This coming Sunday we commence Advent. We pray that this Advent will be a time of true spiritual awakening and renewal, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World - Jesus Christ! Few statements carry as much emotion as this one.
With the arrival of Advent, we wait in further anticipation, with joy and longing, for the birth of Jesus. Our Liturgical narrative during Advent will beautifully unpack this story. We are called to listen to and reflect on the significance of the birth of Christ for our own lives.
I have often commented to students, that we find God in surprising moments of grace and in moments when we least expect, and we also find God in the experiences that call for patient waiting and trust.
Waiting is not the strong suit of many of us in our hurry-up culture. Everything is urgent. Waiting and being patient is foreign to people who expect quick relief, easy answers, solutions in a moment’s notice, and simply feel that they don’t have the time.
We can struggle to guard Advent because popular culture short-circuits this season of waiting and hope. We are tempted to go directly to celebrating Christmas without getting in touch with the part of ourselves that is longing, hoping, and trusting. And that longing, hoping and trusting that Christ enters our lives in a way that profoundly impacts us, is part of the journey through Advent we are all called to be open to.
Waiting is also difficult because we’re forced to admit that we are not in control - God is. But through prayer, reflection, contemplation and the grace of God, we hope that Advent draws us to our faith and to see a more deeper meaning for the joy of Christmas.
An update from our College Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus
Welcome back for the commencement of Term 2! I hope you all had a blessed Easter amongst family and friends. In particular, a special welcome to our new students and staff who commence this week.
As we return to school, renewed by the joy of Easter and the Resurrection, let us be reminded of Jesus’ example of compassion towards others and the behaviours of a compassionate community – tolerance, acceptance, empathy, forgiveness, honesty. We have the unique opportunity here at Salesian College Sunbury to practice these values every day and to be true disciples of Jesus.
I am currently in Nagoya, Japan, with our five students who were selected to represent our College at the ‘5 School’s Exchange’. So far we have been welcomed at a school assembly, completed a Scavenger Hunt around Nagoya designed to help with team-building, visited the ancient city of Kyoto for an insight into Japanese culture, and commenced our presentations around the theme of “Recycling”. The students will give a full report of their experience at the Whole School Assembly on May 3.
The first of our Open Days is approaching and we are excited to be welcoming existing and prospective parents to the College. A wide range of activities and student-led College tours have been arranged to showcase the unique educational opportunities on offer here. A recent survey undertaken by Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) quizzed 3638 parents at 115 schools about how they made their choice of school. Interestingly enough, academic performance was not one of their top reasons. In fact it didn’t even make it into their top 10! In order of priority, school selection was based on:
Choosing a school that best suits your child requires careful discernment and I encourage parents to take some time out on May 15 to see our College in action and to ask lots of questions of staff, students and other parents. The closing date for 2021 Year 7 enrolments is August 23.
As we approach the wetter months of Winter, more and more parents are inclined to drive their students to school. The increase in traffic on our internal roadway leads to massive congestion, with many parents unable to leave the property until after 9.00am! In order to ease congestion in the mornings along our driveway, I encourage all parents to consider one of the following alternatives:
As you can appreciate, a large number of cars driving into the school zone cause a great deal of traffic chaos when congested already with buses and staff carparks. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Salesian College Sunbury is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present. Please keep the following in your prayers:
On Thursday, April 25, our Nation will once again stop to recognise ANZAC Day and to commemorate the actions of all those women and men who have made, and continue to make, sacrifices for the wider cause of peace and stability throughout the world. ANZAC Day does not glorify war but rather acknowledges and give thanks to those who are committed to peace and harmony to their fellow humans. The struggle continues today. Let us also remember family members and loved ones, past and present, who have suffered so much in support of our military forces.
Today our Colleged honoured the ANZACs in a special ceremony. As always our students displayed great respect during the ceremony, and we hope they take something away from their experience today.
Our first Open Day is almost here! On Wednesday 15 May we will open our doors to show what life at Salesian College Sunbury is really like.
Our student led tours will give first hand insight to what happens in our classes, as well as what it means to be part of the Salesian family. Our open days a great way to see the students in action and showcase what makes us different.
To book in for a tour please click on the links below;
On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the...
On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in, dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. (Luke 24:1-10)
Easter invites us to also be present to - “remember how he told you”. We are called to personalise the events of Easter to our own lives. What does the death and resurrection of Christ mean for me?
After Good Friday there is a pause and a stillness. The not knowing what to hope for was very much the experience of the disciples on that morning. They had been so confident until the events of the previous days. Then they find themselves in a very personal situation. They encounter their feelings towards the death of their beloved friend, master, teacher and Lord and all the emotions that entail.
There was no rushing towards Easter Sunday, but on that dawn there was a reminder of a different reality for the disciples. They began to remember what Jesus had told them. Good Friday will not be the end -for the Son of God will rise again.
Remembering his life, his words and the experience of being in his presence enabled the disciples to cope with their fear and to bring the message of his Resurrection to the others. This is Easter.
When we remember, we find reminders that Easter surrounds us in everyday circumstances of life.
Easter does not change our reality, but it is an invitation to awareness of another kind of reality and way of living. Life experiences can rock us back and forth between faith and doubt, despair and hope, and between joy and sadness. The invitation of Easter is to remember that Jesus is Risen in each of those experiences.
These Easter days are a time to remember all that “He has told us” in our own life stories. Easter and the joyous resurrection of Christ our Saviour, gives us hope and allows us to encounter the risen Lord in our day to day lives through our faith and through all that we do to live out the Gospel values.
As a supporter to the Victorian Respectful Relationships Initiative our college again is working hard to promote and model respect and equality- and to teach our students how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. The Royal Commission into Family Violence identified the critical role that schools can have in creating a culture of of respect to change the story of family violence for future generations. Late last term all students participated in the first of the sessions, these are year level specific and are targeted specifically at age appropriate content.
Salesian’s RR program is based on the following topics:
Year 7 Topics
Year 8 Topics
Year 9 Topics
Positive Coping Skills
Importance of Friendship
Gender & Identity
Positive Gender Relations
Positive coping Skills
Year 10 Topics
Year 11 Topics
Year 12 Topics
Gender & Identity
Positive Gender Relations
Positive Coping Skills
Gender & Identity
Positive Gender Relations
Please find attached to this Newsletter a graphical display of the College Student Management Guidelines. We hope that students/ families find the poster easy to see the processes of Student Management at the College. A poster has been placed in each homeroom.
A reminder all students need to be winter uniform. This includes Navy trousers for all boys in Year 7-9, as well as boys in Years 10-12 with the new uniform. A new long sleeve HPE polo top is available to students for the winter months. Please note that is does get cold in Sunbury over winter so we suggest layering with a long sleeve tee shirt or thermal under the winter shirts. For HPE we suggest purchasing the new long sleeve top. Long sleeve tee shirts under the PE top is not allowed.
There are only a few places left in the Tuning in to Teens course for Term 2.
The course is aimed at giving parents new skills to:
The course runs for 6 weeks on the following dates at the College:
Please contact Laura Spencer if you are interested in attending: email@example.com
It has been a busy two weeks of sport at Salesian College Sunbury with our Year 10 Premier League Grand finals, Senior Netball and Cricket Grand finals and our SACCSS Swimming Carnival.
Our year 10 boys’ basketball team came up against St Monica’s but, unfortunately went down 40-36. Boys netball versed Mackillop and again couldn’t get a win going down 37-11, but it was a great effort from both teams to make the Grand Final.
Our Senior girls also played Mackillop in the netball grand final but again, Mackillop were too strong on the day resulting in a 17-34 loss.
Senior Cricket was a success, managing to get over the top of St Monica’s by 31 runs. SACCSS Swimming was another successful day with the juniors winning the overall aggregate. It was great to see 50 kids representing the college. Congratulations to Alec McGregor, Tiannah Brne and Will Vavallo who won the age champion for their divisions.
Would your child like to learn to play an instrument starting in Term 2? At Salesian College Sunbury we offer lessons on Brass, Woodwind, String, Voice, Percussion, Piano and Guitar. Learning to play an instrument is a lifelong gift that has many academic and social benefits.
Specialist music lessons allow students to explore their instrument or voice on a weekly basis either as an enhancement to their classroom music program or purely for enjoyment and personal development. There is the opportunity to take instrumental exams through a number of exam boards as a way of motivating student progress. Any student studying curriculum Music at Years 10 to 12 are expected to take weekly lessons.
To enrol in instrumental lessons for 2019 please fill out the form on Schoolbox: https://schoolbox.scr.vic.edu.au/survey/intro/967
Congratulations to Finn Callinan who completed his Grade 3 Acoustic Rock School AMEB exam. Finn was awarded a Distinction. Finn has weekly guitar lessons with Shane Ryall, our very experienced and dedicated guitar tutor. If you would like your child to complete AMEB exams, contact Mrs Woodruff in the Music Centre
A huge thankyou to the Naturally Cool Big Band who generously donated $2,000 to the Music Department to provide for scholarships for students learning to play Wind and Brass instruments. The Naturally Cool Big Band is a community ensemble and rehearses each Tuesday at 7:30pm in the Music Centre They recently performed at Sunbury Sunfest. Two of our school students, Tenor Saxophonist Daniel Muggli and Flautist Natalie Port are already regularly performing with the Big Band.
Our Year 12 Studio Arts class attended an education program at the National Gallery of Victoria with a focus on preparing them for their major SAT folio, worth 60% of the Study Score. The day began with a viewing of the exhibition of 46 artworks from A and A+ folios from 2018 students across Victoria. Students were asked to find an artwork that resonates with them, and document ideas it might provide for their own folio explorations. They then attended a lecture and discussion delivered by the Curator of the exhibition, where students heard about the process of selecting work for Top Arts, and were given valuable tips about their folio structure. Lunch break included a visit to famous Hosier Lane to observe artwork in a different context through the legal exhibition of street art. Students were then given special access to view the Top Arts folio’s. This was especially valuable, as it provides tangible evidence of ways to approach a folio, what to include, and how a top folio is a combination of skill, talent, time management and sheer hard work. The final aspect of the day was to explore the gallery spaces and photograph inspiration artwork for their individual folio. One artwork that students especially enjoyed was Darren Sylvester’s installation room, ‘For You’, an interactive space using light, sound and movement – art you could dance on!
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The Twilight School is busy preparing for our upcoming events. There is something for everyone, check out whats on;
Our sell out event is back for 2019. Join us on at 7am Friday 3 May in the College Mansion for hot breakfast whilst listening to music and hear from some inspiring women talk about their grandmothers.
Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Click here to book your seat.
Join us at 5pm on Wednesday May 29, and let SAGE Business Group show you how to take away the stress and pain that goes with constructing, updating and following awkward budgeting systems.
This session is designed for:
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Have you heard about Kokadamas? If you are have limited space for plants or herbs, then this course is for you.
Kokedama is a style of Japanese bonsai, where a plant's root system is simply wrapped in sphagnum moss and bound with string, transforming it into a sculptural art form. Loosely translated, 'koke' means moss and 'dama' means ball. In this course learn how to make one of these for your household.
It will run on Tuesday 4 June at 6pm. Cost for the course is $40, which includes all matertials and supper. To book you place click here.
As part of the Year 8 English curriculum students wrote persuasive speeches and delivered them to their classes. A couple of our students were so passionate about their topics that they volunteered to deliver their speeches again at the upcoming KIDx program. KIDx is a program designed to give young people a say on important issues.
Ryan Drage and Isabelle Smith spoke about drowning deaths and Cyber bullying respectively. In the audience was Deputy Mayor of Hume, Naim Kurt and Deputy Mayor of Macedon Ranges, Mandi Mees. After their speech Ryan and Isabelle answered any audience questions then received feedback from the local political representatives. The remainder of the day was made up of group activities with the other speakers. It was an amazing day listening to the issues the youth are concerned about and hearing discussions about how to solve them. Our future is in good hands!
An update from our College Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus
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:
All parents are invited to sit under the stars and enjoy a free movie night on our College grounds
On 2 April (student free day) at 6pm come along and enjoy a night out, watch the much raved about movie Bohemian Rhapsody and make new friends with fellow parents.
To register your spot please click here. Proudly organized by the Salesian College Sunbury Parent Engagement Group.
The booking system is now open for our Parent / Teacher / Student Interviews
Our Parent / Teacher / Student Interviews will take place on Monday 1 and Wednesday 3 April at Lakeside Stadium. The booking system is now open and places are filling quickly. Information on how to make a booking can be found here.
If you are unable to make a booking with a teacher and would like to discuss your child’s progress, you are encouraged to contact them via email or phone to arrange another time to talk.
It is also important to check your child’s Pastoral Records on Schoolbox to see if a teacher has requested an interview to discuss a specific concern.
A lot has been happening on the College grounds. Click here for a full update
Transforming indoor and outdoor areas into safe, flexible, alternate and innovative learning and teaching classrooms drives our facilities improvement program. All developments focus on extending the range of activities our students can take part in and enhance their learning experience at the College.
Our recently opened undercover courts have transformed our outdoor education classes, provided recess and lunchtime activities, as well as protection from the sun and rain. This four-court complex facilitates basketball, netball, volleyball, tennis and soccer. Easy and fast access to the complex reduces travel time and maximises student-learning time.
Our Ashes Oval refurbishment will ensures a safe, multipurpose, multisport arena for all students. When complete, this will be available for classes and general play allowing all students of the College to experience it.
We are proud to announce that during term 2, the Carroll Centre will be transformed into a multi-purpose venue. This refurbished venue will have tiered seating for 100 people, along with another 150 seats at ground level. We are excited for its future student, parent/guardian and staff usage as a drama centre, lecture theatre and assembly venue.
Anyone walking around the College feels great pride in our beautiful grounds. Over the past year, our Maintenance Team have worked tirelessly to present our grounds as a magnificent backdrop for learning and teaching. On your next visit, you will be able to watch as the slopes around the Ashes Oval and Undercover Sporting Complex are planted.
Some people often do not look forward to Lent. Childhood memories of giving up favorite foods or sitting through weekly Stations of the Cross come immediately to mind. Words like “sacrifice,” “discipline,” and “self-denial” are often used in ways that suggest that Lent is something to be endured rather than a time of grace and spiritual growth.
Placed in the right context and with the intent of encouraging a journey of faith, Lent can easily be seen as a “yearly second chance”. Each year the Church gives us six weeks to take a long, loving look at our lives to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us. Lent becomes that second chance to “return to God with our whole heart.”
And here lies the crux of the matter- Lent is a season of repentance and renewal. We turn away from our transgressions (sins) and recommit ourselves to following Jesus.
This is what we have been saying to our students as they experience our Reconciliation prayer service as part of our Liturgical calendar for this term. Devoid of using words that we may associate that sense of enduring some form of trial, rather Fr Joe and Fr John have been reminding our young people that Lent and Reconciliation become a time for personal reflection that will hopefully be transformative. And that transformation is most readily seen in a renewal of our commitment to follow in the footsteps of Christ- to be a people who are forgiving, who seek forgiveness, who are compassionate and generous to others, who act with goodness and are thankful for the gifts and blessings we have in our lives.
A personal note from me – I will be on leave from Friday 29 March until the start of Term Three. Jodie FitzGerald will be returning to the role of Deputy Principal for Learning and Teaching for Term Two. I wish everyone a success term in my absence!
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In an attempt to minimise the risk in relation to Anaphylaxis in the College I would like to remind parents and students to the following points in relation to the provision of food. This policy will be applicable at the Athletics Carnival on 30 April.
As always, the College seeks support from all families in relation to the wearing of the College uniform. Thank you to the students and families who do support us.
In the last 2 weeks of school, students are able to choose which uniform they wear to school, full summer or full winter. It is a great opportunity for families to check the Winter uniform and see if it still fits- you then have a month or so to correct anything that needs to be fixed or altered.
A reminder that the Uniform shop has been selling Winter shirts for boys in Years 10-12 that do not have to be tucked in. If you son needs a new winter shirt, a purchase of the new style would be great.
It is compulsory to wear Blazers to and from school. The Navy raincoat can be worn over the Blazer to and from the school when it is raining. As it gets colder we suggest wearing layers of clothing underneath the College shirt (long sleeve tee shirt or thermal top).
Students wearing the Navy Trousers to school, must purchase the ones from the College- they have a Salesian Crest on them. All boys in Years 7-9 wear the new blue trousers as part of the Winter uniform.
Repeated non-adherence to these simple expectations will result in a lunchtime detention. Failure to attend a lunchtime will result in an after school community service. If students come to school totally out of uniform or wear HPE uniform when they are not allowed to, parents will be contacted and asked to bring the correct uniform to school, or take the student home to correct the issue.
Last Wednesday 13 March was our SACCSS Senior Sports Day, held at various venues across Melbourne. Seven teams of Year 11 and 12 students represented the College across volleyball, netball, tennis and basketball. Congratulations to our mixed netball team and the boys double B, girls double A and mixed doubles tennis teams who won their respective competitions.
Our senior cricket and netball teams have progressed through to next week’s SACCS Senior Grand Finals, which will be played at JJ Holland Park and the State Netball/Hockey Centre. We wish both teams the best of luck!
The remaining weeks of term will see tryouts for the eight Year 7 Premier League teams, who will represent the College in term 2. Keep an eye on the Schoolbox News to see when your tryouts will be!
The Year 11 Studio Arts class attended a whole day program at the National Gallery of Victoria to extend their understanding of where artists get inspiration and ideas, and the different materials, techniques, imagery and styles they use to express those ideas. The focus of the visit was the current MC Escher x Nendo exhibition, where students heard a talk about Dutch artist Escher and the design studio Nendo who created the amazing exhibition design. They then enjoyed exploring the artworks and the exhibition, taking many photographs to include in their folio as research. The day concluded with an art-making workshop, learning how Escher integrated mathematics with graphic art to create elaborate tessellations. Students (without even knowing they were applying mathematics) began creating their own tiles and tessellations and were fully engaged in the complex process. They will continue these in class, and include them in their folio based Outcome.
Students from Year 11 and 12 Drama have had a busy few weeks, attending two excursions to extend their learning and understanding of how to create and analyse performance work.
Students attended Top Class Drama – a selection of the highest achieving solo performance exams from the previous year across Victoria. This was highly beneficial for them to see the finished product at the end of Year 12 and how impressive a seven-minute solo can be at the most refined and sophisticated level.
Year 11 student Rick Daicos said:
“I really enjoyed the performances at Top Class Drama. We got to see the best of the best solos from last year. The students had clearly put in a lot of effort in researching their chosen stimulus. Their accents, transformation of props, characters and time and overall energy really demonstrated what you can achieve in your drama solo. This has inspired me for Year 12 next year where I will get the chance to do this myself.”
Students also attended a VCAA listed performance that they are required to analyse for one of their written assessments now, and later on in the end of year written exam. This year the performance was a mix of eclectic theatre styles exploring a range of themes around humanity, storytelling and the idea of constantly evolving art and culture in an uncertain world.
Arts Captains Meet the Arts SAT team for 2019.
Bosco captains: Isaac McKenzie & Ebony Carlin
Savio captains: Zac Preaudet-Sartori & Alice Murray
All students are incredibly excited to enact their vision in the Arts team for furthering student engagement this year. A prominent figure in the Arts at Salesian over the last five years, Isaac, says – “I’m excited to push our program to new heights this year. To enrich the lives of students and inspire them in the same way I have been. By helping nurture people’s talent and giving them their time in the spotlight. Bu also taking suggestions! If you feel you can contribute to the Arts Program please get in contact with us at any time.”
Rehearsals are now underway for our 2019 production, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. Students have been learning about the time period, culture and societies of the play, developing their characters and beginning some script work. We look forward to bringing you more updates, as we get closer to our performances at the end of term 2!
The VCE and VET Music students travelled to the city to the Melbourne Recital Centre on Tuesday 19 March to see the Top Class Music concert. There were two concerts featuring the best Classical and Contemporary performance soloists in 2018 from around the state. We saw a wide range of instruments featured including Cello, Violin, Piano, Bass Guitar, Drum Kit, Bassoon, Vocalists, Tuba and Tabala. One thing all the soloists had in common was performing with artistry and a wide palate of timbral qualities. The performances were inspiring and our students said they were going home to practice after the Concert!
Topics in this week’s newsletter can be found here
Let the Show’s begin: Congratulations to all those students who both applied and successfully interviewed for the scholarship positions this year. Unfortunately, due to the large interest in the programs we were unable to find positions for everyone and like a good Carlton supporter would say, “There’s always next year”!
This year the school has increased its Scholarship program from two to five programs, the sheep have been divided into Corriedale and Poll Dorset teams with a range of shows they will be entering and being judged at.
We no longer have just the steer program, we are bringing in the 1st XI Simmental stud team as well. Both teams will have to learn to break in their animals and be able to lead them around the ring in a judged competition. There will be several shows attended and the highlight for all four of these teams will be participating and competing amongst the best in the country at the Royal Agricultural Society’s Melbourne Show. I am getting the feeling that all the scholarship students are extremely dedicated to bringing home the ribbons this year.
The fifth scholarship program is new this year, Horticulture. This team will be more commercially minded, propagating, planting and harvesting a whole range of produce from their dedicated planting areas. The current plan is to have a mixture of fresh vegetables and cut flowers available to the school community, and in future years, an orchard of citrus and Pome fruit. I think this is going to be an extremely rewarding and engaging enterprise for those scholars involved.
With the larger scholarship programs this year, we have managed to increase the student participation from 18 to 48, which shows a fantastic commitment to the agricultural program by the students and the school.
The School is very lucky to have so many generous supporters and I would just like to thank Mr. John Coyne, the owner of Coynes Forklifts in Laverton North. John has gone well out of his way and found the school an amazing forklift, that also happens to be in the school colours, and had it delivered to us for an extremely generous price. A quick plug! If you need a forklift, call John.
On a personal note, it has been great to see so many students enjoying and utilizing a greater proportion of the farm. While the weather has been good, I have often come across cyclists and walkers taking in the magnificent views out across the creek and beyond.
The wellbeing team will once again be running the Tuning in to Teens program in term 2
The wellbeing team will once again be running the Tuning in to Teens program in term 2. This time, we will be running an afternoon/early evening class.
Tuning in to Teens parent program:
The program is developed in conjunction with Melbourne University. It runs for 6 weeks from 4-6pm on Wednesday afternoons at the College. The program is FREE for Salesian parents, we just require the six week commitment from you.
Please contact Laura Spencer if you are interested in attending firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Twilight School Mothers Day event is on again this year. You are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast whilst listening to music and hear from some inspiring women talk about their grandmothers.
Tickets are limited and always sell out fast.
LOCATION: Salesian College Mansion
COST: $10 Student, $15 Adult (includes hot breakfast)
Click here to secure your place.
A big thank you to all parents who purchased their children’s school shoes from the Athlete's Foot as part of their School Rewards program. For every pair purchased $5 was donated back to the College. We were fortunate enough to receive a total of $590! It’s great to see a strong community spirit in our families.
Have you ever thought about playing rugby? The Sunbury United Rugby League Club are seeking male and female players of all ages for the 2019 season. Click here for more information.
An update from our College Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus
Last week I watched with interest the story of the two formerly conjoined Bhutanese twin girls, Nima and Dawa, as they arrived home in Bhutan to be reunited with their father for the first time. The girls were separated by a team of 25 surgeons, nurses, and anesthetists in an operation in early November at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital that lasted almost six hours. They recovered after the operation at a retreat run by the Children First Foundation, the charity that brought them to Australia. Barely controlling his emotions, their father, Sonam Tshering, said it was like a miracle. He took them from the airport to a monastery to light a lamp in prayer.
Although the culture between our two countries is vastly different, the respect for life shown by everyone involved in the operation and recovery was evident from the outset. And while there maybe differences in culture, it’s interesting how the lighting of a candle in prayer is such a universal practice of thanksgiving.
So much of this is true of Salesian College too. We are challenged to celebrate the things that we have in common with one another and be respectful of our differences. In the classroom, we are focusing on being inclusive and, among other things, our Respectful Relationships Program. Respect is one of those elements of culture that forms us as a community. What it means for our school culture is that everyone can feel they belong because of how they are treated and accepted each day, they can feel safe and therefore grow as learners and people in the school setting.
But respect is not a one-way transaction. It asks something of all parties: parents, staff, and students. The main enabling personality strength is self-regulation; how we manage our own response to daily life, to relationships and stressors. It asks us to accept responsibility and take control, not seek to blame others or unreasonably hide behind excuses for our behaviour.
But a healthy school culture relies upon a high degree of consistent compliance with its expectations and understanding – by all. Teachers are really focusing this year on aligning their practice with the expectations of our CLEF – “A Faith Community committed to Excellence in Learning”. They are accepting responsibility for getting better personally to meet those expectations. It is for this reason that our staff are constantly looking at how they can best act to build community and at what sort of supports they provide to students. We are always looking at how to provide more targeted intervention programs to help students who may be struggling to be fully part of the school so that they and others can benefit more from membership of this great learning community.
Parents too have a responsibility to maintain our positive school culture and align with our CLEF. Some examples include:
It is one thing to have a good strategy for improving as individuals, as a school. But, without the right culture our efforts are doomed. Please support the work of our staff and their teams when the opportunity comes your way.
The news last week regarding the conviction of Cardinal George Pell has no doubt shocked and surprised many of us. While I do not wish to make a public statement regarding Cardinal Pell, respecting both the ongoing judicial process as well as the role of our Provincial to be first in such matters of public comment, I do wish to echo the sentiments of Archbishop Peter Comensoli in asking that you keep all of those who have been abused in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. This is especially true for past pupils of the College whose stories of abuse by some Salesian clergy are well known to us.
The Church is in crisis as it struggles to rebuild the profound breach of trust caused by the abuse of children by Catholic clergy. I ask that you remember the many traumatised victims and their families, including those that are yet to come forward or share their horrific memories. It is in such times of crisis that Christian communities fall back on what it truly means to be Christian - reaching out to those damaged by the sins of others, accepting them and showing them the kindness and acceptance Jesus would have shown. While the Church's future may be in some doubt, there is no reason to doubt that authentic Christian communities built on love, respect, forgiveness, and hope will continue to grow if those who belong to them stay true to Gospel values.
Should you, or anyone in our community, be affected by this news - staff, students or parents - please do not hesitate to speak to anyone in a leadership position so that appropriate support may be provided.
Salesian College Sunbury is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present.
Please keep the following in your prayers:
Come Holy Spirit of this Great Southland
Inspire our entire faith community,
As we prayerfully discern new horizons for spreading joy
in the lives and communities of the People of God.
Come Holy Spirit of Youth
Fill the hearts of young people with the hope and love of Jesus Christ.
Enliven our community with the creativity, energy and joy of youth.
Guide us together, as we strive to offer God’s mercy
to those who feel abandoned or outcast.
Come Holy Spirit of Faith
Empower our community to be courageous.
Unite your people as witnesses of love.
Walk with us, as we blaze new trails of discipleship,
Accompanying young people as we renew the Church together.
Come Holy Spirit of Vocation
Stir within young people an awareness of God’s call.
Reveal to us the graces of young people.
Guide us all, in finding our place and raising our voices
To build a civilization of love.
Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Help of Christians, pray for us.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, friend of the young, pray for us.
Our 2018 Yearbook is here!
By now, all students in Years 8-12 should have received a copy of the Yearbook in their homeroom.
We hope you all enjoy flicking through and seeing all the great activities that took place throughout 2018.
This year - in line with our commitment to going green - we have also created a digital, flipbook version of the Yearbook.
The flipbook includes a table of contents to help you navigate through the book, and allows you to zoom in and out as you're reading different sections.
You can access the 2018 Yearbook Flipbook by clicking here.
If your child hasn't received a copy of the Yearbook, please contact their Homeroom Leader.
All 2018 Year 12 students (alumni) have been contacted via email and invited to collect their copy from College Reception.
Catholic Education Week 2019 is from Tuesday 12 March to Sunday 17 March. Find out more
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.
Friday 15 March is National Day Against Bullying. Read on to find out more about 'Bullying. No way!'
Catholic Education Week this year coincides with the 2019 National Action Day against Bullying and Violence (Friday 15 March). The program’s focus is to encourage parents and families to stand together with their school communities to recognise the important role everyone plays preventing bullying and violence.
Bullying is a complex issue addressing it requires constant vigilance by the whole community. Here at Salesian College we are committed to ensuring that bullying is not acceptable. We work with our students to constantly strive to achieve positive conflict resolution and to know how to combat bullying. Through our pastoral programs, students work on the skills required to resolve conflict and to be aware of the dangers surrounding bullying in all its forms.
The National Action Day Against Bullying is a great opportunity for us to really focus on this issue here at school and in the wider community. Some of the facts regarding bullying by school age children in Australia include:
Click here to download some information for parents on bullying. We encourage you to read it carefully and make yourself aware of the issues. As with any matter concerning your child’s education and welfare, we are always available to parents who wish to discuss concerns with us directly.
Project Compassion for 2019 was launched last week. Each year Caritas Australia's Project Compassion brings together Catholic communities across Australia during Lent to help end poverty, promote justice, and uphold dignity.
The 2019 Project Compassion theme is hope, and giving Lent 100% in the name of hope.
Here at Salesian, we encourage classes to make use of the stories, videos, teaching materials, and activity ideas on the Caritas website to raise students' awareness of poverty and injustice as it affects young people globally, particularly as depicted in the six Lenten stories from Zimbabwe, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Australia, Bangladesh, and Vietnam.
We make Project Compassion our only fundraising activity for the school community during Term One. Money raised for Project Compassion goes towards Caritas Australia's humanitarian and long-term development programs in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific, and with Australia's First Peoples.
It’s hard to believe that we are already past the halfway point of Term One! Many classes are in the midst of assessments and more and more feedback will be posted onto Schoolbox over the coming weeks. It’s therefore timely to recap some key points about how we report using Schoolbox:
Reportable Asessment Task
Schoolbox feedback is most effective when students are able to articulate the ‘next steps’ that they need to enact in their learning. We encourage families to discuss this feedback with these next steps as a focus.
As Campion is no longer taking payments for booklisted resources, unpaid digital items from the booklist will now need to be paid through the College accounts team. Notifications about any unpaid items will be sent to families shortly.
A reminder that these items are compulsory class resources and are currently being used in lessons.
Important reminders from the Catholic Education Office
Below is an article from the Catholic Education Office reminding parents and students about the importance of uninterrupted school attendance (with the exception of illness). Our day begins with a warning bell at 8.40am, all students need to be in homeroom by 8.45am. Homeroom is a vital part of the day as it provides at time for quite prayer, seeing your homeroom leader and looking at what is happening during the week via School box ‘News’. The article outlines clearly to importance of regular attendance and some tips on how to work in a partnership (student, school and family) to achieve consistent attendance and allow Learning and Teaching to occur.
The College has a subscription to Parenting Ideas Schools which has webinars and interesting articles on ideas for parents.
Below is a link to some fantastic webinar program for parents. The College has a full subscription to Parenting Ideas, so these webinars can be accessed at a reduced rate. To find out what is being offered, and how to access the webinar sessions click on the link below
On Monday 25 February, our four senior golfers went to Werribee Golf Course to play 18 holes in the SACCSS Open Golf Tournament. We were well represented by Luke Shoesmith, Malcolm Scoble, Josh McDonald and Pat Doyle, who finished second in the Best Team event. Pat Doyle also missed out on Best Individual Male by one stroke, shooting an 81.
Year 10 Premier League has seen the introduction of Boys Netball in 2019. Our boys are undefeated and have picked up the game quicker than expected. We look forward to seeing how the rest of their season goes. After a buzzer beater in their last game, our girls basketball remain undefeated along with boys basketball, girls volleyball and girls netball. We wish all teams best of luck for the remaining two home and away games and then hopefully finals.
Wednesday 13 March will see our Senior Sport Teams participate across various venues in a one-day round robin tournament, including tennis, volleyball, basketball and mixed netball. I’m sure the day will be filled with fun and hopefully lasting memories with friends for the students' final years of Sport.
Over the January holidays, I attended the three-day National Visual Art Education Conference at the National Gallery in Canberra. The conference had some amazing speakers, including artist Ben Quilty and Director of Education at the MET Museum, New York, Sandra Jackson-Dumont, and Dr Flossie Chua of Project Zero, Harvard University. There were many break-out sessions exploring strategies to improve our teaching, and practical workshops to improve our skills (I even tried my hand at “glass fusion”, melting glass at 3000 degrees to make decorative tiles).
I was also invited to showcase past and present student art work from Salesian College and explain how our Visual Arts curriculum and passionate teachers encourage our students to develop skills and use art as a meaningful tool to express compassion. We place the student at the centre, seeking to make tasks relevant to teens by offering individual choice of subject matter and using a studio process that allows every student to “be an artist”. Art teachers and our Arts SAT (Student Action Team) and Learning Area Leader also explore ways to engage the whole school community in meaningful art opportunities, even for those not studying an Art subject. The presentation showcased student work demonstrating compassion in many ways, shapes and forms.
On the topic of compassion, Year 11 Media student James Mahoney has been selected by the Catholic Education Office to have his thoughtful photograph, “Water Boy” (pictured below) on display at the Annual CEO Exhibition in East Melbourne. Well done James.
On Thursday 14 March our Year 11 students are attending a whole day education program at the National Gallery of Victoria. They will be exploring the work of MC Escher, and participating in an art making workshop that they will apply to their Unit 1 folio. The following week, Year 12 students are going to attend Top Arts to gain valuable advice from, vcaa assessors and view high scoring artworks and folios.
Glenda Inglis-Gillespie, VCE Studio Arts teacher
When we first entered the ACMI studios, we were taken to a professional movie editing studio, where we learnt the professional editing process of a film. We learnt about Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production. We then split off into groups and used this newly learnt information to create our own production. During this process, we had to plan (Pre-Production) our storyboard, our plot and who would be who (actors, directors, cameramen etc.) We then had a short break before we started our production, the process of filming. In a very short amount of time, we had to run around ACMI and Federation Square, frantically trying to get all of our shots and scenes completed. There were some obstacles as there were multiple crowds of people constantly running around also, or using the doors, or having conferences, so we were limited to our movement and noise levels. Once our filming process was completed, we started editing. We used Final Cut Pro to cut and paste all out clips together. We were able to use sound effects, filters and music to give our short film a real, professional look. We then previewed all our films before going home.
Ms Felicity Collins
On Thursday 7 March, the music staff and band students went on a music excursion, to Goonawarra Community Centre. Where they spend the day practising band pieces; Havana, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Funky Town. Dr Robert McWilliams, conductor and Music Education Clinician from Yamaha Music Australia’s Education Outreach, came up for the day to help the band improve their music and band performance skills. The band learnt about the importance of learning an instrument, and how learning an instrument benefits the brain. The band students now understand the effect of posture when playing an instrument and the importance of listening to each other when playing as a band. Overall the students and staff members had a great day of music fun.
Natalie Port, Year 9 Band Captain
All Year 10 parents/guardians & students are invited to the Year 10 Information Night: Morrisby, Life Skills & Career Conversations (individual reports distributed)
Tuesday 19 March, 6:30-7:30 in the Mansion Ballroom. Caremonkey sent last week to all families.
Year 12 students had RMIT student ambassador Cody Moore come to present to them on Friday 8 March about our SNAP partnership, course areas and pathways.
WORK EXPERIENCE: Year 10 requests for Term 2 have now closed. All requests for Term 3 placements are due by 24 May. See the Caremonkey letter or for the Request Form.
Visit our Salesian Schoolbox Careers Page for updated Careers Information, Resources & Links for career planning.
This week’s newsletter can be found here. This week's topics include:
When it rains it pours and I wish that would happen from the clouds!
Over the summer, the farm staff needed to do little to keep the pigs happy and healthy. Five sows and a boar (Boris) spending their days fighting off the heat and wallowing in the mud, a simple task. However, over the past three weeks, our family has grown from six to 38 with three of the sows farrowing; quite a population explosion. The young piglets are extremely cute when they are first born so get down to the farm for a visit as it is all down hill for them in the cuteness stakes.
In other activities, the Lucerne paddock has been cut and hay should soon be made for the use of the Show teams, having the Lucerne short will also allow us to sow some rye grass into the paddock and make it more grazable for the cattle as well as the sheep.
Last week I had a thoroughly enjoyable time talking with the Year 8 students about the goings on on the farm, I hope that they have been inspired to consider a career in agriculture which needs the smartest minds available producing food for the world.
One of the first tasks of parenting is deciding how long we let the baby cry, how we respond when they do, when do we let them self-sooth. Then we decide what boundaries to set for the toddler how close to the fire, the pool, grandma’s figurines do we allow them and how do we enforce those limits.
We calibrate the boundaries as they go through primary school and by the time they hit secondary we usually have had to have phone and device boundaries, sleep over, stay up, acceptable viewing and language boundaries and expectations on how they treat other members of the family. If we fail to set boundaries young people feel lost and will punish us usually with bad behaviour or defiance.
The battle of adolescent parenting is calibrating boundaries so that by the time they leave home they are independent, self-disciplined and well regulated. They only learn to be like this because they have practiced being responsible with negotiated and appropriate boundaries.
It is a tough job but here are a few considerations:
Michelle Grover shares her experience as a competitor for the Youth of the Year Award
Currently, I am representing our school by competing in the Lions Youth of the Year Award program.
This is an initiative run by lions to help young people improve their public speaking skills. About a month ago, I competed in the local competition in Sunbury, where I won overall.
The competition involves first being interviewed by three judges to discuss in-school and out-of-school commitments and asked for your opinion on three questions: a local topic, a state topic, and an Australia-wide or international news topic. Then, in front of an audience, you have to answer two impromptu questions with no time to prepare (which can be quite daunting!). After that, you read a five-minute prepared speech on a topic that you are passionate about, my topic was 'the benefits of Guiding'.
Last weekend, I represented our school at the regional final in Bacchus Marsh where I also won overall. On March 30, I will be going to Maryborough to compete in the district final for central northern Victoria. If I am lucky enough to win that, I would compete against students from across Victoria. The winner of this competition wins a trip to New Zealand, which would be an amazing experience!
Participating in this program has made me feel proud to represent our school, and it has helped me develop my public speaking skills and become more confident. I’ve also learnt a lot about the Lions clubs and all the wonderful things that they do!
I strongly recommend any student who meets the criteria to think about applying for this; it can really help with your confidence and public speaking skills, it looks great on a resume, and it gives you some insight into what interviews for jobs would be like. You may as well have a go - it doesn’t matter if you don’t do great because it’s the experience that counts, and it’s also a lot of fun! Even though I was a bit nervous when I applied, I’m so glad I did and I certainly don’t regret it!
Year 11 Students
In just over a fortnight we have our first Twlight School event of the year, the Hot Cross Bun Cooking Course.
Details are as below:
Please email email@example.com to purchase tickets.
We also have our first College Open Day for 2019 coming up on Wednesday May 15.
Keep an eye out for notices and more details about the Discovery Open Day in upcoming Newsletters.
An update from our College Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus
As our school year gets into full swing, I am grateful for the extraordinary role our school leaders play in the everyday ‘busy-ness’ of school life. Leaders of all varieties – staff, students and parents - play an enormous role in the life of Salesian College, but often go unseen or unheard. It’s not just in what they do to make things happen, like Year 7 Camps, Swim Sports, or maintaining our wonderful environment, but it’s what they model to others, the example they set for others to follow; they indeed leave a deep and lasting impact. What is more, what they model to others defines who they are and what they stand for! I’m not just talking about those who were inaugurated/employed into positions of responsibility, but to everyone in our community who leads by their example. We are ALL leaders, we ALL have the capacity to lead in our own individual way. Some will have high profile roles, some will get to stand up at assemblies and speak to audiences, but the most effective leadership will occur quietly, and will occur when someone simply shows a kindness to another; through their support, their assistance, and perhaps just through a sincere smile. Homeroom is an obvious time where this can occur, but so too in classrooms, in the yard, and on the bus! There are many, many opportunities. We ALL have GREAT leadership capacity in our own right and we have a responsibility to act in a way that demonstrates what we VALUE.
As we move towards Ash Wednesday (6 March) and the liturgical season of Lent, it is timely to reflect on the true meaning of this period in the Christian calendar. While our stores signal the arrival of this season with the early appearance of Easter eggs and hot cross buns on the shelves, Lent is traditionally designated as a time of reflection and repentance to assist us in preparing ourselves and our communities for the great feast of the Resurrection. Lent is a special opportunity to reflect on our lives and the life of our communities, and to begin to make changes in our attitudes and behaviours that are getting in the way of our becoming true Easter people. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and in the first reading of the liturgy of the day, the proph