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Phoenix News – Issue 3

“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.

10th Return to Onsite Learning – for Grades P-2, Year 12 and students studying Units 3-4.
17th End of Term 3 – Dismissal 2:30pm 
24th AFL Grand Final Day (Public Holiday)
4th Term 4 Begins
5th GAT
20th Year 12 Farewell Assembly
20th Year 12 Valedictory Dinner
Ballarat & District Trotting Club
7:00pm – 11:00pm
27th VCE Exams Commence
2nd Melbourne Cup (Public Holiday)
8th-12th Year 11 Exams
15th-19th Year 11 Step-Up Week
A preparatory week for students entering Year 12 in 2022
17th VCE Exams Conclude
19th Debutante Ball (Year 12)
20th Debutante Ball (Year 11)
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
30th Presentation Evening
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.
13th-16th Activity Week
Students can participate in a range of activities throughout the week.
15th Semester Reports (available via COMPASS)
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.

End of Term

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Tribute – Valé Jamie Lawlor

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This week the College community was shocked and saddened by the sudden and tragic passing of our friend and colleague Mr Jamie Lawlor. We join together as a community to express our deepest sympathy to Nicole, Matilda, May and their extended family on the passing of their much loved Jamie.

Jamie was a respected and valued member of the Phoenix (and formerly Redan Primary School) community. He exemplified dedication to students and high-quality education during his time at Phoenix.

Jamie’s commitment to ensuring that all students were given the best opportunities to develop their talents, especially in the domain of sports, was without question. He cared deeply for the school and was always putting in the extra to ensure that the Redan Campus was an inspiring place to learn and grow. He was the first to put his hand up to run a BBQ, attend a disco or ensure that the oval was watered; no task was above him and no task below him. Simply put, if it was there to be done he would have a go and do his best.

We acknowledge Jamie’s hard work, dedication and commitment to education and we are forever indebted to him for his contribution.

Together current and past College Community members mourn the passing of our friend and colleague. We know that our children will miss him deeply and will always hold a fond place in their hearts for our Mr Lawlor.

Year 12 Care Packages

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Through these tough and unpredictable times, everyone has been impacted in one way or another by the pandemic. As Year 12 student leaders, we have felt that this challenging past two years has taken a toll on the cohort’s mental, social, emotional, and physical health and wellbeing; along with the ability to make meaningful memories from their last year of school. Nonetheless, each one of the Year 12’s have tackled and mastered the art of studying and learning from home. Despite the circumstances, we believed that our friends and peers deserved something to acknowledge the hardship experienced and hard work they’ve continued to give, as well as a reminder that they are not forgotten, nor alone, in the final leg of their school journey.

It got us thinking about and brainstorming ideas with how we wanted to motivate the class of ‘21 and leave a legacy that represented our care towards our peers. With the help of senior staff members Kiya Eberle and Lauren Buttler, as well as some of our awesome Admin. Staff – Lorraine Hayes, Rachael Keen, Kirby Lee and Will Matthews, we’ve created ‘Care Packages’ for our Year 12’s. These included items such as candles, face masks, stress balls and other pieces that we believed would be appreciated and used to boost the spirits of our mates.

We also want to acknowledge and say a massive thank you to all our teachers and staff at Phoenix. Times are not easy for anyone, but to motivate and keep all of us as students, positive and determined and inspiring us every day to be the best versions of ourselves is something that doesn’t go unnoticed. Without the constant support and compassion from our school, projects like these Care Packs would not be able to be done.

We hope all Year 12’s enjoy their Care Package and remember their resilience and effort is not overlooked. Even with the struggles of COVID and remote learning, the class of 2021 have proved themselves ready and prepared for the final stretch of high school.

We also wanted to take this opportunity to thank and commend ‘I Love This Shop’ Delacombe, for their immensely kind donation of 90 stress balls to be included in our Care Packs. Their donation will provide Year 12 students with a good stress reliever and we are so grateful to receive the donation.

Thank you,

Brody and Tahlia – College Captains


Change the World

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Live @ LRC

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Ella, Tazmin and Sebastian were so lucky to get in a performance just before our latest lockdown. The crowd were entertained by the musicians over lunchtime; a very welcoming event enjoyed by fellow students and staff.

Careers & Pathways

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Are you interested in undertaking a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship? Check out the positions we have available for you to start immediately!

Please contact Head Start Central Highlands or contact our wonderful MIPS Staff; Pauline Pipkorn or Sharron Smith by calling the school on 5329 3293 for more information.


Alumni News

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Jaime Maughan – Class of 2016

Registered Nurse & Paramedic

Jaime graduated in 2016 and has a passion for the medical field, particularly a Nurse. She believed knowing what she wanted to do made her studies easier as she would be able to plan everything. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Paramedicine at ACU and is now a Registered Nurse and Paramedic, working full-time in an Emergency Department.

Jaime believes Phoenix gave her the confidence and skills to be successful throughout University, along with teaching her valuable social and intellectual skills. She acknowledges her support from staff who encouraged her to go for what she wanted.

One piece of advice is “to not put pressure on yourself to know exactly what you want to do with your life. You’ve got heaps of time and there are so many opportunities out there to experience things you may not have even known existed or were interested in!”

Absolutely kicking goals Jaime! Congratulations!


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