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Phoenix News – Issue 19

“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, 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!

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 TBA – 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.
20th-22nd TBA – Phoenix Connect Roses Gap Camp
Phoenix Connect students will be attending a 3-day (2 night) camp at Roses Gap Recreation Centre. During this camp, students will be participating in team building activities including bush walking, low and high ropes courses, giant swing, crate stacking and abseiling.


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

Apply Now – 2023 Year 7 Academic Achievers SEAL Program

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Friday 24th June, 2022



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Last Chance to

Get Your Tickets!

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 now!


Anglesea Leadership Camp

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As part of our leadership program here at Phoenix, Year 9 and 10 leadership students attended a 3-day camp at the YMCA in Anglesea. Alongside their peers, our student leaders were challenged by activities that took them outside of their comfort zones and into some chilly conditions.

While experiencing canoeing, horse riding, high ropes and the giant swing – attendees were also given opportunities to develop their leadership skills through problem solving, team building and critical thinking tasks. Over the course of the camp, the group went from largely not knowing one another to impressing camp staff with their ability to communicate effectively and work together.

It is very exciting to see what will be next from these students and how we can support them in developing as young people.



Myvanwy Jennings
Student Leadership Coordinator

Phoenix Connect Fair

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After many weeks of planning and organisation, the Phoenix Connect Fair ran on Tuesday 14th June. As part of the Year 9 program, students are in charge of planning an event to help raise money for the Ballarat Soup Bus.

Students organised a variety of stalls, both food and entertainment, from chips and gravy to scrunchies and water-bombing staff. Many businesses donated products and services to help make this fair be as successful as possible:

  • Avalon Nursery
  • Bake & Grind
  • Big W
  • Blake Family Grocer
  • Golden Nugget Bakery
  • Haddon General Store
  • IGA Smythesdale
  • Intersport
  • Just Cuts
  • Rebel Sport
  • Ryan’s IGA
  • Showbiz Cinemas
  • Sinclair Meats
  • SportsPower
  • Woolworths

It was a huge effort to pull together – a massive thank you to everyone who donated products, services and time; and to those who came along, supporting this amazing event. All money raised will go to Ballarat Soup Bus so they can continue to support those in need over the coming winter months.



AOI – Zero Plastics

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Our Academy of Industry students participated in a Webex meeting with Adam from Zero Plastics. The students learnt about the importance recycling milk bottle tops and the impact that micro plastics are having on the environment. Adam is passionate about recycling and reusing plastics and turning a waste product into something we can use. We learnt about the what the recycling numbers on plastic means and how micro plastic enters enter our food chain.

Unfortunately, in Australia we throw out enough plastic bottle top lids to fill the MCG ten times and how turtles mistakenly eat bottle top lids thinking they are plankton, sadly it only takes four bottle top lids to kill a turtle.

Please donate used bottle top lids to:

For more information on zero plastic:

Brendan Johnston
Academy of Industry Coordinator

Year 7 Humanities Excursion

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As part of our Year 7 Humanities unit on Liveability, classes 7B1 and 7P1 went to Lake Wendouree. They chose an area to collect data and will be presenting their findings in a poster. Some students studied the birdlife, others focused on amenities; the choices were varied. Although the excursion started with a little drizzle, it was a great experience and students learnt a range of geographical skills.

“Something I enjoyed about going to Lake Wendouree was all the animals and seeing what type of people go there like tourists or locals. A thing that I learned while there was that nature is truly wonderful and amazing. A thing the council could do to make the lake better is have more trams like the 50s and 60s aka have a bit more memorabilia.” – Linkin Hinde (7B1)

Proudly Here

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Proudly Here highlights pride in Ballarat, Victoria and the positive changes local communities have achieved together.


Remi – He/Him/His

Remi is a Year 9 student and organiser and host of his school Pride Group. Remi is a part of Speak’s Youth Co-design Team helping create and deliver Speak’s LGBTIQA+ Youth Support program and is a volunteer with Headspace Ballarat. He is also involved in several other local initiatives supporting young people where he can.


Please note: Since shooting this video Remi’s pronouns have changed to He/Him/His.


Proudly Here is a video series showcasing six diverse LGBTIQA+ people in Ballarat, and their experiences across the past 40 years. You can watch their videos here:

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



Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 student Sienna, completed her work experience with The Ballarat Times. Sienna was given the opportunity to write a piece for The Times and has also had a number of her photos published.

You can click on the links below to view her work. Congratulations and well done to you Sienna!



Army Support Gap Year

Experience being part of one of the largest logistics organisations in Australia during your Army Gap Year.

An Army Support Gap Year role is a unique opportunity for students to experience life in the Army, without needing to make a long-term commitment.  The skills obtained through the Army Support Gap Year program will provide them valuable work and life experience, which are transferable to civilian employment opportunities.  It enables Gap Year members personal and professional development for their next endeavour.

In an Army Support role, recruits will learn logistic and task management skills to ensure the Army has the necessary supplies for exercises and humanitarian operations.  Gap Year recruits can experience what life in the Army is like in one of three rewarding Army Support Gap Year roles.  They may assist in the movement of supplies as a Driver, manage logistics as a Warehouse Coordinator, or become the point of contact within a unit as an Administration Assistant.

Gap Year applications are closing soon.  Explore more about the Army Support Gap Year or contact Defence Force Recruiting on 13 19 01 for more information.




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.

Four New Commerce Degrees for 2023

Our four new three-year full-time degrees are designed with your career goals in mind:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Data Analytics)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (HRM and Management)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing).

When students begin, they will get a solid grounding in business skills with ACUs unique business foundation program, co-created with industry.  Students will then focus on their area of specialisation, studying 12 units as opposed to 8 units in a standard major.

We have also retained all the important features of our Bachelor of Commerce, with:

  • multidisciplinary foundation units before students move onto their chosen specialisation
  • Microsoft certifications embedded into each of the degrees
  • Future Ready – our structured three-year program and roadmap to success, co-designed and recognised by industry
  • embedded global virtual classrooms, giving students the opportunity to experience international study without the need to travel, plus the option to study abroad with two business units offered at our Rome Campus during the July holiday break
  • two industry placements – one in second year to develop their transferable employability skills, and one in third year focussing on their chosen profession
  • major professional accreditations
  • the flexibility to change course between programs if the student’s interests change.

Students keen on finding out more should browse Explore our commerce degrees.


New Double Degree in Criminology and Law

Students can super-charge their criminology and criminal justice degree with law and be ready to launch a meaningful legal career in the criminal justice sector.
This five-year double degree is the ideal combination for students who want to be a criminal lawyer or pursue regulatory or policy work in criminal justice areas covering interpersonal violence, policing, forensic psychology, corrections, and cybercrime.

Find out more at
Criminology and Law.




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:




Join Today – VRI Delacombe Cricket Club

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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.


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.


Become a Barista

(2nd July, 23rd July, 13th August & 27th August 2022 – Cost $35)


Learn how to use a coffee machine and gain the confidence to make a great coffee. No prior experience necessary.

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

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:

  • Ballarat Community Health – Health Focus Workshop Fri 24th June @10:30am
  • Community Lunch – Fri 24th June @ 12 noon



What’s happening?



Health Focus Workshop

Share your perspectives, insights and experiences of living, learning, working and/or volunteering in our community will help identify and understand your local health and wellbeing needs. Ending with a healthy free lunch.


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.