Staff Retreat
At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and...

Staff Retreat

At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and who our students are? The Retreat is a time of reflection, worship, fellowship and celebration of significant years of service for our peers. The three days included sharing fellowship, thinking, singing, talking and praying together. This year we were privileged to have performance poet and author Joel McKerrow share with us. His provocations provided wonderful encouragement for us to think deeply about our identity.

The Retreat is a vitally important time for the College staff and it plays a significant part in our spiritual, professional and personal lives. Taking time to reflect on serving together and our individual relationships with God is so very important.

The New Term

Students at the different campuses have returned to school to see work well underway or completed as a part of our capital works, maintenance and landscaping program. This has included classroom renovations, the relocation and upgrade of some facilities, new furnishings and updated technologies. I am extremely grateful to the maintenance and grounds staff for their tireless work over the break. 

Commencement services at the start of each term have become an important contributor to the tone and culture of the College. They also provide a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate student achievement, feature specific aspects of the program, witness musical performances and nurture a sense of community.

I have been extremely pleased to see the continued development of these occasions and the particularly positive participation by the students.

A feature of these gatherings has been the involvement of the College School Captains.

I have included a copy of the address that was shared at the Senior School Commencement Assembly this week by Jude Cudmore:

Evidence of the ‘Learning that Matters’ and our call to do ‘God’s Good Work’

I would like to discuss today,  the idea of good work and in turn what we learn from completing this good work. One of the Christian College mottos is The Learning That Matters. You see it associated with all of the Christian College branding, websites, publications and advertisements. To be honest I’ve never really given it too much contemplation, other than to think it is a catchy little sentiment. Superficially I could say that all learning matters and that we attend school to be instructed in various academic subjects to attain a level of proficiency that enables us to pursue a career or further education once we have completed our secondary schooling. Yet as we continue through the year and as I have taken advantage of all that our school offers to us as students, I have come to appreciate that these words, The Learning That Matters, have a deeper meaning for all of us, that some may yet to realise.

My time at Christian College has revealed that learning is not confined to the time we spend in the classroom or the texts we study or the exams we sit. We have the opportunity to learn in any number of circumstances. The prefect’s recent time in East Timor was just one example of this. At every turn we had the opportunity to learn. To learn what sleeping on an airport floor feels like, to learn how we take our smooth bitumen roads in Australia for granted after spending 8 hours on pot holed filled, bumpy rocky, decrepit roads. To learn how friendly and engaging the people on the side of the road were as they watched this motley crew from Geelong navigate the terrain and elements.

Our time in Viqueque was where for me, some really life changing learning happened. Yes we learnt about the history of East Timor and all the political upheaval that they have endured. I learnt about the living conditions and how extremely basic they are. I learnt about the food and food prep in an environment free of reliable refrigeration and snazzy appliances. 

The most significant thing that I learnt however was the power of fostering friendships and relationships with the local community. The children were just so full of love and happiness and sheer delight in spending time with us. What I truly learnt in a way that is not the least bit academic, but felt from deep within, is the absolute joy you feel yourself when you believe you have done something that has made someone else feel happier, or better, or worthy. The joy that comes when you give of yourself is really what I learnt. It is one thing to do the right thing because you feel you should, it is quite another to do it because you know the joy it brings to someone else. As Hebrews 6:10 states - “God will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them”.

- Jude Cudmore, Year 12 student and College Captain

It is very affirming to hear a student share and articulate such mature reflections on the education they and their peers are receiving at Christian College Geelong.

This was definitely a fine example of ‘The Learning That Matters.’

Best wishes for the term ahead.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

 

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Staff Retreat
At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and...

Staff Retreat

At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and who our students are? The Retreat is a time of reflection, worship, fellowship and celebration of significant years of service for our peers. The three days included sharing fellowship, thinking, singing, talking and praying together. This year we were privileged to have performance poet and author Joel McKerrow share with us. His provocations provided wonderful encouragement for us to think deeply about our identity.

The Retreat is a vitally important time for the College staff and it plays a significant part in our spiritual, professional and personal lives. Taking time to reflect on serving together and our individual relationships with God is so very important.

The New Term

Students at the different campuses have returned to school to see work well underway or completed as a part of our capital works, maintenance and landscaping program. This has included classroom renovations, the relocation and upgrade of some facilities, new furnishings and updated technologies. I am extremely grateful to the maintenance and grounds staff for their tireless work over the break. 

Commencement services at the start of each term have become an important contributor to the tone and culture of the College. They also provide a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate student achievement, feature specific aspects of the program, witness musical performances and nurture a sense of community.

I have been extremely pleased to see the continued development of these occasions and the particularly positive participation by the students.

A feature of these gatherings has been the involvement of the College School Captains.

I have included a copy of the address that was shared at the Senior School Commencement Assembly this week by Jude Cudmore:

Evidence of the ‘Learning that Matters’ and our call to do ‘God’s Good Work’

I would like to discuss today,  the idea of good work and in turn what we learn from completing this good work. One of the Christian College mottos is The Learning That Matters. You see it associated with all of the Christian College branding, websites, publications and advertisements. To be honest I’ve never really given it too much contemplation, other than to think it is a catchy little sentiment. Superficially I could say that all learning matters and that we attend school to be instructed in various academic subjects to attain a level of proficiency that enables us to pursue a career or further education once we have completed our secondary schooling. Yet as we continue through the year and as I have taken advantage of all that our school offers to us as students, I have come to appreciate that these words, The Learning That Matters, have a deeper meaning for all of us, that some may yet to realise.

My time at Christian College has revealed that learning is not confined to the time we spend in the classroom or the texts we study or the exams we sit. We have the opportunity to learn in any number of circumstances. The prefect’s recent time in East Timor was just one example of this. At every turn we had the opportunity to learn. To learn what sleeping on an airport floor feels like, to learn how we take our smooth bitumen roads in Australia for granted after spending 8 hours on pot holed filled, bumpy rocky, decrepit roads. To learn how friendly and engaging the people on the side of the road were as they watched this motley crew from Geelong navigate the terrain and elements.

Our time in Viqueque was where for me, some really life changing learning happened. Yes we learnt about the history of East Timor and all the political upheaval that they have endured. I learnt about the living conditions and how extremely basic they are. I learnt about the food and food prep in an environment free of reliable refrigeration and snazzy appliances. 

The most significant thing that I learnt however was the power of fostering friendships and relationships with the local community. The children were just so full of love and happiness and sheer delight in spending time with us. What I truly learnt in a way that is not the least bit academic, but felt from deep within, is the absolute joy you feel yourself when you believe you have done something that has made someone else feel happier, or better, or worthy. The joy that comes when you give of yourself is really what I learnt. It is one thing to do the right thing because you feel you should, it is quite another to do it because you know the joy it brings to someone else. As Hebrews 6:10 states - “God will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them”.

- Jude Cudmore, Year 12 student and College Captain

It is very affirming to hear a student share and articulate such mature reflections on the education they and their peers are receiving at Christian College Geelong.

This was definitely a fine example of ‘The Learning That Matters.’

Best wishes for the term ahead.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

 

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Staff Retreat
At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and...

Staff Retreat

At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and who our students are? The Retreat is a time of reflection, worship, fellowship and celebration of significant years of service for our peers. The three days included sharing fellowship, thinking, singing, talking and praying together. This year we were privileged to have performance poet and author Joel McKerrow share with us. His provocations provided wonderful encouragement for us to think deeply about our identity.

The Retreat is a vitally important time for the College staff and it plays a significant part in our spiritual, professional and personal lives. Taking time to reflect on serving together and our individual relationships with God is so very important.

The New Term

Students at the different campuses have returned to school to see work well underway or completed as a part of our capital works, maintenance and landscaping program. This has included classroom renovations, the relocation and upgrade of some facilities, new furnishings and updated technologies. I am extremely grateful to the maintenance and grounds staff for their tireless work over the break. 

Commencement services at the start of each term have become an important contributor to the tone and culture of the College. They also provide a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate student achievement, feature specific aspects of the program, witness musical performances and nurture a sense of community.

I have been extremely pleased to see the continued development of these occasions and the particularly positive participation by the students.

A feature of these gatherings has been the involvement of the College School Captains.

I have included a copy of the address that was shared at the Senior School Commencement Assembly this week by Jude Cudmore:

Evidence of the ‘Learning that Matters’ and our call to do ‘God’s Good Work’

I would like to discuss today,  the idea of good work and in turn what we learn from completing this good work. One of the Christian College mottos is The Learning That Matters. You see it associated with all of the Christian College branding, websites, publications and advertisements. To be honest I’ve never really given it too much contemplation, other than to think it is a catchy little sentiment. Superficially I could say that all learning matters and that we attend school to be instructed in various academic subjects to attain a level of proficiency that enables us to pursue a career or further education once we have completed our secondary schooling. Yet as we continue through the year and as I have taken advantage of all that our school offers to us as students, I have come to appreciate that these words, The Learning That Matters, have a deeper meaning for all of us, that some may yet to realise.

My time at Christian College has revealed that learning is not confined to the time we spend in the classroom or the texts we study or the exams we sit. We have the opportunity to learn in any number of circumstances. The prefect’s recent time in East Timor was just one example of this. At every turn we had the opportunity to learn. To learn what sleeping on an airport floor feels like, to learn how we take our smooth bitumen roads in Australia for granted after spending 8 hours on pot holed filled, bumpy rocky, decrepit roads. To learn how friendly and engaging the people on the side of the road were as they watched this motley crew from Geelong navigate the terrain and elements.

Our time in Viqueque was where for me, some really life changing learning happened. Yes we learnt about the history of East Timor and all the political upheaval that they have endured. I learnt about the living conditions and how extremely basic they are. I learnt about the food and food prep in an environment free of reliable refrigeration and snazzy appliances. 

The most significant thing that I learnt however was the power of fostering friendships and relationships with the local community. The children were just so full of love and happiness and sheer delight in spending time with us. What I truly learnt in a way that is not the least bit academic, but felt from deep within, is the absolute joy you feel yourself when you believe you have done something that has made someone else feel happier, or better, or worthy. The joy that comes when you give of yourself is really what I learnt. It is one thing to do the right thing because you feel you should, it is quite another to do it because you know the joy it brings to someone else. As Hebrews 6:10 states - “God will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them”.

- Jude Cudmore, Year 12 student and College Captain

It is very affirming to hear a student share and articulate such mature reflections on the education they and their peers are receiving at Christian College Geelong.

This was definitely a fine example of ‘The Learning That Matters.’

Best wishes for the term ahead.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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Staff Retreat
At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and...

Staff Retreat

At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and who our students are? The Retreat is a time of reflection, worship, fellowship and celebration of significant years of service for our peers. The three days included sharing fellowship, thinking, singing, talking and praying together. This year we were privileged to have performance poet and author Joel McKerrow share with us. His provocations provided wonderful encouragement for us to think deeply about our identity.

The Retreat is a vitally important time for the College staff and it plays a significant part in our spiritual, professional and personal lives. Taking time to reflect on serving together and our individual relationships with God is so very important.

The New Term

Students at the different campuses have returned to school to see work well underway or completed as a part of our capital works, maintenance and landscaping program. This has included classroom renovations, the relocation and upgrade of some facilities, new furnishings and updated technologies. I am extremely grateful to the maintenance and grounds staff for their tireless work over the break. 

Commencement services at the start of each term have become an important contributor to the tone and culture of the College. They also provide a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate student achievement, feature specific aspects of the program, witness musical performances and nurture a sense of community.

I have been extremely pleased to see the continued development of these occasions and the particularly positive participation by the students.

A feature of these gatherings has been the involvement of the College School Captains.

I have included a copy of the address that was shared at the Senior School Commencement Assembly this week by Jude Cudmore:

Evidence of the ‘Learning that Matters’ and our call to do ‘God’s Good Work’

I would like to discuss today,  the idea of good work and in turn what we learn from completing this good work. One of the Christian College mottos is The Learning That Matters. You see it associated with all of the Christian College branding, websites, publications and advertisements. To be honest I’ve never really given it too much contemplation, other than to think it is a catchy little sentiment. Superficially I could say that all learning matters and that we attend school to be instructed in various academic subjects to attain a level of proficiency that enables us to pursue a career or further education once we have completed our secondary schooling. Yet as we continue through the year and as I have taken advantage of all that our school offers to us as students, I have come to appreciate that these words, The Learning That Matters, have a deeper meaning for all of us, that some may yet to realise.

My time at Christian College has revealed that learning is not confined to the time we spend in the classroom or the texts we study or the exams we sit. We have the opportunity to learn in any number of circumstances. The prefect’s recent time in East Timor was just one example of this. At every turn we had the opportunity to learn. To learn what sleeping on an airport floor feels like, to learn how we take our smooth bitumen roads in Australia for granted after spending 8 hours on pot holed filled, bumpy rocky, decrepit roads. To learn how friendly and engaging the people on the side of the road were as they watched this motley crew from Geelong navigate the terrain and elements.

Our time in Viqueque was where for me, some really life changing learning happened. Yes we learnt about the history of East Timor and all the political upheaval that they have endured. I learnt about the living conditions and how extremely basic they are. I learnt about the food and food prep in an environment free of reliable refrigeration and snazzy appliances. 

The most significant thing that I learnt however was the power of fostering friendships and relationships with the local community. The children were just so full of love and happiness and sheer delight in spending time with us. What I truly learnt in a way that is not the least bit academic, but felt from deep within, is the absolute joy you feel yourself when you believe you have done something that has made someone else feel happier, or better, or worthy. The joy that comes when you give of yourself is really what I learnt. It is one thing to do the right thing because you feel you should, it is quite another to do it because you know the joy it brings to someone else. As Hebrews 6:10 states - “God will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them”.

- Jude Cudmore, Year 12 student and College Captain

It is very affirming to hear a student share and articulate such mature reflections on the education they and their peers are receiving at Christian College Geelong.

This was definitely a fine example of ‘The Learning That Matters.’

Best wishes for the term ahead.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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Staff Retreat
At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and...

Staff Retreat

At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and who our students are? The Retreat is a time of reflection, worship, fellowship and celebration of significant years of service for our peers. The three days included sharing fellowship, thinking, singing, talking and praying together. This year we were privileged to have performance poet and author Joel McKerrow share with us. His provocations provided wonderful encouragement for us to think deeply about our identity.

The Retreat is a vitally important time for the College staff and it plays a significant part in our spiritual, professional and personal lives. Taking time to reflect on serving together and our individual relationships with God is so very important.

The New Term

Students at the different campuses have returned to school to see work well underway or completed as a part of our capital works, maintenance and landscaping program. This has included classroom renovations, the relocation and upgrade of some facilities, new furnishings and updated technologies. I am extremely grateful to the maintenance and grounds staff for their tireless work over the break. 

Commencement services at the start of each term have become an important contributor to the tone and culture of the College. They also provide a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate student achievement, feature specific aspects of the program, witness musical performances and nurture a sense of community.

I have been extremely pleased to see the continued development of these occasions and the particularly positive participation by the students.

A feature of these gatherings has been the involvement of the College School Captains.

I have included a copy of the address that was shared at the Senior School Commencement Assembly this week by Jude Cudmore:

Evidence of the ‘Learning that Matters’ and our call to do ‘God’s Good Work’

I would like to discuss today,  the idea of good work and in turn what we learn from completing this good work. One of the Christian College mottos is The Learning That Matters. You see it associated with all of the Christian College branding, websites, publications and advertisements. To be honest I’ve never really given it too much contemplation, other than to think it is a catchy little sentiment. Superficially I could say that all learning matters and that we attend school to be instructed in various academic subjects to attain a level of proficiency that enables us to pursue a career or further education once we have completed our secondary schooling. Yet as we continue through the year and as I have taken advantage of all that our school offers to us as students, I have come to appreciate that these words, The Learning That Matters, have a deeper meaning for all of us, that some may yet to realise.

My time at Christian College has revealed that learning is not confined to the time we spend in the classroom or the texts we study or the exams we sit. We have the opportunity to learn in any number of circumstances. The prefect’s recent time in East Timor was just one example of this. At every turn we had the opportunity to learn. To learn what sleeping on an airport floor feels like, to learn how we take our smooth bitumen roads in Australia for granted after spending 8 hours on pot holed filled, bumpy rocky, decrepit roads. To learn how friendly and engaging the people on the side of the road were as they watched this motley crew from Geelong navigate the terrain and elements.

Our time in Viqueque was where for me, some really life changing learning happened. Yes we learnt about the history of East Timor and all the political upheaval that they have endured. I learnt about the living conditions and how extremely basic they are. I learnt about the food and food prep in an environment free of reliable refrigeration and snazzy appliances. 

The most significant thing that I learnt however was the power of fostering friendships and relationships with the local community. The children were just so full of love and happiness and sheer delight in spending time with us. What I truly learnt in a way that is not the least bit academic, but felt from deep within, is the absolute joy you feel yourself when you believe you have done something that has made someone else feel happier, or better, or worthy. The joy that comes when you give of yourself is really what I learnt. It is one thing to do the right thing because you feel you should, it is quite another to do it because you know the joy it brings to someone else. As Hebrews 6:10 states - “God will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them”.

- Jude Cudmore, Year 12 student and College Captain

It is very affirming to hear a student share and articulate such mature reflections on the education they and their peers are receiving at Christian College Geelong.

This was definitely a fine example of ‘The Learning That Matters.’

Best wishes for the term ahead.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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Staff Retreat
At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and...

Staff Retreat

At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and who our students are? The Retreat is a time of reflection, worship, fellowship and celebration of significant years of service for our peers. The three days included sharing fellowship, thinking, singing, talking and praying together. This year we were privileged to have performance poet and author Joel McKerrow share with us. His provocations provided wonderful encouragement for us to think deeply about our identity.

The Retreat is a vitally important time for the College staff and it plays a significant part in our spiritual, professional and personal lives. Taking time to reflect on serving together and our individual relationships with God is so very important.

The New Term

Students at the different campuses have returned to school to see work well underway or completed as a part of our capital works, maintenance and landscaping program. This has included classroom renovations, the relocation and upgrade of some facilities, new furnishings and updated technologies. I am extremely grateful to the maintenance and grounds staff for their tireless work over the break. 

Commencement services at the start of each term have become an important contributor to the tone and culture of the College. They also provide a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate student achievement, feature specific aspects of the program, witness musical performances and nurture a sense of community.

I have been extremely pleased to see the continued development of these occasions and the particularly positive participation by the students.

A feature of these gatherings has been the involvement of the College School Captains.

I have included a copy of the address that was shared at the Senior School Commencement Assembly this week by Jude Cudmore:

Evidence of the ‘Learning that Matters’ and our call to do ‘God’s Good Work’

I would like to discuss today,  the idea of good work and in turn what we learn from completing this good work. One of the Christian College mottos is The Learning That Matters. You see it associated with all of the Christian College branding, websites, publications and advertisements. To be honest I’ve never really given it too much contemplation, other than to think it is a catchy little sentiment. Superficially I could say that all learning matters and that we attend school to be instructed in various academic subjects to attain a level of proficiency that enables us to pursue a career or further education once we have completed our secondary schooling. Yet as we continue through the year and as I have taken advantage of all that our school offers to us as students, I have come to appreciate that these words, The Learning That Matters, have a deeper meaning for all of us, that some may yet to realise.

My time at Christian College has revealed that learning is not confined to the time we spend in the classroom or the texts we study or the exams we sit. We have the opportunity to learn in any number of circumstances. The prefect’s recent time in East Timor was just one example of this. At every turn we had the opportunity to learn. To learn what sleeping on an airport floor feels like, to learn how we take our smooth bitumen roads in Australia for granted after spending 8 hours on pot holed filled, bumpy rocky, decrepit roads. To learn how friendly and engaging the people on the side of the road were as they watched this motley crew from Geelong navigate the terrain and elements.

Our time in Viqueque was where for me, some really life changing learning happened. Yes we learnt about the history of East Timor and all the political upheaval that they have endured. I learnt about the living conditions and how extremely basic they are. I learnt about the food and food prep in an environment free of reliable refrigeration and snazzy appliances. 

The most significant thing that I learnt however was the power of fostering friendships and relationships with the local community. The children were just so full of love and happiness and sheer delight in spending time with us. What I truly learnt in a way that is not the least bit academic, but felt from deep within, is the absolute joy you feel yourself when you believe you have done something that has made someone else feel happier, or better, or worthy. The joy that comes when you give of yourself is really what I learnt. It is one thing to do the right thing because you feel you should, it is quite another to do it because you know the joy it brings to someone else. As Hebrews 6:10 states - “God will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them”.

- Jude Cudmore, Year 12 student and College Captain

It is very affirming to hear a student share and articulate such mature reflections on the education they and their peers are receiving at Christian College Geelong.

This was definitely a fine example of ‘The Learning That Matters.’

Best wishes for the term ahead.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

File downloads:
Staff Retreat
At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and...

Staff Retreat

At the end of last term, all College staff participated in the Annual Staff Retreat. This year the Retreat focused upon identity, as we considered Who God is, Who we are and who our students are? The Retreat is a time of reflection, worship, fellowship and celebration of significant years of service for our peers. The three days included sharing fellowship, thinking, singing, talking and praying together. This year we were privileged to have performance poet and author Joel McKerrow share with us. His provocations provided wonderful encouragement for us to think deeply about our identity.

The Retreat is a vitally important time for the College staff and it plays a significant part in our spiritual, professional and personal lives. Taking time to reflect on serving together and our individual relationships with God is so very important.

The New Term

Students at the different campuses have returned to school to see work well underway or completed as a part of our capital works, maintenance and landscaping program. This has included classroom renovations, the relocation and upgrade of some facilities, new furnishings and updated technologies. I am extremely grateful to the maintenance and grounds staff for their tireless work over the break. 

Commencement services at the start of each term have become an important contributor to the tone and culture of the College. They also provide a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate student achievement, feature specific aspects of the program, witness musical performances and nurture a sense of community.

I have been extremely pleased to see the continued development of these occasions and the particularly positive participation by the students.

A feature of these gatherings has been the involvement of the College School Captains.

I have included a copy of the address that was shared at the Senior School Commencement Assembly this week by Jude Cudmore:

Evidence of the ‘Learning that Matters’ and our call to do ‘God’s Good Work’

I would like to discuss today,  the idea of good work and in turn what we learn from completing this good work. One of the Christian College mottos is The Learning That Matters. You see it associated with all of the Christian College branding, websites, publications and advertisements. To be honest I’ve never really given it too much contemplation, other than to think it is a catchy little sentiment. Superficially I could say that all learning matters and that we attend school to be instructed in various academic subjects to attain a level of proficiency that enables us to pursue a career or further education once we have completed our secondary schooling. Yet as we continue through the year and as I have taken advantage of all that our school offers to us as students, I have come to appreciate that these words, The Learning That Matters, have a deeper meaning for all of us, that some may yet to realise.

My time at Christian College has revealed that learning is not confined to the time we spend in the classroom or the texts we study or the exams we sit. We have the opportunity to learn in any number of circumstances. The prefect’s recent time in East Timor was just one example of this. At every turn we had the opportunity to learn. To learn what sleeping on an airport floor feels like, to learn how we take our smooth bitumen roads in Australia for granted after spending 8 hours on pot holed filled, bumpy rocky, decrepit roads. To learn how friendly and engaging the people on the side of the road were as they watched this motley crew from Geelong navigate the terrain and elements.

Our time in Viqueque was where for me, some really life changing learning happened. Yes we learnt about the history of East Timor and all the political upheaval that they have endured. I learnt about the living conditions and how extremely basic they are. I learnt about the food and food prep in an environment free of reliable refrigeration and snazzy appliances. 

The most significant thing that I learnt however was the power of fostering friendships and relationships with the local community. The children were just so full of love and happiness and sheer delight in spending time with us. What I truly learnt in a way that is not the least bit academic, but felt from deep within, is the absolute joy you feel yourself when you believe you have done something that has made someone else feel happier, or better, or worthy. The joy that comes when you give of yourself is really what I learnt. It is one thing to do the right thing because you feel you should, it is quite another to do it because you know the joy it brings to someone else. As Hebrews 6:10 states - “God will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them”.

- Jude Cudmore, Year 12 student and College Captain

It is very affirming to hear a student share and articulate such mature reflections on the education they and their peers are receiving at Christian College Geelong.

This was definitely a fine example of ‘The Learning That Matters.’

Best wishes for the term ahead.

Glen McKeeman
Principal

 

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Welcome to Williams House first contribution to The Vine. This week we introduce you to some of the youngest members of the Christian College tribe – the pre Kinder children at Junior Sch...

Welcome to Williams House first contribution to The Vine. This week we introduce you to some of the youngest members of the Christian College tribe – the Pre-Kinder children at Junior School.

Our Pre-Kinder children jumped straight into the new term through wonderful imaginary play scenarios with beautiful provocations around mermaids, pirates, maps and treasures…through dress ups, environment, storytelling and sensory play.

For our youngest children, these are opportunities that help grow skills in being with other children; skills in negotiating, sharing, problem solving, role play and friendship.

Welcome back ‘Pre-Kinders’ to Semester 2!

 

Merrin Wood
Pre-Kinder Teacher

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Welcome Back!
On behalf of the staff and senior leadership of our Middle School Campus, can I offer a very warm return to Term 3 to our students and families. I trust you’ve had an enjoya...

Welcome Back!

On behalf of the staff and senior leadership of our Middle School Campus, can I offer a very warm return to Term 3 to our students and families. I trust you’ve had an enjoyable and refreshing break. I would also like to extend a special welcome to our new students and families that have joined our Christian College community this week. It has been wonderful to see the smiles and enjoyment on the faces of your young people as they’ve commenced their educational journey with us!

 

Staffing Changes:

As communicated late last term, Semester 2 will see some staffing changes across our Middle School. We welcome Mrs Christie Waight and Mrs Kim McLure back from family leave, returning to part time positions across the ATD and HPE faculties. Mr Graham Barton, has stepped down from his Year 8 Coordinator position, being replaced by Mrs Renee Garing in an interim appointment, alongside her Year 7 leadership responsibilities for second semester. We anticipate appointing a new Year 8 coordinator for 2019. I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the wonderful leadership Mr Barton has offered our Campus and more broadly Christian College over the past 6 years. His ability to come alongside students and their families, maintaining structure and accountability in the difficult years of adolescent behaviour, whilst reflecting Love and Grace within his servant leadership has been remarkable and truly a blessing to many students, parents and staff. Thank you.

 

Semester 1 Summative Academic Reports:

You will have received an email earlier today, notifying you that the Semester 1 Summative Academic Reports have been delivered electronically and are now available for viewing through the Parent Portal, via the ‘Reports’ tab in SEQTA.

 

Save the Date:

Further to the Summative Reports referenced above, Parents and Guardians would have been receiving regular ‘in time’ reports regarding your child’s progress throughout Semester 1. On Thursday, 16th August there will be the opportunity to celebrate and further discuss your child’s development through our ‘Learning Conference’ evening, held in the Sports and Aquatic Centre. We value the partnership between the student, parent and teacher and therefore strongly encourage your child to attend the conferences on the evening with you. Further information and booking details will  be communicated in the coming weeks.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Mr. Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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Dear Parents and families, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very warm welcome back to Term three in the midst of very cold weather! It was lovely to see the enthusi...

Dear Parents and families,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very warm welcome back to Term 3 in the midst of very cold weather! It was lovely to see the enthusiasm of students returning to Junior School this week as they bubbled with excitement to see their friends, teachers and resume their learning. We are very blessed to be able to welcome back Mrs Anne Spence to PB as Mrs Annie Boseley has commenced leave. We have welcomed Mrs Tess Carr into 3R whilst Mrs Christine Adam takes Long Service Leave and Mrs Liza Lambert to 2R whilst Mr. Chambers is on Paternity leave. We have also welcomed new students and families who have joined us across the year levels this term. I especially pray for them to have a sense of ease in their transition and feel part of our Christian College community.

One of the many exciting initiatives this term is a focus on the everyday ways we can take action for sustainability as a Junior School community. Sustainability is a cross-curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum which addresses the ‘ongoing capacity of Earth to maintain all life’. Our goal for this initiative is to build student capacities for thinking and acting in ways that help create a more sustainable future. We hope to empower students through this focus to design action that will contribute positively to a sustainable future. Some of the exciting things happening will be upcycling, composting, growing our own produce and considering whether to package or not to package!! Next week’s pop up challenge for staff and students is upcycling, 'turning the old into new' and we look forward to seeing the creative thinking and enterprises that result.

When our College Vice-Principal Mr Scott Elliss addressed our Junior School at assembly on Tuesday he encouraged us to marvel at God’s magnificent and perfect creation. In considering things such as sustainability we encourage students to hear the scripture message in Genesis 2:15 that asks us to “work and keep” his creation and soak in its beauty.

Wishing you all a wonderful term ahead,

Ann-Marree Weigl

Head of Junior School

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Welcome to Term 3
We wish to welcome all students and staff back for the start of Term 3. We hope that you all have had a relaxing break and spent time with your family. The weather was v...

Welcome to Term 3

We wish to welcome all students and staff back for the start of Term 3. We hope that you all have had a relaxing break and spent time with your family. The weather was very brazen and for those who were able to escape to warmer climates, we are jealous.

This term will be a busy one again and it is the last full term for our Year 12 students.

Where has the year gone?!!!!!

We trust our Year 12 students used their time well to revise and to plan their work going forward. The relationship between the student and teacher is vital and our College is proud of how we connect with our students. Students should always be encouraged to seek advice and answers from their teachers, if needed. It is this group that know your child’s learning the best and with their experience, are able to guide each and every one to mastery.

Our Year 11 students will be working hard this term to ensure they have a sound basis for their final year in 2019. In Year 10 the students have many decisions to make in relation to their pathway, is it to be VCE or VCAL? Both are viable alternatives and all students should seek advice from a range of people before deciding. These people are their family, teachers, careers advisors and peers.

Key questions are:

  1. What are my interests and passions?
  2. What are my strengths?
  3. What are my intended careers?
  4. Which subjects support the above questions?
  5. How am I going in these subjects and do my teachers feel I will be able to achieve successfully in them next year, and the year after?

Chaplaincy at Senior School

At the end of last term we said farewell to Lena Johnstone. Lena is to take up a great role at her church in Ocean Grove and we wish to acknowledge her incredible service to our College. Lena counselled students in a caring and sympathetic manner and for that we are most grateful. 

For the remainder of the year, Mr Stephen Riddle and Mrs Jennifer Foord have been appointed to serve our campus in a Chaplaincy capacity. Steve will be working on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with Jennifer working on Tuesday and Thursday. Naomi Gibbons will continue her good work on a Wednesday each week at the Senior School Campus. The Senior School community will benefit in the spiritual and pastoral guidance provided by this team.

Mr Stephen Riddle offers much by way of wisdom and experience for this role. He has previously been a Pastor, is a current Elder at his Church, a previous Head of Campus at Christian College and has served in other interim positions as a Chaplain. His intimate knowledge and understanding of the College will be a wonderful asset.

Mrs Jennifer Foord brings over ten years of experience and passion in working with and supporting young people. As a current Youth Pastor, school teacher and Chaplain, she is keen to further her work in making a difference in the lives of others. Jen’s warmth and relational spirit will be valuable in connecting with the Senior chool community.

Subject Expo and VCE Information Night

Our Subject Expo and VCE Information Night is on Wednesday 25 July from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Current Year 9 students will attend from 4.00 to 6.00 pm and Year 10 and interested Year 11 students are asked to visit from 7 to 9.00 pm.  We encourage all students and parents and guardians to attend where they will be able to speak with staff about possible pathways in general and subjects in particular. Booths will have information that you may take away and discuss as a family.

For the Year 10 students, in the Chapel there will be a VCE presentation held at 7.00 pm and again at 8.00 pm if required, while the VCAL presentation will be held at 7.30 pm. It is here that these courses will be explained and will help you to then go to the relevant booths to ask further suggestions.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Campus Photos

The campus photos are on Thursday 26 July. We ask all parents and guardians to ensure that the correct Winter school uniform is worn on this day by students. We thank you for your support of this.

 

Futures Week

Future’s Week 2018 for Senior School students will be held next week from July 23-27. Each morning begins with an opportunity for all students to understand and explore a little more of some of the options for pathway choices. Year 11 and 12 students have presentations from tertiary providers both TAFE & University, highlighting a range of further study options. Year 10’s will spend time looking at and gaining a little more understanding of the Senior years ahead – be it VCE or VCAL.  These session will begin promtly at 9.00 am. Punctuality would be appreciated for these presentations.

Year 12 English Orals

The Year 12 English Orals are to take place from Monday 23 July. We wish all Year 12 students the best of luck for this assessment. Also we want to acknowledge the staff who will be leading this and assessing the presentations.

 

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School - Waurn Ponds

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Welcome to Butterfield House at the Surf Coast Campus! We look forward to sharing about our beautiful programs through ‘The Vine’.
 
Dress Up Fun!
You may not know this, but while the res...

Welcome to Butterfield House at the Surf Coast Campus!
We look forward to sharing about our beautiful programs through ‘The Vine’.

 

Dress Up Fun!

You may not know this, but while the rest of Christian College is on term break, Butterfield House continues as our ‘Gumnuts’ day care room is in full swing.

Our wonderful team always finds a way to make the most of the ‘holiday vibe’ that becomes a hallmark of this quieter period; in the final week of the break the staff created an opportunity for the children to enjoy a dress-up day.

The children were very excited to get into character – princesses and super heroes abounded, and they jumped right into a day jam-packed with special activities.

We read some of our favourite books and followed up with animated versions, we learnt how to make lanterns and paper fans and we learnt a new crazy dance just to name some of the day’s activities.

 

Vanessa Craw

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Dear Bellarine families, 
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very warm welcome back to Term 3. It was lovely to see the enthusiasm of students returning to the Bellar...

Dear Bellarine families, 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very warm welcome back to Term 3. It was lovely to see the enthusiasm of students returning to the Bellarine Campus this week with great excitement to see their friends, teachers and resume their learning. 

We are very blessed to be able to welcome back Mrs Chantelle Dalton from parental leave.  Mrs Dalton will be supporting the teaching and learning program through the Library Resource Centre.

We also welcomed Ms Ngare Knight in Year 1D and Mr Aaron Loats in the Year 6S classrooms. It has been exciting to see the development of very positive connections in these classrooms throughout the week.

This term new students and families have joined us across different  year levels. I especially pray for them to have a sense of ease in their transition and feel part of our Christian College community.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus

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Welcome back to Term 3. I trust you have enjoyed a restful and enjoyable break with your children. It is hard to believe that our new campus is already half way through its first year.  I...

Welcome back to Term 3. I trust you have enjoyed a restful and enjoyable break with your children. It is hard to believe that our new campus is already half way through its first year.  It was wonderful to see how excited the children were when they arrived back at school on Tuesday and reconnected with each other after a break. 

This term is shaping up to be a busy and exciting one for our students with many rich learning experiences, special days and activities planned. The children will have the opportunity to sing on a big stage, dress up as their favourite book character, visit Narana, and spend a special night with their dads, and an afternoon with their grandparents.

As you would have noticed the site is currently being prepared for the arrival of our new buildings. This stage of our campus will consist of 8 classrooms, 2 toilet blocks, a library and an art room. These buildings will arrive this term and should be completed during next term. We are very excited about the development and growth our campus is experiencing in preparation for 2019.

Debbie Riddle

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Bush Kinder remains in full swing even in the colder months!
We rug up and get out into the beautiful outdoors regardless of the temperature– each season offers us something special.
The ...

Bush Kinder remains in full-swing even in the colder months!

We rug up and get out into the beautiful outdoors regardless of the temperature as each season offers us something unique special.

The results of a recent working bee at Butterfield House, saw the creation of a fire pit, perfect for the colder weather….a place to gather, rest, warm and even cook!

But, safety first; a big thankyou to Luke for sharing from his expertise as a professional fire fighter with the Wattle Group, and reminding us how to be safe around fires as a group.

We are so grateful for the opportunities that being on a rural site affords us. So many ways for children to ‘be’ in nature and to connect with, value and respect what this environment offers us from week to week.

 

Monique Bernard

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Finding a nest is always a 'wonderment' so, the discovery of a nest at Bush kinder last term, was a great catalyst to start looking more carefully at 'homes and habitats'. We have commenc...

Finding a nest is always a 'wonderment' so, the discovery of a nest at Bush Kinder last term, was a great catalyst to start looking more carefully at 'homes and habitats'. We have commenced the term in the Koala group investigating that exact theme! We  have discussed our own homes, elements such as doors, windows, staircases and how many bedrooms etc.; essentially our own 'human habitats'.

We have also been exploring homes from around the world; high rises, houses, teepees and igloos.

'Iggy Peck Architect', by Andrea Beaty, and an array of glue, sticks and corks sparked the interest of our children as they began constructing, testing, hypothesizing, trialing, problem solving and creating their own interpretations of habitat.

As an extension of this provocation, each family has sent a photo in of their child alongside their own letterbox at home. Over the next few weeks we plan on using our imagination to illustrate a house and add the children’s photographs as we continue to look at homes and learn our address.

What a great way to start our term, reflecting on our places of comfort and wellbeing.

 

Schenoa Costa
Koalas Pre-School Group Teacher

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It is always so exciting to share about the fun times you have had on your holidays. This week our Prep students enjoyed writing a recount about the special times they spent with their fa...

It is always so exciting to share about the fun times you have had on your holidays. This week our Prep students enjoyed writing a recount about the special times they spent with their families during the holidays.

The writing ability of our preps is really developing. They are now learning to plan their writing before they undertake the task of writing a final copy. They are learning to re-read their work and are practising their editing skills.

After the children finished writing and editing their final copy they spent time reading them to each other.

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The Senior School Subject Expo will be held on Wednesday 25 July in the Penman Quad at Senior School.  This is an opportunity for current Year 9 and Year 10 students to come along and spe...

The Senior School Subject Expo will be held on Wednesday 25 July in the Penman Quad at Senior School.  This is an opportunity for current Year 9 and Year 10 students to come along and speak with teachers in each faculty on subject pathways.  Please come along if you can as it will be a very beneficial evening for all.

Year 9 Students to arrive at 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Year 10 and any Year 11 Students interested from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. 

An email has been sent home to families about this very important event.

We look forward to seeing you then.

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The Senior School Subject Expo will be held on Wednesday 25 July in the Penman Quad at Senior School.  This is an opportunity for current Year 9 and Year 10 students to come along and speak with teachers in each faculty on subject pathways.  Please come along if you can as it will be a very beneficial evening for all.

Year 9 Students to arrive at 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Year 10 and any Year 11 Students interested from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. 

An email has been sent home to families about this very important event.

We look forward to seeing you then.

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Parents are reminded to check the College Calendar accessible on the Portal for upcoming dates and events at Junior School. Term 3 will yet again bring plenty of wonderful opportunities f...

Parents are reminded to check the College Calendar accessible on the Portal for upcoming dates and events at Junior School. Term 3 will yet again bring plenty of wonderful opportunities for our school community. 

We thank Parents for embracing the EdSmart email system of receiving event/excursion/camp information. If Parents have any queries about the EdSmart system please don't hesitate to contact Reception for assistance. 

The listed dates below mark some of the highlights for the Junior campus. *Please check the College calendar for detailed information and Bush Prep dates. 

 

Friday July 27- Parent Helper Session, 9am, Chapel

Friday July 27 - 2G Class Assembly Item, 9am, Gym

Wednesday August 1 - Japanese Speech Contest, 9.15-11.00am, Chapel

Thursday August 2 - Year 4 'Fair Go Mate' excursions

Friday August 10 - 2B Class Assembly Item, 9am, Gym

Wednesday August 15- Junior Choir and Strings performance, Geelong Schools' Music Festival, Costa Hall, 1pm

Tuesday August 21- Book Week Parade, 9.15am, Roundabout

Friday August 24 - 1B Class Assembly Item, 9am, Gym

Monday August 27 - Year 3 Aldi Supermarket Excursion

Friday August 31 - Fathers Day Stall, Footy Colours Day

Friday September 7 - 4B Class Assembly Item, 9am, Gym

Monday September 10 - Prep excursion to Narana Centre

Tuesday September 11 - Tabloid Sports, Grandparents' Day and Spring into Strings

Thursday September 13 - Year 1 Camp, RUOK? Day

Monday September 17-19 - Annual Middle Schools' Music Camp (selected Junior instrumentalists)

Wednesday September 19 - Year 3 Camp

Friday September 21 - 1G Class Assembly Item, 9am, Gym. Term 3 studies conclude 2.30pm

 

 

 

 

 

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This week our Year 7 students commenced the Sustainability Unit. Collaboration, problem-solving and self-regulation are just some of the 21st Century skills our Year 7 students will be de...

This week our Year 7 students commenced the Sustainability Unit. Collaboration, problem-solving and self-regulation are just some of the 21st Century skills our Year 7 students will be developing throughout our unique 2 week investigation. This dynamic and cross-curricular project involves the students:  

  • Selecting one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals that is of interest to them.
  • Identifying a problem from one of our eight stakeholders that relates to their goal and propose potential solutions to this problem. The students went on an excursion to the workplace of their stakeholder. Our stakeholders include: Cotton On, Cotton On Foundation, Green Earth Electrical, Back Creek Café, Lazarus Centre, The Farmer’s Place, Cloverdale Baptist Church, and Bancoora Surf Life Saving Club.
  • Students will pitch their idea in a meeting with the stakeholder next Friday.

We are excited to see what ideas our students come up with next week as they prepare their pitches to this real-world issue.

 

Mrs Renee Garing

Year 7 Coordinator

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The Christian College Geelong Eagles Basketball Club is celebrating 25 years and we invite you to come and join in the festivities!
All past and present players, coaches, officials and families are welcome to attend this free event.

The evening will be a wonderful time to get together with old team mates, and celebrate and reflect on what this wonderful club has achieved over the last 25 years.
Bring along your family for what will be a wonderful afternoon.

Sunday July 29th 3.00pm until 6.00pm at the AWA Stadium in Belmont.

• 3.30pm – 4.30pm Supervised modified basketball games and shootout competition
• 5.00pm – 6.00pm Formalities

Snack food trucks will be on site and alcoholic drinks can be purchased at bar prices.

PLEASE RSVP to cceagles@ccg.vic.edu.au

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A final Parent Helper Session will be held next Friday, Friday 27th July for those parents who missed the earlier sessions and would like to become involved in the Classroom Helper progra...

A final Parent Helper Session will be held next Friday, July 27th for those parents who missed the earlier sessions and would like to become involved in the Classroom Helper program. The session will be held in the Junior Chapel beginning at 9am and is expected to go for approximately 30 minutes.

In addition to the training you will be required to hold a current Working With Children Card and provide evidence of this at Junior Reception. You will also need to have signed a College Confidentiality Agreement, which you will be provided with on the morning.

Parent Helpers play an important role in the daily program at Junior School, whether helping in the classroom or attending excursions. We look forward to welcoming Parents and family members next Friday.

Anna Daley and Claire Tucker.

Year 1 / 2 Coordinator and Prep Coordinator.

 

 

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Dear Parents,
A reminder that next Thursday 26th July  is School Photo Day for senior campus students. To facilitate the best outcome for this day all students are asked to wear full wint...

Dear Parents,

A reminder that next Thursday 26 July  is School Photo Day for senior campus students. To facilitate the best outcome for this day all students are asked to wear full winter uniform which includes their blazer and be neatly presented.  Students have been reminded to ensure they take care of their personal grooming such as being clean shaven, removing any additional piercings, tying up hair that is shoulder length or longer, as well as checking that they have correct socks, clean shoes, a winter shirt that buttons up and all other items of uniform.  We thank you in advance for your support with this and we hope that you will value your child’s photos.

Kind regards,

 

Mrs Dianne Martin

Deputy Head of Senior School

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Pizza, Sushi and cupcakes are just a few of the items on the menu at the new Surf Coast Café. The Prep children have thoroughly enjoyed choosing the menu and pricing all of the items that...

Pizza, Sushi and cupcakes are just a few of the items on the menu at the new Surf Coast Café. The Prep children have thoroughly enjoyed choosing the menu and pricing all of the items that are for sale at their café.

As well as developing the menu the children are learning how to calculate the cost of items and how to handle money.

Their oral language skills are also developing when they are conversing with the café customers.

Dramatic/ imaginative play areas such as our Surf Coast café provides an opportunity for our students to develop many skills such as language development, conflict resolution and entrepreneurial skills. This form of play also supports key learning areas such as Maths and English.

 

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As part of a comprehensive unit of study involving Mathematics, History and English, Year 5 students began an ‘immersion’ phase of their learning.  This phase involves ‘front loading’ o...

 

As part of a comprehensive unit of study involving Mathematics, History and English, Year 5 students began an ‘immersion’ phase of their learning.  This phase involves ‘front loading’ or immersing students in information and activities pertinent to curricular outcomes they are expected to demonstrate an understanding, through a rich task.  Last Tuesday, students spent two periods playing and critiquing a range of board games. They identified and recorded the pros and cons of their games while gathering information to assist in setting some courses of action for when they begin producing their own historically-based board games.  Other activities in this immersion phase include: a visit from an historical character, a range of readings, a focus on asking good questions when learning about new topics, a variety of visible thinking routines for brainstorming and thinking deeply, and exploring the topic through the My Place series.  Embedded in this learning is the invitation to explicitly develop a range of soft skills including being active participants in learning, planning, collaborating and imagining; we see these skills as transferable and beneficial for all aspects of learning and challenges faced in the lives of our precious students.  This term’s Rich Task is the planning and construction of a board game that will be played at the end of term with Year 9 students as a celebration of what has been achieved.  The blend of curriculum will see Mathematics, History and English skills culminate in a learning task that will challenge, engage and see our learners flourish.

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This annual trivia night is a major fundraising event and has become a yearly tradition for people of all ages.
The night raises funds that go towards important projects for the people in...

This annual trivia night is a major fundraising event and 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 the 2018 East Timor Trivia Night:
Geelong West Town Hall
Friday, 10th August 
Doors open at 6.30pm, for a 7.00pm start.  

Tickets are $10 and tables of 10 are welcome.  Please phone Senior School on (03) 5241 1577 to book your table.

BYO food and drinks, strictly no alcohol

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

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Today Year 2 enjoyed a performance by CARP Productions to help springboard our learning into our narrative story writing unit. We were entertained by many fairytale characters who were be...

Today Year 2 enjoyed a performance by CARP Productions to help springboard our learning into our Narrative Story Writing unit. We were entertained by many fairytale characters who were behaving in unexpected ways. There were princesses who didn’t want to be rescued by Prince Charming, punk trolls who just wanted to sleep, and one character who had escaped their story altogether to try something new! The performance was very funny and was filled with audience participation. It was fantastic to see how many budding thespians we have in Year 2.

‘I loved the part where Rapunzel threw her dirty socks at Prince Charming because she didn’t want to be rescued’- Maia 2M

‘I enjoyed the part where Austin got be a goat in the Three Billy Goat’s Gruff, he makes a great goat noise!’- Nate B 2M

Anna Daley

Year 1 / 2 Coordinator

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In the school holidays Year 10 student Joshua Newton was one of 12 Victorian Secondary School students accepted to participate in the Melbourne University Geo Tech Hackfest. This initiati...

In the school holidays Year 10 student Joshua Newton was one of 12 Victorian Secondary School students accepted to participate in the Melbourne University Geo Tech Hackfest. This initiative allows students to discover a full range of spatial technology and real-life applications in areas such as environment, emergency management, the outdoors, GIS, GPS and drones.  Based in the Melbourne CBD Joshua had the opportunity to visit leading spatial industry companies and government organisation, attend sessions with RMIT Geospatial lecturers and have some hands-on experience with Geographic Information System [GIS] technology.

Opportunities such as this are an excellent way for students to gain real world experience in an area of interest, in this case Geography.  We congratulate Joshua on his initiative and his success in this program and we would like to encourage all students to seek and accept the challenge and pursue their passions.

Joshua has written:

“I chose to apply and participate in GeoTECH as I wanted to not only learn about spatial technology but explore the different career pathways associated with Geography. The event gave me and 12 other students the opportunity to hear from and learn from Government organisations and Emergency services such as the State Control Centre, Emergency Management Victoria and the Victoria Police. Throughout the event we were given hands-on experience with ArcGIS- a geospatial mapping software designed to merge big data with a range of maps, this results in visually represented data that can be analysed and used to draw links. The event has given me the skills and knowledge that I can bring back to the classroom and hopefully use in future geography assessments.”

 

Dianne Martin                                         Celeste Pryke

Deputy Head of Senior School               Teacher

                               

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Term 3 is an exciting time in the Surf Coast Library with a variety of festivities and new books to explore as we celebrate Children’s Book Week, with this year’s theme ‘Find your treasur...

Term 3 is an exciting time in the Surf Coast Library with a variety of festivities and new books to explore as we celebrate Children’s Book Week, with this year’s theme ‘Find your treasure'. Throughout Term 3 in the Library, we’ll be discussing, exploring and reviewing each of the Early Childhood shortlisted titles, as well as the many new resources that we are regularly adding to our Library. Children’s Book Week is a wonderful time of year, where we will celebrate and highlight the importance of books in our lives and encourage a passion for reading in our young readers. 

 

Our Book Week celebration day will take place on Tuesday 21st of August, where students will be encouraged to dress up as one of their favourite book characters and participate in a range of book themed activities. Surf Coast students will also be joining Junior School students for their annual celebration and Book Week parade in the morning, before retuning to Surf Coast for further festivities. More information regarding our celebration day and excursion to come in the next couple of weeks. 

Katie Moore

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The Senior School Subject Expo will be held on Wednesday 25 July in the Penman Quad at Senior School.  This is an opportunity for current Year 9 and Year 10 students to come along and spe...

The Senior School Subject Expo will be held on Wednesday 25 July in the Penman Quad at Senior School.  This is an opportunity for current Year 9 and Year 10 students to come along and speak with teachers in each faculty on subject pathways.  Please come along if you can as it will be a very beneficial evening for all.

Year 9 Students to arrive at 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Year 10 and any Year 11 Students interested from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. 

An email has been sent home to families about this very important event.

The Senior School staff look forward to seeing you then.

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2018 East Timor Trivia Night – Book your Table!
This annual trivia night is a major fundraising event and has become a yearly tradition for people of all ages.
The night raises funds that...

This annual trivia night is a major fundraising event and 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 the 2018 East Timor Trivia Night:
Geelong West Town Hall
Friday, 10th August 
Doors open at 6.30pm, for a 7.00pm start.  

Tickets are $10 and tables of 10 are welcome.  
Please phone Senior School on (03) 5241 1577 to book your table.

BYO food and drinks, strictly no alcohol

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

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Today our Year 11 Product Design students ventured out to the Williams House Kindergarten to meet with their clients and end users, the Kinder staff and students. With the intention of un...

Today our Year 11 Product Design students ventured out to the Williams House Kindergarten to meet with their clients and end users, the Kinder staff and students. With the intention of understanding the requirements to design and produce, imaginative play based equipment for the kinder grounds.

Unit 2 requires students to design and develop products as part of a team, and what better opportunity to do this than having a real world experience to design and create some equipment for our own community, and having good quality feedback from our hardest critics, 3 and 4 year old students.

The Design Process was well underway once discussions with Bernadette Johnston and Steph Butler had begun, they had stipulated their design brief requirements including; Imaginative, creative play opportunities for the students, sustainable practices, and natural earthy raw aesthetics, amongst many others. The unit 2 Designers observed their end users in action and noted how existing equipment is being utilised.

I am looking forward to seeing what our Year 11 students produce once they have utilised the design process to define their scope: to visualise, design and propose appropriate solutions, then plan and create for our Kindergarten students.

 

Antony Benson

Director of Teaching and Learning - Art, Technology, Design

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Next Friday the 27th of July our prep students will be participating in the National Tree Planting Day.
Bunnings Torquay are kindly donating native plants for our children to plant on our...

Next Friday the 27th of July our prep students will be participating in the National Tree Planting Day.

Bunnings Torquay is kindly donating native plants for our children to plant on our school property.

 

For this event we ask that the students wear their sports uniform. 

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The Year One students have settled back into routine and are excited about beginning our numeracy unit on money. Already students have been investigating the value of coins and learning t...

The Year One students have settled back into routine and are excited about beginning our numeracy unit on money. Already students have been investigating the value of coins and learning that size does not matter! Grade 1G have been participating in activities where they have to describe the features of coins, including playing ‘Celebrity Coin Heads.’ Students are doing a great job at describing the features of coins in their various activities.

It’s been great to see the students' growing understanding of counting coins and equivalent values through our ‘Table Money’ point system.

We are all looking forward to using money in the shop play area during Investigations.

Jamie-Lee Lobbe

Year 1 - Year Level Leader

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The Christian College Geelong Eagles Basketball Club is celebrating 25 years and we invite you to come and join in the festivities!All past and present players, coaches, officials and f...

 

The Christian College Geelong Eagles Basketball Club is celebrating 25 years and we invite you to come and join in the festivities!
All past and present players, coaches, officials and families are welcome to attend this free event.

The evening will be a wonderful time to get together with old team mates, and celebrate and reflect on what this wonderful club has achieved over the last 25 years.
Bring along your family for what will be a wonderful afternoon.

Sunday July 29th 3.00pm until 6.00pm at the AWA Stadium in Belmont.

• 3.30pm – 4.30pm Supervised modified basketball games and shootout competition
• 5.00pm – 6.00pm Formalities

Snack food trucks will be on site and alcoholic drinks can be purchased at bar prices.

PLEASE RSVP to cceagles@ccg.vic.edu.au

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For the next couple of weeks, after a great suggestion from a fellow student, I will be introducing the career stories of a couple of our well-known teachers, who will s...

Hello everyone,

 

For the next couple of weeks, after a great suggestion from a fellow student, I will be introducing the career stories of a couple of our well-known teachers, who will share a little about their journey to teaching and bless us with some advice.

From an early age we have all been asked, ‘What do you want to be when you go grow up?’ In Senior School, the question becomes heavier with subject selections, University Open Days, and course applications. With the ‘Futures Week’ program starting next week, we are again encouraged to think about our future options and start to make these big decisions. It can be a confusing and daunting time but it is good to remember the advice of our teachers - that is okay if we can’t answer the ‘future’ questions yet!

 

Mrs Mandy Calderwood, Year 11 Coordinator and Head of Drama:

“Back in the dim dark ages when I was at High school and the only Drama was the annual school production, I was in them all from Year 8. Playing Maria in The Sound of Music when I was in Year 10 and involvement in community theatre is what set me on a life-long love for Drama and Theatre.

I studied a Bachelor of Education at Rusden (now Deakin Uni) and dabbled in a bit of TV – a few Ads and extra spots on TV shows and some theatre in education.  I initially wanted to be an actor but discovered that I had a love for working with young people and creating theatre with them and still do many years later.

I wish that I had known that it is okay not to see a career as ‘for life’ which it was when I was young. Today, young people have the opportunity to explore a myriad of possibilities and if you finish school not really knowing what you want to do with the rest of your life, then that is okay.

I think keeping options open is important and there are some subjects you need to do in order for that to happen (such as don’t give up Math if you think down the track you might like to be a teacher!) However, my advice to students is to do what you love- you are more likely to work hard and see value in what you do if it is something you have a passion for.”

 

Thank you so much Mrs Calderwood for your advice, especially your reassurance that our futures are not ‘fixed’! I wonder where we can find those ad’s that you were in......??

Have a great week.

 

Meg Heathcote

School Prefect

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Issue 5 Bookclub Loop Orders close on Friday 03rd August at 4.00pm.
All Bookclub orders are to be completed on LOOP - Linked Online Ordering and Payment System.
Orders are then delivered ...

Issue 5 Bookclub Loop Orders close on Friday 03rd August at 4.00pm.

All Bookclub orders are to be completed on LOOP - Linked Online Ordering and Payment System.

Orders are then delivered to Surf Coast Campus for collection.

A LOOP Parent letter is attached for further information.

 

 

 

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Our topic for this term is Fair Go Mate, where we will look to understand why people have different needs and wants along with their rights and responsibilities. To immerse the students i...
Our topic for this term is Fair Go Mate, where we will look to understand why people have different needs and wants along with their rights and responsibilities. To immerse the students in the unit we started the week by playing a variety of board games that all had the game rules removed. The students were required to collaborate and negotiate a new set of rules that could be applied to the game. The purpose of this activity was to demonstrate how rules provide us with guidance and structure and the board games were an analogy for how our society runs smoothly with rules and laws for all to follow. After some initial confusion, the groups demonstrated a great ability to make links, adapting new rules which enabled them to play a modified version of their game.
 
Mark Foran
Year 4 - Year Level Leader
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The students listed below are busily preparing for the Japanese Speech Contest to be held on Wednesday August 1st, 9.15-11.00am in the Chapel. The students were selected to represent thei...

The students listed below are busily preparing for the Japanese Speech Contest to be held on Wednesday August 1st, 9.15-11.00am in the Chapel. The students were selected to represent their classes by their classmates and/or Japanese teachers, presenting speeches ranging in complexity from a short 5 sentences in Year 1 to the whole story of The Hungry Caterpillar in Year 4. Parents and friends are invited to attend the presentation to support the students involved. 

4R: Makaylah-Jane Townson, Mariana Nohra and Mallory West

4M: William Wray, Kaylee Gibson and Alyssa Booth

4G: Emily Goudge, Rani Jamal and Molly O’Malley

4B: Charlotte Biviano-Dean, Jayden Chan and Isabel Carnie

 

3R: Elizabeth McClure, Jack Salajan and Sabrina Li

3G: Pippa Hearps, Anjali Samuel and Jianna Merchant

3B: Sophia Duggan, Annabelle Coleman and Benjamin Rhoses (Zen Nakayama in the Open)

 

2R: James Chandler, Andrius Bruozis and James Knight

2M: Elisha Williams, Sarrah Millie and Macey Dow

2G: Locky Rice, Lila Pattiradjawane, Illyria McCormack

2B: Arabella Gower, Cooper Maroulis and Gabriella Parigi

 

1R: Max Chen, Scarlett O’Hagan and Jack Whitlock (Kylie Brewster in the Open)

1G: Ryan Marshall, Molly Maynard and Dash Thompson

1B: Alex Clifford, Bailey Foran and Stella Rankin

 

Yukiko Valent and Katya Chaney

Japanese Teachers

 

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The Present & Future World of Work

 
The Careers Newsletter
Please see the weekly Careers News attached for your information:

Compare rankings between universities using the QILT websi...

Futures Week 2018

Future’s Week 2018 for Senior School students will be held next week from July 23-27. Each morning begins with an opportunity for all students to understand and explore a little more of some of the options for pathway choices. Year 11 & 12 students have presentations from tertiary providers both TAFE & University highlighting a range of further study options. Year 10’s will spend time looking at and gaining a little more understanding of the Senior years ahead – be it VCE or VCAL and the options that VET intertwined with that pathway can offer. It is hoped that this time with our Year 10’s will provide them with some more food for thought around the decisions they will soon be making regarding their VCE Year 11 subject/course choices.  We are very grateful to the tertiary providers, organisations, guest speakers and past students who have generously offered their time and expertise to share with our students.

 

The Careers Newsletter

Please see the weekly Careers News attached for your information:

  • Focus on Open Days
  • Competitions
  • Focus on Early Entry and Guaranteed Entry programs
  • Applying for university courses via VTAC and UAC
  • Why completing a vocational or higher education qualification post school is important
  • Australian Defence Force Gap Year Program - places still available. 

 





Surf Coast Calendar Term 3
 




Bush Prep


 




National Tree Day                                                           Debbie to write note home to parents               


 
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Wednesday 25th July

Bush Prep   (Sport Uniform House Colored Polo)

Friday 27th  July

National Tree Day   (Sport Uniform)

Friday 03rd August

Jeans for Genes Casual Dress Day  (Gold Coin Donation)

Wednesday 08th August

Bush Prep   (Sport Uniform House Colored Polo)                             

13th-19th August

National Science Week                                                    

Wednesday 15th August

Choir Ensemble Excursion to Costa Hall

Tuesday 21st August

Book Week Parade and Dress up day   (Excursion to Junior School)

Wednesday 22nd August

Bush Prep   (Sport Uniform House Colored Polo)

Wednesday 29th August

Fathers Night at Surf Coast 5.30pm – 7.00pm         

Friday 31st August          

Father’s Day Stall and Footy Colours    (Excursion to  Junior School)               

Wednesday 05th September

Bush Prep   (Sport Uniform House Colored Polo)

Monday 10th September

Narana Excursion

Tuesday 11th September

Tabloid Sports at Junior School 

Wednesday 12th September

Grandparents Afternoon  Surf Coast 2.15pm - 3.30pm

Thursday 13th September

R U OK? Day    Casual Dress in nominated colour  

Wednesday 19th September

Bush Prep      (Sport Uniform House Colored Polo)

Friday 21st September   

Term 3 Concludes 2.30pm dismissal

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This annual trivia night is a major fundraising event and has become a yearly tradition for people of all ages.
The night raises funds that go towards important projects for the people in...

This annual trivia night is a major fundraising event and 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 the 2018 East Timor Trivia Night:
Geelong West Town Hall
Friday, 10th August 
Doors open at 6.30pm, for a 7.00pm start.  

Tickets are $10 and tables of 10 are welcome.  
Please phone Senior School on (03) 5241 1577 to book your table.

BYO food and drinks, strictly no alcohol

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

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The attached file may provide some  ideas for Book Week Dress Up Day.
Visit the Website address on the file for some inspiration...............
 

The attached file may provide some  ideas for Book Week Dress Up Day.

Visit the Website address on the file for some inspiration...............

 

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The Christian College Geelong Eagles Basketball Club is celebrating 25 years and we invite you to come and join in the festivities!All past and present players, coaches, officials and fam...

The Christian College Geelong Eagles Basketball Club is celebrating 25 years and we invite you to come and join in the festivities!
All past and present players, coaches, officials and families are welcome to attend this free event.

The evening will be a wonderful time to get together with old team mates, and celebrate and reflect on what this wonderful club has achieved over the last 25 years.
Bring along your family for what will be a wonderful afternoon.

Sunday July 29th 3.00pm until 6.00pm at the AWA Stadium in Belmont.

• 3.30pm – 4.30pm Supervised modified basketball games and shootout competition
• 5.00pm – 6.00pm Formalities

Snack food trucks will be on site and alcoholic drinks can be purchased at bar prices.

PLEASE RSVP to cceagles@ccg.vic.edu.au




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This annual trivia night is a major fundraising event and 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 the 2018 East Timor Trivia Night:


Geelong West Town Hall
Friday, 10th August
Doors open at 6.30pm, for a 7.00pm start.
Tickets are $10 and tables of 10 are welcome.


Please phone Senior School on (03) 5241 1577 to book your table.


BYO food and drinks, strictly no alcohol
There are many wonderful items up for auction during the evening, so come along and have a great night and support our wonderful neighbours.

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This annual trivia night is a major fundraising event and has become a yearly tradition for people of all ages.
The night raises funds that go towards important projects for the people in...

This annual trivia night is a major fundraising event and 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 the 2018 East Timor Trivia Night:
Geelong West Town Hall
Friday, 10th August 
Doors open at 6.30pm, for a 7.00pm start.  

Tickets are $10 and tables of 10 are welcome.  
Please phone Senior School on (03) 5241 1577 to book your table.

BYO food and drinks, strictly no alcohol

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

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The Christian College Geelong Eagles Basketball Club is celebrating 25 years and we invite you to come and join in the festivities! All past and present players, coaches, officials and fa...

The Christian College Geelong Eagles Basketball Club is celebrating 25 years and we invite you to come and join in the festivities!
All past and present players, coaches, officials and families are welcome to attend this free event.

The evening will be a wonderful time to get together with old team mates, and celebrate and reflect on what this wonderful club has achieved over the last 25 years.
Bring along your family for what will be a wonderful afternoon.

Sunday July 29th 3.00pm until 6.00pm at the AWA Stadium in Belmont.

• 3.30pm – 4.30pm Supervised modified basketball games and shootout competition
• 5.00pm – 6.00pm Formalities

Snack food trucks will be on site and alcoholic drinks can be purchased at bar prices.

PLEASE RSVP to cceagles@ccg.vic.edu.au

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The Christian College Geelong Eagles Basketball Club is celebrating 25 years and we invite you to come and join in the festivities!All past and present players, coaches, officials and fam...

The Christian College Geelong Eagles Basketball Club is celebrating 25 years and we invite you to come and join in the festivities!
All past and present players, coaches, officials and families are welcome to attend this free event.

The evening will be a wonderful time to get together with old team mates, and celebrate and reflect on what this wonderful club has achieved over the last 25 years.
Bring along your family for what will be a wonderful afternoon.

Sunday July 29th 3.00pm until 6.00pm at the AWA Stadium in Belmont.

• 3.30pm – 4.30pm Supervised modified basketball games and shootout competition
• 5.00pm – 6.00pm Formalities

Snack food trucks will be on site and alcoholic drinks can be purchased at bar prices.

PLEASE RSVP to cceagles@ccg.vic.edu.au

 

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Junior School is once again offering Chess lessons this term. Chess Club will be held each Monday during lunchtime in the Junior School - Belmont Chapel commencing 23rd July until 10th Se...

Junior School is once again offering Chess lessons this term. Chess Club will be held each Monday during lunchtime in the Junior School - Belmont Chapel commencing 23rd July until 10th September, 2018. The cost is $95 per child and $85 each for siblings.

The benefits of learning to play chess include strategic thinking, improved self esteem, attention span in class, lateral thinking, team work and analytical skills. 

If you would like to enrol your child please collect an application form from the Junior School office.

For more Information contact:  Phil Hooton on 0421 901 530 or phil@chessforkids.com.au

 

 

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Niko Nakayama in Year 5 is currently representing Australia at a 13 day Asia Pacific Congress in Japan. Around 300, 11 year old students from 60 countries are celebrating their 30th Anniv...

Niko Nakayama in Year 5 is currently representing Australia at a 13 day Asia Pacific Congress in Japan. Around 300, 11 year old students from 60 countries are celebrating their 30th Anniversary Year. They are experiencing camping, demonstrating Australian performances, meetings, sightseeing and a home stay. Niko is enjoying  new cultural experiences every day and is building strong relationship with friends from all over the world. Niko says “My experience in Japan has been incredible. I have gained so much knowledge about Japan and the world through my friends and my host-family. I now have connections all over the world’.  

We are looking forward to her return with fond memories next week.  

 

Yuji Nakayama
Head of Japanese and Exchange

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