My Last Vine
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou
I remember the first time I heard this statement, it stuck with me, so much so that it has influenced how I interact with young people in my work and personal life ever since.
When I was in my teen years, my family lived as staff on a property that had a troubled youth program, and the youth would be mentored by young adults. I remember it so vividly; I was that awkward pre-teen trying to find my place in the world and to fit in. One of the mentors that lived on site was from the US and he was this awesome fun and outgoing guy that everyone loved. I remember one day I was probably behaving like a classic pre-teen and he invited me to the lounge, and we hung out and he played a guitar he had restored. Another time he showed me a computer game (it might have been the classic Age of Empires) and some funny videos. I don’t really member a whole lot of what we did when I hung with him, but boy do I remember how it made me feel! It left a huge impact on my life in that awkward but formative and influential time in my life. I felt seen, I felt accepted, I felt like I belonged, and I didn’t need to do or prove anything to try and fit in. I think as a result, I probably became a less annoying pre-teen, which I’m sure my parents were stoked about.
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 2 2023
Tuesday May 9 Discovery and Learning – Yr 1
Wednesday May 10 Mother’s Day Pamper Afternoon – 3.30pm – 5pm
Thursday May 11 Lunchtime Concert – 1.40pm
Thursday May 11 Winter Sports – 12.30pm – 3.30pm – Yr 5
Friday May 12 Mothers Day Stall – please refer to email sent
Friday May 12 Assembly – 2.45pm – 3.30pm
Tuesday May 16 Discovery and Learning – Prep
Tuesday May 16 Walking tour of Old Torquay – Yr 1
Thursday May 18 Winter Sport – 12.30pm – 3.30pm – Yr 5
Friday May 19 BLP Clubs – 2.45pm – 3.30pm
Friday May 19 East Timor Independence Day – Casual Dress Day – Sausage Sizzle – All Students
Discovery and Learning
On Tuesday afternoon, the Surf Coast Preppies were very excited to take part in their first every Discovery Learning Bush session for the year!
The Preps chatted to their friends all the way down to Spring Creek Valley, looking out for crickets and animal tracks. On our way down, we were so lucky to see a huge mob of kangaroos and their joeys, who seemed very interested in us!
Once we arrived, the Preps sat down on the grass and used their senses to comment on the fresh aromas they could smell, and the softest sounds they could hear.
The children loved working as a team to build tepees and animal shelters, as well as going on a discovery search for little bugs and grubs and digging for dinosaur bones!
Down on the Surf Coast, the students are so grateful for all the beautiful things God created.
School of Back Then
It is such a fun time Year 1 during Term 2! We get to look at how our grandparents used to live during school. To start the term, we held our School of Back Then! We explored what life was like in the early 1900s. We got rid of all technology, used chalk boards, explored historical artifacts, played old style games and to finish the day, made damper from scratch and cooked it over an open campfire. In Year 1, we will be exploring how cooking was done without electricity and gas. So, during our Day of Back Then, we made damper and also made fresh butter by only using heavy cream and a small marble! Fair to say the kids’ arms got very sore after a while. We are super excited for what our History unit has in store for us this term.
Volume and Capacity
In Maths, the Year 2s have been learning about measuring capacity. Capacity is how much a shape can hold. Volume is how much space a 3D shape takes up. Year 2 students compared containers and estimated which might hold more, thinking about how they could test this accurately. In the sand pit they then compared the capacity of different containers. They came up with the method of filling one container to the top, then pouring the sand into the empty container. If the second container filled to the top with sand left over, then it was a smaller container.
The Latest From Year 4T
The students of Year 4T started the term off with some baking. ANZAC biscuits were the recipe of the day in commemoration of ANZAC Day. I hope that some family members got to sample some of the tasty biscuits butif not, your child was sent home with a recipe so they can bake them for you again. Send them into the kitchen anddon’t forget to send one to school!
In Maths lessons we have started our term with the topics of perimeter and area. We have been doing a lot of measuring and trying to remember the formulas needed to calculate them.
Year 4T have been given added responsibility this term in the form of feathered friends. We now have eightbantams at school with possibly a few more to come. It has been very encouraging to see the way that the students have very enthusiastically caring for them. We also have some budgies in an aviary in the garden. Rest assured, we won’t be sending any birds home with your children.
Our class continues to grow and at the start of this term we welcomed Mia who has joined us from the Junior School campus. As we progress through the term I am looking forward to seeing how the students of Year 4face the challenges ahead of them.
Deakin District Cross Country Championships
Congratulations to Year 4 and 5 students Avery Bowyer, Jude Griffin, Mackenzie Fitzgerald, Camilla Rau, Tom Burnell, Kai Degenis, Lachlan Walters, Jax Newling, Leia Coleman and Berry Burton on their Cross-Country running efforts yesterday at Eastern Park.
Special mention to Mackenzie Fitzgerald in Year 4 who placed 8th and has qualified for the next round of XCR competition. Mackenzie will compete against students from our wider Division on May 23.
Our students competed alongside students from Montpellier PS, Grovedale West PS, Kardinia International College, Christian College Highton Campus & Bellarine Campus, and The Geelong College.
The event was conducted at Eastern Gardens, Geelong and involved completing a challenging 2 km or 3 km course.
We are proud of these students for being our Surf Coast Campus representatives at this interschool sporting event.
Our students gained valuable experience and enjoyed the atmosphere while competing with enthusiasm and pride, representing our school.
A big ‘WELL DONE’ to all members of the CCG Cross Country team!
Deakin District Winter Sport Carnival
On Thursday April 27, the Year 5 and 6 students from Bellarine Campus, and the Year 5 students from Surf Coast Campus, came together again to participate in the Deakin District Winter Carnival competing in either football, netball, soccer or volleystars.
We were lucky that the weather cleared, and we were able to enjoy another great day out. It was wonderful to see the students not only develop their skills throughout the day but also continue to build relationships with one another. All teams enjoyed the competitive environment, displaying good effort, enthusiasm, teamwork, and sportsmanship on the day.
Students will now participate in a round robin tournament in their selected sports. This will take place each Thursday afternoon in our sport time. The round robin will start in week 3 and run for the 4 weeks playing each of the different schools in our division. Students are reminded to bring any necessary equipment on these dates.
Year 5 Sport Schedule – Term 2
Week 3- May 11 – Away vs Grovedale West
Week 4- May 18 – Away vs Montpellier
Week 5- No sport
Week 6- June 1 – Away vs Kardinia
Week 7- June 8 – Away vs Geelong College
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Performances on Next Week!
Picnic at Hanging Rock is a captivating and mysterious story that explores the disappearance of four schoolgirls and their teacher during a picnic at a local geological formation in Victoria, Australia, on Valentine’s Day in 1900. The novel by Joan Lindsay, published in 1967, was adapted into a film by Peter Weir in 1975, which became a landmark of Australian cinema and culture. The story has inspired many interpretations and adaptations, including the performances brought to you by our Christian College Senior School students.
Excitement is now running high - next week's shows are on at Platform Arts in Geelong in Lt Malop St, with three evening shows from Thursday May 11 to Saturday May 13. Tickets are only $30 and the cast and crew are looking forward to performing to full houses. Please note that Picnic at Hanging Rock contains mature themes, parental discretion is advised re the age of audience members.
To purchase tickets please follow this link:
East Timor April Trip
After a 4-year absence due to COVID, on Saturday 8th April CCG staff members Graham Barton (Barto), Andy Phillips, Lee Stringer, Craig White, Michael Lewis and Michelle Anderson, along with Jill and Rod Mayes, Patrice Hall and Jocelyn McMillan, who all have a passion for East Timor (Timor-Leste), landed in Dili. Our destination - the municipality of Viqueque which is about 180km from Dili and is a 6 hour drive on rough roads, going for kilometres at a time in second gear.
Prior to the pandemic, CCG students from years 11 – 12 were given the opportunity to visit Viqueque and some of the schools in the area and to participate in the kindergarten, IT and English language programs being run at Uma Maun Alin (Friendship House).
The Story of Buikarin
Buikarin is a small rural community half an hour away from our accommodation house in Viqueque. Within the community there is a kindergarten, that has 128 students enrolled, and consists of three teachers. One teacher is full time, one is on contract and the other is a volunteer. They only have one room to teach these 128 students. The area of that room is 6 metres by 8 metres. The teachers have 64 students at one time in this space. They have two sessions a day. Natercia is the head teacher and she's very passionate about her school. She founded this school with their own money and no support from the government.
On Friday May 19’s Project Care Day, we want to raise money to buy bricks for Buikarin so that we can give Natercia and her students and another teaching space. Natercia has already used her own money to put a roof over a “patch of dirt”and we would love to brick in this area for her so, as she says, “the kids don't run out onto the road when in class.”
One photo here shows 64 students in the classroom. Note the students are on either side of the room because Natercia puts a small wall down the middle to separate the two groups. Imagine the noise coming from this small space with 64 students. It would be very hard to listen, very hard to teach and very hard to learn. The next photo you can see is the roof that her and her husband had paid for themselves to create another teaching space. This is the space we would like to brick in and concrete the floor.
Drilling Down on Deep Thinking – REACH: Idea into Action
This week, Junior School-Belmont, Middle School-Highton, and Senior School-Waurn Ponds were honoured to receive a visit from Flossie Chua and David Perkins from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, along with Kieren Noonan and Nikki Maguire from Independent Schools Victoria. The purpose of their visit was to observe the implementation of the REACH: Idea into Action educational research program, which incorporates deep thinking routines to promote a more comprehensive understanding of subject matter both in and beyond the classroom.
Over the past few years, some Christian College teaching staff have collaborated with Harvard and ISV to develop these routines, and during their visit, the four guests were able to witness the tool in action among our Prep, Year 6, Year 9 Transformation, and Year 12 students. Teachers Beck Barry, Lori Ruplal, Julie Shutie, and Louis Gross are making a difference in their classrooms by piloting innovative teaching strategies that have the potential to improve the quality of learning for many others.
Although only a few teachers had the privilege of welcoming our special guests into their classrooms, we would also like to recognise the support provided by Angela Tutty, Georgie Brown, Anneliese Hurrell, Georgina Hodge, Sam Nichols, and Daniel Fanning in the research and development of this innovative teaching strategy.
Qustodio Parent App New Feature
New Activity Timeline View
It is a pleasure to share with parents a newly added feature of the Qustodio Parent App, which all parents have access to as part of our Cyber Safe Schools Program and in partnership with Linewize by Family Zone.
Since our launch of this parent app in 2022, it has been wonderful to note the level of engagement by parents with this tool. I have enjoyed many interactions with a range of parents about how it is helping them support their young people in their digital journey at home.
One area where I have often received feedback from parents is that the information about their child’s digital activity on their school laptop is vague and not as detailed or useful as they would like, and not comparable to the activity reporting available for their child’s personal devices.
It is for this reason that I am delighted to share that parents can now access a new feature, Timeline, that provides more specific and detailed information about digital activity on the school device outside school times.
I encourage all parents to take a few moments and view this two minute video that provides an overview of the new feature and how it can be used to better support parents in guiding their young people at home.
Getting Started with the Qustodio Parent App
A reminder that parents can learn more about Qustodio, create and activate their parent account as part of our school program, and explore Frequently Asked Questions, via our school’s Online Safety Hub.