During their final days of Step-Up classes, our new Year 12 students engaged in two Reflection Days as part of the Faith Development Program. Both days were held off-campus with the first at Melbourne University in Parkville. The program on Day One was led by Dr Alicia Franklin from ACU who specializes in Positive Psychology. She focused on the importance of gratitude and developing a growth mindset as ways of approaching Year 12. Our Year 12 RE teachers will extend this theme into next year, with activities including mindfulness and meditation to equip our students with the skills needed to thrive in their final year at school. On Day Two, the students attended the Catholic Leadership Centre in Collingwood to examine their own personal journey of life and their relationship with God. Our new student leaders also presented the Salesian Strenna for 2019 – “Holiness for Everyone” – and challenged their peers to find ways of working positively with one another throughout the challenging year to come. All up the days were a wonderful way to conclude Step-Up and launch their journey into Year 12.
At the other end of the learning journey, we welcomed our new Year 7s for 2019 into the College last Friday. The high temperatures and blustery conditions did not dent their excitement or enthusiasm throughout a day filled with activities, tours, and lots of information relating to next year. We’re all looking forward to their arrival on Friday 1 February, all kitted out in their new uniforms ready to start their Salesian Education.
As this is the last newsletter for 2018, 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 reinvigorated return in 2019. God Bless.
Salesian College is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present.
Please keep the following in your prayers:
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.
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