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From the Dean of Christian Culture

Many of you who read these articles on a regular basis would be aware that our whole-of-College focus this year is the concept of Engagement. Wherever possible, we have been encouraging our students, staff and families to consider engagement as the notion of new or renewed possibilities being created through connection or reconnection.

With the understanding that engagement can potentially increase opportunity, release strategy, and deliver fruitfulness, it has been suggested that we, as members of the CCG community, shift our individual and collective gaze toward people or areas of life with which we might possibly choose to engage or re-engage in 2022.

This being the final week of Term 1, and the lead-in to the Easter School Holidays, it felt entirely appropriate and timely to offer a thought in relation to the idea of engaging or re-engaging with Easter.

 

Easter

Despite the difficulties of our current global situation, it remains important for us to remember, acknowledge, celebrate and engage with Easter. Why?

Because Easter is the most special, and the most sacred, festival, event and moment on the Christian calendar. And even for those for whom Christianity is not a chosen pathway, Easter cannot be ignored. Several billion of our world’s 7.9 billion inhabitants will be stopping to recognise Easter in one format or another this year; and, more specifically, in excess of 1 billion people around the globe, who identify as Christians and live lives in accordance with Christian belief and teachings, will do more than simply eat an Easter egg – they will actively participate in a personal and community recognition of Easter.

In our society, the celebration of the birth of Christ occurs at Christmas, but it is Easter that is recognised as the most pivotal date for Christianity, because it is the moment, Biblically-speaking, at which there is a definitive acknowledgement of the role played by Christ in the establishment of the possibility of an ongoing and direct relationship with God Himself. It is big. It is important. It is real.

Jesus Christ, His life, death and resurrection, are at the core of Easter.

Every year people will discuss and debate “the Jesus question” which is a tremendously important conversation, and, as they do, it becomes more and more clear how important He, and therefore Easter, is to our society, to our culture, and to our past, present and future. Even the very calendar we live by has been set in accordance with the dates of His life.

 

One Solitary Life

If thinking about the life of Jesus has not previously been a focus, perhaps the following piece of writing might be of interest. It is entitled “One Solitary Life”.

“He was born in an obscure village, a child of peasant parents. He grew up in a different yet equally small and obscure village where He worked in a carpenter’s shop until aged 30.  Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.  He never wrote a book.  He never held an office.  He never had a family.  He never owned a house.  He didn’t go to university.  He didn’t visit a big city.  He never travelled more than 200 miles from His birthplace.  He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness.  He had no credentials.  He was only 33 when the tide of public opinion turned against Him.  His friends ran away.  He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a false trial. He was nailed to a wooden cross between two thieves.  While He was bleeding to death His executioners gambled for His clothing – His only property.  After He died He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Twenty centuries have come and gone and yet today He is still the central figure of the human race – our daily calendar is based upon the date of His birth, many of our global political and judicial systems are based upon His teachings, and more than half of the western world’s schools, universities and hospitals have been established by people operating in His Name. All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that have ever sailed, all the parliaments that have ever sat, all the Kings and Queens that have ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of humanity as much as that one solitary life.”

So here we are, approaching Easter 2022, realising that Easter matters; that Jesus matters. And if we are going to be really honest with ourselves, we would have to say that it is not a nice, or easy, or convenient story. In fact, Easter doesn’t fit easily and smoothly into our nicely packaged lifestyle, but it does challenge us to think about what is really happening in our heads and our hearts.

 

An Easter Response

As you reflect on Easter and what it means to you, there are several ways you could choose to respond, including, but not limited to;

  • Making time to simply sit quietly and think
  • Writing down some of your thoughts
  • Sharing your thinking with others
  • Engaging with a local Easter Church Service
  • Perhaps this written prayer, below, might help you

Lord God,

As we approach Easter this year please provide us with the confidence to know that You are here with us, every day, filling us with Faith, Hope, and Love.  Thank you for Your love, which enfolds us in Your arms. In Your gentleness, please guide us. In Your power, please strengthen us. In Your humility, please direct us away from selfish thinking.

Where there is fruitfulness, bring shared celebration; where there is sadness, bring joy; where there is fatigue, bring refreshment; where there is division, bring unity, and where there is despair, please bring a renewed sense of hope.
Let this Easter be a time when Your light and Your love flood into our lives and provide us with healing, freedom and hope. We want to be people who are full of love, acceptance and forgiveness as we give ourselves to serving You, serving one another, and serving our broader community.

We ask please that You grant us Your peace; the peace that passes all understanding; the peace that needs to be shared.
In the Name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit we pray, Amen.

Bless you.

 

From the Head of Senior School

We have arrived at the end of the first term for the year and what a wonderful term it has been. Incredibly, it’s the first time since 2019 that we’ve enjoyed an entire ten weeks on campus with an uninterrupted timetable. That’s not to say there wasn’t disruption for many of our students and staff who spent time in week-long isolation due to COVID-19, either as positive cases or household close contacts. I wish to acknowledge the efforts of our teaching staff in making sure that student learning was possible despite the challenges of absence to both teachers and students.

The House system is such an integral part of our Senior School community and we’ve seen already this year the successes of two of our major House carnivals – Athletics in Week 3 and Swimming in Week 7. Furthermore, over the past week we’ve enjoyed a round robin volleyball competition at lunchtimes between each of the Houses, culminating in a final between Taylor and Burrows. It was wonderful to see so many students down on our outdoor courts supporting this event. We now look forward to further House initiatives in Term 2 including Cross Country in Week 2, then lunchtime round robin tournaments in netball (Week 3), basketball (Week 4), and soccer (Weeks 7 & 8) as well as the eagerly-awaited House Music Festival in Week 6. There’s so many opportunities for students to get involved and connect in with their peers. All of these events are cross-year-level and mixed-gender which promotes diversity, inclusion and all that is good about our Senior School community.

As we know, incursions, excursions and camps provide opportunities for deeper learning and engagement, so it’s been fantastic to see a variety of experiences provided for our students in Term 1. Outdoor Education camps for Year 10s to Barmah and Year 12s to the Bogong High Plans were highlights, along with the recent VCAL excursion to the Melbourne Grand Prix at Albert Park. Term 2 will see our Year 11 Outdoor Education students spend time in the Grampians, Year 10 Our World First Nations classes visit Central Australia and Legal Studies and Australian History classes explore our National Capital, Canberra. And we can’t wait to showcase Shrek the Musical in our new R.W. Gibson Music Centre in Week 3.

Whilst still in the current climate of COVID-19 restrictions for much of Term 1, opportunities to have parents onsite were limited. However, we were still able to connect online for Student Learning Conferences in Week 7 and offer some VCE information seminars for parents as well. We are aware that, due to COVID-safe protocols, many of our current parents may not have even set foot on Senior Campus beyond the carpark or reception perhaps. We are planning to remedy that with a parent welcome evening early in Term 2, on Tuesday May 17th. This will be a chance for you to get to know some of your child’s teachers in person, meet other parents and have a look around the Senior Campus, including our new Music Centre and soon-to-be-opened English and Languages building, a ten classroom facilities that will also be home to Taylor House! More details will be provided early in Term 2.

We have so much to be grateful for and even more to look forward to. I hope that your child’s Term 1 experience at Senior School, whether it was their first time on our campus or they are in the final year of their secondary journey, has been a positive one. May the holiday break bring rest, refreshment and rejuvenation for them and you. And may you also have a safe and blessed Easter!

All Things Health!

This term in Year 10 Health Issues and Unit 1 Health and Human Development, students have been learning about nutrition and nutrient dense foods. Unit 1 students selected a ‘super food’ and created a recipe. Year 10 students researched functions and food sources of nutrients and provided a recipe that provided selected nutrients. These recipes were made and shared with the class. Recipes included kale chips, sweet potato fries, acia bowls, lettuce cups with chicken marinated in coriander, lime, garlic, bean shoots and brown rice, chicken and charred tomato tacos, as well as berry and orange muffins. Needless to say, the Health students have had full bellies and had fun collaborating and cooking together in the kitchen. Year 10s analysed their typical daily diet and constructed a healthy eating plan while unit 1 students analysed nutrients required by young people and the consequences of short-term and long-term imbalances.

Earlier in the term, Unit 1 students visited Narana, which complimented the content that they were learning in class regarding Indigenous Health and Wellbeing. They threw boomerangs, walked through the garden and were shown different plants used for traditional medicines, ate traditional foods such as kangaroo and participated in a mock wedding ceremonial dance. They discussed the importance of both connection to country and community for spiritual health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Year 12 Japanese – Food Cultural Experience

    To celebrate the completion of Term1 Unit 3 Japanese studies, students enjoyed Japanese authentic sweets and green tea. MOCHI (glutinous rice) Ice-cream, OSENBEI (Rice cracker) and OCHA (Green tea) were served as “taste of Japan” cultural experience and students leant about Japanese table manners.

    Students’ comments:

    “ I’ve never expected Mochi to have a texture like this. It was softer and sweeter than I expected.”

    “ Loved having Green tea for the first time, I was surprised to know a lot of Vitamin C went into OCHA”

    “It was nice to finish my Japanese class for the term with the authentic Japanese treats, ARIGATOU GOZAIMASU (Thanks)”

  • Year 10 General English

    This term, the English faculty have been delighted to celebrate the dynamic learning taking place in our Year 10 General English program. As previous publications this term have outlined, Year 10 General English students have studied a writing unit called ‘Crafting Texts.’ In this unit, students have studied a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts that have all, in some way, centered on the notion of ‘the power of kindness.’ In doing so, students have gained confidence and skill in their writing abilities, and, also, have had the opportunity to explore meaningful ideas and real-world issues. It has been wonderful to see how engagement with big concepts and important issues has yielded some excellent discussion and writing in classroom learning and assessments. One such example is Kashi Rubio’s touching poem, ‘Home.’ The poem is inspired by a documentary study of a 2021 episode of Australian Story called ‘No Place Like Home.’ This episode depicts the struggles of the Sri Lankan ‘Biloela family’ and their desperate quest to stay in Australia. We hope you enjoy reading Kashi’s poignant poem.

    ‘Home’

    Home, so far yet so close.

    We put our faith in the God above.

    Stuck on a motionless boat,

    Our wounds seeping with blood.

     

    Home, demolished and crushed

    Our families, separated and broken.

    This boat full of people have tragic memories,

    But none of them are spoken.

     

    Home, a distant nostalgia,

    As we sail in hope for another.

    All the souls on this retched boat,

    One just as scared as the other.

     

    Home, long gone by now,

    As we sleep under the crying clouds.

    A clunk is heard,

    A prayer is said,

    As the boat starts to sink with the crowd.

     

    Home, my last thought

    The only thought on my mind.

    The thought of my daughter,

    As my lungs fill with water,

    And I sink into the depths behind.

  • Drama News

    Year 10 Musical Theatre elective students have spent the last few weeks working on their major assessment for the term; an analysis and performance of a musical theatre song from a musical of their choice. The students have participated in workshops exploring character development and the motivation and ‘given circumstances’ of their scene. This has allowed the students to develop well-rehearsed and credibly delivered performances from musicals such as Wicked, Dear Evan Hansen, Beauty and the Beast and Les Miserables.

    Year 11 Drama students have spent term one exploring a range of eclectic performance styles, such as Poor theatre and Theatre of the Absurd and the conventions associated with these forms of theatre. They are now applying their understanding of these varied theatre styles in the devising of an original ensemble performance to be presented next term. After the holidays they will attend a performance of ‘Slap Bang Kiss’ by the Melbourne Theatre Company and apply their knowledge of theatre forms and conventions in a written analysis of this play.

  • 2022 House Volleyball

    The inaugural Christian College House Volleyball Championship took place last week, across 4 lunchtimes. It was so great to see each year level represented in the house teams, with a mix of boys and girls. The competition consisted of boys teams, girls teams and a mixed combination.

    The level of skills certainly progressed as the tournament went on. After the final round, Taylor had 3 wins to its name and finished on top, after competing against Flynn house in the grand final.

    The grand final did not disappoint. Taylor took an early lead, however the Flynn girls fought back during the game. Taylor house eventually came out on top and took out the trophy. We congratulate Taylor on the win.

    Final standings:

    Taylor 1st
    Flynn2nd
    Burrows 3rd
    Penman 4th

     

    Coming up in term 2:

    • House Netball and Basketball
    • Cross Country

    Careers Spot

    Careers Newsletter

    You will find attached the Careers Newsletter for your information.  We hope that you find it helpful. Don’t forget to look in the parent portal in SEQTA Engage for our CAREERS section. There is a lot of important information sitting there for students and parents.

    Topics this week:

    Year 12 students

    • Australian Defence Force Gap Year – applications now open
    • Australia National University – Tuckwell Scholarship applications closing this weekend
    • Medicine & Dentistry – UCAT applications now open
    • La Trobe University – Aspire Early Admission Program. Applications open soon! Watch an information webinar about the program

    All students

    • Filmmaking competitions
    • Year 11 and 12 students – tutoring
    • ASD Cyber Security and Robotics Work Experience
    • Career events running during the term break
    • University campus tours running during the term break
    • Other upcoming career events
    Careers Newsletter 6 April 2022:
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    Cyber Safe Schools – Parent Update

    Parents will be aware from recent Vine articles throughout this term that we are excited about our new Cyber Safe Schools Program that the College is introducing in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone this year.

    Over this term we have been putting in place some new tools at school that will help support and protect students in the digital space while at school and enable teachers and pastoral staff to be empowered to support our students’ wellbeing more effectively going forward. This process has now been completed.

    The final step is the installation of Family Zone’s Connect app on College laptops for students in Years 4-12, which we are now ready to begin.

    This will pave the way for us to be prepared early next term to share more about this exciting new program, including some parent tools. These tools have the potential to empower parents to guide and support their child’s wellbeing, safety, and development of positive behaviours relating to technology in the home.

    The introduction of the Connect app on College devices, alongside our existing malware protection app Forticlient, means students are able to be well protected when using their College device.

    For parent reference, more information is provided below on both apps installed on all College laptops that are part of our Student 1:1 Device Program to help protect students.

    The Connect App by Family Zone
    The Connect app will help ensure that students remain protected and engaged in learning during school hours, even if they disconnect from our safe College Wi-Fi network. This app will be inactive and dormant for school purposes outside of school hours.
    This app is an important component of the technology behind our new Cyber Safe Schools Program in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone.

    The Connect app is also central to the tools we’ll soon be making available to all parents to support them with managing the College laptop and other devices in the home if they wish.

    We’ll soon begin installing the Connect app onto student laptops via a remote process, which should be completed by start of Week 3 in Term 2.

    Forticlient Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)

    This software helps to protect students and their laptop from malicious software and sites both at school and at home. The Forticlient software is already installed on all student laptops.
    Forticlient EDR is an extra layer of protection for student laptops from malware, viruses, and other risky content, on top of Microsoft’s own built-in Windows Security features.

    We take our duty of care seriously for ensuring the wellbeing and protection of students and for helping them to build positive digital behaviours while at school. We also want to work with parents and support them with their important role in this at home.

    It is for this reason that the two apps above are required to be present on all students’ College laptops going forward. It is part of our Digital Learning and Device Policy Agreement that this software remains on all student laptops and is not tampered with or removed.

    We look forward excitedly to soon sharing more details of our Cyber Safe Schools Program early in Term 2. In the meantime, please take some time these holidays to explore our parents’ Online Safety Hub

     

     

    Uniform Shop Holiday Hours

    The last trading day for Term 1 is Friday 8th April 4, 2022. The Uniform Shop will then be closed from Monday 11th April 4, 2022 – Monday 18th April 4, 2022.( Easter Monday)

    The shop re-opens on Tuesday April 19 with hours as follows for the second week of holidays.

    Tuesday 19th April , 2022        9.00am-5.00pm

    Wednesday 20th April 2022      9.00am -5.00pm

    Thursday 21st April , 2022       9.00am -5.00pm

    Friday 22nd April , 2022            9.00am -5.00pm

     

    CLOSED Monday 25th April 4, 2022 ( Anzac Day)

     

    Tuesday 26th April , 2022        9.00am- 5.00pm

    Wednesday 27thApril, 2022   9.00am- 5.00pm

    Thursday 28th April, 2022       9.00am-5.00pm

    Friday 29th April, 2022             9.00am-5.00pm

     

    Normal trading hours resume Monday 2nd May 2022.

    Canteen Arrangements for Term 2

    The canteen will re-open during the first week of Term 2 (starting Wed. April 27). Thank you to all volunteers who support the canteen and help to provide this service to our students and staff.

     

    We’re Open in May!

    Each of the Christian College campuses will open their doors during May for prospective parents and others to visit, tour and ask questions – with no booking needed. We encourage all members of our College community to help spread the word about our open days, and our invitation to book a tour anytime to any friends, neighbours, colleagues – anyone you know who may be looking at Early Learning and/or schooling options for their children.

    This year, each of our campuses will open its doors on the following dates at the times indicated.

    Junior School-Belmont: May 3 – 9:30am to 11am

    Middle School-Highton: May 3 – 11am – 12pm

    Surf Coast Campus: May 5 – 9:30am – 11:30am

    Bellarine Campus: May 10 – 9:30am – 12:00pm

    Senior School-Waurn Ponds: May 3, 5, 10 12:00pm – 1:00pm

    We also invite anyone who is interested in visiting any of our campuses, but can’t make the above days/times to book a tour online at a time that suits, meet with campus leaders and have their questions answered. Every day is Open Day!

     

                             

    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 2022 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 letter for further information

    CSEF Parent Information:
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    CSEF Application Form:
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    A MYTERN Thought for This Week

    We all know that only one person can drive at a time, yet many of us believe that there are people and circumstances steering our emotions in the opposite direction of where we want to go.

 Grab your steering wheel now and know that only one person directs you down those emotional roads….and that is you.

 What an awesome power that is 👍😊

    Discover more about MYTERN here