Mountain bikers take leap of faith

Posted by Gavin Box
Geraldton Christian College

Air pillow lets students take skills to new heights

There’s nothing like a bit of healthy risk-taking to get the adrenalin pumping.
Students in Keith Roffman’s Year 10 Sport and Recreation class had the opportunity to ride a mountain bike over a ramp and land on an air pillow when mountain bike riders Todd Meyn and Josh Phillips visited the College this week to perform demonstrations.
Josh led the way, first instructing students in safe landing technique and then taking to the ramp to perform a loop on his bike.
Students took their time to get used to the jump and soon overcame their fears, taking turns to launch from the ramp and land in the air pillow.
Even Mr Roffman had a go.
“Scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life!” he said afterwards.

Geraldton Christian College
Geraldton Christian College
Geraldton Christian College

Geraldton Christian College

Country Week squad equal to staff challenge

The Country Week girls volleyball team showed they could more than match it with the “professionals” when they challenged the PE Department and other staff to a match after school last week.
After winning the best-of-three series, the girls then agreed to a best of five, at the urging of staff.
An anonymous source tells us that fearless leader Mr Hirschhausen was not happy about “being whipped by the students” and called the staff to a huddle to talk tactics. 🙂
“He told us: ‘I used to be a good volleyball player but I’m not anymore, but this is what we need to do to win this’,” the insider said.
The message must have been received, with the staff then taking the points.
There is still some dispute, however, as to who the real winners were on the day.
Country Week gets under way next week, with the College fielding teams in touch rugby, volleyball, netball and basketball.
About 50 students and seven staff will make the trip.
In Christ our best: win, lose or draw, you’re all champions in our eyes.

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Geraldton Christian College
Geraldton Christian College
Geraldton Christian College
Geraldton Christian College

Geraldton Christian College

Giant-sized lesson for Year 2 class

A giant who once terrified God’s people gave a Primary school class a lesson in mathematics this term.
Education Assistant and local artist Narelle Beaver created a life-sized cut-out illustration of Goliath as part of lessons in measuring.
The picture also helped bring the Bible story to life for the children in Sindy Boonzaier’s Year 2 class, giving them an idea of exactly how big he was.
Scholars estimate he was three metres tall.
That’s almost exactly the height of the four blue poles that support the tower in the Primary playground.
He might have been big, but there’s no giant too tall that God can’t topple.
You can read about Goliath in 1 Samuel 17.

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Student councillors roll up their sleeves to serve

What better way to start a cold winter morning than with hot pancakes?
Students and staff enjoyed the sweet treat last week when members of the Student Representative Council got behind the grill to bless the College community.
Well done, everyone!

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Geraldton Christian College

Geraldton Christian College

A new water feature and freshly-squeezed citrus

Have you spotted the new water feature in the pond outside Administration?
It was created by the College’s Sustainable Agricultural Management Coordinator Kelly Harrington, with help from students Rocco, Travis and Ezekiel.
Mrs Harrington tells us it is called a Shishi Odoshi (Japanese for deer scarer).
“Not that we have deer around here,” she quipped.
“But it might scare the birds away that might eat our frogs and tadpoles.”
Students have also been helping Mrs Harrington squeeze and bottle citrus from the College farm.
Bottles of fresh juice are now for sale in the Canteen for $2.

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Geraldton Christian College

Geraldton Christian College

Reflecting on God’s Moresby masterpiece

By Annalise Edwards
Visual Arts Teacher

Thankfully exams are complete and Semester 2 has begun for Year 11 and 12 students. This means a new theme or topic, and for the Year 11 General Visual Art students it is “Landscapes”, specifically Australian landscapes.

We have such a beautiful campus and surrounds, it was not hard to find a beautiful vista for the students to sketch using the En plein air technique. Typically used for painting, this technique is a way to develop landscape portraiture by which the artist paints (or draws) directly onto canvas in situ within the landscape. This enables better capturing of the details, weather, and light.

This was a new experience for most students, who do not often draw from observation or natural settings, it was a fantastic opportunity to practice new skills – and get some fresh air at the same time.

We were also able to reflect on God’s goodness in creating this amazing place for us to live and enjoy.

Psalm 95:3-5
“For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.”

Romans 1:20
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

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Geraldton Christian College

Students plot a course in cross-country navigation

Rogaine. No, we’re not talking about a hair loss product, but a popular outdoor activity.

Year 9 Sport and Recreation students travelled with Secondary Teacher Keith Roffman and Wholistic Land Management Coordinator Kelly Harrington to Northam for a Rogaine camp last weekend.

What is Rogaine? According to the Western Australian Rogaining Association website, rogaining is: the sport of long distance cross-country navigation in which teams of two to five members visit as many checkpoints as possible in 24 hours. Teams travel entirely on foot, navigating by map and compass between checkpoints in terrain that varies from open farmland to hilly forest. A central base camp provides hot meals throughout the event and teams may return at any time to eat, rest or sleep. Teams travel at their own pace and anyone from children to grandparents can experience the personal satisfaction that comes from cross-country navigation at their own level of competition and comfort.

Students loved the weekend. Here is their take on the good, the bad and the funny:

The good
“A rewarding experience with friends… Having a long chat … Finding our way after almost being lost.”
The bad
“The toilet situation … almost getting disqualified.”
The funny
“James falling all the time and popping his packed chips … all the jokes made …”

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Geraldton Christian College
Geraldton Christian College
Geraldton Christian College

Geraldton Christian College

Students nail truth of Scripture challenge

By Rovaun Alexander
Materials Design & Technology

Year 7 Design and Technology students completed their “miracle belt balance” this week. The initial design challenge was to build a product that would allow someone to balance a leather belt on the tip of a nail.
Students were shown a design clip with a Scripture reference to the “belt of truth” (Ephesians 6:14) and Jesus saying that He is the truth (John 4:6).
The challenge was therefore to symbolically demonstrate that Christ’s truth balances our lives through his sacrifice. Even on the tip of a Roman nail.

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Coming up

28 June to 2 June: Country Week
28 June: Yr 5 & 6 movie night
2 July: Primary dress-up day
2 July: Last day of Term 2
3 to 25 July: School holidays (remember we have a 3 week break this term)
26 July: First day of Term 3. Students back to school.
For more information, visit the online College Calendar


An invitation from the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation:

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure is inviting young people from across Western Australia the opportunity to take part in a voyage on its Sail Training tall ship in 2021.

Sponsorship applications are open now – go to

Interested students should also complete a voyage registration form –

Some trainees (students in years 10 – 12) use their voyages to contribute to their WACE – as an endorsed program, a week-long voyage may contribute 1 unit to a student’s WA Certificate of Education and entry onto their WA Statement of Student Achievement.

Others have used their voyage to achieve bronze, silver and gold levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards.

Others have used their participation to consider the option of an alternative pathway into university via Leeuwin’s membership of the Learning Futures Network at Curtin University.
In our seventh year, over 20 of our voyage trainees have been successful in securing a Woodside sponsored maritime cadetship – an annual twelve month program with Leeuwin at the end of which three cadets are ready to join the industry with Certificates III in Maritime Operations – Master under 24m Near Coastal and Marine Engine Driver 2, along with their Certificate of Safety Training (an international qualification) their AMSA medical and Senior First Aid.

Some trainees will return as volunteers, continuing to build their skills as they move from voyage trainee to voyage mentor, taking up youth leadership roles on the vessel.

The opportunity to earn up to three WACE units on Leeuwin is available, along with using the Authority Developed Community Service logbook (ADCS) to earn additional credits.

For more information visit the website