From the Head of Senior School
Easter Service and last day of Term 1 arrangements
As the end of the term draws near, we are also preparing for Easter, a time to remember the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Senior School will therefore be holding a special Easter Service for all students and staff next Friday morning, the last day of term, at the Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre. Students should arrive by 8.50am ready to be seated in the auditorium by 8.55am. College buses will drop students at Middle School and parents are welcome to do the same.
College uniform including blazer is to be worn. If students have a practical class on the day requiring sports uniform, they will need to change into this upon their return to Senior Campus.
Please note that dismissal on this final day is 2.30pm. All classes will run, however these will be reduced to 70 minutes instead of the usual 100-minute double to accommodate the shortened day.
As always students are reminded to take home with them all items of uniform and any school resources that they may need over the holiday period.
Speaking of uniform, with a forecast of cooler weather in our final week, students are welcome to wear their College winter uniform. Parents and students are reminded that non uniform items (such as T-shirts, hoodies, long sleeve tops) should not be visible under the College uniform.
Finally, we keep in our prayers those in our community who are impacted by COVID-19. On behalf of the Senior School team, I wish to extend our gratitude to the way students and families have upheld the safety of others through undertaking isolation and managing symptoms. May we continue to look out for each other and celebrate the wonderful examples of service and kindness we encounter.
On March 8th we celebrated International Women’s Day and were thrilled at the response and interest of our students to understanding the importance of shining a light on issues facing women and the role we all have in making our world a more inclusive place for everyone. In embracing the 2022 theme #BreaktheBias we celebrated our guest speakers who exemplify this in their professional and personal lives.
Similarly, you will note, as shared by Damian Stephenson in the Vine last week, that within our House System we are exploring several societal issues and supporting ways, through education and student voice, to create a community that fosters healthy relationships and respect for one another. There is a lot of exciting work being done in this area College-wide, notably our School’s Wellbeing Framework and the Victorian Government’s Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships [RRRR] initiative.
As our students approach adulthood, we understand that they encounter more and more societal issues which they must navigate. Our hope is that they learn to approach these issues with an awareness of their role as an individual within a broader community and the consequences and/or rewards associated with the choices they will make. One such societal issue, regularly highlighted in the media, is the prevalence of harmful sexual behaviours and the issue of consent. Statistics from sources such as the World Health Organisation [WHO] show that this issue is statistically relevant to our young people. WHO reports that one in three women will experience violence and one in four between the ages of 15-24 will experience sexual violence by an intimate partner. Alongside this issue is concern regarding a young person’s understanding about consent, age of consent and the legal/emotional ramifications of using digital technologies to take or share intimate images. Our Wellbeing Framework, the RRRR program and our school’s commitment to preparing our students to make positive contributions to society, are all initiatives that are working together to inform how we respond to these issues. As a part of this bigger picture, we will soon be inviting student voice into this space, encouraging them to share their understanding and use this to help inform how we can continue to respond. Student voice forums will be, as mentioned, the first of many ways our student community will engage with, and have a voice in, the issues they are facing in society.
We understand that topics of this nature are important and worth discussing. We would also be naïve to think that people in our community are immune to these issues. We appreciate that when sharing sensitive subject matter, such as sexual assault or violence, that there is potential to cause distress for any young women or men who may have experienced this (or who have personal experience with this within their family) and we will be taking appropriate measures to address the issue sensitively.
Support will be available during and after all conversations for any student who may need some extra time to process what was discussed and, as always, if your child, or someone they know has experienced sexual assault or violence, or is struggling with something, we encourage them to reach out to a trusted person at school or one of the organisations listed at the end of this message.
As always, we thank you for your support and I look forward to providing some feedback from our student forums as to how our young people want to respond to the challenge of making their community and their world a safe, inclusive and respectful one.
Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre (Geelong) Phone: 52224318 (9am – 5pm), 24 hour hotline: 1800 806 292
Safe Steps Phone: 1800 015 188 (24 hours)
Life line Phone: 13 11 14
Sexual Assault Crisis Line (Victoria) Phone: 1800 806 292 (Available 24 hours)
1800 RESPECT (Australia) Phone: 1800 737 732 (Available 24 hours)
The 2022 Year 12 Ball
Last week I shared that the Year 11 Presentation Ball planning is well underway. I am also thrilled to announce that preparations for a Year 12 Ball is also on track. On Monday all Year 12 students were invited to a planning meeting to discuss a special event for them that honours them and gives them a much-needed opportunity to come together socially to celebrate one another.
There is a Year 12 planning committee who will, over the coming weeks, put together some finishing touches on what we hope will be a memorable night. Below is a brief outline of the planning to date with more information to be made available to students and families early next term.
|Date||Sunday June 19th (weekend at the end of Term 2)|
|Time||6.30 to 10pm TBC|
|Venue||Middle School SAC|
|Entertainment||Live music from Good Faces for Radio|
|Parents Invited||This will be an optional night for those parents who wish to come along and celebrate with their child.|
|Dress code||Ball gowns and suits|
|Dance showcase||The dance trainers are willing to come over 2 lunchtimes to teach interested Year 12 students a progressive dance or two to display on the night. For those wishing to be “presented” this is how we will provide that opportunity.|
The dates for these lessons are Wednesday 8th June & Thursday 16th June. Venue TBC
Students would need to sign up for these lessons and commit to performing on the night.
Specific partners not required.
Have you Taken the 5-Minute Cyber Safety Parenting Quiz?
With school holidays almost upon us, now is a great time for parents to review their approach and strategies around managing screen time and technology in the home. Not sure where to start? Family Zone has free parent webinars on ‘Managing Screen Time During School Holidays’, ‘Popular Games and Their Dangers’ and many other topics available via their events page.
Did you know that our new Online Safety Hub from Family Zone also has a helpful quiz to support parents with this?
Complete the cyber safety parenting quiz to receive a safety rating for your family and useful hints and tips on areas that you can focus on to keep your family safe online. Why not complete an audit of your home’s cyber safety and get advice on how to improve it and keep your loved ones safe?
School holidays are a great time for having constructive conversations with young people about their technology use and referring to the tips and feedback from the parent quiz may be a useful way to begin such a conversation with your child.
Shrek – The Musical
Rehearsals for the college production of Shrek the Musical are nearing the final weeks and cast and orchestra are excited to see the show steadily coming together. It has been wonderful to be back together in the rehearsal space and we are all looking forward to our opening night, when the students can share the fruits of their many hours of creative labour. Shrek is a very family friendly show about love and friendship and finding your place in the world and its upbeat and memorable musical score is bound to leave audiences humming along as they leave the theatre.
Shrek the Musical is being performed for six shows only in the W.R Gibson Music Performance Centre at Senior campus, with dates and times listed below.
Thursday 12th May – Preview 12.30pm
Thursday 12th May – Opening Night 7.00pm
Friday 13th May – Matinee 12.30pm
Friday 13th May – Evening 7.00pm
Saturday 14th May – Matinee 12.30pm
Saturday 14th May – Evening 5.30pm
Ticket Price: Adult $35 Student/Child $25
Tickets can be purchased through the Music Administration office – phone 5241 1577 from Monday 4th April-Friday 8th April in school hours, and then from the commencement of term 2, Wednesday27th April. Seating is very limited and the College community is encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. This year to offset the limited seating, we are offering matinee performances on Thursday and Friday at 12.30pm.
As per government guidelines, parents, carers and other adult visitors (excluding students) must be able to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid medical exception.
We can’t wait to share the show with you!
Year 10 Product Design Class
With the change of personnel, this term has been an exciting opportunity to rethink the range of projects offered in Year 10 Product Design. Students have spent term one learning new skills including:
Hand planing, Biscuit joining, Edge routing, Laser cutting, Epoxy casting, Spoon carving, Dovetail joints for cabinetry and Acrylic thermoforming.
Students will put these skills to good use in term two as they complete their major project. I am very impressed with the way students have engaged with this unit and look forward to seeing the major projects come to fruition!
Barmah Reflections From Students
Ben and Baxter have recently participated on the Year 10 Murray River trip. Students were asked to reflect on their personal experience and connection with the environment.
Please enjoy some photographs and their reflections:
On the Barmah trip I observed many different flora and fauna in the riparian zone of the Murray River. For example the River Redgum gum tree was one of the most beautiful trees I have witnessed whilst paddling down the Murray river. The Redgum is a large tall gum tree with a hint of red on the outside, if you look into the trunk of the Redgum you can see colours of grey and brown. If you were to cut a Redgum tree down and look into the stump you would be able to see a beautiful bright red colour that you have never seen before. Whilst I was absorbing the Murray Rivers flora and fauna one morning, out of the corner of my eye I had witnessed a little kookaburra sitting on a branch singing its morning song. As I am looking at him majestically singing his morning song I soon realised he was sitting on a River Redgum, I soon realise that the Redgum and the kookaburra have the same gorgeous grey colour palette that amazes me every time I see it. Towards the end of my Barmah journey I looked up into the great big blue sky. I saw a bird I had never seen before, it was high up in the sky and was gliding looking down on everyone and everything. As I have watched this great bird I have noticed it has a white belly and a large wide wings. This bird was the White Belly Sea Egal, it was as pretty as a picture. On my journey along the Murray I noticed a lot more Flora and Fauna that I have never seen before, or that I haven’t given its credit for how beautiful it is. On this trip I saw by far the most amazing wildlife that I have ever seen in my life.
Baxter Ramsey – Year 10 Student
Before the Barmah trip I thought that I wasn’t going to be able to take enough food with me on the camp. But on the trip, I soon realised that I packed way too much and the weight of the bag was ridiculous. Another couple of things that I would have changed is make sure that I have enough blankets. During the days it was really warm, but the nights where absolutely ice cold. Throughout the nights the temperature got lower and lower. During the night Baxter has woken me up with icicles running off his nose it was that cold. If I was to suggest anything to people going on this Barmah canoeing trip is make sure that the quantities of food are small but you have enough snacks to eat throughout the day and make sure that you don’t underestimate the coldness of the nights on the Murray.
Ben Bowers – Year 10 Student
12 VCAL Personal Development
Term 1 has been full of projects aimed at making the VCAL area attractive and useful. As well as continued work on the new deck with Chappy, Year 12 students have extended and refurbished the chook pen and yard, started building the outdoor kitchen, measured up for the greenhouse covering and repaired the worm farms in preparation for a new kitchen garden.
As well as lots of carpentry, a dedicated team has been designing and building a solar powered, automated and timer-controlled door to the chook-pen to protect them from foxes!
This class has a real sense of camaraderie and all students have brought their various skills and enthusiasm to the task at hand.
We’re Open in May!
Each of the Christian College campuses will open their doors during May for prospective parents and others to visit, tour and ask questions – with no booking needed. We encourage all members of our College community to help spread the word about our open days, and our invitation to book a tour anytime to any friends, neighbours, colleagues – anyone you know who may be looking at Early Learning and/or schooling options for their children.
This year, each of our campuses will open its doors on the following dates at the times indicated.
Junior School-Belmont: May 3 – 9:30am to 11am
Middle School-Highton: May 3 – 11am – 12pm
Surf Coast Campus: May 5 – 9:30am – 11:30am
Bellarine Campus: May 10 – 9:30am – 12:00pm
Senior School-Waurn Ponds: May 3, 5, 10 12:00pm – 1:00pm
We also invite anyone who is interested in visiting any of our campuses, but can’t make the above days/times to book a tour online at a time that suits, meet with campus leaders and have their questions answered. Every day is Open Day!
Christian College – Community of Respect
A significant achievement here at Christian College during 2021, was the launch of a College-wide Wellbeing Framework. Through this framework, and based on our understanding of the importance of wellbeing, our College chooses to promote human flourishing, purpose, and passion. Our College is committed to nurturing all members of our community, as we discover and confirm holistic health, both individually and collectively. As part of this College-wide commitment, we have established a ‘Community of Respect’ Professional Learning Team.
This dedicated group of staff has been appointed to help facilitate a number of developments and actions associated with several priorities across the College, including the adoption of the Respectful Relationships initiative. Respectful Relationships is a Victorian Government initiative to support schools in promoting and modelling respect and equality. It also supports key wellbeing objectives in teaching our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. Respectful Relationships prioritises a whole school approach that sees Respectful Relationships “…beyond curriculum… recognising that to drive real change, classroom learning needs to be reinforced by what is modelled within the school community.”
In Term 1 of this year, Christian College commenced working alongside several other schools in the Respectful Relationships Surf Coast Otways Cluster including: Iona College (Lead School), Geelong Lutheran College, St John’s Lutheran College, Lisieux Catholic Primary School, St Catherine of Siena Primary School and St Therese Primary School. This leading and partner schools initiative provides training and support to all Government, Catholic and Independent schools to implement a whole school approach to Respectful Relationships. During the first half of this year, all teaching as well as professional support staff are undertaking Respectful Relationships professional development, while our Community of Respect team begin identifying the most appropriate strategies we can adopt to move forward as a truly flourishing community of respect.
While it is early days for our Community of Respect team, we look forward to sharing more regularly as our work in this space continues to take shape.
Jemma Morris – Highton & Surf Coast Liaison
Andy Davies – Highton
Nicole Riddle – Highton & Chaplaincy
Drew Oliver – Senior School
Kim Doherty – Senior School
Rob Moore – Bellarine
Octavia Rae – Junior School
Canteen Arrangements for Term 2
The canteen will re-open during the first week of Term 2 (starting Wed. April 27). Thank you to all volunteers who support the canteen and help to provide this service to our students and staff.
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