From the Head of Campus
Making a Difference
One of the wonderful parts of coming to Junior School every day is seeing the world through the ‘can do’ attitude of children. As adults we might have a thought, idea or wondering but because of our past experiences we are overly aware of all the obstacles that could, should, might get in the way of us ever seeing this thought, idea or wondering coming to life.
The ability of a child to truly believe that anything is possible gives them the gift to begin something without fear or favour. It is so important that our young people feel empowered and are equipped to have a positive influence on their community with their ‘can do’ attitude.
What’s on at Junior School
Week 8: Monday 29th August
Thursday 1st September – Bush Prep, Prep B, G, M & R
Friday 2nd September – Father’s Day Stall (Please refer to EdSmart notification)
Friday 2nd September – Footy Colours Day Project Care Casual Dress (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.
The Preps’ visit to MOPA!
The Preps very excitedly boarded the bus Thursday morning to embark on their Integrated Studies excursion to MOPA (Museum of Play and Art) in Geelong. This linked in well with our current Integrated Studies unit ‘Materials and Movement’.
The children experienced many engaging, hands on and investigative activities designed to encourage play, creativity, and a sense of togetherness.
Each week in Year 2 is always action-packed and this week has been no exception.
Our SMART spelling focus has been on words featuring the short vowel ‘I’. This has given us an opportunity to practise our latest spelling rule: “When the second last letter is a short vowel, double the last letter and add the vowel suffix.” Matching the rule with rhythm and actions helps to make the rule stick.
Writing has seen the introduction of narratives. We began by brainstorming the problems that main characters sometimes face, using our favourite books and movies as inspiration. Whether it is going on a quest, losing something precious, slaying dragons or finding new friends, the possibilities are endless, and our students are excited about writing their own narratives which will eventually be turned into books which they will be able to illustrate.
What better way to get into the full swing of Book Week, than to have insights from the authors themselves.
This week, we’ve been fortunate to have tuned into the State Library of New South Wales, being encouraged and inspired by some amazing Australian authors and illustrators.
Gabriel Evans, known for his shortlisted picture book of the year, Blueflower, presented us with some genuine, honest and raw commentary on being an author in this year’s Children’s Book Council Australia Awards.
Book Parade Joy
On Tuesday, we celebrated Book Week with our annual dress-up day at Junior School. The sun was shining, and Mr Smith kept the good vibes flowing with wonderful music, as each class paraded around the basketball court to cheers and applause! For the first time we also had Williams House join in the parade. It was a joyful celebration of books and all they can bring to our life.
The effort put into the costumes this year was phenomenal and I would like to thank the parents for their ongoing support of this event. The teachers looked sensational as always. It was fabulous to have parents, grandparents and siblings join in the celebration of this special day.
Glass Jar Xylophones
During Science week, the Year 3 and 4 students investigated the way in which glass can make music. There was a discussion of the connection between vibrations and sound production and the students were able to draw from their knowledge of types and sizes of musical instruments to help them make comparisons with the glass jars. They chose five jars and could take jugs of water to fill them but beforehand they predicted the sound (pitch) that it might make, depending on the size or shape of the jar and the level of water.
On Thursday 25th August, we had a number of Year 4 students represent the College at the Deakin District Athletics Championships at Landy Field. Students participated in a variety of track and field events, joining Year 5 and 6 students from Highton Campus. Other schools competing included CCG Bellarine and Surf Coast Campuses, Grovedale West PS, Montpellier PS, KIC and Geelong College.
This event was last held in 2019 and there were many nervous competitors from all schools, however our students performed really well. Junior School representatives ran in 100m, 200m, 800m and 1500m track events as well as hurdles. We also had students in the four field events including shot put, discus, long jump and high jump. Congratulations to all students who participated on the day and well done to Amalia Keller (Shot Put and High Jump), Luke Hobbs (High Jump) and Amelie Thomson (Discus) who have qualified for the Geelong North Division on Tuesday 6th September.
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:
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.
All In Reunion 2
We are pleased to confirm an additional All In Reunion for the Classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017, 2021 (and 2010) is set for Saturday, 8 October 2022. Join us at CENTRA from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Tickets are $15 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 23 September 2022 at 5:00pm.
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
There may be times when cars veer into your lane without warning. The more you have practised taking control in difficult situations, the more instinctively you'll be able to grab your steering wheel - respond and react - and maintain your control. 😊
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