It is with much excitement that I invite our current Year 6, 7 and 8 students and families to attend our 'Elective Expo Evening' on Wednesday, 30th August from 4pm to 6pm. This event will...

A reminder for our current Year 6, 7 and 8 students and families to attend our 'Elective Expo Evening' on Wednesday, 30th August from 4pm to 6pm.

This event will be held in the Sports and Aquatic Centre at our Middle School Highton Campus. We are pleased to invite you to take up this wonderful opportunity to view all of the elective pathways, chatting with and asking questions of our specialist staff.

Please find attached the Elective Information Booklets and Elective Selection documents pertinent to each year level. We encourage you to pre-read these documents and begin discussions with your child about the ranking of their subject choices. The platform for subject selection will be open via the Student Portal from 3:30pm on 30th August through to Monday, 4th September, 8:00am.

Existing students are to access the Student Portal, select the ‘Elective Selection’ tile and enter subject preferences.

Additional information for our Current Year 8 students and families: 

To coincide, support and enrich the changes to the experiential program for Year 9s in 2018, we have also planned and developed significant changes to the Year 9 Elective program. As well as providing new and engaging elective subjects, we have also initiated Term based Elective studies for Year 9 students. The benefits and logistics of this will be unpacked within the Back Creek Information session, however we want you to be aware of this particular change as you explore the Elective Expo prior to the session.

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

 

Dear Parents and Families,
Praying that this finds you well during our cold and flu season!
It is always a delight to share in events with students, staff and families that unite us in 'C...

Dear Parents and Families,

I pray that this finds you well during our cold and flu season!

It is always a delight to share in events with students, staff and families that unite us in 'Community' across our Campus and across the wider College. The Choral evening at St Mary’s, our Book Week Parade, the Vietnam Veterans' Service at Middle School, Naga High School visits across the Campuses, Year 3 Animation Celebration and the Japanese Speaking Competition are just a few of the 'Community' happenings during the past couple of weeks.

The environment of community that exists at the Junior School Campus is a unique and precious one that, as staff, students and families, we share. I have the privilege of sharing this sense of community with those who are visiting or new to our school.

In doing so, I am constantly reminded that our community is something we work hard for, and at, to the Glory of God. I am reminded of the words in Hebrews 10:24 that, as a community, we are to “consider how to motivate one another to love and do good deeds”.

I pray that, as a community, we continue to come together in times of challenge and in times of celebration with support, service and love for one another.

God Bless

 

Ann-Marree Weigl

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Terms Notice                                         
Just a reminder that if your family is relocating and/or your children will not be attending Christian College in 2018, a full ...

What Our Students Do Well!

We recently received this letter from an outside organisation after our students visited and worked with them during the year. It was very rewarding to receive such praise for our students and it is a reflection on you as families. 

To Teachers from Christian College – Year 10 Outdoor Education Program 

Thanks for coming to the coast and being a part of the GORCC Environmental Education Program. During Term 2 and 3, the students have put approximately 665 plants in the ground to a very high standard. In Term 2, you planted 260 at the Soapy Rocks revegetation site, replacing the invasive weedy species with biodiverse indigenous species. In Term 3 you planted over 400 plants at two sites: Spring Creek, where we are trying to rehabilitate the bank of the creek to both protect the waterway and provide habitat. And also Deep Creek, where a grass slope is being rehabilitated to what it would have been like prior to European settlement.

Considering the age group, the students consistently impress with their attitude and understanding. I often notice they are not afraid to express emotions like so many students I see of that age, and that really reflects well on the culture of the school.

I’m sure the combination of our two programs has helped establish a lasting emotional connection and sense of custodianship for the coast among the students. Hopefully they will continue on a pathway to protecting and living environmentally-considered lives.

Please convey my appreciation to the students for some very enjoyable and productive sessions, and I’ll look forward to seeing a new group next year.

Regards,

Peter Crowcroft

Environmental Education Program Coordinator | Great Ocean Road Coast Committee

 

Year 12 Student and Parent Evening

Last night we had the privilege of having Darren Perriera speak in the Chapel to a good number of Year 12 students and their parents or guardians.

Darren is an international speaker who, for over 13 years, has presented to a vast number of students on how they can improve their learning and study habits. His messages were clear and very entertaining. He spoke about how we learn and how we remember and the difference between the two. Simple tasks undertaken on a regular basis can improve memory by quite staggering amounts.

Darren kindly gave free access to material on his website to students.

Please contact either of the Year 12 Coordinators in Ms Jemma Burr or Mr Daniel Fanning for further information.

 

Student Learning Conferences 

Student Learning Conferences will be held on Thursday, 7th September for Year 10 and 11 students and parents. They will begin at 10am and it will be a student-free day at Senior School. An email will be sent to families on Monday with further details and information. 

Terms Notice                                         

Just a reminder that if your family is relocating and/or your children will not be attending Christian College in 2018, a full term’s notice, in writing, is required to ensure you are not charged Term 1, 2018 fees. 

  

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 is always good to try something different! 

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School 

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To our current Year 8 students and families, we will also be holding our Back Creek Information session on 30th August from 6pm to 7pm, directly following the Elective Expo. During this i...

To our current Year 8 students and families, we will be holding our Back Creek Information Session on Wednesday, 30th August from 6pm to 7pm, directly following the 'Elective Expo'.

During this information session, we will also be outlining some exciting changes that are planned for 2018 and beyond, to further expand and enrich the experiential opportunities for our Year 9 students! 

To coincide, support and enrich this opportunity - we have planned and developed significant changes to the Year 9 Elective program for 2018. Alongside providing new and engaging elective subjects, we have also initiated Term-based elective studies for Year 9 students.

The benefits and logistics of this will be unpacked within this Information Session, however we want you to be aware of this particular change as you explore the Elective Expo prior to the session.

Updated elective offerings and accompanying outline can be found in the attached Elective booklets.

Kind regards

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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The choirs of Christian College came together on Wednesday evening to celebate the art of choral singing, showcasing a varied repertoire for family and friends. The spectacular venue of S...

The choirs of Christian College came together on Wednesday evening to celebate the art of choral singing, showcasing a varied repertoire for family and friends.

The spectacular venue of St Mary of the Angels Basilica played host, providing a true acoustic experience for approximately 200 members of the Junior, Middle and Senior Choirs from all campuses. Also featuring VCE vocal performances by Casey Reid, Jack McPhail and the Year 10 VCE Vocal Group, the event was inspiring and gave insight into the vocal opportunities at Christian College.

Mrs Carla Dunlop 

 

 

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On 17th of August, all of the year 9 Bellarine girls went to the old Geelong gaol to take part in a modified math escape room where we were able to apply our learning of linear equations ...

On August 17, all of the Year 9 girls at the Bellarine Campus went to the old Geelong gaol to take part in a modified Maths 'Escape Room', where we were able to apply our learning of linear equations in a real-life situation.

The purpose of the activity was to use our knowledge of linear equations and our problem solving skills outside of the classroom. The aim was to use teamwork to find codes, open locks and get out as much treasure from inside the cells as possible, within a 45-minute time period. This was our first ever trial doing something like this and our first Maths excursion. It was a change from using a textbook, that's for sure!

This activity not only focused on the application of our Maths abilities, but also our teamwork  - as the whole cohort had to work together in order to find the codes and open up the locks. The exercise was thrilling, as we had to rush to open the doors while under pressure the whole time.

In the end, we ended up opening all the doors with 1:37 minutes left. We were all rushing with adrenaline, kicking the doors open and grabbing the contents and overall it was an amazing experience.

We would like to thank Mr Hatswell for putting all the hard work and effort into making this real and making this fun for us. We would also like to thank Andrew and Grace from Escape Rooms Geelong for collaborating with Mr Hatswell to make this experience possible for us.

Johanna Hall
School Captain – Bellarine Campus

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Senior School students were presented with an opportunity last week to consider a range of factors that can influence both our relationships with others and with ourselves.  Opportunities...

Senior School students were presented with an opportunity last week to consider a range of factors that can influence both our relationships with others and with ourselves. 

Opportunities to take time to think about the way we treat relationships, as well as some of the issues surrounding our wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. Carla Scott from the Responsible Gambling Foundation brought the message that for every problem gambler seven relationships are impacted. 

She also shared the facts about the exposure to gambling our youth are subject to, and the statistics regarding the odds of winning. Students were surprised to learn that they were statistically more likely to become a Hollywood movie star than win tattslotto. They were also shocked by the current statistics that show Geelong loses around $111 million a year to pokie machines. Students were given advice and resources and the 23rd to 29th September we will see Responsible Gambling Awareness week advertised in Victoria.

Dr JP Darby spent time with our students and presented on the very serious and relevant subject of student stress and anxiety. Dr Darby brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to his presentation and students were provided with strategies and advice to help them identify and deal with stressful situations. With good sleep habits and a reminder to breathe deeply were great take-home messages.

On the issue of body image and acceptance, the Embrace movie was offered as a free screening for families. This movie looked at the impact of the media on a person’s sense of wellbeing, as well as an honest look at how we can allow the perceptions of others to influence our love and acceptance of ourselves. The movie highlighted the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a respect for the awesome ability of our bodies to sustain us. It brought attention to the issue of body diversity and ultimately it aimed to inspire a sense of hope, as opposed to the hopelessness so often portrayed through advertising, diets and negative body messages.

Whether or not your son or daughter came to all or just some of these sessions, our hope is that we have started a conversation about healthy and positive relationships. This is just the beginning of the journey we desire to take with our senior students as they discover themselves, as they grow their understanding and acceptance of others, and as they embark on their life and purpose as young adults.

Resources from all presentations are available from the Student Office. Or you prefer to use the following links to blogs or websites.

Gambling support for youth: http://www.responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/getting-help/young-people

Body Image Movement:   bodyimagemovement.com

Embrace Movie available on click view to all students or loaned from the Library for families.

Dr JP Darby – links to a variety of resources: http://www.johnpauldarby.com/

Also, Alexandra Caldow of Year 12, the happy recipient of the 'Respectful Relationships' participation gift.

 

Mrs Dianne Martin

Deputy Head of Senior School

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Year One have been looking at extreme weather as a part of their ‘Our Wonder World’ Integrated Studies unit. The students are becoming enthusiastic weather reporters through their descrip...

Year 1 have been looking at extreme weather as a part of their ‘Our Wonder World’ Integrated Studies unit.

The students are becoming enthusiastic weather reporters through their descriptive texts in writing and role playing during ‘Investigations’. They have enjoyed constructing their own camera and images for the weather map and then pretending to be weather reporters or the camera man/woman. We read the book ‘The Flood’ by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, which helped us learn about the use of similes and metaphors.

‘Raindance’ by Cathy Applegate and Dee Huxley was another text we read that gave us ideas for describing the feeling of rain. It was great to see the students transferring these ideas and turning them into their own. Students worked on creating a weather report for a thunderstorm. We listened to sounds of a thunderstorm to assist in formulating a detailed description of what a thunderstorm looks like, sounds like and feels like.  

 
Zara described what a thunderstorm looks like: “The clouds are as dark as shadows.”
“Thunder sounds like crashing trees,” wrote James.
Isabelle described the rain as: “an army of little raindrops.”


Students were engaged and passionate as they wrote their weather report and then presented them to the class. It was a great opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills and use the ‘resourcefulness' learning muscle by using their imagination, as they took on the weather reporter role. Students were making links in their learning as they referred to the types of clouds we have been learning about and incorporated this into their weather report.

The Year 1s are certainly becoming weather enthusiasts!

Jamie-Lee Lobbe

Year 1 Teacher

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Teenagers, Tweens and Their Activities
Every parent of teenagers and tweens will know about the challenges in this article. Sometimes it creates dramas at home and amongst members of our ...

Teenagers, Tweens and Their Activities

Every parent of teenagers and tweens will know about the challenges in this article. Sometimes it creates drama at home and among members of your family. Last Friday night, I wanted to just stay at home and watch the football. It was to be a great match between Adelaide and Sydney. BUT, a teenager in my family wanted to be somewhere by 9:30 pm! Right in the middle of the game. Below are some ideas from two authors, which I think will help me. I hope they will help you, too.

When tweens begin to set priority on friends and activities, you can help them understand that what they are doing is not the family's main priority. Here are some ideas for training them to find the right balance within their new social life: 

Driving Miss Tween

Tweens often assume their parents will drive them to any movie theatre, shopping mall or birthday party they want to attend. Naturally, I didn't mind driving my daughter to a school event or youth group meeting, but she needed to know I was not at her beck and call.

We set up some ground rules. If it took me 15 minutes to drive to the mall, she needed to spend 15 minutes vacuuming the car, walking the dog or doing another chore. She quickly gained an appreciation for my time and no longer saw me as her personal chauffeur

—Silvana Clark

Balancing Family and Friends

Tweens typically want to hang out with friends every weekend, so setting ground rules can help a tween learn to balance family time and their social calendar. One mother sets a clear expectation: "If my child asks to have a friend over with the friend standing next to her, the answer is always no." If asked ahead of time, she’ll consider it. Her tween learns to respect her mother's time and her decision.

To accommodate this need for friendship and allow for family time, some families let children invite friends — one per child — to outings. Others alternate every Saturday between letting their tween have a friend over and going to a friend's house.

—Bridget A. Nelan

All the best parents!!!!

Gary Crole
Chaplain - Bellarine Campus

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Next week in Project Care is ‘Offspring Week’! This annual event is taking on the theme of ‘Shop to Stop it’ – shopping ethically to end slavery.
 
‘Offspring’ is an Organisation that wor...

Next week in Project Care is ‘Offspring Week’!

This annual event is taking on the theme of ‘Shop to Stop it’ – shopping ethically to end slavery. ‘Offspring’ is an organisation that works to support and rehabilitate women in India who have been rescued from trafficking, transitioning them back into community where possible.

The root cause of trafficking is certainly wide and varied, but in some circumstances, it is linked to the slave trade industry, such as those in clothing factories.

Human trafficking is the fastest-growing crime in the world today. This can be an overwhelming fact but through raising awareness and making practical and small changes to our daily purchasing habits, we can all be empowered to ‘do something’ about this!

Over the week, the aim is for our students to:

  • Grapple with the concept of consumer power - that their ‘fast fashion’ and food choices may have a direct impact on the slave industry.
  • Be challenged about their personal choices and to make small changes to their purchasing habits (try to choose Whittaker chocolate, which is more ‘ethical’ than Nestle, for example).
  • Understand Gods view on this concept and how He asks us to respond.
  • Be empowered to know that we can ALL make a difference!

The challenge will be for students to bring in quality items of clothing or shoes from Monday, 28th to Thursday, 31st August, which will be sorted and displayed in our Chapel over the week.

The Homeroom with the most items brought in will be the first to be given the opportunity to select items of clothing in exchange, encouraging students to recycle their clothing and, in turn, reducing consumer demand for ‘fast fashion’. An ‘ethical’ food hamper will also be up for grabs!  

On Friday, 1st September, we will ask students to donate $2+ which will go towards Offspring and encourage them to dress in casual clothes that are ‘ethical’ or ‘recycled’.

We look forward to your involvement and support of this Prefect and SRC initiative!

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Mr Cassidy Hurrell and Mr David Evans
Year 12 Outdoor Education Teachers

Last week the Year 12 Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies classes were blessed to visit the Bogong High Plains as part of the practical element of their Unit 4 studies. 

Experiences like these allow students to make real-world connections with the issues discussed in the classroom as well as helping to build resilience, teamwork and an appreciation for the unique Australian alpine environment. Being prepared for all conditions is essential when entering the Australian Alps, conditions (especially in winter) can deteriorate and change unexpectedly, and this year was no exception.

Over the three days, camping and skiing in the area the group dealt with over 50cm of fresh snow, 25cm of that snow falling throughout their first snow camping experience. Every student embraced this challenge with a positive attitude and managed to find that extra grit and determination when the going got tough. Students learnt first-hand why staff had made such a fuss about appropriate clothing and equipment, and were thankful for their thorough preparation in the adverse conditions. 

There were many highlights of the experience, however, two that standout were the expertise of the staff and the teamwork displayed by the students. I would like to acknowledge David Evans, Holly Randall, Rebecca Fischer and especially Matt Bourke for their sound decision-making, diligent care of the students and constant infectious enthusiasm. I feel especially privileged to be working with staff of such high calibre.

Matt Bourke, who graduated from Christian College in 2014, has been gaining experience group leading with the College and was exceptional in ensuring everyone slept well. He was clearing snow from tents on several occasions throughout the night. It was also very pleasing to see the Year 12s working together preparing the camp, constantly encouraging and helping each other out of the deep fresh snow.

They should all be extremely proud of the care, compassion and collaboration they displayed towards each other, especially during the challenging moments. Their actions were a true reflection of the fine young men and women they are. 

Mr Cassidy Hurrell and Mr David Evans

Year 12 Outdoor Education Teachers

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Book Week 2017
This year’s theme for Book Week at Senior School is Escape to Everywhere.
Perhaps after you have been working hard or doing something stressful and you want a chance to re...

Book Week 2017

This year’s theme for Book Week at Senior School is 'Escape to Everywhere'.

Perhaps after you have been working hard or doing something stressful you want a chance to relax and escape. That’s easy to do with a good book!

Through books, you can escape to all sorts of time and places. This week the Senior School has had great fun celebrating Book Week and kicked off the week with a morning tea for staff on the Monday. With the theme 'Escape to Everywhere', the Library has turned into a tropical paradise – and what better place to escape to in this cold, dreary weather.

Students have eagerly answered questions from our daily quiz, got dressed up and had their photo snapped in our photo booth and tried to guess the winner in the Older Reader Book category.

“Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are”

 

Mrs Sue Mapleson

Teacher Librarian

 

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The Book Week Parade on Tuesday was a wonderful success.  Students and teachers dressed up as book characters and participated in the parade around the roundabout.  Characters represented...

The Book Week Parade on Tuesday was a wonderful success. 

Students and teachers dressed up as book characters and participated in the parade around the roundabout. Characters represented included Harry Potter and friends, Wally, various spies, pirates, queens, princesses and fairies. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was represented by the appearance of a Golden Ticket, and the Faraway Tree stood in the middle of it all. Mr Smith provided toe-tapping music to keep us moving, while Mr Foran seamlessly and capably stepped into the MC role.

Our Book Week celebration is designed to bring the importance of literature and reading to the forefront of the minds of our students. The character parade provides an atmosphere of fun and it emphasises the importance of books in our lives.  During class time students have been encouraged to discuss their character and the book in which it was found. Sharing this information encourages classmates to try new books, too. 

In the Library this term, we have been reading the short-listed books, discussing the messages they contain and voting for our favourite short-listed book. The variety of literature presented to students during this celebration week encourages them to try texts outside their usual choices. By the end of this term we will have looked at a broad range of short-listed Australian literature, including non-fiction, junior fiction and picture book texts.

Special thanks to all students, teachers and parents for the fantastic support of our Book Week celebrations. We had lots of fun. This might have been the “best Book Week ever".

Helen Kreeck and Deanne Elliss

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にほんごのえんそく

メルボルンにでんしゃで日本語のレストランに行きました。とてもたのしかったです。

ラメンをたべました。おいしかったですよ。ひるごはんのまえに日本語のConsulateで日本語のぶんかをならいました。とてもおもしろかったです、そしてだいそに行きました。わたしはしょうどのふでとすみとはしをかいました。

キンキン

We went to a Japanese restaurant in Melbourne by train. It was lots of fun. I ate ramen. It was very delicious. Before lunch at the Japanese Consulate we learnt about Japanese culture. It was very interesting. And we went to Daiso. I bought calligraphy brushes and ink and chopsticks.

Japanese Excursion translated by Khin Khin Sumon 

“Wednesday was really great. Even though I don’t like travelling by train that much, I still went and WOW! It was fantastic! The Japanese Consulate was very informative and interesting, I really enjoyed that. I also liked shopping at Daiso shop because everything was $2.80 and I felt like I was in Japan shopping. It was very exciting for me. My most favourite part was eating ramen. I was dreaming of eating ramen before I came to Christian College and so this was a dream come true for me. I still can’t believe it. It was very delicious and I had a lot so, even though I love it very much, I still couldn't finish it all. I was able to say thank you and goodbye to some of the Japanese workers the restaurant. That day was the best day of my life. I really wish I could go again I when I’m older. I want to take my family and friends to the Japanese restaurant Ajisen and also to the Daiso shop. BEST DAY EVER!”

By Khin Khin Sumon 

 

The Year 9 Japanese students were lucky enough to spend the day in Melbourne, looking in-depth and experiencing the Japanese culture. In our classes, we had the opportunity to shop at Daiso, which is a Japanese convenience store. After this, we visited the Japanese Consulate, where we listened to a presentation by an expert. As she presented, she kept referring back to a point  made at the beginning, where the presenter related the Japanese culture to an iceberg. The things we see, hear or experience, such as the food, the clothing and the language are all the tip of the iceberg. But as we watched a few videos and discussed some points, we were able to spot things below the surface; the cultural respect, the ethics, like working hard and the expectation of cleanliness. Afterwards we were treated to a Japanese lunch, which was delicious. Overall, the day was informative and fun, and I feel very grateful to have gone.

By Molly England


On Wednesday, all of the Year 9 Japanese students went on an excursion to Melbourne to discover the Japanese culture. It was an enriching experience for all as we learnt so much about the culture and the ways of the Japanese people. When we arrived at Southern Cross Station, we split into two groups. One group went to the Japanese Consulate to further study the culture of Japan while the other group travelled to the Daiso store on Bourke Street to buy Japanese items like pencils and Japanese snacks. At the General Consultate of Japan, we learnt the many different ways of Japanese arts and the depth of Japan culture. Everyone regrouped at the Ajisen restaurant at the Melbourne Central station. There were many meals to choose from  - chicken fried rice to chicken ramen, the variety of meals were spectacular! I think everyone enjoyed their experiences on the excursion and got something out of it. If you want to know more about the culture and society of Japan, I strongly recommended this excursion. So keep studying Japanese everyone. ありがとうございました!

By Max Hyde

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The annual JLTAV State-wide Japanese Speech Contest was held in Melbourne. It was a showcase of a wide range of brilliant speeches and role plays presented by more than 150 participants f...

Last Sunday, the annual JLTAV state-wide Japanese Speech Contest was held in Melbourne.

It was a showcase of a wide range of brilliant speeches and role plays presented by more than 150 participants from Prep to Year 10 across Victoria. The judges commented that the standard of their language skills was outstanding.

Seven students from our College participated in the contest. We are very proud of them all for their dedication and hard work in preparation, and their excellent language skills and confident delivery. From our Campus, Georgia Odd won the third prize in the Year 5 and 6 individual category and Paige Butteriss and Jordan Smith won the third prize in the Year 7 and 8 pair category.

We congratulate Georgia, Paige and Jordan on their great achievements and extend a warm thank you to their parents for taking the time on a weekend to support this event.

Yukiko Valent

Japanese Teacher

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Congratulations to all of our students who performed in the Geelong Music Performance Festival
For the third consecutive year, the Christian College Music Department has hosted and run a ...

Congratulations to all of our students who performed in the Geelong Music Performance Festival

For the third consecutive year, the Christian College Music Department has hosted and run a festival called the Geelong Music Performance Festival. This year’s festival featured over 450 performances, in seven instrumental areas, across four weekends in August performing as soloists and in small ensembles.

We had students from all of our campuses performing. From their participation, it is hoped students will have gained much through their own performance experience, but also through listening to others and receiving feedback from an adjudicator. The seven specialist adjudicators were all professional performers with international reputations, who are also highly-regarded educators and examiners for the AMEB, VCE and the Tertiary sector.

Students from Christian College as well as other schools were invited to participate. While most of the musicians performing were our students, it was lovely to welcome a small number of students from other schools to our festival. The festival is a non-competitive event, with the primary aim being for students to be encouraged and supported in their performances. It was wonderful to see our students ‘grow’ and support their peers through their experience at the Festival.

The Festival website has biographies of the adjudicators and the program of performers. Congratulations to our Music students for their good work throughout the event!

www.gmpfest.com

 

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"It's not so much about what jobs we will do, but how will we do our jobs, because automation isn't going to affect some workers, but ... every worker." – Andrew Charlton, economist and d...

"It's not so much about what jobs we will do, but how will we do our jobs, because automation isn't going to affect some workers, but ... every worker." – Andrew Charlton, economist and director of economics and strategy consulting firm, AlphaBeta.

Our current students will need to be adaptable, resourceful and confident with digital systems to thrive and influence the world positively. Across the College, the focus on Building Learning Power helps students develop appropriate dispositions to meet many of these challenges.

The relatively new Digital Technologies Curriculum, part of the Australian Curriculum, seeks to address the development of knowledge, skills, processes and ways of thinking that will be vital for our children in years to come. This curriculum is intended to provide opportunities for students to build understanding and skills that are future-proof and can be applied to any digital context.

Currently in our core ICT classes from Prep to Year 7, we are leading the implementation of the new Digital Technologies Curriculum across the College and providing rich opportunities for students to develop their understanding of digital systems, problem solving, design, data and coding.

Rather than focussing solely on learning to use a specific software tool that may become obsolete very quickly, students in ICT classes are developing their understanding of how digital systems work and how they can develop, adapt and program them. Meanwhile, across learning areas, students are continuing to develop their skills in using ICT competently and ethically to communicate, collaborate and create.

If you have questions about ICT and Digital Technologies, you’re invited to come for a chat at the Digital Technologies booth at the upcoming Bellarine and Highton elective expos.

Parents wishing to learn more about the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, including resources to support their child’s development in this area in the home context, will find the section for Families on the Digital Technologies Hub website a valuable resource.

Brendan Vanderkley
Head of LITEhouse - ICT

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On Thursday 17th August the Year 10 Indonesian students went on an excursion to The Indonesian Consulate in Melbourne to celebrate the 72nd year of Indonesian independence. The students w...

On Thursday, 17th August, the Year 10 Indonesian students went on an excursion to The Indonesian Consulate in Melbourne to celebrate the 72nd year of Indonesian independence.

The students witnessed the flag-raising ceremony and had the opportunity to display their Indonesian speaking skills with Indonesians attending the ceremony. Once the ceremony was completed, the students had a traditional Indonesian lunch at Cafe Batavia and then went to an Asian supermarket to shop for ingredients for their Indonesian cooking assignment.

We all had a fantastic day!

 

Mrs Jessica Bijaksono

Indonesian Teacher

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Year 9 Drama students have recently been participating in a theatre styles ‘crash course’, navigating their way through Greek theatre, Shakespeare, Melodrama and more. This past week, the...

Year 9 Drama students have recently been participating in a theatre styles ‘crash course’, navigating their way through Greek theatre, Shakespeare, Melodrama and more.

This past week, they took on Epic theatre, a non-naturalistic movement largely led by practitioner Bertolt Brecht. Both classes learnt the history and significance of this style before developing didactic theatre work and performing in front of their peers. All groups made effective use of non-naturalistic conventions in delivering meaning and morals through performance.

I congratulate them on these original and engaging pieces of theatre!

Michaela Gregory

Drama Teacher

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Last Sunday a number of Middle School students enjoyed the opportunity to compete in Cycling Victoria’s ‘Schools’ Mountain Bike series at the You Yangs. The students attacked the undula...

Last Sunday, a number of Middle School students enjoyed the opportunity to compete in Cycling Victoria’s ‘Schools’ Mountain Bike series at the You Yangs.

The students attacked the undulating course with skill and speed to compete very well against a full field of riders. Alexis Jane (Year 5) finished 2nd in her Under-13 event, which is a great result and we congratulate her on this achievement.

Sam Coleman (Year 5), Spencer Jones (Year 5) and Sam Iddles (Year 6) raced very well in the Under-13 age group, finishing a respectable 12th, 13th and 14th respectively. Charley Green (Year 5) was a late withdrawal on the day due to illness, but was still there to support his teammates.

Further, Riley Taylor (Year 7) has competed in the Under-15 age group for this series, finishing 5th  in Round 1, unfortunately suffering mechanical problems in Round 2 and finishing 3rd last Sunday in Round 3. Riley will now compete at the State Finals in Bendigo in October, where we wish him all the very best for this event.

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Glass Making Workshop
Year 10 Studio Arts students participated in a glass making demonstration at the Villa Paloma Art Technolgoy and Design Centre of the Senior campus.  This coincide w...

Glass Making Workshop

Year 10 Studio Arts students participated in a glass making demonstration at the Villa Paloma Art Technolgoy and Design Centre of the Senior Campus.

This coincided with the 'Festival of Glass', held annually on the Bellarine Peninsula. Three of our students will have the opportunity to work with glass masters from Venice next year at this annual event.

Mrs Jane Bailey

Studio Arts Teacher

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Today Christian College Bellarine welcomed our newest member to our school community. As part of Compassion Australia we are sponsoring a young boy from Indonesia. His name is Jonothan, o...

Today Christian College Bellarine welcomed our newest member to our Campus community.

As part of Compassion Australia, we are sponsoring a young boy from Indonesia. His name is Jonothan, or as he prefers to be called Jojo. It has been exciting over the past week to be able to introduce our students to Jojo and for them to be able to discuss and plan the ways they would like to help him in the coming months. Jojo is 8 years old and lives in Pandegliling. He lives with his parents and he has one sibling.

Today was a fabulous day for our students to be able to see how they can support our sponsor child and help him gain access to things that we take for granted everyday. Each year, we will be providing Jojo with the sponsorship of $576. However, as a Campus community, it is our aim that we will be able to provide him with a birthday gift as well as something special at Christmas.

The homerooms have set themselves a task to raise enough money to cover our annual sponsorship and then raise enough money to provide Jojo with some extra things. As a Campus, we were able to raise over $1500 for Jojo. This is such an amazing total, as that is over $900 in excess of our annual sponsorship.

We are going to be able to support Jojo and his family in so many ways. This will be able to go towards buying his family additional things, including items needed for their home and animals - including chickens, goats and even a cow. We will also be able to help provide schooling and vocational training.

I am so very proud of our community here at Christian College and the way that our students are always so enthusiastic to help others. This total of our Project Care Day is so very humbling. We will be encouraging the students to write letters and get to know Jojo over the year. This is a wonderful way for our children to learn to see the way other people live and to show empathy to others.

We are very excited to have taken on this endeavour as a Project Care initiative and we are very excited to watch Jojo grow and to see how we are able to support him, his family and his community.

Claire Deretic and the Project Care team.

S: Physical and Social SCIENCEST: Incorporation of TECHNOLOGYE: Principles of ENGINEERING and DesignA: English Language ARTSM: Application of MATHEMATICS
In Year 3 we have been doing some...

S: Physical and Social SCIENCES
T: Incorporation of TECHNOLOGY
E: Principles of ENGINEERING and Design
A: English Language ARTS
M: Application of MATHEMATICS


In Year 3, we have been doing some amazing work in our STEAM lessons on a Monday afternoon.

STEAM is an integrated approach to learning and gives our students opportunities to showcase their talents and creativity. Over the past two weeks our students have been participating in a variety of lessons involving problem solving through engineering and experimentation.

They have been constructing bionic hands, marshmallow catapults and structures to stop eggs from breaking. Students and teachers engaged in STEAM make more real-life connections so that school is not a place where you go to learn, but instead becomes the entire experience of learning itself. We are always learning, always growing, always experimenting.

 

Lisa Johnson

Year 3G Teacher

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What a wonderful week we have had in the library!! Students have been able to escape into  book settings such as Narnia, Gotham City, The Emerald City, Hogwarts and Alice in Wonderland ...

 What a wonderful week we have had in the library!

Students have been able to escape into book settings such as Narnia, Gotham City, The Emerald City, Hogwarts and Alice in Wonderland by using the green screen. Staff have also shared some wonderful stories, reading their favourite books and enthralling students! We have had lots of fun quizzes and competitions to keep everyone guessing.

Did you know that we have about 4278 books in the fiction side of the library? Aren’t we lucky!

The closest guess was 3068 by Maya Fuller in 7H. A special mention to Breanna Allen in 5R who attempted to count EVERY BOOK - what an amazing effort!

 

Jaki Groves
Classroom Teacher

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This week a group of students from Year 7 went along to Simond’s Stadium to participate in a Cyber Safety learning day, organised and run by Headspace, in conjunction with Geelong Cats an...

This week a group of students from Year 7 went along to Simonds Stadium to participate in a 'Cyber Safety Learning Day', organised and run by Headspace, in conjunction with the Geelong Cats and Barwon Child, Youth and Family.

Students shared their own knowledge about cyber safety, and specifically cyber bullying, as well as the use of social media - before learning from the experts about all of these topics. They explored the impacts of behaviour online and heard from a police officer, who spoke about the laws around cyber bullying. Later in the day, students used this knowledge to create a video on a specific topic of cyber safety, which they will then share with the wider peer group.

It was a great day of learning for the Year 7s and they all developed their understanding of the cyber world, learning that behaviour online should match behaviour in the real, physical world.

Nicola Morrish
Year 7 and 8 Coordinator

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We have been advised by ISV that they experienced some technical issues at the end of last week and over the weekend when some parents may have attempted to complete the LEAD survey.As ...
We have been advised by ISV that they experienced some technical issues at the end of last week and over the weekend when some parents may have attempted to complete the LEAD survey.
 
As a result, ISV have advised us that the survey will remain open until Friday, 1st September for parents that have not yet completed this year's survey. Currently we have only received surveys completed by 18% of our parents. The College leadership values the feedback that we receive from our parents to inform and assist us in our endeavours to demonstrate continual self-improvement.
 
I encourage you to click the attached link and complete this survey. 
 
To complete the survey, please click here.  
 
Thank you
 
Glen McKeeman
Principal
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On Thursday, 12th October, The Master Builders Association of Victoria (MBAV) and The Gordon are offering a free Master Builders Orientation Day suitable for Year 9 to Year 12 students in...

On Thursday, 12th October, The Master Builders Association of Victoria (MBAV) and The Gordon are offering a free Master Builders Orientation Day suitable for Year 9 to Year 12 students interested in a career in the Building and Construction Industry.

The program gives students an insight into the diverse options available and how they take the next steps with career choice. More information and registration forms are available from the Student Office. Completed application forms should be received by The Gordon by Monday, 28th August. 

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 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 questions regarding VETis applications, please contact Mrs Kerryn Fearnsides at the Senior School Campus.

Mrs Kerryn Fearnsides

VET/VCAL Coordinator

 

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Congratulations to all of our students who performed in the Geelong Music Performance Festival
For the third consecutive year, the Christian College Music Department has hosted and run a ...

Congratulations to all of our students who performed in the Geelong Music Performance Festival

For the third consecutive year, the Christian College Music Department has hosted and run a festival called the Geelong Music Performance Festival. This year’s festival featured over 450 performances, in seven instrumental areas, across four weekends in August performing as soloists and in small ensembles.

We had students from all of our campuses performing. From their participation, it is hoped students will have gained much through their own performance experience, but also through listening to others and receiving feedback from an adjudicator. The seven specialist adjudicators were all professional performers with international reputations, who are also highly-regarded educators and examiners for the AMEB, VCE and the Tertiary sector.

Students from Christian College as well as other schools were invited to participate. While most of the musicians performing were our students, it was lovely to welcome a small number of students from other schools to our festival. The festival is a non-competitive event, with the primary aim being for students to be encouraged and supported in their performances. It was wonderful to see our students ‘grow’ and support their peers through their experience at the Festival.

The Festival website has biographies of the adjudicators and the program of performers. Congratulations to our Music students for their good work throughout the event!

www.gmpfest.com

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Congratulations to all of our students who performed in the Geelong Music Performance Festival

For the third consecutive year, the Christian College Music Department has hosted and run a festival called the Geelong Music Performance Festival. This year’s festival featured over 450 performances, in seven instrumental areas, across four weekends in August performing as soloists and in small ensembles.

We had students from all of our campuses performing. From their participation, it is hoped students will have gained much through their own performance experience, but also through listening to others and receiving feedback from an adjudicator. The seven specialist adjudicators were all professional performers with international reputations, who are also highly-regarded educators and examiners for the AMEB, VCE and the Tertiary sector.

Students from Christian College as well as other schools were invited to participate. While most of the musicians performing were our students, it was lovely to welcome a small number of students from other schools to our festival. The festival is a non-competitive event, with the primary aim being for students to be encouraged and supported in their performances. It was wonderful to see our students ‘grow’ and support their peers through their experience at the Festival.

The Festival website has biographies of the adjudicators and the program of performers. Congratulations to our Music students for their good work throughout the event!

www.gmpfest.com

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In the past, Christian College Junior school families have been very generous in supporting the Toucan Appeal which supports the Geelong Food Relief Centre. Geelong Food Relief Centre is ...

In the past, Christian College Junior School Campus families have been very generous in supporting the 'Toucan Appeal', which supports the Geelong Food Relief Centre.

Geelong Food Relief Centre is a not-for-profit, charitable co-operative of welfare agencies serving the Geelong, Bellarine, Surf Coast and Winchelsea areas. The appeal began as a way for local schools to support the charity by each student donating “two cans”, but the need for other non-perishable items is also important.

For this Toucan Appeal, the Food Relief Centre requires items such as: canned soups, stews, baked beans, pasta in sauce, sauces, dressings, jams, vegemite, peanut butter, canned fruit, coffee, tea, milo, sugar, honey, UHT milk, instant pasta packs, noodle packs, rice meals, shampoo, conditioner etc. If your family would like to support this appeal, please bring along any donations to the foyer where there will be a table to place items. Items can be donated at any time until the end of Term.

If you would like any other information about the work of the Geelong Food Relief Centre, please visit their website: http://geelongfoodrelief.blogspot.com.au/ or their partner organization: http://www.givewhereyoulive.com.au/ 

Rachel Fox and Lisa Johnson

Junior School Campus Project Care Coordinators

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James Grigsby Year 12
My chosen career path is to be an Electrician as I have always been interested in this as a job. I go to The Gordon each Wednesday afternoon to study VET Certificate...

James Grigsby Year 12

My chosen career path is to be an Electrician as I have always been interested in this as a job. I go to The Gordon each Wednesday afternoon to study VET Certificate II in Electro Technology. I have studied this course for two years as part of my Year 11 and 12 VCAL. It is helping me work towards my career by taking time off my future apprenticeship when I leave school. At VET, I learn theory and practical exercises regarding working in the electrician trade. An example of how I have been able to apply what I have learned at VET to my work placement is when I learnt how to use a mega at The Gordon. We use these while testing and tagging on the job site all the time. I work for Allan Voss and his daughter Tammy (an ex-student and an almost-trained Electrician) at TTS Electrics in North Geelong. A real highlight of my work placement this year has been that I got to work at the MCG in Melbourne over several weeks. Testing and tagging the MCG allowed me to see areas of the stadium that I would not normally get access to and seeing things like players rooms and coaches' boxes. A typical Friday work placement day for me involves waking up at 6:30am, going to a job like Burwood Deakin to test and tag, then home by 3.30pm.

James’ advice is if you choose to be an Electrician, you need to be up for the challenges it brings with it.

 

Mrs Kerryn Fearnsides

VET/VCAL Coordinator

 

 

 

 

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As published in the Term 2 In Focus article by Vice-Principal Mr. Scott Elliss, “Design Thinking for Learning” (pp. 11-12), Year 7 students at both our Highton and Bellarine campuses will...

As published in the Term 2 'In Focus' article by Vice-Principal Mr Scott Elliss, “Design Thinking for Learning” (pp. 11-12), Year 7 students at both our Highton and Bellarine campuses will be participating in a unique and exciting learning experience in Weeks 8 and 9 of this term.

For these two weeks, regular core classes will make way for a dynamic cross-curriculum project that embraces:

  • The Design Thinking process of 'immersion', 'synthesis', 'ideation', 'prototype' and 'feedforward'.
  • A focus on three particular 21st Century skills – collaboration, problem-solving and self-regulation.
  • A real-world investigation into the issue of sustainability, utilising the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations.
  • An assessment approach that acknowledges the learning process, not just the final product.

Sustainability takes on many forms, as evidenced by the fact that the UN has set targets in 17 different areas, including poverty, food security, renewable energy, responsible production and consumption, and resilient infrastructure and industry. Students will be guided through a process of selecting an area of sustainability of interest to them, identifying a specific problem at either a local or global scale and proposing a potential solution to that problem.

The project commences on Monday, 4th September and will conclude on Friday, 15th September when students are given the opportunity to 'pitch' their solution to a stakeholder from an organisation with a vested interest in sustainability. This is sure to be a thoroughly engaging fortnight for all our Year 7 students. The teaching staff responsible for implementing this unique curriculum are very excited to be working with the Year 7 students as they, as global citizens, take on the 'Big Issue' of sustainability and develop the necessary skills for the 21st Century environment.  

Further details for Year 7 families regarding the two-week program

  • Commences on Monday, 4th September and concludes on Friday, 15th September.
  • All Year 7 electives will run as normal during their regular timeslots.
  • LOTE Japanese and Indonesian will run as normal, except for classes on Monday, 4th September.
  • All other periods during the two weeks will be devoted to the Sustainability project.
  • Students are to wear full College Winter uniform each day, except on days when they would normally wear Sports uniform (for example, Wednesday Sport elective).
  • An excursion related to this project has been planned for the morning of Wednesday, 6th September. Details regarding this excursion have been sent to parents via email today.
  • A ‘finale’ celebration with lunch, held at Bellarine Campus for all Year 7 Highton and Bellarine students will be held on Friday, 15th September.

Rick Geall
Director of Teaching and Leaning - Humanities

 

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Congratulations to all of our students who performed in the Geelong Music Performance Festival
For the third consecutive year, the Christian College Music Department has hosted and run a ...

Congratulations to all of our students who performed in the Geelong Music Performance Festival

For the third consecutive year, the Christian College Music Department has hosted and run a festival called the Geelong Music Performance Festival. This year’s festival featured over 450 performances, in seven instrumental areas, across four weekends in August performing as soloists and in small ensembles.

We had students from all of our campuses performing. From their participation, it is hoped students will have gained much through their own performance experience, but also through listening to others and receiving feedback from an adjudicator. The seven specialist adjudicators were all professional performers with international reputations, who are also highly-regarded educators and examiners for the AMEB, VCE and the Tertiary sector.

Students from Christian College as well as other schools were invited to participate. While most of the musicians performing were our students, it was lovely to welcome a small number of students from other schools to our festival. The festival is a non-competitive event, with the primary aim being for students to be encouraged and supported in their performances. It was wonderful to see our students ‘grow’ and support their peers through their experience at the Festival.

The Festival website has biographies of the adjudicators and the program of performers. Congratulations to our Music students for their good work throughout the event!

www.gmpfest.com

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Geelong Legacy Club Inc. is a volunteer organisation dedicated to assisting the widows and children of deceased ex-service personnel.
This year (from 28th August to 1st September), Legacy...

Geelong Legacy Club Inc is a volunteer organisation dedicated to assisting the widows and children of deceased ex-service personnel.

This year (from 28th August to 1st September), Legacy are conducting a 'Badge Appeal' to raise funds to help provide the care and assistance currently given to over 1200 widows, nine school children, one pre-schooler and some disabled adults in the Geelong area.

For many years the Junior School Campus has supported this worthy cause. Red badges and wristbands are available for purchase from the Office for $2 each. Pens are available for $3.  

If you would like to support this voluntary organisation, please send along money with your child.

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On Monday this week, every Year 7 student took part in Diversity Day. The day comprised of a guest speaker, some educational videos and a hands on session. The guest speaker was Mrs. Lesl...

On Monday, every Year 7 student took part in Diversity Day.

The day featured a guest speaker, some educational videos and a hands-on session. The guest speaker was Mrs Lesley DeNoronha. She shared with the students her amazing story of how she had to handle discrimination from an early age, based on her race, colour and gender.

The students had the opportunity to ask her questions and learn more about the obvious and subtle forms of discrimination and prejudicial behaviour she had to face. The students viewed some short clips from Beyond Blue that highlighted prejudicial behaviour in our country and how it can make people feel.

The students took all they have learnt into a hands-on session where they worked in groups to plan their own video or poster that addresses the unacceptable prejudicial behaviour that can occur in our community and what they would like to see change.

Andy Davies

Homeroom Teacher

 

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A reminder that our annual 'Father's Day Stall' will be held on Friday, 1st September.  
Gifts and donations are required and would be gratefully accepted. All gifts will be $5. 
We are l...

A reminder that our annual 'Father's Day Stall' will be held on Friday, 1st September.  

Gifts and donations are required and would be gratefully accepted. All gifts will be $5. We are looking forward to this very exciting day on the College calendar.

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On Thursday 24th we had 3 teams from our Bellarine Campus take part in the 5/6 Hooptime Basketball competition at the Arena in North Geelong. It was a fabulous day, aimed at having as man...

On Thursday, we had three teams from our Bellarine Campus take part in the Year 5 and 6 Hoop Time Basketball competition at the Arena in North Geelong.

It was a fabulous day, aimed at having as many students involved as possible, with the emphasis being on fun and participation. Each team played six games against other schools from the Geelong region, with our three teams experiencing varying levels of success over the day.

The sportsmanship and attitudes of our students, both on and off the court, was excellent and our students should be congratulated.

Mrs Claire Deretic and Miss Caitlin Hoiles

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NAGA High School Visit
The NAGA High group got home safely. The highlight of the trip was visiting all the different campuses and making friends with Christian College students. We would ...

NAGA High School Visit

The NAGA High School group got home safely. The highlight of the trip was visiting all the different campuses and making friends with Christian College students. We would like to thank all of the host families for their generosity and hospitality and the Christian College staff members who helped organise fun activities for the group. We are looking forward to seeing them in our next Japan Trip in 2018.

International Conference in Japan

Clare Jarecki won a scholarship to go to Japan for seven days and attended the International Conference as a representative of Australia. Clare made a presentation about global issues confidently in front of a big audience from more than 20 countries. Congratulations on her effort as an International Ambassador for Christian College and Australia.     

State-wide Japanese Speech Contest in Melbourne

Isla Ritchie participated in the state-wide Japanese Speech Contest in Melbourne last Sunday. She spoke very fluently and we would like to thank her for participating in this competition.

Long-Term Exchange to Japan

Year 10 students, Alyssa Jones, Elizabeth Andueza-Mossop and Paige Elliot, are all leaving for Japan in two weeks for a five-month exchange trip. They will be attending NAGA High School and will experience real life in Japan with host families.

 

Mr Yuji Nakayama

Head of Japanese and Exchanges

 

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On Thursday, three Year 5/6 basketball teams competed at the Hoop Time competition held at The Geelong Arena. All three teams were competitive in their respective sections. Congratulati...

On Thursday, three Year 5 and 6 Basketball teams competed at the Hoop Time competition held at The Geelong Arena.

All three teams were competitive in their respective sections. Congratulations to CC Cavaliers, coached by Nick Owusu, who won their section and will progress to Regionals later in the year.

 

Renee Garing

Sport Coordinator

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Grandparents of students at the Junior School are invited to attend our annual Grandparents’ Afternoon on Tuesday, 12th September between 1:50pm to 3:25pm.
Grandparents (or one special pe...

Grandparents of students at the Junior School Campus are invited to attend our annual Grandparents’ Afternoon on Tuesday, 12th September between 1:50pm to 3:25pm.

Grandparents (or one special person) of Junior School students are invited to attend an afternoon tea provided by the College, commencing at 1:50pm on the front roundabout. A special full Campus assembly and a short visit to the classrooms will follow this before the end of the school day. Grandparents are encouraged to rug up in warm clothing, as we intend to hold the afternoon assembly outdoors.

In order to make the classroom visits easier, it would be a good idea for grandparents to familiarise themselves with their grandchild’s year level and classroom teacher. Junior School Campus staff will be on hand to assist with directions on the day. Our special Grandparents’ Afternoon is a wonderful opportunity for grandparents to interact with their grandchildren in the school environment.

This invitation is open to all grandparents of students at our Campus.

 

Mark Foran and Tess Carr

Junior School Campus Major Event Coordinators

 

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We have been advised by ISV that they experienced some technical issues at the end of last week and over the weekend when some parents may have attempted to complete the LEAD survey.As ...
We have been advised by ISV that they experienced some technical issues at the end of last week and over the weekend when some parents may have attempted to complete the LEAD survey.
 
As a result, ISV have advised us that the survey will remain open until Friday, 1st September for parents who have not yet completed this year's survey. Currently, we have only received surveys completed by 18% of our parents. The College leadership values the feedback that we receive from our parents to inform and assist us in our endeavours and to demonstrate continual self-improvement.
 
I encourage you to click the attached link and complete this survey. 
 
To complete the survey, please click here.  
 
Thank you
 
Glen McKeeman
Principal
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We waited for the Year 9 boys to return from their Back Creek Rural experience so they could share their farming skills with the Junior School students on Wednesday. It was cloudy and blu...

We waited for the Year 9 boys to return from their Back Creek Rural experience so they could share their farming skills with the Junior School students on Wednesday.

It was cloudy and blustery, but that didn’t hamper the enthusiasm of students from Years Prep, 1 and 4 to buddy up with the Year 8 and 9 students. A collection of 150 plants were donated from Bellarine Landcare Nursery and all of these trees and grasses were successfully planted by many small hands.

Students were encouraged to think about digging a hole deep enough for the roots, to carefully guard the plants against rabbits, students and wind; and to mulch the plants well in order to deter weeds and encourage moisture retention around every new plant.

Comments from the students were very positive, with the Year 4s suggesting it was the highlight of their day. The fun and friendly atmosphere, the freedom of working outside and knowing the efforts were for a very tangible and authentic purpose, all helped shape these positive thoughts.

Students know they are very much a part of shaping the environment around the Campus property, and enhancing the green corridor for small birds and animals. Our students have been contributing to tree planting for over 10 years, and the older trees now provide a real showpiece and wind break.

A big thank you must go to the ground staff team, who helped on the day and also in preparation for the day. May the tree planting legacy continue into the future!

Deb SIngleton
Science Coordinator

 

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Year 7 – Design Thinking for Learning
As published in the Term 2 In Focus article by Vice-Principal Mr. Scott Elliss, “Design Thinking for Learning” (pp. 11-12), Year 7 students at both o...

As published in the Term 2 'In Focus' article by Vice-Principal Mr Scott Elliss, “Design Thinking for Learning” (pp. 11-12), Year 7 students at both our Highton and Bellarine campuses will be participating in a unique and exciting learning experience in Weeks 8 and 9 of this term.

For these two weeks, regular core classes will make way for a dynamic cross-curriculum project that embraces:

  • The Design Thinking process of 'immersion', 'synthesis', 'ideation', 'prototype' and 'feedforward'.
  • A focus on three particular 21st Century skills – collaboration, problem-solving and self-regulation.
  • A real-world investigation into the issue of sustainability, utilising the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations.
  • An assessment approach that acknowledges the learning process, not just the final product.

Sustainability takes on many forms, as evidenced by the fact that the UN has set targets in 17 different areas, including poverty, food security, renewable energy, responsible production and consumption, and resilient infrastructure and industry. Students will be guided through a process of selecting an area of sustainability of interest to them, identifying a specific problem at either a local or global scale and proposing a potential solution to that problem.

The project commences on Monday, 4th September and will conclude on Friday, 15th September when students are given the opportunity to 'pitch' their solution to a stakeholder from an organisation with a vested interest in sustainability. This is sure to be a thoroughly engaging fortnight for all our Year 7 students. The teaching staff responsible for implementing this unique curriculum are very excited to be working with the Year 7 students as they, as global citizens, take on the 'Big Issue' of sustainability and develop the necessary skills for the 21st Century environment.  

Further details for Year 7 families regarding the two-week program

  • Commences on Monday, 4th September and concludes on Friday, 15th September.
  • All Year 7 electives will run as normal during their regular timeslots.
  • LOTE Japanese and Indonesian will run as normal, except for classes on Monday, 4th September.
  • All other periods during the two weeks will be devoted to the Sustainability project.
  • Students are to wear full College Winter uniform each day, except on days when they would normally wear Sports uniform (for example, Wednesday Sport elective).
  • An excursion related to this project has been planned for the morning of Wednesday, 6th September. Details regarding this excursion have been sent to parents via email today.
  • A ‘finale’ celebration with lunch, held at Bellarine Campus for all Year 7 Highton and Bellarine students will be held on Friday, 15th September.
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Ashton Scholastic Book Club orders: Issue 6 have been distributed and should be returned to school by Friday, 1st September 2017. We would ask that all orders are sent to school by this d...

Ashton Scholastic Book Club orders: Issue 6 have been distributed and should be returned to your Campus by Friday, 1st September 2017.

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

Cheque – made payable to Ashton Scholastic.

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

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

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

 

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We have been advised by ISV that they experienced some technical issues at the end of last week and over the weekend when some parents may have attempted to complete the LEAD survey.As ...
We have been advised by ISV that they experienced some technical issues at the end of last week and over the weekend when some parents may have attempted to complete the LEAD survey.
 
As a result, ISV have advised us that the survey will remain open until Friday, 1st September for parents who have not yet completed this year's survey. Currently we have only received surveys completed by 18% of our parents. The College leadership values the feedback we receive from our parents to inform and assist us in our endeavours to demonstrate continual self-improvement.
 
I encourage you to click the attached link and complete this survey. 
 
To complete the survey, please click here.  
 
Thank you
 
Glen McKeeman
Principal
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VTAC Applications Explained
 
Weekly Career News
Please click here to find the Weekly Careers News. This week it includes:
 

National Skills Week - 28th August to 3rd September

National Skills Week is the focal point for the promotion of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training sector (VET). Each year the week continues to celebrate and inform students and the wider public of the diversity and career pathways available through VET. The week, (August 28th to September 3rd) will communicate the emerging trends and new growth drivers connecting skills training with job outcomes.

Please click here to view the website for further information.

Free Master Builders Association Program

Together with the Master Builders Association of Victoria (MBAV), The Gordon has developed a free program suitable for Years 9 to 12 students interested in a career in the Building and Construction industry. Please click here for more information on this very exciting initiative.

 

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We look forward to seeing our current Year 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 students at our Christian College Bellarine 2018 Elective Expo Evening, on Tuesday, 5th September from 4pm to 6pm. 

This event will be held in the Auditorium foyer at the Bellarine Campus. We are pleased to invite you to take up this wonderful opportunity to view all of the elective pathways through our Middle School, chatting with and asking questions of our specialist staff.  Elective Handbooks for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 in 2018 will be available from the College Portal on Tuesday, 29th August.  

In addition, Parents will recieve further information via email, including Elective Choice forms. Students in Year 5 and Year 6 in 2018 will receive the details of Elective subject rotations via email, prior to the Expo.  

Directly after this Elective Expo, we invite current Year 8 students and parents to move into the auditorium for an overview of the new Year 9 program, and a short Back Creek Farm presentation. This part of the evening will run between 6pm to 6.30pm and will include information of the Back Creek Farm experience that our current Year 8 students can expect in 2018.

We look forward to sharing with you the diverse and exciting opportunities that are to come. 

Earl Moore
Deputy Head of Bellarine Campus

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If any parents are available to volunteer for Canteen Duty on Fridays for the remainder of the year it would greatly appreciated. Please contact Kristy Burrow, Junior School Canteen Manag...

If any parents are available to volunteer for Canteen Duty on Fridays for the remainder of the year, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact Kristy Burrow, Junior School Canteen Manager at k.burrow@ccg.vic.edu.au if you are able to assist in any way.

Thank you

 

 

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On the last day of term three both Bellarine and Highton middle schools come together to celebrate the talents of our school community! Students with acts of all types are welcome to audi...

On the last day of Term 3, both Bellarine and Highton Middle Schools will come together to celebrate the talents of our College community!

Students with acts of all types are welcome to audition with a select group of finalists chosen to perform on the big stage at the Highton campus SAC on Friday, 22nd September. The day is filled with games and rewards, as well as a few feature acts from staff to help entertain the students.

We look forward to seeing the wonderful talents of the students at the Bellarine Campus in the upcoming auditions.

Ms Sharon Huber and Ms Claire Deretic

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Volunteers at Christian College Geelong
Christian College very much appreciates the support provided by volunteers. Many of the College’s programs would not exist or continue without the ...

Christian College very much appreciates the support provided by volunteers. Many of the College’s programs would not exist or continue without the generous support of our volunteers.

In order to meet one of the College's objectives of providing a safe and secure environment for students, staff and others associated with Christian College, we have developed a range of policies aimed at meeting this objective. Two components we require from volunteers to meet this objective are the completion of the Christian College Volunteer Agreement and to provide the College with a current Working with Children Card, including evidence that the volunteer has registered Christian College Geelong as a reporting entity.

If the volunteer is a registered teacher, a Victorian Institute of Teaching card holder or a current serving member of the Victorian Police Force, then a current registration number is required. We ask that all volunteers check if they have provided the College with these documents prior to participating in any program or event.

Please contact the administration person at the Student Office on your Campus if you require assistance.

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he 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 or send them to the Student Office at Senior 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 July and runs through to 19th September. Thank you for your support.

 

Mrs Megan Morrison

Food Technology Assistant

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Christian College pleased to be offering a number of vacant positions, across all campuses.To view all the details, please CLICK HERE or download the job advertisement below.

Christian College is pleased to be offering a number of vacant positions, across all campuses.
To view all the details, please CLICK HERE or download the job advertisement below.

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We have been advised by ISV that they experienced some technical issues at the end of last week and over the weekend when some parents may have attempted to complete the LEAD survey.As ...
 
We have been advised by ISV that they experienced some technical issues at the end of last week and over the weekend when some parents may have attempted to complete the LEAD survey.
As a result, ISV have advised us that the survey will remain open until Friday 1st September for parents that have not yet completed this year's survey.
 
Currently we only have received surveys completed by 18% of our parents. The College leadership values the feedback that we receive from our parents to inform our practices and assist us in our endeavours to demonstrate continual self improvement. I encourage you to click the attached link and complete this survey. 
 
To complete the survey, please click here.  

Thank you.
 
Glen McKeeman
Principal
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Volunteers at Christian College Geelong
Christian College very much appreciates the support provided by volunteers. Many of the College’s programs would not exist or continue without the ...

Christian College very much appreciates the support provided by volunteers. Many of the College’s programs would not exist or continue without the generous support of our volunteers.

In order to meet one of the College's objectives of providing a safe and secure environment for students, staff and others associated with Christian College, we have developed a range of policies aimed at meeting this objective. Two components we require from volunteers to meet this objective are the completion of the Christian College Volunteer Agreement and to provide the College with a current Working with Children Card, including evidence that the volunteer has registered Christian College Geelong as a reporting entity.

If the volunteer is a registered teacher, a Victorian Institute of Teaching card holder or a current serving member of the Victorian Police Force, a current registration number is required. We ask that all volunteers check if they have provided the College with these documents prior to participating in any program or event.

Please contact the administration person at the Student Office on your Campus if you require assistance.

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Volunteers at Christian College Geelong
Christian College very much appreciates the support provided by volunteers. Many of the College’s programs would not exist or continue without the ...

Christian College very much appreciates the support provided by volunteers - many of the College’s programs would not exist or continue without the generous support of our volunteers.

In order to meet one of the College's objectives of providing a safe and secure environment for students, staff and others associated with Christian College, we have developed a range of policies aimed at meeting this objective. Two components we require from volunteers to meet this objective are the completion of the Christian College Volunteer Agreement and to provide the College with a current Working with Children Card, including evidence that the volunteer has registered Christian College Geelong as a reporting entity.

If the volunteer is a registered teacher, a Victorian Institute of Teaching card holder or a current serving member of the Victorian Police Force, then a current registration number is required. We ask that all volunteers check if they have provided the College with these documents prior to participating in any program or event.

Please contact the administration person at the Student Office on your Campus if you require assistance.

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Christian College is offering a number of positions across all campuses.To view all the details please CLICK HERE or download the job advertisement below.
 
 

Christian College is pleased to be offering a number of vacant positions, across all campuses.
To view all the details, please CLICK HERE or download the job advertisement below.

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Christian College pleased to be offering a number of vacant positions, across all campuses.To view all the details, please CLICK HERE or download the job advertisement below.

Christian College is pleased to be offering a number of vacant positions, across all campuses.
To view all the details, please CLICK HERE or download the job advertisement below.

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Next week as part of Legacy week we will be selling Legacy badges, wristbands and pens to help support the Geelong Legacy Club.
The Geelong Legacy Club Inc, is a volunteer organisation de...

Next week as part of Legacy week we will be selling 'Legacy' badges, wristbands and pens to help support the Geelong Legacy Club.

The Geelong Legacy Club Inc is a volunteer organisation dedicated to assisting the widows and children of deceased ex-service personnel. Each year, during the first week of September, Legacy conducts a Badge Appeal to raise funds to help provide the care and assistance to over 1200 widows, school children and disabled adults in the Geelong area.

Students will visit the classrooms each morning next week selling the badges for $2, wristbands for $3 and pens for $5. If your child would like to purchase one to help support the Geelong Legacy and the families of returned servicemen and women, then please send them to school with the correct money one day next week.

Thank you for your continued support of our Project Care program here at the Bellarine Campus.

Claire Deretic and Emma Ford
Project Care

 

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Volunteers at Christian College Geelong
Christian College very much appreciates the support provided by volunteers. Many of the College’s programs would not exist or continue without the ...

Volunteers at Christian College Geelong

Christian College very much appreciates the support provided by volunteers. Many of the College’s programs would not exist or continue without the generous support of our volunteers.

In order to meet one of the College's objectives of providing a safe and secure environment for students, staff and others associated with Christian College, we have developed a range of policies aimed at meeting this objective. Two components we require from volunteers to meet this objective are the completion of the Christian College Volunteer Agreement and to provide the College with a current Working with Children Card, including evidence that the volunteer has registered Christian College Geelong as a reporting entity.

If the volunteer is a registered teacher, a Victorian Institute of Teaching card holder or, if a current serving member of the Victorian Police Force, a current registration number is required. We ask that all volunteers check if they have provided the College with these documents prior to participating in any program or event.

Please contact the administration person at the Student Office on your Campus if you require assistance.

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Christian College pleased to be offering a number of vacant positions, across all campuses.To view all the details, please CLICK HERE or download the job advertisement below.

Christian College is pleased to be offering a number of vacant positions, across all campuses.
To view all the details, please CLICK HERE or download the job advertisement below.

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For a limited time, when you purchase an Entertainment Membership from us, you’ll receive a BONUS $10 Woolworths WISH eGift Card! What a win! Hurry, stocks are limited.

For a limited time, when you purchase an Entertainment Membership from us, you’ll receive a BONUS $10 Woolworths WISH eGift Card!

What a win! In addition, FREE DELIVERY is also available until the end of August. Hurry, stocks are limited.

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 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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Volunteers at Christian College Geelong
Christian College very much appreciates the support provided by volunteers. Many of the College’s programs would not exist or continue without the ...

Volunteers at Christian College Geelong

Christian College very much appreciates the support provided by volunteers. Many of the College’s programs would not exist or continue without the generous support of our volunteers.

 

In order to meet one of the College objectives of providing a safe and secure environment for students, staff and others associated with Christian College, we have developed a range of policies aimed at meeting this objective. Two components we require from volunteers to meet this objective are the completion of the Christian College Volunteer Agreement and to provide the College with a current Working with Children’s Card including evidence that the volunteer has registered Christian College Geelong as a reporting entity. If the volunteer is a registered teacher, a Victorian Institute of Teaching card or, if a current serving member of the Victorian Police Force a current registration number is required.

 

We ask that all volunteers check if they have provided the College with these documents prior to participating in any program or event. Please contact the administration person at the Student Office on your campus if you require assistance.

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"It's not so much about what jobs we will do, but how will we do our jobs, because automation isn't going to affect some workers, but ... every worker." – Andrew Charlton, economist and d...

"It's not so much about what jobs we will do, but how will we do our jobs, because automation isn't going to affect some workers, but ... every worker." – Andrew Charlton, economist and director of economics and strategy consulting firm, AlphaBeta.

Our current students will need to be adaptable, resourceful and confident with digital systems to thrive and influence the world positively. Across the College, the focus on Building Learning Power helps students develop appropriate dispositions to meet many of these challenges.

The relatively new Digital Technologies Curriculum, part of the Australian Curriculum, seeks to address the development of knowledge, skills, processes and ways of thinking that will be vital for our children in years to come. This curriculum is intended to provide opportunities for students to build understanding and skills that are future-proof and can be applied to any digital context.

Currently in our core ICT classes from Prep to Year 7, we are leading the implementation of the new Digital Technologies Curriculum across the College and providing rich opportunities for students to develop their understanding of digital systems, problem solving, design, data and coding.

Rather than focussing solely on learning to use a specific software tool that may become obsolete very quickly, students in ICT classes are developing their understanding of how digital systems work and how they can develop, adapt and program them. Meanwhile, across learning areas, students are continuing to develop their skills in using ICT competently and ethically to communicate, collaborate and create.

If you have questions about ICT and Digital Technologies, you’re invited to come for a chat at the Digital Technologies booth at the upcoming Bellarine and Highton elective expos.

Parents wishing to learn more about the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, including resources to support their child’s development in this area in the home context, will find the section for Families on the Digital Technologies Hub website a valuable resource.

Brendan Vanderkley
Head of LITEhouse - ICT

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Volunteers at Christian College Geelong
Christian College very much appreciates the support provided by volunteers. Many of the College’s programs would not exist or continue without the ...

Volunteers at Christian College Geelong

Christian College very much appreciates the support provided by volunteers. Many of the College’s programs would not exist or continue without the generous support of our volunteers.

 

In order to meet one of the College objectives of providing a safe and secure environment for students, staff and others associated with Christian College, we have developed a range of policies aimed at meeting this objective. Two components we require from volunteers to meet this objective are the completion of the Christian College Volunteer Agreement and to provide the College with a current Working with Children’s Card including evidence that the volunteer has registered Christian College Geelong as a reporting entity. If the volunteer is a registered teacher, a Victorian Institute of Teaching card or, if a current serving member of the Victorian Police Force a current registration number is required.

 

We ask that all volunteers check if they have provided the College with these documents prior to participating in any program or event. Please contact the administration person at the Student Office on your campus if you require assistance.

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This year, our Back Creek Farm is celebrating it's 21st year of running the Year 9 Rural Program.

This year, our Back Creek Farm is celebrating its 21st Birthday of running the Year 9 Rural Studies Program!

To celebrate and reminisce on all the incredible memories that have been made, we are inviting the Christian College community to come and enjoy a day of fun on the Farm!

Sunday, October 15
11am to 3pm
Back Creek Farm
6578 Midland Highway, Scotsburn Victoria

The day will be filled with activities, games, prizes, an animal nursery plus loads more that all the family can enjoy! We warmly invite you to come along for what will be a wonderful day, bringing our Christian College community together.

For catering purposes, please RSVP to events@ccg.vic.edu.au by Friday, September 22.

For more information, please download the flyer below.

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