From the Principal

Welcome to week six of Term 1, a good week as we look forward to a long weekend and the short week that follows. We are coming off a very busy period in the school year with the swimming and athletics carnivals, information evenings, Year 7 social evening just a few of the events or activities that have taken place in a very short amount of time, so the long weekend comes at the perfect time. I hope all in the community will be able to use the long weekend to take a deep breath, catch up on anything we have let slip and ready themselves for the final three weeks of term.

The year 12 students will be well and truly into their outcomes and we hope they are preparing themselves well for these, as I know the staff will be doing everything in their power to prepare the students as best they can.  Our Year 9 students head off on their camps this week at three different venues around Victoria – we wish them all the best and hope they have a wonderful time.

Last Friday I travelled to Salesian College Sunbury with two of our staff to join in the Australian and Pacific Salesian Principals Association (APSPA) Immersion experience. The immersion commenced on Thursday evening with the celebration of the Eucharist and dinner with the Salesian Community at Ascot Vale. This provided us with an opportunity to prepare for the day ahead and enjoy a meal together. This program is integral part of the Salesian leadership formation and is provided by the APSPA group to ensure the spirit of Don Bosco is alive and well in our schools. We gathered with the network of leaders from Salesian schools around Australia who share our hopes and aspirations. We heard about the great works of St John Bosco and the Salesian order and reflected on how we continue that tradition today in our schools. We visited a couple of Salesian institutions, immersed ourselves in the story and came away with a renewed sense of purpose of the work we do on a daily basis. It was a wonderful event.

I was reading an article the other day entitled ‘THE GLASS TOO FULL’, and as the title suggests, it was a reflection on the old saying that pessimists see the world as a glass half empty whilst optimists see the world as a glass half full. There were some interesting points raised which I feel can be important for us to think about as we journey through life day today.
It is well documented that looking on the bright side of life makes us happier, more popular and healthier, however this philosophy has to come with a warning. If you see everything in life as being a glass half full and think that is perfectly fine, in fact just as good as a full glass, you might be far too happy-go-lucky. If you are too fun-loving and cheerful, the odds are you may live a shorter and less fulfilling life than your more responsible and serious friends. Believing everything is going to turn out alright and things will always be fine, may lead one to take greater risks with one’s health and future.
The article pointed out in fact that the happiest and healthiest people are those who have a reasonable dose of optimism, spend time helping others, work hard and have good friends. The reality is that often the more responsibility you take for your life, the more you will thrive.

It is important for all of us to manage ourselves and our lives, relate well to others, and participate fully in, and contribute to the world in which we live. Working hard, doing a good job and getting involved in our work will actually improve our mood as well as the way we look at ourselves and at life. These things will lead to a more interesting life, a more successful life and a longer, healthier life. So with this in mind I encourage all in the community to maintain appositive outlook on life, work hard at everything that you do and never allow positive thinking to become complacent.
Acknowledgement: “The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study”, Dr Howard Friedman.

I leave you with a couple of quotes to contemplate over the next few days.  From Grandma Moses “And life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” And from James Thurber, “Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness.’

Have a great week and may God bless.

Robert Brennan