From the Principal

Newsletter May 19

Welcome to Week Six as we hit the half way mark of Term Two. Once again there has been much happening here at Salesian College as we continue to witness the wonderful deeds of our boys. Last week was a very busy one for our Year 7 and 9 students as they undertook their NAPLAN tests. ACC Sport continues unabated with the College achieving mixed results.

Next week we will welcome nearly two hundred boys who will start at Salesian College in 2016 and their parents, to our annual Becchi morning. The boys will be entertained with some sporting activities, shown around the school on a tour and get to know each other courtesy of some get-to-know-you activities. At the same time the parents will be taken through a guide on coping with the transition from primary school to secondary school and a session on the sources of communication we use to keep parents informed of what is happening at the College. At the end of the gathering we will enjoy a chat over a cuppa and a bite to eat. We now look forward to meeting them again as we continue the transition process leading into next year.

Rector Major’s Visit

Last week the Salesian Australian and Pacific province hosted a visit by the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. As part of his tour of the Australia-Pacific Province, Fr Angel visited Salesian College Rupertswood and St Joseph’s College in Ferntree Gully. The College leadership team journeyed out to Sunbury on Thursday night for a gathering with the Rector Major, it was a most joyous occasion for everyone involved. Fr Ángel mingled amongst the guests, speaking with those present. His message as the 10th successor to St John Bosco, was that our students are the centrality of our mission and should always give us the motivation to continue the great work we do. His message to the students was one of hope in a future of their making, built upon the values of love and respect for everyone throughout the world.
Read more about Fr Ángel Fernández Artime’s visit here.

Mother’s Day Celebrations

Friday week ago the College celebrated our fourth annual Mothers’ Day Mass and breakfast, which from all reports was a resounding success. Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to my commitments at the Salesian Principal’s Association meeting in Port Pirie. This was the third Mother’s Day Mass I have missed each year for the same reason. Fortunately we have rescheduled our meeting in 2016 to allow me to attend. I am greatly looking forward to sharing this special morning with our community.

Mrs Nadia Knight, Assistant Principal – Faith and Mission, described the gathering as follows: ‘On Friday 8 May, Salesian College staff, students and parents celebrated Mother’s Day by attending our morning Mass followed by a lovely breakfast. It was a wonderful way to start the Mother’s Day weekend! It was lovely to see so many of our boys and their mothers together. Mother’s Day is about reflecting and acknowledging the women in our lives who have nurtured us, and, who through memories or presence, continue to mould us into being the best versions of ourselves.’

We hope everyone enjoyed our 2015 Mother’s Day celebrations as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. Our thanks to the Parents’ Association, RE Department, PR Department, Fr Papworth, Br Barry, Lores and the Canteen staff, Maintenance and Admin staff for their assistance and in particular the students, staff and of course our parents, for making this a lovely morning; a collective effort that again, brings us together.
We hope that all our mums had a lovely day on Mother’s Day.

All reports indicate that it was a great success, with the numbers in attendance doubling from last year. All in attendance enjoyed what was a very emotional gathering. I have been told that it was beautiful to witness the wonderful relationships shared by the boys and their mums and in some cases their grand mums. The boys rose to the occasion making sure mums were well looked after with a cup of tea and something to eat as they enjoyed each other’s company.

As I reflect on the Mother’s Day Mass it is a good opportunity to take some time to think about these wonderful people – our mums. In honour of Mums, these are my top ten reasons why mums are great. I encourage you all to come up with your own top 10 list as there are thousands of reasons why mums are great.

10 Reasons Why Mums are great:

1. They love you unconditionally.
2. Mums always know what to say and what NOT to say.
3. Their hugs are unbeatable.
4. They ALWAYS have that one recipe that you need… memorised.
5. When angry, their voice can be projected and heard up to 3.64 kilometers away.
6. They are great nurses when you are sick.
7. There is always something good to eat in their fridge.
8. Mums are the ultimate cheerleaders.
9. They are Mums to every child under 17 in the neighborhood, especially your mates.
10. They provide a very efficient and cheap taxi service.
11. They pray for you. A LOT. Oops that’s one extra!

I’m sure we could all add to this list and come up with hundreds more reasons to argue why mums are so great, and during this week I set the challenge for all in the community to do that and then to tell mum why she is so great and if possible give her the biggest hug you can muster and tell her that you love her, because I don’t think we can ever do this too much. Have a great week and perhaps do something special for mum to let her know how special you think she is.

To finish on, here are a couple of quotes about mums to contemplate, as well as a reading from the bible.

Mums are as relentless as tides, they don’t just drive us to practice, they drive us to greatness. Steven Rushin (With this in mind we have to forgive mum as she nags us about our homework and study as it may be just the tonic to drive us to greatness in our studies.)

There has never been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between a mother and son. Author unknown

I use this special reference: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 as it sums up the love a mother has for her children.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all

Read more about the 2015 Mother’s Day celebrations here and view the photo gallery.


Last week the College ACC Junior Badminton tasted victory for the second successive year. It was a tough competition for the boys, however, they succeeded in defending the title. The team’s final victory was an intriguing affair, close and intense. Parade was a formidable opponent but more than anything else it was the teamwork and cohesiveness that won the day for the Salesian boys. Both schools took four games but it was determined by points; 146 to 126. I congratulate our Coach, Mr Mark Wang, who was very proud and humbled to be associated with this group of boys. Thanks also to Ms Mary O’Sullivan for driving the team to MSAC and being the team psychologist, as it were, and Jack Stewart (Year 9) for his efforts as Assistant Coach. We also continue to enjoy some success in the football and soccer seasons which are well underway and we live in hope that the boys in these teams are able to have the ultimate success.

Speaking of success we have current student Alec Kumar, Taekwondo, who is enjoying success in his chosen sport. Alec recently won the Victorian championships, which was his first senior competition. Alec is currently training for the Australian title and the possibility of selection in the Australian team for the World Championships. We wish him every success.
Read more about Alec’s achievements to date here.

We were also alerted to the fact that past student Harrison Tullberg, Class of 2014, continues to enjoy abundant success in his sporting pursuits. Harrison started in gymnastics where he enjoyed success before being identified as having great potential as a trampolinist and further identified as a potential Winter Olympic Aerial Skier. Last week he appeared on the Today Show where a feature story highlighted sporting achievements as well as his dedication to his studies as he is currently undertaking his Law degree. Harrison is studying as well as training many hours a day in an attempt to make the 2022 Australian Winter Olympics Team. Harrison is a wonderful example of what can be achieved if you are willing to give things a go and work hard. View the Today Show clip here.

This week I look forward to spending three days at the PAVCSS conference in Torquay enjoying listening to some world renowned speakers and considering what it means to be a leader in a Catholic school in 2015. I wish everyone in the community a great week and all of God’s blessings.

Rob Brennan