From the Principal
There is so much that I love about the start of a new year at our College.
The anticipation of welcoming new students and their families, meeting new colleagues, seeing the completion of projects and work completed over the break and the fresh opportunities that come with new beginnings, all create a buzz around the College sites. It is like starting out on a new adventure.
There is a great deal of planning and preparation to have everything in readiness to start the new school year. I am thankful to the professional support staff, teaching staff and the campus leaders for their diligence and commitment to ensuring a smooth start.
Seeking First the Kingdom of God
A warm welcome to our 2023 students, staff and families! We are all privileged to begin a new year together seeking God and God’s Kingdom in our learning community.
Having recently been appointed to the role of Dean of Christian Culture I have been in the unique position this week to visit our campuses attending commencement services and participating in the beginning of onsite learning for 2023.
Each of our five campuses, in addition to our College Farm, Arts and Technology Center, Uniform Shop and Café have slightly different cultural expressions of our Christian College identity yet all have been established and are moving forward on our foundational scripture from Matthew 6:33 “Seek Ye Frist the Kingdom of God”.
What’s on at Middle School
- Tues 7 Feb – Safer Internet Day
- Mon 13 Feb – Wed 15 Feb – Year 7 Cave Hill Creek Camp (B,G,H)
- Mon 13 Feb – Year 5 Parent Cuppa and Information
- Wed 15 Feb – Fri 17 Feb – Year 7 Cave Hill Creek Camp (M,R,Y)
- Thurs 16 Feb – Deakin District Tennis – Years 5 & 6
- Thurs 16 Feb – Year 8 Cricket v Geelong College
It has been a brilliant week on the Middle School – Highton Campus, and one that has us set us up for a successful year ahead. Whilst I acknowledge that COVID continues to have an impact across the wider community, it has been refreshing to have been able to start the year without needing to focus on COVID related challenges and impacts. In contrast, I have felt a deep sense of calm, positivity, enthusiasm and hope around the grounds this week. Our students have engaged wonderfully with their classes and met new teachers and friends with smiles and open hearts. Likewise, we staff already recognise our great privilege in getting to work and learn alongside your young person over the coming days, weeks, months and years.
Ready, Set, Go for Digital Learning in 2023
Year 4, 7 and 10 Device Rollouts
It has been a busy time this week as students in Years 4, 7 and 10 across our campuses have collected their new learning devices and have been supported to set them up and sign-in ready for classes. It has been wonderful to witness the students’ enthusiasm and delight as they have been supported with this process, beginning to build familiarity with their new laptop and with the College’s expectations for its use for learning.
Students in Year 4 at each of our Junior School campuses will now keep their learning devices at school for a brief time as they continue to be supported by their teachers to learn how best to care for their device, and to use it confidently and safely as a learning tool.
On Thursday, the Year 5 students engaged in our annual Chilli Challenge Day. A day of fun and collaborative activities designed to enhance teamwork, friendship cooperation.
Our day started with an interactive message from our Chaplins, Joel and Rachel. Who shared the message of the importance of a having strong foundation and that cooperation is the key to success. Everyone loved the singing and fun in the Chapel.
Homerooms then went off to complete activities such as wearable art, tower building and indigenous games, which allowed the students to practise team building skills, sharing responsibilities and helping one another. The concept of mild, medium and spicy challenges was incorporated and lots of rich discussions about stepping out of your comfort zone were had.
Year 7 Orientation Program
This week has seen 154 students commence their Year 7 journey, including 69 who are new to the College. All students participated in a range of activities designed to both assist with their transition to secondary studies, as well as developing friendships and class cohesion. One of the highlights was the Class vs Class event, where each group undertook four challenges that tested their lateral thinking, creativity and cooperative skills as they solved puzzles and riddles while constructing paper towers and marshmallow catapults. The week culminated with each class’s first academic sessions as well as a group photo underneath the clock tower. It has been a busy but rewarding week for all and we look forward to their progress throughout this year.
JLTAV Statewide Japanese Calligraphy Contest
Late term 4 last year, the Year 8 and 9 Japanese language students in Middle School had an opportunity to experience a unique cultural art form, Shodo (Japanese calligraphy). After having learnt how to move Japanese brushes for each stroke, the students practised to perfectly draw the word ‘ 神社(SHIRNE)’ and ‘ 着物(KIMONO)‘ in kanji.
Twenty students’ calligraphy work was selected from our campus and was entered in JLTAV State-wide Japanese Calligraphy Contest. Among them, the following students won prizes for their outstanding calligraphy work.
Not only the prize winners but all the participants demonstrated their ability to concentrate on the task to create a Japanese artwork in a calm manner. Please congratulate them on their great effort and achievements.
Christian College 2023 Snowsports Team
Did you know that Jakara Anthony, the 2022 Winter Olympic Gold Medallist in the Women’s Moguls is an ex-CCG student?
Jakara continues to perform exceptionally well having been on the podium 16 out of the last 18 World Cups and is now the most decorated Australian Winter Olympian in history!
The Victorian Interschool Snowsports Championships are held this year in Mt Buller from the 21st – 27th August with the XC Championships being held on the 6th August.
If your child(ren) have not been involved previously and you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please email me at [email protected]
You can also find out more event details at https://www.interschools.com.au/home/
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 2023 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 document for further information.
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
It’s easy to rush through a cup of tea or coffee and forget to stop and appreciate the moment.
Take time out now to simply appreciate being able to breathe in fresh air. Take a long slow breath and feel it rejuvenate every cell.
Make that your intention and watch your body smile from the inside 👍❤️
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