There’s a moment in Samuel L Jackson’s inspirational film (not ‘Snakes on a Plane’ – the other one) Coach Carter, where one of his players reminds him of what he has taught them. Jason Lyle, played by Channing Tatum, says, “You said we’re a team. One person struggles, we all struggle. One person triumphs, we all triumph.” It’s a powerful moment, and captures the essence of not only teams, but communities. We have been focusing this term at Senior School on the theme of Healthy Relationships.
We wish to commend our Senior School students on how well they have worn their uniform this year. As mentioned by Head of Campus Mr Geall in last week’s Vine, the photographers from Arthur Reed photos were full of praise not only for the character displayed by our students, but also their presentation. Our House Music Carnival at the end of Term 2 was another moment were students showed they were able to wear their uniform to the high standard we would expect – showing pride in themselves and the school. We understand that the transition back to regular school has been challenging for some students. And we appreciate that one of the areas that students may have found challenging is wearing their uniform appropriately at all times. For many of us, one of the benefits of lock down was wearing trackie-pants every day – that is if we even got out of our pyjamas! With this in mind, we have endeavoured to gently lead our students back into the habit of wearing their uniform well and appropriately over the course of Semester 1. Teachers have been addressing uniform concerns with individual students, with Heads of House following up repeat infringers, asking them to give up a lunchtime in order to reflect on their choices and, hopefully, encourage them to address the issue.
Save the Date!
An Important Parent Evening for all Families
Save the date for this event to partner with us in support of our young people’s wellbeing.
The past few years have been challenging globally, and at Christian College we have not been exempt from facing difficulty. Pleasingly however, through the ever-present blessings of God, and the hard work of our wonderful team, we have delivered “The Learning That Matters” consistently and effectively throughout this time and continue to do so.
Senior school was a buzz at lunchtime on Wednesday for our annual House Cooking Competition!
The senior rock band played awesome tunes, the food trucks provided an array of yummy lunch options and the House relay of chefs kicked off production after recess, cooking right through until lunchtime to present a three-course fine dining experience ready for the judging panel in each house.
Police Catch up With Legal Studies Classes
On Friday 22nd July both our Unit 2 Legal Studies classes were joined by Senior Constable Ditchburn who volunteered his time sharing with us what his role and responsibilities entail within Victoria Police in Melbourne’s western suburbs. In groups our classes created questions related to what we have recently been learning to ask SC Ditchburn. He shared a variety of funny stories and heartfelt moments he has experienced throughout his career as he discussed his job and how it relates to the Victorian legal system. We are grateful for, and thoroughly enjoyed the time we had with our guest despite not being able to wear his ceremonial police hat! As a result, as a class, we now have a better understanding of how police contribute to protecting the Victorian community. Once again, Thank you Tim!
Year 11 Legal Studies Student
Senior Strings Take Gold!
This week the Senior String Ensemble travelled to the Hawthorn Arts Centre to perform at the Victorian Schools’ Music Festival. They played alongside three other school ensembles in the Senior Strings section and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to perform in the community again.
The Senior String Ensemble rehearse on a weekly basis and are led by Mr Martin DeMarte and assisted by Jeanette Carnie. This performance at the VSMF allowed the musicians to celebrate their love of string playing together and enjoy the buzz of a live performance- something that has been missing over the last two years. They also received a live ‘on stage’ tutorial with the guest adjudicator Dr Gail Barnes from the University of South Carolina.
Topics this week:
YEAR 12 STUDENTS
- Apply for tertiary courses
- Download a university application guide for Victorian courses. This guide contains a link to Victorian early entry programs.
- Law Admissions Test for UNSW
- University of Tasmania – applications now open
- Business Cadetship Program – Melbourne
- CASPer Test – initial teacher education courses and Bachelor of Nursing at Victoria University
- Study resources
- Spring into Monash: Indigenous Camp 2022
- Take CTRL: IT Bootcamp
State ‘All Schools’ Cross Country
Bundoora Park was the venue for the 2022 State All Schools XC Championships last Saturday. The College was well represented at this event, which attracts the best schoolgirl and schoolboy athletes from across Victoria.
Suzannah Mavromihalis (Yr9 Bellarine – 22nd place) and Jaime McKie (Yr9 Highton – 60th place) competed very well in the U16 girls' race, with both girls finishing in the top 60 in the State, and Suzannah just 2 minutes behind the winner. Will Hannaford (Yr8 Bellarine) joined 110 U15 runners on the start line and ran a great race, finishing strongly in 64th position. Jacob McKie and Aaron Hanson (Yr11 Senior Campus) competed in the U18 age group and finished 22nd and 44th respectively over the 6km journey. Both boys ran very well against the State’s top schoolboy distance runners with Jacob finishing 90econds behind the winner.
We congratulate all these students on these achievements at the State Championships and wish them well as they represent the college in the upcoming GISSA Cross Country Championships on Thursday 18th August.
Are you a Creative Scientist or Scientifically Creative?
As part of National Science Week 2022, the CCG science faculty is offering our Years 5 – 12 students an opportunity to enter a CCG Science Photography competition and/or a CCG Science Creative Writing competition.
The theme for this years’ Science Week is Glass: More than meets the eye, so naturally, the theme of each competition is also glass. We’ve got some small prizes and it’s a bit of fun, so put your creative hats on and have a go!
Scholarship Applications for 2024 Entry now Open!
Each year we offer Academic Excellence Scholarships for entry at Year 5 (Middle School-Highton, Bellarine and Surf Coast campuses); Year 7 (Middle School-Highton and Bellarine); and Year 10 (Senior School-Waurn Ponds).
These scholarships have been designed primarily to encourage and support new and current students who wish to attend Christian College and who demonstrate high levels of academic excellence.
We are now seeking scholarship applications for entry at any of those year levels in 2024.
For more information, and to apply, please see our website. Use the hotlink from our homepage or click here
Applications close on Thursday September 29. The examination date is Saturday October 8.
Come and Sample our Menu!
Over the next month, three of our campuses are opening their doors to anyone interested in enrolling their children at Christian College.
At Junior School-Belmont there is an Open Morning on August 2 between 9:30 and 11:00am
Middle School-Highton and Bellarine Campus are hosting their subject selection expos in August. Aside from the scheduled evening for current College parents, each campus will also present another evening dedicated to families who are considering Christian College as an option for their children. At Middle School-Highton, it’s on August 9 between 7:00 and 9:00 pm, and the date for Bellarine Campus is August 16, also between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
East Timor Trivia Night
National Collection of Data on Students With Disabilities
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). With data collected on the first Friday in August (this year, on the 5th), the NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD Guidelines (2021).
Please see the attached NCCD Fact Sheet for more information.
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
During these challenging times it's easy to feel overwhelmed.
You are not alone. Many people are feeling this way.
Whatever road you are now on, just take a deep breath and know that everything is going to be ok. Even if you can't change your circumstances, you always have the option to change the way you feel 👍🙏😊👏
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