From the Chaplain
Hello and welcome back to the new Term. It has been so lovely to hear of all the adventures and stories that took place over the holidays from the students and the big smiles of joy these memories create.
With the change of pace and routine that holidays bring, it is common that returning to school can bring with it strong emotions as our minds and bodies re-adjust to the full days that make up the school term. If this is something you think may be true for your young person, please feel encouraged that this is a normal response and know you are welcome to reach out so we can establish a way forward that supports your child in finding their feet in this new term.
Please know you are welcome to pop in anytime or make contact via our front office if there is support and assistance I can provide.
What’s on at Junior School
Wednesday May 10 – Prep Discovery Learning
Friday May 12 – Assembly, 3R Class Item
Friday May 12 – Mothers’ Day Stall
Friday May 12 – Mothers’ Day Tabloid Sports, 1:30 – 3:25pm (Please refer to Edsmart notification)
Friday May 19 – Timor Leste Independence Restoration Day, Casual Dress in Black, White, Red, Yellow themes. Gold coin donation to support our friends in Viqueque, East Timor.
Friday May 19 – East Timor Restoration Day Year 3 and 4 Assembly
Mothers’ Day Stall Reminder
A reminder that our Annual Mothers’ Day Stall will be held on Friday, May 12. We would be very grateful for some donations of small packets of chocolates, chips, coffee or tea bags etc. Any small cash donations would also be gratefully accepted.
On the day of the stall, please remember to send along $5 for your child to spend at the stall. If your child requires more than one present, there will be an opportunity for students to revisit the stall during recess to make further purchases.
Year 2 Camping Adventure!
Camps are a wonderful opportunity for our young people to build their social skills, develop new friendships, and increase their independence, so what better way for our Junior School Year 2 students to begin the term than to head off to Camp Wilkin in Anglesea for some overnight fun and adventure.
Our Year 2 cohort was bursting with excitement as they headed off on Thursday morning and nothing was going to deter this amazing group of students from participating in each activity with determination, a sense of fun, and a willingness to support and encourage one another. Whether it was swinging on the flying fox, navigating a low ropes course, eating something new, or just getting through a night without Mum or Dad, the students faced each challenge with a positive mindset and a willingness to try their very best.
At the conclusion of the camp on Friday afternoon, the students returned to school with a sense of accomplishment and pride, full of stories to share with their loved ones. Well done, Year 2! It was a pleasure to accompany you on your camping adventure.
Year 3’s Busy Term Ahead
As we returned to school for Term 2 in Year 3, we are eagerly looking forward to a busy term ahead. Having paid our respects at a beautiful ANZAC service at Junior School in Week 1, we also enjoyed some picture story books that continued the theme of ANZAC Day.
Each of the books had some amazing language features and beautiful illustrations. Inspired by some of the imagery in these books and the bravery and courage of all who serve in our armed forces, we designed and created our own ANZAC medals in Year 3 STEAM this week. We have also completed a creative activity using ANZAC soldier silhouettes for our classroom to remind us of the sacrifice of our ANZAC soldiers.
Junior School Cross Country
On Friday April 28, Junior School students participated in the annual Cross-Country event around Junior School grounds. Prep to Year 2 students completed a 1km loop around the school, while the Year 3 and 4 students ran a 2km course. There were lots of smiles and enthusiasm shown by students and it was so pleasing to see the efforts from the students striving to complete the course.
A huge thank you to all the teaching staff for your support and help throughout the afternoon. A big thanks to Mrs Nicole Riddle and the Year 9 leaders for their help in guiding the students around the course and the basketball court activities. A special thank you to Matt Murnane from our Sports Department for preparing and collating all the results. It was great to see so many parents come along and support the children on the day. Taylor House won the 2023 Cross Country event, followed by Burrows, Flynn and Penman. Congratulations to our Year 3 and 4 medal recipients below.
Deakin District Cross Country
Junior School had 24 students representing the College at the Deakin District Cross Country. The event at Eastern Gardens in Geelong took place on Thursday May 4 with 9–10-year-old students running a 2km course and a the 11-year-olds a 3km course. It was a great opportunity for all the students competing, most of whom were representing Christian College for the first time. All the students ran extremely well and benefited from the experience. Junior School students competed well against other schools in the Deakin District from Geelong College, Kardinia International School, Grovedale West PS, Montpellier PS as well as our two other campuses, Bellarine and Surf Coast.
Congratulations to Mitchell Ward who placed 1st in the 9-10 boys, Jack Normington, who placed 3rd, Mitchell Andrews who placed 8th and Angie Muhlenberg who placed 7th in 9-10 girls. These students will progress to the SSVC Geelong North Bellarine Division Cross Country on Tuesday May 23, at Eastern Gardens.
Healthy Heroes with Geelong AFLW!
Year 3 and 4 students had the pleasure of participating in the Healthy Heroes program last Tuesday. It is a program developed by the Geelong Football Club where students were encouraged to ask questions, participate in some physical activity and watch clips on a variety of topics around health and wellbeing. The areas covered were;
- Screen Time
- Physical Activity
- Healthy Eating
We were fortunate to have four Geelong players in attendance, our very own Renee Garing (teacher from Middle School), Zach Tuohy, Jhye Clark and Flynn Kroeger.
We would like to thank the Geelong Football Club and Will Richardson for allowing the players to visit Junior School to deliver a presentation on the importance of being healthy and active. All students received a booklet with ideas and activities related to the presentation.
Middle School House Athletics Carnival
In the last week of Term 1, Year 4 students participated in the Middle School House Athletics Carnival. Last Monday we had an opportunity to recognise the top three students overall for the Year 4 girls and boys.
Well done to all the students who participated on the day in track and field events as well as the novelty events.
Year 4 Girls Year 4 Boys
1st – Pieper Riddle – Flynn 1st – Jude Ellis – Taylor
2nd – Mackenzie Fitzgerald – Penman (Surf Coast) 2nd – Jake Owens – Flynn
3rd – Michaela Desai – Taylor 3rd – Ned Simon – Burrows
3rd – Mitch Ward – Taylor
Scholastic Book Club News
Issue 3 of Scholastic Book Club has been distributed to students and orders should be placed online or returned to school no later than Friday May 12.
Our preferred payment method is via LOOP either via the mobile app or the desktop site which can be found by clicking here
Please do not send cash as we are unable to process cash payments.
Thank you for your assistance and ongoing support of Book Club.
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Performances on Next Week!
Picnic at Hanging Rock is a captivating and mysterious story that explores the disappearance of four schoolgirls and their teacher during a picnic at a local geological formation in Victoria, Australia, on Valentine’s Day in 1900. The novel by Joan Lindsay, published in 1967, was adapted into a film by Peter Weir in 1975, which became a landmark of Australian cinema and culture. The story has inspired many interpretations and adaptations, including the performances brought to you by our Christian College Senior School students.
Excitement is now running high - next week's shows are on at Platform Arts in Geelong in Lt Malop St, with three evening shows from Thursday May 11 to Saturday May 13. Tickets are only $30 and the cast and crew are looking forward to performing to full houses. Please note that Picnic at Hanging Rock contains mature themes, parental discretion is advised re the age of audience members.
To purchase tickets please follow this link:
East Timor April Trip
After a 4-year absence due to COVID, on Saturday 8th April CCG staff members Graham Barton (Barto), Andy Phillips, Lee Stringer, Craig White, Michael Lewis and Michelle Anderson, along with Jill and Rod Mayes, Patrice Hall and Jocelyn McMillan, who all have a passion for East Timor (Timor-Leste), landed in Dili. Our destination - the municipality of Viqueque which is about 180km from Dili and is a 6 hour drive on rough roads, going for kilometres at a time in second gear.
Prior to the pandemic, CCG students from years 11 – 12 were given the opportunity to visit Viqueque and some of the schools in the area and to participate in the kindergarten, IT and English language programs being run at Uma Maun Alin (Friendship House).
The Story of Buikarin
Buikarin is a small rural community half an hour away from our accommodation house in Viqueque. Within the community there is a kindergarten, that has 128 students enrolled, and consists of three teachers. One teacher is full time, one is on contract and the other is a volunteer. They only have one room to teach these 128 students. The area of that room is 6 metres by 8 metres. The teachers have 64 students at one time in this space. They have two sessions a day. Natercia is the head teacher and she's very passionate about her school. She founded this school with their own money and no support from the government.
On Friday May 19’s Project Care Day, we want to raise money to buy bricks for Buikarin so that we can give Natercia and her students and another teaching space. Natercia has already used her own money to put a roof over a “patch of dirt”and we would love to brick in this area for her so, as she says, “the kids don't run out onto the road when in class.”
One photo here shows 64 students in the classroom. Note the students are on either side of the room because Natercia puts a small wall down the middle to separate the two groups. Imagine the noise coming from this small space with 64 students. It would be very hard to listen, very hard to teach and very hard to learn. The next photo you can see is the roof that her and her husband had paid for themselves to create another teaching space. This is the space we would like to brick in and concrete the floor.
Drilling Down on Deep Thinking – REACH: Idea into Action
This week, Junior School-Belmont, Middle School-Highton, and Senior School-Waurn Ponds were honoured to receive a visit from Flossie Chua and David Perkins from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, along with Kieren Noonan and Nikki Maguire from Independent Schools Victoria. The purpose of their visit was to observe the implementation of the REACH: Idea into Action educational research program, which incorporates deep thinking routines to promote a more comprehensive understanding of subject matter both in and beyond the classroom.
Over the past few years, some Christian College teaching staff have collaborated with Harvard and ISV to develop these routines, and during their visit, the four guests were able to witness the tool in action among our Prep, Year 6, Year 9 Transformation, and Year 12 students. Teachers Beck Barry, Lori Ruplal, Julie Shutie, and Louis Gross are making a difference in their classrooms by piloting innovative teaching strategies that have the potential to improve the quality of learning for many others.
Although only a few teachers had the privilege of welcoming our special guests into their classrooms, we would also like to recognise the support provided by Angela Tutty, Georgie Brown, Anneliese Hurrell, Georgina Hodge, Sam Nichols, and Daniel Fanning in the research and development of this innovative teaching strategy.
Qustodio Parent App New Feature
New Activity Timeline View
It is a pleasure to share with parents a newly added feature of the Qustodio Parent App, which all parents have access to as part of our Cyber Safe Schools Program and in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone.
Since our launch of this parent app in 2022, it has been wonderful to note the level of engagement by parents with this tool. I have enjoyed many interactions with a range of parents about how it is helping them support their young people in their digital journey at home.
One area where I have often received feedback from parents is that the information about their child’s digital activity on their school laptop is vague and not as detailed or useful as they would like, and not comparable to the activity reporting available for their child’s personal devices.
It is for this reason that I am delighted to share that parents can now access a new feature, Timeline, that provides more specific and detailed information about digital activity on the school device outside school times.
I encourage all parents to take a few moments and view this two minute video that provides an overview of the new feature and how it can be used to better support parents in guiding their young people at home.
Getting Started with the Qustodio Parent App
A reminder that parents can learn more about Qustodio, create and activate their parent account as part of our school program, and explore Frequently Asked Questions, via our school’s Online Safety Hub.