Performing in the Instrumental sections at The Royal South Street Competitions is a musical highlight for our College musicians each year. The Bands, String Orchestras and small ensemble ...

Performing in the Instrumental sections at the Royal South Street competitions is a musical highlight for our College musicians each year.

The Bands, String Orchestras and Small Ensemble sections were on Friday, September 1st through until Saturday September 9th. In these nine days of instrumental competition, Christian College had 12 large College ensembles and 25 small ensembles perform on the stage in Her Majesty’s Theatre Ballarat, equating to over 400 individual student performances!

Our most Senior ensembles performed in the highest divisions and our results were consistently outstanding, often exceeding the scores of many of Melbourne’s noted schools for Music.

Throughout the competition, our students experienced the challenges of performing on a stage in a huge theatre and to large audiences. They received critiques from expert adjudicators and many won prizes.

The Music staff regard this event as highly successful for all and see the experience as being significant for the students’ growth as musicians and performers. Congratulations to all students who took part in this year’s instrumental festival at the Royal South Street competitions.

From our youngest competitor in Year 3 through to our most experienced Year 12 musicians, we are proud of your work and the way you represented our College.

 

Fiona Gardner
Director of Teaching and Learning - Music

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Yesterday, Thursday the 14th, the long-awaited ‘Girl Love’ event was finally held. Girls from every year level came after lunch to listen to some wonderful talks and played games that had...

The long-anticipated ‘Girl Love’ event was held this week. Girls from Years 5-9 came together after lunch on Thursday, to listen to some wonderful talks, play games (aimed to develop a sense of connectedness and respect) and enjoyed some fun and laughter, dancing together to music. It was fantastic to see our girls share in these special moments!

Once school finished, many girls attended for the remainder of the night. Here we participated in a number of workshops like cupcake decorating, martial arts and Angle Ball. Everyone rotated through the workshops called ‘sisterhoods’ – groups which consisted of people from all year levels. This was a wonderful opportunity to connect with older/younger students, whilst providing a platform for mentoring and genuine relationship building.

At the end of the night, everyone listened to our panel of guest speakers; Ms. Katie Rowe (ex-College Captain), Mrs. Renee Garing (Teacher and Geelong VFLW footballer) and Tegan Philip (Australian and Melbourne Vixens Netballer), who gave some great advice that the girls could take away from the event and use in the future. Our message of 'Girl Love', supporting and encouraging each other, building each other up and not tearing each other down, was a well received and powerful aspect of our event.

Without the input and contributions from students, staff and parents this amazing night wouldn’t have happened.  On behalf of the Prefect team, we’d like to say a very sincere thankyou to every single person who assisted. The event wouldn’t be possible without all the lovely girls who came. Your enthusiasm and teamwork was wonderful to see. It really made the night one to remember. Let's take our 'Girl Love' empowerment into next week and beyond!

 

Isabella Lawrence, Neve Foster and Livvy Chadwick

Year 9 Prefects

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Tuesday 12th of September saw much excitement for our VCE History staff and students at Senior School as the History Council of Victoria’s ‘History Roadshow’ was about to begin! Nine scho...

On Tuesday, 12th September, there much excitement for our VCE History staff and students at Senior School as we hosted, for the first time, the History Council of Victoria’s ‘History Roadshow’.

Nine schools across Geelong and the Surf Coast joined with our own Christian College students to hear about the benefits of studying History from a panel of those who work in the field. Students then moved into smaller groups to participate in specific lectures on their VCE History subject of choice, including 20th Century History, Australian History, Global Empires and the American Revolution.

Students were thoroughly engaged by the university experts presenting on their subject of choice, gaining greater enrichment and depth in the areas covered throughout the day. The various students from across the many schools also challenged each other’s viewpoints, allowing participants to think critically about their perspective on the issues and events discussed.

 

Ms Georgia Barber

History Teacher

 

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Yesterday at Junior School we celebrated RUOK Day, Christian College’s ninth year of participating in this initiative which aims to raise the awareness of mental health in our community. ...

Yesterday at Junior School we celebrated R U OK? Day - our College’s 9th year of participating in this initiative, which aims to raise the awareness of mental health in our community.

We came together on the basketball courts, dressed in yellow, and made the huge letters R U OK, filmed from high above. Year 4 Leaders led the service and reminded us why R U OK? Day is such an important day. In 1995, Gavin Larkin lost his father to suicide. His suicide left family and friends in deep grief and with endless questions. 

In 2009, Gavin Larkin chose to champion just one question to honour his father and to try and protect other families from the pain his father endured.

 "Are you ok?"

R U OK? is a not-for-profit suicide prevention organisation dedicated to remind people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, "R U OK?", in a meaningful way. Connecting regularly and meaningfully is one thing everyone can do, all through the year, to make a difference to anyone who might be struggling.

At Junior School we seek to encourage students to not only look after their own needs, but to also look to the needs of others and keep an eye on the welfare of those around them. Sowing these caring traits into the lives of both students and staff helps create an environment based on the type of love Jesus showed. This week during our devotions we have provided practical ways of developing many of the skills associated with R U OK?

Gavin Larkin remained a passionate champion of the fact a conversation could change a life, even as cancer ended his own in 2011. His legacy is ensuring all Australians realise a little question can make a big difference to those people struggling with life.

As adults there could well be someone you could help or let your struggles known to. Building trust, listening without judgement, encouraging action and following people up are ways our community can show genuine care to one another. Our loving God is also our comfort.

Isaiah 42:2      

When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God.

 

Rowan Thurman

Chaplain

 

Enjoy RUOK? Day in motion here

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The ‘Refugee and Asylum Seeker ‘unit is aimed at giving students the opportunity for deep and real learning. On Wednesday, the Year 6 students were immersed into the life of a refugee, ex...

The ‘Refugee and Asylum Seeker' unit is aimed at giving students the opportunity for deep and real learning.

On Wednesday, the Year 6 students were immersed into the life of a refugee, experiencing first-hand the challenges that refugees confront on a daily basis. The day’s activities were aimed at developing within the students a genuine sense of empathy for those who find themselves forced into the life of a refugee.

Underpinning the day was a chance for students to share the refugee shelters they have been working on over the past nine weeks. At the start of the term, the students were asked to design a state-of-the-art refugee shelter that would meet the basic human needs of those forced to live in them. Working in groups, the students produced designs that considered water catchment and storage, temperature control and renewable energy solutions. Design elements relating to the transportation, as well as the construction and portability, of the design also needed to be considered.

A former refugee Moshtagh Heidrani, who arrived in Australia only five years ago, spoke to the students about his experiences as a refugee, life in a refugee camp as well as the gratitude he has for Australia. He spoke with passion to the students about not taking anything for granted and the value education should play in their lives. It was wonderful for students to hear first-hand of his experiences.

The remainder of the day saw students involved in a range of activities, including an online simulation game in which students were forced to flee Australia as a refugee. A collaborative art activity that asked the students to consider the rights of ‘the child’, and an initiative challenge that placed the students into a variety of scenarios a refugee may encounter as they flee their homeland to seek a better life.

It was a valuable day for all involved and the students need to be congratulated for their efforts.

Lori Ruplal, Claire Deretic and Ryan Healy
Year 6 Teachers

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please download the flyer below.

Love Your Sister Week – Monday 11th – Friday 15th
 
This week we have raised awareness for the Love Your Sister foundation. Alongside raising funds, we have raised awareness of the import...

This week we have raised awareness for the Love Your Sister Foundation.

As well as raising funds, we have raised awareness of the importance of early detection, and the impact that breast cancer has on many women and families. During the week the students have focused on the Foundation, and celebrated all the influential women in their lives.

Through informative and positive messages we encouraged students to show the love they have for the women in their lives. During the week, each Homeroom has created a visual display to celebrate the amazing women they admire. The creative displays range from posters to sculptures, which all show the love for our sisters both inside and beyond the College community. The students have shown such support for each other, the Foundation, and acknowledging the strong women around them.

The students involved in planning and making this week a success include:

Naomi Chang (9Y), Georgia Murdoch (9G), Bethany Morrison (5B) and Fane Vaitohi (5R)

These students who were involved in planning the week are fantastic. Being hard working, well organised, and self-motivated, the week was a major success in raising awareness and funds for Love Your Sister. From creating and organising promotional posters, pink ribbons, and devotions, these students have shown they are also amazing and inspirational young women themselves.

During the 'Girl Love' event on Thursday, the students decorated over 150 cupcakes, which were then sold during Friday lunchtime to raise money for Love Your Sister. The tally from  the donations during the week and the money from selling of the cupcakes amounted to $264.60.  All the money raised will be donated to help fund cancer research. 

I would like to thank all parents, students, and staff involved in the week and those who have donated to this worthy cause which affects us all. Amid our hectic lives, it has been a week to just slow down and thank each woman in our community.

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Yesterday we celebrated RUOK DAY with a whole school assembly. The students were dressed in yellow and the Project care students were responsible for the assembly. There were giveaways of...

Yesterday we celebrated 'R U OK DAY' with a whole Campus assembly.

The students were dressed in yellow and the Project Care students were responsible for the assembly. There were giveaways of wristbands and information about the day's message. The students were encouraged to ask their friends and family 'R U OK?' and be ready to talk with them about how they are feeling.

It’s also a timely reminder that, as adults, we need to look out for each other at home, the workplace and friends as to how they are feeling and the fact that, by asking a simple question, we can all make a difference.

Thank you to all parents for taking the time to have their children dressed in yellow. The students raised $475 on the day, which will go towards the 'R U OK' message.

Take care

Gary Crole
Chaplain Bellarine Campus.

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Mr Corey Bolton
Senior School Chaplain

On Thursday, 14th September, it was the national 'R U OK? Day' – a day to raise awareness of the people around us who might not be doing so well. 

At the Senior School Campus, we wanted to make sure that every part of our staff and students were ‘OK’ and so we had a focus on the three aspects of a created being – Spirit, Soul and Body. We began the day with staff and House group devotions and a guest speaker, former Head of Burrows Nick Ward, at lunch time and this was one way we sought to help staff and students to check if they were spiritually ‘OK’.

To focus on the soul, we had a more contemplative experience in the Chapel with Mr Olivier Bonnici taking listeners on a soul journey with his amazing ability to play the violin.

One of the most popular activities of the day was the 3-on-3 Basketball competition, which was run by former College Captain Liam Nankervis. Staff were also treated to a special morning tea and free massages from a team of students from the Victorian Fitness Academy! By the end of lunch, everyone was feeling ‘OK’!

It was a great day and really helpful in building community among staff and students at our Campus.

  

Mr Corey Bolton

Senior School Chaplain

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In Integrated Studies , the Year 2 students have been exploring the topic ‘Our Local Community’. We have been focusing on the Essential questions ‘What is a Community?’ and ‘What are the ...

In Integrated Studies, the Year 2 students have been exploring the topic ‘Our Local Community’.

We have been focusing on the essential questions ‘What is a Community?’ and ‘What are the characteristics or parts that make up a Community?’ On Monday of this week the Year 2 students went on an excursion to Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre to investigate the goods and services that are offered in this Centre. 

The children had the opportunity to use their money skills to make purchases and calculate change. They also visited the Post Office where they purchased a stamp and posted a letter that they had written to a family friend or relative.

We then headed into Central Geelong where we enjoyed a delicious lunch in Johnstone Park, followed by a walk down to the Waterfront for a play on the amazing adventure playground. We finished the day with a visit and tour of the newly-refurbished Geelong Library and Observation Deck, which allowed us to take in some of the spectacular sights, historical landmarks and buildings in Geelong.

A great day was had by all!

 

Christine Adam

Year 1 and 2 Coordinator

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This week we were fortunate enough to host our Williams House Kindergarten, Bilby and Koala groups for a special excursion. The Kinder kids were challenged and stretched to follow instruc...

This week we were fortunate enough to host our Williams House Kindergarten 'Bilby' and 'Koala' groups for a special excursion.

The Kinder students were challenged and stretched to follow instructions and try new things, while working on developing listening, balancing and gross motor skills - not to mention the excitement towards building their emerging 'tug of war' skills!

Most remarkable were some of our Year 9 Prefects who had the opportunity to connect with the Kinder children, helping, supporting and encouraging the Koalas and Bilby groups as they moved around each activity station. The manner in which our Middle School students connected, engaged and communicated with these four and five-year olds was simply outstanding. They are wonderful young leaders we are very proud of.

This excursion provided a fantastic opportunity for further connection between our Middle School students and our Williams House Kindergarten students, strengthening our broader Christian College community in a fun and engaging way.

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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The annual House Drama competition was held this week with the theme of 'pantomime' testing the creativity and originality of all the participants. Each house created original performance...

The annual House Drama competition was held this week, with the theme of 'pantomime' testing the creativity and originality of all the participants.

Each House created original performances full of topical humour, an abundance of 'panto dames', colourful costumes, great scripts and lots of fun and the huge audience on both days were thoroughly entertained. It was a very close competition and a hard decision for the judges.However, in the end, Burrows House emerged victorious.

Each House is to be commended for the strong participation, good-natured banter and graceful acceptance of the judges' decision. 

 

Mrs Mandy Calderwood

Head of Drama

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As part of their Christian Education project, a group of five Year 8 students were involved in making teddy bears to hand out to newborn babies at St John of God hospital. The students me...

As part of their Christian Education project, a group of five Year 8 students were involved in making teddy bears to hand out to newborn babies at St John of God Hospital.

The students met on several occasions, over weekends and after school, to design and make the teddy bears in the quest to make a difference in the community. This activity showed the generous, warm heart of our students and exampled their fine leadership skills.

The teddy bears were received warmly from the Hospital and the newborn babies have a special bear they can keep. Overall, this was an amazing initiative of our students and a worthwhile endeavour.

 

Rebecca Barry
Christian Education Teacher

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On Tuesday night, Junior School Belmont played host to 'Spring Into Strings’, an annual evening of musical celebration for our youngest String students at Christian College.

On Tuesday night, Junior School Belmont played host to 'Spring Into Strings’, an annual evening of musical celebration for our youngest String students at Christian College.

Students from the Belmont, Bellarine and Highton campuses came together to showcase their talents and enjoy the gift of Music with each other and their families and friends. There were items from the Belmont and Bellarine Junior String Ensembles, the Bellarine and Highton Year 5 String Workshop classes, the Bellarine Ceilidh Band and the specially-formed Cross Campus Cello Ensemble.  

Students and String teaching staff collaborated beautifully together, with the highlight performance being that of the combined item, 'Toss The Feathers' by The Corrs. The energy and excitement in the room following this performance was palpable!

Each student was asked to create a small piece of artwork for the pop-up gallery. This year, students prepared a hand decorated bird, which was displayed on the night flying above the stage under a blanket of glowing fairy lights for all to enjoy.

We wish to thank the parents and guardians for their encouragement and support of the students in their musical endeavours. We are looking forward to creating many more performance opportunities to engage, inspire and nurture a love of sharing Music in our young String players into their future.

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This term our Year 4 students have been researching organisations that help to meet the needs of people in our community. The students individually chose an organisation that related to t...

This term our Year 4 students have been researching organisations that help to meet the needs of people in our community.

The students individually selected an organisation that related to the Integrated Studies ‘Fair Go Mate’ topic and decided how they would develop their understanding into brochures, handouts and other promotional material. We set about combining these ideas into an Organisations Expo, which required persistence, collaboration, creativity, decision-making and problem solving from each student.

The expo included students from across Year 4, along with the special visitors joining us for 'Grandparents Day'.

 

James Johnstone

Year 4G Teacher

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Mr Graeme Dent
Head of Senior School 

The School Day Commences at 8.50am

We are asking for help!

Parents and Guardians please ensure your son or daughter is at school by 8.50am at the latest. House group is a very important commencement to the day and is compulsory. We are reluctant to give consequences for lateness but shall if things do not improve.

I thank the vast majority of parents who do get their child to school. If there are extraordinary circumstances, then please contact me. I thank you in advance for your co-operation.

 

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School 

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On Wednesday the 6th of September a group of grade 5's attended the Parks Victoria run Kids Teaching Kids (KTK) event at Serendip Sanctuary. The KTK program uses local environmental issue...

On Wednesday, September 6th, a group of Year 5 students attended the Parks Victoria-run 'Kids Teaching Kids' (KTK) event at Serendip Sanctuary.

The KTK program uses local environmental issues as a theme for learning and then encourages students to investigate and present these issues to other students. Our students attended workshops run by students from other schools, and then got to present a workshop on the animals of Serendip Sanctuary to some Year 7 students from a school in Melbourne.

Our students had designed their lessons during July and August, giving up a number of lunchtimes in order to bring their ideas to fruition. The hard work paid off as they did an amazing job on the day, engaging and educating the other students - some of whom were at least two years older than they were!

Some student reflections from the day:

The purpose of the day was to extend other students' knowledge and to help us learn, too, and to teach us that everyone can make their voices heard. Most of the students we taught liked animal heads the best, but it looked like they had fun with the other activities, too. I hope they learned a lot. My favourite part of the day was getting to see all the fauna and being with my friends. I enjoyed being taught and being able to teach with students my own age. I will miss getting to do the KTK. I had loads of fun. Brianna Gibson 5R

The purpose of the day was to see and learn about all the animals and what they can do. I prepared for the day pretty well, I thought. Our activity was pretty successful, labelling the duck was pretty fun - and helping the other people, if they were struggling with labelling the duck, was fun as well. What I enjoyed the most was going on the wildlife walk at the end and learning about the dancing birds. Alexander Crawford 5M

The purpose of the day was to teach students that we can do anything that we put our minds to. We rehearsed the activities to make sure that they were good. The animal heads were really popular. I enjoyed doing the bush walk and meeting the blue-tongued lizard, bearded dragon and the Black Python. Ella Ryan 5M  

 

Nick Ward
Science Teacher

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On Tuesday 12th September we welcomed the Grandparents of Junior School Students to our annual Grandparent’s Afternoon Tea.
Fresh scones and hot cups of tea were the order of the day as t...

On Tuesday, 12th September we welcomed the grandparents of the Junior School Campus students to our annual 'Grandparents Afternoon Tea'.

Fresh scones and hot cups of tea were the order of the day as the cold breeze and rain forced the special assembly into the Assembly Hall. Once seated, the grandparents were entertained by a number of Junior School students, including our Year 2 Dance, Choir and Strings groups along with three special Prep students, who presented some examples of their Play Based Learning.

The afternoon concluded with a visit to the classrooms by grandparents to share some special time with their grandchildren.
 
Mark Foran

 

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The room was buzzing as the Year 1 students displayed their learning about Materials and Movement through four different open-ended activities at Monday’s Materials and Movement Open Hous...

The room was buzzing as the Year 1 students displayed their learning about materials and movement through four different open-ended activities at Monday’s 'Materials and Movement' Open House.

Ping-pong balls and erasers were launched across the Music foyer as students used different materials to build a catapult and discussed how it moved. Other students collaborated with their guests to construct a car that could roll the longest off a ramp.

Building a flotation device for a character was another way the students highlighted their learning about different materials. Using the story 'Horton Hatches an Egg' as a prompt, the final activity was creating a nest that could withstand the vicious wind (a fan).

The students loved sharing their learning with the special visitors and it was truly a beautiful time of celebrating the learning that has taken place over the term with our College community.

Jessica Chakir and Melissa Smith
Year 1 Teachers

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Bush Art, orienteering, balancing on the low ropes course, trampolining and zooming off on the flying fox were some of the many activities Year 1 students participated in at the Burnside ...

Bush art, orienteering, balancing on the low ropes course, trampolining and zooming off on the flying fox were some of the many activities Year 1 students participated in at the Burnside Camp at Anglesea.

The students enjoyed a gorgeous bush walk to the beach, noticing native wildflowers and spectacular views along the track. The sky was filled with dramatic clouds and, as we are cloud experts, we could identify that they were cumulonimbus (rain clouds) and the distant thunder and rainbow confirmed this for us.

At the beach we enjoyed the annual ‘Master Castles’ competition and there were many creative designs built by the students, using a range of natural materials found on our rambles. On Thursday, all classes came together for a day of team building experiences, including tabloid sports and an epic groove-a-thon hosted by the magnificent Mr Smith.

The students enjoyed all of the experiences and took the many opportunities to try new things and make new friends. We are sure that these memories will be ones that they will always treasure. The Year 1 team would like to thank the parents and staff who volunteered to assist -your efforts are truly appreciated and valued.

We hope that you treasured the experience as much as the children did. A special thanks to Mr Thurman who attended the full camp and made the experience so much richer for all with his presence.

 

Anna Daley

Year 1 Coordinator

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On Tuesday the 12th of September, 11 students represented the Bellarine campus at the Division Athletics carnival at Landy Field. It was another wet and cold day, but it was great to see ...

On Tuesday, 12th September, a group of 11 students represented the Bellarine Campus at the Division Athletics Carnival at Landy Field.

It was another wet and cold day, but it was great to see all students give it their best effort at such a high level, competing against some of the best athletes in the Geelong Region. In a tough field, we had some stand-out performances for the day, with Harris Gee winning the Hurdles in the Under-11 Boys section and Amelia Cunningham winning the Shot Put and coming 2nd in the Discus in the Under-12/13 Girls.

Both these students will now go onto represent our College in the regionals in Melbourne next term. We wish them all the best and will follow their progress with interest. A big congratulations to all students who completed on Tuesday!

 

Miss Caitlin Hoiles
Physical Educaton Coordinator

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In our role as Chaplains, Naomi and I come across an increasing number of students struggling with stress. A certain amount of stress is normal, particularly for adolescents, however here...

In our role as Chaplains, Naomi Gibbons and I come across an increasing number of students who are struggling with everyday occurrences.

At times they indicate they are feeling overwhelmed or don't know how to manage a certain situation. In some of these instances students are demonstrating signs of stress.

An amount of stress is normal in everyday life, particularly for adolescents, however there are strategies and suggestions that can be applied to assist our children to better manage these situations and to reduce their level of stress:

  1. Don’t jam pack too much into their lives.

One of the biggest stressors for kids is being overscheduled; kids need downtime to rejuvenate. Their brains and bodies need to rest, but often they will not be able to recognise this for themselves. That is why it is very important for you, as parents, to know when your child is becoming over-scheduled. Make sure that there are scheduled periods in your child’s week or weekend where they can simply kick back and relax.

  1. Make time for play.

Professionals say that one of the most important contributors to your child’s well-being is to combine play time with physical activity. Some ideas include: riding bikes, kicking a ball or going on a hike.

  1. Sleep is a vital component in reducing stress.

We know as parents that we can deal with so much more in life when we get enough sleep. It is exactly the same for our children, because they are able to reduce their stress and be in a better mood after a good night’s sleep, allowing them to perform better at school. Coupled with that idea, professionals recommend reducing your child’s screen time, watching less TV and managing their electronic devices.

  1. We set the example

As adults, we are not immune to stress, however, stress can be really contagious. When we are stressed, our children get stressed, too, and if you are living in an environment with high stress levels, then your children are going to pick up on that. We need to do the best we can to demonstrate and produce a relaxed environment. While this may be easier said than done, it is very important for our children to see us displaying positive, slowed-down behaviour instead of stress. Finally, make the morning as smooth as possible, because this will set the tone for the rest of the day!

  1. Let your kids know it is okay to make mistakes.

Driving a great deal of the stress felt by children is the fear of making mistakes. Reminding them that they are not supposed to be perfect and know how to do everything correctly is very important. It is good to get things right, but it is a critical life skill to know how to learn from and recover from a mistake. The best lessons that I have learnt have been from working out how to recover from my mistakes.

  1. Teach your kids to be kind to themselves

This point is often missed, but is so vital to their well-being, because it will help them to avoid or mitigate the stress that they feel.

Please take care of yourselves and if you ever want to catch up for a chat, you are more than welcome to contact us at the College.

 

Tim Blackhall

Chaplain

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Barwon Health Immunisations are holding two catch up days for those Senior School students who missed out on receiving their Meningococcal Immunisation at school.  They will be held on Fr...

Barwon Health Immunisations are holding two catch-up days for those Senior School students who missed out on receiving their Meningococcal Immunisation at school.  

They will be held on Friday, 29th September and Monday, 2nd October. Please phone Barwon Health Immunisations on 4215 6963 to arrange a booking.

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Congratulations to all Year 6 students that have participated this term in the Morris Gleitzman Reader’s Cup challenge. In addition to reading the class novel Boy Overboard students were ...

Congratulations to all Year 6 students who have participated this term in the 'Morris Gleitzman Reader’s Cup' challenge.

In addition to reading the class novel 'Boy Overboard', students were required to read multiple first chapters by the same author. In LITEhouse, students researched the author and made notes on the characters, plot and events.

Towards the end of term, classes were quizzed with the winning team going through to represent their Homeroom. Well done to 'The Wicked Readers' from 6M and the following students for their team efforts: Teneal Booth, Gay Ka Yaw Yaw, Htoo Lwe Paw Dreamer, Baxter Pullin and Christian Sollberger.

Congratulations on winning your own autographed copy of Morris Gleitzman’s newest book 'Snot Chocolate'. Happy reading all.

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It was with great anticipation of having the Prep fathers visiting their classroom that resulted in the Preps setting up the play areas ready for cups of tea and cakes to be served to wil...

The great anticipation of having the Prep fathers and special friends visiting our classroom resulted in the Preps setting up the play areas ready for cups of tea and cakes to be served to willing dads.

Potato people were made and 'Tic-Tac-Toe' games made, however the smiles on the faces of both the Preps and Fathers alike showed the success of the night!

Mrs Sally Humphris

Prep Teacher

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On Tuesday night, Belmont Junior School played host to 'Spring Into Strings’, an annual evening of musical celebration for our youngest string students at Christian College.
The gymnasium...

On Tuesday night, Junior School Belmont played host to 'Spring Into Strings’, an annual evening of musical celebration for our youngest String students at Christian College.

The gymnasium was transformed into a special performance venue for the occasion. Students from the Belmont, Bellarine and Highton campuses came together to showcase their talents and enjoy the gift of Music with each other and their families and friends.

There were items from the Belmont and Bellarine Junior String Ensembles, the Bellarine and Highton Year 5 String Workshop classes, the Bellarine Ceilidh Band, and the specially-formed Cross Campus Cello Ensemble.  

Students and String teaching staff collaborated beautifully together, with the highlight performance being that of the combined item, 'Toss The Feathers' by The Corrs. The energy and excitement in the room following this performance was palpable!

Each student was asked to create a small piece of artwork for the pop-up gallery. This year, students prepared a hand decorated bird, which was displayed on the night flying above the stage under a blanket of glowing fairy lights for all to enjoy.

We wish to thank the parents and guardians for their encouragement and support of the students in their musical endeavours. We are looking forward to creating many more performance opportunities to engage, inspire and nurture a love of sharing Music in our young String players into their future.

Spring Into Strings Combined Finale

 

Rebecca Bertoncello

Junior School String Coordinator

 

 

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On Wednesday evening September 13th the VCE Unit 4 Music Performance and Music Investigation classes had a recital featuring some of their works being prepared for their end-of-year perfo...

On Wednesday evening, September 13th, the VCE Unit 4 Music Performance and Music Investigation classes had a recital featuring some of their works being prepared for their end-of-year performance examinations.

The recital featured a huge variety of musical styles and performance techniques, as the students performed Music from Vivaldi to contemporary pop/rock and many styles in between. It was a  great chance for the students to share their Music with families, friends, each other and staff.  

The evening was quite a showcase and vital preparation for the pressure of a VCE Performance Examination.

 

Mrs Fiona Gardner
Director of Music

 

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The latest challenge in Year 9 Science is for the boys to investigate the different reaction rates between various forms of calcium carbonate (limestone, marble, shell) and different acid...

The latest challenge in Year 9 Science is for the boys to investigate the different reaction rates between various forms of calcium carbonate (limestone, marble, shell) and different acids.

They are counting the number of bubbles of CO2, observing the height of bubbles and measuring the volume of gas produced using quite complicated apparatus set ups. It is a chance for the boys to work on an independent project, adapting their methodology as they discover flaws in their initial ideas. They are starting to work as 'real' scientists do!

 

Deb Singleton
Science Coordinator

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Our long term exchange students Elizabeth Andueza-Mossop, Paige Elliot and Alyssa Jones left Melbourne last Friday and got Japan safely Saturday afternoon. New school life has begun and t...

Our long-term exchange students Elizabeth Andueza-Mossop, Paige Elliot and Alyssa Jones left Melbourne last Friday and arrived to Japan safely on Saturday afternoon.

New school life has begun and they are enjoying new cultural experiences every minute. They will return to Australia in January, 2018. Good luck to these students and we hop you enjoy this wonderful experience.

 

Mr Yuji Nakayama

Head of Japanese and Exchange

 

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Last Tuesday we had a number of students from Christian College Geelong represent the school at the North Geelong Division Athletics at Landy Field. The weather was once again challenging...

Last Tuesday we had a number of students represent our College at the North Geelong Division Athletics at Landy Field.

The weather was once again challenging, with participants needing to persevere through rain. Fraser Richardson placed well in his 1500m race, and Jaidyn Anderson’s High Jump event was postponed due to safety concerns. Hopefully this event will be held after school next week.

Our other representative from Junior School, Charlize Duck, placed 2nd in the Long Jump and will now progress to the Western Metropolitan Track and Field Carnival on Tuesday, 17th October at Keilor Park.

Well done to all our students on their efforts and we wish Charlize all the best for the event early next term.

 

Nick Rice

Junior School Sport Coordinator

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R U OK?Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that we’ve all got what it takes to ask, “are you ok?” and support those struggling with life. The day is about insp...

R U OK?Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that we’ve all got what it takes to ask, “are you ok?” and support those struggling with life.

The day is about inspiring people to start these conversations every day of the year. More than 3000 Australians commit suicide each year. That’s about eight people every day. In a national survey conducted by R U OK?, they posed the question – just how likely are we as a nation to feel confident enough to ask “are you ok?” of anyone we are worried about.

The good news is 70% of respondents said they felt comfortable asking the question. We know that suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge. But we also know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions: “Are you ok?”  Taking part can be as simple as learning R U OK?’s Four steps, so you can have a conversation that could change a life.

The 2017 campaign theme is ‘You’ve got what it takes’ and at Christian College we feel that we have all got what it takes to look out for one another and support those who may be struggling with life. For most of us, our eyes, ears and mouths are the resources we can use to support those around us. It’s the lack of connection or belonging we want to prevent.

By inspiring people to take the time to ask “Are you ok?” and listen, we can help people struggling with life feel connected, long before they even think about suicide. It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. And asking “are you ok?” is a great place to start.

Our College feels very strongly in supporting the R U Ok? Campaign and, as such, we will be celebrating this special event early in Term 4. Unfortunately, due to an extensive commitment to several activities this term, we have decided to move our celebration to allow other equally important events to run.

We hope you will all get behind and support this incredible cause and we look forward to hosting a wonderful event early Term 4.

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The recent Bellarine Elective Expo allowed students to investigate the many various pathways available for them to take on their journey through Middle School. The elective offerings are ...

The recent Bellarine Elective Expo allowed students to investigate the various pathways available for them to take on their journey through Middle School.

The Elective offerings are part of the learning landscape at Christian College, which aims to support each student to identify their passion for learning, their ability to think, solve problems and to manage their individual learning. The evening was full of excitement as students anticipated what lay ahead for them.

 

Earl Moore
Deputy Head of Campus

 

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The College acknowledges Breanna Allen, 5R who has earned the ‘Grey Wolf’ achievement as a member of the 1st Torquay Scout Troop. To achieve this Breanna had to demonstrate initiative in ...

The College acknowledges Breanna Allen (5R), who has earned the ‘Grey Wolf’ achievement as a member of the 1st Torquay Scout Troop.

To achieve this, Breanna had to demonstrate initiative in tackling challenges over many months, in addition to displaying self-discipline, teamwork and leadership. Congratulations Breanna on your achievement!

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Year 12 Thomas Hartshorne
My chosen career path is plumbing. I have chosen this because my family are involved in this trade. The VET course I study as part of VCAL is helping me work tow...

Year 12 Thomas Hartshorne

My chosen career path is plumbing. I have chosen this because my family are involved in this trade. The VET course I study as part of VCAL is helping me work towards my career. At VET I learn about many different skills and techniques that I will use when working. I have been able to apply what I have learnt to my work placement with my dad. I am better at using snips, which are like scissors. They are made for cutting holes in metal and making stop-ends for gutters. Highlights of my work placement are being able to learn different techniques and how things work, as well as how to make them work. Work on Fridays involves many different things like replacing gutters, replacing water lines for hot and cold water lines in bathrooms. I have also done little jobs like replace taps, toilets and showervheads. Something I experienced this year was replacing some sewer pipes. We were digging out a trench and one of the workers ripped through a water line with the digger. Water filled up the trench and we had to bucket all the water off. VCAL and VET is a great program for me, as it gives me many opportunities to prepare for becoming a plumber.

 

Mrs Kerryn Fearnsides

VET/VCAL Coordinator

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Not long to wait now until we head off on the bus to Lake Dewar. We are all so very excited about the many fun activities we will get to do and the great times we will have with each othe...

Not long to wait now until we head off on the bus to Lake Dewar!

We are all so very excited about the many fun activities we will enjoy and the great times we will have with each other. The weather is so unpredictable at the moment, so we need to be prepared for all types of weather.

Please read the clothing list carefully, as your child will need to be able to carry their own bag and organise their own belongings as part of encouraging independence. Also, a friendly reminder to pack some gumboots, a waterproof coat and bring along some plastic bags for wet and dirty clothing.

Below is the link for Lake Dewar, if you would like to have a look at the Camp facilities.

http://www.camps.ymca.org.au/locate/lake-dewar.html 

CLOTHING LIST FOR SCHOOL CAMP - YEAR 3

1. Sleeping bag. Blankets and pillows are supplied.
2. A pillowcase
3. A small suitcase/carry-all overnight bag
4. One small backpack for 1st day activities and lunch
5. Sunblock and insect repellent
6. A protective hat
6. One towel
7. Two pairs of sensible footwear for participating in outdoor activities. Sneakers are preferable. Also, thongs for showers
8. Three changes of underwear, socks, T-Shirts
9. Clothing appropriate to the season. Most of the Camp activities will be undertaken outdoors
a. Jumper/rain coat
b. Pyjamas
c. Tracksuit
10. Toothbrush, toothpaste, brush and comb, soap and face washer
11. Handkerchiefs/tissues
12. Torch
13. Laundry bags for soiled clothing (two plastic bags will suffice)
14. Camera (not compulsory) may be taken only with parents’ permission, and at your own risk. Parents and students are asked to ensure that NO electronic games, iPads etc., lollies or personal valuables, such as jewellery, are taken to the camp.
15. Emergency telephone number at Lake Dewar is (03) 53 687 459. It must be stressed that this number can only be used in cases of emergency.
16. Any clothing items required for Camp Concert.

PLEASE SEE THAT ALL ITEMS ARE CLEARLY MARKED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME

 

Debbie Riddle, Lisa Johnson and Paige Karamatic

Year 3 Teachers

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This week a small group of Middle and Junior School students attended a Chess Competition at Oberon High School. The students spent the day playing against a range of different abilities ...

This week a small group of Middle and Junior School students attended a Chess Competition at Oberon High School.

The students spent the day playing against a range of different abilities and ages and it was a fantastic opportunity to represent the College in this competitive game. Tvisha Merchant was one of the students and is a passionate Chess player.

A reflection from her:

On Monday, September 11, I participated in an Interschools Chess Tournament at Oberon High School. There were three of us, Dylan Phung and myself, from the Middle School Campus and John McClure from Junior School. We had quite a challenge as we were asked to play against high school students. It was tough competition - I won two games out of seven. I really enjoyed this experience as I was able to meet people from other schools as well as test my skills against the older players.

I am looking forward to Chess Club starting at Middle School next term. It will be wonderful to have a bigger Christian College team to head to a greater variety of Interschool competitions so we can have a great chance winning!

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This year we are once again supporting the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) by holding a Great Book Swap on Wednesday, 18th October (Junior School Show Day).  ILF aims to help raise f...

This year we are once again supporting the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) by holding a 'Great Book Swap' on Wednesday, 18th October (Junior School Show Day). 

ILF aims to help raise funds to raise Literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. We ask for your support to help raise funds to buy books and Literacy resources for children in these communities.

We ask that the students bring along one of their favourite books (one that they are happy to donate) and, for a gold coin donation, they can swap it for someone else's favourite book. All the money raised will be donated to the ILF. Students can begin to bring along their books now in preparation for the day. There will be collection boxes in each classroom.  

How does it work?

If you would like more information, please check the following website http://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/the-great-book-swap.html

 

Lisa Johnson and Rachel Fox

Project Care Coordinators

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There is still time to provide feedback if you registered for the Family Dinner Project 4-week program that was mentioned in The Vine, Week 7.In sharing this project with yo...

Dear Parents,

There is still time to provide feedback if you registered for the Family Dinner Project four-week program that was mentioned in The Vine, Week 7.

In sharing this project with you, I hope that it might be of support to some of our families to learn more about what our students are doing at the College and find meaningful ways to connect with what is taking place in the lives of your children. Please forward any feedback to principal@ccg.vic.edu.au

 

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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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 performances. Whilst 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 (a Christian College graduate, and one of our country’s leading amateur golfers) coaching 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 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

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During Term 3 in English, the students have been studying a biography/autobiography based on their own choosing. Over the course of the last few weeks the students have been busy studying...

During Term 3 in English, the students have been studying a biography or autobiography based on their own choosing.

Over the course of the last few weeks the students have been busy studying their texts and writing essays based on their selected character. As a reward for their behaviour and avid interest in this unit of work, we have decided to watch a biographical film titled ‘Catch Me If You Can’, which is rated M.

‘Catch Me If You Can’ is a 2002 American biographical crime comedy-drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana prosecutor. His primary crime was check fraud; he became so skillful that the FBI eventually turned to him for help in catching other check forgers. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

If you have any concerns or wish to discuss anything further, please contact the College on 52 532 998.

Yours Faithfully


Joanne Lowe and Michael Lutz
Year 9 English Teachers

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The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide coverage of issues that matter to parents – a combination of useful information, news and thought-provoking material.
...

The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide coverage of issues that matter to parents – a combination of useful information, news and thought-provoking material.

We encourage our parents to view the website, or subscribe, so links on relevant articles will be sent directly to your inbox.

CLICK HERE to view the ISV Parents' Website

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The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide coverage of issues that matter to parents – a combination of useful information, news and thought-provoking material.
...

The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide coverage of issues that matter to parents – a combination of useful information, news and thought-provoking material.

We encourage our parents to view the website, or subscribe, so links on relevant articles will be sent directly to your inbox.

CLICK HERE to view the ISV Parents' Website

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The Year 1 Aquatic program will begin on Friday, 13th October, the first Friday of Term 4.

This will be in place of the Physical Education sessions. Aquatic education is an important component of the Christian College Physical Education & Sport program. The students will undertake their Aquatic classes at the Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre.

A 30-minute lesson will be held each Friday afternoon during Term 4, between the times from 1:45pm to 3pm. Children will depart Junior School via bus at approximately 1:25pm and return by 3:20pm. At the conclusion of the term, a Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday, 1st December. Details of this carnival will be forwarded to you in due course.

Each student is required to have appropriate Swimming attire, one piece bathers for girls and ‘Speedo’s for boys. Bathers, swim cap and goggles are compulsory. Christian College bathers and swim caps can be purchased from the Uniform Shop.

It is not compulsory to wear Christian College items. Students are to wear their Sport uniform on Fridays next term, with students wearing their PE uniforms on Wednesdays.

If you have any queries regarding your child’s involvement in this Aquatic program, please do not hesitate to contact me by email n.rice@ccg.vic.edu.au.

 

Nick Rice

Junior School Sport Coordinator

 

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A reminder to families that the Canteen will not be open next Friday, 22nd September.  There will be no lunch orders available on this day, and no parent volunteers required, thank you.
I...

A reminder to families that the Canteen will not be open next Friday, 22nd September. There will be no lunch orders available on this day, and no parent volunteers required, thank you.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our Canteen volunteers for their great help and faithful service.

 

Heather Smith

Canteen Manager

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A reminder to families that the Canteen will be open for Recess only next Friday 22nd September.  There will be no lunch orders available on this day, and no parent volunteers required, t...

A reminder to families that the Canteen will be open for Recess only on Friday, 22nd September.

There will be no lunch orders available on this day, and no parent volunteers are required, thank you. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our Canteen volunteers for their great help and faithful service.

 

Heather Smith

Canteen Manager

 

 

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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 tow...

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 Friday, 14th October. 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.  

Please do not wrap boxes with Christmas paper as all boxes will be opened and checked when they are transported to the warehouse in Melbourne.

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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There are a number of items of clothing including jackets, school jumpers and school shoes currently in lost property at Junior School. A reminder that if items are unclaimed by the end o...

There are a number of clothing items including jackets, College jumpers and shoes currently in lost property at Junior School.

At the end of term, any unnamed and unclaimed items will be distributed to the uniform shop / Op Shop as donations. Parents are welcome to look for and identify items prior to the end of term.

Thank you

 

Carla Dunlop

Deputy Head of Junior School

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Dear Parents,
There is still time to provide feedback if you registered for the Family Dinner Project 4-week program that was mentioned in The Vine, Week 7.In sharing this project with yo...

Dear Parents,

There is still time to provide feedback if you registered for the Family Dinner Project four-week program that was mentioned in The Vine, Week 7.

In sharing this project with you, I hope that it might be of support to some of our families to learn more about what our students are doing at the College and find meaningful ways to connect with what is taking place in the lives of your children. Please forward any feedback to principal@ccg.vic.edu.au

 

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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Dear Parents,
There is still time to provide feedback if you registered for the Family Dinner Project 4-week program that was mentioned in The Vine, Week 7.In sharing this project with yo...

Dear Parents,

There is still time to provide feedback if you registered for the Family Dinner Project four-week program that was mentioned in The Vine, Week 7.
In sharing this project with you, I hope that it might be of support to some of our families to learn more about what our students are doing at our College and find meaningful ways to connect with what is taking place in the lives of your children.

Please forward any feedback to principal@ccg.vic.edu.au

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide coverage of issues that matter to parents – a combination of useful information, news and thought-provoking material.
...

The Parents’ Website of Independent Schools Victoria aims to provide coverage of issues that matter to parents – a combination of useful information, news and thought-provoking material.

We encourage our parents to view the website, or subscribe, so links on relevant articles will be sent directly to your inbox.

CLICK HERE to view the ISV Parents' Website

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On Thursday the 14th and Friday the 15th of September, the Drysdale CFA visited our Prep, Year One and Year Two students as a part of their Safety unit in Health.
The wonderful volunteers...

On September 14 and 15, the Drysdale CFA visited our Prep, Year 1 and 2 students as a part of their Safety unit in Health.

The wonderful volunteers at the CFA went over a number of important safety points with the students, talking about what to do in case of a fire, what can cause a fire and having a special meeting place for their family, if there was an emergency.

The students were lucky enough to have a tour of the truck and even use the hose. I encouraged all families to have a fire plan and discuss this with their children regularly.

 

Caitlin Hoiles
Physical Education Coordinator

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Dear Parents,
There is still time to provide feedback if you registered for the Family Dinner Project 4-week program that was mentioned in The Vine, Week 7.
In sharing this project with y...

Dear Parents,

There is still time to provide feedback if you registered for the Family Dinner Project Four-Week Program that was mentioned in The Vine, Week 7.

In sharing this project with you, I hope that it might be of support to some of our families to learn more about what our students are doing at the College and find meaningful ways to connect with what is taking place in the lives of your children.

Please forward any feedback to principal@ccg.vic.edu.au.

 

Glen McKeeman
Principal

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Just a reminder to families, that we are holding a large amount of lost property in the student office, including school blazers, sports jackets, jumpers, track pants and hats
 
 

Just a reminder to families, that we are holding a large amount of lost property in the student office, including school blazers, sports jackets, jumpers, track pants and hats

 

 

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