From the Acting Vice Principal
As Term 1 draws to a close, if you were to look back over 10 weeks of Vine editions, scroll through the CCG Facebook and Instagram pages, or glance at the College calendar for the term, you will quickly realise that a lot of really, really good things happen on all our campuses. There are incredible learning opportunities in classrooms, excursions and camps, House competitions and other sporting events, music performances, parent morning teas, picnics and welcome evenings, learning conferences, community service initiatives and much, much more.
None of this would be possible, of course, without the enthusiasm, dedication and capabilities of our wonderful teaching staff at Christian College. They are not only committed to helping young people learn and grow, but willing to enhance their own skills as teachers in order to do so. A large proportion of staff, for instance, are this year undertaking the Christian College Professional Growth Program, our internally-developed framework for goal-setting and ongoing professional development. I am grateful for the work of Ingrid Staggard, Director of Learning Design and Teacher Development, who is guiding staff through this important process.
From the Head of Campus
As our term draws to a close, I would like to express on behalf of the staff at Junior School our sincere thanks for a wonderful start to the 2023 year with our families and students. We have been so blessed to be able to share assemblies, excursions, events such as the Welcome Picnic, Student Learning Conferences, Easter Bonnet Parade and our classroom spaces with you over these past few months. We sincerely look forward to our continued partnership with you over the coming terms and I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your contribution, in making Junior School the marvelous place it is.
On Tuesday May 2, in the second week of Term 2, we will be opening our doors to host our Open Day at Junior School. On this day we will be excited and proud to share with the broader community what a wonderful school we have. I was reflecting on this idea of our campus being ‘Open’ and what this means for us.
What’s on at Junior School
Term 2 Week 1 –
Tuesday 25 April – ANZAC Day Public Holiday
Wednesday 26 April – First day Term 2
Wednesday 26 April – Junior School ANZAC Service, 9am, front roundabout. Families welcome!
Friday 28 April – Junior School Cross Country running event, (please refer to EdSmart notification)
Student Leadership, Making a Difference
During this past term I have been privileged to have had some opportunities to meet with the student leaders at Junior School. One of the questions I asked of them as a group was “What can we do to make Junior School a better place?” and from this conversation students shared a variety of suggestions.
Some of the suggestions, such as having Year 4 bus monitors on the shuttle buses and resurfacing of grounds for soccer have already been addressed and next on the list is a discussion about music being played at the end of each lunchtime to raise the profile of keeping the yard tidy. It has been fabulous to see the pride shown by students as their suggestions are implemented and I look forward to supporting our students with future initiatives.
Thank-you Mr Phillips 😊
Easter Celebrations at Junior School
What a wonderful Thursday we had celebrating Easter here at Junior School. Our day started with colourfully decorated hats and big smiles as we danced around the front roundabout during our annual Easter Bonnet Parade. It was so special to share this morning with our wider school community from Williams House Kindergarten and family and friends.
The students also attended an Easter Service and hear of the incredible hope and joy that is found within the story of Easter. Some students from across the year levels helped tell this story to the other students, sharing about how the egg reminds us of the ‘new life’ God gives the world during Easter. The students finished their day with a final play on the playground and a yummy Easter egg treat, the perfect end to our Easter celebrations.
May this Easter time be hope-filled and joyous and remind you of the incredible love God has for the world.
Year 2 Takes on Geelong City!
As part of the Year 2 Integrated Studies Curriculum, the students have been investigating their local Geelong community and its history, past and present.
Last week the students in Year 2 had the opportunity to visit the Geelong Library, Geelong Art Gallery, and the Geelong Botanical Gardens. We were able to view some of the ‘Changing Landscapes’ exhibition which showcased artwork of the Geelong Waterfront in the past. In the Botanical Gardens the students were able to view many of the structures and were informed of their history, view the Conservatory as well as see a magnificent Redwood tree which is turning 150 years old this year.
The students walked along the waterfront to view some of the Bollards and learn about the people that they represented from the past.
A wonderful day was had by all students and staff and it was fantastic to be able to take our learning out into the community and view in real life many of the aspects of Geelong that we have been learning about.
Year 3 – The Velveteen Rabbit
In the second part of Term 1, we have enjoyed a literature unit based on the classic children’s book by Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit. This has been the first in-depth text study for our students and we have had many discussions about prominent themes, particular language features such as personification and similes and also text structure. Students have enjoyed extending their vocabulary to include more sophisticated language in their own responses. A particular focus has been on analysing sections of text that convey meaning linked to the major theme of what it means to be real.
We have examined these at a paragraph, sentence and word level as we further developed our understanding of syntax and the significance of choosing the best word for what we want to convey. For example, this is a quote that we have enjoyed analysing from the text “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” We examined the varied sentence length and how this can impact the audience.
Spotlight on Clubs – Dance Club
I am sure many of you will remember the 2009 film of Hannah Montana where Hannah, was played by Miley Cyrus. There is a scene at a charity boot scootin’ event where the whole crowd joins in for the ‘Ho Down’.
The dancers ‘pop it lock it – then a zig zag, step’n, slide, lean in left to clap, three times
Shake it out, head to toe, throw it all together, that’s how we roll…’
Well, we may not get to this routine, however we are having an absolute ball coming together every Monday at lunchtime.
Our session begins with some simple warmups comprising of upper and lower body plyometric moves and stretches. Over the last couple of weeks, we have begun to learn a routine to Katy Perry’s ‘Eye of the Tiger.’ The commitment and dedication of many of the dancers has shown that we are able to remember the moves from the previous week and add on new moves each week.
Congratulations to those children who have shown their dedication and commitment by showing up every week ready to shake it up and dance it off!
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Tickets on Sale and Helpers Wanted!
The wait is over, tickets to see the Christian College Production of Picnic at Hanging Rock are on sale. Please come and support the work of our senior students and colleagues. A huge shout out to Kelly Clifford, who is no stranger to the role of director but as one of our newest staff members has embraced her students and this play with so much passion and energy. We are very lucky to have her, and the audience is in for a treat.
Picnic at Hanging Rock is a captivating and mysterious story that explores the disappearance of four schoolgirls and their teacher during a picnic at a local geological formation in Victoria, Australia, on Valentine’s Day in 1900. The novel by Joan Lindsay, published in 1967, was adapted into a film by Peter Weir in 1975, which became a landmark of Australian cinema and culture. The story has inspired many interpretations and adaptations, including the performances brought to you by our Christian College Senior School students.
Uniform Shop Clearance Sale!
Lots to Like at Back Creek Café!
Christian College’s Back Creek Café in Meredith is a vital part of our Year 9 residential farm experience. Located 15 minutes south of Back Creek Farm, the café is open six days a week (not Sundays) from 8:30am to 3pm. The school holidays are the perfect time to pay a visit!
While you’re there, enjoy the best coffee in town – or choose from a range of other beverages – indulge in an all-day breakfast or one of the other scrumptious light meal/snack options on the menu. There is also a variety of sweet or savoury treats to enjoy while you’re there and delicious home-made produce to purchase and take home.
Coming up on Saturday May 6, the Café is staging two craft workshops. Come along and discover how to create your own vertical garden. One session gets underway at 10:30am, the second at 1:00pm, conducted by Kathy from Coburg nursery, TD2M. Build your own standing or hanging frame, create a vertical garden to take home and learn about soils and mosses used in the process along the way.
Cost for the workshop is $90 per person with all you need provided. While you’re there, enjoy some of Back Creek Café’s delicious fare!
Back Creek Café is located at 1/27 Staughton Street Meredith. For enquiries and bookings, including bookings for the May 6 workshops, call 5286 1166.
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Days!
All Christian College campuses will open their doors on May 2 in the first of our Open Days for 2023.
This is an opportunity for parents/guardians and families who are considering Christian College as an option for their young people to visit one or more of our campuses, meet students, teachers and campus leaders, tour facilities, visit classes in progress and have their questions answered. It provides an authentic insight to how our College operates on a day-to-day basis. For those considering either Junior School-Belmont or Surf Coast Campus, please note our Early Learning Centres - Williams House in Belmont and Butterfield House in Torquay - will also be open for visitation at the same time as the campuses.
No booking is required, with campuses open at the following times:
Junior School-Belmont: 9:30 – 11:00am
Bellarine Campus: 9:30 – 11:00am
Surf Coast Campus: 9:30 – 11:30am
Middle School-Highton: – 11:15am – 12:45pm
Senior School-Waurn Ponds: – 11:30am – 1:00pm
Independent Schools – Meeting Needs of all Families
In recent weeks Independent Schools Victoria has been working with Independent Schools Australia on advocacy and information material to highlight the diversity and changing face of the Independent sector.
This material includes a short and engaging video that features Aitken College, one of ISV’s rapidly growing Member Schools on Melbourne’s outer urban fringe, and a new low-fee school in regional New South Wales.
ISV says that while the schools featured are localised, the message is nationwide. showing that Independent schools reflect the breadth of Australia, with every kind of school serving the needs of every kind of family.
The video is timely in light of Federal Education Minister Jason Clare’s announcement this week of an expert panel to review the National Schools Reform Agreement.