Provincial Visitation and Savio Campus Opening

The Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco [Australia-Pacific], Fr Greg Chambers SDB, conducted his annual visitation to Sunbury Salesian Community from 3-6 May. During his visitation, Fr Greg met individually with every member of the community, and the principal of the college, Mr. Mark Brockhus. He also celebrated prayers, Eucharist and meals with the confreres in the community.

On 5th May, Fr Greg paid a visit to Lancefield parish where a member of Sunbury community serves as the parish administrator.

During his visitation, Fr Greg visited the college and met with many staff particularly those who have been in the college since his time as the principal, prior to Mr. Mark Brockhus.

On the feast of St. Dominic Savio, 6th May, Fr. Greg opened and blessed the new Savio Campus for junior students. This new campus was built at the end of 2015 to meet the growing number of students in the college. It is situated between the Salesian Cemetery and the basketball court. The twenty first century learning space with the latest learning facilities is also nest among some gum trees, the Jackson creek and many Australian natural habitats.

Salesian College Sunbury is a very popular college with a healthy enrollment of 1251 students in 2016. Each year, about 230 new Year 7 students are enrolled to the college, while 30 or 40 anxiously wait on the waiting list. The college is also considering a second campus somewhere in the property in the near future.

At the end of the visitation, Fr Greg thanked the members of the Salesian community and commend them to continue their good work in the spirit of St. John Bosco. In return and on behalf of the community and the college, the Rector,  Fr. Will Matthews, also thanked the provincial for his time, for the listening, the support and guidance to the community in Sunbury.

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