Today, Friday November 10, at 11am, our Junior School students paused and listened as a group of Year 3 and 4 students ran a Remembrance Day Service over our Campus speaker system. This service allowed the students to hear about the significance of this day in our country and listen as Christian College Instrumental Teacher, Sean Rankin, played the Last Post, followed by a whole campus minute of silence. It was special to close this service by joining in prayer together for the people who served, as well as their families and loved ones as we were reminded of God’s love and nearness, for “the LORD is close to the broken-hearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18.
This service was a special way to remember the self-sacrificial love these service men and women showed and their courage in putting others needs above their own in many acts of service. Thank you to the Year 3 and 4 students who ran this service.
Reverse Advent Calendar
Last year, Christian College Junior School families were incredibly generous during the lead up to Christmas, donating non-perishable food and toiletries to assist families over the holiday period. This year, Junior School’s Reverse Advent Calendar is returning, with all donations helping the work of the Salvos Emergency Response within the Greater Geelong community.
The Geelong Salvos is a community service agency providing practical support and assistance to local people and families in times of financial and personal crisis, ensuring they have the necessary items to live.
This year, we also have the opportunity to support families into the new year as school returns, with Week 3 of our Reverse Advent Calendar focusing on stationery and school supplies to support students to return to school prepared and equipped, another key area of support provided by the Salvos.
As a Junior School, we will be running a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ which invites students to bring in a different item each week, over a three-week period in the lead up to Christmas and place it under our Christmas tree in the front foyer.
What’s On at Junior School
Week 7 – Reverse Advent Calendar – A canned or non-perishable savoury food item
Tuesday November 14 – Kinder Information Evening 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesday November 14 – Geelong Library Network Meeting. 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Friday November 17 – Prep Camp Experience (Refer to EdSmart)
Week 8 – Reverse Advent Calendar – A non-perishable Christmas or dessert food item
Tuesday November 21 – 2024 Prep Transition Session 3; Buddies to spend time with new Preps
Tuesday November 21 – Year 1 String Trials
Wednesday November 22 – Discovery Learning
Thursday November 23 – Year 4 Project Care stall
Friday November 24 – Student Leaders Assembly Item
Week 9 – Reverse Advent Calendar – Stationery and back-to-school items
Tuesday November 28 – Sirovilla Choir & Strings performance (Years 3 & 4 selected students) 9:30am
Wednesday November 29 – Celebration Evening Rehearsals, Costa Hall
Wednesday November 29 – Celebration Evening, Costa Hall 7:00pm Start
Thursday November 30 – Bravehearts incursion Year 1 and Year 2
Friday December 1 – Year 4 Graduation Ceremony (Refer to Edsmart)
Jude Ellis – Jumping at State Level!
Last week, Jude Ellis competed at the School Sport Victoria Track and Field Championships at Lakeside Stadium in South Melbourne. This was Jude’s fifth athletics meet having started back in Term 1 at our Middle School Athletics Championships, progressing through the District, Division, Region to the final meet at State level.
It was a great achievement to make it that far and, on the day, he was right in the mix of getting a medal. He recorded a personal best of 1.37m which placed him in fourth, only three centimeters off winning.
Reflecting upon his achievements, Jude said it was really fun. “It has been fun competing as I didn’t think I would make it this far (SSV State Track and Field Championships). I didn’t really go in with any expectations, but I did well.”
One of the highlights of this journey was after he returned to school after the Western Metropolitan Regional Championships, “The best part was getting back to school after making it to the states and everyone was celebrating and congratulating me.”
Even though high jump won’t be taking precedence over his number one sport of basketball, he enjoyed the experience. “It’s not my favourite sport, but I enjoyed the competing and jumping, trying to push myself.”
Persuasive Writing Year 2!
Last week marked the official halfway point for Term 4 and we are all too aware that the classes of 2023 are entering their final weeks together. By this stage, Homeroom classes have become families, and although there is excitement following Orientation Day this week for what is to come, there is also a little sadness too, as our year begins to draw to a close far too quickly.
Our wonderful Year 2 students, however, have continued to approach their learning with enthusiasm and dedication and there is a great deal to celebrate in terms of the progress that continues to be made.
Over the last few weeks, our young people have strengthened their Persuasive Writing skills and have planned, drafted, edited, and published a polished piece of writing which they should feel very proud of.
During our core knowledge unit of Ancient India, we have celebrated aspects of Indian culture and the students have summarised key information to create a poster demonstrating their new knowledge.
Finally, the children are in the process of publishing a research project on a planet related to our Space Science Unit. Our students have expressed how much they love the ability to choose their own research area.
The Year 2 staff have felt incredibly privileged to have worked with these amazing students this year, and we are very excited for what is in store for each and every one.
Year 3 go ‘A-Viking!’
On Monday, the Year 3 students enjoyed a day full of Viking fun! They had the opportunity to make butter, observe bread rising and baking, to make their own Viking longship and play some Viking games. They also had a Viking feast of fruit and vegetables (as the Vikings would have found upon their journey to what is now known as Newfoundland) and they watched ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and imagined living as the Vikings did back in the 9th to 11th centuries.
There were some terrific dress-ups and many of the students were pleased with the results of their labours, remarking:
My favourite was making the longships!
I liked eating the bread that we made, it tasted delicious.
I really enjoyed the movie and all the different types of learning in the activities!
I liked making the butter, it was easy.
I enjoyed the Viking game
I liked making the bread and watching it rise.
I really enjoyed the fruit and vegetables and watching a movie with my friends.
Fortunately, most of the school was left unpillaged as the Vikings made their way home, ready for a new day of learning!
Prep – Year 2 Music
In the past weeks, the Prep to Year 2 students spent time participating in a musical parade. Students picked up their shaker rings and set off around the Junior School campus creating all sorts of sounds. Children could put the rings on their arms, legs, or even throw them back and forth with a partner, using all sorts of imaginative ways to create sound.
In other classes we practised our groovy dance moves with various songs, identifying the musical elements of beat, tempo and rhythm. Children had a great time finding the beat and being able to use the shaker rings to build their own musical patterns.
Scholastic Book Club News
Issue 8 Scholastic Book Club has been distributed to students and orders should be placed online by Friday, 17/11/2023.
Our payment method is via LOOP either through the mobile app or the desktop site which can be found at https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent/Login.aspx
Please do not send cash as we are unable to process cash payments.
Thank you for your assistance and ongoing support of Book Club.
Our 2023 ATD Festival – Better than Ever!
We are excited once again to present our Annual Art, Technology and Design Festival. This year’s event runs from Tuesday, November 14 to Thursday, November 16 at Villa Paloma, our Senior School ATD centre, 25 Waurn Ponds Drive, Waurn Ponds.
The Festival includes a magnificent exhibition of selected students' work from Art, Technology and Design classes – ranging from Kindergarten through to Year 12.
The exhibition is open to all between 9am and 6pm on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15.
On Thursday 16, the exhibition runs from 9am to 9pm, with the ‘Festival Finale’ getting underway from 4pm. Highlights include art, food, music, workshops and interactive events featuring some of our CCG ‘Creators in the Spotlight’ who take us through a range of creative, design, technical and artistic considerations behind some of their amazing creations. Guest speaker for this year’s Festival during the Finale is ex-CCG student, Bec Riddle, who has been a driven professional in the fashion industry for the past nine years, including operating her own business Saint Blaire. She is currently Studio Manager running the textiles and graphics department for Cotton On Womens and Foundation.
For all details, including the program for the Festival Finale and a sneak peek at some of the art that will be part of the exhibition, please visit our website by clicking here, or on the homepage hotlink.
MSO – Discounted Subscription for CCG Families
Music lovers take note, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra offers a discount subscription for staff, students and direct family of the Christian College Geelong community for a series of concerts held in Geelong.
The 2024 MSO Geelong program returns with a wide-ranging repertoire of the finest classical music, taking in revered masterpieces:
AMERICAN STORIES: BERNSTEIN, GERSHWIN AND MORE
Friday 12 April 2024 / 7.30pm
MOZART AND TCHAIKOVSKY
Friday 24 May 2024 / 7.30pm
JAIME CONDUCTS RACHMANINOV AND DVORAK
Friday 28 June 2024 / 7.30pm
DVORAK AND BRUCKNER
Friday 6 September 2024 / 7.30pm
Saturday 7 December 2024 / 7.30pm
Get Some Unique Christmas Cards and Support Williams House
This year Williams House is selling packets of Christmas cards designed by our own little artists!
We are selling our Angel/Shepherd cards for $5 for a pkt of 6 and our Nativity cards are $7 for a pkt of 10. Each packet contains either 6 or 10 different designs.
If you would like to support the kinder and share our creations with the community this Christmas, the cards are available at all CCG campus receptions and of course at Williams House. Payment can be made with cash or card.
We also take over-the-phone orders with direct deposit. Phone 5241 3556
All money raised will go towards making some new additions to our outdoor yards!
We hope you love these gorgeous creations and enjoy sharing them with your family and the community this Christmas!
With thanks from all the children and the team at WH!
We’re Hiring – Canteen Assistants
Are you looking for a fun and fulfilling casual job within a vibrant school environment? Join our team as a School Canteen Assistant and make a positive impact on the daily lives of our students.
We are currently in search of enthusiastic canteen assistants to join our team at our Middle School-Highton canteen.
Applicants are required to hold a valid Working With Children Check. Previous experience working in a canteen setting or Level 1 Food Safety Certificate would be advantageous but not essential. Responsibilities will encompass a range of tasks, including food preparation, customer service, cleaning, and stock control.
Shifts are available throughout Monday to Friday, aligned with the school calendar which constitutes 38 weeks per year. Hours are generally 9-2pm.
For a Position Description and how to apply, visit this page on our website.