A welcome message from the Head of Senior School
I wish to welcome all our students back and trust they have had a relaxing and safe holiday.
It was tremendous to see the students back; schools are not the same without them.
At our Senior School Commencement Assembly on Tuesday, we were able to formally welcome our Year 10 students, all 216 of them. We wished our Year 11 students all the best as they undertake their VCE or VCAL course. Our Year 12 students were advised that the year will go quickly and they need to ensure they work closely with their teachers.
We heard from our College Captains, Briella Egberts and Cameron Chandler, who both shared part of their journey to date and what they desire to achieve. We heard they both have a good heart and a clear vision driven by their faith in God.
Our VCE results from last year were the best we have received. We had a 100% of students complete their VCE and the same rate in our VCAL program. Rosie Murphy was awarded our 'Dux' with an ATAR of 98.15, with Xavier Andueza-Mossop and Erin Anderson both scoring 97.80. Rosie was overseas when the results were announced and we were fortunate to Skype her to tell her she was our Dux. We had 15.4% of students attain over 90, compared with 10% nationally. But the more impressive figure was that we had 38.5% receive an ATAR of 80 or more, compared with 20% nationally.
There were three perfect scores of 50: Erin Anderson in Studio Arts, Rosie Murphy in Outdoor Education and Gemma Podbury in Music Investigation.
The results rank our College as 90 in the state after being in the 200s a couple of years ago.
Our school uniform defines us as a community and we ask that parents and guardians ensure their son or daughter are correctly attired when they leave home. We shall be having a uniform audit to ensure all students have the correct items of uniform. Our restorative practice approach to student expectations such as uniform means that students do not receive a detention for all infractions. Our approach is to reason with students and ask them to monitor their choices. We thank students for wearing their uniform correctly and often the response if “why would I not?”.
A special part of Christian College is our co-curricular activities, which are often centred on House events. In first term we have two important events in House Swimming and Athletics. We expect all students to attend and see great value in student connection with their peers on these days. I do not accept that students should stay home if they are well enough to attend and I am happy to discuss any concerns on this matter.
New student photos
A reminder that we have new student ID portraits being taken on Monday, February 6 and students need to be in correct school uniform.
Debutante Ball Information Evening
The Debutante Ball Information Evening is on Thursday, February 9 in the Senior School Chapel and this will commence a very exciting time for those who choose to be involved.
Welcome to Senior School Parent Evening
The Welcome to Senior School Evening is on Monday, February 13 and further information shall be sent to you. This is an opportunity for parents to come along with their son or daughter and meet their House Group and subject teachers.
Our Prefect Investiture is on Thursday, February 16 at the Barrabool Hills Baptist Church during Periods 3 & 4. Further information shall follow and we welcome parents to attend.
Graeme Dent, Head of Senior School