Head of Campus – Happy Fathers’ Day
Today we had the great privilege of being able to honour and say thank you to all of our dads, grandad’s, uncles, brothers, role models and mentors through the celebrations of Fathers’ Day at Junior School. Beginning with breakfast and footy fun, we then headed into assembly where students in 1R shared their devotion to their dads. This was followed by the fabulousness of our Fathers’ Day stall where many happy smiles were seen as students eagerly made their purchases for their special people. A HUGE thank you and shout out to all of the volunteers who assisted in the purchase of items, preparation of gifts and sales to students. The joy shown by students was priceless.
We want to continue our message of thanks to all on this upcoming Fathers’ Day for the unconditional love, support, caring, patience, guidance, protection, wisdom and grace that you share in the lives of others. Dad, daddy, old man, pa, papa, pappy or pop, thank you for the joy, the fun, the special events you share with family and friends and thank you for the blessing that you are.
In the grapple of trying to understand the unconditional love that our Father in heaven has for us we often compare this to the human form of love from a father. In trying to understand just how much God loves us we can look to those who are in our lives or who have touched our lives.
What’s on at Junior School
Thursday September 7 – Year 1 Camp (Refer to EdSmart)
Thursday September 7 – Spring into Strings (Refer to Edsmart from the Music Department)
Friday September 8 – Year 1 Camp (Refer to EdSmart)
Friday September 8 – Year 4 Healthy Relationships Session
Tuesday September 12 – Selected Year 4 String Students attending Middle School Music Camp
Wednesday September 13 – Prep Discovery Learning Session
Wednesday September 13 – Year 3 Camp (Refer to EdSmart)
Thursday September 14 – Year 3 Camp (Refer to EdSmart)
Thursday September 14 – R U Ok Day: I’m here to hear
Friday September 15 – Year 4 to attend Middle School Talent Quest (Edsmart to follow!)
Friday September 15 – Year 3 Camp (Refer to EdSmart)
Friday September 15 – Conclusion of Term 3; 2:30pm Finish.
Term 4 Week 1
Tuesday October 3 – Term 4 Commences, Commencement and Welcome to Country Ceremony; 10:30am
Wednesday October 4 – Year 4 Camp (Refer to EdSmart)
Thursday October 5 – Year 4 Camp (Refer to EdSmart)
Friday October 6 – Year 4 Camp (Refer to EdSmart)
Friday October 6 – Year 1 Commences Swimming
Fathers’ Day Big Brekky!
This morning, Friday September 1, we celebrated our first Fathers’ Day Big Brekky!
We had nearly 300 dads, friends and children turn up to celebrate a wonderful morning of fellowship and fun. We thank families for coming along and making such a special morning for all.
The Annual Fathers’ Day Stall was a buzz of excitement and smiling faces as students carefully selected a present for their Dad or a special person. Thank you to Kate O’Halloran and Mandy Chester for their incredible work in organising the stall. Thank you also to our wonderful volunteers for bringing such a sense of joy to Junior School.
Happy Fathers’ Day!
As we head into our final weeks of school for the term, I strongly encourage you to come look at the lost property table in Reception. It is filled with unnamed jumpers, sports uniforms, and drink bottles!
Year 1 – Shopping at Aldi!
On Monday, our Year 1 children set off for our shopping adventure to Aldi at Waurn Ponds. Although the weather was cold, the sun shone through as we walked to the supermarket, and the children chatted and shared with each other about what they were looking forward to purchasing with their $5.
During this term, we have been learning all about money, in terms of recognising coins and notes, reading prices, calculating the total cost of items, and learning about providing change. We have had a ‘Year 1G Shop’ in our classroom where the children have been able to ‘purchase’ items as a customer and check money as a shopkeeper. Visiting Aldi this week, provided the children with the opportunity to apply their skills in a real world situation.
Year 3 – Data Collecting
This week in Year 3 we have been revisiting the collection and graphing of survey data. Students were provided with some “berry-picking” data that we graphed together on the whiteboard. We practiced using tally marks to collect the data using six different options as responses.
The students were able to survey each other using a question of their own with the sentence stem: What is your favourite…? Some of the data collected in Year 3 revealed our favourite dessert, favourite animal, favourite sport to play, favourite subject at school, favourite footy team, and favourite video game.
We have talked about the different types of graphs to display our data. We all displayed the data using bar graphs and then some were able to create a pictograph of the data they collected.
Deakin District Athletics Championships
We had 21 Year 4 students represent Christian College at the recent Deakin District Athletics Championships at Goldsworthy Reserve in Corio. We were blessed with a lovely sunny day with students participating in a variety of track and field events.
A special mention needs to go to Xavier O’Brien, Lisa You, Remi Welsford, Jagger Medved and Jack Normington for competing in the triple jump and hurdles events for the first time. All students competed well in their events, with a few students completing up to five events on the day including Mitch Ward, Jude Ellis, Michaela Desai, Pieper Riddle, Jack Normington and Jake Owen.
Six students have progressed through to the next stage, which is the North Geelong Division Championships next Tuesday 5th September.
- Jake Owen – 100m and Long Jump
- Ned Simon – Discus
- Jude Elliss – High Jump
- Michaela Desai – High Jump and Long Jump
- Mitch Ward – 1500m
- Brydie Johnson – Shot Put
Well done to all of the students that competed and we hope the students can keep enjoying the opportunity to participate in future events.
Junior School is Tech Savvy!
Digital Technologies classes this term, has focussed on computer coding, where students in Year 1 to Year 4 have been working their way through sequential learning modules on the devices. These computer programs and unplugged coding activities are designed to encourage students to improve their problem solving and critical thinking skills, as well as promote collaboration and peer learning.
Year 3’s have worked steadfastly this term with the MIT coding program ‘Scratch’, exploring how to program characters using blockly coding, enabling students to create virtual animations and games. While Year 4’s have continued their Scratch journey, building on their coding knowledge, to produce a two-player game for their Prep buddies to experience in our Week 9 Expo.
Prep students have exceeded themselves in their DigiTech classes this term, working persistently and consistently, to sign themselves into the computers and create information booklets all about personal data.
Well done to all students for your wonderful efforts this term!
Year 3 students at Junior School have been exploring music composition through story telling. This term students have been learning about how the many different elements of music including pitch, rhythm, instrumentation, timbre, texture, dynamics and tempo can be used to create and reflect mood. Students are exploring a range of Indigenous stories including Tiddalik the thirsty frog, Gregg Dreise’s ‘Mad Magpie’ and Parrwang lifts the sky and using these stories as the inspiration to create accompanying music and soundscapes.
It has been a joy to watch students collaborate and experiment with the elements of music to create multi sensory storytelling experiences as well as seeing students discover the power that music can have on projecting emotions.
Camp Australia Newsletter
One for All and All for One!
“This world is an uncertain realm, filled with danger. Honor undermined by the pursuit of power, freedom sacrificed when the weak are oppressed by the strong. But there are those who oppose these powerful forces, who dedicate their lives to truth, honour, and freedom. These men are known as Musketeers. Rise, D'Artagnan, and join them.”
Alexandrea Durmas – The Three Musketeers, 1844
For many there’s nothing better than a dress up, for others they can think of nothing worse! Last week’s Book Week celebrations saw literary characters of every kind arrive at school across our Junior and Middle School campuses in a flurry of colour, face paint, excitement and joy.
It was my pleasure to be one of ‘The Three Musketeers’ alongside our Acting Principal Mr Rick Geall and our Head of Wellbeing Mrs Kim Doherty for Book Week and to deliver a devotions together about the significance of teamwork.
The Christian College Sport Hall of Honour
We are proud to announce a new initiative, which will become an important tradition in the life of our College – the Sport Hall of Honour – to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our past students who have reached national or international status in their chosen sports.
On October 5, we welcome our inaugural inductees to the Sport Hall of Honour – ex-students, Gary Ablett Jr and Tegan Philip. Both are universally recognised as champions at the highest level in their respective sports – AFL football and netball.
You are invited to join us for this gala dinner event at Mt Duneed Estate. On the night, we will also honour a cohort of current students as ‘Rising Eagles’ for their outstanding achievements in their chosen sports, putting them on a pathway to perhaps achieve the type of success required to enter our Sport Hall of Honour in future years.
Scholarship Applications are Now Open!
Each year Christian College offers Academic Excellence Scholarships for entry at Year 5, 7 and 10 levels. Applications are now open for this year’s scholarships, which apply to entry in 2025, at three campuses – Middle School-Highton, Bellarine Campus and Surf Coast Campus.
Year 10 entry applies to Senior School-Waurn Ponds only.
To find out more, and to apply, visit our website and look for the homepage hotlink, or click here.
Scholarship applications are open to students who do not currently attend Christian College, as well as those who are currently enrolled here. Scholarship examinations will be held at Christian College on Saturday October 7. Closing date for applications is Thursday, September 28.
Foundation Golf Day 2023
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, we are delighted to announce the Christian College Foundation Golf Day tournament for 2023.
Save the date: Thursday November 9.
We are seeking prizes for this event – if you own a local business and are interested in creating partnership opportunities with Christian College, please contact Fiona Provan on 0400 477 467, or email [email protected]