Many Reasons to Celebrate
Graduating class of 2012
Each year the emotional time to farewell our Year 12 students brings mixed feelings to our community. The excitement of completing school contrasts with the sense of sadness as it is time to say ‘goodbye’. And all this, mixed with the final preparation for end of year exams produces an interesting roller coaster ride.
Once again this year the graduating class celebrated the end of classes and this significant time in their lives with respect and maturity. Sharing part of the celebrations with these young men and women is a privilege. As we climb the clock tower at the Highton campus together to leave a message and read the names of those who have graduated before them and to then to ring the tower bell as a sign of completion and 'clocking out', we each have an opportunity to reflect upon our time shared at Christian College with much to be thankful about.
I wish to thank each of the Year 12 students for the way that they conducted themselves during 'Celebration Week', which concluded with an emotional final service before they officially completed their last day at Christian College.
These students will be in my prayers as they complete their exams in the coming weeks. I look forward to the final stage in their journey later this month when they formally graduate in their Graduation Service at Costa Hall.
Welcome back Class of 2002
During the same week we had the pleasure of welcoming back 65 students and some of their former teachers from the graduating class of 2002 for their 10 Year Reunion. The past collegians and staff were amazed to see the new facilities and to hear about the development of the College over the past decade. It was a joy to spend an evening with them at The Deakin Lakehouse to reminisce about their time at school, to meet their spouses and families and to hear what has been happening in their lives.
Creative Talent Abounds
The Annual Art, Technology and Design Extravaganza was once again an outstanding success. The exhibition of work created across each of the campuses by students from Williams House Kindergarten to Year 12 at the Senior Art facility, Villa Paloma showcased the talent and dedication of the students and their teachers along with the depth and quality of our program.
We were delighted that the newly elected Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong Cr. Keith Fagg could join us for one of his first official engagements. The Mayor and several other guests present on the night commented on how remarkable the exhibition was and how impressed they were by the quality of the work presented, including the enthralling 'wearable art', fashion parade.
The Best in the State Takes on the Nation
Following on from their triumphant victory in the State Championships in the Science and Engineering Challenge, our team competed in the National competition at Deakin University. The experience gained from being involved for the Year 10 students representing our College was invaluable and highly rewarding. I am grateful to the students who nominated to be part of this team as well as Mr. Neaves and Mr. Ward for supporting them throughout the competition. Congratulation on finishing in 6th place in Australia.
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