From the Head of Campus
Finding the joy
Hi there, I hope this finds you all well. I am not sure if it was the cold freezing my brain or lack of sleep, but I must admit I was a bit challenged in finding something that I thought might be valuable for you to read in this last edition of The Vine for Term 2.
Just as I was continuing to try and find inspiration there was a knock at my door and two students from Prep R came bubbling in. They had been creating in class and one had chosen to make and give me a bracelet made from beads and pipe cleaners. At that moment I knew what I wanted to share and that was ‘finding the joy’. In our all too busy world of checklists, long lists, work lists and life-in-general lists, sometimes it is hard to stop and find the joy. That single moment of giving and receiving provided an opportunity for an exchange of joy that filled my bucket and I pray also gave joy back to the student.
What’s On at Junior School
Term 3, 2022
Week 1, Monday July 11th
Tuesday July 12th – First day of classes for students
Tuesday July 12th – Junior School Commencement Assembly
Friday July 15th – Year 2 Aquatic Program Commences (Please refer to Edsmart notification)
Week 2, Monday July 18th
Tuesday July 19th – Student Learning Conferences, 4-7pm (Please refer to Edsmart notification)
Thursday July 21st – Student Learning Conferences, 4-6pm (Please refer to Edsmart notification)
As Semester 1 draws to a close, I wish to share with you some information in relation to our staff at Christian College Junior School Belmont. As you may be aware Mr Stewart Armitage has been on leave for Semester 1 2022 from his role in teaching the Digitech curriculum. We have been thrilled to have Mrs Emma Anderson in this role during Mr Armitage’s absence. Mr Armitage has recently shared his intention to retire from teaching and we wish him well as he undertakes this change of direction. We are so excited to announce that Mrs Anderson will continue in this role for the remainder of 2022 which will allow for continuity for the students in their learning.
Student Learning Conferences
We are looking forward to hosting Student Learning Conferences at the beginning of Term 3.
The aim of the conferences is to provide parents with the opportunity to discuss your child’s current progress and application in each of their Homeroom subjects.
The Student Learning Conferences will be available on either Tuesday 19th July, 4:00pm – 7:00pm or Thursday 21st July, 4:00pm – 6:00pm.
To book a Student Learning Conference appointment with your child’s teacher please access the online booking system at www.schoolinterviews.com.au (http://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/) using our school’s event code. The Online Conference Booking Information document attached includes the event code and full instructions to make your bookings. Please take note of the opening date: Monday 4th July and closing date: Monday 18 July.
Please also find attached a document which outlines the steps for you to participate in the online Teams conferences. We encourage you to forward any queries regarding accessing the online conferences to our IT Specialists by contacting email@example.com
Rapid Antigen Tests For Term 3
Today Junior students will receive a set of RATs. While we wait for further direction regarding the requirement of RATs, we ask that students continue with testing to commence Term 3. Please note, while students have been provided with RATs for week 1 of Term 3, the new delivery will cover weeks 2, 3 and into week 4. We thank you for your support in beginning Term 3 with testing.
The Prep children have thoroughly enjoyed their Bush Prep adventures this term. In particular they have loved building huts out of the many sticks, running down the big hill and climbing trees.
We have seen a lot of growth in their safe risk-taking behaviours, collaboration and creativity. It is wonderful to see how the children use the space and also care for it. Some children have really enjoyed having the opportunity to draw pictures of the space and use their Investigations books to draw their observations. Others spend their time digging holes and uncovering ‘fossils’.
Year 2 Mathematics
There was no better way to round off the semester for Year 2 Mathematics than to delve into the topic ‘Money and Financial Mathematics’.
Whilst the outcome for Year 2 is for students to count and order small collections of coins and notes according to their value, pre-assessments showed that there were students who were yet to consolidate their ability to recognise and order coins according to their value, and others who were able to represent money in multiple ways and calculate change to the nearest five cents.
This week in Integrated Studies, our Year 4 students examined how natural processes and human activity can cause changes to Earth’s surface through the processes of weathering and erosion. Students drew a coastal environment and used scientific language to describe the erosion processes, whether it be through wind, water, heat or ice.
Examples of weathering around Junior School were examined and recorded to demonstrate the effect of natural and human processes in action. Students were challenged to think about how vegetation may reduce the amounts of erosion around natural environments.
From the Prep – 2 Coordinator
At Christian College we help the children to develop a range of skills. There are certainly a lot of content understandings to develop but there are also a number of competencies that are necessary as well.
As part of our approach to this we use Building Learning Power as a framework to assist in the development of these skills. You may have seen on our school awards the characters Rachel Reflectiveness, Robbie Resourcefulness, Ruby Resilience and Roy Reciprocity. You may have also heard your children refer to some of the key skills that the BLP characters teach us!
Lego Masters Finale!
Each Tuesday lunchtime this term has seen fierce competition. Many bricks have been carefully placed to create various creations. We’ve seen the tallest towers and the strongest bridges. And the last three weeks have had Junior School’s creative juices flowing. In the Year 3/4’s penultimate competition trophies were designed and constructed to be handed out to the winning teams for the following weeks’ finales.
This week, Year 3 and 4 students who are registered basketballers had the opportunity to participate in a skills and drills session at Hoop City. We were warmly welcomed by current Geelong Supercats player, Gabe Hadley and his team who ran some passing, dribbling, shooting and 3 v 3 activities, with students enjoying the brand-new purpose-built facility.
Hoop City is open to junior basketballers and have some basketball programs running over these school holidays. Please refer to the holiday programs in The Vine. It was pleasing to receive feedback how well all students listened to the coaches and cooperated well with each other during the session. We would like to thank Hoop City for this great opportunity.
What We’ve Loved This Term in Library
Our most borrowed book this term is Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey, which has been popular once again, off the back of the movie release. This is followed very closely by a new book Rainbow the Koala by Remy Lai, a graphic novel based on a true story. Cranky Chicken by Katherine Battersby is our third most borrowed book and a new book A Berry Long Walk by dynamic duo Laura and Philip Bunting is our fourth. The fifth most borrowed book for the term was Click by Kayla Miller which has been very popular with the Year 3 and 4 students.
This Semester, we as a Junior School, have borrowed a grand total of 7225 books across a wide range of titles. It is wonderful to see the Library so well loved and utilised. I hope these holidays our Junior School families can find some time to enjoy reading together.
Junior Strings Day
Last Friday, the Junior String Ensembles from Surf Coast, Belmont Junior School and Bellarine campus gathered together for the first time ever! The excited students were brought together in the Bellarine Auditorium to form a super-sized String Ensemble, which rehearsed two pieces before a short break in which the students from different campuses got to mingle freely with other like-minded string musicians.
Martin DeMarte on behalf of the strings team.
Talented Young Musicians Strike a Chord at the Junior School Music Evenings
In Week 8 nearly 30 young Junior School performers took to the stage in the acoustically beautiful RW Gibson Music Performance Centre at Senior School. Parents, teachers and friends enjoyed the experience of listening to students from Prep to Year 4 perform their instruments, including violin, piano, trumpet, clarinet, cello, viola and voice. Congratulations to all of our young musicians and their dedicated Instrumental Music teachers for your hard work and performance preparation. Thank you to the Music Department for hosting these special evenings. To all of our budding young musicians – keep practising!
Global Academic Challenge
The Global Academic Challenge (GAC) is an academic competition for high achieving students offered through the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER). All challenge results were compared and reported against national and international standards.
CCG Senior School: Passion, Purpose and Pathways
At Christian College’s Senior Campus in Waurn Ponds, our commitment is to help students explore their passions, discover their purpose and find their pathways.
During the first week of Term 3, all parents of Year 9 students at Highton and Bellarine Campuses are invited to the Senior School Information Evening on Thursday July 14.
Have you Taken the 5min 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’, ‘My Kid is Better at Tech Than Me’ and many other topics available via their events page.
Did you know that our own CCG Online Safety Hub 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.
From the Canteen
Thank you again to all who assisted with Canteen at Junior, Middle and Senior Schools this semester. We hope all students and families enjoy the break ahead.
With Term 2 finishing today, please note that if you inadvertently placed an online order for next week, this money will be refunded to you.
School Holiday Sports Programs
With the school holidays upon us, there are some great sporting opportunities for our students around Geelong. Please find below some programs available during the holidays.
Kelly Sports Program flyer
Kelly Sports Program
National Collection of Data on Students With Disabilities
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). With data collected on the first Friday in August (this year, on the 5th), the NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD Guidelines (2021).
Please see the attached NCCD Fact Sheet for more information.
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
Uniform Shop Hours During Holidays
During the second term school holidays, please note the following hours apply for the Christian College Uniform Shop in Centreway Arcade, Belmont:
Monday to Friday, June 20 – 24: Closed for stocktake.
Monday June 27: Uniform Shop re-opens, normal trading hours.
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
Try not to fixate on your rear-view mirror and judge your past choices.
At the beginning of every day, we get to choose how we will respond to the roads that may come our way.
Use that responsibility wisely. Be aware of the PETs (Personal Emotional Tools) that you may use to help regain or maintain control.
Don't waste time blaming. Grab that wheel and take control. It's worth it 👍🙂
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