Will Johnston of Year 10 has recently been accepted into the Melbourne Theatre Company Youth Scholarship course. This course will involve Will spending the upcoming school holidays partic...

Will Johnston of Year 10 has recently been accepted into the Melbourne Theatre Company Youth Scholarship course. This course will involve Will spending the upcoming school holidays participating in theatre workshops with industry professionals at the Melbourne Theatre Company. The course offers very limited places to students across Victoria so we congratulate Will on securing his spot and look forward to him sharing new insight about the world of theatre with us next term.

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Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinc...

Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it.

By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. And if all is well, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.

Hi Parents,

The above concepts or scenarios were talked about today in our RUOK Day Assembly. This was a rich time of encouraging and informing the students and staff of the need to watch out for each other. To be aware that on any given day some of your friends, family and work colleagues may be going through some tough times and would benefit greatly to just talk to someone…..and you may be that person.

There are many times in our lives where things are tough and if there is the opportunity to just sit down and talk the issue through, well, that could make a big difference in how a person views the particular situation they find themselves in.

Please continue to talk to your children about RUOK Day and its messages and meanings. You never know, in the future a seemingly insignificant conversation could have a profound effect on someone’s life.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you do need to talk about a particular issue in your life. It could make a world of difference!

Take Care,

Gary Crole,

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Christian College greatly values RUOK Day, which aims to raise the awareness of mental health in our community. The day includes both staff and students participating in special designate...

Christian College greatly values RUOK Day, which aims to raise the awareness of mental health in our community. The day includes both staff and students participating in special designated activities during breaks and devotions, and seeks to reduce the stigma often associated with mental health issues as well as encouraging people to look out for one another and to seek help when it is needed.

Our school supports the work of Headspace and its role in assisting young people and raising the awareness of mental health issues in our community however there will be no need for students to bring a gold coin donation for this event.

Students will come in casual dress on Monday, 12th September wearing something YELLOW for the day. (Please note: the date for RUOK Day at Junior School differs from other campuses due to clashes with Yr. 1 Camp and the Year 4 Bike Ride.)

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Middle school had a great time celebrating R U OK? Day. Whilst the main emphasis of the day was about looking out for one another and educating students on how to have meaningful conversations with each other, the overall experience was described as a "joyful" one. 

On the day, the students came together in the Sports and Aquatic Centre for an object lesson about releasing the burdens of life that weigh us down. This was symbolised by the releasing of a Helium balloon, signifying the lightness that comes with sharing our difficulties. As chaplains we want to take a positive approach and encourage all of our staff and students to continue to watch out for each other on a daily basis as we can all go through difficult times at one point or another. Each of us are precious and we all have a purpose.

Therefore, please continue to talk to your children, and others around you, about RUOK Day and it's message and meaning. You never know - in the future a seemingly insignificant conversation could have a profound effect on someone’s life. 

 

Tim Blackhall and Georgie Kettle

Chaplains

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Understanding our complex world from an interdisciplinary approach: Celebrating 21st Century learning at the Year 7 Expo

Education is in a state of change more than at any other time in history. For our young people to thrive in the ever changing technological world of the 21st century, they can no longer simply be vessels into which we pour knowledge. Traditionally schools were once about providing information for students to absorb. Whilst it is good to know things, it is no longer hard to find information; we can find out anything at a press of a button. Technology has also begun to replace parts of the workforce prompting a change in the skill sets that we need to offer our young people for success in this changing world.

Likewise, understanding and engaging with the global problems and issues we face today requires that we develop a multifaceted and complex understanding of them. Such understanding invariably draws from multiple disciplines and fields. Furthermore, preparing our students to grapple with global problems and issues demands that we nurture their capacity to solve problems, create products or ask questions in ways that go beyond single disciplinary lenses.

In understanding this, we explored Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) research conducted in schools around the globe over the past 5 years which identified the skills that will be needed for young people in the 21st Century and have been working with our staff in curriculum development to offer engaging and challenging programs for these 6 core skills:

Collaboration - Knowledge - Construction - Self-Regulation - Real World Problem Solving and Innovation - ICT for Learning - Skilful Communication.

Our Year 5 Vision Learning program was launched with great success in 2014, with the BLP learning dispositions now also firmly integrated into the Year 6 learning environment. This term in 7 we have continued to build on the BLP foundation, to challenge student thinking and meet each of the six core 21st Century learning skills to keep leading the ‘learning that matters’. In doing so, students worked collaboratively in teams across classes to solve a water based challenge and code a digital game as one of the many processes to showcase their learning across a range of subject areas.

As a large group of staff, we also had to think outside the square, to plan and teach differently, to model collaboration, problem solving and skilful communication in designing a unit that incorporated the learning from Science, Technology, Geography, English, Maths, Art and Music. We had to step back and give greater control to the students to allow them to discover, to self-regulate, to problem solve and reflect on their own learning journey. Staff became ‘mentors’ to gently encourage and support when needed and provided sign up workshops for specialised learning. The learning journey was not easy, often the opportunity for growth lay in the moments of greatest challenge and frustration, when we needed to ask ‘why do you feel this way?’ and ‘What can you do to solve the problem… What does your team need you to change?’ When the students reflected and analysed where these skills would be useful in the future they returned to the task with greater determination and resilience and in pushing beyond early frustrations built new neural pathways.

So on Tuesday 6th September, Year 7 students and families gathered to celebrate the learning in the SAC and view a small snapshot of the learning journey. Past pupil and media student Jack Oates captured the 8 week learning in a short film that showed both the learning in action and first-hand accounts from students on their thoughts and wonderings. Students who attended enthusiastically shared their experiences with families and were fortunate to meet and hear from Liam Hensel, the head of the ACER Australian Video Game Challenge where they submitted their game. Liam spoke about the challenge aims to increase student uptake of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines and praised our students for the comprehensive planning that had gone into solving their water issues. He was thrilled to meet the teams and listen to their experiences and see the broad range of subject knowledge they had gathered together in their games. Having this national audience and authentic purpose was an intrinsic motivator for teams to step outside their comfort zone and gave a heightened degree of excitement to the finale.

ACER (Australian Council for Education Research) now wish to present our Christian College approach to their challenge as a case study in the Australian Teacher Magazine later in 2017, to model for other schools around Australia on how technology can help embed subject learning together in an engaging and innovative way to solve a real world problem.

Many thanks to those students, families and staff who took time out in their busy schedules to come along and share the educational journey and to those who gave feedback to help us continually improve our programs.

 

Ms Ingrid Staggard

Head of LITEhouse - Pedagogy 

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A reminder that students will conclude their Term 3 studies next week on Friday 16th September, at 2.30pm following the House Wearable Art Competition at lunchtime in the Penman Quad. We ...

A reminder that students will conclude their Term 3 studies next week on Friday 16th September, at 2.30pm following the House Wearable Art Competition at lunchtime in the Penman Quad. We will welcome them back on Tuesday 4th October at our Campus Assembly, 8.50am in the Middle School SAC. 

I also would like to advise you that students will be required to start wearing Summer Uniform for Term 4, with the official change over date being Monday 17th October (start of week 3). Students may wear either full Summer or full Winter uniform leading up to this date, however not a combination of the two. The Uniform Shop will be open during the second week of the holidays - Monday 26th September to Thursday 29th September from 9am to 5pm.

Graeme Dent, Head of Senior School

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A reminder that students will conclude their Term 3 studies next week on Friday, 16th September, at 2:30pm. We will look forward to welcoming them back on Tuesday 4th October. 

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

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We are now in the process of planning classes and confirming enrolments for next year (2017) and also for 2018/2019. Parents are reminded that siblings of current students, expecting to s...

We are now in the process of planning classes and confirming enrolments for next year (2017) and also for 2018/2019. Parents are reminded that siblings of current students, expecting to start at Christian College Bellarine in 2017/2018/2019 at any year level, must also complete an individual enrolment form. Please visit or phone our reception staff if you require an additional enrolment form, or simply to check the status of this for your children. If your child is not returning in 2017, please note a term's notice is required in writing.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus

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A reminder that students will conclude their Term 3 studies next week on Friday 16th September, at 2.30pm. We will look forward to welcoming them back on Tuesday 4th October. 
A reminder ...

A reminder that students will conclude their Term 3 studies next week on Friday 16th September, at 2.30pm. We will look forward to welcoming them back on Tuesday 4th October. 

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

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus

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Please note that the Junior School Canteen will not be open on the last day of term - Friday, 16th September. The first canteen day for next term will be Friday, 7th October. I would like...

Please note that the Junior School Canteen will not be open on the last day of term - Friday, 16th September. The first canteen day for next term will be Friday, 7th October. I would like to thank all the parents and grandparents who have assisted in the Canteen this term.

Heather Smith

Canteen Manager

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Once again, this term, students from years 5 to 9 were involved in the creative, problem solving activity called 'Tournament of Minds'. Four teams represented the College’s Highton Campus and, as in previous years, performed very admirably. The groups of students set about solving a demanding and open-ended long term challenge over a six week period and presented their solution in a 10 minute performance to an audience and a team of judges on ‘Challenge Day’. The teams also competed in an unseen ‘spontaneous’ challenge. Our Senior Team won their way through to the State Finals, which was held last Sunday in Melboune and performed admirably, enjoying the day immensely.

 

Mr Peter Fossey

Year 6 Coordinator

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As Year 10 students come to the end of their third term at Senior School, I can’t help but reflect on the amazing young people I have had the pleasure of working with so far this year. Th...

As Year 10 students come to the end of their third term at Senior School, I can’t help but reflect on the amazing young people I have had the pleasure of working with so far this year. The students have participated in so many exciting activities and engaging course work. Currently we have a class travelling back to Geelong after their time in an Indigenous community, Outdoor Education classes are learning canoeing skills in preparation for Barmah camp next term and Geography students are filming promotional videos for Oxfam’s Close the Gap campaign. And that’s only a small snippet of what is going on in class at the moment!

One of my favourite times of year for Year 10 students is Futures Week, which occurred earlier this term. I love discussing pathways with students because they have so many opportunities available to them and we get to consider their strengths, interests and hopes for the future. Students engaged in a number of activities to help them research and pan for their futures, and this process will continue through Year 11 and 12. Also, our Careers Counsellors are always available to meet with students and families and continue the ‘Futures’ discussion.

Celeste Pryke, Year 10 Coordinator

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We all know that the Web is a fantastic place to learn, stay connected and be creative, but with one in seven young Australians found to be victims of Cyber bullying each year, it is important that we invest in giving our students the skills they need to be responsible digital citizens.

The Australian Government’s Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner has some wonderful resources and in particular the ‘iParent’ portal. This site is where parents can learn about the digital environment and keep updated on their children’s technology use. You can find guidance for using safety settings on your family’s web-connected devices, tips for choosing movies and games and strategies for keeping young people safe online.

For seven ways parents can manage web connected devices in the home go to: https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent/7-ways-infographic*

Keep the conversation going with your child about being a safe and responsible digital citizen.

Please be aware that teaching staff are available if you have any concerns regarding cyber safety or digital citizenship.

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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There is currently an increased amount of lost property in the student office, including unnamed school uniform items, lunch boxes and drink bottles.  

There is currently an increased amount of lost property in the student office, including unnamed school uniform items, lunch boxes and drink bottles.  

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It has been a very busy Term 3 for the Penman House, with a number of different events taking centre stage at different times. It is this time of year that reminds us in the Penman House,...

It has been a very busy Term 3 for the Penman House, with a number of different events taking centre stage at different times. It is this time of year that reminds us in the Penman House, that there is more involved than simply sporting prowess.

Events:

Whilst events such as the House Football are centerpiece events of the House calendar, it is others like the Mathematics-English week, Science Challenge, House Drama and House Wearable Art that provide Penman students of many varied disciplines the opportunities to excel and express their own unique, God-given talents.

The students of Penman House have at all times handled themselves well, showing great respect for both their peers and their competition, whilst both achieving success and participating in the many varied co-curricular activities offered by the respective faculties and the Christian College sports department. I would like to pay particular praise to Penman House Group teachers Mr. Ian Neville, for his tireless work as the Senior School Sports Coordinator, and the incredible passion for Wearable Art shown by Mrs. Jane Bailey. Without these individuals, our Penman House program would not be as rich an experience for our students.

This term also saw the return of the Penman Inter-House Group challenge for the ‘Archbishop David Penman Memorial Trophy’. Despite stiff competition from both Penman 2 and Penman 5, Penman 1 representative Riley Dwyer claimed victory for his House Group in the Kick-boxing event. These House Group Challenges allow the Penman House to come together as a community and enjoy the company of each other in a manner that encourages both participation and enjoyment.

All of these events remind us all that the broader House structure of the Christian College Senior Campus is about more than winning, in fact, it is about giving students a chance to experience a wide variety of opportunities. The House system is a crucial element of a student’s time at Christian College, and is one of the most fondly reflected upon by College alumni.

Faith/Community:

This week during our House assembly time, we reflected on the important role that parents and guardians play within the life of the young people of our College and also how we talk, describe and thank them. Many students took the opportunity to respond to their parents or guardians in a powerful and meaningful manner through the simple gesture of a text message, which linked in beautifully with R U OK? Day, which took place on Thursday.

Leadership:

As a part of a student’s time in their respective Houses, many students will consider taking on the role of being a House Prefect. This role is an important aspect of all Houses, coordinating both staff and students for numerous events undertaken by the College community. To the students who have applied for the leadership position of House Prefect for the 2017 year, on behalf of the Heads of House, I thank you for your thought and consideration of stepping up into these important roles within the life of the Christian College Senior Campus.

Recently in the Penman House, we have been reflecting on the the “5 Stages of Leadership” model outlined by John C. Maxwell in a number of his published works. This model outlines the significant role that relationships plays between the impact and growth of leaders through interpersonal relationship. Maxwell goes on to explain that whilst we may progress through certain levels, there are always areas of growth and development in all of our leadership.

It is also at this time that we congratulate the 2016 House Prefects from all Houses for the incredible contribution that they have made collectively within the lives of their Houses, and the Christian College Campus. In particular, on behalf of the Penman House, I wish to publically thank Naomi Caulfield, Brittany Siketa, Jordan Rossi and Thomas Clarke for their contributions to the life of the Penman House in 2016.

Simon Peake, Head of Penman House

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Please note, the College offers a further discount to those families that would like to pre pay next year’s tuition fees (by 14th October 2016). If you would like more details please call...

Please note, the College offers a further discount to those families that would like to pre pay next year’s tuition fees (by 14th October 2016). If you would like more details please call the accounts receivable staff on 5241 1899 who will be happy to explain the details and arrange a quotation for you.

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With spring beginning, what better time to celebrate the growth and development in our string program at Christian College!
'Spring Into Strings' was held this week at the Belmont Junior ...

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

'Spring Into Strings' was held this week at the Belmont Junior School in the Gymnasium on Tuesday evening. This special music evening provided 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!

Over 80 students from Prep to Year 5 from the Belmont, Bellarine and Highton Campuses performed in a variety of Ensembles and solo items on a stage set as a floating galaxy under fairy lights. It was 'Time to 'Shine'. The highlight of the evening was the combined string ensemble performance! It was such a thrill to witness 80 young students joining together and making beautiful music alongside their instrumental teachers - what a celebration!

Thank you to all those who attended, congratulations to the students who were involved in this special celebration and many thanks to the Belmont Junior School staff together with the Music Department for making this evening possible!

Rebecca Bertoncello

Instrumental Music - Strings

 

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Last Tuesday, Maya Fuller and Sienna Doig in Year 6 self initiated and organised a sausage sizzle fundraiser for the 'Days for Girls' program. After the wonderful support from students and staff, the girls managed to raise an amazing $400! Encouragingly though, this fundraiser will have significant impact on the lives of the girls involved in the program, well beyond the monetary figure. 

 

Days for Girls' Mission

The ‘Days for Girls’ program is driven to see women as equal participants in their communities, be agents of social change and realise their potential and self-value. This can be achieved they believe, through health education and the provision of sustainable hygiene products to ensure young women are able to stay in school.

The money the students have raised means that 44 young girls in Nepal, Kenya and Uganda will be able to go to school for 3 years. With this ongoing education, girls wont be falling behind by dropping out of school and will have significantly increased opportunities for further education and future employment prospects. 

 

Maya Fuller and Sienna Doig

Year 6

 

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On 28th of August a primary team of Year 5 and 6 students, participated in The Tournament of the Minds, regional competition at Deakin University. Students trained in Term 2 developing th...

On 28th of August a primary team of Year 5 and 6 students, participated in The Tournament of the Minds, regional competition at Deakin University. Students trained in Term 2 developing thinking, co-operative, collaborative and organisation skills. This concluded with a mini Tournament of the Minds on campus, giving valuable experience to the coming Long term and Spontaneous problems at the real competition. In Term 3, students selected a problem in the area of Social Science and undertook the process of understanding the problem and presenting their solutions to a panel of 3 judges. The students presented a well-crafted explanation of the problem and the judges commented on their original ideas. The students stated they enjoyed both the mini and main tournament, the drama element in their presentation and designing their props and costumes.

Jennifer Wade
Teacher

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If your child has enrolled in a VET in Schools course, please click here to see the attached list of dates and venues for child's VETiS Information Night.

If your child has enrolled in a VET in Schools course for 2017, please click here to see the attached list of dates and venues for your child's VETiS Information Night.

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This week our Junior School campus supported the Indigenous Literacy Foundation through our Great Book Swap.  ILD raises funds to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportuni...

This week our Junior School campus supported the Indigenous Literacy Foundation through our Great Book Swap.  ILD raises funds to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. Our book stall helped to raise $330 to buy books and literacy resources for children in these communities. 

Thank you to all involved.

 

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
On Tuesday 6th September saw the Year 8 students transformed into people from a village in medieval Europe. Dressed in their finery or rags, depending on your status in ...

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

On Tuesday 6th September saw the Year 8 students transformed into people from a village in medieval Europe. Dressed in their finery or rags, depending on your status in society, the students partook in a series of workshops about dance and music, costume and lifestyle, arms and armour, early medieval warfare, games and art. A major highlight of the day was the medieval feast held in the banquet hall decorated with ivy, illuminated letters and banners. The atmosphere was set with candles, dancing from the girls of each class and a drama performance. These proceeding were overseen by King Moore and Pope Crole. Overall, a very enjoyable day for students and staff with deep learning about a time long ago.

Angela Tutty
History Teacher

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Last week our students were challenged with the idea that ‘we can’t do everything, but we can do something’, when it comes to global issues such as slavery and human trafficking. Well our students certainly rose to the challenge, raising an incredible total of $3067.30!

For many years now, Christian College has partnered with Offspring, a non for profit organization founded by a former staff member Kristi Van Es. Based in Kolkata India, Offspring has the privilege of being part of the journey of young women as they are restored and reintegrated back into community through education and skill acquisition.

Over the week, students learned about the work of Offspring and shared in daily devotions around the issues of slavery and trafficking. Students were challenged to look into God’s perspective on this and the fact that we are all called to ‘love others more than ourselves’.

The week culminated in a whole school prefect run assembly where our students were thanked for their involvement over the week and encouraged in knowing that each of their donations added up to make a significant difference in the lives of others. As well as this, after much anticipation, the prefects announced the two homerooms who raised the most over the week to be invited to a celebratory ‘party’, in the theme of Offspring’s current campaign, ‘Presents with Purpose’.

We were very proud not only of our students, but also of our prefects for organising the weeks activities, raising awareness around this growing issue and providing their cohort with an opportunity to put their 'faith into action'. 

 

 

 

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Applications closed on Monday 5th September for all students undertaking a VETis course for 2017. If your child has elected to study a VETis course as part of their VCE or VCAL studies ei...

Applications closed on Monday 5th September for all students undertaking a VETis course for 2017. If your child has elected to study a VETis course as part of their VCE or VCAL studies either as a first year student or a second year student, then an application is required to secure their place. There are still some students who have chosen to study VET in 2017 who have yet to apply. Should this deadline have been overlooked by you please hand in the application to the Student Office as soon as possible.

Kerryn Fearnsides, VET/VCAL Coordinator

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During Christian Education this term, the Year 5 students have been studying about different forms of poverty. With this information, we wanted students to be able to give back to the com...

During Christian Education this term, the Year 5 students have been studying about different forms of poverty. With this information, we wanted students to be able to give back to the community and support those in need. Students did extra chores around the house and earned non-perishable items to donate. On Tuesday, 6 September 2016, the Year 5 students were able to take their donations to the Geelong Food Relief Centre.

While we were there, they were able to see where the food goes and learn about the people that use this service. In addition, they learned how the relief centre operates using a voucher system. It was an eye-opening experience for the Year 5 students and they learned that the centre helps over 33,400 people each year, receiving more than 650 tons of donations.

Theresa Drewer and Matthew Burgess
Year 5 Teachers

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Last weekend, the class of Year 11 Geography students took part in a two-day fieldtrip on the Great Ocean Road, visiting the 12 Apostles and various other locations in and around Port Cam...

Last weekend, the class of Year 11 Geography students took part in a two-day fieldtrip on the Great Ocean Road, visiting the 12 Apostles and various other locations in and around Port Campbell. The trip allowed students to investigate first hand the characteristics and impacts of tourism in the region. Data collection was a key component of the trip, with students conducting surveys of tourists and stakeholders as well as recording various observations in relation to the economic, environmental and social impacts of tourism.

 Natasha Miller interviewing a group of tourists from Denmark.

Rick Geall, Year 11 Geography teacher

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The Year 4 Bike Ride, held yesterday was a great success. We used this ride as an opportunity to raise money for the ‘Love Your Sister’ campaign. This campaign raises funds for the Garvan Institute to research and discover ways to detect cancers early and to improve treatments. The face of the campaign, the actor Samuel Johnson, joined us on his unicycle for the ride. He expressed gratitude on our fundraising efforts in selling pink football socks to support the campaign. The students, parents and staff looked fantastic riding along the river in their pink socks as can be seen by the photos.

Further information on this campaign can be found at http://www.loveyoursister.org/the-story

 

 

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On Thursday 1st September, Year 8 Writers’ Workshop students, along with Ms. Bettiol and Mrs. Schleutker, had the opportunity to travel to Federation Square, Melbourne, to participate in ...

On Thursday 1st September, Year 8 Writers’ Workshop students, along with Ms. Bettiol and Mrs. Schleutker, had the opportunity to travel to Federation Square, Melbourne, to participate in workshops run by the ‘Melbourne Writers Festival’. Students attended workshops on Song Lyrics, Creating Good Characters and Writing, which were presented by experts in the field including award winning international author, Meg Rosoff, and our own Australian icon in the field of education, John Marsden. The content of the presentations was both inspiring and challenging and, as aspiring writers themselves, students will now seek to incorporate this learning into their own writing.

 

Ms Marisa Bettiol

 

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We all know that the Web is a fantastic place to learn, stay connected and be creative, but with one in seven young
Australians found to be victims of Cyber bullying each year, It is impo...

We all know that the Web is a fantastic place to learn, stay connected and be creative, but with one in seven young Australians found to be victims of Cyber bullying each year, it is important that we invest in giving our students the skills they need to be responsible digital citizens.

The Australian Government’s Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner has some wonderful resources and in particular the ‘iParent’ portal. This site is where parents can learn about the digital environment and keep updated on their children’s technology use. You can find guidance for using safety settings on your family’s web-connected devices, tips for choosing movies and games and strategies for keeping young people safe online.

For seven ways parents can manage web connected devices in the home go to: https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent/7-ways-infographic*

Keep the conversation going with your child about being a safe and responsible digital citizen.

Please be aware that teaching staff are available if you have any concerns regarding cyber safety or digital citizenship.

Tom Hartley
Information Technology Teacher

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The College acknowledges the performances of the Year 4 – 6 students who competed at the Deakin District Athletics Championships on Thursday August 25. This event is the beginning of the Track and Field pathway to the State Championships and those students who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd on the Track, 1st or 2nd in the Field and 1st in the Relays progress to the North Geelong Division Championships. We wish the 16 Highton, 9 Belmont and 7 Bellarine students all the best as they progress through to the Division Championship.

 

Mr Jonathan Ryan

Deputy Head of Campus / Director of Sport

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The Fathers' Day stall was a wonderful success with over $2,300 being raised which will go towards fundraising in the Junior School. Hearfelt thanks to Mrs Genelle West, Mrs Nerida Potter...

The Fathers' Day stall was a wonderful success with over $2,300 being raised which will go towards fundraising in the Junior School. Heartfelt thanks to Mrs Genelle West, Mrs Nerida Potter and the many mums for their tireless work in sourcing, wrapping and displaying the presents on the day. The children were so excited to be able to choose from such a variety of items.

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Today was RUOK? Day and here at Senior School we marked the occasion with several activities that were designed to both encourage students and staff to relax and take time out to de-stress, as well as providing opportunities to mingle together and ask the question ‘Are you OK?’

Students were invited to dress in comfortable casual clothes and many were seen in their favourite tracksuit pants, pajamas and even some Ugg boots. After a visit from our CARE Council students who gave out yellow treats, House Groups were shown a short clip about empathy and encouraged to consider some Scriptural examples about connection, such as Mathew 11:28-29, “Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest.”

At lunchtime everyone enjoyed a visit from the local petting zoo, Farm2U, and many were seen relaxing with the baby animals, or enjoying a coffee or hot chocolate from the Coffee Van while upbeat music played.

Today we were reminded that we are stronger when we can share our ups and downs with one another, and we can make such a difference by asking the simple question “Are you OK?” and listening with empathy.

Lyn Nethercote, Senior School Chaplain

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The Year One students collaborated with one another and strengthened many learning muscles this week when they decided to employ anything and everything in the classroom to build their cr...

The Year One students collaborated with one another and strengthened many learning muscles this week when they decided to employ anything and everything in the classroom to build their creations. The task fostered so much language as it involved the children sharing their thoughts and ideas in an effort to have their building reach its peak. As you can see from the photos the students worked together beautifully on a huge variety of constructions.

Katie Oelke
Prep - Year 2 Coordinator

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We all know that the Web is a fantastic place to learn, stay connected and be creative, but with one in seven young Australians found to be victims of Cyber bullying each year, It is impo...

We all know that the Web is a fantastic place to learn, stay connected and be creative, but with one in seven young Australians found to be victims of Cyber bullying each year, It is important that we invest in giving our students the skills they need to be responsible digital citizens.

The Australian Government’s Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner has some wonderful resources and in particular the ‘iParent’ portal. This site is where parents can learn about the digital environment and keep updated on their children’s technology use. You can find guidance for using safety settings on your family’s web-connected devices, tips for choosing movies and games and strategies for keeping young people safe online.

For 7 ways parents can manage web connected devices in the home go to: https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent/7-ways-infographic*

Keep the conversation going with your child about being a safe and responsible digital citizen.

Please be aware that teaching staff are available if you have any concerns regarding cyber safety or digital citizenship.


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A reminder that students will conclude their Term 3 studies next week on Friday 16th September, at 2.30pm. We will look forward to welcoming them back on Tuesday 4th October. 

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

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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It was to be the most anticipated game in recent house football history, the flag favourite the Flynn Falcons would take on the Burrows Bears.
The First Third - Boys
Flynn Falcons came ou...

It was to be the most anticipated game in recent house football history, the flag favourite the Flynn Falcons would take on the Burrows Bears.

The First Third - Boys

Flynn Falcons came out flying off the handy boot of Matt Tattersall, Joshua Di Giandomenico and Tom Cushion, getting some very handy goals on the board. The Burrows Bears were shocked at the scintillating start and looked to steady the ship through the cool heads of Mickey Robertson and Paddy Norton, however inaccurate shots at goal left Flynn with a 10 point lead heading into the first break.

The Second Third - Enter the Girls

Flynn again looked very dangerous with Tess Kirsopp-Cole dominating possession and running away from anyone she pleased. Unfortunately some inaccurate kicking again resulted in 5 shots at goal with only 1 major for the Flynn girls. Late in the third Georgia Hermans lead strongly from the goal square with a very sturdy mark 20 metres out, directly in front. After a short celebratory dance she went on to kick a very important goal for the Bears.

Isabelle Hackett and Amy Troy were solid in defence for the Bears and really minimised the damage.

The Championship Third – Mixed teams

The Bears went into the final term down but by no means out, trailing by 14 points.

With a quick Stevie J type goal, Annie Coulsell was waiting up forward for the Falcons, scoring Flynn’s only goal for the term and it was a 9 point super goal at that.

Then the Bears decided it was time to turn it on, the experience of Hogan, Robertson, Norton and Davis worked well together to move the ball forward - Norton converted 2 goals from set shots in quick succession.

We now had a game on our hands, Burrows were inaccurate with 4 behinds for the term, but just when it was needed, Hackett again popped up in the right place and was able to kick the goal of the day to bring the scores level with 3 minutes to play. The crowd were going wild to be able to witness such skill and finesse.

At this point it was looking like it may have been a replay of the famous 1948 Melb V Essendon drawn Grand Final. BUT Burrows had other ideas.

All the action was in the Burrows forward line and again another rushed behind gave them a 1 point lead. With 2 minutes to play the ball went back down the Flynn forward line and Nankervis was bustling out of the centre square trying for a quick score but the defence work of Wood and Troy combined to stem the score.

The crowd were on the edge of their seats.  

But the siren sounded, the underdogs won, it was the closest contest we have seen in a House Football Grand Final EVER and a game played in great spirit by both teams.

The final score was:-

Burrows: 1 super goal, 4 goals, 7 behinds - 40

Flynn: 1 super goal, 4 goals 6 behinds - 39

 

Well done to all players and supporters for getting down to enjoy a wonderful event.

Thanks to all teams for their work during the home and away season, including the Prefects, but also the boundary umpires and goal umpires provided for each game.

A special thank you to Mr Andy Phillips and the Lunt brothers for their expert officiating throughout the season.

Well done also to Mrs Tracy Dawson, Mr Dave Lowe and the Year 12 HHD students who baked and cooked up a storm, which added to the atmosphere and raised some valuable funds for UNICEF.

This brings us to the final event of the hotly contested DC Riddle Cup, the House Wearable Art competition, which will take place at lunchtime on the last day of this term. It is still anyone’s trophy at this stage and the run way is set for an epic ending to the House events for the year.

Steven Sullivan, Head of Taylor House

 Winners are Grinners! Burrows House Football Team

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The Canteen will be closed on Friday 16th September, but a Sausage Sizzle is being held during the Wearable Art performance at lunchtime.

The Canteen will be closed on Friday 16th September, but a Sausage Sizzle is being held during the Wearable Art performance at lunchtime.

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Please note: Canteen will be open for Recess only on Friday 16th September.  (Last day of Term)  The Canteen will not open at lunchtime - No lunch orders will be available.

Please note: Canteen will be open for Recess only on Friday 16th September.  (Last day of Term)  The Canteen will not open at lunchtime - No lunch orders will be available.

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Preparing for the 20th Year Anniversary Celebration
Bursting with pride is how I felt after seeing all of the hard work that went into making bunting for the 20th Year Anniversary Celebra...

Bursting with pride is how I felt after seeing all of the hard work that went into making bunting for the 20th Year Anniversary Celebration of the Bellarine Campus. The Middle School students have been requested to create a bunting that reflects what Christian College Bellarine means to them. It was quite exciting to see how each student created their bunting. There was a lot of mention of friendship, music, sport, and academics.

I hope you can join us on Sunday, 11th September, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm for the 20th Year Anniversary Celebration. While you are here, please make sure you take a school tour so you can see all of the marvellous bunting the students have produced.

Much thanks,

Theresa Drewer
Year 5 Teacher

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We are now in the process of planning classes and confirming enrolments for next year (2017) and also for 2018/2019. Parents are reminded that siblings of current students, expecting to start at Christian College in 2017/2018/2019 at any year level, must also complete an individual enrolment form. Please visit or phone our reception staff if you require an additional enrolment form, or simply to check the status of this for your children. If your child is not returning in 2017, please note a term's notice is required in writing.

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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Throughout the last few weeks students of Year 7 and 8 Food Technology and Visual Communication and Design classes have worked with Mrs Gray and Mrs Ruplal to come up with ideas for a hea...

Throughout the last few weeks students of Year 7 and 8 Food Technology and Visual Communication and Design classes have worked with Mrs Gray and Mrs Ruplal to come up with ideas for a healthy food van, from which students of Middle School are able to purchase different food options. In Visual Communication and Design students were put into four groups such as packaging, logo, outdoor area and promotions. The students jobs were to design posters, logos, outdoor areas and food packaging for the van and outdoor area.

In Food Technology students where asked to come up with some healthy food ideas that could possibly be sold in the food van. They came up with many different options and they cooked up all kinds of different food. They chose what worked best and what was to be sold from the food van.

Before lunch on Thursday, the Food Tech & VCD students prepared the eating area, bringing out the food and writing menus. The retro caravan was surrounded by green crates with soft pillows on them, and circular tables with menus and plants on top of them. As soon as the lunch bell rang, people were rushing over and lining up, sitting on the crates and rustic seats talking with friends, and eating the amazing food that the Food Tech class made. The Year 9 band playing next to the caravan gave the whole Pop Up! Cafe a chill and fun vibe, and most of the food sold out before the end of lunch! Many people who worked on the Cafe said it was a great experience and that they had lots of fun working on it. Overall, the Pop Up! went really well on the first day!

Written by Caitlin Doble and Alesha Parke-King (VCD promotional crew - Year 8)

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Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
Community Webinar     -     7pm     -     next Wednesday 14 September




 


 




Are you in Year 12 or have a child in Year 12 this year...

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)

Community Webinar     -     7pm     -     next Wednesday 14 September

 

 

Are you in Year 12 or have a child in Year 12 this year?

Join VTAC’s community webinar next Wednesday, 14 September at 7pm for a complete guide to the application process, right at your own computer. You’ll hear all about applying for courses, special consideration and scholarships from VTAC presenters, and have the opportunity to ask questions using your microphone or by typing.  They will also briefly cover the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and scaling.

There is no need to register in advance for this webinar. A direct link will be available next Wednesday through a message to your child. Or, for updates and reminders, go to the Facebook event and choose “Interested” or “Going” -  VTAC will also post the link to the webinar room in the Facebook event on the day.

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Please note, the College offers a further discount to those families that would like to pre pay next year’s tuition fees (by 14th October 2016). If you would like more details please call...

Please note, the College offers a further discount to those families that would like to pre pay next year’s tuition fees (by 14th October 2016). If you would like more details please call the accounts receivable staff on 5241 1899 who will happily explain the details and arrange a quotation for you.

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‘The Building Trade Needs You’  -           Master Builders Orientation Day
Together with the Master Builders Association of Victoria, The Gordon has developed a free programme which is b...

‘The Building Trade Needs You’ - Master Builders Orientation Day

Together with the Master Builders Association of Victoria, The Gordon has developed a free programme which is being made available to our Year 10 & 11 students who are interested in a career in the building industry.

The day will include a bus trip to both a domestic and a commercial building site in the Geelong region. Master Builders will speak with the students and tradesmen will share of their experiences in the industry, qualifications, skills and interests important to succeed in the industry and pathway options.

Buses will take students from The Gordon to the sites – they will leave The Gordon around 9.30am (to be confirmed) and return between 12.30pm and 1.00pm, after which a BBQ and tour of facilities is being provided. The day will finish at The Gordon at 2.00pm.

Parents are asked to drop their child off at The Gordon and then either pick them up, or allow for them to take public transport home.

Year 10 and 11 students, male and female, are invited to register an interest in this day. This event is primarily aimed at VCE/VET and VCAL students either currently studying in the building industry area, or for Year 10s, those students who have applied to study in this area in 2017.

It is possible, depending on the numbers from schools throughout Geelong, that if you are in Year 11 and have an interest in tertiary study in the area of Construction Management, there could be the possibility for you to also attend this day. Whilst the day is not primarily aimed at those planning on undertaking university study it is an opportunity to learn of the industry.  Please feel free to register to attend and we shall keep you updated.

Details/Registration of Interest forms are available here or from the Student Office at Senior School.

The closing date for the return of these forms to Senior School is Friday, September 16.

If you wish to scan a completed registration form it can then be emailed to me between Saturday, September 17 and Monday, September 19.  An indication of students wishing to attend is due Monday, September 19.

Emails to be addressed to r.smith@ccg.vic.edu.au

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The Year 8 VCD logo team; Meghan Doble, Grady Goodson, Joshua Birch and Joshua Marsden have created a unique, one of a kind sign for the Bellarine Campus Pop Up Cafe! Using the logo, desi...

The Year 8 VCD logo team; Meghan Doble, Grady Goodson, Joshua Birch and Joshua Marsden have created a unique, one of a kind sign for the Bellarine Campus Pop Up Cafe! Using the logo, designed by Meghan, the group found an old palette at the back of the oval, which they proceeded to dismantle and “make new” for their sign. Over the course of two lessons they not only made the sign, but also cut out the stencils and spray painted the logo. The sign will be ready for use at our next Pop Up! occasion.

Lori Ruplal
VCD Teacher

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Please note, the College offers a further discount to those families that would like to pre pay next year’s tuition fees (by 14th October 2016). If you would like more details please call...

Please note, the College offers a further discount to those families that would like to pre pay next year’s tuition fees (by 14th October 2016). If you would like more details please call the accounts receivable staff on 5241 1899 who will happily explain the details and arrange a quotation for you.

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'Spring Into Strings' was held this week at the Belmont Junior School in the Gymnasium on Tuesday evening. This special music evening provided our youngest string students with an outstan...

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

'Spring Into Strings' was held this week at the Belmont Junior School in the Gymnasium on Tuesday evening. This special music evening provided 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!

Over 80 students from Prep to Year 5 from the Belmont, Bellarine and Highton Campuses performed in a variety of Ensembles and solo items on a stage set as a floating galaxy under fairy lights. It was 'Time to 'Shine'. The highlight of the evening was the combined string ensemble performance! It was such a thrill to witness 80 young students joining together and making beautiful music alongside their instrumental teachers - what a celebration!

Thank you to all those who attended, congratulations to the students who were involved in this special celebration and many thanks to the the Music Department for making this evening possible!

Rebecca Bertoncello
Instrumental Music - Strings

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Please note, the College offers a further discount to those families that would like to pre pay next year’s tuition fees (by 14th October 2016). If you would like more details please call...

Please note, the College offers a further discount to those families that would like to pre pay next year’s tuition fees (by 14th October 2016). If you would like more details please call the accounts receivable staff on 5241 1899 who will happily explain the details and arrange a quotation for you.

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