Message From the Head of Campus
We were delighted with the large turnout of families on Tuesday night for our Welcome to Senior School Evening. It was a wonderful opportunity for parents to meet subject teachers, Heads of House and House Mentors as well as be introduced to the campus leadership team, chaplains, careers counsellors and learning support coordinators. The value of connecting so early in the year has enabled positive relationships to form between staff and families and we look forward to continuing these connections as the year progresses. Next Tuesday, for instance, parents are most welcome to join us at Landy Field for the first of our major sporting carnivals, the House Athletics Competition (February 14th). Each of the Houses has been busily organising their start lists for the track and field program as well as the novelty events including tug-of-war and shuttle relay. The day is shaping up to be one filled with lots of colour, competitiveness and community spirit. Our Senior School Sports Coordinator, Mr Andrew Tucker, has shared further details regarding the House Athletics Carnival in an email to parents yesterday.
Updated Mobile Phone Policy
We have been so proud of the way students have adopted our revised mobile phone policy. The willingness of students to support this change is evidence of their recognition that this measure is intended to support them, both in class and out of class.
Staff have already noticed the positive impact this adjustment has had during their lessons and the heightened engagement of students in their learning. Similarly, many staff have commented on the increased interaction between students during recess and lunchtime. We have noticed more students engaged in physical activity and even students from across year levels playing table tennis and down-ball together. Some students have mentioned to staff that they have found it to be a positive change and have appreciated the break from their devices during the school day.
Wellbeing at Christian College
Our philosophical statement reiterates that Christian College is always seeking to develop “an atmosphere of care and concern for each student’s character growth and wellbeing, within a value system and set of priorities derived from the Christian faith”. For many years our Chaplains have led the College in this important area of wellbeing. More recently we have taken additional proactive measures to build and cultivate student wellbeing in addition to enhancing our pastoral care and Chaplaincy support. We are taking meaningful and purposeful steps in this direction, and it is a real privilege to be working with and for you in the development of these areas as the Director of Wellbeing.
Future Creatives Exhibition Geelong Gallery
Congratulations to two of our young talented artists Eloise Wingrave and Emily Georgiadis both graduated in 2022.
Emily and Eloise have had their final artworks selected to be exhibited in the Geelong Gallery as part of the Future Creatives exhibition. Emily and Eloise studied Studio Arts last year and were two of only eight VCE students selected for this exhibition.
In this inaugural exhibition, Geelong Gallery celebrates the achievements and creative practice of young emerging artists living in Geelong and the surrounding region who completed their Victorian Certificate of Education in 2022.
Future Creatives showcases young peoples’ creative talents in art and design and provides a valuable opportunity to support the professional development of career pathways and future tertiary studies in art and design.
2023 Future Creatives - Saturday 4 February to Monday 13 March 2023 (Free entry)
JLTAV State-wide Japanese Calligraphy Contest
In November last year, the Japanese language students at Middle School had an opportunity to experience a unique cultural art form, Japanese calligraphy.
Thanks to the Middle School Japanese teachers, Brewster sensei and Valent sensei for organising this wonderful opportunity.
After having learnt how to move Japanese brushes for each stroke, the students practised to perfectly draw the word ‘着物 (KIMONO) in Kanji.
The following students won prizes for their outstanding calligraphy work. Year 9-10 Category
Bella Lynch First Prize
Ella Barnett Second Prize
Certificate of Participation
Jaidyn Anderson, Mia Bayley, Penelope Christie, Matthew Hegyesi Niko Nakayama, Grace Perrin, Mia Reidy and Ella Robinson
We congratulate them on their great effort and achievements.
Year 10 Flash Fiction
Continuing our unit relating to the text “The simple gift”, students dabbled in Flash Fiction this week and wrote 100-word stories. Yes, 100 words exactly! It’s harder to do than it sounds, and a great deal of time was spent editing. Here are just a few.
She met pain three years ago. She was a little girl who didn’t know that hatred of the world. Pain felt bad at first. He didn’t want to take her. He didn’t want to show her, but he had to. He knew that. He tried to stay away, but the more he left, the more she called to him.
So, on that Sunday, three years ago, Pain finally gave in. He took her by the hand, and said, ‘You are no longer a kid.’ Now pain is all she knows. All the light left her world those three years ago.
Please find attached the first Career Newsletter for 2023. Topics this week include:
YEAR 12 STUDENTS
- University scholarships for high achievers
- Early entry programs
- Australian Defence Force – Gap Year Program
- Gap year programs
- Important information for students applying for medicine, dentistry, and/or oral health
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.
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
It’s easy to rush through a cup of tea or coffee and forget to stop and appreciate the moment.
Take time out now to simply appreciate being able to breathe in fresh air. Take a long slow breath and feel it rejuvenate every cell.
Make that your intention and watch your body smile from the inside 👍❤️
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