Last Wednesday we joyfully welcomed over 300 visitors to the College to view our amazing resources and see our school day in action. At the conclusion of their tour of the grounds with our wonderful student guides, I briefly spoke about our vision for the College and what makes us unique. I thought I would share it with you:
Good Morning/Afternoon Everyone and welcome to Salesian College for our Open Day Program, the highlight no doubt is the Principal’s address!
Salesian College began humbly way back in 1927 as an orphanage with just 15 students. It was founded on the teaching principles of St John Bosco, whose theory of education, the preventive system, was about educating the whole person - body and soul united. He believed that Christ’s love for us, and our faith in that love, should pervade everything we do— be it work, study, play…..everything. This style of education, which belongs equally in the home as it does in the classroom, can best be described through Bosco’s methods of relating to adolescent children:
Our school is one where Faith and Community live in complete harmony with one another, and our actions to support and encourage one another are motivated by our firm belief that we see God in each and every person who enters our lives. Hopefully you gained a sense of that today in your interactions with our students.
Our school is indeed a busy one, where Learning and Excellence form a strong foundation for students to Strive in Life. Our classrooms are places of engagement where we connect students with the changing world around them. Our deep commitment is to develop vibrant young people who desire to make a difference in the world. Hopefully this too was evident on your walk through our many and varied learning spaces.
Our school is a place of great joy and happiness, just as Bosco dreamt it would be. It is there in our interactions with one another throughout the year and something we hope that every young person in our care learns to share with others when they leave.
Our promise to you, should you choose a Salesian education, is that your children will not only graduate with 21st Century learning skills, but will be nurtured with a 19th Century philosophy of respect, love and understanding. Here at Salesian College, we aim is to imbue four key traits into the DNA of every graduate – Community, Learning, Excellence & Faith.
Applications for Year 7 2021 close on August 23.
The Salesian Society (Vic) Inc, also known as Salesians of Don Bosco, was declared as a participating non-government institution in the National Redress Scheme by the Minister for Families and Social Services on 16 May 2019. The National Redress Scheme was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia.
This is a positive step forward for the Salesians and is very much welcomed by the College. It means that individuals who were abused in the care of the Salesians can apply to the Scheme for redress. It can provide three things:
People are now encouraged to apply through the National Redress Website or to call the National Redress Scheme line on 1800 737 377.
As a College community, we continually offer our prayerful support for all survivors of abuse and their families.
Salesian College Sunbury is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present. Please keep the following in your prayers:
Tender God of heaven and earth,
You are the Holy One on our midst.
Your justice is our peace; Your peace is our hope;
Your presence, our delight!
Make our hands your hands;
Our hearts, your heart; Our lives, your life!
Give us this day, and always, a bread of freedom to share,
A cup of hope to pour upon the earth.
Forgive us our hatreds and walls.
Teach us to forgive the walls of others as well.
Do not permit us tests beyond our strength.
And deliver us from evil’s death-grip.
For everything above us and under us,
Everything within us and without us,
Must bend the knee to the glory of your freedom,
The everlasting victory of your justice and peace.
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