Catholic Education Week 2019 takes place this week from Tuesday 12 March to Sunday 17 March. Since its inception, the celebration of Catholic Education Week has been growing in both numbers and scope. To the original Mass of St Patrick for Schools in St Patrick's Cathedral, the Concert in the park for primary students, and the week-long Visual Arts Exhibition, various other activities have been added, such as the Young Speakers Colloquium for senior secondary students. This growth not only reveals the desire of our schools to share the diversity of expression that is integral to our Catholic identity, but also reflects our tradition of a continual openness to God. This allows us to cooperate with God’s creativity and newness and keeps us spiritually young.
This year, the theme of Catholic Education Week is just that: Growing Young in Christ. During this week, as we celebrate the learning, culture, and gifts of our students and staff, we can’t help but be in awe of our students as we see them shine in their passion for life and self-expression. To see them fully alive fills us with joy and reminds us of Christ’s promise in our lives: ‘that they may have life, and have it, abundantly’ (Jn 10: 10). This link between youth and Christ is not a chance association. The images of Christ we have in the New Testament constantly echo youth and vitality. These images create a space in our tradition, a place that is characterised by youth, which, when we enter into it, allows us to share in the spiritual vibrancy, creativity and fullness that echo what we see in the lives of our young people. This is what our tradition speaks of: a flourishing that occurs in the presence of Christ. And it is Christ who models those behaviours and gifts that create the space for renewal and growth: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
During this week when the fruits of Catholic education reveal so noticeably the ‘beauty and truth’ behind our work and align so closely with the fruits of the spirit, we can see Christ’s message of hope. We live out this hope as we:
The spirit of the young people educated in Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne is a testament to the spiritual youth that is at the heart of a Christ-centered education that nurtures vitality and expresses God’s renewed presence in our world.
Regardless of the difficult times, the struggle of faith and the challenges our society brings, the celebration of our students’ Catholic identity, the pivotal role they play within their local community and their insightful expression into their world is a powerful tribute to their young lives. Catholic Education Week provides the opportunity to celebrate Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, and in particular all those students whose education is in our care here at Salesian College and across our parish schools.
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