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Christian College Institute of Senior Education Ltd Christian College Geelong Ltd Christian College Bellarine Ltd

Contents Chairman’s Report ....................................................................................................................................... 2 Report from the CEO ................................................................................................................................... 4 Principal’s Overview .................................................................................................................................... 6 Financial Report ........................................................................................................................................ 11 Teaching & Learning—Systems ................................................................................................................ 17 English ....................................................................................................................................................... 20 Mathematics .............................................................................................................................................. 23 Languages Other Than English ................................................................................................................. 24 Music ......................................................................................................................................................... 26 Art, Technology & Design .......................................................................................................................... 29 Sport & Physical Education. ...................................................................................................................... 32 Kindergarten .............................................................................................................................................. 34 Schools Performance 2011 ....................................................................................................................... 35


Mr James Shirley Chairman

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2011 has been a tremendously challenging and rewarding year

Building Programs

for Christian College. People in all areas of Christian College have

These major building programs on three sites have been a key

given much of themselves and their time to meet the challenges

focus and the topic of much attention for the past two years and

and opportunities throughout the year.

are now coming to fruition. The Senior school Administration

College Board Changes

and Resource Centre was completed this year and officially opened on August 7th.

I would like to thank and recognise the College Board members for their diligent service and their individual skills, insights and faithfulness that they bring to the governance and leadership of the College. I would especially like to thank the following Board Members who have stepped down from the Board this year to pursue other callings.

 Reverend Rachel Franklin, Uniting Church Clergy Representative

 Pastor John Winkler, Parent Representative  Lt. Colonel Wes Collinson, Salvation Army Clergy Representative We have greatly valued their contribution and wish them every blessing in their new endeavours.

The new Administration & Resource Centre at Senior School

We have also welcomed the following new Board Members this The Middle School Sports and Aquatic Centre is finished and is


now in use. We look forward to the official opening in the first

Mrs Sally Stewart, Parent Representative

Captain David Collinson, Salvation Army Clergy Representative

Other changes to the structure of the College Board have included Chris Golden and Vivian Watson stepping down as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively. These two roles are now filled by myself and Simon Koefoed. Both Chris and Viv are continuing on as Board Members and their years of experience and ongoing contribution are highly valued.

quarter of 2012. The Bellarine Sports and Performing Arts Centre is expected to achieve a Certificate of Occupancy by the end of 2011, which is also in line with our government approved time line. These three major projects have been completed on budget which demonstrates the professional and business like way in which these projects have been managed by Paul Brewster together with Chris Maddock, David Spedding and the team. It is also important to point out that these projects have been delivered for less than half the cost per square meter of many

I particularly wish to recognise and thank Chris Golden for his

similar school projects being funded by the government BER

leadership and direction over the past five years as Chairman.

funding. This has been achieved by managing these projects ‘in

Some of the most challenging decisions for Christian College

house’ avoiding many additional costs, ‘mark-ups’ and fees.

requiring much insight and good judgment have been made

Whilst this process has taken longer than other methods, the

under his leadership. This includes decisions such as the

teachers and students are the winners - with exceptional value

commencement of the building programs at Senior School,

for money and beautiful facilities well beyond that which we

Middle School and Bellarine School campuses, now nearing

could have afforded otherwise.

completion, totaling some $14M.


College Leadership I would like to commend the College CEO Daryl Riddle and the Principal Glen McKeeman for their dedicated and professional leadership throughout 2011. This year has seen an unprecedented number of new initiatives and programs, (such as the Q’ed program for gifted students), which are a credit to the Executive, Heads of Campus and staff. The College has also met some tough times for staff and families with health issues and loss of loved ones. We keep those families in our prayers and assure them of our continuing support. I thank the Lord for all of His leading and provision throughout 2011 and pray for his guidance and his richest blessing for

The exterior of the Sports and Aquatic Centre at Middle School, Highton

Christian College into 2012.

James Shirley Chairman of the Christian College Board

Dr Robert Gibson

Mr James Shirley

Revd. Simon Koefoed Vice Chairman Anglican Clergy Rep.

Uniting Church Lay Representative

Mr Chris Golden

Pastor Graham Clarke

Capt. David Collinson

Chairman Parent Representative

Parent Representative

Baptist Church Clergy Representative

The Salvation Army Clergy Representative

Mr Vivian Watson

The Salvation Army Lay Representative

Mrs Lenore Ford

Parent Representative

On approved Leave throughout 2011

Mr Greg Reid

Parent Representative

Mrs Sally Stewart

Parent Representative

Mr Eduard Nyhof

Anglican Church Lay Representative 3

REPORT FROM THE CEO Buildings Development At the end of a busy year in 2011, it is exciting to look back and see the incredible changes that have occurred in all of the campuses. 2011 has been the year of construction with almost 14 million dollars being spent on new buildings at the Administration and Resource Centre at Senior School, Bellarine Music, Sports and Performing Arts Centre and the Sports and Aquatic Centre at the Highton Middle School along with landscaping and internal classroom upgrades.

Mr Daryl Riddle OAM Chief Executive Officer

These upgrades of services and hardware are a welcome bonus to our College. The IT Department have worked diligently to ensure that all the new hardware, servers and systems run effectively. ‘Thank you’ to Ashley Walters and his remarkable team of IT specialists, who truly are the “oil in the works” in this technological development.

These building programmes will be officially completed in December with the issue of a Certificate of Occupancy for the Bellarine Music and Sports Centre. With these major works finished however, the continued need to design and develop new landscaping works surrounding the new buildings, will begin again early in 2012. I would like to thank Mr Paul Brewster and his team at Beekon for the incredible job of the design and construction of all the buildings and works. You have provided the College and its families with a wonderful suite of buildings which will continue provide important opportunities for all students into the future.

Digital Education Revolution

Surf Coast Campus

Other challenges for the year have included the increased technological capacity of the College with the help of Federal Government’s introduction of the DER (Digital Educational Revolution) financial assistance over the last three years. This extra funding has allowed us to double the capacity of our computer network and wireless provisions with both students and staff gaining much better access to online programmes.

The establishment of a new campus at the Surf Coast has again faced a difficult time this year with the “Spring Creek” area, one kilometre west of Duffield’s Road, still not rezoned. Currently we have more than 180 students who travel into our Highton Campus each day to attend Middle or Junior School with many others who have asked to be placed onto a waiting list. We will continue to persevere with all Federal, State and Local authorities in our effort to ensure the future establishment of a new Christian College Campus in the Surf Coast area.

‘Back Creek’ Rural Experience Over the past 12 months, a review of the programmes and operations of the ‘Back Creek’ Farm Rural Experience at Scotsburn has been completed. The Review, which was undertaken by Mr David Spedding, addressed a considerable number of issues relating to future developments - staffing into 2015 and beyond, capital needs of the farm, types of programmes envisaged, length of time required, improvements to the the ‘connections’ between the various campuses and the farm.


‘Thank you’ to the many families, students, staff and school members who contributed to this review and especially to David for overseeing the review project. A heartfelt thanks to Russell Barter and the farm staff whose great work is reflected in the valuable experiences shared by all the students.

Seniors enjoy local children in Viqueque

In Appreciation

‘Back Creek’ action for Year 9’s

I would like to express my great thanks to Mr Glen McKeeman, the Principal of the College, the Heads of Campus and all our wonderful staff for their remarkable achievements across all the campuses this year. Your wise leadership, and inspirational work with our students has been marvellous. To all the ancillary staff, administration, gardeners, uniform shop ladies, canteen staff, maintenance, bus drivers, farm staff and all our managers your continued diligence and support of others behind the scenes has been remarkable. To Chris Maddock, Paul Brewster, Gwen Prosser, Glen McKeeman and Marion Murray – our Executive Group, thank you for all the work, talent and support along with long hours that go unseen by most. The year has been both challenging but fruitful.

East Timor Projects The work in East Timor has also grown dramatically over the past 12 months. This year we have seen more students and staff from the College travel to visit our friends in Viqueque. Early this year, we enjoyed the visit of four staff from Viqueque to Christian College Geelong. They came to study and develop new business skills, IT skills and Kinder teaching skills for their work in East Timor. The work these people are doing in the Friendship House is amazing. Also, the Year 12 Prefects on their visit in July, decided to help the village of Raitahu build a new suite of school buildings. They have done this by raising $30,000 for the project which they have accomplished with the generosity and hard work of the parents, staff, and students through fundraising events. The construction of the new school buildings will begin in January 2012 with the arrival of the material which has already been purchased. Special thanks should go to Mr Colin Pearson, the Chairman, Ms Deb Singleton, Secretary and the Christian College East Timor Committee and all our supporting members and staff. You have accomplished remarkable things this year.

I also wish to thank the Board members of Christian College who are the remarkable group who oversee the many facets of this amazing institution. As well, my great thanks to all of you for your excellent leadership, governance and heartfelt support during this challenging year. Special acknowledgement should go to Mr Chris Golden for his outstanding five year contribution to the Board as Chairman. I would also like to acknowledge the appointment in May 2011, of our new Chairman Mr James Shirley who has already been active in the building programmes this year.

Daryl C Riddle OAM Chief Executive Officer


Mr Glen McKeeman Principal

PRINCIPAL’S OVERVIEW The challenge for schools in educating their students is to be relevant, meaningful and relational in their dealings. This requires a well-considered framework, quality effective teachers and a well centred moral compass that models the values and way to live. Each day at our College throughout 2011 our students have been provided with a wealth and broad range of learning opportunities. These have included well planned and engaging classroom sessions, excursions and field trips, guest speakers, camps and tours, sporting events, performances, opportunities to create and construct, use of technology, speaking with and listening to others and more.

Some of the Highlights During 2011 some of the following aspects of Teaching and Learning have been highlighted.

Williams House Kindergarten A place to discover, create and make friends, Williams House is a vibrant, happy and caring community. The students and teachers enjoy sharing this vital early time for learning. Throughout the year special activities as well as the well prepared structured and unstructured discovery sessions allow the Kinder students in both the 3 and 4 Year old groups a wonderful environment in which to learn. The classroom and outdoor play areas are engaging and stimulating. This year the ‘veggies’ grown in the patch were very tasty too. Visits to the Junior School for formal specialist lessons and the special concerts and occasions throughout the year have added to a most successful year. Hosting two Kindergarten teachers from East Timor as part of the ongoing support our College provides to the village of Viqueque was certainly a perfect example of our involvement in the broader context of education.

Junior Schools Our two Junior Schools continue to be happy nurturing places of learning providing a balance of specifically designed classroom experiences to discovery learning. The students enjoy and benefit from the many special days that are planned to support their learning as well as provide fun ways to experience new things. A major feature of the Junior Schools is the caring and dedicated staff that nurture and encourage the students. The relationships that these children have with their teachers are vitally important

in the early years of learning. Equally important are the peer support programs that the Prep children have with their Year 4 Buddies. This also enables the older students to develop responsibility and leadership qualities. The academic program is showing benefits of the ongoing Doorway Into Practical Literacy Program. As the students become more familiar to the rules and conventions of spelling in their class lessons this is also impacting their written work. A review of the Junior School Mathematics program commenced this year and will continue throughout 2012.

Middle Schools Middle School students have appreciated a range of engaging and challenging learning opportunities. The camps program is integral to developing positive relationships with peers and teachers as well as a great challenge in the outdoors. The expansion to include Year 8 students from Highton as well as the Bellarine students into the camping program at Back Creek has been a success. The time spent at Back Creek continues to be a most rewarding and positive time for the students in Year 9. A comprehensive review of this program was conducted throughout 2011 with recommendations being considered for implementation in future years. I am pleased with the progress that the ongoing review of the Middle School program is making. This Professional Learning Team lead by Mrs. Heather Faulkner is considering the revisions to the structure, pedagogy, elective offerings and timetabling allocations to best suit the learning for Middle School students. This review is to be completed in 2012. A major highlight of the year for one of our students, Lena De Rosso was winning her way through to the State Final in the National Junior Public Speaking Awards. At this competitive National level amongst thousands of students that enter, Lena spoke on, “Humour in Medicine – the role of clown doctors”. Lena also presented this at Presentation Evening. Of course, the Middle School at Highton is benefitting already from the new Sports and Aquatic Centre. This wonderful new facility will be officially opened in March next year. We are most grateful for the provision of this wonderful facility.


Senior School The new year commenced at Senior School under the new leadership of Ms. Sue Strong and immediately gained benefit from the new Administration and Resource Centre. The provision of this state of the art Library and research facility has been a great asset to the students and staff at the Senior School. Provision of new facilities for staff at Senior School has also been appreciated and beneficial. The remodeled and renovated conversion of the former library creates a flexible space for worship services, lectures or guest presentations, examinations, drama classes and performances as well as assemblies. The reintroduction of an Our World trip to East Timor at Year 11 has been a welcome occurrence. This elective is offered in addition to the annual Prefect trips in July. Senior School students maintain our continued strong involvement in Central Australia and Vietnam.

2011 VCE Results I wish to congratulate our Year 12 students on their excellent results in 2011. All of the 143 students who sat for their final exams have successfully completed their VCE. The Dux of the College for 2011 was Rebekah Hines with an ATAR of 98.40. Other outstanding results were achieved by Jason Allsopp 98.40, Rianni Lancaster 97.60, Andrew Peel 96.85 and Jacob Petkovic 96.60, Chloe Lilkendey 95.30 and Clare Duck 94.60.

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strategic plan for Teaching and Learning I am confident that we will continue to see positive academic outcomes for our students.

Faculty Highlights Music A significant highlight in Music was the performances at the Royal South Street competitions in Ballarat. Victory by the Symphony Orchestra was reason for considerable celebration as were the many other ensemble and solo performances. Several concerts and performance, camps and tours conducted throughout the year culminated in the highly celebrated College Music Evening. These opportunities allow the students to experience the appreciation of the audience for the dedication and hard work they undertake to reach incredible levels of performance. This year our community was treated to the College Musical, “Seussical the Musical”, based on the work of children’s author Dr. Seuss. The outstanding work by the cast, students and parents involved to collaborate and produce the performances enjoyed by the audiences received much acclaim. The College continues to enjoy a fine reputation for producing musical productions of the highest quality.

11.2% of our students received an ATAR above 90 (compares with 10% nationally) In 2011 5.8% of our students received 90+ 35.7% of our students received an ATAR above 80 (compares with 20% nationally) In 2011 26% of our students received 80+ 90.2% of our students received an ATAR above 50 (compares with 50% nationally). In 2011 86% of our students received 50+

Average ATAR for our school is 71 (compares with 50 nationally ) In 2010 the average ENTER was 68.

The cast of Seussical on stage at the Playhouse Theatre

Subject Result Highlights

Art Technology and Design

36% of our Year 12 students (excludes Year 11 doing a Year 12 study) received a study score of 40+ in one or more studies. A Study Score of 40 or higher means the student is ranked in the top 8% of the cohort in the state. In 2010 20% of our students received a study score of 40+

Developments across the board in Art, Technology and Design have benefitted many students and this practical and creative area of teaching and learning is proving to be a burgeoning focus for study and employment options in the future as we are becoming increasingly exposed to visual and digital communication. As a result, student interest in the subjects offered in this study area has increased and this has provided many additional practical study options for students. A side benefit has been the retention of students who have, in the past considered alternative programs at other schools whilst not wanting to leave our College community.

These results are a credit to the dedicated efforts of the students, our College teaching staff and the families throughout the year. I congratulate and commend each upon this successful result. Our College community celebrates the achievements of our Class of 2011. As we progress in developing and implementing a


This year the College conducted our inaugural Visual and Creative Arts Festival providing us with a showcase of the creative, artistic, musical and dramatic talents of our students across the campuses. The success of this festival will become an annual feature on the College calendar. Students appreciated the excursions, visiting artist and wide opportunities and encouragement to explore and develop the many avenues to express themselves in these areas of study. We also had an enthusiastic group of Senior School boys compete at the Solar Car Challenge National titles in Tasmania.

Sport On a sporting note the College celebrated Year 12 student Taylor Adams being drafted in the AFL National Draft by Greater Western Sydney. Simon Harrington also enjoyed success at the Victorian Schools Mountain Bike Championships. During the year a decision was made for our College to remain as a significant contributor to GISSA Sporting programs for our students. High levels of success were achieved by our teams competing against other schools in the region. Numerous students qualified to compete at State and National events and well as representative teams at this elite level.

National levels indicates the excellence offered by the teaching staff in this faculty. Seven students received scholarships to participate in the JENESYS study program in Japan in December.

Science The Science program is an engaging and exciting study area. The program is supported by a range of practical experiences that enhance learning. Some of these have included collaborative investigations, field trips, engineering and design competitions and visiting speakers. Covering studies ranging from nano technology to microorganisms the wonders of the world have been explored in the classrooms and laboratories as well as the outdoors. It has been fun to look after and study things that grow and to see how they change by making close observations. Learning to draw conclusions and present what you have found out has been a well-developed skill. An exciting development in Science has been the provision of specialist lessons commencing from Year 5.

Christian College also offered Club Sporting opportunities to represent our College in Basketball, Netball and Equestrian events with large numbers of students involved. House competitions and carnivals have provided all of our students with an opportunity to represent their respective Houses in friendly competition throughout the year.

LOTE and International Exchanges I was personally delighted to see students of staff from our sister school, Naga High school in Japan visit after a break in recent years. These exchange visits are an important part of our College history and culture. The continuation of this relationship will celebrate the 20th Anniversary next year. Equally exciting was the tour undertaken to our Twin School in Lombok, Indonesia. The students, accompanied by a parent and staff from the College enjoyed a wonderful time learning about Indonesian culture whilst visiting SMAN 2 Mataram. Other students studying Indonesian participated in a study tour to Malaysia experiencing the sights, a village stay and opportunities to apply their language skills.

Environmental Studies at Bellarine

Mathematics Exploring the world of numbers, how they relate and form an important part of the world around us has been a challenging and interesting time for the students. Teaching staff provide a range of activities to demonstrate the patterns, measuring strategies and skills to discover mathematical concepts.

We were pleased to welcome home Bronte Alexander after her long term exchange in Japan, particularly so as she was there during the horrific earthquake and tsunami.

Group investigations, peer teaching (in some cases across campuses and year levels), competitions, practical applications and problem solving have given the students many different ways to develop.

The many students studying Japanese and Indonesian thoroughly love learning a new languages and cultures as a result of their studies. The results and success that our students obtain in a number of Speech Competitions at local, State and

Third place in the highly competitive Deakin University Mathematics Challenge out of 50 other schools was a fine effort by those students involved during the year.




The English faculty has contributed across the entire College program providing manuals for all staff on text types and spelling strategies to be utilized in all subject studies. This consistent approach will support students across disciplines to improve the application to written tasks.

The initiative undertaken to combine the skills and learning in Information Technology and research has provided cross curriculum connections to support and enhance the learning for all students. This collaborative approach has allowed teaching staff in subject areas and classroom teachers to use the skills and expertise of their colleagues from the LITEhouse faculty. As a result the students apply the skills they have learned in each of the other subject studies. An example of this is the skill of developing a spreadsheet being taught in IT and applied to present information in a Science assignment. As this program continues to influence learning in our College we will see increased proficiency for our students.

Students have had a variety of writing genre to explore in their classroom time as well as a range of speaking and listening experiences. Working in groups and preparing oral presentations or participating in debates has been experienced. A number of students have participated in public speaking competitions with confidence and poise. Learning to express yourself in written and oral form is a skill that we see developing through the rich experiences provided. Together with the development of sound language skills, all areas of study gain from the English programs. Specially planned events, visiting authors, writers workshops and experiences in the broader community all bring purpose and meaning to these studies.

Humanities The study areas offered in Humanities help our students to understand the world around them from learning about the past, the environment and considering what is happening around them. From gaining an understanding into the different countries and environments, students develop an appreciation for others as well as realizing a responsibility for their own part. The opportunity to dress up, work with others and to experience special days and events all provide rich learning to allow the students to consider the world more fully. Visiting places such as Sovereign Hill, participating in a Refugee Day or being a medieval character, allowed the students firsthand experience to inform their learning in the classroom, as well as lots of fun.

Outdoor Education Having a wonderful range of environments to experience in our state, many just on our doorstep, provides those undertaking studies in this area the privilege to experience the range of activities that can be experienced. Whether it has been hiking through the high plains, surfing along the coast, riding through the heathlands, skiing or camping on the snowfields or climbing mountains, the students have been encouraged to learn about safe practice, caring for the place they visit and understanding the impact that human interaction can have on a fragile environment. The passionate staff in this faculty have worked hard to ensure that these activities are conducted safely whilst maximizing the experience and level of challenge for the students. The outcome saw outstanding academic performances as a result.

LITEhouse learning is fun at Middle School, Highton

New Initiative Q’ed For a number of years I have been eager to see a program offered in our College for gifted and talented students. The result was the Q’ed Program introduced this year for students in Years 5 to 7. This program offers these learners collaborative, creative and challenging learning experiences with other students who find learning new things a gift. The selected students participated in weekly sessions conducted at the Senior School to learn about learning and thinking to allow them to grow and enjoy the challenging opportunity to explore “The Big Question”.

The Principal with excited students at the Q’ed Program


Having the experience to present what they discovered along the way to their peers and families at an exhibition at the conclusion gave the students a place to share what they been doing. The more significant benefit was what they have learned about themselves as a learner. The broader influence and impact of this program will also spread out and impact all students as this program develops in coming years. It is planned that this program will expand to 2 groups in 2012 to include students from Year 5 to 9 with an online component.

Scholarships This year the College introduced General Excellence Scholarships at Years 5, 7 and 10. Applicants completed an examination and interview process. Selected students received up to 50% toward the cost of tuition fees. Scholarships were offered to both external and internal applicants.

Australian Curriculum The academic staff has commenced preparations for the introduction of the Australian curriculum in 2013. The initial subjects to be phased in will be English, Mathematics, History and Science. The College is well positioned for this change to the educational landscape.

Christian Education, caring for each other and others The heart of our College is our focus on Christian Education. Whether it has been in the classroom during formal lessons or spending time each morning in Devotions, through listening to guest speakers or friends in assembly or worship services, or learning from and developing a relationship with the teaching staff, our aim has been to encourage and nurture the Christian faith of each of the students. Each of us has an individual walk with our Lord and it is through the way that we each learn to care for and love each other that we see Jesus at work.

Refugee Day makes the issue more relevant for students

This year we have also had many opportunities to show His love to others through the community and service tasks that we have undertaken to help bless others less fortunate than ourselves or in need of our support and encouragement. This year has been particularly tough with a number of sad family circumstances. It is during these difficult times that a community can show its strength through supporting those who need it. It is in these ways that we continue to, ”Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God”. I am grateful to the staff, students and families for creating such a wonderful community for us to enjoy. I wish to thank the Heads of Campus, the College Executive and the Board for the support and encouragement they provide to the Teaching and Learning that blessed our students throughout 2011.

Glen McKeeman Principal

‘Prayer at the Pole’ for Senior School staff and students



Mr Chris Maddock Business Manager

The Financial Year of 2011 On behalf of the Board members of Christian College, I am pleased to present to you the financial report for 2012. Being a “not for profit” company means any surplus of funds can only be used for educational purposes. For 2011 we had a surplus of $2,925,953 across all Campuses, however, the major part of this surplus is made up of grants from the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) and the Digital Educational Revolution (DER) programs. The combination of these grants across all campuses for 2011 totalled $2,043,953. Excluded grants the normal operating surplus for 2011 was $882,000. 2011 saw the last grant payment made under the Federal Governments BER program. Over the period of the program from 2009 to 2011, a total of $5 million was received, $3 million for the Highton Campus and $2 million for the Bellarine Campus. In 2011 we completed the BER project at the Highton Campus, being the new Sports and Aquatic Centre, at a cost of $5.8 million and in early 2012 we completed the Bellarine Centre for Music, Sport and Performing Arts at a cost of $6 million. In addition to the grant funds additional bank loans were obtain to complete these two projects. DER funds were provided to enable students from Years 9 to 12 obtain better access to computer based technologies and the infrastructure support needed to ensure access. While the grant funds have greatly assisted us in providing much improved educational facilities, all the funds has been allocated to specific capital projects. None of the funds provided can be used for recurrent purposes in conducting an educational program. A breakdown of where our income and expenditure comes from is as follows:

Income 47.63% of our total income comes from Tuition Fees 36.76% of our total income comes from the Commonwealth Government Grants 9.29% of our total income comes from State Government Grants 4.64% of our total income comes from the Capital Works Levy 0.25% of our income comes from other fees and charges 1.43% of our income comes from Miscellaneous Sources

Expenditure 70.92% of all expenditure is spent on salaries and other staff expenditure such as staff entitlements and training 9.10% of all expenditure is spent on non capital educational expenses 6.49% of all expenditure is spent on depreciation, but this is a non cash payment 3.32% of all our expenditure is spent on administration 3.29% of all expenditure is spent on non capital buildings and grounds maintenance 2.51% of all expenditure is spent on operation costs on items such as insurance, electricity, telephone etc 4.37% of all our expenditure is spent on finance and leases


Balance Sheet Items With 87.78% of our total assets in land and buildings and our capital borrowings being 62.82% of all our total liabilities, parents can be reassured there is substantial and sustainable long term security for Christian College. Our overall net worth of Christian College is now $32,277,731 which is an increase of 29.79% on the previous year and is mainly attributed to the increase in BER projects plus a revaluation of land buildings that occurred in 2011.

Key Capital Expenditure during 2011 Junior School 

Refurbishment of toilets

Middle School 

Replacement all stoves in Home Economics Room

3 Buses replaced

New equipment for Sports and Aquatic Centre

New camp huts at Back Creek

Bellarine 

Upgrade new computer infrastructure including new wireless connections

New music equipment

Senior School 

New laptop computers

Upgrade new computer infrastructure including new wireless connections

Major Projects Planned for 2012 Now that the BER projects have been completed at both Highton and Bellarine the emphasis will be on landscaping work around both the Highton and Bellarine projects. It is disappointing to report that not much progress has been achieved in gaining planning approval to build and commence a new Surf Coast campus, however we are continuing to work with planning consultants and the Surf Coast Shire with the aim to address all planning matters. At this stage we cannot give a clear timeframe when the Surf Coast campus will commence but be assured we will make the announcements as soon as we are able. I trust this gives you clear understanding of the Christian College’s current financial position.

Chris Maddock Company Secretary


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TEACHING & LEARNING - SYSTEMS Introduction One of the many criticisms of current educational practice is that it is still firmly entrenched in the industrial model of education birthed out of the industrial revolution: one class of students progressing through single teacher classrooms in preparation for despatch to another educational conveyor belt or a job. Christian College Geelong recognises that this model is redundant in the technologically advanced, information rich age in which we exist. Teaching and Learning are not disparate items, they are not the responsibility of individuals yet they are focused on the individual. Teaching and Learning have become complex, collaborative processes aimed at meeting the varied capacities and abilities of individuals. Teaching and Learning can happen anywhere; it is responsive yet regulated, exciting yet purposeful, cognitively demanding yet supportive. As Director of Teaching and Learning – Systems my varied responsibilities are purposed on assisting teachers and learners in their engagement in this process called modern education. This year the exciting launch of Q’ed, an innovative Gifted and Talented program, the expansion of the Learning Support Services faculty and the progressive development of the LITEhouse concept, have all contributed to 2011 being an extremely busy yet successful year.

Mrs Roselyn Smith Director of Teaching & Learning—Systems

are structured to provide students with appropriate opportunity for enrichment and enhancement. While this is a core responsibility of all teachers, Christian College has also recognised that the abilities and needs of Gifted and Talented students are often more challenging to meet within classroom parameters and to this end the Q’ed program was successfully implemented this year. Twenty-seven students from across the Bellarine and Highton Middle Campuses, Years 5 to 7, met every Tuesday morning during Terms Two and Three at the Senior Campus to engage in an Inquiry based program centred on the exploration of a Big Question: ‘How can I improve my world?’ The students were led on a journey of self-discovery in relation to their own particular learning style, their brain and their specific areas of passion regarding the Big Question. The program culminated in an Exhibition on the 6th September where each student presented their response to the Big Question to varying, critical audiences of students, staff and parents. The inaugural Q’ed program was well received by students and parents, and generated a growing interest amongst the staff. The program successfully engaged the students, met our nine foundational goals and provided insightful understandings of how the program could and will be improved moving forward. To this end planning is already underway for the new intake of First Year Q’ed students in 2012, along with preparations for the launch of the Second Year, Q’ed program which will be delivered in an online format in 2012.

Scholarships It was very exciting early in 2011 to be involved in our second round of Academic Excellence Scholarships. Through a process of testing using ACER Scholarship Tests, applications and interviews, a very exciting group of students were offered Scholarships at Bellarine, Highton and Senior Campuses for 2012. Q’ed program in progress at Senior School

Enrichment and Enhancement It is an expectation that all students within Christian College classrooms will be provided with educational experiences which have been tailored to meet their abilities. For students with high potential this means that lesson content and assessment tasks

LITEhouse It was an extremely robust year for the Library and ICT staff across the college as the two faculties merged and created the new LITEhouse concept: Library and Information Technology Education. This concept is founded upon the realisation that digital technologies are now a fundamental component of the educational experience of students at all ages and integral to the resourcing of learning.


Learning ICT skills and applications and how to access, use and acknowledge educational resources are all essential elements in modern education but undoubtedly best taught embedded in authentic learning episodes and in collaboration with other teachers and learners. At the same time it is recognised that engendering a love for and understanding of Literature and providing domain specific ICT skill development remain imperatives and hence quintessential aspects of the overall LITEhouse program from Prep to Year 12. LITEhouse education Year Prep to Year Four continued to be provided in two separate streams of LITEhouse Library and LITEhouse ICT. In these early years of education there are many skills and much foundational knowledge required to provide the building blocks for future learning. Where opportunity for integration of Library and ICT skill presented in the core learning areas, these were naturally used to enhance the learning experience of the young students.

and protocol to commence development. A new Referral Form was designed to provide an official protocol and record of students who came to the attention of staff as requiring support for their learning. Further data management processes were developed throughout the year to ensure that current and accurate information about all Integration and Learning Support students was available at every campus. Throughout the year the Learning Support Services staff delivered special learning and support programs to students, liaised with staff to modify classroom programs where necessary, assisted with assessment and reporting modifications, conducted Parent Support Group meetings, accompanied students on excursions and camps, liaised with medical professionals to organise assessments and feedback sessions with students and their families, applied for Government funding or refunding and provided professional development for teachers of students with specific learning or developmental difficulties.

LITEhouse education in Years 5 to 9 was an area of huge change and development. Despite the timetabling difficulties, the inaugural year of this program was seen as successful and worthwhile not just by the LITEhouse staff but by many classroom teachers and students at both Bellarine and Highton Middle Campuses. Aside from specific Multimedia Electives at Years 8 and 9, Library and ICT classes were taught in an integrated and collaborative model. Students discovered themselves learning about note taking skills as part of a Humanities lesson, Bibliographies in Science, Search Engines in Christian Education, Excel in Health, Mind Mapping tools in English, just to name a few examples. The LITEhouse staff also endeavoured to introduce the students to self-assessment techniques, goal setting and pre and post evaluation. LITEhouse education in Years 10 to 12 involved the staff more so than the students this year as the newly blended team of Library and ICT staff grappled with how the LITEhouse concept could work best at Senior Campus and within the tight construct of VCE expectations. Some excellent discussions and forward planning transpired but additionally the LITEhouse faculty were able to provide a sequence of two training evenings in IWB technology which was seen to be very helpful by all the staff at Senior Campus.

Learning Support Services The Learning Support Services faculty experienced a fruitful year as the blending of staff involved with Integration (Funded) students and the staff involved with students with unfunded learning difficulties continued to take shape as one faculty united in service to our students, parents and staff. Early in the year the faculty settled upon their new name, Learning Support Services which then enabled definite policy

A LITEhouse lesson at Middle School Highton

Assessment and Reporting We live in an age of high accountability and contingency planning. Within the education sector, we are seeing an ever increasing emphasis placed on the data derived from student assessments. In many ways this is a positive for education as the data can be a very rich source of feedback for students and teachers as they negotiate appropriate curriculum pathways for their students. At Christian College we have established an assessment routine for Years Prep to 12 which encompasses both internal and external, diagnostic and standardised as well as formative and summative assessment types. Internally we have a range of assessment tools being used across all subject areas to monitor and assess student progress. To assist students to plan for and meet their own educational goals, the learning areas are now employing rubrics. Additionally we continue to conduct our own internal Standardised Testing Program in fourth term each year.


A battery of ACER Standardised tests are used to check on the progress of our students in Years 2 through to 9. (PATMaths, PATScience, PATR – Spelling, PATR – Reading Comprehension, ACER General Ability Tests.) Externally we engage with the National NAPLAN Testing program every May which provides us with very extensive data relating to student progress, our curriculum and our assessment processes. We are able to monitor our own performance as a school across Literacy and Numeracy and compare our results to both State and National figures. The data for 2011 was again very informative, helping to confirm there are areas we need to focus on and there are areas we need to celebrate our success in. For example as a school we had already identified that Mathematics was an area in need of review and the Naplan results confirm there are some areas of need in this curriculum area. Conversely since the introduction of our new DIPL program in Year Prep to Year 6, our Naplan results have been showing exceptional improvement in Spelling as well as Grammar and Punctuation. While NAPLAN provides only a snapshot in time it is a helpful addition to our assessment and reporting portfolio. Our Academic Reports continue to be reviewed annually to ensure they reflect our programs.

Curriculum Data Management We are moving into yet another period of change in education as the National Curriculum commences its slow infiltration into the education systems of each State and Territory in Australia. From 2013 the core areas of Mathematics, English, History and Science will be dictated by the National Curriculum. In 2012, relevant Directors and Heads of faculty will perform an audit of Christian College Curriculum in the areas of English, Mathematics, History and Science. I will be working closely with these leaders and the leadership of the college to monitor and assess what changes will be necessary in order for our current Academic Reporting system to meet funding obligations but also to ensure that our Reporting processes are informative, constructive and best practice. Depending on the outcome of these discussions it may also be necessary to make some modifications to our Term Planners which remain the authoritative documentation of our curriculum.

Roselyn Smith Director of Teaching and Learning – Systems

Students engrossed in the LITEhouse project at Bellarine Campus


Mrs Marion Nott Director of English

ENGLISH Overview

The most significant development for the English Faculty in 2011 has been the emergence of a stronger ‘sense of faculty’ and

Considerations in the development of the national curriculum,

pride amongst teachers about the English program and what it

and specifically the national English curriculum, as articulated in

offers. This is seen as a critical ingredient for the most effective

the National Curriculum Board document, “Shape of the

development and delivery of the course and has been achieved

Australian Curriculum: English”, 2009, include the ‘…


appreciation that our society is growing in its complexity and

that Australians will need to interact in a global environment,

regular meetings where the focus has been on matters of

know how to learn, adapt, create and communicate effectively,

teaching and learning and consistent improvements in

and interpret and use information more fluently and critically.’ The study of English plays an important role in developing these skills. The National Curriculum Board document goes on to say,

units of work and supporting resources

formalised opportunities to share learning and experience through meetings focused on professional

‘Proficiency in English language affects how widely and how well

development of teachers

young people are able to improve their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of their communities and their nation. Young

active participation and collaboration of teachers in

participation and contributions to projects – text types,

Australiians’ developing identities, the cultures they live in, and

spelling, web 2.0 – to be shared with teachers across all

their understanding of how identity and culture are connected,


are all shaped by the growing capabilities for which the English curriculum takes a major responsibility.’ At Christian College, as we prepare to implement the National Curriculum in English, it is important that all stakeholders – students, teachers and parents – understand the importance of competence and confidence in English within the context of the ‘big picture’ of developing our students to be truly effective and contributing members of their local and global societies. Through a variety of measures, the English Faculty is making a concerted effort to increase the level of engagement, rigour and expectation of student commitment, effort and performance;

centralising faculty office space for teachers at Senior School

Rewards of this development have been seen in the readiness of teachers to prepare and actively contribute at meetings and to commit to sharing their experience and resources with colleagues. While this provides a most effective means of professional development, the strategy for alerting teachers to upcoming external professional development opportunities of particular interest has been continued; teachers report to have found this a useful system.

this will continue to be a key area of focus into the future. In 2011, the English faculty adopted a series of aims and objectives as steps in this process.

Aim 1: Encourage and promote continual drive toward excellence in teaching and learning practice. Objective 1.01: Develop strategic and effective approach to professional development of teachers Objective 1.02: Encourage effective use of relevant technologies in teaching practice. Objective 1.03: Constantly review programs to accommodate differences in student learning styles and levels of ability.

Public Speaking at Senior School


Further professional development was offered to teachers through Christian College’s participation in the Australian Government Quality Teaching Program, “Authentic use of Web 2.0 technologies in the classroom” offered through ISV. Twelve teachers across Middle School, Bellarine and Senior School, and representatives of a variety of faculties, participated formally in the program while a number of others also attended ‘in house’ after school workshops. Participating teachers were introduced to a range of web 2.0 tools that can be used as authentic teaching resources in and beyond the classroom to enhance learning and engagement. Teachers across levels in English have begun using many of these tools in their ‘in class’ teaching and as a homework requirement. As part of this project, teachers also developed an action plan for implementation, both from a personal perspective, and with a view to sharing their learning and experience with colleagues at their respective campuses and faculties. Introductory whole staff workshops will be held at the beginning of 2012. 2011 also saw the commencement of a new practice in which

Presentation at Legacy Public Speaking Awards

the Senior School English Faculty designated a formal planning day, after the completion of the students’ school year, for each year level. All English teachers, including three commencing in 2012, of the particular year level were in attendance. During

Aim 2: Achieve a sustained improvement in student performance in internal and external assessments.

these meetings, comprehensive reviews of units of work along

Objective 2.01: Develop a consistent approach to the teaching of

with careful planning of key dates against the 2012 calendar,

spelling and comprehension throughout the Middle School years.

were completed. This has allowed for much more effective

Objective 2.02: Develop a consistent approach to the teaching of

preparation for teachers and resources.

writing (text types) across all faculties of Middle and Senior school years. Objective 2.03: Create opportunities for students from both ends of the ability spectrum to participate in additional formal English classes through the introduction of English Assistance Program (2011) and Writers’ Workshop (2012) at Year 10. Changes have been made in course outlines to accommodate the CARS and STARS programs. These resources, which have been introduced through Years 5 to 8, provide clear diagnosis of student ability across a range of comprehension strategies and allow for targeted and differentiated teaching for specific and individual areas of weakness. The consistency of the program across these year levels allows for a shared language and understanding of the strategies that make up comprehension. Through a funding grant received from ISV, in 2011 the English faculty engaged a spelling consultant to work with representative teachers from Years 7, 8 and 9 from Bellarine and Middle Schools. Informed by the DIPL program used in Primary years, this group created a document, “A multi strategy approach to spelling and literacy”, which provides a flexible approach to spelling based on student diversity in the ways they learn to spell, and accommodates differentiation in the teaching of spelling.


This document was also designed to provide a resource for

Competition Success

teachers across all faculties for their active engagement in teaching and reinforcing student spelling. Participating teachers

In 2011, Christian College again held public speaking

from Bellarine will introduce the document to teachers at staff

competitions at Highton and Senior School Campuses with

meetings at Middle, Senior and Bellarine Campuses early in

winners receiving generous awards from the College. Two Senior


School students (Year 11 and Year 12) participated in the regional VCAA Plain English Speaking Award with the Year 12 student

Both the Spelling document and the Text Type document will be introduced to all new teachers who are joining the Christian College staff in 2012 during their Orientation Day in January.

achieving second place. A Year 10 student participated in the Lions Youth of the Year Awards at Torquay. A Year 9 Middle School student competed in the Legacy Public Speaking

A further grant through ISV in 2011 enabled the school to

Competition in Geelong and went on to qualify for the state

provide extra and individualised English instruction for Year 10

competition in which she attained second place. Her

students who were identified by teachers as experiencing

performance at the Middle School Awards Night demonstrated

difficulties in class. Throughout second semester, these students

her ability to speak confidently and engage a large audience.

worked for one period a week in small groups of 2 to 4, in a tutorial situation, on areas of the curriculum they found challenging. These students also participated in two excursions to Melbourne where they drew on their observations and feelings as inspiration for writing, as well as spending a day at school working with professional actors in a program designed to develop strategies and confidence in public speaking. A proposal to offer Writers’ Workshop as an elective at Year 10 was approved and 34 students have taken this up in 2012.

Aim 3: Establish greater efficiencies in resourcing of teachers and students. Objective 3.01: Further develop efficient and effective storage and sharing of resources.

Middle School Debating in progress.

The move of Senior School teachers into a centralised office has enabled the setting up of a filing system in which resources for

Over 20 Year 6 students participated in a day coordinated by the

each Year level can be stored for ready access by all English

Debating Association of Victoria in which they learnt the


structure and skills involved in debating.

Plans are also underway for the development of a single student

Students from Years 8, 9 and 10 at Middle and Senior Schools

resource book for each level which will minimise photocopying,

competed successfully in the Victorian Debating Association

ensure all teachers and students are working from the same

Interschool Debating Competition and a number went on to

resource and maximise efficiency. Possibilities of implementing

participate in the Middle School Public Speaking Club.

similar systems are being investigated at other campuses.

Students at Bellarine participated in a Book Club and both

Aim 4: Raise the profile of English and related skills and

Bellarine and Highton students competed in the Victorian

activities across the College.

Readers Cup and Premiers Challenge Reading competitions. Writers’ Workshop electives were greatly appreciated by Year 9

Objective 4.01: Develop and promote more widely the range of

students at both Bellarine and Highton with two classes of

opportunities for students to participate in English related

students choosing to take up the Writers’ Workshop offered for

activities and competitions held within and outside the school.

the first time to Year 10 students in 2012.

With so many varied opportunities for students to engage at Christian College, it is seen as important to actively promote opportunities and nurture students who might take advantage of

Marion Nott

English related experiences.

Director of English


MATHEMATICS During 2011 the Mathematics faculty had 41 staff from Years 5 to 12 involved in teaching Mathematics. Adding to the strong base curriculum 2011 saw the College involved in some additional schemes.

ICT Initiatives The Mathematics faculty continued to utilize the resource ‘Mathletics’ within our Middle Schools. This online resource is used as a supplement, homework tool, test creator, extension and remedial support tool and more. Teachers use the resource on a weekly basis and it has proven to be an engaging means of connecting students with Mathematics through the digital world. Students’ skills are enhanced through the motivational nature of this program. Students from Years 8 to 12 continued their use of ‘Mathsonline’, a resource developed by Australian Mathematics teachers. This was used to support the strong teaching and learning occurring in classrooms by providing students with online tutorials and support, as well as additional skills and analysis based tasks. The purchase of interactive white boards has added a new dimension to the tools of teaching used in the Mathematics faculty, and these were integrated into the teaching and learning environments of the classroom. Staff continued to improve their knowledge and skills with this exciting technology, and the benefits of engagement amongst both staff and students has been evident. As confidence and competence progress the benefits of this resource will continue to increase. Communities both within the College and externally have been formed, enhancing and enriching the Mathematics teaching and learning experience . By the end of 2011, the majority of our Mathematics classrooms at the Senior Campus were equipped with interactive whiteboards or short throw projectors.

Mr Luke Feldman Director of Mathematics

Our students achieved with excellence with Liam Salamy and Jack Jiggens tied for the 6th placed student overall. Our teams worked well together for excellent overall results of 4th and 5th on the day. Our Year 9 Maths Challenge students and hand selected high achieving students in Year 8 had a worthwhile excursion to Victoria University, Footscray Campus. They took part in some model making and engineering activities. This competition is similar to the Deakin University competition and it provided a wonderful opportunity for members of different schools to exchange ideas on learning and teaching mathematics and to demonstrate their mathematical knowledge and skill. It was also an opportunity for our students to explore the variety of careers available from studying Mathematics and to encourage students to go on to study Mathematics at tertiary level.

Senior School Courses In 2011 several mathematical courses were on offer to students at the Senior School campus. 40 Year 10 students participated in the Acceleration Program, with 20 students studying the Units 1 and 2 General Mathematics course, and 20 students studying the Units 1 and 2 Mathematical Methods course. This was the first year that Units 1 and 2 Mathematical Methods was offered at the Year 10 level. This venture has been very successful, and will see the majority of these students go on to study Units 3 and 4 Mathematical Methods in 2012. Twenty Year 10 students were also enrolled to study Units 1 and 2 Foundation Mathematics, where they completed a course of real-life, handson Mathematics. Sixty Year 11 students completed the acceleration program Units 3 and 4 Further Mathematics. Three Units 3 and 4 courses were offered to students - Further Mathematics, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics. The strong teaching and learning practices and the various engaging opportunities with the Mathematics faculty are attributed to the professionalism and commitment of Christian College staff.

Competitions and Excursions The mathematical skills of around 200 Year 10 students from 20 secondary schools were put to the test during the annual Deakin University Mathematics Challenge. Christian College entered two teams of 5 students from Year 10, with these students competing in four different challenges, combining skill and application to solve problems.

Luke Feldman Director of Mathematics


LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH We have enjoyed a range of activities in the Christian College Languages program in 2011, which have provided our students with many opportunities to develop not only their language

Mrs Carol Milton-Garner Director of L.O.T.E.

The Japanese students studied English everyday and greatly enjoyed visits to ‘Back Creek’, Bellarine, Middle and Junior School campuses.

skills, but also to broaden their understanding of Japanese and

They also visited Narana Aboriginal Centre and joined some

Indonesian people, culture and customs.

Senior School classes. Some long lasting friendships were made

The focus of our faculty is on the teaching and learning of

between the Japanese students and their host families.

Japanese and Indonesian and also helping our students to

We welcomed Bronte Alexander home from 6 months long term

develop an appreciation of and respect for social, cultural and

exchange to Japan in June and we have hosted a long term

religious diversity as well as a sense of global citizenship.

exchange student from Naga High School, Ruka Iwawaki this year.

Our exchange program is a foundation of the Languages program and next year is the 20th year of our exchange with Naga Senior High School in Japan and the 16th year of our exchange with SMA Negeri 2 in Mataram, Indonesia.

We will be sending 2 students, Benjamin Stewart and Darcy Whitworth to Naga High School in January 2012 for a long term exchange. Seven Year 9 and two Year 10 Japanese students were selected for interviews for the JENESYS exchange program to Japan.

Study Tours In 2011 our Senior students and parents participated in a study tour to Lombok in April and the group was able to experience the lifestyle of Indonesia through a cultural program in Bali and Ubud as well as visiting our Twin School in Lombok. The students were able to practise speaking Indonesian every day and also gained valuable insights into Indonesian family and school life. In the future we hope to further develop our exchange program to Indonesia and by offering an assistant program for Christian College graduates at SMA Negeri 2 Mataram.

Winners of this prestigious scholarship participate in a two week study tour to Japan in December. Jacob Petkovic, Year 12 was shortlisted for the Indonesian Independence Day scholarship. He completed an interview in Indonesian and wrote an essay in Indonesian about Australian Indonesian relations. Three years ago we commenced a new assistant program for Christian College and Naga High school graduates. Natsumi Yamamoto has been our language assistant this year. Natsumi has assisted with the Japanese program at Junior and Middle School. Takaya Hirakawa has also been a volunteer assistant with the Japanese program this year.

Senior School Indonesian students also participated in a two week study tour to Malaysia in June and July and were able to experience city and rural life in Malaysia including visits to schools, National Parks, an Orangutan conservation centre and an Iban tribe longhouse. The students and staff ‘home stayed’ in a traditional Malay village. The students were able to learn about Malay culture and also had many opportunities to speak Indonesian.

Student Exchanges We had a visit from our Japanese Sister School Naga High School in July and August and the 14 students and 2 staff enjoyed their 2 weeks based at the Senior School.

Learning cultural music in Indonesia


Language Speech Contests As part of our teaching and learning focus we have been encouraging students to participate in Christian College and State level speech contests. We were delighted with the excellent standard and enthusiasm of our students who participated in the different campus speech contests. We selected students to participate in the JLTAV and VILTA state wide Japanese and Indonesian speech contests and our students received impressive results. From Junior School, Tess O’ Neil and Darcy Aylen won 1st prize in the Years 4 to 6 Open Japanese division and Lin Nakayama won the 3rd prize in the Primary Open division. In the Geelong region Indonesian speech contest Christopher Bottrell and Lydia Mackie both won 1st prizes and Lydia Mackie won 3rd prize in the Victorian State final.

Award winners in the Japanese speaking contest

The forum provided parents and students with information about University courses which include LOTE studies and also exchange, study and employment opportunities.

Juniors Japanese Day On the 21st of September a Japanese day was held at Bellarine Campus Junior School for Prep to Year 4. The day featured a Japanese Kendo demonstration and the students also participated in a variety of activities including Japanese cooking, origami, calligraphy and Japanese games. In addition the ICT and LOTE faculty worked together to provide a Japanese ICT activity on the day.

Carol Milton-Garner Director of L.O.T.E – teaching and learning

Naga High students make new friends at Christian College

‘Languages Matter’ Forum We held a ‘Languages Matter’ forum on Tuesday 16th August in the Middle School Chapel. This forum highlighted the educational and vocational benefits of Language study and fourteen Christian College graduates spoke about their LOTE journeys.


Mrs Fiona Gardner Director of Music

MUSIC Classroom Music The classroom music program has seen a very comprehensive offering of core and elective classes across the College campuses. We have had accelerated classes of VCE Music in Years 10 and 11 as well as a class completing the new ‘Music Investigation’ VCE study in Year 12. The VCE Unit 3, 4 classes have had class recital nights in the Chapel at the Highton Middle School where they have shared a small part of their program with family and friends.

Instrumental Music Lessons 2011 has seen over 650 students electing to study Instrumental Music with weekly lessons happening across the campuses and 48 instrumental staff giving specialist tutorage. This has meant a fantastic level of involvement in the extra curricula ensemble program offered at Christian College with over 30 regularly rehearsing ensembles making music weekly and taking part in camps, tours, competitions, and performances both within the College and in the wider community. As well, regular solo performance recitals have been held across all campuses providing the opportunity for students to perform for family and friends.

Many student soloists have completed examinations with the Australian Music Examinations Board from Preliminary Grade through to the Associate of Music Performance Diploma. Students have also competed in scholarship competitions and Rotary Club talent competitions with many winning prizes and recognition for their fine musicianship.

Music Camps In September this year, the combined Middle Schools Music Camp involved 165 students from the Bellarine and Highton Campuses in choirs, strings and bands. Held at Camp Wilkin and Burnside in Anglesea, the students rehearsed new material in preparation for their end-of-year performances. At this camp the Highton and Bellarine Middle School groups combined to form one large Concert Band, Choir and String Orchestra as well as a Guitar Ensemble. This event is not just a music camp; it is also a fantastic way for students to make friendships across different campuses and year levels. The students enjoyed a variety of recreational activities as well deserved breaks from music making.

Guitar group at the Middle School Music Camp

Performing at the Royal Melbourne Hospital

The Bands, Choirs, String Orchestras and instrumentalists have played an active role in supporting events in the life of the College including worship services, ceremonies and celebrations.

Senior Rehearsal Camp sees the most senior ensembles at Christian College depart from their Campus environs for intensive tutorials and rehearsals in late June. This year the Senior Wind Symphony, Strings, Choir and Stage Bands travelled to Rutherford Park near Daylesford for a six day camp where the students played for an average of five hours a day. The students relish the opportunity to be away and immerse themselves in their chosen pieces for the forth coming competitions.


The games challenge night is always a definite highlight of this annual event with students learning more about themselves and band friends through team games and challenges.

Ella Rowsthorn, Year 8 – First Place U14 Piano Solo

Chelsea Jones and Grace Law ,Year 6 – First Place U12 Piano Duet

Both the Middle School and Senior Music Camps see the Music Department engage not only our regular staff but also the services of professional performing musicians from places such as Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera and various tertiary institutions to tutor and motivate the students. Both staff and students find it inspiring to have the opportunity to work with people with such fantastic expertise from ‘outside’ our program.

Courtney Miller, Aiden Hodge and David De Vlugt, Year 11 – First Place VCE Classical Ensemble

Kosta Karatenislis and Lachlan Smith – First Place U 18 Instrumental Duet

Stacey Harwood, Laura Pelchen and Rhiannon Irving, Year 11– First Place in U20 Small Instrumental Group

Our Senior Wind Symphony also won the very prestigious advanced Concert Band Section to cap off a great month of competition.

College Ensemble Competitions and Festivals The Melbourne School Bands and Strings festival is held at Monash University each year. Bands and orchestras play for an adjudication panel and are rated against set criteria for an award; they also take part in a tutorial and workshop. The Christian College ensembles find this experience a great opportunity to develop and refine their musicianship. Many of our groups received the highest rating possible from the panel as well as recordings of their performance for review. The Bellarine Concert Band, Senior Wind Symphony and Senior String Orchestra all achieved Gold awards at the Festival. During August the Junior School Strings, Choir and Dancers performed at the Geelong Schools’ Music and Movement Festival in the Ford Theatre at GPAC. For many of the students it was their first public performance and was a tremendous experience being in a professional theatre. Royal South Street Competition in Ballarat provides our College ensembles and soloists with the most prestigious eisteddfod environment in which to compete. We have had a fantastic year at Royal South Street this year with many students and groups gaining places in hotly contested sections. Performance highlights are many including the following First Places being awarded:

Jamie Parker, Year 11 - First place in 3 solo sections U18 String Solo, VCE String Solo & Open Age String Solo

Georgia Williams, Year 12 – First Place in VCE Woodwind Solo & Open Age Woodwind Solo

Clare Duck, Year 12 – First Place in U18 Woodwind Solo

Bella Winter, Year 8 – First Place in U13 Woodwind Solo

Alex Jeantou, Year 8 – First Place in the U13 & U 15 Brass Solo

Will Crowther, Year 8 – First Place in the U 18 Brass Solo

Katelyn Shirley, Year 11 – First Place in the VCE Brass Solo

Jordan Antonelli, Year 12 – First Place in the Open Percussion Solo

Woodwind soloists at Royal South Street Competitions

Community Performance The Senior Choir and their Director Ms Barnett have represented the College on a number of occasions at significant events such as the Vietnam Veteran’s service, the Geelong Schools ANZAC service at the Johnstone Park Memorial and a Geelong Australian Citizenship Ceremony at the Council Offices. The Highton Middle School choir performed at BMW Edge in Federation Square for the Melbourne Festival of Choirs and had the opportunity to work with Dr Jonathan Welch and the Australian Voices with Gordon Hamilton. As well they have performed at the Belmont Elderly Citizen Centre, providing entertainment for the Senior Citizens.


Junior School Choirs and Strings have experienced community performances at the Drysdale Kindergarten and Marysville nursing home. The Senior School has been represented by soloists and chamber ensembles throughout the year at a huge range of events; these have provided the students with valuable performance experience but also allowed them to share their gifts with others in the community and experience the satisfaction in providing service to others, particularly in being able to support charity fundraising events.

The Annual Music Evening An outstanding night of performances was held at Costa Hall on Thursday October 13th. It gave over 400 Christian College student musicians the opportunity to perform for a large audience in a world class concert hall style venue. The acoustics of the Costa Hall allowed all bands, string groups and choral performers to show off the best of their performance pieces learnt throughout the year. The concert featured a consistently outstanding level of student musicianship.

James Morrison Workshop We were fortunate to have the opportunity to host Australia’s most prominent jazz artist James Morrison in the Middle School Highton Chapel for a jazz/ brass demonstration and workshop. Students from schools throughout our region visited and took part in a great afternoon of music as well as having the opportunity to meet James Morrison and be amazed at his incredible performance technique.

Combined Novice Stage Bands at the Music Evening

James Morrison signs autographs at the Middle School Workshop

For the first time the Concert Finale was a College Symphony Orchestra conducted by College Strings teacher, Mr Ben Castle. The orchestra gave our string, wind and percussion players the chance to shine while performing Danse Bacchanale from the opera “Samson and Delilah” by Camille Saint Saëns. The music staff would like to congratulate all students involved for their contribution and commitment to the College Ensemble Program throughout 2011.

House Music Performances Deakin University’s Costa Hall was the venue for this year’s Senior School House Music Competition. The Senior School became a frenzy of House choir and ensemble practices leading up to the hotly contested House Music Competition. This event sees the entire Senior School Student body perform as a part of their respective House Choirs.

Fiona Gardner Director of Music – teaching and learning

Each house also provided a soloist and two ensembles. Burrows House was victorious in 2011 winning Best House Choir with their rendition of the ABBA chart ‘Voulez Vous’ and as well overall House Music Champions. Flynn House small ensemble won the Principal’s Award with an outstanding rendition of the ‘Four Chord Song’ featuring the talents of Ben McCarthy, Year 11 and Charlie Mackie, Year 11. Alex Spicer, Year 12 of Burrows House was awarded Champion House Soloist with his entertaining drum solo.


Mrs Merinda Kelly Director of Art, Design & Technology

ART, TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN A Broad Brushstroke In 2011 the Art, Technology and Design (ATD) Faculty provided Prep to Year 12 students at Christian College with a broad and engaging program which included access to a range of subjects and inspiring learning experiences. Formal subject offerings in the ATD Faculty in 2012 included Visual Art, Two Dimensional Art, Three Dimensional Art, Design and Technology: Materials, Design and Technology: Textiles, Food and Technology, Systems Engineering, Visual Communication and Design, Photography and Studio Arts.

Faculty Growth and Development The Art Technology and Design five year strategic plan achieved the growth projection anticipated for 2011 with the successful provision of Year 12 Media, Year 11 Design and Technology: Textiles, and Year 10 Food and Technology. Our new Middle School Photography unit also proved to be a popular choice with students in Year 9. This subject was aimed primarily at enhancing students’ photography skills to prepare them for folio annotation and production in a range of faculty subjects offered at the senior level.

Opportunities for enrichment extending beyond the classroom were also made available to students studying within the faculty. These included excursions, exhibitions, enhancement tasks, performances, research studies, workshops, studio visits, competitions, parades, collaborative group projects and presentations. Students were inspired by the VCE Season of Excellence, viewing Top Arts, Top designs and Top Screens and additional exhibitions viewed were at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Ian Potter Gallery for Australian Art and Geelong Gallery. Students studying Food and Technology also visited working restaurants and viewed lectures and food preparation demonstrations. Staff members were also challenged to continue exploring differentiation strategies within their classrooms to better


respond to the individual needs of their students. Students have

Design Centre

also been encouraged to set their own personal learning goals and to reflect on their own journeys as learners in the ATD Faculty.

Paloma’ Senior Art, Technology and

Staff members at the Villa Campus have continued to develop and respond to the needs and interests of a growing number of senior students. A focus on the areas of collaborative problem solving and the hybridization of relevant knowledge and skills has led many students to successfully achieve the Victorian Certificate of Education who may have otherwise have left the College to explore VET, VCAL or apprenticeship options. Students from the Junior and Middle schools have also been encouraged to attend the Villa to gain an insight into what is on offer at the campus. Students in the lower year levels have enjoyed viewing the senior students at work in the unique Villa environment with its inspiring open plan studios and workshops.


Further Study, Vocational Pathways and Life-

Exhibition and Presentation Opportunities

long Learning

Our annual Art, Technology and Design Extravaganza was again a

The Art, Technology and Design faculty team has also worked strategically to develop a plan which clearly identifies potential pathways through the faculty from Prep to Year 12. Our schoolbased research has indicated that many students and their

great success attended by a record number of visitors from the College community and beyond. Exhibiting in this show enabled many students to fulfil the final requirement of the creative process in ‘presenting’ their work to a viewing audience.

parents are largely unaware of the expanding vocational

Many students studying various ATD faculty subjects across the

opportunities which exist in the creative industries in the 21st

campuses also successfully exhibited work in an additional range of

century; knowledge which can be very helpful when addressing


future subject selection. In response to this need, we supplemented our faculty pathways document with a series of subject specific brochures, which were made available in 2011 for student and parental reference.

Food and Technology students in Years 6, 7 and 8 from the Bellarine Campus won first prize in the Home Economics Victoria Food Design Challenge with their pancakes, lite chicken spincotta delight and beehive muffins. Students in Year 5 Food and Technology took out second prize with their Crepe Tropicaux using healthy ingredients. Year 7 boys at the Bellarine campus won first prize in the Nutrition Australia Competition, with their short movie based on a healthy lunchbox. Students from Bellarine and Highton won various prizes in a number of food related categories at the Geelong Show. Junior school students had some of their wonderful artworks selected for the Geelong Hospital Mental Health exhibition and for the Ballyhoo shop front display.

Juniors display their artwork in Dance

Aimed at enhancing knowledge of relevance to further study and vocational possibilities beyond the College, this information helped to inform decision making and forward planning for many College families. In 2011 we maintained our focus on willingly supporting students keen to explore further study and vocational options of relevance to particular areas of study within the ATD faculty. In doing so, we continued also to acknowledge that ATD studies

Independent Schools Victoria selected an unprecedented number of works from Prep to Year 12 for their 2011-2012 exhibition programs. These items included ceramic sculptures, an animation, artists’ books, mixed media portraits, papier mache dolls and sculptures made of recycled materials. Several of these items remain on display at ISV offices and at the Shell Gallery in Melbourne. Selected VCE artworks were included in the Shearer’s Arms Gallery VCE exhibition and our students were again awarded highly.

are life enhancing and enriching in their own right, even if not

At the end of 2011 we were also thrilled to hear that one of our

continued at higher levels of study. In approaching the selection

Studio Arts students was selected for the exceptional honour of

of electives, we have encouraged students to identify areas of

inclusion in the 2012 VCE Season of excellence Top Arts Exhibition

genuine interest and authentic enjoyment.

at the Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square. This student also

We have also focused on making explicit the additional skills of great value that ATD studies offer young people of the 21st

successfully achieved a place in the fine art drawing degree at the Victorian College of the Arts.

century. These include increased abilities in creative thinking,

Students in Systems Engineering successfully represented the

communication, personal awareness and expression, community

College once again in the State Model Solar Car Championships at

engagement and a love of life-long learning. Our subjects offer

Science Works in 2011. We had one model placed in the top eight

students opportunities to engage in explorations and creative

and eight cars placed in the top sixteen which was a wonderful

processes which include stages such as investigating,

effort, proving that our students have the ability to successfully

researching, questioning, recording, trialling, creating and

demonstrate their problem solving and innovative thinking skills. A

making, refining, justifying, critiquing and evaluating.

College team was also selected to represent Australia in the National Solar Model Car championships.


Students in Year 9 Visual Communication and Design at the Middle School campus participated in a unit of work which was reflective of an authentic design process in industry. This involved the school as the ‘client’ requiring a design for the 2012 Christian College student diary. Students engaged in a rigorous design process to develop a range of potential options. One of the designs was selected for the 2012 Student Diary cover. Each campus this year was represented in the wearable art section of the ATD Extravaganza. Students from Kindergarten to Year 12 proudly contributed as models and makers of a creative collection of wearable art and costumes. At a campus level, the Senior School House Wearable Art Parade proved that it is not only sporting excellence that wins highly sought after House points. At the end of Term three, an arts based enrichment program for Year 9 students was conducted at the Middle School. Acclaimed indigenous author, Boori ‘Monty’ Pryor, worked with students to explore literature, dance and art making. Students created numerous artworks which were exhibited in the Extravaganza and Monty himself was very impressed with the quality of work produced by our students. We continue to work on our Sustainable Art Project at the Middle School. This involves the collection and transformation of

Wearable Art display at the Arts Extravaganza

recycled materials to develop new and exciting artworks. New meanings are also formulated throughout this ongoing project, as students gain a new appreciation for discarded and ‘used’ materials.

A Teaching and Learning Community The ‘Villa’ has hosted meetings, workshops and staff professional development sessions for school based and professional subject associations. The Geelong Arts Alliance and Design and Technology teachers Association attended visits/workshops at the Villa in 2011. Staff members in the faculty have also been involved in refining health and safety protocols and procedures across the year levels and subjects to ensure the ongoing safety of staff and students. The introduction of the OnGuard OH & S program has been a major component of this initiative and faculty staff members have been receiving ongoing support and professional development as we strive to fully implement this program at the College. Overall, 2011 was a highly productive year for the ATD Faculty. Staff members at all campuses have demonstrated ongoing passion and dedication to their work. We all look forward to another highly productive year as we proceed with our planning and preparation for the coming year. We are pleased with the growth at the Villa Paloma campus and look forward to further development of the faculty strategic plan with the roll out of Year 12 Textiles and Year 11 Food and Technology in 2012. Merinda Kelly

Success in Food Technology Competition

Director of Art, Technology and Design


SPORT & PHYSICAL EDUCATION Christian College actively promotes, educates and encourages students and staff to live a healthy and active lifestyle. The Sports Association, which encompasses the Physical Education, Health Education and Sport Departments, is responsible for the delivery of the programs to achieve this aim. During 2011 all departments have continued to undergo a transition as we strive to meet our ultimate goal of improving the knowledge, understanding, skills and general health of all students and staff within the College.

Physical Education

Mr Jonathon Ryan Director of Sport

As the House Competition is the ‘stepping stone’ to Inter School representation in Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country, the level of commitment, effort and determination displayed by students striving for selection is high. At the Senior Campus the DC Riddle Cup for House Competition was won by Flynn House, narrowly defeating Burrows House. The Bellarine Campus saw Flynn House take out both awards, winning both the Middle and Junior School trophies. At Highton Middle School, Taylor House took out the shield whilst Burrows House were the victors at Junior School Belmont.

Physical Education plays an important role, providing the foundations for children to develop the necessary skills, strategies and confidence to participate in a range of familiar and unfamiliar activities. Once the confidence to participate is gained students have the opportunity to experience a wide and varied range of sports. The teachers of Physical education continue to refine their lessons to deliver active, engaging and thought provoking lessons. Lessons are designed to develop a deeper understanding of the physical and conceptual components within each unit. The teaching of Health covers many issues and relies on the teacher to engage students in a way that they feel comfortable and confident to share their thoughts and opinions on paper and orally. Health units are constantly reworked and refined to ensure students are delivered units that are relevant and engaging. At the VCE level the Health & Physical Education department has placed a greater emphasis on improving study techniques and preparation for examinations. Comprehensive reviews of past results have led to greater variety when delivering content.

Sport House Carnivals The students’ enthusiasm, skill and enjoyment are key features of the Annual House Carnivals in swimming, athletics and cross country. Students embrace House spirit, dressing in House colours, cheering and chanting as House members compete. They enjoy the thrill of victory and are disappointed when they lose.

House Athletics at Landy Field

Team Achievements 2011 At GISSA level the College representative Cross Country and Track’n’Field teams continued their dominance. Our Senior teams won the Girls Swimming, Boys & Girls Athletics, Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys AFL, Boys Cricket, Mixed Tennis and Girls Netball. The Junior teams won the Boys Cricket, Girls Softball, Mixed Water Polo and Boys Volleyball competitions. The Girls Surf League team continued their outstanding recent results placing Runner Up at the State Finals. For the first time the College Surfing team made the Rip Curl Final (the Victorian Final) placing a creditable 3rd. Christian College Boys Netball teams are gaining a reputation as strong and competitive performers across all levels. The Senior and Junior teams made the Victorian Schools State Grand Final, to go down narrowly against all boys schools from Melbourne. Third place at the Victorian Schools Sailing Regatta, by the 2011 College Sailing team, was the best place a Christian College team has recorded.


Individual Sporting Success

College Awards

The following individuals made State Teams or State Finals in their chosen sport:

From Years 5 to 12 a Sportsman and Woman are awarded at the Bellarine Campus, Middle School and Senior School.

Michaela Caldow (Year 8) represented Victoria at the National Schools Swimming Championships

Montana Jones (Year 6) represented Victoria at the National Cross Country Championships.

Grace Campagnolo and James Arthur (Year 6) progressed to the State Final of the School Sport Victoria Golf Championships

Cody Robinson (Year 9) won the Victorian Schools Surfing U16 title. Jamie Powell was a finalist in the U19 event. Hannah McCoach (Year 12), Tegan Benic (Year 12), Felicity Mawson (Year 12), Sarah Collier (Year 12) & Alison Collier (Year 9) placed 1st in the Champion Female Coxed Quad Scull at the School Sport Victoria Rowing Regatta. Joshua Pelchen (Year 10) was 1st in the A Final Single Scull and Tegan Benic & Hannah McCoach were 1st in the Champion Female Double Scull.

Tori Fair (Year 4) represented Victorian at the National Schools Equestrian Championships.

Georgia Quick (Year 5) made the School Sport Victoria State Final in Cross Country, as did Breella Case (Year 4), Sam DeFrancesco (Year 4), Euan Spikers (Year 5), Bonnie Lee Burley (Year 6), Callum Ward (Year 5), Corey Watson (Year 5) & Angus Williams (Year 5) in Track n Field.

Simon Harrington (Year 9) was victorious in the Victorian Schools Mountain Bike Championships.

Year 7 student Jakara Anthony spent Term 3 in the Mountains. Her training and dedication paid off with a win in the Division 3 Moguls at the National Interschools Skiing Championships.

We congratulate the following students on winning this award: Bellarine: Gina Macleod (Year 8) & Mason Spikers (Year 7) Middle School: Millie Holding (Year 9) & Billy Gecsek (Year 6) Senior School: Ricci Curtis (Year 10) & Reagan Peart (Year 10)

Students who perform well across two Primary and three Secondary sports at representative level are recognized by the Sports Association with the Dove Award. Congratulations to Montana Jones (Year 6), Sam DeFrancesco (Year 4), Steven Case (Year 4), Ashley Caldwell (Year 11), Cameron Findlay (Year 12), Brett Findlay (Year 12), Jacob Sharp (Year 10), Lachlan Mansfield (Year 10), Ricci Curtis (Year 10), Katie Holding (Year 12) on winning the Award in 2011.

Club Sport At Club level Christian College offers students the opportunity to participate in Basketball, Netball and Equestrian. Basketball is a popular sport with 40 teams and 299 players playing for the Christian College Eagles. Under the guidance of Head Basketball Coach, Jamie O’Loughlin the club has developed a reputation as the place to play, especially at the Junior level. Club training for Geelong teams has moved to the new Sport and Aquatic Centre at Middle School Highton, with Bellarine teams also moving to the new Bellarine Centre once opened. Each Centre provides the Club with a ‘home’ and will make communication, training and the promotion of Basketball easier. The Netball Club consists of 45 girls, with enthusiastic and giving parents and teachers coordinating the teams. The students train regularly and enjoy the friendly competition at Kardinia Park. Enthusiastic equine riders make up the Christian College Equestrian. Forty riders participated in the Barwon Schools Series, the Victorian Interschools and a number of other Equine events as representatives of the College.

Jonathon Ryan Director of Sport

Bellarine Juniors cheer for their houses at the Athletics Carnival


Mrs Bernadette Johnson Director Williams House


The National Quality Framework is another area about which we

Enrolments Pre Kinder:


have become informed with staff attending DEECD workshops (increased number of children taking

and information sessions as we prepare ourselves for its

‘double’ sessions)

implementation from 1st January, 2012. Part of that

Pre-School Kindergarten: 88

Staffing Staffing has remained constant in 2011. Additionally our Preschool programs have been supported by two assistants funded by the Kindergarten Integration Support Service via Gateways. These two women, Sandra Schmid and Nicki Spong have worked with three of the Preschool programs to support positive inclusion of children with additional needs.

preparedness has seen two of our key staff members complete further education in Childrens’ Services; as a Coordinator I am extremely grateful for their commitment to meeting this additional requirement. The central element in these changes is, essentially, striving to provide the best quality Early Childhood programs we possibly can. The early years are universally acknowledged as the most important period for rapid learning and development in a person’s life. As such, we as a staff, are very proud of the contribution we are able to make to the lives of children and their families in our care. We absolutely believe that we are providing important building blocks for creative and independent thought, important life skills and an increased capacity for our children to make healthy connections with all people… and with life. Being part of a school such as Christian College, brings us into a bigger ‘learning’ picture. One such connection in 2011 gave us an important opportunity to look outside ourselves and to input in a very practical way to the development of the Viqueque Kindergarten in East Timor. Throughout Terms 1 and 2 we hosted two of the teachers who take responsibility for the programs at the Friendship House in Timor Leste. This provided them with an insight into new possibilities, and a follow up visit to Viqueque with the Senior School Prefects tour in July, provided wonderful evidence that Lucia and Nurlinda were applying important play based learning principles within their own context.

Educational Program

I take this opportunity to thank the Christian College leadership

Early Childhood Education has been in a very interesting, but

and the College Board for their ongoing support of Williams

positive place of change over recent years. The Federal

House Kindergarten. Our beautiful and unique physical

Government agreement for ‘Universal Access’ has provided us

environment and the relevant and creative programs we provide,

with planning challenges as well as decisions that need to be

are sources of pride and a highly recognised community of

made in advance of 2013. How this will finally impact on the


configurations of our groups and number of places is yet to be finally decided, but most certainly we have spent time in 2011 looking at options that will best support the children and families

Bernadette Johnson

who will be continuing on to Christian College for their primary

Co-ordinator, Williams House




Mr Glen McKeeman Principal

2011 Staff Satisfaction Survey Christian College, Geelong All Campuses In 2011 staff at Christian College Geelong, Christian College Bellarine and Christian College Institute of Senior Education participated in the online survey in Term 4, 2011. The survey is an evaluation tool developed by Independent Schools Victoria in collaboration with the Australian Council for Educational Research. Across all campuses of Christian College, 181 staff participated in the survey. The results in each of the main areas were tabled using a Scale Score ranging from 0 = low to 10 = high.


Resources and Offerings

High staff satisfaction with a school’s resources and offerings occurs when there is a perception that the school provides a broad curriculum and plenty of co-curricular activities; and that the school has high quality materials and resources, including the library, to aid learning. Staff members appreciate school grounds being attractive and well-maintained, but this is not essential. Christian College Staff scored 8.1 compared with 7.9 for ISV reference group schools.



High staff satisfaction with technology occurs when staff members report that the school provides access to technology to do their job properly. In addition, schools also provide excellent opportunities for students to learn using computer technology and ensure that students learn to use computer technologies appropriately and safely. Christian College Staff scored 8.3 compared with 7.9 for ISV reference group schools.


School Ethos and Values

High staff satisfaction with a school’s ethos and values occurs when they perceive that the school encourages students to develop a commitment to improving others’ social circumstances; participate in community service and take an active role in society. High staff satisfaction also occurs when a school provides good drug awareness and prevention education; focuses on developing students as well rounded individuals; encourages students to respect individual differences; effectively educates students against racism and helps students develop an appropriate set of life values. Christian College Staff scored 8.8 compared with 8.2 for ISV reference group schools.


Student Behaviour

High staff satisfaction with student behaviour occurs when students are well behaved and get on well with each other. Bullying amongst students is not perceived to be a problem at the school and is dealt with according to best practice. Staff members also perceive students to be happy and that it is a safe place for students to learn. In addition, students respect the teachers and perceive that there is a real sense of pride at the school. Christian College Staff scored 8.8 compared with 8.2 for ISV reference group schools.




High staff satisfaction with school discipline occurs when there is a perception that the school clearly communicates its expectations for student behaviour and encourages students to exercise self-discipline. Staff members are satisfied when the discipline at the school follows established codes of practice and when they perceive that the school is well run. Christian College Staff scored 8.7 compared with 7.9 for ISV reference group schools.


Learning Support

High staff satisfaction in the learning support provided by a school occurs when staff members feel that teachers challenge students appropriately in their learning and students are encouraged to help each other learn. Staff members perceive that students are well supported to help them improve the standard of their learning; the school’s programs effectively meet and develop the needs and interests of gifted and talented students as well as students with special needs such as limited English or learning disabilities. In addition, staff members perceive that students from different backgrounds and cultures are treated equally at school. Christian College Staff scored 8.3 compared with 7.9 for ISV reference group schools.


Pastoral Care

High staff satisfaction with pastoral care occurs when teachers in a school know and care abut students; act on students’ concerns and take prompt action when problems occur. Staff members respect the students; treat students fairly; value student opinions and have positive relationships with students. Highly satisfied staff members feel that the school acknowledges students’ achievements appropriately and provides students with opportunities to develop leadership, social and personal skills. Christian College Staff scored 8.9 compared with 8.6 for ISV reference group schools.


Parent Involvement

High staff satisfaction with parent involvement at a school occurs when staff members perceive that they respond to parents’ concerns or queries in a timely manner. Staff members feel that parents are kept well informed about the learning programs undertaken by students. In addition, there is open communication between staff and parents at the school; adequate opportunities for staff contact with parents and that the school encourages parents to be involved in a variety of ways. A comparison with similar questions in the parent survey results will indicate whether there is a gap in teachers’ and parents’ perceptions about parent involvement at the school. Christian College Staff scored 8.6 compared with 8.5 for ISV reference group schools.


2011 Parent Satisfaction Survey In 2011 parents across all campuses of Christian were asked to complete an online survey developed by Independent Schools Victoria to provide schools with the opportunity to benchmark their results against the Victorian independent schools sector. In 2011 data was obtained from 6301 parents from 48 independent schools. In 2011 data was obtained from 599 Christian College respondents – 83% were mothers, 16% were fathers, 1% were parents together or guardians. The data compares relevant Primary and Secondary means for Christian College Geelong against the 2011 Independent Schools reference group with 0 = no agreement and 10 = complete agreement.


Curriculum Academic Program

High parent satisfaction in a school academic program occurs when there is a perception that the school provides a supportive environment with a range of learning areas and a curriculum designed to improve student achievement at all levels and for all abilities. The mean for this domain for Christian College Geelong was similar to the Independent School Victoria reference mean. Christian College Geelong 8.03


ISV reference group schools 7.90

Quality of Teaching

High parent satisfaction in teaching quality occurs when there is a perception that teachers are enthusiastic about teaching, provide help and support to all students, and understand and allow for different abilities. Parents also feel it is important for teachers to stay up-to-date in their subjects and that the school is open to new teaching strategies. The mean for this domain for Christian College Geelong was above the ISV reference mean. Christian College Geelong 8.08


ISV reference group schools 7.85

Learning Outcomes

High parent satisfaction with learning outcomes occurs when parents are kept informed of their children’s academic performance. Parental satisfaction is also high when they feel the school does a good job teaching basic skills, motivating learning, encouraging students to be responsible for their own learning and developing their thinking and reasoning skills. The mean of this domain for Christian College Geelong was similar to the ISV reference mean. Christian College Geelong 8.03


ISV reference group schools 7.92

Pastoral Care

High parent satisfaction in pastoral care occurs when children are happy to attend school and when parents feel that their children are cared for and treated equally , their interests and talents are developed, and community participation is encouraged. The mean of this domain for Christian College Geelong was above the ISV reference mean. Christian College Geelong 8.43


ISV reference group schools 8.17

Discipline and Safety

High parent satisfaction in discipline and safety occurs when there is a perception that the school is a safe place to learn, that students display excellent behavior and bullying and racism are not a problem. Satisfaction also occurs when students are seen to be treated fairly and action is prompt when problems occur. Drug awareness and prevention education is also emphasized. Results for Christian College Geelong were considerably above the ISV reference mean. Christian College Geelong 8.30

ISV reference group schools 8.02



Parental Involvement

High parent satisfaction in parent involvement occurs when parents feel welcome to visit the school, are provided with useful information at parent teacher interviews, are kept informed by a variety of means, and are encouraged to be involved in a variety of ways at the school. Results for Christian College Geelong were considerably above the ISV reference mean Christian College Geelong 8.12


ISV reference group schools 7.97


High parent satisfaction with resources occurs when there is a perception that school buildings and grounds are attractive and well maintained, where students have access to high quality materials and resources, and where the school provides opportunities for students to learn with, and make appropriate use of computers. The mean of this domain for Christian College Bellarine was above the ISV reference mean. Christian College Geelong 8.19


ISV reference group schools 8.16

Year Transition

High parent satisfaction in the area of transition occurs when there is a perception that students are well prepared for the next school year and are supported at its commencement, and where schools provide parents with good advice about their children’s future. Results for Christian College Geelong were considerably above those of the ISV reference mean. Christian College Geelong 8.18


ISV reference group schools 7.98

Global Item

The global item is measured by asking parents to think about the school overall, and to rate their satisfaction level. High levels of overall performance occur when parents are very satisfied with their choice of school. Results for Christian College Geelong were considerably above those of the ISV reference mean Christian College Geelong 8.64


ISV reference group schools 8.43

Recommend to Others

High levels of satisfaction occur when parents report they are happy to recommend the school to others. Results for Christian College Geelong were considerably above those of the ISV reference mean. Christian College Geelong 8.62


ISV reference group schools 8.39

Christian Ethos School Specific Questions 

My son/daughter is aware of the Christian ethos of Christian College Christian College Geelong 9.5

I believe the Christian values of grace, truth, love, faith and hope are reflected in the College communities day to day interactions Christian College Geelong 8.8

I support the expressions of the Christian faith at Christian College in worship services, class devotions and service to others Christian College Geelong 8.65

My child’s study of Christian Education is important to me Christian College Geelong 7.9


2011 Student Satisfaction Survey Overview For the first year in 2011, ISV conducted an online Student Satisfaction Survey for Christian College directly to students in Years 9 to 12 Overall 489 responses were received from Christian College students. 227 students completed the Student Satisfaction Survey and 262 students completed the Quality of Teaching Survey.

General Student Satisfaction Survey NOTE


The scale ranges from 0 = no agreement to 10 = complete agreement

Academic Program

The questions in this a domain centred around the establishment of a stimulating learning environment; different ways of learning; schooling standards and their age appropriateness; the challenge of learning and the appropriate amount of homework set. Christian College 6.51


ISV reference group

Learning Outcomes

High student satisfaction with learning outcomes occurs when students feel their school is doing a good job of teaching basic skills, motivating learning, encouraging students to be responsible for their learning and developing their thinking and reasoning skills Christian College 7.4


ISV reference group 7.4

Pastoral Care

High student satisfaction in pastoral care occurs when children feel their school provides a caring, supportive, respectful and inclusive environment both inside and outside the classroom Christian College 6.9


ISV reference group 7.0

Personal Development/Leadership

High student satisfaction occurs when there is a perception that the College provides an opportunity for students to develop their inter -personal and leadership skills, and the school encourages participation in community activities and acknowledges achievement Christian College 7.15


ISV reference group 7.1

Discipline and Safety

High student satisfaction in discipline and safety occurs when there is a perception that the school is a safe place to learn; that students display excellent behaviour and that bullying and racism are not a problem. Students are treated fairly and action is prompt when problems occur. Christian College 7.2

ISV reference group 7.2




High student satisfaction with resources occurs when there is a perception that school buildings and grounds are attractive and well maintained; where students have access to high quality materials and resources, and where the school provides opportunities for students to make appropriate use of computers Christian College 6.8


ISV reference group 7.2

School Ethos and Values

High student satisfaction occurs when students are encouraged to respect individual differences, treat students from different backgrounds and cultures equally, and students have the opportunity to develop their own set of values. Christian College 7.25


ISV reference group 7.2

Peer Relationships

High student satisfaction occurs when students believe that they have close relationships with other students; that they are included in activities and that they are treated well Christian College 7.45


ISV reference group 7.5


High student satisfaction occurs when there is perception that students are well prepared for the next school year and supported at its commencement, and where the school provides students with good advice about their future Christian College 7.45

ISV reference group 7.4

Quality of Teaching Survey 10.

Academic Rigour

High student satisfaction occurs when there is a perception that teachers provide students with challenging activities, regularly introduce new topics, and help them to think more deeply about topics Christian College 7.3


ISV reference group 7.3


High student satisfaction occurs when there is a perception that teachers provide useful and timely feedback, show students how to do things in times of difficulty, and help them to understand mistakes they make. Christian College 7.0


ISV reference group 6.85

Teacher Knowledge

High student satisfaction occurs when there is a perception that teachers are knowledgeable, make class work interesting, and use a variety of methods to enable students’ understanding Christian College 6.9

ISV reference group 6.85



Teacher Practice

High student satisfaction occurs when there is a perception that teachers explain things clearly, listen to students, keep control of the class, and are enthusiastic and well organised. Christian College 7.25


ISV reference group 7.05

Teacher/Student Rapport

High satisfaction occurs when there is a perception that teachers praise students’ efforts, take a personal interest in students, provide help and support when needed and treat students fairly Christian College 7.1

ISV reference group 6.9

Christian College Additional Survey Questions 

My teachers encourage me to show compassion and respect for others less fortunate than myself, through active service and giving Christian College 7.7

My Homeroom/Housegroup teacher provides opportunities for discussion and acceptance of Christian values as expressed in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ Christian College 7.3

At Christian College I am learning to understand the meaning of the Christian faith as expressed in the Bible. Christian College 7.2

Teachers take opportunities across the curriculum to illustrate the awe and wonder of God’s creation and our responsibilities within it. Christian College 6.9


PERFORMANCE INFORMATION Mr Wayne HInes Head of Middle School

Mr Stephen Riddle Head of Junior School

Middle School and Junior School Registered School No. 1814 Christian College Geelong Ltd

Teacher Professional Engagement 2011 The attendance rate of staff throughout 2011 was 97.3%. Across the four campuses of Christian College, 171 teaching staff were employed in 2011. There was a staff retention rate of 97.7% from 2010 into 2011 with 4% transferring from one Campus to another within Christian College.

Teacher Qualifications All staff have a teaching qualification recognised by the Victorian institute of Teaching. Staff currently teaching at Middle School Highton and Junior School Belmont also have the following range of academic qualifications:

Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics)

Bachelor of Science

Master of Art Therapy

Bachelor of Science - Honours

Master of Education

Bachelor of Social Work

Master of Education (P.E. & Health)

Diploma in Education - P.E.

Master of Information Architecture

Diploma of Agriculture

Master of Science

Diploma of Arts


Diploma of O.H. & S.

Associate Diploma of Business Hospitality

Diploma of Professional Counselling

Bachelor of Applied Science

Diploma Ta T.I.C.

Bachelor of Arts

Graduate Diploma of Deafness Studies

Bachelor of Arts - Recreation & Fitness

Graduate Diploma of Dietetics

Bachelor of Behavioural Science

Graduate Diploma of Education

Bachelor of Business

Graduate Diploma of Library

Bachelor of Education

Graduate Diploma - Music Education

Bachelor of Education - Library

Graduation Certificate of Integration Prac

Bachelor of Education - Primary

Post Graduate Diploma of Computer

Bachelor of Music

Graduate Certificate in Education Studies

Bachelor of Music in Education

Certificate of Christian Education

Professional Development All staff have participated in the professional learning activities organised by Christian College, including the annual two day Staff Retreat. Other professional development has been organised on an individual needs basis, according to the professional development faculty plans. In 2011, $25,786.00 was spent on professional development for staff at the Middle School, Highton (including Directors and Leadership ) and $9,346.00 for staff at Junior School, Belmont.


Key Student Outcomes Student Attendance The 2011 attendance rate at Middle School, Highton was 94.0% and Junior School, Belmont was 96%

National Benchmarks The proportions of Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students who are meeting the national benchmarks are as follows:

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Number of Students On or Above Benchmark

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Value Added The Christian ethos of the College ensures that the Christian values of honesty, integrity, compassion, respect and care for others are an integral part of the life of Christian College, as we seek to emulate the values expressed by Christ Jesus in Holy Scripture. The College strives to develop fine, upstanding citizens who serve our community and accept responsibility and leadership. Cultural visits to and from sister school students from Japan and Indonesia, active involvement in community efforts like Relay for Life and the Red Shield Doorknock, as well as music performances supporting community events are organised in addition to the academic programme. Co-curricula activities and competitions in sport and music bring an added dimension to a Christian College education.


Mr Scott Elliss Head of Bellarine Campus

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION Bellarine Campus Performance Registered School No. 1950 Christian College Bellarine Ltd

Teacher Professional Engagement 2011 The attendance rate of staff throughout 2011 was 97.3%. Across the four campuses of Christian College, 171 teaching staff were employed in 2011. There was a staff retention rate of 97.7% from 2010 into 2011 with 4% transferring from one Campus to another within Christian College.

Teacher Qualifications All staff have a teaching qualification recognised by the Victorian institute of Teaching. Staff currently teaching at Middle School Highton and Junior School Belmont also have the following range of academic qualifications:

Master of Health Sciences

Certificate 4 Assessment & Workplace Training

Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics)

Diploma in Education

Bachelor of Agricultural Science

Diploma of Music

Bachelor of Art

Diploma of Teaching

Bachelor of Commerce

Graduate Diploma of Education

Bachelor of Early Childhood/Primary

Graduate Diploma of Language Teaching

Bachelor of Education

Graduate Diploma of Literature Education

Bachelor of Education - Primary

Post Graduate Diploma - Education Studies

Bachelor of Education - P.E.

Post Graduate Primary & Secondary Degree

Bachelor of Engineering

Graduate Certificate - Education Studies

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Teaching

Professional Development All staff have participated in the professional learning activities organised by Christian College, including the annual two day Staff Retreat. Other professional development has been organised on an individual needs basis, according to the professional development faculty plans.

In 2011, $21,585.00 was spent on professional development for staff at the Bellarine Campus.


Key Student Outcomes Student Attendance The 2011 attendance rate at Christian College, Bellarine was 95%

National Benchmarks The proportions of Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students who are meeting the national benchmarks are as follows:

Bellarine Campus NAPLAN Tests 2011 Total Number of Students

Number of Students On or Above Benchmark

Percentage of Students On or Above Benchmark

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Year 9 Grammar & Punctuation




Year 9 Numeracy




Value Added The Christian ethos of the College ensures that the Christian values of honesty, integrity, compassion, respect and care for others are an integral part of the life of Christian College, as we seek to emulate the values expressed by Christ Jesus in Holy Scripture. The College strives to develop fine, upstanding citizens who serve our community and accept responsibility and leadership. Cultural visits to and from sister school students from Japan and Indonesia, active involvement in community efforts like Relay for Life and the Red Shield Doorknock, as well as music performances supporting community events are organised in addition to the academic programme. Co-curricula activities and competitions in sport and music bring an added dimension to a Christian College education.


Mrs Susan Strong Head of Senior School

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION Senior School Performance Information Registered School No. 1985 Christian College Institute of Senior Education Ltd

Teacher Professional Engagement 2011 The attendance rate of staff throughout 2011 was 97.3%. Across the four campuses of Christian College, 171 teaching staff were employed in 2011. There was a staff retention rate of 97.7% from 2010 into 2011 with 4% transferring from one Campus to another within Christian College.

Teacher Qualifications All staff have a teaching qualification recognised by the Victorian institute of Teaching. Staff currently teaching at Senior School also have the following range of academic qualifications:

Master of Arts

Bachelor of Science - Honours

Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics)

Diploma in Christian Ministry

Master of Education

Diploma of Education

Master of Music (Performance)

Diploma of Education - Primary

Associate of London Guild of Music

Diploma of General Studies

Associate Diploma of Fashion D & P

Diploma of Social Science

Bachelor of Art

Diploma of Teaching

Bachelor of Arts - History

Diploma of Theology

Bachelor of Arts - Honours

Graduate Diploma of Library

Bachelor of Commerce

Graduate Diploma of Conservation Management

Bachelor of Education

Graduate Diploma of Education

Bachelor of Education - Honours P.E.

Graduate Diploma of Special Education

Bachelor of Education - Primary

Graduate Diploma Graphic Communications

Bachelor of Recreation

Graduate Diploma of Curriculum

Bachelor of Science

Professional Development All staff have participated in the professional learning activities organised by Christian College including the annual two day Staff Retreat. Other professional development has been organised on an individual needs basis, according to the professional development faculty plans. In 2011, $27,934.00 was spent on professional development for staff at the Senior School.


Key Student Outcomes Student Attendance The 2011 attendance rate at Senior School was 93%. The retention rate of students at Senior School from Year 10 to 12 in 2011 was 76%.

Value Added The Christian ethos of the College ensures that the Christian values of honesty, integrity, compassion, respect and care for others are an integral part of the life of Christian College as we seek to emulate the values expressed by Christ Jesus in Holy Scripture. The College strives to develop fine, upstanding citizens who serve our community and accept responsibility and leadership. Cultural overseas visits to and from sister schools in Japan and Indonesia, active involvement in community efforts like Relay for Life and the Red Shield Door-knock as well as music performances supporting community events are organized in addition to the academic programme. Co-curricula activities and competitions in sport and arts/technology bring an added dimension to a Christian College education.

VCE Graduates 2011 All of the 143 students that sat for their final exams have successfully completed their VCE. The Dux of the College for 2011 is Rebekah Hines with an ATAR of 98.85. Other outstanding results were achieved by Jason Allsopp 98.40, Rianni Lancaster 97.60, Andrew Peel 96.85 and Jacob Petkovic 96.60, Chloe Lilkendey 95.30 and Clare Duck 94.60.

The following is a summary of the tertiary Placement offers made to Christian College students:

Universities Deakin University, RMIT, Monash University, University of Melbourne, Latrobe University, Australian Catholic University, Victoria University, Swinburne University of Technology, Charles Sturt University.

TAFE The Gordon, Geelong, William Angliss Institute of TAFE, Melbourne Institute of Business, Australian Academy of Design, RMIT, JMC Academy.

Tertiary Courses chosen by Christian College Graduates Health Sciences, Arts / Humanities, Commerce, Visual & Performing Arts, Sport , Education, Engineering , Information Technology, Social Work, Law, Environment, Science

Other College graduates have successfully applied for employment or apprenticeships.


Williams House Kindergarten Broughton Drive, Belmont, 3216 Tel. (03) 5241 3556

Junior School, Belmont Broughton Drive, Belmont, 3216 Tel. (03) 5241 1565

Middle School, Highton Burdekin Road, Highton, 3216 Tel. (03) 5241 1899

Senior School, Waurn Ponds Pigdon’s Road, Waurn Ponds 3216 Tel. (03) 5241 1577

Bellarine Campus 40 Collins Street, Drysdale 3222 Tel. (03) 5253 2998

‘Back Creek’ Scotsburn RMB 6578 Midland Highway, Scotsburn 3352 Tel. (03) 5341 2051

‘Villa Paloma’ Arts/Technology Centre Princes Highway, Waurn Ponds 3216 Tel. (03) 5241 8844


Christian College Geelong Ltd.

Christian College Bellarine Ltd.

Junior School Belmont Middle School Highton

Bellarine Campus Drysdale

Christian College Institute of Senior Education Ltd. Senior School Waurn Ponds

Christian College 2011 Annual Report  

Christian College 2011 Annual Report