From the Deputy Head of Campus
When we embrace equity, we embrace diversity, and we embrace inclusion.
We embrace equity to forge harmony and unity, and to help drive success for all.
Equality is the goal, and equity is the means to get there.
Through the process of equity, we can reach equality.
This week our community celebrated several events, the Surf Championships at Jan Juc, the Victorian Golf Championships at Clifton Springs and a farewell evening to acknowledge the wonderful success of the SMA Negeri 2 Mataram visit to our country and school. Significantly, we also celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) on Wednesday March 8 by hosting a breakfast and providing a panel of speakers to share with our community a message of #EmbracingEquity.
This year we looked at this issue by inviting perspectives from a range of generations, starting with Hannah O’Neill, a Year 4 student at Belmont Junior School; Ms Ruby Evans, a young entrepreneur and proud Yorta Yorta woman; and our beloved former colleague Mrs Jan Strauch.
Systems Engineering Moves Into Gear
Systems Engineering Term 1, what a start we have had with Unit 1 and Unit 3 students engaged in commencing folios to begin designing ideas for their major projects. Unit 1 students are focusing on Mechanical Systems and Unit 3 students are designing an integrated project consisting of mechanical and electrical systems.
Year 10 Engineering students hit the ground running with their introduction to Systems at Senior School. The first few weeks were focused on safety in the workshop, safe use of machinery and hand tool use. The students use technical drawings to assist with building two small projects from sheet metal. The Year 10s also completed research into various power tools that are used in the trade workforce.
Year 12 Drama to the Theatre
On Thursday March 2 the Year 12 Drama students headed to the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne to see the darkly funny, spine-chilling performance of Nosferatu. This gothic thriller kept the students on the edge of their seats, wondering what was going to happen next as the mythical town of “Bluewater” succumbed to the charms of Count Orlok. It was a play to remember, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.
Our World Local Community Visits Geelong Mums
The Our World Local Community class has been out and about in the community finding ways to assist others. Last week we visited Geelong Mums and learnt about the amazing work they do and the essential service they provide. It was wonderful discovering how generous people are with their time and efforts keeping this service thriving. Donations are always welcome at Geelong Mums -for more information please visit their website.
Jane Smith, Dave Lowe and the Our World Local Community class.
Outdoor and Environmental Studies
During weeks 4 and 5 Year 11 Outdoor and Environmental studies students participated in a two-night adventure in the Otways. They are studying motivations and influences on outdoor experiences and participate in a variety of activities to help them describe motivations for participation in, and personal responses to, outdoor environments. The program has been designed to give students an understanding of the diverse ecosystems and activities that can be visited throughout this wonderful part of Victoria. Students experience sleeping under tarps and glow worms at Lake Elizabeth, mountain bike riding through Forrest, surfing along the Great Ocean Road and exploring the secluded beaches and rainforest of the Otway ranges.
Please find attached the Career Newsletter for this week.
The topics are listed below for your information:
YEAR 12 STUDENTS
- Australia National University – Tuckwell Scholarship
- The University of Melbourne – Hansen Scholarship
- Medicine, Dentistry, Oral Health – registrations for the UCAT are now open
- Online medicine information evenings – UNSW, Monash University, Charles Sturt University
- ADF Gap Year – book your aptitude test
- Explore amazing sports courses
- Careers in exercise science and exercise physiology
- Early entry programs are now open at Charles Sturt University, Australian National University, and La Trobe University
- Australian Federal Police – Forensics Work Experience Program. Closes this Friday!
- Australian Defence Force – Work Experience
College Exchange Programs Resume as we Welcome Indonesian Students
Campuses across the College have been buzzing over the past 10 days with the arrival of 15 students and two staff members from our sister school, SMA Negeri 2 Mataram, in Lombok, Indonesia. This visit marked the 28th year of the College’s relationship with our sister school in Lombok and was the first visit between countries post COVID-19 pandemic. Not only is a visit like this important for Indonesian and Australian bilateral relations, but it also signifies the returning of some normality to our College programs and the ability to reconnect with our closest neighbours once more.
The Lombok students were received with excitement by all students within the College, in particular, the Senior campus Indonesian students who hosted the group for the duration of the program.
During their 10-day stay in Geelong, the Lombok students had the opportunity to visit a number of the College campuses, including the Surf Coast Campus, where the first group of Year 5 students have just begun their Indonesian studies. Christian College students were able to put their new language skills to the test in fun way; laughing and sharing stories with the Lombok students and connecting with their new friends.
Surfing - Scott Elliss Shield
On Monday March 6, over 40 students from across the College campuses converged on Jan Juc beach to contest the 2023 Scott Elliss Shield. The event is steeped in a 20-year history and has been attended by some of the best surfers to ride the waves along the Surfcoast and Bellarine Peninsula. It is a unique opportunity for students of all ages from different campuses to compete together and have some fun and support each other on the day. The event also serves as our trial to select teams for upcoming surfing events against other Geelong independent schools and, ultimately, the State School Surfing titles.
Clean, offshore two to three-foot waves provided ideal conditions for the day and set a backdrop for some explosive performances in the water. Several heats, and one of the finals, were decided in the final moments as competitors sought to eek every ounce from their 20-minute allotment. This proved very exciting for the spectators, particularly our expert commentator Mr Jason O’Loughlin, who seemed to have conniptions at some points.
Visit Back Creek Café!
Christian College’s Back Creek Café in Meredith is a vital part of our Year 9 residential farm experience. Located 15 minutes south of Back Creek Farm, the café is open six days a week (not Sundays) from 8:30am to 3pm. On weekdays during term time, working at the café is part of the schedule for the Year 9s’ Farm Program work groups. Students learn a whole range of hospitality-related skills as they assist with the day-to-day café operations.
If you’re passing through Meredith this weekend, or just fancy a 35-minute drive up the Midland Hwy from Geelong, make sure you drop in and say hi. While you’re there, enjoy the best coffee in town – or choose from a range of other beverages – indulge in an all-day breakfast or one of the other scrumptious light meal/snack options on the menu. There is also a variety of sweet or savoury treats to enjoy while you’re there and delicious home-made produce to purchase and take home.
Back Creek Café is located at 1/27 Staughton Street Meredith. For enquiries and bookings, call 5286 1166.