From the Chaplain – Easter is Coming
As we approach Easter, we are reminded of the gift God has given us by sending Jesus to earth. Jesus’ life gave us a tangible expression of just how much God loves every person. Jesus also showed us by example how to live a life that is filled with love for others.
Nothing we could do would change the way God sees us, we are perfectly made and loved by Him. This is not because of anything we have done, but because of the gift of Jesus coming to earth.
It says in Ephesians 2, verses 8:9
”For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
This is a beautiful time of year to reflect on what Jesus came to do and what that means for us now.
What’s Happening at Junior School
Week 10, Monday April 4:
Thursday April 7 – Beach Prep
Friday April 8 – Easter Bonnet Parade (please refer to Vine article in this week’s edition)
Friday April 8 – Junior School Easter Services, 9.00am
Friday April 8 – Term 1 Studies Conclude, 2:30pm finish
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)
Parent Invitation – Easter Celebration and ANZAC Service
We look forward to welcoming Parents and visitors to the Junior School Annual Easter Bonnet Parade, and ANZAC Service. Please note details for the events below:
Friday April 8th – Annual Easter Bonnet Parade, 11.30am, rear basketball courts
Wednesday April 27th – Junior School ANZAC Service, 9am, front roundabout
As per Edsmart notification sent to families in Week 9, visitors to each 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 to enjoy these events.
Annual Easter Bonnet Parade Information (rerun article)
We are looking forward to Easter Celebrations to conclude the term at Junior School. All students will participate in Easter Services held during the morning on the final day of Term 1, Friday April 8. This will be followed by the Annual Easter Bonnet Parade held at 11.30am on the rear basketball courts.
Parents/carers are encouraged to work with your child to design their Easter Bonnet which will be worn in the parade. There will also be a special visit by the Easter Bunny!
Junior School ANZAC Service, Wednesday April 27, 9am
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.
Shrek – The Musical
Rehearsals for the college production of Shrek the Musical are nearing the final weeks and cast and orchestra are excited to see the show steadily coming together. It has been wonderful to be back together in the rehearsal space and we are all looking forward to our opening night, when the students can share the fruits of their many hours of creative labour. Shrek is a very family friendly show about love and friendship and finding your place in the world and its upbeat and memorable musical score is bound to leave audiences humming along as they leave the theatre.
Shrek the Musical is being performed for six shows only in the W.R Gibson Music Performance Centre at Senior campus, with dates and times listed below.
Thursday 12th May – Preview 12.30pm
Thursday 12th May – Opening Night 7.00pm
Friday 13th May – Matinee 12.30pm
Friday 13th May – Evening 7.00pm
Saturday 14th May – Matinee 12.30pm
Saturday 14th May – Evening 5.30pm
Ticket Price: Adult $35 Student/Child $25
Tickets can be purchased through the Music Administration office – phone 5241 1577 from Monday 4th April-Friday 8th April in school hours, and then from the commencement of term 2, Wednesday27th April. Seating is very limited and the College community is encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. This year to offset the limited seating, we are offering matinee performances on Thursday and Friday at 12.30pm.
As per government guidelines, parents, carers and other adult visitors (excluding students) must be able to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid medical exception.
We can’t wait to share the show with you!
Have you Taken the 5-Minute Cyber Safety Parenting Quiz?
With school holidays almost upon us, now is a great time for parents to review their approach and strategies around managing screen time and technology in the home. Not sure where to start? Family Zone has free parent webinars on ‘Managing Screen Time During School Holidays’, ‘Popular Games and Their Dangers’ and many other topics available via their events page.
Did you know that our new Online Safety Hub from Family Zone also has a helpful quiz to support parents with this?
Complete the cyber safety parenting quiz to receive a safety rating for your family and useful hints and tips on areas that you can focus on to keep your family safe online. Why not complete an audit of your home’s cyber safety and get advice on how to improve it and keep your loved ones safe?
School holidays are a great time for having constructive conversations with young people about their technology use and referring to the tips and feedback from the parent quiz may be a useful way to begin such a conversation with your child.
The Project Care Team have been raising awareness about the people around us and the positive impact we can have on different communities.
On Wednesday 6th of April 2022, students will be holding a stall at lunchtime to raise money for the variety of groups our college is affiliated with, such as our friends in East Timor, and the Salvation Army. Project Care students have been recycling the mask elastic to create beautiful bracelets, bookmarks, and magnets (These are all sterilised and cleaned before production).
Students have the opportunity to purchase these hand-made crafts and all the proceeds will be going towards the causes we support. Prices for the crafts will not exceed a gold coin donation. We would like to thank our College community so much for their giving hearts as we do what we can for those in need.
Pyjama Day for Preps
In Prep we have been learning a different word each week to support our knowledge of letters and sounds. This week was bed! What better way to em ‘bed’ their knowledge than to create a shared experience of all things bedtime. The Preps rolled out of bed and into the classroom with their teddies and in their PJs – and the teachers did too! We had so much fun rotating around each of the four prep rooms experiencing something different in the morning.
In Mr Horman’s room students got to design the ULTIMATE bedroom! Think tree top views, water slides and disco balls! Mrs Shutie helped the children create a bed for their Ted through a STEAM activity and Mrs Ward read a text about a little boy who made a lot of different excuses not go to bed. The Preps exercised their text-to-self connections by thinking about times they may have done the same. In my room we incorporated bed into our maths focus by making beds with 10 people in them, singing the ‘ten in the bed’ song and thinking about subtraction strategies.
Later in the day the Preps were delighted by a very cosy Mr Smith singing songs in his dressing gown and shower cap while they had a Teddy Bear’s picnic. We finished the day using tiny teddies as the basis for our Maths lesson – estimating, sorting, making patterns, identifying ordinal numbers and of course subtraction as we started to eat them! Yum yum!
We love the learning we get to do in Prep! Sweet dreams everyone
This term the Prep children have been exploring our personal history with a particular focus on artefacts and how we can tell our own story through these. Earlier in the term the Prep children turned their own special memories into cards, boxes, bags and craft items to convey their story about their personal history.
On Thursday this week the Prep children headed to Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre to hear Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people convey their own history through story and the use of artefacts.
We were presented with a range of items that have been used for generations to share messages and history with others. The children listened intently to stories and information presented to them and joined in with dance and movement to participate. We were also very lucky to see some native animals in wallabies and emus as well as have a go at throwing a boomerang!
Highlights from the Preps include:
Throwing the boomerang – Buster F
Listening to the stories. – Frankie C
Seeing the emus. – George M
Seeing my friends and going outside to feed the emus. – Juno W
Doing the dancing. – Scarlett G
Looking at the big shelter that was like a tunnel. – Emmanuel
Doing the boomerangs. – Darko L
Throwing the boomerangs. – Isla T
What a great way to end our unit!
Year 2 Masterclass – Mythical Creatures
As part of our descriptive writing this term we have had a focus on ‘Mythical Creatures’. The children have been exploring different mythical creatures and words they can use to describe them. They have been provided with the opportunity to learn about these creatures through a range of activities, such as drawing pictures, researching with devices, and creating a 3-dimensional version of their mythical creature in Masterclass.
This week the children were able to design and create a mythical creature. After sharing their ideas and using their newly learned knowledge, the students set off to design pictures and bring to life their creation. The children thought carefully about their pictures and included great details.
As we continue our learning about this topic, the students will be encouraged to use newly found vocabulary and learnings to incorporate into their descriptive writing over the final duration of the term.
It has been wonderful to watch the students to engage with their tasks and connect their creativity with new learnings. Well done Year 2!
The Cost of Living In Year 4!
Year 4 students have been busy developing shops and using their knowledge of addition and subtraction to apply their newfound skills into running a thriving business. The students needed to design a shop, what they were wanting to sell and then figure out pricing for each of their products. Students have also been able to pay bills, taxes and rent in order to discover ‘the cost of living in Year 4’.
Students have relished in being able to create an income and work how much they need to pay in order to live comfortably, such as paying the electricity bills and water bills, as well as the rent of their tables and chairs. Students will continue to broaden their knowledge and skills in this area as they navigate what it means to spend their class cash wisely.
House Athletics Carnival
Year 4 students have an exciting opportunity next Thursday 7th April to participate in the annual Middle School House Athletics Carnival. Students have been provided opportunities to practise the track and field events during PE sessions in Term 1.
In addition to the traditional track and field events, students have the opportunity to represent their house in a range of novelty activities. These activities are designed to encourage participation from a broad range of students.
At the conclusion of the day, a House Winner is awarded and following full analysis of all results, which does take considerable time, the year level champions will be presented at the year level assemblies next term, or earlier if possible.
Event: Year 4 – 9 House Athletics & Sport Activity Day
Venue: Middle School Oval – Highton
Date: April 7th, 2022
Uniform: All students are to wear College sports uniform (House polo) to school on the day. House polo and navy shorts are to be worn whilst competing and all students must have their hats.
Please refer to the EdSmart documentation for further details.
Other Important Information:
Parents and friends are warmly invited to attend the Athletics Carnival. Please note that COVID Safe measures will be in place as follows:
- Upon entry to the College, via the main gate on Burdekin Road and a staff member will sign in each visitor.
- Proof of Vaccination or medical exception documentation will need to be shown for entry to the event at time of sign in.
- Direction to designated viewing areas will be clearly displayed upon check in.
- All visitors must remain in the defined viewing areas, adjacent to competition areas. Roaming around events will not be permitted.
- Physical distancing protocols will always apply while on Campus and within the defined visitor viewing areas.
- Visitors sign out when exiting the Campus.
- We also respectfully ask that if you are exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms leading up to the event that you do not attend.
We thank all visitors in advance for supporting the College with these measures, enabling us to safely share in a wonderful community event.
Results from this event will be used to assist with selection of the Christian College Athletics team to compete at the Deakin District (Year 4-6) Athletics Carnival later this year.
We look forward to a great House Athletics Carnival to finish the term.
Soccer Clinics for Year 1 and 2 Students – FSA
Earlier this week, Year 1 and 2 students had the opportunity to participate in a lunchtime soccer clinic run by Matt from Football Star Academy. It was great to see students having lots of fun whilst improving their soccer skills.
There will be a soccer program running during the school holidays as well as a program for Year 1 and 2 students during lunchtime at school next term. Please see information below and the attached flyer for further details about the holiday program. If your child is interested in participating in the school lunchtime program, please email Emily Sutcliffe – firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Soccer Programs for all students!
𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗛𝗢𝗟𝗜𝗗𝗔𝗬 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗠𝗦 𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗔𝗩𝗔𝗜𝗟𝗔𝗕𝗟𝗘 𝗧𝗢 𝗕𝗢𝗢𝗞 𝗡𝗢𝗪 𝗜𝗡 𝗚𝗘𝗘𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗚
Pick days that suit your schedule
Sessions to suit all levels of ability and experience
UNDERCOVER pitch – the weather won’t stop us
Lots of fun with our professional coaches
Scan the QR code to book now or click this link: https://bit.ly/FSAHolidayCampsGeelong
Places are limited so be quick to avoid disappointment.
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!
Christian College – Community of Respect
A significant achievement here at Christian College during 2021, was the launch of a College-wide Wellbeing Framework. Through this framework, and based on our understanding of the importance of wellbeing, our College chooses to promote human flourishing, purpose, and passion. Our College is committed to nurturing all members of our community, as we discover and confirm holistic health, both individually and collectively. As part of this College-wide commitment, we have established a ‘Community of Respect’ Professional Learning Team.
This dedicated group of staff has been appointed to help facilitate a number of developments and actions associated with several priorities across the College, including the adoption of the Respectful Relationships initiative. Respectful Relationships is a Victorian Government initiative to support schools in promoting and modelling respect and equality. It also supports key wellbeing objectives in teaching our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. Respectful Relationships prioritises a whole school approach that sees Respectful Relationships “…beyond curriculum… recognising that to drive real change, classroom learning needs to be reinforced by what is modelled within the school community.”
In Term 1 of this year, Christian College commenced working alongside several other schools in the Respectful Relationships Surf Coast Otways Cluster including: Iona College (Lead School), Geelong Lutheran College, St John’s Lutheran College, Lisieux Catholic Primary School, St Catherine of Siena Primary School and St Therese Primary School. This leading and partner schools initiative provides training and support to all Government, Catholic and Independent schools to implement a whole school approach to Respectful Relationships. During the first half of this year, all teaching as well as professional support staff are undertaking Respectful Relationships professional development, while our Community of Respect team begin identifying the most appropriate strategies we can adopt to move forward as a truly flourishing community of respect.
While it is early days for our Community of Respect team, we look forward to sharing more regularly as our work in this space continues to take shape.
Jemma Morris – Highton & Surf Coast Liaison
Andy Davies – Highton
Nicole Riddle – Highton & Chaplaincy
Drew Oliver – Senior School
Kim Doherty – Senior School
Rob Moore – Bellarine
Octavia Rae – Junior School
Yesterday saw the next phase in the CCG journey with Project Zero – Harvard University and Independent Schools Victoria for 12A Reach project. Six members of staff joined the project this year. For the first time, we have been able to include colleagues from our junior level and we are very excited to see what it will look like in their setting.
Reach is an instructional innovation that is designed to deepen the learning of our students. It has been created to be embedded in the existing practice of the teacher. It helps the learner understand the content and how they learn through thinking. This then leads onto making decisions by forming opinions, choosing behaviours and actions to make greater connections between their lives and world. A major focus is on conversations, which is such an important skill that has been greatly impacted over the last couple of years.
The team gathered at Senior School and even though we were in two countries and time zones, thanks to the aid of technology, we are able to hold our meeting on Microsoft Teams. It was so much easier to share ideas and questions in real time as well as we could all feel the excitement and anticipation in the room even though some where on a screen.
We are all looking forward to developing our teaching practices for the benefit of our learners and sharing our new learning with our colleagues.
Senior School – Waurn Ponds
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.
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