Berwick Campus – 25 July 2019


A very warm welcome back to all students and families. We have had a wonderful start to Semester 2 and we are looking forward to an exciting time ahead at the Berwick Campus.


2020 Subject Selections

The commencement of Semester 2 is always a busy time regarding student subject selections. It was pleasing to see an overwhelming response to applications for a range of our academy courses including; Sport, Literature, STEM, Health Science, Visual Arts and Performing Arts.

Some key dates below in the subject selection timeline:

Friday 26 July – All Year 7/8 subject selections due

Thursday 1 August – VCE/VET Acceleration subject application interviews Berwick Campus – LRC

Wed 14 August – Current Year 9 Student/Parent course selection meetings – Bookings via PAM


College Uniform

Please click here to view the updated College Uniform Policy. Please note that no uniform items have been added/subtracted, this is just an update of the guidelines in place, as well as an explanation of the rational and expectations of the College.



Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please be reminded that it is the responsibility of all parents/guardians to provide detailed medical information for their child via PAM, in order for the College to fulfil its duty of care:

  • Medicare expiry dates must be updated as required.
  • New diagnoses for serious illness and injuries must be documented by parents/guardians via PAM and should be communicated to the campus first aid coordinator as soon as possible.
  • All students who are diagnosed with Anaphylaxis, Allergies, Asthma, Diabetes and Epilepsy MUST have the relevant and current medical action plan uploaded to PAM as soon as possible if parents/guardians have not already done so. Note that these must be updated regularly according to the medical practitioner’s instructions.  Please see below for detailed information:


ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis

An ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis (red plan) should be completed by the student’s medical practitioner and a colour copy provided to the school.

The ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis (red plan) must outline the student’s known severe allergies and the emergency procedures to be taken in the event of an allergic reaction.

Parents must also provide the school with an Adrenaline Auto Injector (eg Epipen) and College approved Medbag  as soon as their child has been diagnosed as being at risk of anaphylaxis.  These will be kept in a secure location on campus and will be taken to excursions and camps as required.


ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions 

An ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions (green plan) should be completed by the student’s medical practitioner and a colour copy provided to the school.

The ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions (green plan) must outline the student’s known mild to moderate food, insect or medication allergies and the emergency procedures to be taken in the event of an allergic reaction.


Asthma Action Plan

Parents must provide the school with an Asthma Action Plan completed by the student’s medical practitioner. The plan must outline the student’s known triggers and the emergency procedures to be taken in the event of an asthma flare-up or attack.

In addition to the asthma action plan, parents must ensure that their child has access to their personal supply of asthma medication and a spacer during school hours.


Berwick McKenna Building – Classroom Upgrades

Thanks to Connor McAleese and the maintenance team who have worked hard over the holiday break to install the new classroom fit outs for our McKenna building. Students and staff were consulted in a number of forums regarding the layout and furniture of not only the classrooms but the break out spaces between each classroom to enhance collaborative learning. Each of the classrooms has similar furniture but a slightly different layout to help drive the nature and shape of future classroom upgrades at Berwick. These new upgrades help facilitate an innovate approach to learning at Berwick.


St Vinnies Can Drive

Well done to the Liturgy/Justice Captains, Ms Rachel McDonald and Heads of House who helped coordinate the annual St Vinnies can drive. Students were encouraged to bring in a number of canned food items to donate to needy families over the last month of Term 2.

As an added incentive, each House lined their cans up in a line to score points for the House with the highest volume. Thanks to all families and students that supported this initiative so generously as there were over 1400 cans collected in total.


Student News

Congratulations to the following students for achieving the Principal’s Award: Student of the Term in Term 2.


Year 7

Ella Whitelaw (McKenna)

  • Willing to get involved in all house activities.
  • Filled in for events for athletics and swimming
  • Consistently shown to be a hard worker in class achieving great results through perseverance
  • Always wears her uniform with pride

Jack Honey (McDonagh)

  • Always wears uniform correctly
  • 100% effort always
  • Greets all with a smile constantly
  • Loves school – has made a positive transition



Year 8

Trinidad Cornejo (Thomas)

  • Always presents with a positive outlook
  • Never stops supporting others
  • Is not afraid to work hard to achieve
  • Has time for everyone

Nicholas Breeden (Schneider)

  • Goes about his business in a polite, hardworking way
  • Has a ‘can-do’ positive attitude. 
  • Always ready to step up and help Schneider House. 
  • Dependable, encourages others, perseveres with tasks


Year 9

Tara Medlen (Gallagher)

  • Involved in many extra-curricular activities
  • Assists with fund raisers
  • Major organizer – House events
  • Attended the ANZAC DAY Memorial Service

Ryan Mealia (Burgess)

  • Displays strong leadership skills
  • Persists at goals when set
  • Has a mature outlook on his schooling
  • Positive Role Model



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