Current Communication and Updates

For previous communication, updates and sample timetables navigate to the Remote and Flexible Learning section of the website.

If you purchase a laptop please remember that Office 365 is free to all students and does not need to be purchased.

  • 12/05/2020
    Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning. We understand that it hasn’t been easy for everyone.

    Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a phased return to on-site schooling.

    In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2, senior secondary (Year 11 and 12 VCAL and VCE) students and all students in specialist schools will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

    To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.

    In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, all other year levels will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.

    For those students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children, the existing model of on-site schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June. The current process that we are using to enable parents and carers to indicate the days or part-days for which on-site schooling is required will continue for this two-week period.

    All other students in these grades and year levels will continue learning from home until Tuesday 9 June.

    Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we can no longer support their learning at home.

    This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan.

    This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.

    To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing.

    If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice. Phone: 03 5349 2305 beaufort.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au

    While the Chief Health Officer has advised that students will not be required to maintain physical distancing at school, there will be a number of important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice to all schools. I will provide more detail about our local school context as soon as possible, but it is important to note that changes will include:

    • restrictions on access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students;
    • the way we conduct parent-teacher meetings and interviews

We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.

 

From the Principals Desk

 

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed the break over Christmas and New Year – it seems like a long time ago now. It’s always exciting to welcome our students after the long break. We’ve had a smooth start to the new school year with students and teachers getting down to business in our classrooms. We particularly welcome our Year 7 students who have settled in nicely at our school, whilst at the other end of the year levels, we wish our Year 12 students all the very best for their final year of secondary education. Of course, all of the other year levels in between are important and we wish them well for the year too!

 

It’s been far more settled with our new buildings and facilities in place. We still have some work to finalise around our school – mostly grounds, outdoor furniture and painting – but all of our major structures are in place and working well. We are fortunate to have such brilliant facilities. We completed our new sports courts over the holidays and I’m sure the students will enjoy taking advantage of having that space for formal classes, as well as recess and lunchtime.

 

I spoke at our first assembly about having student input into a range of topics that we would like to focus on this year. I think we are quite good at seeking feedback and input from our student body but we are always striving to improve. We are refining our behaviours in relation to our focus areas of Respectful Relationships, High Expectations and Excellence. We will ask students to identify the top 5 behaviours for each of these areas that will help us all to ensure we are living our values on a daily basis. We will also seek input from students about general standards for behaviour we would like to see around our school to ensure we maintain and further develop our very positive school culture. As a staff we have explored our Vision and Mission Statements and we will also include our students in this process to ensure their ‘voice’ is heard and valued. So, we will create further opportunities for students to have their say in an important part of their life.

 

We wish everyone well for an exciting and productive 2020!

Karl Schier

College Happenings

Google Apps and Office 365

The Department of Education has developed a system where students can use Google and Office 365 online services to support teaching and learning at school. Below is a link to an information pack. If you have any concerns about the new system you can contact Adrian Page at the school (03)5349 2305. There is also an opt-out form as a part of this pack if you do not wish for your child to have access to cloud services.

Office 365 has always been free to all students and should not be purchased when purchasing a new computer. Again contact Adrian for more information about this.

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Mobile Phones

Just a kind reminder about Beaufort Secondary College’s mobile phone policy. If students choose to bring their phone to school our expectation is that they will leave it at the Office in the morning and pick it up after school.

 

Mobiles phones are not permitted to be used during class time or at recess or lunch.  Should you need to get an urgent message to your child, parents are invited to call the General Office and the message will be delivered to your child immediately.

 

We thank our families and students for supporting our mobile phone policy so that our students can make the most of their learning at Beaufort Secondary College.

Contact

Ph. (03)5349 2305

If parents need to contact the school, below is a list of teachers areas of responsibility.

If you are still not sure who to speak to, our friendly office staff can help or direct you to the  appropriate staff member.

 

Principal:  Mr.  Karl Schier
Assistant Principal:  Miss. Kate McGinty
VCE, VET & VCAL Co-ordinator:  Mrs. Belinda Evans & Mr. Anthony Lindorff
Year 7 Co-ordinators:  Mrs. Julie Doyle and Miss. Keiren Vernon
Years 8-10 Co-ordinator:  Mr. Simon De Zoete-Spiero
Sports Co-ordinator:   Miss. Keiren Vernon
Careers and Work Experience:   Mr. Phil Crouch
Business Manager:   Mrs Kerry Grant & Mrs. Kathie Pitt

For subject related matters, please contact the subject teacher.


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