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Flash Back Friday – Presentation Balls

Our Year 11 Debutantes and partners were resplendent on Tuesday and Thursday’s Presentation Balls. Despite some shaky rehearsals, they danced beautifully to proud parents, families, staff and friends. Our thanks to the Rotary Club of Berwick for providing such a wonderful opportunity.

The earliest photos we have of this lovely tradition are from 1986. Countless Debutantes and partners have accepted the challenge of learning new skills and created wonderful memories for the rest of their lives. Photos reflect over 30 years of involvement by the Rotary Club of Berwick who organise this special event for our students and our association with the City of Casey. Debutants have been presented to dignitaries such as past and present Mayors, Council Members, President of Rotary Clubs and Rotarians. Interestingly, Mr Sjaak Kusters, Rotarian was Master of Ceremonies for this year’s Presentation Ball and is acknowledged in our 2008 Presentation Ball memorabilia.

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40th Anniversary Celebration – Thursday 19th October

This year, Berwick College is celebrating its 40th Anniversary! We warmly invite our alumni, past staff and leaders of the College to dinner. Share in a 3-course meal (drinks are available to be purchased at bar prices) and reminisce on the proud 40-year history of educating students in the City of Casey.

A special program of activities will include music performances, memorabilia and photo displays. Prior to dinner our College will be open to view student work in the VCE Art and Technology Exhibition – Carol Bullock Gallery. See the physical changes to the grounds and have a photo at your favourite meeting place.

Raffles will be conducted on the night with all funds raised to go towards the future Berwick Community Learning and Support Centre. The proposed Centre will provide health and wellbeing support, and connection to specialist partnerships, for our students, staff, past students, families and members of the community.

If you would like to sponsor an aspect of this event, please let us know.

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Berwick College Council Presidents- 40th Anniversary

Mr Ron Wheeldon, founding Council President together with Dr Bruce Coller (founding Secretary), Graeme Sweeney, Marshall Baillieu and Ian Chisholm lobbied the State government as the Berwick Secondary School Promotion Committee before our School Council was formed to ensure Berwick residents were accorded their right to local secondary education. Archives reveal numerous letters to the Board of Works, Office of the Director-General of Education and City of Berwick (Casey). A public rally was held by the Committee and Berwick City Council members on 16/12/1974 to brief parents and citizens of Berwick of the proposal. The hard work of the Committee and support of the City of Berwick resulted in Berwick College being established on ‘Windy Ridge’, Manuka Road in 1977.

We acknowledge with thanks, all the council members over the years who have played an active role and who have given a huge commitment of time in support of the success of our students and the vision of the College.

Many council members donated equipment and physical assistance at working bees to build the lovely grounds we enjoy today.

A passion for education and strong links to the Berwick community ensured high quality facilities for students, staff and the community to use for future generations to come.

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Flash Back Friday – Our Principals

Over the course of 40 years, Berwick College has had 12 exceptional principals who have made a significant difference to generations of students and staff.

They have contributed to Victorian education, are passionate advocates of learning, young people and quality teaching.

Their work and dedication comes with a personal sacrifice of family time and work/life balance so we appreciate the incredible investment they have made to our College. You have each carried the vision “I Shall Grow” with integrity, dignity and courage.

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We have 4 Spaces left for our 7 Day Central Australia Tour

The 7 Day Central Australian Tour, 17/06/2017  to Alice Springs/Uluru has four vacancies.

Please contact Ms Lewis lewis.michelle.n@edumail.vic.gov.au if you would like more information.

Itinerary: 7 Day Central Australian Tour 2017

2016/2017 Central Australia Tour: Payment Schedule

Parents please note: The deposit must be paid by the due date however other payments are suggested to be made by the set dates to ease the payment cost over a longer period. Any amount, or the total amount can be paid at any time. Please make sure payments are made to the school office and clearly marked as Central Australia Camp 2017.

Electronic payments can be made to:

Biller Code: 87361

Reference: Your child’s reference

Deposit: $300.00 payable Thursday 27th October 2016

Payment 2: $400 by 19th November 2016

Payment 3: $400 by February 2nd 2017

Payment 4: $400 by February 16thh 2017

Payment 5: $400 by March 9th 2017

Payment 6: $400 by March 23rd 2017

Please note: Deposit of $300 is not refundable as this is used to secure airfares and land costs.

By |March 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on We have 4 Spaces left for our 7 Day Central Australia Tour

Flash Back Friday – Our Crescam

Parents and friends of Berwick College decided what would be our logo/motto “Crescam” in 1976. Mrs Sierakowski , Librarian, suggested the Manuka tea-tree flower which was adapted by Mrs Julie Misso, Art Teacher who designed the badge.

“Crescam” – Is Latin for I shall grow, I shall increase, I shall prosper.

In 1977,  foundation student, Michelle Phillips wrote:

I shall grow, not only in body, but also in mind,

With the knowledge my teachers share with me.

I shall grow in the understanding of my fellow-man,

Helping to relate to his world, and he to mine.

I shall grow with friendship, for without people I am isolated.

I shall grow in the knowledge of my own self-worth,

That I am an individual of value to society.

Our logo has evolved over the years but Berwick College today, continues this strong foundation as our students thrive, make a difference to our community, learn and grow each day.

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Celebrating our 40 Year Anniversary!

This year we are looking forward to celebrating our 40 year Anniversary. Today, Wednesday 1st February 1977, 40 years ago, the first 110 students started school at Berwick High School. Pictured are the four Foundation classes and a snapshot of some of our 1600 students at yesterday’s assembly.

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Berwick College USA Tour 2016

Our Basketball Academy students had an amazing start to the tour witnessing Klay Thompson score 60 points in less than 3 quarters of play in the NBA Pacers VS Warriors game.

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Dance Academy on Channel 7 this Saturday!

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State Finalists – 2016 Victorian Education Excellence Awards

The prestigious 2016 Victorian Education Excellence Awards celebrate the life changing work of education professionals in government schools.

The College was honoured to be nominated as finalists in two categories, judged by a panel of 20 world renowned educational leaders.

Team Award Finalist – Outstanding Koorie Education Award

Koorie Education Program: Our Koorie Education program is gathering momentum as indigenous students are supported through career action plans, inclusive culture and experiential learning opportunities, providing a positive and supported learning journey.

Team Award Finalist – Outstanding Educational Support Team

Wellbeing Team: Our highly regarded team; Social Workers, Chaplain and College Nurse  were acknowledged for the support they give to students who experience learning barriers related to disability, mental health, domestic and social issues and for their delivery of programs that improve student wellbeing. The Wellbeing Team through collaboration with local community networks, share their excellence in practice and strategies to build and strengthen support staff in schools throughout the southern region.

Ms Bolch was delighted that staff were acknowledged for their dedication and commitment to ensuring our students have the support they need to achieve the best possible learning outcomes.

Pictured below is the staff involved in the Koorie Education Program and Wellbeing Team with the Minister of Education, Deputy Premier, The Hon James Merlino MP

By |November 3rd, 2016|General News, Latest News, Staff Achievement|Comments Off on State Finalists – 2016 Victorian Education Excellence Awards