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Phoenix News – Issue 5

“In Knowledge there is Opportunity”

Our Phoenix P-12 Community College newsletters are an important form of communication for our school community.

Each newsletter contains a great deal of information about what is happening in and around the College
including upcoming events and celebration of student success.

Read all the latest news in this edition.








At Phoenix we have a zero-tolerance attitude to violence and aggression of any form to staff and others. We build a thriving community by working positively together to educate our children.

Important Calendar Dates

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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

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!
3rd Grade Prep Literacy Information Evening
7th-9th Roses Gap Camp
Year 9 Phoenix Connect students will be participating in team building activities during a 3-day camp.
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 Year 7 Information Evening 2023
Tours start from 5:30pm.
Information Session at 6:15pm.
17th SSV Regatta
Barwon River, Geelong
18th Greater Western Region Swimming
Horsham Aquatic Centre
 22nd MSP Photo Session
For students who have missed both photo days here at school, MSP are running a catch up session in their studio between 3:30pm-4.45pm.
Bookings are essential, please call (03) 5333 5577.
 8th End of Term 1

Term 2

 25th  ANZAC Day (Public Holiday)
 26th Term 2 Begins
 5th Parent Teacher Interviews
Booking details and times – TBA
 6th Parent Teacher Interviews
Booking details and times – TBA


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

2023 Year 7 Information Evening

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Principal’s Message

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Term 1, Week 5

Living our Values

At Phoenix, our Moral Purpose is to ensure that together we develop socially respectful and responsible global citizens of tomorrow. We believe our students should have the power to make their world a better place and to have the opportunity to choose their future.

At school we frequently discuss, model and affirm our school values. These human competencies are the cornerstones for success in College life at home and more broadly in the community.

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Excellence

We also know that over the last two years our students have spent substantial amounts of time at home.  Coming back together and reconnecting as a school community increases the importance of our values.

We invite parents to join us in this positive education by discussing the values at home as well. Question and discuss what they look like, sound like and feel like in action. It is through discussion and storytelling that our behaviours become habits and our habits become a permanent part of our culture.


COVID 19 continues to impact life at school, from next week:

  • Year 7-12 students not required to wear masks.
  • Year 3-6 students must wear masks.
  • RAT testing continued until the end of the Term.

We have been able to welcome parents our school site and we are now able to plan for face-to-face Parent/Teacher Interviews next term.


Following COVID we have numerous strategies in place to help students catch up:

  • Tutors are in our classrooms and working with our students.
  • Before and after school classes have commenced.
  • Literacy Support: we have a range of literacy intervention strategies happening from Prep to Year 12, this includes Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI), STAPP, Multi-Lit as well as additional reading instruction.
  • Maths intervention has commenced in our secondary levels.

Karen Snibson

Lead Up to the Head of the Lake

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The Courier

Article and Photos by: Greg Gliddon


Head of the Lake 2022 | Phoenix P-12 Community College



FROM little things, big things grow and this weekend’s Head of the Lake is a great opportunity to see just how far Phoenix P-12 Community College has come in the past year.

The school’s rowing program is growing by the day and this year the girls crew is confident of putting on great show in the open senior division.

Head of Rowing Perri Fenton said while COVID had impacted numbers in small ways this year, the crew had come along leaps and bounds under the tutelage of Simon O’Brien.

“We started to get fairly big, but COVID has pushed us back down a little bit, but we’re definitely on the growth again,” she said.

“We’ve got a lot of interest in our junior levels coming up, we are organising more boats to come into the shed and get our girls out on the water, hopefully we’ll be able to get a few more of the males interested for next season.”

Captain of the boars Isla Edyvane said there was a great excitement around the school’s rowing program.

“We’ve got a great mix of year 10, 11 and 12s and we’ve really gelled together,” she said.

“I’ve been rowing for a few years now and I’ve seen the culture grow within our rowing community and it’s allowed me to make better friends with the teachers and 

everyone involved in the rowing program, it’s a good community sport.”

Fenton said despite some interruptions, the crews across the whole school had been outstanding.


“This year we’ve been particularly careful about our squads and where they train and how important it is for them to stay together,” she said.

“The girls are doing a really good job, they are a new crew, so we’ve trained them a little bit longer, we’ve had a great coach in Simon O’Brien who’s been teaching them a lot of skills, so fingers crossed we get up on the day.”


Edyvane said the return of supporters and spit crews on the bank would give added motivation.

“It’s something to look forward to especially because so much has been cancelled,” she said.

“It’s great that Head of the Lake has happened in the past couple of years, even in a limited capacity but it should be nice to have support again.

“I think it was just police patrolling the lake last year, it’ll be good to have cheering at the end rather than the one or two voices from our coaches at the end.







Captain Boats: Isla Edyvane
First Crew Co-Coach, Perri Fenton, says: “We’ve got a lot of interest in our junior levels coming up, we are organising more boats to come into the shed and get our girls out on the water. The girls are doing a really good job, they are a new crew, so we’ve trained them a little bit longer, we’ve had a great coach in Simon O’Brien who’s been teaching them a lot of skills, so fingers crossed we get up on the day.”

STROKE: Lily Harmer

“I’m really excited for this years race! We’ve been training so hard with some awesome coaches so can’t wait to make the Phoenix community proud.”

THREE SEAT: Chlesea Thorp

“I’m really nerve-cited: that means I’m nervous but excited.”

TWO SEAT: Siena Webster-Austin

“I’m very excited for the opportunity. I’m the only one in my family to row in Head of the Lake, so it’s a bit of a proud moment.”

BOW: Isla Edyvane (c)

“We’ve got a great mix of year 10, 11 and 12s and we’ve really gelled together. I’ve been rowing for a few years now and I’ve seen the culture grow within our rowing community.”

COX: Isabelle Thorp

“I’m excited to have the best view in the house.”

Athletics Carnival

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Sunflower Picking

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What beautiful weather to pick sunflowers!
Our Year 12 VCAL Industry students traveled out to Pick Your Own Sunflowers. This was an Industry visit for our Work Related Skills class, where students visit a variety of industries and investigate OHS policies and procedures in different settings. Also a wonderful way to support local!

TRP – Week 5 Update

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During week 5, staff and students have been discussing and learning about ways to practice gratitude in our daily lives. With the guidance of The Resilience Project, we as a school community have been recognising, sharing and celebrating the moments it our lives that “went well” or that we are grateful for.

Here are some examples that students and staff have shared:

Lauren Buttler – Teacher: “I’ve felt gratitude towards my VCE students this week. They have showed resilience by not allowing isolation or the lingering pressure of VCE to curb their enthusiasm and determination to succeed. Students have remained in frequent contact, attended extra study sessions and assisted one another in becoming active learners. It’s been an impressive start to the year and I’m privileged to share this with them.”

Riley Dennis-Weightman – Year 8: Riley showed a commitment to our College values by helping others in class, and helping with the hand tools we use in his metals class. I thanked Riley for helping others and told him I will give him a token points he said ‘That’s okay, I like helping people.’

Brendan Johnston – Teacher: Expressing gratitude for Angela Quinn. For always doing the little things, like donating blood to save the lives of others or always having a smile on her face. Her charisma is contagious.

Students of Mrs Cox’s class – Grade 3 Teacher: Noticed for making the connection between kindness and gratitude. Amazing to hear a grade 3 student talk about the fact that if you show kindness people return the favour with gratitude.

Carly Shaw – Teacher: Expressing gratitude for Carly Shaw. For being an excellent support and listener when I was having a challenging moment this week. I am incredibly grateful to have felt heard and reassured when those ‘B game’ doubts start to creep in.

Kyle Burnett – Year 10: For checking in on the people around him, with the hope of being able to provide support or humour to cheer someone up. I am grateful that he always asks – ‘And how are you today?’.


Upcoming Events

The Resilience Project has recently released their upcoming Public Talk dates for 2022. Below you can find the dates, times and locations for Ballarat. Join Hugh Van Cuylenburg as he walks you through his journeys and tells stories of the incredible people who have inspired him and The Resilience Project to spread happiness.

If you wish to experience Hugh talk and learn more, please visit the The Resilience Project Events website page.

Teaching Excellence Program

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Congratulations to Meaghan Beddoe on being accepted into the first cohort of the Teaching Excellence Program. This is a testament to her outstanding teaching and is a great opportunity for her to contribute to an exciting new chapter in Victorian education.

The Teaching Excellence Program (TEP) enables highly skilled teachers to extend their capacity for exemplary teaching and we look forward to Meahgan bringing her new found skills to the College.

Phoenix Unplugged

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After School Activities

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Another amazing Thursday full of after school activities!







2022 World Challenge Expedition

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Expedition in New Zealand (13 Nights)

Contribute to a sustainability initiative, get immersed in Kiwi culture, discover Wellington and sharpen your leadership skills on a remote six-day trek. With you and your team tackling fresh challenges each day, this once-in-a-lifetime experience proves just how much you’re capable of. It could change the way you see yourself and the world, forever.

This exciting adventure is open to students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

For more information please:


Sports Central Sign-Ups

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Sons of the West is back for 2022!

First held in Ballarat in 2016, the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation has again partnered with the City of Ballarat and Sports Central to deliver the Sons of the West program this year.

Sons of the West is a FREE ten-week health program which aims to empower men to improve their health and wellbeing by providing them with the tools, knowledge and support to take control of their health journey.

The program is open to men aged 18 and over, and offers a safe and supportive environment for participants to build upon their health knowledge.

Each weekly session involves:

  • an educational component featuring a guest speaker presenting on a dedicated health topic
  • a physical activity session run by local health experts, designed to suit all fitness levels and abilities

Date: Commencing Wednesday 16th March

Venue: Phoenix P-12 Community College – Sebastopol Campus – Hertford Street, Sebastopol

Time: 7:00pm – 9:15pm

To register click here:

For more information on the program, contact Xavier Smith from Sports Central on 5331 6966 (ext. 107) or

All Girls Cricket Blast

The Ballarat Cricket Association in conjunction with Cricket Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades are running an All Girls Cricket Blast program. Woolworths Cricket Blast is a super fun, social and safe program for girls of all abilities. The program will be run over four weeks for girls aged 7 to 10. The cost is $30 and includes a participant pack.

Date: Commencing Wednesday 9th March

Venue: Eastern Oval – Peel Street, Ballarat

Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

To register click here:

For more information on the program, contact Jenna Fowlie from the Ballarat Cricket Association on 0407 244 467 or





Ballarat’s Proposed Next Suburbs

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Ballarat’s newest suburbs could be set in stone if council votes to approve two growth areas and refer them to the Minister for Planning for rezoning.

The growth areas are at the northern edge of the city, north of the Western Freeway and taking up parts of Mount Rowan between Burrumbeet Creek and the Midland Highway, and an expansion of the western growth zone, stretching from Bells Road in the south to Cuthberts Road in the north.


Read the full article here – The Courier Article: Ballarat’s next suburbs identified, councillors to vote

Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre News

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Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre is located behind the new basketball stadium in the Ballarat South Community Hub.


Adult Education Class of the Week

Knitting for Beginners

This course is for learners who have some basic experience of knitting and following a simple pattern and wish to develop their knitting skills and techniques. A fun class to hone your knitting skills.



Activity of the Week

Justice of the Peace

Do you need the services of a Justice of the Peace to witness or certify a document?

Each week a JP (Wayne Jones) will be here at the Centre.

  • Wednesday 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Friday 10:45am – 1pm

Or call Wayne Jones JP (0422 833 262) Mon – Fri between 5pm-7pm to arrange a private appointment.

A JP is trained to act as independent and objective witness to documents used for official or legal purposes and can assist you by:

  • attesting the execution of a document
  • witnessing a statutory declaration
  • witnessing an affidavit for use in court
  • certifying true copies of an original document
  • certifying a person’s identity

Feel free to pop in and bring along your documents!


What’s happening?

Our Garden

You might have noticed, tucked away behind the new basketball stadium is a little vegetable garden, just near the entrance to the Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre (BNC).

Go there any day of the week and you might find a volunteer or two pottering about, but on Wednesday mornings it is busy, with half a dozen or more community members in and about, digging, watering, harvesting, planting, chatting and working together to create a lovely kitchen garden. Amongst the plants you will spot some DIY trellises, curious pots dug into the ground, grids of strings and many happy bees and butterflies.

This is ‘Our Garden’ a community initiative to support people to connect, share skills, and grow fresh produce to help the keep the fees low for students attending hospitality classes in Our Kitchen Social Enterprise. Ultimately, feeding our community through community lunches, catering and food assistance support. It is a garden with a difference, incorporating simple garden innovations from around the world to grow some delicious veg on a budget. Our funding comes through helpful contributions by local businesses and organisations.

Phoenix College families are very welcome to come visit Our Garden and if you are lucky enough to spot a super sweet strawberry, please enjoy! For the rest of the garden we ask you ‘take only photos, leave only footprints’ which ensures we can support our community’s programs.

If you are interested in volunteering in or contributing to Our Garden or community food assistance, please contact Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre on (03) 5329 3273 or


Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre
11 Tuppen Drive, Sebastopol
Phone: 5329 3273

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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Do you know any Alumni that are kicking goals in the real world?

E-mail our Alumni Coordinator, Kirby 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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