I would like to welcome all students back to school for Term 3, as well as several new members of staff who commenced last week. I encourage all students, especially our Year 12s, to settle into a school routine quickly so as to make the most of the educational opportunities on offer at the College.
At the end of Term 2, Semester 1 reports were completed and distributed to parents. Please ensure that these reports are read together with your student/s in order to implement any suggested strategies for improvement in Semester 2. Please make contact with teachers and/or House Leaders if you have any concerns that need to be addressed as a result of the reports.
Staff were pleased to see the majority of students return in complete and correct uniform this week. The wearing of the uniform in an appropriate manner is an important part of our education here at Salesian College Sunbury, and I wish to commend those who do so each and every day. Ours is a wonderful uniform, but only when worn well. Unfortunately, a small minority wish to challenge these rules, with consequences issued accordingly. May I remind students that rain jackets may only be worn to/from school when it is raining, and not in place of the College Blazer.
This past week, Mr Moss-Holland and myself attended the New Tech Network Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The College is a committed partner of New Tech, a network supporting a number of schools in Australia delivering Project-Based Learning (PBL) opportunities to students. As with most things in the US, the Conference was HUGE in size and scale, with over 1500 participants from schools across the US and Australia. While much of the work there focused on the nuts & bolts of PBL, the core question that set the tone for the week is sharing with everyone:
“How do we lead Learning Organizations where each individual, students and adults, regularly experiences “deeper learning” that is authentic, active, relational, responsive and complex?”
I hope you would all agree that this is what we all want for all our students, staff and parents in our College community and remains a pillar of our school’s CLEF…..a Faith Community committed to Excellence in Learning.
It was great to see so many enthusiastic students and parents at tonight’s 2020 Subject Information Evening for students in Year 9-11. Choosing the right subjects is a critical step, not only in engaging students, but in creating a successful transition through to tertiary studies and future employment. As with all information evenings organised by the College, the attendance of many staff at this event is seen as a visible sign of our commitment to your child’s education here, and I wish to thank them publically on your behalf. Students are encouraged to use the many resources available to them (parents, teachers, open days, subject handbooks, etc) before completing the online subject selection preferences due in a few weeks.
Congratulations to all the staff and students who presented our College Play at the end of Term 2. Although I was unable to attend, I have received lots of positive feedback about both performances and the way staff and students engaged with one another during rehearsals and on the nights themselves. Events like these take a great deal of time and energy on behalf of many people, and I wish to publically acknowledge their commitment and dedication to presenting quality performing arts for the benefit of all in our community. Well done!
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