Oz Bosco Reflection

Oz Bosco is an annual Salesian Youth Event.  It is a weekend of Joy, Fun, Friends, Faith and Festivity, with special guest speakers, workshops, Prayer and Liturgy, group sessions and a variety of recreational activities. Oz Bosco is open for young people from 15-25 years. Youth teams, students, youth leaders and anyone connected with the Salesians of Don Bosco who would like to attend are welcome.  It is a wonderful opportunity for young people to meet and focus on being connected to the same Salesian family.

Each year Oz Bosco centralises around the Salesian Strenna, with this year’s Strenna being ‘Holiness for you, too.’ Throughout the weekend, the boys explored this theme through an Amazing Race to create a modern day saint, breaking into ‘oratory’ groups for discussion and a variety of workshops that gave them time to reflect on what holiness and happiness means to them.

I congratulate the following boys who attended Oz Bosco this year on their openness and honesty throughout the weekend, and their reflectiveness on how they can be modern day saints.

Ted Cutherbertson          10B

Jacob Curry                         11C

Joseph Curtis                     11D

Josh De Sa                           11D

Daniel Capomolla             12A

Bo De Silva                          12A

Luke D’Souza                     12A

Jonathan Florentzou       12C

Dion Giannopoulos         12B

Josh Sequeira                    12B

Nicholas Thomas              12D

Michael Triantafyllou      12E

Also a big thanks to Angela Liyanage, Tristan O’Brien and Declan Crowe for attending the entire weekend, and to Georgina Dow and Dylan Chow for visiting on the Saturday and partaking in the Salesian festivities.

Miss Emma Bradley
Social Justice Co-ordinator

From the 3rd to 5th of May, myself and a small group of boys from Years 10-12 participated in the 11th OzBosco located at Don Bosco Camp in Safety Beach. During the fun-filled weekend, we were fortunate to be greeted with a great environment, filled with fun activities and the great hospitality of camp staff.

When we arrived on Friday night, we participated in small icebreaker activities, met our oratory groups, and participated in thoughtful, meaningful discussion. Saturday was by far the best day. In the morning, we were fortunate enough to have guest speaker and musician Gen Bryant talk to us about her life that is guided by the Catholic faith and play music that was liked by all involved. Following that, we travelled to the Enchanted Maze in Arthurs’ Seat. The boys and teachers involved battled the weather conditions to traipse the various mazes and slide down the tube slides which was a personal highlight for me and many of the boys. Later that night, we were also lucky to participate in an ‘Amazing Race’ event that combined the various skills and abilities in the oratory groups to create a positive and competitive environment. We were split in our oratory groups as we traversed the camp, looking for hints that aided our ability to gain points to collect ‘pebbles of holiness.’ On Sunday, we participated in a wide range of workshops that were run by camp leaders. The ones most popular with the Chaddy boys were Miss Bradley’s knitting class and Mr O’Brien’s discussion about masculinity and male issues. We also were given the final opportunity to engage in conversation with our oratory groups that included students from other Salesian schools across Australia.

This was my first OzBosco. The good memories I have made and the experiences I have taken part in will never leave me. The most memorable experience were the friendships I made with people from different walks of life, as well as building stronger friendships with Salesian boys and teachers.

One thing I recommend is that even if you aren’t religious, this event is not designed for religious purposes but to bring youth of the world together, to share in their faith and what it means to be a Salesian. I encourage any boy from Years 10 – 12 to participate, as it will broaden your perspective in life, helping you to become a better man.

Lastly, I would like to give thanks to Miss Emma Bradley, Miss Angela Liyanage, Mr Tristian O’Brien and Declan Crowe for their efforts and any of those involved in planning and running the activities through out the weekend. Also to Mr Dylan Chow and Miss Georgina Dow for coming down to visit on Saturday.

Michael Triantafyllou, 12E
Mission Ambassador