What’s Happening at Surf Coast?
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.
TERM 1 2023
Tuesday 14th Feb Discovery and Learning – Cosy Corner – Prep and Year 1 Prep
Thursday 16th Feb Parent Helper Training Session – parents
Friday 17th Feb Assembly – Year 4 Leaders Induction
Wellbeing at Christian College
Our philosophical statement reiterates that Christian College is always seeking to develop “an atmosphere of care and concern for each student’s character growth and wellbeing, within a value system and set of priorities derived from the Christian faith”. For many years our Chaplains have led the College in this important area of wellbeing. More recently we have taken additional proactive measures to build and cultivate student wellbeing in addition to enhancing our pastoral care and Chaplaincy support. We are taking meaningful and purposeful steps in this direction, and it is a real privilege to be working with and for you in the development of these areas as the Director of Wellbeing.
Week 2 at Surf Coast Campus
Welcome back and welcome to 2023!
I hope you all have had a wonderful break and that it has been refreshing, restful and full of great memories!
One of the things we do as a staff each week is have Wellbeing Wednesday and this a really refreshing, morale boosting time.
So I thought it would be a great idea to start the year by taking inspiration from the classic cassette player. On a cassette player (as I’m sure many of you will remember), you have the play, pause, stop, rewind and fast forward buttons. So this was the premise for our activity, and I invite you to participate as well.
Another Fabulous Week in Prep!
This week in Prep, we had a super tremendously amazing time learning about the letters Ss, Tt and Aa, including how to form these letters in our writing, as well as the sounds that these letters make.
We commenced our reading rotation groups this week, focusing on what a good reader looks like and sounds like. The Preps loved working with letter recognition and formation in small groups. The Preps blew us away with how independently they worked and how well focused they were. We also started our take home readers and learnt our first spelling word of the week, which was cat.
Year 1 Jump Into Maths
We have kickstarted our learning in Year 1 jumping straight into mathematics! Throughout the week we focused on different mathematical concepts to build our number and place value understanding. We have been learning all about the nine problem-solving strategies that we can use when solving tricky problems… our favourites so far have been to have a go and draw it out! These strategies have allowed us to be critical thinkers in challenging situations. We cannot wait to build on these throughout the year and use them in other fun activities.
Wow – Two Weeks Done Already!
With the ease with which we have settled in, we are beginning to see all the wonderful individual personalities come out in Year 3. While we’re still adjusting to a new schedule and all the new learning opportunities that Year 3 brings us, it’s fantastic to see that the cohort is seamlessly working together. From Year 3 Sport to Christian Ed to Science to Civics and Citizenship, the year 3s have been able to work together and collaborate in all of these learning environments with gusto. It has been a pleasure to watch the new students integrate as if they had been here for year and we are laying a very solid foundation to a big year ahead! We are about to shift gears again as we move swiftly into the second quarter of the term. Buckle up!
Classroom Music has moved into a new building this year, and students have wasted no time adjusting to the space!
Our programs kicked off with students from Year 3 and 4 creating holiday-themed compositions and improvisations, using marimbas and xylophones. The 2023 Yr 2 String orchestra has begun – fancy having the opportunity to play in your very first orchestra at the tender age of only 7 or 8! And the Year 5s have shown great delight in becoming the very first cohort to begin building the foundations of a Surf Coast concert band, featuring flute, clarinet, trumpet and trombone! … Watch this space…
Year 5s Broadening Their horizons!!
One of the exciting things about starting Middle School at Christian College is the new subjects that the Year 5 students are now able to do. Each semester, the students will have the opportunity to experience new subjects that they haven’t done as part of the Junior School.
These subjects are called ‘selectives’. This is so that each student has the opportunity to try each subject that will be offered to them in Year 7 when they will select their own ‘electives’. This is a fantastic way of giving the students a bit of a ‘taste test’ to see which subjects they enjoy and would like to do again.
This year the subjects the Year 5s will get to experience include Stemming the Tide, Drama and Indonesian.
Part of the Year 5 Music curriculum is also the opportunity to learn an instrument for the year and become a Year 5 band. Each student has been given the opportunity to select an instrument to learn for the year. The growth that we see from the students over the year is amazing.
CCG Tennis Championships 2023
Last Friday evening, Year 5 student Darcee Dunoon represented our campus, competing in the ‘Jonathan Ryan, CCG Tennis Championships at the Geelong Lawn Tennis Club.
Darcee played against girls and boys representing our other campuses in both singles and doubles matches, and is to be congratulated on her involvement and efforts during the tournament.
Darcee has progressed to the next round of tennis competitions and will represent CCG at the District Tennis Championships on the 16th February.
We wish Darcee ‘good luck’ for her upcoming competition.
Christian College 2023 Snowsports Team
Did you know that Jakara Anthony, the 2022 Winter Olympic Gold Medallist in the Women’s Moguls is an ex-CCG student?
Jakara continues to perform exceptionally well having been on the podium 16 out of the last 18 World Cups and is now the most decorated Australian Winter Olympian in history!
The Victorian Interschool Snowsports Championships are held this year in Mt Buller from the 21st – 27th August with the XC Championships being held on the 6th August.
If your child(ren) have not been involved previously and you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please email me at [email protected]
You can also find out more event details at https://www.interschools.com.au/home/
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 2023 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 document for further information.