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Weekly Reflection

St Francis Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal's Office

Mark Sheehan’s Farewell

Community Farewell

Mr Mark Sheehan began his journey as Principal at Catholic Regional College Melton in 2009. Last Friday evening, our community gathered in the Mackillop Performing Arts Centre to farewell Mark and acknowledge all that he has done for our College and to celebrate 10 years of his dedication, service and leadership.

We would like to thank the following students who displayed their exceptional musical talents for the gathering:

Nicole Merceica, Briannah Mungcal, Cooper Brown, Shannon Tuilaepa, Regina Laumata, Heidi Pardinas, Joel Grech and Patrick Leveridge.

Additionally, Michelle Moeser sang "Pie Jesu" accompanied by Amy Bandeira playing on the new Baby Grand Piano.

Former staff present included: Emma Brown, Phil Brown, Rob de Wit, Peter Drew, Chantelle Gauci, Stephen Goldby, Susan Henry, Karen Hunter, John McCann and Michael McGonegal.

Thank you to all those who attended the evening, it is one that was thoroughly enjoyed by many.

2019 Annual Archdiocesan Celebration of Principalship

Mark’s service as Principal was celebrated at this year’s Annual Archdiocesan Celebration of Principalship held at St Patrick’s Cathedral on 30th October. Please see the attached photo of Mark with Most Reverend Peter A Comrnsoli DD, Archbishop of Melbourne.

From the Deputy Principal - Staff

2020 Subject Selections

As stated in last newsletter, current Years 7-11 students have all received their 2020 initial confirmation letters. Any change requests need to be finalised by the end of this week so that booklists and levies can be finalised.

Congratulations to all our Years 7–8 students for the way they approached their formal Timed Assessment Tasks (TATs) last week. The experience they gain from sitting these tasks in a Senior exam environment will assist them with exams in Years 10 – 12.

Years 10 & 11

All Year 10 and Year 11 students are now in our Semester 2 Exam period that runs until Tuesday, 19th November. Students are only required at school when they have exams.

All returning students will then be involved in Jumpstart classes for 2020. Individual Jumpstart timetables were given to all students last week.

Asthma Awareness

A reminder to all families that November & December are critical months in terms of Thunderstorm Asthma events. All students that they experience Asthma need to ensure that carry their Asthma puffers with them at all times (not left in lockers or at home). We are undertaking Asthma awareness sessions with staff and will have a reminder in the daily Student Bulletin. We are all aware of the tragic results that can occur if treatment is not readily available.

Term 4 Key Dates

Listed below is a summary of Term 4 key dates for your reference:


VCE Year 12 2020 Jumpstart runs from Wednesday, 20th November – Friday, 29th November. Our Year 11 Farewell Mass takes place that Friday afternoon.

VCE Year 11 2020 Jumpstart runs concurrent with the Year 12 from Wednesday, 20th November – Friday, 29th November. The Year 10 Farewell Prayer Service is also that afternoon.

All students undertaking VCE Jumpstart have received individual timetables.

2020 VCAL Jumpstart

VCAL 2020 Jumpstart (Foundation, Intermediate & Senior) will operate from Wednesday, 27th November (when all students will undertake their 2020 VET Induction) until Friday, 29th November. Attendance at Jumpstart is compulsory and will go towards 2020 VCAL attendance. During Jumpstart students will be working through outcomes and will require their iPad, etc. Students are required to be in full summer uniform, not sports uniform.

Years 7-9 Finishing Dates

Year 9 students finish classes on Tuesday, 3rd December and then are involved with City Experience activities until Friday, 6th December. Years 7 & 8 students finish classes on Thursday, 5th December with a special last day program on Friday, 6th December.

College Awards Evening

The College Awards Evening will take place on Wednesday, 4th December in the Sheehan Stadium. More information to follow.

End of Year Exams & Timed Assessment Tasks

Year 9

Year 9 students will undertake exams beginning Tuesday, 12th November. Elective exams will take place in normally scheduled class times. Exams in Mathematics, English, Science, and Humanities will take place in the Osma Centre as per attachment.

Years 10 & 11

Years 10 and 11 exams will run from Monday, 11th November to Tuesday, 19th November. Students are only required at school when they have exams.

All returning students will then be involved in Jumpstart classes for 2020.

The exam schedule for Years 10 and 11 students is attached.

John Christie

Deputy Principal Staff

Sports News

Year 8 Premier League

The Year 8 Premier League home and away rounds came to an end on Thursday 31st October. All teams competed well with Netball and Cricket finishing 2nd in their pool and Boys Basketball finishing on top. These teams will play cross over finals against Salesian College this Thursday 14th November, with the winning teams progressing to the Grand Final. Parents are welcome to attend, please see venues and times below:

CricketSalesian College, Sunbury12:30pm
NetballBoardman Stadium, Sunbury1:30pm
BasketballSheehan Stadium, CRC Melton1:30pm

All Schools Athletics

On Sunday 27th October, Bridie Shanahan (7O), Danielle Ide (8O) and Solomon Miesen (10R) represented the College at the All Schools Athletics Carnival held in Doncaster. It is not always possible to send staff to these events, but we really appreciate the support of parents in making this happen. Thanks to Gina Vasquez, Kirstie Shanahan and Paul Miesen for their help in coordinating our team.

Interschool Dressage and Showjumping day

Grace Aldred (8B) and Hayley Fino (8D) participated in the Interschool Dressage and Showjumping Day at Elcho Park on Friday 18th October. Thanks to Therese Aldred and Jason Fino for allowing this to happen for students at CRC Melton. There will be more opportunities for students to represent the College in Equestrian events next year.

CRC Sports Awards Night

Our Sports Awards Night will be held on Tuesday 26th November in the PAC. Students who are involved will be given an invitation to this event this week. Stay tuned!

Dean Henneman

Head of Sport

Garden to Plate Initiative

This year a new initiative was started – GARDEN TO PLATE – involving the Work Related Skills VCAL class. Their task was to plant and grow fruits and vegetables for use in their cooking class while investigating topics such as; Work Health and Safety, Communication, Teamwork and Employability skills. The students grew and cooked bok choy, rainbow chard, carrots, snow peas, lettuces, bottled olives and prepared sweet treats with lemons and passionfruit. They also potted up plants for the Mothers' and Fathers' Day stalls. Overall, it was a very successful new program.

Margaret Rowe-Watts

VCAL / Food Technology Teacher

Exam Anxiety

As we come to exam time and nearing the end of the year, a number of our autistic students may become overloaded and overwhelmed with all that is happening. I saw this picture on social media and it beautifully illustrates the approach that is necessary to support them if/when they shutdown.

Rebecca Carey

Learning Diversity Coordinator

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