The biennial College Musical Production is a unique opportunity that involves and connects, students, staff, past colleagues and students from each of our campuses. This year we were ench...

The biennial College musical production is a unique opportunity that involves and connects students, staff, past colleagues and students from each of our campuses. This year, we were enchanted by the adventures of Peter Pan in Neverland. Interestingly our College's first performance of Peter Pan occurred 20 years ago.

Last weekend, sell-out audiences at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre were treated to a feast of talent through the incredible performances on stage and from the students in the Orchestra Pit. This was the culmination of amazing support provided behind the scenes from over 100 students and a significant number of staff and supportive parents.

Our College has established a fine reputation for producing musicals of the highest quality. These events are a significant feature of our College program and have a far-reaching impact on our culture. Not only do the students involved have the opportunity to showcase and develop their talents in performance, they also gain incredible learning as they dedicate and commit themselves to collaborate with a range of new friends across a broad age range and spectrum of backgrounds.

The confidence and experience that comes from exposure and involvement in a school musical is endless. From a broader perspective, musicals bring a true sense of community to life through the celebration of the performances and the great joy that these bring to audiences. I believe that we all walk taller and gain a boost from seeing members of our community involved in such great work together.

It was clearly evident at the after party celebrations that everyone involved shared a deep connection and sense of achievement through the many months journeying together to make something special for the audiences to enjoy. There was genuine appreciation for the contributions that each member of the cast and crew had made, whether this was in a lead role, playing in the Orchestra or working backstage.

I confidently speak for anyone that had the joy of seeing Peter Pan to say that we were privileged to share in the adventure and are extremely proud of everyone involved.

Thank you and congratulations.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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The biennial College Musical Production is a unique opportunity that involves and connects, students, staff, past colleagues and students from each of our campuses. This year we were ench...

The biennial College musical production is a unique opportunity that involves and connects students, staff, past colleagues and students from each of our campuses. This year we were enchanted by the adventures of Peter Pan in Neverland. Interestingly, our College's first performance of Peter Pan occurred 20 years ago.

Last weekend, sell-out audiences at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre were treated to a feast of talent through the incredible performances on stage and from the students in the Orchestra Pit. This was the culmination of amazing support provided behind the scenes from over 100 students and a significant number of staff and supportive parents.

Our College has established a fine reputation for producing musicals of the highest-quality. These events are a significant feature of our College program and have a far-reaching impact on our culture. Not only do the students involved have the opportunity to showcase and develop their talents in performance, they also gain incredible learning as they dedicate and commit themselves to collaborate with a range of new friends across a broad age range and spectrum of backgrounds.

The confidence and experience that comes from exposure and involvement in a school musical is endless. From a broader perspective, musicals bring a true sense of community to life through the celebration of the performances and the great joy that these bring to audiences. I believe that we all walk taller and gain a boost from seeing members of our community involved in such great work together.

It was clearly evident at the after party celebrations that everyone involved shared a deep connection and sense of achievement through the many months journeying together to make something special for the audiences to enjoy. There was genuine appreciation for the contributions that each member of the cast and crew had made, whether this was in a lead role, playing in the Orchestra or working backstage.

I confidently speak for anyone that had the joy of seeing Peter Pan to say that we were privileged to share in the adventure and are extremely proud of everyone involved.

Thank you and congratulations.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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The biennial College Musical Production is a unique opportunity that involves and connects, students, staff, past colleagues and students from each of our campuses. This year we were ench...

The biennial College Musical Production is a unique opportunity that involves and connects, students, staff, past colleagues and students from each of our campuses. This year we were enchanted by the adventures of Peter Pan in Neverland. Interestingly our College's first performance of Peter Pan occurred 20 years ago.

Last weekend sell out audiences at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre were treated to a feast of talent through the incredible performances on stage and from the students in the Orchestra Pit. This was the culmination of amazing support provided behind the scenes from over 100 students and a significant number of staff and supportive parents.

Our College has established a fine reputation for producing Musicals of the highest quality. These events are a significant feature of our College program and have a far reaching impact on our culture. Not only do the students involved have the opportunity to showcase and develop their talents in performance, they also gain incredible learning as they dedicate and commit themselves to collaborate with a range of new friends across a broad age range and spectrum of backgrounds. The confidence and experience that comes from exposure and involvement in a school musical is endless. From a broader perspective, musicals bring a true sense of community to life through the celebration of the performances and the great joy that these bring to audiences. I believe that we all walk taller and gain a boost from seeing members of our community involved in such great work together.

It was clearly evident at the after party celebrations that everyone involved shared a deep connection and sense of achievement through the many months journeying together to make something special for the audiences to enjoy. There was genuine appreciation for the contributions that each member of the cast and crew had made, whether this was in a lead role, playing in the Orchestra or working backstage.

I confidently speak for anyone that had the joy of seeing Peter Pan to say that we were privileged to share in the adventure and are extremely proud of everyone involved.

Thank you and congratulations.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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The biennial College Musical Production is a unique opportunity that involves and connects, students, staff, past colleagues and students from each of our campuses. This year we were ench...

The biennial College musical production is a unique opportunity that involves and connects students, staff, past colleagues and students from each of our campuses. This year, we were enchanted by the adventures of Peter Pan in Neverland. Interestingly, our College's first performance of Peter Pan occurred 20 years ago.

Last weekend, sell-out audiences at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre were treated to a feast of talent through the incredible performances on stage and from the students in the Orchestra Pit. This was the culmination of amazing support provided behind the scenes from over 100 students and a significant number of staff and supportive parents.

Our College has established a fine reputation for producing musicals of the highest-quality. These events are a significant feature of our College program and have a far-reaching impact on our culture. Not only do the students involved have the opportunity to showcase and develop their talents in performance, they also gain incredible learning as they dedicate and commit themselves to collaborate with a range of new friends across a broad age range and spectrum of backgrounds. The confidence and experience that comes from exposure and involvement in a school musical is endless. From a broader perspective, musicals bring a true sense of community to life through the celebration of the performances and the great joy that these bring to audiences. I believe that we all walk taller and gain a boost from seeing members of our community involved in such great work together.

It was evident at the after party celebrations that everyone involved shared a deep connection and sense of achievement through the many months journeying together to make something special for the audiences to enjoy. There was genuine appreciation for the contributions that each member of the cast and crew had made, whether this was in a lead role, playing in the Orchestra or working backstage.

I confidently speak for anyone that had the joy of seeing Peter Pan to say that we were privileged to share in the adventure and are extremely proud of everyone involved.

Thank you and congratulations.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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Peter Pan
The large number of our community that saw Peter Pan last weekend would agree that it was a production of the highest standard. Each of the three shows were sold out and provide...

Peter Pan

The large number of our community that saw Peter Pan last weekend would agree that it was a production of the highest standard. Each of the three shows were sold out and provided entertainment for young and old.

We marvelled at the ability of Captain Hook and soared with Peter Pan, as well as ventured with Wendy on her quest. The pirates came to life and we were all frightened when the crocodile entered the stage.

Such a production relied on so many volunteers and their efforts are worthy of mention. Such school productions allow so many people to connect with each other with a common goal in mind. This very important aspect is what gives great schools the added factor that sets them apart from others.

Mandy Calderwood as the Director again delivered a production that kept us all on the edge of our seats. Michaela Gregory as Assistant Director and Stage Manager proved to be such a valuable person in bringing it all together and the cast thoroughly enjoyed her coaching. The Musical Director, Kate Notini, was responsible for the wonderful music that accompanied the dramatic part on stage. Our Director of Music, Fiona Gardner, led her department so well and allowed so many musicians to be involved. Antony Benson built and led the set design and construction. His diligence over many late nights enabled us to visualise so much of what Mandy wanted us to experience.

Finally, to Andrew Dunlop, who delivers all the 'behind the scenes' support in providing and removing the equipment, a huge thank you. We are blessed to have “Dunny”. There are also so many others whom I have not mentioned that contributed in their own special way and, when all combined, provided us with a special night to remember.

        

Learning Conferences

I wish to thank the parents and guardians who attended our Learning Conferences this week. I do apologise for the change of venue, but as you would have realised, our library flooded in the recent downpour. It has only just been opened again and reminded us of how valuable a venue this is in our teaching and learning. I wish to also thank the teachers for their time to prepare for the conferences and providing such valuable feedback to parents and guardians. The staff also felt the feedback they received will enable them to better teach your son or daughter.

I thank the parents for giving such positive feedback in relation to the 'in-time reporting'. This has enabled parents and guardians to receive assessments and comments in “real time” and keep them better informed.

I ask that if you have further comments to please contact me.

I thank you sincerely.

Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School

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During Term 1 this year, you would have been receiving regular ‘in time’ reports regarding your child’s progress. Tuesday May 9th provides an opportunity to celebrate and further discuss ...

During Term 1 this year, you would have been receiving regular ‘in time’ reports regarding your child’s progress.

Tuesday, 9th May provides an opportunity to celebrate and further discuss your child’s development through our ‘Learning Conference’ evening, held in the Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Bookings may be made with homeroom and subject teachers between 4pm-9pm on this evening, with conferences running strictly at 10-minute intervals. Should you require more time, please contact your teacher directly to make alternative arrangements. We value the partnership between the student, parent and teacher and therefore encourage your child to attend the conferences on the evening with you. 

Please refer to the PDF below for booking instructions.

Please note:

Bookings open: Monday, 24th April, 5pm

Bookings close: Monday, 8th May, 5pm

Tea and coffee will be available for purchase on the evening.

Comprehensive academic reports in all subject areas will continue to be prepared at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Please find attached information regarding our upcoming Learning Conferences on Tuesday, 9th May from 4pm to 8.30pm. We look forward to sharing in discussions with you around the progress...

Please find attached information regarding our upcoming Learning Conferences on Tuesday, 9th May from 4pm to 8.30pm. We look forward to sharing in discussions with you around the progress of your young person so far this year.

Online Learning Conference bookings are now available by clicking on the ‘School Interviews’ tile on the Parent Portal or by going to www.schoolinterviews.com.au

Enter the school event code (qg2t7) and book the teachers and times requested. A more detailed explanation is attached for your convenience.

Please be aware that Learning Conference bookings will close at 5pm on Friday, 5th May for administration purposes. Further instructions are included in the attached information to parents. 

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus

A reminder that our annual Mother’s Day Stall will be held on Friday, 12th May.
The stall is a great hit with the children, who really enjoy being able to ‘shop’ on their own to buy somet...

A reminder that our annual Mother’s Day Stall will be held on Friday, 12th May.

The stall is a great hit with the children, who really enjoy being able to ‘shop’ on their own to buy something special for Mum, Grandma or a special friend. Gifts and/or cash donations would be greatly appreciated; these can be dropped off at the Junior School Office.

Please remember, also, that your child will need to bring $5 to school next Friday in order to buy a Mother's Day gift from the stall. 

Our sincere thanks for your ongoing support and assistance.

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Please see attached letter regarding our annual Mother's Day Tabloid Sports to be held next Friday, 12th May.

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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 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 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th of May. 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 Term 3.

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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 part...

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, 9th May, Wednesday 10th May, and Thursday 11th May.

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 young person. These results will be made available in Term 3.

Earl Moore
Deputy Head of Campus

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The Christian College Geelong Surfing Championships were held at Jan Juc in beautiful clean 2-3 foot offshore conditions on Friday April 29. We congratulate all students who competed an...

Christian College Geelong Surfing Championships

The Christian College Geelong Surfing Championships were held at Jan Juc in beautiful, clean two to three-foot offshore conditions on Friday, 29th April. We congratulate all students who competed and acknowledge the following place getters:

Under16 Boys: 1st- Angus Castle, 2nd - Luke Day, 3rd Flynn Daniel, 4th Noah Saffin

Girls: 1st - Jazz Wylie, 2nd - Angelique Kefalas, 3rd- Imogen Castle, 4th - Poppy Schaap 

Open Boys: 1st - Dylan Forras , 2nd - Jarrad Forras , 3rd- Shae Robertson 4th - Seamus Wakefield 

Victorian Independent Schools Surfing Teams event

The College acknowledges the performances of the Mixed and Girls surfing teams on placing third at the Victorian Independent Schools surfing teams event.

The Girls team of Jazz Wylie, Angelique Kefalas, Imogen Castle and Poppy Schaap and the Mixed team of Noah Saffin, Flynn Daniel, Luke Day, Angus Castle, Jarrad Forras, Dylan Forras, Shae Robertson, Seamus Wakefield and Jazz Wylie.

We congratulate and thank surfing captain Jarrod Forras on his leadership at this event.


Steven Sullivan
Surfing Team Manager

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Please note that the Junior School Canteen will not be open on Friday, 12th May. Bakers' Delight Highton will be providing lunch for all students at our Annual Mothers' Day Tabloid Sports...

Please note that the Junior School Canteen will not be open on Friday, 12th May.

Bakers Delight Highton will be providing lunch for all students at our Annual Mothers' Day Tabloid Sports Day. We thank them very much for their generosity each year.

If your child is not able to eat a cheese and bacon roll and fruit bun, please send along a packed lunch for them.

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On Wednesday afternoon the Year 7 Writer’s Workshop students explored the ‘dungeon’ and ‘tunnels’ under the school as a stimulus for their upcoming writing piece. This involved crawling t...

On Wednesday afternoon, the Year 7 Writer’s Workshop students explored the ‘dungeon’ and ‘tunnels’ under the school as a stimulus for their upcoming writing piece.

This involved crawling through some very dark, dusty and smelly passages and observing evidence left there from the past, including broken beds and mattresses. The students were excited, apprehensive and curious prior to entering. Afterwards they were exhilarated, relieved and a little dirty, but excited to get stuck into their writing!

Last week, they had looked at some of the records of children who had lived at St Augustine’s Orphanage some 36 years ago and watched a short film. The students are now going to use this information and experience as stimulus for writing a piece about a former resident of the orphanage and imagining why he might have been down there.

We look forward to seeing how this hands-on experience adds 'colour' and 'depth' to their writing!

Miss Rebecca Wellins

Classroom Teacher

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In beautiful sunshine and great running conditions our senior school students competed very well for their respective House in the 2017 House Cross-Country and House Tug-of-War competitio...

In beautiful sunshine and great running conditions our senior school students competed very well for their respective House in the 2017 House Cross-Country and House Tug-of-War competitions this Wednesday. Congratulations to all students who ran and/or power-walked their way to the finish line. The final result could not have got any closer, so well done to all competitors on your efforts.

Final Results -

1st Taylor 5.265pts per House member; 2nd Flynn 5.251pts; 3rd Burrows 4.527pts; 4th Penman 3.945pts

Year Level Champions -

Yr10 Girls - 1st India Smith (F) 10:44mins; 2nd Madeline Drake (F) 10:54mins; 3rd Briely Wight (P) 11:20mins

Yr10 Boys - 1st Finlay Kirsopp-Cole (F) 8:22mins; 2nd Sam Ward (B) 8:25mins; 3rd Jack Brown (F) 8:44mins

Yr11 Girls - 1st Emily Scott (T) 11:33mins; 2nd Natalie Hunt (B) 12:30mins; 3rd Annie Coulsell (F) 12:33mins

Yr11 Boys - 1st Matt Tattersall (F) 8:20mins; 2nd Ellison Guss (B) 8:37mins; 3rd Charlie Dent (P) 8:54mins

Yr12 Girls - 1st Tess Kirsopp-Cole (F) 9:45mins; 2nd Montana Jones (T) 10:38mins; 3rd Sarah Arstall (P) 10:50mins

Yr12 Boys - 1st Chris Lever (F) 8:32mins; 2nd Declan Hargreaves (T) 8:42mins; Cian Foster (B) 8:48mins

Tug-of-War Result –

Girls Champions – Burrows

Boys Champions – Flynn

 

Andrew Richardson

Sport Coordinator - Senior School

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We are very excited about tonight's Geelong After Dark Exhibition.
The Bellarine Campus Year 9 Studio Art students have deconstructed musical instruments and they are now finished as re-m...

We are very excited about tonight's Geelong After Dark Exhibition!

The Bellarine Campus Year 9 Studio Art students have deconstructed musical instruments and they are now finished as re-made abstract objects. These will be in an Installation/Public Art composition at the exhibition Friday, 5th May, from 6pm to 10pm (more information about this exhibition can be found in the attached flier and at http://www.geelongafterdark.com.au/).  

Keep an eye out at the end of Moorabool Street and Brougham Street for this amazing installation.  

Lori Ruplal
Art Teacher 

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Just a reminder that students participating in Basketball training sessions after school must have parental supervision before and after their timetabled sessions. Training staff are find...

Just a reminder that students participating in Basketball training sessions after school must have parental supervision before and after their timetabled sessions.

Training staff are finding themselves having to supervise the whereabouts and behaviour of waiting students whilst they attempt to conduct training sessions. Parents are requested to collect their children at the completion of classes at 3.30pm and remain with them until Basketball training is finished.  

Your cooperation with this matter would be most appreciated.

Pam McKeeman
Deputy Head of Campus

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We will be celebrating East Timor Project Care Day on Friday, 19th May. We will be supporting our friends in Viqueque by helping them raise money for the water project at Raita Hau Primar...

We will be celebrating East Timor Project Care Day on Friday, 19th May.

Children will be able to wear casual clothes in the colours (black, yellow and red) of East Timor flag on that day in support of our friends in Viqueque, who need funds to extend their water supply so that they can have running water at Raita Hau Primary School.

More information coming soon.

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On May the 3rd the Christian College SRCs and Mrs. Brame bundled into a minibus on a trip to GPAC. Why? To learn about how young people can raise awareness, be creative and to get their v...

On Wednesday, 3rd May, the Christian College SRCs and Mrs. Brame bundled into a minibus on a trip to GPAC.

Why?

To learn about how young people can raise awareness, be creative and to get their voices heard. Once there, they met students from schools from all around Geelong. Then it was into the Playhouse Theatre to listen to various speakers from all over. They spoke about how they could make a difference to the environment and how to be noticed a lot more. Stalls were visited, lunches were eaten and notes were taken. The SRCs took away a valuable lesson: do not let anyone stand in your way, get people behind you and never be afraid!

By Chloe Lamb, 7G 

 

Mrs Justine Brame

Year 5 Co-ordinator and SRC leader 

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Phoebe Potter, Mali Herzer and Mia-Sachi Walters are studying VET Certificate II Applied Fashion Design and Technology at The Gordon as part of their VCE pathway. These Year 11 students r...

Phoebe Potter, Mali Herzer and Mia-Sachi Walters are studying VET Certificate II Applied Fashion Design and Technology at The Gordon as part of their VCE pathway.

These Year 11 students responded to a brief requiring them to design a food-inspired garment. Their Red Velvet Cup Cake dress (pictured as a work in progress) won the competition at the recent Lara Food and Wine Festival and was voted most popular by the crowd on the day.

Congratulations to them on this well-earned achievement.

Kerryn Fearnsides

VET/VCAL Coordinator

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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 part...

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, 9th May, Wednesday 10th May, and Thursday 11th May.

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 young person. These results will be made available in Term 3.

Students in Year 3 are asked to ensure that they are at school on time on each of these days. Thank you.

 

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Exploring measurement and coming to their own understandings of a range of measurement objects was eagerly undertaken by Prep students.

Understanding how different water temperatures change the reading of thermometers, distributing weights so that scales become the same level and beating the minute sand timers to fill containers with rice were just some of the ways students explored this topic. Prep students also challenged themselves to build and measure the longest cube stick made in the history of Prep.

The next challenge is to build and measure to the Year 3 classrooms, stay tuned!

Mrs. Sally Humphris
Prep Teacher

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Year six students are ramping up the reading this term! Our year level goal is for all year 6 students to be reading EVERY day when they are at school.
Every student has their own ‘pers...

Year 6 students are ramping up the reading this term!

Our year level goal is for all Year 6 students to be reading EVERY day when they are at school. Every student has their own ‘personal selection of texts’ that they keep in a book box. Students know how to select a text that is ‘Just Right’ for them using the ‘Five Finger Rule’ and all classes now have a small library with a varied number of quality texts.

Students are exposed to new vocabulary and are enjoying learning new words and investigating them! 

‘Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.’ ~Napoleon Bonaparte

 

Jaki Groves
Year 6 Homeroom Teacher

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VCE and Career Expo 2017
May 4th - 7th 2017, Caulfield Racecourse
Over the coming days the annual VCE and Careers Expo is being held. You can gather invaluable information and help in suc...

VCE and Career Expo 2017

4th May to 7th May, Caulfield Racecourse

Over the coming days, the annual VCE and Careers Expo is being held. You can gather invaluable information and help in such areas as:

  • Information and resources for the VCE
  • Information about university, TAFE and training courses
  • Career advice
  • Study advice
  • International exchange and gap year programs

This link will take you to the Careers Expo homepage: http://www.vceandcareers.com.au/

Career Expo success lies in effective preparation.

Here are 10 Career Expo visit help tips for you:

  • List the priority exhibitors with the ‘must visit’ at the top of the list.
  • If they are busy, make a time to come back and see them.
    • Don’t leave the expo without visiting the 'must see' exhibitors.
  • Allocate time to spend with each of your priority exhibitors.
  • Non-priority exhibitors can be visited if you have time.
  • Prepare an introduction. Keep it short. Introduce yourself and say why you’re interested in this career or a particular study area.
  • Have a list of questions to ask. Don’t leave it to memory.
  • Take notes and gather information.
  • Ask for their business card or get their name and email to follow up.
  • Before moving on make sure you’ve got the contact details of the person you spoke to so you can follow up. Don’t expect them to contact you. When you get home, send them a “thank you” email and if they were going to email you information, remind them.
  • Take the visit seriously. It’s about your future so it’s important you focus and don’t get distracted.

  

 

Weekly Career News

Please click here for the latest edition of the Weekly Career News.

This weeks topics are:

  • Early entry applications open for Australian Catholic University and University of New England
  • Applications open for the YMCA Press Gallery program - for students interested in journalism
  • Three universities offering year-long business industry experience programs
  • Bachelor of Commerce at Victoria University
  • Changes to the VETASSESS test requirements for the Diploma of Nursing
  • Study at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)
  • Changes to entry requirements for undergraduate education degrees in Victoria 
  • Women in trades websites
  • Stories from RMIT students
  • Laboratory Medicine at RMIT
  • VCE and Careers Expo

 

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“Headspace has…issued a warning following growing concerns raised by schools, parents and young people across Australia about some content featured in US Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Th...

“Headspace has… issued a warning following growing concerns raised by schools, parents and young people across Australia about some content featured in US Netflix series '13 Reasons Why'.

The series – which debuted in Australia in late March and is currently streaming on Netflix - depicts a young woman who suicides. It presents the viewer with very confronting and graphic messaging and imagery inclusive of suicide method and means.” (Headspace, 2017).

As parents, you may or may not be aware of the Netflix drama series '13 Reasons Why' or the recent media attention it has gained. The series explores a range of issues affecting young people, and specifically explores suicide. There is concern from experts, including Headspace, about the content and graphic portrayal of suicide and the potential impact that this may have on young or vulnerable viewers. Headspace has shared these concerns on their webpage. For more details you are invited to access this link: https://www.headspace.org.au/news/dangerous-content-in-13-reasonswhy/

As with any portrayals of suicide or serious/controversial issues, the opinions and reactions will vary.  We would like you to be aware of this series and if your child is watching, or has watched it, we would encourage you to investigate some of the concerns and viewpoints being shared on social media or the Headspace website.

If you have any concerns for your child’s well-being, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Year Level Coordinator or the Chaplaincy team.  Help is also available from your G.P. or Headspace, who can be contacted by visiting your local Headspace centre, eheadspace at www.eheadspace.org.au or calling 1800 650 890.

Dianne Martin

Deputy Head of Senior School

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The Year 9 Marine Studies classes have been exploring the marine environment through their snorkel sessions last term and are now beginning to look at various impacts placed upon this env...

The Year 9 Marine Studies classes have been exploring the marine environment through their snorkel sessions last term and are now beginning to look at various impacts placed upon this environment.

This week students were taken to three locations along Thompson Creek, firstly where there is fresh water upstream, then around the Karaaf wetlands near Breamlea and finally at the estuary where the creek runs out to the sea. Along the way, students were to complete a Visible Thinking routine called ‘See, Think, Wonder’, to encourage students to contemplate the environmental impacts that may or may not influence the health of our marine ecosystem at or beyond the river mouth.

Firstly, students recorded what they physically saw at each location, followed by their thoughts around these and their potential impacts further downstream. Students were then to ask themselves questions as to what they wonder may or may not occur within the marine environment downstream.

Through these activities, students began to identify some of the big issues facing the marine ecosystem. For example, some students commented on the rubbish left behind that could wash or be blown into the creek and end up in the ocean, where animals might mistake it for food and become harmful. Another student commented on the water run-off and that potential use of pesticides and other chemicals from nearby vineyards and farms that could harm the environment.

These observations led the students towards understanding topics such as plastics (from rubbish), water run-off (including harmful chemicals other pollutants) and climate change. Themes such as these will be studied in greater depth back in the classroom in order to gain a greater understanding of the science behind these impacts.

Finally, using their ‘BLP’ dispositions, students peer taught and collaborated to share their ‘findings’ and ‘wonderings’ by drawing these in the sand at the creek mouth to the ocean, to further their own and others understandings.  

 

Mr Ian Neville

Middle Classroom Teacher

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With much excitement and many oohs and ahhs the Year 1 and 2 students travelled back in time to 1884 as they toured Werribee Mansion. Students experienced first-hand, what it was like to ...

With much excitement and many 'oohs and ahhs', the Year 1 and 2 students travelled back in time to 1884 as they toured Werribee Mansion.

Students experienced first-hand what it was like to live 130 years ago as they journeyed to the farm, laundry room and the different rooms in the mansion. In the children’s bedroom, the youngsters participated in rotations, which allowed them to experience what it might be like to be a child in the 1800s. Students wrote on slate boards, played with Victorian toys and tried on Victorian clothes. Many students were surprised by the differences between their life today and the lives of children many years ago.

Prior to the excursion, students completed a thinking routine called 'See, Think, Wonder'. Students looked at photos and recorded what they could see, what the photo made them think and any wonderings sparked by the photos. It was incredible to observe and listen to the students make links between photos and their experiences at the mansion, as well as make many new discoveries throughout the day.

Our time at the Werribee Mansion was a rich experience, enjoyed by all.

Katie Oelke
Prep - Year 2 Coordinator

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In Year Three this term, the students will be further developing their ICT understanding and skills through the use of ‘Stop Motion Animation’. As an introduction to their work involved i...

In Year 3 this term, the students will be further developing their ICT understanding and skills through the use of ‘Stop Motion Animation’.

As an introduction to their work involved in this unit, an incursion to be held at the Junior School has been organised for Monday, 15th May. An animation company called Toonworld  http://toonworld.com.au will be travelling from Sydney to spend the day with our Year 3 students. The day will comprise of the students working in small groups creating characters, sets and ultimately a short animation.

At the conclusion of the day, you are invited to attend the presentation of the animations the students have completed. This will take place in the Junior School Chapel at 2.45pm on Monday, 16th May. The students are asked to wear the school uniform they would normally wear on a Monday. Lunch and recess will be as normal.

If you have any further questions please contact the front office.

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Amalee recently received an Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Local Sporting Champion award from MP Sarah Henderson. 

Amalee was selected for her performances with the Victorian State Aerobics team at the Nationals last year and the Aerosport Nationals Gymnastics Team, as well as for her long-term and regular medals and success at the State level in Surf Life Saving and for her voluntary work in both Surf Life Saving and Surfing for the Disabled.

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Last Tuesday Geelong superstars Patrick Dangerfield and Josh Cowan came in to present a Healthy heroes program to our Year 3 and 4 students.  This program has been designed to teach stude...

Last Tuesday, Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield and team-mate Josh Cowan came in to present a 'Healthy Heroes' program to our Year 3 and 4 students. 

This program has been designed to teach students about the importance of regular physical activity, healthy eating and hydration. All students took a lot away from the session and will continue focussing on these topics in their Health classes.

Caitlin Hoiles
Physical Education Teacher

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Keeping Safe - Parent Seminar on Travel Safety 
The overseas trip has become a rite of passage for young people. With it comes adventure and excitement, but also increased risks. How can ...

Keeping Safe - Parent Seminar on Travel Safety 

The overseas trip has become a rite of passage for young people. With it comes adventure and excitement, but also increased risks. How can young people stay safe?

Parents are invtied to attend the next free Parents' Seminar at Independent Schools Victoria, where Kate Fitzsimons will present on this important subject.

Kate is the Director of the Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation - established in honour of her sister who was killed in an overseas accident during 2012.

She has delivered her powerful Travel Safety Education presentation to more than 20,000 Year 11 and 12 students, and this is the first time she will present to parents, followed by a Q & A session.

The seminar is free, but bookings are required.

Keeping Safe

When:                         Wednesday, 24th May, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Where:                        Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne, 3003

Entry:                          Free, but registration is required. Send an email with your name to student.services@is.vic.edu.au with the words 'Parent Seminar' in the subject line. Light refreshments will be served.

How to get there:        ISV is close to the CBD and the Queen Victoria Market. There is plenty of street parking, and ISV in near the Route 57 tram service, and a 10-minute walk from Flagstaff Station.

 

 

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As a part of our Integrated Studies unit “What are the needs of living things?,” the Prep children have been observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in objects and event...

As a part of our Integrated Studies unit, “What are the needs of living things?”, the Prep children have been observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in objects and events.

This week, the children having been comparing their basic needs to the needs of plants. They have enjoyed visiting the school garden to investigate different types of plants in preparation for our upcoming excursion to the Geelong Botanic Gardens next week.

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Yesterday we had 19 Junior School students represent Christian College at the Deakin District Cross Country at Eastern Park. Under blue skies, each student completed a 2km course. Althoug...

Yesterday, 19 Junior School students represented Christian College at the Deakin District Cross-Country at Eastern Park.

Under blue skies, each student completed a 2km course. Although no students progressed to the next stage, all students produced their best effort and should be proud of their achievements. Congratulations to the following students:

Charlize Duck, Sofia Knight, Ella Robinson, Emily Aitken, Emma Daley, Lucy McKeegan, Bella Lynch, Niko Nakayama, Elijah Smith, John McClure, Fraser Richardson, Jamie Pocklington, Levi Bird, Charlie Carlson, Xavier Hanson, Harry Simon and Spencer de Vries.

 

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Dear Parents,
This is a freindly reminder to please download the following link to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian State Government administers. 
...

Dear Parents,

This is a friendly reminder to please download the following link to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion fund that the Victorian State Government administers. 

Thank you

Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock
For over 20 years Christian College has supported the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock in the Highton area. This event is another great opportunity f...

Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Doorknock

For over 20 years, Christian College has supported the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock in the Highton area. This event is another great opportunity for our students, parents and staff to serve in our local community.

By giving a small amount of our time, we can raise a significant amount to assist others less fortunate than ourselves. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, 28th May.

More details about the day and a permission form are attached. Please contact Renee Garing if you have any questions.

As part of our Integrated Studies Unit ‘Why is it so?’ the Year 3 and 4 students were fortunate to have a visit from Starlab, a mobile planetarium. This gave our students the opportunity ...

As part of our Integrated Studies unit, ‘Why is it so?’ the Year 3 and 4 students were fortunate to have a visit from 'Starlab', a mobile planetarium.

This gave our students the opportunity to learn how day and night cycles occur, what causes the changes in seasons and how Moon cycles work. The students were engaged with the visual experiences, further developing their understanding of the concepts being taught in class. They are all now encouraged to enjoy looking into the night sky to further explore the concepts learnt this week.   

Sam Kennedy
Year 3 Homeroom Teacher

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Just a reminder that Junior School have Entertainment Books for sale at reception. These would make a great Mother's Day gift.
The cost is $60 each, with $12 from each sale going towards ...

Just a reminder that Junior School have Entertainment Books for sale at reception. These would make a great Mother's Day gift.

The 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 you can visit  http://www.entbook.com.au/113u768 to pay for your book online or purchase a Digital Membership.

 

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The Christian College Geelong Surfing Championships were held at Jan Juc in beautiful clean 2-3 foot offshore conditions on Friday April 29. We congratulate all students who competed an...

Christian College Geelong Surfing Championships

The Christian College Geelong Surfing Championships were held at Jan Juc in beautiful, clean two to three-foot offshore conditions on Friday, 29th April. We congratulate all students who competed and acknowledge the following place getters:

Under16 Boys: 1st- Angus Castle, 2nd - Luke Day, 3rd Flynn Daniel, 4th Noah Saffin

Girls: 1st - Jazz Wylie, 2nd - Angelique Kefalas, 3rd- Imogen Castle, 4th - Poppy Schaap 

Open Boys: 1st - Dylan Forras , 2nd - Jarrad Forras , 3rd- Shae Robertson 4th - Seamus Wakefield 

Victorian Independent Schools Surfing Teams event

The College acknowledges the performances of the Mixed and Girls surfing teams on placing third at the Victorian Independent Schools surfing teams event.

The Girls team of Jazz Wylie, Angelique Kefalas, Imogen Castle and Poppy Schaap and the Mixed team of Noah Saffin, Flynn Daniel, Luke Day, Angus Castle, Jarrad Forras, Dylan Forras, Shae Robertson, Seamus Wakefield and Jazz Wylie.

We congratulate and thank surfing captain Jarrod Forras on his leadership at this event.


Steven Sullivan
Surfing Team Manager

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The Year 4 students had an amazing time away at camp last week from Wednesday the 26th of April to Friday the 28th of April.  We headed off in the morning, the bus packed high with luggag...

The Year 4 students had an amazing time away at camp last week, from Wednesday, 26th April to Friday, 28th April.

We headed off in the morning, the bus packed high with luggage, to chilly Ballarat where they hopped off at their first stop, Lake Wendouree. Although, it was drizzling with rain, it would not stop the Year 4’s excitement and anticipation for the next few days. They continued on to the beautiful sheep farm, Narmbool, where they stayed and participated in a variety of activities such as; indigenous painting, star gazing and astronomy lessons, camp fires and tours of the property, including a shearing shed and a beautiful homestead. It was both enriching and engaging.

They were also able to visit our very own school farm, Back Creek. At the farm, Year 9 students, as a part of their stay, led our Year 4’s in a variety of farm activities, from picking fresh produce to visiting farm animals and cooking.

Thank you to all of our incredible students, Year 9 Prefect helpers and teachers on a brilliant Year 4 camp.

Emma Ford and Jonathan Maddock
Year 4 Homeroom Teachers

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On Thursday, selected Year 4-6 students headed off to Eastern Park to participate in the district cross country. All students represented the college well, giving their best effort and ac...

On Thursday, selected Year 4 to 6 students headed off to Eastern Park to participate in the District Cross-Country.

All students represented the College well, giving their best effort and achieving some great results. Well done to Madison Grunberg, Noah Jones, Ally Cormack and Mitchell Grunberg, who all finished inside the top 8 and will be heading off to participate in the Division Cross-Country on Tuesday, 30th May.

We wish these students all the best.

Caitlin Hoiles
Physical Education Teacher

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Dear Parents,
This is a freindly reminder to please download the following link to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian State Government administers. 
...

Dear Parents,

This is a friendly reminder to please download the following link to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian State Government administers. 

Thank you

 
 
 
It’s not quantity of time spent with family its quality. Or is it?
Maybe you have heard that logic but I think the concept is a little flawed. Let me give you an example:
You are re...

It’s not quantity of time spent with family, it's quality. Or is it?

Maybe you have heard that logic but I think the concept is a little flawed. Let me give you an example:

You are really hungry and you go to a really expensive restaurant. You look at the menu beforehand and the meals look incredibly appetising. You order the most expensive steak on the menu. You wait with anticipation. The meal arrives and before you on the dinner plate lays the smallest piece of steak. You call the waiter over and complain that you have paid for the most expensive steak and this is just not good enough. He responds: “It may be small but it is the finest beef money can possibly buy. After all, it’s more about quality than quantity.” Do you feel ripped off? Probably.

But it’s actually about quality and quantity and how they balance each other out. They are two of the most important ingredients when it comes to our families. You need to give both quality and quantity time to our children and our spouse. In fact, the more involved parents are with their children - and the word 'more' is used with direct reference to the concept of quantity - the less likely they are to have social, emotional, or academic problems, or use drugs or alcohol, or become involved in crime.

A suggestion: one of the easiest ways to make more time for loved ones is to turn off the TV. In the average home, the television is on 49 hours a week. By way of contrast, the average amount of time that both parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children is 39 minutes a week. If you need more time with your spouse and your kids, make the obvious choice. Instead of watching TV, read together, play board games together, take a walk to a local park, or sit and talk. They need quality and quantity time with loving, involved and committed parents.

 

Naomi Gibbons Chaplain

Focus on the Family Australia

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Middle School Highton has been a keen distributor of the Entertainment Book for over 10 years, raising much-needed funds for Christian College’s East Timor projects.

In 2016, Middle School - Highton raised over $2200 for the Project Pappalong, a great effort! Books and Digital Memberships cost $60, with $12 from every membership contributing to a great cause.

Digital Memberships are available by clicking on the link below. Simply visit the site below, follow the instructions to download the Entertainment application, log in with the details provided at the time of purchase and you’ll be ready to go!

Digital  Membership and Book Purchase, Entertainment Book Middle School - Highton

Entertainment Book Purchases may be made directly at the General Office, Middle School - Highton, (cash, cheque or credit card) or online at the site below (your book will be available for pick up at the General Office, Middle School - Highton).

Digital  Membership and Book Purchase, Entertainment Book Middle School - Highton

Follow the links below to find out more about the Entertainment Book and Digital Membership.

http://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/about/Tell-me-More/Geelong-2017)

http://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/about/Entertainment-Digital-Membership)

 

Mrs Carla Dunlop

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As part of our History and Civics studies this term we explored the city of Melbourne.
We started at the Immigration Museum where students took part in an activity where they had to ident...

As part of our History and Civics Studies this term we explored the city of Melbourne.

We started at the Immigration Museum where students took part in an activity where they had to identify the immigrant from the contents of their suitcase, before being given their own passport to explore the rest of the museum in groups. This was followed by a walk along the Yarra River to look at the Immigration bridge, followed by a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria where we looked at 'The Pioneer', which is a painting by Frederick McCubbin from the time of our country becoming a nation. The students then had the chance to explore Hosier Lane and the various types of street art that can be found there. Lastly, we went to the Treasury Building where the students were given a tour by volunteer staff.

Below is a couple of the student's reflections on the day:

"We learnt about lots of people, not only from England though. We saw lots of different things like what it looked like before and after on the ship. We learnt that most people came to Australia for the gold rush and what you need for the gold rush." Leonora.

"At the Immigration Museum I learnt that most people who have immigrated have a hard time getting over here especially the men and women from Vietnam, who had to travel during 1960's because the Vietnam War was on during then so they had to first ride on fishing boats and dinghies then on planes to Melbourne."

Michael

Mrs Ruplal
Year 6 Homeroom teacher

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Entertainment Books are now available for sale at the Bellarine Campus Reception - a great Mother's Day gift idea. 
The cost is $60 each, with $12 from each sale going towards fundraising...

Entertainment Books are now available for sale at the Bellarine Campus Reception - a great Mother's Day gift idea. 

The cost is $60 each, with $12 from each sale going towards fundraising. Payment can be made by either cash, cheque or credit card. Or you can visit https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/113s193 to pay for your book online or purchase a Digital Membership.

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Dear Parents,
This is a freindly reminder to please download the following link to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian State Government administers. 
...

Dear Parents,

This is a friendly reminder to please download the following link to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian State Government administers. 

Thank you

This year, the Bellarine Salvos and their Open Air Music Program are organising a fundraising concert to support The Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal.

This inaugral event is an excellent way to support young musical talent and listen to some of the best professional and student musicians from around Australia. The first of these fundraising concerts will be on Wednesday, 24th May at Christian College Bellarine, and features the amazing talent of soul and funk singer May Johnston, and composer and pianist Luke Howard.

See https://salvos.org.au/bellarinepeninsula/events/2017/05/24/red-shield-appeal-fundraising-concert/ for details.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus

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Dear Parents,
This is a freindly reminder to please download the following link to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian State Government administers. 
...

Dear Parents,

This is a freindly reminder to please download the following link to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian State Government administers. 

Thank you

Just a reminder that Junior School have Entertainment Books for sale at reception. The cost is $60 each, with $12 from each sale going towards fundraising at Junior School. Payment can be...

Just a reminder that Junior School have Entertainment Books for sale at reception. The 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 you can visit  http://www.entbook.com.au/113u768 to pay for your book online or purchase a Digital Membership.

 

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