From the Principal
It’s so good to see our community back together
What a joy it was today to have all year levels return onsite after what we all hope will be the final phase of CL@H (Continuous Learning at Home). Hearing the bustle of busyness in the yard and in classrooms this morning gave a warm sense of normality following recent disruptions and large amounts of time spent apart as a community. The students and their teachers have once again demonstrated remarkable focus to maintain consistent levels of learning and connection under these challenging circumstances.
Congratulations Year 12
This week our Year 12 students participated in activities to celebrate the completion of their final year as students at Christian College. The week provided the staff and College leaders with many opportunities to mark this milestone and to share our praise for these young people for their tremendous achievement in completing their studies over the two years of the global pandemic. For example, whilst sharing the traditional signing of the brick walls in the Clock Tower, it was heart-warming to hear the positive reflections and memories that the students expressed, and to hear many talking about how they feel they had grown through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. A breakfast together with the Senior School staff, coupled with the final service and traditional farewell parade on Wednesday, was a fitting send off for the Class of 2021. The College has purchased a tree that will be planted, together with an appropriate plaque, to commemorate the resilience, courage and perseverance of this class. They and their families should feel very proud of the way they have conducted themselves. We pray for them as many now make final preparations for their exams and turn their minds to the future. May God continue to watch over and bless each one.
World Teachers’ Day
Next Friday 29 October we celebrate World Teachers’ Day in Australia. After the past two years, it is fitting that I take this opportunity to praise and commend the passionate, dedicated and highly talented colleagues whom I have the privilege to serve alongside in the provision of the education and care of our students. Christian College teachers are renowned for going the extra mile for their students and for each other.
The relationships, and the exemplary teaching and learning experiences that our teachers provide, in and outside of the classroom, is something to note and celebrate. I encourage students and families to consider how you might take the opportunity next Friday to encourage our staff in some small way for all that they have given to our community over the past two years in particular.
Launch of the new College Wardrobe
This week we had the exciting launch of our new student wardrobe. It has been very encouraging to receive an overwhelmingly positive response to the new range, as well as some helpful and constructive feedback. I again offer my apologies for the elements of this process which created discomfort or caused concern for some members of our College community. Please know that as a result of communication we have received from within our community, a decision has been made to extend the transition period, and allow all students the choice of wearing the current uniform or the new wardrobe throughout the next three years until the commencement of 2025. We have been receiving your feedback and questions via the dedicated email address and this will remain the means of direct communication with families until Friday 12th of November. The feedback is being collated and will be shared with the Review Team. This link will take you to the launch website for those that have not seen the new wardrobe. This page will be updated as physical items of clothing become available and we can include photos and videos to show you more of the range.
Thankfulness and Kindness
Over the last two weeks I have had the need to undergo various tests, and to attend several medical appointments, including a visit to emergency. As I navigated this process, I have had time to observe the amazing people who work in our healthcare system. I have felt a deep sense of gratitude and thankfulness toward those who dedicate their lives to care for our community. After one of the tests this week, I offered my sincere thanks to one of the nurses caring for me. Nothing special or over the top; just a natural expression of my gratitude. My words brought tears to her eyes, and even though her face was behind a mask I could see that she was emotional. She thanked me for being kind, explaining that it had been a tough week. She was thankful that I had shared my gratitude.
Ever since that moment, I have pondered her response, as it has caused me to wonder how I might continue to do this, more regularly, for others; for those who serve me a coffee, take my money when I purchase fuel, work in the supermarket, and so on.
Mother Teresa so wisely once said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
Emerging from the challenges of lockdown and starting to see greater interaction in our communities will provide each of us with the opportunity to show kindness to others. I am genuinely thankful for the healthcare that I have been receiving from those looking after me over the past few weeks, and I’m glad that I was able to show my appreciation. I had not anticipated how much that appreciation would mean to the person on the receiving end – and I am now encouraged to deliberately look for the next opportunity to sincerely express my gratitude to someone else.
Be kind and stay well.
From the Head of Campus
Dear Parents and families,
Praying that this finds you all healthy and staying well at this time.
The environment of community that exists at Junior School is a unique and precious one that as staff, students and families we share. I have the privilege of sharing this sense of community with those whom I meet whether on Teams or in person. In doing so I am constantly reminded that our community is something special and unique.
Community is about connection whether it is with family, friends or neighbours. Creating a network of friendly relationships in your community can give you a greater feeling of belonging and wellbeing. Working together to create a tighter knit community can make you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself.
Our community of families at Junior School have and are experiencing some very difficult circumstances and I am reminded of the words in Romans Chapter 12, which say that as community we can “love one another, forgive each other, regard each other more highly than ourselves, encourage each other, pray for each other, and bear each other’s burdens.”
Community can grow stronger through hundreds of little and big actions that its members take every day. Things such as a greeting to a person you haven’t yet met, a helping hand, a smile to a person you walk past and an offer of assistance are all ways you can contribute to our community.
It has been a challenge over the past couple of years to have the events that draw us together as a community either taken away or postponed. However, as a community our resolve to stand firm together has been evident and my encouragement as we look toward 2022, is to cherish and celebrate the times that we can come together in fellowship and as part of our wonderful Christian College community.
In whatever ways, community means watching over one another for good, knowing that as we serve, we are to “consider how to motivate one another to love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24).
I pray that as community we continue to come together in times of challenge and in times of celebration with kindness, compassion, support, service and love to one another.
What’s Happening at Junior School
Week 4 – Monday October 25th
Monday October 25th – Year 3 and 4 students to return to onsite learning at Junior School
Tuesday October 26th – Annual Book Week Celebration – Don’t forget to dress as your favourite book character
Wednesday October 27 – Beach Prep, Prep B,G & R
Week 5 – Monday November 1st
Monday November 1st – Emergency and Lockdown Drills
Friday November 5th – Virtual Assembly, 3R Class Item
Week 6 – Monday November 8th
Wednesday November 10th – Beach Prep, Prep B,G & R
REMINDER – Book Week This Tuesday
It is with great excitement that we announce the new date for our Book Week Dress up day as Tuesday 26th October 2021. This is the first Tuesday after our entire school community is back together full time. We are so excited to share this celebration day together.
The Theme for 2021 is Old Worlds, New Worlds and Other Worlds. Students are encouraged to arrive at school dressed as a much-loved book character. We will celebrate our love of reading and books throughout the day and celebrate the joy and excitement this day brings to our students and staff.
Junior School Virtual Assembly, Term 4 Week 3
It has special to host a Virtual Assembly at Junior School today, and see the faces of our Year 3 and 4 students in their classrooms. A wonderful class item by 1R and Miss Sharp titled ‘Lean On Me’ reminded us that we need each other, the importance of friendship and being kind to one another. Thank you 1R!
Congratulations also to our student award recipients today.
Thank you to the students and staff who participated in today’s assembly.
Prep Super Counters!
The Prep children have been working on their counting skills. We have been counting forwards and backwards from different starting points and also looking at skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s.
Counting can be tricky, especially when crossing the ten, for example from 99 to 100. Children also find it challenging to initially go beyond 100. Lots of counting practice in many different ways helps this!
We used coins and notes of different amounts to help us with our counting and we explored the different patterns we knew. The children were also able to support their counting, through the use of a 100 chart or 300 chart, to help cross that magic 100.
Linking money to counting helps children establish an understanding of both concepts. The earlier and more frequently children can come into contact with money, the easier it is for them to be familiar with it, both the way it looks and its value.
Some things Prep R learnt:
We were skipping by 20s and it is like 2s. Jiaai
It is by 20s and 20 has 2 in it. Patrick
Counting by 50s is kind of like counting by 5s but more, it is 5s with 10s. Ewan
It was a bit tricky and I learnt how to do it and it goes 50 then 100, then 50 then 100. Tripa
Counting by 20s is a bit like counting by 2s but just in a different way. Jesse
If it was 2 it would be 28 but by 20s its 280. Benji
We skipped by 2s and we went 2, 4, 6, 8. Evie
When you count by 2s it goes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and then the numbers get bigger and bigger. Harry
We learnt that counting by 10s was pretty hard, we probably had 300 but only got to 210. Callen
The pattern is 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and we had so much dollars. Theo
I learnt how to count by 100s and it goes in the same pattern as 1,2,3,4 but you just add two zeros onto the end because one zero is 10s and two it’s the 100s. Zara
It was very hard because we had to go up to a very big number and we made a mistake but that is ok because when we make the mistake we can fix it for next time. Luna
Reflecting on our learning helps us to make connections between ideas. These super counters are building links between the pattern in numbers and the use of dollars and cents.
We are looking forward to more fun counting learning this term!
Patterns Everywhere in 1B
Over the past few weeks, Year 1 students have been learning how to continue and identify patterns. We began our investigations by looking around the school and in our environment for repeating patterns. We discovered that there are patterns everywhere!
Then we explored number patterns, focusing on skip counting by twos, fives and tens. Using a number chart and number line helped us to see repeating patterns within the numbers. To practise this, we completed some ‘Skip Counting Frogs’.
We learnt that patterns are not patterns unless they follow a rule, so we used the outside space to start and continue patterns using various rules such as ABAB, AABB, ABCABC. It was fun trying to work out what the rule was and have a go at continuing the patterns that our friends had started.
Year 3 Literacy and Integrated Studies
During Term 4, the Year 3 students will be continuing their Author Study of Roald Dahl. The class novel we are currently reading is another of his world renowned children’s books ‘James and the Giant Peach’. The story is about a little boy who goes on an amazing adventure with his newly found, oversized insect friends inside a gigantic peach. This story will be a significant part of our Literacy Program this term with students completing many activities related to the characters in the text and the magnificent adventures they have along the way.
In Integrated Studies this term our focus has been on the topic ‘It’s Alive’. The students have had the opportunity to learn about the characteristics of various living and non-living things. This week during CL@H, as well as back on site in the classroom, the students combined these two subjects areas and have chosen one of the insects from James and The Giant Peach to research and write their Animal Information Project Report on. This week in our S.T.E.A.M Program the Year 3s will be designing and creating a habit that fits all of the requirements for survival for their chosen insect.
We hope you enjoy looking at our fabulous projects.
Junior School Percussion – A Bit Of Bamboo
The Junior School Percussion Ensemble have been very excited for the opportunity to resume rehearsals this term. Throughout the year we have been composing and practising a piece featuring bamboo sticks. Students have contributed ideas towards the composition and presentation of this piece of music and we are thrilled to have been able to video it to share with you all. Please enjoy our performance of ‘A Bit Of Bamboo’ composed by myself and the Junior School Percussion Ensemble.
Canteen Ordering System Update
The IT Department is aware of an ongoing issue with the online canteen ordering system where some parents are not able to see or place an order for their children.
We thank those parents who have emailed the parent helpdesk to bring this issue to our attention and we are working with the creators of the product to have the issue resolved.
Unfortunately, this is taking longer than expected, however we do aim to have this issue resolved within the next week.
We thank you for your patience during this time.
Order Your East Timor Calendar Now!
The 2022 East Timor calendar is due to arrive soon! Proceeds from sales will enable funding for 16 University scholarships. Each year Christian College sponsors four new university scholarships, and we are excited this year that these students will come from our very own Uma Maun Alin volunteers.
You can pre-order and pay for your calendar now by calling any one of our campuses and paying over the phone via EFTPOS. They will be available for collection in the next two to three weeks.
A MYTERN Message for the Week
Every detour that you believe you are forced to take …which feels away from your destination…is a chance to gain more experience.
Know that this is the perfect route for you….allowing you to arrive at your destination, equipped with the knowledge and skills you need for this part of your journey 👍😊