Weekly Reflection

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month of the year 1918, an armistice was signed, ending the “war to end all wars”. November 11 has since been set aside as Remembrance Day, a day to pray for those who died serving their country.

Prayer of Remembrance

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace:

For the service men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God; May God give peace.

For those who love them in death as in life, offering the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss; May God give peace.

For all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return; May God give peace.

For civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity; May God give peace.

For peace-makers and peace-keepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free; May God give peace.

For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace. May God give peace.

O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know. Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm. As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever.

Amen

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

This week our students will participate in our annual Remembrance Day Ceremony.

November 11 signifies the end of World War 1 and is a time to remember those who fought and died so that we in Australia could remain free.

World War 1 was seen as the war to end all wars, a very hopeful thought that we know was unfortunately not the case.

As we remember those who have fought and died for their country this Remembrance Day we also acknowledge those who are still affected by war - people in the war torn counties of Ethiopia, Sudan, Armenia, refugees who have fled their homelands and those who experience trauma as a result of war.

We keep all these people in our prayers this week.

Marlene Jorgensen

Principal

Looking Ahead

Dates to remember
Wednesday 17 NovemberYear 11 and 12 VCE 2022 Jump Start begins
Friday 19 NovemberStudent Free Day and Staff Planning Day
Monday 22 NovemberJump Start begins for Year 8, 9, 10, VCAL and Vincit 2022
Friday 26 NovemberFinal day for Year 10 and 11 2021 students
Friday 3 DecemberFinal day for Year 7-9 2021 students
Tuesday 7 DecemberYear 7 2022 Orientation Day


From the Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

Students have received notice of their classes for 2022 and will be introduced to their subjects and electives during Jump Start.

Booklists have been sent out to families. Due to COVID restrictions, book orders will be delivered to your home address or can be collected from your nearest Campion bookstore.

Students will require their usual stationery, writing materials and iPad or laptop for Jump Start but are not required or expected to have their 2022 books. Teachers will have photocopies or electronic copies of the text material needed.

Year 10 and 11 exams

Our Year 10 and 11 students begin their examinations this week. This provides them with a chance to demonstrate learning from the semester and apply their study and time management skills.

Please remember to keep your child at home if they are unwell. If this occurs during their exams, please email their Year Level Coordinator to reschedule the exam.

We keep all students in our thoughts and prayers as they undertake their final assessments, including our VCE Unit 3/4 students whose VCAA exams will finish next week.

Professional Practice Day – Friday 19 November

Year 7 to 9 students will have completed their Semester 2 work by the end of next week. The Professional Practice Day on Friday 19 November is a student-free day and will allow teachers to finalise Jump Start programs and complete marking assessment tasks.

Although the next few weeks will be busy, the chance to run Jump Start across all year levels is an excellent opportunity for all students.

Joanne Holmes

Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching

Vincit and VCAL Jump Start Program

Our Vincit and VCAL 2022 Jump Start Program will run as follows:

Year 10 Vincit 2022

Jump Start from Monday 22 November to Friday 3 December. Students are not on-site on Wednesday 24 November and Wednesday 1 December, their VET timetabled day. Time can be used to complete work at home.

Year 10 VCAL 2022

Jump Start from Monday 22 November to Friday 3 December. Students are not on-site on Wednesday 24 November and Wednesday 1 December, their VET timetabled day. Time can be used to attend VET TAFE orientation days, complete work or begin the process of finding a work placement for 2022.

Year 11 and 12 2022

Jump Start from Monday 22 November to Friday 26 November. Students are not on-site on Wednesday 24 November their VET timetabled day. Time can be used to attend VET TAFE Orientation Days, complete work or begin the process of finding a work placement for 2022. Year 10 and 11 2021 students will finish on Friday 26 November.

If a student is absent during the Jump Start week, they must provide a medical certificate and are expected to catch up on work missed. Students should wear full school uniform and have their device, pens, notebook and diary.

We aim to have our 2022 Year 10, 11 and 12 VCAL students begin work placement in the week of 14 February 2022.

This means students will need to start looking for a placement during November and December this year. This will be explained to the students again during Jump Start. Vincit students will do their work experience later in the year and will receive more information in 2022.

We thank you in advance for your support of the Vincit and VCAL Jumpstart Program and Work Placement.

Narelle Layton

VCAL Vincit Coordinator

2022 Booklists - Buy and Sell Secondhand Textbooks

All families were emailed 2022 booklists on Friday 29 October.

All orders and payments should be completed online through Campion by Wednesday 15 December 2021.

Orders can be processed via the following options:

  • Home delivery by Australia Post. Orders will be posted by 25 January 2022. OR
  • Collection from Campion’s Retail Service Centre, Unit 8, 12 Makland Drive, Derrimut.

There will be no book collection day at the College in 2022.

Please contact Campion Education on 1300 433 982 if you cannot order online and would like to collect your order from their retail service centre.

Catholic Regional College Melton supports the Sustainable School Shop. This provides second-hand textbook options to assist families in the purchasing of resources.

The Sustainable School Shop has been provided with our booklists for all year levels to help guide your purchasing. You can also sell books using their easy online listing service.

Visit www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au

More information is available here. Sustainable School Shop

Year 7 Golden Ticket Lunch

A delicious lunch for Year 7 students who earned the most Golden Tickets during a special Term 2 initiative was finally held on their return to school.

During Term 2, Golden Tickets were given out by teachers to Year 7 students. At the end of each lesson, the teacher chose one student who worked hard, answered questions and displayed the College’s core values of Community, Empathy and Endeavour.

Students had the opportunity to get one ticket in each class every day.

At the end of the term, the top three students in each class were invited to a Golden Ticket lunch with Principal Mrs Jorgensen to celebrate their hard work. This lunch was postponed numerous times due to the lockdowns but was finally held on Thursday 28 October.

Thanks to the students for their hard work and teachers for supporting this positive initiative. The canteen provided a delicious lunch for students and everyone appreciated that it could finally go ahead!

The top three Golden Ticket holders in each Year 7 homeroom were:

7 Anthony

Luke Boog, Keizha Pandongan and Sudharshini Ramkumar

7 Bernard 

Erin Jonstone, Sebastian Di Giulio and Sneha Sharma

7 Catherine 

Celine Cutajar, Nobuhle Masuku and Mia Cummins

7 Dominic 

Nicole Bertsias, Rashmita Bhimavarapu and Arna Maloney

7 Francis

Louella Yeoman and Martha Yazan and

7 Josephine 

Ava Sliwa, Abbey Phelan and Cooper Byham

7 Mackillop

Adhieu Chol, Firas Hoodi and Sienna-Ramona Tautaiolevao

7 O’Reilly 

Monica Luon , Isabella Di Natalie and Hazel Buyusku

7 Reed

Hannah Sabu, Abbey Vallence, Vanessa Chinmouth and Alannah Trovato

Louise Crocitti and Cameron Veal

Year 7 Coordinators

Core Wellbeing Values - Term 3 Award Winners

Congratulations to the inaugural winners of student year-level awards that recognise their commitment to the College Core Wellbeing Values.

Earlier this year, the College Wellbeing team launched our new Core Values and the Domestique Awards.

Domestique originates from road bicycle racing. A domestique is a rider who works to benefit their team and leader rather than trying to win the race.

Students in each year level are formally recognised for living our core values by being nominated for year level awards for Community, Empathy and Endeavour.

The student who encompasses all three of the core values combined is awarded the Domestique Award.

The awards recognise students for their selfless acts, thinking of others and contributing to the good of their class, even when their actions seem to go unnoticed.

The Term 3 award recipients are:

Year 7

Community: Louella Yeoman. Empathy: Hannah Subu. Endeavour: Lui Westerlund. Domestique: Nicole Bertsias.

Year 8

Community: Karina Delgadillo. Empathy: Lucy Thompson. Endeavour: Yak Yak. Domestique: Jonah Hermence.

Year 9

Community: Selena Touch. Empathy: Emily Boyce. Endeavour: Lucy Closter. Domestique: Elesha Gruis.

Year 10

Community: Georgina Bertsias. Empathy: Jok Job. Endeavour: Kyle Camilleri. Domestique: Andre Nguyen.

Year 11

Community: Chloe Brown. Empathy and Community: Darcy Makin. Endeavour: Abuk Chol. Domestique: Chloe Benedetti.

Year 12

Endeavour: Hayley Spiteri. Endeavour: Sunday Malual.

Supporting our Indigenous Students

Developing meaningful connections between the College community and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is the role of Project Officer - Indigenous Students, Mrs Daniela Harrington. 

Daniela plays a key role in our FIRE Carrier program (Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education), and her focus is to ensure our Indigenous students achieve their full learning potential, are empowered to shape their future, and supported to embrace their culture and identity. This week we asked her to tell us more about herself and her role.

Daniela (left) with Elders during a cultural immersion in Cape York.


Tell us about your career in education, how long have you worked at CRC Melton, what subjects do you teach, what roles do you hold?

I began working at CRC Melton in 2012. I teach VCE Legal Studies and Business Management, Humanities subjects and am the Humanities Domain Leader. At the start of this year I was appointed Project Officer - Indigenous Students. In this role, I support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students.

For the first time in its 40-year history, CRC Melton has a Project Officer - Indigenous Students. How did this come about and why is this significant?

There has been a growing awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and the need to support and educate young people in our care.

The College has increased its activities and promotion of significant events such as Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week and in 2019 CRC Melton became a FIRE Carrier School (Friends Igniting Reconciliation Through Education). Three of our ATSI students and I were inducted as FIRE Carriers.

With the appointment of our new Principal Marlene Jorgenson in 2020 and the support of our newly appointed Deputy Principal for Teaching and Learning Joanne Holmes, the need for a central point of contact for our ATSI students was recognised and the Project Officer – Indigenous Students role was established.

This role is a significant step forward for the College and is guided by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy. This strategy recognises that all ATSI children and young people should have an opportunity to achieve their full learning potential, be empowered to shape their future and be supported to embrace their culture and identity as Australia’s First Nations peoples.

Can you tell us about the Indigenous students at CRC Melton? How has the number grown over recent years, and what types of assistance and opportunities can the College offer them?

The number of ATSI students has grown significantly over the past two years.

In 2021 we have 17 students enrolled at our school and in 2022 we will have 29.

We want CRC Melton to be the school of choice for local families – a place where their children will be supported and their culture acknowledged and nurtured throughout their education.

What are some of the programs, initiatives, events or services you have connected our Indigenous students with? Can you tell us about some of their recent achievements?

We offer on-campus tutoring and, during DLM, commenced tutoring online. Students can also use a private tutor to support them in their studies or attend homework club to receive one-on-one support.

We target specific goals students set and work with teachers on different strategies to help students achieve these.

Students can access some great work experience programs such as the Australian Government Department of Defence First Look, apprenticeship programs, and support pathways into university such as RMIT. Cultural experiences include the Yorta Yorta Nation Walking on Country and Watta Watnanda Cultural Day run by the Richmond Football Club.

Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural awareness in our school is something we continue to focus on and in 2022 we are planning events that connect students to their culture. If there is an opportunity and we know about it, we offer it to our students.

Students are also encouraged to become FIRE Carriers.

The FIRE Carrier Project seeks to keep the Reconciliation flame alight in schools, educating the wider community about Reconciliation, our shared history and cultures. The FIRE Carriers are elected annually, in the same manner as other school representatives. Students and teachers are commissioned in each school community.

In terms of achievements, Year 12 student Flynn Pettit was accepted into the Richmond Institute of Sport Leadership Program this year and would like to become a teacher. He was also recently awarded a 2021 Australian Olympic Change-Maker Award on behalf of the Australian Olympic Committee. Year 11 student Nicholas Borg has been appointed a House Leader for 2022 and attended a cultural immersion to Cape York earlier this year. Aydan Dear is our Liturgy Captain in 2022 and took part in the work experience program offered by the Australian Defence Force in 2021. Each of these students also received the School Spirit Award.

While there are many achievements such as being part of a sporting team, the school production, school assemblies or different groups in our school, we are proud of our students who have taken up the opportunities available to them.

If you would like to contact Daniela, please email her at dharrington@crcmelton.com.au

Olympic Change Maker Award

Congratulations to Year 12 student Flynn Pettitt who received an Olympic Change Maker Award from the Australian Olympic Committee.

The award recognises students who demonstrate the Olympic Spirit – friendship, sportsmanship and striving for excellence - both on and off the playing field, through leadership and driving positive change in their school or local community.

Pictured at the College last week with Project Officer – Indigenous Students Daniela Harrington, Flynn, a proud Kuki Yalanji man, also recently received a certificate from the Melbourne Archdiocese of Catholic Schools to mark the completion of his secondary studies.

Year 8 Reflect and Connect Day


Reflect and Connect Day was designed to welcome back Year 8 students to on-site learning and give the cohort a chance to reconnect with one another after a long period of distance learning.

Students began the day in their homerooms with their teachers where they worked through seminars on resilience, life choices, and managing stress.

Following the seminars, the students participated in STEM team-building activities. They had to create a tower out of dried spaghetti, string and tape that was strong enough to hold a marshmallow. This tested their problem-solving skills and ability to communicate with each other.

There was also a fierce battle to create the longest paper chain out of only two pieces of A4 paper. It was great to see students troubleshooting as a team and working out the best approaches to both tasks.

After lunch, students chose from various activities, including e-sports, soccer, netball, basketball, volleyball, an art class, board games, or quiet reading.

As the Year 8 Coordinators, we were extremely pleased to see our cohort back on-site, and we are glad they enjoyed their return and had a chance to reconnect with one another!

What our Year 8 students had to say:

As a part of the Year 8 Reflect and Connection day, students could pick between different activities to participate in. The students who chose mindfulness colouring and reading got the chance to unwind after a very big return to school. There were different colouring-in options or the opportunity to catch up on their favourite books. These activities were a good way for friends to reconnect and enjoy the sun.

Marydina Kakinda, 8R

Students who chose the art class activity on Reflection Day designed and created their own monsters out of air-dry clay, using various sculpting tools to add texture and detail to their monsters. This provided a fun and relaxing start to school back on-site.

Alanis Furtado, 8C

Jordan Reithofer and Lauren Whitford

Year 8 Coordinators

CRC Melton Wishing Tree Appeal

"At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern."  Mother Teresa.

Although 2021 has been a challenging year, most of us are looking forward to the approaching Christmas period.

However, for some in our community, Christmas is not a joyous occasion. Help us spread joy and cheer to those doing it tough this Christmas by donating to our Wishing Tree Appeal. We are now collecting donations of non-perishable food and gift items for Christmas hampers that will be delivered to families in our community.

Alternatively, you can make a small cash donation and goods for the hampers will be bought on your behalf.

Donations can be placed in the basket at the College reception or by your child in the basket at their Year Level Coordinators office by Friday 26 November. 

Need some donation ideas? Find out more below.

Emma van Wees

Social Justice Coordinator

Bandanna Day

The Social Justice team raised more than $400 during the Bandanna Day campaign. Students eagerly bought bandannas from the lunchtime stall and wore them to show their support for Canteen, a foundation that helps young people affected by cancer.

Canteen runs programs, camps and recreation days that give young people some space away from the daily pressures of living with cancer and the opportunity to meet others who truly understand what they're going through.

Thanks to all staff and students who supported this worthy cause.

Emma van Wees

Social Justice Coordinator

Year 7 Art

Our Year 7 students continue to impress Art teacher Ms Kath Jones who provided this selection of work completed during distance learning mode and sculptures created when on-site classes resumed. 

Below: Work by Mia, 7 Anthony.

Below: Monster clay sculptures

Elevate Education Webinars


Parents and guardians have exclusive free access to Elevate Education’s Parent Webinar Series for Term 4, 2021.

Elevate works with our students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series, you will learn how to support your children and reinforce the skills they learn at school.

The webinars take place across Term 4, including tomorrow, Wednesday 10 November at 7pm. Registration is essential and free for parents and guardians of CRC Melton.

The remaining topics for Term 4 are:

Exam Preparation Part 1 – 10 November

Exam Room Skills – 24 November

You can register by clicking here.

The webinar will run online from 7pm to 8pm. Elevate’s presenters will share key research and skills and conduct a live question and answer session.

Should you have questions or would like to contact Elevate directly, their details are listed below.

Elevate Education

Phone: 1300 667 945

Email: auscoaching@elevateeducation.com

Website: https://au.elevateeducation.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElevateEd/

Community Notices

Transitioning out of lockdown

Melton City Council is partnering with Victoria University to run a free Transitioning out of Lockdown webinar for the community at 3pm on Friday 12 November.

Follow this link to register: Transitioning out of lockdown free webinar

While many people struggled with lockdown fatigue, coming out of lockdown can also seem daunting.

During this webinar, two friendly psychologists from Victoria University will answer your questions about coping with anxiety coming out of lockdown and present a range of coping techniques including grounding exercises to help keep your anxiety at bay.

Attendance is anonymous and you can submit any questions you’d like answered to mld@meltonleanring.com.au prior to the session. Alternatively you can ask questions during the session.

Please note: Questions relating to the easing of restrictions or vaccinations will not be addressed during this session. For any queries regarding restrictions and vaccinations please contact the Deparment of Health and Human Services.

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