Principal Report

By Mr Jamie Madigan Principal

Advent

In the very busy lead up to Christmas, we often miss Advent's power because these December weeks are full of Christmas shopping, parties and other end of year events. Each year, the business of this month serves to distract us from having an Advent season that truly prepares us for the celebration of Christmas, with all its meaning.

This Advent let us all remember; it is the feast that sings of the gift of life. The birth of a child moves us and causes tenderness. It is a stimulus to discover the warmth of simplicity, friendship, and solidarity. Christmas can become an occasion to welcome, as a personal gift, the message of hope that emanates from the mystery of the birth of Christ.

Aquinas Building Opening

On Wednesday 16 November we celebrated the Official Opening and Blessing of the St. Thomas Aquinas building.

The Reverend Father Richard Rosse Parish Priest St Catherine of Siena Parish Caroline Springs, led us in a prayer service and then the official blessing of the Aquinas building. The building was then officially declared opened by the Honourable Brendan O’Connor - Minister for Skills and Training, who addressed the guests and then unveiled the Aquinas building commemorative plaque. We sincerely thank the Honourable Brendan O’Connor for his attendance, and we also thank the Australian Government which under the Capital Grants Program generously allocated a Grant of $1.5 million dollars towards this building project.

St. Thomas Aquinas was born in 1225 at Rocca Sicca, in the territories of Naples in Italy. His family was a noble one.

St Thomas Aquinas is a saint and doctor of the Catholic Church. He has contributed greatly to the philosophy and theology of both secular and the church and developed a reputation of highly academic scholarly writings. St Thomas Aquinas is a model for both laity and clergy. As a priest in the Dominican order he was known for his Christ-like example in word and deed to his fellow Dominicans.

After his death in 1274, Pope John XXII (22nd) canonized him in 1323 and was deemed Patron Saint of Catholic schools and students. He also is known as the Angelic Doctor or the Universal Teacher. We are proud to have named this new building after St Thomas Aquinas

Finally, a special thanks to Reverend Father Richard Rosse, the College Ministry and Administration teams, Maintenance staff and to all staff and students involved in the opening ceremony as readers, musicians, performers and members of the College choir.

College Timetable 2023

As you may be aware, this year the College moved to a new timetable of 5 x 60-minute periods per day. This has been quite well received with regards to the brevity of the lesson, better supporting the ability of the students to remain fully engaged for the entire duration of the lesson. However, based on feedback from staff and students on the 5 lessons per day structure, we have uncovered some issues with the current structure that we are confident can be addressed through refinement of our timetable.

The larger of these issues has highlighted that the 5 lessons in a day structure is difficult for our students to prepare for, and can appear overwhelming both within the day, and throughout the 10-day cycle. Some students have identified that they are unable to adapt to the pace and requirements of needing to focus through five different subjects/content within each day. Additionally, our students highlight the increased pressure on them to complete homework for up to 5 subjects each evening, in preparation for the next day of 5 lessons, which can be overwhelming when considered over a 10-day cycle.

After careful consideration, supported by the feedback from key stakeholders, which has included our College Leadership Team, Teaching Staff, Year 7 to 10 Students, and School Advisory Council, a decision has been made to move to a 4 x 70-minute period day in 2023. This refinement in our timetable is further supported by the changes implemented at CRC Sydenham, which will also be adopting a similar timetable structure for next year.

We thank staff, students and parents who completed the feedback survey on the four possible timetable options for 2023. We can now announce that based on the survey feedback that the timetable for 2023 will be as follows:

Thank you for your feedback and for your on-going support.

College Captains

I would like to thank our 2022 College Captain Ivanka P. Her College Captains address at the whole school assembly and Year 10 Graduation was absolutely outstanding and truly inspiring, as have all of her speeches been this year. She has been an exceptional leader and role model for all students. I also thank our 2022 Deputy College Captains Christina S, Angel Y and Meena B, for their great work as leaders in our school. They have displayed outstanding servant leadership characteristics and have led their peers with energy, passion and enthusiasm. Throughout the year they’ve contributed in a very real and practical way to making our school a great place and in ensuring that students ‘have a voice’ on many issues. I thank them for their time, generosity and willingness to serve our community.

Ivanka P
Christina S
Angel Y
Meena B

It is with great pleasure that I can now formally acknowledge our School Captains for 2023:

College Captain – Zalaika F

Deputy College Captains – Alyssa D, Charli N, Nyankat D

Zalaika F
Alyssa D
Charli N
Nyankat D

These students will be formally acknowledged at the investiture ceremony at the start of next year. We eagerly look forward to working with these student leaders in 2023, and we wish them all the best in their roles.

Farewell Year 10s

The Year 10 Graduation Mass and Assembly was held in the College Hall on Thursday 24 November. It was wonderful to again gather as an entire school community on-site with students’ staff and families present.

During this evening we celebrated Liturgy together as a college community and formally acknowledged our Year 10 students who over their four years with us, have been guided by our motto of ‘Live Fully Act Justly’.

I ask our Year 10s to always remember the four relatively simple words of our College motto. Paradoxically these words are also very complex, deep and spiritual. Over their time at the College they would have heard them hundreds, if not thousands of times. These rather unobtrusive four words are truly reflected in their time at the College and we hope they are also forever etched in their mind and more importantly etched in their hearts. At the Liturgy we gathered as a Catholic community to celebrate the wonderful gifts and talents of our students and we formally farewelled our Year 10s. We hope that they take the ‘live fully’ and ‘act justly’ aspect of our motto with them on their next journey and truly achieve fullness of life.

I would also like to wish all the best to our departing, Year 10 students. This group of students is an extraordinary and eclectic group of young men and women, both collectively and individually. They are scholars, athletes, narrators, engineers, musicians, mathematicians, artists, comedians, politicians and men and women of intense faith, devotion and spirituality.

Pope Francis recently said that:

"School not only expands your intellectual dimension, but also the human heart. In a particular way, Catholic schools are attentive to developing human virtues such as loyalty, respect, faithfulness, commitment.

When I look at you our departing Year 10 students, I have a genuine, optimistic hope for your future and for the future of our Catholic church. I feel certain, that your futures are bright, exciting, and positive. Through an active focus on our College motto ‘Live Fully, Act Justly,’ you our students have embraced a community in which faith is a "hands on" experience in which you seek Christ in each other and in the world in which you live.

I would like to thank Father Richard Rosse parish priest at St Catherine of Siena parish for leading us in celebrating Mass and for his significant contribution to our College as the custodian of mission on the School Advisory Board.

Thank you also, to all the staff and students who have been involved in preparing the Year 10 Graduation Liturgy and formal presentations. Firstly, our Head of Faith and Mission Mr Paul Sammut and his Ministry team and Year 10 student leaders for overseeing the Graduation Liturgy. I also thank Head of Music Performance Dr Chris McGillen and Performance and Events Coordinator Ms Katie Franzone for their contributions. Thank you to our Deputy Principal Wellbeing Ms Katie Murray Fawcett, Year Level Leaders Mr Heath Aitken and Mr Xavier Hayes for overseeing a whole team of staff involved in organizing the Graduation ceremony. And a special thank you to the College maintenance and I.T teams who were actively involved in setting up and ensuring that all the technology components of the evening ran smoothly.

Faith and Mission

By Mr Paul Sammut Mission and Faith Leader

Prayer for Advent

Heavenly Father, heal our heart during this season of Advent.

Help us to love more fully. To forgive more generously. To wait more patiently for Christmas, embracing each day and hour knowing the joy that awaits.

In Your name I pray.

Amen.

Advent – Preparing for the Coming of Christ

Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus – meaning the coming. The purpose of the season is to help us focus on the Second Coming of Christ; to take time for prayer, stillness and sacrifice. One way to assist us in our journey through Advent is to contemplate on the image of the nativity.

The image of the nativity reminds us that salvation does not come from above. God speaks as a newborn baby; he is the light that shines through our darkness and brings light on all people “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). While he comes as the light of the world, it is important to realise that he chooses to be a humble child, weak and vulnerable, dependent solely on the care of his parents.

In his 2021 Christmas Vigil Homily, Pope Francis reminds us of the need to ask Jesus for the grace of littleness.

“Lord, teach us to love littleness. Help us to understand that littleness is the way to authentic greatness”. What does it mean, concretely, to accept littleness? In the first place, it is to believe that God desires to come into the little things of our life; he wants to inhabit our daily lives, the things we do each day at home, in our families, at school and in the workplace. Amid our ordinary lived experience, he wants to do extraordinary things.”

Let us pray that during this Advent season we may draw closer to Christ and recognise him in all things.

Advent 2022 Best Catholic Resources

Last 8am Mass for Term 4

Weekly Friday 8am Mass (8:00-8:25am) occurs every Friday of Term (unless otherwise advised) at St Catherine of Siena Parish Church located on the school grounds.

Our last Mass for the year will be this Friday 2 December. All students and their families are welcome to attend. It is a wonderful opportunity to begin the day in contemplation and prayer, listening to the word of God and receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. I encourage all those who can attend. We sincerely thank Fr Richard Rosse and Fr Joel Peart for the opportunity to attend Mass each week.

Ablaze Youth Group

Ablaze Youth Group runs every fortnight at the CRC CS Hall from 7 to 8:30pm. All those in high school Years 7-12 are more than welcome to come along. For further enquiries, please contact: stcatherineyg@gmail.com

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli – ‘Welcome Home’

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has written a pastoral letter entitled ‘Welcome Home’, encouraging us to gather together again at Mass and explaining some changes regarding our Sunday and Holy Day obligations and the streaming of Masses. Read the letter below. Copies of this letter have been sent to parishes and you can download a print-friendly version here.

Bishops of Victoria – ‘Voting for the common good: Victorian Bishops election guide’

The Bishops of Victoria have written to the Catholic community in Victoria, providing an election guide designed to help Catholics consider and navigate issues of significance, particularly those related to the common good.

Sunday Gospel Reflection

First Sunday of Advent Year A

Matthew 24:37-44

The Lord is coming when we least expect.

Weekend Parish Mass Times

St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Caroline Springs

Saturday (Vigil): 6:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 10:30am & 12:00pm

St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Caroline Springs Website

Sacred Heart/Emmaus St Albans & Sydenham

Sacred Heart

Saturday (Vigil): 5:00pm

Sunday: 7:30pm, 9:00am (Polish), 10:30am

Emmaus Church

Saturday: 6:30pm

Sunday: 9:00am

Sacred Heart/Emmaus St Albans & Sydenham Website

Resurrection Catholic Parish, Kings Park

Saturday (Vigil) 6:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:30pm (Syriac – Iraqi), 3:00pm (every fourth & fifth Sunday of the month – South Sudanese)

Resurrection Catholic Parish, Kings Park Website

Parent and Friends Committee

By Ms Katie Murray-Fawcett Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

Here at Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs we have been so fortunate this year to have a group of committed parents who have come together to form our Parents and Friends Committee for 2022. The impact of COVID in the last two years has meant we have had to start again in so many ways and our parents and friends was no exception. However, so many families were willing to put their hands up and have supported us in helping out on Live Fully Act Justly Day, the Year 7 Testing Day, P and F meetings, feedback on the College and our Christmas dinner. For me personally, the highlight was our cultural dinner where our amazing Iraqi parents cooked traditional dishes for us to enjoy. This committee is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen the relationships families have with the College and to meet other families within our community.

A special thanks to our Principal Jamie Madigan for his support, Anthony Zammit and the work he does with a number of our families, and finally to Nrmin Ajem our Multicultural Aide who has gone above and beyond in supporting the committee getting off the ground this year.

We look forward to welcoming new parents in 2023 and collaborating on further initiatives that the P and F can support.

Finance

By Ms Maryann Krsteski Finance Department

2022 School Fees

2022 School fees are to be completed by November 2022 unless you have a prior payment plan in place with the finance department. Please review your monthly emailed school fee statement if you have a balance due.

2023 School Fees

2023 School Fee notice and Fee Payment Agreements were mailed home. If you have not received them please contact the finance department or visit the school website. https://www.crccs.vic.edu.au/enrolment-1/college-tuition-fee

If you have changed home address or email details please also update the school.

2023 Payment arrangements are due back as soon as possible to commence in February 2023 and finalise by November 2023 unless prior arrangement is in place.

CSEF 2023 (Current health care card holders)

CSEF applications are being accepted for 2023. Please complete the application form on our website and return the completed signed form along with a copy of the parent/carer current health care card valid until the end of term one 2023 to the College office as soon as possible. CSEF Application Form 2023

STEM Immersion USA - 1-12 April 2023

Payments due dates are 1 December 2022 $2,000 and 1 February 2023 $550.

Immersion Central Australia 2023- payment due dates

Payments are due by 23 Nov - $1000, 1 Feb - $1000 and 1 March - $1000

Immersion Tasmania 2023- payment due dates

Payments are due by 23 Nov - $1000 and 1 Feb - $1000

If you wish to discuss any finance concerns please reach out to us by phone 9217 8000 extension 2 or email mkrsteski@crccs.vic.edu.au

Thank you Finance Department

Student Leaders Corner - Pia and Tileah

By Mr Luke Lentini Head of Student Wellbeing

PIA K (Year 8 Level Leader)

Q1. What does servant leadership mean to you?
To me servant leadership means doing everything possible to meet and accommodate the requirements of others and to put others before yourself. As a servant leader, I can prioritise the wants of others to be the voice of the students from our college and make suggestions that would support others and help them to reach their targets.  

Q2. Why did you want to be a part of the 2022 student leadership team?
I wanted to be a part of the 2022 student leadership team because I have always wanted to be a part of making our school an even better place for the students, teachers, and the future students. I also choose to be a part of the student leadership team because I wanted to improve my leadership skills and grow as a leader.  

Q3. What is your role in the leadership team? And what are your responsibilities?
The role I play in the leadership team is a year 8 leader. In this role I play a part in creating/working on proposals with the other leaders, helping in college events, attending meetings every week, assisting in tours for the future students at our college, making student bulletins and working as a team with the leadership team.  

Q4. What is a goal you would like to achieve this year in the leadership team?
I have been a leader for last two years and I feel that I have enhanced my leadership skills as my confidence has increased over time. I have had a lot of opportunities to work with other leaders and learn from them. I would like to continue sharpening my skills and influence others to either join the leadership team or propose ideas to the leaders for making our school community even better place where everyone feels safe and happy.  

Q5. What is the legacy you wish to leave behind?
I wish to leave behind a legacy that anything is possible to achieve if you work together in harmony.  

Q6. What are some exciting projects or proposals the leadership team are currently that you are passionate about? Is there something new that you would like to introduce?
There are a lot of good proposals the students from the leadership team are planning and trying to put into action, but the one I am very passionate is the CRCCS movie nights proposal. This is because it would give the students a different setting to come together and enjoy each other’s company while watching a movie.

TILEAH T (Year 8 Level Leader)

Q1. What does servant leadership mean to you?
 A servant to leadership is to be able to give the needs and wants to our year level.    

Q2. Why did you want to be a part of the 2022 student leadership team?
 I wanted to part of the 2022 leadership team because I wanted to make a positive impact to CRCCS.  

Q3. What is your role in the leadership team? And what are your responsibilities?
 My responsibilities as a year 8 leader are to: Attend leadership meetings each week, work on proposals to give our students what they need and want and to take future students and parents on college tours.     

Q4. What is a goal you would like to achieve this year in the leadership team?
 My goal is to finish a current proposal I am working on and to help others to finish theirs.    

Q5. What is the legacy you wish to leave behind?
 I wish that I can leave a good legacy that people will remember and that I make a positive difference.  

Q6. What are some exciting projects or proposals the leadership team are currently that you are passionate about? Is there something new that you would like to introduce?
 I am currently working on the premier league socks. I know this may sound odd, but it is to get everyone on the team a pair of socks as there has been players from our CRCCS premier league teams come up to me and request it. At the start of the year, I also worked on getting a new lunch order line system and that passed and worked out well.

Student Leaders Corner - Luca and Mihini

By Mr Luke Lentini Head of Student Wellbeing

Mihini R (Year 8 Level Leader)

Q1. What does servant leadership mean to you?
To me, servant leadership implies that leaders consider serving the common good. People who demonstrate this put their team and organisation first. We take priority others goals as well as our own. In a servant leadership environment, we are more likely to believe that our voices must be heard so we can and a big change for the school and for others around us.  

Q2. Why did you want to be a part of the 2022 student leadership team?
I wanted to join leadership is because l can interact and work with connect many year level leaders and situations as a student leader. You will learn how to deal with conflict and unfamiliar situations. You will also learn more about your dreams and goals as a student leader. What is your life goal, and how do you intend to achieve it? Being a student leader is a great way to learn about yourself because it allows you to discover who you can become and all the opportunities that are available to you.  

Q3. What is your role in the leadership team? And what are your responsibilities?
As a year 8 level leaders, I am responsible of attending every weekly student leadership meeting, taking students who are enrolling for school with their parents/ guardians on a school tour, helping in school events and making proposals to change something and make a great place for our school.  

Q4. What is a goal you would like to achieve this year in the leadership team?
I wanted to form stronger bonds with everyone in the student leadership group. In all situations, learn to collaborate and cooperate with others. l also wants try to be braver when conversing with someone.  

Q5. What is the legacy you wish to leave behind?
My leadership legacy is to establish how you build, create, grow, and are remembered. From within and taken charge from someone new who can learn from it. Leaving a leadership legacy does not imply leaving something for future generations. It is leaving something in people that can change someone else and create strong bonds with others.

Luca S (Year 8 Level Leader)

Q1 what does servant leadership mean to you?
To me, servant leadership is when leaders are built on the belief that the most effective leaders strive to serve other rather than serve for power or to take control.  

Q2 Why did you want to be a part of the 2022 student leadership team?
I wanted to be a part of the leadership team because I wanted to make a difference to the school. I saw this as an opportunity and instead of leaving it I took it.  

Q3 what is your role in the leadership team? And what are your responsibilities?
I am currently a year 8 level leader. My responsibilities are to create student bulletins attend weekly meetings, raise and bring down the flags and to come up with proposals (ideas) for the school.  

Q4 What is a goal you would like to achieve this year in the leadership team?
I want to create an environment that is inclusive and where students are respectful of each other.  

Q5 What is the legacy you wish to leave behind?
I would like to be remembered for making a difference to all the students at CRCCS. I want to be remembered as someone who has been a strong leader and a positive role model and consistently demonstrating the CRCCS collage pillars  

Q6 What are some exciting projects or proposals the leadership team that you are currently passionate about?
Currently, there are multiple proposals that the leadership team are working on at the moment.

Some that I am currently interested in are the Oval Facilities and the Footy Colours Day proposal.

For the oval facilities proposal, the team is aiming to improving our current sport facilities while adding new ones. While in the Footy Colour Day proposal, we are focusing on allowing staff and students to wear there footy team colours for the AFL grand final.

Hosting Italian Exchange Students

By Ms Linda Bracco Cultural Immersion Leader

Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs is excited to be hosting Italian exchange students from our Sister School Liceo Scientifico Livio Cambi, Falconara Italy in February 2023 for one week. These students are aged between 14-15 years old and are fluent in English.

As a College, we are now looking for suitable families keen to host an Italian exchange student during this time. This would provide an enriching opportunity to interact with a student from another culture and welcome them into your family.

Please see a few important points below:

  • all Italian exchange students are triple vaccinated against COVID-19
  • host students can be from Year 7, 8, 9 or 10
  • students arrive on the 22 February 2023 and depart on 01 March 2023
  • host families can take up to two students
  • all Italian exchange students will take part in classes, incursions and excursions organised by the College
  • host students can opt into incursions and excursions during that week.

If you are interested, please complete the form below for more information.

Italy Hosting Form 2023

St Vinnies Christmas Appeal - Social Justice

By Ms Matilda Mattar Social Justice and Service Learning Leader

Christmas is the perfect time to think of others within our community who long to feel loved. Your support is paramount in making this season a joyous one. St. Vinnies would like to put out a call for families who wish to purchase and donate new toys or books for children from the ages of 12 months to 12 years of age. Gift vouchers are always appreciated as well.

These donations will be given directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Deer Park and distributed to families in and around the area. All families wishing to donate items are kindly asked not to wrap them, but to place them under the Wishing tree opposite reception.

This Christmas incentive will be running from 8 November to 5 December 2022.

On behalf of the Social Justice Team and myself thank you in advance, for showing the true meaning of compassion and unconditional love during this festive season, while allowing Christ to be born in your hearts and homes.

Hosting Japanese Exchange Student

By Ms Linda Bracco Cultural Immersion Leader

All families at Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs are warmly invited to host a Japanese Exchange Student from our Sister School Notre Dame Seishin High School.

Please see some important points below: 

  • the hosting period is 1 week from 19th of March – 26th of March 2023
  • host students can be from Year 7, 8, 9 or 10
  • all Japanese exchange students are vaccinated against COVID-19 
  • host families can take up to two students (male or female)
  • all Japanese exchange students will take part in classes, incursions and excursions organised by the College
  • host students can opt into incursions and excursions during that week
  • all host families will receive a visa gift card for each student they host
  • parents/carers can register their interest via the below link by Monday 28 November 
  • please contact Ms Linda Bracco for me information lbracco@crccs.vic.edu.au.

Japanese Hosting Link

Japanese exchange students from Toyo High School

By Ms Yuriko Hendrie Teacher of Japanese

“In late September, we had the pleasure of welcoming four exchange students from Toyo High School in Japan: Moeka, Hijiri, Hinano and Marin. They were able to join in our day-to-day life at the College and experience the variety that comes with Australian culture through a homestay experience with students from our school. Hinano, Marin, Moeka and Hijiri also joined our Year 10 Japanese class, which definitely allowed us to have a lot of fun all while learning new things. We were honoured to be able to develop a close connection and friendship with the students and with that, learn about their own culture, home, school life and themselves as people. Our friendship with them definitely helped us develop our own conversational skills in Japanese. Sadly, before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye and they left to go back home on Friday 18 November. It truly was a pleasure to have them all here and we miss them already. It’s great to know that we’ll stay connected as friends and hopefully will be lucky enough to meet again in the future”.

-Angel Y 10CO

Year 8 Premier League

By Mr Rannoch Wilkinson Sports Co-ordinator

Starting in late Term 3 and continuing into Term 4, Premier League was a successful experience for our Year 8 students. Teams were selected in Basketball, Cricket, Netball Soccer and Volleyball and were again difficult to choose thanks to incredible interest from the students. Thankfully, our fixture appeared to have the least problems with the weather, with only one game of cricket called off despite the tricky conditions over the past few months.

At the end of the home and away season, we had 4 teams qualify for finals by finishing in the top 4 of their division, with another couple just missing out. Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer and Boys Volleyball made the Semi Finals. The Girls Basketball made it through to the Grand Final against Penola but unfortunately were beaten in the final, despite all members of the team giving their absolute all to fight out the match. Reports were that most of them fell asleep on the way home, such was their exhaustion!

Congratulations to all students that participated, tried out, trained, assisted and represented our college with pride. We look forward to seeing everyone back again in 2023.

Year 8 team MVP winners:

Girls Basketball – Kaitlyn C 8BU & Kara I 8BA
Boys Basketball – Lucien P 8WO
Girls Netball – Emma M 8KO
Boys Cricket – Kam T 8MW
Girls Soccer – Roxi J 8LI
Boys Soccer – Luke P 8MW
Girls Volleyball – Nya W 8BA
Boys Volleyball – Jake P 8MK

Library News

By Ms Natalie Hamill Librarian

OVERDUE BOOKS

As the end of the year is fast approaching, we would ask parents to ensure that students have returned all their library books and other resources. If students have lost items they should contact library staff as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances, parents may be charged for lost items.

BOOK CLUB

Book Club students enjoyed a special Christmas lunch to celebrate a year of enjoyable book discussions. We sadly say goodbye to our Year 10 students who have been with the club for four years and look forward to welcoming new members next year.

HOLIDAY READING

Students will continue to have access throughout the holidays to thousands of online fiction books and audio books, via the Wheelers Platform on the Library Portal. Books can also be downloaded onto various devices.

Year 8 Boys Soccer

By Luke P & Ms Olivia Reljić 8 Murphy-Wandin

The Year 8 Boys Soccer Team worked really hard this season. We didn’t lose a match going into the finals.

The boys went into the semi final ready to face St Monica’s. With a man down after a red card in the previous match, the boys were one centre back down and had to re arrange and organise a new team and formation. The boys had the game under control for almost the whole game but we just couldn’t find an opening goal. We had a few chances but couldn’t consolidate.

With the first 60 mins of play ending 0-0, the team had to take on a very intense 10 minutes of extra time which also lead us to a 0-0 finish. This meant that the boys had to take it to a penalty shoot out.

We were nervous but ready to take on the penalty shoot out! After a very unlucky penalty shoot out unfortunately the boys ended up loosing 6-3 on penalties.

It was an amazing effort by each and every one of our team members, we did really well to make it this far and hope we can go one step further next year!

Luke P, 8 MW
Ms Olivia Reljić- Coach

Year 8 - Materials Tech

By Mr David Sammut Technology Teacher

Our Year 8 Materials Tech classes have been hard at work producing either a chopping or serving board for their families at home. They were tasked with designing and producing a board of their own design out of pine which was then coated in oil and beeswax to give it a food safe finish.

Each student researched existing designs, sketched their ideas and cut out their board using basic hand tools such as a copping saw, tenon saw and files. Everyone had the opportunity to personalise their product by using a pyrography pen to burn or etch a custom design onto the face of their board.

We’ve loved seeing these creations come to life, especially some of the more unconventional designs which deviated from the standard square or rectangle shape we are all familiar with.

It’s been an absolute pleasure helping our Year 8s bring their designs to life. We hope these chopping and serving boards will be used to adorn kitchens and grazing tables for years to come. A special thanks to Ms Catherine Mackay who supported our students through the design process. Her patience and support were invaluable.

Free Youth Self-Defence Classes @ Caroline Springs Leisure Centre

By Mr Luke Lentini Head of Student Wellbeing

The 6801 Youth Outreach team are running a Self Defence Workshop at Caroline Springs Leisure Centre, Saturday 26 November from 6pm-8.30pm.

The workshop is a free 90 minutes session and young people will need to register online at https://www.trybooking.com/CEDAI there are limited spaces and it will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Please note: This workshop is for young people aged 12-17 years old.

What's on in the West!

By Mr Luke Lentini Head of Student Wellbeing

Here is the link to the What’s on in the West web page, which has a flyer with activities that young people can do across the west.

The last one was for the September holidays, the Christmas one should go up in about four weeks and might be beneficial for families to take a look at so that they can plan some exciting, low cost activities for their families throughout the holiday period.

As an example, click here for the September edition to see what you can expect to find or to view some events which may be of interest to you and your family.

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