The signs of Hallowe’en are everywhere in our supermarkets and shops. It would be easy to forget in all this hype that Hallowe’en is really All Hallows Eve, the day before the feast of All Hallows – or All Saints – on November 1st.
The Christian feasts of All Saints and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (or All Souls Day) that follows it, are significant feasts in the life of the Church. They are a reminder that the Church is a community – a communion – of all the faithful, both in this world and beyond. We are connected in Christ to all those who have gone before us, as we are connected to the faithful here on earth. This year we include new members of the Communion of Saints, most notably St Pope Paul VI and St Oscar Romero, who were canonised recently.
These feasts invite us to pray for all those who have gone before us and all those who have led lives of holiness, and they begin a month of prayer for the dead. Indeed, to pray for the dead, and the living, is a spiritual work of mercy. Let us take the time to embrace this work of mercy during November and let’s not lose sight of these important feasts in the midst of our busy lives.
Last week, the College bade ‘farewell’ to the Graduates of 2018 over several days, culminating in a joyous celebration of the Eucharist in our own Lakeside Stadium. I wish to commend the 12s on the way they concluded their formal classes, respectful of others and of their College. At our final whole school assembly for the year, I spoke of the importance of gratitude and of recognising the contribution of others in their education – parents, staff, and peers. You can read my entire speech here.
Last Friday was “World Teachers Day”. As I said to our departing Year 12s at their final assembly, schools are ‘human institutions’ that owe their success to the dedication and commitment of all those who work in them. I would like to extend my thanks to all the staff at Salesian College for their commitment to the wellbeing, growth, and development of each student in their care and for their hard work to ensure that each student has every opportunity to flourish.
Last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered the apology to the victims and survivors of institutional sexual abuse in the House of Representatives as part of the Royal Commission process. Salesian College recognises this apology as another significant moment in our nation’s ongoing efforts to make our schools and institutions safe for all young people. As I have stated publicly before, the abuse perpetrated by individuals here at Rupertswood was a clear betrayal of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and should never have happened. The great work of the Royal Commission in shining a light on these dark moments in our history must now result in actions that support survivors and create systems that keep children safe from such harm.
Maxine Di Blasi (Year 7) was recently selected in the U14's Victorian FFV NTC Squad (state team) for the 2019 soccer season. She has also been selected as Captain of the Victorian Futsal U13 team for the Nationals in Sydney, which will take place in January 2019. Congratulations Maxine!
On Friday I had the joyous task of calling five incoming students and their parents to inform them of their successful application for a scholarship in 2019. Well over 100 students applied for one of the five available scholarships, providing tuition fees for their first year at the College.
The recipients are:
These outstanding students will be introduced to the College at our Annual Awards Presentation Ceremony in November. My thanks to the many students who applied but were unsuccessful.
At the conclusion of our Year 12 Farewell assembly last week, we thanked our outgoing Captains Nicholas, Amy, Olivia, and Brad for their wonderful leadership throughout the year. Their successors will certainly have big shoes to fill, and we were thrilled to announce that our senior leaders for 2019 will be:
Bosco Captains: Jessica Clarke & Kyle Anderson
College Captains: Michaela Frantz & Josh De Jonge
The formal announcement and blessing of all our student leaders for 2019 will take place at our Awards Ceremony on November 16.
Salesian College Sunbury is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present. Please keep the following in your prayers:
Remembering the Saints
Living God, in whom there is no shadow or change, we thank you for the gift of life eternal, and for all those who, having served you well, now rest from their labours. We thank you for all the saints remembered and forgotten,
who have died and entered into glory.
We bless you for their life and love, and rejoice that, for them,
‘all is well, and all manner of things will be well.’
God of Jesus and our God, mindful of all who have gone on ahead of us, teach us, and each twenty-first century disciple of every race and place, to follow their example to the best of our ability:
to feed the poor in body or spirit,
to support and comfort those who mourn,
to encourage the meek and stand with them in crises,
to affirm those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
to cherish and learn from the merciful,
to be humbled by, and stand with, the peacemakers.
Let us clearly recognise what it means to be called the children of God, and to know we are to be your saints, neither by our own inclination nor in our own strength, but simply by the call and the healing holiness of Christ Jesus our Saviour.
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