Weekly Reflection

This week we feature our final house patron from 2023, Dr Sr Mary Glowrey.

Dr Sr Mary Glowrey JMJ, Servant of God, was the world’s first Sister-doctor. Born in rural Victoria, she left Australia in 1920 and spent 37 years in India serving the poor. She remained close to her family all her life, despite never returning to her homeland.

Mary was born in Birregurra in 1887 in regional Victoria. She was described as a shy, quiet and humble child, winning scholarships to secondary school and the University of Melbourne and graduating from medicine in 1910.

In 1916 Mary became the first president of the Catholic Women’s Social Guild (now the Catholic Women’s League of Victoria and Wagga Wagga).

In 1920 Mary gave up her career as a doctor in Australia to go to India to care for the poorest women and children. She became a religious Sister with the Society of Jesus Mary Joseph in Guntur and for many years ministered to thousands of patients who could not otherwise have received care.

She founded the Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI), whose members today care for 21 million people a year.

Mary is only the second Australian to be considered for official recognition as a saint.

She was declared a Servant of God in 2013.

In Mary's words

"If I could but succeed in doing God’s Holy Will always, then not only would sin be impossible but I should always do that which was well-pleasing in His sight. This petition became my constant prayer."


My God, I am so convinced that you keep watch over those who hope in You, and that we can want for nothing when we look for all in You, that I am resolved in the future to live free from every care, and to turn all my anxieties over to You. “In peace, in the self same, I will sleep and I will rest, for Thou, O Lord, singularly has settled me in hope.” (Ps 4: 9-10)

Click below to read more about our other new house names.

Lawrence | Dominic | MacKillop | Bakhita | Bernard | Catherine | Anthony

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

Last Thursday, we celebrated with the 2022 Year 12 cohort and their families at the annual Graduation Dinner. It was a very special night, with students looking so grown up in their formal attire.

More than 40 staff attended together with parents and guardians and it wasn’t too long before the dance floor was full for the Macarena.

The large number of staff who attended is a testament to the quality of relationships developed with students during their six-year journey at the College.

Thank you to parents and guardians who joined us on the night – education is a partnership, and your commitment and support have been integral to our students' success.

We look forward to hearing from our graduating class as they venture into the next chapter of their lives.

Jump Start

This week we welcome several students to the College who have joined us for our Jump Start Program. Some are returning and others are moving into the local area. We wish all students a positive start to their two-week orientation period.

Marlene Jorgensen


Looking Ahead

Dates to remember
Wednesday 16 November Year 10 and 11 exams conclude
Friday 18 November

Student Work from Home Day

Monday 21 NovemberJump Start program begins
Thursday 1 DecemberTerm 4 concludes for Year 10 and 11 students
Friday 2 December

Junior Awards Ceremony

Term 4 concludes for Year 7-9 students
Friday 16 December 

College office closes - 4pm

Thursday 19 January 2023College office opens
Wednesday 1 February Term 1 begins for Year 7, 11 and 12 students
Thursday 2 FebruaryTerm 1 begins for Year 8-10 students

New College Uniform

Our new transeasonal College uniform, to be introduced from 2023, can now be purchased from Academy Uniforms.

You can follow this link to our website for a pricelist St Francis Catholic College Uniform Pricelist 2023.

All 2023 Year 7 students and new students in other year levels must purchase the new College uniform.

Current students can continue to wear the existing uniform for up to two years. The new uniform will be compulsory for all students in 2025.

Your child can wear any piece of the academic uniform at any time during the year.

Please also remember:

  • The only hats permitted are the regulation College cap, bucket hat or beanie whilst outside.
  • If worn, the tie is to be done up to the shirt collar and worn correctly. The tie is only compulsory for formal school events, occasions and excursions.
  • Skirts, dresses and shorts should be of a modest length.

Only black leather lace-up shoes are permitted with the academic uniform.

Student Representatives for World Youth Day 2023

The Melbourne Archdiocese is overseeing arrangements to send 500 young people to Lisbon, Portugal in July/August 2023 for World Youth Day (WYD).

More than two million people are expected to attend!

Current Year 9 and 10 students are invited to nominate to become a student pilgrim representing St Francis Catholic College at WYD.

Interested students, who have the support of their parents or guardians, should email me scoates@sfcc.vic.edu.au by tomorrow, Wednesday 23 November, with a statement indicating why they would like to attend.

WYD includes many activities and catechesis events ending with Stations of the Cross on Friday evening, a 10km pilgrim walk and sleepout on Saturday then mass with the Pope on Sunday.

The Melbourne pilgrims will then have a further day together, culminating with Mass on Monday before they begin the journey home on Tuesday 8 August.

Weeks later, the group will reunite for a retreat in the September school holidays.

For schools, the minimum age for student pilgrims is 16. This typically means Year 10 and 11 students in 2023.

The Melbourne pilgrims will have their own nurse, doctor and mental health professionals at their hotel.

The Archdiocese has worked with Harvest Journeys to create two travel options for student pilgrims.

Option 1: Direct to Lisbon 28 July-9 August Cost: $5900 approx.

Initially spend 2 days in Fatima followed by WYD Week in Lisbon

Option 2: The Italian Way 22 July-9 August Cost: $8100 approx.

Rome, Assisi, Fatima and WYD2023 Week in Lisbon

Students could be sponsored by fundraising activities held in their parish. Our College may also assist in funding one or more students to attend.

To help with fundraising, student pilgrims who initially register and pay their $500 deposit will receive a URL and a link that operates much like a Go Fund Me page. 

They can forward the link to their school and parish seeking sponsorship from their local communities. The amount raised this way will be limited to $4000.

Further details about WYD can be found here.

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Languages Domain

Congratulations to the following Year 12 students who have been awarded their Certificate III in Applied Language:

Alleya Bautista, Cate Cimarelli, Sarsha Kerton, Kiyuss Leski, Sara Mantilla Mesa, Heidi Pardinas, Heather Petelo Sauvao, Lily Portelli, Hero Rosales, Lana Sciberras and Allan St Martin.

Gelati van visits

Year 7 and 8 students enjoyed a visit from a gelati van last week and, despite the cold weather, patiently queued to buy a delicious sweet treat.

The van’s visit was so popular on Italian Day that we decided it was the perfect way for the Languages Domain to mark the end of the school year before the beginning of Jump Start.

We also take this opportunity to wish you all a holy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Claudia Russo

Languages Domain Leader

Sports Update

Congratulations to our Year 8 girls' volleyball team, who won their SACCSS Premier League Division 1 grand final in straight sets against St Monica’s College last week.

New College Careers Website

A reminder that in 2023 the College will use a new website to manage careers and pathways information delivered to students and families.

This website is important for all year levels, especially our senior students, as it allows for clear distribution of information during the academic year.

Students will also be able to develop an e-portfolio they can use when applying for jobs and courses when they complete secondary school.

This week, students received an email invitation to set up their accounts on the new website.

During Jump Start, Year 10 students will use it to complete preparation for work experience and Year 12 students to prepare for career interviews.

As a parent/guardian, we understand that there are numerous pathways your child may undertake and changes at the senior level with the introduction of VCE Vocational Major (VM) and the Victorian Pathways Certificate.

To enable parents and guardians to keep abreast of information and opportunities such as part-time employment and apprenticeships, they can also create an account on the new platform.

The aim is to make information more accessible.

The new careers platform will replace the current communication with students through Microsoft Teams.

The Pathways team (myself and Rachelle Spence) are also available at the College and students can continue to make appointments by emailing pathways@crcmelton.com.

We trust the new careers platform will assist students and families in making informed pathway decisions throughout their time at the College.

Kristiaan Vallak

Pathways Coordinator

Melton Parish Christmas Mass Times

Community Notices

Step-Up2U Project

Step-Up2U Information Sheet

Foster Care Information Session

Women in Sport Breakfast

Pasifika Festival

Power Saving Bonus

Free Kinder From 2023

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

What's new in 2023

Parent Handbook


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