What’s Happening at Middle School

Week 8, Monday 21st March 2022

Tues 22nd Mar – Year 5 Parent Cuppa Morning

Tues 22nd Mar – Nth Geelong Division Swimming Championships

Week 9, Monday 28th March 2022

Tues 29th Mar – Fri 1st April – Year 8 GEOS Camp

Wed 30th Mar – GISSA Surfing Championships

Wed 30th Mar – Senior Wind Symphony Performance

Wed 30th Mar – Partnering with Parents Evening

Year 5 Parent Cuppa Morning

With great enthusiasm and eagerness, we were thrilled to invite parents on site this week for a ‘meet and greet’ morning tea and tour around our Campus.

While enjoying the opportunity to meet one another, as well as the Year 5 Homeroom teachers and Campus Leadership team, a large group of Year 5 parents had a lovely time enjoying a coffee while watching their children participate in a sports activity under the guidance of our Year 9 Student Mentors.

We invite our Year 5 parents and guardians to our second Year 5 Parent Cuppa morning on Tuesday 22nd March from 8:50am – 9:45am in the SAC.

Parents are asked to sign in at front reception on arrival and show your vaccination status. Masks are encouraged to be worn, where there are no exemptions, given the Year 5 students will be in the SAC enjoying activities with the Year 9 Mentors. We hope to see you there!

Natasha Troop,

Year Level Coordinator – Year 5

Year 6 Update

Year 6 is in full swing, and it has been wonderful to have our students back in the classrooms learning, building relationships and connecting again in the school community! The cohort has been busy writing narratives in English, where we have seen some exceptional pieces produced by our talented students. Alongside our narratives, students have researched the lead up to Australia’s Federation in Humanities and its impact on Australia moving forward as a nation. Our students have also been thinking mathematically, specifically when reviewing numbers, place value and fractions; they were amazed that Maths is used everywhere in our everyday lives through their discoveries! It is not only the students making discoveries, though; as Year 6 teachers, we have seen our students demonstrate our school values, Hope, Love, Faith, Grace, and Truth every day within the classroom and school community.

We look forward to assisting our students to flourish into kind, resilient, confident young leaders for the remainder of 2022.

Stefanie Hambrook,

Year Level Coordinator – Year 6

I want to try Playing a Musical Instrument-how do I Choose?

What things do you take into consideration when choosing a musical instrument to play? Earlier this term the Year 5 students chose an instrument to learn as part of the Year 5 Music Program. When students are choosing an instrument there are various things to take into consideration:

  • Sometimes a student’s first thought is, “What is my friend playing?” This is understandable, however, learning an instrument usually helps to create new friendships.
  • It’s never too late to start, music is for everyone and can be studied at any level and age.
  • Which instrument plays the coolest music? You can play any style of music on an instrument. It might not be common to see an oboe playing in a Rock Band but it’s certainly possible.
  • “I like the sound of the instrument.” This is really important to consider. If a student is attracted to the sound of a particular instrument, they are much more likely to want to keep playing the instrument. We all have different tastes. If your child is showing interest in an instrument, I would recommend that you play some music featuring that instrument. There is so much available on YouTube.
  • Will the instrument be practical for your family? If your child catches the bus, it might be difficult for them to transport a tuba to school for lessons and band rehearsals. Another thing to take into consideration is if you have access to instruments like a piano or drum kit at home. In between the weekly lesson at school, students need to do regular practice.

If you aren’t sure but would like your child (from any year level) to try a few instruments, the music staff are keen to help them ‘explore’.  Please feel free to contact me to discuss and arrange an opportunity for your child to see, hear and feel the huge range of instrumental opportunities on offer.

The Year 5 students have now chosen their instruments and settled into their groups and they have also started their weekly ensemble rehearsals. Wednesday mornings are full of music at Highton campus!

Brighid Mantelli,

Music Coordinator – Middle School

The Middle School House Swimming Carnival + 3s and 4s!

On Tuesday the 15th of March Students across Years 3-9 came together for a fantastic Swimming Carnival at Kardinia Aquatic Centre. The rain didn’t stop us, and overall, it was a wonderful community day full of house spirit and fun. We were pleased to see many parents and guardians at the carnival and would like to thank you for your support and encouragement.

This year we had the entire facility booked which meant that students were able to swim and participate in both novelty and championship events across three different pools. The waterslide was open to all, and Year 8 & 9 students had an opportunity to show off their bomb technique in the dive pool, and of course there was great music and dancing. The teachers swam their hearts out against the students but it seems teachers have some training to do before next years event.

Our Year 9 students role modelled fantastic participation by being involved in all events and they honoured their last Middle School Swimming Carnival with a celebration swim. House Captains worked extremely hard preparing for our carnival which included weekly meetings, painting house banners and preparing house chants. A big thank-you to our House Captains for their leadership on the day.

Congratulations and thank you to all who were involved! We were able to congratulate and announce the winning houses and we also recognised the fastest female and male swimmers on the day and wish them best with future swimming endeavours. Age level champions will be recognised at year levels assemblies before the end of term.


Championship Winning House- FLYNN

Novelty Winning House – FLYNN

Fastest Male – Ezekiel Lamborne 9R (Taylor House)

Fastest Female – Brooke Briscoe 8Y (Flynn House)

Brittany Dietrich,

Classroom Teacher


The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students is fast approaching.

All schools are required to shift to online testing for 2022. We will be holding a practice test on Thursday the 24th of March and the actual tests will be run throughout the two week window from May the 10th to the 20th

NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals and can be used to improve student achievement.

All students are expected to participate in the NAPLAN Online tests. Catch up tests will be available for individual students who are absent on test days up to and including Friday 20 May 2022.

Support will be arranged for students with disabilities, if the student regularly uses similar support for classroom assessment tasks. Exemptions may be granted to students with significant intellectual disabilities and to students who have been learning English for less than one year. Our Learning Support Coordinators liaise with families of children who may be eligible for support due to disability or an exemption. Parental consent is required before any support due to disability or exemption is granted.

Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or carer. This is a matter for consideration by parents and carers in consultation with the principal. If, after consultation, you decide to withdraw your child, you must sign a Student Withdrawal form. These forms are available from the school by emailing h.wilkinson@ccg.vic.edu.au

Later in the year you will receive your child’s personal NAPLAN report and more information will be provided about this process at a later date.

If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact either of our two Learning Support Coordinators or relevant Year Level Coordinators:

Learning Support Coordinator for Years 5-6          Kathrine Bowyer              k.bowyer@ccg.vic.edu.au

Learning Support Coordinator for Years 7-9          Miriam Pohlenz                m.pohlenz@ccg.vic.edu.au

Year 5 Coordinator                                                 Natasha Troop                  n.troop@ccg.vic.edu.au

Year 7 Coordinator                                                  Andrew Ellery                   a.ellery@ccg.vic.edu.au

Year 9 Coordinator                                                  Renee Garing                   r.garing@ccg.vic.edu.au

NAPLAN Information for Parents and Carers:
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Jemma Morris,

Deputy Head of Campus

Notice to All Parents Regarding CSEF Funding

The Victorian State Government runs a program called the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF). As the name suggests, the fund is designed to assist families meet costs associated with school camps, sport and excursions and requires families to apply in each year they have a child who is eligible. Families who have an eligible child will receive $125 per year for a primary aged student and $225 per year for a secondary aged student.

If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. Please complete a 2022 Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) Application Form and return to your campus administration office by the end of Term 1 please.

Please read the attached letter for further information

CSEF Parent Information:
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CSEF Application Form:
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Rev. Tim Costello to Visit Christian College Next Week

We are thrilled to welcome Rev. Tim Costello to our College next week.

On Wednesday afternoon, he will address Christian College staff at One Hope Baptist Church – Barrabool Hills. On Thursday morning he will deliver devotions to the staff at Middle School-Highton, then will spend time in the classroom at Senior School speaking with students of Global Politics, before delivering a keynote address at ‘Gathering Hope’, a function organised by the Christian College Foundation at Mt Duneed Estate, (which is now fully booked).

We look forward to Rev. Costello’s visit and the opportunity for students and staff alike to benefit from his profound experience and wisdom in a range of areas, including social justice, the ministry, the law, local government and global politics.

Chair’s Lunch

Join the Chair of the Foundation Board for lunch on Friday, 8 April 2022 as we celebrate the significance of Easter and learn more about the work of the Foundation.

All funds raised from this event will be allocated to our Scholarship Fund supporting current students who need financial assistance.

Book online today at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/chairslunch

For all enquiries, please contact Jennifer Freind via j.freind@ccg.vic.edu.au.

A MYTERN Thought for the Week

When someone says something that hurts or offends you, try to take a moment to look at what road they are on. 

They are usually worse off than you are, so why join them? 

Keep control on your road ( be it rough or smooth) and lead through example 😊

Discover more about MYTERN here.