We Sustain Each Other
As we reach the end of another enormous semester on campus, I write to offer my sincere thanks for your consistent support of our staff, and the wider College.
There has been much to celebrate this year, especially as we have returned to consistent on-site learning and the opportunities that brings, those which we’ve missed during much of these past pandemic years. From excursions, inter-school events, camps, our College Production, musical performances, Chapel services, extra-curricular activities, assemblies, Wellbeing sessions, lessons across the faculties and across the campus and those everyday magic moments, the vibrancy and positive energy that we have again enjoyed on campus has been a wonderful blessing. I am grateful that our young people, and you their families, have been able to participate and add to the life of our College. Thank you.
What’s Happening at Middle School – Highton
Term 3 Week 1
- Tues, 12 July – Term 3 Commencement
- Thurs, 14 July – Year 10 2023 Information Evening
- Thurs, 21 July – Netball Vic. ‘All Schools’ Qualifying Round
Prefects at Middle School
From the moment our Prefects were appointed this year, they have been enthusiastically looking for ways to lead and represent the College. Every Thursday, they give up their lunchtime and meet to talk about activities that they’re leading, new ideas for the future and just share in some fellowship, Tim Tams and prayer. Each student brings their own gifts and strengths to the role, (and I bring the Tim Tams) and this is what makes our time together so special. Ideas are shared, feedback is given, new ideas are shared, different perspectives are considered and together, a plan is made.
Regional RoboCup Comp Comes to Middle School
Students across year levels 7, 8, and 9 represented Christian College in the first Geelong Regional RoboCup Junior event since 2019. One of the longest running RoboCup Junior regional events saw its return last week as students competed in both the soccer and rescue divisions. Teams must engineer and program a fully automated robotic design capable of functioning in a demanding environment.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
This semester in How Does Your Garden Grow students produced some amazing produce! Vegetables such as silverbeet, spinach, beetroot, rocket and lettuces were all successfully grown from seeds. Potatoes and tomatoes were also in abundance. Students learnt how different seeds take differing times to germinate and that eliminating competition by weeding, the importance of watering, fertiliser and healthy soil all contribute to successful crop production. The garlic bulbs were also carefully planted and being cared for to hopefully produce a bumper crop again this summer.
Year 7 English and Humanities Term 2
Over the course of term two the Highton Year 7 students have been exploring graphic novels in English and ancient worlds in Humanities. The Australian novel Ubby’s Underdog by indigenous author Brenton McKenna has provided inspiration for students to create their own original character and illustrate their origin story. Students researched ancient mythology to help them craft interesting and engaging narratives. To compliment this task students studied the key aspects to a civilization to create a portfolio of knowledge, focusing on trade, infrastructure, belonging, environment, and laws. Ancient Egypt, Greece, China, and Rome provided insight into modern developments and inventions in our own world. Students then applied this understanding to a Minecraft Ultimate World in which their English character resided, building a society inspired by the best ideas from our ancient world.
The famous “Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin, once proudly expressed those famous seven letters R-E-S-P-E-C-T in her version of Otis Redding’s original song of the same title. The significance and resultant success of Franklin’s version can be credited to the power and context in which those letters were passionately sung. The song brought true meaning to the notion that everyone, regardless of their background, has the right to be respected.
Year 9 Mentors
On Thursday morning the Year 9 Mentors spent time with the Year 5 Students playing collaborative games in their Homeroom Groups. The mentors did a wonderful job organising the ‘River Crossing Hula Hoop’ game. Students had to get their classmates to the opposite side of the basketball court using only hula hoops and teamwork. It was great to see the students supporting and encouraging each other as they cheered and strategised to be the first to cross. Mr Mackay and 5M were very competitive and took out the win, with 5R coming a very close second.
Year 9 Editorial
Last week we shared a post about our excursion to Melbourne and the various experiences that shaped our final writing pieces this term.
As a conclusion to our studies, we are sharing a range of stories from this term (see attached PDF), some are from our excursion last week, and others were developed for writing competitions. We hope you enjoy our work.
Writing samples for Year 9 Editorial
CCG Senior School: Passion, Purpose and Pathways
At Christian College’s Senior Campus in Waurn Ponds, our commitment is to help students explore their passions, discover their purpose and find their pathways.
During the first week of Term 3, all parents of Year 9 students at Highton and Bellarine Campuses are invited to the Senior School Information Evening on Thursday July 14.
Have you Taken the 5min Cyber Safety Parenting Quiz?
With school holidays almost upon us, now is a great time for parents to review their approach and strategies around managing screen time and technology in the home. Not sure where to start? Family Zone has free parent webinars on ‘Managing Screen Time During School Holidays’, ‘Popular Games and Their Dangers’, ‘My Kid is Better at Tech Than Me’ and many other topics available via their events page.
Did you know that our own CCG Online Safety Hub also has a helpful quiz to support parents with this?
Complete the cyber safety parenting quiz to receive a safety rating for your family and useful hints and tips on areas that you can focus on to keep your family safe online. Why not complete an audit of your home’s cyber safety and get advice on how to improve it and keep your loved ones safe?
School holidays are a great time for having constructive conversations with young people about their technology use and referring to the tips and feedback from the parent quiz may be a useful way to begin such a conversation with your child.
From the Canteen
Thank you again to all who assisted with Canteen at Junior, Middle and Senior Schools this semester. We hope all students and families enjoy the break ahead.
With Term 2 finishing today, please note that if you inadvertently placed an online order for next week, this money will be refunded to you.
This term has provided many sporting highlights for our students competing in our various college teams, through their Deakin District primary sport, and our secondary GISSA sport involvement.
Further to the success of our teams at these Interschool competitions, we have many students competing in their chosen sport at a State, National and International level. We wish to acknowledge some of the performances that have come across my desk, and apologies if I have missed any performances this term in the following summary.
2022 GISSA Female AFL Inter and Junior Championships
It has been two years in the making, but finally our Inter and Junior Female AFL Teams got their chance to play and challenge themselves against the best from other independent schools around Geelong.
Our College’s Female AFL Program is still very young, and the momentum it was building over the past few years was unfortunately stopped in its tracks by the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
National Collection of Data on Students With Disabilities
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). With data collected on the first Friday in August (this year, on the 5th), the NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD Guidelines (2021).
Please see the attached NCCD Fact Sheet for more information.
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: The Foundation Golf Tournament
Uniform Shop Hours During Holidays
During the second term school holidays, please note the following hours apply for the Christian College Uniform Shop in Centreway Arcade, Belmont:
Monday to Friday, June 20 – 24: Closed for stocktake.
Monday June 27: Uniform Shop re-opens, normal trading hours.
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
Try not to fixate on your rear-view mirror and judge your past choices.
At the beginning of every day, we get to choose how we will respond to the roads that may come our way.
Use that responsibility wisely. Be aware of the PETs (Personal Emotional Tools) that you may use to help regain or maintain control.
Don't waste time blaming. Grab that wheel and take control. It's worth it 👍🙂
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