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Phoenix News – Issue 22

“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

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.
24th Footy For Fiona Fundraiser
Marty Bush Reserve
  • Sebastopol vs Ballarat Match (main event)
  • Bake Sale
  • Sausage Sizzle
  • Raffle

All donations will go to the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.

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)
4th Blue Light Disco
BER – 5pm-6:30pm
$5 Entry (Tickets through QKR! App)
Bring some extra money form sausage sizzle, lollies and drinks. All proceeds are going to the Grade 5/6 Camp.
5th 100 Days of Prep Celebrations
6th GAME ON! Fiona Elsey Charity Event
Selkirk Stadium – 8pm
Ballarat Miners vs Diamond Valley Eagles match.
All donations will go to the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.
8th-12th Mindshop Excellence Program
Selected students attending Mindshop Excellence is a structured learning program for small groups of Year 11 students are placed into a host organisation for one week. They apply problem solving skills to address a real issue given by the host company to find solutions as a team.
9th Phoenix P-6 Community Celebration
Tuesday 9th August, 2022
6:15pm arrival for a 6:30pm start, concludes approx. 8pm
Founders Hall Theatre – Mt Helen Campus
Federation University*Families will be given two complimentary tickets, with students given opportunity to receive an extra ticket for consistently showing school values in the classroom and in the yard.
11th South Western Regional Band Festival
This is an opportunity for our students to perform music charts that they have learnt this year. The Band Festival is a non-competitive event. It is a chance for ‘like minded’ students across South Western Victoria to perform to each other and appreciate how much hard work has been put into the performance. *This is a closed event and is for students and staff only.
11th & 18th  Year 9 Futurepreneurs Workshops
17th Book Week Dress Up Day (Grades Prep-6 only) – Gold Coin Donation
Due to programs and camps, the Primary campus will hold their dress up day in the week prior.
All donations will go to The Smith Family Charity and the States School Relief Initiative.
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.

29th Grades Prep-1 Swimming Program Commences


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:

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VCAL Humanity Camp

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During the first week of Term 3, Year 11 VCAL students ventured to Melbourne to learn more about social issues within our community as well as take an opportunity to do something for someone in need. Students learnt about issues surrounding homelessness, drugs in the city, food insecurity and domestic violence. Activities the group undertook included cooking 2500 meals for the less fortunate, creating care packages for survivors of domestic violence in partnership with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, took a relaxing cruise along the Yarra, toured the city to see it at its best and worst as well as putting themselves in the shoes of others by participating in an Empathy workshop.

Students will use this experience to fuel a fire and find a social issues in our community they are passionate about and plan to put strategies in place to address them.

Thank you to Ms Maree Hall, Mr Jackson Ford and Mr Drew Layton for creating such an enriching and memorable experience for our students.


Primary School News

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Grade 3/4 Ballarat Wildlife Park Excursion

On Wednesday 13th July, Grade 3/4 students were fortunate enough to begin their Term 3 integrated unit with an excursion to the Ballarat Wildlife Park. On what was a cold and miserable weather day the students spirits were high and we arrived with excitement ready to explore and learn about the many Australian animals in the Park.

Kangaroo feeding time was a hit, we listened to the Meerkat Keeper talks, discovering that they gather in packs and there is always one chief meerkat on watch for any surrounding predators! Lunch with Crunch the crocodile and watching Kai the Tiger roam proved to be fascinating.

The students returned to school exhausted but excited to choose a favourite Australian animal that they will continue to research, explore and ultimately write an information report about for the unit.




Prep Visit to Sovereign Hill

On Wednesday, the 22nd June, our Prep classes visited Sovereign Hill. We explored what it was like to live in the 1800s, what types of games were played and the olden day ways of bathing, cleaning and cooking. The students really enjoyed their day, especially gold panning, watching how candles were made and having a turn at ‘Nine’ Pin Bowling.






Garden News



Multilit Program

“As we move into Term 3, we continue to have a strong focus on literacy. For those families who weren’t aware, our school offers two programs designed for students who are having difficulty with their reading. The first Program is called “Prelit” which targets our Prep and Grade 1 classes. This program is aimed at increasing our children’s ability to hear sounds and patterns in speech as well as shared story book reading and comprehension. Our second program, “Multilit”, is for our Grades 2, 3 and 4 students. A Multilit specialist works one-on-one with these students to learn phonological awareness, word attack skills, sight word recognition and supported book reading in a one-to-one text. Both programs focus on improving the learning outcomes for our students in literacy.”

A big congratulations to Lily McDonald and Liam Cassells who have worked very hard to successfully complete the Multilit program.



Grade 5/6 Tree Planting

On Thursday 23rd June, Grade 5/6 students participated in planting trees for the City of Ballarat’s “Tree Planting Program”. We planted a whopping 350 trees at MR Power Reserve in Sebastopol. Throughout the day we had some amazing teamwork and groups working hard. Planting trees has many benefits to our world such as improving air quality, providing habitat for wildlife and moderating the climate. Our teams did an amazing job and should be very proud of themselves.

By Billie Lennecke – Grade 5 student



100th Day of Prep

We are celebrating our 100th day of Prep on Friday 5th August. We ask that students please come dressed ‘Like a Rainbow’ or ‘Like they are 100 years old’ to assist with our festivities and mark how special this achievement is.

Please also remember that any coloured hair sprays must be done prior to coming to school. We thank you in advance for your assistance to make our 100th day as special as it can be.





Book Week



– Community Celebration Concert –

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Date: Tuesday 9th August, 2022

Time: 6:15pm arrival for a 6:30pm start, finishing approximately 8pm.

Where: Federation University – Founders Theatre

Address: University Drive, Mt Helen VIC 3350

Tickets: Families will be given two complimentary tickets, with students given opportunity to receive an extra ticket for consistently showing school values in the classroom and out in the yard.


Blue Light Disco

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For Grade Prep – 6 students ONLY.


Fiona Elsey Charity Events

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Sunday 24th July, 2022



Saturday 6th August, 2022

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


Open Day

Ballarat Campus

Sunday 14th August

10am – 2pm

Deciding what to study is a pretty momentous decision. That’s why we run Open Day – it’s everything you need, in one place, to help make your choice.

Join us on campus to explore and find out more about our courses.

On the day you can:

  • chat with current students and staff
  • learn more about our courses
  • discuss your study options with experts
  • go on a tour and watch demonstrations
  • join Q&As and discussions with alumni and current students
  • discover how ACU can help you achieve your goals.

If you can’t make it to campus, you can also join us at our online Open Day.



Open Day

Sunday 14th August


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


Open Days

– Sunday 7th August – Bundoora Campus

– Sunday 14th August – Melbourne City and Brunswick Campuses



Many of the folks you will meet at Open Day will be able to answer your questions, but you’ll definitely want to chat with the Study@RMIT team. These staff members can tell you everything you need to know about your future studies and how to support them as they plan their study journey at RMIT.



At RMIT’s Open Day events you’ll get the chance to see and speak to some of the University’s lecturers and your future employers. Take this chance to find out how your teen can get a foot in the door of their industry with the help of work experience and RMIT’s industry connections.



Find out about the kinds of experiences and journeys that your teen could take during their time at RMIT by talking to current students. From study tips to advice for meeting likeminded students, our student ambassadors have firsthand knowledge on what your teen can expect from study and social life at RMIT.

Open Days


Sunday 7th August

Pre-Open Day tour


Wednesday 10th August

Pre-Open Day tour


Saturday 13th August

Pre-Open Day tour


Sunday 21st August

Pre-Open Day tour


Sunday 28th August

Pre-Open Day tour

  • Meet and chat with current students, alumni and teachers to get insights into the real campus experience and first-hand advice about studying at La Trobe.
  • Explore the campus by yourself or join a guided tour. Check out our leading health and science labs, or take a walk through Australia’s only on-campus wildlife sanctuary – it’s your choice!
  • Chat to your future teachers and support staff to explore the courses you’re interested in and get all your questions answered about applying to La Trobe.
  • Want to imagine what student life will be like at La Trobe? Sign up for events and activities or kick back and take in the campus experience – there’s so much to see and do at Open Day.…



Paramedicine Degrees in Victoria in 2022

The Good Universities Guide states that paramedics provide pre-hospital emergency care, treatment, and specialised transport for patients – Good Universities Guide – Paramedic

Working as an ambulance paramedic means that no two days are ever the same. What a paramedic does can be as varied as restarting a patient’s heart down to helping solve social welfare issues.  Ambulance paramedics are called when people feel they have no other options and are suffering what feels like an emergency to them. An interesting fact to remember when applying to become a paramedic is that the majority of the workload is not lights and sirens driving to save a patient’s life. This job is more about helping people in their time of need as opposed to being a hero.

Visit Ambulance Victoria – Types of Paramedics to find out more.

The following Victorian universities offer Paramedicine undergraduate degrees:

Australian Catholic University


(M) – Melbourne

(B) – Ballarat

Paramedicine Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. 95.05 (M)
Nursing/Paramedicine Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. 91.25 (B)
La Trobe University


(AW) – Albury Wodonga

(Be) – Bendigo

Paramedic Practice with Honours Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in two of Biology, Chemistry, Health And Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics or Psychology.


77.95 (Be)

75.20 (AW)


Monash University






(P) – Peninsula

Paramedicine Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in Maths: Further Mathematics or at least 22 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics. 87.95 (P)
Victoria University

(St. A) – St. Albans

Paramedicine Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. 86.60 (St. A)


Visit VTAC to find out more about these courses.




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


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

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



Youth Art Program

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Golden Plains Youth are very excited to be partnering with local artist Barry Wemyss to deliver an art program for young people aged 12-25 years in Smythesdale at The Well!

The program will run over four Saturday mornings 9am-12pm starting this month.

Session dates:

  • Saturday 16th July
  • Saturday 23rd July
  • Saturday 30th July
  • Saturday 6th August

Join them on a creative adventure of ‘Art Book’ making and explore all the wonders that art has to offer!

To register please contact Chelsea at,or phone 5220 7254.




Design a Skate Park

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


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


TheirCare – Before & After School Care

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Click here to register now!


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

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

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

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

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

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


Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre News

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

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


Adult Education Class of the Week

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


We have a NEW series of classes commencing next week called Independent Living Skills.


Independent Living Skills – Basic Computers

27th July – 14th September

An introductory class for learners to commence and develop their digital skills. Suitable for all ages, this course will help learners become confident using computers.

Book here:


Introduction to Hospitality (Front of House)

10th August – 9th September

This program provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent to work in a front of house role in a restaurant, hotel, bar or café.

Book here:


Check out our Term 3 Newsletter with activities and programs commencing at the Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre:



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.


Carers & Friends Expo

Friday 29th July at 11am

Are you looking to re-enter the workforce, upskill, or wanting to find a group of like-minded people?

Come along to our Carers Expo and enjoy a FREE light lunch. Speak with Carer Support Organisations and Employment Specialists

For catering purposes, please register by Wednesday 27th July at 5329 3273 or email


What’s Happening?


Justice of the Peace Services

Do you need the services of a Justice of the Peace to witness or certify a document? Wayne Jones JP is available at BNC during the school term:

  • Mondays 12pm – 1:30pm.
  • Wednesdays 9:30am – 11:30am.
  • Fridays 10:45am – 1pm.

Feel free to pop in and bring along your documents!




Chatty Café

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

The next event is Wednesday 27th July at 2pm – 3pm.




Volunteer Induction

28th July at 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:




Community Lunch

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

Friday 29th July 2022 at 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


Stay updated with Alumni Achievements and Stories via our Alumni Facebook Page.