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Phoenix News – Issue 14

“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.

13th Presentation Evening (Virtual)
13th Years 7-9 Student Progress Interviews
Only students asked to attend an interview will be required at school.
14th-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 1 Important Dates

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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


2022 – Term 1 Important Dates

28th Curriculum Day
31st Curriculum Day
1st Staggered Student Return
  • Prep students attend interviews as scheduled.
  • Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11 & 12 students commence scheduled classes.
  • DOTS Campus – All students commence scheduled classes.
2nd Staggered Student Return
  • Prep students attend interviews as scheduled.
  • Years 8, 9, & 10 students commence scheduled classes.
3rd Grade Preps First Day of School
Prep students commence scheduled classes.
3rd School Photo Day
For Grade 1-Year 12 students. Individual and Group photos.
10th Grade Prep Photo Day
Individual and Group photos.
10th School Photo Catch-Up Day
For any student who will be absent on 3rd February, can have their photo taken on 10th February. Sibling photos will also be available this day.
17th Swimming Carnival (Sebastopol Campus Years 7-12)
Eureka Swimming Pool – all day event.
Support your sporting house but dressing up in your house’s colour!
2nd Athletics Carnival (Sebastopol Campus Years 7-12)
Llanberris Athletics Reserve – all day event.
Support your sporting house but dressing up in your house’s colour!
14th Labour Day (Public Holiday)
 8th End of Term 1

Years 7-9 Student Progress Interviews

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Monday 13th December

 Only students asked to attend an interview will be required at school.


Activity Week

Years 7-9 activities will take place Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th December.



Grade 6 Graduation

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Ready, Set, Go

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Prep 2022 Transition Program

This week our future Phoenix Prep students attended their last Ready, Set, Go session. We spent our time in the garden with Mrs Shaw and started learning about plants and insects. The Kinder students dressed up as bees and collected ‘pollen’. Students even got to try strawberries, lettuce and feel the texture of different leaves.

We are very excited to have our new Preps join us in 2022.

Orientation Day

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­­­­ On Tuesday, 7th December at Phoenix we held our Orientation Day for our new 2022 Year 7 and Prep students.

We were so excited to be able to ease their transition and welcome them to their new chapters. We hope all our new students had a fun day with activities and a BBQ lunch and we look forward to seeing all our new families in the new year!

Futsal Champions

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Congratulations to the Year 8 Girls Futsal Team who took away top place last Friday. A fantastic effort by a mixture of great soccer, basketball and footy athletes.

Great job to the boys’ team who fought a good fight and won a couple of tough games.

All students represented Phoenix proudly!

Academy of Sport – Phoenix vs. Mt Clear

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On Monday 6th December, Phoenix welcomed Mount Clear College students for soccer, netball, and basketball exhibition games as part of the Academy of Sport program. All games were of a high standard and students had an opportunity to showcase the skills that they have been working on with the coaches within the program this year.

We also welcomed a Phoenix home crowd to the gym during lunchtime, thank you to all the students and staff who attended and supported our students!

This type of event would not be possible without volunteers:

  • Mr Sharkey, Mr James, Ms Gilchrist and Mr Wylie for their coaching of the teams.
  • Mr Knaggs and Mr Ebbels for their refereeing.
  • Students Courtney, Savannah, Chloe, Maddison and Lachlan for their umpiring.



Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI)

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Congratulations to the following students on their work in Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI).

Grade 4: Lily Blake, Macey Dobbin, Jamie-Lee Flavelle, Ahlia Kabia, Shawn Smith and Lucas Voight.

Grade 3: Brooklyn Carpenter, Zavier Prodanovic, Luke Stratton and Madi Webb.

Grade 2: Enzo Delima, Michael Edwards, Imogen Hammett, Mason Head, Jai Johns, Ariyah Kirkwood, Lily Mercer, Eli Moss, Luna Steel,  Kiye Vardy-Anderson, Jazzy Vater, Cooper Wilson, Rocco Firth, Maddie Risk and Lucia Ramadan.


Drama Club

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Well done to our incredible Drama Club students on their end of year performance!

What a great showcase of how their skills and talents have grown with their hard work and practice.


Earth Ed Excursion

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Over the last few weeks,Year 8 students went on an excursion to Earth Ed. This excursion exposed students to three different areas of the mining industry as they work as geologists throughout their day. Students explored efficient mining practices and the processes behind industrial gold mining, how geologists identify minerals based on their physical characteristics and finally mining and exploration in a recreational setting through metal detecting.

VCE, VCAL & VET Certificates

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Attention Classes of 2018, 2019 & 2020 – we may have your certificates that can be collected.

To see if we have your certificates, please complete this short 2 question form and our Alumni Coordinator will contact you as soon as possible.

Complete the short form here.


Before & After School Care – Commencing 2022

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2022 Canteen List

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The College canteen (located on the Sebastopol Campus) provides a variety of healthy, hot and cold food and drinks for our students before school, at recess and lunch. Parents and students are able to order lunch via the online QKR ordering system.

Students can pre-order their lunch each day, the cut off time for ordering is 8:30am.

Download the app ready for Term 1.


Saver Plus

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Alumni News

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Cameron Walsh – Class of 2009

Australian Navy

I first moved to Sebastopol College in 2008 and don’t regret that at all, it was the best decision I made during my time at school. The students and teachers really made it feel like I had been there since the start of high school. At times I bet some of the teachers wish I hadn’t have moved but in the end, I still enjoy when I can get back and see the teachers that are left. Mr Lewers, Mr Greed and Ms Hall are just a few that I won’t ever forget, especially how each of them formed me into the person I am today.

I graduated in 09′ without a plan so I took a year off and worked in the Fast Food industry, until mid-2010 when I applied for the military. The military was something I had always wanted to pursue, as my whole family history revolves around the military or one of its services in some way or another. On the 2nd November 2010, I enlisted into the Australian Regular Army as a Rifleman and went to Kapooka for basic training. Three months later, I moved to Singleton NSW and completed my Initial Employment Training at the School of Infantry in Singleton, a further three months later I marched into the 7th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR) based in Edinburgh, SA.

Since posting into 7 RAR, I have completed two tours of duty in the Middle East, my first in November 2012 – June 2013 as part of Operation Slipper ATF1. My second deployment was as part of Operation Highroad FPE-6, July 2016 – February 2017. As of December 2020, I have been medically discharged due to numerous amounts of injuries caused whilst in the ADF.

Last year has marked my 10 years as a member of the Australian Army, my accomplishments since joining include two promotions to the rank of Corporal. I have completed numerous specialists courses and participated in many training exercises and activities including other foreign nations.

Many of the skills and social interactions/experiences I had in Year 11 & 12 VCE/VCAL helped me be able to position myself in an organisation that has increased my confidence and skill-sets. There isn’t much I regret about when I was at school except for how much I felt I let myself down with the amount of mucking around I did instead of applying myself.


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