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 4  

Tuesday 25th Oct Beach Prep and Year 4 

Thursday 27th Oct Prep Information Session 1 – 2023 Prep students only 

Friday 28th Oct Assembly – Year 1 to Host Assembly 

Friday 28th Oct Swimming – Year 1 

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Annual Music Evening Returns! 

Last Thursday saw a sold-out audience enjoy the welcome return of the Christian College Annual Music Evening to Costa Hall, having last been held in October 2019.  

This Annual concert has always been significant for our College Community, our music students and their families. It was a joyous celebration, and a blessing to all who performed and attended, one that featured 560 student performances from Prep to Year 12.  

The concert highlighted the exceptional direction and expertise of our music staff, as well as the depth of skills and development across the performance program of our College Choirs, Bands and String Orchestras. We also farewelled and honoured the work of our Year 12 ensemble members who have spent many years ‘growing up’ in the program. 

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Fiona Gardner – Director of Teaching and Learning - Music

Andrew Dunlop – Director of Instrumental Music and Major Events

How to Babysit a Grandparent 

During our writing sessions this week, the Surf Coast Preps focused on writing another innovation of text. As we celebrated our grandparents on Tuesday afternoon, we kept with the theme and listened to the texts How to Babysit a Grandma and How to Babysit a Grandpa.  

Once both stories were read and thoroughly enjoyed by all, the Preps orally shared all the wonderful activities, fun games, and delicious treats they love to enjoy with their grandparents.  

The Preps were supplied with the beginning of their story, and from there, they wrote about the wonderful fun they have with their grandparent when they are babysat.  

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Debbie Riddle

Caitlin Maher

Year 1 Sun Fun 

Teachers and children love and respect what nature can teach us. On Wednesday afternoon, Year 1 seized the glorious opportunity to shift learning and head out to a most exciting classroom – our very own sunny schoolyard! It was hustle, bustle, clang, and bang as everyone embarked on a ‘sunny day exploration’ to develop collaboration, spark curiosity and imagination, and strengthen relationships. Children felt an exhilarating boost of stamina and energy as they built transportation worlds, created weather worlds, and constructed diverse universes in the sandpit.  

The Year 1 children loved interacting with their outdoor learning world; they experienced a true sense of ownership of where learning could go. It was divine watching the children have an authentic physical and problem-solving learning workout—a fantastic way to grow.  

Tracy McDonald

Year 3: Week 3! 

It is truly incredible how much you can fit in to three weeks! Firstly, finished off our Mass unit with a bit of cooking. Who knew we had such a talented group of budding pastry chefs?! 

We also squeezed in some mental math practice with some fun number games. 

Then there was the annual music evening at Costa Hall. Congratulations to Mackenzie, Rose and James on their beautiful performances (in front of a couple of thousand people!) with the school choir and strings groups. We have such a talented campus! 

On Tuesday afternoon we had our Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day. Thank you to all of the families who attended. It’s always nice to learn more about the kids and the important people in their lives. 

Finally on Wednesday morning the Year 3s and Year 4s participated in a Zoom session with Scienceworks where we learned about the sun, moon and stars using the online Stellerium. The kids are always so intrigued about space! We’re now looking forward to our excursion to Scienceworks in week 6!  

Until next time, keep an eye on The Vine and God bless.  

Adam Stewart

Year 3 and 4 Learning Japanese Kanji 

Our students have been learning to read and write hiragana as well as numbers in kanji since prep. This term, Year 3 and 4 students have been building on their knowledge of kanji. Kanji are Japanese characters, the most complicated one of the three writing systems in Japanese. Each kanji represents words or ideas and some kanji are pictograms. For example, the kanji means ‘tree’. It does looks like a tree. When two are together in one kanji, it is , meaning ‘bush’. If three are together in one kanji, it is , meaning ‘forest’. 

Year 3 students are learning the days of the week in kanji (月火水木金土日) by singing and acting out the meaning of each kanji. Year 4 students are learning the kanji 山海池魚大林森 in the unit of Neko chan to Sakana san (the cat and the fish). They also practise writing them out with calligraphy pens, trying to follow the correct stroke order.  

The Year 3 and 4 students have been enjoying cultural and linguistic experiences through learning kanji. 

Yukiko Valent

Grandparents’ Day 

Sharing the afternoon with our grandparents is always a highlight at our Surf Coast Campus and this Grandparents Day was no exception. The sun was shining and the children were so excited, counting down the time until they would get to share an afternoon of fun and laughter with people they love dearly. 

Our grandparents had the opportunity to see our Choir and Strings Groups perform, they danced and sang and then spent time in the classrooms playing games and doing craft activities.  

Days like this are such a blessing, we will look forward to the next time we get to share the day with these special people.  

2023 – our First Year of Middle School! 

On Wednesday this week, Surf Coast Campus held its very first Year 5 Information Session with our future Middle School students and their families.  

The feedback from parents and others was excellent as those in attendance were presented with the amazing opportunities afforded our students through Christian College’s learning programs – at Year 5 level and beyond – by our highly professional and passionate staff, which included directors of a range of teaching and learning areas, and classroom teachers.  

We believe that the diversity and quality of our offering is unmatched in the Surf Coast region and we are looking forward to starting our Middle School program in 2023 with our first cohort at Year 5 level, continuing on to Year 6 in 2024 – and ultimately through to Year 9 in 2027.  

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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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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    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. 

    CCG Foundation Patron’s Dinner 

    Join us for the Foundation Patron’s Dinner, to be held on Saturday, 12 November 2022 at The Pier Geelong. 
    On this night, the Foundation will be officially launching the establishment of our Public Ancillary Fund - 'The Eternity Fund'. The purpose of this fund is to provide sustained giving for the future. This fund will invest donations to return a greater value in years to come - a donation that lasts a lifetime. 

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    A MYTERN Thought for This Week 

    Sometimes circumstances are so challenging that the only choice you really have is how you respond to them. 

    Riding out that rough road in control is so much better than pretending that the road is smooth. 

    Take a moment now to regain and maintain control. 

    You are not only increasing your driving skills but also growing as a person. 

    Well done 👍 👏❤️ 

    Discover more about MYTERN here