From the Principal
Across this beautiful region, on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung people, our campuses awoke from their summer hiatus as the energy and excitement of more than 2000 students filled our classrooms and playgrounds. From Junior School Belmont to Middle School Highton, Surf Coast to Senior School and Bellarine to Back Creek, it has truly been a wonderful start to the 2024 school year.
Welcome to all families
I offer a tremendous welcome to all families, especially those new to our Christian College community. I look forward to partnering with you on the journey of educating your young person in 2024. We have approximately 100 Preps across our three Junior campuses and new enrolments in most year levels, especially at Year 5 and 7. At Year 12, a total of 194 Year 12 students, our largest cohort since 2019, will embark on their final year of studies at our Senior campus.
A great team of educators
I would like to use this opportunity to acknowledge all the preparations undertaken by our teaching staff in the days and weeks leading up to the return of students. We all came together at the start of this week on the Highton campus, and it was a truly wonderful occasion to be in a space with around 300 teachers and professional support staff, fixing our eyes on the tasks and responsibilities that will make 2024 a successful year for our community.
From the Head of Campus
The first week of the 2024 school year has flown by, and I am pleased to report a fantastic start in classrooms, on playing fields and in the yard.
I must acknowledge the great flexibility and preparedness of our Teaching and Maintenance staff, who didn’t miss a beat in having their classrooms hospitably set up, following the unplanned demolition of four rooms in Burrows House. The fire on New Years Day may have necessitated the removal of those rooms, but it wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits in Burrows House. With that small section of the campus cordoned off, the remainder of our campus was abuzz on Day 1, as students reconnected and quickly settled back into the Senior School way; engaging in class, sharing time at recess and lunch and reconnecting with their House communities. I was also impressed with the way students considerately participated in the Commencement Assembly and engaged in an extended House Group session to ensure they were prepared for their first academic classes of the year.
Girls in STEM
An exciting opportunity for interested Year 10 students!
Applications are being sought from current Year 10 students who would like to participate in an exciting ‘Girls in STEM’ event. This empowering gathering is designed to ignite a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and pave the way for a future filled with endless possibilities.
At this one-of-a-kind event, young women will discover the boundless opportunities awaiting them in the world of STEM. They will engage in hands-on workshops, interactive experiments, and inspiring talks delivered by accomplished female professionals who have excelled in their respective STEM fields. From robotics and coding to biology and physics, participants will explore a range of captivating disciplines, gaining valuable insights into the wonders of science and its real-world applications.
By attending this event, girls can broaden their horizons, expand their knowledge, and connect with like-minded peers who share their curiosity and enthusiasm. The Girls in STEM event fosters an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration, mentorship, and building lasting friendships. Through engaging activities and discussions, girls will hopefully realise that their unique perspectives and talents are essential in shaping the future of innovation.
Where: Geelong Tech School (Corner of Latrobe Terrace and Little Malop St)
When: Wednesday March 6 2024, 9am-3pm
Note: This is an ‘opt-in’ event. Students must make their own way to and from the Geelong Tech School. Before registering, all interested students must get approval from their parents and school. Please speak to Mrs Doran directly or send an expression of interest to [email protected] . Numbers are limited.
Japan Study Tour 2023
The Japan Study Tour concluded as Japanese students and staff returned to Melbourne on December 22 last year, marking the completion of an unforgettable 15-day journey in Japan. Welcomed warmly by Mr Mori, the principal of Naga Senior High School, and teachers, bearing a box of sweet mandarins at Kansai airport, the trip was off to a delightful start.
Highlights included visits to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, a picturesque Kyoto bus tour, exploring Osaka’s sights, and marvelling at the ABENOHARUKASU observation deck. Amidst festive Christmas decorations and illuminations in town, indulging in authentic local Japanese cuisine added to the experience.
The homestay segment held a special place, fostering deep connections and forging enduring friendships among the students and staff. These authentic experiences undoubtedly sowed the seeds for lifelong relationships.
The students who participated in this year’s Japan Study Tour were truly exceptional—they embraced every experience, displayed remarkable openness to cultural differences, and absorbed numerous valuable lessons throughout the trip. A heartfelt appreciation is extended to Mrs Oataway, Mrs Dawson, Mrs Haywood and Mrs Nakayama for their unwavering support and exceptional teamwork in preparing for this wonderful journey.
Looking Ahead to 2024
A warm welcome to the 2024 school year to all our Christian College families. The holiday season provided a well-deserved break for students, families and staff and I sincerely hope that these moments of respite allowed you to recharge, connect with loved ones and fill your self-care bucket to the brim. The return to school not only marks a shift back to old and familiar routines but also signifies a series of transitions for our students. The transition to a new learning environment is a major event in a child or young person’s life given they are periods in which both children and families need to adjust to new situations, environments, expectations, relationships, and potential changes to social and physical surroundings. This year as we do every year, we have children transitioning from early learning settings to primary school, primary to secondary school, movement of students from one campus to another, just to name a few. Our staff recognise the importance of supporting and guiding our students through transitions, especially those who may be encountering challenges or difficulties. As we embark on a new school year, it becomes a pivotal opportunity to not only navigate these transitions effectively but also to set our students up for success. Clinical psychologist and family therapist Andrew Fuller, offers insights on how our children and young people can achieve their goals while enjoying a fulfilling and successful year at school which I thought may be of interest to you and your family - Set yourself up for a great year, from Andrew Fuller (theparentswebsite.com.au). I look forward to working with you and for you this year in advancing our wellbeing practices and initiatives at Christian College.
Find Yourself at our Open Day!
On March 5, all five Christian College campuses and two kindergartens are holding Open Days. Our Open Days provide the opportunity for parents and others interested in enrolling their children at Christian College to have a firsthand look at our College campuses, speak with campus leaders, participate in student-led tours of the facilities, visit classrooms in real time and have their questions answered.
We would encourage everyone in our Christian College community to spread the word and tell anyone you might know who is considering schooling options for their children about our Open Day and the opportunity to come and visit one or more campuses and/or our kinders, with no tour booking required.
Details are on our website – follow the hotlink on our homepage or click Homepage > Join > Open Days.
Opening times for March 5 are as follows:
Junior School-Belmont and Williams House Kindergarten – 9:15 – 10:45am
Bellarine Campus – 9:30 – 11:00am
Surf Coast Campus and Butterfield House Kindergarten – 11:30am – 1:00pm
Middle School-Highton – 10:30am – 12:00 noon
Senior School – 11:30am – 1:00pm
We would love to see as many interested families as possible finding themselves at our Open Day!
Save the Date
The Foundation Gathering Hope Appeal Luncheon is back on and has been scheduled for Friday, 24 May 2024.
Save the date and join us for lunch at the stunning Provenance Wines in Fyansford.
This is a fundraising event for the Foundation and an opportunity to hear about the success and the growing needs of the College.
Our guest speaker and booking information will be announced in the coming weeks.