Father and Son Night 2016

Dear Dads (or Mentors) of our Year 8 boys,

The annual Salesian College Chadstone ‘Father and Son’ night will be held on Thursday 1 September, in the Salesian College Hall.

We would love you and your son to take part in what promises to be a special evening. Please come. This is a program that celebrates transition in your son’s life. The purpose of the night is to stop and acknowledge the journey both you and your son have taken for the transition he has made to arrive at this moment in his life. With the assistance of the Salesian College community, you will be led through an engaging evening which involves both discussion groups and a significant ‘one-on-one’ time with your son is set aside.

We ask you to bring a treasured item or symbol that represents something about your relationship with your child. A guide sheet is overleaf. Please keep this item a secret from your son until the special time occurs on the evening. Your son will be asked to bring something of significance to share as well (this will be discussed in class). It is important that you both have something to share.

If a boy’s father is not able to attend a grandfather, uncle or other male mentor is welcome. Feel free to contact me and we can discuss inviting a man from your family/network who can be the ‘mentor’ for your son on the night.

When: 6.45pm for 7.00pm Start, Thursday 1 September 2016
Where:Salesian College Hall
What to Bring: Treasured Item (see guide overleaf)
Dress: Neat Casual

RSVP instructions are below. Please ensure that you reply as we can then allocate a group and name tag for you.
You can access further information about the night here and here.


With all good wishes,

Mr Brendan Douglas
Assistant Principal – Students


Salesian College Chadstone Father and Son Night Registration Procedure

Email scc.dads@book.time-space.com.au and you will be automatically sent a web link that takes you step by step through the very simple registration process.

Or, you can directly visit the link by typing http://bit.ly/SCC-2016 into your web browser.

Registration helps with our activity planning for the session.

If you have any other enquiries, please call Michelle Collins on (03) 9807 2644.


A Treasured Item – Fathers and Mentors

A central feature of our Father and Son night is a chance for you to bring along an item you treasure that tells a story about something you value from your life with your son.

The item that you choose could be one of the following…

  •   A first outfit, a photo, a hospital bracelet.
  •   When your son was born, you may have received a gift or card from someone special that you have kept.
  •   An old report where a teacher made a comment about your son that made you proud.
  •   A piece of work that you have kept… an essay, a poem, an artwork that your son did etc.
  •   A photo of your son with a special person to you… maybe of someone who isn’t around anymore.
  •   In the ensuing days, you may like to create a memento by bringing a collection of memories that you want to share with your son.
  •   Perhaps you might want to write him a letter that shares your positive reflections on how you have seen him grow up.

To add a bit of mystique to the night… bring the item wrapped up and don’t unpack it until you get to the dedicated time with your son.


To help you prepare for the night these are the types of questions that will be asked during the activities…

What are your recollections of the brilliant and tough moments you have shared with your son?

What’s the best thing about him growing up to secondary school age? What are the hardest things in relation to this?

Who are the special people in your life – does your son know this? What are the important things that have happened to you in your life? What events have shaped and formed you?

What are your special interests – is your son aware of these?


Salesian College Year 8 Father and Son Night

Thursday 1 September, 2016 – 6.45pm for 7.00pm Start

Salesian College Hall

Email scc.dads@book.time-space.com.au to get your registration link.