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Jakara Anthony – Our Golden Girl!

Our College community – together with the rest of the nation – felt incredible elation and pride as 2016 Christian College graduate, Jakara Anthony, captured the world’s attention winning gold in the Womens Moguls event in Beijing last Sunday.

From the moment she set foot inside our Bellarine Campus, Jakara stood out for her commitment and determination to achieve her best.

The world has now seen the trajectory she’s followed to achieve her long-held goal of being the best athlete on the planet in her chosen discipline, but her peers and teachers at Christian College knew a long time ago that she had the motivation, application and temperament to get where she wanted to be.

Jakara knew all about remote learning long before COVID. Despite the challenges, she was able to complete a lot of her schoolwork remotely while training and competing, including during the vital VCE years. She is still able to find that balance between all facets of her life. While achieving at the highest possible level as an athlete, she is also completing a degree at Deakin University.

As a student, she always loved sport – she never missed competing in Christian College House Sporting Carnivals every year she was a student here.

There are many current teachers and ex-students who know Jakara from school days, and beyond, as an outstanding and much-admired human being. For all of us, her Olympic success is a great news story – and one to which many within our community have a personal connection.

Together, we say congratulations Jakara – our College community is immensely proud of not only your achievements, but your fine character and remarkable determination. We wish you every success as you continue a stellar career!

*Thanks to the Australian Olympic Committee for the photo.

From the Dean of Christian Culture

Engagement

As a focussed thought for the consideration of our College-wide team during our recent Staff Commencement Service, held prior to the on-site arrival of students for 2022, we examined the concept of engagement.

We reflected together on the understanding that as a result of the current international health crisis, and the subsequent challenges experienced by us all over the past two years, we as a College, and we as a society, might well be lacking engagement. We considered the proposition that we all may need to be encouraged to develop, or redevelop, a focus on, and an understanding of, engagement.

When we use the word engagement in this manner it paints a picture of relationship, not only the obvious “agreement to marry” depiction of engagement, but a more broad inference pertaining to connection, involvement, commitment, readiness and attachment. Essentially the notion of engagement can be summarised as a “promise to be present”.

During our Staff Commencement Service, we asked ourselves two important questions;

  • With whom could I engage or re-engage in 2022?
  • In what could I engage or re-engage in 2022?

In so doing, we were effectively challenging ourselves to be honest and to decide whether or not, when reflecting on words such as connection, involvement, commitment, readiness, attachment, and relationship, there was perhaps an area of engagement in our lives which may need some focus and attention this year.

We concluded our Staff Commencement Service by investigating the importance of engagement within us all as individuals and as members of a community – and we discovered, through the Biblical stories of Zacchaeus and Nehemiah respectively, that engagement increases opportunity, and engagement releases strategy.

Today, as we continue to ponder the concept of engagement and as we contemplate how we might individually strengthen our “promise to be present” with the people, events, activities and environments around us, it might also be worthwhile to reflect on our personal engagement with God. This connection could indeed be a wonderful starting place for a renewal of our understanding of engagement. Why is that?

Because when we are discussing our relationship with God, we know that engagement delivers fruitfulness.

The idea of fruitfulness from a Biblical perspective is the concept of bearing fruit in our lives; reaping the fruit that grows as a result of God’s love and presence in our lives; and learning to sow good things into the lives of others and into the community around us with what we do and what we say. A list of the Fruits of the Spirit of God is recorded for us in Galatians 5: 13 – 26 and it is easy to see that each of these described fruits are wonderful values which can help create great patterns of life. So, how we can grow these fruits in our lives; the nine fruits of; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?

How do we begin to see the growth of this healthy fruit in our lives? Here is a Scripture which may help us to answer this question.

“Happy are those who do not follow a God-less path……but whose delight is in God……They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper….” Psalm 1: 1-3

And if we read the same Scripture in plain English from the Contemporary English Version of The Bible, it is even more clear;

“They are like trees growing beside a stream; trees that produce
fruit in season and always have leaves. Those people succeed in everything they do.”
Psalm 1: 1-3

We must remember at this point to note that prosperity and success in God’s language doesn’t necessarily mean that everything will always work out the way you wanted it to, but rather that if we remain engaged with Him there will always be fabulous fruit in your life – healthy and growing results from all that we do and say.

This is God’s plan and pattern – people who chose to become and to stay connected to Him, our wonderful and life-giving God, will see great growth and wonderful fruit in their lives, just as trees who stay planted beside a stream of life-giving water will see growth and fruit as a result. With God we flourish.

And the opposite therefore is also true; when we disconnect ourselves from the life-source it becomes more and more difficult to grow and to bear good fruit. We tire quickly and find ourselves unable to be fruitful. But staying planted, remaining connected and engaged to Him, allows us to be replenished and sustained which in turn allows us to be fruitful and to then share our fruit with others.

May we all consider engaging and re-engaging with God, with one another, and with what is genuinely important as we step into this new year of 2022 – let’s be encouraged to love each other, to joyfully support one another, and to treat each other with peace, kindness, patience, gentleness, compassion and respect. May these simple but beautiful fruits be passed on through our smiles, our words and our actions into our College community and into the broader community.

Be engaged and be fruitful.

Bless you all.

Rev. Tim Edwards

Dean of Christian Culture

From the Head of Senior School

Week 2 has ended with things feeling a little more settled in terms of COVID-19 impact. Fewer reported positive cases and fewer students and staff at home isolating as close contacts. Excitingly, our Year 12 Outdoor and Environmental Studies classes got away this week to Falls Creek on a four-night camp, exploring different human relationships to alpine environments. A group of students today attended a “Meet a Scientist” virtual event run by the Royal Women’s Hospital, coinciding with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Given that the sciences have been the most common tertiary pathway for Christian College graduates over the past few years, it is pleasing to see a new crop of young people keen to learn more about science careers for females and the significant contribution scientists make to our world.

Our Houses have been busily making preparations for the first of our major carnivals next Wednesday, House Athletics. Students and teachers alike are eagerly looking forward to spending a day in the outdoors celebrating our House participation, teamwork and best efforts. As communicated last week, we are unable to have parents and visitors attend, but I’m sure there will still be much cheering trackside at Landy Field as students get into the spirit of House competition and support their peers. Students have also this week had an opportunity to register for some upcoming sporting events – our own CCG Surfing Championships on February 28th as well as interschool girls’ cricket on March 1st and mountain-biking for boys and girls on March 11th. It’s not too late to sign-up for these, so if you think your child would enjoy one of these extra-curricular activities, encourage them to get involved.

IMPORTANT VET Information

VET students have now completed the second week of their courses. We have many students attending VET on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. We have started to experience some movement late this week with waitlisted students starting to be offered positions. The first four weeks of VET is typically hectic as travel logistics and acceptance into courses settle.

Parents of VET students please be aware that the cut off dates for withdrawal from a VET Course without incurring the whole year of fees in 2022 are:

The Gordon & Oxygen College the withdrawal date is February 25th.

For all other RTO courses the withdrawal date is Friday 18th February.

Any notifications of intended withdrawal from a course must be sent to both myself k.fearnsides@ccg.vic.edu.au and Cathy brew c.brew@ccg.vic.edu.au in writing prior to these dates so that this can be communicated to the RTO by us. Please direct any VET queries to us via the email addresses above.

Transport to VET via taxi or bus next Wednesday February 16th on the Senior Athletic Sports Day will leave the carpark at the front entrance of Landy Field at 12.50 pm.

Senior Food Studies

Year 10 Food Studies

The Year 10 students have been very busy in the Senior School Food Studies Kitchen, bringing the kitchen straight back into action after the school holidays! The students have been working on explaining and demonstrating how to handle food safely. Students showcased their understanding during the lead up to, and throughout, their mini quiche main cook.

Building on this knowledge, the students have been exploring how to develop project plans using digital technologies to plan and manage projects, individually and collaboratively taking into consideration time, cost, risk and the production processes. Students have embraced the opportunities to learn their role as an individual and as a team within a cooking environment. This week we have paid particular focus of the following team roles, Head Chef, Monitor Evaluator, Completer Finisher and Team Worker.

Unit 3 Food Studies

The Unit 3 Food Studies students enjoyed cooking vegetable frittata, an Italian-style omelette that can be eaten hot or served at room temperature. Students explored the variety of vegetables that could be included in this recipe. The students referred to the Australian Healthy Eating Guide to evaluate the nutritional properties of these meals and the health benefits of the ingredients. Students learnt the term coagulation and how the production of this recipe demonstrates the denaturation of protein in the eggs.

Today, the Unit 3 Food Studies students continued to develop their knowledge and understanding of allergies and food intolerances. Students achieved this by exploring the similarities and differences of allergies and food intolerances by comparing their cooking experiences of the Gingernut Biscuit and gluten, egg and dairy-Free biscuits.

  • Careers Spot

    Career Newsletters

    You will find attached the Career Newsletters. We hope you will enjoy reading this issue which useful information. 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 include:

    • Scholarships for high achieving students (Yr 12)
    • University course search tools
    • Australian Defence Force Gap Year Program (Yr 12)
    • UCAT ANZ – information for students applying for medicine and dentistry (Yr 12)
    • Inspirational STEM and Health Science career videos
    • Start the school year by setting goals
    • ATARs for several health study areas (e.g., nursing, physiotherapy)
    • Upcoming career events
    • How to find casual employment
    • Information about careers with the Victoria Police
    • Information on apprenticeships and traineeships.
    Weekly Careers Newsletter:
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    Canteen is open and has made a great start in 2022

    Many thanks to the new team of volunteers supporting all three campuses to provide Food, Drink & Snacks to our students at recess and lunch.

    All campuses have an online lunch ordering system which can be accessed through the Parent Portal.  We are pleased to be able to provide this year the following additional items:  Meat Pies, Sausage Rolls, Vegan Pies and Pastiziis.

    Food, drink & snacks can be purchased with CASH at recess and lunch. Senior school students only can use EFTPOS.

    Junior campus opens Friday (only).
    Middle campus opens Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
    Senior campus opens Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.

    Fridays are our busiest day so if you or a family member would like to help for a couple of hours once a month please contact Heather Smith h.smith@ccg.vic.edu.au or phone 0425 834 856.

    *As with many businesses the canteen has had some supply issues and will need to substitute some brands for a short time.

    Thank you.

    Bon Appetit!

    Canteen Menu:
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    Vale Mr Robert ‘Bob’ Schultz

    Many of us associated with Christian College were saddened last weekend by the passing of Bob Schultz, a past-parent and generous supporter of our community.

    Bob and his wife Helen initially enrolled 2 of their children at Highton, when we were a single campus College. In the early years of our College, working bees were a regular thing and Bob together with other families from Drysdale, are remembered for their efforts to paint the old ‘Drysdale ‘Hall (named in honour of their work) that was formally part of the Highton campus.

    Bob and Helen moved their two boys, Christopher and Michael, to the Bellarine Campus where they were joined by their sister Emily, who started in Prep as foundation student in 1996.

    Bob was an active supporter of the campus and together with other enthusiastic parents, formed the Parents Association where he served as President for many years.

    Our College is grateful to Bob for his loyal and generous contribution to the life of our College, particularly the Bellarine Campus where the clock that was presented to the campus at the official opening and dedication service by the Parents Association was affectionately named ‘Big Bob’.

    The clock will remain as a reminder of a ‘good man’ for his faithful and generous service to our College.

    Our sincere condolences, love and prayers are extended to Helen, Christopher, Michael, Emily and their families.

    Glen McKeeman

    Principal