The Year 2 team at Christian College Bellarine are holding a ‘Robotics Meets Art’ exhibition for the College community to share in the collaborative work that the Year 2 students have bee...

The Year 2 team at Christian College Bellarine are holding a ‘Robotics Meets Art’ exhibition for the College community to share in the collaborative work that the Year 2 students have been doing in their ‘Investigations’ and ‘Art’ lessons throughout this term. The exhibition will be held in the Bellarine Auditorium on Monday the 18th of June, 2.30 – 3.15pm. This will be a great opportunity for us to highlight some of the good works’ on offer at the Bellarine Campus. 

Pam McKeeman
Deputy Head of Campus

From the Chaplain:                 How Parents can protect their children
This week ‘Bravehearts Geelong’ visited our Junior Campus and shared the important message of personal safety wit...

How Parents can protect their children

This week ‘Bravehearts Geelong’ visited our Junior Campus and shared the important message of personal safety with our Prep and Year 2 students. It was lovely that a few parents were able to attend as well. As we all unfortunately know, not everyone in our society today has the best motives and actions in mind when it comes to looking out for our children and their needs. They can be vulnerable so it is important to equip them with life skills that will assist in them having strategies to guard their personal safety. Christian College has important policies in place to assist in looking out for students needs and ‘Bravehearts Geelong’ also seeks to teach students important principles with regard to personal safety. These five important principles apply to children of all ages;

1  For children to trust their feelings and to distinguish between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ feelings

2  For children to say ‘no’ to adults if they feel unsafe and unsure

3  For children to understand that they own their own bodies

4  That nothing is so yucky that they can’t tell someone about it

5  That if they feel unsafe or unsure to run and tell someone they trust.

It is important to talk to your children so that they feel comfortable to tell you anything, especially if it involves another adult. Encourage your children to identify other trusted adults they can talk to in confidence. Empower your children so that they feel more at ease if a situation does arise. Empowering your children to say NO to any unwelcome, uncomfortable, or confusing touch or actions by others. Teach them to tell you immediately if this happens. Reassure them that you are there to help and it is okay to tell you anything.

 Be sensitive to any changes in your children’s behaviour or attitude. Encourage open communication and learn how to be an active listener. Look and listen to small indications that something may be troubling your children, because children are not always comfortable disclosing disturbing events or feelings. This may be because they are concerned about your reaction to their problems. If your children do confide problems to you, strive to remain calm, non-critical, and non judgemental. Listen compassionately to their concern and work with them to get the help they need to resolve the problem.

Cyber- safety is an important area too, as children can inadvertently give out private information that can end up in the wrong hands. Keeping a close eye on children’s usage of time spent on their devices, the content they are accessing and ensuring that their computer use is in a public area of the house will assist in ensuring their personal safety is not compromised.

Rowan Thurman

Chaplain

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The Debutante Balls
The Senior School presented two magnificent Debutante Balls last weekend. On both nights thirty seven couples were introduced and danced their practised routines in fr...

The Debutante Balls

The Senior School presented two magnificent Debutante Balls last weekend. On both nights, thirty seven couples were introduced and danced their practised routines in front of five hundred people. Guests travelled great distances and it was fantastic to meet so many grandparents. A true family event.

The gymnasium was transformed into a reception centre of the highest standard by our “Major Events team”. They worked very hard led by Andrew Dunlop to ensure all who attended felt they were in a sensational venue.

One of the great aspects of the Debutante Balls is to have the Flower girls and Page boys. They come from our Bellarine Campus and Junior School respectively, and set the scene for all. This year we had Sophie Morrish and Spencer Cormack from the Bellarine campus and Maggie Bourke and Jayden Chan from our Junior School. They all attended the rehearsals and played a significant role in the evening.

On both nights, two debutantes are asked to present a speech on behalf of their fellow debutantes. On the Friday evening Tess O’Neil and Seth Farrar spoke well about their journey at our College and the importance of the evening to both and their family and friends. On the Saturday evening Taylor Morrison and James Meddings both presented speeches that were personal and inspiring. Their faith came out, as did their gratitude to our College.  We are so blessed to have such excellent students in our midst.

These events are the result of much hard work and the Debutante Balls were once again led by the professional and talented Mrs Dianne Martin. Her attention to detail and ability to please all, was paramount to the success of the two events. We are very privileged to have Di leading our Debutante Balls as she has done for so many years.

The Year 11 Co-ordinators in Mandy Calderwood and Georgia Thompson deserve high praise as well. Their attendance at, and involvement in, the rehearsals was the reason the dancing was of the highest standard. They both were the right and left hand for Di in preparing the students and any other tasks that needed to be done. Thank you both for your commitment.

Over the two evenings we had just over one thousand people attend and this fell to the incredible talents of Elaine Pearson and Cathy Brew to organise. Collecting money and sorting the tables were exhausting jobs that had to be completed with attention to detail as well as satisfying all requests. Solving the Rubik cube comes to mind! Two thirds of the Year 11 cohort participated in the Debutante Balls.  This says in volumes, that this event is significant to them and their family and guests.

 

Star Search Contest

The Highton Rotary Star Search was held last Saturday evening. Nicholas Hinks won the vocal section and was the overall winner of the event. This is a magnificent effort from this extremely talented young man. His ability to sing and entertain is exceptional.

Harrison Steele-Holmes came second in the instrumental section which is a great achievement. Our College has enjoyed the talents of these two fine musicians on many occasions and their success would not come as a surprise. The Music Department has been able to develop their natural talent to achieve such triumphs.

Well done Nicholas and Harrison.

 

Examinations - Year 10 and 11

The Year 11 examinations commenced on Wednesday and it was very good to see the students preparing diligently for them. The examinations are important and allows the teacher and student to assess the progressive learning. At their conclusion there will be feedback so that the students will learn of which areas they may improve.

The Year 10 examinations are on Thursday 14 June in both English and Maths.

 

Queen’s Birthday Weekend 

A reminder that the College is closed on Monday 11 June for the Queen’s Birthday holiday.   We wish all families a restful break.

 

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School - Waurn Ponds

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Over the last couple of weeks in Art the preps have been learning about different printmaking techniques. We have used styrofoam boards to design and create our own stamps, and used plast...

Over the last couple of weeks in Art the preps have been learning about different printmaking techniques. We have used styrofoam boards to design and create our own stamps, and used plastic sheets and markers to create contemporary print imagery.

This week we made our own 3 Dimensional print boards, using tissue paper, aluminum foil and foam to create texture and depth. We also practiced some string printing techniques. The students created unusual patterns, using different colours to form a symmetry of interesting shapes and lines.

It has been wonderful to see how engaged the students have been throughout the different printmaking processes. Each week I am blown away by how quickly the students pick up the different techniques we explore, and by how much pride they take in their work by taking their time and always listening carefully to instructions.

I am looking forward to seeing all the new artworks that the students will create in term 3!

Bea Greenhalgh

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This Term our Year 7 students have commenced the 7 for 7 program. The 7 for 7 program is optional and student-driven with opportunities for students to engage in serving their community...

 

This Term our Year 7 students have commenced the 7 for 7 program. The 7 for 7 program is optional and student-driven with opportunities for students to engage in serving their community, personal development and leadership. The title ‘7 for 7’ originated from ‘7 activities for Year 7 development’, as we encourage students to strive to complete seven activities to either help serve in the community or to help them develop skills for the future. 

 

There are example activities posted in each classroom to provide students with ideas but other tasks are encouraged and can be negotiated with homeroom teachers. Each of the activities completed, depending on the time and effort required, are worth varying points. The program was introduced last week and will run until the end of Term 3, where students who accumulate a significant number of points will be presented with medallions.

 

We leave it entirely in the hands of the students and challenge them to be self-directed in their choice to participate and in previous years, the students have proven to be outstanding in their responses. I am looking forward to seeing our Year 7’s make a difference in their community and beyond.

Renee Garing

Year Level Coordinator - Year 7

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A number of drama performances have taken place in the last couple of weeks with students being assessed on the work that they have done during the term or in the case of Year 12, most of...

A number of drama performances have taken place in the last couple of weeks with students being assessed on the work that they have done during the term or in the case of Year 12, most of the semester creating.  

Year 11’s entertained and challenged an audience of Year 5 and 7 students as they performed their pieces about journeys, both literal and metaphorical. It was great to share this work with students from another campus who may be studying drama themselves at some time this year.

Year 12 students explored the theme of fairy tales and the influences on the writers of these stories. The two ensemble performances captured the sometimes dark places that writers like Tolkien and Lewis Carroll were in when they penned their famous stories. They also explored the preoccupations of fantasy writers today and how the idea of virtual reality has captured imaginations.

This week the Year 10 Drama classes have been out at bush kinder, performing the pieces they have been working on to the Christian College kinder children. The interactive bush theatre pieces explored the idea of keeping the bush clean and not littering, so that bush animals and friends (including a bunyip and a tree spirit!) have a healthy environment in which to live. All the students from age 4 to 15 had a wonderful time acting and reacting with each other.

 

Mandy Calderwood

Head of Drama

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This week our prep children were fortunate to have a visit from Ernesto and his worm farm. Ernesto taught the children about the important role worms play in our ecosystem. He also taug...

 

This week our prep children were fortunate to have a visit from Ernesto and his worm farm. Ernesto taught the children about the important role worms play in our ecosystem. He also taught the children what happens to rubbish and packaging once we have finished with it.

The most exciting part of the incursion was when Ernesto helped us set up our own worm farm, which the children will continue to use. Our preps have learnt what they need to do to feed the worms and what we can use the worm dirt and worm liquid for.

Once the incursion was finished the children wrote an information report about worms.

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As we approach the completion of Semester 1 our thoughts are turning to plans for 2019.

This means a large step in all Year 9 student's educational journey – the move to Senior School. To provide support for families in this transition we invite you to attend an Information Evening hosted by Senior School staff. All details are outlined in the letter emailed from Head of Senior Campus, Mr Graham Dent to Year 9 students, parents and guardians this week. Please find it attached for your reference. 

This evening will be held on Thursday 14 June at 6.30 pm in the Bellarine Campus Auditorium and all students, together with their parents, are strongly encouraged to attend as we will be explaining pathways for the senior years, subject selection and life at Senior School. In conjunction with this evening will be an explanation of the Farm and Transformational programs to come in Term 4 this year.

An exciting night of opportunities to come.

Earl Moore 
Deputy Head of Campus

Yesterday our Year 4 students spent some time on a bus and enjoyed a visit to the RAAF museum in Point Cook. The purpose of this visit was to put some real world application to what they ...

Yesterday our Year 4 students spent some time on a bus and enjoyed a visit to the RAAF museum in Point Cook. The purpose of this visit was to put some real world application to what they have been working on in their Integrated Studies unit, ‘May The Force Be With You’. The students viewed a number of different aircrafts and were able to investigate the forces surrounding such impressive machinery that enables it to fly. The volunteers who led our excursion were a wealth of knowledge and shared personal accounts from their service in the RAAF. Our day concluded with the students having the opportunity to watch a heritage aircraft in flight and learn about the process in close-up detail. We were able to see, hear, smell and feel what flying is all about. The pilot of the plane was hooked up to a radio and the audience were able to ask questions and hear about the pilots experiences.

All of the year 4 students and teachers would like to thank the volunteers at the museum for taking the time to show us around. Similarly, we would like to thank all the parent helpers that came with us on this excursion, it is always great to have assistance from parents and we hope they all enjoyed themselves. 

Callen Wade

4B Teacher

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USA speaker Reggie Dabbs has been one of the most sought after public school and event speakers both in his home country and across the world for the past two decades.As well as being a p...

USA speaker Reggie Dabbs has been one of the most sought after public school and event speakers both in his home country and across the world for the past two decades.As well as being a phenomenal public speaker, he is also an acclaimed saxophonist and we had the privilege of hosting him at Middle School last Friday.

Sharing his own personal story of tragedy, Reggie captivated our students with a beautiful message of hope. As one of our College's 5 values, it was so encouraging for Naomi and myself to see the way in which this value inspired and blessed many of the students listening to his message. It was also incredibly affirming to hear feedback such as "That was awesome Chappy" and "That was so good" from the students that attended. In a time when many students are still discovering who they are and going through their own unique challenges, it was so encouraging to see the way that Reggie's message touched their lives. 

 

Tim Blackhall and Naomi Gibbons

Middle School - Highton Chaplains

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Last Sunday piano students from all campuses, from Years 2 - 11 gathered at the Bellarine Campus for a few hours filled with music and keyboard related activities. Around 50 students were...

Last Sunday piano students from all campuses, from Years 2 - 11 gathered at the Bellarine Campus for a few hours filled with music and keyboard related activities. Around 50 students were involved in three different workshops. Under the direction of Jacqueline Robins and Bryan Anderson, the students experienced playing in an ensemble. On two pianos and various tuned percussion instruments, they had fun improvising to jazz grooves and learning to play melodies. Kym Dillon inspired the students to create film music, using 12 keyboards with different sound effects. The young pianists were very impressive in presenting entertaining ideas to set music to a silent animation clip.

Our piano technician, Toby Mitchell, deconstructed a piano in front of the students and explained its ‘insides’. He was able to demonstrate the mechanics of the piano, prompted by our curious students and their great questions.

After a pizza break all student performed what they had learnt in the earlier workshops for families and friends. They also had the opportunity to hear from our guest performer Mr Kym Dillon who inspired the audience with his skills in improvisation. Tammy Treloar ran a trivia game to kick off the concert, there were two parents amongst the three winners!

Thank you to the dedicated piano and music staff, as well as our wonderful piano students in making the day a success!

 

Regina Thomae

Head of Keyboard

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This week our prep children have been using different strategies to assist them with the learning of their ‘Friends of 10’ facts. Using a rainbow to do this was a highlight for the chil...

This week our prep children have been using different strategies to assist them with the learning of their ‘Friends of 10’ facts. Using a rainbow to do this was a highlight for the children. They were able to see which numbers added together to make 10 by looking at the corresponding colours on the rainbow.  They also used our ‘Sumblocks’ and other concrete materials to assist them with their learning.

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The Year One cohort enjoyed using M&M’s in their mathematical learning last week. The students sorted their M&M’s into colours and then used tally marks and a column graph to represent th...

The Year One cohort enjoyed using M&M’s in their mathematical learning last week. The students sorted their M&M’s into colours and then used tally marks and a column graph to represent their data. They then had to identify which colour had the most and least. It was interesting to find that overall there were not many red and orange M&M’s in the packet and lots more brown and black.

Year One’s have continued to sort and collect data in different ways. Grade 1G looked at The Hungry Caterpillar’s food choices that he ate for the week, and sorted this data in multiple ways. It was great to see students making links in their maths learning to their current heath unit about healthy eating. The students decided that the Hungry Caterpillar had a balanced diet, but should probably not eat so many sweets in one day.

Jamie-Lee Lobbe

Year 1 Level Leader

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Over the past two weeks year 8 Marine Studies students have been busy collaborating in the science lab. Students engaged in exploring the external and internal anatomical structures of tw...

Over the past two weeks year 8 Marine Studies students have been busy collaborating in the science lab. Students engaged in exploring the external and internal anatomical structures of two types of marine animals.
A Bony Fish (Flathead) and a Cephalopod (Squid). Here, students identified key features and investigated the functions of these. Students were simply absorbed in the learning around adaptations that aid survival. In addition, students were able to draw from their observational skills to form connections to the type of habitat the flat head and the squid would most likely be found in. From here, many questions were asked, guiding students to be initiators of their own learning through curiosity.

Fiona Scott
Marine Studies Teacher

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On Wednesday evening this week, around 700 people gathered in the Middle School - Highton Sports & Aquatic Centre for the College’s All Band’s, Semester 1 Concert.
The Band Program featur...

On Wednesday evening this week, around 700 people gathered in the Middle School - Highton Sports & Aquatic Centre for the College’s All Band’s, Semester 1 Concert.

The Band Program features 9 bands and over 200 students from Years 3 to 12.

We heard performances from many students who were playing in a band concert for the very first time! There were nerves and smiles from the youngest musicians, and a huge range of repertoire presented throughout the program.

The most Senior bands and musicians played with great musicality and technical confidence which inspired the younger musicians who listened.

Congratulations to the committed student musicians, the huge team of instrumental staff who support the Bands Program and their band conductors Sean Rankin, Ben Anderson, David Gardner and Andrew Dunlop.

Fiona Gardner
Director of Teaching and Learning - Music

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Winter weather is well and truly upon us at Surf Coast Campus and so too is the MUD!
As Term 2 progresses and we head into Term 3 it is important that Prep T students bring a pair of gumb...

Winter weather is well and truly upon us at Surf Coast Campus and so too is the MUD!

As Term 2 progresses and we head into Term 3 it is important that Prep T students bring a pair of gumboots to wear for any further Bush Prep sessions.

For any future discovery adventures during Bush Prep  all students will be fitted out with waterproof pants to protect school clothing.

If your child does not currently own a pair of gumboots please purchase a pair in anticipation of our next Bush Prep session on Wednesday 13th June.

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Having been inspired by last week’s Reptile Day the Year 3 and 4 students have spent the week further developing their research skills in the Library. This project entailed the students c...

Having been inspired by last week’s Reptile Day the Year 3 and 4 students have spent the week further developing their research skills in the Library. This project entailed the students choosing an animal to study and expanding their understanding about the life cycle, habitat and needs for survival of their chosen animal. It has been exciting for the teachers to watch the students developing their research skills using the encyclopedias, the World Wide Web and also locating the books from the Library collection. Many thanks to our Librarians Mrs Canaway and Jessie for sharing their extensive knowledge with the children. The students have also enjoyed creating and constructing their own dioramas to illustrate the habitat of their animal.

Sapphire Main, Mark Jacobi, Rebecca Barry, Emma Ford and Jonathan Maddock                                                  
Year 3 and 4 Teachers

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Christian College Geelong had some shining lights at the recent 2018 Highton Rotary Star Search. Year 12 student, Nicholas Hinks won the Vocal Section and Year 10 student, Harrison Steele...

Christian College Geelong had some shining lights at the recent 2018 Highton Rotary Star Search.

Year 12 student, Nicholas Hinks won overall as well as the Vocal Section and Year 10 student, Harrison Steele-Holmes placed 2nd in the Instrumental Section for his trombone performance!

Huge congratulations to these talented students and the Instrumental Music Staff who assisted them in preparing and accompanied them during their performances.

Australian Youth Classical Music Competition

The Australian Youth Classical Music Competition regional finals were held on Sunday June 3rd and Harrison Steele-Holmes was runner-up for his trombone solo in the final where 12 young classical musicians from the Geelong region performed for an adjudication panel!

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Victorian Schools Music Festival & The All String Orchestras Concert at The Highton Chapel on Monday 28 May the Highton and Bellarine Middle School Strings and the Senior Strings all jour...

Victorian Schools Music Festival & The All String Orchestras Concert at The Highton Chapel

On Monday 28 May the Highton and Bellarine Middle School Strings and the Senior Strings all journeyed to Hawthorn Arts Centre to appear in the Victorian Schools Music Festival. Each of the String Orchestras Performed a Program of Pieces, took part in an ‘on stage’ tutorial with one of the guest adjudicators and also had the opportunity to listen to other orchestras perform and have their tutorials. Each group received a written critique from the adjudicators and a rating. All three of our Orchestras that attended the Festival received excellent awards with the Bellarine Middle School Strings gaining a Gold Award and the Highton Middle School and Senior Campus Orchestras achieving a Platinum Award each. The conductors of our orchestras Mr Martin DeMarte, Ms Rebecca Bertoncello and Mr Olivier Bonnici are extremely proud of the musicians in their ensembles and the way they represented Christian College so beautifully.

On Tuesday evening this week, all five of the Christian College String Orchestras performed in the Highton Middle School Chapel for family and friends. The Chapel was packed and filled with luscious, glorious string sounds. The quality of the performances was at times breath taking. For many of our younger string players it was their first performance evening with lots of photos and movies being shot! For older students it was lovely to hear the growth in their technique and musicianship from the same concert last year. Congratulations to Mr Bonnici, Mr DeMarte, Ms Bertoncello and their team of dedicated and highly skilled string staff, who presented 120 string students in 5 string orchestras, performing a wonderful concert event for our community.

 

Fiona Gardner
Director of Teaching and Learning - Music

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Last Sunday piano students from all campuses, from Years 2 - 11 gathered at the Bellarine Campus for a few hours filled with music and keyboard related activities. Around 50 students were...

Last Sunday piano students from all campuses, from Years 2 - 11 gathered at the Bellarine Campus for a few hours filled with music and keyboard related activities. Around 50 students were involved in three different workshops. Under the direction of Jacqueline Robins and Bryan Anderson, the students experienced playing in an ensemble. On two pianos and various tuned percussion instruments, they had fun improvising to jazz grooves and learning to play melodies. Kym Dillon inspired the students to create film music, using 12 keyboards with different sound effects. The young pianists were very impressive in presenting entertaining ideas to set music to a silent animation clip.

Our piano technician, Toby Mitchell, deconstructed a piano in front of the students and explained its ‘insides’. He was able to demonstrate the mechanics of the piano, prompted by our curious students and their great questions.

After a pizza break all student performed what they had learnt in the earlier workshops for families and friends. They also had the opportunity to hear from our guest performer Mr Kym Dillon who inspired the audience with his skills in improvisation. Tammy Treloar ran a trivia game to kick off the concert, there were two parents amongst the three winners!

Thank you to the dedicated piano and music staff, as well as our wonderful piano students in making the day a success!

Regina Thomae

Head of Keyboard

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The Year 9 students taking part in ‘The Editorial’ elective have spent the past week publishing work they created based on an inspirational quote they chose. They could either write about...

The Year 9 students taking part in ‘The Editorial’ elective have spent the past week publishing work they created based on an inspirational quote they chose. They could either write about the quote specifically, or incorporate it into a piece of creative writing.

Below is the work of Tiarna Beck, who incorporated two inspirational quotes in her piece, Everyone Goes Through It.

For those interested in reading more, you can access the students’ blog – as long as you have a Christian College Geelong login – through the following link: https://theeditorial.myccg.net.au/2018bellarine/ 

Victoria Kent
Editorial Elective Teacher

 

Everyone Goes Through It

Throughout life, we are faced with challenges that we think we cannot get through. Sometimes in those challenges, we are scared of what will happen once we have faced the situation - are we scared of the outcome? Or, are we scared of change? This fits in with a quote from The Lion King which really stood out to me when I heard it in the movie, "change is good, but it's not easy".  We have made so many changes in our lives and maybe we have not noticed that we have. Change can be as little as brushing your teeth at a different time, to moving across the globe and changing schools. Depending on who you are as a person, neither of these will be easy - as little or big as they are.

Once we are used to something, we tend to stick with our routine that we have formed whether we notice it or not. My interpretation of this quote is; whenever you are faced with a challenge just remember that if it does happen to change your life or point of view that it may not be easy straight away, but things will get better in the long run so, "accept what it is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be".

For this writing piece, we were required to find a motivation quote to include in our post. One of my quotes is from The Lion King which is filled with some of my favourite Disney quotes.  My other quote is said by someone who remains unknown. However, this quote really stood out to me when I read it because of how many ways it can be used. This task was fun and could be related to on a personal level, making it easier to write.

Image: Along the coast of Queensland (T. Beck)

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Monday 11th June
Queen's Birthday Long Weekend - Public Holiday - no students required at school
 
Wednesday 13th June 
Student Learning Conferences
Bush Prep
 
Thursday 14th June
Stude...

 

Monday 11th June

Queen's Birthday Long Weekend - Public Holiday - no students required at school

 

Wednesday 13th June 

Student Learning Conferences

Bush Prep

 

Thursday 14th June

Student Learning Conferences

 

Friday 22nd June

Last Day of Term - 3.30pm Dismissal

 

Wednesday 25th July

Bush Prep

 

Friday 27th July

National Tree Day for Schools

 

Friday 03rd August

Jeans for Genes Casual Dress Day (Gold Coin Donation)

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The Choirs of Christian College are looking forward to showcasing their semester of work at the Christian College Choral Evening to be held at St Therese Catholic Church in Torquay on...

   

The Choirs of Christian College are looking forward to showcasing their semester of work at the Christian College Choral Evening to be held at St Therese Catholic Church in Torquay on Tuesday 19th June, 2018.

The concert will commence at 7pm and will feature:

-          The Surf Coast Campus Prep Choir

-          The Belmont Junior School Choir

-          The Bellarine Junior School Choir

-          The Bellarine Middle School Choir

-          The Highton Middle School Choir

-          The Year 8 Chamber Choir

-          The Senior Choir

 

Surf Coast Prep T  have been busy practising and preparing for their special performance.

 

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Last Sunday piano students from all campuses, from Years 2 - 11 gathered at the Bellarine Campus for a few hours filled with music and keyboard related activities. Around 50 students were...

Last Sunday piano students from all campuses, from Years 2 - 11 gathered at the Bellarine Campus for a few hours filled with music and keyboard related activities. Around 50 students were involved in three different workshops. Under the direction of Jacqueline Robins and Bryan Anderson, the students experienced playing in an ensemble. On two pianos and various tuned percussion instruments, they had fun improvising to jazz grooves and learning to play melodies. Kym Dillon inspired the students to create film music, using 12 keyboards with different sound effects. The young pianists were very impressive in presenting entertaining ideas to set music to a silent animation clip.

Our piano technician, Toby Mitchell, deconstructed a piano in front of the students and explained its ‘insides’. He was able to demonstrate the mechanics of the piano, prompted by our curious students and their great questions.

After a pizza break all student performed what they had learnt in the earlier workshops for families and friends. They also had the opportunity to hear from our guest performer Mr Kym Dillon who inspired the audience with his skills in improvisation. Tammy Treloar ran a trivia game to kick off the concert, there were two parents amongst the three winners! 

Thank you to the dedicated piano and music staff, as well as our wonderful piano students in making the day a success!

Regina Thomae
Head of Keyboard

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Open Days for Universities and TAFE
Visiting an Australian University, TAFE or College on one of the student Open Days is the perfect opportunity to get the answers to all the questions...

 

Open Days for Universities and TAFE

Visiting an Australian University, TAFE or College on one of the student Open Days is the perfect opportunity to get the answers to all the questions you have about the various degrees, diplomas, programs, study options, departments, student life, accommodation, living costs and much more.

An Open Day is a great way for you to get a feel for a place that could become your home away from home for the next few years.

The Australian Education Network provides information on such events Australia-wide.  The dates thus far available may assist you in planning ahead for time to visit institutions as a family. This information is updated on the website.  The links below are a very good starting point for you. Information is also available from this website on interstate Open Days.  Please click on the following links for more information: https://www.openday.com.au/calendar/melbourne/

https://www.openday.com.au/tertiary/melbourne/

 

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On Monday May 28th the Highton and Bellarine Middle School Strings and the Senior Strings all journeyed to Hawthorn Arts Centre to appear in the Victorian Schools Music Festival. Each of the String Orchestras Performed a Program of Pieces, took part in an ‘on stage’ tutorial with one of the guest adjudicators and also had the opportunity to listen to other orchestras perform and have their tutorials. Each group received a written critique from the adjudicators and a rating. All three of our Orchestras that attended the Festival received excellent awards with the Bellarine Middle School Strings gaining a Gold Award and the Highton Middle School and Senior Campus Orchestras achieving a Platinum Award each. The conductors of our orchestras Mr Martin DeMarte, Ms Rebecca Bertoncello and Mr Olivier Bonnici are extremely proud of the musicians in their ensembles and the way they represented Christian College so beautifully.

 

On Tuesday evening this week, all five of the Christian College String orchestras performed in the Highton Middle School Chapel for family and friends. The Chapel was packed and filled with luscious, glorious string sounds. The quality of the performances was at times breath taking. For many of our younger string players it was their first performance evening with lots of photos and movies being shot! For older students it was lovely to hear the growth in their technique and musicianship from the same concert last year. Congratulations to Mr Bonnici, Mr DeMarte, Ms Bertoncello and their team of dedicated and highly skilled string staff, who presented 120 string students in 5 string orchestras, performing a wonderful concert event for our community.

Fiona Gardner

Director of Teaching and Learning-Music

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On Wednesday evening this week, around 700 people gathered in the Middle School - Highton Sports & Aquatic Centre for the College’s All Band’s, Semester 1 Concert.
The Band Program featur...

On Wednesday evening this week, around 700 people gathered in the Middle School - Highton Sports & Aquatic Centre for the College’s All Band’s, Semester 1 Concert.

The Band Program features 9 bands and over 200 students from Years 3 to 12.

We heard performances from many students who were playing in a band concert for the very first time! There were nerves and smiles from the youngest musicians, and a huge range of repertoire presented throughout the program.

The most Senior bands and musicians played with great musicality and technical confidence which inspired the younger musicians who listened.

Congratulations to the committed student musicians, the huge team of instrumental staff who support the Bands Program and their band conductors Sean Rankin, Ben Anderson, David Gardner and Andrew Dunlop.

Fiona Gardner
Director of Teaching and Learning - Music

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Victorian Schools Music Festival & The All String Orchestras Concert at The Highton Chapel
On Monday May 28th the Highton and Bellarine Middle School Strings and the Senior Strings all jo...

Victorian Schools Music Festival & The All String Orchestras Concert at The Highton Chapel

On Monday May 28th the Highton and Bellarine Middle School Strings and the Senior Strings all journeyed to Hawthorn Arts Centre to appear in the Victorian Schools Music Festival. Each of the String Orchestras Performed a Program of Pieces, took part in an ‘on stage’ tutorial with one of the guest adjudicators and also had the opportunity to listen to other orchestras perform and have their tutorials. Each group received a written critique from the adjudicators and a rating. All three of our Orchestras that attended the Festival received excellent awards with the Bellarine Middle School Strings gaining a Gold Award and the Highton Middle School and Senior Campus Orchestras achieving a Platinum Award each. The conductors of our orchestras Mr Martin DeMarte, Ms Rebecca Bertoncello and Mr Olivier Bonnici are extremely proud of the musicians in their ensembles and the way they represented Christian College so beautifully. 

On Tuesday evening this week, all five of the Christian College String orchestras performed in the Highton Middle School Chapel for family and friends. The Chapel was packed and filled with luscious, glorious string sounds. The quality of the performances was at times breath taking. For many of our younger string players it was their first performance evening with lots of photos and movies being shot! For older students it was lovely to hear the growth in their technique and musicianship from the same concert last year. Congratulations to Mr Bonnici, Mr DeMarte, Ms Bertoncello and their team of dedicated and highly skilled string staff, who presented 120 string students in 5 string orchestras, performing a wonderful concert event for our community.

Fiona Gardner
Director of Teaching & Learning - Music

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We look forward to celebrating your child's learning at the upcoming Student Learning Conferences. These are marked in the College calendar as Wednesday, June 13th and Thursday, June 14th...

We look forward to celebrating your child's learning at the upcoming Student Learning Conferences. These are marked in the College calendar as Wednesday, June 13th and Thursday, June 14th - 3.30pm-6.30pm.

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 30 minute booking.

Bookings opened on Wednesday, June 6th, 4.30pm and will close on Tuesday June 12th, 4.30pm.

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

 

Carla Dunlop

Deputy Head of Campus

Student Learning Conferences will be held on Wednesday 13th June and Thursday 14th June from 3.30pm to 6.00pm at Christian College Surf Coast Campus, 248 Great Ocean Road, Jan Juc.
Bookin...

Student Learning Conferences will be held on Wednesday 13th June and Thursday 14th June from 3.30pm to 6.00pm at Christian College Surf Coast Campus, 248 Great Ocean Road, Jan Juc.

Bookings for Interviews are made online by visiting www.schoolinterviews.com.au

Please note that bookings can only be made once bookings open and before bookings close.

BOOKINGS OPEN  Friday 1st June at 4.00pm

For those that do not have internet access, parents may send a note to school with the approximate times they require, or phone the school on 03 5244 8799.

Interviews are strictly 15 mins and spaces are limited.  If you require more time, please contact your teacher directly to make alternative arrangements.

BOOKINGS CLOSE  TODAY Friday 8th June at 4.00pm

Please see the attached link for booking instructions.

Should you encounter any difficulties please do not hesitate to contact Kellie in reception for guidance.

During the first week of the mid-year school holiday break (Monday 25th June to Friday 29th June 2018), Camp Australia will be running a school-holiday program at our Junior School – Belm...

During the first week of the mid-year school holiday break (Monday 25th June to Friday 29th June 2018), Camp Australia will be running a school-holiday program at our Junior School – Belmont Campus. 

Location: Junior School – Belmont, 39 Broughton Drive, Belmont, VIC, 3216

Time: 7.00am to 6.00pm

Cost: $53.88 per child per day (there will be no Christian College Bellarine for these Pupil Free days)

Bookings should be made by Monday the 18th June 2018.

Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Camp Australia Customer Care Team: 1300 105 343. Their team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

www.campaustralia.com.au

Nicholas Watson
Head of Campus

On Friday 15th June, the Year 3 students will have their final swimming session. It has been pleasing to see the attitude and effort from the students by participating in the swimming and...

On Friday 15th June, the Year 3 students will have their final swimming session. It has been pleasing to see the attitude and effort from the students by participating in the swimming and sports activities.

The session will commence at 1.30pm with students participating in a freestyle/kick board and backstroke/noodle swim and some aquatic novelty events.

Parents are more than welcome to come and watch their child participate during this session which will finish at about 3pm.

If you want to collect your child from this session, please email or write a note in your child’s diary informing their class teacher so they can arrange their bag to go with them. Other students will be returning to Junior School on the bus for the end of the day.

Thank you for your weekly support by ensuring students have their bathers, cap, goggles and towel. We look forward to seeing you on the 15th June.

 

Nick Rice

Junior School Phys Ed & Sport Coordinator

 

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Families are invited to enjoy a night of choral music, showcasing the choirs of Christian College. 
The evening will be held at St Therese Catholic Church in Torquay on Tuesday 19th June,...

Families are invited to enjoy a night of choral music, showcasing the choirs of Christian College. 

The evening will be held at St Therese Catholic Church in Torquay on Tuesday 19th June, 2018, commencing at 7pm and will feature the following ensembles: 

-          The Surf Coast Campus Prep Choir

-          The Belmont Junior School Choir

-          The Bellarine Junior School Choir

-          The Bellarine Middle School Choir

-          The Highton Middle School Choir

-          The Year 8 Chamber Choir

-          The Senior Choir

The Junior Choir is busily preparing for their performance and is looking forward to singing for family and friends. 

 

Carla Dunlop

Deputy Head of Campus & Junior Choir Director

 

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On Monday the current group of boys in the Year 9 Transformation Program headed into Geelong via public transport to visit the City Hall, the City of Greater Geelong council offices, th...

 

On Monday the current group of boys in the Year 9 Transformation Program headed into Geelong via public transport to visit the City Hall, the City of Greater Geelong council offices, the Salvation Army Lazarus Community Centre for the homeless, the City of Greater Geelong library, and the Geelong Art Gallery. The purpose of this excursion was to further provoke students with real and current issues in our local community, including analysing our public transport systems and other public access services. In this program many of the students have already chosen areas of interest where they feel they can make a difference, and this experience allowed those students a chance to see their issue through a local lens, as well as allowing those students who are still searching for an area of interest to pursue with further stimulus and ideas. A ‘Q&A’ session at  City Hall was a real highlight where the boys were able to pose thoughtful and critical questions of local government officials. A chance for our young people to see the potential for themselves as future change makers.

Tim Wright
Classroom Teacher

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Dear Parents and families, I wish to draw your attention to a matter of safety that is becoming increasingly concerning and with which we require your support and assistance. At the concl...

Dear Parents and families, I wish to draw your attention to a matter of safety that is becoming increasingly concerning, and with which we require your support and assistance. At the conclusion of the school day it is wonderful to see students and families interacting and we wish to continue to encourage this. Unfortunately, however, it seems to be with increasing frequency that students are climbing on the cage that covers the utility pipe and swinging on the Christian College sign.  Also students have continued to use footballs in the front of the yard. Whilst there is a yard duty teacher on duty at the front of the school, they are often attending to specific student/family situations. Therefore, could I please ask that as parents if you observe your child climbing on the metal cage, swinging on the school sign or kicking a ball, that you ask them to stop. Please feel free at the end of the day to head around to the back of the school yard where play equipment exists for students to play on under your supervision.

We also take this opportunity to remind families to be vigilant in monitoring your child and other children while walking and driving in the Sth Barwon Civic Centre carpark. An incident was noted through the week where a student ran into the car park and behind a moving car,  almost being struck by the car. Your help in ensuring the safety of all children would be appreciated.

 

Thanking you in anticipation, 

Ann-Marree Weigl

Head of Campus

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A reminder to families that the final day of classes for Term 2 will be Friday 22nd June. Please note, dismissal time is per regular school day, 3.25pm. 
 
With a busy two weeks ahead of ...

A reminder to families that the final day of classes for Term 2 will be Friday 22nd June. Please note, dismissal time is per regular school day, 3.25pm. 

 

With a busy two weeks ahead of us please check the College calendar on the Parent Portal for upcoming dates.  Some important dates to note include:

 

Wednesday June 13th - Student Learning Conferences, 3.30-6.30pm

Thursday June 14th - Student Learning Conferences, 3.30-6.30pm

Thursday June 14th - Junior School Instrumental Music Evening 1, selected soloists, Junior Chapel, 6.30pm

Friday June 15th - Year 3 Swimming Carnival

Thursday June 21st -  Junior School Instrumental Music Evening 2, selected soloists, Junior Chapel, 6.30pm

Friday June 22nd - final day of classes, Term 2

Tuesday July 17th - first day of classes, Term 3

 

We wish families a relaxing and refreshing long weekend. 

 

Carla Dunlop

Deputy Head of Campus

 

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Last Sunday piano students from all campuses, from Years 2 - 11 gathered at the Bellarine Campus for a few hours filled with music and keyboard related activities. Around 50 students we...

 

Last Sunday piano students from all campuses, from Years 2 - 11 gathered at the Bellarine Campus for a few hours filled with music and keyboard related activities. Around 50 students were involved in three different workshops. Under the direction of Jacqueline Robins and Bryan Anderson, the students experienced playing in an ensemble. On two pianos and various tuned percussion instruments, they had fun improvising to jazz grooves and learning to play melodies. Kym Dillon inspired the students to create film music, using 12 keyboards with different sound effects. The young pianists were very impressive in presenting entertaining ideas to set music to a silent animation clip.

Our piano technician, Toby Mitchell, deconstructed a piano in front of the students and explained its ‘insides’. He was able to demonstrate the mechanics of the piano, prompted by our curious students and their great questions.

After a pizza break all student performed what they had learnt in the earlier workshops for families and friends. They also had the opportunity to hear from our guest performer Mr Kym Dillon who inspired the audience with his skills in improvisation. Tammy Treloar ran a trivia game to kick off the concert, there were two parents amongst the three winners!

 

Thank you to the dedicated piano and music staff, as well as our wonderful piano students in making the day a success!

Regina Thomae

Head of Keyboard

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On Wednesday evening this week, around 700 people gathered in the Middle School - Highton Sports & Aquatic Centre for the College’s All Band’s, Semester 1 Concert.
The Band Program featur...

On Wednesday evening this week, around 700 people gathered in the Middle School - Highton Sports & Aquatic Centre for the College’s All Band’s, Semester 1 Concert.

The Band Program features 9 bands and over 200 students from Years 3 to 12.

We heard performances from many students who were playing in a band concert for the very first time! There were nerves and smiles from the youngest musicians, and a huge range of repertoire presented throughout the program.

The most Senior bands and musicians played with great musicality and technical confidence which inspired the younger musicians who listened.

Congratulations to the committed student musicians, the huge team of instrumental staff who support the Bands Program and their band conductors Sean Rankin, Ben Anderson, David Gardner and Andrew Dunlop.

Fiona Gardner
Director of Teaching and Learning - Music

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The Year 5 students have been investigating How Computers Work in Digital Technologies this term. Pupils were required to participate in a series of plugged-in and unplugged activities ...

 

The Year 5 students have been investigating How Computers Work in Digital Technologies this term. Pupils were required to participate in a series of plugged-in and unplugged activities to develop their curiosity and understanding about how computers and other digital systems work. Students reported the following highlights:

 

Making paper computers to identify what the internal parts of a computer are, opening up a PC to discover some of the components, combining classes and having the Digi-Tech teachers co-facilitate for an unplugged learning experience. Students have been documenting their discoveries and understanding in their online learning journal. They have also been planning how to best showcase their learning via an online presentation platform that they will share with their peers, receive feedback and submit for assessment. We are excited to continue this rich learning in Term 3 as we begin our coding units.

 

Lia Lowe & Krissy Barr

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In Science the year 7’s are currently studying a unit on Ecology. Last week the students visited Serendip Sanctuary as part of their Science program. This is one of the highlights of th...

 

In Science the year 7’s are currently studying a unit on Ecology. Last week the students visited Serendip Sanctuary as part of their Science program. This is one of the highlights of the semester. Students had the opportunity to make links between classroom theory and the real world.

The trip included a nature walk, run by the park rangers, where students were able to explore their local habitats. During the walk, the students were able to participate in rich conversations about Australian habitats, with a focus on the endangered grasslands. One group was lucky enough to see two Brolga birds perform part of their daily mating dance, which was a real highlight of the trip.

The students also participated in some hands on learning, which included investigating the invertebrate life in Serendip’s pond. Overall, the trip was a great success and the students will take away a deeper understanding of their local environment. The students should also be able to use what they observed in their next Science assessment, where they are asked to research a chosen Australian habitat.   

 

Victoria Corkin
Science Teacher

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On Wednesday evening this week, around 700 people gathered in the Middle School - Highton SAC for the College’s All Band’s, Semester 1 Concert.

On Wednesday evening this week, around 700 people gathered in the Middle School - Highton Sports & Aquatic Centre for the College’s All Band’s, Semester 1 Concert.

The Band Program features 9 bands and over 200 students from Years 3 to 12.

We heard performances from many students who were playing in a band concert for the very first time! There were nerves and smiles from the youngest musicians, and a huge range of repertoire presented throughout the program.

The most Senior bands and musicians played with great musicality and technical confidence which inspired the younger musicians who listened.

Congratulations to the committed student musicians, the huge team of instrumental staff who support the Bands Program and their band conductors Sean Rankin, Ben Anderson, David Gardner and Andrew Dunlop.

Fiona Gardner
Director of Teaching and Learning - Music

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On Wednesday evening this week, around 700 people gathered in the Middle School - Highton Sports & Aquatic Centre for the College’s All Band’s, Semester 1 Concert.
The Band Program featur...

On Wednesday evening this week, around 700 people gathered in the Middle School - Highton Sports & Aquatic Centre for the College’s All Band’s, Semester 1 Concert.

The Band Program features 9 bands and over 200 students from Years 3 to 12.

We heard performances from many students who were playing in a band concert for the very first time! There were nerves and smiles from the youngest musicians, and a huge range of repertoire presented throughout the program.

The most Senior bands and musicians played with great musicality and technical confidence which inspired the younger musicians who listened.

Congratulations to the committed student musicians, the huge team of instrumental staff who support the Bands Program and their band conductors Sean Rankin, Ben Anderson, David Gardner and Andrew Dunlop.

Fiona Gardner
Director of Teaching and Learning - Music

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