Mr Graeme Dent
Head of Senior School 

 

Year 12 Presentation

Last year we received a clear indication from the Year 12 cohort and their families that they wanted to know how they can better support their child. The VCE and VCAL journey is often a difficult one and students need support. What may that support look like?

We presented a guest speaker last year to unpack that support and it was a most informative evening. This year, the Year 12 coordinators are presenting Darren Perriera, who has been helping students succeed and showing parents how they may support them.

Darren will focus on:

  • Motivation
  • Stress management
  • Study habits and
  • Resilience

The evening is Thursday, 24th August in the Chapel from 6pm to 8pm. We encourage you to attend with your child and I am sure you will find it engaging and worthwhile.

  

Year 12 LEAD Survey

Our Year 12 students undertook the LEAD Survey today, which provides the College with valuable information on their engagement and relationships with the College, teaching and learning and co-curricular activities. This reinforces our commitment to allowing our students to have input into the College.

 

Respectful Relations

Our 'Respectful Relations' is launched next Tuesday, 15th August in the Chapel from 7pm and we are all excited to be able to view the film Embrace. The film centres around body image and how we see ourselves and each other. I strongly encourage you to attend.  Please click here for more information.  Also phone Senior School on 5241 1577 to book a seat at this event. 

 

The Football Side in the Grand Final      

Our Boys’ Senior Football team have their Grand Final on Tuesday, 15th August against Ballarat and Clarendon College in Sebastopol. We wish them all the best and congratulate them on their season to date.

  

East Timor Trivia Night

The East Timor Trivia Night is on this evening and the event is booked out. We shall report on the success of the evening next week.

 

Dairy Pathways Option

Please click here for a brochure on the 2017 Dairy Innovation Program. This is a program that will be run over the upcoming holidays. Two students from Christian College participated last year and benefited greatly from this experience. It's always good to try something different! 

 

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School 

 

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Please see the attached flyer with details of how to book a time at the upcoming Learning Conference for next Thursday, 17 August.  We are asking all students in Years 3 to Year 9 to acco...

Please see the attached flyer with details of how to book a time at the upcoming Learning Conferences next Thursday, 17th August.  

We are asking all students in Years 3 to Year 9 to accompany their parents as part of our Learning Conference process. This excludes the Year 9 students currently attending the Back Creek experience. 

Bookings open - Wednesday, 9th August at 4pm

Bookings close - Tuesday, 15th August at 5pm

During Semester 1, you would have been receiving regular ‘in time’ reports regarding your child’s progress. Tuesday August 15th provides an opportunity to celebrate and further discuss yo...

During Semester 1, you would have been receiving regular ‘in time’ reports regarding your child’s progress.

Tuesday, 15th August provides an opportunity to celebrate and further discuss your child’s development through our ‘Learning Conference’ evening, held in the Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Bookings can be made with Homeroom and subject teachers between 4pm and 9pm on this evening, with Conferences running strictly at 10-minute intervals. Should you require more time, please contact your teacher directly to make alternative arrangements.

We value the partnership between the student, parent and teacher and therefore we encourage your child to attend the Conferences on the evening with you.

Tea and coffee will be available for purchase.

Please refer to the PDF below for booking instructions.

Please note:

Bookings opened – Monday, 7th August, 5:00pm

Bookings close – Monday, 14th August, 5:00pm

Wednesday morning saw the sun shining, the temperature was a little warmer than usual and the smell of bacon and eggs filled the air. The Unit 2 Global Politics class were cooking delicio...

Wednesday morning saw the sun shining, the temperature a little warmer than usual and the smell of bacon and eggs filled the air.

The Unit 2 Global Politics class were cooking delicious BBQ bacon and egg sandwiches as part of a fundraising campaign for their upcoming Cambodia trip.

While in Cambodia, we stay and work at Ptea Teuk Dong (PTD) community centre in Battambang. They are a community-focused NGO, empowering children and adults through education and training, and this year they are planning on purchasing some furniture for their kindergarten. The Year 11 students have been challenged to raise $2,500 and they made an excellent start on Wednesday with casual clothes and the BBQ breakfast.

I would like to commend the students for trying something new and executing the breakfast so well. It is always fantastic to see students working together towards a common goal and in service of others. I’d also like to thank the College families for their generosity, and a big thank you to the Cudmore family for their personal donation.

Miss Celeste Pryke

Our World Teacher

 

 

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A special screening of the documentary film, 'Embrace', exlploring the issue of body image, will be at Christian College Senior School, on Tuesday 15th August at 7pm.  An invitation is ex...

A special screening of the documentary film, 'Embrace', exlploring the issue of body image, will be held at the Senior School Campus on Tuesday, 15th August at 7pm.  

An invitation is extended to students, parents and guardians to see this film.  

Please see the attached letter for further details.

Mr Nicholas Watson
Head of Campus

The Year 5s thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Sovereign Hill this week with so many activities and learning opportunities to experience!
We started the trip with a bang by watching a muske...

The Year 5s thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Sovereign Hill this week with so many activities and learning opportunities to experience!

We started the trip with a bang by watching a musket firing demonstration and then continued to be immersed by the historical environment of the streets. Watching street performers and discussing life during early settlement with the dressed-up characters allowed students to develop a deeper understanding of how our country came to be.  

Attending educational sessions, students got to role play and dress up, which allowed them to grow in their understanding of what a day on the gold fields would have been like.

Night-time activities included a pantomime viewing and a bush dance.

Students also got to try their luck gold panning, go on mine tours, watch candle dipping and sweet making demonstrations and, of course, purchase some of the famous Sovereign Hill raspberry drops!

Mr Kehler (Year 5 teacher), Naomi Gibbons and Gary Crole (our Chaplains) presented beautiful devotions throughout our trip, encouraging students to live out their faith values in everyday life. Students displayed this perfectly with impeccable manners towards the staff and public while away.

We now look forward to unpacking our experience further in our History and English lessons, where students will be creating a fictional picture storybook using real knowledge of early Australian settlement.

Mrs Justine Brame

Year 5 Coordinator

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Hi All,

I came across this article written by Chris Fotinopoulos about teenagers and anxiety relating to social media. Hope you, as a parent, get something out of it. 

Clicks and Likes Contributing to a Teen Anxiety Crisis
By Chris Fotinopoulos

An increasing dependency on activities associated with the brain's excitement-pleasure circuitry is partly to blame for the rising levels of anxiety and depression in teenagers today. Prominent in this cerebral circuitry is social media.

A psychiatrist speaking to a group of teachers at the beginning of the school year warned of the "anxiety tsunami" that was about to strike this generation of students. "It's already arrived," whispered the welfare coordinator sitting directly behind me. Unsurprisingly, most teachers attending the 'The Science of Happiness' forum organised by the school I teach at agreed.

According to statistics provided by beyondblue, it is estimated that in any one year, around 1 million Australian adults will experience depression, and more than 2 million will have anxiety. What's more, one in 14 young Australians (6.9 per cent) aged 4 to 17 experienced an anxiety disorder in 2015. This is equivalent to approximately 278,000 young people.

It is heartbreaking to see bright and seemingly happy students withdraw from school because of their inability to get out of bed. And it is particularly devastating for parents to see their once upbeat child broken by a malady that they did not see coming. Even for those who did detect something amiss, many had little idea on how to assist.

As one parent put it: "with a physical illness the family is in it together, but with a mental illness everyone feels alone".

Another parent described it as "watching your child bobbing up and down like a cork at sea and unable to reach them".

While there is a range of complex epidemiological reasons for mental illness, the keynote speaker at the forum, Dr Tony Fernando from the University of Auckland, pointed to an increasing dependency on activities associated with the brain's excitement-pleasure circuitry for the rising levels of anxiety and depression in teenagers today. Prominent in this cerebral circuitry is social media.

 

Many of us as parents have teenage children and we see them on their phones all the time.

Making some time for social media-free time' could be a nice added extra into your home’s routine. 

Have a go!

Mr Gary Crole
Chaplain Bellarine Campus

 

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Friday, 4th August, 12 year 9 students from the Highton campus and six year 9 students from Bellarine represented Christian College at a United Nations diplomacy competition at Deakin Uni...

On Friday, 4th August, Year 9 students from the Highton and Bellarine Campuses attended a United Nations Diplomacy Competition at Deakin University.

Students represented a country and acted as members of the United Nations Security Council for the day, where they debated against other schools about global policies and resolutions. The aim of the experience was to educate young people about Australia’s place in the global political realm.

It also promoted the development of a variety of skills, including public speaking, negotiation, team-work, research and diplomacy. The students were suitably challenged throughout the day and it proved to be a valuable opportunity for their learning.

This experience has strong connections to the Year 9 Geography curriculum in Term 4, where the students who attended this event will be leading their peers through a mock United Nations Summit.

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Last week on Wednesday and Friday the Year 10 Outdoor Education students had the privilege of going cross country skiing at Lake Mountain for their day snow trip.
There was much excitemen...

Last week, on Wednesday and Friday, the Year 10 Outdoor Education students had the privilege of going cross country skiing at Lake Mountain for their day snow trip.

There was much excitement and anticipation on the bus as we wound our way up the mountain and prepared for the day ahead.

On both days we had enough snow to cover the trails and give us plenty of opportunity to learn and practise our skills and then explore the beautiful snowgum woodlands. The days were varied in terms of weather conditions, as Wednesday’s group enjoyed sunny ‘warm’ conditions and Friday’s group experienced the joy of big snow flakes falling on them most of the morning and cloudy mist covering the plateau.

Most students had not ever attempted cross country skiing before, and so dealing with learning a new skill in a cold environment took determination, persistence and patience. The staff were very impressed with the students' ability to tackle this challenge and encourage each other consistently throughout the day. It was great to see all of the success, smiles and laughter of the students during our trip.

The groups were able to explore the stunning environment and begin to observe the various factors impacting it. While we focus on preparation, safety and skill development, we also look at the biodiversity of the environment around the Lake Mountain Plateau and the impact of fire in the region.

The student’s readiness for the day was paramount in achieving a successful trip, and by all reports two very enjoyable day trips were had.

 

Mrs Jane Smith, Mr Louis Gross and Mr David Evans

Outdoor Education Teachers

 

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Andrew Richardson
Director of Health, Physical Education and Sport

Our College competed at the Boys and Girls GISSA Soccer Championships this week, and all players are to be congratulated on their efforts in their respective College teams.

The Boys were well led by Captain Theo Ballis and they made the Final vs Kardinia IC. The Senior Boys played some good attacking football, but were beaten 0-4 by a very competent Kardinia outfit. The Intermediate Boys acquitted themselves very well against the other GISSA schools, only losing one game to eventual Champions, Kardinia, 1-3 in their Playoff game. The future looks very good for the College with the talent amongst our Year 10 Boys.

The Senior and Intermediate Girls teams were well coached on the day, adopting a defensive game plan against some strong opposition schools. The Inter Girls continued to develop as a team over the course of the day, winning their final game 4-3 against Clonard. The Senior Girls were unlucky not to make the Playoff game, after keeping eventual Champions, Kardinia, scoreless with only 20 seconds to play. Unfortunately, their Playoff dream was thwarted with a late goal from Kardinia. Again, our Senior Girls are to be congratulated on the way they improved with each game, and their enthusiasm and efforts on the day.

We would like to thank our Soccer Coaches for the great work they did in the lead-up to the Championships, and for their coaching efforts on the day – Mr Neaves, Mr Ellis, Mr Feldman, Mr Sullivan and Mr Breguet. We look forward to providing Soccer opportunities to our students again in 2018.

  

Mr Andrew Richardson

Director of Health, Physical Education and Sport

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On Friday the 4th of August, a devoted team of SRC’s and Prefects came together to host a Project Care Day to raise awareness about homelessness. During the week, the team came together f...

On Friday the 4th of August, a devoted team of SRC’s and Prefects came together to host a Project Care Day to raise awareness about homelessness. During the week, the team came together for countless meetings to prepare for the day’s work. On the day, the Geelong and the Bellarine Salvation Army outreach vans came along to show students their method of helping people in need. Along with the vans were a team of volunteers who spoke about the importance of the day and the process they go through every Wednesday and Friday night to help the homeless.  Some of these volunteers were students and staff of our middle school campus, this included Mr. Andy Allen, Ted Page-Walker (8B) and Chelsea Osburn (9Y). The day was huge success with raising over $1,100 for the Salvation Army.

 

Chelsea Osburn 9Y

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On Monday, 20 Japanese students and 2 teachers from our sister school, Naga High School, visited the Bellarine Campus. The day was a memorable and culturally rich experience for both our ...

On Monday, 20 Japanese students and two teachers from our sister school, Naga High School, visited the Bellarine Campus.

The day was a memorable and culturally-rich experience for both our friends from Japan and us. In the welcome assembly, Mr. Kato, the teacher from Naga High School, mentioned that our sister school program was established 25 years ago. Since then, about 400 Naga students have visited our College and the same number of Christian College students have visited Naga High School.

There was no doubt that the teachers and students from both schools built on our long-lasting friendship this day. The students enjoyed various fun activities, including dancing, cooking, Japanese and Australian trivia and sports. It was great to see the students actively communicating in either English or Japanese and making friends.

We hope that our two schools will continue to grow together and that we will have many more opportunities for students to use their language skills and develop a cultural understanding and awareness.


Mrs Yukiko Valent
Japanese Teacher

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During the recent College Staff Retreat we were encouraged to consider the concept of 'The Second Step'. We were challenged with the idea that taking the first step can be difficult and r...

During the recent College Staff Retreat we were encouraged to consider the concept of 'The Second Step'.

We were challenged with the idea that taking the first step can be difficult and requires courage, but actually taking the second step can often be harder - as it requires commitment, along with that courage. We were blessed to hear a message from Senior Pastor Tim Edwards at Barrabool Hills Baptist Church, who inspired us to take 'The Second Step' with faith and trust in our loving Father.

We often hear the statement that we should take a 'leap of faith' when venturing into unchartered waters and this can be difficult. However, with hope and faith, we can be assured of God's plans for each and every one of us. The Junior School staff have started reflecting on 'The Second Step' and look forward to continuing to build on these ideas.

Last week, during a Professional Development session, we enriched our understanding through a presentation and activities. Attached photos show staff placing their faith and trust in one another while exploring 'The Second Step'.

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."

Are you ready to take 'The Second Step'?

God Bless,

Ann-Marree Weigl

Head of Campus

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Christian College riders have been competing in several Interschool Equestrian events across the year.
These include the Barwon Interschool Series (BIS), the Victorian Interschool Series ...

Christian College riders have been competing in several Interschool Equestrian events across the year.

These include the Barwon Interschool Series (BIS), the Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series (VEIS), and the Interschool State Championships.

Riders are awarded placings at each individual event and then across the series of events, with the team to represent Victoria at the National Interschools Championships being selected from performances at ‘qualifying’ events across the year.

Riders from the Senior School Campus who have achieved a level of excellence across the series and or have gained selection in the Victorian team include:

Shanae Jenkinson, Year 11, Champion Barwon Interschool Series (BIS) Dressage, Preliminary Senior.

Shanae Jenkinson, Year 11, Champion VEIS Dressage, Secondary Preliminary, qualified for and will represent the Victorian Equestrian team.

Charlotte Sheldon, Interschool Eventing, EVA95, Champion, qualified for and will represent the Victorian Equestrian team.

Eventing includes rounds of competition in three disciplines of Dressage, Showjumping and Cross Country.

Shanae and Charlotte will be travelling to Toowoomba in September to represent their College and the State at the National Interschool Equestrian Championships.

This is a tremendous achievement of which the girls can be extremely proud, we wish them well and look forward to hearing of their experience and results on their return.

Kay Wilson

Health, Sport and Physical Education Administrator

 

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Christian College riders have been competing in several Interschool Equestrian events across the year. These include the Barwon Interschool Series (BIS), the Victorian Interschool Series ...

Christian College Equestrian Team Results Christian College riders have been competing in several Interschool Equestrian events across the year.

These include the Barwon Interschool Series (BIS), the Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series (VEIS), and the Interschool State Championships.

Riders were awarded placings at each individual event, and then across the series of events, with the team to represent Victoria at the National Interschool Championships being selected from performances at ‘qualifying’ events across the year. Our Equestrian team has included several younger riders in their first year of competition, and it has been wonderful to see them competing and representing their College.

Middle School students who have achieved a level of excellence across the series include:

Ethan Young, Year 9 - Champion BIS Show Jumping.

Tahlia Spagnardi, Year 8 - Champion BIS Show Jumping.

Sophie Taylor, Year 7 - Reserve Champion BIS Dressage and VEIS Dressage.

Eliza Bell, Year 8 - 3rd place Combined Training at State Championships

We congratulate Shanae Jenkinson, Charlotte Sheldon, Eliza Bell and Sophie Taylor on their selection in the Victorian team to compete at the National Interschool Equestrian Championships in September.

 

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The sun shone and so did the Prep students and Year 9 boys as they braved the cold on the Back Creek Farm excursion, to experience a wonderful range of farm activities run by the capable ...

The sun shone, and so did the Prep students and Year 9 boys, as they braved the cold on the Back Creek Farm excursion.

The experience included a wonderful range of farm activities run by the capable Year 9 boys.

Some of the activities included collecting eggs from the hen house then making their own scrambled eggs, digging up potatoes and turning them into potato fritters and visiting two-week old calves and lambs. If you were really lucky, you also received a sloppy lick from a calf!

The highlight for most, however, was the hay bale ride, resulting in straw being taken home for 'Show and Tell', and a fair amount of mud from splashing in puddles!

It was a great day full of wonderful experiences that ended with some very tired students and staff.

Mrs Sally Humphris and Mrs Tracey Coffey
Year Prep 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...

VET 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 7th 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 VET applications please contact Mrs Kerryn Fearnsides at the Senior School Campus.

Mrs Kerryn Fearnsides

VET/VCAL Coordinator

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This term we have been studying sculpture and the children were excited to explore the theme of 'Dragons'. They created some incredibly imaginative designs and were challenged to use smal...

This term we have been studying sculpture and the children were excited to explore the theme of 'Dragons'.

They created some incredibly imaginative designs and were challenged to use small recycled objects and paper. They were also given wire to create an armature, which is a scaffold for the clay medium.

The recycled component opened up discussion on sustainability and introduced the children to the idea of repurposing and turning what ordinarily may be thrown out as rubbish into a piece of art. The wire was very soft and flexible, which allowed the children to explore ways to help their 'Dragon' to stand.

Although challenging, it was fabulous to see their perseverance and resilience as they investigated the properties of the wire. In the end, the wire and paper constructions turned into balanced-free standing Dragons.

Next, the children had to conceal the wire/paper armature with soft pliable clay. The joy on their faces as they were able to make their creation take shape was heart warming. All the children were proud and excited.

We are now in the final stages of completing the 'Dragons', and most will be on display at this year's Christian College Art Show, after which they will make their way home. I encourage parents to ask your child about their Dragon and look forward to you seeing them soon!

Jennifer Beck-Carlson

Junior Art Specialist

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Our Year 6 students enthused over making a volcano model with a difference this week. After making models of the layers of the Earth we showed how the hot magma tended to move and cause t...

Our Year 6 students enthused over making a Volcano model with a difference this week.

After making models of the layers of the Earth, we showed how the hot magma tended to move and cause the 'floating' crust to collide into other plates in the crust. The resulting friction tended to result in earthquakes and volcanoes.

Instead of using good old bicarb and vinegar, the students made a recipe of 'Elephant’s Toothpaste' lava. Later, they made a different model by heating a layer each of red crayon, sand and water to simulate the molten rocks oozing up through the crust and under the ocean to create new islands and red land!

The effect was visually quite surprising and authentic. The students loved this type of learning!

Ms Deb Singleton
Science Coordinator

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Have you ever wondered where our water comes from? What about where it goes? Last week our Year 7 students participated in an excursion that challenged them to consider the journey and us...

Have you ever wondered where our water comes from? What about where it goes? Last week our Year 7 students participated in an excursion that challenged them to consider the journey and use of water in the Geelong region. Working as a team, the students split into expert groups exploring multiple locations around Geelong, including the Black Rock Water Treatment Centre and the Wurdee Boluc Reservoir and Water Treatment Plant. Armed with well-considered questions and newly acquired field sketching techniques, the students critically considered the function and impact of each location on our local environment. With sustainability and the responsible use of water as a focus they experienced Geelong from a new perspective while representing our college beautifully in their self-directedness and conduct. Back at Middle School, the students gathered back into their teams to share, explore and discuss their learning that will form the foundation of a rich and collaborative Geography learning task.

 

Ms Michelle Williams

Year 7 Coordinator 

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Adela Karol in Year 7 recently competed in ‘Lira’, a music competition organised by the Pushkin Lyceum and supported by SBS radio and TV station.
 
Held in the ‘Russian House’ Melbourne, ...

Adela Karol in Year 7 recently competed in ‘Lira’, a music competition organised by the Pushkin Lyceum and supported by SBS radio and TV station.

Held in the ‘Russian House Melbourne', children aged between 6 and 17 years competed in three categories using a range of instruments, including piano, guitar, violin and cello. High-calibre judges awarded Adela the first prize in her age category for piano, and she was deemed to be "musically graceful and with future potential".

Following this, Adela and the other winners were involved in a short interview on the SBS radio station and later there will be a TV recording of these children playing their instruments.  

With the aim to showcase Russian-speaking children’s musical talent and the competition being in its first year, the hope is that this becomes an annual event to foster ongoing connections between these talented students.

We are very proud of Adela and her musical pursuits!

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Tiarna, Emma and Leilani pictured are reading about Marine Invertebrates found in Port Phillip Bay. Year 8 marine studies class from semester one completed a Collaborative Resource Book w...

Tiarna, Emma and Leilani pictured are reading about Marine Invertebrates found in Port Phillip Bay.

Year 8 Marine Studies class from semester one completed a Collaborative Resource Book with their group investigations into the different types of invertebrates. Included in this resource is information regarding habitats, anatomical structures, movement, lifecycle, place in the food web and adaptations that further assist in survival.

Their work has been transformed into a resource, which is now accessible by other students.

Ms Fiona Scott
Marine Studies Teacher

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Weekly Career News
Please click here for the latest edition of the Weekly Career News.

Prepare for Open Days
Open Day dates
Careers in Medical Radiation Science
Huge demand for bilingua...

Weekly Career News

Please click here for the latest edition of the Weekly Career News.

  • Prepare for Open Days
  • Open Day dates
  • Careers in Medical Radiation Science
  • Huge demand for bilingual law graduates
  • New double degree Music courses at Collarts
  • ICT Careers Wheel - find the ICT occupations suited to you
  • Registrations closing for the Law Admissions Test for UNSW
  • What careers can Engineering lead to?
  • Upcoming events

 

 

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The Prep children enjoyed another Bush Prep session in Torquay this week. Inspired by nature, several children used the natural materials that they found to create their own works of art....

The Prep children enjoyed another Bush Prep session in Torquay.

Inspired by nature, several children used the natural materials that they found to create their own works of art. The children made a variety of different art works using sticks, rocks, leaves, gumnuts and flowers that they collected.

What a wonderful opportunity to practise our Mathematics outdoors! There was lots of great discussion about classification, design, symmetry, patterns, shape, colour and size. Back in the classroom, the children illustrated their own ideas for designs that they might make at next week’s Bush Prep session.

Rachel Fox

Prep Coordinator

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Six Bellarine project care representatives from Years 4, 5 and 6 met up with three of their counterparts from Year 7, Highton. In fact, six Prefects were leading the information and activ...

Six Bellarine 'Project Care' representatives from Years 4, 5 and 6 met up with three of their counterparts from Year 7 at the Middle School School.

Six Prefects were leading the information and activity sessions attended by over 40 students from local schools, eager to learn about East Timor. A few comments from the students give some insight into their impressions of the day.

“We are all really are eager to go to East Timor in the future, based on today’s activities, where we learnt about the culture of Timor-Leste. We found out that we can go to East Timor in Year 11 in the 'Our World' subject." That’s only seven years away for Jack and Grace. They are already counting down!

Madison said: “I am motivated to be a Prefect so I can go to East Timor in Year 12 and do work over there”.

Georgia reflected: “I thought about how much we have compared to Timorese. But perhaps compared to us, they have gratitude and happiness inside them that we sometimes forget to show in our everyday lives."

Ella: “I liked learning about different parts of the Timorese culture, especially the differences and similarities about the animals".

Evelyn observed: “I liked seeing the happy faces of the other Geelong students while we were learning to sing and write letters in another language (Tetum) in just one afternoon!”.

Everyone agreed that the Timorese students and the Christian College students share the gift of friendship.

The authentic way the Prefects shared their recent experiences in Viqueque clearly engaged the younger students. The personal anecdotes sparked the imaginations of the cohort.

At the end of the session, when students were asked if they would like to visit our friends in East Timor one day, every hand in the room shot up. So it is with gratitude in our hearts that we thank Michael Little, Brydon Barnett, AJ Wight, Georgia Gordon, Casey Reid and Cathy De Rosso for preparing their sessions and giving up their time to share the unfolding story of Viqueque with the 'next generation'.

The Prefects are running their annual East Timor Trivia Night fundraiser tonight at 6.30pm, at the Geelong West Town Hall in Pakington Street.

Come and make a donation and have some fun!

Ms Deb Singleton
East Timor Committee

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Six Bellarine project care representatives from Years 4, 5 and 6 met up with three of their counterparts from Year 7, Highton. In fact, six Prefects were leading the information and act...

Three Middle School Campus student representatives from Years 6 and 7 met up with six of their counterparts from the Bellarine Campus.

Six Prefects were leading the information and activity sessions attended by over 40 students from local schools, eager to learn about East Timor. A few comments from the students give some insight into their impressions of the day.

Chloe: "The letter writing was great and it was amazing to see, that in the photos, the Timorese people can be happy with so little and we can be unhappy with so much."

Max: "It was great mixing with the Senior School students and seeing something real that they had done. It made me think about that, in the future, I would love to go over to Timor to see it at first-hand and have some positive influence over there."

Jack: "Another day with the Year 12s would be great. It was so real and it convinced me that I would love to go over one day. It was great to see so many other schools who can help spread the influence. It inspired you to want to make a difference."

Everyone agreed that the Timorese students and the Christian College students share the gift of friendship.

The authentic way the Prefects shared about their recent experiences in Viqueque clearly engaged the younger students. The personal anecdotes sparked the imaginations of the cohort. At the end of the session, when students were asked if they would like to visit our friends in East Timor one day, every hand in the room shot up.

So it is with gratitude in our hearts that we thank Michael Little, Brydon Barnett, AJ Wight, Georgia Gordon, Casey Reid and Cathy De Rosso for preparing their sessions and giving up their time to share the unfolding story of Viqueque with the 'next generation'.

The Prefects are running their annual East Timor Trivia Night fundraiser tonight at 6.30pm at the Geelong West Town Hall in Pakington Street.

Come and make a donation and have some fun!

 

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

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

We have found that parents' opinions are valuable to our forward planning and we would therefore like to invite you to participate in this survey. 

To complete the survey, please click on:  http://research.is.vic.edu.au/index.php?r=survey/index/sid/721289/lang/en

The survey will close on 25th August.

We appreciate your willingness to participate in the 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey.

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Last Friday, six Year 9 students from the Bellarine campus, along with twelve Year 9 students from the Highton campus, represented Christian College at a United Nations diplomacy competit...

Last Friday, six Year 9 students from the Bellarine campus, along with twelve Year 9 students from the Highton campus, represented Christian College at a United Nations diplomacy competition at Deakin University. Students represented a country and acted as members of the United Nations Security Council for the day where they debated against other schools about global policies and resolutions. The aim of the experience was to educate young people about Australia’s place in the global political realm. It also promoted the development of a variety of skills including public speaking, negotiation, teamwork, research and diplomacy. Our Year 9 students were suitably challenged throughout the day and it proved to be a valuable opportunity for their learning. This experience has strong connections to the Year 9 Geography curriculum in Term 4 where the students who attended this event will be leading the rest of Year 9 through a mock United Nations summit.

Mrs Joanne Lowe & Mr Tim Wright
Year 9 Teachers

 

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Year 8 students have been learning in Science about the different systems found in our bodies. As part of the curriculum the students had an opportunity to dissect a sheep’s heart. With c...

Year 8 students have been learning in Science about the different systems found in our bodies.

As part of the curriculum, the students had an opportunity to dissect a sheep’s heart. With careful use of surgical tools, the students were able to identify the four chambers, feel the difference between thick, rubbery arterial walls and thin flimsy veins, see how valves allow the one-way flow and notice the thicker left side of the heart which has to pump blood to the whole body.

And the feedback? “It’s so small but pumps so much!…"

“That muscle is so thick – but there’s also a lot of fat…"

“I was really hesitant at first, but that was the best thing I have done in ages!”

 

Andy Davies
Secondary Classroom Teacher

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A special screening of the documentary film, 'Embrace', exlploring the issue of body image, will be held at the Senior School Campus on Tuesday, 15th August at 7pm.  
An invitation is ext...

A special screening of the documentary film, 'Embrace', exlploring the issue of body image, will be held at the Senior School Campus on Tuesday, 15th August at 7pm.  

An invitation is extended to students, parents and guardians to see this film.  

Please see the attached letter for further details.

Mr Tony Costa
Head of Campus

Walk or Run 12km, 6km or for kids aged 3-14, you can opt for the 1km run. This is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends to enjoy a fun, physical and social day out, ...

Walk or run 12km, 6km or, for children aged 3 to14, you can opt for the 1km run.

This is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends to enjoy a fun, physical and social day out, all for a wonderful local cause. The more entries registered with Christian College Geelong, the greater opportunity we will have to further benefit other children in need.

Registrations for Run Geelong are now open.

Click on the following link to go directly to the CCG team page

Alternatively, register at: http://runaustralia.com.au/register/

Happy Running!!

 

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

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

We have found that parents' opinions are valuable to our forward planning and we would therefore like to invite you to participate in this survey. 

To complete the survey, please click on:  http://research.is.vic.edu.au/index.php?r=survey/index/sid/721289/lang/en

The survey will close on 25th August.

We appreciate your willingness to participate in the 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey.

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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.

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 College to the collection box located outside the Science lab.

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

The offer runs through to 19th September.

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We would be keen to hear from any adults within our community who would be interested in assisting at Middle Campus – Highton, in the capacity of a Reinforced Reading Tutor.
Reinforced Re...

We would be keen to hear from any adults within our community who would be interested in assisting at the Middle School Highton Campus in the capacity of a 'Reinforced Reading Tutor'.

Reinforced Reading is a strategy developed by 'MultiLit' to support the 'MacqLit Reading Intervention' program introduced in our Middle Campuses this year. Reinforced Reading Tutors will be working in a voluntary capacity.

Our Learning Support Staff will provide pre-training and ongoing support. Tutors will need to have a Working With Children Card (WWCC).

Ideally, we need to have a Reinforced Reading Tutor at the Campus every school day for at least one hour. However, this could be well-serviced by a number of rostered individuals.

Interested persons should email Roselyn Smith (ro.smith@ccg.vic.edu.au) providing your name, your availability, your WWCC status and the evenings you would be available for one hour of training.

 

Roselyn Smith

Director of Teaching and Learning – Learning Support Services

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

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

We have found that parents' opinions are valuable to our forward planning and we would therefore like to invite you to participate in this survey. 

To complete the survey, please click on:  http://research.is.vic.edu.au/index.php?r=survey/index/sid/721289/lang/en

The survey will close on 25th August.

We appreciate your willingness to participate in the 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey.

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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 College to the collection box located outside the Student Office at the Middle School Campus.

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 26th July and runs through to 19th September.

 

Megan Morrison

Food Technology Assistant

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During a recent mathematics lesson on multiplication, one rotation group was challenged to apply their knowledge of multiplication strategies in a game called ‘Multiplication Paddocks’. T...

During a recent Mathematics lesson on multiplication, one rotation group was challenged to apply their knowledge of multiplication strategies in a game called ‘Multiplication Paddocks’.

The object of the game was to roll two dice and use the digits rolled to create a multiplication array on the game sheet, strategically placing the array into a space that secures the squares or ‘paddocks’ available. The game becomes more challenging as the available squares reduce, requiring a greater amount of strategic thinking to place arrays in different forms and obtain the most paddocks.

Mark Foran 

Year 3 / 4 Coordinator

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Students and Staff of Junior School were treated by a visit by our friends from Naga High School. Traditional dance and singing were performed with energy and happy faces and captivated t...

On Tuesday, 8th August, students and staff of Junior School were treated to a visit by our Year 10 and 11 friends from Naga High School, our sister school from Wakayama in Japan.

After a warm-hearted greeting in Japanese and English by Niko and Matthew (Year 4), our visitors performed a traditional ‘Yosakoi’ group dance and then followed up with a more contemporary performance called the ‘Koi’ (Love) dance. Our visitors performed with energy and happy faces, which captivated the audience. 

It was also wonderful to watch the students from 3G present handmade cards and gifts using the Japanese greetings and the word ‘douzo’ (Here you are). Later on, Prep G spent time with our visitors playing games outside.

Mr Adam Reidy and Ms Katya Chenney

LOTE, Japanese Specialist Staff

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This week Year 3 students took part in the Annual Animation Celebration. They had a wonderful time speaking to their family and friends about their animations. They also enjoyed showing t...

This week Year 3 students took part in the Annual Animation Celebration. 

They had a wonderful time speaking to their family and friends about their animations. They also enjoyed showing their families their finished animations.

This event was the finale for a unit of study the students have been working on about 'Stop Motion' Animation. The students worked collaboratively in small groups to write a story, design characters and backdrops and then film their animation using iPads.

This project was developed to reflect ICT skills outlined by the Australian Curriculum.

Mrs Debbie Riddle

Year 3 Year Level Leader

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Over the next two weeks many Year 3 and 4 students will be representing Christian College Geelong in two sporting events.
Next Tuesday 15th August, we have 48 students participating in th...

Over the next two weeks many Year 3 and 4 students will be representing Christian College Geelong in two sporting events.

Next Tuesday, 15th August, we have 48 students participating in the 'Hoop Time' basketball tournament at The Arena. Junior School has five teams entered and there are six schools competing in games throughout the day.

Along with Mr Foran, Mr Johnstone and Mr Rice, we will also have experienced basketball personnel Nick Owusu and Brenton O’Brien coaching the teams. Over the past couple of weeks, the students have been training during Year 3 and 4 Sport. All participants have received information regarding the day and we wish the teams a fun experience.

On Thursday, 25th August, approximately 20 Year 4 students will be competing in the Deakin District Athletics event at Landy Field, Geelong. The events include 100 metres, 200 metres, 800 metres, 1500 metres, long and triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus, hurdles and relay. Students participating in this day have been giving up lunchtimes and Year 3 and 4 Sport to train with specialist coaches Kelly Costin and Snezana Knight. We thank both Kelly and Snezana for giving up their time to come and help out with these students.

The Year 2 students have commenced their swimming program for this term. It is great to see the enthusiasm and positive attitude all students are having towards this program. Students are provided the opportunity to continue developing their swimming skills in small groups conducted by experience swimming teachers, as well as participating in fun and organised games with Nick Owusu and Jordan Rossi at the Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Finally, Prep, Years 1, 3 and 4 students have enthusiastically commenced their four-week gymnastics program, with Monday and Tuesday’s PE lessons being instructed by experienced gymnastics teacher, Mrs Kerry Woods from 'Head Over Heels' Gymnastics.

Nick Rice

Physical Education and Sport Coordinator

 

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A reminder that the Junior School Campus Strings and Year 3 Singing Workshop Group (Year 3 cohort) are busily preparing for performances at the upcoming Geelong Schools' Music and Movemen...

A reminder that the Junior School Strings and Year 3 Singing Workshop Group (Year 3 cohort) will be performing 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, 16th August at Deakin's Costa Hall, 9.30am to 11.30am. Please note the venue for this event is Costa Hall.

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

Carla Dunlop and Kevin Smith

Deputy Head of Junior School Campus and Music Coordinator

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Congratulations to Year 3 and 4 students who have won a top place on the Participation Leaderboard for Round One of Word Mania. Year 3 achieved third place in the regional competition whi...

Congratulations to Year 3 and 4 students who have won awards on the 'Participation Leaderboard' for Round One of Word Mania.

Year 3 achieved third place in the regional competition, while Year 4 took out first place! Classes have dedicated time during Literacy sessions to Word Mania, which involves students making words from selected letters within a three-minute time period.
 

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It is with great excitement and anticipation that we announce our 'Book Week 2017 Parade' on Tuesday, 22nd August. 
Students are asked to come to school dressed as a favourite book charac...

It is with great excitement and anticipation that we announce our 'Book Week 2017 Parade' on Tuesday, 22nd August

Students are asked to come to school dressed as a favourite book character. We will commence the day with a Book Week Parade, which will be held, weather permitting, on the roundabout or alternatively in the gym at 9am. Parents are warmly welcomed to join in the celebration and watch the parade.

Mrs Deanne Elliss and Mrs Helen Kreeck

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Please note that 'Glee' Juice Bubbles will be available in the Canteen from next Friday, 18th August.

They come in four varieties - 'Blackcurrant Burst - Purple', 'Bubble Gum Grape - Mauve', 'Rockin' Raspberry - Red' and 'Tropical Treat - Yellow'. When students are ordering these juices on their lunch order they must specify the colour they would like. This new product replaces the Glee fruit juices that are currently on the Canteen price list.

We also would like to welcome Mrs Kristy Burrow as our new Canteen Manager on Fridays. We would like to thank Mrs Kate Millichip for all her hard work in setting up the new systems in our Canteen. Kate will be continuing as a Library Assistant at the Junior School.

Ann-Marree Weigl

Head of Campus

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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 College to the collection box located outside the Junior School office.

This year we are again looking forward to choosing from the resources on offer to support this program. Collection began on 26th July and runs through to 19th September.

 

 

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It was fantastic to see so many 2007 Christian College Graduates, at the reunion on Saturday evening. More than sixty students attended, many with their partners and children.

It was fantastic to see so many of the 'Class of 2007' at their reunion on Saturday.

More than 60 students attended, many with their partners and children. This made for a very warm, friendly and excited group. 

Gathering at the Senior School Campus, the group were welcomed by Mr Scott Elliss and Mr Glen McKeeman and were able to experience the wonderful Administration and Resource Centre, an update since they attended. A moment of reflection was taken as we remembered Jyrah Morton, who is sadly no longer with us. A trip down memory lane followed with a school bus trip, escorted by Mr Daryl Riddle, to the Clock Tower at the Middle School Campus, where Mr Tony Costa and a team of Middle School staff welcomed the group.
Much fun was had in the clock tower, with the past students finding their 'brick' which they wrote on back in Year 12.

A great evening followed at Deakin Lakehouse, ably MC'd by 2007 Graduate, Liam Petrie Allbutt, our 2007 School Captains, Monique Challis (Van Yzendoorn) and Lachlan McKeeman, who reflected on their time at Christian College and the impact the College has had on their lives over the last 10 years.

A movie presentation of images of the 2007 students, created by Liam, was a highlight with many laughs at hairdos and antics. Time capsule parcels were also opened and more wonderful memories came flooding back.

We look forward to future opportunities to come together, reminisce, reconnect and socialise!

Christian College would love to stay connected with our Alumni, so we encourage you to share this link and keep your details up to date: http://www.christiancollege.vic.edu.au/contact/college-alumni

 

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

Christian College is again taking part in the 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey, run by Independent Schools Victoria.  We have found that parents opinions are valuable to our forward planning and we would therefore like to invite you to participate in this survey. 

To complete the survey, please click on:  http://research.is.vic.edu.au/index.php?r=survey/index/sid/721289/lang/en

The survey will close on 25th August.

We appreciate your willingness to participate in the  2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey.

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Christian College Geelong is proud to announce the College website has been updated. We hope you enjoy the new and engaging website which highlights all the great things our College...

Christian College Geelong is proud to announce that the College website has now been updated!

We hope you enjoy the new and engagaing website, which highlights all the great things our College has to offer.

www.christiancollege.vic.edu.au

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