Christian College’s camping program plays a vital role at Junior School in developing and growing our students. Whether it is the Year 1 and 2 camps at Anglesea, the Preps recent trip to ...

Our College’s Camps program plays a vital role at Junior School in developing and growing our students.

Whether it is the Year 1 and 2 Camps to Anglesea, the Preps recent trip to the Werribee Zoo, the wonderful Year 3 experience at Lake Dewar or the new experiences that await on the Year 4 Camp in a few weeks’ time, all have a special place and role to play. I generally attend most camps and enjoy the interactions and development that takes place over the short time away from school.

It’s a bit daunting when I look back over the number of camps I have been involved in, either as a teacher, Chaplain or youth leader. It would have to be getting close to the 100 mark! While these days it takes a bit more out of me than it used to, I never get tired of the wonderful opportunities that present themselves, especially in terms of growing our students - socially, emotionally and physically while on camps. Seeing students thrive and grow in these settings is precious and great to be a part of. I congratulate our dedicated staff who organise and plan these camping experiences for your children.

As a Chaplain, camps enable me to interact more widely with students, in more relaxed settings, helping to fast-track my knowledge of individual students and their interests. I love seeing and encouraging students that may be a bit tentative about being away from home, grow in their ability to embrace change and work through challenges. The joy and accomplishment on their faces says so much and you can see their sense of satisfaction at mastering a new skill. It’s the core reason many of us love doing what we do!

Being able to keep a pastoral eye open for a student needing a listening ear is also important. Some schools put camps in the ‘too hard basket’, and while concerns about safety, costs and separation from their family are real, I believe the self-confidence and self-worth gained along with added skills in resiliency and independence more than compensates for the potential concerns.

Seeing God’s creation at close quarters and celebrating its beauty is another special component that comes with the camping experience.

1 Peter 5: 7  "Cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you".

 

Rowan Thurman

Chaplain - Junior School Campus

 

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Hi Everyone, on Friday 10th November at 10:40am at Bellarine Campus, 40 Collins Street, Drysdale we have the unveiling of the WW1 Remembrance day mural which has been especially painted b...

Dear Bellarine Families,

You are invited to the unveiling of the WW1 Mural and Service of Remembrance on Friday, 10th November at 10:40am at the Bellarine Campus.

Through a Year 9 unit of study in English and Humanities, students (in conjunction with artist Mr Andrew Plant) have developed a mural which commemorates the men and women from the Bellarine Peninsula who served in The Great War. Andrew, an author, artist and keen historian, lived in France and wrote his most well-known book ‘The Poppy’.

The mural has been supported through the ANZAC Centenary Community Grant Program, the Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program, the Drysdale RSL and the Bellarine Historical Society.

Please join us in being part of this ceremony, as we are reminded of the cost that was paid through the Great War.

Please RSVP by 6th November for catering purposes to:
events@ccg.vic.edu.au

Gary Crole
Chaplain - Bellarine Campus

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On Tuesday all students and staff came together to support R U OK? Day with an assembly in the SAC. The students came to school dressed in yellow and a group of Year 8 students were respo...

On Tuesday, all students and staff came together to support R U OK? Day with an assembly in the SAC.

The students came to school dressed in yellow and a group of Year 8 students were responsible for running the assembly.  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.

Asking “R U OK?” in a country where the cultural psyche is to downplay pain, these three little words can have monumental power. To have a conversation with someone whom you suspect is not traveling so well - even if you don’t know exactly what to say - you can still give a tremendous amount of support by asking the question and listening. While not everyone is willing to open up when they are struggling - even when they do have a strong support network - we cannot underestimate the potency of letting others know that we are there for them and that we care. 

Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing, while feelings of isolation or hopelessness can contribute to depression and other mental illnesses.

R U OK? Day aims to show that regular, meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love, as well as raise awareness of mental health and suicide, and help people develop the verbal skills to check in with friends, family and colleagues.

How to ask 'Are you OK?'

  • ALEC: Ask, Listen, Encourage action (which may simply mean assisting someone towards support), Check in (stay in touch and be there for them).
  • Trust your gut: Expect people to minimise and say they are OK when they are not. Our psyche is to minimise, deny and avoid in the space of mental health. Trust your gut reaction – if you know someone well, be gently persistent.
  • Don't assume: We see someone in a high-performing role, doing well at school, or someone with a great family, and we make assumptions. But mental health problems does not discriminate - it can affect anyone. How someone is presenting on the outside is often very different to how they are feeling on the inside.
  • Real-time conversations and connections matter: A text does not cut it if someone is really struggling. It's effectiveness versus efficiency - it might be more efficient to send a text message, but is it more effective?
  • Take initiative: Don't wait for someone to come to you before you ask how they are. Do not rely on the person who's not traveling so well to come to you. Take the burden off them and invite them into that conversation. That's what makes a tremendous difference in connecting people when they feel disconnected.

A special thanks to Ted Paige Walker, Harvey Beckley, Madeleine Benson, Eliza Bell, George Maroulis, Luka Currell for their amazing work in presenting the assembly and to Hudson Long for his photographic skills.

 

Naomi Gibbons and Tim 'Chappy' Blackhall

Middle School - Highton Chaplains

 

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Bush Prep provides our children with valuable opportunities to engage in unstructured, exploratory, creative, outdoor play! Our sessions are muddy, wet, messy, noisy and fun! Our Preps ar...

Bush Prep provides our children with valuable opportunities to engage in unstructured, exploratory and creative outdoor play!

Our sessions are muddy, wet, messy, noisy and fun! Our Preps are very blessed to explore and investigate in a beautiful bush setting at Taylor Park in Torquay. It has been wonderful to see many Preps continue to work on various cubby construction projects over a number of consecutive weeks.

Returning to the same destination allows the children to engage, to move away and return to the experience with new ideas for improving, revising and expanding their work.

 

Claire Tucker

Prep Teacher

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What an amazing response we had to our Operation Christmas Child. On behalf of the Project Care Team I would like to thank our school community for getting b...

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What an amazing response we had to our Operation Christmas Child!

On behalf of the Project Care Team, I would like to thank our College community for getting behind such a great program. This year we reached an amazing total of 198 boxes collected, along with $2037 to go towards items for the boxes as well as postage. This was 33 more boxes than last year - we are so excited to have beaten our record by so much!

It is very exciting to think that 198 children in various parts of the world will now be receiving something for Christmas through the generosity of the students, their families and the staff here at our Christian College Bellarine Campus.

I would like to give a special mention to Maggie Potiriadis for her help with this program. Maggie is very passionate about this appeal and does so much work for these children. Once again thank you for your support of our Project Care Program.

Mrs Claire Deretic

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The study of Year 8 History leads students on a journey through the Medieval time period in Europe.

Work within the classroom has been rich and engaging, introducing students to many wondrous ideas and concepts. This teaching only reaches so far. On Friday, 27th October, the Year 8 students from 8M, 8R and 8Y stepped out of their comfort zone and into the 15th Century.

Through the work of ‘History Up Close’ and their practical and hands-on approach to teaching Medieval History, the students were given a chance to experience what living almost 600 years ago would have been like. This covered everything from music and the instruments that were played, to the weapons that were used and the clothes that were worn during Medieval times.

The students finish the day with a greater understanding of how Medieval society interacted, having participated in a feast as well as playing traditional Medieval Games. These experiences add tremendous value to the curriculum and are invaluable as we seek to provide students with a rich and vibrant environment to enhance their learning.

 

Leon O’Neill
Year 8 History Teacher

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In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed. (Psalm 95:4-5.)
 
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"In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed." (Psalm 95:4-5.)

Last week, three Year 8 classes took part in the premier event of their GEOS subject, an epic four-day camp in the Great Otway National Park. Journeying through coastal, riverine, heathland and temperate rainforest ecosystems on foot, kayak and mountain bike, the classes explored the Surf Coast in near-perfect weather. The students worked together with peers to pitch their own tents, plan and prepare all of their own meals, navigate hiking trails and successfully organise their personal equipment.

To negotiate the complex challenges of the camp, the students drew from their developing collaboration, planning and interdependence skills. Communication and resourcefulness were also critical, especially as tiredness set in and food rations dwindled. All students embraced the spirit of GEOS, a proudly non-competitive subject where team-work and contribution are valued most highly. Their teachers were inspired to see the way each class developed throughout the camp, seeking ways to support each other and capitalise on diverse strengths within each group.

Throughout the journey each student considered their own connection to the natural environment, and made links between Indigenous land management of the past and potential issues related to conservation in the future. Students displayed the skill of ‘treading lightly’ throughout the week, causing only minimal impact on the land and learning skills they can use throughout their lives.

Student reflections towards the end of the camp revealed their intimate understanding of the value of learning in the outdoors, including building resilience and new relationships, solving immediate and very real problems, and improving health. During 2018, many of these students have elected to study the brand new Year 9 GEOS subject, where their new skills will be further put to the test during a 42km bushwalk through Wilsons Promontory National Park.

The next challenge awaits…

 

Georgie Brown

Outdoor Education Teacher

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Learning ordinal numbers took on true meaning as Prep students barracked for their favourite snail in the annual C.C.B Snail Race. The competition was tight to begin with, snails were nec...

Learning ordinal numbers took on true meaning as Prep students cheered for their favourite snail in the annual 'C.C.B Snail Race'.

The competition was tight, with most snails neck-and-neck in the early stages, however a few snails curled up mid-race for a sleep. Seizing the opportunity, 'Alisha Lightning' left a silver trail behind her to win the race, just pipping runner-up 'J.B Speedy' at the post. The “Super Twins” (one whom was miffed to be carrying his brother for most of the race!) came closely behind in third.

The snails were treated to some tasty grass for their efforts and the Preps all agreed that "learning Maths is fun!".

Mrs Sally Humphris
Prep Teacher

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The grade 1s have been revising how to collect and graph data. Due to the lovely weather we have had, we decided to embrace the sunshine and collect our data outside. The students made li...

Year 1 students have been revising how to collect and graph data.

Due to the lovely weather recently, we decided to embrace the sunshine and collect our data outside. The students made links in their learning to formulate a topic for data collection that linked to our Integrated Studies unit ‘Oh, The Places We Go.’  Students are currently working collaboratively on a design brief to change the sandpit and garden area to include an outdoor classroom.

One of the requirements of this task is to include sustainability. Students decided to collect data on how many rubbish bins are around the Campus, how much rubbish and the types of rubbish left on the ground and what spaces there are around the Campus for fun and learning. Other students enjoyed collecting data on the birdlife and trees around the Campus.

After we finished collecting, we interpreted the data and made inferences to give possible reasons for our findings:

Tegan (1G) collected data on how many bins are on the Campus. She inferred that there was a lot of rubbish on the ground because there are not enough bins in the school.

Eden (1G) collected data on birdlife. Eden observed many birds around the Campus and she inferred that this is due to the many trees we have for birds to live in.

The Year 1 students enjoyed learning outside and we look forward to proposing ideas for an outdoor classroom so we can embrace more opportunities to learn outdoors.

Josh (1G) commented that, "it was fun because we got to enjoy the sunshine while we were collecting data", while Nate (1G) said the outdoor classroom would allow "other classes to work outside more".

 

Jamie-Lee Lobbe

Year 1 Teacher

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As part to their learning in Integrated Studies, students in Year 1 and 2 last Friday ‘travelled’ to four different countries to experience and learn about a celebration of importance in ...

As part to their learning in Integrated Studies, students in Year 1 and 2 last Friday ‘traveled’ to four different countries to experience and learn about a celebration of importance in those countries.

Students visited Japan to take part in a variety of sporting events that would be played during the 'Japanese National Sport Day'. In India, they learnt about the Diwali 'Festival of Lights', and created a tea candle holder. They traveled to East Timor, where they learnt about the Timorese legend explaining why Timor was formed in the shape of a crocodile. In the USA, they discussed the 'Thanksgiving' holiday, creating a place mat that included things they are thankful for and they also tasted pumpkin pie, which gained mixed responses!

While ‘visiting’ each country, students learnt about the country, the history of the celebration and how and why it is celebrated today. Students participated in all activities with a high level of enthusiasm and developed their knowledge of different celebrations that will be used as a foundation to build on throughout the remainder of the year.

 

Melissa Smith
Classroom Teacher

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The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge encourages students to read and promotes a love of reading as a way to develop important literacy skills.
This year we would like to congratulate...

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge encourages students to read and promotes a love of reading as a way to develop important Literacy skills.

This year we would like to congratulate the following students for completing The Challenge. These students have read a minimum of 15 books in three terms - that is an impressive effort! Students who met The Challenge received a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, and had their name included on the online Honour Roll.

And, of course, they also had some wonderful adventures along the way!

Here are some of the reasons our students love to read:

"Reading is like being on a roller coaster. I love the ups and downs of the story, it makes me feel like I am right in there." Kendra Ball, 5B

"It takes you to another place, and it inspires me to write." Bethany Dean, 7H

"Reading takes you to different worlds and then you can escape yours, if you want." Christian Sollberger, 6M

"I love it when a story draws you in and you can use your imagination.” Fane Vaitohi, 5R

 

Mrs Jaki Groves

Year  Homeroom Teacher

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Congratulations to the Year 4 students who worked cooperatively and diligently to host our No Tricks, Just Treats morning tea. We welcomed a number of parents and grandparents who came al...

Congratulations to the Year 4 students who worked cooperatively and diligently to host our 'No Tricks, Just Treats' morning tea.

We welcomed a number of parents and grandparents for a 'High Tea Experience', with a broad selection of decadent French delicacies and home-made delights on offer. As a College community, we were able to reflect on the number of families we know have been affected by cancer and raise close to $1200 in support of the Love Your Sister Foundation.

Thank you to everyone involved; we appreciated and valued your contribution towards this worthy cause.

 

James Johnstone

Year 4 Teacher

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On Monday the Year 2 and Year 6 students took part in a BLP challenge in which they were tasked with designing a machine to enable an egg to survive a two metre drop onto asphalt. After a...

On Monday, the Year 2 and Year 6 students took part in a 'BLP' challenge where they were tasked with designing a machine to enable an egg to survive a two-metre drop onto asphalt.

After an initial brainstorming session, each group was provided with materials to build their machine before the final test. It was great to watch the various ways the groups of students approached the task and the creative solutions they came up with. Although many eggs didn’t survive the drop, it was a valuable learning experience and one in which all of the BLP muscles were developed.

 

Mr Ryan Healy, Mrs Lori Ruplal, Mr Mark Jacobi, Mrs Samantha Bett

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Last Friday the Prep students enjoyed their first Christian College camp experience! We were blessed with beautiful sunny weather for our day trip to the Werribee Zoo where the children e...

Last Friday the Prep students enjoyed their first Christian College Camp experience!

We were blessed with beautiful sunny weather for our day trip to the Werribee Zoo, where the children enjoyed visiting many animal enclosures as well as a ride on the Safari Tour Bus. After an adventure-filled day at The Zoo, the children then had a great time at All 4 Kids Indoor Play Centre, where they enjoyed dinner and lots of activities.

To conclude our Camp experience together, the children loved coming back to Junior School to get into their pyjamas and brush their teeth before watching a late-night movie together in the Chapel. Thank you to all the staff and parents involved in making this such a special first Camp experience for our Preps!

 

Rachel Fox

Prep Coordinator

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What a delight it was for us to work with the very enthusiastic year 5 and 6 'Master Chefs' as they prepared their Geelong Show Entries. With a very short time frame to produce 3 decora...

What a delight it was for us to work with the very enthusiastic Year 5 and 6 'MasterChefs' as they prepared their Geelong Show entries.

With a very short time frame to produce three decorated biscuits, a decorated cake or an apricot truffles, they worked hard during class time and over two lunchtimes to produce some amazing results. More than the finished product itself, the joy for us was to see the great sense of accomplishment they felt when they completed the task, despite trying numerous times to get the icing to stick to, or stay on the cake!

The students demonstrated great perseverance, encouragement, patience and collaboration to complete their task and we celebrated with them their achievement. They should be very proud of themselves!

 

Felicity Rogerson, Megan Morrison, Heather Faulkner

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Applications are now open for the Christian College Geelong Academic Excellence Scholarships. These scholarships are for entry at Year 5 or Year 7 at Middle School - Highton and at the Be...

Applications are now open for our Christian College Geelong 'Academic Excellence Scholarships'.

These scholarships are for entry at Year 5 or Year 7 at Middle School - Highton and at the Bellarine Campus; and also for entry at Year 10, at our Senior School - Waurn Ponds Campus in 2019.

These scholarships have been designed primarily to encourage and support current students and for prospective new students who wish to enrol at Christian College. Students must demonstrate high levels of academic excellence. A successful scholarship application will mean the student’s tuition fees are reduced by up to 50% annually, and this will continue through Middle School to Year 12 at Senior School.

The scholarship selection process involves consideration of application responses from the student, a written test, and interviews for shortlisted applicants. To apply and for further information, please go to the College website: www.christiancollege.vic.edu.au

Applications are open now
Applications close: 4pm - Friday, 2nd February 2018

For those interested in applying for a Citizenship and Community Scholarship, further information will be provided at a later date.

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The Christian College Bellarine girls enjoyed a fun-filled day of surfing with other like-minded girls from around the state. There was a good turn out from the Year 3 and 4 girls who sho...

Girls from our Bellarine Campus enjoyed a fun-filled day of surfing with other like-minded girls from around the state.

There was a good turn out from the Year 3 and 4 girls, who showed great resilience despite the cold conditions at Ocean Grove Main Beach. Many thanks to Christian Surfers Australia for hosting the event.

Sapphire Main
Homeroom Teacher 

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This week, the Year 7 How Does Your Garden Grow? students, have joined the Year 8 Food Studies students for a gardening and cooking collaboration initiative. The aim of the initiative was...

This week, the Year 7 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' students have joined the Year 8 Food Studies students for a gardening and cooking collaboration initiative.

The aim of the initiative was to communicate to the students the origins of vegetables and herbs and how to use them in cooking – in an interactive way. Earlier in the semester, under the guidance of Mr Davies, the 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' students chose suitable plants to grow and nurture as part of the practical element to the elective. In the garden, the students' interest was obvious as Mr Davies explained the growing of vegetables. Afterwards, they harvested them and headed to the kitchen where they cooked what they had grown.

In the kitchen, the Food Studies teacher, Ms Rogerson, then focussed on the knowledge and skills that will assist the students to make healthy food choices. She guided them in how to prepare and cook some delectable dishes: Parsley Dip with Vegetable Crudites and a Greek dish called Spanakopita, using spinach and spring onions.

The initiative provided the students with the experience of growing, harvesting, cooking vegetables and sharing with their families and fellow students.


Mr Andy Davies and Ms Felicity Rogerson 

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The Year 3 and 4 students have been considering the impact humans can have on the environment. We all enjoyed hearing from a guest speaker about the dredging of Port Phillip Bay and stude...

The Year 3 and 4 students have been considering the impact humans can have on the environment.

We all enjoyed hearing from a guest speaker about the dredging of Port Phillip Bay and students then had the opportunity to consider the positives and negatives of this human impact. On a global level, we have looked at how a damaged reef can be restored by the replanting of coral.

Students have been growing crystals to represent the process of re-growing coral. 

 

Emma Ford, Sam Kennedy, Victoria Kent and Sapphire Main

Year 3 and 4 Teachers

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On Thursday 26th October, the Year 9 Indonesian classes from Middle School- Highton and Bellarine campuses travelled to Melbourne. Our first stop was the Melbourne zoo, where students par...

On Thursday, 26th October, the Year 9 Indonesian classes from Middle School - Highton and Bellarine Campuses traveled to Melbourne.

Our first stop was the Melbourne Zoo, where students participated in a workshop titled 'Don’t Palm Us Off!' This workshop aimed to increase awareness of the students' connectedness to wildlife and the choices we all make as consumers. A Melbourne Zoo Education Officer spoke about the problems that face both the farmers and wildlife in Indonesia, particularly around the expansion of palm oil plantations.

These plantations destroy critical habitats for endangered species, such as elephants, tigers and orangutans. Our students were encouraged to actively voice their support of wildlife through emailing some of the companies that use palm oil. We then visited the Islamic Museum of Australia in Thornbury.

It was here that we enjoyed lunch together and spent time looking through the various galleries, including art, architecture and Australian Muslim History, to name just a few. The students also enjoyed a presentation titled 'Smashing Stereotypes', where we heard about one lady's journey through her faith, how that faith has been perceived in the media and also some of the similarities that exist between Christianity and Islam.

It was an interesting and thought-provoking experience for our students.

 

Mrs Kim Whittaker

Head of Indonesian and Exchange   

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Applications are now open for the Christian College Geelong Academic Excellence Scholarships. These scholarships are for entry at Year 5 or Year 7 at Middle School - Highton and at the Be...

Applications are now open for our Christian College Geelong 'Academic Excellence Scholarships'.

These scholarships are for entry at Year 5 or Year 7 at Middle School - Highton and at the Bellarine Campus; and also for entry at Year 10, at our Senior School - Waurn Ponds Campus in 2019.

These scholarships have been designed primarily to encourage and support current students and for prospective new students who wish to enrol at Christian College. Students must demonstrate high levels of academic excellence. A successful scholarship application will mean the student’s tuition fees are reduced by up to 50% annually, and this will continue through Middle School to Year 12 at Senior School.

The scholarship selection process involves consideration of application responses from the student, a written test, and interviews for shortlisted applicants. To apply and for further information, please go to the College website: www.christiancollege.vic.edu.au

Applications are open now
Applications close: 4pm - Friday, 2nd February 2018

For those interested in applying for a Citizenship and Community Scholarship, further information will be provided at a later date.

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Applications are now open for the Christian College Geelong Academic Excellence Scholarships. These scholarships are for entry at Year 5 or Year 7 at Middle School - Highton and at the Be...

Applications are now open for our Christian College Geelong 'Academic Excellence Scholarships'.

These scholarships are for entry at Year 5 or Year 7 at Middle School - Highton and at the Bellarine Campus; and also for entry at Year 10, at our Senior School - Waurn Ponds Campus in 2019.

These scholarships have been designed primarily to encourage and support current students and for prospective new students who wish to enrol at Christian College. Students must demonstrate high levels of academic excellence. A successful scholarship application will mean the student’s tuition fees are reduced by up to 50% annually, and this will continue through Middle School to Year 12 at Senior School.

The scholarship selection process involves consideration of application responses from the student, a written test, and interviews for shortlisted applicants. To apply and for further information, please go to the College website: www.christiancollege.vic.edu.au

Applications are open now
Applications close: 4pm - Friday, 2nd February 2018

For those interested in applying for a Citizenship and Community Scholarship, further information will be provided at a later date.

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

Walk or run 12km, 6km - or for children aged three to 14 - you can opt for the 1km run!

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

Registrations for Run Geelong are now open. Click on or type this URL to go directly to the CCG Team Page:

https://ra2017-geelong-school.eventbrite.com?team_token=1929378-04p67

Alternatively, register at: http://runaustralia.com.au/register/ and click in the ‘School’ tab highlighted below.

It would be great to get as many Junior School students and families involved on this day. Training sessions at school will be organised leading up to this event.

 

Nick Rice

Physical Education Coordinator 

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We have 132 staff and students signed up for the inaugural Kay A Day Challenge. Each participant will be walking/running 1km a day for 21 days.
The initiative started this Wednesday 1st...

We have 132 staff and students signed up for the inaugural Kay-A-Day Challenge.

Each participant will be walking and running 1km a day for 21 days. The initiative started this Wednesday, 1st November and will conclude on Tuesday, 21st November. This initiative aims to promote physical activity and its benefits in keeping us fit and healthy.

 Kind regards


Renee Garing

Sport Coordinator

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An Orientation Day for current students attending the Christian College Bellarine Campus in Prep to Year 9 has been arranged for Tuesday, 7th November.  

Students who are not returning to our Bellarine Campus in 2018 are not required to attend on this day. Please see the attached file for details of the day. We hope this day will be an enjoyable experience for all of our students preparing for the 2018 College year.

 

Nicholas Watson
Head of Campus

Please note that a stall will be held in the passage outside the Chapel on Tuesday, 14th November at 1:00pm for students to redeem rewards for banking. To be eligible for these awards stu...

Please note that a stall will be held in the passageway outside the Chapel on Tuesday, 14th November at 1pm for students to redeem rewards for school banking.

To be eligible for these awards, students must have deposited at least 10 times this year. Ten deposits equal one reward and 20 deposits would make them eligible for two rewards. Students will be able to choose their reward and it will be delivered at a later date.


Jan Brewster

School Banking Coordinator

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Alice in Wonderland
Dear Parents,
Following on from the success of ‘Our Town’ in 2016, we are excited to announce that next year our college play will be ‘Alice in Wonderland’. This will ...

Dear Parents,

Following on from the success of ‘Our Town’ in 2016, we are excited to announce that next year our College play will be ‘Alice in Wonderland’. This will be directed by Mrs Michaela Gregory, with assistance from Ms Mandy Calderwood.

The performance dates are Friday, 4th May and Saturday, 5th May, with the possibility of a Thursday night as well. Auditions will be held during November this year. Rehearsals will commence with a cast gathering and read-through prior to the end of the school year.

This letter is to inform you of other important dates in relation to the play, so if your child is interested in auditioning, you are aware of the commitment involved. Rehearsals will be held twice-a-week after school, at the Senior School Campus. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with exact times to be confirmed once the play is cast. Not all cast members will be required for every rehearsal and a schedule will be distributed at the first rehearsal.

Other significant rehearsal dates are as follows:

Sunday, 18th March 12pm to 4pm

Monday, 16th April (student-free day, start of Term 2)

Sunday, 22nd April 12pm to 4pm

Sunday, 29th April 9am to 4pm

Students must be available on these dates if they wish to be considered for a role. Please click here to view the Character Descriptions for Alice in Wonderland.

Information about the play, the characters and the audition process will be available in Term 4, however, if you have any questions feel free to give me a call at Senior School on 5241 1577.

  

Ms Mandy Calderwood

Drama Teacher

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Orientation Day for current students attending our Middle School Highton Campus in 2018, Year 5 to 9, is coming up on Tuesday, 7th November. 
Please note:
- 2018 students, Years 5 to 7, a...

Orientation Day for current students attending our Middle School - Highton Campus in 2018, Year 5 to 9, is coming up on Tuesday, 7th November

Please note:

- 2018 students, Years 5 to 7, are to wear neat casual dress, including footwear appropriate for sporting activities. 

- 2018 students, Year 8 and 9, are to wear Sports uniform.

- To ease congestion, 2018 Year 5 and 6 students will be dismissed at 3:15pm. 

 

Meeting Points at 8:50am:

2018 Year 5 students are to meet in the Chapel. 

2018 Year 6 students are to meet in S06.

2018 Year 7 students are to meet in the SAC.

2018 Year 8 and 9 students are to move to the South Wing and be directed by staff to their Homeroom.

 

Current Year 9 students (Year 10, 2018) will attend Senior School.

Students not returning to Christian College - Highton in 2018 are not required to attend on this day.

Please see the attached files for further details of the day.

We hope this day will be an enjoyable experience for all of our students preparing for the 2018 College year.

 

Tony Costa
Head of Campus

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.
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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.

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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Dear Parents,
Following on from the success of ‘Our Town’ in 2016, we are excited to announce that next year our college play will be ‘Alice in Wonderland’. This will be directed by Mrs. ...

Dear Parents,

Following on from the success of ‘Our Town’ in 2016, we are excited to announce that next year our College play will be ‘Alice in Wonderland’. This will be directed by Mrs Michaela Gregory, with assistance from Ms Mandy Calderwood.

The performance dates are Friday, 4th May and Saturday, 5th May, with the possibility of a Thursday night as well. Auditions will be held during November this year. Rehearsals will commence with a cast gathering and read-through prior to the end of the school year.

This letter is to inform you of other important dates in relation to the play, so if your child is interested in auditioning, you are aware of the commitment involved. Rehearsals will be held twice-a-week after school, at the Senior School Campus. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with exact times to be confirmed once the play is cast. Not all cast members will be required for every rehearsal and a schedule will be distributed at the first rehearsal.

Other significant rehearsal dates are as follows:

Sunday, 18th March 12pm to 4pm

Monday, 16th April (student-free day, start of Term 2)

Sunday, 22nd April 12pm to 4pm

Sunday, 29th April 9am to 4pm

Students must be available on these dates if they wish to be considered for a role. Please click here to view the Character Descriptions for Alice in Wonderland.

Information about the play, the characters and the audition process will be available in Term 4, however, if you have any questions feel free to give me a call at Senior School on 5241 1577.

  

Ms Mandy Calderwood

Drama Teacher

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Tuesday 7th November - Orientation Day
A reminder that Tuesday 7th November is our whole school Orientation Day. At Senior School we shall be hosting the current Year 9 students who will ...

Tuesday, 7th November - Orientation Day

A reminder that Tuesday, 7th November is our whole College 'Orientation Day'. At Senior School, we will be hosting the current Year 9 students who will be joining us next year. Current Year 10 and 11 students are not required to attend school. 

 

VCAA Examinations

The VCAA examinations commenced on Wednesday with English, and the students were generally pleased with the paper. It is always an anxious moment for the students being their first exam, but you could see a huge sense of relief afterwards. The examinations are scattered over the next few weeks and the Indonesian and Japanese papers are normally the final exams on Wednesday, 22nd November. Students are to wear their normal school uniform for these exams, with boys clean-shaven.

We believe the normal routine will be of benefit to them all.

 

Barmah Trip

The annual Barmah River trip left on Wednesday, with the Year 10 students most excited. The second group departs next Wednesday. This is a well-established trip and the dedicated staff ensure our students will be challenged and able to use their acquired skills.

We look forward to hearing of their adventures upon their return.

 

Prefects 2018

The process to select the 2018 College and House Prefects has been completed, with emails sent recently and we are very happy with the final group. It was a very difficult process with so many excellent students applying. There are many deserving students who we just could not fit into the set number of positions.

We acknowledge that some students will be disappointment, and the opportunity is there to seek feedback from me. To those who were chosen, this is not a reward but an opportunity to serve. Your work is ahead of you. We see leadership at our College as serving our community through your faith; whether it be on our campus, other campuses or outside our College.

The Blue Blazer represents those who have gone before you, as well as the values of our College. The Prefects will also be representing their families and themselves. They will undertake Prefects Training on Thursday, 30th November and Friday, 1st December.

 

Year 10 Social 

What a great night had by all last Friday at the Year 10 Social! I wish to thank those involved in pulling it all together and for the Year 10 students who attended and boogied the night away. I wish to thank Ms Kim Doherty and Paul Breguet, the Year 10 Coordinators, for all of their hard work in organising this event.  

State Baseball Selection

Connor Hickey of Year 10 was selected in the Victorian Blue Baseball Team to go to Sydney for the Australian Under-16 Championships in January. This is a great achievement. Connor is an elite Baseballer who is working hard to play overseas.

We wish him all the best for his training leading up to the Championships.

 

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School Campus

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On Friday evening last week our Year 10 students danced the night away at the annual Year 10 Social held at The Pier and it was a tremendous evening. With the theme ‘Red Carpet’ our stude...

Last Friday night our Year 10 students danced the night away at the annual 'Year 10 Social' held at The Pier, and it was a tremendous evening.

With the theme ‘Red Carpet’, our students looked every bit the part, with glamorous and beautiful dresses, sophisticated and smart suits and lots of wonderful movie characters to capture the essence of our theme. Our resident DJ, Mr Aaron Collins, provided some wonderful music and the students danced the night away, with Zachary Devonish taking out the award for ‘Best Dancer’ and Charlotte Sheldon for ‘Best Dressed’.

We had a wonderful evening and it provided a great opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate a most successful year with our students. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the efforts of our Social Committee. A number of Year 10 girls willingly volunteered their time to make this night a memorable one.

They spent a great deal of their own personal time to make this night a success and we do thank them.

 

Mr Paul Breguet and Ms Kim Doherty

Year 10 Coordinators

 

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STEM CAREERS  - Some fascinating reading – knowledge to gain – links to peruse.
 
 
Weekly Career News
Please click here for the Weekly Career News

Change of Preference, Offers, Fees - Key Dates and Events

Year 12 Families and Students - the information in the links provided below outline key dates and events in the cycle of application, change of preference and offers - along with information to read through. This is valuable to read through with your Year 12 student.

The information on ‘Offers’ outlines how and when offers are made. It also provides some guidance on what to do if you don't get an offer or miss out on the offer you want.  

The information on 'Key Dates'  lists the dates for key events throughout the application cycle - to ensure applications and required documentation is submitted on time - as well as listing application fees and deadlines, which must be met to be eligible for course offers.

Important dates for OFFERS 2017 – 2018http://www.vtac.edu.au/results-offers/offers.html

Offers Summary - The information in the above document outlines how and when offers are made.  It provides some guidance on what to do if you don't get an offer or miss out on the offer you wanted. 

Change of Preference, Key Dates & Fees 2017 - 2018http://www.vtac.edu.au/dates.html

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

 

 

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Year 12 - Gabrielle Barnes
My chosen career path is to become a Beauty Therapist and work in a Beauty Salon. I hope to work at a waxing salon, which also offers make up.  I chose this bec...

Year 12 - Gabrielle Barnes

My chosen career path is to become a Beauty Therapist and work in a Beauty Salon. I hope to work at a waxing salon, which also offers make-up. I chose this because I want to learn correct ways of using skincare, make-up and wax products. I have always wanted to learn how to do manicures, pedicures and massage, too. My VET course is helping me work towards my career by providing me with a Certificate, so that I can have more career opportunities in the beauty industry. It also gives me the experience and skills to feel comfortable in a beauty salon. At VET, I learn a different topic within the course of beauty services. Now we are learning about manicures, pedicures, nail disorders, nail diseases, massage, exfoliation, buffing, filing, applying polish effectively, disinfecting implements and tools, customer service and much more. One of the most important things we have learnt is about contraindications that relate to nail or skin disorders, diseases, and injuries. This prepares us for performing a potentially risky service. I have been able to apply what I have learnt at VET at work placement by cleaning implements effectively using particular chemicals to disinfect them. The highlight of my work placement is working with other employees - as well as learning new techniques to perform services effectively. At work on Friday, I arrive at Priceline Pharmacy at 9am and I work on the registers for a few hours. Working by myself is a big step for me and it is my responsibility to scan scripts and items correctly so I do not under or over-charge customers. For the last two hours, I work in the cosmetic section of the pharmacy. Advice I would give to those considering VCAL and VET is to be organised to get assessments done.

 

Mrs Kerryn Fearnsides

VET/VCAL Coordinator

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Senior school drama students have just completed a very busy time of performance assessments. Year 12 drama presented their major solo performance at the Courthouse Youth Arts centre whic...

Senior School Drama students have just completed a very busy time of performance assessments.

Year 12 students presented their major solo performance at the Courthouse Youth Arts Centre, which concluded their VCE Drama assessments. The characters included the Elizabethan actor 'Sarah Siddons' and early 20th Century fashion designer 'Lady Lucy Duff Gordon'.

Last Monday, Year 11 students presented two very engaging, self-directed plays that explored aspects of Australian society. And last Friday, Year 10 students had a very enjoyable day at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne where they performed their self-directed piece on the theme of climate change.

 

Mrs Mandy Calderwood

Drama Teacher

 

 

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Dear Parents,
Following on from the success of ‘Our Town’ in 2016, we are excited to announce that next year our college play will be ‘Alice in Wonderland’. This will be directed by Mrs. ...

Dear Parents,

Following on from the success of ‘Our Town’ in 2016, we are excited to announce that next year our College play will be ‘Alice in Wonderland’. This will be directed by Mrs Michaela Gregory, with assistance from Ms Mandy Calderwood.

The performance dates are Friday, 4th May and Saturday, 5th May, with the possibility of a Thursday night as well. Auditions will be held during November this year. Rehearsals will commence with a cast gathering and read-through prior to the end of the school year.

This letter is to inform you of other important dates in relation to the play, so if your child is interested in auditioning, you are aware of the commitment involved. Rehearsals will be held twice-a-week after school, at the Senior School Campus. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with exact times to be confirmed once the play is cast. Not all cast members will be required for every rehearsal and a schedule will be distributed at the first rehearsal.

Other significant rehearsal dates are as follows:

Sunday, 18th March 12pm to 4pm

Monday, 16th April (student-free day, start of Term 2)

Sunday, 22nd April 12pm to 4pm

Sunday, 29th April 9am to 4pm

Students must be available on these dates if they wish to be considered for a role. Please click here to view the Character Descriptions for Alice in Wonderland.

Information about the play, the characters and the audition process will be available in Term 4, however, if you have any questions feel free to give me a call at Senior School on 5241 1577.

  

Ms Mandy Calderwood

Drama Teacher

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The annual Art, Technology and Design Extravaganza is coming up and we would love for you to come and see works of art from our Early Learning Centre children through to our Year 12 students!

Our annual Christian College Art, Technology and Design Extravaganza is on again this November and we would love for you to come and see works of art from our Early Learning Centre children through to our Year 12 students!

Make sure you put the following into your calendars!

November 17th, 19th - 22nd at the ‘Villa Paloma’ Campus
25 Waurn Ponds Drive, Waurn Ponds 3216

Friday, 17th November
7-9pm: Official Opening
Exhibition and Wearable Art Fashion Parade
Adults $5 / Students Gold Coin Donation

Sunday, 19th November
12-4pm: General Exhibition Open
Gold Coin Donation

Monday, 20th - Wednesday, 22nd November
10 am-5 pm: General Exhibition Open
Gold Coin Donation

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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.

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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