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28th August 2012 Reflection The Event of Grace When someone experiences laughter or tears, bears responsibility, stands by the truth, breaks through the egoism in his or her life with other people; where someone hopes against hope, faces the shallowness and stupidity of the daily rush and bustle with humour and patience, refusing to become embittered; where someone learns to be silent and in the inner silence lets the harsh thought in his or her heart die rather than spread outwards; in a world where someone lives as he or she would like to live, combating his or her own egoism and the continual temptation to inner despair– there is the event of grace. (Karl Rahner)

Last Tuesday marked our annual Celebration Day. The day began with Mass in our local parishes. I had the opportunity and pleasure to attend Mass at St Dominic’s with the many students from that parish. It was very encouraging to see the number of students in attendance and participating. It was a similar experience at the other parish masses. Upon return to the College the students had the opportunity to take part in a range of activities. This year we increased the number of activities and food options for students. The jumping castles proved very popular but not as popular as the dunking machine. Many students and some staff relished the opportunity to drop a teacher in the cold water of the dunking machine. A DJ and our very own CRC Has Got Talent provided entertainment in the hall. The VCAL students and Celebration Day Planning Committee are to be congratulated for their efforts and time devoted to organise the day. We have managed to raise approximately $4000 that will be divided equally between Bro Beausang College, Nairobi Kenya, Royal Children’s Hospital, the local Christmas Giving Tree and Children in Detention. The behaviour of students on the day was excellent. The owners and workers of the jumping castles commented to me at the end of the day how well mannered and behaved our students were. You could see the enjoyment and fun on the faces of many students as I walked around the school. I have passed on these comments and feedback to Mr Sheehan who no doubt is very proud of the students. We continue to receive positive news of the progress he is making in his recovery.

As you may be aware there has been media coverage regarding the Independent Education Union (IEU) calling for members to support their State union counterparts in stop work action on September 5. We will inform you of the impact this may have on the school when more detail is known. Attached to this newsletter is a response from the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV). Last Friday, the staff of CRC gathered for the yearly Faith Day. Cath Connelly, a facilitator specializing in Celtic music and spirituality, engaged the staff with her stories and entrancing playing of her Celtic harp. It was a wonderful day to refresh and reflect on our roles as educators, to hold an internal focus, and confirm with our colleagues that together we are part of a vital community here at CRC Melton. Robert Blackley Acting Principal

P & F Meeting The next P & F Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 29th August at 7.30pm in the Conference room.


2013 Subject Selections

Year 12 Information

Year 9 students and families are reminded that the Year 10 - 2013 Information Evening is this Wednesday, August 29 at 7.00pm. At the evening, students will be issued with their 2013 Handbook, Subject Selection Guide and Web Preference Access Guide. Initial Selections will need to be completed by Tuesday, September 11.

During this week a letter relating to end of year activities will be mailed home. Please take the time to read the letter and be informed of the end of year requirements and dates. Within this letter, there is documentation relating to ticket ordering and allocation. Ensure that you are aware of dates and for further clarification please email me on gaucic@crcmelton.catholic.edu.au.

Year 10 and 11 students have now finalised their initial selections. These will now be collated and checked with initial allocations confirmed at the end of term.

This Friday all Year 12 students will sit for the end of year group photograph. Students will be required to wear full winter uniform. The blue jumper will be required for the photograph and arrangements have been made for loan items.

Year 8 students will receive information regarding their 2013 Year 9 elective choices soon with their initial selections for Year 9 electives due on September 19. Term 3 Interim Reports: Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews Term 3 Interim reports will be available through the Parent Portal on the College Website from next Monday. A letter outlining this and a guide on how to book Parent/Student/Teacher interviews will be posted home at the end of this week. Interviews take place on Wednesday, September 12 after school and on Thursday, September 13 from 1pm to 7.30pm. This will be a student free day. Work Experience All Year 10 students will undertake Work Experience during the last week of Term 3 (September 17 – 21). The week assists students in gaining valuable insights into life in the Workplace. End of Term 3 The last day of Term 3 is Friday, September 21. The College will finish at 2.30pm. Bacchus Marsh Coaches will operate at earlier times to suit this but SITA coaches will run to their normal town service times. I ask that families of students that normally catch the SITA bus make other arrangements for this day wherever possible. These students will also be reminded of this through Bus Duty teachers. John Christie Deputy Principal (Staff)

A reminder that students should be working through their SEAS applications. All students should be applying for category 1: Personal information and location: this can be completed on line when completing the VTAC application procedures. Students applying for Category 3: Difficult circumstances or Category 5: Disability or medical condition should be completing impact statements and collecting documentation. Thursday Afternoon Activities Thursday 30rd August Presentation: Success Integrated - Finish time 1.30pm Further Mathematics SAC - Period 4, Finish time 3.20pm Thursday 6th September Online applications and Special requirements - Finish time 1.30pm Psychology study session (Mrs. Van Iersel’s class) Period 4, Finish time 3.20pm Chantelle Gauci Year 12 Coordinator Congratulations Congratulations to Holly Azzopardi, who made it into the School Vic Team for Hockey.


Year 9 Winter Alpine Experience 2012

Are You Ok Day

Four thirty in the morning is a very early start to a school day. For forty students and six teachers it was the start of two days in Victoria’s high country. After four hours on a bus and a short stop to hire ski and snowboarding gear, we arrived at Mt Buller to enjoy some of the best Victorian snowfalls in recent years. The temperature at Mt Buller was -4.5 degrees on arrival and snow was falling, as it would for much of the day. First thing to do was to head off to lessons. Of all the skills they were taught, as always, the most important was learning how to stop. With lessons completed around lunchtime, everyone headed out to test out their newly acquired skills on Mt Buller’s famous Bourke Street run. Minimum visibility in the misty and snowy conditions didn’t stop everyone from having fun. The freshly fallen snow provided a soft landing for students (and staff) as they tested their skills. Snowballs flew as fluoro CRC vests passed each other in the mist. Snowboarders tried to link their turns and skiers carved their way down the mountain, all with varying degrees of control. By the end of the day there were some cold, tired and bruised people. Most importantly though, there were huge smiles. Arriving back at our accommodation in Mansfield, a hot meal awaited with some footy on TV, maybe a movie and a well-earned trip to bed. After a bit of a sleep in (six thirty, as opposed to three the previous day) and some breakfast, we went back up to Mt Buller. More lessons refined and built on the skills learnt the day before. Conditions had improved a bit, with visibility doubling and the temperature rising to -2 degrees. The students found their skills building throughout the day. Some enjoyed taking a walk around the village and riding the chairlifts to take in a few sights. As always, snowballs were everywhere, with the teachers getting their fair share. After lunch, a handful of the skiers had progressed to the point where they were capable of riding more difficult runs. This was the first time students from CRC have been allowed to go onto Little Buller Spur and Shaky Knees. Following another cold day on the snow, we headed back home. The students who attended the camp should be congratulated on their maturity and positive attitude to the activities. Their behaviour was exemplary as commented on by CRC Melton staff and Mt Buller Ski School and Lift Operations staff. Thank you also needs to go to Emma Wright, Wendy Hine, Simone Taylor and Damian Pentony for attending the camp, without their skills and help, the trip would not go ahead. Special thanks needs to go to Nathan Guthridge for planning and organising such a memorable experience.

Are You Ok Day - September 13th Ask the question. Start the conversation with friends and families. R U OK Day. A federal Government mental health initiative.

Paul Iannazzo

Uniform News Summer fitting for Year 7 2013 students will take place Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th August, 12.00 - 2.00pm and 4.30 - 7.30pm. Any new students needing to buy summer uniform for Term 4 2012 need to order by these dates. Any student wanting a navy VCE jumper for next year also needs to order by the end of August.

Photos from Year 9 Winter Alpine Experience


Uniform

Calendar 2012

2012

Term 3

Term 3

August

August

29th P & F Meeting Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp 3 Year 10 2013 Family Information Evening 7.00pm 30th Year 12 VCAL Excursion

Wednesday 29th Summer Fitting Day 1

September 3rd

Year 8 Reflection Day Year 7 Maths Day 4th Year 8 Reflection Day SACCSS Tennis 5th College Cabaret Performance 6th Year 12 VTAC Applications due College Cabaret Performance 7th College Cabaret Viewing Night 10th Year 10 & 12 VCAL Excursion Year 8 LOTE Excursion Year 11 Media Excursion 12th Year 7 Premier League Round 2 Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews 13th Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews - Student free day SACCSS Senior Soccer Grand Final

Homework Club Homework Club Term 3 starts Wednesday July 25th until Wednesday September 12th Homework Club will be held every Wednesday in the Library from 3.30pm—4.30pm

12.00pm - 2.00pm A. Watson S. Theuma J. Johnson R. Mc Donald 4.30pm - 6.00pm S. Thorburn T. Davine

F. Conway A. Salmon

6.00pm - 7.30pm E. Mitchell K. Serra

L. Toskovski S. Woods

Thursday 30th

Summer Fitting Day 2

12.00pm - 2.00pm K. Piggot D. Taylor

L. Muscat

4.30pm - 6.00pm C. Schembri C. Arthur

D. Simpson

M. Salvatore

6.00pm - 7.30pm T. Agius S. Jakeman S. Kovacic

D. Day

September Wednesday 5th

1.00pm - 2.00pm

K. Arandt

L. Broadway

2012

Canteen

Term 3 August

Mass Times St. Dominic’s Parish Parish Priest: Fr. Michael Moody Weekend Mass times: Saturday: 6.00pm Sunday: 9.00am & 11.00am St Bernard’s Parish Parish Priest: Fr. Brian Glasheen Weekend Mass times: Saturday: 6.30pm Sunday: 8.30am, 10.00am

St Anthony’s Parish Parish Priest: Fr. Fabian Smith Weekend Mass times: Saturday: 5.30pm Sunday: 8.30am & 10.30am

Wednesday 29th Heidi Roberts Thursday 30th Tess Galea Friday 31st Robyn Dodd September Monday 3rd Tuesday 4th Wednesday 5th Thursday 6th Friday 7th

Lyn Bellin Jacqui Shelly Christine Dennison Heather Harrison Linda Tomac Amanda Horwood Tabatha Hehir


28th August 2012 - Newsletter