Christian citizenship

St John Bosco challenged all those who worked with him to become honest citizens and good Christians. We accept that challenge in developing our students.

The Gospel calls for us to care for those in need. Our college community supports a number of community initiatives, as an outreach to those who need it and as a way to show kindness to the wider community.

Our community initiatives

While there is an element of activity based around the fundraising (often Houses may run a Pizza Lunch or a small raffle at Easter),  most of the money comes from personal donations from the community.

This is part of living up to Don Bosco’s challenge of ‘being Honest Citizens and Good Christians’. We don’t hold any major fundraising activities or raffles etc nor are our families overly well off.

We support our community in a number of ways, including:

  • Australian Salesian Missions.  All Australian Salesian schools joined together this year to raise funds for the Barolo Appeal,  supporting the building of a new school in Samoa – Don Bosco High School and Vocational Centre, Salelologa (raised $10,600 in 2011).  The College named this appeal in honour of the Marchioness Giulia di Barolo who was an early financial supporter of the work of Don Bosco and other agents of social change in 19th century Turin.
  • The Salesian Mission Tetere in the Solomon Islands – specifically the Village of Swaghi where the money sent helped purchase resources and materials for their school as well as a number of sewing machines which allowed the mothers to sew uniforms for their children as well as start a retail business selling clothing to other villages. We have raised over $12,000 in three years to support the village.
  • Caritas Australia and the Society of St Vincent de Paul.  From our establishment, we have always supported these important charities.  The College this year collected over 7000 cans of food stuffs that were forwarded to the St Vincent de Paul Society to help the local Gawler conference and Fred’s Van based at Salisbury meet the needs of those who struggle to make ends meet.  We have a team of staff and parents that has made a monthly commitment to Fred’s Van in Salisbury as well as students and families who help out with the local team in Gawler.
  • Project Compassion.  In recent years the response from the community has been humbling.  We have raised over $28,000 in the last two years alone.
  • Major Australian fundraising activities.  The College community has supported the Queensland Flood Appeal and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal during 2011.