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Weekly Reflection

It is God’s Work

It helps now and then to step back and take the long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a small fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the Church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about: We plant the seeds that will one day grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that. This enables us to do something, and to do it well. It may be incomplete but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.

-Archbishop Oscar Romero

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

New Student Resource Centre

The demolition of our old School Hall which was built in 1995 is well underway. Magellan Builders from Geelong have the tender for this project which will be at the centre of the school.

It’s a very exciting building and will be at the centre of the school, with lots of glass exterior where one will be able to see in and out.

VCE Exams

VCE Exams conclude tomorrow with the Italian exam. Thanks to all involved in ensuring these exams went as smoothly as possible.

Year 12 Graduation Dinner

We look forward to the Graduation Dinner this Friday night with over 400 parents, students and staff attending this event at Ultima in Keilor.

BYOD for Years 10-12

Parents of current Year 9 students are encouraged to read the information on the BYOD program which will be sent to families through CareMonkey later this week.

Remember that if you are unsure what to buy or financially stretched at the moment, your son/daughter can simply bring their current iPad into Year 10.

Mark Sheehan


From the Deputy Principal - Students

African Summit

On Wednesday 14th November, the African Australian students from CRC Melton along with Simma Maniel and Rebecca Cassar, attended the inaugural African Summit held at Maribyrnong College. With over 100 students from the Western suburbs they were inspired by amazing speakers across all walks of life. African Australians gave their time to talk about the importance of education, the challenges they face and the amazing opportunities that are out there.

Speakers included:

  • Majak Daw and Libby Birch - AFL footballers
  • Helen Kassa - film maker/storyteller
  • Flora Chol - poet/writer
  • Huessin Mohanad- Researcher
  • Abdi Ali - President of Phenix football club
  • Idil Mohamad - Lawyer at Slater and Gordon
  • Fahir Mohamad - Childhood educator
  • Ben Millar - The Age

Students had the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session.

There was also an opportunity for all the participants to take part in one of the many activities on offer. The afternoon consisted of activities including Soccer with Melbourne Victory, Basketball, African Drumming and African Cooking. Each student got to experience one of these activities.

All schools brought their mentors and were engaged in the day. Catering was provided by local African women and the Sorghum Sisters.

Overall the day was a fantastic way for our students to mingle with others and share their own experiences and reflections with each other about their challenges, triumphs and hopes for empowering others in the future.

Written by Simma Maniel

Rob Blackley

Deputy Principal Students

World Youth Day

To celebrate World Youth Day here in Melbourne, the Archdiocesan Office for Youth is partnering with the Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community to host the 2019 Summer School of Evangelisation – World Youth Day at Home.

For over 30 years Summer School has been serving the needs of young people around Australia through a week long retreat into the powerful experience of the Holy Spirit, opening up possibilities for deepening faith, joy, freedom and passion for the Gospel of Jesus. In 2019, the Summer School will coincide with World Youth Day week in Panama and will be our World Youth Day at Home experience. We will be reflecting together with Pope Francis and pilgrims around the world on the theme: “Yes Lord, your will be done”.

We are excited to share that Bishop Mark Edwards will be present for the whole of the Summer School, and many World Youth Day elements will be part of the week, including Catechesis with Bishops, a Stations of the Cross, and inspiration from Pope Francis. The week brings together young people from urban and rural parts of the state, and offers a welcoming experience for young people who may have had little encounter with the Church

The Summer School is taking place from 20 January – 27 January 2019 at PGL Campaspe Downs, 1302 Trentham Rd, Kyneton. Registration is now open for young people aged 16-35 years. To register, go to click here.

CRC Melton Wishing Tree

CRC Melton Wishing Tree

I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone for their generous donations for the Wishing Tree. For the past 5 years our school community has donated gifts, treats and money for the Wishing Tree initiative. The overwhelming generosity always astounds me. At a time that is already quite financially demanding, we respond with a caring and compassionate heart to the needs of others. This is the last week for donations to be brought in and packed up into hampers, so if your family hasn’t donated yet and you are able to, I urge you to do so this week.

Fiesta for a Farmer

I made contact with a small community in White Cliffs: 100 km north east of Broken Hill. This is a very remote rural community experiencing hardship as a result of the drought. The Country Women’s Association usually put on a Christmas party for the community, providing presents for the all the children and party food for approximately 40 families. Due to the inability to do any fundraising this year because of the drought and financial hardship, the party was not going to happen.

When I explained that our students had raised money and wanted to donate it, they were over joyed. The money will be used to buy gifts for each child and to buy some Christmas foods for some of the families.

Below is a short story about the Country Women’s Association and the community.

“Around 10 years ago when my husband and I moved back to White Cliffs to live and raise our family, the CWA had a resurgence with many younger families, and hence women becoming interested in what we do. When my eldest daughter was a toddler, we decided to resurrect the Christmas Tree. This entails fundraising throughout the year for presents for the kids and some of the food for a party. Everyone that attends brings either nibbles or a dessert. Santa usually rocks up in a large piece of machinery and the kids absolutely love it! This year has been extremely difficult to fundraise, so any extra funds we receive are truly appreciated and we are grateful.” Louise Turner.

Combined Churches Food Bank, Melton

Last week I was able to donate a load of fresh vegetables and herbs to the local Food bank. This donation was a result of produce the VCAL class had planted and grown under the supervision of Ms. Sandra Carey and Sam our gardener. There was a combination of fresh lettuces, Bok Choy, Spinach and fresh herbs. The Food bank supports people in the local area who are experiencing financial hardship.

Margaret Rowe-Watts

Social Justice Coordinator

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