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From the Acting Co-Principal
Mind, Spirit, Body
Subject selection is always a very important matter for boys entering Years 10, 11 and 12. For Year 8 boys, however, selecting Year 9 elective subjects has always been a simple affair. Things have changed! The fruits of over twelve months of patient and purposeful work by a project team led by Mr Nick Kearney were revealed to a large group of current Year 8 families at a subject selection evening held in the last week of Term 2.
The gathering learnt that a very exciting program now awaits boys moving into Year 9. Built around the precept of nurturing a healthy mind and spirit in a healthy body, the new Year 9 program will consist of:
- Solid exposure to foundational subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, History and Physical Education
- A suite of subjects including Religious Education, the Oratory Program and a new personal development program called ‘The Rite Journey’
- A significantly expanded elective program featuring: Core Electives such as Italian, Art and Design and Technology; Enrichment Electives which include, amongst others, Globe Trekkers, Creative Writing, The Big Bang Theory and Salesian’s Greatest Mathematician; and a range of applied learning Challenge Electives such as Media Crew, Robotics, Stagecraft and Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The College owes Mr Kearney and his team a debt of gratitude for the considered work that has been devoted to what is now a cutting edge curriculum for our Year 9 boys.
The boys’ return for Term 3 was delayed to enable the teaching staff to engage in an additional day of professional development with colleagues from Our Lady of Sion College, Box Hill and Sacred Heart College, Oakleigh. In a day which certainly stimulated the mind and fed the spirit, Dr Richard Gaillardetz, Chair of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College, led staff from the three schools through a survey of some of the various challenges faced by Christianity over the past 400 years. He then turned to the significant issues faced by members of a faith-filled community which exists in a postmodern world. His address was lively, provocative and enriching. We were very mindful of the fact that this activity took the place of a day of lessons. I am pleased to report that the exercise was a very positive professional development experience for our staff.
Throughout the course of Terms 1 and 2, Mr Groves and Mr Sellwood worked with Mr Brennan with a view to constructing a gym. In Term 2, a concrete slab was laid in what was, until then, a large, vacant space on the bottom floor of the Mannix Campus. In recent weeks, appropriate flooring and equipment has been installed. It is now a fully equipped gym featuring a state of the art weight-lifting studio, a range of exercise machines and high-end resistance equipment. The gym will open soon for the priority use of senior Physical Education and senior Sport classes. I would ask the boys to remain patient as, although the gym is nearly ready to go, we need to ensure that we attend to the particular health and safety issues pertaining to a facility such as this.
Don Bosco said that “We need God’s help if we want health of mind and body”. In doing so, he emphasised the inter-relationship of soul, mind and body. I think he would be pleased at recent developments such as our updated Year 9 program and our new gym and would consider that we are working faithfully and in dynamic fidelity with his example to assist our boys to develop their minds and spirits in healthy bodies.
At the end of Term 2 we farewelled Mrs Kristine Brock who resigned for family reasons. Mrs Brock gave over a decade of devoted service to the boys of Salesian College. She made a very considerable contribution to the Religious Education, English, Drama and Humanities departments and held a number of positions of leadership including Assisting to the Director of Religious Education and Acting Director of Religious Education. Thank you, Mrs Brock, for your great commitment to our school and to the boys in our care. We also farewelled Ms Katia Mimikos who also resigned at the end of term to move with her family to Geelong to pursue a business opportunity. I am delighted to announce that Mrs Alicia Wilson (nee Bell) has resumed her teaching duties following a semester of leave during which she and Tom were married. We also warmly welcome back Mr Nick Filippis who returns to the College to take Ms Mimikos’ classes.
In closing, I would like to wish all students, staff and our families all the very best for their endeavours in Term 3.
Mr Neil Carter