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What’s Happening at Middle School 

Week 4 

  • Mon, 24 Oct – Wed, 26 Oct – Year 5 Camp – Sovereign Hill 
  • Tues, 25 Oct – Year 9 2023 Transformation and Farm Information Session 
  • Thurs, 27 Oct – Senior & Inter Boys Cricket fixture v GGS 
  • Project Care Day – Cancer Council – Casual Dress 

Week 5   

  • Tues, 1 Nov – Orientation Day

          Annual Music Evening Returns! 

          Last Thursday saw a sold-out audience enjoy the welcome return of the Christian College Annual Music Evening to Costa Hall, having last been held in October 2019.  

          This Annual concert has always been significant for our College Community, our music students and their families. It was a joyous celebration, and a blessing to all who performed and attended, one that featured 560 student performances from Prep to Year 12.  

          The concert highlighted the exceptional direction and expertise of our music staff, as well as the depth of skills and development across the performance program of our College Choirs, Bands and String Orchestras. We also farewelled and honoured the work of our Year 12 ensemble members who have spent many years ‘growing up’ in the program. 

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          Fiona Gardner – Director of Teaching and Learning - Music

          Andrew Dunlop – Director of Instrumental Music and Major Events

           Welcome to Middle School Year 4 Students! 

          On Monday October 17 the Year 4 students and teachers made the short walk to Middle School as part of our Transition Program. On arrival, they were greeted by our Deputy Head of Campus; Kerrie Dapiran and the Year 5 teachers and support staff. A campus tour and visit to the Year 5 classrooms were met with lots of questions and excitement about what life at Middle School is like. There was much enthusiasm as they entered the Food Studies room, as students were presented with countless opportunities that are available to them in the coming years. Many students were enthralled by the Reading for Pleasure program, a dedicated session each week for all students to immerse in the wonderful array of books in the Middle School Library. Another highlight was meeting our Indonesian teacher Pak Zacky, who gave students an introduction to the language and revealed some of what’s to come in Year 5.  

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          Natasha Troop

          Kaiko Comes to our College 

          This week, the Year 6 Cohort had an incursion with the creator and owner of Kaiko Fidgets, Kai. 

          Kai is an inspirational teenager who designed fidgets to support people reduce anxiety, assist with emotional regulation, increase focus and promote active listening at school.  

          The Year 6 students are currently in the beginning stages of planning their very own small business for Market Day 2022. Kai shared his experience, insight and some great advice about starting a small business, covering topics including budgeting, profit, advertising, producing with sustainable materials and sustaining the Kaiko Fidgets during Covid-19.   

          Kai’s inspiration for starting his business developed from his personal experience of using fidgets as a young adult. This sparked great creative ideas amongst the Year 6s to similarly include a point of passion in their Market Day business.  

          We are looking forward to showcasing the Year 6 business creations at Market Day later this term! 

          Gemma Steenholdt

          Year 7s Drill Down on Data 

          Throughout Term 4, Year 7 students will be focusing on all things Data.  

          • What types of data can we get?  
          • How can I display this data?  
          • Can I identify any trends or patterns by looking at a particular display?  

            These are all questions that will be posed to our Year 7s, aimed at helping them gain a better understanding of how much data is used in our everyday lives.  

            In the coming weeks, students will be completing various surveys amongst their classes and cohort. The data will be used to produce various graph types and identify the most popular and least popular options from movie franchises, food types, marvel characters and many more. It will be fantastic to see the interaction amongst our Year 7 students in collecting this data and deciding on their preferred method of display.  

              Sam Nichols

              Year 9s Reflections on the Middle School Experience 

              Year 9 students share favourite memories and what they’ll miss most about Middle School-Highton. 

              A production by Jamie Mackie & Oscar Kattwinkel 

                Scott Darlow ‘s Visit Impacts Students and Staff 

                On Monday 17th Oct, Highton Middle School students and staff were fortunate to participate in a visit from guest speaker Scott Darlow, a passionate Indigenous activist, and World Vision spokesperson. Scott regularly speaks in schools, businesses, and churches about his indigenous culture, Australian history, racial tolerance, harmony, and important social matters who has been touring Australia and overseas for years as a speaker as well as a musician.  

                Each year level participated in a one-hour interactive presentation that was full of laughter and challenges – looking at current social and historical events with compassion and understanding. Interspersed with his stories was the opportunity to listen to Scott’s music, ask questions and be uplifted by the opportunities we each have to create an inclusive community around us. Darlow left audiences challenged to look at the world through the lens of “FLUTE” (Forgiveness, Love, Understanding, Tolerance and Empathy), a concept that has become so popular that schools and businesses have included it in their curriculums and charters.​ 

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                  Ingrid Staggard, Director of Learning Design and Teacher Development

                  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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                  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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                    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. 

                    CCG Foundation Patron’s Dinner 

                    Join us for the Foundation Patron’s Dinner, to be held on Saturday, 12 November 2022 at The Pier Geelong. 
                     
                    On this night, the Foundation will be officially launching the establishment of our Public Ancillary Fund - 'The Eternity Fund'. The purpose of this fund is to provide sustained giving for the future. This fund will invest donations to return a greater value in years to come - a donation that lasts a lifetime. 

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                    A MYTERN Thought for This Week 

                    Sometimes circumstances are so challenging that the only choice you really have is how you respond to them. 

                    Riding out that rough road in control is so much better than pretending that the road is smooth. 

                    Take a moment now to regain and maintain control. 

                    You are not only increasing your driving skills but also growing as a person. 

                    Well done 👍 👏❤️ 

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