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Phoenix News – Issue 15

“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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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

16th-20th F1 in Schools National Finals
Students will travel to Melbourne to participate in the F1 in Schools National final for the week.
20th BioLab Excursion
HAPE students will be travelling to BioLab in Geelong. They will gain a greater understanding of how the body works and learn different ways in which we measure physical activity.
20th NGV & Fed Square Excursion
Art students will view the current exhibitions at the NGV and the Ian Potter Centre.
23rd May-3rd June Year 10 Work Experience Week
23rd Fed Uni Explore Your Future Excursion
Federation University Explore your Future Day invites selected Year 10 students to join in the simulated areas of Nursing, Para Medicine, Midwifery, Health, Sport Exercise Science, Biomedicine & Biotechnology.
30th Greater Western Cross-Country
Selected students will be attending Deakin University Warrnambool to complete in the Greater Western Region Cross Country representing Phoenix.
30th ACU Experience Day
Selected Year 10 students will be attending ACU to have a tour and take part in activities that are run by the University for courses that relate to Paramedicine and Physiotherapy.
1st-3rd Junior Music Camp at Cave Hill Creek
The camp will include elements of band rehearsal, music theory work, improvisation workshops, and outdoor activities. The purpose of this camp is to engage students with their music practise in new and exciting ways. Students will then showcase their skills with a performance at Beaufort Primary School.
3rd Staff Professional Development Day – Student Free Day
4th Debutante Ball
8th-10th Anglesea High Challenge Camp
This Leadership Camp offers selected students the opportunity to develop and showcase their skills through participation in a range of activities focused on the growth of problem solving, teamwork and resilience abilities.
10th Melbourne Uni Mentor Induction Excursion
Selected students have applied and been accepted into the volunteer mentor program setup through a branch of Melbourne University entitled “Learning for Life”. Students will meet their allocated mentors, participate in ice breaker activities, take a small tour of the university and complete a small workshop.
13th Queen’s Birthday (Public Holiday)
16th, 17th, 18th College Production – The Addams Family
  • Thursday June 16th June – 7pm
  • Friday 17th June – 7pm
  • Saturday 18th June – 2pm & 7pm

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the QKR! app – grab yours today!

22nd Westgate Tunnel Project Excursion
Tech students will visit the Westgate Tunnel Information Centre and meet engineering and construction people working on the project. Students will explore 3D modelling of the project and take a virtual reality bike ride on a 2.5klm elevated cycling track.
23rd Chinese Museum & Chinatown Excursion
Selected Chinese classes will further investigate Chinese language and culture and Australian history by completing a tour of Melbourne Chinese Museum & Chinatown.
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

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Tickets on sale NOW!

The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family — a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her fathers and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

The cast have been working hard in after school and weekend rehearsals. We are fortunate this year to have the Academy of Industry students making set pieces for the show and the Year 10 Design and Technology students helping with costumes. It is great to see the Phoenix community coming together after not being able to run the production for the last two years.

Public Performances Dates:

  • Thursday June 16th June – 7pm
  • Friday 17th June – 7pm
  • Saturday 18th June – 2pm & 7pm


Don’t forget to purchase your tickets through the QKR! app today.


Year 11 Leadership Camp

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Earlier on this term, a group of Year 11 students who wished to develop their leadership skills and engage in project planning for the development of our school, attended a camp in Melbourne. Over the camp, students had opportunities to reflect on the qualities of a leader and determine their leadership style, work together to create projects for contributing to our school community, tour the Shrine of Remembrance and explore Melbourne through an Amazing Race.

Students then presented their ideas to all Principals and Year 11 and 12 teaching staff on returning to school, with the aim of ongoing engagement with our leadership program.



Myvanwy Jennings
Student Leadership Coordinator

yLEAD Maximise the Badge Workshop

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Our secondary student leadership team attended a whole-day workshop facilitated by yLEAD – an organisation that runs student leadership experiences. They engaged in the ‘Maximise the Badge’ workshop that focused on team building, practice of leadership skills and development of action plans to bring back to contribute to our school community. Student leaders were able to work across year levels to build our growing leadership team and consider how they can work together in making change.



Myvanwy Jennings
Student Leadership Coordinator

Phoenix Pride

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Tuesday 17th May was International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT)! Wellbeing are hosted an event, Phoenix Pride at Lunchtime.

Minus 18 is an awesome organisation providing resources and information on how to best support our LGBTQIA + students –



Kenneth Anthony Alfred Spedding
Mental Health Practitioner
Educational and Developmental Psychology Registrar

How to Parent in a Cyber World

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Phoenix Cadets Program

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The Australian Army Cadets adopts the values of the Australian Army – Courage, Initiative, Respect and Teamwork – to empower youth to achieve their potential. The Australian Army Cadets is a personal development program for young people, conducted by the Australian Army in cooperation with the community, which is designed to benefit the nation by developing the individual, their community, and the Australian Army.

The Cadet Unit has an exciting program including weekend camps and adventure activities including rock climbing and high ropes courses. Cadets learn first aid, navigation, radio communications, camping skills, engineering, survival, drill, and physical training just to name a few. Each year Cadets attend a week-long camp in Puckapunyal in the September school holidays and have an opportunity to learn to lead other cadets by attending promotion courses. Sebastopol Army Cadets provides ceremonial support to several community events including ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. Community service is encouraged within the unit. Cadets is a great way to make new friends and learn skills which will last a lifetime.


Parade Times & Location:

Monday nights from 6:15pm-9:15pm during School Terms at the Ballarat South Community Hub, Phoenix P-12 Community College.


Age for Joining Our Unit:

12 years old, turning 13 years old, in the calendar year you join, and you must not have reached 17 years of age.


Other Enrolment Requirements:

You need be a student from Phoenix P-12 Community College, be a resident of Australia and not be a member of the Australian Navy or Air Force Cadets or the ADF. You must agree to abide by our Code of Conduct, complete an application and your application must be accepted by the Unit Officer Commanding.


For more information about Army Cadets, please visit the Australian Army Cadets website.


To make an appointment or to find out more about the Phoenix Cadets Program please email:

Nick Krueger

Career News

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Important Dates

Victorian Law Week 2022: 16th – 22nd May



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.


REMINDER: University Clinical Aptitude Test 

Students intending to study certain medical, dental, and clinical science degree programs are remined that they may need to sit the UCAT, and applications close on Tuesday 17 May 2022.  The testing dates will be from 1 July 2022 to 12 August 2022.

Find out more and register at UCAT.




New Bachelor of Sustainable Food Systems

Food sustainability is the study of food security, health, safety, quality and affordability, influenced by climate change and the environment.

This unique new degree was developed in collaboration with food industry partners to fulfill the need for food specialists in Australia.  The first half of the degree embeds a Diploma of Food Science and Technology to develop a student’s knowledge and core practical skills across food testing, quality, and sustainability.  In the second half of the degree, students pursue an interest by selecting one of Food Processing or Sustainable Food Production, as well as undertake an industry placement providing valuable and relevant workplace experience.

Find out more at Bachelor of Sustainable Food Systems



Cyber Security Courses at VU

In Term 1, the new Bachelor of Cyber Security was profiled.  VU also offers the following options –


  1. Certificate IV in Cyber Security – students develop the knowledge and skills to work in one of the fastest growing sectors, the cyber security and IT industry. They develop skills that involve a blend of problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, data analytics, cloud-based networking, scripting, privacy, and ethics.
  2. Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security – a 1-year course suitable for students who already have a strong understanding of cyber security concepts or are looking to pursue a career in the IT industry.
    Note: Students can pathway into the Bachelor of Cyber Security from the Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security, with credit.

Discover Monash Seminar Series

Hear directly from current students, alumni, and staff across our ten faculties. Students are encouraged to register to attend as many of these course information events that might be of interest to them.

Below are seminars taking place in May. Note: some are ZOOM meetings**

Discover how to become an Artist or Curator Tuesday 24 May, 6.00pm – 7.00pm Register here
Discover how to become a Designer Wednesday 25 May, 6.00pm – 7.00pm Register here
Discover Nursing and Midwifery Wednesday 25 May, 6.00pm – 7.15pm** Register here
Discover how to become an Architect Thursday 26 May, 6.00pm – 7.00pm Register here
Discover Radiography, Radiation Science & Psych. Thursday 26 May, 6.00pm – 7.15pm** Register here


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Discover What’s Next Seminar Series

RMIT’s Discover What’s Next webinar series commences this week.  These sessions are a great opportunity for students, parents, and school community to discover all there is to know about RMIT and its study areas.  Attendees will hear from staff and students on:

  • The campuses and locations
  • Course options
  • Industry experience
  • Global opportunities
  • Prerequisites and pathways
  • Clubs and societies
  • Our graduates

All the seminars are online and will take place from 5.00pm – 6.00pm.  Register for any of the sessions here.

Social Science 24 May
Media and Communication 26 May
Property, Building, and Trades 31 May
Education 2 June
Flight Training and Aviation 7 June
Health Science 21 June
Biomedical Science 23 June
Science 12 July
Engineering 14 July
Information Technology 19 July


Bachelor of Business: Social Impact Major

Distinguish yourself in the field of socially responsible business.  In this major learn about how businesses can become more socially aware and take concrete action to address social issues and challenges.

Students keen on a business qualification and are keen on using their business practice to solve societal issues and making a positive contribution to society, might like to consider the Social Impact major – RMIT is currently the only university in Australia offering this specialisation.  This major covers the following units –

 Find out more about the Bachelor of Business here.


Diploma of Visual Arts

When you study visual arts at RMIT, you’ll create a professional folio of work.  This diploma is taught by practicing artists in real studio environments.  All our staff are practitioners with national and international reputation in the arts.  This enables them to connect you to work on projects with industry, other practicing artists, and galleries.

This one-year program is taught in specialised studios specifically designed for each of the specialisation areas.  The core subjects are:

  • Establish and maintain safe professional practice
  • Prepare for sustainable professional practice
  • Analyse cultural history and theory
  • Refine drawing
  • Realise a body of creative work
  • Present a body of your own creative work

Students must also choose three of the following studio specialisations:

  1. Fine Art Photography OR,
  2. Painting OR,
  3. Sculpture OR,
  4. Printmaking

There are no minimum academic entry requirements for this program.  Students must be 16 years or over and must complete and submit the Selection Task.

On completion of the Diploma of Visual Arts, students can transition to the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts.  This is also a one-year qualification, which allows students to further investigate their creative practice with a more specialised focus.


Fashion Textiles and Sustainable Innovations

Technology innovations and improved environmental, social and ethical practices are fundamentally changing how clothes are made, consumed and experienced: from the integration of 2D and 3D virtual fashion and textile design and digital production methods, to material innovations, smart textiles, and the need for improved transparency. 

The Bachelor of Fashion and Textiles (Sustainable Innovation) provides students with the capability to work in diverse roles across the fashion and textiles sector.   Students will gain practical, theoretical, and technical skills to develop solutions, products and systems, using user-centred approaches at the intersection of design, technology, science, and art.

 In this cutting-edge degree, students will delve into sustainability as a concept and goal within fashion and textiles.  They will explore industry-relevant knowledge and projects, ethical and sustainable practices, and material and digital technologies.  Students will also have the opportunity to minor in either fashion design, textile design, or fashion enterprise.

The VCE prerequisite for this course is: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.  The ATAR for 2022 was 67.65.



Studying the Bachelor of Applied Innovation alongside another Degree
Swinburne University is introducing the Bachelor of Applied Innovation to be studied in conjunction with a number of other degrees.  With just one extra year, students get to graduate with a double degree.

Depending on the degree a student chooses to study alongside the Bachelor of Applied Innovation, various skills will be developed, including –

  • a student’s collaboration, creativity, and complex problem-solving skills in real-world contexts.
  • how to apply innovation toolkits, prototype solutions and participate in challenges such as innovation sprints inspired by their passions and interests.
  • gaining the practical and technical skills to think strategically about how to employ innovative ideas in their studies and in the broader society.
  • learning how to make decisions of impact, based on analytical and strategic thinking, human understanding, and respect for future generations – with supporting technological know-how.
  • undertaking placements, internships or industry-based project work, and benefit from interdisciplinary, experiential learning. Students will tap into their creativity, curiosity, and leadership potential as they gain the skills to build a better future.

The following double degrees including Applied Innovation are on offer.  Students are encouraged to browse the links that provide more details about the core and major units on offer in the Applied Innovation degree as they do differ from double degree to double degree:


Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship and Innovation)

Entrepreneurs are innovators. They see opportunities, anticipate needs, solve problems, make plans, take risks, and build teams.

Whether students are hatching an idea, wanting to know how to launch their own venture, or looking to create competitive advantage within an existing organisation, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation major within the Bachelor of Business provides the tools and knowledge.

With plenty of hands-on learning, students will develop the type of fresh thinking required to build, launch, and scale a start-up business or social venture.

Students will discover how to differentiate an idea from a real opportunity, use innovation theory to maximise that opportunity, and learn how to create desirable, viable business models.  They will also develop their strategic thinking and planning skills, explore business models, learn to interpret sales and marketing opportunities, build a team and source capital funding.

A guaranteed ATAR of 60.00 is required, and the VCE prerequisites are: VCE Units 3 and 4 – a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or equivalent.

Online Safety Tips

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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

World Education Program

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World Education Program Australia Ltd (WEP Australia) is an independent, incorporated, not-for-profit/registered charity Australian student exchange organisation registered and approved by the education departments/regulatory authorities in The Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

WEP organises high school exchange program for both Australia and International students (mainly from Europe and North America).

We are currently looking for volunteer host families for international students arriving in July this year!


Y Ballarat Youth Hub

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TheirCare – Before & After School Care

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Click here to register now!


TheirCare provides a stimulating and safe environment for all children and an environment where children from and enjoy their time in their program. During sessions children develop life skillsfriendshipsconfidence and creativity through play.

Our school has partnered with an independent provider TheirCare to provide Before, After Care and Holiday Care services to our school community.

The program services the children in the school from 7:00am in the morning until 8.50am and operates from 3:15pm each day until 6:00pm.

During school holidays the service will operate from 7:00am until 6:00pm.

Families wishing to use this service can visit the TheirCare website:

Families are also eligible for a government rebate which reduces the cost per session. Further information can also be obtained by contacting the school or ringing TheirCare on: 1300 072 410.


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.


Introduction to Hospitality (Front of House) 25th May – 24th June 2022

This program provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent to work in a front of house role in a restaurant, hotel, bar or café.

The program aims to develop learner’s employability, customer service and communication skills required for this job role. Learners will gain practical hands-on experience by assisting with the weekly Community Lunches at Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre.

What you will learn:

  • Table service etiquette
  • Setting a table & napkin folding
  • Greeting and seating guests
  • Making meal recommendations
  • Taking orders by hand
  • Answering customer questions and complaints
  • Taking payments




Become a Barista (28th May 2022)

We teach you how to use a coffee machine from scratch. With no prior experience, you will leave the course knowing how to froth milk, make espresso, make industry-standard coffee, and how to clean and maintain the coffee machine.



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

  • Volunteer Induction Training – 26th May 2022







  • Community Lunch – Friday 27th May 2022








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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Monday 30th May or Monday 6th June

12:30pm – 2:15pm

– 1 hour Alumni Session and 45-minute lunch for casual Q+A’s

– Graduated from Phoenix P-12 Community College College, Sebastopol College or as previously known to you.

– 2 x Alumni per session


Are you interested? Contact 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.