Message from the Principal

I would like to extend a very warm welcome back to all the students and the families of the Salesian College Chadstone community for the 2014 School Year. In particular a very special welcome to all our new students and their families as they begin their Salesian education. I hope all students have had a restful break and are ready to take on the challenges the new school year presents.

2014 promises to be a very exciting for Salesian College. We have many exciting developments in the pipeline which will continue the positive changes that have taken place over the past couple of years. Those of you who have visited the College in recent times will be aware that our two large 2013 projects – refurbishment of the Science Wing, and of the Hall foyer and toilets, all of which are now complete and ready for student use. We look forward to the new facilities enhancing the boy’s time here at the College.

The completion of these two projects is a step towards completing our building projects from the Master Plan. Planning has now begun on the next project, the Arts Wing refurbishment, with a likely start in 2015. Parallel to our building works, we continue to review and upgrade our curriculum to ensure our boys receive an excellent 21st Century Education.

Over the first couple of weeks the College has gathered and will continue to gather on a number of occasions to launch the school year. On Monday of last week, we had our College Opening School Mass where we welcomed in the new school year. Included in our celebrations was the welcoming of new staff and students with the presentation to all students of the College badge. We also inducted the 2014 College leaders, in a wonderful gathering full of pomp and ceremony.

At Monday’s gathering we spoke to the students about what makes a great school and how they can contribute to making Salesian College even greater. Whilst we recognised that grounds, facilities, Curriculum and Co-curriculum programs contribute to making a great school, it was the 935 boys who make up the Salesian College student body are the most important. We then talked about how they can contribute to making Salesian College Chadstone even greater. We highlighted that there is no magical way to contribute, rather it was about making good decisions on a daily basis, looking after the grounds and facilities, applying themselves to their studies and treating each other with respect.

We left them with a couple of thoughts to ponder over the 2014 school year:

  • “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
    Helen Keller
  • “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” ― Phil Jackson

Gathering again on Tuesday 4 February for Year 8, 9 and VCE Information Evenings and then again on Wednesday evening for our Year 7 Information Evening we had positive turnouts.  In two weeks’ time we will once again gather for the 2014 Dux assembly where we will recognise the outstanding achievements of the students from the class of 2013 and the fine achievements of boys from all other year levels during last year. We extend an invitation to all in our community to join us for these celebrations.

The College would like to welcome the following staff, who either join us for the first time or are returning after a long break from the College:

New Staff

Elissa Galante – English, RE, Media, 8A HRM

Rachel Ivey – Media, English, Humanities, M3 HRM

Samantha Knights – Mathematics, Science, 9C HRM

Justin Leeds - Design and Technology, HOD

Ron Lok – Mathematics, Science, C3 HRM

Niki Pinirou – EAL

Chris Ryan – PE, Science, 8F HRM

Adriana Tascone – English, Humanities, RE, CRT

Lawson Kennard – Bass Guitar

Returning Staff

Kamila Bielinski - Head of Humanities, History

Kristine Brock – Religion
The first few weeks of the school year are always chaotic and the first couple of weeks at Salesian have been no different, however, for the most part things have begun well, students have returned in good spirits and it augers well for a great year.

Best wishes to all in the community.

God Bless.

Robert Brennan