Over 30 years, Christian College Geelong has established a fine reputation providing excellence in education balanced with a desire to build strong Christian foundations into the lives of our students, from Kindergarten through to Year 12.
This foundation is the cornerstone of our highly-regarded pastoral and academic programs which prepare our students for the future. Our aim is to make a difference in the lives of our students, to enable them to contribute positively to our world is recognised throughout our community.
The specifically-designed Junior, Middle and Senior School structure provides sequential and developmental progression for our students to meet the needs of their growth throughout their journey.
I am proud of how the Christian College community share in the journey of educating our students. The true sense of belonging that students, staff and parents enjoy creates a unique educational environment.
The introduction of strategic educational plans, emphasis upon quality teaching and learning programs for our students - supported by a broad range of specialist elective choices - offers students a wide range of exciting and meaningful experiences as part of their education. Whether it is in classrooms, in our local community or through the vast array of field trips, camps or tours, our students benefit from authentic learning to enrich their educational experience.
Our students enjoy the expertise of outstanding teachers, excellent Teaching and Learning programs, safe and secure classroom environments and a culture that supports their individual progress.
Giving young people positive educational opportunities leads to a love of learning and provides the necessary skills to meet the challenges of a changing world. However, a sense of self-worth, hope and confidence will only come through the nurture of a student’s spirit and character.
I encourage you to come and personally experience Christian College for yourself and see the opportunities provided for our students - and how this may benefit your family.
Connecting with MYTERN
Last term we had a visit from the creator of MYTERN, Dr. Jane Foster, to work with the leadership team, as well as a group of students from our Middle Schools. This workshop provided a forum to discuss ways that we can further encourage and support each other to make use of the MYTERN language and explore the benefits of taking responsibility for our own emotions.
Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure
The biennial College Musical Production is a unique opportunity that involves and connects, students, staff, past colleagues and students from each of our campuses. This year we were enchanted by the adventures of Peter Pan in Neverland. Interestingly our College's first performance of Peter Pan occurred 20 years ago.
A Focus on 'Good Work'
It has been wonderful to see our campuses spring to life with the students returning from the summer break. A common remark I have heard from a number of students and staff is how positive they feel about the opportunities that the new year brings.
Welcome to 2017
After a wonderful and restful break, we are excited to welcome our staff and students back to Christian College.
Click here to view a welcome message from our College Principal.
The Future of Learning
At the end of last month, our Vice Principal Mr Scott Elliss and I travelled to Boston in the United States to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Future of Learning Institute conducted by the world-renowned Project Zero Team.
This opportunity was provided by Independent Schools Victoria (ISV). We attended with nine other Principals from independent schools and some of the staff from ISV.
Great students make great schools
I have many reasons to celebrate our students throughout the year - most recently being the Annual Year 11 Debutante Balls, the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal and the Senior School House Music Competition.
Quality students create outstanding school communities
Our College is blessed with remarkable students. They provide the reason that Christian College is so widely respected throughout our community. In recent weeks I have enjoyed the opportunity of seeing our students shine in an array of circumstances.
At the conclusion of first term each Campus marked God's love for us demonstrated through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus. The solemn lead-up to Good Friday is a time for reflection and contemplation. I was delighted to witness the mature and respectful participation of our students at the end of term services. Each service had a strong component of student involvement by leading the worship through role play, prayer and singing.
MYTERN – Taking Emotional Responsibility Now
I am delighted with the positive feedback that I have received as a result of introducing ‘MYTERN’ with our students from Preschool through to Year 4 this year. As a result we look forward to extending this into the Middle School and Senior School in the future.
We are very pleased with the excellent support that many of you provided by attending the information sessions with Dr. Jane Foster last week.
Welcome - February 2016
It has been a delight to visit each of our Campuses today to attend the Commencement Assemblies to welcome students and to share the excitement surrounding the year ahead. This year 280 new students have commenced at Christian College. I extend a warm welcome to the new students and their families joining our community in 2016 and I look forward to meeting you all throughout the year ahead.
Last weekend, current and past members of the Christian College community gathered at 'The Pier' in Geelong to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Christian College and its provision of quality Christian education throughout our region.
We were joined by members of Federal and State Parliament, prominent members of the Geelong business community, loyal supporters of our College program, as well as parents, past students and staff.
The Annual College Music Evening last week was an occasion of remarkable 'music making'. Each ensemble taking the stage throughout the night performed items to delight the audience at a packed Costa Hall, Deakin University.
The evening was hosted by Head of Strings and Senior Classroom Music Teacher Mr. Ben Castle who captivated the audience with a balance of informative introductions together with anecdotal stories and humour between each item. This certainly added to the overall enjoyment on the night.
Our Shared Journey and Partnership
The learning landscape is one that is ever changing and this brings with it many challenges for our young people. The responsibility of educating our students is a complex one that extends beyond the classroom, College campuses and playgrounds.
The culture and community of any school is the broad spectrum? that we each share in and contribute to in some way.
In recent weeks our College has endeavoured to provide opportunities for us to partner alongside our parents to address a few of the challenges and distractions that our young people encounter.
Our College is currently hosting students and staff from our sister school, Naga High School in Japan. This visit provides our community with the opportunity to welcome our friends and to share educational,
cultural and to develop close and meaningful connections. The 29 students and 3 teachers have so far enjoyed visiting the various campuses, a trip to the Back Creek Farm, as well as other places of interest in our surrounding area.
Raising Good Kids
I first became a parent back in 1987 and again in 1989, and I remember distinctly the challenge that commenced in raising my two children.
Much of the parenting involved trial and error and I also think some of the methods and practices reflected those of my own parents. I certainly remember using some of the comments that my parents had made to me, such as, "If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all.” I think most of us can identify with doing this at some point.
You may have read the recent media reports questioning the value of education that is provided in Independent Schools. Much has been said about the reported data that has interpreted benchmark results which make negative references to schools in our sector.
Whilst I am committed to seeing our students strive to obtain the very best academic results and to see them achieve high levels of success, I have always reminded them that they are more than the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) that serves one purpose, which is to gain offers to University places.
This week commenced with the major undertaking to capture all students and staff from all campuses, including Williams House Kindergarten and the Back Creek Farm in one photograph.
We were blessed with perfect weather conditions which assisted arrangements and the mood on the day for everyone involved.
April 28th 2015
At the start of this year I mentioned that 2015 promised to bring a number of highlights during our 35th year anniversary. The last few weeks have certainly provided us with significant occasions to be proud of our College community.
Term 2 has commenced at Christian College Geelong, promising to be filled with a number of wonderful highlights.
This week our College wide community will be joining the rest of our nation in commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing and our heritage of ANZAC tradition
Off to a Flying Start
It has been a most hectic and highly energetic start to the new academic year. It is incredible how much can be achieved in a short period of time.
Already the College has enjoyed a range of highly successful events that have occurred as part of the first part of the year.
I am most grateful to the students, staff and families that have contributed to and supported the Welcome and Information Evenings, Student Leader’s Induction Services, sporting, music and camp opportunities, classroom activities, fund raising efforts and the many other aspects of the life of our College.
Encouraging a Growth Mindset
At each of the campus commencement services for students and staff I shared a brief introduction to the work of Stanford University Professor, Carol Dweck regarding ‘mindsets’.
Dr. Dweck is a Professor of Psychology and her studies have revealed the incredibly powerful message that what we believe about our intelligence strongly influences learning outcomes, positively or negatively, depending on our mindset. The studies outline the attributes and outcomes of two mindsets. A ‘Fixed’ and a ‘Growth Mindset’. Each of these mindsets has an impact on the outcome of how an individual faces challenges in their learning, resulting from what they believe their ability to be.
At the end of a week of presentations, end of the year activities, assemblies, celebrations and Kinder visits I am thankful to have the privilege to lead the fine educational program at our College.
It has been a joy to see the fruit of this years’ work throughout classrooms, studios, sporting fields and in a range of places across our region, nation and overseas.
Christian College Geelong Foundation
On Saturday evening over 300 members of the College community consisting of local dignitaries, College families, staff and a number of past students gathered to support the launch of the Christian College Geelong Foundation.
Celebrating Learning and the Learners
Term 4 is always busy and many students feel the pressure of expectation and performance surrounding end of year assessments, particularly those in Year 12 completing their VCE examinations.
One of the important cultural changes we are aiming to address within our College culture of learning, is placing greater emphasis on the process of learning and the provision of improvement and more timely feedback for students to build an intrinsic desire within themselves to strive for continuous improvement.
Rich College Experiences
During the last week I have had the opportunity to participate in three wonderful aspects of the College programme first hand.
Class of 2004, 10 Year Reunion
Each year we have the privilege of gathering past graduates students, 10 years after their graduation. It was a joy to catch up with our past students, having taught and known a number of these young men and women from the beginning of their time at Christian College.
This week I have the privilege of being in Boston, USA attending the ‘Harvard Graduate School of Education - Future of Learning Program’ with 9 other colleagues from other Victorian Independent Schools.
Annual College Staff Retreat
First Semester concluded following a highly successful Staff Retreat. This time is devoted each year to allow our staff to draw aside to reflect upon our Christian faith and the importance this has in our respective roles.
Following on from last year we progressed on our journey of ‘Teaching and Working Christianly’. This year, the staff participated in a range of workshops that they selected to support their individual spiritual walk and development.
High End Learning in Q'ed
Over the past few weeks, I had the joy of witnessing the result of first semester learning of our Q'ed programme for gifted and talented students.
The Q'ed 2 students showcased their ‘Digitopia’- Digital Society to their families, teachers and friends. The presentations of fictitious countries demonstrated the history, culture, values, community structures and systems that the students had created through collaboration in small groups.
Last weekend many of our Year 11 students participated in the annual Debutante Balls across two nights in the beautifully transformed Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre (SAC). The SAC provided a classy atmosphere fit for an evening of dancing and socialising. Our College ‘Major Events’ team are to be commended for the fabulous transformation of the venue for these events.
Two weeks ago I was invited to attend the Geelong launch of The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal for 2014. The keynote speaker was Major Brendan Nottle who came to share the work of ‘The Salvation Army Melbourne 614’ team. This dedicated group of people work with many marginalised people who are homeless or disadvantaged on the streets of Melbourne. Sadly, Major Nottle shared a most moving story of an 11-year-old homeless boy, which challenged everyone in the room.
This week I am accompanying Mrs. Jan Strauch and her Year 10 Our World elective class on their trip to the central desert of the Northern Territory. As I enjoy this incredible experience and share this special time with them visiting outback places such as Uluru, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs and the particular highlight of spending time in the Alcoota School working with the indigenous children, I have been reflecting on the amazing opportunities that our students have at Christian College.