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 28th Feb Discovery and Learning – Prep and Year 4 and 5 – refer to EdSmart
Wednesday 1st Mar Indonesian Students Visit our Surf Coast Campus – 9.30am– 12.30pm
Thursday 2nd Mar District Summer Sport Carnival Year 5 – information sent
Friday 3rd Mar Assembly – Bible Presentation Year 2 and Year 5 – all welcome
Year Prep – Nanna’s Button Tin
This week the Preps focused on the word tin. One of the activities this week was the story ‘Nanna’s Button Tin’. The children listened to the story and verbally recounted their favourite part and illustrated their answers with great detail.
We explored a very special button tin ourselves and the children we given the opportunity to describe the properties of the buttons that they had selected, including smooth, bumpy, stripy, tiny, large, round and animal shaped.
It was a wonderful activity loved by all.
Year 1 – Our Natural Environment
Over the past four weeks, we have been looking at our natural environment and how people and the weather can impact our beautiful land. This week, we had the opportunity to undertake a little experiment to see just what happens when water and wind interfere.
We learnt that erosion is where tiny pieces of the Earth’s surface are moved from one place to another. With a little help, we were able to make a working model to show how this happens. With the roots in place (forks) and the water rushing across, we saw just how much the soil could withstand, mimicking what happens all around us.
We are now ready to be on the lookout for natural erosion taking place at school and the beach!
This Week in Year 3
As always, it’s been another eventful week in Year 3! We haven’t wasted any time with this dynamic group as we have dived headfirst into our Science investigation about changing states of matter. The kids got their hands (and uniforms sorry!) dirty as they investigated the properties of solids and liquids.
In Maths they have been conducting maths chance experiments and using manipulatives to develop place value skills. While in Literacy we have been working hard at convincing our readers through persuasive writing.
We have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks with our Beach Prep excursion and our adventure to the chocolate factory, Easter bonnet parade and much more, so stay tuned and keep an eye on The Vine!
Year 5 – Exploring Science
Light is something we take for granted every day, but have you ever wondered about light? Where it comes from? Why it is so important to our lives? The Year 5s won’t be kept in the dark anymore, as they spend Term 1 shedding light on these mysteries! The Year 5 students have been busy using Hodson Light boxes to explore the properties of light, making lava lamps and investigating shadows!
I love that every day we learn something but in a super fun way. Ava 5T
Science is fun. It’s very interesting learning something new – Berry 5T
I love Science, I love the subject we are working on which is light and shadows. I am looking forward to more. Lani 5T
I think science is very fun. I love all the experiments – Abi 5T
Surf Coast Campus – Family Picnic
The family picnic is always a highlight on the Term 1 calendar and this year was no exception. The weather was beautiful and it was wonderful to see families coming together while enjoying a picnic dinner. The children played happily and loved being at school with their families. We look forward to sharing in other events such as this one throughout the year.
Kia Ora from the Surf Coast Chaplain’s desk. I hope you have all had a lovely week!
This week we kicked off the beginning of a significant time in the Christian community by celebrating Shrove Tuesday and the beginning of Lent on Wednesday.
I could be wrong, but I think it’s safe to say that Shrove Tuesday is definitely one of the favourite days on the school yearly planner! The reason for this has to be the yummy pancakes!
As the morning kicked off, the smell of vanilla was strong throughout the campus as Craig and I cooked well over 200 pancakes for excited and hungry children to enjoy at recess.
Donut Repair Club
At our Leaders Investiture last week Mia Kaferis our Dean of Christian Culture spoke to the children about how life without Jesus is like a donut, there’s a hole in the middle of your heart. As members of the donut repair club, we can help to fill the holes in people’s lives with God’s love, and with hope, grace truth and faith. As members of the donut repair club, we need to care for each other and show kindness as we gently help others to fill their donut hole.
Surf Coast – Art
The students at Surf Coast Campus have been busy exploring and experimenting with how line and colour can create different shapes, textures, depth and emotion. The students have been learning how to create a map of the human face, carefully studying individual features and correct proportions to create the base of their self-portraits. We have also been learning how to use the method of tracing, outline and hatching to form more defined lines and features. The students applied their knowledge of line and colour to enhance their artwork to create colourful and interesting elements to their self-portraits.
Building Learning Power Clubs begin again for another year. The children chose their clubs a couple of weeks ago and today they joined friends from each year level to have fun in their chosen club. Being part of a club is different than being in their own classroom. It is a time to make new friends and develop respectful relationships all while working collaboratively with children from all year levels. It is an opportunity for them to develop higher order thinking skills and express their creativity. It also engages our children consciously with the ideas and processes of their own learning. As teachers we see the confidence, capabilities and passion of our children further develop through the Building Learning Power Club process.
Physical Education and Sport @ Surf Coast
It has been a pleasure getting to know our new Preps, as well as students new to the campus, and great to see all our wonderful returning students.
This term students in Prep – Year 3 will be focusing on the ‘Fundamental Motor Skills’ (FMS) of ‘Locomotion’ (running, leaping, and dodging) and Vertical Jump.
During our lessons, we discuss when and how these skills are used in various sports providing students with an understanding of the importance of developing FMS. The components of each skill are broken down to highlight how each is linked to establish good technique and efficient movement patterns. Individual practice is followed by small group activities, or a minor game is played incorporating the developing skill.
Surf Coast Netballers – Years 2 & 3
On Tuesdays at 3:45pm parent Kath Rau conducts an Introduction to Netball training session.
Sessions are conducted on our campus Netball court on the upper level.
We are hoping to form a Surf Coast team to enter an afterschool competition in Torquay, possibly in Term 2.
If your daughter or son in Years 2 or 3 is interested in starting Netball and would like to join in the training sessions, please email Mrs Richardson.
Symphonic Band Blast – The Senior Wind Symphony Puts on a Show!
The Year 5 and 7 students from Bellarine, Highton and Surf Coast Campuses all attended a concert and band instrument demonstration/trials this Wednesday. The Senior Wind Symphony performed for the students and also demonstrated their individual instruments. This ensemble is the most advanced of the five concert bands across the College, it is a 50-piece band with students coming from years 10-12 at the Senior Campus.
The concert was a great avenue for our senior students to inspire the younger students with their beautiful music and generous spirit. The band performed three works which is a great effort so early in the year! As conductors, Mr Rankin and I are very proud of the enthusiasm and energy and look forward to our rehearsals and performances throughout the year!
Bravo Senior Wind Symphony!
Teachers Growing and Learning
Earlier this week, Christian College teachers, Julie Shutie from Junior School-Belmont, Emma Workman and Nicola Morrish both from Senior School, commenced a year-long learning journey with the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership as Teaching Excellence Programme participants.
The opening conference was held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre with the opening address from Victorian Education Minister, Ms Natalie Hutchins. She celebrated the role and work of the teaching profession and the work we would undertake as participants in this prestigious program. She charged us with growing ourselves as learners to ensure we are providing the best possible learning outcomes for our students across the state.
Device Program and Digital Wellbeing Parent Resources
Over the past two weeks, parents of our Year 4 students across the campuses have had the opportunity to attend an information session about the College’s 1:1 Device Program and Cyber Safe Schools Program. At Surf Coast and Bellarine Campuses, where students attend beyond Year 4, this invitation was extended to other families, especially new families to the College.
It is our desire to partner with parents in supporting students at all ages to develop positive digital behaviours and online safety, and these evenings provided information, guidance and support to parents – particularly parents of Year 4 students prior to the students having the opportunity to begin bringing their laptop home.
Visit Back Creek Café!
Christian College’s Back Creek Café in Meredith is a vital part of our Year 9 residential farm experience. Located 15 minutes south of Back Creek Farm, the café is open six days a week (not Sundays) from 8:30am to 3pm. On weekdays during term time, working at the café is part of the schedule for the Year 9s’ Farm Program work groups. Students learn a whole range of hospitality-related skills as they assist with the day-to-day café operations.
If you’re passing through Meredith this weekend, or just fancy a 35-minute drive up the Midland Hwy from Geelong, make sure you drop in and say hi. While you’re there, enjoy the best coffee in town – or choose from a range of other beverages – indulge in an all-day breakfast or one of the other scrumptious light meal/snack options on the menu. There is also a variety of sweet or savoury treats to enjoy while you’re there and delicious home-made produce to purchase and take home.
Back Creek Café is located at 1/27 Staughton Street Meredith. For enquiries and bookings, call 5286 1166.
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
It’s easy to rush through a cup of tea or coffee and forget to stop and appreciate the moment.
Take time out now to simply appreciate being able to breathe in fresh air. Take a long slow breath and feel it rejuvenate every cell.
Make that your intention and watch your body smile from the inside 👍❤️
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