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Phoenix News – Issue 20

“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

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.
19th-25th Scholastic Book Fair
Redan Campus
Opening times: 3.15pm – 4.00pm
20th-22nd 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.
9th Phoenix P-6 Community Celebration
Tuesday 9th August, 2022
Founders Hall – Mt Helen Campus
Federation University


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

College Office Hours – School Holidays

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Principal’s Message

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Term 2, Week 9

As we come to the end of the term and semester, it is important to acknowledge the considerable effort of our students and staff. We have just completed six consecutive months of learning back in the classroom; something we have not accomplished since 2019. It seems unbelievable to even write that.



It is no wonder that many of us feel drained; the things we once did to alleviate fatigue are not as effective as they once were. As adults, we are the sense makers for our students; we help them understand what is going on in their world. I encourage you to speak with your children about the fact that things will continue to improve, and we will be able to live more effectively with COVID. As we see in the media – rules continue to adapt and change as our rates of vaccination in the community continue to improve.

Over the holidays, please ensure that you prioritise time to rest, recuperate and spend time with your families.

Although the term has been full of hustle and bustle, illness, and absence we have so much to be grateful for. I was especially proud of our primary Writing Festival and the gratitude’s we expressed to our frontline health workers.



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. –

Closes Today – 2023 Year 7 Academic Achievers SEAL Program

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Applications close today!



Year 7-10 Awards Night

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English Award Isabelle Cromb
Mathematics Award Nicole Burdon
Humanities Award Roman Murer
Science Award Telitha Jones
HAPE Award Josh Hooper
Technology Award Sienna Ham
Performing Arts Award  Isaiah Howgate
Visual Arts Award  Maddysn Simmons
LOTE Award Talon Montaperto


English Award Jordyn Straga
Mathematics Award Olivia Magee
Humanities Award Kaylee Wheadon-Ridgewell
Science Award Keisha Brennan
HAPE Award Sarah Howlett
Technology Award Charlotte Morgan
Performing Arts Award Kaylee Wheadon-Ridgewell
Visual Arts Award Charlotte Sim
LOTE Award Hamish Penney


English Award Leopold Allen
Mathematics Award Reid Coyles
Humanities Award Noah Stephens
Science Award Taylor Gust
HAPE Award Matthew Hooper
Technology Award Miley Cameron
Performing Arts Award Jayden Carou
Visual Arts Award Matthew Hooper
LOTE Award Berlynn Miller


English Award Ky Swards
Mathematics Award Alen Denissenko
Humanities Award Chelsea Archer
Science Award Dylan Worthy
HAPE Award Lillian D’Arcy
Technology Award Aston Brownbill
Performing Arts Award D’Arcy Boag
Visual Arts Award Ashley Stevens
LOTE Award Val Slade


Year 7 Kyla Hateley
Year 8 Serena Shelby
Year 9 Alexia Young


Year 7 Josh Lomas
Year 8 Charlotte Morgan
Year 9 Luke Dunn
Year 10 Ashley Stevens


Year 7 Sukhmanjot Kaur
Year 8 Charlotte Sim
Year 9 Angela Parsons
Year 10 Sean Lucey


The Addams Family

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2022 College Production Student Voice


Chelsea Archer, Reegan Walsh, Amber Clarke (Ancestors): “This year’s production was a great experience, and we loved making new friends.”

Charlotte Botterill (Soldier Ancestor): “Production builds up confidence, even if you are only in the ensemble.”

Bayley Mackie (Uncle Fester): “It is a wonderful opportunity for like-minded people to come together and perform.”

Ivory Booth (Pugsley), Emily Benbow (Ancestor), Jayden Cottren (Ancestor): “Production is a very enjoyable experience and a good place to make friends.”

Bailey (DJ) Forster (Lucas), Scarlet Lucken ((Morticia’s Ancestor), Hannah McCausland (Saloon Girl): “We liked how we’ve become closer friends.”



Paige (Sam) Pryor (Caveman): “I like how close the cast became, and it’s sad that some of us won’t be able to continue with this class next year.”

Emily Sandlant-Hunter (Doll): “I’m glad I could make a few friends even though I’m an introvert. I will miss this class.”

Mikaela Milne (Bridal Party): “I made some new friends, and I will miss everyone from this year’s class.”

Livia Oswell & Imogen Taylor (Hair & Make-up): “We were glad we could be a part of this and watch the cast all grow from rehearsals to the last performance.”

Clementine Sawyer (Ninja): “I had lots of fun meeting everyone, it was so fun to be a part of this production.”



Isabella Voigt (Grandma): “I am very grateful I was able to meet new people and make new friends.”

Kiarn Dark (Lurch): “I am very happy I got the opportunity to participate in this year’s performance. I made lots of friends along the way and gained lots of experience in stagecraft.”

Jak Cuffe (Scientist): “I am so proud of everyone in the production. They did amazing and I am so glad I have a new family to hang with, laugh with and cry with.”

Siena Webster-Austin (Morticia): “It was such an incredible experience and what a team! They are like a second family to me. I’m extremely proud of all the hard work they did and if you like performing then production is for you – you will not regret it at all! The best thing that’s ever happened to me.”

Ashley Stevens (Alice): “I really enjoyed this year’s production; the cast was amazing, and I am really going to miss all the laughs and performances.”



Charlotte (Charlie) Peters (Mal): “Everything about this year’s production was such a great experience, it was fun to play a character that is the complete opposite from myself. The cast was amazing to work with.”

Josie Baldwin (Saloon Girl Ancestor), Sienna Edwards (Morticia’s Ancestor), Emily Shearer-Cox (Thing): “It was an amazing experience, and we are so glad to have new friends and a family to share this with.”

Chelsea Smolenaers (Wednesday): “I absolutely loved the production this year! I became best friends with the whole cast and had an amazing opportunity to perform with the people I love. There is always something for everyone who joins the production class.”

Cage Miller (Gomez): “The production was one of, if not, the best experience I’ve had in high school. The number of lasting friendships I made are irreplaceable.”

Matilda Harrison (Bridal Party): “The production was one of the best experiences I’ve had, and I made a new family!”

Deegan Muscat (Backstage Staff): “It was great working with everyone and getting to know them. It was really fun watching the whole performance – it was funny and there was lots of drama! They all done wonderful work.”

Hayley Stannard (Bridal Party), Shayla Hawkes (Ballerina), Lillian Dixon (Ancestor): “We made new friends and gained confidence. The whole experience was fun, and we are grateful we joined such an amazing team. It’s been one of the best productions we’ve had.”


Junior Music Camp to Cave Hill Creek

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Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd June

The 2022 Junior Music Camp is designed to engage students with their music practice in new and exciting ways. Using a combination of band rehearsal, improvisation workshops, music theory lessons and outdoor activities, the students were given the opportunity to explore why learning music is so important to their mental and physical health.

Over the three days, students from Grades 5- Years 10 practiced techniques on their individual instruments to allow them to come together and perform as a group. Students were encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and persevere when faced with challenges.

The camp concluded with a concert at Snake Valley Primary School, where these musicians were able to showcase the new skills they had learned while away on camp.



“The music camp was very fun and intriguing. I learnt a lot and overall got to know how the band plays.” – Molly, Year 7

“We got to make new friends, learn new songs and perform in front of a primary school. It made my day just seeing them [the primary students] out of the corner of my eye, just bobbing along, dancing and singing – it was the key moment of the camp for me.” – Kyla, Year 7

“Camp was a great experience and it taught me so many music skills. It was the best camp ever!” – Allyana, Year 7


A big thank you to our instrumental teachers for bringing this camp to life, and congratulations to all who participated. The camp was a huge success to all involved!

Felicity Liston
Flute Specialist and Mini Musos Conductor

Prep Late Night Stay

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AOI – Westgate Tunnel Project

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Our Academy of Industry students visited the Westgate Tunnel Project information centre on Wednesday 22nd June. We learnt about the construction of the new Westgate freeway, twin tunnel project and Elevated road/bike track above Footscray road. We got meet a tunnel machine operator who spoke about working 27m in 12 hour shifts underground. The machine he works on is called Bella (named after Bella Guarin who was a teacher at Loretto convent in Ballarat) and the tunnel borers are 90m long and 15m in diameter.

Brendan Johnston
Academy of Industry Coordinator

Academy of Sport Update – Term 2

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Junior Exhibition Games

Daylesford Secondary College brought netball and basketball teams to Phoenix on Monday 20th June to participate in games against junior students. All students displayed excellent skills, sportsmanship and teamwork, traits that they have been working on in training. Students should be commended on their efforts towards the program this term.


Senior Training

Students are training hard on Thursday mornings in their sport squads, with basketball and netball at Ballarat Sports and Events Centre, and soccer at Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility. It has been great to welcome new coaches Daniel Knaggs (Basketball), Caitlin Johnson and Scott Watson (Soccer) and returning Tayla Banham (Netball). The program is very lucky to have coaches of such calibre involved.


BAS Netball

Our senior netball squad has participated in BAS Netball competition in Term 2 – continuing to develop their skills and experience as a school team.


Academy of Sport Trials

Keep an eye out for junior sport trials in Term 3 if you are interested in joining the program.


Wes Carter
Academy of Sport Coordinator

Most Improved Writer – Term 2

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Science News – Term 2

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Term 2 saw Year 7 and 9 Academic Achievers visit the Melbourne Museum to view various exhibitions including the latest – Triceratops. This is a life-size model and, with the atmospheric lighting and sounds, is an amazing spectacle well worth visiting.

Students were so immersed in the whole experience that we had to run for the bus.


Meanwhile, the Girls in STEM team have been working hard and having fun to fulfil their latest brief – cool pet collars!

Sonia Kahanoff
Science Learning Area Leader

Student Success Stories

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BGT & MaxiTRANS Visit

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BGT, in partnership with MaxiTRANS, visited Phoenix College students on Thursday 23rd June to present what BGT offer as career paths and also to let our students into the world of welding through MaxiTRANS. The students had a go at the welding simulators to test their welding skills as well as learning the design side of welding.

It was a great morning to which I hope the students enjoyed and got a lot out of it, and maybe even consider a career within MaxiTRANS as the next budding welders!


Pauline Pipkorn and Sharron Smith
MIPs Team

Tri Schools Recording Session

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The last half of this term has been extremely busy for the Music Department with the inaugural Junior Music Camp, the College production of The Addams Family, the Senior Band and Ska Band End of Term Concert and the Tri Schools Recording Session.

The recording session involves Horsham College, Ballarat High School and Phoenix P-12 Community College. Australian composer Nick Shirrefs (from Horsham College) is getting many praises for his wonderful musical works. They are challenging for all students and it requires frequent practise to get it up to recording standard. The seven students involved have rehearsed after the Senior Band rehearsal Monday nights after school. The members involved were Sebastian Allen (clarinet), Val Slade (clarinet), Leila Eastwell (flute), Timothy Fellows (flute), Ella Sanford (baritone saxophone), Ella O’Brien (bass guitar) and Oliver Read (bass guitar).

The three pieces which were recorded, which will be uploaded onto YouTube, are ‘Semplice e bella’, a very slow moving piece; ‘Moriarty’ which is based on Sherlock Holmes, a very tricky melodic piece; and ‘Time’ which has many time signature changes and the pulse of the piece is very interesting.

The seven students did a fantastic job. It sounded absolutely awesome!

Mr John Netherway
Music Director

Redan Recyling

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SWPBS – Term 2

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The SWPBS Framework is implemented across our College that allows teachers and staff members to reward all students for displaying our College values in classrooms and outside areas. This term students achieved 14,030 tokens.





We offer many different rewards that students can redeem with their tokens, students have redeemed 5,500 tokens for;

  • 453 x Milkshake/Icy Pole Vouchers
  • 33 x Bouncy Balls/Drink Bottles
  • 153 x $5 Canteen Vouchers
  • 13 x Pizza Lunches



Village Leaderboard

Our Village Leaderboard for 2022 so far is…

  • 1st – Cornish
  • 2nd – Bonshaw (? was 3rd)
  • 3rd – Albion (? was 2nd)
  • 4th – Picton


95% Attendance

IT IS NOT OK TO BE AWAY – The College expectation is 95% attendance. Regular attendance is vital if students are to achieve their full potential. Next semester we will award 219 students for achieving 95% or more Attendance during Term 2. We will also award 276 students for Term 1 95% Attendance. Students will receive a badge for Term 1 (T1) and, or, Term 2 (T2).



Positive Behaviours

When a teacher or staff member awards a student a token, they affirm the student’s behaviour with one of the five College values, listed below:

RESPECT: Treating ourselves and others with consideration, being courteous at all times and acknowledging diversity and rights of others.

RESPONSIBILITY: Taking ownership of our behaviour and actions, contributing in a positive way.

INTEGRITY: Being honest and acting ethically, ensuring consistency between words and actions.

COOPERATION: Working together, communicating effectively, and supporting each other.

EXCELLENCE: Striving to do our best, being dedicated to learning and reaching our goals.


We have identified 49 students that have gone above and beyond our College values, these acts of kindness vary from picking up others rubbish to assisting those around them. These students were awarded with a Values badge during the end of term Village assemblies.

Another way we affirmed positive behaviour was identifying the ‘Top 20’ students per year level and village based on them receiving more tokens compared to negative points – students received an Excellence badge for their impressive efforts.


Kirby Lee
SWPBS Coordinator

Wellbeing Team – Term 2 Update

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Breakfast Club

Phoenix P-12 Community College runs a breakfast club every week for the students to have a healthy breakfast before class. Staff and volunteers provide a warm and welcoming area for the students to have a variety of healthy breakfast foods. The breakfast club provides students with steaming cheese toasties, Weet-Bix, cereal, fruit cups, toast with butter, Vegemite, and jam of their choice. In the winter, students also get to enjoy warm Milo in the cold mornings.

Redan Campus:

  • Location: Art Room
  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Time: 8:15am – 8:50am

Sebastopol Campus:

  • Location: Auditorium Area
  • Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • Time: 8:15am – 8:50am



Lunchtime Activity

Placement students in the Wellbeing Team at Phoenix run lunchtime activities for Years 5 and 6 students. During this time, students get some rest from their academic studies to enjoy socialising and engage in leisure activities with their friends. Lunchtime activities include team building activities such as human knots, Jenga, hula hoops, and art & craft activities.

  • Days: Friday
  • Time: Lunchtime
  • Location: Near 5 & 6 Building


Last Colours of the Season at Redan

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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




Federation University Open Day

10am-2pm – Sunday 14th August, 2022

Federation University Open Day is fast approaching and registrations are now open. Join us for a day of fun activities, guided tours and expert advice.

  • Campus tours: Explore our state-of-the-art learning facilities, student spaces and on-campus accommodation.
  • Personalised advice: Courses, industry placement opportunities, scholarships; we’ll answer all your questions.
  • Study support: Find out why we’re consistently ranked #1 for Student Support. Learn more about the way we provide the full range of support to our students.
  • Student life: There’s more to university than just studying! Get a feel for life on campus – the clubs you can join, upcoming events and trips or even where to find the best coffee.
  • Pathways: Discover Federation’s range of programs to get you on your way to your future career.

Register here for Open Day 

Can’t make it on the day? Register for our online virtual information sessions on Sunday 14 August, 10am – 2pm AEST.

Register here for Online Event



Courses offered at the City Campus of Victoria University

Students keen on studying at the City Campus of Victoria University might like to browse the following link to discover what courses are delivered at that campus – Courses offered at the City Campus of VU



Melbourne ADF Careers Fair

Ever consider a career in the Australian Defence Force? Students keen on finding out more are invited to attend an interactive day full of displays, defence equipment, personnel, and other activities. There will be a variety of virtual reality simulators which students can use and have a go on and also plenty of brochures and a lot of free merchandise for them to take home.

Date:                     Saturday 25 June 2022
Time:                    9am – 4pm
Location:             2/10 Light Battery Army Reserve Depot, 6 Chapel Street, St Kilda

Please register online at Melbourne ADF Careers Fair.




Undergraduate Studentships at CSIRO

Our undergraduate studentships offer students exciting opportunities for you to gain experience in a scientific environment.

CSIRO offers Undergraduate Vacation Studentships which run over the Australian summer holidays and offers high achieving and promising university students the opportunity to collaborate with leading CSIRO researchers in their world class facilities.

These prestigious studentships are highly sought after.  Every year over 100 opportunities are offered to eligible undergraduate students in a number of disciplines.

Studentships offer students and opportunity to work on a real project in science, technology, or a related field such as science communication.  Placements are full time and typically begin in late November or early December and can be from 8 – 12 weeks in length.

Successful applicants are able to expand their skills and knowledge and there are often opportunities for formal and informal training and development during their time at CSIRO.
Students are usually required to write a report on their work experience and will have the opportunity to present their vacation project to their peers at the end of the studentship.

Vacation students are paid a stipend and, in some cases, may also receive a contribution towards travel and accommodation costs.

To be considered for a Vacation Studentship, students:

  • need to be enrolled at an Australian University;
  • will have completed not less than three years of a full-time (or equivalent) undergraduate degree at commencement of the studentship, however exceptional second year students may be considered;
  • will have a strong academic record (credit average or higher);
  • must intend on pursuing a research career in science or technology, or a career in a related discipline; and
  • will need to be available to undertake a full-time placement for 8-12 weeks over the university summer vacation period.

Senior students considering a career in the sciences or technology might like to keep this program in mind.  The CSIRO also offers
Undergraduate Traineeships that might be of interest too.




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.


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 Register here
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 Register here
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

Scholastic Book Fair

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Let’s celebrate NAIDOC Week with Phoenix!

As NAIDOC Week will take place during the holidays (3rd-10th July), we will be celebrating the first week back of Term 3!


Ballarat Winter Festival

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The Ballarat Winter Festival is set to dazzle and amaze again this year with an impressive line-up of returning favourites and new experiences. Running from this Saturday 25th June until Sunday 17th July, the popular festival is sure to bring warmth to locals and visitors alike with yet another fantastic calendar of events.

Highlights will include:

  • Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill (24th June-17th July)
  • ‘Skywhales: Every Heart Sings’ at Eastern Oval (Saturday 9th July at sunrise)
  • Pop-up ice skating rink next to the Ballarat Town Hall (25th June-17th July)
  • ‘Beyond Dark’ winter fiesta in Alfred Deakin Place and Camp Street (Saturday 9th July, 3pm-11pm)
  • The Design Exchange Market at the Ballarat Mining Exchange (9th-10th July)
  • Knights of Fire and Snow Queen Neva winter school holiday program at Kryal Castle (25th June-10th July)
  • The arrival of Kai the tiger at the Ballarat Wildlife Park

For the full Ballarat Winter Festival line-up, visit

Join Today – VRI Delacombe Cricket Club

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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

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.


Basic Computers & Beyond

21st July – 8th Sept 2022

The place to start if you are a beginner to computers! Learn how computers work, how to write a letter, use email and the internet safely. No prior experience necessary.

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:

  • Safe Seats Safe Kids – 13th July
  • Volunteer Induction – 28th July
  • Community Lunch – Fri 29th July @ 12 noon


What’s happening?


Safe Seats Safe Kids

Parents and carers are invited to a FREE CHILD CAR RESTRAINT FITTINGS AND SAFETY CHECK day being held by:
Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre every 2nd Wednesday of each month between 10am – 2pm.

Next booking date is 13th July 2022. To book go to:…/sebastopol-13-july…/

**Venue: Phoenix College Bus Depot in Hill Street, Sebastopol**


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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