From the Principal
There is so much that I love about the start of a new year at our College.
The anticipation of welcoming new students and their families, meeting new colleagues, seeing the completion of projects and work completed over the break and the fresh opportunities that come with new beginnings, all create a buzz around the College sites. It is like starting out on a new adventure.
There is a great deal of planning and preparation to have everything in readiness to start the new school year. I am thankful to the professional support staff, teaching staff and the campus leaders for their diligence and commitment to ensuring a smooth start.
Seeking First the Kingdom of God
A warm welcome to our 2023 students, staff and families! We are all privileged to begin a new year together seeking God and God’s Kingdom in our learning community.
Having recently been appointed to the role of Dean of Christian Culture I have been in the unique position this week to visit our campuses attending commencement services and participating in the beginning of onsite learning for 2023.
Each of our five campuses, in addition to our College Farm, Arts and Technology Center, Uniform Shop and Café have slightly different cultural expressions of our Christian College identity yet all have been established and are moving forward on our foundational scripture from Matthew 6:33 “Seek Ye Frist the Kingdom of God”.
Ready, Set, Go for Digital Learning in 2023
Year 4, 7 and 10 Device Rollouts
It has been a busy time this week as students in Years 4, 7 and 10 across our campuses have collected their new learning devices and have been supported to set them up and sign-in ready for classes. It has been wonderful to witness the students’ enthusiasm and delight as they have been supported with this process, beginning to build familiarity with their new laptop and with the College’s expectations for its use for learning.
Students in Year 4 at each of our Junior School campuses will now keep their learning devices at school for a brief time as they continue to be supported by their teachers to learn how best to care for their device, and to use it confidently and safely as a learning tool.
From the Head of Campus
The Bellarine Campus came to life this week as we welcomed students and families for the commencement of the 2023 school year. The start to the school year has been a significant experience for our young people and their families, many of whom are joining our community for the first time. I am thrilled to extend a very warm welcome to our new families, and I trust that as we come to the end of this first week you have been embraced by our wider community. There has been a wonderful feel amongst our community in our first days together, with opportunities to connect – from our Prep Get Together and Year 7 BBQ on Monday, to having parents and carers within our grounds at the start and end of day, allowing for joyful interaction between families, students and staff. It is imperative that there are strong partnerships between the home and school, and we look forward to further opportunities to build this partnership with you, our families, at upcoming Bellarine community events. Please note the details of these in The Vine today and I look forward to connecting with you at these events.
Bellarine Community Events
- Bellarine Student Leaders’ Investiture Service (Bellarine Sport Centre) – Friday 10th
- Junior School Assemblies – Monday mornings, 9.00-9.45 as per calendar throughout the term
- Year 3&4 Parents – Social Coffee & Afternoon Tea (Bellarine Barn) – Monday 13th February, 2.30-3.30pm
- Junior School Classroom Visits & Welcome Picnic (JS Classrooms, Grounds) – Thursday 16th February, 4.30-6.30pm
- Prep to Year 2 Parents – Social Coffee & Afternoon Tea (Bellarine Barn) – Friday 17th February, 2.30-3.30pm
- Year 5&6 Parents – Social Coffee & Afternoon Tea (Bellarine Barn) – Tuesday 21st February, 2.30-3.30pm
- Year 7 Parents – Social Coffee & Afternoon Tea (Bellarine Barn) – Friday 24th February, 2.30-3.30pm
- Student Learning Conferences – Teams, Tuesday 7th March, 4.00-8.00pm and Thursday 9th March, 4.00-6.00pm
- Year 8&9 Parents – Social Coffee & Afternoon Tea (Bellarine Barn) – Friday 10th March, 2.30-3.30pm
Year 6 Art students were exercising in art class this week. No, it didn’t involve a gymnastic aerobics session…but one that honed their drawing skills by way of continuous contour drawing and blind contour drawing. These types of drawing are an excellent way to encourage students to observe and practise their techniques as they focus on the subject closely without the tension of trying to achieve a perfect lookalike image. No erasers are used, as one continuous line is created. This week we drew still life imagery as well as posing for one another, using crayons. pastels and markers. Once students grasped this technique without their drawing implement leaving the paper, they realised how effective the drawing could look. Images with wonderful, fluid lines, plenty of energy and character were created along with lots of giggles, fun and important learning.
Choirs on Song for 2023!
As long as we live, there is never enough singing.
Choirs begin again next week, and new members are very welcome. It is a great chance to improve your singing, perform as part of a group, and be actively involved in our school community.
Middle School Choir is happening on Tuesday mornings under the direction of Sharon Huber and one of our fabulous singing teachers, Jacinta Burns. The Junior Choir is moving to Thursday mornings. Both choirs rehearse in the auditorium from 8.00-8.45 am. We look forward to hearing those amazing voices very soon!
Year 7 – Welcome Back
I would like to extend a special warm welcome to our new families who have joined Christian College in 2023, as well as welcome back our existing families. It is great to have you as a part of our Year 7 family and I trust you have all enjoyed some quality time together over the recent holiday period.
There has been a real buzz in the air amongst Year 7 students this week as they began their secondary school journey. We started with a Welcome Afternoon on Monday 30 January where students and staff re-familiarised themselves with one another for the first time since Orientation Day last November. It was a great opportunity for fellowship sharing a BBQ dinner and enjoying some conversation with the many families who joined us.
Year 8 News
I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome our Year 8 students and families back for an exciting academic year in 2023. Students have made a wonderful start this week. There is a sense of focus and calm amongst the homerooms as students return to their learning routines. We have several exciting things planned for our Year 8 students this year, including the GEOS Camp from Monday 3 – Thursday 6 April. Further information about this will follow.
We have a wonderful team of homeroom teachers in the Year 8 team and I would like to acknowledge the work of Ms Alice Vincent (8D), Mr Kelly O’Neil (8E) and Ms Louise Bull (8S) for their work and preparation in ensuring such a smooth beginning to the year. Your child’s homeroom teacher will be in regular communication throughout the year, keeping you updated on the learning taking place, as well as important reminders and upcoming events. Please do reach out and introduce yourself. We value the partnership we have with our Year 8 families and look forward to working closely with you throughout the year.
Finally, a special mention to Annie Long (8S) for her violin performance of ‘Allegro’ from Concerto in G Major by Georj Telemann at this week’s whole school assembly. What a treat!
The Bellarine campus will continue to offer Christian College Bellarine students a fast and easy lunch service each Tuesday and Thursday commencing this Thursday 2nd February.
The Fresh Meal Fairy located in Drysdale, will be the provider of this lunch service to the Bellarine Campus. Servicing many schools across our region, The Fresh Meal Fairy offer a broad menu in line with Nutrition Australia Guidelines, made fresh daily in a local commercial kitchen that is then carefully packed and delivered to the school.
The Fresh Meal Fairy will use an online ordering service https://www.school24.net.au/ which also includes the option of a mobile app. The registration details including unique school ID number is included in the attached Parent Registration Guide. This is a very convenient platform for weekly student orders and payment.
Parents and students can place orders online up until 9pm on the evening prior to the service. The order is delivered to classrooms prior to lunchtime. Please see attached a parent information sheet from the Fresh Meal Fairy. Please note that Snacks for recess time will need to be supplied by parents.
Christian College 2023 Snowsports Team
Did you know that Jakara Anthony, the 2022 Winter Olympic Gold Medallist in the Women’s Moguls is an ex-CCG student?
Jakara continues to perform exceptionally well having been on the podium 16 out of the last 18 World Cups and is now the most decorated Australian Winter Olympian in history!
The Victorian Interschool Snowsports Championships are held this year in Mt Buller from the 21st – 27th August with the XC Championships being held on the 6th August.
If your child(ren) have not been involved previously and you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please email me at [email protected]
You can also find out more event details at https://www.interschools.com.au/home/
Notice to All Parents Regarding CSEF Funding
The Victorian State Government runs a program called the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF). As the name suggests, the fund is designed to assist families meet costs associated with school camps, sport and excursions and requires families to apply in each year they have a child who is eligible. Families who have an eligible child will receive $125 per year for a primary aged student and $225 per year for a secondary aged student.
If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. Please complete a 2023 Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) Application Form and return to your campus administration office by the end of Term 1 please.
Please read the attached document for further information.