From the Acting Principal
When Christian College Geelong started out humbly in 1980 with just five dozen students, it would have been hard to fathom that just over 40 years later the school would have approximately 2000 students on five campuses across Geelong, Bellarine and the Surf Coast. However, despite our size, and the geographical separation of campuses, there is much we have in common, first and foremost our core tenet, Seek First the Kingdom of God. And, right from its origin, Christian College has always encouraged students to recognise that they belong to a community beyond themselves and to acknowledge their God-given responsibility to contribute to the care and wellbeing of others. In Term 2, it was therefore wonderful to see our campuses mark a number of key events College-wide, including Anzac Day, East Timor Independence and National Reconciliation Week.
Given the size of our school, it’s not often we have events that draw families from all our campuses to the one event. The Annual Music Evening in October each year is one such example and our Arts Festival held in November is another. So, I was greatly encouraged by the large turnout of parents, with representation from all five of our campuses, to a whole-school initiative, the Digital Safety Forum held in the Middle School Library at Highton campus last week. The event offered an opportunity for families to freely discuss the challenges associated with ensuring the digital safety of our young people. The night included messages from our Director of Wellbeing, Kim Doherty, and Director of Digital Learning, Brendan Vanderkley as well as Victoria Police Leading Senior Constable and Youth Resource Officer, Robbie Noggler. For those parents and guardians who were unable to attend, you can catch up via a recording of the key points available via the link below.
From the Acting Head of Campus
As we enter ‘half-time’ of the 2023 academic year, it is a great opportunity to reflect on the experiences and accomplishments of the first two terms. Our students have committed themselves well to building a positive community that supports learning and wellbeing. The role of our House system cannot be underestimated in this. Our House Mentors and Heads and Assistant Heads of House strive each day to provide a culture that nurtures each student in their care. This can be done through community activities that allow students to connect with each other, through guidance and advice, through encouragement, and even through accountability. The positive way students have engaged in our House events, either through participating or enthusiastic spectating, is an indication of their connection to their House and a testament to the important role these events play in the life and energy of our campus.
I must also commend the students once again for their willingness to embrace the changes to the way they are able to access their mobile phones at Senior School. On the whole, this transition has been seamless, and we have been impressed with the mature way our students have understood the need for this change to support our community; both with regard to classroom learning and social interactions. Staff have shared the difference this has made within the classroom and have witnessed the benefit to students in the yard during recess and lunchtime. In a similar vein, we continue to see the vast majority of students wear their uniform with pride around campus, in accordance with our expectations. It speaks to their feeling of belonging within our community. This has been added to with the introduction of the Year 12 jumpers this term. The new design, led by our College prefects, looks smart on our graduating class and supports their connection to their cohort as they journey towards the culmination of their formal schooling.
Purpose, Passion and Senior School Pathways – Information Session
Senior Campus wishes to thank all students and families, for joining us at the recent Senior School Pathways online information session and engaging in this presentation aimed at supporting your child's final years of secondary education. We hope that the presentations by our Deputy Head of Campus, Vocational Pathways Coordinator, and VCE Coordinator have provided you with valuable insights into the various learning pathways available to them at Senior School.
For your reference the Senior School Hub, has a recording and transcript of the online presentation including the Q&A session. For those who were not able to attend we strongly recommend you make take the time to view this in conjunction with viewing the recently published Year 10 Welcome to Senior School Booklet and/or the Senior (Year 11 and 12) Subject information Booklet. These are available in the Senior School Hub via this link: Subject Information - The Senior School Hub
To help your child make informed decisions regarding their learning pathways and Subject Selection we recommend a discussion with a careers practitioner. Our careers practitioners are available to provide additional support and guidance to you and your child. They can help address any specific questions or concerns you may have and assist in navigating the decision-making process. So please feel free to email them at [email protected] to request a booking, and they will endeavour to get back to you after the semester break.
Persuasive Oral Presentations
Public speaking is a fear shared by many, and this week our Year 12 English students faced these fears as they began delivering their ‘Oral Presentations’. The assessment task involves persuading a target audience linked to an issue that has appeared in the Australian media since September 2022. Each student was assigned a time in which they had four minutes to deliver their speech to a panel of Year 12 teachers; a very daunting task!
Our current cohort demonstrated their willingness to learn more about current affairs, and the issues chosen included a broad range of topics including (but not limited to):
Access to the Kardinia Park Swimming Pool Facilities
Salary caps in local footy clubs
‘Mixed Martial Arts’ as a sport for young people
Environmentally sustainable surf wear
The lack of rental properties on the Surf Coast
Team uniforms for female athletes
Our students did a wonderful job in working to develop speeches that were both effective and confidently presented.
Added to this, there were many moments in which we saw students actively reassuring and supporting other students as they waited to present; this was a moment in their final year when our Year 12 students recognised how important it is to be there for a friend or colleague when needed.
As our Year 12s approach the final months of their journey at CCG, it is reassuring to know that beyond assessment tasks and SACS, they have found their voice as young adults ready to engage with a world beyond the classroom.
The photos show Kailan White and Isaac Boseley in action during their Oral Presentations.
Soekarno Photographic Exhibition Ignites VCE Indonesian Students
The Year 11 and 12 Indonesian classes recently went on a captivating excursion to a photographic exhibition featuring Indonesia’s first President, Soekarno. Curated by the Australian-Indonesian Association of Victoria (AIAV) and collaborated with the Asia Institute (Indonesian Program) at the University of Melbourne, this exhibition proved to be an eye-opening experience for the students. They learnt a lot about the rich history and the struggle for independence through a photographic journey documenting the life of Indonesia’s founding father; Soekarno.
Part of their VCE Indonesian curriculum, the students had been delving into the rich history of Indonesia, with a particular focus on Soekarno’s significance in shaping Indonesia’s history which cannot be overstated.
The exhibition was a remarkable display of Soekarno’s life and achievements. Courtesy of one of Soekarno’s sons, Guntur Soekarnoputra, as well as from private collections of AIAV members, the images provided a vivid window into the past. From political rallies to historic events, the photographs captured the essence of Soekarno’s leadership and the struggles faced by Indonesia during its journey towards independence.
Media Productions in Full Motion
It’s the end of Unit 3 for all Year 12 Media students. This is when they are busy working on the finishing touches of their Media Production Design Folio. It has been a long process that involves all students completing the Five Stages of Production. The students have developed and researched best practice of a variety of Media Forms. These range from the Moving Image (TV Series, Vlogs & Film Texts), Print Productions (Photography, Advertising & Magazine) and Audio Products (Pod Casts & Film Score).
Pre-Production involved students completing their Intention and Audience Statements. They were able to unpack their narrative, style and genre. I was impressed with the level of detail in many of the folios. Some of the creative ideas from each student will be displayed at the 2023 Art Festival at the end of the year.
Post-Production allowed the students to reveal how they will be employing written, visual and audio elements to engage their targeted audience.
Finally, distribution will be considered by each student based on the ideological and social values that will be integrated in their product’s themes, during the time and society their media product will be consumed and received.
House soccer has been played over the past few weeks with all games providing entertainment, teamwork and athletic prowess. This year the competition returned to the top oval for houses to compete in the full field version of the world game.
The final standing after all rounds had been played had Burrows on top of the ladder with Taylor closely behind with two wins each. This made for much anticipation of a close grand final encounter; however, Burrows kicked their way to stardom in the final with a 3-0 win. Zoe Morgan, Taj Beckworth and Harris Gee all kicked a goal and contributed to the outstanding team effort of the Burrows Bears.
Thank you to all staff and students who have contributed to the house soccer competition, we look forward to House Volleyball early in Term 3.
Year 12 Sociology Excursion
In Term 3 Year 12 Sociology students studied ethnic culture and multiculturalism in modern Australia. In this area of study, students learnt about the rich material and non-material aspects of various cultures, the complex ways people forge hybrid identities, and, also the historical, political and social factors that help foster or limit a sense of inclusion and belonging in contemporary society.
Recently, Year 12 Sociology students travelled to Melbourne to visit the Immigration Museum in the CBD, and the Islamic Museum of Australia in Thornbury, to enrich their study of ethnic culture and diversity. The excursion began with a self-directed tour of the “Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours” exhibit in the Immigration Museum. This provided students with an opportunity to explore Australia’s changing sense of national identity and encouraged them to directly engage with the stories of First Nations peoples, migrants, refugees and other Australians from all walks of life. Students loved being immersed in the myriad of informative and thought-provoking displays in the exhibit. The artefacts and installations prompted lively discussion and critical reflection.
Students also ventured to the Islamic Museum of Australia on this excursion. This visit enabled students to explore the way religion can shape a group’s sense of shared identity. The exhibits in the Islamic Museum of Australia focussed on the experiences of Muslim Australians from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and the contributions they have made to Australia and the world in many fields of human endeavour, including architecture, science, mathematics, art and literature. Kym Wilton facilitated the visit. Kym is a knowledgeable and friendly former Sociology teacher and assessor, and a current museum curator. During our visit, Kym educated students about the unique experiences of Lebanese-Australians through an engaging lecture and enlightening tour of the museum’s highlights. Before leaving, students were treated to a special Q and A with Wafa Fahour, one of the founders of the Museum, who candidly answered student questions about the rewards and challenges of growing up between two cultures, before the group shared a tasty lunch at the onsite café.
The excursion was a wonderful learning experience and the Year 12 Sociology students who attended were excellent ambassadors for our college.
Topics in the latest Careers Newsletter:
YEAR 12 STUDENTS
- Reminder – employment opportunities
- University early entry programs
- Reminder – high achiever scholarship programs
- Monash University – Business Explorer Program
- The University of Melbourne – a Day at Melbourne
YEAR 10 +11 STUDENTS
- Monash University – Business Explorer Program
- The University of Melbourne – a Day at Melbourne
- National Youth Science Forum – applications closing soon
- Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)
- Agriculture – Defying the Drift Program
- Global Sports Programs – elite Football and Rugby campus
- Apprenticeships and traineeships
- Open Days
- Law courses in Victoria
- Careers in economics
- Study security studies at university
- Health information management
- Focus on agriculture
- Amazing Cyber Security program
- Careers with STEM: Defence Force careers
- UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing
- Natural health courses
A Day at Melbourne Uni
Year 11 and 12 students are invited to experience a taste of university life this school holidays! Throughout the day students will take part in two areas of study workshops, sit in on a panel of current students to hear about their experiences, speak to staff one-on-one about your study interests, discover our broad range of student clubs and societies, and participate in student accommodation tours.
9am – 2.30pm Wednesday 28 June,
University of Melbourne Parkville Campus
Register to attend: https://go.unimelb.edu.au/nc8s
Digital Safety and Wellbeing at Home
Parent and Guardian Support for the Holiday Period
It was wonderful to see and meet with so many parents from across our campuses who attended last week’s Student Digital Safety parent forum. For those parents and guardians who were unable to attend, you can catch up via a recording of the key points available via the link below.
A key message reinforced multiple times over the evening was regarding the importance of platforms and technology (such as parental controls) as well as education, engagement, and communication with young people about their online activities.
It’s common during school holiday periods, particularly during colder months, for young people to engage in more technology use for recreation and socialising with peers. As this holiday period begins, I hope that the parent and guardian resources below are helpful.
ySafe Article: ‘Modelling healthy online behaviours to children’
In this article, ySafe online safety expert Teodora Pavkovic provides seven tips and suggestions to help parents lead, model and promote positive and safe digital behaviours for all members of their household.
Qustodio Parent App
Parents are reminded that as part of the College’s Cyber Safe Schools Program, all families have access to the Qustodio Parent App to help monitor and manage children’s digital activities on school and personal devices. Parents and guardians can learn more and activate their personal account via our Online Safety Hub.
CCG Online Safety Hub
If you’re a parent or guardian seeking advice, information and guidance around any aspect of digital wellbeing, online safety and young people then the parent advice section of our CCG Online Safety Hub is a great place to start.
I hope that the above resources are of support to all our families, enabling you to engage with and support your young people in the digital space over this upcoming holiday period.
Would you Like to go to Space…Camp?
The Astronaut Al Worden Endeavour Scholarship is an international education program which aims to reward aspiring STEM enthusiasts and future leaders with a hands-on astronaut training experience at the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre’s renowned Space Camp, located in Huntsville, Alabama, USA.
Four students from Australia will be awarded a scholarship to the International Space Camp program taking place in Huntsville, Alabama in July 2024. The winning group of students (and one teacher) will make up ‘Mission Crew #13 - Team Australia’, and will join fellow groups from the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Chile, Singapore, United States and Poland to become ‘Team Endeavour’.
Successful applicants will receive an all-expenses paid enrolment and airfare to Space Camp, where for one-week students are immersed in the ultimate educational experience to illuminate real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
All covered expenses include tuition, dormitory accommodation, meals throughout the week, and economy class round trip from Australia to Huntsville, Alabama. Travel will also include all transportation on the ground, as well as a day trip to Washington DC ahead of Space Camp commencement.
Calling the Class of 2013!
Foundation Golf Day 2023
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, we are delighted to announce the Christian College Foundation Golf Day tournament for 2023.
Save the date: Thursday November 9.
We are seeking prizes for this event – if you own a local business and are interested in creating partnership opportunities with Christian College, please contact Fiona Provan on 0400 477 467, or email [email protected]