From the Acting Head of Campus
Our Presentation Afternoon will be held on Tuesday 28 of November at 2:00pm at the Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre. This afternoon provides the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful academic achievements of our students and to recognise students who have contributed to our College in the areas of sport, arts, music and community service. All students are required to attend in full uniform and it is a fitting way to conclude the 2023 academic year.
Our 2024 student body will begin their classes on Monday 4 December as we commence transition week. This week provides all students with a head start on their 2024 curriculum and the best opportunity to be prepared to commence their 2024 subjects. I would like to thank Mrs Doran, Mrs Huddart and Ms Denning for all their preparation and organisation to ensure the success of this week.
Students will be dismissed on Friday 8 December at 2:30pm to commence their summer break.
Senior Students Back at Bellarine
It was a thrill for the Year 10 Drama students to be invited to perform at the Bellarine Auditorium on Wednesday this week – in a space they all love and adore.
The students performed the ensemble piece, The Solution that they created for the Suitcase series in Melbourne, which presented a satirical look at Australia’s inaction on climate, refugees and over-consumption, with the play incorporating humour, caricature and even audience interaction.
Students from Years 7-9 were invited to attend the lunchtime viewing, with the audience even offered the opportunity to ask questions of the cast at the end.
We hope to have many more cross-campus sharing opportunities like this in the future.
Emily Treloar A.Mus.A. Clarinet
Early in November, Emily Treloar from Year 11 successfully achieved her A.Mus.A Diploma. The Associate in Music, Australia (AMusA) is a diploma awarded by examination, to outstanding candidates in the field of musical performance by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). TheAssociate Diploma is considered a prestigious award, equivalent to achieving an undergraduate tertiary qualification in Music, and Emily has achieved this at the age of 16!
She was required to present a program of repertoire from a prescribed list of pieces to two examiners, 40 minutes in length, and then undergo ten minutes of questions testing her musical general knowledge of the pieces presented and her instrument.
Emily commenced playing the clarinet in Year 3. As her instrumental teacher, I have had the joy of teaching her for the past eight years. Her work ethic and drive have always astounded me. She has always been dedicated to learning and developing her skills and musicianship, and sought to master a vast array of repertoire, much more than what was set for her in our weekly lessons. Emily has always challenged herself to do her best and is always keen to perform, as well as seek advice and inspiration from professional clarinettists whenever the opportunity arises.
Thinking Like Scientists and Engineers
Earlier this year STEMHUB, an online educational resource, invited schools to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Nuclear Powered Submarine Challenge. The Challenge’s aim was to encourage young minds to think like engineers and scientists by engaging them in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, inspiring innovation, self-confidence, communication, and teamwork. The Challenge also aimed to develop students’ interest in STEM subjects, the Australian Defence Force, and submariner careers in the Navy. High School teams from each state and territory were given the opportunity to submit their design for review and the winning teams had the opportunity to travel to Western Australia for the ultimate experiential prize, a tour of HMAS Stirling and an immersive submariner experience. HMAS Stirling is the home base of the Australian Collins class submarines. A small group of Year 12 students worked through the theory component sheets relating to propulsion of submarines and buoyancy and the responses were sent back to STEMHUB. Whilst we did not win the major prize this year we have been acknowledged with a certificate for our part in this educational program.
Beyond Year 12
Congratulations to our wonderful Year 12s for finishing their secondary schooling!
The attached BEYOND YEAR 12 resource has been sent to Year 12s to support their transition from secondary school to further education, training, or work.
As a Careers Team, Mrs Smith and I will be available from 8:30am-4pm for drop-in conversations in the CoLab, on the ATAR release date Monday December 11, to assist with any change of preference needs or pathway options.
Topics this edition include:
- Focus on summer schools – explore careers over the Christmas break
- Passionate about sport? Check out these amazing courses
- University – early entry programs
- Stay up to date with The University of Melbourne’s fine arts and music courses
- University versus apprenticeships – Riley Payne’s story.
- Apprenticeships and traineeships – resources and tips
- Free career development programs
- Upcoming events
Canteen Announcement – Last Week of Term
Please note, there will be no online canteen orders available during the last week of term (December 4 to 8). Students can only make over-the-counter purchases.
CCG Foundation Golf Day Drives a Great Result!
The second CCG Foundation Annual Golf Day held earlier this month was a major success, with more than 60 golfers of varying abilities enjoying a fabulous day out at 13th Beach. Congratulations to the winning team – Veneziano Coffee Roasters, comprising company CEO Craig Dickson, together with Lance Brown, Nicholas Edds and David Perkins. Congratulations also to Judson Belousoff who took out the NTP (Nearest the Pin) award and Glen McColl who finished the day with the longest drive. A huge thanks to all participants for embracing the day. As well as providing an opportunity for people to come together, enjoy a round of golf and each other’s company, we raised $52,546.10 for the Foundation to support disadvantaged Geelong families in giving their children a Christian College education. Again, thank you to all who contributed to making this day a success.
A date for the diary – the 2024 Foundation Golf Tournament is happening on Thursday October 24 next year at 13th Beach Golf Links. That event will be played on the Beach Course – the same one used for the Vic Open.
GenAI Parent and Student Surveys Feedback
Recently, over several weeks, parents were invited to participate in a survey regarding experiences and perspectives on generative artificial intelligence, learning, society, and future. I would like to thank those parents who generously took a few minutes to participate and share their perspective as part of this process.
Concurrently, students in Years 7-12 were also invited to participate in an equivalent student version of the survey. I was pleased with the degree of participation from our students, at all target year levels, as well as the maturity and thoughtfulness of their responses. Our young people have been, and continue to be, engaged with this technology and the complex issues surrounding it.
Given how new this technology is to most people, for many in education this year has been one of discovery, learning and deep consideration of generative AI’s impacts for education, society, and future. A key consideration is how we as a school can best support all members of our community to be empowered to shape and influence those impacts, for the benefit of all. This journey is far from over and will continue into 2024 and beyond.
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!