It’s the 15th anniversary of the restoration of independence for Timor-Leste next Friday.

Christian College has been supporting the community in Viqueque since 2003, just a year after independence was declared. That’s been a huge commitment from the Christian College community of families, staff and friends. On Friday, 19th May, we invite all students to wear the colours of East Timor: Red, White, Black and Yellow!

Students are asked to bring a donation, and maybe a bit extra, for purchasing handcrafts on the day. 'Project Care Reps' will also be selling handcrafts and wristbands in the colours of East Timor, starting next week during lunchtime. They are $3 for one or $5 for two.

How are we supporting our buddies in Viqueque this year? One school, Riatahau, needs water for their toilets and handwashing facilities. Their well has dried up and a bore needs to be extended. Also, the kids in Viqueque are very keen to learn English.

There are about 100 kids from Primary School right through to Secondary School, who come to lessons at the 'Friendship House' every day after school. They would love their own copy of a Tetun-English dictionary. They cost $6 each in Dili, so it would be fantastic to use our donations to purchase as many dictionaries as possible to help the community of Viqueque realise this dream.

The East Timor special ceremony will commence in the Junior School Assembly Hall at 11:20am with a short flag-raising ceremony. Parents are warmly invited to attend.

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It was wonderful to see so many parents and students attending the Learning Conferences earlier this week. There was lots sharing in discussions around the progress of your young person s...

It was wonderful to see so many parents and students attending the Learning Conferences earlier this week. There was lots of sharing in discussions around the progress of your young person so far this year.

The Naplan Testing has now been completed by students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Thank you to all parents for assisting in the smooth running of this task. The students are to be commended for their behaviour and participation.

We wish all our College mothers, grandmothers, and special friends a very happy Mother’s Day for Sunday.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus

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Community Visits - Our World Finke and VCAL
On Thursday morning at 6.00am the second Year 10 Our World class left for their stay at Finke. It will be a highlight of their year and I have ...

Community Visits - Our World Finke and VCAL

On Thursday morning at 6am, the second Year 10 'Our World' class left for their stay at Finke. It will be a highlight of their year and I have had the pleasure of speaking with those students who were part of the previous Central Australia program.

Speaking with two students prior to their departure, I asked them: what are you expecting? Their response was a mixture of pure excitement and a willingness to listen and learn. I felt this a wonderful response from both of them.

Our College is very different to others in how we interact with outside communities.

Recently, our VCAL class visited Newcomb Park Primary School, who suffered a fire that left their school devastated. It was such a learning experience for our students to sit with and learn from their students. We were seen as positive role models for these students and this, in turn, bolstered how our VCAL students see themselves.

We talk about 'The Learning that Matters' and I see the above as clear examples of that.

Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School

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Charlize Duck from Year 3R has been selected to perform in the Australian Ballet Company's Melbourne production of The Nutcracker: "The Story of Clara" which is being performed at the Sta...

Charlize Duck from Year 3R has been selected to perform in the Australian Ballet Company's Melbourne production of 'The Nutcracker: The Story of Clara', which is being performed at the State Theatre in Melbourne from the 2nd June until 12th June.

It is a wonderful recognition for Charlize to be part of Australian Ballet Company and this production. We are very proud of her achievement, which has come through years of hard work and dedication - and we wish her well with her upcoming performances.

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13 Reasons Why
“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 '1...

'13 Reasons Why'

“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 GP or Headspace, who can be contacted by visiting your local Headspace centre, eheadspace at www.eheadspace.org.au or calling 1800 650 890.

Earl Moore
Deputy Head of Campus

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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 ...

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.

For more details about the day and a permission form click here. An agreement form for parent volunteers is available here. Please contact Labrini Soldatos if you have any questions.

       

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Titjikala Primary is a remote school located a couple of hours South of Alice Springs in Central Australia. The School is attended by approximately 30 Indigenous students from the tiny co...

Titjikala Primary is a remote school located a couple of hours south of Alice Springs in Central Australia. The school is attended by approximately 30 Indigenous students from the tiny community.'

During the first two weeks of this term, a group of 19 Christian College Year 10 'Our World' students, with four staff, travelled to the Centre to deepen their understanding of the way of life and challenges facing Indigenous communities. A lot was gained through immersion at Coober Peedy, Kata Tjuta and Uluru. However, it was the relationships developed between CCG and Titjikala students that proved to be a window between two worlds. Whilst the teachers and pupils at Titjikala welcome the tuition from the ‘Geelong Mob’, our students gain at least as much - as they develop their connection to people and country.

Already a number of students are hatching plans to get back there!

Jason O'Loughlin and Celeste Pryke

Our World - Central Australia Teachers

     

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It’s the 15th anniversary of the restoration of independence for Timor-Leste. Christian College Geelong has been supporting the community in Viqueque since 2003, just a year after indepen...

It is the 15th anniversary of the restoration of independence for Timor-Leste next Friday.

Christian College has been supporting the community in Viqueque since 2003, just a year after independence was declared. That’s been a huge commitment from the Christian College community of families, staff and friends. On Friday, 19 May, we invite all students to wear the colours of East Timor: Red, White, Black and Yellow!

Bring a donation, and maybe a bit extra, for purchasing handcrafts on the day. 'Project Care Reps' will also be selling wristbands in the colours of Timor, starting next week. They are $3 for one or $5 for two.

How are we supporting our buddies in Viqueque this year? One school, Riatahau, needs water for their toilets and handwashing facilities. Their well has dried up and a bore needs to be extended. Also, the kids in Viqueque are very keen to learn English. There are about 100 kids from primary school right through to secondary school, who come to lessons at the 'Friendship House' every day after school. They would love their own copy of a Tetun-English dictionary. They cost $6 each in Dili, so it would be fantastic to use our donations to purchase as many dictionaries as possible to help the community of Viqueque realise this dream.

The Project Care day will commence at 9am with a short flag-raising ceremony at each campus. Parents are warmly invited to attend.

Obrigada Barak.

Thanks very much.
Deb Singleton

The car park area outside the kindergarten is very useful for our community, especially at drop off and pick up time. It is, however, a public car park area and we have no control over th...

The car park area outside the kindergarten is very useful for our community, especially at drop off and pick up time. It is, however, a public car park area and we have no control over the driving behaviour of all users.

We ask all parents who use this area to walk with their children to and from the school gate. We are noticing that parents are speeding through the car park after they have dropped off or collected their children. Please drive out of the car park at a walking pace to ensure the safety of our students.

This morning, we have been made aware that a car parked illegally created a dangerous situation, as other cars tried to drive around the end of the car park. Continued failure to comply with the request to drive and park responsibly (and legally) in the car park will require our College to take further measures to protect the safety of our children.

Please be aware that there will be consequences for illegal parking.

We thank you for your attention to this very important safety matter

 

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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 se...

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.

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 Schoo...

A great Mother's Day Gift!

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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Learning to predict is a thinking skill that aids students to understand their world, improve social interaction, helps develop reading comprehension and more. Prep students became predic...

Learning to predict is a thinking skill that aids students to understand their world, improve social interaction, helps develop reading comprehension and more.

Prep students became predicting scientists during the Integrated Studies topic of 'Transport', as they designed their own boats and predicted how many marbles their boats would be able to hold before they sank. Theories were tested and recorded with Prep accuracy; 25 marbles being the highest recorded!

Playing in water is just a bonus of becoming a Prep scientist!

Mrs Sally Humphris
Prep Teacher

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Year 11 Angus Heathcote
I have chosen to be an Electrician as I think that there is a lot of money in the trade and there will always be work. Working towards this goal, I am studying VET...

Year 11 Angus Heathcote

I have chosen to be an Electrician, as I think that there is a lot of money in the trade and there will always be work. Working towards this goal, I am studying VET Certificate II in 'Electro Technology' at the Gordon each Wednesday afternoon as part of my VCAL course. They are teaching me things that I would not learn on the worksite, like what screws to use on certain materials. I learn a lot about different sources of energy, and pretty much everything that relates to the electrical trade. At work placement on Fridays, I have been able to apply what I have learned with fittings and fixings into the walls. I enjoy learning new skills and having a laugh with the people I work with. A typical Friday at work for me depends on which of our jobsites are ready. Sometimes there is no work outside of the garage for the whole day. Sometimes I go out before lunch or after lunch, and sometimes I spend the whole day out. What I typically do is strip the cables and do all the GPO’s (power points) and data points. I also do a fair bit of 'roughing in' (running cables through the walls before fitting off [putting on GPO’s]). Every Friday we go out for lunch. For me, the VCAL pathway has many benefits for my future as an Electrician, as I am able to study and start work much earlier while I am still at school.

Year 12 Finn McConnell

My chosen career path is Plumbing, as I am interested in this area and it is good money. The VET course I study at The Gordon is part of my VCAL is Certificate II in Plumbing. This helps me to work towards my career by teaching me new practical skills, like how to work properly with sheet metal, weld, and do pipework. I also do theory work, like doing scale drawings and written plumbing work. I have been able to apply what I have learned at VET to my work placement by applying the skills with sheet metal to help me make up gutters and do flashings. I enjoy the banter with the boys while getting the job done. A typical Friday for me involves starting work at 7am. I work on high roof tops, either laying sheets or doing flashings. First ‘smoko’ is at 9.30am. I go back to work on the roof at 10am and then have second ‘smoko’ at 12.30 pm. I go back to work on the roof at 1pm and start cleaning up my work area at 3pm, ready to knock off at 3.30 pm. Studying VCAL and VET is great if you want to do some sort of trade. You learn what is relevant to you and you get the opportunity for work experience while still at school.

 

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As part of the Year 3 Health program, all Year 3 students will be participating in the Healthy Heroes program. It is an initiative from the Geelong Cats where they are encouraging student...

As part of the Year 3 Health program, all Year 3 students will be participating in the 'Healthy Heroes' program.

It is an initiative from the Geelong Cats where they are encouraging students to make good choices about physical activity, food, drinking enough water and limiting screen time.

On Tuesday, 16th May, two Geelong AFL players will be coming to give a presentation to the Year 3 and 4 students. In preparation for this, students are required to complete a questionnaire pre and post-visit. If you get an opportunity leading up to this date, could you please work through this questionnaire Healthy Heroes Pre Questionnaire Children with your child?

It should only take about 10 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Nick Rice on 5241 1899 or email n.rice@ccg.vic.edu.au 

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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 the work involved in this unit, an incursion to 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 involve the students working in small groups to create 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, 15th 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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Have you heard about Dūcere? 
Dūcere, The University of Canberra and Antipodeans have teamed up to deliver a groundbreaking program that combines earning a university degree with overseas...

Have you heard about Dūcere? 

Dūcere, The University of Canberra and Antipodeans have teamed up to deliver a groundbreaking program that combines earning a university degree with overseas entrepreneurial and leadership experiences in the US and Asia.

Graduates will be equipped with a leading bachelor degree, practical, transferable and flexible skills, and be exposed to unique experiences in the world’s most successful and fertile start-up ecosystems.

What is Global Game Changers?

  • Headed by The Hon. Julia Gillard, Ducere Chancellor. 
  • Undergraduate degree that incorporates global travel, industry leading networking and applied, real-world learning. 
  • Bachelor of Applied Entrepreneurship or Applied Social Entrepreneurship fully accredited by the University of Canberra, overseas component supported by Antipodeans.
  • ATAR 60+ plus application interview. 

Whether starting a business or pioneering in enterprise, leaders of the future will be entrepreneurial thinkers; Global citizens who are to problem solve, communicate and collaborate; they will be agile and adaptive to the rapidly-changing 21st century economy.

“If you want a university experience that is dedicated to developing the skills sets and attributes required to thrive in this century, then please consider becoming a Global Game Changer.”
- The Hon. Julia Gillard, Chancellor, Dūcere

If you're interested in finding out more, have a look at: https://www.ducere.edu.au/global-game-changers-program/ 

or watch https://player.vimeo.com/video/180265380

or chat with Mrs Bromilow or Mrs Smith.

 

Weekly Career News

Click here for this week's edition of the Weekly Career News.

This weeks topics are:

  • Focus on Open Days
  • Tips on preparing for the UMAT
  • Science news from RiAUS
  • UNSW Co-op Scholarships, worth over $18,000 per year
  • Learn about economics using sport statistics
  • Commerce versus economics 
  • 2017 Medical Research School Quiz - take the 20-minute test
  • New business higher apprenticeship program at Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • National Youth Science Forum - applications now open for Year 11 students
  • Skill shortage area - Oral Health careers
  • Careers in surveying
  • Focus on forensic science courses and careers
  • The Hotel School Melbourne Information Session
  • Academy of Design Australia folio session for VCE Unit 3-4 Visual Communication Design students
  • Monash University Take Control of Your Future IT Conference
  • UniExperience, University of Melbourne - for Year 11 students. 
  • Upcoming events

 

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Toot Toot, all aboard! With high excitement, Prep students boarded the train at Drysdale and headed to Queenscliff as part of our Integrated Studies Topic Transport. Students were able to...

Toot Toot, all aboard!

With high excitement, Prep students boarded the train at Drysdale and headed to Queenscliff as part of our Integrated Studies Topic 'Transport'. Students were able to experience the pace and design of a vintage train, while taking in the beautiful views of the Peninsula. The anticipation of three different types of transport in one day was met with great enthusiasm!

The sun glistened on the water as we set off for Sorrento by ferry. Although no dolphins were spotted, a few 'pirate' ships were seen on the horizon. The mood was still high for our last mode of transport heading home on the bus, with one student declaring: "it's good to be back in Australia!"

Sally Humphris
Prep S Homeroom Teacher

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Joshua Birch is proudly representing Christian College in the Geelong Future Leaders of Industry Program for 2017. Joshua is one of many young people in the Geelong region involved in thi...

Joshua Birch is proudly representing Christian College in the 'Geelong Future Leaders of Industry Program' for 2017. Joshua is one of many young people in the Geelong region involved in this exciting program.

The first day of the program involved a training session on 'Communications and Work Readiness Skills', a tour of Deakin's engineering and haptics labs and 'Robotics Centre' and a tour of the 'Centre for Advance Design in Engineering Training (CADET)'. The day ended with an inspiring keynote speaker, Dr Clara Usma Alverez, speaking on her journey as a Product Design Engineer and her current projects.

Joshua thought his first day in the program was amazing. He was impressed by the work conducted in the CADET facility and found it inspiring and motivating. Joshua found the work readiness session to be insightful and recognised it was something he had not given much thought to. He believed he now had a better understanding of the importance of presentation in the interviewing process.

The most enjoyable part of the day for Joshua was the High Voltage lab and meeting students from other schools who also enjoyed technology.

Tom Hartley
Teacher

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GISSA Netball Championships
The College congratulates the Senior A Girls Netball team captained by Madeline Vines on winning the Geelong Independent Schools Championships. The girls recor...

GISSA Netball Championships

The College congratulates the Senior A Girls Netball team, captained by Madeline Vines on winning the 'Geelong Independent Schools Championships'. The girls recorded a convincing 19-12 victory against St Ignatius College in the final.

In a tight Intermediate Final, Christian College lost by 1 goal, 12-13, to St Ignatius College.

All girls are to be commended on the manner in which they participated, and they now look forward to competing at the 'Victorian Schools Championships' during Term 3.

Each team at this event nominates a best player for the day. Congratulations to:

Senior A: Madeline Vines, Senior B: Caitlin Doran, Intermediate A: Briely Wight, Intermediate B: Matilda MacAdie

Mrs Renee Garing, Inter A Netball Coach

Geelong A&P Society Interschool Dressage

In challenging conditions at the Geelong Showgrounds, members of the Christian College Equestrian team competed at the 'Geelong A&P Society Dressage' event. This event is part of the Barwon Series Interschool.

We acknowledge the performances of all riders and congratulate the following competitors:

Sophie Taylor - Reserve Champion Intermediate Novice.

Eliza Bell - 3rd Overall Intermediate Novice.

Emily Fischer - 4th Overall Intermediate Novice.

Shanae Jenkinson - Reserve Champion Senior Preliminary.

Each rider contributes toward a team score. All riders are to be congratulated on the team placing second, just one point behind Geelong Grammar School.

GISSA Football Champions

After a four-year drought, the College Senior Football team has reclaimed the GISSA football title with victories over Kardinia International College and St Ignatius College.

The team move to the Quarter-Finals of the 'Herald Shield Country Cup' and play Trinity College Colac, with a date still to be confirmed.

We acknowledge all players within the team and congratulate the following players who played well very well throughout the two matches: Brydon Barnett, Chris Lever, Sam De Francesco, Christian Davis, Josh Crapper and AJ Wight.

Mr Fanning Senior (Coach)

 

After a disappointing 12-point loss to Kardinia International College, the Intermediate Boys team rebounded with a nail-biting two-point victory against St Ignatius College. The team now waits on the result between St Ignatius and Kardinia to see if they progress further.

Best players for the Intermediate Boys team over their two games were Rowan Gough, Ryson McHenry, Jack Leonard, Luke Potiriadis and Jeremy Wright.

Mr Andrew Richardson (Coach)

Motocross

The College congratulates all riders who participated at the 6th annual 'Interschool Dirt Bike Grass Track Competition' at Panmure in South West Victoria. A group of 10 Christian College riders attended, and we congratulate the following riders who placed in the top 3 in their sections:

Farm Bike up to 150 Section - 3rd Sam Wylie

125 Section - 1st Alexander Johns

250 Jnr A Section - 3rd Ivan Botha

All Under 250 Section - 2nd Alexander Johns

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This past Tuesday, our Year 4 students enjoyed a visit to the RAAF museum in Point Cook as part of the scientific unit May The Force Be With You. The students viewed a number of aircraft ...

This past Tuesday, our Year 4 students enjoyed a visit to the RAAF Museum in Point Cook as part of the scientific unit, 'May The Force Be With You'.

The students viewed a number of aircraft to identify the forces and materials used in flight. The volunteers at the Museum shared personal accounts from their service in the RAAF, and helped us to navigate through the static displays. Our day culminated in an interactive display of the Winjeel Aircraft and discussion with the pilot.

It is hoped the students will use their knowledge of thrust, lift, gravity and drag to create their own 'Crafts That Move' later this term.

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This week we saw the first of a number of Instrumental Music evenings across the whole college commence.  20 students showcased their hard work and dedication to their instruments in fron...

This week we saw the first of a number of 'Instrumental Music Evenings' across the whole College commence.  

A group of 20 students showcased their hard work and dedication to their instruments in front of parents and staff. Performing in front of others is a vital step in the development of a musician as a whole, and the music staff are very proud of these young musicians for presenting so well. 

On Tuesday, 23rd May, we have our second Bellarine music evening, so please come along and enjoy another night of great music with us. 

Sharon Kelly
Music Teacher and Instrumental Coordinator

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As the Prep children have been studying the topic ‘What are the Needs of Living Things?’ this term, they were very excited to go on our first excursion of the year to the Geelong Botanic ...

As the Prep children have been studying the topic ‘What are the Needs of Living Things?’ this term, they were very excited to go on our first excursion of the year to the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

At the Gardens, the children participated in a special program titled ‘Follow Your Nose/Garden Wonders’, which took them on a tour of the gardens to hear stories about trees, plants, food and the natural environment. The children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to create a ‘smelly’ bag, using materials from the garden to take home at the end of the day.

 

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The College congratulates Archie Hildebrandt on being selected to represent Team Vic at the 15 and under Schoolboys Australian Rules Football Carnival. We also congratulate Kade Leigh and...

The College congratulates Archie Hildebrandt on being selected to represent 'Team Vic' at the 15-and-under Schoolboys Australian Rules Football Carnival.

We also congratulate Kade Leigh and Harry Bradbury, for the second year in a row, on their selection in the Team Vic 12-and-under Hockey team. Kade and Harry will compete at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide during December.

Selection for Team Vic is a long process, involving many trials and matches where an athlete needs to demonstrate a high level of performance. Well done Archie, Kade and Harry!

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Please note that we currently have a child diagnosed with a case of chicken pox.  If your child is feeling ill and has a rash please check for this disease.  Children with chicken pox mus...

Please note that we currently have a child diagnosed with a case of chickenpox.

If your child is feeling ill and has a rash, please seek medical diagnosis for this disease.  Children with chickenpox must be excluded from school until fully recovered, or for at least five days after the eruption first appears.

Please note that some remaining scabs are not a reason for continued exclusion.  

 

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In the April school holidays a group of 10 tradies and teachers volunteered their time and services in Viqueque, Geelong’s sister village.
While in the community for the week, much was ac...

In the April school holidays, a group of 10 tradespeople and teachers volunteered their time and services in Viqueque, Geelong’s sister village.

While in the community for the week, much was accomplished. They were able to:

  • Install a rainwater tank, guttering and spouting. Even though the dry season was meant to have arrived, it poured with rain a few times so the tank is now full of water. The Prefect group who visit in July will benefit from this secure water supply.
  • Paint kindergarten playground equipment.
  • Repair a see-saw.
  • Put up bag hooks and clocks inside the kindergarten.
  • Run kindergarten training sessions for local teachers, focusing on music in their curriculum.
  • Local drums were made and funds donated from the Geelong Kindergarten Association covered this cost.
  • Many Bellarine community minded 'crafty hands' joined forces to make colourful bags to put the instruments in.
  • Parachutes were donated – and what a hoot they were! The primary school and kindergarten teachers and kids were delighted.
  • Other musical instruments were donated through the Christian College and local Bellarine community.
  • The art community in St Kilda were also right behind the kindergarten training workshops, and donated a suitcase full of powdered paints and glues. 
  • The kindergarten teachers were delighted with so many generous gifts, including the gift of ideas to maximise the students’ engagement and opportunities to play and paint.
  • The group visited all the schools that Christian College officially support, as well as other schools and kindergartens at the end of long pot-holed roads.
  • A highlight was being invited to the graduation ceremony of a group of local students who had attended more than six months of English tuition at the 'Community House'. The families cooked a feast for us to share after the ceremony. Proud mums and dads were there taking photos of their sons and daughters. It was a particularly humbling occasion because the volunteer teachers had the idea to run the classes and then followed through with the course themselves. Christian College can be proud of this community, Viqueque, who has leaders prepared to step up and initiate such programs, independent of any College involvement.

 

Obrigada Barak.
Thanks very much.

Deb Singleton 

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Just a reminder that the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Christian College Bellarine is excited to be participating. It's a great way to get young people talking abo...

Just a reminder that the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Christian College Bellarine is excited to be participating.

It's a great way to get young people talking about reading with their friends and pushing themselves to read as many books as they can. Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

Login details for Middle School students are available from the library staff.

Login details for Junior School students will be appearing in daily organisers soon. 

If you have any questions, please check the PRC student guide here, or email bc.library@ccg.vic.edu.au

Happy reading, everyone.
Mrs Dalton, Mrs Canaway and Miss Warren

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What a delight to have Deb Singleton come to Butterfield House last week and, through the wonders of technology, skype with our friends in Viqueque, East Timor. Thank you Deb for taking t...

What a delight to have Deb Singleton come to Butterfield House last week and, through the wonders of technology, help us Skype with our friends in Viqueque, East Timor.
Thank you Deb for taking the time to note these following highlights:

  • The three and four-year-old children understood that Viqueque, our buddy village in Timor-Leste, was in another country and that the children there spoke a different language. Children from Butterfield House wished the kindergarten kids in Viqueque a hearty “Bondia!” or “Good Morning!” during the video link last Friday.
  • The kindergarten students in Viqueque know the song “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands…” just like our Geelong students. So each group sang and danced for the other, via video link.
  • The children from Butterfield House took the Viqueque kids on a walk (via video link) down to the 'Bush Kinder' site. Kangaroos bounded away just before the video could capture the moment. Maybe next time we will be quick enough to share our Australian wildlife with our Timorese friends.
  • The Viqueque kindergarten students then took our children on a walk to their playground. The Butterfield House children quickly spotted a slide and swings on the screen and made comments like: “They’ve got a slide just like us.” It was lovely for the inaugural video link to go so well and to witness the beautiful connections that children from Timor-Leste and Geelong have made. The session finished with cries of “Adeus!” on both sides of the webcams.

As a new campus on the Surf Coast, it is exciting to have Deb support us in building a new strand in the Christian College relationship to Viqueque. Already we have new staff eager to visit Viqueque, and children with a widening world view… a new connection has been created!

Special thanks to Deb Singleton, Timor Liaison Officer at CCG and Louis Carpenter, our CCG IT Wizard, for bringing it all together.

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It has come to our attention that human parvovirus known as 'Erythema Infectiosum' (commonly called 'Slapped Cheek Disease') has been detected in Year 1B. This is a common childhood viral infection that can be very contagious.

Please refer to the attachment for further information. 

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Students in Year 8 and 9 Marine Studies classes spent their most recent lessons visiting the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre (MFDC) to further investigate their chosen topics for t...

Students in Year 8 and 9 Marine Studies classes spent their most recent lessons visiting the 'Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre (MFDC)' to further investigate their chosen topics for their major assessment task.

Year 8 students have chosen a local marine invertebrate to further research, which will culminate in a whole class collaborative resource book. Year 9 are investigating an issue impacting our world’s oceans on a global scale. The staff at the 'MFDC' tailored our visits specifically to the focus of each year's research, and the students were incredibly engaged in these sessions with many interesting and challenging questions discussed.

Fiona Scott
Marine Studies Teacher

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This term in Year 8 Health and PE (HPE), students are learning about skill classification and the importance of feedback. As part of Year 8’s major assessment task, students are required ...

This term in Year 8 Health and PE (HPE), students are learning about skill classification and the importance of feedback.

As part of the Year 8’s major assessment task, students are required to design a pre and post-test and plan two practise sessions; all while applying their theoretical understanding of teaching a specific skill and providing effective feedback. In doing so, the students are working with Year 1 students in small groups. Wednesday involved Year 8 students putting Year 1 students through their paces in the pre-test.

Fiona Scott
Physical Education Teacher

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In the April school holidays a group of 10 tradies and teachers volunteered their time and services in Viqueque, Geelong’s sister village.
While in the community for the week, much was ac...

In the April school holidays, a group of 10 tradespeople and teachers volunteered their time and services in Viqueque, Geelong’s sister village.

While in the community for the week, much was accomplished. They were able to:

  • Install a rainwater tank, guttering and spouting. Even though the dry season was meant to have arrived, it poured with rain a few times so the tank is now full of water. The Prefect group who visit in July will benefit from this secure water supply.
  • Paint kindergarten playground equipment.
  • Repair a see-saw.
  • Put up bag hooks and clocks inside the kindergarten.
  • Run kindergarten training sessions for local teachers, focusing on music in their curriculum.
  • Local drums were made and funds donated from the Geelong Kindergarten Association covered this cost.
  • Many Bellarine community minded 'crafty hands' joined forces to make colourful bags to put the instruments in.
  • Parachutes were donated – and what a hoot they were! The primary school and kindergarten teachers and kids were delighted.
  • Other musical instruments were donated through the Christian College and local Bellarine community.
  • The art community in St Kilda were also right behind the kindergarten training workshops, and donated a suitcase full of powdered paints and glues. 
  • The kindergarten teachers were delighted with so many generous gifts, including the gift of ideas to maximise the students’ engagement and opportunities to play and paint.
  • The group visited all the schools that Christian College officially support, as well as other schools and kindergartens at the end of long pot-holed roads.
  • A highlight was being invited to the graduation ceremony of a group of local students who had attended more than six months of English tuition at the 'Community House'. The families cooked a feast for us to share after the ceremony. Proud mums and dads were there taking photos of their sons and daughters. It was a particularly humbling occasion because the volunteer teachers had the idea to run the classes and then followed through with the course themselves. Christian College can be proud of this community, Viqueque, who has leaders prepared to step up and initiate such programs, independent of any College involvement.

 

Obrigada Barak.
Thanks very much.

Deb Singleton 

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What a delight to have Deb Singleton come to Butterfield House last week and, through the wonders of technology, skype with our friends in Viqueque, East Timor. Thank you Deb for taking t...

What a delight to have Deb Singleton come to Butterfield House last week and, through the wonders of technology, the chance to Skype with our friends in Viqueque, East Timor.
Thank you Deb for taking the time to note these following highlights:

  • The three and four-year-old children understood that Viqueque, our buddy village in Timor-Leste, was in another country and that the children there spoke a different language. Children from Butterfield House wished the kindergarten kids in Viqueque a hearty “Bondia!” or “Good Morning!” during the video link last Friday.
  • The kindergarten children in Viqueque know the song “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands…” just like our Geelong students. So each group sang and danced for the other, via video link.
  • The children from Butterfield House took the Viqueque kids on a walk (via video link) down to the bush kindergarten site. Kangaroos bounded away just before the video could capture the moment. Maybe next time we will be quick enough to share our Australian wildlife with our Timorese friends.
  • The Viqueque kindergarten students then took our children on a walk to their playground. The Butterfield House children quickly spotted a slide and swings on the screen and made comments like: “They’ve got a slide just like us.” It was lovely for the inaugural video link to go so well and to witness the beautiful connections that children from Timor-Leste and Geelong have made. The session finished with cries of “Adeus!” on both sides of the webcams.

As a new campus on the Surf Coast, it is exciting to have Deb support us in building a new strand in the Christian College relationship to Viqueque. Already we have new staff eager to visit Viqueque, and children with a widening world view… a new connection has been created!

Special thanks to Deb Singleton, Timor Liaison Officer at CCG, and Louis Carpenter, our CCG IT Wizard, for bringing it all together.

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The students in the Year 9 Japanese class have been learning kanji. Kanji is most complicated of the three Japanese scripts (the other two are hiragana and katakana.) The students practis...

The students in the Year 9 Japanese class have been learning 'Kanji'.

Kanji is the most complicated of the three Japanese scripts (the other two are Hiragana and Katakana.) The students practised Kanji through Japanese brush calligraphy, 'Shodo'. By using calligraphy pens, the students wrote Kanji with a slow movement, following the stroke order and paying attention to detail and balance. They appreciated Kanji, not only as a writing system, but also as an art form.

The students selected their favourite Kanji characters and wrote them on the Mother’s Day cards that they created.

Yukiko Valent
Japanese Teacher

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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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The final product of my installation artwork was very exciting. I was overjoyed at the final result as it was nowhere near my group's first design. I was a little discouraged when my artw...

The final product of my installation artwork was very exciting. I was overjoyed at the final result, as it was nowhere near my group's first design. I was a little discouraged when my artwork broke or didn’t go to plan, but now that I look at it, it is amazing how much better it looks compared to how I had first imagined it to be. Being a part of a public art show was very rewarding for me. I was able to share what I had created with so many people and I was very proud to do so. One thing that surprised me about 'Geelong After Dark' was how many people were asking questions. I was amazed at the level of interest from the public in something that I had created. This made me extremely proud and made all of the hard work pay off. I would definitely do it all over again.

Charlotte Hunter, 9S.


The 'Geelong After Dark Art' exhibition was one of the best experiences of my life so far! It gave me so much extra confidence to speak to the public. But the best thing I took out of the night was getting to see all the different ways of presenting “the sound of light”, and being able to see their point of view. We created something incredible and getting to show that to the public and meet them was such an amazing experience. I think getting to see the smiles on their faces and how interested they were really warmed my heart. I felt very honored to be there and a part of that night!

Taylah Beard, 9S.

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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 excellen...

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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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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GISSA Netball Championships
The College congratulates the Senior A Girls Netball team captained by Madeline Vines on winning the Geelong Independent Schools Championships. The girls recor...

GISSA Netball Championships

The College congratulates the Senior A Girls Netball team, captained by Madeline Vines on winning the 'Geelong Independent Schools Championships'. The girls recorded a convincing 19-12 victory against St Ignatius College in the final.

In a tight Intermediate Final, Christian College lost by 1 goal, 12-13, to St Ignatius College.

All girls are to be commended on the manner in which they participated, and they now look forward to competing at the 'Victorian Schools Championships' during Term 3.

Each team at this event nominates a best player for the day. Congratulations to:

Senior A: Madeline Vines, Senior B: Caitlin Doran, Intermediate A: Briely Wight, Intermediate B: Matilda MacAdie

Mrs Renee Garing, Inter A Netball Coach

Geelong A&P Society Interschool Dressage

In challenging conditions at the Geelong Showgrounds, members of the Christian College Equestrian team competed at the 'Geelong A&P Society Dressage' event. This event is part of the Barwon Series Interschool.

We acknowledge the performances of all riders and congratulate the following competitors:

Sophie Taylor - Reserve Champion Intermediate Novice.

Eliza Bell - 3rd Overall Intermediate Novice.

Emily Fischer - 4th Overall Intermediate Novice.

Shanae Jenkinson - Reserve Champion Senior Preliminary.

Each rider contributes toward a team score. All riders are to be congratulated on the team placing second, just one point behind Geelong Grammar School.

GISSA Football Champions

After a four-year drought, the College Senior Football team has reclaimed the GISSA football title with victories over Kardinia International College and St Ignatius College.

The team move to the Quarter-Finals of the 'Herald Shield Country Cup' and play Trinity College Colac, with a date still to be confirmed.

We acknowledge all players within the team and congratulate the following players who played well very well throughout the two matches: Brydon Barnett, Chris Lever, Sam De Francesco, Christian Davis, Josh Crapper and AJ Wight.

Mr Fanning Senior (Coach)

 

After a disappointing 12-point loss to Kardinia International College, the Intermediate Boys team rebounded with a nail-biting two-point victory against St Ignatius College. The team now waits on the result between St Ignatius and Kardinia to see if they progress further.

Best players for the Intermediate Boys team over their two games were Rowan Gough, Ryson McHenry, Jack Leonard, Luke Potiriadis and Jeremy Wright.

Mr Andrew Richardson (Coach)

Motocross

The College congratulates all riders who participated at the 6th annual 'Interschool Dirt Bike Grass Track Competition' at Panmure in South West Victoria. A group of 10 Christian College riders attended, and we congratulate the following riders who placed in the top 3 in their sections:

Farm Bike up to 150 Section - 3rd Sam Wylie

125 Section - 1st Alexander Johns

250 Jnr A Section - 3rd Ivan Botha

All Under 250 Section - 2nd Alexander Johns

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The College congratulates Archie Hildebrandt on being selected to represent Team Vic at the 15 and under Schoolboys Australian Rules Football Carnival. We also congratulate Kade Leigh and...

The College congratulates Archie Hildebrandt on being selected to represent Team Vic at the 15-and-under Schoolboys Australian Rules Football Carnival.

We also congratulate Kade Leigh and Harry Bradbury, for the second year in a row, on their selection in the Team Vic 12-and-under Hockey team. Kade and Harry will compete at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide during December.

Selection for Team Vic is a long process, involving many trials and matches where an athlete needs to demonstrate a high level of performance.

Well done Archie, Kade and Harry!

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In the April school holidays a group of 10 tradies and teachers volunteered their time and services in Viqueque, Geelong’s sister village.
While in the community for the week, much was ac...

In the April school holidays, a group of 10 tradespeople and teachers volunteered their time and services in Viqueque, Geelong’s sister village.

While in the community for the week, much was accomplished. They were able to:

  • Install a rainwater tank, guttering and spouting. Even though the dry season was meant to have arrived, it poured with rain a few times so the tank is now full of water. The Prefect group who visit in July will benefit from this secure water supply.
  • Paint kindergarten playground equipment.
  • Repair a see-saw.
  • Put up bag hooks and clocks inside the kindergarten.
  • Run kindergarten training sessions for local teachers, focusing on music in their curriculum.
  • Local drums were made and funds donated from the Geelong Kindergarten Association covered this cost.
  • Many Bellarine community minded 'crafty hands' joined forces to make colourful bags to put the instruments in.
  • Parachutes were donated – and what a hoot they were! The primary school and kindergarten teachers and kids were delighted.
  • Other musical instruments were donated through the Christian College and local Bellarine community.
  • The art community in St Kilda were also right behind the kindergarten training workshops, and donated a suitcase full of powdered paints and glues. 
  • The kindergarten teachers were delighted with so many generous gifts, including the gift of ideas to maximise the students’ engagement and opportunities to play and paint.
  • The group visited all the schools that Christian College officially support, as well as other schools and kindergartens at the end of long pot-holed roads.
  • A highlight was being invited to the graduation ceremony of a group of local students who had attended more than six months of English tuition at the 'Community House'. The families cooked a feast for us to share after the ceremony. Proud mums and dads were there taking photos of their sons and daughters. It was a particularly humbling occasion because the volunteer teachers had the idea to run the classes and then followed through with the course themselves. Christian College can be proud of this community, Viqueque, who has leaders prepared to step up and initiate such programs, independent of any College involvement.

 

Obrigada Barak.
Thanks very much.

Deb Singleton 

File downloads:
What a delight to have Deb Singleton come to Butterfield House last week and, through the wonders of technology, skype with our friends in Viqueque, East Timor. Thank you Deb for taking t...

What a delight to have Deb Singleton come to Butterfield House last week and, through the wonders of technology, help us Skype with our friends in Viqueque, East Timor.
Thank you Deb for taking the time to note these following highlights:

  • The three and four-year-old children understood that Viqueque, our buddy village in Timor-Leste, was in another country and that the children there spoke a different language. Children from Butterfield House wished the kindergarten kids in Viqueque a hearty “Bondia!” or “Good Morning!” during the video link last Friday.
  • The kindergarten students in Viqueque know the song “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands…” just like our Geelong students. So each group sang and danced for the other, via video link.
  • The children from Butterfield House took the Viqueque kids on a walk (via video link) down to the 'Bush Kinder' site. Kangaroos bounded away just before the video could capture the moment. Maybe next time we will be quick enough to share our Australian wildlife with our Timorese friends.
  • The Viqueque kindergarten students then took our children on a walk to their playground. The Butterfield House children quickly spotted a slide and swings on the screen and made comments like: “They’ve got a slide just like us.” It was lovely for the inaugural video link to go so well and to witness the beautiful connections that children from Timor-Leste and Geelong have made. The session finished with cries of “Adeus!” on both sides of the webcams.

As a new campus on the Surf Coast, it is exciting to have Deb support us in building a new strand in the Christian College relationship to Viqueque. Already we have new staff eager to visit Viqueque, and children with a widening world view… a new connection has been created!

Special thanks to Deb Singleton, Timor Liaison Officer at CCG, and Louis Carpenter, our CCG IT Wizard, for bringing it all together.

File downloads:
GISSA Netball Championships
The College congratulates the Senior A Girls Netball team captained by Madeline Vines on winning the Geelong Independent Schools Championships. The girls recor...

GISSA Netball Championships

The College congratulates the Senior A Girls Netball team, captained by Madeline Vines on winning the 'Geelong Independent Schools Championships'. The girls recorded a convincing 19-12 victory against St Ignatius College in the final.

In a tight Intermediate Final, Christian College lost by 1 goal, 12-13, to St Ignatius College.

All girls are to be commended on the manner in which they participated, and they now look forward to competing at the 'Victorian Schools Championships' during Term 3.

Each team at this event nominates a best player for the day. Congratulations to:

Senior A: Madeline Vines, Senior B: Caitlin Doran, Intermediate A: Briely Wight, Intermediate B: Matilda MacAdie

Mrs Renee Garing, Inter A Netball Coach

Geelong A&P Society Interschool Dressage

In challenging conditions at the Geelong Showgrounds, members of the Christian College Equestrian team competed at the 'Geelong A&P Society Dressage' event. This event is part of the Barwon Series Interschool.

We acknowledge the performances of all riders and congratulate the following competitors:

Sophie Taylor - Reserve Champion Intermediate Novice.

Eliza Bell - 3rd Overall Intermediate Novice.

Emily Fischer - 4th Overall Intermediate Novice.

Shanae Jenkinson - Reserve Champion Senior Preliminary.

Each rider contributes toward a team score. All riders are to be congratulated on the team placing second, just one point behind Geelong Grammar School.

GISSA Football Champions

After a four-year drought, the College Senior Football team has reclaimed the GISSA football title with victories over Kardinia International College and St Ignatius College.

The team move to the Quarter-Finals of the 'Herald Shield Country Cup' and play Trinity College Colac, with a date still to be confirmed.

We acknowledge all players within the team and congratulate the following players who played well very well throughout the two matches: Brydon Barnett, Chris Lever, Sam De Francesco, Christian Davis, Josh Crapper and AJ Wight.

Mr Fanning Senior (Coach)

 

After a disappointing 12-point loss to Kardinia International College, the Intermediate Boys team rebounded with a nail-biting two-point victory against St Ignatius College. The team now waits on the result between St Ignatius and Kardinia to see if they progress further.

Best players for the Intermediate Boys team over their two games were Rowan Gough, Ryson McHenry, Jack Leonard, Luke Potiriadis and Jeremy Wright.

Mr Andrew Richardson (Coach)

Motocross

The College congratulates all riders who participated at the 6th annual 'Interschool Dirt Bike Grass Track Competition' at Panmure in South West Victoria. A group of 10 Christian College riders attended, and we congratulate the following riders who placed in the top 3 in their sections:

Farm Bike up to 150 Section - 3rd Sam Wylie

125 Section - 1st Alexander Johns

250 Jnr A Section - 3rd Ivan Botha

All Under 250 Section - 2nd Alexander Johns

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The College congratulates Archie Hildebrandt on being selected to represent Team Vic at the 15 and under Schoolboys Australian Rules Football Carnival. We also congratulate Kade Leigh and...

The College congratulates Archie Hildebrandt on being selected to represent 'Team Vic' at the 15-and-under Schoolboys Australian Rules Football Carnival.

We also congratulate Kade Leigh and Harry Bradbury, for the second year in a row, on their selection in the Team Vic 12-and-under Hockey team. Kade and Harry will compete at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide during December.

Selection for Team Vic is a long process, involving many trials and matches where an athlete needs to demonstrate a high level of performance. Well done Archie, Kade and Harry!

File downloads:
In the April school holidays a group of 10 tradies and teachers volunteered their time and services in Viqueque, Geelong’s sister village.
While in the community for the week, much was ac...

In the April school holidays, a group of 10 tradespeople and teachers volunteered their time and services in Viqueque, Geelong’s sister village.

While in the community for the week, much was accomplished. They were able to:

  • Install a rainwater tank, guttering and spouting. Even though the dry season was meant to have arrived, it poured with rain a few times so the tank is now full of water. The Prefect group who visit in July will benefit from this secure water supply.
  • Paint kindergarten playground equipment.
  • Repair a see-saw.
  • Put up bag hooks and clocks inside the kindergarten.
  • Run kindergarten training sessions for local teachers, focusing on music in their curriculum.
  • Local drums were made and funds donated from the Geelong Kindergarten Association covered this cost.
  • Many Bellarine community minded 'crafty hands' joined forces to make colourful bags to put the instruments in.
  • Parachutes were donated – and what a hoot they were! The primary school and kindergarten teachers and kids were delighted.
  • Other musical instruments were donated through the Christian College and local Bellarine community.
  • The art community in St Kilda were also right behind the kindergarten training workshops, and donated a suitcase full of powdered paints and glues. 
  • The kindergarten teachers were delighted with so many generous gifts, including the gift of ideas to maximise the students’ engagement and opportunities to play and paint.
  • The group visited all the schools that Christian College officially support, as well as other schools and kindergartens at the end of long pot-holed roads.
  • A highlight was being invited to the graduation ceremony of a group of local students who had attended more than six months of English tuition at the 'Community House'. The families cooked a feast for us to share after the ceremony. Proud mums and dads were there taking photos of their sons and daughters. It was a particularly humbling occasion because the volunteer teachers had the idea to run the classes and then followed through with the course themselves. Christian College can be proud of this community, Viqueque, who has leaders prepared to step up and initiate such programs, independent of any College involvement.

 

Obrigada Barak.
Thanks very much.

Deb Singleton 

File downloads:
What a delight to have Deb Singleton come to Butterfield House last week and, through the wonders of technology, skype with our friends in Viqueque, East Timor. Thank you Deb for taking t...

What a delight to have Deb Singleton come to Butterfield House last week and, through the wonders of technology, help us Skype with our friends in Viqueque, East Timor.
Thank you Deb for taking the time to note these following highlights:

  • The three and four-year-old children understood that Viqueque, our buddy village in Timor-Leste, was in another country and that the children there spoke a different language. Children from Butterfield House wished the kindergarten kids in Viqueque a hearty “Bondia!” or “Good Morning!” during the video link last Friday.
  • The kindergarten children in Viqueque know the song “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands…” just like our Geelong students. So each group sang and danced for the other, via video link.
  • The children from Butterfield House took the Viqueque kids on a walk (via video link) down to the 'Bush Kinder' site. Kangaroos bounded away just before the video could capture the moment. Maybe next time we will be quick enough to share our Australian wildlife with our Timorese friends.
  • The Viqueque kindergarten students then took our children on a walk to their playground. The Butterfield House children quickly spotted a slide and swings on the screen and made comments like: “They’ve got a slide just like us.” It was lovely for the inaugural video link to go so well and to witness the beautiful connections that children from Timor-Leste and Geelong had made. The session finished with cries of “Adeus!” on both sides of the webcams.

As a new campus on the Surf Coast, it is exciting to have Deb support us in building a new strand in the Christian College relationship to Viqueque. Already we have new staff eager to visit Viqueque, and children with a widening world view… a new connection has been created!

Special thanks to Deb Singleton, Timor Liaison Officer at CCG and Louis Carpenter, our CCG IT Wizard, for bringing it all together.

File downloads:
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