From the Head of Campus
Who can Take a Sunrise?
Across our Middle School – Highton Campus today, we have finished a brilliant term of learning and building community, with our incredible Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory themed Talent Quest. Students and staff joined us from our Surf Coast, Bellarine and Junior School – Belmont Campuses for this special event, one we haven’t been able to hold in recent years. The range and quality of performances was astounding. From magic tricks to solo singers, rock bands to time lapse drawing, through traditional to contemporary dance routines, we saw it all. A massive congratulations to all performers and a special mention to our day’s winning act, Mehak Kaur of Year 9, who inspired the audience of nearly 1,000, with an energizing, captivating and beautiful traditional Bhangrah dance. I offer a special thanks to all of the staff who worked tirelessly over recent months to facilitate this important event in our community today.
Our day today, and the beautiful sunshine we’ve enjoyed this week, have brought a fitting end to what has been another successful term on campus. Who can take a sunrise? The opening line of that classic song so many of us will remember from our childhoods, The Candy Man, rang out across our SAC today (as the lollies were literally flying through the air). Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it in chocolate and make a miracle or two? While we certainly aim to temper the amount of sugar we feed to the children, our work here often does feel sweet and miraculous. It remains a privilege to come alongside all of the young people who call Middle School – Highton home, and work with the brilliant team of educators here too.
What’s Happening at Middle School
Term 4, Week 1
- Tues 3 Oct – First Day of Term 4
- Fri 6 Oct – East Timor 20 Years Celebration Evening
- Mon 9 Oct – Fri 13 Oct – Offspring Week – Project Care
- Thurs 12 Oct – Annual Music Evening
- Fri 13 Oct – Medieval Day Year 8BGH
RUOK? Day Week at Highton – ‘Here to Hear’
This week we celebrated together RUOK? Day Weel across our College. The theme this year was ‘Here to Hear’. Our aim this week was to broaden the supports for our community, encourage conversations about mental health, and to help remind us all that we’re here to listen and support each other. 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.
Throughout the week our students engaged in a number of activities designed to strengthen belonging, empathy and understanding and to build listening skills. Highlights included a teacher vs student kickball competition, with the students taking out the win by 2 runs, Wellbeing activities and devotions and an RUOK? installation that students signed as a symbol that we all belong in our school community. To round out the week, we enjoyed a Year 5-9 picnic in the beautiful sunshine, where students and staff took the time to chat, connect and check in with each other.
Whilst RUOK? Day holds immense value in encouraging open conversations about mental health, RUOK? Day is just one part of our broader commitment to fostering a positive and inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and supported.
Welcome Kate Hickey!
As part of the College’s ongoing commitment to supporting student wellbeing, I am excited to announce that Kate Hickey has recently joined the team at Middle School – Highton appointed to the role of Student Wellbeing Officer. Kate brings to our community a wealth of experience and knowledge and a deep understanding of the various challenges our young people face in today’s complex landscape. Having spent many years at Headspace, Kate is well positioned to provide support and care to our students and when required, offer short term intervention strategies and referral advice to external support agencies. Kate will also devote time to building the wellbeing capabilities of our students, by taking a proactive approach to the implementation of activities in our wellbeing program such as helping students develop the tools to overcome challenges, build resilience and develop a healthy mind and body. By prioritising student wellbeing, we can collectively foster an environment whereby every young person can flourish.
Year 9 GEOS – What a Great Ocean Walk!
As you walk along the path with your heavy pack containing all your belongings, what do you notice? Can you spot the different flora and fauna as you glance around you? Have you found a rare Black Otway Snail? How is the environment changing? How do you think this place would be affected if infrastructure was built in this natural space? Can you hear the waves crashing out at sea as you spend some time in silence, appreciating where you are. Feel the cool breeze on your face and wait for that bite as you fish in the river. Feel the connection to the environment when you notice its beauty, prompting you to protect it. Is your environmental world view changing as you walk? These are the questions and the feelings that the year 9 GEOS students had the wonderful opportunity to ponder and witness in the beautiful Great Otway National Park.
The students were able to take what they have been learning in the classroom and make connections to their experience in the Great Outdoors. Their understanding of biodiversity, management practices, historical and contemporary uses, environmental world views, and future management issues, became more relevant and meaningful as they got to engage with the area.
Data Collection, Analysis, Interpretation – Skills for Life
As part of their Mathematics studies across Term 4, Year 9 students took part in a series of Performance Tests to obtain data sets at a class, campus and cohort level. In completing the various activities, students used their results to determine measures of center, visually display information through various graph types, and determine relationships between certain muscle groups and performance results.
The intention for students is to understand how the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data is used to further enhance athletic performance for high level athletes. At the elite level, as well as semi-professional and recreational activity, understanding how data can be used to better improve training and preparation habits is a life skill that students can take away from this experience.
All aspects of these activities – where students collect data via their own performance, make judgements and support opinions with data require skills and thinking that will benefit them in many facets of their future life.
Middle School Music Camp 2023
Musicians from Surf Coast, Bellarine and Highton campuses gathered this week at Anglesea to share some amazing musical moments together. Our Concert Bands, String Ensembles and Choirs from the three Middle School campuses worked on all sorts of music, including pieces for our upcoming Annual Music Evening on October 12 at Costa Hall.
Over 120 campers attended along with a mixture of 20 different staff over the three days. Mixing in rehearsals, tutorials, camp activities, trivia and disco nights the days were full. We also enjoyed a full camp choir where all campers had a big sing-a-long together.
Our favourite moments have been mostly centered around the joy we’ve had from connecting across campuses and year levels, building and developing friendships to take us into the future together.
Please enjoy some photos and short videos from our days at the CCG MS Music Camp for 2023.
Qustodio Parents App
Supervise and Support Your Children on Digital Devices this Holiday Break
As we enter the holiday break, your young people may have the opportunity to engage and interact online more than they would during the school term. It can be challenging at times for parents to feel confident and empowered to help their children to be safe and responsible in their online activities, and to have balance between on-screen and off-screen activities.
A reminder to parents that the Qustodio Parent App is available to all our parents to help them supervise and support their children with their online and digital interactions at home, on the school device and on personal devices.
Parents of new students to the College this term have recently received an email invitation to activate their Qustodio parent account, but any parents in our community who have not yet done so can activate their account at any time if they wish. This help document will guide you in getting started.
Immunisations – Catch-ups
If your child has missed out on their school-based vaccinations, it’s not too late to catch up! Secondary school immunisations are provided free to students in Year 7 and Year 10. Catch-up for secondary school immunisations is free up to 19 years of age. In addition to our regular weekly sessions, Barwon Health Immunisation Service will offer catch-up school immunisation sessions at different venues around Geelong during the month of October at the following locations:
- Belmont Vaccination Center-1-17 Reynolds Rd, Belmont - Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturday morning (18, 20 & 21 October). Click here for the booking link.
- Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre (BASC) - Ocean Grove- Thursday 19 October, 3.30-6.30 pm. Click here for the booking link.
- Barwon Health North – Tuesday 17 and Friday 20 October, 3.30-6.30 pm. Click here for the booking link.
- Armstrong Creek East Community Hub – 3.30-6.30 pm. Click here for the booking link.
College 2024 Production Announcement
Christian College Geelong Presents...
CINDERELLA (BROADWAY VERSION)
Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics and Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II New Book by Douglas Carter Beane
The Music and Drama Departments are excited to return to our tradition of staging the biannual CCG cross campus musical in 2024. Our Cinderella will take to the stage of the Playhouse Theatre at the newly developed Geelong Arts Centre on May 2 – 4, 2024.
Not your everyday fairy tale…
This Broadway adaptation of the classic musical features new characters, a hilarious libretto, surprising twists, and a wonderful score from Rodgers & Hammerstein. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”
You can visit the Origin Theatrical website for more about this magical show, including song excerpts and a Montage of the Original Broadway Cast.
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]
Uniform Shop Clearance Sale!
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
It’s easy to rush through a cup of tea or coffee and forget to stop and appreciate the moment.
Take time out now to simply appreciate being able to breathe in fresh air. Take a long slow breath and feel it rejuvenate every cell.
Make that your intention and watch your body smile from the inside 👍❤️
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