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Phoenix News – Issue 11

“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

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
4th-6th Year 11 Leadership Camp
This camp offers students the opportunity to develop and showcase their leadership skills through participation in workshops and listening to guest speakers as well as working on a project. The camp is a pre-requisite for any student wishing to apply for the Year 12 Leadership Team in 2023.
5th Parent Teacher Interviews
Booking details and times will be available Term 2. Notifications will be sent via COMPASS when bookings are open.
11th Year 10 Immunisations
12th Academy of Sport Open Training Evening
Family members of Academy of Sport students are invited to attend an open training session. The evening will involve a presentation to families, whilst students completing physiological fitness testing followed by training in their technical sporting groups.
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

College Office Hours – School Holidays

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Principal’s Message

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Term 1, Week 11

Time to Reflect

As I sit to write this newsletter piece, my guiding thoughts is on the importance of taking the time to intentionally reflect and acknowledge the things that I am grateful for at the end of term:

# 1. Return to Face-to-Face Learning – we have now completed an 11 week Term. Our longest stint of face-to-face learning since 2019. Even re-reading that sentence it seems crazy, I am grateful that our staff, students and community are physically able to come to our school.

# 2. Students – Phoenix students are truly remarkable, we know that they can achieve anything at all that they put their mind too. Just this week I am presented with the privilege of attending the Year 12 Reboot Day, String and Voice Ensemble performance, Blue Edge Graduation and also our ANZAC assembly.

# 3. Families – Our parents are our most valued partners. Our work this term has been to welcome you back to school so that we can amplify our educational efforts. How we work together matters, our commitment is always to always strive for open productive communication that helps students improve and reach their potential.

# 4. Community – As an educator, I choose to serve the communities of Delacombe, Redan and Sebastopol. I am proud of where I work and where our school is located. I believe when we do better all of Ballarat does better.

When I close my office door today, for the term break, I will do so filled with a sense of pride. I know that many of us are tired and looking forward to some quality family time. So I wish all a Happy Easter and a well earned holiday break.

Karen Snibson


– 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. –

Phoenix Term 1 Recap

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Legacy ANZAC Commemorative Service

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This event was organised by Legacy, which took Year 9 and 10 students from Ballarat to the Shrine of Remembrance on Wednesday 6th April. Students were invited to attend the ANZAC Commemorative Services at the Shrine as part of Legacy’s work.

ANZAC Assembly

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Blue Edge Graduation

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Blue EDGE (Educate, Develop, Grow, Empower) is a program of physical training designed to extend a young person’s mind and physical capability.

Congratulations team!


String & Vocal Soiree

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It’s so good to back performing live. Mr Reuben Morgan’s vocal and string students performed to an unexpectedly large audience of over ninety guests in our community Hub on Tuesday night.

This was the first performance for most of the students involved due to the impact of Covid-19 over the last two years and they were awesome! Students from Grade 3 -Year 12 performed, including Cage Miller wowing with one of his VCE pieces and the ‘cute’ factor with our Grade 3 & 4 cohort.

There were many stunning performances, and I was blown away to see students that have only had three lessons have a go at performing in front of such large audience.

Well done to Mr Morgan for his dedication to our music students.

Mr John Netherway
Music Director

Academy of Sport – Term 1

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Term 1 Update

Years 7 & 8

Training commenced for all Academy of Sport student-athletes in Years 7 and 8 this Term. Coaches Kael Wylie, Laura Gilchrist and Daniel Knaggs have been busy preparing and coaching sessions based on skill development game sense during PCG on Monday every week. It is great to see students developing their skills and capabilities already, and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve in 2022.

Year 9

2022 is the first year of the Year 9 class in Academy of Sport. Students have been studying theory in “Movement for Sports Performance” and completing a range of practical activities including a four week visit to Federation University, learning the fundamentals of strength and conditioning for sport. Technical training commences in term two for these student-athletes, basketball and netball at the Ballarat Sports and Event Centre, and soccer at Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility.

Years 10 & 11

Students have been busy completing a range of practical activities combined with VET Sport and Recreation studies. Highlights have included Pilates at On-Track Health and Fitness, group fitness sessions at Elements Gym, and whole group activities in the Botanical Gardens and Mount Buninyong. Technical training also commences in Term 2 for these athletes.

Year 10 students have received their invitation to Gold Coast Performance Centre camp in Term 4, forms were due back by Thursday 7th April.


Upcoming – Academy of Sport Open Training Evening

Thursday 12th May – 4:30pm – 6pm.

Family members of Academy of Sport students are invited to attend an open training session on the Thursday 12th May, 2022 (Term 2 – Week 3).

The evening will involve a presentation to families, whilst students completing physiological fitness testing followed by training in their technical sporting groups. Refreshments will be provided.


St Kilda Excursion

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On Friday 1st April, Ms Newson’s Year 10 Printmaking/Ceramics class attended an excursion to St Kilda. The students created sketches of the St Kilda foreshore and Luna Park entry which will be translated into prints during Term 2 and enjoyed a light lunch at the Italian restaurant Rococo before participating in guided tours of the current exhibitions at Linden New Art Gallery and the Victorian Pride Centre.

National Galleries of Victoria Visit

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On Tuesday 5th April, Art students in Years 10,11 & 12 boarded a bus to visit both the international and state galleries in Melbourne. It was a full day of viewing six different art exhibitions.

From 11 Bark Ladies to Next Gen the students were inspired by colour, patterns and lines. They viewed numerous landscapes to works of art inspired by traditional Aboriginal stories painted by contemporary artists from the Northern Territory.



Lesley Costley-Gray
Art Tearcher

SWPBS – Term 1

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The SWPBS Framework is implemented across our College that allows teachers and staff members to affirm all students for displaying our College values in classrooms and outside areas. This term students achieved 26,300 tokens.



We offer many different rewards that students can redeem with their tokens, students have redeemed 7,500 tokens for;

  •    11 Pizza Lunches
  •    144 $5 Canteen Vouchers
  •    38 Bouncy Balls/Drink Bottles
  •    635 Milkshake/Icy Pole Vouchers



Our Village Leaderboard for 2022 so far is…

  •    1st – Cornish
  •    2nd – Albion
  •    3rd – Bonshaw
  •    4th – Picton

Our students have also been awarded in many different incursions and excursions. Some SWPBS event highlights include Year 8 Sovereign Hill Day, Year 9 Archery Tag and the Year 9 & 10 Sausage Sizzle lunch. Please read the following articles for more information!

Looking ahead, we will be sending out surveys for all students, parents, guardians and staff to complete, these surveys will allow us to implement new, fun and exciting rewards.

Kirby Lee
SWPBS Coordinator

Archery Tag

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SWPBS – As part of their VCAL workshops, four Year 12’s organised Archery Tag sessions for our Year 9’s with the highest number of tokens. Many thanks to Ali, Ella, Liam, and Ryobi for their amazing work!

Kirby Lee
SWPBS Coordinator

Year 8 Sovereign Hill Celebration

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As part of the SWPBS Program, Year 8 students were invited to celebrate a with an outing at Sovereign Hill for an amazing term.


Year 9-10 BBQ Celebration

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As part of the SWPBS Program, yesterday we celebrated the awesome efforts of our Year 9-10 students by providing a BBQ lunch and entertainment by our local musicians.


Artist of the Month

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Sebastopol Campus


After School Clubs – Self-defence

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A group of students participated in a six-week Self-defence Introductory course run by Sensei Simon, assisted by Senpai Lana (Ms. Ford) from the Ballarat Martial Arts Centre. Students learnt self-defence techniques such as resisting grabs from a potential attacker and learnt a variety of karate blocks, punches, and kicks.

Well done to the following students who will receive a certificate of participation: Millie Collins, Leila Eastwell, Jordyn Elsen, Daisy Lees, Devon Matthews-Wood, Abbey Porter and Troy Vater.



Hairdressing – Term 1

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What a fabulous term our Salon Assistants have had.

We launched our new home hair care range Eleven and have managed to sell almost $500 in just one term (4 hours a week) which is an outstanding achievement for our Salon Assistants.

Are we able to do a little congratulation blog reminding staff, students and parents about this lovely range of Australian owned/manufactured range.In Term 2, we will be looking for shampoo and blow wave models as well as basic colour models for Thursday mornings moving forward. Any interested parties can contact my through my email:

The exclusive Eleven range of hair care is still available to purchase for staff and students. We are in the salon every Thursday from 9am-1:30pm and this range is Australian Made, owned, vegan friendly and AMAZING!


The price list is on both salon doors and if you pop past the outer door, you are able to check out our new range with our cute reception desk.

Megan Wright
IAT and the team at Phoenix Salon


Big Brothers Big Sisters Dinner Invite

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Power Saving Bonus

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The $250 Power Saving Bonus has been extended to 30 June 2022.

The $250 Power Saving Bonus is a one-off $250 payment to provide direct support to vulnerable Victorian households experiencing energy bill stress due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Households receiving payments through the Pensioner Concession, JobSeeker, Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance programs, or those who hold a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card, are eligible for the payment.

These households can apply on the Victorian Energy Compare website or through identified outreach partners who support households that may not have access to a computer or require assistance with the application process.

The Victorian Government has partnered with a range of organisations who specialise in providing support to the Victorian community. Outreach partners include:

  • Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Consumer Policy Research Centre
  • Consumer Action Law Centre
  • Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria
  • Good Shepherd & Neighbourhood House
  • State Trustees

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.


Commercial Kitchen Skills (3rd May – 21st June)

Cooking Up Jobs is a pre-requisite before enrolling in this class.

Learn key skills to work in a commercial kitchen, with this hands-on program designed to provide participants with a range of employability and hospitality skills.

Training includes:

  • Occupational Health & Safety in the kitchen
  • Knife skills
  • Kitchen operation
  • Basic sauces
  • Pastry skills
  • Sweets
  • Stocks
  • General Kitchen skills


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?


Our office will be closed from Good Friday 15th April and will reopen Wednesday 20th April, 2022.

Wayne Jones our Justice of the Peace will be here during the holidays on Wednesday (9:30 – 11am) and Fridays (10:45am – 1pm) but all community events will be on hold until May 2022.


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




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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!

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