From the Head of Campus
On Tuesday November 1, we were able to hold our very special Orientation Day program for students. With a mix of nerves, excitement and anticipation students gathered with their 2023 teacher and classmates. One of the complexities of Orientation Day is that it puts a spotlight on change. When change is the focus, we can sometimes concentrate on all the what ifs, buts and worries about the unknown rather than see change as something that provides great opportunity. When we see change as an opportunity we can be energised, future-focused and experience excitement rather than fear.
We hope that our current students and new students joining us in 2023 were able to fully embrace change as a new opportunity for meeting new friends, getting to know new teachers and experiencing new adventures. As I wandered around the classrooms, I was able to hear from the students how excited they were participating in the team building, learning, and connecting activities provided for them all of which are aimed at encouraging a positive mindset and a sense of belonging for the year to come.
RW Gibson Centre for Music Performance Officially Opened
Christian College’s state-of-the-art music performance and education facility was officially opened today by College Board Chair, Rev. Paul Stephens and Mrs Wendy Gibson, assisted by College CEO, Mr Daryl Riddle and Principal, Mr Glen McKeeman.
The ceremony featured some excellent musical performances from Christian College students, including the VCE Saxophone Quartet, the Junior School String Quartet and outstanding clarinet soloist, Emily Treloar from Year 10. A special guest performer was trumpet soloist Campbell McKinnon, grandson of Robert (Dr Bob) Gibson, whose name the performance centre proudly bears. Both solo performers were accompanied by Ms Regina Thomae.
What’s on at Junior School
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
Week 7: Monday 14th November
Tuesday 15th November – Prep 2023 Final Transition. 9:30-11:30am
Tuesday 15th November – Year 4 Buddy Session 9:10-11:30
Friday 18th November – Assembly, Prep G & Prep R Item (Please refer to Edsmart notification)
Finally, the day had come for the Preps to head out to Yeodene Treetop Adventure! After having to reschedule due to the weather we were so pleased to see a favourable forecast. The children jumped on the bus with big smiles and great excitement for the day ahead.
Once we arrived children were harnessed and helmeted ready to climb. We walked through the tall trees to the junior climbing courses. Up the stairs and along the first zip line…across the rope bridge, past the swinging logs and on they went…
It is such a wonderful opportunity for the Prep children to participate in something that challenges them and pushes their comfort level. Safe risk-taking helps develop independence and self-awareness. Learning when it is okay to jump and when it isn’t.
The Preps had such a wonderful time at Yeodene and I’m sure they will remember this day for a long time to come.
Discovering the Birth of Jesus in Prep
Over the past weeks, the Prep children have been immersed in Devotions and Christian Education lessons to discover and recognise the true meaning of Christmas, and how God had a plan to send mankind the greatest gift of all… Jesus.
The children all developed their understandings regarding the Nativity and developed their own personal understandings and reflections as to why Jesus was born and why this was important.
When reading Bible stories, picture story books and watching short video clips, this certainly assisted our youngest Christians at Junior School appreciate and understand that Christmas has a true and vital meaning.
Gratitude in Year 2!
In Year 2, we have been learning all about the importance of having and using a growth mindset.
The students have been exploring different scenarios in their everyday world that can be seen as a challenge and looking for a positive way to deal with it. As a class we agreed that different challenges can arise when we are in a lockdown, but how can grow when feel both mentally and physically challenged?
Library – Grandparents’ Day
In the Library, we are getting very excited about Grandparents Day.
We have missed this special day over the past few years and look forward to welcoming our special people into our school. Each year we offer the Grandparents an opportunity to donate a book from Torquay Books to our book collection on behalf of their grandchild.
We will have a marquee set up with a selection of books from Torquay Books and an EFTPOS machine available. This has become a beautiful tradition on this day over many years. The books that are donated all receive a book plate with the details of the Grandparent and child. This creates a legacy that lives on in our Library for years to come.
I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.
Get your run on!
The sun was out this morning and as the clouds parted there were many excited faces to join the fun of Run Club.
We began by limbering up by doing a round of squats and lunges followed by plyometric movements and light stretches.
The challenge today was to continuously run for fifteen minutes. It was amazing to see so many new faces, a special mention to the Prep children who had a go for the first time.
Run Club is open for all to come and have a go every Friday morning at 8:20am.
I am so proud of everyone who came and had a go and to the regular run clubbers who ran a PB this morning. Others ran close to 4km in just fifteen minutes!
Cyber Safe Schools Program: Qustodio Parent App Update
We were delighted late last term to share important information and details of how we are seeking to partner with parents to support students’ digital wellbeing, during our two Wellbeing Evenings.
Following these evenings some key information, along with a link to a recording of the presentation, was shared with all parents. If you missed it, you can access the document here.
Qustodio Parent App Update
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.
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.
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
Try not to get caught up expecting others to think and behave like you do. Without judgement, let them drive down their road while you take control and choose your own road 😊
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