Hi Parents,
I’ve been thinking lately about kids and the time they spend on devices at home. Personally I think my children spend too much time on their phones, computers and all the adde...

Hi Parents,

I’ve been thinking lately about kids and the time they spend on devices at home. Personally, I think my children spend too much time on their phones, computers and all the added extras. So I looked at this issue a little and came up with the following (I hope this helps us all a little):

Balancing time online
We know that kids spend a lot of time online and often on multiple devices. From homework and listening to music, to instant messaging friends and checking out the latest on social media, the reality is many kids are using a screen every day. Screen time can also be an easy option to keep younger kids occupied in our busy lives. So how much screen time is too much for your child?

How much is too much time online?
There is no magic guideline for the ‘right’ amount of time for children to spend online. This is a matter for you to decide—but there are guidelines that can help you in addition to factoring in the age of your kids, their maturity level and your family dynamics.

Australia’s National Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines 
Your child’s age Recommended screen time
Two years to zero: Babies and toddlers should not watch any television or other electronic media (DVDs, computers and electronic games).
Two to five years: Less than one hour per day. 
5 to 17 years: Less than two hours per day.
*These guidelines refer to 'entertainment' only, and do not include the screen time students would use for educational purposes.

Please stay tuned for next week’s article, as the information may help us even more.

Happy parenting

Gary Crole
Chaplain, Bellarine campus.

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Our Senior School swimming championships are on Tuesday 28th February and we are all excited about this traditional House event.
There will be the opportunity for all students to contribu...

Our Senior School Swimming Championships are on Tuesday, February 28 and we are all excited about this traditional House event.

There will be the opportunity for all students to contribute, be it in the pool, on land or even in the 'House chants'. A highlight is the House Synchronised Swimming event, which has enthused our students since the start of term. Students try out for the team, and they then devote their lunchtimes to practising their routine. Their routine has specific music which enables them to impress the judges.

At our swimming sports there are many opportunities for students to compete in relays on land that involve passing water. This is always humorous and a great crowd attraction.

All students are expected to attend this compulsory event, and if they are unwell on the day, we may ask for a medical certificate.

 

Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School

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Stories are powerful and in Year 6, students are being told one of the greatest stories of all through the ‘Big Picture Story Bible.’
Although the Bible was written thousands of years ago...

Stories are powerful, and in Year 6, students are being told one of the greatest stories of all through the ‘Big Picture Story Bible.’

Although the Bible was written thousands of years ago, the stories within it are still as much alive and relevant today as they were back then. Our Year 6 students are learning about Biblical characters and the lessons we can take from them - and especially the role Jesus plays in our salvation and faith journey!

This has generated many questions and rich discussion from the students as they begin to ponder what having a 'faith' means to them personally. The students are looking forward to reading the Easter story in the coming weeks as we approach this significant event in our calendar. 

 

Peter Fossey

Year 6 Co-ordinator

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The World Day of Prayer is a celebrated event each year for Christians all over the world, across all denominations. As a College,  all campuses celebrate the day which highlights the val...

The World Day of Prayer is a celebrated event each year for all denominations of Christians all over the world.

The day highlights the value of prayer in our lives, as well as providing a great opportunity for students to learn about other countries and their different circumstances and lifestyles.

At Christian College, all campuses pay their respect to this day, and this year the focus is on the Philippines - and the theme: "Am I being Unfair to You?”

Students at Junior School will celebrate this event in their homerooms as part of their daily devotions.

 

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On Thursday, March 2, our Student Leaders will be inducted in a service to be held at the Christian College Bellarine Centre for Music, Sport and Performing Arts at 2.15pm.

Please see the attached letter for further details. 

This is an important formal event in the life of our College. 

Nicholas Watson
Head of Campus

Parents are reminded that the Early Years Literacy Program Classroom Helpers' Training will be held in the Junior School Library on Wednesday, 1st March, at 7:00pm.
If you are interested ...

Parents are reminded that training for classroom helpers for the Early Years Literacy Program will be held in the Junior School Library on Wednesday, March 1, at 7pm.

This is an important session to help our parents, and others, maximise their ability to assist in a Classrooom Helper role.

If you are interested in assisting in the classroom - and you haven't done the training - please come along on Wednesday.

Supper is provided, so to assist our catering, please contact the Junior School Administration Office if you are able to attend.

Note: Those people who have already responded do not need to do so again.

 

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The state of one’s self-esteem varies from day to day or even hour to hour. Young people are on a roller coaster of emotions and they have pressures from outside and from within.
The bigg...

The state of one’s self-esteem varies from day to day, or even hour to hour.

Young people are on a roller coaster of emotions and they have pressures from outside as well as within. The biggest condition that gets presented to us at school is anxiety. It may be anxiety related to their school work or social pressure.

While there are many, many forms or reasons for anxiety, there are also many possible solutions.

One method, that is research based, is to make time for your child. Being able to sit with them and to hear their story is something that is very important for them. While many children enter the family home with a “grunt” and head for the fridge, there are occasions when time spent with them will reap rich returns.

The sense of belonging is important for us all. We wear our footy scarf on the way to the game to feel connected with that team. We are dismayed if we are not invited to a particular party and feel left out. Disappointment is going to happen and we all feel it. What is within our control is how we deal with that disappointment.

Do we see it as a means of learning more about ourselves?

Do we share our feelings with our parents or children?

Do we spend that special time with our children in which the bonds are strengthened?

Simple examples are eating together as a family and talking, watching a special television show together, walking the dog and talking. The more dialogue the better, and the better the relationship will become.

More information may be found at www.understandingteenagers.com.au

I wish you well, and please contact the school if ever we may be able to assist.

 

Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School

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Year 9 Mentors
The presentation of badges to the Middle School Highton Year 9 Mentors was held Thursday morning in front of parents, Year 5 & Year 9 students. The mentors play an integral...

The presentation of badges to the Middle School Highton Year 9 Mentors was held Thursday morning in front of parents, as well as students from Year 5 and 9.

The mentors play an integral role in supporting and assisting the Year 5 students with their transition into the Middle School. Mentors present devotions, organise activities, work with the students in class and are another person the Year 5 students can rely on if they have questions or concerns.

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The Junior School Classroom visits and picnic was a great time of fellowship, fun and exploring some of the work students have completed over the early weeks of term. Parents and visitors...

The Junior School classroom visits and picnic was a great time of fellowship, fun and exploring some of the work students have completed over the early weeks of term.

Parents and visitors were treated to an enthusiastic time of show-and-tell, as the children proudly showcased their work and teachers explained the different programs that students participate during a school day.

Classroom visits were followed up with a wonderful time of community, as families and staff were able to mingle on the Junior School oval and enjoy a picnic together.

 

Pam McKeeman
Deputy Head of Campus

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In Year 11 Maths Methods Unit 1, the first assessment task for the year involved a practical activity with bottles, jars or vases of irregular shape.
In groups, students filled their vess...

In Year 11 Maths Methods Unit 1, the first assessment task for the year involved a practical activity with bottles, jars or vases of irregular shape.

In groups, students filled their vessel at a steady rate with coloured water and recorded their efforts in slow-mo video. It took a few practices to get the water flowing smoothly, and a lot of teamwork to coordinate the filling, measuring, timing and recording, with special emphasis on stopping the water before it overflowed!

On returning to the classroom, students analysed their videos to make a table of results comparing height to time, constructed graphs and 2D models, and calculated the average rates of change using the formula for gradient of a line segment.

This was a fun, visual and active way for students to demonstrate their understanding of ‘rates of change’, as well as their mastery of technology and its applications.

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We encourage you to read the below invitation and attend the MYTERN Parent Information Session on Thursday, March 9.
7pm Parents from all campuses are welcome Middle School Highton Supper...

We encourage you to read the below invitation and attend the MYTERN Parent Information Session on Thursday, March 9.

MYTERN Parent Information Session

Thursday, March 9

7pm MYTERN Parent Information Session
Parents from Junior School are welcome
Venue:  Middle School Highton  
Supper to follow

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance at Middle School Reception by Friday, March 3 (for catering purposes) by calling 5241 1899.

 

Year 7 Camp
 
All Year 7 students had the opportunity to experience a time of bonding, adventure and fun at Cave Hill Creek this week. Set in the picturesque mountains of Mt Cole State Fo...

All Year 7 students had the opportunity to experience a time of bonding, adventure and fun at Cave Hill Creek this week. Set in the picturesque mountains of Mt Cole State Forest, the camp provides a variety of physical, intellectual and team building activities that both challenge and excite the students. A full report will be provided in the upcoming In Focus. We thank Ms Williams and the Year 7 team of teachers and support staff for the time, effort and care they provided for all students.

 

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With thousands of free apps and video games available that mimic gambling, working out the difference between gaming and gambling is getting harder.
As well as being everywhere, many of t...

With thousands of free apps and video games available that mimic gambling, working out the difference between gaming and gambling is getting harder.

As well as being everywhere, many of these gambling-themed apps and video games use inflated odds - giving young people the impression that winning is just as easy in the real world.

On top of this, advertising on many of these apps and games leads to real gambling sites, creating an easy pathway from fake gambling to real gambling.

Australian research shows teens playing these apps may:

  • think gambling is a normal, everyday activity
  • be more inclined to take up gambling
  • be more confident about winning due to false beliefs about gambling odds

Even though teens can’t win real money from these apps, they can spend real money on in-app purchases to boost their chances in the game. These often cost only a few dollars, but a player in the ‘zone’ can quickly rack up expenses.

Video games like 'Grand Theft Auto' and 'The Sims', and even complimentary games on Nintendo DS consoles, feature gambling by including casino and poker machine elements.

The good news is that you can help your child understand how gambling actually works, despite these games making it seem like a regular and easy way to win money. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to be an expert before you talk to your teen. These games are constantly changing and you can’t be expected to know about them all. The trick is to talk to them about how these games make gambling feel more normal, and can be misleading about their chances of winning; so the next time they come across one of these games, they’ll be a little more savvy.

Ask your teen if you can look at the trending games in the Apple Store or on Google Play together and see if you can spot games that look like gambling. Tell them these might be using inflated odds to give false confidence and mention how small, in-app purchases can add up quickly.

For more information about games that look like gambling and how to talk to your teen about them, go to: www.lovethegame.vic.gov.au 

Dianne Martin

Deputy Head of Senior School

 

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The Year 5 students are embarking on the exciting journey of creating their own atlases.
This is a multidisciplinary, collaborative unit that draws on Geography, Maths, English, Science, ...

The Year 5 students are embarking on the exciting journey of creating their own atlases.

This is a multidisciplinary, collaborative unit that draws on Geography, Maths, English, Science, Digital Design and Christian Education. Their comprehensive projects will culminate in an Expo at the end of Term 2. 

Last week students had the pleasure of attending a presentation by a professional Graphic Designer named Kevin McNulty.  He stimulated the students’ thinking by sharing some of his own work. The purpose of Kevin’s visit was to give the students some ideas to inspire them to complete elements of their atlases to a high-quality standard.

He covered topics such as conveying through drawings and images, the importance of versatility and knowing your audience. This session gave the students a chance to think about a range of learning dispositions including planning, imagining, persevering, noticing, questioning and craftsmanship.

In Kevin’s images and through his riveting presentation, he captured the students’ imaginations, and we look forward to seeing what they produce as a result of this quality workshop. We thank Kevin for coming to visit us in the exciting Year 5 area!

To watch an interesting video on the theme of craftsmanship, please watch The Story of Austin’s Butterfly here.

We use this video and its message to help students in develop a growth mindset in many skill sets, including writing, scientific illustrations, artistic projects and a wide range of tasks where craftsmanship may benefit their individual or group journeys to completion.

 

Mr David Kehler

Building Learning Power Coordinator

Year 5 Classroom Teacher

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Each Tuesday and Thursday the Year 2 students intermingle to participate in various play based Maths activities. These rotations provide the opportunity to revise, consolidate and extend ...

Each Tuesday and Thursday the Year 2 students intermingle to participate in various play-based Maths activities.

These rotations provide the opportunity to revise, consolidate and extend their mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills. The hands-on activities have been intentionally planned to assist the children in exploring a variety of concepts.

It also allows the two classrooms to interact as a year level, and further develop friendships across the cohort. Groups are a sound mixture of both classes, encouraging students to make new friendships and continue old.

These Maths rotations are a productive time both academically and socially.

Samantha Bett & Mark Jacobi
Year 2 Homeroom Teachers

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We invite our College community to come and explore our newly opened Butterfield House Kindergarten + Care.
Saturday March 25th from 10am - 12pm240 Great Ocean Road, TorquayMusic, enterta...

We invite our College community to come and explore our newly-opened Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care.

Saturday, March 25 from 10am - 12pm
240 Great Ocean Road, Torquay
Music, entertainment, BBQ, a magician and showbags - it's going to be a great morning for the whole family!

See you there!

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As we know, the parenting landscape is constantly shifting, always bringing new challenges for parents. Not only are children and young people constantly growing and developing, but socie...

As we know, the parenting landscape is constantly shifting, always bringing new challenges for parents.

Not only are children and young people constantly growing and developing, but social trends evolve and change at such rapid rates, that it is hard to keep up. It is also hard to differentiate between the significant and the frivolous, when it comes to trends and how to manage this along our parenting journey.

The five points Dr Justin Coulson discusses in Encouraging Boys to be Respectful and Caring are of benefit to us as educators in our approach to 'WARRM' conversations - as part of our Restorative Practice. Points such as “who has been affected”, “reflection” on the behaviour and “moving on” (more respectful and caring behaviour) are particularly valuable. However the discussion also provides wonderful encouragement for all of us as parents to help frame our conversations with our young people.

While the clip targets the development of gentle, caring and respectful boys, the approach is equally valuable for our girls.


Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Campus

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It has come to our attention that many parents are parking in the roundabout when collecting their children in the afternoon. Parents are not permitted to park in the roundabout at pick u...

It has come to our attention that some parents are parking in the roundabout when collecting their children in the afternoon.

To ensure the safety of our children moving through the school grounds, parents are not permitted to park in the roundabout at pick-up time. From Monday, the front gates will be closed between 3:15pm and 3:45pm.

Parents are also reminded that cars may only be parked in the designated car parks in the Civic Centre Car Park. It is illegal to park outside these areas, and doing so creates significant risk for our children as they make their way to and from their own cars.

Civic Authorities will be asked to check on cars parked illegally.

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Our Middle School- Highton Prefect group and the Senior School Captains ventured up to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on Thursday to be involved in the ‘GRIP Leadership Conference’ with ...

Our Middle School Highton Prefect group and the Senior School Captains ventured to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on Thursday to be involved in the ‘GRIP Leadership Conference’, along with over 1000 other student leaders from across the state.

Our students were able to network, glean ideas from others and be prepared in practical ways for their leadership roles within the College. Topics presented in the main forum and in break-out elective sessions included how to generate ideas ‘outside of the box’, how to put these ideas into action, looking at ways to overcome leadership challenges and how to seek support from their peers.

There was a real buzz among the students following the conference, with many exciting ideas and a real anticipation for the year ahead developing as they serve and lead their peers. We see this conference as one way in which to invest into our young student leaders, and we look forward to mentoring and meeting regularly with this group throughout the year.

 

Mr Adam Kennedy

Year 9 Co-ordinator

Miss Kerrie Reid

Deputy Head of Campus

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Last week all of the children from Year 2 and 6 spent some time renewing their buddy friendships from their Prep year whilst collaborating on a challenge activity. They were given some ne...

Last week all of the children from Year 2 and Year 6 spent some time renewing their 'buddy' friendships from their Prep year while, collaborating on a challenge activity.

They were given some newspaper, tape and a marble - and were then asked to create the longest marble run possible with the materials available. Working together, groups of students stretched their 'Building Learning Power' muscles to design and build their marble runs.

They exercised their collaboration, imagination and absorption muscles in an effort to make links to solve and create. The students displayed how effectively they could take an idea and turn it into a reality.

This proved to be a most engaging activity, which highlighted the students' talents and capabilities in a variety of different areas.

Pam McKeeman
Deputy Head of Campus

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On Thursday the 24th of February, Kirrily McConachy, Mitchell Grunberg, Corrine McConachy and Ben Bowers represented the Bellarine campus at the Deakin District Tennis tournament at Geelo...

On Thursday, February 24, Kirrily McConachy, Mitchell Grunberg, Corrine McConachy and Ben Bowers represented the Bellarine campus at the Deakin District Tennis tournament at Geelong College.

All four students played a number of games throughout the day, displaying a good level of skill and sportsmanship. A big congratulations goes to Kirrily, who won the girls' section of the tournament and will now go on to represent the College at the Geelong Division Championships in March.

Caitlin Hoiles
P.E. Coordinator

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As we know, the parenting landscape is constantly shifting, always bringing new challenges for parents. Not only are children and young people constantly growing and developing, but socie...

As we know, the parenting landscape is constantly shifting, always bringing new challenges for parents.

Not only are children and young people constantly growing and developing, but social trends evolve and change at such rapid rates, that it is hard to keep up. It is also hard to differentiate between the significant and the frivolous, when it comes to trends and how to manage this along our parenting journey.

The five points Dr Justin Coulson discusses in Encouraging Boys to be Respectful and Caring are of benefit to us as educators in our approach to 'WARRM' conversations - as part of our Restorative Practice. Points such as “who has been affected?”, “reflection” on the behaviour and “moving on” (more respectful and caring behaviour) are particularly valuable. However the discussion also provides wonderful encouragement for all of us as parents to help frame our conversations with our young people.

While the clip targets the development of gentle, caring and respectful boys, the approach is equally valuable for our girls.

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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The VCE and Careers Expo 2017
Thursday 4th May and Friday 5th May, 9am - 3pm
Saturday 6th May and Sunday 7th May, 10am - 4pm
Caulfield Racecourse, Station St, Caulfield (an indoor venue)....

The VCE and Careers Expo 2017

Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5: 9am - 3pm

Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7: 10am - 4pm

Caulfield Racecourse, Station St, Caulfield (an indoor venue). Free parking in designated areas.

The VCE and Careers Expo is Australia's biggest careers and education event. There will be more than 170 exhibitors with VCE resources, tertiary course and career information. Exhibitors include Australia's major universities. The Expo features 156 seminars on VCE subjects including English and Mathematics, tertiary courses, career and study advice.

Admission is $10, or $25 for families of three or more (children under 14 are free) and tickets are valid for all four days of the Expo. Admission includes all seminars.

For more information go to: http://www.vceandcareers.com.au/

 

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This week in Integrated Studies, Year 2 Students have been investigating and exploring the lifecycle of insects such as a butterfly and a ladybird. They have been watching lots of clips, ...

This week in Integrated Studies, Year 2 students have been investigating and making comparisons between the life cycles of insects, such as butterflies and ladybirds.

They have been researching their topics, using various resources like reading books, watching video clips and sharing their pre-existing knowledge about 'minibeasts' and insects with their peers. This has helped our students extend their knowledge and make connections to new learning. 

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We encourage you to read the below invitation and attend the MYTERN Parent Information Session on Thursday, March 9.
7pm Parents from all campuses are welcome Middle School Highton Supper...

We encourage you to read the below invitation and attend the MYTERN Parent Information Session on Thursday, March 9.

MYTERN Parent Information Session

Thursday, March 9
7pm MYTERN Parent Information Session
Parents from Junior School are welcome
Venue: Middle School Highton
Supper to follow

RSVP: Please confirm your attendance at Middle School Reception by Friday, March 3 (for catering purposes) by calling 5241 1899.

We encourage you to read the below invitation and attend the MYTERN Parent Information Session on Thursday, March 9.
7pm Parents from all campuses are welcome Middle School Highton Supper...

We encourage you to read the below invitation and attend the MYTERN Parent Information Session on Thursday, March 9.

MYTERN Parent Information Session

Thursday, March 9
7pm MYTERN Parent Information Session
Parents from Junior School are welcome
Venue: Middle School Highton
Supper to follow

RSVP: Please confirm your attendance at Middle School Reception by Friday, March 3 (for catering purposes) by calling 5241 1899.

As a part of our STEAM lesson on Monday, 27th February the students will be creating a Self Irrigated Planter (SIP).  To complete this task the students are required to bring either a one...

As a part of our STEAM lesson on Monday, February 27, the students will be creating a Self-Irrigated Planter (SIP).  

To complete this task, the students will need to bring either a one-litre or a two-litre soft drink or milk bottle to school.

It would be appreciated if you could ensure that the bottle is thoroughly washed before to coming to school.

 

Thank you

Debbie, Lisa and Paige

Year 3 Teachers

 

 

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Last week saw our Year 7s enjoy a three-day ‘Getting to Know You’ camp at Cave Hill Creek, Beaufort.
The beautiful weather and stunning location were a blessing to us all, with students i...

Our Year 7s last week enjoyed a three-day ‘Getting to Know You’ camp at Cave Hill Creek, Beaufort.

The beautiful weather and stunning location were a blessing to us all, with students immersing themselves in an array of activities, both challenging and fun.  Climbing ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and building a ‘Crate Stack’, along with canoeing, were just a few of these.

Highlights included a camp out for the girls on the first night, and the second night for the boys - with a campfire and toasted marshmallows! The girls also enjoyed using a slingshot to fire water balloons, while the boys found hidden caves on the night bushwalk.

The students mixed well in their 'tribe, and took up the challenge to be the best tribe by working together as a supportive group.

New friendships have been formed and old ones strengthened, setting the Year 7s up for a wonderful year together.

Nicola Morrish
Year 7 & 8 Coordinator

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As we know, the parenting landscape is constantly shifting, always bringing new challenges for parents. Not only are children and young people constantly growing and developing, but socie...

As we know, the parenting landscape is constantly shifting, always bringing new challenges for parents.

Not only are children and young people constantly growing and developing, but social trends evolve and change at such rapid rates, that it is hard to keep up. It’s also hard to differentiate between the significant and the frivolous, when it comes to trends and changes and how to manage this along our parenting journey.

The 5 points Dr Justin Coulson discusses in Encouraging Boys to be Respectful and Caring are of benefit to us as Educators in our approach to 'WARRM' conversations - as part of our Restorative Practice. Points such as “who has been affected?”, “reflection” on the behaviour and “moving on” (more respectful and caring behaviour) are particularly valuable. However the discussion also provides wonderful encouragement for all of us as parents to help frame our conversations with our young person.

While the clip targets the development of gentle, caring and respectful boys, the approach is equally valuable for our girls.


Mrs Marion Nott

Head of Campus

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As we know, the parenting landscape is constantly shifting, always bringing new challenges for parents. Not only are children and young people constantly growing and developing, but socie...

As we know, the parenting landscape is constantly shifting, always bringing new challenges for parents.

Not only are children and young people constantly growing and developing, but social trends evolve and change at such rapid rates, that it is hard to keep up. It’s also hard to differentiate between the significant and the frivolous, when it comes to trends and how to manage this along our parenting journey.

The 5 points Dr Justin Coulson discusses in Encouraging Boys to be Respectful and Caring are of benefit to us as Educators in our approach to 'WARRM' conversations - as part of our Restorative Practice. Points such as “who has been affected?”, “reflection” on the behaviour and “moving on” (more respectful and caring behaviour) are particularly valuable. However the discussion also provides wonderful encouragement for all of us as parents to help frame our conversations with our young people.

While the clip targets the development of gentle, caring and respectful boys, the approach is equally valuable for our girls.


Mr Nicholas Watson

Head of Campus

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As part of our Year 9 History curriculum, a group of students attended the Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience at the Geelong Arena.  The self-guided tour of the exhibition immerses part...

As part of our Year 9 History curriculum, a group of students attended the 'Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience' at the Geelong Arena. 

The self-guided tour of the exhibition immerses participants in World War 1 memorabilia on loan from the National War Memorial in Canberra.  

Students had the following to say about the Experience:

"It was very interesting. The quotes, the audio and the moving exhibits all made learning about WW1 more enjoyable than reading about it in class." – Shaun Altmann

"The day was fun and informative. There were a lot of things that were cool! The narration was automated and the sensors at each display helped us appreciate the artefacts on display. There were a lot of projections and edits to make it interesting, interactive and easy to understand." – Sabeer Najumudeen

Out-of-classroom experiences such as this excursion are an important part of the students learning, as it broadens their understanding and are also an enjoyable and vital part of the Christian College curriculum. The next step in this experience is for the students who attended to share what they learned with other students within their class.

 

Leon O'Neill

 

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We invite our College community to come and explore our newly opened Butterfield House Kindergarten + Care.
Saturday March 25th from 10am - 12pm240 Great Ocean Road, TorquayMusic, enterta...

We invite our College community to come and explore our newly-opened Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care.

Saturday March 25 from 10am - 12pm
240 Great Ocean Road, Torquay
Music, entertainment, BBQ, a magician and showbags - it's going to be a great morning for the whole family!

See you there!

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In year 8 Science the students have been looking at how different compounds respond to heat. The students completed a ‘Flaming Atoms’ experiment which involved the students spraying diffe...

In Year 8 Science, the students have been looking at how different compounds respond to heat.

The students completed a ‘Flaming Atoms’ experiment, which involved the students spraying different compounds into a Bunsen burner flame and noting down their observations of the different colours each compound produced. The students really enjoyed observing the different colours each one produced. 

 

Mr Andy Davies

Science Teacher

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Just a reminder to parents that the price of cookies have changed this year and are now 70c each or 3 for $2 so please ensure you are sending the correct money. A full canteen pricelist i...

Just a reminder to parents that the price of cookies has changed this year.

They are now 70 cents each, or three for $2, so please ensure you are sending the correct money. A full canteen pricelist is available on the Parent Portal.

Also, please remember that lunches have to be packed in a paper bag to send to the classrooms - freezer bags or envelopes are not suitable for this purpose. If you are unable to send the lunch order in a paper bag, please ensure that an extra 10 cents is included for a bag to be provided.

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Welcome Back to the Lab!
The past few weeks have seen the Middle School students return to the Science lab with enthusiasm. We are encouraging all students to be independent learners and ...

Welcome Back to the Lab!

The past few weeks have seen the Middle School students return to the Science lab with enthusiasm. We are encouraging all students to be independent learners and keep their eyes open to notice changes during their investigations and experiments. Students who ask questions are well on their way to thinking scientifically and show that they are engaging with their learning.

Some recent highlights have been the Year 8 students proudly learning the top 10 elements on the Periodic Table, even though the song can be annoyingly addictive. Year 7 students are all qualified with their Bunsen Burner Licence, putting it into practice this week as they heated water, also exercising observing, timing and measuring skills. Year 5 students have been exploring the properties of light, carefully using the special light boxes to shine light through different materials. They all know the difference between translucent, transparent and opaque – ask them! Year 6 students have been amazingly cooperative and self motivated, remembering to water their group plant experiments on a daily basis. Each group planned different variables to test. And finally the Year 9 students have accomplished two dissections: the brain and the eye. Impressively, they independently learnt how the different parts of the eye contribute to “how we see” from a nerve pathway perspective. There could be some surgeons in the making, as they handled the scalpels and other dissecting equipment with care and skill. It is fantastic to work with these young scientists in such a positive trusting way. 

Deb Singleton, Jorge Viegas and Michael Lewis
Middle School Science teachers

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The Christian College Surf Coast Campus is very excited to be offering Prep positions for the commencement of 2018. 
The foundation class of Prep will experience the same pastoral care, e...

The Christian College Surf Coast Campus is very excited to be offering Prep positions for the commencement of 2018. 

The foundation class of Prep will experience the same pastoral care, educational benefits and culture of the renowned Christian College program, which is so highly regarded at our existing Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula Campuses.

The Surf Coast Campus is set on 12 acres overlooking the beautiful Spring Creek Valley, and will feature contemporary classroom spaces to facilitate 21st Century learning. The campus will also offer an array of specialist and administration areas which, over time, will expand to provide for the anticipated increase in enrolments - covering all year levels from Prep to Year 9. The surrounding bush setting will be ideally suited to the experiential 'Bush Prep' outdoor learning experience.

With construction of the new campus about to commence, families are encouraged to act quickly to secure enrolment places for Prep in 2018.

Please phone (03) 5241 1565 to receive further information regarding the enrolment process.                 

The Surf Coast Campus is subject to terms and conditions.

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We have been notified of a case of headlice in Year 1G. Can parents please check their child’s hair regularly and commence appropriate treatment if required. It is important when checking...

We have been notified of a case of head lice in Year 1G.

Can parents please check their child’s hair regularly and commence appropriate treatment if required. It is important when checking to look for and remove eggs, as well as live lice.

We ask for your cooperation and assistance with this important task.

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As per the information detailed in the ‘Attendance and Absence’ section of our Student Organisers and Student Information on the Student and Parent Portals, can we please remind parents t...

As per the information detailed in the ‘Attendance and Absence’ section of our Student Organisers, and 'Student Information' on the Student and Parent Portals, can we please remind parents that students should not arrive at school prior to 8.30am - unless they are attending a Band rehearsal, a special activity (eg. camp/trip conducted by a member of staff) or the Camp Australia Before School program.

Of late, we have experienced a growing number of students arriving too early to school. Although the majority of staff are present at that time, our staff supervision of College grounds does not commence until 8.30am.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Campus

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Dear Parents and Friends,
I would like to give you advance notice of a fundraising event in support of our friends in Viqueque.
Sunday 19 March, 2.30pmChristian College Bellarine Campus A...

Dear Parents and Friends,

I would like to give you advance notice of a fundraising event in support of our friends in Viqueque.

Sunday March 19, 2.30pm
Christian College Bellarine Campus Auditorium

It is a family film afternoon in the Bellarine Auditorium, showing two short Timorese-made films. They have both received international awards for putting Timorese culture on the world stage. Please read details of the event on the attached flyers.

You are all warmly invited to attend the event with your friends and extended families. Come along and learn about Christian College’s latest projects, for which we are fundraising. Past students who have travelled to Viqueque will also give you first-hand insights into life in Viqueque. There will be the opportunity to purchase 2017 calendars, gift cards, Timorese handcrafts and Timorese coffee.

Also, look out for further information in the March issue of the 'Springdale Messenger' community magazine. Tickets are available online at www.tinyurl.com/timorfundraiser

 

Obrigada barak

Thank you very much.

Deb Singleton

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Students from Year 7-12 participated in the School Surf League Championships at Cosy Corner , Torquay. The weather and surf conditions were ideal. Competitors had the opportunity to par...

 Students from Year 7 to 12 participated in the School Surf League Championships at Cosy Corner in Torquay.

The weather and surf conditions were ideal. Competitors had the opportunity to participate in individual beach events, such as sprints and a range of water-based activities like board rescues. Our students worked well together, and our under-13 boys team won in the Sprint Relay.

The team was led extremely well by Year 12 Team Captains, Georgia Gordon and Declan Hargreaves - and it was pleasing to see students support each other and show wonderful sportsmanship.

We congratulate all involved!

 

Kim McLure    

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Deakin District Tennis

The College congratulates Aaron Hansen (Homeroom 6B) and Kirrily McConachy (6S) on winning the Deakin District Tennis tournament.

We wish both players all the best when they compete at the Geelong Division tournament in March.

 

Sally Bishop 

 

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The Christian College Surf Coast Campus is very excited to be offering Prep positions for the commencement of 2018. 
The foundation class of Prep will experience the same pastoral care, e...

The Christian College Surf Coast Campus is very excited to be offering Prep positions for the commencement of 2018. 

The foundation class of Prep will experience the same pastoral care, educational benefits and culture of the renowned Christian College program, which is so highly regarded at our existing Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula Campuses.

The Surf Coast Campus is set on 12 acres overlooking the beautiful Spring Creek Valley, and will feature contemporary classroom spaces to facilitate 21st Century learning. The campus will also offer an array of specialist and administration areas which, over time, will expand to provide for the anticipated increase in enrolments - covering all year levels from Prep to Year 9.

The surrounding bush setting will be ideally suited to the experiential 'Bush Prep' outdoor learning experience.
With construction of the new campus about to commence, families are encouraged to act quickly to secure enrolment places for Prep in 2018.

Please phone (03) 5241 1565 to receive further information regarding the enrolment process.                 

The Surf Coast Campus is subject to terms and conditions.

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A reminder that it is our College policy that all visitors entering the school grounds during the day (including parent classroom helpers) are required to sign in at Reception and receive...

A reminder that our College policy is that all visitors entering the school grounds during the day (including parent classroom helpers) are required to sign in at Reception and receive a visitors' lanyard. I’m sure you can appreciate the need for us to ensure that all visitors to our school, particularly while students are in attendance, are signed in and accounted for.

Our staff have been instructed to approach any visitor without a lanyard to question their attendance. This policy is to maintain a safe and protected school community for our students.

Your support for signing in (before entering the school ground), and then also signing out through the front office, is very much appreciated.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Campus

 

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One of the most important decisions you will make as a parent is the choice of school for your child’s educational journey.

If you have family or friends who are working through this process, we ask that you share with them an invitation to our College Open Day, on Wednesday, March 8 between 9.30am and 12.00pm.

Visitors will be taken on a tour of the College and explore what makes the Christian College, Bellarine Campus so special. They will observe for themselves, the many innovative and exciting programs that our students experience within their learning environment on a daily basis - visiting our current classes, talking with staff and checking out the animals in our Barn and Environmental Centre.

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Dear Parents and Friends,
I would like to give you advance notice of a fundraising event in support of our friends in Viqueque.
Sunday 19 March, 2.30pmChristian College Bellarine Campus A...

Dear Parents and Friends,

I would like to give you advance notice of a fundraising event in support of our friends in Viqueque.

Sunday, March 19, 2.30pm
Christian College Bellarine Campus Auditorium

It is a family film afternoon in the Bellarine Auditorium, showing two short Timorese-made films. They have both received international awards for putting Timorese culture on the world stage.

Please read details of the event on the attached flyers. You are all warmly invited to attend the event with your friends and extended families. Come along and learn about Christian College’s latest projects, for which we are fundraising.

Past students who have travelled to Viqueque will also give you first-hand insights into life in Viqueque. There will be the opportunity to purchase 2017 calendars, gift cards, Timorese handcrafts and Timorese coffee.

Also, look out for further information in the March issue of the 'Springdale Messenger' community magazine. Tickets are available online at www.tinyurl.com/timorfundraiser

 

Obrigada barak

Thank you very much

Deb Singleton

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The Year 9 Principles of Training students participated in an excursion to BioLab, an educational centre with a focus on BioScience. The visit included both theoretical and practical sess...

The Year 9 Principles of Training students participated in an excursion to BioLab, an educational centre with a focus on BioScience.

The visit included both theoretical and practical sessions, which provided an insight into how the body responds to exercise and why. Students were put through a series of exercises, with a specific focus on how the cardiovascular, muscular and respiratory Systems responded during short, high-intensity exercises.

This content complimented what is covered in the Principles of Training elective, in addition to giving students some insight into the key areas of learning and terminology used at VCE level. The students are to be commended on their outstanding behaviour and active participation throughout the visit.

 

Tim Collins 

 

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If your child has specific dietary requirements or serious allergies, it is important for the College to be made aware, in writing, if you have not already done so.
The most common source...

If your child has specific dietary requirements or serious allergies, it is important for the College to be made aware of this, in writing, if you have not already done so.

The most common source of food allergies in students is recognised as peanuts, which can be found in a wide range of foods - either directly as an identified ingredient, or indirectly during the manufacturing process through mixing with other products that may contain peanuts.

It is recognised that, in severe cases, skin contact with a very small amount of a peanut-based product may be sufficient to cause a severe reaction. In other cases, digestion of a product that has been in contact with peanut-based material has been known to cause a life-threatening reaction.

As we have students in our College at risk of such reactions, we ask parents to refrain from providing peanut-based foods (eg. Peanut Butter) in student snacks and lunches. This exclusion of peanut-based foods does NOT extend to products such as packeted biscuits, as many of these contain ‘traces of nuts’ labels but they are still permitted.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Campus

 

 

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On Monday morning the Year 5s enjoyed another games session with their Year 9 mentors, while parents and teachers were able to have a ‘cuppa’ and a catch up.
The students thoroughly enjoy...

On Monday morning, the Year 5s enjoyed another games session with their Year 9 mentors - and parents and teachers were able to have a ‘cuppa’ and a catch up!

The students thoroughly enjoyed their time with their mentors, building stronger relationships and developing their collaboration and listening skills through the activities they participated in. The Year 5 and 9 students said they are looking forward to continuing the Mentoring program this year, with more events and exciting activities already planned. 

We have truely valued the connections made with the Year 5 families through this transition program, including the 'Chilli Challenge Day' BBQ and the 'Meet and Greet' sessions. We look forward to our continued partnership moving forward this year.  

Mrs Justine Brame

Year 5 Co-ordinator

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Students in Years 5 and 6 will participate in the Deakin District Summer Carnival on Thursday, 9th March.
 
Please see attached information notice.

Students in Years 5 and 6 will participate in the Deakin District Summer Carnival on Thursday, March 9.

 

Please see the attached information notice.

Sprouts Kids Canteen and Cooking School provide both an in-house canteen service and a canteen delivery service each Friday, and are now offering this service to the Bellarine Campus.

Sprouts offer wholefood, made fresh daily in a local commercial kitchen, that is then carefully packed and delivered to the school. There is a wide selection of offerings available on the menu.

Parents and students can place orders online up until 9am on the day. Snacks can be ordered with lunch, however the order is delivered just prior lunchtime. Food for recess will need to be supplied by parents.

Sprouts Kids Canteen and Cooking School use an online ordering service, so please head to ouronlinecanteen.com.au to register. Multiple children can be registered on the one account.

Once registered with ouronlinecanteen.com.au, it is a very easy school lunch ordering system, allowing you to bank money for your child and order from the menu quickly and easily.

Please see the attachments, which detail the registration process. For more information, see www.sproutskids.com.au.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Campus

We encourage you to read the below invitation and attend the MYTERN Parent Information Session on Thursday, March 9.
7pm Parents from all campuses are welcome Middle School Highton Supper...

We encourage you to read the below invitation and attend the MYTERN Parent Information Session on Thursday, March 9.

MYTERN Parent Information Session

Thursday, March 9
7pm MYTERN Parent Information Session
Parents from Junior School are welcome
Venue: Middle School Highton
Supper to follow

RSVP: Please confirm your attendance at Middle School Reception by Friday, March 3 (for catering purposes) by calling 5241 1899.

Dear Parents and Friends,
I would like to give you advance notice of a fundraising event in support of our friends in Viqueque.
Sunday 19 March, 2.30pmChristian College Bellarine Campus A...

Dear Parents and Friends,

I would like to give you advance notice of a fundraising event in support of our friends in Viqueque.

Sunday, March 19, 2.30pm
Christian College Bellarine Campus Auditorium

It is a family film afternoon in the Bellarine Auditorium, showing two short Timorese-made films. They have both received international awards for putting Timorese culture on the world stage. Please read details of the event on the attached flyers.

You are all warmly invited to attend the event with your friends and extended families. Come along and learn about Christian College’s latest projects, for which we are fundraising. Past students who have travelled to Viqueque will also give you first-hand insights into life in Viqueque. There will be the opportunity to purchase 2017 calendars, gift cards, Timorese handcrafts and Timorese coffee.

Also, look out for further information in the March issue of the 'Springdale Messenger' community magazine. Tickets are available online at www.tinyurl.com/timorfundraiser

 

Obrigada barak

Thank you very much.

Deb Singleton

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We invite our College community to come and explore our newly opened Butterfield House Kindergarten + Care.
Saturday March 25th from 10am - 12pm240 Great Ocean Road, TorquayMusic, enterta...

We invite our College community to come and explore our newly-opened Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care.

Saturday, March 25 from 10am - 12pm
240 Great Ocean Road, Torquay
Music, entertainment, BBQ, a magician and showbags - it's going to be a great morning for the whole family!

See you there!

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We invite our College community to come and explore our newly opened Butterfield House Kindergarten + Care.
Saturday March 25th from 10am - 12pm240 Great Ocean Road, TorquayMusic, enterta...

We invite our College community to come and explore our newly-opened Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care.

Saturday, March 25 from 10am - 12pm
240 Great Ocean Road, Torquay
Music, entertainment, BBQ, a magician and showbags - it's going to be a great morning for the whole family!

See you there!

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The Christian College Surf Coast Campus is very excited to be offering Prep positions for the commencement of 2018. 
The foundation class of Prep will experience the same pastoral care, e...

The Christian College Surf Coast Campus is very excited to be offering Prep positions for the commencement of 2018. 

The foundation class of Prep will experience the same pastoral care, educational benefits and culture of the renowned Christian College program, which is so highly regarded at our existing Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula Campuses.

The Surf Coast Campus is set on 12 acres overlooking the beautiful Spring Creek Valley, and will feature contemporary classroom spaces to facilitate 21st Century learning. The campus will also offer an array of specialist and administration areas which over time, will expand to provide for the anticipated increase in enrolments - covering all year levels from Prep to Year 9. The surrounding bush setting will be ideally suited to the experiential 'Bush Prep' outdoor learning experience.


With construction of the new campus about to commence, families are encouraged to act quickly to secure enrolment places for Prep in 2018.

Please phone (03) 5241 1565 to receive further information regarding the enrolment process.                 

The Surf Coast Campus is subject to terms and conditions.

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The Christian College Surf Coast Campus is very excited to be offering Prep positions for the commencement of 2018. 
The foundation class of Prep will experience the same pastoral care, e...

The Christian College Surf Coast Campus is very excited to be offering Prep positions for the commencement of 2018. 

The foundation class of Prep will experience the same pastoral care, educational benefits and culture of the renowned Christian College program, which is so highly regarded at our existing Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula Campuses.

The Surf Coast Campus is set on 12 acres overlooking the beautiful Spring Creek Valley, and will feature contemporary classroom spaces to facilitate 21st Century learning. The campus will also offer an array of specialist and administration areas which over time, will expand to provide for the anticipated increase in enrolments - covering all year levels from Prep to Year 9. The surrounding bush setting will be ideally suited to the experiential 'Bush Prep' outdoor learning experience.

With construction of the new campus about to commence, families are encouraged to act quickly to secure enrolment places for Prep in 2018.

Please phone (03) 5241 1565 to receive further information regarding the enrolment process.                 

The Surf Coast Campus is subject to terms and conditions.

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Dear Parents and Friends,
I would like to give you advance notice of a fundraising event in support of our friends in Viqueque.
Sunday 19 March, 2.30pmChristian College Bellarine Campus A...

Dear Parents and Friends,

I would like to give you advance notice of a fundraising event in support of our friends in Viqueque.

Sunday, March 19, 2.30pm
Christian College Bellarine Campus Auditorium

It is a family film afternoon in the Bellarine Auditorium, showing two short Timorese-made films. They have both received international awards for putting Timorese culture on the world stage. Please read details of the event on the attached flyers.

You are all warmly invited to attend the event with your friends and extended families. Come along and learn about Christian College’s latest projects, for which we are fundraising. Past students who have travelled to Viqueque will also give you first-hand insights into life in Viqueque. There will be the opportunity to purchase 2017 calendars, gift cards, Timorese handcrafts and Timorese coffee.

Also, look out for further information in the March issue of the Springdale Messenger community magazine. Tickets are available online at www.tinyurl.com/timorfundraiser

 

Obrigada barak

Thank you very much.

Deb Singleton

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