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On Friday 28th March Berwick College participated in its first Academy Challenge against Albert Park Basketball Academy. Many of the players parents were there to witness a day of great success.  All our students put their skills to the test and we ended up bringing home the inaugural Academy Challenge trophy.

State 3 on 3 – Wrap Up

Berwick College had 7 boys teams and 6 girls teams compete in the State 3 on 3 competitions over the last week in March. All teams represented Berwick College with distinction.

Through the tournaments 2 teams triumphed with podium finishes. The Intermediate Girls #1 team and Senior Boys #1 team both finished in 3rd position. These were great performances as the students came up against some very strong competition from both government and private schools from across the state.

Two sides that performed brilliantly on the day were the Intermediate Girls #3 team who were a late entry.  These girls came up against girls up to 3 years older and were able to come away with a couple of victories. Finishing the day ranked 15th in Victoria. The Junior Boys #4 team also did brilliantly. They were all year 7’s and only lost 2 games for the day. The first was by 2 points to the eventual State Champs and the other was by 1 point to the team who finished in 3rd position.

State Rankings of the top 24 teams

Girls Teams
Boys Teams

Junior Girls Berwick #2
Junior Boys Berwick #1

Junior Girls Berwick #1
Junior Boys Berwick #2

Junior Girls Berwick #3
Junior Boys Berwick #4

Junior Girls Berwick #4
Junior Boys Berwick #3

Intermediate Girls Berwick #1
Intermediate Boys Berwick #1

Intermediate Girls Berwick #2
Senior Boys Berwick #1

Intermediate Girls Berwick #3




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Berwick College Dance Academy commencing in 2015

Berwick College will be commencing a Dance Academy in 2015 for Year 7 and Year 8 students.  This Academy will prepare students for VCE dance and other opportunities.  Students enrolled in the Berwick College Dance Academy will have the opportunity to increase their skills in all areas of dance by participating in professional dance classes, taking part in the School Spectacular, inter-school dance competitions and many other opportunities.

An information night for potential students will be held in he Berwick College Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday 20th May from 7-8pm.

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Office Hours

Office Hours

Mon–Thu            8.15am–4.30pm
Friday                   8.15am–4.00pm

Payments:        8.30am–4.00pm


Contact the College:
Address:       Manuka Road, Berwick   3806
Telephone:  8768 1000
Facsimile:    9707 2533


Berwick Secondary College Newsletter
Berwick Secondary College notifies parents by email when newsletters are published. Newsletters are published three times per term. If you missed a notification, all this year’s newsletters can be accessed on the Berwick Secondary College website.


By |December 19th, 2013|Latest News|Comments Off on Office Hours

Message from Victoria Police

The school holidays are fast approaching and the extended break over the Christmas period is an exciting and eagerly awaited time for all schools.
As exciting as it is, it is also a time when some young people engage in behaviour that not only impacts on themselves in a negative way but also the community as a whole.
Some of the issues over this period include:

Theft offences at shopping centres (Shoplifting)
Property damage offences around schools and other community locations
Assaults at teenage parties that are often alcohol/drug related

The consequences of this type of criminal behaviour can involve a young person being arrested by police, interviewed and potentially ending up in the Children’s Court.  The resulting police/criminal record comes with long term disadvantage as future employment and even travel overseas may be affected.
Christmas also brings safety concerns for young people with some becoming victims of road trauma.   Something as simple as wearing a helmet while riding a bike not only ensures you will not be fined by police ($180) but also goes along way to minimising injury if you are involved in a collision.
Casey Youth Resource Officers – 59910612

By |December 12th, 2013|Latest News|Comments Off on Message from Victoria Police

Student Leadership

Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the armistice, which ended the First World War (1914–18). On Tuesday, 11th November students Mark Morante and Amy Lane represented Berwick Secondary College at the Remembrance Day service held on Berwick Main Street by the Berwick RSL.
As expected the ceremony was emotionally charged and illustrated the journey from war to peace and provided a touching tribute to those who fought hard to give us the safe and war free place we live in.
Ms Lexie McGill

Student Leadership Coordinator


By |November 26th, 2013|Latest News|Comments Off on Student Leadership


On Wednesday 18th of September, Berwick Secondary College and Timbarra P-9 College embarked on a joint study tour to Indonesia. The tour ran for ten days and encompassed three locations across Bali and Java: Jogjakarta, Ubud and Sanur. This enabled students to witness a variety of geographical landscapes and lifestyles, whilst providing them with a hands-on understanding of traditional recipes, dance styles, musical instruments and batik. Students also visited many key landmarks (including ancient temples, a volcano and the Sultan’s palace) and had many opportunities to practise their language skills. This included chatting to Indonesian students at a local school in Bali and bargaining for items at the market. It is of no surprise that many students are already planning their next trip back!
We wish each student luck for their future Indonesian studies and thank them for their exemplary behaviour and enthusiasm. They made us very proud!
Ms Liana Mannens and Ms Michelle Lewis
Indonesian Teachers
During the month of September, a class of 19 Indonesian students had the privilege of exploring Indonesia. We travelled to three incredible locations: Jogyakarta, Ubud, and Sanur.

Mandy Harvey and Hayley Stevens

Our first destination, Jogyakarata, was a new experience for all. Motorbikes filled the streets as we ventured around the markets and city; but the main highlight was Borobudur, the world’s biggest Buddhist temple. Racing to the top of the temple at 4am, we watched as the sun rose behind a huge volcano, Mount Merapi. This was a beautiful start to our 10-day adventure!
From here we travelled to the island of Bali, first staying in Ubud, the artist central. Here we walked through mesmerising rice fields and experienced the culture by visiting traditional markets and temples. The markets were packed full of […]

By |October 31st, 2013|Latest News|Comments Off on 2013 INDONESIAN STUDY TOUR

Sam Prime, Our Champion!

On Tuesday 22nd October, Year 12 student Sam Prime competed at the School Sport Victoria Secondary Track and Field Championships and won all three of her events. Sam even set a new record in the Girls Open 3000m with an outstanding time of 9 min. 46 sec.


Sam’s results:

Girls 18-20 800m 2:20.37

Girls 18-20 1500m 4:45.38

Girls Open 3000m 9:46.00R


Congratulations Sam on a fantastic achievement!

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Dealing with Grief

Young people respond to death in different ways, but there are a range of normal grief-related reactions which they may experience.

These include:

Shock and disbelief that the person has died;
Longing for the person – wishing they were around to touch or be comforted by;
Feelings of anger or resentment – for being abandoned, for the unfairness of the loss or towards those seen as responsible for the loss;
Feeling sad that the person has gone;
Guilt – that they were unable to help the person or that they were in some way responsible for the death;
Anxiety – about the future and how things will be without that person in their life;
Preoccupation with thoughts of the person who has died;
Difficulty concentrating; and
Changes to sleep patterns and appetite.


Families are extremely important in supporting a young person who is grieving. You can support your child by doing the following:

Acknowledge your child’s loss and the need to take time to grieve
Provide information about normal patterns of grief
Encourage continued participation in enjoyable activities such as sports or hobbies, and family activities
Help your child find meaning in what has happened and foster a sense of hope for the future


Social Media

When a death of a young person occurs, social media may be a place where friends and other young people share their grief and memories. Messages posted online (e.g., on social media profiles) are important as they can have a negative or positive effect.  In some instances it may be helpful for the young person to work through their grief; however this may also make others more vulnerable and distressed.

We would ask that you discuss the use of social media with your child and ask if it is helpful or distressing for them.  […]

By |July 25th, 2013|Latest News|Comments Off on Dealing with Grief

Past Teacher Honoured

Former Berwick Secondary College teacher Mr Robert Taylor has been admitted to the general division of the Order Of Australia in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Mr Taylor received the honour for his 60 year contribution to the Scouting movement and for his dedication in helping the community.
Mr Taylor began his Scouting career as an eight year old in the Cub Scouts, going on to become leader of the Upper Beaconsfield Scouts in 1985 and eventually becoming Chief Commissioner of Scouts Victoria in 2008.
Mr Taylor’s willingness to help others in the community was displayed when he wasn’t afraid to lend a hand during the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. He helped fight the flames that were encroaching on the home of another former Berwick Secondary College teacher, Mr Rob Hansen. Furthermore, he played a key role in the redevelopment of the Upper Beaconsfield cricket ground, after it was turned into a makeshift tip in the aftermath of the Ash Wednesday bushfires. He is also a life member of the Upper Beaconsfield Cricket Club and the West Gippsland Cricket Association where he has been Chairman for the past 20 years.

Sam Prime Takes On The World

Sam Prime (Year 12) recently represented Australia in her first Australian team at the World Junior Cross Country Championships in March.  Sam was selected into the Australian team after she successfully won the Australian Trials in Canberra that took place in January.  Sam was selected as an athlete in the U20 Women’s Age Group along with three other girls.

Sam competed in Poland for the World Junior Cross Country Championships in conditions that were wet, muddy and icy and it even snowed.  When Sam raced it was -2 degrees, much different from here in Australia where we were experiencing autumn weather.

Sam placed 37th out of 90 competitors in the U20 Women’s Age Group and was the second Australian across the finish line at the World Championships. The Australian U20s team were the eighth fastest in the race.