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Weekly Reflection

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts.

ALL: We are called to love.

May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for economic justice for all people.

ALL: We are called to be just.

May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, hunger, homelessness and rejection, so that we may reach out our hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

ALL: We are called to compassionate action.

And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in the world so that we can do what others claim cannot be done.

ALL: We are called to serve the poor.


Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

Basketball Tournament

It was terrific today to see the Grade 5 and 6 students from St Anthony's, St Bernard's, St Catherine's and St Dominic's playing Basketball in our new Stadium.

Special thanks to our Year 10 Vincit class who along with Kerrie Ann Matthews and Natalie Bourke coordinated the event.

VCAA Exams

Best wishes to our Year 12 VCE English students who are lining up for their first major exam tomorrow.

Parents and Friends Meeting

There will be a Parents & Friends meeting Wednesday 30th October at 7:00pm - all are welcome. All who attend tomorrow night will be given a special tour of our new Student Resource Centre.

Mark Sheehan


From the Deputy Principal - Students

Summer Uniform

After Melbourne Cup, all students need to be in summer uniform, which is published in the school diary and was in a recent newsletter. Students do not need to wear their blazer to school unless they are wearing their school jumper. The requirements for the wearing of PE uniform is also very clear. Students are required to wear CRC sport socks, not black or other brand socks. If your child is not able to wear the correct uniform, please provide a note explaining as to the reason.

Bike Safety

Some students who are riding bikes to school are choosing to not wear a bike helmet. For their own safety and considering the amount of traffic around the school, it is important to wear a bike helmet when riding their bikes.

eSafety Commissioner

The eSafety Commissioner has refreshed their website, a comprehensive, dynamic and interactive online safety hub for Australians. It is an invaluable website.

They have spent the last 18 months working alongside various experts to create, refresh and streamline eSafety’s content, so it’s right for schools, parents and young people. Every page has been updated with tailored advice, resources and support to ensure the experience online is an empowering and positive one. The parent safety guide is a good place to start, it provides a range of practical tips and advice on what to do if things go wrong. Check out their site

Year 12 Student Achievement

Congratulations to Year 12 student Sarah Clewer who was recently announced as the winner of the Girl Guides Victoria Guildings’s Peak Achievement, the Queen’s Guide Award. This is the highest award that can be earned by youth members of Girl guides Victoria.

Sarah has won this award because she attained a wide range of knowledge and skills and developed a high degree of initiative, self motivation, responsibility and reliability. Sarah will be presented the award by the The Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Linda Dessau at Government House early next year.

Congratulations Sarah, a wonderful honour and achievement.

Rob Blackley

Deputy Principal Students

From the Deputy Principal - Staff

2020 Subject Selections

Current Year 9 students will be interviewed this week to finalise their Year 10 electives for 2020 and once completed current Year 8 students will then be followed up for their Year 9 electives.

VCAA Exams

We wish our Year 12s well as many commence their VCAA exams from Wednesday, 30th October until Wednesday, 20th November. As already communicated by Carissa Lock (VCE Coordinator) and Emma Wright (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.

Melbourne Cup Day

Tuesday, 5th November is Melbourne Cup Public Holiday. The College has a mid-term break on Monday, 4th November, however VCAA exams will still operate that day.

End of Year Exams & Timed Assessment Tasks

Years 7 & 8

Apart from Timed Assessment Tasks that will operate in normal class times, all Years 7 and 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 or Osma Exam Centre starting Wednesday 6th November and take the place of the normally timetabled class. Please see timetable attachment.

Year 9

Year 9 students will undertake exams beginning Monday, 11th 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. Please see timetable attachment.

Years 10 & 11

Years 10 and 11 students will finish formal classes on Friday, 8th November. Years 10 and 11 exams will then 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

All Saints Day and All Souls Day Mass

Friday, 1st November is All Saints Day. Mass will be celebrated at 8:00am in the school Chapel, all are welcome.

Also, that morning we will hold our CRC Community Memorial outside the Chapel, adjacent to the memorial garden, beginning promptly at 8:30am. This annual service is in memory of members of CRC Melton’s community who have passed away. Members of the school community are also welcome to join us at this service.

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity


Year 8 Italian Incursion

The Year 8 students have been studying the unit of Animals in Italian. One of their assessments was to create a creative animal book suitable for primary school students. We were so proud of the work the Year 8s produced we decided to give them the opportunity to share it with the students of St Catherine’s of Siena. We had a range of different Grades 2, 3 and Grade 5 students come to our Italian classes. The students shared their animal books teaching the primary school students lots of Italian words. It was great to see our students being great role models and engaging with the students. Afterwards they even danced to the chicken dance song, “Il Ballo Del Qua Qua” together which was lots of fun! Both the Year 8 students and primary school students had a fantastic time and enjoyed having this opportunity together. We would like to thank Kirsty Moore, the School Community Leader, from St Catherine's of Siena Primary School who liaised with us and helped organise this incursion, which we hope to make a tradition every year with our Year 8 students. We congratulate our Year 8 students on the fantastic efforts and here is what some students had to say:

"In Italian we have been working on creating our own picture story books for primary school kids. We had an amazing opportunity to read it to the Grade 3s. On the day it was amazing being able to read our books to the kids. We really enjoyed talking to them and dancing with them." - Georgina Bertias (8D)

"I was really delighted when I found out that I was going to read to St Catherine’s Grade 2s. After I read my animal book we all came together and did the Italian chicken dance. Later we took them outside and had a terrific fruit platter made by the canteen. They learnt so many new words and I enjoyed having them at our school." - Amber Sciberras (8O)

"The Year 8s of Catholic Regional College really enjoyed the visit we had by the Grade 2s from St Catherine’s. We really learned a lot from them and they really learned a lot from us. We were really happy because we got the time to spend with the students and teach them some Italian. And by the looks of it, they are all superstars in Italian. On behalf of the Year 8s, thank you for coming and ciao." - Bilombele Alumbulwa (8O)

We all had a really good time and enjoyed participating in activities with the younger students. After they arrived, we spent some time reading the Grade 3s the picture story books we have been working on in class for the past couple of weeks. After we read, and danced, we sat outside talking to all of the pupils. It was lots of fun and I hope we experience a similar event in the near future. Thanks to Mrs. Russo for allowing us to be part of this educational adventure." - Amaya Cousins - (8A)

Louise Crocitti, Michelle Montalti and Claudia Russo

LOTE Department

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