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 3

Tuesday 18 Oct                    Grandparents Day – 2.15pm – 3.30pm

Wednesday 19 Oct              Year 5 Subject Information Session- 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Friday 21 Oct                         Swimming – Year 1

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Thumbelina Innovation of Text 

The Surf Coast Preps have once again blown us away with the incredible academic advancements they are making! 

Last week, our focus word was thumb. For our word study, we explored the 3 sounds that were in the word and had a heavy focus on the ‘mb’ digraph. Collectively, the Preppies learnt that there are 4 ways to make the ‘m’ sound – m, mm, mn, and mb, as in thumb.  

Using the word thumb, that then led us to innovate the story, Thumbelina.  

The Preps listened to the story and discussed the beginning, middle and end, as well as the characters, problem, and solution. The Preppies were all given the beginning of the story to copy and were then able to let their imaginations run wild as they wrote the middle and end of the story all on their own.  

Once all their writing was complete, the Preps drew accompanying images to match their story.  

Our Surf Coast Preps have turned into such wonderful budding writers and are so excited to write their next innovation of text piece.  

Debbie Riddle

Caitlin Maher

Light and Sound 

This term, Year 1’s Integrated Studies focus in on Light and Sound. We will be conducting a number of different experiments this term which will focus on the way Light and Sound work. This week, we got out different resources to experiment, play and learn about different ways to observe Light and Sound. We used water, mirrors, and lenses to experiment with light, colours and shadows. We also used cup phones and the natural resources to experiment with sound. It was a great way for the students to get hands on and learn about how Light and Sound actually work. We learnt new words such as translucent, transparent, and opaque.  

Nick Hogan

Tracy McDonald

Year 2 – History

In History this term, Year 2s are learning about a significant local person who has had an impact. Our significant person is William Buckley, the first European settler to live on the Surf Coast and Bellarine land, and live in harmony with the Wathawurrung people. Buckley arrived in 1803 and lived with the Indigenous community until 1835, learning how to live in harmony with the land and its people.  

Year 2s have been wondering about William Buckley:  

What would Buckley have eaten when he first arrived?  

What would he drink?  

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Sharon Sutton

Leanne Crole

Fun in the Sun!! 

It’s hard to believe the heading of this article now, with the weather changing so drastically since the start of the week. But it’s safe to say that the Year 4 students loved the chance to be out in the Spring sunshine this week. Our Maths sessions were all about giving and following directions. We headed outside to map a secret path and see if others in our class could follow directions to find the correct place in our playground. 

The sunshine has also meant that time in the yard with friends is even more fun. Imaginative play and time spent with friends is just always better when the sun is shining!! 

Claire Deretic

Surf Coast Choir – Congratulations! 

On Tuesday, the Surf Coast Choir welcomed the Bellarine Junior School Choir to our campus to take part in a combined choral workshop in preparation for the College’s Annual Music Evening, held at Costa Hall.  

Over 60 students, from Prep to Year 4, worked together beautifully to successfully prepare two contrasting pieces, and participated in a variety of fun warm-ups and vocal exercises.  

The Surf Coast students then had a lovely opportunity to show the Bellarine students around our beautiful campus, as they ate lunch and played together. Friendships were formed and we all enjoyed the opportunity to sing in a massed choir – a truly special moment for our young people.  

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Kate Notini

Good Morning, Afternoon or Evening to you!  

I hope you all had a wonderful time over the holidays with your child(ren). 
My wife and I were able to visit Perth for the first time, and boy did we love it! We got to go swimming with dolphins and went to Rottnest Island and we got a selfie with the quokkas! If you haven’t been, I couldn’t recommend it enough!  

It’s pretty amazing to think that it’s already the end of Week 2 and before we know it, Christmas will be upon us. Liz has already warned us that the Christmas Spirit is going to kick in early around the campus and I think I’m okay with that.  

For some of you though, the thought of Christmas music and decorations is already causing some stress or “come on Pratty, give me a few more weeks”. That’s how I feel when I see Hot Cross Buns in supermarkets on New Years Day… like, come on! 

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Nathan Pratt

College Hats

Our New-Look ATD Festival - Now Open!

Our Art, Technology and Design Festival is underway at Villa Paloma ATD Centre! It opened at 10am this morning and the program runs until 9pm this evening. Tomorrow (Saturday Nov.12), it's on between 10am and 4pm. 

There's a magnificent exhibition of student artwork and products – all year levels from K-12 from all our campuses and Early Learning Centres are represented. 

Come along this evening or tomorrow - or both! There are food trucks, coffee and live music, a Food Studies Market Stall and Gelato Bar, face painting, the official opening at 6:30pm this evening, then the Wearable Art and Textiles Fashion Parade from 6:40 – 7:15pm. 

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Student-Free Day Tomorrow!

A reminder to all families and students from Junior School-Belmont, Middle School-Highton, Bellarine Campus and Surf Coast Campus, there is no school tomorrow, Friday October 14, due to the Geelong Show Day holiday. Senior School students will attend as normal.

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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    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. 

    A MYTERN Thought for This Week 

    Comparing the roads you travel and the car you drive is not helpful. A flower doesn’t compete with the flower next to it. It just tries to become the best flower it can be. So, look within, and know that what is there is perfect. Your job is to just let it out 👍❤️ 

    Discover more about MYTERN here