There has been a spring vibe at the Junior campus this week. Students and Staff filled the empty hallways on Tuesday morning with renewed energy and were buzzing of news of their holidays...

There has been a different vibe at the Junior School Campus this week.

Students and staff filled empty hallways on Tuesday morning with renewed energy and were buzzing with news of holidays. Mr Glen McKeeman, our College Principal, brought a message of a little boy, who when faced with incredible adversity, managed to find the positives - giving small gifts (e.g. plastic toys) to people passing by and in return he received smiles, hugs and often tears of joy from his recipients. Such a simple idea - but something that not only turned his life around, but also the lives of many others.

Positivity is infectious and can play a role in our health - both physically and mentally, as well as in our relationships and general wellbeing. Positivity will come more easily to some than others depending on our individual situations, and there are simple things we can do as families and as a College to help boost feelings of positivity in our young people and ourselves.

Things such as writing someone a card, noting the good they see in a person, identifying 'what makes us shine', keeping a positive 'selfie' diary, and giving out kindness keepsakes.

At last night’s staff meeting, teachers shared some of the special things they have seen in their students in Week 1, and it is the simple, small things - such as drawing a funny picture of the teacher or accomplishing something they've been working towards - that creates this infectious positivity in our community.

John 14:27 states: 'I am leaving you with a gift— peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.'

The staff are very much looking forward to Term 4 and are excited to watch what our young people bring to our community over the coming weeks. 

 

Carla Dunlop

Deputy Head of Campus

Junior School - Belmont

 

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Mr Graeme Dent
Head of Senior School 

Welcome back !

I wish to sincerely welcome back all our families and students and trust the holidays were relaxing.

The break came at a good time and our Year 12 VCE students used their time effectively. I need to praise the staff who gave freely of their time to provide practice examinations and revision for their students. The vast majority of students took up this option and they will receive the benefit of this.

There can be great gains in the final few weeks prior to VCE examinations and the teachers have clearly explained their expectations for their class. This includes seeking them out regularly to go through past papers as well as revising previous class work.

Students are expected to have a sensible and set timetable to work from at home. A good idea is to place that timetable on the fridge so as to “make a statement that you are going to stick to it”.

There is research to show that completing past papers is the best way to hone your examination skills and we encourage this.

The Year 12 VCAL students are also approaching an exciting stage where they progress to their trade, traineeship or employment. Their two-year course and VET subject has placed them in a favourable position in their chosen filed. Our VCAL program is in its fourth year and already we have graduates who are in fantastic positions that are rewarding in all ways.

To our Year 11 students, we wish them well for their examinations later this term. We are at the moment going through the Prefect selection process for College and House Prefects. This is an exciting time as it commences our planning for next year. These interviews are before a panel and they are requested to prepare a presentation and then answer a series of questions. Even if the student is not successful, having completed the application process and sat for the interview provides a great learning experience in itself.

Next month we shall have our transition program when the current Year 11 students will commence their Year 12 studies.

The Year 10 students have completed their subject selection and this leads them into VCE or VCAL. They are very excited about selecting their subjects and pathway.

This term is an extremely busy one with our 'Year 12 Celebration Day', 'Graduation Day and Dinner' before moving to our 'Presentation Afternoon'.

There is a great deal of planning and I wish to recognise the incredible work of Elaine Pearson. Her attention to detail has made a huge impact on Senior School and we are so blessed to have her with us. She shall be ensuring all these events are at their normally high standard.

I wish you well for Term 4 and please contact me directly if ever I may be of assistance.

 

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School 

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Welcome back to Term 4!

There has been a wonderful vibe across the Bellarine Campus this week. With some welcome sunshine, students and staff are refreshed having spent quality time with family and friends over the holiday break. It is evident that both students and staff are looking forward to a very full and rewarding term as we approach the end of 2017.

On Monday, the Christian College staff Worship Service was hosted by the Bellarine Campus. Our Chaplain Gary Crole shared an important and encouraging message that challenged each of us to consider our ‘passions’. Gary shared that there are many aspects of life that we are passionate about, and that is great. However, when we seek God passionately, we experience the rewards. Psalm 91:14-16 talks about the benefits of seeking God passionately. The multiple benefits include protection, long life, salvation, God being with you in times of trouble. Hebrews 11:6 talks about rewarding those who earnestly seek Him. Gary’s encouragement was that these rewards are relevant for our lives today and eternally for us to enjoy.

To open the service, the College staff were blessed by a performance of Hillsong’s 'Oceans' by an ensemble of Year 9 girls. Accompanied by Ms Sharon Huber, Rose, Meg, Jaya, Kimi and Sarah performed this song of worship with beautiful spirit, moving each of us. We are very grateful and proud of them, as it was quite a daunting task to perform for all of their teachers! I trust that you too will be uplifted by the video clip of their performance.

At our Campus assembly on Tuesday, Mr Glen McKeeman, our College Principal, brought a message of a little boy, who when faced with incredible adversity managed to find the positives - giving small gifts (e.g. plastic toys) to people passing by and in return he received smiles, hugs and often tears of joy from his recipients. Such a simple idea - but something that not only turned his life around, but also the lives of many others. Mr McKeeman’s encouragement to students was to change the way we think about negative situations, to consider simple things we can do to boost positivity and to find the good news in tough situations. Coupled with supportive messages from our College Captains, Briella Egberts and Cameron Chandler, our community is very well positioned for a wonderful term ahead.

Please continue to check the College calendar for details and dates of events but also lock in some important dates for Term 4, especially our Annual Music Evening at Costa Hall on Thursday, 19th October and also our Art, Technology and Design Extravaganza from November 17th to 22nd. Both events are a celebration of the gifts and talents of our students across the Christian College campuses and should not be missed!

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus

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Welcome back to Term 4! How nice is it to have the sun shining again and some warm weather to enjoy as we journey through Spring, with the anticipation of Summer. We are looking forward t...

Welcome back to Term 4! How nice is it to have the sun shining again and some warm weather to enjoy as we journey through Spring, with the anticipation of Summer. We are looking forward to a very full and rewarding term with your children as we approach the end of 2017.

At our Campus assembly on Tuesday, Mr Glen McKeeman, our College Principal, brought a message of a little boy, who when faced with incredible adversity managed to find the positives - giving small gifts (e.g. plastic toys) to people passing by and in return he received smiles, hugs and often tears of joy from his recipients. Such a simple idea - but something that not only turned his life around, but also the lives of many others. Mr McKeeman’s encouragement to students was to change the way we think about negative situations, to consider simple things we can do to boost positivity and to find the good news in tough situations. Coupled with supportive messages from our Senior College Captains, Briella Egberts and Cameron Chandler, our community is very well positioned for a wonderful term ahead.

Please continue to check the College calendar for details and dates of events but also lock in some important dates for Term 4, especially our Annual Music Evening at Costa Hall on Thursday, 19th October and also our Art, Technology and Design Extravaganza from November 17th to 22nd. Both events are a celebration of the gifts and talents of our students across the Christian College campuses and should not be missed!

 

Summer Uniform:

Students will be required to start wearing Summer Uniform for Term 4, with the official change-over date being Monday, 23rd October (start of Week 3). Students may wear either full Summer or full Winter uniform leading up to this date, however not a combination of the two.

A further reminder that students are required to wear their College hats for all outdoor activities throughout Term 4, including during Recess and Lunch breaks.

 

Geelong Show Day Holiday:

A reminder that Friday 20th October is Geelong Show Day. Middle School - Highton students are not required at school on this day. Please note that Christian College takes this day in place of the Melbourne or Geelong Cup holidays.

 

Kind regards,

Mr Tony Costa

Head of Campus

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Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships
Sophie Taylor represented CCG at the Victorian Interschool State Team last week at the 2017 Australian Interschool Equestrian Championship...

Sophie Taylor represented Christian College Geelong in the Victorian Interschool State Team last week at the 2017 Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Sophie and her pony Raven Lodge Aura finished as 'Reserve Champions' for Intermediate Novice Dressage, finishing 2nd place in Australia.

Please read a reflection from Sophie about her experience:

My experience at Nationals is definitely one I will never forget. It took a lot of effort, preparation and time just to make it possible to make it to Toowoomba safely - as well as all of the hours spent training to qualify and represent Victoria. However, once we made it up there, the experience I had was invaluable. One of the highlights of the competition was the Opening Ceremony, held on the Monday afternoon before the event commenced on Tuesday. I can’t even begin to put into words how special it was to have everyone there to support me on Tuesday, and to wish me luck before my two Dressage tests and three Show workouts. At first, I was terrified that I would forget the movements I was to perform in front of the judges, but that instantly faded away when I saw everyone there to support me. To to ride at such a high-level competition was such an honour and one that I feel has helped me grow as a rider. After I had finished riding, it was so enjoyable to be able to spend the rest of the week up there cheering on the rest of the team and my closest friends. I was lucky enough to be named 'Reserve Champion' for the Intermediate Novice Dressage. I was also very lucky to have placed 7th for my secondary rider class. Team Victoria did exceptionally well, placing 3rd overall, with all single rider’s points going towards Victoria's overall score.   

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On Friday morning the Penman House Group 6 were graced with the visit of a very special Grandmother. “Nana B” as she is called, is the grandmother of Fletcher Scott a current student in Y...

On Friday morning, the Penman House Group 6 were graced with the visit of a very special Grandmother.

“Nana B”, as she is called, is the grandmother of Fletcher Scott, a current student in Year 12. Over Fletcher’s three years at Senior School, he has quite often shared in morning devotions his great love and admiration for his grandmother, as well as sharing quirky and interesting stories about this wonderful mentor.

As a result, many of the students asked if she could come and visit. The students bought home-made sweets and shared a morning cup of tea with the 83-year-old nanna, as she shared some valued advice and discussion.

It was a morning House Group that will be very fondly remembered.

 

Mrs Jane Bailey

Penman Group 6 Homeroom Teacher

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Welcome back to term 4. I hope all of us as parents enjoyed the time with our wonderful children.
I came across this article from a writer by the name of John Thorington who ...

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to Term 4. I hope all of us as parents enjoyed the time with our wonderful children. I came across this article from a writer by the name of John Thorington, who talks about the topic of 'Gratitude'.

Thought it might be worth sharing with you all and that you may get something from reading it.

Enjoy….

The Many Benefits of Gratitude

A guy named Matthew Henry, was threatened by robbers in the city of London. They took his possessions and endangered his life. It’s safe to say that was not one of Mr Henry’s best days!

And yet, this is what he wrote:

Let me be thankful, first, because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because though they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.

Matthew Henry knew how to show gratitude. How about you? Consider these four proven benefits of gratitude:

  • Gratitude can strengthen your spiritual life. The apostle Paul was in prison when he wrote the letter to the Philippians. Roman jails weren’t exactly known for their luxurious accommodations. Hear him, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). Paul wasn’t defeated in spirit, rather he was abundantly thankful!
  • Gratitude can improve your mental and emotional health. In Philippians 4:8 Paul encourages, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Paul knows that when we give thanks, it is a way of living in the presence of God, and it impacts what we focus on.

Robert Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher, has proven in his studies that gratitude reduces depression. I highly recommend his book 'Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier' (Mariner Books, 2008). He notes how the practice of gratitude and living in the presence of God diminishes a number of toxic emotions, from anger to jealousy to resentment. David knew times of great loss and grief, and yet he affirmed: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” (Psalm 100:3).

  • Gratitude can expand your social awareness and service for others. The Journal of Psychological Science (Vol. 17, Number 4, 2006) testified that those who practiced more gratitude were also more likely to help others.

The authors Monica Y. Bartlett and David DeSteno reported that “pro-social” behaviors are in turn linked to greater happiness. Their research concluded that empathy increases when people are thankful. Further, their work asserts that gratitude motivates people to express sensitivity and concern for others.

  • Finally, gratitude can improve your physical health. The research on gratitude reports that practitioners experience better sleep and less stress. It reduces headaches, sore muscles, stomach pain, and boosts your autoimmune system. Research also shows that those who practice gratitude exercise more regularly, report less illness, and generally feel healthier.

So, as you approach each day, keep your focus on the grace of God and all that is good. Yes, practice gratitude and thank God for your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual blessings.

Take care,

Gary Crole
Bellarine Campus - Chaplain

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Welcome back to Term 4! The Prep children were very excited to get back into their work this week. The children have been practising the skill of writing a recount and thoroughly enjoyed ...

Welcome back to Term 4!

The Prep children were very excited to get back into their work this week. The children have been practising the skill of writing a 'Recount', and thoroughly enjoyed writing and drawing about activities they did in the school holidays.

 

Rachel Fox

Prep Coordinator

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On Wednesday, the 11th of October, we celebrated and explored International day of the Girl with our Middle School students. This day acknowledges the power of hope and belief in making a...

On Wednesday, 11th October, we celebrated and explored International Day of the Girl with our Middle School students.

This day acknowledges the power of hope and belief in making a change to create a better world for everybody. The day started with an assembly for our girls in Years 5 to 9 with music, dancing, videos and stories exploring what it means to be a girl.

We then had seven workshops, which the girls rotated through, all in mixed year levels, looking at things such as girl empowerment as well as understanding the need for gender equality for many third world countries. As part of our devotion time, our boys were involved in discussions about girl empowerment and the purpose of the day, as well as completing statements about the females in their life on an image of a girl in a cape.

It was an amazing learning experience, with many students feeling empowered to make a difference in the world.

Mrs Nicola Morrish
Year Level Coordinator - Years 7 and 8

 

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On Wednesday, all Year 9’s attended the ‘Love and Life’ seminar presented by Real Talk. Real Talk is an organisation that is based on Christian values and uses personal testimony to provi...

On Wednesday, all Year 9 students attended the ‘Love and Life’ seminar presented by 'Real Talk'.

Real Talk is an organisation that is based on Christian values and uses personal testimony to provide programs that help young people understand God’s plan for love and life. The presentation addressed the topics of relationships, self-worth and personal identity in a fun, contemporary and interactive way.

It aims to encourage and empower our students to make healthy choices which show respect for others and themselves.

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The Mental Stillness App
The end of year exam period starts in a few weeks - at this time of the year young people around Australia experience extraordinary levels of stress. Stress not o...

The Mental Stillness App

The end-of-year exam period starts in a few weeks - at this time of the year young people around Australia experience extraordinary levels of stress. Stress not only affects mental and physical health but can itself impact on exam performance. 

To help our young people deal with this issue, Generation Next and Sydney University's Department of Psychiatry have developed this free, evidence-based, easy-to-use app. Designed specifically for young people, it quickly and effortlessly upskills young people with a simple, evidence-based mindfulness/meditation method that reduces stress and improves mental wellbeing.

The specific techniques and video sequences used in the app have been the subject of several clinical trials and field studies conducted in Australian state schools and hospitals under the auspices of the University of Sydney and the University of NSW, all of which have demonstrated specific effectiveness. For a more detailed look at some of the key evidence.

Please click here and here for links.

Although the Mental Stillness App was designed with school-aged young people in mind, it is also suitable for use by adults.

You can download the Mental Stillness App using the links below.

Click here to download for iPhones/iPads

Click here to download for Android devices

Wishing you and all the young people you care for all the best in the next few weeks of exams. 

 

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JUNIOR SCHOOL SHOW DAY – REMINDER
 
 
Roll Up! Roll Up!
 
Wednesday 18th October is Christian College Junior School Show Day.  This event is a wonderful opportunity for the whole Christia...

Roll Up! Roll Up!

 

Wednesday, 18th October is Christian College's Junior School Show Day. 

This event is a wonderful opportunity for the Junior School community to come together in an informal setting to marvel at the talents of our students. A reminder for all students to bring show entries (e.g. Lego Invention) to school on Tuesday, 13th October.

Entries can be taken directly to the Chapel before or after school on Tuesday morning where they will be organised into appropriate categories by staff (please clearly label each entry). Any entries handed in on the Wednesday will be displayed but will NOT be judged.

We are also seeking further second-hand book donations in preparation for the 'Great Book Swap Stall', which will also run on this day. Please bring along a second-hand book to place in your classroom donation box. Students have the opportunity to purchase a second-hand book on this day by bringing along a gold coin.

Students are to wear Sports Uniform on the day and there will be an optional hot dog lunch order. A reminder that all hot dog orders need to be returned to school by Friday, 13th October. (Please advise Homeroom Teachers of dietary preferences.)

Thank you again for your wonderful support.

 

Mark Foran and Tess Carr

Junior School Show Day Coordinators

 

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Year 10 Real Talk Presentation – Getting Real in the Digital World
Real Talk Australia presented to the Year 10 students exploring the many aspects of ones relationship with the digital w...

Year 10 Real Talk Presentation – Getting Real in the Digital World

'Real Talk Australia' presented to the Year 10 students exploring the many aspects of ones relationship with the digital world. Covering issues such as online safety, harassment and cyberbullying, 'sexting', 'revenge pornography', digital reputation, the law, and healthy use of technology.

Throughout the presentation was the message that our relationship with others, whether face-to-face or online should always be underpinned by the principles of Love, Respect and Dignity.

Real Talk showed some compelling short clips on these issues and two of the take home messages for students were:

'GET RID' of the bully

G          Go and block the person

E          Ensure you keep the evidence (beware of any replies that form a part of that evidence)

T          Tell someone (a responsible adult is best)

R          Report the abuse to the website/host

I           Ignore the bullying behavior (don’t respond to it)

D          Delete the messages, posts or images (after you make a copy for evidence)

 Top Tips for Social Media and Online Conduct:

  • Act like you would in real life.
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated (Luke 6:31).
  • Think before you post – once it is out there you can’t get it back.
  • Only interact with people you know and trust (not everyone is who they say they are).
  • Never give out personal information.
  • Regularly check your settings (upgrades can default back to less secure settings).
  • Set some boundaries around how much time you spend online.
  • Beware of addiction – regularly have some 'digital free' days.

We would encourage all families to join with us in having regular conversations about online conduct, safety and boundaries. For more support, I recommend that families explore resources available on the esaftey website. This site includes valuable advice and guidance on all matters of digital technology and has specific advice for parents, youth, women and educators:  https://esafety.gov.au/

For more information on Real Talk Australia please refer to their website:  http://www.realtalkaustralia.com/

 

Mrs Dianne Martin

Deputy Head of Senior School

 

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An important and exciting aspect of our Middle School is that our Year 9 students become the senior students on our campus. They inherently become the leaders of the student body by being...

An important and exciting aspect of our Middle School is that our Year 9 students become the 'senior' students on our Campus. They inherently become the leaders of the student body by being the young people that our greater student body look to for modelling the values of care, concern, respect and servanthood.

Being the leaders of the College brings with it great responsibility for all Year 9 students. However, acknowledging that each Year 9 student has an important part to play on our Campus, empowering them with this knowledge along with some practical leadership tools and understanding, we believe, is an important step in their own personal development.

Acknowledging that all our Year 9s are leaders, there is further opportunity to be formally recognised as a leader by way of Prefect and House Leadership positions. Students in these positions have specific leadership roles and responsibilities throughout the College. Below is an outline our leadership forum for all students and the process for students to apply for a leadership position in 2018.

Monday, 16th October – Leadership Forum

All Year 8 students will participate in a forum that will unpack what it is to be a leader within the College, as well as leadership qualities and examples. The specific responsibilities of Prefect and House Leadership is outlined along with the application process.

Students who wish to apply for a leadership position will receive an application form and be required to complete a personal statement as to why they believe they would make a good Prefect or House Leader.

Monday, 23rd October – Leadership Applications Due

Tuesday 24th October – Leadership Speeches

Each applicant for both Prefect and House leadership is required to present a short statement as to why they make a good candidate for leadership in each position. The presentation is presented to current Year 7 and 8 students and a panel of staff including Head of Campus, Deputy Head of Campus, Year Level Coordinator and other teaching staff.

For House Leadership, all students present preferentially vote for their respective House Leaders by way of a ballot.

Thursday 26th to Friday 27th October – Year 8 Camp

The objective of the Year 8 camp program is to foster teamwork and cooperation by design of the challenging outdoor program. The tasks and activities within this program allow for the natural emergence of leaders within the student group. These qualities are noted for each of the leadership applicants and are considered in shortlisting applicants for the Prefect positions.

Monday, 6th November – Shortlisting of Applicants

All Prefect position applicants will receive a letter indicating if they have or have not been shortlisted to continue through the remaining selection process. In shortlisting applicants, consideration is given to:

  • Individual peer nomination of 10 Prefect applicants.
  • Campus staff nomination and feedback.
  • Staff feedback of leadership qualities displayed on camp.

Tuesday, 7th November – Prefect Applicant Interviews

Shortlisted Prefect applicants participate in a short interview with a combination of Head of Campus, Deputy Head of Campus and Year Level Coordinator.

Friday, 17th November – Prefect Applicant Notification

Prefect applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.

2018 Leaders Induction Service

2018 Prefects and House Leaders will be formally inducted into their positions. The School Captains will be announced from the Prefect group.

The process for leadership selection is extensive and we recognise that not all students who apply will be successful. However, we encourage students throughout the process to consider the concept of leadership and reflect upon their present level of servanthood in their daily living, be it with a formal title or without. A lot can be learnt about oneself, even if unsuccessful in being offered a formal position as part of this process. Feedback to applicants will be offered as part of this process.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, then please feel free to contact me on 52532998.

Yours Sincerely

Mrs Nicola Morrish
Year 7/8 Coordinator

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An important and exciting aspect of our Middle School is that our Year 9 students become the senior students on our campus.  They inherently become the leaders of the student body by bein...

An important and exciting aspect of our Middle School is that our Year 9 students become the 'senior' students on our Campus.

They inherently become the leaders of the student body by being the young people who our greater student body look to for modelling of the values of care, concern, respect and servant-hood. Being the leaders of the College brings with it great responsibility for all Year 9 students. However, acknowledging that each Year 9 student has an important part to play on our Campus, empowering them with this knowledge along with some practical leadership tools and understanding, we believe, is an important step in their own personal development. 

Acknowledging that all our Year 9 students are leaders in their own right, there is further opportunity to be formally recognised as a leader by way of Prefect and House Leadership positions. Students in these positions have specific leadership roles and responsibilities throughout the College. Below is an outline of our leadership forum for all students and the process for students to apply for a leadership position in 2016.

Wednesday, 18th October – Leadership Forum
All Year 8 students will participate in a forum that will unpack what it is to be a leader within the College, as well as leadership qualities and examples. The specific responsibilities of Prefect and House Leadership is outlined along with the application process.

Students who wish to apply for a leadership position will receive an application form and be required to complete a personal statement as to why they believe they would make a good Prefect or House Leader.

Friday, 20th October – Leadership Applications Due

Tuesday, 7th November – Leadership Speeches
Each applicant for both Prefect and House Leadership positions is required to present a short statement as to why they would make a good candidate for leadership in each position. This is presented to current Year 7 and 8 students and a panel of staff including Head of Campus, Deputy Head of Campus, Year Level Coordinator and other teaching staff. For House Leadership, all students present preferentially vote for their respective House Leaders by way of a ballot.

Friday, 10th November – Shortlisting of Applicants
All Prefect position applicants will receive a letter indicating if they have or have not been shortlisted to continue through the remaining selection process. In shortlisting applicants, consideration is given to:
- Individual peer nomination of Prefect applicants
- Campus staff nomination and feedback
- Staff feedback of leadership qualities displayed on Campus 

Wednesday, 16th November – Prefect Applicant Interviews
Shortlisted Prefect applicants participate in a short interview with a combination of Head of Campus, Deputy Head of Campus and Year Level Coordinator.

Friday, 18th November – Prefect/House Captain Applicant Notification
Prefect applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application. 

Friday, 1st December Leadership Training Day
All leaders will attend a training day to be held at Camp Wilkin in Angelsea.

2018 Leaders Induction Service
2018 Prefects and House Leaders will be formally inducted into their positions. The School Captains will be announced from the Prefect group.

The process for Leadership selection is extensive and we recognise that not all students who apply will be successful. However, we encourage students throughout the process to consider the concept of leadership and reflect upon their present level of servanthood in their daily living, be it with a formal title or without.

A lot can be learnt about oneself, even if unsuccessful in being offered a formal position as part of this process. Feedback to applicants will be offered as part of this process.

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We are looking forward to the opportunity to offer Chess Lessons throughout Term 4, with Phil from 'Checkmate' Chess Coaching. 
Each week different lessons are taught such as tactics, str...

We are looking forward to the opportunity to offer Chess Lessons throughout Term 4, with Phil from 'Checkmate' Chess Coaching. 

Each week different lessons are taught such as tactics, strategies, special moves, traps and openings that will help players improve their game. Students are then paired up in a fun tournament playoff where they can display their new skills and knowledge. All skill levels are catered for!

Chess has many educational benefits such as improving concentration, problem solving, pattern recognition, analytical skills, memory recall and self-esteem. Most importantly, it’s about having fun learning how to play the world’s most popular mind sport!

 

Chess Lessons will commence on Friday, 27th October (Week 3) and run for seven consecutive Fridays. Payment is also due on this day.

Please refer to the attached document if interested in making a booking for your child. The lessons will run on Friday lunchtimes throughout Term 4 in the Middle School Library.

For more information, please contact Phil Hooton on 0421 901 530 or phil@chessforkids.com.au 

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Research suggests that most people will have multiple careers during their working lives.   It is highly likely that many of our students will choose a career path that involves running t...

Research suggests most people will have multiple careers during their working lives. It is highly likely that many of our students will choose a career path that involves running their own small business. 

The Year 10 elective ‘Running a Small Business’ is a popular subject that allows students to learn the key skills to develop their entrepreneurial talents. Students spend a significant amount of time developing a formal business plan that incorporates key aspects such as product/service design, objectives for the business, assessment of competition, pricing, 'SWOT' analysis, marketing and financial reporting. When the business plan is complete they get the opportunity to run their business in the ‘real world’. 

This year we also introduced a new initiative where students were invited to present their business concept to a formal panel. ‘The Pitch’ involved a brief three-minute presentation to a panel of three teachers; all of whom have had extensive business experience. Students were under ‘Shark Tank’ pressure to justify their business decisions.

Feedback for our students about this process proved invaluable. Many businesses modified their products, pricing and marketing and this significantly enhanced business operations and improved profitability. 

 

Mr Stephen Warden

Commerce Teacher

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A reminder that Year 4 Parents are invited to attend a ‘meet and greet’ session with the Year 5 Middle School teachers in the Junior School Library (17th  October, 8.30am – 9.00am). This ...

A reminder that Year 4 parents are invited to attend a ‘Meet and Greet’ session with the Year 5 Middle School teachers in the Junior School Library on Tuesday, 17th October (8.30am to 9.00am).

This event will provide an informal opportunity for you to meet the current Year 5 teachers and share a cuppa with the current Year 4 parent group. We hope to see you there!

 

Mark Foran

 

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During Term 4 students in Year 5 and 6 will be participating in the ‘Bike Education’ program. This program will be conducted during Sport lessons on Thursday afternoons and will be incorp...

During Term 4 students in Year 5 and 6 will be participating in the ‘Bike Education’ program.

This program will be conducted during Sport lessons on Thursday afternoons and will be incorporated into the classroom curriculum. As the Bike Education program is quite intensive, I encourage children to start riding their bikes on weekends, if possible. It is also advised that you complete a simple bike check to ensure your child’s safety. If you could make sure tyres are pumped up and check for any punctures, oiled chains, correct seat height and proper fitting and approved helmets.

The Year 5 and 6 program will run for eight weeks commencing in Week 2. In the final week of school, the students will be participating in a full day bike ride as a part of activity week.

  • Session 1- Thursday, 19th October
  • Session 2- Thursday, 26th October
  • Session 3- Thursday, 2nd November
  • Session 4- Thursday, 9th November
  • Session 5- Thursday, 16th November
  • Session 6- Thursday, 23rd November
  • Session 7- Thursday, 30th November
  • Session 8- Thursday, 7th December (full day bike ride)

Students' bikes and helmets will have to be at school for these dates.

Due to lack of storage space, students are to bring their bikes to school on Thursdays and to take them home at the end of the day.

Regular bus travelers need to arrange for their bikes to be brought to and from home for the relevant days. As a last resort, bikes can be placed onto school buses, however prior warning must be given to your bus driver. Please note that not all buses can carry bikes. Bikes placed onto buses must be carried in the luggage compartment and not in the aisles. This can lead to accidental damage and scratches.

Students will be participating in activities such as: bike safety, bike handling, riding endurance, riding skills on and off road and riding in traffic.

Due to the nature of these activities there are some potential risks involved in bike education. They include collisions, falls and associated accidents. Each activity will be completed in a safe environment with adequate supervision and instruction.

Week 1: Prior to our first session bike safety checks will be completed on all bikes. Please check if there are any concerns relating to the roadworthiness of your child’s bike or helmet before the program commences. We encourage you to complete any recommendations made from the safety checks to ensure that your child’s bike is safe. Year 5 and 6 students will be participating in the off and on road riding component of Bike Education.

Session 1 - 7: Year 5 and 6 students will be participating in the off and on road riding component of Bike Education. We will be riding at and around our Campus. Year 5 and 6 students will also ride around the immediate area at our Campus, allowing for valuable on road practise to be had in a supervised and structured activity.

Full day bike ride: On Thursday, 7th December, Year 5 and 6 students will take part in the annual 'Bike Ed Day Trip'. The students will ride from school along the bike trail to Leopold where they will spend time gaining further street riding experience in various traffic conditions. They will have lunch in Leopold, then return to school by 3:30pm.

Parent assistance during Bike Education rides

Parent support during On-road riding experience is extremely valuable in allowing students to gain riding experience in smaller groups. If you would be available to assist on any of our Thursday afternoon rides, can you please contact me via email. If you are able to assist us with our program, you will need to have a current Working With Children Check and have completed a volunteer’s form. Please contact me if you need more information about this.

Miss Caitlin Hoiles
Year P-6 Sport Coordinator

 

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Tuesday, the 17th of October, is another exciting morning for the Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students as their Grandparents and Special Guests visit the Junior School classrooms. This specia...

Tuesday, 17th October is another exciting morning for the Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students as their Grandparents and Special Guests visit the Junior School classrooms.

This special event will take place from 9:30 to 11:10 am. Our guests will begin the day in the classrooms to complete some special activities that have been planned, followed by a performance from our outstanding Junior School Choir and Strings.

Students and staff are looking forward with excitement to welcoming our visitors on Tuesday morning.

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Christian College Geelong is pursuing continuous improvement with our systems and I am pleased to inform you that the College will, in the coming weeks, be issuing all students with new P...

Christian College Geelong is pursuing continuous improvement with our systems and I am pleased to inform you that the College will, in the coming weeks, be issuing all students with new Photo ID cards.

The attached letter details the specifics relevant to the ID cards.

 

The invitation is again given for interested parents to participate in our campus’ parent prayer group which will now meet weekly on Fridays at 9 am- 9.45 am, until the end of November, t...

The invitation is again extended to interested parents to participate in the Junior School's Parent Prayer Group, which will now meet weekly on Fridays at 9am to 9.45am until the end of November, to pray for the needs of children, their families, the staff and our Campus and College in general.

There will be times when I will be unavailable but my office or the kitchen next door can be used in these situations. This will help with consistency for the group throughout Term 4. People can attend when it suits their availability. Confidentiality is a prerequisite to being involved.

Requests for confidential prayer can be made directly to the Chaplain – either in person, by phone or by email, or can be left in an envelope addressed to the Prayer Group at Reception. Please come to pray with us, for our Campus, or allow us to support you if we can. You would be most welcome.

As a Chaplain, it is very empowering to know that as a group there are parents and staff praying in the situations that confront us as a community and in our families. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ring or contact me - 52 411 565

 

Rowan Thurman

Junior School Chaplain

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Over the holidays five Senior School students travelled to Brisbane to compete in the RoboCup Junior National Titles.
Thomas Shanahan, Liam Burt and Sebastian Ballard, came agonizingly cl...

Over the holidays five Senior School students traveled to Brisbane to compete in the 'RoboCup' Junior National Titles.

Thomas Shanahan, Liam Burt and Sebastian Ballard, came agonisingly close to qualifying for the Standard league (LEGO) team to represent Australia at the 'World Robot Olympiad' in Bangkok next year. Only needing to win their quarter final against a Korean team to qualify, their robots found themselves three goals down late in the second half.

However a quick flurry of goals put them one ahead with one minute remaining. Despite their best defensive efforts and time-saving strategies, the opposition came from nowhere to score the equaliser with only one second remaining. The battle for “golden goal” lasted for three minutes, with the Korean team finally opening up the Christian College defense and forcing the winning goal.

James Hurren and Christopher Kerry competed in the highly-technical Open Soccer division. They came up against high quality opposition from Brisbane Boys College, who had recently returned from Japan with a number of RoboCup World Titles. The students finished with a very creditable top 10 placing, with the draw not helping them - having to compete against all of the world-quality teams in the qualifying rounds.

All of the students were proud of their efforts and the improvements they made during the tournament. Planning is already well under way for next year’s national tournament to be held at Melbourne Park.

 

Mr Brian Thomas

Systems Engineering Teacher

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During the holiday break three Equestrian Team members travelled to Toowoomba for the National Interschool Equestrian Championships. Shanae Jenkinson Yr 11 & Charlotte Sheldon Yr 10 from ...

During the holiday break three Equestrian Team members traveled to Toowoomba for the National Interschool Equestrian Championships. Shanae Jenkinson (Year 11) and Charlotte Sheldon (Year 10) from the Senior School Campus and Sophie Taylor (Year 7) from the Middle School Campus were looking forward to competing at this prestigious event.

The students gained selection in the Victorian team through consistently high placings across the year of competitions in the Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series and the Victorian State Championships.

Unfortunately for Shanae, her horse Wilfred sustained an injury at home and was unable to compete. Despite her disappointment, Shanae traveled with the team and was a great support to her Victorian teammates. Shanae has been an outstanding CCG Equestrian team Co-Captain this year, always supporting younger students as well as achieving her outstanding Individual results.

Both Charlotte and Sophie had busy programs for the State team. Charlotte competed in the Eventing class that involves three very different disciplines of Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country. Charlotte competed in the Dressage in place of Shanae, as both girls had top placings at the Victorian State Championships event. Teams from all States and the Northern Territory were represented, with the Victorian team placing 3rd behind teams from the host state Queensland and NSW.

Please read this extract from Charlotte Sheldon on the event:

To compete at the top of your sport for Victoria is such a privilege. This year was my third time competing at the Equestrian Interschool Nationals and each year has been totally different. This is the first time I have had the experience to compete in Queensland. The Nationals were held at the Toowoomba showgrounds where over 300 students competed in different events, ranging from Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping, Show Horse and Combined Training. The top 4 students in each discipline from each State/Territory qualified for their chosen event. My chosen event was Eventing. This contains Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping. Dressage contains movement which you have to follow. You and your horse(s) are marked out of 10 on these required movements. The next phase that takes place is Cross Country. This is very similar to Athletic Cross Country, however slightly different in that you have to complete the course in a certain time limit. This can change all the time depending on the distance of the course. The other difference is that there are jumps involved, and these jumps are solid and cannot be knocked down. The last and final phase is Show Jumping. This is were you have to jump over about 12 obstacles and try not to knock down any rails. If you are to knock down a rail, for each jump you will add 4 penalty points onto your score. The winner is that with the lowest score possible. Unfortunately I didn't make it to the Show Jump due to Town hurting himself. I did participate in another event, this being the preliminary secondary senior Dressage. I was lucky enough to take Shanae's spot after her horse unfortunately injured himself - as I was a reserve behind her at the State Championship. I was a bit more successful in the Dressage than the Eventing, coming in 11th overall.

 

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Last term it was mentioned in the Vine that we were seeking interested parents to be willing to form part of an email register in relation to the Junior School Foodbank we are setting up....

Last term it was mentioned in The Vine that we were seeking interested parents to be willing to form part of an email register in relation to the Junior School Foodbank.

If you would still like to be involved in assisting other families in need by providing a meal on an occasional basis, please send through your email address to Mr Thurman  r.thurman@ccg.vic.edu.au or phone 52 411 565. These email addresses will then be collated and passed onto Mrs Denise Turley, who will be coordinating the Junior School Foodbank.

Thanks to the parents who responded last term to assist with this - it is very much appreciated. Currently we have about 10 families who have offered to assist, but it would be great to have a larger pool to call on, if possible.

 

Rowan Thurman

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Students will be required to start wearing Summer Uniform for Term 4, with the official change over date being Monday, 23rd October (start of week 3). Students may wear either full Summer...

Students will be required to start wearing Summer Uniform for Term 4, with the official change-over date being Monday, 23rd October (start of Week 3).

Students may wear either full Summer or full Winter uniform leading up to this date, however not a combination of the two. A further reminder that students are required to wear their College hats for all outdoor activities throughout Term 4, including during Recess and Lunch breaks.

Nicholas Watson
Head of Bellarine Campus

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

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

CLICK HERE to view the ISV Parents' Website

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Williams House and Junior School Charity Morning Tea – No Tricks, Just Treats
 
Please join the Year 4 students for a special morning tea in support of the Love Your Sister foundation. ...

Williams House and Junior School Charity Morning Tea – No Tricks, Just Treats

Please join the Year 4 students for a special morning tea in support of the Love Your Sister Foundation. Founded by brother-sister duo Samuel and Connie Johnson, Love Your Sister is an organisation that aims to raise vital funds for cancer research and support services.

Why not come along and catch up with some friends for a special 'High Tea' experience? There will be a selection of decadent French delicacies, along with home-made delights. Our theme for this occasion is 'No Tricks, Just Treats'.

This event will be held in the Junior School Chapel on Tuesday, 31st October, with a first sitting from 10am to 11am and a second sitting from 11:30am to 12:30pm.

This invitation is open to families from Williams House and Junior School by a recommended donation of $10 per person, with all profits being donated to raise vital funds for cancer research, prevention and support services.

Bookings are essential (limited spaces available) through the Front Office. Payment would be appreciated when booking. There will also be a donation box available at the event.

We thank you in advance for your support of this very worthwhile cause.

Date: Tuesday, 31st October

Time: 10am to 11am or 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Bookings must be made through the Junior School Office.

 

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Christian College Geelong is pursuing continuous improvement with our systems and I am pleased to inform you that the College will, in the coming weeks, be issuing all students with new P...

Christian College Geelong is pursuing continuous improvement with our systems and I am pleased to inform you that the College will, in the coming weeks, be issuing all students with new Photo ID cards.

The attached letter details the specifics relevant to the ID cards.

VCAL Student of the week - Tori Goulter (Year 12)
In Year 11 VCAL, I completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood and Education at the VFA as a school based traineeship. My chosen caree...

VCAL Student of the Week - Tori Goulter (Year 12)

In Year 11 VCAL, I completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood and Education at the VFA as a school-based traineeship. My chosen career is in Childcare, and I am now studying a Diploma in Early Childhood and Development as part of my Year 12 VCAL. I love working with children and hope to become a Kindergarten teacher or a teacher that helps children who have learning difficulties. I might even one day travel overseas to educate children. Managing my Diploma and Year 12 studies has meant I attend the VFA two days a week and I come to school the other three days of the week. My latest placement was a three-week block. I worked with 2 to 3-year-olds, babies and pre-school children. There were many highlights of my work placement. I got to work with amazing educators and went on excursions. I also loved getting to know the children and learning some more Auslan. Next year I want to go to University to study a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Development as well as doing a course in Auslan sign language. My advice for anyone who wants to become an educator in early learning is to be passionate about it. Put in the hard work, as it is worth it and aim to have a positive impact on the children that you teach. My family motto is “What I do, I do with all my might.”

VET News

All of our students who have applied to do VET courses in 2018 have been accepted into their chosen courses. Students should have received emails regarding course information sessions now in progress. Details about these sessions are also available for viewing at the Student Office. Please make sure that your child is aware of when their session is on, so as to not miss important introductory information. Please be reminded that students need to study a VET course if undertaking a VCAL pathway in 2018.

Work Experience Opportunity

A local employee is looking for a student interested in surfing who would be keen to do some work experience with building and repairing surfboards with a view to a potential apprenticeship. Please contact Mrs Fearnsides at Senior School if you are interested.

 

Mrs Kerryn Fearnsides

VET/VCAL Coordinator

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Interested in learning how to play Chess? See attached flyer for details. Please contact phil@chessforkids.com.au for more information.

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We have had a fantastic response to our Operation Christmas Child initiative. The number of boxes that have been filled by classes at school as well as those done at home by school famili...

We have had a fantastic response to our Operation Christmas Child initiative.

The number of boxes that have been filled by classes at school as well as those done at home by families has been amazing. The time has come for the boxes to be sent to the distribution centre in Melbourne to make their way around the world in time for Christmas.

If you could please make sure that your box is returned to school along with the $10 for postage by the end of next week, 20th October, that would be very much appreciated. The boxes will be delivered to a location in Geelong and then taken to Melbourne where they will then be sent out to the children.

Thank you for your support with this program, there are so many children who will be given some joy at Christmas time thanks to you. The continued generosity of our College community is very humbling to be a part of.

Thank you

Mrs Claire Deretic and Mrs Maggie Potiriadis
Project Care

  

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Scholarships for Tertiary Sudy in 2018
At this time of the year our Year 12’s and families are working together to formulate preference lists for further study in 2018. Alongside this is...

Scholarships for Tertiary Sudy in 2018

At this time of the year, our Year 12 students and families are working together to formulate preference lists for further study in 2018. Alongside this is the opportunity to apply for both SEAS and scholarships. The careers team at Senior School are privileged to be able to be a part of this conversation, should you wish.

Costs are most certainly a factor in many decisions about the 'what, where and when' of further work or education for students and their families. As part of the VTAC process there is information on the VTAC website to assist in applying for scholarships. However, VTAC does have information on scholarships available directly through the institution. The Good Universities website also has information in this area.

Although this can be time consuming, it is a valuable activity to undertake – some education providers have scholarships available which may not continue from one year to the next unless they are taken up by students. Please avail yourself of the opportunity to look in to financial support and note the closing dates for the various institutions.

The links below could be valuable to scroll through:

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

http://www.vtac.edu.au/scholarships/other/list.html

https://www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au/scholarships  (select ‘more options’)     

http://www.australianuniversities.com.au/scholarships/

 

Weekly Career News

Please click here for the Weekly Career News. 

  • Careers in Food Science and Nutrition.
  • Ask university course advisers questions via a live chat.
  • Year 12 students - key University dates for Victoria, New South Wales and Canberra.
  • Meet Tess Whitford - studying the Bachelor of Fashion Design at Box Hill Institute.
  • Book a portfolio interview if you are applying for Art and Design courses at the Box Hill Institute.
  • Whitehouse College of Design annual Graduate Exhibition and Fashion Runway.
  • Francis Gregory Foundation Tertiary scholarship (students from a farming background).
  • Year 11 students: Australia National University Tuckwell Scholarship.
  • Flight attendant training courses at William Angliss and Aviation Australia.
  • Careers in the Victorian Police Force.
  • Science Career Wheel, developed by Australia National University.
  • Latest stories by 'Careers With STEM'.
  • Careers in Music performance - workshop with Nina Las Vegas. 
  • 2018 Monash University Access Mentors - apply by 31st October
  • Monash University Indigenous Entry Scheme
  • Monash University Mathematics Bridging course
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Ashton Scholastic Book Club orders: Issue 7 have been distributed and should be returned to school by Thursday, 19th October 2017. We would ask that all orders are sent to school by this ...

Ashton Scholastic Book Club orders: Issue 7 have been distributed and should be returned to school by Thursday, 19th October.

We would ask that all orders are sent to school by this due date, as when we have late orders, this delays the collation and distribution of the children’s books. Also, all payments should please be either cheque or credit card payments.

Cheque – made payable to Ashton Scholastic.

Credit card – payment can be made by phone (Automated free call 1800 557 908) or online. For the online option, please follow the prompts for 'Parent Payments' on the Ashton Scholastic site at www.scholastic.com.au/. As you follow the prompts, you will be given a receipt number which needs to be recorded and returned together with your child's order form. 

At present, our College is not using the 'Loop' (Linking online payments and cash) option. Please do not send cash. Thank you for your assistance and for your support of Book Club.

 

Violet Novacevski

 

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

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

CLICK HERE to view the ISV Parents' Website

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

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

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

CLICK HERE to view the ISV Parents' Website

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

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

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

CLICK HERE to view the ISV Parents' Website

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