A special welcome is extended to those students anxiously waiting for their first day at Salesian College. As well as each of our new Year 7s making the transition from primary school, we also welcome 23 new students in Years 8-12 who have transferred to us from other schools. We are thrilled to have so many choosing a Salesian education, and on behalf of all the staff, thank all families for your confidence and trust in us.
A reminder that the start dates for each year level are as follows:
New beginnings are always exciting; they are a time to begin and renew relationships, and to discover the challenges and opportunities the year ahead may hold. Above all, new beginnings offer a sign of hope! I encourage all students to look with hope and a positive attitude as they plan to set their goals high for the year ahead, especially in the area of academic achievement. Establishing a good study routine at home should be a priority right from the start.
The devastating bushfires have made this a challenging holiday period for many Victorian communities and there is a long recovery period ahead. We pray for all those impacted directly through loss of family members, loss of homes and incomes, as well as loss of critical community resources such as schools and medical centres.
Congratulations are extended to the 2019 Year 12 graduates and to those young men and women who achieved their personal best. Our College Dux was Edith Spiers with an ATAR score of 99.55, and our VCAL Senior Excellence Award recipient was Hannah Valenti. Of the students receiving tertiary entrance offers, close to 84% received either their first or second preference, an amazing result. At our first assembly for the year on 7 February at 12pm, we will formally acknowledge all high achieving students in both VCE and VCAL. Parents are certainly welcome to attend.
The Salesian Strenna (or ‘theme’) for 2020 is “Good Christians and Upright Citizens”.
The Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, has chosen the gospel passage from Matthew (6:10) “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” as the inspiration for this year’s Strenna. We are all familiar with these words from the Lord’s Prayer, shared with the disciples upon their request “Master, teach us how to pray”. This year's Strenna allows us to reconnect with Don Bosco’s desire to help build God’s Kingdom on earth through small deeds and sustainable actions, with the intention of preparing children for the society in which they find themselves. For many, that society is ignoring the reality of racism, third world poverty and climate change.
In 2020, our Student Leaders have chosen to focus their deeds and actions on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Creating God’s Kingdom through care of the environment, for example, resonates loudly with each of us in the wake of the devastating bushfires that have impacted such large areas of our country. Let us all listen to their concerns and support them in their endeavours for change!
This is celebrated annually on January 31, and is a special day for all Salesians who make their profession to holy orders on this day. Here in our Rupertswood community we have four Salesians:
Please keep these, and all Salesians, in our prayers, especially Fr Frank Moloney who celebrates 50 years as a priest this year. We are also pleased to welcome Br Euclidio (Lido) Marques to our College for five weeks (until 21 February) for placement prior to returning to studies at CTC.
Introducing New Staff Members
As 2020 commences we welcome the following staff to the College:
I especially wish to acknowledge those staff members who have taken on or continuing in important Positions of Leadership in the College this year. Their commitment to these vital roles is greatly appreciated.
Much work has been done at the College during the December 2019 to January 2020 period by our Maintenance Team and external contractors. This has included:
I commend the Maintenance Team for their tireless work over the Summer months.
As communicated late last year, the College has installed a boomgate near Lakeside Stadium to restrict access into the College. This has been done for the sole purpose of separating pedestrian and vehicular traffic, thus improving safety for our students. Only staff, buses and visitors to the College will have access beyond the boomgate. The student drop-off and pick-up zone is located next to Lakeside Oval in a newly designated area (which will be heavily supervised for the first few weeks until parents become familiar with the new arrangements). As the first days back will be especially congested with traffic, we urge all parents to heed the following instructions:
Students with a disability will have access through the boom gate with either their student swipe card or the video intercom. If you are collecting your child during the day access is provided by contacting reception by the video intercom located at the boom gates.
With only days left before school commences, it’s vital that all students (and their parents) have a good look at the uniform to make sure it fully complies with the College Uniform. The Salesian College uniform is very attractive and when worn well, sends a clear message about the standards set and adhered to by all. As with any uniform though, when not worn well it can create a very poor image.
Prior to the first day back (Friday, 31 January for Years 7, 10-12 and Monday 3 February for Years 7-12), please ensure your child has regulation hairstyle and colour, a clean and presentable College uniform, and has removed any piercing apart from one plain stud allowed in each ear. Particular issues that some students need to address with regard to the summer uniform include boys having the correct school socks, girls dresses are an appropriate length (on or below the knee) and ALL students wearing the blazer to and from school every day.
Students presenting to school in 2020 out-of-uniform, can expect to be sent home until such time as the uniform is worn correctly. It should also be noted that Thursday 6 February is School Photo Day and students out of uniform will not have their photo taken. The updated Uniform Guidelines can be accessed on Schoolbox. Alternatively click here to visit details on our website.
A reminder to students and families that we have our Photo Day on Thursday 6 February, with a catch up day held on Monday 10 February. Click here to find out how to order and pay for individual and family photographs. Students need to be in Full Summer Uniform, inclusive of the Blazer. Please ensure all Uniform expectations are understood, with special attention to makeup, jewellery and hair expectations. Information on Uniform expectations, including hair requirements, can be found on the website and Schoolbox.
As we do each year, students within the first few days of school will be given a College diary and a calendar showing the key school dates for 2020. A hardcopy Yearbook will also make its way home to Year 8 to Year 12 students. This showcases the talents of our wonderful students and I recommend these publications to you for reading and display. This will be the last year our Yearbook will be printed in hardcopy format for students in Years 7-11. Our Yearbook is now available in digital format on Schoolbox with added bonus features. Graduating Year 12s will continue to receive a hardcopy version. This initiative has been prompted by a desire to introduce more sustainable practices into the College.
For convenience and ease, we will be moving our newsletter to our College Schoolbox and will no longer have it available on this platform. If you are a current parent, please access your Schoolbox account for our latest news. If you are a community member, either join our Alumni newsletter by clicking here or read our Principal’s fortnightly blog on our website.
As a workplace, the College takes seriously its commitment to be fully compliant with all matters to do with everyone’s safety. This includes behaviours related to the Occupational Health & Safety Act (2004) as well as the Child Safe Standards (2016). One area which can be of concern for students and parents is bullying, be it online or face-to-face. The College is committed to providing and maintaining, so far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risks to health. To that end it is committed to providing for all employees, students and other people who, for whatever reason, are in an area under the control of the College, a working environment where bullying will not be tolerated and where people can be productive without interference from bullying in all areas under its control. For students, this means:
In addition to our strong commitment to identify and address bullying and harassment on school grounds, I ask for parents to monitor, provide guidance, and have frequent conversations about expectations for their child(ren)'s use of technology. Text messaging via mobile phones and photo sharing apps, such as Instagram and SnapChat, are used legitimately by students to share events from their daily lives. However, they can also be dangerous weapons for bullying and intimidation when not used appropriately.
Great care and consideration should be given prior to allowing accounts to be created on all social media sites. Not only may children be in breach of each site’s terms and conditions, they may indeed be involved in criminal activity which can result in charges being laid by the police. For these reasons, students are not permitted to use mobile phones at school (to be kept in lockers at ALL times) and must not use BYO devices (laptops, tablets, etc) during recess/lunch (unless in the Library).
For further information, please click here or contact Elaine Dugdale-Walker, Deputy Principal – Students.
I would encourage those who may be interested in contributing to join the Parent Engagement Group (PEG). This group of parents from all year levels provide vital feedback to the College via the Principal as well as supporting important new initiatives. The first PEG meeting will take place on 13 February, 6pm in the Mansion Dining Room. The first PEG event, Free BBQ and Music on the Mansion lawns, will take place on 3 March from 6.30pm. RSVP by clicking here. Please consider coming along!
Parents of Year 12 VCE students have received a CareMonkey notification regarding our Year 12 mentoring program and the associated goal-setting evening on Tuesday 4 February. These evening is a chance to review your child’s academic achievement to date, to discuss their predicted ATAR and to establish goals and strategies to maximise their results in this important year. I encourage all families to make the most of this opportunity – contact Daniel Buttacavoli, Deputy Principal – Learning, for more information.
In 2020, Salesian College will proudly host the next Five School’s Exchange gathering, 19 April to 1 May. This now annual event involving schools from Japan, New Zealand, Australia and China, provides an opportunity for six students from each school to form unique bonds of friendship and co-operation, focused around a central theme.
The theme for this exchange is: Creating more inclusive and welcoming communities. The program we have developed will allow participants to explore how Melbourne has developed as one of the world’s most livable cities by embracing multiculturalism and diversity. The College is seeking families interested in hosting a student from China, Japan and New Zealand. We require 24 families in total, and interested families are asked to submit their interest via this link or email their interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any family can be a host, not just those with students participating in the program. This is a wonderful opportunity to support a culturally diverse and engaging youth leadership program.
Salesian College Sunbury is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present. Please keep the following in your prayers:
Mr Mark Brockhus
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2020 school year.
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