What’s Happening at Middle School
- Sun 3 Sept – Tues 5 Sept – Year 9 GEOS Hike Program 1
- Mon 4 Sept – Karen Students Learning Conferences
- Tues 5 Sept – Junior Boys (Years 7 and 8) Netball Championships
- Tues 5 Sept – North Geelong Division Athletics Championships
- Wed 6 Sept – Fri 8 Sept – Year 9 GEOS Hike Program 2
- Wed 6 Sept – Year 7 and 8 GISSA Sport
- Thurs 7 Sept – Athletics Victoria ‘Nitro’ event
- Thurs 7 Sept – Senior and Intermediate Boys Netball State Final
- Mon 11 Sept – Wed 13 Sep – Middle Schools Music Camp
- Fri 15 Sept – Talent Quest
- Fri 15 Sept – Rural 6 (9R and 9Y Girls) concludes
- Fri 15 Sept – Last Day of Term – Early dismissal 2.30pm
It was wonderful to see so many teachers and families connecting via Teams on Tuesday evening to communicate the progress of our young people. A chance for teachers and families to meet and celebrate the successes and devise strategies for any challenges that students may be facing.
Teachers were seen in offices and classrooms around the campus, enjoying conversations with families throughout the evening. The evening saw 713 interviews, allowing staff to connect with many different families across varied subjects.
As we approach the end of term 3 and look towards a busy term 4, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all CCG families for their ongoing support.
Ark Recovery High Performance Athlete Excursion
This past Tuesday, the Year 7 High Performance Athlete class made a trip to a facility in the heart of Belmont called, ‘Ark Recovery’. A sport recovery facility aimed at providing elite level recovery methods for everyone. Owned and run by Josh Baker, a Christian College Alum this was an opportunity that fit right in with what the Year 7’s were currently investigating in class. This being the idea that improvement from a physical point of view only comes from proper recovery. Athletes can train all they like but if they are not following simple methods such as sleep, hydration and nutrition they will not be maximizing their development.
Ark Recovery fits in with this conversation by offering a range of modalities in which any person can test and trial to see what works best for them. Students were able to experience compression boots in the comfort of soft recliners, percussive devices in massage guns, vibrating foam rollers and balls, as well as test themselves in the newly installed cold and warm baths. They definitely preferred the warm baths…. but it was great to see the students alternating between the warm and cold for the ultimate benefits! Time was spent discussing the use of these ice baths, heat therapy and mobility/stretching.
It was great to see the student’s excitement at trying things out that professionals most definitely use and the level of questions and inquiry was very pleasing to see.
Students took away and reflected on the methods underlying scientific concepts and what they personally could take away for their own sporting endeavors; the need for basic recovery but also finding a space for some ‘cool gadgets’ and different approaches.
Many thanks to Josh for facilitating this for our students and the staff involved.
Year 7 Slam Poetry Competition
It is a busy and creative English term for the Year 7s as they learn how ‘Words Shape Worlds’ through their study of poetry. From Sonnets, Gospel, Haiku, and Blackout, to Free Verse, Visual and Slam, students have been examining different forms of poetry and the effect words have on a target audience. Through analysis, annotation and writing of their own poems, students explore structure, tone, themes, mood, emotion, language, and literary devices to help make sense of the world in which they live.
To showcase some of their wonderful work, and just because it’s fun, this week saw Middle School host its very own Year 7 Slam Poetry Competition: Slam Fest 2023.
Slam Poetry is a type of Performance Poetry which combines the elements of performance, writing, competition and often contains catchy rhyme or rap to convey thought and emotion. This event was held in The Chapel with a Year 6 and 7 audience, and several brave students stood in front of their peers to perform their very own poems. Topics ranged from music, AFL, Taylor Swift, siblings, KFC, body positivity and more, with many performing in pairs or groups.
It was a wonderful day, and we are really proud of our budding poets.
Year 8s Prepare Dishes for Snack Challenge
As part of their Food Studies curriculum, the Year 8 students have been exploring the concept of good nutrition and how to make healthy snacks. They have been following the recipes from the Nutrition Australia website, which provides a range of tasty options for different occasions. To demonstrate their learning outcomes, the students participated in a cooking challenge this week. They had to cook and present their healthy snack creations to a panel of judges and explain what they had learnt from this unit of work. The judges were Ms. Broad and Mr. Sharp who sampled and assessed the appearance of the dishes. The judges complimented their dishes and inquired about the ingredients they used. The students amazed them with their varied and delicious snacks, such as Coconut Bliss Balls, Sushi, and Pretzels. Congratulations to all the students who took part in the challenge and showed their creativity and passion for food.
R U OK? Day – ‘Here to Hear’
The mental health of all members of a school community is a critical component to overall wellbeing and therefore it is vital that we encourage open conversations about it. As a national initiative, R U OK? day offers a timely and powerful reminder of the importance of checking in with one another in a meaningful way as a tool to strengthen connections and foster a sense of belonging and understanding.
As we have done so for many years, Christian College will actively participate and engage with R U OK? day – Thursday 14th September (students to wear timetabled uniform on this day). There will be special activities throughout the week, as well as on this day specifically. These will include various College-wide staff versus student’s sports challenges and in our dedicated wellbeing sessions, as well as a range of activities designed to strengthen belonging, empathy and understanding and to build listening skills. Finally, we will also be running a photo or art competition with the theme ‘Here to Hear’. Our aim is to create a canvas of support, encouraging conversations about mental health and this creative vision can help remind us all that we’re here to listen and support one another.
Whilst this day holds immense value in encouraging open conversations about mental health, R U OK? Day is just one part of our broader commitment to fostering a positive and inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and supported.
One for All and All for One!
“This world is an uncertain realm, filled with danger. Honor undermined by the pursuit of power, freedom sacrificed when the weak are oppressed by the strong. But there are those who oppose these powerful forces, who dedicate their lives to truth, honour, and freedom. These men are known as Musketeers. Rise, D'Artagnan, and join them.”
Alexandrea Durmas – The Three Musketeers, 1844
For many there’s nothing better than a dress up, for others they can think of nothing worse! Last week’s Book Week celebrations saw literary characters of every kind arrive at school across our Junior and Middle School campuses in a flurry of colour, face paint, excitement and joy.
It was my pleasure to be one of ‘The Three Musketeers’ alongside our Acting Principal Mr Rick Geall and our Head of Wellbeing Mrs Kim Doherty for Book Week and to deliver a devotions together about the significance of teamwork.
Suzanna Mavromihalis (10F1) competed in the Australian National Cross-Country Championships as a member of the Victorian Team in Canberra last weekend. After a strong run in a quality field, Suzanna finished 21st out of 59 girls in her age group and was the 5th fastest Victorian girl overall. She was very happy with this performance, as she was hoping for top 30. Suzanna is already training and aiming to make this State team again in 2024. We congratulate her on this brilliant performance and wish her all the very best in achieving her future goals.
Ashton Schram (9R) was selected in the State U16 Hockey team that played at the School Sport Australia National Championships in Adelaide. The Vic team made the play-off match for the bronze medal, with the match providing an exciting ‘goal for goal’ spectacle before going down 4-3 to South Australia. As a result of a successful year with this State team, and earlier with the Vic U15 team, Ashton has been selected for the Melbourne under 16 ‘Futures Team’ that will be playing several games interstate over the next few months. The college wishes Ashton all the very best with this next stage of his career.
National Science Week Photography Competition Results
A number of students from Bellarine and Highton campuses embraced the opportunity to enter our recent Science Week Photography Competition. The brief was to take and submit 3-6 photos that link together and demonstrate a scientific concept or principle.
First place was awarded to Jessica Phelan, Year 8 at Bellarine campus for her series of four photographs illustrating fluid dynamics using different photos of bubbles.
Second place was awarded to Sarrah Millie, Year 7 at Middle school campus for her series of five photographs demonstrating the upward lift and hydraulic pressure evident when a strawberry is dropped into a bowl of water.
We congratulate all students who took part and hope they enjoyed themselves and learnt a little bit more about science along the way!
The Christian College Sport Hall of Honour
We are proud to announce a new initiative, which will become an important tradition in the life of our College – the Sport Hall of Honour – to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our past students who have reached national or international status in their chosen sports.
On October 5, we welcome our inaugural inductees to the Sport Hall of Honour – ex-students, Gary Ablett Jr and Tegan Philip. Both are universally recognised as champions at the highest level in their respective sports – AFL football and netball.
You are invited to join us for this gala dinner event at Mt Duneed Estate. On the night, we will also honour a cohort of current students as ‘Rising Eagles’ for their outstanding achievements in their chosen sports, putting them on a pathway to perhaps achieve the type of success required to enter our Sport Hall of Honour in future years.
Scholarship Applications are Now Open!
Each year Christian College offers Academic Excellence Scholarships for entry at Year 5, 7 and 10 levels. Applications are now open for this year’s scholarships, which apply to entry in 2025, at three campuses – Middle School-Highton, Bellarine Campus and Surf Coast Campus.
Year 10 entry applies to Senior School-Waurn Ponds only.
To find out more, and to apply, visit our website and look for the homepage hotlink, or click here.
Scholarship applications are open to students who do not currently attend Christian College, as well as those who are currently enrolled here. Scholarship examinations will be held at Christian College on Saturday October 7. Closing date for applications is Thursday, September 28.
Foundation Golf Day 2023
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, we are delighted to announce the Christian College Foundation Golf Day tournament for 2023.
Save the date: Thursday November 9.
We are seeking prizes for this event – if you own a local business and are interested in creating partnership opportunities with Christian College, please contact Fiona Provan on 0400 477 467, or email [email protected]