After what I hope was a restful and enjoyable holiday, I extend to all members of the Salesian College community a very warm welcome back for the final term of the year. A special welcome is extended to all those who have been travelling recently, in particular the staff and students from the Kakadu Trip [pictured below].
All students have returned well and have re-engaged positively with school life, both in the classroom and out. Our Savio Feast Day last Friday was a great example of students embracing our College’s charism of “being happy in the Spirit”, with a beautiful celebration of Eucharist followed by some fun activities and a shared lunch. For those who have visited the College recently, you will see that there has been a great deal of progress with the Ashes Oval and Basketball Court re-developments, and both are on track to be completed before the start of the 2019 school year. At present, we have close to 1,300 students enrolled for 2019, with over 270 applicants for Year 7 in 2020. Offers for enrolment in 2020 will be made later this week, and parents are encouraged to complete the acceptance forms as soon as possible.
Our Year 12’s will soon celebrate their final days in secondary schooling. Formal classes finish on Friday 19 October and the examination period commences on Wednesday 24 October for some students. I ask all members of the Salesian College community to keep these young people in your prayers, that they may enjoy success in their endeavors. I commend the prayer of St Francis de Sales (see below) to both the Year 12 students and their families.
Throughout 2017/18 there has been a great deal of funding uncertainty regarding Catholic Schools, especially here in Victoria. This was brought about by changes to the Federal Model for funding education that disproportionately impacted upon Catholic schools. Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM), led by our Executive Director Mr Stephen Elder, lobbied hard for a fairer system for allocating funds, with the support of many parents who contacted their Federal and State Members. Last week we received very positive news from Canberra regarding the future funding of Catholic Schools, and this has been further supported by State Government (and Opposition) promises for Capital Funding injections here in Victoria. This is wonderful news for all involved in Catholic education, especially for parents who are already making substantial sacrifices to send their children to Catholic schools. Further information regarding these funding announcements can be found here.
The Term 3 Student of the Term Awards were presented at our final Assembly in September. I wish to publicly congratulate each of the following students for their achievements:
Salesian College Sunbury is a large community of students, staff, and parents, both past and present.
Please keep the following in your prayers:
Be at Peace.
Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
rather look to them with full hope as they arise.
God, whose very own you are,
will deliver you from out of them.
He has kept you hitherto,
and He will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will bury you in his arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and everyday.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast