Jakara Anthony – Our Golden Girl!
Our College community – together with the rest of the nation – felt incredible elation and pride as 2016 Christian College graduate, Jakara Anthony, captured the world’s attention winning gold in the Womens Moguls event in Beijing last Sunday.
From the moment she set foot inside our Bellarine Campus, Jakara stood out for her commitment and determination to achieve her best.
The world has now seen the trajectory she’s followed to achieve her long-held goal of being the best athlete on the planet in her chosen discipline, but her peers and teachers at Christian College knew a long time ago that she had the motivation, application and temperament to get where she wanted to be.
Jakara knew all about remote learning long before COVID. Despite the challenges, she was able to complete a lot of her schoolwork remotely while training and competing, including during the vital VCE years. She is still able to find that balance between all facets of her life. While achieving at the highest possible level as an athlete, she is also completing a degree at Deakin University.
As a student, she always loved sport – she never missed competing in Christian College House Sporting Carnivals every year she was a student here.
There are many current teachers and ex-students who know Jakara from school days, and beyond, as an outstanding and much-admired human being. For all of us, her Olympic success is a great news story – and one to which many within our community have a personal connection.
Together, we say congratulations Jakara – our College community is immensely proud of not only your achievements, but your fine character and remarkable determination. We wish you every success as you continue a stellar career!
*Thanks to the Australian Olympic Committee for the photo.
From the Dean of Christian Culture
As a focussed thought for the consideration of our College-wide team during our recent Staff Commencement Service, held prior to the on-site arrival of students for 2022, we examined the concept of engagement.
We reflected together on the understanding that as a result of the current international health crisis, and the subsequent challenges experienced by us all over the past two years, we as a College, and we as a society, might well be lacking engagement. We considered the proposition that we all may need to be encouraged to develop, or redevelop, a focus on, and an understanding of, engagement.
When we use the word engagement in this manner it paints a picture of relationship, not only the obvious “agreement to marry” depiction of engagement, but a more broad inference pertaining to connection, involvement, commitment, readiness and attachment. Essentially the notion of engagement can be summarised as a “promise to be present”.
During our Staff Commencement Service, we asked ourselves two important questions;
- With whom could I engage or re-engage in 2022?
- In what could I engage or re-engage in 2022?
In so doing, we were effectively challenging ourselves to be honest and to decide whether or not, when reflecting on words such as connection, involvement, commitment, readiness, attachment, and relationship, there was perhaps an area of engagement in our lives which may need some focus and attention this year.
We concluded our Staff Commencement Service by investigating the importance of engagement within us all as individuals and as members of a community – and we discovered, through the Biblical stories of Zacchaeus and Nehemiah respectively, that engagement increases opportunity, and engagement releases strategy.
Today, as we continue to ponder the concept of engagement and as we contemplate how we might individually strengthen our “promise to be present” with the people, events, activities and environments around us, it might also be worthwhile to reflect on our personal engagement with God. This connection could indeed be a wonderful starting place for a renewal of our understanding of engagement. Why is that?
Because when we are discussing our relationship with God, we know that engagement delivers fruitfulness.
The idea of fruitfulness from a Biblical perspective is the concept of bearing fruit in our lives; reaping the fruit that grows as a result of God’s love and presence in our lives; and learning to sow good things into the lives of others and into the community around us with what we do and what we say. A list of the Fruits of the Spirit of God is recorded for us in Galatians 5: 13 – 26 and it is easy to see that each of these described fruits are wonderful values which can help create great patterns of life. So, how we can grow these fruits in our lives; the nine fruits of; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?
How do we begin to see the growth of this healthy fruit in our lives? Here is a Scripture which may help us to answer this question.
“Happy are those who do not follow a God-less path……but whose delight is in God……They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper….” Psalm 1: 1-3
And if we read the same Scripture in plain English from the Contemporary English Version of The Bible, it is even more clear;
“They are like trees growing beside a stream; trees that produce
fruit in season and always have leaves. Those people succeed in everything they do.” Psalm 1: 1-3
We must remember at this point to note that prosperity and success in God’s language doesn’t necessarily mean that everything will always work out the way you wanted it to, but rather that if we remain engaged with Him there will always be fabulous fruit in your life – healthy and growing results from all that we do and say.
This is God’s plan and pattern – people who chose to become and to stay connected to Him, our wonderful and life-giving God, will see great growth and wonderful fruit in their lives, just as trees who stay planted beside a stream of life-giving water will see growth and fruit as a result. With God we flourish.
And the opposite therefore is also true; when we disconnect ourselves from the life-source it becomes more and more difficult to grow and to bear good fruit. We tire quickly and find ourselves unable to be fruitful. But staying planted, remaining connected and engaged to Him, allows us to be replenished and sustained which in turn allows us to be fruitful and to then share our fruit with others.
May we all consider engaging and re-engaging with God, with one another, and with what is genuinely important as we step into this new year of 2022 – let’s be encouraged to love each other, to joyfully support one another, and to treat each other with peace, kindness, patience, gentleness, compassion and respect. May these simple but beautiful fruits be passed on through our smiles, our words and our actions into our College community and into the broader community.
Be engaged and be fruitful.
Bless you all.
Rev. Tim Edwards
Dean of Christian Culture
From the Head of Campus
Clubs program at Junior School
We are very excited to announce that our Junior School Clubs program will begin next week. As children learn how to navigate their social world it is sometimes helpful for them to have opportunities to explore different interests. To this end please find the timetable below that outlines our lunch clubs opportunities beginning Week 3 for 2022.
|Christian College Junior School Lunch Clubs Program|
As an additional club this term our Chaplain Mrs Braun is running a ‘Pom Pom’ club where students can come and make woollen Pom Poms with the goal of raising money for our friends in East Timor.
Also our beautiful Library is open each lunchtime for students (except Wednesday).
Student Leader Assembly
This morning we had the opportunity to recognise our Year 4 students and student leaders in an assembly in our Gym. I must admit it felt quite strange for all of us being in the gym for this event as so many of our assemblies have been held virtually over these past twelve months. With the Year 4 cohort in attendance it was wonderful to celebrate the year ahead and acknowledge the student leaders. We were also able to hear from Mrs Nicole Riddle (Middle School Chaplain) who shared a message about leadership for all of us as followers of Jesus.
We were also able to announce our Junior School Captains for 2022 and we thank Olivia Zampatti and Luke Hobbs for the role they will take as our School Captains this year.
We concluded our assembly by sharing a delicious ‘house’ cupcake the serving of which was the first job for our student leaders. Thank-you to Mrs Kate O’Halloran for making our delicious cupcakes.
COVID Community Safety
To maintain the health and safety of our Junior School community we would ask that you continue to use the provided RAT tests to test your child on a Monday morning and a Thursday morning. In addition if your child is in Year 3 or Year 4 they are required to wear a mask indoors. Unfortunately, we have had a number of students who have forgotten or lost masks and our supplies of ‘spare’ masks are running low.
From The Junior School Chaplains
What a wonderful week we have had filled with lunch time games, interactive whiteboard activities, classroom visits and the most wonderfully welcoming students. We were taken on tours, shown wonderful things in the yard during lunch breaks and greeted with a huge amount of door knocks, walk-ins, hellos and waves.
We are beginning to form meaningful and trusting connections with the students as we become familiar faces and we really look forward to this developing as we continue to engage and be available.
Mental health is a big issue that our young people are facing and talking about. Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia highest profile psychologists, specialist in parenting, children, adolescents and mental health. Michael is holding a seminar for the Geelong community in managing mental health for our young ones. For more information Click Here. Registration is free.
If you, your young person or member of your family are in need of any Chaplaincy support, please reach out to us as your Junior School Chaplains
What’s Happening at Junior School
Week 3, Monday Feb 14:
Friday Feb 18 – Virtual Assembly, 4G Class Item
Week 4, Monday Feb 21:
Tuesday Feb 22 – Year 4 Parent Device Information Session (EdSmart information to follow)
Thursday Feb 24 – Bush Prep (BP, PB, PM, PR)
Our First Beach Prep Adventure!
The sun was shining Thursday afternoon as the Prep children excitedly boarded the bus to head off on their first Beach Prep adventure.
There was a lot of chatter as the children sat and enjoyed their lunch in the shade as well as great anticipation for what was to come. The children were raring to hit the sand and have some fun!
The afternoon was spent playing in the sand, creating sandcastles and tunnels, collection shells, splashing in the shallows of the water and digging holes. It was an abundance of laughter and smiles across the beach. Being out in nature is good for everyone and helps us to connect.
These sessions not only allow for creativity and imagination but give the children opportunities to work collaboratively and often with others from different classes, broadening their social group.
Wet, sandy and a little tired, or maybe that was just the teachers, we boarded the bus to return back to school. This wonderful afternoon will be a springboard into our investigations in class as well as our writing. No opportunity is left out when linking the beauty of nature and our learning.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
In 1B we have been revising and learning about time. To begin our unit of work we started a class calendar which we will continue using throughout the year. The children have enjoyed changing the calendar each morning and counting down the days left in summer.
As we are getting used to the new timetable, we have been using a timetable to keep track of the days of the week and the specialist subjects we have on each day. The children have ordered the days of the week using worksheets and card games.
We have particularly enjoyed listening to the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle. We completed our own caterpillars which has also reinforced the correct order and spelling of the days of the week.
Next week we are learning about the seasons and the months.
Year 3 Takes on the Internet!
This week in Year 3 as part of our Integrated Studies unit on Civics & Citizenship we have been discussing rules and responsibilities; specifically for our individual classrooms. We arrived at these rules by way of a blind voting system learning a little bit about a democratic process along the way.
Whilst these discussions focused primarily on expected behaviours in our classrooms and on the school grounds, as we started to look at content relating to Safer Internet Day (Tuesday 8th February 2022), we noticed that many of the rules and responsibilities expected in our classroom translated to expected behaviours of our students when interacting on or using the internet. These simple messages such as being kind, respectful, responsible, and safe when using the internet, we felt were very important in both contexts. Part of the eSafety poster suggested we should be prepared to ask for help when we aren’t sure and be prepared to offer help when others are in need, the students agreed this is a large part of being an active learner and considerate classmate at Junior School.
For more information regarding Safer Internet Day 2022 and some useful tips for parents and families I have included a link below.
Our Internet-Savvy Year 4s!
The use of 1:1 devices for our Year 4 students at Junior School has been an exciting process for both students and staff again this year. Students have been guided through the many aspects of their new device; from care and maintenance, to being introduced to a range of resources such as Outlook, OneDrive, TEAMS and OneNote. These digital resources will assist in student organisation and provide avenues to share thinking and learning collaboratively.
This week, students used their devices to reinforce concepts during our Mathematics units on Time and Place Value. It has been pleasing to see the students take care of their device in preparation for their first journey home next week. It was also timely that national ‘Safer Internet Day’ – a global initiative that brings families, schools, organisations to raise awareness about online safety, was held this week. During this day, rich discussion was shared in class with questions posed and different online scenarios explored. Parents will be invited to attend an online Device Information Session in Term 1 where more information will be shared about the use of devices within our Year 4 level.
eSafety Parents and Carers’ Webinar
Parents and carers of our students have access to a range of eSafety webinars made available by the eSafety Commissioner throughout the year.
eSafety’s free webinars provide parents and carers with the knowledge, skills and tools to support children to have safe, positive online experiences.
I encourage all parents and carers in our community to explore these webinar offerings and register for events that are relevant to you. The link is below:
Lost Property and Rapid Antigen Test Delivery
A reminder that if your child has misplaced something, please visit lost property in Junior School Reception.
We are pleased to announce that RAT kits will be named and sent home in your child’s school bag on Tuesday Feb 15th. If you haven’t received your child’s RAT on Tuesday evening please contact Reception on 5241 1565 or firstname.lastname@example.org to advise. We thank our community for continuing with the testing routine of Monday morning before school, and Thursday morning before school.
Hands on Freedom in the Art Room
What an exciting return to the Art program at Christian College. We really look forward to nurturing your young person with their creativity and artistic endeavours.
We kick-started the year by allowing the students to explore paint by doing blot prints. Keen little hands selected tantalising tubes of paint colours which were squeezed to land in assorted splatters and blobs on a variety of papers. The paper was then folded, and the paint allowed to spread and ooze. Students were asked to apply pressure and hold the paper up to the light where they could begin to see the product of this process. There was a simultaneous beaming of faces and gasps of delight as precious prints were revealed when the papers were unfolded.
Students were also very interested to look at each other’s results and there was plenty of discussion describing all the hidden images.
The aim of this activity was to ignite imagination and nurture each individual to make connections with each other while working artistically in a way that is interdisciplinary and culturally rich.
We look forward to facilitating many creative processes to allow for skill development and your young person’s imagination and innovation, thus leading to deep learning.
Vale Mr Robert ‘Bob’ Schultz
Many of us associated with Christian College were saddened last weekend by the passing of Bob Schultz, a past-parent and generous supporter of our community.
Bob and his wife Helen initially enrolled 2 of their children at Highton, when we were a single campus College. In the early years of our College, working bees were a regular thing and Bob together with other families from Drysdale, are remembered for their efforts to paint the old ‘Drysdale ‘Hall (named in honour of their work) that was formally part of the Highton campus.
Bob and Helen moved their two boys, Christopher and Michael, to the Bellarine Campus where they were joined by their sister Emily, who started in Prep as foundation student in 1996.
Bob was an active supporter of the campus and together with other enthusiastic parents, formed the Parents Association where he served as President for many years.
Our College is grateful to Bob for his loyal and generous contribution to the life of our College, particularly the Bellarine Campus where the clock that was presented to the campus at the official opening and dedication service by the Parents Association was affectionately named ‘Big Bob’.
The clock will remain as a reminder of a ‘good man’ for his faithful and generous service to our College.
Our sincere condolences, love and prayers are extended to Helen, Christopher, Michael, Emily and their families.
CANTEEN IS OPEN and has made a great start in 2022.
Many thanks to the new team of Volunteers supporting all 3 campuses to provide Food, Drink & Snacks to our students at recess and lunch.
All campuses have an online lunch ordering system which can be accessed through the parent portal.
We have added a few new items this year.
MEAT PIE, meat SAUSAGE ROLL ( we already have a W/M vegie sausage roll), VEGAN PIE & PASTIZZI. Also a new chocolate chip cookie which is available over the counter only.
Food, drink and snacks can be purchased with CASH at recess and lunch. Senior school students only can use EFTPOS.
Junior campus opens Friday (only).
Middle campus opens Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
Senior campus opens Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.
Fridays are our busiest day so if you or a family member would like to help for a couple of hours once a month please contact Heather Smith email@example.com or phone 0425 834 856.
*As with many businesses the canteen has had some supply issues and will need to substitute some brands for a short time. Thankyou.
Camp Australia – Out of School Hours Care
Christian College partners with Camp Australia to make out-of-school-hours care (OSHC) available. Camp Australia wants to ensure that new families starting school this year know that they are there to help them and their children settle into school.
To make the process easier for these families, and to answer any questions they may have about OSHC, Camp Australia is hosting free virtual parent information sessions. Please see the attached document for details.