What’s Happening at Middle School
Week 2, Monday, May 2
- Mon, May 2 – Year 5 Concert, performed by Eltham High School Band
- Tues, May 3 – Open Day
- Wed, May 4 – GISSA Sporting fixtures (Year 7 & 8)
- Thur, May 4 – Deakin District Winter Carnival (Year 5 & 6)
- Thur, May 5 – Semester 1 Student Learning Conferences
Week 3, Monday, May 9 – College Production week – ‘Shrek’
- Tues, May 10 – NAPLAN commences (Year 5, 7 and & 9)
- Wed, May 11 – GISSA Sporting fixtures (Year 7 & 8)
- Fri, May 13 – GISSA Athletics Championships
From the Acting Head of Campus
Welcome back to school everyone. I pray your Easter holiday break was one full of family, friendship, fun and faith, and that everyone feels renewed after our big first term, and excited about this second term ahead. Can you believe Week 1 is already finished!
We have a relatively short, but nevertheless full term ahead of us. From our College Production of Shrek, to our Year 9 camp to Wilsons Promontory National Park, from inter-school sporting fixtures to our Year 5 Music excursion, from Chapel services and College celebration days, to our upcoming Robo Cup competition and beyond, it is sure to be a term filled with rich learning, strengthening bonds and God’s love. I am very grateful to be part of this vibrant community, to have access to the many opportunities it provides, and to be placed to serve here. My prayer and hope is that you and your young person also feel that gratitude and grasps those opportunities throughout the term ahead.
Staff across our campus and the wider College are excited about the opportunity to showcase our school whilst welcoming visitors on to the campuses during our upcoming Open Days. At Middle School – Highton, from 11am on Tuesday next week, we look forward to ‘opening the gates’ and hosting visitors from the wider community. I’d like to encourage current families to feel very welcome to attend the day, and if you have family and friends with young people who you feel might also benefit from and thrive within a Christian College education, I ask that you invite them along. A special part of the day is the opportunity for visitors to be led on a tour by one of our Year 9 leaders, through many different parts of the campus, into different learning areas and classrooms. There will also be the opportunity for visitors to meet with members of our campus leadership team, to further discuss the work we do here, in providing the learning that matters to today’s youth, and tomorrow’s leaders. I hope to see you there, if you can make it.
Commemorating our ANZAC Servicemen and Servicewomen
April 25, marks the event that took place in 1915, 107 years ago, when Australian and New Zealand troops – the ANZACs – landed on the shores of Gallipoli. For the vast majority of the 16,000 Australians and New Zealanders who landed on that first day on the shores of Turkey, this was their first experience of combat. By that evening, 2000 of them had been killed or wounded.
On Wednesday morning, we came together as a Middle School – Highton community to remember those brave ANZACs, and all those who have served our country and sacrificed their lives since then, in what was an honouring and beautiful service.
Our service was capably led by out student leaders, with mention to our Year 9 School Captain, Gemma Nwanze, who gave the address, which this year focused on the important role of Chaplains in war. We also thank Issac Jamal in Year 10, who played The Last Post and The Rouse, and the Middle School – Highton Choir who gave a moving rendition of ‘Still’ by Hillsong Worship.
Our Acting Head of Campus, Mr Adam Kennedy, concluded the service with a commencement address, acknowledging the way our students had participated so respectfully within this service and reminding them of our theme this year of how God sustains us and as a community ‘we sustain each other’.
As previously communicated, our Term 2 Learning Conferences will be held next week, on Thursday, May from 4pm – 9pm. These conferences will be conducted as video calls, via Microsoft Teams.
Bookings for these conferences are now open, and will close on Tuesday, May 3, at 10am. Instructions as to how to make bookings have been emailed to families.
Our teaching staff really look forward to this occasion as a valuable opportunity to develop relationships with our school families while discussing their students’ learning and progress. We encourage students to join their parents/guardians in the calls so that they can share reflections of their own learning while also benefiting from the collaborative and supportive focus provided through this time and space.
We request that parents/guardians who schedule conference bookings, ensure that they have a quiet and appropriate area available in which they can connect to the video call. Please note that teachers will not be able to participate in calls with family members who are driving a vehicle or in any other inappropriate setting.
If you have any questions about these conferences, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Homeroom Teacher or Heidi Wilkinson by phone or email. We look forward to speaking with you online soon.
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!
College Mountain Bike Success
Our College was well represented at the Rocky Trail Academy inter-school mountain bike series last term. The first round of this series was held at Mt Buller in March, where our College team of 14 riders competed against 120 students from across the State. Competitors are timed over three segments of the course where endurance, speed and technical ability was the key to a good time and overall result. We congratulate Arlo Costa (Y7) for finishing in 3rd place in the Junior Boys section, and acknowledge Jett van Dreven (Y8), Harrison Wild (Y8), Jett Baum (Y7), Benson Flanagan (Y7), Lewis Hurley (Y7) and Isaiah Renieri (Y7) for their riding efforts in this section on the day.
Our Intermediate riders also had some very good results with Isaiah Gordon (Y10) finishing 7th, and Cameron Klein (Y10) having the 8th fastest time on the climbing section of the course on the day. We congratulate Harper Costa (Y9), Lachie Pascoe (Y10), Jesse Collins (Y10) and Luke Rogers (Y10) for their performances finishing in the top 20.
The second round of the series was held on the last day of term, at Silvan in the Yarra Ranges. Some new faces joined the team for this Round, with the college again well represented with 13 riders. After some brilliant riding performances, the college finished 1st overall on the day. This was fantastic effort from the team, and a great outcome for all involved. We congratulate Flynn Eastmure (Y10) on his 2nd place in the Intermediate section, along with Harper Costa finishing in 3rd place. Isaiah Gordon, Lachie Pascoe, Archer Jaques, Clark Saunders (Y9), Josh Goudge (Y9) and Taj Beckworth (Y9) all finished in the top 12 of this section. Arlo Costa continued his great riding form from Mt Buller and took out 1st place in the Junior section, just ahead of Harrison Wild in 2nd place, with Jett Baum, Benson Flanagan and Isaiah Ranieri all finishing in the top 10 of this section.
We congratulate these students on their performances and contribution to the team over the two rounds of the series. Further, we thank the fantastic coaching and planning from Mr Steve Sullivan, along with Mr Dave Harmer. They were well supported by Sam Iddles (Y11) who missed competing due to injury but provided valuable coaching and mechanical expertise to the team. Thank you to the brilliant support of the parents for transporting and encouraging our riders at both the Mt Buller and Silvan events.
Equestrian State Championships
Christian College was well represented at the Equestrian Victoria Interschool State Championships during the holidays. With 10 riders from three campuses competing across four different disciplines it was a busy four days. Team captain Jorja Kirsopp-Cole led the show jumping with teammates, Georgie Pascoe, Sienna Edwards, Leonora Turner, and Lola Edwards. The show riders included Erin Bowers, Jack Borthwick and Maddison Borthwick. Olivia Hanneysee competed in dressage while Zoe Sambucco and Liberty Armitage represented the team in combined training (dressage and show jumping). There were some great results for the team with Leonora Turner (Y11) placing 4th in the 100cm show jumping, Liberty Armitage (Y11) placing 7th in the 105cm combined training and Sienna Edwards (Y9) gaining 3rd, 4th and 5th placings in the secondary show jumping 75cm to claim 1st place overall.
Two of our CCG students qualified for the State team to compete at the National Championships in Sydney later this year. Erin Bowers, Year 7, gained a 1st, 1st and a 6th to claim 3rd place overall in the secondary open show horse. Team captain Jorja Kirsopp-Cole brought it home with a 7th and a 1st to claim 2nd place overall. All students worked so hard to qualify and compete at this event and should be extremely proud of all their efforts!
An Important Reminder for all who Visit the Uniform Shop
As a community, we are extremely proud of the manner in which the vast majority of people associated with Christian College Geelong have responded to one another throughout the COVID-19 journey of the past three years. Time and time again, we have witnessed genuine demonstrations of love, kindness, understanding, patience, and selflessness. Thank you to all those who have continued to encourage and support each other, offering everyone around them – students, staff and families – the necessary grace and time to walk through this extraordinarily difficult season.
Occasionally however, we do need to honestly confront the small number of individuals who elect to behave poorly. This is one of those occasions.
Please, could all College parents and families utilising our Uniform Shop pay careful attention to this reminder?
It is not appropriate to dispute the regulations with the staff who are kindly assisting you with your wardrobe purchases.
Disrespectful and rude behaviour should not be tolerated anywhere in our society, and it is therefore unacceptable when directed toward any member of our College staff, including the staff at our Uniform Shop.
All members of our College community are expected to support our College policies, which includes uniform requirements and behavioural expectations.
How can we help the young people in our care to learn and grow with maturity if we as adults cannot model acceptable and appropriate behaviour?
We politely request your cooperation with this, and with all expectations connected to the opportunity we have to share in this wonderful community.
Australians Together Presentation
The start of Term 2 saw the teaching and support staff gathering to learn more about the story of the First Nations peoples of Australia.
Simon McCormick from Australians Together led a workshop with videos and activities to help create empathy on our journey of Reconciliation. Australians Together is an organisation that has developed professional learning opportunities and resources to inform all Australians of the stories of the past so that we can walk collectively to create a brighter future for all.
The learning time offered a lot of opportunities for the staff to discuss what they were learning and there was a real buzz in the room. Many staff commented on their new discoveries and how the workshop was so impactful. It was felt that the presentation was a ‘Goldilocks’ moment and was just right.
Already this week, new learning and resources from the presentation have been embedded into lessons across the school. This is an exciting time and it is encouraging to see the staff being so proactive about sharing such an important message with for our young people. We look forward to hearing more about developing the First Nations perspective in our curriculums later in the year.
What Parents Need to Know About VPNs and Cyber Safety at Home and School
VPNs are apps and services used to hide online activity, anonymise a user’s identity on a safe network, and bypass filtering.
It has become common for tech-savvy young people and teenagers to use VPNs on their digital devices. As outlined in an article for parents on our Online Safety Hub by tech expert Jessica Hill, young people typically use VPNs for three main reasons, none of which is to be encouraged. Parents will find the above article helpful, as it covers: what a VPN is, how it works and how parents can identify and prevent VPN use by their children at home.
Free VPNs sometimes pose a further privacy risk as they may be covertly collecting the user’s personal and usage data for the VPN provider’s own use. As young people are more likely to use a free VPN than a paid service, they are more at risk of this danger.
We care about our students’ digital wellbeing and safety and wish to provide a safe and appropriate digital learning environment at school. For this reason, student use of a VPN app or website at school is treated as both a cyber safety risk and a behavioural concern. This has been outlined in our Digital Learning and Device Policy Agreement, as well as the Student Agreement that Year 4-12 students with laptops completed in Term 1.
Access to VPN apps and services has always been blocked on the College network. With the introduction of our new Cyber Safe Schools Program this year, there is now greater visibility to the College over students’ attempted VPN use. Students attempting to use a VPN app or service at school are likely to trigger a ‘red flag’ alert.
This may act as a prompt for coordinators, pastoral, or wellbeing staff to have a supportive and constructive discussion with the student about VPN use, its dangers and our policy and expectations that VPNs are not permitted at school.
It will be important that students develop a practice of ensuring they are not running VPN software on their College laptop before bringing it to school each day, to avoid triggering a VPN red flag. We will be communicating and reinforcing this guidance with students as we share more about our Cyber Safe Schools Program with them and you as the term progresses.
Bus Drivers Needed
Casual positions at Christian College are available for qualified and experienced school bus drivers. These positions will cover bus routes servicing both the Highton and Drysdale school campuses.
Successful first time applicants will possess a good rapport with all age groups, demonstrate Christian values, and be able to work with a dedicated team of Christian College staff.
Drivers must hold a current Medium Rigid Vehicle Licence, a Driver’s Certificate from the Taxi Directorate and an excellent driving record. Casual wage rates apply.
Applications to Fleet Manager, Mr Peter Hayes. See our website here for contact details. (Homepage > Join > Employment)
Most Shrek Performances are Sold Out
Shrek – The Musical, which hits the stage in the R.W. Gibson Centre for Music Performance on May 12,13 & 14 is just about a sellout. There is much excitement about this major production and staging it in our brand new music centre at Senior School.
A very limited number of tickets are still available for Thursday and Friday matinee sessions, but all evening sessions are now sold out. Any available tickets can be purchased through the Music Administration office – phone 5241 1577.
A MYTERN Thought for the Week
No matter how knowledgeable you think you are, it is always wise to be open to learn from others. The roads of humility, empathy and compassion are always worth travelling. Besides, it may give someone else a chance to shine 👍😊
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