From the Head of Campus
Wednesday was an atypical day at Senior School with the annual GAT (General Achievement Test) taking place on campus and Student Learning Conferences happening online.
This year’s new GAT format required students to undertake four hours of literacy, numeracy and general knowledge and skills testing. Although GAT results do not count directly towards VCE results, they play an important role in checking that School-based Assessments and external assessments have been accurately assessed.
For the Year 12 students sitting the GAT, the day also gave them the opportunity to try on their graduation gown and have their end-of-year portrait taken. It was a timely reminder to our Year 12 cohort that their time at Christian College is coming to a close. We will be communicating key Term 4 dates and arrangements for Year 12 families next week.
Unit 3/4 Holiday Sessions and Exam Preparation
As we approach the Term 3 holidays, parents and carers of VCE Unit 3/4 students may be wondering how to assist their child in preparing for the upcoming exams. Most students are completing the last of their assessment tasks and the Term 3 holidays are typically the starting point of exam revision. We are aware that many students may be feeling tired at the end of Term 3, nonetheless we encourage them to use the holiday time effectively as being well prepared will help gain those extra marks at exam time.
Some of our teachers have organised holiday sessions to do revision, practice exams or individual tutoring. Students will have been informed of these sessions by their subject teacher and they are strongly encouraged to attend. The schedule for these sessions can be found on the Senior School Hub, under the Assessments tab.
Year 10 Our World – Local Community
The year 10 Our World Local Community class have been out serving our community. The group visited Feed Me Geelong each Friday morning the past few weeks to help with the organisations amazing service.
Feed Me Geelong, Bellarine and Surf Coast collectively run a community food project, rescuing food, collecting spare food and excess produce, and sharing with the community in need with no questions asked, all run by amazing volunteers.
Feed Me Geelong has been the last to open its doors and provide this service to the local Geelong community. The students loved getting involved with sorting, decanting, preparing, presenting food, sending emergency food packages to people in need, as well as stocking the shelves of the walk-in shop.
Year 12 Biology Excursion
Year 12 Biology students finished off their curriculum work on Thursday with an excursion to the Melbourne Museum and GTAC (Gene Technology Access Centre).
Students started the day exploring the first area of study “Changes Over Time”, which included looking how the earth has changed in composition over time, the fossil history and the changes in Victoria over the last 600 million years. Students explored the megafauna, transitional fossils and what mass extinctions has led to.
VCAL e-Waste Drive
For their final Work-Related Skills project, two of our Year 12 VCAL students have opted to run an e-Waste collection drive at senior school. Any old electrical items (smaller than a washing machine) are being collected so that they can be sorted and sent off to be recycled at reputable processors.
Built-in obsolescence, or designing goods to have limited life spans, keeps manufacturers and retailers in business, but will eventually lead to shortages of the elements used. Some especially rare metals are used in electronics equipment. This means that we need to get serious about recycling before we run out of rare materials, and can continue to enjoy the labour savings and entertainment that our gadgets bring us!
Items can be dropped at the old English Staffroom Atrium (Penman) until the end of Week 10.
Alternatively, staff can use the carton in the main staffroom!
Senior Ensembles’ Music Tour
Seventy members of the College’s four most senior ensembles, the Senior Choir, Strings, Stage Band and Wind Symphony travelled to the Melbourne CBD for an immersive and wonderfully enriching performance tour last week. Staying at the Mercure in Little Bourke Street, in the heart of China Town, the itinerary had daily highlights and provided a range of inspiring learning experiences as well as opportunities to socialize and build on the positive relationships between the participants.
The ensembles have members predominantly from Years 10 – 12 with a small number of advanced musicians from Years 7-9 being members of these groups. The cross-year level participation provides a unique experience for our students to travel, perform and develop friendships across campus and year levels, with the most senior students providing leadership and mentoring to the younger members.
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!
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.
End of Term Canteen Arrangements
The Canteen will open as usual at Middle and Junior School campuses on the last day of term next Friday 16th September. At the Senior School Campus, it will only open at recess and no lunches will be available.
For all three campuses, the Canteen will open on the usual days again in the first week of Term 4 (students return on Tuesday 4th October).
A big thank you again to all volunteers who have supported the Canteen throughout Term 3 and allowed us to offer the services we do to all students and staff.
Uniform Shop Hours Over the Holidays
The Uniform Shop in Centreway Arcade, Belmont will be closed from Monday 19th September and reopening 26th September 2022.
Opening hours in the second week of holidays are from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday 26/09/2022 through to Friday 30/09/2022
The Uniform Shop resumes normal trading hours from Monday 3rd October 2022.
Recycling Uniform Items
As part of the transition to our new College wardrobe it was important that we consider the environmental impact of clothing items no longer required. Whilst it is still possible for students to wear items from the traditional uniform, when items are no longer able to be worn, they can be recycled.
Any such items can be dropped off and placed in recycling bins at each campus. We are working with our wardrobe manufacturer to ensure that these can be recycled as part of the introduction of our new wardrobe over the next 18 months.
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