Weekly Reflection

Today we celebrate the Assumption of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

The celebration honours the belief 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 1 November 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”.

The Gospel passage below 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 whom “all generations” will call “blessed”.

Prayer

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.

Amen

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour for he has looked with favour 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

From the Principal

Last week was a wonderful celebration of the artistic talents of our students. Both staff and students shone in the College Production Rags to Riches

Of particular note was the large number of junior students from both Cobblebank and Melton campuses who participated and displayed such confidence and skill throughout the performance. With this experience under their belt, we look forward to future productions.

In the second Act, our VET Music and Dance students highlighted the depth of talent across our College. It was incredible to see the growth in some of our senior students as they performed their routines and really impressed with their improved stage presence.

Such a production takes many hours of rehearsal and planning. I thank all of our staff who scoured shops to assist with props, who supervised during rehearsal and choreographed dance routines. Without the generosity and expertise of our staff and the dedication of students, we would not be able to offer this creative outlet at the College. 

Providing these opportunities is a priority as we look to acknowledge the talent in our community and foster many successful post-school pathways.

Look out for more photos in next week's newsletter.

Marlene Jorgensen

Principal

Looking Ahead - Melton Campus Students

Dates to remember
Friday 18 AugustYear 7 2025 enrolment applications due. Apply now
College tour - 9.15am, Melton Campus. Register now
Friday 25 AugustStudent Study at Home Day - Staff Professional Practice Day - College closed
Wednesday 30 AugustParents and Friends Meeting
Thursday 7 SeptemberSt Francis Feast Day
Tuesday 12 SeptemberParent Student Teacher Interviews (online)
Thursday 14 SeptemberParent Student Teacher Interviews (online)
Friday 15 SeptemberFinal day of Term 3

Melton Campus BBQ Fundraiser Tomorrow - Wednesday 16 August

Looking Ahead - Cobblebank Campus Students

Dates to remember
Friday 18 AugustYear 7 2025 enrolment applications due. Apply now
Friday 25 August

Student Study at Home Day - Staff Professional Practice Day - College closed

Wednesday 30 AugustParents and Friends Meeting
Thursday 7 SeptemberSt Francis Feast Day
Tuesday 12 SeptemberParent Student Teacher Interviews (online)
Thursday 14 SeptemberParent Student Teacher Interviews (online)
Friday 15 SeptemberFinal day of Term 3

Cobblebank Campus Pancake Fundraiser Tomorrow - Wednesday 16 August

Year 7 2025 Enrolments Due this Friday 18 August

SACCSS Senior Hockey Team

Congratulations to our senior boys' hockey team who made it to the semifinal of the SACCSS one-day competition this week.

Their first two games ended in a draw and although they fell short in their semi, they placed third overall on the day.

The team were praised for their high spirits, athleticism and sportsmanship.

A shout-out to goal scorer Lincoln (Year 11) and goalie for the day Archie (Year 10) who received a special mention from the umpires after every game.

Mikaela Hurst

Health and PE Domain Leader

Garma Festival 2023

The Garma Festival is held annually in northeast East Arnhem land in the Northern Territory, homelands of the Yolngu peoples.

Project Officer Indigenous Students Daniela Harrington from our Melton Campus and Cobblebank Campus teacher Mollie Daphne attended the four-day festival from 4-7 August to learn more about the culture of Aboriginal Australians.

A Youth Forum held during the festival was a space where young people connected with Indigenous culture, celebrated the achievements of Aboriginal people and learned about the issues they face in Australia today.

Along with experiencing the richness of cross-cultural connection, students were given the opportunity to develop their knowledge of democratic principles, law and political systems, media, science, the arts and music. They also took part in a private forum with Australian Prime Minster Anthony Albanese and learned first-hand about the Australian political system.

They also engaged with contemporary and upcoming Aboriginal artists in music workshops.

Daniela and Mollie spent their time at the festival deepening their understanding of how to embed Aboriginal perspectives into our school curriculum, including developing a culturally safe education space for Aboriginal students that can support equity in educational outcomes.

Garma also highlighted the deep and lasting impact First Nation culture has on contemporary Australia and the many contributions made in Australia by Aboriginal people in all walks of life including education, politics, arts, sports, media, law, architecture and design, environment and sustainability, and the sciences.

Garma is a Yolngu Matha (linguistic family) term, meaning a two-way learning process.

Book Week Events

Next week heralds the start of Book Week 2023. This year’s theme is Read, Grow, Inspire and there are many exciting activities running in the Alexandria Resource Centre daily. 

During the week budding poets and artists are encouraged to enter our poetry writing or bookmark design competitions. We cannot wait to see their entries inspired by this year's theme. Students should look out for messages on Simon and come and join us for an adventurous week of fun-filled activities.

Each year since 1945 the Children's Book Council of Australia has brought children and books together across Australia through Children's Book Week. 

During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children's authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians create colourful displays, develop activities, run competitions, and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.

Belinda Brown

Teacher Librarian/Alexandria Resource Centre Manager

Caritas Appeal Thank You

Thank you to everyone in our College community who donated so generously to our Caritas Appeal earlier this year. Your donations were truly appreciated.

Trish Griffin

Social Justice Coordinator

Sports Update

Year 9 Premier League - Melton Campus Round 5

Team

Result

SFCC ladder position

AFL

Salesian College 108 d SFCC 9

5

Boys’ Basketball

SFCC 64 d Salesian College 54

3

Girls’ Basketball

SFCC 56 d Salesian College 24

2

Netball

Salesian College 34 d SFCC 3

4

Boys’ Soccer

SFCC 4 d Emmanuel College 1

4

Boys’ Volleyball

SFCC 3 sets d Salesian College 0

1

Girls’ Volleyball

Salesian College 2 sets d SFCC 1 set

2


Senior SACCSS Sports Melton Campus

Team

Result

SFCC Ladder position

Boys' Soccer - Round 4

Marymede College 12 d SFCC 1

5

Boys' Basketball - Round 1

SFCC 50 d Kolbe Catholic College 271
Girls' Basketball - Round 1Kolbe Catholic College 67 d SFCC 303


Emily Cook

Sports Trainee

Melton Campus - What to Donate to our August Homelessness Campaign

Our Melton Campus Faith and Mission Team's Homelessness Campaign is well underway so here's a reminder of what you can donate throughout August.

And remember, each donation earns students one house point!

Dominic House and Lawrence House

Seeking donations of:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Small packs of tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo

All items included must be new and in sealed packaging for health and safety reasons.

Catherine House

Seeking donations of:

  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Body wash
  • Band-aids
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Combs/brushes

All items included in the bag must be new and in sealed packaging for health and safety reasons.

Glowrey House and Year 12

Seeking donations of good quality clothing. The rule is, if it is good enough to give to a friend then it is good enough to donate!

MacKillop House and Anthony House

Seeking donations of:

  • Tinned soups – tomato, chicken and vegetable, beef and vegetable, pumpkin
  • Tinned vegetables – carrots, corn, peas, mixed vegetables
  • Tinned fruit – peach, pear, fruit salad

Bakhita House and Bernard House

Seeking donations of socks, beanies and blankets. All sizes of new children's and adult's socks are needed and must be left in their original packaging. Beanies and blankets can be new or second hand.

The Faith and Mission Team is gratefully accepting donations of the items below up to Wednesday 23 August. Please ensure all products are kept in their packaging. Students can bring donations to school and place them in their House collection tub or leave them at reception.
Trish Griffin

Social Justice Coordinator

Cobblebank Campus - Donate To Help the Homeless

Cobblebank families are encouraged to get behind our Homelessness Month campaign by donating the following items which will be delivered to local organisations to help those doing it tough.

And remember, each donation earns students one house point!

Lawrence House

Seeking donations of:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Small packs of tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo

All items included must be new and in sealed packaging for health and safety reasons.

Glowrey House

Seeking donations of:

  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Body wash
  • Band-aids
  • Hand sanitiser

All items included in the bag must be new and in sealed packaging for health and safety reasons.

Catherine House and Bernard House 

Seeking donations of good quality clothing. The rule is, if it is good enough to give to a friend then it is good enough to donate!

Dominic House and MacKillop House

Seeking donations of:

  • Tinned soups – tomato, chicken and vegetable, beef and vegetable, pumpkin
  • Tinned vegetables – carrots, corn, peas, mixed vegetables

Anthony House and Bakhita House

Seeking donations of socks, beanies and blankets. All sizes of new children's and adult's socks are needed and must be left in their original packaging. Beanies and blankets can be new or second-hand.

Terri Curnow

Cobblebank House Leader

Simon Everywhere App

Want to download the Simon Everywhere app to your mobile phone but need some help?

Our IT Support team has created a short video to help families find, download and begin using the app.

Simon Everywhere puts permission requests for excursions, emails and school reports at your fingertips.

The app gives you access to PAM, the College online parent portal and allows you to:

  • give permission for excursions
  • log student absences
  • receive notifications from the College
  • sign in without having to enter your username and password each time
  • access your child’s reports, grades and attendance
  • update medical information.

Simon Everywhere can be downloaded from the Apple Store or the Google Play store. Click here to watch our video guide or see below for instructions.

Please email itsupport@sfcc.vic.edu.au if you require further information or assistance.

Community Notices

Foster carers needed

Soup Van volunteers wanted


Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health First Aid Course

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