Mr Graeme Dent
Head of Senior School 

Welcome to Term 3…

I wish to welcome back all of our students! It was great to see them again at our first assembly held at Middle School Highton. It was pleasing to hear the holiday exploits and for all students to be looking so relaxed and refreshed. The holidays are a reminder that we do need to rest and catch up on sleep. For me, it was holiday spent reading, and I was somewhat surprised to see that Judge Judy is still on after all those years. I am not sure if they are re-runs?

During the holidays our Prefects went to East Timor. They had a wonderful trip which will be reported on in the next edition of The Vine. It was a marvellous opportunity for them to visit our Friendship House and to connect with the students and staff there. At our Senior School Campus Assembly, two Prefects - Brydon Barnett and Nicole Mayes - presented a report that featured some amazing photographs. There was one in particular that struck me: it was of a student from Christian College and a young person from East Timor. You could really feel the connection in their faces through the photo and you realise the 'good work' that is being done.

The Senior School Subject Expo is on Wednesday, 26th July and this is an important date for all students in Years 10 and 11. All departments will have displays and staff will be on hand to answer questions about subjects and pathways. Our Careers Counsellors will also be available for discussions.

The night is broken up into the following:

Subject Expo 4.00pm to 6.00pm – for current Year 9 students and parents.
Subject Expo 7.00pm to 9.00pm – for Year 10 students and parents and interested Year 11 students and parents.
Formal Information Sessions - for Year 10 students and parents and any Year 11 students and parents interested (all in the Senior School Chapel) - 7.00 and 8.00 pm: VCE Presentation / 7.30 pm: VCAL Presentation.

We will also be visited by Year 9 students, as they are also required to enter subject selections for 2018. All subject selections will be carried out online and more information will be sent to you concerning this over the next week.

For your information, below is a list of some important events that will be taking place at the start of Term 3:

Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th July -  Futures Week for Year 11 and 12 students

Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th July - Year 10 Futures Week

Wedneday, 26th July - Senior School Subject Expo and VCE/VCAL Information Night

Tuesday, 1st August - Student Learning Conferences (4.30pm to 8.30 pm)

Thursday, 3rd August - Subject Selection Open Online

Friday, 11th August - Subject Selection Closes Online

I came across this article in The Age on 6th April and felt it appropriate to share given my writings last term on ‘Anxiety’. 

Feeling the weight of tomorrow’s world - Chloe Booker

Teenager Amelia Walters says a bombardment of negative messages about the state of the world is ruining her generation’s mental health.

In an alarming snapshot of the well-being of Australian students, seven out of 10 surveyed by the National Union of Students last year rated their mental health as only “poor” or “fair”. Amelia, 19, said she was left paralysed with anxiety and depression after moving to Melbourne from Brisbane to take up a University Scholarship last year. Despite being high school Dux, and scoring the highest possible ATAR, she found herself unable to get out of bed and attend classes at the University of Melbourne. “There is a lot of anxiety about our futures,” she says. “There is a greater sense of responsibility, to our society, to our environment, to our planet, and to ourselves, to achieve.” Amelia said young people are growing up in an age when bad news is constantly at their smartphone fingertips. Amelia is not alone. The survey of more than 2600 University and TAFE students found about a third had serious concerns. Two-thirds reported high or very high psychological distress, and 80 per cent had felt anxious or experienced panic. It is the first time the annual National Union of Students survey has asked questions about mental health, after partnering up with youth mental health foundation 'Headspace'. The Union’s Welfare Officer, Jill Molloy, said the results were a wake-up call for institutions. She said there was already a “massive demand” placed on some “underfunded” University mental health services, with up to seven-week waiting lists. Chief Executive of Headspace, Jason Trethowan, said the results justified more investment in mental health. “After finishing Year 12, young people can be vulnerable. They are an at-risk group with no clear check-in point for mental health difficulties,” he said. Amelia says she found help through Headspace (she’s now an ambassador for the organisation) and at Melbourne University, and she encourages other students who are struggling to also seek support. “Now that I’ve figured out what that hole in myself was and filled it again, I feel much more able to take on some of the pressures of study and greater life.”

Don't hesitate to phone Headspace on 1800 650 890, if needed.

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School 

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Dear Bellarine families,
It has been wonderful to see all of the happy faces of our students this week, there has been such a vibrant feel around the Campus. We welcome three new families...

Dear Bellarine families,

It has been wonderful to see all the happy faces of our students this week; there has been such a vibrant feel around the Campus.

We welcome three new families and a new teacher, Mrs Victoria Kent into our Campus. We are delighted that they can be here, and wish them a very happy and rewarding time at the Bellarine Campus throughout the next weeks, months and years. It is going to be a busy term and I am excited about the many rich learning opportunities that are ahead for our young people.

Our Campus assembly on Tuesday set the tone for our community this semester. We heard from both of our College Captains, Briella Egberts and Cameron Chandler, along with Principal Glen McKeeman. Briella talked about the impact our actions of love and kindness towards others has on our individual experiences within a community. Cameron, meanwhile, further demonstrated what is possible in such an environment; in particular, a place where young people are willing to take risks, try new things and express their individual skills and abilities amongst their peers.

Cameron went on to demonstrate such risk-taking, wowing our students with a very new addition to his guitar playing kit. He added a repeat pedal to his repertoire, one he had only minutes rehearsing with - having received his purchase in the mail the evening prior to our assembly. Overall, our community has been encouraged that we are all called to do ‘good works’ (Ephesians 2:8-10), and first and foremost, that ‘good work’ is to reflect the love that Christ has for us to all people in all that we do.

I look forward to partnering with you, alongside our staff this semester.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus

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PMP will be re-commencing this Monday. Thank you to those parents who have contacted me offering to help out.If there are any other family members who would like to assist please contact ...

'PMP' will be recommencing this Monday. Thank you to those parents who have contacted me offering to help out.
If there are any other family members who would like to assist, please contact me. Prep G and Prep R classes are on Monday afternoon, Periods 7 and 8, while Prep B is Tuesday morning, Period 1.

A ‘Working with Children’ check needs to be completed for all volunteers.


Thank you
Jo Richardson
PMP Coordinator

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Dear Middle School - Highton families,
 
Welcome back to Term 3!!
We have enjoyed a wonderful, albeit cold start to Semester 2 this week, with staff appreciating the smiling faces and vi...

Dear Middle School - Highton families,

 

Welcome back to Term 3!!

We have enjoyed a wonderful, albeit cold start to Semester 2 this week, with staff appreciating the smiling faces and vibrant arrival of our students.

We welcome many new students and families to our College community this term and pray that you’re feeling connected and valued at the conclusion of our first week. We also welcome new staff to our Middle School; Mrs Brighid Mantelli (Music), Mrs Helen Purnell (Mathematics), Mrs Tracey Mayes (Learning Support), Mrs Leanne Crole (Learning Support) and Ms Felicity van Kan (Art/Technology). It is going to be a busy term and I am excited about the many rich learning opportunities that are ahead for our young people.

Our staff had the privilege to all stand at the gates on Tuesday morning to welcome (handshake and high five!) our students as they arrived back for their Term 3 studies. This was purposeful in encouraging our students as valued and loved members of our community. A significant part of our community, alongside staff and parents, are the 620 young people that breath life and learning into our Campus each and every day. Although a small gesture on Tuesday morning, it was wonderful to see the continued connection, relationship and respect between our staff and students. Something we are very proud of.

We were encouraged in our commencement assembly around the notion of community, in particular, our College Principal Mr Glen McKeeman motivated our community, reminding us that we are all called to do ‘good works’ (Ephesians 2:8-10), and first and foremost, that ‘good work’ is to reflect the love that Christ has for us to all people in all that we do.

I look forward to partnering with you and your family, alongside our staff this semester.

 

Kind regards,

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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Year One students have been learning about graphs, digraphs, trigraphs and blends through the DIPL program and other Literacy activities. To begin the new term, students in 1D revised the...

Year One students have been learning about graphs, digraphs, trigraphs and blends through the 'DIPL' program and other Literacy activities.

To begin the new term, students in 1D revised their understanding of beginning sounds, matching picture cards with the beginning digraph or blend. Alongside revision of spelling patterns, the students used their collaboration muscles as they worked in small groups to 'sort' the images however they liked. 

Some groups went for an organised approach, while some had a more creative way of working through the task. While they were completing the activity the children were extending their understanding by sharing other words they knew of for each of the spelling patterns. The 'squ' and 'spl' proved to be particularly funny blends, with lots of onomatopoeic words shared, such as 'splosh' and 'squelch'.

Jessica Chakir
Year 1 Homeroom Teacher

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Each morning from the 24th - 28th of July our Year 11 and 12 students will be attending sessions of their choice to investigate future options for life after school. We have four differen...

Each morning from the 24th to 28th July, our Year 11 and 12 students will be attending sessions of their choice to investigate future options for life after school.

We have four different presenters each morning from a variety of institutions, including major universities such as Deakin University, Victoria University, Federation University, Latrobe University and RMIT. We will also have TAFE providers and other educational and vocational providers, as well as past students who are ready to inspire. Also, we will have a Leadership Seminar presented by guest speaker Matt Cox running at lunchtime on the 25th July at 1pm.

Matt works in the technology field and manages the community marketing team at the Australian tech start-up company ‘Envato’. Envato works across a range of marketplaces allowing creatives to sell their digital products online. It has currently paid out over $400 million to its global community.

Their motto:“We believe good ideas deserve a chance to grow. We believe people deserve to earn a living doing what they love. We believe in making it easy to get things done,” highlights that this session will most definitely be engaging and enriching. This event is open to all students and staff at the Senior School Campus. We are really excited for the upcoming Futures Week, and look forward to all of the presentations from our guests to the Senior School Campus.

Our Year 10 students will also begin to investigate subject choices and plans for their final years at school with a designated program running all week, led by the Year 10 Coordinators Kim Doherty and Paul Breguet.

The future is BRIGHT for students at Christian College Geelong.

Please click here for the full list of presentations for the week ahead.

Ms Georgia Barber

Year 11 Coordinator

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After just one day at Deakin Waurn Ponds at the end of last term, a group of Year 9 girls were impressed with the variety of careers and opportunities that engineering courses at universi...

After a day at Deakin University Waurn Ponds at the end of last term, a group of Year 9 girls were impressed with the variety of careers and opportunities that engineering courses at university could lead to.

The 'Power of Engineering Day' was at an opportune time in itself, as these young women prepare to think about their future study pathways and careers. The collaborative tasks and engineering information sharing were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Highlights were programming robots, assembling a 3D prosthetic hand, creating an electric motor, designing a bridge within certain constraints and purifying water. Visiting the High Voltage room and being blasted with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony from the tesla coils inside the faraday cage was a special treat during the lunch break.

The photos show some of the activities the girls revelled in, and here are a few reflections from our Year 9 girls:

It was really informative and I learned a lot about the different types of engineering and what you can achieve in them – Millicent Panther

I loved the experience at Deakin it gave me an insight into how interesting engineering can be! – Tegan Visser

It was good to learn about the different types of engineering and to be given the opportunity to try some of them. - Kassidy Werner

I learned so much about how empowering and successful women can be in the engineering world. Especially the fact that it is so diverse and how many different career paths are available – Matilda MacAdie

The Power of Engineering Day at Deakin gave us a good insight into the different types of engineering and the possible career paths we could follow. I found it really beneficial, as I would love to pursue a career in engineering - Isabella  Lawrence 

We were so lucky to experience and explore the world of engineering and all that it entails in the supportive and encouraging environment at Deakin! There are a huge range of different fields of engineering, and we were encouraged to look at the ones which used our strengths! The day catered to everybody and was so much fun.  – Molly England

Before the experience at Deakin, I actually didn’t know anything about engineering. But after that day, I learnt so much: how to measure wind energy, control a little robot, building a little model bridge and, most of all, learning about the different courses in engineering. I learnt that engineering is not only for males but for females, too. I also learnt how engineering can make a difference to the world, our society, and how it opens up a future career. I really enjoyed the day because it inspired me to help others and make a better life for others.  – KhinKhin Sumon

The Deakin experience was very informative and opened my eyes to all the possibilities there are in engineering. – Giulia Mandarano

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                                                                PE                            SPORT (House Polo)
 
Preps      - Prep B & G          -                Mon                   ...

  Please see attached the requirements for Term 3 Sport Uniform.

 

 

Key Services and Supports
Central themes in the lives of our young people are their experiences of  relationships and belonging.  A key message for schools, that I wish to share with you ...

Key Services and Supports

Central themes in the lives of our young people are their experiences of relationships and belonging.

A key message for schools that I wish to share with you as parents relates to connectedness, and understanding that positive relationships and a sense of belonging are essential to sustaining good mental health and well-being in any community. At Christian College,  fostering relationships and belonging is central to our Christian mission, and our core values, by extending Love, Truth, Hope, Grace and Faith to others.

Sometimes, however, we all need extra support with our well-being, and at Christian College each Campus is blessed with a wonderful Chaplaincy team, who can support students at these times. In addition to this, there is access to many external support networks and services for both students and families.  

For your reference, the following is a current list of contacts provided by the Principals Australia Network that you may wish to have on hand should your family or a friend ever need them.

Mrs Dianne Martin

Deputy Head of Senior School

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What to say?
Welcome back to term 3… Wow, the time is moving quicker every day!
Thought I would begin this term with some encouragement in the area of caring for each other.
Here we go……....

What to say?

Welcome back to Term 3… Wow, the time is moving quicker every day!

I thought I would begin this term with some encouragement in the area of caring for each other.

Here we go…

Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don't need to be an expert - just a great mate and a good listener. So, if you notice someone who might be struggling, start a conversation.

Quick tip: Persist, persist, persist!

Sometimes we need to ask the question more than once before someone is ready to open up. If they say "I'm fine" and your gut says they are not, gently ask them again: "It's just I've noticed you seem a bit tired lately. I'm always here to listen if you want to talk".

Whether you are crafting a conversation opener or typing a text message to someone you are worried about, make sure the tone is positive, encouraging and supportive. 

And remember, listening is one of the greatest things anyone can do when times are tough. So don't put all your energy in to crafting the 'perfect' response. Instead, focus on helping them open up with questions like, "how are you feeling about that?" or "how’s that affecting you?"

I hope these tips encourage and give you some support in helping friends when you sense there is a need.

Again, please feel free to come and have a chat to me if you need someone to listen to your situation and be there for you.

Gary Crole

Chaplain - Bellarine Campus Drysdale

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You might have seen that our Middle School Campus is getting a makeover!
As you would expect, the College has a responsibility to keep our buildings in good repair, so we have hired a com...

You might have seen that our Middle School Campus is getting a makeover!

As you would expect, the College has a responsibility to keep our buildings in good repair, so we have hired a company to revamp the paintwork at Middle School. This company will maintain the paintwork for the next seven years, and the same process will then occur at our Junior School and Villa Paloma campuses.

At the Middle School Campus, the render on our buildings had become slightly porous and hairline cracks were starting to develop. When this happens, moisture can infiltrate and rust the reinforcement, which can then eat away at the surface.

As part of the repainting process, we have treated and repaired the affected areas. All of the concrete rendered areas are being painted with an “elastomeric” paint, which is able to tolerate slight movement without cracking. This will seal the surface and any hairline cracks.

While the improvement to the appearance of each building will be most welcome, the real reason for undertaking this work is to protect the buildings themselves and prevent future deterioration.

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The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide relevant, up-to-date information for the parents of more than 140,000 students in over 200 Member Schools.
We have exp...

The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide relevant, up-to-date information for the parents of more than 140,000 students in over 200 Member Schools.

They have explored issues as diverse as how perfectionism hurts girls, why children are being turned off maths, building resilience in children, and ‘mindful’ parenting.

They have also featured expert practical advice on starting secondary school, supporting your child through the stresses of VCE, study tips and strategies, and teenagers getting their first job.

In addition, The Parents’ Website has celebrated the great community work by the students and staff of Independent schools.

The website also provides useful information for parents, such as our 'school locator tool', where you can refine your search based on filters such as location, the years of education offered and any affiliations.

Staying in touch is easy. Visit The Parents’ website HERE or you can subscribe to by filling out this simple form, and get regular email updates on the latest postings on the site.

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The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide relevant, up-to-date information for the parents of more than 140,000 students in over 200 Member Schools.
We have exp...

The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide relevant, up-to-date information for the parents of more than 140,000 students in over 200 Member Schools.

They have explored issues as diverse as how perfectionism hurts girls, why children are being turned off Maths, building resilience in children, and ‘mindful’ parenting.

They have also featured expert practical advice on starting secondary school, supporting your child through the stresses of VCE, study tips and strategies, and teenagers getting their first job.

In addition, The Parents’ Website has celebrated the great community work by the students and staff of Independent schools.

The website also provides useful information for parents, such as our 'school locator tool' where you can refine your search based on filters such as location, the years of education offered and any affiliations.

Staying in touch is easy. Visit The Parents’ Website HERE or you can subscribe to by filling out this simple form, and get regular email updates on the latest postings on the site.

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In the first week of school holidays our Senior netball team, comprised of students from Year 9 to 12, competed at the Waverly International Schools Championships held in Melbourne. Chris...

In the first week of school holidays our Senior Netball team, comprised of students from Year 9 to 12, competed at the Waverley International Schools Championships held in Melbourne.

Christian College finished 13th out of 31 Senior teams, which included a number of schools from interstate and overseas (Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Pakistan). Well done to each of the girls for the way they represented the College.

The players included: Molly England and Georgia Murdoch (Middle School Highton), Jessie Allen (Bellarine Campus), Isabel Hackett, Madeline Vines, Tanayah Blackhall, Georgia Ryan, Briely Wight, Sarah Arstall and Rachel Kirtley (Senior School Campus).

Our selected Junior, Inter and Senior College boys and girls Netball teams will be competing on Friday, 21st July at the Victorian Schools Championships in Melbourne.

Good luck to all teams!  

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In the first week of school holidays our Senior netball team, comprised of students from Year 9 to 12, competed at the Waverly International Schools Championships held in Melbourne. Chris...

In the first week of school holidays our Senior Netball team, comprised of students from Year 9 to 12, competed at the Waverley International Schools Championships held in Melbourne.

Christian College finished 13th out of 31 Senior teams, which included a number of schools from interstate and overseas (Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Pakistan). Well done to each of the girls for the way they represented the College.

The players included: Molly England and Georgia Murdoch (Middle School Highton), Jessie Allen (Bellarine Campus), Isabel Hackett, Madeline Vines, Tanayah Blackhall, Georgia Ryan, Briely Wight, Sarah Arstall and Rachel Kirtley (Senior School Campus).

Our selected Junior, Inter and Senior College boys and girls Netball teams will be competing on Friday, 21st July at the Victorian Schools Championships in Melbourne.

Good luck to all teams!  

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The Junior Strings and Year 3 Singing Workshop, (Year 3 cohort) are busily preparing for performances at the upcoming Geelong Schools' Music Festival.
The Festival is a great opportunity ...

The Junior Strings and Year 3 Singing Workshop group (Year 3 cohort) are busily preparing for performances at the upcoming Geelong Schools' Music and Movement Festival.

The Festival is a great opportunity for students of different schools to come together and share their many talents and gifts in all areas of creative arts. Parents are welcome to the attend the festival to support our young performers on Wednesday, August 16th at Deakin's Costa Hall, 9.30 to 11.30am.

Tickets are available at the door or via the GPAC website GPAC Ticket Sales

Carla Dunlop

Deputy Head of Campus

 

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The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide relevant, up-to-date information for the parents of more than 140,000 students in over 200 Member Schools.
We have exp...

The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide relevant, up-to-date information for the parents of more than 140,000 students in over 200 Member Schools.

They have explored issues as diverse as how perfectionism hurts girls, why children are being turned off Maths, building resilience in children, and ‘mindful’ parenting.

They have also featured expert practical advice on starting secondary school, supporting your child through the stresses of VCE, study tips and strategies, and teenagers getting their first job.

In addition, The Parents’ Website has celebrated the great community work by the students and staff of Independent schools.

The website also provides useful information for parents, such as our 'school locator tool' where you can refine your search based on filters such as location, the years of education offered and any affiliations.

Staying in touch is easy. Visit The Parents’ Website HERE or you can subscribe to by filling out this simple form, and get regular email updates on the latest postings on the site.

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The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide relevant, up-to-date information for the parents of more than 140,000 students in over 200 Member Schools.
We have exp...

The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide relevant, up-to-date information for the parents of more than 140,000 students in over 200 Member Schools.

They have explored issues as diverse as how perfectionism hurts girls, why children are being turned off Maths, building resilience in children, and ‘mindful’ parenting.

They have also featured expert practical advice on starting secondary school, supporting your child through the stresses of VCE, study tips and strategies, and teenagers getting their first job.

In addition, The Parents’ Website has celebrated the great community work by the students and staff of Independent schools.

The website also provides useful information for parents, such as our 'school locator tool', where you can refine your search based on filters such as location, the years of education offered and any affiliations.

Staying in touch is easy. Visit The Parents’ Website HERE or you can subscribe to by filling out this simple form, and get regular email updates on the latest postings on the site.

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In the first week of school holidays our Senior netball team, comprised of students from Year 9 to 12, competed at the Waverly International Schools Championships held in Melbourne. Chris...

In the first week of school holidays our Senior Netball team, comprised of students from Year 9 to 12, competed at the Waverley International Schools Championships held in Melbourne.

Christian College finished 13th out of 31 Senior teams, which included a number of schools from interstate and overseas (Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Pakistan). Well done to each of the girls for the way they represented the College.

The players included: Molly England and Georgia Murdoch (Middle School Highton), Jessie Allen (Bellarine Campus), Isabel Hackett, Madeline Vines, Tanayah Blackhall, Georgia Ryan, Briely Wight, Sarah Arstall and Rachel Kirtley (Senior School Campus).

Our selected Junior, Inter and Senior College boys and girls Netball teams will be competing on Friday, 21st July at the Victorian Schools Championships in Melbourne.

Good luck to all teams!  

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Ashton Scholastic Book Club
Ashton Scholastic Book Club orders: Issue 5 have been distributed and should be returned to school by Friday, 28th July 2017. We would ask that all orders are ...

Ashton Scholastic Book Club orders: Issue 5 have been distributed and should be returned to school by Friday, 28th July

We would ask that all orders are sent to school by this due date, as late orders delay the collation and distribution of the children's books. Also, could all payments please be either cheque or credit card payments.

Cheque – made payable to Ashton Scholastic.

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

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

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

 

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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 r...

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 1577 to book your table.

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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 r...

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 1577 to book your table.

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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 r...

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 1577 to book your table.

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Junior School will once again be offering Chess lessons this term.
They will be held each Monday lunchtime (from Monday, 24th July to Monday, 18th September). The cost is $90 per child (o...

Junior School will once again be offering Chess lessons this term.

They will be held each Monday lunchtime (from Monday, 24th July to Monday, 18th September). The cost is $90 per child (or $80 for siblings). The benefits of learning Chess are strategic thinking, improved self-esteem and attention span in class, lateral thinking, teamwork and analytical skills.

Please collect an application form from the Junior School Office if you would like your child to participate.

 

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We are very excited to get the 5/6 swimming program underway this term. The swimming program is a vital part of the Physical Education and Sport program and a great opportunity for studen...

We are very excited to get the Year 5 and 6 Swimming program underway this term.

The Swimming program is a vital part of the Physical Education and Sport program and a great opportunity for students to continue building their swimming techniques and endurance. The attached letter has all the information needed for both parents and students.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact Caitlin Hoiles, via email at c.hoiles@ccg.vic.edu.au or by phone on 03 52 532 998.

Caitlin Hoiles
Physical Education Teacher

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

Focus on Open Days
Competitions
Early Entry Programs
Guaranteed Entry Pro...

Open Days

Year 10 to 12 students and their families have the opportunity to explore further study options through attending Open Days when study providers open up their facilities and faculties. 

These days provide invaluable insights into both university life and course information. Do not feel you need to wait until Year 12 to attend these days. In fact, beginning your exploration of study pathways in Year 10 or 11 can be of great benefit.

Attending these days does require some forward planning so that weekends can be free for travel. On occasion, you may find that you wish to attend more than one institution on the one day.

The links below will provide dates and links to institutions. Open Days are commencing shortly.

VTAC - click here to view the List of Open Days on the VTAC site.

Australian Education Network - click here to view the List of Open Days by Tertiary Institutions, as listed on the Australian Education Network site.

 

Weekly Career News

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Weekly Career News 

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  • Early Entry Programs
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  • Tertiary Admission Centre resources
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Dear Year 9 families,
 We have come to the time of the academic year when one priority for our Year 9’s are their subject selections for Year 10 in 2018.
 I welcome you to make an appoint...

Dear Year 9 families,

 We have come to the time of the academic year when one priority for our Year 9’s are their subject selections for Year 10 in 2018.

 I welcome you to make an appointment for a chat over theirs and your subject thoughts and enquiries.

 From August 3 through to August 11 your online subject choices will be made.  It would be most beneficial to make appointments as soon as possible after the Senior School Subject Expo next week, Wednesday 26th July.  I have been holding discussions with families already.

 For the remainder of this semester I am spending all day each Thursday at the Highton campus from 8:00am onwards. Should a Thursday be inconvenient then we can certainly look at alternate times to meet at either Middle School or Senior School depending on my commitments.

 I do look forward to meeting you and beginning careers/pathways conversations with your child. There are many stories yet to be created for our Year 9’s as emerging young adults over their Senior School years and I am very privileged to have an opportunity to share in them from the perspective of a Careers Practitioner.

 To make a booking request, please email me on: r.smith@ccg.vic.edu.au

 Robyn Smith

Careers Practitioner

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Christian College is again taking part in the 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey, run by Independent Schools Victoria.  We have found that parents opinions are valuable to our forward planni...

Christian College is again taking part in the 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey, run by Independent Schools Victoria. 

We have found that parents opinions are valuable to our forward planning and we would therefore like to invite you to participate in this survey. The aim of the survey is to gain general feedback and understand your perceptions regarding the quality of your child’s educational experience with the College. 

The information obtained will be used by us to evaluate parent opinion, in order to improve the quality of education at each Campus for students, and will enable benchmarking of the College against other Independent Schools.

You will receive an invitation via email during the week beginning 24th July, 2017 to participate in this survey.

Thank you in advance for your support in providing feedback.

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On Thursday, 3rd August at 9.30 a.m. in the Chapel, the ‘Bravehearts’ team will be coming to Junior School to lead a personal safety program for our Prep students. This program provides s...

On Thursday, 3rd August at 9.30am in the Chapel, the ‘Bravehearts’ team will be coming to Junior School to lead a personal safety program for our Prep students.

This program provides students with the basic principles of personal safety, providing them with the tools to stay safe and to know what to do, if anything does occur. The ‘Ditto Show’ is a live performance, with Ditto (a life-sized bear) being the star attraction. The show will run for 35 minutes and is also open for parents of Prep students to attend if they would like to do so.

The program is Australia-wide and has been operating since 2006, empowering over 300,000 children. It is widely used in Geelong Primary Schools and has been part of our Junior School Campus program for the past four years. Topics covered throughout the show consist of ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ feelings, 'The Body’s Warning Signs', 'Private Parts', 'Secrets' and 'what to do if you feel unsafe or unsure'.

If parents are unable to attend the show and the follow-up information, this link provides more details and an overview of what will be covered with the children.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcW7McpnvGI

If you have questions about the program, please feel free to discuss with our School Chaplain Mr Thurman or one of our Prep teachers. This is a helpful program to equip our students in the area of child safety.

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During this semester in Health, students in Years 5, 6 and 8 will be involved in units on Personal Development and Growth.

These units explore the physical, social and emotional changes that will occur with the onset of puberty at an age appropriate level. Please see the attached letter for further details outlining the unit.

Andrew Tucker and Caitlin Hoiles
Physical Education Coordinators

Dear Parents,
Thank you to those volunteers who give of their time doing an amazing job in our Middle School - Highton Canteen.
We would welcome any Parents/Guardians who may have a coupl...

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those volunteers who give of their time to do an amazing job in our Middle School Highton Canteen.

We would welcome any parents or guardians who may have a couple of hours free on a Friday morning between 9am and 11.30am - once a month or term - and who would like to volunteer in our canteen. Please contact Mrs Heather Smith - 0409 137 661, if you can help us.

Heather Smith

Canteen Manager 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 r...

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 1577 to book your table.

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During this semester in Health, students in Year 9 will be involved in a unit on Drugs and Decision-Making.

This unit will explore a range of current issues surrounding drug use in society today. Please see the attached letter for further details on the unit.

Andrew Tucker
Physical Education Coordinator

Christian College is again taking part in the 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey, run by Independent Schools Victoria.  We have found that parents opinions are valuable to our forward planni...

Christian College is again taking part in the 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey, run by Independent Schools Victoria. 

We have found that parents opinions are valuable to our forward planning and we would therefore like to invite you to participate in this survey. The aim of the survey is to gain general feedback and understand your perceptions regarding the quality of your child’s educational experience with the College. 

The information obtained will be used by us to evaluate parent opinion, in order to improve the quality of education at each Campus for students, and will enable benchmarking of the College against other Independent Schools.

You will receive an invitation via email during the week beginning 24th July, 2017 to participate in this survey.

Thank you in advance for your support in providing feedback.

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At Middle School - Highton the Glee cans of fruit juice have been upgraded and are now 99% fruit juice priced at $2.50.
Flavours available are Tropical, Rasberry, Bubblegum and Black curr...

At Middle School Highton, the Glee cans of fruit juice have been upgraded and are now 99% fruit juice, priced at $2.50.

Flavours available are Tropical, Raspberry, Bubble Gum and Blackcurrant. These juices are only available at the Middle School Highton Campus. There is no change at the Junior School Campus at this stage.

Mrs Heather Smith

Canteen Manager

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Dear Parents and Guardians,
Year 9 girls are partaking in a Girls Empowerment Program during Wednesday and Thursday homeroom devotional time. As part of this program, we will be including...

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Year 9 girls are partaking in a Girls Empowerment Program during Wednesday and Thursday Homeroom devotional time. As part of this program, we will be including a unit of work that explores body image and the role of the media and other factors in shaping a young person’s perception of the ideal healthy body shape.

As part of this unit of work, students will be viewing the Embrace documentary. Please see the attached letter for further details.

Sally Gray
Year 9 Teacher

Christian College is again taking part in the 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey, run by Independent Schools Victoria.  We have found that parents opinions are valuable to our forward planni...

Christian College is again taking part in the 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey, run by Independent Schools Victoria. 

We have found that parents opinions are valuable to our forward planning and we would therefore like to invite you to participate in this survey. The aim of the survey is to gain general feedback and understand your perceptions regarding the quality of your child’s educational experience with the College. 

The information obtained will be used by us to evaluate parent opinion, in order to improve the quality of education at each Campus for students, and will enable benchmarking of the College against other Independent Schools.

You will receive an invitation via email during the week beginning 24th July, 2017 to participate in this survey.

Thank you in advance for your support in providing feedback.

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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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Christian College Bellarine students will continue to have access to Sprouts Canteen for a fast and easy lunch delivery service each Friday during 2017. 
Sprouts offer wholefood, made fre...

Bellarine Campus students will continue to have access to Sprouts Canteen for a fast and easy lunch delivery service each Friday this year. 

Sprouts offer wholefood, made fresh daily in a local commercial kitchen that is then carefully packed and delivered to the school. There is a wide selection of offerings available on the menu. Parents and students can place orders online up until 9.00am on the day.

Snacks can be ordered with lunch. However, the order is delivered just prior to lunchtime and therefore food for recess will need to be supplied by parents.

Sprouts Kids Canteen and Cooking School use an online ordering service. Please head to ouronlinecanteen.com.au to register. Multiple children can be registered on the one account. Once registered with ouronlinecanteen.com.au, it is a very easy ordering system, allowing you to bank money for your child and order from the menu quickly and easily.

For more information about Sprouts Kids Canteen and Cooking School see www.sproutskids.com.au.

Christian College is again taking part in the 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey, run by Independent Schools Victoria.  We have found that parents opinions are valuable to our forward planni...

Christian College is again taking part in the 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey, run by Independent Schools Victoria. 

We have found that parents opinions are valuable to our forward planning and we would therefore like to invite you to participate in this survey. The aim of the survey is to gain general feedback and understand your perceptions regarding the quality of your child’s educational experience with the College. 

The information obtained will be used by us to evaluate parent opinion, in order to improve the quality of education at each Campus for students, and will enable benchmarking of the College against other Independent Schools.

You will receive an invitation via email during the week beginning 24th July, 2017 to participate in this survey.

Thank you in advance for your support in providing feedback.

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