From the Principal
It’s so good to see our community back together
What a joy it was today to have all year levels return onsite after what we all hope will be the final phase of CL@H (Continuous Learning at Home). Hearing the bustle of busyness in the yard and in classrooms this morning gave a warm sense of normality following recent disruptions and large amounts of time spent apart as a community. The students and their teachers have once again demonstrated remarkable focus to maintain consistent levels of learning and connection under these challenging circumstances.
Congratulations Year 12
This week our Year 12 students participated in activities to celebrate the completion of their final year as students at Christian College. The week provided the staff and College leaders with many opportunities to mark this milestone and to share our praise for these young people for their tremendous achievement in completing their studies over the two years of the global pandemic. For example, whilst sharing the traditional signing of the brick walls in the Clock Tower, it was heart-warming to hear the positive reflections and memories that the students expressed, and to hear many talking about how they feel they had grown through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. A breakfast together with the Senior School staff, coupled with the final service and traditional farewell parade on Wednesday, was a fitting send off for the Class of 2021. The College has purchased a tree that will be planted, together with an appropriate plaque, to commemorate the resilience, courage and perseverance of this class. They and their families should feel very proud of the way they have conducted themselves. We pray for them as many now make final preparations for their exams and turn their minds to the future. May God continue to watch over and bless each one.
World Teachers’ Day
Next Friday 29 October we celebrate World Teachers’ Day in Australia. After the past two years, it is fitting that I take this opportunity to praise and commend the passionate, dedicated and highly talented colleagues whom I have the privilege to serve alongside in the provision of the education and care of our students. Christian College teachers are renowned for going the extra mile for their students and for each other.
The relationships, and the exemplary teaching and learning experiences that our teachers provide, in and outside of the classroom, is something to note and celebrate. I encourage students and families to consider how you might take the opportunity next Friday to encourage our staff in some small way for all that they have given to our community over the past two years in particular.
Launch of the new College Wardrobe
This week we had the exciting launch of our new student wardrobe. It has been very encouraging to receive an overwhelmingly positive response to the new range, as well as some helpful and constructive feedback. I again offer my apologies for the elements of this process which created discomfort or caused concern for some members of our College community. Please know that as a result of communication we have received from within our community, a decision has been made to extend the transition period, and allow all students the choice of wearing the current uniform or the new wardrobe throughout the next three years until the commencement of 2025. We have been receiving your feedback and questions via the dedicated email address and this will remain the means of direct communication with families until Friday 12th of November. The feedback is being collated and will be shared with the Review Team. This link will take you to the launch website for those that have not seen the new wardrobe. This page will be updated as physical items of clothing become available and we can include photos and videos to show you more of the range.
Thankfulness and Kindness
Over the last two weeks I have had the need to undergo various tests, and to attend several medical appointments, including a visit to emergency. As I navigated this process, I have had time to observe the amazing people who work in our healthcare system. I have felt a deep sense of gratitude and thankfulness toward those who dedicate their lives to care for our community. After one of the tests this week, I offered my sincere thanks to one of the nurses caring for me. Nothing special or over the top; just a natural expression of my gratitude. My words brought tears to her eyes, and even though her face was behind a mask I could see that she was emotional. She thanked me for being kind, explaining that it had been a tough week. She was thankful that I had shared my gratitude.
Ever since that moment, I have pondered her response, as it has caused me to wonder how I might continue to do this, more regularly, for others; for those who serve me a coffee, take my money when I purchase fuel, work in the supermarket, and so on.
Mother Teresa so wisely once said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
Emerging from the challenges of lockdown and starting to see greater interaction in our communities will provide each of us with the opportunity to show kindness to others. I am genuinely thankful for the healthcare that I have been receiving from those looking after me over the past few weeks, and I’m glad that I was able to show my appreciation. I had not anticipated how much that appreciation would mean to the person on the receiving end – and I am now encouraged to deliberately look for the next opportunity to sincerely express my gratitude to someone else.
Be kind and stay well.
What’s Happening at Middle School
Week 4, Monday 25 October 2021
Mon 25 Oct – Fri 29 Oct – All students Onsite Learning
Tues 26 Oct – Year 9 Author Visit – Mark Smith
Week 5, Monday 1st November 2021
Wed 3rd Nov – PROPOSED – 8MRY GEOS Camp
A Word From the Head of Campus
Today marked a significantly important moment in the return to Term 4 studies for our young people, with ALL Year 5-9 students and ALL staff returning onsite!!
Whilst there has been much excitement, laughing, connect, learning and re-engagement over the past three weeks in our staggered return, the vibrancy of our Middle School – Highton Campus was in full swing today as we all came back all together. The rich tapestry of adolescent enthusiasm, excitement and connect is what makes ‘schools’ and ‘classrooms’ come alive. We certainly experienced this today, ensuring we did not take for granted the privilege it is to teach young people and to be part of our Middle School community.
I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank every parent and each family for the continued support within the educational journey of your child. The past 18 months have been challenging beyond measure for so many, with specific challenges pertinent to the delivery of learning for all students. The partnership required to maintain this, including the direct investment of parents, has been something never experienced within our lifetime. On behalf of the teaching staff of Middle School – Highton, the men and women who invest daily into the life of your precious young person, can I express our sincere appreciation for the role you’ve played, particularly over the past months, to partner with us to deliver the CL@H program. From reading with your child, working through mathematical equations, listening to oral presentations, sharing feedback on written work, cooking in the kitchen, to ‘nagging’ them to get dressed before session 1, to turn on their camera, to remain focused online and importantly, to maintain personal connection with their friends – please know each and every one of these actions have supported our partnership and have strengthened the experience for your child. Thank you.
As we excitedly approach the remainder of Term 4, we do so cautiously, knowing the fragility within the broader community, however we do so with hope, that God may continue to work through all of us to provide an environment for our young people to feel safe, valued and loved within their learning journey.
Welcome back to Term 4 and although we have been confined to home learning, I do believe our students have shown us all just how resilient and positive when things seem rough. I have been receiving a range of fantastic artworks from home and I am certainly eager to get back into the classroom where we can all come together to discuss our art-making processes collectively.
Last week we had a real taste of what we have been missing out on …hands-on, face to face and messy play. I decided to get straight back into making and producing, and I was just so taken by all the kids as they all enthusiastically worked collaboratively. Laughing, chatting, and creating…a perfect mix and a great way to get back our rhythm. What a perfect opportunity to get out the paint, and paint we did.
Students listened and watched eagerly as I modelled the process of colour mixing. Our art room was a buzz with enthusiasm and effort. A dose of creativity was just what we all needed. Bring on next week when we are all back together!
Outdoor Ed – Back Into Nature!
With the return to on-site learning, many Outdoor Ed and GEOS students were able to utilise their time by heading out to our beautiful local environments. Tuesday was a particularly busy day with Year 9s out surfing and snorkelling. Year 8s have been busy practising their mountain biking skills and their cooking skills as they continue to prepare for their camp. It has been a challenging couple of months for many of our Outdoor Education classes, as many trips were cancelled. However, it has been wonderful seeing our young people out and enjoying everything that nature has to offer.
Book Week Parade
Kicking off the start of our belated Book Week, the Y5/6s were off on the ‘Where’s Wally Hunt’. Traversing the school, they unearthed Wally hiding in all sorts of unusual places. Some inventive places included the playground slide, a bushy tree, hiding in plain sight within a classroom window, staring us down in the Library and cheekily placed on the netball ring. After that exciting hunt, talk turned to what costumes students and teachers would be wearing for the parade on Friday.
Come Friday morning, the school grounds were filled with a riot of colour, wigs and screams. Chaotic energy as all students were back on campus, together for the first time since the middle of Term 3. The sea of students was punctured with Harry Potters, Alices in Wonderland, Thing 1 and Thing 2 plus numerous others. Not to mention the younger years staff and Library staff who had really set the bar high!
To celebrate all the creativity a parade was conducted in the Courtyard with Mr Costa acting as MC. Standouts included Mario and Luigi and their excellent moustaches,
Following the parade students were treated to a book picnic under the trees with the Library kicking off its first ever Middle School outdoor library.
CL@H – Commit to be Fit!
During CL@H Term 3 and 4, the Year 7/8 Sport Elective, students have been developing their fitness and staying active via the screen! Each Wednesday afternoon students have met with their teachers for a workout and of course some great banter from the one and only Mr Richardson!! One of the best parts about CL@H has been the opportunity to connect with each other. The Sport staff would like to thank all the students who signed into our Teams meetings and contributed to the chat, turned their cameras on to say hello and got active at home!
Our workouts included a range of strength, cardio and mobility exercises. This meant student-led activities, Pilates routines, boxing, HIIT workouts and even a sock challenge with Mr Collins! A highlight was a Question & Answer session with Kelly Cartwright. This was well aligned with the Paralympics and many students asked Kelly questions about her journey. A big thank-you to Kelly for joining us on online.
Now we are back on campus and very excited for more team sport opportunities and sunny afternoons! Year 7/8 students have selected a sport of their choice for this term including water polo, cricket, volleyball, tennis, and softball. Currently, students are playing intra-school games on campus or nearby locations. Our Year 8 students have been challenged to develop their cardio-respiratory fitness by running a 2km effort each fortnight of Term 4. Their first effort should have been completed at home and all other efforts will be completed together on campus. The aim is working towards improvement, and all students have taken this challenge on board with a positive attitude…. maybe some of the teachers will give it a go too!
Christian College Geelong – Cross Campus Musical Production 2022
Shrek the Musical
Everyone knows Shrek- the story of the ogre who just wants to be left alone but finds himself the saviour of all fairy tale creatures, on a quest to rescue an imprisoned princess accompanied by a very very talkative donkey. We are very excited to announce that ‘Shrek the Musical’ will be our cross-campus production for 2022.
Students from Years 7 – 11 (2021) from Highton and Bellarine Middle Schools, and the Senior Campus are invited to audition. We are seeking a cast of 50-60 students to play the colourful list of characters; including principal and support cast such as Shrek, Fiona and Donkey, as well as ensemble fairy tale and Duloc townsfolk.
Auditions will commence in early November; separate auditions will be held for those wishing to audition for a principal or supporting role and those wanting to be in the ensemble only. We hope to have casting completed in time for a read through of the script in the first week of December. Rehearsals will be held at the Senior Campus on Tuesday afternoons from 4.45-6.45 and Thursdays 4-6pm. Students must also be available for list of rehearsal dates on certain Sundays and student free days.
Please consider all details in the attached document before registering to audition. Students may register to audition via the online survey provided here up until Monday, November 1st.
Fiona Gardner – Co- Producer Shrek the Musical 2022 on behalf of Mandy Calderwood and the Production team
As summer approaches and our traditional community sports get ready for the new season, we are excited to promote two emerging sports that are offering ‘come and try’ opportunities for our young students.
The Geelong Gaelic Football Club are holding Sunday ‘come and try’ sessions at Hurst Reserve, Herne Hill from 10am each week through October and November. This is a great game with some very good coaching being offered by the Club. For more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Lacrosse Victoria are providing a participation program in a ‘all abilities, family-friendly’ environment at Banyul Warri fields in Torquay, beginning Monday 15th November at 6:45pm-7:45pm. Interested students will need to sign up to participate in this Lacrosse program, which costs $40 for 5 weeks of coaching. Your Campus Sport Coordinator or HPE teacher will have details on how to register for this program.
For further information on these sporting opportunities, please contact your Campus Sport Coordinator or HPE teacher.
The IT Department is aware of an ongoing issue with the online canteen ordering system where some parents are not able to see or place an order for their children.
We thank those parents that have emailed the Parent Helpdesk to bring this issue to our attention and we are working with the creators of the product to have the issue resolved.
Unfortunately, this is taking longer than expected, but we do aim to have this issue resolved within the next week.
We thank you for your patience during this time.
Order Your East Timor Calendar Now!
The 2022 East Timor calendar is due to arrive soon! Proceeds from sales will enable funding for 16 University scholarships. Each year Christian College sponsors four new university scholarships, and we are excited this year that these students will come from our very own Uma Maun Alin volunteers.
You can pre-order and pay for your calendar now by calling any one of our campuses and paying over the phone via EFTPOS. They will be available for collection in the next two to three weeks.
A MYTERN Message for the Week
Every detour that you believe you are forced to take …which feels away from your destination…is a chance to gain more experience.
Know that this is the perfect route for you….allowing you to arrive at your destination, equipped with the knowledge and skills you need for this part of your journey 👍😊