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June 2016


Great students make great schools

I have many reasons to celebrate our students throughout the year - most recently being the Annual Year 11 Debutante Balls, the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal and the Senior School House Music Competition.

Debutante Balls

Each year my wife Pam and I, together with our CEO Mr. Daryl Riddle and his wife Debbie, have the privilege of having the Christian College Debutante couples presented to us. Having the opportunity to greet these fine young men and women and hearing about their aspirations for the future is heart-warming.

I am delighted that, each year our College is able to enjoy an evening of celebration with the families of our young adults. Seeing the joy on the faces of the participants and the sense of achievement from performing the dances so well is a highlight each year, as it is to see the proud parents and grandparents sharing the moment.

I am most grateful to the Senior School staff as well as to the College Major Events team for the outstanding effort that is made to plan and prepare for the Debutante Balls and to transform the Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre into an elegant and appropriate venue for the two evenings.

Red Shield Appeal

Our College has a proud tradition of supporting the annual Salvation Army Red Shield Doorknock. Each year students, staff and parents volunteer their time to collect funds for this most worthy cause in support of the work of the Salvos in our community.

This year was no exception with over 100 students, staff and parents joining forces from the Highton Middle School and Senior School (some having had their Debutante Ball  the night before) to collect in the Highton and Waurn Ponds area. Over 40 volunteers from the Bellarine campus community also doorknocked in the Drysdale and Clifton Springs area.

The combined effort collected almost $6500. But more importantly, the collectors gave valuable service to those in need whilst sharing fellowship with other members of our community. 'Thank you' to everyone involved and 'well done'.

GISSA Cross Country

Our College hosted the members schools of GISSA to compete for the 2016 Cross Country championship. The event was conducted at our Senior School at Waurn Ponds and was run in perfect 'Cross Country' conditions. The cool slippery conditions provided a challenge for the competitors from the Independent Schools throughout Geelong.

Our College was the successful winners of the event due to the combined effort of the entire team, with several students achieving placings as well as producing personal best performances.

I wish to congratulate all the competitors, as well as the staff from the Physical Education and Sport Faculty, who planned, prepared and conducted the highly successful event.

Senior House Music

Whilst driving into Costa Hall for the annual Senior School House competition, I travelled behind a Christian College bus transporting the students. As we waited at some traffic lights I pondered on the connection between the advertisement on the bus promoting the education at Christian College as ‘Providing the Learning that Matters” and the event that I was about to attend. This thought stayed with me throughout the respective House Music performances. Each House presented four items - a House Choir of all students in the House, a small ensemble, a large ensemble and a soloist. The collaborative effort was led by students and the passion, sense of connection and high degree of healthy competition was tangible. The performances were once again remarkable. This day was certainly a highlight for the students, staff, families and past students who attended.

In reflection after the event, the many layers of benefit are worthy of note. Firstly the opportunity for students to perform on a world class stage in the Costa Hall auditorium is, for some, a once in a life time experience. Furthermore, to then see students display such confidence performing in front of their peers, or taking considerable risk to put themselves out there, is certainly admirable. There is also the sense of appropriate audience participation to respect and enjoy a classical piece performed by a soloist, as well as the well-known pop song or timeless classic played by an ensemble. However, most significantly, it is the way that a community comes together to engage the soul and spirit of our students and staff together in achieving and producing something worthwhile and enjoyable that amazes me. It is in this connection that we truly see the 'Learning that Matters'. This sense of culture within a school is priceless and, to a large degree, created by our great students.

Glen McKeeman

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