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Phoenix News – Issue 21

“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.








‘In the spirit of reconciliation, Phoenix P-12 Community College acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.’

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 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.
25th STEM in Action Excursion
Selected students will rotate through three integrated hands-on STEM based workshops introducing them to different technologies and STEM skills while encouraging them to think about how these are contributing to the world they live in and the future we are all moving toward.
1st Curriculum Day (Student Free Day)
9th Phoenix P-6 Community Celebration
Tuesday 9th August, 2022
Founders Hall – Mt Helen Campus
Federation University
11th & 18th  Year 9 Futurepreneurs Workshops
18th Parent Teacher Interviews
Booking details and times will be available closer to the date. Notifications will be sent via COMPASS when bookings are open.
22nd-26th Grade 5/6 Canberra Camp
22nd-26th Book Week ‘Dreaming with eyes open…’
During this week students will participate in a week of celebrating books, creating colourful displays, develop activities, run competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.
  • Grades Prep-6 Dress Up Day – Wednesday 17th August – Gold Coin Donation (due to programs and camps, the Primary campus will hold their dress up day in the week prior).
  • Years 7-12 Dress Up Day – Friday 26th August – Gold Coin Donation.

All donations will go to The Smith Family Charity and the States School Relief Initiative.


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


Stay Connected





Email Sebastopol Campus:

Email Redan Campus:

Principal’s Message

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Term 3, Week 1

Our focus, with the return to school this term, has been about celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that is NAIDOC Week.

At Phoenix, we recognise the tremendous importance of paying respect to the traditional Wadawurrung custodians of the land on which our school is built upon and we pay our respect to their elders, past, present, and emerging.

Our goal is to ensure that we are an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming community. Most especially it is our ambition to ensure that students of all backgrounds receive an equitable education and reach their full potential.

Over the course of this week, we have had a broad range of educational activities facilitated by our own wonderful staff member, Ana Todd. It was a privilege to be able to offer our students Dreamtime Stories, Traditional Koori Art, The Uluru Statement, and a session of the topic of Reconciliation.

Over the course of this term, we plan to develop a Koori garden space which will be led by our Koori student group.

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. –

Back to School – Important Information

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Phoenix News

The College Online Newsletter is produced each week and contains valuable information about what is happening at the College. The Primary Campus Newsletter is produced fortnightly.

All students and parents/guardians are sent, via Compass, the link to the latest newsletter, and it also available on our website and Facebook page.

College Hours

Sebastopol Campus Office Hours: (during the school terms)

Monday – Thursday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm

Redan Campus Office Hours: (during the school terms)

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm


Absences need to be reported to the College. The easiest way for you to let the College know if your child is away is through the Compass Parent Portal.

You can also call the College Absence Hotline – 5329 3210 and leave a message. Remember an SMS message will be sent to the nominated mobile telephone number for all unexplained absences.

If students are late to school they must sign in at the General Office. If leaving the College for appointments etc. students must sign out at the General Office. Students cannot sign out from the College without parent/guardian approval and the parent/guardian must come in and collect the student from the General Office.

Please remind students that if they are feeling unwell at school, they are to go their Village First Aid Officer and will be assessed, if required by the School Nurse, before parents are contacted to collect their child. Students will remain in their Village until their parent/guardian arrives at Reception to collect them. Reception staff will meet their parent/guardian in the foyer and ask them to wait in the foyer for their child.

Students ARE NOT to call home directly; it is our Duty of Care to ensure the safety of your child.

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.

Visitors to the College

All visitors must report to the General Office. The Reception Staff will find and contact students in the case of an emergency.

College Uniform

The purpose of the Uniform Policy is to create a sense of collective and individual pride in students and their identification with Phoenix P-12 Community College. School Council believes this enables students to participate actively and safely in school life.

The wearing of uniform will apply during school hours, while travelling to and from school and when students are engaged in specified school activities out of school hours.

All uniform can be purchased from (no substitutes will be accepted):

Address: 18 Armstrong Street South Central Square Shopping Centre, Ballarat
Phone: (03) 5331 9224

Address: 4 Armstrong St North, Ballarat
Phone: (03) 5331 3222

Sustainable School Shop

The Sustainable School Shop offers online trading and is an efficient, low cost way for families to buy and sell their school text books, uniforms and school supplies. The College would like to encourage families to use this system as we no longer run a second-hand bookshop. We are hoping that families take advantage of this terrific online system to buy and sell books or items of uniform –

Lost Property

Any lost property should be taken to the General Office. The Lost Property Bin is emptied at the end of each term. Student’s uniform should be labelled clearly as well as devices, text books and stationery items.

Valuable Items

Valuable items, such as phones and devices, brought to school is at the owner’s risk and should be looked after carefully and kept safe to prevent damage or loss. The College holds no responsibility if students choose to bring these items to school.

First Aid

First Aid is located in each Village and is student’s first point of contact. The School Nurse is located the Administration building. There are a number of staff who are qualified with current First Aid certificates. Minor ailments are treated at the College and if further treatment is necessary, then the parents/guardians will be notified, where possible.

We do not hesitate to call the ambulance if required. Parents are advised to have an up-to-date ambulance subscription.

All prescribed medication taken by students must be administered through the College First Aid Station. A medical plan will need to be discussed and submitted to the College Nurse containing consent from parents/guardians and outlining the required dosage and administering time.

Excursion Permission Notes

When students receive excursion notes for upcoming events, it is the responsibility of the student to return the permission form and payment (if applicable) before the due date listed on the form. This is to ensure that staff have correct numbers to book tickets and travel. If students do not return the permission form and payment by the due date then there may be a chance they will miss out.

Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) offers a wide range of educational resources to both staff and students.

From internet, and computer access, to the Careers Centre and more classic Library resources. The Learning Resource Centre has a partnership with City of Ballarat Libraries which gives the College access to an incredible wealth of print and electronic resources.

Students also have access to study support such as Senior School Tutors and after school study sessions with teachers.

LRC Opening Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Friday: 8:30am – 3:30pm



Career Pathways

Our MIPs Team are available to provide advice and support to students who are looking for apprenticeships and traineeships, looking for part time or full time employment, seeking Work Experience or needing support in applying for TAFE and University placements. We welcome all students to pop in and see us to have your questions answered or to make an appointment. They are located in the LRC.


All students are allocated a locker to use each year. Locker areas are under cover and located as conveniently as possible to each corresponding Village/Study Centre. Students will need to provide a quality lock on their first day of school, which will see them throughout their years at Phoenix.


The College has bike racks available for students. Students are expected to bring and use a lock for their bike and helmet, and to be responsible for observing traffic laws, in particular when using our school crossings, and school rules relating to use of bicycles and scooters.


A reminder to all students and parents/guardians, to not park in the 7-Eleven car park or the Ballarat Health Services Dental Clinic carpark for drop-off and pick-up.

Parent Communication

All parents are asked to provide the College with a current email address. This allows us to effectively communicate with all parents directly from groups such as the Administration Team, Village Managers or Assistant Principals.

If ANY contact details or your living circumstances change, please make sure you contact the College to update them as soon as possible so we can keep your child’s details as up to date.

If you haven’t already done so, we recommend downloading the Compass App on your phone/computer and you can log in to submit your change of contact details which are sent directly to the College’s Administration Team to update.

Alternatively, you can call the Administration Office on (03) 5329 3293 or email the school at


A reminder our College uses Compass as our online portal. All students, teachers, parents and guardians have access and it contains timetables, reports, information about assessment tasks, community announcements, our newsletters and information about student attendance and excursions. Students are required to access Compass multiple times per day.

Using Compass allows you to access up-to-date and meaningful information about our school and your child’s progress.

College Contributions

College Contributions are charged on an annual basis, where applicable, to cover optional aspects of the College’s program, services provided for extra-curricular excursions/camps and individual music tuition These will be charged at various times through the year as appropriate. Statements issued (via email) or on demand.

Student Departures and Withdrawal:

Parents and guardians are reminded that early written notification of a student withdrawing during the College year is required.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF):

The Victorian Government introduced this fund for the following purpose:

“Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund will ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities.”

If you hold a valid means-tested Health Care card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF ($225 per secondary school student). The allowance will be paid to the College to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions, or sporting activities for the benefit of your child and deducted from your school fee account. Applications close at the end of Term 2, 2022.

How to Apply – contact the College office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from

Financial Assistance:

If you have any concerns regarding education contributions, you are encouraged to discuss these at any time with the Business Manager. To arrange an appointment please phone Lorraine Hayes on 5329 3293.



Parents, Guardians and members of our School Community are always welcome at Phoenix P-12 Community College.
To ensure that our College is a safe and positive learning environment we ask that all visitors report to the General Office. If you want to meet with a specific member of our team, please phone ahead as far possible so we can accommodate your meeting requests efficiently.


Please be aware that any form of aggressive or abusive behaviour at our College will not be tolerated.

Phone Policy

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NAIDOC Week Celebration

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The first week back of Term 3, the College celebrated NAIDOC week which took place during the holidays (3rd– 10th July). We celebrated the histories, achievements, and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with our special guests Alan Harris (Big Al) and Tristan Harris (Pancakes) from Western Creation.

Across the week, students participated in the following activities:

Dreamtime Story (Grades Prep-2)

Dreamtime story usually represents Aboriginal beliefs, where a story is created through a map of Aboriginal symbols. Pancakes, an Aboriginal artist himself, taught Aboriginal symbols with their meaning to the students. Children enjoyed drawing the symbols and listening to Big Al’s Dreamtime story.

Reconciliation (Grades 3-4)

Students got a chance to learn more about reconciliation. Big Al explained the importance of strengthening the relationships between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals and continuing the journey of reconciliation. Children were seen to be very engaging during the session.


Uluru Statement (Years 7- 12)

Secondary students got to know more about Uluru Statement. The statement calls for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.  A petition by Australian Aboriginal leaders to change the constitution of Australia to improve the representation of Indigenous Australians.


Cultural Awareness Day (Grades 5-6)

The day started with traditional face painting; the students enjoyed getting their faces painted by their teachers. Later, students learned about Aboriginal culture, art, and history. They loved listening to Big Al’s Dreamtime stories and drawing Aboriginal art with Pancakes. The day ended with pancaked playing the didgeridoo.


Youth Self-Determination Campfire Conversation

Two Phoenix students attended Youth Self-Determination Campfire Conversation to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2022. This year’s theme being, ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’. Students shared their aspirations, school experiences, and how schools can improve at the Ballarat Mining Exchange.

Building Update

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Get excited!

The new sports complex is nearing completion.



Student Success Stories

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Tree Planting Program

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In Grade 5/6 last term, we were focusing on elements of the environment and ways in which we can help make positive changes to reduce, replace and counteract some of the negative impacts humans have created. We were fortunate enough to partake in the City of Ballarat’s Tree Planting Program where students spent a few hours planting approximately 350 trees just down the road from our school.

The Courier came along to inspect the awesome work our students were doing and of course took a bunch of pictures. Pretty proud of the way in which our students took on the challenge and were absolute Phoenix legends!

Oliver Scott
Grade 5/6 Teacher

Year 9 Melbourne Chinatown Excursion

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Our Year 9 Chinese class were excellent Phoenix reps and had a memorable adventure on the Melbourne Chinatown & Chinese Museum excursion at the end of last term. Ms. Zeng and I loved being part of it and believe this experience left a real impression on our students.

For many, it was their first time joining the rat race of commuters on the Melbourne V/Line service and seeing the buzz of the CBD (buying/recharging a Myki, catching trams etc.).

We visited the Museum of Chinese Australian History (surprisingly high amount of Ballarat references) and then completed a Chinatown treasure hunt, designed by Ms Zeng. Students enjoyed lunch and then massed a big buy up at the Asian supermarket.

The students loved sharing with each other what their favourite purchase was and even one student had delight in telling us they’d used phrases they’ve been learning in class to buy their lunch!

Andrew Sawitsch
Learning Area Leader – Languages

Scholastic Book Fair

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Many Talents One VCE

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Victoria’s Senior Secondary Education is Changing.


From 2023, the new VCE Vocational Major will replace Intermediate and Senior VCAL. This means the VCE will recognise different students equally. The new Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) will replace Foundation VCAL.

Students will have more education choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing them for further study, training at TAFE or work.

From 2023, more students will study the VCE. That is because the VCE will include the Vocational Major, a 2-year program that sits within the VCE. There will also be the Victorian Pathways Certificate for those who need flexibility in their learning.

A new information and awareness campaign, Many Talents, One VCE will roll out explaining the changes. The changes are a result of the Review into Vocational and Applied Learning Pathways in Senior Secondary Schooling (the Firth review). The review found we needed to improve vocational learning in schools. Schools currently offering VCAL will switch to the VCE Vocational Major from 2023. Some schools that do not offer VCAL will expand their options to include the VCE Vocational Major.

Teachers and careers counsellors are available to answer questions and to support students as they make decisions about their final years at school. Now students will have greater access to high-quality, relevant vocational education and applied learning opportunities.

For more information, go to



Design a Skate Park

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If you are interested, please see Mr Boon in the Cornish Village.


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


July 15th – 17th 2022

Free Admission Passes available in the Year 12 Centre (see Chris).


The Melbourne Career Expo is the most comprehensive and exciting careers event in Australia. This expo encompasses all career opportunities from employment to education and training in the trades, corporate and professional sectors.

It exhibits a vast array of career advice, employment opportunities, and large University and training representation.

Click here for our 2022 Career Expo Exhibitor List

The 2022 Melbourne Career Expo will showcase over 150 exhibitors and will be held on Friday 15 to Sunday 17 July 2022 at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Southwharf.

Located on the outskirts of the Melbourne CBD (Southwharf), the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre is undoubtedly the best purpose built exhibition centre in Australia. With state of the art equipment and fitout, this venue boasts the best facilities and services for an exhibition of this size.

With so much career information under one roof, this event is a must for all Victorian’s seeking a successful future.



The event is a Smith Family webinar for Year 10-12 students and parents to ask about post-school university and TAFE study options and everyone’s invited!

Who’s invited?

  • Learning for Life students in Year 10-12
  • Non-LfL Year 10-12 students in partner schools
  • LfL students in non-partner schools
  • Parents and Carers
  • Teachers at any partner schools

When is it?

  • Tuesday 2nd August: 6-7:15pm

What is it?

  • This Vic/Tas combined session will provide practical advice about post-school education pathways
  • Includes information about admissions, subjects, preferences, scholarships, SEAS and TSF Career Coaching program
  • It will highlight any financial and non-financial wrap-around supports available for students

Where is it?

  • On Zoom of course!
  • Please register via this link or use the QR code in the attached flyer
    • then select the relevant state webinar (Vic/Tas) and follow the prompts

Who’s who in the zoo?

  • The Smith Family Moderators: Our wonderful Tertiary Coordinators – Farah and Kirsty!
  • External Presenters for Victoria: We are expecting presenters from Melb Uni, Vic Uni, RMIT, and TAFE




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


Monash University, Parkville campus - WikipediaSnapshot of Monash University – Peninsula in 2022

  • Monash University’s Peninsula Campus specialises in nursing, physiotherapy, paramedicine, occupational therapy, education, and business administration
  • There are approximately 4,500 students studying at the Peninsula Campus
  • The Peninsula campus has a very vibrant campus life and is connected to the Clayton Campus through shuttle buses that run between the campuses every day
  • There are three faculties offering courses at the Peninsula Campus: the Business Faculty, Education Faculty, and the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty.
  • Courses offered at the Peninsula Campus include –

Business and Economics


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

* Also offered at the Clayton Campus


Monash University offers an excellent Diploma of Tertiary Studies (DoTS) pathway program into a few of its undergraduate degrees.  The pathway programs offered at the Peninsula Campus are:

Diploma of Tertiary Studies – Business:
Upon successful completion of the DoTS – Business stream students can apply to enter into the second year of the Bachelor of Business Administration (Peninsula) OR the Bachelor of Business (Caulfield) depending upon their mathematics preparation, and their average marks in the DoTS program.

Diploma of Tertiary Studies – Education: Upon successful completion of the DoTS – Education stream students can apply to enter into the second year of the Bachelor of Education (Honours) in several specialisations.

Diploma of Tertiary Studies – Nursing: Upon successful completion of the DoTS – Nursing stream students can apply to enter into the second year of the Bachelor of Nursing.

Browse and learn more about studying at the Monash University Peninsula Campus.


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 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


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

Broadway to Ballarat

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Free Junior Program – VRI Delacombe Cricket Club

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Basketball Ballarat Community Programs

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Basketball Ballarat provide children with a fun and safe basketball experience that will serve as an introduction to a lifetime involvement in the game. A wide variety of introduction to basketball programs are ran by Basketball Ballarat, allowing children to start learning basketball as young as 4 years old.

Basketball Ballarat’s introduction to basketball programs:

  • Aussie Hoops – perfect for children aged 4 – 7 years.
  • Rookie Hoops – perfect for children aged 8 – 11 years.
  • All Abilities Rookie Hoops – perfect for children aged 5 – 13 years whom are living with a disability.

Registrations are now open for all community hoops programs, with the programs starting the week beginning July 18th.

For more information and to register: Community (

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


Pinarc Parent Support

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Pinarc Parent Support July 2022

Local Parent/Carer Groups

(Groups recommence in February – all subject to COVID restrictions as applicable at the time)

  • Active Carers  We offer fortnightly activity sessions during school terms.
    The next session for is:
Activity Venue Date Time Cost
Ballarat Historic walk.
1hour walk exploring the monuments of Sturt Street
Meet at Parent Place
39 Sturt St, Ballarat Central
Wednesday 27th July 9.30am Free

Other sessions TBA. To register your interest, contact Rebecca Paton, at

  • Ararat Disability Carer Craft Connection meet at Ararat Art Gallery Studio Space for a FREE art/craft class Next session is 10.30 am Tuesday August 9th. This session will be a pencil drawing workshop.
    This is a group for parents of young children and teens who have a disability in the Ararat Region. If you would like to register your interest, email me at
  • Ballarat Autism Parent Connection usually meets for coffee at the Robin Hood Hotel (Urban Bar) for social connection and information sharing. The next meeting will be a coffee Monday 18th July 10am – 12pm.  
  • Bacchus Marsh Disability Parent Connection meeting for a social dinners and information sessions monthly on Monday evenings.  The next meeting is a social dinner on Monday 25th July at 6.30pm at Bacchus Marsh Golf Club meeting room. For more information contact
  • Ballarat NDIS Parent Coffee Catch-ups Open to all parents of children 0 – 12 years who have NDIS plans.
    A chance to meet others navigating the NDIS world and to get information about local events and services.
    The next Catch-up is Inexterior Café, 401 Mair Street, Ballarat on Tuesday 26th July at 10am – 11am

To register, contact Rebecca Paton, on 53291361 or at

  • Ballarat Down Syndrome Parent Connection group meet regularly for support, discussion, information. Contact Wendy for more information – email:
  • SCODA – (Supporting Carers of Disabled Adults), is a Ballarat-based group who meet for lunch first Monday of each month.
  • Would you like to start a new group? Our parent support coordinator can help. Please contact Rebecca Paton, on 53291361 or at

Other News for Families

Local and Online Events and Activities

Support for Families in the Early Years  – Association for Children with a Disability

Helping you navigate the early years with confidence. Topics include: Rethinking respite and financial support, Staying connected and supporting siblings, Counselling and looking after yourself.


Tue, 19 Jul 2022 10:00 AM
Wed, 20 Jul 2022 7:30 PM
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 10:00 AM
Wed, 27 Jul 2022 10:00 AM 

Where:  Online

Cost:  FREE

Register here:


Understanding Autism with Dr Richard Eisenmajer

Brought to you by the Ballarat Autism Network. This session is for parents, carers, grandparents, teachers, early years educators, therapists and disability workers.

This session will cover:

  • Introduction to Autism
  • Common challenges children face at school and home
  • Understanding behaviour
  • Positive behaviour support strategies
  • Tips on creating autism friendly environments at school and home

Friday 22nd July

Location: Sovereign Park Motor Inn conference room,  Main Rd Ballarat

Time: 1.00 – 3.00 pm

Cost: $35 per person

Register with Trybooking:


Babies Group

This FREE group is open to carers and their babies (aged under 2 years of age) with a developmental delay or diagnosis. We meet once a week (during term time) with a physiotherapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy or education advisor guest speaker to learn more about a range of topics to help you support your baby. This group will also give you the opportunity to connect with other carers of babies with additional needs in a supportive environment. Some topics include:

  • Parent and carer support
  • Positioning for play
  • Communicating with your baby
  • Face to face connection
  • Calming and soothing your baby
  • Being responsive and making progress with feeding


Term 3: 3/8/22 – 13/9/22

Term 4: 4/10/22 – 13/12/22

Program Times: Wednesdays 9.30am-10.30am

Venue:  Pinarc Disability Support Boardroom 1828 Sturt Street, Alfredton

Location of Program: 1828 Sturt St, Alfredton 3350

How do I register:  Call Pinarc Reception on 5329 1300

Other important info: For further information contact Elin at or 0427923496


MENU project  – Seeking expressions of interest

The MENU project aims to support carers and supporters of people with disability to build their knowledge and confidence in choosing and preparing healthy meals. Structured around the Australian Dietary Guidelines, the content of the four-week project is tailored to the needs of individual groups.

It is recommended to eat in a way which meets the recommendations of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGTHE) to avoid illness and chronic disease. However, it is common for people with disability eat in a way which does not meet the recommendations of the AGTHE. A key aim of the VU MENU program is to address this inequality by partnering with community organisations and groups to build their capacity to support the health of this disadvantaged group.

We would like to have 10 places for the parent network groups to be involved in this project delivered by Victoria University dietician students. We are looking at August for the training sessions (1 hour online per week for four weeks). Please contact Rebecca Paton if you would like to register your interest in being part of a Ballarat group for this project.


Positive Start Holiday Camps

(I-Pals) Program in Creswick and Wendouree

The Independent Pathways and Living Skills (I-Pals) Program is designed to bring people with a disability together to build skills, confidence and independence. Run in a fun and supportive environment the program encourages participants to share, learn and grow whilst making new connections and friendships.

All people with any type of disability who are 18 or older are welcome. This program is fully funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency but people without an NDIS plan are also eligible to participate at no cost to them.

Wendouree IPaLS program will be commencing on Wednesday 20th July 2022 at Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre 12/14 Violet Grove Wendouree and will be delivered every Wednesday throughout School Terms 3 and 4 until Wednesday 7th December 2022. Hours of participation are 9am to 12.30pm daily.  Participation is FREE and all resources are supplied at no cost to participants.

Creswick IPaLS program will be commencing on Thursday 21st July 2022 at Creswick Neighbourhood House 21 Victoria St Creswick and will be delivered every Thursday throughout School Terms 3 and 4 until Thursday 15th December 2022. Hours of participation are 12 pm to 4 pm daily.  Participation is FREE and all resources are supplied at no cost to participants.

For further information or to enrol to participate in the program either contact FREECALL 1800 552 272, call IPaLS Project Officer Karen McAloon on 0409 919 306 or email An intake interview will be organized to give further details of the program and establish supports needed.


Young Carer Bursary

The Young Carer Bursary Program supports young carers (including siblings – they don’t have to be the primary carer) to continue with their education. The program offers 1000 bursaries of $3000 each year to assist with education needs and resources. Young carers across Australia can apply from July until mid September.

Applications for the Young Carers Bursary Program 2023 open from 19th July to 13th September 2022.


Salvos Family Connections Programs Term 3

The Salvation Army’s Family Connections Program continues to deliver innovative and relevant programs connecting individuals’, children, families, and communities, building and, developing a sense of belonging for all. All programs are fully funded and inclusive.

For Bookings or more information contact Alison at  or 0437 028 256.


Something for Mum

  • MUMSnext:  Thursday fortnightly at 8-9pm via Zoom. For mums of children or adults. MUMSnext is a safe group for women to have a chat and connect with others through discussion, interesting topics, and guest speakers.
  • MASTerful Mums: Held on Tuesday 1pm to 3pm  at Parker Place (Redan), for mothers who have their children living at home and have a current worker/case manager. The program runs for 12 weeks twice a year and is filled with capacity.


Parenting Programs

  • Tuning into Teens Online via Zoom Starting: Wednesday 27th July  at 7:30pm. Evidence-based adaptation of the Tuning into Kids (TIK) program. The core focus of the program is teaching parents and carer’s emotion coaching skills.  TINT focusses on the developmental needs of teenagers, integrating a focus on acceptance/empathy. TINT helps parents and carers to manage their own responses when adolescents reject or push them away as the person seeks greater autonomy.


Children’s Programs

  • Coco Sounds at Flo’s Garden / Online:  Wednesday at 10:30 am  (School Terms). Come and join Mary from CoCo Sounds for stories, and songs from around the world. An interactive 30 minute session to encourage children to move, sing, dance and learn about musical instruments.


Research and Feedback Opportunities

National Carer Survey

This voluntary survey closes on 31st July and is an opportunity for carers across Australia to share their experiences and opinions with the state and territory carer organisations advocating on their behalf.

TheirCare – Before & After School Care

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre News

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Neighbourhood Houses welcome people from all walks of life. Our inclusive programs and activities, provide opportunities for community members to enrich their lives through connections they might not otherwise make.

The Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre (BNC) is located on the Phoenix College site behind the new basketball stadium in the Ballarat South Community Hub.


Adult Education Class of the Week

BNC is an approved Learn Local provider (pre-accredited learning) offering short (up to 20 hours) courses with small classes (between 6-10 learners) during school terms. All our courses are designed for learners to build confidence and skills, with many catering to learners who have not achieved Year 12 or an equivalent qualification and require support to return education, training or employment.


Intermediate Computers & Beyond

21st July – 8th Sept 2022

If you have a basic understanding then progress your skills with topics including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, the internet and cloud computing.

Take your computer skills beyond the basic. Many of today’s jobs require past basic skills in computing with jobs like retail demanding more and more use of technology. Topics include Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Move into new Internet and email skills.

Book here:

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.


Volunteer Induction – 28th July @ 9:30am

This program is designed to equip volunteers with the skills and knowledge required to deal with the environment of volunteering work.

Topics covered:

  • Active volunteering – rights and responsibilities
  • OH&S
  • Communication
  • Teamwork and Leadership

Book here:


What’s Happening?

Community Lunch

Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre and Our Kitchen Social Enterprise welcomes you to our Community Lunch.

Friday 29th July 2022 @ 12noon – 1:00pm – 2 courses for $10

There will be gluten-free and vegetarian options too. Please advise when registering (5329 3273).


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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We would love to welcome interested Alumni to speak during two different sessions outlined below.

Grade 5/6 Alumni Session

When: Fridays 2:15pm – 3:15pm, Thursday TBC (25th August)

Dates: 5th August, 25th August, 14th October, 28th October

Phoenix College is launching a new citizenship program with our Year 5/6 students next semester, titled ‘5/6 Aspiration’ and would like to invite you to partner with us in this initiative. 5/6 Aspiration is part of our strategy to build hope and aspiration among our primary school leaders. We would love for them to hear from past Phoenix students about their own ‘Phoenix Story’ and how it is possible to be successful even when faced with challenge.

Interested? Complete this form linked below for either session:


There are many ways to give back and support our alumni program.

Get in touch with our Alumni Coordinator 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


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