From the Principal
Love, Faith and Influence
Last week I attended the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) / Independent Schools of Australia (ISA) National Education Forum in Canberra. The purpose was to discuss matters relating to the vital role that Independent Schools play in the lives of our young people. There are so many aspects to this, and as I listened to political leaders from the major parties, notable speakers in the fields of education, reconciliation, wellbeing, governance, e-safety, and economics, I reflected on the role that Christian College plays in the lives of our young people, and wider College community.
Over more than 40 years our College has influenced and shaped the lives of our students, staff, families, and more broadly, our local, national and global community. It is remarkable to think that in our relatively short history, there are so many people connected with the College contributing to society in so many ways, through wide spheres of influence: business, the arts, theatre, music, sport, medicine, law, science, the environment, recreation, community service, our churches – and more.
Whilst celebrating the life of a former colleague and friend Syd Strauch at his Memorial Service held in the Middle School Chapel last Friday afternoon, I was reminded of the impact that one person can have on a community. It was a privilege to gather with Syd’s wife Jan, his children Jenni, Zoe and Lachlan, and their family, friends, colleagues and many of the students Syd taught, to mark the life of a man who positively influenced the lives of others. Indeed, sadly this year, we have also had cause to reflect on the lives of Major Wilga Morris and Mr Bob Schultz who also passed away earlier this year. Wilga, a former Salvation Army member of our College Board, and Bob, through his involvement as a parent, like Syd, made wonderful contributions to the lives of others by contributing to the life and ministry of Christian College.
Interestingly, the data discussed during the National Forum indicates that increasing numbers of families are making the choice to send their children to Independent Schools. Enrolments in Christian Schools are growing at a significant rate.
In the conversation last week, we explored some of the important factors that challenge our young people and how schools can best meet the complex demands they face. I am convinced as I work each day alongside my colleagues at our College, that we are taking every measure in striving to meet the demands we face to support our students and staff to flourish.
Over the past few years, a significant amount of our energy has been directed toward the area of wellbeing with the lofty intention of seeing individuals and our community flourish. Flourishing might seem to be a fanciful notion in a world that is confronted with the horrific events in Ukraine, the recent floods along the east coast of Australia and a global pandemic. However, flourishing is our aim, and schools like ours can begin by providing the love, faith and influence through our Christian ethos that offer our young people and families a level of hope and peace in these uncertain and unsettling times.
At the recent Prefect Investitures, each Guest Speaker reminded us of the example Jesus is for our lives, whether we have been chosen for leadership or not. Learning from His life reminds us of our call to love and serve others as we seek to find meaning and purpose. And, as I think about that, I think about Syd, Wilga and Bob and what it was about them that we celebrated. It was their love and service to others – that’s why we mark those people’s lives as having been well lived.
The challenge then for schools and families in supporting our young people to flourish is to continue investing in the way we encourage, nurture and model the Christian faith each day.
This week our community has been blessed to have Rev. Tim Costello as our guest. It was a privilege to hear Tim share with our staff and students in various formats and as our Guest Speaker at the Gathering Hope Appeal Luncheon hosted by the College Foundation. His message of hope through a presentation which encouraged us to see the community strength provided through faith, morality and democracy, was poignant in light of current global uncertainty.
One of the first verses I recall learning in Sunday School was “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” found in Philippians 4:13. I remember thinking that Jesus was a type of ‘super hero’ to provide such protection and support. As I think about that now I am reassured that despite the challenges that we see in the world, and the difficulties we might individually face, God’s love and grace help us to find a place of peace, contentment and safety in times that shake us.
The notion of a flourishing life is lofty. But with God’s help and influence, it is obtainable and available.
Perhaps this is why more families are seeking and choosing Christian schools for their children?
What’s Happening at Middle School
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
Week 10, Monday 4th April 2022
Mon 4th Apr – Year 7 Immunisations
Mon 4th Apr – Nth Geelong Division Girls AFL Championships
Mon 4th Apr – Koorie Students Aspirations Day
Wed 6th Apr – G.A.T.E.W.A.Y.S. Ignite Program
Wed 6th Apr – Year 7-9 Drama to Emil and the Detectives
Thurs 7th Apr – House Athletics Day
Thurs 7th Apr – Vic all state jazz winners concert – CCG stage bands tentative
Fri 8th Apr – Easter Service
Fri 8th Apr – Term 1 Studies Conclude. 2.30pm Dismissal
Cyber Safe Schools Program: Parent Update
Parents may recall that in Week 1 of this term I introduced our new Online Safety Hub as part of a new Cyber Safe Schools Program that the College is in the process of implementing. This is in formal partnership with Linewize by Family Zone, providing tools and support for school and home to work together and guide our students in the development of positive digital behaviours.
Over this term, we have been putting in place some new tools at school that will help support and protect students in the digital space while at school and enable teachers and pastoral staff to be empowered to support our students’ wellbeing more effectively going forward.
In my communication earlier this term, I also shared some excitement about some complimentary Family Zone parental tools that will be made available to parents as part of the Cyber Safe Schools Program. These optional tools for the home will support Christian College parents to have better visibility and awareness of their child’s digital behaviour while at home. I’m pleased to share that these tools will be made available to parents, along with further information about the wider program, early in Term 2.
We’re delighted that these significant preparations to better protect and support our students in partnership with parents are nearing completion. Parents can look forward to the official launch of the Cyber Safe Schools Program in Term 2 as part of a broader wellbeing focus that will provide opportunities for parents to connect, engage and partner with the College to support the wellbeing of our young people while at school and in the home.
Following the upheaval and challenges of the past two years, the need to proactively support our young people in the areas of wellbeing and the development of positive digital behaviours has never been greater, and we’re so excited about the steps we’re taking with parents to meet that need.
Meet our 2022 MS School Captains – Micah Boseley and Gemma Nwanze
Hello, my name is Micah Boseley and I am the School Captain for 2022 alongside Gemma at Middle School Highton. A little bit about me…I like to play basketball and footy even though I’m not the best at either of them and I also enjoy listening to music and chatting with my friends. I have two siblings, my sister Eden who some of you might know in Year 7 here at Christian College, and my brother Jude who is in Year 5 (not at this school). I’m honoured to be one of the many leaders in this amazing school and can’t wait for the year ahead.
I came to Christian College in Year 7 and through the lockdowns and isolation periods I personally think that Christian College took on the Covid-19 crisis extremely well. Christian College has helped me get through some of the hardest school years we will ever have to experience. I am so grateful to have been given this leadership opportunity and I want to give back to this school community as much as I can. I look forward to working with the teachers and the student body this year and representing Middle School.
Hello everyone! My name is Gemma Nwanze and I am ecstatic to have been chosen as a School Captain here at Middle School for 2022 to lead alongside Micah. I have been at Christian College since Year 6. I truly feel that I belong in this community and care about the people here. Here is a little bit about me…I am an avid basketball player and I love hanging out with my family and friends. When I was given the opportunity to lead, I felt that it was a fantastic way to give back to Christian College. I will be the best leader I can for the students, assisting them in reaching their full potential. My aim is to encourage all members our community to advocate for each other, stand united and care for one another.
I believe in positively inspiring our CCG community through respecting and learning about each other’s differences. Simply, I aspire to inspire. For me, being School Captain is so much more than just the title, it is a position where I hope to create positive change by encouraging unity and positivity at Christian College. I am looking forward to the year ahead and working with all of the amazing prefects and teachers!
Year 8 Media and Visual Communication Design Update
In Visual Communication Design we are currently learning about Communication Design. Each
student has chosen to design either a logo or a playlist icon for a particular client. They have
identified a target audience for their design and are now creating a promotional item in the form of
a skateboard deck.
In Media this term we have studied advertising and crafted our own advertisements to persuade a
target audience. For the last half of the term we are focusing on social media and the importance of
creating a positive digital footprint in society, we will be using photography as the main medium for
Constructing Shrek’s Swampy Spectacular!
This term students in years 5, 6 and 7 have been creating sculptures for this year’s school production Shrek The Musical. Students are creating swamp-themed sculptures for our collaborative installation display ready for opening night. We are having fun exploring a variety of construction material, including wire, papier-mâché and modroc. This is a fantastic opportunity for our Art students to show off their talents, creativity, and collaboration alongside this year’s amazing production. Looking forward to seeing you in the swamp!
Year 5 Parent Cuppa
On Tuesday 22nd March the Year 5 teachers along with our Heads of Campus, Adam Kennedy, Kerrie Dapiran and Jemma Morris and Learning Support Coordinator Kathrine Bowyer, hosted our second Year 5 Parent Cuppa. It was wonderful to see so many parents onsite mingling with their child’s teachers.
Whilst the parents were enjoying a cuppa and pastry, the year 5 students were participating in games down on the SAC courts supervised by the Year 9 Mentors. There were lots of waves and smiles as students spotted their parents above the courts.
A big thank you to our Year 9 Mentors and teachers for their supervision and organisation with the Year 5 Students.
Self-Directed and Independent Learning
Students Taking Ownership of Their Learning
This term, it has been fabulous to see our students engaged in a variety of rich and meaningful educational experiences across our campuses – some within the classroom and others outside or during community events, such our recent swimming sports.
With such a wide variety of activities and learning experiences, how are students supported to maximise the learning opportunities, prioritise and stay on top of their work or learning commitments?
Our subject of Self Direction and Independent Learning in Years 7 to 9 is a unique, once-a-fortnight session where students are provided with explicit skills in how to prepare themselves as learners and are provided an opportunity to apply these new skills to their current subjects within this class. So far this term the focus has been around Organisation for Learning where students have been looking at ways to organise and plan their time using organisational tools such as a diary, as well as developing skills in the appropriate use of new and emerging technologies, such as Teams assignments, Cloud services such as OneNote and OneDrive to support their ability to independently plan for their learning requirements. All the while, they are developing appropriate digital literacy skills in sourcing information and across all their subjects. Students have also looked at SMART goal setting, habits of highly effective people and motivation. Our Years 8 and 9 students have built upon their skills from last year and have been more focused on their reflective practices as learners, as well as utilising class time to undertake learning tasks that they have identified.
Throughout this journey students have been encouraged to reflect as learners as have been maintaining a learning journal. May I also encourage you to have a discussion with your child on their reflective learning portfolio, which they have been contributing to over the term.
As an ongoing support for our students, we have also developed a Study Habits Guide website as a point of reference through their educational journey.
Let’s try Triathlon – Sport Discovery
Our enthusiastic crew of high-performance athletes have been working this term on developing themselves as athletes in all areas of physical, mental and habit development. Every two weeks the class investigate a new sport as a ‘Sport Discovery’ focus. The aim of this fortnightly focus is to allow student opportunities to develop skillsets and interests in other sports. Academic research has confirmed that young athletes who partake in more than one sport are considerably more likely to succeed as future athletes and/or develop as overall healthier adults.
On Thursday our major experience was a mock-reverse Triathlon. Run/Bike/Swim. Hosted at our Middle School Campus the students adjusted their distances to ensure that they would be able to succeed within their strengths and weaknesses.
There was a sense of apprehension, excitement and curiosity as to how each of the students would go prior to the starting whistle. After an orientation of the course and setting up their transition zones they were off and running (and biking, and swimming). It was so pleasing to see the effort, encouragement and attitude brought to this experience. Students certainly challenged themselves and this was evident throughout. All students gave it their best go and I am so pleased that we were able to offer these students such an experience to the students. Could be some Hawaii Kona entrants in years to come, watch this space!
A big thank you also to Hannah and Lewis from Sport Support Australia as well as Jackson and Lucy who were able to assist on the day marshalling and being our transition handlers. Their support made the event run much smoother.
Any students at Middle School who are interested in getting involved in Triathlon please come see Mr Wade firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr Richardson email@example.com as they can point you in the right direction and support this interest.
Yr. 9 V Staff Basketball!
On Thursday 24th March the Year 9 Students took on the Teachers in a competitive basketball match at lunch. There were many staff and students participating, which was awesome! We had players, commentators on the microphone, music, and spectators which made for a great atmosphere. The teachers won this game with the ridiculous score of 66-28 (please see scoreboard in photos for proof!). The students and teachers are looking forward to another sporting match in Term 2.
This was a fantastic and fun game to have after the House Basketball Series concluded on Tuesday with Flynn winning against Penman in the grand Final.
House Basketball Results-
Staff V Students
Teachers – Winners!!!
House Athletics Carnival
We are looking forward to the annual Middle School House Athletics Carnival to be held on Thursday April 7th. House competition is an integral part of Christian College and our sport program. It is an exciting day with something for all students.
We ask all parents to support us in our aim of having all students participate. In addition to the traditional track and field events, students have the opportunity to represent their house in a range of novelty activities. These activities are designed to encourage participation from a broad range of students. Joining the Highton House carnival this year will be the Year 4 students from the Christian College Junior School Campus, we look forward to having them join in the competition with their Highton peers.
At the conclusion of the day, a House Winner is awarded and following full analysis of all results, which does take considerable time, the year level champions will be presented at the year level assemblies next term, or earlier if possible.
Event: Year 4 – 9 House Athletics & Sport Activity Day
Venue: Middle School Oval – Highton
Date: April 7th, 2022
Uniform: All students are to wear College sports uniform (House polo) to school on the day. House polo and navy shorts are to be worn whilst competing and all students must have their hats.
Other Important Information:
Parents and friends are warmly invited to attend the Athletics Carnival. Please note that COVID Safe measures will be in place as follows:
- Upon entry to the College, via the main gate on Burdekin Road and a staff member will sign in each visitor.
- Proof of Vaccination or medical exception documentation will need to be shown for entry to the event at time of sign in.
- Direction to designated viewing areas will be clearly displayed upon check in.
- All visitors must remain in the defined viewing areas, adjacent to competition areas. Roaming around events will not be permitted.
- Physical distancing protocols will always apply while on Campus and within the defined visitor viewing areas.
- Visitors sign out when exiting the Campus.
- We also respectfully ask that if you are exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms leading up to the event that you do not attend.
We thank all visitors in advance for supporting the College with these measures, enabling us to safely share in a wonderful community event.
If your son/daughter is unable to participate in this event due to injury or illness, please notify the relevant homeroom teacher in writing by Tuesday the 5th of April. Without written notification of injury or illness prior to, or on the day of, the event, it is expected that your son/daughter will participate in all events.
Results from this event will be used to assist with selection of the Christian College Athletics team to compete at the GISSA (Year 7-9) and Deakin District (Year 4-6) Athletic Carnivals.
Students are expected to have any required medication (ie.Ventolin, Epipen) on them at all times. A qualified first aid professional will be in attendance.
Students are to bring all books and equipment for normal classes on the day, should the weather cause the event to be postponed.
We look forward to a great House Athletics Carnival to finish the term.
2022 GISSA Swimming Championships
Our CCG Eagles Swimming Team recently competed at the GISSA Swimming Championships at Kardinia Aquatic Centre, coming agonizingly close to capturing the biggest prize on offer.
Our squad of over 40 students from our Bellarine Campus, Middle School Highton Campus and Senior School Campus all performed to a high standard as our College finished second in the overall Association Championship, less than 70 points behind first place.
The strong performance featured a stand-out showing from the Senior girls contingent of our team, which clinched the Shield for the Senior Female Section of the Championships – a title that encapsulates the Under-16 and Open Age Groups.
We had 11 students win their individuals races throughout all different age levels and strokes, with six of those students winning multiple events and two who went home with a stack of blue ribbons after winning four individual races and relay events.
In particular, our Sport Faculty would like to thank the Year 12 students who competed at this event, which for many of whom put the finishing touches on years of incredible service to our CCG Eagles Swimming Program competing at events such as the GISSA Titles.
Our Sport Faculty would like to congratulate Flynn Falcon Madison Cooper, Taylor’s Maya Fuller, Penman’s Oscar Murdoch and Burrows Bear Ben Breguet, as well as Flynn’s Luka Mathe, who was selected in the team but was unable to compete on the day.
Our College is blessed with a large crop of talented swimmers coming through our swimming program, as evidenced not only by this result at the GISSA Championships but also the performances on show throughout our recently-concluded House Swimming Championships season.
We look forward to watching many of our students compete in other events outside of school over the course of the year and we wish them all the best for the rest of 2022.
The College wishes to acknowledge and congratulate some fantastic student performances at recent state sporting events. We are always encouraged by the knowledge that our students are actively engaged in community sport, and we look forward to giving a number of these students an opportunity to represent the college on various sporting fields and in aquatic environments this year.
Ashton Schram (Yr8) won a gold and silver medal in the individual board race and board relay at the State Surf Life Saving Titles and as a result is off to represent his club and the state at the Australian Titles on the Gold Coast next week. Following on from his successful season in the surf, Ashton has been selected in the U15 state hockey team that will be competing in the National Tournament in Newcastle during the first week of the school holidays.
Harry Leigh (Yr12) and Kade Leigh (Yr11) have been selected in the U18 State Hockey team to compete at the National Championships in Cairns during the upcoming school holidays. This is the third year in succession that these brothers have represented their State in hockey, which is a great achievement.
Jasmine King (Yr8) competed at the State Track & Field Championships, where she achieved personal bests in all three of her Field events – shot put, discus and javelin. With a javelin throw of 39.39m she became the State U14 Champion, and then followed this claiming a bronze medal in both the shot put and discus events.
We wish Guy Williams (Yr8) and Ethan Grills (Yr12) all the very best at the Australian Track & Field Championships in the coming week. After medaling in three events at the State Championships, Guy will be competing in the high jump, triple and long jump. Ethan will be out to compliment his State 3000m medal with a national medal. We wish both boys all the best in their respective events at these Championships.
The following students enjoyed swimming success at the State Championships recently – Madison Cooper (Yr12) swam in five finals and collected one gold, one silver and two bronze medals; Nicole Briscoe (Yr11) swam in eight finals and collected two gold medals; Matilda Byrnes (Yr9), nine finals, three gold and four silver medals as well as being named female swimmer of the ‘meet’; Brooke Briscoe (Yr9), ten finals, one gold, two silver and one bronze medal; Hayley Mackinder (Yr9), five finals, two gold and 1 silver medal; Meg Conheady (Yr9) and Zeke Lamborne (Yr9) swam PBs in their respective races and Dax Conheady (Yr7) finished 8th in his breaststroke final. Unfortunately, due to having to isolate, Noah Stephens (Yr7) missed that State Titles where he was competing in numerous stroke events. As a result of their performances at the State Championships, Madison, Nicole, Matilda, Brooke and Hayley have qualified to compete at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide next month.
Finally, our college was well represented at the Head of the Schoolgirls rowing regatta last weekend. Alice Joyce (Y10) rowed beautifully across the three days winning a silver medal in the Y10 girls’ single scull. Isabelle Brehaut (Y8), Molly Callahan (Y8), Abbey Powers (Y8), Billie Ballard (Y9) and Grace Perrin (Y9), competed very well in their Yr9 quad scull division at this regatta. If students are interested in getting involved in this great sport of rowing, then please speak to these students or contact Mr Richardson.
We congratulate these students on these impressive performances and wish the students who are competing at the National level all the very best in the coming weeks.
Nth Geelong District Swimming Championships
If our College needed any further reminder of how bright the future is for our CCG Eagles Swimming Program, the evidence was there for all those who were at the Kardinia Aquatic Centre this week.
Competing at this year’s School Sport Victoria Geelong North Division Championships, our College was admirably represented by a combined Team from the Middle School Highton and Junior School Campus and another joint team from the Bellarine and Surf Coast Campus.
Both CCG Eagles Swim Teams, made up of 15 students each, enjoyed success on event day, with every student swimming their heart out as they lined up next to other primary schools from around the Geelong region.
Our Sport Faculty would like to sincerely thank and congratulate every student who qualified for these Championships, even those who were unable to actually compete on event day.
Team Managers Nick Rice and myself, Matt Murnane, were very impressed with the energy and encouragement students provided each other between events, creating a buoyant team spirit that no doubt lifted each of our competitors to greater heights than might have otherwise been the case.
After several years where this event has been impacted by COVID limitations, it was also great to have parents and guardians back at the stands, and their positive and calming influence on the students around them was also a valuable contributing factor.
Our College had two relay teams win their races at the Division Event on Tuesday, the first being our 11 Years Mixed Freestyle Relay team made up of Year 5 Burrows students Alfie Lynch and Lucas O’Brien as well as Penman pair George Kitson and Holly Tucker, who stepped in as a last-minute replacement.
The second relay team to claim the blue ribbons was our 12/13 Years Female Relay team made up of Year 6 Flynn Falcons Chelsea Ronning and Ava Mousavi, as well as Taylor’s Macey Dow and Burrows Bear Tahlia Steel.
There were also several students who finished in the top 2 of their individual events. This means they have earned the right to compete in the next stage of SSV’s Swimming Program – the 2022 Western Metro Region Championships coming up at Aquatic Centre on April 5.
Burrows Bear Alfie Lynch won the 11 Years 50-Metre Male Backstroke Event in a time of 46.27, while two female students finished second in their individuals events – Flynn’s Chelsea Ronning in the 12/13 Years 50-metre Freestyle Event with a time of 34.92, and Burrows Bear Mikayla Grunberg in the 50 metre Female Backstroke with a time of 45.17.
We wish those students moving onto the Region Titles in just over a week’s time the very best of luck as they compete for a spot in the SSV State Finals.
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
Christian College seeks the services of a Digital Technologies teacher for Terms 2, 3 and 4 this year.
This is a part-time (0.5) position based at our Middle School – Highton Campus. Interested, or know someone who might be? Check our website for a Position Description and application details (Homepage > Join > Employment)
A MYTERN Thought for the Week
In this world of uncertainty , try not to be too influenced by the opinion of others.
It is not THEIR journey. Your journey is unique. Seek advice, but then make sure that you are in control of the roads that you choose to drive down 😊
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