As another busy school year draws to an end tomorrow, I can assure everyone that our work here continues in earnest as we prepare for 2020. Some of the things keeping staff occupied over these Step-Up weeks have included:
- Welcoming our 20 new students to the College who have joined us for Step-Up. It has been a joy to watch them settle into their new community and be welcomed so warmly by staff and students.
- Preparing for Orientation Day this Friday 6 December, with our new Year 7 students, all 261 of them! We are so looking forward to them being here just as much as they are keen to start. Some of our Year 7 parents will be participating in Maths Pathways & Schoolbox Information sessions.
- Finalising Semester Reports and Schoolbox grades in preparation for distribution. Along with these reports, you will find a detailed Semester 2 Report Letter from the Principal emphasizing some important policies and staffing changes for 2020.
- Preparing for our School Review in 2020. This takes place every four years and allows the College to review important data and make strategic decisions for the next four years, 2021-24. Some of this data includes the feedback provided by staff, students and parents via the CEMSIS Surveys. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
- Interviewing and inducting new staff for 2020. We have a few staff departing at the end of the year and the task of replacing them is something we take a great deal of care with. The names of those leaving and arriving can we seen in the Principal’s Semester Report Letter
- Farewelling our Year 12s at the Annual Graduation Dinner and Awards Evening held at Moonee Valley Racecourse. It was a fabulous night and our families enjoyed one final meal together with our graduates. Congratulations to all those who were recognized formally with subject and leadership awards. Those who are interested can read my Final Address to the students and parents here.
- Preparing and performing our Annual Christmas Play(s), held last Thursday at the College. It was wonderful to see the amazing talent of our actors and script-writers on show.
- Preparing and running new courses for Step-Up, some like the Year 9 Program for the very first time. I wish to commend the dedication and energy shown by all the staff during these last few weeks, especially the Year 9 teachers who have gone above and beyond.
And finally, as this is the last newsletter for 2019, it is time to thank all our families for the wonderful support shown to the College throughout the year. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of the Salesian College community a well-deserved break over the holidays and a safe return in 2020. God Bless.
We are praying for
Salesian College is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present. Please keep the following in your prayers:
- Our Year 12s as they await the arrival of the exam results on 12 December
- Our new students to the College and their families, including the new Year 7s for 2020.
- Those members of staff going on Family Leave soon; we pray for the safe arrival of their children in the weeks/months ahead.
- Those families within our community who are struggling with ill health at this present time.
A Christmas Prayer
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing
which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning
make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds
with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven,
for Jesus' sake.