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Weekly Reflection

The Clowns Prayer

As I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears,
dispense more happiness than gloom, spread more cheer than despair.
Never let me become so indifferent that I will fail to see the wonder
in the eyes of a child or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.
Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people, make them happy
and forget - at least momentarily - all the unpleasantness in their lives.
And, in my final moment, may I hear You whisper:
'When you made My people smile, you made Me smile.'

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

Year 12 Graduation Mass

Our Year 12 Graduation Mass was held last Friday night and it was a ‘full house’ at St Catherine’s Church. Thanks to Fr Michael Moody who led the celebration of the Eucharist.

Thank you also to Shaun Coates, Amy Bandeira, Karina Dunne and Kerrie-Ann Mathews who did so much in preparing for both the Mass and the Graduation Ceremony.

Congratulations to the following students who received awards:

Community Spirit Award - Phe Khaw Ti Ling

School Spirit Award - Aukirisitino Leiataua & Olivia Rabottini

Peer Award - Meg Bacchin & Macy Le Huray

Abby Rogers Award - Stephanie Lisolajski

Principal’s Award - Rebecca Chin

National Apology

The Prime Minister delivered a national apology to victims and survivors of institional child sexual abuse on Monday 22nd October, 2018. The National Apology provides an opportunity for us to remember and recall these stories and to pray for healing and atonement. We also acknowledge the courage of those who appeared before the Royal Commission to tell their stories. In addition, we recognise the work that has been undertaken and continues to be done to shape a culture of accountibilty and trust to enable us to protect all children and vounerable adults.

Archbishop Peter Comensoli tweeted:

On this day of the National Apology to victims of sexual abuse, I also humbly say sorry. May survivors, families and communities know healing & hope. I recognise, however, my responsibility is to turn words into actions. I am committed to doing so in @catholicmelb, step by step.

Mark Sheehan


From the Deputy Principal (Staff)

Year 12

A great farewell was experienced by our departing Year 12 students and staff. Colour, activities and laughter were in abundance all morning last Friday and I would know like to compliment our Year 12 students and thank Mrs Dunne, Mrs Lock and Mr Coates along with our Year 12 Homeroom Tutors for our Farewell Morning and Graduation Mass. The Mass was an inspiring service led by Father Moody. The formal presentations ran smoothly and both our 2018 and 2019 College Captains spoke admirably. I hope all families enjoyed the opportunity to share the experience with their child and then have the chance to join teachers and friends for supper.

Year 12 VCE students are now on SWOTVAC until Tuesday, 30th October. VCAA exams begin on Wednesday, 31st October until Wednesday, 21st November.

As already communicated by Carissa Lock (VCE Coordinator) and Karina Dunne (Year 12 Coordinator), students need to be at the College at least 30 minutes before the exam published reading time to ensure smooth entry into the exam venues. Students may wear casual clothes.

2019 Subject Selections

Current Year 9 students will be interviewed over the next weeks to finalise their Year 10 electives for 2019. Once completed 2019 Year 10 initial confirmation letters will be sent home. Current Year 8 students will then be followed up for their Year 9 electives.

Staff PL Day

Wednesday 31st October will be a Student Free Day as staff will be involved in Professional Learning.

Melbourne Cup Day

Tuesday, 6th November is the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday. The College has a mid-Term break on Monday, 5th November, however VCAA exams will still operate.

End of year Exams and Year 7 & 8 TATS

Years 7 & 8

All Year 7 & 8 students will do a Timed Assessment Task in Mathematics, English, Humanities and Science at the same times. These assessment tasks will take place in Padua Exam Centre starting 7th November and take the place of the normally timetabled class.

Year 9

Year 9 students will undertake exams beginning Monday, 12th November. Elective exams will take place in normal scheduled class times. Exams in Mathematics, English, Science, and Humanities will take place in the Osma Centre, see attachment for details.

Years 10 & 11

Year 10 and 11 students will finish formal classes on Friday, November 9. Year 10 & 11 exams will run from Monday, 12th November to Tuesday, 20th November. Students are only required at school when they have exams.

All returning students will then be involved in Jumpstart classes for 2019.

The exam schedule for all year levels is attached.

John Christie

Deputy Principal Staff

VCE Art Folio Exhibition

The Art Faculty would like to invite all Parents/Guardians, students and friends to come and view the Annual Catholic Regional College Melton VCE Student Folio Exhibition. On display will be work completed throughout 2018 by our Year 11 and 12 students. The work has been produced to meet the VCE study design for the subjects of Media Studies, Studio Art and Visual Communication Design.

Official Opening: Thursday 25th October at 6.00pm in the Performing Arts Centre.

The Exhibition will also be open to the students and wider community on Thursday 25th from 9am-3pm and Friday 26th October 9am-12pm.

All year levels are welcome. This is a great opportunity to take a closer look at the work produced at VCE if you are considering choosing any of these subjects in the next few years. We look forward to seeing you there.

Amy Rowley

Domain Leader - Art

Fiesta for a Farmer

On 12th October, we held a fundraiser in support of the farmers and their communities suffering from the drought. The Year 12 Legal Studies class decided to hold the fundraiser and chose the theme - Fiesta for a farmer. We had an excellent day and the students and staff really supported the cause. Following an additional contribution from a VCAL class BBQ held earlier in the year, we raised $1324.

I would like to acknowledge all of the students and staff who supported this cause in any way.

Daniela Harrington

Domain Leader - Humanities

Wigs for Kids

What will you do at the end of year 12? Livinia Mifsud, Olivia Rabotini, Cheyenne Llanes, Khaw Ti Ling, Danielle Sulatana and myself have decided to end our school year by cutting our hair and donating it to make wigs for kids who have lost their hair through illness. What can you do? You can follow the link below to our Go Fund Me page:

Outside the hall at lunch time on 26th November, we will be cutting our hair, and you could be lucky enough to cut Mrs Bourke’s hair. If you want to cut my hair, all you need to do is donate and you will go into the draw to cut a plait, so get donating!

Natalie Bourke


Students Need School Libraries

  • Did you know… that your school library supports your child to engage with a diverse range of books to extend their imagination and develop a lifelong love of reading?
  • Did you know… that school libraries are responsive and collaborative learning spaces that provide students with access to a wide range of resources that are relevant and appropriate to their learning needs?
  • Did you know… that school libraries support your child to reach their potential by teaching them how to become capable researchers and to navigate the world of online information and fake news?
  • Did you know... that teacher librarians hold specialised qualifications as both a teacher and a librarian? Quality library staff are trained to support keen and reluctant, successful and struggling learners.

Students need school libraries. If you are keen to ensure that EVERY child in Australia has access to a quality school library, check out the information available at

Belinda Brown

Library Team

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