Weekly Reflection

This year, the theme for Refugee Week is Healing.

Australia and the rest of the world have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hit the reset button on how we behave towards one another.

The importance of human connections has been underscored by the pandemic and such lessons can help us in so many ways. Mainstream and refugee communities alike can draw upon shared hardship to heal wounds, to learn from each other and to move forward.

Healing can occur through storytelling, through community and also through realisation of our intrinsic interconnectedness as individuals. 

God of Hope,

We pray that refugees never lose hope of a better future.

We pray that refugees will be welcomed.

We pray for those devoting their lives to helping refugees, that they will find strength in your love.

We pray for ourselves, that we will think of Jesus when we think about or meet refugees.

We pray for justice and peace in our world.


Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

Last week the leadership team spent considerable time off-site working through the new Child Safe Standards School Action List for 2022.

The action list, developed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic schools (MACS), guides how we address changes resulting from Ministerial Order No. 1359, including the introduction of 11 new Victorian Child Safe Standards, which come into effect on 1 July 2022.

The most significant changes in the new standards involve an increased emphasis on three key areas:

  • involving families and communities in organisations’ efforts to keep children and young people safe;
  • a greater focus on safety for Aboriginal children and young people;
  • managing the risk of child abuse in online environments.

Although the checklist helps us assess that all areas of the 11 standards are covered, it does not ensure implementation. This is achieved through regular communication with staff, students, and the wider community.

Implementation requires consistent messaging about the College’s commitment to developing a strong culture of child safety.

Policies not only need to be updated regularly and put into context for our school but also need to be known and put into practice in our College community.

These regular meetings of our leadership team ensure that child safety remains front and centre on our agenda.

The evening finished with dinner at Quatrefoils training restaurant at CRC Sydenham. It was wonderful to see this exciting enterprise up and running again.

Marlene Jorgensen


Looking Ahead

Dates to remember
Thursday 21 JulyYear 12 2023 Parent Information Night - 7pm
Wednesday 27 July

College Tour - 9am

Parents and Friends meeting
Wednesday 10 AugustCollege Tour - 9am
Friday 26 AugustStaff Service Day/Student study at home day

Changes to morning homeroom in Term 3

From the beginning of Term 3, the College will swap its Homeroom and Period 1 session for all students.

This means students will begin the day with Period 1 at 8.48am followed by Homeroom at 10.02am and Recess from 10.15am.

Your child’s Period 1 teacher will mark rolls and attendance.

The College is trialing this process in the hope that students are more inclined to arrive on time to class and not miss Homeroom. This will assist with the new House system in 2023.

Marlene Jorgensen


Update on COVID-19 vaccination requirements for school staff

The Victorian Government last week announced changes to COVID-19 vaccination requirements for school staff.

Below is a summary of the changes.

Letter from the Principal - Changes to COVID 19 vaccination requirements for school staff

From the Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

Congratulations to our Year 10 and 11 students on navigating the requirements of sitting exams. This experience allows our students to become familiar with the exam process, reducing anxiety for their external Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) exams at the end of Unit 3 and 4 subjects.

Year 7 students also completed a whole year level Timed Assessment Task and responded well to the session.

Subject selection for 2023

When we begin Term 3, there will be a lot of information on subject selection and career and pathway choices for our Year 9 and 10 students.

Families are encouraged to attend the Year 10 2023 Information Night on Tuesday 12 July at 7pm and the Year 11 2023 Information Night on Tuesday 19 July at 7pm.

On Tuesday 19 July, Year 9 and 10 students will participate in our Subject and Pathways Expo, where they have a chance to talk to teachers and current students about a range of subjects and pathways and learn more about the careers these lead to.

Students will also access our 2023 VCE, VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate Handbook. I encourage you to look through this with your child and help them make selections that focus on their strengths and areas of interest.

Our Career Counsellors, Year Level Coordinators, Domain Leaders, VCE, VET and Vocation Pathway Coordinators and teachers are also available to help and guide students in this process.

New Victorian Certificate of Education - Vocational Major

Students undertaking Year 11 and 12 in 2023 will not have access to the previous VCAL Program but will participate in the new Victorian Certificate of Education- Vocational Major (VCE-VM).

This qualification recognises the breadth and vocational aspect of VCE.

Students have access to some VCE ATAR related subjects, VET subjects and VCE-VM specific subjects. In Year 11 students study Unit 1 and 2 and in Year 12 Unit 3 and 4 in an applied learning model.

This provides flexible student choice to demonstrate understanding and is linked to the VCAA-accredited curriculum modules and units.

For some students VCE may not be possible. In this case, the College will offer the newly accredited Victorian Pathway Certificate (VPC).

This can be studied across two years, and modules can begin in Year 10 under the Vincit Program. This certificate is suited to students with learning difficulties or who are re-engaging in school. It leads to employment, apprenticeships, traineeships or further certificate level options. Our Learning Diversity Leader and Vocational Pathway Coordinator will advise families if this course suits their child.

We look forward to seeing students, families and guardians at our information evenings to learn more about these changes.

Click here to find out more.

Joanne Holmes

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

From the Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

The first semester has flown past. Our students have embraced being on-site and learning face-to-face, becoming acquainted with each other in the learning environment, which has not been the case for the past two years.

We’ve offered so many wonderful activities and events for students in the first half of 2022. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated team of staff who continually strive to offer these additional opportunities to students.

This week’s newsletter is a testament to the breadth of knowledge and experiences our young people are gaining. The photos below provide a snapshot of the many celebrations, the learning and activities we have enjoyed so far in 2022.


Next term, students will continue to wear their winter uniforms. Please ensure you take the opportunity over the break to purchase any items your child may have grown out of or need to replace.

You will find the winter uniform requirements in the diary or click here for a full list on our website.

Social media

Please be mindful of your child’s use of social media over the holidays.

The eSafety Commissioner, has many resources and webinars that can provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools to support your child in this area. Follow the link below to find out more. www.esafety.gov.au/parents

I wish you all a lovely break and time away from the daily routine to recharge before the start of another busy term.

Cheryl Bullen

Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

Meeting for 2023 Italy Trip

All current Year 9 and 10 students are welcome to apply for the 2023 Italy trip, which will run in November next year.

A meeting for interested families will be held at the College on Thursday 28 July at 7pm.

A tentative itinerary will be presented, along with indicative costs and the expectations of students.

There will be time for questions and staff taking part in the trip will attend on the night.

Please fill out the form below to let us know if you will attend the information session.


If you have any questions, please email me at piannazzo@crcmelton.com.au

Paul Iannazzo

eLearning Coordinator

CRC Big Freeze Fundraiser

Students thoroughly enjoyed watching staff have buckets of iced water tipped over them at lunch time today as part of our hugely successful Big Freeze fundraiser.

As of this afternoon, more than $2700 has been raised for Fight MND, an organisation that works tirelessly to raise funds for research that contributes to better treatments and the search for a cure for motor neurone disease.

A big thank you to our Foundation VCAL students who organised the event and were supported by our Social Justice Team, our brave staff who volunteered to take a drenching and everyone who has donated to the cause.

Remember it's not too late to contribute to the campaign! Click here Catholic Regional College Melton Big Freeze 8 fundraiser or scan the QR code.

Click on the photos in the gallery below to see our saturated staff!

What is FightMND?

FightMND’s purpose is to find effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Motor Neurone Disease. Neale Daniher, former Essendon player and Melbourne coach, was diagnosed in 2013. He is one of the three co-founders of FightMND and the patron of FightMND.

MND is a terminal neurological condition that ultimately leads to the loss of movement and the ability to speak, eat and breathe. Two Australians die of MND and two more are diagnosed every day. On average, people live for just 27 months after diagnosis. There is no effective treatment or cure.

Ian Box

VCAL teacher

Ensemble Camp

Our Vocal, Guitar and Percussion ensembles attended a three-day music camp in Healesville in late May.

Students spent time forming and consolidating friendships and developing musical skills within their ensemble groups.

Students and staff alike were thrilled to be part of the first full music camp since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Although restrictions didn’t allow us to perform at a local primary school as we normally would, students were still able to showcase their new skills to each other in an end-of-camp performance.

Our Year 12 students won the annual trivia competition held on the final night though many of our other teams gave them a good run for their money.

Thank you to all staff, parents and students who helped make this camp a wonderful experience.

Amy Bandeira

Vocal Ensemble Director

Year 12 Retreat

On Thursday 16 June our senior students embarked on their Year 12 Retreat. It was a time to reflect on their educational and spiritual journey so far, connect, reset and look forward to the final term of Year 12.

It was lovely seeing students interact during breakfast at the College before departing for Lake Dewar. The first morning included various activities and a visit from our Principal, Marlene Jorgensen who spoke to the students about acknowledging that while the months ahead would be challenging, their hard work would lead them to their future pathways. She 

she spoke about not being defined by where you live or your background

That where you have come from does not define where you are going.

That the students are embarking on a difficult next few months but their hardwork will lead them to their future pathways.

Students are commended for how they worked together, helping one another in their challenging tasks – scaling heights, rocks, or mountain biking over rugged terrain.

In the afternoon, students met with guest speaker Glenn Manton who had the cohort engaged from the outset. They were encouraged to listen to one another’s stories deeply, employ empathy and recognise how even the tough stuff makes us.

After dinner, students and staff enjoyed one of the most lively trivia and karaoke sessions ever seen on a retreat! This camaraderie extended into the Amazing Race activity on the final day with 12 Bernard winning the hot chip lunch!

The retreat experience culminated in a letter-to-self activity. The two days away gave students time to reflect upon and refine their goals and aspirations before putting pen to paper. They will reread their letters after their Graduation Ceremony in November.

It has been a pleasure seeing our senior students grow into young adults. The experience of reconnecting and recharging as a group has undoubtedly invigorated them and helped them recognise what they can achieve.

Rebecca Cassar

Year 12 Coordinator

Year 10 Art

Pictured above left to right: Artworks by Ysabelle and Sarah.

Our Year 10 Art students have produced fantastic work during their portraiture studies this semester.

Students learnt about various portraiture styles, including Baroque, Cubism, Expressionism and Contemporary, and then created portraits using soft pastel, watercolour, acrylic, and oil paint.

Students should be very proud of their artworks which will be exhibited in the Visual Arts Exhibition in Term 4.

Pictured below top row to bottom row, left to right: Artworks by Shayne and Paris, Bella and Daniel, Malual and Abraham, Alex, Abigail.

Jennifer Segrave

Art Teacher

Year 11 Chemistry Excursion

Year 11 Chemistry students visited the University of Melbourne in Parkville last week to conduct practical experiments analysing water samples from Moonee Ponds Creek.

The excursion introduced students to Unit 2 Chemistry and gave us a taste of what to expect during Semester 2.

We were also graciously allowed to use the university’s scientific equipment, including their High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Spectroscopy machines, which enabled us to gain highly accurate results for our scientific experiments.

The demonstrators were intriguing, accommodating and inclusive throughout the event, sharing information about their career journeys. We are grateful for their teachings and advice, which will be valuable in our studies and decision-making after high school.

We extend our sincere thanks to the University of Melbourne School of Chemistry.

Ophelia Fernando

Chemistry student

New Knitting Circle

All students and staff are welcome to join a new Knitting Circle that meets in the Alexandria Resource Centre at lunchtime every Tuesday and Friday.

It’s a great place to learn how to knit or crochet with the support of our librarians Belinda Brown and Danielle Naumcevski and myself.

In Term 3, as our knitting skills improve, we hope the students and staff will knit square patches that will be joined to create blankets for the homeless.

Along with helping our most needy, knitting provides many health benefits for students, such as relieving stress, improving memory and concentration, creating a sense of purpose and building social connections.

Amanda Wall

Librarian and teacher

Year 8 Textiles

As the semester rolls to an end, our Year 8 students have finished making their final pieces for assessment – plush toy monsters.

Students put their machine and hand sewing skills to the test to bring their very own monster toy designs to life. And as you will see below, the results were fantastic!

Amy Bandeira

Art and Music teacher

CIS Junior Italian Poetry Competition

On Friday 17 June, 32 students in Year 7 and 8 took part in the CIS Junior Italian Poetry Competition.

The students recited their chosen poems to judges in the Alexandria Resource Centre and although they were nervous, most finished feeling confident and optimistic about their performance.

The students were well prepared and supported by our Italian teachers Violette George, Alessandra Vono and Michelle Montalti and all received a certificate, Italian stationery and a canteen voucher. Now we eagerly await the results! Tanti auguri a tutti!

Students who took part in the competition were:

Year 7:

Kiana Barnett, Ekam Bawa, Samuel Bonnici, Lily Botticelli, Lexie Bugeja, Amelia Burke, Paige Cauchi, Molly Downie, Apajok Duot, Freya Fox, Mikayla Gilford, Xander Hawes, Romy Hossni, Archie Lock, Dekota McKinley, Lily Montebello, Chloe Mosqueda, Isabella Paddon, Josh Patel, Isabella Sestoso, Viliami Vaitohi, Bella Waters and Jason Okolo.

Year 8:

Nicole Bertsias, Hannah Dalumpines, Oliver Dreaver, Shelby Luckett, Martina Matti Ishak, Temilola Olaitan, Apanda (Martha) Poundak, Victoria Solomon and Lou Yeoman

Claudia Russo

Languages Domain Leader

Year 9 and 10 Drama Excursion

Earlier this month, the Year 9 and 10 Drama classes travelled to the Princess Theatre in Melbourne to watch Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.

This performance was a privilege earned by students and enabled us to experience a professional show and identify different production areas, expressive skills and drama conventions learnt in class.

We had the opportunity to analyse and look at things like costuming, lighting, props and the set used; we also heard the performers’ altered voices and observed their manipulated movement.

It was an amazing event and fascinating to watch everything we had learnt in class in a live performance.

Anna Aguirre

Year 10 Drama student

Year 9 Design and Technology Wood

Year 9 Design and Technology Wood students have been creating chopping boards and serving trays using up to four different types of timber.

As you can see from the photos, the work produced has been fantastic and students have been engaged and enjoyed the project. Working on individual projects like this prepares them for VCE Product Design & Technology by introducing the outcome Designing for Others.

Lawry Borgelt

Technology teacher

Year 8 Reflection Day

Our Year 8 students spent their annual Reflection Day exploring the theme of Relationships and Belonging with a team of presenters from the Youth Mission Team (YMT).

YMT provides young people with a dynamic and relevant encounter with the Gospel, empowering them to make positive life choices.

Each team is comprised of young men and women who defer career or tertiary studies for 12 months to volunteer as full-time youth ministers in schools and parishes.

YMT’s workshop was well received by our Year 8 students, with many thanking the presenters personally at the end of the day and commenting on how much fun they had.

We congratulate all Year 8 students who attended for their excellent behaviour and the respect they showed the Youth Mission team.

Kath Jones

Year 8 Coordinator

Sports Update

On Wednesday 8 June our Year 7 Premier League teams headed out to play their final game of the season.

The results were as follows:

Girls Basketball: Salesian College def CRC 16-50

Boys Basketball: Salesian def CRC 35-45

Girls Netball: Salesian def CRC 61-5

Girls Volleyball: CRC def Salesian 3-0

Boys Volleyball: CRC def Salesian 3-0

Boys Soccer: Marymede Catholic College (MCC) def CRC 4-1

Girls Soccer: CRC def MCC 3-0

AFL: Salesian def CRC 60-0

We thank all our coaches who gave up their time to take teams to their games.

We also congratulate the girls’ basketball team and boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams that played in the semifinal games last Wednesday.

Unfortunately, the basketball team fell short of the win against Salesian College but played in high spirits throughout the game.

Both volleyball teams won their semifinal matches and will play in the grand final against St Monica’s College tomorrow (Wednesday 22 June). We wish both teams the best of luck.

Ella Higgins

Sports Assistant

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

Each year, all schools across Australia are asked to provide information about students with a disability who receive extra assistance.

This requires all teaching staff to record any adjustments to learning they have made for students who have diverse learning needs.

The data collected helps ensure all students have equitable access to the curriculum and enjoy successful learning outcomes.

More information is available below.

NCCD information sheet for parents

Community Notices

Melton Young Communities Holiday Activities

School holiday 3x3 Basketball Tournament

Melton Learning school holiday activities

MLD 2022 June School Holiday Activities

On Track holiday program

On Track Holiday Program

On Track Registration Form

Goal mentoring program

Eynesbury Discovery Centre

Looking to learn something new? The Eynesbury Discovery Centre has a range of programs and workshops running in Term 3. You will find their newsletter and all the options below.

Eynesbury Discovery Centre Newsletter Term 3 2022 | Social Crafting | Art 4 Kids | Green Gals | Greeting Card Workshop | Spend Well for Teens Term 2 School Holiday Workshop | That's Not Rubbish Term 2 School Holiday Workshop

Melton Central Community Centre

Melton Central Community Centre Term 3 2022 Programs and Activities Guide

Western Bulldogs Youth Leadership Project

Useful Links

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

PAM – Parent Portal

Parent Handbook


Cobblebank Campus






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