Student Experiences

Deeshan Ambawatta – Past Pupil and 2016 Dux

“Boys, our school is like no other. It’s not just a high school, it’s a home, filled with people from every corner of the earth. We learn not only Maths and Science, we learn compassion, empathy, and friendship more than anything.”

“Work hard, but don’t forget the true and underlying lessons that are taught in the halls of our school.”

Stefano Mascaro – 2017 College Captain

“When one of us succeeds, we rejoice. When one of us feels pain, we share that burden. This is the culture of our College.”

Joe Charbine – Past Pupil (Class of 2013)

Salesian College Chadstone is a place where boys become men, where friendships flourish and where faith is solidified. The school and community are one great family, opening its arms to all, beckoning for everyone find shelter in its peace and love. The many experiences which take place along the path of a Salesian student, transforms the person into someone strong in both heart and mind. The camps, debates, games, sports and tests all are fundamental in the strengthening of friendship and the belief in one’s self. The school is more than just a place where I study and learn new things; it is also a place where I meet new people and where my friends and I grow together as good and honest people, following in the footsteps of St. John Bosco. During my time in a leadership position, I have seen the world of Salesian College in a new way; a way in which will shape the way I live my daily life. I love coming to school every day, as the teachers, students and even nature itself, seems to smile at every turn. I will never forget this place because it is here, I have become a man.

Buddhike Kularatne – Past Pupil (Class of 2011)

Salesian College Chadstone has been a home away from home for thousands of students for 56 outstanding and developing years. I am proud to say that I am one of these students, who have had the privileged opportunity to learn and grow in such a diverse and supportive community. My Name is Buddhike Kularatne and I was the College Vice-Captain and one of the DUCES for the 2012 year 12 cohort and I would like to share with you my experience at the College. I entered the school in 2006 as a year 7 student knowing no one as I came from a primary school rather far away from Chadstone. I was relatively scared by the sheer fact of how different high school was, the uniforms, the timetables and the general new setting, let alone the fact I was experiencing it all alone. However my anxiety did not last very long. Salesian College and its staff, very swiftly, develop such a nurturing and inclusive atmosphere within the College community and forge a strong sense of belonging to which is very easy to connect. This was clearly evident to me when I was chosen to be class vice-captain in my first semester at the College. As the years became more difficult, with an ever increasing work load and our maturing of age, Salesian has a way of adjusting to our needs, guiding us and pushing us during a daunting 6 years of education. I felt this was done very effective by the college whilst studying in the exclusive year 9 Mannix Campus. The College gave us a way to not become men too fast, with a multitude of enjoyable and exciting events throughout the years such as Athletic and Swimming Carnivals, Walk-a-thons and the ever so competitive ACC Sport. My time here has prepared me for an entirely different future; one without the help of teachers and without the comforting knowledge that friends will be there to help. It was this support and preparation that has seen me pursue my dream of studying Engineering and Commerce at Monash University Clayton and I will forever be grateful to the College for accommodating an amazing and unforgettable 6 years of my life.