From the Dean of Christian Culture

Engagement…With Questions

Who loves playing the game called “Who Am I”?

Let’s play a quick round.

Who Am I?

I was born in the city of Barry in Wales, UK, on 29th September 1961. I migrated to Australia with my family in 1966, settling in Adelaide. I was educated at Unley High School before moving to Melbourne in 1982 to study at The University of Melbourne. I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law. I joined law firm Slater and Gordon in 1987 to work in the area of Industrial Law. I was elected to the House of Representatives in the seat of Lalor in Victoria in The Federal Election of 1998. I held various Shadow Cabinet portfolios between 2001 and 2006 before becoming The Deputy Prime Minister after the 2007 Federal Election. I stepped into my new role on 24th June 2010 becoming the first woman in the history of our nation to hold the office of Prime Minister. I was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia. I am…..The Honourable Julia Gillard MP.

Shall we play one more round?

Who Am I?

Born on 6th August 1951, I am an Australian television personality and musician, and I am a triple Gold Logie award-winner.

In more recent years I was honoured with the awarding of a Medal of the Order of Australia, and with the release of a series of postage stamps featuring my portrait, but it all began in 1971 when I was asked to present an afternoon children’s program called Cartoon Corner. Over the past six decades I have hosted and produced television programs such as New Faces, Blankety Blanks, Family Feud, and Dancing with the Stars – but my rise to national fame originally came because of my long-running role as host of Hey Hey Its Saturday. I am ….. Daryl Somers.

Why did we do that? Why did I choose to ask you to play this game?

I think this little exercise demonstrates a clear fact for us; that most people love asking and answering questions. We have a deep love and hunger for knowledge, information and learning.

The desire to ask questions and find answers is something we seem to be born to do. Anyone who has children will remember little babies reaching out to touch and taste everything around them – and then we watch as toddlers learning to talk begin to form seemingly never-ending questions, often as short as the well-known “But Why?”

Questions and answers are fantastic! We should never stop asking questions and finding answers because it is how we learn and grow – the thirst for knowledge is the foundation not only of academic learning but also of new discoveries, initiatives and creativity.

So many questions like, “How do you make that paper aeroplane fly just that bit further?”“Why is the moon that shape and colour?” … (and any other one of a million or more questions you might think of)…help us to challenge the current status quo and push further out into the territory of the unknown.

This search for knowledge is Biblical. In Matthew 7 we read the account of Jesus teaching His Disciples and the crowd with a message which has since become known as “The Sermon on the Mount”, in which He addressed a wide range of topics including Love, Money, Generosity, Family, Prayer, Judgement and Worry. In the middle of this message, in Matthew 7: 7 Jesus says this:

Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks the door will be opened.”

Ask, seek and knock – Jesus was encouraging and teaching people to search for answers and to look for truth and understanding.

With the right motivation and a genuine heart, we can discover the answers to so many as yet unanswered questions. Our aim is not to derive personal benefit from the information gained, but rather to utilise the learning to assist us as we give back to the community. In this situation our language will not be “I want” but “I wonder”; not “I must have” but “I am interested in”; not “give it to me now” but “teach me please”; and not “tell me now” but “can I ask please?”

Life is a wonderful journey, and we are designed to ask questions in order to discover answers – questions about all things; matters scientific and matters faith-based, matters physical, emotional and spiritual. There is still so much truth for us all to learn, and we should be encouraged to continue asking questions of each other, of our learned leaders and teachers, and, most importantly of God Himself.

Perhaps 2022 can provide the opportunity for you to become engaged or re-engaged with the joy and delight of asking questions. As a community at the beginning of a new year we have focused our thinking on engagement; the notion of opening up possibilities created through connecting, preparing, committing, and building relationships. Our journey so far has taught us that engagement increases opportunity, engagement releases strategy, and engagement delivers fruitfulness, so our focus now, both individually and corporately, is fixed on discovering areas in which we could engage or re-engage.

Maybe for some of us that focus of engagement could be placed on the concept of asking questions – with a view to learning and growing; and ultimately being able to make a positive contribution to the lives of others.

Bless you all.



COVIDSafe Update

I wish to sincerely thank the Bellarine community for your support of the COVIDSafe operational measures through Weeks 1 to 4 of this term, in particular, the wearing of masks whilst inside and on College buses for students in Years 3 upwards, along with the twice-a-week RAT on a Monday and Thursday morning.

On Tuesday the Victorian Government announced changes to the pandemic orders and public health recommendations that come into effect at 11.59pm this Friday, 25 February.

These changes are:

Masks will only be required indoors in the following circumstances, unless a lawful exemption applies;
People on public transport (including the College bus network)
Students in Year 3 or above at primary school (Years 3 – Year 6 at Bellarine)

Twice-a-week rapid antigen testing on school days continues to be strongly recommended for all mainstream early childhood, primary and secondary staff and students. Rapid antigen testing is recommended for students at home on Monday morning before school and again on Thursday morning. Once the College takes delivery of further RATs, these will be distributed to students to continue with this beyond the current supply which takes students through until Monday 28 February.

It is hoped that the College will receive a revised Victorian School Operations Guide over the coming days. Should there be additional changes to these from our COVIDSafe operational requirements through the first four weeks of term, we will communicate these with our community early next week.

Learning Conferences Term 1

We have been delighted to see our students approaching their learning with such enthusiasm and focus through the early weeks of Term 1. It is our intention to provide feedback to both parents and students on a regular basis, as we know that this impacts the learning process in a positive way and allows us all to work together in supporting our students.
Over the coming weeks further information, including an orientation to ‘SEQTA Engage’ will be communicated with parents to support connection with the College’s ‘In-Time Reporting’ process. In-Time Reporting’ provides the information needed to establish a good understanding of how your child is progressing in their learning and self-management at particular intervals throughout the term.

Our Parent/Teacher/Student Learning Conferences on Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th of March, are an opportunity for parents to discuss the commencement of the year and learning progress of your sons/daughters thus far. Learning Conferences will be held ONLINE via TEAMS video conference from 4.00pm to 8.00pm Tuesday and 4.00pm to 6.00pm Thursday. Each conference is 10 minutes in duration. If additional conference time is required, an alternate time will be discussed with the relevant teacher.

Online Learning Conference bookings are available by going to www.schoolinterviews.com.au. Enter the school event code jz99q and book the teachers and times requested. Please see further instructions in the attached flyer. Bookings open on Friday 25th February at 4.00pm. Please be aware that Learning Conference bookings will close at 12.00pm on Monday 7th March, for administration purposes. Also attached is a ‘Joining Teams Meeting – Parent Guide’ to assist in accessing your online conferences.

Please note: Students in Years 3 to Year 9 are welcome to accompany their parents as part of our Learning Conference process. Research suggests that student learning can be impacted positively through the teacher providing direct feedback to individual students. It also provides opportunity for reflection, questions and discussion pertinent to goal-setting. We feel that parents will also benefit from these opportunities for discussion and feedback.

Joining Teams Meeting – Parent Guest Guide:
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Learning Conferences Flyer:
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Enrichment and Enhancement Opportunities 2022

Over the course of this year the Bellarine Campus will endeavour to offer a range of different enrichment and enhancement opportunities, both internally, and from educational organisations from outside of the College. Some of these will be open to all interested students while others will be made available to selected students or year levels. These will be highlighted regularly here in The Vine.

Some current opportunities are:

Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award (Year 7-9)
Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award Students between 12 and 14 years of age can develop their speech-writing and public speaking skills through Legacy’s Junior Public Speaking Award. Now in its 33rd year, the Awards program encourages students to share their views on voluntary and personal effort/ sacrifice, care and compassion and the importance of remembrance. For more details, go to: Schools | Melbourne Legacy

Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking Competition (Year 7-9)
Rostrum Voice of Youth is a national speaking competition which provides an excellent opportunity for secondary school students to gain experience and confidence in expressing their views and communicating a message. The Voice of Youth Competition is structured around heats in local areas, followed by semi-finals in regional areas and Zone Finals in all states and territories of Australia at which the winners of the regional semi-finals compete for the honour of representing the State at a National Final, hosted by a different State each year. For more details, go to: https://www.rostrum.com.au/rvoy

If students are interested in either of these public speaking events or want to know more information, please email Mrs Lowe or see her at recess or lunchtime (she can usually be found in the 9S office). We can only enter a maximum of four students for The Legacy Award so please contact Mrs Lowe ASAP if you are keen to participate.

Maths Help Clinic (Year 5-9)
Every Friday lunchtime (between 1:30pm-1:55pm) in the library, Mr Pat Sculley is running a weekly Maths Help Clinic for the Year 5-9 students. The purpose is to provide support for those students who have Maths related homework questions or would like to extend themselves. Students can come along for two minutes or stay for 25 minutes, it’s purely up to them. If you have any further questions, please email Mr Sculley.

Chess Club:
Mr Adam Reidy and Mr Liam Monagle run Chess Club during the 2nd half of lunchtime (1:30pm – 2:10pm) every Monday and Thursday in the library. Chess club is open to all students from Prep-9, from beginners interested in learning how to play chess, through to more advanced players seeking a challenge. Reidy Sensei and Mr Monagle will be there ready to either teach you the basics or facilitate your progression as a chess player – you may even be able to teach them a few moves! The library has new chess sets ready for you to play with. All are welcome; hopefully many of you come along and join in the fun!

Be on the lookout for more Enrichment and Enhancement opportunities, as they will appear here in The Vine as they arise.


  • Junior School Digital Devices

    What is a Digital Device Agreement? 

    Alongside their work on Digital Devices, in Digital Technologies classes, students are discussing shared behaviours, and expectations. Based on recommendations from the eSafety commissioner and with links to the Middle School policy and the online safety hub, we have discussed agreed classroom norms about the use of devices. 

    The four main behaviours we are aiming to develop can be summarised as: make good choices, be kind, ask for help and be safe. Students have explored what this might look like when using technology, summing it up in 9 key points:  

    • I will tell a grown up if I see or hear something online that makes me feel sad, scared, or worried 🙋‍️ 
    • I will stop playing, watching, exploring when my time’s up. 👍 
    • I will ask permission before I take or share photos or videos  
    • I will only use devices in shared spaces like the lounge room, kitchen, classroom 🔑 
    • I will ask before I use a device 🙋‍️ 
    • I will store my device carefully and charged 🔑 
    • I will routinely move around and get outside regularly 👍 
    • I will share and help others when I learn something  
    • I will take turns and use kind words when using technology  

    It was so pleasing to see Ava Gee from Year 7 proactively help in her lunchtime by using the laser cutter to create a jigsaw puzzle out of the laminated agreement as a catalyst for discussion amongst the junior school students, with their teachers and parents.  

  • Recycling Initiative Launch  

    At Christian College Bellarine we are very excited to roll out our recycling initiative! It has been wonderful to see a number of our prefects approach the school staff to raise their concern around the global issue of plastic waste ending up in landfill. Our prefects have developed an engaging presentation to introduce this issue to our Middle School homerooms. Their aim is to challenge students to reflect upon ways in which they can reduce their contribution to landfill. Furthermore, it will empower students to think about why the issue of waste matters to them, our local and global community. The overall intention is to decrease the school’s waste to landfill by 50 per cent with the rollout of more bin options to come.   

    In the first phase of introducing new recycling bins, we are focusing on soft plastics in Middle School. In the coming weeks, a soft plastic bin will also be introduced to each Junior School homeroom by their partnered Middle School class. According to our rubbish audit we conducted last year, plastic waste contributed to approximately 75% of the total number of waste items in our homeroom bins – the majority specifically being soft plastics. Each Middle School homeroom now has a designated soft plastics bin, where this plastic waste will be taken to Coles Redcycle. Redcycle takes the soft plastics and recycles them into various items such as polrok footpaths, benches and a range of other products that are being trialled as part of local councils’ circular economy initiatives.  

    It would be great for families to have a discussion at home to support students learning at school around what can enter the soft plastic bin, with an overarching focus on how can plastic rubbish can be reduced in the first place. Please see the link for an extensive list of what can be recycled at Redcycle: What To Redcycle – Redcycle 

    Please stay tuned for the roll out of a co-mingle bin and compost bin to be introduced later in the year. Happy reducing, reusing and recycling!  

  • Year 5 Musicians – Our First Notes…. 

    This week we would love to share with you some of the first notes students have been making on their instruments in the Year 5 Program. This video highlights some of the students playing their first notes for each other in the full band scenario. Each instrument presents its own unique challenges in the early stages as we learn how to make a sound. Some instrumentalists are challenged by making the correct mouth shape to create the right sort of note, others have to remember some tricky finger combinations, and the percussionists need to work hard on their coordination. The Year 5 music team is impressed by the efforts of these students so far and look forward to our next session together on Tuesday morning!  

    Please also stay tuned for an update on our Performer’s Workshop group in the coming weeks – these more experienced students have been practising some great arrangements together which are already sounding amazing!  

    It’s Party Time!

    Our Prep Art students have been exploring with different drawing media, creating marks using corners, sides of pastels and the end. They joyously twisted, dragged, twirled and zig zagged pastels across the pages of their sketchbooks, creating imaginative textures, lines and colours. The experiments became the decorative means to embellish a party hat, incorporating skills in manipulating paper, such as fringing and curling. Complete with handmade curled streamers, feathers and buttons adorning the hat, the Prep students proudly wore their first artwork home. Their smiling faces tell the story beautifully.

  • Year 2 Life Cycles

    As a part of their Minibeasts unit of work in Integrated Studies, the Year 2 students used all different kinds of pasta to create a life cycle of a butterfly. After studying the different stages of the life cycle, the students worked industriously to identify the pasta shape that best fitted with the stage of development of the butterfly.

    As you can see from the photos shared, their creations were simply wonderful!

  • Year 6 Pancakes 

    This week, both Year 6 classes made pancakes in Food Studies. For some students it was the first time, flipping pancakes which was quite entertaining and a great skill to learn. I’m hoping the students will be able to make these at home for their families as a nice Sunday treat!  

  • Deakin District Tennis Tournament 2022 

    On Thursday the 24th of February, 6 Bellarine students from Year 5 and 6 headed to Geelong College to compete in the Deakin district tennis tournament against 5 other schools.  

    Sonny Strachan, Cooper Bell, Thomas Stefanovski, Mikayla Grunberg, Jessica Berra and Elodie Barker represented the college with a great level of skill and superb sportsmanship.  

    Jessica and Elodie did a fantastic job in their singles matches and then worked well together to play doubles after lunch. 

    Sonny, Thomas and Cooper both all made the boys finals, playing some of their best tennis and only narrowly missing out on a chance in the semi-final. 

    Mikayla made it to the semi-finals after being unbeaten all day and just missed out on a spot in the grand-final. Congratulations to all students on their effort and enthusiasm over the day.  

  • Have you Visited our Online Safety Hub for Parents?

    Looking for support to navigate the digital world with your young person at home? Christian College parents are encouraged to visit and explore our new Online Safety Hub especially for parents. This comes as one facet of our new Cyber Safe Schools Program, which we are implementing this year in partnership with Linewize and Family Zone to better support our community and students.

    Parents and carers, if you have not yet visited this wonderful new resource, you can access it from the tile in SEQTA Engage or via the link below.

    Christian College Parent Online Safety Hub

    I expect you’ll find the time taken to do so well worthwhile.



    Christian College Foundation

    Join the Chair of the Foundation Board for lunch as we celebrate the significance of Easter and learn more about the work of the Foundation.

    All funds raised from this event will be allocated to our Scholarship Fund supporting current students who need financial assistance.

    Book online today at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/chairslunch

    For all enquiries, please contact Jennifer Freind via j.freind@ccg.vic.edu.au.

    Jennifer Freind,

    Foundation Manager

    Enjoy a Musical Afternoon With the GSO!

    We are excited to announce that the Geelong Symphony Orchestra is now ‘at home’ rehearsing in the new RW Gibson Centre for Music Performance at the Senior Campus.

    Each year this fine orchestra presents superb and varied programs of beautiful music in Costa Hall. The first Costa Hall concert is at 3pm on Saturday March 5th and it provides a great opportunity for families to experience the exhilaration of a full symphony orchestra on a concert hall stage. Many of our College Music Faculty and CCG graduates perform in the orchestra.

    Titled ‘Vienna – City of Dreams’, this superb live concert features violin soloist Emily Su and highlights music from the golden era of Vienna – favourite songs, waltzes and orchestral showpieces from Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehar, Brahms and Puccini, including the well-known melodies of Blue Danube Waltz, Overture to Die Fledermaus and Hungarian Dance no 5.

    In recognition of the College’s Community Partnership with GSO, CCG families and staff are able to purchase concert tickets at a reduced price using the code CCGCOMMUNITY. Ticket prices for CCG Community are:-

    • Adults $40 (reduced from $55)
    • Students under 20 years $20
    • Children 12 Years and Under are free.

    Tickets can be purchased on the Geelong Arts Centre website.

    Fiona Gardner

    Director of Teaching and Learning – Music

    Update to Christian College’s Online Uniform Shop

    Over the coming weeks, we are updating our Online Uniform Shop to include our new wardrobe items. We expect this to be complete by the first term holidays.

    There will also be some other updates made to rectify some of the teething issues we have experienced with locating items in the online shop directories since launching our new website in Term 4 last year.

    Please check coming issues of The Vine and our social media platforms for notification about when the update is completed. You can access the online uniform shop here.



    A MYTERN Thought for the Week

    Sometimes we spend so much time on busy roads that we start to feel uncomfortable when we drive alone. 

Take a moment today to be still and silent. Look at and listen to the nature around you. Feel that connection.

 Know that you are never really alone 😊

    Discover more about MYTERN here.