Jakara Anthony – Our Golden Girl!
Our College community – together with the rest of the nation – felt incredible elation and pride as 2016 Christian College graduate, Jakara Anthony, captured the world’s attention winning gold in the Womens Moguls event in Beijing last Sunday.
From the moment she set foot inside our Bellarine Campus, Jakara stood out for her commitment and determination to achieve her best.
The world has now seen the trajectory she’s followed to achieve her long-held goal of being the best athlete on the planet in her chosen discipline, but her peers and teachers at Christian College knew a long time ago that she had the motivation, application and temperament to get where she wanted to be.
Jakara knew all about remote learning long before COVID. Despite the challenges, she was able to complete a lot of her schoolwork remotely while training and competing, including during the vital VCE years. She is still able to find that balance between all facets of her life. While achieving at the highest possible level as an athlete, she is also completing a degree at Deakin University.
As a student, she always loved sport – she never missed competing in Christian College House Sporting Carnivals every year she was a student here.
There are many current teachers and ex-students who know Jakara from school days, and beyond, as an outstanding and much-admired human being. For all of us, her Olympic success is a great news story – and one to which many within our community have a personal connection.
Together, we say congratulations Jakara – our College community is immensely proud of not only your achievements, but your fine character and remarkable determination. We wish you every success as you continue a stellar career!
*Thanks to the Australian Olympic Committee for the photo.
From the Dean of Christian Culture
As a focussed thought for the consideration of our College-wide team during our recent Staff Commencement Service, held prior to the on-site arrival of students for 2022, we examined the concept of engagement.
We reflected together on the understanding that as a result of the current international health crisis, and the subsequent challenges experienced by us all over the past two years, we as a College, and we as a society, might well be lacking engagement. We considered the proposition that we all may need to be encouraged to develop, or redevelop, a focus on, and an understanding of, engagement.
When we use the word engagement in this manner it paints a picture of relationship, not only the obvious “agreement to marry” depiction of engagement, but a more broad inference pertaining to connection, involvement, commitment, readiness and attachment. Essentially the notion of engagement can be summarised as a “promise to be present”.
During our Staff Commencement Service, we asked ourselves two important questions;
- With whom could I engage or re-engage in 2022?
- In what could I engage or re-engage in 2022?
In so doing, we were effectively challenging ourselves to be honest and to decide whether or not, when reflecting on words such as connection, involvement, commitment, readiness, attachment, and relationship, there was perhaps an area of engagement in our lives which may need some focus and attention this year.
We concluded our Staff Commencement Service by investigating the importance of engagement within us all as individuals and as members of a community – and we discovered, through the Biblical stories of Zacchaeus and Nehemiah respectively, that engagement increases opportunity, and engagement releases strategy.
Today, as we continue to ponder the concept of engagement and as we contemplate how we might individually strengthen our “promise to be present” with the people, events, activities and environments around us, it might also be worthwhile to reflect on our personal engagement with God. This connection could indeed be a wonderful starting place for a renewal of our understanding of engagement. Why is that?
Because when we are discussing our relationship with God, we know that engagement delivers fruitfulness.
The idea of fruitfulness from a Biblical perspective is the concept of bearing fruit in our lives; reaping the fruit that grows as a result of God’s love and presence in our lives; and learning to sow good things into the lives of others and into the community around us with what we do and what we say. A list of the Fruits of the Spirit of God is recorded for us in Galatians 5: 13 – 26 and it is easy to see that each of these described fruits are wonderful values which can help create great patterns of life. So, how we can grow these fruits in our lives; the nine fruits of; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?
How do we begin to see the growth of this healthy fruit in our lives? Here is a Scripture which may help us to answer this question.
“Happy are those who do not follow a God-less path……but whose delight is in God……They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper….” Psalm 1: 1-3
And if we read the same Scripture in plain English from the Contemporary English Version of The Bible, it is even more clear;
“They are like trees growing beside a stream; trees that produce
fruit in season and always have leaves. Those people succeed in everything they do.” Psalm 1: 1-3
We must remember at this point to note that prosperity and success in God’s language doesn’t necessarily mean that everything will always work out the way you wanted it to, but rather that if we remain engaged with Him there will always be fabulous fruit in your life – healthy and growing results from all that we do and say.
This is God’s plan and pattern – people who chose to become and to stay connected to Him, our wonderful and life-giving God, will see great growth and wonderful fruit in their lives, just as trees who stay planted beside a stream of life-giving water will see growth and fruit as a result. With God we flourish.
And the opposite therefore is also true; when we disconnect ourselves from the life-source it becomes more and more difficult to grow and to bear good fruit. We tire quickly and find ourselves unable to be fruitful. But staying planted, remaining connected and engaged to Him, allows us to be replenished and sustained which in turn allows us to be fruitful and to then share our fruit with others.
May we all consider engaging and re-engaging with God, with one another, and with what is genuinely important as we step into this new year of 2022 – let’s be encouraged to love each other, to joyfully support one another, and to treat each other with peace, kindness, patience, gentleness, compassion and respect. May these simple but beautiful fruits be passed on through our smiles, our words and our actions into our College community and into the broader community.
Be engaged and be fruitful.
Bless you all.
Rev. Tim Edwards
Dean of Christian Culture
What’s Happening at Middle School
Week 3, Monday 14th February 2022
Mon 14th Feb – Wed 16th Feb – Year 7 Camp – Cave Hill Creek – 7B, 7G, 7H
Wed 16th Feb – Fri 18th Feb – Year 7 Camp – Cave Hill Creek – 7M, 7R, 7Y
Thurs 17th Feb – Year 5 Parent Cuppa and Tour Morning – Cancelled
Fri 18th Feb – Sat 19th Feb – Year 9 Leadership Training Experience
Week 4, Monday 21st February 2022
Fri 25th Feb – Year 5 Parent Cuppa and Tour Morning – Cancelled
Year 9 2022
The Year 9s have made a wonderful start to the year. 9B and 9G commenced the Rural Experience and Transformation Program last week and it has been great to already hear many students sharing their positive experiences. The remaining four classes have settled in well into their homerooms and are enjoying the variety of subjects and the increased opportunities within their chosen electives.
In our first assembly, we launched our theme for the year for this cohort, “The Year 9 Team.” Throughout our time together gathering as a year level and in our Wellbeing sessions, the Year 9 Homeroom teachers are looking forward to focusing on what it means to belong to a ‘team,’ our individual place in a team and collective purpose as a team.
The Year 9 students will be challenged this year to consider how they can make the most of their final year at Middle School to embrace the opportunities presented to them and to be role models within our Middle School community. I am looking forward to working alongside our Year 9s as they lead our campus this year.
The Transformation students were challenged this week to take a ‘deep dive’ into the root causes of an issue that they feel passionately about. They discussed, collaborated and researched the various complexities of their chosen issues and were able to discuss with the group a key part of their topic.
The students enjoyed learning about their peers’ topics and came away thinking of issues around the world in a different light. As an educator, it thrills me that I am learning from my students who become experts on an issue throughout their time in Transformation.
The students are thriving in the Transformation Program, delving deep into their chosen issue in order to make an impact in the community. I look forward to seeing what the students produce in the coming weeks.
Year 5 Chilli Challenge
On Tuesday, the Year 5 students engaged in a day of fun and collaborative activities to earn Chilli Points, for our Chilli Challenge Day.
The activities such as wearable art, playdough mapping, tower building and parachute making, allowed the students to practise team building skills with their peers from their homerooms. In each activity, the students could earn 1-3 Chilli Points. The harder the task, the more Chilli Points they would be rewarded. For example, making a costume out of recycled paper without speaking and not using any sticky tape would result in the most Chilli Points! This encouraged the students to work as a team, share responsibilities and help one another.
Persistence and resilience were major themes throughout the day as each activity exposed an opportunity to keep going when things got challenging. We look forward to using the memory of these activities throughout the school year and reflecting on how we can utilise these skills to better our learning.
Chilli Challenge Day was a time for the Year 5s to have fun with new and existing friends after a big and brave transition to Middle School and it was lovely to see the smiles on their faces all day. The students’ use of positive reinforcement and encouragement in the sporting activity was also a highlight of the day.
Unfortunately, due to the current climate we are in we weren’t able to have the family BBQ meet and greet. However, the Year 5 Team looks forward to future opportunities to meet all the parents down the track.
We look forward to the rest of the term with this fantastic cohort of year 5 students that we are privileged to guide through their first term and year at Christian College Middle School.
A Week of Inspirational Maths!
In a busy first week back in the classrooms, Mathematics teachers have been challenging students to explore different mathematical concepts and to highlight that Maths is all around us.
With a theme of ‘A Week of Inspirational Maths’ students have been exploring various games of strategy and were challenged to find effective mathematical tactics to improve their chance of winning. These activities are promoted by a PhD Mathematician and Maths education expert, Dan Finkle, who believes in ensuring Maths is fun and that students should be inquisitive and curious about the patterns they notice in the world around them.
Students will soon begin using Maths Pathways which is a program that is part of our teaching and learning program, which provides student specific data on what they already know and which areas of Mathematics learning they are ready for next. Teachers then use this data to provide ‘mini lessons’ to specifically teach concepts to a small group of students and students complete ‘modules’ that provide opportunities to practise the skills they have recently learned.
Our team of Mathematics teachers look forward to building on this fun and energising start to the year to provide rich learning opportunities for all students throughout the year.
Art Rocks! 9 Studio Art
This term in year 9 Studio Art students are learning how to build and expand on ideas through a folio of developmental work and are able to find themselves as individual artists. Students are exploring a range of materials, processes, and techniques to find what they enjoy using to create art and how different materials can impact the interpretations of their work. Students have also been investigating a range of artists and themes to draw ideas and inspiration from to incorporate into their own ideas and art making.
This week we have explored using plaster to create 2D and 3D “testers” through different processes and techniques including casting, imprinting, sculpting, troweling, etc.
We have been enjoying learning through exploration and play, and are looking forward to sharing our artworks in the coming weeks. Watch this space!
Managing Mental Health Issues in our Young People
A crash course in the developmental psychology of adolescents – how to understand and communicate effectively with young people.
Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists, author, broadcaster and specialist in parenting, children, adolescents and mental health
If you, your young person or member of your family are in need of any Chaplaincy support, please reach out to one of our Chaplains, Nicole or Mia.
eSafety Parent and Carer Webinars
Parents and carers of our students have access to a range of eSafety webinars made available by the eSafety Commissioner throughout the year.
eSafety’s free webinars provide parents and carers with the knowledge, skills and tools to support children to have safe, positive online experiences.
I encourage all parents and carers in our community to explore these webinar offerings and register for events that are relevant to you. The link is below:
Vale Mr Robert ‘Bob’ Schultz
Many of us associated with Christian College were saddened last weekend by the passing of Bob Schultz, a past-parent and generous supporter of our community.
Bob and his wife Helen initially enrolled 2 of their children at Highton, when we were a single campus College. In the early years of our College, working bees were a regular thing and Bob together with other families from Drysdale, are remembered for their efforts to paint the old ‘Drysdale ‘Hall (named in honour of their work) that was formally part of the Highton campus.
Bob and Helen moved their two boys, Christopher and Michael, to the Bellarine Campus where they were joined by their sister Emily, who started in Prep as foundation student in 1996.
Bob was an active supporter of the campus and together with other enthusiastic parents, formed the Parents Association where he served as President for many years.
Our College is grateful to Bob for his loyal and generous contribution to the life of our College, particularly the Bellarine Campus where the clock that was presented to the campus at the official opening and dedication service by the Parents Association was affectionately named ‘Big Bob’.
The clock will remain as a reminder of a ‘good man’ for his faithful and generous service to our College.
Our sincere condolences, love and prayers are extended to Helen, Christopher, Michael, Emily and their families.
Canteen is open and has made a great start in 2022!
Many thanks to the new team of volunteers supporting all three campuses to provide food, drink and snacks to our students at recess and lunch.
All campuses have an online lunch ordering system which can be accessed through the parent portal.
Food, drink and snacks can be purchased with CASH at recess and lunch. Senior school students only can use EFTPOS.
We have added a few new items this year.
MEAT PIE, meat SAUSAGE ROLL ( we already have a W/M vegie sausage roll), VEGAN PIE & PASTIZZI. Also a new chocolate chip cookie which is available over the counter only.
Junior campus opens Friday (only).
Middle campus opens Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Senior campus opens Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Fridays are our busiest day so if you or a family member would like to help for a couple of hours once a month please contact Heather Smith email@example.com or phone 0425 834 856.
*As with many businesses the canteen has had some supply issues and will need to substitute some other brands for a short time. Thankyou.
Camp Australia – Out of School Hours Care
Christian College partners with Camp Australia to make out-of-school-hours care (OSHC) available. Camp Australia wants to ensure that new families starting school this year know that they are there to help them and their children settle into school.
To make the process easier for these families, and to answer any questions they may have about OSHC, Camp Australia is hosting free virtual parent information sessions. Please see the attached document for details.