From the Head of Campus
Being the best version of yourself
Over the past couple of weeks, I have had a few occasions to encourage students to be the best version of themselves. As this is our first year together fully on site for the past three years, children are being challenged in their behaviour to think beyond their own needs and perspectives to how they can put others first. This can sometimes be very challenging for students from a normal developmental perspective however my observations of our year are that this has been made so much more challenging for our children because of the pandemic. My conversations with the children have been for them to think about who they are and therefore how do they know when they are being the best version of themselves?
What’s on at Junior School
Week 6: Monday August 15th
Monday 15th August – Science Week at Junior School
Thursday 18th August – Bush Prep, Prep B, G, M & R
Friday 19th August – Project Care Day – The Royal Children’s Hospital (Gold Coin donation), wear an item of white (Please refer to Edsmart notification)
Reserve Your Place!
Wellbeing Evening and Cyber Safe Schools Program Launch
We enjoyed a fantastic night with the parents, families, students and staff attending the first Digital Wellbeing Evening held at our Senior School Campus last night, Thursday 1st September. If you have not yet taken the opportunity to reserve your place at the second and final of our two nights, please save the date and reserve your place now! We would love to see you there. We encourage you to take a few minutes to view the video below to find out more about this important event. The evening will be presented at our Bellarine Campus next Thursday 8th September starting at 7pm. We expect to run for about 45 minutes, finishing with time for questions and a cuppa together.
We ask all Parents and Families to share their attending intentions with us via our online RSVP Response Form. Please access the form by clicking the image or link below.
100 Days of School
The Prep children were excited to be able to celebrate 100 Days of School on Thursday 11th August. The children came to school as 100 year-olds bringing along with them 100 items. We spent the day discussing what we would do with $100, writing about what we would do when we are 100 years old, counting our 100 items by 2s, 5s and 10s, enjoying a shared lunch and having a disco to finish out the day!
Year 1 Excursion to Aldi
This week the Year 1 students were delighted to head to Aldi to practise their money skills. We have been learning about the Australian coins and notes in Numeracy this term and learning how to add money to find out how much is required to make a simple transaction.
Each child was allowed to bring along five dollars to spend at the Waurn Ponds Aldi store and complete a worksheet. They were required to find various items which cost more than and less than five dollars and then choose an item to purchase.
Over the course of the term the children have learnt that there is one hundred cents in a dollar, each coin and note has special pictures representing our country, and that we can add money easily if we can skip count by twos, fives and tens. Thank you to the parent helpers who assisted us during this activity. We were so grateful to have you come along.
Fun and Games in Year 2
Through this semester’s Integrated Studies Geography unit, the Year 2s have been learning that people have personal and local connections to places. We began the term by discussing and looking at the connections we all had to different places within our country. These varied greatly, but also had us wondering where these places actually are in our great nation. As a result of the Year 2 children’s wonderings, we are now able to name the six states and two territories within Australia and the capital cities of each state and territory.
Getting Creative in Christian Education
Christian Education in Year 3 is an exciting time for learning each week. This term we have been exploring prominent figures in the Old Testament and how lessons from their lives and experiences can help us to be closer to God. Our lessons have included Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah, and Joseph. The remainder of the term will see us investigate Moses, David, and Josiah.
We have enjoyed showing our learning in creative ways and making links to other learning areas. During our research about Noah, we were also expanding our understanding of how we measure length using formal units of measurement. When we were reading scripture, we discovered that God gave Noah some very clear instructions about how to make the Ark, including length, width, and height. Armed with this information we headed out to the oval so we could get a clear idea of how big the Ark was.
What We’re Loving in Library
Excitement is building for our Book Week celebration. Over the last few weeks, we have been sharing more of the shortlisted books. In the Picture Book category, we have been reading Blue Flower and Just One Bee. These books have touched on wonderful themes of both environmental issues and perseverance.
In the Early Childhood category, we have enjoyed “When the Waterhole Dries Up” and “What do you call your Grandma?” The students were excited to share the special name they call their Grandma and also pick up on the visual literacy clues throughout the other book.
The Prep students are learning about Japanese food that people eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are comparing the different foods and deciding if we think something is oishii or mazui. If we think something is oishii, we do a thumbs up or rub our tummy. If something is mazui, we might do a thumbs down or poke our tongue out. We have been watching some very interesting videos made by a young girl in Japan who shows what she eats for different meals and how to cook some simple Japanese meals.
12A Reach Project
Last week, Flossie Chua from Harvard University and Kieren Noonan from ISV made a visit to CCG to see our 12A Reach teachers in action.
For the last three years, selected staff have been piloting a program designed by Flossie with her colleague David Perkins. Over that time, the staff have implemented the 12A Reach cards which focus on being an explorer, investigator and innovator. The teaching staff from Prep to Year 12 have trialled the program and fed back to both Harvard and ISV, what works and what doesn’t work. From this feedback, the cards have been redesigned applying what the teachers have said.
On Friday, Flossie was able to see the cards being used in a variety of ways in Prep, Year 1, Year 9 and Year 12. There was learning about the caring for animals, to designing a new playground and from issues of the world to unpacking of a VCE study design. In each situation the students were encouraged to dig deep into their learning and through the art of conversation really think about possibilities.
Flossie was able to gather firsthand evidence through observation, interviews of students and staff and video recording that will be used to develop this project further. The 12A Reach teachers will be attending a session with Flossie, Kieren and the other pilot school in Melbourne to share their discoveries as well as network with the other teachers.
Scholarship Applications for 2024 Entry now Open!
Each year we offer Academic Excellence Scholarships for entry at Year 5 (Middle School-Highton, Bellarine and Surf Coast campuses); Year 7 (Middle School-Highton and Bellarine); and Year 10 (Senior School-Waurn Ponds).
These scholarships have been designed primarily to encourage and support new and current students who wish to attend Christian College and who demonstrate high levels of academic excellence.
We are now seeking scholarship applications for entry at any of those year levels in 2024.
For more information, and to apply, please see our website. Use the hotlink from our homepage or click here
Applications close on Thursday September 29. The examination date is Saturday October 8.
Come and Sample our Menu!
Next Tuesday evening, Bellarine Campus is opening its doors to anyone interested in this Christian College campus as an option for their young person. This includes students who would enrol at either Junior or Middle levels. The subject selection information and expo evening is an excellent opportunity for families to take a deeper dive into the fantastic learning programs offered by our College. There will be opportunities to meet and speak with campus, year level and subject area leaders who can provide information about the diverse specialty areas of learning that are offered to students at all levels at Bellarine Campus.
We would encourage anyone within our College community who may know friends, neighbours, work colleagues – anyone – who might be considering Christian College Bellarine as an option to spread the word and extend an invitation to any one or more of these sessions.
Mrs Tutty Joins the Teaching Excellence Program
Christian College’s Director of Teaching and Learning – Humanities, Mrs Angela Tutty, is one of 250 teachers statewide to be selected to participate in the elite Teaching Excellence Program (TEP).
This program, created by State Education Minister, James Merlino, is designed to immerse the participants in professional development by having a range of educational experts share their knowledge through varying presentation models. Whether face to face or webinars, they are all interactive presentations.
East Timor Trivia Night
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
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
Although anger, resentment, jealousy, shame and the feeling of inadequacy can eat you up, they can also be a wise teacher. Without judgement, try to recognise the discomfort early. Stop and breathe. Only when you have regained control can you transform it into an opportunity....to build your resilience 😊
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