Term 2 has commenced at Christian College Geelong, promising to be filled with a number of wonderful highlights.
This week our College wide community will be joining the rest of our nation in commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing and our heritage of ANZAC tradition. I am most grateful to Mr. Rick Geall for taking the initiative and providing the incredible energy and passion to provide this opportunity for our community. Part of this commemoration has been the creation of a memorial that has been constructed at the Senior School. This project was funded by the Federal Government and will be officially dedicated by the Federal Member for Corangamite, Ms. Sarah Henderson.
Beauty and The Beast
After months of planning, preparation and rehearsals the eagerly anticipated performances of 'Beauty and The Beast' are ready to delight audiences next week.
I am grateful to the vast number of students, staff, parents and friends of our College community for their dedication and commitment to this event.
A musical of this nature requires an enormous collaborative effort and I pray that the performances bring everyone involved a true sense of joy and reward for the work undertaken.
Tickets have sold very quickly and all shows are now sold out, which should provide a wonderful atmosphere for the performances.
Whole School Photo
All families should be well aware of the plans to take a photograph of the whole school to mark the 35th anniversary of our College. I encourage you to familiarise yourselves with the arrangements and support these, as outlined in each of our campus weekly emails.
Camps and Tours
A rich component of the College program are the vast opportunities through the many year level camps and subject related tours. These experiences outside of the classroom provide additional authentic learning experiences for our students. These include experiences that enrich the physical, spiritual, emotional cultural and social growth of the students.
A number of these camps and tours were conducted in Term 1, throughout our local region and around our State. Recent tours to Vietnam and Indonesia have also been conducted. Part of the Indonesian tour was dedicated to celebrate 20 years of our relationship with SMA 2 Negeri Mataram on Lombok. I had the privilege together with the Chairman of the College Board Mr. James Shirley, our CEO Mr. Daryl Riddle and President of the Christian College International Association Mrs. Fay Haywood to join part of this trip for the formal celebrations. These celebrations provided our schools with the opportunity to commit to further development of our mutual exchange programs to benefit our students in the future. I am most grateful to the staff that have contributed to the development of all of these programs over many year.As I write this blog, I am currently travelling to Central Australia with a Year 10 class as part of their ' Our World' trip to spend time working alongside Indigenous students at the Alcoota School in the Engawala community. Another rich, life changing learning opportunity.
Over the recent break I had the opportunity to meet some business leaders from Geelong. I was delighted to hear positive comments that these people made regarding our current and past students that they made as a result of meeting, employing or observing our students in their workplace.
Recently I have been reading works by Professor David Perkins describing, 'an education that is worth having'. My comment regarding this would be that an education worth having is one that educates beyond academic or benchmark scores to also grow the capacity for students to learn, think, create and discover ways to make our world a better place. To do this, students (indeed future citizens) need to understand their place in the world as part of humankind with a desire to love and care for others.
At the commencement of this term I reminded all of our students and staff of the sacrifice that God made for us through the death of His son Jesus and the gift of His resurrection so that we might have and live lives filled with His love and purpose.
To demonstrate the impact of God's love on others, I gave examples of the lives of the people our College Houses are named in honour of and the incredible contribution they made to the world and others in His service:
- General Eva Burrows
- Reverend Dr. John Flynn
- Hudson Taylor
- Archbishop David Penman
I challenged each of us to follow the example of these extraordinary people who lived lives full of purpose, loving God and serving others.