What’s Happening at Middle School
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
Term 2 Week 1, Wednesday 27th April 2022
Wed 27th Apr – Term 2 Commences
Wed 27th Apr – Commencement and ANZAC Day Service
Wed 27th Apr – 3 X 3 Junior Schools Basketball Challenge (Boys & Girls)
Thurs 28th Apr – Deakin District Cross-Country Championships
Fri 29th Apr – 3 X 3 Inter. Schools Basketball Challenge (Boys & Girls)
Partnering with Parents Evening
One of the many very special Highton Middle School community events that we have been extremely happy to host once more is our ‘Partnering with Parents’ evening. This year we were thrilled to not only invite new families to the College, but also families who are considering Christian College Geelong as a school of choice for their young person.
This event, held on Wednesday 30th of March, allowed us to highlight the breadth and depth of our teaching and learning programs across the College, and specifically within the Middle School context. Alongside the presentations about Wellbeing, Learning Pathways, Visible Thinking, the role of the Homeroom teacher and Restorative Practices, it was particularly insightful to hear from our new Middle School Captains about their experiences of starting out at Christian College.
We thank the parents, guardians, students and staff who were able to come along this week and look forward to meeting many more prospective families at our Open Day on Tuesday May 3rd in early Term 2.
Have you Taken the 5-Minute Cyber Safety Parenting Quiz?
With school holidays almost upon us, now is a great time for parents to review their approach and strategies around managing screen time and technology in the home. Not sure where to start? Family Zone has free parent webinars on ‘Managing Screen Time During School Holidays’, ‘Popular Games and Their Dangers’ and many other topics available via their events page.
Did you know that our new Online Safety Hub from Family Zone also has a helpful quiz to support parents with this?
Complete the cyber safety parenting quiz to receive a safety rating for your family and useful hints and tips on areas that you can focus on to keep your family safe online. Why not complete an audit of your home’s cyber safety and get advice on how to improve it and keep your loved ones safe?
School holidays are a great time for having constructive conversations with young people about their technology use and referring to the tips and feedback from the parent quiz may be a useful way to begin such a conversation with your child.
Shrek – The Musical
Rehearsals for the college production of Shrek the Musical are nearing the final weeks and cast and orchestra are excited to see the show steadily coming together. It has been wonderful to be back together in the rehearsal space and we are all looking forward to our opening night, when the students can share the fruits of their many hours of creative labour. Shrek is a very family friendly show about love and friendship and finding your place in the world and its upbeat and memorable musical score is bound to leave audiences humming along as they leave the theatre.
Shrek the Musical is being performed for six shows only in the W.R Gibson Music Performance Centre at Senior campus, with dates and times listed below.
Thursday 12th May – Preview 12.30pm
Thursday 12th May – Opening Night 7.00pm
Friday 13th May – Matinee 12.30pm
Friday 13th May – Evening 7.00pm
Saturday 14th May – Matinee 12.30pm
Saturday 14th May – Evening 5.30pm
Ticket Price: Adult $35 Student/Child $25
Tickets can be purchased through the Music Administration office – phone 5241 1577 from Monday 4th April-Friday 8th April in school hours, and then from the commencement of term 2, Wednesday27th April. Seating is very limited and the College community is encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. This year to offset the limited seating, we are offering matinee performances on Thursday and Friday at 12.30pm.
As per government guidelines, parents, carers and other adult visitors (excluding students) must be able to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid medical exception.
We can’t wait to share the show with you!
Earlier this year many classes across Australia entered a competition to name the new LAT (Large Air Tanker) that has been enlisted to help combat our worst bushfires. The new invaluable asset to Australia’s firefighting force is able to carry and drop 15,000 litres of retardant or water.
Last week on the 23rd of March, Minister Bridget McKenzie along with NAFF (National Aerial Firefighting Centre) and the AIDR (Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience) selected the winners. The students in 5B were thrilled with the news that our name had been chosen as the winner! ‘The Phoenix’, will be seen on the new livery the plane is about to receive.
The rationale for this name comes from the mythology that the Phoenix is a bird that rises from the ashes, heals wounds with its tears and creates new life. Just as this plane will heal the burning land and create new life. 5B are over the moon to say the least and are looking forward to their interview with the team from AIDR. A special mention to our Director of Teaching and Learning – Humanities, Angela Tutty, who got this competition off the ground.
Year 7 and 8 Japanese
This week in class some Year 7 and Year 8 students had an opportunity to dress up in Japanese Kimono and have their photos taken. The students who participated really enjoyed this cultural experience. It was wonderful to see them dressed up in such beautiful colours and prints of the Kimono.
Transformative Cold Therapy
This week the Transformation students have been exposed to Cold Therapy as part of a student’s Passion Project. Science has proved that frequent exposure to cold is linked to a number of health benefits such as improved quality of sleep, more focus, higher energy levels and even an improved immune response.
Harry Simons was particularly interested in using Cold Therapy to improve mental health. Harry explained that the cold temperature changes the way the body’s nervous system communicates with the brain, it literally penetrates the entire body and produces feel good hormones.
The Transformation group supported Harry’s project and challenged themselves to 3 minutes in an ice bath! All participants reported feeling ‘good’ and reported a dramatic shift in their mood after the cold dip.
Harry made a real impact on the group, providing a practical way for us to shift our mood and produce feelgood hormones. For most of us, this was our first time in an ice bath and whilst it was challenging, it was a great accomplishment and something we would all want to do again.
Bahasa Indonesia – Indonesian Language
Year 5 – Greetings, Numbers, and Island Profile
Students in Year 5 are introduced to learning Indonesian for the first time at CCG. At the start of the term, students learned to greet each other in Indonesian and respond to the question, ‘Apa Kabar?’ (How are you?) in a variety of ways. Students also learned Indonesian numbers from 1 to 10. They realized that the Indonesian language is similar to English. The language uses the same alphabet as English, but some sounds are different. Students also essentially spent their time this term discovering islands in Indonesia. In a group of three, they researched an Indonesian island they had chosen and created a poster presentation. Their research includes the Indonesian ethnic group living on that chosen island, the local language, special food, native animals, and iconic landmarks. Through this collaborative task, they discovered how unique and diverse Indonesia is.
Year 7 – Family and Exchanging Personal Information
Year 7 students begin their journey this term by revisiting what they know about Indonesia. Indonesia is a country with diverse languages, cultures, environments, and religious beliefs. Students were taken to Indonesia ‘virtually’ to see what Indonesia look like from the charming town/villages with narrow alley way of Yogyakarta to the grand vibrant metropolitan city such as Jakarta. Students also learned various expressions to talk about their personal information, such as their age, where they live, and their family.
Year 8 – Time and Daily Routine
Students in Year 8 use their ability about numbers in Indonesian to ask and respond to questions about time. They also expand their vocabulary to talk about their day-to-day activities and develop their understanding of aspects of daily life in Indonesia, such as school life and daily routines. As much as there are some differences in how Indonesians do their daily activities, students find it fascinating to see some similarities in the education system in Indonesia.
Year 9 – Indonesian society and Personal Interest (Hobbies and Pastimes)
Year 9 Indonesian students develop their understanding of Indonesian ethnic groups on main islands and look at their faith’s diversity. Students know that, for example, in Papua Island, the people predominantly follow Christianity. Whereas on Sumatra Island, the majority of people follow Islam. As part of learning about Indonesian society, students also learn about hobbies and how to communicate about their own and those of Indonesian culture.
Christian College – Community of Respect
A significant achievement here at Christian College during 2021, was the launch of a College-wide Wellbeing Framework. Through this framework, and based on our understanding of the importance of wellbeing, our College chooses to promote human flourishing, purpose, and passion. Our College is committed to nurturing all members of our community, as we discover and confirm holistic health, both individually and collectively. As part of this College-wide commitment, we have established a ‘Community of Respect’ Professional Learning Team.
This dedicated group of staff has been appointed to help facilitate a number of developments and actions associated with several priorities across the College, including the adoption of the Respectful Relationships initiative. Respectful Relationships is a Victorian Government initiative to support schools in promoting and modelling respect and equality. It also supports key wellbeing objectives in teaching our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. Respectful Relationships prioritises a whole school approach that sees Respectful Relationships “…beyond curriculum… recognising that to drive real change, classroom learning needs to be reinforced by what is modelled within the school community.”
In Term 1 of this year, Christian College commenced working alongside several other schools in the Respectful Relationships Surf Coast Otways Cluster including: Iona College (Lead School), Geelong Lutheran College, St John’s Lutheran College, Lisieux Catholic Primary School, St Catherine of Siena Primary School and St Therese Primary School. This leading and partner schools initiative provides training and support to all Government, Catholic and Independent schools to implement a whole school approach to Respectful Relationships. During the first half of this year, all teaching as well as professional support staff are undertaking Respectful Relationships professional development, while our Community of Respect team begin identifying the most appropriate strategies we can adopt to move forward as a truly flourishing community of respect.
While it is early days for our Community of Respect team, we look forward to sharing more regularly as our work in this space continues to take shape.
Jemma Morris – Highton & Surf Coast Liaison
Andy Davies – Highton
Nicole Riddle – Highton & Chaplaincy
Drew Oliver – Senior School
Kim Doherty – Senior School
Rob Moore – Bellarine
Octavia Rae – Junior School
Yesterday saw the next phase in the CCG journey with Project Zero – Harvard University and Independent Schools Victoria for 12A Reach project. Six members of staff joined the project this year. For the first time, we have been able to include colleagues from our junior level and we are very excited to see what it will look like in their setting.
Reach is an instructional innovation that is designed to deepen the learning of our students. It has been created to be embedded in the existing practice of the teacher. It helps the learner understand the content and how they learn through thinking. This then leads onto making decisions by forming opinions, choosing behaviours and actions to make greater connections between their lives and world. A major focus is on conversations, which is such an important skill that has been greatly impacted over the last couple of years.
The team gathered at Senior School and even though we were in two countries and time zones, thanks to the aid of technology, we are able to hold our meeting on Microsoft Teams. It was so much easier to share ideas and questions in real time as well as we could all feel the excitement and anticipation in the room even though some where on a screen.
We are all looking forward to developing our teaching practices for the benefit of our learners and sharing our new learning with our colleagues.
Senior School – Waurn Ponds
We’re Open in May!
Each of the Christian College campuses will open their doors during May for prospective parents and others to visit, tour and ask questions – with no booking needed. We encourage all members of our College community to help spread the word about our open days, and our invitation to book a tour anytime to any friends, neighbours, colleagues – anyone you know who may be looking at Early Learning and/or schooling options for their children.
This year, each of our campuses will open its doors on the following dates at the times indicated.
Junior School-Belmont: May 3 – 9:30am to 11am
Middle School-Highton: May 3 – 11am – 12pm
Surf Coast Campus: May 5 – 9:30am – 11:30am
Bellarine Campus: May 10 – 9:30am – 12:00pm
Senior School-Waurn Ponds: May 3, 5, 10 12:00pm – 1:00pm
We also invite anyone who is interested in visiting any of our campuses, but can’t make the above days/times to book a tour online at a time that suits, meet with campus leaders and have their questions answered. Every day is Open Day!
Canteen Arrangements for Term 2
The canteen will re-open during the first week of Term 2 (starting Wed. April 27). Thank you to all volunteers who support the canteen and help to provide this service to our students and staff.
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