Thank you to the large number of families in attendance Tuesday night at our Partnering with Parents - Educational Seminar and Social Supper. In speaking with a number of parents afterwar...

Thank you to the large number of families who attended our 'Partnering with Parents - Educational Seminar and Social Supper' on Tuesday night.

In speaking with a number of parents afterwards, we were assured that it was an informative and worthwhile night. We appreciate the opportunity to share with you the direction your child is heading within 21st century education at Christian College - while also partnering together during the wonderful adolescent Middle School years!

A number of parents requested further information relating to the topics shared. Therefore, we will add relevant and appropriate material to 'The Vine' in subsequent weeks.

We are encouraged by the commitment of one of our Middle School parents, Brian Long, who has offered a reflection from a parent perspective. This can be found in the next news item.

 

Kind regards

Tony Costa

Head of Campus

 

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Thursday 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 ...

On Thursday evening we launched 'Q’ed', our unique, select-entry Middle School program for students with exceptional abilities and gifts.

Parents and students engaged in a range of stimulating and challenging activities, and the discussions that flowed from them provided a taster of how the program will unfold this semester.

Alongside Q’ed, there will be a broad range of opportunities for enrichment offered to all students who are motived to engage in a challenge over and above that provided by the mainstream classroom. Science competitions, 'Reader' challenges, Mathematics competitions, entrepreneurial challenges, a '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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A reminder that our Welcome Service and Picnic Tea will be held on Tuesday, 21st February from 6:00pm.

A reminder that our Welcome Picnic and Classroom Visit will be held on Tuesday, February 21 from 6pm.

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The sun was shining; it was a beautiful day so the Junior School students, staff and Year 9 Prefects set off for a day at the beach together. Our ‘Getting to Know You’ excursion was a won...

Our ‘Getting to Know You’ excursion was a wonderful time of fun in the sun, with staff and students sharing in a great time of community and togetherness.

It was a beautiful day, so the Junior School students, staff and Year 9 Prefects set off for a day at the beach together. 

Throughout the day, the Year 9 Prefects participated in a rock pool ramble and other beach activities involving the Junior School students, in an effort to share some special times and become more familiar with them. As the year progresses, the Prefects will work closely with the Junior School students in class, on activity days and also on excursions and Year Level camps.

The day was a wonderful success, with some very tired Junior School and Year 9 students returning to school at the end of the day having had a great time together.

Katie Oelke
Prep - Year 2 Coordinator

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A reflection on the evening from Christian College parent in attendance, Brain Long.
The challenges parents and children face each and every day can be both daunting and trying, especial...

A reflection on the evening from Christian College parent in attendance, Brian Long.

The challenges parents and children face each and every day can be both daunting and trying, especially when it comes to education. May I say that attending the Middle School Highton ‘Partnering with Parents-Educational Seminar’ showed a degree of understanding and commitment by the staff that is truly admirable.

The various Year Level Heads spoke with passion and enthusiasm on the year ahead for all students and staff of the College.

As a parent, to be engaged in the College's plans for supporting both the academic and well-being of all students demonstrates the College’s desire to constantly take the next step in being at the forefront of education and - just as important - the best possible ways to nurture and grow all of the students.

All staff are to be congratulated. There was such a huge presence across the campus, and their attendance provided the opportunity to liaise, socialise and of course discuss the year ahead together for our children.

After attending the evening, I feel assured that not just my son - but all students attending Christian College - will receive the best possible guidance to excel. Not just academically but in all aspects of life.

To those parents and guardians unable to attend this week’s seminar, may I say you have missed an extremely educational and detailed assessment of the future initiatives the College has developed to enhance the future of all enrolled students.

It was truly an outstanding and educational evening!

 

Mr Brian Long

Middle School - Highton Parent

 

Photos taken by Hudson Long, Year 8

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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) class...

Our 'PMP' program at Prep is dependent upon the participation of 'Parent Helpers' each week.

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

Parent Helpers will be allocated a physical activity or '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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On Thursday we had our Prefect Investiture and Dedication Service at the Barrabool Hills Baptist Church with all Senior School present. It was a memorable occasion when we pause and recog...

We held our 'Prefect Investiture' and Dedication Service at the Barrabool Hills Baptist Church on Thursday, with all Senior School present. It is always a memorable occasion when we recognise our new leaders, both staff and students, in the presence of God.

The families of the Prefects were present and it was such a proud moment for them. Each Prefect was presented with their blue blazer and Prefect badge.

Our College Captains, Cameron Chandler and Briella Egberts, were dedicated and presented with their School Captains badges.

We also dedicated Senior School staff members who are new to the College and those staff in new roles of leadership.

Our guest speaker was Pastor Tim Edwards and his message was inspiring. He spoke of making a difference and how small contributions gain strength and effect. Tim has just recently undertaken the role of Senior Pastor at Moolap and Barrabool Hills Baptist Church.

Our 2017 Prefects are:

College - Brydon Barnett, Cameron Chandler, Cathy De Rosso, Riley Doran, Briella Egberts, Georgia Gordon, Montana Jones, Tess Kirsopp-Cole

Burrows - Cian Foster, Merryn Hall, James Hurren, Nicole Mayes

 

Flynn - Christopher Lever, Amelia Lowe, Thomas McVilly, Casey Reid

 

Penman - Mia Godwill, Ronen Jafari, Sarah McGrath, Alister Wight

 

Taylor - Lachlan Gawley-Price, Michael Little, Jackson Nelson, Annie Simpson

 

 

 

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This week the Year 1 and 2 students travelled to the Year 5 and 6 rooms to work together with their older buddies to create a marble drop. The students worked collaboratively to create a ...

This week the Year 1 and 2 students travelled to the Year 5 and 6 class rooms to work together with their older buddies and create a 'marble drop'.

The students worked collaboratively to create a marble track that had a minimum of four bends and took the longest amount of time to roll down the track. While the task was fun and engaging, there were some much larger intentions in this activity.

The Marble Drop task allowed many students to reconnect with their buddies from the Prep and Year 4 'Buddy' program. Leadership, empathy, and a greater understanding of one another was developed throughout the lessons.

Alongside the rich learning that takes place, cross-age collaboration also leads to a greater sense of connectedness and community throughout our campus.

The students were challenged to stretch their 'Building Learning Power Muscles' as they persevered, made links, noticed, collaborated, reasoned and revised. Both age groups came back with worthwhile reflections regarding the learning that took place during this session.

We are looking forward to more buddy activities throughout the year. 

Katie Oelke
Prep - Year 2 Coordinator

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What am I worth? 
This was a question posed by Year 9 student, Aramis Jarrett over the holidays. More pointedly, he had been thinking about this question in relation to women and wanting ...

What am I worth? 

This was a question posed by Year 9 student, Aramis Jarrett, over the holidays. More pointedly, he had been thinking about this question in relation to women and wanting them to know that they were of worth and valued by men. 

Aramis took the initiative to approach our Chaplains and Year Level Co-ordinators and worked with them to share this message of encouragement in assembly this week.

Speaking on behalf of the young men in Year 9, Aramis suggested that one’s worth cannot be measured by worldly standards, or by how many ‘likes’ one can gain on social media. In fact, he proposed that our worth and value can only be found in God; in His eyes we are all priceless, loved and seen as His precious children.

Aramis concluded his message by sharing Psalm 139 and then, flanked by the Year 9 boys in the Chapel, the girls were presented with a card of encouragement as a parting gift - and to remind them this year of this encouraging message.

Psalm 139 Verses 13- 17
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
   and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
   Your workmanship is marvellous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
   as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
   Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
   before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
   They cannot be numbered!

 

We are extremely proud of the initiative and heart shown by Aramis, to instigate such a meaningful movement within our community. Well done!

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In Year 2, a recent English task was to instruct our students to write an "All About Me" blurb onto a poster template. The students were required to include information about themselves s...

Recently in Year 2, students wrote "All About Me" in a poster template.

The students included information about themselves such as their hobbies, interests and favourite things. They also chose to add information about their families, which gave great insight for their classroom teachers. The students efforts on this task are to be commended.

See some examples below.

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Dear Parents,
RE:  Introducing MYTERN at Christian College
Schools throughout Australia are seeking ways to support students with the challenges that can be faced with daily life.Christia...

Dear Parents,

RE:  Introducing MYTERN at Christian College

Schools throughout Australia are seeking ways to support students with the challenges that we all face in daily life.
Christian College is delighted that we have formed a working relationship with Dr Jane Foster, the developer of a set of language that schools are now adopting to assist and equip students to ‘Take Emotional Responsibility Now’ or ‘MYTERN’.

Here is a link to the website: www.myterncity.com.au

I encourage you all to take the time to look at this information. It is valuable for anyone with children - including adolescents, as MYTERN has had great success with adults as well as children.
Dr Foster presented information sessions to families in 2015 and 2016. Those in attendance found these highly valuable. 

I am delighted to confirm that Dr Foster will be returning to Christian College on Thursday, March 9 to present an Information Session for parents at the Middle School Highton Campus. 

This session is open to families from all campuses. I encourage you to attend.


MYTERN Parent Information session

Thursday, March 9

7pm MYTERN Parent Information Evening Session
Parents from Junior School are welcome
Venue:  Middle School Highton. 
Supper to follow

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance to the ‘Evening Session’ at Middle School Reception by Friday, March 3 (for catering purposes) by calling 5241 1899.

The MYTERN technique is a simple, yet extremely powerful skill that teaches you to take control of your response to everyday stresses and challenges - improving your mental, emotional and physical health. Most importantly, it is a skill that can be learnt by anyone, at any age.

 

Yours sincerely,

Glen McKeeman
PRINCIPAL

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Our College Captains Briella Egberts and Cameron Chandler along with the senior college leaders attended a breakfast with Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victor...

Our College Captains, Briella Egberts and Cameron Chandler, along with the Senior School College Leaders attended a breakfast with Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria on Wednesday morning.

We were treated to an inspirational talk on “leadership” by the Governor, focussing on how we need to “do” and not be “bystanders”. She also spoke about gender balance and how company boards with a gender balance perform 40% better than boards with a male dominance.

Our Captains were the only students present and had the opportunity to have their photo taken with Her Excellency and Mr Frank Costa.

This was later posted on the Governor's Twitter account! What a memorable moment for them both.

Graeme Dent, Head of Senior School

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We had our first Karen Educational Conference on Thursday this week, providing a wonderful opportunity for our Christian College Karen families to connect further with our teaching staff, while also investing in the relationship-building between students, families and our school.

By devoting time and effort into minimising the language and cultural barriers for our students and families, we aim to provide the very best educational experience for these precious young learners.

Through the generous support of the Christian College Foundation, we now support 22 Karen students to access quality education here at Christian College, through our Cultural Scholarship program.

We were deeply touched and wonderfully blessed when our Karen parents sung to us in their native tongue and native costumes, as a way of showing appreciation for our support and to help share more of their beautiful culture with us.

It was a great afternoon of fellowship and appreciation.

 

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

 

 

 

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In Studio Art class this week the students started taking apart musical instruments with the intent to turn them into a sculptural installation. The musical instruments were headed for th...

In Studio Art class this week, the students started taking apart musical instruments with the intent to turn them into a sculptural installation.

The musical instruments were headed for the tip before they were 'rescued' for art purposes. Now they will be transformed in an attempt to convey the theme 'The Sound of Light'.

Working collaboratively, students explored their chosen instrument and planned their next steps for this massive undertaking.

Stay tuned for more updates on their progress.

Mrs Ruplal
Middle School Art Teacher

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Dear Parents,
RE:  Introducing MYTERN at Christian College
Schools throughout Australia are seeking ways to support students with the challenges that can be faced with daily life.Christia...

Dear Parents,

RE:  Introducing MYTERN at Christian College

Schools throughout Australia are seeking ways to support students with the challenges we all face in daily life.
Christian College is delighted to have formed a working relationship with Dr Jane Foster, who is the developer of a language that schools are adopting to assist and equip students to ‘Take Emotional Responsibility Now’ or ‘MYTERN’.

Here is a link to the website: www.myterncity.com.au

I encourage you all to take the time to look at this information. It is valuable for anyone with children - including adolescents, as MYTERN has had great success with adults as well as children.
Dr Foster presented information sessions to families in 2015 and 2016. Those in attendance found these highly valuable. 

I am delighted to confirm that Jane will be returning to Christian College on Thursday, March 9, to present an Information Session for parents that evening at the Middle School Highton Campus. This session is open to families from all campuses. I encourage you to attend.


MYTERN Parent Information session

Thursday, March 9

7pm 'MYTERN' Parent Information Evening Session
Parents from all campuses are welcome
Middle School Highton 
Supper to follow

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance to the ‘Evening Session’ at Middle School Reception by Friday March 3, by calling (for catering purposes) 5241 1899.

The MYTERN technique is a simple, yet extremely powerful skill that teaches you to take control of your response to everyday stresses and challenges - improving your mental, emotional and physical health. Most importantly, it is a skill that can be learnt by anyone, at any age.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Glen McKeeman
PRINCIPAL

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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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If your child has specific dietary requirements or serious allergies, it is important for the College to be made aware in writing if you have not already done so. The most common source o...

If your child has specific dietary requirements or serious allergies, it is important for the College to be made aware, in writing, if you have not already done so.

The most common source of food allergies in students is recognised as peanuts, which can be found in a wide range of foods - either directly as an identified ingredient, or indirectly during the manufacturing process through mixing with other products that may contain peanuts.

It is recognised that, in severe cases, skin contact with a very small amount of a peanut-based product may be sufficient to cause a severe reaction. In other cases, digestion of a product that has been in contact with peanut-based material has been known to cause a life-threatening reaction.

As we have students in our College at risk of such reactions, we ask parents to refrain from providing peanut-based foods (eg Peanut Butter) in student snacks and lunches. This exclusion of peanut-based foods does NOT extend to products such as packeted biscuits, as many of these contain ‘traces of nuts’ labels.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Campus

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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 - ...

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

Tuesday, March 7:

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:

9.30am – 12pm Bellarine Campus
(Prep to Year 9)

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Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to Senior School Evening
The Welcome to Senior School Evening last Monday was a wonderful occasion. The large numbers attending showed that there is a ...

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to Senior School Evening

The Welcome to Senior School Evening last Monday was a wonderful occasion. The large numbers attending showed that there is a real desire for parents and guardians to be involved in their child’s education. On the evening there was the opportunity to meet the House Group teacher as well as all the subject teachers. After two weeks of classes the teachers were in a position to give feedback and to listen how they are better able to lead your child’s learning.

The Year 10 cohort had a meeting led by the Year Level Co-ordinators, Ms Kim Doherty and Mr Paul Breguet, who went through the main points for the year.

One aspect they spoke about was the MYTERN app and there is a notice about this in this edition of The Vine. I urge parents and guardians to attend this meeting and to find out how this app may be able to assist your child. The biggest issue we deal with at Senior School is anxiety and this app assists this by sending a daily message of support and inspiration. It is free for our students and community.

I wish to acknowledge the Prefects whom gave freely of their time to serve the food and beverages. They are a terrific group of young people who love the opportunity to serve their community.

Swimming Sports

The House Swimming Carnival is to be held on 28th February and we are all looking forward to this great House event.

All students are required to attend to support their House and friends. If a student is unwell for the day then we may ask for a doctor’s certificate.

Graeme Dent, Head of Senior School

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We are very excited to be offering Christian College Bellarine students a fast and easy lunch delivery service each Friday during 2017. This will take the place of our 'fun food' days.
Sp...

We are very excited to be offering Christian College Bellarine students a fast and easy lunch delivery service each Friday during 2017.

This will take the place of our 'fun food' days. Sprouts Kids Canteen and Cooking School currently provide both an in-house canteen service and a canteen delivery service to three schools in the region, and look forward to offering this service to the Bellarine Campus.

Sprouts offer wholefood, made fresh daily in a local commercial kitchen, that is then carefully packed and delivered to the school. There is a wide selection of offerings available on the menu.

Parents and students can place orders online up until 9am on the day. Snacks can be ordered with lunch, however the order is delivered just prior lunchtime. Food for recess will need to be supplied by parents.

Sprouts Kids Canteen and Cooking School use an online ordering service, so please head to ouronlinecanteen.com.au to register. Multiple children can be registered on the one account.

Once registered with ouronlinecanteen.com.au, it is a very easy school lunch ordering system, allowing you to bank money for your child and order from the menu quickly and easily.

Please see the attachment, which details the registration process. For more information, see www.sproutskids.com.au.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Campus

 

Students in Year 6 are now in the regular practice of recording their thinking and discussing texts as they read. When students connect with the text it helps deepen their understanding.
...

Students in Year 6 are now regularly recording their thinking and discussing texts as they read. When students connect with the text, it helps deepen their understanding.

We write down our connections, questions, predictions and wonderings on sticky notes as part of this process. It is fun and engaging!

         

This is what Caysee Voss in 6R said about the process: "In class, we have been writing stories and editing them. We have also been reading our peers' work and giving feedback on sticky notes. Sticky notes are not just for editing, they are also good for reading. We write down our ideas and questions. This is very helpful for remembering the text and understanding what you are reading. I like this because it’s simple and easy. I love it, and I think my class mates do as well.’

 

Darcy Dyall in 6R also added that: "Sticky notes are a lot of fun! It helps us with our comprehension skills. We follow steps like looking at the title and picture first, then making notes about them."

 

Mrs Jaki Groves

Year 6R Homeroom teacher

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We had our first Karen Educational Conference on Thursday this week, providing a wonderful opportunity for our Christian College Karen families to connect further with our teaching staff,...

We had our first Karen Educational Conference on Thursday this week, providing a wonderful opportunity for our Christian College Karen families to connect further with our teaching staff, while also investing in the relationship-building between students, families and our school.

By devoting time and effort into minimising the language and cultural barriers for our students and families, we aim to provide the very best educational experience for these precious young learners.

Through the generous support of the Christian College Foundation, we now support 22 Karen students to access quality education here at Christian College, through our Cultural Scholarship program.

We were deeply touched and wonderfully blessed when our Karen parents sung to us in their native tongue and native costumes, as a way of showing appreciation for our support and to help share more of their beautiful culture with us.

It was a great afternoon of fellowship and appreciation.

 

 

 

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A reminder on Thursday 23rd February we offer all of our Junior School families the opportunity to visit your child’s homeroom, meet the teachers and enjoy a welcome picnic with JS staff ...

A reminder on Thursday, February 23 we offer all of our Junior School families the opportunity to visit your child’s homeroom, meet the teachers and enjoy a welcome picnic with the Junior School staff and fellow families.

The classroom visits will commence at 6pm and will be followed by a picnic (BYO food and drinks) at 6.45pm.

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A reminder that School Banking will be commencing on Tuesday, 28th February.

A reminder that 'School Banking' will start on Tuesday, February 28.

All Prep students will have received an application package regarding the 2017 School Banking program. If any older students would like to be involved in school banking - and have not already done so - they can get application forms from the office.

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On Thursday morning the Year 5’s enjoyed a games session with their Year 9 mentors while parents and teachers were able to have a ‘cuppa’ and a catch up. The students thoroughly enjoyed t...

On Thursday morning the Year 5s enjoyed a games session with their Year 9 mentors, while parents and teachers were able to have a ‘cuppa’ and a catch up.

The students thoroughly enjoyed their time with their mentors, building relationships and developing their collaboration and listening skills through the activities they participated in.

It was lovely for the Year 5 Homeroom teachers to catch up with families, answer any questions and celebrate the students' smooth transition.

The next parent ‘Meet and Greet’ is on Monday, February 20, at 8:45am to 9:10am in the SAC Gallery. Year 5 students should meet their mentors in the SAC with their bags on this morning.      

 

Mrs Brame

Year 5 Co-ordinator

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Here's a date for your diary!
Please set aside Sunday 19 March, 2.30pm, at the Christian College Bellarine Campus Auditorium.We are presenting a film afternoon to fundraise for East Timo...

Here's a date for your diary!

Please set aside Sunday, March 19 for an event at the Christian College Bellarine Campus Auditorium, starting at 2.30pm.

We are presenting a film afternoon to fundraise for East Timor. There will be two short Timorese-produced films, afternoon tea, Timorese coffee, handcrafts, cards and 2017 calendars available.

Stay tuned to 'The Vine' over the coming weeks for ticketing details.

Many thanks 

 

Deb Singleton

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Here's a date for your diary!
Please set aside Sunday 19 March, 2.30pm, at the Christian College Bellarine Campus Auditorium.We are presenting a film afternoon to fundraise for East Timor...

Here's a date for your diary!

Please set aside Sunday, March 19 at the Christian College Bellarine Campus Auditorium, starting at 2.30pm.
We are presenting a film afternoon to fundraise for East Timor. There will be two short Timorese-produced films, afternoon tea, Timorese coffee, handcrafts, cards and 2017 calendars available.

Stay tuned to 'The Vine' over the coming weeks for ticketing details.

 

Many thanks

Deb Singleton

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We have organised an information session for those parents who would like to consider becoming classroom helpers in the Junior School. The session will take place in the Auditorium on Mon...

We have organised an information session for parents who would like to consider becoming Classroom Helpers in the Junior School.

The session will take place in the Auditorium on Monday, February 20 at 9.30 am, immediately after the Junior School Assembly. If you would like to know more about the information session, please feel free to speak to classroom Teachers or myself at your convenience.

 

Pam McKeeman
Deputy Head of Campus

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On Tuesday 28th February the Senior School House Swimming Championships will be held at Kardinia Aquatic Centre, South Geelong. This is our first major House Carnival for the year and we ...

On Tuesday, February 28 the Senior School House Swimming Championships will be held at Kardinia Aquatic Centre in South Geelong.

This is our first major House Carnival for the year and we encourage all students to attend and be involved on the day. It is an expectation of the College that students attend these House events.

The aim of the Championships is for everyone to ‘get wet’ at some stage during the day, earning points towards the House trophy. Families with students in Year 10 please note that the Senior Swimming Championships are a team based event - not ‘standards’, as is the case for the Year 9 Bellarine & Highton sports. 

Students will depart Senior School at 9am and return by 3.25pm. All students are encouraged to enter into the ‘spirit’ of this House Carnival by incorporating House coloured clothing with their correct House polo shirt and sports uniform.

Students are advised to bring sunscreen and wear a hat, which can either be their school hat or a hat that reflects their House colour. Rash vests are optional. Please ensure that all their gear is marked clearly with their name and House Group.

Further, it is a Kardinia Aquatic Centre rule that no streamers, balloons, face paint or zinc cream be brought or used.

Swimming does involve some risks of physical injury. While every effort will be made to minimise the risks in participating in the novelty, synchro and lap swimming events, parents need to be aware that injuries may occur to students.

In preparation for the Swimming Championships, students may practice for Synchro or stroke events at lunchtime or before and after school in the Senior or Middle School pools. Students are to follow normal College expectations regarding behaviour, as set out in the Student Organiser and 'Documents’ section of the Parent Portal - to minimise the risk of injury to themselves or others through inappropriate behaviour.

Students are advised to bring their books to school and be prepared to complete normal classes in case the carnival is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Students need to bring their own food and drinks. They will be allowed to use the Kiosk located at the Pool at the discretion of staff. 

We welcome parents, family and friends to attend and enjoy this major sporting carnival for our Senior School students. Please find the program for the day attached for your reference.

If there are any queries regarding this event, please contact Mr Andrew Richardson, Sport Coordinator at the Senior School Campus, by email a.richardson@ccg.vic.edu.au or phone 5241 1577. Contact on the day can be made on 0407 851 909.

Click here for a full program of the days events.

 

Andrew Richardson, Sport Coordinator

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Please click the link below to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian state Government runs.

Please click the link below to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian State Government administers.

The impact of pornography on young people has been described as an emerging public health crisis. What can parents do? The issue will be addressed in a free seminar for parents hosted by ...

The impact of pornography on young people has been described as an emerging public health crisis. What can parents do? The issue will be addressed in a free seminar for parents hosted by Independent Schools Victoria on Wednesday 15 March 2017, from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Hugh Martin, a psychotherapist and founder of the Man Enough program, will provide expert advice and lead the discussion.

The seminar - the first of The Parent Seminars at ISV program - will be held at the ISV offices at 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne, and light refreshments will be served. ISV is close to public transport, and there is plenty of parking. To register, send your name to Student.Services@is.vic.edu.au with the words ‘Parent Seminar’ in the subject line.

 

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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Families are reminded that the school organiser is used as a tool to communicate in regard to matters pertaining to school. Birthdays are special days for our students and we enjoy celebr...

Families are reminded that the school organiser is used as a tool to communicate matters regarding school.

Birthdays are special days for our students and we enjoy celebrating with them in our Homerooms. However, teachers cannot be responsible for students and parents being hurt or offended by not receiving an invitation.

Given this, birthday invitations will NOT be distributed via the student organisers. We appreciate your support in respecting this, and finding alternative ways to distribute your child’s birthday invitations.

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As a school we value putting others before ourselves and serving the communities we live in, both locally and globally. The primary goal of Project Care is to encourage students to develo...

As a College, we value putting others before ourselves and serving the communities we live in - both locally and globally. The primary goal of 'Project Care' is to encourage students to develop a mindset of compassion and service towards others in our community, especially those who are less privileged.

Project Care events occur each term on the Bellarine Campus, supporting a variety of organisations such as the:

  • The Greatest Shave
  • Good Friday Appeal
  • Salvation Army
  • Local Community Food Banks
  • East Timor Projects
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Operation Christmas Child and many more.

Each Homeroom from Year 4 to Year 9 has elected a 'Project Care Representative'. Their role involves assisting in the planning and running of a variety of Project Care events throughout the year. Students’ source materials, create posters, communicate events and important information to their peers, as well as collect and count the donations for each event. 

All Junior and Middle school students are encouraged to participate in Project Care events throughout the year. It is important that the students appreciate the true meaning of what they’re donating on Project Care days. It would be wonderful if, leading up to our events, the students could volunteer to do a job to earn whatever it is they would like to donate. This will help them appreciate the idea of sacrifice.

Our first Project Care day is coming up on Wednesday, March 17 in Week 7. We will be supporting 'The World’s Greatest Shave'. The students are encouraged to come to school in bright coloured clothes for the day. They will have the opportunity to have their hair spray painted, along with some other activities.

In the past, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity and compassion displayed towards others through our Project Care events, and we thank you for the amazing support of our school community.

 

Claire Deretic and Emma Ford
Project Care Co-ordinators.

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The impact of pornography on young people has been described as an emerging public health crisis. What can parents do? The issue will be addressed in a free seminar for parents hosted by ...

The impact of pornography on young people has been described as an emerging public health crisis.

What can parents do? The issue will be addressed in a free seminar for parents hosted by Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) on Wednesday March 15, from 6pm to 8pm. Hugh Martin, a psychotherapist and founder of the Man Enough program, will provide expert advice and lead the discussion.

The seminar - the first of the parent seminars in the ISV program - will be held at the ISV offices at 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne, and light refreshments will be served.

ISV is close to public transport, and there is plenty of parking. To register, send your name to Student.Services@is.vic.edu.au with the words ‘Parent Seminar’ in the subject line.

 

 

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In recognition of International Women’s Day, a breakfast celebration has been organised for our Senior School community on Wednesday 8th March from 7.30am – 8.30am. The breakfast will be ...

In recognition of International Women’s Day, a breakfast celebration has been organised for our Senior School community on Wednesday, March 8, from 7.30am to 8.30am.

The breakfast will be held in the Senior School Library. Our guest speaker at this event is Lynley Marshall.

Lynley has recently been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Museums Victoria. She is the first female to hold this prestigious position. Click here for further information about Lynley. 

All students and staff have been invited, and are asked to nominate their attendance on a sign-up sheet in the Student Office.

We also warmly invite parents to attend this event and, for catering purposes, ask you to contact Cathy Brew in the Student Office on (03) 5241 1577 if you wish to attend. Please advise her of any dietary requirements.

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This year’s House Swimming Championships aims to involve all students from Year 5 - 9, in both a competitive and non-competitive capacity.

The College believes participation in House competition is an integral part of the school Sport program, and asks all parents to support us in our aim of having our students participate. The program has been designed to cater for the swimming ability of every student with both 'Championship' and 'Novelty' sections included in the program. 

 

Please find further information attached.

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Geelong All School Swimming competition, to be held on Sunday 26th March at Kardinia Aquatic Centre. Parents are to enter and pay for students directly.
 
The College will enter relay tea...

The Geelong All School Swimming competition will be on Sunday, March 26 at Kardinia Aquatic Centre. Parents are to enter and pay for students directly.

The College will enter relay teams. If you wish to be considered for these teams, please email your campus Sport Coordinator.

See the attached flyer for more information.

 

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Christian College is happy to announce that Amazing Kids OT is now offering Occupational Therapy sessions on campus for 2017.
 
Who is Amazing Kids OT and what do they offer?
 
Amazing Ki...

Christian College is happy to announce that 'Amazing Kids OT' is now offering Occupational Therapy sessions on campus for 2017.

Who is Amazing Kids OT and what do they offer?

Amazing Kids OT provides Paediatric Occupational Therapy sessions for students with a range of developmental, behavioural, sensory and learning difficulties. Areas addressed include: sensory processing, self-regulation/attention, organisational skills, fine and gross motor skills and self-care.

Amazing Kids OT also incorporates a Handwriting clinic – this provides individualised intervention strategies for all students (even if they do not have a diagnosis or are doing well academically) who have handwriting difficulties. Techniques used are based on the latest research in the field and can assist students to improve their handwriting in a short period of time (most leave the first session with noticeable improvements!).

Pencil grip, difficulty writing on the line, letter reversals, poor spacing, decreased speed and illegibility can all be worked on!

Amazing Kids OT is a registered Medicare provider and clients may be able to claim under the NDIS, FaHCSIA (HCWA) funding, Better Start Initiative, Enhanced Primary Care (EPC), Autism Initiative and private health insurance extras (depending on their diagnosis or medical referral).

Referrals can be made by parents, with or without a medical referral.

In addition a PALS (Playing And Learning to Socialise) Social Skills Program will be available. The program will run for 6 weeks and each session will last for 45-60 minutes. Please call for further details regarding the cost, dates and times of the sessions (contact details are listed below).

The PALS program is designed to help young children develop a range of social behaviours that will help them develop friendships and get along with others. Story telling, songs, games, role-play and activities are used to teach the children various skills.

If you are interested in having your child attend a session or would like to speak to the Occupational Therapist for more details, please contact Maddison Zeinstra on 0434991252 (BH) or maddison.zeinstra@gmail.com

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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 - ...

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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Gambling has never been more widely promoted. Consider how many gambling ads you’ve seen in the last week. During the first round of the AFL in 2016, it was reported by The Age that one i...

Gambling has never been more widely promoted.

Consider how many gambling ads you’ve seen in the last week. During the first round of the AFL in 2016, it was reported by The Age that one in six ads on free-to-air television were spruiking betting brands, second only to ads selling cars.

Look closely at most of these gambling ads and you’ll see a betting agency trying to make a profit by using special offers - like 'bonus bets' and other incentives - to encourage players to use their products.

How is this continual exposure to positive gambling messages shaping our teens’ attitudes and future gambling behaviour?

Free bets and 'money back' offers can give teens the impression that it’s all a bit of harmless fun, and a quick way to make money. But we know that gambling is risky and can be harmful.

We can’t stop our teens from seeing gambling advertising, but we can help them develop the knowledge and skills to think critically about what they see.

Next time you’re watching television together and you see a betting ad, ask your child questions like:

  • Have you noticed all these betting ads?
  • Does it make it seem easy to win?
  • Why do you think a betting company is offering to give money back?
  • Do betting companies use special offers to encourage you to keep betting?

For more information about helping your son or daughter think critically about the gambling advertising they see, go to www.lovethegame.vic.gov.au  

 

Dianne Martin, Deputy Head of Senior School 

 

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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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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 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 - ...

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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Please click the link below to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian state Government runs.

Please click the link below to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian state Government administers.

Year 12 Students - UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Science Admissions Test)
Are you in Year 12 this year and thinking of studying medicine, dentistry or health science next year?
...

Year 12 Students - UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Science Admissions Test)

Are you in Year 12 this year and thinking of studying Medicine, Dentistry or Health Science next year?

UMAT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the UMAT Consortium universities. The test is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on this website.

UMAT scores can be used for admission to any of the UMAT Consortium universities ONLY in the year following the test. For example, results from UMAT 2017 can be used for undergraduate Medicine or Health Science courses beginning in 2018, but NOT 2019.

Do not register for UMAT 2017 unless you are planning to apply for a course commencing in 2018 and you meet the eligibility criteria specified in the UMAT 2017 Information Booklet.

The test is taking place on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 but you MUST register by 5pm on June 2.

There are workshops available, at a cost, to help you get the best results possible for the UMAT. (For more information on these workshops, please go to: http://www.nie.edu.au/umat-courses/umat-workshops)

For more information on the UMAT go to: 

https://umat.acer.edu.au/files/UMAT_info_book_17.pdf

Or speak to Mrs Bromilow in the Careers Office (in the Library foyer).

 

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Here's a date for your diary!

Please set aside Sunday 19 March, 2.30pm, at the Christian College Bellarine Campus Auditorium.
We are presenting a film afternoon to fundraise for East Timor. There will be two short Timorese-produced films, afternoon tea, Timorese coffee, handcrafts, cards and 2017 calendars available.

Stay tuned to The Vine over the coming weeks for ticketing details.

 

Many thanks. Obrigada barak. 

Deb Singleton

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Dear Parents,
RE:  Introducing MYTERN at Christian College
Schools throughout Australia are seeking ways to support students with the challenges that can be faced with daily life.Christia...

Dear Parents,

RE:  Introducing MYTERN at Christian College

Schools throughout Australia are seeking ways to support students with the challenges that we all face in daily life.
Christian College is delighted to have formed a working relationship with Dr Jane Foster, who is the developer of a language that schools are adopting to assist and equip students to ‘Take Emotional Responsibility Now’ or ‘MYTERN’.

Here is a link to the website: www.myterncity.com.au

I encourage you all to take the time to look at this information. It is valuable for anyone with children - including adolescents, as MYTERN has had great success with adults as well as children.
Dr Foster presented information sessions to families in 2015 and 2016. Those in attendance found these highly valuable. 

I am delighted that Dr Foster will be returning to Christian College on Thursday, March 9 to present an Information Session for parents that evening at the Middle School Highton Campus. This session is open to families from all campuses. I encourage you to attend.


MYTERN Parent Information session

Thursday, March 9

7pm MYTERN Parent Information Evening Session
Parents from all Campuses are welcome
Middle School Highton 
Supper to follow

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance to the ‘Evening Session’ at Middle School Reception by Friday, March 3 (for catering purposes) by calling 5241 1899. 

MYTERN is a simple, yet extremely powerful skill that teaches you to take control of your response to everyday stresses and challenges - improving your mental, emotional and physical health. More importantly, it is a technique that can be learnt by anyone at any age.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Glen McKeeman
PRINCIPAL

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Please click the link below to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian state Government runs.

Please click the link below to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian state Government runs.

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 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 - ...

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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Here's a date for your diary!
Please set aside Sunday 19 March, 2.30pm, at the Christian College Bellarine Campus Auditorium.We are presenting a film afternoon to fundraise for East Timor...

Here's a date for your diary!

Please set aside Sunday, March 19 for an event at the Christian College Bellarine Campus Auditorium, starting at 2.30pm.


We are presenting a film afternoon to fundraise for East Timor. There will be two short Timorese-produced films, afternoon tea, Timorese coffee, handcrafts, cards and 2017 calendars available.

Stay tuned to 'The Vine' over the coming weeks for ticketing details.

 

Many thanks

Deb Singleton

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Dear Parents,
RE:  Introducing MYTERN at Christian College
Schools throughout Australia are seeking ways to support students with the challenges that can be faced with daily life.Christia...

Dear Parents,

RE:  Introducing MYTERN at Christian College

Schools throughout Australia are seeking ways to support students with the challenges that can be faced with daily life.
Christian College is delighted to have formed a working relationship with Dr Jane Foster, who is the developer of a language that schools are adopting to assist and equip students to ‘Take Emotional Responsibility Now’ or ‘MYTERN’.

Here is a link to the website: www.myterncity.com.au

I encourage you all to take the time to look at this information. It is valuable for anyone with children - including adolescents, as MYTERN has had great success with adults as well as children.
Dr Foster presented information sessions to families in 2015 and 2016. Those in attendance found these highly valuable. 

I am delighted that Dr Foster will be returning to Christian College on Thursday, March 9 to present an Information Session for parents that evening at the Middle School Highton Cumpus. This session is open to families from all campuses. I encourage you to attend.


MYTERN Parent Information session

Thursday, March 9

7pm MYTERN Parent Information Evening Session
Parents from all Campuses are welcome
Middle School Highton 
Supper to follow

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance to the ‘Evening Session’ at Middle School Reception by Friday, March 3 (for catering purposes) by calling 5241 1899.

The MYTERN technique is a simple, yet extremely powerful skill that teaches you to take control of your response to everyday stresses and challenges - improving your mental, emotional and physical health. More importantly, it is a skill that can be learnt by anyone at any age.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Glen McKeeman
PRINCIPAL

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Please click the link below to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian state Government runs.

Please click the link below to find out more on the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund that the Victorian state Government administers.

,