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Weekly Reflection

Jesus, The Teacher
He never taught a lesson in a classroom...
He had no tools to work with, no blackboards, maps or charts...
He used no subject outlines, kept no records, gave no grades,
and His only text was ancient and well worn.
His students were the poor, the lame, the deaf, the blind, the outcast...
And His method was the same with all who came to hear and learn...
He opened eyes to faith...
He opened ears with simple truth...
And opened hearts with love, a love born of forgiveness...
A gentle man, a humble man,
He asked and won no honours, no gold awards of tribute to His expertise
Or wisdom...
And yet this quiet teacher from the hills of Galilee has fed the needs,
Fulfilled the hopes, and changed the lives of many millions...
For what He taught, brought heaven to earth and God's heart to mankind.



Shaun Coates

Religious Education and Faith Development Coordinator

From the Principal

Last Friday afternoon, the office was contacted to say there was a public affray at Woodgrove Shopping Centre and several CRC students were in the vicinity.

John Christie, Rob Blackley and myself attended the shopping centre and spoke with our students present to see if they were safe, which they were.

I observed a high volume of police in attendance on Friday afternoon, and they restored immediate order to the environment.

Parents may want to reinforce with their children who use public transport in that vicinity to quickly transition through the area and not linger unintentionally at the shops.



Mark Sheehan

Principal

From the Deputy Principal

Camp

Reviews have been very positive for Year 8 Camps. Thank you to all students and staff involved.

The Year 9 Gadal RITE Journey camps are currently occuring with students returning Wednesday 7th March.

Year 7 camps will take place during the week of 20 – 24 March.

All families would have received CareMonkey notifications regarding these events.

Evacuation Drill

As part of the College’s Emergency Management Plan, we will run an Evacuation Drill on the afternoon of Tuesday 13th March. Please note that during the drill access to the College will be restricted and students will not be permitted to leave the grounds.

Labour Day Holiday

Next Monday, 12th March is the Labour Day holiday. The College will be closed.

End of Term Dates

Classes will finish on Thursday 29th March at 2.40pm. Bacchus Marsh Coaches will supply buses that are not connected to other schools to coincide with the earlier finish but SITA (Town) buses and other Bacchus Marsh Coaches will run on normal times.



John Christie

Deputy Principal Staff

From the Director of Learning

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you would be well aware, life is all about deadlines. The bills and mortgage repayments are due by a certain date, a plane or train will leave at a specified time whether you are on it or not, dentist and doctor’s appointments are often lost if you are late and work tasks must be completed by a time specified by your employer. All essential tasks in life, all needing to meet a deadline set by someone else.

At CRC Melton there is an expectation that students will achieve to their potential. Part of achieving one’s best is to meet the set deadline as is required in all aspects of our lives. To support students in the development of the skills required to prioritise tasks, to research and study effectively and most importantly, to maintain a home study program that results in timely submission of all tasks, I have included the Assessment work flow charts in this newsletter. These charts are for all students in Year 7 to 10 and clearly outline the action steps for when a student does not meet the deadline for homework tasks and major assessment tasks.

Please note that the College understands that unexpected events will hinder home study at times, hence the option to seek an extension on the due date is encouraged. An extension will be granted if the student has a note from home or appropriate documentation, however the student must also be clear that an extension will not be granted if they have not used their time appropriately or prioritised the task.

We ask that all parents/carers familiarize themselves with the charts and discuss it with their student. We thank you in advance for your efforts in encouraging your student to achieve their best and for your support in supervising your students program of home study each night.

Parent Access Module (PAM)

Have you checked PAM this week? Parents/carers should be logging into PAM at least weekly to access your students’ results and feedback on each task. Parents/Carers will also have access to academic reports, homework and letters, such as the unsatisfactory performance letter, on this system. Please note that letters will not be posted home and must be accessed through PAM. If you are experiencing difficulties logging on to PAM, please contact the IT department at the College.

Narelle Layton

Director of Learning



Year 8 Camp

Year 8 camps were a great success last week with students going to Anglesea in their homeroom groups. The students participated in surfing, stand up paddle boarding, a high ropes course and beach games. Our year 8's worked really well together which made the camp an extremely positive experience for all.

Emily Galofaro

Assistant Year 8 Coordinator



Social Justice News

Thanks for last year

I would like to thank everyone in our community for the amazing effort last year with donations of gifts and money for the Wishing tree hampers. We managed to send out hampers to approximately 15 families and also supported St. Vincent De Paul, McAuley Women’s Services and the Lost Dogs home with an enormous amount of gifts and money. Our Community is so generous when the need arises. Thank you and God Bless.

Collections

The senior students and staff will be participating in the St. Vincent De Paul soup van this year. This Activity is about developing empathy and walking alongside those in our community who are doing it “tough”. The students travel around Melbourne in the evening with St. Vinnies, providing food and donations to those experiencing homelessness. St. Vinnies requires us to bring along donations of toiletries, coats, blankets, hats and back packs. Donations can be left at the office or in the Yr 12 corridor collection point. Donations can include: socks ( mens and womens), underwear ( a range of sizes for both genders), toothbrushes, toothpaste and holders, soap holders, tissues, roll on deodorants and spray deodorants, sanitary items, band aids, razors, shaving cream, coats, hoodies, beanies, blankets, runners, toiletry bags and backpacks.

Cultural Diversity Week

Cultural Diversity week runs from March 19th - 23rd with World Harmony day Wednesday 21st March. This year the team will be hosting a number of events during the week to celebrate our diversity and all that makes us “wonderful”.

Luncheon

Many conversations are had when we are sharing a meal together and many friendships are established. This year we are hoping to hold a “cultural diversity” luncheon sale. The aim is to provide foods from various cultures for sale, prepared by our families with love. I am wanting people to contact me if you are interested in helping out. You can help out in many ways; bake some food at home and bring it to school Wednesday morning (ingredients must be labelled). OR// bake the food at home, deliver it to school and help with the selling of it and/or come and tell us a story about the food that you have prepared. To ensure Health and safety standards are met, I ask that the food be meat free and delivered to the food room in the morning. Please contact me if you intend to make some food for sale or if you want to help out on the day. mrowe-watts@crcmelton.com.au

Video

The team are putting together a video featuring our students and their stories. Anyone willing to share their story is asked to contact myself or Rebecca Chin. The video hopes to highlight the cultural backgrounds of our community, how and when the families arrived in Australia, celebrations and a fun fact about the Culture. We want others to learn something about us and our cultural heritage.

Songs and dances from around the world

Can you or do you know of anyone who does cultural dancing or sings songs associated with another country? Can you sing your national anthem? We would love you to participate in our week of activities.

Flags

We would love to have a display of different flags for Cultural Diversity week. Please contact me on the above email address if you have one that we can use for the week.

Marg Rowe-Watts

Social Justice Coordinator



World day of Prayer

Sr Mary Rachel attended Melton’s Anglican Church with some students last Friday to participate in World Day of Prayer.



Shaun Coates

Religious Education and Faith Development Coordinator

Year 7 Immunisations

Last Friday, all Year 7 students were issued with this years immunisation cards which are issued by the Melton City Council. They need to be returned to the college by Thursday 8th of March as the first round of immunisations will take place at the college on Tuesday the 13th of March in the Performing Arts Centre during periods 2 & 3.

All Year 7 students are required to wear there PE uniform on the day to assist the council nurses in administering the injections.

If your child did not receive, or misplaced their card, please go to the student office to collect another one.

Rob de Wit



CRC Melton 2019 European Tour

There are a small number of places available for students currently in Years 8 - 11 for the 2019 European Tour, in April, 2019.

The tour will travel to Poland, with a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oscar Schindler's factory and a bike tour of Krakow the main activities. From there, Italy, where the students will visit Venice, stay with families from our sister school in Cividale, hike through parts of the Cinque Terra, experience the art, shopping and food of Florence, have cooking lessons in the countryside and take in the sights of Rome such as the Colosseum, St Peter's and the Sistine Chapel.

The cost of the tour is around $6,500, with all flights, accomodations, breakfasts, transfers, entry into museums and guides included.

If you are interested in your child attending, please contact Mr Paul Iannazzo at piannazzo@crcmelton.com.au.

Paul Iannazzo & Carissa Lock

Tour Coordinators



Dinka Information Afternoon

An Information session will be held for Dinka speaking families.

Date: Thursday 15th March 2018

Time: 4.30pm-6.00pm

Place: Performing Arts Centre (PAC) at Catholic Regional College Melton

Who: Dinka speaking families of students in years 7-12

Mollie Daphnie

EAL Coordinator



Confirmation Preparation at CRC Melton

CRC Melton is aware that there are a number of students who may wish to be prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Preparation sessions may be held partly within school time and/or immediately after school at the college.

The preparation classes will be run by our parish priests or Srs Mary Rachel & Anastasia. The candidates will have 8 sessions during 2nd and 3rd terms in time for Confirmation in August.

If you wish for your son or daughter to be prepared for confirmation please contact Shaun Coates.

scoates@crcmelton.com.au or 8099-6045.



Shaun Coates

Religious Education and Faith Development Coordinator

Gastroenteritis Outbreak

There has been an outbreak of gastroenteritis at the school (vomiting and/or diarrhoea and fever). If your child displays any symptoms please keep them home from school. Students with confirmed gastroenteritis are to be kept away from school a further 24 hours after their symptoms have ceased. We appreciate your cooperation in halting the spread of this illness.

Please see attached fact sheet for more information.

Michelle Molnar

First Aid Attendant



'Rise' Catholic Youth Festival

“Rise”, a Catholic youth festival will be held on Saturday 17th March 2018 at Mount St. Joseph Girls' College, Altona. This is one of the main events celebrating the Year of Youth on an Archdiocesan level and we celebrate it on the feast of St Patrick, our Archdiocesan patron saint.

“Rise” aims to empower young people to deepen their relationship with Jesus, discover and celebrate the life of Catholic faith, and be disciples in the world as vital members of the Catholic Church. It is for young people from year 9 to the age of 30.

“Rise” will gather an impressive line-up of inspiring speakers from all around Australia to break open a wide range of topics. There will also be live music, creative spaces, interactive exhibitions, sports and entertainment and prayer experiences.



Shaun Coates

Religious Education and Faith Development Coordinator

Community Road Safety Forum

Learn more about road rules and the effects of road trauma including serious injury and fatal collisions.

The information provided in this forum will be about the impact of road trauma on our community and may be confronting.

There are FREE professional driving lessons up for grabs for attendees. Please see attached flyer for information.

Melton City Council



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