Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching

Learning & Teaching

We have calmly settled back into our learning and teaching routines and I have been most impressed by how seriously our students are taking their learning and education. As I walk around the school and visit classrooms I see lots of exciting and varied learning activities taking place. One thing our students need to capitalize on more is submitting drafts and getting teacher feedback. Our teachers love giving feedback but often find that students don’t submit practice drafts or have their work completed early enough to get some feedback and re-draft before the due date.

A reminder that students can choose to go to Study Hall during the second half of lunch in F301/F302. If they need some help with home learning, this is a good way to get it. They can also attend B.A.S.H.H before and after school on a Wednesday. Our library is open until 5pm so any students that find it difficult to study at home are most welcome to use the facilities in the College Learning Centre. 

If you haven’t already logged on to Daymap this year I would really encourage you to do so. If you need help go to our website and select the ‘Locations & Contacts’ tab, then choose Link to Daymap. You will then be taken to a page that looks like this, select Parents – click this link to access DAYMAP and you will provided with a detailed user guide.


What’s happening in our Science Faculty?

By Ammie Franklin – Science Learning Area Leader

The science department at Salesian College is a dynamic faculty, with a focus on collaboration and a skills based approach to solving problems. The students enrolled in Agriculture in Year 7 and 10 have been busy planting and looking after crops with the assistance of their teachers Mr Daniel Pell and Mr Alistair Corry. Some pictures of their work can be seen below. Their produce will be used to make preserves which will be sold at our Harvest Picnic later on this year. They are learning about how to work safely on a farm and how to produce, store and use foods to feed our population.

The Year 7 Science students are currently working on developing their skills in collecting and interpreting data. They are looking after 40 baby chickens and collecting height and weight measurements as well as keeping observations on the physical development of their chickens. This will allow them to be able to see how data can be used in a meaningful way in society and assists them in developing an understanding of the differences between quantitative and qualitative data, which is an important scientific skill for all levels of science.


In addition to the great work of staff and students at our junior level, VCE science students are also furthering their knowledge across the science disciplines. Our Year 12 Physics students will soon be going on an excursion to Luna Park to see how the theoretical calculations that they are doing in physics are applied to assist in developing theme park rides and other structures that are commonly used. Our Psychology, Biology and Chemistry students have also been developing their skills in collaboration, independence and resilience which will all be important as they begin their VCE journey.

It is wonderful to see students and staff working together to further enhance their learning skills and continue to develop into lifelong learners.


Meet our new staff …

Lindsey Holland

Lindsey has recently relocated to Australia from Liverpool, UK. Lindsey spent 3 years studying a degree in Theology and a further year completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Liverpool Hope University in the UK. Lindsey has been teaching since 2001 and over that period has held responsibilities for Chaplaincy, Religious Education and Personal and Social Development, Director of Sixth Form, Assistant Head teacher and Raising Standards Leader for Cheshire School Improvement team.

Lindsey moved to Australia 7 months ago and this is her first post in an Australian school. At the moment she is getting to know the education system, which is very different from the UK. Lindsey is the Student Learning and Pedagogy Leader and is teaching Religious Education, which she is delighted about. Outside of school she has recently take up paddle boarding and yoga.

“I am loving life here in Australia and living in Port Melbourne is a real treat! Thank you all so much for making me feel so welcome!”


Daniel Buttacavoli

Daniel is in his fourteenth year of teaching, including three years in the UK and the last ten years at Emmanuel College, Altona North and Point Cook. He has held several positions in this time, including English Learning Leader and Curriculum Coordinator. In 2012 he was named as Australian Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, the peak teaching body in Australia. As a part of the award he investigating approaches to contemporary learning in a range of schools in Singapore and the United States, with an emphasis on project based learning. He has co-authored several English textbooks and is a teacher of English and Humanities. Daniel is currently teaching Year 10 English and Year 8 Humanities, he is also our Curriculum and Assessment Leader.

Jodie FitzGerald

Depty Principal - Learning and Teaching