Semester 1 seems like a distant memory given the pace in which we’ve started this term. We are now well into Term 3 and we had hoped to have the Hall available at the beginning of term. However, despite some minor building delays we still expect to be able to open the new Hall before the end of term. As a College we plan to commemorate this with an Official Opening and Blessing, which parents/guardians are warmly invited to attend. More information will be provided as soon as details are confirmed.
We had been holding over our Semester 1 Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony in the hope to conduct this event at a whole school assembly, but given we do not have the Hall as yet we will be conferring awards at individual year level assemblies on Friday, 16 August. Parents/guardians of award recipients were sent an invitation via Caremonkey on Monday of this week and while these ceremonies won’t be as formal as we’d like them to be, we do hope that as many of you as possible can join us.
Term 3 is very much about preparing for the future, and our Year 9s and Year 10s are currently in the process of selecting their subjects for 2020. In the past two weeks, we have had subject selection information sessions for Year 9 and 10 students, and those interested in participating in the Nitor Program in 2020. CRC Sydenham has conducted its Twilight Evening for Year 9s and 10s. Monday 12 August was the Year 11 Course Selection Day for our Year 10s, and on Tuesday 13 August the Year 9 into 10 Subject Selection Information Evening took place.
As I write this, I have been reflecting on this, our 37th, Establishment Day. We intend to formally celebrate this milestone in our new Hall, as part of the Official Opening and Blessing of the Hall, which will be a special way to ‘christen’ the building. We will always be a warm and inclusive College community, forever proud of our rich tradition and identity as a Catholic Secondary College, striving ahead to create an innovative environment for our students that inspires them to independent, faith-filled, lifelong learners, and the people they are called to be.
A group of nine students accompanied by Father Daniel Serratore, Ms Mel De Sieno and Mr Manny Gambin embarked on a journey to the Philippines on their immersion trip over the July 2019 school holidays. The first few working days in Manila were split between two work sights, a small community centre and a complete rebuild of a house.
Here the students had just finished lunch and were all having a conversation before it was time to get back to work. During our days of work in Manila we made great connections with all the local adults and children. It was time to move on to the next city, Bacolod, on the island of Negros. Here we spent a couple days working on a house that belonged to a single mother of three children. When we arrived, the house had no walls but by the time our work was done I’m proud to admit the walls were ready for a roof.
Having the ability to work alongside all the locals was a feeling words cannot explain. We might not have spoken the same language but that didn’t make a difference to these amazing people. They welcomed us into their lives and their homes with all of their love and compassion. Like all good things, it came to an end. Many of us had made friends with the locals of similar age and were still keeping in contact with those people because we want to keep our connections strong. Saying goodbye to all these people and the place was very emotional, but it was time for the students and teachers to take a break from lifting bricks and relax.
The last two and a half days we had the chance to unwind at a resort on Sipaway Island. These last days were really enjoyable being able to just spend it with each other and bond within our group. We had a short mass each of these days which was celebrated by Fr. Dan and they really helped settle out minds and bring us back into comfort. The experiences we had, whilst, similar affected us differently to each individual.
Below is what some of the students had to say about the 2019 Philippines Immersion experience:
On the Philippines immersion trip, I was given the opportunity to help the Filipino people out by doing work such as building houses and providing support in orphanages. During the immersion trip, I was also given the chance to feel spirituality connected with God through community service work and mass. (Reece)
The Philippines immersion has been one of the best experiences in my life. It allowed me to do something to help out other people that are in need. This trip has taught me how to be grateful for everything that I receive in life. If I could have another opportunity to do this trip, I’d be very happy to do so again. (Nathan)
The Philippines immersion was a very hard-hitting and eye-opening experience that most people won’t be able to go through themselves. It puts a new lens on our eyes of what the world out of our country really looks like. It’s very inspiring and a great learning experience, it allows you to be more grateful; people can have so much less and are so much happier and more appreciative. This trip overall was an amazing adventure, and a unique one, no one else will go through the same things that we did, they won’t feel the same as I do because they haven’t been there, it’s breathtaking, heart-opening and not too many words can in depth capture the truth of what I saw. (Jaymie)
A night with Karen Young
On Tuesday 30 July, CRCNK welcomed Karen Young to speak to our parent community. Pyschologist, author, speaker and founder of the popular website 'Hey Sigmund', Karen's wealth of experience includes work in private practice, educational settings and lecturing as well as the facilitation of personal growth groups. Karen is a regular contributor to international sites including The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project and Yahoo Health.
More than 80 parents and CRCNK staff listened as Karen offered two presentations, 'Strengthening Children and Teens Against Anxiety', and 'The Power of the Adolescent Brain - What all Parents Need to Know About the Changes During Adolescence'.
Karen presented an engaging and informative evening, speaking on the many changes during adolescence and the emotional impact on teenagers. Karen's practical tips and personal insights designed to assist parents to navigate challenges facing their teens included ways to recognise and manage anxiety, friendship issues, study stress, and the realities of addiction.
Thank you to all who attended the evening. I trust that everyone present walked away with additional knowledge on teenage anxiety, a greater understanding of the adolescent brain and a toolbox of strategies to support their children through this turbulent time in their life. To learn more from Karen, please visit her website: www.heysigmund.com
As a school, Catholic Regional College North Keilor is making moves to enhance opportunities for staff and students to better know, understand and appreciate our First Nation’s people.
Within the school, we have witnessed an increase in activity that involves our Indigenous brothers and sisters working with staff and our students, in different ways. To further the directions that we are taking, Mrs Bratovic and Mrs Mullan headed to far north Queensland for an Indigenous Professional Learning Immersion.
It is difficult to fully capture the essence of our experience, given the beauty of the landscapes, the people and the unique flora and fauna of the region. From the moment we were first welcomed to country with a smoking ceremony downstream from the Wugal Wugal falls, we were swept up in a journey that opened our eyes to both the beauty and complexity of the connection the Yalangi people have with their land. Our appreciation of this spiritual connection and understanding of the traditional landowner’s reliance on the abundance of resources available, only deepened as the week progressed.
Our immersion was enhanced by our two Red Earth leaders, Nick and Daniel, who had an easy affinity with the families in the homelands and the wider community of Wugal Wugal. Through their connections with the Yalangi people, authentic relationships were forged with the people from the Dikarba, Jajikal and Buru Homelands. It was a privilege to sit around the camp fire each night and listen to their stories and their hopes for the future. We were deeply inspired by the strength and determination of the women to move their communities forward but at the same time remain true to traditions.
The purpose of the immersion was to experience, to listen and learn, and just be present with others, slowing down to what the locals refer to as “Bama Time”. We cooked, we cleaned, we listened and reflected with a deep sense of gratitude and respect for how these people were so open and giving of themselves. Immersed in a beautiful part of Australia, we took a cruise on the Daintree River, experienced several welcomes and smoking ceremonies spoken in the Yalangi language, we swam (but not with the crocodiles), we fished on the Bloomfield River, we trekked through bushland to sacred sites and we painted with local artists.
All too soon our immersion was over, and we had to say our goodbyes with the hope that we would see these beautiful, strong people again. Upon reflection, we were truly humbled and uplifted by our immersion experience recognising the trip as an amazing privilege. We look forward with excitement and hope to provide our students with a unique, authentic immersion in the near future.
AsJuma Nagajil (see you later)
Mary-Anne and Moira
Last Day of Term 3
Term 3 Last Day
Last Day Term 3
Staff Professional Practice Day 3 - Student Free Day
Parents Teacher Interviews
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parents & Friends Meeting
Parents & Friends Meeting
Nitor 2020 Interviews
Year 7, 2020 Family Interviews
Nitor 2020 Information NIght
Year 10, 2020 Subject Selection Information Evening
Term 2 Finishes