Weekly Reflection

A New School Year

Loving God, we come to you at this new beginning of the school year.
We have been many places during the summer and our journey has brought us back to this place and to this time together. We know that this is not by accident, but by your intimate design for each of us.

As we turn towards you at the beginning of this year as a school community, we begin by saying thank you - thank you for this call to service in this community.
Thank you for where we are on our journey and for the journey ahead.
Thank you for where we are on the path of our life.

Be with us as we begin the year. Steady our hearts and our minds to be open
to what is being constantly revealed through your loving presence.
Give us joy-filled hearts - a warm and friendly attitude that is open to the movement of your spirit and to others. Help us to be open and ready to respond to what is needed by our students, our parents, and the wider community.

In you, we place our trust as we ask these things through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

Welcome back to 2021. I hope that all our families could take the time to relax together and enjoy the summer break despite the disruption of border closures and clusters.

Uncertainty and disruption seem to be something that we will all need to juggle for some time ahead. While it is difficult at times to stay positive amidst so many uncertainties, it is important for the young adults in our care that we as a community of school and parents remain hope-filled and resilient.

During the holidays I read many books but one that stands out is The Happiest Man Alive by Eddie Jaku. Eddie is a Holocaust survivor.

In his forward, Eddie states: “I will tell you my story - It is sad in parts, with great darkness and great sorrow. But it is happy in the end because happiness is something we can choose. It is up to you.“

This free choice to make a conscious decision to be happy is an important message for our young people. Obstacles and disappointments will once again come our way in 2021, but it is up to us to choose to be happy. To make sure that we see each day’s potential and make the most of every opportunity offered at the College.

Year 12 2020 results

In a year of disruptions caused by COVID-19, how our Year 12 students would manage was undoubtedly something on everyone’s mind.

It is therefore with great pleasure that we announce:

  • 51% of our students completing VCE achieved an ATAR score above 60;
  • 95% of students received a first-round offer to university; and
  • 87% of students successfully completed their Victorian Certificate of Education with the remaining 13% continuing to complete VET hours in 2021.

Our College DUX was Jarryd Martin who received an ATAR of 96.45 and will continue his education at Melbourne University.

These outstanding results are a testament to our staff’s dedication, who provided engaging lessons during Distance Learning Mode and to the students who demonstrated persistence and diligence towards their learning despite the unusual delivery mode.

The year ahead

This year will once again be a busy time.

We have the College Production to look forward to and the commencement of refurbishments to our Gadal and Front Office buildings.

In 2020 I spent considerable time and effort getting to know our staff.

The goal for 2021 is to get to know more of our students. I am hopeful that we will spend the year onsite, which will provide me with many more opportunities to learn more about our student cohort.

In particular, we welcome our Year 7 students who joined our community last Friday. Judging by the excellent standard of uniform and the polite respect shown to our morning speakers, they appear an incredible group of students. We thank parents for placing their trust in the College and look forward to seeing these young people flourish.

New staff

I also take this opportunity to introduce our new staff.

Ms Cheryl Bullen is our new Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing.

Mr Michael Wilcock is our new Deputy Principal Operations, Staffing and Strategic Intent.

Mr Michael Testa is our new Business Manager

Ms Lisa Bui is our new Science Domain Leader.

Ms Carroll Byrne is our new Gadal Program Director.

Sister Mary Helen Hill joins us to teach Mathematics.

Ms Jessica Read is our new English/Humanities/Religious Education teacher.

Mr Cameron Veal is our new Year 7 Coordinator.

Ms Fiona Cook joins our administration team as College Receptionist.

We also have three new trainees join us this year: Mr Zayne Armer, Ms Ellie Bacchin and Mr Damian Pendleton.

I look forward to once again leading the vibrant community of Catholic Regional College Melton and partnering with parents as first educators to develop each student’s full potential.

Marlene Jorgensen


Looking Ahead

Dates to remember
Thursday 4 FebruaryYear 9 GADAL Information Evening
Monday 8 FebruaryYear 11 Aspire Day
Thursday 11 February2020 Awards Ceremony (Year 7-12)
Year 7 Information Evening
Wednesday 17 FebruaryCollege Opening Mass
Monday 22 FebruaryYear 8 Camp
Monday 1 MarchCollege Swimming and Multisport Carnival

From the Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

I would like to welcome all our students and families back for the 2021 academic year. I trust you all enjoyed the well-deserved Christmas break and have taken the opportunity to rest and recharge.

I sincerely thank the College community for extending such a warm welcome. I am looking forward to working with you all during the year ahead.

In recent days, it has been delightful to see the school alive with the chatter of excited students returning to begin a new year and share many stories and highlights of the Christmas holidays. I also want to acknowledge the new Year 7 students who are embarking on their secondary education journey. Their boundless enthusiasm and contagious zest for learning are lovely to see as they begin to embrace life at the College.

This year we have introduced a new structure to our Wellbeing team to ensure we best support each student at every year level. It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you to the 2021 Wellbeing team.

Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing Mrs Cheryl Bullen
Director of Student WellbeingMs Karina Dunne
Year 7 CoordinatorsMs Louise Crocitti and Mr Cameron Veal
Year 8 CoordinatorsMr Jordan Reithofer and Ms Lauren Whitford
Year 9 CoordinatorsMr Jason Rowley and Ms Hollie Whitlock
Year 10 CoordinatorsMrs Meryem McLeod and Ms Annika Miesen
Year 11 CoordinatorMs Rebecca Cassar
Year 12 CoordinatorMr David Arthurson
College Psychologists Ms Sarah Abbas and Ms Rachel Di Natale
CounsellorsMr Trent Hobson and Ms Nerida Thurn
Youth WorkerMr Simma Maniel
Community Liaison OfficerMr Abraham Jongroor

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that if you have any questions regarding your child’s education, their homeroom teacher should be your first point of contact.

During our first school assembly yesterday, our theme for 2021, Be the best I can be, was announced.

The focus for students this year is to develop their faith, to strive to achieve their personal best, and to have positive relationships with their peers. It is a year to try new activities and make the most of every opportunity available to them at the College.

Cheryl Bullen

Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

From the Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

How quickly the holidays fly and we find ourselves commencing a new school year.

Our teachers spent many hours, both at the end of 2020 and at the beginning of this year, preparing curriculum and completing our new Topic Outline documents.

This will support and continue our learning and teaching focus for the duration of our Strategic Plan.

Our Year 7 students began enthusiastically on Friday, despite the wet weather conditions. A walk around Clairvaux highlighted eager students working on tasks, downloading texts onto their new laptop devices and engaging in their lessons.

On Thursday 11 February we will hold our College Awards Ceremony to acknowledge students’ achievements in all year levels in 2020. Award winners and their families have been sent an invitation to the ceremony and all students will see this celebration of student achievement across many categories.

Setting goals

I had the opportunity to address all students at our first College assembly yesterday. My message to students revolved around setting goals. I asked them to reflect on last year, reset and take time to establish some personal and learning objectives for 2021 such as extending friendship circles, setting a goal in a subject they are passionate about or perhaps one they find difficult. The goal could be to work more collaboratively with peers, teachers or the Student Support Officers, who help with learning.

Goals allow us to become our very best self. They cannot be set by anyone else. They must be made and owned by us by ourselves. I encourage all parents and guardians to have a discussion with their children about their goals for 2021.

I would like to quote one of our 2020 Year 12 students who said in a recent interview “learning how to learn is harder than learning content”.

My challenge to every student is to take the time to learn how they learn best this year. No matter their year level, they should ask teachers and tutors for ideas and suggestions, talk to peers and reflect on what has worked best in the past.

PAT testing

PAT Testing in reading comprehension and numeracy will occur for Year 7 in Week 2 and Year 8 to 10 in Week 3. It will provide teachers with baseline data on students for the 2021 learning year.

A copy of the scheduled PAT testing dates is available below. We ask families to avoid booking external appointments during these times. Students will require their fully charged device on the day and all tests are conducted online.

PAT Testing Schedule 2021

Regular curriculum updates

Each week, one of the Domain or Learning Leaders will include an article in the newsletter on the learning taking place at the College. These contributions showcased classwork and connected students, families and the wider community throughout 2020. We hope to continue this celebration of achievement throughout 2021.

I look forward to meeting many families throughout the year at our various information evenings, awards ceremonies and Parent, Student, Teacher Interviews (PSTIs).

Joanne Holmes

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

From the Deputy Principal, Operations, Staffing and Strategic Intent

Welcome back to the 2021 school year and I hope that all families had a much-needed holiday break after a very difficult 2020.

As a new member of the College community, I have been welcomed by staff and feel excited about the year ahead as I get to know the students and families of CRC Melton. When I walked through the front door, it was clear to me that I had joined a wonderful Catholic community, of which I am privileged to be a part.

My role as a Deputy Principal is to serve this community. As my title indicates, I oversee the College's operations as well as looking after and supporting our staff. The strategic aspect of my role is very exciting. It provides an opportunity to help set the future direction of the College within a leadership team that has a clear vision of providing our students with the best possible pathways and outcomes.

I have been in Catholic Education for more than 30 years. Most of this time has been spent in Adelaide as a senior Science and Mathematics teacher, Head of School, Head of Curriculum, a Deputy Principal and a member of several college leadership teams. I hope to bring this experience to CRC Melton and make a positive difference to our community.

I look forward to meeting and supporting all our families in the months ahead.

Michael Wilcock

Deputy Principal, Operations, Staffing and Strategic Intent

Have you completed your child’s medical information in PAM?

Parents and guardians are reminded that PAM will be used for all communication with families from this year, including permission requests for excursions and camps.

As part of our transition from Operoo to PAM, we require all parents to enter medical information for their child into PAM.

Keeping your child’s medical details up to date is important. The College needs all relevant information to ensure the best possible care for your child in case of an emergency.

Students cannot attend excursions or camps if their medical details are not completed in PAM.

If you have not already done so, please log in to your account, select your child’s profile then choose Medical Profile from the menu below their name. You can also click on the bell icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen and select the drop-down box that appears.

As well as entering all medical details, it is important to log in to PAM and check that the email address linked to your account is correct.

As advised via email from 2021, this will be the email to which all College correspondence is sent. If the email address is incorrect, please update your details.

Your current and correct email address is required to ensure you receive all information and notifications related to your child.

If you need assistance or require more information, please contact the College on 8099 6000.

You can use PAM to access a range of information about your child, including timetables, attendance, results and reports.

From 2021, PAM will provide a single platform in which we store information about your child and from which you can monitor their progress.

It is also where you will complete their medical details and receive permission requests and emails from the College.

You can access PAM from the College website’s homepage – in the top righthand corner, click on PORTALS to find the Parent Portal tab. 

You can also follow this link - PAM - Parent Portal

Kerrie-Ann Matthews

Director of Community Relations

Western Edge Cluster VET Awards 2020

A huge congratulations to Madilynn Augoustakis, Emily Heffernan, Jesse Macpherson, Ager Mangok, Zoe Mayerhofer, Shara Richards, Haley Spiteri, and Jackson Vella for receiving an award at the annual Western Edge Cluster (WEC) Vocation Education and Training (VET) Awards held on Wednesday 9 December.

The WEC VET Awards, like most events in 2020, were presented online. Students were acknowledged for their contributions to their vocational studies.

Despite the constraints and limitations upon their traditionally hands-on and work-based courses in 2020, our students excelled. They demonstrated teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and planning and organisation skills, many of the attributes essential for their vocational pathway.

These students should be very proud of their commitment to their VET course and their success.

The awards went to:

Ager Mangok – Year 1 Health Services Assistance - Endeavour Award

Madilynn Augoustakis - Year 1 Health Services Assistance – Most Improved Award

Shara Richards - Year 2 Health Services Assistance – Most Improved Award

Shara Richards - Principal’s Award

Haley Spiteri - Year 1 Community Services - Outstanding Award

Zoe Mayerhofer - Year 1 Community Services- Most Improved Award

Emily Heffernan- Year 2 Community Services- Outstanding Award

Jesse Macpherson- Year 2 Community Services- Most Improved Award

Jackson Vella - Year 1 Sport and Recreation - Outstanding Award

Bianca Mifsud

VET Coordinator

Canteen Ordering and Collection

Student lunches can be pre-ordered from the College canteen via the Ultimate Schools website or in person at the canteen before the end of recess.

A guide to using the Ultimate Schools website is available below and pre-ordering is encouraged.

Ultimate Schools Canteen Ordering System

A new procedure for collecting lunch orders is being trialled at the College this week.

Year 7 and 8 students can collect their pre-ordered lunch from the canteen’s side window.

Year 9 to 12 students and staff can collect their lunch by entering the canteen from one of two lines outside the main entry.

Students who have pre-ordered lunches should join the line on the left. Students who have not ordered and wish to purchase food should line up on the right.

Community Notices

Volleyschool is back

Western Region Volleyball is delighted to announce that Volleyschool will resume this Thursday 4 February.

The process for participation is a little different this year due to COVID-19 protocols.

Participants need to be registered and walkups on the day are not permitted.

Those who are interested in registering or finding out more should contact Michael Dolan at admin@westernregionvolleyball.com.au

The WRV membership and payment options for 2021 are available below.

WRV Volleyschool Costs 2021

Useful Links

Keep up to date with College events, procedures, resources and information via the links below.

PAM – Parent Portal

Parent Handbook





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