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From the Head of Campus

Welcome Back!

On behalf of the Junior School staff I would like to wish all of our Junior School families a very warm welcome back to Term Two. We have been blessed this week to welcome some new families to Junior School and are excited for them to become part of our wonderful community.

We began this term with a beautiful ANZAC service on Wednesday. I would like to take this opportunity to commend all the students and staff who so reverently conducted this service and share my great pride in the way they honoured those who have, and those who continue to, serve for us as Australians. I would also like to express my gratitude to our community for your attendance and participation at this service. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to share this special occasion with you. At the end of this article we have included the outstanding poetry work of Year 4 student Hugh Parker who was inspired to pen his words in relation to the history of the ANZACs. I would also like to commend Isabel Shiu for her bravery in playing the Last Post and Reveille, our vocal soloists Anna Wood, Raafay Bhatti, Olivia Zampatti, Luke Hobbs and Amelia Standen and our Year 3 and 4 choir.

We look forward to hosting our Open Day at Junior School next week on Tuesday the 3rd of May. We are always thrilled to be able to share our outstanding environment with others in the community and encourage you to share with others their opportunity to visit Junior School on Open Day from 9.30am-11.00am. We are grateful to Milton Nankervis and Drew Young who have been working hard on our grounds and to Mrs Daley who has been working with our students to prepare them for conducting the Open Day tours.
In Opening our campus, I am reminded of the hospitality scripture verses from Romans chapter 12 “Bring strangers in need into your homes. Live together in peace with each other. Do your best to live in peace with everyone”.

We continue to be grateful this term for opportunities such as Year 4 Cross Country this week and the many other special events and exciting learning to come this term.
God Bless

What’s Happening at Junior School

Term 2, Week 2, Monday May 2:
Monday May 2 – Year 1 Urban Upcycle Incursion
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)
Thursday May 5 – Bush Prep, Prep B,G,M,R
Friday May 6 – Mothers’ Day Stall
Friday May 6 – Assembly, 3G Class Item

Term 2, Week 3, Monday May 9:
Monday May 9 – Mothers’ Day Tabloid Sports (please refer to Vine article in this week’s edition for more information)
Tuesday May 10 – Friday May 11 – Year 3 NAPLAN (please refer to Edsmart notification for details)
Thursday May 12 – Bravehearts visit, Prep – 2 students (information to follow via Edsmart notification)

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!

 

                         

Mothers’ Day Stall – May 6th

We look forward to providing the opportunity for students to go shopping for Mum or a Special Friend next week at the Mothers’ Day Stall.

Please send along $5 with your child to purchase a gift. There are usually plenty of gifts on offer, if students would like to purchase more gifts there will be further opportunity to do so during recess.

Wednesday May 4th – Year 2 students to bring along $5 to purchase a gift

Friday May 6th – Prep, Year 1, Year 3 and Year 4 students to bring along $5 to purchase a gift

Thank you to Kate O’Halloran and helpers for their wonderful organisation to make this such a special time for our students.

 

A Visit From Archie

This week we began our focus on living things and their needs. Linking in with our word of the week, ‘dog’, we were very excited to welcome a non-human living thing to help us delve into the topic.
Mr Smith brought his beloved dog, Archie, and shared facts about him and his needs to stay healthy. The Prep students learnt about what he eats, how he plays and that he is very smart! During the presentation, we drew pictures of what Mr Smith was telling us and some students wrote key words to remind them of the facts.

Our students loved sharing what they learnt back in the classroom:

“He loves eating cheese as a treat” – Frankie

“Archie is an omnivore. He eats meat and plants” – Jett

“Archie needs water” – Hendrick

“Archie needs to stay on a lead so he doesn’t run away” – Sasha

“Dogs like treats to help them learn” – Alby

A big thank you to Mr Smith for bringing Archie in and sharing all about him. The Preps had a great time hearing about all the mischief he gets up to and had some brilliant questions for Mr Smith too.
We look forward to learning more about different animals with some more fun experiences throughout the term.

Year 1: Investigating Materials

As part of our Integrated Studies topic this semester about ‘Materials’, the children have been exploring and asking questions about different materials and their properties. They have been provided with the opportunity to identify, classify, describe, and compare materials which they have found throughout our school environment.

As scientists, the children were encouraged to test the properties of different materials, in terms of whether a material could ‘bend, stretch or twist’. For instance, the students discovered that although a pipe cleaner can bend and twist, it cannot be stretched due to the wire.

We have also looked at how materials can be used for different purposes. The children were able to work as a team to brainstorm the many ways in which paper can be utilised. They were then encouraged to create a paper helicopter by following a series of steps. Through their observations, the students identified that by folding and cutting the paper in a specific way, this allowed the helicopter to spin through the air.

This term the children have been set the task of creating a house for the ‘Wolf’ from the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’. The students have started to draw their designs and they will then use recycled and craft materials to create and build their homes. The children are looking forward to testing the stability and strength of their houses for the ‘Wolf’!

Year 3s Kick-Start Term 2

As we returned to school for Term 2 in Year 3 we are eagerly looking forward to a busy term ahead. But it was nice to stop and pay our respects with the beautiful ANZAC service at Junior School.

We continued to work on the theme of ANZAC Day throughout the week with a picture story book all about ANZAC Biscuits to be sent to the frontline. The book has some amazing language features and beautiful illustrations. We also completed a creative activity using ANZAC soldiers and poppies as inspiration to decorate our classroom windows.

We have also been learning all about 3D shapes that are all around us: cones for our ice creams, drink bottles shaped like cylinders, dice shaped like cubes and basketballs and soccer balls shaped like spheres.

Football Star Academy Lunchtime Program for Year 1s and 2s in Term 2

Year 1 – Monday starting on 2nd May – six week program finishing on Monday 6th June (no session on Monday 13th June due to public holiday).

Year 1 Enrolment Link: https://sportstaracademy.com/football/programs/clinic?id=10609

Year 2 – Tuesday starting on 3rd May – seven week program finishing on Tuesday 14th June.

Year 2 Enrolment Link: https://sportstaracademy.com/football/programs/clinic?id=10610

To claim the special $10 per lunchtime session offer please use the following discount code at checkout: vic48lu10

Once your enrolment is complete, you’ll receive an automatic email confirming your child’s place in our term 2 group.

For further information please contact;

Emily Sutcliffe

Head Coach & Operations Manager

E:  vic48coach.football@sportstaracademy.com
M:  0484135332

or myself – n.rice@ccg.vic.edu.au

Chess Club

We are pleased to announce that Chess For Schools will be beginning in Week 2 of Term 2. Junior School students for many years have enjoyed learning how to play chess and meeting like-minded students as they practise their techniques during lunchtime.

Beginning next week, Chess For Schools will visit Junior School on Monday lunchtimes. If you would like to register your child to participate in the lunchtime sessions please visit www.chessforschools.com.au. Registrations are available to students currently in Years 2,3 and 4.

See Chess Club Information for further details.

Year 1 Mythical Portraits

Portraits tell a story.
They can be mysterious, confronting, unassuming, humorous, abstract, realistic and beautiful. Given the opportunity, Year 1s jumped at the idea of creating themselves in an alternate form, one from a mythical realm. From part human, part animal, the students created somewhat fantastical self-portraits.
Proportion has been a focus of this unit of work, analysing body shapes of animals and ways of merging these into our portraits proved an exciting, yet challenging feat. Such imaginary creatures have captured the attention of artists since Ancient Greek and Roman times.
The weeks ahead will shower these sketches with wondrous colour to bring these gorgeous mythical beasts to life…we can’t wait!

Mothers’ Day Tabloid Sports – Monday 9th May

CCG Junior School is excited to once again be hosting the annual Mothers’ Day Tabloid Sports and Sack race. This will be on Monday 9th May from 1.45pm. Year 4 students will be organising and conducting games and activities for the Prep to Year 3s. Families are more than welcome to come and watch and support the students.
We have scheduled the Sack Race for 3:00pm and we are hoping to have some great support from the mothers and grandmothers from within our school community. We encourage you to pre-register for the Mother’s Day Sack Race before the day by sending your name and the name of your child/grandchild to n.rice@ccg.vic.edu.au.
It is one of the highlights on the school calendar and we hope you can come and support this event!

Deakin District Cross Country

Yesterday, 20  Junior School Year 4 students participated in the Deakin District Cross Country at Eastern Gardens. Students completed a two or three kilometre course depending on their age group. All students should be commended for their outstanding effort and attitude. I was proud of the way they represented Christian College Geelong.

All students were able to complete the course, well done Year 4 students!

Lego Masters @ Junior School on Tuesdays

Tuesday lunchtimes will be a buzz here at Junior School this term. This term we’re stepping up Lego Club! Each Tuesday starting next week Lego Club will be bigger and better with our very own Junior School Lego Masters!
Students can sign up in teams of three and join Mr Horman in the Chapel for epic competitions! Years 3 and 4 will create and compete each Tuesday in the even weeks of Term 2. Years Prep – 2 will create and compete in the odd weeks.
If families or anyone you know has any unused Lego collecting dust at home we would gladly accept it. We’re hoping build our collection to make this competition as EPIC as possible! Please feel free to drop it off at Reception or to your classroom teacher. Know that it will be very well loved and used on a regular basis.

The sign up for the competition will be outside Mr Horman’s classroom. I can’t wait to see the incredible creations this term!

Year 2 Camp is Coming!

We are looking forward to Year 2 Camp in Week 2. Students and staff are abuzz with excitement in anticipation of their time away next week.
Please find attached the camp ‘what to bring’ list as a reminder. Please refer to the Year 2 camp edsmart notification for details regarding camp.

Equestrian State Championships

Christian College was well represented at the Equestrian Victoria Interschool State Championships during the holidays. With 10 riders from three campuses competing across four different disciplines it was a busy four days. Team captain Jorja Kirsopp-Cole led the show jumping with teammates, Georgie Pascoe, Sienna Edwards, Leonora Turner, and Lola Edwards. The show riders included Erin Bowers, Jack Borthwick and Maddison Borthwick. Olivia Hanneysee competed in dressage while Zoe Sambucco and Liberty Armitage represented the team in combined training (dressage and show jumping). There were some great results for the team with Leonora Turner (Y11) placing 4th in the 100cm show jumping, Liberty Armitage (Y11) placing 7th in the 105cm combined training and Sienna Edwards (Y9) gaining 3rd, 4th and 5th placings in the secondary show jumping 75cm to claim 1st place overall.

Two of our CCG students qualified for the State team to compete at the National Championships in Sydney later this year. Erin Bowers, Year 7, gained a 1st, 1st and a 6th to claim 3rd place overall in the secondary open show horse. Team captain Jorja Kirsopp-Cole brought it home with a 7th and a 1st to claim 2nd place overall.  All students worked so hard to qualify and compete at this event and should be extremely proud of all their efforts!

                   

Allie Jacobi,

CCG Equestrian Team

An Important Reminder for all who Visit the Uniform Shop

As a community, we are extremely proud of the manner in which the vast majority of people associated with Christian College Geelong have responded to one another throughout the COVID-19 journey of the past three years. Time and time again, we have witnessed genuine demonstrations of love, kindness, understanding, patience, and selflessness. Thank you to all those who have continued to encourage and support each other, offering everyone around them – students, staff and families – the necessary grace and time to walk through this extraordinarily difficult season.

Occasionally however, we do need to honestly confront the small number of individuals who elect to behave poorly. This is one of those occasions.

Please, could all College parents and families utilising our Uniform Shop pay careful attention to this reminder?

It is not appropriate to dispute the regulations with the staff who are kindly assisting you with your wardrobe purchases.

Disrespectful and rude behaviour should not be tolerated anywhere in our society, and it is therefore unacceptable when directed toward any member of our College staff, including the staff at our Uniform Shop.

All members of our College community are expected to support our College policies, which includes uniform requirements and behavioural expectations.

How can we help the young people in our care to learn and grow with maturity if we as adults cannot model acceptable and appropriate behaviour?

We politely request your cooperation with this, and with all expectations connected to the opportunity we have to share in this wonderful community.

What Parents Need to Know About VPNs and Cyber Safety at Home and School

VPNs are apps and services used to hide online activity, anonymise a user’s identity on a safe network, and bypass filtering.

It has become common for tech-savvy young people and teenagers to use VPNs on their digital devices. As outlined in an article for parents on our Online Safety Hub by tech expert Jessica Hill, young people typically use VPNs for three main reasons, none of which is to be encouraged. Parents will find the above article helpful, as it covers: what a VPN is, how it works and how parents can identify and prevent VPN use by their children at home.

Free VPNs sometimes pose a further privacy risk as they may be covertly collecting the user’s personal and usage data for the VPN provider’s own use. As young people are more likely to use a free VPN than a paid service, they are more at risk of this danger.

We care about our students’ digital wellbeing and safety and wish to provide a safe and appropriate digital learning environment at school. For this reason, student use of a VPN app or website at school is treated as both a cyber safety risk and a behavioural concern. This has been outlined in our Digital Learning and Device Policy Agreement, as well as the Student Agreement that Year 4-12 students with laptops completed in Term 1.

Access to VPN apps and services has always been blocked on the College network. With the introduction of our new Cyber Safe Schools Program this year, there is now greater visibility to the College over students’ attempted VPN use. Students attempting to use a VPN app or service at school are likely to trigger a ‘red flag’ alert.

This may act as a prompt for coordinators, pastoral, or wellbeing staff to have a supportive and constructive discussion with the student about VPN use, its dangers and our policy and expectations that VPNs are not permitted at school.

It will be important that students develop a practice of ensuring they are not running VPN software on their College laptop before bringing it to school each day, to avoid triggering a VPN red flag. We will be communicating and reinforcing this guidance with students as we share more about our Cyber Safe Schools Program with them and you as the term progresses.

Australians Together Presentation

The start of Term 2 saw the teaching and support staff gathering to learn more about the story of the First Nations peoples of Australia.

Simon McCormick from Australians Together led a workshop with videos and activities to help create empathy on our journey of Reconciliation. Australians Together is an organisation that has developed professional learning opportunities and resources to inform all Australians of the stories of the past so that we can walk collectively to create a brighter future for all.

The learning time offered a lot of opportunities for the staff to discuss what they were learning and there was a real buzz in the room. Many staff commented on their new discoveries and how the workshop was so impactful. It was felt that the presentation was a ‘Goldilocks’ moment and was just right.

Already this week, new learning and resources from the presentation have been embedded into lessons across the school. This is an exciting time and it is encouraging to see the staff being so proactive about sharing such an important message with for our young people. We look forward to hearing more about developing the First Nations perspective in our curriculums later in the year.

 

Mrs Ange Tutty,

On behalf of the Committee for Indigenous Understanding

Most Shrek Performances are Sold Out

Shrek – The Musical, which hits the stage in the R.W. Gibson Centre for Music Performance on May 12,13 & 14 is just about a sellout. There is much excitement about this major production and staging it in our brand new music centre at Senior School.

A very limited number of tickets are still available for Thursday and Friday matinee sessions, but all evening sessions are now sold out. Any available tickets can be purchased through the Music Administration office – phone 5241 1577.

 

We’re Hiring!

Bus Drivers Needed

Casual positions at Christian College are available for qualified and experienced school bus drivers. These positions will cover bus routes servicing both the Highton and Drysdale school campuses.

Successful first time applicants will possess a good rapport with all age groups, demonstrate Christian values, and be able to work with a dedicated team of Christian College staff.

Drivers must hold a current Medium Rigid Vehicle Licence, a Driver’s Certificate from the Taxi Directorate and an excellent driving record. Casual wage rates apply.

Applications to Fleet Manager, Mr Peter Hayes. See our website here for contact details. (Homepage > Join > Employment)

 

 

A MYTERN Thought for the Week

No matter how knowledgeable you think you are, it is always wise to be open to learn from others.

The roads of humility, empathy and compassion are always worth travelling.

Besides, it may give someone else a chance to shine 👍😊