The excitement and anticipation that was evident around the campuses this week has been palpable. It has been an incredible joy for me to visit each of the campuses and a number of classrooms to welcome the students to the new school year.

I could not help feeling especially emotional when I spent a morning at our new Surf Coast campus with the Foundation students. After such a long journey with many twists and turns (several of these being setbacks), our College’s newest campus is open and operating. We are truly blessed to see the fruit of the thousands of hours that have been committed to plan, prepare and build the wonderful facilities that have been provided for the students and staff that commenced classes this week. My sincere thanks to everyone involved of the past 11 years that this project has been a part of the College vision. I wish Mrs. Debbie Riddle and her staff God’s richest blessings and offer a warm welcome to the Surf Coast Campus families to the wider Christian College community.

I extend the same welcome to the new students, families and staff that have joined us at each of the other College campuses. We are delighted that you have chosen Christian College to educate your precious young person.

This week I had the privilege to speak at the Commencement Assemblies to share my dream for the students attending our College and to encourage the students themselves to have ‘Big Dreams’ for their future. I challenged them to include as part of their dreaming ways that would see their life provide a blessing for others as they develop their gifts and talents to serve others.

This is something that I believe represents the real ‘Learning That Matters’.

When I had the opportunity to meet with all of the new staff that have joined us this year I shared the following prayer. I think it provides a lovely framework for the work that we do as part of our calling as members of this community.

Dear God,
Give me wisdom as I teach the children today. Give me strength to endure the challenges that I know I must face. Help me to be patient and kind to them regardless of how they treat me or how I feel. Help me love them unconditionally. Help me know when to speak and when to listen, when to praise and when to correct. Help me to observe closely the expressions on their faces so I know if they really understand the lesson, and if they don’t, help me explain it in words that they will comprehend. I pray that I will inspire them to do things that they never dreamed possible, and that I help them unlock their greatest potential. Help me to be an encourager and treat them all with respect. Thank you, Lord, for giving me this great honor. I am humbled by the great responsibility you have given me: to help shape the hearts and minds of future generations. Help me never forget that teaching is a calling, and this calling is as sacred as any job on earth. May I be worthy of my calling. Lastly, help me always remember to be a servant leader and support my teachers and staff whenever possible. I pray that we as a team will make a positive difference in the lives of every child entrusted to us.
Amen.

Equally, I feel it is as important that we as a community pray for our students, teachers and other members of staff. I found the following prayers below to share with you. I encourage families to take time to include our staff in your prayer time throughout the year.

Dear God,
Thank you for the amazing teachers who have given their lives to serve our children. As they prepare for the new year, fill them with strength to lead, grace to guide and hope to thrive in their classroom. Bless them beyond measure for their willingness to pour into the next generation through education.
Amen.

Dear God,
Thank you for the gift of education in every form. As our children prepare to start a new year, may confidence be their foundation, may grace be their guide and may hope be their compass toward a bright future. I pray they would have eyes to see the needs of those around them and a heart to love well. May they face each day with positivity knowing that no matter what comes their way, they don’t have to face it alone.
Amen.

I am thankful, and praise God for His provisions at the commencement of the new year at Christian College, and look forward to the many exciting opportunities and experiences that lie ahead throughout 2018.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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The excitement and anticipation that was evident around the campuses this week has been palpable. It has been an incredible joy for me to visit each of the campuses and a number of class...

The excitement and anticipation that was evident around the campuses this week has been palpable. It has been an incredible joy for me to visit each of the campuses and a number of classrooms to welcome the students to the new school year.

I could not help feeling especially emotional when I spent a morning at our new Surf Coast campus with the Foundation students. After such a long journey with many twists and turns (several of these being setbacks), our College’s newest campus is open and operating. We are truly blessed to see the fruit of the thousands of hours that have been committed to plan, prepare and build the wonderful facilities that have been provided for the students and staff that commenced classes this week. My sincere thanks to everyone involved of the past 11 years that this project has been a part of the College vision. I wish Mrs. Debbie Riddle and her staff God’s richest blessings and offer a warm welcome to the Surf Coast Campus families to the wider Christian College community.

I extend the same welcome to the new students, families and staff that have joined us at each of the other College campuses. We are delighted that you have chosen Christian College to educate your precious young person.

This week I had the privilege to speak at the Commencement Assemblies to share my dream for the students attending our College and to encourage the students themselves to have ‘Big Dreams’ for their future. I challenged them to include as part of their dreaming ways that would see their life provide a blessing for others as they develop their gifts and talents to serve others.

This is something that I believe represents the real ‘Learning That Matters’.

When I had the opportunity to meet with all of the new staff that have joined us this year I shared the following prayer. I think it provides a lovely framework for the work that we do as part of our calling as members of this community.

Dear God,
Give me wisdom as I teach the children today. Give me strength to endure the challenges that I know I must face. Help me to be patient and kind to them regardless of how they treat me or how I feel. Help me love them unconditionally. Help me know when to speak and when to listen, when to praise and when to correct. Help me to observe closely the expressions on their faces so I know if they really understand the lesson, and if they don’t, help me explain it in words that they will comprehend. I pray that I will inspire them to do things that they never dreamed possible, and that I help them unlock their greatest potential. Help me to be an encourager and treat them all with respect. Thank you, Lord, for giving me this great honor. I am humbled by the great responsibility you have given me: to help shape the hearts and minds of future generations. Help me never forget that teaching is a calling, and this calling is as sacred as any job on earth. May I be worthy of my calling. Lastly, help me always remember to be a servant leader and support my teachers and staff whenever possible. I pray that we as a team will make a positive difference in the lives of every child entrusted to us.
Amen.

Equally, I feel it is as important that we as a community pray for our students, teachers and other members of staff. I found the following prayers below to share with you. I encourage families to take time to include our staff in your prayer time throughout the year.

Dear God,
Thank you for the amazing teachers who have given their lives to serve our children. As they prepare for the new year, fill them with strength to lead, grace to guide and hope to thrive in their classroom. Bless them beyond measure for their willingness to pour into the next generation through education.
Amen.

Dear God,
Thank you for the gift of education in every form. As our children prepare to start a new year, may confidence be their foundation, may grace be their guide and may hope be their compass toward a bright future. I pray they would have eyes to see the needs of those around them and a heart to love well. May they face each day with positivity knowing that no matter what comes their way, they don’t have to face it alone.
Amen.

I am thankful, and praise God for His provisions at the commencement of the new year at Christian College, and look forward to the many exciting opportunities and experiences that lie ahead throughout 2018.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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The excitement and anticipation that was evident around the campuses this week has been palpable. It has been an incredible joy for me to visit each of the campuses and a number of class...

The excitement and anticipation that was evident around the campuses this week has been palpable. It has been an incredible joy for me to visit each of the campuses and a number of classrooms to welcome the students to the new school year.

I could not help feeling especially emotional when I spent a morning at our new Surf Coast campus with the Foundation students. After such a long journey with many twists and turns (several of these being setbacks), our College’s newest campus is open and operating. We are truly blessed to see the fruit of the thousands of hours that have been committed to plan, prepare and build the wonderful facilities that have been provided for the students and staff that commenced classes this week. My sincere thanks to everyone involved of the past 11 years that this project has been a part of the College vision. I wish Mrs. Debbie Riddle and her staff God’s richest blessings and offer a warm welcome to the Surf Coast Campus families to the wider Christian College community.

I extend the same welcome to the new students, families and staff that have joined us at each of the other College campuses. We are delighted that you have chosen Christian College to educate your precious young person.

This week I had the privilege to speak at the Commencement Assemblies to share my dream for the students attending our College and to encourage the students themselves to have ‘Big Dreams’ for their future. I challenged them to include as part of their dreaming ways that would see their life provide a blessing for others as they develop their gifts and talents to serve others.

This is something that I believe represents the real ‘Learning That Matters’.

When I had the opportunity to meet with all of the new staff that have joined us this year I shared the following prayer. I think it provides a lovely framework for the work that we do as part of our calling as members of this community.

Dear God,
Give me wisdom as I teach the children today. Give me strength to endure the challenges that I know I must face. Help me to be patient and kind to them regardless of how they treat me or how I feel. Help me love them unconditionally. Help me know when to speak and when to listen, when to praise and when to correct. Help me to observe closely the expressions on their faces so I know if they really understand the lesson, and if they don’t, help me explain it in words that they will comprehend. I pray that I will inspire them to do things that they never dreamed possible, and that I help them unlock their greatest potential. Help me to be an encourager and treat them all with respect. Thank you, Lord, for giving me this great honor. I am humbled by the great responsibility you have given me: to help shape the hearts and minds of future generations. Help me never forget that teaching is a calling, and this calling is as sacred as any job on earth. May I be worthy of my calling. Lastly, help me always remember to be a servant leader and support my teachers and staff whenever possible. I pray that we as a team will make a positive difference in the lives of every child entrusted to us.
Amen.

Equally, I feel it is as important that we as a community pray for our students, teachers and other members of staff. I found the following prayers below to share with you. I encourage families to take time to include our staff in your prayer time throughout the year.

Dear God,
Thank you for the amazing teachers who have given their lives to serve our children. As they prepare for the new year, fill them with strength to lead, grace to guide and hope to thrive in their classroom. Bless them beyond measure for their willingness to pour into the next generation through education.
Amen.

Dear God,
Thank you for the gift of education in every form. As our children prepare to start a new year, may confidence be their foundation, may grace be their guide and may hope be their compass toward a bright future. I pray they would have eyes to see the needs of those around them and a heart to love well. May they face each day with positivity knowing that no matter what comes their way, they don’t have to face it alone.
Amen.

I am thankful, and praise God for His provisions at the commencement of the new year at Christian College, and look forward to the many exciting opportunities and experiences that lie ahead throughout 2018.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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The excitement and anticipation that was evident around the campuses this week has been palpable. It has been an incredible joy for me to visit each of the campuses and a number of class...

The excitement and anticipation that was evident around the campuses this week has been palpable. It has been an incredible joy for me to visit each of the campuses and a number of classrooms to welcome the students to the new school year.

I could not help feeling especially emotional when I spent a morning at our new Surf Coast campus with the Foundation students. After such a long journey with many twists and turns (several of these being setbacks), our College’s newest campus is open and operating. We are truly blessed to see the fruit of the thousands of hours that have been committed to plan, prepare and build the wonderful facilities that have been provided for the students and staff that commenced classes this week. My sincere thanks to everyone involved of the past 11 years that this project has been a part of the College vision. I wish Mrs. Debbie Riddle and her staff God’s richest blessings and offer a warm welcome to the Surf Coast Campus families to the wider Christian College community.

I extend the same welcome to the new students, families and staff that have joined us at each of the other College campuses. We are delighted that you have chosen Christian College to educate your precious young person.

This week I had the privilege to speak at the Commencement Assemblies to share my dream for the students attending our College and to encourage the students themselves to have ‘Big Dreams’ for their future. I challenged them to include as part of their dreaming ways that would see their life provide a blessing for others as they develop their gifts and talents to serve others.

This is something that I believe represents the real ‘Learning That Matters’.

When I had the opportunity to meet with all of the new staff that have joined us this year I shared the following prayer. I think it provides a lovely framework for the work that we do as part of our calling as members of this community.

Dear God,
Give me wisdom as I teach the children today. Give me strength to endure the challenges that I know I must face. Help me to be patient and kind to them regardless of how they treat me or how I feel. Help me love them unconditionally. Help me know when to speak and when to listen, when to praise and when to correct. Help me to observe closely the expressions on their faces so I know if they really understand the lesson, and if they don’t, help me explain it in words that they will comprehend. I pray that I will inspire them to do things that they never dreamed possible, and that I help them unlock their greatest potential. Help me to be an encourager and treat them all with respect. Thank you, Lord, for giving me this great honor. I am humbled by the great responsibility you have given me: to help shape the hearts and minds of future generations. Help me never forget that teaching is a calling, and this calling is as sacred as any job on earth. May I be worthy of my calling. Lastly, help me always remember to be a servant leader and support my teachers and staff whenever possible. I pray that we as a team will make a positive difference in the lives of every child entrusted to us.
Amen.

Equally, I feel it is as important that we as a community pray for our students, teachers and other members of staff. I found the following prayers below to share with you. I encourage families to take time to include our staff in your prayer time throughout the year.

Dear God,
Thank you for the amazing teachers who have given their lives to serve our children. As they prepare for the new year, fill them with strength to lead, grace to guide and hope to thrive in their classroom. Bless them beyond measure for their willingness to pour into the next generation through education.
Amen.

Dear God,
Thank you for the gift of education in every form. As our children prepare to start a new year, may confidence be their foundation, may grace be their guide and may hope be their compass toward a bright future. I pray they would have eyes to see the needs of those around them and a heart to love well. May they face each day with positivity knowing that no matter what comes their way, they don’t have to face it alone.
Amen.

I am thankful, and praise God for His provisions at the commencement of the new year at Christian College, and look forward to the many exciting opportunities and experiences that lie ahead throughout 2018.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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The excitement and anticipation that was evident around the campuses this week has been palpable. It has been an incredible joy for me to visit each of the campuses and a number of class...

The excitement and anticipation that was evident around the campuses this week has been palpable. It has been an incredible joy for me to visit each of the campuses and a number of classrooms to welcome the students to the new school year.

I could not help feeling especially emotional when I spent a morning at our new Surf Coast campus with the Foundation students. After such a long journey with many twists and turns (several of these being setbacks), our College’s newest campus is open and operating. We are truly blessed to see the fruit of the thousands of hours that have been committed to plan, prepare and build the wonderful facilities that have been provided for the students and staff that commenced classes this week. My sincere thanks to everyone involved of the past 11 years that this project has been a part of the College vision. I wish Mrs. Debbie Riddle and her staff God’s richest blessings and offer a warm welcome to the Surf Coast Campus families to the wider Christian College community.

I extend the same welcome to the new students, families and staff that have joined us at each of the other College campuses. We are delighted that you have chosen Christian College to educate your precious young person.

This week I had the privilege to speak at the Commencement Assemblies to share my dream for the students attending our College and to encourage the students themselves to have ‘Big Dreams’ for their future. I challenged them to include as part of their dreaming ways that would see their life provide a blessing for others as they develop their gifts and talents to serve others.

This is something that I believe represents the real ‘Learning That Matters’.

When I had the opportunity to meet with all of the new staff that have joined us this year I shared the following prayer. I think it provides a lovely framework for the work that we do as part of our calling as members of this community.

Dear God,
Give me wisdom as I teach the children today. Give me strength to endure the challenges that I know I must face. Help me to be patient and kind to them regardless of how they treat me or how I feel. Help me love them unconditionally. Help me know when to speak and when to listen, when to praise and when to correct. Help me to observe closely the expressions on their faces so I know if they really understand the lesson, and if they don’t, help me explain it in words that they will comprehend. I pray that I will inspire them to do things that they never dreamed possible, and that I help them unlock their greatest potential. Help me to be an encourager and treat them all with respect. Thank you, Lord, for giving me this great honor. I am humbled by the great responsibility you have given me: to help shape the hearts and minds of future generations. Help me never forget that teaching is a calling, and this calling is as sacred as any job on earth. May I be worthy of my calling. Lastly, help me always remember to be a servant leader and support my teachers and staff whenever possible. I pray that we as a team will make a positive difference in the lives of every child entrusted to us.
Amen.

Equally, I feel it is as important that we as a community pray for our students, teachers and other members of staff. I found the following prayers below to share with you. I encourage families to take time to include our staff in your prayer time throughout the year.

Dear God,
Thank you for the amazing teachers who have given their lives to serve our children. As they prepare for the new year, fill them with strength to lead, grace to guide and hope to thrive in their classroom. Bless them beyond measure for their willingness to pour into the next generation through education.
Amen.

Dear God,
Thank you for the gift of education in every form. As our children prepare to start a new year, may confidence be their foundation, may grace be their guide and may hope be their compass toward a bright future. I pray they would have eyes to see the needs of those around them and a heart to love well. May they face each day with positivity knowing that no matter what comes their way, they don’t have to face it alone.
Amen.

I am thankful, and praise God for His provisions at the commencement of the new year at Christian College, and look forward to the many exciting opportunities and experiences that lie ahead throughout 2018.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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After years of planning and months of building the day has finally arrived. With so much joy in their hearts staff and students of the new Surf Coast Campus enjoyed such a wonderful first...

After years of planning and months of building the day finally arrived. With so much joy in their hearts staff and students of the new Surf Coast Campus enjoyed such a wonderful first day together.

Exploring their brand new facilities together the students squealed with delight when they had the opportunity to play on the new playground, scaling the climbing wall and sliding down the fireman’s pole. The vast space was soon a hype of activity, which brought smiles to the faces of those who had spent a very long time creating this beautiful play space for our students.

In the classroom the children had the opportunity to meet new friends while serving each other ice-cream in the dramatic play area and playing with the fairies in the fairy garden. They alos practised their counting skills and learnt how to write their name.

The tranquil setting of our new campus allows the children to learn and play in an environment that is more like a children’s retreat than a school.

We are truly blessed.

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Welcome to our first edition for 2018 of the Vine. We are delighted to welcome you back for our 2018 school year. The first few days of school each year are significant and I am grateful to all staff and parents who have worked toward children having an immediate sense of welcome and belonging. We look forward to meeting you all at our Welcome Picnic on Tuesday, 20th February from 6.00pm-7.45pm (please refer to attached invitation for more information).

Could I please encourage you to read our Vine newsletter weekly, as this will provide information relating to the special events and operations at the Junior School Campus. An encouragement also to keep a regular check of the parent portal and College calendar, as these are continually updated with new information. Please advise our office staff if you are unsure of how to access these facilities so that we can organize for our IT Technician, Sascha Veldhuis, to assist you.

As we develop our Junior School community together this year I would like to share the following words:

‘Love one another, forgive each other, regard each other more highly than yourselves. Teach and correct each other, encourage each other, pray for each other, and bear each other’s burdens. Be friends with one another, kind, compassionate, and generous in hospitality. Serve one another and submit to one another out of reverence for Christ’ (Bible.org)

Thank-you

Kind Regards

Ann-Marree Weigl

Head of Junior School

 
 
 
 
 
Mr Graeme Dent
Head of Campus

Welcome to the first edition of The Vine!

We have made an exciting start at Senior School and all the students are fully engaged in their learning.

Our 2017 VCE results were outstanding and the students and staff need to be congratulated. To the staff, they gave freely of their time to ensure all students were ready for the assessments. It was a touch disappointing that not all students took up that opportunity and I urge parents and guardians to encourage their son or daughter to make the most of such offerings.

2017 highlights include:

  • 164 students successfully completed their VCE (100%) and all 14 of our VCAL students were successful.
  • Dux was Cameron Chandler with a score of 99.3
  • 14.09% of our students received an ATAR above 90 (compares with 10% nationally). In 2016, 15.4% of our students received 90+
  • 29.53% of our students received an ATAR above 80 (compares with 20% nationally). In 2016, 38.5% of our students received 80+
  • 47.65% of our students received 70+
  • 67.11% of our students received 60+
  • 83.22% of our students received an ATAR above 50 (compares with 50% nationally). In 2016, 86.5 % of our students received 50+

 

Average ATAR for 2017 is 68.1 - in 2016 our average ATAR was 71.35

There were 2 perfect scores of 50 earned this year:

  • Fletcher Scott - Studio Arts
  • Lily Di Sciascio - Media

Of particular note is that our College Captain, Cameron Chandler was 2017 Dux with 99.3 and our College Captain Briella Egberts received an ATAR of 85.85.

On Monday, all the staff enjoyed a full day of professional development and this has given us all a great deal to ponder. Tuesday saw our Year 12 students return as they commenced their Year 12 classes. It gave them and their teachers the opportunity to go over the work from the transition program of last year as well as the holiday learning.

Wednesday was our first full day and we commenced with our Senior School Assembly at Middle School. Our College Captains spoke and set out their thoughts on the year ahead and how all students can strive to be their best. Our College Principal, Mr McKeeman inspired us all with his entertaining talk about excellence. The laptop rollout was successfully completed on this day and all students now have their devices.

As I mentioned in my letter to welcome you all, I outlined what a busy term it is ahead.
I included the new staff and have added that information again below:

Ms Robyn Jackson will be joining our English staff and she brings with her a broad range of experiences. She will be teaching across Senior School. 
Mr Drew Oliver shall be our new Head of Sport at Senior School and leading the Physical Education Department. 
Ms Francine Chard will be teaching Mathematics in a part-time capacity and her expertise will be very valuable in this area.  She is also qualified as a Physical Education teacher. 
Ms Naomi Gibbons will be our Chaplain for one day per week, with Ms Lena Johnstone on staff for two days and Mr Corey Bolton for three days per week. 
Ms Helen Daffy is joining our College in the Learning Support area and her experience will be most valuable for our students. 
Ms Clare Townsend is also a new member of our Learning Support team. She is from Middle School and has a firm relationship with many of our students. 
Ms Emily Waters is our new Outdoor Education Assistant. Emily has a wealth of experience and will be most valuable in supporting our students in all aspects of their Outdoor Education. 
Mr Lewis Carpenter will be working one day per week in the IT Support area. Lewis has previously worked at Senior School and knows many of our students. 
Ms Julie Funston will be working as our Laboratory Assistant. She is very experienced in this area and will provide valuable support for this department. 
Mrs Helen Mavros will be returning from maternity leave to the English department. 
Mr Tom McKenzie is based at the Highton Campus but will be joining us for one Indonesian class. 
Ms Felicity Rogerson is also based at the Highton Campus and will be taking a Year 10 Food Studies class. 
Mr Andrew Seiffert will be taking some Product, Design and Technology classes at the Villa Paloma Campus.

I wish all families and students God's blessings for a wonderful 2018!

Mr Graeme Dent
Head of Campus

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It's school time again! You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer holidays are over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school ...

Hi All,

It's school time again! You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer holidays are over. Some students feel nervous or a little scared on the first day because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Luckily, these 'new' worries only stick around for a little while.

I want to encourage all of us parents to remain positive. Hopefully the advice below will help us all…..

A parent’s attitude has a strong influence on how children view the beginning of school, says Eileen Kennedy-Moore, a clinical psychologist and coauthor of Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential. Children pick up on their parents’ feelings, react to them, and often magnify them. “You have to have faith that they’ll be able to get through [changes], even if it’s hard. It’s a powerful message to give kids,” she says. “We don’t want to dismiss their feelings, but we do want to normalize them and say ‘Everyone feels a little nervous going into the classroom, but I really think you’re going to be fine.’”

Kennedy-Moore has asked her own four children a question at back-to-school time: “Somewhere in your class is a child who is waiting to be your friend. How will you figure out who that is?” This sets a positive expectation about the school year, and it helps children notice and be ready to respond to friendly overtures.

Emphasize to your children that anxiety doesn’t have to be a stop signal, she says. “It’s really just our body getting us pumped so we’re ready to handle a new or challenging situation.”

Because attitude matters, if you’re excited for school to start, your children will follow your lead. Having an annual ritual can help ring in the new school year and can be a treasured tradition for years to come.

Spending time just 'hanging out' with your children around the start of the school year helps with transition. A parent’s simple presence is comforting and soothing to children and gives them the opportunity to talk if they want to, says Kennedy-Moore.

Once school really gets going, of course we want to hear all about it, but it’s important to follow your child’s lead. Some children are chatty and want to discuss every detail. Others will feel overwhelmed with too many questions. They may need to relax first and talk later, or they may only tell you about bits and pieces of their day. Either way, it’s fine, Kennedy-Moore says. “If your child seems calm and reasonably happy, you can assume the start of the school is going well,” she says. “One of the most precious gifts we can give our children is our confidence that they will find their way.”

It's going to be a wonderful school year!

Please give me a call or come and see me if you need to talk through any issues that may be of a concern to you personally or your family.

Gary Crole
Bellarine Campus Chaplain

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Welcome to 2018 at the Middle School - Highton Campus!  This week has been such a significant experience for so many children and their families – many whom are joining our community for the first time – as they embark on the beginning of their Middle School journey. It is my pleasure to extend to you all a very warm welcome. We look forward to a positive and happy partnership with you throughout the coming year.

Our learning program is certainly in full swing this week, with students experiencing many new and challenging learning opportunities - including new subjects and electives - while meeting new friends and teachers. Staff have been overwhelmed with the positive attitude and enthusiasm shown by students as they embark on the new year. It has been thoroughly pleasing to share many conversations, with both new and existing families, on how well settled and happy their children are - from Year 5 students right through to Year 9! Included here are a few happy snaps of our first week here at Middle School.

Our students were challenged at our Commencement assembly on Wednesday around the notion of Kindness, where I encouraged them to consider the phrase and subsequent theme for 2018 - It's Cool to be Kind. A simple, yet potentially profound statement. 

One of the main hallmarks of the adolescent journey is asking big questions – none bigger than the ‘who am I?’ question, ‘where do I fit?’, ‘am I good enough?’ – we all have this innate longing to connect, fit in and share a sense of value and worth. Comparing ourselves to others, feeling we're not good enough, worthy enough or cool enough to fit in – is all too common through adolescence. Guiding students to consider 'kindness' within the image of who they are and what it means to be cool is one of our challenges this year. We look forward to sharing more of this journey throughout 2018 as our students explore what "It's Cool to be Kind" means to them.

 

I'm looking forward to journeying with you and your family through the exciting adolescent years that lie ahead.

 

Kindest regards,

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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Please be advised that the first assembly at Junior School on Friday the 9th of February, 9.00am will be our Student Leader Induction Service. Parents and families are warmly invited to attend this special assembly. Please also be advised that the Year 2 Bible Presentation to students will be included in our following assembly on Friday the 23rd of February.

Ann-Marree Weigl

Head of Junior School

 

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Changes for Students using Public Transport & myki cards
The Public Transport Victoria [PTV] have written to schools to inform us of some changes they are making to student travel on publ...

Changes for Students using Public Transport & Myki cards

The Public Transport Victoria [PTV] have written to schools to inform us of some changes they are making to student travel on public transport this year. Below is a brief summary of the changes:

  • From 1 January 2018, PTV Student Pass applications and PTV Student ID card applications will only be available online at ptv.vic.gov.au.  Applications can still be processed at most staffed V/LINE stations
  • From 30 January 2018 the child age range for a myki changed to include 5 to 18 year olds inclusive.  This means that students can use a child or concession myki until they are 18 (previously 16).  When in school uniform no proof of age will be required however when not in uniform older students may be asked to show proof of eligibility.  The following ID is acceptable PTV student ID card, Driver licence or Learner permit, Proof of Age card, Passport, Keypass.

Finally the PTV strongly recommend that students register their myki at ptv.vic.gov.au or by calling 1800 800 007.  The benefits of students registering their myki are:

  • Their myki balance is protected if their card is lost or stolen.
  • Students can manage their myki online and set auto top up.

For more information on student concessions and passes go to ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/fares/concession/students 

Mrs Dianne Martin
Deputy Head of Senior School

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Christian College Geelong is pursuing continuous improvement with our systems and I am pleased to inform you that the College will be issuing all students with new Photo ID cards.
The new...

Christian College Geelong is pursuing continuous improvement with our systems and I am pleased to inform you that the College will be issuing all students with new Photo ID cards.

The new card contains an RFID chip and will be distributed to students at no additional cost to families. The technology within the card will enable the College to provide improved safety measures on buses. Further, the card will allow students to more easily and efficiently access the printers at each of our campuses.

When travelling by bus, whether to and from school or on an excursion, all students will be required to ‘tap’ on and off. This data will provide the bus driver, attending staff member and administration staff with information as to who is travelling on a bus at any given time. This improved safety measure will assist the staff, especially when transporting large numbers of students to venues for special events.

Students from Years 3 to 12 will be able to release their printing from a photocopier quickly and easily. Each card has a $10 photocopy credit placed on it at the beginning of each semester. If students exceed this limit, they are able to reload additional credit by contacting the IT department at their campus.

Prep to Year 2 students will continue to have their printing generated by their class teachers.

It will be an expectation that students can access their ID card at all times whilst at school. If a card is lost or damaged, students will report to the student office for a replacement. A $10.00 replacement fee will be charged to the child’s fee account. This fee will include a replacement card, casino clip, lanyard and hard plastic cover.

The card states the students date of birth and can be used as proof of identity within the community. We see this student ID card adding to efficiencies in our daily routines, in addition to supporting the duty of care we provide for our students.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus

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You are warmly invited to join us for our Surf Coast Campus Family Picnic: Tuesday, 27th February, 2018 from 6:00pm – 7.00pm.

Please see the attached document for more information.

It has been an excellent start to the year with our new Middle School students saying some of their favourite things have been having new subjects, meeting new people and the big spaces o...

What an excellent start to the year we have had! Our new Middle School students say some of their favourite things they have experienced are, having new subjects, meeting new people and the big spaces outside.

Friday morning the Year 5 students enjoyed a games session with their Year 9 Mentors while parents and teachers were able to have a ‘cuppa’ and catch up. The students thoroughly enjoyed their time with their mentors, building relationships and developing collaborating and listening skills through the activities they participated in. It was lovely for the Year 5 Homeroom teachers to catch up with families, answer any questions and celebrate the student’s smooth transition this week.

There is another opportunity for parents to attend a 'Parent Meet and Greet' on Monday the 12th of February at 8:45am - 9:10am in the Middle School - Highton Sports and Aquatic Center (SAC). Year 5 students are to head straight to the SAC with their bag on this morning and are to wear Sports Uniform.

Next Wednesday 7th February is our Year 5 Chilli Challenge Day! This day aims to orientate the students a little more with the school grounds, teachers and the learning they will participate in this year. The activities will range from challenging thinking tasks to physical activities including games, music and art tasks. In many of the activities, students will be invited to take on an extra ‘chilli challenge’ to provide them with an opportunity to take risks outside of their comfort zones.  

Students are invited to stay after school for some extra activities and then conclude the day with a BBQ with their families and teachers. Parents are invited from 5pm until the conclusion of the day at 6pm.

 

Mrs Justine Brame
Year 5 Coordinator

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Our new Preps have enjoyed a wonderful first week at Junior School. Exploring new classrooms, playing on the school playgrounds, visiting specialist classes, making new friends and proudl...

Our new Preps have enjoyed a wonderful first week at Junior School. Exploring new classrooms, playing on the school playgrounds, visiting specialist classes, making new friends and proudly wearing their school uniforms have been some highlights of their week.

The Preps are already engaged in their learning and we are so proud of the progress they are making. In Literacy, the Preps are beginning to read and write key sight words, listen to stories and are developing their ability to ask and respond to questions. In Numeracy, they have been exploring similarities and differences between groups, sorting and classifying objects, identifying and recording numerals.

A busy week full of fun and learning for our newest members of Christian College!

We look forward to sharing more with you about the Prep Program at our special morning tea which will be held in the Chapel on Friday, 16th February from 9:00am-10:30am. This will also be a great opportunity for you to meet other Junior School Prep parents. Please refer to the attatched invitation for more information.

Claire Tucker

Prep R teacher and Prep Coordinator

Please send along your child’s named Art smock ASAP.

Please send along your child’s named Art smock ASAP.

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It was wonderful to see the playground come to life as our students arrived for their first day of school earlier this week. Visiting the Prep – Year 4 classrooms throughout the day it wa...

It was wonderful to see the playground come to life as our students arrived for their first day of school earlier this week. Visiting the Prep – Year 4 classrooms throughout the day it was great to find the children already engaged in planning, discussions and an array of interesting learning opportunities. With the first week now coming to a close, this morning I looked into some very tired little faces and I’m sure the children are looking forward to a well-deserved rest over the weekend in readiness for another exciting week to come.

We look forward to sharing more of the learning in Junior School with you as the 2018 year progresses.

Pam McKeeman
Deputy Head of Campus

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Dear Families,
The Christian College Instrumental Music Program ‘swings’ into action next week!
 
THE COLLEGE ENSEMBLE PROGRAM
All Ensembles will commence rehearsing next week. Please fin...

The Christian College Instrumental Music Program ‘swings’ into action next week!

THE COLLEGE ENSEMBLE PROGRAM

All Ensembles will commence rehearsing next week. Please find the ‘All campus rehearsal schedule’ attached for your reference. Families may be interested to see the vast array of opportunities available to students on this schedule. Students who wish to join ensembles are very welcome to approach their classroom/campus music teachers to discuss what opportunities are available to them.  Families are also welcome to direct queries to music.admin@ccg.vic.edu.au or to one of the directors of music Andrew Dunlop a.dunlop@ccg.vic.edu.au or Fiona Gardner f.gardner@ccg.vic.edu.au

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS

The College offers private tuition on a wide range of instruments; please find the details and application form for music lessons attached. Students can commence learning an instrument at any time throughout the year.

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO TRY AN INSTRUMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME

An exciting opportunity exists for students from the Bellarine Campus, Junior School - Belmont and Middle School - Highton to try a wind or orchestral string instrument. Students and families from these campuses are being invited to attend an instrument ‘Try Out’ session next Thursday February 8th in the Middle School - Highton Chapel at either 4.00pm, 5.00pm or 6.00pm. At these sessions families and students will be able to meet and discuss the many opportunities in music at Christian College with staff, listen to demonstrations of the instruments and have a ‘hands-on’ opportunity to try the instruments. From this experience, students may then register for three free trial lessons on a chosen wind or orchestral string instrument.

There is no need for families to book/register to attend, just come along!

The instruments being demonstrated and trialled for these sessions are:

  • Woodwind – Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe and Bassoon.
  • Brass – Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba.
  • Strings - Violin, Cello, Double Bass.

The music staff look forward to working with students across the college and presenting great opportunities in music performance in 2018.

Fiona Gardner
Director of Music – Teaching & Learning

Andrew Dunlop
Director of Instrumental Music Performance and College Events.

 
This week our Year 7 students embarked on a significant milestone in their education, commencing their secondary journey. At Middle School, we set aside the first 3 days to provide an e...

This week our Year 7 students embarked on a significant milestone in their education, commencing their secondary journey. At Middle School - Highton, we set aside the first 3 days to provide an engaging Orientation Program that promotes a smooth beginning to the year and sets a foundation for our Year 7 students to grow in their learning, relationships and wellbeing. This program involved a range of sessions that presented key information, expectations and routines while our students established new friendships and developed a sense of community. Our Year 7 students have had an enjoyable first few days and look forward to the many opportunities on offer throughout the year. 


Renee Garing 
Year 7 Coordinator 


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Dear Families,
The Christian College Instrumental Music Program ‘swings’ into action next week!
 
THE COLLEGE ENSEMBLE PROGRAM
All Ensembles will commence rehearsing next week. Please f...

The Christian College Instrumental Music Program ‘swings’ into action next week!

THE COLLEGE ENSEMBLE PROGRAM

All Ensembles will commence rehearsing next week. Please find the ‘All campus rehearsal schedule’ attached for your reference. Families may be interested to see the vast array of opportunities available to students on this schedule. Students who wish to join ensembles are very welcome to approach their classroom/campus music teachers to discuss what opportunities are available to them.  Families are also welcome to direct queries to music.admin@ccg.vic.edu.au or to one of the directors of music Andrew Dunlop a.dunlop@ccg.vic.edu.au or Fiona Gardner f.gardner@ccg.vic.edu.au

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS

The College offers private tuition on a wide range of instruments; please find the details and application form for music lessons attached. Students can commence learning an instrument at any time throughout the year.

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO TRY AN INSTRUMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME

An exciting opportunity exists for students from the Bellarine Campus, Junior School - Belmont and Middle School - Highton to try a wind or orchestral string instrument. Students and families from these campuses are being invited to attend an instrument ‘Try Out’ session next Thursday February 8th in the Middle School - Highton Chapel at either 4.00pm, 5.00pm or 6.00pm. At these sessions families and students will be able to meet and discuss the many opportunities in music at Christian College with staff, listen to demonstrations of the instruments and have a ‘hands-on’ opportunity to try the instruments. From this experience, students may then register for three free trial lessons on a chosen wind or orchestral string instrument.

There is no need for families to book/register to attend, just come along!

The instruments being demonstrated and trialled for these sessions are:

  • Woodwind – Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe and Bassoon.
  • Brass – Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba.
  • Strings - Violin, Cello, Double Bass.

The music staff look forward to working with students across the college and presenting great opportunities in music performance in 2018.

Fiona Gardner
Director of Music – Teaching & Learning

Andrew Dunlop
Director of Instrumental Music Performance and College Events.

Morning Fitness sessions are an integral part of the entire curriculum in the Junior School at Christian College and have been proven to have significant effects on the fitness of our stu...

Morning Fitness sessions are an integral part of the entire curriculum in the Junior School at Christian College and have been proven to have significant effects on the fitness of our students, along with emotional and psychological benefits in preparing them to concentrate and settle in the classroom. The activities are of a physical nature, allowing the students to start the day with a time of gentle exercise, therefore it is essential that students have sports shoes to change into for the Huff ‘n Puff sessions. These sports shoes are to be kept in a plastic bag in the student’s school bags and taken home at the end of each day. If you require further clarification, please feel free to contact Classroom Teachers or myself.

Kind Regards,

Pam McKeeman
Deputy Head of Campus

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Hi Christian College Community!
My name is Meg Heathcote. I am in my final year here at Christian College Geelong and am super excited to bring to you this new section of The Vine, ‘Meg’s...

Hi Christian College Community!

My name is Meg Heathcote. I am in my final year here at Christian College Geelong and I'm super excited to bring to you this new section of The Vine, ‘Meg’s Message’. In these updates I will share some student insight into life at Senior School. This may include my reflections of Campus events, information about student experiences and perspectives from other students, presented through feature interviews.

So let’s begin!

We all made a terrific start to the year on Tuesday with the Year 12 students dragging ourselves out of bed a couple of hours earlier than our bodies are used to! As difficult as this may have been for some, it was undoubtedly rewarding as we reunited with friends after the break, attended shortened classes with our teachers and participated in an engaging first assembly. Wednesday saw the return of all students and we welcomed back the Year 11 and the Year 10 students.

It has certainly been a week of discovery for all. For the Year 12 students, this involved discovering the joys of having a common room with table tennis, a bluetooth speaker for music and the freedom to have two-minute noodles for lunch! For the Year 11 students discovery entailed learning what it takes to ace VCE and VCAL while grappling with mixed feelings of excitement and nervousness. The Year 10 students discovered, well…..everything! They discovered new classrooms, new teachers, the size of the campus, and….the challenge of the 'Burrows hill'! There is so much life and buzz on our campus already, with classes beginning and new friendships being formed between students from Highton and Bellarine - what a busy couple of days it has been.

Stay tuned for the next edition of 'Meg’s Message' where I will introduce to you our College Captains, Caelli and Jude.

Until next week....

 

Megan Heathcote

College Prefect

 

 

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Our organisers are a wonderful form of communication between teacher and parent.  Please check you students organiser each day, check for notices, sign and return daily

Our organisers are a wonderful form of communication between teachers and parents.  Please check your student's organiser each day for notices. 

Please sign and return the organiser to school with your child each day.

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The beginning of the school year is an exciting time. The Year 3 students have reflected on what they have enjoyed so far and what they are looking forward to about this year. Some of the...

The beginning of the school year is an exciting time. The Year 3 students have reflected on what they have enjoyed so far and what they are looking forward to about this year. Some of these are recorded below:

 

Viliami (3G) – I can’t wait to make new friends

Elizabeth (3R) – everything

Zen (3B) – I am wanting to get better at maths

Willow (3G) – Having swimming lessons during sport

Gilbert (3R) – going on camp

Mazie-Rae (3B) – I hope we get a class pet. A baby lion named Yum Yum

Tavier (3G) – Camp is going to be awesome

Sabrina (3R) – I want to find out more about STEAM

Toby (3B) – I’m looking forward to being taught different stuff

James Johnstone

Year 3 / 4 Coordinator

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We have received an invitation from the Geelong Advertiser to participate in a feature article they are putting together for publication later this term
They are aiming to photograph ever...

We have received an invitation from the Geelong Advertiser to participate in a feature article they are putting together for publication later this term.

The Addy are aiming to photograph every Prep Grade in the greater Geelong area to include in a special publication of their newspaper. They advise that they do intend to publish the first and second names of all students in the photographs.

The proposed timing for the photographs to be taken is not yet confirmed however the publication will be printed on Tuesday, 27th March, 2018.
Parents will also be given the opportunity to purchase a copy of the photograph from the Geelong Advertiser.

We will be forwarding a permission slip to you in the near future for us to make sure you're happy with your child being involved in this feature.

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Students in the Middle School kicked off the school year with a range of learning experiences as part of the two-day Education Conference.  We began with all students together in the gym ...

Students in the Middle School kicked off the school year with a range of learning experiences as part of the two-day Education Conference.  We began with all students together in the gym sharing a devotion with a message of caring and considering each other through prayer.  After this, we worked together to explore the things we are looking forward to in 2018.  It was great to see how well the students connected within the year levels and with their school.  From here, we moved into a variety of workshops, in which students discovered how they learn, who they are, what our school is all about and how to manage both their learning and their emotions.  It has been a wonderful start to the year and we look forward to journeying together in our learning throughout the year.

Nicola Morrish
Year 7 & 8 Coordinator

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On Thursday, February 8 at 2.15pm, we look forward to inducting our 2018 school leaders; in the areas of Prefects, House Leaders and Project Care Representatives (previously known as Stud...

On Thursday, February 8 at 2.15pm, we look forward to inducting our 2018 school leaders; in the areas of Prefects, House Leaders and Project Care Representatives (previously known as Student Representative Council). We’re excited to be welcoming parents, families and special guests to our Middle School community for this important event. Parents of students being inducted into a leadership position have been emailed a separate invitation already this week.

We are thrilled to announce that Mr Cam Greenwood, Founder of Monsta Surf, Entrepreneur, Photographer, Writer, Speaker, will be our guest for this important occassion. This promises to be an inspirational opportunity for our students to hear the work Cam has undertaken, both locally and internationally, while being encouraged in their own leadership journeys.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

 

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THE JOBS OF 2027

 
Important Links for Future Events for Year 12 Students:
 
 
Weekly Career News
Please click here for the Weekly Career News.  
This week highlighted:



Casual employ...

15 Future Chasers set to shake up 2018

We seem to get a buzz from calling young people lazy, entitled and self-obsessed. The frenzy around them spending too much money on smashed avo and too much time taking selfies is nothing new - but somehow we still seem to think this generation is the worst, most disinterested bunch.

This generation has experienced perhaps the most rapid, dramatic shifts of societal standards than any other generation before them. Overwhelmingly, this has resulted in a generation more driven toward progressing constant social change.

The Oxford Dictionary word of 2017 was ‘youthquake’, meaning a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.

With two major elections, first in the UK and second in New Zealand, usage of ‘youthquake’ spiked fivefold in 2017 compared to the previous year, describing a massive surge of young people making their political voices heard.

On the back of a year of immense and vivid change across the globe, we need new, unrestrained ideas and new thinking to create a strong future. We need to amplify the ‘youthquake’ and ensure that young people’s creativity, fearlessness and unfettered thinking is unleashed.

In 2018 the Federation for Young Australians (FYA) is working to put these young people at the centre, to ensure they are not just getting a seat at the table, but they’re actively engaged in the conversation and given licence to take the wheel.

Please view the attachment which highlights the 14 young Future Chasers ready to send ‘Youthquakes’ through 2018.

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It is an expectation that students wear full summer uniform to school, inclusive of  jumper when travelling to and from school. Please note that the College hat is compulsory during Terms 1 and 4 at recess and lunch for all Junior School students. Please also note that the summer and winter uniforms are quite different and therefore are not to be mixed. Please check with your child’s homeroom teacher if you are unsure as to the uniform requirements.

Also please be advised that students are NOT to wear headbands (particularly cat ears), clips and ribbons that are not consistent with the College colours of navy blue, white and maroon.

 

For PE/Sport Uniform please refer to the list of requirements below.

 

PE/SPORT UNIFORMS

Monday

Year 4, 2B and 2R - PE (maroon top)

Year 1 - Sport (coloured house top)

Tuesday

Prep, 2G and 2M - PE (maroon top)

Wednesday

Year 1 and 3 - PE (maroon top)

Thursday

Year 2 and 3 - Sport (coloured house top)

Friday

Year 4 and Prep - Sport (coloured house top)

 

Thank-you for your support in this matter.

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To select students for Inter School Swimming teams in 2018, it is necessary for us to hold trials for students from Year 4 - 9 at the Bellarine Campus.  This trial is designed to give our...

To select students for Inter-School Swimming teams in 2018, it is necessary for us to hold trials for students from Years 4 to 9 at the Bellarine Campus. This trial is designed to give our top-end swimmers a chance to make the Christian College teams. If you think your child may be interested in trying out, please read the attached document and then express your interest to myself, by Monday 5 February.

Kind regards,

Mr Andrew Tucker 
Sport Coordinator

Canteen for 2018 - Senior School
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - (Recess and lunch)
 
Dear Parents,
The Canteen relies on Parents voluntary help to operate.
If you feel you could help once...

Canteen for 2018 - Senior School

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - (Recess and lunch)

 

Dear Parents,

The Canteen relies on Parents voluntary help to operate.

If you feel you could help once a month for 2 hours, {9am- 11.45am or 12.00-2.15pm), could you please fill in the return slip attached.

All volunteers are required to have a Working with Children Card which is free. The form can be collected and lodged at the Post Office.

Please return the attached form completed ASAP so rosters can be organized.  The Canteen commences on Tuesday 6th February.

Feel free to contact me on 0409 137 661 or email me at canteen2@ccg.vic.edu.au if you have any questions. 

Thank you for your assistance.  Also you wil find attached the Canteen Menu for 2018.

 

Heather Smith

Canteen Manager

The implementation of 1:1 devices for our Year 4 students at Junior School this week has been an exciting process for both students and staff. Students have been guided through the many a...

The implementation of 1:1 devices for our Year 4 students at Junior School this week has been an exciting process for both students and staff. Students have been guided through the many aspects of using the device; from care and maintenance, to being introduced to a range of resources such as Outlook and OneNote. The devices will provide avenues for our Year 4 students to share thinking and learn collaboratively.

The Year 4 staff will hold a Parent Device Handover Session after school on Wednesday, 7th February (Week 2) in the 4R classroom. The first session will run from 3.30 – 4.30pm and be repeated from 5.00 – 6.00pm.

Mark Foran

Year 4  Level Leader

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Parents and Educators working together to assist our young people in safely navigating Middle School and the adolescent years.
 
All Middle School families from Year 5 to Year 9 (both new...

Parents and Educators working together to assist our young people in safely navigating Middle School and the adolescent years.

 

All Middle School families from Year 5 to Year 9 (both new and existing) are warmly invited and encouraged to attend our Partnering with Parents Evening and Social Supper, to be held on Thursday 15th February, commencing at 7pm in the Sports and Aquatic Centre.

As a school community we believe in the importance of working together with families to assist our young people in safely and positively navigating the academic, social, emotional and digital challenges of the adolescent years. Imperative in this, is the ongoing dialogue with educators, parents and students.

We hope that this interactive evening will provide valuable information and understanding, whilst also initiating further discussion between you and your young person at home. We warmly invite parents/guardians of all students to join us on for what promises to be an informative and insightful evening.

Following the session, we offer the opportunity to meet homeroom and specialist teachers over a social supper in the Gallery, whilst mingling with other College families. I look forward to seeing you there.

 

Kind regards,

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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Take Home Readers will commence for Prep during the second week of this term, when you will receive more information regarding our Prep reading program

'Take-Home Readers' will commence for Prep during the second week of this term.

We will also provide more information regarding our Prep reading program to you in the near future.

Meet the Year 9 Guerrilla Art students who will be representing our school at the Geelong After Dark Exhibition this May!
We have been accepted as a participant for the Geelong After Dark...

Meet the Year 9 Guerrilla Art students who will be representing our school at the Geelong After Dark Exhibition this May!

We have been accepted as a participant for the Geelong After Dark again this year following the success our Year 9 Studio Art students had last year. This year the theme is 'Earth' and the Guerrilla Art team have risen to the challenge.

Meet the artists as they share what motivates them to make art:

"Hello my name is Lachie Williams. My favourite thing in art is technical drawing because I enjoy designing things. I am passionate about sports." Lachie Williams 9S.

"My name is Nikki Frecklington, I am fourteen years old and I live in Highton. As an artist, I like architecture/design and photography. "The earth without art is just eh". I believe this in a literal and a metaphorical sense. If we did not have some sort of uniqueness and difference in the world, it would be extremely bland and the same. The issues that are important to me is mental health and acceptance, I like hearing other peoples stories of their experience and sometimes even relating my own to theirs. Showing this through art is important to me." Nikki Frecklington 9S.

"My name is Patrick McNamara. The medium I like to work with is advertising, street art, and 3D art. I like to keep up with the times. Politics interest me; I like to keep up with social issues in the community. I tend to do art with a meaning and a message. “There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place.” -Banksy. Patrick McNamara 9E

"Hello, my name is Shannon D'Costa. My favourite thing about art is to sculpt with a message because. The message that I think is quite important, is racism." Shannon D'Costa 9S

Throughout history, artists have not only documented the culture they live in, they have also shaped their culture. I am looking forward to watching these budding young artists shape their culture.

Mrs Lori Ruplal
Middle School Art, Design and Media Teacher - Bellarine Campus.

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We invite all of our College families to connect with us on social media!
It is a wonderful way for Students, Parents, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and extended family to keep informed a...

We invite all of our College families to connect with us on social media!

It is a wonderful way for Students, Parents, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and extended family to keep informed and keep connected with our vibrant learning community. 

For those on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, please feel free to follow any one (or all) of our official College accounts outlined below. For those parents or grandparents yet to explore the world of social media, this may just be the perfect opportunity to start your online journey! We would love to see you following us.

 

Instagram: @christiancollegegeelong and @backcreekcafe

Facebook: @ChristianCollege

Twitter: @ccgeelong

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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Children will have their school ID photographs taken on Monday 5th February
Please ensure students are in full uniform and hair is neat and tidy

Children will have their school ID photographs taken this coming Monday 5th February.

These photographs are used for school identification purposes only.

Please ensure students are in full uniform and their hair is neat and tidy for the occasion.

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Dear Families,
The Christian College Instrumental Music Program ‘swings’ into action next week!
THE COLLEGE ENSEMBLE PROGRAM
All Ensembles will commence rehearsing next week. Please find ...

Dear Families,

The Christian College Instrumental Music Program ‘swings’ into action next week!

THE COLLEGE ENSEMBLE PROGRAM

All Ensembles will commence rehearsing next week. Please find the ‘All campus rehearsal schedule’ attached for your reference. Families may be interested to see the vast array of opportunities available to students on this schedule. Students who wish to join ensembles are very welcome to approach their classroom/campus music teachers to discuss what opportunities are available to them.  Families are also welcome to direct queries to music.admin@ccg.vic.edu.au or to one of the directors of music Andrew Dunlop a.dunlop@ccg.vic.edu.au or Fiona Gardner f.gardner@ccg.vic.edu.au

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS

The College offers private tuition on a wide range of instruments; please find the details and application form for music lessons attached. Students can commence learning an instrument at any time throughout the year.

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO TRY AN INSTRUMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME

An exciting opportunity exists for students from Bellarine, Junior School and Highton Middle School to try a wind or orchestral string instrument. Students and families from these campuses are being invited to attend an instrument ‘Try Out’ session next Thursday February 8th in the Highton Middle School Chapel at either 4.00pm, 5.00pm or 6.00pm. At these sessions families and students will be able to meet and discuss the many opportunities in music at Christian College with staff, listen to demonstrations of the instruments and have a ‘hands-on’ opportunity to try the instruments. From this experience, students may then register for three free trial lessons on a chosen wind or orchestral string instrument.

There is no need for families to book/register to attend, just come along!

The instruments being demonstrated and trialled for these sessions are:

  • Woodwind – Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe and Bassoon.
  • Brass – Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba.
  • Strings - Violin, Cello, Double Bass.

The music staff look forward to working with students across the college and presenting great opportunities in music performance in 2018.

Fiona Gardner
Director of Music – Teaching & Learning

Andrew Dunlop
Director of Instrumental Music Performance and College Events.

 

KEEPING INFORMED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
It is important that we maintain a system through which we are able to communicate regularly with you. Our weekly newsletter The Vine is published eac...

KEEPING INFORMED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

It is important that we maintain a system through which we are able to communicate regularly with you. Our weekly newsletter The Vine is published each Friday afternoon. A link to the latest edition of The Vine is emailed to parents, however past editions can be accessed from this link as well. We encourage parents to bookmark and access The Vine regularly in order to keep up with all of our Middle School news. In fact, we rely on you to do so, as this is the most efficient way of keeping you up to date with all that is happening here.

Please also note that the College Portal holds a lot of important information, not least of which is the College Calendar with upcoming events listed. This is updated on an ongoing basis so you are encouraged to also check this regularly. We will add small reminders in The Vine  leading into some events, however checking the College Calendar will allow you to be aware of dates well in advance.

The College has introduced 'ParentPaperwork'. This Year all of our permission/consent forms will be administered digitally through ParentPaperwork and emailed direct to parents/guardians. All other communication, not requiring a signature will occur electronically through the weekly email.

As we continue to utilise electronic means for the bulk of our communication, it is important for families to keep their email accounts and mobile phone numbers active and updated on our database. Details can be updated on the Parent Portal, or alternatively notify us at reception.

 

SUN PROTECTION POLICY

As a College, we seek to protect our students from the sun’s harmful UV rays. All students (Year 5 to Year 9) are to now have the Christian College hat, which is to be worn for all outdoor activities, including recess, lunchtime and sport. Sunscreen is also made available for use by our students to ensure we protect them, particularly during Term 1 and Term 4. Please ensure that your child’s hat is clearly named.

 

USE OF STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHS

At various times throughout the school year, photographs of students may be taken in class, in sporting teams or when involved in a broad range of learning activities. A selection of such photographs or videos may then be used for College publicity and promotion, including class displays, student presentations, media presentations or for student teacher folios. Often this can be an effective way of acknowledging student and College achievements.  Our staff are always careful to choose only appropriate photographs to support our printed publicity, promotional material, newsletters or news and events reports on the Christian College website www.christiancollege.vic.edu.au  However, if any parents do NOT wish their son or daughter to be photographed for these purposes, named in College publications or on website reports, you are asked to notify your Head of Campus in writing by Friday, February 9. Parents would be aware that we live in a visual society where images convey more than words.

In addition, communications between our College and families are increasingly being made by electronic means. Our College ‘In Focus' Newsletters are published on the Portal and on the College website for you to access. Please take time to read these to fully appreciate the many events, achievements and celebrations that occur throughout the year.

 

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Please remember to put sunscreen on your child before bringing them to school in the mornings

Christian College is a sunsmart school and hats are always worn when the students are outside.

Please remember to put sunscreen on your child before bringing them to school in the mornings.

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The Christian College Instrumental Music Program ‘swings’ into action next week!
THE COLLEGE ENSEMBLE PROGRAM
All Ensembles will commence rehearsing next week. Please find the ‘All campus...

The Christian College Instrumental Music Program ‘swings’ into action next week!

THE COLLEGE ENSEMBLE PROGRAM

All Ensembles will commence rehearsing next week. Please find the ‘All campus rehearsal schedule’ attached for your reference. Families may be interested to see the vast array of opportunities available to students on this schedule. Students who wish to join ensembles are very welcome to approach their classroom/campus music teachers to discuss what opportunities are available to them.  Families are also welcome to direct queries to music.admin@ccg.vic.edu.au or to one of the directors of music Andrew Dunlop a.dunlop@ccg.vic.edu.au or Fiona Gardner f.gardner@ccg.vic.edu.au

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS

The College offers private tuition on a wide range of instruments; please find the details and application form for music lessons attached. Students can commence learning an instrument at any time throughout the year.

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO TRY AN INSTRUMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME

An exciting opportunity exists for students from the Bellarine Campus, Junior School - Belmont and Middle School - Highton to try a wind or orchestral string instrument. Students and families from these campuses are being invited to attend an instrument ‘Try Out’ session next Thursday February 8th in the Middle School - Highton Chapel at either 4.00pm, 5.00pm or 6.00pm. At these sessions families and students will be able to meet and discuss the many opportunities in music at Christian College with staff, listen to demonstrations of the instruments and have a ‘hands-on’ opportunity to try the instruments. From this experience, students may then register for three free trial lessons on a chosen wind or orchestral string instrument.

There is no need for families to book/register to attend, just come along!

The instruments being demonstrated and trialled for these sessions are:

  • Woodwind – Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe and Bassoon.
  • Brass – Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba.
  • Strings - Violin, Cello, Double Bass.

The music staff look forward to working with students across the college and presenting great opportunities in music performance in 2018.

Fiona Gardner
Director of Music – Teaching & Learning

Andrew Dunlop
Director of Instrumental Music Performance and College Events.

Our first staff meeting took place at the Surf Coast campus this week

The first staff meeting took place at the Surf Coast Campus this week and it was wonderful for our Staff community to get together and discuss the exciting learning that will take place this year.

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School Sport Victoria (SSV) State Team Trial Registrations are open for students who are 12years and under (as at 31/12/18) in the following Sports: Australian Rules Football (AFL), Cri...

School Sport Victoria (SSV) State Team Trial Registrations are open for students who are 12 years and under (as at 31/12/18) in the following Sports: Australian Rules Football (AFL), Cricket, Netball, Basketball, Football (Soccer) and Hockey.  These trial registrations close Thursday, 1st March 2018. You can find all the details via School Sport Victoria’s website. http://www.ssv.vic.edu.au/team-vic . If you are looking for a document that details the process please download the Team Vic Online Registrations Process. This will give you all the information you need to know before registering.

It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure everything is done by the nominated date. The College will need to endorse each registration, so please act sooner rather than later. If you wish to discuss this process, please contact Mr Richardson via email a.richardson@ccg.vic.edu.au or contact him by phone at the Middle School - Highton Campus 52411899.  

Andrew Richardson
Director of Health, Physical Education and Sport

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We are looking forward to the opportunity to offer Chess Lessons throughout Term 1, with Phil from 'Checkmate' Chess Coaching. 
Each week different lessons are taught such as tactics, str...

We are looking forward to the opportunity to offer Chess Lessons throughout Term 1, with Phil from 'Checkmate' Chess Coaching. 

Each week different lessons are taught such as tactics, strategies, special moves, traps and openings that will help players improve their game. Students are then paired up in a fun tournament playoff where they can display their new skills and knowledge. All skill levels are catered for!

Chess has many educational benefits such as improving concentration, problem solving, pattern recognition, analytical skills, memory recall and self-esteem. Most importantly, it’s about having fun learning how to play the world’s most popular mind sport!

Free Trial

Phil from Checkmate Chess Coaching will offer a free trial on Friday, 9th February (Week 2) for interested students. Chess Lessons will commence on Friday, 16th February (Week 3) and run for six consecutive Fridays. Payment is due on Friday 16th. The lessons will run at lunchtimes in the Middle School Library.

For more information, please contact Phil Hooton on 0421 901 530 or phil@chessforkids.com.au

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The Junior Choir is always excited about welcoming new members to the group! Comprising of Prep-Year 4 students, the Junior Choir rehearses on Tuesday mornings, 8am-8.40am in the Junior S...

The Junior Choir is always excited about welcoming new members to the group! Comprising of Prep to Year 4 students, the Junior Choir rehearses on Tuesday mornings, 8.00am to 8.40am in the Junior School - Belmont Chapel. Rehearsals are jam packed with warm ups, vocal games and learning of a number of songs and provide all round technique in areas such as pitch and tone development, memory work and basic notation reading. New members are encouraged to come along, beginning next week, Tuesday February 6th. I look forward to welcoming you!

Mrs Carla Dunlop

Junior Choir Director & Deputy Head of Campus

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Pancake Tuesday is an activity that students will participate in making and eating pancakes at school on Tuesday 13th February
Please let us know if  you have an concerns regarding your c...

Pancake Tuesday is a fun activity that students will participate in, making and eating pancakes at school on Tuesday 13th February.

Please let us know if you have an concerns regarding your child participating.

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The Junior Dance Group will be starting up in Week 3, Thursday February 15th at lunchtime, in the Chapel. The group welcomes members from Prep-4, however students will be encouraged to co...

The Junior Dance Group will be starting up in Week 3, Thursday February 15th at lunchtime, in the Junior School - Belmont Chapel. The group welcomes members from Prep to Year 4, however students will be encouraged to commit to rehearsals and attend weekly to help the group progress and develop effectively.

Dancing is a great source of exercise, improves coordination, encourages creativity and develops kinaesthetic memory. We are excited to announce Mrs Annie Boseley (Prep B teacher) and Mrs Jamie-Lee Lobbe (Year 1G teacher) as the Staff to lead the weekly sessions. If you are interested in your child coming along to dance sessions on Thursdays in the Chapel please inform your homeroom teacher through the school diary/email. 

Annie Boseley (Prep B teacher) and Jamie-Lee Lobbe (Year 1G teacher).

 

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 Barwon Health Immunisation Service is once again providing vaccinations for all Year 7 students.
To facilitate this process, please familiarize yourself with the following information:

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Barwon Health Immunisation Service is once again providing vaccinations for all Year 7 students.

To facilitate this process, please familiarize yourself with the following information:

  • Consent cards will be sent home via the students and need to be completed and returned by Friday 9th February regardless of whether the student will be immunised at school. Please write a note on the card to advise Barwon Health if you do not want your child vaccinated at school.
  • The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 authorises secondary schools to provide their local council with student and parent/guardian contact information for any student scheduled to receive a vaccination. This information assists local councils to follow-up parents/guardians of students with incomplete or missing consent cards

What information goes to local council?

Schools provide the following basic student and parent/guardian contact information:

  • Student name, gender, date of birth, year level, class, language(s) spoken at home
  • Parent/guardian name, phone number, email and postal address

This information will be provided to Barwon Health Immunisation in March 2018. If you do not wish for your details to be provided, please advise the school in writing before 28th February 2018.

  • Vaccinations for Middle School students will be held in the Sports and Aquatic Centre.
  • Students to wear sport uniform on the vaccination days to allow easy access to the upper arm.
  • Following vaccination, students will be seated for a minimum of 15 minutes in an adjacent location and under the supervision of their class teacher and within close proximity to the immunisation team. Any student who appears pale, unwell or distressed will remain close to the immunisation team until they are satisfied that the student is feeling better. If necessary parents will be contacted and the student will be sent home.
  • Please note that if students are particularly anxious or fearful, it may be best for you to arrange vaccinations privately.

To learn more about the diseases, the vaccines, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination go to immunehero.health.vic.gov.au

VACCINATION DATES FOR 2018

  • Thursday 03/05/18- Yr. 7 – Human papillomavirus and Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis
  • Thursday 29/11/18- Yr. 7 – Human papillomavirus

Please contact me via email at m.bettiol@ccg.vic.edu.au with any queries.

Marisa Bettiol
Year 7 Homeroom Teacher

 

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Ben Simmons. This exciting Australian 2016 NBA number one draft pick is capturing the attention of many budding junior basketballers. With so many Australians making a huge impact in the ...

Australian 2016 NBA number one draft pick, Ben Simmons,  is capturing the attention of many budding junior basketballers.  The recent excitement surrounding Australian athletes in the NBA and large numbers of people watching the NBL has seen unprecedented participation at the junior levels.

This Saturday 3rd February there is a 'Come and Try Session' at the new Geelong basketball stadium, AWA Alliance Bank Stadium from 8.30am to 9.45am. Following this will be the commencement of the Aussie Hoops program. Please see the attached flyers for further details.

We are excited to provide your child with the opportunity to join the Christian College Eagles Basketball Club. As part of this club students will have the opportunity to train, develop ball skills, contribute to a team and gain an understanding of the game

The CCG Eagles, training for Prep to Year 4 students takes place on Tuesday afternoons at our Middle School - Highton Sports and Aquatic Centre, with games on Thursday afternoons at AWA Stadium and Geelong Arena. We already have a number of students playing in eight teams from Prep to Year 4. The winter season will commence early in Term 2.

For any families interested in finding out more information about CCG Eagles Basketball club, feel free to contact Flora Murdoch, Basketball & Netball Administration, on 0418 524 540 or email f.murdoch@ccg.vic.edu.au or myself n.rice@ccg.vic.edu.au.

 

PE/SPORT UNIFORMS

Monday

Year 4, 2B and 2R - PE (maroon top)

Year 1 - Sport (coloured house top)

Tuesday

Prep, 2G and 2M - PE (maroon top)

Wednesday

Year 1 and 3 - PE (maroon top)

Thursday

Year 2 and 3 - Sport (coloured house top)

Friday

Year 4 and Prep - Sport (coloured house top)

 

 

Nick Rice

HPE & Sport Teacher

 
CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CANTEEN - 2018 - MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGHTON
Monday, Wednesday and Friday - (Recess and lunch)
 
Dear Parents,
 
The Canteen relies on Parents voluntary help to operate.
 
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MIDDLE SCHOOL - HIGHTON CANTEEN AVAILABLE: Monday, Wednesday and Friday - (Recess and lunch)

Dear Parents,

The Canteen relies on Parents voluntary help to operate.
If you feel you could help once a month for 2 hours, {9am- 11.45am or 12.00-2.15pm), could you please fill in the return slip attached.

All volunteers are required to have a Working with Children Card which is free. The form can be collected and lodged at the Post Office.

Please return the completed form below by the end of the week or ASAP so rosters can be organized.

CANTEEN COMMENCES ON

Monday 5th FEBRUARY


Feel free to contact me on 0409 137 661 or email me at canteen2@ccg.vic.edu.au if you have any questions. Thank you.

Heather Smith
(Canteen Manager)

The Canteen relies on Parents' voluntary help to operate.  If you feel you could help once a month for 2 hours (9:00am to 11:45am or 12 noon to 2:15pm), could you please contact Heather S...

The Canteen relies on Parents' voluntary help to operate. If you feel you could help once a month for 2 hours (9:00am to 11:45am or 12 noon to 2:15pm), could you please contact Kristy Burrow, Canteen Manager on 0438 548806 or email k.burrow@ccg.vic.edu.au 

All volunteers are required to have a Working with Children Card and to have completed a Volunteer form. The Volunteer forms are available from the School office and a Working with Children form can be collected and lodged at any Post Office free of charge. 

Canteen commences on Friday, 9th February. All lunch orders must be written on a brown paper bag. Receiving lunch orders in plastic snap lock bags will incur a 10c charge.  Icy Poles can no longer be ordered. Students are to purchase these at the Canteen window.

We are hoping to have rosters organised early next week and we would greatly appreciate any assistance. The Canteen List is attached for your information. 

Thank you

Kristy Burrow
Junior School Canteen Manager

Interested in your child learning how to play Chess? Chess Club will be held each Monday during lunchtime in the Junior School Chapel. The cost is $90 per child and $80 for sibling. The b...

Interested in your child learning how to play Chess? This term's Chess Club will be held each Monday during lunchtime in the Junior School - Belmont Chapel commencing 5th February until 26th March, 2018 The cost is $90 per child and $80 each for siblings.

The benefits of learning to play chess include strategic thinking, improved self esteem, attention span in class, lateral thinking, team work and analytical skills. 

If you would like to enrol your child please collect an application form for the Junior School office.

If you require any further information pease contact Phil Hooton at phil@chessforkids.com.au 

 

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The staff at Christian College Junior School have decided to continue using the Ashton Scholastic Book Clubs.
Ashton Scholastic Book Clubs offer a convenient way for your children to sele...

The staff at Christian College Junior School have decided to continue using the Ashton Scholastic Book Clubs.

Ashton Scholastic Book Clubs offer a convenient way for your children to select and purchase worthwhile and appealing books, although there is never any obligation to do so.  The books span a wide range of reading levels and interests.  However, not all of the reading material is necessarily recommended by our College.

This year, books may be ordered using either of the following methods:

1.  You are able to order and pay for your child's books using LOOP which is the Scholastic Book Club Linked Online Ordering and Payment platform.

Link in to: scholastic.com.au/LOOP and then follow the steps which have been included in the attached information sheet.

2.   Return your child’s order form together with a cheque or credit card receipt number.

When paying for Ashton Scholastic Books could all payments be either:

Cheque – made payable to Ashton Scholastic or Credit card – payment can be made by phone (Automated free call 1800 557 908) or online.

For the online option, please follow the prompts for ‘Parent Payments’ on the Ashton Scholastic site at www.scholastic.com.au/.

As you follow the prompts, you will be given a receipt number which will need to be recorded and returned together with your child’s order form.

Please do not send cash.

Kind regards,

Violet Novacevski

Ashton Scholastic Book Club Coordinator

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School Sport Victoria (SSV) State Team Trial Registrations are open for students who are 12years and under (as at 31/12/18) in the following Sports: Australian Rules Football (AFL), Crick...

School Sport Victoria (SSV) State Team Trial Registrations are open for students who are 12years and under (as at 31/12/18) in the following Sports: Australian Rules Football (AFL), Cricket, Netball, Basketball, Football (Soccer) and Hockey.  These trial registrations close Thursday, 1st March. You can find all the details via School Sport Victoria’s website. http://www.ssv.vic.edu.au/team-vic . If you are looking for a document that details the process please download the Team Vic Online Registrations Process. This will give you all the information you need to know before registering.

It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure everything is done by the nominated date. The College will need to endorse each registration, so please act sooner rather than leaving it closer to the closing date. If you wish to discuss this process then please contact Mr Richardson via email a.richardson@ccg.vic.edu.au or contact him by phone at the Highton Campus 52411899.  

Andrew Richardson
Director of Health, Physical Education and Sport
Senior School - Waurn Ponds

 

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