From the Principal
The busy final term is well underway and there is plenty of positive activity across the College. I feel that there is a true sense of emergence from the challenging experiences of the past few years, and greater engagement for our community.
The new term commenced with all staff gathering for a Commencement Service. This important time spent worshipping God together is a vital aspect of our Christian culture and ethos. We were particularly blessed and entertained by Junior School music teacher, Mr Kevin Smith and we enjoyed his enthusiastic and colorful singing and dancing to songs that have been popular amongst our junior students for many years.
We continued our work and journey as part of the development of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Our guest speaker Shelley Ware, an educational consultant and media personality led us in support of our desire to authentically embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture into our classrooms. She guided us through a path of discovery through her own journey as a teacher, mother, and media identity.
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
Monday 31st Oct Bike Ed Week 1 – Year 4 – more information to come
Tuesday 01st Nov Prep Information Session 2 – 2023 Prep students only
Friday 04th Nov Swimming – Year 1
Filling our Buckets at the Beach!
This week in our devotions, we have been focusing on ‘filling our buckets’.
Bucket filling is a metaphor used when talking about positive behaviours and attitudes towards ourselves and others. Each and every person carries a bucket with them throughout life. When our bucket is full, we feel happy, confident, calm, and content. When our bucket is empty, we feel upset, unhappy, and dissatisfied.
The Preps reflected on how we can fill others buckets by showing kindness, help, respect, love and use positive words for praise and encouragement. They also reflected on times when their bucket may have been dipped.
Another week down and another experiment ticked off! We are absolutely loving our weekly light and sound experiments and investigations. This week, we looked at how to create ‘Glow in the Dark Water’. We used small water bottles and highlighters to make our water glow when light hit it. We investigated how the highlighter and the water combined to make a bioluminescent effect. The students made amazing colours by shaking slowly to ensure a slow release of all the ink in the highlighter. They can’t wait to set them up in their rooms at home and have homemade night lights!
Charlotte’s Web – the Book, and the Movie!
This term the Year 2 students have been reading E.B. White’s classic, Charlotte’s Web. They have delighted in following this tale of friendship as Wilbur and Charlotte strike up an extraordinary camaraderie. This charming text introduces the Year 2 students to many new and interesting words, extending their vocabulary and giving them an opportunity to consider some different and unfamiliar language. They have eagerly offered their ideas about how to use the new words in sentences, or suggested synonyms and definitions. The Year 2 students have also been practising their comprehension skills by using evidence from the text to make informed and clever predictions, and then by checking the validity of their ideas as we progress through the narrative. To finish off the unit, the Year 2 students will enjoy their own screening of the movie later in the term. Best get the tissues and popcorn ready!
Going Shopping and Building Machines
This term has certainly hit full stride already. With lots of activities to look forward to over the coming weeks, including Orientation Day, Bike Ed and camp, there is lots we are working on in class that is exciting too.
The Year 4 students joined with the Year 3s to ‘go shopping’. They were given some cash (unfortunately for them it wasn’t real) and told to see what they could buy. They had such a fun time choosing items from a catalogue and figuring out what they could afford. It was so lovely to see the two classes working together.
We are also studying ‘Forces’. After watching some clips of Rube Goldberg machines, the students are designing and making their own. The imagination at work is an amazing thing. Stay tuned for some final machines in the coming weeks.
We also had the pleasure of meeting some of our Grandparents and Special people last week. What a wonderful afternoon we all had. It was lovely to get to meet some of the people I hear so much about in class. Thank you to those who were able to get here.
Surf Coast Students get Into Print
The students at Surf Coast have been busy learning about all things print making! We have done many experiments and have looked at different printing techniques such a monoprint, relief print, stamps, string prints, butterfly prints, collagraph prints texture rubbing and transfer prints. We have had lots of fun learning about the different processes and getting to see how each print comes out differently and understanding why.
Important Message From Camp Australia OSHC
This year students will finish their academic studies on Friday the 9th of December. Camp Australia will continue to provide their program to students of CCG parent users until Thursday the 15th of December at the Junior School gym 39 Broughton Drive Belmont.
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.
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.
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.