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From the Principal 

Engaged and Reconnected 

This term has seen a great deal of positive energy and enthusiasm across our campuses. I am extremely grateful to the staff and students for the manner in which they have jointly created a happy, engaging, and exciting learning environment and culture. 

The return to the fullness of learning experiences, extra curricula opportunities, House events and community events has contributed greatly to the overall positive re-engagement for our community. I am delighted that this has been the case. 

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Glen McKeeman, Principal

What’s Happening at Middle School 

Week 7 

  • Sun, 21 Aug – Sun, 28 Aug – Vic. Interschools Snowsports Championships 
  • Tues, 23 Aug – GISSA ‘Nitro’ Athletics Competition  
  • Wed, 24 Aug – Year 9 Food Studies Pop-Up Snack Bar   
  • 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 – Tues, 30 Aug – Yr 9 GEOS – The Prom Camp 1 (Wilsons Prom National Park) 

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          Reserve Your Place! 

          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

          Year 5 Update 

          The Year 5 students have had a very busy Term 3 so far. They have been focusing on reading strategies using mentor texts based around our study of ‘Stories of Settlement’. It has been wonderful to see the students immerse themselves in this topic and consider the perspective of all people during this time. The students have been busy making newspaper articles written about an event or people during this time in history, convicts being top choice for most. 

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            Natasha Troop

            Building Connections Through Performance

            The College’s Ensemble Program is thriving once more with many performance opportunities available to students in the Strings, Choir, Stage Bands and Concert Bands.  

            On Tuesday 9th August, the Highton MS Choir connected with the Kardinia International College Choir for a combined choral workshop and performance day. Students came together at the RW Gibson Music Performance Centre to participate in a variety of enjoyable warm-ups and rehearsed new music together. Each choir performed for the other before uniting for a massed finale. The workshop also featured special guest performers, our very own CCG Senior Choir! The advanced Senior singers showcased several songs which they will present during their upcoming Senior Music tour in the Melbourne CBD. 

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            Brighid Mantelli

            Kate Notini 

            Term 3 Learning Conferences 

            Our Term 3 Learning Conferences will be held on Thursday 8th of September from 4:00pm – 9:00pm. These Conferences will again be conducted as video calls via Teams. 

            Bookings for these conferences will: 

            Open: Tuesday August 30 at 9.00am 

            Close: Tuesday September 6 at 5:00pm 

            Instructions as to how to make bookings will be emailed to families prior to the opening date.  

            Our teaching staff really look forward to this occasion as a valuable opportunity to develop relationships with our school families while discussing their students learning and progress. We encourage students to join their parents in the calls so that they can share reflections of their own learning, while also benefiting from the collaborative and supportive focus provided through this time and space. 

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            Kerrie Dapiran, Deputy Head of Campus

            LEAD Surveys 

            A reminder to all College families – you will have received an email invitation from Independent Schools Victoria Data to complete LEAD Surveys - part of our way of reflecting upon our practice, processes, and culture. Staff and students at some year levels are also invited to participate. 

            We highly value both positive and constructive feedback and rely on the data collected from these surveys to assist with operational and strategic planning. To this end, we would encourage and ask as many families as possible to respond to the survey to ensure we are working with an accurate representation of perspectives. The closing date for surveys is a week from today – please consider participating if you have not done so already. Thank you.  

            Camp Australia Staff Recruitment

            Camp Australia, the nationally recognised leader in Outside School Hours Care, is seeking new team members - please click on the link to the poster below:

            Camp Australia Advertisement

            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. 

            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 

            Language influences thinking. So, if you want to change your thinking patterns, then you need to change your language. MYTERN provides that language. Start simply. Changing "bad and good" to "rough and smooth" reduces the judgement you have towards yourself and others. Even such a small change has proven to be life changing 😊👍 

            Discover more about MYTERN here.