From the Head of Senior School
Although the academic year is fast drawing to a close, there is still a great deal happening at Senior School for all year levels. Our Year 12 VCE students are, of course, sitting their final exams and it has been great to see many of them coming in at other times to connect with their teachers for exam revision. I have also been pleased with the way our Year 10 and 11 students have respectfully kept their distance from the Penman area where the exams are being conducted. Year 11s have only a week and a half left of classes and are busily finishing off assessments and preparing for internal exams from November 18. And the Year 10 Outdoor Education and Our World classes get the opportunity next week to immerse themselves in the outdoor experiences in Northern and Eastern Victoria respectively – I’m sure much preferred learning environments than online Teams lessons that they have been accustomed to for a fair portion of this year.
Important Dates for Senior School
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 Ceremony
Tuesday 23 November – Senior School Presentation Afternoon Filming
Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 November – Student-free days
Monday 29 November to Friday 3 December – Senior School Transition Week
Melbourne Theatre Company – Betty Amsden Scholarship programme
I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the MTC Betty Amsden Course. It was one of the best creative experiences I’ve ever been a part of. For the first week of the September holidays, I spent themajority of my time on Zoom calls. The course took us through a variety of acting pathways, showing us all the different areas and roles in theatre and acting. We met with a costume designer who went through all the steps and parts of costume design and how colours and detail can change the meaning and purpose of a character. We got to talk with a director and an actor, who both talked about the importance of a director in all the major parts of putting a show together, and what that position entails. The other students and I were separated into groups and read through a scene in the script. The actor and director both gave us advice and adjustments when we performed the scene. And finally, we got to meet with another acting enthusiasts whose focus was on teaching us movement and body language. Movement was very much on our feet, and we dived deep into the way we portray ourselves in all acting opportunities. The exercises that we went through for the entire week really helped open my eyes to so much opportunity in acting and how the smallest touches can make the biggest impacts. I’ve learnt so much about so many different things while also making new friendships. Walking away from this experience I’m going to take away every bit of advice. This experience has helped strength my creative abilities. Knowing what I know now. I’m so thankful for this opportunity and I’m very excited to see where my acting journey will go from here.
Multicultural Melbourne Senior Food Studies Luncheon
In celebration of multicultural Melbourne coming out of lockdown the Senior Food Studies students collaborated to design, cook, and enjoy a buffet style meal of dishes inspired from around the world. Melbourne is famous for food and its amazing multicultural restaurants and at this event the senior Food Studies students were able to imagine the atmosphere of Lygon Street, Smith Street, Chapel Street and High Street. Some examples of the delicious food produced included Middle Eastern Glazed Octopus, Greek Pies, Chicken Pad Thai, Chicken Enchiladas and Italian Panna Cotta.
The students are congratulated for their teamwork and commitment to the task, they were able to experience the real pressures of working towards plating up and service time. It was a real joy to work with the students on this event and see them thrive and relish in the experience. Students were not only required to draw on their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical components of Food Studies but also apply this through the process and production of their dish. Well done to all students of our Food Studies program.
Year 10 Health Issues in Australia
There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illnesses and having a mental illness is quite common in Australia where 1 in every 5 Australians suffers from a mental health problem. Stigma surrounding mental health often stops young people from asking for help and getting the support and treatment they need. Suffering from a mental illness makes life so difficult; it makes it difficult to find a job, find somewhere decent to live, to maintain stable relationships and to feel good about yourself. Stigma is a major barrier to recovery. If people who suffer from mental illness are included as equal members of society, then the chances of stigma and the discrimination surrounding it could be eliminated.
In the Year 10 Health Issues in Australia class, we have been learning about Health Inequities and building on ideas of a social action. As a team, Ruby Brockman and I have been researching the population group of people living with mental health and the stigma that surrounds mental health. For our assignment, to create a social action, Ruby and I wanted to raise awareness around the Senior School campus and the wider community of Christian College for mental health and trying to put on end to the stigma that surrounds mental health. It is so important that as teenagers we understand that it is okay to ask for support and help if you need it. We plan to do this by displaying posters that we have shown below around the Senior School Campus in strategic positions to catch the viewers’ eyes. In doing so, we aim to remind our peers that they are not alone and that there is always support on offer for them whenever they need it, especially as we get to the pointy end of the school year when final SACs and exams are coming up. There is so much help available in so many different places; you can talk to your teachers, your family and friends, your doctors, or you can go online or on the phone to mental health helplines such as Lifeline and Headspace. Talking about mental health can be a scary thing but it could also be one of the best things you could do for yourself.
Year 12 Checklist
The Year 12 Checklist is updated with the following resources and current dates:
- Accommodation guide
- Scholarships guide
- How to apply for courses via VTAC
- How to apply for courses via UAC
There are links that go directly to these resources within the checklist, so students will be able to download them via the document if they are relevant.
Calendar of Events:
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 Thought for the Week
When your life outside feels unstable…it’s ok.
Just stop for a moment and take control of what is on the inside.
Take a few deep breaths, look at a flower, watch a bird or a cloud. Listen to music.
Take control of what you can, knowing that no road lasts forever.
All will be well 👍😘