What’s Happening at Middle School 

Week 8 

  • Sun, 28 Aug – Tues, 30 Aug – Yr 9 GEOS – The Prom Camp 1 (Wilsons Prom National Park) 
  • Tues, 30 Aug – 2023 Gordon VET course enrolment open for 2023 Year 10 students 
  • Wed, 31 Aug – Sun, 4 Sept – Senior Music Tour 
  • Wed, 31 Aug – Fri, 2 Sept – Yr 9 GEOS – The Prom Camp 2 (Wilsons Prom National Park) 
  • Thurs, 1 Sept – Deakin District Basketball (Yr5&6) 
  • Thurs, 1 Sept – Highton and Bellarine Concert bands Performance 
  • Thurs, 1 Sept – Wellbeing Parent Evening and Cyber Safe Schools Program Launch 
  • Sat, 3 Sept – Senior Wind Symphony Performance -Melbourne University Wind Band Day 

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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. 



              Brendan Vanderkley

              Welcome to Book Week! 

               The theme this year is Dreaming with eyes open.  The Middle School library was transformed into a delightful and dreamy space where students enjoyed a number of dreamy activities. The week was peppered with art and craft activities: knitting, crocheting, and making bookmarks.  

              We hosted our first Human Library in the fiction room. Students ‘borrowed’ out teachers to hear their unique stories. Mr Barton shared stories about East Timor, Mrs Dapiran reminisced about her days as a student at Middle School. Students could not believe that Mrs Creati actually lived at Middle School once upon a time!! Mrs Hurrell bought in her friend, Teddy to share some stories of the canine variety. We gave away FREE books and enjoyed a special screening of Peter Pan in both the library and the chapel. Year 5 and 6 students strutted their book stuff around the courtyard with music and laughter. Unfortunately, the teachers ‘missed’ the parade and were nowhere to be seen!! However, some wonderful characters did turn up to share in the celebrations! 

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                Jaki Groves

                If a Picture Paints a Thousand Words…  

                A press release by Y7 Media Team Journalists – Olivia, Toby Standen, Jagan and Toby Stavenuiter 

                This term in Year 7 Media, we have been creating photo stories using different camera angles and using our creativity. We did research about different ways to take photos which helped us in our final work.  

                Our task was to tell a story using a limited number of photos, which we would take using various photo angles that we had previously learnt about in class. 

                A challenge we faced in this was thinking of what to do the story about and trying to use different angles to capture different parts of the story- like extreme close ups being good for showing emotions and wide angle to show settings. You must think about how your story will work and how you will capture it.  

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                Andrew Groves

                What’s the Big Issue? 

                Ask our Year 8s!  They can tell you all about pay inequality in sports, the pollution problem in our oceans, diabetes, the prevalence of sporting injuries, homelessness.   

                This term is about how news is created and presented, and then consumed;  and how audiences are informed and manipulated. Students think about their role in the news cycle. And, importantly, how to be critical consumers and not believe everything they see.   

                They have researched an area that they care about or are interested in, and created colourful, clear informative infographics.  See some examples here from Emily and Jordan (8B) In this task, Year 8s have decided on research questions; their lessons with the Librarians learning how to identify reliable sources, means that their information is factual and clear.   

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                Jackie Corless

                Reflections From a Veteran 

                War is something that is still very much in the media on a daily basis and we may often wonder how come it still happens but do we consider what was the impact of the war?  

                Year 9 students in History discover the changing face of war on their journey from World War l into World War ll, the Vietnam War to complete their exploration at modern day war. As part of their learning, the students investigate about the life of a service person and are encouraged to follow the pathway of a relative if possible. Over the years this has led to students becoming the family historian and uncovering facts that their parents were unaware of.  

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                Ingrid Staggard

                Angela Tutty

                Team Fire Nation Takes on the State 

                Last weekend Ethan Towle and Xavier Hanson of Team Fire Nation, traveled to compete in the Robocup Melbourne Regional Rescue competition. Facing teams from across greater Melbourne and regional Victoria, the boys faced incredibly tough competition. Fresh off a victory at our home regional event two months ago, Ethan and Xavier fought hard and placed a very respectable 5th out of 29 teams. This placement is the highest in Middle School history at such an event. Team Fire Nation now has their sights set on the Victorian State Championships coming up next month. 

                Systems Engineering across all year levels continues to impress with year 7, 8, and 9 students all pushing the bar higher within their respective curriculums. Year 7 students are working towards total completion of their rescue robotics challenges while engineering some of the most advanced builds seen at Middle School. Year 8 students are working hard and moving into the testing phases with their automated, infrared detecting soccer builds. The first high performance 3-wheelers are being tested and refined, a first for middle school and testimony to the incredible effort and energy invested. Year 9 students are trialing “Battle Bots.” This new curriculum pushes the students to not only build a very capable robotic design, but to also fabricate and program their own remotes as well. This demanding curriculum is proving to be quite fun, while requiring a large investment from the students who have the course for a single term. It is a pleasure to work alongside such engaged students within a curriculum framework designed to expose students to the technologies shaping not only the present, but future as well.  

                Danon O’Kelly

                Term 3 Learning Conferences 

                Our Term 3 Learning Conferences will be held on Thursday 8th of September from 4:00 – 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

                Science Week Competition Results

                It was wonderful to have so many entries from across all of our campuses in our CCG Science Week Competitions. Students from Prep to Year 10 took the opportunity to get creative colouring, drawing, writing and taking photographs based on the theme of glass. We congratulate all students who took part and hope they both enjoyed themselves and learnt a little bit more about science along the way. Students who were awarded 1st place in the 5-12 Photography and Creative Writing categories are listed below, as well as a selection of their wonderful entries. 

                10-12 Oscar Clark
                7-9 Jarrah Mahoney
                5-6 Sam Jenkins 

                Creative Writing (see links below)
                7-9 Sebastian DeMarte
                5-6 Elodie Mahoney 

                1st Place 5-6 Creative Writing
                1st place 7-9 Creative Writing

                Camp Australia Staff Recruitment

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                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. 

                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 

                There may be times when cars veer into your lane without warning.  The more you have practised taking control in difficult situations, the more instinctively you'll be able to grab your steering wheel - respond and react - and maintain your control. 😊 

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