From the Acting Head of Campus
We have recently been embedding an Ethos of Learning within our senior campus. As we head towards the end of Term 3 it is important to know learning is more than just a collection of books, classrooms, and assignments, education is a dynamic force that shapes us as individuals and as a society. The ethos of learning encompasses the values and principles that guide our pursuit of knowledge, and it’s a concept we should all embrace with open hearts and open minds.
This week I had the privilege to witness many impressive learning outcomes produced by our students in the Year 11 Ethos of Learning assembly. In these assemblies’ students present their learning journeys on a task to their peers. The courage and dedication to present to their peers is exceptional and this week we heard from students with experiences in Outdoor Ed, Music and Japanese.
Book Week in the Library
Last week during Book Week the library held a poetry writing competition. Students were asked to write a poem or short paragraph about something or someone that has inspired them. We received over 15 entries, all from Year 10 students. There were some beautiful entries, students shared stories of inspiration, ranging from their favourite author, their favourite novel, times spent with their dad, how God has inspired them and how their friends make them feel.
The library staff, together with Mr. Oliver selected two winning entries. 1st prize went to Bee Chugh, Year 10 T2. Congratulations Bee, enjoy your $15 Dymocks voucher. 2nd prize went to Ezekiel Lamborne, Year 10 T2. Congratulations, enjoy your grass head kit. Watch it grow and continue to be inspired by the world around you. Thank you to all that entered.
Senior School House Cross Country
The House Cross Country Championships for Year 10 – 12 will be held on the Senior School campus on Friday 8th of September. The Cross Country program has been developed to increase participation and minimise class disruptions. Cross country will take place for all students between 12:30-1:40pm, all 6 period classes will run on a modified schedule.
Christian College believes participation in House competition is an integral part of its sport program. The Cross Country event forms part of the College’s promotion of exercise for student wellbeing, to benefit both physical and mental health. We will be presenting to students over the coming week on the positive impacts of exercise on managing stress, improving emotional wellbeing, keeping a healthy headspace and cardiovascular benefits.
All students will participate in the 3km race. At most, the 3km run involves 25 minutes of moderate exercise. If your child is ill or injured, please ensure that a note which sets out the details of the illness or injury and what level of participation should occur, is to be emailed to the student office at least 24 hours before the event.
Sports Aerobics Team – State Finals Results
Our senior school Sports Aerobics team has been training and competing throughout the entire year on a Monday and Friday at lunchtime. This dedication earned them a second place at the state finals, as well as the opportunity to compete at Nationals in Queensland on Saturday 9th December. We wish Ali Cronk, Abbey Hodgson, Morgan Seach, Isabella Benson and Eva Milentijevic the very best at the competition!
Year 10 Law and Economics
This term, the Law and Eco class has researched, discussed, debated and disagreed on the Australian Constitution and the upcoming Referendum.
Students have written persuasive pieces, trying to convince others to support their contention.
The conclusions of three of the strongest pieces in each category are below.
First up is “The Case for Yes”, followed by “The Case for No” and finally, “It’s time to re-write the Constitution.” All three pieces included extensive Bibliographies.
Topics this week include:
YEAR 12 STUDENTS
- Tertiary applications – resources, support, key dates, and reminders
- Exam preparation lectures
- $10,000 UNSW Advantage Award
- University and TAFE scholarships
- University campus tours running during the term break
YEAR 9 & 10 STUDENTS
- Agriculture science program at the University of Melbourne (Dookie campus)
- Science experience program at the University of Melbourne
One for All and All for One!
“This world is an uncertain realm, filled with danger. Honor undermined by the pursuit of power, freedom sacrificed when the weak are oppressed by the strong. But there are those who oppose these powerful forces, who dedicate their lives to truth, honour, and freedom. These men are known as Musketeers. Rise, D'Artagnan, and join them.”
Alexandrea Durmas – The Three Musketeers, 1844
For many there’s nothing better than a dress up, for others they can think of nothing worse! Last week’s Book Week celebrations saw literary characters of every kind arrive at school across our Junior and Middle School campuses in a flurry of colour, face paint, excitement and joy.
It was my pleasure to be one of ‘The Three Musketeers’ alongside our Acting Principal Mr Rick Geall and our Head of Wellbeing Mrs Kim Doherty for Book Week and to deliver a devotions together about the significance of teamwork.
Suzanna Mavromihalis (10F1) competed in the Australian National Cross-Country Championships as a member of the Victorian Team in Canberra last weekend. After a strong run in a quality field, Suzanna finished 21st out of 59 girls in her age group and was the 5th fastest Victorian girl overall. She was very happy with this performance, as she was hoping for top 30. Suzanna is already training and aiming to make this State team again in 2024. We congratulate her on this brilliant performance and wish her all the very best in achieving her future goals.
Ashton Schram (9R) was selected in the State U16 Hockey team that played at the School Sport Australia National Championships in Adelaide. The Vic team made the play-off match for the bronze medal, with the match providing an exciting ‘goal for goal’ spectacle before going down 4-3 to South Australia. As a result of a successful year with this State team, and earlier with the Vic U15 team, Ashton has been selected for the Melbourne under 16 ‘Futures Team’ that will be playing several games interstate over the next few months. The college wishes Ashton all the very best with this next stage of his career.
The Christian College Sport Hall of Honour
We are proud to announce a new initiative, which will become an important tradition in the life of our College – the Sport Hall of Honour – to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our past students who have reached national or international status in their chosen sports.
On October 5, we welcome our inaugural inductees to the Sport Hall of Honour – ex-students, Gary Ablett Jr and Tegan Philip. Both are universally recognised as champions at the highest level in their respective sports – AFL football and netball.
You are invited to join us for this gala dinner event at Mt Duneed Estate. On the night, we will also honour a cohort of current students as ‘Rising Eagles’ for their outstanding achievements in their chosen sports, putting them on a pathway to perhaps achieve the type of success required to enter our Sport Hall of Honour in future years.
Scholarship Applications are Now Open!
Each year Christian College offers Academic Excellence Scholarships for entry at Year 5, 7 and 10 levels. Applications are now open for this year’s scholarships, which apply to entry in 2025, at three campuses – Middle School-Highton, Bellarine Campus and Surf Coast Campus.
Year 10 entry applies to Senior School-Waurn Ponds only.
To find out more, and to apply, visit our website and look for the homepage hotlink, or click here.
Scholarship applications are open to students who do not currently attend Christian College, as well as those who are currently enrolled here. Scholarship examinations will be held at Christian College on Saturday October 7. Closing date for applications is Thursday, September 28.
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]