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What’s Happening at Middle School 

Week 6 

  • Mon, 15 Aug – Year 7 ‘Hope Tour’ Incursion 
  • Thurs, 18 Aug – Hooptime Junior  (Years 5& 6)
  • Thurs, 18 Aug – GISSA Cross-Country Championships 
  • Sat, 20 Aug – Senior Stage Band Performance Essentially Ellington Festival 
  • Sun, 21 Aug – Sun, 28 Aug – Vic. Interschools Snowsports Championships 

    Week 7 

    • Sun, 21 Aug – Sun, 28 Aug – Vic. Interschools Snowsports Championships 
    • Tues, 23 Aug – GISSA ‘Nitro’ Athletics Competition    
    • Thurs, 25 Aug – Deakin District Athletics Champs 
    • Fri, 26 Aug – GISSA Golf Championships 
    • Fri, 26 Aug – Book Week – Yr 5/6 Dress Up Parade 
    • Sun, 28 Aug – Yr 9 GEOS – The Prom 

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      Wellbeing Evening and Cyber Safe Schools Program Launch

      We enjoyed a fantastic night with the parents, families, students and staff attending the first Digital Wellbeing Evening held at our Senior School Campus last night, Thursday 1st September. If you have not yet taken the opportunity to reserve your place at the second and final of our two nights, please save the date and reserve your place now! We would love to see you there. We encourage you to take a few minutes to view the video below to find out more about this important event. The evening will be presented at our Bellarine Campus next Thursday 8th September starting at 7pm. We expect to run for about 45 minutes, finishing with time for questions and a cuppa together.   

      We ask all Parents and Families to share their attending intentions with us via our online RSVP Response Form. Please access the form by clicking the image or link below. 

      https://forms.office.com/r/QwN6TXBE41

       

      Brendan Vanderkley

      Mid Year Leadership Event

      On Friday 29th of July, the Prefects and House Captains from Highton, Bellarine, and Senior School, gathered to connect for a mid-year leadership event. Collectively the leaders thought it was time to get together and reflect on the past, present and future. The hot topic of the night for Bellarine and Highton students was; “What will Senior School be like when the two campuses combine next year.”  

      As the night went on, we discovered the Bellarine leaders were all really nice and we had a lot in common, it wasn’t as scary as we thought. The night started with icebreaker questions followed by an encouraging message from Michael Peck, the Chairman of the Christian College Foundation.  

      Our key takeaways from the night were the importance of setting SMART goals for the future, embracing change and it’s not always the people with multiple talents that succeed in life, you can still succeed with great goals and hard work. We reflected on the Bible story in Matthew; ‘The Parable of the Talents.’ No matter what talents we have, God has a plan for our lives. We really appreciated Michael coming to talk to us and sharing his wisdom and knowledge as we embark on the next chapter of our schooling. The night concluded with a dinner together and this is when we saw the different campuses engaging in conversations about our future pathways at Christian College and beyond. 

      It was a wonderful night and we were grateful for the opportunity.   

      Gemma Nwanze and Jaime McKie 

        Which Electives Will you Choose? 

        There was an energetic buzz of excitement in our SAC on Monday afternoon, as we invited all of our 2023 students and their families on to our grounds for our Subject Information Evening. It was a powerful evening full of hope, promise and deep conversations about the future learning journeys of our precious students. Faculty leaders and teachers from across each of our subject areas were on hand to outline key concepts, learning tasks, peak experiences and pathways associated with our enormous range of elective subjects on offer. 

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        Adam Kennedy, Acting Head of Campus

        Australian Maths Trust Competition 

        The AMC is an engaging 30-problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of Mathematics in students’ everyday lives. Australia’s leading educators and academics, with a deep understanding of our national curriculum standards, actively design the unique AMC problems each year. 

        This year saw a selection of students invited to participate from Years 5 through to 8. It was terrific to see the dedication, enthusiasm and passion of the students involved. In particular, it was the mindset of these students that perhaps allows them to excel in this area of study. Although students commented that some sections of the competition were challenging, they met it with a positive and open-minded attitude, revelling in the problem solving process.  

        Well done to all involved! 

        David Hatswell

        Year 8 Update  

        Has your teenager ever come home and not stopped talking about their day at school? The reality is that they might give you a few small details, a grunt or two and then move on to wondering about dinner. If your student is in Year 8 it might just be because they are so exhausted after a busy and exciting day on and off campus, that they simply don’t have the energy to tell you all about it. In case you haven’t got all the details, we have you covered with a few updates of our subjects below. 

        Our community service students have been enjoying their time at local kindergartens, day care centers and our very own junior school classrooms. Students are enjoying working towards goals they have set for themselves and building ongoing connections with the kids they are working with.  

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        Georgie Brown

        Native Trees for Cowies Creek 

        The grade 5/6 Climate Committee went out to Cowies Creek to learn about how important it is to look after our native habitats. Miranda Laird from the local Landcare group “Friends of Cowies Creek” showed the group an area that is slowly being revegetated with local Indigenous plants. Students helped remove tree guards from an already established planting area to reuse, laid cardboard to help stop the growth of invasive weeds, spread mulch and assisted with digging holes and planting indigenous seedlings.  

        This was an invaluable experience for these environmentally conscious students. This fun, hands-on activity really solidified the cohesiveness and community spirit of the students and reinforced their environmental learning and the importance of improving native flora biodiversity and enhancing local area’s natural aesthetics. 

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        Rachelle Garrard

        Darmawisata ke Konsulat Jenderal Republik Indonesia

         (Excursion to the Indonesian Consulate General) 

        On Monday, 8th of August, students of Year 8 Indonesian spent their day at the Indonesian Consulate in Melbourne to immerse in the language and culture of our nearest neighbour. As students from CCG arrived at the consulate, they were welcomed by the staff representatives and introduced with an interactive quiz-like presentation about Indonesia. The consulate staff expressed how impressed they were at our students’ enthusiasm and knowledge about Indonesia. The students also had the opportunity to meet and greet the current Consul General, Mr. Kuncoro Waseso.  

        Throughout the day, students were fully immersed in various workshops including Indonesian traditional games known as Congklak, and Bekel; traditional music ensemble known as Gamelan as well as experiencing a traditional dance from North Sumatra, called Tari Tor-Tor. In between their activities, students also tried some Indonesian delicacies and some savory snacks to complement their experience.  

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        Zacky Zakaria

        Nani Thomas

        Book Week  

        As part of our Book Week celebrations, Year 5 and 6 students are invited to dress up as their favourite book/character and participate in a parade that will take place during the wellbeing session on Friday, the 26th August. The theme this year is ‘Dreaming with eyes open’. 

        Students may to come to school in their costume, however, this is not a casual clothes day. We also ask that students do not use coloured hair spray or face paint. Please contact your child’s teacher should you have any questions.

        Jaki Groves

        12A Reach Project 

        Last week, Flossie Chua from Harvard University and Kieren Noonan from ISV made a visit to CCG to see our 12A Reach teachers in action.  

        For the last three years, selected staff have been piloting a program designed by Flossie with her colleague David Perkins. Over that time, the staff have implemented the 12A Reach cards which focus on being an explorer, investigator and innovator. The teaching staff from Prep to Year 12 have trialled the program and fed back to both Harvard and ISV, what works and what doesn’t work. From this feedback, the cards have been redesigned applying what the teachers have said.  

        On Friday, Flossie was able to see the cards being used in a variety of ways in Prep, Year 1, Year 9 and Year 12. There was learning about the caring for animals, to designing a new playground and from issues of the world to unpacking of a VCE study design. In each situation the students were encouraged to dig deep into their learning and through the art of conversation really think about possibilities.  

        Flossie was able to gather firsthand evidence through observation, interviews of students and staff and video recording that will be used to develop this project further. The 12A Reach teachers will be attending a session with Flossie, Kieren and the other pilot school in Melbourne to share their discoveries as well as network with the other teachers.  

        Angela Tutty

        Are you a Creative Scientist or Scientifically Creative?

        As part of National Science Week 2022, the CCG science faculty is offering our Years 5 – 12 students an opportunity to enter a CCG Science Photography competition and/or a CCG Science Creative Writing competition. 

        The theme for this years’ Science Week is Glass: More than meets the eye, so naturally, the theme of each competition is also glass. We’ve got some small prizes and it’s a bit of fun, so put your creative hats on and have a go! 

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        Entertainment Fundraiser

        Purpose, Passion and Pathways

        The education journey for Senior students in 2023.

        With the subject preferences window open for Senior School students between August 15 and 19, I would encourage you as a family to explore our Senior School Hub especially our subject selection pages that contain detailed information regarding each subject on offer from our Year 10 program, through to the VCE, the VCE Vocational Major, Victorian Pathways Certificate, VET and much, much more.

        Our senior staff are dedicated to support each student’s journey, please reach out if you have any questions. Contact information can be found on our Hub home page by clicking below.  

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        Antony Benson, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

        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

        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! 

        Next Tuesday evening, Bellarine Campus is opening its doors to anyone interested in this Christian College campus as an option for their young person. This includes students who would enrol at either Junior or Middle levels. The subject selection information and expo evening is an excellent opportunity for families to take a deeper dive into the fantastic learning programs offered by our College. There will be opportunities to meet and speak with campus, year level and subject area leaders who can provide information about the diverse specialty areas of learning that are offered to students at all levels at Bellarine Campus. 

        We would encourage anyone within our College community who may know friends, neighbours, work colleagues – anyone – who might be considering Christian College Bellarine as an option to spread the word and extend an invitation to any one or more of these sessions.

        Mrs Tutty Joins the Teaching Excellence Program 

        Christian College’s Director of Teaching and Learning – Humanities, Mrs Angela Tutty, is one of 250 teachers statewide to be selected to participate in the elite Teaching Excellence Program (TEP).  

        This program, created by State Education Minister, James Merlino, is designed to immerse the participants in professional development by having a range of educational experts share their knowledge through varying presentation models. Whether face to face or webinars, they are all interactive presentations. 

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        East Timor Trivia Night

         

        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

        Although anger, resentment, jealousy, shame and the feeling of inadequacy can eat you up, they can also be a wise teacher. Without judgement, try to recognise the discomfort early. Stop and breathe. Only when you have regained control can you transform it into an opportunity....to build your resilience  😊

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