The College Mission statement commits us to learning in all forms, styles and situations; formal and informal, mutual and collegial.

House

House Building Day

House Building Day is an all-day event dedicated to immersing our entire Year 7 cohort to the House history and culture of our College. Year 7’s will spend the entire day forging bonds with classmates of their own House (Jackson, O’Reilly, Franklin and Norman). Each House Group learns about the important and revered person that their House is named after as well as the specific core values that are celebrated in each house. Year 9 and 10 House Captains also spend the day with the Year 7’s encouraging their young House mates to display the best version of themselves throughout the day. The highlight of the day are the House Competitions located in the oval, where each House takes part in several team building activities and games for House points. House Building Day is a highly engaging event dedicated to encouraging our youngest cohort to participate in all future House based activities.

Carnivals

Students are afforded the opportunity to participate in three House Sporting Carnivals, that being Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country each year. Each Carnival has a variety of competitive and novelty-based events scheduled to ensure all students, regardless of ability level, can participate. The purpose of each of the Carnivals is to build the sense of community amongst the student body, and enhance student association with their House. Each year students design and create a House Banner to display at the Carnivals.

House Cup

At Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs, the House Cup is awarded at the end of every year to the House which earns the most points during the year. Each House accrues points through a variety of events throughout the year, which include but are not limited to:

  • House Building Day
  • Swimming Carnival
  • Athletics Carnival
  • Cross Country
  • Run Club
  • Lunchtime Activities and Sport
  • Social Justice Activities

Sport

SACCSS

Students at Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs are afforded the opportunity to participate in a variety of inter-school sports activities throughout the year. These sports are:

  • Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Cross Country
  • Junior Girls AFL
  • Intermediate Girls AFL
  • Junior Futsal (Boys & Girls)
  • Intermediate Futsal (Boys & Girls)
  • Junior Tennis
  • Intermediate Tennis
  • Junior Rugby (Boys & Girls)
  • Intermediate Rugby (Girls)
  • Golf
  • Chess

Each of these sports run as one-off days, with teams selected through a trial process.

Premier League

In addition to SACCSS Carnivals, students have the opportunity to participate in Year Level based Premier League Sport. These sports are:

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Soccer
  • AFL
  • Cricket

Each of these sports consist of five round robin days, with the top two teams advancing to the finals, with teams selected through a trial process.

Lunchtime Sports

Across the year, there are a variety of lunchtime sport opportunities available to students at Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs. These sports can be run in House-based groups or social groups depending on the type of competition. Sports that are on offer include:

  • Dodgeball
  • Volleyball
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Table Tennis

Run Club

Each Tuesday and Thursday morning, students have the opportunity to participate in Run Club before school. Students spend 30 minutes each morning, running or walking around the Caroline Springs Town Centre sport precinct under the supervision of College staff. Run Club offers a social environment, for students to engage in physical activity. Students are provided with a healthy breakfast after run club each session, to ensure they have sufficient energy before starting classes for the day.

Performing Arts

Music Program

Instrumental Music is offered at our school by qualified teachers who have a passion for music. We offer lessons for the following:

  • Voice
  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Ukulele

25-minute lessons take place throughout a school day on a rotating timetable. Our school offers competitive rates in order for students to be able to take part in co-curricular activities within the school setting.

Ensembles & Bands

Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs provides many opportunities for students to pursue music endeavours. We offer many different ensembles and bands to cater to the passion shown from our students. We have and will continue to grow this program. At present time we offer:

  • Ministry Ensemble
  • Junior Band
  • Senior Band
  • Ukulele Club

Choirs

Our school offers Choirs catered to meet the needs of the school setting and the passion of the students. With qualified voice teachers, the choirs are often asked to perform at many different events, including but not limited to; Mass, Assemblies, Community Events and Competitions. At present time we offer:

  • Junior Choir
  • Senior Choir
  • Mass Choir
  • Boys Choir
  • Acapella Choir (Audition only)

Production

Our College offers a Musical Production every year as a Co-Curricular activity. This gives the students the opportunity to work in a large group setting on singing, dancing and acting. The production is audition-based with all students needing to be a part of a Choir or Ensemble. Some years we also offer a Production Band, this allows students to use their musical gifts to learn a score of music overseen by a Music Teacher or an Instrumental Teacher. Our College has presented the following Musicals over the last few years:

  • Aladdin
  • Hairspray
  • Beauty and The Beast
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Grease
Pottery Years 8 and 9
PAC Opening
PAC Opening
Jewellery making Arts week 2019
Arts Tech exhibition 2019
Arts Tech exhibition 2019

Academic

Chess Club

Students from all year levels are welcome to participate in Chess Club. During Term 1, students take part in weekly lunchtime social games where they can test their skills against others in a non-competitive manner. This is also an opportunity to make new friends and play against students from different year levels. In Term 2, students participate in Chess Tournaments. These are organised as ‘Knockouts”, whereby students are eliminated from the competition when they lose two matches. The Knockout Tournaments culminate in Grand Final matches and the winners, as well as the runners up, receive trophies and medals. The number of tournaments held throughout the year depend on the number of students involved. Usually there are two simultaneous tournaments; one for Years 7 & 8 students and one for Years 9 & 10 students. The highest ranked players are then selected to participate in the inter-school SACCSS Chess tournament which is held in Term 3. The SACCSS students are involved in weekly coaching and practice sessions prior to this competition. Often the senior students will mentor the juniors and students can test their skills in a teacher versus student competition. If a team wins the SACCSS tournament, they progress to the States Chess Tournament. Most years, selected students will also compete in other inter-school Chess tournaments, where they receive certificates and compete for medals and trophies.

Book Club

Book Club students across all year levels meet on a fortnightly basis during lunchtimes. Students discuss books they are currently reading, help to choose new books for the library, have first choice of new books to borrow, watch book related movies, play “book title” games, such as Charades, help in the library during lunchtimes when required, (such as Library Week) and discuss different genres, authors, series or a focus question. This Club is very sociable and students do not have to be dedicated readers to participate, however, a general interest in books is recommended. Unlike other Book Clubs, there is also no expectation to read a particular book each month.

STEM

Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is an emerging field in education. STEM encourages students to develop critical and creative thinking skills, as well as teamwork to solve large scale problems.

Year 7

Students within Year 7 have the opportunity to participate in an extra-curricular based STEM program, which involves the coding of Lego MindStorm and mBot Robots to complete a series of tasks.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 have the opportunity to participate in an extra-curricular based STEM program, which involves the creation and printing of self-designed 3D printed objects. Students are also afforded the opportunity to participate in the VEX Robotics Challenge.

Year 9

Year 9 students are also provided with the opportunity to participate in the University of Newcastle Science & Engineering Challenge, alongside the VEX Robotics Challenge.

Year 10

Year 10 students are afforded the opportunity to participate in the University of Newcastle Science & Engineering Challenge, alongside the VEX Robotics Challenge. Year 10 students are able to participate in the College's annual STEM with NASA International Experience in Orlando Florida. This experience sees students visiting the Kennedy Space Centre, iFly, Universal Studios, Disney World and the Florida Everglades to see STEM in action in the real world.

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Languages Club & Competitions

Languages Club is designed to promote languages and organise activities related to languages (Italian and Japanese) within the College. These activities including Languages Week, Carnevale and Japanese Children's Day. The languages club meet once a fortnight at lunchtime.

School based languages competitions run throughout the year. These include cultural cooking, arts and crafts and origami crane making. Students also have the opportunity to take part in the Swinburne University Italian Poetry Competition at Year 8 and the Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition at Year 9.

Debating Club

Debating Club runs on a fortnightly lunchtime in Term 2. Debating Club promotes a variety of skills including: public speaking, developing a contention, argument building, strengthening personal opinions, considering other people’s perspectives, persuasion through language, teamwork, and ultimately, confidence. The first session is an introduction into how the club will run as well as getting to know the other debaters. The second session is a mini debate as a practice round. The following couple of sessions are for more formalised debates (preset topic for each) to take place. Nonetheless, all debating that occurs remains at the College within the designated classroom space. Debating Club welcomes anyone who likes to argue their point, has a strong opinion, and is keen to be heard. A sign up process is in late Term 1 for expressions of interest.

Art & Technology Competitions

When exploring Art and Technology subjects, it’s fair to say that all becomes colorful and exciting. As a department, we are always on the lookout for new ideas and adventures that we can organise and offer to our students.

From the kitchen, it’s all fun and learning. Some students may be accomplished cooks, full of excitement and others may have the burning passion to cook up a storm, yet lack the confidence. However, this doesn’t stop anyone from trying. We organise and run the much-anticipated MasterChef One Pan Competition. This competition is divided into junior and senior categories, and is enjoyed by the participants and a large audience. The judges also have a fabulous time tasting a range of dishes made in the half hour given during lunch time. All participants are celebrated.

Catering is another event that the students are eager to be involved in. To help showcase the talents and skills from the kitchen, students create a range of treats and even go to the efforts of serving them to the guest during the Arts Tech Exhibition evening.

A pasta tower building competition will be organised this year, the group to build the tallest tower will win. Students will have to throw ideas in the air and quickly decide which ideas to use. The pressure will be on, yet the excitement overrides this.

In the past we have organised for qualified chefs to come and demonstrate their articulate skills. Students thoroughly enjoy watching the Chef’s bringing something new and exciting to the table, not to mention the taste testing.

Pasta Mania is another event that will be taking place, in support of the Uganda Project. Students will be served pasta with sauces to choose from. This encourages the students to work towards a worthy cause.

In running such activities, skills and knowledge are gained through a fun filled learning environment. Either from the kitchen, on the green, in the Art studios or anywhere else on the school grounds, the learning and showcasing is at its best.