From the Principal
It’s so good to see our community back together
What a joy it was today to have all year levels return onsite after what we all hope will be the final phase of CL@H (Continuous Learning at Home). Hearing the bustle of busyness in the yard and in classrooms this morning gave a warm sense of normality following recent disruptions and large amounts of time spent apart as a community. The students and their teachers have once again demonstrated remarkable focus to maintain consistent levels of learning and connection under these challenging circumstances.
Congratulations Year 12
This week our Year 12 students participated in activities to celebrate the completion of their final year as students at Christian College. The week provided the staff and College leaders with many opportunities to mark this milestone and to share our praise for these young people for their tremendous achievement in completing their studies over the two years of the global pandemic. For example, whilst sharing the traditional signing of the brick walls in the Clock Tower, it was heart-warming to hear the positive reflections and memories that the students expressed, and to hear many talking about how they feel they had grown through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. A breakfast together with the Senior School staff, coupled with the final service and traditional farewell parade on Wednesday, was a fitting send off for the Class of 2021. The College has purchased a tree that will be planted, together with an appropriate plaque, to commemorate the resilience, courage and perseverance of this class. They and their families should feel very proud of the way they have conducted themselves. We pray for them as many now make final preparations for their exams and turn their minds to the future. May God continue to watch over and bless each one.
World Teachers’ Day
Next Friday 29 October we celebrate World Teachers’ Day in Australia. After the past two years, it is fitting that I take this opportunity to praise and commend the passionate, dedicated and highly talented colleagues whom I have the privilege to serve alongside in the provision of the education and care of our students. Christian College teachers are renowned for going the extra mile for their students and for each other.
The relationships, and the exemplary teaching and learning experiences that our teachers provide, in and outside of the classroom, is something to note and celebrate. I encourage students and families to consider how you might take the opportunity next Friday to encourage our staff in some small way for all that they have given to our community over the past two years in particular.
Launch of the new College Wardrobe
This week we had the exciting launch of our new student wardrobe. It has been very encouraging to receive an overwhelmingly positive response to the new range, as well as some helpful and constructive feedback. I again offer my apologies for the elements of this process which created discomfort or caused concern for some members of our College community. Please know that as a result of communication we have received from within our community, a decision has been made to extend the transition period, and allow all students the choice of wearing the current uniform or the new wardrobe throughout the next three years until the commencement of 2025. We have been receiving your feedback and questions via the dedicated email address and this will remain the means of direct communication with families until Friday 12th of November. The feedback is being collated and will be shared with the Review Team. This link will take you to the launch website for those that have not seen the new wardrobe. This page will be updated as physical items of clothing become available and we can include photos and videos to show you more of the range.
Thankfulness and Kindness
Over the last two weeks I have had the need to undergo various tests, and to attend several medical appointments, including a visit to emergency. As I navigated this process, I have had time to observe the amazing people who work in our healthcare system. I have felt a deep sense of gratitude and thankfulness toward those who dedicate their lives to care for our community. After one of the tests this week, I offered my sincere thanks to one of the nurses caring for me. Nothing special or over the top; just a natural expression of my gratitude. My words brought tears to her eyes, and even though her face was behind a mask I could see that she was emotional. She thanked me for being kind, explaining that it had been a tough week. She was thankful that I had shared my gratitude.
Ever since that moment, I have pondered her response, as it has caused me to wonder how I might continue to do this, more regularly, for others; for those who serve me a coffee, take my money when I purchase fuel, work in the supermarket, and so on.
Mother Teresa so wisely once said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
Emerging from the challenges of lockdown and starting to see greater interaction in our communities will provide each of us with the opportunity to show kindness to others. I am genuinely thankful for the healthcare that I have been receiving from those looking after me over the past few weeks, and I’m glad that I was able to show my appreciation. I had not anticipated how much that appreciation would mean to the person on the receiving end – and I am now encouraged to deliberately look for the next opportunity to sincerely express my gratitude to someone else.
Be kind and stay well.
From the Head of Senior School
It was an exciting and emotional time this week as we farewelled our Year 12 students, the Class of 2021. Their rites of passage included the Clocktower climb and brick-signing, a House breakfast, Thanksgiving Service and Final Procession, all giving them the wonderful send-off they thoroughly deserved. Celebration Day truly was a beautiful day and memorable experience for students, teachers and parents alike. And the Year 12s were so respectful and appreciative of the occasion. I want to thank the many staff who were instrumental in organising such an important set of activities for our students.
As our Year 12 VCE students now turn their attention to their final exams, I wish them well with their preparations and performance in each of their subjects. I encourage them to continue to reach out to their teachers for support, guidance and feedback to ensure they go in as equipped as possible.
We also wish our VCAL students well as they each embark on the next exciting chapter in their journey – some going on to immediate employment, others continuing apprenticeships and further study.
Our Year 11s now assume a greater sense of responsibility as the most senior students on campus and I know that they will be up for the task. It was wonderful to see many of them cheer on the Year 12s during their final parade, holding banners and posters of support and congratulations.
And we are so thankful to have our Year 10s finally back in the classroom full-time after such a lengthy time in remote learning. The end of the year is fast approaching but there is still an opportunity for students to finish strongly, build community and support each other in a way that is not as achievable in the online environment.
Important Dates for Senior School
Monday 25 October – Year 10 students return full time
Wednesday 27 October – VCAA written exams start for Unit 3-4 students
Wednesday 17 November – Final day of Year 11 classes
Thursday 18 to Tuesday 23 November – Year 11 Examination period
Friday 19 November – 2021 Christian College Art Festival online
Sunday 21 November – Year 12 Graduation Service
Tuesday 23 November – Senior School Presentation Afternoon
Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 November – Student-free days
Monday 29 November to Friday 3 December – Senior School Transition Week
Video Chat Session With Naga High School Students
Japanese Year 12 students had the great opportunity to have a video chat session with the Naga High School students in the music centre. Our sister school in Japan, Naga High school’s English classes joined in the session and exchanged cultural information about school life. Speaking interactively in both English and Japanese, it was very enjoyable to learn about the similarities and differences. Although we are 8000 km away and have a time difference of two hours from Japan, during this time with COVID-19 we were still able to feel very connected and form an even stronger friendship. After having the interactive conversation session, the Year 12 Japanese students enjoyed an authentic Japanese bento box for their lunch to celebrate their last day of their Japanese class.
Students Embrace Sustainable Design
It has been lovely to welcome the Year 10 Textiles students back into face-to-face classes where they can now resume the construction components of their design tasks. During CL@Home, the students have been working on developmental folio tasks for three different design scenarios. Individually they have worked through aspects of the design process to create a unique bucket hat. They have also been designing an innovative and creative product from materials that might otherwise have been discarded. Working collaboratively in groups they have been creating a range of coordinating homewares by upcycling discarded woollen textile items. It will be great to see their ideas come to fruition over the next few weeks.
Congratulations to Year 11 Students – Nathan Tarrant and Adelia Chong
Nathan Tarrant and Adelia Chong participated in the Asian and Oceanian High School Student’s Forum in August as representatives of Australia, they were featured on the local news on TV in Japan and the Geelong Times newspaper in Geelong. They also received certificates and a special edition, traditional Japanese lacquerware coating 16GB USB stick from the Japanese Government.
Last week both Ms Stringer’s and Mrs O’Brien’s VCAL Personal Development classes were fortunate enough to have a guest speaker come in and talk about his involvement in the Salvation Army Outreach Van program. The PD classes have looked at homelessness during this semester, and what services are available in our region. Andy Allen is a familiar face at Bellarine, Highton and the farm and we were thankful that he made some time in his busy day to come and talk to us. Every Wednesday night for five or six hours, Andy and three other Salvo volunteers visit places in Geelong where people who are homeless or struggling to make ends meet might be. They offer drinks, food, vouchers, clothing and a sympathetic ear, among other things. The students found the talk very informative. Andy has only had one really unpleasant occurrence in ten years and the changes that he has seen in the past 18 months due to COVID-19 were interesting too. Several students asked relevant questions and many made notes as Andy spoke, which enabled them to meet some of the Unit 1 Outcomes on a social issue affecting the community.
Thanks again to Andy both for his time last week and for the amazing work that he does with the Salvos.
Christian College Geelong – Cross Campus Musical Production 2022
Shrek the Musical
Everyone knows Shrek- the story of the ogre who just wants to be left alone but finds himself the saviour of all fairy tale creatures, on a quest to rescue an imprisoned princess accompanied by a very very talkative donkey. We are very excited to announce that ‘Shrek the Musical’ will be our cross-campus production for 2022.
Students from Years 7 – 11 (2021) from Highton and Bellarine Middle Schools, and the Senior Campus are invited to audition. We are seeking a cast of 50-60 students to play the colourful list of characters; including principal and support cast such as Shrek, Fiona and Donkey, as well as ensemble fairy tale and Duloc townsfolk.
Auditions will commence in early November; separate auditions will be held for those wishing to audition for a principal or supporting role and those wanting to be in the ensemble only. We hope to have casting completed in time for a read through of the script in the first week of December. Rehearsals will be held at the Senior Campus on Tuesday afternoons from 4.45-6.45 and Thursdays 4-6pm. Students must also be available for list of rehearsal dates on certain Sundays and student free days.
Please consider all details in the attached document before registering to audition. Students may register to audition via the online survey provided here up until Monday, November 1st.
Fiona Gardner – Co- Producer Shrek the Musical 2022 on behalf of Mandy Calderwood and the Production team
RMIT/ATAR Notes – free VCE Science & Mathematics online lectures
RMIT is hosting an ATAR Notes presentation of selected Science/Mathematics revision lectures. They are online this coming weekend. Presenters are past high-achieving Year 12 students. Details and the registration link are found at:
Taking Your Casper – Advice and Resources
Casper is a ‘computer-based assessment for sampling personal characteristics’. If you are applying for an initial teacher education course you may be required to undertake the Casper assessment and have already registered for it. This is a selection tool based on non-academic personal qualities. Helpful advice and resources on how to prepare for the test can be found through the following links:
You will find attached the two weekly Career Newsletters. We hope you will enjoy reading these important documents. Don’t forget to look in the parent portal in SEQTA Engage for our CAREERS section. There is a lot of important information sitting there for students and parents.
Topics this week include:
- Year 11 students – University of Melbourne Hansen Scholarship
- Interested in forensic science?
- Demand for ‘soft skills’ in future workplaces
- Defence Force – upcoming virtual career events
- Music careers guide – over 75 occupations showcased!
- Sign up to Year 13 – your guide to life after school
- Australia National University – new Mathematics requirements for entry
- Focus on engineering
- Outdoor education courses
- Swinburne University – new Bachelor of Arts course
- RMIT University – parent information session
- VCE exam cram weekend – Units 3+4 STEM subjects
Order Your East Timor Calendar Now!
The 2022 East Timor calendar is due to arrive soon! Proceeds from sales will enable funding for 16 University scholarships. Each year Christian College sponsors four new university scholarships, and we are excited this year that these students will come from our very own Uma Maun Alin volunteers.
You can pre-order and pay for your calendar now by calling any one of our campuses and paying over the phone via EFTPOS. They will be available for collection in the next two to three weeks.
A MYTERN Message for the Week
Every detour that you believe you are forced to take …which feels away from your destination…is a chance to gain more experience.
Know that this is the perfect route for you….allowing you to arrive at your destination, equipped with the knowledge and skills you need for this part of your journey 👍😊