What’s Happening at Middle School – Highton

  • Week 4
  • Mon, 16 May – Year 6 Immigration Museum Excursion   
  • Mon, 16 May – 8B and 8G Science Geology Excursion
  • Thurs, 19 May – 8H and 8M Science Geology Excursion
  • Fri, 20 May – 8R and 8Y Science Geology Excursion
  • Fri, 20 May – Vic College Basketball Championships– Inter Boys & Girls
  • East Timor Independence Day Celebrations
  • Sun, 22 May – Year 9 GEOS – The Prom Camp #1 begins

Week 5

  • Mon, 23 May – Tues 24 May – Year 9 GEOS – The Prom Camp #1
  • Tues, 24 May – GISSA Inter Girls (Yr9&10) Netball Championships
  • Tues, 24 May – Year 8 Medieval Day
  • Wed 25 May – Friday 27 May – Year 9 GEOS – The Prom Camp #2
  • Thurs, 26 May – GISSA Inter Boys (Yr9&10) AFL Championships
  • Fri, 27 May – Yr 9 Editorial Excursion – The Lume, Melbourne

Changes to Traffic and Campus Access – From Monday, May 16th

As you may be aware, significant improvement works are being undertaken within the Middle School – Highton campus Bus Depot and Car Parking areas. We appreciate the continued patience and flexibility extended by our families throughout this process.

As we embark on the next phase of this project, the rear entry to the Highton campus via Thornhill Road will be closed. Therefore, the bus fleet will enter and exit via the Burdekin Road entry. This arrangement will remain in place until the end of Term 2.

Between 8:20am – 9:10am and 3:15pm – 4:00pm, the following areas will be inaccessible to cars:

  • Burdekin Drive entry/exit
  • Burdekin Drive parent car park
  • campus entry  / exit via Thornhill Road

We appreciate that this will cause some delays with school arrivals and departures, so please allow extra time for school drop-off and pick-up for the remainder of Term 2. Please be assured that staff will be understanding if students arrive late to Homeroom/Session 1 due to such delays.

These changes may cause minor delays in arrivals and departures for the bus fleet.

Traffic Management personnel will be in place during this time to assist during the designated times. Additionally, families are encouraged to choose an alternative drop-off and pick-up point for their child/ren in the surrounding streets, such as South Valley Road or Basin Rise, to help ease the congestion.

Should exceptional circumstances require families to access the campus building within these designated times, there are two clearly signed visitor car parks located adjacent to the front reception that may be used.

Like you, we are eagerly awaiting the completion of our new and safer bus and car park area. We thank you in advance for your assistance and support during this time.

Adam Kennedy,

Acting Head of Campus

Middle School Highton – Prefect Reflection

On behalf of all the Prefects at Christian College Highton campus, we want to congratulate every student and thank every teacher for a fantastic first term of the year.  We were delighted to assist with many initiatives across the Highton Campus. We started off by achieving our first goal for the term, Prefect Service Announcements (PSA’s) over the PA system each Monday morning. Then we followed with our first major event, Harmony Day. All students were given the opportunity to partake in a series of activities to celebrate the importance of this day. For Easter all Prefects were involved in planning Chapel services for all the year levels at Middle School.  We felt that it was necessary to have student voices educating their peers on the true meaning of Easter. It was a wonderful experience.

Hello, my name is Ava. My favourite moment as a Prefect in Term 1 was the planning stages of our Easter Service.  I am so grateful for getting to work with my fellow peers and creating an enjoyable experience for the Year 5/6’s at their Easter Chapel Service.

Hi, I’m Emma. It is my pleasure to work alongside so many talented students, both in the Prefect group and amongst the student body in general. I have had so many enjoyable experiences in this leadership position, but my favourite would certainly be Harmony Day!

Hello, I am Ellie Morgan. Last term being a Prefect was a new experience for me and I learnt different ways to lead. My favourite part for Term 1 was creating and presenting the PSA’s. This set up the week and was a great way to remind students and teachers of the events for the week.

We wish everyone a safe and happy Term 2 and we look forward to creating more great memories together.

Written by Ava McInnes, Emma Daley and Ellie Morgan.

Ayo Makan! – Let’s Eat!

Hmmmm, it tastes sweet… with a little caramel-like flavour,” said James Sparks, one of Year 8 Indonesian students, when tasting a palm sugar for his first time. Year 8 Indonesian is trying various Indonesian food/drinks throughout the term as they are learning the topic of “Makanan-food”. Through this unit of work, students learn how to express likes and dislikes, describe the taste of food, have a conversation about eating in the restaurant, and broaden their understanding of the eating culture in Indonesia. Students will be introduced to distinctive fruits such as Durian, snacks, sweet dessert, and classic meals such as the “mie goreng – fried noodles and the nasi goreng – fried rice.

Did you know? That rice is the staple food for Indonesian people, so if you eat and no rice tastes incomplete. The culture of eating rice has been around since ancient times, and only a few people do not like rice. Therefore, most agricultural products in Indonesia are produced mainly by rice, as a staple food of Indonesians.

Every week, food tasting is embedded in the cultural activity to bring an immersive experience as students learn the language. This week, students have tasted Durian, commonly known as the “king of fruits” and palm sugar, one ingredient widely used in Indonesian desserts. Why not try cooking this famous Indonesian dessert using the following recipe!

Klepon (Pandan Glutinous Rice Balls with Palm Sugar Filling) – Jaja Bakes

Semoga berhasil – good luck


Zacky Zakaria,

Classroom Teacher

Year 5 Book Study

This term the Year 5 students have been given the choice to select books that they would like to read from our extensive library. Jaki Groves, our Head of Library, put together a comprehensive selection of books from different genres and levels for the students to select. During English this week, the students spent time with others who had selected the same books and focused their attention to characters within their novels, asking questions like; What motivates the character? What advice would you give the main character? This type of questioning allows the students to dig deeper into the text and really think about what the author is trying to achieve.

It was wonderful to see students from all classes coming together to share their interests and knowledge!

I was able to use my imagination when reading ‘Holes’, it is an amazing book. I loved working with other students from year 5, as we are able to work together and have similar taste in the books selected. It was so much fun!

Milly Williams

I am reading ‘Hippopotamus Race’ and I really enjoyed working with other students and mixing with people I wouldn’t normally work with. I liked how the characters were all different in the book. Having a focus on characters helped me to concentrate on them more closely in the book.

Durandt de Bruin

I am reading ‘1841 Do You Dare; and I loved being able to collaborate and talk about the book together in a group. It was great to make new friends from different classes too. We were focused on what the main character feels, which helped us a lot as we had a question in our head and that made us more excited about the book. I am really looking forward to doing it next week as it was really fun.

Byron Morgan

Natasha Troop,

Year Level Coordinator – Year 5

Building Middle School in Minecraft Education

A group of Year 7 students have undertaken the challenge of creating a scale replica of the Middle School building using the Minecraft Education platform.  They are meeting twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays at lunch, to measure, plan and recreate the campus.  They have been required to use collaborative skills to make design choices and delegate tasks.

So far, the group has recreated the front steps and lower level of the front of the building with a high level of accuracy.  Pleasingly, the group has expanded and some students from other year levels have expressed their interest and have become involved.

It has been great to see a wide range of learning dispositions on display and I look forward to many students contributing to the project throughout this year.

Andrew Ellery,

Year Level Coordinator – Year 7

Cyber Safe Schools Program Parent Update

Parents may recall from direct communication and information in the Vine late last term that we are in the process of introducing the Linewize Connect app onto all Year 4-12 student laptops. This is an important component of the technology behind our new Cyber Safe Schools Program and will also facilitate the parent tools for home that all parents will be invited to activate as part of our program launch later this term.

It’s pleasing to see that, while the process of introducing this app is not quite complete, a good proportion of student laptops have it on board already. In addition to enabling parent tools at home, this app will also provide teachers with new classroom tools to better support students to avoid digital distractions and stay focused on their learning when using devices.

The Connect app will also ensure access to the internet on College laptops remains filtered, safe and distraction-free on school days, even if a student connects via a different network or ‘hot spots’ via a mobile phone. In this way we’re better able to fulfil our duty of care and support students’ safety, wellbeing, and learning.

Some students may notice some changes on school days after the Connect app has appeared on their device.

  • Students who have a habit of engaging in ‘hot spotting’ to avoid school filtering at school will now find that access on their device is filtered even when they ‘hot spot’.
  • Students who are not at school on a school day will notice that school filtering is still applied to internet access on their College laptop even while at home.

It is important for parents and students to be aware that it is a condition of our Digital Learning and Student Device Policy that students do not tamper with or remove the Connect app from their College laptop.

This will be reinforced alongside other information we’re sharing with students about our Cyber Safe Schools Program over the next several weeks.

The Connect app filtering operates only on school days, between school hours, and only if a student is not connected to the College’s safe Wi-Fi network. Our school hours in this context are from 8.30am to 4.00pm.

We look forward to our launch of this program with all parents in just a few weeks, after which the parent tools will be made available. This will also enable parents to enact a ‘parental override’ quickly and easily to the College’s school filtering on any school day where your child may be convalescing at home.

We are so close and so excited to soon be sharing more complete and detailed information about the work we’re doing on a range of fronts across the College to ensure we are supporting your children with their wellbeing and learning, and how we’d like to partner with you on this journey.

East Timor Independence Day

Graham Barton,

Classroom Teacher

Young Professionals

The Foundation is hosting a dinner for young professionals. Join us on Saturday, 25 June 2022 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Shelter Shed, 25 Hesse St, Queenscliff. Tickets are $50 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 27 May 2022 at 5:00pm.

Our guest speaker is Paul Gray, Managing Director – Southern Star Group of Companies. one of the leading window manufacturers in the country.

Paul Gray’s experience in the window industry covers more than 40 years. After a career with some of Australia’s major window manufacturers, he has been the Managing Director of the Southern Star Group of companies since starting the business in July 2002.  Over the last 20 years, he has led the significant growth of the business, with the Group now employing more than 600 people in 7 branches Australia wide and comprising the brands Southern Star Aluminium Windows and Doors, Canterbury Timber Windows and Doors, Homeview Windows and Doors, Southern Star Glass and Big J Doors and Fixings.  Paul’s expertise extends to every facet of the business including manufacturing, procurement, logistics, sales, business management, finance and people and culture, giving him the skill set that has steered the Southern Star business through its impressive growth.  In recent years, Paul has also served on the Board of the pre-eminent industry body, the Australian Glass and Windows Association.

Personally, Paul is father to 3 daughters and grandfather to nine grandchildren.

Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/youngprofessionals


2012 10-Year Reunion

The Class of 2012 10-Year Reunion is set for Saturday, July 23 2022. Join us at CENTRA in Geelong from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Tickets are $15 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 8 July 2022 at 5:00pm. 

This will be a great opportunity for you to reconnect with your peers, catch up with past teachers, and reminisce about your school days.

Tours of the College Clocktower at Middle School – Highton will also be optional on the day of the reunion. If you would like to climb the Clocktower and find your brick, simply book in when you register online.

For those who would like to have a tour of the College grounds, all alumni are encouraged to book a tour to see what’s happening at each of our campuses. To arrange a tour, please head to our website.

We look forward to catching up with the Class of 2012. If this is your year group, register for your 10-year reunion today!

Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/2012

Inaugural All In Reunion

The Inaugural All In Reunion for the Classes of 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2020 is set for Saturday, 13 August 2022. Join us at The Pier Geelong from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Tickets are $15 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 29 July 2022 at 5:00pm. 

The launch of our all in reunion program was unfortunately postponed last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The aim of this new initiative is to formerly launch an alumni association, as well as provide more regular networking opportunities for all past students. On this night we will be celebrating the following milestones:

  • Class of 2011 – 10 Years (missed in 2021)
  • Class of 2001 – 20 Years (missed in 2021)
  • Class of 1991 – 30 Years (missed in 2021)

If you were in one of these peer years, register today!

Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/allin1

All In Reunion

We are pleased to confirm an additional All In Reunion for the Classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017, 2021 (and 2010) is set for Saturday, 8 October 2022. Join us at CENTRA from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Tickets are $15 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 23 September 2022 at 5:00pm. 

Come along to hear all about our new alumni association and catch up with some old school friends. On this night we will be celebrating the following milestones:

  • Class of 2010 – 10 Years (missed in 2020)
  • Class of 2012 – 10 Years this year
  • Class of 2002 – 20 Years this year
  • Class of 1992 – 30 Years this year

If you were in one of these peer years, register today!

Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/allin2

Golf Tournament

The Foundation Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, 27 October 2022. Join us at 13th Beach Golf Links from 8:00am for a shotgun start. Tickets are $190 each ($150 for members) or $750 for a group of four. RSVPs close on Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 5:00pm. 

Funds raised from this event will be allocated to our Foundation Scholarship Fund, supporting current students who are in need of financial assistance.

Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/golf

Jennifer Freind,

Foundation Manager

A MYTERN Thought for This Week

Don’t get caught up with believing that success means travelling down only smooth roads.

 Being able to regain control on any road is something to be proud of, and that requires experiencing both the rough and the smooth.

So wherever you are….it’s ok.
Just remember to take control 😊

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