From the Principal

As we enter the penultimate week of Term One, I can’t help but contemplate how quickly this term has flown. It has been quite an amazing term with so many things happening in such a short time. I’m sure many in the community are looking forward to the two week break from classes after this short but intense term. The holidays will provide time to look back and reflect on what has been a very positive term here at Salesian College Chadstone.

It only seems like yesterday that we were welcoming the new Year Seven students into the school, celebrating our Opening School Mass, and thinking about the first Food Technology class being taught in the new kitchens, but much has been achieved, lots of work has been completed and there has been a great deal of joy shared.

The business has stayed with us right up until the end, with the past two weeks being as frantic as any of the preceding seven. Music camps, Year Nine camps, Student Led Conferences, interviews with prospective 2018 students and their families and a Hall of Fame Dinner have kept all of us flat out.

The Student Led Conferences appear to have been well received by all in the community. We believe this is a positive step forward and can only make us stronger in the future. I would like to thank all in the community; including staff, students and parents for their willingness to give this new initiative a go, as it will hold us in good stead in years to come. In particular, I thank Mr Carter and his support staff for looking after the logistics of such an enterprise and ensuring it ran effectively and smoothly.

Once again, I thank the staff who gave of their time to supervise the Year Nine Camp and music camps last week. Both camps went well, and I’m sure the boys enjoyed their experiences.

Last Friday evening the College held its annual Hall of Fame Dinner here in the College Hall. It was a wonderful celebration of those in our community. Whilst we recognized three new inductees into the Hall of Fame as well as a Salesian Young Achiever, all of whom were worthy of a significant celebration in their own right, it was the community aspect of the evening which provided the greatest sense of joy for me. We had representatives from all aspects of the community, including members of the Board, the Parents Association, past and present staff and students, and other members of the Salesian Chadstone community both past and present, all joining together to celebrate sixty great years in this College’s history. It was a superb night. Thanks to Ms Suzie McErvale, Miss Nikita Rodrigues, Mrs Michelle Collins, the Maintenance Team, the Music Team and the IT Team for all their work in bringing together the night. I would also like to congratulate and thank the members of the Senior Band for their performance on Friday night, led well by Mr Brendan Toohey and Mr Dorian Broomhall. I also congratulate two of our junior boys, Mishen De Silva and Campbell Phelan for their performances under the direction of Mr Adam Croft, as they did a great job. It was a true Salesian celebration.

For most of us the upcoming break provides a chance for a well-earned rest and a much needed change of pace. We hope that you are able to join us in reflecting on what has been a very busy, but purposeful beginning to the school year. I hope we can all look back on the term with a sense of satisfaction and pride. We thank God for all the joys, hopes and struggles that the new year has presented and we pray that as a community we will continue to celebrate our individual and collective successes, whilst working together through the tough times that come our way.

With the holidays comes Easter, the most significant week in the Christian calendar. Easter is a time we recall and celebrate the Easter Mystery, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The events of Easter are central to our Christian faith and the basis for our mission as a Catholic College of bringing our students to a deeper understanding and faith in Jesus as our God and savior. We hope all in the community have a reflective and holy Easter, and that we all enjoy the break from our normal routine. We hope our students and their families take the time to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the holy week as it should be celebrated.

As stated previously we encourage all senior students to use the break from scheduled classes positively, by studying, revising, summarising or just catching up with work covered in Term One as well as preparing for what will be a busy Term Two.

Mr Rob Brennan