Principal’s Blog – 18 August 2022

The Salesian community has been showcased in a variety of ways since I last wrote in this forum. It was lovely to witness the joy particular events had on our students, staff, parents and past pupils.


Christmas in July

Seniors on the Move from Monash Council were recently treated to some amazing hospitality from eager Year 9 students willing to serve others.

Up to 50 community members participated in the Christmas in July event which included prayer, stories and a 3 -course meal prepared by students and staff.

Life skills were learnt and put into action by our Year 9s who welcomed and served meals. The Seniors all commented positively on the respect, manners and good humour demonstrated by the boys.

Congratulations and thank you to our Year 9 students. Thank you to Paul Azar (Year 9 Year Level Coordinator), year 9 teachers and food technologies teachers for organising and supporting this wonderful community initiative.


Past Pupil Reunions

It was a wonderful opportunity to meet past pupils from the Classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The College warmly welcomed our past pupils to return to the school to reconnect and relive some of the positive experiences. Thank you to our Marketing and Development Team for hosting the day.

Whilst COVID restrictions have quelled the festivities in recent years, it was clearly evident that the friendships and stories that connect people have continued to flourish. Mentions of favourite teachers, new uniforms, time at the Mannix campus and partaking in sport and music has helped shape the collegians into good Christians and honest citizens. They each experienced a school for life.

Having the opportunity to hear from many participants throughout the day highlighted to me just how much our past pupils value their Salesian education. It was evident that the sense of community, belonging, integrity and camaraderie are valued aspects of a Salesian education.

It was also an opportunity to share our strategic intentions that resonated amongst our past pupils for them to partner with the College to connect our community and support student learning.


Year 8 Camp

Our Year 8 students recently attended camp where they were greeted with beautiful weather and welcoming and caring staff. The boys had a wonderful time and were able to build relationships whilst doing challenging activities. Thank you to our dedicated staff for helping to facilitate this learning activity.


Production: Beauty and the Beast

Matthew 7:7 tells us to ask, seek and knock. We can pray about and seek out our talents. God can give us wisdom about what our talents are. We can trust the Holy Spirit to lead us about our gifts.

I can truly say that the audiences who attended our co-hosted College Production, Beauty and the Beast, were treated to wonderful performances that showcased individual and collective gifts and talents.

Salesian College Chadstone and Sacred Heart Girls College Oakleigh students were outstanding in their performances. The costumes were simply stunning!

I thank the Performing Arts teams at both schools for the support and guidance offered to students so that they developed a confidence and competence to perform their musical and theatrical gifts on stage. Congratulations to Director Mr Matthew Little and the Performing Arts team.


Mark Ashmore | Principal