The 2019 academic year is well under way with all students into the swing of school life. The Year 7s have settled in well, thanks to the support of their Year 10 buddies, their Home Room Leaders, and their House Leaders. The Year 9s have made an easy transition into the Mazzarello Campus, thoroughly embracing their new home, and the seniors have begun well, focused on the challenges ahead of them as they complete their VCE and VCAL pathways. We are also thankful to the many students in Years 8-10 who have chosen to commence their studies at Salesian College this year; they too have made an impressive start.
Last Thursday was the day the Catholic Church acknowledges one of its greatest heroes. On the Feast Day itself, Pope Francis’ homily was dedicated to St John Bosco, saying:
“Here was a man moved by tragedy on a purely human level, yet inspired by the divine to have the courage to go there and fight. He saw so much poverty and so many children living on the streets and said things cannot go on this way. Then when he took action he approached the youth with vitality, creating opportunities for them to play, bringing them together as a group, listening to them, crying with them while leading them forward and always being down to earth. St John Bosco was a master of joy.”
Today marks the day, 90 years ago, when the very first students commenced at ‘Rupertswood’ as a registered school. How fortunate we are to be the beneficiaries of the Salesian charism handed down from St John Bosco to that very first Salesian community here in Sunbury.
Our first School Assembly for the year, last Friday, was an opportunity to congratulate our high achieving Year 12 graduates of 2018. Awards were presented for all 80+ and 90+ ATAR scores, as well as all 40+ study scores. Excellence Awards were also presented to Jack Drever (College Dux with an ATAR of 99.25) and to Angelique Pullella (VCAL Dux). These students were able to their turn potential into success by setting realistic goals and persistently working towards achieving these. There are times when each of us fall into the trap of thinking that ‘near enough is good enough’ and are prepared to settle for second best. To achieve excellence and to realize their best, students must persevere and continue to set their sights high with the support of parents, teachers and friends. As we build upon our great start to the year, I encourage all students to strive to be their very best in everything they do throughout 2019.
As part of our assembly, we also took the opportunity to welcome all those new to the College – students and teachers alike – and to wish them well on their journey of learning and faith with us.
Parent Engagement is a vitally important body in the life of our school. I would encourage those considering an avenue to contribute in another way to good learning at Salesian College to join the Parent Engagement Group (PEG). This group provides vital feedback to the College via the Principal as well as supporting important new initiatives such as the St Vinnies Winter Sleepout. I would welcome lots of new faces, especially from amongst our new Year 7 cohort, as your input would be most valuable. The first meeting for the year has been set aside for Wednesday 27 February, from 6:00pm, in the Mansion Dining Room. Please consider coming along!
In order to ease congestion in the mornings along our driveway, I encourage all parents who drive their children to school to drop students off at the Lakeside Stadium drop-off zone, or even on the other side of Macedon Street near the shopping centre. As you can appreciate, a large number of cars driving into the school zone cause a great deal of traffic chaos when congested already with buses and staff carparks. Alternatively, we encourage more students to ride their bikes to/from school each day. The College can be accessed along several bike paths (Macedon St and Racecourse Rd) and students have access to a safe and secure bike shed within the school. For more information regarding where to store bikes, please contact our College Reception.
Salesian College Sunbury is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present.
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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