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Phoenix News – Issue 15

“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.


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

Principal’s Message

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It seems like only yesterday that I began a newsletter piece with the words welcome to Phoenix P-12 Community College for 2021 and now I am reflecting on another incredible year – one that we could never have predicted.


2021 Reflections

My reflections of the 2021 school year really centre on two things:

  • Ongoing gratitude: to our students who perpetually did their best despite seven bouts of flexible and remote learning. To our wonderful staff who showed incredible ability to adapt and adapt again. Our Parents – who have played a remarkable role in the education of our students again this year.
  • The importance of learning: we all have the opportunity to grow and be a better version of ourselves when we keep learning and improving. This year as a school, although we have encountered considerable challenges, learning has remained at the forefront.

‘In Knowledge There is Opportunity’


Last week, I was proud to acknowledge the contribution of five staff members who have given the school a combined 171 years of service. What an amazing effort! I would like to publicly thank the following staff for their amazing contributions to the Phoenix community. It is impossible to quantify their impact to so many students over the years. We wish them all the very best on their new adventures.


Further, I would like to acknowledge the considerable leadership contribution of Angela Quinn who has been the Assistant Principal for Years 9 and 10. Her leadership has left an indelible mark on the school and so many lives and I feel especially lucky that Angela, although not continuing as an Assistant Principal, will remain with us as a teacher.


Important Welcomes

I would like to welcome Scott Logan to the position of Assistant Principal for Years 9 and 10. He is joining us from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College and has considerable experience. He will be a welcome addition to the team.

I would also like to welcome Paige Gibson to the position of Assistant Principal for Grades Prep-6. She is making the move from Ararat North Primary School; we look forward to her leadership.


Orientation Day

On Tuesday 7th December, we welcomed 59 excited prep students and 222 Year 7 students to Phoenix. Importantly this is the time we introduce these students to our College values:

Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Cooperation and Excellence.

Our values give definition to what it means to be a member of the Phoenix Community. They govern strong relationships with our students and families. Relationships are at the core of our work and are a vital aspect of ensuring that every student has the ability to achieve their personal best.




I would like to extend my congratulations to all of our Year 12 students – your achievements are exemplary. And a special congratulations to our duxes: Isolde Kieni-Judd (VCE Dux) and Jayde Jones-Birse (VCAL Dux).

Year 12

The completion of Year 12 is a major milestone; it symbolises the completion of thirteen years of formal education and we should recognise the rich learning that has taken place throughout those years. This year our Year 12’s have left an indelible mark on our school and community. They have been mindful role models, always careful to set a positive example for their younger peers and have been incredibly respectful and inclusive of one another as a group. At no point have they been defined by COVID 19.

As the College Principal, I have been most impressed with our students’ endeavour to improve their outcomes as the year has passed. They have worked incredibly hard to achieve their best. We wish each and every one of our students the very best as they embark on their next journey.


To all of our families we wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year. We hope that you have an enjoyable and restful holiday break.

Karen Snibson

College Office Hours – School Holidays

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‘F1 in Schools’ National Final 2022

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William Kynoch, Timothy Fellows and Hayden Gregg have been successful in the ‘F1 in Schools’ State Final qualifying for the 2022 National Final in April. The ‘Legion Racing’ team came 3rd overall and won the Grand Prix races.

Students had to design, manufacture and race a miniature Formula 1 car. They were also judged on their portfolio, pit display, marketing, engineering and verbal presentation. There are around 40,000 students involved in the ‘F1 in Schools’ program in Australia.

Amazing achievement!

Thank you to our sponsors Hip Pocket Workwear and Safety Ballarat and Brighter Lines for their great support.

If anyone would like to support the team, please ring 0490033586.

School Based Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony

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Last week Sharron, myself and Emma from the DOTS program, had the pleasure of attending the Graduation Ceremony for six of our Phoenix students at Ballarat Group Training (BGT). These students have now completed their School Based Apprenticeship, studying a Certificate II in Landscaping under the guidance of dedicated trainers from The Gordon Institute of TAFE.

The School Based Apprenticeship is a 6-month program that runs every Thursday and Friday and it has been a popular program for our Year 10 students.

We congratulate the following students: Edward Kulundzic, Wil McCarthy, Kobi Maunder, Brett Summers, Jesse Mackay and Andrew Rogers.

Well done!

Pauline Pipkorn – MIPs

Most Improved Mathematician Awards – Redan Campus

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On Monday 13th December, the Redan Campus held their termly ‘Most Improved Class Awards’ and this term we celebrated the ‘Most Improved Mathematician Awards’.

Congratulations to all recipients on a fantastic achievement!

PN Alexander Price
PS Zayne Dubberley
PT Mia Blomeley
1L Lily McDonald
1R Rudrapratap (Shiva) Thakur
1W Matisse Stewart
2B Lucia Ramadan
2H Cooper Wilson
2L Manaia Dodd
3/4C Charlie Smith
3/4E Eliora Dakla
3/4S Deegan McNeight
3/4T Ruby Palmer
5/6B Juan (Uno) Banan and Rhys Christie
5/6M Melita Wills
5/6O Madeline Smith
5/6T Thomas O’Connor

Koori Art

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The Koori Representation Group has been working very hard this year. Our Koori group wanted to create a mural of the Aboriginal Flag with handprints of both Secondary and Primary students.

We have been working with Deidre from Raintree Art and have created amazing dot painting pieces; we were inspired to use dot painting as an in-fill between the handprints. We are very excited to display the mural next year!

Pictured: Kaye-Marie and Hailey.

Photo Day 2022

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Thursday 3rd February

School Photo Day

Only for students in Grade 1 – Year 12. Individual and Group photos.


Thursday 10th February

Grade Prep Photos

Individual and Group photos.


Photo Catch-Ups

Any student who will be absent on 3rd February, can have their photo taken on 10th February.


Family Photos

Sibling photos will be available this day.


Order forms, photo packages and instructions for photo day will be handed out when Term 1 resumes next year.



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The cut off day for booklist ordering online is today

Friday 17th December, 2021.


If you have missed the deadline – you are able to go directly to


CAMPIONS Book Suppliers

5 Yarrawee Street, Sebastopol 


and place your order and make the payment directly with Campion.

Please click on the logo below to access resource lists for different year levels. All Booklists are to be submitted online to Campion Education.

How to order online.

Code: Y6C3

Please make sure you have your children’s supply ready for a smooth start to the new school year.


Wellbeing Tips

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As we head into the summer holidays our Wellbeing Team has put together some wellbeing tips to help over this time.

We hope you all have a wonderful festive season and a well-earned break!



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.


Alumni News

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Dellaram Vreeland (nee. Jamali) – Class of 2005

Freelance Journalist

I graduated from Sebastopol Secondary College in 2005. I studied a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communication) and after working in the Journalism & Writing field for 10 years I have created my own business working as a Freelance Journalist.
From my time at Sebastopol Secondary College, I developed many areas of my life such as mentorship, leadership opportunities, belief in my abilities, as well as my teachers’ passion to see me succeed in my chosen career path. I owe a lot to my teachers’ faith in me and their ongoing encouragement. One of my fondest memories was the rich and valuable relationships I had with my friends and teachers, which kept me positive and nurtured resilience.
Since building my own freelance journalist business, I have been able to continue to raise my family and volunteering in a number of capacities around my community. One piece of advice I would offer to current students would be to not be afraid to approach your teachers to guide you to where you want to be. Do not be influenced by damaging external forces – you can achieve excellence if you desire it. You just need to harness that desire within you, work hard and make use of those around you who want to help.


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