Weekly Reflection

Sunday was the first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. The anniversary, desired by Pope Francis, will be held every year on the fourth Sunday of July. The goal is to reflect on the value of these figures who represent our roots and pass on traditions.

Pope Francis’ address on Sunday 25 July 2021

“I am with you always” (Mt 28:20): this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. They are the words that he repeats to you today, dear grandfathers and grandmothers, dear elderly friends. “I am with you always” are also the words that I, as Bishop of Rome and an elderly person like yourselves, would like to address to you on this first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!

I am well aware that this message comes to you at a difficult time: the pandemic swept down on us like an unexpected and furious storm; it has been a time of trial for everyone, but especially for us elderly persons. Many of us fell ill, others died or experienced the death of spouses or loved ones, while others found themselves isolated and alone for long periods … Given this, I want to tell you that you are needed in order to help build, in fraternity and social friendship, the world of tomorrow: the world in which we, together with our children and grandchildren, will live once the storm has subsided.

All of us must “take an active part in renewing and supporting our troubled societies”. Among the pillars that support this new edifice, there are three that you, better than anyone else, can help to set up. Those three pillars are dreams, memory and prayer. The Lord’s closeness will grant to all, even the frailest among us, the strength needed to embark on a new journey along the path of dreams, memory and prayer.


A prayer of thanks for grandparents

God of love,

We thank you for our wonderful grandparents.

They bring such joy and happiness into our lives.

Thank you for all the special times that we have with them.

Please watch over them, protect them and care for them now.

May they know your goodness and love always. 

Amen.

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

As a Principal, I usually try to write my newsletter article on the weekend. That way I am always sure to meet the Monday morning deadline ready for publication each Tuesday.

But as I sat to write on Monday afternoon, I was still unsure what I could say about Wednesday and our possible return to school!

This uncertainty, changing health advice and mixed messages, the arguing of state governments and images of protesters punching horses may leave us feeling COVID fatigued. 

We need to acknowledge that the weariness we feel is normal. The advice below may be useful to help minimise the impact of COVID on our lives:


As a Catholic community, however, one of our great strengths not listed in these tips is prayer.

And so this week, I share scripture from Corinthians.

We are often troubled, but not crushed;

sometimes in doubt, but never in despair;

there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend;

and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.

Corinthians (4:8-9)

These words speak of resilience and are also reflected in messages our students encounter through The Resilience Project - the ability to experience trouble but not be crushed, bounce back, and perhaps even grow from the experience.

As we all return to the College tomorrow, let us continue to pray for an end worldwide to the current pandemic.

Enrolments

We are currently accepting enrolment applications for Year 7 students in 2023. Enrolments are open for both the Cobbelbank and West Melton campuses.

Families are reminded that these applications are due on Friday 20 August. The College also has limited places available in some year levels for 2022. Please contact our Director of Community Relations Ms Kerrie-Ann Matthews for more information.

College Naming Steering Committee

The CRC Melton College Naming Steering Committee met last week to discuss suggestions for our new College name. It was wonderful to see the effort that had gone into researching the various names.

The team, which includes staff, students, parents, and parish priests, will meet again next month to narrow the names down to the final three suggestions. These will be submitted to Archbishop Peter Comensoli for his decision.

Marlene Jorgensen

Principal

Looking Ahead

Dates to remember
Wednesday 28 JulyStudents return to on-site classes
VINCIT and VCAL Interviews (online)
Year 11 2022 family interviews (online)
Parents and Friends meeting (online)
Thursday 29 JulyYear 10 2022 Information Evening, 7pm (online)
Thursday 12 AugustGeneral Achievement Test (GAT) - VCE Unit 3/4 students

View the full College Calendar

From the Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

Tomorrow (Wednesday 28 July) we will conduct online interviews with our Year 10 students and families to review pathway and subject selection for 2022. We will also interview Year 9 students considering a Vincit or VCAL pathway for 2022.

These interviews enable students to consider the type of learner they are, their strengths in subjects and career aspirations beyond CRC Melton. We know families will find these discussions invaluable for the decision-making process.

On Thursday, (29 July) our Year 10 2022 Subject and Pathway Information Evening will be held online. This night provides information for students leading into their senior years of school. Parents and guardians are encouraged to talk about their own career journey with their child. It is an important step in reflecting and understanding career pathways.

This generation of students will undertake an average of six career changes in their lifetime, with many careers yet to be identified in this global world.

Teamwork, collaboration, initiative and innovation skills are sought after by employers and we work to incorporate these in the curriculum. Our Year 9 Problem Based Learning (PBL) units aim to develop these important skills in all our students.

Joanne Holmes

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

From the Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

Yesterday (Monday 26 July) our staff collaborated in a number of professional learning sessions. It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on initiatives implemented last semester. 

We also focused on Restorative Practices and how we are developing this approach at the College. 

Restorative Practices work on re-building relationships. They help students understand and think about their behaviour and promote strategies that lead to positive outcomes for the school and the individual. This process fosters a positive learning environment for all students, enabling them to fulfil their potential. 

Through our faith, Student Engagement Framework and Core Wellbeing Values, we continue to promote the qualities we want to see in our students at school and as they embark on their chosen paths beyond our College.

This week I would like to share with you a TED talk by American teacher Rita Pierson, watched by our staff yesterday. Rita boldly and rightly declares that every child needs a champion. I encourage you to listen to her story. Watch now

Cheryl Bullen

Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

Elevate Education Webinars

Parents and guardians have exclusive access to Elevate Education’s Parent Webinar Series for Term 3, 2021. Elevate works with our students, delivering workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation.

Elevate’s webinar series can help you learn how to better support your child at home by reinforcing the skills they learn at school.

The next webinar, Technology devices and how to stay focused and balanced, will run live online from 7pm to 8pm next Wednesday 4 August. Registration is essential and is free for CRC Melton parents and guardians. It includes a live question and answer session so you can ask the presenter questions directly.

You can register for one or all of the free webinars using the link below.

Register now

Other webinars in the series include:

Wednesday 18 August, 7pm - Note taking skills to help your child deepen their revision.

Wednesday 1 September, 7pm - Exam home stretch and how to support your child in the final weeks.

Parents and Friends Meeting

The next Parents and Friends Association meeting will be held tomorrow, Wednesday 28 July, at 7pm via Zoom and will include an update regarding the naming of our College and new campus in Cobblebank.

If you would like to attend but have not attended a meeting this year, please email kmatthews@crcmelton.com.au for the online link to the meeting.

Kerrie-Ann Matthews

Director of Community Relations

Year 7 2023 Enrolments Close Friday 20 August

Write a Book in a Day

On 11 August, students will write a book in a day to raise money for children’s cancer research.

Write a Book in a Day, is an annual competition promoting literacy, collaboration and creativity, administered by independent national charity, The Kids’ Cancer Project.

This year the school has entered both junior and senior teams in the competition. Students will be given a brief and within 12 hours they will write, illustrate, and submit a storybook targeted to a youth audience. Completed books are uploaded to an online library to give access to children undergoing treatment in hospitals across the country.

The event gives our students the opportunity to develop skills that will set them up for life such as teamwork, problem-solving and leadership. It is also an incredible opportunity to encourage and develop their creative writing skills.

In 2020, more than 7600 writers and illustrators in 1000 separate teams participated in Write a Book in a Day, raising more than $530,000 for vital scientific research through The Kids’ Cancer Project.

With more children dying of cancer in Australia than any other disease, Col Reynolds, Founder of The Kids’ Cancer Project is eager for the community to get behind what he views as a major health concern.

“On average every year in Australia 156 children die of cancer. That’s about five classrooms of children, or almost three whole bus loads,” he said. “If there was a stretch of road that consistently had that many fatalities the whole country would be up in arms, we need to have that same level of concern directed to kids’ cancer.”

“It warms my heart to see kids helping kids. That’s why I’m so proud of the way students, through Write a Book in a Day, are helping to change these statistics and I know their sponsors will give generously to encourage their creative and philanthropic endeavours,” said Mr Reynolds.

You can support our school’s fundraising initiative by donating to our team fundraising pages.

Junior Team 1 (students in year 7-9) Donate now

Junior Team 2 (students in year 7-9) Donate now

Senior Team (students in year 10-12) Donate now

You can also give directly to The Kids’ Cancer Project online www.thekidscancerproject.org.au

Kezi Todd

English Domain Leader

New College Debating Team

Calling all debaters and students who have a passion for disputing over matters!

The Student Representative Council (SRC) is setting up a debating team at the request of students and teachers, so now is the time to fill out the poll on Simon and get involved.

The SRC will bring together interested students, familiarise them with debating concepts, run mock trials for debating contests and a debating championship.

To form the team, we need interested students to sign up via the link on Simon and stay tuned for more information.

Ophelia Fernando and the SRC Team

Live VTAC Webinars for Students, Parents and Guardians

VTAC will run a series of online information sessions from Monday 2 August, when VTAC applications open. There are two types of sessions, with a variety of start times.

  • Applying for tertiary courses (and understanding the ATAR): provides an overview of the entire application process, including finding courses, preferences, results and offers. Includes a brief discussion of SEAS and Scholarships.
  • Understanding special consideration (SEAS) and scholarships: provides detailed information about applying for SEAS and scholarships.

The webinars are free, and open to all students, parents and guardians, however registration is required as places are limited. Follow the link to book now: www.vtac.edu.au/events

Sasha Dickson

Pathways Coordinator

New tutor joins Galgani Aspire Program

The College welcomes Blake Camilleri to the Galgani Aspire Program (GAP) as a tutor in Semester 2.

Blake is a past student from our graduating class of 2020 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Infrastructure) at RMIT, having achieved an ATAR of 90.45 last year.

Blake will work with our high achieving students in subjects such as Specialist Maths, Maths Methods, Physics and English. He will work collaboratively with teachers and students in the classroom and offer tutoring sessions at recess, lunchtime and after school.

Blake will replace former student and GAP tutor Megan Baselmans, who has moved interstate. We wish Megan all the best in her new endeavours and thank her for all her hard work with our students in Semester 1.

Carissa Lock

VCE Coordinator

Community Notices

West-As

E-Safety Webinar

Parents and guardians are invited to register for a free webinar by the eSafety Commissioner to help them keep their children safe when using apps such as Tik Tok, Snap Chat, YouTube and Instagram. The webinar also covers strategies for staying safer on social media and how to report if something goes wrong.

Click here to register

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