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Phoenix News – Issue 10

“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 Dates

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*Due to the current pandemic, please continually check the online newsletter and COMPASS for important information and sudden changes in the College’s timetable.

8th-12th Year 11 Exams
12th Superhero Day (Grades Prep-6 only)
Gold Coin Donation.
Dress as your favourite superhero. All proceeds will go to the Heart Foundation in memory of our Mr Lawlor.
15th-25th Year 11 Step-Up Program (2 weeks)
A preparatory 2-week program for students entering Year 12 VCE & VCAL in 2022.
17th VCE Exams Conclude
22nd-26th Year 10 Exams
24th Year 12 Valedictory Assembly and Dinner 
29th Nov – 2nd Dec Year 10 Step-Up Week
A preparatory week for students entering Year 11 in 2022.
29th Nov – 3rd Dec Years 7-9 Assessment Week
30th Presentation Evening
2nd Curriculum Day (Student Free Day)
7th Orientation Day (Prep & Year 7)
Orientation is an important part of children’s transition to school. It is an event that orientate children and families to the structure and timetable of their new school in preparation for the following year. Alternative timetable for current Years 7-9 students to accommodate for orientation.
8th Grade 6 Graduation
13th-16th Activity Week
Students can participate in a range of activities throughout the week.
15th Primary Step-Up Program
15th Semester Reports (available via COMPASS)
16th Student’s Last Day (3:15pm finish)
17th End of Term 4 (Student Free Day)

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.


2022 – Term Dates

Term 1: 28th January to 8th April (Staff return 28th January, Students return 31st January)
Term 2: 26th April to 24th June
Term 3: 11th July to 16th September
Term 4: 3rd October to 20th December

Remembrance Day

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We would like to extend our gratitude to the Sebastopol Sub Branch of the Returned & Services League of Australia for inviting our Phoenix College leaders to lay a wreath at the Sebastopol Cenotaph on behalf of the Phoenix P-12 Community College community.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.”

Lest We Forget.



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Routines can be fun and don’t need to be boring; their health benefits will make you wonder why you didn’t start one earlier.

Some ways a routine can help include:

  • Lower stress levels lead to improved mental health, more time to relax and less anxiety.
  • Better sleep will leave you refreshed. Your daily routine influences your quality of rest. Your sleep schedule and bedtime habits affect your mental sharpness, performance, emotional wellbeing and energy level.
  • Better health is a result of just a little extra planning. Set the alarm a little earlier and you’ll have time to exercise and eat breakfast, fuelling your body for the day. Even a quick (and healthy) breakfast will get you energized. Whether you like to just go for a run or go to the gym for a bigger workout, it’s important to make time for exercise.

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Empathy allows people to build social connections with others. By understanding what people are thinking and feeling, people are able to respond appropriately in social situations. Research has shown that having social connections is important for both physical and psychological well-being.

Fortunately, empathy is a skill that you can learn and strengthen. If you would like to build your empathy skills, there are a few things you can do:

  • Work on listening to people without interrupting.
  • Pay attention to body language and other types of nonverbal communication.
  • Try to understand people, even when you don’t agree with them.
  • Ask people questions to learn more about them and their lives.
  • Imagine yourself in another person’s shoes.



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Alumni News

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Natasha Middlin – Class of 2014

Ambulance Paramedic

As I graduated from high school, looking back I believe it prepared me for the social concepts of life – as making connections with my peers and my community have always been important to me. Being a student provided me with so many opportunities to develop my self-confidence, public speaking and leadership. The fondest memories I have of school were the opportunities to go to Alpine School, be a part of the Specialist Basketball class and my time spent in the Australian Army Cadets.

I went straight into the Bachelor of Nursing & Paramedicine and then worked as a Registered Nurse for 2 years in an Emergency Department. As a graduate nurse, I completed my post graduate certificate in Gerontology. I believe looking after and advocating for the ageing population is very important. I’m currently employed as a full time Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria in Southwest Victoria. My job is a privilege.

I have been a part of the Australian Army Cadets program since 2009 during my time at high school. I worked as a staff member with the organisation since 2015 which is very rewarding. I have completed the Kokoda Trek with cadets and travelled parts of Australia. I would recommend this program to every young person. I am grateful for the support system I have in life, my family and close friends.

My advice to current students is to just unapologetically be yourself; don’t over compare yourself to others as the grass isn’t always greener. Lastly, but most importantly, give yourself a break and remember you aren’t defined by your school results.


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