Catholic Education Week

Held from March 12 to March 19, Catholic Education Week was a wonderful opportunity for Catholic schools to rejoice and promote their distinctive mission and ethos.

Catholic education has always been about striving to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community. At Salesian College Chadstone, we do this by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as ‘honest citizens and good Christians’ (Don Bosco) by showing compassion and being contributing, life-giving members of society.

The vision for Catholic Education is for “an outstanding Catholic Education that equips our young people with the knowledge, skill, hope and optimism to live meaningful lives and shape and enrich the world around them.”

Catholic Education objectives include enhancing Catholic Identity, providing quality teaching for all learners and ensuring our students have the capability to better serve and lead in the wider community. Don Bosco also said that “The school was not the end; it was rather the instrumental means for improving the way of life.”

The theme for this year’s Catholic Education Week, is “Moved by the Love of Christ”. This theme is taken from a phrase in St Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, where he expresses the love of Christ that urges, compels and moves us to share in Christ’s ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:14).

Regardless of being one of the most aggressive opponents of the Church at that time, St Paul was privileged to receive the gift of a meeting with Christ, who showered him with grace, forgiveness, healing and encouragement. Paul was so taken by this encounter that he spent the rest of his life sharing that experience with everyone he met. In a way, St Paul’s life became one of living the Gospel.

This year’s theme challenges us to live as people inspired by Jesus and the saints, retelling the Gospel by the way in which we live our lives.

During such a special week, the Catholic Education Office are putting on numerous events. Our boys are representing the College at two of these events.

The Young Speakers’ Colloquium is an opportunity for secondary students to hear about the diverse and unique life journeys graduates of Melbourne’s Catholic schools are following. All of our Year 10 Leaders will be attending escorted by Mr Anthony Barnes (Student Leadership Co-Ordinator).

St Patrick’s Mass is the highlight of the week, celebrating not only St Patrick but the important role played by the Irish priests and Religious Orders who have made a tremendous contribution to the great tradition in Australia of the Catholic Church and Catholic Education. This will be attended by ten of our new Year 7 students, Malwina Dwyer (Student Leadership Co-Ordinator) and Ms Christina Romano (Year 7 Oratory Teacher). A special focus will be made at the Mass drawing attention to Salesian College’s 60th Year Anniversary.

Catholic Education Week is a week like no other. It is a chance to celebrate and commemorate more than a 150 years of service to the Victorian community by Catholic schools.

 Mrs Nadia Knight  
Assistant Principal – Faith and Mission