As we turn to the season of Autumn here in Australia, we also turn to the liturgical season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday. During this time we are offered the opportunity to be still, to reflect and to be more attentive to God’s presence in the ordinariness of our everyday lives. Lent is an invitation to reflect on our daily lives and come to know God through a heart of love.
The readings of Ash Wednesday call us to be the head, heart and hands of Christ in our world today. Through the prophet Joel, we are invited to turn back to God:
‘Now, now – it is the Lord who speaks – come back to me with all your heart’ (Joel 2: 12).
In the reading from Matthew’s Gospel we encounter Jesus, who models for us how to live as faithful disciples through the practices of almsgiving, prayer and fasting. We can reflect on these practices through the lens of head, heart and hands.
Throughout the journey of Lent to Easter, we turn our head, heart and hands towards God as we renew our relationship with God and with others. And we experience a new life through our Easter joy in the risen Christ.
During the forthcoming school holidays, I will have the privilege of attending the The Five Schools Cultural Exchange in Nagoya, Japan, along with five of our Year 11 students; Izaac Chatfield, Rick & Nikita Daicos, Michelle Grover and Hannah Thorne.
The five schools involved are all Sister Schools of Toho Senior High School, Japan. They are:
The original exchanges started at Toho High School in Japan in 1997. This has been followed by:
This 12th Exchange Meeting is being hosted by Toho High School. The 2-week event will finish with students developing ideas from their various research projects that they can act upon in their own countries and schools.
This program has both a cultural and educational component to it. Students will be involved in research and presentation of their findings. The theme for the exchange is “Reducing man-made waste and pollution”. During the 2 weeks’ students will also learn about and participate in the various cultural activities from each of the different countries.
The purposes of the program are:
This event is, I believe, unique in that students from four different countries are meeting to develop international understanding and friendship. The exchange begins on Monday 15 April and will conclude on Friday 26 April.
Next Tuesday 2 April, our staff will be engaged in a wide range of Professional Learning activities designed to support their work with our students. Some of these activities will include:
We appreciate the support given to us by parents on these days, especially to those who need to organize alternative care arrangements at home.
The first edition of Catholic Education Today for 2019 will be distributed to students in the last week of Term 1. The edition features an article on the recent World Youth Day events in Panama, stories promoting the new campus of St Paul’s College and a student voice initiative involving four of our schools, as well as a photographic tribute to our successful Catholic Education Week. This issue also contains the regular sections highlighting Educators in Profile and Around the Archdiocese. If you wish to read it from your device, the online version is also available
As this is the final newsletter for Term 1, may I wish everyone a Blessed Easter. We look forward to everyone returning safely on Tuesday 23 April.
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