Red Shield Appeal
Christian College Geelong’s support of the Salvation Army, by way of our students being invited to participate in the Red Shield Appeal doorknock, has long been an integral event on our College calendar. Unfortunately, like so many other things, our participation in this event has looked somewhat different from normal during these past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japanese and Indonesian Cultural Days
Year 10-12 Japanese and Indonesian students were treated to cultural immersion days at the Senior campus this week. While our students have not been lucky enough to visit Japan and Indonesia during the past few years, the countries were brought to them through fun and hands-on cultural workshops. Students participated in a range of sessions, including Taiko drumming, calligraphy and origami, Indonesian traditional dance, gamelan and batik and Japanese and Indonesian cooking. Japanese and Indonesian students alike loved the opportunity to practise their conversation and immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Japan and Indonesia. The Languages department is very grateful to the support offered from the local Japanese & Indonesian communities in Geelong and look forward to making these special days a regular part of the school calendar.
Senior Campus Instrumental Music Performance Nights
Congratulations to the 46 students from Years 10 – 12 who performed solos and small ensemble items for family and friends this week during the Senior Campus Instrumental Music Performance Nights. The students presented a huge range of music with instrumental pieces from baroque harpsichord to shredding electric guitars, and beautiful vocals covering many genres. It was a celebration to finally hold our first campus instrumental nights in the auditorium of the RW Gibson Music Performance Centre! The families who attended were treated to a beautiful presentation and marvelled at the outstanding musical skills of our wonderful musicians. Congratulations to the students and music faculty who have been working with these flourishing musicians.
An Invitation to House Music Next Thursday
The Senior Campus will present the 2022 House Music Festival Concert next Thursday at the Highton Middle School SAC. This event is a spectacular on the Senior Campus event calendar – parents are most welcome to join us from 1.00 – 3.30 pm to enjoy and celebrate each house’s presentation. The items presented are student led, the students have chosen their music, running their rehearsals, will conduct their choirs and compere their presentations.
Each house will present a full house choir, large and small ensembles and two soloists. This event has been in hiatus for 3 years, for the entire Senior School community the 2022 house music day will be a first! The accompanying photos are snapshots of the 2019 House Music Festival Concert.
Congratulations to the 2022 music student leaders and supporting prefects for their work so far!! The music department is abuzz with energy … a hive of activity and anticipation!
Year 11 English – ‘The Crucible’ Performance and Workshop
This term, Year 11 English students have been studying Arthur Miller’s play, ‘The Crucible’. Students have been exploring themes, characters and events from the play and how they have been influenced by views and values of the time period.
Last week, we were privileged to host a theatre troupe who performed some of the key scenes from the play. It was an interactive performance where the players workshopped multiple ways that scenes could be directed. These scenes provided students with fresh insight into characters’ emotions and behaviours, giving them an opportunity to interpret key events.
The Year 12 VCAL City Experience Camp
Last week the Year 12 VCAL class participated in the annual City Experience trip to Melbourne. City CYC (our accommodation) on Collins St was the central point for the many activities, both educational and self-guided, the latter including an Amazing Race across the city. Each member got a list of landmarks to visit, points were allocated when evidence of each location visited was recorded, usually in the form of a selfie. The class also enjoyed a trip to the State Library, Melbourne Museum, the TAC Road to Zero: Road Safety Experience, the RPV Metro Tunnel HQ visitor centre, and the Immigration Museum-Becoming You Exhibition.
Another week, another calming Monday in the library. This week we were thrilled to have Mr. Drew Oliver – Director of Physical Education, teach and demonstrate to students the benefits of ‘Calm Breath Exercise’. The Calming Breath Exercise was adapted from the ancient discipline of yoga. It is a very efficient technique for achieving a deep state of relaxation quickly. Gaining control over your breathing involves both slowing your rate of breathing and changing your breathing style. Once achieved, these breathing exercises can be potent technique for halting the momentum of a panic reaction when the first signs of anxiety come on.
Our CCG Eagles Athletics Team outperformed all but one school to clinch second place in this year’s Geelong Independent Schools Sport Association (GISSA) Athletics Championships recently.
Despite some of our College’s best athletes being unavailable due to illness and injury, we managed to rally to still produce a valiant performance in one of the three marquee events on the GISSA calendar – finishing runner-up behind Kardinia International College in wet, tricky conditions at John Landy Athletics Field.
eSafety Parent and Carer Webinars
Parents and carers of our students have access to a range of eSafety webinars made available by the eSafety Commissioner throughout the year. eSafety's free webinars provide parents and carers with the knowledge, skills and tools to support children to have safe, positive online experiences.
The webinar focus by eSafety for May is on parental controls. This webinar promises to provide valuable information and support to parents. Christian College parents are also encouraged to read the article ‘Should I be using a parental control?’ available on our Online Safety Hub.
I encourage all parents and carers in our community to explore these webinar offerings by eSafety and register for events that are relevant to you. The link is below:
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: The Foundation Golf Tournament
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
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