From the Vice Principal
Resumption of activities
Over the past two weeks, the COVID-19 Operational Guidelines for schools have relaxed somewhat, allowing us to re-engage with a variety of activities across our campuses, which have been welcomed by staff and students alike. It has been fabulous to see our Year 9 girls return to Back Creek Farm, the Year 8 GEOS Camps and Senior Outdoor and Environmental Studies Camps providing a much-needed time for students to learn in the outdoors and enjoy building relationships with each other. These are pivotal experiences for our young people, creating lasting memories, but also rich multi-disciplinary learning opportunities. However, more importantly, after spending so much time at home in lockdown, it has been valuable for our young people to be active in the outdoors, away from technology and appreciating the peace and quiet of nature. The benefits of re-connecting socially within peer groups has also been the cornerstone of these rich outdoor experiences.
Along with camps, various sporting pursuits have also recommenced in recent weeks, as have learning experiences for enrichment and enhancement, music ensembles have been rehearsing and we are beginning to find our rhythm and return to some semblance of normality with all students being on-site at each of campuses. The hustle and bustle of life on campus has been a joy to both observe and experience; it is palpable, as the students really are the heartbeat of our College.
End of Year events
As we traverse Term 4, we also cast an eye forward to a variety of upcoming major events. As in 2020, it has been incredibly challenging to activate our planning and make firm decisions regarding major events, due to the COVID-19 guidelines within which schools must comply. As a general rule, we are able to facilitate activities and events involving only students and staff, however, the moment we wish to introduce parents, visitors, or outside guests, the guidelines change significantly. Therefore, we have made the decision to deliver the vast majority of our end of year events for 2021 via video links, allowing you to watch them collectively as a family in the comfort of your own homes. We have commenced filming a variety of segments around our campuses that will contribute to various compilations. All families will receive the ‘link’ to view each video on the launch date. The first release will be our virtual Art, Technology and Design Festival, showcasing the amazing creative works from our students in Kinder through to Year 12. The festival will be launched to families on 19 November – see the article in this week’s Vine, with further details to come next week. Our annual Celebration Evenings for each of our College campuses will also be captured on video and shared with families in the final weeks of term.
We are pleased that our Year 12 students will have the opportunity to attend a ‘live’ Graduation Service with their peers, Senior School Staff and a limited number of guests. This event is scheduled for Sunday 21st November, outdoors, at the Geelong Racecourse. The grit and resilience of our Year 12s to maintain their focus and resolve throughout two years of COVID-interrupted studies, has simply been outstanding. We are looking forward to celebrating our Year 12 cohort and I encourage you to keep them in your prayers as they complete their final exams next week.
In the midst of uncertainty and challenging times, I am reminded that we can choose joy. To choose joy does not mean to choose happy feelings or an artificial atmosphere of hilarity. But it does mean the determination to let whatever takes place, bring us one step closer to the God of life. When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. Romans 12:12 (NIRV)
What’s Happening at Middle School
Week 7, Monday 15th November 2021
Tues 16th Nov – Transition Day
Week 8, Monday 22nd November 2021
Wed 24th Nov – Year 6 Market Day
Wed 24th Nov – Year 9 Formal
On Friday 5th November all Year 8 students from both Middle School Highton and Bellarine Campus made the trip to Kryal Castle, near Ballarat, to reinforce their recent learning about life in Medieval times.
After stepping off the buses and being greeted by an impressive castle, complete with drawbridge and moat the students spent the day engaging in a number of different traditional Medieval activities including leatherwork and apothecary. In addition to this, students learnt the uses of different types of weapons traditionally employed before participating in an action packed re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings.
A great day with lots of smiles and laughter was had by all those who made the trip, which is sure to be one of the highlights of the History curriculum this year.
Throughout this week, students from Years 7-9 have had the privilege of attending cybersafety presentations by Leading Senior Constable Robbie Noggler, a Youth Resource Officer with Victoria Police. Robbie’s presentation was extremely informative and provided students with practical tips and advice for how they can keep themselves safe when using online services.
Some of the topics covered included:
- Privacy settings on social media
- “Check-in” and live location tools
- Digital reputations
- How to deal with challenging situations when they arise
- Being respectful
- Inappropriate images
- Compliments and gifts
The presentation provided some powerful conversation points for follow-up Wellbeing sessions. It was a great reminder of issues to be aware of in the online space. Given the increase in technology usage over the past two years, this was an important and timely reminder for our students. Many thanks to Robbie for providing such an engaging and valuable series of sessions.
Systems Engineering – Pushing Boundaries
Students in year 9 have experienced a unique term, spending portions of it at home and out of the lab. You wouldn’t know it if you stepped into our Systems Engineering workspace this past week. Breakthrough designs, prototyping, and tireless testing and refinement are pushing the boundaries of what can be accomplished at the Middle School level. Solar race car fabrication, semi-autonomous multi-geared transmission EV3 designs, and completely autonomous standard league soccer robots have been the focus of Term 4. Students are learning the principles of engineering, programming, and sensor-based technology as well as how they all work together in complex systems to solve problems and provide solutions in a world that is becoming more and more automated.
Featured are Gus Powers, Arlin Benson, and Lachlan Diamond. Gus designed his vehicle chassis in On-Shape and used the laser cutter and various tools for fabrication and soldering. Arlin Benson, while working on his own custom vehicle design, assisted Gus to pursue the fabrication of custom acrylic spur gears to allow for rapid testing of different gear ratios.
Lachlan Diamond has worked tirelessly on a semi-automated EV3 design featuring a functional differential housing allowing for the shifting of gears. After three prototypes, his design is nearing the final stages and is very similar to semi-automated transport trucks being designed in the real world.
All of these Year 9 students have left their mark at Middle School and I look forward to all they will accomplish in their bright future.
Art, Technology and Design Festival
Next Friday is the launch of our Art, Technology and Design Festival!
This will be the second year running where this event takes place online – and we are excited about bringing to the College community such a fantastic range of creative talent – across all our levels: Early Learning to Year 12.
Over the past few months, we have been curating the 2021 collection, which is drawn from all the various Art, Technology and Design subjects offered across our campuses. Featuring many different visual art styles and hundreds of examples of outstanding creative work, photographers, videographers and editors have been busy constructing a great range of multimedia presentations, so we can bring this year’s Festival to our College community.
The Art, Technology and Design Festival launches on Friday November 19. It will be accessible online via a link on the Christian College homepage. Visit, and be amazed!
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 Thought for the Week
Viewing what you may judge as a failure from a different perspective, has the power to change everything.Don’t see it as telling you who you aren’t . See it as guiding you towards who you could be 😉😊