Catholic Regional College Federation Vision and History

The vision of the Catholic Regional College Federation is symbolised in the wearing of a single crest by students of all five colleges.

At the heart of the vision of the Federation of Catholic Regional College, and touching all that it does, stands the Eucharist. The most profound of all Catholic rituals, the Eucharist makes visible the Christ we seek to know. In the Eucharist we find ourselves called, invited and challenged.

Jesus taught that his disciples must be prepared to serve - to the cross. The cross reminds us of our life journey, walked in the companionship of others. It speaks of our obligation to be a distinctive community; to be followers who lead with compassion and teach with love. In the shadow of the cross we find hope for a promised future.

As a formal educational endeavour, Catholic Regional College seeks to live a spirit of learning which celebrates personal excellence and values individual achievement. In the symbol of the open, unfinished book, we proclaim ourselves as a people open to the possibility of what is to come.

In the five stars of the Southern Cross, we identify the broad Australian context within which the Federation operates. In acknowledging the cultural, social, economic and spiritual diversity within the families of the Western Suburbs of Melbourne in which we have chosen to minister, we recognise the traditional owners of the land on which our colleges are built, the Wurundjeri tribe.

Encompassing all, the ellipse demonstrates the binding commitment each College has to the other and to the vision we uphold. Deliberately different, the ellipse holds fast to the lived reality of the Federation of Catholic Regional College, without parallel in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

In 1977 representatives of the parishes of St Albans, Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Sunbury and Airport West met with Bishop J. O'Çonnell to express their concern about the growing numbers of young Catholics not able to secure Catholic Secondary Education in the west of Melbourne. The result of this meeting was the decision to commence work on a complex of Colleges which would operate as a single federation known as Catholic Regional College.

In February 1978, the first Catholic Regional College, for students from years 7-10, opened on the south side of Winfred Street, St Albans. While it would cater for students in its surrounding area, those from Bacchus Marsh and Melton were still without Catholic secondary education. In 1979, planning for a further 7-10 college to be sited in Bulman's Road Melton began and in February 1980, Catholic Regional College Melton opened.

By 1981, St Albans had students in Year 10 who required a College at which to complete their final two years of education. In anticipation, a planning committee had begun work so that in January 1982 a senior College, to take Year 11 and 12 students from Melton and St Albans opened at Sydenham.

That same year it was noted that students East Keilor and Avondale Heights, together with girls from Sunbury, were still without Catholic secondary education. With the support of the Essendon Parishes, the decision was made to open a third 7-10 campus in Santa Monica Drive, North Keilor, a goal achieved with the opening of Catholic Regional College North Keilor in February 1982.

In 2002 with the growth in Caroline Springs it became apparent that a Catholic Secondary College would be needed in the area. With the support of the Parishes and the Federation plans were put into place to establish a Catholic Secondary College in Caroline Springs. Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs opened in 2007.

It is apparent that the key factor which has brought into existence the five colleges which form the federation of Catholic Regional College has been an unswerving commitment by all those involved to the call to mission given by Jesus and carried by the Church. First expressed by the then Assistant Director of Catholic Education, Fr Martin in 1962, it enabled the original pioneers of the project to step out in trust and faith. Today this vision, symbolized in a single school crest, is entrusted to all those, staff, students and parents, who follow.