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. 

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Reserve Your Place! 

Wellbeing Evening and Cyber Safe Schools Program Launch

We enjoyed a fantastic night with the parents, families, students and staff attending the first Digital Wellbeing Evening held at our Senior School Campus last night, Thursday 1st September. If you have not yet taken the opportunity to reserve your place at the second and final of our two nights, please save the date and reserve your place now! We would love to see you there. We encourage you to take a few minutes to view the video below to find out more about this important event. The evening will be presented at our Bellarine Campus next Thursday 8th September starting at 7pm. We expect to run for about 45 minutes, finishing with time for questions and a cuppa together.   

We ask all Parents and Families to share their attending intentions with us via our online RSVP Response Form. Please access the form by clicking the image or link below. 



Brendan Vanderkley

Cybersafety Resources for Parents from eSafety 

Parents are encouraged to explore and make use of these recently released resources from eSafety. 

Media Release: Parents urged to watch out for signs of cyberbullying 
This recent media release from eSafety provides parents with a contemporary context, guidance and advice regarding cyberbullying, signs that suggest a child is the target of cyberbullying and protective strategies parents can support their child with. 

Webinars for parents and carers 
These webinars for parents and carers provide parents with expert support, advice and guidance when navigating technology with their young person. Click the links below to learn more about specific webinars occurring soon. 

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Brendan Vanderkley

Preps Learn Location 

In our mathematical learning this week, the Surf Coast Preps were introduced to location and transformation. 

The Preppies interpreted the everyday language of location and direction, such as between, near, next to, forward, toward, left, and right. 

They created their very own treasure map and used it to follow and give simple directions to guide their friends around the school yard to find the buried treasure!  

Debbie Riddle, Campus Coordinator

Caitlin Maher

All Things Living! 

At Surf Coast the whole school has been learning about biological science – all things living!  

We brought this concept into the Art room where the students were able to create different artworks based on different insects/animals. The students started this Painting unit by experimenting with watercolour paints, mixing colours and applying paint to create different effects.  

Preps and Year 1s based their artwork off Eric Carle, creating a Hungry Caterpillar and Beautiful Butterfly. The Year 2s created birds based on Pete Cromer’s artworks. The Year 3s created jellyfish based on Tamara Young’s artwork and the Year 4s created seahorses based on the artwork of Gabrielle Young. 

Bea Greenhalgh

Year 1s Head to Camp Wilkin 

Last Sunday night the Year 1 children waited in anticipation, with a few excited nerves, for their first ever… sleepover camp! Teachers were also up late cross-checking if they had everything… I think a pillow was forgotten to be included on the equipment list. Aaah! Last-minute emails were flying everywhere.   

Bright and early Monday morning, bags were unloaded, and pillows were arriving – phew! 

We were lucky to be waved goodbye by our parents, siblings and the Preps. Let us get this party started! 

Our first destination was an excursion to Point Addis to be involved in a Koori cultural experience. We met Annie and Regina, who helped us learn and engage with bushtucker, native animals, ochre painting, and story. 

The next bus ride got us to Camp Wilkin. YEAH! 

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Tracy McDonald

Nick Hogan

Year 2 – A Great Week of Learning 

Year 2s have had a fabulous week at Surf Coast. We are learning so many important concepts in class, such as quarter to and quarter past the hour in Maths and researching living things in English and Integrated Studies, to write an Information Report.  

In Christian Ed, the Year 2s have been learning about the amazing work of Moses in leading God’s people out of slavery in Egypt, into the promised land. This week we learnt about the time that God rescued the Israelites when they were trapped at the Red Sea. The Egyptian army was chasing close behind and the sea was ahead of them. It seemed like certain death and the end of the road for them.  

In Exodus 14:14, Moses told the people, ‘The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.’ Moses encouraged them to remain calm and let God do the fighting for them. Sometimes we are called to action and at other times, we need to be still and let God fight for us and answer our prayers. God saved the Israelites by parting the Red Sea and they passed through on dry ground. We love that God only wants good things for his children.  

Sharon Sutton

Year 4 – What a Wonderful Week 

It has been a week of getting down to business this week. We have started our projects on an Australian endangered animal. This will be amazing to show our parents later this term. We have looked at time, reading the time, elapsed time and 24-hour time. We have also worked on area and perimeter in Maths. This was all following our fun ‘crazy hair day’ on Friday. I love seeing my class get dressed up and get involved in our special days.  

Claire Deretic

Japanese Day – Thursday 11th August 2022

Hello Surf Coast Families 

We would love for students to come dressed up in a Japanese theme.  

Please refer to the email sent out last Friday 

Please note: that students are not required to wear their school uniform on this day.  

Casual clothes are acceptable, red and white to represent the Japanese Flag would be ideal 

Book Week Celebration and the Great Book Swap  

It’s that time of the year again, when the school comes alive with our favourite book characters! Our annual Book Week celebration is a fun-filled day where the joy of books and reading is celebrated. 

On Friday 26th August, we will be holding our annual Book Week parade, with students encouraged to dress up as a favourite book character. This year’s Book Week theme is ‘Dreaming with eyes open.’  

As a part of our Book Week parade day celebrations, we will also be holding a ‘Great Book Swap’ to help raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF).  

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Father Day Stall Gift Wrapping – Help Needed 

This year our Surf Coast Campus Fathers’ Day stall, where students can purchase a special gift for their dad/grandpa/pop/or even uncle, will be held on Friday 2nd Sept. 

This event is such an exciting time for students as they ponder over the gifts to purchase. However, as our campus grows, so too do the number of gifts that need to be wrapped. 

On Monday August 8 at 9:00am, straight after drop off, we will be wrapping presents. Anyone who can offer an hour of their time please let Liz or Stacey at reception know via email at surfcoast@ccg.vic.edu.au  

This normally doesn’t take very long – many hands make light work! 

Thank you in anticipation! 

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. 

East Timor Trivia Night


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

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