On behalf of the staff here at our Highton Middle School Campus I wish to thank you for your support throughout what has been a very busy, yet productive Term 3. We have much to be thankful for and God has continued to draw alongside our community reassuringly during this time. 

In preparation for the remainder of the year, please lock in some important dates for Term 4, especially our Annual Music Evening at Costa Hall on Thursday 13th October and also our Art, Technology and Design Extravaganza on Wednesday 9th November. Both evenings are a celebration of the gifts and talents of our students across the Christian College campuses and are not to be missed! 

A reminder that students commence their Term 4 studies on Tuesday 4th October

I look forward to seeing you early next term and wish you a restful break and time of refreshment with your families over this holiday period.

 

Kind regards,

Mr Tony Costa.

Head of Campus.

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On behalf of the staff here at our Bellarine Campus I wish to thank you for your support throughout what has been a very busy Term 3. We have much to celebrate and be thankful for as God ...

On behalf of the staff here at our Bellarine Campus I wish to thank you for your support throughout what has been a very busy Term 3. We have much to celebrate and be thankful for as God has continued to strengthen our community through the provision of some very exciting and rich learning opportunities.

In preparation for the remainder of the year, please lock in some important dates for Term 4, especially our Annual Music Evening at Costa Hall on Thursday 13th October and also our Art,Technology and Design Extravaganza on Wednesday 9th November. Both evenings are a celebration of the gifts and talents of our students across the Christian College campuses and are not to be missed! 

A reminder that students commence their Term 4 studies on Tuesday 4th October

I look forward to seeing you early next term and wish you a restful break and time of refreshment with your families over this holiday period. 

Kind regards,

Mr Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus.

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I wish to thank all students and staff for a term of many achievements. The students have worked hard in their classes and it has been exciting to hear of the great activities being deliv...

I wish to thank all students and staff for a term of many achievements. The students have worked hard in their classes and it has been exciting to hear of the great activities being delivered. The recent Student Learning Conferences reinforced the excellent relationship there is between our families and the teaching staff. The learning is not confined to the classroom with lessons being delivered on the water and the stage. This is what makes our College so special in learning is not viewed in the traditional way.

I wish to mention the staff and recognise their many contributions. The Senior School staff have continued to give freely of their time to assist students be it at a recess or via email. Their willingness to “value add” sets us apart from other schools. The staff have worked hard all term and deserve congratulations.

I wish all families a safe and relaxing holiday and look forward to our next term.

 

Graeme Dent, Head of Senior School

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Term 3, 2016 In Focus...
Please CLICK HERE to view our Term 3 edition of the In Focus publication.
This issue is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our Colleg...

Term 3, 2016 In Focus...

Please CLICK HERE to view our Term 3 edition of the In Focus publication.

This issue is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College.
These articles include: a feature on 2006 graduate, Nick Abbott who is working with Indigenous women in the Northern Territory to assist them in staying in school, a report on Glen and Scott’s trip to Harvard University where they examined the power of education in influencing the lives of others, plus an insight into the Sydney International Music Festival which 82 of our students attended in July. 


As Term 3 concludes, I hope you enjoy reading through this edition and have a restful break with your family.

 

Yours sincerely,

Steph Miller
Promotion and Publications Officer

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It was wonderful to come together last Sunday as a Campus community, foundation students and families, past staff and students and present staff and students to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bellarine Campus. We have much to celebrate and be thankful for, from the initial decision to investigate having a Christian College Campus on the Bellarine Peninsula, the provision of the campus site, the calling of the staff and the gift of students to be educated here, has been under God's hand and part of His plan. God has continued to honour that plan over the past 20 years with significant growth of our Campus community, facilities and rich educational opportunities.

The Campus has always been very personal, a place where students, parents and staff are known by name, where relationship and partnership are at the core of educating our young people. At the outset, the Campus was founded on the need to build a community, with shared values, a desire to provide a quality education and to develop the character of our students. The discussions this year with our students as to what the Bellarine community means to them, and Sunday’s service of thanksgiving, sharing in the journey of our Campus thus far has been an opportunity to consider the very fabric of our core purpose, and the importance of our focus on continued strengthening of our community into the future.

The Bellarine Campus is God’s blessing to the Bellarine, and we continue to pray that it is God’s will that students, families and staff continue to come. I acknowledge everyone who has made a contribution, particularly those who made the leap of faith and saw a vision in the empty building and gravel filled grounds that God would establish something very special. I acknowledge our fine group of committed educators today that have a passion to see further growth of our community, to develop authentic educational experiences that will prepare students for the 21st century, the world that our young people are going to live in, and above all, for the heart that they possess to nurture the faith of our young people.

It’s an Incredible privilege and awesome responsibility for me as the 3rd Head of Campus, for the Campus Deputy Heads, Mrs Pam McKeeman and Mr Earl Moore, and for our dedicated staff group to be the ‘keepers’ of the Bellarine Campus for now and into the future. The Bellarine Campus future is bright, as we strive in partnership with our families to strengthen the strong community culture that God has allowed to flourish in this place since its humble beginnings 20 years ago.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus

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The Junior School Grandparents' Day will be held on Tuesday, 18th October between 1:50 and 3:25pm.  Please click here to view details.

The Junior School Grandparents' Day will be held on Tuesday, 18th October between 1:50 and 3:25pm.  Please click here to view details.

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If we orchestrate lessons to increase student voice, will engagement increase?”  Three years ago, teachers in Year 5 began working alongside their students in conducting action research on this question. This past term, a unit of study was developed that allowed and even required that Year 5 students make a range of decisions and get involved in aspects of designing their own learning.  The overwhelming feeling, based on student feedback and parent comments, has been that the students were engaged even beyond what we anticipated.  Does that mean it was easy?  ‘No by design’ is the short answer to that very important question.  Students faced a number of challenges and setbacks ranging from frustration working with others to running out of time at the end of the given time (due to a lack of planning, interruptions or absence).  Through these challenges and setbacks, students benefited from applying a range of learning dispositions.  This process of encountering challenge, applying and growing in learning dispositions and reflection proved to be a ‘sweet spot’ for students acknowledging their own growth as learners.  They will need these dispositions or ‘soft skills’ in their lives at school and, more importantly, as they encounter the world outside of school.

Curriculum content covered included developing research skills, comprehension through art and literature, writing a biography, creating a timeline (1770 – 1860) and writing and illustrating an historical narrative.  Students needed to imagine, plan, persevere and, at times, collaborate.  The idea of craftsmanship was woven into these weeks, and students produced several drafts of their stories prior to satisfaction with the final product.  Through weekly journaling and reflection, students provided evidence of growth through the aforementioned challenges and triumphs. 

As a culmination of completing this rich task, Year 4 students from Junior School visited the Middle School campus.  The Year 5's proudly read their picture story books, dressed up in character, shared artefacts that they built and gave the Year 4 students activities based on their books.  The afternoon was very well-received, and we were again pleased with the level of engagement witnessed.

Allowing students to make decisions in their own learning increases engagement.  As teachers we are continually challenging ourselves to avoid underestimating our students’ ability to self-organise.  They will need this skill as they negotiate new challenges in Year 6, Senior School and beyond.

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Hearing of Jacob Marsden’s passing last Sunday and the way the College supported the students and staff showed how we react to tragedy. Amongst the grief we witnessed fellowship, love and...

Hearing of Jacob Marsden’s passing last Sunday and the way the College supported the students and staff showed how we react to tragedy. Amongst the grief we witnessed fellowship, love and sorrow. The students came together to be with each other in a way that our faith leads us.

We were guided by God as he now had Jacob in his arms.

Jacob was a man of deep faith and he understood many things that we did not. He touched so many lives at our College. He inspired us all and we are truly blessed to have known this fine young man.

1 Peter 5:10 (NIV) 'And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.'

Graeme Dent, Head of Senior School

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The College Uniform shop will be open extended hours during the upcoming Term break. The hours will be Monday 26th October to Thursday 29th October from 9.00am to 5.00pm.  Please note Fri...

The College Uniform shop will be open extended hours during the upcoming Term break. The hours will be Monday 26th October to Thursday 29th October from 9.00am to 5.00pm.  Please note Friday, 30th October the uniform shop will be closed due to Grand Final public holiday. 

A reminder that students will be required to start wearing Summer Uniform for Term 4, with the official change over date being Monday 17th October (start of wk 3). Students may wear either full Summer or full Winter uniform leading up to this date, however not a combination of the two. A further reminder that students are required to wear their College hats for all outdoor activities throughout Term 4, including during recess and lunch breaks.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus

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Due extraordinary events this week, our House Wearable Art competition will be postponed until next term on Friday 7th October.

Due extraordinary events this week, our House Wearable Art competition will be postponed until next term on Friday 7th October.

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Basketball
Coached by Olivia Cameron, Christian College Eagles White defeated St Mary’s Blazers in the Year 3/4 Division Grand Final yesterday at the Geelong Arena, with the final score b...

Basketball

Coached by Olivia Cameron, Christian College Eagles White defeated St Mary’s Blazers in the Year 3/4 Division Grand Final yesterday at the Geelong Arena, with the final score being 31 to 9. Our congratulations to all students involved.

Geelong North Division Athletic Championships 

We congratulate our Year 4 students who competed for the College at this event yesterday. Whilst the weather did not allow us to complete all events, we had some very good performances from our students. We will hear in due course the outcome of yesterday’s competition, and which students will progress to the Regional Championships next term.

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Today we welcomed the entire Bellarine Middle School staff and student body, here to Middle School Highton, to host the 2016 Talent Quest!!!

We were wonderfully entertained with all sorts of weird and wonderful acts, ranging from musical items, dances and parodies, body contortion and staff acts.... right through to adolescent boys in dressing gowns! It certainly provided an opportunity for students and staff to share a laugh at the end of a busy term.

This event is the only time throughout the year where our collective Year 5-9 students and staff ALL gather together to share in community, celebrate the gifts and talents of our students, whilst enjoying each other's company in a relaxed and entertaining setting. Having over 800 adolescent students laughing, singing, enjoying themselves and more importantly, encouraging each other throughout the day, highlighted the significant privilege it is to belong to our Christian College community.

A big thank you to each of the student (and staff!) performers who added to the atmosphere of the day. It was a great way to finish the term!! 

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Raising Confident and Respectful Sons - Andrew Fuller

The Regional Parenting Service, an initiative of the Department of Education and Training delivered by the City of Greater Geelong, welcomes all dads, mums and those who support them to attend the FREE Parenting Forum to celebrate Month of Action.

This forum will explore the essential conversations to have with your son; how to create respectful relationships with others; how your beliefs and attitudes live on in your son. It will also explore core values of every functional relationship – trust, forgiveness, integrity, hope and compassion.

Date: Wednesday 16 November

Time: 7.00pm-8.30pm

Venue: Moolap and Barrabool Hills Baptist Church, 4-32 Province Boulevard, Highton

RSVP by Wednesday 9 November to fsadmin@geelongcity.vic.gov.au or 5272 4741

Please click here for further details.

 

 

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If anyone is able to help find a Friday work placement in building or carpentry for a Year 11 VCAL student then please contact Graeme Dent at Senior School on 5241 1577. Thank you.

If anyone is able to help find a Friday work placement in building or carpentry for a Year 11 VCAL student then please contact Graeme Dent at Senior School on 5241 1577. Thank you.

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Senior School is now turning towards effectively preparing students for the next stage in their educational journey.  For our year 9 students, the commencement of their studies at Senior School campus is one of the most significant changes to occur in this journey.

Please see the attached letter via the link below, for further Yr. 10 2017 transition information. 

Paul Breguet
Year 10 Coordinator, Senior Campus

Year 10 2017 - Letter to Parents

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People Are Connected Unit

In Integrated studies this term, the Year 2 students have been researching and investigating how people are connected globally, nationally and locally to their communities. Recently in class children undertook a mapping task, using a map of the Geelong area to locate and label significant locations, which led to discussion about what these places offer the people of Geelong and why we need them. The task inspired our children to think more deeply about their own connections within their local community, within Australia and to other places around the world.

 

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Jacob Jennings left for Japan last Friday morning, arriving safely on Saturday night. He is now attending our sister school Naga High School in Wakayama, Japan and is on long term exchang...

Jacob Jennings left for Japan last Friday morning, arriving safely on Saturday night. He is now attending our sister school Naga High School in Wakayama, Japan and is on long term exchange until December. Jacob has made many friends already and settled into the Naga High School community well. We wish him all the best for this new experience.

Michael Gerhardy, a graduate of 2015, is also at Naga High School as a language assistant.

 Michael Gerhardy and Naga High School students

Christian College and Naga High School have had a sister school relationship over the last 20 years and the exchange program is very proactive.

 

Yuji Nakayama, Japanese Teacher & Japanese Exchange Program Coordinator

 

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This week has seen over 200 students from our combined Middle and Junior Campuses enjoy a four day Music Camp (‘bootcamp’) in picturesque Anglesea. The music tuition, ensemble practice and musical fellowship has been very much enjoyed by students and staff alike. This annual Camp, allows wonderful opportunity for cross Campus and cross Year level cooperation and collaboration, adding to the talented fabric of our Music department. We look forward to the hearing these talented students at the Christian College Annual Music Evening at Costa Hall next term, on Thursday 13th October.

 

Mrs Carla Dunlop

Music Coordinator & Head of College Choral Program.

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Many lovely moments were shared between the Prep children and their special guests last Thursday night. The classrooms were flooded with Preps proudly leading their visitors on a tour and...

Many lovely moments were shared between the Prep children and their special guests last Thursday night. The classrooms were flooded with Preps proudly leading their visitors on a tour and sharing the many pieces of work they had completed throughout the school year so far.

Soon the sound of nails being hammered filled the air in the Food Technology and Wood Work building as rocket construction began. Creativity flowed next door in the kitchen as small hands were supported by large hands to make some very interesting vegetable creations. The night concluded with supper and a slide show highlighting the various learning opportunities the Preps have experienced throughout the year. It was a wonderful night for the Dads and Special Friends to share in activities and gain a better insight into what a day in the life of a Prep students looks like.

Katie Oelke
Prep - Yr. 2 Coordinator

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Please click here to view the timetable for Term 4 - Year 3 Show and Share.

Please click here to view the Year 3 - Term 4 Show and Share timetable.

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The Barwon Interschool Equestrian Series which includes Equestrian events hosted by Geelong Grammar, The Geelong College, Ballarat Grammar School and Kardinia International College has co...

The Barwon Interschool Equestrian Series which includes Equestrian events hosted by Geelong Grammar, The Geelong College, Ballarat Grammar School and Kardinia International College has concluded for 2016.

We acknowledge the performances by the entire Christian College Geelong team for an excellent season.

Congratulations to all riders in the CCG Show Jumping Team who contributed results toward the team being crowned Barwon Interschool Series Champions

Individual Champions at show jumping height levels included Riley Taylor Individual Series Champion (Freshman), Georgia Murdoch Individual Series Champion (Encouragers) and Jorja Krisopp Cole Individual Series Champion (Improvers).

Individual Reserve Champions or Runners Up included Lucy Lawn Reserve Champion, Showjumping (Improvers) and Emily Fischer Reserve Champion, Dressage (Preliminary).

 CCG were the Champion Showjumping School, 3rd placed Dressage school and thus 2nd overall for the series perpetual trophy.

The Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series includes events hosted by schools from a wider area of Victoria with riders and parents committing a great deal of travel and time to represent the College.

Congratulations to Georgia Murdoch on finishing as Individual Showjumping Series Champion (Encouragers), a tremendous achievement. Lucy Lawn was Reserve Champion (Improvers) and our CCG Showjumping team placed second overall in the series behind Toorak College.

Victorian Team qualification

We acknowledge the performances of Tilley Fair, Ava Halloran and Charlotte Sheldon who qualified to represent Victoria at the National Interschool Championships.

Thank you

Throughout the year, the Equestrian team were led by Team Captains Erin Young and Bronte Kerger. All riders were encouraged and supported by the Sports Administrator Kay Wilson, a dedicated group of parents and friends, including Mrs Cheryl Wright who provided invaluable expertise and guidance to the Showjumping riders. We thank all who were involved and now look forward to the 2016/2017 series of competition which commences in October this year.

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The Barwon Interschool Equestrian Series which includes Equestrian events hosted by Geelong Grammar, The Geelong College, Ballarat Grammar School and Kardinia International College has co...

The Barwon Interschool Equestrian Series which includes Equestrian events hosted by Geelong Grammar, The Geelong College, Ballarat Grammar School and Kardinia International College has concluded for 2016.

We acknowledge the performances by the entire Christian College Geelong team for an excellent season.

Congratulations to all riders in the CCG Show Jumping Team who contributed results toward the team being crowned Barwon Interschool Series Champions.

Individual Champions at show jumping height levels included Riley Taylor - Individual Series Champion (Freshman), Georgia Murdoch - Individual Series Champion (Encouragers) and Jorja Krisopp Cole - Individual Series Champion (Improvers).

Individual Reserve Champions or Runners Up included Lucy Lawn - Reserve Champion, Showjumping (Improvers) and Emily Fischer - Reserve Champion, Dressage (Preliminary).

 CCG were the Champion Showjumping School, 3rd placed Dressage school and thus 2nd overall for the series perpetual trophy.

The Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series includes events hosted by schools from a wider area of Victoria with riders and parents committing a great deal of travel and time to represent the College.

Congratulations to Georgia Murdoch on finishing as Individual Showjumping Series Champion (Encouragers), a tremendous achievement. Lucy Lawn was Reserve Champion (Improvers) and our CCG Showjumping team placed second overall in the series behind Toorak College.

Victorian Team qualification

We acknowledge the performances of Tilley Fair, Ava Halloran and Charlotte Sheldon who qualified to represent Victoria at the National Interschool Championships.

Thank you

Throughout the year, the Equestrian team were led by Team Captains Erin Young and Bronte Kerger. All riders were encouraged and supported by the Sports Administrator Kay Wilson, a dedicated group of parents and friends, including Mrs Cheryl Wright who provided invaluable expertise and guidance to the Showjumping riders. We thank all who were involved and now look forward to the 2016/2017 series of competition which commences in October this year.

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Throughout Term 3 in Integrated Studies the Year 1 and 2 students have been investigating how sound and light are sourced, created and travel. Fellow students, parents and staff were all ...

Throughout Term 3 in Integrated Studies the Year 1 and 2 students have been investigating how sound and light are sourced, created and travel. Fellow students, parents and staff were all impressed with the children’s ability to articulate and elaborate on their new understandings during the Light and Sound Open House held last Friday.

The Year 2 students created posters, booklets and PowerPoint presentations as well as conducting experiments to demonstrate the learning that has taken place this term.

Parents, special guests and Year 7 buddies were led by the Year 1 students in a variety of Sound and Light activities which showcased different aspects of the Year 1 program.

Katie Oelke
Prep - Year 2 Coordinator

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The Regional Parenting Service, an initiative of the Department of Education and Training delivered by the City of Greater Geelong, welcomes all dads, mums and those who support them to a...

The Regional Parenting Service, an initiative of the Department of Education and Training delivered by the City of Greater Geelong, welcomes all dads, mums and those who support them to attend the FREE Parenting Forum to celebrate Month of Action.

This forum will explore the essential conversations to have with your son; how to create respectful relationships with others; how your beliefs and attitudes live on in your son. It will also explore core values of every functional relationship – trust, forgiveness, integrity, hope and compassion.

Date: Wednesday 16 November

Time: 7.00pm-8.30pm

Venue: Moolap and Barrabool Hills Baptist Church, 4-32 Province Boulevard, Highton

RSVP by Wednesday 9 November to fsadmin@geelongcity.vic.gov.au or 5272 4741

Please click here for further details.

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In Term 3 we have been very blessed with the opportunity to have the Year 9 students working alongside our Year 2 students in the Junior School class setting. The Year 9 boys are currentl...

In Term 3 we have been very blessed with the opportunity to have the Year 9 students working alongside our Year 2 students in the Junior School class setting. The Year 9 boys are currently visiting during the literacy block on a Friday morning. This time allows the boys to develop a rapport with the younger students that they otherwise may not have direct contact with. The students sit alongside one another in the class and participate in activities such as reading, where both Middle School students and Junior School students read to each other.

Students were involved in writing and craft tasks in preparation for the Christian College 20th Anniversary celebration. This type of cross age learning provided students with the opportunity to expand their Building Learning Power muscles. Students worked together to stretch and develop their imitating, collaboration, empathy and listening skills and dispositions. We are very fortunate to have the age span we do within our campus, allowing us to offer such wonderful learning experiences for younger and older students. It gives confidence to students and it allows bonds to form across the age groups.

Mrs Sam Bett & Mrs Joanne Lowe
Class Teachers

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The College congratulates the Senior Boys Netball Team on winning the 2016 State Schools Netball Championships.
Since 2010 the Senior Boys team have played off in the Championship match o...

The College congratulates the Senior Boys Netball Team on winning the 2016 State Schools Netball Championships.

Since 2010 the Senior Boys team have played off in the Championship match on 6 out of the 7 occasions, recording four State Titles! At the helm during this period has been experienced Netball Coach and Director of English Mr. Damian Stephenson. Damian’s knowledge, passion and experience are critical with each half consisting of 7 minutes’ duration; a slow start or lapse of concentration can mean defeat. During the training period leading in to the tournament, the team develops beyond a basic understanding of netball towards plays and systems, ensuring they are ready to play in this ‘pressure cooker’ situation. This preparation was vital; with the team being down at half time in both the Semi and Grand Final, they kept their composure and trusted in the work they had done, allowing them to go on and win both matches to secure the title.

 Damian Stephenson, Coach

In 2016 the team of Flynn Marshall, Harrison Hogan, Harry Kaye, Michael Little, Christian Davis, Tom Cushion, Jordan Rossi, Darcy Pearson and Will Haintz are to be acknowledged for their dominance, remaining undefeated during the Preliminary and Final round robin days. Year 12 students Tom Cushion (attack) and Harrison Hogan (defence) were significant performers during all matches, as was the second goaler Flynn Marshall (Year 11).

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Wednesday this week saw our combined Middle and Senior School Surf team contest the final rounds of the State Surfing Championships at Smiths Beach on Phillip Island. In what was a very h...

On Wednesday, a combined Middle and Senior School team contested the final rounds of the State Surfing Championships at Smiths Beach on Phillip Island. After winning through the early rounds in May the Christian College team was well prepared for the finals day, contested in clean three foot surf. In a very high standard all West Coast final, Christian College surfed tactically to reign in the favoured St. Joseph's team. Tully Wylie surfed beyond his years to record the highest heat score. The final results were: Christian College (1st), St. Joseph's/Sacred Heart (2nd), The Geelong College (3rd), and St. Ignatius (4th).

Pictured L to R are: Flynn Daniel, Luke Day, Jason O'Loughlin (Coach) Grace Day (Capt), Jarrad Forras, Micky Robinson (Capt), Nick Vanner, Tully Wylie, Mac Wylie, Angus Castle and Steve Sullivan (Manager).

 

 

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The year 4 students collaborated to design and perform a dance. The students had the task of choreographing the majority of the steps and they were challenged to learn how to count their ...

The year 4 students collaborated to design and perform a dance. The students had the task of choreographing the majority of the steps and they were challenged to learn how to count their steps in time to the rhythm of the music.

They boys group dance told a story about a spy and the girls group dance had energy and creative dance moves.  The students developed their coordination, teamwork and creative skills during the rehearsal process of their dance. The end performance at the Junior School Assembly was entertaining for staff, students and parents. Well done Year 4's!

Mrs Alice Claringbold
Dance and Drama Teacher

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On Wednesday, a combined Middle and Senior School team contested the final rounds of the State Surfing Championships at Smiths Beach on Phillip Island. After winning through the early rou...

On Wednesday, a combined Middle and Senior School team contested the final rounds of the State Surfing Championships at Smiths Beach on Phillip Island. After winning through the early rounds in May the Christian College team was well prepared for the finals day, contested in clean three foot surf. In a very high standard all West Coast final, Christian College surfed tactically to reign in the favoured St. Joseph's team. Tully Wylie surfed beyond his years to record the highest heat score. The final results were: Christian College (1st), St. Joseph's/Sacred Heart (2nd), The Geelong College (3rd), and St. Ignatius (4th).

Pictured L to R are: Flynn Daniel, Luke Day, Jason O'Loughlin (Coach) Grace Day (Capt), Jarrad Forras, Micky Robinson (Capt), Nick Vanner, Tully Wylie, Mac Wylie, Angus Castle and Steve Sullivan (Manager).

 

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As we finish term 3 and the end of the year is fast approaching, our attention at Senior School is now turning towards effectively preparing students for the next stage in their education...

As we finish term 3 and the end of the year is fast approaching, our attention at Senior School is now turning towards effectively preparing students for the next stage in their educational journey. For our Year 9 students, the commencement of their studies at Senior School campus is one of the most significant changes to occur in this journey as they adjust to many changes in the academic and social setting they have become familiar with. Already as a Year 10 Year Level Co-ordinator, I have had the privilege to meet with many of our Bellarine Year 9 students, along with speaking to our Highton Year 9 students at assembly. Personally this has been very beneficial in getting to know many students and hopefully being able to ease some of the nerves associated with such a large change for our students. However, it is a normal response to any change in life that students (and parents for that matter) feel somewhat uneasy, especially when we are taken outside of our comfort zone.

As part of the transition to Senior School, we have several key opportunities to help students adjust to the environment at Senior School. Firstly, our Orientation Day on November 1st is a great opportunity for students to have a fun day full of activities to help them get to know the teachers that will be helping them achieve their future aspirations. This day also gives students time to get to make new friendships and connections with students from the two campuses.

After this initial Orientation Day, Year 9 students will return to Senior School on Thursday November 30th and Friday December 1st for their transition days. These days are structured as would any normally timetabled day they will experience in 2017, and is the beginning of their academic education at Senior School. Students will be introduced to their initial homeroom group and will have formally structured classes throughout the two days to get to know the students and teachers they will be working with next year. While some classes will have more ‘get to know you’ types of activities, some subjects may begin preparing students for the academic learning they will be undertaking. This may involve some holiday reading or initial work to prepare students to begin their Year 10 studies on the front foot.

It is an exciting time for all teachers here at Senior School as we have the opportunity to play a positive part in the future of what is a wonderful Year 9 cohort.

Paul Breguet
Year Level Coordinator – Year 10

 

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It is wonderful to see how enthusiastic students and families are committing to the current Project Care school community event, Operation Christmas Child. Many boxes have been sold and returned with lovely items for those children in third world countries. The boxes are available from the student office for 50cents and contain instructions and  item suggestions. It is requested only new clothing and toys be included, please.  The $9 postage may be paid in cash or by credit card on the following website: www.samaritanspurse.org.au/campaign/operation-christmas-child .    If you choose to pay the postage online, you may then follow what country your box is distributed to.

Boxes are to be returned by October 28th, allowing the upcoming holidays a fun time to search for special goodies to include.

Thank you, 
Project Care Team

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We wish Ms Felicity Rogerson  a relaxing break as she commences  some well-earned Long Service Leave which will conclude on Friday, 11th November, 2016
During this time, Ms Jenni Prowse  ...

We wish Ms Felicity Rogerson a relaxing break as she commences some well-earned Long Service Leave for the beginning of Term 4, which will conclude on Friday, 11th November, 2016. During this time, Ms Jenni Prowse, an experienced Food Technology teacher and friend of Christian College, will assume responsibility for Felicity’s classes. We wish Felicity, God’s richest blessing whilst she is on leave and look forward to her return later in Term 4.

We welcome Ms Kim O'Connor back from leave for the commencement of Term 4, following her recent wedding and thank Ms Brittany Dietrich for her work covering Ms O'Connors classes during Term 3. Mrs Vicki Hayden is also returning from leave and we are thankful for the work of Ms Felicity van Kan, covering these classes. 

Although this news may well and truly be out, we are extremely excited for Mrs Georgie Kettle, Mrs Masigga Tsoulos and Ms Christie Waight, who are each expecting a baby early in the New Year. We pray for God's hand to be with these ladies as they journey through the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth and we look forward in sharing in their exciting news. Mrs Kettle, Mrs Tsoulos and Ms Waight will all be taking Maternity Leave in 2017.

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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This week’s Career Spot is a reminder for our Year 12 cohort, as well as interesting reading ahead for those yet to consider pursuing tertiary study. A number of opportunities exist for S...

This week’s Career Spot is a reminder for our Year 12 cohort, as well as interesting reading ahead for those yet to consider pursuing tertiary study. A number of opportunities exist for Special Consideration/SEAS assistance/Scholarships both through VTAC as well as more directly through individual institutions.

Various forms of assistance are available if we peruse the VTAC website. Please note that closing dates for these applications may vary from the closing date for listing tertiary preferences.

Two links are provided which may be of interest and assistance in seeking support for your child in their tertiary studies:

Other schemes outside SEAS

http://www.vtac.edu.au/who/seas/other.html

In addition to the SEAS applications, a number of institutions offer a series of programmes targeted at circumstances and individuals. These programs provide special consideration for entry into courses in addition to or instead of the SEAS considerations. Follow the link above into information from specific institutions,

Other scholarships not through VTAC

http://www.vtac.edu.au/scholarships/other/list.html

In addition to the scholarships listed as part of the VTAC Scholarship Applications, there are many scholarships offered by different institutions. These scholarships often require you to apply directly to the institution. Follow the above link for more information.

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On Wednesday the Year 6 students were given the opportunity to share the picture story books they had written and illustrated, reading them to the Year 4 students. This writing activity w...

On Wednesday the Year 6 students were given the opportunity to share the picture story books they had written and illustrated, reading them to the Year 4 students. This writing activity was designed to draw upon understandings the students had gained as part of the Refugee Unit covered in Term 3.

The Year 6 students were to make links with their learning and write a story about one element of life as a refugee, whether it be the journey, life in a camp or the moment they became displaced from their home. The students were very proud of their finished pieces and were very excited to be able to share their stories. It was an excellent example of Middle School and Junior School collaboration and interaction.

Mrs Claire Deretic, Mr Ryan Healy
Year 6 Classroom Teachers

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Thursday the 15th of September saw the Year 6 students participating in Refugee Day at the Bellarine Campus. The students took part in a number of activities designed to immerse them into...

Thursday the 15th of September saw the Year 6 students participating in Refugee Day at the Bellarine Campus. The students took part in a number of activities designed to immerse them into the life of a refugee and to give the students an experience that would broaden their points of view and help them see life outside their own community.

The day started with a visiting speaker, Sam, a refugee from Iran who has now made Australia his home. He was able to give the students an amazing insight into the life of a refugee, the journey to Australia and the difficulties of settling into a new home. The students were thoroughly engaged while Sam spoke and their responses demonstrated the thought provoking experiences he spoke about. His real message, “trust in our God”.

Virtual reality was the next step for the students. Stepping into a virtual world of refugee camps and life as a refugee. The students were very excited to experience this activity and it was amazing to watch their responses to being in a refugee camp and part of a food drop in Africa. The students were also challenged to “exit Australia” as part of an online simulation game. They needed to go through the process of becoming a refugee and dealing with the uncertainties and decisions that needed to be made to be able to escape the country with their lives. The students were then set a task to design and build a new generation tent that could be used in refugee camps around the world. This task brought in design ideas such as water conservation, energy efficiency and easy set up and pack up. A tent that will go towards providing the refugees with some of the basic human needs that they currently do not have; lighting, fresh water and shelter. 

The link below is an article relating to three personal refugee stories, students viewed on refugee day. You may hold down the mouse button while the youtube is playing to view 360 degrees. 

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

It was an amazing day, full of rich learning for the students involved.

Claire Deretic and Ryan Healy.
Year 6 Homeroom Teachers

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A reminder that the third and final vaccination will be happening on the first day back of Term 4, Tuesday October 4th.  This is the final dose of HPV for Year 7 students.
Please can stud...

A reminder that the third and final vaccination will be happening on the first day back of Term 4, Tuesday October 4th.  This is the final dose of HPV for Year 7 students.

Please can students wear their sports uniform and bring their other uniform with them to get changed later.


Nicola Morrish
Year 7 & 8 Coordinator

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This term our Year 7s have been exploring the theme of water in many of their subjects and part of their studies involved the creation of a video game about saving water.  It was with gre...

This term our Year 7s have been exploring the theme of water in many of their subjects and part of their studies involved the creation of a video game about saving water.  It was with great delight that last week we were able to share all of their learning in an exhibition in which the students became the teachers who showed their parents/guardians and teachers how they learned. 

The students put together a vibrant display to showcase how and what they have learned and then delivered highly engaging teaching activities to go with this.

It was exciting to see students take ownership of their learning and to demonstrate their ability to collaborate with others and think deeply about their learning.

Nicola Morrish
Year 7 & 8 Coordinator

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As part of the Year 8 Christian Education Social Issues unit this semester, all Year 8 students were challenged to make a difference in their homes or in the community. It was amazing to ...

As part of the Year 8 Christian Education Social Issues unit this semester, all Year 8 students were challenged to make a difference in their homes or in the community. It was amazing to see so many Year 8 students get out there and make a difference in the lives of others. We had students visit the elderly in nursing homes, clean up areas of the environment, participate in the 40 Hour famine, donate to Geelong Animal Welfare, participate in random acts of kindness, make boxes to send to other countries for Operation Christmas Child and raise money for Offspring in amongst many other ventures.

I am so proud of the Year 8's for getting out there and making a difference in the community. The Year 8’s have shown that they are growing into empathetic, generous and kind young people that are dedicated to serving others.

Rebecca Barry
Christian Education Teacher

 

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Year 9 students spent Tuesday this week with Abel Hicks, an Ethiopian boy who has been adopted by my family. He will be moving to Australia permanently soon and starting school on the Sun...

Year 9 students spent Tuesday this week with Abel Hicks, an Ethiopian boy who has been adopted by my family. He will be moving to Australia permanently soon and starting school on the Sunshine Coast. The boys welcomed him wonderfully and enjoyed a game of hockey and a fun maths lesson. It was eye opening for all to compare class sizes and learning conditions between Australia and Africa."

Tim Wright
Outdoor Education Teacher

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Equestrian season ends on a high.

The Barwon Interschool Equestrian Series which includes Equestrian events hosted by Geelong Grammar, The Geelong College, Ballarat Grammar School and Kardinia International College has concluded for 2016. The Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series includes events hosted by schools from a wider area of Victoria with riders and parents committing a great deal of travel and time to represent the College. We acknowledge the performances by the entire Christian College Geelong team for an excellent season.

Individual Champions at show jumping height levels included Riley Taylor, Individual Series Champion (Freshman), Georgia Murdoch, Individual Series Champion (Encouragers) and Jorja Krisopp Cole, Individual Series Champion (Improvers).  Individual Reserve Champions or Runners Up included Lucy Lawn Reserve Champion, Showjumping (Improvers) and Emily Fischer Reserve Champion, Dressage (Preliminary). Our CCG Showjumping team placed second overall in the series behind Toorak College.

Victorian Team qualification - We acknowledge the performances of Tilley Fair, Ava Halloran and Charlotte Sheldon who qualified to represent Victoria at the National Interschool Championships.

Congratulations to all riders in the CCG Show Jumping Team who contributed results toward the team being crowned Barwon Interschool Series Champions. CCG were the Champion Showjumping School, 3rd placed Dressage school and thus 2nd overall for the series perpetual trophy.

We thank Equestrian Team Captains Erin Young and Bronte Kerger for their guidance throughout the year. All riders were encouraged and supported by the Sports Administrator, Kay Wilson, a dedicated group of parents and friends, including Mrs Cheryl Wright who provided invaluable expertise and guidance to the Showjumping riders. We thank all who were involved and now look forward to the 2016/2017 series of competition which commences in October this year.

Jonathan Ryan
Deputy Head of Middle School & Director of Physical Education
Highton Campus

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This week has seen over 200 students from our combined Middle and Junior Campuses enjoy a four day Music Camp (‘bootcamp’) in picturesque Anglesea. The music tuition, ensemble practice an...

This week has seen over 200 students from our combined Middle and Junior Campuses enjoy a four day Music Camp (‘bootcamp’) in picturesque Anglesea. The music tuition, ensemble practice and musical fellowship has been very much enjoyed by students and staff alike. This annual Camp, allows wonderful opportunity for cross Campus and cross Year level cooperation and collaboration, adding to the talented fabric of our Music department. We look forward to the hearing these talented students at the Christian College Annual Music Evening next term, on Thursday 13th October. 

Mr Andrew Dunlop
Director of Instrumental Music

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Term 3, 2016 In Focus...
Please CLICK HERE to view our Term 3 edition of the In Focus publication.
This issue is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College....

Term 3, 2016 In Focus...

Please CLICK HERE to view our Term 3 edition of the In Focus publication.

This issue is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College.
These articles include: a feature on 2006 graduate, Nick Abbott who is working with Indigenous women in the Northern Territory to assist them in staying in school, a report on Glen and Scott’s trip to Harvard University where they examined the power of education in influencing the lives of others, plus an insight into the Sydney International Music Festival which 82 of our students attended in July. 


As Term 3 concludes, I hope you enjoy reading through this edition and have a restful break with your family.

 

Yours sincerely,

Steph Miller
Promotion and Publications Officer

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Term 3, 2016 In Focus...
Please CLICK HERE to view our Term 3 edition of the In Focus publication.
This issue is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College....

Term 3, 2016 In Focus...

Please CLICK HERE to view our Term 3 edition of the In Focus publication.

This issue is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College.
These articles include: a feature on 2006 graduate, Nick Abbott who is working with Indigenous women in the Northern Territory to assist them in staying in school, a report on Glen and Scott’s trip to Harvard University where they examined the power of education in influencing the lives of others, plus an insight into the Sydney International Music Festival which 82 of our students attended in July. 


As Term 3 concludes, I hope you enjoy reading through this edition and have a restful break with your family.

 

Yours sincerely,

Steph Miller
Promotion and Publications Officer

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Term 3, 2016 In Focus...
Please CLICK HERE to view our Term 3 edition of the In Focus publication.
This issue is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College....

Term 3, 2016 In Focus...

Please CLICK HERE to view our Term 3 edition of the In Focus publication.

This issue is full of insightful articles on what has been happening around our College.
These articles include: a feature on 2006 graduate, Nick Abbott who is working with Indigenous women in the Northern Territory to assist them in staying in school, a report on Glen and Scott’s trip to Harvard University where they examined the power of education in influencing the lives of others, plus an insight into the Sydney International Music Festival which 82 of our students attended in July. 


As Term 3 concludes, I hope you enjoy reading through this edition and have a restful break with your family.

 

Yours sincerely,

Steph Miller
Promotion and Publications Officer

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