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Phoenix News – Issue 7

“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

14th Labour Day (Public Holiday)
16th Year 7 Immunisations
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
21st GRIP Leadership Conference
Federation University – Mt Helen Campus
Student leaders will be attending a conference to help them develop new skills, new perspectives and new ideas for making positive contributions in our community.
 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 7

Leading Out of COVID

At Phoenix in 2022 we know that our most important work is to continue to help our students, staff and broader community to progress out of Coronavirus times. This is made more complicated when the consistency that our students need is impacted by positive cases in their classes and within our staff team.

If we work together, we can get this done and you can help by:

  • Remind our students that things are improving and will continue to get better.
  • Encourage our students to engage with routines – wearing uniform, attending regularly, doing chores at home.
  • Engaging with conversation about The Resilience Project – what does it mean to be grateful, to show kindness and be empathetic.
  • Seeking support if you are concerned for your child’s mental health and wellbeing. Our extensive team has a P-12 lens and is there to support all of our students.

If your child tests positive to COVID 19, please ensure that you report, observe the period of isolation and most importantly allow the time your child needs to recover. It is important to be vigilant as COVID has been associated with other secondary conditions in children, such as stomach upset, ongoing fatigue and other gut issues.

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. –

TRP – Week 7 Update

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Culture @ Phoenix

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Aboriginal Flag Mural

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Our Koori Rep Group’s Aboriginal Flag mural is now hung outside the front of the Learning Resource Center (LRC). The group has worked hard to create an amazing piece of representation for our school. Both primary and secondary Koori students used their hand prints to create the Aboriginal Flag.

A massive shout out to the hands on learning boys with assisting with the finalisation of the mural. We’re so proud.


Academy of Industry Excursion

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Last Friday, our Academy of Industry students visited the Ballarat Tech School to participate in an the Automation Robotic Solutions Program. They learnt about basic coding to create a purpose built project to sort coloured M&Ms, they also programmed a robotic arm to perform precision operations for picking up and placing objects on a board. Our students were well behaved and displayed our College values at all times.

TRP – Moments of Gratitude

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Students and staff at Phoenix P-12 Community College are currently learning about ways in which we can identify and celebrate moments of gratitude in our day.


Strategies which we have been practicing include: verbally sharing with our peers in conversation, using a pen and paper to write them down, practicing mindfulness to sit and celebrate the moment with ourselves by thinking, as well as using Stanzin’s method of “dis” as a very simple, immediate and effective way to acknowledge a moment that brings us happiness and that we are grateful for.


This video helps introduces Stanzin’s  and his “DIS” method, and show how he literally stopped what he was doing and pointed to whatever he was grateful for in any given moment: ‘Dis!’



Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang

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Watch as the camera tracks an act of kindness as its passed from one individual to the next and manages to boomerang back to the person who set it into motion.


Family Carnival

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Come and Try Lawn Bowls

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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:


20% Off Schoolwear at Lowes

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Caring for Carers – Carboni’s

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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.

Cooking Up Jobs!

Learn about hospitality working in a real kitchen with this hands-on program designed to provide participants with a range of employability and hospitality skills.

This program runs over 9 weeks, two 5-hour practical sessions each week. Students attend Monday AND Thursday 9:00am – 2:30pm. The next class commences Monday 2nd May, 2022.


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.


Harmony Festival (Friday 18th March @ 6pm) – FREE Family Event

Ballarat Community Health & Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre invite you to an evening that celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. Join us to send the message of ‘everybody belongs’ with special performances and food, plus a world of cultural activities. All welcome! Follow the hyperlink below to register.


Call Out for Volunteers

Ever considered volunteering? It’s a great way to make friends and gain experience. BNC has wonderful volunteers who contribute in many different ways. We’re currently looking for help to deliver our famous community lunches on Fridays, give us a call for more information.


What’s happening?

Don’t miss out! You have until 30th June to claim $250!

The Victorian State Government’s Power Saving Bonus is a one-off payment to help eligible Victorians experiencing energy bills stress. Now available until 30th June, if you need help applying for this bonus online, we are here to help step you through it. Give Jess a call on 5329 3273.

To be eligible, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a Victorian residential energy consumer (i.e. have a residential electricity account)
  • Be receiving payments under one of the following concession programs:
    • Centrelink Pensioner Concession
    • JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy
    • Department of Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession
    • Or hold a Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card

Holders of Health Care Cards who are not recipients of Youth Allowance, JobSeeker, Austudy or Abstudy are not eligible.



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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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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