Last Day of Term 4
Next Wednesday, 29th November is the last day of Term for students at Senior School.
In the morning, all Year 10 and Year 11 VCE Students will attend a feedback session...

Last Day of Term 4

Next Wednesday, 29th November is the last day of Term for students at Senior School.

In the morning, all Year 10 and Year 11 VCE Students will attend a feedback session for each of their end of year examinations. During these sessions they will be given their examination results and feedback for future improvement, both in the subject and in examinations for the future.

In the afternoon, students will travel by College bus to Costa Hall for an afternoon of celebration and reflection at the Senior School Presentation Afternoon.

Students will be dismissed from the venue at approximately 3:30 pm and families are asked to make their own arrangements for transport home.

2017 Commencement

Year 12 students will commence school on Tuesday 30th January 2018. The school day will run from 8.50 am to 1.00 pm. College buses will not be running so students are asked to make their way to school by other means. Full College uniform is to be worn.

On Wednesday 31st January 2018, all students will resume school with our Commencement Assembly at the Middle School SAC from 8.50 am. Teachers and students will walk to Senior School at it’s conclusion.

I wish all our students a happy and safe Christmas break.

 

 

Mr Jason O'Loughlin

Deputy Head of Senior School

 

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Please note the following upcoming important dates for the Bellarine Campus Presentation Evenings.
Monday 4th December - Bellarine Campus Junior School Presentation Evening at Costa Hall,...

We look forward to celebrating the wonderful occasions and learning the Christian College Bellarine students have presented throughout the 2017 year, at the upcoming Annual Presentation Evenings.  Please see the details below.

Monday 4th December - Bellarine Campus Junior School Presentation Evening at Costa Hall, Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Gheringhap Street, Geelong, commencing at 7.00pm

Tuesday 5th December - Bellarine Campus Middle School Presentation Evening at Costa Hall, Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Gheringhap Street, Geelong, commencing at 7.00pm

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus

 

 

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Dear Families,
There is an excitement in the air at Junior School as you wander the halls and classrooms, that is preparations for our annual Presentation Evening at Costa Hall on Thursda...

There is an excitement in the air at Junior School as you wander the halls and classrooms, in preparation for our annual Presentation Evening at Costa Hall on Thursday, 7th December at 7:00pm. The students are enthusiastically practising with their Homeroom teachers and Mrs Dunlop. It is a joy to hear the songs flooding down the corridors.  We are all looking forward to a great evening showcasing the amazing talent of our students and their wonderful achievements.

All students involved in the formal part of Presentation Evening will be required to wear full summer uniform. Boys are asked to have their knee high socks pulled up and clean polished shoes. Girls will be required to wear full summer uniform as in previous years, with College white socks and clean polished shoes. 

Students to wear full summer uniform include Year 4 Graduands (Year 4 cohort), String Ensemble members and Award winners. These students will bring costume requirements with them on the night. All other students are asked to wear their costumes to Costa Hall on Presentation Evening and may remain in their costumes for the duration of the evening.

We look forward to finishing the year on a high note with this wonderful celebration.

 

Ann-Marree Weigl

Head of Junior School

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

The final week of Year 9 presents the opportunity for students to participate in a number of special activities centred around fun, reflection and a celebration of their success during the middle years of schooling. Please view the itinerary below, make note of times and uniform requirements, and see the attached documents for more information.

Monday, November 27 - The Amazing Race, Geelong

Students will be working in teams to follow clues and solve challenges, whilst moving around the Geelong CBD and Waterfront precincts. The day will begin and end at regular school hours, at the Middle School - Highton Campus. Students are to wear their College PE uniform on this day.

Tuesday, November 28 - Final Homeroom, Christmas Service and Formal Evening

Students will take part in their final Homeroom before enjoying their final Christmas Service. A BBQ lunch will be provided for all Year 9 students on this day, and students are permitted to depart from 1pm. Students are to wear their full College summer uniform on this day.

At 5.45pm, students are to return to the Middle School - Highton Campus to be transported to the Formal Evening at Clyde Park Vineyard. This event is a wonderful opportunity for students to share a meal, dancing and fellowship. The cost of this event is $60, payable using the attached payment slip and forwarded to Front Reception at Middle School - Highton. Students are to be collected from the Middle School - Highton Campus at 11.00pm.

Wednesday, November 29 - Graduation Ceremony

On this day, students will take part in their Year 9 Graduation Ceremony at 10:30am in the Sports and Aquatic Center. Students are to wear their full College summer uniform on this day. Families are warmly invited to attend. Students are permitted to depart with a parent/guardian at the conclusion of the ceremony, at 12.00pm.

Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1 - Academic Transition Program at Senior School

Students are to attend the Senior Campus at normal school times and wear the full College summer uniform.

Should you have any questions about any of these events, please contact us on 5241 1899 or at a.kennedy@ccg.vic.edu.au or r.moore@ccg.vic.edu.au

Warm regards,

Adam Kennedy and Robert Moore

Yr 9 Coordinators, Middle School - Highton Campus

 

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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 ...

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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As you may be aware, the Adopt-a- Family program is not running this year. We have been involved with the program since its inception, and wish to continue with our students helping those...

As you may be aware, the Adopt-a- Family program is not running this year. We have been involved with the program since its inception, and wish to continue with our students helping those less fortunate within our local community to have a happy time at Christmas.

As such, we would ask the students to bring along items of Christmas food rather than gifts this year.  If each child brings 2-3 items, this should mean that each Homeroom will be able to create a generous hamper to be distributed by the different charitable organizations to families in Geelong.

We would ask that food items cannot be homemade or perishable.

Examples:

Food items - chocolates, fruit juice, soft drinks, fruit cake, lollies, dry biscuits/ crackers, pudding, tinned fruit, chips, pretzels, tinned vegetables, tinned tuna / salmon

Other - Christmas tablecloth and napkins, advent calendars, bonbons

 

Thankyou to families who have already made donations. We aim to have the hampers finalised by Monday 4th of December.                      

 

Thankyou in anticipation,

Vicki Hayden

Project Care

                                

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Presentation Afternoon
 
 
 
Year 12 Graduation
Next week is one of the busiest of the year, preparing for the Year 12 Graduation at Costa Hall in the afternoon, and then the dinner at Th...

VET Success

Two of our VET students achieved major success recently. VET courses are offered to our students at Senior School in Years 11 and 12. The vast majority of courses are at The Gordon and are undertaken on Wednesday afternoons. There, students can gain a Certificate II or III in a range of areas like Carpentry, Food Studies, Childcare or Events Management.  Their classes include students from other schools and this has advantages. Many of our students say it is the best part of the week!

The successful VET students were Gaby Barnes in receiving “Highly Commended” Shining Stars for 2017 VET in School Beauty Therapy.

Georgia Warwick was the Overall VET Student of the Year for Shining Stars for 2017 VET in Schools Beauty Therapy. We congratulate both students on their outstanding success.

Gaby Barnes is also in the production of “Submit. She Whispers” which is on at The Courthouse on Friday 1st, 2nd and 3rd December. It is a contemporary performance by young creatives encompassing art, drama and music. Tickets are $10 available online or by phone.

 

Transition

Our transition program began on Wednesday and this is when our Year 10 students commence their Year 11 work and the Year 11 students, their Year 12 studies. All students have appreciated the opportunity to “step up” and commence the new courses. It enables the students to better understand the work that is to come as they undertake a section of that course. Homework is often set and then checked upon the student’s return next year.

Our current Year 9 students have their transition into their Year 10 classes for 2018 on Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December.

 

Year 12 Graduation

This Sunday is our Year 12 Graduation Ceremony at Costa Hall followed by the Graduation
Dinner at The Pier. These formal occasions mark the students’ journey from our College. I shall report on this in the next edition of The Vine.

 

Senior School Presentation Afternoon

Our final presentation is next Wednesday at Costa Hall and all parents and friends are warmly invited. This is when we recognise our students from years 10, 11 and 12 as well as showcase the range of student talents.

 

  

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School - Waurn Ponds

 

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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 ...

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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My name is Haruka. I have been staying here in Australia for the past 9 months as an exchange student from Japan. I’ve really enjoyed my stay here. I really wish I could stay longer and a...

My name is Haruka. I have been staying here in Australia for the past 9 months as an exchange student from Japan. I’ve really enjoyed my stay here. I really wish I could stay longer and also I hope my English has improved even a little compared to the first day that I came.  

Before I left Japan, I was so excited to come here. I couldn’t wait. I was the only student from Naga High this year to study at Christian College and I had to come here by myself. It was my first time going overseas on my own. I had some moments of panic while I was at the airport in Singapore for transition, but I arrived here on the 15th April and all was fine.

First of all, what I felt was “Australia is a huge land”. I had known that before, but I felt it more clearly when I actually stood on the land here. The roads are wide, the trees are big, the cars are so fast, the beaches are beautiful, the animals are cute and the food is delicious. I was delighted by many things.

There are a lot of differences between Naga High and Christian College, such as classes, subjects, uniforms, the way of learning, and rules for students. Putting it simply, it’s a big difference of education. I think it definitely affects the character of our nationality as well. It’s difficult to describe but it’s so interesting. I prefer Christian College to Naga High, because I can be more independent here than in Japan.

I stayed with three host families and their daughters are in Japan as exchange students at the moment as well. All of them were so nice to me and because of them I have never been homesick. They took me to many places with them. All the memories are unforgettable. I took many pictures and I’m going to make an album of them.

My friends in here are awesome too. Learning English is very hard for me and I can understand some conversations now, but it still takes a long time to make sentences in my head before I say something. I’m sure my English when I first came here was worse than now, so I think having a student who can’t speak English well must have been difficult for them. But they always taught me English and they were also nice to me. We stay together during morning tea time, recess, lunch time and some classes. It was my birthday in November. They celebrated with me, gave me presents, and they also held a party with our math class. Some teachers also helped prepare the class party for me. In Japan, we celebrate birthdays, but not a big day like I had here. I was so surprised about it and it was my best birthday ever.

More than anything, I am so thankful to everyone here including my friends, host families, their relatives, teachers and everyone else. They were very kind to me and hospitable. I think it is easy to feel lonely when you’re staying in another country on your own, even if you’re not actually alone. Someone just saying hi to me at school made me feel relieved. I wouldn’t have met them without this exchange program opportunity and I’d like to say “Thank you for letting me go” to my parents when I arrive back home in Japan.

I’m going into year 12 next year and after my graduation, I obviously will choose a path in which I can keep learning English. Also living in Japan is too restrictive for me and I will go overseas again. I’m going to come back here someday. Thank you so much.

 

Haruka Matsushita

 

 

 

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As part of our Protecting our Planet unit, Year 3 and 4 were very fortunate to have our College Principal Mr. McKeeman come to visit us. He asked the students to think about the effects t...

As part of our Protecting our Planet unit, Year 3 and 4 were very fortunate to have our College Principal Mr. McKeeman come to visit us. He asked the students to think about the effects that deforestation has in Asia because of palm oil plantations. The students were encouraged to think about their choices when it comes to consuming different products. It was fantastic to see them understand that they can make a real difference in their world.

Sam Kennedy
Year 3 Homeroom Teacher

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Presentation Evening will be held on Wednesday, 6th December from 7.00pm at Costa Hall, Gerinhap St Geelong

Highton - Middle School Student Presentation Evening will be held on Wednesday, 6th December from 7.00pm.  

Costa Hall, Deakin University Waterfront Campus, Gheringhap Street, Geelong

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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 ...

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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This is not "goodbye", it's just a "see you later"
The farewell party for Haruka (Long-term exchange student) and Ayana (Language Assistant) was held on Wednesday 22nd November and it was...

This is not "goodbye", it's just a "see you later"

The farewell party for Haruka (Long-term exchange student) and Ayana (Language Assistant) was held on Wednesday 22nd November and it was great to see their host families and friends together. It was excellent to see all the smiles among the tables which represents the extent of our 25 years’ relationship and friendships with Naga High School in Japan. We wish Haruka and Ayana well and I am sure they will visit us again or we might see them again in Japan with the Japan Study tour in 2018.

Xavier Andueza-Mossop is going to Japan for 2 months as a language assistant at Naga High School in December.

On behalf of the Japanese Department, I would like to say thank you all for supporting our exchange programs and special thanks to generous host families, Andueza-Mossop family, Elliot family, Jones family, Gray family, Shirra family and Tovey family.

 

Yuji Nakayama

Head of Japanese and Exchange


 

 

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On Friday the 17th of November, as part of their Community Task, the year 5 students travelled to 13th Beach near Barwon Heads. Armed with gloves and plastic bags the students “rambled” a...

On Friday the 17th of November, as part of their Community Task, the year 5 students travelled to 13th Beach near Barwon Heads. Armed with gloves and plastic bags the students “rambled” along the beach from the 13th Beach Surf Life Saving club towards the Bluff, looking for rubbish that had washed up on the beach or rubbish that was going to end up in the water. In class, the students have been discussing taking responsibility for the effect our rubbish has on the environment, especially at our beaches, as well as the marine life in the ocean. The students came up with a list of actions that they could carry out to try to reduce the impact we have on our environment. Collecting rubbish on a local beach was one of these actions.

It was a great experience to take the classroom outside, looking at how the environment is affected by our lifestyle. The students reflected on the rubbish that was found while walking; mostly twine, fishing line and small plastic pieces. There were some fantastic discussions on how these objects affect and endanger different animals and fish in the ocean.

We are very blessed to live where we do and to be able to see first hand the things we are discussing in class. To watch the students observe and analyse the rubbish on the beach and to be able to apply that understanding to the learning in our classrooms is so valuable.

Claire Deretic
Year 5 Homeroom Teacher

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Matilda, Miss Trunchbull, Miss Honey, Mr Wormwood……. What favourite Roald Dahl story favourite does this remind you of? Matilda of course.
This Term, Year 2 have been studying this very e...

Matilda, Miss Trunchbull, Miss Honey, Mr Wormwood……. What favourite Roald Dahl story favourite does this remind you of? Matilda of course.

This Term, Year 2 have been studying this very engaging and rich text as a way to ‘dig deeper’ into our literacy, Reading and Writing learning. We have been developing our understandings about many facets of the text such as new reading vocabulary, plot, setting, character profiles, character analysis and descriptive writing. We have specifically spent a couple of weeks learning how Roald Dahl uses his literary descriptions to capture the reading audience and help compel the book to life.

This week, Year 2 have been continuing with writing a profile about a ‘Matilda’ character including important and key information about the character’s appearance, personality, role in the story and character changes. Another aspect of creative learning we are exploring is studying a specific chapter in the text which is all about Miss Honey’s cottage. Our role as readers has been to read a short piece of text and highlight the important descriptive language Roald Dahl uses to describe the cottage, it’s external, internal and surrounding features.

Students have then been using their creative flair to re-create the cottage using those specific descriptions. As teachers, we have listened to many conversations and ideas students have come up with to interpret what they have read, ‘seen’ or visualised in their minds and then go about creating their masterpieces.

As we all know, quality literature benefits all children by reading and listening to books. Not only by strengthening bonds between adults and children, but experiencing the joy of being able to escape into a fantasy world or an exciting adventure. All the while, developing a deeper love for reading at the same time. Matilda has done that and much more for all of us in Year 2 this term. 

Lou Ward

Year 2B Teacher

 

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As part of their unit on Early Australia, the Year 5 students created their own board games. The imagination and creativity that went into these games was outstanding. The Year 7’s were i...

As part of their unit on Early Australia, the Year 5 students created their own board games. The imagination and creativity that went into these games was outstanding. The Year 7’s were invited into the Year 5 classrooms this morning to experience these games and to provide an authentic audience for our students.

The aim of their games, was to show their understanding of Early Australia, including the First Fleet, convicts and the Gold Rush. This was done in a variety of ways. Some students taking ideas from Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit while others used games like Snakes and Ladders or Guess Who. The main thing that stood out was the understanding that the students had gained from their research and especially from the experiences we had on camp at Sovereign Hill.

This is one of the many special aspects of our campus. The opportunity that the students have for cross age learning. To see the students teaching each other their games was priceless and to witness the learning that had happened during this process was great. The Year 7’s were tested on their knowledge of Early Australia and were fantastic participants in each of the games.

Claire Deretic
Year 5 Homeroom Teacher

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THE JOBS OF 2027
In 10 years, jobs we are familiar with now will change, as new technologies impact on how we work. Professionals like nurses, architects, artists and farmers will all ne...

THE JOBS OF 2027

In 10 years, jobs we are familiar with now will change, as new technologies impact on how we work. Professionals like nurses, architects, artists and farmers will all need new skillsets to keep up with the technological revolution.  A most interesting reading from a recent University of Melbourne publication – Pursuit – which looks in to research done by the University.

 

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/the-jobs-of-2027?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=er_2017_brand_melbmodel&utm_content=paid_law_jobs

 

Important Links for Future Events for Year 12 Students:

VTAC Offers: This link leads to information outlining how and when Offers are made. It provides some guidance on what to do if you do not get an Offer, or if you miss out on the Offer you want.

http://www.vtac.edu.au/results-offers/offers.html

Changing Your Course Preferences: It is easy to add or remove courses on our Preference list. This link outlines the 'when, where and how' of changing our course Preferences.

http://www.vtac.edu.au/applying/courses/cop.html

Scholarship Offers: Most institutions will notify successful scholarship applicants via the VTAC user account. This link provides information about when and how scholarships are offered throughout the year.

http://www.vtac.edu.au/scholarships/offers.html

Deferment Policies: Not all institutions offer deferment. The link allows for a check on whether institutions offer deferment and instructions on how to defer.

http://www.vtac.edu.au/courses-inst/institutions/deferment.html

Enrolment Policies: Instructions on how to enrol will be in your Offer message. The link allows you to read some general information about the institution’s enrolment procedure.

http://www.vtac.edu.au/courses-inst/institutions/enrolment.html

Important Dates:  Change of Preference – VCE Results and ATAR – Offers emailed to applicants.

Results and Offers: How you will receive your ATAR and Offers for courses and scholarships.

http://www.vtac.edu.au/results-offers.html

Year 12 Results & Getting Your Offer: Explains how to get your ATAR.

http://www.vtac.edu.au/results-offers/y12-atar.html

Change of Preference Information Sessions:  Links to various institutions from where you can search for Information Session dates and times should you wish to explore changing Preferences after ATAR results. This document references the important fact that it is only a guideline, and contact should be made with individual institutions to confirm dates for Change of Preference Information Sessions.

Please click here for important dates and information on a number of VTAC processes that will occur between receiving ATAR results and Offers of places of study in 2018. 

 

Weekly Career News

Please click here for the Weekly Career News.  

This week highlighted:

    • Casual employment websites 
    • Careers at Victoria Police
    • Work Experience at Royal Women’s Hospital (current Year 9 students)
    • Work Experience at Herald Sun (current Year 9, 10 and 11 students)
    • Internships for students studying sport courses at La Trobe University
    • Internships for students studying law courses at Victoria University
    • Data Engineering at University of Technology Sydney
    • Not sure where a science degree can take you?
    • Learn about occupational therapy
    • Key resources for students interested in apprenticeships and traineeships
    • Kangan Batman Institute annual fashion show
    • Study in the US
    • Careers with the Australian Public Service
    • Computer science, science and engineering career articles
    • Upcoming events
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The power of story embraces all age groups, it is where we can connect our past to our present, where we can enter other worlds, explore characters and make connection to ideas, responses...

The power of story embraces all age groups, it is where we can connect our past to our present, where we can enter other worlds, explore characters and make connection to ideas, responses and events. Story feeds the soul, it stretches us beyond ourselves.

In Year 1, the children have been learning about STORY. They have focused on the format of a narrative and the development of characters and problems.

They have learnt from the masters- Bob Graham, Aaron Blabley, Rod Clement, Mem Fox, Julia Donaldson, Bruce Whately  just to name a few, and studied their ‘craft moves’ (techniques) and how the author keeps us interested in the story. The children have been able to make many connections to their own experiences and also looked at comparisons and contrasts.

These authors have ignited the ‘narrative flame’ and year 1’s have started to structure their narratives by: participating in shared writing, where the teacher and children construct a story together:       

 A long time ago, WHEN

in a galaxy far, far away WHERE                                  

6 bouncing bunnies, WHO

were sucked into a black hole!!! WHAT

They have learnt to paint pictures with words and plan their stories with a beginning, middle and ending. Interesting characters, settings, problems and solutions have emerged.

Sharing their stories with each other has allowed opportunities for feedback and questions which have assisted in the editing and redrafting process. Below is a glimpse of some budding authors …

 

The Elves Big Adventure

A long time ago at school, an elf on the shelf climbed onto the fan. Oh No! Someone turned on the fan….. Arabella Gower                 

The Storm

Once upon a time there was a fifteen year old boy called Alex. He lived in a tall house. One day he looked at the news and heard that a tornado was coming.  “What a tornado. In the afternoon! Phew! I have 4 hours to get ready”…Andrius Bruozis

The Disaster with the Presents

One Christmas Eve two sisters could not sleep. They were too excited. So they went downstairs and were shocked. There were no presents but there was a light coming from the closet. The girls opened the door and saw a golden path. They followed it and an angel appeared, she said…  Chloe Vassiliou

 An Elf called Max

Just before Christmas Eve, there was a new elf and his name was Max. He didn’t know Santa. Max always made the wrong toys and all of the children were sad. But as he grew up, he got better and better at making the toys and then he was a true elf… Zac Pearce

 

Liz Marsland

Year 1R Teacher

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Last week, the Year 8 Food Studies students staged a ‘Pop-up Café’ during lunchtime. At the beginning of the project, students examined aspects of running a sustainable business, carrying...

Last week, the Year 8 Food Studies students staged a ‘Pop-up Café’ during lunchtime. At the beginning of the project, students examined aspects of running a sustainable business, carrying out surveys along with designing and making a range of healthy menu items. The design task was a wonderful lead-in to developing 21-century skills: ways of thinking, working and living.The project also connects to the community by students nominating a charity to donate some of the proceeds of their sales. It was also a co-collaboration project with the Middle School Highton Music students: their music and singing creating a wonderful atmosphere. Well done to all who have contributed and thank you to all those who have been involved in making this such an exciting event.

Felicity Rogerson
Food Studies Teacher 

 

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Dear Parents and guardians,
For students entering Years 7 to 12 in 2018, Booklists and information on how to place your orders are now available on the Parent Portal. Attached to this art...

Dear Parents and guardians,

For students entering Years 7 to 12 in 2018, Booklists and information on how to place your orders are now available on the Parent Portal. Attached to this article is some additional general information for your reference. 

Second-Hand Process:

The school subscribes to the Sustainable School Shop - an online second-hand service. If you would like to purchase texts second-hand, or sell your child’s current texts, please use this service. We encourage you to consider listing your child's current 2017 texts on this site now, given many families will be looking at this site in the coming weeks, prior to ordering new 2018 texts. You are able to list, while also stating that the text is not available until a certain date.

  • Register with the Sustainable School Shop at sustainableschoolshop.com.au
  • Nominate our College when completing your profile on the site and all items advertised for Christian College Geelong will be covered by our subscription.

 

New Book Process:

OfficeMax Schools provides the College with an online ordering service. Ordering is fast, secure and convenient. Just visit OfficeMaxSchools.com.au as per provided instructions.

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As part of the Year 5 mandate to provide opportunities for powerful learning, Classroom Music will engage all students in a program involving the study of a musical instrument and learnin...

As part of the Year 5 mandate to provide opportunities for powerful learning, Classroom Music will engage all students in a program involving the study of a musical instrument and learning through performance.

This program aims to:

  • Provide all students with an authentic learning experience that challenges them to think and problem solve to achieve their full potential.
  • Give students the opportunity to learn deeply about themselves as a learner through a yearlong process of study and reflection.
  • Provide an opportunity to experience learning Music through group tuition and performance.
  • Provide the opportunity for students to experience the benefits of performing and learning an instrument, including taking pride in their work, being accountable for their learning, developing team work skills, and developing discipline and confidence.

Students who currently learn a band or orchestral string instrument will continue individual lessons with their instrumental teacher. In class, these students will also work with a classroom music teacher in a ‘Performers Workshop’ program designed to expand their music knowledge and skills.  The Performers Workshop members will also join with their Year 5 peers to rehearse and perform in a Year 5 string ensemble or concert band. The group tuition in the Year 5 class program will not be suitable for students who have already commenced learning a band/orchestral string instrument while at Junior School.

Students who do not currently play an instrument from the string orchestra or concert band family will have the opportunity to trial and consider their suitability for an instrument which they will learn for the year. Each student will be given a tutor book and his or her own instrument to take home, practise and care for.

During Year 5 classroom music, beginner students will have a group instrumental lesson each week with a specialist tutor. As the students progress, they will form a concert band where they will join with students who already learn an instrument. Similarly, students who are already learning a string instrument will participate in the Year 5 String ensemble where they will work towards presenting performances for their peers and eventually their parents and friends. The year will culminate with the ensembles performing at a College event.

Concert Band & String Instruments – Year 5 Class Music Program: - Flute, Bassoon, Trumpet, Tuba, Oboe, Saxophone, Trombone, Percussion, Clarinet, French Horn, Euphonium and Double Bass/Cello.

Students will be required to practice regularly as a key part of their learning in this subject. Parents can help students to establish a routine whereby they set aside 10 each day (at least 5 times a week) to practise in a quiet place. Parents are encouraged to interact/engage with their student during the practice and show interest in their progress.

All Year 5 students who play a band instrument will be given a tutor book that covers the curriculum, key skills and knowledge being learnt in the program. String players will be provided with appropriate learning materials by the strings teacher.

Next week, on Tuesday 28th November all Year 4 students will have the opportunity to try all of the listed instruments. Students will be placed on a particular instrument according to their preference, the instrumental tutor’s assessment of their suitability and instrument availability based on creating a balanced ensemble.

We look forward to working with the Year 5 (2018) students in this innovative learning program and welcome any parents with queries to contact the Music Department at music.admin@ccg.vic.edu.au.

Fiona Gardner
Director of Music – Teaching & Learning
f.gardner@ccg.vic.edu.au

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Students began Term 4 with being immersed in information on a range of topics including the refugee crisis, the homelessness issue in Geelong, litter, climate change, pollution, endange...

Students began Term 4 with being immersed in information on a range of topics including the refugee crisis, the homelessness issue in Geelong, litter, climate change, pollution, endangered animals and some more local issues such as power wastage, the desire for a cricket pitch on our oval and developing an area for students to withdraw when they want some quiet time. 

Students then moved forward and chose something that interested them in an area where they felt passion and empathy towards making some change in their community.  After they were put into groups who shared their own passions, they implemented some ‘Design Thinking’ strategies such as thinking of 100 solutions to solve their issue in 10 minutes, creating a ‘squid diagram’ where they alternated between questions and answers to really get their thinking on paper, and plotting their top ideas on an ‘impact versus effort (viability) chart.  These are just a few of the strategies that were quite successful in having the students begin thinking together about how they might have maximum impact in a relatively short time.

Alongside this important work, and arguably even more significant, was the development of individual Learning Journey Portfolios (LJPs).  These were ‘scrapbooks’ of learning that focused more on the ‘how’ than the ‘what’ of learning.  Students identified areas where they struggled such as their ability to plan ahead and organise their time, work with others, or manage their distractions to name just a few.  We believe that students only get better in these areas if they are given opportunities to practise these things.  The analogy is that exercising our muscles in a targeted manner actually grows those muscles or makes them stronger.  Similarly, when students set explicit personal learning goals and are given opportunities to plan (as an example), they become stronger planners!  Do they get it ‘right’ all of the time?  Hopefully not!  Powerful learning occurs when students face challenges and failures with a range of strategies for overcoming hiccups along the way.  We promote growth mindsets in our students.

Here at Christian College, we value both what students learn and how they grow as learners and negotiate challenges and new information.  At their annual ‘Exhibition of Learning’, students will be showcasing their amazing work in the SAC on Wednesday, November 29th ,    4:00pm- 5:30pm to which families are warmly invited to attend.  Our central theme this year comes from the Bible:

‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25:35-40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are looking forward to the ‘Jason Mahoney’ Bike Ride next Thursday 30th November. Students, teachers and parent volunteers will be leaving Junior School about 9.20am riding along the W...

We are looking forward to the ‘Jason Mahoney’ Bike Ride next Thursday 30th November. Students, teachers and parent volunteers will be leaving Junior School at approximately 9.20am riding along the Waurn Ponds Creek trail and then connecting onto the Barwon River trail. We aim to stop for lunch at Barwon Valley Park about 12 noon.

Students are required to wear College Sports uniform for the day, ensure they have some snacks and one or two drink bottles. We recommend students bring some sunscreen to apply on the day as well as a hat to wear at lunchtime. Snacks and drink bottles (clearly marked with name and class) will be kept in the support car and it will be meeting us at regular points.

Teachers will be taking first aid kits, Ventolin and Epi Pens with them as well as some in the support car.

Parents are more than welcome to meet the riders for lunch. The school will be providing rolls for the participants and students can make their own roll from ingredients provided.

Thank you to the many parents who will be assisting with the ride. I’ve also had some parents offer assistance regarding lunch requirements. If you are able to help bring lunch down to the park, please email me (n.rice@ccg.vic.edu.au) to make arrangements.

Nick Rice

Junior School Phys Ed Coordinator

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The next Project Care day at Christian College Bellarine is on Thursday 30th of November, and will involve Year 6 Market Day. The students will be able to experience market stalls the yea...

The next Project Care day at Christian College Bellarine is on Thursday 30th of November, and will involve Year 6 Market Day. The students will be able to experience market stalls the year 6 students have been working on during this term. There will be crafts and toys for sale, face painting and hairspray, as well as a number of games for the students to test themselves on and try to win a range of prizes. There will also be a sausage sizzle for lunch. It’s shaping up to be a wonderful day.

All proceeds of the day will be going to the Drysdale Food Bank to assist families in need as we approach Christmas.  The majority of items for sale and games will cost between .50 cents and $3. We ask that parents place a limit on their child’s/ren’s spending at the event to a maximum of $20. Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Market Day is casual dress for all students. Please be sure to mark it in your calendar. 

Ryan Healy and Lori Ruplal
Year 6 Homeroom Teachers

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We are looking forward to our Junior School Presentation Night coming up on Thursday, 7th of December and this year the Year One  students will be performing ‘Weather the Storm’.
If you...

 

We are looking forward to our Junior School Presentation Night coming up on Thursday, 7th of December and this year the Year One  students will be performing ‘The Big Storm’.

If your child is performing in the Strings group or receiving an award on the evening they will need to wear their full SUMMER uniform, and bring their performance costume to school in a named bag before the 7th December.

If your child is NOT in the Strings Group or receiving an award, they will need to wear the following clothing to the Presentation Night and will not be required to bring or wear their school uniform.

We ask that students wear a Onesie costume and their normal P.E. runners as we will be pretending to be toys for our item. If your family has multiple Onesies and you would be happy to share with another family please speak with your child’s homeroom teacher.

If you have any queries could you can contact your child’s homeroom teacher directly.

Thank you,

Anna Daley

Year One Level Leader

                                                                 

 

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The year 9 Marine Studies students enjoyed a very warm and calm morning out on the waters of Port Phillip Bay on Monday aboard the Sea All Dolphin Swims Boat. Our first stop was at ‘Pope’...

The year 9 Marine Studies students enjoyed a very warm and calm morning out on the waters of Port Phillip Bay on Monday aboard the Sea All Dolphin Swims Boat. Our first stop was at ‘Pope’s Eye’ an artificial structure originally intended to be a fortress guarding the entrance to the bay. Now, it is home to extensive beds of brown kelp and a huge variety of species including many colourful fish, sea stars, octopus, and cuttlefish. It is also an important breeding ground for Australasian Gannets. This is also where the students conducted a fish count. Students were given a dive slate to record the numbers of 25 important fish species. The data is collected and uploaded to the ‘Atlas of Living Australia’ to develop a greater understanding of Victoria’s marine species. We were lead to believe that the resident ‘Burrunan’ Dolphins were on vacation somewhere near Blairgowrie so it was decided that we would continue our adventure to check in with the all male colony of Australian Fur Seals. Here the students tested their underwater acrobatic skills with the ‘puppies’ of the ocean. It was a fantastic day out, exploring a variety of marine habitats, getting up close and personal with marine animals and extending our understanding of the importance of healthy ecosystems, particularly at a time where there are so many current and potential threats to our oceans.  

Fiona Scott
Marine Studies Teacher

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Next Friday, 1st December will be the final swimming session for our Year 1 students. It has been pleasing to see the attitude and effort from all our students by participating in all the...

Next Friday, 1st December will be the final swimming session for our Year 1 students. It has been pleasing to see the attitude and effort from all our students by participating in all the swimming and sports activities.

The session will commence at 1:30pm with students participating in a short swimming session with their teacher, some aquatic novelty events and some games on the basketball court.

Parents are more than welcome to come and watch their child participate during the session which will finish at about 3:00pm.

If you would like to collect your child from this session, please email or write a note in your child’s diary informing their class teacher so they can arrange their bag to go with them. Other students will be returning to Junior School on the bus for the end of the day.

Thank you for your weekly support by ensuring students have their bathers, cap, goggles and towel. We look forward to seeing you next Friday.

Nick Rice

Junior School Phys Ed Coordinator

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A few of our Year 4 students were asked to reveal what they were looking forward to next year when they move up to Middle School.
Hannah Morgan (4R)Firstly, I am really looking forward to...

A few of our Year 4 students were asked to reveal what they were looking forward to next year when they move up to Middle School.

Hannah Morgan (4R)
Firstly, I am really looking forward to Market Day and the Pop up Café.
Secondly, I am looking forward to going to the Year 5 camp at Sovereign Hill.
And lastly, I am looking forward to the Chilly Challenge Day

Kishore Samuel (4R)
1. Science because they have a science lab, they use chemicals do experiments.
2. Sport - because they have a swimming pool and we don’t have to take the bus there. I’m also looking forward to basketball game - Golden Child because they have different rules.
3. Making new friends because some new students starting at Middle School may not know many people. I can help them adjust to CCG.

John McClure (4R)

I am looking forward to many things in year 5, but the thing I am looking forward to the most is science. Science will be awesome because we can learn the fundamental rules of life; like why not to put a glass filled with water in the freezer.
There are so many things to expand your knowledge through the different sciences, physics, biology, chemistry and astronomy. With science, you can make anything work, building robots and exploring through what life’s purpose is.
I am particularly interested in exploring chemistry and its many nooks and combinations.

Mark Foran

Year 3 / 4 Coordinator

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It was a beautiful morning for a run on Sunday the 19th November. Warm, calm and.. did someone say hilly?? 50 students and staff from Christian College registered for Run Geelong which re...

It was a beautiful morning for a run on Sunday the 19th November. Warm, calm and.. did someone say hilly?? 50 students and staff from Christian College registered for Run Geelong which resulted in the school finishing in the top 10 highest number of school participants. Congratulations to everyone who made it out for the day. Whether you ran, walked, or did a bit of both, it was about doing something healthy and fun all for a great cause! Every cent from each registration will go towards Barwon Health Paediatrics rehabilitation service for sick children and their families around the region. 

Fiona Scott
Physical Education Teacher

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Year 4 students are completing their Musical Instrument Investigation by presenting their findings to their peers. This has been wonderful to 'look, listen and learn' about a range of ins...

Year 4 students are completing their Musical Instrument Investigation by presenting their findings to their peers. This has been wonderful to 'look, listen and learn' about a range of instruments.

Supreet Kaur brought in a Harmonium giving her class mates a 'real life' experience with a very special instrument. 

Next week on Tuesday November 28th, all Year 4 students will have the opportunity to try out a range of instruments from the brass, woodwind, string and percussion families. This is an important part of setting up the Year 5 Music Program but also a wonderful time for students to have a hands on musical learning experience.

Please see notice attached for more information about Tuesday's instrument try out session. 

 

Carla Dunlop

Deputy Head of Campus and Year 4 Music Teacher

 

Parents are encouraged to participated in life at Junior School in a variety of ways, one way as such is by volunteering at the canteen on Fridays. This is a great way to meet other paren...

Parents are encouraged to participated in life at Junior School in a variety of ways, one way as such is by volunteering at the canteen on Fridays. This is a great way to meet other parents and to support Junior School as parents prepare and serve morning tea and lunch. 

For the canteen to operate effectively your help is needed. 

If you are available for an early morning or mid morning session, or even the entire day, for our last canteen for 2017 (next Friday December 1) or any Friday during Term 1 2018, please click on the link below and select days and times that suit you. Please note, personal details will only be collected and used by authorised staff and in the organisation of Canteen rosters only.

Kristy Burrow (Canteen Coordinator) will then contact you by the Wednesday prior to confirm your attendance.  Kristy can be contacted on k.burrow@ccg.vic.edu.au if you have any queries. 

Thank you for your support of our Junior School canteen. 

 

Click on the link below for more information:

Canteen Helper Availability Form

 

 Carla Dunlop

Deputy Head of Campus

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The word ‘extravaganza’ is not a light one to throw around, but in the case of describing this year’s Art, Technology & Design Extravaganza, it seems quite fitting.

The word ‘extravaganza’ is not a light one to throw around, but in the case of describing this year’s Art, Technology & Design Extravaganza, it seems quite fitting.  9000 pieces of art on display, 6 campuses and a whole faculty involved. To say the least: it was big!

Contributions came from kindergarten children right up to Year 12 students – and it seemed like a sea of colour, materials and fresh ideas bounced off every bit of available wall space in the ‘Villa Paloma’.

We saw a vast array of exceptional work from students; from eco-dyed textiles, to bold wearable art pieces to meticulously rendered paintings. The fields of design and technology were also well represented, with sound and video installations set-up, product design pieces on display, robotic creations to marvel at and much more. 

Antony Benson, Director of Teaching & Learning – Art, Technology and Design, applauded the high standard of art, “extraordinary in its diversity, as well as its sophistication in the use of colour and form”, and strong sense of design-thinking evident throughout.

Students dazzled down the runway in what was both an engaging and professional show. Similarly, to the art on display, the fashion choices also reflected a vast array of materials, themes and styles.
From a focus on food (students holding pizzas) to serious high-fashion to everything in between, it was a dazzling parade. What makes it even more incredible is the efforts that students went to create their outfits.
With Ancient Egyptian influence and colourful Mexican costumes, the Senior School ‘Wearable Art’ House efforts were also particularly eye-catching.

Felicity Mawson, a past College student (2011) and RMIT fashion graduate was a guest speaker.
Her advice, for those wanting to undertake similar creative pathways? Remember – the road is not straightforward, nor easy.
“But, I ask you to remember this… you have a skill set that cannot be bought, knowledge that cannot be attained by a text book… what you create is instinctive – what you will produce will be extraordinary.”

The Art, Technology and Design Extravaganza was open this week until Wednesday 22nd November, and with over 1700 visitors admiring our students work throughout this time, it was a huge success for 2017!

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Last week, the entire Year 9 cohort across Highton and Bellarine campuses celebrated the culmination of their year-long Humanities studies and took part in one of the most powerful learning moments of their entire Year 9 experience.

In order to engage with processes employed to solve problems of global scale, all students met at the Bellarine auditorium to simulate the work of the United Nations in a General Assembly. Each student participated as a representative of a different country, to advocate for their ‘people’ and their future needs and engage in discourse, attempting to agree upon a global resolution on climate change. Students delivered speeches, searched for potential allies and proposed amendments to existing UN documents, before voting on a new solution at the end of the General Assembly. This event required students to make links across traditional subject areas and draw from recent learning in their Science, Geography and English lessons. Throughout the day, staff were inspired at the level of rigorous debate that took place, and the incredible engagement the students showed in tackling potentially the greatest challenge of their own future.

 

Year 9 Geography Teacher: Mr Adam Kennedy, Mrs Jackie Coreless & Mr Rick Geall

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