From the Principal
There is so much that I love about the start of a new year at our College.
The anticipation of welcoming new students and their families, meeting new colleagues, seeing the completion of projects and work completed over the break and the fresh opportunities that come with new beginnings, all create a buzz around the College sites. It is like starting out on a new adventure.
There is a great deal of planning and preparation to have everything in readiness to start the new school year. I am thankful to the professional support staff, teaching staff and the campus leaders for their diligence and commitment to ensuring a smooth start.
Seeking First the Kingdom of God
A warm welcome to our 2023 students, staff and families! We are all privileged to begin a new year together seeking God and God’s Kingdom in our learning community.
Having recently been appointed to the role of Dean of Christian Culture I have been in the unique position this week to visit our campuses attending commencement services and participating in the beginning of onsite learning for 2023.
Each of our five campuses, in addition to our College Farm, Arts and Technology Center, Uniform Shop and Café have slightly different cultural expressions of our Christian College identity yet all have been established and are moving forward on our foundational scripture from Matthew 6:33 “Seek Ye Frist the Kingdom of God”.
Message From the Head of Campus
The first week of the 2023 school year has fast drawn to a close and, looking back through the week, I am pleased to report a very positive start on so many levels. Firstly, many staff commented how impressed they were with the way students respectfully participated in the Commencement Assembly and Welcome to Country on Tuesday. Having returned from a lengthy and well-earned break, it was noticeable how quickly students settled back into CCG community norms: listening attentively, engaging positively with teachers and acknowledging the achievements of others. In conversations with many of our new Year 10 students throughout the week, I sensed a genuine enthusiasm among them as they acclimatised to their new surroundings. Likewise, Year 11 and 12 students appear to have started the term with a focused attitude and it has been particularly pleasing to observe positive adherence to the new mobile phone expectations.
Ready, Set, Go for Digital Learning in 2023
Year 4, 7 and 10 Device Rollouts
It has been a busy time this week as students in Years 4, 7 and 10 across our campuses have collected their new learning devices and have been supported to set them up and sign-in ready for classes. It has been wonderful to witness the students’ enthusiasm and delight as they have been supported with this process, beginning to build familiarity with their new laptop and with the College’s expectations for its use for learning.
Students in Year 4 at each of our Junior School campuses will now keep their learning devices at school for a brief time as they continue to be supported by their teachers to learn how best to care for their device, and to use it confidently and safely as a learning tool.
In RAS (Religion and Society) Unit 1 we study the big questions in life and how our Society intersects and interacts with religion, spirituality and philosophy.
In order to study religion we need some definition which is given by what is known as the “9 Aspects of Religion”.
One of these aspects is “Ritual” and this particular aspect we intend to practise not just study. Hence the inception of “Thankful Thursday”. Each Thursday, in class, we will practise this ritual as well as learning more about those big ideas and questions relating to our lives.
Today, as a group of Year 10 and 11 students, we are thankful for the fresh fruit that is available to us so readily and the processed food (which of course we will only take in moderation).
We will build on this ritual every week not only to give a concrete example in our studies but also to remind us of the many blessings we have in our lives.
Year 10 English
As part of our unit relating to the text “The simple gift”, which is a free-verse novel, Year 10 students dipped their toes into the poetry pool this week and wrote Blackout poems. Blackout poems involve taking a written piece of text from a book, newspaper, or magazine and blacking out many of the words in order to come up with a very individual poem.
Students used a page from a free-verse poem called “To this day” by Shane Koyzcan to make some exceptional poems.
Resuming Japanese Exchange Programs
30th Anniversary Ceremony in Japan 2022
It was a privilege to travel to Japan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the sister school relationship between Naga High School and Christian College Geelong. Mr Daryl Riddle, Mrs Fay Haywood, Mr Carol Milton-Garner and me met the new Principal and new Head of Department at Naga High School, whilst also catching up with old friends, former Naga teachers and language assistants in the local community. It was short and busy visit, however it was so beneficial in order to re-build our relationship after being disconnected due to the pandemic.
Senior School House Athletics Carnival
The 2023 Senior School House Athletics Carnival will be held at John Landy Athletics Field,
Swanston Street, South Geelong on Tuesday, 14th of February.
This is our first major House Carnival for the year and we require all students to attend and be involved on the day. If your child is unable to attend, please make contact with the Senior School office (a medical certificate may be requested for the absence). Students unable to participate due to injury must notify their Head of House prior to the day of the event. Injured students can be involved as novelty officials, administration assistants or catering assistants.
Christian College 2023 Snowsports Team
Did you know that Jakara Anthony, the 2022 Winter Olympic Gold Medallist in the Women’s Moguls is an ex-CCG student?
Jakara continues to perform exceptionally well having been on the podium 16 out of the last 18 World Cups and is now the most decorated Australian Winter Olympian in history!
The Victorian Interschool Snowsports Championships are held this year in Mt Buller from the 21st – 27th August with the XC Championships being held on the 6th August.
If your child(ren) have not been involved previously and you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please email me at [email protected]
You can also find out more event details at https://www.interschools.com.au/home/
Notice to All Parents Regarding CSEF Funding
The Victorian State Government runs a program called the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF). As the name suggests, the fund is designed to assist families meet costs associated with school camps, sport and excursions and requires families to apply in each year they have a child who is eligible. Families who have an eligible child will receive $125 per year for a primary aged student and $225 per year for a secondary aged student.
If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. Please complete a 2023 Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) Application Form and return to your campus administration office by the end of Term 1 please.
Please read the attached document for further information.