The 2017 school captains from the colleges in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania which operate under the charism of St. John Bosco met for a Leadership Conference at Salesian College in Sunbury from 27-29 November.
All captains arrived at Salesian College on Sunday afternoon to start up with warm up activities and get-to-know you games. An Indigenous elder came to speak to them about their Traditions, the Aboriginal Rings situated in the college property. The Rector of the College, Fr Will Matthews, celebrated a Eucharist for the captains and their staff later in the evening. Two teachers from Salesian College, Anthea Harley and Stephen Connelly, run a leadership session after the Eucharist.
On Monday, 28th November, the captains and the staff visited Don Bosco Youth Centre and Hostel in Brunswick where they were welcomed by Br. David O’Brien. Fr Will Matthews also accompanied them and explained them the history and works of the Brunswick Salesian Community. They also visited Ozmann House at midday to help serve lunch to homeless people. Dragon boating was organized for the afternoon where they all enjoyed a bit of fun and relaxing time together.
A few principals and Salesian priests join in for dinner at Rupertswood mansion in the evening where Bruno Liettieri, the Coordinator of Twilight School, facilitated a conversation with some past college captains, and with all those attended.
On Tuesday morning, all captains had a photo session with their full school uniform. Then they were taken for a tour around Salesian College by its captains, Hannah Graham and Joshua Pinto, as the last session before returning back to their schools.