Friday 19 October saw the final day of school for our Year 12 graduating class of 2018. The cohort took part in a number of celebrations and activities throughout that week and the week after, as they celebrated the significant milestone together.
We would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to all of the students as they tackle their final exams and assessments, and into their futures.
Read below for the final Principal's Address from Mark Brockhus to our Class of 2018; there are some photos of the students as they left the College on their last day in the gallery at the bottom of the page.
"Good afternoon everyone,
I would like to welcome you all here for this assembly, the final one ever for our graduating Class of 2018. Although it is certainly a special occasion for our Year 12s, each of us here today – teachers and students alike – share in the excitement and pride that comes with completing something through to the very end. In chatting with a few of you this week, this day comes with some mixed emotions – joy is certainly up there, but so is a sense of sadness and loss in knowing that your time at school together is at an end. For me at least, it only feels like yesterday when I welcomed you all to Salesian College Sunbury on your Orientation Day; excited, nervous, full of energy, and ready for a new adventure after stepping away from your primary schools. These years spent together have been full of ups and downs, as any journey is, and I have admired the way that you, as a group, have navigated the many challenges thrown your way, whether in the classroom, on the sporting arena on stage, or in the community. Each of you, in your own way, have made me very proud to be your Principal, and on behalf of all your teachers, I wish to thank you for all you’ve contributed to our school community.
I would normally use this opportunity to provide a few words of advice to you, either for the challenging weeks just ahead or for life in general, but instead thought I’d share a news article I read recently in the London Times about sport. Now, before the non-sporty people around me turn off, just listen for a moment.
Year 12s, I share these thoughts with you because I don’t want you to leave here today without acknowledging the efforts of your Salesian teachers from across your six years here; those who have helped guide and mentor you into the fine people you are today.
Yes, we are all so proud of you today and wish you nothing but the best for your future. However, the way you finish something is just as important, if not more so, than the way you start it, and I challenge you to do this better than any year level that has gone before you. Make sure you acknowledge their efforts to be present in your lives – yes, they often nagged about assessments, reports, uniforms, behaviour - but above all else, what they really want is for you to be happy, happy at school and indeed into the years beyond school. I hope you have been happy here at Salesian College and we hope you find happiness in the years ahead. Make sure to thank your teachers for the gift of a Salesian education that they have all worked together to provide for you.
Make the effort to thank your parents also for this gift of education, all thirteen years of it! They were your first mentors in life and will continue to be part of the rich journey that lies ahead. As I’ve said often, you belong to the privileged minority of children in the world have received an education, and you have your parents sacrifice to thank for that.
Finally, acknowledge each other for the gifts you have brought to the College and for the loving support shown to each other. You have willingly and enthusiastically accepted the challenges presented to you in many leadership capacities, both formal and informal, to positively influence the student body as a whole. Special mention must be made of the fantastic contribution of our four Captains – Amy, Nicholas, Olivia, and Brad. They have been outstanding role models for our entire community and I wish to formally thank them for their efforts on your behalf.
Year 12s, as you prepare to leave Salesian College Sunbury next week, take a moment to reflect on the many valuable lessons this school has taught you. God bless you as you make your final preparations for your exams and then as you take on life beyond our school gates. With considerable guidance from both home and school, you have reached this milestone with honour and integrity, well equipped. If nothing else, I hope you have learnt to live your lives the same way – with honour and integrity – striving to be your best always. Year 12, you go with our fondest farewells, best wishes, and heartfelt prayers. God Bless!"
Mark Brockhus, Principal
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