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Phoenix News – Issue 17

“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

23rd May-3rd June Year 10 Work Experience Week
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
3rd SSV Year 7 Girls Netball
Students will be attending Llanberris Netball Centre to compete in the SSV Girls Netball.
3rd SSV Junior Soccer
Students will be attending Wendouree West Recreation reserve to compete in the SSV Junior Boys & Girls Soccer.
4th Debutante Ball
8th VCE Music Performance Concert
4:30pm – Phoenix Theatre
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.
10th Café Culture Immersion Day
Focused conclusion to food planning and design task involving all students in this subject area planning and producing high quality cuisine reflective of current covid-safe dining trends for selected Year 10 students.
13th Queen’s Birthday (Public Holiday)
14th Phoenix Connect Fair (NEW DATE)
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!

16th Ballarat Tech School Excursion
This program provides access to real-life, real-time road user data, providing the opportunity for selected senior students to analyse and interpret big data and then use it to help them determine community outcomes.
17th Writer’s Festival
Redan Campus – 2:45pm-3:45pm
21st Most Improved Class Writer Awards (Redan Campus)
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.
23rd Tri School Recording Session
Music students have a terrific opportunity to not only record their work but to experience a recording session with sound technicians and a very high standard concert band.
24th End of Term 2 – Students Dismissed at 2:30pm
24th An Evening with Samuel Johnson
Tickets: $30
Phoenix Auditorium
Phoenix P-12 Community College – Hertford St, Sebastopol
(Disregard the Trades Hall location as they have moved it to Phoenix)
An Evening with Samuel Johnson is a rare opportunity to hear Samuel combine real-life stories and filmed pieces to reflect on the people and events that inspire him, and some behind the scenes insights about the challenges and triumphs of his journey with his charity, Love Your Sister.
Get your tickets here!
26th Family Fun Day
Free Entry – 10am-3pm
Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club
Love Your Sister is bringing all of Ballarat together for a massive Family Fun Day fundraising event with market stalls, food trucks, live music, petting zoo, and games and activities for kids of all ages!


Term 3

11th Term 3 Begins
13th-15th VCAL Humanity Camp
Selected VCAL students will venture to Melbourne to undertake a series of experiences that link to homelessness and helping the less fortunate as part of their Humanity Project in PDS.


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

Enrol Now – 2023 Foundation (Prep)

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Apply Now – 2023 Year 7 Academic Achievers SEAL Program

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Tickets on Sale NOW!

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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.


Gratitude Wall

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Last Thursday, leadership students presented our Gratitude Wall to Grampians Health; to recognise and thank the extraor­dinary work of Ballarat Base Hospital frontline workers. It is currently on display in the main foyer of the Drummond St entrance at the Ballarat Base Hospital.

The Gratitude Wall con­tains messages of support handwritten by all Prep to Year 12 students.

Learning Specialist, Mr Joshua Boon, said as part of a whole school initiative, students had been working with The Resilience Project, focusing on gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. This collaboration helped student leaders come up with the idea to write the short messages of support to frontline healthcare workers.

“We are so lucky to have a great health­care system in Bal­larat and we are aware they have had a tough number of years.”

Ms Karen Snibson said Ballarat Base Hospital workers went above and beyond to help others. “For us it’s really about empowering our students to be able to say thanks to our healthcare workers, for them to have that sense of community and to be able to express their opinion,” Ms Snibson said. “I feel blessed to work in a community that has such wonderful health workers who have gone above and beyond to help others. To thank them is vital to us.”


Year 7 Class Captains

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Year 7 Class Captains have been elected for 2022 – with two students from each class becoming leaders in their first year at Phoenix.

As Class Captains, these student leaders will have an opportunity to begin attending secondary leadership meetings, connecting with other leaders across year levels and importantly, be involved in bringing positive change to our school.

It is an exciting time for Phoenix to have this group of Year 7’s putting their hand up to learn about leadership and contribute to our community.


Phoenix Connect Fair

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Writer’s Festival

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Redan Campus


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We were so lucky to have the ever inspiring, independent film maker, Genna Chantelle Hayes visit Phoenix P-12 Community College yesterday; sharing some behind the scenes details of her new upcoming feature film ‘Akoni’. Genna spoke with our Year 11 and 12 media students about her motivations behind making of this film and the story that inspired its creation.

“I have always wanted to tell stories that impact people’s thinking or impact their hearts. Art is something we can all share and be touched by – regardless of race, colour or creed.” she said.

Thank you Genna for your time and encouraging words for our students.

If you would like to head along to see ‘Akoni’, there will be a Q&A Premier Event at the Ballarat Regent Cinema on Saturday 18th of June 4:30PM with the opportunity to view the production team behind the film. Book your tickets here:


AKONI will be in Cinemas from June 30.





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

Career News

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Important Dates in Term 3

University / TAFE Open Days 2022 – throughout August

Year 12 VTAC timely applications – throughout August and September

VTAC SEAS and Scholarship applications – throughout August and September



Early Entry University Programs

Check out all the early Entry Programs available to current Year 12’s for 2023 from;
  • ACU
  • Bond University
  • Federation University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Deakin University
  • La Trobe University
  • RMIT University
  • Swinburne University
  • University of Tasmania
  • Victoria University

See here for more information – Early Entry Programs for 2023

Business Explorer Program

The Business Explorer Program is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who are considering studying business at university.  It’s a great way to explore the diverse world of commerce through a choice of taster sessions in accounting, banking and finance, economics, actuarial, econometrics and analytics, management, and marketing.

Students will also have the opportunity to hear insights about life at Uni from current Monash Business School students, as well as alumni working in industry.

Date:               Wednesday 29th June, 2022

Time:               11.00am – 3.30pm

Location:        Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Register by 15 June 2022 at
Business Explorer Program.


Important information on Medicine Interviews

Students considering applying for direct entry to Medicine in 2023 are urged to take note of the following regarding the interview process:

  • Selection interviews for direct entry Medicine will commence in December (7, 8, and 9 December 2022) for Victorian students and the Dean’s Rural List applicants nationally
  • Further interviews will be held in January 2023 for interstate and offshore domestic students, as well as Victorian students who were not interviewed in December 2022 but who have become eligible following the release of the ATAR results
  • Invitations to December interviews will be based on the UCAT and the UCAT score required to be eligible to be considered will be 2900*
  • Students who do not receive an interview in December should not remove medicine from their VTAC preferences as they may meet the threshold to be invited to attend an interview in January.
  • Interviews will be held virtually.
  • Offers of a place in medicine will be based on equal weighting of UCAT, ATAR, Interview and will be made in the January 2023 offer round.

This information, as well as additional details in relation to the admission process, can be found online and there is also a very helpful FAQs .

For students interested in pursuing Graduate Entry Medicine, the Faculty of Science has developed a new online resource to help with understanding the progression and process.

*NOTE: The UCAT cut-off score from a preceding year is indicative only and will change with each intake depending on the distribution of scores and the number of applicants applying to Monash each year.  Therefore, the cut-off score may change for each cohort.


Psychology (Honours) Update

From 2023, the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program is changing to a three-year Bachelor of Psychology.  The Psychology honours one-year program will still be available for direct application at the completion of the three-year program.


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 Bachelor of Business: A world of possibilities Monday 4 July, 1.15pm – 1.45pm Register here
Discover Monash Engineering Thursday 7 July, 6.30pm – 7.30pm Register here
Discover Monash I.T. Tuesday 19 July, 6.30pm – 7.30pm Coming soon
Discover Bachelor of Arts Thursday 4 August, 6.30pm – 8.00pm Register here
Discover Law at Monash Tuesday 9 August, 6.00pm – 6.45pm** Register here
Discover Media Communication Thursday 11 August, 6.30pm – 8.00pm Register here
Discover where a Science degree can take you Wednesday 17 August, 6.30pm – 8.00pm Coming soon
Discover Criminology Thursday 18 August, 6.30pm – 8.00pm Register here
Discover Global Studies Thursday 25 August, 6.30pm – 8.00pm Register here


Campus Tours – Winter Holidays

Get a feel for what it’s like to study on campus.  Students keen on studying at Monash University are recommended to register for one or more of the upcoming campus tours. 
Register at
Campus Experience.

Clayton Campus Tour Monday 4 July, 10.00am – 11.30am
Tuesday 5 July, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Wednesday 6 July, 10.00am – 11.30am
Thursday 7 July, 10.00am – 11.30am
Thursday 7 July, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Caulfield Campus Tour Monday 4 July, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Tuesday 5 July, 10.00am – 11.30am
Peninsula Campus Tour Wednesday 6 July, 2.00pm – 3.30pm


Monash Information Evenings

Monash Information Evening: STEM Tuesday 12 July, 6.30pm – 8.00pm Register here
Monash Information Evening: Health Tuesday 19 July, 6.30pm – 8.00pm Register here
Monash Information Evening: HASS Tuesday 26 July, 6.30pm – 8.00pm Coming soon
Monash Information Evening: General Thursday 25 August, 6.30pm – 8.00pm** Register here
Monash Information Evening: General Thursday 13 September, 6.30pm – 8.00pm Coming soon

Note: some are ZOOM meetings**



BMW NextTech Program

NextGen and BMW are hiring for the BMW NextTech Program.  NextTech is an industry leading and modern accelerated three-year apprenticeship program developed in partnership between BMW Group Australia and NextGen Jobs.  This is not just another automotive apprenticeship, NextTech is at the forefront of automotive technician development and where traditional methods meet the future of technological industry advancement.

This is a FANTASTIC opportunity for young people who want to get into the automotive industry.

Students keen on finding out more are advised to watch this YouTube clip, and browse the following link – NextGen Jobs.



Diploma of Event Management/Live Production
The Diploma of Event Management has been developed with a strong focus on experiential learning at festivals, conferences and stadium productions.  Students work closely with industry experts to gain the skills and knowledge needed to create, develop, and stage special events while coordinating a team in an efficient and productive manner.

Students are involved with the production of the Victorian State Schools Spectacular, held annually at Melbourne Arena, as well as large scale cultural events, including:

  • Local government major community events
  • Melbourne Cup Carnival
  • Major exhibitions, trade shows and conferences
  • VineHop Festival
  • Seven Sisters Festival

After successful completion of the course, graduates will have developed the contacts and obtained the valuable experience that can open the doors to a successful career in event management.  Holmesglen graduates have gone on to work for events such as the St Kilda Festival, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Australian Open, Melbourne Cup Carnival, White Night, major music festivals, business conferences and venues.



Teach The Future.  Make An Impact with a Career in Teaching
We’re looking for 4,000 new teachers.  Are you in?  There has been major investment in making sure teachers have better pay, greater professional development possibilities and more diverse career opportunities than ever before.  If you’re thinking about a career in teaching, now is the time.

Whether it’s about learning about the benefits of becoming a teacher, or finding out more about the teaching courses on offer, and/or pathways to becoming a teacher, students are encouraged to browse Victorian Government – Teach The Future.




Why Study Science at Fed Uni?

Why study a science degree at Fed Uni?  Federation University prides itself in having –

  • A highly practical degree
  • Strong connections with industry
  • Lecturers with industry experience
  • An excellent Work Integrated Learning program

The program is delivered in small, applied laboratory classes and workshops, allowing the development of advanced skills sought by employers.  The emphasis is on acquiring skills in scientific communication, data analysis and quantitative literacy, problem solving and research skills, and a comprehensive understanding of the scientific and ethical framework of at least one major study area.

Program majors include Biochemistry, Biological Science, Behavioural Science, Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental Restoration, Exercise Science, Health and Nutrition, Information Technology, Mathematics (major at Ballarat, minor at Gippsland and online), Microbiology and Molecular Biology.  A minor in statistics is also on offer.

Depending on a student’s major, they may find government or private sector employment in medical science, earth science, environmental management, analytical laboratories, computer support, health, environmental planning and sustainability, consultancy, or research.
The analytical skills of science graduates are also in high demand in education, marketing, administration, and business management.  Graduates may also choose from a range of specialist post-graduate research and study areas.Find out more at Science at Fed Uni.



Undergraduate Information Series

VU has put together a series of informative videos that cover course details and highlights from a number of its Undergraduate courses.  These videos are a great resource as they provide students information on a particular course.  Each video is approximately 15-20 minutes in length and include insights from academics and current students. They also cover placement opportunities, the VU Block Model, and pathways information.

Currently published videos cover:

Creative Arts, Business, Community Development and Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering and Built Environment, Law and Legal Services, Sport Science, Fitness, Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sports Management, and Youth Work and Social Work. 

More videos will be uploaded throughout the year covering even more areas of interest.

Visit Undergraduate Information Sessions to watch.



Kim Whitty at Roadmap Education teamed up with VU to create a couple of podcasts to give a student and academic perspective on their course, as well as some great tips for current VCE students.

Declan – Bachelor of Exercise Science (Sport Practice) – Ep 44

Dr Marc C-Scott – Screen Media and Animation and Visual Effects – Ep 42

Tayla – Medical Science and Paramedicine – Ep 41

Mark – Osteopathy – Ep 40

Oliver – Criminal Justice – Ep 46


Snapshot of Victoria University (VU) in 2022

  • More than 45,000 students from around the world study at one of VU’s many campuses, with its largest one being Footscray Park – VU Campuses
  • VU has a number of academic colleges including arts, business, education, engineering, law & justice, science, sport and exercise science – VU Academic Colleges
  • VU has very strong industry connections with over 900 industry partnerships, including the Western Bulldogs, Melbourne Victory, Western Health, City West Water, and various others – VU Industry Connections
  • VU has agreements with over 50 exchange partner institutions worldwide, and students can often gain credit towards their degree by studying for a year or a semester with one of the international exchange partners – VU Study on Exchange
  • VU is a dual-sector institution, offering both vocational training (TAFE) and higher education with very accessible transition between courses at all levels. These pathways mean that a student’s dream qualification is within reach, regardless of their study background, prior experience, or their ATAR score – VU Pathways
  • VU is one of Australia’s leading sport universities, ranking # 9 globally for sport science education – VU – Leading Sport University
  • VU sport students may gain behind-the-scenes access at Real Madrid Football Club through a partnership – VU Real Madrid Partnership
  • Within the Law & Justice College, VU offers a number of courses from certificates and diplomas to postgraduate degrees, giving students more options to achieve their goals while balancing life and study commitments through flexible pathways – VU Law & Justice College
  • VU is one of only two universities in Victoria that offers a course in osteopathy – Osteopathy at VU
  • VU is the only university offering a dermal therapies degree in Victoria – VU Dermal Therapies Degree
  • VU offers a number of courses linked to clinical practice and have dedicated clinics where current students put into practice that which they have learnt. Courses linked to clinics include dermal therapies, massage, osteopathy, psychology – VU Health Clinics
  • In 2018 VU introduced the VU Block Model – all bachelor degrees taught at the Melbourne campuses see units delivered in a more focused way, one at a time. Students have more one-on-one time with their educators as they complete each unit, and experience a significantly more immersive, collaborative, and enriching learning experience.   Initially for first-year students, the VU Block Model is now offered to students in all degree years.

‘An Evening with Samuel Johnson’

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Friday 24th June – 6.30pm

Tickets: $30

Phoenix Auditorium

Phoenix P-12 Community College – Hertford St, Sebastopol

(Disregard the Trades Hall location as they have moved it to Phoenix)

An Evening with Samuel Johnson is a rare opportunity to hear Samuel combine real-life stories and filmed pieces to reflect on the people and events that inspire him, and some behind the scenes insights about the challenges and triumphs of his journey with his charity, Love Your Sister.


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**Tickets can only be purchased through the Love Your Sister website not through the College.


Samuel will also be a part the Family Fun Day held on Sunday 26th June from 10am-3pm at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club.


Love Your Sister is bringing all of Ballarat together for a massive Family Fun Day fundraising event with music, food stalls and heaps of activities for kids of all ages!

Australia’s favourite cancer vanquisher Samuel Johnson OAM will be there with bells on to thank you all in person and announce the total amount raised by your community.

Free Entry

Featuring market stalls, food trucks, live music, petting zoo, and games and activities for kids of all ages!

Headspace Parent/Carer Webinar

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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.



Skills for Work & Study: Health Services (18th July – 6th Sept 2022)


Topics delivered in this course include but are not limited to:

  • An introduction to the healthcare sector and entry-level jobs
  • Learning pathways and goals in healthcare • Code of conduct in healthcare, duty of care and confidentiality requirements
  • Communication skills including working with people from diverse backgrounds and providing customer service
  • Hygiene and infection control
  • Participate in workplace health and safety

Check out the list of classes running in Term 3 –


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 June 2022 – More details to follow



What’s happening?

Ballarat Jobs and Training Expo

The Expo is a great chance for attendees to talk to professionals in industries of interest, attend interactive workshops, team building, networking activities, forums and seminars.

  • Tuesday 7th June: 9:30am – 7:00pm (General Public)
  • Wednesday 8th June: 9:30am – 12:30pm (Schools) and 12:30pm – 3:00pm (General Public)

Book free tickets now at


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.