Seeking the Kingdom of God
As Mia Kafieris, our Dean of Christian Culture shared last week, a theme as we return to the school year for 2023 is ‘Seeking first the Kingdom of God’ as seen in our College Hymn and Matthew 6:33. The Kingdom of God does not speak of a town in the clouds or something external to us, instead, the Kingdom of God illustrates the environment people build and find themselves in when God’s character is represented through a person’s behaviour.
At Junior School, we have been exploring this idea of growing and being part of God’s Kingdom, right here in Belmont. Throughout this week, we have been looking at how we can create an environment here in our school community that reflects God’s character. The Year 4 students had the opportunity to explore ways they can add to and be involved in growing the Kingdom of God, acknowledging opportunities they have to treat the people around them with love and care, a reminder that they are celebrated for being who they are created to be and no one else.
I am really looking forward to watching how this grows and develops within our community as we explore more ways to see, value, appreciate and celebrate the people around us.
Whats On at Junior School
Tuesday 14th February – Prep Parent Literacy and Numeracy Information Evening, 6.00pm-6.30pm (Please refer to EdSmart Notification)
Tuesday 14th February – Classroom Helper Information Evening, 6.45pm (Please refer to EdSmart Notification)
Wednesday 15th February – Year 4 Device Information Session, 5.30pm-6.30pm (Please refer to EdSmart Notification)
Friday 17th February – Assembly, 4G Class Item (*Please note change of class)
Friday 17th February – Prep Discover Learning Excursion, Prep B,G and R
Wellbeing at Christian College
Our philosophical statement reiterates that Christian College is always seeking to develop “an atmosphere of care and concern for each student’s character growth and wellbeing, within a value system and set of priorities derived from the Christian faith”. For many years our Chaplains have led the College in this important area of wellbeing. More recently we have taken additional proactive measures to build and cultivate student wellbeing in addition to enhancing our pastoral care and Chaplaincy support. We are taking meaningful and purposeful steps in this direction, and it is a real privilege to be working with and for you in the development of these areas as the Director of Wellbeing.
It is with great excitement that we resume our very special Clubs Program at Junior School next week.
This program is provided to develop social inclusion for students. The variety of clubs aims to provide different experiences for different children from run club with a focus on fitness, to gardening club being in the great outdoors and Lego and other clubs which encourage creativity, collaboration and are just plain fun!
We have provided you with this terms Clubs’ timetable for the students so that you might like to check in and see if they were involved. Let the Clubs begin!!!
Year 1 MYTERN
During this term, the children have started learning about the MYTERN program which focuses upon teaching students to take control of their responses to everyday challenges.
During our Masterclass sessions, the children have been able to read about the key characters of Reapo and Buska who live in MYTERN city. Reapo is in charge of all the green roads that make people feel happy and healthy, whilst Buska manages the red roads, which help to build resilience.
The children have been encouraged to compare the two characters and to identify the importance of both, acknowledging the fact that there are days when we travel along the green road and other days when we find ourselves on the red road. During our activities, the students have shared strategies that we can use to help calm us when faced with challenges, such as patting a pet, reading a book or having a chat with a friend.
As part of this unit, the children were provided with the opportunity to create their own ‘Reapo’ puppets, through which they were able to share their creativity and problem-solving skills.
We are looking forward to continuing to revisit our MYTERN characters as we learn and grow throughout our school year.
A Love Letter from God
This week in Year 3 as part of our settling into Junior School we have investigated our relationship with God as part of our Christian Education lessons. We have been discussing that Jesus’ faith and devotion to God helped Jesus to learn about the way God wanted us to live on Earth. Jesus spent time learning about faith and devotion of his family, as God helped Jesus to learn about the ways he wanted us to live. Jesus spent time learning about and getting to know God by reading his word.
Students discussed that God wants to have a relationship with us and that he wants to be close to us. We can be closer to God by talking to Him and sharing our joy and challenges with Him. We used the idea of a ‘heart room’ being a place we can go to allow us to talk with God every day in our mind or in our ‘heart room.’
The 3G students engaged beautifully with a picture story book called ‘A love letter from God’ and were encouraged to find themselves a place in their heart where they can go during prayer or reflection to spend time with God. We talked about this place being available for them to use for guided prayer and meditation throughout the year. As we talked about our ‘heart rooms’ we realised just how different and individual our relationship with God is, and this was reflected in the many and varied hearts that we produced.
We kicked off Run Club on Thursday morning with about 40 students from all year levels joining in some running activities. It was a beautiful morning with lots of parents there to support and join in too. Run Club will be on each Thursday morning from 8.15am, meeting on the basketball court.
Community Sports Programs
The local Geelong area has an abundance of sports and physical activities programs on offer. Please find below information about the Auskick program at Geelong Amateurs Football and Netball Club and Table Tennis in North Geelong.
If you have any junior sporting programs commencing, please feel free to send the information to me – [email protected].
Welcome Back to the Library
It has been a fabulous first few weeks in the Library catching up with the students and hearing what they have been reading in the holidays. I have also introduced some new releases and recent purchases to the students. The Library has been busy at lunchtimes as students have participated in crafts, jigsaws and reading books together. All the classes have had an opportunity to borrow, and I have included some photos of the joy this has created!
Preps and Year 3 ask ‘What is a Computer and What Does it do?’
Students across Junior School have settled well into the computer room for Digital Technologies this term, engaging with our year level topics and provoking amazing learning discussions to fuel curious minds.
Each term, year levels focus on specific digital learning outcomes encompassing both computer-based learning as well as ‘unplugged’ activities to support digital literacy.
Preps this term are focused on Exploring Digital Devices, with emphasis on what digital devices are as well as investigating the purpose they serve in our everyday lives, both at school and at home.
Year 3s are delving quite literally into what a computer is, investigating the inner workings of internal and external computer components or parts to discover how they communicate with each other, allowing a computer to process information or data.
All classes have made a wonderful to start to the year, and I am excited to continue the digital learning journey with students throughout 2023.
Scholastic Book Club News
The first 2023 issue of Scholastic Book Club has been distributed to students and orders should be placed online or returned to school no later than Friday, 17th February.
Our preferred payment method is via LOOP either via the mobile app or the desktop site which can be found here.
You may also return your order form and payment by cheque to school. Cheques should be payable to Scholastic Australia.
Please do not send cash as we are unable to process cash payments.
Thank you for your assistance and ongoing support of Book Club.
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.