In case you hadn’t noticed, the World is caught up in the grip of World Cup Fever once again, and despite Australia’s very slim chances of success, it hasn’t stopped people from gathering around TV screens large and small to see the Socceroos in action. Some time ago, a friend sent me a link to a YouTube Video about a soccer team from a small fishing village in Thailand.
It tells the story of a group of boys in Koh Panyee, who in 1986 decided to build a floating soccer pitch in their village so they could play their favorite game. They got so good at controlling the ball (after many times of retrieving it from the water) that they entered a soccer tournament, much to the amusement and doubt of their fellow villagers. To everyone’s surprise, they ended up runners up in the final, due in no small part to the skill they developed because of their very challenging soccer pitch! I guess what I like most about this clip is that the boys never let their physical boundary dictate their goal of wanting to play competitive soccer. We are fortunate here at Salesian, with very little standing in our way of achieving success, and yet our greatest boundary is often of our own making – negative thoughts, fear of failure, lack of willpower, not wanting to be laughed at because we dare to be different. Franklin D Roosevelt once famously said “our greatest fear is fear itself”, and it’s a message that still rings true today for all of us. So how do we fight those demons that hold us back from taking risks and daring to have a go? Knowing that someone loves us unconditionally no matter the outcome is a pretty good starting point for a healthy ‘can do’ attitude. Perhaps that’s something to keep in mind the next time someone shares an impossible dream with us?
Thank you to our parents and carers for supporting and accommodating our Staff Professional Practice Time last Tuesday. It is not always easy for working parents to accommodate pupil-free days for staff learning and planning. I am always grateful for your understanding of the learning and development needs of our staff. The day afforded teachers the opportunity to correct exams and assessments and to complete their reports for Semester 1. These will be distributed via email this year, along with the Principal’s end-of-semester letter. Student Reports can be a highly effective springboard for dialogue towards improvement in standards, and it would be of great benefit to your son/daughter if you took time in the holidays to discuss in detail the outcomes and comments listed on the Report. The next opportunity for Parent-Teacher Interviews for Years 7-12 is not until August 14 and 16 but, as always, we encourage you to contact the class teacher or homeroom teacher in the first instance if there are immediate issues or concerns.
Over the past two weeks, we have had the absolute pleasure of attending the various Dance and Music performances presented by students in Years 7-12. These evenings are a wonderful showcase, not only of the talents of our amazing students but also of the dedicated and inspirational teaching staff within the Arts Faculty. My thanks to Ms Heidi Woodruff & Ms Mary-Lou Bond, as well as all those who helped support the events from behind the scenes.
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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