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Phoenix News – Issue 3

“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.


Important Calendar Dates

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Due to the current pandemic, 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 1

10th Grade Prep Photo Day
Individual and Group photos.
10th School Photo Catch-Up Day
For any student who will be absent on 3rd February, can have their photo taken on 10th February. Sibling photos will also be available this day.
14th Eureka Senior & Intermediate Cricket
Victoria Park, Ballarat
17th Swimming Carnival (Sebastopol Campus Years 7-12)
Eureka Swimming Pool – all day event.
Support your sporting house by dressing up in your house’s colour!
27th BAS Head of the Lake Regatta
Lake Wendouree, Ballarat
2nd Athletics Carnival (Sebastopol Campus Years 7-12)
Llanberris Athletics Reserve – all day event.
Support your sporting house by dressing up in your house’s colour!
8th Athletics Carnival (Redan Campus Grades Prep-6)
Llanberris Athletics Reserve – all day event.
Support your sporting house by dressing up in your house’s colour!
14th Labour Day (Public Holiday)
17th SSV Regatta
Barwon River, Geelong
18th Greater Western Region Swimming
Horsham Aquatic Centre
 8th End of Term 1

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

Swimming Carnival

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Wendouree-Ballarat Regatta

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On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th February, the Phoenix Rowing crews took to Lake Wendouree to compete at the Wendouree-Ballarat JG King Homes Regatta. Competing across four races our school did incredibly well showing off the skills they have learnt over the season and representing our College to high standard.

They have all done an amazing job and will be continuing their hard work to compete at Head of the Lake on Sunday 27th February.


Senior Girls Crew

  • Race 1 Final: 4th Position
  • Race 2 Final: 1st Position

Senior Boys Crew

  • Final: 3rd Position

Intermediate Girls Crew

  • Final: 3rd Position


Rowing News

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Over the holidays, our rowing teams participated in a three-day camp in Ballarat. Each day, the crews went out for three hours of training, then in the afternoons we enjoyed a few excursions to Bounce, Mini Golf and lunch to further build on our team comradery.

On Sunday 30th January, our senior girls crew competed in the Barwon Regatta in Geelong. This was their first race for the season and did an amazing job finishing 3rd. Well done girls!

Upcoming Regattas:

  • Head of the Lake: Sunday 27th February
  • SSV: Thursday 17th March

Perri Fenton
Rowing Coordinator

High Performance Mindfulness Program (HPM)

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On Monday 7th February at Phoenix we were lucky enough to have Richmond triple-premiership player David Astbury visit to pass on some mindfulness coaching, tools and techniques he learned during his AFL career to our Year 12 students for success in their final year of studies.

The High Performance Mindfulness (HPM) program will help students cope with the pressure of Year 12 after two COVID-disrupted years of schooling.

“We learnt the fundamentals of how to recognise our A and B game. David shared stories about how utilising these techniques allowed him to improve on field and in life in general. We are looking forward to using these skills in Year 12 and beyond and we would like to thank David for taking the time to talk to us.” – Isla Edyvane, College Captain.

“Students can be really hard on themselves and instead of focusing on helpful thoughts they can often slip into unhelpful thinking that can sabotage their performance no matter how much work or preparation they have done. The HPM program is designed to build the helpful mindset skills and thinking patterns that enable students to perform at their best – not just during VCE but in life beyond school.” – Karen Snibson, Principal.

The Courier article – Richmond Premiership Player David Astbury Launches High Performance Mindfulness Program for Phoenix P-12 Community College Year 12 Students




Phoenix Cooking Club

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How cool is this?

Thursday night we had our very first afterschool Phoenix Cooking Club! The students had a ball learning new skills in the kitchen with some never having cooked before.

This new club is so popular that there is a waiting list to get in. Every student will receive their own apron, cooking utensils and will take home a family dinner over five different nights this term.

Thank you to Ms Sharrie Milligan-Brown, for her hard work and passion with this class.


Drew Layton
Leading Teacher (Programs and Co-Curricular Engagement)

Road Works Commencing

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Hertford Street and Albert Street Construction Begins

Works to upgrade the Hertford Street and Albert Street intersection will start from Friday 28 January 2022.

Under our Keeping Ballarat Moving program, we’re replacing the roundabout with traffic lights and dedicated pedestrian crossing points to improve safety and traffic flow.

Early works will require the full closure of the Albert/Hertford/Sayle streets intersection on the weekends of 28–30 January and 5–6 February.

Business and residential access will be maintained during these weekend closures. U-turn movements will be permitted at each leg to allow public access to nearby businesses along Albert and Hertford Streets.

To fast track works and minimise disruption for community, a section of Hertford Street between Albert Street and Clarkson Street will be closed to all traffic for six weeks, from 7 February to 21 March, weather permitting.

This closure will reduce the construction time on this leg by several months, leaving Hertford Street unimpacted for the remainder of the upgrade. Detours will be in place for general traffic and heavy vehicles along Rubicon Street and Sutton Street.

Travel delays are expected during works, particularly during peak periods. If travelling through this area plan ahead to avoid delays or consider taking an alternative route.

To find out more about these works and to see plans of the upgrades, visit this link: Hertford Street (Glenelg Highway) and Albert Street (Midland Highway) intersection.

If you have any questions about the planned upgrades, please contact Regional Roads Victoria:

Call:    133 RRV (133 778)


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.



Alumni News

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