As our school year gets into full swing, I am grateful for the extraordinary role our school leaders play in the everyday ‘busy-ness’ of school life. Leaders of all varieties – staff, students and parents - play an enormous role in the life of Salesian College, but often go unseen or unheard. It’s not just in what they do to make things happen, like Year 7 Camps, Swim Sports, or maintaining our wonderful environment, but it’s what they model to others, the example they set for others to follow; they indeed leave a deep and lasting impact. What is more, what they model to others defines who they are and what they stand for! I’m not just talking about those who were inaugurated/employed into positions of responsibility, but to everyone in our community who leads by their example. We are ALL leaders, we ALL have the capacity to lead in our own individual way. Some will have high profile roles, some will get to stand up at assemblies and speak to audiences, but the most effective leadership will occur quietly, and will occur when someone simply shows a kindness to another; through their support, their assistance, and perhaps just through a sincere smile. Homeroom is an obvious time where this can occur, but so too in classrooms, in the yard, and on the bus! There are many, many opportunities. We ALL have GREAT leadership capacity in our own right and we have a responsibility to act in a way that demonstrates what we VALUE.
As we move towards Ash Wednesday (6 March) and the liturgical season of Lent, it is timely to reflect on the true meaning of this period in the Christian calendar. While our stores signal the arrival of this season with the early appearance of Easter eggs and hot cross buns on the shelves, Lent is traditionally designated as a time of reflection and repentance to assist us in preparing ourselves and our communities for the great feast of the Resurrection. Lent is a special opportunity to reflect on our lives and the life of our communities, and to begin to make changes in our attitudes and behaviours that are getting in the way of our becoming true Easter people. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and in the first reading of the liturgy of the day, the prophet Joel instructs: ‘Call the people together, summon the community, assemble the elders, and gather the children’. This is a call for Christians the world over to live in solidarity and to come together in prayer and reflection for the common good of all people.
Each year Caritas Australia's Project Compassion brings together Catholic communities across Australia during Lent to help end poverty, promote justice, and uphold dignity. The annual Lenten campaign begins on Ash Wednesday. A special focus during this year’s appeal will be the consequences of and the response of Caritas Australia to the current global water crisis. Money raised for Project Compassion goes towards Caritas Australia's humanitarian and long term development programs in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific, and with Australia's First Peoples. I encourage everyone to be generous in their giving to this extraordinary organisation.
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