Weekly Reflection

Last Saturday, 1 May, was the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, instituted in 1955 by Pope Pius XII.

Joseph is presented in the Gospels as someone who worked with his hands and the Church wished to indicate that work is linked not just to productivity, but also to holiness.

A further focus on St Joseph came with the Apostolic Letter Patris corde (With a Father’s Heart) where Pope Francis recalled the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father proclaimed a Year of Saint Joseph from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021.

Pope Francis describes St Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows.

In his letter, Pope Francis notes how, “Every day, for over forty years, following morning prayer”, he has “recited a prayer to St Joseph taken from a nineteenth-century French prayer book.” This prayer, he says, expresses devotion and trust:

“My beloved father, all my trust is in you. Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain, and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary, show me that your goodness is as great as your power.”
Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

40 Year Anniversary Open Day - Sunday 23 May

On Monday 4 February 1980, 55 students commenced their secondary education at Catholic Regional College Melton in two homerooms, 7 Brown and 7 Gold.

From these humble beginnings, the College has grown over the past 40 years to become a thriving Year 7 to 12 Catholic secondary college catering for 1140 students.

How wonderful that 41 years later we are able to celebrate the success of the College. All past students and staff are warmly invited to attend our Open Day on Sunday 23 May. Our student leaders will run tours of our facilities and there will be displays of memorabilia. Most importantly, though, the day will be an opportunity for our vast community of staff and students to reconnect and see the changes that have occurred over time.

I encourage you to share the details of the Open Day with any former students and staff - it promises to be a special day and unique opportunity to gather and celebrate this significant milestone.

In the lead up, photographs from our archives are being posted daily on our social media pages. Click here to take a look at the people and events that have been part of our story.

If you would like to attend the Open Day, you can follow this link to register - 40th Anniversary Open Day - Register Now

Infection Control

With the winter months approaching, staff and students are reminded of the need to continue our best practice in infection control. Although the risk of COVID-19 is thankfully lower, we continue to reinforce positive infection control behaviours.

The most important things we can do to reduce the risk of infection transmission are to:

  • stay home when unwell
  • perform regular hand hygiene
  • where possible, pursue strategies to support physical distancing.

    Education settings are uniquely placed to integrate these messages into everyday learning and practice through role-modelling and formal and informal learning opportunities. Students are asked to continue to be vigilant and remain home if unwell.

    Marlene Jorgensen

    Principal

    Looking Ahead

    Dates to remember
    Wednesday 5 MayYear 9 Camps begin
    Monday 10 MayCollege Tour - Register here
    Tuesday 11 May - Thursday 13 MayNAPLAN testing (Year 7 and 9 students)
    Thursday 20 MayCollege Tour - Register here
    Sunday 23 May40th Anniversary Open Day
    Tuesday 25 MayStudent Free Day
    Wednesday 26 MayParents and Friends Meeting 
    Tuesday 1 June

    College Tour - Register here

    CRC Melton Cobblebank Campus Information Evening - Register here



    View the full College Calendar

    NAPLAN for Year 7 and 9 students


    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.

    An information sheet explaining NAPLAN has been sent home with your child and is available here: NAPLAN Information for Parents and Carers

    Please take time to read the fact sheet. It provides details about the National Assessment Program and consideration for students with a disability and those who have recently arrived in Australia and have a non-English speaking background. This also explains parental responsibility where a child is withdrawn from the testing regime.

    If you have further questions please contact our Learning Diversity Leaders, Sue Kro (Year 7), Sharon Cody (Year 9), EAL Coordinator (Maria Krajina), relevant Year Level Coordinator or myself at the College on 8099 6000.

    Joanne Holmes

    Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

    School Photos 2021

    Annual school photos were taken by Arthur Reed Photos at the College last week.

    To view the images of your child and order photos, you will need first to register online.

    1. Go to https://order.arphotos.com.au and enter the 2021 image code for your child (from their personalised flyer).
    2. Tap on Add another child to enter the image codes of any siblings.
    3. Fill in your email and mobile details and then review all details before confirming your registration.

    That’s it! When 2021 photos are ready, you will be notified by email and SMS.

    Even if you registered last year, you must do it again each year using your child’s new image code to link their photos for the current year with your contact details.

    To ensure you are ordering school photos for the current year, please wait for notifications that 2021 images are online before placing orders.

    In the webshop, you can view photos and customise your photo package, choose a layout and image and purchase multiple digital image downloads.

    All photo orders will be sent directly to the address you provide when ordering.

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW and be notified when 2021 school photos can be viewed and ordered.

    Cheryl Bullen

    Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

    From the Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

    The College successfully hosted and participated in the Melton City Council Youth Engagement Forum last Friday (30 April).

    It was a fantastic opportunity for schools in the local area, including Staughton College, Melton Secondary College, Lakeview College and Kurrunjang College, to collaborate and discuss physical activity, mental wellbeing, and healthy eating.

    The students were asked questions regarding the barriers and challenges that prevent healthy eating and participating in physical activity. They also expressed what they believed were the leading causes of mental wellbeing issues for young people and how these challenges could be overcome in the future.

    We were fortunate to have Melton City councillors Bob Turner, Ashleigh Vandenberg, Lara Carli, Julie Shannon and Sophie Ramsey, spend the afternoon with us, listening to our students.

    The council will use information from the forum to create its action plan for 2021 -2025.

    When the plan is finalised, students will hear how their contributions have directly impacted health and wellbeing planning in Melton.

    It was clear on Friday that our students have a lot to contribute and we congratulate them on speaking positively about issues they find important. They were excellent representatives of our College and played a meaningful role in shaping outcomes for young people in Melton.

    Cheryl Bullen

    Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

    Youth Connect

    Youth Connect will meet this Wednesday 5 May, from 4pm to 6pm at the College.

    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

    Year 8 Dodgeball Competition

    A weekly Year 8 Dodgeball Competition will be held every Friday for the next month to promote student physical activity and positive social interactions and connections among the cohort.

    The games began last Friday (30 April) with students representing their house and playing against their peers to earn house points. After the completion of the round-robin series, two grand finals will be played to crown the male and female dodgeball champions.

    With help from members of the student leadership team, the first day of the competition saw many moments of teamwork, laughter, competitiveness, skill, athleticism and sportsmanship.

    We look forward to many more wonderful experiences and competition in the coming weeks.

    Jordan Reithofer and Lauren Whitford

    Year 8 Coordinators

    Master Art Classes

    Artwork by Year 12 student Allyanna Manalili

    The Visual Art Department will offer a series of Master Art Classes for students beginning after school on Monday 17 May.

    During these classes, students will learn about using oil paints and will produce a landscape painting on canvas. Each student will get the chance to have their work exhibited in the Junior Art Exhibition, in August.

    The classes will be held in E123 from 3.30pm to 5pm on: Monday 17, 24 and 31 May, 7 June and 14 and 21 July.

    Students who would like to join the classes should email me kjones@crcmelton.com.au

    Kath Jones

    Art teacher

    Year 12 Student Earns Karate Black Belt

    Congratulations to Year 12 student Jackson Govic who recently became a First Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate. 

    The grading took a total of 12 hours, and in the first four hours, Jackson had done over 465 push-ups, sit ups, and squat kicks. 

    According to his Sensei, this program is one of the most physically intensive and gruelling of all the martial art gradings. His sister Dayna, a former CRC student, also completed her grading during this time.

    Jackson is extremely grateful for the support and encouragement offered by his friends, family and teachers.

    The determination, skill and resilience required to complete the grading are qualities that Jackson is also appling to his Year 12 studies.

    Well done on this momentous achievement Jackson!

    David Arthurson

    Year 12 Coordinator

    Sports Update

    Senior AFL

    Our Senior AFL teams began their season last week with fantastic wins. The boys made the most of their home game, winning against Thomas Carr College 102 to 72. Our girls travelled to Bundoora to play St Monica’s College and won 58 to 31.

    We wish both teams luck with their upcoming games.

    Premier League

    Last Wednesday our Year 7 students began their first round of Premier League with eight teams competing against St Monica’s College in Round 2 of the season. Round 1 was a bye for the College.

    Although the girls basketball team was the only one to notch up a win last week, students were very excited to compete and enjoyed the day.

    Premier League games will be held on Wednesday afternoons in the coming weeks.

    Victorian School Association Swimming Competition

    Congratulations and good luck to Oliver Dreaver (Year 7), Jack Morrow (Year 8), Marlee Leetham (Year 9) and James Morrow (Year 11) who will travel to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on Monday 10 May to represent SACCSS and the College in the Victorian School Association Swimming Competition.

    Basketballer off to championships

    Year 8 student Sa Pilimai has been earned a place in the Victorian U16 Country Men’s Basketball team for the upcoming Australian Junior Championships in July. We congratulate Sa on his achievement and wish him all the best in the competition.

    Mikaela Hurst

    Sports Coordinator

    Community Notices

    Tuning Into Teens Program

    A free six-week program to help parents and guardians teach their teenage children to control, understand and express their emotions in healthy and positive ways will be run by headspace Melton beginning on Tuesday 25 May. 

    The Tuning into Teens Program also helps parents and guardians recognise, understand and respond to their teens emotions, which in turn helps their child manage their own emotions.

    You can can register your interest by contacting headspace Melton’s reception team on 8065 5600 or via email info-headspacemelton@orygen.org.au

    Melton Parish Lectio Divina Series

    The Parish of Melton has begun its special Lectio Divina Series - Breaking down the Word of God.

    The series will run every Wednesday, concluding on 26 May. The 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.

    Community Road Safety Forum

    On Thursday 20 May, the City of Melton will host a Community Road Safety Forum, targeting new or younger drivers between the age of 16 – 21 and their parent and guardians.

    The forum will include guest speakers from Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and the Road Trauma Support Services who will talk about the rules of the road, and share some life experiences about being involved in, or responding to traffic accidents.

    Every young driver who attends will go in the draw to win free driving lessons and other prizes.

    Community Road Safety Forum

    Young Women in Leadership


    Kurunjang Community Hub – Term 2 Program

    Kurunjang Community Hub Term 2 2021 Program

    Yoga for Tweens

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