CCG Sport Hall of Honour
On Thursday, October 5, our College community celebrated a very special event, the opening of the Christian College Geelong Sport Hall of Honour. Families, past and present students, staff and other friends of the College gathered last night for a gala dinner and celebration of the outstanding achievements of current students who have reached national or international status across a wide range of sports. Twelve of these students received our ‘Rising Eagle’ awards, being recognised for their skill, application and teamwork in their chosen sport.
Furthermore, in 2023, the recipient of the Tegan Philip Medal is Abbey O’Hanlon, ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the 2023 Senior Female Netball team, and the recipient of the Gary Ablett Jr Medal is Spencer Jones, ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the 2023 Senior Male AFL team. The recipient of the Top Flight Eagles Award is the 2023 Senior Male AFL team.
A huge congratulations goes to all of these students, and this is to be accompanied by a heartfelt thanks to the teams behind the stars, the parents, guardians, coaches and other inspiring people who have enabled these wonderful opportunities for our talented young people.
In addition, a particular highlight of the event was the induction of the first members of our CCG Sport Hall of Honour, Mrs Tegan Philip and Mr Gary Ablett Jr.
From the Head of Campus
After recommencing as a campus community on Tuesday, we’ve already reached the end of our first week. How quickly the time flies! It has been an enormously successful week here at Middle School – Highton with classes underway, and preparations being finalised for some big events coming up soon, including excursions, incursions, festivals, camps and end-of-year celebrations.
A highlight of this week was our Commencement Assembly on Tuesday morning. It is not often that we all come together as a full campus community, but when we do it is always a powerful experience. This week we heard beautiful music from our students and of the achievements of those excelling in their fields. We also heard encouraging messages from our Acting Principal Mr Rick Geall, our School Captains Brianna Anderson and William Wray, and School Vice-Captains Emily Goudge and Jack Rivas. We reflected again on our campus theme With Spirit and students were reminded of the opportunity to apply themselves fully to all parts of school life. It remains a privilege to be able to share biblical scripture and other encouragement amongst our cohort of students and the staff team, and I am very grateful for wonderful contributors to our assembly. It has set us up for a dynamic, energised and spirited final term of the year.
There continues to be so much to be grateful for across our campus and the wider College. As I reflect on the work of the staff team that look after the students each school day, I am constantly amazed. It is a precious thing to be part of a supportive team, one where each of us can truly be expressive of our individual selves, while working alongside others towards a shared goal. Here at CCG, that goal remains the same today as it has always been. It is addressed in our philosophical statement, enacted through our College values and is a living, breathing goal – to develop the spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional capacity of students as part of their total character, and for them to know that they belong, and that they are loved by God. I believe this remains a very worthy goal!
I look forward to seeing you across the grounds of our campus, or at another special event soon.
A friendly reminder for parents and guardians to please support your young person to attend school every day with their CCG wide-brimmed hat, clearly named. We will be outside a lot this term and will continue to prioritise sun smart actions as the weather warms up!
What’s Happening at Middle School
- Mon 9 Oct – Fri 13 Oct – Offspring Week – Project Care
- Mon 9 Oct – Brass Performance Morning – MCM Brass
- Thurs 12 Oct – Annual Music Evening
- Fri 13 Oct – Medieval Day Year 8BGH
- Mon 16 Oct – Thurs 19 Oct – Year 8 GEOS Camp
- Mon 16 Oct – Year 4/5 Transition Morning
- Wed 18 Oct – Year 7 & 8 GISSA sporting fixtures
An Encouragement From our Highton School Captains
One of the things that is essential for us to finish well as a campus is having a strong sense of community.
A definition of the word community is a unified body of individuals. Community is about coming together and being united even though each person is different.
Having a strong sense of community throughout Middle School – Highton will give us the opportunity to finish the 2023 school year strong. Towards the end of the term, students may become stressed with assessment but having this sense of community will help to motivate you, and it will help us have an excellent finish to this amazing year.
Magic Johnson, former professional basketball player, stated “Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates”. This talks about how we need to have each other’s backs throughout this term. We need to be encouraging and helpful towards our peers. This quote tells us how collaboration and selflessness help us come together and unite as a community.
Talent Quest Triumph: Indonesian Dance Grabs Fan Favorite Title
The atmosphere was electric as six Indonesian dancers, adorned in gleaming traditional attire, took the stage to showcase the beauty of Indonesian traditional dance. Among these talented performers were students from Year 7: Hser July Htoo, Hseerjuly Say Htoo, Eliana Wheate, Aliyah Vrymoet-Bassie, Tahlia Candy, Law Mu Thaw Esther Kler Tha, and Year 5 student Seyara Mataraarachchi. Together, they mesmerised the audience with a captivating rendition of the traditional Indonesian dance from Aceh known as “Ratoeh Jaroe.” This dance is celebrated for its harmonious choreography, consisting of precisely 33 intricate movements.
These dedicated students had been diligently practising and preparing for their performance at the annual talent competition organised by CCG, aptly named “Talent Quest” on the last week of term 3. Their Indonesian performance stood out and claimed the prestigious Fan Favorite Award, a well-deserved recognition for their outstanding efforts.
Congratulations are in order for the talented performers. Their exceptional display of Indonesian culture and dance left an indelible mark on the hearts of the audience and made them true stars of the Talent Quest stage.
The video of their mesmerising performance can be seen at the following link:
Offspring Week Brings a Taste of India and Compassion to Our School
Next week marks the highly anticipated Offspring Week (O-Week), where we come together as a school community to raise funds for another good cause. O-week promises a range of exciting events and activities that will not only raise money but also spread awareness about the important work of Offspring in India and the issue of human trafficking.
Monday: A Lesson in Compassion
On Monday, all students will kick off Offspring Week with age-appropriate devotions that sheds light on Offspring’s vital work in India and the heartbreaking reality of human trafficking. We believe that understanding the cause we’re supporting is essential, and these sessions will provide valuable insights.
Following the devotions, our Year 5 and 6 students will have the special opportunity to enjoy a lunchtime screening of the beloved classic, “The Jungle Book,” in the chapel. It’s a chance to learn about India’s culture and have some fun.
College Production 2024 – Update
As published in The Vine at the end of Term 3, the College will be staging Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway Version) at the Geelong Arts Centre from May 2 – 4, 2004.
All students from Years 5 – 11 (in 2023) across the College will receive an email early next week, with information and a link to an online registration form. Auditions will commence across the College on designated days from Sunday October 22. To register for an audition, students must complete the online form on/by Friday October 13.
There will be an information session held at each campus for students to have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the show. These will be held at:
Highton MS Campus Chapel Monday October 9 12.40
Senior Campus Music Department Tuesday October 10 1.20pm
Bellarine Campus Auditorium Tuesday October 10 at Lunchtime
Surf Coast Campus – Ms Notini will visit the Year 5 classroom next week.
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]