Important Information to Commence the Year
KEEPING INFORMED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
It is important that we maintain a system through which we are able to communicate regularly with you. Our weekly newsletter The Vine is published each Friday afternoon. A link to the latest edition of The Vine is emailed to parents, however past editions can be accessed from this link as well. We encourage parents to bookmark and access The Vine regularly in order to keep up with all of our Middle School news. In fact, we rely on you to do so, as this is the most efficient way of keeping you up to date with all that is happening here.
Please also note that the College Portal holds a lot of important information, not least of which is the College Calendar with upcoming events listed. This is updated on an ongoing basis so you are encouraged to also check this regularly. We will add small reminders in The Vine leading into some events, however checking the College Calendar will allow you to be aware of dates well in advance.
The College has introduced 'ParentPaperwork'. This Year all Sport, Music and Outdoor Education consent forms will be administered digitally through ParentPaperwork and emailed direct to parents/guardians. All other consent forms that require your signature and parental permission will still be sent home in printed form during Semester 1, transitioning to ParentPaperwork in Semester 2. All other communication, not requiring a signature will occur electronically through the weekly email.
As we continue to utilise electronic means for the bulk of our communication, it is important for families to keep their email accounts and mobile phone numbers active and updated on our database. Details can be updated on the Parent Portal, or alternatively notify us at reception.
SUN PROTECTION POLICY
As a College, we seek to protect our students from the sun’s harmful UV rays. All students (Year 5 to Year 9) are to now have the Christian College hat, which is to be worn for all outdoor activities, including recess, lunchtime and sport. Sunscreen is also made available for use by our students to ensure we protect them, particularly during Term 1 and Term 4. Please ensure that your child’s hat is clearly named.
USE OF STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHS
At various times throughout the school year, photographs of students may be taken in class, in sporting teams or when involved in a broad range of learning activities. A selection of such photographs or videos may then be used for College publicity and promotion, including class displays, student presentations, media presentations or for student teacher folios. Often this can be an effective way of acknowledging student and College achievements. Our staff are always careful to choose only appropriate photographs to support our printed publicity, promotional material, newsletters or news and events reports on the Christian College website www.christiancollege.vic.edu.au However, if any parents do NOT wish their son or daughter to be photographed for these purposes, named in College publications or on website reports, you are asked to notify your Head of Campus in writing by Friday, February 10. Parents would be aware that we live in a visual society where images convey more than words.
In addition, communications between our College and families are increasingly being made by electronic means. Our College ‘In Focus' Newsletters are published on the Portal and on the College website for you to access. Please take time to read these to fully appreciate the many events, achievements and celebrations that occur throughout the year.