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Phoenix News – Issue 12

“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 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
Bookings open 29/4 via Compass.
5th Student Free Day – due to Parent Teacher Interviews
6th Mother’s Day Stall
Grade Prep-6 students only.
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

Principal’s Message

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Term 2, Week 1

We have started the term well and we are up and away! After a massive eleven-week Term 1, I am sure this one will fly with Term 2 only consisting of nine weeks.

COVID Update

As we know COVID keep changing our world. What I can tell you is this:

  1. Masks are no longer required at all in the school context, however those who feel safer to do so, can choose to wear them.
  2. Isolating of close contacts is no longer required. I am sure this will make a huge positive change for families.
  3. RAT testing has been continued for the first four weeks of this term.

Responsible Use of Electronic Devices and Social Media

One of the by-products of COVID times has been an increase reliance on technology to support learning. At school, the expectation is that our laptop is a tool for learning. Students should bring their charged device to school every day. As we return to face-to-face learning, we resume the DET expectation that phones are off and away all day.

The prevalence of social media platforms is far greater today in 2022, than it was in 2020 and even more so than 2000. We know that whilst these platforms have fantastic features and help us stay connected to friends and family; the flip side is that they can also be used to bully, harass and intimidate others. At Phoenix, we will be addressing this issue in the coming weeks by providing education sessions to students and additional sessions for parents. Tips for pro-active supervision of use of social media will be provided via our newsletter as well as printed information being available for parents at Parent/Teacher Interviews.


I was proud of the way in which our students represented the College at serval ANZAC services across the community.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Thursday 5th May – 12pm-7pm

We look forward to finally welcoming our parents back to three-way conversations next week. We know that these are invaluable in enhancing the learning of our students. Bookings for these will open on Friday 29th April via Compass.


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. –

Back to School – Important Information

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Phoenix News

The College Online Newsletter is produced each week and contains valuable information about what is happening at the College. The Primary Campus Newsletter is produced fortnightly.

All students and parents/guardians are sent, via Compass, the link to the latest newsletter, and it also available on our webpage and Facebook page.

College Hours

Sebastopol Campus Office Hours: (during the school terms)

Monday – Thursday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm

Redan Campus Office Hours: (during the school terms)

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm


Absences need to be reported to the College. The easiest way for you to let the College know if your child is away is through the Compass Parent Portal.

You can also call the College Absence Hotline – 5329 3210 and leave a message. Remember an SMS message will be sent to the nominated mobile telephone number for all unexplained absences.

If students are late to school they must sign in at the General Office. If leaving the College for appointments etc. students must sign out at the General Office. Students cannot sign out from the College without parent/guardian approval and the parent/guardian must come in and collect the student from the General Office.

Please remind students that if they are feeling unwell at school, they are to go their Village First Aid Officer and will be assessed, if required by the School Nurse, before parents are contacted to collect their child. Students will remain in their Village until their parent/guardian arrives at Reception to collect them. Reception staff will meet their parent/guardian in the foyer and ask them to wait in the foyer for their child.

Students ARE NOT to call home directly; it is our Duty of Care to ensure the safety of your child.

IT IS NOT OK TO BE AWAY – The College expectation is 95% attendance. Regular attendance is vital if students are to achieve their full potential.

Visitors to the College

All visitors must report to the General Office. The Reception Staff will find and contact students in the case of an emergency.

College Uniform

The purpose of the Uniform Policy is to create a sense of collective and individual pride in students and their identification with Phoenix P-12 Community College. School Council believes this enables students to participate actively and safely in school life.

The wearing of uniform will apply during school hours, while travelling to and from school and when students are engaged in specified school activities out of school hours.

All uniform can be purchased from (no substitutes will be accepted):

Address: 18 Armstrong Street South Central Square Shopping Centre, Ballarat
Phone: (03) 5331 9224

Address: 4 Armstrong St North, Ballarat
Phone: (03) 5331 3222

Sustainable School Shop

The Sustainable School Shop offers online trading and is an efficient, low cost way for families to buy and sell their school text books, uniforms and school supplies. The College would like to encourage families to use this system as we no longer run a second-hand bookshop. We are hoping that families take advantage of this terrific online system to buy and sell books or items of uniform –

Lost Property

Any lost property should be taken to the General Office. The Lost Property Bin is emptied at the end of each term. Student’s uniform should be labelled clearly as well as devices, text books and stationery items.

Valuable Items

Valuable items, such as phones and devices, brought to school is at the owner’s risk and should be looked after carefully and kept safe to prevent damage or loss. The College holds no responsibility if students choose to bring these items to school.

First Aid

First Aid is located in each Village and is student’s first point of contact. The School Nurse is located the Administration building. There are a number of staff who are qualified with current First Aid certificates. Minor ailments are treated at the College and if further treatment is necessary, then the parents/guardians will be notified, where possible.

We do not hesitate to call the ambulance if required. Parents are advised to have an up-to-date ambulance subscription.

All prescribed medication taken by students must be administered through the College First Aid Station. A medical plan will need to be discussed and submitted to the College Nurse containing consent from parents/guardians and outlining the required dosage and administering time.

Excursion Permission Notes

When students receive excursion notes for upcoming events, it is the responsibility of the student to return the permission form and payment (if applicable) before the due date listed on the form. This is to ensure that staff have correct numbers to book tickets and travel. If students do not return the permission form and payment by the due date then there may be a chance they will miss out.

Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) offers a wide range of educational resources to both staff and students.

From internet, and computer access, to the Careers Centre and more classic Library resources. The Learning Resource Centre has a partnership with City of Ballarat Libraries which gives the College access to an incredible wealth of print and electronic resources.

Students also have access to study support such as Senior School Tutors and after school study sessions with teachers.

LRC Opening Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am – 3:30pm


Career Pathways

Our MIPs Team are available to provide advice and support to students who are looking for apprenticeships and traineeships, looking for part time or full time employment, seeking Work Experience or needing support in applying for TAFE and University placements. We welcome all students to pop in and see us to have your questions answered or to make an appointment. They are located in the LRC.


All students are allocated a locker to use each year. Locker areas are under cover and located as conveniently as possible to each corresponding Village/Study Centre. Students will need to provide a quality lock on their first day of school, which will see them throughout their years at Phoenix.


The College has bike racks available for students. Students are expected to bring and use a lock for their bike and helmet, and to be responsible for observing traffic laws, in particular when using our school crossings, and school rules relating to use of bicycles and scooters.


A reminder to all students and parents/guardians, to not park in the 7-Eleven car park or the Ballarat Health Services Dental Clinic carpark for drop-off and pick-up.

Parent Communication

All parents are asked to provide the College with a current email address. This allows us to effectively communicate with all parents directly from groups such as the Administration Team, Village Managers or Assistant Principals.

If ANY contact details or your living circumstances change, please make sure you contact the College to update them as soon as possible so we can keep your child’s details as up to date.

If you haven’t already done so, we recommend downloading the Compass App on your phone/computer and you can log in to submit your change of contact details which are sent directly to the College’s Administration Team to update.

Alternatively, you can call the Administration Office on (03) 5329 3293 or email the school at


A reminder our College uses Compass as our online portal. All students, teachers, parents and guardians have access and it contains timetables, reports, information about assessment tasks, community announcements, our newsletters and information about student attendance and excursions. Students are required to access Compass multiple times per day.

Using Compass allows you to access up-to-date and meaningful information about our school and your child’s progress.

College Contributions

College Contributions are charged on an annual basis, where applicable, to cover optional aspects of the College’s program, services provided for extra-curricular excursions/camps and individual music tuition These will be charged at various times through the year as appropriate. Statements issued (via email) or on demand.

Student Departures and Withdrawal:

Parents and guardians are reminded that early written notification of a student withdrawing during the College year is required.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF):

The Victorian Government introduced this fund for the following purpose:

“Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund will ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities.”

If you hold a valid means-tested Health Care card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF ($225 per secondary school student). The allowance will be paid to the College to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions, or sporting activities for the benefit of your child and deducted from your school fee account. Applications close at the end of Term 2, 2022.

How to Apply – contact the College office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from

Financial Assistance:

If you have any concerns regarding education contributions, you are encouraged to discuss these at any time with the Business Manager. To arrange an appointment please phone Lorraine Hayes on 5329 3293.



Parents, Guardians and members of our School Community are always welcome at Phoenix P-12 Community College.
To ensure that our College is a safe and positive learning environment we ask that all visitors report to the General Office. If you want to meet with a specific member of our team, please phone ahead as far possible so we can accommodate your meeting requests efficiently.


Please be aware that any form of aggressive or abusive behaviour at our College will not be tolerated.

Parent-Teacher Interviews

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Thursday 5th May

12pm – 7pm


Bookings can be made through Compass and will be open Friday 29th April.

Please wait for the Compass notification stating booking times are open.


– Student Free Day –


ANZAC Day Ceremony

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“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”


At this year’s Anzac Day services, Phoenix students and staff attended the Arch of Victory, Ex-POW memorial, and Sebastopol and Ballarat Central marches. Our students represented our school proudly and with respect for the significance of the occasion, whether as part of the cadets or as a member of our student leadership team. With these Anzac Day services being the first in two years without restriction as a result of the pandemic, it was an important day to connect with our communities in remembrance of all those who have died and served in war and peacekeeping action.


The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in The Winnowing Fan: Poems of the Great War in 1914. This verse, which became the Ode for the Returned and Services League, has been used in association with commemoration services in Australia since 1921.

SWPBS Trivia Celebration

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Before the end of last Term, our Year 12 VCAL students organised a reward afternoon for our incredible top token earners in Year 7. A huge thank you to Year 12 students, Josh and Izzy, for organising and running some really fun and engaging rounds of trivia!

So much laughter, lots of kahoot and smiles all round. How cool are our kids!

Academy of Industry

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At the end of last Term, our Year 10 Academy of Industry students had a workplace visit to Maxitrans manufacturing plant. The students walked through the plant and observed a semi-trailer be built from start to finish, including automated CNC plasma cutting of components, robotic welders being used to weld the main frames and robotic spray painting. The students learnt that Maxitrans is transitioning into automation of their manufacturing process and people with programming and problem solving skills will be needed in the future.

Maxitrans has been a big supporter of local manufacturing in Ballarat and is looking at increasing employment opportunities for young workers. Maxitrans also has a major focus on increasing opportunities for females enter their current work force, this was a real positive experience for our female student to see.

Thank you to Liz and her training team for allowing us the opportunity to visit their manufacturing plant.

Brendan Johnston
Academy of Industry Coordinator

Academy of Sport – Technical Training Begins

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This week the Phoenix Academy of Sport students in Years 9, 10 and 11 started their technical training sessions on Thursday morning. Students broke up into their chosen sporting groups of soccer, basketball and netball. It was fantastic to see each of our Phoenix athletes making the most of their first training session and setting themselves up for a successful season together. Students will continue to participating in specialised coaching sessions each week throughout the remainder of Terms 2 and 3.

Mother’s Day Stall

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Grade Prep-6 Students Only

Career News

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Important Dates

VCE and Careers Expo 2022: 28th – 30th April

Victorian Careers Show 2022: 12th – 14th May

Victorian Law Week 2022: 16th – 22nd May


Australia’s biggest education and careers expo is now in its 30th year and will take place this coming weekend!  Dozens of exhibitors from all over Australia will be in attendance providing:

  • Information and resources for the VCE
  • Information about tertiary study, university, TAFE, and training courses
  • Career advice
  • Study advice
  • Employment advice and opportunities
  • Apprenticeship and traineeship advice
  • International exchange and gap year programs

Over and above access to exhibitors, attendees will also have access to seminars on topics including:

  • VCE subjects including English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Legal Studies, Business Management, Psychology, Health and Human Development
  • Tertiary courses
  • Careers
  • Employment opportunities
  • Study advice
  • Gap year options

This event will take place at the Caulfield Racecourse THIS weekend, 28th – 30th April 2022, from 9.00am – 3.00pm.

Find out more, or to book a ticket online, visit VCE and Careers Expo 2022.



The Victorian Careers Show follows on from the success of our flagship event, the VCE and Careers Expo which celebrates its 30th year in 2022!

Thursday 12th – Saturday 14th May, 2022.

Organisations with:

  • Information and resources for the VCE
  • Information about tertiary study, university, TAFE and training courses
  • Career advice
  • Study advice
  • Employment advice and opportunities
  • Apprenticeship and traineeship advice
  • International exchange and gap year programs

Check out the program here –  Victorian Careers Show 2022.


There’s something for everyone during Law Week this year!  Law Week is an annual festival of events which makes learning about the law easy.  This year Law Week will look different to last year, but it is going ahead, nonetheless.  With webinars, interviews, information sessions, free legal advice, podcasts, and plenty more, Law Week makes learning about the law easy for all Victorians.

This year, Law Week will take place from Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd May, 2022.


Check out the Victorian Law Week program at Law Week 2022.


Compass App Update

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What is Compass?

Compass is a school management solution that allows parents and carers to access up-to-date and meaningful information about your school and your child’s progress. Compass includes many different features, including the ability to:

  • Monitor your child’s attendance, and enter an explanation for absence or lateness
  • Communicate with your child’s teachers, and update your family contact details
  • View your child’s timetable and the school calendar
  • Monitor your child’s homework and assessment tasks
  • Download and view your child’s academic reports
  • Book parent-teacher interviews


Accessing Compass Web Browser

Compass is a web-based system that is accessible on any modern web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) or by using the Compass iOS or Android apps on your mobile. Every family receives a separate login to Compass which will be provided to you by the College. To access the parent portal, go to our school website and click the Compass link on the homepage. Alternatively, if you are having trouble finding the Compass link you can go to


Get the Compass Mobile App

Access your student’s information on the go with the Compass mobile app for iPhone & Android phones.



A Compass App User Guide for parents and families –

Online Safety Tips

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Are they old enough?

Parents and carers play a key role in guiding their children as they first encounter the online world and begin to learn through exploration, play and social interaction.

When is your child old enough to take their first online steps and begin to explore on their own? How soon are they ready for smartphones and social media accounts?

It is a good idea to protect younger children from online risks such as encountering harmful content, contact with strangers or missing out on physical activity. But it is up to you to decide when and how they take these first steps, and how best to support them as they begin their online journey.

81% of parents with preschoolers say their children use the internet.

Of these parents, 94% report that their child was using the internet by the age of 4. This might be via a tablet or iPad (92%), a smartphone (85%) or a computer (83%). More digital parenting research: supervising preschoolers online and digital families.

When are they ready for social media accounts?

Both the physical age of your child and their level of maturity and resilience can affect their ability to have positive experiences on social media. Each social media site and app has its own criteria for minimum age requirements. Most require users to be at least 13 years of age before they can register, although some sites are created especially for children under 13.

Generally, the 13-year age requirement is not necessarily because the site is unsafe for children to use but to comply with a US law — the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), which prevents collection and storage of personal information from children under 13 years of age.

How much time should my child spend online? 

There is no magic figure. The right amount of time that children should spend online is debated, with recent research suggesting the evidence of harm relating to screen time is overstated. Choosing the right amount of screen time for your preschooler will depend on the individual needs of your child and your family.

When deciding how much time your preschooler should spend online, consider the following factors:

  • your child’s age and their maturity level
  • their individual learning needs
  • your family’s routine
  • your level of involvement and interaction with them while they are online
  • the quality and nature of what they are doing online

It can be easy to focus only on the amount of time spent online, but the quality of the online media they are engaging with, and your involvement and interaction with them while they are using online media, is just as important.

For example, a five-year-old can get a lot out of spending 30 minutes creating an artwork on a screen together with you. An activity like this, involving the imaginative use of shape and colour, can help them to develop their fine motor and conversational skills.

Our guide to managing time online for parents and carers can help you work out a healthy balance across your child’s online and offline activities. It also includes the signs to watch out for if your child’s online activities may be having a negative impact on them.

How do I choose age-appropriate content? 

Good-quality media can support your child’s learning, especially if it ties in with their interests or sparks their imagination.

The following sites can help you make informed decisions about your family’s entertainment choices:

  • Check age ratings and consumer advice for apps and games on devices your children use via the App Store or Google Play. Visit the Australian Classification Board’s online database when reviewing movies and games.
  • Raising Children Network  has advice about choosing video games, online games and apps.
  • NetAware (UK) offers a guide to popular social media apps, sites and games, including risks, age recommendations and safety tips.
  • The Australian Council on the Children and the Media provides reviews of movies, apps and games, including gambling content advice, searchable by age and platform.
  • Commonsense Media (US) offers a database of apps, games and websites searchable by age.

Is your child old enough for a smartphone?

A smartphone is about much more than making phone calls. It allows your child to spend time online using their own device, rather than a shared family tablet or computer. It literally puts the online world in their hands. For many parents and carers, giving a five year old their own smartphone may seem like it is a step too far. For others, it might offer them peace of mind and security to know they can keep in touch with their child — especially in an emergency.

The right age for your child will depend on their level of maturity and your family routine. It is worth asking yourself the following questions before handing over a digital device:

  • Does my child have a good sense of responsibility?
  • Are they able to stick to the rules?
  • Do they show a good understanding of actions and consequences?
  • Do they come to me or another trusted adult when they are distressed or if they encounter problems?
  • What are the rules about when and where my child can use their smartphone? For example, will they only be able to use it while they are away from the house, and not in their bedroom at night.

For younger children it may be best to start with a mobile phone without internet access, and only introduce a smartphone when they demonstrate an appropriate level of maturity. There are a range of mobile devices available that allow you to control which tools or services your child has access to.

Some younger children might argue that they are ready for a smartphone, especially if their friends already have one. But it is worth holding out until you feel confident that your child is mature enough.

If you have a family online safety contract (see online safety basics), it would be a good idea to go through it carefully with your child in the context of the new responsibilities they are taking on with their own phone.

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You can find more information about Online Safety here:

eSafety Commissioner Webpage:

The eSafety Guide: Learn about the latest games, apps and social media, including how to protect your information and report harmful content –

Parent Resources: Downloadable resources to help you start the chat about online safety issues and strategies with your child. Resources include:

  • Videos
  • Books
  • Information sheets
  • Audio files
  • Family tech agreements
  • Activities
  • COVID-19 advice

Phone Policy

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Doctors in Secondary Schools Program

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Next week, we will have a new doctor starting with us as part of the Doctors in Secondary Schools Program.


Dr Michael Mikhail

Originally from Canada, Dr Michael Mikhail has recently relocated to Ballarat and is now available to see patients at the Bridge Mall practice. With a special interest in general medicine, youth health, sexual health and emergency medicine, Dr Mikhail consults Monday to Friday.

When he’s not working, Michael loves ocean swimming, fishing, aquariums, video gaming and hiking.


About the Program

This initiative funds general practitioners (GPs) to attend up to 100 Victorian government secondary schools up to one day a week. The GPs provide medical advice and health care to those students most in need.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • make primary health care more accessible to students
  • assist young people to identify and address any health problems early
  • reduce the pressure on working parents.

All secondary school students enrolled in a participating school will be able to access an adolescent-health trained GP, subject to providing the required consent for the services. Participating schools, students and their parents/carers will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses for student consultations with the GP.

Participating schools will receive funding to enable their staff to support program coordination and training.


Successful Doctors in Secondary Schools Program operating at Wellington Secondary College:


20% Off Schoolwear at Lowes

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Intersection Upgrade Design

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Designs for the raised platform section at the Hertford/Albert streets intersection.

This has been a part of the design for some time, but we’ve only recently been able to prepare public facing concepts to demonstrate how the platform will look.

The platform will see the entire intersection slightly raised at the entrance and departure points at each leg through a gentle increase in gradient to ensure vehicles maintain a safe speed until they have passed through.

Please note this raised platform will not change the functional nature of the intersection or how it integrates with adjacent businesses and access points. It is purely an additional measure to further improve safety of the intersection for road users.

Design attached and also on the project webpage:

Thanks again to all businesses and operators for their patience during this busy period of construction.

Western Projects



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.

Baking with Language (4th May – 22nd June 2022)

This course will teach you a variety of baking skills, such as cakes, biscuits and breads from all different cultures. Make a different recipe in each class and having opportunities to practice language skills.


English as a Second Language (29th April – 17th June 2022)

The lack of conversational English skills is the biggest thing that gets in the way of getting work. Practice your skills with us to prepare you for work and connect better with your community.


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.

Activities coming up in May – More details to follow.

  • Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
  • Community Lunches
  • Law Week – Learn about writing your Will and Power of Attorney
  • Parliamentary of Victoria Education Program
  • Safe Seats, Safe Kids
  • Volunteer Induction Training 


What’s happening?

Check out the list of classes running in Term 2 –


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


Stay updated with Alumni Achievements and Stories via our Alumni Facebook Page.