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

Bush Prep 

Not a cloud in the sky, gumboots, and vests on, and our Preps were ready for an afternoon at Bush Prep. Once they arrived it was time to collect the most perfect marshmallow toasting stick. When the fire was ready the sticks were loaded with a big squishy marshmallows. After a quick lesson on how to toast a marshmallow, it was the Preps’ turn. Once the children had eaten their perfectly toasted marshmallow it was time for a play in our favourite place. 

Debbie Riddle, Campus Coordinator

Caitlin Maher

100 Days of School! 

Woohoo! On Wednesday the 10th of August, the Surf Coast Preppies celebrated their 100 days of school.   

Dressed as 100-year olds with walking sticks in hand and broaches on cardigans, the day was filled with so much fun, excitement, and laughter! 

The Preppies morning involved making a number cookie, decorating a crown, counting out 100 cheerios to create a necklace and many more wonderful activities.  

We are so extremely proud of our incredible Surf Coast Preps. Over the past 100 days, they have shown such impressive social, emotional, and academic growth.  

Congratulations 2022 Preps! 

Debbie Riddle, Campus Coordinator

Caitlin Maher

M&M Madness  

In Mathematics this term, Year 1 have been working on their multiplication and division skills by using arrays. We have been learning about the meaning of rows and columns when making an array and how to solve number sentences. The kids were super excited about this week’s lesson because they were able to use M&Ms to show off their array’s knowledge. We had fun creating and eating throughout our math lesson this week. 😊 

Tracy McDonald

Nick Hogan

A Busy Week for Year 2s 

The Year 2 students have been flipping, sliding, and turning in our Maths classes this week. They have been learning that an object is still the same size and shape even if it is moved by rotation, reflection, or translation. They have explored horizontal and vertical flips, as well as side-to-side, up-and-down, and diagonal slides. Investigating ‘turns’ or ‘rotations’ has caused the students to call upon their fractions knowledge by nominating a turn as a ‘quarter turn’, a ‘half turn’ or a ‘three quarter turn’ and they have also used their clock and time knowledge to determine if the turn was clockwise or anti-clockwise. 

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Leanne Crole

Sharon Sutton

Bee Bots! Ozobots! Scratch! Algorithms! Codes! 

These might be just some, of the new vocabulary catch phrases, Surf Coast students have been discussing in Digital Technologies classes this term. Across all learning levels, from Prep to Year 4, students have been learning about coding. What coding is, what it involves and how they can code and run simple programs for themselves.  

Students have been learning the language of computing, enabling them to build upon their programming skills to create and run programs for the Bee Bots (floor robots) and Ozobots (colour code sensing robots). Continuing throughout the term, coding activities are designed to encourage students to improve their problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as well as promote collaboration and peer learning.  

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Emma Anderson

Lots on the go for Year 3 

This week the Year 3s have immersed themselves as up-and-coming journalists and written fantastic newspaper articles about what really happened with Hansel and Gretel. 

They have also discovered that multiplication isn’t only done on paper but actually involves real life applications. They were focused in our outdoor classroom demonstrating their knowledge. Speaking of the outdoors, we have been continuing our Birds in Schools research and were lucky to see not one but four wedge-tailed eagles circling above our survey sight! 

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Adam Stewart

Japanese Cultural Day – Celebration of our Japanese Learning!

On Thursday at Surf Coast Campus, students and staff celebrated our Japanese learning program by having a Japanese Day. Students enjoyed various cultural activities such as making Japanese toys, Japanese doll bookmarks, making and tasting rice balls, sumo and ninja games, Japanese sports, art crafts, online games and many more. Most of the sessions were run by the teachers from our campus. One of the sessions were planned and run by Year 4 students. They taught Year 3 students new words and cultural facts about Japan through a card game, board game, PowerPoint and Kahoot.  

We also had two incursions, Japanese taiko drumming workshops run by Ms Tomomi Ishii, the president of Japanese Association of Geelong. The other one was a Karate demonstration and workshop run by Mr Gerard Felipe, head instructor of IKA Geelong Shotokan Karate. 

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Katherine Moore

Yukiko Valent

Hoop Time  

What an awesome day competing at AWA Stadium in Geelong against other campuses and schools. Surf Coast showed amazing sportsmanship and we even had a few good wins on the day. The All-Star Girls took out the Grand Final and will hopefully be moving onto the next stage! The Future Star boys and girls showed teamwork and respect as they battled other campuses throughout the day. Everyone has an awesome day competing and having fun together.  

Nick Hogan

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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Fathers’ 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! 

12A Reach Project 

Last week, Flossie Chua from Harvard University and Kieren Noonan from ISV made a visit to CCG to see our 12A Reach teachers in action.  

For the last three years, selected staff have been piloting a program designed by Flossie with her colleague David Perkins. Over that time, the staff have implemented the 12A Reach cards which focus on being an explorer, investigator and innovator. The teaching staff from Prep to Year 12 have trialled the program and fed back to both Harvard and ISV, what works and what doesn’t work. From this feedback, the cards have been redesigned applying what the teachers have said.  

On Friday, Flossie was able to see the cards being used in a variety of ways in Prep, Year 1, Year 9 and Year 12. There was learning about the caring for animals, to designing a new playground and from issues of the world to unpacking of a VCE study design. In each situation the students were encouraged to dig deep into their learning and through the art of conversation really think about possibilities.  

Flossie was able to gather firsthand evidence through observation, interviews of students and staff and video recording that will be used to develop this project further. The 12A Reach teachers will be attending a session with Flossie, Kieren and the other pilot school in Melbourne to share their discoveries as well as network with the other teachers.  

Angela Tutty

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. 

Mrs Tutty Joins the Teaching Excellence Program 

Christian College’s Director of Teaching and Learning – Humanities, Mrs Angela Tutty, is one of 250 teachers statewide to be selected to participate in the elite Teaching Excellence Program (TEP).  

This program, created by State Education Minister, James Merlino, is designed to immerse the participants in professional development by having a range of educational experts share their knowledge through varying presentation models. Whether face to face or webinars, they are all interactive presentations. 

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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

Although anger, resentment, jealousy, shame and the feeling of inadequacy can eat you up, they can also be a wise teacher. Without judgement, try to recognise the discomfort early. Stop and breathe. Only when you have regained control can you transform it into an opportunity....to build your resilience  😊

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