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Weekly Reflection

World Day of Prayer for Creation -1st September

Pope Francis wrote the following in a letter to Cardinals Turkson and Koch.

‘We need always to keep in mind that, for believers in Jesus Christ, the Word of God who became man for our sake, “the life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from worldly realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us”. The ecological crisis thus summons us to a profound spiritual conversion: Christians are called to “an ecological conversion whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them”. - Laudato Si’, 216-217

Prayers of Intercession

All provident God, your care has given us food from the earth; grant that the crops we harvest may sustain us in body and help us to grow in spirit, we pray to the Lord. Lord Hear our Prayer.

You feed the birds of the air and clothe the lilies of the field; teach us to seek first your kingship over us and teach us your way of holiness, we pray to the Lord. Lord Hear our Prayer.

Through Jesus Christ you have made the world abound in works of holiness; grant that, living in him, we may share in his fullness and life and bear much fruit, we pray to the Lord. Lord Hear our Prayer.

In the Eucharist you have taken up the fruits of our hands as signs of the mystery of faith; grant that the gifts we bring to be consecrated at your son’s table may work for the continuing good of the Church’s life, we pray to the Lord. Lord Hear our Prayer.

You planned that all your children should share in the goods of your creation; grant that all those who are in need may come to enjoy an untroubled life and to glorify you and praise your holy name, we pray to the Lord. Lord Hear our Prayer.

Shaun Coates

Director of Catholic Identity

From the Principal

Today was wonderful, sunny day where CRC Melton held its inaugural Annual Celebration Day Mass and activities. On this day we celebrate our identity and Catholic values - it is about ‘who we are’ and it's important we celebrate the Eucharist today as a school community. This is our 39th year as a College, so we are already looking forward to and planning our 40th Anniversary next year.

For our activities today, the emphasis is centred around gratitude for what we have and we are displaying empathy for those who have less than ourselves. We are raising awareness and funds for the following community partners:

  • Brother Beausang: our sister school in Kenya
  • Fight MND: established in 2014 with the purpose of finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Motor Neurone Disease
  • RU OK: a suicide prevention charity that aims to start life-changing conversations and create a more connected world
  • Open the Door Foundation: supporting Indigenous students through schooling

2020 College Captains

Congratulations to Chantal Bala and Paul Llanes who were announced 2020 College Captains at this morning’s Celebration Day Mass.

Mark Sheehan


From the Deputy Principal - Staff

2020 VCE Subjects

Please note that due to low student numbers, Year 11 Australian & Global Politics, Geography and Dance will not run. VCE subject blockings are progressing and students will be advised of their initial allocations in the coming weeks.

2020 Year 9 Subject Selections

Year 8 students and families please note that 2020 Year 9 elective choices are due to Homeroom Teachers on Thursday, 5th September. After this date, Web Preferences will close and students will have to submit hard copies only. These later applications will not be included in the first round of elective allocations.

Parent Student Teacher Interviews

Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews will take place after school on Tuesday, 17th September between 4pm–7pm and Thursday, 19th September between 4pm–7pm. The interviews link to the Term 3 Interim Reports that will be available next week. Information on how to book interviews will be in next week’s newsletter.

End of Term

Friday, 20th September is the last day of Term 3. Normal classes will operate with the day finishing at 2:30pm. Bacchus Marsh Coaches buses will be available for early pickup however, local Sita Town buses will operate at normal times.

Road Safety

Yesterday afternoon there was a vehicle accident involving a CRC Melton parent. I remind all families of the need for vigilant and safe driving around the school, especially at our busy pick-up and drop-off times.

John Christie

Deputy Principal Staff

From the Deputy Principal - Students


Next Monday, 9th of September, we will be hosting an information workshop for Dinka families through the Cyber Parent Safety App produced by the Australian Multicultural Foundation. This will be held in the Library from 4:30-5:30pm. If parents are interested contact our EAL Coordinator Mollie Daphne or Parent Cultural Officer Abraham Jongroor.

See the following links for more information about the site:

Holiday Program - Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory is holding a school holiday program second week of Term 3 holidays aimed at keeping students engaged and connected to education. If your child is interested, they can speak with Simma Maniel in our cultural office. See attached flyer for more information. Students can also complete the online expression of interest form (link on flyer).

If students are accepted into the program, they will receive further information in the week before the end of school term.

Resilience Project

As part of our ongoing connection with The Resilience Project team, they have put together a podcast which is all about how perfectly imperfect we all are. When we share our struggles with each other, we start to realise that everyone, no matter how successful, has something they are battling with.

Hugh van Cuylenburg, founder of The Resilience Project chats to a variety of interesting people who are willing to make themselves vulnerable, by sharing their own struggles and imperfections. Hugh and good friend Ryan Shelton then discuss some valuable take aways we can all apply to our own imperfect lives.

Their guests include Musician Missy Higgins, AFL star Jack Watts, TV host Georgie Gardner, Entrepreneur Erin Deering and Comedian, Writer and Producer Ryan Shelton. The first two episodes are now available on Apple and Spotify.

Rob Blackley

Deputy Principal - Students

CMUN0019-MVFC-School-Holiday-Program-Term-3_Email.pdf (1.93Mb)

Maths Games Day

Last week we saw two teams of students from Year 9 go to Williamstown High School to represent CRC Melton at the annual MAV Maths Games Day. This week, two Year 11/12 go to RMIT and the Year 8 teams go to Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School also to participate in this amazing experience.

A Maths Games Day is an opportunity for students to:

  • develop their mathematical talents and thinking skills in a setting where maths is regarded as fun and worthwhile
  • work with like-minded students from a diverse range of schools
  • participate in mathematical activities without the usual classroom pressures
  • win prizes and rewards
  • get excited about maths!

Maths Games Days are a very effective vehicle for getting young people – particularly in the middle years of schooling – enthused about maths.

Teams of 4 students compete for a variety of prizes including individual prizes for creativity, contribution to group work, and lucky door prizes. The participants are drawn from those who have a keen interest in mathematics and who can operate as a team. Lateral thinking wins the day.

Year 8 teams - Riley Williams, David Balila, Issy Srnec, Georgina Bertsias, Adorrina Jeevakenthiran, Ophelia Fernando, Ashik Varghese, Rafael Vadivelan.

Year 9 teams - Lucy Taylor, Andria Jojo, Daniel Monitto, Darcy Makin, Ellie Martin, Jayavi Meemaduma, Xavier Millan, James Bertsias.

Year 11/12 teams - Blake Camilleri, Peter Halaka, Paul Llanes, Jarryd Martin, Damien Pendleton, Marius Prundus, Kai Tyrrell, Amelia Cameron.

Accompanying teachers were Georgina Solano, Ian Box and Silvana Nuspan.

Our Year 8 students competed against 53 school teams and were amongst 400 students.

All teams came around middle of the field. Below is a photo from the students at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar.

“I am so overjoyed, thrilled, and fortunate enough to have had the honour to have been invited and to go to the Year 8 Maths Games with Mrs Nuspan, Adorrina, Ashik, David, Georgina, Isabel, Rafael and Riley. At this extraordinary, hectic, fun, and challenging event, it gave me the opportunity to socialise with students from the other schools and to work as a team with my school mates. I learnt that if you don’t know the answer to a question it is not the end of the world, because you can just ask your fellow school mates if they know the answer. If you say you don’t know how to solve the problem, it doesn’t mean you are unintelligent, brainless or the only one that doesn't know, because you don't know for sure if you are the only individual that doesn't know how to solve the problem, there can be other students who also have no idea on how to get the correct answer. It just goes to show that you are human, that you are not a computer or a robot that knows all the answers. I had such a stupendous, hilarious, awesome, and a magnificent time at the Year 8 Maths Games, and I would love to do it again in Year 9.” - Ophelia Fernando, Student

Silvana Nuspan

Domain Leader - Mathematics

Sports News

Year 9 Premier League

We had 4 of our Year 9 teams progress to the semi finals, it was an extremely tough and competitive day for our teams. Our Girls Volleyball team won which will now see them play Marymede in the Grand Final next week. Our Girls Netball and Boys AFL were defeated against Salesian College and our Boys Basketball were defeated by Penola. Congratulations to our teams for making the finals. We wish our Volleyball team the best of luck for their Grand Final.

SACCSS Athletics

Yesterday we took close to 80 students to Lakeside Stadium to compete in the annual Athletics Carnival against the other SACCSS Schools. It was a perfect sunny day with minimal wind which gave our students the ideal conditions for their events. We had so many great individual and team achievements throughout the day, easily one of our best performances as a school. The students were so positive and the encourgament and sportsmanship shown was outstanding. Students should all be very proud of their efforts.

It is impossible to acknowledge all the fantastic achievements as every student did so well and competed greatly. It was a sensational day that was enjoyed by all staff and students, we were also lucky enough to have Mr. Sheehan present some of our ribbons and placings.

Overall it was an extremely successful day, we won all aggregate overalls and had 5 age group champions for the day. Major awards for the day are as follows. A link to the full report of all events and placings will be available next week in the newsletter.

Age Group Champions

U13s - Jonas Cukavac

U14s - Jackson Djatschenko

U16s - Maddie Djatschenko

17-20 - Montana Djatschenko

17-20 - Luke Heaney

Overall Results

Junior Girls 2nd

Junior Boys 1st

Inter Girls 1st

Inter Boys 2nd

Senior Girls 1st

Senior Boys 2nd

Aggregate Results

Juniors 1st

Intermediates 1st

Seniors 1st

Jordyn Syme

Head of Sport

Squash Logic

Want to try a new sport? It's indoors and fun to play. Come and try squash at Squash Logic in Melton next to Mick's Jump and Play.

See attached flyer for more information.

The Melton City Council Teenage Holiday Program

The Melton City Council Teenage Holiday Program will be running from 23 September – 4 October, 2019.

Bookings open at 10:30am Wednesday 4th September, 2019. Bookings will only be accepted online Please note the booking system is now online and customers are no longer able to call customer service to make bookings.

Due to the popular demand of the program and to make sure there is equity amongst all participants, each participant can only book a maximum of 2 activities on the day of booking.

Additional activities requested will be added to a waiting list. Participants who are on the waiting list will be notified if a spot becomes available after the booking date.

Please find attached the flyer for more information. If you have any questions regarding the Teenage Holiday Program, please don’t hesitate to contact Jaime Villareal at Melton City Council on 9747 5382.

Jaime Villareal

Youth Development Officer | Melton City Council

September-Flyer-2019.pdf (1.87Mb)

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