Mr Graeme Dent
Head of Senior School 

Parent Teacher Conferences

We held our Year 10 and 11 Student Conferences this week and it was an excellent day. We had large numbers of parents and guardians conversing with teachers. Our College prides itself on the strong relationships developed between students and teachers, but we also feel we have strong relationships with our parent community.

We thank the parents and guardians for taking time to speak with our staff. Staff receive valuable information that enables them to teach more effectively.

 

Year 10 'Our World' Alcoota

Some very excited Year 10 students departed for Alcoota on Wednesday morning. They will be spending time in Central Australia and will be returning on Sunday, 17th Septebmer. We hope they have a wonderful trip.

 

Year 11 'Our World' Cambodia

Next Thursday our Year 11 students will depart with Ms Celeste Pryke and Mr Damian Stephenson for Cambodia. We are so fortunate to have such a program and to have staff who are able to lead these trips.

The students will be faced with some challenging aspects and they will have the support to work their way through it. Having spoken to many students who have returned, the common aspect is: “This trip has changed me”.

I am at a loss to think of another example of a learning opportunity that might have such an effect. This focuses our students and enables them to see things through another lens. The diversity of Our World is brought into a sharper focus, allowing our students to reflect.

We wish them a safe and exciting time.

 

What is the role of thinking in Education?

Our education system has changed greatly in the past decade. Technology is the obvious change, but the less-overt change is how we teach and learn. The movement here is that it is less about the content and more about the skills; less about the ‘what’ and more about the ‘how’. 

Thinking is something that few do well. To reflect and think through a problem aids more effective learning. When confronted with a problem, students often immediately ask for help or the answer. Good teaching deflects it back on to the student for them to think their way through. There is an increasing attitude of our young for the answer “right now”.

The 'immediate' generation!

Please bring up in a family conversation the benefits of thinking and deep thinking.

 

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School 

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This term Year 3B has been practicing the art of ‘self-compassion’ and learning how to embrace their mistakes and develop a ‘growth mindset’. Researchers emphasize that self-compassion sh...

This term Year 3B has been practising the art of ‘self-compassion’ and learning how to embrace their mistakes and develop a ‘growth mindset’.

Researchers emphasize that self-compassion should incorporate self-acceptance, forgiveness, and kindness. Not only does this mean avoiding excessive self-criticism, self-compassion also includes recognizing that failure is an inherent part of the learning process.

During our recent assembly item, Year 3B was able to share their understanding of self-compassion through the message of 'Kintsukuroi'. Kintsukuroi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold and understanding that a piece is more beautiful for having been broken. Kintsukuroi shows that, instead of a break weakening a bowl's beauty, it gains a new strength and resilience that makes it even more beautiful.  

The same can be said of us. At times we can be our own worst critic, especially when we make mistakes, but we have to learn to be kind to ourselves, to accept that it is through these apparent weaknesses and mistakes that we can learn to grow stronger. The symbol of Kintsukuroi teaches us that although life breaks us, God lovingly takes our broken pieces and our worst mistakes and creates a mosaic that makes us stronger, more resilient and even more beautiful than what we started with. 

The art of Kintsukuroi has offered a visual representation to the students in Year 3B that has helped them recognise and reflect on their mistakes and improve their growth mindset, which in turn is helping them let go of failure's disappointment and move on to new challenges with more positive emotions. 

Paige Karamatic

Year 3B Teacher

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Hi All,
An interesting article I came across this week. Certainly “food for thought” to all of us as parents.
Have a read and see if any part of this article reflects on you.
'Weak' Paren...

Hi All,

I came across an interesting article this week. Certainly 'food for thought' to all of us as parents.

Have a read and see if any part of this article reflects on you.

'Weak' Parents are Raising a Generation of 'Prince Boofhead' Boys

By Patrick Wood

 

Weak parenting of boys is creating a generation of entitled brats who think they are owed the world and can lash out in violence when they do not get their way, adolescent psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg has said.

Mr Carr-Gregg has worked with families for three decades and said he was seeing an unmistakable increase in disrespectful and contemptuous boys who had a false belief they were flawless. He said it stemmed from boys being raised to see the world, "as one giant, personalised, all-singing, all-dancing, 24/7 catering service exclusively for them".

"I do lay [responsibility] at the feet of parents," he told News Breakfast.

"I know that's not a popular thing to do and people will call me a parent-basher but parents are actually becoming, in my view, weaker than ever before."

Here are some tips for raising empathetic boys

- Show your son that you love him whether he succeeds or fails.
- Let your boys experience adversity.
- Foster a relationship with a supportive, charismatic adult.
- Let him take responsibility for his contribution to disappointing outcomes.
- Be your own hero. Don't live vicariously through your son.
- Never put up with intimidating or violent behaviour: even if it seems trivial!

Anyway, happy parenting and I pray for every protection and blessing upon our beautiful children!

 

Gary Crole
Bellarine Campus Chaplain 

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Monday, 28th August to Friday, 1st September was the annual week dedicated to Offspring!

We raised $793.20 to donate to the Offspring Foundation and almost 2000 items of clothing to donate to the Salvation Army. However, on top of this, we also raised a lot of awareness towards what brands are ethical to buy from.

The aim of this week was to show our school-mates that what we buy connects to the slave industry, and how we can help children get an education by simply boycotting a few 'brands'

On behalf of the Offspring Team, we would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions, and we are so appreciative that you helped this event get off the ground.

 

Livvy Chadwick 9M

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Just a reminder that next week, on Thursday 14th September, the ‘Girl Love’ event will be held in the SAC at Middle School. This event has been planned and will be hosted by the female ...

Just a reminder that next week, on Thursday, 14th September, the ‘Girl Love’ event will be held in the SAC at Middle School Highton.

This event has been planned and will be hosted by the female Prefects, as a way of strengthening friendships between the girls of the Campus and promoting the idea that girls don’t have to constantly compete with one another – but can instead help build each other up.

The focus of the event will be around some of the issues that face girls today – such as dealing with friendship changes, media influences, tackling body image, but also how strong and beautiful women are – and how much better we become when we support other women.

The event will include games and activities to promote community, hands-on workshops like cupcake decorating, martial arts and sport. There will also be a panel of guest speakers, including Vixens netballer Tegan Philip and, just for the Year 7’s, 8’s and 9’s, a sleep over in the SAC.

This event will take place from lunchtime onwards, with the Year 5’s, Year 6’s and anyone not staying the night, leaving at the end of the school day. The others will stay the night for more activities and speakers, and will go to school as normal the next day.

Information in brief

All meals and dietary requirements (as long as it is in your medical information) will be catered for.

On Thursday, students will receive afternoon tea and dinner.

On Friday, breakfast, morning tea and a BBQ lunch will be supplied with no cost if you stayed the night. Year 7 students will all be going to the Bellarine Campus as part of their current program and will have lunch supplied there.

  • Showers will be available to all girls, either in the evening on the Thursday or Friday morning.
  • Students will have a charging station available for them for their devices overnight.
  • Students are to wear full Winter Uniform or PE Uniform (as per their timetable) on Thursday and Friday. They are invited to bring casual clothes for the overnight component of the event, as there will be some sporting activities. Runners will be required.
  • The event will be well-supported by female staff, who will be staying overnight and assisting the Prefect group in running each component of the event.
  • This is an optional event, with only Year 7 to Year 9 female students invited for the 'Girls' Night In/sleep over component.
  • Should your child only wish to stay for the evening activities (concluding at 8.45pm) and not the sleep over, please communicate this to Mrs Renee Garing. Additionally, if your child has dietary requirements not indicated on the medical information on the portal, please inform Mrs Garing at  r.garing@ccg.vic.edu.au
  • Please ensure all medical details provided are up to date and detailed, including any information pertinent to staying overnight.
  • There is no cost for this event.

What to bring:

  • Sleeping mat.
  • Sleeping bag and pillow.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A change of comfortable clothes for evening activities (must bring runners for sport activity).
  • Full Winter or Sport Uniform (as per timetable) for Friday, 15th September.
  • Toiletries, including a towel.
  • Device charger.

*Students can have a phone at the event but there will be limitations in place around their use (eg. No photographs, they will not be used during the event etc).

Isabella Lawrence 

 

 

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 For the past week we have been looking at the mysterious, large, box-like machine in the Library. There have been many questions and interesting comments made about its purpose.
On Wedne...

For the past week we have been looking at the large mysterious, box-like machine in the Library.

There have been many questions and interesting comments made about its purpose. On Wednesday, the mystery was solved with the unveiling of the new 3D printer in the Junior School Library.

Amid great excitement and anticipation, Mr Antony Benson, Director of Art, showed us some examples he had already made and then demonstrated how to print objects in 3D. He talked about being able to make objects that have a valid use or purpose and printed a lid for a whiteboard marker.  

The Junior School is very pleased to be keeping pace with the latest technology that provides our students with contemporary learning opportunities. The new Digital Technologies Curriculum encourages us to provide diverse opportunities for our students, and we are very proud of the breadth of curriculum available at the Junior School.

 

Helen Kreeck

Teacher Librarian

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Mrs Dianne Martin
Deputy Head of Senior School

Senior School proudly supports R U OK? Day on Thursday, 14th September.

Students and staff will have the opportunity to be cared for in a range of ways on the day, including some optional lunchtime activities:

A ‘Spiritual’ care session: where students can listen to some of the best news they will ever hear on how to care for yourself spiritually.

A ‘Soul’ care session: where students will be gifted by a beautiful musical performance by Mr Olivier Bonnici to nourish their soul. 

A ‘Body’ care session: run by Liam from Planetshakers where students can play a friendly three-on-three basketball competition.

There is also a Lunchtime Walk: where students and staff will get off Campus and take a walk along the local track. Parents are advised that students who opt to attend this walk will be accessing the local walking track. 

Staff will be leading the walk, and in the event of poor weather, the walk will be cancelled. If you do not give permission for your son or daughter to participate in this walk, please advise the Student Office.

 

Mrs Dianne Martin

Deputy Head of Senior School

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Previously it has been advertised that the Junior School timetable would revert back to normal after the Swimming Program was completed. Rather than changing it for the remaining 2 weeks ...

Previously it has been advertised that the Junior School timetable would revert back to normal after the Swimming Program was completed.

Rather than changing it for the remaining two weeks of Term 3, the decision has been made to leave things as they are and then adapt the timetable at the beginning of Term 4. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Kind regards,

 

Pam McKeeman
Deputy Head of Campus

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How can we arrange shapes and collections of objects into equal fractions? That is what The Year 2’s have been exploring and investigating over the last 2 weeks.  We have been exploring t...

How can we arrange shapes and collections of objects into equal fractions?

That is what the Year 2’s have been exploring and investigating over the last two weeks.  We have been exploring the concepts of equal parts and fractions into real-life sharing situations. Fractions can be used to name a part of a particular shape set or a collection of objects.

Students have been learning to recognise the set of objects as a whole and use counters and craft materials, along with folding and cutting paper into fraction shapes divided into equal parts. Halves, quarters, thirds and even up to 10ths have been considered to demonstrate their understandings. Students have been describing and naming parts of the sets that have a common fraction such as ‘1/4 or one out of four eyes are blue’ or ‘¾ or three out of four eyes are brown’.

Describing the equal parts of a whole also involves other mathematical concepts such as division, addition and multiplication, so many concept skills are being used at the same time. Topic language and building fraction ‘language’ has also been developed where by students have been explicitly taught vocabulary such as: fraction, part, whole, equal parts, group, collection, share, sharing, divide and dividing. Teachers have been listening to students use this language to describe their fractions to ascertain their knowledge and understandings during their learning journey.  

Creating open-ended experiences has been important, as Year 2 students have shown what they know and used their creativity as a tool to discuss and reflect on their own progress at their individual level of learning. This has also provided purposeful feedback opportunities from teachers and peers so an insight can be gained into the students’ level of thinking and what further learning needs to be taught, revised or extended upon.

Students have been working in small teacher focused groups, making a creative fractions poster, practical fractions games and using ICT to explore this mathematical topic area. Powerful open-ended investigations have provided a way of actively engaging all learners and giving all students the opportunity to develop new knowledge while enjoying their learning at the same time!

Louise Ward

Year 2B Teacher

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The Villa Paloma has been a hive of activity this term ….  and the count down is on !!!
Our Year 12 Art, Technology and Design students have been utilising the extended hours on offer at ...

The Villa Paloma Campus has been a hive of activity this term… and the countdown is on!

Our Year 12 Art, Technology and Design students have been utilising the extended hours on offer at the Villa Paloma Campus to finalise their folios and complete their final production pieces. It is very exciting to see how the creative ideas of our students are coming together as a resolved final piece. 

In addition to our Year 12s, the House Wearable Art competition has been adding to the overall excitement of the Villa's atmosphere during the afternoon. Many students have been giving up their time to come and support their House in the production of their wearable art costumes. These costumes will be displayed on the last day of Term 3 during lunchtime.  

I wish to thank all of the work our ATD teachers do, as they go above and beyond for their students.

 

Mr Antony Benson

Director of Art, Technology and Design

 

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Week 1 – Sustainable Development Goals – exploring and understanding
This week our Year 7s have been involved in week one of their two week project, exploring nine sustainable development...

Week 1 – Sustainable Development Goals – Exploring and Understanding

This week our Year 7s have been involved in Week 1 of their two-week project, exploring nine sustainable development goals using the principles of 'Design Thinking'.

So far students have really enjoyed working in a different way and thinking through the problems we face when trying to make our world more sustainable.

 

Nicola Morrish
Year 7 and 8 Coordinator

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On Monday, our Junior Girls Netball team competed at the finals day of the Victorian Schools Netball Championships. The competition was of a very high standard and the girls placed 5th ...

On Monday, our Junior Girls Netball team competed at the Finals of the Victorian Schools Netball Championships.

The competition was of a very high standard and the girls placed 5th in their pool, after losing a couple of games by small margins. Well done to each of the players involved! 

 

Renee Garing

Sport Coordinator - Middle School Highton

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Bellarine Middle School Choir - appearing on the Stage of Her Majesty's Theatre Ballarat The Bellarine Middle School Choir competed in ‘The Royal South Street’ Choral Competition in Balla...

The Bellarine Middle School Choir competed in ‘The Royal South Street’ Choral Competition in Ballarat on Tuesday, 29th August.

The singers left the Bellarine Campus at 8:30am and enjoyed a wonderful day together. The staff were extremely proud of the Choir’s performance, and they received some excellent feedback from the adjudicator, as well as a Bronze Medallion. The Choir was accompanied by Lesley Walters and conducted by Kirstin Camm-Bartle. 

New Middle School Choir Members Welcome

The Christian College Bellarine Middle School Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 3.45pm until 4.45pm in the Music classroom and auditorium at the Bellarine Campus. We are an extremely passionate and enthusiastic group of singers, who enjoy rehearsing and performing together.

We work on a wide range of repertoire from various genres during our weekly rehearsals as well as vocal technique and stage craft skills. The Choir is directed by Kirstin Camm-Bartle and accompanied by Lesley Walters. Anyone from Years 5 to 9 at The Bellarine Campus is welcome to join the Middle School Choir.

Please email Kirstin Camm-Bartle, Lesley Walters or Sharon Huber to register your interest.

 

Ms Sharon Huber
Coordinator - Bellarine Campus Instrumental Music

 

 

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Here at the Junior School we enjoy receiving positive feedback, especially stories of our students taking their 'good work' into the community.....
 
From Danna and Andrew,
Just a little...

Here at the Junior School Campus we enjoy receiving positive feedback, especially stories of our students taking their 'good work' into the community...

 

From Junior School parents Danna and Andrew

Just a little feedback from a weekend event that warmed my heart and is a beautiful reflection of the environment of learning and compassion in your classroom!

Bella had Stella over for a play date and they decided to make cupcakes and lemonade from some lemons passed over the fence by a neighbour. They did such a beautiful job of decorating them that they asked to set up a cupcake and lemonade stall, and insisted on writing out a menu, price setting and careful presentation. It was very much like the beautiful little 'Prep Bakery' you have made in your room.

Business was slow at the start, but when we relocated to the roundabout at the end of the street, things picked up considerably. They were so sweet and polite, counting the money and working out the change for their customers.  At closing time they had made a whopping $31.70! (I did think prices were a bit high but they insisted on the market rate!)

I made no mention to the girls about what to do with the money, but Stella immediately suggested donating it to a children's hospital ('Project Care' influence, no doubt). They then discussed this a little further and settled on "poor children in Africa" as the recipients. I'm sure at that age I would have been off to the movies instead!

Bella's godmother works with the Bushikori orphanage in Uganda, and offered to send the money across for their Christmas appeal. She notified one of the Buskikori executive who was so impressed by their efforts that he pledged a further $31.70 to match their donation. The money will be used to buy food for the children and their families at Christmas time.

We just love the way you have inspired and nurtured the hearts of our little Preps, and also taught them in such a fun way!  

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GISSA Golf Championships
The inaugural GISSA Golf championships were held at Curlewis GC last Friday. Our College team was competitive on the day, with some very good individual performan...

GISSA Golf Championships

The inaugural GISSA Golf Championships were held at Curlewis GC last Friday. Our College team was competitive on the day, with some very good individual performances. While St Ignatius College took out the title on the day, our young players will be better for the experience, and are looking forward to next year’s competition. We were very fortunate to have Jack Murdoch (Christian College Graduate, and one of our country’s leading Amateur golfers) Managing our team on the day. His presence and words of encouragement were greatly appreciated by all players. Team members included – Brydon Barnett, Holly Peacock, Ethan Reeves, Kyle Sykstus, Charlie Barnett, Archie Edington and Harrison Leigh.

 

Athletics Victoria ‘All Schools’ Relay Championships

On Wednesday our College was well represented at the All Schools Relay Championships. We congratulate our young athletes on their performances in the 4x100m and Medley relays. Over 30 schools competed at this State level event, which made for some excellent competition for our young athletes. Our Under-14 girls qualified for the 4x100m Final and finished in 6th place, which was a great outcome. All our team members are to be congratulated on their performances on this day: Nyah Brown, Bianca Pocklington, Tahlia Troy, Jorja Kirsopp-Cole, Bethany Dean, Connor Hickey, Zach Devonish, Stefan Rasic, Thomas Renouf, Oscar Murdoch, Harrison Leigh, Elliot MacDonald, Owen Costin, Kade Leigh and Ethan Grills.

 

Mr Andrew Richardson

Director of Health, Physical Education and Sport

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Week 1 – Sustainable Development Goals – Exploring and Understanding
This week our Year 7s have been involved in Week 1 of their two-week project, exploring nine sustainable development g...

Week 1 – Sustainable Development Goals – Exploring and Understanding

This week our Year 7s have been involved in Week 1 of their two-week project, exploring nine sustainable development goals using the principles of 'Design Thinking'.

So far students have really enjoyed working in a different way and thinking through the problems we face when trying to make our world more sustainable.

We look forward to watching and hearing how this learning and student understanding, evolves next week!

 

Ms Michelle Williams
Year 7 Coordinator

 

 

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A summary of our winter basketball season saw 12 teams, including 3 under 10 teams (1 girls and 2 boys) and the inclusion of 4 additional girls teams participate.  This is an outstanding ...

A summary of our Winter Basketball season saw 12 teams, including three under-10 teams (one Girls and two Boys teams) and the inclusion of four additional Girls teams participate.  

This is an outstanding achievement for the Bellarine Campus. We are excited to have seven teams progressing to the semi-finals.

A huge thank you to the assistance and willingness of Flora Murdoch, coaches, families and students who contribute to make the Bellarine basketball community an amazing experience.  We commend Year 9 student, Alaina Peacock, for coaching the under-10 Boys this season.

 

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus 

 

 

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The inaugural GISSA Golf championships were held at Curlewis GC last Friday. Our College team was competitive on the day, with some very good individual performances. Whilst St Ignatius C...

The inaugural GISSA Golf Championships were held at Curlewis GC last Friday.

Our College team was competitive on the day, with some very good individual performances. While St Ignatius College took out the title, our young players will be better for the experience, and are looking forward to next year’s competition. We were very fortunate to have Jack Murdoch (Christian College Graduate and one of our country’s leading Amateur golfers) Managing our team on the day.

His presence and words of encouragement were greatly appreciated by all players. Team members included: Brydon Barnett, Holly Peacock, Ethan Reeves, Kyle Sykstus, Charlie Barnett, Archie Edington and Harrison Leigh.

 

Andrew Richardson
Director of Health, Physical Education and Sport
Senior School Campus

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On Tuesday 29th August the Senior Choir performed at the Royal south Street Eisteddfod in Section 811. They were required to perform 3 pieces. We left Senior school at 7:30am on the bus a...

On Tuesday, 29th August the Senior Choir performed at the Royal South Street Eisteddfod in Section 811.

They were required to perform three pieces. We left Senior School at 7:30am on the bus and had a lovely day together. The students performed beautifully and represented the College with pride.

The adjudicator Sally Walker gave some excellent feedback and our choir received a 'Highly Commended' on the day. The choir was accompanied by Regina Thomae, and conducted by Tania Spence and Year 12 student, Casey Reid.

It was a fabulous experience for all involved. 

 

Mrs Fiona Gardner

Director of Music

 

 

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Our Year 4 classes have been exploring the importance of human rights as part of the Integrated Studies Unit - ‘Fair Go Mate’.  Human rights are standards that allow all people to live wi...

Our Year 4 classes have been exploring the importance of 'Human Rights' as part of the Integrated Studies Unit - ‘Fair Go Mate’. 

Human Rights are standards that allow all people to live with dignity, freedom, equality, justice, and peace. During a recent writing task, students selected a human right to investigate, and then write a persuasive poster providing reasons why this human right was important.

Mark Foran

Year 3 and 4 Coordinator

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During their studies of freshwater and macroinvertebrates earlier in the year, Year 5 learnt the skills of testing water quality through the Riverwatch program run by Barwon Water. Since ...

During their studies of fresh water and macroinvertebrates earlier in the year, Year 5 students learnt the skills of testing water quality through the 'Waterwatch Program' run by Barwon Water.

Since March, a regular band of Year 5 volunteers have braved the elements every month and tested the water at Peppermint Grove, a water retarding basin close to the Bellarine Campus.

On behalf of Barwon Water, the group is to be congratulated. Tane, Oscar, Alex, Caitlin, Ally and Harry have been the regulars. A full water quality report for Peppermint Grove will be available at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the students upload the data and photos onto the Waterwatch website. It is satisfying to be part of this citizen science for the community, which is providing valuable data over a long period of time.

Deb Singleton
Science Coordinator

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This year’s date for R U OK? Day at the Junior School Campus is Thursday, 14th September.

Christian College greatly values R U OK? Day, which aims to raise the awareness of mental health in our community. The day encourages people to look out for one another, including both staff and students during special activities held throughout the day. It seeks to reduce the stigma often associated with mental health issues and encourages people to seek help when it is needed.

Students will come in casual dress on Thursday, 14th September wearing something YELLOW.

Christian College supports the work of headspace and its role in assisting young people. Headspace seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues in our community which we value greatly. There will be no need for students to bring a gold coin donation for this event, however.

Posters will be displayed around our Campus, advertising this important event. We will have a recess / lunch activity that brings us together as a Campus community. Aspects relating to our emotional wellbeing will be discussed during the children’s devotional sessions.

 

Rowan Thurman

Junior School Chaplain

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Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives.
At Christian College we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce or re...

Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives.

At our College, we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce or related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. We are therefore offering a very successful educational program called 'Seasons for Growth' that will commence at the beginning of Term 4. The program caters for students in appropriate age groups, from eight to 18 years.

The Seasons for Growth Program is made up of a 45-minute session, once a week, over an eight-week period. The program then concludes with a ‘celebration’ session. For the group to run effectively, we need four to six participants in each particular age group. 

The program is based on research that highlights the importance of social support and the need to learn new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The core intentions of the program are the development of resilience and emotional literacy to promote social and emotional wellbeing.

It focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem solving, decision making, effective communication and support networks. The program is educational in nature and does not provide therapy.  

If you would like more information in how the program works, please visit the following website https://www.goodgrief.org.au/seasons-for-growth. If you think your son or daughter would benefit from 'Seasons for Growth' we would encourage you to talk to him or her about this.

Should he or she decide to participate, please email Tim Blackhall (Chappy) t.blackhall@ccg.vic.edu.au with your expression of interest by Friday, 15th September.

Kind regards,

 

Tim Blackhall and Naomi Gibbons

Campus Chaplains

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Year 12 Important Dates - VTAC Information
The link below is to the VTAC table listing the dates for key events throughout the application cycle. Make sure you submit your applications a...

Year 12 Important Dates - VTAC Information

The link below is to the VTAC table, listing the dates for key events throughout the application cycle. Make sure you submit your applications and required documentation on time. This page also lists application fees and deadlines, which must be met to be eligible for course offers.

The information provided includes:

Course applications / Payments / Change of preference / VTAC Personal Statement and supporting documentation for course applications / Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) / Scholarships / VCE results and ATAR / Permissions for offers / Offers emailed to applicants

The link is:  http://vtac.edu.au/dates.html

 

Weekly Career News

Please click here for the Weekly Career News:

  • Graduate stories from Macleay College, Melbourne (Journalism, Digital Media, Marketing etc.).
  • Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship (Technology, Computer Science etc.).
  • The Hotel School Melbourne - Scholarships (close September 22th).
  • AFL Sports Ready, Sports Leadership Program.
  • Richmond Institute of Sport Leadership Program. 
  • Pathways to the Bachelor of Criminal Justice, RMIT.
  • Swinburne University Bachelor of Business (Marketing) student story.
  • Dentistry at La Trobe University, Bendigo - bonus ATAR points.
  • Information for students applying for teaching degrees in Victoria, NSW and ACT.
  • School Holiday University campus tour programs - Deakin University and Federation University.
  • Deakin University VCE extension program information evenings
  • The University of Melbourne VCE extension program information evening.
  • Victoria University VCE Exam revision lectures.
  • RMIT Nuclear Medicine workplace visits.
  • RMIT 'Science in the City' Lab Tour.
  • Werribee Open Range Zoo - Keeper for a Day.
  • Federation University VCE Study Skills Day.
  • Upcoming Events.

 

 

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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 spe...

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 a 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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During the week of September
Christian college will be actively supporting the Love your sister foundation.
Connie Johnson is the amazing women that created ‘Love your Sister’ which is ...

Love Your Sister

During the week of Monday, 11th September to Friday, 15th September, our College will be actively supporting the 'Love Your Sister' Foundation.

We encourage students to wear a small pink accessory (ribbon, watch, bracelet, etc) to raise awareness for early detection, and make coin donations for cancer research. 

Alongside raising funds and much needed awareness of Breast Cancer and its impact on many women and families, we are encouraging all of our students (and teachers!) to recognise significant women in their lives - Sisters, Mums, Aunties and Grandmothers during next week. We will be sharing devotions and stories about our significant women, whilst discussing ways in which we can acknowledge their positive impact in our lives. 

Samuel and Connie Johnson created the ‘Love Your Sister’ Foundation to raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of regular check-ups for women. Connie, alongside her ‘celebrity’ brother, spanned the country with this firm message after Connie was diagnosed with breast cancer.

After being misdiagnosed for years - trusting her gut and getting a second opinion - she was correctly diagnosed. However, instead of throwing in the towel, Connie decided to fight, and fight she did.

The duo built this Foundation on this massive goal of vanquishing cancer with the aid of laughter, awareness, and science. Creating awareness and encouraging people to start talking about breast cancer is pertinent for early detection. Samuel and Connie are helping young women detect their cancer early for the best chance to beat it.

Being a well-known Australian actor, Sam has used his celebrity status to raise over $7 million in various fundraising campaigns; including riding his unicycle from Sydney to Melbourne. Every cent raised has gone to various cancer research centres across Australia.

Your donation can help! All the money raised goes directly to cancer research to find a cure.

 

Georgia Murdoch - Year 9G

 

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Families can still participate in the Operation Christmas Child campaign by purchasing and filling a box, donating items towards a box, and or a monetary donation that would be used towar...

Families can still participate in the 'Operation Christmas Child' campaign by purchasing and filling a box, donating items towards a box, and or a monetary donation that would be used towards postage. 

The document ‘How to Pack a Shoebox’ is a great reference when packing your shoebox. This document is in the pack you will receive when you purchase a shoebox.

Donations will be collected until the end of Term 3Friday, 22nd September. Shoeboxes can be purchased at the Student Office for 50 cents. All donations can be brought to your child’s Homeroom. When postage is paid for online, you can also track your box.

Each year our goal is to donate more boxes than the previous year, therefore, our goal is to donate 167 boxes in 2017!

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On Wednesday our College was well represented at the All Schools Relay Championships. We congratulate our young athletes on their performances in the 4x100m and Medley relays. Over 30 sch...

On Wednesday our College was well represented at the All Schools Relay Championships. We congratulate our young athletes on their performances in the 4x100m and Medley relays. Over 30 schools competed at this State level event, which made for some excellent competition for our young athletes. Our U14 girls qualified for their 4x100m Final and finished in 6th place, which is a great outcome. All our team members are to be congratulated on their performances on this day – Nyah Brown, Bianca Pocklington, Tahlia Troy, Jorja Kirsopp-Cole, Bethany Dean, Connor Hickey, Zach Devonish, Stefan Rasic, Thomas Renouf, Oscar Murdoch, Harrison Leigh, Elliot MacDonald, Owen Costin, Kade Leigh and Ethan Grills.

Andrew Richardson
Director of Health, Physical Education and Sport
Senior School - Waurn Ponds  

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With spring beginning, what better time to celebrate the growth and development in our string program at Christian College. 
On Tuesday 12th September at 6:30pm, the Belmont Junior School...

With Spring beginning, what better time to celebrate the growth and development in our String program at Christian College! 

On Tuesday, 12th September at 6:30pm, the Junior School Campus will host a night of celebrating string playing - called 'Spring Into Strings!'

This musical evening provides our youngest string students with an outstanding musical opportunity to come together and gain valuable performance experience in a nurturing and supportive concert format just for strings! 

There will be performances from the Belmont and Bellarine Junior School String Ensembles, the Ceilidh Band, the Highton and Bellarine Year 5 String Workshops as well as the newly-formed Cello Ensemble. There will also be a showcase item featuring all students performing together alongside the staff – a real highlight and one not to miss! 

Part of the tradition for our Spring Into Strings concert involves each performer creating a piece of artwork to display in our pop-up gallery for all to enjoy on the night. This is sure to be a wonderful addition to a special evening of beautiful string playing.

Rebecca Bertoncello

Coordinator of Strings, Junior School Campus

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On Thursday, we had the Year 5/6 boys and girls basketball teams compete at the Deakin District basketball competition. Both teams worked hard all day and played well in each of their g...

On Thursday, we had the Year 5 and 6 Boys and Girls Basketball teams compete at the Deakin District Basketball competition.

Both teams worked hard all day and played well in each of their games. Our Girls team finished third, winning their final against Christian College Bellarine.

Our Boys team won the competition in an extremely tight contest. The Grand Final against Montpellier went into overtime and had the whole stadium on the edge of their seats. The Boys won the game by one point and will now progress to the next stage.

Congratulations boys and we wish you all the best for the next round!

 

Renee Garing

Sport Coordinator - Middle School Highton

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As part of our Year 2 Aquatic Education program, we would like to invite you to our end of term House swimming carnival. This carnival is the culmination of your child’s swimming program,...

As part of our Year 2 Aquatic Education program, we would like to invite you to our end of term House Swimming Carnival.

This carnival is the culmination of your child’s Swimming program, and we look forward to their involvement as they participate for their House in a variety of swimming events. The date for this carnival is Friday, 15th September.

The program will commence at 1:45pm and conclude at 3pm. The venue is the Sports and Aquatic Centre at the Middle School Highton Campus. Students will be leaving the Junior School Campus at 1:20pm, traveling by College bus to Middle School.

At the end of the carnival we will be returning by bus to Junior School at 3:20pm. If you would like to collect your child from the swimming carnival itself, please ensure you have spoken to their classroom teacher.

Each student is required to have appropriate swimming attire (one piece bathers for girls and Speedo’s for boys), swim cap and goggles. On behalf of the Year 2 students and staff we hope that you can join us on the day.

 

Nick Rice

Junior School Sport Coordinator

 

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Last week it was mentioned in the Vine that we were seeking interested parents to be willing to form part of an email register in relation to the Junior School Foodbank we are setting up....

Last week it was mentioned in The Vine that we were seeking interested parents to form part of an email register in relation to the Junior School Foodbank we are setting up.

If you would like to be involved in assisting other families in need by providing a meal on an occasional basis, please send through your email address to me r.thurman@ccg.vic.edu.au or phone 52 411 565.

These email addresses will then be collated and passed onto Mrs Denise Turley, who will be coordinating the Junior School Foodbank. For more details on the Junior School Foodbank please read through last week’s attachment.

Thanks to the few parents who responded last week, it is very much appreciated.

 

Rowan Thurman

Junior School Chaplain

 

 

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Just a reminder that Christian College Junior School is supporting the 'Toucan Appeal', which supports the Geelong Food Relief Centre.
The Food Relief Centre requires items such as: canne...

Just a reminder that Christian College Junior School is supporting the 'Toucan Appeal', which supports the Geelong Food Relief Centre.

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 3.

Thank you for your support of this very worthwhile cause.

 

Rachel Fox and Lisa Johnson

Junior School Project Care Coordinators

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Year 1 students and staff are looking forward to heading off on camp next week.

We are very excited about our upcoming Year 1 camp and are counting down the sleeps!

We have been talking about all of the activities we will be doing, such as a beach walk, sandcastle building, the flying fox, low ropes course, trampolining, orienteering, bush art and craft as well as a dance and movie night! We have even been sneaking a look at photos of past camps so we can see what it will look like!

Please read the clothing list carefully as your child will need to be able to carry their own bag and organize their own belongings as part of encouraging independence.

 

CLOTHING LIST FOR SCHOOL CAMP - YEAR 1

 

  1. Sleeping bag. Blankets and pillows are supplied.
  2. A pillowslip.
  3. A small suitcase/carry-all overnight bag.
  4. Sensible footwear, plus one extra pair of shoes or boots.
  5. Two changes of underwear, socks, shirts or skivvies.
  6. Clothing appropriate to the season.
  7. Raincoat, parka, coat and a hat.
  8. Warm pyjamas.
  9. Tracksuits or jeans.
  10. Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush and/or comb, face washer, insect repellent and sunscreen, all in a toiletry bag.
  11. Handkerchiefs.
  12. Torch.
  13. Notepaper and pen.
  14. Plastic bag for soiled clothing.
  15. One book for the evening reading period.
  16. Electronic equipment, radios, iPods/iPads etc. will not be allowed.

           - Personal valuables such as jewellery etc. should not be taken.

           - Cameras are allowed at own risk.

Emergency telephone No (03) 52 633 222. It must be stressed that this number can only be used in cases of emergency.

 

Anna Daley

Year 1 Level Leader

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