The Oratory Program at Salesian College Sunbury recognises the need to challenge those high achieving students who will benefit from extension in their academic program. Students in the program study their core subjects (Religious Education, English, Humanities, Mathematics, Science, and Health and Physical Education) together, with an emphasis on going ‘deeper’ into the concepts and skills in these subjects. It is an excellent opportunity for like-minded students to learn with and from each other in an academically challenging environment.
We are currently interviewing students and their families who have been invited to join the Year 7 Oratory class of 2019, as well as some students to join the Year 8 class next year. Invitations are based on consistent academic performance, a demonstrated willingness to seek extension, and teacher recommendations (either primary school teachers or Year 7 teachers).
Here is a report from Iris Mentor, a member of the Year 7 Oratory class this year.
Hey Year Sevens of 2019!
My name is Iris, and I have been asked to write a little bit about Oratory for you.
In my opinion, Oratory is wonderful. I think that it was the best thing I ever could have done for my education. See, in primary school, Maths was never my strong subject. My English, on the other hand, was too good for most of the class. So, English for me was sometimes very boring for all of the repetitive nature involved.
When I applied for Salesian and got accepted, it was then that we found out about this “Oratory Program” that was being started up. The purpose of the class was simple- helping students to actually learn things at a rate that would test them. My parents then signed me up, because they knew how much I frustration I harboured at not being able to learn at my rate, as opposed to everybody else’s.
Since joining Oratory, my English skills have soared, and (to my astonishment and surprise) my Math skills have improved as well! Oratory has sort of become my (albeit sometimes challenging) family, and I could not have wished for a better one.
Due to the progression of the Oratory program into Year 8 next year, this will be offered in the future to those who would have in the past been selected for BOOST Enrichment. Therefore, in 2019, we will no longer run a BOOST Enrichment program at the College.
In 2019, in response to changing demands and meeting students’ needs we are going to be running a full literacy program in Year 7 BOOST. BOOST has always been made up of two periods per cycle of literacy and one period of numeracy but will become three periods of literacy support in the new system. With our increased numeracy results, our Maths Pathways program and more targeted teaching in Maths we have decided to focus solely on developing literacy skills in the future.
This does not apply to students currently in the BOOST program and continuing into Year 8 next year – the current system will still apply to them. Dedicated semester-based Literacy and Numeracy electives will continue to be offered in Year 7s on an invitation basis based on diagnosed need.
The last day of Year 10 and 11 classes is Thursday 1 November and the day concludes at the normal time of 3.20pm. The first exams begin at 9.00am on Friday 2 November with English.
We expect all Year 10 and 11 students to sit their exams. If they have three exams scheduled for the same day, they can see Ms Carabott to reschedule one exam. Two exams on the same day is not unusual, and we would expect students to sit both. Exam results will be posted on Schoolbox by the end of term. Please make sure your child has their student ID card and the appropriate equipment for all exams. They cannot take phones or electronic devices into the exam room, so it’s best if they leave these things at home on days of the exam. Mobile phones will be collected and stored for them if they require, they must be turned off.
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