From the Principal
Engaged and Reconnected
This term has seen a great deal of positive energy and enthusiasm across our campuses. I am extremely grateful to the staff and students for the manner in which they have jointly created a happy, engaging, and exciting learning environment and culture.
The return to the fullness of learning experiences, extra curricula opportunities, House events and community events has contributed greatly to the overall positive re-engagement for our community. I am delighted that this has been the case.
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.
Hello and Good Morning, Afternoon or Evening!
It has been a whirlwind of a term and we are on the downhill run to the end of term!
One of the exciting recent happenings here in the chaplaincy space has been the Season for Growth program starting again! We have got underway with a wonderful group of students and it’s been special to watch relationships form as stories are shared in a fun and safe place.
I have recently been reflecting on the value of 1 on 1 time for children and parents, like a Dad & daughter date etc. I’m not a parent yet, so I can’t speak from that space, but I can speak from the space that most of us can relate to, and that’s being a child. I remember two of my fondest memories as a child were my Dad sitting at the end of our bed at night, reading us a story and then letting us talk about our days. The other memory was going to the dump with my Dad. This might sound really weird, but the reason it is a fond memory is because I loved spending time with my Dad. We would fill the trailer and go and dump whatever rubbish off and then my Dad would look through some of the items that weren’t worthy of dumping and maybe needed some love and he would then buy it and it would come home with us. And if I was lucky, I’d maybe get a Cookie Time or Peanut Slab as a treat. While I didn’t enjoy the actual dump (and was always hopeful for that special treat), that time was time we had together. And having Dad sit on my bed listening as I chattered about the day, that is something I hope to do one day too.
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.
We are off to the Zoo!
What a wonderful day it was when the whole Surf Coast Campus boarded a bus and headed to the Werribee Free Range Zoo. This term our students across all year levels have been studying Biological Science during their Integrated Studies and Inquiry units. To assist with the learning during these units all year levels travelled to the Werribee Free Range Zoo for an excursion.
The children loved their ride on the Safari Bus where they got to see giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and ostriches. On their walking tour the children loved the lions. Meerkats, hippos, cheetahs and gorillas.
Many memories were made and the children thoroughly enjoyed spending time together.
Prep Zoo Recounts
On Thursday of this week, the Preppies, along with the whole Surf Coast campus, went on an excursion to the Werribee Zoo!
In Integrated Studies, the Preps have been learning about different animal habitats and what the needs of animals are. The students were very eager to meet all the animals and see what their enclosures contained for them to survive and live happily.
After the excursion, the Preps were so excited to share their incredible Zoo experience by writing a detailed recount. In their writing, the Preps were encouraged to use adjectives to describe their favorite zoo animals, and to ensure their writing followed correct sequence, starting with the beginning, middle and end of the day.
Our budding writers were so proud of the effort they put into their Zoo recounts and loved reading them out loud to their classmates.
Pitch Perfect Preps!
With our young musicians beginning to conquer the elements of beat, rhythm and dynamics, the Surf Coast Preps have now started to explore the concept of pitch (high and low sounds, and everything in between!).
The Preppies have been studying the major scale, and have enjoyed internalising the sequence of notes using Kodaly hand signs, which is a bit like musical sign language. They have also been introduced to the early stages of pitch notation, decoding visual patterns and transferring these ideas onto the classroom xylophones.
These foundations pave the way for students developing their musical literacy, and often lead to long term skills such as melody writing and instrumental playing.
Year 1 – an Abundance of Learning
This week Year 1 enjoyed integrating an abundance of learning. The excited students took action to create candy-stained glass salt dough displays promoting the importance of the RSPCA. These activities explored the theme of 2022’s Science Week – glass. The idea of creating a display promoting RSPCA linked in with our science inquiry line – what impacts an animal’s chance to thrive? Year 1 is super eager to continue to build our items to display in our Term 3 Science Expo and we can’t wait to continue to learn as much as we can about animals, habitats, and ecosystems. We want to care for all living creatures!
Year 2 – Plants and Wordle
Green shoots and tiny leaves are sprouting as our bean plants start to grow. Excited students are measuring how tall their bean shoots have grown using blocks to measure their height. Some shoots have sprouted up tall and others are just starting to pop their heads up from the soil. Students are carefully recording the growth and changes they observe in their beans.
Enthusiastically, Year 2s are puzzling their way through the daily online Wordle quiz. They use their extensive knowledge of long and short vowels, digraphs, trigraphs and sounds that often blend to work out the combinations of possible letters. Once the first letter is discovered, the dictionaries come out and students pore over the possibilities. A cheer erupts when the word is successfully worked out and the countdown begins as we wait for tomorrow’s Wordle to be released. What is your best winning streak and success rate?
Year 4 investigations
This week has been all about investigating in Year 4. The students are becoming experts on an Australian endangered animal of their choice.
They have been looking at the habitats of these animals, what has caused them to become extinct and how we can help.
Going to the Werribee Open Range Zoo yesterday was an amazing day. Both to be out with our whole school, and to also see some of our animals in their habitats. It was just a fantastic day.
We have also been looking at what it means to have a growth mindset, and how we can use this in our everyday life.
Book Week Parade and Great Book Swap
Just a friendly reminder that Friday 26th of August is our annual Book Week celebration day, when students are encouraged to dress up as a favourite book character.
Festivities and parade will commence from 9am, families welcome.
As a special treat this year we shall be kicking off the festivities with a surprise performance from the Surf Coast teaching staff based on a well-known book.
A reminder to all College families – you will have received an email invitation from Independent Schools Victoria Data to complete LEAD Surveys - part of our way of reflecting upon our practice, processes, and culture. Staff and students at some year levels are also invited to participate.
We highly value both positive and constructive feedback and rely on the data collected from these surveys to assist with operational and strategic planning. To this end, we would encourage and ask as many families as possible to respond to the survey to ensure we are working with an accurate representation of perspectives. The closing date for surveys is a week from today – please consider participating if you have not done so already. Thank you.
Camp Australia Staff Recruitment
Camp Australia, the nationally recognised leader in Outside School Hours Care, is seeking new team members - please click on the link to the poster below:
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
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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