Beaconhills College

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Beaconhills College
Location
Berwick & Pakenham, Victoria, Australia Australia
Coordinates 38°3′39″S 145°28′9″E / 38.06083°S 145.46917°E / -38.06083; 145.46917Coordinates: 38°3′39″S 145°28′9″E / 38.06083°S 145.46917°E / -38.06083; 145.46917
Information
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day school
Motto Latin: Lux Luceat
("Let Light Shine")
Denomination Anglican, Uniting Church
Established 1982
Chairman Mr Noel Martin[1]
Headmaster Tony Sheumack
Enrolment 3000 (P-12)[2]
Colour(s) Navy Blue & Gold            
Website

Beaconhills College is a co-educational, ecumenical, independent school providing education from early learning to prep to year 12. The college has 3 campuses: Little Beacons Learning Centre and the Pakenham Campus located in Pakenham and the Berwick Campus is situated in Berwick, Victoria, Australia.

Beaconhills was established in 1982 by the Anglican and Uniting Churches to serve the education needs of the Christian community in the greater Pakenham area. The College celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012.

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The idea to establish a local, independent, Christian school was conceived by a group of parishioners at St. John's Anglican Church in Upper Beaconsfield in 1980. By March 1981 a Steering Committee had been established with Mr John McConchie appointed as Chairperson. The Steering Committee called a public meeting at the Pakenham Hall on 11 March 1981 where the proposal to establish an ecumenical, co-educational, low-fee secondary school was ratified in the presence of some 250 people.

In 1981, as the Steering Committee continued to hold public meetings seeking support for the new school, a 13-acre (53,000 m2) site on Toomuc Valley Road, Pakenham was purchased and portable classrooms obtained from St. Catherine's School in Toorak, and Mr Frank Millett was appointed as founding principal. On 3 February 1982 Beaconhills Christian College opened with 34 students and five staff. A dedication service was held at St. James Church on 28 March 1982. Mr Frank Millet led the College as principal until 1988 by which time the College community had grown to include 388 students and a teaching staff of 30. Mr John McConchie, having led the Steering Committee, was Chairperson of the Board until 1986.

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