Term 1 has been incredibly busy, yet rich in providing so many amazing learning experiences for our students. New friendships have been forged, new skills have been learned and together w...

Term 1 has been incredibly busy, yet rich in providing so many amazing learning experiences for our students.

New friendships have been forged, new skills have been learned and together we have made a wonderful start to the year. I pray that you enjoy a restful break with family and friends, and may Easter remind us all of God’s never-ending love for each one of us.

May the joy of the risen Christ fill your heart and bring you peace as you continue to journey with Him. I look forward to welcoming you back for Term 2 on Wednesday, April 19th.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Campus

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We thank you for your support and for partnering with us to provide some wonderful learning opportunities for our students throughout Term 1. I have been delighted to see many new initiat...

Thank you for your support and for partnering with us to provide some wonderful learning opportunities for our students throughout Term 1. I have been delighted to see many new initiatives implemented and the joy our students have found in their personal participation. It has been encouraging to see our Year 5 students complete their first Term here at Middle School, transitioning and participating with confidence and resilience! Only 19 terms remaining for them :)

I wish all of our families a wonderful holiday break and blessed Easter. This is a pertinent time for us all to stop, be still and reflect on the amazing love and hope our Lord has offered us through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus. This is a love that we have freely available to us, a love that overcomes, endures and redeems. A hope that promises, restores and inspires. May you know the Lord’s peace and light as you celebrate Easter.

Students and staff were fortunate today to enjoy an Easter service, with a group of students sharing a powerfully moving, yet simple message, focusing on the redeeming power of God in our lives. As we approach the miracle of Easter, the resurrection of Jesus and the importance of this in our lives, I wish to share this clip with you The Risen Way, which depicts the power of the resurrection. I pray that this may be encouraging and thought provoking as you prepare to celebrate Easter with your family.

 

Staffing Updates:

The end of Term 1 2017, we farewell two much loved staff members to Christian College, as they both individually embark on the next chapter of their journey... retirement. We wish Mrs Anne Monagle and Mrs Penny Edmanson all of God's richest blessings and thank them for the wonderful investment and contribution they've made into the life of our College. 

Subsequently, we are delighted to welcome back Mrs Leslie Deans for Term 2, to cover Mrs Monagle's Textiles classes. All other classes have been re-assigned to current FT and PT members of staff. As a result of the staffing changes, some classes across Years 5/6/7 will be assigned a new teacher from Term 2, with changes also made to class and student timetables. This will be updated in the Student and Parent Portal over the break. Staff taking over new classes for Term 2, will contact parents via email early in the term to introduce themselves.

 

Kindest regards,

Tony Costa

Head of Campus

 

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Senior School Student Learning Conferences will be taking place on Tuesday 2nd May (10am – 8.00pm) and Thursday 4th May (4.30pm – 8.30pm). Full booking information will be forwarded at th...

Senior School Student Learning Conferences will be taking place on Tuesday, May 2nd (10am – 8pm) and Thursday, May 4th (4.30pm – 8.30pm). Full booking information will be forwarded at the commencement of Term 2. We ask that you please make note of these dates for availability purposes.

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Welcome to the first In Focus edition for 2017!
This edition is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College so far this year. These articles include, a feat...

Welcome to the first 'In Focus' edition for 2017!

This edition is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College so far this year.
These articles include a feature on our 2005 College graduate, Ross McDonald, and the success he has been having as the owner of the ‘Geelong West Social Club’ café, plus information on the 'Child Safe Culture' we have here at Christian College.

Click here to view the Term 1 In Focus

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As our Term 1 draws to a close I can say that it has gone quickly but so much has been achieved. Schools are busy places and we often say “that term was very busy”. I am of the view that ...

As our Term 1 draws to a close, I can say that it has gone quickly but so much has been achieved. Schools are busy places and we often say: “that term was very busy”. I am of the view that all terms are very busy due to the nature of our education system.

We cram so much into defined time periods and it is only near the end when one may reflect on what has taken place. During this term, we have had our Prefect Investiture, House Swimming and Athletics, along with other House events like Cricket.

The Outdoor Education department has had trips going weekly, and we currently have two overseas 'Our World' classes on tour - one in Indonesia and one in Vietnam. Peter Pan rehearsals have been under way most the term, and all participants are working very hard. The cricketers won their division, as did our Tennis players.

All this has the backdrop of the most important aspect of our school, that being the teaching and learning. Here we have seen a great deal of terrific work by the students. Working hard to learn, understand and then master all before them. Last Saturday I had the pleasure of walking with a large group of parents and guardians during the scholarship tests. The parents were told of how we educate our students. The days of sitting in rows and receiving knowledge and then being able to repeat it are long gone. We at Christian College use 'Building Learning Power' (BLP) to assist with the learning. These muscles are selected by the students to work on and use for that lesson. This is supported by solid research, and next term at Senior School we will have a leading expert to present to the staff on the benefits and use of BLP in the classroom.

Our well-being program is supported by restorative practice, in which we see that relationships need to be restored by face-to-face communication. This is distant to the previous and traditional punitive approach. It is no longer about punishing, but ensuring future choices are better made. There are still, in some instances, a consequence that sits along with the restorative approach.

I wish to thank Mr Andrew Richardson and Mr Paul Breguet for all of their hard work in presenting the House Athletics. They worked hard to ensure everything went well and we are fortunate to have them on staff. To the Heads of House, a huge congratulations. These dedicated people in Mr Simon Peake, Mr Steven Sullivan, Ms Elissa Huddart and Mr Damian Stephenson worked tirelessly behind the scenes to have the correct number of athletes where they should be, at the correct time.

As we enter the holiday period, we have a very important occasion on Friday - our Easter Service. Easter falls at the end of the holidays but we should remember this holy occasion. Easter marks the end of Holy Week, in which as Christians, we commemorate the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I hope you all remember the real reason why we celebrate Easter and the importance of it in our lives and our faith.

I wish all of our students, staff and families a safe and happy holiday.

Bless you

Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School

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Written by Naomi Chang and Ava Halloran - Year 9 Mentors
 
On Monday, the Year 9 Mentors ran activities for the Year 5 students relating to Easter. There were three rotations; a scavenger...

Written by Naomi Chang and Ava Halloran - Year 9 Mentors

On Monday, the Year 9 mentors ran activities for the Year 5 students relating to Easter. There were three rotations: a scavenger hunt, an Easter egg hunt and a short video and discussion in the Chapel.

For the scavenger hunt, mentors divided the Easter story into parts and put them in plastic Easter eggs, coloured correspondingly to the four Houses. The eggs were then hidden and the Year 5 students were asked to find all the eggs and arrange the Easter story within their Houses - so it would be in the correct order. The winning House won points for their House.

While the other two activities were being conducted, each class from the Year 5 level completed a small Easter egg hunt in the school courtyard. Each class was divided up into their House groups and the aim of the hunt was to find as many eggs as possible. However, students were only allowed to pick up one egg at a time, and then place it into the bucket which represented their House. After the 10 minutes of finding the eggs had finished, the mentors counted up the amount in each bucket and the winning House was allocated House points.

The morning allowed the mentors to spend some quality time with the Year 5 students, and help them develop an understanding of the real meaning of Easter while having some fun.

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Many thanks to parents assisting their children to participate in the Teacher’s Staff Service on Tuesday 18th April which is a pupil free day. It is a great opportunity to showcase the Ju...

Many thanks to parents assisting their children to participate in the 'Teachers' Staff Service' on Tuesday, April 18th, which is a pupil free day.

It is a great opportunity to showcase the Junior School student leaders and Music students to staff across all campuses. Students are required to be at Junior School by 8:15 am to allow time to rehearse before the actual service gets under way.

Student pick-ups can commence at 9:30 am for most students, and 9:35 am for all students. Students are to wear full winter uniform for this event. We appreciate your assistance to support this event.

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Our Year 4-9 House Cross Country Championships will take place on the afternoon of Friday the 21th April (week 1 Term 2), here at our Bellarine Campus. It is always wonderful to see paren...

Our Year 4-9 House Cross Country Championships will take place on Friday, April 21st (Term 2, week) at the Bellarine Campus.

It is always wonderful to see parents and grandparents attend these events, supporting and encouraging our students in their House sporting endeavours. Could all visitors please sign in at reception and collect a visitor's lanyard, if attending.  

We would love to see you if you’re available… rain hail or shine!

Andrew Tucker & Caitlin Hoiles
Physical Education Teachers

 

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It was lush green grounds, a warm Autumn morning and a group of very excited and enthusiastic students that set the scene for this year’s Prep – Year 2 House Athletics Carnival. In the sp...

It was lush green grounds, a warm Autumn morning and a group of very excited and enthusiastic students that set the scene for this year’s Prep – Year 2 House Athletics Carnival.

In the spirit of College House competition, the children set themselves to participate in the Soft Ball Shot Put, Frisbee Discus, Mat Jump, Baton Sprints, Hurdles and Obstacle Course, as well as the Three-Legged and Sack Races. Everybody tried their best and put in some great performances, in an effort to gain points for their House.

But most important on the day was the abundance of fun and laughter seen and heard from all involved. The day culminated in House presentations and it was wonderful to observe some great sportsmanship as the children celebrated each other’s efforts.

Pam McKeeman
Deputy Head of Campus

 

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Rainbows‘Rainbows’ will be commencing at the start of Term 2 for those students who have already returned their forms. There are still opportunities for your child to participate in this ...

Rainbows
‘Rainbows’ will be commencing at the start of Term 2 for those students who have already returned their forms. There are still opportunities for your child to participate in this program if they wish. Parents can pick up a “Rainbows" form from the front office or contact me, either personally, or by phone.


Parent Prayer Group
Parent Prayer Group will commence on Friday, April 21st in the Chaplain’s Office for those who wish to attend.


Easter Reflection

EASTER IS COMING! 

Easter is a wonderful time of celebrating being together with friends and family. Customs such as our 'Easter Bonnet Parade', eating chocolate Easter eggs and hot cross buns are fun ways we can share in the season of Easter. They also represent aspects of the Christian Easter message, using symbols such as the cross on which Jesus died for our sins over 2000 years ago. Eggs can be used to represent new life and signify the empty tomb in which Jesus triumphed over death. In our assemblies and devotions, staff have been retelling important aspects of the Easter Story with their students, as well as other elements like why Jesus came into our world and how He showed His Father’s love to us. On Good Friday, Jesus died a painful death on that wooden cross for our sins - both in our past and for the future. Joyfully, we celebrate His resurrection on Easter Sunday. The children are aware of how much Jesus loves them. Easter is a message of hope and forgiveness. Allow time to reflect on Jesus this Easter. I trust this poem, ‘Footprints’, gives an indication of how Jesus walks with us through all aspects of our lives. I wish you and your families and blessed and safe Easter.

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Several of our Year 9 and 10 students from Bellarine and Senior School campuses recently completed a four-day Digital Technologies program at The Gordon in East Geelong. Run jointly by Th...

Several of our Year 9 and 10 students from Bellarine and Senior School campuses recently completed a four-day Digital Technologies program at The Gordon in East Geelong.

Run jointly by The Gordon and Deakin University over four Tuesdays, the program enabled students to explore cutting edge technologies and develop their computational and people management skills. A key focus was on exploring how coding applications can solve real world problems and considering the profound effect that the ‘Internet of Things’ will have on everyday life. Students worked on a range of mini-projects alongside local innovators and experts in the digital technologies field.

A highlight for students was exploring the use of the 'Nao' humanoid robots, which are currently being used in real world settings in a variety of ways. For example, these robots are being used to assist children with physical rehabilitation after injury and to help some patients in critical care. Students gained experience in programming these robots, providing a fun and engaging way for them to further develop their coding and computational thinking skills, which will be an asset for future employment.

The program is offered to students each term, with limited places. There will be opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to apply to participate in the program in Term 3 or Term 4.

Brendan Vanderkley

Head of LITEhouse - ICT

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On Wednesday all students participated in the House Athletics Carnival. The Carnival provides an opportunity for students to work together for their house, to enjoy being active in a vari...

On Wednesday, all students participated in the House Athletics Carnival.

The Carnival provides an opportunity for students to work together for their House, to enjoy being active in a variety of events and is the beginning of the process to select representative teams. A highlight of the day were the concluding relays, where the House spirit and camaraderie among team members was evident. We congratulate Burrows on winning the circular relay.

The ‘Fastest Female’ and ‘Fastest Male’ races included the quickest 100-metre runners, with Bianca Pocklington (Year 7H) and Louis Polwarth (9G) winning their respective events. Following a great day of participation, Taylor House were recognised as the House Athletics Champions for 2017.

It was wonderful to have the Year 4’s join us throughout the day, and for their House Captains to accept the award with the Highton Year 9 House Captains. Congratulations to all students on their involvement, and we are looking forward to seeing you all compete at our final major carnival - the Middle School Cross Country on Wednesday, April 26th

Thank you to our Year 9 photographers, Lachlan Davis and Jack Peace.

 

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The Year 3-9 Athletics Carnival always provides a healthy sense of friendly competition between Houses, and 2017 was no exception!

All students were actively involved in the day, competing against each other in both Track and Field events as well as Novelty events such as: 'The Tug of War' and Hurdles. After winning the Swimming Sports earlier in the term, Burrows House were hot favourites to win the Athletics - and they did not disappoint.

Burrows took out the 2017 event, closely followed by Penman, Flynn and Taylor. The 'Fastest On Campus' races were a huge highlight for the day. These 100-metre events were extremely competitive, and it was great to see such a wide variety of ages represented in the race. Meg Doble from Year 9 took out the 'Fastest Girl On Campus' in a close race. For the boys, Year 9 student Thomas Renouf survived strong competition to emerge as the winner. 

Individual champions will be announced on the first day of Term 2, in the whole school assembly.

Caitlin Hoiles
Physical Education Teacher

 

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At this time of year we are reminded that Easter is a time of serious and solemn reflection as well as great celebration.  The Easter Bonnet Parade held today was greatly enjoyed by our s...

At this time of year, we are reminded that Easter is a time of serious and solemn reflection, as well as great celebration.

The 'Easter Bonnet Parade' was greatly enjoyed by our students, staff and visitors. As you will see from the photos, a great deal of effort was put into the making of such a beautiful and colourful array of bonnets - and the children took great delight in parading their bonnets for the audience.  

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Please find attached flyers for two upcoming Parenting Seminars:
Raising a Resilient Child: Thursday, April 27th - Click here for flyer
Children have the potential to be resilient, respon...

Please find attached flyers for two upcoming Parenting Seminars:

Raising a Resilient Child: Thursday, April 27th - Click here for flyer

Children have the potential to be resilient, responsible, capable and creative.

How do you help your child become more resilient?

How do children’s play opportunities support resilience?

Resilient Parents Grow Resilient Children Thursday, May 18th - Click here for flyer

All dads, mums and those who support children are invited to attend our FREE 'Regional Parenting Forum' to celebrate National Families Week.

Parenting is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding roles there is and it is embedded with responsibility. This forum will share some key parenting messages to assist you to, among other things, 'connect before you correct!'.

Please see flyers for registration details.

 

These parent seminars are developed within a partnership initiative of Barwon Health, City of Greater Geelong and Department of Education & Early Childhood Development.

           

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The week before school started for 2017 an arson attack on Newcomb Park Primary School left classrooms with severe fire, smoke and water damage and resources destroyed. Our Year 12 VCAL s...

The week before school started for 2017, an arson attack on Newcomb Park Primary School left classrooms with severe fire, smoke and water damage and resources were destroyed.

Our Year 12 VCAL students have since made connections with the school as part of their Personal Development subject. On Monday, our students took 'BORIS', our VCAL Community Bus, out to the school, which was the first of a series of visits. They played games, read books they had written in Literacy, distributed fruit and the resources they have gathered and made.

The VCAL teacher in charge, Mrs Jane Bailey, expressed just how worthwhile and enriching the collaboration is for all students learning and how well received our bus and students were at Newcomb Park Primary School. We look forward to similar partnerships continuing and evolving throughout the year as 'BORIS' - Building Ongoing Relationships In Schools - moves out into the community.

Kerryn Fearnsides

VET/VCAL Coordinator

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Our new Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care has hosted quite a few guests recently.
Family Fun Open Day
Last Saturday, Butterfield House welcomed over 450 guests who atteneded the Fam...

Our new Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care has hosted quite a few guests recently.

Family Fun Open Day

Last Saturday, Butterfield House welcomed over 450 guests who attended the Family Fun Open Day. It was wonderful to see the guests enjoying the incredible facilities, both inside and out, as well as listen to our Junior School - Belmont Choir, and feel the wonderful ambience that Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care has to offer. 

Butterfield House opened at the beginning of this year, completing our College’s vision to provide an early learning centre on the Surf Coast where children thrive in an atmosphere of wellbeing, with a genuine physical connection with nature and beautiful horizons from every viewpoint.

Official Opening and Dedication Service

On Tuesday, March 28th, Christian College was thrilled to have The Honourable Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Families and Children, to officially open our new Kindergarten and Care centre, ‘Butterfield House’.

Butterfield House is named after Mrs Irene Butterfield, who is remembered fondly for the 20 years of incredible service she gave our College. Irene began her time with us during the foundational years of our College in the early 1980s, serving as a secretary to then Principal Daryl Riddle OAM for 16 years, before becoming a significant presence at our College’s other Kindergarten, ‘Williams House’, for a further 4 years.

Our vision for Butterfield House could not have come to fruition without the support of the Victorian State Government, which provided our College with $650,000 worth of funding last year, and we would like to thank everyone who has played a part in this exciting new expansion for our College.

Among the dignitaries and special guests present at the Official Opening and Dedication Service was the Mayor of the Surf Coast, Cr Brian McKiterick, and fellow Surf Coast councillors, as well as Andrew Katos MP, member for South Barwon, and Frank Costa AO.

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Our new Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care has hosted quite a few guests recently.
Family Fun Open Day
Last Saturday, Butterfield House welcomed over 450 guests who atteneded the Fam...

Our new Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care has hosted quite a few guests recently.

Family Fun Open Day

Last Saturday, Butterfield House welcomed over 450 guests who attended the 'Family Fun Open Day'. It was wonderful to see the guests enjoying the incredible facilities, both inside and out, as well as listen to our Junior School - Belmont Choir, and feel the wonderful ambience that Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care has to offer. 

Butterfield House opened at the beginning of this year, completing our College’s vision to provide an early learning centre on the Surf Coast where children thrive in an atmosphere of wellbeing, with a genuine physical connection with nature and beautiful horizons from every viewpoint.

Official Opening and Dedication Service

On Tuesday, March 28th, Christian College was thrilled to have The Honourable Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Families and Children, to officially open our new Kindergarten and Care Centre, ‘Butterfield House’.

Butterfield House is named after Mrs Irene Butterfield, who is remembered fondly for the 20 years of incredible service she gave our College. Irene began her time with us during the foundational years of our College in the early 1980s, serving as a secretary to then Principal, Daryl Riddle OAM, for 16 years, before becoming a significant presence for a further 4 years at our College’s other Kindergarten, ‘Williams House’.

Our vision for Butterfield House could not have come to fruition without the support of the Victorian State Government, which provided our College with $650,000 worth of funding last year, and we would like to thank everyone who has played a part in this exciting new expansion for our College.

Among the dignitaries and special guests present at the Official Opening and Dedication Service, was the Mayor of the Surf Coast, Cr Brian McKiterick, and fellow Surf Coast councillors, as well as Andrew Katos MP, member for South Barwon, and Frank Costa AO.

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Our new Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care has hosted quite a few guests recently.
Family Fun Open Day
Last Saturday, Butterfield House welcomed over 450 guests who atteneded the Fam...

Our new Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care has hosted quite a few guests recently.

Family Fun Open Day

Last Saturday, Butterfield House welcomed over 450 guests who atteneded the Family Fun Open Day. It was wonderful to see the guests enjoying the incredible facilities, both inside and out, as well as listen to our Junior School - Belmont Choir, and feel the wonderful ambience that Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care has to offer. 

Butterfield House opened at the beginning of this year, completing our College’s vision to provide an early learning centre on the Surf Coast where children thrive in an atmosphere of wellbeing, with a genuine physical connection with nature and beautiful horizons from every viewpoint.

Official Opening and Dedication Service

On Tuesday, March 28th, Christian College was thrilled to have The Honourable Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Families and Children, to officially open our new Kindergarten and Care centre, ‘Butterfield House’.

Butterfield House is named after Mrs Irene Butterfield, who is remembered fondly for the 20 years of incredible service she gave our College. Irene began her time with us during the foundational years of our College in the early 1980s, serving as a secretary to then Principal Daryl Riddle OAM for 16 years, before becoming a significant presence at our College’s other Kindergarten, ‘Williams House’, for a further 4 years.

Our vision for Butterfield House could not have come to fruition without the support of the Victorian State Government, which provided our College with $650,000 worth of funding last year, and we would like to thank everyone who has played a part in this exciting new expansion for our College.

Among the dignitaries and special guests present at the Official Opening and Dedication Service was the Mayor of the Surf Coast, Cr Brian McKiterick, and fellow Surf Coast councillors, as well as Andrew Katos MP, member for South Barwon, and Frank Costa AO.

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On Wednesday the 22nd of March, Kirrily McConachy represented the Bellarine campus at the Division tennis tournament. She played three matches over the day in rainy, wet conditions winnin...

On Wednesday, March 22nd, Kirrily McConachy represented the Bellarine Campus at the Division Tennis tournament.

She played three matches on the day in rainy, wet conditions - winning 6-1, 6-0 and 6-3 in the grand final. Kirrily will now progress to compete at Regional level. We wish her all the best for the next stage.

Caitlin Hoiles
Physical Education Teacher 

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The College congratulates Aaron Hanson on his progression to the School Sport Victoria (SSV) Primary Tennis Regional Championships. James Logan continued on from his excellent performance...

The College congratulates Aaron Hanson on his progression to the School Sport Victoria (SSV) Primary Tennis Regional Championships. James Logan continued on from his excellent performances at the House Swimming Championships to progress through to the SSV State Finals for Swimming. 

On Sunday, March 26th a select group of students participated at the Geelong All Schools Swimming Carnivals. We congratulate all competitors and acknowledge the following performances:

  • James Logan, Ryan Costin and Charlie Erbs Learmonth teaming together to win the Primary Boys Shield.
  • Maddison Cooper winning 6 Gold medals and 1 Silver medal.
  • Madeleine Benson winning a Bronze medal in the 200-metre Freestyle.
  • Dylan Logan winning a Silver medal in the 50-metre Breaststroke and a Bronze medal in the 100-metre Breaststroke.
  • Owen Costin winning a Gold medal in the 50-metre Backstroke in addition to taking home three Silver medals.
  • Max Piroch winning the 100-metre Freestyle.
  • James Logan winning the two Gold medals, two Silver medals and a Bronze medal.

All students should feel proud of these achievements.

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Swimming Carnival
The Year 4 students participated in the end of term swimming carnival last Friday 24th March at the Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre. Students were able to showca...

Year 4 Swimming Carnival

The Year 4 students participated in the end of term swimming carnival on Friday, March 24th at the Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre. Students were able to showcase two strokes, freestyle and backstroke, as well as participate in the Novelty races to earn points for their Houses.
Students joined in a team parade and House chant at the start of the event. We were treated to a rousing rendition of the national anthem from Mrs Carr, while Mr Foran enjoyed his time as MC and Mr Johnstone and Ms Jen Beck-Carlson assisted greatly with the Novelty races. One of the highlights was the ‘Teacher Water Displacement Challenge’.
I would like to acknowledge the work from our three swimming teachers: Bree, Michelle and Ali, as well as Brad Morris. They did a great job continuing to develop the skills of each of the students. All students displayed a great attitude throughout the term-long program and everyone involved had a positive experience. The winning team of the Novelty events was Flynn, followed by Burrows, Taylor and Penman.

Year 4 - 9 House Athletics & Sport Activity Day

On Wednesday, March 29th, Year 4 students ventured back to Middle School to participate in the Year 4-9 House Athletics and Sport Activity Day. We had very favourable weather conditions and all students had a great time competing in Track and Field events, as well as Novelty events.
It was a great opportunity for all the Year 4 students to be involved in organised events and activities, and we thank the Middle School staff and students for being so inclusive. There was a great atmosphere all day, with lots of support given by each House. A big thank you to Mr Johnstone and Mrs Carr for leading and supporting the students all day. It was great to see many parents there and we thank you for your support and assistance on the day.
Congratulations to the winning House, Taylor, and all the students who will progress to the next stage with their events. Students will be notified in due course. Medals will be presented to students at the next assembly for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest individual points.

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Easter Holidays Opening Hours
Open 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday 10th April 2017 – Thursday 13th April 2017
Closed Good Friday 14th April 2017
Closed Easter Monday 17th April 2017
Open 9:00am t...

Easter Holidays Opening Hours

Open 9am to 5pm Monday, April 10th – Thursday, April 13th

Closed Good Friday, April 14th

Closed Easter Monday, April 17th

Open 9am to 5pm Tuesday, April 18th - Friday, April 21st 

From Monday, April 24th normal opening hours will resume as per below:

Monday:       9am - 5pm
Tuesday:      8am - 12pm
Wednesday: 12pm - 5pm
Thursday:      Closed
Friday:          9am - 1pm

Address:

Belmont Centreway Arcade
Shop 6-7/ 168 High Street
Belmont, Vic 3216

Phone Number: 03 5241 6316

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The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Christian College Bellarine is excited to be participating. 
The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 1...

The Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge is now open and Christian College Bellarine is excited to be participating. 

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10, in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; rather a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by September 8th, 2017. Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and can choose to have their name included on the online Honour Roll. If you would like your child‘s name to appear on the Honour Roll, please collect the appropriate form from the library, sign it, and return it to the school librarians.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc 

Our students are registered for the Challenge and their login details are available from the library staff. If you have any questions, please email bc.library@ccg.vic.edu.au 

Happy reading, everyone.

Mrs. Dalton, Mrs. Canaway and Miss Warren
Library Staff

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Bass versus Flinders
Who is the greatest explorer? Take a step aboard the Tom Thumb or the H.M.S Investigator and you may well find out. The Year 3 and 4 students are confident that their...

Bass versus Flinders

Who is the greatest explorer? Take a step aboard the 'Tom Thumb' or the 'H.M.S Investigator' and you may well find out. The Year 3 and 4 students are confident of their choice for ‘Champion Explorer.’

Both George Bass and Matthew Flinders have made many discoveries that are significant in our history. Not to mention that some of the maps of Australia, drawn by Matthew Flinders, are still used to this day. The students have been given the opportunity to do some exploring themselves and are now looking to plan their best arguments to provide evidence as to why their explorer takes the crown.

We are really looking forward to their presentations!

Sapphire Main, Sam Kennedy, Rebecca Barry, Emma Ford, Jonathan Maddock
Yr. 3/4 Classroom teachers

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Middle School House Cross Country Championships

On Wednesday, April 26th students will participate in the Middle School Year 5-9 House Cross Country Championships.

The event will take place from 1pm at our Senior campus. Parents are warmly invited to attend. Please refer to the attached document for a detailed overview of the proceedings.

Welcome to the first In Focus edition for 2017!
This edition is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College so far this year. These articles include, a featu...

Welcome to the first 'In Focus' edition for 2017!

This edition is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College so far this year.
These articles include a feature on our 2005 College graduate, Ross McDonald, and the success he has been having as the owner of the ‘Geelong West Social Club’ café, plus information on our 'Child Safe Culture' that we have here at Christian College.

Click here to view the Term 1 In Focus

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Throughout the term, 1S has been sending and receiving messages from their Year 6 buddies in Singapore. The students have learned a lot about their pen pals families, hobbies, likes and d...

Throughout Term 1, 1S has been sending and receiving messages from their Year 6 buddies in Singapore.

The students have learned a lot about their pen pals' families, hobbies, likes and dislikes - as well as Singapore itself. The children have come to understand that although we may live oceans apart, there are many similarities, too. The students have been studying letter writing and have been eagerly creating postcards to send to their new friends.

The children studied the significance of the images on postcards before they selected the pictures that would represent themselves on their home-made postcard. Using different picture storybooks, the students identified the different parts of a letter. Letters were then carefully written.

The children happily licked each stamp and carefully placed them on their postcard. Then on Friday morning, we eagerly marched to the Post Office to send the cards off to Singapore!

Katie Oelke
Prep - Year 2 Coordinator

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Welcome to the first In Focus edition for 2017!
This edition is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College so far this year. These articles include, a featu...

Welcome to the first 'In Focus' edition for 2017!

This edition is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College so far this year.
These articles include a feature on our 2005 College graduate, Ross McDonald, and the success he has been having as the owner of the ‘Geelong West Social Club’ café, plus information on our 'Child Safe Culture' that we have here at Christian College.

Click here to view the Term 1 In Focus

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Hinamatsuri, also called Doll's Day or Girls' Day, is a special day in Japan. Hinamatsuri is celebrated each year during the month of March. Japanese families with daughters wish the happ...

'Hinamatsuri', also called 'Dolls Day or Girls' Day', is a special day in Japan.

Hinamatsuri is celebrated each year during the month of March. Japanese families with daughters wish the happiness and healthy growth of their girls by displaying special dolls. Our Year 2 and 3 students learned about the festival and enjoyed making their own Hina dolls.

The Year 2 students carefully folded origami papers to make 'Emperor' and 'Empress' dolls. The Year 3 students made carefully detailed Hina puppets. An array of Japanese culture and history was explored through the completion of these tasks.

Yukiko Valent
Year 2 to 9 Japanese Teacher

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Easter Holidays Opening Hours
Open 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday 10th April 2017 – Thursday 13th April 2017
Closed Good Friday 14th April 2017
Closed Easter Monday 17th April 2017
Open 9:00am t...

Easter Holidays Opening Hours

Open 9am to 5pm Monday, April 10th – Thursday, April 13th

Closed Good Friday, April 14th

Closed Easter Monday, April 17th

Open 9am to 5pm Tuesday, April 18th - Friday, April 21st

From Monday, April 24th normal opening hours will resume as per below:

Monday:       9am - 5pm
Tuesday:      8am - 12pm
Wednesday: 12pm - 5pm
Thursday:      Closed
Friday:          9am - 1pm

Address:

Belmont Centreway Arcade
Shop 6-7/ 168 High Street
Belmont, Vic 3216

Phone Number: 03 5241 6316

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There are many reasons we should practise a musical instrument every day. The benefits are scientifically proven, regardless of your perceived skill level – playing an instrument; increas...

There are many reasons we should practise a musical instrument every day.

The benefits are scientifically proven, regardless of your perceived skill level. Playing an instrument increases the capacity of your memory, enhances coordination, boosts mathematical ability, improves reading and comprehension skills, helps to develop the ability to work in a team and empathise with others, just to name a few points.

Some of the more recent research has also found the profound effect that music has on our ability to heal, physically and emotionally. When we play, our brains produce activity found only when playing music - and these ‘happy’ brain chemicals surge to help boost mood, general well-being and immunity to illness.

We encourage students learning an instrument to practise most days of the week. It is better to practise more regularly for shorter periods, rather than wait until each weekend and do it once – as we are training our muscles as well as our brain, and the more regular the practise, the more benefits we receive.

An ideal practise session would include - warm-up activities (such as scales, arpeggios or rudiments), exercises to consolidate the understanding of key elements they are developing (such as triplet rhythms or tonguing patterns), some set pieces of music to learn (chosen for them or by them), and then some improvisation or ‘free play’ time on the instrument.

It is ideal if parents can supervise some practise sessions, especially for younger students as they can move off task quite easily, hindering progress. Even more mature students benefit from parental involvement as it can help with maintaining direction and sharing the progress to help them remain accountable.

If you would like advice or support on how you can help your son or daughter have productive and regular practise sessions, please speak with your instrumental teacher, or myself, and we can help point you towards some helpful resources.

Sharon Kelly
Music Teacher and Instrumental Coordinator

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The focus for the Year 1 group this term has been the Creation Story. Students were amazed by the wonder of God’s creation and completed collage murals reflecting the 7 days of creation.
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The focus for the Year 1 group this term has been the 'Creation Story'. Students were amazed by the wonder of God’s creation and completed collage murals reflecting the 7 days of creation.

'Awesome', 'Amazing', 'Incredible' were words uttered countless times as students delved into aspects of God’s wonderful world.

"How did God hang the stars in the sky and why don’t they fall down?"

"I love the beautiful patterns God put on the animals, it is as if he painted them with a brush."

"Why did God place that tree in the garden?"

The story of 'Noah’s Ark' further added to their enthusiasm and their wonder. As well as reading the biblical story, students also viewed replicas built to the actual size of the Ark and further investigated aspects of its size. This again raised many questions.

"How did all those animals fit into the ark? What did they eat? How were they separated?"

As we come to the end of a busy term, our attention turns to Easter and the amazing love God demonstrated for us. Students are involved in creating storyboards of Christ’s journey to the cross, culminating in his resurrection.

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Several of our Year 9 and 10 students from Bellarine and Senior School campuses recently completed a four-day Digital Technologies program at The Gordon in East Geelong. Run jointly by Th...

Several of our Year 9 and 10 students from Bellarine and Senior School campuses recently completed a four-day 'Digital Technologies' program at The Gordon in East Geelong.

Run jointly by The Gordon and Deakin University over four Tuesdays, the program enabled students to explore cutting edge technologies and develop their computational and people management skills. A key focus was on exploring how coding applications can solve real world problems, and considering the profound effect that the ‘Internet of Things’ will have on everyday life. Students worked on a range of mini-projects alongside local innovators and experts in the digital technologies field.

A highlight for students was exploring the use of the 'Nao' humanoid robots, which are currently being used in real world settings in a variety of ways. For example, these robots are being used to assist children with physical rehabilitation after injury and to help some patients in critical care. Students gained experience in programming these robots, providing a fun and engaging way for them to further develop their coding and computational thinking skills, which will be an asset for future employment.

The program is offered to students each term, with limited places. There will be an opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to apply to participate in the program in Term 3 or Term 4.

Brendan Vanderkley
Head of LITEhouse - ICT

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Year 3 Excursion to the Melbourne Aquarium
As a part of the Year 3 student’s Integrated Studies unit ‘Is it Alive?’ the students, teachers and parent helpers set off on the train to the M...

Year 3 Excursion to the Melbourne Aquarium

As a part of the Year 3 students' Integrated Studies unit ‘Is it Alive?’, the students, teachers and parent helpers set off on the train to the Melbourne Aquarium. The students took part in a guided tour of the Aquarium, learning about the classification, characteristics and adaptations of different ocean animals. They visited the shark and stingray tank, where they saw 'Mr G' - the biggest fish in the Aquarium. They visited the reptile section and the amphibians. The students had the chance to touch starfish and sea sponges in the touch pool and they had so much fun watching the penguins swim and waddle around. The tour concluded with the students watching a 4D movie. The students had a wonderful day learning, and enjoying each other’s company.

Responsible Pet Ownership Program

The Year 3 students also had the opportunity to take part in an incursion at school this week. This incursion was part of the unit, ‘Is it Alive?’. Melissa and her dog, 'Snowy the Dalmatian' from the Responsible Pet Ownership program, visited each of the classes for an in-depth lesson about how to behave around pets, especially cats and dogs. Melissa taught the students how to approach a dog when they come across one, and what to do when they meet an unhappy dog. Some of the students had the opportunity to pat Snowy using the correct techniques.

Wonka Day

After many weeks of reading the book, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', completing comprehension tasks and character studies, the Year 3 students enjoyed celebrating their literature studies by taking part in 'Wonka Day'. The students enjoyed Wonka treats and a chocolate fountain while watching the original 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' movie.

 

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Our new Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care has hosted quite a few guests recently.
Family Fun Open Day
Last Saturday, Butterfield House welcomed over 450 guests who atteneded the Fam...

Our new Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care has hosted quite a few guests recently.

Family Fun Open Day

Last Saturday, Butterfield House welcomed over 450 guests who attended the Family Fun Open Day. It was wonderful to see the guests enjoying the incredible facilities, both inside and out, as well as listen to our Junior School - Belmont Choir, and feel the wonderful ambience that Butterfield House Kindergarten and Care has to offer. 

Butterfield House opened at the beginning of this year, completing our College’s vision to provide an early learning centre on the Surf Coast where children thrive in an atmosphere of wellbeing, with a genuine physical connection with nature and beautiful horizons from every viewpoint.

Official Opening and Dedication Service

On Tuesday, March 28th, Christian College was thrilled to have The Honourable Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Families and Children, to officially open our new Kindergarten and Care centre, ‘Butterfield House’.

Butterfield House is named after Mrs Irene Butterfield, who is remembered fondly for the 20 years of incredible service she gave our College. Irene began her time with us during the foundational years of our College in the early 1980s, serving as a secretary to then Principal Daryl Riddle OAM for 16 years, before becoming a significant presence at our College’s other Kindergarten, ‘Williams House’, for a further 4 years.

Our vision for Butterfield House could not have come to fruition without the support of the Victorian State Government, which provided our College with $650,000 worth of funding last year, and we would like to thank everyone who has played a part in this exciting new expansion for our College.

Among the dignitaries and special guests present at the Official Opening and Dedication Service was the Mayor of the Surf Coast, Cr Brian McKiterick, and fellow Surf Coast councillors, as well as Andrew Katos MP, member for South Barwon, and Frank Costa AO.

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Thank you to the many families who have donated so generously to our fundraiser for Newcomb Park Primary School.  The items will be delivered to Newcomb Park early next term.

Thank you to the many families who have donated so generously to our fundraiser for Newcomb Park Primary School. The items will be delivered to Newcomb Park early next term.

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Easter Holidays Opening Hours
Open 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday 10th April 2017 – Thursday 13th April 2017
Closed Good Friday 14th April 2017
Closed Easter Monday 17th April 2017
Open 9:00am t...

Easter Holidays Opening Hours

Open 9am to 5pm Monday, April 10th – Thursday, April 13th

Closed Good Friday, April 14th

Closed Easter Monday, April 17th

Open 9am to 5pm Tuesday, April 18th - Friday, April 21st 

From Monday, April 24th normal opening hours will resume as per below:

Monday:       9am - 5pm
Tuesday:      8am - 12pm
Wednesday: 12pm - 5pm
Thursday:      Closed
Friday:          9am - 1pm

Address:

Belmont Centreway Arcade
Shop 6-7/ 168 High Street
Belmont, Vic 3216

Phone Number: 03 5241 6316

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Easter Holidays Opening Hours
Open 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday 10th April 2017 – Thursday 13th April 2017
Closed Good Friday 14th April 2017
Closed Easter Monday 17th April 2017
Open 9:00am t...

Easter Holidays Opening Hours

Open 9am to 5pm Monday, April 10th – Thursday, April 13th

Closed Good Friday, April 14th

Closed Easter Monday, April 17th

Open 9am to 5pm Tuesday, April 18th - Friday, April 21st

From Monday, April 24th normal opening hours will resume as per below:

Monday:       9am - 5pm
Tuesday:      8am - 12pm
Wednesday: 12pm - 5pm
Thursday:      Closed
Friday:          9am - 1pm

Address:

Belmont Centreway Arcade
Shop 6-7/ 168 High Street
Belmont, Vic 3216

Phone Number: 03 5241 6316

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Welcome to the first In Focus edition for 2017!
This edition is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College so far this year. These articles include, a featu...

Welcome to the first 'In Focus' edition for 2017!

This edition is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College so far this year.
These articles include a feature on our 2005 College graduate, Ross McDonald, and the success he has been having as the owner of the ‘Geelong West Social Club’ café, plus information on our 'Child Safe Culture' that we have here at Christian College.

Click here to view the Term 1 In Focus

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Please click here to find the Regional Parenting Service Calendar of Events for Term 2 parenting programs from the City of Greater Geelong.

Please click here to find the Regional Parenting Service Calendar of Events for Term 2. Parenting programs from the City of Greater Geelong.

   

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Please find attached flyers for two upcoming Parenting Seminars:
 
Raising a Resilient Child: Thursday 27th April 2017
Children have the potential to be resilient, responsible, capable a...

Please find attached flyers for two upcoming Parenting Seminars:

Raising a Resilient Child: Thursday, April 27th - Click here for flyer

Children have the potential to be resilient, responsible, capable and creative.

How do you help your child become more resilient?

How do children’s play opportunities support resilience?

Resilient Parents Grow Resilient Children Thursday, May 18th - Click here for flyer

All dads, mums and those who support children are invited to attend our FREE 'Regional Parenting Forum' to celebrate National Families Week.

Parenting is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding roles there is and it is embedded with responsibility. This forum will share some key parenting messages to assist you to, among other things, 'connect before you correct!'.

Please see flyers for registration details.

 

These parent seminars are developed within a partnership initiative of Barwon Health, City of Greater Geelong and Department of Education & Early Childhood Development.

           

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