Principal’s Message – Newsletter 4 December

As the school year draws to a close, we should be slowing down and taking time to reflect on the miracle of the incarnation through the birth of Jesus. Yet it seems we get busier than we have been at any other time of the year. Family schedules, and personal agendas filled with meetings, programs, parties and other obligations can control our lives. Last weekend marked the beginning of Advent, a very special part of the liturgical year for the Catholic Church. It is a time of preparation, of readying oneself for Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus. I encourage all in our community to take time out from shopping, looking for car parks, decking the halls, making lists and the general madness that comes in the lead up to Christmas, to take a quiet moment to allow ourselves some peace and stillness. During advent we must take some quiet time to reflect on all that is happening around us and focus on the important things in our lives. Our family and friends, people less fortunate than ourselves, those people for whom Christmas is a lonely or stressful time and offer our thoughts and our prayers that they too may enjoy this wonderful time of the year. We hope and pray that all in our community will be contemplating using the upcoming Christmas break to spend some valuable time with their families, enjoying each other’s company and letting each other know how much they love them.

I am sure that our students will be looking forward with anticipation to the holidays they so passionately wait for each year.  It is a break they all deserve after the work they have completed throughout the year. Most of our students have applied themselves to the job at hand and they are deserving of the rest that is to come.

It is hard for staff to truly appreciate their achievements at this time as they feverishly correct exams and complete reports, however it is our fond hope that when all settles down they will reflect on this year and come to understand the significant steps we have taken as a community in our attempts to move towards achieving our goals for the years to come. The College would like to recognise and thank them for their efforts.

At this time of the year there are always farewells to make as some staff start a new part of their lives. For some it is continuing their careers in another educational setting. For others it’s the start of a completely new direction. We would like to farewell these staff and wish them all the best for 2014 and beyond. For those who are travelling we wish that all your dreams of adventures are more than you hope and for those taking up new positions we wish you every success.

Staff leaving us for the 2014 School year are:

  •  Miss Erin Lalor
  • Miss Punita Mistry
  • Ms Sharon Pledge
  • Mr Robert Steward
  • Mr Jonathan Rowe
  • Mr Patrick Wood
  • Ms Marketa Malek
  • Mr Craig Radley
  • Mr James Daidone

To all in the community we hope that you have a merry, restful, joyful and peaceful Christmas. We hope your new year gets off to the perfect start and you return to us renewed and refreshed for what is promising to be another great year here at Salesian College Chadstone.

Merry Christmas and may the joy of the season fill your lives completely.

God Bless

Robert Brennan