General News

Asbestos in Schools

Asbestos was used significantly in the building industry up until 1985 when it was banned as a product in the use of all aspects of construction. Berwick College is 33 years old and as such had asbestos used when it was built and this would be the same for any school built pre 1985 in Australia.

None of the buildings built post 85′ at the College contain asbestos and much of what was present in the College has been removed over the years. What remains is generally found in the glue used to adhere tiles to the floor, in the eves of the older buildings or as heating guards around boiler flues.  All asbestos in the College has been inspected and is safe. It presents no danger to students or staff.

The College has a clear asbestos management plan and all asbestos is inspected every 3 months in accordance with the Department of Education’s OHS requirements. The College underwent a full independent asbestos audit last year and we are fully compliant with the legal requirements for the management of asbestos. Worksafe Victoria is aware of our processes, and commented on how effective they are.

The new ‘Yellow & Blue’ stickers that have been placed around the school are supplementary to our existing processes, and are there to notify sub-contractors or persons prior to commencing work on site. The College already did this but the updated stickers have been put up by Department of Education in all schools in Victoria to standardise the process.


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On 13th – 16th June Tim Fidone, Sam Wilson and Mitchell Johnson competed in a HPV (human powered vehicle) race in Adelaide for the Australian International Pedal Prix series winning the second race of five in the series.

Congratulations to the boys and their team manager Mark Fidone.






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If your child is ill, he/she must go through the correct procedures. The student is to obtain a pass from the teacher then proceed to  the Health Centre. The Nurse will make contact with the parent if necessary.

If you have a Medical Appointment a  note needs to be written stating this. This note shown to the teacher and the child is then  signed out at the Learning Team Office. These procedures are in place for the Health and Safety of your child.


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We have added an SMS facility to eWorkSpace, which will primarily be used to notify parents of student absences, but communications may include reminders regarding meetings, sports days etc.

An SMS regarding attendance will be sent if your son or daughter is not in attendance at school and you have not notified our Attendance Officers:

Chisholm, Frost, Hollows and Monash – 8768 1051
Dunlop, Flynn, Kenny and O’Donoghue – 8768 1086
Year 12 either 8768 1051 or 8768 1086

An SMS will be sent after morning administration and relevant data has been entered into the system at approximately 11am. Once you receive the message could you please contact our Attendance Officer on the above numbers.The success of this system clearly relies on accurate records of mobile phone numbers, so it is essential that you keep us informed of any changes.



By |June 10th, 2014|Chisholm, Dunlop, Flynn, Frost, General News, Hollows, Kenny, Latest News, Learning Teams News, Monash, O'Donoghue, Year 12|Comments Off on COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS VIA SMS

Senior Students Medical Certificates

A refinement of the process in regard to medical certificates for Senior students in Years 10, 11 and 12, has been implemented .

Year 10 and 11 students with a medical certificate:

1:  Students are to take their Medical Certificate to their Student Learning Leader’s Office upon their return to school.

2:  The Attendance Officer will enter the information into the ‘Attendance’ section of eworkspace. Parents can check the Parent Portal to ensure the attendance information has been correctly entered into the system.

3: The Attendance Officer will stamp the certificate ‘entered’ and place the certificate in the home group teacher’s pigeon hole.

4: The home group teacher will store the certificate.


Year 12 students with a medical certificate:

1: Students are to take their Medical Certificate to the Coordinator’s Office upon their return to school.

2: A Year 12 Coordinator will enter the information into the ‘Attendance’ section of eworkspace. Parents can check the Parent Portal to ensure the attendance information has been correctly entered into the system.

3: A Year 12 Coordinator will stamp the certificate ‘entered’ and store the certificate.


By |June 10th, 2014|Chisholm, Dunlop, Flynn, Frost, General News, Hollows, Kenny, Monash, O'Donoghue, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12|Comments Off on Senior Students Medical Certificates

State Success for Berwick College Swimmers

On Tuesday April 29, the School Sport Victoria State Swimming Championships were held at the outdoor pool at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Berwick College had four students representing us at these championships. Our four swimmers were Jake Mitreski, Bill Le Brocq, Natalie and Chantelle Gray.

Chantelle competed in the Girls 16/U 50m and 100m Backstroke events. For both of these events she placed third, taking home two bronze medals for the day. Natalie competed in several events and in the Girls 15/U 50m Butterfly, she placed third and was presented with a bronze medal.

In a very exciting and tight Boys 14/U 50m freestyle race, Jake touched in equal first place. He was presented his gold medal by one of Australia’s best swimmers Nicole Livingstone. Our final competitor at the event was Bill. He won the Boys 15/U 50m Breaststroke in a record breaking time of 32.21 (the old record was 32.81).  Also as an added bonus he came 2nd in the Boys 15/U 50m Butterfly.

It was a great day had by our swimmers, and I was very pleased and proud that I got to see the students shine on such a big stage. The whole school congratulates you all on great conduct and even better successes.

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Past Student Samantha Prime triumphs again

Celebrations all around as our Samantha Prime is awarded, not one but two Sporting Blue Awards. At the Victorian School Sports Awards 2013 in the Members Dining Room at the MCG Samantha was presented with awards for Cross Country and Athletics. In 2013, Samantha had a state ranking of 1st in 1500m, 3000m and a national ranking of 2 in 3000m. She was undefeated in track and field in 2013 over 800m, 1500m and 3000m, setting a state record in 3000m. She represented Australia in the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships in Poland in 2013. In the 6km race, Samantha battled snow and ice to finish a creditable 37th against the best in the world in a time of 20 minutes 18 seconds. She is currently ranked 3rd in Australia in 3000m and 4000m. Samantha also completed her Year 12 studies in 2013 here at Berwick College and is now studying at Geelong. Congratulations to an outstanding young athlete and a delightful young lady.

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Rebecca Henderson – National Champion!!

Rebecca qualified for the Australian Junior Athletics Championships after winning the 3000m walk at the Athletics Victoria Track and Field Championships. The Championships were held at Sydney Park in March.

Her years of training, hard work and persistence paid off when Rebecca crossed the line in time of 15 minutes 10 seconds in first position, seven seconds ahead of her nearest rival, to be presented with the gold medal.

Rebecca trains for her athletics 2-3 times a week as well as fitting in swimming, dancing, tennis and volleyball training.

Congratulation Rebecca on such a brilliant performance and a huge achievement; we are all very proud of you!

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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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