Dine with us at Jacksons@Braemar!

Jacksons@Braemar Restaurant will be open tomorrow night – Thursday May 25 – for dinner from 6pm to 9pm for a la carte dining with entertainment provided by Braemar College musicians.
For those that haven’t had the opportunity to dine at our restaurant in Jackson Hall before, the meals are superb, restaurant quality faire prepared by our VCE VET Hospitality students under the guidance of Chef David McEncroe. The front of house is also managed by VCE VET Hospitality students who are directed by Liz Klusik.

Entertainment for this Thursday will take the form of an Open Mic night. Braemar musicians can sign up to perform via the Music Dept website (music.braemar.vic.edu.au) and will perform in a mix of formats and genres for our diner’s listening pleasure.  

Parents, family, friends and the community are encouraged to book in for dinner and join us.
Spots are limited so diners are encouraged to book as soon as possible via our TryBooking page. We hope to see you there! 

Biggest Morning SOUP KITCHEN!

Yesterday, our Braemar staff held a Biggest Morning Tea Soup Kitchen to raise money for the Cancer Council.

Over the past few weeks, staff have been encouraged to purchase a large soup mug for $5 which they then brought along to yesterday’s event and filled with soup and a fresh bread roll. The soup was prepared and donated by the College so that all funds raised could go directly to the Cancer Council.

There was also a ‘loose change raffle’ to raise additional funds; the concept of this was that staff donated whatever loose change they had in exchange for three raffle tickets (irrespective of the size of their donation). All the prizes for this raffle had also been generously donated by the staff; on the day, there were 135 different prizes.

We are very proud of the efforts made by our Braemar staff as they have raised in excess of $900!

What a lovely way to spend a chilly, autumn lunch with a cup of hot soup for a great cause!

Well done and thank you to all of those who participated, donated and volunteered their time.

Year 6 Exeat Week

Last week was our Year 6’s exeat week; they spent five beautiful, sunny days in the towns of Rawson and Walhalla, staying at Rawson Village. The students were involved in a range of activities throughout the week including rock climbing, abseiling, high ropes course, commando course, cooking, initiatives, mountain biking and zip lining. All of the activities were held on site at Rawson Village. The activities challenged many students but it was terrific to see each of them push through their fears and get involved.

On Wednesday, the whole group headed into Walhalla and were surprised to find that this small town – which was established around the gold era – didn’t have electricity until 1998! The students were split into small groups and followed a series of clues on a ‘Race Around Walhalla’. In order to win, teams not only needed to be fast, but they also needed to answer questions about the town’s history correctly. When the groups were finished, they climbed a VERY steep slope to the top of the mountain; during the gold rush era, the locals took the top off the mountain to make if flat enough for a cricket pitch where games were held regularly.

Each night of the camp, a different group of students travelled to Walhalla for a ghost tour; it is said that there are many sightings of ghosts in the very small town. Some people felt quite intimidated by the evening adventure but it was again great to see everyone get involved – one person even managed to capture a photo of a possible ghost!

Overall, the whole week was a great success. Though they were tired, the group returned feeling a strong sense of accomplishment for all the new things they tried.

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Woodend Winter Arts Festival featuring Braemar College

Accademia Arcadia at Jackson Hall, Braemar College. 

Tickets include concert, dinner, wine & transport!

What better way to finish off a weekend of music, ideas and art than with an inspired culinary tour of classical Europe created by chefs Hal Riches and Kathryn Russack, prepared by senior students of Braemar College and interspersed with the Rococo charm of string quartets by the 18th-century Italian master Luigi Boccherini.

Let WWAF’s favourite violinist Davide Monti lead you on a most delicious journey! The menu retraces Boccherini’s patronage and includes food from Italy, Spain and France.

Monday 12th June, commencing at 4.45 pm at Braemar. All tickets $75, includes concert, food, wine and bus transport. FREE buses leaving from St Ambrose School (near Box Office) at 4.15 pm and leave Braemar at 6.45 pm returning to Woodend.


  • Davide Monti, violin
  • Lucinda Moon, violin
  • Christian Read, viola
  • Josephine Vains, cello

With special thanks to:

  • Amanda & Rohan Millar
  • Hal Riches and Kathryn Russack, Colenso
  • George & Deidre Cremasco, Mt Towrong Winery
  • Organs Coaches Kyneton
  • Staff & senior students at Braemar College


Build a Band, 2017

Last week, Jacksons@Braemar hosted our 2017 Build a Band competition! Complete with a beautiful three course meal prepared and served by our hospitality students; the night was a great success. 

Students were invited to ‘build a band’ of three or more young musicians and enter themselves in the competition. The night saw many parents, friends and members of our local community head up the mountain for a great meal and some exciting, fun entertainment. 

Three bands from the evening – a Year 8 band, a Year 11/12 duo and a Year 7 vocal trio – have been asked to perform at this week’s Principals Assembly on Tuesday to showcase some of the talent from the evening to the rest of the school.  

Our Music Department have put together a video playlist on YouTube for your to see some of our student’s amazing talent; watch them here.

If you’re interested in heading to Jacksons@Braemar for lunch or dinner, visit our try booking site and book now

Last Sunday Concert Series, Art Gallery of Ballarat

On Sunday, 30 April, two Braemar College students, Jessica Irwin (Year 10) and Rose Teed (Year 5), joined violinist, Tony Conolan, as he led a small ensemble of violins, cello and harpsichord to perform the Australian premiere of The Four Seasons by Giovanni Guido. The performance was part of the Last Sunday Concert Series at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. 

Well done Jessica and Rose on a beautiful performance.

The Last Sunday Concert Series 2

Year 6 visit to State Parliament

Last week, our Year 6 students attended State Parliament and participated in a role-play and tour of the building. The students acted out the various roles within Parliament during their role-play about passing a bill that fast food advertising should be banned. The role-play took place in the Legislative Assembly chamber and allowed the students to experience the law-making process first hand. 

This excursion links back to the curriculum as the students study the History topic “Australia as a Nation”; they will be able to use their experience as they learn about democracy in greater depth.

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Music @ the Mount, 2017

Earlier this week, Monday May 8, 200 young musicians from Braemar and surrounding schools came together to make music together in an exciting full-day workshop, Music @ the Mount. The students from Braemar, Sacred Heart, Gisborne Secondary and Candlebark ranged in age and experience levels, with musicians from Year 5 to Year 12 taking part.

The students spent the morning split into sectional workshops including classical; brass and woodwind; rhythm; and vocal. Each of the workshops was lead by a number of teachers and guests and allowed the students to learn a few pieces that they could perform to the group later in the day.

After a sausage sizzle lunch (which was sponsored by the Macedon Ranges Music Collective), each of the groups performed their pieces learned earlier in the day before joining together for one big group ensemble.

Shaun Evans, our Director of Music, has put together a fantastic short video of the group ensemble; watch the video here.

Thank you to all the staff and students who took part in Music @ the Mount, 2017; it was a rewarding and exciting experience for everyone involved.

Watch our video from the day here.

group ensemble

Nepal Expedition Training

Each year, Braemar offers our Year 12 students a ‘schoolies alternative’ trip. This will be the third year that a group of Year 12 students, along with a number of teachers and Braemar leaders, will travel to Nepal to climb to Mount Everest Base Camp.

This year’s group have already got their training hikes underway; they head off campus each Wednesday after school and trek together in preparation for the end of the year.

Yesterday, Wednesday 10 May, the group – accompanied by Ms Jessie Shipp and our Principal, Mr Russell Deer – trekked up Mount Macedon to the Memorial Cross. They spent the trek talking and laughing together; reenforcing the strong feeling of camaraderie that has developed over their training. All signs point to 2017 providing another amazing schoolies alternative for our students.

Click here to see the route and details of their latest hike.