What is Happening at Bellarine
- Monday 4 December Costa Hall Dress Rehearsal
- Monday 4 December Student Leadership Camp
- Tuesday 5 December Bellarine Campus Celebration Evening at Costa Hall
- Wednesday 6 December Junior School Activity Day: Movies and Beach
- Wednesday 6 December Middle School Activity Day: Adventure Park
- Thursday 7 December Bellarine Awards Assembly
- Thursday 7 December Christmas Service
- Friday 8 December Year 4 Graduation – 10:30AM
- Friday 8 December Year 9 Graduation – 1:30PM
- Friday 8 December Term 4 Dismissal – 2:30PM
- Monday 29 January Prep Get Together
- Tuesday 30 January Year 7 Community Afternoon
- Wednesday 31 January Students commence Term 1 studies
Rainbow of Colour Run
This week the Junior School students participated in a colourful and exciting event: the Junior School Colour Run. The event was organised by five Year 9 girls, Marli, Emma, Millie, Evie, and Ruby, as part of their passion project in the Year 9 Transformation program. The five girls chose to focus on the issue of child obesity and body dysmorphia, and chose a colour run to promote physical activity, self-esteem, and fun.
The event was a huge success, with around 145 Junior School students taking part in the run. The students had a blast, laughing and cheering as they ran through the rainbow of colours and water. The event also attracted many parents, who came to support and join in the fun.
The Junior School Colour Run was a fun and meaningful event that showcased the creativity, leadership, and passion of the Year 9 girls, and also the enthusiasm, spirit, and joy of the Junior School students. It was a great example of how the Year 9 Transformation program can inspire students to make a positive difference in the world.
Year 2 String Fling
On Wednesday, the Year 2 String Students showcased their musical talents in a special strings concert. The students, most of whom have only been learning the violin or cello for less than a year, performed a variety of songs with enthusiasm and skill. It was a special treat to also hear a restful and calm piece at the start of the concert from some Middle School string students. The Year 2s performed so well, demonstrating arco, legato, a lovely full tone and some truly sonorous harmonies. The crowd favourite was “Fairies”, from Bluey, at the end of the concert. It was a wonderful celebration of the students’ hard work and passion for music. Thanks and congratulations to Bec Bertoncello, Jeanette Carnie and Brenda Rodden-Winden for their fabulous work in this space.
Our all-day Bike Ride
On Friday November 24 the Year 4 students and their homeroom teachers prepared to head to Queenscliff for the all-day bike ride as a culmination to the Bike Education program.
With the sun shining, students rode from school along the rail trail, all the way to Queenscliff. With plenty of stops along the way it was a wonderful way to enjoy the bush and ocean scenery. Students used the skills they had learned and practised during our Bike Education sessions to arrive safely at Princess Park in Queenscliff.
The day finished off nicely with time to play with friends, fun on the playground and a game of cricket in the park.
Students are to be congratulated for their efforts on the day and throughout the whole Bike Education program. I encourage all students to continue riding their bikes regularly to further develop their skills and road awareness.
A huge thank-you to all staff for taking time out of their busy schedules to support the Year 4s on the bike ride.
The Instruments of the Orchestra – up Close!
This week the Year 4s were invited to touch and play instruments of the orchestra as we investigated some of the options for their music journey in Year 5 next year.
Many of our students already play instruments and will be involved in our extended classes where students will use more advanced concepts such as improving and composing. Then, when our beginner students get some experience under their belt, we will combine for some projects together as well!
The Year 5 program is a practical subject where all students have a chance to learn some new musical ideas together – we are excited for another great year of Year 5 Performance Program in 2024!
Take a look at our Year 4s getting a hands-on experience with the instruments.
Middle School House Volleyball Championships
Middle School students fought it out on the volleyball court at the end of the term with the aim to be crowned House Champions for 2023. Matches were played by Year 5/6 students, followed by Year 7/8 students where the scores were accumulated for final House results. After many tense matches during the rounds, it came down to a Flynn v Burrows Grand Final. The Flynn Year 5/6 team made a strong start against Burrows, giving their senior players a 19-point lead before the changeover. The Burrows Year 7/8 team worked hard to bring back the margin creating an exciting and tense atmosphere! Flynn were too strong in the end, winning with a final score of 56-45.
Congratulations to all students who participated in the House Championships. The newly appointed House Captains for 2024, are to be congratulated on their wonderful efforts on organising and coaching their teams. Well done, Flynn!
Our Whole Campus is Celebrating Together!
Hello, our names are Noah Hall and Alex Norgard, and we are two of the students that have the privilege of serving as Prefects for Bellarine Campus in 2024. We are writing this article today to help the teachers, as they are super busy getting everything ready for the highly anticipated Celebration Evening that is happening in a few days’ time!
This year’s end-of-year event is different from previous years because we are celebrating the whole Christian College Bellarine community, instead of celebrating a select few with awards. This doesn’t mean the awards aren’t important, but this change means that everyone can come together to celebrate the community. Major awards like the Citizenship awards and the Endeavour awards will instead be presented at their own special ceremony, just like the Year 4 and Year 9 graduations will have their own time and space too. This allows us to celebrate everyone in the school over one night – next Tuesday, December 5.
Year 7 Dance Showcase
The Year 7s taking part in the Dance elective this semester have been learning and adding their own choreography to a number of dances under the mentorship of former CCG student-turned choreographer, Nikki Hyland (Geelong Dance Movement).
They have been developing their skills and knowledge in styles including musical theatre, jazz and lyrical – culminating this week in students showcasing these in performance to an audience. Both peers and even some parents were in attendance in the Bellarine Auditorium last Wednesday afternoon.
Year 7/8 Sport Report – Term 4
This term, our Year 7/8 Sport students displayed their talents and teamwork whilst playing in their GISSA volleyball and tennis matches against several schools in the Geelong region. Our Bellarine students were very successful, with some extremely close results and many victories. Congratulations to all students who participated.
We wish our Year 8 Sport students well as they move onto Intermediate Competition next year, with many sporting opportunities to represent the College and compete alongside students from our Highton and Senior Campuses. We look forward to welcoming back and meeting our new Year 7/8 Sport students for 2024. Get ready for an exciting and jammed packed Term 1 of Sport!
Year 9 Transformation Open House
It was a day of celebration and learning at the Year 9 Transformation Open House. The Year 9 students showcased their passion projects and action impacts through interactive games and learning activities. They shared their research, insights and solutions on various issues that matter to them and the world.
Some of the topics they explored were breast cancer, mental health, asylum seekers, cost of living, and many more. The Middle School students, parents and teachers who attended the event were impressed by the creativity, enthusiasm and depth of knowledge of the Year 9 students. The event was a great opportunity for the students to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and values as global citizens and change-makers.
Feed Me Bellarine
Hi, we are Year 9 students, Heidi and Mia, who are currently participating in the Transformation Program. We have been looking at poverty as our passion project. In many areas and among many families across the world, poverty is generational. When parents can’t acquire a reasonable income, their children are more than three times more likely to grow up in poverty. Our goal is to raise awareness around this issue.
Last Friday, the Year 9 girls visited Feed me Bellarine in Ocean Grove. The Feed Me Bellarine project, run primarily by volunteers, specialises in rescuing, reusing, and repurposing food waste. Their service has a no-questions, no-agenda policy where anybody can walk in, purchase food, and pay however much or however little they wish. Our class got hands-on helping the community – our tasks varied from sorting bulk food in to serving sizes, to helping in the kitchen as well as being able to look around and shop/donate. We were so inspired and moved by Lana, the founder, as we got to hear her incredible story of resilience and entrepreneurship within her charity.
As well as visiting Feed Me Bellarine we had so much fun visiting the beach and having a surf. We were joined by Meg who is a surf instructor and teacher, she helped us feel confident in the water and better their skills. Many of the girls chose this activity as it linked with many of the passion projects and was super enjoyable. The beach visit was important for getting outdoors, as well as the wellbeing mental health benefits, and getting closer with each other through a fun outdoor activity.
Heidi Warnock and Mia Pearce
Library Returns End of Year
Get Some Unique Christmas Cards and Support Williams House
This year Williams House is selling packets of Christmas cards designed by our own little artists!
We are selling our Angel/Shepherd cards for $5 for a pkt of 6 and our Nativity cards are $7 for a pkt of 10. Each packet contains either 6 or 10 different designs.
If you would like to support the kinder and share our creations with the community this Christmas, the cards are available at all CCG campus receptions and of course at Williams House. Payment can be made with cash or card.
We also take over-the-phone orders with direct deposit. Phone 5241 3556
All money raised will go towards making some new additions to our outdoor yards!
We hope you love these gorgeous creations and enjoy sharing them with your family and the community this Christmas!
With thanks from all the children and the team at WH!