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Barwon Health Immunisation
1-17 Reynolds Rd ,Belmont,3216
Friday 29/9/17 & Monday 3/10/17
Phone Barwon Health Immunisation 42156963 to arrange
 
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Subject Expo

The Senior School hosted our Subject Expo on Wednesday night amid frosty conditions. We were thrilled to have large numbers attend and take the opportunity to speak with all teachers about possible subjects and pathways.

The VCE information was presented by Mr O’Loughlin and Ms Martin and informed the parents and students of the terminology and how this certificate operates. The key points are that it is a two year certificate of Units per semester. The usual program will contain six subjects at Year 11 which are Unit 1 & 2 units in each subject. In Year 12 students generally undertake five Unit 3 & 4 units. The ATAR is determined from only Unit 3 & 4 subjects which are assessed.

There are opportunities for students to apply for accelerated VCE subjects in Year 10 and 11. When considering such requests we look at the entire program and match this up with their career aims.

There is an 80% attendance requirement and we do not encourage families to take family holidays that will interrupt their child’s studies. VCE success is built on mastery over two years in Units 1 & 2 as well as Units 3 & 4.

Ms Fearnsides spoke about our VCAL and VET programs. VCAL is an alternative to the VCE and is for students who learn in a different way. This “hands on” approach promotes independent learning and has a pathway to trades and traineeships. If one undertakes VCAL then a VET must also be taken. The work placement on the Friday also needs to be aligned with the VET choice. The interesting aspect of VCAL is that a “school based apprenticeship” may be undertaken which means that a portion of the apprenticeship is completed while at school as well as having a position to go to after Year 12.

The VET offerings at Christian College were also explained to those present. VCE students may opt to undertake a VET subject that is on Wednesday afternoons. The College provides a complimentary bus to The Gordon and parents are asked to collect their child at the end of the day. If a student undertakes a VET subject there is an additional fee the family needs to pay and all costs are available on The Gordon website. If a student undertakes the VCAL course then they must enrol in a VET course.

VCE/VCAL/VET Curriculum Handbooks are available from the Student Office if students or parents would like a copy.  Please don't hesitate to contact the College if you require further information or assistance.

 

Our Senior Boys Football had a win!

Our senior football team had an amazing win at Colac against Trinity College to advance to the semi-finals next Wednesday. In a thrilling match we led for most of the day, which was played with a strong wind. At three quarter time we held on to a 9 point advantage, but Trinity had the wind coming home. In a tense last quarter we held on and won by 4 points. In the dying stages of the game in a defence filled with every player on the field, a Trinity player found the ball and space in the goal square. As he was about to kick the winning goal our A.J. Wight threw himself to smother the ball and saved the match. There were some excellent contributions from all 24 players on the day, and they have been superbly led this year by Chris Lever and Jack Nelson.

The team was elated with their performance and rightly so. We wish to thank the players and the coaching staff in Mr Fanning and Mr Richardson.

We shall all be supporting the team when they play next week and a win there will place us into the AFL Victoria Herald Shield Div.2 Grand Final.

Once the venue and time is confirmed we ask that parents and family try to make the journey to Melbourne. Our opponent is unknown but will come from the Goulburn Valley area.

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School 

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Dear Junior School families, On behalf of myself and Mrs Dunlop, we wish to extend our thanks to you all for welcoming us to our new roles at Junior School. We feel both blessed and privileged to be a part of your child’s educational journey at Christian College and look forward to the many exciting times to come. It has been wonderful this past week to see the students excited and engaged in their learning as they investigate, create and imagine.

At our assembly this week we were visited by our Middle School Captains Joel Lane and Molly England. Joel and Molly shared an interactive message with us about Superheroes and asked students to consider what makes a Superhero.  Joel, dressed as Batman, received responses such as "Superheroes help you and they can save the world!" Joel and Molly then shared two rules of being a Superhero. Rule 1- A superhero must always try their hardest to include everyone and Rule 2 – Sometimes you have to take good risks. Not dangerous risks, like jumping off a moving train, but being brave enough to stand up for what’s right. Molly then shared that her favourite Superhero is Jesus because “He never sinned and was fearless. He trusted that God had everything in hand and was so powerful that He could calm a storm, and even walk on water. He stood by what he believed in and rose again." Our Captains challenged us to be Superheroes - just like Jesus.

God Bless

Mrs. Ann-Marree Weigl

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There are a limited number of Prep positions available at our Bellarine Campus for 2018.
If you have any family or freinds who want their little ones to have a nutured and caring start to...

There are a limited number of Prep positions available at our Bellarine Campus for 2018.

If you have any family or friends who want their little ones to have a nurtured and caring start to their educational journey- please let them know to act quickly!

Tours and more information can be arranged by calling our Bellarine Campus reception:
(03) 5253 2998

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On Friday 21st July, the College had six teams competing at the Victorian Schools Netball Championships. Led by Netball Captains, Madeline Vines and Christian Davis, all students represen...

On Friday 21st July, the College had six teams competing at the Victorian Schools Netball Championships. Led by Netball Captains, Madeline Vines and Christian Davis, all students represented the college well and we were competitive within their division. Well done to all students on their preparation for the event, with many before school trials and training sessions.

 

Only the top team from each division progresses through to the finals day and many of our sides missed out marginally.

Senior Boys – finished 3rd in their section

Senior Girls – finished 2nd in their section

Intermediate Boys- finished 4th in their section

Intermediate Girls- finished 5th in their section

Junior Boys- finished 4th in their section

Junior Girls – finished 1st in their section

 

We wish the Junior girls and coach, Claire Deretic, all the very best as they compete for the State title in September.

 

Renee Garing

Highton Campus Sport Coordinator

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Hi Everyone,
Recently I came across this article by author Erin Smalley and thought it would be of value to anyone in a relationship. Hope you enjoy and get something out of it.
Honest Af...

Hi Everyone,

Recently I came across this article by author Erin Smalley and thought it would be of value to anyone in a relationship. Hope you enjoy and get something out of it.

Honest Affirmation Can Make Your Marriage Great

By Erin Smalley

Communication and Conflict

It's not often that I read a research article that completely intrigues me. And typically if I find it interesting, I forget about it after just 24 hours. However, after reading a particularly fascinating piece, I was inspired to do something different in my marriage — and I've been doing it every day for the past six months.

I admit that what I'm about to share with you will seem rather ordinary, but stay with me. After reading the inspirational article referencing Dr. Terri L. Orbuch's research, I read her book. In 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great, she applies what she learned from following 373 couples for more than 22 years. By assessing the behaviors of the satisfied couples in her study, Dr. Orbuch found that one simple thing happy couples do every day is give each other "affective affirmation." She clarifies that affective affirmation "consists of offering words, gestures or acts that show your spouse that he or she is noticed, appreciated, respected, loved or desired."

After reading Dr. Orbuch's material, I found the shocking part of her research to be the fact that husbands actually seem to need affective affirmation more than wives. And they crave it most from their wives! I went on to learn that this affirmation from wives was found to be the greatest predictor of high marital satisfaction.

OK, enough of the research findings. So, how did I practically apply this research to my marriage?

Greg came home from work one evening and I immediately affirmed him by saying, "Hon, you are such a great provider. You give it your all at work all day long!" I immediately saw a little spring in his step as he went to change from his office clothes into his casual clothes. He came back downstairs and asked me if I was up for a walk with him. I jumped at the opportunity to emotionally connect with my husband.

While on our walk, I again offered Greg some affective affirmation by saying, "Hey babe, I've noticed you really have been spending a lot of time connecting with the kids and me after work — I so appreciate that!" He smiled and then looked at me and asked if something had happened that I needed to tell him about. He was beginning to wonder if maybe I had wrecked the car, got a speeding ticket or overspent on the grocery budget. When he learned that none of the above had happened, I could tell he was confused by my pleasantries.

As we walked, I shared with Greg about the research I had read and began asking him about how much he felt he needed to be affirmed by me. Ironically, Greg had read the same bit of research (my cover was blown) and he went on to share with me about why husbands long to be affirmed by their wives. Interestingly enough, Dr. Orbuch's studies reported that women naturally give each other affirmation in their female friendships, whereas men typically do not receive affirmation from their guy friends. Women's friendships tend to focus more on connecting emotionally while guys typically connect through doing activities together. In essence, I realized that I am the primary source of affirmation for Greg. He longs to hear it from me and he will be more satisfied in our marriage if he gets it.

I was inspired! Because my life is already full with four kids, a career, friends, meals, laundry and carpool, it was good to learn that I could easily build my marriage by throwing in a simple verbal affirmation for Greg.

Over the past several months, I have continued making it a priority to affirm my husband, and I truly can see an improvement in Greg's emotional connection with me. Not only is he open to my verbal affirmation, but he is also more receptive to difficult feedback from me. In the past, I often focused on what Greg didn't do rather than what he did do, and I needed to see my behavior change quickly. With the addition of affirmative words in my relationship with Greg, I implemented the necessary change in our relationship; my focus will no longer be on the negatives. I just wish someone had shared this nugget of relational wisdom with me during our first year of marriage — 24 years ago!

Count yourself blessed because you now know one easy secret to a healthy marriage that you have total control of. So, offer praise, respect and appreciation as you take notice of your husband. He is longing to hear those words of affirmation from you more than from anyone else.

Erin Smalley serves as the Program Manager of Marriage Ministries at Focus on the Family and is the co-author of several books including The Wholehearted Wife.

 

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As a matter of importance I would ask for the support of families in addressing some safety concerns in the front areas of the Junior School grounds. The first is in relation to students ...

As a matter of importance I would ask for the support of families in addressing some safety concerns in the front areas of the Junior School grounds. The first is in relation to students playing with footballs, basketballs and soccer balls on the grass areas, both on the roundabout and inside the front gates. Many times these balls have gone over the fence into the carpark causing a significant risk when students exit the grounds into the carpark where there is a constant flow of traffic. Students therefore, are NOT permitted to play with balls in these areas and should be directed to play on the ovals at the side and rear of the buildings.

Secondly, as a result of a recent incident involving a vehicle and the safety of a family, the front gates to the roundabout will be closed at 8.30am. Parents are reminded that they are required to park in the Leisurelink carpark and walk their children into the school grounds. We sincerely appreciate the support we received with this practice last term and look forward to your continued support with this matter.

 

 

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Our Year 12 Student Conferences and any student doing a Unit 3/4 subject will be held next Tuesday 1st August at Senior School. They are for all students undertaking a Unit 3 & 4 subject ...

Our Year 12 Student Conferences and any student doing a Unit 3/4 subject will be held next Tuesday 1st August at Senior School. They are for all students undertaking a Unit 3 & 4 subject as well as Year 12 VCAL students.

This is an important opportunity for parents, guardians and students to speak to teachers about your child’s progress. We see these opportunities for our teachers to also learn from you, how your child is working and progressing at home.  The bookings for these Student Conferences will close at 12.00 noon on Monday 31st July.  You should have received an email from me to direct you to the link to book these Conferences.

Click here to visit the site for registering just in case you need it again.  If you have any concerns or questions please phone Senior School on 5241 1577.

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School 

 

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This was the question posed by our School Captains, Molly England and Joel Lane to Junior School students this week at assembly.

The Prep to Year 4 students were captivated as Joel (or rather Batman) came flying down the aisle, presenting the message with Molly that we can all be superheroes! To do this they suggested we need to follow 2 rules:

Rule 1- A superhero must always try their hardest to include everyone!

Rule 2 – Sometimes you have to take good risks and be brave enough to stand up for what’s right!

Molly then asked the students who they thought her favourite superhero was! Wonder Woman? Cat Woman? Superman? Her answer was Jesus! Jesus provides us with the ultimate example of what it is to be a hero…someone who loves and cares for others and someone who knew what they stood for and fought the ‘good fight’.

We are so proud of our student leaders, the way in which they connect with their peers, that they are shaping the culture within our College community and their willingness to share the ‘good news’!

 

Kerrie Reid

Deputy Head of Campus

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This term, Year 8 students are studying body systems. As a part of their course, the students witnessed a dissection and explanation of the internal organs of a sheep. Using our lecture t...

This term, Year 8 students are studying body systems. As a part of their course, the students witnessed a dissection and explanation of the internal organs of a sheep. Using our lecture theatre and overhead display Mr Davies was able to show the different sizes, colours and role of each organ and how they interconnect. Despite the confronting images – this is, after all, how our insides work! – and the off putting smells, we were really impressed with the interest and engagement of the students. A wonderful learning opportunity!

 

Andy Davies, Victoria Corkin, Andrew Ellery

Year 8 Science Teachers

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Recently the Prep and Year 1 students tiptoed into the auditorium in anticipation to meet Issy, a Bernese Mountain dog, and her owner, Sharon. Sharon and Issy helped the students to ident...

Recently the Prep and Year 1 students tiptoed into the auditorium in anticipation to meet Issy, a Bernese Mountain dog, and her owner, Sharon. Sharon and Issy helped the students to identify ways to keep pets safe at home. Students were also taught how to identify the body language that indicates when a dog is scared or angry and the appropriate way to respond to such behaviours. Through role-plays and a song the students learned how to ask and safely approach an unfamiliar dog. Some students were able to practice asking to pat Issy and approaching her safely.

The website, Pet Town is a fun and interactive learning tool, educating Kindergarten and Primary School aged children on responsible pet ownership and dog safety. It reinforces the information and messages that children were taught throughout the Responsible Pet Program.

Katie Oelke
Prep - Year 2 Coordinator

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Our Senior Boys Football team had a hard fought win against Trinity College Colac this week, and as a result have created their own bit of history by progressing to the semi-finals of the Herald Shield Country Cup. This is a great achievement for these students who have been very committed to achieving success for our College, and themselves on the football field this year. All players should be justifiably proud of their efforts against Trinity, where a desperate final quarter saw them hold on for a 4 point victory, after leading by 9 points at three quarter time. The skill level, and the team-oriented approach to all games this year have allowed these students to achieve success. They now progress to the semi-final stage, which will be played next week.  Once we have heard who we are playing, where and when we will let you know.

We congratulate and wish these students all the very best for their next game.

Mr Andrew Richardson

Director of Health/Physical Education

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The Prep children have been exploring the mediums of clay and wire mixed with recycled materials in the Art Room this week. The children have been using their engineering skills to make 3...

The Prep children have been exploring the mediums of clay and wire mixed with recycled materials in the Art Room this week. They have been using their engineering skills to make 3D creatures that could stand on their own. It was great to see the children flex their ‘BLP muscles’ of persistence and resilience as they thoughtfully designed their creatures. They especially enjoyed sharing their creative thinking and successful techniques with each other.

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Myself and 16 other prefects travelled to East Timor for 10 days. We spent 7 of these days in a small village called Viqueque, 183 km south- east of Dili, which took us about 7 hours on a...

Myself and 16 other Prefects travelled to East Timor for 10 days. We spent 7 of these days in a small village called Viqueque, 183 km south- East of Dili, which took us about 7 hours on a bumpy road, and what seemed like, never ending road works!

Whilst in Viqueque, we stayed in the Christian College accommodation centre. The moment we drove through the gates kids came running from all directions knowing full well that the Christian College students were in town. I spent what felt like 2 seconds grabbing my suitcase and tossing it into the closest bed I could find, and then running out the door to play with the kids.

We arrived around 6:30pm, so we headed straight to the local restaurant for dinner. On the walk to the restaurant, myself and another Prefect, Montana, were having 'piggy back' races and twirling around with some of the local kids on our backs. This lasted for a maximum of 5 minutes, however once we reached the restaurant, the girl who was on my back gave me the only copper, old, green bracelet that was on her skinny little arms to me. This touched me so much, she had nothing, her clothes had holes in them, her teeth were yellow and she had only known me for 5 minutes, but she still found something to give to me. The compassion and selflessness of these Timorese surprised me and inspired me liked nothing else ever has. 

One of my favourite places in Viqueque would have to be the Market Place. Children would gather and play while their parents would sell produce. Many of the times we were there it rained and the elders would invite us into their huts. Here we would sing to the children, singing songs like Heads and Shoulders Knees and Toes and Father Abraham. They would also sing to us, I don’t think there is a better sound than 30 Timorese children singing as loudly and as proudly as they could! Again, the compassion and selflessness of the Timorese shone, I don’t know how many Australian people would invite 22 foreigners into their stall, when they are trying to sell produce?!

We also visited many schools. The children in some of these schools were learning 4 languages from the age of 6. They were inspired to rise above their situation and educate themselves. Christian College also run a Friendship House, where students come for additional English lessons, on top of their schooling hours.

In the future, I wish to pursue a career as a doctor. The doctor on our trip helped inspire me to further my passion in giving aid in developing nations, by setting up clinics and hospital trips for me and home visits to patients with infectious diseases. The lack of facilities and resources shocked me and made me angry. Simple things such as 'TB shots' for family members of infected individuals, to reduce the spread, weren’t administered even when offered to be paid for by Australians, due to a lack of availability of resources. Simple things like this we take for granted in Australia.

Now that I'm back from East Timor, I really believe that this experience is a very important one for young people to have. We all put too much importance on material 'things' and what everyone else has that we don’t. In Timor, there appears to be no self-esteem problems, because they don't compare themselves with their neighbours. We need to be more like this. I would definitely encourage everyone to go to East Timor for what will be an incredible experience.

Kind regards

Briella Egberts
Christian College Captain

 

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‘One Photo’ by Ross Watkins and Liz Anelli is a moving story we read and explored with the Year 3 and 4 classes this week. This book has been shortlisted for the prestigious award ‘Pictur...

‘One Photo’ by Ross Watkins and Liz Anelli is a moving story we read and explored with the Year 3 and 4 classes this week. This book has been shortlisted for the prestigious award ‘Picture Book of the Year 2017’. In response to the text the Year 4’s were posed the question, “If you were to take just one photo of an object in your house that tells a unique story about you, what would it be?” What followed was a thoughtful and insightful discussion and many of the Year 4 students went home and used their device to take a photo which they then emailed to me. I have made a display outside the Library and invite you to come and view the images portraying our ‘student stories’. I have also included a number of examples in the picture below. The deep thinking and reflection elicited from this activity has exceeded my expectations. I am always delighted to share high quality books with the students and am grateful for the opportunity to do this on a weekly basis.

 

Mrs Deanne Elliss

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As this year has progressed, the Preps and Year 4’s have been benefiting from learning together once a week as part of our Buddy program.  Multi age activities create a supportive learnin...

As this year has progressed, the Preps and Year 4’s have been benefiting from learning together once a week as part of our Buddy program.  Multi age activities create a supportive learning environment for all students boosting, reading, writing and thinking skills.

Reciprocal learning is a wonderful way for students to take ownership over their learning for both Prep and Year 4 students. The benefits of the program have a flow on effect onto all subjects studied as Preps and Year 4’s become confident learners through the program.

 The friendships and bonds that have developed during the year have been remarkable. Boosting the confidence of the new Prep students at the beginning of the year and asserting the Year 4’s as the leaders of Junior School. Demonstrating a positive experience socially/emotionally as well as educationally.

This week’s activity was the Visible Thinking Routine “Chalk and Talk”. Students listened to the book “How full is your bucket?. Students were then challenged to engage in discussion with their buddies to depict through pictures and words, how they could fill each other’s buckets through positive interactions and turning negative situations into positive ones.

A fruitful activity for all involved!

Sally Humphris
Prep Homeroom Teacher

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For the past four months, four Year 8 students have been participating in a regional debating competition at Geelong Grammar School. Students have debated against a variety of Geelong sch...

For the past four months, four Year 8 students have been participating in a regional debating competition at Geelong Grammar School. Students have debated against a variety of Geelong schools on issues such as development of Antarctica, artificial intelligence, children in professional sport and the preservation of historical objects.

Formal debating promotes confidence, encourages logical and critical thinking, fosters social awareness and develops an interest in current affairs. The debating techniques that students learn are incredibly valuable skills and can be utilised across all subject areas.

Madeleine Benson, Eliot Cudmore, India Lewis and Peta Southwood are to be congratulated for their strong work ethic and diligence in debating this season. They represented our school in a very dignified and professional fashion and finished 5th out of 16 teams in the competition.

Allison Schleutker

Year 9 Homeroom Teacher

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Is it a need or a want?  
If you were asked to go to another planet, what would you bring? This was a challenge that the Year 3 and 4 students were presented with, as part of their ‘Fair ...

Is it a need or a want?  

If you were asked to go to another planet, what would you bring? This was a challenge that the Year 3 and 4 students were presented with, as part of their ‘Fair Go Mate!’ Integrated Studies Unit. After considering the difference between needs and wants, they were asked in small groups to imagine that they were given a mission to go to an uninhabited planet. They had to decide out of forty items what the four most essential items were. It was fantastic to see the students collaborating and reasoning with each other to make their final decision. This will make students become more aware of what they most need and apply this knowledge when looking at rights of children all over the world.

Mr. Samuel Kennedy, Miss Sapphire Main, Mrs Emma Ford, Mrs Rebecca Barry
Integrated Studies Teachers

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VETis applications are now open for VCE and VCAL students to apply for courses for 2018. VET is an optional subject for VCE students but a mandatory subject for any students who intend to...

VETis applications are now open for VCE and VCAL students to apply for courses for 2018. VET is an optional subject for VCE students but a mandatory subject for any students who intend to study Intermediate or Senior VCAL in 2018. The Gordon 2018 VET in Schools Guide and application forms for all Geelong VET courses are available from the student office. Completed application forms should be returned to the student office prior to 7 September.

Please be aware that VET courses incur additional fees charged by the provider and vary in amount from course to course. Please note that students going into the second year of their VET studies in 2018 must also complete an application form. It is a good idea to apply as soon as possible as some classes fill quickly. For any queries regarding VETis applications please contact Mrs Kerryn Fearnsides at Senior School.

Mrs Kerryn Fearnsides

VET/VCAL Coordinator

 

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Semester 2 for the Year 5s is off to a flying start with so many exciting things happening. During Math’s classes this term, not only will we learn about measurement, angles and shapes bu...

Semester 2 for the Year 5s is off to a flying start with so many exciting things happening. During Math’s classes this term, not only will we learn about measurement, angles and shapes but we will apply these lessons to creating our own disc golf course. As an introduction to this the Year 5s played disc golf at Senior School and were lucky enough to have Andrew Ferguson from Geelong Disc Golf Club come to speak to them. Andrew makes disc golf courses for a living so it was wonderfully refreshing to hear him discuss how he has to plan and collaborate with others in order to make a successful course. The Year 5s look forward to continuing to develop these dispositions as well as learning how to apply maths lessons to the real world. We encourage you to try Disc Golf at our Senior School campus one day!

The Fruits of the Spirt are a focus for us during devotions and Christian Ed lessons this term as we explore them through Bible stories, crafts, memory verses and discussions. Each week we concentrate on a new fruit and encourage the students to discuss the theme with their families as a part of their Home Learning program. Students have enjoyed learning how, ‘We love because he first loved us’ 1 John 4:19. And making party hats to celebrate joy was also a highlight this week.

In anticipation of students owning their learning, the Year 5 teachers ‘flipped’ the classroom.  Rather than the traditional ‘chalk and talk’ approach, we challenged the students with choosing a partner, learning about area OR perimeter, preparing a 20 minute lesson on perimeter or area, teaching their partners, administering a quiz that they prepared and completing a reflection on the whole process.  In those reflections, we were looking for what challenged each student because those are the little opportunities for learning and growth.  This task highly engaged the students, whose lessons ranged from the use of chocolate blocks for teaching area to measuring irregular shapes with string and tape measures.  The reflections were rich in thinking and students will set goals to promote growth.  The goal of education isn’t to get correct answers necessarily, but to develop in students an awareness of knowing what to do when they get stuck!

Shortly we will be attending our first Year 5 camp to Sovereign Hill. This camp will provide us with an abundance of learning opportunities with lessons in Gold Panning, Candle Dipping and trips to the Gold and Eureka Museum. In preparation for this and other learning experiences this term the Year 5 teachers taught in costume today. Lt. David Collins (Director of Humanities, Rick Geall) from the Royal Navy came to speak to us. He was on the First Fleet that arrived into Sydney in 1788 and has considerable knowledge of the hardships of the seven-month voyage and early settlement, not just in Sydney but Melbourne and Hobart as well. The students also played some olden games such as three legged and egg and spoon races.

 

Mrs Justine Brame

Year 5 Cooridinator

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The Year 3/4 students managed to find a reprise between the cooler winter weather to enjoy Thursday afternoon sport. Through the afternoon rotations, the students are given the opportunit...

The Year 3/4 students managed to find a reprise between the cooler winter weather to enjoy Thursday afternoon sport. Through the afternoon rotations, the students are given the opportunity to develop friendships within their College House groups, while furthering their skills in football, frisbee golf, indoor hockey, aerobics and basketball. A group of students will be representing the College during the Hooptime Basketball at the Geelong Arena in the coming weeks, so we look forward to hearing about their success.

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Did you know… that even if you don’t have guitar lessons you are welcome to come join in!? Mr Ivan Bilic runs the guitar ensemble on Tuesday mornings at 8am and helps engage students in a...

Did you know… that even if you don’t have guitar lessons you are welcome to come join in!? Mr Ivan Bilic runs the guitar ensemble on Tuesday mornings at 8am and helps engage students in a guitar group setting, whether experienced or beginner. If you are keen to play but don’t know how, Ivan can teach you as you go, while experienced students are able to play more advanced group and solo parts to challenge them. If you are interested please email myself or Ivan with your details and we’ll get you going!

Sharon Huber
Music Teacher and Instrumental Coordinator

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Friday, 4th August is Jeans for Genes Day. We are inviting students to wear denim and bring along a gold coin donation on this day. Each year, thousands of Australians come together and w...

Friday, 4th August is Jeans for Genes Day. We are inviting students to wear denim and bring along a gold coin donation on this day. Each year, thousands of Australians come together and wear denim and buy merchandise or donate money to support genetic research. Every dollar raised on the day will go towards helping scientists at the Children’s Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. We look forward to seeing a sea of blue across Junior School on this day.


Thank you,
Rachel Fox, Lisa Johnson and the Project Care Team

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U13 Victoria Hockey Trials
The College congratulates Kade Leigh, Harry Bradbury and Harry Leigh on their selection in the Victorian  Under 13 Boys Hockey team.
The boys are excited to be ...

U13 Victoria Hockey Trials

The College congratulates Kade Leigh, Harry Bradbury and Harry Leigh on their selection in the Victorian  Under 13 Boys Hockey team.

The boys are excited to be traveling to Perth in the September holidays for the National Tournament. We wish them much success and a wonderful experience.


 
SSV Cross Country

At the School Sport Victoria Cross Country Championships Kade Leigh, Martin Deans and Maddy Grunberg performed well placing 37th and 79th respectively. All students are to be commended on their performances on progressing to the State Championships.

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At the end of Term 2, five Year 11 Christian College students made it to the State Finals of the Victorian Indonesian Speaking Competition held in Melbourne. Unfortunately only two of our...

At the end of Term 2, five Year 11 Christian College students made it to the State Finals of the Victorian Indonesian Speaking Competition held in Melbourne. Unfortunately only two of our students could attend the finals, however, I am incredibly proud to announce that Angus Cormick has placed 1st in Victoria for the Year 11 section. 

What an amazing result. We wish to congratulate Angus on his outstanding performance.

Mrs Jessica Bijaksono

Indonesian Teacher

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It was a cold and windy day at Ervin Reserve yesterday where 20 schools across the Geelong North Division took to the fields. Each school battled through 4 round robin matches to secure a...

It was a cold and windy day at Ervin Reserve yesterday where 20 schools across the Geelong North Division took to the fields. Each school battled through 4 round robin matches to secure a place in their pool which then determined a final between the placings of each. 20 of our year 5 and 6 girls simply rose to the occasion and played with determination, perseverance and all in great spirit. Their tackling and running play was a definite highlight of the day with teammates running from everywhere for support. Work around the scrimmages was outstanding with Amelia Cunningham, Abby Umhauer, Jess Deretic and Lily Petterwood working overtime to advance the ball forward. Ally Cormack and Caitlin Deretic enjoyed the swift pickups and speedy play along the wing towards the goals with Emily Birch, Ruby Lockman and Sky Greenwood laying some spectacular tackles which saw the team finishing the day with one win, a draw and three losses (all under 12 points). All heads were held high as the girls departed exhausted, yet completely energized with what they had experienced and achieved as a team. 

Fiona Scott
Physical Education Teacher

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Every night in Geelong, Surf Coast and on the Bellarine Peninsula there are hundreds of people sleeping rough.  Imagine sleeping in a park, a laneway, a deserted building or in your car. ...

Every night in Geelong, Surf Coast and on the Bellarine Peninsula there are hundreds of people sleeping rough.  Imagine sleeping in a park, a laneway, a deserted building or in your car.  If you’re really lucky you could be in a shelter or maybe couch-surfing at a friend’s house.  All these people have one thing in common, they are Homeless.

Homelessness doesn’t discriminate, men, women & children.  Many have drug or alcohol addictions, most are victims of abuse or domestic violence, some have just fallen on hard times or suffer from a mental illness.  They are all in a state of despair and in need of help.

Quite a few staff and students of Christian College are regularly involved with the Salvation Army as volunteers in the local Outreach Vans that roam the streets late at night meeting up with the homeless to offer support, friendship and faith that we can.  It’s amazing the difference a cup of coffee, a chat and the offer of some clothes or a blanket makes to someone homeless.

 

On Friday 4th August 2017, we are holding a ‘Homeless Awareness Casual Clothes Day’ where we ask students to wear something red and white (the colours of the Salvation Army Shield) to raise our awareness of homelessness in our community.  Gold coin donations for the local Salvation Army Outreach Vans will be collected.

 

Ted Page-Walker

Year 8 Student & SRC

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 Please see attached the requirements for Term 3 Sport Uniform.

 Please see attached the requirements for Term 3 Sport Uniform.

On Friday 21st July, we had six teams competing at the Victorian Schools Netball Championships. Led by Netball Captains, Madeline Vines and Christian Davis, all students represented the c...

We congratulate our senior students on their performances at the recent Netball Championships last Friday. Our College has been proudly represented over the years at these Championships, with multiple Titles in the Senior Boys section. Our teams competed very well against some strong schools on the day, and whilst our Senior and Inter teams did not progress to the State Titles this year, all students are to be congratulated on their performances, and their commitment to the training process that was followed in preparation for this event. Our College wishes to thank all of our Coaches on their planning and coaching efforts with these teams.

Senior Boys – finished 3rd in their section

Senior Girls – finished 2nd in their section

Intermediate Boys- finished 4th in their section

Intermediate Girls- finished 5th in their section

Mr Damian Stephenson

Netball Coach - Senior Boys

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Congratulations to Madison Grunberg who competed in the state cross country on Thursday the 20th of July. In cold and windy conditions Madison gave her best effort finishing in the middle...

Congratulations to Madison Grunberg who competed in the state cross country on Thursday the 20th of July. In cold and windy conditions Madison gave her best effort finishing in the middle of her field against the best Under 10 runners in the state. Well done on making it this far Madison, we wish you all the best for your future in long distance running.

Miss. Caitlin Hoiles
Physical Education Coordinator

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

Open Day dates
Year 12 students - key tertiary dates (Victoria)
Focus on cybersecuri...

Weekly Career News

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

  • Open Day dates
  • Year 12 students - key tertiary dates (Victoria)
  • Focus on cybersecurity
  • Deakin Explore website
  • La Trobe University - Young Writers' Awards (Year 10 students)
  • Interview dates for undergraduate Medicine, Monash University
  • VTAC course search now open (Victorian tertiary courses)
  • Australian Apprenticeship Pathways website
  • Urban and regional planning courses
  • Defence Force jobs - website
  • Bullseye posters - explore careers related to your favourite subjects
  • New Industrial Engineering degree at La Trobe University
  • New Paramedicine Honours degree at La Trobe University
  • CASPer test required to entry into undergraduate teaching degrees at Deakin
  • Experience Days at Kangan Institute
  • Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School
  • Upcoming career events

 

 

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In the following weeks, the Year 9 Girls Empowerment Program will be focusing on the importance of looking after both our minds and our bodies. We aim to impart confidence and positive, u...

In the following weeks, the Year 9 Girls Empowerment Program will be focusing on the importance of looking after both our minds and our bodies. We aim to impart confidence and positive, useful tools to combat self-esteem, anxiety, negative influences and knowing your own body. We have invited a guest speaker who will take a 1hour session next Wednesday on mindfulness and a Youth Health Nurse to address issues impacting the health of our Girls.  The Nurse will discuss physical, emotional and social concerns influencing the youth of today. Evidence suggests that despite the general standards of health improving in many sectors of the community, the general health of young people is declining. Key areas of concern include, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, sexually transmitted diseases and eating disorders.

Throughout the two sessions on Wednesday 9th and 16th August, the Youth Health Nurse will aim to cover respectful relationships, knowing and respecting your body, sexual health and risk taking behaviours. In addition, the session will increase students’ knowledge of local health services and give an introduction to Medicare.

If you have any questions in relation to these sessions, please contact the school on 52532998.

Sally Gray
Classroom Teacher

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Are you in Year 3 or 4 and interested in playing netball in our College afterschool Program?
Christian College has developed a successful netball culture with many teams competing in the ...

Are you in Years 3 or 4 and interested in playing netball in our College afterschool program?

Christian College has developed a successful netball culture with many teams competing in the Geelong Central Netball Association on Monday afternoons at Kardinia Park.

All participants have an opportunity to learn new skills, keep fit and play in a team environment through structured training sessions and weekly matches.

Participants attend training sessions each Wednesday from 3.40pm – 4.30pm at the Middle School Sports & Aquatic Centre.  During these sessions, players will practise both the technical and tactical aspects of the game, while training ‘as a team’.

We are encouraging both girls and boys to get involved in this rewarding sport that allows for maximum participation. Below are some successful teams that have recently completed the Autumn season.

If you would like further information, please contact Flora Murdoch on 0418 524 540 or f.murdoch@ccg.vic.edu.au.

 Registration forms can be collected from the Junior School office.

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Please note that the catch up for any student who missed out on the MENINGOCOCCAL W Immunisation will be held at Barwon Health Immunisation Centre,1-17 Reynolds Rd ,Belmont,3216 on
Friday...

Please note that the catch up for any student who missed out on the MENINGOCOCCAL W Immunisation will be held at Barwon Health Immunisation Centre,1-17 Reynolds Rd ,Belmont,3216 on

Thursday 28 September and  Monday 3 October 2017.  

Please phone for an appointment with Barwon Health on 42156963 to arrange a time.

 

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The ‘Woolworths Earn and Learn’ program has started again!  Schools can redeem the stickers for educational resources, including science, Sports, Mathematics, English and Arts and Crafts....

The ‘Woolworths Earn and Learn’ program has started again!  Schools can redeem the stickers for educational resources, including science, Sports, Mathematics, English and Arts and Crafts.

Should you wish to support this program and the College, we invite you to collect the stickers, place them on the sticker sheets that are available in store or downloaded from www.woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn.  Then, return completed sticker sheets to the school to the collection box located outside the Student Office at Middle school.

The last time Woolworths ran this promotion, many students contributed to the program and the learning support area received some amazing new resources! This year, we are again looking forward to choosing from the resources on offer to support this program. 

Collection began on the 26th of July and runs through to the 19th of September.

 

Megan Morrison

Food Technology Assistant

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Entertainment Books are still available for sale at the Bellarine Campus Reception.
The cost is $60 each, with $12 from each sale going towards fundraising. Payment can be made by either ...

Entertainment Books are still available for sale at the Bellarine Campus Reception. Until Monday, 31 July, postage is FREE to any address in Australia when you buy the NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Book online from us to support our fundraising.

The cost is $60 each, with $12 from each sale going towards fundraising. Payment can be made by either cash, cheque or credit card. Or you can visit https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/113s193 to pay for your book online or purchase a Digital Membership.

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We have been notified of a case of headlice in Year 1B. Can parents please check their child’s hair regularly and commence appropriate treatment if required. It is important when checking...

We have been notified of a case of headlice in Year 1B. Can parents please check their child’s hair regularly and commence appropriate treatment if required. It is important when checking to look for and remove eggs as well as live lice. We ask for your cooperation and assistance with this important task.

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This year the 40 Hour Famine has changed from giving up food for 40 hours to a 'Backpack Challenge'. In 2017 World Vision wants to raise awareness for the 65.5 million people who have bee...

This year the 40 Hour Famine has changed from giving up food for 40 hours to a 'Backpack Challenge'. In 2017 World Vision wants to raise awareness for the 65.5 million people who have been displaced by conflict around the world, with half of them being children.

The 40 Hour Famine - Backpack Challenge which runs from Friday 11th August – Sunday 13th August, is where you pack food, water, warm clothes and anything else you think you will need to get through the 40 hours. During this time you will be faced with challenges and complications that you will be sent by World Vision via email or text. You can do the 40 Hour Famine - Backpack Challenge at home or with friends anywhere you like. Students across CCG have already signed up for this and it would be amazing if more people joined in to raise awareness and to get sponsored for their efforts with all money raised going to World Vision.

If you are keen to do this sign up on the World vision 40 hour famine website:

http://www.40hourfamine.com.au/

For questions or inquiries please contact:

Har.beckley@ccg.vic.edu.au

 

Harvey Beckley

Year 8 Student and SRC 

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Middle School Highton has been a keen distributor of the Entertainment Book for over 10 years, raising much-needed funds for Christian College’s East Timor projects.
Until Monday, 31 July...

Middle School Highton has been a keen distributor of the Entertainment Book for over 10 years, raising much-needed funds for Christian College’s East Timor projects.

Until Monday, 31 July, postage is FREE to any address in Australia when you buy the NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Book online from us to support our fundraising. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time!

 Digital Memberships are available by clicking on the link below. Simply visit the site below, follow the instructions to download the Entertainment application, log in with the details provided at the time of purchase and you’ll be ready to go!

Digital  Membership and Book Purchase, Entertainment Book Middle School Highton

 

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On Friday 21st July, the College had six teams competing at the Victorian Schools Netball Championships. Led by Netball Captains, Madeline Vines and Christian Davis, all students represented the college well and we were competitive within their division. Well done to all students on their preparation for the event, with many before school trials and training sessions.

 

Only the top team from each division progresses through to the finals day and many of our sides missed out marginally.

Senior Boys – finished 3rd in their section

Senior Girls – finished 2nd in their section

Intermediate Boys- finished 4th in their section

Intermediate Girls- finished 5th in their section

Junior Boys- finished 4th in their section

Junior Girls – finished 1st in their section

 

We wish the Junior girls and coach, Claire Deretic, all the very best as they compete for the State title in September.

 

Renee Garing

Highton Campus Sport Coordinator

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Middle School Highton has been a keen distributor of the Entertainment Book for over 10 years, raising much-needed funds for Christian College’s East Timor projects.
Until Monday, 31 July...

Middle School Highton has been a keen distributor of the Entertainment Book for over 10 years, raising much-needed funds for Christian College’s East Timor projects.

Until Monday, 31 July, postage is FREE to any address in Australia when you buy the NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Book online from us to support our fundraising. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time!

Digital Memberships are available by clicking on the link below. Simply visit the site below, follow the instructions to download the Entertainment application, log in with the details provided at the time of purchase and you’ll be ready to go!

Digital  Membership and Book Purchase, Entertainment Book Middle School Highton

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