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 4 2022 

Week 1 

Tuesday 04th Oct First Day Term 4 – Students Return to school  

Friday 07th Oct Assembly – Year 1 to host 

Friday 07th Oct Students to choose new BLP club 

Friday 07th Oct Swimming – Year 1  

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From the Campus Coordinator

What a Term!

When taking a moment to reflect on Term 3, clearly it was a term full of highlights and special moments, together with opportunities for our families to come on campus and be a part of life at our Surf Coast Campus. Coming back together as a community after a couple of years has been such a blessing. This term with our families we celebrated Book Week, Fathers’ Night, assemblies, lunchtime concerts and an absolute highlight was our recent Science Expo. As a part of our Inquiry units, we took the whole campus to the Werribee Zoo, we had Japanese Day, Crazy Hair Day and started our new Canteen service.  

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Important Information for Term 4

Term 4 commences on Tuesday 4th October.

  • HATS – Students MUST wear their College hats this term. Please make sure that your child’s hat is labelled. Those children who forget their hats will have to sit in the shaded areas for both recess and lunch breaks.
  • WATER BOTTLES – With the weather warming up in Term 4 we kindly ask to make sure you pack your child’s labeled water bottle.
  • SUNSCREEN APPLICATION – Christian College practises Sun Smart. With the warmer weather coming we ask that you apply sunscreen to your child at the start of the day. This practice is NOT COMPULSORY.

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Debbie Riddle, Campus Coordinator

Preps Show off Their Learning at the Science Expo!

What an incredible way to end our Integrated Studies topic this term, by showcasing our newfound knowledge of animals and their habitats! 

Over the past three weeks, the Surf Coast Preps have been learning about one of the following animals: a Polar Bear, Lion, Giraffe, Eagle, Gorilla or Turtle. Once they had decided on their animal, the Preps worked in groups to investigate what habitat their animal lives in, what are the physical features of their animal, what their animal eats, as well as many other interesting facts.   

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Debbie Riddle

Caitlin Maher

Term 3 Circle Time Reflection 

Can we all please take our hats off to the Year 1s?  What an expo they have had- showcasing their learning from Term 3! They displayed many skills, talents and growth across multiple learning areas and dispositions.   

We are super proud! 

To finish the term, it is important to reflect.   

Here’s the Year 1 reflection on the learning they experienced this term. 

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Tracy McDonald

Nick Hogan

Year 2s Science Week/Expo 

Year 2s were so excited to have their families visit the Science Expo on Tuesday. They shared their Living Things projects, full of interesting facts about dolphins, pandas, meerkats, cobras, sharks and many more! The students explained how their creatures are born and how they grow and change to become adults.  

The Year 2s were also very excited to show their bean plants they have grown from tiny seeds. Everyone is looking forward to taking them home and planting them in the garden.  

Sharon Sutton

Leanne Crole

Year 3 Bird Nerds! 

The Science Expo on Tuesday afternoon gave the Year 3s a fantastic opportunity to share what they have learned over the past term in our Biological Science unit. As you all know, we have taken part in the Birds in Schools program run through BirdLife Australia. The students conducted surveys to record each species of bird and the number of birds of each species that they observed within your site. This data was entered into a national database that can be found:

The kids then chose an Australian bird that they would like to research and then created wonderful presentations and model birds that they entered into the Science Expo. It was incredible to watch the kids get so enthusiastic about presenting what they had learned to their parents and other students alike and I could see how proud everybody was. Thank you to all the parents who came along to make it such a memorable experience and we look forward to next term! 

Have a safe and blessed break. 

Adam Stewart

Wearable Art Extravaganza 

The Year 3 and 4 students from the Surf Coast campus were invited to attend the Senior School Wearable Art House Competition today. The competition among the houses was fierce and it was such a privilege for our students to be a part of this.  

To be a part of the day our students have created their own pieces of wearable art. They have been busy making wearable art accessories statement costume jewellery, including headpieces, neck and wrist pieces as well as capes. Our own littles models were able to strut their stuff on the stage showing off their creations.  

Thank you to our amazing Art teacher Mrs Bea Greenhalgh for helping our students create their own wearable art pieces. We would also like to thank Mrs Sally Gray and the teachers at Senior School for allowing us to be a part of this day. It is so special for our students to see the older Christian College students in action.  

Claire Deretic

Year 4 Science Expo Excitement

The whole school shone on Tuesday afternoon with our Science Expo at the Surf Coast Campus. The Year 4 students were so excited to show their extended school community the amazing work we have done this term. Our topic of Endangered Animals was taken in so many different directions, it was amazing to see what the students could find with their research and then what they were able to do with the information they found. 

The students researched the type of habitats that their chosen animal lived and looked at why this habitat is threatened and the effect it’s having on their chosen animal. They then had to design, find the materials and build their habitat. These look amazing. Especially once our ‘potanimals’ were placed into the habitat. The students were each given a potato that they had to turn into their endangered animal. 

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Claire Deretic

Teachers Learning and Collaborating 

Just like our students do every day, for the best part of this term our teachers have been immersed in their learning as well. During Term 3 the Surf Coast Teaching Team has been brushing up on their pedagogical approach to teaching Mathematics and will continue to do so for the remainder of the year. They have spent time reading Maths journals and other articles to help better their teaching skills. Through the gathering of Maths data when assessing they have learnt different ways to cater for the learning of all of our children in Mathematics while looking at more ways to differentiate the way the subject is taught. The staff have loved learning new Maths games that they will spend time teaching our students.  

Debbie Riddle, Campus Coordinator

Spring into Strings – Junior String Players Perform!! 

Last Thursday saw the return of our annual celebration of String playing in our Junior Campuses with 'Spring into Strings'. The Junior String ensembles from Bellarine, Surf Coast and Junior School Belmont campuses gathered together at the RW Gibson Music Performance Centre to perform for each other and their families. We were also graced with enchanting performances from the Yr. 4 String Quartet from Belmont, as well as the Ceilidh Band from Bellarine, before all students combined to form a massed String Ensemble which then presented two pieces for their captive audience. 

There were many excited and nervous young musicians at the start of the night, but it was amazing to see these young musicians focus and perform with such aplomb-well done to all! 

Thanks to our accompanists Tammy Treloar and Stephanie Lawrence for your support.   

Martin DeMarte on behalf of the String Team -Trish Timmins and Jeanette Carnie. 

For Families Relocating or Withdrawing Students 

A reminder that if your family is relocating and/or you are planning to withdraw your child from Christian College, a full term’s notice, in writing, is required. Please contact your student’s Campus. 

Jonathan Ryan, Operations Manager

Uniform Shop Hours Over the Holidays 

The Uniform Shop in Centreway Arcade, Belmont will be closed from Monday 19th September and reopening 26th September 2022.

Opening hours in the second week of holidays are from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday  26/09/2022  through to  Friday  30/09/2022  

The Uniform Shop resumes normal trading hours from Monday 3rd October 2022. 

Canteen not Open on Last day of Term 

Please note that on the last day of Term 4, Friday December 9, the canteen will not be open. 

Thank you to all volunteers for your fantastic help during the course of this term, and throughout 2022.  

Recycling Uniform Items 

As part of the transition to our new College wardrobe it was important that we consider the environmental impact of clothing items no longer required. Whilst it is still possible for students to wear items from the traditional uniform, when items are no longer able to be worn, they can be recycled. 

Any such items can be dropped off and placed in recycling bins at each campus. We are working with our wardrobe manufacturer to ensure that these can be recycled as part of the introduction of our new wardrobe over the next 18 months. 

Scholarship Applications for 2024 Entry now Open! 

Each year we offer Academic Excellence Scholarships for entry at Year 5 (Middle School-Highton, Bellarine and Surf Coast campuses); Year 7 (Middle School-Highton and Bellarine); and Year 10 (Senior School-Waurn Ponds).  

These scholarships have been designed primarily to encourage and support new and current students who wish to attend Christian College and who demonstrate high levels of academic excellence.  

We are now seeking scholarship applications for entry at any of those year levels in 2024.  

For more information, and to apply, please see our website. Use the hotlink from our homepage or click here 

Applications close on Thursday September 29. The examination date is Saturday October 8. 

Golf Tournament 

The Foundation Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, 27 October 2022. Join us at 13th Beach Golf Links from 8:00am for a shotgun start. Tickets are $190 each ($150 for members) or $750 for a group of four. RSVPs close on Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 5:00pm. 

Funds raised from this event will be allocated to our Foundation Scholarship Fund, supporting current students who are in need of financial assistance.  

Book online at: The Foundation Golf Tournament

A MYTERN Thought for This Week 

When you find yourself worrying about something that hasn't even happened yet and may never happen, reach for a PET (Personal Emotional Tool e.g. breathing, exercise, immersion in nature, music).  The best way you can influence your future is by taking control of this moment. That's why they call the present a gift 🎁👍😊 

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