Last term we had a visit from the creator of MYTERN, Dr. Jane Foster, to work with the leadership team, as well as a group of students from our Middle Schools. This workshop provided a fo...

Last term we had a visit from the creator of MYTERN, Dr. Jane Foster, to work with the leadership team, as well as a group of students from our Middle Schools. This workshop provided a forum to discuss ways that we can further encourage and support each other to make use of the MYTERN language and explore the benefits of taking responsibility for our own emotions.

In our community, the prevalence of and challenges associated with mental health, anxiety and depression, mean it is vital for us all to be seeking ways to develop greater resiliency and to look after our emotional well-being.

Some of the feedback we gained from engaging with the students about how we might connect more readily with MYTERN suggested improved use of social media. As a result, Dr. Foster has recently created an Instagram account and improved her Facebook page with the addition of a few short video clips.  www.facebook.com/myterncity

You might also wish to visit the website, www.myterncity.com.au to subscribe to receive the daily SMS message or to download the App. To receive free access to these resources the code for Christian College families are as follows: MYTERN App is CCG2017 and the SMS direct to the phone is MYTERNCCG.

The value of MYTERN and the support that it offers was evident to the College staff during our Commencement Service that was led and presented by the Junior School Student Leaders from Belmont at the start of this term. The students involved clearly shared how they understood the fact that God was our partner on our journey through life and that we can prepare ourselves for the Red (rough) roads and enjoy the Green (Smooth) roads knowing that we can choose how we respond to the potholes or challenges that come our way.

I am grateful to the families that came to hear Dr. Foster speak at the information session and especially grateful to the students and staff in each of our Middle Schools that are championing MYTERN and encouraging others to make connections with the language.

Whatever road you find yourself on today, I encourage you to be gentle with yourself.

Take care,
Glen McKeeman
Principal

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Last term we had a visit from the creator of MYTERN, Dr. Jane Foster, to work with the leadership team, as well as a group of students from our Middle Schools. This workshop provided a fo...

Last term we had a visit from the creator of MYTERN, Dr. Jane Foster, to work with the leadership team, as well as a group of students from our Middle Schools. This workshop provided a forum to discuss ways that we can further encourage and support each other to make use of the MYTERN language and explore the benefits of taking responsibility for our own emotions.

In our community, the prevalence of and challenges associated with mental health, anxiety and depression, mean it is vital for us all to be seeking ways to develop greater resiliency and to look after our emotional well-being.

Some of the feedback we gained from engaging with the students about how we might connect more readily with MYTERN suggested improved use of social media. As a result, Dr. Foster has recently created an Instagram account and improved her Facebook page with the addition of a few short video clips.  www.facebook.com/myterncity

You might also wish to visit the website, www.myterncity.com.au to subscribe to receive the daily SMS message or to download the App. To receive free access to these resources the code for Christian College families are as follows: MYTERN App is CCG2017 and the SMS direct to the phone is MYTERNCCG.

The value of MYTERN and the support that it offers was evident to the College staff during our Commencement Service that was led and presented by the Junior School Student Leaders from Belmont at the start of this term. The students involved clearly shared how they understood the fact that God was our partner on our journey through life and that we can prepare ourselves for the Red (rough) roads and enjoy the Green (Smooth) roads knowing that we can choose how we respond to the potholes or challenges that come our way.

I am grateful to the families that came to hear Dr. Foster speak at the information session and especially grateful to the students and staff in each of our Middle Schools that are championing MYTERN and encouraging others to make connections with the language.

Whatever road you find yourself on today, I encourage you to be gentle with yourself.

Take care,
Glen McKeeman
Principal

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Last term we had a visit from the creator of MYTERN, Dr. Jane Foster, to work with the leadership team, as well as a group of students from our Middle Schools. This workshop provided a fo...

Last term we had a visit from the creator of MYTERN, Dr. Jane Foster, to work with the leadership team, as well as a group of students from our Middle Schools. This workshop provided a forum to discuss ways that we can further encourage and support each other to make use of the MYTERN language and explore the benefits of taking responsibility for our own emotions.

In our community, the prevalence of and challenges associated with mental health, anxiety and depression, mean it is vital for us all to be seeking ways to develop greater resiliency and to look after our emotional well-being.

Some of the feedback we gained from engaging with the students about how we might connect more readily with MYTERN suggested improved use of social media. As a result, Dr. Foster has recently created an Instagram account and improved her Facebook page with the addition of a few short video clips.  www.facebook.com/myterncity

You might also wish to visit the website, www.myterncity.com.au to subscribe to receive the daily SMS message or to download the App. To receive free access to these resources the code for Christian College families are as follows: MYTERN App is CCG2017 and the SMS direct to the phone is MYTERNCCG.

The value of MYTERN and the support that it offers was evident to the College staff during our Commencement Service that was led and presented by the Junior School Student Leaders from Belmont at the start of this term. The students involved clearly shared how they understood the fact that God was our partner on our journey through life and that we can prepare ourselves for the Red (rough) roads and enjoy the Green (Smooth) roads knowing that we can choose how we respond to the potholes or challenges that come our way.

I am grateful to the families that came to hear Dr. Foster speak at the information session and especially grateful to the students and staff in each of our Middle Schools that are championing MYTERN and encouraging others to make connections with the language.

Whatever road you find yourself on today, I encourage you to be gentle with yourself.

Take care,
Glen McKeeman
Principal

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Last term we had a visit from the creator of MYTERN, Dr. Jane Foster, to work with the leadership team, as well as a group of students from our Middle Schools. This workshop provided a fo...

Last term we had a visit from the creator of MYTERN, Dr. Jane Foster, to work with the leadership team, as well as a group of students from our Middle Schools. This workshop provided a forum to discuss ways that we can further encourage and support each other to make use of the MYTERN language and explore the benefits of taking responsibility for our own emotions.

In our community, the prevalence of and challenges associated with mental health, anxiety and depression, mean it is vital for us all to be seeking ways to develop greater resiliency and to look after our emotional well-being.

Some of the feedback we gained from engaging with the students about how we might connect more readily with MYTERN suggested improved use of social media. As a result, Dr. Foster has recently created an Instagram account and improved her Facebook page with the addition of a few short video clips.  www.facebook.com/myterncity

You might also wish to visit the website, www.myterncity.com.au to subscribe to receive the daily SMS message or to download the App. To receive free access to these resources the code for Christian College families are as follows: MYTERN App is CCG2017 and the SMS direct to the phone is MYTERNCCG.

The value of MYTERN and the support that it offers was evident to the College staff during our Commencement Service that was led and presented by the Junior School Student Leaders from Belmont at the start of this term. The students involved clearly shared how they understood the fact that God was our partner on our journey through life and that we can prepare ourselves for the Red (rough) roads and enjoy the Green (Smooth) roads knowing that we can choose how we respond to the potholes or challenges that come our way.

I am grateful to the families that came to hear Dr. Foster speak at the information session and especially grateful to the students and staff in each of our Middle Schools that are championing MYTERN and encouraging others to make connections with the language.

Whatever road you find yourself on today, I encourage you to be gentle with yourself.

Take care,
Glen McKeeman
Principal

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In our assembly on Tuesday, we will have the opportunity to listen to our beautiful Junior School Strings performance as well as come together, as community, to reflect on the significanc...

In our assembly on Tuesday, we will have the opportunity to listen to our beautiful Junior School Strings performance, as well as come together as a community to reflect on the significance of Reconciliation Week.  Parents and friends are warmly invited to attend.

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Encouragement
A little boy begged his dad to come outside and play catch with him.
He said to his father,
“I’ll throw the ball and you say, “Wonderful!””
Are you smiling at the scene? I...

A little boy begged his dad to come outside and play catch with him.

He said to his father: “I’ll throw the ball, and you say, 'Wonderful!””

Are you smiling at the scene? I was when I read that story. My own children have said similar things to me before. To be absolutely honest with you, I’ve said similar things. It’s not just children that need encouragement. We all need affirmation and approval. We all need someone who will stand beside us and tell us that we are doing OK. Someone who believes in us. Someone who will encourage us.

As parents, we have so many opportunities each day to say, “wonderful!” to our children. We need to be lavish with our encouragement. We should always be on the lookout for times to say, “well done!” If your child has completed a task to the best of their ability, encourage them with what they have achieved - even if it is not necessarily the outcome you had in mind. Next time they will try harder, knowing how pleased you are at their attempt.

The word ‘encouragement’ means ‘to fill with courage’. In the book of Job it says “Your words have supported those who stumbles; you have strengthened faltering knees.” (Job 4:3, 4 NIV)

A few simple words can inject courage and strength into a broken heart. We pray you will be filled with words of encouragement this week.

Blessings to you all.

Naomi and Chappy

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Get to know anxiety
Hi All,
Thought I would touch on a topic that may be relevant to us all,
Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four peopl...

Get To Know Anxiety

Hi All,

I thought I would touch on a topic that may be relevant to us all: anxiety.

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety. Anxiety is common, but the sooner people with anxiety get help, the more likely they are to recover.

What causes anxiety?

It’s often a combination of factors that can lead to a person developing anxiety.

* Family history of mental health problems: People who experience anxiety often have a history of mental health problems in their family. However, this doesn’t mean that a person will automatically develop anxiety if a parent or close relative has had a mental health condition.

* Stressful life events: Stressful events can also trigger symptoms of anxiety. Common triggers include: job stress or changing jobs, change in living arrangements, pregnancy and giving birth, family and relationship problems, experiencing a major emotional shock following a stressful or traumatic event, experiencing verbal, sexual, physical or emotional abuse or trauma, and death or loss of a loved one.

* Physical health problems: Continuing physical illness can also trigger anxiety or complicate the treatment of the anxiety or the physical illness itself. Common conditions that can do this include: hormonal problems (e.g. overactive thyroid), diabetes, asthma and heart disease. If there is concern about any of these conditions, ask a doctor for medical tests to rule out a medical cause for the feelings of anxiety.

Please also be assured of our support here at Christian College. If you would like to have a chat about anxiety, or related areas that are relevant to yourself, please don’t hesitate to organise a time to chat.

Take care.

Gary Crole
Chaplain - Bellarine Campus.

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I was privileged to attend the recent ‘Our World’ trip to Central Australia with 19 remarkable Year 10 students.

Led by Cassidy Hurrell and supported by Darcy Pearson and Greg Mather, this trip provided our students with the opportunity to see some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes and, most significantly, engage with the Finke community.

The ‘Our World’ program allows students to explore and analyse the current issues confronting Australia’s Indigenous people. It also provides them with an understanding of the causes of different living standards and the impact of poverty. The range of well-being dimensions associated with poverty that students examine include life expectancy, as well as key health and educational indicators.

Over the 10 days, our students took in some breathtaking sights of Uluru and Kata-Tjuta. They learnt firsthand about the history and culture of the local Anangu people. They read about many of the traditional stories, rituals, ceremonies and songs passed down from generation to generation, while reflecting upon the traditional way of life prior to European colonisation.

The most poignant legacy of the trip that students take away with them is the strong friendships with their buddies from the Aputula Primary School. Our Year 10’s confidently led sporting activities with the younger students, dug for honey ants, and played both football and softball with some very talented men and woman from the community. Our final evening in Finke was marked by a BBQ that involved all of our students helping to prepare and serve food for the whole community at the conclusion of our stay.

As a Year 10 Coordinator, I could not have been more proud of our Year 10 students who participated in the Our World trip. As educators, Glen McKeeman often speaks of ‘good work’, and the need for our students to be involved in work that is excellent in quality, socially responsible and meaningful. There is no denying that I witnessed ‘good work’ from our students whilst in the community of Finke.

This ‘good work’ by our students was evident in so many facets of the trip, in particular: the relationships they built with young primary school students and community elders; the thoughtful questions they posed to healthcare workers and educators within the community; and the insightful reflective comments and discussions around the campfire. They embraced opportunities, developed resilience, overcame obstacles and did so with a caring heart and willing spirit.

I know I speak on behalf of both the students and parents involved in the 'Our World' program when I offer my sincere thanks and appreciation for the work of Cassidy Hurrell in providing such tremendous, life-changing experiences in the 'Our World' program. His work and dedication to this program is incredible, in that it allows our students to make a tangible and personal difference to Our World. He works incredibly hard behind the scenes to make study trips like this happen, and we are blessed to have him as a member of our Christian College community. 

God Bless

Kim Doherty

Geography Teacher

 

 

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Last Friday was the 15th anniversary of the restoration of independence for East Timor. The City of Greater Geelong annually host a flag raising ceremony, acknowledging the city’s bond wi...

Last Friday was the 15th Anniversary of the restoration of independence for East Timor.

The City of Greater Geelong annually host a flag-raising ceremony, acknowledging the city’s bond with Viqueque. Christian College was invited to provide the guest speaker for the event. Four Prefects, Montana Jones, Millie Lowe, Cian Foster and Ronen Jafari, spoke about their impressions, experiences and memories of their trip to East Timor six months ago, as part of their 'Our World' course in Year 11.

Montana focused on the unique story that started the College’s relationship with our close friends in Viqueque. Howard Williams, the inaugural Chairperson of the College, wanted to send dairy cows to East Timor as a gesture of good will and friendship. That was in 2004. Now students studying Our World (Global Politics) in Year 11 have the opportunity to visit Viqueque and experience for themselves the wonderful connections the College has made there. Many students would already remember Samuel, who worked at Senior School in Term 3 last year. He is the coordinator of our 'Friendship House' in Viqueque, and students could renew his acquaintance in 2018!

Millie spoke of the different projects that Christian College has supported over the years. Two primary schools have been built, a toilet block, wells, building maintenance, playground set up and repairs, scholarships to universities in Dili, teacher training and mentoring (in Timor-Leste and Geelong) and countless hours put into preparations “back home”.

Cian shared the joys, practicalities and pitfalls of running micro-teaching activities with Timorese students of all ages. It was helpful for Geelong students in the audience to learn about this, as some of them are preparing to go to Viqueque later this year and try similar activities.

Ronen fielded many interesting questions and responded sensitively and wisely. The group should be congratulated on representing themselves and the College so well. They were personally thanked by the organisers of the day, and were quizzed further during a very pleasant light luncheon at City Hall.

Cian and Ronen were asked to process with the Australian and Timorese flags during the ceremony at City Hall. They acquitted themselves and rose to the occasion beautifully.

One of our photos features Mark Leigh, the Police Captain who led the first policing group under the United Nations in Timor-Leste after 1999. He designed a curriclum and recruited police officers from around the country for training as the nation rebuilt itself.

We look forward to heading back to our friends in Viqueque in July.

Deb Singleton

East Timor Liaison Officer

    

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This week we had our second Instrumental Music Evening to celebrate the hard work of our dedicated music students.
26 students showcased their talent and dedication to their instruments i...

This week we had our second Instrumental Music Evening to celebrate the hard work of our dedicated music students.

A group of 26 students showcased their talent and dedication to their instruments in front of parents and staff – and the feedback from the community was certainly glowing! The students ranging from Year 1 to Year 9 should be incredibly proud of their achievements this week. 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 themselves so well. 

Sharon Kelly
Music Teacher and Instrumental Coordinator

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In 2016, then Year 6 student Chloe Lamb raised awareness of Autism within the Highton Middle School Campus. AS part of Chloe’s action she spoke to the staff along with different student b...

In 2016, then Year 6 student, Chloe Lamb raised awareness of Autism within the Highton Middle School Campus. As part of Chloe’s action, she spoke to the staff, different student bodies and ran a fundraiser for the 'Amaze' (the peak body for people on the autism spectrum.)

In recognition of Chloe’s actions in raising awareness, an article has been written in the Amaze quarterly magazine- ‘eSpectrum':

http://www.amaze.org.au/2017/05/sister-acts-for-autism-awareness-chloes-story/

Great job Chloe!

 

 

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Year 4 students have been learning about forces in their Integrated Studies unit – May The Force be With You. They have been using the BLP muscles of ‘collaboration’ and ‘questioning’ to ...

Year 4 students have been learning about forces in their Integrated Studies unit, 'May The Force be With You'.

They have been using the BLP muscles of ‘collaboration’ and ‘questioning’ to conduct experiments and hypothesize on their theories of how thrust helps objects to move. Below are some students creating balloon rockets to explore how the size and amount of air inside a balloon affects the time and distance they travel.

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On Thursday, 1st June, Arthur Reed photos will be at Junior School from 9:00am. All students are to wear their full winter uniform. Those students who would normally have Phys Ed or Sport...

On Thursday, 1st June, Arthur Reed Photos will be at Junior School from 9am.

All students are to wear their full winter uniform. Those students who would normally have Phys Ed or Sport on this day are asked to bring their runners to school. The Phys Ed lesson will be planned with this in mind.

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Middle School Highton has been a keen distributor of the Entertainment Book for over 10 years, raising much-needed funds for Christian College’s East Timor projects.
In 2016, Middle Schoo...

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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What is the capacity, mass and length of your drink bottle?
The Year 3 students have been busy exploring various forms of measurement. They have been challenging their thinking by estimat...

What is the capacity, mass and length of your drink bottle?

The Year 3 students have been busy exploring various forms of measurement.They have been challenging their thinking by estimating the mass, capacity and length of a range of objects, then comparing their accuracy by measuring the object. The weekend could be a good opportunity for the students to apply their skills by measuring out butter, sugar and milk to hopefully produce some well-balanced and flavoured recipes.

The students have been making links by recognising that the mass of objects can be interchangeable as either kilograms or grams. There was great debate over the average weight of a bicycle, with most of the students predicting a higher than 15kg mass. Parents may need to watch their scales carefully for all the mythbusters out there!

Sapphire Main
Year 3 Teacher

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Year 11 Australian History and Legal Studies students recently spent 3 days in Canberra. From a historical perspective our time spent at the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum a...

Year 11 Australian History and Legal Studies students recently spent three days in Canberra.

From a historical perspective, our time spent at the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum and the National Gallery allowed students to not only read, but truly value and appreciate the story of our nation and of those who have fought to preserve the way of life we have today. Seeing our legal and political systems in operation, through both Parliament House and the High Court, were perhaps opportunities that our students may not have otherwise seen our democracy in action. Time spent in Parliament, in the first sitting after the Budget was handed down, truly allowed us to see our political representatives pursuing their opinions with rigour and vitality!

Here are some student reflections:

"The Canberra trip really fueled my love for politics and law, and gave me such a great insight into the workings of the legal system in Australia." – Tayla Robinson

"Canberra was a great insight into the past of Australia, looking at the joy and adversity we had to face as a nation." – Cameron Ritchie

"Personally, my favourite place was definitely Parliament House. I have been interested in Politics for as long as I can remember, and being able to witness our government during question time was something really surreal for me. Also being fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet both Sarah Henderson and Julie Bishop. It was by far my favourite school trip I have ever attended, and it was truly a great experience." – Jude Cudmore

Mrs Robyn Smith

Legal Studies Teacher

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A very big thank you to everyone for their generosity in supporting our Casual Dress Day and sale of wrist bands and craft items in aid of East Timor. We raised a total of $833.60 which w...

A very big thank you to everyone for their generosity in supporting our Casual Dress Day and sale of wristbands and craft items in aid of East Timor.

We raised a total of $833.60, which will go towards support of enhancing the water supply and other facilities at the community school in Viqueque.

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The Year 4 students have been learning all about procedural writing in Literacy this week.  The different features and types of procedural writing and the importance of steps being in seq...

The Year 4 students have been learning all about procedural writing in Literacy this week - the different features and types of procedural writing, and the importance of steps being in sequential order. 

On Thursday morning, as a part of their learning, they undertook some cooking following two yummy recipes; honey joys and chocolate truffles. After they cooked up these delicious treats, they got to share them with their Prep buddies. It was a fun morning had by all.

Emma Ford and Jonathan Maddock

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On Friday 19th May Year 10 students were given the opportunity to attend the Science and Engineering Challenge at the CADET Centre at Deakin University. It was brilliant, students were ab...

On Friday, 19th May, Year 10 students were given the opportunity to attend the Science and Engineering Challenge at the CADET Centre at Deakin University.

It was brilliant. Students were able to experience working in engineering labs and find out more about engineering courses offered at Deakin. The students were involved in activities such as building catapults, bionic hands and the classic balsa wood bridge. As the day progressed, students designed, built and modified their models to make them more efficient and effective.

Credit to all our students for never giving up on their allocated tasks. We placed third on the day, out of seven schools from our region. At the end of the day, we were also invited to visit the high voltage labs where we viewed a high voltage display of lightning produced by tesla coils to the Star Wars soundtrack.

Our thanks to Deakin University and University of Newcastle for such a great experience.

John Tiglias

Mathematics and Science Teacher

 

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‘Wellness Wednesday’ has been a new initiative in the Year 5 devotion program this year with the aim to instil in our students a strong sense of their value in God, how we ought to love a...

‘Wellness Wednesday’ has been a new initiative in the Year 5 devotion program this year, with the aim to instil in our students a strong sense of their value in God, how we ought to love and treat others, and to equip them with practical social and emotional tools.

For three weeks, ‘Wellness Wednesday’ takes on a specific topic, with the current rotation looking at the ‘power of words’. Each Wednesday, the homeroom group rotates through the three homeroom teachers. Mrs Brame works with the students to explore and unpack the topic. Mr Kehler looks at the Biblical applications of the topic, and Mrs Lowe practises role plays with small groups. Naomi Gibbons, our Chaplain, also supports our students and homeroom teachers on these days, working with smaller focus groups.

Using the acronym T.H.I.N.K for this rotation, students have been learning about the positive and negative affects words can have on themselves and each other. Students have been challenged to reflect on whether their words are True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind (T.H.I.N.K).

 

Mrs Brame

Year 5 Coordinator

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One of the many opportunities extended to our Year 7 students is the ‘7 for 7’ program. This is an optional and student-driven program where students are encouraged to engage in a variety...

One of the many opportunities extended to our Year 7 students is the ‘7 for 7’ program. This is an optional and student-driven program where students are encouraged to engage in a variety of extra-curricular activities to serve their community, promote personal development and to cultivate leadership.

The title ‘7 for 7’ originated out of the idea that students could choose to involve themselves in ‘7 activities for Year 7 development’.

The program is run over Term 2 and 3 where highlights are shared in year level assemblies to inspire others and maintain momentum. At the conclusion of the program, those students who have participated and reached the goal of 7 activities across the categories, receive a lapel badge in recognition of their involvement. 

Student initiative has been impressive so far, currently, we already have a handful of students already on track to receive a silver medallion when they participate in the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal this Sunday. Other students have already achieved a bronze medallion through acts of service such as baby sitting, helping out with the housework and leading class devotions.

We look forward to seeing the impact this program continues to have on our students and their communities into the coming term.

 

Mrs Michelle Williams

Year 7 Coordinator

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This term, students from Bellarine Junior School classes have already been very busy in ICT.  Students in Year 1 and 2 have taken time to look back on photos of their life journey. They h...

This term, students in Bellarine Junior School classes have been very busy in ICT.  

Students in Year 1 and 2 have taken time to look back on photos of their life journey. They have started to explore ways of saving these digital images and the importance of appropriate naming of files and folders for storage.

Working in collaboration with myself and their classroom teachers, students are producing a digital photo album of their life journey so far, through the use of PowerPoint. They are learning how to open, save and close programs, as well as how to troubleshoot and problem solve small issues that arise with the use of technology. The children are adding slides of their photos in chronological order for the target audience of another family member.  

We look forward to sharing these with you as they are completed.

Tom Hartley
ICT Teacher

 

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Could all parents please ensure that students use the designated school crossing before and after school. We have had several near misses where children have stepped between the buses to ...

Could all parents please ensure that students use the designated school crossing before and after school.

We have had dangerous situations arise where children have crossed the road outside the designated area in order to meet their parents on the other side. Please remind your children to walk to the supervised crossing in order to cross the road. We ask for your cooperation with this very important safety matter.

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Year 10 Drama students recently participated in the Take Over GPAC performance festival. The students were required to devise and perform a piece that explored big global ideas and our st...

Year 10 Drama students recently participated in the 'Take Over GPAC' performance festival.

The students were required to devise and perform a piece that explored big global ideas and our students created two short plays on the theme of 'gender equality'. The students collaborated very effectively to develop these two original and challenging pieces of theatre, and they all performed very confidently on the night.

It was a great opportunity for our students to share their work with Drama students from other schools, and to see how the theme was interpreted by other young actors.

Mandy Calderwood

Head of Drama

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Christine Adam is taking four weeks of well-earned Long Service Leave later this term, and the first week of next term (12th June to 21st July).

In her absence, Ms Jennifer Beck Carlson will be taking the 2G classroom role, and Ms Carrie Johns will be taking the Prep to Year 2 Art classes. Parents seeking assistance from the Year 1/2 Year Level Coordinator should direct their enquiry to Mrs Anna Daley during this time.

We wish Christine a beautiful, restful break and thank Jennifer, Carrie and Anna for assisting in covering the respective roles.

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On Tuesday May 30 class and individual portrait photographs will be taken by Arthur Read Photography. There will be no practical Physical Education lessons on this day.
A small number o...

 

On Tuesday May 30 class and individual portrait photographs will be taken by Arthur Read Photography. There will be no practical Physical Education lessons on this day.

A small number of Year 5 & 6 students are attending the Division Cross Country. The classes impacted have their photos scheduled for early afternoon, allowing time for the runners to return to school and be fully dressed in the Winter Uniform.

We ask that parents ensure their child is dressed neatly and in full Winter Uniform for the photographs.

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Last week, Year 9 Outdoor and Environmental Studies students travelled to Wilson’s Promontory for a two night bushwalk. The students are studying the local ecosystems, historical and cont...

Last week, Year 9 Outdoor and Environmental Studies students travelled to Wilsons Promontory for a two-night bushwalk.

The students are studying the local ecosystems, historical and contemporary uses for natural environments, as well as how to prepare well for wilderness expeditions. We were blessed with exceptional weather, and all three groups experienced the sense of achievement, carrying heavy packs for 39km to witness some spectacular sights - along with the challenges of self-sufficient camping. The group were pushed outside of their collective comfort zones, and relied on a mix of determination, resourcefulness, and perseverance.

Mr Watson’s night hikers continued late into the first evening, to be rewarded with some quality time the following morning exploring Refuge Cove, and learning about the indigenous history with thanks to Kelly. Miss Scott’s group walked into Little Waterloo Bay on Wednesday night to see the sun setting on the white sand beaches, and enjoyed some funny chats around the cooking circle. Mr Wright’s group were relieved to cross through Sealer’s Creek relatively dry, and then on the last morning were greeted with a stunning sunrise.

Tim Wright
Outdoor Education Teacher

 

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Geelong VCAL teachers and members from Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network (GRLLEN) met at Christian College this week to collaborate by sharing experiences, information ...

Geelong VCAL teachers and members from Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network (GRLLEN) met at Christian College this week to collaborate by sharing experiences, information and resources related to VCAL and Structured Workplace Learning.

It was also an opportunity for us to display and discuss our VCAL Community Bus Project – BORIS.

Kerryn Fearnsides

VET/VCAL Coordinator

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Ashton Scholastic Book Club orders: Issue 4 have been distributed and should be returned to school by Friday, 2nd June 2017. We would ask that all orders are sent to school by this due da...

Ashton Scholastic Book Club orders: Issue 4 have been distributed and should be returned to school by Friday, 2nd June. We would ask that all orders are sent to school by this due date, as late orders delay the collation and distribution of the children’s books.

Also, could all payments please be either cheque or credit card payments.

Cheque – made payable to Ashton Scholastic.

Credit card – payment can be made by phone (Automated free call 1800 557 908) or online. For the online option, please follow the prompts for 'Parent Payments' on the Ashton Scholastic site at www.scholastic.com.au/. As you follow the prompts, you will be given a receipt number, which will need to be recorded and returned together with your child's order form. 

At present, our school is not using the 'Loop' (Linking online payments and cash) option. Please do not send cash.

Thank you for your assistance and for your support of the Book Club.

 

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Year 11 Leyton Little
When I finish school, I want to go into the family circus business. I am studying Certificate II in Engineering “Fabrication” which will give me the welding knowledg...

Year 11 Leyton Little

When I finish school, I want to go into the family circus business. I am studying Certificate II in Engineering “Fabrication”, which will give me the welding knowledge and skills that I need. VET has helped me at my work placement by making it easier to find the right tools and machinery for the job. Highlights of my work placement are being able to go out to 'real work', as well as build new friendships. It is different each week. Right now we are installing six-metre long steel beams into the ground at the Geelong Woodchip Plant. I now know that welding is not all about the welding. Before welding it all together, you need to measure the steel, cut it at the right length and then clean it. I think that if you are thinking of doing a trade, and wanting more hands-on work, then this is the perfect pathway.

Year 11 Charli Williams

My chosen career path is in the Sport and Recreation Industry. As part of my VCAL, I am undertaking a School Based Traineeship and studying Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation through the Victorian Fitness Academy (VFA). I think that the Sport and Fitness Industry is a great career pathway, as it offers many opportunities such as teaching or coaching. I enjoy working with primary school children at my work placement at Christian College Bellarine Campus. It is amazing to watch the children interact socially, and to see how they deal with conflict. I love seeing the children mature over time and progress into young people with varying personalities and traits. I spend my workday in classes ranging from Prep to Year 4. I assist teachers by setting up equipment for the lesson ahead or preparing games for the children. I record information, or may teach a group of students. Being a support to them in any way is the biggest highlight to me. My advice to anyone considering VCAL, VET or an SBAT is to follow the pathway that is best for you.

Kerryn Fearnsides

VET/VCAL Coordinator

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Ella Jackman in Year 9 at Bellarine, competed with her team at the Victorian State Finals of Sport Aerobics (FISAF) last Saturday. They have qualified for the Nationals in Queensland at t...

Ella Jackman, from Year 9 at our Campus, competed with her team at the Victorian State Finals of Sport Aerobics (FISAF) last Saturday.

They have qualified for the Nationals in Queensland at the end of July. This is a huge achievement, especially as Ella retired from high level Gymnastics at the end of Year 8 and this is her first year as a Sport Aerobic athlete. 

Congratulations to Ella and best wishes to the team in July.

Deb Singleton
Year 9 Homeroom 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 Year 7 Food Technology class made a variety of delicious muffins for our Middle School Pop Up Café on Wednesday this week. As part of a design brief assessment task, the students’ res...

The Year 7 Food Technology class made a variety of delicious muffins for our Middle School 'Pop Up Café' on Wednesday.

As part of a design brief assessment task, the students researched fresh, seasonal produce, created their own design, tested and trialed, made appropriate choices, calculated and costed bulk quantities, and prepared and presented their food extremely well - demonstrating fantastic teamwork. The Café opened at lunchtime, and we were lucky enough to have a group of talented Year 5 musicians playing various instruments alongside us, which really added to the atmosphere whilst students mingled and enjoyed their muffins.

Sally Gray
Food Technology Teacher

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'How to get a job that doesn't exist yet'. 
The world of work is changing – and some jobs are changing faster than others. According to the latest research, soon we'll only be as good as ...

How to get a job that doesn't exist yet

The world of work is changing – and some jobs are changing faster than others. According to the latest research, we will soon only be as good as the skills we possess. But which skills are they, and how can we make sure we keep pace?

To get an idea of what challenges lie ahead, and the tools needed to tackle them, the World Economic Forum asked a selection of career experts and CEOs and that age-old question.

The attached article suggests some interesting thoughts on this.  

 

Weekly Career News

Click here for the current edition of the Weekly Career News. 

 

This weeks topics are: 

  • Key websites for trades and further technical study.
  • Would you like to undertake work experience in the construction industry? You will need to obtain a 'White Card’. 
  • Urban Futures competition. 
  • Heywire Media competition for young people.
  • University early-entry programs at Australian Catholic University, University of New England and La Trobe University. 
  • Meet RMIT students studying Aerospace Engineering and Business.
  • Into the outdoors? Win an adventure pack from the University of Tasmania.
  • New teaching and learning model at Victoria University to start in 2018.
  • UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing - Enter now!
  • Finance Services Careers.
  • Maths, Science and Engineering Careers.
  • Health courses open day at University of Canberra.
  • Federation University TAFE holiday program.
  • Trinity Young Leaders School.
  • Indigenous Student Experience Monash Day.
  • Upcoming events.

 

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The Year 9 Textiles class went to Melbourne to participate in an all day workshop at The Whitehouse Institute of Design. The students had the opportunity to create a mood board, colour pa...

The Year 9 Textiles class went to Melbourne to participate in an all-day workshop at 'The Whitehouse Institute of Design'.

The students had the opportunity to create a mood board, colour palette with industry insight into what and how colours provoke certain emotions - and how they are used in successful advertising campaigns, 'key words', an 'Instagram flat lay' or a fashion or interior design page with creative direction. The hands-on workshop provided the students with great insight into this career pathway, as well as folio presentation tips and a Tertiary experience that will no doubt broaden their knowledge and skills in the design field.

Sally Gray and Lori Ruplal
Teachers

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Entertainment Books are now available for sale at the Bellarine Campus Reception
The cost is $60 each, with $12 from each sale going towards fundraising. Payment can be made by either cas...

Entertainment Books are now available for sale at the Bellarine Campus Reception.

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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