History of the Federation of Catholic Regional College
In 1976 representatives of the parishes of St Albans, Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Sunbury and Airport West met with Bishop Joseph O’Connell to express their concern about the growing numbers of young Catholics unable to secure Catholic Secondary Education in the west of Melbourne. The St Albans – Sydenham Catholic Secondary Education Planning Committee was established in March 1977. The Committee held their first meeting on 19 April 1977. By the 25 May 1977 the Committee made the decision to commence work on a complex of Colleges which would operate as a single federation known as Catholic Regional College.
Catholic Regional College North Keilor, the third College in the Federation, was established in 1982. The first College at St Albans was established in 1978, followed by Melton in 1980, Sydenham in 1982 and finally, Caroline Springs in 2007.
The Catholic Regional College Council is the Governing Board of the Federation. Membership of the Council comprises Parish Priests, parent representatives, the Principals of the five Colleges, and other persons selected for their expertise. Two sub committees of the Council, the Board of Studies and the Finance Committee, respectively deal with educational aspects, and oversee financial matters.
Strong support exists for the College from our parishes in both a pastoral and financial sense. Pastoral support is provided by visits to the College by Parish Priests, participation by the Priests in service programs, camps, regular Masses within the College, special liturgies and Reconciliation.
New governance structure
As of 1 January 2021, all the Catholic parish and diocesan schools in the Melbourne Archdiocese are now under the guidance and governance of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS).
The Federation of Catholic Regional Colleges is committed to maintaining the collective mission that began over 40 years ago to provide the best Catholic Secondary Education for the families in our local parishes and communities.
Due to growth in the Melton-Bacchus Marsh corridor, MACS and CRC Melton have made the decision that CRC Melton will develop a new campus in the Cobblebank area (construction is due to begin in 2022) to create their own Federation. Therefore, effectively from September 2021, CRC Melton is no longer an active part of the CRC Federation.
Effective 2022, there will be a new Federation School Advisory Council established that will continue to represent the four Colleges (North Keilor, St Albans, Caroline Springs, Sydenham). Each College will also have a local School Advisory Council.
While the Federation and local School Advisory Councils do not have governance responsibility or decision-making authority, they support the Principals and school leadership teams and provide an important connection to the parish.