From the Principal
There is so much that I love about the start of a new year at our College.
The anticipation of welcoming new students and their families, meeting new colleagues, seeing the completion of projects and work completed over the break and the fresh opportunities that come with new beginnings, all create a buzz around the College sites. It is like starting out on a new adventure.
There is a great deal of planning and preparation to have everything in readiness to start the new school year. I am thankful to the professional support staff, teaching staff and the campus leaders for their diligence and commitment to ensuring a smooth start.
Seeking First the Kingdom of God
A warm welcome to our 2023 students, staff and families! We are all privileged to begin a new year together seeking God and God’s Kingdom in our learning community.
Having recently been appointed to the role of Dean of Christian Culture I have been in the unique position this week to visit our campuses attending commencement services and participating in the beginning of onsite learning for 2023.
Each of our five campuses, in addition to our College Farm, Arts and Technology Center, Uniform Shop and Café have slightly different cultural expressions of our Christian College identity yet all have been established and are moving forward on our foundational scripture from Matthew 6:33 “Seek Ye Frist the Kingdom of God”.
Ready, Set, Go for Digital Learning in 2023
Year 4, 7 and 10 Device Rollouts
It has been a busy time this week as students in Years 4, 7 and 10 across our campuses have collected their new learning devices and have been supported to set them up and sign-in ready for classes. It has been wonderful to witness the students’ enthusiasm and delight as they have been supported with this process, beginning to build familiarity with their new laptop and with the College’s expectations for its use for learning.
Students in Year 4 at each of our Junior School campuses will now keep their learning devices at school for a brief time as they continue to be supported by their teachers to learn how best to care for their device, and to use it confidently and safely as a learning tool.
From the Head of Campus
On behalf of all the Junior School staff it is with great delight that I welcome you to the first edition of our weekly Vine publication. In The Vine we aim to both capture student learning and communicate events relating to our Christian College Junior School community. I also encourage you to keep a regular check of the Parent Portal and College Calendar, as these are continually updated with new information. Please contact Reception on 5241 1565 or [email protected] if you have any queries regarding the information on the Portal or in the calendar. For IT assistance with both platforms please contact our IT Technician, Mrs Sascha Romeril at [email protected]
What’s on at Junior School
Term 1: Week 2
Tuesday Feb 7th – New student ID photos, Prep – Year 4
Wednesday Feb 15th – Prep Parent Literacy and Numeracy Information Evening, 6.00pm-6.30pm (EdSmart notification to come!)
Wednesday Feb 15th – Classroom Helper Information Evening, 6.45pm (EdSmart notification to come!)
Wednesday Feb 15th – Year 4 Device Information Session, 5.30pm-6.30pm (Please refer to EdSmart notification)
Friday Feb 17th – Assembly, 4G Class Item
Friday Feb 17th – Prep Discover Learning Excursion, Prep B, G and R
Introduction of our Newest Junior School Staff Member – Winnie!
Some really exciting news to share with our Junior School community, we will be welcoming ‘Winnie’ as a Wellbeing Dog in 2023. Winnie is a female Miniature Australian Cobberdog who is hypoallergenic and has been settling into her home with Mrs Darcee Braun over the Christmas break.
A wellbeing dog is a trained animal used to contribute to the wellbeing of the school community. A wellbeing animal is trained to provide affection, comfort, and support to people on a daily basis.
The first day of Prep is such an exciting experience for all involved. The anticipation and nervous energy builds in the lead up to the day. Even for experienced teachers there is a lack of sleep the night before! The smiles, hugs and sometimes tears that come with this milestone are certainly felt by all.
The Preps had a busy and fun-filled day Tuesday as they took on their new role as school children. The children started learning the letters that spell the word cat, we drew cats and made them out of craft materials. They even wrote the word cat on their whiteboards! There was time to investigate the many activities and spaces in the room, a walk around the school and plenty of playing on the playground.
Junior Choir – New Rehearsal Time – New Members Welcome!
We are excited about kicking off the first Junior School Choir rehearsal next Wednesday 8th February. Rehearsals begin each week at 8:00am in the Chapel. (After rehearsal students then move directly out to the line up areas ready for the bell.)
Staff working with the choir in 2023 include Mrs Carla Dunlop, Mrs Laura Hollingsworth and Mrs Tammy Treloar.
There is no better way to start the day as we warm up with games, sing a variety of songs, and develop vocal technique.
Students from Prep – Year 4 are very welcome to come along to the Junior School Choir. We look forward to welcoming our past and new members on Wednesday.
(*Please note change in rehearsal day from Tuesday to Wednesday due to staffing considerations. The Junior School String Ensemble will now rehearse on Tuesday mornings in the Chapel, 8:00am.)
Year 3s and 4s Settle in Well
The beginning of a new school year brings with it a rainbow of feelings, ranging from mild trepidation to high levels of excitement. This week, we have all felt some nerves as we headed into our new classrooms but, students and staff have settled well into their new learning community and there is a positive feeling about the year ahead.
To support our students become familiar with routines, expectations, and structures for positive learning we have focused on ‘learning to learn’ and what being a good learner means. Students have enjoyed discussing how they can be responsible, show respect and be safe whilst at school, as well as delving deeply into the significance of our school values.
PE and Sport Uniform and Run Club
It was great to welcome all students back for 2023 and we are looking forward to the many sporting opportunities throughout the first half of the year. Information will be sent out prior to events as well as appearing on the College Calendar.
After the success of Run Club last year, students will have the opportunity to participate this year on Thursday mornings from 8:15am. The aim of this program is to encourage and support young people to be active. All students are welcome to participate; if you are in Prep, Year 1 or Year 4 you can bring a change of shoes so you can be in correct school uniform during the day.
The PE and Sport uniform for each year level is below.
Christian College 2023 Snowsports Team
Did you know that Jakara Anthony, the 2022 Winter Olympic Gold Medallist in the Women’s Moguls is an ex-CCG student?
Jakara continues to perform exceptionally well having been on the podium 16 out of the last 18 World Cups and is now the most decorated Australian Winter Olympian in history!
The Victorian Interschool Snowsports Championships are held this year in Mt Buller from the 21st – 27th August with the XC Championships being held on the 6th August.
If your child(ren) have not been involved previously and you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please email me at [email protected]
You can also find out more event details at https://www.interschools.com.au/home/
Notice to All Parents Regarding CSEF Funding
The Victorian State Government runs a program called the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF). As the name suggests, the fund is designed to assist families meet costs associated with school camps, sport and excursions and requires families to apply in each year they have a child who is eligible. Families who have an eligible child will receive $125 per year for a primary aged student and $225 per year for a secondary aged student.
If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. Please complete a 2023 Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) Application Form and return to your campus administration office by the end of Term 1 please.
Please read the attached document for further information.
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
It’s easy to rush through a cup of tea or coffee and forget to stop and appreciate the moment.
Take time out now to simply appreciate being able to breathe in fresh air. Take a long slow breath and feel it rejuvenate every cell.
Make that your intention and watch your body smile from the inside 👍❤️
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