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Weekly Reflection

Lord Teach Us To Pray

“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my

Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

(Matthew 18:15-20)

With Christ in our midst, we have the courage to say the words he gave us. For when we feel insignificant and have lost our sense of worth, our Lord teaches us to pray.

When we want to withdraw from our work to be with you in prayer, Lord, teach us to pray.

When we think of the future as fixed and impossible to change, Lord, teach us to pray.

And when we evade life’s deep demands by saying they are too idealistic, Lord, teach us to pray.

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

As Term 3 comes to an end, it is possible to reflect on the main events and opportunities that have allowed our students to display their talents. It started early in the term with the production – The Greatest Showcase - an exhilarating show of talent and fun. Our senior AFL girls and Year 9 boys and girls volleyball teams did well winning their respective grand finals. Last Thursday evening I had the opportunity along with many families to attend our inaugural Years 7-10 Art Show, aptly titled Inspire. It was wonderful to see the number of families who came through with their son or daughter, who had the opportunity to show off their art work. Our guests were also treated to a fine array of food prepared and presented by the Year 10 Food Technology class.

None of this work is possible without the dedication and commitment of the staff. It does prove when students are given opportunities and challenges are put in front of them, they consistently rise to meet the expectations.

Two weeks ago a group of young women from CRC attended the African Women’s Summit, the theme for this year was- Foster Collaborations, Enhance Growth through Self-Development. Our students had the opportunity to hear from leaders from business, health, academia and politics, it was a great experience for the students.

We wish our staff and students well and safe travels as they are attending The Ignite Conference, a Youth Conference for young Catholics from all over Australia from the 27th to 30th September in Brisbane.

I wrote in the newsletter a couple of weeks ago about having free access to the Resilience Project app because CRC Melton raised the most money for their Solomon Islands School project. The Resilience Project app is a daily well-being journal. Each day users will be prompted to identify their emotions, record moments of gratitude and practice mindfulness. The aim is to develop emotional literacy, engage with the positive things in life and be actively present. The school has been provided with 200 unique codes to access the app, if you are interested, contact the school for a code and details on how to download.

As I noted in last week’s newsletter, the upcoming holidays will be an important period of time for the students who are sitting the VCAA exams to consolidate the subject notes, practice exam questions, attend revision lectures and most importantly attend the VCE practice exams at the end of the second week of the holidays here at school. Students have been given a copy of the exam timetable, it is most important for students to attend these exams. Experience shows those who use their time productively over this period are in the good position to approach their final exams. The holidays should not be seen as holidays and for an opportunity to take a break from school and relax. A tip for students is to use their normal school timetable as a guide for a study program over this period.

Each year more than 220,000 students per year across Australia go through their Year 12 exams. Research has identified that this can be a highly stressful time for young people. Exam stress is an issue that permeates each school year and can become overwhelming in their final years of schooling.

Reach Out provides resources to schools and parents to promote student wellbeing, productivity and achievement. Free and available 24/7, provides evidence-based practical support and tips that encourage effective communication and relationships between parents and young people aged 12–18 years, as well as easy-to-read information on a range of mental health and wellbeing issues. The service features more than 140 fact sheets, stories, practical tips and tools, and also provides access to an online community forum so that parents can connect with each other to share experiences in an anonymous, supportive space.

Rob Blackley

Deputy Principal Students

From the Deputy Principal - Staff

2019 VCE Subject Selections

2019 Year 12 VCE subject allocation sheets will be distributed to all Year 11 students this week. Please note that Year 11 students will only receive their sheets if 2019 re-enrolment and subject levies are finalised.

Year 10 students will receive their 2019 Year 11 VCE Subject allocations in the first week of Term 4, subject to re-enrolment and levy payments being finalised.

Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews

These will take place after school Tuesday, 18th September (4:00pm – 7:00pm) and Thursday 20th September (4:00pm – 8:30pm). Interviews link to Term 3 interim reports. Interview bookings are still open for Thursday.

It is expected that students attend interviews with their parents/guardians.

To access P-S-T Bookings:

  • Log in to PAM
  • At the top you will see the Parent Interviews link (click to enter)
  • Then select your child (if you have more than one, each will be listed separately)
  • Select the subject
  • Choose an available time with that teacher
  • Repeat for each class and child as needed
  • Use the print icon to print off your interview times

End of Term

Students will finish classes this Thursday 20th September as Friday, 21st September is a Staff Professional Learning Day and classes will not be operating.

Term 4 commences on Monday, 8th October, being day 1 of the timetable.

John Christie

Deputy Principal Staff

Uniform Shop

Academy Uniforms have extended opening hours at the Melton Uniform Shop for the first two weeks of Term 4:

Thursday 11th October: 11:30am - 7:00pm

Thursday 18th October: 11:30am - 7:00pm

Usual opening hours during the school term are as follows:

Monday: 8:00am -10:00am

Thursday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Languages News

Dante Alighieri Italian Poetry Competition

We are elated to announce that Ethan Trethowan received third prize for his outstanding performance at the Dante Alighieri Italian Poetry Competition. He was awarded his prize at the University of Melbourne on Friday night at the Award Ceremony. Congratulations Ethan. We are very proud of you. Tanti auguri!

Education Perfect Victorian Languages Championships - Indonesian and Italian

Congratulations to Ella Gallagher ranked 88th with 3,244 points with a gold award. Ophelia Fernando ranked 210th with 1,851 points with a bronze award Danielle Ide ranked 398th with 1141 points bronze award and Ajak Majok ranked 1001th with 515 points with a credit award. Well done on your outstanding performance which placed CRC Melton in THIRD position in the entire competition as well. Bravissimi ragazzi!!!! Saluti, Prof Russo, Pak Gavran, Prof Crocitti e Prof Alfonsi.

Exchange Student

What a pleasure it has been having Giuliana Lucci from Rome, Italy at our school this term. She has been in Victoria for three months and has thoroughly enjoyed her experience in our lucky country! We thank Adelaide Hansen and her family for hosting Giuliana. She has been an invaluable addition to our Italian classes and we will miss her dearly. We wish Giuliana the very best in her future endeavours. In bocca a lupo, Giuliana. Buon viaggio!

Claudia Russo

Domain Leader - LOTE

Science News

On Thursday 13th September, Year 7 Science classes had a presentation from Wild Action Zoo. Students had the opportunity to hear about a range of native wildlife, their ecosystems and how we can help to protect the environment. Students were able to pat and hold many of the animals including frogs, snakes, turtles, frilled neck lizards, baby crocodiles, native birds, and native marsupials.

Colleen Pope

Domain Leader - Science

CRC St Albans 40th Anniversary

Please see attached information for Catholic Regional College, St Albans 40th Anniversary celebrations.

Laura Cioccia

CRC St Albans

Empowering Connections in STEMM

Amy Searle, a former CRC Melton and Sydenham student will be sitting on a panel discussion for High School girls looking for pathways into STEMM.

Empowering Connections in STEMM is being held on Wednesday 26 September, 2018. The event aims to connect high school students, teachers and parents with PhD students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM)! There will be the chance to ask questions about studying these fields, attending University and future career opportunities.

Guest speaker, Ms Kristine Hendry, is Senior Executive Officer of the Spinal Research Institute (SRI), a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting world-class clinical research and clinical trials in the field of spinal cord injury. Kristine will share the vision of the SRI and the work they do, as well as her career path within the computer science and technology sector.

STEMM Entrepreneur and Women in STEMM Australia Co-founder, Michelle Gallaher, will then lead a fascinating discussion with five professionals at different career stages in academia and industry, about the key decision-making times in their lives, what influenced their choices, and how to foster a much-needed culture shift toward greater diversity and inclusion, and how to maximise opportunities to pursue STEMM education and careers, and ensure more women in STEMM reach senior-level roles. How do we train and retain these talented professionals?

Gain valuable insight into how we can all better support our students, especially girls in STEMM, and accelerate their education and careers, and foster an environment where more women in STEMM can lead and excel.

The event aims to not only empower young women to pursue a career in STEMM, but also address the lack of diversity within our chosen fields. More information about this free event is available here:

Amy Searle

Melton Lifelong Learning Festival

Melton City Council is delighted to welcome you to the inaugural Lifelong Learning Festival

Melton Lifelong Learning Festival is a three-day celebration of all that is lifelong, life-deep and life-wide learning across the City of Melton. It is an inclusive community event that provides opportunities for free activities and events that engage a diverse cohort of participants, across all age groups, abilities and interests.

The Festival offers everyone in our community a chance to investigate new learning experiences, meet and connect with new people, have fun and discover new interests. The 2018 event is our City’s first ever learning festival and we need your support to make it a success, so that in following years we can make it even better, bring in new events, sponsors and participants to reflect this diverse and dynamic learning community.

It is a true reflection of our amazing community that in this, our first year, we have over 130 free learning activities and events, at over 35 venues hosted by over 50 providers.

Learning is for everyone, and happens in many different settings throughout life. This festival encourages everyone, irrespective of age, ability or interest, to investigate, participate in, and celebrate the huge number of learning opportunities offered across the City of Melton.

The Festival plays a significant role in bringing people together to focus on lifelong, lifewide and lifedeep learning and understand the difference it can make to their lives and the beneficial impact on the community as a whole.

Sally Edwards

Lifelong Learning Officer | Melton City Council

Djerriwarrh Health School Holiday Picnic

On Thursday 27th September, Djerriwarrh Health Services project team will be hosting a School Holiday picnic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families at Hannah Watts Park, Melton.

Please see attached flyer for more details.

Charry Owens

Djerriwarrh Health Services

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