Book Week Parade Buzz!
On Tuesday 6 September, Bellarine Junior School students, staff and families gathered in the gymnasium for our annual Book Week parade. The Spotify playlist created a fun vibe, decorations were on show, the CBCA shortlisted titles in the Early Childhood and Picture Book categories were front and centre. Students and staff, both looking sensational, paraded around the basketball court to the sound of applause and cheering. The winning CBCA Books of the Year, Iceberg and Jetty Jumping, were announced and it was heartwarming to see students and staff sharing in the celebration of books and stories and the joy they bring to our lives. It was fabulous to have parents, grandparents and siblings join our celebration.
National HPE Day 2022
It was a beautiful, sunny day for our Bellarine staff and students to embrace the excitement and enthusiastically participate in the 2022 National HPE Day celebrations. It is a nationwide initiative highlighting the importance of HPE in the Australian Curriculum, and its influence on the lifelong learning and development of healthy behaviours in our children.
Thanks to our Bellarine family, Damien and Rhiannon Curtis from the Fruit Shack, our middle school students enjoyed a delicious, healthy snack of bananas, apples, mandarins, and pears. It was great to see so many energetic students and staff ‘being active’ at snack time with the skipping ropes, basketballs, down balls and most spectacularly- dancing together to the Nutbush!
As we near the end of Term 3 Marty continues to enjoy his time at school and being with his buddies in the classrooms. He was a bit confused last week as his workdays were turned upside down with the Junior School Swimming program in full swing.
With the onset of some sunny days this week Marty has really enjoyed his time outside at recess and lunchtime with the Year 5 and 6 students. As you can see from the photos, he sits at the windows eagerly waiting to be collected. He’s also been spending time with Maisie practicing his ‘touch’ and ‘high 5’ and smiling up big for Anika. Marty really enjoyed a weekend trip to Lorne where he got lots of practice on his leash and was lucky enough to see a koala sleeping in a tree just off the walking path.
Deakin District Basketball
On Thursday the 1st of September, we had two teams represent the Bellarine campus at the Deakin District Basketball competition held at AWA stadium in Belmont. The day consisted of five 16-minute games with a 5-minute break in between each game. The boys’ team, led by Mr Crole, won 3 of their 5 games, finishing equal second at the end of the day. The girls’ team was made up of students who haven’t played much competitive basketball before. They did an amazing job taking on board feedback and showed improvement each game. They finished the day with 3 losses, a win and a draw. Both teams displayed great teamwork, sportsmanship, and an increase in skill throughout the day.
Year 6 Students Meet Author Tristan Bancks
Students this term have been reading the novel, Detention. This captivating and adventurous book is about a young refugee on the run in Queensland. The story ties in perfectly with our ‘Belonging to the World’ theme in English and Humanities in Term 3. Year 6 students had the privilege to meet the author of Detention, Tristan Bancks.
The return of the SSV Geelong North and Bellarine Athletics day was in perfect conditions at Landy Field on Tuesday 6th September.
Christian College had 16 students who all represented our 3 campuses very well, with 4 students moving on to the Western Region Finals in October.
From Bellarine we had Zoe Sambucco, Elodie Barker and Lachlan Mavromihalis participate.
Elodie represented the college proudly, coming equal 4th in the 9/10-year-old high jump, jumping 1.10m.
Semester 2 Weekly Maths Challenge Number 9
Welcome to the ninth edition of the weekly mathematics conundrums and logical questions. Each week a different maths question is posed to share the fun of mathematical trivia. Share the delight 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 8 solution
Four people (Bruce, Albo, Danii and Kylie) want to cross a river in a boat that can only carry 100kg. Bruce weighs 90kg, Albo weighs 80kg, Danii weighs 60kg and Kylie weighs 40kg, and they have 20kg of supplies. How do they get across?
Over the past couple of weeks students have been investigating intertidal rocky reefs and beachcombing along various shorelines of the Bellarine Peninsula. Quite often, students have encountered ‘slimy and stinky’ seaweed. Usually, the only time most people encounter seaweed is when it washes up on the beach. In our class on Wednesday the Year 8 students gained an appreciation of the diversity of seaweeds that live in our local areas and even created their very own seaweed art masterpieces. Australia is home to 3000 different types of seaweeds with southern Australia being a hot spot for this diversity. Most of the world’s oxygen comes from seaweed! Researchers say roughly 70% of the world’s oxygen is produced by sea species including kelp, phytoplankton and algal plankton. Seaweeds absorb excess toxins and carbon dioxide. Because Seaweed grows super-fast, it can suck up carbon dioxide at a phenomenal speed.
Designing a User Experience with Adobe XD in Year 7
This term, Year 7 Digital Technologies students have been designing the user experience for a digital system using the Design Cycle to develop a prototype App. They gained familiarity with aspects of inquiring and analysing, developing ideas, creating solutions and evaluation. Adobe XD is a great tool for quickly developing UI/UX (User Interface and experience) prototypes using wireframing, animation and collaboration! The team in the video created a maths learning app for the prep class and enjoyed demonstrating, presenting, and getting feedback on this from the prep class.
Year 7 Poetry Competition
Throughout Term 3, Year 7 students have been developing their understanding of, and skills in, poetry. Students have been researching, analysing, planning, and writing various forms of poetry throughout the term. As a culmination of our unit today, students have been invited to participate in a Year 7 Poetry Competition in the Auditorium with all Year 7 students making up the audience. Twenty-five students chose to enter a poem and perform it in front of their peers and our panel of judges (thank you Mrs Morrish, Mrs Lowe and Mr Monagle) with the following students receiving prizes:
1st place – Annelise Draper
2nd place – Annie Long
3rd place – Alex Norgard
Judges Honourable mention – William Wallace
Students’ People’s Choice Award – William Wallace
Congratulations to all students who courageously participated and shared their poems. We look forward to continuing this tradition in future years.
Year 8 Drama Elective: A raven, a laugh and a Jabberwocky
Over the past few weeks, students have been developing their knowledge of Italian-based theatrical form, Commedia dell’arte, to further extend their expressive and performing skills. We’ve also delved a little into elements of Greek Theatre with vocal workshops using poems including The Raven (Edgar Allan Poe) and Jabberwocky (Lewis Carroll).
This week, students put together a showcase for students in Years 2 and 5 of some of what they’ve devised this term.
Next term it’s going from page to stage by bringing picture story books of student choosing to life!
Melbourne Writers Festival Excursion
Our Year 7 and Year 8 Writers Workshop students adventured to Melbourne on Thursday where they were able to ask questions of, and be inspired by, a selection of successful and current young adult authors. Below are students’ reflections and top tips from the day:
“I could relate to the authors, especially Tobias Madden. I really learnt a lot about how to write a good story including how to create characters and how to create realistic dialogue.”
“I found it interesting that each writer had at times struggled to stick with their writing. The strategy of starting with the bits they knew and liked the most was a really helpful suggestion.”
“To finish stories, it can be helpful to brainstorm a bunch of endings with a partner. Don’t judge any of the ideas.”
Operation Christmas Child
At Christian College Bellarine we have been a fantastic supporter 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 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.
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.
Uniform Shop Hours Over the Holidays
The Uniform Shop in Centreway Arcade, Belmont will be closed from Monday 19th September and reopening 26th September 2022.
Opening hours in the second week of holidays are from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday 26/09/2022 through to Friday 30/09/2022
The Uniform Shop resumes normal trading hours from Monday 3rd October 2022.
Canteen not Open on Last day of Term
Please note that on the last day of Term 4, Friday December 9, the canteen will not be open.
Thank you to all volunteers for your fantastic help during the course of this term, and throughout 2022.
Recycling Uniform Items
As part of the transition to our new College wardrobe it was important that we consider the environmental impact of clothing items no longer required. Whilst it is still possible for students to wear items from the traditional uniform, when items are no longer able to be worn, they can be recycled.
Any such items can be dropped off and placed in recycling bins at each campus. We are working with our wardrobe manufacturer to ensure that these can be recycled as part of the introduction of our new wardrobe over the next 18 months.
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.
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