On Sunday 1 September 2019, the universal Church will mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Instituted by Pope Francis in 2015, the Day of Prayer is an opportunity for us to give thanks for all of God's creation, which has been entrusted to our care, and to renew our commitment to its stewardship. It is also an opportunity to pray for God's help in protecting all of creation.
In his letter establishing the day of prayer the Pope outlines his intention for the day: that it will offer
Individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live (Pope Francis 2015).
In celebrating this Day of Prayer, Pope Francis wishes the day to become an opportunity for all Christians to join in prayer to safeguard creation. The Day of Prayer begins a month of prayerful focus on caring for creation.
It was great to see so many parents take up the opportunity last week to meet with teachers regarding their child’s progress so far in Semester 2. Whilst Schoolbox allows us to report continuously on progress and assessments, there is still tremendous value in the face-to-face meeting to ensure both teacher and parent are “on the same page” with regards such things as attendance, classroom behaviours, homework and study.
I also wish to take this opportunity to thank the staff for making themselves available after-hours for these important meetings. If anyone missed the opportunity, please feel free to email teachers to request a call or to make an appointment.
Enrolment interviews for the 2021 Year 7 intake are set to take place on September 3 and 5. If you are anticipating that your child will commence in Year 7 in 2021 and haven’t yet completed an enrolment application, please contact the College Registrar immediately. Enrolments close on Friday 23 August.
Our 2019 Year 7s have settled in really well to life at Salesian College Sunbury with many excelling in their studies and participating actively in College activities such as the Importance of Being Earnest College play, Premier League Sport and Agricultural Shows. Thanks to all the Year 7 parents who took the opportunity to provide feedback on their child’s transition from primary school via our online survey. The College values highly the feedback that such surveys provide.
This week, members of the school community will participate in our 4th Annual Winter Sleepout in support of Ozanam House Homeless Services. Before braving the elements out on the Mansion decking, staff and students will visit Ozanam House’s new facility in North Melbourne and hear from VincentCare staff about the plight of Melbourne's homeless community and the need to raise awareness and much-needed resources for their clients. We hope to present over $1500 worth of grocery vouchers which were generously donated by staff, students and parents in recent weeks. Congratulations to all who will participate in this wonderful event!
There have been a few changes to our staffing this term. I am pleased to introduce to you:
Furthermore, we recently announced the departure from the College of:
On the ‘news’ front, we are pleased to announce:
At our College Board Dinner/Staff Awards last Tuesday we recognized the service achievements of a two members of the teaching staff:
I’m sure you will join with me in thanking them for their contribution to the College over a significant period of time.
Earlier this term, staff were asked to nominate a member of staff who lives out our College’s Vision and Mission of being “a Faith Community Committed to Excellence in Learning”. Specifically, we wished to recognise an individual who:
It was with much pleasure that this inaugural St Francis De Sales Award was presented to Mr Stephen Connelly. Congratulations Stephen!
Click here to read the speech given by College board member and parent of Salesian College Sunbury students.
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