From the Acting Principal
As we bid farewell to another remarkable year at Christian College, it is a fitting moment to reflect on what a truly unique and special place to which we belong. We are a school made up of five distinct campuses yet bonded together with shared values, a collective call to “Seek First the Kingdom of God” and a philosophical aim to provide an education that not only excels academically but also nurtures the holistic development of each individual. I am proud to be part of this school.
Over the past two weeks, I have had the privilege of attending all five campus’ end-of-year celebration events, firstly Senior School’s Presentation Afternoon last Tuesday, followed by celebration evenings at Costa Hall for Belmont, Bellarine, Highton and Surf Coast campuses. They each recognised not only the efforts, achievements and contributions of students throughout 2023, but also celebrated the important role that community plays in shaping the hearts and minds of our young people. And each campus was able to do that in its own unique and powerful way. I am truly amazed how each campus was able to put together such a high-quality event at such a busy time of the year.
From the Acting Head of Campus
Final Academic day of 2023
Although today marks the end of the 2023 academic year for our Senior School students, it has been great this week to see the campus buzzing with spirit again with all three year levels engaging in the transition program.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of our students, teachers, and staff. Your dedication and hard work have been the driving force behind our collective success. Thank you for making Christian College a vibrant and nurturing learning environment.
May the love of Christ continue to bind us together, and may the upcoming year be filled with abundant blessings for each and every one of you.
May the holiday season bring you joy, warmth, and well-deserved rest. Take this time to cherish moments with loved ones, reflect on the year gone by, and recharge for the exciting journey that lies ahead. I wish you all well for 2024.
Transition Week at Senior School
At the end of another busy year, it has been wonderful to see the enthusiasm and excitement amongst staff and students experiencing a taste of what’s to come in 2024. For our new Year 10s, the focus is on making new connections with a different set of staff and student peers, as well as continuing the learning journey of finding their way around the campus and adjusting to new routines so that they feel more confident when they arrive at Senior School next year. Year 11 and 12 students have experienced a week of lessons introducing them to their studies for 2024 and giving Unit 3 & 4 students, in particular, a head start on the content of their chosen VCE subjects.
Amongst the lessons that Year 10 students have had with their 2024 class groups, there have been a number of ‘Community and Connection’ activities happening each day. These are opportunities for the students to take a break from the academic program and engage in some fun activities. From trivia and swing dancing to gingerbread houses and paper lanterns, students have been interacting with peers from their Houses and experiencing some of the different areas of the campus that they might not ordinarily visit.
It has been a week which promises a lot for new beginnings and an exciting year ahead. We look forward to continuing this journey with you all in 2024.
Life-Changing International Experiences
The College has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Naga Senior High School in Japan for over 30 years. However, due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, there was a hiatus of five years with no exchange programs, leaving our students disheartened.
In 2023, resuming of all exchange programs presents our students with enriching opportunities to foster their global citizenship. Hikaruko Ikemoto, a long-term exchange student from Naga Senior High School, has been in Australia since April, immersing herself in new experiences and forging strong connections within our community. During her stay, Hikaruko has formed valuable friendships and gained profound insights into Australian culture through various subjects she has explored.
Topics this week include:
- Summer Schools
- Future Doctors Program
- Natural Health
- Medicine and Dentistry
- Job Seeking Resources
- Victoria Police Careers
From the Director of Wellbeing
As we near the end of 2023, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday break. Holidays provide us all with the chance to take a much need rest, connect with family and friends or to engage in many of the life pursuits and hobbies that ‘fill our bucket’. It is important to acknowledge however, that holidays can bring about unique challenges and some unexpected stressors for some members of our school community and so with this in mind it is important to remember that support is always available to you and your family.
In the spirit of promoting a mentally healthy community and to encourage help seeking behaviours, I would like to share with you some information about support agencies available to you and your child during the holiday break.
New Christian College Drama Club coming in 2024!
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
The Christian College Drama Department is pleased to announce a new initiative in partnership with the Geelong Arts Centre, which will give our students in year 7 to 12 and their families, greater access to a range of professional theatre experiences. The Drama Club will run outside of the school week, on a Saturday or Sunday matinee, with parents and students being able to buy discounted tickets directly from the Arts Centre to allocated performances.
The Drama Club aims to bring together students from across campuses and year levels, to share in a range of theatrical experiences that will challenge, inspire, delight and amaze, as students discover new ways of thinking about the world. It is also an opportunity to support drama students passionate about their studies, who what to learn more and grow as artists.
Co-ordinated by Ms Broad at Highton and Ms Clifford at Senior school, the students and parents involved will have an opportunity to discuss and reflect on each play through pre and post discussions.
Get Some Unique Christmas Cards and Support Williams House
This year Williams House is selling packets of Christmas cards designed by our own little artists!
We are selling our Angel/Shepherd cards for $5 for a pkt of 6 and our Nativity cards are $7 for a pkt of 10. Each packet contains either 6 or 10 different designs.
If you would like to support the kinder and share our creations with the community this Christmas, the cards are available at all CCG campus receptions and of course at Williams House. Payment can be made with cash or card.
We also take over-the-phone orders with direct deposit. Phone 5241 3556
All money raised will go towards making some new additions to our outdoor yards!
We hope you love these gorgeous creations and enjoy sharing them with your family and the community this Christmas!
With thanks from all the children and the team at WH!