Weekly Reflection

Yesterday we celebrated the Assumption of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

The solemnity of the Assumption honours the fact that when the Blessed Virgin Mary completed her life on earth, she was taken body and soul into Heaven to be with her resurrected Son.

On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII solemnly proclaimed “…we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name.” Luke 1:46–49

The Gospel passage above comes from the beginning of Mary’s song of praise, her Magnificat, by which she not only gives the greatest glory to God but also reveals who she is.

She is the one “all generations” will call “blessed”. She is the one for whom “the Almighty has done great things”. She is the one who will eternally proclaim “the greatness of the Lord” and whose spirit will forever rejoice in God her Saviour.


Most glorious and Ever-Virgin Mary, I rejoice today with you and with the whole Church for the most glorious things that God has done for you.

You are beauty beyond beauty, Immaculate in every way, and worthy of our deepest love.

As you now share body and soul in the glories of Heaven, please pray for me and for all your dear children on earth.

Cover us with your mantle of love and pour forth the mercy of God upon us always. Mother Mary, assumed into Heaven, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Jesus, I trust in You.


Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

Last week I had the privilege of attending Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral to celebrate 40 years since the establishment of Catholic Regional College North Keilor.

It was wonderful to see Fr O’Reilly and Fr Cooney co-celebrate mass with Archbishop Peter Comensoli.

The vision of these pioneering priests and our local parish priests in the past 40 years has enabled Catholic education to flourish in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

Although Catholic Regional College Melton is no longer part of the CRC Federation of schools, the strong connections and collaboration continue. The five College principals still catch up regularly and always look for ways to leverage our collective bargaining ability.

The strong links that have bound us in the past continue to support us as we lead our communities into the next exciting chapter of our College.

Victorian Principals Conference

I wish to thank the Leadership team for taking up the reins in these first three days of Week 6 to enable me to attend the Victorian Catholic Principals Association Conference.

Dr John Warhust is our keynote speaker and will cover topics such as:

  • The Plenary Council
  • The Church in Australia
  • The Universal Church - Pope Francis and Synodality
  • Church Governance and Leadership.

Taking time to be with other Victorian principals allows for a rich and meaningful sharing of ideas. It promotes the development of supportive networks of colleagues, which has been difficult to achieve during our pandemic years.

I am grateful to our leadership team for their willingness to take on extra responsibilities in my absence, and look forward to sharing my new understandings upon my return.

Marlene Jorgensen


Looking Ahead

Dates to remember
Friday 19 August

Enrolment applications for Year 7 2024 due

Wednesday 24 AugustCollege Tour - 2pm
Connected Parenting Workshop - 6.30pm

Cape York 2023 Online Information Evening

Friday 26 AugustStaff Service Day/Student study at home day
Wednesday 31 AugustParents and Friends meeting
Thursday 1 SeptemberFather's Day Liturgy and Breakfast - 8am
Tuesday 6 SeptemberCelebration Day

Year 7 2024 Enrolments Due on Friday

Parent Portal Smartphone App

Parents and guardians are encouraged to download the Simon Everywhere smartphone app to gain access to PAM, the College online parent portal.

The app is designed to streamline the communication process for families. It allows you to conveniently access your child’s reports, grades and attendance, update medical information, log student absences and give permission for excursions - all the functions found in PAM.

Simon Everywhere can be downloaded from the Apple Store or the Google Play store. Below are guides to help you. Please email itsupport@sfcc.vic.edu.au if you require further information or assistance.

Register for the Connected Parenting Workshop

The College will host a Resilience Project Connected Parenting Workshop for parents and guardians next Wednesday 24 August in the Performing Arts Centre from 6.30pm.

Presenter Lael Stone will outline a valuable set of tools for parents and guardians aiming to raise children through positive connections and communication.

In this 90-minute workshop, Lael will provide you with advice on:

  • Guiding your children to become resilient adults
  • Practical strategies to build stronger connections with your children
  • Ideas to support your children when they are frustrated or going through challenging situations
  • Simple ways to create co-operation
  • Dealing with your own triggers as a parent
  • Understanding big emotions and feelings and assisting your kids in becoming emotionally resilient.

Register now to attend the workshop and find out how you can help your children grow up equipped with emotional awareness, empathy, resilience and confidence.

Cheryl Bullen

Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing - Melton Campus

Indigenous Immersion for Year 10 and 11 2023 students

The College is planning an Indigenous Immersion experience to Cape York for 2023 Year 10 and 11 students. The trip will run from 10 to 19 April next year.

An information night for parents and guardians will be held online on Wednesday 24 August. To rsvp please please email our Project Officer Indigenous Students Daniela Harrington dharrington@sfcc.vic.edu.au. A link to join the online meeting is also available below.

 Cape York 2023 Online Information Evening

Daniela Harrington

Project Officer - Indigenous Students

CRC Melton Class of 2012 Reunion

This year marks 10 years since our first Year 12 students graduated from the College.

To celebrate the milestone, a reunion will be held in Sheehan Stadium on Saturday 29 October from 6pm to 10.30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and entry for children is free. There will be food, soft drink and music along with tours of the school (between 6pm and 7pm).

We would love to see as many former students on the night so please start spreading the word!

To secure your ticket, please click here.

Amy Rowley

Director of Community Relations

Father’s Day Liturgy, Breakfast and Selfie Mural

Father's Day is less than three weeks away and to celebrate these special people we are putting together a selfie mural in the PAC foyer.

Fathers and fatherly figures are different for everyone and may be biological, an uncle, brother or family friend.

Students should send a photo of themselves with their fatherly figure to Amy Rowley at arowley@sfcc.vic.edu.au to be part of the mural.

Remember too that we would love to see all our fathers and fatherly figures at our special liturgy and breakfast at the College from 8am on Thursday 1 September.

All the details are below and you can click here to register.

From the Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

Please see below an important reminder regarding bike helmets.

Cheryl Bullen

Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing - Melton Campus

Students Volunteer for Community Reading Program

Last Wednesday, 13 students began their weekly session as volunteers at the Melton Reading Club Program.

The students put their faith into action as they helped primary school students from various cultural backgrounds learn to read and enjoy literacy. It was truly an amazing afternoon with the younger children enjoying their mentor learning buddy’s company.

The Melton Reading Club is delivered by the trained staff and helpful volunteers working with Vinnie’s Education Programs. The aim is to help a range of students from various backgrounds, cultures and with differing learning needs.

The program assists students with literacy and numeracy and provides general social, emotional and academic support. It helps improve educational outcomes in a friendly and non-formal learning environment.

A few spots are left for students who would like to be part of this great community program that runs every Wednesday afternoon from 3.30pm to 5pm. Students are transported to the Melton Central Community Centre at 239 Station Road by College mini bus and dismissed from the venue.

Trish Griffin

Social Justice Coordinator

Write a Book in a Day

Next Wednesday 24 August, our students will write a book in a day to raise money for children’s cancer research.

Our inaugural Write a Book in a Day event was held during lockdown last year with great success and our teams are even more excited to collaborate in person this year.

The annual competition promotes literacy, collaboration and creativity and is run by The Kids’ Cancer Project.

This year we have entered three junior teams and one senior team in the competition. Students will be given a brief and within 12 hours they will write, illustrate, and submit a storybook targeted to a youth audience. Completed books are uploaded to an online library to give access to children undergoing treatment in hospitals across the country.

The event allows our students to develop skills that will set them up for life such as teamwork, problem-solving and leadership. It is also an incredible opportunity to encourage and develop their creative writing skills.

You can support our teams by donating to their fundraising pages. The links are available below.

Junior Team 1 (students in Year 7-9) Donate now

Junior Team 2 (students in Year 7-9) Donate now

Junior Team 3 (students in Year 7-9) Donate now

Senior Team (students in Year 10-12) Donate now

The Write a Book in a Day event is part of our 2022 Book Week activities.

Next Monday students can compete in a Blooket online quiz to test their knowledge of famous novels and literary characters.

On Thursday 25 August, the College will hold a Book Drive at lunchtime where students can swap a gold coin for a book of their choice to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Kezi Todd

English Domain Leader

A Competition for Year 9 Mathematical Minds

On Monday 8 August, six Year 9 students competed in a Maths Games Day hosted by the Mathematics Association of Victoria at Southern Cross Grammar in Caroline Springs.

In two teams, the students put their maths skills to the test to complete puzzles and competed one-on-one against other students from across Victoria to solve difficult mathematical problems.

The students did a fantastic job representing our school and flexing their mathematical minds. Out of 61 teams, our students came 35th and 36th, an extraordinary and commendable effort.

They enjoyed meeting students from other schools and appreciated the opportunity to spend a day completing maths activities.

Watch this space for the results of upcoming competitions. Our Year 8 students will take part in their Maths Games Day on Wednesday 24 August, Year 7 on Monday 29 August and Year 10 Wednesday 31 August.

Justin Farrugia

Mathematics Domain Leader

Annual Winter Sleepout

CRC Melton’s annual Winter Sleepout will be held on Thursday 25 August with 34 students and 12 staff signed up to sleep on the floor at the College overnight.

Speakers from Hope Street Melton, Melton Youth Outreach and St Vincent de Paul, will join students and staff on the night to share their stories and highlight the challenges of homelessness thousands of Victorians face every night.

As part of the sleepout, the College is collecting donations of items listed below that will be given to the organisations joining us on the night.

  • new socks of all sizes (men, women, and children)
  • new beanies (all genders)
  • new scarves
  • new and used blankets

Please send through all donations via your child’s homeroom or the front office labelled Winter Sleepout Donation.

Trish Griffin

Social Justice Coordinator

Senior's Sporting Success

Our senior boys' hockey and basketball teams notched up great wins this week in their respective SACCSS competitions.


The hockey team played three games before qualifying as the top team in the grand final. Although they were defeated 2-0 their team spirit and determination were outstanding. We congratulate them on their fantastic effort.


Today, the boys basketball team defeated Caroline Chisholm Catholic College 57-53 in what was a very high standard game with all players sticking to a ferocious defensive plan.

With last week’s win in a thriller 17-16 against Antonine College our boys have started the season well.

There is much hard work ahead and spots up for grabs! Shehani Smith will now take the boys on the road for their three remaining games.

Shaun Coates, Basketball Coach

Indigenous Activist Visits the College

Passionate Indigenous activist Scott Darlow visited the College last Tuesday to speak to our Year 7, 9 and VCAL students about Indigenous culture, Australian history, racial tolerance, and harmony.

During the presentation Scott sang and played the Yidaki (didgeridoo) and guitar and performed on the green at lunchtime.

Scott spoke about FLUTE - Forgiveness, Love, Understanding, Tolerance and Empathy - that he hopes students will embrace and follow to become educated and thoughtful members of their community.

Our senior VCAL class also led Scott on a tour of the school and presented their idea to develop an Indigenous trail.

We thank students Charmaine, Liam and Jessica for organising this event as part of their Personal Development Skills project and Scott for being so generous with his time and sharing his knowledge and positive messages.

Bianca Mifsud

VET Coordinator

Teaching our Teachers

Throughout this term, Language teachers have been coached on creating a new learning environment for Year 8 students.

The aim was to create a calmer classroom in which teachers could move freely around the desks to help students with their learning.

The strategies teachers have used include:

  • placing circular desks in pods of two where students sit. Two lines of these types of pods have been created. This formation helps the teacher to move freely around the students. It also helps the students to focus on their schoolwork.
  • using an electronic pointer that enables them to to click on their presentation from any direction in the classroom. This helps the teacher assess where students are up to in the task.
  • providing an intention or purpose outlining what students will learn in each lesson.
  • providing a list of success criteria for students so they understand what they need to achieve. This helps students understand what they are doing and where they can improve.

So far, there has been great improvement in student focus, completion of work and a calmer classroom.

An evaluation will be done at the end of Term 3 with teachers and students on this new approach to the learning environment.

Faye Quinn

Learning and Teaching Pedagogical Coach

Join the 2023 Italy Trip

An information evening was held recently for families of students currently in years 9 and 10 for the 2023 Italy Trip. We are extremely excited to be offering these opportunities to students and to connect with our sister school in Cividale.

There are some places remaining for any families who missed the session.

If you are interested in joining the trip, the presentation, application letter and payment slip are available below.

If you have any questions, please email me at piannazzo@sfcc.vic.edu.au

2023 Tour Presentation Launch

2023 Initial Letter Interest

Italy Trip Deposit Details 2022

Paul Iannazzo

eLearning Coordinator

Community Notices

Venturers scouting group seeking new members

Venturers is a great opportunity for 14 to 17-year-olds to make lifelong friendships, learn valuable life skills, create amazing memories and have a great time doing it.

The Djerriwarrh Venturer Unit meets at 7pm on Wednesdays, at Bacchus Marsh Scout Hall.

For more information please contact Katelynn Condon via email krcondon112783@gmail.com or phone 0448 350 961.

Darley Junior Football Netball Club

Goal mentoring program

Eynesbury Discovery Centre

Looking to learn something new? The Eynesbury Discovery Centre has a range of programs and workshops running in Term 3. You will find their newsletter and all the options below.

Eynesbury Discovery Centre Newsletter Term 3 2022 | Social Crafting | Art 4 Kids

Melton Central Community Centre

Melton Central Community Centre Term 3 2022 Programs and Activities Guide

Western Bulldogs Youth Leadership Project

Useful Links

Keep up to date with College events, procedures, resources and information via the links below.

PAM – Parent Portal

Subject Selection Guide 2023

Parent Handbook


Cobblebank Campus






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