On Saturday 1 September 2018, 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 continuosly 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 2020 Year 7 intake are set to take place on September 4 and 6. If you are anticipating that your child will commence in Year 7 in 2020 and haven’t yet completed an enrolment application, please contact the College Registrar immediately.
Our 2018 Year 7s have settled in really well to life at Salesian College with many excelling in their studies and participating actively in College activities such as Cinderella, Premier League Sport and Agricultural Shows. Shortly, all Year 7 students and their parents will have the opportunity to provide feedback on their transition from primary school via an online survey. The College values highly the feedback that such surveys provide, and I encourage all parents to take a few moments to complete the questionnaire when it arrives via Schoolbox.
Last Friday August 17, members of the school community participated in our third annual Winter Sleepout in support of Ozanam House Homeless Services. Before braving the elements out on the Mansion decking, staff and students visited Ozanam House in North Melbourne and heard from Louise Augustinus, from VincentCare, who spoke about the plight of Melbourne's homeless community and encouraged students to raise awareness and much-needed resources for their clients. Louise was presented with over $1500 worth of grocery vouchers which were generously donated by staff, students and parents in recent weeks. Congratulations to all who participated in this wonderful event!
It was fantastic to hear of the recent achievements of Chloe Harris (class of 2014) as she pursues her interests in opera. Chloe, a Mezzo Soprano, was recently awarded the Melissa and Peter Hebbard Scholarship by Opera Australia. Congratulations Chloe!
Read more here.
There have been a few changes to our staffing this term. I am pleased to introduce to you:
Furthermore, two staff have recently announced their retirement from the College:
On the ‘news’ front, we are pleased to announce:
At our College Board Dinner for Staff later this term, we will be recognizing the service achievements of a number of staff, including 30 year awards for the following ‘veterans’:
I’m sure you will join with me in thanking them for their contribution to the College over a significant period of time.
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