Principal’s Message – 27 March 2013

Term one has come to an end and we are all looking forward to the two and a bit week break from classes and hopefully from the never ending warm weather. I believe it is also a good time to look back and reflect on another positive term here at Salesian College. Time appears to fly in schools as it only seems like yesterday that we were welcoming the new Year 7 Students into the school and celebrating our opening school mass. Much has been achieved, lots of work has been completed and there has been a great deal of joy shared.
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 all in the community 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.

We have remained busy right up until the end with the Music Camp to Healesville and the ACC Athletics Carnival both taking place this week. Thanks to Mr Adam Croft and his talented team of music teachers for all their work with the boys in the music program. In particular I would like to thank them for giving so generously of their time to provide these boys with the valuable experience that the music camp and all the other music events provide.

I wish also to thank the sport staff, especially Mr Craig Radley and Mr Carl Egan, who have trained the boys over the past four weeks giving up their lunchtimes and time after school to prepare our boys for the ACC Athletics Carnival. The boys appear to have enjoyed the training and I am sure they benefited from the expertise on offer. Congratulations to all the boys who participated in Wednesday’s carnival; they represented the College with pride. Thank you to all the teachers involved, a job well done!
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.
The break may be an opportune time for students to reflect on the myriad of sporting seasons currently underway, focusing on the positive celebration of youthful energy, commitment, the pursuit of personal and team excellence which is brought about by collaboration and goodwill. These are values aligned with the spirit to which we should aspire here at Salesian College.
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 1 as well as preparing for what will be a busy Term 2.
There have been many things to be thankful for this term. So to all in the community we say thank you for another wonderful term and we wish you a safe and holy Easter break and look forward to your safe return in two weeks’ time.

God Bless,

Robert Brennan