From the Head of Senior School

East Timor Trivia Evening

The East Timor Trivia Evening was a huge success last Friday evening. The Geelong West Town Hall was full to enjoy the entertainment and prizes on offer. The trivia was tough for some of us, but there were questions for all ages. The table of teachers from Senior School won overall and they were pretty pleased with themselves.

The night is organised by our Prefects and they all worked very hard to ensure we had plenty of prizes on offer. The Greater Geelong community were generous to support our evening and the amount raised was $12,255.90. This was just $500 short of the record!

Maddie Riddle was instrumental in leading the evening and devoted much of her spare time to ensure all ran smoothly. Her contribution was outstanding and we could not have held such a successful night if it was not for her. Well done Maddie. 


Sonya Karras talk to Year 11 and 12 Students

We are very happy to be providing all Year 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to hear from Sonya Karras on Tuesday, 22nd August. Sonya Karras, creator of Whole New World, presents to tens of thousands of young people, parents, teachers and organisations per year with her informative and highly-amusing safe partying, drugs and alcohol seminar. Sonya’s presentations have been very popular at Christian College in recent years, and we know that the information she has to share with our students about ‘Celebrating Safely’ is both interesting and important for all to hear. We encourage families to discuss at home what was presented at school.

Please find more information about Sonya at


Senior Football Team

The Senior Football Team just fell short in their Grand Final and there is a report in The Vine. I wanted to especially thank the 60 or more parents who made the trip to Ballarat to support the team.

It was a great day and the team enjoyed the egg and bacon rolls on the way home!


Senior Choir

On Tuesday, 15th August our Christian College Senior Choir performed at Geelong Grammar School. They were able to bring home first place in their three events. A detailed report is included in this edition of The Vine for futher details. I wish to thank Fiona Gardner and her wonderful team for all of their hard work in producing such fine performances and, on this occasion, we thank Tania Spence and Regina Thomae for all of their work with the Choir.



The Year 12 Outdoor Education class are currently in the snow enjoying their time there. It is bitterly cold and they are experiencing heavy falls. We look forward to their safe return and it is good to see so much learning outside of the classroom.



The RoboCup had a great competition at the University of Melbourne on Tuesday. The Bellarine team won and all students had a fantastic learning experience. We thank all the staff for giving up their time to lead this. A detailed report is included in The Vine.


Subject Selection

The subject selections have closed and we are currently sorting the number of classes for 2018. After that has been completed we then allocate staffing. We place the student choices first, and this determines the rest of the puzzle. I wish to acknowledge the incredible work of Ben Hines in coordinating this exhaustive process.



Applications for Prefectship for 2018 were emailed to Year 11 students this week and they close next Friday. Students are encouraged to consider applying for College Prefect and/or House Prefect. We see Prefectship is about serving the community and ensuring our community is richer for their input.

The application form requires students to respond to questions as well as giving a presentation on their vision for the Campus and how they may contribute to that. There will also be an interview where a panel will have the chance to get to know each applicant. Not all applicants shall receive an interview. Students are encouraged to see me at any time to discuss.


Naga High School

We said farewell to our friends from Naga High School on Thursday as they flew back to Japan. Their two-week trip was full of memories and the final presentation evening was full of emotion. I wish to thank all families for hosting our friends from Japan and I believe they gained as much from this as their guest did.


Indo Independence Day

Last Thursday a group of our Indonesian students travelled to Melbourne to celebrate Indonesian Independence Day. It was a great occasion and the students indulged in all things Indonesian.

It is such excursions that stimulate students to succeed in their chosen language. We thank the LOTE staff for leading this.


Royal South Street Performances

The Royal South Street performances commence on Sunday and we wish all our students competing the very best. This competition has a rich history and attracts musicians far and wide.

We thank in advance, the families, students and staff for supporting this great event.


House Football

Our House Football begins next week and this is always an exciting time for our students. These games are played with great endeavour and showcase the incredible House spirit at Senior School Campus.


Terms Notice                                         

Just a reminder that if your family is relocating and/or your children will not be attending Christian College in 2018, a full term’s notice, in writing, is required to ensure you are not charged Term 1 2018 fees. 


Dairy Pathways Option

Please click here for a brochure on the 2017 Dairy Innovation Program. This is a program that will be run over the upcoming holidays. Two students from Christian College participated last year and benefited greatly from this experience. It's always good to try something different! 

Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School 


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