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Phoenix News – Issue 10

“In Knowledge there is Opportunity”

Our Phoenix P-12 Community College newsletters are an important form of communication for our school community.

Each newsletter contains a great deal of information about what is happening in and around the College
including upcoming events and celebration of student success.

Read all the latest news in this edition.








At Phoenix we have a zero-tolerance attitude to violence and aggression of any form to staff and others. We build a thriving community by working positively together to educate our children.

Important Calendar Dates

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Due to the current pandemic, please continually check COMPASS and the online newsletter for important information and sudden changes in the College’s timetable.

Student free days will be confirmed throughout the school year. 

Term 1

4th Blue Edge Program – Live Wire Excursion
Students will be attending a celebration day at Live Wire Park developing team building and resilience skills as part of the Blue Edge Program this term.
5th Eyre District Athletics Carnival
9am-3pm – Llanberris Athletics Reserve
Students who have successfully qualified to compete in the 2022 Eyre District Track and Field Athletics will represent Phoenix.
6th Connect and Celebrate Event – Term 1
Redan Campus
8th End of Term 1 – Students Dismissed at 2:30pm

Term 2

25th  ANZAC Day (Public Holiday)
26th Term 2 Begins
27th P-6 Cross Country
Sebastopol Campus Oval
29th Most Improved Readers – Term 1
Redan Campus
5th Parent Teacher Interviews
Booking details and times – TBA
11th Year 10 Immunisations
4th Debutante Ball
13th Queen’s Birthday (Public Holiday)
16th, 17th, 18th College Production – The Addams Family Jr.
Show times and ticket details will be available mid Term 2.
24th End of Term 2 – Students Dismissed at 2:30pm


2022 – Term Dates

Term 1: 28th January to 8th April (Staff return 28th January, Students return 1st February)
Term 2: 26th April to 24th June
Term 3: 11th July to 16th September
Term 4: 3rd October to 20th December

Phoenix P-12 Community College Council 2022–23

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The Phoenix P-12 Community College Council Annual meeting was held Monday 28th March which was followed by the first general meeting of the Council 2022-23.

We welcome new members to the Council: Michelle Langley, Shane Edyvane, Deanne Joosten, Paige Gibson and Joshua Boon.

We acknowledge the dedication and very valuable contribution of members terminating their membership: Cherrie Brown (Parent) Angela Quinn, Michael Benoit and Luke Woolfe (Staff), Taylah Watts and Brody Benson (Student Representatives).  Thankyou.


Council Members and Executive 2022–23

Parent Members:

  • Jarrod Page (President)
  • Brett Page (Vice President)
  • Michelle Langley (Sec/Treasurer)
  • Shane Edyvane
  • Michelle Botterill
  • Aileen Shearere-Cox

Staff Members:

  • Karen Snibson (Principal)
  • Deanne Joosten
  • Paige Gibson
  • Joshua Boon

Community Members:

  • Joanne Guerts (ECA)
  • Leslee Jackson (Smith Family)

Student Representatives:

  • Isla Edyvane
  • Sean Robertson

Invited Attendee:

  • Lorraine Hayes (Minute Taker)

Phoenix Factor

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What an atmosphere!


Our Senior VCAL students have begun their Term 1 project with a goal of improving belonging at school, with a focus on gratitude! On Tudeay 29th March, we kicked off with a Year 7-12 talent contest ‘Phoenix Factor’ and what a hit it was!

We had heaps of staff and students from all year levels performing and supporting our participants. It was so lovely to see and hear all our young people singing along with “I’m Still Standing” as Max Stratton boogied at the front of the stage. HOW COOL! Huge congratulations to our four young men who ran this event together, with a whole lot of support from Brendan, Ty and Chris!



Gratitude Day

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On Wednesday 30th March, we had a number of activities running –

  • staff began receiving gratitude letters from students (over 200 responses were submitted in the first three days!).
  • small thank you packs were handed out to all nominated people.
  • a gratitude wall with polaroid pictures along with positive affirmation/crystal party bags.
  • hot chocolates were delivered to nominated staff during Module 3-4.
  • a treasure hunt with the Grade 5/6’s.
  • Grade 3/4’s completed a gratitude chalk graffiti activity.
  • face painting.
  • archery attack running next week as well!


TRP – Gratitude Day

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Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness (GEM)

We’re constantly inspired by the stories we hear from people who have been able to improve their wellbeing through gratitude, empathy and mindfulness (also known as GEM). As we know community and connection are so important to mental health, we wanted to share some of these “Everyday GEM” stories with you too.


7NEWS Young Achiever Awards

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Congratulations to Alumni, Wurthington Coffield, for being selected as a finalist in the Victorian 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards, 2022.

Wurthington, employed at W & S Waste & Scrap Metal Recycling Services, has been nominated for the IKON Services Environmental Sustainability Award. He is a credit to the community and an amazing role model to our State’s youth.

Winners will be revealed at the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner on Friday 29th April 2022 at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

We compliment you on your success Wurthington and we send our best wishes for your future.

Girls in STEM

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The Ballarat Tech School is once again running their highly successful Girls In STEM program in 2022 and six Phoenix students from Year 8 have been nominated and chosen to be part of this year-long program. Congratulations to Sonya Steicke, Caitlain McIntosh, Hannah Mathews, Serena Shelby, Sarah Howlett and Devon Matthews-Wood.

The program days consist of a combination of industry tours, guest speakers, skill-based workshops, and applied hands-on learning to support girls in exploring their STEM pathways within an industry area.

The first couple of days saw students work in small teams to produce a new product line for Mars (caramel clouds). Well done to Sarah and her team for taking first place with their creation and for winning the very prestigious prize of a tour of the Mars factory.

Well done also to the other teams for their delicious-looking entries!



Sonia Kahanoff
Learning Area Leader – Science

Women in Trade Taster Day

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We had twenty Year 9 girls involved in the day and all of them contributed positively, learnt a lot about themselves and it opened the door to future job opportunities they didn’t even know existed. We had amazing feedback about our students from Highlands LLEN and Women’s Health Grampians who are both excited to work with us and our students again in the future.


The Courier – Article by: Michelle Smith – Photo above by: Lachlan Bence

Female students planning a career in the trades were given a hands-on taste of the future at a Women in Trade taster day at Phoenix P-12 Community College. The girls picked up the tools to build a mini-house, managing to complete all four walls, windows and roof of the two metre square house which which stands 2.4m high.

But alongside picking up some handy carpentry skills the girls heard from women already in trades and from Women’s Health Grampians about inclusion, diversity and reducing stigma on work sites. The Women in Trades day at Phoenix comes just days after the announcement of extra funding to encourage young Ballarat women to consider a career in trades.

“This really gives students an indication of where they are going or where they could go in the future.”

Polly Britten, Highlands LLEN

Highlands LLEN School-Employer Engagement and structured workplace learning coordinator Polly Britten said about 80 per cent of the girls who participated planned a career in a trade.

Chloe Mills from Harris HMC, who are working at Phoenix P-12 Community College to build the school’s new gymnasium and basketball courts, also spoke to the girls about different roles within construction businesses and the company donated gloves and safety glasses to the girls taking part.

Read the full Courier article here:



Easter Raffle

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Clean Up Australia Day

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Delacombe Junior Guides tidied up the grounds of Phoenix for Clean Up Australia Day. They divided into small groups and covered a large part of the school in just an hour.

Fantastic effort!

Children of the Black Skirt Production

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Ballarat National Theatre will be presenting their latest production at Phoenix College. There are some very talented Phoenix Staff involved on stage and behind the scenes also who have collaborated their talents to make a very exciting and thought provoking piece of theatre.

Due to the collaboration with the school Ballarat National Theatre are offering $5 tickets to Phoenix staff and students who purchase their tickets at the door and show your staff/student ID card.

Date & Time:

  • Saturday 2 April 7pm
  • Sunday 3 April 2pm
  • Wednesday 6 April 7pm
  • Thursday 7 April 7pm
  • Friday 8 April 7pm
  • Saturday 9 April 2pm


  • Adult: $25
  • Concessions: $20
  • Child: $10
  • Groups (10+): $18
  • Members: $15


Phoenix P-12 Community College, Sebastopol Campus, Hertford Street, Sebastopol.


Book online now:


Mathletes Group

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Shine a Light on Road Safety Walk

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Sunday 1st May, 2022


The Shine a Light on Road Safety Walk is fast approaching. This community event is held to raise awareness, stop deaths and injuries on our roads, and raise funds to support people impacted by road trauma. Our focus is on our community – speaking up about why road safety is so important, challenging complacency, and building community support for investing in safe systems.

People are already registering and fundraising, which is fantastic. Please consider coming along to this event, getting a team together, inviting family and friends to raise awareness, stop deaths and injuries on our roads, and raise funds to support people impacted by road trauma.

Focus is on our community – speaking up about why road safety is so important, challenging complacency, and building community support for investing in safe systems. If you can’t attend, please consider raising funds for this vital event and service.

Registration and fundraising page can be found here:



The event kicks off at 11am, on Sunday 1st May at Albert Park Lake, with guest speakers, and then walk around the lake, which takes about an hour. There is a sausage sizzle when you return from the walk and free coffee and donuts. Feel free to bring family, friend’s and dogs!


As this is RTSSV’s major event of the year, their staff and volunteers will be in attendance and will be connecting with those walking throughout the day.


Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre News

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Neighbourhood Houses welcome people from all walks of life. Our inclusive programs and activities, provide opportunities for community members to enrich their lives through connections they might not otherwise make. The Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre (BNC) is located on the Phoenix College site behind the new basketball stadium in the Ballarat South Community Hub.

Adult Education Class of the Week

BNC is an approved Learn Local provider (pre-accredited learning) offering short (up to 20 hours) courses with small classes (between 6-10 learners) during school terms. All our courses are designed for learners to build confidence and skills, with many catering to learners who have not achieved Year 12 or an equivalent qualification and require support to return education, training or employment.


MYOB Account Right Beginners

2nd May – 27th June, 2022

This course is designed to help you understand basic computerised bookkeeping. Topics include basic accounting concepts, invoicing, maintaining your cashbook, financial reporting and bank reconciliations.



Activity of the Week

BNC brings people together to connect and participate in our local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities. From our volunteers in the community garden growing food for the Our Kitchen Social Enterprise to our weekly community lunches, we offer a range of services and activities to our community.


Safe Seats Safe Kids

Parents and carers are invited to a FREE CHILD CAR RESTRAINT FITTINGS AND SAFETY CHECK day being held by:

Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre every 2nd Wednesday of each month between 10am – 2pm.

Next booking date is 13th April 2022.

The fittings are held in the Phoenix College bus stop in Hill Street, Sebastopol.

To book go to:



What’s happening?


Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre and Our Kitchen Social Enterprise welcomes you to our last Community Lunch of Term 1.

Friday 8th April 2022 @ 12noon – 1:00pm – 2 courses for $10

There will be gluten-free and vegetarian options too. Please advise when registering. Book here:

Where: Ballarat South Community Hub (11 Tuppen Drive, Sebastopol)

Please note: You must be fully vaccinated to enter the Hub.


BNC Newsletter

We publish a newsletter every term to let our community know what we have planned for the term (only 4 per year). We also occasionally send out a special edition if there is something urgent or of community interest to share. Read the current newsletter here.

If you would like to sign up for the newsletter, you can do so on our website on the bottom of the page:


Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre
11 Tuppen Drive, Sebastopol
Phone: 5329 3273

Alumni News

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Do you know any Alumni that are kicking goals in the real world?

E-mail our Alumni Coordinator, Kirby via




Register Your Details

As a past student or staff member of Phoenix P-12 Community College, we invite you to ‘Register/Update Your Details’ and stay connected.

As a Phoenix College Alumni, you are part of a family of graduates who now form a special part of our community and our College’s history. Your relationship with Phoenix is lifelong and we invite you to remain engaged with the school, your teachers and friends. Stay connected by sharing your stories, attending events and keeping in touch with us!

Register/Update Your Details Here


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