ANZAC Day is a time for us to learn and celebrate what our soldiers have done for our country and for us. This is what the students from the Surf Coast Campus and Butterfield House shared...

ANZAC Day is a time for us to learn and celebrate what our soldiers have done for our country and for us. This is what the students from the Surf Coast Campus and Butterfield House shared together on Tuesday morning.  It was such a blessing to come together with students, staff and parents and participate in our very first ANZAC memorial service.

Our little students learnt about the significance of ANZAC day and the reasons why we remember and honour all who have served and who are serving to keep us safe. They showed their respects by placing flowers and wreaths at the foot of the flag. Prep student Sasha Davies read a beautiful prayer to give thanks to those who have served.  The children all stood for a minute silence and listened to the Last Post and Reveille played on the trumpet by Charlie Barnett from the Middle School.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Stephen Riddle, Carla Dunlop and Charlie Barnett for helping to make our inaugural ANZAC service such a memorable one.

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ANZAC day is a significant day the calendar for all Australians. It is also commemorated the day before at all Campuses of Christian College. Students at all campuses gathered at 9am and ...

ANZAC day is a significant day in the calendar for all Australians. It was also commemorated the day before at all Campuses of Christian College. The students gathered at 9am and took part in moving commemoration services remembering and honouring the sacrifices of those that have fought to provide us the safety and lifestyles we enjoy today. Preceding the services all students viewed a short film produced by the college acknowledging the strong connection between the township of Villers Bretonneux, France and Australia. In the war waged on the western front, this connection was forged through the Australian army winning back Villers Bretonneux from German control. A victory pivotal to the success of the war effort. Thank you to all students who were involved in the commemoration services and to those who attended and laid wreaths at local commemoration services on behalf of the college.

Earl Moore
Deputy Head of Campus

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ANZAC day is a significant day the calendar for all Australians. It is also commemorated the day before at all Campuses of Christian College.
 
Our students gathered on Tuesday the 24th a...

ANZAC day is a significant day in the calendar for all Australians, as it is in the life of our College. 

On Tuesday, our students and guests gathered around the flag pole at the front of our College to take part in what was a moving commemoration service, honoring those who have served and fought for our great nation.

Preceding the service, all students and guests viewed a short film produced by the College acknowledging the strong connection between the township of Villers Bretonneux, France and Australia. As the war waged on the western front, this connection was forged through the Australian army winning back Villers Bretonneux from German control: a victory pivotal to the success of the war effort. This theme was then carried on into the service as we heard the personal story of Lieutenant William Sadlier, a 26 year old from Perth in Western Australia. 

Thank you to the families who were in attendance and also to the students and musicians who so capably led what was such an honoring commemoration service.

Kerrie Reid 
Deputy Head of Campus

Photography: Husdon Long Year 9 

 

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ANZAC Day
In our College much activity has been centred around and supporting ANZAC Day. The 25th April is an important date in our calendar as it was when our national identity was forge...

ANZAC Day

In our College much activity has been centred around supporting ANZAC Day. The 25th April is an important date in our calendar as it was when our national identity was forged on a shore half way around the world.

On Monday of this week, Senior School conducted our ANZAC Day Service at our memorial. The day commenced in housegroups where students watched a specially produced video made by Mr Rick Geall. In it our Year 11 student, Beatrice Bonnici narrated the video. Her background in French added that special touch when pronouncing the French towns, as did her clarity of speech.

After the video housegroup teachers led their cohort to our central point in silence for our service. Mr Jason O’Loughlin was our master of ceremonies. I had the privilege of reading the “Acknowledgement of Country” followed by the purpose and significance of the service. A range of students delivered the service with the necessary reverence and respect.

On Tuesday our campus and college were well represented at the Geelong Schools’ ANZAC Day Service at Johnstone Park. This special service always has the Senior Choir perform for all to enjoy. They were once again brilliant! We thank Tania Spence for leading this talented group of singers.

Wednesday was our national day of reflection on what those who have gone before us did, so we may enjoy our current freedom. Students were encouraged to attend a dawn service if they had not already done so. I am yet to meet anyone who has attended one and not been moved.

The Last Post – History Of…

The Last Post will be played all over the world on Remembrance Day. But as Alwyn W Turner explains, its origins had nothing to do with mourning.

Arthur Lane was a bugler in the British Army when he was captured by Japanese forces during the fall of Singapore in 1942. He spent the remainder of World War Two in POW camps and working on the notorious Burma Railway.

But he also had a more melancholy duty. He still had his bugle with him and it was his task to sound the Last Post for each of his comrades who died during those years.

"I'd have to go and set the fires at the crematorium. The lads would build them during the day, put the bodies on, and then somebody had to be delegated to set fire to the funeral pyres, and see that they were properly burnt, so I had to do that."

For the rest of his long life, he was haunted by nightmares. And he never played the Last Post again.

The sound of a lone bugler playing the Last Post has become one of the most distinctive sounds in the world. Eerie and evocative, it exists beyond all the usual barriers of nation, religion, race and class, charged with the memory of generations of the fallen.

The Last Post was first published in the 1790s, just one of the two dozen or so bugle calls sounded daily in British Army camps.

 

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Our conferences were held on Tuesday and Thursday and were well attended. With the in-time reporting, parents and guardians are receiving more information, more often. The conferences give the parents and guardians an opportunity along with their child, to hear of the areas of improvement. It was also an opportunity for our staff to learn more about your child so that they may better be able to lead their learning.

 

Alice In Wonderland

Our College production Alice In Wonderland commences on Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th May. Tickets are available on line and will go quickly. The venue is ‘The Potato Shed’ in Drysdale and the students are so excited at being able to present this classic production. We encourage you to attend for what promises to be a fantastic production.

 

 

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School - Waurn Ponds

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Students and Staff joined parents and visitors from the Sirovilla Retirement Village at the Junior School roundabout for a moving service to mark ANZAC Day. Year 4 Leaders capably led the...

Students and Staff joined parents and visitors from neighbouring Sirovilla at the Junior School roundabout for a moving service to mark Anzac Day. Year 4 Leaders capably led the service which included reciting the poems Ode to the Fallen and In Flanders Fields, and made special mention of Australia’s involvement in the defending of Villers-Bretonneux in France, exactly 100 years ago. The service also included moving performances of Abide With Me and I Am Australian by the Junior Choir and a musical and confident trumpet performance of The Last Post and Reveille by Mia Smythe, Year 5 student from the Middle School - Highton campus.

A reverent atmosphere was set by our Junior School students who respectfully listened throughout the service. A number of students brought along and proudly displayed medals and family memorabilia, bringing history to life, and there was also the opportunity to add a personal touch, placing a floral tribute at the flagpole.

This service marked an important annual event on the calendar and served as a reminder for all of the significance of the spirit of ANZAC.

Following our moving campus service, our School Captains participated in the Geelong Schools' ANZAC Service alongside other school leaders of the College. This event brought together student leaders from over 95 Geelong primary and secondary schools to lay wreaths and honour our servicemen and women.

Carla Dunlop

Deputy Head of Campus

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This Term in Art students will be developing their skills in painting and printmaking.
On Monday the students learnt about primary and secondary colours. We experimented with mixing prima...

This Term in Art students will be developing their skills in painting and printmaking.

On Monday the students learnt about primary and secondary colours. We experimented with mixing primary colours to see which secondary colours we could make. We also experimented with different brushstrokes, this helped them to better understand the painting techniques used by famous artists such as Van Gogh and Seurat.

The students have started an Artists Journal to allow them to experiment with, and explore, the skills and techniques used in the art room. This will help the students to practice and refine their skills before applying them to their artworks.

I look forward to continuing our creative journey this term and am excited to see what masterpieces the students create!

Bea Greenhalgh
Art, Technology & Design Teacher

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Yesterday afternoon and evening provided staff with the wonderful opportunity to meet with our College families to celebrate the growth and development of our precious students, during ...

Thank you to parents that attended our Learning Conferences on Thursday evening. The productive and collaborative dialog shared, forms the very fabric of a sound partnership in the educational journey of each student. 

We experienced a wonderful atmosphere of community as students, parents, guardians and teachers came together to discuss the individual needs, passions, successes and opportunities for further growth of our students. Rich conversations were shared about student wellbeing, educational philosophies and programs the students have been involved in. Through this it was pleasing to see stronger bonds formed between our staff and families as we worked together to plan for the future success of your children.

These Student Learning Conferences are designed to complement the regular ‘in time’ reports frequently sent home to parents and guardians, and allow families and staff to connect in a more personal way. We are very grateful for the time families took yesterday to meet with teachers in the interest of your child’s growth. We look forward to continuing this partnership as the year progresses.

 

Kindest regards, 

Miss Kerrie Reid 
Deputy Head of Campus

 

 

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Our Preps are exploring measurement concepts in Mathematics and have been so engaged as they learn to measure objects using informal units. The Preps enjoyed recording their observations ...

Our Preps are exploring measurement concepts in Mathematics and have been so engaged as they learn to measure objects using informal units. The Preps enjoyed recording their observations and findings and shared these with each other. The rich learning taking place during these lessons has been evident through the language and conversations between the students.

 “Don’t leave gaps between the matchsticks or the measurement will be wrong.”

“I measured that same book too. Why do we have different numbers?”

“This is seven and a half pencils long. How do I write a half?”

Hands on learning in Mathematics allows our Preps to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of measurement, whilst developing their decision making, creative thinking, counting and spatial awareness skills.  

 

Claire Tucker

Prep Coordinator

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Snap shot glimpses of our trip
Green becomes a bleached dry yellow. Undulation becomes flat. Vivid blue becomes pale and new becomes old.
As we drive away from Geelong we all know in som...

Snap shot glimpses of our trip

Green becomes a bleached dry yellow. Undulation becomes flat. Vivid blue becomes pale and new becomes old.

As we drive away from Geelong we all know in some way that the further we venture inland, the richer our lives will be from the experiences that await us.

A three-day bus trip with the same thirteen students and four staff, including our bus driver Greg, was always going to be a little daunting to some of us as the group hadn’t spent much time together outside of the Our World classroom. Nevertheless, the experience was extremely positive – it is actually hard to think of any negatives. None of us came away on this trip with our closest friends, which encouraged us to meet new people who we would then spend all our time with over the next week. The loud music, extensive amount of card games, continuous gossip and jokes over the course of the long bus trip, set us up for an incredibly enjoyable time together in Central Australia. Although the bus was slightly crowded with tents, sleeping bags and other gear, we all had our own space we could go to when we needed a break, which was really handy if someone was overtired or having a tough day. The Titjikala Trip of 2018 would not have been the same if it was not for our group spending those three long days travelling on the bus, and being able to get to know each other in a way that we wouldn’t have been able to before.

Abi Matta

 

There is something compelling about the emerging boulders, ochre red dirt and scrub that seems to both strengthen the soul and tear at your heart.

Maybe it is the majesty of what we see, alongside the history and complex fragility of what currently exists beyond.

As we Approached Uluru and Kata Tjuta I wasn’t really sure what to expect, I’d already been and seen it before so I wasn’t sure how the experience would impact me. However, the moment the school bus swung around the corner and Uluru came into view, it was as if I had never seen it before. The mind-blowing size and power the rock holds is just amazing. Over the next couple of days, we camped at Yulara with the awesome rock looking over us and explored the just as awesome but perhaps lesser known Kata Tjuta. When we had the opportunity to walk around Uluru, we were all moved by the peaceful and powerful act of just placing our hands on the side of it. Following this walk, we visited the Cultural centre where we were able to learn about Indigenous history and dreamtime stories. Here we were also able to look at the unique Indigenous art and watch some women paint. For me, seeing Uluru and kata Tjuta with my Our World class was a rare experience I will never forget.

 Sam Blomfield

 

While we are one group of many visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta, we are a privileged few to visit the remote community of Titjikala.

Personal relationships and interactions with the people of this Community, clearly informs our students understanding of remote indigenous life and culture in a way that we could never dream of within our school classrooms.

Travelling from Alice Springs to Titjikala, the whole bus was full of excitement and anticipation at the thought of meeting the ‘Titji Mob’. Upon arriving, we met Jo, the school Principal, who welcomed us and then called out for the kids to come and meet us. The shy children who hid behind the school building as we walked towards them are definitely not the children who sit beside me as I write this. As soon as we went into the community that night, the Titjikala kids chose ‘best friends’ almost immediately, and we have since spent our time with them laughing, playing sport, running down sand dunes, writing sentences, witchetty-grub hunting and making sock puppets. We have been taught some ‘language’ and culture, as well as been able to experience first-hand the differences and the similarities between the Titjikla and Geelong Mobs. The strength of the friendships and bonds we have formed with the children here are truly something we would never have imagined possible, and we are all dreading tomorrow's goodbyes.

Neve Foster

 

ANZAC DAY SERVICE AT TIJIKALA

An excerpt from our service:

Welcome everyone for attending our 2018 Titjikala Anzac Service, and for your time to remember the sacrifices that many Australians made to fight for our country.

My father and I attend the Johnston Park dawn service each year as a way to remember and acknowledge the sacrifices made by many. I distinctly remember something my Dad said to me many years ago that has stuck with me ever since. I will let you know the back-story…

The night before Anzac Day when I was around the age of 8 or 9, Dad and I were sitting in the lounge room discussing the dawn service and what our plans were -  such as what car we were taking, clothes we should wear and what we would do for breakfast…plans we discuss each year. I recall having this negative thought all of a sudden, “Dad I don’t understand why we can’t just sleep in and do it at home in the afternoon, then it will be warm and we get that extra sleep”. After this, I now realise that this could have been the most selfish thing I have ever said. Dad just looked at me with disappointment and said, “Australians have sacrificed their lives to fight for us, and people now are not even willing to sacrifice a morning to acknowledge the lives lost”. After hearing this, I knew I would not forget it each year. I have no hesitation in getting up at three in the morning on one morning a year to show respect to all involved in war - whether that be Australians that took part in war or the families whose lives were changed forever. If it was up to me, we would have all been up a few hours earlier this morning, yet we all know how busy we are with the Titji kids each day and how much we need our sleep! I am incredibly grateful that we are here now in beautiful Titjikala on this sand hill, taking some time to remember the war and those lives that were lost.

We are here all together paying our respects in the heart of Australia and that is something really special. Therefore, once again, I thank you all for this, especially Miss Pryke, Ms Burr, Greg and Cian for realising how important this day is. Now over to Neve and Bella…

Sarah McCoach

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The sun was shining bright over Port Phillip Bay and the children were anticipating what adventures awaited them on the other side. After a pleasant ride on the car ferry to Sorrento and ...

The sun was shining brightly over Port Phillip Bay and the children were anticipating what adventures awaited them on the other side. After a pleasant ride on the car ferry to Sorrento and a short bus ride along the coast, we made it to the magnificent Portsea Camp. A range of adventure activities and time to explore were first on the menu, followed by marshmallows around the camp fire.

The children enjoyed their action-packed days on the giant flying fox, high ropes course, fishing and team building undertakings. With their ‘collaboration, perseverance and reasoning’ muscles working hard, many of the children embraced the challenges of being extended beyond their ‘comfort zones’.

The Yr. 3 students are now spending time in class reflecting on their experiences and making connections to their everyday lives. Well done to the Year 3 students for their participation and enthusiasm. Thanks to all the staff who made the camp possible. A truly unforgettable and invaluable experience!

Sapphire Main and Mark Jacobi
Year 3 Classroom Teachers

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Leading up to April 25th, the Year Four students were focusing on ANZAC Day.  They were reading, viewing and discussing the importance of Anzac Day and learning about the critical events ...

Leading up to April 25th, the Year Four students were focusing on Anzac Day. They were reading, viewing and discussing the importance of Anzac Day and learning about the critical events that unfolded on this important day, and during the many months which followed.  In Writing sessions, some students chose to place themselves in the shoes of an ANZAC soldier or Turkish commander and wrote a sensory snapshot exploring what it must have been like to experience being there on the battlefields of Gallipoli.  Other students chose to explore how the war was connected to them personally by documenting in a variety of text types what Anzac Day means to their family.

This was a meaningful introduction activity which helped prepare the students for the Anzac Day commemorative service held Tuesday, 24th April.

 

Tracy McDonald

Year 4G Teacher

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It was wonderful to see approximately 90 students come together, including 8 players from the Junior Campus to compete in a 'friendly' Inter school Chess Tournament on Thursday. Students ...

It was wonderful to see approximately 90 students come together, including 8 players from the Junior Campus to compete in a 'friendly' Inter school Chess Tournament on Thursday. Students from Junior years right through to Senior from a range of schools from the Geelong and District (including Bunninyong) connected through their chess playing, even practising and sharing tips and tricks in the breaks. I congratulate Jayden Chan, Jacques Davies, Lucinda Joyce, Jianaa Merchant, Locky Rice, Alex Robinson, Makaylah-Jane Townson and Gabriel Foss (Bellarine campus) for the way they conducted themselves on the day and for their achievements for placing 4th as a team. Thank you to Phil Hooten for his coaching and preparation of our chess students at the Junior School.

Carla Dunlop
Deputy Head of Christian College Belmont JuniorCampus

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Dear Parents of Years 5, 7 and 9,
 
This year as part of the Federal Government National Benchmark Assessments in Literacy and Numeracy, students at Christian College along with other stu...

Dear Parents of Years 5, 7 and 9,

 

This year as part of the Federal Government National Benchmark Assessments in Literacy and Numeracy, students at Christian College along with other students across Australia will participate in State-based standardised assessments to monitor trends in these learning areas.

In Australia, all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 complete a National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test conducted by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. These tests and assessments are used to monitor trends in these learning areas.

The testing dates are Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th of May 2018. In the weeks preceding these tests, students will undertake practise tests in order to familiarise themselves with the testing format and time allocations.

Christian College uses these NAPLAN Tests as one of a wide-range of student tests and assessment tasks to measure the progress and skill development of your child. These results will be made available to parents in Term 3.

 

Kind regards,

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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This morning our Prep students were fortunate to have a visit from Michelle and her Dalmatian Ziggy, from The Responsible Pet Ownership Program.
Michelle taught the children how to behave...

This morning our Prep students were fortunate to have a visit from Michelle and her Dalmatian Ziggy, from The Responsible Pet Ownership Program.

Michelle taught the children how to behave and react around dogs when they may see them out in the community.

The children learnt the steps to take when they see a happy dog that is with its owner. They also learn what to do and what not to do when they see a scared or an angry dog without an owner.

The children were very excited when they were able to put into practise what they had learnt and were allowed to pat Ziggy.

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A reminder that students will be required to commence wearing full Winter Uniform for Term 2, with the official changeover date being Monday, 30th April (start of Week 3).
The Uniform Sho...

A reminder that students will be required to commence wearing full Winter Uniform for Term 2, with the official changeover date being Monday, 30th April (start of Week 3).

The Uniform Shop is located in the Centreway Arcade on High Street, Belmont and the opening hours are:

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

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On Thursday of this week, our campus played host to the Regional Interschool Chess Competition. Students from schools around Geelong and the wider area gathered in our Sports and Aquatic Centre to put their strategy and skills to the test in numerous games of chess. Students competed in both individual and team categories, and throughout the day, anticipation built towards the championship match, in which the two strongest players of the event fought it out in front of an interested crowd. In addition to a number of Middle School – Highton representatives, our special guests were the students from our Junior Campus, who proudly represented the College and themselves, competing with enthusiasm and excellent spirit. More events will be held at various schools around Geelong through the year and any students interested in taking up chess and potentially having some formal lessons are invited to meet with our friendly library staff who can provide more details.

Mr Adam Kennedy

Deputy Head of Campus

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The students in Prep are thoroughly enjoying learning all about numbers and how our number system works. We have spent time practising our counting, number recognition, finding mystery ...

 

The students in Prep are thoroughly enjoying learning all about numbers and how our number system works. We have spent time practising our counting, number recognition, finding mystery numbers and learning skills such as counting on and one to one correspondence. This week the children loved their maths stations and enjoyed working with our ‘Sumblocks’, ‘Osmo’ on the iPads, using the abacuses and other maths resources.

 

While using the Sumblocks James said “I can put the blocks together and find out what numbers are the same as 10.”

 

It is wonderful to see the children learning with such enjoyment and a love for maths.

 

 

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It was wonderful to see approximately 90 students come together, including 8 players from the Junior Campus to compete in a 'friendly' Inter school Chess Tournament on Thursday. Students ...

It was wonderful to see approximately 90 students come together, including 7 players from the Junior Campus to compete in a 'friendly' Interschool Chess Tournament on Thursday. Students from Junior years right through to Senior from a range of schools from the Geelong and District (including Bunninyong) connected through their chess playing, even practising and sharing tips and tricks in the breaks. I congratulate Jayden Chan, Jacques Davies, Lucinda Joyce, Jianaa Merchant, Locky Rice, Alex Robinson, Makaylah-Jane Townson and Gabriel Foss (Bellarine campus) for the way they conducted themselves on the day and for their terrific achievements for placing 4th as a team. 

Carla Dunlop

Deputy Head of Campus

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Christian College and Geelong Legacy have developed a strong relationship through the sale of badges during the annual Legacy Appeal.  Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of de...

Christian College and Geelong Legacy have developed a strong relationship through the sale of badges during the annual Legacy Appeal.  Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans. Legacy's caring and compassionate service assists around 65,000 widow(er)s and 1,800 children and dependants with a disability.

Last Friday 46 year 5 and 6 students from Christian College Bellarine were guests of Legacy at the 87th School’s Anzac Day Service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. They joined 1000’s of other students and special guests from across Victoria on the forecourt of the Shrine for a moving service. Under a brilliant blue sky they listened to stories of sacrifice and bravery and paid their respects to all those who have served over the past 100 years. 

Throughout the service, the students displayed their understanding of the significance of the occasion and were wonderful representatives of our college. The Legacy representatives who accompanied us on the trip expressed their gratitude for the way the students carried themselves during the service. 

Our project care representatives played a special role within the service. Caitlin Deretic and Maya Cooke laid a wreath at the eternal flame during the service and Harrison Connally and Lila Mustica displayed the school’s banner on the steps of the Shrine during the service.

Afterwards the students were able to tour the Shrine and gain a greater insight into the stories of the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It was a special and moving day and one that the students were blessed to be a part of.

Lest We Forget

Ryan Healy, Claire Deretic and Rick Geall
Teachers

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MEET MELBOURNE in Geelong

   
Weekly Career News
Please find the Weekly Careers Newsletter attached for your information. Topics included are 


Focus on Physics Careers
Focus on Chemis...

VCE Careers Expo

Australia's biggest education and careers expo!  Please visit the site by clicking on this link

 

2018 Expo Times:

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

Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May, 10am-4pm

Caulfield Racecourse, Caulfield

Organisations will be present with the following information:

  • information and resources for the VCE
  • information about university, TAFE and training courses
  • career advice
  • study advice
  • employment advice
  • apprenticeship and traineeship advice
  • international exchange and gap year programs

  

A list of exhibitors can be found by clicking on this link 

A copy of the visitors guide can be found at this link but there are also a few copies available from the Student Office.  Please ask Cathy for one.

 

Weekly Career News

Please find the Weekly Careers Newsletter attached for your information. Topics included are 

  • Focus on Physics Careers
  • Focus on Chemistry Careers
  • Work Integrated Learning at Australian Catholic University
  • New Bachelor of High Performance Sport at Australian Catholic University
  • Passion for Business Early Entry Program - Australian Catholic University
  • Passion for Law Early Entry Program - Australian Catholic University
  • Young Writers' Award, La Trobe University
  • Take a virtual tour of the new Learning and Teaching building at Monash University
  • VCE and Careers Expo
  • Melbourne Knowledge Week 2018
  • SAE Qantm Information Evening
  • Inside Monash University Seminars
  • Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School
  • University of Melbourne VCE Winter School
  • Upcoming Events
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As a way of immersing students into the dynamic and vibrant experiences of people in Europe during the Middle Ages, Year 8 History students participated in the interactive and communit...

  

As a way of immersing students into the dynamic and vibrant experiences of people in Europe during the Middle Ages, Year 8 History students participated in the interactive and community focused Medieval Day today, enjoyed in beautiful sunshine and with fantastic spirit. Students and teachers came to school dressed in the traditional costumes of people from various social classes of the time, and participated in workshops that explored dress, dance, games, music and of course…weapons! Archery, swords, axes and shields were all explored as students came to understand the brutal realities of many people from this time in history. For many, the highlight of the day was the medieval feast enjoyed during lunch, where students shared a meal of chicken, bread and fruit, and the juice flowed freely. By the end of the day, students had developed a deeper understanding of the ways in which people interacted 600 years ago. Experiences such as this day add tremendous value to our Year 8 curriculum and are invaluable in providing students with a rich and vibrant environment to enhance their learning.

 

Mrs Vicki Hayden

Year 8 History Teacher

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On Thursday the 19th of April, all 5/6 students participated in the Deakin District winter carnival.
It was another great day out, with all teams enjoying the competitive environment and ...

On Thursday the 19th of April, all 5/6 students participated in the Deakin District winter carnival.

It was another great day out, with all teams enjoying the competitive environment and being out and about on such a beautiful sunny autumn day.  

All coaches were again extremely impressed with the students' effort, enthusiasm, team work and sportsmanship on the day.

Students will now participate in a round robin tournament in their selected sports. This will take placed each Thursday afternoon in our sport time. The round robin will start in week 4 and run for the following 5 weeks playing each of the different schools in our division. Students are reminded to bring any necessary equipment for these dates.

 

5/6 Sport Schedule- Term 2

Week 4- Away vs Grovedale West

Week 5- Home vs Montpellier

Week 6- Home vs Christian College Highton

Week 7- Away vs Geelong College

Week 8- Home vs Kardinia

Caitlin Hoiles
Physical Education Teacher 

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This week as a part of our literature studies the children read the picture storybook titled The Leaf Man.
The children explored the many ways the illustrator used leaves to create the ...

 

This week as a part of our literature studies the children read the picture storybook titled The Leaf Man.

The children explored the many ways the illustrator used leaves to create the images. They discussed the colours and shapes of each of the leaves and how they are all unique.  They learnt about the changing seasons and the many colours we see on trees during Autumn.

The children then had the opportunity to use different coloured and shaped leaves to create their own Leaf Man.

Debbie Riddle

Prep Teacher

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On Thursday 26th April, the Year 3 and 4 students participated in the Junior School Cross Country. Running approximately 2km, students ran 3.5 laps of a 600 metre course around the Junior...

On Thursday 26th April, the Year 3 and 4 students participated in the Junior School Cross Country. Running approximately 2km, students ran 3.5 laps of a 600 metre course around the Junior School grounds. The attitude and effort of all the competitors was a real highlight for the teachers and the many parents who came to support the event.

A special thanks to Jason Morrison who once again lead the front runners on his bike and the many staff who helped on the finish line and around the course. It was a great atmosphere and we wish the Year 4 students who will run at the Deakin District Cross Country at Eastern Gardens all the very best.

House Competition

1st Penman         221 points

2nd Flynn             224 points

3rd Taylor             241 points

4th Burrows          277 points

 

Cross Country Results

Year 4 Girls                                                                          Year 4 Boys

1st Mikayla Pocklington 9.49                                                1st Tom Lyons-Lee            9.20

2nd Molly O’Malley           10.26                                            2nd Riley Suter                    9.24

3rd Holly Jaques                 10.30                                          3rd Sunny Brownbill        9.33

 

Year 3 Girls                                                                          Year 3 Boys

1st Annabel Coleman      10.34                                           1st Tavier Rutherford      9.30

2nd Emily Pianto                 10.45                                        2nd Charley Bove               9.32

3rd Helaina Despott         11.01                                           3rd Noah Stephens          10.22

 

At today’s assembly, the Year 4 students who finished with the highest individual points from the Year 4 – 9 Athletics Carnival received their medals. Congratulations to these students and the many more who will participate in Term 3 at the Deakin District Athletics Carnival at Landy Field.

Year 4 Girls                                                                       Year 4 Boys

1st Anya Brown                  90 pts                              1st Charlie Guinane          76 pts

2nd Mikayla Pocklington 55pts                                   2nd Jordan Maddock        49 pts

3rd Tiana Dragojevic         44 pts                                3rd Dom Parigi                    47 pts

4th Isabelle Brehaut         40 pts                                 4th Riley Suter                    35 pts

5th Lucinda Joyce              31 pts                               5th Zander Bailey               33 pts

 

Nick Rice

Junior School Phys Ed and Sport Coordinator

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In Year 7 History, students have been investigating some of the earliest known civilisations to uncover the reasons why human settlement flourished in various parts of the world. Through ...

In Year 7 History, students have been investigating some of the earliest known civilisations to uncover the reasons why human settlement flourished in various parts of the world. Through the ‘big idea’ of sustainability, a common thread in each Humanities discipline in Year 7, students have been developing an understanding of the common characteristics that led to the success and longevity of major civilisations like Rome, Greece, Egypt and China. Students have also been encouraged to analyse the different types of evidence that help us explain the past. It is through evidence that students have also examined the development of ancient Aboriginal society in Australia. Student learning in Term 1 – which included a visit to the Bellarine Historical Society in Drysdale – culminated in the design and creation of an artefact that could have existed in the civilisation they chose to focus on. Students also needed to write an explanation ‘museum’ card to describe what their artefact showed about their focus civilisation and how people in that place and time lived. This week, the hard work and growth in learning of the Year 7’s was put on display when their ‘Ancient History in the Making Museum’ opened to the rest of the school. The Year 7’s themselves were the first to visit on Tuesday and, we think you would agree the images and videos show, they really enjoyed seeing their artefacts on display – as well as having the opportunity to extend their own learning through exploring the creations of their classmates. As we continue through Term 2, students will now refine their focus to learning more about influential individuals in ancient history.

Victoria Kent and Nicola Morrish
Year 7 History Teachers

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 On Monday evening this week, a selection of students from Year 8 travelled to Geelong Grammar School to participate in the DAV debating competition. Two teams competed against Clonard Co...

On Monday evening this week, a selection of students from Year 8 travelled to Geelong Grammar School to participate in the DAV Debating Competition. Two teams competed against Clonard College and Trinity College (Colac) debating the topic ‘The Olympics should expand to include non-sporting events’. Both teams gallantly debated with confidence and aplomb against Year 9 students. All students involved spent a great deal of time preparing debates and presented exceptionally well on the night. Congratulations goes to Ethan Wallish, Dominic Williams, Chloe Lamb, Eloise Wingrave, Maya Fuller, Atharv Joshi, Nicholas Maroulis-Voulgaris for their involvement and a special mention goes out to Bethany Dean who achieved a Best Speaker award for her efforts. We are all looking forward to the next round of debates at the end of May.

Allison Schleutker 

Year 8 English Teacher 

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Dear Parents of Year 3,
This year as part of the Federal Government National Benchmark Assessments in Literacy and Numeracy, students at Christian College Junior School along with other s...

Dear Parents of Year 3,

This year as part of the Federal Government National Benchmark Assessments in Literacy and Numeracy, students at Christian College Junior School along with other students across Australia will participate in State-based standardised assessments to monitor trends in these learning areas.

In Australia, all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 complete a National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test conducted by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. These tests and assessments are used to monitor trends in these learning areas.

The testing dates are Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th of May 2018. In the weeks leading up to these tests, Year 3 students will undertake practice tests in order to familiarise themselves with the testing format and processes involved in completing the tests.

Christian College uses these NAPLAN Tests as one of a wide-range of student tests and assessment tasks to measure the progress and skill development of your child. These results will be made available to parents in Term 3.

 

Ann-Marree Weigl

Head of Campus

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A reminder that from MONDAY, 30th APRIL (start of week 3) all students are required to wear their winter uniform.

A reminder that from MONDAY, 30th APRIL (start of week 3) all students are required to wear their winter uniform.

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As the Guerrilla Art subject draws to a close they have unveiled their final artwork for the Christian College Community at our Bellarine Campus. Throughout the course of Term 1 Patrick M...

As the Guerrilla Art subject draws to a close they have unveiled their final artwork for the Christian College Community at our Bellarine Campus. Throughout the course of Term 1 Patrick McNamara, Shannon D'Costa, Lachlan Williams and Nikki Frecklington created Twenty poppies each, along with myself in preparation for this day.

We spray painted stems onto the wall under the mural and during lunchtime yesterday added the poppy heads we had made. The students have also contributed to a video recording about their process and the importance of the poppy in remembering the ANZAC soldiers who fought and died for us. This video can be accessed by scanning the QR codes on the wall next to the installation.

The central focus of this subject is art for the community. When I asked the students why this installation would be considered art for our community, their reply was "because it is important to remember".

Lest we forget.

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

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Just a reminder that our annual Mothers' Day Stall will be held on Friday, 11th May, 2018. Donations and/or gifts would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to assist in preparing for ...

Just a reminder that our annual Mothers' Day Stall will be held on Friday, 11th May, 2018. Donations and/or gifts would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to assist in preparing for the stall and helping on the day please complete the parent paperwork note that was sent out on Wednesday, 18th April.

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Due to our Geelong Botanical Gardens excursion there will be no Health/Sport classes held on Thursday 10th May.
Health/Sport classes for this week will be held on Monday 7th May during pe...

Due to our Geelong Botanical Gardens excursion there will be no Health/Sport classes held on Thursday 10th May.

Health/Sport classes for this week will be held on Monday 7th May during periods 5 & 6.

Students will be required to wear their SPORTS UNIFORM on MONDAY 7th MAY.

 

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A reminder that from Monday, 30th April, all students are required to wear their full College Winter uniform.
The Uniform Shop is located in the Centreway Arcade on High Street, Belmont. ...

A reminder that from Monday, 30th April, all students are required to wear their full College Winter uniform.

The Uniform Shop is located in the Centreway Arcade on High Street, Belmont.  Phone 5241 6316. 

Opening hours are:

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

 

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We will be celebrating Mothers’ Day on Friday, 11th May with the annual Tabloid Sports Day. This will commence around 11.30am and conclude with the time honoured Mothers’ Sack Race from 1...

We will be celebrating Mothers’ Day on Friday, 11th May with the annual Tabloid Sports Day. This will commence around 11.30am and conclude with the time honoured Mothers’ Sack Race from 1.00pm.

The Year 4 students will be conducting some sporting activities for Preps, Year 1, 2 and 3 students. Parents are more than welcome to come and support this event.

We encourage any mothers who would like to participate in the sack race to please sign up at registration desk on the day. There will be some great prizes up for grabs, with Bakers’ Delight gift vouchers on offer.

Bakers’ Delight, Highton have generously continued to support this day by supplying prizes and food. On behalf of the College, I would like to thank Danielle and David Bourke for their ongoing support of this event.

On the day we will be raising awareness of the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) as Danielle and Baker’s Delight are huge supporters. Further details will be sent out in next week’s Vine.

At the completion of the Tabloid Sports, each student will be provided with 2 rolls (to be confirmed by next week). We encourage families to stay for a picnic lunch and we would ask you to bring along any additional food and drink for yourself and other family members. (Please note, there is no swimming for Year 3's this day)

If you do not wish your child to receive this lunch, please notify your child’s teacher prior to the day and send them with a packed lunch. Please note that the Junior School Canteen will not be open on this day.

The students are required to wear full sports uniform with House coloured polo tops.

We look forward to celebrating this special day and enjoying the activities on the day.

Nick Rice

Junior School Phys Ed & Sport Coordinator

 

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Christian College Geelong will be conducting 2018 NAPLAN testing between the 15th May and the 23rd May. This year’s tests will be conducted online rather than with pencil and paper. All s...

Christian College Geelong will be conducting 2018 NAPLAN testing between the 15th May and the 23rd May. This year’s tests will be conducted online rather than with pencil and paper. All students have prepared for this by completing an online practice test.

For more information please read the below letter from our Head of campus, Mr Nicholas Watson.

Earl Moore
Deputy Head of Campus

 

 

 Tuesday 24th April
ANZAC Service at 11.00am 
 
Wednesday 25th April 
Anzac Day - Public Holiday - no students at school
 
Friday 27th April 
Responsible Pet Ownership Incursion
 
Wednesd...

 

 

Wednesday 2nd May 

Bush Prep 

 

Thursday 10th May

Botanic Gardens Excursion 

 

Friday 11th May

Mothers Day Excursion to Junior School 

 

Wednesday 16th May

Coogoorah Park Excursion 

 

Wednesday 30th May

Bush Prep  

 

Monday 11th June

Queen's Birthday Long Weekend - Public Holiday - no students required at school

 

Wednesday 13th June 

Student Learning Conferences - more information to follow

 

Thursday 14th June

Student Learning Conferences - more information to follow

Bush Prep 

 

Friday 22nd June

Last Day of Term

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On Thursday 3rd May, Year 7 students will receive their first vaccinations for the year:  HPV (Gardasil 9) and Boostrix (diphtheria, tetanus, & whooping cough).
Students are asked to wear...

On Thursday 3rd May, Year 7 students will receive their first vaccinations for the year:  HPV (Gardasil 9) and Boostrix (diphtheria, tetanus, & whooping cough).

Students are asked to wear sport uniform on the day, for easy access to the upper arm.

Vaccinations will be given in the Health Room in the SAC and students will remain in the room for 20 minutes afterwards for monitoring. In the unlikely event of a reaction to the vaccination, students will move to the sickbay and parents/guardians contacted should the student be unable to return to class.

The second and final vaccination day for the year will be on Thursday 29th  November.

If your child will not be at school on the 3rd May, you are asked to contact Barwon Health on 4215 6962 to make alternative arrangements.

If you have any queries regarding the immunisation program, please contact Marisa Bettiol on m.bettiol@ccg.vic.edu.au

Marisa Bettiol
Year 7 Homeroom Teacher 

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Give Mum an Entertainment Membership this Mother’s Day and she can enjoy more than 12 months of valuable dining, shopping and travel offers! Buy from Christian College - Middle School tod...

Give Mum an Entertainment Membership this Mother’s Day and she can enjoy more than 12 months of valuable dining, shopping and travel offers! Buy from Christian College - Middle School today and you’ll also be supporting our fundraising. Hurry, they’re selling fast!

We are raising funds for our fundraising and you can help. Order the NEW 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership and you will receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and you will also be supporting our fundraising. PLUS, order now to receive over $200 of bonus Early Bird Offers (hurry, these sell out quickly). 

SUPPORT US NOW!

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Issue 3 catalogue has been distributed to your child and orders need to be placed by 30th APRIL 2018.
A reminder for all families that books may be ordered using either of the following m...

Issue 3 catalogue has been distributed to your child and orders need to be placed by 30th APRIL 2018.

A reminder for all families that books may be ordered using either of the following methods:


1. Order and pay for your child’s books using LOOP which is the Scholastic Book Club Linked Online Ordering & Payment platform. Link: scholastic.com.au/LOOP and then follow the steps.

2. Return your child's order form together with your credit card receipt.

 

When paying for Ashton Scholastic Books all payments must be made by Credit Card: Payment can be made by phone (automated free call 1800 557 908) OR online.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH as cash is not a payment method.

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

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



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On Tuesday, April 24th the Christian College Bellarine Campus hosted a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Professional Development Day. The people attending the day consisted of five SAKG...

On Tuesday, April 24th the Christian College Bellarine Campus hosted a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Professional Development Day. The people attending the day consisted of five SAKG staff, 15 other kindergarten, primary, secondary, learning support teachers from Geelong and district region and five CCG staff from three different campuses.

It was particularly exciting to host this event here at Bellarine Campus as our newly developed barn area is certainly taking shape. The barn itself has been completely gutted and refurbished structurally, a new concrete floor has been laid, a new chicken and duck enclosure has been built, a fence and front gate is nearly completed, the entire area has been excavated and leveled, wicking garden beds are in place,the water tank has been stripped and ready to paint and the stage area has been built. The Bellarine kitchen garden community space is now ready to grow. Sharing our progress with the SAKG team and attending community was great, as we were able to complete several practical activities out in the garden space whilst collectively sharing knowledge and skills and learning about other similar journeys. Part of the day also included using fresh seasonal produce to create a delicious Middle Eastern feast, from SAKG recipes which were enjoyed by all for a communal lunch.

It was great to share positive and challenging aspects in developing new initiatives across our campuses with the Christian College staff and we look forward to planning and integrating new possibilities at our various, unique sites in the coming months.

Sally Gray
Food Technology Teacher

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A reminder that Year 2 will be on excursion to Yollinko Wetlands in week 3. Please check the EdSmart online paperwork for details about the excursions. Please note, students may bring gum...

A reminder that Year 2 will be on excursion to Yollinko Wetlands in week 3. Please check the EdSmart online paperwork for details about the excursions. Please note, students may bring gumboots to wear on the day at parents' discretion. 

Excursion days are as follows:

Tuesday - 2R

Wednesday - 2M

Thursday - 2B and 2G

 

Anna Daley

Year 2 Coordinator

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Issue 3 has been distributed and should be ordered or returned to school by Friday, 5th May 2018.
A reminder for all families that books may be ordered using either of the following metho...

Issue 3 has been distributed and should be ordered or returned to school by Friday, 5th May 2018.

A reminder for all families that books may be ordered using either of the following methods:
1. Order and pay for your child’s books using LOOP which is the Scholastic Book Club Linked Online Ordering & Payment platform. Link: scholastic.com.au/LOOP and then follow the steps which have been included in the attached information PDF.

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

When paying for Ashton Scholastic Books all payments must be either:
Cheque: Made payable to Ashton Scholastic OR
Credit Card: Payment can be made by phone (automated free call 1800 557 908) OR online.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH as cash is not a payment method.

For the online option, please follow the prompts for ‘Parent Payments’ on the Ashton Scholastic site at: www.scholastic.com.au/.
As you follow the prompts, you will be given a receipt number which will need to be recorded and returned together with your child’s order form.
Thank you for your assistance and ongoing support of Book Club.


Louise Ward and Kate Millichip,

Book Club Coordinators

 

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A reminder that students will be required to start wearing Winter uniform for Term 2, with the official changeover date being Monday, 30th April (start of Week 3).

Students may wear either full Summer or full Winter uniform leading up to this date, however not a combination of the two.

The Uniform Shop is located in the Centreway Arcade on High Street, Belmont and the opening hours are:

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

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Until further notice, please note the Vending Machine at the Bellarine Campus is no longer available for purchases, due the business being sold. 
Nicholas WatsonHead of Campus 

Until further notice, please note the Vending Machine at the Bellarine Campus is no longer available for purchases, due to the business being sold. 

Nicholas Watson
Head of Campus 

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A reminder that from MONDAY, 30th APRIL (start of week 3) all students are required to wear their winter uniform.

A reminder that from MONDAY, 30th APRIL (start of week 3) all students are required to wear their winter uniform.

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Junior School once again has Entertainment Books for sale at Reception. Cost is $60 each with $12 from each sale going towards fundraising at Junior School. Payment can be made by either ...

Junior School once again has Entertainment Books for sale at Reception. Cost is $60 each with $12 from each sale going towards fundraising at Junior School. Payment can be made by either cash, cheque, or credit card OR visit http://www.entbook.com.au/113u768 to pay for your book online or purchase a Digital Membership. 
Digital Memberships must be purchased online at the above site.

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We are raising funds for our School and you can help. Order the NEW 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership and you will receive hundreds of valuable offers for...

We are raising funds for our School and you can help. Order the NEW 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership and you will receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and you will also be supporting our School. A great purchase for Mother's Day.  To order your Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership please go to https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/113s193

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Bookings are now open for the upcoming Production of Alice In Wonderland - 3rd to 5th May.  
Tickets available from the Potato Shed at Drysdale by phoning 5251 1998

Bookings are now open for the upcoming production of Alice In Wonderland - 3rd to 5th May.  

Tickets available from the Potato Shed at Drysdale by phoning 5251 1998

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Over the past 20 years Christian College Geelong have developed a tradition of lending our support to the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal which supports local and overseas people in ne...

 

Over the past 20 years Christian College Geelong have developed a tradition of lending our support to the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal which supports local and overseas people in need. By giving of a small amount of our time, we can raise a significant amount to assist others less fortunate than ourselves.

When: Sunday 27th May

Time: 10am-12.30pm

Where: Students will meet and be picked up from Christian College Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre

Students from Year 5 to 9 that are interested in volunteering their time, will need to complete the attached form and return it to Mrs Garing by Monday 21st May.

Kind regards,

Renee Garing

Year Level Coordinator - Year 7

Tickets are now on sale for our upcoming College Play - Alice In Wonderland.

We are counting down to opening night of the College Play, ‘Alice in Wonderland’! 

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE THROUGH THE POTATO SHED BOX OFFICE:
(03) 5251 1998

With a cast of just under 40 students from our Bellarine, Highton and Senior Campuses the very well-known tale features all the notable characters - The Cheshire Cat, Humpty Dumpty and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

Opening night is Thursday, 3rd May at 7.00pm with other performances continuing on Friday, 4th at 7.00pm and Saturday 5th May at 12.30pm and 5.30pm.
Performances will be held in May at the ‘Potato Shed’ in Drysdale.

 

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