From the Head of Senior School
It has been a strange way to end the term – with our Year 12 students back on campus whilst Year 10s and, for the most part, Year 11s still learning remotely. It was great to see our Year 11s coming in for their timetabled Unit 3-4 classes and staying on in the Library for independent study and online classes on Teams. Our teachers, too, have found themselves caught between two worlds, delivering some of their classes online and other lessons face-to-face on campus. I am always thankful, as I know you are, for their dedication, adaptability and resilience, but even more so in these last few weeks of Term 3 with final assessments and exam preparation underway.
We’ve missed a number of opportunities this term to enjoy those fun events and activities on campus that help our community thrive such as House Music, Wearable Art and Football. We’ve tried this week to maintain a sense of fun and connectedness, firstly through a casual dress day and sausage sizzle on campus yesterday, raising money for our sponsored university student in East Timor, Elizario. And today, the Heads of House ran a special lunchtime assembly online for our Year 10s and 11s with a random prize giveaway. We had over 150 students join host Mr Paul Breguet, Head of Taylor House, on Teams for a bit of suspense and laughter with winners Imogen Oliver, Jack Collins, Nikhil Matta, Trinity Cronkwright, Kser K’Prue, Morgan Seach, Abigail Hodgson and Jess Tarrant. Congratulations to those students and thank you Mr Breguet for ending the term in such a fun way for our students.
I pray that you all enjoy and get an opportunity to have a restful break and I look forward to seeing all students back on campus at the start of Term 4.
Important Dates to Remember:
Friday 17 September – End of Term 3 from 2.30 pm
Thursday 30 September – VTAC Applications Closed
Monday 4 October – All Year 10, 11 and 12 students commence studies
Tuesday 5 October – GAT Exam for Unit 3-4 students. No classes for other students on this day. Year 12 fittings for Graduation Gown and portrait taken after GAT exam
Wednesday 6 October – All students on site to continue Term 4 studies
Tuesday 19 October – Final day of Year 12 classes
Wednesday 20 October – Year 12 Celebration Day
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
Sunday 21 November – Year 12 Graduation Service and Dinner
Monday 22 November – Final day of Year 10 classes
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
Friday 3 December – End of Term 4
Thursday 16 December – VCE results released
Holiday Screen Time and Cyber Safety – Webinars for Parents
Given the context of lockdowns and increased screen time for remote learning and social connection lately, these coming school holidays may present some challenges for families when it comes to children and managing their time on screens. Parents may value these parent webinars and resources from Family Zone listed below, which I recommend highly.
Note that some of these parent webinars have sessions available over the weekend and through to Tuesday, while others are available throughout the holiday period.
Click the links to register for a webinar or view the parent blog:
? Parent Webinar: Managing Screen-time During Holidays.
? Parent Webinar: Managing Gaming Consoles.
? Parent Webinars: Cyber Safety Webinars for Families (multiple varied topics, take a look!).
? Blog for Parents: Holiday screen-time survival tips.
Parents, I hope these webinars are helpful in navigating the digital environment with your young person and positively guiding them on types of content and volume of technology they consume these holidays.
Year 12 VCAL student Quinn Palmer is studying his second year of VET Certificate II in Plumbing at The Gordon. Quinn is employed by Justin Drew Plumbing based in Grovedale. He works on Fridays as part of his Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) that is a component of the VCAL pathway. Quinn finds working very interesting as every job is different. He likes that the job involves being at different locations. Quinn enjoys the social side of working, being out in the open air, learning new things, and being part of a team. We are so grateful and appreciative of all our SWL employers who give students like Quinn the opportunity to kick start their trade careers.
We are always looking to our school community and network to find opportunities such as this for our VCAL students. If you are interested, or you know of someone who might be, in giving a young person a start in 2022 please email myself firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Higgins email@example.com
The Career Spot
Up-coming employment opportunity
A number of local employers will be seeking casuals for the Christmas and summer holidays. The Store Manager of Harris Scarfe Geelong has shared with us an employment opportunity for Year 9 and 10s information below:
We are currently recruiting junior casuals for our Christmas period. This information is for Year 9 and 10 students.
Interested applicants should forward their resume to: hscareers.com.au / Select the GEELONG store and follow the prompts.
You will find attached the weekly Careers Newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading this edition.
Don’t forget to look in the SEQTA engage in the parent portal for our CAREERS section. You will find a lot of very helpful information listed here.
Topics this week in the weekly Careers Newsletter include:
16 quick STEM career challenges to tick off these holidays
Year 12 – key tertiary dates (September – October)
Students applying for nursing/midwifery or undergraduate teaching courses
Important Information From the Uniform Shop
Holiday Trading Hours
Please note our trading hours during the September holidays:
Closed for the first week; reopening Monday Monday 27th September 9.00-5.00pm every day until Friday 1st October.
In light of the announcement in last week’s Vine of the NEW wardrobe range for being introduced in 2022 many items from the current uniform are now heavily reduced to make way for this exciting new range.
There are NO exchanges or refunds on reduced stock and once it is gone, its gone forever so get in quick!!
All current uniform is only available to existing students to purchase as ALL new families commencing in 2022 are required to purchase the new uniform
The Christian College Uniform Shop is looking for people to help out serving our College Families.
Shifts vary but anyone interested would need to be available during some school holidays.
Please contact Genelle on 5241 6316 or pop in for a chat – Shop 6/7, 168 High St Belmont.
A MYTERN Message for This Week
Today, in this world of isolation, try to reach out and connect with someone. They may be strangers or a friend.
One of the most precious gifts that you can give them is your time.
Really listen to them. Make them feel heard. This is not about your story, but theirs.
The impact will be profound – for you both ❤️