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Anzac Day Service

It has been a wonderful commencement to the term at Bellarine Campus. Students and staff have enjoyed a restful break and opportunity to celebrate Easter with family and friends. We have appreciated the relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions including the requirement to not wear masks in school settings (masks remain recommended) and the ability to welcome parents and friends on site for our ANZAC Service on Wednesday. 

Our Campus ANZAC service was a wonderful commemoration of those servicemen and servicewomen that have served our nation in times of war and peacekeeping, both in past conflicts and today. It was wonderful to have with us from the Drysdale RSL, President Mr. Geoff Zanker, Mr. Geoff Casey and Mrs. Christine Casey. Mr. Casey shared the Ode to the Fallen and Mr. Zanker shared a wonderful message through the poem ‘What My Medals Mean’, written by Mr. Jim Egan Ex Delta 4 RAR 1971-72 Vietnam. This was quite a moving moment for all those in attendance. We were very grateful for Mr. Sean Rankin, our Bugler for the Last Post and The Rouse.  

Our students throughout the service were tremendous in their appreciation and acknowledgement of the occasion, which commenced with a short media clip that focused on the role of chaplaincy and the importance of ‘faith’ for servicemen and women during times of conflict. We were blessed to hear the beautiful voices of our combined Junior and Middle School Choirs, who so delicately sung the hymn ‘Abide with Me’, along with the National Anthem and a moving ‘I am Australian’ to close our commemoration. The Bellarine Concert Band was fantastic, setting the tone for such an important occasion. I wish to acknowledge our choir and band members, and our staff who lead these ensembles in their preparation and performances for this occasion. A group of our College Prefects played a significant role throughout the service in leading readings of scripture and poems, along with the laying of the wreath and raising the flag for which we are grateful. 

To close what has been a memorable week, I leave you with the poem shared by Mr. Geoff Zanker in our ANZAC Service. 

 

WHAT MY MEDALS MEAN 

I’d never worn my medals, they were left there in the drawer, 

So when I finally took them out, it had been twenty years or more. 

My daughter saw me take them out, and asked me what they’re for, 

I looked at her and calmly said, “They’re a reminder of a war”. 

 

They remind me of the mates I had, who never made it back; 

Who died in a stinking paddy field, or on a jungle track. 

They remind me of the troubles, and the hardships we went through. 

They remind me why we went there, it was for people just like you. 

 

They remind me of the hellhole, while we were over there. 

They remind me of our countrymen, who really didn’t care. 

They remind me of the mateship, forged in a foreign land. 

They remind me of a certain mate, who lost a bloody hand. 

 

They remind me when we went away; we thought the reason was just. 

They remind me of when we came back, they turned their backs on us. 

They remind me of the time we spent, left there on our own. 

They remind that it took twenty years, to welcome us back home. 

 

They remind me of the suffering, the heartache and the pain. 

They remind me if we’re called upon, we’d do it all again. 

They remind me when I wear them next; the thoughts will come thru then, 

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning: “WE WILL REMEMBER THEM” 

Then I looked down at her smiling face, and I knew it had not got through. 

I said “Listen love, they’re to remind me, I did it all for you.” 

Jim Egan Ex Delta 4 RAR 1971-72 Vietnam. 

We’re Open in May!

Each of the Christian College campuses will open their doors during May for prospective parents and others to visit, tour and ask questions – with no booking needed. We encourage all members of our College community to help spread the word about our open days, and our invitation to book a tour anytime to any friends, neighbours, colleagues – anyone you know who may be looking at Early Learning and/or schooling options for their children.

This year, each of our campuses will open its doors on the following dates at the times indicated.

Junior School-Belmont: May 3 – 9:30am to 11am

Middle School-Highton: May 3 – 11am – 12pm

Surf Coast Campus: May 5 – 9:30am – 11:30am

Bellarine Campus: May 10 – 9:30am – 12:00pm

Senior School-Waurn Ponds: May 3, 5, 10 12:00pm – 1:00pm

We also invite anyone who is interested in visiting any of our campuses, but can’t make the above days/times to book a tour online at a time that suits, meet with campus leaders and have their questions answered. Every day is Open Day!

 

                         

College Wardrobe and Uniform Changeover 

With the new term underway, it has been wonderful to see a number of our Bellarine students adopting the new wardrobe and wearing it well. There are, of course, many of our students wearing the original uniform, and it has again been great to see the majority of these students doing so neatly and respectfully.  

In light of the fact that we have both the original uniform and new wardrobe options present on our Campus, along with being in a transitional period of change from the original Summer to Winter uniform it is timely to remind parents and students of our College Wardrobe Regulations. These can be viewed from the Parent Services Portal, see Student Info tile, and ‘College Uniform’ from the ‘Student Info’ drop down tab. These are also available to students via SEQTA Learn. Please note that for the original uniform there is a transition period to change from the summer uniform to the winter uniform. Students wearing the original uniform must wear the complete winter uniform from the 9th of May. 

The most important thing we are expressing to students with regards to uniform is that, regardless of which option they have chosen, they wear it well and wear it appropriately 

We appreciate the partnership we have with parents in guiding students to wear the uniform as outlined in the Student Wardrobe Policy as this is an important part of building a positive school identity and culture.  

Thank you for helping us to uphold these standards by ensuring your child is wearing their uniform neatly and proudly, and for supporting us on those occasions when students have needed a reminder about additional jewellery, non-uniform items, incorrect wearing of sports uniform and not wearing the uniform as intended and described within the College Uniform Regulations. 

Thank you for your support in helping your young person meet the College uniform expectations.  

Shoe Boxes of Love

During term one our project care representatives were busily encouraging students from all year levels to participate in filling a ‘Shoe Box of Love’. We are proud of this amazing community who got behind our Project Care students and produced an amazing result. All together we collected 90 ‘Shoe Boxes of Love’ for the New South Wales and Queensland flood victims. Thank you all for loving and supporting those families so terribly affected.

Year 1 Camp

This week the Year 1s went to Burnside Camp. For some, it was the first time they’ve spent a night away from home. The weather was perfect, and it was easy to relax into spending time together in prayer and doing the many exciting activities the camp has on offer. Some of these were challenging – like the low ropes and the flying fox – whereas others were just plain fun; fort-building was particularly popular. Camps are beneficial for building relationships beyond the classroom and fostering skills such as independence, resilience, and confidence. Our time away was the perfect way to start the term and provided fond memories for all.

Naplan Assessment – Years 3, 5, 7 & 9

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is held in May each year for all students across Australia in Years 3,5, 7 and 9. The assessment window for NAPLAN online starts on Tuesday 10th May and concludes on Friday 20th.

Christian College uses these NAPLAN Tests as one of a wide-range of student assessment tasks to measure the progress and skill development of your child. These results will be made available to parents in Term 3.

Please find attached further details, NAPLAN Online – Information for parents and carers.

 

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Bellarine Campus Canteen Service

We are very excited to be offering Christian College Bellarine students a fast and easy lunch service each Thursday.

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 offers a broad menu in line with Nutrition Australia Guidelines, made fresh daily in a local commercial kitchen and 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, are 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 Wednesday prior to the Thursday 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.

We are looking forward to the opportunity to partner with The Fresh Meal Fairy in providing our students with a weekly lunch service.

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Parent Registration Guide:
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4-6 District Cross Country

On Thursday,  28th of May, a selected group of Year 5 and 6 students headed off to Eastern Park to participate in the District Cross Country. All students represented the College well, giving their best efforts and achieving some great results, with a lot of students finishing in the top 20. Well done to Olivia Clark who finished 7th and Thomas Stefanovski who finished 4th, both who have qualified to participate in the Division Cross Country later this term. We wish these students all the best and will follow their progress with interest.

 

An Important Reminder for all who Visit the Uniform Shop

As a community, we are extremely proud of the manner in which the vast majority of people associated with Christian College Geelong have responded to one another throughout the COVID-19 journey of the past three years. Time and time again, we have witnessed genuine demonstrations of love, kindness, understanding, patience, and selflessness. Thank you to all those who have continued to encourage and support each other, offering everyone around them – students, staff and families – the necessary grace and time to walk through this extraordinarily difficult season.

Occasionally however, we do need to honestly confront the small number of individuals who elect to behave poorly. This is one of those occasions.

Please, could all College parents and families utilising our Uniform Shop pay careful attention to this reminder?

It is not appropriate to dispute the regulations with the staff who are kindly assisting you with your wardrobe purchases.

Disrespectful and rude behaviour should not be tolerated anywhere in our society, and it is therefore unacceptable when directed toward any member of our College staff, including the staff at our Uniform Shop.

All members of our College community are expected to support our College policies, which includes uniform requirements and behavioural expectations.

How can we help the young people in our care to learn and grow with maturity if we as adults cannot model acceptable and appropriate behaviour?

We politely request your cooperation with this, and with all expectations connected to the opportunity we have to share in this wonderful community.

Equestrian State Championships

Christian College was well represented at the Equestrian Victorian Interschool State Championships during the holidays. With ten riders from three campuses competing across four different disciplines it was a busy four days. Team captain Jorja Kirsopp-Cole led the show jumping with teammates, Georgie Pascoe, Sienna Edwards, Leonora Turner, and Lola Edwards. The show riders included Erin Bowers, Jack Borthwick and Maddison Borthwick. Olivia Hanneysee competed in dressage while Zoe Sambucco and Liberty Armitage represented the team in combined training (dressage and show jumping). There were some great results for the team with Leonora Turner (Y11) placing 4th and 4th in the 100cm show jumping, Liberty Armitage (Y11) placing 7th in the 105cm combined training and Sienna Edwards (Y9) gained 3rd, 4th and 5th placings in the secondary show jumping 75cm to claim 1st place overall.

Two of our CCG students qualified for the State team to compete at the National Championships in Sydney later this year. Erin Bowers (Y7) gained a 1st, 1st and a 6th to claim 3rd place overall in the secondary open show horse. Team captain Jorja Kirsopp-Cole brought it home with a 7th and a 1st to claim 2nd place overall.  All students worked so hard to qualify and compete at this event and should be so proud of all their efforts!

College Mountain Bike Success

Our college was well represented at the Rocky Trail Academy Inter-school mountain bike series last term. The first Round of this series was held at Mt Buller in March, where our college team of 14 riders competed against 120 students from across the State. Competitors are timed over 3 segments of the course, where endurance, speed and technical ability was the key to a good time and overall result. We congratulate Arlo Costa (Yr7) for finishing in 3rd place in the Junior Boys section, and acknowledge Jett van Dreven (Yr8), Harrison Wild (Yr8), Jett Baum (Yr7), Benson Flanagan (Yr7), Lewis Hurley (Yr7) and Isaiah Ranieri (Yr7) for their riding efforts in this section on the day.

Our Intermediate riders also had some very good results with Isaiah Gordon (Yr10) finishing 7th, and Cameron Klein (Yr10) having the 8th fastest time on the climbing section of the course on the day. We congratulate Harper Costa (Yr9), Lachie Pascoe (Yr10), Jesse Collins (Yr10) and Luke Rogers (Yr10) for their performances finishing in the top 20.

The second Round of the series was held on the last day of term, at Silvan in the Yarra Ranges. Some new faces joined the team for this Round, with the college again well represented with 13 riders. After some brilliant riding performances, the college finished 1st overall on the day. This was fantastic effort from the team, and a great outcome for all involved. We congratulate Flynn Eastmure (Yr10) on his 2nd place in the Intermediate section, along with Harper Costa finishing in 3rd place. Isaiah Gordon, Lachie Pascoe, Archer Jaques, Clark Saunders (Yr9), Josh Goudge (Yr9) and Taj Beckworth (Yr9) all finished in the top 12 of this section. Arlo Costa continued his great riding form from Mt Buller and took out 1st place in the Junior section, just ahead of Harrison Wild in 2nd place, with Jett Baum, Benson Flanagan and Isaiah Ranieri all finishing in the top 10 of this section.

We congratulate these students on their performances and contribution to the team over the two Rounds of the series. Further, we thank the fantastic coaching and planning from Mr Steve Sullivan, along with Mr Dave Harmer. They were well supported by Sam Iddles (Yr11) who missed competing due to injury but provided valuable coaching and mechanical expertise to the team. Thank you to the brilliant support of the parents for transporting and encouraging our riders at both the Mt Buller and Silvan events.

What Parents Need to Know About VPNs and Cyber Safety at Home and School

VPNs are apps and services used to hide online activity, anonymise a user’s identity on a safe network, and bypass filtering.

It has become common for tech-savvy young people and teenagers to use VPNs on their digital devices. As outlined in an article for parents on our Online Safety Hub by tech expert Jessica Hill, young people typically use VPNs for three main reasons, none of which is to be encouraged. Parents will find the above article helpful, as it covers: what a VPN is, how it works and how parents can identify and prevent VPN use by their children at home.

Free VPNs sometimes pose a further privacy risk as they may be covertly collecting the user’s personal and usage data for the VPN provider’s own use. As young people are more likely to use a free VPN than a paid service, they are more at risk of this danger.

We care about our students’ digital wellbeing and safety and wish to provide a safe and appropriate digital learning environment at school. For this reason, student use of a VPN app or website at school is treated as both a cyber safety risk and a behavioural concern. This has been outlined in our Digital Learning and Device Policy Agreement, as well as the Student Agreement that Year 4-12 students with laptops completed in Term 1.

Access to VPN apps and services has always been blocked on the College network. With the introduction of our new Cyber Safe Schools Program this year, there is now greater visibility to the College over students’ attempted VPN use. Students attempting to use a VPN app or service at school are likely to trigger a ‘red flag’ alert.

This may act as a prompt for coordinators, pastoral, or wellbeing staff to have a supportive and constructive discussion with the student about VPN use, its dangers and our policy and expectations that VPNs are not permitted at school.

It will be important that students develop a practice of ensuring they are not running VPN software on their College laptop before bringing it to school each day, to avoid triggering a VPN red flag. We will be communicating and reinforcing this guidance with students as we share more about our Cyber Safe Schools Program with them and you as the term progresses.

Most Shrek Performances are Sold Out

Shrek – The Musical, which hits the stage in the R.W. Gibson Centre for Music Performance on May 12,13 & 14 is just about a sellout. There is much excitement about this major production and staging it in our brand new music centre at Senior School.

A very limited number of tickets are still available for Thursday and Friday matinee sessions, but all evening sessions are now sold out. Any available tickets can be purchased through the Music Administration office – phone 5241 1577.

 

We’re Hiring!

Bus Drivers Needed

Casual positions at Christian College are available for qualified and experienced school bus drivers. These positions will cover bus routes servicing both the Highton and Drysdale school campuses.

Successful first time applicants will possess a good rapport with all age groups, demonstrate Christian values, and be able to work with a dedicated team of Christian College staff.

Drivers must hold a current Medium Rigid Vehicle Licence, a Driver’s Certificate from the Taxi Directorate and an excellent driving record. Casual wage rates apply.

Applications to Fleet Manager, Mr Peter Hayes. See our website here for contact details. (Homepage > Join > Employment)

 

 

Australians Together Presentation

The start of Term 2 saw the teaching and support staff gathering to learn more about the story of the First Nations peoples of Australia.

Simon McCormick from Australians Together led a workshop with videos and activities to help create empathy on our journey of Reconciliation. Australians Together is an organisation that has developed professional learning opportunities and resources to inform all Australians of the stories of the past so that we can walk collectively to create a brighter future for all.

The learning time offered a lot of opportunities for the staff to discuss what they were learning and there was a real buzz in the room. Many staff commented on their new discoveries and how the workshop was so impactful. It was felt that the presentation was a ‘Goldilocks’ moment and was just right.

Already this week, new learning and resources from the presentation have been embedded into lessons across the school. This is an exciting time and it is encouraging to see the staff being so proactive about sharing such an important message with for our young people. We look forward to hearing more about developing the First Nations perspective in our curriculums later in the year.

 

Mrs Ange Tutty,

On behalf of the Committee for Indigenous Understanding

A MYTERN Thought for the Week

No matter how knowledgeable you think you are, it is always wise to be open to learn from others.

The roads of humility, empathy and compassion are always worth travelling.

Besides, it may give someone else a chance to shine 👍😊

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