Term 2 is now well underway. We hope that the holidays were both relaxing and an opportunity to enjoy family and friends. From a faith perspective, we have begun Term 2 with the Easter season and the remaining four weeks provide us with a continuing focus on what it means to live as Easter people – to live in the love and joy, and the hope, of Christ’s resurrection. May we remember each day to be loving, joyous and hopeful people.
I used the opportunity of the Whole School Assembly last Friday to reflect with the students on our use of the internet for ‘social’ purposes. Here’s an extract from my address:
We’ve all used expressions like “just a second” or “in a minute” as ways of delaying work, usually when we’re doing something online like checking Snapchat or watching funny YouTube clips, but have you ever stopped to think about how much the world actually does in a minute online?
Check out the graphic on the screen? A million dollars spent every minute online, a million facebook logins, 2.1 million Snapchats created, 18 million text messages!!. You would think that with all that social interaction online that we would be the most connected, the most knowledgeable, the most friendly, the most happy people at any point in the worlds history.
Oh, but only if this were true. Yes, I have no doubt the vast majority of us use the internet for positive and fun stuff. Stuff that makes us laugh and stay friends with people throughout Australia and across the world. When we stay true to our Christian virtues of:
….the internet is a powerful tool for making the world a better place in which to live. I’m sure that was the hope of Robert Khan, the man who invented the internet back in 1972. But what would he have thought about the live-streaming of the massacre of over 50 Muslims in Christchurch using YouTube, or the online radicalisation of terrorists who co-ordinated bomb attacks on Christian Churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Or the online bullying that many people are subjected to on a daily basis.
I’ve just returned from the 5 Schools Exchange in Japan where we focussed on preserving our planet by reducing man-made waste and pollution. Yes, preserving our planet is vital, but I would argue that in a world divided by extreme beliefs of identity and religion and that there are more important things to preserve in our world, things like unreserved respect for others, being generous with our time for others, being grateful for things we have, not jealous for things we don’t, showing sincere appreciation for the smallest of gifts, being prepared to walk in the shoes of those less fortunate than ourselves, not holding onto grudges and being willing to say ‘sorry”, and never ever taking tomorrow for granted.
Preserving Christian traditions like these may sound old-fashioned, but I sincerely believe that if we pass these on to those that follow us, we will indeed have a world worth preserving into the future. Not just a connected world, but a truly socially connected world. Think about that next time your online for your internet minute.
Students of the Term
The Term 1 Student of the Term Awards were presented at our Whole School Assembly last Friday. I wish to publically congratulate each of the following students for their achievements:
Year 7 Perry Mantakis (Colliton)
Year 8 Rose Avenell Thompson (Mannix)
Year 9 Shanequa Faria (Bunjil)
Year 10 Alyssa Kenny (MacKillop)
Year 11 Victoria Flynn (Naughton) & Joshua Poulton (O’Grady)
Year 12 Alex Dyer (Mahoney) & James Dillon (O’Grady)
School Funding and the Federal Election
One of the many factors to take into account when voting next weekend will be the level of funding being promised for Catholic Education here in Victoria. To assist, the NCEC (National Catholic Education Commission) and Catholic School Parents Australia have provided some easy to read information sheets for parents about funding of Catholic schools along with an outline of what the Coalition, Labor and Greens parties have pledged related to three key issues for Catholic education:
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:
Mr Mark Brockhus, Principal
A MOTHERS DAY PRAYER
I thank you, Creator of us all, for my mother.
I thank you that she gave me life and nurtured me all those years. She gave me my faith, helping me to know you and to know Jesus and his ways. She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others. She taught me that it was okay to cry and that I should always tell the truth.
Bless her with the graces she needs and which you want to give her today. Help her to feel precious in your eyes today and to know that I love her. Give her strength and courage, compassion and peace.
Bless her this day with your love.
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