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Phoenix News – Issue 18

“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

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 Year 11 Exam Week
14th Phoenix Connect Fair (NEW DATE)
15th-16th Anglesea Outdoor Ed Camp
Selected students will be attending an overnight camp to Eumeralla Scout camp in Anglesea. Students will be completing a hike and mountain bike ride. They will experience sleeping in a tent, cooking their food using a Trangia among other experiences camping in the outdoors.
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.
16th Grades 5/6 Canberra Camp Information Session
17th Writer’s Festival (Redan Campus)
20th Live Wire Excursion
Selected students will be attending a celebration day at Live Wire Park developing team building and resilience skills as part of the Blue Edge Program running this term.
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.
22nd Grade Prep Visit to Sovereign Hill
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

Principal’s Message

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Term 2, Week 7



We are six months into our partnership with The Resilience Project, with this in mind I thought there would be NO better time than NOW for us all to acknowledge that times are different, and this is our new normal. We can be a better, stronger school by remembering the important role gratitude can play in our lives.

In the hustle and bustle of our every day – particularly as we embark on a Ballarat winter – it is easy to overlook the small things we can be thankful for. Teaching our students thankfulness and appreciation guides them see that in each day there can be a new beginning. This helps to build resilience. We are all going to experience ups and downs in life, but tomorrow always brings the promise of a new day.

As I write this message, I remind myself what I am thankful for:

  1. The amazing students in our school community – who seek to learn and grow each day.
  2. Our staff teams – who keep working to present high quality learning in our classrooms.
  3. Our parents who work with us in partnership – we are a stronger community as a result.

I urge you to take a moment and talk with your families at home: what do you appreciate, what can you be thankful for?

Daily appreciations can be truly powerful – for example, last weekend I had the privilege to spend the evening with four hundred guests, who together, celebrated our 2022 Debutante Ball. And by contrast, I had the pleasure to talk with our primary students who spoke about their writing prompts.

At Phoenix, we have so much to be grateful for.

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. –

Apply Now – 2023 Year 7 Academic Achievers SEAL Program

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Friday 24th June, 2022



Tickets on Sale NOW!

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Get excited – it’s next week!

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 be like Thing and get you tickets last minute….



Purchase your tickets through the QKR! app today.


Debutante Ball

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On Saturday 4th June we hosted our Phoenix Debutante Ball. We had 22 couples presented to their families, friends, and the College community. The evening was a culmination of six weeks dance training, dress fittings, suit hiring and many hours of hair, tanning and make-up talk.

We had an amazing turnout of over 400 guests attend the Ballarat Trotting Club, dressed in their finest to witness our Year 11 students be presented. The dancers were perfection, and the Debutantes and Squires were even able to teach a special guest the Pride of Erin!

A huge thanks to:

  • Eric Langdon and Mellissa Reiling for their dedication to teaching our students to be graceful.
  • Kirby Lee Creative Co. Photography for capturing the couples and their families.
  • Modish Events for creating the perfect atmosphere to dance the night away!


All photographs will be edited by Kirby Lee Creative Co. and uploaded to your personal galleries for purchasing.

The estimated time frame is one week.


BREAZE Children’s Writing Competition

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On Monday 6th June, some of our Grade 5/6 students represented Phoenix at the BREAZE Children’s Writing Competition, to celebrate World Environment Day. The awards ceremony was held at the Ballarat Library with Ballarat Mayor, Cr Daniel Moloney officiating the event and awarding certificates to students. The quality of work submitted by our students was impressive and the judges made special mention to the following students:

  • Aleena Rehman
  • Thomas O’Connor
  • Ally Baker
  • Olivia Papageorgiou

Our winning entry went to Ayden Webb from Grade 5/6M – congratulations Ayden! All students mentioned above received a certificate and a book voucher, in recognition of their submissions.


yLead Year 5-6 Leaders In School Experience

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Phoenix student leaders had the opportunity to participate In an amazing leadership conference to further develop their leadership skills and capabilities. Leaders were able to step outside their comfort zone to build to their confidence through a series of fun and zany activities. Students found their personal strengths and learn the importance of communication when working as a team. Towards the end of the conference student made action plans make Phoenix P-12 Community College a better place for every student.


Senior School Update

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Yr 11 Exams Reminder

Year 11 Exams will run in Week 8 in the LRC. The exam timetable has been published in Z Wing and copies are available from the Senior School Office. A reminder Z10 will be used as a study room for the week as the LRC will be out of action. All questions to be directed to Miss E in Senior School Office.


VCAL Community Impact Projects

As a part of their senior certificate, our Year 12 VCAL students last week presented their project presentations to community partners from Ballarat Basketball, Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute and Highlands LLEN. Students pitched their ideas, ranging from community markets, barefoot bowls events, care packages, charity movie screenings and community memorials to raise money and awareness for FECRI, our local cancer research institute searching for a cure!

Our VCAL cohort have set a goal of raising $10,000 this year and urge our Phoenix school community to keep their eyes peeled for opportunities to get involved.


100 Days Until Graduation!

On Wednesday 8th of June, Year 12 students celebrated it being ‘100 days until they graduate’ from Phoenix College. Our students celebrated by having hot chocolates, muffins and giant games in the Study Centre with their classmates, teachers, mentors and senior school staff. We are proud of all of our Year 12’s and their achievements so far.

VCE Music Performance

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On Wednesday 8th June, our VCE Music Performance class (Unit 1 and Unit 3) presented a selection of their end of year performance program for an appreciative audience of students and staff in our Phoenix Theatre. Compered by the classroom teacher, Ms Lana Ford and with stage assistance provided by Brendan O’Brien, students played the violoncello, clarinet, guitar, keyboard, and singers to the audience. Sebastian Allen played an expressive performance of Entracte by Adolphe Adam and performed The Rainbow Connection and Blowing in the Wind, featuring Jake Bryant on the keyboard. On acoustic guitar, Sam Giacometti performed Fade into you by Mazzy Star, and Tai McGilligan performed two songs: More than a feeling by Boston and Lucid Dreams. In contrast to more popular styles, Cage Millar expressively performed Ricercari by Domenico Gabrielli and In Old Vienna by Frosch, and the program was completed by vocalist Darcey Hickman with an entertaining interpretation of Hurricane and Wait for it from the stage musical Hamilton. We look forward to our other talented students from the VCE Music Performance class, Alex Sassmannshausen, Xander Doyle and Jake Clementson, presenting their program at the next VCE concert.

In Term 3, students will continue to present selections from their end-of-year program, and we invite our wonderful Phoenix community to attend (date TBC).

Congratulations to the VCE Music performance class. Bravo, bravissimo!


Federation University & ACU Health Experience Days

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During our Year 10 Work Experience week, students had the opportunity to visit Federation University and ACU to view the simulated areas of Nursing, Paramedicine and Physiotherapy.

Students over the day were able to get involved with activities such as, good hygiene practices, listening to heartbeats and breathing. Students also experienced the Midwifery area, taking part in bathing a baby (mannequin), changing nappies and were also able to see the medical mannequin give birth.

We are hopeful that in 2023 students may be able to once again revisit our real-life placements within our local hospitals.


Year 10 Work Experience Program

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Year 10 students have now had the opportunity to participate in our Work Experience Program. This opportunity gives the students the chance to shadow employers to see what goes on within a particular work area. The students can then ask themselves; did I like/enjoy what I experienced during my week.

Congratulations to all of our students that completed their week of work experience. We have received a lot of positive feedback from many of the employers and many of our students have now received offers of casual employment as a result of their work experience.

Well done to our Year 10 students!!

Please note – students are welcome to do further work experience during the Terms 1, 2 and 3 holiday periods. See our MIPs Team once you have a place in mind and we will provide you with your paperwork.



Aaliyah and Candice at Ballarat Animal Shelter


Jacob, Syafa and Anita at Sovereign Hill


Saif and Jaxon at Target


Work Experience Feedback

“Taya has just finished up her work experience in my class and I’d like to send my thoughts to her mentor. I would like to let them know that Taya related well to the kids, was easy to work with and no task was too hard. The students, and myself loved having her join us.” – Phoenix College Primary Teacher

“Charlie was on time, willing to participate and undertook all tasks he was shown to do. He showed initiative by asking to complete other tasks when needed. Charlie was also very pleasant and talked to other workers politely and was responsive to clients.” – Goldfields Veterinary Services

“I would like to congratulate Heidi on a successful placement and thank her for her time and effort. I have nothing but positive feedback for you all as she was respectful, polite, caring, engaging, attentive, considerate, punctual, and playful with children and staff. When working within my class, Heidi asked questions, took directions well and displayed initiative. Working with young children can be challenging and demanding at times and I believe Heidi displayed qualities of an educator, confidence and maturity beyond her years and was what we would call a ‘natural’ with children.” – Buninyong Primary Team Leader

“Amber came along today and has been most helpful with setting up patients, having fun playing with and learning about splinting materials. Learning about importance of privacy and compassion and connecting with patients who are in pain and have hand related problems.” – Restore Hand Therapy


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Write4fun encourages young student writers and artists with fantastic competitions across Australia. Dee made it through the first round of the Write4Fun short story competition. However, she didn’t make the last selection round but we’re super proud of her!

Keep writing!!



I remember the date. The day I was no longer the centre of everybody’s attention. Because she was… now. Elly.

I believe, that even at the ripe old age of two-and-three-quarters, I knew what was happening. All my dreams came true. I had a sister.

You grew to be a beauty, with bright green eyes that sparkled with the sun. Your auburn hair was hip-length, thick, and wavy, and your glasses were jet black, with tiny faux diamonds encrusting the arms.

Happiness oozed from you, and you had the admirable quality of never thinking the worst.

I’m not big on my fellow humans, but somehow, you managed to get me to talk. Thanks to you, I have friends now. I’m not sure if they truly like me though, or if they’re just being nice.

When you weren’t with me, life was quiet. Every last moment was painful, and words cannot describe how much I yearned to just see your face for even a second.

In a world full of lows, you gave me the highs. In a world full of dark and gloomy skies, you were my sunshine. There were moments when I thought I might never see tomorrow, but you kept me going. I never thought it was possible to adore one single being as much as I adored you.

Yes, we were different, but you’re still my sister. Nothing can take that away, even though you’re not here. If it wasn’t for you, who knows if I’d have the courage to share who I am.

Eloise Isla Birch, I love you.

Dee Matthews-Wood – 8A3 



TRP – Week 7 Update

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This week’s presentation from The Resilience Project is all about Mindfulness.  

“Mindfulness is our ability to be calm and present at any given moment. We practise this by slowing down and concentrating on one thing at a time.”

Thousands of studies have proven benefits include reduced stress, reduced rumination, increased memory, increased cognitive function and physical health benefits through improved immunity. Mindfulness can be practised through meditation, yoga, flow-states and daily activities such as cooking. 

View Part 4 of the series here:


For mental health resources and support information, visit The Resilience Project’s Support Page.


Winter Sports Carnival

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On Thursday 26th May, the Redan Campus had the opportunity to represent Phoenix at the Winter Sports Carnival. Students participated in Soccer, Football and Netball against other Ballarat schools. It was wonderful to see all students demonstrating our Phoenix Values throughout the day and give everything a ‘Red Hot Go’!

Most of all, it was wonderful to see students enjoying themselves and having fun!



SSV – Junior Boys Football

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On Tuesday 7th June, Year 7-8 boys attended Ballarat High School to compete in the School Sport Victoria (SSV) Junior Boys Football Competition. They did an superb job, especially in this week’s wet weather, playing four games in total, winning this stage and moving onto the next round!

Every single student contributed to the win and demonstrated our College values. Well done boys!!

Jackson Ford
Football Coach


Phoenix Connect Fair

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Writer’s Festival

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Redan Campus

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



L2P Program – Ballarat

The L2P program is for any young person who is between the age of 16-21 with no access to a supervising driver or car within their family/ friends circle. Eligible students should apply as soon as they get their learners permit as there is often a huge waitlist.
To apply please follow the below steps via VicRoads website:
How to apply via VicRoads website for L2P: you can apply Online through your myVicRoads personal account where you can access the link to the online application form.
  • Locate your nearest L2P Program using the search function above
  • Login to your myVicRoads account or create an account to get started.
  • Navigate to Licenses and Learner Permits in your account
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Apply as a learner in the TAC L2P Program to go to the learner’s online application form
There are a number of organisations in Ballarat who assist with the L2P program including Ballarat Foundation, United Way and Berry Street.



Discover ACU

We invite your students to attend our free Discover ACU events to get a taste of university life before they enrol.
  • Melbourne Campus: Tuesday 28 June 2022, 9am – 2pm
  • Ballarat Campus: Thursday 30 June 2022, 9am – 2pm
Students will be able to explore our campus facilities, participate in hands-on workshops tailored to their study area of interest, and chat with current students.
This is always a very popular event and registrations are essential.




The Push Music Careers Expo @RMIT
  • Wednesday 22nd June
  • Wednesday 29 June
Students interested in RMIT’s Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) course should consider attending the Push Music Careers Expo, where they can chat to music Industry representatives about their career.



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**

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


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AKONI will be in Cinemas from June 30.


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:




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.


Basketball Ballarat Junior Miners Holiday Camp

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Adroit Insurance & Risk Junior Holiday Camps are held during each school holidays for children aged 6-13 years old of all genders and abilities.

Improve your skills, develop techniques, enhance your game, meet new friends and ultimately have fun! The camp catering for the beginner who has never picked up a basketball to the most experience 13 year old in the land!

All participants can expect:

  • Meet your favourite Miners players
  • Expert instructions from professional coaches including Miners player and coaches
  • Develop new basketball skills and training methods
  • Fun and inclusive learning environment
  • Structured session content including great games and prizes at every camp
  • Learn how to be a great team mate and help other succeed

Registrations for Winter Holidays are now open, with the camp being held on Wednesday July 6th and Thursday July 7th from 9:00am till 2:00pm at Selkirk Stadium.

For more information and to register: Adroit Insurance & Risk Holiday Camps (

For further details please contact Amber Bumpstead on (03) 5338 1220 or email


Kelly Sports Winter Holiday Program

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Kelly Sports Ballarat are back for the upcoming June-July School Holidays!

As always, we will be running fun-filled days featuring sports, games and lots of exciting activities.

Kids need to bring a packed lunch with plenty of healthy snacks to get them through a full day of activities. A large refillable drink bottle.

We are open from 8am and close at 5pm but kids can be dropped-off and picked-up anytime in-between.

Monday 27th June – Friday 8th July

Time: 8am to 5pm

Cost: $55 per child per day ($250 for a full week)

Ages: Kinder to Grade 6, boys & girls

Activities: Full day of fun sports games & activities

What to bring: Warm clothes, plenty of food & a large refillable drink bottle


Enrol Online:

– Social distancing will be in place (‘Aeroplane Arms’)
– Equipment will be cleaned regularly
– Kids will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly
– Coaches have all taken the Dept of Health COVID Control Online Training Course
– Children feeling at all unwell will be asked to stay home

For any queries please call Dom on 0417 967 621 or Paul on 0423 335 616

Headspace Parent/Carer Webinar

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‘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!

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.


Prepare for iELTS (20th July – 7th Sept 2022)

This class aims at learners from non-English speaking backgrounds who wish to improve their English skills to a level of competency that will increase opportunities for further education, employment and community participation.

The iELTS test is essential for anyone who wishes to study, work or settle in Australia, results are recognised by all universities and many workplaces.

The Prepare for iELTS course will allow learners to:

  • Learn key skills and strategies to maximise iELTS results
  • Develop English language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Improve competencies in pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary
  • Gain knowledge of the test procedures, format and type of questions
  • Learn effective strategies for listening and reading tests
  • Improve speaking capabilities
  • Undertake effective writing tasks

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:

  • Chatty Café – Wednesday 15th June 2022
  • Community Lunch – Friday 17th June 2022



What’s happening?


No Gap Psychology Appointments

Face-to-face appointments are available at BNC on Wednesday and Thursdays.

To book appointments, please email or call 03 4250 8134.


Chatty Café

Come along and connect with others. Join our “Have a Chat” table each fortnight.

The next event is Wednesday 15th June: 2pm – 3pm


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:


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Phone: 5329 3273

Alumni News

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Over the past few weeks we’ve had six legendary Phoenix Alumni return to campus to speak and inspire our Year 11 VCAL and Year 12 students.


Tahlia Watts – Class of 2021

Graduated and began working as a Harvest at Graincorp over the summer. Currently studying a double degree in Nursing and Paramedicine at ACU Ballarat. Tahlia is also working at Bunnings, however is now on the search for a casual/part-time job in healthcare to get a foot in the door for her future career.


Iesha Humber – Class of 2021

Completed a Cert 3 in Childcare during school. Graduated and currently working full-time in Childcare to gain experience. Iesha aims to apply for the police force once she turns 21.


Tyrone Dykman – Class of 2018

Studied a Cert 3 in Information Technology while undertaking a traineeship at Phoenix and then continued to work there as a full-time technician.


Caleb Daly – Class of 2015

Graduated and completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Majoring in Medical Biotechnology. Then took a gap year and is currently in his third year of a Doctor of Medicine. Caleb is 18 months away from becoming a doctor.


Josh Mills – Class of 2013

Graduated and completed a Cert 4 in Disability Support, worked for DHHS and currently works at Melba Disability Support Services as a personal care worker.


Mark Simmonds – Class of 2012

Graduated from Federation University with a Bachelor of Acting and has appeared in several Australian TV shows, as well as voiceover advertisements for Nova FM. Mark is currently working in Communications and Marketing at Ballarat Community Health.





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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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