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Developing social awareness and responsibility, as well as empowering students to exercise their right to voice an opinion and have a ‘say’ about issues that matter to them is important. One of our strategic priorities in 2019 is in regards to Student Voice – determining ways to engage with students on their ideas and opinions and receive their input and feedback. One example of this is our Director – Student Services, Mrs Henry, meeting with student leaders to obtain their input on a submission to the Catholic Church Plenary Council. Students were very vocal about how they currently see the Church and what their hopes for its future are.
Another example, is Olivia of Year 9, who came to me during the week eager to start a petition to install ramp access at Watergardens Railway Station to provide ramp access for people with disabilities, the elderly and those with mobility issues. I have signed the online petition and strongly encourage everyone in the College community to do the same. St Mary MacKillop said “Never see a need without doing something about it” – well done to Olivia for this initiative. Please visit http://chng.it/v7phXyDTQh to read more and sign the petition.
These are great examples of students ‘getting involved’ and as a College, we are focused on listen to and engaging positively with our young people.
On 1 March we conducted a scaled down swimming program due to the excessive heat on that day. Thank you to Mr Whaley and Miss Vassolo for their work in revising the schedule of events and to the team of staff who took students down to St Albans Leisure Centre to compete.
It was Catholic Education Week last week, with the theme Growing Young in Christ. Mr Coshan accompanied a group of Year 8 student leaders to celebrate St Patrick’s Day Mass at the Cathedral.
As part of Catholic Education Week, Mr Gambin and a group of Year 10 Leadership students represented the College at the Catholic Leadership Centre record a segment for the Live FM Radio Broadcast: Well done to Kiara, Bailey, Alessia, Nathan, Lauren, Katherine and Jessica. We’ll let you know when we have the link to the podcast.
On Tuesday 5 March the Student Faith Team ran a highly successful lunchtime fundraiser - cooking and selling pancakes. The Team cooked up a storm and in the process raised $603.85 for Project Compassion.
A great effort, and obviously lots of pancakes! Thank you to everyone who supported this initiative.
Friday 1 March saw a scaled down swimming program being held due at St Albans Leisure Centre. Due to the extreme heat forecast on the day only our swimmers attended the event.
Whilst it was a shame to not have the entire school cheering on their House, we still managed to have an enjoyable and exciting Swimming Carnival.
Congratulations to Paul House for coming in First place. And well done to all competitors who gave their all on the day in every event they swam. All things considered, it was a great morning.
Results from the day are as follows:
1st Place - PAUL House with 165 points
2nd Place - AUGUSTINE House with 139 points
3rd Place MACKILLOP House with 122 points
4th Place CHRISTOPHER House with 115 points
On Friday 15 March, the Year 8 SRC students had the privilege of representing our school at the St Patrick's Day Mass.
The Mass was celebrated at Saint Patrick's Cathedral as part of Catholic Education Week. We were one of over 300 schools at the Mass, which was celebrated by Archbishop Peter Comensoli. Jake and Kiana had the opportunity to represent the College by holding the CRCNK banner up high for all to see as they processed into the church. During the Mass we learnt that a person who is a saint is "someone found by God." The Archbishop also proclaimed that we are all Saints due to the fact that we have all been found by God. The choir of students sang beautifully and their melody brought joy to our ears along side with the prayers that were very meaningful to us all. At the end of the mass we all spoke about how the service was so inspirational and a wonderful opportunity to have shared in as the SRC group.
At the conclusion of the Mass we had the opportunity of meeting and taking a photo with the Arch Bishop. Today was a great experience to be with God and to proudly represent CRCNK as Year 8 SRCs.
Written By: Kiana, Sienna, Daniel, John, Cameron and Jake - Year 8 SRC
A Working Bee and P&F Get Together will be held at the College on Saturday 30 March, commencing at 9am and concluding at approximately 1pm with lunch. During the Working Bee a number of maintenance and grounds tasks will take place. At the same time, the College Parents & Friends will get together in the Collaborative Learning Space to wrap Easter Hamper Prizes and sort Second Hand Uniform donations.
The Working Bee and P&F Get Together provide an opportunity for families to come together and enjoy a social morning while contributing to the continued improvement of our College.
Morning tea and a barbecue lunch will be provided for families taking part in the morning.
Families who are unable to attend the morning may wish to contribute a donation of food or drinks for morning tea, or make a small monetary donation.
If you have any questions regarding the morning please contact Mrs Samantha Beg, Community Liaison Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9361 5900.
The first unit of study in Year 7 Religious Education has the students exploring our school and asked the students to explore how they belong to Catholic regional College North Keilor. To help get a sense of the school and its origins we invite the first principal of the school, Mr Bernard Dobson, to speak with our students.
It is always a pleasure to have Bernard talk to our Year 7 students about the beginnings of our school. To maintain a personal approach, he visited each of the Year 7 Homebase classes and he had students mesmerised with his story telling approach about our history.
He spoke with pride about our school, its beginnings and how it has grown. He explained how the landscape around the school has completely changed from a barren space that allowed you to see CRC Sydenham from our school. The changes to the school logo and uniform were discussed. Bernard was keen to hear that we have current students whose parents came to this school and that they speak of their time at CRCNK with affection.
From its very beginnings, Bernard made sure that students experienced all that school life could offer. They had camps, sports carnivals, excursions and a variety of subjects to study. Something that really stood out to our students was the first gathering of the staff under a fig tree to discuss the beginnings of the school.
Both staff and students were truly privileged to have the opportunity to listen to Bernard and learn about his application for the principal position, the selection of staff and the working bees that everyone in the school community participated in. Bernard humbly talked about the opportunity the role gave him, but our students realised that we are the richer for the vision he had for the school and how this has grown over the years.
What Bernard had to say helped our students better understand the history of our school, but more importantly gave each student a sense of their place in the history of Catholic Regional College North Keilor.