Message From The Head of Campus
As we come to the end of the term in what has been a continuation of a most unusual and challenging time, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our Bellarine community for the contribution you have made in keeping our region safe through this lockdown period, resulting in the possibility of a return to on-site learning at school for all students at the commencement of Term 4. As a College, we are incredibly grateful for your tremendous understanding, recognition and appreciation of the work of our teachers and support staff as they have worked with dedication and commitment to deliver the best possible learning for our students.
I also wish to acknowledge your investment and support in partnering with the teachers throughout CL@H in the midst of simultaneously navigating work and family commitments – thank you. Recognising that our students are very tired at this point, we are very proud of the way they have managed this time of learning at home, and in their return this week for our Prep to Year 2 students.
We look ahead with optimism to a return in Term 4, continuing to learn and grow together at the Bellarine Campus. Our teachers, students, and no doubt, you as parents/carers, will be buoyed by this possibility and look ahead with great hope and anticipation. In due course the College will share further developments as to the arrangements for the commencement of Term 4, based on the Victorian Government’s updated health advice.
I wish you and your families continued health and safety, a wonderful time of rest and fellowship within the revised regional restrictions over the holiday break, and I very much look forward to seeing our campus buzzing once again with all of our students on site at Bellarine.
Year 1 Kamisumou
This week Year 1 were fortunate to be able return to school just in time to complete their study of body part names. Part of this study involved making a paper sumou game called Kamisumou.
As Year 1 was able to get back to class, it was great to see the students’ smiling faces and the enjoyment gained from being able to play together. On top of that Year 1 managed to have some pretty fierce Kamisumou fights!
Storytime in Year 2
Year 2 students have enjoyed the chance to choose a picture storybook to read to their class. They have spent time practising and focusing on different aspects of their reading so that they can read fluently, expressively and with confidence in front of their peers. They did a fantastic job sharing with their peers and on the flip side, their peers enjoyed hearing the many different, fun and exciting picture storybooks. We’ve also included a video of Junior School teachers reading their favourite books with some of their very special people and pets.
Year 4 Protecting Our Planet Digital Portfolios
As part of our ‘Protecting Our Planet’ unit this term in Integrated Studies, students in Year 4 have been creating digital portfolios of their learning. During this time they identified and compared human processes that cause change to the Earth’s surface and it’s ecological balance. The students have been exploring the concept of sustainability and recognising the issues humans need to address around this topic.
Last week students put their knowledge on display by creating their very own town of the future. They then took a photo of what they had created or drawn and added it to their digital portfolio. The students went on to learn how to annotate their work, once it was in the folio.
The activity was a wonderful display of the students thinking around this topic and their developing skills in the use of the PowerPoint program. I think you’ll agree they did an outstanding job!
Super Specialist Wednesday in the Junior School
This week we’re highlighting the students’ efforts in Year 3 and 4 while using FlipGrid in Digital Technologies for social learning during their Scratch Projects! Year 3s are using the Grok Learning Platform to learn the fundamentals of Scratch and Year 4 are creating a racing game using the Scratch App! Flipgrid is a social learning tool that is safe and accessible from the classroom or home.
Library – Middle School Reading Suggestions for the School Holidays
Please see attached some reading ideas, reviews and suggestions which might pique your interest over the coming weeks. Take the challenge to explore a new story over the school holidays, and tell us all about it when we see you next term.
Happy reading from the Library staff!
House Challenge Daily Physical Activity in Lockdown
After nearly a month of daily physical activity, our College’s latest House Lockdown Challenge has come to an end, and this time, Taylor has emerged victorious!
Students and staff from our Middle School Highton and Bellarine campuses have shown enormous persistence during this most recent remote learning period, getting out and staying healthy – both physically and mentally – no matter what the weather or circumstances.
No doubt the participants in this challenge will have reaped the rewards of completing such a healthy amount of exercise over the past few weeks and hopefully it will have created, or reinforced, some great habits for these students and staff to continue on with into the future.
After a close race throughout the early stages, it was Taylor that pulled away in the final week to clinch a well-earned victory based on the ‘minutes per participant, per week’ formula used for this competition.
This figure is calculated by adding the total number of minutes completed by each House for the competition, and then dividing that aggregate by the number of people who competed for that House – and then dividing that number by the number of weeks the competition lasted for.
On that score, Taylor finished on top, with each of their participants averaging 485 minutes per week.
However, competitors from the other three Houses are to be commended for all their hard work, with Flynn finishing not far behind in second spot on 440 minutes, while Penman came in third on 423 minutes and Burrows in fourth on 415 minutes.
These points are sure to be crucial in the year-long race for supremacy between our four Houses.
Points from this Lockdown Challenge will go towards the standings in this year’s overall House Shields at the Middle School Highton Campus and the Bellarine Campus.
This latest lockdown initiative was devised by the Health, Physical Education (HPE) and Sport Faculties and was ably assisted by the Homeroom Teachers at each Campus.
It involved students and staff completing as many minutes of physical activity as possible every day and then recording this exercise in a diary. These diaries were then submitted to the Sport Faculty for calculation.
As well as the overall House Winner, there were also individual prizes up for grabs.
The students who recorded the most minutes of physical activity over the course of the Challenge are set to be recognised (a winner from each of the Bellarine and Highton campuses).
These winners will be announced in Week 1 of Term 4 and the prizes will be presented to these students at each Campus.
The premise underpinning this Lockdown Challenge was based on the national guidelines for physical activity for young people.
These guidelines suggest that young people should be completing at least 60 minutes of exercise each day – however most of the participants in our challenge were pushing themselves well beyond that mark.
In some cases, students and staff were achieving two to three hours of exercise per day, and nearly 1000 minutes across the whole week.
Participants certainly took on board the advice to find opportunities for physical activity wherever they presented while in lockdown.
Students and staff constantly found new and creative ways to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine, no matter what the environment or resources at their disposal.
On behalf of the HPE and Sport Faculties, would like to sincerely thank all the students and staff who participated in this initiative.
We hope it provided motivation for you to get out and enjoy being active and healthy during this challenging CL@H period, and we look forward to seeing all of you back on campus soon.
Year 6 Developing New Futures
In our last two online sessions, Year 6 students were asked to create a ‘Sustainable Design Project’. The product had to be made with items students had at home or repurposed. We hope to display final products in Term 4. Below are just some of the amazing creations.
Year 8 & 9 Food Studies
Apple Pie – this week in our online class students learnt to stew apples and make a delicious apple pie. It was wonderful to see so many students cooking online, great effort!
Holiday Screen Time and Cyber Safety – Webinars for Parents
Given the context of lockdowns and increased screen time for remote learning and social connection lately, these coming school holidays may present some challenges for families when it comes to children and managing their time on screens. Parents may value these parent webinars and resources from Family Zone listed below, which I recommend highly.
Note that some of these parent webinars have sessions available over the weekend and through to Tuesday, while others are available throughout the holiday period.
Click the links to register for a webinar or view the parent blog:
? Parent Webinar: Managing Screen-time During Holidays.
? Parent Webinar: Managing Gaming Consoles.
? Parent Webinars: Cyber Safety Webinars for Families (multiple varied topics, take a look!).
? Blog for Parents: Holiday screen-time survival tips.
Parents, I hope these webinars are helpful in navigating the digital environment with your young person and positively guiding them on types of content and volume of technology they consume these holidays.
Operation Christmas Child
At Christian College Bellarine, we have been fantastic supporters of the Good Samaritan’s Operation Christmas Child for a number of years. Over the years, our College community has blessed hundreds of children around the world with a shoe box packed with love. Once again, we invite families to join us to fill boxes to help us share the joy of Christmas with those children who may otherwise receive nothing. Families can participate in the Operation Christmas Child campaign by purchasing and filling a box, donating items towards a box, and/or a monetary donation that would be used towards postage. More information will be shared with the students throughout the coming weeks.
However, we encourage you to watch the linked video that allows you to see first-hand the impact the gift of a shoe box can have on an individual. The Operation Christmas Child site is a great resource to look for donation ideas, understand the process and track the box you donate!
The document ‘How to Pack a Shoe Box’ is a great reference when packing your shoe box. This document is in the pack you will receive when you purchase a shoe box.
Shoe boxes can be purchased at the student office for 50 cents. All donations can be brought to your child’s homeroom. When postage is paid for online, you can also track your box and watch where it travels.
Last year, due to COVID-19, we were not able to support this great cause. It would be so good to know that we are able to make Christmas joyful for children around the world who would otherwise receive nothing. These children will not only receive a gift but will also have the opportunity to hear about the love of Jesus, possibly for the first time.
Boxes that have been filled are due back to school by mid-October.
– Operation Christmas Child website: https://www.samaritanspurse.org.au/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
Important Information From the Uniform Shop
Holiday Trading Hours
Please note our trading hours during the September holidays:
Closed for the first week; reopening Monday Monday 27th September 9.00-5.00pm every day until Friday 1st October.
In light of the announcement in last week’s Vine of the NEW wardrobe range for being introduced in 2022 many items from the current uniform are now heavily reduced to make way for this exciting new range.
There are NO exchanges or refunds on reduced stock and once it is gone, its gone forever so get in quick!!
All current uniform is only available to existing students to purchase as ALL new families commencing in 2022 are required to purchase the new uniform
The Christian College Uniform Shop is looking for people to help out serving our College Families.
Shifts vary but anyone interested would need to be available during some school holidays.
Please contact Genelle on 5241 6316 or pop in for a chat – Shop 6/7, 168 High St Belmont.
A MYTERN Message for This Week
Today, in this world of isolation, try to reach out and connect with someone. They may be strangers or a friend.
One of the most precious gifts that you can give them is your time.
Really listen to them. Make them feel heard. This is not about your story, but theirs.
The impact will be profound – for you both ❤️