Prep Discovery Learning
The Preps were very excited to begin our ‘Discovery Learning’ program this term. We departed by bus to head to Point Lonsdale Beach, where the children were able climb rocks, make sandcastles, splash in the waves, and appreciate all that nature had to offer! It was so great to see the children using their imaginations and being in awe when discovering something new. One comment from a Prep student on the day sums up their experiences perfectly, “This is the best day ever!”
Prep Japanese Numbers
Counting Japanese numbers by song or chant is something the Preps enjoy. However, in this week’s edition of Official Ninja Business (ONB), the Preps were back outside with their chunky chalk pencils doing some writing.
The Preps had to find the runaway numbers from 1 to 10 that were hiding around the school. After the numbers had been tracked down, they were written on the outside chalkboards.
As the Preps now know what the Japanese numbers look like, the numbers will probably not try to run away again. They know they will be caught quickly by our trainee Ninjas.
Parent Classroom Helpers
As we open up to having extra people involved in the daily routine at school, we are looking for parents / guardians who are prepared to volunteer to be helpers in the Prep to Year 4 classrooms during the morning sessions.
The classroom helper would need to be able to make a regular, usually weekly, commitment to a 2 hour session. They would be involved in supervising small groups of children within the classroom whilst the teacher works with small teaching groups. In the past this has proven to be a most rewarding time for all, and allows for smooth and effective learning within the classroom.
We have organised an information session for those who haven’t previously been involved in helping within the classroom, but would like to consider becoming a classroom helper. The session will take place in the Auditorium on Monday May 23rd at 9.30am, immediately after the Junior School Assembly.
Next week you will receive a letter fully outlining all details. For those parents / guardians interested in participating you can complete the return slip provided and return it to myself or to Classroom Teachers through your child’s organiser.
Just a reminder that all helpers are required to have a Working with Children Card before they can participate in classroom/school activities.
Year 3 and 4 Integrated Studies – Living Things
During our Living Things unit so far this term, Year 3 and 4 students have been exploring the different characteristics of both living and non-living things. Students have been developing an understanding that living things, including both plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive. This week we have been looking more closely at the sequences and key stages in the life cycle of plants and animals and how to classify animals into their different scientific groups.
Later this term students will be engaged in completing an animal and environment research project, where they will choose an animal and research/investigate that animal’s environment and how it interacts with plants and other animals. This will be a rich and rewarding experience for all our students.
Year 3 and 4 Healthy Heroes
On Monday the 9th of May Geelong superstars Zach Tuohy, Francis Evans and Maddy McMahon came in to present a Healthy Heroes program to our Year 3 and 4 students. This program has been designed by the Geelong Football Club to be engaging, interactive and teach students six key messages on how they can be a Healthy hero every day.
This program aims to teach children the importance of:
- Regular Physical activity – including getting at least 60 minutes each day.
- Healthy eating – eating two fruits and five vegetables every day.
- Hydration – drinking seven glasses of water per day.
- Sleep – getting 9-11 hours each night.
- Screen time – minimising screen time to less than two hours each day.
- Wellbeing – looking after yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually.
All students took a lot away from the session and will continue focusing on these topics in their Health classes. I also encourage families to continue these conversations at home. Greater information can be found on the Healthy Heroes website.
Year 5 Family Welcome Evening – Science
Earlier this week we were thrilled to welcome our Year 5 students and their families into our school. What a fabulous experience after the last few years! Our students were very excited to be able to show their classrooms and science rooms to their family and to introduce their teachers. There were lots of positive vibes and a wonderful sense of joy as our community were able to meander through the rooms, participating in science-based activities which the students have been focusing on throughout their Term 1 studies, about the Physics topic of Light and their Term 2 studies of Biology, focusing on adaptations.
Year 6 Still Life Painting
Visual diaries are such an important component of students’ art making as they provide an excellent opportunity for each student to record experiments, draw out ideas and practise art techniques. This enables students to become more proficient in their skills, to select the best equipment and technique for a particular task and help process thoughts about what has been created with different materials and tools.
Year six students have examined the impasto style of painting through ‘Still Life’, using Paul Cezanne and other Impressionist artists as inspiration for their own still life artwork. Colour experiments in their visual diaries have assisted students to develop and manipulate dabs and dashes of paint side by side to create the illusion of reflected light on different surfaces in the composition. Knowledge of how the Impressionist painters used complimentary colours have also enabled Year 6 students to create wonderful ‘Still Life’ works of art.
Eltham Musicians Visit the Bellarine Campus
Some amazing sounds were made when the visiting school of Eltham High from Melbourne brought their senior musicians to our campus. Our Year 5 cohort worked with the musicians in their Year 5 session in the morning. When the first tuning note was played together, the Year 5’s marveled in how it feels and sounds to play among 60 amazing musicians in the one place, it is truly a wonderful feeling. They went on to learn ‘High Adventure’ together which you will see in our sample video, learning how to read notes and make remarkable sounds together.
After our Year 5s completed their workshop, the Eltham High School Wind Symphony graced us with an amazing concert. The Year 4, 5 & 6 cohorts and other elective students were able to watch the concert and enjoy the amazing pieces that the band played. The growth, inspiration and learning that happened in our collaboration was very special and we are grateful to our visiting friends!
Winter Deakin District Winter Sports Carnival
On Thursday May 5th, all 5/6 students participated in the Deakin District winter carnival competing in either football, netball, soccer or volleystars.
We were lucky that the weather held off and we were able to enjoy another great day out. All teams enjoyed the competitive environment, displaying good effort, enthusiasm, teamwork, and sportsmanship on the day.
Students will now participate in a round robin tournament in their selected sports. This will take place each Thursday afternoon in our sport time. The round robin will start in week 3 and run for the following 5 weeks playing each of the different schools in our division. Students are reminded to bring any necessary equipment for these dates.
5/6 Sport Schedule- Term 2
Week 3- May 12th– Home vs Grovedale West
Week 4- May 19th– Home vs Montpellier
Week 5- May 26th– Home vs Christian College Highton
Week 6- June 2nd– Home vs Kardinia
Week 7- June 9th– Away vs Geelong College
Enrichment and Enhancement Opportunities 2022
So far this year Christian College Bellarine have offered various enrichment and enhancement programs and we will continue to do so as each event arises.
Below is a reminder about two ongoing opportunities that occur every week.
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 2 minutes or stay for 25 minutes, it’s purely up to them. If you have any further questions, please email Mr. Sculley.
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!
Year 7 Wellbeing – Youth Alpha
This week, students in Year 7 began exploring the big questions in life as part of their Wellbeing program. Questions about faith, life and meaning. Throughout Terms 2 and 3, students will spend two Wellbeing sessions per week undertaking a series titled, Youth Alpha. The series contains 13 topics, each accompanied by a 20-25 minute video designed to provide space for students to wrestle with their thoughts, ask questions and share opinions in a safe and familiar environment – their homeroom. This week, students watched the first video titled: Life – Is this it? Each episode provides opportunities for pause, reflection and rich discussion as students personally reflect on their own faith journey and hear the thoughts of their peers. Further information about Youth Alpha can be found here and you can find a list of the episodes and preview videos here.
A GEOS Journey for Year 8 Students
Yr. 8 students have had an amazing opportunity to engage with their learning in a very practical sense. They have discovered the beauty of the Otways National Park and the Anglesea Heathlands and made connections from their observations on camp back to their learning in the classroom.
At school students have worked on an Inquiry Task to find out about a landscape degradation issue. There were parallels observed on camp when viewing the past uses of the ALCOA mine in Anglesea and logging of trees in Lorne. Students witnessed and imagined how various user groups interacted with the landscape. From observing the Aboriginal mitten sites and considering their sustainable approach to managing the landscape to the now to contemporary uses such as tourism and educational groups. Students considered how the land is now managed, the changes of perspectives over time as well as their minimal impact strategies.
Aside from the rich content learning, students developed many interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. From developing their communication skills when working in trangia cooking and tent groups to developing their resilience and self-preservation skills during the practicial skills, such as managing their limitations, managing the cold environment and organising themselves appropriately. No doubt students were stretch out of their comfort zone in one way or another, with valuable lessons to be reflected on.
Come and enjoy all nature has to offer! A walk through the temperate rain forest, feel the fresh air and notice the ever-changing green tones of the moss, ferns and trees. Feel the mist on your face as you approach the magnificent waterfalls and enjoy the smooth paddle along the Airey’s Inlet River. Experience the vast heathlands and experience the rush as you descend the adventurous tracks of Anglesea on your mountain bike. Spot the hidden treasures of the popping pink Anglesea heath flower or the dwarf banksia as you ride along the tracks. I wonder what the story of the coastline is? I wonder what and who has set foot here before us?
Linewize Parent Update
Parents will be aware from recent Vine articles throughout this term that we are excited about our new Cyber Safe Schools Program that the College is introducing in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone this year.
Over this term we have been putting in place some new tools at school that will help support and protect students in the digital space while at school and enable teachers and pastoral staff to be empowered to support our students’ wellbeing more effectively going forward. This process has now been completed.
The final step is the installation of Family Zone’s Connect app on College laptops for students in Years 4-12, which we are now ready to begin.
This will pave the way for us to be prepared early next term to share more about this exciting new program, including some parent tools. These tools have the potential to empower parents to guide and support their child’s wellbeing, safety, and development of positive behaviours relating to technology in the home.
The introduction of the Connect app on College devices, alongside our existing malware protection app Forticlient, means students are able to be well protected when using their College device.
For parent reference, more information is provided below on both apps installed on all College laptops that are part of our Student 1:1 Device Program to help protect students.
Connect App (by Family Zone)
This app is an important component of the technology behind our new Cyber Safe Schools Program in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone.
The Connect app will help ensure that students remain protected and engaged in learning during school hours, even if they disconnect from our safe College Wi-Fi network. This app will be inactive and dormant for school purposes outside of school hours.
The Connect app is also central to the tools we’ll soon be making available to all parents to support them with managing the College laptop and other devices in the home if they wish.
We’ll soon begin installing the Connect app onto student laptops via a remote process, which should be completed by start of Week 3 in Term 2.
Forticlient Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
Forticlient EDR is an extra layer of protection for student laptops from malware, viruses, and other risky content, on top of Microsoft’s own built-in Windows Security features.
This software helps to protect students and their laptop from malicious software and sites both at school and at home. The Forticlient software is already installed on all student laptops.
We take our duty of care seriously for ensuring the wellbeing and protection of students and for helping them to build positive digital behaviours while at school. We also want to work with parents and support them with their important role in this at home.
It is for this reason that the two apps above are required to be present on all students’ College laptops going forward. It is part of our Digital Learning and Device Policy Agreement that this software remains on all student laptops and is not tampered with or removed.
We look forward excitedly to soon sharing more details of our Cyber Safe Schools Program early in Term 2. In the meantime, please take some time these holidays to explore our parents’ Online Safety Hub.
East Timor Independence Day
The Foundation is hosting a dinner for young professionals. Join us on Saturday, 25 June 2022 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Shelter Shed, 25 Hesse St, Queenscliff. Tickets are $50 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 27 May 2022 at 5:00pm.
Our guest speaker is Paul Gray, Managing Director – Southern Star Group of Companies. one of the leading window manufacturers in the country.
Paul Gray’s experience in the window industry covers more than 40 years. After a career with some of Australia’s major window manufacturers, he has been the Managing Director of the Southern Star Group of companies since starting the business in July 2002. Over the last 20 years, he has led the significant growth of the business, with the Group now employing more than 600 people in 7 branches Australia wide and comprising the brands Southern Star Aluminium Windows and Doors, Canterbury Timber Windows and Doors, Homeview Windows and Doors, Southern Star Glass and Big J Doors and Fixings. Paul’s expertise extends to every facet of the business including manufacturing, procurement, logistics, sales, business management, finance and people and culture, giving him the skill set that has steered the Southern Star business through its impressive growth. In recent years, Paul has also served on the Board of the pre-eminent industry body, the Australian Glass and Windows Association.
Personally, Paul is father to 3 daughters and grandfather to nine grandchildren.
Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/youngprofessionals
2012 10-Year Reunion
The Class of 2012 10-Year Reunion is set for Saturday, July 23 2022. Join us at CENTRA in Geelong from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Tickets are $15 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 8 July 2022 at 5:00pm.
This will be a great opportunity for you to reconnect with your peers, catch up with past teachers, and reminisce about your school days.
Tours of the College Clocktower at Middle School – Highton will also be optional on the day of the reunion. If you would like to climb the Clocktower and find your brick, simply book in when you register online.
For those who would like to have a tour of the College grounds, all alumni are encouraged to book a tour to see what’s happening at each of our campuses. To arrange a tour, please head to our website.
We look forward to catching up with the Class of 2012. If this is your year group, register for your 10-year reunion today!
Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/2012
Inaugural All In Reunion
The Inaugural All In Reunion for the Classes of 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2020 is set for Saturday, 13 August 2022. Join us at The Pier Geelong from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Tickets are $15 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 29 July 2022 at 5:00pm.
The launch of our all in reunion program was unfortunately postponed last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The aim of this new initiative is to formerly launch an alumni association, as well as provide more regular networking opportunities for all past students. On this night we will be celebrating the following milestones:
- Class of 2011 – 10 Years (missed in 2021)
- Class of 2001 – 20 Years (missed in 2021)
- Class of 1991 – 30 Years (missed in 2021)
If you were in one of these peer years, register today!
Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/allin1
All In Reunion
We are pleased to confirm an additional All In Reunion for the Classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017, 2021 (and 2010) is set for Saturday, 8 October 2022. Join us at CENTRA from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Tickets are $15 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 23 September 2022 at 5:00pm.
Come along to hear all about our new alumni association and catch up with some old school friends. On this night we will be celebrating the following milestones:
- Class of 2010 – 10 Years (missed in 2020)
- Class of 2012 – 10 Years this year
- Class of 2002 – 20 Years this year
- Class of 1992 – 30 Years this year
If you were in one of these peer years, register today!
Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/allin2
The Foundation Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, 27 October 2022. Join us at 13th Beach Golf Links from 8:00am for a shotgun start. Tickets are $190 each ($150 for members) or $750 for a group of four. RSVPs close on Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 5:00pm.
Funds raised from this event will be allocated to our Foundation Scholarship Fund, supporting current students who are in need of financial assistance.
Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/golf
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
Don’t get caught up with believing that success means travelling down only smooth roads.
Being able to regain control on any road is something to be proud of, and that requires experiencing both the rough and the smooth.
So wherever you are….it’s ok.
Just remember to take control 😊
Discover more about MYTERN here