From the Vice Principal

As the year comes to a close, I wish to thank you, the parents and students, for sticking with us throughout an incredibly challenging season including lockdowns, CL@H, on-site learning, starts, stops, and pauses on various events and activities.

However, I do hope you have been able to reflect on the incredible opportunities afforded to our students, in viewing the vast array of ‘virtual’ celebrations over the past two weeks. The incredible creative talents of our students presented in the Art, Technology & Design Festival, the beautiful music created and shared online from the amazing R.W. Gibson Centre, and the individual Campus Celebration Evenings, acknowledging the ‘Learning That Matters’ for our students, have all been wonderful moments. But most importantly, we have had the opportunity to honour and give God all the glory for what we have collectively been able to share and achieve in 2021.

I wish to commend our whole community for the incredible teaching and learning undertaken this year. Teaching and learning that has occurred at school, in your home, outdoors, in isolation, with family members, and with friends. It has taken grit, determination and resolve to work through each challenge we have confronted. Everyone has gone above and beyond, and we could not have cared for, encouraged, and supported our young people without the partnership of our families. I also wish to thank the dedicated team of incredible teaching and professional support staff, for their tireless work and service to support the learning and wellbeing of our students. My sincere thanks also go to the campus leadership teams who have had to re-think, re-design and re-plan multiple initiatives whilst working within the ever-changing COVID-19 guidelines. This has been an exceptional effort from our entire community at Christian College Geelong. Thank you.

As we look toward the end of another year, I think it is important for us to acknowledge, that in life, challenges will always present, in various fashions and forms. It is how we confront and deal with such challenges that can have lasting impacts on our personal health, our wellbeing, and our relationships. Where do we turn in our time of need? I am reminded of Psalm 121. When Jewish pilgrims made their way to the temple in Jerusalem, they had a group of poems they recited together as they travelled, and these poems or psalms were called the “songs of ascent.”

Psalm 121 describes the anxiety pilgrims would sometimes feel while making the trip. Many travellers would pass through Jericho and the road from Jericho to Jerusalem rises almost 1000 metres. The mountain roads were dangerous, robbers and bandits could lurk around any corner, and it was a physically demanding journey.

The Psalm begins by saying, “I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from?” Psalm 121:1. It is easy for us to imagine an anxious traveller eying the ominous mountains ahead and worrying about their safety. Who would protect them? “Where does my help come from?” The Psalm offers an answer to this question.


My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth.


He will not let your foot slip – He who watches over you will not slumber.

Indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.


The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.


The Lord will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life.

The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:2-8


As we continue to face the uncertainties of life, we may ask the same question: where will our help come from? Where will we put our trust? Where can we find hope?

The answer remains the same, our help comes from the Lord. He will never leave us or forsake us; He is never too distracted or too tired to come alongside us. We have eternal security knowing that God is our ever-present help, and we can fully trust in Him.

As you celebrate Christmas, the birth of our Saviour, with your families this year, may you find peace, hope and reassurance in the Lord and His salvation.

I pray that you can enjoy a great time of renewal over the holiday period, relaxing, and reconnecting with family and friends. For those who are travelling, may God grant you safe travelling mercies, just as He did for the pilgrims on their journey to Jerusalem.

We look forward with great anticipation to seeing you all in the new year when school recommences for our students on Monday 31st January 2022.

Debbie Riddle – End of Year Message

As we say our farewells to another interesting year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support, love, and concern – it has certainly been appreciated. There have been so many highlights this year and so much to be thankful for. Our children have had a wonderful Term 4 together, full of fun and great times. Our Celebration Evening last week was such a reminder that the values faith, hope, truth, grace and love are the core of our College beliefs and as we look toward Christmas, we are reminded that these values underpin the true meaning of the occasion. Finding the real joy of Christmas comes not in the busyness and the hurrying to be prepared for Christmas Day, but find the real joy of Christmas is when we make Jesus the focus of the season. As you enjoy this special time with family and friends, I pray that you find the real joy and your Christmas is full of blessings.
From all the staff at our Surf Coast Campus, have a wonderful Christmas and a restful break.
God bless you.

Christmas Service

Mary, Joseph, shepherds and the wiseman were all present at our annual Christmas Service. At our annual Christmas service our Preps put on their costumes and retell the Christmas story for the friends and families and this year was no exception. Our Preps also place their individual time capsules into the community one saying goodbye to it until they are in Year 9.
This year we also acknowledge the children who received awards at our Celebration Evening, listened to the choir sing and of course sung Christmas carols. Finishing the year together with family and friends was indeed a very special moment.

Chaplain’s Message

Well I can’t believe the year is done! That has gone so fast!

I just want to say a big thank you to you, our Surf Coast families! It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster year, but we have made it! Thank you for all your support and allowing me to be a part of yours and your child’s life! I genuinely feel very lucky to be able to come and get alongside your child(ren). Thank you for embracing this kiwi kid with open arms! I’m excited for the break but also for the year to come and all the new adventures we’ll all go on together!
It’s been a privilege!

I’m praying for safety over this time for you all and that you’ll be able to make lots of fun memories together!

Blessings and see you soon


G.A.T.E.WAYS Challenge

This week a group of Year 3 children had a wonderful opportunity to participate in The G.A.T.E.WAYS Challenge. This was a team event designed to extend children’s leadership and problem-solving abilities through a series of challenges. It was a terrific chance for students to use their creative and critical thinking skills whilst working collaboratively. It was lovely to welcome a team from our Junior Campus in Belmont to join our students for the day. Well done Year 3 for embracing the opportunity to be extended with your thinking and learning while having lots of fun!

Australian National Surfing Museum

Last week the Year 2 students visited the Australian National Surfing Museum. The children explored the exhibitions and learned about the history of surfing around our local area, including the development of surfboards from the original wooden models to the hi-tech fiberglass boards we commonly see today. They also examined various artefacts related to surfing culture and viewed some exhilarating footage and listened to biographical accounts of famous surfers.
As we come to the end of our last week in 2022, there are many experiences the Year 2 students can look back upon and celebrate. We have had a wonderful time together this year and I am so proud of each student and how much they have grown academically, socially, and emotionally.
The Year 2 students have worked together this year to create a welcoming, supportive, and caring atmosphere in our classroom and I will certainly miss them all. I wish each child and their family a blessed Christmas and a safe and enjoyable break.

Surf Coast Carnival

Carnival Day was finally here! Our children have been waiting for this event all year. This year our Carnival Day was filled with jumping castles, fairy floss, gingerbread decorating, Christmas T-shirt designing, a reptile incursion and lots of other fun activities. It was wonderful to see our children making memories together celebrating the end of what has been a tricky year.

Year 1 – an Awesome Year!

The final week for 2021 has been filled with many mixed emotions.  Joy and excitement that Christmas is near, and our well-deserved holidays are just around the corner.  On the flip side, we feel a little touch of sadness as we get closer to our year together coming to an end.

We extend our thanks to the Year 1 families for your dedicated support this year. You have been incredible.

If we tried to list all the fantastic things the Year 1 children have achieved, all the challenges they have overcome and their multitude of successes accomplished, we would need many pages, so we decided to share a brief recollection of the year through the eyes of our spectacular students.


The year we have had:


I have had a good year, I have loved playing with my friends on the playground and I like doing Maths and Christmas arts and craft.  Year One was the best class!


Year One was amazing, and I loved it.  I loved home school too.  I liked having Miss Mac as my teacher!


I have had a good year.  I have loved creating Torquay town, and I am sad that I am leaving.  1T was the best!


I liked doing art and craft and I am sad about leaving Year One and I loved writing and creating stories on Book Creator.  Year One is the best!


I have loved the whole year but was sad when Corona Virus was here.   I have loved writing and sport and going to the school of back then.


I love Miss Mac teaching me, and I love to write stories and I also can’t wait for next year.  have had fun with Ruby our class Elf on the Shelf.  1T is the best!


I was so excited at the start of the year and now I am sad to leave.  I have loved being with my friends, especially on the slide, and I loved the Christmas activities and Maths.  1T is awesome!


I have liked doing Maths, and I liked when we did lots of arts and crafts.  It was fun to go on the excursions and I really enjoyed Christian Education. Year 1 was the best class and next year will be fun as well.


I loved everything about Year 1! It has been fun playing with my friends and decorating baubles at Christmas.  I enjoyed making Torquay town and getting to take it home.  I love that we had Mrs Mac!


Year One has been the best year ever!  I loved going on camp and doing Maths.  It has been fun doing writing and I also loved spelling challenges.  I have loved having Miss Mac.


I was really, really excited at the start of the year.  I didn’t notice how fast the year went because I was having so much fun.  I am sad to be leaving.  I loved Year One!


I had fun in Year 1 and my friends were funny.  I loved making and creating all the fabulous stuff.  1T Rules!



Year One was great! I have liked having the money jars and Mr Hogan is a great teacher.


I liked having the Elf on the shelf and having our money jars.  I have loved the learning and I like playing with my friends.  Year One was fun!


I loved Mr Hogan and the money jars.  It was fun having the Elf on the Shelf and playing with my friends.  I loved learning this year.


This year we did fun things and it was fun with Mr Hogan.  I enjoyed playing Buzz and its cool to do these amazing Christmas things.  Year One was the best!


I have really liked making things and doing art. I have also liked doing music. I really really liked setting up out class Christmas tree.


I have liked doing Digi Tec and playing with Snowy and the elf.


I have liked the colouring activities and seeing what the Elf on the Shelf gets up to. I have liked playing games in my class with my friends.


I have liked playing games and doing maths. I have liked doing sport and music and playing on the playground with my friends.


I have liked doing music and art because they are my favourite subjects. I love spending time with Mr Hogan and my friends and I loved Year 1.


I have liked spending time with my friends and having fun on special days at school. I have liked Snowy the Elf and seeing what she gets up to.


I have liked music and art. I have liked hanging out with Mr Hogan and playing on the playground.


I enjoyed playing with my friends and I have had a very good year with kind teachers. It has been fun in Year 1 this year.


The time has come for our children to take home their learning portfolios that they have been working on all year. The portfolios are filled with work samples and photos the children have created and collected throughout the year. Each year throughout their junior years the children create a portfolio that showcases their time in a particular year level. It is a wonderful representation of their time at school.

CAMP AUSTRALIA Christmas Greetings and Holiday Care Arrangements

Well, we made it to the end of another year! Christmas is just around the corner and the traffic is getting worse already.

As it approaches the end of term, Camp Australia will be running its last service at Surf Coast Campus on Friday the 3rd of December from 2:30pm through to 6:00pm.

However, for those who still need their children cared for during the day, Camp Australia is running all day care at Christian College Geelong – Junior School Campus from 7am on Monday the 6th of December through to 6pm on the 10th of December. Rocketeers (our Holiday Club) will be running from 15th of December to 24th of December at Geelong Lutheran College.

Enjoy the Christmas period, appreciate the time with your family.


Old House Polos Now Phased Out

Today (December 3) was the last day that students could wear the old style House polo tops. After a three-year phasing-in period, the new style House polo tops will be required to be worn by all students. They are available through our uniform shop at Centreway Arcade in Belmont, or visit our online shop here.

A MYTERN Thought for This Week

Think of something that you would like done for you, and do it for someone else.
Giving to others without expectation often helps you and the recipient drive with even greater control 😊