What’s Happening at Middle School – Highton

Week 3 

  • Mon, 25 July – 9H and 9M & Individual make up School Photos 
  • Wed, 27 July – Highton MS Strings Performance at Vic Schools Music Festival 
  • Thurs, 28 July – Mon 1 Aug – Senior Ensembles Music Camp 
  • Fri, 29 July – Friends of Cowrie Creek – National Tree Planting Day Excursion 

Week 4 

  • Mon, 1 Aug – Netball Vic. ‘All Schools’ Qualifying Round – Boys Only 
  • Tues, 2 Aug – GISSA Inter Boys (Yr9&10) Soccer Championships 
  • Wed, 3 Aug – Senior School Subject Information Evening (current Year 9’s) 
  • Thurs, 4 Aug – Fri, 5 Aug – MS Bands performing at Vic Schools Music Festival 
  • Thurs, 4 Aug – GISSA Inter Girls (Yr9&10) Soccer Championships 
  • Thurs, 4 Aug – VSMF – Highton & Bellarine Combined Novice Concert Band 

    New Staff Reflections 2022

    Reflecting at the midway point of 2022, I feel incredibly grateful to have joined the wonderful team at Middle School, Highton as an English and Humanities teacher.  

    Arriving at Christian College at the start of the 2022 academic year, I remember driving up from Burdekin Rd, for the first time and thinking ‘what a beautiful school this is.’ Seeing the chapel, which runs right through the heart of the school, gave me a great sense of calm, comfort and instant connection. 

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      Martin Costello

      Welcome back to Term 3

      I hope everyone has had an exciting and comfortable return to school. As we are getting into Term 3, we are getting to know all our peers better, but we are also learning more about ourselves. On the first day back at school, our College Principal Mr McKeeman shared with us an important message. He encouraged us all with the idea of being responsible for our actions and at the end of the day it is up to us to make the biggest impacts in our lives. He challenged us to be the best version of ourselves and ask ourselves some questions. Are we being kind? Are we presenting ourselves well? Are we trying to succeed in our schooling? Are we wearing our uniform correctly and with pride? These are questions we have to ask ourselves as we progress to the second half of the year.

      I hope everyone had a great holiday and is getting back into the school routine with ease.

      Pia Diamond – Year 9 Prefect

      Year 9s Preparing for Year 10  

      Our Year 9s will soon be heading to Senior School to finish the last three years of their educational journey at Christian College. As excited as I am for the students, I am also starting to feel a little bit sad, I will miss their smiling faces, their amazing energy and the joy that they bring to Middle School.  

      On Thursday 14th July, we had 135 families from MS Highton attend Senior School for a very informative Transition Information evening. Our students were given a booklet that provided them with all the information they will need to make choices around what subjects or pathways they might take in 2023.  

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      Nicole Riddle

      Year 9 Japanese  

      On Wednesday morning, Valent Sensei and Brewster Sensei’s Year 9 Japanese classes attended a video call with 2021 Christian College graduate Jack Frencham. Jack is currently in Japan at Naga High School taking part in our assistant program. He arrived on July 1st and will be there until Christmas this year. Even though it’s really hot, Jack is having a great time. 

      Jack gave our students some tips on making the transition between Middle School and Senior School Japanese study and he spent some time answering our questions about life in Japan too. 

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      Stephen Brewster

      Yukiko Valent

      The Importance of Thinking Critically 

      Edward De Bono, author of Six Thinking Hats, developed the term, lateral thinking. He inspired and challenged educators to always be better.  

      Our role now, more than ever, is to teach students to become critical thinkers. It is becoming increasing difficult for students to decipher what information is appropriate and accurate due to the amount of digital misinformation that is imposed on them daily. It can be confusing and often misleading. 

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      Jaki Groves

      Sport News 

      After a successful return to regular interschool sport last semester, our Highton Yr7&8 Sport Elective students are gearing up for a busy semester of weekly Interschool sporting fixtures as part of the GISSA Wednesday sport program. The Geelong Independent Schools Sports Association (GISSA) provides our college, along with eight other member schools, the opportunity to play regular weekly fixtures across this term and next.  

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      Andrew Richardson

      9H and 9M Class and Individual Photos 

      Middle School – Highton 2022 Class Photos and Individual Portraits for 9H and 9M, are to be taken at the Middle School – Highton Campus, on Monday, July 25. There is also an opportunity for any students that missed having their individual portraits taken to have these taken if they wish. This is an important day in the school year for all of us, and we look forward to capturing for you a moment in time during your young person’s journey at Christian College. 

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      Kerrie Dapiran

      A Friendly Reminder From the Student Office  

      PLEASE ensure that you name everything that comes to school.  This includes lunch boxes, Tupperware containers, drink bottles, headphones, blazers, sports jackets, jumpers.  As all students have the same items, it is really important that students’ belongings are all identifiable. 

      If you have purchased second-hand clothing, please rename these items.  If lost items arrive at the student office and are named, we can send out an email to the student asking them to collect them.  Items are then placed in a pigeonhole waiting for the student to collect. The system works well when there is a name on the item. When we receive unnamed items, they rarely find their way home and this is frustrating for everyone. We are acutely aware of the financial loss that sits with families when school wardrobe clothing is lost and we therefore encourage you to avoid this by having everything named. 

      Lewanna Smith

      Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety  

      Angst is on a mission to start a global conversation and raise awareness around adolescent anxiety. 

      About this must-see documentary: 

      On top of academic and social stress, the uncertainty and fears of this past pandemic year have brought all of us a lot more anxiety than before. Angst helps break this down, explaining what’s going on, and what we can do about it to help both ourselves and others. It features World Champion Swimmer Michael Phelps. The 1-hour documentary delves into all aspects of our society’s most common mental health challenge with: experts in the field, and regular teenagers; 

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      Nicole Riddle

      The Textiles Club 

      The Textiles Club runs once a week and is open to students who want to learn to sew or already lovesewing. Activities include how to use a sewing machine, as well as cutting out, using pins and patterns. Students are getting a sense of achievement and satisfaction from creating unique bags from scratch while having fun and making something they can be proud of! 

      Felicity Rogerson

      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. 

      Come and Sample our Menu! 

      Over the next month, three of our campuses are opening their doors to anyone interested in enrolling their children at Christian College.   
      At Junior School-Belmont there is an Open Morning on August 2 between 9:30 and 11:00am 

      Middle School-Highton and Bellarine Campus are hosting their subject selection expos in August. Aside from the scheduled evening for current College parents, each campus will also present another evening dedicated to families who are considering Christian College as an option for their children. At Middle School-Highton, it’s on August 9 between 7:00 and 9:00 pm, and the date for Bellarine Campus is August 16, also between 7:00 and 9:00 pm. 

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      East Timor Trivia Night


      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.   

      Fact Sheet for Parents Guardians and Carers

      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 

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