Mr. Graeme Dent
Head of Senior School 

 

Going Upstream – An Approach to Decreasing Anxiety

A man was walking along a river and someone ran up to him yelling, "a person is drowning in the water", drifting downstream. The man jumped in and saved the person. As he was walking away after ensuring all was well, the same person yelled out that another person was drowning in the river, drifting downstream. The man again jumped in and saved this person. Once being comfortable that this person was fine, the man walked away and there was a yell of another person drowning in the river, drifting downstream.

Instead of jumping in, this time the man walked away. The people gathered, becoming confused, and one asked him why he was walking away. The man replied: “I am going upstream to see why people are falling in”.

The essence of this story is often that we work downstream, in a reactive way - waiting for things to go wrong and then try to remedy them.

The aim should also be to go upstream, and be proactive in discovering the “why”.

This is what we are trying to do with our approach to anxiety.

 

Anxiety

This week the staff have focussed on Anxiety with their House groups and we held a staff forum to discuss this issue.

The biggest concern we face at school is Anxiety. Students present with anxiety often, and we have structures in place to deal with it, but we know we need to do more. The staff forum was ably led by Ms Kim Doherty and Mr Brendan Vanderkley. Our Chaplain, Ms Lena Johnstone, led the summary and way forward. We looked at what anxiety is and what are the triggers. We then discussed possible strategies to overcome anxiety.

From our findings, we are to meet again and develop a way forward. That will involve but not be exclusive to, professional speakers and greater development of our staff, workshops and programs designed to tackle anxiety.

The anxiety centred on examinations was the most common, along with relationships and expectations. Resilience is a key.

We welcome your thoughts on this at any stage.

 

The Debutante Balls

The College had their two Debutante Balls last weekend, and they were both marvellous events. There were 21 couples on both evenings, and all the ladies were stunning in their gowns and the gentlemen splendid in their suits.

On the Friday evening, Megan Heathcote and Zachary Schwarz spoke on behalf of their cohort. They both spoke brilliantly, conveying their personal journey at Christian College. It was extremely moving.

On the Saturday evening, Holly Peacock and Lachlan Brough both presented their speeches. The manner in which each led us through their feelings for the College was most notable.

All the dances were extremely well executed and the weeks of practising all paid off. The mothers or special friends dancing with the sons, as well as the daughters with their fathers or special friends, was a highlight. There must have been a special rehearsal or two at home, as all looked like they were auditioning for “Dancing with the Stars”.

A huge thank you to Ms Di Martin for all of her work in front of and behind the scenes. Her experience is much valued. Mrs Julie Weaver, who has only just left us, was responsible for so much of what is the Deb at Christian College. She kindly delayed her departure to Brisbane so that she may see the Debutante Balls through, like she has for so many years. We shall truly miss Julie. Ms Georgia Barber gave up her Sunday afternoons so that the students were able to rehearse. Her dedication to this and so many other tasks is much appreciated by all. We also thank Ms Mandy Calderwood and Mr Jason O’Loughlin for their roles.

We are always fortunate to have our CEO Mr Daryl Riddle OAM, his wife Ms Debbie Riddle along with our College Principal, Mr Glen McKeeman and wife, Ms Pam McKeeman, available to receive our Debutante couples.

All students and their families went home happy for what were two special events on our calendar.

 

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School 

 

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How can we help Children become more resilient?
In this extract from his recent book '9 Ways to a Resilient Child', Dr Justin Coulson writes that the late Primary School Years hold the ke...

How can we help children become more resilient?

In this extract from his recent book '9 Ways to a Resilient Child', Dr Justin Coulson writes that the late Primary School Years hold the key.

As parents and educators, we share the same passion, desire, responsibility and opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our young people. Encouraging and supporting each other along this journey is a vital step in a successful partnership. I trust this article will provide some insight, ideas and encouragement for us all.

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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Current Year 9 Students and Parents are invited to a Year 10 information evening on Tuesday, 13th June commencing at .......................................................................

Current Year 9 students and parents are invited to a Year 10 Information Evening on Tuesday, 13th June commencing at 6.30pm in the Bellarine Campus Auditorium.  

This evening will include explanations on pathways for the senior years, subject selection for Year 10 in 2018 and the upcoming 'Back Creek' experience. 

All Year 9 families are encouraged to attend.

Earl Moore
Deputy Head of Bellarine Campus

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This week the year three students have been exploring and manipulating 2D shapes. The students have learnt about the ways in which we describe the dimensions 2D and 3D shapes. They were g...

The Year 3 students have been exploring and manipulating 2D shapes this week.

The students have learnt about the ways in which we describe the dimensions of 2D and 3D shapes. They were given the opportunity to explore these shapes by flipping, sliding, turning and creating tessellating patterns.

This exploration involved using concrete materials, manipulatives and ICT. Some of the vocabulary that was used throughout this lesson included: sides, vertices, faces, closed shapes, tessellation, rhombus, parallel, corners, reverse, opposite, symmetrical, repeating patterns and mirror image.

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On Monday the Bellarine Middle School String Ensemble left bright and early to embark on a journey to Hawthorn to participate in the annual Victorian School’s Music Festival.
Led by Mr Ma...

On Monday, the Bellarine Middle School String Ensemble left bright and early to embark on a journey to Hawthorn to participate in the annual Victorian Schools' Music Festival.

Led by Mr Martin DeMarte, and supported in rehearsal by Mr Olivier Bonnici and Ms Jeanette Carnie, the students played beautifully, exhibiting a mature and well-balanced sound. This pleased the adjudicators greatly and the students received the ‘Platinum’ award in return.

Not only did they play beautifully, but they also represented our College perfectly and it was a fabulous day all round.  

Sharon Huber
Instrumental Music Coordinator, Bellarine Campus

 

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Gardening can be done by all and in all sorts of different places! To explore and investigate how large scale gardening operates, the students studying the ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ el...

Gardening can be done by all and in all sorts of different places!

To explore and investigate how large scale gardening operates, the students studying the ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ elective headed off to Raven’s Creek Farm Café to find out more. During a guided tour by farmer Hayden Finlay, students were able to discover the unique ways in which the property sustainably manages animals and organically grows plants.

Along with a wealth of knowledge gained, the students were challenged to ‘question and wonder’ about consumer choices when it comes to purchasing food from a ‘farm gate’ as opposed to a supermarket.

 

Mr Andy Davies

Year 7 Homeroom Teacher

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These are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon/evenings 20th and 21st June. Please see the attachment which contains the Event Code and Instructions for registering your intervie...

These are scheduled for the afternoon and evenings of Tuesday, 20th June and Wednesday, 21st June.

Please see the attachment, which contains the Event Code and instructions for registering your interview time. Please note that the conferences for Years 3 and 4 students will be led by the students and, thus, require a 20-minute booking. The bookings will open on Thursday, 15th June at 9:00am.

During these conferences, Specialist teachers will also have their classrooms open and you are invited to visit in order to see the teaching space and to use this opportunity to talk informally with those teachers.


2017 Open Days
Visiting an Australian University, TAFE or College on one of the student Open Days is the perfect opportunity to get a feel for a place and the answers to all the question...

SkillsOne

You may be interested in looking through the attached website link to discover the information available on this website through hundreds of videos on trades and skills.

Launched in Sydney in 2007, 'SkillsOne' works with Industry, Educators, Government and TAFE to engage and promote the extensive career opportunities and pathways in traditional trades and emerging skill areas ranging from automotive, construction and mining; through to hairdressing, healthcare and horticulture. SkillsOne.com.au provides a rich tapestry of information about trades and skills. The site is continually updated with new video stories and industry snapshots.

The primary aim has been to create a skills community. Inherently, online content includes the key elements of lifestyle, career opportunities, positive attitudes and job satisfaction reflected through individuals sharing their experiences, skills, stories and wisdom.

Please click here for link

  

Weekly Career News

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

This weeks topics are: 

  • Have you considered studying Biosecurity?
  • Arts Scholars program for high achieving students at Australian Catholic University.
  • Use the UniTest to boost your chances of gaining a place at Flinders University.
  • Courses and careers in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Collarts exchange programs to the US and Europe.
  • Fashion at RMIT - amazing work experience opportunities.
  • Changes to the Australia National University admission process.
  • Changes to the academic calendar at UNSW.
  • International Business at Monash University - global exchange.
  • Find an apprenticeship centre near you.
  • Box Hill Institute school holiday programs.
  • Upcoming events at the University of Melbourne.
  • Business at Monash University - Information Session.
  • Open Day at Endeavour College of Natural Medicine.
  • School holiday programs at the Academy of Information Technology.
  • Marine Careers Day at the 2017 Melbourne Boating Show.
  • Upcoming events.
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Students of Christian College Geelong - Senior Campus joined more than 300,000 students across Australia to take part in the inaugural Cathy Freeman Foundation Stomp out the Gap day on Tu...

Students of Senior School Waurn Ponds joined more than 300,000 students across Australia to take part in the inaugural Cathy Freeman Foundation 'Stomp out the Gap' day on Tuesday, 6th June.  

Our Senior School students made gold coin donations for wearing casual clothes with a splash of red and purchased lunch from the sausage sizzle and bake stall at lunchtime to raise money for this wonderful cause. The initiative, led by Georgia Gordon and the College Prefect team, was also supported by the Year 10 Our World students and teachers Celeste Pryke and Cassidy Hurrell.


This day also marked the 10-year anniversary of The Cathy Freeman Foundation. The Foundation believe that equality in education is the key to a more equal society and that is why they have dedicated the past 10 years to helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students realise their dreams through the power of education. Their vision is one of an Australia where Indigenous and non-Indigenous children have the same education standards and opportunities in life. The Christian College community, especially students studying Our World in Year 10, very much support the vision and beliefs of this Foundation.


Every dollar raised on Tuesday will go directly into delivering the Cathy Freeman Foundation’s life-changing education programs to some of Australia's largest Indigenous communities.

Mrs Jemma Burr

Year 12 Coordinator

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Creativity flows freely as the Year 1 students engage in play based learning sessions. These sessions not only provide students the opportunity to revise and explore the learning taking p...

Creativity flows freely as the Year 1 students engage in play-based learning sessions.

These sessions not only provide students with the opportunity to revise and explore the learning taking place in core subjects, it also encourages students to act on their innate curiosity and expansive imaginations. The children regularly encounter situations where collaborating, perseverance and creative problem solving are required. While there are many examples of such deep learning taking place throughout play-based learning investigations; last week’s creations from the 'Tinker Table' (such as this one below) are a prime example:

The safety goggles are secure and two children settle down to consider what they will create at the Tinker Table. Elise and William plan and revise their thoughts as they collect, nail and manipulate pieces of wood in an innovative way to create a bird and crocodile. You can hear murmurs of chatter as they discuss their plans, make changes and consider how to best move forward.

As the two face challenges, they consider appropriate people and places they can go to as they problem solve. One of the great benefits of being a Prep to Year 9 Campus is the ability to utilise facilities that would not typically be on a primary campus. Where better to seek help from Mr Platt in the Woodwork room? William and Elise trot across campus to see Mr Platt, who assists them in using the wood glue and a clamp to attach the head of the bird. Both students use the drill to secure pivotal aspects of their creations. They walk away quite pleased with themselves and return to discuss the learning that took place throughout the process of this play-based learning session with their peers.

The sensational thing is that this situation is not a rare occurrence. Creativity, exploration and links to learning that takes place throughout the curriculum are at the core of play-based learning. Students grow as independent learners, as they regularly consider when they need to seek assistance, whom they can learn from and what they can use to further their learning.

Pam McKeeman
Deputy of Bellarine Campus

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On Thursday 8th of June, we had the opportunity to attend the Geelong Healthy Children’s Network Breakfast at Barrabool Hills Baptist Church. This event was held to inform and educate stu...

On Thursday, 8th June, we had the opportunity to attend the Geelong Healthy Children’s Network Breakfast at Barrabool Hills Baptist Church.

This event was held to inform and educate students and teachers from a variety of schools around Geelong about being healthy active schools. There were two presentations, Claudia Strugnell from the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, and Bluearth.

Claudia spoke about childhood obesity, getting active and how an unhealthy lifestyle starts from a young age. She reinforced the importance of getting 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day and maintaining a well-balanced diet. Bluearth encouraged us to enjoy being active, and led us in some simple activities to get our bodies moving.

We have placed a number of posters around the school that promote having a healthy lifestyle. We understand that one of the factors that influences healthy food choices is our families. Please find attached some resources that may provide you with some ideas to pack a ‘healthy lunchbox’.

Abi Matta and Kassidy Werner – Year 9 Leaders

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday 
A reminder that Monday 12th June is the Queen’s Birthday public holiday. Students are not required at school on this day.
 
End of Term 2 2017
Students wi...

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday 

A reminder that Monday, 12th June is the Queen’s Birthday public holiday. Students are not required at school on this day.

 

End of Term 2, 2017

Students will be dismissed at 3.30pm on Wednesday, 28th June. College buses will operate as per the normal daily arrangements. We look forward to seeing our students return for their Term 3 studies, on Tuesday, 18th July.

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The 2017 East Timor Trivia Night is set to be the one of the biggest events on the College calendar!
This exciting fundraiser has become a yearly tradition for people of all ages.
The nig...

The 2017 East Timor Trivia Night is set to be one of the biggest events on the College calendar!

This exciting fundraiser has become a yearly tradition for people of all ages.

The night raises funds that go towards important projects for the people in our sister town of Viqueque, East Timor. Previous donations have helped build schools, kindergartens, wells and other important amenities in the town. Every cent raised goes directly to a project, which is negotiated between the visiting Christian College Prefects and the Village elders.

Please come along to this year's event, which will be held at the Geelong West Town Hall on Friday, 11th August starting at 6.30pm, for a 7.00pm start.  

Tickets are $10 and tables of 10 are welcome.  

There are many wonderful items up for auction during the evening, so come along and have a great night and support our wonderful neighbours.

Please phone Senior School on (03) 5241 5177 to book your table.

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I was very fortunate this week to be invited to the wood tech room to share in the excitement of some of the Year 3 students taking part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math...

I was very fortunate this week to be invited to the Wood Technology room to share in the excitement of some of the Year 3 students taking part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities with Mr Maddock.

The students have been working under the guidance of Mr Maddock and have, to this point, studied the building techniques used on some famous bridges, as well as looked at angles used to scaffold them and tried different methods of strengthening their own models. Having decided on the design they deemed suitable, the students have begun the building process using icy pole sticks and hot glue.

As you can see from these photos, it looks like we may have some budding engineers in our midst.

Pam McKeeman
Deputy Head of Bellarine Campus

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Year 11 Olivia Stonehouse
I have chosen Fashion Design and Technology as my career path as I have a creative mindset and love designing. The highlight of my VET course is that I get to co...

Year 11 Olivia Stonehouse

I have selected Fashion Design and Technology as my career path, as I have a creative mindset and I love designing. The highlight of my VET course is that I get to construct different types of garments and learn different ways of constructing textile materials, including knitting, weaving and macramé. A typical Friday work placement involves me going to Surf Junction in Drysdale to learn and experience what to do in the workforce. In the shop, I do customer service, clean up, re-arrange the sizes of clothes on the rack, and bring out new stock that has arrived. In the beginning, I thought that going to The Gordon was going to be stressful, as I did not know what to expect. However, I have made many new friends and I am learning to use factory machinery. For anyone considering this pathway, I would say choose a course that will lead you into a job that you will love.

Year 12 Christian Davis

My selected career path is in the Building and Construction Industry, because I enjoy building and constructing things. The VET course I study as part of my VCAL is Cert II Building and Construction. It is helping me work towards my career by improving my hands-on skills and techniques. I learn theory, drawing and do practical work at the Gordon each Wednesday afternoon. I have been able to apply what I have learned at VET to my work placement on Fridays. Each Friday, I work for Eminent Homes from 7.30am until 4.00pm. I do jobs like scaffolding, framing, landscaping, concreting or cleaning up the site. I have enjoyed learning new things this year.

Mrs Kerryn Fearnsides

VET/VCAL Coordinator

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The 2017 East Timor Trivia Night is set to be the one of the biggest events on the College calendar!
This exciting fundraiser has become a yearly tradition for people of all ages.
The nig...

The 2017 East Timor Trivia Night is set to be one of the biggest events on the College calendar!

This exciting fundraiser has become a yearly tradition for people of all ages.

The night raises funds that go towards important projects for the people in our sister town of Viqueque, East Timor. Previous donations have helped build schools, kindergartens, wells and other important amenities in the town. Every cent raised goes directly to a project, which is negotiated between the visiting Christian College Prefects and the Village elders.

Please come along to this year's event, which will be held at the Geelong West Town Hall on Friday, 11th August starting at 6.30pm, for a 7.00pm start.  

Tickets are $10 and tables of 10 are welcome.  

There are many wonderful items up for auction during the evening, so come along and have a great night and support our wonderful neighbours.

Please phone Senior School on (03) 5241 5177 to book your table.

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The 2017 East Timor Trivia Night is set to be the one of the biggest events on the College calendar!
This exciting fundraiser has become a yearly tradition for people of all ages.
The nig...

The 2017 East Timor Trivia Night is set to be one of the biggest events on the College calendar!

This exciting fundraiser has become a yearly tradition for people of all ages.

The night raises funds that go towards important projects for the people in our sister town of Viqueque, East Timor. Previous donations have helped build schools, kindergartens, wells and other important amenities in the town. Every cent raised goes directly to a project, which is negotiated between the visiting Christian College Prefects and the Village elders.

Please come along to this year's event, which will be held at the Geelong West Town Hall on Friday, 11th August starting at 6.30pm, for a 7.00pm start.  

Tickets are $10 and tables of 10 are welcome.  

There are many wonderful items up for auction during the evening, so come along and have a great night and support our wonderful neighbours.

Please phone Senior School on (03) 5241 5177 to book your table.

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The 2017 East Timor Trivia Night is set to be the one of the biggest events on the College calendar!
This exciting fundraiser has become a yearly tradition for people of all ages.
The nig...

The 2017 East Timor Trivia Night is set to be one of the biggest events on the College calendar!

This exciting fundraiser has become a yearly tradition for people of all ages.

The night raises funds that go towards important projects for the people in our sister town of Viqueque, East Timor. Previous donations have helped build schools, kindergartens, wells and other important amenities in the town. Every cent raised goes directly to a project, which is negotiated between the visiting Christian College Prefects and the Village elders.

Please come along to this year's event, which will be held at the Geelong West Town Hall on Friday, 11th August starting at 6.30pm, for a 7.00pm start.  

Tickets are $10 and tables of 10 are welcome.  

There are many wonderful items up for auction during the evening, so come along and have a great night and support our wonderful neighbours.

Please phone Senior School on (03) 5241 5177 to book your table.

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Just a reminder that students from ALL year levels are to leave their bags outside at the beginning of the day.  Teachers will either collect students with their bags from their lineup ar...

Just a reminder that students from ALL year levels are to leave their bags outside at the beginning of the day.  

Teachers will either collect students with their bags from their line-up area after the bell or children will bring their bags to class once the bell has rung. Thanking you in anticipation.

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Last weekend we were blessed to share in the culmination of 10 weeks of hard work in rehearsals when Year 4 students Lila Mustica and Jack Borthwick took their places as Flower Girl and P...

Last weekend, we were blessed to share in the culmination of 10 weeks of hard work in rehearsals, when Year 4 students Lila Mustica and Jack Borthwick took their places as Flower Girl and Page Boy in the Christian College Debutante Balls.

In front of hundreds of College family and friends, Lila and Jack performed wonderfully as they led the Year 11 students in dancing the evening away. Both Lila and Jack had a great time sharing the limelight with the Year 11 students and can’t wait to do it all over again when they reach Senior School.

Pam McKeeman
Deputy Head of Bellarine Campus

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Year 11 and 12 Students

All students completing a Unit 3 and 4 VCE or scored VCE VET subject will be sitting the GAT on Wednesday, 14th June.

GAT DETAILS:
The GAT runs From 10am to 1.15pm. All students completing the GAT are required to be at the College by 9.40am in full school uniform. Buses will be running as usual on this day. Any Year 11 student not taking a Unit 3 or 4 VCE subject are not required at school on this day.

  • All students need to know their student number and will be required to record this on their GAT paper. Students can have this written on a piece of paper to bring in with them if they don’t know it by heart. Student Numbers are available from the Student Office so please ensure you have yours prior to the exam.
  • Students are permitted to bring into the GAT: pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, an English dictionary, a student number card and a clear drink bottle.
  • Items NOT permitted to bring into the GAT: any paper, thesaurus, text books or study guides, pencil case, correction fluid/tape, mobile phones or any electronic devices.
  • If there is an emergency and students are unable to attend at the last minute, they just contact a Deputy Head of Campus or Year 12 Coordinator at Senior School as soon as they are able to. 


The GAT (General Achievement Test) is an important task that is relevant to the moderation of your overall results at the end of the year. The GAT is a test of general knowledge and skills in written communication, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Humanities, The Arts and Social Sciences. The VCAA use students’ GAT scores as a basis for: contributing to statistical moderation of school-based assessment results; checking the accuracy of external assessment marking; and calculating the Derived Examination Scores. For further information, please refer to the VCAA website: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/exams/gat/aboutgat.aspx. If you wish to familiarise yourself with the layout of the GAT, and consider the type of questions asked, please follow the link to past GAT question books: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/exams/gat/gat.aspx.

YEAR 12 STUDENTS – GRADUATION GOWN FITTINGS and PORTRAITS:

All Year 12 students will be required to remain after the GAT to be fitted with a Graduation gown, and have their professional portrait taken, commencing 1.15pm. The College uses these portraits in the end-of-year Motivator publication, and they will be available to purchase by families after Graduation. Students are reminded that they should be neatly presented for these photos.

Mrs Jemma Burr and Mr Daniel Fanning

Year 12 Coordinators

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Please note that a stall will be held in the passage outside the Chapel on Tuesday, 13th June at 1:40pm for students to redeem rewards for banking. To be eligible for these awards student...

Please note that a stall will be held in the passage outside the Chapel on Tuesday, 13th June at 1:40pm for students to redeem rewards for banking.

To be eligible for these awards, students must have deposited 10 times this year. One reward equals 10 deposits, while 20 deposits would make them eligible for two rewards. Students will be able to choose their reward and it will be delivered at a later date.

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ear Year 9 Highton families,
I am writing to let you know of the involvement this year that I, in my role as Career Practitioner, will have with our Highton Year 9 students.
My time frame...

Dear Year 9 Middle School Highton families,

I am writing to let you know of the involvement this year that I, in my role as Career Practitioner, will have with our Highton Year 9 students.

My time frame with Year 9 students will be:

Monday mornings - from Home Room through to and including Period 4 and Tuesday afternoons - from lunch through to after-school appointments. 

We have just held Homeroom meetings, at which I introduced myself; highlighted a new ‘Careers’ Tile on our SEQTA Homepage and asked students to respond to a short questionnaire. This asked students whether, at this point in time, they have a ‘clear thought’, ‘some thought’ or ‘no idea’ on future study and career ambitions. It is those students who felt that, at this stage, they have ‘no idea’ who will be the focus of my first appointments.

The Year 9 career conversations will work towards helping our students see and understand the choice of pathways that Year 10 offers, and the flow-on into Year 11 and 12. Assistance and discussion surrounding subject selection will work towards this.

My appointments will initially be during class time - in 30-minute timeslots - so that ideally each student can catch either the beginning or the end of their lesson.

Students have been advised that I will email them with our meeting details, and they are welcome to let me know of any assessment or reason why my allotted time may not be suitable. I have asked them to let me know this in a timely manner so that other arrangements can be made. Our meeting space is where the HOC and DHOC offices are located, and I will ask students to meet me in that area.

Year 9 has also been shown, and registered for, their own ‘Careers Action Plan’ as a part of the Careers Tile. In this space, there is a plethora of information relevant to careers, study and pathways. Please have a look through this, as it is a wonderful way that technology has been able to help us embrace the ever-changing future for our young people. Over time, we will explore and utilise the resources available through this website.

The focus of ongoing Year 9 meetings will be on:

  • Helping students realise and articulate their skills, interests, aptitudes and personality type and align these with an area of occupation as a starting point.
  • Thinking about subject selection for Year 10 and into VCE years.
  • Introducing the different pathways offered at Senior School : VCE, VCE/VET and VCAL.
  • Looking at, and explaining, University and TAFE courses, prerequisites, subject bonuses and pathways.
  • Creating a Career Action Plan that is their own record of subject, career and further study thoughts over their years at Christian College.

My contact my email is: r.smith@ccg.vic.edu.au, should you wish to make an appointment for you and your child in addition to the time I will spend with them, or if you would like to be a part of this initial conversation. Please know that you are more than welcome.

It is exciting to be able to be a part of the ongoing ‘story’ that our young people will create over their years at Christian College.

I am privileged to have, and look forward to, the chance to support you in preparing your child for their future.

My kind regards,

Robyn Smith

 

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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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We have been notified of a case of head lice in Year 4R.
Can parents please check their child’s hair regularly, and start appropriate treatment if required. It is important when checking ...

We have been notified of a case of head lice in Year 4R.

Can parents please check their child’s hair regularly, and start appropriate treatment if required. It is important when checking to look for and remove eggs, as well as live lice.

We ask for your co-operation and assistance with this important task.

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A family from Senior School and the Bellarine Campus have been exposed to 'Scabies'. The children have developed signs of this disease and have now been treated.  
Definition: "Scabies is...

A family from Senior School and the Bellarine Campus have been exposed to 'Scabies'. The children have developed signs of this disease and have now been treated.  

Definition: "Scabies is a skin infestation caused by a mite known as the Sarcoptes scabiei. Untreated, these microscopic mites can live on your skin for months. They reproduce on the surface of your skin and then burrow into it and lay eggs. This causes an itchy, red rash to form on the skin."

If your child has any symptoms please consult your doctor.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Campus

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Below is the outline and structure for Year 11 Exams for 2017
All students are expected to be in full College Uniform during the exam period and GAT. You may leave after your final exam e...

Below is the outline and structure for Year 11 Exams for 2017.

All students are expected to be in full College uniform during the exam period and GAT. You may leave after your final exam each day - you may only leave the College once (ie: no leaving and coming back in between exams). The Library is available for study during the day. Students will need to sign in to the Library at the service desk and also at the Student Office on arrival and departure.

Please note that VCAA exam conditions will be enforced throughout the Year 11 Exam Period including the GAT.

  1. Students must observe all instructions or directions given by their supervisor.
  2. Students attending a VCE assessment may bring only materials and equipment approved for that assessment into the examination room. Please check with your teachers for each of your subjects.
  3. Students must not possess mobile phones and electronic devices.
  4. Students must not bring into or possess in the examination room any drinks or food, except under special circumstances as approved and directed by the VCAA. A clear bottle of water is permitted in the examination room.
  5. Students must not communicate with any other student while the VCE assessment is being conducted.
  6. Students must not cause any nuisance, annoyance or interference to any other student during a VCE assessment.
  7. Students must raise their hand if they wish to communicate with a supervisor.
  8. Students must not leave their place until permitted by a supervisor.
  9. Students will not be permitted to leave the VCE assessment until the full scheduled time has elapsed.
  10. Students must cease writing when instructed to do so by a supervisor.
  11. Students must remain silent and seated in their place at the end of the VCE assessment until response materials have been collected and checked, and an announcement is made permitting students to leave the examination room.
  12. If you have any concerns about the exams, please contact Miss Barber, Ms Calderwood or Mr O'Loughlin

Ms Georgia Barber and Ms Mandy Calderwood

 

 

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Are you available to help with the barn in 2017?
We need a team of dedicated families to do weekends or a part of the term break holiday barn duty. This involves visiting morning and afte...

Are you available to help with the barn in 2017?

We need a team of dedicated families to do weekends or a part of the term break holiday barn duty. This involves visiting morning and afternoon to feed and water the animals on a designated weekend or weekday during the term breaks. You do not need to have done this type of duty before, and if you are new, help is available. It is not difficult. 

If you are available to assist at all in our College Barn, please email directly to our Barn Coordinator Sara Mozayyannejad at smozzy72@gmail.com

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus 

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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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We are now in the process of planning classes and confirming enrolments for next year (2018) and also for 2019.
Parents are reminded that siblings of current students, expecting to start ...

We are now in the process of planning classes and confirming enrolments for next year (2018) and also for 2019.

Parents are reminded that siblings of current students, expecting to start at Christian College in 2018/2019 at any year level, must also complete an individual enrolment form. Please visit or phone our reception staff if you require an additional enrolment form, or simply to check the status of this for your children.

Thank you.

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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Year 10 Students
All Year 10 students will be completing Maths and English Exams on Wednesday 14th June (GAT day for Year 11 and 12 students doing a VCE Unit 3 & 4) .  The first exam will...

Year 10 students will be completing Mathematics and English Exams on Wednesday, 14th June (GAT day for Year 11 and 12 students doing a VCE Unit 3 and 4).  

The first exam will begin at 9.20am and the last one will conclude at 3.30 pm. All students are expected to attend in full College uniform and buses will be running on this day.

Any concerns or problems please see Mr Paul Breguet or Mrs Kim Doherty.

Mr Paul Breguet

 

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Unit 3 Health and Human Development students have been learning about Australia’s health care system. They had the opportunity to visit the Epworth hospital, where they could see and expe...

Unit 3 Health and Human Development students have been learning about Australia’s health care system.

They had the opportunity to visit the Epworth Hospital, where they could see and experience the characteristics of the private health system. Comments made were that it felt more like a hotel than a hospital!

Students were provided with an information session and then enjoyed a tour of the hospital and were exposed to many careers in the health care sector.

Tracy Dawson

Heath Teacher

 

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Tuckers Funeral and Bereavement Services are partnering with Harvest Recruitment to present two Grief, Loss and Empathy Workshops in Geelong. The workshops will be presented by Doris Zagd...

Tuckers Funeral and Bereavement Services are partnering with Harvest Recruitment to present two 'Grief, Loss and Empathy' workshops in Geelong.

The workshops will be presented by Doris Zagdanski, a leading figure in modern day grief and loss education. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact Alyson or Sue on 5221 4788.

Please click here for more information.

 

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A family from Christian College Geelong, Senior campus and Bellarine Campus have been exposed to 'Scabies'.  The children have developed signs of this disease and have now been treated.  ...

A family from Senior School and the Bellarine Campus have been exposed to 'Scabies'. The children have developed signs of this disease and have now been treated.  

Definition: "Scabies is a skin infestation caused by a mite known as the Sarcoptes scabiei. Untreated, these microscopic mites can live on your skin for months. They reproduce on the surface of your skin and then burrow into it and lay eggs. This causes an itchy, red rash to form on the skin."

If your child has any symptoms please consult your doctor.

 

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The College congratulates Hugh and Riley Taylor on being selected to represent Victoria at the Australian Longboard Surfing Championships, to be held in Queensland during August. This is ...

The College congratulates Hugh and Riley Taylor on being selected to represent Victoria at the Australian Longboard Surfing Championships, to be held in Queensland during August. This is a significant achievement and the brothers are to be commended on the time and effort they have devoted to developing their sufung skills.

 

 

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Our Middle School Highton Pop up Cafe' was a huge success yesterday!! We were blessed with a beautiful day, great entertainment and delicious food - all prepared, created and sold by our ...

Our Middle School Highton Pop up Cafe' was a huge success yesterday!! We were blessed with a beautiful day, great entertainment and delicious food - all prepared, created and sold by our Year 9 students!

 Throughout this term, Year 9 Food Technology students have been working to come up with ideas for a healthy food van, from which Middle School students were able to purchase different food options.   

 To enhance the engaging and vibrant atmosphere the Year 9 Rock Band performed a variety of pieces to entertain the crowd!

 Genuine learning experiences such as this are so valuable for our students, providing an opportunity for a real audience, an end product, whilst adding to the ‘community’ connectedness amongst our students and staff. Well done to all students involved!

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