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Phoenix News – Issue 5

“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.

4th Term 4 Begins
5th General Achievement Test (GAT)
20th Year 12 Farewell Assembly
20th ** TBC – 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.

Return to School Timetable

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We are looking forward to gradually seeing all our students returning to face to face learning over the next few weeks!  Here is a visual guide to help you understand when each year level is expected onsite or learning remotely.

We hope everyone has had a nice restful holiday break and are so happy to be welcoming everyone back.


Year 10 Students studying a VCE Subject

Dear Students and Parents,

Year 10 students who are studying a Year 11 VCE or VET subject will be able to attend for the YEAR 11 CLASSES only starting from Wednesday 5th October. Students must sign in and out in the LRC before and after their scheduled Year 11 classes.

Year 10 classes will resume face to face as per the attached schedule for staggered return. Year 10 students will not have to sign in on Thursdays and Fridays in week 2 & 3.

Any questions please call the  General Office.


2022 Year 12 Leadership Applications

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Applications have been re-opened. If you have applied already, you do not need to do so again. The following positions in the 2022 Year 12 Leadership Team are open:

  • School Captain
  • House Captain
  • Student Representative Council member (SRC)

All Year 11’s who went on the Year 11 camp are encouraged to apply. If you did not go on the camp but are keen to apply, please email Ms Kemp.

How do I apply?

  • Get 1 teacher and 2 Year 11 students to support your nomination. You will add their names to your application.
  • Apply by filling out the form.
    • You can only apply once.
  • Need help?
    • watch this video.
    • contact Ms Kemp via email.

When is it due?

  •  Tuesday 12th October, 4pm

What happens after I apply?

  • College Captain speeches and voting in PCG week 3.
  • Interviews will take place in Week 2 of Term 4.
  • Applicants will be advised in Week 3 of how they went.

Speech Criteria for College Captains


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Our fantastic VCAL students are working together once again in partnership with Ballarat SpringFest. Their aim is to help raise money for Community Organisations.

The online raffle is back – bigger and better than ever! It’s an integral cog in the SpringFest wheel that helps the Rotary Club of Ballarat raise and distribute money. The raffle will be drawn – Tuesday 30th November LIVE on our social media.

We have three major prizes up for grabs: a total prize pool of $7500.

As always, we would appreciate your support in this venture. Tickets are just $5 each and can be purchased online: Please visit our raffle page here to view prizes and purchase a ticket.

We would also love it if you could spread the word about our raffle fundraising efforts by:

  • Sharing the raffle link with family and friends
  • Sharing the social media posts on Facebook or Instagram (follow us on Facebook and Instagram)
  • Telling your work colleagues about the great prizes up for grabs either via email, over the desk or on one of those pesky zoom meetings
  • Talking to your neighbours about the raffle while you have a “socially distanced” catch up over the fence (or pop a note in their letter box)

Every dollar raised from this raffle is donated back into the Ballarat community. Our 2021 beneficiaries are: Ballarat Chinese Dragon Boat Club – Miners Rest Primary School – Bungaree Primary School – Mount Egerton Primary School – Phoenix P-12 Community College.

As always, we appreciate your ongoing support.

Best of luck!

Mini Muso’s & Beginners Band Concert

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What a different year!

In the past, our two young bands usually travel to Stawell Town Hall for our Mega Music Day. This is in conjunction with Stawell Secondary College,  Horsham College and Nhill College, normally held at the end of Term 2.

Not this year obviously, but we still wanted to give our two bands the opportunity to perform for each other in a ‘concert’ atmosphere.

John Netherway – Music Director


Building Update

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More progress has been made over the holiday break of the new Basketball Stadium.


Sovereign Hill – $1 Tickets!

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Looking for a great activity to do as a family?

News just in – we have new opening hours and a special gift for our Ballarat friends. We’ll be open to the public four-days a week every Thursday to Sunday.

While Melbourne remains in lockdown and regional schools are unable to travel, we’re excited to say, ‘We Love You Ballarat’ and, for a limited time only, offer $1 tickets to Ballarat locals every Thursday and Friday during October with regular prices applying on weekends.

Accepted postcodes for this limited time offer include, 3350 through to 3358 and 3363.  This includes Creswick, Warrenheip, Invermay, Haddon as well as far off Lake Bolac and Dereel.

Tickets went on sale 6th October: – get your tickets today!


Community News

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Tuning Into Teens™: Emotionally Intelligent Parenting – Expression of Interest

Tuning in to Teens™ is a parenting program that focuses on the emotional connection between parents/carers and their teens. The evidence-based program has proven successful in improving confidence in parenting skills, parent-teen relationships and in supporting a teens emotional competence and behaviour.

Phoenix P-12 Community College is currently seeking expressions of interest to support the planning and implementation of the Tuning Into Teens™ program.

Please follow and complete the form below if you would be interested in taking part.

Tuning Into Teens – Expression of Interest Form


Re-opening the Wendouree Youth Hub!

The space will be open from 3:30pm-6pm on Wednesdays and Fridays at 35 Violet Grove, Wendouree.

Alumni News

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Caleb Daly – Class of 2015

Medical Receptionist

As I look back on High School my fondest memories was the time I spent with friends – with a lot of memories being created in the schoolyard. The talented staff at Phoenix helped me in my later years of study and I remember those moments fondly. I believe Phoenix prepared me in many different ways – by helping me realise the importance of self-motivation and how your own drive is so important in helping you succeed.

After graduating from Phoenix College, I went straight to University where I completed my first degree, a Bachelor’s of Biomedical Science, which I am very proud of. I then took a gap year, allowing me to travel solo in the United States. I spent 2 months at a Summer Camp helping kids enjoy their Summer. The time I spent in the United States allowed me to visit many iconic places, this resulted me in really pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I am now in my second year of my Doctor of Medicine while working as a Medical Receptionist.

My one piece of advice would be never let others define the limits of your own potential. I thought that because I went to a public school that the odds were against me chasing the dream of becoming a doctor. I remember settling for medical research in my final years of high school. With a little bit of hard work and a tonne of perseverance, I’m two years away from that dream.



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