Weekly Reflection

The Ascension on 29 May is the feast that celebrates the hope that Jesus’ triumph will ultimately be ours too.

The Ascension of Jesus - Acts 1:6-11

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

What St Luke conveys by this is the continuity between the ministry of Jesus and that of the disciples. In the Paschal victory of Jesus, his messianic work continues as he breathes his Spirit into the Church that carries on his mission.

In this sense the Ascension is not simply something that happened to Jesus – his departure, physically, from this world. It is the feast that celebrates the hope that his triumph will ultimately be ours as well.

Risen Lord, draw us to you.
Let your kingdom come
through us to the world
as we live as your witnesses
until you come again;
you live and reign, now and forever. 

Amen.

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal


Reconciliation Week

I learned recently that the timing of Reconciliation Week is not simply a random date.

The awareness week begins annually on 27 May. This was the date in 1967 when Australians voted overwhelmingly to change our constitution. A yes vote in an Australian referendum is rare, yet in 1967, 94% of Australian voters turned out to cast a resounding yes. This resulted in Aboriginal Australians being included in the census.

The final day of Reconciliation Week on 3 June commemorates the historical decision to overturn the false belief that Australia was uninhabited when European settlers arrived. The concept of Terra Nullius was overturned in the courts through the determined efforts of Eddie Koiki Mabo. These are just two significant events on the journey towards reconciliation that are part of our Australian journey.

This year’s theme is Be Brave, Make change. The call is a challenge for each of us to begin making brave actions in our own lives, workplaces and amongst friends.

As we acknowledge Reconciliation Week with various activities at the College, it is an opportunity for our students to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements and consider what each of us can contribute to the journey of reconciliation.

You can find out more about Reconciliation Week here.

Carrying the flame

Catholic Regional College Melton is a FIRE Carrier school (Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education) and has promoted reconciliation in a variety of ways for some years.

The FIRE Carrier program is a joint initiative of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria and the Opening the Doors Foundation with the Sandhurst Catholic Education Office to promote Reconciliation through education.

Yesterday at our whole school assembly, four staff and a further two students were inducted as Fire Carriers. We congratulate teachers Nirasha Pandi, Emma van Wees, Trish Griffin and Charlee Keating and students Emma King and Elesha Gruis for their willingness to continue our commitment to reconciliation.

You can read more about this special ceremony here.

Marlene Jorgensen

Principal

Looking Ahead

Dates to remember
Wednesday 1 JuneCollege Tour from 12pm
Parents and Friends meeting
Monday 6 JuneYear 10 and 11 exams begin
Monday 13 JuneQueen's Birthday holiday
Tuesday 14 JuneStudent Study at Home Day/ Staff Faith Formation Day
Year 7 2024 Information Night


From the Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

As students explore their interests and start to consolidate their career ideas, they may realise they are studying a subject that no longer aligns with this plan.

In Years 10 and 11, students can make a subject/elective change for Semester 2 provided:

  1. it is not a prerequisite subject for a career they have decided on.
  2. the class is not full.
  3. it works within the timetable restraints.
  4. the Pathways/Careers Coordinators or Year Level Coordinators support the change.
  5. the new subject does not require knowledge of Unit 1.

    Students should complete the subject change paperwork and obtain all relevant signatures, including a parent/guardian.

    Families should obtain all equipment (eg texts, stationary, Edrolo) for the new subject by the start of Semester 2.

    Please remember that strict deadlines apply. Semester 2 subject changes close at 3.20pm on Wednesday 22 June. No further changes can be made after this date. Students will be notified by email of successful changes.

    Timed Assessment Tasks

    On Thursday 9 June, Year 7 students will complete a Maths Timed Assessment Task (TATs).

    This will allow students to experience a formal assessment setting. Their maths teachers will explain the requirements and help them prepare for the assessment. In Semester 2, students will complete an English TAT.

    Year 8 students will also complete TATs this year, beginning with English this semester and Maths in Semester 2.

    Best wishes to all students as they prepare for upcoming assessment tasks and exams.

    Joanne Holmes

    Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

    Cobblebank Campus update

    Work on the construction of our Cobblebank Campus is progressing well.

    Click here to watch a timelapse from the site captured over the last few months.

    As you can see from the photo above, the buildings are really starting to take shape.

    A reminder that there are limited places still available for enrolments at the new campus in Year 7 2023 and Year 7 2024 enrolments are now open. To find out more, follow the link below.

    Enrolments - apply now

    Kerrie-Ann Matthews

    Deputy Principal - Head of Cobblebank Campus

    Parents and Friends Meeting

    The next meeting of the Parents and Friends Association will be held tomorrow, Wednesday 1 June.

    The meeting will be held on-site in the conference room, but you can also join us online via Teams. New members are always welcome.

    Please contact me via email arowley@crcemelton.com.au for the Teams link. You will automatically be sent the new link if you joined the last meeting.

    Amy Rowley

    Director of Community Relations

    Inducting our newest FIRE Carriers

    Our College community and special guests witnessed four staff and two students become FIRE Carriers at a whole school assembly yesterday – a significant event organised to coincide with Reconciliation Week.

    Sherry Balcombe from Catholic Aboriginal Ministry led the induction ceremony and our guests included, Mr Steve McGhie, Member for Melton, Helen Christensen and Leila Gurruwiwi from the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools and Joshua Carter from Melton City Council.

    FIRE stands for Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education and we are proud of our current and new FIRE Carriers who have committed to leading the College on its reconciliation journey.

    A moving prayer read by our Liturgy Captain Aydan Dear captured the spirit in which we recognise and work to right the wrongs of the past.

    Almighty and loving God, you who created ALL people in your image,

    Lead us to seek your compassion as we listen to the stories of our past.

    You gave your only Son, Jesus, who died and rose again so that sins will be forgiven.

    We place before you the pain and anguish of dispossession of land, language, lore, culture and family kinship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced.

    We live in faith that all people will rise from the depths of despair and hopelessness.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have endured the pain and loss of loved ones, through the separation of children from their families.

    We are sorry and ask Your forgiveness Touch the hearts of the broken, homeless and inflicted and heal their spirits.

    In your mercy and compassion walk with us as we continue our journey of healing to create a future that is just and equitable.

    Lord, you are our hope.

    Amen.

    A call to action

    Speaking at yesterday's full school assembly, two of our current students and FIRE Carriers Ethan Davis, a Gunai-Kurnai man, and Nicholas Borg, a Ngadjuri man, called on the College community to embrace this year's Reconciliation Week theme Be Brave and Make Change.

    "This is a challenge to all Australians – individuals, families, communities, organisations such as CRC Melton and the government, to be brave and make change, and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so that change can be made that benefits all Australians," Ethan said

    "I hold our message stick inspired by the words of John Paul the second in his address to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Darwin in 1986 where he stated: 'You are part of Australia and Australia is part of you. And the Church herself in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others'.”

    "So together we call on you all here at CRC Melton to Be Brave and Make Change. Acknowledge our Reconciliation Week initiatives and extend that to every aspect of your lives. We ask you to take this call of action and ensure that Indigenous voices are heard throughout our community and the wider Australian society," Nicholas said.

    Athletics Carnival House MVPs announced

    Our Athletics Carnival MVPs (most valuable players) were announced at yesterday's whole school assembly. Congratulations to the following students who received medals to mark their achievements:

    Glasheen 

    Junior MVP: Monica Luon

    Senior MVP: Jessica Hodge

    Reed 

    Junior MVP: Molly Downie

    Senior MVP: Garjay Tarr

    Special mention: Daniella Ahmet

    Daffey

    Junior MVP: Damian Steyn

    Senior MVP: Jai Rowley

    Fitzgerald

    Junior MVP: Blake Judd

    Senior MVP: Wanwue Tarpeh

    Term 2 Core Wellbeing Awards

    Each term, three students from every year level are recognised for consistently displaying our Core Wellbeing Values of Empathy, Community and Endeavour.

    The Term 2 awards were presented at our full school assembly yesterday.

    Empathy Award

    The students who receive this award have earned it by supporting people, encouraging their peers, taking steps to check on and improve the wellbeing of others, actively considering the feelings of those around them, and generally being positive and upstanding members of their homeroom.

    The Term 2 recipients are:


    Year 7Viliami Vaitohi
    Year 8Martha Yazah
    Year 9Emma Presnal
    Year 10 Miriam Cinzah
    Year 11Achan Tong


    Community Award

    Community is at the core of all we do at CRC, with one of our overarching goals being to ensure that young people feel they are an important part of the bigger picture. The students who received this award in Term 2 have earned it by taking an active role in different facets of school life.

    Many of them volunteered to help with school-run charity programs, took part in numerous Swimming Carnival events to help their house, offered their assistance to teachers whenever they saw an opportunity, and were generally the first to get involved in programs in and out of the classroom.

    The Term 2 recipients are:

    Year 7 Jordyn Philpin
    Year 8 Emiliyah Sogivalu
    Year 9 Tra My Nguyen
    Year 10 Mia Swift
    Year 11Isaac Attard
    Year 12 Darcy Bishop


    Endeavour Award

    We celebrate academic achievements on many occasions throughout the school year, but the Endeavour Award is a little different. This award does not always consider the highest grades; instead, students are nominated for their effort, improvement, and tenacity.

    The recipients of this award in Term 2 were nominated by their teachers and peers for their consistently strong and positive approach to continual improvement. They may already be at the top of their class but still push themselves, or perhaps there has been a clear change in attitude or achievement throughout the term.

    The Term 2 recipients are:

    Year 7Ollie Fischer
    Year 8Oliver Dreaver
    Year 9 Jake Squire
    Year 10 Emilia Ucho
    Year 11Hanna Godefa
    Year 12 Jack Groves


    Domestique Award

    The Domestique Award is presented to a student who consistently demonstrates all three of our Core Wellbeing Values.

    Domestique is a cycling term - the domestique is a rider who works for the benefit of his or her team and leader, rather than trying to win the race. For example, they give up their bike for the leader when theirs is broken or carry their teammates’ water.

    The Term 2 recipients are:

    Year 7 Nick Ibrahim
    Year 8 Shameka Grero
    Year 9 Dania Malu
    Year 10 Elesha Gruis
    Year 11Milly Valance
    Year 12 Daniel Cordoba Lozano

     

    VCAL UrbnSurf excursion

    A recent visit to Urbnsurf in Tullamarine by one of our VCAL classes last week taught students to surf and some valuable life skills.

    Below, Year 11 student Flynn and Year 12 student Mya reflect on their experience. 

    For our Personal Development Skills project, our VCAL class went to Urbnsurf in Tullamarine. Our teachers Ms Read and Mr Box accompanied us and we completed a two-hour surfing lesson, which included learning how to surf on a mat and in the water. Surfing is great for your physical health and a fantastic way to build up resilience because when you fall off, you can get back up and try again! Our VCAL group planned and organised this entire excursion. We used our communication skills (both verbal and written), problem solving skills (identifying risks and how to minimise them), and our organisational skills. Flynn, 11O

    On Monday 16 May, the 12X VCAL class went to Urbnsurf. Learning how to use a surfboard was a great way to build resilience. Four students planned the excursion for the class and they did a great job, even when they faced obstacles. As a reward, we enjoyed McDonald’s afterwards for lunch! Mya, 12B

    Ian Box

    VCAL teacher

    2023 Italy Trip

    In late 2023, CRC Melton will run a student trip to Italy.

    All 2023 Year 10 and 11 students who meet the College’s criteria for overseas trips are invited.

    A family meeting and information night will be held in Week 3 of Term 3 about the trip, including costs, itinerary and application process.

    More information will also be provided via the newsletter in coming weeks.

    Paul Iannazzo

    eLearning Coordinator

    Final week to enter 2022 Hildegard Literary Prize

    It is the final week for students to enter CRC Melton’s annual writing competition, the Hildegard Literary Prize.

    This year’s topic is Imagine If  and students are welcome to submit any form of text such as a short story, poetry, reflection, report etc up to a maximum of 1400 words.

    There will be a Senior Prize for students in Year 10 to 12 and a Junior Prize for those in Year 7 to 9.

    All entries should be in a Microsoft Word document and emailed to me at cfox@crcmelton.com.au. The writer’s name should not appear in the document – blind judging by a panel will determine the winners. The judges’ decision is final.

    Entries close on Friday 3 June and the winners will be announced in the last week of Term 2. Winning entries will be published in the 2022 Shared Stories Anthology and in the 2022 College Yearbook.

    Cyril Fox

    Student Support Officer

    Year 7 2024 Information Night

    Families who would like to enrol in Year 7 2024 at the College are invited to an information night on Tuesday 14 June from 7pm at our Melton West campus.

    The evening will provide details of developments at the College including our new name and the Cobblebank campus, an overview of our learning and wellbeing programs and information on the enrolment process and transition activities.

    To register, visit www.crcmelton.com.au/join-us/events

    Amy Rowley

    Director of Community Relations

    Community Notices

    On Track holiday program

    On Track Holiday Program

    On Track Registration Form

    Goal mentoring program

    NDIS Victorian pathway to post-school life

    The National Disability Insurance Agency would like to invite Victorian students living with disability in Years 9-12, their parents, carers and education professionals, to attend a virtual information session about building skills and paving a pathway to post-school life.

    More information is available below.

    NDIS Victorian Pathway to Post School Life

    Melton PACTS workshops

    Melton PACT Workshops


    Eynesbury Discovery Centre

    Looking to learn something new? The Eynesbury Discovery Centre has a range of programs and workshops running in Term 2. See all the options below.

    Social Crafting | Tai Chi | Yoga and Meditation | Zumba Gold |

     Art 4 Kids | Green Gals | Healthy Spending Habits for Teens

    Western Bulldogs Youth Leadership Project

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