CCG Sport Hall of Honour
On Thursday, October 5, our College community celebrated a very special event, the opening of the Christian College Geelong Sport Hall of Honour. Families, past and present students, staff and other friends of the College gathered last night for a gala dinner and celebration of the outstanding achievements of current students who have reached national or international status across a wide range of sports. Twelve of these students received our ‘Rising Eagle’ awards, being recognised for their skill, application and teamwork in their chosen sport.
Furthermore, in 2023, the recipient of the Tegan Philip Medal is Abbey O’Hanlon, ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the 2023 Senior Female Netball team, and the recipient of the Gary Ablett Jr Medal is Spencer Jones, ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the 2023 Senior Male AFL team. The recipient of the Top Flight Eagles Award is the 2023 Senior Male AFL team.
A huge congratulations goes to all of these students, and this is to be accompanied by a heartfelt thanks to the teams behind the stars, the parents, guardians, coaches and other inspiring people who have enabled these wonderful opportunities for our talented young people.
In addition, a particular highlight of the event was the induction of the first members of our CCG Sport Hall of Honour, Mrs Tegan Philip and Mr Gary Ablett Jr.
A Terrific Start to Term 4
It was lovely to start our term with our traditional whole school assembly with everyone in attendance (excluding our Year 9 girls who have settled into life on the farm). There is something special about coming together in the one place at the same time and spending time together. The busyness of the school year means we unfortunately only have limited opportunities to do this. A big thank you to Acting Principal Mr Rick Geall, Mrs Stephanie Lawrence and the beautiful Ceilidh band for their contribution to the afternoon.
As previously communicated Mr Nick Watson is taking a well-deserved break this term and I am keeping his chair warm. During this assembly I had the pleasure to formally welcome and introduce Mrs Roselyn Smith and Ms Mia Kafieris, although both are no strangers to our campus, it was nonetheless their first official event as acting Deputy Heads of Campus. Roselyn will be assisting me with all things Teaching and Learning and can be contact directly through reception or [email protected] . Mia will assist me with pastoral care, staff and student wellbeing and a number of other key things. She can be contacted directly or via [email protected] . Both are highly experienced and professional, and I feel we are in very good hands.
Term 4, as it usually is, is a busy end of the year. Celebration evening, graduations, Year 9 Rural and Transformation, Orientation Day, Activity Week, Year 6 Market Day, Year 5 concert, Year 9 formal, Year 10 Transition Week, Year 3/4/5/6 bike education and rides, are among the many things planned for this term, and there are many more. Hold on, enjoy the ride and together we will find ourselves reflecting on a successful and full 2023.
What’s Happening at Bellarine
Monday 9 October Junior School Assembly
Monday 9 October Brass Performance Morning
Wednesday 11 October Prep Discovery Learning
Thursday 12 October Annual Music Evening
Thursday 12 October Year 5/6 Bike Ed Program Commences
Friday 13 October Year 4 Bike Ed Program Commences
Friday 13 October Year 9 Transformation You Yangs Excursion
Saturday 14 October Rural 7 Weekend in Residence
Sunday 15 October Rural 7 Weekend in Residence
This term in Grade 5 Science we have started to learn about ecosystems and adaptations. Grade 5 students spent time in our first lesson looking at how to use microscopes. Students enjoyed observing different plant and animal cells up close. Students are looking forward to learning more about how animals adapt to survive in their environments in the coming weeks.
Year 6 Health – Safety Projects
Our Year 6 students focused on Safety in our Health classes during Term 3. They researched and learned about the risks associated with different settings and environments, as well as how to prevent accidents and mishaps in these environments. The students created a variety of engaging projects on their chosen topic including safety around water, online, on the road, food handling and when in the sun. As part of their assessment, the Year 6s shared their knowledge of Safety with the Year 3 students through board games, picture story books, videos, PowerPoints, and quizzes. It was great to see the excitement of the students interacting and learning about safety.
Scholastic Book Club
BookClub catalogues were sent home this week for Prep to Year 6. This is the last issue of BookClub for 2023. It’s a great time to stock up for Christmas, stocking fillers, gifts or even the summer holidays. All orders must be submitted online via scholastic.com.au/LOOP and paid for via credit card. Orders are due by 20th October.
Please note: Cash orders will no longer be accepted.
Grandparents/ Special Friends Donated Books
Students have excitedly begun to borrow the books donated by their Grandparents/Special Friends which were purchased from the Grandparents/ Special Friends Book Stall in Term 3. It’s lovely to see the happy and joyful faces when borrowing these books. We, the library team, are most grateful and thankful for these beautiful donations to our library collection.
Year 7 Drama Elective: Superhero Start to Term 4
Superheroes are everywhere. From Spiderman to Wonder Woman, The Incredibles to the X-Men. They abound in films, television, and books. We love to cheer them on as they battle the ‘bad guys’, and we marvel at their amazing feats of strength, bravery, and leadership. In the Year 7 Drama elective this term we are looking to develop our knowledge and skills of the melodrama genre, specifically through a focus on heroes and villains.
This week, students have started to develop a character profile for their very own hero. This will help them develop a three-dimensional character. As comic book writer Stan Lee says, “Superheroes are just like you and me. They have problems like you and me. The only difference is that they also, often, have some sort of power or ability.” We will add to this with a focus in coming weeks on sidekicks, as well as villains, before devising small group performance pieces.
Year 7 Wellbeing – Servanthood
As part of our Wellbeing program throughout Term 3, Year 7 students focused on the theme of servanthood. Students worked together to develop their understanding of servanthood and the example Jesus set for us in the Bible. Students developed an understanding that servanthood is not only a way to demonstrate our Christian values, but also helps to knit communities together and bring positive emotions for those on the receiving end and also those doing the ‘serving’.
Throughout the term students worked in small groups to develop ways in which they would like to serve the CCG Bellarine community. Each Friday, students worked on their servanthood initiative which included: planting trees, developing a friendship bench, supporting younger students in Junior School, tidying up the sport storeroom, mulching the garden, helping with Prep, and baking some sweet treats to show teachers they are appreciated, as well as several others.
As it states in Philippians 2:1-30, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” (NIV). Year 7 students certainly embodied this throughout the term, and we look forward to seeing this mindset as we move begin Term 4.
Year 7s Going Global…
In Term 4, Year 7 students will undertake a unit titled ‘Global Citizenship’, as part of their interconnected English and Humanities units. Students will be exploring the big idea “Innovation plays an essential role in achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) by 2030.”
Through this, students will develop ideas about how innovation can be used to address some of the many challenges that we face in our world. This week students began to grow their understanding about what is means to innovate and were introduced to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Students were challenged to use scrap materials and basic electronics to solve a problem, based on the book “The Boy who Harnessed the Wind”.
Over the coming weeks the students will begin to develop their own ideas about global connectedness and citizenship and how they can contribute to the solutions for today’s problems. They will eventually be working towards an exhibition that shines the spotlight on one of the UN SDGs and the efforts being made to address it. Parents will be invited to attend this culminating work and see the incredible efforts and learning of the students.
We are looking forward to the rich learning that will come from this unit of work!
College Production 2024 – Update
As published in The Vine at the end of Term 3, the College will be staging Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway Version) at the Geelong Arts Centre from May 2 – 4, 2004.
All students from Years 5 – 11 (in 2023) across the College will receive an email early next week, with information and a link to an online registration form. Auditions will commence across the College on designated days from Sunday October 22. To register for an audition, students must complete the online form on/by Friday October 13.
There will be an information session held at each campus for students to have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the show. These will be held at:
Highton MS Campus Chapel Monday October 9 12.40
Senior Campus Music Department Tuesday October 10 1.20pm
Bellarine Campus Auditorium Tuesday October 10 at Lunchtime
Surf Coast Campus – Ms Notini will visit the Year 5 classroom next week.
Foundation Golf Day 2023
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, we are delighted to announce the Christian College Foundation Golf Day tournament for 2023.
Save the date: Thursday November 9.
We are seeking prizes for this event – if you own a local business and are interested in creating partnership opportunities with Christian College, please contact Fiona Provan on 0400 477 467, or email [email protected]