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Phoenix News – Issue 24

“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

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.
10th Psychology Aradale Excursion
Selected students will travel to J Ward and Aradale to evaluate the connection between stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination and stigmas surrounding mental health throughout history.
10th & 11th Years 9 & 10 Subject Selection Interviews
No classes running for students in Years 9 & 10 over these two days.
Students are expected to make a subject selection interview on one of these days – bookings via Compass.
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.
17th World’s Greatest Shave
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.

25th Fiona’s Bingo Night
Hop Temple – 24 Armstrong St North
All proceeds will go to the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.
26th Bee the Future Excursion
Selected students are asked to solve the environmental mystery: Why are bee populations in decline? Using CAD (Computer-aided design) software and VR (Virtual Reality) headsets, they then design a virtual environment that would help improve the chances of bees “surviving” then “thriving” to increase pollination of plants in that space.
29th Grades Prep-1 Swimming Program Commences


2nd Professional Practice Day (Student Free Day)
5th Grades 2-6 Swimming Program Commences
8th Ballarat Tech School – Drones Program
Selected students will visit the Ballarat Tech School to participate in their new Drone Program.
13th Year 7 Immunisations
15th Year 12 Graduation Celebration
15th Valedictory Dinner
16th End of Term 2 – Students Dismissed at 2:30pm


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


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Principal’s Message

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Term 3, Week 4

Intentional Focus – Phoenix Identity

At Phoenix our goal is to create a sense of community and belonging. To do this successfully we need to ensure that all people have a place to belong and all people have the capacity to grow and learn; linking us in this work are our College values which we often talk about with our students.


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.


Our focus on building identity doesn’t stop there, we also immerse our students in the School Wide Positive Behaviours and The Resilience Project.

To boost this work at Phoenix, we have added many opportunities for our students:

  • Clubs: activities occurring at lunch time and after school.
  • Leadership activities: for example The Mindshop Excellence program.
  • Public Speaking: Including South Street and Rostrum.
  • Academy of Sport: Including netball, basketball and soccer.

Each and every day I am proud of the way that our students are embracing these opportunities. Seeking out and finding things that you are passionate truly builds purpose for learning.


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. –

Student Success Stories

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Debating & Public Speaking Club

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So far in Term 3, our fantastic Phoenix Debating & Public Speaking Club have participated in several competitions to great success. All students did a fabulous job representing the school, showing in particular the values of cooperation, responsibility, and excellence.

  • Our Year 11-12 debating team is straight through the Grand Final in September.
  • Our Year 7-8 and 9-10 teams won their heats and are eagerly awaiting confirmations that they’ve made it through to the Semi-finals.
  • Dee Matthews-Wood (Year 8) will represent the school in the State Final of Legacy Junior Public Speaking.


Legacy Junior Public Speaking

  • Carly Schiltz
  • Dee Matthews-Wood


Royal South Street Debating

Year 5-6

  • Mya Aspland
  • Billie Lennecke
  • Eli Woodman

Year 7-8

  • Carly Schiltz
  • Charlotte Walter
  • Dee Matthews-Wood

Year 9-10

  • Bayley Mackie
  • Lillia Oakley
  • Syafa Sons

Year 11-12

  • Maisie Keirl
  • Lachie Olsen
  • Amber Tattie


Congratulations to all teams!


Jade Browning & Laura Benney
Debating and Public Speaking Coordinators

Music News

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Mini Muso’s Gearing Up

Our budding musicians have been working hard to get up to scratch for next week’s band festival.  They rehearse every Wednesday under the direction of Miss Felicity Liston.

The South Western Victoria Regional Band Festival has not run for three years.  Phoenix P-12 Community College will be hosting the event.  Schools attending are Horsham College, Bacchus Marsh Secondary, Ballarat High, Mount Clear College, Woodman’s Hill and of course Phoenix P-12 Community College.



Students Perform for the Ballarat West Probus Club

The gigs are slowly coming back and when I got the telephone call from the Probus Club I instantly said yes, we can do that.

Choir director, Mr Reuben Morgan, was thrilled the way the students performed. They really projected their sound singing three musical tunes; ‘A Million Dreams’, ‘Hard Times Come Again No More’ and ‘High Hopes’. Choir performers were Zeb Borden, Zachary Douglas, Stella Gladman, Claire Keefe, Hannah Mathews and Grace Perks. Young Zeb stood out with his fantastic expressions.

We also had two instrumentalist perform; Val Slade performing with her clarinet and Ella Sandford playing ‘Cry Me River’ on baritone saxophone. The audience was so impressed with the sweet dulcet tone.

I was so, so proud to be with awesome group of students.



John Netherway – Music Director

Fiona Elsey Charity Events

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Upcoming Events:

We encourage our students, staff and community members to attend these amazing events helping raise funds for this worthy cause.


For the whole month of August:



Saturday 6th August, 2022



Thursday 25th August



Wednesday 7th September


Academy of Sport

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Upcoming Events:


World’s Greatest Shave

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Year 11 VCAL students are hosting The World’s Greatest Shave on Wednesday the 17th August. To participate, students will need to sign up to our team “Phoenix College” on the link below and return the parent permission slip.


We aim to raise $3,000 or more to help more than 110,000 family’s dealing with blood cancer. 

$50 gift card to highest sponsored student:


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



Australian Defence Forces Presentation at Phoenix College

Wednesday 17th August

LRC – 1:30pm



Are you interested in a career in the Australian Defence Forces??

The Phoenix College Careers Department have organised for the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) to attend Phoenix College to give a Careers presentation on Wednesday 17th August at 1.30pm.
(as it will be held over the lunch break students are welcome to bring their lunch).

The ADF’s experienced careers presenters will explain what sorts of roles and careers the ADF offer and answer any questions that you might have about employment with the Army, Navy and Airforce.

This will be most suited to Year 10 – 12 students. If you are interested please make sure you put your name on the Expression of Interest list located out the front of the MIPS office so we I can gauge how many are interested.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Careers department.

Sharron & Pauline – MIPs Pathway Coordinators



Open Days

Australian Catholic University ACU (Ballarat Campus) – Sunday 14th August, 10am-2pm


Federation University – Sunday 14th August, 10am-2pm


RMIT University:

Bundoora Campus – Sunday 7th August

Melbourne City and Brunswick Campuses – Sunday 14th August


La Trobe University:

Melbourne Campus – Sunday 7th August, 10am–4pm

Mildura Campus – Wednesday 10th August, 4–7pm

Shepparton Campus – Saturday 13th August, 10am–1pm

Albury-Wodonga Campus – Sunday 21st August, 9:30am–1pm

Bendigo Campus – Sunday 28th August, 10am–3pm

Community News

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The Y Ballarat Youth

What’s happening?


  • We are getting ready to kick off planning for the Ararat Youth Space coming soon!!!
  • We are keen to connect with young peeps aged 12-25 from Ararat and surrounding areas to be involved in a steering committee and help plan and make decisions around the space design and set up.
  • If you know any one who is interested, please encourage them to contact Larelle 0477 377 242 or



  • The team have a large collection of bikes requiring new riders. If you have young people who would benefit from a ReCranked bike [+helmet & lock].
  • Contact Wallace on for appointments NEXT week



  • Looking for volunteer coaches to teach basic basketball skills, run drills and have fun with young people on Tuesday nights 4:30pm-6:30pm.
  • Location TBC but will be in the Delacombe/Sebastopol area.
  • No formal basketball or coaching skills required, just an understanding of the rules and willingness to have fun!


‘Things No One Told You’ Life Skills Program

  • Program currently in development to teach young people life skills that they haven’t felt they’ve had the opportunity to learn elsewhere.
  • Being developed for young people, by young people, and we are looking for young people under 25 to consult on program content. They will get a $20 voucher for their consult and there are opportunities for short term contracts within The Y to help produce the content for the program. Funded by the Victorian Government Engage! grant

For expressions of interest or further info on Drop-in or ‘Things No One Told You’ contact Caitlin




Our programs focused on schools and education…


  • Fee-for-service leadership programs aimed at emerging primary school student leaders.
  • Program aimed at Grade 5 students in term 4 and during term 1 of Grade 6
  • More info? See flyer below:



  • We are soon to welcome our new Project Worker
  • Current focus is LGBTIQA+ young people involved in school Pride Groups with exciting plans
  • Exciting things happening in this space, keep an eye on our socials!
  • More info? Contact Asha on



  • Jump Start is Y Ballarat’s automotive program for young peeps 14+ disengaged from educations and interested in auto.
  • Term 4 EOI’s open [spots limited]
  • Funded with thanks to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
  • More info? Visit










Pinarc Parent Support – August 2022 Update

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 Term 3 is:
Activity Venue Date Time Cost
Art Gallery Wander
Take some time out for some art appreciation and social connection.
Ballarat Art Gallery
40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat.
Meet in the foyer
Thursday 11th August 10am 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 10:30am 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 Tuesday 15th August 10am – 12pm.  
  • Bacchus Marsh Disability Parent Connection meeting for a social dinners and information sessions monthly on Monday evenings. The next meeting is a group Art Therapy Session on Monday 22nd August at 7pm at Darley Neighbourhood House. For more information contact
  • Ballarat NDIS Parent Coffee Catch-ups Open to all parents of children 0 – 12 years who have NDIS plans. Tentative plans to meet on Tuesday 30th TBC.
    A chance to meet others navigating the NDIS world and to get information about local events and services. To register, contact Rebecca Paton, on 53291361 or at
  • Ballarat Down Syndrome Parent Connection group will meet for a morning tea on Thursday 4th August from 9:30am to 11:30am in the Members Room at the Yacht Club. Zoe Shearer from DSV will be joining us to share some information on the work she has been undertaking. Contact Wendy for more information or to RSVP – 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


Local and Online Events and Activities

Babies Group

This 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

Dates:   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


2022 Australian Autism Conference, Melbourne

Saturday 10th September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition  Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and will run from 10am until 4pm (Doors will open at 8:30am).

The Conference will be a highly valuable and informative day for parents, educators, professionals, family members and friends of an Autistic individual, diagnosed or suspected, as well as Autistic people themselves.

There will be 6 widely renowned expert speakers, each providing a wealth of information and strategies, that you can use at home or at school, to help your child or child you work with. We will also have a variety of exhibitors.

Anyone purchasing a professional ticket will receive a certificate of attendance valid for PD points which will be available on the day. For Family members and friends or those who do not require a certificate of Attendance purchase a non-professional ticket.

Details and registration:


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
  • MASTerful Mums: Held on Tuesday 1pm to 3pm at Parker Place (Redan)

Parenting Programs:

  • Circle of Security Program (COS-P) Online via Zoom Starting: Thursday 19th July at 7:30pm
  • Tuning into Teens Online via Zoom Starting: Wednesday 27th July  at 7:30pm

Children’s Programs:

  • Coco Sounds at Flo’s Garden / Online:  Wednesday at 10:30 am  (School Terms).


People Outdoors Kids and Teens Camp Log abin Camp Creswick

This camp is for Kids and teens, going to Log cabin camp Creswick, 30min from Ballarat. Activities onsite include but are not limited to: archery, campfire, abseiling, initiative challenges, flying fox, Zip line,  giant swing, canoeing, ropes course, bushwalks, basketball, indoor sports and more.

Camp buses for our Ballarat attendees leave from and and return to our Ballarat location:

  • Ballarat Sports and Events Centre, 989 Norman St, Wendouree VIC 3355

Ballarat departure:

  • Start: Friday 16 Sept 2022 (6:15 pm)
  • Return: Sunday 18 Sept 2022 (1:45 pm)

Or we can arrange drop off/pick up from camp if closer to you. We have a detailed Covid-Safe plan in place. All final camp information will be sent out approximately 7 days before the camp.

If you wish to attend this camp, please contact Simon to confirm your place. Please respond as soon as possible to confirm on alternatively via phone on 0455514879


Resources for families of children with disabilities

Get Active Victoria $200 Vouchers

Does your family or child have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card?
You may be eligible for up to $200 to put towards the cost of your child’s participation in sport and active recreation activities.
The Get Active Kids Voucher Program helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and active recreation activities by providing financial support for the cost of membership and registration fees. Eligible children may be able to receive up to $200 each –


Siblings Australia – Support for siblings of children with disabilities

Are you a parent of a young sibling aged 4-7, or do you work with sibs in this age group?

Download your FREE eBook!

We’ve created it especially for sibling kids aged 4-7 to read with a parent or caregiver. In joining Alex on her sibling journey, you and your sib kid will build your shared understanding of the sibling experience… and maybe you’ll learn a bit more about your child’s perspective, too!

Just click on the link below to download your copy to read with your own sibling child, or the sib kids you support in your work –


Mindfulness On Demand


2023 Debutante Ball – Pressure Cheer & Dance

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TheirCare – Before & After School Care

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Click here to register now!


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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


Find a Job: Aged Care

For dates contact Reception (5329 3273)

What is the Aged Care industry all about? This class gives you a great overview.

Discover the types of jobs available, what employers are looking for and how to gain experience before you begin working. Talk with local employers and visit an aged care facility.


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



What’s Happening?

Chatty Café

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

The next event is Wednesday 10th August 2022 @ 2pm – 3pm.



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 10th August, 2022.

To book go to:

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



Community Lunch

Friday 12th August 2022 @ 12noon – 1:00pm

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

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.