From the Dean of Christian Culture
Many of you who read these articles on a regular basis would be aware that our whole-of-College focus this year is the concept of Engagement. Wherever possible, we have been encouraging our students, staff and families to consider engagement as the notion of new or renewed possibilities being created through connection or reconnection.
With the understanding that engagement can potentially increase opportunity, release strategy, and deliver fruitfulness, it has been suggested that we, as members of the CCG community, shift our individual and collective gaze toward people or areas of life with which we might possibly choose to engage or re-engage in 2022.
This being the final week of Term 1, and the lead-in to the Easter School Holidays, it felt entirely appropriate and timely to offer a thought in relation to the idea of engaging or re-engaging with Easter.
Despite the difficulties of our current global situation, it remains important for us to remember, acknowledge, celebrate and engage with Easter. Why?
Because Easter is the most special, and the most sacred, festival, event and moment on the Christian calendar. And even for those for whom Christianity is not a chosen pathway, Easter cannot be ignored. Several billion of our world’s 7.9 billion inhabitants will be stopping to recognise Easter in one format or another this year; and, more specifically, in excess of 1 billion people around the globe, who identify as Christians and live lives in accordance with Christian belief and teachings, will do more than simply eat an Easter egg – they will actively participate in a personal and community recognition of Easter.
In our society, the celebration of the birth of Christ occurs at Christmas, but it is Easter that is recognised as the most pivotal date for Christianity, because it is the moment, Biblically-speaking, at which there is a definitive acknowledgement of the role played by Christ in the establishment of the possibility of an ongoing and direct relationship with God Himself. It is big. It is important. It is real.
Jesus Christ, His life, death and resurrection, are at the core of Easter.
Every year people will discuss and debate “the Jesus question” which is a tremendously important conversation, and, as they do, it becomes more and more clear how important He, and therefore Easter, is to our society, to our culture, and to our past, present and future. Even the very calendar we live by has been set in accordance with the dates of His life.
One Solitary Life
If thinking about the life of Jesus has not previously been a focus, perhaps the following piece of writing might be of interest. It is entitled “One Solitary Life”.
“He was born in an obscure village, a child of peasant parents. He grew up in a different yet equally small and obscure village where He worked in a carpenter’s shop until aged 30. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never owned a house. He didn’t go to university. He didn’t visit a big city. He never travelled more than 200 miles from His birthplace. He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness. He had no credentials. He was only 33 when the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a false trial. He was nailed to a wooden cross between two thieves. While He was bleeding to death His executioners gambled for His clothing – His only property. After He died He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Twenty centuries have come and gone and yet today He is still the central figure of the human race – our daily calendar is based upon the date of His birth, many of our global political and judicial systems are based upon His teachings, and more than half of the western world’s schools, universities and hospitals have been established by people operating in His Name. All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that have ever sailed, all the parliaments that have ever sat, all the Kings and Queens that have ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of humanity as much as that one solitary life.”
So here we are, approaching Easter 2022, realising that Easter matters; that Jesus matters. And if we are going to be really honest with ourselves, we would have to say that it is not a nice, or easy, or convenient story. In fact, Easter doesn’t fit easily and smoothly into our nicely packaged lifestyle, but it does challenge us to think about what is really happening in our heads and our hearts.
An Easter Response
As you reflect on Easter and what it means to you, there are several ways you could choose to respond, including, but not limited to;
- Making time to simply sit quietly and think
- Writing down some of your thoughts
- Sharing your thinking with others
- Engaging with a local Easter Church Service
- Perhaps this written prayer, below, might help you
As we approach Easter this year please provide us with the confidence to know that You are here with us, every day, filling us with Faith, Hope, and Love. Thank you for Your love, which enfolds us in Your arms. In Your gentleness, please guide us. In Your power, please strengthen us. In Your humility, please direct us away from selfish thinking.
Where there is fruitfulness, bring shared celebration; where there is sadness, bring joy; where there is fatigue, bring refreshment; where there is division, bring unity, and where there is despair, please bring a renewed sense of hope.
Let this Easter be a time when Your light and Your love flood into our lives and provide us with healing, freedom and hope. We want to be people who are full of love, acceptance and forgiveness as we give ourselves to serving You, serving one another, and serving our broader community.
We ask please that You grant us Your peace; the peace that passes all understanding; the peace that needs to be shared.
In the Name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit we pray, Amen.
From the Head of Campus
Dear Parents and Families
Thank-you for your amazing support and partnership with us during our first full term of onsite learning since 2019! Although we have needed to navigate the ongoing ins and outs of positive contacts and COVID cases, for the most part we have had consistent student attendance over the past term. We look forward to this continuing and are excited for all further changes to the Schools Operational Guidelines that will allow us greater opportunities to come together as a community.
We continue to give thanks for the events we have been able to celebrate this term and today’s Easter Bonnet Parade was no exception. Whilst the parade had its requirements around COVID vaccination and shared spaces, we were thrilled that we could come together to celebrate this special time with our students and families. The Easter Bonnet Parade has always held a special place in the heart of Junior School, and we were amazed by today’s wonderful Easter bonnet creations. Similarly, we look forward to inviting you to our Junior School ANZAC service on the first day of Term 2, Wednesday the 27th of April. Our students will lead this service which will (weather permitting) take place on the front school roundabout beginning at 9.00am.
As we continue to collectively work toward keeping our community COVID safe, your child will have received yesterday or today Rapid Antigen Test kits. It is anticipated that RAT testing will continue next term using the same schedule as Term 1 i.e., students test on Monday and Thursday mornings. Please note these kits are intended to be used for the first 2.5 weeks of Term 2 and it is requested that as students begin their studies on Wednesday morning 27th of April that a test is completed on the Wednesday morning rather than the Thursday morning in this week.
As we enter this time of Easter reflection and celebration, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of all our Junior School staff, to wish you all a healthy, safe and blessed Easter time. May it be a time filled with joy and may these scripture verses give you hope:
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will have life even if he dies. 26 And he who lives and believes in me will never die.”
and John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’
What’s Happening at Junior School
Term 2, Week 1, Wednesday April 27:
Wednesday April 27 – Students commence, Term 2
Wednesday April 27 – Junior School ANZAC service (please refer to Vine article in this week’s edition)
Term 2, Week 2, Monday May 2:
Tuesday May 3 – Junior School Open Day, 9.30am-11.00am
Wednesday May 4 – Year 2 students to purchase Mothers’ Day gifts
Thursday May 5 – Year 2 Camp, Camp Wilkin Anglesea (please refer to Edsmart notification for details)
Friday May 6 – Mothers’ Day Stall
Friday May 6 – Assembly (class item tbc)
Term 2, Week 3, Monday May 9:
Monday May 9 – Mothers’ Day Tabloid Sports (information to follow including Parent Invitation)
Prep – 2 Coordinator’s Update
Learning is not easy. It is a straight-out challenge. Learning something new takes practice and requires stamina. It also often includes setbacks or struggles.
A lot of the learning in the early years of schooling sets up the foundational skills for what is to come. The focus on developing reading, writing and number skills are all key to application in other areas such as science, geography, history and specialist areas.
The first term of the year sees the teachers and children working together to unpack what it is to be a learner, how we learn and who can support us in this process.
It’s a great conversation to have at home too. How do you learn best? Do you learn better by yourself or with a partner? Do you like to be in a quiet space or chatting? Becoming aware of what we need as a learner assists us in building our own learning power.
I have chatted with a few of the Prep – Year 2 students about their learning this term:
Toad and Frog was pretty challenging to read. I had to make the sounds of all the words and then I just read the words. Working with my mum helps me to do this and now I am better! – Leon Zheng Prep M
This term I have found using capital letters in my sentences a bit tricky. I’ve been reading back on my work to make sure that if I do a lower case letter I cross it out and do a capital letter. Working with others helps me to do this. – Zara Upham 1B
This term I found house families hard it is when you have a number and you have to get other numbers to make that number. I have been using my counting by tens to figure out the number. I think being in a quiet room helps me to learn. – Esshal Noor 2G
I love this quote about Growth Mindset from Big Life Journal –
“I have a Growth Mindset. I am in charge of how smart I am because I can grow my brain like a muscle by learning hard things.” The ideas of Growth Mindset and having a go at hard things is very important to developing skills and learning. Persistence is a challenging idea and takes a lot of effort and endeavour.
Time for a break from learning for our children and a refresh ready to go in Term 2 with more persistence and endeavour to come!
Measuring is fun in 1B
This term we have been learning to measure height, length and width using informal units. We have used a variety of materials such as counters, paper clips, icy pole sticks and counting teddies to measure.
We have learnt the importance of always using the same unit when measuring if we want accurate measurements and to compare the length and height of various items.
To finish off the term, we had a design challenge. The challenge was to build the tallest tower. The students were allowed to use unlimited masking tape and paper, five straws, one plastic lid, five pipe cleaners and 10 icy pole sticks to create their towers.
Some vocabulary that was heard during the design stage included, strong, stable, materials, hard and weak.
Mothers’ Day Stall – May 6
All students are invited to the Mothers’ Day Stall being held at Junior School on May 6th (Year 2 Students will have access to this on Wednesday the 4th of May due to camp). Students may bring $5 to buy a gift for their mum or special friend.
Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow from the Year 3 & 4 Coordinator
Developing future leaders is something that is a focus for us at Junior School. As students transition into Years 3 and 4, learning about what good leadership is becomes part of our regular classroom discussions. We spend time identifying leaders that we know and respect from a range of places and, we come to appreciate that really good leaders exhibit the similar traits no matter what field they come from.
According to our current Year 3 and 4 students, traits that good leaders have include being inclusive, encouraging, displaying a growth mindset, showing compassion to others, and accepting responsibility or being confident to stand up for things that are important. Students also feel that leadership qualities develop when we experience challenges, have the opportunity to develop resilience and learn from our mistakes.
There are many times when students have the opportunity to develop their own leadership skills and, this can look different for students as they begin to identify the gifts and talents that God has blessed them with. Developing a better understanding of themselves can help to understand their personal leadership style. Perhaps the most important trait of effective leaders is that of self-reflection and identifying ways that we can improve but also celebrating the many successes that we experience along the journey.
Our unique context here at Christian College enables us to learn from the leadership shown by Jesus and the gentle way that he loved all those he encountered and treated people with kindness and respect. He worked to empower others to share the message of the good news and, it is a testament to his effective leadership that we continue to take comfort in this message today. We ask students to look to his example as a servant leader as they aspire to become leaders themselves.
The current Year 3 and 4 students have certainly taken this message on board and have shown themselves to be ready to lead by example in their actions and in their faith. It has been a privilege to begin this journey with the students this year and I am looking forward to continuing to support them to become the leaders of tomorrow. If what we are currently seeing here at Junior School is anything to go by, we are in very good hands.
Sporty finish to the term for our Year 4s
Our Year 4 students had a busy end to the term, participating in many organised physical activities over the past week. Last Friday, the students completed their swimming program at the Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre.
On Tuesday it was great to see almost all the year level participate in a trial for the up and coming Deakin District Cross Country. There were some very strong performances and we wish the students well participating in the next stage.
During lunchtime that day, several teachers played a modified game of T-Ball against the Year 4 students. There were some several highlights, including some powerful hitting by Mr Smith! Well done to all the students and teachers who participated.
To cap off the week, Year 4 students participated in the House Athletics Day at Middle School. The weather was very kind and students were able to complete three running events, 100m, 300m and 800m as well as shot put, discus and long jump. Students also had opportunities to take part in some novelty events including hot shots, tug of war, shuttle relays and vortex throw. There was a great atmosphere and it was thrilling to see some inspiring performances. I also received lots of positive feedback from Middle School teachers and helpers the way all Year 4s participated and encouraged each other. Students who received the highest points for both boys and girls will be awarded with 1st, 2nd or 3rd medals at an assembly in Term 2.
Congratulations to Taylor house for winning the cup today, closely followed by Penman, Burrows and Flynn. Well done!
What We’ve Loved in Library This Term
Throughout this term at Junior School we have added more graphic novels to our collection. This has been greeted very enthusiastically by the students. Many of our most borrowed books for this term fit into this category. This has also coincided with the release of The Bad Guys Movie based on the books by Aaron Blabey, a popular Australian author. As a result, most of The Bad Guys books have been in high circulation lately by a wide range of year levels.
Across Australia there has been an increase in demand and popularity of the graphic novels. Publishers have produced these books for a variety of reading abilities. This has resulted in many early readers borrowing these books as they are able to decode the words with the help of accompanying illustrations and clues from the pictures. The graphic novel provides readers with the opportunity to expand their visual literacy skills.
Our most borrowed book this term is Cranky Chicken by Katherine Battersby. Followed very closely by The Bad Guys Book 4. Treasure in the Lake is another new graphic novel which is our third most borrowed book and a new series called Archie and Reddie by Candy James is our fourth. The fifth most borrowed book for the term was Wings of Fire, this has always been a popular fantasy series over the years, but the publishers have recently produced this series in a graphic novels format, which students have been enjoying.
ANZAC Service – April 27
We look forward to welcoming parents and visitors to the Junior School Annual ANZAC Service. Please note details for the event below:
Wednesday April 27th – Junior School ANZAC Service, 9am, front roundabout
The Junior School ANZAC Service will be held on the first day for students in Term 2, Wednesday April 27th. The Service is an annual event on the Junior School calendar, encouraging students and staff to stop and observe the anniversary of the first major military action of Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
Students are encouraged to bring along a posy of flowers/home made wreath (etc) to place at the flag pole during the ceremony. Students are also encouraged to bring along family medals/wartime memorabilia to wear and demonstrate for all Junior School students to see.
As per Edsmart notification sent to families in Week 9, visitors to this event are required to sign in, (please click on link below to nominate attendance) and show evidence of vaccination status or exemption if applicable. Viewing areas will be set for our visitors.
PE & House Uniform Term 2
Please note changes to PE and House uniform for year levels below.
The I.G.N.I.T.E. Program – A Great Day for our Junior School Participants
On Wednesday 6th April a small number of students from Junior School Belmont, Middle School Highton, Surf Coast campus and the Bellarine Drysdale campus participated in an Ignite program delivered by specialist educators from the G.A.T.E.WAYS organisation. G.A.T.E.WAYS is an independent, non-funded organisation established in 1994 to provide opportunities for highly able and gifted children.
The Ignite program consisted of two half day workshops in mathematics and science enrichment. The students in Year 3 engaged in one set of workshops and the year 4 to 6 students in another two workshops.
Throughout the day the students were exposed to concepts, theories and processes which captured and held their interest, thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills. The students wrestled with advanced knowledge and skills. They met and formed new friendships with likeminded students. They worked on task, tirelessly, and exhaustively all day long. Without a doubt, the students experienced a day they will never forget and will build on in their future educational journey.
As the year progresses, we will continue to offer other opportunities for engagement both within the school day or after hours, where highly able and gifted students will be able to extend personal and collaborative areas of passion, gifting and talent.
In the meantime, a huge vote of thanks is extended to Meg and Jesse, from GATEways for their brilliant delivery and superb work with our community of learners.
Roselyn Smith, Kathrine Bowyer, Wayne Durran, Octavia Rae
Cyber Safe Schools – Parent Update
Parents will be aware from recent Vine articles throughout this term that we are excited about our new Cyber Safe Schools Program that the College is introducing in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone this year.
Over this term we have been putting in place some new tools at school that will help support and protect students in the digital space while at school and enable teachers and pastoral staff to be empowered to support our students’ wellbeing more effectively going forward. This process has now been completed.
The final step is the installation of Family Zone’s Connect app on College laptops for students in Years 4-12, which we are now ready to begin.
This will pave the way for us to be prepared early next term to share more about this exciting new program, including some parent tools. These tools have the potential to empower parents to guide and support their child’s wellbeing, safety, and development of positive behaviours relating to technology in the home.
The introduction of the Connect app on College devices, alongside our existing malware protection app Forticlient, means students are able to be well protected when using their College device.
For parent reference, more information is provided below on both apps installed on all College laptops that are part of our Student 1:1 Device Program to help protect students.
The Connect App by Family Zone
The Connect app will help ensure that students remain protected and engaged in learning during school hours, even if they disconnect from our safe College Wi-Fi network. This app will be inactive and dormant for school purposes outside of school hours.
This app is an important component of the technology behind our new Cyber Safe Schools Program in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone.
The Connect app is also central to the tools we’ll soon be making available to all parents to support them with managing the College laptop and other devices in the home if they wish.
We’ll soon begin installing the Connect app onto student laptops via a remote process, which should be completed by start of Week 3 in Term 2.
Forticlient Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
This software helps to protect students and their laptop from malicious software and sites both at school and at home. The Forticlient software is already installed on all student laptops.
Forticlient EDR is an extra layer of protection for student laptops from malware, viruses, and other risky content, on top of Microsoft’s own built-in Windows Security features.
We take our duty of care seriously for ensuring the wellbeing and protection of students and for helping them to build positive digital behaviours while at school. We also want to work with parents and support them with their important role in this at home.
It is for this reason that the two apps above are required to be present on all students’ College laptops going forward. It is part of our Digital Learning and Device Policy Agreement that this software remains on all student laptops and is not tampered with or removed.
We look forward excitedly to soon sharing more details of our Cyber Safe Schools Program early in Term 2. In the meantime, please take some time these holidays to explore our parents’ Online Safety Hub
Football Star Academy
Our term 2 lunchtime program will be a 6 week program for Grade 1s starting on Monday 2nd May and finishing on Monday 6th June (no session on Monday 13/6 due to public holiday).
Year 1 Enrolment Link: https://sportstaracademy.com/football/programs/clinic?id=10609
For Grade 2s, Term 2 will be a 7-week program starting on Tuesday 3rd May and finishing on Tuesday 14th June.
Year 2 Enrolment Link: https://sportstaracademy.com/football/programs/clinic?id=10610
To claim our special $10 per lunchtime session offer please use the following discount code at checkout: vic48lu10
Please note: There are only 15 spaces available in each group.
Once your enrolment is complete, you’ll receive an automatic email confirming your child’s place in our term 2 group.
All children who enrol for our full Term 2 program before Saturday 9th April will also receive 1 x free Easter holiday program (worth $60).
To claim your free day, simply reply to this email with your child’s name and which day they would like to book over Easter School holidays, we will do the rest. Any additional days are $60 per day.
Please see all of our Easter School Holiday program information below or on our website: https://bit.ly/FSAHolidayCampsGeelong
Community Sports and Physical Activity Opportunities
Geelong Amateur Auskick –Fridays @ 4.30pm, Queens Park (top oval)
Contact Josh Logan 0422 213 673 or Dave Maddock 0499 447 775
Registration details – https://www.playhq.com/afl/register/95c0a8
South Barwon Auskick – commences Sunday 2nd May @ 9.00am, McDonald Reserve, Belmont
Contact Tim Moreillon 0413 99 22 11 or email SouthBarwonAuskick@outlook.com
DATE: Monday 12 April
VENUE: Geelong Central Netball Association
TIME: 9am – 3pm
AGES: 7 – 14yrs
For more information and to book in for a clinic please visit our website: netstarsnetball.com.au
Canteen Arrangements for Term 2
The canteen will re-open during the first week of Term 2 (starting Wed. April 27). Thank you to all volunteers who support the canteen and help to provide this service to our students and staff.
Uniform Shop Holiday Hours
The last trading day for Term 1 is Friday 8th April 4, 2022. The Uniform Shop will then be closed from Monday 11th April 4, 2022 – Monday 18th April 4, 2022.( Easter Monday)
The shop re-opens on Tuesday April 19 with hours as follows for the second week of holidays.
Tuesday 19th April , 2022 9.00am-5.00pm
Wednesday 20th April 2022 9.00am -5.00pm
Thursday 21st April , 2022 9.00am -5.00pm
Friday 22nd April , 2022 9.00am -5.00pm
CLOSED Monday 25th April 4, 2022 ( Anzac Day)
Tuesday 26th April , 2022 9.00am- 5.00pm
Wednesday 27thApril, 2022 9.00am- 5.00pm
Thursday 28th April, 2022 9.00am-5.00pm
Friday 29th April, 2022 9.00am-5.00pm
Normal trading hours resume Monday 2nd May 2022.
We’re Open in May!
Each of the Christian College campuses will open their doors during May for prospective parents and others to visit, tour and ask questions – with no booking needed. We encourage all members of our College community to help spread the word about our open days, and our invitation to book a tour anytime to any friends, neighbours, colleagues – anyone you know who may be looking at Early Learning and/or schooling options for their children.
This year, each of our campuses will open its doors on the following dates at the times indicated.
Junior School-Belmont: May 3 – 9:30am to 11am
Middle School-Highton: May 3 – 11am – 12pm
Surf Coast Campus: May 5 – 9:30am – 11:30am
Bellarine Campus: May 10 – 9:30am – 12:00pm
Senior School-Waurn Ponds: May 3, 5, 10 12:00pm – 1:00pm
We also invite anyone who is interested in visiting any of our campuses, but can’t make the above days/times to book a tour online at a time that suits, meet with campus leaders and have their questions answered. Every day is Open Day!
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 2022 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 letter for further information
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
We all know that only one person can drive at a time, yet many of us believe that there are people and circumstances steering our emotions in the opposite direction of where we want to go. Grab your steering wheel now and know that only one person directs you down those emotional roads….and that is you. What an awesome power that is 👍😊
Discover more about MYTERN here