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Phoenix News – Issue 1

“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.


Welcome to Phoenix News!

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Welcome students, staff, parents and friends to the first edition of our new weekly Newsletter. Each Newsletter contains information about what is happening in and around the College including upcoming events, celebration of student success and new developments; and in our growing community.

Here at Phoenix, we seek to communicate regularly via a number of mediums including:

COMPASS – Online portal that provides access to school news, events, upcoming assignments and more. This application is designed for staff, students and parents.

Phoenix News – The College’s online weekly Newsletter is published to all families via COMPASS. The Newsletter is also available on our website and social media platforms (see below).

Social Media – The College has a very active social media presence which it uses to provide members of the community with relevant, timely and interesting information about life around the College. We encourage everyone to subscribe to our social media services on:

Threshold Magazine (Annual) – The College’s Annual Magazine is viewed as an historical record documenting the major achievements of each school year. The Magazine is published at the end of Term 4 each year, ensuring all achievements from throughout the year can be included.

We are excited to launch this new digital newsletter that will be available on our website, published each Friday, to give our community a more regular update on all the fantastic things happening!

We look forward to sharing with you many more stories and keeping you informed in our upcoming Newsletters.

Important Dates

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22nd – 27th Book Week
Students can still get involved in a range of activities and events hosted by the school throughout the week through online remote events.
26th Parent / Teacher Interviews
*Postponed until further notice.
27th Curriculum Day (Student Free Day)
2nd TBC – Grades 5-6 Swimming Commences (until 16/9)
6th TBC – Grades 2-4 Swimming Commences (until 16/9)
10th Primary Division Athletics Carnival
17th End of Term 3 – Dismissal 2:30pm 
24th AFL Grand Final Day (Public Holiday)
4th Term 4 Begins
20th Year 12 Farewell Assembly
20th Year 12 Valedictory Dinner
Ballarat & District Trotting Club
7:00pm – 11:00pm
27th Exams Commence
2nd Melbourne Cup
5th Ballarat Show Day (Local Public Holiday – Student Free Day)
17th Exams Conclude
19th Debutante Ball (Year 12)
20th Debutante Ball (Year 11)
30th Presentation Evening – TBC
7th Orientation Day
17th End of Term 4

Student free days will be confirmed throughout the school year. 

Please make sure you continually check our online Newsletter, the College website or COMPASS for updates.

Principal’s Message

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Welcome to our newly formatted Newsletter. Our goal in redeveloping our Newsletter is fairly simple; to keep our news current and to make it as relevant for families as we possibly can.

We are approaching the end of another week of lockdown and this week I am making a conscious effort to look forward. Whilst I may not be pleased about being locked in I can also say this:

  • There will be a time when we live more effectively with the Coronavirus.
  • Rates of vaccination are increasing.
  • The warmer weather is coming.

At school, our staff are virtually working the skills we will require to reconnect our students and our school community. We know that health and wellbeing is an absolute priority so our priority focus is:

  • Mental Health literacy.
  • Help and support seeking.
  • Awareness of support agencies / services.
  • Responding and reducing risk in our community.

We are so excited to be bringing the Resilience project to Phoenix in 2022!

We will keep you updated with information related to return to school as soon as it is released either by the Department of Health or the Department of Education.

Stay Safe.

Karen Snibson

Building Update

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This week we have seen the commencement of framing for our fantastic new Basketball Stadium. This is a glimpse of the structure – the first post being placed!

The progress of the project will be much more visible from this point onwards.

Year 12 Garden

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We are so thrilled to have officially opened our new and improved Year 12 Garden this week!

This project was the result of our students voicing the change they wanted to see. We then worked with a local Ballarat Business, Ballarat Groundworks, to make their suggestions into reality.

We can’t thank Ballarat Groundworks enough for this amazing result and our students are ready with excitement to begin using this area.

Australian Mathematics Competition

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Today, ninety-seven students at Phoenix sat the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC). It’s one of the largest mathematics competitions, demonstrating the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives. The competition is recognised internationally, and students compete from over 30 countries.

This was a chance to practice their problem solving skills and deep Maths understanding, and to test themselves against other Maths students across the country. Students completed a set of 30 problem solving questions in the junior, intermediate or senior divisions. These questions require to create new approaches and think about Maths in different ways.

Although there were a few technical issues with the competition, students showed their resilience by persevering and overcoming these difficulties.

Well done to all who accepted the challenge!

Roses Gap Camp

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Despite being rescheduled twice due to snap lockdowns, and fears of being cancelled, the Phoenix Connect Camp to Roses Gap successfully went ahead from 18th – 20th August. With all the disruptions to school and constant lockdowns, it was fantastic to get to the Grampians for three days to enjoy an array of group activities. The camp forms a significant part of the curriculum for the Phoenix Connect program that challenges students to step out of their comfort zone and build up their communication and teamwork skills. Each group worked incredibly well together, contributing to a fantastic camp.

Our students were lucky to get days full of sun for their adventures in the mountains, and the previous rainfall ensured that the water at Beehive Falls was flowing. Over the course of the three days, the students were able to undertake a range of activities including the giant swing, abseiling, a low ropes course and other activities involving harnesses and heights. The students rotated through the activities each day, presenting them with different challenges and encouraged them to step out of their comfort zones.

A huge thank you to the Phoenix Connect team who worked to ensure the camp could happen despite its constant rescheduling, and to all those who came along and helped. These students will continue to develop their connections in the subsequent term of Phoenix Connect and grow to be the best they can be.


The Resilience Project

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The Resilience Project will be coming to Phoenix P-12 Community College in 2022!

Their mission is very simple, “To teach positive mental health strategies to help people become happier.” We cannot wait to welcome them to our school community and to take steps to help improve and promote positive mental health.

The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and businesses, providing practical, evidence-based mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness.

Through presentations, school curriculum, events, the TRP App, and Wellbeing Journals, we share the benefits of Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness and easy ways to practise these in everyday life. We also incorporate Emotional Literacy, Connection and Physical Health education and activities as they are foundational contributors to positive mental health.

This program will be made available to all students from Prep right up to Year 12. It will also be available to Phoenix staff and families.

Check out the link to read more about The Resilience Project.


Banner Image: Hugh van Cuylenburg (Founding Director/Facilitator)

Alumni News

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