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Phoenix News – Issue 12

“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.

22nd-26th Year 10 Exams
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
Presentation Evening
Postponed to an online event mid-December. Date to be confirmed.
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

Class of 2021

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We were so thrilled to be able to celebrate the hard work you have all put in what can only be described as a challenging year.
The Phoenix community is so proud of your efforts and wish you all the best with your big and bright futures.

Valedictory Assembly

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The Sound of Music

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Art Room News

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Unfortunately, due to the year we have had with Covid and its restrictions, we will be unable to hold our annual ‘Art Exhibition’ this year.

The ‘Art Exhibition’ is a great time to showcase all of our budding Artists’ works for the year and for our families to celebrate the works of art with their children.

However, there will be a full photo display and a virtual tour of the art works appearing on COMPASS in the coming weeks. The students are excited about bringing their art works home during Week 10 and I am sure would love to see them displayed in your homes.

Here are a few photos of our Grade 1 ‘Under the Sea’ paintings and our Grade 2 students working on their ‘Fantasy Dragon’ paintings this week in Art!


Phoenix Young Writers

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Last week Phoenix Young Writers met up for the first time this year and will continue to do so once a week, for the remainder of term. The extension program aims to improve student’s ability to write creatively in an enjoyable environment?.

During the session, students work with other students across grades p-6, to complete short writing activities. Below is an open-ended task that required students to use quotation marks in a comic.


Year 10 Drama

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Well done to our amazingly dramatic Year 10 Drama class for their performance of “The Bacchae” written by Euripides.

Our Year 10 Drama students have been studying Ancient Greek Theatre and its conventions; unison in speech and movement and the use of mask. The dramatic elements that are focus in this assessment piece are conflict, mood, sound and space. They had been commissioned as a theatre company to edit a script and plan, rehearse and present including creating stagecraft (props, costume, direction as well as sound and lighting) appropriate for the performance of their choice within the Ancient Greek Playwrights.

It was so fantastic to have a live drama performance for students and staff alike to watch; what an incredible effort!

City of Ballarat Youth Awards

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We are delighted to share with you that individuals from Phoenix P-12 Community College have been nominated for the 2021 City of Ballarat Youth Awards.

We encourage you and your community to join us in celebrating the achievements, stories of compassion and leadership demonstrated by extraordinary young people in our community.

The Virtual Event will be live-streamed tonight (Friday 26th November), at 7pm on Ballarat Youth Services Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

Check out the link here to see the 2021 City of Ballarat Youth Awards nominees.

2022 Scholarships for Indigenous Students

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Scholarships of $1,000 to $2,000 for Indigenous students studying Year 10, 11 or 12 in 2022 are available through the Department of Transport.

Download and fill out the Application Form.

If you need assistance please contact Ms Ana Todd, Ms Angela Quinn, Miss Kiya Eberle or the Sebastopol Campus General Office.


Alumni News

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Rheannon Owen – Class of 2012

Care Worker and Business Owner

After graduating, I went to Federation University to study Health and Nutrition Science. Whilst studying, I completed some volunteer work in health promotion and in 2015 I worked as a Health Promotion Officer. My role commenced in the healthy eating and active living space before moving more into youth mental wellbeing which is where I found my passion. I spent three years coordinating a Youth Mental Wellbeing/Hospitality program before deciding I needed to work more in this field. In 2018, I took some time off work to do something different and follow another one of my passions involving animals. This led to me completing a course in Dog Grooming where I was inspired to open my own Dog Grooming Business from home (Rhe’s Dog Grooming). I completed my post-graduate certificate in Mental Health during COVID lockdown and then finished up in my Health Promotion role in 2020 to pursue further study in the space of youth work/education.

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Prep-Year 12 Education with Victoria University, working casually as a Youth Residential Care Worker, and running my Dog Grooming Business (crazy at times but I wouldn’t have it any other way!). My advice: Be brave! Pay attention to what you are naturally drawn to and have the courage to follow these paths. Don’t settle for less – sometimes it takes a lot of perseverance and hard work to get to where you want.

Don’t feel that once you study something or work somewhere it has to be the thing you do for the rest of your life. Everyone has a different journey and we are forever changing and growing – you will find your purpose and your passion eventually, it all takes time. I am certainly on the path to finding mine!


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