Deputy Principal -Learning & Teaching

LAL: Arts Department News  What we are currently doing and organising:
Arts Competitions 2016 
During Semester One all of our VCE Arts students went to explore and adsorb the VCE Season of Excellence 2016 winners in their chosen subject area: Top Designs, Top Screens, Top Class, Top Arts, and Top Acts. Year 10 Media students produced “Making a Live TV Show at ACMI and Year 9 Media students made a Sci-Fi short film  and learnt about Chroma Key Techniques.


Arts Competitions 2016
1. Calling for entries for our Annual Salesian College Arts 2016 competition.

The theme is Open Topic.
If you have a piece of art or performance base work, which can be included in this competition please discuss this with your Arts subject teacher or contact Ms. F Collins (LAL: Arts) or the Arts squad, by email or verbally as the entries close 3rd June 2016. The winning entries for the Junior and Senior years will be announced on the 17th June at the College Assembly by our Arts Captains.

You may submit one piece of visual artwork or performance based work. For example, which can include threads and textiles, digital images, 3D pieces such as sculpture, print- screens, figures and 2D in oil, water paint, pencil, charcoal, crayon, print, or a combination of mediums and Performance based art works: Dance, Drama, Music (e.g. video the performance), etc.

Prizes include:
Junior prize: $50.00 (Year 7-9)
Runner-up: Art gift
Senior prize: $100.00(Year 10-12)
Runner-up: Art gift

Name The Art Gallery Space
The Arts Department is incredibly excited in announcing that we are in the process of designing our own Salesian College gallery space, which will feature all of our creative arts students’ visual arts and performance works, from all year levels. The location is at the bottom of the Mansion Art Room and next to the Ballroom. It will be a hub of excitement as the year continues, with rotating art displays, Open Days / Nights, and an area to relax and ponder how artistic our students are. We hope to have it ready in the next few weeks.

But the gallery requires a title that encapsulates the vibrant energy that is our Arts culture at Salesian. Please email your idea and think how it might be abbreviated too, (e.g. Salesian College Art SCAP) to the Arts squad or the Arts teachers. The Arts squad will announce the winner at our final term assembly 17th June 2016. You can enter as many times as you like. Entries close 3rd June 2016. The winning entry will receive a prize of $50.00

An up and coming event
Design an Art Mural competition for another Artist in Residence 2016

We are in the process of organising a mural to be placed upon the red brick wall in the new Savio ‘down ball’ area for Semester Two. The students involved with this mural will have the opportunity to work with Michael Duncan our
2015 Artist in Residence. Michael has been asked back to complete more stencil art works at the college in Semester Two.

The winner of the mural competition will have the opportunity to oversee and participate in the production of a mural with Michael. The Arts department is looking forward to another frenzy of creativity at the College, so stay tuned!

Artist in Residence Semester 2
Michael Duncan



Meet our new staff …

Christopher Traficante
Christopher is the current English Learning Area Leader at Salesian College Rupertswood. He has completed
a Bachelor of Arts (Honours – First Class) and a Master of Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Education (with Distinction) at RMIT University. Currently, he is also studying for a PhD in the Film, Media and Communications HDR Program at Monash University.

Before accepting the English LAL position at SCR, Christopher worked as an English teacher at Emmaus College, as an English LAL at Assumption College Kilmore and he also founded Blue Quill Tuition in 2010, a Melbourne-based tutoring business. Christopher, however, has also worked in the tertiary education sphere. He has worked as a tutor (in the Faculty of Arts) and as a Research Assistant (in the Department of General Practice), both at the University of Melbourne. Additionally, he has been invited to speak at various Australian and international universities – such as the University of Helsinki, the University of Melbourne, Curtin University, the University of Tasmania and the University of Queensland – about issues in arts, current affairs and education. Christopher has also held editorial positions with journals based at the University of Melbourne, such as Platform and Farrago.

Christopher has various interests outside of academia and education. For a period of time he worked as a freelance print, online, radio and television journalist, where he specialised in reports on issues in arts and current affairs. He has also completed a short course in cinematography, he has performed in community theatre plays around Melbourne, he has acted in films produced by Swinburne’s Film and Television School, he has worked as a film exhibition assistant at ACMI and he has had film studies articles published in Screen Education. Lastly, Christopher loves drumming and he enjoys discussions about film, literature, law, politics and ‘anything Italian’.

Stephanie Chircop
Stephanie Chircop is a Graduate Teacher who completed a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Mathematics at Australian Catholic University. A past pupil of Salesian College, Stephanie always knew that teaching was for her. She completed year 12 in 2011 and admits that her colleagues inspired her to become a teacher when she was sitting in their classroom as a student. In particular these colleagues were Jade West, her year 12 English teacher, and her dad Joe, who was her year 11 mathematics teacher. Stephanie loves the friendly staff and students at Salesian College and enjoys teaching year 10 and year 12 mathematics.

Stephanie is looking forward to travelling to England over the September holidays to see her fiancés family before they get married in January.

Assessment, Reporting & Daymap Review – Jodie FitzGerald & Daniel Buttacavoli

We will be holding two parent forums to discuss assessment, reporting and our Daymap system. If you would like to attend and have your say please email Melody Cuthbert on You only need to attend one session. Please let us know in the email which session time best suits you.

Wednesday 25th May 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Tuesday 14th June 6pm – 7pm

Sessions will be held in the Mansion Dining Room.