CCG Sport Hall of Honour
On Thursday, October 5, our College community celebrated a very special event, the opening of the Christian College Geelong Sport Hall of Honour. Families, past and present students, staff and other friends of the College gathered last night for a gala dinner and celebration of the outstanding achievements of current students who have reached national or international status across a wide range of sports. Twelve of these students received our ‘Rising Eagle’ awards, being recognised for their skill, application and teamwork in their chosen sport.
Furthermore, in 2023, the recipient of the Tegan Philip Medal is Abbey O’Hanlon, ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the 2023 Senior Female Netball team, and the recipient of the Gary Ablett Jr Medal is Spencer Jones, ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the 2023 Senior Male AFL team. The recipient of the Top Flight Eagles Award is the 2023 Senior Male AFL team.
A huge congratulations goes to all of these students, and this is to be accompanied by a heartfelt thanks to the teams behind the stars, the parents, guardians, coaches and other inspiring people who have enabled these wonderful opportunities for our talented young people.
In addition, a particular highlight of the event was the induction of the first members of our CCG Sport Hall of Honour, Mrs Tegan Philip and Mr Gary Ablett Jr.
From the Acting Head of Campus
As we step into the fourth and final term of the academic year our focus turns to finishing off the year with high levels of motivation and dedication to our studies.
Our commencement assembly on Tuesday focused on three essential themes that we hope will assist our community to finish the term well with academic success, positive mental health and personal achievement.
Students were reminded that the start of a new term provides a sense of freshness and renewal. It gives all of us a chance to reset and reestablish our goals and directions. It was clearly identified that their educational journey is somewhat like a race, and they are in the final stretch. Even though we are at different stages in this educational journey everyone has a choice on how they choose to finish their journey.
Our Year 12 students finish their official classes on Thursday 12 and return on Friday for their traditional Celebration Day which may provide a sense that the end is near, however, it was reiterated the importance of all of us to maintain our focus and motivation as they have done throughout this academic year. As we enter the final term, we encourage students to continue honing their focus, be it in their studies, extracurricular activities, or personal pursuits.
Wellbeing Through Exams
As we approach the examination and final assessment season, whether that be VCE exams, final components for the Vocational Major, or assessments in the Australian Curriculum, we understand that it can be a challenging time for both your teenagers and your entire family. To create a positive and supportive environment and help your teenagers thrive during this period, we recommend reading the attached article from Reachout, entitled “5 Ways Parents Can Help Teenagers Study for Exams.”
This article offers practical advice on how parents can contribute to their teenagers’ wellbeing and exam preparation. While the culmination of subjects can be a demanding time, it is essential to remember that it is temporary. By implementing these simple and practical tips and maintaining a supportive atmosphere at home, you can help your teenagers navigate this period successfully.
To read the full article and gain more insights into supporting your teenagers during exams, please click on the link below:
We hope you find this resource valuable.
Unit 3 and 4 Practice Examinations: A Path to Success
In our ongoing commitment to nurturing and empowering our students, Christian College Senior Campus recently introduced a structured practice examination period spanning three days at the commencement of the September holidays. This initiative is designed to provide our students with an authentic experience of what the actual VCAA examinations will be like. It offers them the opportunity to study, prepare, and sit examinations in the very rooms that will host their final assessments, for the same duration as the official exams, to better equip and support our students as they prepare for their pivotal final year examinations.
Why are we doing this?
The goal of this examination experience is twofold. Firstly, it serves as a platform for students to consolidate their knowledge of the subject matter they have covered throughout the year. Secondly, and equally importantly, it aids in the development of essential examination skills that are crucial for success in their final year examinations.
A Heartfelt Thanks
We want to extend our sincere thanks to every Unit 3&4 student for their dedication and hard work during the Practice Examination period at the Senior School Campus. Your diligence and determination will undoubtedly contribute to your overall success in the VCE.
Staff and students gathered on the last day of Term 3 to celebrate the spectacular creations showcased in this year’s Wearable Art Parade. The students were asked to respond to the theme of Mental Health, in the hope of continuing to inspire meaningful conversations following R U OK Day.
Second place was awarded to Flynn House who created a powerful design that explored the sense of feeling ‘blue.’ The group captured the feeling of drowning in the pressures of unrealistic standards through an anchor on the skirt, and hundreds of handprints created by Flynn students. A male model was chosen to represent the marginalised issues of men’s mental health. While all House Groups created outstanding Wearable Art, the first prize was ultimately awarded to Penman House. The group members’ personal experiences informed the thought-provoking work that commented on the illusion of the ‘impossible model.’
We wish to thank Anne Smith from Independent Schools Victoria, and former student Charlotte Hunter for being our amazing judges. Thank you to all staff and students who contributed on the day. A very special acknowledgment to Sally Gray and Annemarie Platt whose hard work and efforts made it such a vibrant and successful parade.
Each student who participated should be proud of how they worked with their team to turn an idea into a memorable Wearable Art piece that communicated an important message to our school community.
Flynn House Philanthropy 2023
Flynn House is raising funds for Meli, a local Geelong organisation that supports youth mental health (via their services), as part of the World Mental Health Day on Tuesday October 10. We are asking that students donate a gold coin on Tuesday and wear a blue ribbon to show your support (blue ribbons supplied by your House Mentor). You can find more information on the posters around the campus. Thank you for joining us in this important cause.
Please note that Tuesday will be a normal school uniform day.
Parents – More Help for Teenagers at Exam Time
As a parent, it’s hard to watch your high schoolers go through stressful times, especially if you want to help but you’re not sure how. One of those times can be the end of the school year, especially if your teen is facing important exams. You can’t do the exams for them, but you can support your young person during this stressful time.
Here are 9 tips by the Study, Work Grow crew that could help: CLICK HERE
Topics this week include:
YEAR 12 STUDENTS
- Important tertiary reminders
- Key tertiary dates
- Entry scheme – artistic performers
- Entry scheme – elite athletes
- Scholarships and accommodation
- TAFE and polytechnic applications
- Apprenticeship and traineeship pathways
- STEM + VET – inspirational articles
- Free short courses – personal branding and AI
- Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)
- Summer Schools
- Upcoming career events
College Production 2024 – Update
As published in The Vine at the end of Term 3, the College will be staging Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway Version) at the Geelong Arts Centre from May 2 – 4, 2004.
All students from Years 5 – 11 (in 2023) across the College will receive an email early next week, with information and a link to an online registration form. Auditions will commence across the College on designated days from Sunday October 22. To register for an audition, students must complete the online form on/by Friday October 13.
There will be an information session held at each campus for students to have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the show. These will be held at:
Highton MS Campus Chapel Monday October 9 12.40
Senior Campus Music Department Tuesday October 10 1.20pm
Bellarine Campus Auditorium Tuesday October 10 at Lunchtime
Surf Coast Campus – Ms Notini will visit the Year 5 classroom next week.
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]