From the Head of Campus
I’ve often mentioned over this year how good it has been to get back to those pre-COVID activities that we’d sadly missed over the past two years. One such event is House Footy, a lunchtime carnival involving a set of round robin matches over two weeks, culminating in a final featuring the top two teams on the last Friday in August (our equivalent to that other big game on the last Saturday in September). The finalists gracing the bottom oval this year were the Burrows Bears and Penman Panthers and these two teams played out a riveting match earlier today. Off the field, Burrows House organised a sausage sizzle in support of the Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day Appeal to fund cancer research. And students were permitted to deviate slightly from the College uniform policy by adorning a splash of yellow. As with all House events this year, House Footy was as much about celebrating our thriving community as it was about the competition. Thank you and well done to all students who took part across the past fortnight, and a big congratulations to Penman House on their victory today.
On Wednesday, September 7th all students undertaking a VCE Unit 3/4 subject, VCE VET 3/4 sequence, or Senior VCAL will be required to sit the GAT (General Achievement Test). The purpose of this test is to:
- Assess students against literacy and numeracy standards
- Check that VCE external assessments and school-based assessments have been accurately and fairly assessed
- Help calculate a Derived Examination Score if required.
This year, the GAT will be conducted in two parts with the vast majority of students being required to complete both Sections A and B. Only Senior VCAL students who are not doing a VCE VET 3/4 sequence are exempt from Section B.
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.
Concert for Reconnections
Youth Arts Program at St Mary’s Basilica
Congratulations to these solo performers! – Chelsea Eldridge – Trumpet, Atharv Joshi and Christian Ranieri – Piano, Emily Treloar – Clarinet, Leo Treloar – Alto Saxophone, Kristen Wigg and Alice Quick – Voice, Caleb Venn – Tenor Saxophone, Adela Karol – Harpsichord, Maya Fuller – Oboe.
Ten students from the Christian College Music Investigation class appeared in a moving recital at St Mary’s Basilica yesterday afternoon. The Recital involved students performing works that were paired with art works on display, the art had been created by students from Sacred Heart College. The presentation was carefully curated by Regina Thomae in conjunction with Gillian Turner the ‘visual arts mentor’, and it provided our musicians with a unique experience, one which saw them performing in the beautiful acoustic of the basilica. The recital was attended by an inspired and obviously appreciative audience who also enjoyed connecting with our musicians, as well as performing, our students spoke to the audience as they presented their items, they provided insight about their music, their performance and what it means to them to perform.
Mrs Mantelli and Mrs Thomae congratulate these students on their work and presentation, both on the day and leading up to the event.
Unit 4 Food Studies and Year 12 VCAL – Kitchen Garden Cook
Students in Unit 4 Food Studies have been addressing debates concerning Australian and global food systems, relating to issues on the environment, ethics, technologies, food access, food safety, and the use of agricultural resources. The students took the opportunity to use the fresh, organic, quality produce grown and harvested at senior school by our Year 12 VCAL students to produce a healthy fresh lunch for the two classes to enjoy. Affording the opportunity for the students to reflect on food production and the environment while they enjoyed cooking with the freshly grown Kale, Silverbeat, Lettuce, Broccoli, Parsley, Chives and Vietnamese mint.
This year the Year 12 VCAL students have completed a range of projects focussed on sustainability. One of these was the chemical free kitchen garden. Students set up raised garden beds and planted a variety of winter vegetables and herbs. Our carpentry team added timber surrounds to the beds and Jordan Richardson took on the task of supervising planting, making sure the beds were watered, weeding and harvesting the produce. It was wonderful to share the feast prepared by 12 Food Tech and to bring Food Tech and VCAL together in our new shared space.
Dreaming With Eyes Open…
Each year since 1945 the Children’s Book Council of Australia has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children’s authors and illustrators. The CBCA promotes literacy and diversity in Australian children’s books. The annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards affirms the quality of some of Australia’s most creative authors.
In the Senior School Library we focus on the Older Reader section with the authors coming from a variety of diverse backgrounds, there was a First Nations, Asian migrant and South African migrant author. The books had an overwhelming message of Empowerment with issues ranging from poverty, racism, poor education, violence and sexism.
A New York Experience for our Senior Stage Band
Last Saturday afternoon our Senior Stage Band travelled to Melbourne Polytechnic to perform in the Essentially Ellington Festival. The 16 performers in the band played a program of music featuring Blue Cellophane, Bluestone Alley and Sister Sadie. These charts, all from the jazz genre range from a Duke Ellington 1930s hit through to a recently Australian composed work. The Essentially Ellington Festival is run by ‘Jazz at the Lincoln Centre’ in New York and sees musicians from this institution travel the world to workshop and provide expert tuition for each group performing in the festival. Our students played beautifully and had the privilege of receiving encouragement and feedback from Vincent Gardner, a trombonist jazz icon and professional performer teacher from Jazz at the Lincoln Centre in New York. Mr David Gardner congratulates the band on their preparation and performance…and is looking forward to presenting them on stage at Federation Square next week.
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!
Science Week Competition Results
It was wonderful to have so many entries from across all of our campuses in our CCG Science Week Competitions. Students from Prep to Year 10 took the opportunity to get creative colouring, drawing, writing and taking photographs based on the theme of glass. We congratulate all students who took part and hope they both enjoyed themselves and learnt a little bit more about science along the way. Students who were awarded 1st place in the 5-12 Photography and Creative Writing categories are listed below, as well as a selection of their wonderful entries.
10-12 Oscar Clark
7-9 Jarrah Mahoney
5-6 Sam Jenkins
Creative Writing (see links below)
7-9 Sebastian DeMarte
5-6 Elodie Mahoney
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.
All In Reunion 2
We are pleased to confirm an additional All In Reunion for the Classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017, 2021 (and 2010) is set for Saturday, 8 October 2022. Join us at CENTRA from 5:30pm-8:00pm. Tickets are $15 each and RSVPs close on Friday, 23 September 2022 at 5:00pm.
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
There may be times when cars veer into your lane without warning. The more you have practised taking control in difficult situations, the more instinctively you'll be able to grab your steering wheel - respond and react - and maintain your control. 😊
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