From the Deputy Head of Campus
To mark our first full week on campus this term, students enjoyed a Commencement Assembly held in year levels. Mr Stephenson delivered a powerful message, challenging students to “put down their shields.” Many workers have now had the perspex screens, that were the norm during the height of the COVID19 pandemic, removed. Mr Stephenson challenged our students to take, at least, a step, outside their comfort zones to a place where growth can occur.
On Tuesday, Senior Campus was on show, as we hosted our annual Open Day. These days are always heartening. The campus simply runs a normal school day, prospective families see the campus “as it really is.” It is always reassuring to hear new families describe the unmistakable warmth and strong relationships on show amongst staff and students.
Yesterday the Christian College Eagles Surf team battled it out for the coveted Victorian Interschool State Surfing Title(formerly the Rip Curl shield) at Jan Juc beach. In the mixed event, seven independent schools contested the title. Our old rivals Geelong College succumbed to an in-form CCG team. Unfortunately, St. Ignatius proved a notch above in the final and were deserving winners. The final podium results were: St Ignatius first, followed by Kardinia International College and then Christian College third. In the Female event, Sacred heart proved too strong, with St Ignatius in second and CCG third.
Top Designs 2023
On Friday April 28, the Year 12 Media, VCD, Systems Engineering, Product Design and Textiles students went on an excursion to Top Designs at the Melbourne Museum. Top Designs 2023 celebrates the innovation of Victoria’s emerging designers. The exhibition highlights a selection of exceptional VCE and VET students from 2022 as part of the VCE Season of Excellence.
Our Year 12 students were able to get an insight into best practice and best product development and management from past students. When our students got to explore the work and flick through the detailed folios, they returned to school with a deeper connection to their ideas and felt more inspired to create an authentic product of their own.
After the Top Designs tour the students were able to have lunch in Lygon Street. This was a highlight for some students as it gave them the freedom to explore what Melbourne’s urban landscape has to offer. All students were confident and demonstrated a maturity that pleased the supervising teachers.
VCE VM Students in Philanthropy
On Thursday April 27, Year 12 VCE/VM students visited Geelong Library to deliver a Schools in Philanthropy (SIP) presentation to the Geelong Community Foundation Board. Schools in Philanthropy is a program that aims to inspire young people to use their enthusiasm, creativity, and energy to begin a lifelong commitment to giving, which has a positive impact on the communities in which they live. Giving without expectations of receiving anything in return. Christian College was chosen, alongside three other schools, Clonard College, Sacred Heart College and Oberon High School, to participate in this SIP program. Each school received a certain amount of money, that they were then able to give to three different organisations. To receive this money, the organisations had to apply for a grant, stating what their foundation was and how they ran it, how much money they needed and what they specifically needed that money for.
Christian College was given three grants to look over and present with a certain amount of money. The applications were from Brave Hearts Ditto Keep Safe Program, Bellarine Living and Learning Centre, and Ocean Grove Playgroup. We worked in pairs, each focusing on one organisation. Reading and re-reading these applications was a long process. Having to choose between giving each of the applicants their whole financial request or cutting some of it back was also extremely difficult. All the organisations gave very strong, detailed applications and we had to be very thorough when going through their grants. Though we found that coming together as a whole class, made making these tough decisions much easier, as everyone contributed with ideas and suggestions for all three organisations. After a few hard weeks of organising and putting together our SIP task, we finally managed to present and show off our hard work and dedication to this foundation. We came together on the day of the board meeting, spoke through our presentation, and provided all our information as a team.
A special thank you to our mentors, Mark Osbourne, Freda Right and Gail Rodgers for teaching and providing us with all their knowledge on this amazing program. Also to Ms Anderson, for the constant in-class and out-of-class support. We are all really grateful for having this experience, and learning so much about the amazing communities we live in.
Ava McCarthy and Lola Edwards, Year 12 VCE/VM students
Mindful Mondays in May
During May the library celebrates, all things Mindfulness.
During Mindful Mondays in May the library promotes different ways you can make your mental health a priority. By performing an activity for only 20 minutes, one can refresh and reset their mind that will help assist with their mental health. Remember it is very important to do something for you, something that you enjoy, something that will help you relax and reset.
Each Monday lunchtime we will be focusing on a different mindful activity for students and staff to participate in.
This week – Monday 1st May – the focus was on the ‘Power of the Pencil’.
Mindful colouring is about bringing your awareness into the present moment by consciously focusing on colour and design.
Mindful colouring has been shown to:
- Reduce anxiety and stress
- Improve sleep
- Improve focus
- Improve vision and motor skills
The activity focused on colouring-in Zentangle patterns to make mindful bookmarks. Zentangles are a group of patterns, in an abstract and repetitive form. These patterns slow down your breathing, calm your mind and help you focus on the present moment. This way of colouring offers peace of mind while creating a beautiful bookmark to treasure.
Many students and staff got involved in this activity during their lunchtime, using it to not only to create a piece of art but also to refresh and reset, ready for the afternoon classes.
Many thanks to Jen Foord and Johnathon McPherson who gave up their lunchtime to refresh and reset with students.
The art of practising Mindfulness takes practice and patience, it encourages curiosity, courage, and care. Next Mindful Monday, we will be focusing on the ‘The Power of Paper’.
Year 10 Careers Chats
Subject Selections for 2024 are around the corner so in preparation, Year 10 students have commenced meeting with a member of the Careers team to look at potential options for the future, at school and beyond. A reminder to all Year 10 students to keep an eye on their inbox for their meeting time.
Topics this week include:
YEAR 12 STUDENTS
- ADF Gap Year applications now open! New roles have been added such as ‘military police’.
- UCAT ANZ – register for the test by May 17
- Early entry programs at three universities you can apply for now
YEAR 11 & 12 STUDENTS
- TuteSmart Program – tutoring for senior students
YEAR 10 STUDENTS
- Upcoming career expos for students and families
- Work experience programs
- Top 20 trade/vocational occupations in 2019 – 2022
- Australia Harvard Model – UN Conference
- Upcoming career events and webinars
- Prerequisites for nursing, midwifery and paramedicine
- Exciting programs in engineering and hospitality
- Careers in the care and support sector
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Performances on Next Week!
Picnic at Hanging Rock is a captivating and mysterious story that explores the disappearance of four schoolgirls and their teacher during a picnic at a local geological formation in Victoria, Australia, on Valentine’s Day in 1900. The novel by Joan Lindsay, published in 1967, was adapted into a film by Peter Weir in 1975, which became a landmark of Australian cinema and culture. The story has inspired many interpretations and adaptations, including the performances brought to you by our Christian College Senior School students.
Excitement is now running high - next week's shows are on at Platform Arts in Geelong in Lt Malop St, with three evening shows from Thursday May 11 to Saturday May 13. Tickets are only $30 and the cast and crew are looking forward to performing to full houses. Please note that Picnic at Hanging Rock contains mature themes, parental discretion is advised re the age of audience members.
To purchase tickets please follow this link:
East Timor April Trip
After a 4-year absence due to COVID, on Saturday 8th April CCG staff members Graham Barton (Barto), Andy Phillips, Lee Stringer, Craig White, Michael Lewis and Michelle Anderson, along with Jill and Rod Mayes, Patrice Hall and Jocelyn McMillan, who all have a passion for East Timor (Timor-Leste), landed in Dili. Our destination - the municipality of Viqueque which is about 180km from Dili and is a 6 hour drive on rough roads, going for kilometres at a time in second gear.
Prior to the pandemic, CCG students from years 11 – 12 were given the opportunity to visit Viqueque and some of the schools in the area and to participate in the kindergarten, IT and English language programs being run at Uma Maun Alin (Friendship House).
The Story of Buikarin
Buikarin is a small rural community half an hour away from our accommodation house in Viqueque. Within the community there is a kindergarten, that has 128 students enrolled, and consists of three teachers. One teacher is full time, one is on contract and the other is a volunteer. They only have one room to teach these 128 students. The area of that room is 6metres by 8 metres. The teachers have 64 students at one time in this space. They have two sessions a day. Natercia is the head teacher and she’s very passionate about her school. She founded this school with their own money and no support from the government.
On Thursday May 18’s Project Care Day, we want to raise money to buy bricks for Buikarin so that we can give Natercia and her students and another teaching space. Natercia has already used her own money to put a roof over a “patch of dirt”and we would love to brick in this area for her so, as she says, “the kids don’t run out onto the road when in class.”
The photo shows 64 students in the classroom. Note the students are on either side of the room because Natercia puts a small wall down the middle to separate the two groups. Imagine the noise coming from this small space with 64 students. It would be very hard to listen, very hard to teach and very hard to learn. The next photo you can see is the roof that her and her husband had paid for themselves to create another teaching space. This is the space we would like to brick in and concrete the floor.
Drilling Down on Deep Thinking – REACH: Idea into Action
This week, Junior School-Belmont, Middle School-Highton, and Senior School-Waurn Ponds were honoured to receive a visit from Flossie Chua and David Perkins from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, along with Kieren Noonan and Nikki Maguire from Independent Schools Victoria. The purpose of their visit was to observe the implementation of the REACH: Idea into Action educational research program, which incorporates deep thinking routines to promote a more comprehensive understanding of subject matter both in and beyond the classroom.
Over the past few years, some Christian College teaching staff have collaborated with Harvard and ISV to develop these routines, and during their visit, the four guests were able to witness the tool in action among our Prep, Year 6, Year 9 Transformation, and Year 12 students. Teachers Beck Barry, Lori Ruplal, Julie Shutie, and Louis Gross are making a difference in their classrooms by piloting innovative teaching strategies that have the potential to improve the quality of learning for many others.
Although only a few teachers had the privilege of welcoming our special guests into their classrooms, we would also like to recognise the support provided by Angela Tutty, Georgie Brown, Anneliese Hurrell, Georgina Hodge, Sam Nichols, and Daniel Fanning in the research and development of this innovative teaching strategy.
Thursday 4th of May saw the culmination of the “Surfing Season” for 2023. Christian College surfers have been lucky to participate in 3 different surfing events this year. The final event was the Surfing Victoria Independent schools tag team event which took place in clean conditions at Jan Juc yesterday.
The tag team format provides a unique opportunity for surfers to represent our school and importantly surf as team where decisions made can impact others in the team. Each surfer is required to paddle out and catch two waves in under eight minutes, which is very challenging. It was awesome to see our surfers from Years 8 through to Year 12 work together and support each other throughout the day.
We were expertly led by Taz Higgins in his last year at CCG who has been an integral part of the team every year since Year 7. Harvey Graham also stood up and led by example in his mature and calm approach to each heat. We thank both of these boys for their contributions over the years to the CCG surf team.
We welcomed new recruit Jai Bouvier (Year 10) this year who performed solidly across the day and was a fantastic addition to our team.
Qustodio Parent App New Feature
New Activity Timeline View
It is a pleasure to share with parents a newly added feature of the Qustodio Parent App, which all parents have access to as part of our Cyber Safe Schools Program and in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone.
Since our launch of this parent app in 2022, it has been wonderful to note the level of engagement by parents with this tool. I have enjoyed many interactions with a range of parents about how it is helping them support their young people in their digital journey at home.
One area where I have often received feedback from parents is that the information about their child’s digital activity on their school laptop is vague and not as detailed or useful as they would like, and not comparable to the activity reporting available for their child’s personal devices.
It is for this reason that I am delighted to share that parents can now access a new feature, Timeline, that provides more specific and detailed information about digital activity on the school device outside school times.
I encourage all parents to take a few moments and view this two minute video that provides an overview of the new feature and how it can be used to better support parents in guiding their young people at home.
Getting Started with the Qustodio Parent App
A reminder that parents can learn more about Qustodio, create and activate their parent account as part of our school program, and explore Frequently Asked Questions, via our school’s Online Safety Hub.
Science Talent Search at CCG 2023
Students at Christian College Geelong in Years 5-10 are invited to participate in the 2023 Science Talent Search (STS).
The Science Talent Search has three broad aims:
- To stimulate an ongoing interest in the study of sciences by:
- encouraging independent self-motivated project work amongst students of science.
- giving students the opportunity to communicate their achievements to a wider audience.
- providing recognition of effort and achievement in a scientific enterprise.
- To promote the direct involvement of the students in the processes of science and its communication.
- To give the public at large an opportunity to see the quality of work being achieved in science, by both primary and post primary students.