In 2019, our school is participating in Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys (CEMSIS). CEMSIS is an annual process where schools listen to the thoughts and feelings students, families and staff have about how their school can improve. These surveys help inform the ongoing improvement of schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
One of the main goals of the family survey is to identify the strengths and areas for improvement in our school. CEMSIS data benefits everyone within our school and provides valuable community insights on areas that each school can focus on. Our school believes it is important to encourage families to have a voice and contribute to shaping the ongoing improvement of the school.
The survey will be made available to families this week via email and needs to be completed by Friday 20 September. For families where there may be more than one child attending our school, we ask that families focus on the eldest child attending the school. Participation is completely voluntary and all responses are anonymous - at no point are any of the responses from students, families or staff identifiable by the school.
Creating and maintaining a safe environment for children in our school communities is the greatest priority for educational leaders today. As September commences, National Child Protection Week (1–7 September) provides us with an opportunity to reflect on steps we have taken so far and what is still needed. As we move forward from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and implement its recommendations, it is timely to reflect on our community’s awareness of and commitment to child safety. Most importantly, do we acknowledge that child safety is everyone’s responsibility and work towards making this happen by creating strong and respectful communities where children are known and valued, connected and supported by each other, and have a strong sense of belonging within the community?
As a school, we have embraced the sacred responsibility to create environments which enable each student to flourish for the sake of their own wellbeing and, more broadly, for the health and wellbeing of the entire school community. But to be effective in this space, we need to be deep listeners, to give voice to children, parents, caregivers and staff as active partners contributing to a positive culture. This is an ongoing challenge, especially as new staff arrive and new families and their students join our community. We need to give everyone the chance to be heard, really listened to, to feel their contribution matters to the life of the greater community. If all school members are empowered to have a voice about safety and know how to raise concerns, and these are taken seriously and responded to promptly and thoroughly, then an inclusive child-safe environment can be fostered and maintained.
If you have feedback for the school regarding any aspect of child safety, you are encouraged to contact the Principal in the first instance.
Although Spring has arrived, we can expect the mornings to remain cold for a few more weeks yet. Despite the temptation to add extras to the uniform, students must still adhere to the College Uniform Policy. Visible non-school items of clothing are not permitted. This includes ‘hoodies’, non-school shirts under school uniform (that can be seen), any other item not detailed in the policy. School jumpers and pants are available from the Uniform Shop should you find your child needs an additional garment to keep warm.
The College Uniform is very smart when worn well. However, teachers are quite frustrated when some students repeatedly elect to not wear items correctly (eg. the Blazer is a compulsory outer garment to/from school all year round). In response to these continual breaches of our code, some students will shortly be receiving a Uniform Warning. These will be sent home for students who have had (3) or more more infringement notices reported to House Leaders and still not corrected the issue. Students issued with a Uniform Warning will be required to address the concern immediately. Students presenting to school out-of-uniform after the issuing of the warning will be sent home (suspended) until such time as the issue is addressed. The usual return from suspension process will be in place (ie. a meeting with the Principal and/or Campus Director together with parents). It is our sincere hope that the issuing of such warnings will be rare or unnecessary. Your support of our Uniform Policy is appreciated.
I wish to also take this opportunity to remind all students that it is an expectation that students do not have their phone in class. Should it be seen or heard in class, the phone will be confiscated in line with the school’s mobile phone policy. Mobile phones pose a significant disruption to the classroom and the process of student learning. While they can be used positively, in some settings, for educational purposes, more often they simply cause an unnecessary distraction for students and their peers. Students who prefer to use technology in the classroom to assist their learning should refer to the college’s BYOL program which sets out permissible devices that can be used in class.
In recent weeks, we’ve had some wonderful student achievements worth recognising publically:
Interviews for enrolment in 2021 are scheduled to take place this week for students in Grade 5 who applied before the enrolment deadline of 23 August. If you have a child in Grade 5 and have missed the deadline, please contact the Registrar as soon as possible to complete a late enrolment form.
Last week I had the joyous task of calling five incoming students and their parents to inform them of their successful application for a scholarship in 2020. Over 80 students applied for one of (5) 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.
Year 11 and 12 students studying a Unit 3/4 VET or VCE subject will need to keep the second week of the Spring holidays free from Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October to undertake practice exams. The practice exams are conducted in the same conditions as the October/November end-of-year exams and give great feedback on student progress to both students and teachers and will form the basis of exam revision within classes at the beginning of Term 4.
Hume City Council are seeking suggestions from the community for future capital works. These could include sporting facilities, road & transport infrastructure, parks & gardens and several other categories. Suggestions can be made via an interactive map and can be accessed at:
This ‘suggestions box’ closes on September 15, so I strongly encourage parents and students to make suggestions that would be of benefit to others.
Salesian College Sunbury is a large community of students, staff and parents, both past and present. Please keep the following in your prayers:
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