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From the Head of Campus

          Welcome back for Term 4

          Can you believe it? No sooner has the term begun afresh, than we have reached the end of our first week back together again. After our staff prepared on Monday, which included our own further education about First Nations people in Australia and reconciliation across our communities, it was a pleasure to see the students return on Tuesday. Our Commencement Service helped set the tone for a positive, productive and respectful term ahead, before the first core and elective classes commenced.

           

          There is no end of exciting learning opportunities just around the corner at Middle School – Highton, with key events and peak experiences planned for the coming weeks. Next week, our Year 6 students will be heading away on camp, with a return to Mill Valley Ranch. Week 3 brings our Year 8 Geography, Environmental and Outdoor Studies camp to Anglesea and the Otway Ranges, before our Year 5s head to Sovereign Hill for their own camp, in Week 4. Interschool Sport will recommence next week, and excursions are planned for our Drama, Japanese and Writers’ Workshop students over the coming weeks. Elective classes are underway, and provide an opportunity for students to branch out into areas of specific interest. Our Music students have been busily preparing for our Annual Music Evening next Thursday and our Year 5 teachers will be visiting Junior School – Belmont on Monday, helping to prepare next year’s Year 5 students make the big move up to Middle School. Orientation Day is also just around the corner (more information to follow shortly) and so our thoughts have also begun moving towards 2023. As mentioned in my previous email, it is going to be a big and beautiful term!

           

          I have attached just one image to my article today, one that was sent to me this afternoon, and one that captures the essence of that which we are trying to facilitate here across our campus. This image portrays a number of our students at lunchtime today, students from across three different year levels who have all chosen to play a game together. In this post-lockdown time, on a campus of children and adolescents, when challenges brought on by social media, disconnection, anxiety and disinterest often sit ‘front and centre’ in their hearts and minds, there is something comforting in just simply seeing kids playing together, encouraging, having fun and feeling safe. My hope is that each and every one of our students have moments that bring on such positive feelings, every day of their school year. My staff are certainly always working diligently to provide an environment for such experiences to grow, and for the students to flourish, as they move through their years experiencing a Christian College education overflowing with the learning that matters.

           

          Enjoy your weekend!

          Adam Kennedy, Head of Campus

          What’s Happening at Middle School 

          Week 2 

          • Mon, 10 Oct – Wed, 12 Oct – Year 6 Camp (Mill Valley Ranch) 
          • Wed, 12 Oct – Year 9 Japanese Excursion  
          • Thurs, 13 Oct – Christian College Geelong Annual Music Evening 
          • Fri, 14 Oct – Geelong Show Day Holiday 

          Week 3 

          • Mon, 17 Oct – Year 4 to Middle School Highton – Transition Tour 
          • Mon, 17 Oct – Guest Speaker on Indigenous Culture and perspectives: Scott Darlow 
          • Tues, 18 Oct – Fri, 21 Oct – Year 8 GEOS Camp 

                  Cultural Competency Training 

                  One of the compulsory components of the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan is that staff need to take part in a cultural competency session. Christian College teachers were fortunate to have Shelley Ware, a proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman, to present to us on the first day of Term 4. Shelley is a prominent media presenter, who hosts a variety of different shows. She a passionate educator that shares what is closest to her heart such as First Nations issues, females in sport, childhood education and her own journey. She believes that it is important to empower staff to be culturally aware so they can embed First Nation culture into their classrooms.  

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                  Ange Tutty

                  Year 9 Prefect Voice – Middle School Uniform 

                  We would like to put a reminder about uniform out there for all Christian College Middle School students. Your school uniform is something that you should wear with pride. Wearing your uniform correctly symbolises that you are proud to be part of the Christian College community. To wear your uniform with pride is to respect it; keep it neat and clean. Like wearing a sport singlet for a sporting club, wearing your school uniform shows that you are part of a community. Wearing uniform correctly in the general public shows that you are part of the Christian College community and are proud to be. The way that we wear the school uniform really shows how much respect we have for this school and by wearing it correctly, others around you will do so too.  

                  We wear uniform to show that we’re one group. It’s what shows that we are all part of the one community.  

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                  Meg Conheady and Alexis Meara – Year 9 Prefects  

                    Year 5 Term 4 

                    As students settle back into the routines of school after a well-deserved break, our focus is on our upcoming camp to Sovereign Hill. We have started our studies on ‘Capturing our History’ and the students are engaged and excited to immerse themselves in this unit of work. Such a wonderful experience to be able to spend three days at Sovereign Hill in an authentic setting learning about our history. We are all looking forward to sharing this experience with your young person. 

                    In English students have been sharing stories about their holidays and hopes and dreams for Term 4. All students have had the opportunity to spend time in the library this week choosing new novels to enjoy during independent reading sessions in class.  

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                      Natasha Troop

                      Year 7 Humanities: Videos for Change – Update

                      At the end of Term 3, we shared information about student learning as a part of the Humanities component of the Year 7 ‘Words Shape Worlds’ unit. This saw your young ones given the opportunity to inspire empathy, awareness and action on important social issues through creating entries for global platform Videos for Change 

                      Students were able to work either individually, or in small groups, and needed to follow specific criteria regarding effective communication, emotional impact, creativity and the inclusion of a call to action. 

                      All approved videos gained automatic entry into the 2022 Videos for Change competition, whilst 12 submissions from across the Bellarine and Highton campuses were chosen by their teachers as finalists in our very own CCG competition.  

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                        CCG Riders Excel in National Championships 

                        Three riders from the Christian College Equestrian team qualified earlier this year to represent Victoria at the 2022 Marcus Oldham Australian Interschool Championships in Sydney. This event sees over 500 of Australia’s best riders, aged 5-18 years old, battle it out in their chosen disciplines. 

                        CCG team captain, Jorja Kirsopp-Cole (Year 12) and her horse Rhatigan, completed three rounds of 110cm show jumping and finished 4th overall. 

                        Liberty Armitage (Year 11) and her horse Galactic Storm competed in the combined training which comprises of both dressage and show jumping. Liberty finished reserve champion overall. 

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                        Term 4 2022 COVID-19 Update Procedures and Protocols

                        Introduction 

                        Christian College is committed to maintaining the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and College community.  

                        The following revisions to the COVID-19 procedures and protocols align with the Victorian Government’s announcement of the end of the Pandemic Declaration and associated Pandemic Orders. The following settings, based on advice from the Department of Health and the Department of Education for Victorian schools now apply.  

                        If you require greater detail, please access additional information via the DHHS or Victorian State Government Education and Training websites or speak with your campus leadership team. 

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                          Student Wellbeing and Digital Safeguarding: A Reminder to Parents 

                          A reminder to parents that we will be implementing some new strategies this term to better support students and families in the digital space, particularly on College laptops, both at school and at home. Specific information about these changes was shared as part of our Wellbeing Evenings last term. 

                          Parents who were unable to attend either of these two evenings can review a summary of key information and are also encouraged to view a recording of the evening. The summary and recording were made available via a document emailed to all parents in the final week of Term 3 by College Principal, Glen McKeeman. 

                          All parents are encouraged to ensure they are informed and aware of these new strategies so that they can be prepared and supportive as they are implemented. Parents also still can ask questions and provide feedback via the online form link provided in the above document. 

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                          Christian College Canteen Manager – we are Hiring! 

                          We seek the services of a Canteen Manager from 2023 to oversee the day-to-day operations of the school canteens at Junior School – Belmont, Middle School – Highton and Senior School – Waurn Ponds, including the supervision and rosters for relevant staff and volunteers. The role is full-time and ongoing, and also involves some catering for special events. 

                          If you have a passion for food quality and customer sevice, a warm and friend personality, if you love working as part of a great team, have exceptional organisation and communication skills and are able to manage challenging circumstances in a calm, professional and compassionate manner – this could the job for you! 

                          Full details, including a Position Description and how to apply can be found in the Employment section of our website. 

                          For Families Relocating or Withdrawing Students 

                          A reminder that if your family is relocating and/or you are planning to withdraw your child from Christian College, a full term’s notice, in writing, is required. Please contact your student’s Campus. 

                          Jonathan Ryan, Operations Manager

                          Canteen not Open on Last day of Term 

                          Please note that on the last day of Term 4, Friday December 9, the canteen will not be open. 

                          Thank you to all volunteers for your fantastic help during the course of this term, and throughout 2022.  

                          Recycling Uniform Items 

                          As part of the transition to our new College wardrobe it was important that we consider the environmental impact of clothing items no longer required. Whilst it is still possible for students to wear items from the traditional uniform, when items are no longer able to be worn, they can be recycled. 

                          Any such items can be dropped off and placed in recycling bins at each campus. We are working with our wardrobe manufacturer to ensure that these can be recycled as part of the introduction of our new wardrobe over the next 18 months. 

                          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 

                          What habit can you adopt or change today that will positively add to your journey?
                          Travelling down the same roads every day may not lead you to your desired destination
                          😊 

                          Discover more about MYTERN here.