Christian College Principal, Mr Glen McKeeman's 2016 Closing Message from Christian College Geelong on Vimeo.
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.
‘Alcoota Community’ Visit to Senior School
The ongoing relationships that our College enjoys as part of our connections through the 'Our World' program is something to be extremely thankful for and proud of. These communities in Central Australia, East Timor and Vietnam provide our students with incredible life changing experiences that are difficult to fully comprehend without seeing them first hand.
2012 Debutante Balls
It was fitting that in the 20th year that our College has conducted Debutante Balls that these were held on the College property in the newly completed Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre at Highton.
The transformation of this first class sporting facility into a glamorous venue befitting any special occasion was a credit to the staff of the Senior School and the College Major Events Team.
A day in the life of our busy College
A lovely day filled with sunshine provided the best weather for our College to shine at the Open Days held at the Belmont Junior School and the Bellarine Campus on Tuesday. The many visitors had the opportunity to see our students and staff at work. A common feature of the feedback that the Heads, Deputy Heads and I consistently received from a large number of the visitors, was how impressed they were by the maturity and calibre of the students at both campuses.
A Day of Celebration and Significance
On Friday 9 March, 2012 the College celebrated the Service of Dedication of our new Sports and Aquatic Centre at the Highton Middle School. This facility comprising of a gymnasium, indoor heated swimming pools, circuit room, classrooms, offices and change facilities is something that has been dreamed of for many years in the past.
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.
Annual Staff Retreat
The Annual Staff Retreat held at the conclusion of Term two has become a significant professional development tool for our staff over the years. It provides our teaching and non-teaching staff with the opportunity to share time in Christian fellowship, professional growth and to spend time together getting to know each other better as well as celebrating significant contributions that individual staff have made over the years.
Appreciating our outstanding teachers
I have taken many opportunities to share the importance of the role that teachers play in the education of students. There is a great deal of research and data to support this notion.
The College educational strategic plan emphasises this as one of our three main focuses-
As a busy and eventful first term approaches a conclusion, there are many wonderful blessings for us to reflect upon and to be thankful for. The collaborative efforts of our students and staff in the teaching and learning program have been outstanding. I have enjoyed having the opportunity to visit many classrooms, camps, sporting events and College events to witness first hand the breadth and depth of the College program.
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
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.
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.
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.
The year has commenced on a most positive note in many respects. I have been delighted to observe from the very first day a wonderful sense of purpose, warmth and cohesion across all of our College Campuses.
Casey Tutungi, August 2013
Our College community was both shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic accident involving former student Casey Tutungi (graduated 2003) whilst playing football. This accident has resulted in Casey being diagnosed with quadriplegia.
Since this news it has been incredible to see the broad community support and make such a generous effort to raise funds for Casey and his family.
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.
Celebrating 'Our Brand'
The recent provision of the new multi - purpose facilities at the Highton and Bellarine campuses provide the space to allow whole school assemblies to take place for the first time since the very early years of our College's journey.
Christian College Annual Music Evening
Last week's Annual Music Evening, enjoyed by the ‘sell-out’ audience at Costa Hall, was an outstanding success. The program featured performances by a range of ensembles, choirs, stage and concert bands from all campuses and levels of the extensive College Music Program.
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.
Christian College Visual and Performing Arts Festival 2011
This year our College combined the collaborative creative efforts of the Visual Arts, Music and Drama programs to create our first annual Visual and Performing Art Festival.
We belong to the most wonderful community. It always is such a pleasure and privilege for me to see our students, staff and families interacting and supporting each other. From the end of last term to the first week of the holidays, I had the opportunity to accompany 30 students, 4 colleagues and a College parent, Dr. Christine Okello, to Indonesia to visit our twin school ‘SMA Negeri 2 Mataram’ on Lombok Island.
Congratulations 2011 Graduates
The onset of hot summer weather at the end of the school break seems to be a common event. As I have been at school over the last week or two getting ready for the New Year I had been grateful for the efforts of those behind the scenes that work to ensure that our College is ready for students to arrive on day one.
Congratulations Class of 2011
The long awaited date for our Year 12 students to receive their VCE Results has arrived. I am delighted to see that so many of our students have obtained ATAR ranking to allow them to pursue their future aspirations.
I wish to congratulate all of our Year 12 students on their excellent results.
Last weekend saw the very successful Debutante Balls. These evenings were a wonderful celebration. Each of the Year 11 couples presented were a credit to their families and the College. They presented themselves and danced with confidence and obvious joy.
Throughout 2012 our College has shared a focus on ‘excellence’, and as we come to the end of the year it is with much gratitude and praise that I reflect on what has been achieved.
This was evident at each of the Campus Presentation Evenings conducted last week at Costa Hall, at the Senior School Graduation and Presentation Afternoon in recent weeks, as well as the Christmas celebrations held at Williams House, Kindergarten (wearing a red suit and white beard).
Over the past two weeks I have had the great joy and privilege to attend and experience the range of end of year celebrations throughout our College. Commencing with the Year 12 Graduation and flowing onto each of the Campus Presentation evenings, has provided me, and I believe everyone in attendance, the blessing of seeing what an amazing experience our students have as a result of attending Christian College.
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.
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.
Encouragement is one of the most significant and positive qualities in life. Taking time to show love and to encourage others is a powerful gift.
Recently our College campuses each conducted Cross Country events. I had the opportunity to attend the combined Middle and Junior Schools event at the Drysdale Recreation Reserve.
End of Term 3
It is hard to believe that the end of term is upon us already and what a busy term it has been. The recent addition of In Focus clearly demonstrates the many varied and productive learning experiences our students enjoy.
Enriching lives at the Alcoota School in Central Australia
I am currently in Central Australia accompanying the Year 10 'Our World' trip to Alcoota.
This is my 7th trip to the Engawala Community to participate in the activities of the Alcoota school.
We set off by bus and traveled through the vast outback terrain to Yulara via Coober Pedy and Port Augusta. This gives the students an appreciation of the size and remoteness of this amazing part of our country.
Time spent on the bus along the highway allows time for the group to bond in readiness for when we arrive at the school.