$1 Million Grant for Mater Christi College

Today, James Merlino, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and local Member for Monbulk announced that Mater Christi College had been successful in its application for a State Government Capital Grant of $1million, enabling us to upgrade our facilities with the provision of a specialist multi-media Presentation Centre.

Traffic Management

Traffic Management and Safety around the College is a priority – for drivers, pedestrians and local residents.

For travelling to and from school, all drivers are asked to:

Travel with utmost care – observe 40 kmh zoning
Enter Bayview Road from the South end (not the Belgrave end) during peak times
Avoid double parking
Use the drop-off zone on Bayview Road, school side ONLY
Obey all parking signs – Council Parking Officers are often in the area

Thank you for your cooperation.

Summer uniform

As we end the term, it’s a good opportunity to check that summer uniform items fit well, are in good condition and meet College expectations. (more…)

Term 3 Progress Statements and Meetings (part 2)

Term 3 Progress Statements are available on the Parent Portal.

Bookings for the final session of Years 7- 12 Progress Meetings will close Tuesday 10 October at 5:00pm.

This session of Years 7-12 Progress Meetings will be held:

Wednesday 11 October, 2:00 – 8:30pm (All students dismissed 1:00pm)

All parents and students are encouraged to attend the Progress Meetings as these meetings form a vital component of the reporting process.

MaterShop and ParentPaperwork

From the start of Term 3, we will introduce two new systems to simplify administration for families and the College.

MaterShop (provided by CDFPay) will replace My Student Account (MSA) for café purchases and miscellaneous College payments. Student ID cards will not need to change and all account balances will be automatically transferred to the new system.

Funding Matters

Discussions are continuing to clarify significant justice issues which remain around the recent Coalition government’s ‘Gonski 2.0’ funding model.  Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham in his most recent letter to schools states “we believe that every student deserves fair funding support…” and so “the Australian Government’s Quality Schools funding reforms will give every student in every school Commonwealth funding on a genuine needs-basis” (1 June, 2017).

In view of his stated commitment to fair funding, we are disturbed by the apparent disparity in allocations across schools, including significant variation within our own region, which leads us to question the way in which the SES defines any community’s capacity to contribute.

Victorian Child Protection Update

Further reforms in Child Protection (Safe) legislation are now in place through the implementation of the new Reportable Conduct Scheme, a new Duty of Care to Prevent Child Abuse and more clarification around Working With Children Check requirements.

As a consequence, we report all allegations of misconduct to the Victorian Commission for Children and Young People, require a Working With Children Check for all people engaged by the College  and ensure always that ‘reasonable precautions’ are taken to prevent physical or sexual abuse of a student by any individual associated with the College.

Semester One Reports and Progress Meetings

The central role of Progress Meetings is to provide individual feedback to students and parents, so we encourage everyone to make use of this opportunity to discuss student learning.

The focus of Progress Meetings is to involve all  members of the learning partnership, the student, parent and teacher, in a conversation about student progress, development and direction.

College Uniform

Now that we are well and truly into Winter, we ask that you ensure that your daughter is wearing her uniform according to College expectations.

Wearing the uniform well signals a commitment to belonging to our community and we appreciate your support in this way.

13 Reasons Why… we should talk

Many parents – and teachers - are now aware of the significant interest of our young people in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.  If your daughter has not viewed this series (and those younger than 15 ought not be considering it), my guess is that at the very least, she and her friends are talking about it… and so therefore, must we! (more…)