Weekly Reflection

God Unlimited

Some scholars are fishermen, but it doesn’t follow that all fishermen are scholars. Certainly, the men who followed Jesus since the calming of the waters of Lake Galilee didn’t betray hours of brilliant learning. If they’d studied scripture much, they might have recognised in Jesus’ power over the waters the divine authority displayed in the Old Testament. 

God sets limits on the waters in Genesis, and ever after the waters are under heavenly control. Think Noah and the ark, Moses and the Red Sea, Elijah and the long famine without rain, Job and the Voice from the Whirlwind, Jonah and the great fish, to name a few. Only God can wield power over the forces of chaos represented by water. If Jesus could do it too, then logic would suggest that Jesus had a special relationship with God!

But we can’t really blame the first disciples for not recognising the power of God when they were up to their necks in it. How often do astonishing events come into our lives, and we just say, “What luck!” or “How talented I am!” never acknowledging the true source of grace.

God makes all things possible: life, love, beauty, hope. Resolve to live more gratefully, giving praise and thanks to God for every good thing that comes your way.

He included everyone in his death so that everyone could be included in his life, a resurrection life.

We pray:

May the peace of God be your peace as you dwell in this place: peace in the midst of struggle, peace in the midst of despair, peace when the hard times hit home, peace when there is conflict in family, peace when there is ill will between friends, peace when the church is a quarrel zone, peace when world events bring terror; the peace of God, which calls for insight, hard work, and endurance; the peace of God, which at the end of the day passes all understanding. Amen.

With thanks to GPBS

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

This week I received clarification on the new Senior Secondary Certificate. This certificate will replace the current Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and will be phased in from 2023.

With subject selection commencing early in Term 3, it is timely for students, parents and guardians to review the new senior school offerings. 

The aim of this new Certificate is to ensure that all students have equity and access to flexible pathways to ensure successful outcomes post secondary education. 

The College is committed to providing a smooth transition to the new qualification to continue our strong record of providing suitable pathways for every student. Our Pathways, VET and VCAL coordinators will be available during subject selection to offer specific advice.

Below is information from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Information is also available on their website. Click here to read more. 

Senior Secondary Certificate

Victoria is transforming the delivery of senior secondary education with the introduction of a single senior secondary certificate that will offer greater access to quality vocational and applied learning pathways for all students. The senior secondary education reforms aim to provide access to education and training that is relevant, engaging and that delivers in-demand skills for the future world of work, ensuring that students can access education that leads to employment.

Next year students will still be able to enrol in either the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). The following year, in 2023, VCAL students will be enrolled in the new VCE Vocational Specialisation or the new foundation pathways certificate which will be introduced to replace Foundation VCAL.

The VCE Vocational Specialisation will be recognised internationally, be valued by employers and will build on the strengths of VCAL including providing:

  • flexible timetables that allow students to study at school, TAFE and work
  • opportunities to experience real-life workplaces
  • subjects that will build students skills and prepare them for life after school
  • greater access to high quality VET learning, either in school, a neighboring school or a local TAFE

The new certificates are part of a suite of 38 reforms recommended in the Review into Vocational and Applied Learning Pathways in Senior Secondary Schooling (the Firth Review) to lift the quality and perception of vocational education and help more students access high-quality applied learning programs.

Course selection in 2022

We are supporting all students in their course selections for 2022 and are providing the following advice and information to students considering a VCAL pathway.

If students are studying VCAL in 2022 they will transfer into the VCE Vocational Specialisation with credit for completed VCAL subjects in 2023. In 2023, students will continue to study Senior VCAL subjects in the new certificate as part of the implementation process. At the end of 2023, these students will be awarded the VCE Vocational Specialisation if they meet the requirements.

Students who are studying Foundation VCAL over multiple years, including in 2022, will transfer into a new foundation pathways certificate in 2023 with credit for completed subjects. These students will study the new foundation subjects and graduate with the foundation pathways certificate.

This approach provides assurance and clarity to current Year 10 students some of whom will be among the first cohort to receive a VCE Vocational Specialisation certificate in 2023.

The following diagram sets out the senior secondary pathways for students commencing the VCE or VCAL in 2022.

* Note: Students can also move between certificates

To learn more about Victoria’s senior secondary certificate reform, you can email the VCAA Senior Secondary Reform Team at vcaa.seniorsecondaryreform@education.vic.gov.au or visit the VCAA website.

Condolences

The College sends its sincere condolences to the Philpin family on the passing of Matthew Philpin, father of Avalon (Year 8). Our prayers go out to Avalon and her family during this sad time. May the support of our community comfort them. Lord wrap your arms around them, provide comfort and refuge. Keep them always in your care.

Eternal rest grant unto him and let your love shine upon him.

Marlene Jorgensen

Principal

Looking Ahead

Dates to remember
Friday 25 JuneTerm 2 concludes 2.25pm
Monday 12 JulyTerm 3 begins
Tuesday 13 JulyCobblebank Campus Information Evening - Register now
Monday 19 JulyFull School Assembly
Tuesday 20 JulyCollege Tour - Register now 
Friday 23 JulyCollege Production, Performing Arts Centre 7pm - Book now
Saturday 24 JulyCollege Production, Performing Arts Centre 1pm and 6.30pm - Book now
Monday 26 JulyStudent Free Day
Wednesday 28 JulyParents and Friends Meeting

View the full College Calendar

Reminders

End of term dismissal time and bus arrangements

A reminder to all families that Term 2 concludes this Friday 25 June at 2.25pm and we return for Term 3 on Monday 12 July. 

Christians Bus Company (formerly Bacchus Marsh Coaches) has reorganised the bus schedule to accomodate the early finish.

The Sita Melton South and Melton bus services will depart the College at the usual time of 3.30pm. These buses run as part of a public route and are not able to collect students earlier.

All students who catch buses will be supervised at the College before they board their service home.

QR Code check in at College Reception

COVID-19 regulations now require all visitors to the College to check in via the Service Victoria QR Code. You will find it as you enter the College Reception. 

The usual sign-in process via iPad at the front reception also applies for visitors who will be on-site beyond the office for any reason.

From the Deputy Principal, Operations, Staffing and Strategic Intent

As another term ends, the College farewells several staff.

Science and Psychology teacher Lydia Fus began maternity leave last week. We wish Lydia all the best as she prepares to welcome a new addition to her family.

STEM Coordinator and Physics and Mathematics teacher Elizabeth Piacquadio will leave the College to take up a new position at Loreto Mandeville Hall. We wish Elizabeth all the best for the future.

Science Laboratory Technician George Perera will also finish this week. His work preparing the practical activities in our junior science area has been greatly appreciated. Denise Green will make a welcome return to the position next term.

Wood teacher Robin Panousieris will be on leave in Term 3 and 4 and we wish her a restful break. Library Assistant Diane McKenna has been a great addition in our Resource Centre over the past few weeks and will also complete her time with us at the end of term. We also farewell long-serving Grounds and Maintenance Officer Noel Cornish.

New staff to join us in Term 3 are: English and Business Management teacher Emma Chambers; Wood teacher Alan Snare; Mathematics and VCAL teacher Maya Wong; Science teacher Amatul Sayyada; and Grounds and Maintenance Officer Dale Wood.

Michael Wilcock

Deputy Principal, Operations, Staffing and Strategic Intent

From the Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

One of the many highlights of my week is visiting classes to see the wonderful learning experiences on offer at the College.

I was especially excited to be invited to watch Ms Hughes’ Year 9 Dance class perform their end of unit assessments. The students had choreographed group routines throughout the semester that told a story. Each group introduced their routine with a key message and then performed for the audience.

The students’ hard work and dedication were evident in each performance. Such qualities are essential for success – you need the grit to continue when it is not easy and not give up at the first hurdle so you can complete the challenge ahead.

This talented group of students persevered to develop their skills and performed at their very best. They encapsulated the core wellbeing value of Endeavour, which will prepare them for the opportunities that lie ahead.

Year 12 Retreat

Last Friday, I joined our Year 12 students on their retreat and their Amazing Race activity. It was great to spend time with our senior students – one said she was having such a good time away she had forgotten about her work. 

Other conversations revolved around exciting times to come once they completed their education at CRC Melton, the many choices they were making about their future and how quickly their time had passed at the College.

The retreat gives students the chance to gather as a year level and celebrate their many achievements. Congratulations to Mr Arthurson and his team on a very successful two days.

School Uniform

A final reminder to all parents and guardians to ensure their child’s school uniform is worn as expected. The holidays provide time to ensure students have all the items required.

The full winter uniform is compulsory during Term 2 and 3.

Please remember:

  • Blazers are the outer garment that must be worn to and from school
  • Skirt length is to the knee
  • Scarf must be navy blue
  • The only jewellery permitted in the ear is one plain silver or gold stud or one small sleeper.
  • No facial piercing, nail polish, false or extension nails allowed
  • Physical Education tracksuit pants must be full length and not folded up at the bottom. If they are too long, they need to be taken up.

Your continued support to maintain the high standards of the College uniform are greatly appreciated.

Click here for the full College Uniform Policy.

I wish you all a restful and relaxing break with your family and friends and look forward to a productive Term 3.

Cheryl Bullen

Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

Caring for our Common Home

Over the last few weeks, Vincit students have been learning about the Catholic Social Teachings that help guide Christians in their words and actions.

The classes have specifically focused on the teaching Care for our Common Home.

Caring for our Common Home refers to the way in which we should respect the gift of our earth and all life on it as they are part of God's creation.

Last Friday, the Vincit Religion classes took part in a learning activity where they created succulent pots to take home and look after in order to care for their earth.

Students will be asked to update their teachers on the plant's health, demonstrating the ways they are caring for one small aspect of our Common Home.

Emma van Wees

Social Justice Coordinator

New Date – Cobblebank Campus Information Evening

Enrol Now for Year 7 2023

Community Notices

Melton Council Youth Forum

Community Notices 2021 Youth Forum

Jesuit Social Services COVID-19 Vaccine Information – translated resources

COVID 19 Vaccine Information in your language

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