NOVEMBER 8th 2019
A proud moment for Christ the King Primary school today with the Official Opening of the refurbished main building by the Hon Senator Sarah Henderson and blessing of the building by Bishop Mark Edwards OMI. Christ the King wishes to acknowledge and thank the Australian Federal Government for the $1,836, 000 contributed to this project. We would also like to sincerely thank our parent community for their fundraising efforts over the last three years, raising more than $50,000 to furnish our new facilities. A truly outstanding community effort on so many levels to get to this point. Everyone should feel very proud of what has been achieved together as a community.
Regional First Lego League Champions for the second year in a row! What a sensational effort from the coaches, Keegan Doherty and Melissa Wray, and the students from Cre8te the Future Team- Tommy, Zeppy, Jordan, Emily, Lachie, Alyssa, Lewis and Logan!
State finals here we come _ November 24th
Swinburne University, Melbourne
Magic Carpet Ride Art Show
A wonderful 'magical carpet ride' through many countries (Egypt, Australia, Japan, Italy, Africa, and China), cultures and art forms. With 450 people in attendance, the Christ the King art show was a huge success. Thank you to the many families who took part in the 'out of the box' competition; your innovation and creatively was amazing. A huge thank to Mrs Maree Kelly for her leadership and vision for the art show and to staff who showed great support in assisting with the set up and facilitation of this magical night of art.
The students from 'Cre8te the Future' are preparing for their STEM/FLL Outreach Program in Nepal at the end of May. The school is proud to acknowledge major sponsor Anaconda for their generous support of the team. Anaconda donated $3000 worth of hiking supplies for the trip.
APRIL 10TH 2019
For the third year in a row, Christ the King has been recognised by ACARA (Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority) as having achieved significantly above average growth in learning for students between years 3-5.
The most recent recognition for significantly above average growth was for reading in 2018, whilst the previous two awards has been for Numeracy (2016 & 2017). Read all about it in today's Geelong Advertiser.
Congratulations to staff, students and parents for their support and engagement in our READING program.
This week, staff and parents attended the 2019 Sacramental Enrolment nights in the Pioneer Room at St Mary's Parish. This year, we have almost 100 children enrolled to make one or more of the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. Fr Jim Clarke, our Parish Priest, was the Guest Speaker. He presented an overview of the sacraments and helped us see how the sacraments sustain us and bring us closer to God in the most important times of our lives. Our partnership with St Mary of the Angels Parish is an essential element of our Catholic identity.
Another great feature article in the Geelong Advertiser!
Photo Credit - Mark Wilson
Leadership Induction & Beginning of the School Year Mass
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE TRIP TO NEPAL
At Christ the King, there are so many opportunities for our students. As a school, we have experienced enormous success with our team 'Create the Future' and the First Lego League program. It is with a full heart that we would like to announce that 6 of the students from this team will be travelling to Nepal in May for an Outreach Program. The team will be supporting the Nepalese students to build their knowledge about First Lego League, so that they can share in some of the amazing learning opportunities that this program has given us. Paying it forward in the best possible way!
RICHARD MARLESLEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Christ the King would like to congratulate Olivia Potter for being one of the 7 finalists in the Richard Marles Leadership Program for Year 6 students in the Geelong region. Our school is very proud of its leadership program, designed to create the leaders of the future!
A Year to Remember 2018
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
A wonderful weekend of competition at the First Lego League National Championships @ Macquarie University in Sydney! The team were awarded first place in Australia for Mechanical Design!
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mechanical Engineering Award and third year running through to the Australian National Championships in Sydney!!!
THE 'JOHN LAING' AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP
The 'John Laing Professional Development Award' recognises the exemplary leadership of principals Australia-wide, who are committed to developing their staff to the highest level. From a large pool of nominees, one principal from each sector - State, Catholic and Independent - is chosen to be the recipient of this prestigious award. It gives us great pleasure to announce that on Thursday night, Jose was awarded this honour. We would like to take this opportunity to not only acknowledge this incredible achievement, but to also thank her for everything that she has done for our school. Our community is very, very proud of you!
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE REGIONAL COMPETITION
For the last three months, these 8 students have lived and breathed First Lego League. Today their efforts were rewarded with the FLL Champions Award! We are so very, very proud of you!
CEM DIGITAL LEADERS CONFERENCE
Today our students were invited to Melbourne to speak with leading digital experts from around Australia. The children were honoured to speak with Stephen Elder - Director of Catholic Education - about the incredible work they have been doing in this space. He was most impressed with their ability to articulate their learning and their strong commitment to excellence.
BIGGER THAN BROADWAY
At Christ the King, we know the value of an outstanding Arts program. Not only does a great program foster creativity, it enables our students to be confident and articulate learners. 'Bigger Than Broadway' was a musical of epic proportions. A very special thank you to Mrs Lisa Hunter and Mr Chris Hansen, as well as the many staff and parents that brought this musical to life!
STEM MAD SHOWCASE
A huge congratulations to our STEMpathy Team, who took out the 'Most Innovative Design' at the STEM MAD Showcase. Students from all around Victoria participated in this incredible day and the standard of competition was extremely high.
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MISSION DISCOVERY CAMP
We are enormously proud of these 8 children. Today they competed against students who were mainly from secondary schools and showed that age is no barrier. The judges commented on their confident presentation skills, fantastic creativity and overwhelming enthusiasm for their idea. Whilst they didn’t win the competition, they stole the hearts of many through this week!
Another wonderful recognition for Christ the King. Feature article in the statewide publication - 'Catholic Education Today'!
FAST CARS PROGRAM - PARTNERSHIP WITH DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
Through our partnership with Deakin University (Fast Cars Program) and Ford Motor Company, Christ the King were very fortunate to have three design engineers come to speak with our students. The students learned how aerodynamics, design, mass, power, tyres and wheels affect the speed of cars. The students will now use the information from our industry experts to help design and test our fast cars.
Science Week Expo Celebration
What an incredible “launch” for Science Week! Science is a priority at Christ the King and the projects reflected the students love for this curriculum area. Well done Mrs King and students for all your efforts with the Science Expo. It was out of this world!!!
LiveTiles LAUNCH - FEDERAL MILLS
Christ the King values opportunity and connections. Last night our students were invited to speak at the official launch of LiveTiles. Many prominent people were in attendance, including the Victorian Minister for Trade, Investment, Innovation and the Digital Economy - Mr Phillip Dalidakis. CEO Karl Redenbach and Global Head of Marketing Nick Rameka are so proud of all that our school has achieved. The future of Geelong is in good hands!
FORD PARTNERSHIP - VIRTUAL REALITY IN DESIGN
Christ the King really values the industry partnership that we have with the Ford Motor Company. We attended an invite-only event at the Asia-Pacific Product Development Plant in Campbellfield. We were given the chance to go behind the scenes to explore how Ford are using virtual reality to impact design. We cannot wait to continue to develop the school’s commitment to emerging technologies. An incredible experience!
4 June 2018 CATHOLIC EDUCATION MELBOURNE FEATURE ARTICLE
The dedication to STEM education at Christ the King School, Newcomb, has paid off at the First Lego League European Open Invitational in Hungary.
After spending almost six months redesigning the Point Henry precinct into a totally sustainable tourist attraction, the team of seven students accompanied by Team Coach Aisha Kristiansen and Principal Jose Blackley travelled to the competition via Singapore to see the inspiration for their project in real life.
As part of the research component of the First Lego League Competition, students had to solve a real world problem related to water. The team created a totally sustainable irrigation system for their tourist attraction and worked with industry experts from Barwon Water. In addition to this, the team designed and programmed a fully autonomous EV3 robot to solve missions on the First Lego League game mat. Underpinning both of these components was the Core Values section. The students were judged on their critical thinking, creativity and collaboration skills. The team also had to demonstrate that they understood the ethical implications for their design and got their solution out into the community.
Not only was the team's idea mentioned at the Victorian State Parliament, the City of Greater Geelong did a feature story on their proposal which reached over 7,000 views throughout the community. As a result of their incredible idea and teamwork, Cre8te the Future were awarded First Place in the Core Values Section ahead of 67 teams from around the world. Catholic Education Melbourne students were standing amongst some of the cleverest kids from across the globe and they stood tall. In addition to the team's success, Aisha Kristiansen received the International Coach/Adult Mentor's Award.
This trip was made possible by the generous support of Catholic Education Melbourne, community donations, fundraising and industry partnerships. We are so proud of these seven students and know that they will do an amazing job in ‘creating the future’.
DID YOU SEE CHRIST THE KING IN THE GEELONG ADVERTISER?
1st June 2018
First Lego League Open Invitational Event (Hungary) - Fonix Centre 16th - 19th May 2018
After raising $40,000 to fully fund Cre8te the Future to compete at the International Competition in Hungary, the team experienced enormous success. The team won First Place in the Core Values (Teamwork) Section and Aisha Kristiansen was given the Adult Mentor/Coach's Award. On the way to Hungary, the team stopped over in Singapore to see - firsthand - the beautiful Singapore Supertrees. As much of the team's research work was based on the concept of vertical gardens, this was an incredible experience. We are enormously proud of this team and know that they reflect the huge commitment we have to STEM Education and excellence.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP (DEAKIN UNIVERSITY) - APRIL 2018
Today marked the beginning of our community partnership with Rebecca Webster. Rebecca is a post-graduate medical student from Deakin University. She will be working with 10 of our Year 3-6 girls over the next two terms on the Robogals Science Challenge, supporting Christ the King’s commitment to STEM Education.
BUSINESS CAMP - APRIL 2018
Two of our very talented students were invited to attend the 'Fiftysix Creations - 3 Day Business Camp' in Melbourne. They learnt about the principles of entrepreneurship and the importance of design thinking. They were also given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the business community.
SUCCESS AT FRC SYDNEY - MARCH 2018
One thing we value at Christ the King is OPPORTUNITY. After two amazing years in the 'Cre8te the Future' First Lego League team, one of our students was given the incredible opportunity of joining Swinburne University's First Robotics Competition team. After sacrificing much of his summer holidays and many weekends during Term 1, Josh competed in Sydney this weekend. Not only did his team win the 'Rookie Inspiration Award', but they were part of the winning alliance who will represent Australia in Houston. What an amazing achievement, especially given it was the team's first year of competing!
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE GOFUNDME PAGE HITS ALMOST $6000!
What a wonderful response from friends, family and our community! The target of $10,000 is well within reach. Please click here to donate to this great cause. Get our team of mini-dynamos all the way to Hungary, so they can represent Australia.
CITY OF GREATER GEELONG MEDIA COVERAGE - March 2018
CATHOLIC EDUCATION MELBOURNE - Seminar Presentation - February 2018
On Friday 16th February, the First Lego League team were asked to present to almost 400 Catholic Education Melbourne staff. The CEM staff were most impressed with the high levels of critical & creative thinking, collaboration and industry partnerships evident in their presentation. The staff were so impressed with their presentation that they contributed $1000 towards their upcoming trip to Hungary. Well done 'Cre8te the Future'!
GEELONG ADVERTISER - Term 4, 2017
Another wonderful acknowledgement in the paper!
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Term 4, 2018
Cre8te the Future Team Bound for Hungary in May 2018
On the 2nd & 3rd of December, ‘Cre8te The Future’ travelled to Macquarie University in Sydney to represent Victoria at the First Lego League National Championships. They proudly presented their Research Project based on the redevelopment of the Point Henry Site; were very competitive with their EV3 robot; and absolutely shone in the Core Values judging. Not only did the team win the Inspiration Award, but they are one of the 9 teams that have been selected to represent Australia on the world stage. The team will be heading to Debrecen, Hungary in May to showcase their work to the world at the First Lego League Open Invitational Central Europe.
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FIRST LEGO LEAGUE - Term 4, 2017
On Sunday 19th November, 8 talented students competed in the First Lego League Competition at Swinburne University in Hawthorn. The team had to research an issue related to water, so they chose to explore the Point Henry site. A tourism attraction based on the Singapore Supertrees was designed, which featured a state-of-the-art irrigation system. The team also had to program an EV3 robot to complete a series of missions. Prominent members of the Geelong community visited the school such as Mr Andrew Senia and Ms Christine Couzens. The students were not only featured in the local paper, but were also mentioned at State Parliament. You can find out more information about their journey by going to the STEM tab on the Christ the King website. First Lego League is part of Christ the King's commitment to STEM Education and creating students of the future!
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WE STEM EXPO@ SCIENCEWORKS - Term 2, 2017
On Thursday 27th July, 18 students from Years 3-6 attended a WeSTEM Expo at Scienceworks, Melbourne. Accompanied by Mrs Miller, Ms Rhodes and Mrs Kristiansen, the students had the opportunity to showcase their STEM projects for the Health Inquiry unit of work. The children confidently spoke about their projects to other students, teachers and experts in the field. The Year 3/4 students explored the idea of passive versus active computer gaming. The Year 5/6 investigation focused on making the school more accessible to all. Christ the King is one of the leading schools in STEM Education for the Western region and we are very proud of all our achievements to date.
FAMILY MOVIE FUNDRAISER EVENT
Christ the King will be hosting an advanced screening of Captain Underpants at Readings Cinema on August 13th at 12:30 pm. Tickets go sale next term and all proceeds will go towards new furniture for the MLC and SLC. House points awarded for purchase of tickets.
STUDENTS ATTEND ARDOCH AGM
TERM 2, 2017
On Tuesday 23rd of May, Mrs Miller and eight students from Year 3 - 6 attended the Ardoch Annual General Meeting in Collins St in Melbourne to present their work using digital technologies. The students enjoyed sharing their learning and the value of community support to enable schools to access the latest technology. The attendees were invited to use the Makey Makey and EV3 robots under the careful guidance of the students. Here is some feedback about the day from Marsha who attended the meeting:
'I just wanted to say bravo and thank you for an inspiring AGM. The speakers - especially the kids - all underscored why we do what we do. It was an honour and a privilege to be there today. Congrats to you and the team for a wonderful session.'
WE- STEM Project with Scienceworks
TERM 1, 2017
Christ the King primary school has been working in partnership with Catholic Education Melbourne and Science Works Victoria as part of the We-STEM project. A video of the work achieved in first term has been produced for publication. Please take the time to watch the video to see the wonderful achievements of the students in Year 3 and 4 as they use the Makey Makey kits to design games to keep children fit and active.
Outstanding NAPLAN results
Christ the King Primary school was recently recognised by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has having achieved substantially above average gain for Reading and Numeracy for students between Years 3-5 (2014-2016).
Christ the King Primary school was the only Catholic school in Geelong to receive such recognition. Apart strong leadership, clear vision and high aspirations for our students, teachers do an outstanding job at making it different for every child so that it's at their point of need.
Robogals - Term 1, 2017
On Thursday 23rd of February, 12 lucky girls from the Senior Learning Community were invited to attend a Robogals workshop at Melbourne University. The Robogals organisation aims to promote engineering pathways for girls.
There was a focus on computer programming, coding, engineering and design. There is no doubt that we will have some budding engineers amongst our girls in the future. Exposure and encouragement are the key!
Term 4 - The Year That Was 2016
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE - Term 4, 2016
National Championship, Macquarie University, Sydney
On Saturday 10th December, 2016, Mrs Blackley, Mrs Kristiansen, Mr Mark Campbell, eight students and their parents, all travelled to Sydney to compete in the Australian National Championship for First Lego League. Each year, teams build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it. This year’s challenge was based around Animal Allies and our team researched the Northern Pacific Sea Star and its impact on native marine ecosystems. After staying the night at Macquarie University, the students were up bright and early in readiness for a big day of action. They participated admirably in all sections of the competition - Core Values, Research Project and the Robot Game. The students came an amazing 5th overall out of a staggering 40 State teams, most of which were comprised of secondary students. Christ the King couldn’t be prouder of the team - CRE8TE THE FUTURE! We look forward to participating again next year and further developing our dedication to STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).
First Lego League Competition at Swinburne University - Term 4, 2016
20th November 2016
On Sunday 20th November 2016, 8 students participated in the First Lego League Competition at Swinburne University. First Lego League is a STEM-based competition that encourages students to research an issue of interest, program an EV3 robot and work collaboratively as a team using the Core Values (Teamwork, CoopertitionⓇ and Gracious Professionalism). CRE8TE THE FUTURE researched the problem of the Northern Pacific Sea Star being brought into Corio Bay from Japanese cargo ships. These sea stars are now overtaking our native marine life, causing great destruction and damage. Not only did they devise an innovative solution, but they worked with Associate Professor Matthew Joordens from Deakin University to design an underwater robot that they 3D printed. The students also worked alongside Deakin University Computer Engineering students to learn about programming and robot design. The students performed admirably on the day and received the ‘Research Award’ for outstanding work on their problem. In addition to this, CRE8TE THE FUTURE was chosen from a large field of Victorian teams as one of the three teams to advance to the National Championships held at Macquarie University, Sydney in December. A superb effort by all!