Term 3 commenced formally with a Whole School Assembly last Friday at which we acknowledged a large number of students for their Term 2 achievements. Amongst these were our Students of the Term as listed below. Congratulations to each for their amazing contribution to College life:
Term 3 is a time when we begin the preparations for next year and two major focus areas are:
Other significant Term 3 activities include:
This year, Pope Francis released Christus Vivit (Christ is alive), a Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation to Young People and to the Entire People of God. This exhortation addresses faith and vocational discernment, particularly with respect to young people, and makes links to Jesus’ encounter with the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus (Lk 24: 13–33).
“You will be able to feel him at your side not only when you pray, but at every moment. Try to look for him, and you will have the beautiful experience of seeing that he is always at your side. That is what the disciples of Emmaus experienced when, as they walked along dejectedly, Jesus ‘drew near and walked with them’ (Lk 24: 15) (n. 156).”
“We need to embrace new ways of evangelising the world in which we live, mindful of ‘a love that is generous and outgoing, that acts and takes risks, may at times make mistakes’ (n. 198).”
But the Pope warns us:
“A Church always on the defensive, which loses her humility and stops listening to others, which leaves no room for questions, loses her youth and turns into a museum’ (n. 41).”
Instead, the Pope exhorts young people to make the most of the years of their youth:
“Don’t observe life from a balcony. Don’t confuse happiness with an armchair, or live your life behind a screen. Whatever you do, do not become the sorry site of an abandoned vehicle! Don’t be parked cars, but dream freely and make good decisions. Take risks, even if it means making mistakes. Don’t go through life anaesthetised or approach the world like tourists. … Please, don’t take early retirement (n. 143).”
Pope Francis emphasises to both the young people of the Church and all of us that Christ no longer belongs to the past, but rather lives in the present and is looking forward to the future. Christ is the Eternal Living One, and every generation of believers finds in Christ a contemporary and fellow traveller. Christ asks all of us, especially young people, to be alive, to be persons who embrace fully the gift of life and bear fruit through love. As Pope Francis states: ‘everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life’ (n. 1).
Pope Francis calls on the Church to be less focused on ‘indoctrination’ and more involved in providing young people with opportunities to encounter a loving and unconditionally welcoming God. He calls on schools to self-criticise, to recognise that they do students no favours when they lock them away from the world in which they have to live and work, and are ‘entrenched and defensive before the dangers, real or imagined, that any change might bring’ (n. 221). Rather we are called to invite young people to a ‘fresh experience’ in the way we explore Scripture, and to engage them in ‘wide-ranging dialogue’.
Here at Salesian College Sunbury, we see opportunities for engagement in ‘experience’ and ‘dialogue’ through activities such as:
These invite young people into a relationship with Jesus, not based on indoctrination or adherence to rules, but on joyful and authentic experiences. The young are not expected to do this on their own, but to be supported by a Church to which they are welcomed with open arms. So we are called to respond to today’s youth in a new way, ‘one born of freedom, enthusiasm, creativity and new horizons, while at the same time cultivating the roots that nourish and sustain us’ (n. 184).
As Pope Francis writes:
Each age has its beauty, and the years of our youth need to be marked by shared ideals, hopes and dreams, great horizons that we can contemplate together (n. 166).
The Year 10 Work Experience program has been an outstanding success with over 50 young people electing to immerse themselves into the commercial and business life of our community. Some are learning a little about the functioning of an office or an industry. Others are learning a little about small business, education, health services, building and working with adults. These are fantastic opportunities for them, and we are very grateful for the community support. Well done!
Students at Salesian College Sunbury are blessed with opportunities to participate in learning experiences outside of the classroom through travel and exchange. In recent weeks this has included:
Information and news about each of these opportunities and events can be found through our Newsletters and Social Media posts.
Salesian College Sunbury is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present. Please keep the following in your prayers:
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast