From the Dean of Christian Culture

Engagement…With Questions

Who loves playing the game called “Who Am I”?

Let’s play a quick round.

Who Am I?

I was born in the city of Barry in Wales, UK, on 29th September 1961. I migrated to Australia with my family in 1966, settling in Adelaide. I was educated at Unley High School before moving to Melbourne in 1982 to study at The University of Melbourne. I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law. I joined law firm Slater and Gordon in 1987 to work in the area of Industrial Law. I was elected to the House of Representatives in the seat of Lalor in Victoria in The Federal Election of 1998. I held various Shadow Cabinet portfolios between 2001 and 2006 before becoming The Deputy Prime Minister after the 2007 Federal Election. I stepped into my new role on 24th June 2010 becoming the first woman in the history of our nation to hold the office of Prime Minister. I was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia. I am…..The Honourable Julia Gillard MP.

Shall we play one more round?

Who Am I?

Born on 6th August 1951, I am an Australian television personality and musician, and I am a triple Gold Logie award-winner.

In more recent years I was honoured with the awarding of a Medal of the Order of Australia, and with the release of a series of postage stamps featuring my portrait, but it all began in 1971 when I was asked to present an afternoon children’s program called Cartoon Corner. Over the past six decades I have hosted and produced television programs such as New Faces, Blankety Blanks, Family Feud, and Dancing with the Stars – but my rise to national fame originally came because of my long-running role as host of Hey Hey Its Saturday. I am ….. Daryl Somers.

Why did we do that? Why did I choose to ask you to play this game?

I think this little exercise demonstrates a clear fact for us; that most people love asking and answering questions. We have a deep love and hunger for knowledge, information and learning.

The desire to ask questions and find answers is something we seem to be born to do. Anyone who has children will remember little babies reaching out to touch and taste everything around them – and then we watch as toddlers learning to talk begin to form seemingly never-ending questions, often as short as the well-known “But Why?”

Questions and answers are fantastic! We should never stop asking questions and finding answers because it is how we learn and grow – the thirst for knowledge is the foundation not only of academic learning but also of new discoveries, initiatives and creativity.

So many questions like, “How do you make that paper aeroplane fly just that bit further?”“Why is the moon that shape and colour?” … (and any other one of a million or more questions you might think of)…help us to challenge the current status quo and push further out into the territory of the unknown.

This search for knowledge is Biblical. In Matthew 7 we read the account of Jesus teaching His Disciples and the crowd with a message which has since become known as “The Sermon on the Mount”, in which He addressed a wide range of topics including Love, Money, Generosity, Family, Prayer, Judgement and Worry. In the middle of this message, in Matthew 7: 7 Jesus says this:

Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks the door will be opened.”

Ask, seek and knock – Jesus was encouraging and teaching people to search for answers and to look for truth and understanding.

With the right motivation and a genuine heart, we can discover the answers to so many as yet unanswered questions. Our aim is not to derive personal benefit from the information gained, but rather to utilise the learning to assist us as we give back to the community. In this situation our language will not be “I want” but “I wonder”; not “I must have” but “I am interested in”; not “give it to me now” but “teach me please”; and not “tell me now” but “can I ask please?”

Life is a wonderful journey, and we are designed to ask questions in order to discover answers – questions about all things; matters scientific and matters faith-based, matters physical, emotional and spiritual. There is still so much truth for us all to learn, and we should be encouraged to continue asking questions of each other, of our learned leaders and teachers, and, most importantly of God Himself.

Perhaps 2022 can provide the opportunity for you to become engaged or re-engaged with the joy and delight of asking questions. As a community at the beginning of a new year we have focused our thinking on engagement; the notion of opening up possibilities created through connecting, preparing, committing, and building relationships. Our journey so far has taught us that engagement increases opportunity, engagement releases strategy, and engagement delivers fruitfulness, so our focus now, both individually and corporately, is fixed on discovering areas in which we could engage or re-engage.

Maybe for some of us that focus of engagement could be placed on the concept of asking questions – with a view to learning and growing; and ultimately being able to make a positive contribution to the lives of others.

Bless you all.



From the Head of Senior School

It has been pleasing, this week, to observe a positive response from the majority of students with regard to the wearing of their uniform following last Friday’s communication to families. I am grateful to parents who actively followed up on the email by having a conversation with their son or daughter about the College’s expectations. We will continue to educate students as to the appropriate manner in which to wear the uniform and may need to contact parents where individual students are repeatedly failing to adhere to the requirements.

The latest state government announcement regarding COVID-19 means that masks will no longer be required to be worn in secondary schools from next week. However, they are still mandatory on public transport and our College buses. I therefore kindly ask for your support in ensuring that students on our bus network or public buses understand the need to leave home carrying a mask and to wear it, covering both nose and mouth, for the duration of the bus journey. We are still experiencing a small number of cases where students are isolating at home or have tested positive for COVID and it is therefore paramount that we continue to follow the necessary precautions for the health and safety of our community. Twice weekly Rapid Antigen Testing is still strongly encouraged for the remainder of Term 1 and students will be provided with a new supply next week to continue this process on Monday and Thursday mornings. Also, students should not come to school if they are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19 including fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and/or loss or change in smell or taste.

Following some parent inquiries regarding student lockers and the carrying of bags between classes, I wanted to provide clarity for all families as to what measures are in place to support student movement around the campus. Firstly, we have carefully designed a timetable such that there are only three times in the week when students move from one class to the next. The other twelve “blocks” are double periods such that students remain in the same subject and don’t need to move classrooms. Students also have five minutes allocated in the timetable after each of House Group, recess and lunch to get their books and make their way to classes. Each House area of the school has a supply of lockers for students to use either on a permanent basis or for temporary use (called a “hot locker”) on days when they have an excessive amount of books in their bag. On all but one day of the week, Tuesday, students will only have three or four subjects and should therefore only bring to school the resources required for those subjects on that day. If your child has concerns regarding their storage or carriage of learning resources or timely movement around the campus, please encourage them to speak to their Head of House for assistance.


Important Dates for Senior School

Monday 28 February – Year 11 Presentation Ball online information session

Friday 4 March – Prefect Investiture Service

Tuesday 8 March – International Women’s Day (more information to be communicated)

Monday 14 March – Labour Day Holiday

Tuesday 15 March – Student Learning Conferences online – student-free day (10.30 am – 7.00 pm)

Thursday 17 March – Senior School House Swimming Carnival

The Year Has Begun With Such Great Enthusiasm at Villa Paloma!

Year 10, 11 and 12 Studio Arts students have made a very enthusiastic start to their Visual Art studies.

Year 10 are working on a unit titled “Serendipity Landscapes”. In this unit students are using the Australian landscape as their subject matter to create an image of the landscape from a different view. Using coloured inks and watercolour paints, the students have been exploring the potential of this fluid translucent medium to create a non-traditional view of the land. As the title suggests, “Serendipity “ the students are discovering how unplanned activity (exploring, playing with watercolour) can become a fortunate discovery.

The students have been viewing the artworks of artists John Wolseley and Jenny Watson as sources of inspiration.

Year 11 students have been completely absorbed working in their Visual Diaries. The students are exploring artists’ work, brainstorming their concepts and exploring a variety of materials and techniques. As you can see from the images below the work is amazing!!!

The Year 12 students are currently making the final edits to their Exploration Proposal and Workplans. In this task the students outline and discuss their chosen concept, aesthetic qualities and materials and techniques that they plan to explore for the semester. One facet of this written document is the detailed discussion of Conceptual Possibilities. The students have chosen some very interesting concepts this year including “ How is Human Identity Formed?” “ What Is Beauty?” “ The Colonisation Of Australia and its Impact On First Nation’s People” “The Role Of The Media in Causing the Distortion Of Mental Perspective”

As you can imagine, I am very excited to see what the students produce when interpreting these topics in their artworks. I anticipate a great year ahead. How blessed I am to teach these amazing young people!

Careers Spot

ADF Gap Year Information Session

Spend an exciting 12 months in the Navy, Army or Air Force, where you’ll get paid for meaningful work while travelling Australia, gaining skills for life and making lifelong friends. 

Join us for a virtual information session to speak with current serving personnel about the Australian Defence Force Gap Year.

How does it work?

Step 1 – Register to attend by clicking the booking link ‘Register’ HERE. We will send a confirmation to the email address supplied.

Please note: Spaces are limited, so register ASAP! 

Step 2 – Check your emails before the information session; we will send instruction on how to access your virtual information session.

Please note: This information session will be delivered via the Google Meet virtual platform. If you’re participating using a smart phone or tablet be prepared to download the Google Meet app. If you’re using a laptop or desktop computer simply follow the link (Google Chrome will be required). 

Step 3 – Join our virtual information session using the code or link provided.

Events Calendar and Careers Newsletter

You will find attached the Events calendar for next week and also the Careers Newsletter.  We hope that you find these events and information 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 for the Careers Newsletter this week:

Year 12 students

  • University of Melbourne – Hansen Scholarship
  • Early entry programs – Charles Sturt University and University of New England
  • Australian Defence Force – Gap Year
  • UCAT ANZ – medicine and dentistry
  • Gap year programs

All students

  • Australian Defence Force – events, cadets and how to start the application process
  • Health and medical science course guides
  • Overseas student exchange programs
  • Online career and job search program
  • Hair and beauty courses
  • 2021 Open Day webinars
  • Career events – Charles Sturt University, Monash University, UCAT ANZ, Nursing and Health Expo
  • Careers with STEM – space careers and fun STEM quizzes
  • News from Monash University
  • Careers in insurance
  • Maths careers
  • Career websites for health and engineering
  • Flight attendant courses
Careers Newsletter:
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Have you Visited our Online Safety Hub for Parents?

Looking for support to navigate the digital world with your young person at home? Christian College parents are encouraged to visit and explore our new Online Safety Hub especially for parents. This comes as one facet of our new Cyber Safe Schools Program, which we are implementing this year in partnership with Linewize and Family Zone to better support our community and students.

Parents and carers, if you have not yet visited this wonderful new resource, you can access it from the tile in SEQTA Engage or via the link below.

Christian College Parent Online Safety Hub

I expect you’ll find the time taken to do so well worthwhile.



Foundation Chair’s Lunch

Join the Chair of the Foundation Board for lunch as we celebrate the significance of Easter and learn more about the work of the Foundation.

All funds raised from this event will be allocated to our Scholarship Fund supporting current students who need financial assistance.

Book online today at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/chairslunch

For all enquiries, please contact Jennifer Freind via j.freind@ccg.vic.edu.au.

Enjoy a Musical Afternoon With the GSO!

We are excited to announce that the Geelong Symphony Orchestra is now ‘at home’ rehearsing in the new RW Gibson Centre for Music Performance at the Senior Campus.

Each year this fine orchestra presents superb and varied programs of beautiful music in Costa Hall. The first Costa Hall concert is at 3pm on Saturday March 5th and it provides a great opportunity for families to experience the exhilaration of a full symphony orchestra on a concert hall stage. Many of our College Music Faculty and CCG graduates perform in the orchestra.

Titled ‘Vienna – City of Dreams’, this superb live concert features violin soloist Emily Su and highlights music from the golden era of Vienna – favourite songs, waltzes and orchestral showpieces from Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehar, Brahms and Puccini, including the well-known melodies of Blue Danube Waltz, Overture to Die Fledermaus and Hungarian Dance no 5.

In recognition of the College’s Community Partnership with GSO, CCG families and staff are able to purchase concert tickets at a reduced price using the code CCGCOMMUNITY. Ticket prices for CCG Community are:-

  • Adults $40 (reduced from $55)
  • Students under 20 years $20
  • Children 12 Years and Under are free.

Tickets can be purchased on the Geelong Arts Centre website.

Fiona Gardner

Director of Teaching and Learning – Music

Update to Christian College’s Online Uniform Shop

Over the coming weeks, we are updating our Online Uniform Shop to include our new wardrobe items. We expect this to be complete by the first term holidays.

There will also be some other updates made to rectify some of the teething issues we have experienced with locating items in the online shop directories since launching our new website in Term 4 last year.

Please check coming issues of The Vine and our social media platforms for notification about when the update is completed. You can access the online uniform shop here.



A MYTERN Thought for the Week

Sometimes we spend so much time on busy roads that we start to feel uncomfortable when we drive alone. 

Take a moment today to be still and silent. Look at and listen to the nature around you. Feel that connection.

 Know that you are never really alone 😊

Discover more about MYTERN here.