From the Head of Campus
A Culture of Respect
I hope this article finds you well and in good health.
All members of our school community are active participants in building a welcoming school culture that values diversity, and fosters positive, respectful relationships. At Junior School and indeed across all of our campuses at Christian College we teach, model and promote values and behaviour in order to create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments.
What’s on at Junior School
Week 7, Monday June 6th:
Thursday June 9th – Bush Prep
Friday June 10th – Junior School Strings – Bellarine Campus Workshop (please refer to EdSmart notification)
Week 8, Monday June 13th
Monday June 13th – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Wednesday June 15th – Year 3 & 4 Students visit to Senior Music House – Year 10 Drama Performance
Wednesday June 15th – JS Music Evening 1: 4pm RW Gibson Centre – Senior School
Wednesday June 15th – JS Music Evening 2: 5:30pm RW Gibson Centre – Senior School
Friday June 17th – 2G Assembly Item
Friday June 17th – Conclusion of Term 2, 3:25pm Finish
Chick, Chicks, Everywhere
On Monday the Preps welcomed three chicks and 12 eggs into their space. The Prep children have been learning all about farm animals and their needs. They have unpacked and discussed the ideas of who cares for these animals and the impact that the weather can play on their environment and their needs.
Having chicks in our space to care for helps the children to put into practice some of what they have learnt. The children have already discussed the needs of the chicks, and the eggs, and how we can meet these needs.
Year 1 – Roaming Reptiles
As part of our Integrated Studies topic this semester about animals and their habitats, the children participated in an incursion: ‘Roaming Reptiles’. They were able to learn about the habitats of reptiles, insects and arachnids, and their key features that help them to survive.
The children were provided with information about staying safe around animals, particularly those found in our gardens. They were also able to handle some of the creatures, with the support of our educator for the session, Tracey. We learnt many interesting facts during the program and some of the animals that the children were able to build their knowledge about included: Charlotte, the tarantula, Beardy, the bearded dragon and Darth Vader, the python snake!
Welcome to Country
This week the Year 2 classes have been participating in the school activities to celebrate and recognise Reconciliation Week. The theme for this year’s Reconciliation week is Be Brave. Make Change.
We read Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy. This is a wonderful story that welcomes the reader to the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People. The Wurundjeri People are part of the land and the land is part of them. The story invites readers to discover some of the history and traditions of history of Aunty Joy’s people, the Wurundjeri People. The illustrations by Lisa Kennedy are as full of wonder and history as the tradition they depict.
Christian Ed in Year 3
During our Christian Education lessons this term we have been learning about The Apostles – Paul and Peter.
Through conducting research, watching relevant biblical videos and exploring the content in our Jesus Storybook Bibles/Good News Bibles, the students were able to gather information to complete a God Mind Map project on ‘The Apostle Paul’.
Healthy Heroes – Geelong AFLW
Earlier this term, Year 3 students participated in an interactive session hosted by Kate Darby and Zali Friswell from the Geelong Cats. As part of the Healthy Heroes program, students were able to build on their understandings about how to live a healthy and active life.
This week at Junior School students have taken the opportunity to learn about the shared histories, cultures, and achievements of our First Nations peoples as part of National Reconciliation Week. The dates for National Reconciliation Week remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the Reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. This year the theme of National Reconciliation Week is ’Be Brave, Make Change’ and is a call to all Australians to be brave with their actions in their daily life – where you live, work, play and socialise.
Digitech – Exploring Hardware and Software in Prep
What is a computer? What is hardware? What is software? How does it all work?
Prep students at Junior School have been exploring these questions and more this term, under our topic ‘Exploring Hardware and Software’ during Digital Technologies classes.
We have discussed the main parts of a computer like a keyboard, screen, and mouse and how we use them and care for them. We have practised our letter and number identification to familiarise ourselves with the keyboard layout including the location of the ‘caps lock’ key, the ‘enter’ key and the ‘backspace’ key, building our capability to sign ourselves into the computers with our personal login cards. During classes over the last few weeks, students have created their very own DIY computer to practise signing in and have made some fabulous digital drawings using software programs to help create our masterpieces.
Terrific job building your digital literacy and digital learning skills Preps!
Konnichi wa Junior School family and friends,
I thought I would use this Vine article to give you an update on our Japanese room pets, the kingyo (goldfish) named Akarui and Ponyo by Seyara in Year 四. We have had these wonderful pets in our Japanese room for about 15 months now and are pleased to report that they are thriving. They have doubled in size and are living their best lives. In Japan, koi fish live in ponds and can grow to be enormous, nearly the size of a poodle!! If we put Akarui and Ponyo into a pond, I wonder how big they could grow?
The table where Akarui and Ponyo live is in the back of our classroom. It is a place where students can have some quiet time and watch them swim around. It is very peaceful to watch them and perhaps imagine what they are thinking about as they swim through the weed and play chasey under the bridge. I have included an educational clip from Safe YouTube about how to draw the koi fish. Some students have done this exercise before so will enjoy perfecting their drawing skills. Please bring your creations to the Japanese room so we can put them up around Akarui and Ponyo’s tank so they can feel like they are surrounded by new friends. https://video.link/w/tKsvd
Messaging and Online Chat – Helping Parents to Keep Young People Safe
One of the most challenging aspects of young people’s technology use for parents is messaging and online chat. Where age-appropriate, these apps and platforms enable young people to stay connected, be in the moment with someone, meet new people and collaborate with others.
Graduate Professional Development Day
Learning is for more than just our students - Christian College is building a strong career foundation for new teachers.
Teaching can be a tough job— as any veteran teacher will tell you over the past few years. Finding ways to make it sustainable is imperative for the strength of our profession, student learning outcomes and continuing to build the quality teaching in our College. Our targeted mentoring program is designed to support graduate teachers and was further enhanced by our recent seminar day with visiting speakers from Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) and the Victorian Institute of Education (VIT).
The Foundation Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, 27 October 2022. Join us at 13th Beach Golf Links from 8:00am for a shotgun start. Tickets are $190 each ($150 for members) or $750 for a group of four. RSVPs close on Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 5:00pm.
Funds raised from this event will be allocated to our Foundation Scholarship Fund, supporting current students who are in need of financial assistance.
Book online at: The Foundation Golf Tournament