Weekly Reflection

Tomorrow (1 September) we welcome the start of spring.

In the Bible, spring symbolizes a time of renewal and new beginnings.. We can relate this to how we are refreshed by the love and grace we receive from God. It is also a time for growth – personal and spiritual.

Prayer for Spring

May the sunlight and the rain be reminders that You are at work renewing the earth.

As a God of renewal, You are ever at work in our lives, too. Open our eyes and lives to the needed changes in our lives this spring.

Awaken us to new life and perspective, for we pray in Jesus’ name.

Amen

Loretta Kalms

Acting Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

This year seems to be flying by at a rapid rate. It seems like only yesterday that I was writing about the Annual Social Justice Statement of the Australian Bishops and here we are again celebrating Social Justice Sunday in 2021.

This year the Bishops’ message is focused on the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor.

“In their Social Justice Statement for 2021–22, Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, the Australian Catholic Bishops say, ‘the signs of the times are clear - we know that we human beings need a change of heart, mind, and behaviour’. The Statement provides theological foundations to ground and inspire our efforts to care for creation while responding to the needs of the disadvantaged and excluded.

“The Bishops invite us to join them in responding to Pope Francis’ invitation to take a seven-year journey towards total ecological sustainability guided by seven Laudato Si’ Goals.

You can read the full Statement here

I would also like to share with you this short video in which our Bishops talk about listening to our First Nations peoples who have cared for Australia for so many years. They ask us to consider what God’s creation means to us and how we can care for creation.

There are many in our world who are crying out for action on our environment. In this Statement our Bishops call us to act in our own backyards and on a local and global scale. I encourage you to watch this clip and consider your part in caring for creation.

Watch now

“The goals are: response to the cry of the earth; response to the cry of the poor; ecological economics; sustainable lifestyles; ecological spirituality; ecological education; and community engagement and participatory action.”

Lockdown extended

With the announcement on Sunday that lockdown will be extended, students will not return on-site this Friday 3 September.

Some of our senior students will attend for essential assessments only. Details of attendance requirements have been sent to students and families involved.

Take care and stay safe everyone.

Marlene Jorgensen

Principal

Looking Ahead

Dates to remember
Wednesday 1 SeptemberCollege Screen-Free Day - no online classes
Tuesday 14 SeptemberParent Student Teacher Interviews (online)
Thursday 16 SeptemberParent Student Teacher Interviews (online)
Friday 17 SeptemberTerm 3 concludes
Monday 4 OctoberTerm 4 begins

From the Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

Permitted essential assessment

This week we will have some students return on-site for assessment tasks that cannot be done online.

The Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority and the Department of Health have issued strict health requirements, including COVID testing, to ensure students are not infectious and keep the College community safe.

Information has been sent home to families of students in Year 11 and 12. This information applies to VCE Unit 3/4, VCE/VET 3/4, relevant second-year VET subjects and relevant Year 12 VCAL students.

Teachers will contact families if an assessment is being completed on-site.

We thank you in anticipation for your support in completing the COVID testing requirements to allow the permitted essential assessments to take place.

Extended lockdown

The College will make the following adjustments to Year 7-10 lessons from Monday 6 September to support the health and wellbeing of students.

Year 7 to 9

Students will have one unstructured lesson per cycle in each subject. Teachers and students will not be required online. Year level coordinators will ensure the unstructured lessons are spread across the timetable and send out ideas for how the time could be spent.

Year 10

Year 10 students will have 60-minute lessons with a 15-minute break at the end of the class. Students can use this time in various ways (eg exercise, screen break, finishing off class tasks).

NAPLAN

Recent NAPLAN reports have shown that Victoria achieved increased performance across all tests in 2021. We thank families who worked with and supported their children throughout 2020 and 2021 in remote online learning. This partnership has resulted in these successful outcomes.

NAPLAN Online

On Friday 8 October the College will begin the move to NAPLAN online by completing the School Readiness Test (SRT).

Students in Year 7 and 9 complete a writing and omnibus test on their devices, which have a lockdown browser installed.

You can view a demonstration site of the NAPLAN Online platform and see examples of the test questions. View now

Joanne Holmes

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

From the Deputy Principal, Operations, Staffing and Strategic Intent

The end of the term is quickly approaching with only a few weeks to go. The term concludes on Friday 17 September, and we return for Term 4 on Monday 4 October.

On Tuesday 14 September and Thursday 16 September, the College will hold its Parent, Student Teacher Interviews (PSTIs) online via Microsoft Teams.

Interviews can be booked through the parent portal (PAM) from Wednesday 8 September.

Interim reports will also be made available on this day. I will send an email to all families with instructions on to make a booking with your child’s teachers. Interviews can be booked from 4pm on both days.

Michael Wilcock

Deputy Principal, Operations, Staffing and Strategic Intent

Write a Book in a Day Challenge Complete

Yesterday, our three teams of students competed in the Write a Book in a Day competition. 

In a marathon effort over 12 hours, students worked in teams to plan, write, edit, illustrate and publish complete books that will be used to provide cheer to young people in hospitals across the country.

Watching their progress over the day was truly inspiring – we saw creativity, leadership, teamwork and incredible dedication. They worked tirelessly and we saw many students find their voice not just as writers but as illustrators, editors, team leaders and most importantly, team members.

We are also so thankful for their wonderful fundraising efforts and the contributions from the broader school community.

Together, our three teams have raised more than $3000 for The Kids’ Cancer Project.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the students during the very long, but rewarding day.

We hope you enjoy reading their books.

Junior Team 1

The Lost Beach

By Erin Johnstone, Amelia Horne, Victoria Solomon, Sneha Sharma, Hazel Buyuksu and Max Barton

Click to read The Lost Beach

Junior Team 2

The Hot Mess

By Olivia Falzon, Isabelle Cunningham, Layla Moore, Diana Taylor, Ruby Barnett-Tonna and Alexa Borg

Click to read The Hot Mess

Senior Team

What's In The Box?

By Isaac Dalumpines, Nathan Furtado, Cate Cimarelli, Samuel Gordon, Darcy Makin, Anne Lazaro, Xavier Millan, Ashlea Bartlett-Baker, Samantha Merin, Olivia Kastoriadis and Heidi Pardinas

Click to read What's In The Box?

Kezi Todd

English Domain Leader

Paying Kindness Forward

In the past week, I had many occasions when I was wonderfully surprised by unexpected gifts. The first gift was a delicious box of doughnuts.

Not wanting to eat them all, I wrapped five up, shared one with my mother and left four at the doorsteps of friends.

It felt good to be able to pay the kindness forward to others.

As the week progressed, the kindness kept coming back to me with deliveries of homemade soup, lemon slice and blueberry muffins.

Last Friday I payed the kindness forward again, this time on behalf of our College community.

Thanks to the hard work of two VCAL classes, I made a significant delivery to the Melton Combined Churches Food Bank.

The vegetable garden the classes have looked after has grown well while we’ve been away from school. There was an abundance of fresh lettuces, snow peas, lemons, kale, spring onions and lots of herbs.

All of the fresh produce was bundled up and delivered on Friday.

As I arrived, a client was packing her car with groceries for her family. She was very excited to accept a few lettuces as she could not source any from her local supermarket. She said that she would make a “nice big salad” that night and enjoy the freshness of the produce.

It truly is that in giving that we receive. I felt so blessed last week. Thank you to the students who made this possible. You may not always see the results of your labour but be assured others will be eating well thanks to you.

Thank you to Lena and Mary from the Food Bank for accepting the produce from CRC Melton and ensuring that it is gifted to the people of Melton.

The Food Bank is open to anyone who needs assistance during these challenging times.

Margaret Rowe-Watts

Food Studies, VCAL and VET teacher

Education Perfect Science Championships

Congratulations to all students who took part in the recent online Education Perfect Science Championships.

CRC Melton ranked in the top 10% of all schools that took part statewide, nationally and worldwide. A fantastic achievement!

The College was placed:

30 out of 413 Victorian schools

132 out of 1488 Australian schools

199 out of 2012 schools globally

Well done to the following students who earned awards for their amazing science efforts:

Alanis Furtado and Hannah Dalumpines - Emerald Award
Elesha Gruis - Bronze award
Ryan King - Credit award

Lisa Bui

Science Domain Leader

Year 8 Bingo

Year 8 students kept busy this week completing a number of bingo challenges focusing on wellbeing, fitness and acts of kindness.

Below are some of the activities students got up to.

“The Year 8s were given bingo challenges last week and each one had a different theme.

Acts of kindness bingo was filled with many things we could do during lockdown to put a smile on the faces of those around us and to generate kindness and positivity while being bored at home.

Some of these acts included giving someone you live with a compliment, making a handmade gift for someone, leaving kind notes around the house and many more.” - Tra My 8 Bernard

Tra My produced this video about her week of bingo challenges.


“Have you heard about mindfulness bingo yet? It gets you to practice mindfulness. It has things like yoga, reading, and even listening to a podcast. You can even do these things more than once if you really enjoy them. Give them a go and see if you like them. They could become a permanent part of your routine. - Jonah 8 Francis

Below are some photos also sent in by Year 8 students of their bingo highlights.

Lana - 8 O’Reilly - Active Bingo

Alanis - 8 Catherine - Mindfulness Bingo - Be Creative


Zoey - 8 Mackillop


Jordan Reithofer and Lauren Whitford

Year 8 Coordinators

SACCSS Run Map Art Challenge


Students who can create a piece of art by mapping and completing a walk or run could win themselves prizes in a new challenge launched by SACCSS last week.

The SACCSS Run Map Art Challenge is on now and is the perfect activity for tomorrow’s College Screen-Free Day! Click to enter now

All the conditions of entry are available in the online form. The challenge closes Wednesday 15 September. Students may submit multiple entries.

Mikaela Hurst

Sports Coordinator

Health and Physical Education Day


Tomorrow (1 September) is National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day, an annual event to raise awareness of and advocate for the value of HPE in Australian schools.

The day aims to highlight the importance of HPE and its impact on the learning potential and wellbeing of children, the benefit to schools, and the valuable contribution to the wider community.

Get involved

Most children’s waking hours are spent sitting at school and at home, so it’s important to get them to be more active as part of everyday life. The good news is that getting involved in HPE Day is easy! The hardest part is committing to being more active and then sticking to it over time.

Role modelling

Parents and guardians play an important role in promoting an active lifestyle for their children, and there are many ways to get involved. It’s not only a chance to put a busy life on hold and enjoy some quality time with the kids, but it can also make a substantial difference to their health by encouraging good habits that stay with them for the rest of their life.

How to celebrate HPE Day this year

  • Fly a kite or throw a Frisbee.
  • Play games like tag, jump rope or hopscotch in the backyard.
  • Teach children new skills to help them be physically active.
  • Walk, ride a bike or skateboard.
  • Take the dog for a walk with one family member at the end of the day.
  • Make some healthy meals together.
  • Create a family action plan on how you will be more active.
This year’s theme is Good for Children, Good for Schools and Good for Communities. The day also aligns with our Screen-Free Day at CRC Melton.
Emma Wright

Domain Leader Health and Physical Education

Student Artists

This week we begin a fortnightly spotlight on a student artist, their work and who inspires them.

Alyanna Manalili – Year 12

Title - Oceanic Sky

Watercolour, acrylic, and ink on paper

Alyanna’s theme for this artwork is seascapes and suburbia.

“The purpose of this artwork was to express the beauty of both worlds, two contradicting scenes coexisting and unified as one. I generally enjoy being outdoors, whether it’s in a natural environment or in an urban surrounding. Drawing on this, I wanted to create a world that incorporated both.”

“My favourite type of art is from the Post-Impressionism movement, especially those by Vincent Van Gogh. I admire the way his short and defined brushstrokes create implied movement within his works.”

Alexandria Resource Centre News


As we continue to work through tough times that seem quite unreal, students may be inspired by some real-life stories.

Wheelers ePlatform has a collection of biographies and true stories that will uplift and entertain.

To access these and other great titles, students can go to Infiniti from Simon, search for any title and click on the ePlatform tab to take them to the ebook and audiobook collection.

To find real life stories, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Biography & True Stories link.

Michael Hill

Librarian

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