From the Acting Co-Principal

We were blessed with fine weather for our Community Day last Friday.  After some healthy snacks and some games in the Courtyard, we moved to Mass to celebrate our great community.  During Mass, nine boys who have made outstanding contributions to the life and fabric of Salesian College were presented with Omnia Awards.  Well done to:

Year 11

Noel Crouch
Edwin Saravanapavaan
Joshua Knight

Year 12

Gabriel Lubin
Hamish Patterson
Joseph Tran
Connor Perkins
Marcus Sawan
Luis Mascaro

Following a break after Mass, the boys and supervising staff set out on the Walkathon.  It was a wonderful sight to see the school stretched out along Waverley Road as the boys neared home.  Our VCAL students fired up the pizza oven that they had designed and built under the guidance of Ms. Hanley and Mr Thomas.  I can attest to the fact that the pizzas were delicious as I found it necessary, in the interests of quality control, to consume a considerable number of slices.  Past Pupil, Liam Collins, returned to his College to pump out some music as the boys moved to the oval participate in the Community Cup which was our final activity for the day.  I would like to sincerely thank Mr Douglas, Miss Rapson and Mr McGarry for their sterling work in organising our Community Week as well as the boys and staff for their enthusiastic support of what is always a highlight of the year for us all.

A marvellous year of sporting achievement was capped off last Wednesday as SCC took out the B Division Cross Country championship at Bundoora. Well prepared by a range of staff, in particular Ms Caitlyn Jarrett, our squad excelled in the cold and blustery conditions.

In other sporting news, Year 12 students Mitch Holding and Max Barrett returned to school last week.  Mitch and Max were selected to play for Australia in the U18 Australian World Cup held 28 August to 6 September in Osaka.  In the first round of pool games, Australia defeated Mexico, Brazil and the Czech Republic, losing only to the top teams from Japan and the USA. As they won three out of the five pool games, Australia competed in the “Super Round”, and had to play Cuba, Canada and Korea.  With Mitch and Max playing the game of their lives, Australia defeated Cuba who were ranked third in the world.  With this win, the boys competed against Korea for the bronze medal. Unfortunately, the team lost the bronze medal game, but finishing fourth in the world is an outstanding performance.  Well done Max and Mitch!

The Year 12 students are completing their final round of SACs and SATs this week.  The boys are, naturally, weary as they near the end of what is traditionally a torrid academic term.  A couple of days rest, plenty of good food and some exercise should see the boys bounce back ready for the trial exams which commence on Wednesday, 23 September. It seems a silly thing to say after nearly thirteen years of schooling, but there is still a tremendous amount boys can do to improve their performance as they move into their final few weeks at the College.  Boys who follow teacher advice, establish a program of solid revision and eat, sleep and exercise well will find that their learning will improve enormously over the next month.  Go for it, boys!

Neil Carter
Acting Co-Principal