A Focus on 'Good Work'
It has been wonderful to see our campuses spring to life with the students returning from the summer break. A common remark I have heard from a number of students a...

Follow the link below to view the new entry in the Principal's Blog:

http://www.christiancollege.vic.edu.au/principals-blog/february-2017

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A Focus on 'Good Work'
It has been wonderful to see our campuses spring to life with the students returning from the summer break. A common remark I have heard from a number of students a...

Follow the link below to view the new entry in the Principal's Blog:

http://www.christiancollege.vic.edu.au/principals-blog/february-2017

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A Focus on 'Good Work'
It has been wonderful to see our campuses spring to life with the students returning from the summer break. A common remark I have heard from a number of students a...

Follow the link below to view the new entry in the Principal's Blog:

http://www.christiancollege.vic.edu.au/principals-blog/february-2017

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Hi Parents and friends,
A great start to the year and a big welcome back from the Chaplain!
I want to touch on the topic of anxiety because many students and us as parents feel anxious th...

Hi Parents and friends,

A great start to the year and a big welcome back from the Chaplain!

I want to touch on the topic of anxiety because many students, and us as parents, feel anxious this time of year when our children return to school.
I’m hoping the following three steps can assist you to help your child with anxiety:
• Encourage them to talk about their anxiety – share the things that, as a child, you were anxious about and ask them what their biggest worry is. By modelling your own acceptance of anxiety, you will be assisting them to remain calm about theirs.
• Teach your child about anxiety and its purpose – educate yourself about anxiety and its adaptive role in helping humans survive (flight-fight-freeze). Explain the physical changes in the human body when danger is perceived (sweaty hands, blood to extremities, rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing etc.). By explaining these, you are helping to normalise anxiety as well as assisting your child to identify and understand the way their own body reacts when anxious.
• Help your child to recognize their anxiety and to develop ways to manage it. Ask your child to sketch their body and mark on it where their anxiety occurs, and is most felt. Teach them ways to work with their anxiety. For example, a young child might learn to say: “That’s just ‘Mr Worry’ telling me not to do that. I don’t want to miss out so, ‘Mr Worry’, you can just be quiet”. Or a teenager might liken their worrying thoughts to a radio with the volume turned up high, and learn to manage it by turning the volume down. 

Other things you can do to help:
• Learn to manage your own anxiety, thus role modelling to your child that it can be achieved - which in turn helps reduce their anxieties
• Encourage good eating (reduce caffeinated, high-sugar drinks and foods), regular exercise, hobbies, sufficient sleep and connection with friends. When young people are well-rested and relaxed, they will be in a better mental state to handle fears or worries.
• Let your children and young people know who they can call on in the school, such as the Chaplain and College staff for support if needed. This will make them feel less anxious about the future.
• Visit your GP if you suspect that your child is suffering from an anxiety disorder.

Take care.

Gary Crole,
College Chaplain,
Christian College, Bellarine.

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A Focus on 'Good Work'
It has been wonderful to see our campuses spring to life with the students returning from the summer break. A common remark I have heard from a number of students a...

Follow the link below to view the new entry in the Principal's Blog:

http://www.christiancollege.vic.edu.au/principals-blog/february-2017

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It has been terrific to wander around Senior School and to see the learning being undertaken. In a class I was recently in, a student was explaining her understanding of a text they were ...

It has been terrific to wander around Senior School and to see the learning beginning. In one class I was recently in, a student was explaining her understanding of a text they were studying in Year 12. The manner in which she articulated her views, and was able to support them with sections of the book, was inspiring.

In another class - this time Mathematics - a student was taking the class, explaining how he got the desired answer. The students were paying close attention to every detail, to the point they did not notice my presence. 

These examples of learning are based on the principle of collaboration and engagement, among other methods. The “old days” of the teacher being the font of all wisdom have long gone, and students are now demanding engagement and involvement.

The College has developed a “growth mindset” in our students and staff, and this is common throughout all year levels. It is so exciting to see students learning in a way that is new and relevant to the skills of tomorrow.

Ask your child what subject they really enjoy and why. I trust the answer will centre on the type of learning that takes place, as much as the content.

Welcome to Senior School Evening

Our 'Welcome to Senior School' evening is next Monday evening from 7pm to 8.30pm in the Penman Quad.

It is an opportunity for all parents and guardians of our Senior School students to meet their child’s House Group Teacher, as well as their subject teachers. All teachers will be present and are looking forward to the chance engage with you.

At about 7.30pm, there will be a meeting of all Year 10 parents and guardians in the Chapel. The Year 10 Co-ordinators, Ms Kim Doherty and Mr Paul Breguet, will be presenting valuable information about the year ahead.

Our Prefects will also be present to welcome you and provide a light supper.

We do hope you are able to attend with your child.

Prefect Investiture

Our annual Prefect Investiture is on Thursday, February 16 at the Barrabool Hills Baptist Church. This is an important event and the entire Senior School will be present, as we induct the Prefects and new staff. We welcome the families of all Prefects and ask that they sit near the front of the auditorium – look for the 'Reserved Seating' signs.

Graeme Dent, Head of Senior School

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Our Leader’s Induction and Service of Dedication on Tuesday was a wonderful opportunity to recognise and celebrate our 2017 student leaders.
Mr Tim Diamond, General Manager of the Cotton ...

Our Leader’s Induction and Service of Dedication on Tuesday was a wonderful opportunity to recognise and celebrate our 2017 student leaders.

Mr Tim Diamond (pictured below middle), General Manager of the Cotton On Foundation , shared the amazing work the Cotton On Foundation are doing locally and internationally, while encouraging and inspiring our students (and also parents and staff) to show leadership by serving and making a difference in the lives of others.

A special congratulations to Molly England and Joel Lane on their appointment as School Captains for 2017 - along with Neve Foster and Bwe Le Htoo Wa on their appointment as Vice Captains for 2017.

They are pictured here with Mr Jonathan Ryan, Mr Tony Costa, and Ms Kerrie Reid.

 

Congratulations to the following students on their appointment. We look forward to your leadership and service throughout 2017.

Student Representative Council

Year 5             Bethany Morrison        Daniel Scott               Fane Vaitohi


Year 6             Samuel Beaumont       Max Daley                  Brodie Gawith               
                         Jack Lindsay


Year 7             Imogen Castle              Amy Chan                   Lauren Crawford  
                        Chloe Lamb                   Gabriel Maroulis        Nikhil Matta

Year 8             Harvey Beckley            Madeleine Benson     Dante De Beer
                        Cooper Geall                 Ted Page-Walker        Zachariah Wray

 

House Leaders

Burrows          Tegan Visser                 Henry Turner

Flynn               Kassidy Werner            Samuel Wyeth

Penman          Olivia Chadwick            Connor Jose

Taylor             Molly England               Joel Lane

 

Prefects

Kamarah Blackhall                Olivia Chadwick                     Naomi Chang

Tom Charleson                      Lachlan Davis                         Molly England

 

Patrick Flood                         Neve Foster                           Ava Halloran

 

Kyla Kacprzak                        Joel Lane                                 Isabella Lawrence

 

Abigail Matta                         Georgia Murdoch                  Chelsea Osburn

 

Lauren Schwab                      Harrison Steele-Holmes       Monalisa Vaitohi

 

Bwe Le Htoo Wah

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On Monday the 6th of February we had a fantastic first Junior School Assembly for 2017.  It was a great way to start the week, hearing a message from our Campus Chaplain Gary Crole about ...

On Monday, February 6, we had a fantastic first Junior School Assembly for 2017. It was a great way to start the week, hearing a message from our Campus Chaplain Gary Crole about casting our cares on God and trusting him to look after us this year in everything that we do.

Our Year 2 students and new students in Year 3 and 4 were very blessed to be able to be presented with their Jesus Storybook Bible; and they were received with great joy.  We were also able to celebrate the amazing efforts of some of our students in their first week back.

All of us in the Junior School are very much looking forward to everything this year has to offer.

Psalm 55:22: “Cast your cares upon God and he will take care of you…”

Emma Ford
Year 4 Class Teacher

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Parents and Educators working together to assist our young people in safely navigating Middle School and the adolescent years.
 
All Middle School families from Year 5 to Year 9 (both new...

Parents and Educators working together to assist our young people in safely navigating Middle School and the adolescent years.

 

All Middle School parents and guardians from Year 5 to Year 9 (both new and existing) are warmly invited and encouraged to attend our first Educational Seminar and Social Supper, to be held on Tuesday, February 14 commencing at 7pm in the Sports and Aquatic Centre.

As a school community, we believe in the importance of working together with families to assist our young people in safely and positively navigating the academic, social, emotional and digital challenges of the adolescent years. Imperative in this, is the ongoing dialogue with educators, parents and students.

We hope that this presentation will provide valuable information and understanding, while also initiating further discussion between you and your young person at home. We warmly invite parents/guardians of all students to join us for what promises to be an informative and insightful evening.

We will also frame the broader teaching and learning changes at Christian College, preparing your child for the 21st Century, cover year level specific information - as well as outline some of the new initiatives, upcoming events and student expectations for 2017.

Following the seminar we offer the opportunity to meet homeroom and specialist teachers over a social supper in the Gallery, while mingling with other College families.

I look forward to seeing you there.

 

Kind regards,

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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Sixty-eight VCE and VCAL students commenced studying their VET courses last week with some students yet to be enrolled. As part of their studies VCAL students carry out structured workpla...

A group of 68 VCE and VCAL students commenced studying their VET courses last week, with some students yet to be enrolled.

Just a reminder to parents of VET students that the cooling off period and withdrawal from a course at The Gordon without incurring fees is March, 1 2017. After this date full VET fees will apply. As part of their studies, VCAL students carry out structured workplace learning all day on Friday’s during the school terms.

To support some of the students, we are looking for potential work placements from people in our community who might be able to offer a student work experience, or know of someone who can. The industries we are currently in need of placements for are: Electrical, IT, Beauty, Childcare, Fashion/Clothing, Community Service, Agriculture and Building and Construction. Please contact Kerryn Fearnsides at the Senior Campus if you are able to help our young people.

Kerryn Fearnsides, VET/ VCAL Coordinator

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Classrooms are buzzing, and the creativity is certainly flowing in the Year 1 classrooms. One of the first questions asked this year was: "when are we doing Play-Based Learning?"

Students have stretched their Building Learning Power muscles to explore and make links to their learning through play. It has been exciting to see new friendships develop through their play. We look forward to watching the growth of the children as they develop their play.

Katie Oelke
Prep - Year 2 Coordinator

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Parent Helpers are required for our Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) for our 3 Prep classes this year.
Parent helpers will be allocated a physical activity/station to assist and guide the c...

Our PMP program at Prep is dependent upon the participation of some parent helpers each week.

We are needing Parent Helpers for each of our three Prep Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) classes this year and would be grateful for your assistance.

Parent helpers will be allocated a physical activity/station to assist and guide the children as they rotate through five stations each week.

Classes will be held on the following days:

PREP G                 MONDAYS Period 7 - 2:10pm (approx. 35 minutes)

PREP B                 MONDAYS Period 8 - 2:45pm (approx. 35 minutes)

PREP R                 MONDAYS Period 1 - 9:15am (approx. 35 minutes)

If you would like to be involved please contact Mrs Joanne Richardson by email: j.richardson@ccg.vic.edu.au so that a roster can be organised.

A ‘Working With Children’ card is a requirement for all volunteers. Please enquire at the office if you need further information about this.

It is hoped that we can commence our PMP sessions in Week 5 - Monday, February 27.

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GPAC is running a leadership seminar for interested students focusing on the arts, sport and technology on Monday 27th February from 9.30-2.30. . Places are limited and students should ex...

GPAC is running a leadership seminar for interested students focusing on the arts, sport and technology on Monday, February 27 from 9.30am-2.30pm. Places are limited and students should express their interest in attending by contacting Ms Calderwood by this coming Monday, February 13, at the latest.

For further details, please click here.

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This week the Year 5s were involved in the first ever Chilli Challenge Day. The aim of this day was to orientate the students with the school grounds, get to know their peers and experien...

This week Year 5 students were involved in the first ever 'Chilli' Challenge Day. The aim of this day was to orientate the students with the school grounds, get to know their peers and experience interactive activities that challenged their thought processes.

Exciting activities throughout the day included: a presentation from Christian Ed Director Stephen Brown, a tent setting-up challenge which followed on from the initial talk, an orienteering activity led by Humanities Director, Rick Geall as well as swimming relays, pool challenges and a newspaper outfit challenge. The day then ended with 'thinking' games run by our the "A Team" of Tony Costa and Jonathan Ryan.

Throughout each activity the students were provided with extra ‘Chilli Challenges’ in order to expand their thinking routines and step outside their comfort zone. This opportunity helped to change their mindset from: ‘I’m not good at this’ to ‘what am I missing.’ or ‘this is too hard’ to ‘this may take some time.’ These experiences will be continued in the classroom, with references back to the day set to be made in the year ahead.  

It was lovely to conclude with a sausage sizzle with the Year 5 parents and families where we could share in the experiences of the day. The students even had their parents complete some ‘challenge' games’ to give them some insight into their day.

Overall, the Chilli Challenge Day set a wonderful platform for the year ahead, assisting both parents and students transition to the Middle School and developing a wonderful sense of community among the students and their families.

 

Mrs Justine Brame

Year 5 Coordinator

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Our youngest students have made a wonderful start to the school year and are quickly becoming settled in their classrooms. From Monday, to build students in their independence we would li...

Our youngest students have made a wonderful start to the school year and are quickly becoming settled in their classrooms. From Monday, to build students in their independence, we would like families to assist with the following:

  • Prep students can stay outside when they arrive at school until the bell rings at 8.50am, when they line-up before coming into the classroom.
  • Year 1 and 2 students are encouraged to independently drop their bags and line up to come into classroom when the bell rings.

Staff have enjoyed meeting families over the past few weeks and look forward to partnering with you and your child throughout the year. If you require a meeting with your child’s homeroom teacher - rather than meeting at the classroom door - could you please make a request through the organiser. Staff will then be in touch to arrange a suitable time to meet.

We appreciate your support in your child’s learning.

Katie Oelke
Prep - Year 2 Coordinator

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The dedication of Christian College’s teachers and students to focus on consistent improvement has helped the graduating class of 2016 to find acceptance into their preferred course of te...

The dedication of our teachers and students to focus on consistent improvement has helped the graduating class of 2016 find acceptance into their preferred course of tertiary study.

Of the 141 Year 12 students who applied for universities, 96 have received their first preference - an outstanding result and a wonderful reward for their hard work and commitment.

It means more than two thirds of the 2016 graduating class can now shape the next part of their educational journey and follow their preferred pathway, bringing great joy and relief to their families.

A further 15 students have received their second preference as part of the landmark year for the College.

The results raise the bar on the strong outcomes of the 2015 class, where 85 students received their first preference.

The university preferences are a flow-on from the ATAR results for 2016 – which were also the best on record for the College.

Principal, Mr Glen McKeeman says "I am delighted to see the efforts and dedication shown by our students rewarded so positively. These results are a wonderful indication that the College's wide emphasis on teaching and learning to seek deeper understanding - together with a clear focus on the process of learning - is influencing improved outcomes for our students.These graduates are poised to pursue their life dreams and go into the world to make a positive difference."

Our class of 2016 had the highest percentage of students achieving ATAR scores above 80 and 90, as well 86.5% of students scoring above 50 – which is well above the national average of 50%.

The range of university courses selected by 2016 alumni was more diverse than last year, with degrees relating to Arts (14 offers), Exercise Science (10), Law (8), Engineering (8), Science (8), Music (8), Health (7), Education (6), Commerce (5) and Medicine (2) among the variety of different courses chosen.

Of the 141 students, 133 have received offers to study in Victoria, with Deakin University emerging as the most popular. A group of 65 College alumni have received offers from Deakin, up from 52 in 2015.

University of Melbourne (14 offers), RMIT University (14), Monash University (9), Federation University (8) and Swinburne University (7) were the other institutions favoured by the class of 2016. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

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Can you spare a couple of hours a month?
Looking for an avenue to meet other parents?
Interested in an opportunity to see your child at school?
 
Then our Middle School Canteen might just...

Can you spare a couple of hours a month?

Looking for an avenue to meet other parents?

Interested in an opportunity to see your child at school?

 

Then our Middle School Canteen might just be for you!!

 

Preferably Fridays, however Monday and Wednesday still have vacancies.

Tasks are simple, and on the spot training is available. 

Plenty of cuppa's and laughs to be had.

 

If interested, please contact our Canteen Manager:

Mrs Heather Smith

0409137661

h.smith@ccg.vic.edu.au

 

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We encourage you to spread the word on our upcoming Open Days:
Tuesday 7th March 2017:
9.30am – 11.30am Junior School - Belmont (Pre-Kinder to Year 4)
11.30 am – 1.30pm Middle School - Hi...

We encourage you to spread the word on our upcoming Open Days:

Tuesday March 7, 2017:

9.30am – 11.30am Junior School - Belmont 
(Pre-Kinder to Year 4)

11.30am – 1.30pm Middle School - Highton
(Years 5 to 9)

11.30am – 1.00pm Senior School - Waurn Ponds
(Years 10 – 12 inc. VET/VCAL)

Wednesday March 8, 2017:

9.30am – 12.00pm Bellarine Campus
(Prep to Year 9)

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All Middle School families from Year 5 to Year 9 are warmly invited to our Information Evening, to be held on Tuesday 14th March, commencing at 6pm in the Auditorium. We will cover year l...

All Middle School families from Year 5 to Year 9 are warmly invited to our Information Evening, to be held on Tuesday, March 14, commencing at 6pm in the Auditorium.

We will cover year level specific information, as well as outline some of the new initiatives, upcoming events and students expectations for 2017.

Following the Information Evening, we offer the opportunity to meet homeroom and specialist teachers over a social supper in the Auditorium Foyer.

Earl Moore
Deputy Head of Campus

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Tuesday evening witnessed the launch of Q’ed - our unique, select entry Middle School program for students with exceptional abilities and gifting. Parents and students engaged in a range of stimulating and challenging activities and discussions, provided as tasters of the program which will unfold this semester.

Alongside Q’ed, there will be numerous and broad-ranged opportunities for enrichment and extension, offered to all students who are excited and motived to engage in a challenge over and beyond that provided within the mainstream classroom.

Science competitions, Reader challenges, Mathematics competitions, Entrepreneurial challenges, Tournament of Minds, Chess competitions; the list goes on, and so does the fun, the excitement and the growth. Keep an eye out for these opportunities and be encouraged to have a go.

 

Roselyn Smith

Director of Learning Support Services

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It has been a great start to 2017 for our students at the Villa Paloma Campus.
It is fantastic to see students seizing opportunities where creativity, dynamic thinking, innovation and col...

It has been a great start to 2017 for our students at the Villa Paloma Campus.

It is fantastic to see students seizing opportunities where creativity, dynamic thinking, innovation and collaboration are evident. 

Our students are reinforcing and building upon traditional skills in the areas of visual arts, technology and design. By using 21st Century techniques, the students are exploring new ways to use these skills, which will assist them in the future.

These future skills were certainly on display in our first week of 2017. Year 10 Systems and Technology students unboxed, collaborated and applied critical and creative thinking to master the technique of Drone flying.

Antony Benson
Director of Teaching & Learning
Art, Technology & Design

 

Year 10 Systems and Technology from Christian College Geelong on Vimeo.

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This week the Year 5 Music Program was off to a great start! With around 40 instruments handed to an excited cohort of students the excitement levels were running high! Many students pick...

This week the Year 5 Music Program got off to a great start!

With around 40 instruments handed to an excited cohort of students, the excitement levels were running high! Many students picked up a new instrument for the first time; including everything from Flutes and Trombones, to the Oboe and Tuba.

The students will no doubt flourish in their journey towards playing in either the Concert Band or the String Ensemble in this program. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting adventure!

Sharon Kelly
Music Coordinator, Bellarine Campus

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Around 463,000 young people are bullied online in Australia each year with victims being impacted by cyber-bullying to the point where some engage in self-harm and suicidal ideation.
'Rew...

Around 463,000 young people are bullied online in Australia each year with victims being impacted by cyber-bullying to the point where some engage in self-harm and suicidal ideation.

'Reword' is the first technology of its kind in Australia. It works by identifying cruel or intimidating words in real time to prompt online users to reword their message or post.
Similar to spellcheck functionality, a red line appears through words to highlight bullying behaviour, encouraging online users to reconsider their choice of words.

Chris Tanti, CEO of headspace, Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation, said: “sadly, online bullying is endemic. We’re encouraged that this is a tangible online tool that will genuinely help change behaviour and reduce incidents of bullying.” 

Testing has shown that 79 per cent of young people (12-25 years) are willing to 'reword' when they see the red line. 

“The pressures on children in social media are intense. Reword is one way we can help empower them in real time,” he added. 

The technology was created by Leo Burnett Melbourne in partnership with headspace

Adults and young people alike are being encouraged to download the free tool as of March 18 by visiting: http://www.reword.it

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Roxanne Van Beveren of Year 10 has recently been accepted into the Barwon Sports Academy participating in water polo. She has played for Essendon for 2 years, and has achieved 2 titles of...

Year 10 student Roxanne Van Beveren has recently been accepted into the Barwon Sports Academy, with an individual scholarship in water polo. She has played water polo for Essendon for two years, and has cliniched two individual awards - most valuable goal keepe, for both under-14 and 16, at the Geelong Junior Victorian National Water Polo Championships.

During the Geelong championships, her team (Essendon) finished second in the under-14s and third in the under-16s. Roxanne’s short career in water polo has offered plenty of opportunities, such as her entry into the Barwon Sports Academy, a scholarship sponsored by Deakin University, selection into the Victorian Women’s State team and the great privilege of being trained by ex-Water Polo Olympians.

Roxanne’s achievements include:

  • Essendon water polo club (2016-current) goal keeper for State league 1, State league 2, Youth Girl
  • Gold medal in the 2016 winter season competition, U16s Youth girl Essendon club.
  • Bronze medal at the 2016 Victorian Junior Championships, U16s
  • Most Valuable Goal Keeper for 2016 Victorian Junior Championships, U16s
  • Essendon water polo team representing Victoria in U16s National Championships in Hobart, September 2016
  • Richmond water polo club member (2015-2016), goal keeper, U14s
  • Silver medal at the 2015 Victorian Junior club Championships, U14s
  • Most Valuable Goal Keeper 2015 Victorian Junior club Championships, U14s
  • Silver Sub-Junior Competition 2015/16, U14 State games, Richmond club.

 

“My schedule consists of four visits a week to Melbourne's MSAC, from 7:30pm to 9pm, and getting home at 11:10pm each night," Roxanne said.

"I wake at 6am to catch a bus at 7:30am to school. During travel time, I complete some of my homework," she said.

"In training, I use weight belts and medicine balls (3kg weight belts and 2-3kg medicine balls). The techniques that I go through are 'egg beater' and jumps, as well as passing and blocking.”

Roxanne has shown great dedication to her sport, and Christian College are proud of her achievements.

Graeme Dent

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Academic Excellence and General Excellence Scholarships 2018
Christian College Geelong is pleased to offer a number of Academic and General Excellence Scholarships each year for entry at ...

Academic Excellence and General Excellence Scholarships 2018

Christian College Geelong is pleased to offer a number of Academic and General Excellence Scholarships each year for entry at Year 5 or Year 7 level at Middle School, Highton and at the Bellarine Campus; and also for entry at Year 10, at our Senior School in Waurn Ponds. 

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, character and citizenship.                  

Successful scholarship application will mean that 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.

For further scholarship application information please CLICK HERE.

Applications are now open.
Applications Close: Wednesday, March 15

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Students are encouraged to come along to the free Music Theory sessions offered in the Music Room every Tuesday at 8am. Students work at their own pace to extend their understanding of th...

Students are encouraged to come along to the free Music Theory sessions offered in the Music Room every Tuesday at 8am.

Students work at their own pace to extend their understanding of theory and aural concepts, or prepare for theory examinations that may pair with their instrument exams.

Mrs Brighid Mantelli, specialist Music teacher, runs these sessions and offers a wealth of expertise in this area of study.

Please contact the Music Department (music.admin@ccg.vic.edu.au) if you require more information; you are also welcome to simply come along!

Ms Sharon Kelly
Music Coordinator - Bellarine Campus

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Giving them the facts is the safest bet
Gambling is heavily promoted and more accessible than ever before. There’s growing concern over the way our teens are influenced by positive gambli...

Gambling is heavily promoted and more accessible than ever before. There’s growing concern over the way our teenagers are influenced by positive gambling messages through sport, advertising, online games and social media. These can give your child the wrong idea about how gambling actually works, making it seem like an easy, fun and normal way to make quick money. We know these kinds of attitudes can lead to difficulties down the track.

The good news is you are in a great position to help your child develop a balanced understanding of how gambling actually works, and you don’t need to be an expert on the topic to start a conversation. Health experts say talking about gambling with teenagers is just as important as talking about other situations where risk may be involved – like driving and drinking alcohol.

Teenagers are reportedly five times more likely than adults to experience harm from gambling. Because gambling can become an issue for teenagers, we suggest talking to them sooner rather than later. That way they will have a better chance of understanding the risks involved, what might be influencing their thinking and the limited chances of winning.  

Opportune times to have these conversations include when you’re watching sport together and you see lots of betting ads, when betting is heavily promoted like during the Spring Racing Carnival, or when they are starting to earn their own money.

For more information, including ways to start conversations about gambling with your child, go to: lovethegame.vic.gov.au 

Dianne Martin, Deputy Head of Senior School

 

 

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At various times throughout the school year, photographs of students may be taken in class, in sporting teams or when involved in a broad range of learning activities. A selection of such...

At various times throughout the school year, photographs of students may be taken in class, in sporting teams or when involved in a broad range of learning activities. A selection of such photographs or videos may be used for College publicity and promotion including class displays, student presentations, media presentations or for student teacher folios. Often this can be an effective way of acknowledging student and College achievements.

Our staff are always careful to choose only appropriate photographs to support our printed publicity, promotional material, newsletters or news and events reports on the Christian College website www.christiancollege.vic.edu.au  

However, if any parents do NOT wish their son or daughter to be photographed for these purposes, named in College publications or on website reports, you are asked to notify your Head of Campus in writing by Friday, February 17, 2017.

Parents would be aware that we live in a visual society where images convey more than words. In addition, communications between our College and families are increasingly being made by electronic means. Our College Newsletter "The Vine" is published each week for you to access. Please take the time to read "The Vine" to fully appreciate the many events, achievements and celebrations that occur throughout the year.

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The Year 5 parents will have an opportunity to meet with Year 5 Homeroom teachers for a quick ‘cuppa’ and a catch up on either Thursday, February 16 or Monday, February 20 (or both days, ...

The Year 5 parents will have an opportunity to meet with Year 5 Homeroom teachers for a quick ‘cuppa’ and a catch up on either Thursday, February 16 or Monday, February 20 (or both days, if you're really keen!) between 8.45am and 9.15am. 

During this time, the Year 5 students will participate in a games session run by their Year 9 mentors. This time together will help build rapport between the Year 5s and their mentors. The Year 9 mentors are an integral part of Year 5 transition, as the new students ask their older mentors questions and listen to stories from their previous journey through Middle School.

We look forward to welcoming you on these mornings.

 

Mrs Justine Brame

Year 5 Coordinator

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We encourage you to spread the word on our upcoming Open Days:
Tuesday 7th March 2017:
9.30am – 11.30am Junior School - Belmont (Pre-Kinder to Year 4)
11.30 am – 1.30pm Middle School - Hi...

We encourage you to spread the word about our upcoming Open Days:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017:

9.30am – 11.30am Junior School - Belmont 
(Pre-Kinder to Year 4)

11.30am – 1.30pm Middle School - Highton
(Years 5 to 9)

11.30am – 1.00pm Senior School - Waurn Ponds
(Years 10 – 12 inc. VET/VCAL)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017:

9.30am – 12.00pm Bellarine Campus
(Prep to Year 9)

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‘Team VIC’ trial process for Year 5 and 6 Students.
 
There are opportunities throughout 2017 for Year 5 & 6 students to trial for Victorian School Sport teams in a range of individual an...

‘Team VIC’ trial process for Year 5 and 6 Students.

 

There are opportunities throughout 2017 for Year 5 and 6 students to trial for Victorian School Sport teams in a range of individual and team sports.

The selection process for “Team Vic” teams is designed to progressively reduce the number of students remaining after each stage, so only the very best students from across Victoria attend the State trials in Melbourne.

Even though it is expected that all students will learn something through participating in the process, the trial is not to be used as a learning experience.

There are some variation in the trial process; the details below relate to Cricket, AFL, Netball, Basketball and Football (Soccer).

Cricket

Entries must be submitted online by Teachers, rather than parents.

Miss Hoiles at the Bellarine Campus and Mrs Bishop at the Highton Campus will be speaking with students this week to confirm the level of interest and ability of students.

Entries close on February 24, with a maximum of 3 Boys teams per school to attend, and no limit on the number of girls.

Interested parents can access further information at the following website:

http://www.ssv.vic.edu.au/team-vic/pages/cricket.aspx

 

AFL, Netball, Basketball and Football (Soccer)

Parents nominate their child directly through the SSV website. After they have completed the online nomination, a form can be printed which must be signed by the student’s Sport Coordinator.

 

If you have any questions or require further information to help you decide if your child should be nominated, please contact:

Bellarine Campus: Ms Hoiles c.hoiles@ccg.vic.edu.au

Highton Campus: Mrs Bishop s.bishop@ccg.vic.edu.au

 

Nominations are open now and close on March 10.

Interested parents can access further information at the following website:

http://www.ssv.vic.edu.au/team-vic

 

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Gambling is heavily promoted and more accessible than ever before. There’s growing concern over the way our teens are influenced by positive gambling messages through sport, advertising, ...

Gambling is heavily promoted and more accessible than ever before. There’s growing concern over the way our teenagers are influenced by positive gambling messages through sport, advertising, online games and social media. These can give your child the wrong idea about how gambling actually works, making it seem like an easy, fun and normal way to make quick money. We know these kinds of attitudes can lead to difficulties down the track.

The good news is you’re in a great position to help your child develop a balanced understanding of how gambling actually works, and you don’t need to be an expert on the topic to start a conversation. Health experts say talking about gambling with teenagers is just as important as talking about other situations where risk may be involved – like driving and drinking alcohol.

Teenagers are reportedly five times more likely than adults to experience harm from gambling. Because gambling can become an issue for teens, we suggest talking to them sooner rather than later. That way they’ll have a better chance of understanding the risks involved, what might be influencing their thinking, and the limited chances of winning.  

Opportune times to have these conversations include when you’re watching sport together and you see lots of betting ads, when betting is heavily promoted like during the Spring Racing Carnival, or when they’re starting to earn their own money.

For more information, including ways to start conversations about gambling with your child, go to: lovethegame.vic.gov.au 

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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The dedication of our teachers and students to focus on consistent improvement has helped the graduating class of 2016 find acceptance into their preferred course of tertiary study.
Of th...

The dedication of our teachers and students to focus on consistent improvement has helped the graduating class of 2016 find acceptance into their preferred course of tertiary study.

Of the 141 Year 12 students who applied for universities, 96 have received their first preference - an outstanding result and a wonderful reward for their hard work and commitment.

It means more than two thirds of the 2016 graduating class can now shape the next part of their educational journey and follow their preferred pathway, bringing great joy and relief to their families.

A further 15 students have received their second preference as part of the landmark year for the College.

The results raise the bar on the strong outcomes of the 2015 class, where 85 students received their first preference.

The university preferences are a flow-on from the ATAR results for 2016 – which were also the best on record for the College.

Principal, Mr Glen McKeeman says "I am delighted to see the efforts and dedication shown by our students rewarded so positively. These results are a wonderful indication that the College's wide emphasis on teaching and learning to seek deeper understanding - together with a clear focus on the process of learning - is influencing improved outcomes for our students.These graduates are poised to pursue their life dreams and go into the world to make a positive difference."

Our class of 2016 had the highest percentage of students achieving ATAR scores above 80 and 90, as well 86.5% of students scoring above 50 – which is well above the national average of 50%.

The range of university courses selected by 2016 alumni was more diverse than last year, with degrees relating to Arts (14 offers), Exercise Science (10), Law (8), Engineering (8), Science (8), Music (8), Health (7), Education (6), Commerce (5) and Medicine (2) among the variety of different courses chosen.

Of the 141 students, 133 have received offers to study in Victoria, with Deakin University emerging as the most popular. A group of 65 College alumni have received offers from Deakin, up from 52 in 2015.

University of Melbourne (14 offers), RMIT University (14), Monash University (9), Federation University (8) and Swinburne University (7) were the other institutions favoured by the class of 2016. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

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The Bellarine Middle School Choir starts rehearsals for 2017 next Wednesday, 8th February. All Middle School students are welcome and encouraged to join the choir.
Please click on the fol...

The Bellarine Middle School Choir starts rehearsals for 2017 next Wednesday, February 8. All Middle School students are welcome and encouraged to join the choir.

Please click on the following invitation to find out more.

We have recently purchased some new resources for the classroom guided reading program and need to have them contacted.  If this is something you would be interest in assisting with, coul...

We have recently purchased some new resources for the classroom guided reading program and need to have them covered with contact.  If this is something you would be able to assist with, would you please make contact with Ann Begg at our Junior School office.

Thank you.

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Academic Excellence and General Excellence Scholarships 2018
Christian College Geelong is pleased to offer a number of Academic and General Excellence Scholarships each year for entry at ...

Academic Excellence and General Excellence Scholarships 2018

Christian College Geelong is pleased to offer a number of Academic and General Excellence Scholarships each year for entry at Year 5 or Year 7 level at Middle School, Highton and at the Bellarine Campus; and also for entry at Year 10, at our Senior School, Waurn Ponds. 

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, character and citizenship.                  

Successful scholarship application will mean that 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.

For further scholarship application information please CLICK HERE.

Applications are now open.
Applications Close: Wednesday, March 15

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The dedication of our teachers and students to focus on consistent improvement has helped the graduating class of 2016 find acceptance into their preferred course of tertiary study.
Of th...

The dedication of our teachers and students to focus on consistent improvement has helped the graduating class of 2016 find acceptance into their preferred course of tertiary study.

Of the 141 Year 12 students who applied for universities, 96 have received their first preference - an outstanding result and a wonderful reward for their hard work and commitment.

It means more than two thirds of the 2016 graduating class can now shape the next part of their educational journey and follow their preferred pathway, bringing great joy and relief to their families.

A further 15 students have received their second preference as part of the landmark year for the College.

The results raise the bar on the strong outcomes of the 2015 class, where 85 students received their first preference.

The university preferences are a flow-on from the ATAR results for 2016 – which were also the best on record for the College.

Principal, Mr Glen McKeeman says "I am delighted to see the efforts and dedication shown by our students rewarded so positively. These results are a wonderful indication that the College's wide emphasis on teaching and learning to seek deeper understanding - together with a clear focus on the process of learning - is influencing improved outcomes for our students.These graduates are poised to pursue their life dreams and go into the world to make a positive difference."

Our class of 2016 had the highest percentage of students achieving ATAR scores above 80 and 90, as well 86.5% of students scoring above 50 – which is well above the national average of 50%.

The range of university courses selected by 2016 alumni was more diverse than last year, with degrees relating to Arts (14 offers), Exercise Science (10), Law (8), Engineering (8), Science (8), Music (8), Health (7), Education (6), Commerce (5) and Medicine (2) among the variety of different courses chosen.

Of the 141 students, 133 have received offers to study in Victoria, with Deakin University emerging as the most popular. A group of 65 College alumni have received offers from Deakin, up from 52 in 2015.

University of Melbourne (14 offers), RMIT University (14), Monash University (9), Federation University (8) and Swinburne University (7) were the other institutions favoured by the class of 2016. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

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Students are encouraged to come along to Music Theory sessions held in the Music Room, S19 on Wednesday mornings at 8am. 
The lessons are free of charge and students work at their own p...

 

Students are encouraged to come along to Music Theory sessions held in the Music Room, S19, on Wednesday mornings at 8am. 

The lessons are free of charge and students work at their own pace to extend their understanding of theory or even prepare for theory examinations with the help of Mrs Brighid Mantelli, a specialist Music teacher.

Please contact the Music Department (music.admin@ccg.vic.edu.au) for more information, or simply just come along!

Mrs Carla Dunlop.

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Around 463,000 young people are bullied online in Australia each year with victims being impacted by cyber-bullying to the point where some engage in self-harm and suicidal ideation.
'Rew...

Around 463,000 young people are bullied online in Australia each year, with victims being impacted by cyber-bullying to the point where some engage in self-harm and suicidal ideation.

'Reword' is the first technology of its kind in Australia. It works by identifying cruel or intimidating words in real time to prompt online users to 'reword' their message or post.
Similar to spellcheck functionality, a red line appears through words to highlight bullying behaviour, encouraging online users to reconsider their choice of words.

Chris Tanti, CEO of headspace, Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation, said: “sadly, online bullying is endemic. We’re encouraged that this is a tangible online tool that will genuinely help change behaviour and reduce incidents of bullying.” 

Testing has shown that 79% of young people (12-25 years) are willing to 'reword' when they see the red line. 

“The pressures on children in social media are intense. Reword is one way we can help empower them in real time,” he added. 

The technology was created by Leo Burnett Melbourne in partnership with headspace

Adults and young people alike are being encouraged to download the free tool as of 18 March by visiting:

http://www.reword.it

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Commencing on Tuesday, 28th February deposits can be made each TUESDAY at 9:00am in your child’s Home Room.  The account itself is free of any account keeping charges.  The bank will also...

Commencing on Tuesday, February 28 deposits can be made each TUESDAY at 9:00am in your child’s Home Room.  The account itself is free of any account keeping charges. The bank will also pay the Government duty on deposits.

An added bonus is that Christian College receives a payment from the bank for each deposit made. Deposits can be as small as 20 cents. Any withdrawals on the account must be authorised by parents and can be made at any Commonwealth Bank.

All Prep students will have received an application package regarding the 2017 School Banking program. If any older students would like to commence school banking and have not already done so, application forms are available from the office.

 

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The dedication of our teachers and students to focus on consistent improvement has helped the graduating class of 2016 find acceptance into their preferred course of tertiary study.
Of th...

The dedication of our teachers and students to focus on consistent improvement has helped the graduating class of 2016 find acceptance into their preferred course of tertiary study.

Of the 141 Year 12 students who applied for universities, 96 have received their first preference - an outstanding result and a wonderful reward for their hard work and commitment.

It means more than two thirds of the 2016 graduating class can now shape the next part of their educational journey and follow their preferred pathway, bringing great joy and relief to their families.

A further 15 students have received their second preference as part of the landmark year for the College.

The results raise the bar on the strong outcomes of the 2015 class, where 85 students received their first preference.

The university preferences are a flow-on from the ATAR results for 2016 – which were also the best on record for the College.

Principal, Mr Glen McKeeman says "I am delighted to see the efforts and dedication shown by our students rewarded so positively. These results are a wonderful indication that the College's wide emphasis on teaching and learning to seek deeper understanding - together with a clear focus on the process of learning - is influencing improved outcomes for our students.These graduates are poised to pursue their life dreams and go into the world to make a positive difference."

Our class of 2016 had the highest percentage of students achieving ATAR scores above 80 and 90, as well 86.5% of students scoring above 50 – which is well above the national average of 50%.

The range of university courses selected by 2016 alumni was more diverse than last year, with degrees relating to Arts (14 offers), Exercise Science (10), Law (8), Engineering (8), Science (8), Music (8), Health (7), Education (6), Commerce (5) and Medicine (2) among the variety of different courses chosen.

Of the 141 students, 133 have received offers to study in Victoria, with Deakin University emerging as the most popular. A group of 65 College alumni have received offers from Deakin, up from 52 in 2015.

University of Melbourne (14 offers), RMIT University (14), Monash University (9), Federation University (8) and Swinburne University (7) were the other institutions favoured by the class of 2016. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

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If you can provide a couple of hours on a Thursday or Friday once a month, once a term or to be an emergency helper in the Canteen please contact Heather Smith on 0409 137 661 or h.smith@...

If you can provide a couple of hours on a Thursday or Friday once a month, once a term, or if you could commit to being an emergency helper in the canteen, please contact Heather Smith on 0409 137 661 or h.smith@ccg.vic.edu.au .  

Your help would be greatly appreciated by Heather, and the students who use the canteen.

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Families with a student who has an interest in the sport of Equestrian should contact Kay Wilson, Sport Administrator by email k.wilson@ccg.vic.edu.au
Your email details will be added to ...

Families with a student who has an interest in the sport of Equestrian should contact Kay Wilson, Sport Administrator by email: k.wilson@ccg.vic.edu.au .

Your email details will be added to a distribution list and you will receive further information regarding competitions by email.

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Around 463,000 young people are bullied online in Australia each year with victims being impacted by cyber-bullying to the point where some engage in self-harm and suicidal ideation.
'Rew...

Around 463,000 young people are bullied online in Australia each year, with victims being impacted by cyber-bullying to the point where some engage in self-harm and suicidal ideation.

'Reword' is the first technology of its kind in Australia. It works by identifying cruel or intimidating words in real time to prompt online users to reword their message or post.
Similar to spellcheck functionality, a red line appears through words to highlight bullying behaviour, encouraging online users to reconsider their choice of words.

Chris Tanti, CEO of headspace, Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation, said: “Sadly, online bullying is endemic. We’re encouraged that this is a tangible online tool that will genuinely help change behaviour and reduce incidents of bullying.” 

Testing has shown that 79% of young people (12-25 years) are willing to 'reword' when they see the red line. 

“The pressures on children in social media are intense. Reword is one way we can help empower them in real time,” he added. 

The technology was created by Leo Burnett Melbourne in partnership with headspace

Adults and young people alike are being encouraged to download the free tool as of March, 18 by visiting: http://www.reword.it

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Academic Excellence and General Excellence Scholarships 2018
Christian College Geelong is pleased to offer a number of Academic and General Excellence Scholarships each year for entry at ...

Academic Excellence and General Excellence Scholarships 2018

Christian College Geelong is pleased to offer a number of Academic and General Excellence Scholarships each year for entry at Year 5 or Year 7 level at Middle School, Highton and at the Bellarine Campus; and also for entry at Year 10, at our Senior School, Waurn Ponds. 

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, character and citizenship.                  

Successful scholarship application will mean that 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.

For further scholarship application information please CLICK HERE.

Applications are now open.
Applications Close: Wednesday, March 15

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We encourage you to spread the word on our upcoming Open Days:
Tuesday 7th March 2017:
9.30am – 11.30am Junior School - Belmont (Pre-Kinder to Year 4)
11.30 am – 1.30pm Middle School - Hi...

We encourage you to spread the word about our upcoming Open Days:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017:

9.30am – 11.30am Junior School - Belmont 
(Pre-Kinder to Year 4)

11.30am – 1.30pm Middle School - Highton
(Years 5 to 9)

11.30am – 1.00pm Senior School - Waurn Ponds
(Years 10 – 12 inc. VET/VCAL)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017:

9.30am – 12.00pm Bellarine Campus
(Prep to Year 9)

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Academic Excellence and General Excellence Scholarships 2018
Christian College Geelong is pleased to offer a number of Academic and General Excellence Scholarships each year for entry at ...

Academic Excellence and General Excellence Scholarships 2018

Christian College Geelong is pleased to offer a number of Academic and General Excellence Scholarships each year for entry at Year 5 or Year 7 level at Middle School, Highton and at the Bellarine Campus; and also for entry at Year 10, at our Senior School in Waurn Ponds. 

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, character and citizenship.                  

Successful scholarship application will mean that 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.

For further scholarship application information please CLICK HERE.

Applications are now open.
Applications Close: Wednesday, March 15

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We encourage you to spread the word on our upcoming Open Days:
Tuesday 7th March 2017:
9.30am – 11.30am Junior School - Belmont (Pre-Kinder to Year 4)
11.30 am – 1.30pm Middle School - Hi...

We encourage you to spread the word on our upcoming Open Days:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017:

9.30am – 11.30am Junior School - Belmont 
(Pre-Kinder to Year 4)

11.30am – 1.30pm Middle School - Highton
(Years 5 to 9)

11.30am – 1pm Senior School - Waurn Ponds
(Years 10 – 12 inc. VET/VCAL)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017:

9.30am – 12.00pm Bellarine Campus
(Prep to Year 9)

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Team VIC’ trial process for Year 5 and 6 Students.
 
There are opportunities throughout 2017 for Year 5 & 6 students to trial for Victorian School Sport teams in a range of individual and...

Team VIC School Sport trial process for Year 5 and 6 Students.

 

There are opportunities throughout 2017 for Year 5 & 6 students to trial for Victorian School Sport teams in a range of individual and team sports.

The selection process for “Team Vic” sides are designed to progressively reduce the number of students remaining after each stage, so only the very best students from across Victoria attend the State trials in Melbourne.

Even though it is expected that all students will learn something through participating in the process, the trial is not to be used as a learning experience.

There are some variation in the trial process; the details below prefer to Cricket and AFL, Netball, Basketball and Football (Soccer).

Cricket

Entries must be submitted online by Teachers, rather than parents.

Miss Hoiles at the Bellarine Campus and Mrs Bishop at the Highton Campus will be speaking with students this week to confirm the level of interest and ability of students.

Entries close on February 24, with a maximum of 3 Boys teams per school to attend, and no limit on the number of girls.

Interested parents can access further information at the following website:

http://www.ssv.vic.edu.au/team-vic/pages/cricket.aspx

 

Australian Football, Netball, Basketball and Football (Soccer)

Parents nominate their child directly through the SSV website. After they have completed the online nomination, a form can be printed which must be signed by the student’s Sport Coordinator.

 

If you have any questions or require further information to help you decide if your child should be nominated, please contact:

Bellarine Campus: Ms Hoiles c.hoiles@ccg.vic.edu.au

Highton Campus: Mrs Bishop s.bishop@ccg.vic.edu.au

 

Nominations are open now and close on March 10.

Interested parents can access further information at the following website:

 

http://www.ssv.vic.edu.au/team-vic

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