From the Head of Campus
I wanted to conclude this term where we began with an encouragement for us to continue to reflect on the practice of gratitude. Whilst there seems like there is an endless list of letting go of, giving up on, being told we can’t, missing out on and having to postpone there is also many reasons for us to continue to choose being grateful. I am not sure about you but for me one way of doing this has been to change my perspective from taking things for granted to being grateful. Things such as being onsite with students and staff, visiting my mum and spending time with my children, who live out of home, were once things I took for granted whereas now, I am grateful for each time I see and spend time with them. It is in the elements of relationships, friendships, faith, family and health that we can find much gratitude. I came across a statement on the World Vision website which stated “One of the best things about thankfulness is that the more you choose it, the easier it gets. The more you profess gratitude, the more you notice things to be grateful for. The thankfulness muscles respond to exercise!”
On behalf of all of the staff at Christian College Junior School I want to express my deep and sincere gratitude to all of you for your partnership this term. You are an amazing community and it has been a privilege for us to be able to work with you to support and teach your children this term. We fervently pray that we can all return to onsite learning next term and look forward to the opportunities that our new term will bring.
As mentioned in the Vine last week by Mr McKeeman pending Government approval, students from Prep to Year 9 will now resume school on-site on Tuesday 5th October instead of the previously planned Wednesday 6th October. Students will also attend school on Friday 15th October as previously advised, as we will not be taking the Geelong Show Day holiday this year.
Psalm 100:4-5 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Wishing you all rest and rejuvenation over the term break.
What a Special Way to Start the Day, and End the Term!
Today the Junior School attempted to run a Whole School Assembly – a first for Junior School while in lockdown! Attendees included Prep-2 students and staff in their classrooms onsite, Year 3-4 students and staff in CL@H from their living rooms at home and Year 3-4 Onsite Supervision students in their work space at Junior School. We heard from Grace Formosa-Urquhart (Year 4) who presented an insightful and practical PPT that she had created while in CL@H focusing on RUOK? Day, a wonderful assembly item was presented by 1G and closing prayers were shared by our offsite School Captains Arabella Grills and Max Chen. Thank you to all students who participated and attended the Whole School Assembly. It certainly was very special to bring our community back together.
Please enjoy watching the Assembly Item by 1G below.
Bible Cards With a Contemporary Twist
In Year 2, we have been revising the important Bible figures we have learnt about in the Old Testament throughout the term. There were lots of bright eyes and engagement in the classroom when the students were informed and they were able to display their character card in the same format as a collector’s card.
The students had a range of opportunities to consolidate their learning about Ruth, Esther, Moses, Noah, and Joshua during the term through Godly play, digital technology, and hands-on activities. This week, the students were given the opportunity in their activity to revise the significance of the task God had sent each of the Bible characters to complete and why. The students loved using their Jesus Storybook Bible to gather further information on some of the characters.
The students were able to link their understanding of collector’s cards with their activity and translate this knowledge when they were designing and creating their Bible cards. This allowed the students to use their collaboration, communication, and design skills and this was a particular area of enjoyment for the students during this activity. In Year 2 we feel very blessed to be able to return on site and revise their knowledge of each Bible figure together using a contemporary and 21st century learning style.
Year 4 Explore the Consequences of Deforestation
Over the last week, as part of our studies on sustainability practices, students in Year 4 have been exploring the causes and effects of deforestation on the natural environment. Deforestation refers to the clearing or thinning of forests by humans and represents one of the largest issues in global land use. Deforestation can cause drought and bushfires. The destruction of forests destroys the homes, habitat and food sources for the species that live there. It is estimated that 100,000 species become extinct in tropical forests yearly.
After watching and reading information relating to the issue of deforestation, students completed a ‘Cause and Effect’ chart where they identified the multiple flow-on effects resulting from deforestation. Take a look at some of the informed student responses below.
Supporting Children’s Mental Health During the Pandemic and Beyond
After nearly two years of disrupted schooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our young people are preparing to head into a well-deserved two-week holiday break from online remote learning. Many parents often ask me whether I see the impact remote learning has had on young children. We don’t fully know what the lasting impacts of this pandemic may be. It is important to remember the extraordinary challenges many have faced and how we have all had to scramble to figure out how to “do” work, school, and life in lockdown.
Remote learning has taken a huge toll on many young people and their families. The team at Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne have brought together an expert panel to help give practical advice and assist in answering some questions parents might have regarding their children’s mental wellbeing.
The recording covers topics such as remote learning, anxiety, social and emotional development, and online safety. It is an informative resource to share with families. I hope that you find it useful in supporting your young person while we continue to navigate the complexities of this season.
I pray that you all have a restful holiday break and that you may have ample opportunities to be still and present, knowing that our Lord still is in control, even when things do not make sense.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord shine his face towards you, and give you peace.
Holiday Screen-Time and Cyber Safety – Webinars for Parents
Given the context of lockdowns and increased screen time for remote learning and social connection lately, these coming school holidays may present some challenges for families when it comes to children and managing their time on screens. Parents may value these parent webinars and resources from Family Zone listed below, which I recommend highly.
Note that some of these parent webinars have sessions available over the weekend and through to Tuesday, while others are available throughout the holiday period.
Click the links to register for a webinar or view the parent blog:
? Parent Webinar: Managing Screen-time During Holidays.
? Parent Webinar: Managing Gaming Consoles.
? Parent Webinars: Cyber Safety Webinars for Families (multiple varied topics, take a look!).
? Blog for Parents: Holiday screen-time survival tips.
Parents, I hope these webinars are helpful in navigating the digital environment with your young person and positively guiding them on types of content and volume of technology they consume these holidays.
Important Information From the Uniform Shop
Holiday Trading Hours
Please note our trading hours during the September holidays:
Closed for the first week; reopening Monday Monday 27th September 9.00-5.00pm every day until Friday 1st October.
In light of the announcement in last week’s Vine of the NEW wardrobe range for being introduced in 2022 many items from the current uniform are now heavily reduced to make way for this exciting new range. There are NO exchanges or refunds on reduced stock and once it is gone, its gone forever so get in quick!! All current uniform is only available to existing students to purchase as ALL new families commencing in 2022 are required to purchase the new uniform.
The Christian College Uniform Shop is looking for people to help out serving our College Families. Shifts vary but anyone interested would need to be available during some school holidays. Please contact Genelle on 5241 6316 or pop in for a chat – Shop 6/7, 168 High St Belmont.
A MYTERN Message for This Week
Today, in this world of isolation, try to reach out and connect with someone. They may be strangers or a friend.
One of the most precious gifts that you can give them is your time.
Really listen to them. Make them feel heard. This is not about your story, but theirs.
The impact will be profound – for you both ❤️