From the Principal
The busy final term is well underway and there is plenty of positive activity across the College. I feel that there is a true sense of emergence from the challenging experiences of the past few years, and greater engagement for our community.
The new term commenced with all staff gathering for a Commencement Service. This important time spent worshipping God together is a vital aspect of our Christian culture and ethos. We were particularly blessed and entertained by Junior School music teacher, Mr Kevin Smith and we enjoyed his enthusiastic and colorful singing and dancing to songs that have been popular amongst our junior students for many years.
We continued our work and journey as part of the development of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Our guest speaker Shelley Ware, an educational consultant and media personality led us in support of our desire to authentically embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture into our classrooms. She guided us through a path of discovery through her own journey as a teacher, mother, and media identity.
From the Chaplain
Throughout Year 4 camp, students took leaps of faith and challenged themselves during many activities. We call these ‘challenge by choice’ activities where students choose their challenge and work towards achieving that, working through fears and trials along the way. I shared a Devotion with the students on this camp about fear and how it is an emotion we all experience as people. Fear isn’t necessarily bad; it’s how we respond in the midst of our fear that is important.
I shared about Paul in the Bible, a man who experienced life’s triumphs and tragedies, a life filled with hard times, fears, worries as well as joyous times. Paul experienced all of these things and still, he became one of the most influential people throughout history.
What’s on at Junior School
Week 5: Monday 31st October
Monday 31st October – Prep School Nurse Visit
Tuesday 1st November – Orientation Day, 2022 Prep – Year 4.
Tuesday 1st November – 2023 Prep Orientation afternoon session 2
Friday 4th November – Assembly, Prep B & Prep M Item (Please refer to Edsmart notification)
Friday 4th November – Prep Yeodene Excursion
Week 6: Monday 7th November
Monday 7th November – Year 4 Girls Basketball Team: Melbourne Finals
Tuesday 8th November – Grandparents’ Day (Please refer to Edsmart notification)
Thursday 10th November – Beach Prep B, G, M, R
Friday 11th November – Remembrance Day
A Preppies Point of View
On Wednesday the children in Prep R and Prep M wrote books for the children at Williams House. Their books explained all the different things we have at school and what is important.
Prep R then headed over to Williams House to share their books with the children. There were lots of happy faces and smiles as the children talked about school, what school is all about and the different things they will experience.
Ancient History in 1B
This term we have been learning about Ancient Egypt.
We started the unit by looking at the area on a world map and identifying where Egypt is. This led to some wonderful conversations about the difference between a continent and a country. The children learnt that Egypt is located in northern Africa.
We then focused on the Nile River. We learnt about its geographical location, why it periodically flooded and how it was vital to the ancient Egyptians survival. We loved that Egypt was referred to as ‘The Gift of the Nile’!
After learning the geography, the children have begun to learn about the ancient hierarchy, beginning with Pharaohs. The Children were able to explain who they were and why they were powerful figures. Some of these answers have been captured in the attached photographs.
It has been so wonderful to see the children engaged in ancient history as well as share some of their prior understandings and perceptions.
Caring For Country – Sustainable Practices With an Indigenous Perspective
During our recent Integrated Studies Unit – ‘Our Restless Earth’, students in Year 4 explored the impacts on the environment resulting from the use and misuse of our natural resources. This week, students worked in small groups to investigate the sustainable practices that have been used by First Nations people for thousands of years – within a local context.
Students used their devices to research the natural features and resources within the local Waurn Ponds Creek waterway. It was discovered that the often-overlooked Waurn Ponds Creek was once a vital waterway used by First Nations Wathaurong groups to live sustainably. This means that local Indigenous groups only used the resources they needed, ensuring the regeneration of precious resources for future use. Some of the students’ reactions to learning about ancient sustainability practices include:
Harper McCormack – ‘I didn’t realise that the Waurn Ponds Creek had so many natural resources (plants and animals) that Indigenous groups used for thousands of years.
Olivia Zampatti – ‘I really enjoyed learning about the natural resources located at Waurn Ponds Creek and how the Wathaurong people lived for so long.’
Anna Wood– ‘The way that local Indigenous groups used the natural resources at Waurn Ponds Creek was really amazing to learn about.’
As many of you will be well aware, the recent downpour of rain has caused devastating damage to various communities around Victoria. One of the communities that have been severely impacted is the town of Rochester, three hours from us.
Rochester Primary School has experienced flood damage to every classroom and has, therefore, in addition, lost many of its teaching and learning resources.
This week in Prep G, I taught the children what a flood was, how flooding happens, and what damage it can cause to buildings, people, and belongings. I asked the children to look around our room and identify what would be ruined if we had a meter of water come into our room. As they gazed around, it became clear that most of the things that we love, like our classroom library, our puppets and play items, writing books, and craft materials, would all be lost.
Junior School Food Drive
In the past, Christian College Junior school families have been very generous in supporting the 2can Appeal approaching the Christmas period. Students have brought along canned and non-perishable food to donate to those in need through local community service groups. This year there is a need for this appeal to support people in the Geelong community who need some extra help coming into the Christmas period.
UnitingCare Geelong Food Relief Centre is a not-for-profit community service agency. It is primarily an Emergency Relief agency that provides practical assistance to people in times of financial and personal crisis.
For this Christmas appeal, UnitingCare Geelong requires canned foods such as fruit, stews, baked beans, pasta in sauce and other non-perishable food. Toiletry items are also good to donate.
Our New-Look ATD Festival - Now Open!
Our Art, Technology and Design Festival is underway at Villa Paloma ATD Centre! It opened at 10am this morning and the program runs until 9pm this evening. Tomorrow (Saturday Nov.12), it's on between 10am and 4pm.
There's a magnificent exhibition of student artwork and products – all year levels from K-12 from all our campuses and Early Learning Centres are represented.
Come along this evening or tomorrow - or both! There are food trucks, coffee and live music, a Food Studies Market Stall and Gelato Bar, face painting, the official opening at 6:30pm this evening, then the Wearable Art and Textiles Fashion Parade from 6:40 – 7:15pm.
Term 4 2022 COVID-19 Update Procedures and Protocols
Christian College is committed to maintaining the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and College community.
The following revisions to the COVID-19 procedures and protocols align with the Victorian Government’s announcement of the end of the Pandemic Declaration and associated Pandemic Orders. The following settings, based on advice from the Department of Health and the Department of Education for Victorian schools now apply.
If you require greater detail, please access additional information via the DHHS or Victorian State Government Education and Training websites or speak with your campus leadership team.
Canteen not Open on Last day of Term
Please note that on the last day of Term 4, Friday December 9, the canteen will not be open.
Thank you to all volunteers for your fantastic help during the course of this term, and throughout 2022.
Recycling Uniform Items
As part of the transition to our new College wardrobe it was important that we consider the environmental impact of clothing items no longer required. Whilst it is still possible for students to wear items from the traditional uniform, when items are no longer able to be worn, they can be recycled.
Any such items can be dropped off and placed in recycling bins at each campus. We are working with our wardrobe manufacturer to ensure that these can be recycled as part of the introduction of our new wardrobe over the next 18 months.
CCG Foundation Patron’s Dinner
Join us for the Foundation Patron’s Dinner, to be held on Saturday, 12 November 2022 at The Pier Geelong.
On this night, the Foundation will be officially launching the establishment of our Public Ancillary Fund - 'The Eternity Fund'. The purpose of this fund is to provide sustained giving for the future. This fund will invest donations to return a greater value in years to come - a donation that lasts a lifetime.