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From the Dean of Christian Culture

Engagement with…Community

Our College Leadership Team, from the very beginning of this year, has been encouraging our students, staff and families to focus, if possible, on the theme of engagement; the notion of new or renewed possibilities being created through the building of connection.

Early on during this process we noted that engagement increases opportunity, engagement releases strategy, and engagement delivers fruitfulness; and then we shifted our gaze to begin discovering areas in which we might possibly choose to engage or re-engage in 2022.

Recently, we raised the thought that perhaps this year could provide the opportunity for us to become engaged or re-engaged with the joy and delight of asking questions – with a view to learning and growing; and ultimately therefore being able to make a positive contribution to the lives of others.

This week we have another suggestion to consider; a further option for us to potentially view as an area of life in which we may like to engage or re-engage.

Community

One of the most wonderful moments in the life and growth of a school is when you can see, feel, and notice the clear presence of a strong sense of community. Our desire here at Christian College is to continue growing a healthy understanding and experience of community internally, but also to take this a step further, beyond the gates of the school, by developing wonderful young people who are thoughtful global citizens, helping to build our broader society; young women and men who will step out into the world and make a positive difference by leading, serving, collaborating, initiating, innovating, and creating.

How does this happen? How do people learn to do this? In community.

This learning begins at home, and it is supported at school – home and school being two of the most basic and yet strongest forms of community existing within our society. Other examples of current environments in which community learning occurs could include, but would not be limited to; churches, sporting clubs, arts organisations, music clubs, youth groups, and community hubs.

Human beings are designed to live and work in groups, not alone. We are built for relationships – it is how we learn, how we grow and how we create the next generation. We need one another. We can do so much more together than we can do on our own. Community is so important because we function so much more effectively when we are able to work together. It is not always easy to work in community, but it is always the best way.

We will continue as a College to search for ways which may help us all learn about and demonstrate community. Through the classroom, our sporting clubs, our camps, excursions and trips interstate and overseas, our Year 9 Transformation Program, the Our World experiences, and specifically invited guest speakers, (including the Rev. Tim Costello AO who will be speaking with our staff and students on site in two weeks’ time), we aim to teach and encourage a better understanding of why community is so vitally important.

There is a great scripture in Deuteronomy 32:30 which says, “…one can put a thousand to flight and two can put ten thousand to flight…” simply meaning that the combined efforts and abilities of two or more people is exponentially more productive than one person acting alone.

An extrapolated definition of the term community would include the areas of building relationships, developing social understanding, supporting wellbeing, working toward a desired future, and acknowledging shared culture and history – a clear picture of what is sitting within the terminology. The word ‘community’ is important.

In fact, if we look at the word community we can see that there are two very strong hints contained within as to the foundations of the concept of community – those being “communication” and “unity.”

Unity

The notion here is not that we should all be the same – on the contrary, community in all its forms is stronger and more effective when we are different – because each individual lends their particular gifts to the group as a whole, providing much-needed diversity in thinking and in action.

It is helpful for us to remember that we are talking about unity not uniformity – there is a massive difference between the two. We can use the analogy of an orchestra with every member under the baton of the conductor beginning to play the same note for the same length of time at the same volume on the same instrument – that is uniformity, and it would not be pleasant. Instead, the orchestra members play a range of notes for a mixture of lengths of time, at various volumes, on a variety of instruments – but as they all play in unity their very differences become the beautiful strength of the whole.

If a musical example is not your preferred analogy, contemplate a football team. We need the rucks, the midfielders, the forwards, and the backline, all with different skills, different heights and builds, and different speeds to combine to make a team that is capable of getting the job done. A team of 22 rucks alone will not win a premiership!

This same pattern of unity within community is referred to in Scripture.

“…Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour. God has put the body together, giving greater honour to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it…”1 Corinthians 12:14-26

Unity is working together and using our differences for the good of the team – developing community.

Communication

The most basic and in some ways most important foundational skill within community is communication. Nothing happens without effective communication. Community is about relationships, and relationships are about communication. Communication is often difficult, but it must be a focus for all of us – open, honest, regular communication. It can be verbal, written, expressed or inferred but it has to happen openly, honestly and regularly.

In the research I have been reading recently regarding the development of resilience and strength in young people, communication sits in the top five attributes needed. I am sure the same can be said in relation to the development of community. Those five attributes are:

  • Sense of purpose and identity
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to build relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Sense of humour

We are all part of this community at Christian College, and together we are aiming to further develop our sense of community by improving our understanding and practice of unity and communication. Perhaps this is a focus area with which you could consider engaging or re-engaging in 2022? If we all chose to engage in strengthening our sense of community this year, can you imagine what the positive impact of that decision might well be for many years to come? It could be very exciting!

Bless you all.

Syd Strauch 15/12/1953 – 05/03/2022

An inspiring teacher and much-loved member of the Christian College community

Our College community was saddened to receive news of the passing of Syd Strauch last weekend who died surrounded by his loving family on Saturday after a brave and courageous battle with illness.

Syd served our College in a range of roles including Deputy Head of Senior School, Director of Student Services, Head of Careers, Burrows House Group Teacher and as a teacher of History. He joined the College staff in 1994 and retired in 2016. He was a teacher whose knowledge, experience and wisdom were well-respected. He was also a man who loved to laugh, was down-to-earth, friendly, always ready with a one-liner or opinion on any number of other things that might enter a conversation…and whose penchant for donning a Hawaiian shirt to mark the first day for teachers after students had left for the year, became well-known.

Principal, Mr Glen McKeeman and former colleagues of Syd at Christian College, Rev. Denis Tomlins and Mr Daryl Pobjoy pay tribute to a man whose impact on Christian College – and in particular our Senior School Campus – along with the lives of thousands of students and staff was, and in many cases continues to be, profound. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

 

Syd’s outstanding capacity as a teacher, together with his remarkable intellect and knowledge of history and global issues underpinned his impact on the countless students privileged to be inspired by his unique and broad contribution to education in Geelong and throughout Victoria over a period of more than 40 years.

A hallmark of Syd’s contribution to the lives of many students was his support and encouragement when providing careers advice and assistance with tertiary applications. He was also a long-term contributor to the Geelong Careers Teacher’s Association.

Syd contributed generously to the lives of his colleagues, providing incredible support to the growth of the professional development programs, curriculum design, the administration of VCE Studies as well as assessment and reporting procedures.

His contribution to College life extended to many sporting, musical, cultural, and collegiate events, participating in camps, tours, and conferences. He certainly left a mark and helped shape our college significantly.

Syd will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by our wider college community as well as many throughout education circles in Geelong, including Geelong High School, where he taught prior to joining Christian College in 1995.

He lived a very full life that we shall celebrate with his family at a Memorial Service at a time to be confirmed.

Our love and sincere condolences as a College family go out to his loving wife Jan, children Jenni, Zoe and husband Josh, Lachie and wife Emily and grandchildren Jack Sydney and Lucy Grace – they are very much in our prayers.

Glen McKeeman

Principal

 

 

 

It was my turn to lead Devotions!

As I rose to share some thoughts, designed to offer focus for the commencement of the day, from somewhere in the room a voice proposed an alternative focus; “Anyone know how Arsenal went last night?” From the back of the room came an obviously pained response, “Oh, alright!”

Poor Syd! His team in the UK’s Premiership League had lost. We all enjoyed a laugh, possibly at Syd’s expense yet, before we launched into things of the Spirit, we had been grounded in that brief exchange.

Over the 14 years I was privileged to have Syd as a colleague and friend, I remember and celebrate the comfortable ease with which he negotiated his way through the challenges of establishing a new school, his personable style among the student body, along with the warmth and trust he developed with the College community.

His death is a significant loss for the many he touched throughout his teaching career, and I extend to Jan, Jenny, Lachlan, Zoe and family members, my deepest condolences and prayerful support as you meet the challenges in the days ahead.

Rev. Denis Tomlins

Former Chaplain, Christian College Geelong

 

Syd and I had similar backgrounds when we both came to Christian College. We each had around 16 years in the State Education system.

Syd’s areas of expertise – History/Humanities, and mine – Physics/Science was not a barrier to our working relationship. We both enjoyed our time as Homeroom teachers in Burrows House.

In 2000, both Syd and I were appointed joint Deputy Heads of the new Senior School Campus. Syd in the role of Student Services and me in Operations. When John Nelson retired as Head of the Senior School, we both had the opportunity to apply for that position but we decided that we were both in the positions we were meant to be in.

When Glen McKeeman arrived as the new Head of Senior School we were appointed Directors of Student Services and Operations which allowed for the position of Deputy Head to go to up-and-coming staff. Assisting and advising new, younger staff was something we both enjoyed.

Syd’s passion for guiding students on career choices was legendary as was his passion for his beloved subject of History.

I have so many great memories of our 20-plus years working together. What a privilege and pleasure to have shared this educational journey with Syd.

The many tributes to him from past students bear witness to his great legacy.

Daryl Pobjoy

Former Deputy-Head, Senior School Campus

Important Dates for Senior School

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)

International Women’s Day 2022

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is ‘#Break the Bias’ and our Senior Campus welcomed our community together to enjoy fellowship and learning from an inspiring panel of women who are strong changemakers in their respective fields.

We heard from Mia Kafieris, one of our Middle School College Chaplains, who works in Chaplaincy, as well as lecturing and completing her PhD; Sue Strong, a retired teacher, who previously held the role of Head of Senior School and now working within the area of Palliative Care and Climate Change, as well as sitting on the Board of Christian College; Erika Lind, who is in Forest Fire Management, holding the role of Forest Fire Management Officer in Victoria and Kerryn Vaughan, who is an international speaker, author, facilitator and podcast host. Thanks to technology and our ability to use this to speak with people from all over the state, we were able to speak with both Erika and Kerryn via Microsoft Teams, which offers so much scope for building our connections with a broader community.

All four women spoke with passion about their role in the world, as both women and as people who are making a difference. They all shared the same sentiment of the importance of having support from others in order to succeed in their work.

It was wonderful to see so many of our students join us and to have our College Prefects lead the way with hosting the panel through specific questions for each speaker. We began with hearing from Mia, who spoke of her journey to date with how she sees her role and the work she does. We heard her message of the importance of understanding the growth of a person and how we have a choice in the way we show up in each situation. Mia’s message allowed us to understand that we need to allow ourselves to be vulnerable to really grow as people.

Sue spoke about her work in Palliative Care and the privilege she feels in being able to listen to people’s stories and share their lives with their families. She shared her care for God’s Creation through the work she is doing in Climate Change. Importantly, Sue shared how her journey didn’t end when her ‘career’ finished; she continues to flourish and use her gifts to make a difference.

Next, we heard from Erika who is leading the way in a field she loves that is traditionally dominated by men and shared how she feels blessed to do her work. She spoke of finding your purpose and understanding the importance of having a supportive team around her. Erika shared about having the courage to be patient to find the space where her head and heart were in the same place. It was not until third year university where Erika found this and she encouraged our young people to take their time.

To complete our morning, we heard from Kerryn who shared some humorous stories about her journey to where she is today and the various initiatives she has started, including the fact she was 50 before she wrote her first book. Kerryn’s message for the young people attending IWD was that it’s important to take care of themselves before moving to action for others. She encouraged them to have some fun after two years of lockdown! Importantly, the audience was moved by Kerryn’s raw sharing of her failures as she sought to make a difference. It was encouraging to hear that “jumping in feet first” doesn’t always work, but can create opportunities for real change out of the messiness.

It was truly a wonderful morning, celebrating women for all they are achieving and how they are supporting others with their passions.

Breaking the bias is not something an individual can do alone, it requires a collaborative approach from the community.

Senior School House Swimming Championships

The 2021 Senior School House Swimming Championships will be held at Kardinia Aquatic Centre in South Geelong on Thursday 17th March. This is our second major House Carnival for the year and we require all students to attend and be involved on the day. If your child is unable to attend, please make contact with the Senior School office (a medical certificate may be requested for the absence).

Our students and staff have worked hard to create a positive and respectful atmosphere at our House championships, with the main aim of the swimming championships being for everyone to ‘get wet’ at some stage during the day, earning points towards the House trophy.

Parents:

Due to changes to the current guidelines issued by the Victorian State Government and the COVID-19 operating protocols for schools, we are delighted to welcome our parents and guardians to our swimming carnival this year. Please note the following:

  • Parents are required to show evidence that they are fully vaccinated when entering the Kardinia Swimming venue
  • Upon arrival, a Christian College staff member will welcome parents to the designated viewing area
  • Unfortunately, parents will not be able to mingle beyond this designated viewing area throughout the course of the event

We are also pleased that, with the support of Kardinia Aquatic Centre Management and the College, we have been able to secure the pool for the sole use of students, staff and parents without access for the general public.

Transport:

Students will depart Senior School by bus at 9am and return by 3.25pm. Students arriving or departing by other means must report to the House Mentor and provide a letter from a parent, at least one day prior, outlining the arrangements. Students will not be permitted to request alternate travel arrangements on the day of the carnival.

Food and Drink:

Students are able to bring all their required food and drink for the day. The canteen at the pool will be open on the day for our students to access and buy food. We are continuing to minimise our impact on the environment and students are again encouraged to incorporate the “Nude Food” philosophy when packing their food for the day. There are several water refill stations located around the pool. No food deliveries, such as Uber eats, will be permitted.

Uniform:

All students are to wear their College house sports uniform as well as getting into the ‘spirit’ of this House Carnival by incorporating House coloured clothing with their sports uniform. Swimmers are encouraged to wear the CCG bathers, although they are welcome to wear one piece bathers or swimming shorts. Rash vests are optional. Further, it is a Kardinia Aquatic Centre rule that no streamers, balloons, face paint or zinc cream be brought or used. Also please do not wear any lifesaving uniform as part of your dress up as it impacts the safety of the pool users.

Weather:

Students are reminded to be sun smart at the carnival and ensure they bring their hat and wear sunscreen and reapply every 2 hours. If the weather is poor, a decision on whether the Swimming Carnival proceeds will be made early in the day. If postponed, a note will be posted on the online daily bulletin and normal classes will operate. Students are advised to bring their books to school and be prepared to complete normal classes in case the carnival is cancelled due to inclement weather.

First Aid:

Swimming and novelty events do involve some risks of physical injury. Every effort will be made to minimise these risks. A qualified first aid person will be attending the championships to assist with any injuries that may occur on the day.  In preparation for the Swimming Championships, students may practise for synchronised or stroke events at lunchtime in the Senior School pool. Students are to follow normal College expectations regarding behaviour.

If there are any queries regarding this event, please contact Mr Andrew Tucker, Sport Coordinator at the Senior School Campus, by email a.tucker@ccg.vic.edu.au or phone 5241 1577.

2022 Senior School Swimming Championships Program:
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Year 12 Chemistry – Out With the Test-Tubes and in With the Microscale Apparatus!

This week, our Year 12 Chemistry students were predicting the products of redox reactions and then checking their predictions by carrying out and observing the actual reactions. Redox reactions are key to energy generation in batteries, combustion of fuels and fuel cells. In previous years this type of activity would have used test-tubes and small but significant quantities of solutions and strips of metal. This year the practical activity was adapted so it could be carried out at a microscale. Test-tubes and millilitres of solutions were replaced with reusable laminated sheets, single drops of solutions and very small dots of each metal. This made the practical work faster and cheaper, reduced waste and required a very simple clean-up, without losing a successful demonstration of key chemical principles.

Whilst there will always be room for test-tubes in chemistry, we are also on the lookout for when we can be more environmentally friendly and adopt more sustainable practices in our laboratories, such as in this practical activity.

  • Student Opportunity – The Santos Science Experience

    A nationwide STEM outreach program for Years 9 & 10 students

    The Santos Science Experience is a three-day hands-on science activities program. The program aims to inform students of the importance of science and technology while stimulating and heightening student interests in a wide range of scientific disciplines and career opportunities, encouraging further studies in the science, while at the same time giving students a ‘taste’ of university/tertiary life.

    The following programs are being offered in Victoria this year:

    VenuesDate/s
    Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, Queenscliff11 April 2022
    University of Melbourne, Parkville11-13 April 2022
    Federation University, Ballarat27-29 June 2002
    RMIT University, Melbourne28-30 June 2022
    Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn6-9 July 2022
    KIOSC, Wantirna18-20 July 2022
    Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, Queenscliff27 September 2022
    Federation University, Gippsland20-22 September 2022
    Federation University, Berwick20-22 September 2022
    University of Melbourne, Dookie30 November – 2 December 2022

    Details of the programs offered at each venue can be found at www.scienceexperience.com.au or on the attached flyer. Interested students should register directly via the website. Cost is $190 per student for the three day programs and $65 per student for the one day (at Queenscliff).

    Further information can be obtained by calling 03 9756 7534 or email admin@scienceexperience.com.au

    The Santos Science Experience Flyer:
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    CCG Students Perform Live at Sweetfest!

    Live music is well and truly back! On Sunday March 6th, students Alexander Crawford, Oscar Geraghty, Angel Lawrence, Kirrily McConachy and Jordan Sollars performed their first set as a band at Sweetfest, an annual all-ages music festival that celebrates women in music. This was a great opportunity for these students to showcase their skills amongst like-minded performers in a public setting. From the first count in to the last note of the set, students captivated their audiences with great renditions of Don’t Change by INXS, Root Beer by Fat Night, Downhearted by Australian Crawl, and If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys. Oscar, Jordan and Alex and Kirrily provided a driving, groovy rhythm section for Angel’s brilliant vocals to soar over. It’s exciting to imagine what the future holds for these young musicians!

  • National Performance Award – Emily Treloar Year 10

    Emily Treloar of Year 10 has been awarded the ‘Backun Young Artist Competition Australia’ for 2022. The competition was open to high school aged clarinetists from across Australia. Her prize includes the loan of a Professional Backun Instrument for the year, lessons with an Backun Australia Artist and workshops for students at our school with visiting Backun artists. Emily this week received her professional clarinet from a representative from the Backun company – it’s a beautifully hand crafted instrument and we look forward to hearing her perform on it very soon.

    Enjoy her winning performance here from October last year.

     

  • Senior Outdoor and Environmental Classes

    It has been a very busy start to Term 1 for our Outdoor and Environmental Studies students. Year 10s have been developing their canoeing skills along the Barwon River every week in preparation for their canoe journey along the Murray River. Year 11s have experienced thrilling activities in the surf and camping out overnight before a big day of mountain bike riding in Forrest. And our Year 12s headed up to the high country, walking amongst the everlasting daisies, spotting brumbies, and swimming everywhere we stayed.

    Photo 1 – Year 11s Mia and Bella trying not to flip out of their kayak.

    Photo 2 – Year 11s Molly and Emily at Point Impossible.

    Photo 3 – Year 12s settling down for dinner on the Alpine Crossing before the cloud rolls in.

    Photo 4 – Josh and Isaac from Year 12 found the perfect photo opportunity at Tawonga Huts.

    Photo 5 – Claire showing off the Year 11 accommodation for the night

  • Year 10 Running a Small Business

    Following on from last week’s article about the boardroom discussions taking place in classes, we would like to share with you some of the amazing logos the students have come up with so far for their small business ideas. What clever and talented people we have here at Senior School.

    *Please note that team JAK’s Fairies are still in discussions about which logo to use for their fairy floss stall. Just like in real business, sometimes there is disagreement between partners!

    Year 10 English – Crafting Texts

    Year 10 General English students have started the year with a unit called ‘Crafting Texts.’ In this area of study, students have studied The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick, together with a broad range of other works of fiction and non-fiction that focus on the concept of kindness. Some students have shown a real talent for creative writing in this unit – including free verse poetry that has no rhyme or meter – in the style of Herrick’s novel. These fantastic pieces maturely explore ideas like kindness, loneliness, self-worth, grief and homelessness. Two such examples have been written by Abigail French and Felix Kelly.

    Likewise, the Year 10 Extension English class are also studying ‘Crafting Texts’, and are exploring a range of texts that examine discrimination and its effects on minority groups. The excellent essay attached to this edition of the Vine discusses the complex role of cancel culture in modern society.   This piece is written by Anastasiya Jurukovski.

    Over the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing a number of student pieces in the Vine.

    What They Know

    By Abigail French

    Outside,

    always outside.

    Never does anyone think to look inside.

    Outside she’s an A+ student,

    neat and tidy, never late.

    But they don’t see the endless pressure through her sleepless eyes,

    They don’t know she’s going home to wars of words

    and never good enough that she doesn’t win.

    Oh, what they know.

    Outside,

    Preppy, popular, self-obsessed.

    Your typical girl next door.

    They don’t see that she can’t look in the mirror without breaking,

    her face covered by one of calorie counting,

    the other, self-hatred.

    Oh, what they know.

    They think they understand, but, alas, they only assume.

    Outside,

    Shy, quiet, nervous wreck,

    inside,

    standing on the edge of a cliff,

    overthinking,

    being pushed by panic and stress and the endless worries of tomorrow.

    ‘You’ll be fine.’

    One step closer…

    ‘Stop faking it.’

    Another step…

    ‘Why are you so quiet?’

    Another…

    ‘Just talk’

    Breaking point.

    They post ‘mental health matters’

    like it makes up for the shattered stability of their victims.

    Oh, what they know.

    Kindness

    By Felix Kelly

     A good person will give,

    Expecting nothing in return.

    No questions asked,

    This person will be happy to do just about anything,

    for you.

    That is a kind person.

    In order to be a kind person,

    You need to know

    That you cannot be kind to others,

    Before you’re kind to yourself.

    It’s like trying to drive,

    Before you have a license,

    Or trying to run,

    Before you know how to walk.

    Once you can see the good in yourself,

    Others can too.

    Every new day is not a guarantee,

    So don’t take it for granted.

    Live your life knowing,

    That you’ve been the best person you could be.

    Written by Anastasiya Jurukovski:
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    Careers Spot

    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.

    Year 12 students

    • Australia National University – Tuckwell Scholarship applications now open
    • ADF Gap Year Program – opening soon
    • Medicine and Dentistry – registrations for the UCAT ANZ are now open
    • Applications for the following universities are now open: Australian National University, University of New England and Charles Sturt University.
    • La Trobe University: applications now open for the La Trobe Prepare Program (Yr 11 and 12)
    • La Trobe University: webinar for their Aspire Early Entry Program

    All students

    • University campus tours – running during the term break
    • Career events
    • Career events for students who love being creative
    • VCE Careers Expo
    • 5 amazing careers working with wildlife
    • Find your Careers Crush – take the quiz!
    • STEM articles
    • Focus on the amazing myfuture website
    • Passionate about sport? Check out these three fantastic programs
    • La Trobe University – new program for Indigenous students.

    In-Time Reporting and Feedback

    Beginning school and being back in the classroom, establishing friendships, packing a school bag and school lunches can sometimes be quite overwhelming for parents, carers and students alike. Especially after what has been the most incredible years of disruption to routines, patterns and familiarities. However, regardless of whether you are joining us in Prep, and or reconnecting at our Middle Schools or Senior Campus, the partnerships between home and school have demonstrated that children learn best when the significant adults in their lives (parents, carers, teachers), work together to encourage and support them.

    At Christian College, feedback about student engagement and progress in learning is an integral component to building the Home / School Partnership. It provides parents, carers, students and teachers with information about learning experiences, and sets a direction to inform future teaching and learning experiences, both in and outside of the classroom. Powerful feedback occurs when the learner understands the gap between their current level of performance and that of their desired performance.

    One of the significant benefits of teachers involving families as partners in the feedback cycle, is that parents themselves can provide additional informed support for student learning at home.

    At Christian College such feedback is communicated to parents via various mechanisms. In-Time reporting in the SEQTA Engage platform, SEQTA Notifications, sometimes via email, Assessment Tasks themselves, verbally via a learning conference and ultimately on a Student Report distributed at the completion of each semester.

    The agile nature of education in the last few years has brought with it some benefits in the use of technology, and this now provides a medium whereby parents and carers can access information at anytime and anywhere from a number of devices. At Christian College we hope to leverage off this benefit to provide more ‘In Time’ feedback regarding student learning, self-management and progression against the learning standards. Not only is this achievable through the SEQTA Engage platform, but for students with a College device, we would also encourage you to sit with your child and their device to view the work they are undertaking in their digital learning platforms, such as the Microsoft Teams App, where overviews of the learning may be visible in the upcoming Assignments feature of Teams.

    Please don’t forget that there is also the SEQTA Engage App available for all parents and carers. The SEQTA Engage App is available for download, making details about your child’s learning, feedback and outcomes even more accessible than ever – and via the device of your personal choice. Instructions on how to install the App are linked here.

    Parents of students undertaking studies in VCE Units 3 and 4, should note that the mark awarded and displayed by Christian College Geelong for any School Assessed Coursework (SAC) or School Assessed Task (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).

    We look forward to working in partnership with you as you connect with your young person’s progress in learning here at Christian College Geelong.

     

    Careers Newsletter for Week 6:
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    Casual Wood Workshop Assistant Position – Bellarine Campus

    Christian College seeks the services of a trade-experienced Wood Workshop Assistant to work at our Bellarine Campus in Drysdale. If you are a hardworking, self-starter who demonstrates initiative and pride, with a passion for helping students and team-first approach, we would like to hear from you.

    Duties include taking responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of all worship equipment in safe working order and liaising with teaching staff and administration to ensure materials are ordered and prepared.

    This is a casual, one-day per week position with no work during school holidays. Please visit the Employment page on our website for a Position Description and application details (Home > Join > Employment). Closing date: Thursday March 24.

    Foundation Chair’s Lunch

    Join the Chair of the Foundation Board for lunch on Friday, 8 April 2022 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.

    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 2022 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 letter for further information

    CSEF Application Form:
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    CSEF Financial Assistance Information for Parents:
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    Online Canteen Ordering

    The online canteen ordering system has been completely rebuilt from the ground up. The online ordering system as you know it still works the same way, but in the back end, the IT department have been working closely with the vendor to rebuild the product from the beginning.

    The biggest issue this will resolve, is the linking of students to their parents. Existing account credits will be moved across to the new version.

    We wish to thank all parents for their patience whilst this has been worked through and look forward to receiving your orders electronically into the future.

    The IT department will change from the current broken application to the newly rebuilt application during the course of the long weekend.

    If you have any issues regarding the online ordering system, please email helpdesk@ccg.vic.edu.au.

    A MYTERN Thought for This Week

    The less you judge the road that others are on,
the less you will judge yourself. 

Remember, we never really know what someone else is experiencing.

    So be kind and compassionate towards them…as well as yourself. 😊❤️

     

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