From the Head of Campus
We’ve had two wonderful opportunities this week to celebrate our Senior School community. On Tuesday, the House Athletics competition was held under beautiful blue skies at Landy Field. Sports Coordinator, Mr Andrew Tucker, shares a comprehensive report of the day’s success below. I would like to thank Mr Tucker, and all College Sports staff for organising a program that encouraged participation, House spirit and lots of fun. And it was great to see so many parents supporting on the sidelines.
Thursday’s Senior School Prefect Investiture Service was a significant occasion as we formally acknowledged the 2023 appointments of our College and House Prefects. It was also an opportunity to announce our College Captains, Molly Cooper and Seth Wilkinson. Dean of Christian Culture, Mia Kafieris gave a powerful address, reminding the prefects that their appointment is one charged with responsibility to others more than reward to self.
Athletics Carnival – Great Weather, Great Event
What incredible weather we had on Tuesday for a sensational day of Senior School athletics. The 2023 Athletics Carnival was a great event and an opportunity for our College community to come together. We are thankful for the fantastic level of student engagement and participation, and appreciative of all the parents who came to support the event.
It was a tightly contested competition, with last year’s winner, Burrows House, taking out the trophy again this year. Congratulations to Burrows, as well as all Year Level Champions. Details of who was awarded Year Level Champions and Fastest on Campus at the event are set out in the images below.
We look forward to our next major Senior School sporting carnival, House Swimming Sports, on the 16th of March at Kardinia Aquatic Centre.
Representation Matters in Media
The Year 11 Media students have been busy identifying different representations constructed in print productions. The students have been investigating a variety of time periods and societies and identifying how representations are constructed for an audience.
Students have been identifying how to construct a representation for a time period and society of their choice. The task has them designing the layout, using the print code and conventions. They are then asked to set up the final photograph that will be inserted into their final print product. Students selected a variety of media print forms; from Albums and Magazine Covers to Film Posters. They all selected different time periods across various societies, factoring in the social values that were present at the time.
VET Courses are now Underway for 2023
We have many students attending VET courses on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. They have just completed the second week of their classes. This year VET students are studying a variety of courses such as Equine, Dance, Childcare, Agriculture, Animal Studies, Engineering, Building, Automotive, Animal Care, Electrotechnology, Allied Health, Hospitality, Screen and Media, Plumbing, Community Services, Furniture Making, Business, Design Fundamentals, Information Technology and Laboratory Skills. The first three weeks of VET is typically hectic as travel logistics and acceptance into courses are worked through.
Parents of VET students, please be aware that the cut off dates for withdrawal from a VET Course without incurring the full year of fees is February 24. Any notifications of intended withdrawal from a course must be sent in writing to both me: firstname.lastname@example.org and Cathy Brew: email@example.com prior to this, so that we can communicate with the RTO. Please also direct any VET queries to us via these email addresses.
Dear Families of Christian College Senior, Middle and Junior Schools,
At Junior School we love our Lego, and we are reaching out to families to see if they can assist us in any way to build our resource.
Lego is used at Junior School for students to come together and build skills such as turn taking, sharing, listening, teamwork and collaborative problem solving. In the early 2000s, US paediatric neuropsychologist Daniel LeGoff (2004) published research that showed many children were more interested in interacting with each other if they were playing with Lego. Therefore, as Lego promotes social interaction it is also a part of the social groups that we provide for children where they can practise communication and social skills while having fun.
Leading the Learning
During this week our leaders of learning from each of our campuses and learning areas joined together in a Teaching and Learning retreat to collectively work together on what will the future of education look like.
The last few years of education have seen immense changes, both socially and academically, as new and emerging technologies continue to challenge what it means to be educated.
As leaders we deliberated on our purpose as educators, and set goals to enable an inclusive, adaptive and engaging landscape of learning for all of our students.
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Seminars
On March 9 and 16, renowned psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, will conduct two seminars in Geelong at GMHBA Stadium for parents and carers of adolescents at either end of their secondary school journey.
On March 9, he looks at ‘Starting Secondary School’ and on March 16, ‘Surviving Year 12’.
The sessions are presented by Read the Play, a local not-for-profit organisation that delivers programs in partnership with sporting clubs to empower young people to take control of their mental health and wellbeing. Read the Play aims to: increase knowledge and awareness about mental health problems; increase knowledge about local support services; and increase confidence and skills in guiding our youth to relevant support services.
Tickets to each of Dr Carr-Gregg’s sessions are priced at $15 per person (plus booking fee) with 100 per cent of all ticket revenue going to Read the Play.
See the attached PDF for more details on each of the sessions. Tickets can be purchased from: www.readtheplay.org.au
MCG Seminar Series Geelong March 2023
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
Being in control of your steering wheel is a responsibility but it is also liberating.
No longer allowing people and circumstances to take over your steering wheel has a profound impact on every aspect of your life.
Worth working towards 👍❤️
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