From the Chaplain – Shrove Tuesday
This week at Junior School we have been learning about the season of Lent as a preparation for Easter time, one of the most significant moments in the Gospel story. We have been speaking about how we prepare for Christmas with ‘Advent Calendars’ and we prepare for school by packing our bag and our lunch and that Lent is the opportunity to prepare for Easter.
Part of this preparation is celebrated with Shrove Tuesday, a day when we get to look at ourselves and ask honestly, “Who am I?”, “What are the really great things about me?”, “What is working and what might need some re-working?”
On Tuesday the 21st of Feb, we were served pancakes by our Year 4 student leaders and had a morning tea together in the courtyard to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. There were lots of smiles, lots of butter and lots of jam! This was a wonderful morning for the students to spend time with one another and take part in welcoming the beginning of lent.
What’s on at Junior School
Monday 27th February – Emergency and Lockdown drills
Friday 3rd March – Assembly, 4R Class Item (*Please note change of class)
Friday 3rd March – Prep Discovery Learning Excursion, Prep B, G and R
Tuesday 7th March – Lunchtime Concert (details to follow)
Friday 10th March – Year 4 at Middle School Swimming Carnival held at Kardinia Aquatic Centre (EdSmart to follow).
Student Leaders and New Staff Induction Service
I would like to take this opportunity to share my heartfelt thanks to staff, students and families for their participation in our Leaders and New Staff Induction service today, Friday February 24th, 2023. I am grateful that these students and new staff have accepted the call to be leaders within our Junior School and I look forward to their contributions over the coming year.
Our Project Care student Leaders for 2023 are: Raafay Bhatti, Lucas Cao, Michaela Desai, Jude Ellis, William Gannon, Esther Hines, Brydie Johnson, Indie MacFadyen, Hudson McEwen and Lexie Qi.
Safety at the Roundabout – Front of Junior School
Just a note to all our Junior School parents and families to ask for your continued assistance in helping us maintain the safety of students in our school grounds. Please note that the roundabout at the front of the school is NOT to be used for daily general student drop off and pick up.
The exceptions to this being:
- If students are arriving for Strings at 8am on a Tuesday morning and/or Choir at 8am on a Wednesday morning
- If your child has an appointment between the hours of 9.30am-3pm when you are welcome to use the front roundabout for pick up and drop off as this will not generally impact student safety.
- If students are being dropped off at before school care from 7.00am-8.00am or collected from after school care from 4.30pm-6pm.
Thanking you in anticipation of your assistance in this matter.
An Evening of Community
Last Tuesday evening the Junior School community came together for our Welcome Picnic. There was lots of laughter and fun as the children and their families gathered together on the grass under the big lone pine tree. Mr Horman, Mrs Hollingsworth, Mrs Braun and Mr Foran entertained us with some amazing music and singing and the children and families danced and sang. It was a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together.
The classrooms were then open for families to be able to see the fabulous learning that has already occurred at Junior School. The hallways were packed as teachers greeted families and showed them around our learning spaces.
Mathematic Legends in Year 1!
Numbers, Numbers, Numbers!!
The Year 1 children have been working very hard to develop their skills in Number and Place Value. We have completed a variety of number games and activities which aim to help students identify and record numbers quickly and confidently. We are thrilled to see the children attempt these classroom tasks with excitement and enthusiasm! It really is such a joy as educators to observe the children learning, while working cooperatively with one another.
A very popular game in Year 1 is called ‘The 30 Second Challenge.’ The children are given 30 seconds to record (in their mathematics journal) as many numbers as they can starting at 0 and counting forwards by ones. They complete three rounds of this game and aim to reach a higher number in each round. After round three, the classroom is BUZZING with excitement as the children share their results with their classmates! It is so lovely to see the support and encouragement they show one other.
Persuading the Masses in 3R
In Year 3 we have been learning about persuasive writing and how we can use a variety of persuasive devices to convince people of our opinion, such as rhetorical questions, emotive language, alliteration, and statistics.
To begin with, we drew on what we have been learning about in our Core Knowledge Unit, ‘Ancient Greece’, and completed a Venn diagram showing the differences and similarities between Ancient Athens and Ancient Sparta. The students then decided which they would have preferred to live in during that time period. Some interesting opinions were expressed and there was a clear divide between boys and girls, with the boys preferring Athens and the girls preferring Sparta.
Teachers are Learners too!
After work last Friday, six Junior School staff members jumped into two cars and headed to Bendigo. We attended the Sharing Best Practice Conference held at La Trobe University. Sharing Best Practice is a committee set up to promote current research, improve teaching pedagogy and discuss improvements and refinements that can be made to enhance the learning for all children.
As staff we are always looking for opportunities to expand and develop our own knowledge and understandings. We research and implement ideas based on the evolving educational landscape around us.
Health, PE and Sport at Junior School
We are up and running for another year and Term 1 provides lots of opportunities for students on a sporting and skills development front.
From now until the early weeks of Term 2, students from Junior School are encouraged to participate in Swimming (Year 4), Athletics (Year 4) and Cross Country (Prep – Year 4) Carnivals. Our community also looks forward to the Mother’s Day Tabloid Sports which is scheduled for Friday 12th May.
Aside from these events, Year 4 have commenced their swimming program on Friday afternoons at Middle School. Years 1 – 3 students will have the opportunity to swim later in the year.
Teachers Growing and Learning
Earlier this week, Christian College teachers, Julie Shutie from Junior School-Belmont, Emma Workman and Nicola Morrish both from Senior School, commenced a year-long learning journey with the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership as Teaching Excellence Programme participants.
The opening conference was held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre with the opening address from Victorian Education Minister, Ms Natalie Hutchins. She celebrated the role and work of the teaching profession and the work we would undertake as participants in this prestigious program. She charged us with growing ourselves as learners to ensure we are providing the best possible learning outcomes for our students across the state.
Device Program and Digital Wellbeing Parent Resources
Over the past two weeks, parents of our Year 4 students across the campuses have had the opportunity to attend an information session about the College’s 1:1 Device Program and Cyber Safe Schools Program. At Surf Coast and Bellarine Campuses, where students attend beyond Year 4, this invitation was extended to other families, especially new families to the College.
It is our desire to partner with parents in supporting students at all ages to develop positive digital behaviours and online safety, and these evenings provided information, guidance and support to parents – particularly parents of Year 4 students prior to the students having the opportunity to begin bringing their laptop home.
Visit 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. On weekdays during term time, working at the café is part of the schedule for the Year 9s’ Farm Program work groups. Students learn a whole range of hospitality-related skills as they assist with the day-to-day café operations.
If you’re passing through Meredith this weekend, or just fancy a 35-minute drive up the Midland Hwy from Geelong, make sure you drop in and say hi. 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.
Back Creek Café is located at 1/27 Staughton Street Meredith. For enquiries and bookings, call 5286 1166.
Dear Families of Christian College Senior, Middle and Junior Schools,
At Junior School we love our Lego, and we are reaching out to families to see if they can assist us in any way to build our resource.
Lego is used at Junior School for students to come together and build skills such as turn taking, sharing, listening, teamwork and collaborative problem solving. In the early 2000s, US paediatric neuropsychologist Daniel LeGoff (2004) published research that showed many children were more interested in interacting with each other if they were playing with Lego. Therefore, as Lego promotes social interaction it is also a part of the social groups that we provide for children where they can practise communication and social skills while having fun.