One School, One Journey – Building Connections Between Williams House and Junior School
‘One School, One Journey’ is something that I think about a lot. Relationships are a key part of what we do at Christian College, and as a school, this starts with three year old Kindergarten. It is wonderful to be able to build the relationships from the very beginning and watch as these grow and develop along the journey.
Our Christian College website reads:
‘Where we have come from is just as important as where we are going in the future. Over our 40+ year history we have grown from 60 students to over 2000; we have opened five campuses, together with other learning spaces across the region and continually expanded our co-curricular and extra-curricular programs.’
Reflecting on this growth journey of the College is a wonderful thing. Not just physical growth but the growth of relationships and learning opportunities for young people.
The school values of Faith, Hope, Truth, Grace and Love all develop and weave through this journey. From the moment the three year old child steps into the College they are part of a community that supports their whole person. As they travel through the buildings and campuses they continue to be nurtured to develop these values and grow as an individual.
I feel very blessed to be in a role where I too can step into the space of the young people at the College and visit Williams House. Engaging in the lives of these smiling little faces, even just to read a story, helps me also remember the importance of my role in fostering their journey.
Listening to the many questions that come when you read a story, and also the thousands of stories they have to share about their own lives brings with it laughter and excitement.
Proverbs 22:6 says ‘Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.’
I hope to continue connecting with the children and families at Williams House and assisting them as begin their journey through Christian College
What’s Happening at Junior School
Week 8, Monday March 21: Harmony Week!
Thursday March 24 – Beach Prep (PB, PG, PM, PR)
Friday March 25 – Harmony Day Activities morning
Week 9, Monday March 28:
Monday March 28 – Prep AFL Auskick visit, PMP sessions (details to follow)
Thursday March 31 – Prep Excursion, Narana Cultural Centre (details to follow via Edsmart notification)
Friday April 1 – Virtual Assembly, 3B Class Item
Week 10, Monday April 4:
Thursday April 7 – Beach Prep
Friday April 8 – Easter Bonnet Parade (please refer to Vine article in this weeks edition)
Friday April 8 – Junior School Easter Service, 9.00am
Friday April 8 – Term 1 Studies Conclude, 2:30pm finish
Thank you to all the families that have donated to our chosen cause in today’s Project Care day! The Project Care team and leaders have really enjoyed being able to give back to our wildlife and help a cause that has been close to their hearts.
We’ve had fantastic fun in preparing and organising the day, and some amazing animals have been roaming around our school!
In the lead up to today we have explored how we can strive to fix and rehabilitate our precious Australian animals through different communities and organisations and how we can continue our support in these trying times. We sure do have some wonderful wildlife around Australia, and it has been insightful learning more about what has happened to our wildlife and how flooding, deforestation and bushfires have affected them. We look forward to putting our donations towards our koalas and hope to see many more of them pop up around our country!
Bug Collecting Preppies!
‘The Bug Collector’ – Making connections in Reading and Maths
How do we make connections between texts we read and experiences we may have had in our own lives? That is a question that the Preps have been exploring, and will investigate further in the coming weeks. For emergent readers, it is vital to make those links so that greater meaning within texts that are read can be made, along with building our understandings through experiences or knowledge we already have.
In Prep this week we have been reading the text ‘The Bug Collector’. This story is about a boy called George who loves collecting bugs in his net that are interesting to him by the patterns they have.
We held deep discussions about experiences in our own lives where we have used a net, or seen or caught bugs with patterns just like George did. We shared examples by linking these connections during Investigations, Maths, Reading and Writing. A perfect example has been our Maths lessons this week, where we have connected the themes in this story to our learning and knowledge regarding patterns.
Prep B investigated what a pattern was, then we used our knowledge and new understandings to link sound, voice and movement patterns with colour patterns. We made various repeating voice, sound and movement patterns then explored designing our own bugs for our own class ‘bug world’ with repeating patterns.
It has been wonderful to see the links between what we are reading, making discoveries, and exploring though connecting in our learning across subject areas. Well done Preps!
Year 2 Tangled in Charlotte’s Web!
Over the past weeks in Year 2, we have been reading a classic novel called ‘Charlottes Web’ written by E.B. White. The characters in the novel have taught the Year 2 students many things, from friendship and loyalty to the incredibly unique capabilities of different animals. On most days, the students eagerly listen to a chapter of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ whilst enjoying their fruit snack. We often discuss the new vocabulary words we find in the novel. We have even added some of these words onto our weekly vocabulary chart which assists the students with their descriptive writing!
During literacy centres, we have a range of different activities which support the students with comprehension, reading and writing. Some of the students have begun constructing different scenes in the novel with clay and sequencing them together. This task assists the students with our comprehension focus for the week, which is Sequencing. In digital literacy, the students have been building their knowledge of pigs by reading a range of factual texts. Students can also use their newly learned facts in their descriptive writing ‘All about pigs’. Other students have been completing their character profile on one of the main characters in the text – Wilber.
It has been great to reinforce and support the students’ learning and understanding of pigs in multiple literacy areas. Most importantly, it has been fabulous to see the students engaged and having fun as we learn!
4R Get STEAM
Our Integrated Studies unit has allowed students to examine traditional Indigenous culture including art, diet, hunting practices, belief systems and shelter. How Indigenous Australians built shelter became a great focus for our latest STEAM task. Students were challenged to work in small groups to design and create a traditional Indigenous styled shelter using natural resources, based on examples they had researched.
To create their shelters, the students used Minecraft Education on their devices to build a virtual shelter in a shared ‘realm’. Minecraft Education is a great platform, which can be used to teach many important 21st century skills including creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and computational thinking skills. Students enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate, compare and evaluate their designs with some terrific results.
In Mathematics this week, students were able to collect data about the First Fleet, including animals that arrived in Australia on the First Fleet. Students used the data to create a digital graph on their device and make conclusions about the data.
What We’re Loving in Library
This week in Library we have been sharing together many different books that relate to Harmony Week. Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
Colouroos by Anna McGregoris a celebration of diversity.
I see I see by R.Henderson offers us the same picture but with different perspectives.
Small Town by Phillip Gynne is a wonderful narrative about what happens when a small town finds room in its heart for new families.
Room on Our Rock by Kate & Jol Temple can be read from the front to the back then from the back to the front with very different outcomes.
Littlelight by Kelly Carby is a thought-provoking tale of tolerance and acceptance.
My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald. This exquisite book explores what it is like to arrive in a new country where you don’t speak the language and try to establish new connections.
It has been such a delight to share these titles with the students this week and have rich, wonderful and insightful discussions.
Middle School House Swimming Carnival
On Tuesday 15th March, Year 3 and 4 students attended the Middle School House Swimming Carnival at Kardinia Aquatic Centre. Students had opportunities to swim in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly events as well as participate in the novelty events. It was pleasing to watch the Junior School students support their peers and students from Middle School as well as contributing to the carnival atmosphere.
Flynn house were the overall winners, closely followed by Penman, Taylor and Burrows. Congratulations goes to all our students who participated contributing valuable house points. At Year 4, medals were awarded to the first three places for both boys and girls that accumulated the most points in the swimming events.
1st – Amalia Keller 1st – Occy White
2nd – Ingrid Lloyd-Johnsen 2nd – Hugh Parker
3rd – Piper McKenzie 3rd – Jackson Bayley
We thank the Middle School staff, in particular the HPE and Sport faculty for allowing our students to participate on the day. Thank you to the Year 3 and 4 staff members as well as the learning support staff who made sure students had an enjoyable day. Lastly a huge thank you to all the students who attended on the day, even though it was wet, it didn’t dampen your enthusiasm, attitude and effort on the day, well done!
Athletics Practice at Middle School
Last Friday, Year 4 students were able to make use of the Middle School facilities to practise for the upcoming Middle School House Athletics Carnival on Thursday 7th April. Students used the long jump pit as well as throwing discus and shot puts. We also incorporated some running into the afternoon by playing a game of tag belt tiggy. The session provided students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with these areas as well as provide valuable practice for the athletics event.
Year 4 Japanese
The topic for the Year 4 Japanese program this term is Greetings and Classroom Instructions. The students have been working on creating their original story and presenting it either in a role play or a cartoon. In their story, the students must include the required Japanese phrases.
After practising the phrases verbally and in writing, the students planned and wrote a draft of their work. Then they decided a method of the presentation, digitally or by hand. During the preparation, they had an opportunity to learn how to type in Japanese script. The final step of this task is to record and insert their voice in their digital presentation, or to act out their role play.
Through this open-ended project, the students take initiatives in their learning and are developing their language skills while working toward their goals. Furthermore, they are building on their interests and capabilities and making connections with other areas of learning such as English, Art and ICT.
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
Rev. Tim Costello to Visit Christian College Next Week
We are thrilled to welcome Rev. Tim Costello to our College next week.
On Wednesday afternoon, he will address Christian College staff at One Hope Baptist Church – Barrabool Hills. On Thursday morning he will deliver devotions to the staff at Middle School-Highton, then will spend time in the classroom at Senior School speaking with students of Global Politics, before delivering a keynote address at ‘Gathering Hope’, a function organised by the Christian College Foundation at Mt Duneed Estate, (which is now fully booked).
We look forward to Rev. Costello’s visit and the opportunity for students and staff alike to benefit from his profound experience and wisdom in a range of areas, including social justice, the ministry, the law, local government and global politics.
Join the Chair of the Foundation Board for lunch on Friday, 8 April 2022 as we celebrate the significance of Easter and learn more about the work of the Foundation.
All funds raised from this event will be allocated to our Scholarship Fund supporting current students who need financial assistance.
Book online today at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/chairslunch
For all enquiries, please contact Jennifer Freind via firstname.lastname@example.org.
A MYTERN Thought for the Week
When someone says something that hurts or offends you, try to take a moment to look at what road they are on. They are usually worse off than you are, so why join them? Keep control on your road ( be it rough or smooth) and lead through example 😊
Discover more about MYTERN here.