From the Principal
Engaged and Reconnected
This term has seen a great deal of positive energy and enthusiasm across our campuses. I am extremely grateful to the staff and students for the manner in which they have jointly created a happy, engaging, and exciting learning environment and culture.
The return to the fullness of learning experiences, extra curricula opportunities, House events and community events has contributed greatly to the overall positive re-engagement for our community. I am delighted that this has been the case.
What’s on the ‘Learning Menu’ at Bellarine in 2023
The Music Foyer was alive and buzzing Wednesday evening with 2023 Year 5-9 students and their families attending the Campus to explore what is on the ‘Learning Menu’ for 2023 and beyond. It was a real blessing for our staff to talk with so many students and families and it was wonderful to welcome many new families who will be joining our Campus for the first time in 2023.
Faculty leaders and teachers from across each of our subject areas were on hand to outline key concepts, learning tasks, peak experiences and pathways associated with our enormous ‘menu’ of core, elective and specialist subject offerings afforded to our students.
Significant Capital Improvements for Bellarine Campus
Our students have been captivated this week as the diggers and trucks rolled into the Bellarine Campus. Commencing this week are significant grounds improvements and development of student recreational and passive amenity. The stone walkways through the Junior School area are all being concrete paved with enhanced drainage and landscaping included as part of those works. Three 3 on 3 Basketball, Netball and Games hard surface areas are being established in the centre of the Campus, along with paving to connect the Middle School learning areas. The space will be softened with grass spaces and trees which will dramatically improve the aesthetics of this area for our students. While the Campus is a little messy at present, requiring us all to walk around the works areas, we look forward to the benefit that these works will have for our community once complete.
Reserve Your Place!
Wellbeing Evening and Cyber Safe Schools Program Launch
We enjoyed a fantastic night with the parents, families, students and staff attending the first Digital Wellbeing Evening held at our Senior School Campus last night, Thursday 1st September. If you have not yet taken the opportunity to reserve your place at the second and final of our two nights, please save the date and reserve your place now! We would love to see you there. We encourage you to take a few minutes to view the video below to find out more about this important event. The evening will be presented at our Bellarine Campus next Thursday 8th September starting at 7pm. We expect to run for about 45 minutes, finishing with time for questions and a cuppa together.
We ask all Parents and Families to share their attending intentions with us via our online RSVP Response Form. Please access the form by clicking the image or link below.
Celebrating all Things Footy
Coming into the season of football finals and fierce rivalry, it seemed to be the perfect time to celebrate the AFL teams we love. So last Friday the Bellarine Campus held a Prep – Year 4 ‘All Things Footy Day’.
During the morning session the children were involved in a range of football skills rotations on the oval. As you can see from the photos even Marty was in on the fun and frivolity, wearing his Brisbane Lions colours with pride!
Year 2 Japanese Learning Expo
On Thursday 11th of August, the Year 2 students presented their Japanese Learning Expo. Family, friends, students, and teachers visited the expo to experience the following activities presented by the Year 2 students:
- Playdough colour letter making
- Japanese phone numbers
- Making origami pets
A Message of Kindness
The Junior School was very excited to welcome a group of Year 9 Prefects to our assembly this week. The Prefects presented a devotion on kindness to the younger students and shared a wonderful message about treating friends, family and others with a caring and compassionate heart. The Prefects pitched their message perfectly, as the Junior School students listened intently and nodded their heads in agreement.
It was pleasing to see these young people making the time and effort to share of themselves for the benefit of those in the Junior School. They are a great example of fine character and the capacity to lead with excellence. Their message on kindness is one that I’m sure will be remembered by the students themselves and drawn upon by teachers in classes across the Bellarine Campus.
Year 2 Measurement
The Year 2 students have been enjoying their Maths measurement unit of work. Lots of fun has been had measuring different items including the length of the playground equipment, the weight of a favourite book and the capacity of different containers.
Students have been learning the importance of estimating and then measuring accurately. They have learned the difference between informal and formal measurement, and why being able to measure accurately is so important.
National Science Week
This week around Australia, National Science Week has been celebrated. Here at Bellarine, we have been continuing with our broad range of scientific studies, including topics such as: What would it be like to holiday on another planet in our solar system? How strong are different adhesives and where could they be used? How can mixtures be accurately separated? How does our circulatory system work and what is our heart like? How does heat energy transfer and what can impact the efficiency of this heat transfer. It has been pleasing to see so many students take up the opportunity to enter the National Science Week CCG colouring, drawing, photography, or creative writing competitions, which had the theme of ‘Glass – More Than Meets the Eye’. Competition results will be announced in the coming weeks.
Overall, a wonderful week of inquiring, in relation to the world we live in.
Sophie Maye, Jorge Viegas, Kelly O’Neil
5/6 Hoop time
On Thursday the 18th of August, 16 students headed out to AWA stadium to participate in Hoop time: a basketball competition for students in Year 5 and 6. All students represented the school with enthusiasm, teamwork and sportsmanship. It was particularly great to see those students who haven’t played much basketball before improve as the day progressed. Thank-you to Flora Murdoch for all her organisation and to Mr Crole and Mrs Pritchard for all their work and encouragement on the day.
Semester 2 Weekly Maths Challenge Number 6
Welcome to the sixth edition of the weekly mathematics conundrums and logical questions. Each week a different fun question is posed to share the fun of mathematical trivia. Share the joy with your family and friends and amaze them with your maths skills! Did you get last week’s answer? Check out the solution below!
Challenge Number 5 solution
Q1) There are two ducks in front of a duck, two ducks behind a duck and a duck in the middle. How many ducks are there?
Answer: Three. Two ducks are in front of the last duck; the first duck has two ducks behind; one duck is between the other two.
Q2) Five people were eating apples, A finished before B, but behind C. D finished before E, but behind B. What was the finishing order?
Answer: CABDE. Putting the first three in order, A finished in front of B but behind C, so CAB. Then, we know D finished before B, so CABD. We know E finished after D, so CABDE.
Year 7 Food Studies – Healthy Breakfasts
Following a series of different breakfast cooks, students were tasked with designing their own. The design brief had to include two different design options, be nutritionally appropriate for the target age group, contain seasonal ingredients and consider sustainability where possible and finally… TASTY.
Pancakes, waffles, smoothies, oat bakes and scrambled eggs were just some of the dishes. Needless to say, the kitchen smelt amazing!
Darmawisata ke Konsulat Jenderal Republik Indonesia
Excursion to the Indonesian Consulate General
On Friday, 12th of August, students of year 8 Indonesian spent their day at the Indonesian Consulate in Melbourne to immerse in the language and culture of our nearest neighbour. Students were welcomed by the staff representatives and introduced with an interactive quiz-like presentation about Indonesia. The consulate staff expressed how impressed they were at our students’ enthusiasm and knowledge about Indonesia. The students also had the opportunity to meet and greet the current Consul General, Mr. Kuncoro Waseso.
Discovery Centre, Dissections and Beachcombs…
It has been a busy two weeks in the Marine Studies program with students engaged in fish dissections, a visit to the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre (MFDC) and a beachcomb along the Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary. These hands-on practical experiences have been designed to further the students’ grasp on the word adaptation. Not only have students been able to talk to passionate marine scientists about a local marine animal they are researching, they have also had the opportunity to apply the theory learnt at school and the MFDC to practical fieldwork experiences where they identified marine flora and fauna and investigated ways in which these are able to ‘adapt’ to their local environments.
A reminder to all College families – you will have received an email invitation from Independent Schools Victoria Data to complete LEAD Surveys - part of our way of reflecting upon our practice, processes, and culture. Staff and students at some year levels are also invited to participate.
We highly value both positive and constructive feedback and rely on the data collected from these surveys to assist with operational and strategic planning. To this end, we would encourage and ask as many families as possible to respond to the survey to ensure we are working with an accurate representation of perspectives. The closing date for surveys is a week from today – please consider participating if you have not done so already. Thank you.
Camp Australia Staff Recruitment
Camp Australia, the nationally recognised leader in Outside School Hours Care, is seeking new team members - please click on the link to the poster below:
Important VET Information for Subject Selection 2023
Vocational Education Training (VET) is offered as a subject in Year 10, 11 and 12 at CCG Senior Campus. Students travel off campus to either The Gordon or a government or catholic school (non-Gordon) who offer the courses one afternoon a week. Year 10 students study VET as well as VCE Unit 1 Industry and Enterprise over the whole year which includes a week of work experience. VET is mandatory for students studying the new VCE Vocational Major (VM) and optional for VCE students. More information can be found in the subject selection booklets and on the Senior School Hub – VET for 2023 on SEQTA.
Scholarship Applications for 2024 Entry now Open!
Each year we offer Academic Excellence Scholarships for entry at Year 5 (Middle School-Highton, Bellarine and Surf Coast campuses); Year 7 (Middle School-Highton and Bellarine); and Year 10 (Senior School-Waurn Ponds).
These scholarships have been designed primarily to encourage and support new and current students who wish to attend Christian College and who demonstrate high levels of academic excellence.
We are now seeking scholarship applications for entry at any of those year levels in 2024.
For more information, and to apply, please see our website. Use the hotlink from our homepage or click here
Applications close on Thursday September 29. The examination date is Saturday October 8.
East Timor Trivia Night
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
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