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)
Upcoming Events is an up to date list of planned activities at Surf Coast Campus that you can use for planning purposes. Please be aware that these dates are set early in the term and occasionally items may need to be cancelled or dates/times altered. This itinerary is altered each week to reflect any changes – please check this list of events EVERY WEEK carefully when you read the weekly VINE newsletter.
Thursday November 11th – Celebration Night Filming
Monday November 15th – Prep Readiness Session for New Preps 2022
Tuesday November 16th – Prep Excursion – MoPA
Wednesday November 17th – Orientation Day
Wednesday November 17th – 2022 New Students visit 3.45pm
Friday November 19th – Beach Prep
Friday November 19th – Art Extravaganza
Friday November 19th – Year 3/4 Basketball Extravaganza
Monday – Wednesday November 22nd – 24th Year 3 Camp
Tuesday November 23rd – Prep Day Camp
Tuesday November 23rd – Ballarat Wildlife Park Excursion Year 1
Wednesday November 24th – Year 2 excursion to Surf Museum
Thursday November 25th Celebration Night
Friday November 26th – BLP Clubs
Thursday December 2nd – Surf Coast Carnival Day
Friday December 3rd – Assembly & Christmas Service
Friday December 3rd – Last Day of 2021 School Year 2.30pm dismissal
Year 1 swimming Friday October 8th to November 26th except for November 12th.
Preps Play with Money!
In Mathematics this week, the Preps explored Australian currency. They found out that many countries have different currencies and in Australia we use dollars and cents. The Preps unpacked each of the six coins by describing what physical features they have and how much value each coin holds. They then got hands on by ordering play and real-life Australian coins according to their value. They were able to explain that the smallest coin in our money system is 5 cents and the largest coin we have is 2 dollars which is made up of 200 cents. Some of the Preps loved showing off their newfound knowledge of a coin’s value when purchasing a treat at our Surf Coast snack shop.
Year 1 Week 6
Throughout this week, the Year 1 students have been presenting their memory boxes. These boxes are very special and unique to each student. They have worked so hard on making sure that they are all looking amazing and that each item put in, is special to their family. A memory box is filled with items from different generations from your own family. It has been great to see everyone bring in things from their grandparents’ era as well as some things from their great grandparents’ era.
Each child has stood up in front of the class and delivered a five-minute presentation about their memory box. Their speaking and listening skills across these presentations have been outstanding. Their efforts in their Integrated Studies unit this term have been excellent and we cannot wait to see how their models of Torquay Town turn out!
Heating Up in Year 3!
Things have been heating up in Year 3 as we have been exploring our Physical and Chemical Sciences unit in Integrated Studies this term. Students have been investigating how heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another. We have explored changes that occur in everyday situations due to heating and cooling, and how a change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat.
Some of our investigations have included testing how well different materials conduct heat, and comparing how quickly it takes for various liquids to freeze. We explored how long it takes for different heat sources to melt chocolate, and also the difference it makes whether the chocolate is a whole piece, or broken into smaller pieces. And of course we needed a tiny taste test!
From the Library
With the increase in sunshine and warmer weather of late, the Library has enjoyed providing alternative locations for students to sit down and enjoy a book. Whether it be at a lunchtime pop-up Library on the deck or outside in the beanbag with friends during our Library lessons, it has been wonderful to see the students relax and enjoy a book in a new setting.
As the academic year draws to a close, we will be winding up book borrowing collecting all Library resources. If your child receives an overdue slip, it would be greatly appreciated if you could help them have a look around at home to locate it. Should you have any queries or have misplaced books, please feel free to contact me in the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seasons for Growth
Well, I still can’t believe we’re ending week 6 of Term 4 and we’re on the home stretch to the end of the school year! Wild! Is it time to put up the Christmas tree yet?!
This week I wanted to highlight a very special program called ‘Seasons for Growth’ that has been taking place this year here at Surf Coast Campus. Part of my role here at school is being a support and helping provide care for the wellbeing of our students. I love it! I love the conversations and the relationships that have been and are being formed. It really is a privilege.
Upon joining the team, ‘Seasons’ was something that came up in early conversations as we looked for ways to bring in some practical supports/programs, and so I began training with a plan to start in Term 3.
If you’re wondering what ‘Seasons’ is, it’s an amazing program that uses the concept of the four seasons (Autumn, Winter, Spring & Summer) to talk about the changes that have happened in children’s lives and gives them some language and tools to navigate those changes and move forward. The changes addressed are from a grief perspective. Some of these changes include losing a loved one or pet, parental separation, or even moving away from friends and/or family.
While it was interrupted by COVID and lockdowns, we completed the eight-session program this week and it has been a really beautiful and special time. We had a number of students participate and it was beautiful to watch the friendships and relationships form over the time together. A moment that stood out to me was a conversation I had with a child and watching them realise that they weren’t the only one that had significant change/loss in their life. It was a comfort for them to realise they’re not alone. Another was able to talk more openly about the change that had happened in their life and family and they were able to articulate better how they were feeling. This has led to some positive conversations with me when they may be having a rough day. These realisations are significant in a young person’s life and it was one of the many moments reinforcing why I feel really privileged to do what I do.
Some of the themes through the program included helping the children to realise: they are terrific, they can make good choices, they know who can help them, that they can change and grow, that their story is special and that they are able to take care of their feelings.
It’s been a rewarding time and my prayer is these amazing children continue to grow, thrive and feel more enabled to navigate the seasons that life throws their way.
Lights, camera, action! This week our children were so excited to be movie stars when they performed in their own movie for our 2021 Celebration Evening. Once the children arrived at the new R.W Gibson Performance Centre at our Senior Campus the excitement bubble grew even bigger. Then it was time for the children to put on their costumes and enjoy their moment to shine. Here are some photos of what is to come when our Celebration Evening is aired on Thursday November 25th. Certainly an event not to be missed!
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 😉😊