Principal’s Weekly Report: 26 October 2012

Term 4 – Week 2

Welcome to Week 3 of Term four, a week that is highly anticipated as we farewell our Year 12 students. It is always an emotional week with the excitement of students finishing their last class, the nervous tension that comes with looking in to a future that will no longer have Salesian College and the support it provides, and the anxiety that comes with the realization that exams are finally upon us.

Class of 2012

The Class of 2012 leaves us having made a unique and wonderful contribution to the history of Salesian College Chadstone. I was talking to a number of staff this week and we reflected on the friendships which are quite obvious amongst this group and how as a Principal I have been very proud of the way they have gelled as a group. I told them that I will certainly miss them as I am sure will the rest of the community.

So as they leave us, we ask God’s blessing on them and that He keeps them safe as they head into exams and into a time of great celebrations. We hope the Year 12 students leave with fond memories of their time at Salesian College and in the knowledge that they have been given the opportunity to acquire skills and experiences that will serve them well in their lives beyond the College and more importantly than this is, that they leave knowing they are loved.

Year 12 Valedictory Mass & Dinner

We gather again with the Year 12 students and their families this Friday to celebrate the Eucharist for the final time in 2012 to pray, to reflect and to give thanks for the many blessings bestowed upon us this year. As a community we give thanks for many things including the educational environment in which we operate, for our staff and the many talents they bring to our community but the greatest of these blessings is the students entrusted into our care with all their gifts and talents as well as their quirks.

In particular we give thanks for the Class of 2012 for all that they have done, for all they have achieved, and most importantly, for all that they are. Our Valedictory mass is a time to recognize and give thanks to these students who will leave our care to pursue the next stage in their lives. We congratulate them on their efforts thus far and we wish them all the best in the coming weeks.

We would like to thank all the people who have contributed to the preparation of all this week’s celebrations in particular our Valedictory Assembly, the Year 12 mass and the Mass and Valedictory Dinner.

Year 12 Study Week

Wednesday marked the start of a study week for our Year 12 students and so we encourage them to keep their celebrations low key until after the exams as there is still much work to be done. For the vast majority of subjects there is still 50% of the marks up for grabs. We encourage them to use their time wisely to ensure the best preparation possible.

2013 College Leaders Announced

As we farewell the class of 2012 we begin putting things in place to ensure a smooth transition for 2013. One key aspect to this transition is the appointment of College leaders for the coming year, on Tuesday this week after an exhaustive interview process the Leaders for 2013 were named and presented to the College. I would like to congratulate all students who nominated for these positions, as it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and take a risk. For those students fortunate enough to gain a position of leadership Styron, College Captain and College Vice-Captains, Stephen and George, I say well done and wish you all the best for the coming year. I am sure they will lead the College with great distinction and I wish them all the best. I implore you to remember that the model of leadership we should all aspire to is the one modeled by Jesus Christ, leadership centered on service.

This week I conclude with some comments published by the Catholic Education Office of Melbourne regarding the funding of Catholic Schools and some highlights for the sector.

Catholic students achieve more with less funding

On average, it costs the government 20 per cent less to have a student educated in a Catholic school.

Even with school fees, it still costs less to teach students in a Catholic school.

In a faith-filled environment, Catholic schools instil discipline and have high expectations of their students. Our school aspires to develop well-rounded learners who achieve their best and who are committed to action for justice and the common good.

In all areas, a higher percentage of Catholic students have achieved at or above the National Minimum Standard for the National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing, compared to the Victorian average. Even in our most disadvantaged communities, students in Catholic schools are more likely to study at university after they finish school.

According to financial data from schools in Australia, Catholic schools also save the Australian taxpayer $2.2 billion each year.

Catholic school funding must keep pace with rising government school costs. Our school cannot afford to have its funding frozen. Any funding freeze would really be a cut. A funding freeze would be unfair because our school already saves the government money.

For more information about school funding, please visit the Catholic Education Office of Melbourne Website Read More

Have a good week and may God bless!

Mr Robert Brennan