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Phoenix News – Issue 11

“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.

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
1st Year 10 Certificate Graduation
Event will be held across Lunch and Mod 5.
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. Current Year 7 – 9 students will NOT be required at school this day. Current Grades Prep – 6 classes will run and students are to attend school as per normal.
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

Orientation Day for 2022

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Grade Prep and Year 7 Students for 2022

Tuesday 7th December

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.

Current Year 7 – 9 students will NOT be required at school this day.

Current Grades Prep – 6 classes will run and students are to attend as per normal.


2022 Year 12 Student Leadership

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We are so pleased to announce our Year 12 Student Leadership Team for 2022.

Congratulations to them all, we look forward to seeing your leadership skills next year!



Superhero Day

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Our P-6 cohort held a Superhero Day last Friday, to raise funds for the Heart Foundation in memory of Mr Jamie Lawlor.

We raised an amazing $1,000!

Thank you to all staff and students who donated, we think Mr Lawlor would be very proud.


Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Award Winner

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We are delighted to announce the outcome of the University of Melbourne Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program – Class of 2023.

Congratulations to Leila

As a Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar, Leila will become part of a supportive University community and peer network through a tailored program of events and activities. The University of Melbourne will work with Leila over the next two years to assist her in reaching her full potential.

Share Your Story

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Alumni – we want to hear your story since you graduated from:

Redan Primary School

Sebastopol Technical School

Sebastopol Secondary College

Sebastopol College

Ballarat South Community Learning Precinct

Phoenix P-12 Community College


Complete the form here – Register







Reading at Home

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Reading regularly at home provides children with the practice they need to become great readers. Remember, “The more kids read, the better they read,” and the same holds true for the opposite effect, “the less kids read, the poorer they’ll read.” Beyond practice time, reading at home reinforces a positive attitude around reading—kids start to enjoy reading!

Mobile Phone Policy

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Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

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The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

Forms for eligible students are ready for collection from the Sebastopol Senior Campus General Office. (Please note if you have already applied in previous years you do not need to re-apply, unless you have a new student attending the school.)



Below is the criteria used to determine a student’s eligibility for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF).

Criteria 1 – Eligibility

To be eligible* for the fund, a parent or legal guardian of a student attending a registered Government or non-government Victorian primary or secondary school must:

  • on the first day of Term one, or;
  • on the first day of Term two;
  1. a) Be an eligible beneficiary within the meaning of the State Concessions Act 2004, that is, be a holder of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or be an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holder, OR
  1. b) Be a temporary foster parent, and;
  2. c) Submit an application to the school by the due date.

* A special consideration eligibility category also exists. For more information, see: Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (

Parents who receive a Carer Allowance on behalf of a child, or any other benefit or allowance.



The CSEF is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses for the benefit of the eligible student.

  • Primary school student rate: $125 per year.
  • Secondary school student rate: $225 per year.

The CSEF is paid directly to your child’s school and will be allocated by the school towards camps, sports and/or excursion costs for your child.

For ungraded students, the rate payable is determined by the student’s date of birth. For more information, see: Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (

Year 7 government school students who are CSEF recipients are also eligible for a uniform voucher. Secondary schools are required to make applications on behalf of parents so please register your interest at the school.

genU’s Mental Health Support Services

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Alumni News

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Mary Greed – Class of 2017

Studying Teaching


I finished my secondary education in 2017, looking back on my memories I have a fair few great memories including creating relationships with the people around me, who I still consider my best friends. As well as being inspired by my teachers who truly cared about me as a person & a learner, they are the reason that I want to become a teacher today. Some other memories I loved include Year 9 student leadership and being able to represent the college on many occasions.

I believe Phoenix provided me with great independent and self-motivated work ethics, this skill is essential at University, it further developed my skills around how to represent an organisation and myself. Phoenix really guided me into parts of who I am today involving what I want to do, how I want to be perceived, how I perceive others, and my future aspirations & ambitions.

One of the accomplishments I have experienced is being able to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Philosophy and Minors in Anthropology & Maths. During this degree, I did an exchange in Singapore for 5 months where I studied at Nanyang Technological University, which is ranked in the top 15 universities around the world. I am now living in New Zealand, the third country I’ve visited, I will stay here for 6 months to work at the snowfields.

My next goal is to move to Wollongong where I will complete a Masters in Secondary Teaching. Upon graduating with the Masters, I want to give back to communities in need by working in parts of Remote Australia. Through my time at Phoenix, I was able to participate in the AIME program, then at Deakin University I went on to volunteer as a mentor for a year, these experiences really established my passion for working with the disadvantaged and the importance of providing a positive role model and making real connections. I would also love to incorporate my love of travel into teaching internationally (high hopes I know) and continue involving myself in the community through sport.

My advice to students is that you don’t need to know what you want to do, if anything, knowing what you want to do only limits you to that thing so it’s advantageous to keep your options open.


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

E-mail our Alumni Coordinator, Kirby, via



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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!

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