From the Dean of Christian Culture
Many of you who read these articles on a regular basis would be aware that our whole-of-College focus this year is the concept of Engagement. Wherever possible, we have been encouraging our students, staff and families to consider engagement as the notion of new or renewed possibilities being created through connection or reconnection.
With the understanding that engagement can potentially increase opportunity, release strategy, and deliver fruitfulness, it has been suggested that we, as members of the CCG community, shift our individual and collective gaze toward people or areas of life with which we might possibly choose to engage or re-engage in 2022.
This being the final week of Term 1, and the lead-in to the Easter School Holidays, it felt entirely appropriate and timely to offer a thought in relation to the idea of engaging or re-engaging with Easter.
Despite the difficulties of our current global situation, it remains important for us to remember, acknowledge, celebrate and engage with Easter. Why?
Because Easter is the most special, and the most sacred, festival, event and moment on the Christian calendar. And even for those for whom Christianity is not a chosen pathway, Easter cannot be ignored. Several billion of our world’s 7.9 billion inhabitants will be stopping to recognise Easter in one format or another this year; and, more specifically, in excess of 1 billion people around the globe, who identify as Christians and live lives in accordance with Christian belief and teachings, will do more than simply eat an Easter egg – they will actively participate in a personal and community recognition of Easter.
In our society, the celebration of the birth of Christ occurs at Christmas, but it is Easter that is recognised as the most pivotal date for Christianity, because it is the moment, Biblically-speaking, at which there is a definitive acknowledgement of the role played by Christ in the establishment of the possibility of an ongoing and direct relationship with God Himself. It is big. It is important. It is real.
Jesus Christ, His life, death and resurrection, are at the core of Easter.
Every year people will discuss and debate “the Jesus question” which is a tremendously important conversation, and, as they do, it becomes more and more clear how important He, and therefore Easter, is to our society, to our culture, and to our past, present and future. Even the very calendar we live by has been set in accordance with the dates of His life.
One Solitary Life
If thinking about the life of Jesus has not previously been a focus, perhaps the following piece of writing might be of interest. It is entitled “One Solitary Life”.
“He was born in an obscure village, a child of peasant parents. He grew up in a different yet equally small and obscure village where He worked in a carpenter’s shop until aged 30. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never owned a house. He didn’t go to university. He didn’t visit a big city. He never travelled more than 200 miles from His birthplace. He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness. He had no credentials. He was only 33 when the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a false trial. He was nailed to a wooden cross between two thieves. While He was bleeding to death His executioners gambled for His clothing – His only property. After He died He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Twenty centuries have come and gone and yet today He is still the central figure of the human race – our daily calendar is based upon the date of His birth, many of our global political and judicial systems are based upon His teachings, and more than half of the western world’s schools, universities and hospitals have been established by people operating in His Name. All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that have ever sailed, all the parliaments that have ever sat, all the Kings and Queens that have ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of humanity as much as that one solitary life.”
So here we are, approaching Easter 2022, realising that Easter matters; that Jesus matters. And if we are going to be really honest with ourselves, we would have to say that it is not a nice, or easy, or convenient story. In fact, Easter doesn’t fit easily and smoothly into our nicely packaged lifestyle, but it does challenge us to think about what is really happening in our heads and our hearts.
An Easter Response
As you reflect on Easter and what it means to you, there are several ways you could choose to respond, including, but not limited to;
- Making time to simply sit quietly and think
- Writing down some of your thoughts
- Sharing your thinking with others
- Engaging with a local Easter Church Service
- Perhaps this written prayer, below, might help you
As we approach Easter this year please provide us with the confidence to know that You are here with us, every day, filling us with Faith, Hope, and Love. Thank you for Your love, which enfolds us in Your arms. In Your gentleness, please guide us. In Your power, please strengthen us. In Your humility, please direct us away from selfish thinking.
Where there is fruitfulness, bring shared celebration; where there is sadness, bring joy; where there is fatigue, bring refreshment; where there is division, bring unity, and where there is despair, please bring a renewed sense of hope.
Let this Easter be a time when Your light and Your love flood into our lives and provide us with healing, freedom and hope. We want to be people who are full of love, acceptance and forgiveness as we give ourselves to serving You, serving one another, and serving our broader community.
We ask please that You grant us Your peace; the peace that passes all understanding; the peace that needs to be shared.
In the Name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit we pray, Amen.
End of Term
Circumstances have been difficult during the last couple of years and as we started this 2022 school year at our Surf Coast Campus we did so with hope. True hope comes by trusting God even when circumstances are difficult.
Hope that this year was going to be different than the two before it. Hope that daily school life will return to normal.
Other than the handful of COVID cases we have experienced so far this year, life at our Surf Coast Campus this term has been wonderful and full of joy.
As this term comes to a close, I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support and we hope as the year continues, we have the opportunity to bring our community together more often just as we were able to do at the Family Picnic.
Please note the change to the starting day of Term 2. This year Term 2 for our students will begin on Wednesday April 27th. This is due to the ANZAC holiday on Monday the 25th and the Teachers Curriculum Day on Tuesday the 26th.
One Wednesday the 27th we will be holding our ANZAC service at 2.45pm. Families are more than welcome to attend the service as it will be an outdoor event. Unless restrictions change.
Next term is going to be full of wonderful learning opportunities for our children. Our Year 2 students will be attending camp, our Year 3 and 4 students will take part in weekly swimming lessons, and we will celebrate our mums at our Mother’s Day Pamper Morning. Next term BLP clubs will also begin for all our students.
At the end of next term will be inviting our parents to attend our Celebration of Learning Conferences. A time for both students and parents to celebrate the learning that has taken place during Semester One.
As we look toward Easter, a pivotal moment in time on our Christian calendar I pray that we spend time reflecting on the significance of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. I hope that your families have a wonderful holiday and Easter break.
Keep safe and we will see you in Term 2.
Surf Coast Cross Country Championship
Penman take the honours!
On Tuesday morning, our beautiful campus provided the perfect venue for our House Cross Country Championship. The weather conditions were perfect for cross country running and students arrived full of energy and enthusiasm.
After weeks of training and preparation, students were keen to run to the best of their ability in the hope of becoming House champions.
Our campus came together on the lower level of the school grounds to welcome our parents and support staff, and revise race day instructions.
The students were again faced with our challenging course, and spectators and teachers were amazed by the running efforts of the students.
Each year level took off with great speed, negotiating the uneven terrain and rolling hills. The remaining students cheered as the runners raced past ready to attack the second lap.
To say ‘the efforts of every runner was impressive’ is an understatement. The display of resilience, perseverance, and determination by our young competitors was amazing to watch. From the littlest Preps to the strongest Year 4 students, from the runners in the top 3 places, to those further back in the field, everyone ran amazingly.
To aid recovery, student enjoyed a drink and an icy pole while the presentations took place.
A definite highlight of the event was the amazing parent involvement and support. It was wonderful to view our school community together on campus, with parents supporting their own child/ren, as well as all the other students. Our athletes were spurred on by the all the cheering and support from spectators. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, family members and friends for your attendance, you certainly added to the atmosphere and made the event more special.
We congratulate the students in Penman House on taking out the Championship! It was exciting to watch them raise the Cup and enjoy the victory.
We also congratulate students in Flynn -2nd, Taylor – 3rd and Burrows – 4th.
We very much look forward to having our wider school community join us on campus for future sporting event to cheer on our amazing students.
Individual placegetters’ results are below.
Prep Boys: 1st Harrison Bates Prep Girls: 1st Sienna McClea
2nd Will Fitzgerald 2nd Harper Thanas
3rd Remy Love-Hallihan 3rd Eleanora Kennedy
Year 1 Boys: 1st Daniel White Year 1 Girls: 1st Edwina Rau
2nd Clancy Dixon 2nd Jasmine Heath
3rd Oliver Ooi 3rd Paige O’Shanassy
Year 2 Boys: 1st Archie Hughes Year 2 Girls: 1st Claire Colella
2nd Woody Clark 2nd Hope Sticca
3rd Taylor Wilkens 3rd Ivy Fraser
Year 3 Boys: 1st Avery Bowyer Year 3 Girls: 1st Mackenzie Fitzgerald
2nd Oscar Dixon 2nd Camilla Rau
3rd Dane Hornsby 3rd Rose Magree
Year 4Boys: 1st Thomas Burnell Year 4 Girls: 1st Arcadia Worn
2nd Guy Sossin 2nd Sophie Virtue
3rd James O’Shanassy 3rd Georgia Griffin
Fastest Girl on Campus: Mackenzie Fitzgerald
Fastest Boy on Campus: Tom Burnell
Learning Japanese to learn how to respect each other
For our students, every day is a harmony day, particularly in the language classes. They have been learning the importance of mutual respect through the experiences of learning another language and culture.
This week in the Japanese classes, we revisited the theme of Harmony. The students were posed a question, “What do you think the word ‘harmony’ means?” Some of the words with which they expressed were, ‘friendship’, ‘caring’, ‘love’ ‘connecting’ and ‘respect’. We then talked about differences and similarities between Australian and Japanese culture which led to making us think about how to respect differences even among us as individuals.
In the activity, the students were asked to find a nice thing about their nominated classmates and wrote why they like him/her. Then they created origami hats and drew their classmate faces on the sheet. It was wonderful to see that the students wrote positive comments to each other.
Open day at our Surf Coast Campus
On Thursday May 5th we will open our campus doors for prospective families to come and see our amazing campus. This week, Caitlin and I visited 20 kindergartens and childcare centres between Anglesea and Armstrong Creek. We handed out 700 pamphlets and flyers advertising our campus within the community. If you know of any neighbours or family members that are looking for a school for their children, please let them know about our Open Day.
Over the past two weeks, the Surf Coast Preps have been learning about the Easter Story in Christian Ed through Resurrection Eggs. Each day we opened and unpacked the twelve eggs, where inside was a tiny symbol which told part of the Easter story. The Preps loved reflecting on what is the real meaning of Easter.
As an end of Term celebration, the Preppies had a fun filled afternoon of Easter craft to celebrate all the incredible hard work they have put into their first ever Term at school.
We are so extremely proud of each and every one of them. Over the course of the Term, they have showed such growth in their social, emotional, and academic achievements.
Congratulations to our Surf Coast Preps for completing such a fabulous Term 1.
What a way to finish off the term! In Year 1, we have been able to head back down to White’s Beach to explore the changes in our very own backyard. We headed down during Week 5 to make observations of the wonderful landscape just around the corner. We are truly blessed being in an amazing location near the beach! The kids absolutely loved heading back down to a spot that has changed so much in just five weeks! We were able to take photos, make observations and compare our thoughts from our first trip. We are looking forward to our next chapter in Term 2, when we head down to Deep Creek to observe the changes that are made
Jesus is Alive
Year 1 has been on a beautiful journey preparing for the Mystery of Easter. We have been hearing the stories of Christ’s journey toward the cross and His resurrection. We are so thankful that Jesus is Alive!
The students have been busy working on their projects as part of the Threads and Textiles unit this term. The Preps and Year 1s have been creating colourful butterflies and God’s Eyes, the Year 2s have been creating their own embroidery picture using burlap, the Years 3s have been making their own personalised cushions and the Year 4s have been creating their own soft toys! It has been a busy few weeks of design and manufacturing in the Art room and the students have put lots of time and effort in to create some incredible pieces that they can cherish for years to come!
Gateways Ignite Program
This week four of our Year 3 and 4 students travelled to Middle School to take part in the Gateways Ignite Program. Students participated in Mathematics and Science workshops with students from other campuses. These workshops were coordinated by mathematical and science specialists. These enrichment workshops provided an opportunity to reignite the curiosity of our highly abled students. They were designed to meet the specific needs of gifted and talented students and develop STEM skills as well as critical and creative thinking skills. The students had a wonderful day.
House Athletic Championships 2022
Yesterday our Year 4 students enjoyed a fabulous day at the Highton Campus participating in the House Athletics Championships.
Year 4 students participated in various athletic events and enjoyed some fun novelty events as well.
They competed enthusiastically alongside the Junior School students displaying some great athletic ability and most importantly wonderful attitudes towards fellow competitors.
Everyone enjoyed earning points for their House and we congratulate Taylor House as winners of our Surf Coast House Athletics Cup. Points were awarded for both Novelty and Athletic events with totals combined to reach our overall winner.
All students are to be congratulated on their efforts, attitude and behaviour throughout the day. The teaching staff were so proud of our young students and had a wonderful day leading and encouraging our students.
2022 HOUSE ATHLETIC CHAMPIONS TAYLOR HOUSE
Arcadia Worn 2nd Discus
Pippa Dow 3rd Discus
Tom Burnell 1st 800m
2nd High Jump
3rd Shot Put
Guy Sossin 1st 300m
3rd High Jump
Year 4 Working for our Environment
The last two weeks for our Year 4 students have been so busy. We have had excursions, experiments, cross country competitions and the House Athletics in at Christian College Middle School. These students of ours have definitely earned a holiday! We have been conducting an experiment, to look at the different ways food breaks down for our composting project, looking at how mould grows under a microscope. We have been getting our recycling and composting program set up and running across the school. The Cross Country and House Athletic competitions were a highlight for the students. The Easter Bonnet Parade today was such a fun way to end our term.
Easter at the Surf Coast
What a perfect way to end a perfect term. The warm Autumn sunshine and our beautiful environment were the perfect backdrop for our annual Easter Bonnet Parade. Our children were extremely creative this year, their bonnets were brightly coloured and very original. The children had the opportunity to dance, sing and have a wonderful time together. A highlight of the morning was a visit from the Easter Bunny. Later in the day, students gathered to celebrate Easter at our Easter Service. Following the service, we said our goodbyes knowing that we will be back together again in two weeks.
Pratty Got Married
Last Sunday our Chaplain Nathan Pratt married his beautiful bride Tarlee. The wedding was held in Ocean Grove and both the bride and groom had a perfect day. We wish them both a wonderful life together and pray God will bless their marriage.
Cyber Safe Schools – Parent Update
Parents will be aware from recent Vine articles throughout this term that we are excited about our new Cyber Safe Schools Program that the College is introducing in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone this year.
Over this term we have been putting in place some new tools at school that will help support and protect students in the digital space while at school and enable teachers and pastoral staff to be empowered to support our students’ wellbeing more effectively going forward. This process has now been completed.
The final step is the installation of Family Zone’s Connect app on College laptops for students in Years 4-12, which we are now ready to begin.
This will pave the way for us to be prepared early next term to share more about this exciting new program, including some parent tools. These tools have the potential to empower parents to guide and support their child’s wellbeing, safety, and development of positive behaviours relating to technology in the home.
The introduction of the Connect app on College devices, alongside our existing malware protection app Forticlient, means students are able to be well protected when using their College device.
For parent reference, more information is provided below on both apps installed on all College laptops that are part of our Student 1:1 Device Program to help protect students.
The Connect App by Family Zone
The Connect app will help ensure that students remain protected and engaged in learning during school hours, even if they disconnect from our safe College Wi-Fi network. This app will be inactive and dormant for school purposes outside of school hours.
This app is an important component of the technology behind our new Cyber Safe Schools Program in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone.
The Connect app is also central to the tools we’ll soon be making available to all parents to support them with managing the College laptop and other devices in the home if they wish.
We’ll soon begin installing the Connect app onto student laptops via a remote process, which should be completed by start of Week 3 in Term 2.
Forticlient Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
This software helps to protect students and their laptop from malicious software and sites both at school and at home. The Forticlient software is already installed on all student laptops.
Forticlient EDR is an extra layer of protection for student laptops from malware, viruses, and other risky content, on top of Microsoft’s own built-in Windows Security features.
We take our duty of care seriously for ensuring the wellbeing and protection of students and for helping them to build positive digital behaviours while at school. We also want to work with parents and support them with their important role in this at home.
It is for this reason that the two apps above are required to be present on all students’ College laptops going forward. It is part of our Digital Learning and Device Policy Agreement that this software remains on all student laptops and is not tampered with or removed.
We look forward excitedly to soon sharing more details of our Cyber Safe Schools Program early in Term 2. In the meantime, please take some time these holidays to explore our parents’ Online Safety Hub
We’re Open in May!
Each of the Christian College campuses will open their doors during May for prospective parents and others to visit, tour and ask questions – with no booking needed. We encourage all members of our College community to help spread the word about our open days, and our invitation to book a tour anytime to any friends, neighbours, colleagues – anyone you know who may be looking at Early Learning and/or schooling options for their children.
This year, each of our campuses will open its doors on the following dates at the times indicated.
Junior School-Belmont: May 3 – 9:30am to 11am
Middle School-Highton: May 3 – 11am – 12pm
Surf Coast Campus: May 5 – 9:30am – 11:30am
Bellarine Campus: May 10 – 9:30am – 12:00pm
Senior School-Waurn Ponds: May 3, 5, 10 12:00pm – 1:00pm
We also invite anyone who is interested in visiting any of our campuses, but can’t make the above days/times to book a tour online at a time that suits, meet with campus leaders and have their questions answered. Every day is Open Day!
Uniform Shop Holiday Hours
The last trading day for Term 1 is Friday 8th April 4, 2022. The Uniform Shop will then be closed from Monday 11th April 4, 2022 – Monday 18th April 4, 2022.( Easter Monday)
The shop re-opens on Tuesday April 19 with hours as follows for the second week of holidays.
Tuesday 19th April , 2022 9.00am-5.00pm
Wednesday 20th April 2022 9.00am -5.00pm
Thursday 21st April , 2022 9.00am -5.00pm
Friday 22nd April , 2022 9.00am -5.00pm
CLOSED Monday 25th April 4, 2022 ( Anzac Day)
Tuesday 26th April , 2022 9.00am- 5.00pm
Wednesday 27thApril, 2022 9.00am- 5.00pm
Thursday 28th April, 2022 9.00am-5.00pm
Friday 29th April, 2022 9.00am-5.00pm
Normal trading hours resume Monday 2nd May 2022.
Notice to All Parents Regarding CSEF Funding
The Victorian State Government runs a program called the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF). As the name suggests, the fund is designed to assist families meet costs associated with school camps, sport and excursions and requires families to apply in each year they have a child who is eligible. Families who have an eligible child will receive $125 per year for a primary aged student and $225 per year for a secondary aged student.
If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. Please complete a 2022 Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) Application Form and return to your campus administration office by the end of Term 1 please.
Please read the attached letter for further information
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
We all know that only one person can drive at a time, yet many of us believe that there are people and circumstances steering our emotions in the opposite direction of where we want to go. Grab your steering wheel now and know that only one person directs you down those emotional roads….and that is you. What an awesome power that is 👍😊
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