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What’s Happening at Middle School 

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 

 

Week 4 

  • Mon, 24 Oct – Wed, 26 Oct – Year 5 Camp – Sovereign Hill 
  • Thurs, 27 Oct – Senior & Inter Boys Cricket fixture v GGS 

          Yee-Haaw! 

          Week 2 saw our Year 6 cohort head to Mill Valley Ranch for camp this year! 

          Students were delighted when they entered the Ranch, they were greeted by friendly staff, an old western cowboy/cowgirl feel and some beautiful horses! We were able to spend time playing team building and initiative games as well as canoeing, camp cooking and, of course, horse riding in the horse arena. On the first night, Eddie, the camp leader took the cohort on a night-hike through the valley where we were able to learn more about the land’s history as well as viewing a beautiful sunset. On the second night, we held a barn dance in the barn; students wore their best cowboy/cowgirl outfits and participated in some lively group dancing as well as singing. New friendships were formed, and precious memories were made amongst our group as we celebrated being the Year 6 cohort! 

          A highlight of the camp was ‘Cowboy Chapel’ where students were led by Mill Valley Ranch staff in singalongs as well as devotional messages focused on the importance of kindness, leadership, and God’s love. 

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          Stephanie Hambrook

          Year 8 Update 

          Wow is it really Term 4 already! Or using footy speech, the final quarter. After navigating through Term 3, a traditionally long and cold term (duration and weather-wise that is), the Year 8s are finally on the home stretch. Before they know it, they’ll be representing the College as Year 9s and the most senior members of the Middle School community. Before then though, there is still plenty of work to be done and much fun to be had!  

          Throughout Year 8 this year we have created a theme around building a strong sense of community amongst the cohort. When considering the number of communities people involve themselves within on a regular basis (school, work, friends & family, church, sport & recreation, etc.), it does truly open one’s eyes to the significance community/s play in everyday life. At our most recent Year Level Assembly we discussed the topic of success, specifically focusing on what success looks like (particularly through the lens of an adolescent) and the key components involved in creating a successful community. Reference was made to Geelong’s recent premiership win and their sustained success over a several years. I’m not going to lie, as an avid Hawthorn supporter it was difficult pumping up Geelong’s tyres, but I guess as they say, credit where credit’s due! It was highlighted that Geelong’s consistent strength in the key areas of leadership, sacrifice and culture played a significant role in their current and prolonged success over many years. 

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          Tim Collins

          Year 9 Japanese Excursion to Melbourne 

          On Wednesday, the Year 9 Japanese students went on an excursion to Melbourne. The purpose of this excursion was to attend a cultural seminar presented by the staff at the Japanese Consulate–General. This provided the students with geographical information about Japan, some interactive activities, different ways that students can study Japanese beyond Year 12 and various organisations that offer exchange programs. 

          After this, we headed to Ajisen (a Japanese ramen restaurant) and enjoyed some authentic Japanese food for lunch. This was topped off with a shopping trip to Daiso. Daiso is a Japanese 100yen store (here it’s around $2.80 currently) where the students discovered they could buy just about anything! After stocking up on all things Japanese, we headed back to the bus and home to Middle School.  

          Thankful that we avoided any heavy rain, we had a wonderful trip and look forward to talking about the highlights over the coming weeks. Special thank you to Mrs Riddle and Kana Sensei for joining the excursion and supporting us on the day. 

            Yukiko Valent

            Stephen Brewster

            Videos for Change: CCG in the National Top 10! 

            We are excited to announce that a number of our Year 7 students have been announced as finalists in the national Videos for Change challenge with their amazing videos which they developed as a part of their Humanities learning in Term 3. In fact, Christian College Geelong has five in the top 10 Junior (Years 7-9) section! 

            Videos for Change empowers Australian high school students to create a one-minute video to raise awareness and inspire change on a social issue they are passionate about and gives them a platform for their voices to be heard.  

            There are a number of award categories that our students are now in the running for. So, from next Monday (October 17), our students will need the support of the entire school community for one of them to win the People’s Choice Award! All we are asking is that you take one minute out of your day to VOTE for and SHARE their amazing videos. Let’s get behind our students and show them that their voices do matter and can have an impact on the social issues that affect them most!  

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              Our New-Look ATD Festival - Now Open!

              Our Art, Technology and Design Festival is underway at Villa Paloma ATD Centre! It opened at 10am this morning and the program runs until 9pm this evening. Tomorrow (Saturday Nov.12), it's on between 10am and 4pm. 

              There's a magnificent exhibition of student artwork and products – all year levels from K-12 from all our campuses and Early Learning Centres are represented. 

              Come along this evening or tomorrow - or both! There are food trucks, coffee and live music, a Food Studies Market Stall and Gelato Bar, face painting, the official opening at 6:30pm this evening, then the Wearable Art and Textiles Fashion Parade from 6:40 – 7:15pm. 

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              Student-Free Day Tomorrow!

              A reminder to all families and students from Junior School-Belmont, Middle School-Highton, Bellarine Campus and Surf Coast Campus, there is no school tomorrow, Friday October 14, due to the Geelong Show Day holiday. Senior School students will attend as normal.

              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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                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. 

                A MYTERN Thought for This Week 

                Comparing the roads you travel and the car you drive is not helpful. A flower doesn’t compete with the flower next to it. It just tries to become the best flower it can be. So, look within, and know that what is there is perfect. Your job is to just let it out 👍❤️ 

                Discover more about MYTERN here