I would like to welcome all students back to school for Term Three, 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 Two, Semester One 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 Two. 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.
I was 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, 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.
Thai Schools Visit
During the school holidays I had the opportunity to visit a number of our Salesian Schools in Thailand as part of the Australia/Pacific Salesian Principal’s Association (APSPA). For a number of years now, Sunbury has been host to a large contingent of Principals/Educators from Thai Province, and this was a chance for us to see how the charism of St John Bosco is kept alive in a predominantly Buddhist culture.
Firstly, we were all overwhelmed by the generosity of the Thais in hosting us and going out of their way to make their teachers, classrooms, and students available to us. Their schools certainly varied in size (from 150 to upwards of 4000!), in focus (academic and trade-oriented), in style (single-sex and co-educational) and in resources. However, one thing that stood out in every single school we visited was the sense of joy and belonging the students felt, absolute hallmarks of a Salesian school. Whilst the students may not have had a Catholic Faith connection in the traditional sense, their knowledge and experience of Christ through the charism of Don Bosco was evident for all to see. As Principals, we are hopeful that this experience will grow into further opportunities for our staff and students in the years ahead through reciprocal visits and professional learning.
Subject Selection, 2018
It was great to see so many enthusiastic students and parents at last week’s 2018 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.
Our College Production – ‘Cinderella’
Next weekend (3 August), our College Production opens the curtain on some amazing talent here at Salesian College. The many long hours of audition, rehearsal and practice are now behind us and the first performance of ‘Cinderella’ is ready to hit the stage at The Clocktower in Moonee Ponds. I wish to commend all the hard-working actors, musicians, dancers, designers, directors, singers, and producers for their dedication and commitment to this momentous project. Well done to all involved & good luck! If you haven’t yet purchased tickets, it’s still not too late to do so; please see the information presented later in this newsletter.
Ciantar Learning Commons Offical Opening
Yesterday saw the official opening of the Ciantar Learning Commons (CLC), our new library space. It was a joyous occasion lead by our College Captains Amy & Nicholas and attended by Josh Bull, our local member for Sunbury, and Fr Will Matthews, Salesian Provincial. Please read my piece later in this newsletter where I explain the purpose behind the naming of our new learning space.
We are praying for
Salesian College Sunbury is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present.
Please keep the following in your prayers:
§ All Year 12s as they enter their final semester of secondary education here at Salesian College.
§ All those members of our community suffering ill-health at present.
Moments of Grace
God of Life, Holy One in our midst,
the light of your grace fills our days.
We give thanks for all the daily blessings we take for granted:
Water and bread;
conversations and sharing of ideas;
morning and evening;
family and friends.
Your love fills every moment.
May our lives quietly give thanks to you day after day.
Through Christ, our Lord.
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