Red Shield Appeal
The Salvation Army’s annual Red Shield Appeal is an opportunity for students from Years 5 to 9 to get involved with, and actively support, the wonderful work the Salvation Army does in our community. Through a sacrifice of a few hours on Sunday 29th May, 17 Bellarine Campus students took part in the door knock appeal through Drysdale and Clifton Springs. This was a real joy for these students, knowing that by giving up a little of their time they were having a real and meaningful impact on the lives of many of our neighbours that the Salvation Army provides assistance to right here on the Bellarine. Along with the door knock collection on Sunday and proceeds from last Wednesday’s Year 9 Food Studies Pop Up Café, students were really excited to hand over a combined total of $1768.00 to Salvation Army Ministry Assistant, Tahnee Parsons. We commend these students and wish to thank those parents and staff that supported them on the day.
National Reconciliation Week
This past week, the 27th of May – 3rd of June, we have observed ‘National Reconciliation Week’. This has been a time for our students and in fact all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. National Sorry Day, which precedes Reconciliation Week, recognises the negative impacts of Australian policies, practices and attitudes on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Exploring Traditional and Contemporary Digital Art Creation Techniques
The students in Prep Art drew a portrait of themselves in close-up view. We focused on facial expressions and in particular, happy expressions. The students examined how their eyes changed shape, along with eyebrows, mouths, and cheeks. It was so much fun pulling faces. The background involved creating interesting textures with a paint brush. New words are often explained during art activities to describe different techniques. Dabbing, dragging, and stippling were demonstrated to describe the different ways to use a paint brush. It is wonderful to hear our Prep students use new art vocabulary as they talk together about their art making. Finally, the students’ hands were roller painted with different primary-coloured paints. Blue and yellow made different green tones. Yellow and red mixed into delightful oranges and red and blue magically produced purple. Squeals of surprise and then laughter filled our art room when their hands were covered with cold wet paint. What fun!
Year 2 Camp
The Year 2 students had a fantastic time at Camp Wilkin in Anglesea. We were blessed with beautiful weather and the students were able to complete all activities with fun and smiles aplenty.
The students enjoyed challenging themselves by climbing on the rock wall, riding on the giant flying fox, participating in initiative activities and balancing on the low ropes course. It was pleasing to see them taking the opportunity to have a go at all the activities presented. As the camp progressed it was good to see the children developing both their independence and ability to work together as team. A huge highlight for the staff present was to watch the students enjoying the natural environment in both bush and beach settings, including sightings of many creatures.
A big thank you to our Chaplain Mr Gary Crole and Pre-Service Teacher Mrs Sarah Gustavsson who assisted us on camp.
Junior School Open House
On Wednesday evening, after a very cold and wet first day of Winter, the Junior School welcomed families on site to visit classrooms and enjoy a specialist subject display. It was wonderful to watch the children leading their parents into classrooms and around the different displays in the open learning space, excited at the thought of sharing their work with them. It was also wonderful to have some students from the Choir share a couple of songs with the enthusiastic audience.
This was a great opportunity for parents to see for themselves the amazing learning that continues to take place throughout the Junior School.
Year 3 Christian Education – Abraham and Sarah
God said, ‘Count all the stars in the sky. The number of descendants you will have, will outnumber them.’
During Christian Education lessons recently, Year 3 have been studying the story of Abraham and Sarah and the faith they had in God, as depicted in Genesis (see YouTube links below).
Just in time for Winter to really bite, Marty had his first trip to the grooming salon. Seeing his new haircut for the first time Mr Mac kindly shared that apparently there is only a week or two 2 between a good haircut and a bad one! As you can see from the photos Marty felt the need to rug up a little, wearing his coat and beanie to school on the really cold days.
Since graduating Marty has been training very hard. With the help of some extremely industrious Year 5 students he can now touch, sit, drop and roll. Marty has continued his visits to classrooms just to check in on how the ‘kids’ are going. Last week he spent a day with Ms Huber, where he joined in on a couple of ensembles, some instrumental lessons and even slept through a meeting with Mr Watson. On Wednesday evening he stayed up a little later than usual to help out at the Junior School Open House. I think he’s very much looking forward to a well-earned rest over the weekend.
The Bellarine Middle School Chess Tournament
Day 1 of the Christian College Bellarine Middle School Chess Tournament saw two rounds of action and all our participants having an enjoyable time socialising and playing competitive matches.
We currently have four undefeated players heading into the final rounds today (June 3) and we look forward to seeing how the rest of the tournament plays out. Our players will continue to battle it out to earn valuable house points and contribute to the potential victory of their house.
Year 5 Music Performers Program Update
The Year 5s are continuing very well on their journey in our Music Performers Program.
The beginner concert band students are going from strength to strength as they learn to master the basics on their instruments with their tutors and then come into the band setting to play with the larger group. This week they started a new piece in Concert Band and should be busy at home practising their new parts. Pieces like this help the students to learn how to play independently within the ensemble and allow us to have moving melodies and leadership roles within a piece.
Year 7 Super Healthy Stir Fry Design Brief
Students have been working towards planning a ‘Super Healthy Stir Fry’ design as if it was to appear in a supermarket magazine. Certain criteria had to be followed, including ensuring it reflected the recommendations of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. This task also incorporated some cross curricular links to the Health unit they are currently studying in HPE where students will be investigating ingredients for and producing a healthy smoothie that also meets the same recommendations.
Our Science Studies
It has been a busy term in the Science laboratories where students across the Middle Years have been developing their scientific skills of gathering data, making observations, and frequently asking the question, ‘why?’
Areas of study have covered topics from the areas of biology, geology, and physics. Year 5 students have been studying animal adaptations, Year 6 students have been studying natural disasters, Year 7 students have focused on forces and simple machines. Meanwhile, Year 8 students have investigated plate tectonics and the rock cycle and our senior Year 9 students have studied how our bodies are controlled and regulated, with an emphasis on the workings of the endocrine and nervous systems.
Sophie Maye, Jorge Viegas, Kelly O’Neil
Creating our own Ultimate Civilisations
Throughout the semester, students in Year 7 have been exploring ancient civilisations, with the focus in Term 1 being Ancient Australians. Throughout Term 2, the focus shifted to other ancient civilisations including Egypt, China, Rome and Greece. The aim of our learning is to understand what it means to belong to a society, and how each of these ancient civilisations contributed to the world we live in today. Students have explored each of these civilisations through the lens of TRIBEL (trade, recreation, infrastructure, belonging, environment, and laws / governance).
The Year 7 English and Humanities Team
Messaging and Online Chat – Helping Parents to Keep Young People Safe
One of the most challenging aspects of young people’s technology use for parents is messaging and online chat. Where age-appropriate, these apps and platforms enable young people to stay connected, be in the moment with someone, meet new people and collaborate with others.
Graduate Professional Development Day
Learning is for more than just our students - Christian College is building a strong career foundation for new teachers.
Teaching can be a tough job— as any veteran teacher will tell you over the past few years. Finding ways to make it sustainable is imperative for the strength of our profession, student learning outcomes and continuing to build the quality teaching in our College. Our targeted mentoring program is designed to support graduate teachers and was further enhanced by our recent seminar day with visiting speakers from Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) and the Victorian Institute of Education (VIT).
Sport Faculty Wrap
It has been an incredible fortnight for our CC Eagles Sport Teams.
Our Senior Male AFL squad and our Senior Female Netball Team both won GISSA Championships in the last two weeks.
Our victory in the Division One AFL Titles was a significant step forward for our Sport Faculty’s AFL Program, as it means our College will now advance to the next stage of the ‘Herald Sun Shield’ for the first time in many years.
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: The Foundation Golf Tournament