Grade 5 Schools Visits
In recent weeks I have had the joyful task of visiting our four Catholic Primary Feeder Schools to speak with all the Grade 5 students about the transition to secondary education. This follows on from their visits to the College in term 2 and aims to answer all those burning questions about life in High School. I have been accompanied in these visits by Year 8 students returning to their primary schools. My thanks to each of them for their preparedness to assist with this important transition activity:
§ St Brigid’s Patrick Bren-Clarke & Molly-Leigh Murphy
§ Holy Cross Aiden McCarthy & Ava Marshall
§ St Anne’s Varun Suttatti & Amy Webber
§ OLMC Lachlan Fish & Sian D’Monte
Our College Production – ‘Cinderella’
Last weekend our Annual Production, ‘Cinderella’, hit the stage at The Clocktower in Moonee Ponds. After many long hours of audition, rehearsal and practice, the cast and crew put on three amazing performances to packed houses. I wish to commend all the hard-working actors, musicians, dancers, designers, directors, singers and producers for their dedication and commitment to this momentous project. Well done to all involved & thank-you for your generous and spirited participation, especially the many staff who gave up much of their own time to ensure the students enjoyed this ‘experience of a lifetime’.
For a full wrap-up and acknowledgments - as well as some photos from the weekend - see the Cinderella Wrap-Up Article later in this newsletter.
Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for August: Families
Pope Francis' prayer intention for the month of August is a universal prayer intention for the treasure of families:
“When speaking of families, often the image of a treasure comes to my mind. Today's rhythm of life, stress, pressure at work, and also the little attention paid by institutions, could put them in danger.
It's not enough to talk about their importance: it's necessary to promote concrete means and to develop their role in society with a good family policy.
Together, let us ask Jesus that any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity”
As a College, we see our role as one of partnering with families as each child’s ‘first school’, where children are raised and formed as human beings. The parental role in this human formation is governed by love, a love which places itself "at the service of children to draw forth from them ("e-ducere") the best that is in them" and which "finds its fullest expression precisely in the task of educating" (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church). This is visible through our Pastoral Care structures, through financial support for school fees and associated expenses in times of hardship, as well as wellbeing support for students and parents when it is needed.
Victorian State Election, 2018
The recent by-election in the seat of Longman (Qld) highlighted for many the influence of Catholic school parents in shaping the focus of politics (see article from The Australian, 4 August). With Victorians going to our own State Poll in November, I thought it would be informative for all parents in our community to know the views of both the Labour and Liberal candidates for the seat of Sunbury, especially on where they stand on a number of issues important to our College. I met with both candidates in recent weeks and we discussed matters including:
1. State funding for Catholic Education in Victoria?
2. Public bus transport in the Macedon/Sunbury region?
3. Improving traffic flow in Sunbury, especially out of our driveway into Macedon St/Riddell Rd?
4. Government support for the VET in schools program [eg. Hospitality, Agriculture, Plumbing]?
5. Improving the availability and quality of sporting and arts infrastructure in Sunbury, including on our own Rupertswood Estate?
This week, I welcome feedback from Cassandra Marr (Liberal for Sunbury). You can read her responses to these topics in the article later in this newsletter.
School Travel/Exchange Opportunities
Students at Salesian College 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 on the International Exchange page of Schoolbox.
We are praying for
Salesian College Sunbury is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present. Please keep the following in your prayers:
WE ARE FAMILY
Lord, God, we thank you for the gift of family. We acknowledge that our image and name as family come from you. We believe that within our family lies a homemade holiness. We affirm that it is in this household of faith that we experience your presence, your forgiveness, and your love.
We are Family. We give thanks to you for the many joys and blessings that have come to us through family.
As a family we sometimes feel pain. And so we offer you our disappointments, frustrations, and hurts. Help us to forgive those members of our family, including ourselves, who have caused pain.
We pray for the strength to be a light within our family. May we open our hearts, our eyes, and our ears and carry our light to those in need.
God, Creator of the earth and all its people, help us to be mindful that, as members of one global family, we are equal in your eyes. Help us to continue to appreciate the diversity of persons in our homes and in our world. As members equal in human dignity, may we build a better world and proclaim our willingness to be the holy people you call us to be.
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