There have been many great House events occurring this term of which families would be aware. Our Athletics Carnival held at Landy Field in Week 3 of term, where the Burrows Bears came out of hibernation to show their Track and Field prowess. Our Swimming Carnival last week, where the Flynn Falcons swooped in to grasp both the Synchro and Overall shields with their mighty talons. And the House Cooking Carnival this week, where the Taylor Tigers pounced on this year’s trophy, stealing it away from the other Houses (you can read more about this event in the article below). And whilst these community events have been a fantastic way for students to find a sense of belonging and connection with their peers from across Year Levels at Senior School, this sense of community and connectedness is being developed each morning through our House system.
Our Senior School students begin each morning together with either their House Mentor in House Group or as a whole-House community. These community events rotate between House Assemblies, where staff and students celebrate all the things that are happening within the life of the House and acknowledge students who are making great contributions to our community; and House Challenges, where House Groups compete against each other in fun and friendly activities such as egg and spoon races, tunnel ball, quizzes, and other events that get them moving, laughing and interacting with each other.
House Cooking 2023
On Thursday 23 March we celebrated our annual House Cooking competition, and we must say it was a thrilling contest with nail biting results. The House cooking squads had been busy planning for this day weeks prior, the teams considered and planed the budgeting of recipes, perfecting their recipes at home, decorating their marquee to represent their selected party theme and so much more. Chefs competed in a cooking relay style event, a massive achievement and testimony to the 73 students contributing in some form to produce the food product. Several delicious party foods were produced by the teams including, chicken rice paper rolls, garlic and honey soy chicken kebabs, scones, caramel cups, vegetable sausage rolls, beef burger sliders, spring rolls, Greek meatballs and bruschetta, just to name a few.
Harmony Day in the Library
This week in the library we acknowledged Harmony Day. It is celebrated each year and is about inclusiveness, respect, and a sense of belonging for all Australians who are all united by a set of core Australian values, regardless of their cultural or linguistic background.
We reflected on the importance of respecting each other and our differences. ‘Everyone belongs’, is the motto for Harmony Day. Those words remind us to appreciate everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances.
Harmony Day was first held in Australia in 1999. Australians were encouraged to wear orange on Harmony Day. By wearing orange, people showed their support for all cultures that make up Australia. Orange is a warm and inviting colour, it motivates people to think. It represents enthusiasm, happiness, creativity, determination, success and encouragement.
A Visit to Feed Me Geelong
The Our World Local Community class were so fortunate to visit Feed Me Geelong this week. The students were busy helping sort and package rescued food to send to those who really need it, along with stocking the shelves of the market ready for the customers!
It was wonderful working alongside the volunteers and taking time to hear stories and learn more about this amazing organisation and the need for it in our community.
The market was open for a special time from 4 – 7pm on the day we visited and was open to anyone to come and shop. The idea was “take what you need and pay what you can” – a philosophy supporting those who require the service, and those that can afford to leave a donation which helps to keep this organisation open and operational for all!
For other opening times and more information click here.
Busy Biologists in Year 12
Year 12 Biology have just completed their first SAC this week and then spent the last few weeks looking at different ways to manipulate DNA. This has included DNA profiling, manipulating bacteria and discussing the use of CRISPR in the real world. (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats)
In the lab, students used their knowledge of DNA manipulation to transform bacteria so that it will glow under black light. This involved them using a recombinant plasmid to carry the pglo gene from a jelly fish into the bacteria for it to be expressed.
Monday morning saw the return of a former student Rebecca Edgar who is currently doing research at Deakin University using CRISPR to develop different strategies in the fight against the disease malaria. Fifty percent of the world’s population is at risk of contracting malaria as it is spread by mosquitos in tropical regions. Rebecca explained how she has used CRISPR to determine which genes make essential proteins for merozoites to function and which genes are not essential for their survival and how CRISPR can be used to alter these genes. Merozoites are the stage of malaria whereby the parasite develops in the liver of infected individuals before they invade red blood cells.
Rebecca also explained her journey from graduating from CCG in 2012 and the journey she took to get to her current research role at Deakin, a valuable discussion as year 12s begin to think about what next. We thank Rebecca for coming to share with us about her amazing career to date and look forward to hearing of any future developments in her research in the fight against malaria.
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Days!
All Christian College campuses will open their doors on May 2 in the first of our Open Days for 2023.
This is an opportunity for parents/guardians and families who are considering Christian College as an option for their young people to visit one or more of our campuses, meet students, teachers and campus leaders, tour facilities, visit classes in progress and have their questions answered. It provides an authentic insight to how our College operates on a day-to-day basis. For those considering either Junior School-Belmont or Surf Coast Campus, please note our Early Learning Centres - Williams House in Belmont and Butterfield House in Torquay - will also be open for visitation at the same time as the campuses.
No booking is required, with campuses open at the following times:
Junior School-Belmont: 9:30 – 11:00am
Bellarine Campus: 9:30 – 11:00am
Surf Coast Campus: 9:30 – 11:30am
Middle School-Highton: – 11:15am – 12:45pm
Senior School-Waurn Ponds: – 11:30am – 1:00pm
Big Science Competition!
We welcome all students in Years 7 - 10 to consider taking part in the Big Science Competition!
A 50-minute, multiple-choice competition, the Big Science Competition isn't like other tests. This test focuses on how students can use their science knowledge and critical thinking skills to solve problems.
The Big Science Competition can also lead to BIG opportunities.
All students in Australian high schools who sit the Big Science Competition have a chance to win one of four great prizes*, up to the value of $1,498.
Here's everything you need to know.
- The Big Science Competition is open to students in Year 7-10 who attend Australian and International schools.
- The Big Science Competition will run on a date to be determined between 15-26 May 2023.
- Expressions of interest will close at the end of Term 1.
Registering your interest
All students who would like to participate are asked to complete their details on the following form:
Please speak to your science teacher or email Mrs Huddart if you have any questions.
Families with a Newly Enrolled Child This Year: Qustodio Parent App
Activate or add new students to your Qustodio parent account.
An important element of the College's Cyber Safe Schools Program is our commitment to supporting families and parents with managing their children’s digital devices in the home, especially the College laptop.
This week, families that have one or more children who are new to the College this year received an email invitation toactivate their Qustodio parent account or add newly enrolled students to their existing Qustodio account, as part of our school program.
Qustodio is a parental control and monitoring app that we offer our parents as part of our school program. This app provides parents monitoring on personal devices and the school laptop, as well as the ability to pause internet as desired outside of school hours. Use of Qustodio is optional, and parents can learn more information about Qustodio on our Online Safety Hub.
The Qustodio parent app is available to all College families, and families with existing students in 2022 were invited to activate their parent account in November of last year. Families that have not yet activated their account and wish to, can do so by using the College’s activate now link and entering the assigned primary email for the family (as detailed in the invitation sent last year).
- Parents can learn more about our broader Cyber Safe Schools Program that the Qustodio parent app is a part of, via this information brochure.
- Parents and guardians can access technical support for the use of Qustodio on personal devices at home, via Qustodio’s Help Center.
- For support with Qustodio and school devices at home, there is a useful help page on our Online Safety Hub.
Make a Vertical Garden at Back Creek Café!
Back Creek Café in Meredith proudly presents the first of several planned craft workshops – come along and discover how to create your own vertical garden. Two workshops are running on Saturday May 6 – at 10:30am and 1:00pm, conducted by Kathy from Coburg nursery, TD2M. Build your own standing or hanging frame, create a vertical garden to take home and learn about soils and mosses used in the process along the way.
Cost for the workshop is $90 per person with all you need provided. While you’re there, enjoy some of Back Creek Café’s delicious fare!
To book for the workshop, contact the café on 5286 1166.