Construction Funding for the STEM Centre Approved

At this week’s School Council meeting, Mr. Paul Hamer, the State Member for Box Hill, announced the fantastic news that the Blackburn High School community will be receiving $9 million for the building phase of the proposed STEM Centre. Intense planning around the design with the architects has continued since May and this will be finalised by the end of the year with construction planned to begin in 2021.

Trio Pianissimo gains Music Viva award

Our newly formed String Trio Trio Pianissimo recently achieved a Bronze Award in the inaugural Music Viva Strike-a-Chord Chamber National competition for school students, in the Lockdown Legends online section. The three students – Sharong Wang violinist, Suriya Sivakumar violinist and Ruhui Fu cellist – all showed incredible resilience, commitment and dedication to see this project through despite many setbacks. These skills will take them far in life, and they learned some beautiful music as well.  Congratulations, Trio Pianissimo!

Let Freedom Swing

Some of our Year 7s recently participated in the program Let Freedom Swing, run by the Lincoln Centre in New York. Due to Covid restrictions, the program this year was held online with students from around the world learning about the blues and submitting ideas and questions that were then turned into an Election Day concert streamed from New York. One of our students, Akeira Somphananpanya, had part or her work read out towards the end.

Newsletter – Issue 5

During Term 4, we welcomed back all students and staff to onsite learning and teaching following the COVID lockdown. There was an understandable level of both excitement and anticipation on the return to school but, from all accounts, it has been a very smooth and positive transition.

Issue 4 – 21st September 2020

Outstanding Effort with Remote Learning & Teaching On behalf the Assistant Principals Ms Gachon and Mr Geoff Vezey, and myself, I would like to congratulate and thank the Blackburn High School community for working together and navigating through all the challenges presented by this disrupted remote and flexible learning period. The health, wellbeing and academic progress of our students has been, and will always continue to be, at the forefront of the School’s decision making. We would like to acknowledge our wonderful students for the patience, resilience and positive manner in which they continue to adapt to remote learning. In addition, I would like to thank our dedicated and committed teachers and education support staff who have steadfastly supported the students. Finally, well done also, to our fantastic parents and carers who have been important partners in this process.

Newsletter – Issue 3

Congratulations to the Blackburn High School community for the manner in which we have navigated through the challenging COVID-19 lockdown period. There was a real sense of excitement and anticipation for everyone when the students returned back to onsite learning and teaching recently. From all accounts, it was very smooth and positive and we are slowly getting back to some sense of normality.

Newsletter – Issue 2

I warmly welcome back the students, staff and parents from the nine weeks of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and congratulate all of our students for their effort and hard work throughout this period.

We still need to maintain our vigilance to ensure the wellbeing and safety of our school community, as directed by the Chief Health Officer and Education Department. Please continue to read the weekly Newsfeeds, as they contain important information and updates.

Newsletter – Issue 1

The Principal Team warmly welcomed the students, teachers and education support staff at the two school assemblies conducted on Thursday, 30th January. We have had a very positive and smooth start to the 2020 school year at Blackburn High School and acknowledge the students who have been fantastic during the mentor sessions, assemblies and classes.

BHS performs at Essentially Ellington, NY

In 2020, Jazz at Lincoln Center was set to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the annual Essentially Ellington (EE) festival held in New York City. For the first time in history the renowned festival will instead be held virtually due to COVID-19. With EE going virtual this year, the lineup has expanded from the usual 18 US bands set to perform. This year, five international youth jazz bands from across the world were sent special invitations to perform at this year’s festival; one of them, the incredible Blackburn High School Big Band from Melbourne, Australia.

Deep Blue Ocean, Science Talent Search 2020

Deep Blue Ocean, Science Talent Search 2020 This project aims to encourage an interest in science and STEM among our younger people to become fascinated by our planet’s oceans, which cover two-thirds of its surface and help control its weather systems and the make-up of the atmosphere. Categories Available Experimental research Working models Inventions Posters…