From the Vice Principal
Resumption of activities
Over the past two weeks, the COVID-19 Operational Guidelines for schools have relaxed somewhat, allowing us to re-engage with a variety of activities across our campuses, which have been welcomed by staff and students alike. It has been fabulous to see our Year 9 girls return to Back Creek Farm, the Year 8 GEOS Camps and Senior Outdoor and Environmental Studies Camps providing a much-needed time for students to learn in the outdoors and enjoy building relationships with each other. These are pivotal experiences for our young people, creating lasting memories, but also rich multi-disciplinary learning opportunities. However, more importantly, after spending so much time at home in lockdown, it has been valuable for our young people to be active in the outdoors, away from technology and appreciating the peace and quiet of nature. The benefits of re-connecting socially within peer groups has also been the cornerstone of these rich outdoor experiences.
Along with camps, various sporting pursuits have also recommenced in recent weeks, as have learning experiences for enrichment and enhancement, music ensembles have been rehearsing and we are beginning to find our rhythm and return to some semblance of normality with all students being on-site at each of campuses. The hustle and bustle of life on campus has been a joy to both observe and experience; it is palpable, as the students really are the heartbeat of our College.
End of Year events
As we traverse Term 4, we also cast an eye forward to a variety of upcoming major events. As in 2020, it has been incredibly challenging to activate our planning and make firm decisions regarding major events, due to the COVID-19 guidelines within which schools must comply. As a general rule, we are able to facilitate activities and events involving only students and staff, however, the moment we wish to introduce parents, visitors, or outside guests, the guidelines change significantly. Therefore, we have made the decision to deliver the vast majority of our end of year events for 2021 via video links, allowing you to watch them collectively as a family in the comfort of your own homes. We have commenced filming a variety of segments around our campuses that will contribute to various compilations. All families will receive the ‘link’ to view each video on the launch date. The first release will be our virtual Art, Technology and Design Festival, showcasing the amazing creative works from our students in Kinder through to Year 12. The festival will be launched to families on 19 November – see the article in this week’s Vine, with further details to come next week. Our annual Celebration Evenings for each of our College campuses will also be captured on video and shared with families in the final weeks of term.
We are pleased that our Year 12 students will have the opportunity to attend a ‘live’ Graduation Service with their peers, Senior School Staff and a limited number of guests. This event is scheduled for Sunday 21st November, outdoors, at the Geelong Racecourse. The grit and resilience of our Year 12s to maintain their focus and resolve throughout two years of COVID-interrupted studies, has simply been outstanding. We are looking forward to celebrating our Year 12 cohort and I encourage you to keep them in your prayers as they complete their final exams next week.
In the midst of uncertainty and challenging times, I am reminded that we can choose joy. To choose joy does not mean to choose happy feelings or an artificial atmosphere of hilarity. But it does mean the determination to let whatever takes place, bring us one step closer to the God of life. When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. Romans 12:12 (NIRV)
From the Head of Senior School
This week has again had life breathed into our campus community with Year 10 Outdoor Education students taking part in a three-day camp on the Murray near Barmah State Forest and the Our World class immersed in First Nations culture in eastern Victoria. Yesterday, Senior Campus paused for a minute’s silence to mark Remembrance Day, with the Last Post played prior across the loudspeaker – a poignant moment of reflection in the busyness of the week.
Next week will bring to a close the remaining classes for our Year 11 VCE students with Unit 2 exams taking place from Thursday. Students have this afternoon been emailed a reminder of their exam schedule and study sessions. Year 11 VCAL students are reminded that their classes will continue as normal all next week.
We are just over a week away from our Year 12 Graduation Ceremony, taking place on Sunday, November 21st at the Geelong Racecourse. Students should have RSVP’d by now advising of their attendance at the Graduation Dinner and their nominated guests for the Ceremony. All students will have completed their VCE exams by then, with Indonesian and Drama being the last of these on the Wednesday.
Important Dates for Senior School
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
Australian Jobs 2021 Report
‘Australian Jobs 2021’ is a report compiled from data gathered by the Australian Government, the National Skills Commission and the National Careers Institute. It provides an overview of trends in the Australian labour market, what does the post COVID labour market that we are now moving into look like and how do you prepare for that.
You will find attached two career newsletters. We hope you will enjoy reading these important document. 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:
- Updates for Year 12 students
- Online career planning & job seeking program
- DigiSkills program – win $5000!
- Employment resources
- Upcoming career events
Art, Technology and Design Festival
Next Friday is the launch of our Art, Technology and Design Festival!
This will be the second year running where this event takes place online – and we are excited about bringing to the College community such a fantastic range of creative talent – across all our levels: Early Learning to Year 12.
Over the past few months, we have been curating the 2021 collection, which is drawn from all the various Art, Technology and Design subjects offered across our campuses. Featuring many different visual art styles and hundreds of examples of outstanding creative work, photographers, videographers and editors have been busy constructing a great range of multimedia presentations, so we can bring this year’s Festival to our College community.
The Art, Technology and Design Festival launches on Friday November 19. It will be accessible online via a link on the Christian College homepage. Visit, and be amazed!
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
Viewing what you may judge as a failure from a different perspective, has the power to change everything.Don’t see it as telling you who you aren’t . See it as guiding you towards who you could be 😉😊