What’s Happening at Middle School 

Term 4, Week 1 

  • Tues, 4 Sept – Students Commence Term 4 

Week 2 

  • Mon, 10 Oct – Wed, 12 Oct – Year 6 Camp (Mill Valley Ranch) 
  • Thurs, 13 Oct – Christian College Geelong Annual Music Evening 
  • Fri, 14 Oct – Geelong Show Day Holiday 

          The Village That Raises the Child 

          As we reach the end of another full and rich term in the life of our campus, I would like to again thank all across our community for the significant contribution you make. Regardless of the individual role that each of us play, I firmly believe that it does take ‘a village to raise a child’. Here at Middle School – Highton, that ‘raising’ occurs through our powerful learning programs in our classrooms, bushwalking and music camps, Indonesian and Japanese excursions and other cross-cultural opportunities, inter-school sporting, debating and robotics competitions, assemblies, cross-campus visits, assessment tasks and more.  

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                  Adam Kennedy, Head of Campus

                  Springtime Settlement Stories at Junior School 

                  On Tuesday the Year 5 students took a short stroll to Junior School in the beautiful Spring sunshine. The students have been working hard during the term to create their own picture story book about ‘Stories of Settlement’. These books were done with so much care and enthusiasm that we thought it would be wonderful to share them with the Preps at Junior School. On our arrival we were met with lots of little inquisitive faces wondering who the ‘big kids’ were. After some initial shyness, the Prep students were immersed in the stories presented to them by the year 5s. Some even offered to read their books to the older students which left many surprised at how well the young children could read! 

                  “I enjoyed reading to the Preps. I got the chance to read to my brother in his class and that was special.” 

                  “I enjoyed their little faces and smiles when I was reading my story book to them.” 

                  “It was a really good day, I really enjoyed walking down to Junior School.” 

                    Natasha Troop

                    Shodo – Japanese Calligraphy 

                    This week the Year 8 and 9 students enjoyed a cultural experience of Japanese calligraphy, shodo. They learnt that shodo means ‘the way of writing’ and that it has many purposes. Shodo is not only used as a writing system but also as an art form which teaches us how to be mindful and build creativity in a calm manner.  

                    After having learnt about the right posture, the way to hold a brush and basic brush strokes, the students wrote kanji 神社 jinja (shirnes) and 着物kimono. To produce a good copy of work, they needed to practise repeatedly and to concentrate to pay attention to details. It was great to see how focused and mindful the students were to create their own masterpieces! 

                      Stephen Brewster

                      Yukiko Valent

                      Year 9 Dissections  

                      As a Science department we wanted the Year 9 students to finish the term with an experiential learning opportunity. Over the term we have been looking at the nervous and hormonal systems and how they work together to coordinate our bodies. In the last week of term, we reviewed two important organs in these systems, the kidney, and the eye. Students enjoyed dissecting these organs and learning more about their major parts.  

                      Included below are some reflections shared by Year 9 students about the experience. 

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                      Victoria Corkin

                      Year 9 Geography 

                      On Monday and Tuesday September 5 and 6, the year 9 Geography class went on an exciting adventure.  

                      This term we have been learning about coastal development and the interaction between humans and their environments. The conclusion of the term was a Great Ocean Road Trip overnight trip to Port Campbell, with stops along the way at Lorne, Apollo Bay and Aireys Inlet. The teachers with us were Miss Anneliese Hurrell and Mr Pete Davis and both of them made the long bus rides very entertaining with lots of music and jokes. Our first stop was at the Aireys Inlet lighthouse where we hopped off the bus and stretched our legs while admiring Eagle Rock. After a long time in the bus we arrived at Lorne where we had free time, to get food and explore. We all enjoyed a delicious lunch and the majority of us ended up having fun in the playground.  

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                      Project Care  

                      To finish the term, Year 5 and Year 6 students were offered an opportunity to participate in a movie at lunch time. Students came into the Year 5 Homeroom over Wellbeing and lunchtime to watch the film, Toy Story.  

                      Together the students raised $51 which has been donated to the Salvation Army. Thank you to Mr Pete Davis and Mrs Natasha Troop for their support of the event.  

                      Next term there will be more Project Care activities to look forward to. Please watch this space for more information  

                      Victoria Corkin

                      Videos for Change 

                      The culmination of student learning as a part of the Humanities component of their ‘Words Shape Worlds’ unit this term has seen Year 7s empowered by being given the opportunity to inspire empathy, awareness and action on important social issues through creating entries for global platform Videos for Change. Taking part in this competition gives students a voice, not just in our community but potentially across the world, as well as allowing them to contribute to a safer, more sustainable and inclusive world.  

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                      Clay Sculptures Update: Year 5 and 6 Art 

                      This term in year 5 and 6 Art we have been exploring creating sculptures with clay using different processes and techniques.  

                      Our year 5 students have created tiles with a fairy tale theme and decorated with acrylic paint. 

                      Our year 6 students have created pinch-pot monsters and used glaze to decorate. 

                      It’s always very exciting to see them after being fired in the kiln – A fantastic way to end the term! 

                      To see more about our creation process please see the previous update in the Vine: Term 3 week 4 “ Getting Creatively Messy With Clay!”. 

                      Felicity Van Kan

                      Athletics Victoria All Schools ‘NITRO’ Athletics Championships 

                      There were medals everywhere for our CCG Eagles Team at the Athletics Victoria All Schools ‘Nitro’ Championships on Thursday. 

                      Our College had two teams of six athletes (one male, one female) compete at this marquee event, which brought together about 30 schools from across the state to the picturesque Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park. 

                      Our male team won the gold medal for the Under-16 ‘Field’ Relay, with points from the High Jump, Long Jump, Discus and Shot Put Events adding up to an overall winner. 

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                      Matthew Murnane

                      Combined Middle Schools Music Camp was a Blast!

                      The celebration that was the combined Middle Schools Music camp has definitely returned in 2022 as a highlight of the year for many of our Middle School musicians. Choir, Band and String Ensemble members from Highton and Bellarine Campuses journeyed to Camp Wilkin in Anglesea on Monday this week for a 3 day jam-packed getaway full of music making, fun activities and great friendship! 

                      Musically the groups from each campus collaborated, seeing the students learning new music and skills together. The camp program also offered a broad range of activities such as group singing, mindfulness and the practice of Alexander Technique which provided the students with opportunities to consider their wellness both as young people but as well, as young developing musicians. 

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                      For Families Relocating or Withdrawing Students 

                      A reminder that if your family is relocating and/or you are planning to withdraw your child from Christian College, a full term’s notice, in writing, is required. Please contact your student’s Campus. 

                      Jonathan Ryan, Operations Manager

                      Important VET Information for Subject Selection 2023

                      Vocational Education Training (VET) is offered as a subject in Year 10, 11 and 12 at CCG Senior Campus. Students travel off campus to either The Gordon or a government or catholic school (non-Gordon) who offer the courses one afternoon a week. Year 10 students study VET as well as VCE Unit 1 Industry and Enterprise over the whole year which includes a week of work experience. VET is mandatory for students studying the new VCE Vocational Major (VM) and optional for VCE students. More information can be found in the subject selection booklets and on the Senior School Hub – VET for 2023 on SEQTA.

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                      Kerryn Fearnsides

                      Uniform Shop Hours Over the Holidays 

                      The Uniform Shop in Centreway Arcade, Belmont will be closed from Monday 19th September and reopening 26th September 2022.

                      Opening hours in the second week of holidays are from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday  26/09/2022  through to  Friday  30/09/2022  

                      The Uniform Shop resumes normal trading hours from Monday 3rd October 2022. 

                      Canteen not Open on Last day of Term 

                      Please note that on the last day of Term 4, Friday December 9, the canteen will not be open. 

                      Thank you to all volunteers for your fantastic help during the course of this term, and throughout 2022.  

                      Recycling Uniform Items 

                      As part of the transition to our new College wardrobe it was important that we consider the environmental impact of clothing items no longer required. Whilst it is still possible for students to wear items from the traditional uniform, when items are no longer able to be worn, they can be recycled. 

                      Any such items can be dropped off and placed in recycling bins at each campus. We are working with our wardrobe manufacturer to ensure that these can be recycled as part of the introduction of our new wardrobe over the next 18 months. 

                      Scholarship Applications for 2024 Entry now Open! 

                      Each year we offer Academic Excellence Scholarships for entry at Year 5 (Middle School-Highton, Bellarine and Surf Coast campuses); Year 7 (Middle School-Highton and Bellarine); and Year 10 (Senior School-Waurn Ponds).  

                      These scholarships have been designed primarily to encourage and support new and current students who wish to attend Christian College and who demonstrate high levels of academic excellence.  

                      We are now seeking scholarship applications for entry at any of those year levels in 2024.  

                      For more information, and to apply, please see our website. Use the hotlink from our homepage or click here 

                      Applications close on Thursday September 29. The examination date is Saturday October 8. 

                      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: The Foundation Golf Tournament

                      A MYTERN Thought for This Week 

                      When you find yourself worrying about something that hasn't even happened yet and may never happen, reach for a PET (Personal Emotional Tool e.g. breathing, exercise, immersion in nature, music).  The best way you can influence your future is by taking control of this moment. That's why they call the present a gift 🎁👍😊 

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