Salesian College (Chadstone)

Salesian College (Chadstone)
Salesian College
Salesian College Crest.png
Latin: Omnia Omnibus
To Be All Things To All
Chadstone, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates 37°52′56″S 145°6′1″E / 37.88222°S 145.10028°E / -37.88222; 145.10028Coordinates: 37°52′56″S 145°6′1″E / 37.88222°S 145.10028°E / -37.88222; 145.10028
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day school
Denomination Roman Catholic, Salesians
Established 1956
Chairman Fr Tim Costelloe
Rector Fr John Pappworth
Principal Fr Chris Ford
Years 7-12
Enrolment 934
Colour(s)      Navy Blue      Red      Grey
Slogan A Journey of Excellence

Salesian College is a Roman Catholic Independent school for boys located in the Melbourne suburb of Chadstone. Founded on the philosophies of Saint John Bosco, the college aims to offer a Salesian ideal of education.[1] Salesian has two campuses situated on separate sides of the Monash Freeway - Bosco (Years 7-8 & Years 10-12) being the school's main campus and the Mannix campus, named for Daniel Mannix Campus (Year 9) catering solely for one year level. Salesian is a member of the Associated Catholic Colleges.



  • 1956 - Three classrooms and hall built on a 50-acre (200,000 m2) property donated to Salesian's by Miss Louisa Moroney.[2]
  • 1957 - Doors open with 61 students enrolled in Forms One and Two.
  • 1958 - Fr. Fedrigotti, of the Salesian staff, was to become the first Provincial of the Australian Salesian Province and had his headquarters at Chadstone until 1964.
  • 1958 - Three new classrooms were added and the enrolment reached 110 boys with Form Three added
  • 1959 - Administration block was built, Form Four added, tennis courts were built and oval was extended
  • 1960 - Another Form was added and enrolment reached 260. Chapel and science wing was also built.
  • 1961 - Residential area built for Salesian staff. Form Six was added and enrolment passed 360. Furthermore another wing with two classrooms, a kitchen, dining rooms and a shower block was added to the complex.
  • 1969 - The B.M. Fedrigotti Senior Science wing was built.
  • 1973 - College library plus three more classrooms were built.
  • 1983 - Senior wing and administration offices was completed.
  • 1986 - New residence was built separate from the school complex.
  • 1988 - New complex with an assembly hall, a gymnasium, a sick bay, and three classrooms with associated offices and stores was opened. Also the Music and Drama wing was completed. This was built to mark the centenary of St. John Bosco's passing.
  • 1995 - Technology Studies Centre was established.
  • 1998 - New Computer Centre, Multimedia Laboratories, Minilabs and Special Education Area, as well as the provision of a Laptop Program and Intranet and Internet Access was established.
  • 2004 - Numerous wetlands and water features were built around the college.
  • 2005 - Year 9 Mannix Campus was completed.
  • 2007 - Installation of $1 million worth of learning technology, including every classroom having Promethian whiteboards.
  • 2007 - 50th Anniversary of School
  • 2008 - Re-introduction of House System: Collinson, Annecy, Savio, Moroney.
  • 2008 - Major renovation of the Mannix campus to cater for more classes.
  • 2009 - Development of the Bosco Plaza
  • 2009 - Introduction of the Merit/Caution classroom discipline plan
  • 2009 - Mario Noyahr is the first student to be granted the Gold Bosco award along with Jackson Trieu
  • 2010 - Annecy wins their 3rd House Cup In a row
  • 2011 - Renovations to library and school chapel
  • 2011 - The First Ever Tied House Cup With Collinson & Annecy Both tied on the same amount of Points

The College Crest

The star representing Mary, since Mary means "Star of the Sea", shines on the two hills of the College as a symbol of loving protection. The trees represent wood and thus St. John Bosco, founder of The Salesian Order, as the Italian word for wood is "Bosco". The harp symbolizes Ireland and recalls the Irish extraction of two great benefactors, Archbishop Daniel Mannix and the Moroney family who originally settled the property in 1850. The surmounting Griffin is from the Archbishop's crest. The motto, "Omnia Omnibus", is from the Archbishop's crest too, and also has reference to St. Francis of Sales, Patron of the Salesian Society. The words are taken from St. Paul and mean "To be all things to all" - the epitome of charity.[3]


Throughout years 7 to 10, weekly sporting activities are conducted and compulsory to students in those year levels. The college also offers a number of other sporting clubs, teams, trips and activities. These include: cycling team riding throughout the school year and involved in an annual cycling trip along the Great Alpine Highway; annual skiing trip to Mt. Hotham; canoeing club running throughout the warmer terms; golf team, camping in every year level.

This sporting ethos is heavily embedded in the school life and has allowed the school to compete with many of the larger schools in the ACC.[4]

Salesian has also gone back to the housing system of competitive sport in the school at the beginning of 2007. The four houses compete with each other in many sports, most notably swimming and athletics.

Salesian Old Boys Cricket Club

Salesian Old Boys Cricket Club is a cricket club situated at the college. It currently hosts a Juniors Academy and several junior and senior teams. The club currently plays under the Southern Districts and Churches Cricket League.

Mannix Campus

The Mannix Campus is a special campus, a state-of-the-art facility, dedicated to the education of students in year 9. This campus has a special staff to cater for the boys academic needs. The campus has two ovals, a science lab (only for the year 9s to use), a multipurpose room and a reception of its own.

House system

The four houses since their re-introduction at the start of 2008 are Annecy, Collinson, Moroney and Savio.

Annecy = Yellow

Collinson = Green

Moroney = Red

Savio = Blue

House Cup

The House Cup is awarded each year after the accumulation of all the House Points awarded throughout the year in several Competitions such as debating, athletics, swimming, fundraising and cross-country running.

  • 2008: Annecy
  • 2009: Annecy
  • 2010: Annecy
  • 2011: Annecy/Collinson (Tied Points)
  • 2012: TBA



Entrance to college hall and the music rooms upstairs (Savio Street exit)

Music is an important aspect of Salesian College life. A host of various styles of bands are offered to the students to suit their needs. These bands will play often throughout the year in many of the college's assemblies, masses, plays and other music activities. The college bands have also been involved in many other major events including: Olympic Torch Relay, The ACC "ACCent on Music" inaugural concert, State Ministerial performances, the College's Annual Dinner Dance, Band Festivals and Eisteddfods. An annual band camp is also held during the year for the students involved. To encourage new students to begin an instrument, a free semester of music tuitions is given as part of the year 7 students curriculum. Once completed, students may elect to continue or change their preferences.

Bosco Program

The Bosco program is a unit of study for Year 9 students that educates them about the environment, urbanism, community service and personal development. This gives the students a chance to explore the city and the environment of the community.[5] Every Friday students are taught skills necessary for life, such as using Melbourne's Public transport system. They engage in hands-on activities that the students regard as "fun" and a "wonderful learning experience".

School Clubs

The school has established a number of recreational clubs over the years, including chess, canoeing, drama and cycling, some of which have been in operation for over 20 years.[6]

Biretta Program

The Biretta program is a program which was introduced to cater for boys with high intelligence and it caters for them by giving them hard tasks to excersise their minds. It started in 2015 for the first year and is still continuing.

Notable alumni

See also


External links

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