                                    Appreciate and respect
                                                          Set challenging and                                     Behave in a safe and orderly     Report inappropriate
       care?                                                                           the facilities, property
                                                        achievable goals and aim                                  manner looking after myself      online behaviour to a
                                                                                        and grounds of the
   •   Am I acting with integrity? Are my words and           to succeed.                                                 and others.               responsible adult.
                                                                                               school.
       actions based on positive moral principles?
                                                                                       Move safely around                                           Carefully read and
                                                        Accept that learning takes
                                                                                      the school for my own       Demonstrate and uphold the      follow the Acceptable
                                                           time, effort and often
                                                                                       safety and the safety          College’s values.           Use Agreement of the
                                                        involves making mistakes.
                                                                                             of others.                                                  College.

                                                                                       Report any anti-social
                                                           Respect my teachers’                                     Volunteer and serve the
                                                                                        behaviour to a staff                                        Keep myself safe.
                                                          constructive feedback.                                          community.
                                                                                             member.

                                                          Be aware of how my            Keep locker and                  Conduct myself           Use apps and services
                                                          mindset will affect my       corridor areas clean            in accordance with          that are appropriate
                                                           learning outcomes.                and tidy.                       the law.                   to my age.

                                                                                   Be honest and accept responsibility for my behaviour.

                                                                    The Beaconhills education                                                                      4•4
General information
   The House system                                             •   Create opportunities for leadership.                  Junior School record books

   Beaconhills has eight Houses named after our                 •   Ensure that students do their duty, fulfil their 		   All Junior School students receive a student record
   College pioneers and each student ‘belongs’ to a                 obligations and act acceptably and honourably,        book which outlines the various procedures and
   House. This culture enables the College to promote               regardless of inconvenience.                          routines of the College. The record book can also be
   each student’s sense of identity, belonging and self-                                                                  used for communication between home and school.
   esteem.                                                      Reporting to parents
                                                                                                                          BeaconNet
   Each House is divided into tutor groups, all of which        Information sessions, conducted for specific
   integrate some 18-20 students from the Middle                purposes, give parents an opportunity to develop          The College encourages parent involvement in
   School (Years 5-8) or Senior School (Years 10-12).           an understanding of the curriculum and assessment         their children’s education. BeaconNet (the College
                                                                practices that have been adopted by the College.          intranet), gives parents information on their child’s
   House tutors oversee the welfare of each of their                                                                      timetable, classes, teacher contacts, reports,
   students and are the first point of contact for parents.     The College encourages parents to be informed             homework, and parent bulletins and news.
                                                                regarding their child’s progress at school.
   In Year 9, learning mentors oversee the welfare of                                                                     1:1 Technology Program
   each of their students and are the first point of call for   Individual electronic reports are issued each semester
   parents. Year 9 students join with the Senior School         and parents can book parent/teacher interviews            Every student in Years 3 to 8 is required to bring
   for the major House carnivals.                               online. The College has introduced real-time, online      their iPad to school every day. This iPad needs to be
                                                                reporting for our parents and students in Years 5 to 12   charged, in a protective case and in good working
   This House system aims to:                                   to gain more immediate feedback from our teachers.        order. Students in Years 9-12 use an approved
                                                                                                                          computing device under our BYOD (Bring Your Own
   •   Create a sense of belonging and security within          Parents have the opportunity to speak with teachers
                                                                                                                          Device) Program to support their learning.
       school and ensure each student be recognised             concerning their children by appointment, as needs
       as an individual of worth.                               arise.                                                    Any iPad able to run IOS 11 is appropriate for class.
                                                                                                                          Parents do not need to buy a new iPad if they have
   •   Provide each student with a sense of identity 		         App 4                                                     an appropriate one at home. Full size and mini iPads
       through membership of a House group.
                                                                                                                          are suitable and any capacity from 16GB is fine, but
                                                                Students from Year 5 use an app-based online
   •   Allow students the opportunity to develop their                                                                    school work will use up to 12 GB.
                                                                resource called App 4 to access their timetable,
       personal, moral and spiritual lives in a smaller 		      school notices, diary and calendar. All the
       community.                                                                                                         There are several insurance options.
                                                                information is contained in one place and can be
   •   Provide students with the opportunity to                 easily maintained helping students with their time
       contribute their talents, skills and personal            management. Parents also have access to App 4 to
       qualities to support their House team.                   view home learning set by teachers.

                                                                                                   General information                                                 4•5
General information
   School operations                                       •   Reduction in the length and complexity of the        Tennis programs
                                                               tasks.
   Class size is 26 students from Prep-Year 10 but many                                                             Entry is available to students with a passion for tennis.
   of the elective classes, including VCE, are based on    •   Alternative ways of providing information.           Individually-tailored programs can be fully integrated
   student subject choice and are therefore smaller.                                                                with Beaconhills College’s existing high quality
                                                           •   The development of alternative assessment
                                                                                                                    curriculum.
   The school year consists of two semesters each of           procedures/tasks to allow students to
   approximately 19 weeks (one semester equals two             demonstrate what they know and have learned.         Tennis programs include general coaching programs
   terms).                                                                                                          or more intensive 5 and 10 hour programs for
                                                           College uniform
                                                                                                                    students who want to really extend their tennis.
   The timetable is based on a 10 day cycle.
                                                           The College has a strict policy regarding the wearing
                                                                                                                    It is the ideal education choice for students aiming
   Week one: Monday – Day 1 to Friday – Day 5,             of its uniform, and encourages students to take pride
                                                                                                                    for a professional tennis career or application to an
   Week two: Monday – Day 6 to Friday – Day 10.            in their appearance and their College (Sun Smart Hat
                                                                                                                    American college tennis program – ultimately playing
                                                           Policy applies).
                                                                                                                    on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals)
   Individual Programs
                                                           The College has a smart, functional school uniform       or WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) tours.
   Individual Programs teachers may work alongside         which all students are expected to wear. There are       Alternatively, there are also many career paths in the
   the classroom teacher or with students in small group   different options for warmer and cooler weather and      tennis industry.
   sessions to enable full access to the curriculum in     physical education activities. The uniform options aim
                                                                                                                    Fees for 5 and 10 hour programs are $7000 per year
   literacy and numeracy.                                  to support our teaching and learning programs and
                                                                                                                    (10 Hour Weekly program) or $3500 per year (5 Hour
                                                           student wellbeing.
   In considering a particular student’s learning needs                                                             Weekly program), on top of normal College academic
   and characteristics, some adjustments of the            Student exchanges                                        tuition fees. For more details email:
   curriculum may be deemed appropriate. This is
                                                           College exchange programs exist with sister schools      tennis@beaconhills.vic.edu.au
   organised and implemented in consultation with the
   student, parent and the Campus Principal or their       including Ibaraki Christian Senior High School           Sporting associations
   delegate. Clear goals and outcomes are established      and Linden Hall in Japan, Suining in China, the
                                                           Immaculate Conception in Laval, the capital of the       In addition to timetabled classes, there are a number
   for the student.
                                                           Mayenne department in France and Walter Paton            of opportunities for students to represent their
   The adjustments may involve:                            College Prep in Chicago. Students also have the          campus and the College in sporting and cultural
                                                           option to travel to East Timor or Vietnam in Year 10.    competitions.
   •   Reduction in the size of the academic program,
       which may be short-term or long-term.

                                                                                             General information                                                 4•6
General information
   The College is part of district sporting associations
   within the Junior/Middle Schools and SEISA (South
   Eastern Independent Schools Association) a sporting
   and cultural organisation for students from Middle
   School to Senior School.

   Students in Years 3-6 are eligible for selection in
   teams to represent their campus at a district level
   in swimming, athletics and cross-country. Students
   in Year 6 are also eligible for selection in teams
   to represent their campus in a summer/winter
   weekly district sport competition. From Year 7 the
   weekly sport competition occurs within the SEISA
   competition. Students from Years 5-12 may also
   be invited to represent their campus in the major
   SEISA sport carnivals (swimming, athletics and cross-
   country).

   In addition to this, the College also fields teams in the
   Association of Co-educational Schools (ACS) major
   carnivals (swimming, athletics and cross-country).

   Students who perform well in their sport can progress
   to zone or state level and may represent the College
   in state or national competitions.

   The SEISA Cultural program is open to students form
   Years 7-12 and includes dance, visual arts, chess,
   public speaking, debating, drama and music.

                                                               General information   4•7
Parental commitment
   About 50 per cent of the cost of educating a student       • Helping with costumes, front-of-house activities,
   at the College is covered by government grants and         make-up and set construction in the Performing Arts
   the other 50 per cent is covered by parents through
                                                              • Helping with stocktake or fitting nights in the
   the payment of fees.
                                                                College Shop
   The parental contributions to the College are
                                                              • Covering or shelving books in the Beacon
   particularly important in retaining the present level of
                                                                Centre (library)
   funding and building a strong school community. The
   more assistance families provide for the College, the      • Providing transport or general assistance with
   less the College community has to pay for support            co-curricular activities (eg equestrian, netball
   and maintenance, and as a result, the present fee            basketball)
   level can be sustained.
                                                              • Providing assistance at a Saturday morning working
   To this end, the College operates the Assistance             bee (9am to 12noon)
   program, which is a compulsory program for all
   families with students enrolled at the College.            • Donating company goods or services beneficial
                                                                to the College
   Parents are required to take a role in making a very
   important contribution to the life of the College by       Full details of the Assistance program can be found
   supporting maintenance, co-curricular activities and       on our website.
   other key areas of the College.

   Parent contributions can be made in one of several
   ways - by committing time to an area of the College
   (listed below); or by donation of approved company
   goods or services. An amount of $215 is included
   in your fee account and will be credited should you
   contribute your time or goods during the school year.

   Activities include:

   • Reading with students in the Junior School

   • Helping with fundraising activities and meetings for
     the P&F Association

                                                                                              Parental commitment    5•1
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