From the Head of Senior School

This week marked a new era at Senior School with the first use of our recently completed English and Languages building – ten brand new classrooms, modern bathroom facilities, staff offices, meeting rooms and outdoor, undercover spaces that will serve a wonderful variety of purposes. Taylor House students were first to make the move, happy to finally have a place to call home. English, Japanese and Indonesian classes followed suit later in the week, enjoying the contemporary, light-filled learning spaces.

We had the third of our open days this week. It was a pleasure to welcome visiting families keen to learn more about the pathways on offer at Senior School and experience firsthand our thriving campus community. In the R.W. Gibson Music Centre, the cast of Shrek: The Musical were honing their performances in the final days of rehearsal while teams of mixed netballers took to the courts at lunchtime for the House Netball competition, which was ultimately won by Penman House. Such authentic experiences around the campus, alongside the rich and diverse learning taking place in the classroom, made it a joy to show prospective families around on our open days.

Next week, we are looking forward to welcoming you, our current families, onto campus Tuesday evening, from 5.30 to 7.00pm. This is a long-awaited chance for you to get acquainted in person with some of the wonderful team of teachers responsible for supporting the final years of your child’s educational journey. As previously communicated, we are delighted to be able to host this in the new English and Languages building. Dress warmly, as a portion of the evening will be in the outdoor, undercover spaces. Finger food will be served and a coffee van present.

  • Year 12 Ball – Sunday 19 June

    Dear Year 12 Parents,

    We wish to acknowledge the Year 12 students of 2022 by inviting them to a mid-year, Year 12 Ball.  In response to the missed opportunity to participate in a Year 11 Presentation Ball, students were surveyed about what they wanted, and together we have been able to plan and prepare for the following celebration.

    Hosted at the Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre on Sunday 19th June from 6pm to 9.30pm, the Ball is a formal occasion.  Students and guests will be asked to wear formal attire, and many will choose to wear the gowns they purchased for the Year 11 Ball.  The evening will have live entertainment by Good Faces for Radio and a catered meal is included in the price.  Tickets will be on sale soon and are priced at $70 pp.  Students will be able to invite members of their family to celebrate with them.

    A small team of year 12 students are working on the finer details, ticketing, and decorations.  I encourage you to support this occasion and celebrate with us in June.

    For further information please contact senior@ccg.vic.edu.au.

    Mindful Mondays in May

    This year the Senior School Library is hosting a range of Mindful activities every Monday at lunchtimes.

    Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and without judgement.

    The idea behind Mindful May is simple: to provide mindfulness education, tools, resources, activities and support for students to build on their strengths and confidence. Research shows it only takes 10 minutes of a mindful activity a day to see significant positive benefits to your life! And as you strengthen your mind, your body and soul improves, your well-being improves, your attitude, your focus and even your sleep improves. Finding an activity that calms you, be reading or taking your dog for a walk, can have many benefits.

    This week we had the pleasure of meeting ‘Summer’ the therapy dog. Therapy dogs can help reduce student stress, anxiety and improve school attendance. Summer was very well loved, by students and staff.  She had a beautiful calming nature which allowed students to feel safe and comfortable.

    Next Monday we look forward to our Senior School Chaplains explaining how music and colouring can calm us by allowing our minds to rest after a long day.

  • Year 11 Geography Field Trip to Bells Beach

    This Wednesday, the Year 11 VCAL geography class experienced a quick Field Trip down the coast to the world-renowned Bells Beach Surfing Reserve.

    The purpose of this trip out was to gather first-hand data to complete a Field Work Report. The overarching question they are exploring is: How is tourism and recreational use at Bells Beach balanced with protection of the environment?

    Fortunately, we were greeted with excellent surfing conditions, allowing the students to witness why this location is so popular for both surfers and tourist alike.

    Students gained a better understanding of the certain management plans in place by the Surf Coast Shire Council which aim to ‘respect and protect the natural environment, Wadawurring heritage and surfing culture at Bells Beach’. Observations were made on infrastructure, interpretative signage, amenities and ecology. All of which aim to blend into the natural environment of this unique and special location.

  • Theatre Workshop Uncle Vanya – Year 12 Literature

    …I so foolishly lost the time when I could have had everything that my age now denies me.”

    As part of their Unit 3 & 4 studies, Year 12 Literature students are currently exploring the 19th century play by Anton Chekhov: Uncle Vanya. The play is ground-breaking for its naturalistic approach to the challenges of life, particularly a life unfulfilled. As part of this unit we were fortunate to have Annabel and Andrew from the Complete Works Theatre Company present a workshop on key moments in the play. Their performances allowed students to see the text in its intended form – as a performance.

    I am sure I speak on behalf of the class when I say that the workshop was incredibly helpful in shining a light on the thematic concerns in the text, as well as highlighting the subtle (and not so subtle – gunshots ring out in one famous scene!) dramatic conventions that all contribute to the audience’s experience.

    A big thank you to all involved in bringing this performance to the school.

  • CRISPR Guest Speaker to VCE Biology

    The current curriculum for VCE Biology is related to the manipulation of DNA using the process of CRISPR Cas9. Year 11’s are researching how CRISPR can be used to cure diseases, while the year 12’s are looking at it in terms of using CRISPR to alter genetic makeup to knock in and knock out genes. On Monday all VCE Biology students meet in the chapel to hear from Professor Tania De Koning Ward and Rebecca Edgar from Deakin university.

    Tania explained what Malaria is and how they are approaching the disease to develop different techniques to prevent its transmission or develop different forms of treatment as Malaria is becoming resistant to some of the current treatment options. She also spoke about how they use CRSIPR and other techniques that the year 12’s are learning about as part of their research. This includes looking at genomes, inserting other genes within the parasite to analyse how it can interfere with the progression of the disease and at what stage of the life cycle it will affect.

    Rebecca graduated from CCG 10 years ago and is now a 3rd year PhD student in Tanias research group in the medical school. She explained how she was using CRSIPR to look at a particular gene and determine its expression within the malaria parasite transmitted from mosquitoes.

    I really enjoyed seeing how the things we are learning about in class are applicable in real life, and how they are being used to tackle real problems, such as the use of CRISPR Cas 9 to find a potential treatment/vaccine for malaria, by finding out what the parasite needs to survive and how to target it.

    Ellie Peace

    I really enjoyed the real-world application of CRISPR Cas9. It was really interesting to hear about malaria and how it is possible to edit the malarial genome to stop its spread. It was also encouraging to see real world scientists using what we are learning about towards a positive world changing cause.

    Sienna Doig

  • Year 10 Product Design

    The Year 10 Product Design class is currently a hive of activity, with students working feverishly to complete their term two major projects on time! Some students have been testing the best way to make formwork for epoxy projects while others make router jigs on the laser cutter in order to cut component slots in blackwood electric guitar bodies. We have a lazy susan, a step ladder, a folding footstool, spoon carving, dove-tail box making and model aircraft in the mix. Students are also completing their last skill-building activity, a coat hook made from mild steel shaped using hand tools.

  • Year 10 Running a Small Business Market Day

    The first of our Year 10 Running a Small Business Market Days kicked off on Thursday and was terrific – photos to come!

    Students are encouraged to bring plenty of cash on MONDAY 16th May as #2 will be happening in the Flynn Courtyard at lunchtime.

    Election 2022

    Have you turned 18 and will be voting for the first time!!!

    Next Wednesday (May 19) — at lunchtime — in one of the Flynn classrooms Miss Apps and Mrs Smith will be setting up a practice voting station with material provided by the AEC.

    This will provide our 18year old’s the opportunity to see what a polling station will look like when they go to vote — the process that will be followed in order to cast their vote — as well as providing an opportunity to ask us any questions they may have about our government structure and the houses of parliament they are helping to form through their vote.

    Our democracy is something to value — and we look forward to sharing this process with our new voters.

    2022 House Netball Championships

    format of the games allowed for girls v girls in the first third, followed by boys v boys, and then the final third of the game finished with mixed teams. After a round robin was complete, it came down to percentages to decide who would be in the final. The Penman Panthers and the Burrows Bears, who only just beat Flynn Falcons, and faced off in the final.

    The final was extremely well fought out and, in the last minute of the game, Maddison Connally scored a goal, which secured Penman Panthers the game by one point.  Penman Panthers took out their first win for the year.

    Congratulation Penman House.

    Grand Final Penman defeated Burrows (13 to 12)

    Ladder (after 3 rounds)

  • Careers Spot

    Careers Newsletter

    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 sitting there for students and parents.

    Topics this week:

    Year 12 students

    • Apply for university now! 6 universities have early entry programs open now
    • UCAT ANZ – students applying for medicine and/or dentistry
    • IT and Accounting scholarship programs now open at University of Technology Sydney

    All students

    • Amazing career expos
    • Book a time with a university course adviser
    • Careers in business and commerce
    • Amazing business courses that offer up to a year of industry experience
    • Careers with the Australian Federal Police
    • Natural health courses
    • Explore university and TAFE courses
    • Regional University Centres
    • Parent information session – how to support your child’s career development
    • The Victorian Indigenous Engineering Winter School
    • Monash University competitions and programs
    • Dates for your diary – 2 pages of events!
    Careers Newsletter for 11 May 2022:
    View Download
    Calendar of Events – 13 to 20 May 2022:
    View Download

    Linewize Parent Update

    Parents will be aware from recent Vine articles throughout this term that we are excited about our new Cyber Safe Schools Program that the College is introducing in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone this year.

    Over this term we have been putting in place some new tools at school that will help support and protect students in the digital space while at school and enable teachers and pastoral staff to be empowered to support our students’ wellbeing more effectively going forward. This process has now been completed.

    The final step is the installation of Family Zone’s Connect app on College laptops for students in Years 4-12, which we are now ready to begin.

    This will pave the way for us to be prepared early next term to share more about this exciting new program, including some parent tools. These tools have the potential to empower parents to guide and support their child’s wellbeing, safety, and development of positive behaviours relating to technology in the home.

    The introduction of the Connect app on College devices, alongside our existing malware protection app Forticlient, means students are able to be well protected when using their College device.

    For parent reference, more information is provided below on both apps installed on all College laptops that are part of our Student 1:1 Device Program to help protect students.

    Connect App (by Family Zone)

    This app is an important component of the technology behind our new Cyber Safe Schools Program in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone.

    The Connect app will help ensure that students remain protected and engaged in learning during school hours, even if they disconnect from our safe College Wi-Fi network. This app will be inactive and dormant for school purposes outside of school hours.

    The Connect app is also central to the tools we’ll soon be making available to all parents to support them with managing the College laptop and other devices in the home if they wish.

    We’ll soon begin installing the Connect app onto student laptops via a remote process, which should be completed by start of Week 3 in Term 2.

    Forticlient Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)

    Forticlient EDR is an extra layer of protection for student laptops from malware, viruses, and other risky content, on top of Microsoft’s own built-in Windows Security features.

    This software helps to protect students and their laptop from malicious software and sites both at school and at home. The Forticlient software is already installed on all student laptops.

    We take our duty of care seriously for ensuring the wellbeing and protection of students and for helping them to build positive digital behaviours while at school. We also want to work with parents and support them with their important role in this at home.

    It is for this reason that the two apps above are required to be present on all students’ College laptops going forward. It is part of our Digital Learning and Device Policy Agreement that this software remains on all student laptops and is not tampered with or removed.

    We look forward excitedly to soon sharing more details of our Cyber Safe Schools Program early in Term 2. In the meantime, please take some time these holidays to explore our parents’ Online Safety Hub.

    Young Professionals

    The Foundation is hosting a dinner for young professionals. Join us on Saturday, 25 June 2022 from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Shelter Shed, 25 Hesse St, Queenscliff. Tickets are $50 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 27 May 2022 at 5:00pm.

    Our guest speaker is Paul Gray, Managing Director – Southern Star Group of Companies. one of the leading window manufacturers in the country.

    Paul Gray’s experience in the window industry covers more than 40 years. After a career with some of Australia’s major window manufacturers, he has been the Managing Director of the Southern Star Group of companies since starting the business in July 2002.  Over the last 20 years, he has led the significant growth of the business, with the Group now employing more than 600 people in 7 branches Australia wide and comprising the brands Southern Star Aluminium Windows and Doors, Canterbury Timber Windows and Doors, Homeview Windows and Doors, Southern Star Glass and Big J Doors and Fixings.  Paul’s expertise extends to every facet of the business including manufacturing, procurement, logistics, sales, business management, finance and people and culture, giving him the skill set that has steered the Southern Star business through its impressive growth.  In recent years, Paul has also served on the Board of the pre-eminent industry body, the Australian Glass and Windows Association.

    Personally, Paul is father to 3 daughters and grandfather to nine grandchildren.

    Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/youngprofessionals


    2012 10-Year Reunion

    The Class of 2012 10-Year Reunion is set for Saturday, July 23 2022. Join us at CENTRA in Geelong from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Tickets are $15 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 8 July 2022 at 5:00pm. 

    This will be a great opportunity for you to reconnect with your peers, catch up with past teachers, and reminisce about your school days.

    Tours of the College Clocktower at Middle School – Highton will also be optional on the day of the reunion. If you would like to climb the Clocktower and find your brick, simply book in when you register online.

    For those who would like to have a tour of the College grounds, all alumni are encouraged to book a tour to see what’s happening at each of our campuses. To arrange a tour, please head to our website.

    We look forward to catching up with the Class of 2012. If this is your year group, register for your 10-year reunion today!

    Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/2012

    Inaugural All In Reunion

    The Inaugural All In Reunion for the Classes of 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2020 is set for Saturday, 13 August 2022. Join us at The Pier Geelong from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Tickets are $15 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 29 July 2022 at 5:00pm. 

    The launch of our all in reunion program was unfortunately postponed last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The aim of this new initiative is to formerly launch an alumni association, as well as provide more regular networking opportunities for all past students. On this night we will be celebrating the following milestones:

    • Class of 2011 – 10 Years (missed in 2021)
    • Class of 2001 – 20 Years (missed in 2021)
    • Class of 1991 – 30 Years (missed in 2021)

    If you were in one of these peer years, register today!

    Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/allin1

    All In Reunion

    We are pleased to confirm an additional All In Reunion for the Classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017, 2021 (and 2010) is set for Saturday, 8 October 2022. Join us at CENTRA from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Tickets are $15 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 23 September 2022 at 5:00pm. 

    Come along to hear all about our new alumni association and catch up with some old school friends. On this night we will be celebrating the following milestones:

    • Class of 2010 – 10 Years (missed in 2020)
    • Class of 2012 – 10 Years this year
    • Class of 2002 – 20 Years this year
    • Class of 1992 – 30 Years this year

    If you were in one of these peer years, register today!

    Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/allin2

    Golf Tournament

    The Foundation Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, 27 October 2022. Join us at 13th Beach Golf Links from 8:00am for a shotgun start. Tickets are $190 each ($150 for members) or $750 for a group of four. RSVPs close on Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 5:00pm. 

    Funds raised from this event will be allocated to our Foundation Scholarship Fund, supporting current students who are in need of financial assistance.

    Book online at www.ccgfoundation.org.au/golf

    Jennifer Freind,

    Foundation Manager

    A MYTERN Thought for This Week

    Don’t get caught up with believing that success means travelling down only smooth roads.

 Being able to regain control on any road is something to be proud of, and that requires experiencing both the rough and the smooth.

So wherever you are….it’s ok.
    Just remember to take control 😊

    Discover more about MYTERN here