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Principal’s Weekly Report: 19 October 2012
Term 4 – Week 2
Welcome to Week two of Term 4, the penultimate week for our Year 12 students. This is a time where many thoughts and emotions will begin welling up inside them. Reflecting on the past six years at school will bring back many memories, some joyous and heart-warming, whilst others will cause frustration and possibly even pain. It is our fond hope that these memories form a positive picture of what has been 6 years of wonderful schooling for all our Year 12 students. The thought of finally finishing will bring a sense of excitement and relief for the vast majority, yet for others the same thoughts will bring fear and loneliness. As they reflect I hope they reflect on the positive influence they have brought to the College this year. As a group they have portrayed a sense of friendship and fun and for the most part a commitment to their studies. I encourage them to finish off their time here at Salesian College Chadstone in the same vein, work hard and enjoy the celebrations to come.
I remind parents and staff that our Year 12 students require our support and encouragement more than ever at this time to get them through. I ask that we all look for ways of providing them with the support and guidance needed. To our year 12 students I offer the following reflection that I came across last year which I believe can help provide focus and put the coming weeks into perspective.
I use this reflection as I feel it is very fitting at this time for our Year 12 students in particular.
Reflection: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One of these days is Yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone.
The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow, with its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise, and poor performance. Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise, either in splendour or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is as yet unborn.
This leaves only one day: Today.
Anyone can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities – Yesterday and Tomorrow – that we break down. It is not the experience of Today that drives us mad, it is remorse and bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us, therefore, live in the present. Live your life today.
I encourage all our Year 12 students to focus on today and what can be achieved in the present. Forget about the study we didn’t do and the time we may have wasted and focus on what is at hand. Forget about what the future may bring and focus on today. There is still plenty of time to learn a theory, practice a maths problem or complete a past paper to place ourselves in the best possible position to achieve results commensurate with our ability if we use the time we have today wisely.
On Tuesday night we celebrated the education we offer here at Salesian College Chadstone. We observed some fine displays of the boy’s work and we witnessed their skills and talents
on show in some of the live performances and activities. I never cease to be amazed by the talents of our students and can only be in awe of the work they produce. It was wonderful to have so many visitors to the College to share in the achievements of the boys especially given the terrible weather conditions that confronted us. It is our fond hope that all in attendance were equally impressed with what the boys had achieved and for those new to the College we hope they left with a greater understanding of what we have to offer. The one thing that I found quite amazing was the way that staff and students rallied together throughout the day on Tuesday to get everything into readiness for the 5.30pm start. It was done in a productive, industrious way with a real sense of community and joy. This community feel was further strengthened with the involvement of the Parents Association providing us all with something to eat and drink. I think this is something we can all be very proud of. I would like to thank everybody for their efforts in particular Mr Jonathan Rowe and the arts team, Mr Dennis Veneruzzo and the maintenance team, Mr Adam Croft and the musicians, Mr Kj Maan and the IT crew and all the various learning teams under the guidance of their faculty heads for their work in setting up the displays. Their efforts were certainly well received by the parents I had the opportunity to talk to. Congratulations to all.
I also had the pleasure of launching the new Salesian College website during Expo evening after twelve long months of work. We are very proud to launch our new website as we celebrate 55 years since the College opened. The launch of the website comes on top of a number of new and exciting ICT developments including: The launch of the school wide laptop program, providing each and every student with a laptop for their education. The launch of the new student and learning management program, ‘SIMON’ as well as moving to e-newsletters delivered straight to families.
The Salesian College Website is dedicated to providing information that we hope will help families and the community learn more about our College, especially when considering a secondary school. Features include an interactive map of the College’s campuses and the ability to book tours and request an enrolment pack with a click of a button anytime of the day.
Salesian Live – News Hub
Our innovative website also includes a dedicated section called Salesian Live which is an initiative providing the College community with an online news hub full of life. Salesian Live provides current families and students access to the very latest in news, information and updates accessible around the clock.
Past Pupils’ Site & Services
Past Pupils can now update their contact details, register to become a volunteer, view photos, RSVP for upcoming events and read the latest copy of the Griffin magazine via this site with ease.
The website is the culmination of a $50, 000 project and investment undertaken by Salesian College. It has taken 12 months to develop and we invite all in the community to visit the website and hope that you enjoy what you discover.
Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the annual Cabaret evening in the College hall. It was wonderful to witness the musical talents of our staff and students in a relaxing and fun setting. We were entertained by over 30 acts playing a variety of tunes, some from my era, some more contemporary numbers as well as a couple of original pieces. There was a great sense of joy and fun on the evening, not only in the audience but amongst the performers as well. I would like to congratulate all performers for giving up their time for our enjoyment but also for their courage to put themselves out there. I would also like to thank Mr Adam Croft and the music team for all their work and preparation in bringing the night to fruition. A job well done!!
Have a great week. God Bless.
Mr Robert Brennan