From the Head of Senior School
It was a joy to welcome students back for Term 2 this week, commencing on Wednesday morning with a beautiful Anzac Commemoration Service around the Senior Campus flagpole. Our College Prefects and Chaplains led the service, whilst Taylor Prefect Charlie Barnett played the Last Post to a silent and respectful audience of over 600 students and teachers. The Senior Choir’s singing of the National Anthem was a moving and fitting way to conclude the service.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending the Geelong Community Foundation Schools in Philanthropy presentation involving Senior VCAL students from various schools across the Geelong region. Our own Year 12 VCAL class did an excellent job of outlining their case for funding to be allocated to three local organisations. The students are to be commended for their project research and delivery of their presentation to a large audience.
There is also much to look forward to next week as our Senior Wind Symphony hosts the Symphonic Band from Eltham High School on Monday and the House Cross Country on Friday.
Important Dates for Senior School
Thursday 28 April to Saturday 7th May – Year 10 First Nations Tour (Tijikala)
Monday 2 May – Year 10 Gene Science to Biolab
Monday 2 May and Tuesday 3 May – Hosting Eltham Secondary College Music Tour
Tuesday 3 May – Senior School Open Day (12 – 1.00 pm)
Wednesday 4 May – Yr11 and 12 Drama to Potato Shed
Friday 6 May – House Cross Country Carnival
Sunday 8 May – Mothers Day
Monday 9 May – Presentation Ball Rehearsal 1 (6.30 – 8.30 pm)
Monday 9 May to Thursday 12 May – Year 11 OES Grampians Program 1
Tuesday 10 May to Friday 13 May – Year 11 OES Grampians Program 2
Thursday 12 May to Saturday 14 May – Shrek the Musical
Friday 13 May – GISSA Athletics
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!
Australia’s First Scientists
This week, students in the Year 10 ‘Fundamentals of Science’ class have been exploring the essential question, ‘What are the properties of an effective thermal insulator and what is the process for making one?’
Our First Nations People, who can be thought of as Australia’s first scientists, applied their understanding of thermal energy transfer and insulation to the clothing they wore, including possum skin cloaks, and the way they cooked their food in earth ovens, called ‘kup murri’. Possum skin cloaks are excellent thermal insulators due to the physical properties of the possum fur and pelt. The key property is that each of the possum hair follicles is hollow. As well as having densely packed hair follicles, possums also have a relatively thick hide. The hide contains layers of proteins and fats which prevent water loss and help with retaining heat.
Students had to design and carry out experiments comparing the thermal insulation properties of naturally sustainable materials that the First Nations people would have likely used such as bark, native grasses, sand, rocks and mud as compared to modern synthetic materials such as polystyrene foam and bubble wrap.
Though polystyrene foam proved overall to be the most effective insulator, the natural materials such as the leaves of native grasses also showed very good thermal insulation properties.
Photos show Corinne McConachy testing the thermal insulation qualities of sand and foam wrapping. While the other shows PJ MacArthur testing bubble-wrap vs the leaves from native grasses.
Australians Together Presentation
The start of Term 2 saw the teaching and support staff gathering to learn more about the story of the First Nations peoples of Australia.
Simon McCormick, from Australians Together, led a workshop with videos and activities to help create empathy on our journey of Reconciliation. Australians Together is an organisation that has developed professional learning opportunities and resources to inform all Australians of the stories of the past so that we can walk collectively to create a brighter future for all.
The learning time offered a lot of opportunities for the staff to discuss what they were learning and there was a real buzz in the room. Many staff commented on their new discoveries and how the workshop was so impactful. It was felt that the presentation was a ‘Goldilocks’ moment and was just right.
Already this week, new learning and resources from the presentation have been embedded into lessons across the school. This is an exciting time and it is encouraging to see the staff being so proactive about sharing such an important message with for our young people. We look forward to hearing more about developing the First Nations perspective in our curriculums later in the year.
College Mountain Bike Success
Our College was well represented at the Rocky Trail Academy inter-school mountain bike series last term. The first round of this series was held at Mt Buller in March, where our College team of 14 riders competed against 120 students from across the State. Competitors are timed over three segments of the course where endurance, speed and technical ability was the key to a good time and overall result. We congratulate Arlo Costa (Y7) for finishing in 3rd place in the Junior Boys section, and acknowledge Jett van Dreven (Y8), Harrison Wild (Y8), Jett Baum (Y7), Benson Flanagan (Y7), Lewis Hurley (Y7) and Isaiah Renieri (Y7) for their riding efforts in this section on the day.
Our Intermediate riders also had some very good results with Isaiah Gordon (Y10) finishing 7th, and Cameron Klein (Y10) having the 8th fastest time on the climbing section of the course on the day. We congratulate Harper Costa (Y9), Lachie Pascoe (Y10), Jesse Collins (Y10) and Luke Rogers (Y10) for their performances finishing in the top 20.
The second round of the series was held on the last day of term, at Silvan in the Yarra Ranges. Some new faces joined the team for this Round, with the college again well represented with 13 riders. After some brilliant riding performances, the college finished 1st overall on the day. This was fantastic effort from the team, and a great outcome for all involved. We congratulate Flynn Eastmure (Y10) on his 2nd place in the Intermediate section, along with Harper Costa finishing in 3rd place. Isaiah Gordon, Lachie Pascoe, Archer Jaques, Clark Saunders (Y9), Josh Goudge (Y9) and Taj Beckworth (Y9) all finished in the top 12 of this section. Arlo Costa continued his great riding form from Mt Buller and took out 1st place in the Junior section, just ahead of Harrison Wild in 2nd place, with Jett Baum, Benson Flanagan and Isaiah Ranieri all finishing in the top 10 of this section.
We congratulate these students on their performances and contribution to the team over the two rounds of the series. Further, we thank the fantastic coaching and planning from Mr Steve Sullivan, along with Mr Dave Harmer. They were well supported by Sam Iddles (Y11) who missed competing due to injury but provided valuable coaching and mechanical expertise to the team. Thank you to the brilliant support of the parents for transporting and encouraging our riders at both the Mt Buller and Silvan events.
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 there for students and parents.
Topics this week:
Year 12 students
- Australian Defence Force Gap Year Program
- Apply for universities now for the 2023 intake!
- Medicine and Dentistry – UCAT ANZ registrations close in May
- Career Expos
- Tutoring (Year 11 and 12 students)
- How to research university and TAFE course options
- National security careers – digital apprenticeship program and work experience
- Interested in constructions careers? You could win $5000!
- Dates for your diary
An Important Reminder for all who Visit the Uniform Shop
As a community, we are extremely proud of the manner in which the vast majority of people associated with Christian College Geelong have responded to one another throughout the COVID-19 journey of the past three years. Time and time again, we have witnessed genuine demonstrations of love, kindness, understanding, patience, and selflessness. Thank you to all those who have continued to encourage and support each other, offering everyone around them – students, staff and families – the necessary grace and time to walk through this extraordinarily difficult season.
Occasionally however, we do need to honestly confront the small number of individuals who elect to behave poorly. This is one of those occasions.
Please, could all College parents and families utilising our Uniform Shop pay careful attention to this reminder?
It is not appropriate to dispute the regulations with the staff who are kindly assisting you with your wardrobe purchases.
Disrespectful and rude behaviour should not be tolerated anywhere in our society, and it is therefore unacceptable when directed toward any member of our College staff, including the staff at our Uniform Shop.
All members of our College community are expected to support our College policies, which includes uniform requirements and behavioural expectations.
How can we help the young people in our care to learn and grow with maturity if we as adults cannot model acceptable and appropriate behaviour?
We politely request your cooperation with this, and with all expectations connected to the opportunity we have to share in this wonderful community.
What Parents Need to Know About VPNs and Cyber Safety at Home and School
VPNs are apps and services used to hide online activity, anonymise a user’s identity on a safe network, and bypass filtering.
It has become common for tech-savvy young people and teenagers to use VPNs on their digital devices. As outlined in an article for parents on our Online Safety Hub by tech expert Jessica Hill, young people typically use VPNs for three main reasons, none of which is to be encouraged. Parents will find the above article helpful, as it covers: what a VPN is, how it works and how parents can identify and prevent VPN use by their children at home.
Free VPNs sometimes pose a further privacy risk as they may be covertly collecting the user’s personal and usage data for the VPN provider’s own use. As young people are more likely to use a free VPN than a paid service, they are more at risk of this danger.
We care about our students’ digital wellbeing and safety and wish to provide a safe and appropriate digital learning environment at school. For this reason, student use of a VPN app or website at school is treated as both a cyber safety risk and a behavioural concern. This has been outlined in our Digital Learning and Device Policy Agreement, as well as the Student Agreement that Year 4-12 students with laptops completed in Term 1.
Access to VPN apps and services has always been blocked on the College network. With the introduction of our new Cyber Safe Schools Program this year, there is now greater visibility to the College over students’ attempted VPN use. Students attempting to use a VPN app or service at school are likely to trigger a ‘red flag’ alert.
This may act as a prompt for coordinators, pastoral, or wellbeing staff to have a supportive and constructive discussion with the student about VPN use, its dangers and our policy and expectations that VPNs are not permitted at school.
It will be important that students develop a practice of ensuring they are not running VPN software on their College laptop before bringing it to school each day, to avoid triggering a VPN red flag. We will be communicating and reinforcing this guidance with students as we share more about our Cyber Safe Schools Program with them and you as the term progresses.
Most Shrek Performances are Sold Out
Shrek – The Musical, which hits the stage in the R.W. Gibson Centre for Music Performance on May 12,13 & 14 is just about a sellout. There is much excitement about this major production and staging it in our brand new music centre at Senior School.
A very limited number of tickets are still available for Thursday and Friday matinee sessions, but all evening sessions are now sold out. Any available tickets can be purchased through the Music Administration office – phone 5241 1577.
Bus Drivers Needed
Casual positions at Christian College are available for qualified and experienced school bus drivers. These positions will cover bus routes servicing both the Highton and Drysdale school campuses.
Successful first time applicants will possess a good rapport with all age groups, demonstrate Christian values, and be able to work with a dedicated team of Christian College staff.
Drivers must hold a current Medium Rigid Vehicle Licence, a Driver’s Certificate from the Taxi Directorate and an excellent driving record. Casual wage rates apply.
Applications to Fleet Manager, Mr Peter Hayes. See our website here for contact details. (Homepage > Join > Employment)
A MYTERN Thought for the Week
No matter how knowledgeable you think you are, it is always wise to be open to learn from others. The roads of humility, empathy and compassion are always worth travelling. Besides, it may give someone else a chance to shine 👍😊
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