Weekly Reflection

The Road to Emmaus

Supper at Emmaus - Caravaggio

But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognised him; and he vanished from their sight. 

They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. Luke 24:29-35

Sunday’s Gospel tells of the newly risen Jesus appearing amongst his closest disciples shortly after the extract above, on the road to Emmaus.

In both cases, the disciples failed initially to truly see Jesus. Who can blame them? The days after Jesus’ excruciating death on the cross would have been dark ones for his followers.

Had they not all thrown their lot in with this charismatic leader who had a philosophy of love and equality for all? Weren’t they following someone truly special who questioned the authorities, both Jewish and Roman, who had his life snuffed out in a brutal fashion?

So it is not surprising that these disciples did a double-take when Jesus appeared among them. Unsurprisingly, they needed a little time to see what was unexpectedly in front of them.

After Easter, we too have met the resurrected Jesus on the road to Emmaus and are challenged to recognise Him in all those around us and bear witness by living the life he urges us to lead.

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

Welcome back for Term 2 and I hope that you could spend time with family over the Easter break.

In last Sunday’s Gospel reading from Luke, we hear how Jesus gave the apostles the gift of peace.

“Peace be with you.” The apostles are so overjoyed they cannot speak and realise that Jesus is still present with them despite the events of Good Friday. Jesus sends the disciples out to preach and teach “all the nations”.

As a Catholic community, we share this commission. So as we commence Term 2, it is timely to ask ourselves:

Are we ready to be Christ’s witness?

Do we live out in our ordinary lives our great joy in the Christ of the resurrection?

How are we helping to make God's word real in this world? God’s Word Daily Reflections 2021.

I wish all of our students, staff and families a healthy and productive Term 2.

Update of College policies

As discussed in previous newsletters, Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) began its governance responsibilities for parish and diocesan schools in the Archdiocese on 1 January 2021, when 290 schools transferred to MACS, including the five Federation of Catholic Regional College schools.

Work has begun on transitioning our College, the Federation and Catholic Education Melbourne policies to MACS policies. For ease of identification, these updated documents will include MACS in the naming convention. Most of the content will remain the same and we will communicate significant changes in future newsletters.

The first phase of this rollout includes several Child Safety documents. These are currently being updated and, once completed, will be available on our website. If you have any questions, please contact me at principal@crcmelton.com.au.

Marlene Jorgensen

Principal

Looking Ahead

Dates to remember
Thursday 22 AprilCollege Athletics Carnival
Sunday 25 AprilANZAC Day
Wednesday 28 AprilParents and Friends Meeting
Thursday 29 AprilSchool Photos
Wednesday 5 MayYear 9 Camps begin
Tuesday 11 May - Thursday 13 MayNAPLAN testing (Year 7 and 9 students)
Sunday 23 May40th Anniversary Open Day


View the full College Calendar

Athletics Carnival

Our annual Athletics Carnival will be held this Thursday 22 April. Students can be dropped off at the Bridge Road Athletics Track, 82 Bridge Road, Melton South, or meet at the College and be transported by bus to the venue.

Students who meet at the College must arrive no later than 8.45am. Students who are going straight to the track must be there by 9am. Students will be dismissed from the track at 2.15pm.

There are plenty of fun events organised for the day, both on and off the track.

A highlight will be the Desmond Doss race, inspired by Christian World War II solider Desmond Doss who bravely refused to pick up a gun and worked to save men from gunfire.

The event is a 100-metre crawl that recognises Doss's Christian spirit and promotes his peaceful ideals. All students will earn house points for taking part in this special event.

Support a worthy cause

Our Social Justice Committee will run a Do it for Cancer! stall at the carnival to raise money for the Cancer Council. Students can have their face painted or their hair coloured with temporary spray for a gold coin donation.

If you do not want your child to participate in these activities, please contact our Social Justice Coordinator, Emma van Wees via email, evanwees@crcmelton.com.au.

It will be a big day for our Year 8 Coordinator Ms Lauren Whitford who will shave her head at the carnival as part of the Do it for Cancer! campaign. She will be joined by Year 9 student Anna Aguirre who will also crop her locks on the day. If you or your child would like to donate to this cause, you can do so online at the CRC Melton fundraising page


Sausage sizzle

Our student leaders have organised a BBQ with all proceeds contributing towards the Student Leadership Team’s and Student Representative Council’s fundraising efforts.

Mikaela Hurst

Sports Coordinator

40th Anniversary Open Day

From the Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

Welcome back for Term 2, 2021. I hope you all had time to recharge during the break and spend quality time with your family and friends.

The passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during the holidays brought sorrow and the opportunity for reflection. I was brought up in England, quite near to Windsor and it is during times like these I have a pang of homesickness, despite living in Australia for more than 20 years.

I am very lucky to have settled in Australia and have a strong sense of belonging. It is so important for us all to feel that we belong and connect to the different settings we find ourselves in, be it a classroom, year level, school, or workplace.

By believing we are in a place of acceptance, we can grow, develop, and expand our appreciation of who we are and of those around us.

Our College is a community where interconnectedness and quality relationships shape and affirm the identity of each of us. We encourage belonging by listening to and celebrating the stories of each member who joins to share their unique experience.

The memory of Prince Philip will continue to live on through his Duke of Edinburgh award, the memory of his service to the United Kingdom, the Royal family, and the hearts of the many lives he touched.

Uniform

Please ensure your child’s uniform is neat and adheres to the College’s Uniform Policy. The uniform guidelines are also in the student diary.

The sport uniform must also be worn correctly, and only on the day your child has Physical Education. Tracksuit bottoms should not to be rolled up. If they are too long, they need to be taken up to ensure they fit correctly.

Attendance

Parents and guardians should inform the College before 8.30am on a school day if their child will be absent by phoning 8099 6000 and following the prompts. Absences can also be logged via the parent portal, PAM.

School Photos 2021

Annual school photos including sibling photos will be taken at the College by Arthur Reed Photos on Thursday 29 April. Registrations for family photos will close at 12pm on Wednesday 28 April, the day before photo day.

There is no need to return any forms or money to school.

Unique image codes will be issued to all students on the photo day so families can register online to view images when they become available in the webshop.

Registration is simple; just follow the three simple steps on your child’s personalised flyer once you receive it and remember to add the codes for all your children attending the College.

Even if you registered last year, it is important that you do it again this year using your child’s 2021 image code to link their images for the current year with your contact details. If your child misplaces their code, they can contact our customer service team on 5243 4390.

When images are ready to view and in the webshop, all parents who have registered will be notified by SMS and email.

Once registered, please wait for notification that 2021 images are online to view before making your purchase.

Youth Engagement Forum - Friday 30 April

CRC Melton will host the 2021 Youth Engagement Forum in partnership with Melton City Council.

The forum will focus on health and wellbeing. Students from Year 7 to 12 will participate in activities to discuss their ideas and personal experiences. These will be used to inform the Council and Wellbeing Plan for 2021 to 2025.

If your child would like to join the forum please email me, cbullen@crcmelton.com.au.


Cheryl Bullen

Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

From the Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

Welcome back to everyone for Term 2. We hope students relaxed and recharged during their holidays, ready for the new learning term.

Students in Year 7 and 9 will complete NAPLAN tests from Tuesday 11 May to Thursday 13 May with makeup tests on Friday 14 May if they have been absent.

Below is the schedule, mandated dates and proposed times. We ask that parents and guardians avoid making appointments for their child during the NAPLAN testing times.

DateNAPLAN TestPeriodTime
Tuesday 11 MayLanguage ConventionsPeriod 145 minutes + admin
WritingPeriod 240 minutes
Wednesday 12 MayReadingPeriod 165 minutes + admin
Thursday 13 MayNumeracyPeriod 1 Part A - calculator 
Part B- non-calculator
55 minutes + 10 minutes 
+ admin


Students must bring a pen and pencil to all tests and their calculator for the numeracy tests. Please remind your child of these requirements. Parents will receive a NAPLAN report by VCAA later in the year showing their child’s achievements against the national standards.

Our Learning Diversity Leaders will contact parents and guardians of the students they support to discuss the NAPLAN Tests.

Towards the end of the year, the College will trial NAPLAN online using student devices with a proposed move to online adaptive testing in 2022.

Joanne Holmes

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

Year 8 Domestique Awards

Recognising and celebrating the achievements of Year 8 students whose actions often go unnoticed is the aim of the Year 8 Domestique Awards and we are proud to announce the Term 1 recipients are:

HomeroomCommunityEmpathyEndeavour
8 AnthonyJulian AzzaroneSophie KolbeSofia Dela Cruz
8 BernardTra My NguyenAlexa BorgSimon Muuot
8 CatherineCara ReadingDana HuertoMekheal Youssouf
8 DominicFindlay DonachieBayak JosephRichella Tuala
8 FrancisMia GnacinskiEmily ClaytonGlanzmigue Farolan
8 MackillopZoey MatthewsKeily SalisburyChelsea Searle-Borg
8 O'ReillyLana LewisKeely-Shae ClarkMaxwell Wilson
8 ReedMarydina KakindaJordan NidrasJosef Huebl


On behalf of the Year 8 homeroom team, subject teachers and students, we congratulate all the Term 1 Domestique Award recipients.

Jordan Reithofer and Lauren Whitford

Year 8 Coordinators

Youth Connect

Youth Connect will meet every fortnight in Term 2 starting this Wednesday 21 April, from 4pm to 6pm.

Join Father Marcus, Ms Crocitti and the Dominican Sisters for an evening of games, fellowship, prayer and an opportunity for reconciliation. The group will meet in the PAC foyer and Chapel. ‪

For more information contact Sr Mary Sarah via email smarysarah@crcmelton.com.au

SACCSS Swimming Carnival

In the final week of Term 1, 27 students competed in the SACCSS Swimming Carnival at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

‪In the lead up to the carnival, students trained at 7am every Thursday at Melton Waves. Their hard work was rewarded with some fantastic swims on the day.

‪I would like to make special mention of our Year 7 and 8 students Arna Maloney, Olivia Dando, Hayley Wright, Malachi Fox, Erin Johnstone and Isabella Debrincat who did the College proud competing for our school in age groups higher than their own.

‪A big thanks also to our swim team captains Alla Rowley and James Morrow who supported and led the students on the day.

‪Congratulations to our individual age group champions (pictured below from left to right): Jack Morrow (14 years),‪ James Morrow (17-20 years), ‪Oliver Dreaver (13 years) and ‪Marlee Leetham (14 years).

‪While all raced exceptionally well, Jack’s swims were outstanding and saw him come first in every race he competed in.

‪CRC Melton also received the following awards on the day: ‪1st Junior Boys; ‪2nd Junior Girls, Senior Boys and Aggregate Junior Level; 3rd Intermediate Girls.

‪Well done to all of our swimmers!

‪I would also like to thank our swimming coach and past student of the College, Jesse O’Rourke for all of her hard work to prepare students for the carnival.

Mikaela Hurst

Sports Coordinator

AFL Longest Kick Competition


On the last day of Term 1 we held our first Longest Kick Competition on the oval during lunchtime.

Many students competed and made multiple attempts to achieve the longest distance, contributing points to their house.

Some students displayed remarkable skills, launching drop punts and even some torpedos down the length of the oval. The inclusive environment enabled students who were new to the sport to learn the skills required for kicking the ball whilst also earning house points.

Staff were also well represented on the day and very competitive, adding an extra layer of entertainment.

Our winners on the day were:

Junior competition

Boys: Lincoln Braszell – Year 9

Girls: Dhillon Meredith – Year 8

Senior competition

Boys: Reuben Riveria - Year 12

Girls: Bagena Malua - Year 12

All winners earned themselves a $20 canteen voucher and extra points for their respective houses.

Glasheen earned the most points on the day, notching up 95, and were the best represented house in the competition.

Thank you to everyone who participated and made the event such a success. We look forward to the next house competition!

Solomon Miesen

Sports Captain

E-Safety webinar

The eSafety Commissioner will run a free webinar for parents and guardians in May on how to set up devices and apps to keep young people safer online.

CRC Melton is an eSafety school and these sessions are very informative and easy to join, even if you’re not that familiar with technology. The webinar will include practical tips, demonstrations and advice.

The webinars are aimed at parents and guardians of children aged four to 13. Although most CRC Melton students are older than this, families who also have younger children may find the strategies helpful.

The webinar will cover:

  • The benefits and limitations of parental controls
  • How to set up iOS and Android devices for safety
  • How to set up popular games and apps like YouTube and Roblox for safety
  • Using family tech agreements and other parenting strategies to manage online risks
  • How eSafety can help when things go wrong

Webinar dates and registration details are available below.

Paul Iannazzo

eLearning Coordinator

Community Notices

Catholic School Parents Victoria Webinar Series

Catholic School Parents Victoria (CSPV) invites parents to join a free webinar this Saturday 24 April by leading anxiety speaker and educator Dr Jodi Richardson.

Jodi is the co-author of Anxious Kids and a regular media commentator on anxiety, wellbeing, and parenting issues.

The free 90-minute webinar will be held from 10.30am to 12pm and provide parents with strategies on responding to and helping a child struggling with anxiety and advice on when to seek professional help.

Click here to register for the webinar

Quatrefoils Mother’s Day dinner

Quatrefoils Restaurant is located at Catholic Regional College Sydenham, 380 Sydenham Rd, Sydenham.

Melton Parish Lectio Divina Series

The Parish of Melton will this week begin its special Lectio Divina Series - Breaking down the Word of God.

The series will run for six weeks starting tomorrow, Wednesday 21 April and conclude on Wednesday 26 May. These sessions will break down the Word of God for the following weekend mass.

Each session commences in the Parish Meeting Room after Wednesday morning mass, approximately 9.45am.

For more information contact Stephen Fernandes on 0439 743 533.

Bright Minds

Melton Young Communities and headspace Melton will run a number of Bright Mind Sessions during Term 2 .

The sessions in the coming weeks will explore what mental health is, self-care and how to practice it and ways to develop resilience and combat bullying.

More details are available in the flyer below.

Useful Links

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

PAM – Parent Portal

Parent Handbook

Policies

Uniform

Library

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