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 2 

Tuesday 11th Oct Bush Prep 

Thursday 13th Oct Annual Music Evening Rehearsals – music students 

Thursday 13th Oct Annual Music Evening – music students 

Friday 14th Oct Geelong Show Day Holiday – no school today 

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Cultural Competency Training 

One of the compulsory components of the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan is that staff need to take part in a cultural competency session. Christian College teachers were fortunate to have Shelley Ware, a proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman, to present to us on the first day of Term 4. Shelley is a prominent media presenter, who hosts a variety of different shows. She a passionate educator that shares what is closest to her heart such as First Nations issues, females in sport, childhood education and her own journey. She believes that it is important to empower staff to be culturally aware so they can embed First Nation culture into their classrooms.  

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Ange Tutty

Preps Provocate With the Marvelous Magnetic Marble Run  

On the first day back of Term 4, it was with much excitement and anticipation, that our magnetic marble run wall was finally ready to be presented to all the students!  

In Term 1, our Preppies attended their first ever excursion to MoPA, which was directly linked to their science unit of movement. One of the most favoured activities was the magnetic marble run wall, where our Preppies loved working collaboratively to create many different pathways for the ball to run and travel. Once back at school, our Preps were given the opportunity to plan and create a marble run of their very own using crafting materials. Through their research, and upon reflection, the Preppies came up a wonderful idea of creating a Surf Coast magnetic marble run wall for all to enjoy. 

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Debbie Riddle

Caitlin Maher

Year 1 – Stories Connect us all! 

It is amazing to be back at school! Term 4 kicked off triumphantly, and the children smoothly and calmly settled back in. They reconnected with each other and our learning space through Story.  The children unpacked the importance of oral stories when viewing Stories Connect us All. This showed storytellers of First Nations Stories reflecting on what Story means to themselves and their families. Working with the idea that stories connect us all, the children then illustrated their personal holiday stories in images, symbols and watercolours after sharing their stories orally with their peers. It is incredible learning about our friends through storytelling.  We are keen and eager to be a part of this exciting term.  We cannot believe that the children are nearly Year 2s! 

Tracy McDonald

Nick Hogan

Year 2 – Exploring Local History 

It has been a wonderful start to Term 4. The Year 2 students have enjoyed catching up with their friends, and they have been sharing their holiday stories with much excitement. They have quickly slipped back into the familiarity of classroom routines, and it is impressive to see how our precious students have grown since January and how settled they are as we move towards the end of their Year 2 experience. This week the Year 2 students have been learning about William Buckley, a historical figure who lived in the Torquay and Surf Coast area over 200 years ago. As a part of our History Inquiry unit this term, the Year 2 students will be exploring the adventures of William Buckley and they will have the opportunity, on an excursion, to visit some of the sites he encountered in the 1800s. (An EdSmart notification will be sent out soon). We are looking forward to working with the Year 2 students this term and sharing in their delight and wonder as they continue learning and building new skills and understanding. 

Leanne Crole

Sharon Sutton

Year 3 – Full Steam Ahead! 

Fasten your seat belts ladies and gentlemen we are in for a wild ride! 

I am praying that everybody has had a restful break because we are bringing it home with a bang! 

Before we know it, we will be packing our bags for sunny Warrnambool to begin our adventures along the Shipwreck Coast. But before that we have more events than you can poke a stick at! 

Our first week back has provided our very first full class opportunity as we welcomed back Rose, and our “newest students” Verushka and Daxton were able to meet her after hearing so much about her.  

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Adam Stewart

Year 4 – Making the Most of our Last Term Together 

Term 4 already! Where has this year gone? The Year 4s are having lots of conversations about what Middle School will look like for them and how we can be the best versions of ourselves as we move on to the next part of our journey here at Christian College. We are also making sure we finish the year with a bang, making the absolute most of the time we have this term together. We are looking at the Fruits of the Spirit and how we can ‘show’ the fruit that we bear.  

Claire Deretic

CCG Riders Excel in National Championships 

Three riders from the Christian College Equestrian team qualified earlier this year to represent Victoria at the 2022 Marcus Oldham Australian Interschool Championships in Sydney. This event sees over 500 of Australia’s best riders, aged 5-18 years old, battle it out in their chosen disciplines. 

CCG team captain, Jorja Kirsopp-Cole (Year 12) and her horse Rhatigan, completed three rounds of 110cm show jumping and finished 4th overall. 

Liberty Armitage (Year 11) and her horse Galactic Storm competed in the combined training which comprises of both dressage and show jumping. Liberty finished reserve champion overall. 

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Term 4 2022 COVID-19 Update Procedures and Protocols


Christian College is committed to maintaining the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and College community.  

The following revisions to the COVID-19 procedures and protocols align with the Victorian Government’s announcement of the end of the Pandemic Declaration and associated Pandemic Orders. The following settings, based on advice from the Department of Health and the Department of Education for Victorian schools now apply.  

If you require greater detail, please access additional information via the DHHS or Victorian State Government Education and Training websites or speak with your campus leadership team. 

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    Student Wellbeing and Digital Safeguarding: A Reminder to Parents 

    A reminder to parents that we will be implementing some new strategies this term to better support students and families in the digital space, particularly on College laptops, both at school and at home. Specific information about these changes was shared as part of our Wellbeing Evenings last term. 

    Parents who were unable to attend either of these two evenings can review a summary of key information and are also encouraged to view a recording of the evening. The summary and recording were made available via a document emailed to all parents in the final week of Term 3 by College Principal, Glen McKeeman. 

    All parents are encouraged to ensure they are informed and aware of these new strategies so that they can be prepared and supportive as they are implemented. Parents also still can ask questions and provide feedback via the online form link provided in the above document. 

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    Christian College Canteen Manager – we are Hiring! 

    We seek the services of a Canteen Manager from 2023 to oversee the day-to-day operations of the school canteens at Junior School – Belmont, Middle School – Highton and Senior School – Waurn Ponds, including the supervision and rosters for relevant staff and volunteers. The role is full-time and ongoing, and also involves some catering for special events. 

    If you have a passion for food quality and customer sevice, a warm and friend personality, if you love working as part of a great team, have exceptional organisation and communication skills and are able to manage challenging circumstances in a calm, professional and compassionate manner – this could the job for you! 

    Full details, including a Position Description and how to apply can be found in the Employment section of our website. 

    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

    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. 

    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 

    What habit can you adopt or change today that will positively add to your journey?
    Travelling down the same roads every day may not lead you to your desired destination

    Discover more about MYTERN here.