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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!

By |October 30th, 2013|Latest News, Sporting News, Student Achievement|Comments Off on Sam Prime, Our Champion!

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.


Past Student Sinks Her Teeth Into Seaweed

Former Berwick Secondary College student, and now a Deakin University Marine Biologist, Dr. Alecia Bellgrove, is researching the edible seaweeds in the waters off the Warrnambool coast. She hopes to help establishing an industry where Australia can take a larger slice of the $7 billion global seaweed market.

To read the article click here.

More information:


Twitter: @DeakinSeaweed

Update Your Contact Details

It is very important that student reports are mailed home to the correct address and that emails and phone numbers are up to date so the college can contact parents when necessary.

Parents—if you have changed your home address, email address, emergency contacts or phone number since your student’s enrolment, please call in or contact the school on 8768 1000 to advise the college of any changes.

By |March 28th, 2013|General News, Latest News|Comments Off on Update Your Contact Details

New Berwick Secondary College Website!

With the brand new year comes a brand new website!

The website will be updated on a daily basis with all the news and information you will need to know about the school, including:

school events 
school news
reports on student and staff achievements
key dates
photos, plus more!

For any queries or further information about the website, please email: