From the Principal
The end of year has arrived rapidly, and this is an indication of how busy and full the final weeks of Term 4 have been. It has been such a relief, yet a great encouragement, to complete the full year and to see the return of the full depth and breadth of our College program throughout 2022.
Celebration Evenings and Special Occasions
Over the past few weeks, I have had the joy to attend numerous official events and special occasions that highlighted the culture, excitement and impact that Christian College continued to have on our own community and beyond. Our college truly is remarkable for the commitment and care that is provided to our students, staff, and families, and these occasions when we gather highlight what a special family this community is.
From the Head of Campus
As our year together draws to a close, I would like to say a most sincere thank you to all of our Junior School families for such a wonderful 2022.
As a staff we began this year with the explicit focus of rebuilding opportunities for connection for students, staff, and families. The disconnect that COVID caused was one that we navigated together, however these past couple of years simply did not allow opportunities for us to come together as a community. It prevented our ability to be physically present for participation and celebration of so many of our Junior School experiences.
What’s on at Junior School
*Please note – Reception staff will return onsite on Thursday 19th January
Tuesday 31st January – School Commences
Tuesday 31st January – Commencement Assembly
Preps – a Year on
Can you believe we are at the end of another school year. This year we have been able to be learning onsite from start to finish for the first time in three years.
School is not just about the learning and academics but the opportunities that are presented to all of the children to develop themselves as individuals and build a community. The children have been blessed with many fun activities and have been able to go on many adventures together.
A Road Travelled Together
This year, the Year 3 and 4 students have seen a return to uninterrupted school after a challenging couple of years. From the very first day of the 2022 school year, our amazing students have enthusiastically taken every opportunity they have been offered. It has been a journey full of new experiences, challenges, learning and friendship and they have taken everything in their stride.
The students settled into the full-time teaching and learning program at Junior School. They were the role models that students in the younger grades needed, showing them how to have open hearts and to open the door when opportunity comes knocking. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul tells us “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Paul’s voice is clear, God wants us to live the best life we can and encourages us to travel the road he has planned for each of us every day. It has been a joy and privilege to watch our senior students grow in their ability to serve their community.
As our Year 4 students step into the next phase of their education journey, we wish them every success and are proud to have played a small part in their growth. I know that despite these students leaving big shoes to fill, the Year 3 students are looking forward to demonstrating their ability to guide our community.
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas …
As we approach the holidays, I wanted to let you know of a fabulous program on offer through the public library in Geelong and throughout Victoria called Big Summer Reads. The details are below…
The Big Summer Reads aims to arrest the ‘summer slide’ by engaging children and their families in a fun and dynamic campaign through public libraries, supported with resources such as a user-friendly website, posters, reading logs and milestone incentives. A competitive element with a state-wide prize provides added incentive for participation. Distinctive state-wide branding encourages participation in the program, whether children are at home or on holidays elsewhere in Victoria. The Big Summer Read runs from 1 December 2022 until 31 January 2023. To register and for terms and conditions please see https://www.grlc.vic.gov.au/big-summer-read
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
If you find yourself driving down a road with no others cars, don't panic.
Your journey is different. Try not to be tempted to turn back on to a freeway full of cars...especially if it doesn't feel right. Enjoy the solitude and take comfort in the fact that you are steering towards your own, unique destination 👍😊
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