Our Step Up program is well underway and it has been great to see so many of our students truly ‘stepping up’ in their new 2019 classes. We hope that the experience has our students excited and confident about the year ahead.
As 2018 draws to a close, we would like to thank all of our students, parents, and Salesian staff for a great year. In particular, we thank our Campus Directors, Stephanie Parisi, Narelle Stone, and Matthew Hurley, as well as the members of the Curriculum and Learning & Teaching teams who have supported us throughout the year. We appreciate their hard work and dedication towards putting the needs of our students at the centre of everything we do.
As we approach the end of Step Up, applications for subject changes have now closed. Please note that no subject change applications will be accepted until the end of Semester One. This is to allow for continuity in our teaching programs.
A reminder that physical copies of booklists have now been distributed to all students and digital versions are available by clicking the links below:
Mazzarello 2019 Booklist: Year 9
For VCE Geography and Literature students, please note that there is a new edition of the textbook in these subjects. The online ordering form has been updated but if you are purchasing texts elsewhere, please ensure you purchase the edition listed on the Campion site rather than in the printed version of the booklist.
For many Year 11 and 12 subjects, we have booklisted an online resource called Edrolo. Edrolo is a comprehensive, online, interactive video and exam simulation resource for Year 11 and 12 students. It is a compulsory purchase for all students. We will use Edrolo as a teaching and learning tool to further enhance what our teachers and students are doing day-to-day, including:
This is a great resource and we encourage you to ask your child about how they are utilising it throughout the year. You can see Edrolo in action by clicking here.
Work experience is the short-term placement of secondary school students with employers to provide insights into the industry and the workplace in which they are located. It provides students with the valuable opportunity to:
If your child is in Year 10 and interested in completing a work experience placement, the summer break is a great time to start making enquiries with possible host workplaces. Students are invited to find placements within the following periods and our fantastic Careers team are on hand to assist with the process:
Term 2 (29th April to 24th May)
Term 3 (5th August to 20th September)
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
It has been a busy fortnight, with Year 10 and Year 11 examinations, the GAT for students undertaking a Unit 3/4 study, and ongoing assessments for Year 7–9 students. I commend our students for their hard work. They have embraced their learning and all the other opportunities the school offers. Semester 1 has come to an end and it is the easy path to drop the ball and think, “I’m done”, but I ask that you encourage your son or daughter to keep doing their very best. I urge our students to reflect on their talents and identify areas for improvement as we roll into Semester 2.
Last Tuesday 11 June, our staff were involved in a wide range of Professional Learning activities designed to support their work with our students. Some of these activities included:
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 Feast of Saint Maria Mazzarello was celebrated at the College on Friday 14 June. Our Year 9 campus came to life with a celebration of Eucharist and fun activities for all. In 1872 Don Bosco, together with Maria Mazzarello, founded the Salesian Sisters, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. It was a pleasure to host six Salesian sisters, including Sr Delma the Vice Provincial, on such a significant day for the College. The Year 9s had the opportunity to interact with today's Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and see the energy they bring to their life of community and service and witness true models of their founder, Maria Mazzarello. A highlight and an important part of the Salesian story at our College.
Our students have been rehearsing for the College Play ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’.
Come along for an evening of clever wit and superb satire. See the link under the College Play story to purchase your tickets.
As this is the last newsletter for the term, I take this opportunity to thank the staff of the College who do an amazing job with our students. We are half way through the year and there have been so many highlights and many more planned for the rest of the year. To the entire College community, please take care and have a safe and happy holiday.
Salesian College Sunbury is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present. Please keep the following in your prayers:
(From "Prayers of Our Heart" by Vienna Cobb Andersen)
Bless the creators, O God of creation, who by their gifts make the world a more joyful and beautiful realm. Through their labors they teach us to see more clearly the truth around us. In their inspiration they call forth wonder and awe in our own living. In their hope and vision they remind us that life is holy. Bless all who create in your image, O God of creation. Pour your Spirit upon them that their hearts may sing and their works be fulfilling.
Last Friday we celebrated the Feast Day of Saint Maria Mazzarello, the woman who founded the Salesian Sisters and who we are proud to take our campus name. We were blessed with the presence of many modern-day Salesian Sisters, including Sr Delma the Vice Provincial, Sr Carmel, Sr Anna, Sr Silvana along with three Postulants, Julie, Sia and Karmila.
Our celebration began with Mass which focused on the courage and determination of Maria Mazzarello and charged us to find our inner strength to do good in the world. In keeping true to the spirit of the occasion when then had a “feast” back at the campus in the form of an old-fashioned sausage sizzle.
The sisters then joined in with the students for the afternoon activities that consisted of Italian cooking, trivia, craft, dancing, and sports. It was a coming together of young people, teachers and the Sisters that Maria Mazzarello herself would have been joyous about.
There is just over a week to go before our students take to the stage to perform the outrageous comedy “The Importance of Being Ernest”
Our students and staff have dedicated their time to bring together what is sure to be a magical evening for all. There is still time to get tickets, but hurry you do not want to miss out!
We hope to see you there!
Our agricultural students really put on a show at Holbrook. Click here to read more
Last week our Agricultural students went to represent the College at the annual Holbrook Sheep and Wool Fair. We are extremely proud of how our students conducted themselves, all of their hard work and dedication throughout the year has really paid off with the fantastic results. Well done to all involved.
Results from the show included;
Click here for an update from our Deputy Principal, Elaine Dugdale-Walker
We are aware that during upcoming Term 3 students need a few extra layers to keep warm. We recommend that students wear layers underneath the College Uniform such as - long sleeve t-shirts or thermals.The navy rain jacket is to be worn to and from school when it is raining.
Navy Trousers: All student wearing navy trousers to school must purchase them from the Uniform shop. These pants have a navy emblem embroidered just below the waist band. A reminder to all families that the new College Winter uniform for males is Navy pants- not shorts.
The upcoming school holidays is a great time to have the College Blazer dry cleaned, school shoes polished and to do general check on the College Uniform.
Note to families of a child in Years 10-12: the yellow and blue spray jacket is no longer able to be worn with the College Summer or Winter Uniform- this has been the expectation for the last two years. The only rainproof jacket that can be worn to and from school when it is raining in the navy blue one with the College Emblem. Students who continually wear the incorrect rain proof jacket will be asked to take it off, and it will be taken to Student Hub. We really need parental/guardian support with the uniform expectations. The navy jacket is available from the Uniform Shop.
Numerous activities will be on offer in Term 3 for students to participate in.
Some activities on offer are:
Watch out on Schoolbox News at the beginning of Term 3 for the Lunchtime Activities Schedule, and posters around the school.
Meningococcal is the name given to a type of bacteria that happily lives in the back of the nose and throat of about 10 per cent of the population without causing illness. These people are known as 'carriers'. Carriers can pass the disease on to another person without being unwell themselves. In some unlucky people, the bacteria can make its way through the membranes in the lining of the throat where it then enters the bloodstream.
Although generally Meningococcal bacteria is difficult to spread it does have higher transmission rates amongst young people and people who smoke. Young people are more likely to be infected because the Meningococcal bacteria is transmitted by close, prolonged contact with infected secretions. Activities such as sharing drink bottles, sharing unwashed cutlery and kissing all increase the risk of transmission. Smokers are at increased risk because the nicotine in the cigarettes causes thinning of the membranes in the back of the throat which makes the membranes permeable to bacteria entering the blood stream.
Meningococcal disease is life threatening if left untreated however if diagnosed early enough, most people make a complete recovery. Death occurs in 5-10% of cases. Unfortunately the signs and symptoms of Meningococcal are similar to that of the common cold which makes diagnosis difficult hence the relatively high mortality rate.
Listed below are some of the common symptoms seen in adults with Meningococcal. The symptoms highlighted in bold are the key symptoms that could indicate that the person is suffering from more than a common virus.
Treatment for Meningococcal is time critical and outcomes may vary which is why prevention is so important. In Australia there are 5 main strains of the disease, all of which are preventable with vaccinations. The most prevalent strains are Meningococcal B and W.
In April 2019, a free meningococcal ACWY school based vaccination program will be provided on the National Immunisation Program for secondary school students in Year 10, or age equivalent. Young people aged 15 to 19 years of age, who have not already received the vaccine in school, will be able to be vaccinated by their immunisation provider.
This year, year 10 students will have the opportunity to receive the Meningococcal vaccination for the A, C, W, Y strains here at the college on Monday 5th of August. Consent cards and CareMonkey notifications have already gone home to families. All cards need to be filled out and returned to Student Hub ASAP regardless of whether or not your child is participating in the school vaccination program. Immunisations can also be done at your local GP or at a Hume City Council catch up session. Click here for more information on how you can catch up on missed immunisations.
An update from Jodie FitzGerald, Deputy Principal - Teaching and Learning
Yesterday, Monday 17 June we commenced Semester 2 and students had access to their new timetables on Schoolbox. Please be aware that timetabled class times, and teachers, can change when we change semester so please check this carefully with your child. Students should not have any blank spaces on their timetable so please contact me immediately if this is the case.
Semester 1 Reports will be available on Schoolbox on Friday 28 June. We will send home our end of semester report letter as well as instructions on how to access these reports. Please be mindful that the end of semester reports only show your child’s overall progression and work habits for each curriculum area. They should be read in conjunction with our continuous reporting and feedback on Schoolbox, as this is where our reportable assessment tasks and comments are published.
Key dates for Learning & Teaching
Bosco Subject Selection Evening
Tuesday 23 July 5:30pm – 7:30pm
All current Year 9 and 10 students and a parent/guardian should be in attendance to receive helpful information about courses, pathways and subject choices.
2020 Year 9 Parent Information Evening
Tuesday 30 July 6:30pm – 8:00pm
We highly recommend that a representative from all current Year 8 families is in attendance. We have some exciting changes to our Year 9 program and would love for you to join us to find out more.
As this is our last newsletter for Term 2, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank-you and farewell to our College Community. I am taking long-service leave in Term 3 and 4 to spend more time with my family. Daniel Buttacavoli will be returning from his overseas trip to take back the Learning & Teaching helm. It has been wonderful to be back and work with some lovely people, both staff and students.
We wish to acknowledge and thank Ammie Franklin who has worked hard as our Curriculum and Assessment Leader this term, in Clinton Gray’s absence. We are very grateful that Ammie will be staying on as our Technology Learning Leader and we know she will continue to do a fantastic job. My sincere thanks to both the Learning & Teaching and Curriculum teams also, and the educational support staff that we work with, they continue to work tirelessly to make Salesian College Sunbury a better place for our students.
Read an update from our Director of Faith and Mission, Mr Stephen Connelly
Sunday of the previous week we celebrated the feast of Pentecost, or the birth of the Church. The Christian holy day of Pentecost, which is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1–31). At Pentecost, the Apostles with Peter as their leader, and their followers, gathered in a room with other pilgrims from all over the world. We are told at this time, a great wind blew, and a flame appeared as a tongue of fire, which split itself into many individual flames above the heads of all those present. The Holy Spirit came upon these people and each began to speak in tongues. Despite the fact many had no common language, they were perfectly able to understand one another. Others who were not so blessed, accused those speaking in tongues of being drunk, but Peter arose and addressed the crowd, explaining that it was only 9 o'clock, and that this phenomenon was not intoxication, but rather this was the work of the Holy Spirit, prophesized in the scripture. Peter then called all those present to be baptised and about three thousand people were baptised that day.
This beautiful narrative can speak to us in many ways. Richly symbolic, a stark reminder of the humble beginnings of our Church, the ever-abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, and at a very simplistic level, it is the story of our faith. The feast of Pentecost celebrates a key moment of the Spirit's ever-renewing presence in our lives. But it is lives that are intrinsically linked to being part of a community of faith, just like the Pentecost story tells us.
One of the great foundations of our faith is this sense of community. Church as we know it by any other context. But not Church as in a physical building. Church as in a community of believers, united, sharing and celebrating faith together. We should not have to look to hard to find evidence of “church” around us. We can see it here at the college, in the local community, in the Archdiocese and at national and global levels.
As the Church is about to enter into a period of examination in 2020 with the Plenary Council here in Australia, the sense of community becomes a timely reminder.
Since the beginning of the year, earnest preparations have been undertaken throughout the various diocese of Australia for the gathering of the Plenary Council next year. Many parishes including the OLMC parish here in Sunbury, have been doing a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes dialoguing with parishioners and other key stakeholders. You may remember the team had a display and information booth at our Parent-Teacher interviews late last year.
The Sunbury Parish Team, working with the Plenary Council and the Parish Survey Initiative, have approached us seeking our assistance. As a part of the initiative they will be conducting their Parish Survey from 25 May through to 17 June. They would like to offer our college community the opportunity to contribute either through the Parish Website or via written survey available through both churches (OLMC and St Anne’s), the Parish office or directly through here at the college
They are seeking the thoughts and feelings from us through 3 questions:
Below is the request they have sent me:
Our School – Our Sunbury Parish: “What do you think God is asking of us in our Parish at this time?” – As Sunbury Parish we would like to hear what you think and feel through our Sunbury Parish Survey. What should we START Doing; STOP Doing; and What do you like about our Parish?. All contributions are confidential. The information gained will be used by the Parish Team and Parish Groups in their planning of activities and liturgies. You can contribute on line through the Parish website or through the Paper Survey that can be picked up and lodged at both churches, the Parish Office or through Stephen. “What do you think God is asking of us in our Parish at this time?” Your voice is the future – Our School – Our Parish.
You can complete the survey on line or collect a paper copy at one of the places outlined above.
Here is a real example of community!
Last week, three of our Year 7 teams played off in their Premier League Grand Finals. Congratulations to our Year 7 Netball girls who continued their undefeated run and went on to win their Grand Final over Penola College by 19 goals. This is our first Year 7 Netball Premiership since 2015.
Unfortunately, our Boys Basketball and AFL teams went down to some strong opposition. Our basketball nearly snatched victory with a 3 point buzzer beater, but it bounced out, while our undermanned AFL team were brave in their defeat, but unfortunately ran out of legs in the last quarter. Well done to all invloved.
We recently held our Dance Display night, where out talented students performed for family and friends, showing them what they have been working hard on this year.
Our students had this to say about their dance experience…
Dance for year 7 has been quite a fun journey. I have had the pleasure to have fun with friends while doing my hobby. The Dance Performance was an incredible experience as it was my first year at this amazing school. It was by far the best dance performance ever! Ava Morrison
Dance was one of the best experiences of my life I loved it; you do not have to be a professional because it is for everyone. I love dance and would recommend it to anyone. Friendships were made and I stepped outside of my comfort zone dance is an amazing
Has your child always wanted to be able to play an instrument? Now is their chance to take advantage of all the opportunities available at Salesian College Sunbury. Semester 2 is a great time to start lessons now that students have settled in to the year. We have specialist tutors for lessons on Piano, Guitar, Singing, Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Saxophone, Drums and more. We have hire instruments available and you can choose individual, pair or group lessons.
To enrol your child in instrumental lessons please fill out the online form in the Groups, Music page on Schoolbox or pick up a paper form from the Music centre. Lessons are 30 minutes per week, offered during the school day on a rotating timetable.
Our students have the opportunity to take part in a Battle of the Bands competition hosted by Sunbury Downs College on Saturday 17 August, at the Sunbury Village Green. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their talents to the wider community. To sign up or register your interest in helping out on the day please email Isaac McKenzie email@example.com
The Open Day Calendar has been released for Bosco students and families to explore courses and campuses. We recommend you start your university visits in Year 10.
Topics this week can been viewed here
Finally after many months planning and building, the new Chicken Coop has gone live with 64 chickens. The chicken’s clearly were immediately happy with their new lodgings as they began laying eggs straight away. We had around 15 eggs within the first few hours!
The Chickens will be kept in their coop for a little over a week to allow them to develop a sense of home and we are trying to train them to return to the coop with the ring of a bell. Soon though they will be given a large area to roam during the day, approximately half a hectare, and when the farm staff feel it is appropriate they will be given free range of the entire precinct.
The intention of having the chickens roam through the entire area is twofold. Firstly, they will benefit greatly from being outside and grazing a variety of foodstuffs which will keep them healthier as well as producing more delicious eggs, available through the VCAL enterprise. Secondly the chickens by their very nature will clean up any spilt grain etc from our other livestock programs, this in turn will reduce the amount of vermin on our property, as well as reduce the likelihood of snakes. We will keep you updated on how our newest members to the College farm settle in.
The College has reviewed how we can improve student safety and reduce congestion around the bus area. The student drop-off zone will be relocated to the Lakeside Stadium car park, gradually transitioning from its current location over terms 3 & 4.
During this time the College will have additional staff at the Lakeside Stadium carpark to assist with the safe movement of students and flow of traffic in the area.
After Monday 15 July, there will be no parking in the designated student drop-off zones of the Lakeside Stadium car park between 8 - 9.00am and 3 - 4.00pm Monday to Friday to assist with the transition.
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An update from our College Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus
It has been a very difficult week for the Salesian College Sunbury community as we mourn the loss of two past pupils; Cameron Wishart (Class of 2003) and Nathan Duarte (Class of 2012). Both deaths were unexpected and their families are absolutely devastated as they come to terms with the reality of life without them. I have no doubt that their passing will leave indelible marks on the hearts of all who knew them as they were both men who lived life to the full and who cared deeply for their friends and family. One word used at the funerals to describe both Cameron and Nathan was kind. It sounds like such a simple quality to possess, but the act of kindness is a far more complex habit to adopt than we might think, but one that is clearly universally appreciated.
I think the secret to acting with kindness is not to second-guess our first generous impulses. I know myself that if I hesitate to help someone – to offer a coin or a lift, to hold a door open or to give someone the time of day – the opportunity passes me by and I’m left with feelings of regret. The life of Christ sets us the perfect example of how to live. No opportunity to be kind passed Jesus by, even if he wasn’t directly asked for help. The gospels overflow with the broken and the needy – lepers, the blind and deaf, the adulterous, the outcast, the mourners. Christ always saw through to the hearts of those who believed in him and left them in no doubt of his love.
The gift of kindness that both Cameron and Nathan showed others is a gift from Christ that each of us can repay each day if only we listen to the needs of those around us. In my silent prayers for both boys, I am reminded of Don Bosco’s own words about the value of kindness in our work with young people: “Everything and everyone is won by the sweetness of our words and works”. Rest in peace Cameron and Nathan – your kindness to others will never be forgotten.
Last week our Year 9s ventured off into the Victorian wilderness for a weeklong outdoor adventure experience. From the reports I received from everyone involved, the week was an unqualified success! My sincere thanks to the Year 9 Camp Team for their inspiring leadership – Will Johnston, Cassi Bottrell, Alex Jehle, Luisa Villani, Meg Crilly, Ray Messer, Josh Pink, Emma Hiho, Emma Heupt, Janine Higham, Melanie Fattore, Ross Ogilvie, Anthony Diamond, Holly Forrest, Marc Kovacevic, Michael Fitzgerald and Dino Martiniello.
Last Tuesday and Thursday evenings, we welcomed our 2020 cohort of parents to the College for an informative program regarding the transition to secondary education. It was wonderful to see both new and familiar faces amongst the crowd as they listened in earnest to presentations from key staff regarding transition issues such as, elective selection, uniforms, wellbeing matters and much more.
As their children commence their last semester in primary school, important advice was shared about how best to prepare for the next step in their educational journey. We look forward to getting to know each of our newest community members in the coming months as they experience a range of transition activities, culminating in Orientation Day on 6 December.
Students from across most year levels are knee deep in end of semester exams and assessments, including the General Achievement Test, or GAT, for students undertaking Unit 3/4 studies.
These are an important few weeks on our calendar, and I ask parents to support their student’s preparation for these key assessments by encouraging a sense of focus and suitable revision. These assessments will be shortly followed by the preparation and distribution of Semester Reports which will provide important feedback on student progress.
It’s always wonderful to hear about the achievements of our students outside of school, and last week we were thrilled to read about Alexandra De Bono (Year 11, MO) who successfully applied for an internship at the prestigious New York Times. It involves an extensive amount of creative writing classes, poetry workshops and input from highly regarded authors. Alexandra hopes to further hone her writing skills and pursue her passion for journalism. Congratulations Alexandra!
Salesian College Sunbury is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present. Please keep the following in your prayers:
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME
Do this in memory of me and in memory of the living poor;
In memory of me and in memory of the living lonely, the starving and the homeless;
In memory of me and in memory of the ones who came for healing and in memory of the ones who came for forgiveness;
In memory of me and in memory of the ones who came for acceptance and in memory of the ones who came searching for God.
Do this in memory of one who died so that all could live.
2019 marked a change for the Mazzarello Challenge Camp program. As we had outgrown our previous location, we chose to divide the students amongst three different sites across Victoria. The aims of the camp remained the same across all the locations with a strong focus on resilience, responsibility, leadership and teamwork. All three camps had the students working through activities designed to challenge them physically, mentally or both. As is the norm for this camp, the students slept in tents for the 4 nights and carried the bulk of their food and supplies on their backs. Being device free meant we had ample time to talk to each other and discuss a range of topics from personal interests and goals to self-reflection sessions that allowed the students to take stock of what they had achieved and how we might capitalise on that once we got back to school. One of the key insights that came up in many groups was that we are all capable of much more than we think and often we give up with plenty of petrol left in the tank. Our challenge to our students is to take this learning back into their everyday lives so they can give themselves the best chance to reach their potential
Below Year 9 Student Chloe Prpic recalls what the camp meant to her, and what she has taken from it.
"My journey to Hatter was a very long one but so worth it. Hatter had such good weather and the scenery was beautiful, you went from being in the forest to being in the heart of the desert. The first day was a challenge having the pack on for the first time and still getting use to the weight. Day two was easier and more chilled even though it was a longer distance. Walking up over every hill you didn’t know what to expect you could be in bush to being on red sand. The view of the Murray coming up on the last hill was unbelievable I can’t believe I finally made it. The next 3 days were very chill, just swimming and cruising on the Murray with the canoes. Yes, the water was quite chilly but such a good way to cool down. My two favourite moments and memories were when Mr Martiniello capsized and fell in the water. He was lost in song and dance, so he stood up and fell in. Other favourite memory was after every day we would all come together as a group talk about the day, share stories, play games and have a laugh we became a family by the end of camp. Camp is something I will never forget, it taught me more about myself to keep on going and help me get out of my comfort zone".
Chloe Prpic 9H (O’Grady)
We are getting closer to our production of Oscar Wilde’s beloved masterpiece "The Importance of Being Ernest"
Our students have been working hard, rehearsing what is considered one of the funniest plays in the English language. The delightful repartee and hilarious piercing of hypocrisy and pomposity has had theatregoers rolling in the aisles for over a century.
There is still time to book tickets to our 2 performances on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June at 7pm. The show will begin with nibbles and drinks in the Mansion Dining Room, whilst our college band provides entertainment. This promises to be a wonderful night for all involved. We hope to see you there.
Our first all House Charity Day was a great success! Click here to find out more
Last Friday the College held our House Charity Day. As a new concept for 2019, all eight houses held their House Charity Day on the one day. Together this brought awareness of the work specific charities and organisations undertake in their vision and mission of the Christian call to outreach to others.
Students were encouraged to pray for and reflect upon our need to extend compassion, empathy, generosity and love without judgement. In our call to be disciples in today’s world, imitating Christ in our actions and words by reaching out to others in a most meaningful context.
The following quote sums up the theme of our House Charity Day:
“We must be constantly reminded of the privileges we have, and others don’t, in order to be moved to gratitude.”
The following is a list of our house aligned charities and organisations that have now been formed and continue to develop and grow within the life of the college:
In pastoral period, houses undertook a variety of activities to highlight and promote the work of their charities. Guest speakers, assemblies, prayers, games and activities, raffles and competitions were all held to bring a spirited pastoral period. Whilst fun was being had, the intention of the day was not forgotten.
We extend our sincerest thanks to our students and families for their wonderful generosity in supporting our House Charity Day. As a College community, we must be constantly reminded of the privileges we have, and others don’t- not just on one day- but that we continue to pray for God’s mercy and compassion for those most in need.
We pray for the dignity of all people.
That through our need to recognise that all human life is a priceless gift from you,
that we may be moved to reach out and serve those who we are called to be united with in love,
seeing the face of Christ in everyone in all circumstances of life.
Want to know more about subject changes? click here
Thank you to all our families who have taken the time to discuss subject changes with your children. We appreciate your support and understanding, especially when subjects are full or unavailable.
At the start of next term, we begin working with students to look at subject offerings in 2020. We develop our whole school timetable and staffing loads around student choice. It is therefore really important that students are making informed, well-thought out decisions based on their passions, strengths and future pathways.
Whilst changing subjects mid-year can be helpful to some of our students, our preference would be that they choose the right subjects for them before we develop our timetable.
Our Bosco Subject Selection Evening is on Tuesday 23 July, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. This is the second week of Term 3. If you are the parent/guardian of a student currently in Year 9, 10 or 11, please add this date to your calendar.
This evening encompasses VCE, VCAL, VET and pathways information, and is held alongside year level briefings that inform your children of the whole process and subjects/pathways available for them to study. We will also hold an information evening on Tuesday 30 July, explaing some changes to our Year 9 program for 2020, this evening will be targeted at current Year 8 families. We will provide further reminders of these events next term.
Our exams commence this week and we wish our Year 8 – 11 students all the very best. The process of practicing sitting an exam is important, especially for students to be able to balance their nerves, concentration and completing questions within the relevant time frame. However, the real learning actually comes from the exam preparation and study techniques employed by your child. It is this practice that is going to greatly assist them in their future studies. In our last newsletter we provided some advice on how to assist your child with study at home. The link below comes from Red Tick Education and they provide a great parent guide to support you further with guiding your child to better study practices.
If your child needs some extra support, please encourage them to discuss this with their teachers, attend Phoenix or come and see me during recess or lunch for some help with study skills. We will also provide some study technique classes for our junior students at lunch time this week, this will be advertised in the student bulletin.
All senior students onsite during the exam period, outside of their timetabled exams, must study in the Canteen. We will have this are set up for study purposes only, if students are not studying they will be asked to leave. Students completing an accelerated VCE subject should still attend their classes where possible. If they have an exam, they attend the exam first, if they have a SAC (Year 12 only) they attend the SAC and reschedule the exam. If they are unsure please have them see me or contact the Bosco Campus office.
We will try our best to reschedule exams where possible, however your child should have a medical certificate if they miss an exam. Year 8 and 9 students who do not attend on the day of their exams will be expected to sit their exams on their return to school.
Just a reminder that the General Achievement Test (GAT) for all students studying a Unit 3 and 4 subjects (Year 12) is on Wednesday 12 June 2019, 10.00am – 1.15pm.
For more information on the GAT please use the link below.
Past GAT papers for practice can be found here.
As many families would be aware, the College has been facilitating aspects of the Respectful Relationships program throughout Term 1 and 2. We have also recently conducted a Year 7 parent session in relation to this topic.
A huge thank you to Stephanie Parisi, Savio Campus Director, for coordinating and running these sessions with the support of Laura Spencer from the Wellbeing Team. Many current advertisements on TV relate to Respectful Relationships, specifically gender-based violence and therefore these were very relevant.
Click here for an article on Parenting ideas which looks at encouraging healthy attitudes towards women. We hope you find this article informative and brings about discussion in your home.
Read an update from our Director of Faith and Mission, Mr Stephen Connelly
Our gospel last Sunday hinted at the Christ’s ascension, this Sunday, in both the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of Luke we have two accounts of the Ascension. The earthly mission and ministry of Jesus are now over and he is now returning to sit at the right hand of God. Jesus trusts his friends and followers to carry on his work of proclaiming and spreading the Kingdom of God.
In the first reading, they are told that will be baptised with the Holy Spirit and in the gospel he tells them they are witnesses (to this) and that they will be clothed with power from on high. He knows that they will need help encouragement and strength for the task that lies ahead of them. This promise points and leads us directly to Pentecost which we celebrate next Sunday. Jesus knows that these men and woman will need all the help they can get as they spread the good news of his resurrection.
Today as the church, we too are called by Christ and sent out just as these first Christians were. We are asked to proclaim the Kingdom of God, and like them, we too are strengthened by the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul tells us in Romans 5.5, ‘God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.’ We are Christ’s witnesses today in our homes with our families and with our neighbours in our parish community. We are called and challenged by Christ not only to hear the good news of the gospel, but to do whatever we can to share it with others we meet. We do this through the quality of our daily lives in how we speak to each other and treat each other. As St. Francis of Assisi reminds us, ‘we must use every means possible to proclaim the gospel and if we have to, we will have to use words.’
Last week the Year 11 and 12 Drama classes performed their ensemble pieces to an audience of their parents, friends and teachers. Each year students in VCE develop an ensemble and solo performance to a given prescribed structure. These performances take months to create, starting from early stages of researching and brainstorming, writing scripts and developing characters using their structure and their research of world events, cultures, and beliefs, and finally beginning the rehearsal, editing and refinement stages. Students are required to use a range of theatre styles within their performances to prompt intentional responses from their audience, being forms of either critical thinking or feeling, leaving them inspired to take action for a better world. All students performed exceptionally, demonstrating professionalism and skill in their craft.
There will be a junior art showcase from our Year 7 to 9 visual arts classes from the 17 to 28 June. Student artwork will be displayed in the Learning Commons, with all students welcome to view and enjoy the pieces during lunch times.
The new playwriting competition is going well with students meeting with Ms West, Ms Valencich and Miss Loubey regularly to develop their ideas and skills in playwriting towards our annual Christmas Production this year. Anyone is still welcome to participate, just come and chat to one of us or send an email expressing your interest and idea towards the theme of ‘a time for giving’. Scripts are due Monday 24 June.
Our students have the opportunity to join in some ‘Wonderful Winter Art’ Workshop’s this term with the first event taking place on 6 June. Every lunchtime on a Day nine, our students can get involved. Starting with surreal character portraits, then onto CD Scratch Art, mindful Mandala’s, watercolour, marbling and more., All materials provided. Contact Ms Inglis-Gillespie to book your spot.
Last week’s exciting work experience placements included Air Services, Landscaping & Veterinary.
Rylee Bone undertook a valuable placement at Sunbury Police Station: ”Policing work is challenging and rewarding. Every day is different & interesting. Work experience broadened my knowledge of the force and helped me to see all the specialist areas in policing and the general duties of officers in and out of the station. I was able to observe crime scenes, fingerprinting and highway patrol, but also the pro-active team with youth and children in residential housing”
This week’s Career News topics found here
Topics this week include:
Start spreading the news! Alexandra De Bono is doing an internship with The New York Times
We are so proud of our Bosco student Alexandra De Bono who has been selected to take part in an internship at the New York Times. She will head to New York on June 9 where she will spend 2 weeks attending extensive classes, workshops, listening to guest speakers as well as exploring the city. We can't wait to hear about it upon her return.
"I hope to further my skills in this course. I have a passion for writing, I love how words sewed together on a page can trigger an emotional response from humans; it fascinates me. This class will challenge me to be creative, and I hope to come back with connections, knowledge and the desire to return to New York.This is an opportunity I was hoping to achieve in my mid 20’s, I’m so beyond grateful it has come to me so quickly" Alexandra De Bono
Click here to read the recent article on Alexandra's achievement in the Star Weekly.
Does your child use the Salesian College Sunbury private bus? To help them get to and from school safely, the College will be introducing a new bus tracking system called RollCall. We anticipate implementation to take place later this month.
RollCall is a school bus management system that aims to give you peace of mind. Once introduced, parents/guardians will know:
The benefits of RollCall is that parents will be able to track and plan their daily commute. It will also help in case of any emergencies if they arise.
The College believes RollCall will improve the quality and reliability of the transport offered which in turn will provide additional assurance should students utilise this service.
Click here for more information. (Please note RollCall won't be used for College excursions or sporting events.)
Are you are interested in utilising the Salesian College Sunbury private school bus? Please contact Marylou Jones, Savio Administrator and Bus Coordinator on 9744 0000 for more information.
The last two weeks have been extremely busy in Sport. Tuesday 21 May saw our Junior and Intermediate Girls AFL teams play in a full day, round robin carnival across multiple venues. Our Junior Girls played out in Tarneit against 11 other SACCSS Colleges and were good enough to win the Grand Final by 1 point! Our Intermediate girls played here at Salesian College Sunbury and made it to the Grand Final, but unfortunately went down to an impressive MacKillop College team.
Term 2 has seen our Senior Boys and Girls AFL teams compete in the SACCSS Division 1 AFL competition. Our boys are aiming to make our 13th consecutive Grand Final and hopefully go back to back, whilst our Girls are hoping to go one better than last year’s Grand Final loss. Both teams stood up when it counted most last week against MacKillop College, winning must-win games to keep their finals hopes alive.
Last Monday saw our Intermediate Girls and Boys Futsal teams head down to two different venues at MSAC to compete in the SACCSS Intermediate Futsal Competition. Considering that SACCSS is one of, if not the strongest soccer/futsal school competition in the state, our teams competed really well. The boys walked away with three wins from six games and whilst the girls didn’t register a win, they were competitive in all games.
Our Year 7 Premier League has also continued throughout Term 2. It has been great to see so many of our Year 7’s heading out to represent the College and having fun each Wednesday afternoon. The home and away season has now wrapped up and congratulations to our Netball, AFL, Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball teams who have all made the Semi Finals. These will be played across various venues this Wednesday. Best of luck!
The farm is starting to look very green with recent rain providing the ground with much needed moisture for pasture growth and healthy soils. This event has come just in time as the schools’ First XI Simmental herd welcomes the introduction of 11 impressive calves, which were the product of the stud's embryo transfer program.
In other news, a number of births have also occurred on the property with several calves being born as well as a litter of 10 piglets-all of which are doing well and growing very quickly.
The cattle and sheep scholarship teams are well and truly in full swing of preparing their animals for the upcoming show season. Involving regular routines of halter breaking, feeding out and grooming to ensure the exhibits are going to look their best for the big shows ahead.
Finally, Xavier Burton is a friendly new face that has joined the Salesian College Sunbury farm team. Xavier originally comes from a sheep property in Glenrowan and is a recent graduate from the University of Melbourne after completing a degree in Agricultural Science. He is looking forward to caring for the livestock and seeing the scholarship teams do well this year.
All the best to the sheep team of whom are competing in the upcoming Holbrook Sheep and Wool fair of which will be the first livestock event for the year. Good luck and fingers crossed for some blue ribbons!
We welcome all parents to join us for the next Parent Engagement Group meeting, tomorrow evening, Wednesday 5 June at 6pm in the College Mansion.
Join us for some light refreshments, while getting to know other parents and planning future events.
Please phone 9744 0000 to book your place.
An update from our College Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus
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.
Last Wednesday 15 May, we held our College Open Day. The number of people who came out to see our College blew us away. We had hundreds of families tour the College grounds with our helpful students as their guides. Our guests also had the opportunity to hear from Mr Brockhus, as well as speak with faculty leaders as part of our "Education Expo"
The closing date for Year 7 2021 enrolments is Friday 23 August 2019 so be sure to submit your application. The online application form can be found on our College website.
If you attended the day we would love to hear your thoughts. Click here to complete a short survey.
Thank you to all the families who came out to see us, we hope you felt we truly are a 'Home that Welcomes'.
Oscar Wilde’s beloved masterpiece is widely considered one of the funniest plays in the English language. The delightful repartee and hilarious piercing of hypocrisy and pomposity has had theatregoers rolling in the aisles for over a century.
When Algernon discovers that his friend, Ernest, has created a fictional brother for whenever he needs a reason to escape dull country life, Algernon poses as the brother, resulting in ever-increasing confusion.
Enjoy an evening in the College Ballroom watching this clever and hilarious comedy in the perfect setting - A Victorian Mansion. The show will begin with nibbles and drinks in the Mansion Dining Room, whilst our college band provides entertainment. This promises to be a wonderful night for all involved. Shows will run on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June at 7pm.
The College is upgrading the Lakeside Stadium car park and clubroom area with a bitumen surface as part of its Capital Improvement Plan. This project aims to enhance the safety of Students, Staff and Visitors who utilize the area.
As a result of the works, the stadium car park will be closed from Thursday 16 May to Friday 20 June to facilitate the completion of the resurfacing works.
To ensure the safety of students and staff, and to assist with the flow of traffic in the driveway and drop-off area, we ask that you use an alternate drop off point for students, rather than adding more pressure on the already overused drop-off point near the bus bays .Alternative drop-off areas include the Gatehouse car park, Sunbury Square car park, Macedon Street, Evans Street or Racecourse Road.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, if you have any questions on this matter, please contact the College on 9744 0000.
A huge thank you to our Year 7 and 9 students and families for your promptness and participation in our recent NAPLAN testing. We see NAPLAN as another way to track student literacy and numeracy outcomes and encourage all to participate. We were extremely happy with the way that most students conducted themselves during this period, especially our Year 7s as it can be daunting doing exams in such a large space. Thank you also to the staff involved, especially Ben Moss-Holland for his exceptional organisation.
The General Achievement Test (GAT) for all students studying a Unit 3 and 4 subject (Year 12) is on Wednesday 12 June 2019, 10.00am – 1.15pm. This is an important test and we encourage all of our students to take it seriously and try their best. Please help us ensure they have the following equipment; an English and/or bilingual printed dictionary (a thesaurus or a combined thesaurus-dictionary is not permitted), pens, pencils, sharpener and an eraser. These things should be carried in a clear zip-lock bag. No pencil cases or calculators are permitted.
For more information on the GAT please use the link below.
Past GAT papers for practice can be found here.
Our end of semester exams are fast approaching and timetables will be available shortly. In terms of helping your child to prepare for the exams here are some tips.
How to study
Where to study
We have decided to open the Bosco subject changes this week, to give Year 10 and 11 students extra time to make changes before their exams. Your child will receive an email about this process and changes will be made on a first in, first served basis. Subjects can become full quickly, so we encourage you to get on to this asap. This process will open for all other year levels on Monday 27 May.
Read an update from our Director of Faith and Mission, Mr Stephen Connelly
This week the Archdiocese of Melbourne recognises and celebrates Family Week. The theme for Family Week is The Spirit of Hope. Catholic Care, the Archdiocesan organisation charged with promoting Family Week, has stated that “Hope and trust are essential ingredients in family relationships and in communities, and this forms the basis of the 2019 Family Week theme; Building Connections in the Spirit of Hope.” In real terms, we recognise that family life is diverse, subject to complexities and has its own unique narrative that is at once profoundly personal and yet universally recognisable.
Only a few years ago when Rome hosted two Synods on the family, Pope Francis, a man known for his deep compassion for people, especially those who are disadvantaged or suffering, spoke at length about the need to be profoundly aware of the challenges and complexities of family life in a contemporary, pluralistic society.
Pope Francis’ awareness that human life has an incompleteness, a brokenness, extended to his reflection that he sees families more as works in progress rather than settled realities. He says, “No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love”. He knows well that families and family life have a rich complexity inasmuch as that they experience many sufferings as well as many joys.
He speaks of the many and varied situations of families. He calls the family a “multifaceted gem”. He is aware that families are shaped by diverse cultural situations. There is not just one model for the way families operate.
Pope Francis astutely knows the human situations of the world we live in today. Yet he is positive and encouraging. He wants the Church to be amongst people in the realities of their lives. He wants the Church to reflect Christ who “never failed to show compassion and closeness to the frailty of individuals.”
On issues like the family, he speaks about the desire of the Church to come close to people and accompany them with “pastoral mercy”. He wants the Church to listen to people and encourage those whose situation is complex and diverse.
He has stated quite strongly in terms that re-affirm that love is the sustaining force to family life. Love within the family context takes on many shapes and expressions. Family is, in fact, a “dynamic process”, “one which advances gradually with the progressive integration of the gifts of God”.
In this week of Family Week, we pray to the Holy Family for all families within our college community. We pray that the Holy Family watches over them especially in times of need.
Our fantastic Music in the Mansion concert was held in the Ballroom last Thursday 16 May. The Year 7 and 8 Music classes performed as a concert band. Many of these students had never played an instrument before electing Music class, and yet in just over a term they have worked hard to be able to perform a range of Concert band songs, including We Will Rock You and March of the Romans. Parents were delighted to see their students perform. The VCE and VET Music students performed to a very high standard, including a fabulous mix of music such as Hotel California, Take On Me and Shallow. Thanks to the students who worked so hard to prepare, and congratulations to their teachers Heidi Woodruff, Dennis Berto, and instrumental tutors Sarah Holden, Donna Cicero and Shane Ryall. Thanks to Mackenzie Rose Anderson for her assistance.
After being welcomed by the Museum mascot, students had a tour of the galleries, answering questions about the exhibition design, audience experience and the role a range of specialist designers would play in putting together the displays. They then heard from a VCAA assessor about the requirements of their SAT and listened to a presentation from designer Rebecca Naughtin about the field of architecture. Students then had a viewing of folio and final presentations from last year’s A and A+ folios to inspire them for their own design journey.
All of our dance classes are working to put on a display on Thursday 30 May at 6:30pm in the Ballroom. We encourage all Parents and friends to attend and see just how talented our students are. Thanks to Mary-Lou Bond for her hard work preparing the students for the performance.
The VCE Drama class will perform ensemble items they have been preparing this semester in the Pacroom at 6:30pm on Thursday 30 May.
Students from Years 7 to 12 are invited to write a one-act play responding to the theme of ‘a time for giving’. There will be creative writing workshops taking place at lunch over Term 2 to help students in their projects and for the teachers to offer feedback and assistance.
The winners of the competition will have their plays brought to life on stage as part of our annual Christmas production, where they can stay involved with casting and directing their pieces. Students can write individually, in pairs or in small groups. So don’t be afraid to start collaborating! Plays will be due for submission in the last week of this term. In addition to their plays being staged, the selected playwrights will also win a prize to see a professional theatre production!
All students having Instrumental Lessons will perform at a recital on Thursday 20 June. Students will perform solos, duets or small ensemble pieces. Guitar Ensemble will also perform. We look forward to a wonderful evening of music. Stay tuned for further details to come.
Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the SACCSS Cross Country. Our students put their hard work to the test on Tuesday 7 May, and as always they displayed great determination.
On the day had some fantastic results, including:
We also had a great outcome in the team events. This year we won:
A massive effort from all involved.
All Year 10s will have begun their appointments with a Career Adviser this term to develop a personal Career Action Plan. This will include a list of career areas of interest, related tertiary courses, Year 11 subjects & pathways. Parents are welcome to attend.
Work Experience requests for Term 3 must be submitted by Friday 24 May. Current exciting placements have included a city law firm, CLH Lawyers, and Gisborne Vet Clinic.
This weeks’s Career News topics found here: https://schoolbox.scr.vic.edu.au/homepage/2634
Dates for your diary
There is still time to get your tickets for the Twilight School's budgeting course, as well as the upcoming Kokadama making course
Salesian College Sunbury is proud to have financial experts from SAGE Business Group in Sunbury run our next Twilight School event on 29 May at 5pm.
If you have trouble saving, or want to learn tips and techniques on how to design a budget then set aside a couple of hours and attend the Budgeting course held later this month. Click here to book your place now. Tickets are limited and cost $19 per person (including light refreshments).
This session is designed for:
Have you heard about Kokadamas? The Twilight School is also hosting a Kokadama making course on Tuesday 4 June.
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 materials and supper. To book you place click here.
Last Friday field experts Trent Oats, Matthew FitzGerald and Ricky Ferris visited our Agriculture students to assist in developing their skills.
Our students learnt how to shear, draft and judge sheep. They worked with Trent Oats, a past student who now has his own sheep stud and Matthew FitzGerald. Matthew is the previous Farm Manager at the College, who is now managing a large commercial farm.
The horticulture team did a tour of the property to search for native plants and make a plan to propagate them down on the farm. They also worked on the patch, by planting basil and lettuce.
Ricky Ferris taught the students the basics of showing beef cattle. This included learning how to correctly put on a halter, as well as how to wash, brush and dry the cattle. Ricky finished up with allowing the students to take part in leading practice.
As you can see from the images below, all our students involved had a great time and will no doubt put all their new skills to good use.
An update from our College Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus
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)<