What better way to spend a glorious Autumn morning than strolling down the valley to Spring Creek and watching a kangaroo hop off into the distance. This is exactly what our prep studen...

 

What better way to spend a glorious Autumn morning than strolling down the valley to Spring Creek and watching a kangaroo hop off into the distance. This is exactly what our prep students did this week. Working together they built cubbies, created stepping-stones and made a flag using just the natural materials they could find in the environment. The children not only used the physical skills necessary to build their structure, but they also used skills such as patience, resilience, and learning to work as a team.

On our way back to school the children collected ‘treasures’ and pinecones, which they used to create echidnas. Bush Prep is a wonderful time for the children to develop their relationships with each other as well as develop many other personal skills.

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The first three weeks of term have been a very exciting one with our Welcome Back service, Anzac Day ceremony, our award assembly starring 3R, as well as the cross country.
The Welcome Ba...

The first three weeks of term have been a very exciting one with our Commencement service, Anzac Day ceremony, our Award Assembly starring 3R, as well as the cross country.

The Commencement Assembly was particularly significant to me after retiring more than twelve months ago. To once again enjoy the interaction with staff and students has brought back many fond memories of my time spent at the Junior School. It has also reminded me what a special place Junior School is and the wonderful privilege we have in being able to teach your children. Whilst our academic program is second to none, the greatest privilege is to be able to share with the children what it means to have faith in Jesus. It is through this relationship that children discover that the values we hold onto are a natural expression of our faith. They grow in their understanding that their worth is found in who they are as a child of God not through what they can do or achieve.

It has been my joy to be a part of such a loving and caring community where each child is valued and encouraged to grow and strive to reach their potential.

May God richly bless each of our families throughout this term.

Stephen Riddle

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It was wonderful to see so many parents and students attending the Learning Conferences last Thursday evening. The productive and collaborative dialog shared, forms the very fabric of a s...

It was wonderful to see so many parents and students attending the Learning Conferences last Thursday evening. The productive and collaborative dialogue shared, forms the very fabric of a sound partnership in the educational journey of each student. We are looking forward to continuing this partnership as the year progresses.

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Mr Graeme Dent
Head of Senior School - Waurn Ponds

Parents and Guardians…You are still at School

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

Learning is a joint effort between parents or guardians, teachers and students. Parents (or Guardians) play an important supporting role in their child’s education. It is well researched that parents who support their child’s learning have children who perform better. Their child will have a higher level of engagement, more developed social skills and be more connected to their learning world.

One of the many aims each teacher has is to teach their students how to learn, how to connect their learning in one discipline to another, how to develop curiosity and provide time to follow their own passions and interests -these are all important. We want our students to lead their educational journey and build resilience that will lead to integrity and dignity.

Our staff are also learners and provide an outstanding learning environment for their students. The relationship they have with their students is second to none. Teachers collaborate as a team both formally and informally during regular meetings with their Directors as well as a collective. It is during these periods of time our dedicated staff reflect, research and improve both individually and as a campus.

All students at our College are cared for through the many experts we have. The software program we use is SEQTA and parents receive an email when we feel you should know of a situation. If it is more important, then a phone call is made to discuss how we are supporting your child.

We encourage family discussions to support your child and for us to be aware of such conversations. By knowing what you want as parents, we can then not only respond and support you, but you better understand how we are supporting your child.

 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland concludes tomorrow and I had the privilege of seeing it on Thursday night. It was electrifying and everything that I thought it would be. The costumes were stunning and the acting was of the highest level. Seeing our students work together from across all year levels is always amazing to see, especially when they are in such roles. It took a little while to determine who was who from the wonderful make over they all had.

Also upon arrival one could not but be impressed by the canteen being served by the VCAL students led by Ms Kerryn Fearnsides. The students baked and prepared the delicious food on offer as well they prepared the coffee. The great learning that goes into this should be noted. The VCAL students have learning that allows them to use their skills in a hands on manner. From this exercise they will be able to fulfill at least one of their outcomes.

We must acknowledge the mastery work of Mandy Calderwood and Michaela Gregory. Giving up a great deal of their time is very much appreciated and is the reason why our students reach such high levels of professionalism.

We also should acknowledge the students who auditioned for their respective roles and then worked so hard to ensure they were ready for the opening night.

The standard of our productions at Christian College are outstanding and show cases such an array of talents our students possess.

 

Cross Country

On Thursday 10th May Senior School will be involved in the House Cross Country event during Periods 3 and 4.  Details will be highlighted from Andrew Richardson for this day.  Students are expected to participate in this event.

 

Practice for House Music has begun!

House music commenced this week amid great excitement by all.  I had the privilege of attending the first practice of the houses and already there is great harmony.  Penman’s rehearsal was loud and enthusiastic and Taylor house is fine tuning their performance.  The heads of Flynn and Burrows were full of excitement about their start.  We look forward to the final presentation on Thursday 31st May at Costa Hall.

 

Regional Parenting Services Geelong

City of Greater Geelong are running the following Parenting programs in Term two.

Bringing up Great Kids - This is a six week program discussing how your parenting style may influence your child's behaviour. It is run on a Wednesday evening in Leopold free of charge.

Positive Parenting Program - This program runs for 4 weeks offering information, support and practical answers to everyday parenting concerns. This is run on a Monday evening in Newtown and is free of charge.

Toddler Series - A series of talks for parents on issues relating to toddlers. This program is running on Tuesday evenings in Newtown.

Tuning into Teens - This is a six session program providing parents with a greater understanding of their teens emotional experiences. This is run on a Tuesday evening in Newtown with a gold coin donation.

If you require further information on any of these courses please call City of Greater Geelong on 5272 5272 or email contactus@geelongcity.vic.gov.au.                            

 

 

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School - Waurn Ponds

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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 has 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 who 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

                               
“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”
Jim Trelease
 
(Jim ...

                               

“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”

Jim Trelease

 

(Jim Trelease was for 20 years an award-winning artist and journalist before turning his career toward education in 1979 when he wrote the first edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook.)

 

We know that listening to stories, poetry and music has many benefits for developing Literacy skills– Reading aloud builds vocabulary, increases attention spans, reveals the rhythm and melody of language, creates new learning opportunities and initiates potential discussions as a spring board for deeper thinking. It can also connect us with the real world or even an imaginary one! IT IS ALSO A LOT OF FUN.

 

So, we have some wonderful news to share with you at Middle-School Highton. Ms Heather Faulkner, recently retired from our campus, after many years of service, has come back to us and has offered to read to our students in the library.

 

Last Friday during lunch time, both students and teachers were entertained by Heather’s animated and skilful storytelling. We welcome Heather back and look forward to her sharing her talents with us, whilst at the same time, reaping the benefits of oral reading.

 

Next week we invite Mr Stephen Cody to showcase his unique story telling techniques, we look forward to this with great anticipation!

 

Ms Jaki Groves 

Classroom Teacher

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Term 2 has got off to great start as we continue to enjoy the warm sunny weather. The yard looks amazing and we are thankful for and enjoying our new hardcourt area and basketball tower.
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Term 2 has got off to great start as we continue to enjoy the warm sunny weather. The yard looks amazing and we are thankful for and enjoying our new hardcourt area and basketball tower.

During this term, the students will be focusing on the Fundamental Motor Skills of Catch, Throw and Kick. Although these skills are introduced in Prep, most students may not correctly execute all of the skill components until Year 3 or 4. This can be helped along by taking some time to practice these skills with your child at home. Footy season will certainly help out with our kicking.

Our Health topic this term looks at healthy eating and is titled, ’Food Glorious Food’.

The students have been introduced to the ‘Australian Guide to Healthy Eating’ and through discussions have gained a better understanding of the variety of nutritious foods we should eat every day and the importance of drinking water regularly throughout the day. We acknowledged ‘sometimes foods’ and discussed that they are a part of our lives and the need to manage how often we have unhealthy foods.

We have also discussed the need to eat a healthy breakfast and why it is the most important meal of the day. The students were surprised when they realised how long our bodies go without food, from dinner the night before until early the following morning. We also talked about the effects this has on our bodies and our ability to concentrate and learn.

Later in the term, we will be looking at dental health and how to care for our teeth. Before I studied teaching, I was a Dental Nurse, so this is a subject I enjoy educating children about and the importance of good oral hygiene and diet.

I hope your child can bring home some healthy eating tips for you to practice and you can guide them to think about the food they eat at home and school.

Mrs Jo Richardson.

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Our World is a unique elective subject at the Senior Campus that gives students the opportunity to experience another culture first hand and requires them to consider the challenges faced...

Our World is a unique elective subject at the Senior Campus that gives students the opportunity to experience another culture first hand and requires them to consider the challenges faced by that culture. These challenges are of course deep and complex and we don’t shy away from them – indeed it is grappling with those challenges that makes us more “worldly”.

In Year 11, one of the Our World electives focusses on Vietnam and our trip to Vietnam at the end of Term 1 certainly provided many wonderful experiences and lasting memories. For me, the lasting memory will be of how mature and compassionate our students are and how proud I am of them for being interested and engaged in issues that are so far from home.

Some of the highlights from the trip included:

  • Staying with families in home stays and gaining an insight into real life for Vietnamese people in rural areas
  • Trekking through the mountains and remote ethnic minority communities in the northern highlands near Sapa
  • Visiting schools, enjoying conversation in English and socialising with Vietnamese teenagers
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of all sides of the conflict in the Vietnam War
  • Visiting a World Vision Area Development Project to see the long-term achievements and change that an effective NGO can bring to a community in need.

Since returning, the students have been preparing oral presentations, which they will deliver in the coming weeks to students at the Bellarine, Middle and Senior campuses. They are also planning a fundraiser to raise money for a charity in Vietnam which serves the victims of America’s use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. I encourage everyone in the school community to keep an eye out for these events and to support these terrific Year 11 students as they seek to improve Our World.

I am most grateful to the other staff who accompanied us on the trip – Lena Johnstone and Jacqui Nolen – and to Ocean Grove Travel who helped make the trip happen. Of particular importance is the work that Mr. Do Dinh Vinh and the staff at GP Travel in Hanoi do to facilitate our trip every year – they are fantastic.

 

Mr David Evans

Outdoor Education Teacher

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The collaboration of the Term 1 learning of both the Year 9 Guerrilla Art and Drama students will come to fruition tonight when they take part in the 2018 Geelong After Dark event in Cent...

The collaboration of the Term 1 learning of both the Year 9 Guerrilla Art and Drama students will come to fruition tonight when they take part in the 2018 Geelong After Dark event in Central Geelong. Tonight is Central Geelong’s annual night of arts: transforming the streets, laneways and venues of Geelong’s CBD. This year’s theme, ‘Earth’, will see students use both installation artwork and performance to showcase the transformation of Geelong’s employment landscape from blue collar to white collar and highlight the local issue of homelessness.

A crowd of around 20,000 is expected to explore the city and be surprised by a program of hundreds of exciting and unique pop-up performances, installations and arts experiences. Christian College Bellarine is believed to be the only school accepted into the event and we know the students would very much appreciate your support. Christian College Bellarine ‘Transformation’ will be located at the north (waves) sculpture at the waterfront end of Moorabool Street. Students will perform half-hourly between 6pm and 9.30pm.

Victoria Kent and Lori Ruplal
Drama & Art Technology Teachers

Questions, questions and more questions! Students in Year 4 have been practising their collaboration skills by exploring how to ask 'great' questions and listening to others opinions. By ...

Questions, questions and more questions! Students in Year 4 have been practising their collaboration skills by exploring how to ask 'great' questions and listening to others opinions. By applying their skills in these areas, information was collected and graphs were able to be drawn to represent the data. The students identified data collection and representing the data to not only be an important skill but a lot of fun too!

Melissa Clark

Year 4M Homeroom Teacher

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iParent resource
The Australian Government’s Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner has some wonderful resources and in particular the ‘iParent’ portal, and the current 'Screen Sma...

iParent resource

The Australian Government’s Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner has some wonderful resources and in particular the ‘iParent’ portal, and the current 'Screen Smart Parent tour'.

The 10 minute interactive tour is for parents of pre-teens and young teens (10 to 14 years). It has plenty of tips and practical steps along the way so you can help your child explore safely and manage online issues should they arise. This is especially important at this age as they strive for independence and peer acceptance.

There are no right or wrong answers and you’ll get to see how other parents responded to the same questions.

Screen Smart Parent Tour

Source: https://esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent/screen-smart-tour

Keep the conversation going with your child about being a safe and responsible digital citizen.

Please be aware that teaching staff are available if you have any concerns regarding cyber safety or digital citizenship.

 

 

Mr Tom Hartley
Digital Technologies Teacher

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Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. The aim is to communicate the importance of cultural diver...

Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. The aim is to communicate the importance of cultural diversity - encourage values, promote participation and provide fun ways to learn. 

On behalf of the LOTE teachers, I would like to thank all who supported them for the 'Harmony Day' lunch on Tuesday.  Japanese food and Indonesian desserts were available to purchase and collected gold coin donation for casual dress day. 

All funds raised ($747.60) will be donated to the “Braveheart” organisation -  https://bravehearts.org.au/

Thank you - terima kasih - arigatougozaimasu.

 

Mr Yuji Nakayama

Head of Japanese and Exchanges

 

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The Year One students made the most of the lovely weather this week and enjoyed heading outside to explore the concepts of floating and sinking. After predicting if each object would floa...

The Year One students made the most of the lovely weather this week and enjoyed heading outside to explore the concepts of floating and sinking.
After predicting if each object would float or sink, the children proceeded to test each item in their tub of water.When predicting, Victor said, “I think the pom pom will sink because it will absorb the water”. The predictions that the children shared and the reasons behind their suggestions were very interesting.


After completing the float/sink testing, children recorded their results and discussed if they had been correct in their predictions. Angie Marshall commented that she was correct about the cardboard, “The cardboard had floated for a little while and then sank after it absorbed the water.” Everyone noticed that the foil floated easily and could be shaped to resemble a little boat.
There was great discussion surrounding the materials that would be best to use when it comes time to make a little boat. Foil, polystyrene and icy-pole sticks will be popular materials when boat building commences next week.


The children will be guided through each phase of boat making, including planning, constructing, testing and reflecting. Children will have the opportunity to further develop ‘perseverance’ during the process of creating their boat.

Katherine Green

Year 1B Teacher

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Triggering our student’s curiosity is at the centre of our investigations and inquiry learning sessions. 
This term our students have been learning about plants, their structure, their ...

 

Triggering our student’s curiosity is at the centre of our investigations and inquiry learning sessions. 

This term our students have been learning about plants, their structure, their cycle and their needs. During our investigations and inquiry sessions the students looked at Autumn leaves and evergreen leaves under the microscope and then they compared the structure of the two. They questioned why the Autumn leaves veins were dry and the evergreen leaves veins were not. They then created the leaves using clay making sure they added a series of veins.

Also during our investigations the children took part in literacy and numeracy tasks. During literacy we read the story book ‘This is What I Did with a Leaf’. After reading this story book the children created their own pictures using leaves. They also used Osmo on the iPads to experiment with their spelling and developing initial sounds.

One of the numeracy activities the children loved was using our ‘Sumblocks’. This activity gave the children an opportunity to experiment with numbers that add up to 10. At the end of the session they were using 3 and 4 digits to make 10.

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Year 6 students have taken to the water as part of their Stemming the TIDE Systems Engineering course.  These students spent the first term investigating both non-renewable and renewable ...

Year 6 students have taken to the water as part of their Stemming the TIDE Systems Engineering course.  These students spent the first term investigating both non-renewable and renewable energy resources and have since turned their focus to solar energy.  Tasked with designing, prototyping, testing, and refining a model solar powered boat, students are using the scientific inquiry process to investigate the many variables that affect how a craft moves through water.  Students are aiming for the fastest solar powered boat and will be collecting and analysing data from the testing tanks as they strive to engineer the most effective model using the design thinking process.  Completed and competition worthy boats at the end of term will be waiting to represent Christian College in the Victorian Model Solar Vehicle Challenge.

 

Danon O’Kelly

Digital Technologies and Systems Engineering Teacher

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Last week, the Preps participated in an excursion to Sorrento to further explore various aspects of their Integrated Studies Unit on ‘Transport’. They continued growing their knowledge of...

Last week, the Preps participated in an excursion to Sorrento to further explore various aspects of their Integrated Studies Unit on ‘Transport’. They continued growing their knowledge of transport by travelling on various modes throughout the day. The day began by boarding the College bus to the Drysdale train station. From there they enjoyed a train ride to Queenscliff. The Preps were extremely excited to hop on the ferry to Sorrento. Throughout the day they discussed and recorded what they saw, heard, felt, smelt and tasted. We look forward to using this experience throughout our Integrated Studies in the future as we explore land, air and water transportation.

Allie Jacobi, Prep Teacher.

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We will be celebrating Mothers’ Day on Friday, 11th May with the annual Tabloid Sports Day and Mothers Day Stall at Junior School.
The Tabloid Sports commence at 11.30am and conclude at 1...

We will be celebrating Mothers’ Day on Friday, 11th May with the annual Tabloid Sports Day at Junior School and we would love for you to attend.

The Tabloid Sports commence at 11.30am and conclude at 1.30pm.

The Year 4 Junior School students will be conducting sporting activites for our Preps to participate in  and enjoy.  

Parents, grandparents and siblings are more than welcome to come and support this wonderful event, meandering around the sporting activities watching their children.

We encourage any mother who would like to participate in the sack race to please sign up at the registration desk on the day.  There will be some great prizes including Bakers Delight gift vouchers.

At the completion of the sporting activities at approximately 1.30pm the students will enjoy their Bakers Delight lunch at Junior School before catching the bus back to Surf Coast.

Please bring along lunch for yourselves to sit and enjoy with your child if you are able to.

 

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On Friday, 18th May, Christian College Geelong is celebrating East Timor’s Independence Day. East Timor’s Independence Day is a special event on the College Calendar as it marks the end o...

On Friday, 18th May, Christian College Geelong is celebrating East Timor’s Independence Day. This day is a special event on the College Calendar as it marks the end of violent turmoil between Indonesia and East Timor, and the beginning of something special – a brand new country with bright prospects ahead.

Christian College Geelong and East Timor have a special bond. Over the last 15 years, Christian College has worked to actively support, and contribute to, re-building the new nation.

I had the absolute privilege to travel to East Timor in 2012 – and it is an experience that will forever remain with me. Firsthand, I was able to experience the people of Viqueque and their beautiful, kind-hearted nature. Their genuine happiness shone throughout Viqueque, despite the persistent challenges they were facing.

East Timor, and the people of Viqueque, still have numerous challenges to face every day. It is our responsibility to continue to support the community of Viqueque, and the wider nation of East Timor.

As a result, Friday, 18th of May will be dedicated to raising funds for East Timor.
This will be done through:

- Causal Dress day with a gold coin donation – Students to celebrate East Timor by wearing the colours of the Timorese flag (red, yellow, black and white).

- A stall in the foyer of the office – a stall will be set up in the foyer of the office at Junior School, where Parents and Guardians will be able to purchase items throughout the day.

All funds raised on Friday, 18th May, and any other Project Care events during Term 2, will contribute to purchasing Picture Story Books. The Picture Story Books will be donated to primary schools throughout East Timor.  

 

Reshae Armstrong

Project Care Coordinator

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This week Staff and Students from Christian College had the unique opportunity to Meet with Dr Aaron Ellison  - Senior Ecologist  - Harvard State Forest,  Professor Donald McLain Univer...

 

This week Staff and Students from Christian College had the unique opportunity to Meet with Dr Aaron Ellison  - Senior Ecologist  - Harvard State Forest,  Professor Donald McLain University of Glasgow – strategies for personal growth and Mrs. Marga Biller Project Director, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

As part of the Arts Learning Festival, an initiative from Independent Schools Victoria, students from our Year 9 Transformation Program, Year 9 Christian Education, Year 9 Science and Year 11 Studio Arts were given the opportunity to listen to these international academics and hear their stories of sustainability in each of their respective fields. Students were challenged with the ideas of what is, and are, sustainable practices, what their future world would look like, and what were they doing to ensure that it happens.

 

It was fantastic the see the students, across year levels challenge each other about what sustainable practices and their futures could hold. 

 

A common thread of stories and ‘communication’ was apparent from each of the presenters, in each of their respective research fields, communication and story-telling was the key to imparting knowledge and continuing growth in sustainable practices.  

 

A dialogue that is underpinned by the Arts, for it is the arts that enable us and empower us to communicate, locally, nationally and internationally. 

 

Dr Aaron Ellison  

http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/aaron-ellison/

 

Professor Donald McLain

http://strategystory.co.uk/

 

Mrs. Marga Biller

http://www.pz.harvard.edu/who-we-are/people/marga-biller

 

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On Monday students from the Year 10 Certificate and Year 11 VCAL classes traveled to Melbourne to spend the day at the William Angliss Institute. The students were introduced the art of c...

On Monday students from the Year 10 Certificate and Year 11 VCAL classes traveled to Melbourne to spend the day at the William Angliss Institute. The students were introduced to the art of coffee making through a short Barista course, as well as the pleasure of making Macarons with a French Chef for the afternoon. The purpose of the excursion was to develop skills in Numeracy/Mathematics's in conjunction with their classroom work. The excursion provided an excellent opportunity for the students to develop important maths and cooking skills where they were able to use the application of measurement in a variety of domestic, industrial and commercial contexts. It was great to see the engagement and participation of the students involved in such a valuable activity.

 

Ms Kylie O'Brien

Science and VCAL Teacher

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Last Friday, April 27th saw the running of the annual CCG Surfing Cup at Jan Juc beach. Surfers travelling from Bellarine, Middle School, Back Creek and Senior School School and were gree...

Last Friday, April 27th saw the running of the annual CCG Surfing Cup at Jan Juc beach. Surfers travelling from Bellarine, Middle School, Back Creek and Senior School were greeted by a solid swell in the three to five foot range. Stronger than expected onshore winds made the early heats particularly challenging. As the day progressed conditions settled and a full day of surfing saw some exceptional performances. Students use this day as one of the selection criteria for the upcoming Victorian School State Surfing titles on Monday May 7th. This year the State titles shall be held at our home waters of Jan Juc, hopefully this will provide our surfers with an advantage.

2018 CCG Surfing Cup - Finalists

Open

1st Tully Wylie

2nd Nick Russell

3rd Dylan Forras

4th Hugh Taylor

5th Angelique Kefalas

 

Under 16

1st Flynn Daniel

2nd Taz Higins

3rd Luke Day

4th Remi Currell

 

Girls

1st Jaz Wylie

2nd Angelique Kefalas

3rd Poppy Schapp

4th Imogen Castle

 

Jason O'Loughlin

Deputy Head of Senior School

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23 May 

Individual Student Portraits and Class Photographs for  our Surf Coast Prep class will be taken by Arthur Reed Photos, who will be attending our campus on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

Students are required to be in full winter uniform with hair neat and tidy.

 

 

 

 

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Last Friday 22 Media students ranging from Year 10, 11 and 12 had the opportunity to attend an InstaMEET Street Art Photography workshop. The workshop was arranged by the City of Geelong ...

Last Friday 22 Media students ranging from Year 10, 11 and 12 had the opportunity to attend an InstaMEET Street Art Photography workshop. The workshop was arranged by the City of Geelong as part of the Geelong After Dark Art Exhibition. The students had the opportunity to meet an Instgram Influencer who produces street art photography. Amal (@toffyinc) is best known in the Instagram arena where her photography is viewed by people around the world. Amal took the students out on the streets of Geelong, teaching them the art of capturing the beauty on the streets. The students learnt about lighting, finding the perfect backdrop, composition to tell a photographic narrative and how to hashtag your image to make a difference. The photos taken by the students on the day will be displayed as part of the Geelong After Dark instillation.  

 

Ms Natalie Knite

Media Teacher

 

 

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The Year 1 students were blessed with gorgeous weather during their two day stay at Burnside Camp last Monday and Tuesday.
Shortly after arriving and setting up our rooms we all headed o...

The Year 1 students were blessed with gorgeous weather during their two day stay at Burnside Camp last Monday and Tuesday.

Shortly after arriving and setting up our rooms we all headed off on an exciting bush walk. The afternoon was full of activities as the students rotated around stations of low ropes, orienteering, boat building and the flying fox.  All of which were enthusiastically completed by our campers.  As well as being fun, these ventures gave us the opportunity to stretch our collaboration muscles, take risks and work on problem-solving skills. Our afternoon wrapped up with Bush Play which was a highlight for many followed by dinner and a movie.

Tuesday morning, we finished off our rotation activities, toasted marshmallows around the fire pit and made our way back to school. 

A big thankyou to the Year 9 Prefects, Tiarna, Charlotte and Jordan. They were a fantastic support to students as they helped them around camp, supported them throughout activities, facilitated many games and gave out endless hugs and pats on the back.

Thank you to all our fabulous students and teachers for a brilliant and successful Year One camp. We took risks, grew in independence and strengthened our relationships with each other.

Renée Cunningham and Jessica Chakir 
Year 1 Homeroom Teachers

 

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This week the Year 2 classes enjoyed a shared excursion to Ballyang Sanctuary, with the Year 11 Outdoor Education classes from Senior School. The Year 11 students had carefully planned a ...

This week the Year 2 classes enjoyed a shared excursion to Balyang Sanctuary, with the Year 11 Outdoor Education classes from Senior School. The Year 11 students had carefully planned a range of engaging learning experiences in the beautiful Yollinko Wetlands for Year 2 students. We spent time learning about how the traditional owners used the wetlands and we heard a variety of Dreamtime stories chosen to help us make connections with our Australian history and our current geography unit. Groups of students were excited to learn about medicinal plants used to treat a range of illnesses, identifying trees used for canoe building and discussing the animals that live in the area. It was wonderful to see how quickly the two classes built relationships and enjoyed spending time with each other. We are very grateful to the students and teachers from Senior School who worked very hard to design a wonderful excursion for our students. I’m sure that if your family head down to Balyang Sanctuary your child will have lots of interesting things to tell you!

Anna Daley

Year 1 / 2 Coordinator

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This term has seen some exciting developments in the Library. The Library is now open every lunchtime (except Wednesday). This has been met with great enthusiasm by many of our students. ...

This term has seen some exciting developments in the Library. The Library is now open every lunchtime (except Wednesday). This has been met with great enthusiasm by many of our students. They have been using the space to read, borrow, return books and of course take part in the ever popular jigsaws that are ongoing in the Library. I have been delighted to see older students reading with younger students and genuine teamwork displayed as they work to complete the latest puzzle. A knitting and crochet club is also getting underway on Mondays.


Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge.
This year Junior School is participating in the Victorians Premier’s Reading Challenge. It is not a competition but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by September 7 2018.
Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 and Year 4 are challenged to read 15 books.
All children who meet the challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and can choose to have their name included on the online Honour Roll.
To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.edu.au/prc
Your student will bring their login details home on a sticker. If you have any questions, please email bc.library@ccg.vic.edu.au


Happy reading, everyone.


Mrs Elliss and Mrs Millichip

 

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. 

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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Our wonderful Prep T artists are running short on newswpapers for our Art Room - if anyone would like to drop their old newspapers into the reception office to Kellie it would be most app...

Our wonderful Prep T artists are running short on newswpapers for our Art Room - if anyone would like to drop their old newspapers into the reception office to Kellie it would be most appreciated.

 

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Lunch orders are quite a highlight of the week for some students, particularly the Preps. Early in the term a student asked for clarification about lunch orders, not long into our convers...

Lunch orders are quite a highlight of the week for some students, particularly the Preps. Early in the term a student asked for clarification about lunch orders, not long into our conversation, the discussion took a turn and evolved into a conversation about what foods the Preps would like to see offered.

The students promptly took action in order to share their ideas as Writing lessons revolved around writing a letter to Mr Watson, drawing and labelling pictures of the foods they wanted to see on the menu. This Tuesday afternoon the students in Prep S eagerly gave their letter to Mr Watson and expanded on their ideas in person. Now they will wait eagerly to see if any of their desired items are an option when a new canteen system is set up.

Katie Oelke
Prep Homeroom Teacher

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As part of the Arts Learning Festival, an initiative from Independent Schools Victoria, students were given the opportunity to listen to international academics and hear their stories.

This week Staff and Students from Christian College had the unique opportunity to Meet with Dr Aaron Ellison  - Senior Ecologist  - Harvard State Forest,  Professor Donald McLain University of Glasgow – strategies for personal growth and Mrs. Marga Biller Project Director, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

As part of the Arts Learning Festival, an initiative from Independent Schools Victoria, students from our Year 9 Transformation Program, Year 9 Christian Education, Year 9 Science and Year 11 Studio Arts were given the opportunity to listen to these international academics and hear their stories of sustainability in each of their respective fields. Students were challenged with the ideas of what is, and are, sustainable practices, what their future world would look like, and what were they doing to ensure that it happens.

It was fantastic the see the students, across year levels challenge each other about what sustainable practices and their futures could hold. 

A common thread of stories and ‘communication’ was apparent from each of the presenters, in each of their respective research fields, communication and story-telling was the key to imparting knowledge and continuing growth in sustainable practices.  

A dialogue that is underpinned by the Arts, for it is the arts that enable us and empower us to communicate, locally, nationally and internationally. 

 

Dr Aaron Ellison  

http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/aaron-ellison/

Professor Donald McLain

http://strategystory.co.uk/

Mrs. Marga Biller

http://www.pz.harvard.edu/who-we-are/people/marga-biller

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On Friday, 18th May, Christian College Surf Coast will be celebrating East Timor’s Independence Day.

Over the last 15 years, Christian College has worked to actively support and contribute to re-building the new nation.

As a result, Friday, 18th of May will be dedicated to raising funds for East Timor. 

Christian College Surf Coast will be participating in a Causal Dress day with a gold coin donation – Students may celebrate East Timor by wearing the colours of the Timorese flag (red, yellow, black and white). 

All funds raised on Friday, 18th May will contribute to purchasing Picture Story Books.

The Picture Story Books will be donated to primary schools throughout East Timor.  

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Today we kicked off to a great start in the veggie patch. Year 4 students turned up at lunch to plant seedlings and prepare and dig garden beds in what will become a whole school project....

Today we kicked off to a great start in the veggie patch. Students turned up at lunchtime to plant seedlings and prepare and dig garden beds in what will become a whole school project. We're looking forward to introducing opportunities for all classes to participate in the Garden Program and have many exciting ideas to develop.

Do you have any old garden tools, pots, gloves, (even plants!) that you'd like to find a new home for? The Garden Club would be very happy to take these off your hands!

We'd like to make special mention of Wombat Gully and Jamie for their very generous donation of seedlings to start us off today. Thank you!

 

Carla Dunlop, Jennifer Beck-Carlson and Emma Hayward.

 

 

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This May, Scholastic are encouraging children to read more in May as part of National Family Reading Month. They encourage families to read for at least 10 minutes each day during this mo...

This May, Scholastic are encouraging children to read more in May as part of National Family Reading Month. They encourage families to read for at least 10 minutes each day during this month.

We know that reading role models and shared reading time are critical to a child’s learning and literacy development. In fact, research shows that family reading time is one of the best ways to grow a child’s interest in the wonderful world of books. Kids who read, succeed!

If your family is interested in completing the Read More In May Challenge, please follow the link to the scholastic website. There you can access more information to enter your family and download the Reading Log.

For any further questions please contact Mrs. Kate Pritchard in the Library.

Happy Reading!

http://www.scholastic.com.au/nfrm

On Sunday 22nd to Tuesday 24th of April the Year 11 VCAL students were lucky enough to experience a Canoe trip along the Murray, paddling from Cobram to Tocumwel. The students spent the w...

On Sunday 22nd to Tuesday 24th of April the Year 11 VCAL students were lucky enough to experience a Canoe trip along the Murray, paddling from Cobram to Tocumwel. The students spent the weeks before planning and researching the safety aspects of organising such a trip as well as mapping out where they would travel and planning their meals. The staff and students canoed along the Murray stopping each night to make camp on the beach alongside the river. The three days spent paddling down the river were an excellent opportunity for students and staff to combine their skills in team work, respect and relationship building. Trips like these are an integral part of the VCAL program where students are put into real life situations, developing those essential skills to assist in life and work after school. Student feedback included the pride they felt being taken out of their comfort zone and experiencing something that they may not have done before. The collaboration and teamwork that occurred showed just how important these programs are for our students. 

 

Ms Kylie O'Brian

Science and VCAL Teacher

 

 

 

 

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Year 7 students have been studying ancient civilisations and our Middle School Library has been transformed into an Ancient Civilisations Museum. Here the ancient civilisations of Rome, G...

Year 7 students have been studying ancient civilisations and our Middle School Library has been transformed into an Ancient Civilisations Museum. Here the ancient civilisations of Rome, Greece, China, Egypt and Australia are represented.

Rather than a more traditional simple research task, students have been challenged to create a 3D artefact and then to write a Museum information card to share what the artefact can teach us about the values, beliefs and practices of the ancient civilisations.

This exciting pop-up museum has provided an opportunity for Year 7 students to become absorbed in their learning. They have been intrigued by the exhibits, which have also acted as catalysts for deeper learning about the sustainability of the civilisations. Students were asked to consider the values beliefs and practices that potentially impacted on the rise and eventual fall of each civilisation. From there they applied this understanding to the modern world, exploring the lessons that can be learnt from the past.

 

Ms Marisa Bettiol

Year 7 Teacher 

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Last Friday, April 27th saw the running of the annual CCG Surfing Cup at Jan Juc beach. Surfers travelling from Bellarine, Middle School, Back Creek and Senior School School and were gree...

Last Friday, April 27th saw the running of the annual CCG Surfing Cup at Jan Juc beach. Surfers travelling from Bellarine, Middle School, Back Creek and Senior School were greeted by a solid swell in the three to five foot range. Stronger than expected onshore winds made the early heats particularly challenging. As the day progressed conditions settled and a full day of surfing saw some exceptional performances. Students use this day as one of the selection criteria for the upcoming Victorian School State Surfing titles on Monday May 7th. This year the State titles shall be held at our home waters of Jan Juc, hopefully this will provide our surfers with an advantage.

2018 CCG Surfing Cup - Finalists

Open

1st Tully Wylie

2nd Nick Russell

3rd Dylan Forras

4th Hugh Taylor

5th Angelique Kefalas

 

Under 16

1st Flynn Daniel

2nd Taz Higins

3rd Luke Day

4th Remi Currell

 

Girls

1st Jaz Wylie

2nd Angelique Kefalas

3rd Poppy Schapp

4th Imogen Castle

 

Jason O'Loughlin

Deputy Head of Senior School

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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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Wednesday afternoon the Prep students excitedly travelled to Point Lonsdale for their first Discovery Learning experience. Imaginations soared as we walked through the bush to a clearing ...

Wednesday afternoon the Prep students excitedly travelled to Point Lonsdale for their first Discovery Learning experience. Imaginations soared as we walked through the bush to a clearing where we would set up. Many students made comments that we were going on a ‘Bear Hunt’, which happens to be a book that the Preps are particularly fond of!  

The children quickly settled into their play as they played ‘Hide and Seek’ in their fluorescent vests. Numerous little hands collaborated as they pulled logs and rubbed rocks together to create a camp fire, as well numerous unique, on the spot games were created.

It was a sensational afternoon as the students built relationships, took risks, stepped outside their comfort zone and learned about nature. We look forward to the exciting learning which will take place throughout the Discovery Learning adventures yet to come.

Allie Jacobi and Katie Oelke
Prep Homeroom Teachers

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Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Senior School House Cross Country and Tug ‘O’ War Championships will be held on Thursday 10th May 2018 at Christian College Senior Campus.  Students will b...

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Senior School House Cross Country and Tug ‘O’ War Championships will be held on Thursday 10th May 2018 at Christian College Senior Campus.  Students will be completing a 3km course around our Senior Campus. The College believes participation in House sport competitions is an integral part of the Senior School program. At most, the Cross Country involves 25 minutes of moderate exercise. If your child is ill or injured, please ensure that a note explaining the details of the illness or injury - and what participation is allowed - is handed to their House Group teacher before the event.

Each student participating in the Cross Country will be awarded points towards the 'DC Riddle Cup', therefore all students are encouraged to run for their House. As a result of running in this event, students will have the opportunity to represent Christian College at the GISSA Cross Country.

All students are to wear their House polo shirt with their College sports gear to school on the day. Students with special medical needs are required to bring their own medication ie. Ventolin, Epi-pen. If you child's medical condition has altered since completing the medical form at the beginning of the school year, please inform your House Group teacher in writing.

Parents are warmly invited to attend and watch their children participate.

 

Program Timetable

Periods 1 & 2, and 5 & 6 are normal timetabled classes.

Periods 3 & 4 the House X-Country and House Tug-of-war events are held.

11:20 am – end of recess bell - students make their way to the top oval.

11:40 am – introduction & welcome – XC and Tug-of-war trophies returned

11:50 am – all SS Girls move to start line for their 3km event - Students have 25 mins to complete the course to earn points.

12:20 pm – all SS Boys move to start line for their 3km event - Students have 25 mins to complete the course to earn points.

12.45 pm – House Tug-of-war Championship

1:00 pm – Presentations

We look forward to a fantastic cross-country event.

 

Mr Drew Oliver

Physical Education Teacher

 

 

 

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Last Friday, April 27th saw the running of the annual CCG Surfing Cup at Jan Juc beach. Surfers travelling from Bellarine, Middle School, Back Creek and Senior School School and were gree...

Last Friday, April 27th saw the running of the annual CCG Surfing Cup at Jan Juc beach. Surfers travelling from Bellarine, Middle School, Back Creek and Senior School were greeted by a solid swell in the three to five foot range. Stronger than expected onshore winds made the early heats particularly challenging. As the day progressed conditions settled and a full day of surfing saw some exceptional performances. Students use this day as one of the selection criteria for the upcoming Victorian School State Surfing titles on Monday 7th May. This year the State titles shall be held at our home waters of Jan Juc, hopefully this will provide our surfers with an advantage.

2018 CCG Surfing Cup - Finalists

Open

1st Tully Wylie

2nd Nick Russell

3rd Dylan Forras

4th Hugh Taylor

5th Angelique Kefalas

 

Under 16

1st Flynn Daniel

2nd Taz Higins

3rd Luke Day

4th Remi Currell

 

Girls

1st Jaz Wylie

2nd Angelique Kefalas

3rd Poppy Schapp

4th Imogen Castle

 

Mr Jason O'Loughlin

Deputy Head of Senior School

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Last Friday, April 27th saw the running of the annual CCG Surfing Cup at Jan Juc beach. Surfers travelling from Bellarine, Middle School, Back Creek and Senior School School and were gree...

Last Friday, April 27th saw the running of the annual CCG Surfing Cup at Jan Juc beach. Surfers travelling from Bellarine, Middle School, Back Creek and Senior School were greeted by a solid swell in the three to five foot range. Stronger than expected onshore winds made the early heats particularly challenging. As the day progressed conditions settled and a full day of surfing saw some exceptional performances. Students use this day as one of the selection criteria for the upcoming Victorian School State Surfing titles on Monday May 7th. This year the State titles shall be held at our home waters of Jan Juc, hopefully this will provide our surfers with an advantage.

2018 CCG Surfing Cup - Finalists

Open

1st Tully Wylie

2nd Nick Russell

3rd Dylan Forras

4th Hugh Taylor

5th Angelique Kefalas

 

Under 16

1st Flynn Daniel

2nd Taz Higins

3rd Luke Day

4th Remi Currell

 

Girls

1st Jaz Wylie

2nd Angelique Kefalas

3rd Poppy Schapp

4th Imogen Castle

 

Jason O'Loughlin

Deputy Head of Senior School

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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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Thursday 10th May
Botanic Gardens Excursion 
 
Friday 11th May
Mothers Day Excursion to Junior School 
 
Wednesday 16th May
Coogoorah Park Excursion 
 
Friday 18th May
East Timor Indepene...

Thursday 10th May

Botanic Gardens Excursion 

 

Friday 11th May

Mothers Day Excursion to Junior School 

 

Wednesday 16th May

Coogoorah Park Excursion 

 

Friday 18th May

East Timor Indepenence Day Casual Dress

 

Wednesday 23rd May

School Photographs - Class and Individual Portraits taken by Arthur Reed Photography

 

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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Aside from the lack of rain, it was four seasons in one last Thursday at the Geelong North Division girls AFL carnival. Due to some late “Out’s” and no “In’s” the girls entered the compet...

Aside from the lack of rain, it was four seasons in one last Thursday at the Geelong North Division girls AFL carnival. Due to some late “Out’s” and no “In’s” the girls entered the competition with a severely depleted interchange bench. Still, they gave each game their absolute best. Catie, Ally and Niamh kept many opponents at bay with their stifling tackling work, while Mia “Don’t argue” moved swiftly around the ground, fending off players and gaining momentum with many score assists. Abby Moz’s quick hands and ball control contributed significantly alongside Brooke’s consistent ruck work. The CC Bellarine girls finished the day with 4 wins, 3 losses and 15 very tired bodies.

Fiona Scott
Physical Education Teacher

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Mr Andrew Richardson
Director of Health, Physical Education and Sport

Last Tuesday the College was well represented at the 2018 GISSA Track & Field Championships, where our team competed admirably on the track and in their respective field events. A number of the students broke GISSA records on the day, and our relay teams ran brilliantly to narrow the points gap between us and Kardinia IC. The team fell 14 points short of overtaking Kardinia, however their performances as a whole across the program are to be commended. The team was superbly led by Isabel Hackett and Matthew Tattersall on the day, and we thank our Year 12 students for their efforts over the past six years at this event.

GISSA Record breakers included: Bethany Dean (14yr 1500m and 800m); Kasey Perkins (15yr triple jump, 100m and long jump); Matthew Tattersall (20yr 1500m); Nyah Brown (14yr 100m and 400m); Brunswick Sharp (15yr discus); Kade Leigh (13yr 400m); Finlay Kirsopp-Cole (20yr 400m).

 We look forward to next major Inter-school Carnival on the 30th May, which is the GISSA Cross-Country Carnival. 

 

 

Mr Andrew Richardson

Director of Health, Physical Education and Sport

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Mothers’ Day Tabloid Sports Day and Sack Race – Friday,11th May
We will be celebrating Mothers’ Day on Friday, 11th May with the annual Tabloid Sports Day. This will commence around 11.30...

Mothers’ Day Tabloid Sports Day and Sack Race – Friday,11th May

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. First place is a $100 Bakers’ Delight voucher, second $50 and third $25.

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 for the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) as Danielle and Baker’s Delight are huge supporters. Each mother who participates in the sack race will receive a BCNA tote bag. These will be sold on the day for $5 with all money going to BCNA.

At the completion of the Tabloid Sports, each student will be provided with a cheese and bacon roll and a fruit bun, kindly donated by Bakers’ Delight. As this is a donation, no other alternatives can be provided. 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. Please note, there is no swimming for Year 3s this day.

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

Transform Us! Program

This Monday, 7th May, a number of Year 3 students will commence participating in the Transform Us! Program. A small team from Deakin University will work with these students to help raise awareness of physical activity and sitting behaviours. This will take place in the staff room with Year 3 staff members supervising. Below is more information about the program.

What is Transform-Us!?
Transform-Us! is a successful program that increased children’s physical activity and reduced their sitting in 20 Victorian primary schools using innovative strategies within the classroom, school and home setting. Given the success of the program it will now be rolled out state-wide to Government, Independent, and Catholic primary schools across Victoria.
 
What is the purpose of this study?
The aim of this project is to see if the Transform-Us! program works when it is made available to all Primary schools across Victoria. We will see if the program still improves children’s physical activity and sitting time under ‘real world’ conditions.

Healthy Heroes Program

On Wednesday, 9th May, all Year 3 and 4 students will be involved in a session hosted by two Geelong football players. As part of their commitment to promoting a healthy community, the club has continued rolling out their Healthy Heroes program aimed at students to make healthier choices. The main focus is healthy eating, physical activity, hydration and limiting screen time. We look forward to once again participating in this program.

Deakin University – Primary Placement Mentor Program

Commencing yesterday, 35 first year undergraduate students organised and conducted lessons for some of our Year 3 students. This is a three week program that allows these aspiring teachers their first taste of teaching and to receive some valuable feedback.

Deakin District Cross Country

We had 20 Junior School students compete in the Deakin District Cross Country at Eastern Gardens yesterday. All students put in a great effort representing the school, completing a 2km circuit. We didn’t have any students finish in the top 8 to progress to the next stage. Thank you to all the parents who came to support the students.

CCG Eagles Basketball

On Thursday evening, a number of Junior School students commenced the Winter Season in the Basketball Geelong competition. Flora Murdoch, CCG Basketball and Netball Administrator attended The Arena where three of our P-2 teams played and were successful. We wish all of the Junior School students a great season.

Nick Rice

Phys Ed and Sport Coordinator

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Last Wednesday was a terrific first game for us. We won 5 - 2.  Our scorers consisted of Grace, Missy and Maddy P. We all had such a great time despite being very nervous for the first ma...

Last Wednesday was a terrific first game for us. We won 5 - 2.  Our scorers consisted of Grace, Missy and Maddy P. We all had such a great time despite being very nervous for the first match but we grew into the game. We were all very supportive and encouraging, even when we were very tired. We also had no substitutions and played with only 9 players, covering a whole field. Maddie T was courageous in goals, she saved so many and it was great that she decided to stay in there for the second half. Overall we were strong in the defense and the attackers worked really well pushing forward and shooting.

Erika Van Beveren (Year 7 Student)

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We have been notified of a case of headlice in Year 4G. Can parents please check their child’s hair regularly and commence appropriate treatment if required. It is important when checking...

We have been notified of a case of headlice in Year 4G. Can parents please check their child’s hair regularly and commence appropriate treatment if required. It is important when checking to look for and remove eggs as well as live lice. We ask for your cooperation and assistance with this important task.

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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 M...

VCE Careers Expos - Geelong and Melbourne

The GCTA Geelong Careers and Pathways Expo is coming up soon.  Everyone is welcome to attend. This event has been organised by the Geelong Careers Teachers Association and details are as follows:

When     :     Monday 14th of May, 2018

Where    :     Deakin University Waterfront Campus

Time       :     3.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Please view the attached flyer for more details.

 

VCE & Careers Expo Melbourne

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: 

  • Early Entry programs now open (Australian Catholic University and University of New England)
  • Australian Defence Force Gap Year - now open
  • Tuition free Victorian TAFE courses
  • Interested in journalism? Apply for the YMCA Press Gallery program by Sunday 6 May
  • Three business degrees with at least 40 weeks of paid industry experience
  • Changes to entry requirements for undergraduate teaching degrees
  • Study at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra
  • Pre order the 2018 Good Careers Guide
  • UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing - now open
  • Find your future maths career
  • Upcoming events

 

Last Friday, April 27th saw the running of the annual CCG Surfing Cup at Jan Juc beach. Surfers travelling from Bellarine, Middle School, Back Creek and Senior School School and were gree...

Last Friday, April 27th saw the running of the annual CCG Surfing Cup at Jan Juc beach. Surfers travelling from Bellarine, Middle School, Back Creek and Senior School were greeted by a solid swell in the three to five foot range. Stronger than expected onshore winds made the early heats particularly challenging. As the day progressed conditions settled and a full day of surfing saw some exceptional performances. Students use this day as one of the selection criteria for the upcoming Victorian School State Surfing titles on Monday May 7th. This year the State titles shall be held at our home waters of Jan Juc, hopefully this will provide our surfers with an advantage.

2018 CCG Surfing Cup - Finalists

Open

1st Tully Wylie

2nd Nick Russell

3rd Dylan Forras

4th Hugh Taylor

5th Angelique Kefalas

 

Under 16

1st Flynn Daniel

2nd Taz Higins

3rd Luke Day

4th Remi Currell

 

Girls

1st Jaz Wylie

2nd Angelique Kefalas

3rd Poppy Schapp

4th Imogen Castle

 

Jason O'Loughlin

Deputy Head of Senior School

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Our budding year 8 Marine Scientists spent their lesson at the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre on Tuesday.  During this time they learnt about all types of weird and wonderful mari...

Our budding year 8 Marine Scientists spent their lesson at the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre on Tuesday.  During this time they learnt about all types of weird and wonderful marine creatures, adaptations that enable them to survive in their habitats, their reproductive cycle and so much more. Students also spent time in a laboratory where they explored in detail the amazing structural features of tube worms along with mystery objects and a variety of both living and non living invertebrates which will prove most valuable for their up and coming Colaborative Assessment Task – to produce a Class Resource book on Marine Invertebrates.

Fiona Scott
Marine Studies Teacher

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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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There are stories all around us, just waiting to be told. During Term 2, a group of Year 9 students have been given the opportunity through ‘The Editorial’ elective to tell their stories ...

There are stories all around us, just waiting to be told. During Term 2, a group of Year 9 students have been given the opportunity through ‘The Editorial’ elective to tell their stories in ways that, they hope, will capture and captivate their readers. In addition, students are learning about and experimenting with all elements of story-telling: selecting subject matter; research and interview skills; writing and editing; and creating and manipulating visual mediums to convey meaning. Students will work on the creation of individual stories, as well as working collaboratively, using the overarching theme of ‘transformation’.

Students have created a blog to showcase their work to their target audience – years 7-9 – a link to which is emailed to Homeroom teachers each Friday afternoon. However, we will also publish a piece of student work in ‘The Vine’ each week. The first article students were asked to create was one introducing themselves to their audience. They were asked to think about how they might do this in an out-of-the-box way, which not only engaged their audience, but also saw the reader learn something they might not have previously known about the author. All students will have a piece published in The Vine. However, this week, I would like to introduce you to the work of Serena El-Hage…

Experiencing East Timor

Arriving, I did not see the poverty-stricken, desperate place I had been warned about. Instead, as I looked out of the plane window, I saw a country that I thought looked to be in decent condition. Rolling green hills and a well-built airport, East Timor seemed like a fairly habitable place. Despite first appearances, as we rambled along the road that progressively got bumpier, I began to see hints of the place I had been told about. Starved dogs limping along the roadside, every bone in their body on display. Roads turning from gravel to dirt, potholes at least a metre deep staggered throughout the road. Scenery, transforming from slightly shabby buildings to isolated stretches of greenery and ocean. Viqueque, with its wall-less houses and malnourished inhabitants, only held further proof of this. What I did not expect was the locals’ personalities. Their eyes held years of torture, pain, poverty, killing and things no human should have to endure. However, they welcomed us foreigners with beaming, genuine smiles on their skinny faces. Despite this, despite their being through hell and back, they were the kindest people I have ever met.

The world has a lot to learn from their grace, love, purity, faith and hope. I know going there has inspired me to be the best person I can be and every day the thought of their smiles inspires me to incorporate kindness into everything I do. For this reason, I wish everyone could go to Timor and experience their humility, if only to become a better person within themselves and to motivate others to do the same. Until next time. Or, as the Timorese would say, “to’o tempu oin mai”.

By Serena El-Hage

Victoria Kent
Editorial Teacher

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Over the last 15 years, Christian College has been committed to building strong and caring relationships with our friends in East Timor and we welcome you to celebrate this journey with us.

Over the last 15 years, Christian College staff, families and friends have been committed to building strong and caring relationships with our friends in East Timor, our nearest international neighbours. After the Timorese people's heroic and tenacious fight for freedom and independence, Christian College Geelong made a long-term commitment to help and support the people of East Timor and in particular, the Viqueque community.

This year we recognise and celebrate the first 15 yearsof this special relationship and commitment.

As you are part of the Christian College family we are inviting you to join us – see below flyer for further information and please RSVP by Friday 11th May for catering purposes.

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Highton Campus House Cross-Country
On a warm Friday in week 1 our Year 5 to 9 students ran strongly in their respective 3km cross-country event. The Middle School student cohort need to ...

Highton Campus House Cross-Country

On a warm Friday in week 1 our Year 5 to 9 students ran strongly in their respective 3km cross-country event. The Middle School student cohort need to be commended on their performances on this day, as the undulating course was indeed testing over the 3km journey. We congratulate Bethany Dean (11min 17sec) and Ethan Grills (9min 50sec) on being our fastest female and male, and Taylor (Yr7 to 9) and Flynn (Yr5&6) Houses on their 1st place and becoming our 2018 Champions.

The House results were as follows:

  • Year 5&6 House Champion Flynn, 2nd Taylor, 3rd Penman and 4th Burrows
  • Year 7 to 9 House Champion Taylor, 2nd Burrows, 3rd Flynn and 4th Penman

The Age Champion results were as follows:

Year 5 Girls

Year 5 Boys

1st Ellie Morgan (Penman)

1st Fraser Richardson (Burrows)

2nd Ava McKinnis (Flynn)

2nd Peter Christo (Flynn)

3rd Grace McFarland (Penman)

3rd Harper Costa (Flynn)

Year 6 Girls

Year 6 Boys

1st Emily Lawrie (Flynn)

1st Martin Dean (Taylor)

2nd Alexis Jane (Burrows)

2nd Angus Fuller (Taylor)

3rd Brielle Townson (Penman)

3rd Tom Leszko (Taylor)

Year 7 Girls

Year 7 Boys

1st Sophie Richardson (Burrows)

1st Jacob McKie (Penman)

2nd Evie Brown (Flynn)

2nd Benjamin Morse (Penman)

3rd Katrina Cochrane (Taylor)

3rd Kade Leigh (Burrows)

Year 8 Girls

Year 8 Boys

1st Bethany Dean (Taylor)

1st Ethan Grills (Penman)

2nd Bianca Pocklington (Penman)

2nd Riley Taylor (Taylor)

3rd Jorja Kirsopp-Cole (Flynn)

3rd Harrison Leigh (Burrows)

Year 9 Girls

Year 9 Boys

1st Phoebe Maloney (Flynn)

1st Cooper Geall (Burrows)

2nd Madeleine Benson (Flynn)

2nd Flynn Daniell (Taylor)

3rd Poppy Schaap (Burrows)

3rd Campbell Rusden (Flynn)

 

 

Deakin District Cross-Country Championships (Years 4, 5&6)

As a result of this House event the College selects our Inter-school cross-country runners to compete at the Deakin District XC (Year 4, 5&6) and the GISSA XC (Year 7 to 12) events. Yesterday we had 40 students participate in the Deakin District event, who all ran very well against 5 other Geelong schools. We congratulate our students on their performances in this event, and wish the following students all the very best as they have qualified for the North Geelong Division Championships (May 29th) as a result of their top 8 placing in the District XC event: Grace McFarland (10yr), George Burr (10yr), Maddy Grundberg (11yr), Ellie Morgan (11yr), Harry Morphet (11yr), Fraser Richardson (11yr), Emily Lawrie (12/13yr), Martin Dean (12/13yr), Ben Bowers (12/13yr), Tom Leszko (12/13yr) and Angus Fuller (12/13yr).  

 

 

GISSA Track & Field Championships

Last Tuesday the College was well represented at the 2018 GISSA Track & Field Championships, where our team competed admirably on the track and in their respective field events. A number of the students broke GISSA records on the day, and our relay teams ran brilliantly to narrow the points gap between us and Kardinia IC. The team fell 14points short of overtaking Kardinia, however their performances as a whole across the program are to be commended. The team was superbly led by Isabel Hackett and Matthew Tattersall on the day, and we thank our Year 12 students for their efforts over the past six years at this event.

 

GISSA Record breakers included: Bethany Dean (14yr 1500m and 800m); Kasey Perkins (15yr triple jump, 100m and long jump); Matthew Tattersall (20yr 1500m); Nyah Brown (14yr 100m and 400m); Brunswick Sharp (15yr discus); Kade Leigh (13yr 400m); Finlay Kirsopp-Cole (20yr 400m).

 

We look forward to next major Inter-school Carnival on the 30th May, which is the GISSA Cross-Country Carnival. 

Andrew Richardson
Director of Health, Physical Education and Sport

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Deakin District Cross-Country Championships (Years 4, 5&6)
As a result of this House event the College selects our Inter-school cross-country runners to compete at the Deakin District XC...

Deakin District Cross-Country Championships (Years 4, 5&6)

As a result of this House event the College selects our Inter-school cross-country runners to compete at the Deakin District XC (Year 4, 5&6) and the GISSA XC (Year 7 to 12) events. Yesterday we had 40 students participate in the Deakin District event, who all ran very well against 5 other Geelong schools. We congratulate our students on their performances in this event, and wish the following students all the very best as they have qualified for the North Geelong Division Championships (May 29th) as a result of their top 8 placing in the District XC event: Grace McFarland (10yr), George Burr (10yr), Maddy Grundberg (11yr), Ellie Morgan (11yr), Harry Morphet (11yr), Fraser Richardson (11yr), Emily Lawrie (12/13yr), Martin Dean (12/13yr), Ben Bowers (12/13yr), Tom Leszko (12/13yr) and Angus Fuller (12/13yr).  

GISSA Track & Field Championships

Last Tuesday the College was well represented at the 2018 GISSA Track & Field Championships, where our team competed admirably on the track and in their respective field events. A number of the students broke GISSA records on the day, and our relay teams ran brilliantly to narrow the points gap between us and Kardinia IC. The team fell 14points short of overtaking Kardinia, however their performances as a whole across the program are to be commended. The team was superbly led by Isabel Hackett and Matthew Tattersall on the day, and we thank our Year 12 students for their efforts over the past six years at this event.

GISSA Record breakers included: Bethany Dean (14yr 1500m and 800m); Kasey Perkins (15yr triple jump, 100m and long jump); Matthew Tattersall (20yr 1500m); Nyah Brown (14yr 100m and 400m); Cooper Harvey (15yr discus); Kade Leigh (13yr 400m); Finlay Kirsopp-Cole (20yr 400m).

We look forward to next major Inter-school Carnival on the 30th May, which is the GISSA Cross-Country Carnival. 

Andrew Richardson
Director of Physical Education, Health and Sport

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 “LIVE MUSIC IS GOOD FOR YOU!”
 
On Monday, 30 April, Mrs. Regina Thomae, Mr. Andy Francis and I had the absolute pleasure of taking the Highton Middle School Choir to the Royal Melbour...

“LIVE MUSIC IS GOOD FOR YOU!”

On Monday, 30 April, Mrs. Regina Thomae, Mr. Andy Francis and I had the absolute pleasure of taking the Highton Middle School Choir to the Royal Melbourne Hospital to take part in their Music Therapy Annual Schools Music Festival. The festival is run by Dr. Emma O’Brien (OAM), who has spent years developing the fantastic Music Therapy program at the hospital. 

Students and staff were invited to learn about the incredible benefits of music therapy (which research now tells us not only improves mental wellbeing, cognitive function but also blood work and immunity), during a 45min interactive tutorial with Dr. O’Brien. We also performed as a full choir, a small vocal group and featured student soloists, playing and singing for the patients, families and staff at the hospital.

So, next time you’re feeling a bit low on energy or spirit, grab an instrument or have a sing! It’ll lift your spirits in no time!

The Highton Middle School Choir rehearses on Wednesday afternoons, 3.45 – 5.00pm in the Highton Chapel. New members are always welcome - It’s a happy place to be!

Ms. Kate Notini

Conductor - Highton Middle School Choir

Classroom Music Teacher

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“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
At the start of the year, Mr Cos...

“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

At the start of the year, Mr Costa introduced us to this year’s motto, ‘It’s Cool to be Kind’. Mr Costa and Mr Hatswell came up with the idea of creating a recognition system to celebrate acts of kindness within our school community.

Students that have been noticed for showing kindness towards others will be gifted a ‘cool to be kind’ wristband that they will wear for two weeks. After two weeks, these students will choose another student who has demonstrated kindness and present the wristband to them in an effort to ‘pass the baton on’ and build momentum in what is such an important aspect of school life.   

 

Caitlin Boode and Kelsey Rundle

Year 9 Mentors 

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