From the Principal
Engaged and Reconnected
This term has seen a great deal of positive energy and enthusiasm across our campuses. I am extremely grateful to the staff and students for the manner in which they have jointly created a happy, engaging, and exciting learning environment and culture.
The return to the fullness of learning experiences, extra curricula opportunities, House events and community events has contributed greatly to the overall positive re-engagement for our community. I am delighted that this has been the case.
Reserve Your Place!
Wellbeing Evening and Cyber Safe Schools Program Launch
We enjoyed a fantastic night with the parents, families, students and staff attending the first Digital Wellbeing Evening held at our Senior School Campus last night, Thursday 1st September. If you have not yet taken the opportunity to reserve your place at the second and final of our two nights, please save the date and reserve your place now! We would love to see you there. We encourage you to take a few minutes to view the video below to find out more about this important event. The evening will be presented at our Bellarine Campus next Thursday 8th September starting at 7pm. We expect to run for about 45 minutes, finishing with time for questions and a cuppa together.
We ask all Parents and Families to share their attending intentions with us via our online RSVP Response Form. Please access the form by clicking the image or link below.
Science and Engineering Challenge
As part of National Science Week celebrations on Thursday a group of 22 eager Year 10 Science students participated in the Science and Engineering Challenge at Deakin University. Students worked in small groups on a range of challenges such as construction of a bionic hand, designing and building a suspension system for a Martian rover, constructing the most efficient hydro-electric style water turbine, or constructing the strongest earthquake proof tower. Throughout the day students had opportunity to test their prototypes and apply their critical and creative thinking skills to develop and refine their designs. The day culminated in the testing of model bridges required to carry ‘gold’ ingots across a purpose-built test rig, during which it was fantastic to see students enthusiastically celebrating the successes (and otherwise!) of their own and other schools’ constructions. Students reflected that they appreciated the opportunity to apply their problem-solving skills with friends in a competitive and supportive environment and discovered their own ability to contribute and work collaboratively as a team. As students consider their 2023 subject selections and future pathways it was also a great opportunity for them to experience the opportunities and facilities available for STEM related studies at Deakin University.
Concert for Reconnections
On Thursday 25th August selected students from our Music Investigation class have been invited to perform at the Concert for Reconnections Youth Arts Program organised by the City of Greater Geelong.
The concert/exhibition is a collaboration between secondary school visual art students from Sacred Heart and 10 of our College musicians. The artistic director, together with Regina Thomae, have chosen pieces from students’ Music Investigation programs and put them together with art works. The program is in three different sections with each section being started by a student speaking about their involvement in music and with their instrument in particular. There will be a Jazz section, Romantic and Vocal section and a Baroque/Classical section. Our student soloists performing in this concert are Atharv Joshi, Leo Treloar, Emily Treloar, Christian Ranieri, Caleb Venn, Kristen Wigg, Alice Quick, Adela Karol, Maya Fuller and Chelsea Eldridge.
The concert is open to the public and runs from 2pm-3pm at St. Mary’s Basilica, Yarra St, Geelong.
An Explosion of Colour at the Villa Paloma Campus!
During the last two weeks we have had the privilege of welcoming back Connor Firth, an ex-student of Christian College to paint a mural at the Villa Paloma. Connor graduated in 2017 and has been creating art in various forms since he left our school.
Connor has painted several murals in the Geelong Region. He has also had a solo exhibition of his paintings at The Shearers Arms Gallery. One of the highlights of his art making was the mural he painted in Melbourne in memory of the victims of the Bourke Street Mall disaster.
Connor has been working with students from Year 10/ 11 and 12, demonstrating his skills in aerosol art, including how to use colour combinations, creating tonal qualities and layering of paint. The students have been absolutely fascinated with what Connor can do with the humble spray can.
2022 Senior House Cross Country Carnival
A wet and overcast day made for classic cross-country carnival on Friday last week. All four houses battled it out for the trophy, but ultimately it was Burrows that took out the 2022 championship, followed closely by Penman in 2nd place, Taylor coming 3rd and Flynn in 4th place.
It was great to see so many students actively involved and encouraging each other. Some highlights for the day included:
- Year 12 students Bethany Dean taking out the fastest female on campus and Jacob McKie the fastest male on campus.
- Having our Year 12s lead the way in participation numbers in both the male and female categories.
GISSA Senior Boys Soccer Championships
Last week the Christian College Senior Boys competed in the GISSA Soccer Championships. The boys performed well for the day, winning their pool, and progressing to the Grand Final. They lost in the final, however, it was great to see them preform so well in this event.
The player of the tournament for Christian College went to Hamish Masters.
Congratulations to all boys involved in this day.
Year 12 Exam Revision Webinars
ACU (Australian Catholic University), along with InspirED, have created free online revision webinars to help you prepare for what’s to come and do your best.
These revision webinars are run by experienced Year 12 assessors and exam markers who will know exactly how to guide you through this process and even help you respond to example exam questions. During the session you will be able to better understand the topics presented to you and learn some fantastic study tips and tricks too.
And there will be a live 30-minute Q&A, giving you the chance to have your questions answered.
Please find attached the Career Newsletter and an Open Day Calendar for dates running from 20 August.
Topics this week include:
YEAR 12 STUDENTS
- Tertiary applications – resources
- Open days this weekend
- Year 12 events – get help with your tertiary applications
- University and TAFE scholarships
- Key application dates
- Career and course exploration resources
Wearable Art Returns!
The popular Wearable Art – Senior School’s House-based art/fashion spectacular returns for the first time since 2019 on the last day of Term 3, September 16. Wearable Art has been a much-loved annual event on the Senior School calendar as each house designs and creates expressive costumes inspired by their house colours and a self-chosen theme. This year for the first time we will also welcome Year 3 and 4 students from Surf Coast Campus who have also been busily creating their own costumes and will parade them in front of the audience on the day. We can't wait to see everyone's fantastic creations!
A reminder to all College families – you will have received an email invitation from Independent Schools Victoria Data to complete LEAD Surveys - part of our way of reflecting upon our practice, processes, and culture. Staff and students at some year levels are also invited to participate.
We highly value both positive and constructive feedback and rely on the data collected from these surveys to assist with operational and strategic planning. To this end, we would encourage and ask as many families as possible to respond to the survey to ensure we are working with an accurate representation of perspectives. The closing date for surveys is a week from today – please consider participating if you have not done so already. Thank you.
Camp Australia Staff Recruitment
Camp Australia, the nationally recognised leader in Outside School Hours Care, is seeking new team members - please click on the link to the poster below:
Important VET Information for Subject Selection 2023
Vocational Education Training (VET) is offered as a subject in Year 10, 11 and 12 at CCG Senior Campus. Students travel off campus to either The Gordon or a government or catholic school (non-Gordon) who offer the courses one afternoon a week. Year 10 students study VET as well as VCE Unit 1 Industry and Enterprise over the whole year which includes a week of work experience. VET is mandatory for students studying the new VCE Vocational Major (VM) and optional for VCE students. More information can be found in the subject selection booklets and on the Senior School Hub – VET for 2023 on SEQTA.
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.
East Timor Trivia Night
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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