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From the Head of Senior School

At the close of Week 5, today we were delighted to be able to finally and formally invest our 2022 College and House Prefects. It was a beautiful service, attended by our entire Year 12 cohort and parents of the prefects, held in the R.W. Gibson Music Centre. Principal Glen McKeeman’s message to all present, not just the newly invested leaders, challenged us to lead with hope, in a world that certainly can use a lot of hope right now. College captains, Sophie Potter and Nathan Tarrant, spoke of their excitement at being able to lead and support their peers this year. And Year 12 students Bethany Dean, Maya Fuller and Atharv Joshi thrilled those present with an incredible rendition of Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion. This piece was one of Bethany, Maya and Atharv’s repertoire for their Unit 3-4 Music Performance assessment last year and they have subsequently been invited to perform this at the Melbourne Recital Centre later this month.

Important Dates for Senior School

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

Friday 8 April -Last day of Term 1 (2.30 pm dismissal)

The Senior School Hub

This year we have introduced a new learning and resource tool for our Senior School community – The Senior School Hub. This page can be accessed via the student portal on SEQTA and provides students with a wealth of knowledge on how to navigate their VCE and other elements to support students within the Senior School context. Sections include study tips, assessment calendar, VCE protocols, information on VCAL, VET (vocational training), school-based apprenticeships (SBATs), wellbeing support and much, much more. A link will be available for parents on SEQTA Engage shortly as I know there will be many parents keen to make use of the Senior School Hub resources.

One of the main tools for students to use is the assessment calendar that lists all scheduled School Assessed Course Work (SACs*) or School Assessed Task (SATs*) for Semester One. Whilst every attempt is made to keep this calendar up to date and accurate, it is a guide only to support students in their planning and preparations for assessments.  Students should refer to individual subject teachers’ instructions regarding assessment dates, times, and locations.

As we head into a busy assessment period, families should be aware of the protocols surrounding SACs and SATs. Importantly, in unforeseen circumstances where a student may miss a scheduled assessment, students are required to provide a medical certificate or statutory declaration declaring a valid reason for the absence. School-based events such as camps and sporting/musical representation do not require this. A medical certificate is also not required for COVID isolation.

If families are planning a holiday during term (not recommended), please be aware that notification as early as possible is required, with a minimum of four weeks’ notice.

The Senior School Hub site is still ‘under construction’ and we are looking forward to bringing more resources to our students as this year unfolds, so don’t forget to check back in regularly.

Students have been highly encouraged to ‘pin’ this resource to their mobile phones to aid in organisation.

*SACs and SATs at Unit 3&4 will incur a numerical grade that will contribute to a student’s study score in that subject.  Please note that the mark awarded and displayed by Christian College Geelong for any SAC or SAT is a raw score only, and is not the finalised score for the assessment. This mark remains subject to statistical moderation and review by Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

  • Podcast in Production: Meet Host and Year 10 Student Nicholas Wilde

    Hi, my name is Nicholas Wilde, and I am the Creator, Producer, Editor, and Host of Chasing Dreams. Chasing Dreams will be a Christian College Geelong based podcast, where I will interview past and present members of CCG who have had success or an impactful and interesting story.As your host I will be sitting down with these people and chatting to them about rising to the top, falling to the bottom, and everything in between.

    As my first guest on my pilot Podcast, I will be chatting with the Cats’ AFLW star and Year 9 Coordinator at Middle School, Renee Garing. Renee has such an incredible story. Starting with her being an ex-CCG student, to an inspirational CCG teacher and finally to the big league, playing for the Geelong Cats Football Club.

    Once completed, details of how to access to podcast will be provided in The Vine and on our social media platforms, so our Christian College Community can be inspired.

    Should you have any questions that you would like put forward to Renee Garing, please email these through. I would be more than happy to include these. The contact for this will be Senior School Media Teacher: Mrs Natalie Knite n.knite@ccg.vic.edu.au

  • Congratulations Lucinda Lindros Year 12

    Lucinda is one of our VCAL students who started a School Based Apprenticeship in Year 11 and is continuing with this as part of her Year 12 studies. She was determined to do an apprenticeship, relentless in her pursuit of an employer, and she is to be commended her on her drive and initiative to make this happen. Lucinda attends The Gordon TAFE on Wednesday afternoons for the training component of her Certificate III in Hairdressing. She is employed at Elements Hair Studio & Cosmetic in Belmont where she does her workplace training officially on Fridays, but also works three shifts a week. Lucinda will be well on her way to completing her apprenticeship once she completes her Year 12 studies. This has the added benefits of when she leaves school she is already in paid employment and has partially completed her hairdressing qualification. Lucinda is to be congratulated on receiving the Shining Stars Award which is a high commendation from The Gordon.

  • Year 10 Running a Small Business – Boardroom Meetings

    This week our business groups attended their first boardroom meeting for the semester. Each team presented their idea to the room for questions, advice and encouragement as they continue to develop their business plan. Collaborating as a broader group helped each team to think about the logistics of running their business, with a number of teams deciding that doing a trial run or practising some recipes before the big day might be helpful! Businesses will operate in Term 2.

    CCG Surfing Championships

    The CCG Surfing Championships were contested earlier this week where the prestigious ‘Scott Elliss Trophy’ was up for grabs for students from the Bellarine, Middle School Highton and Senior School Campuses.

    The choppy two-foot conditions did not deter what was our biggest field of competitors ever (34 participants) from Year 6 to Year 12 from making the most of what Jan Juc had to offer.

    Excellent surfing took place, with some exciting new talent joining CCG in the last 12 months.

    This included our biggest female contingent ever, which is exciting for the future of surfing at CCG, especially as we prepare for the GISSA surfing comp on the 30th of March where we will hopefully enter two teams.

    The Under 16 Boys surfed well all day, with many of the heats closely contested.

    Final Results:

    1st – Jack Lindsay

    2nd – Tanner Maddock

    3rd – Eddy Martin

    4th – Ryan Tolley

    5th – Sam Callahan

    We welcomed several new faces to the female line up this year, which allowed for two semi finals to take place before the final later in the day.

    At the end of the day, the experience of Imogen Castle shone through, riding a couple of nice waves to win narrowly over Ava Abetz in the Final.

    Final Results:

    1st – Imogen Castle

    2nd – Ava Abetz

    3rd – Heidi Abetz

    4th – Ellie Morgan

    The Open Boys was the biggest Division of the day, with 19 entrants competing for a coveted spot on the Scott Elliss Shield.

    The Open Boys made the average surf look quite good, with both Remi Currell and Taz Higgins ripping into some powerful turns in each of their heats.

    The smooth style and drawn-out turns of Reuben Keeble were also rewarded with a spot in the Final.

    Harvey Graham surfed consistently all day and applied pressure to the other surfers in his Heats.

    Final Results:

    1st – Taz Higgins

    2nd – Remi Currell

    3rd – Harvey Graham

    4th – Reuben Keeble

    5th Jonti Wylie

    6th Beau Waters

    I would like to thank all the students who surfed in the competition and enjoyed a day out. You all participated with great spirit and respect towards each other.

    I would also like to thank the staff who ensured the event ran smoothly and kept the students safe throughout the day.

    We look forward to more surfing events in the future.

    Steve Sullivan,

    Classroom Teacher

    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 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.

    Careers Newsletter:
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    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.

    A MYTERN Thought for This 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 😊