From the Principal
The return to school after the break has been extremely positive. The commencement assemblies provided a wonderful opportunity to focus on appreciating our community and how we each contribute to creating the environment that we all enjoy. We welcomed new students and staff to our College and were treated to outstanding musical performances, dancing and singing at some campuses, as well as acknowledgment of various student achievements.
From the Head of Campus
It has been wonderful to hear and see the joy and laughter of our young people in their first week back for Term 3. There is much to look ahead to as the term progresses with curriculum focused trips and excursions and specialist camps across the year levels, to 2023 subject expos and elective subject selection coming up for Middle School students. I look forward to connecting with students and families through these various events.
Patterns in Prep
This week the Prep students have been learning about patterns in Maths. They have explored what a pattern is and what it looks like. They have learned how to make patterns using colours, shapes and different items. The Prep students have loved learning through exploring, working as a team, and using many different maths resources.
Year 1 Scientists
This term the Year 1 students are studying the Light and Sound unit of work in Integrated Studies. As an introduction to the course work this week, they experimented to answer the following questions:
- What will happen when light passes through water?
- What will the straw look like sitting in a glass of water?
- Can light bend?
Our little scientists thoroughly enjoyed working together as a team to answer the questions and were able to explain how they arrived at their conclusions in order to display their understanding.
We returned to school this week after our Term 2 break and Marty has been so excited to be checking back in with the children and reacquainting himself with all the different sounds, smells and activities that happen around the school environment.
Weekly Maths Challenge Number 1
Welcome to Term 3 and the first of a weekly series of fun mathematical conundrums and logic questions guaranteed to get the grey cells activated for all ages and abilities. Whether you’re in Junior School, Middle School, a parent, a CCG alumna or a degree level maths graduate, you will find that some of these questions will stretch your brains and challenge your thinking! Answers to follow in the following week’s edition of The Vine. No physical prizes, it’s the taking part that counts (excuse the pun!). No Google allowed!
Sustainability Projects and Reminders
We are currently working on minimising our waste to landfill as a collective campus. Our Year 9 Sustainability Team including – Lila Mustica, Amelia Hopper, Charlotte Muller and Suzanna Mavromihalis have initiated our soft plastics improvement and have been meeting to work on our plan moving forward with this initiative.
Edward leads Vic to victory!
Congratulations to Edward Brown of 7E, who this week, successfully captained the Victorian Under 12 Rugby Union teams at the Southern States Championships. Vic Rugby ran out winners defeating the ACT team 43 to 14 in the final.
We look forward to congratulating Eddie personally when he returns, no doubt proud of his efforts.
Year 7 – Music Technology
The Year 7s kicked off their core music studies this week with some exciting work on the music technology platform ‘Soundtrap’. This program allows the students to record, manipulate and build their own music and voice tracks. 7S had some fun learning how to change the sound of their voices and create loops with their own ideas during their class. We are looking forward to creating some embellished stories full of sound effects and background music after we have developed some more technical skills in the program.
Year 8 Drama Elective: The Actor’s Tools
This term the class has begun with a focus on non-verbal communication through mime. The attached photos and video were from the class’s very first lesson together this week, where we took part in a workshop focusing on physical expression.
Later this term we will develop our knowledge of Italian-based theatrical form Commedia dell’arte to further extend our expressive and performing skills, before finding our voice at the end of term when we combine these techniques in a group-devised performance.
Year 8 Science – It’s all About the Cells!
Year 8 students have commenced their Term 3 Biology studies with a focus on cells as the basic unit of living things which have specialised structures and functions. Microscope use has enabled small structures to become visible and students are grouping cells into various categories, depending on the cell’s individual features.
Canteen in Term 3
We hope you enjoyed the term break, and we would like to welcome you all back to our Term 3 canteen service. We are excited to let you know we have added a few new items to the menu including some vegan options. You will notice some of our items have had a slight price increase, we do our best to keep our service as low cost as we can however, due to increased running costs we have had to pass on some cost.
Right on the very last day of Term 2, the Year 8 Indonesian class looked rather festive and unusual. The class has transformed to mimic a ‘warung’, an Indonesian food stall. We had our four warung attendants in the stall, Alex, Will, Keegan, and Marli. They dressed in a traditional Indonesian outfit and greeted the customers as they walked into the space. Various Indonesian meals, snacks, and drinks were served as part of the menu that day. With the Balinese gamelan music in the background, students were immersed in the experience and used as much language when ordering the food and interacting with our warung attendant. This idea of establishing a warung is a way to give the students a platform to celebrate what they have achieved and reinforce what they have learned throughout the term. We believe that providing such an immersive language experience like this can enhance students’ language acquisition and production. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.”
Come and Sample our Menu!
Over the next month, three of our campuses are opening their doors to anyone interested in enrolling their children at Christian College.
At Junior School-Belmont there is an Open Morning on August 2 between 9:30 and 11:00am
Middle School-Highton and Bellarine Campus are hosting their subject selection expos in August. Aside from the scheduled evening for current College parents, each campus will also present another evening dedicated to families who are considering Christian College as an option for their children. At Middle School-Highton, it’s on August 9 between 7:00 and 9:00 pm, and the date for Bellarine Campus is August 16, also between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
East Timor Trivia Night
Language Assistant Exchange Program Running Again
During the recent holidays, Christian College graduate, Jack Frencham (2021), landed in Japan to work as an English Language Assistant at our sister school, Naga High until Christmas this year – the first time we’ve been able to engage with our Japanese sister school in this way for three years. Earlier this year we welcomed Naga HS graduate, Kana Miyano as a Japanese Language Assistant, who is helping around all campuses during her stay with us. We are delighted to begin the Language Assistant exchange program again, and hope all our short and long-term Japanese and Indonesian exchange programs will be back up and running soon!
National Collection of Data on Students With Disabilities
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). With data collected on the first Friday in August (this year, on the 5th), the NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD Guidelines (2021).
Please see the attached NCCD Fact Sheet for more information.
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
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
Since COVID began, many people have understandably been stuck on the roads of fear and frustration.
Continually travelling down a rough road (often out of control) takes its toll....increasing stress levels and reducing your immune system...leaving you vulnerable.
Pull over, breathe, regain control and steer towards a smoother road if you can.
Just that simple act can reduce your stress levels and strengthen your immune system.
Worth thinking about 👍😊
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