This is a busy time of the year for the Wellbeing team. We have been meeting a big cohort of new Year 7s and students across the other levels. Transition can be a dangerous time for all students so we have been attending family meetings and supporting them as much as possible as they find their place in our Salesian Community. There are also a number of students returning following illness as well as those who may have struggled last year, and we will be working with them to develop support plans to make sure 2019 is a better year.
We are gearing up to deliver our Mental Health and parenting programs again this year in an effort to improve Mental Health literacy and support our parents in their vital and challenging parenting role.
As always, it was very gratifying to see the success of all the 2018 VCE students who we have supported during their time at Salesian College Sunbury. Interestingly, more than sixty of them have had some support from wellbeing during their secondary schooling; we were very proud to see a large number of those who had received support over the years return to the College to receive an academic award last Friday.
As always if you have any questions about parenting, mental health, or student support, feel free to email or ring the Wellbeing Team (email@example.com).
Wishing you all a calm mind and smiling heart for 2019.
Bernie Monagle, Wellbeing Team Leader
A big welcome to all families for 2019. I hope the year has started well for your daughter/son(s) and that they are feeling keen to do their best and make the most of opportunities on offer at the school. The start of the year appears to have been smooth for all students, with the Year 7s telling us that school has been "awesome".
As the year begins I would like to clarify the rules re mobile phone use at the College:
We understand mobile devices are a common accessory and an accepted part of society. We also understand the importance of students being safe when travelling to and from the College and the role that mobile phones play in this. Unfortunately, with the advancement of mobile phone technology, they are capable of much more than just making a phone call and, as a result, have the potential to be used inappropriately.
Misuse of mobile devices at school can cause disruption to classroom and school routines and interfere with student learning. Through the use of mobile phones, students can also make other students feel unsafe through text bullying, prank calls, and inappropriate emails, as well as invading their privacy through taking and publishing photos, video, and/or voice recordings without permission.
The students, staff, and members of the College Community all have a right to feel safe and for their privacy to be respected. As such, it is expected that all students understand and adhere to the following guidelines outlining the acceptable use of mobile phones at Salesian College. These guidelines are in line with Child Safety Guidelines and aim to ensure the wellbeing of all members of our community.
The College does not accept responsibility for the security of mobile phones brought to school by students.
CONSEQUENCES FOR UNACCEPTABLE USE
If students do not adhere to Acceptable Use Guidelines, the following consequences will occur:
Consequence: The mobile phone will be confiscated and given to the Deputy Principal - Students. The phone will be securely held, and a parent/guardian will be asked to come to the College Reception at the Mansion to collect the phone. A parent/guardian will be sent an SMS as soon as is practicable to inform them of this confiscation.
Serious Offence: In the case where the College deems an incident using mobile phones to be serious, the College reserves the right to respond as it deems appropriate (i.e. it may involve the suspension of students, or the matter being referred to the police). In such cases, parents will be notified immediately.
It is time as the year begins to seek support from parents/guardians regarding this Mobile Phone Policy, and any other policy within the College. Whilst we understand that parents/guardians may be inconvenienced with the need to arrange the collection of a son/daughter(s) mobile phone, taking out this frustration on the phone or in person to a member of the College staff is not acceptable. The staff at the College are simply adhering to a policy that has been communicated to all parents/guardians and students in 2018, and again in 2019. Communication in 2018 was in the final letter to all families that was sent with the end-of-year College Reports, and the first newsletter in 2019 outlined the Mobile Phone policy. All students have been spoken to regarding the policy in 2018, as well as at the first Assembly in 2019. It is also outlined in the 2019 College Diary. Students will continue to be reminded of the policy during morning homeroom up to Friday 15 February and via email. The responsibility lies with the student to adhere to the policy, so that the College can continue to focus on the learning, teaching, and wellbeing of students.
Next Monday (18 February) is school photo day. Please ensure all students are in full, correct uniform.
Click the links below to download information about ordering photos.
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