From the Principal
Engaged and Reconnected
This term has seen a great deal of positive energy and enthusiasm across our campuses. I am extremely grateful to the staff and students for the manner in which they have jointly created a happy, engaging, and exciting learning environment and culture.
The return to the fullness of learning experiences, extra curricula opportunities, House events and community events has contributed greatly to the overall positive re-engagement for our community. I am delighted that this has been the case.
What’s on at Junior School
Week 7: Monday August 22nd
Monday 22nd August – Book Week ‘Dreaming with Eyes Open’ (Please refer to EdSmart notification)
Tuesday 23rd August – Annual Book Week Parade, 10.45-11.10am (Please refer to Edsmart notification)
Thursday 25th August – Prep Excursion to MOPA (Please refer to EdSmart notification)
Thursday 25th August – Year 2 Excursion to Science Works (Please refer to EdSmart notification)
Thursday 25th August – Deakin District Athletics – Selected Year 4 Students (Please refer to EdSmart notification)
Friday 26th August – Assembly, 1G Class Item
From the Chaplain
There has been lots happening this week, including time in classrooms running devotions to talk about respect and kindness within relationships with friends, our families and our wider community. We have played games, explored different emotions, set some goals to encourage each other and learnt about the importance of knowing and celebrating the gifts God has given us so we can use them well to love and serve the people around us. To be kind and respectful is something Jesus did so well, even in hard times, and by learning about Jesus and our College values including grace and love, we can continue to encourage friendships based around respect, care and love.
Below are photos of one of our games – the untangling game, where students are encouraged to work together as a team to untangle, following on from our conversations around our need to work together as a team with kindness and compassion to untangle problems we come across.
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.
College Buses and Face Masks
It has come to our attention that a majority of our Junior School students travelling on our College buses are not complying with the requirement from the Victorian Government that everyone, including students aged 8 years and above, must wear a face mask when travelling on the College bus network, public transport, taxis, or ride share vehicles, unless they have an exemption. Last week Miss Sophie Olden had to actually hand out 60 disposable masks on a single afternoon to students for the shuttle run from Junior School to Middle School. As you’d probably understand this is both an environmental concern and also places a strain on the resources we have available at school.
The Junior School Preps have been learning the two-handed strike in PE! Prep PE focuses on developing a range of fundamental motor skills that are essential to participate in sports. We want to equip our Preps with the necessary skills for lifelong enjoyment of sport and physical activity. As part of the Prep ‘Striking’ unit, we discussed sports that use the two-handed strike.
The Preps were able to identify baseball, T-ball, golf, tennis, cricket and hockey. It was great to hear students share their experiences of participating in these sports, either at home or through organized sport. The Preps enjoyed practising their striking technique using a range of bats and balls. Our focus has been learning to stand side-on to the ball, holding the bat using the correct grip and keeping our eyes on the ball. We’re looking forward to continuing to refine our skills as the year progresses.
Smart Watches at Junior School
We have recently observed several children wearing smart watches to school. Whilst we understand this type of device has a purpose it most often is problematic when worn during school hours in our Junior School context for the following reasons:
- Smart watches are valuable items that can easily be lost, stolen or damaged in the College environment.
- They can breach the privacy of others when used to take photos of individuals who may not know or wish to have their photo taken.
- They can be a distraction during lessons not only for the user but for other students.
- They often increase student anxiety regarding communication from parents
Safety in the School Grounds
I’d like to share a couple of ways you can assist us in maintaining the safety in our school grounds. The first is in relation to the use of the roundabout at the front of the school. Please note that this roundabout is NOT to be used for daily general student drop off and pick up. The exception to this being Choir at 8am on a Tuesday morning and Strings at 8am on a Wednesday morning. If your child has an appointment between the hours of 9.30am-3pm you are welcome to use the front roundabout for pick up and drop off as this will not generally impact student safety.
Last week, we had 40 Year 3 and 4 students represent Christian College in the Hoop Time tournament at AWA. The students played all games with a positive mindset and spirit, demonstrating great teamwork, effort and respect.
The All-Star Girls and Future Stars Cats teams qualified for the next round of the competition which will be played at a venue in Melbourne next term. The All-Star Boys narrowly went down in a tough final – a great effort!
Well done to all the players and a big thank you to the teacher and sport assistants that coached on the day.
Year 1: Noah’s Ark
During this term, as part of our Christian Education program, the children have been reading Bible stories from the Old Testament. They have been encouraged to compare the stories and focus on the messages shining through them – that God loves each of us very much and has a special plan for His people.
Ozobots Send Year 1s and 2s Classes Spinning With Colour Codes!
Snail pace. Rocket speed. Tornado. Zigzag. Left at intersection. Right at intersection.
These might just be some of the new vocabulary catch phrases, Year 1 and Year 2 students have been discussing in Digital Technologies classes this term. Across all learning levels, from Prep to Year 4, Junior School students have been learning about coding, with focuses on what coding is, what it involves and how students can code and run simple programs for themselves. Coding activities throughout the term, are designed to encourage students to improve their problem solving and critical thinking skills, as well as promote collaboration and peer learning.
Scholastic Book Club News
Our Book Club monitors, Seyara and Lucinda, have been doing a terrific job delivering order forms and books to each of our grades at Junior School. They are to be congratulated for their wonderful attitude and dedication – a great team!
Issue 6 of Scholastic Book Club has been distributed to students and orders should be placed online or returned to school no later than Friday, 26th August.
Camp Australia Newsletter
Please see below for the latest edition:
Camp Australia Staff Recruitment
Camp Australia, the nationally recognised leader in Outside School Hours Care, is seeking new team members - please click on the link to the poster below:
A reminder to all College families – you will have received an email invitation from Independent Schools Victoria Data to complete LEAD Surveys - part of our way of reflecting upon our practice, processes, and culture. Staff and students at some year levels are also invited to participate.
We highly value both positive and constructive feedback and rely on the data collected from these surveys to assist with operational and strategic planning. To this end, we would encourage and ask as many families as possible to respond to the survey to ensure we are working with an accurate representation of perspectives. The closing date for surveys is a week from today – please consider participating if you have not done so already. Thank you.
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.
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
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