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Beaufort Secondary College is a Year 7-12 college of 200 students serving a rural community in Western Victoria, approximately 50kms from Ballarat. Students learn in a beautiful environment beside Beaufort Lake. At Beaufort Secondary College we believe strongly in the development of partnerships between students, staff, parents and local community to achieve quality outcomes for young people. Students to feel a sense of belonging within their college and community.

From the Principals Desk

 

Welcome back to school everyone! We’ve made a great start to 2019 under some challenging conditions, with the rebuild of our school charging ahead and getting closer to completion. It was terrific to welcome our students and staff back to school and nice to see friendly faces and smiles about the place!

The second of our two new buildings is not ready for us to occupy yet but we have had a significant section of our existing buildings demolished over the holiday break. This has created a good deal of space that will be landscaped for students to use at recess and lunchtime, as well as some opportunity for outdoor learning spaces. However, it also means that we have reduced space for classes until the new building is completed. Our staff and students have been very good in making do with what we have for now, whilst at the same time looking forward to the amazing new spaces we will have when the building project is completed.

Our Year 7 students have made a terrific start to their secondary education and are working very well in their groups. Thanks to Mrs. Doyle and Miss. Vernon who worked with Miss. McGinty to put together a program for the first week that focused on a smooth transition for our new students by preparing them with practical skills and knowledge they will need to be successful in adapting to a new school setting at secondary level. We are really pleased with the way in which this has benefitted the students.

Our Year 9 and 10 students have made a start on our new Middle Years Program. Students were given a broader choice of subjects and therefore had greater input into their learning and the pathways they will follow throughout their education. The feedback from students and staff has been very positive in relation to the program and we are looking forward to seeing it evolve and meet the needs of students. We will also review its progress and take note of feedback in order to continually improve the learning for our students.

With new buildings and new approaches to our curriculum we have identified the opportunity to ‘revisit and recalibrate’ our school culture. We have worked hard to create a safe, supportive and productive learning culture at our school but see it as an opportune time to ensure everyone is clear about ‘who we are’ and ‘what we are about’ at Beaufort Secondary College. We will continue with our emphasis on our three Focus Areas: Respectful Relationships, High Expectations and Excellence. Our staff always demonstrate and role model behaviours consistent with the Focus Areas and will be working hard with the students to support them in demonstrating learning behaviours that match our ‘whole school’ values and beliefs.

Good luck to our Year 12 students who are completing their final year of secondary school and I wish everyone a successful 2019!

Karl Schier

College Happenings

Welcome

Welcome to the 2019 school year! It is wonderful to see all students in full school uniform, happy and ready for learning after an enjoyable break during December and January. We are very excited and looking forward to the completion of our building works and thank all staff and students for their patience in waiting for this to finish. Despite this, students are focused and ready to embrace the new challenges that lay ahead.

This term we have a variety of sports days coming up and I encourage all students to participate to the best of their ability. We of course welcome parents to come along and cheer their children along as well. We have also introduced some more student leadership roles and I look forward to working with our student leadership team this year to help make our school the best it can be. All the very best to all students, parents and staff for an enjoyable, rewarding and satisfying year of learning.

Please note that parents, guardians and members of our School Community are always welcome at Beaufort Secondary College. Please feel free to make an appointment to meet with me to discuss any questions or queries you may have about your child’s education.

Kate McGinty

 

 

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