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CREDITS All correspondence and editorial content please address to: Marketing and Development Office Salesian College Chadstone 10 Bosco Street Chadstone, VIC 3148 Editor: Suzie McErvale Editorial Coordinator: Nikita Rodrigues Proofreader: Dr Mavis Ford La Trobe University Front Cover: Courtesy of Rolld Graphic Design and Printing: DMC Group Photographic Contributions: Wayne Taylor/Fairfax Syndication Rob Lindblade Photography Br Barry Parker Terence Fatouros Williams Ross Architects Mark Gambino, Arts Centre Melbourne Sports Illustrated Anita Milas, Melbourne Victory Football Club

Editorial Contributions: Robert Brennan Fr Frank Bertagnolli Jack Palumbo Stefano Mascaro Deeshan Ambawatta Javid Mohammadi Nikita Rodrigues Arts Centre Melbourne Suzie McErvale Rishabh Tandon


Past student (Class of 2000) Bao Hoang, Founder and Managing Director of Vietnamese hawker style food franchises, ‘Rolld’ and ‘Mama’s Buoi’.




We seek out past and present students who inspire and encourage us to strengthen our Salesian community. Whether they have impacted thousands of people or just those nearby, what unites them are their foundations and values. If you have a story to share, or know someone who does, we want to hear from you. Email publicrelations@






From the Principal Page 5

From the Rector Page 6

Building Developments Page 7

2017 Captain’s Message Page 8

2016 Results Page 10

2016 Dux Page 11

Opportunity For All Page 12

Daniel Faalele Page 13

“Lord Of The Flies” Production Page 14

Family Ties Page 20

Christian Theoharous Melbourne Victory Page 22

Where Are They Now? Rishabh Tandon Page 23

Alumni - Where Are They Now? Staff Births & Marriages

IN THIS ISSUE Opportunity is a word that conveys interesting meanings; chance, luck, even prospect. Inherently, the term carries a level of hope and optimism. In this edition of the Griffin we explore the lives of a range of past students who Embrace Opportunity in their everyday lives. Sixty years ago a group of dedicated people with a clear vision brought St John Bosco’s pastoral vision to Melbourne’s rural Chadstone. Today, building developments and technological advancements communicate the College’s commitment to progress, while core pedagogical vision remains just as relevant as it was 60 years ago. Empowering young people to discover their own intrinsic goodness, while developing the skills and courage to express it in practical ways, is at the core of the Salesian Charism. True comprehension of the term opportunity requires a deeper level of understanding in order to transition it from concept to life. Cover story, ‘Rolld’ Founder and Managing Director, and Class of 2000 student, Bao Hoang’s commitment to this understanding is captivating. His level of self-awareness is striking, refreshingly so. He knows exactly who he is and what he stands for. He couples optimism, curiosity, risk, challenge and personal heritage with strong conviction. Like all of us, he has life experience, but unlike many of us, he uses this insight to craft a desired global concept. In March of this year we formally celebrated our own heritage, and acknowledged the achievements of a selected few in our community who have reached considerable success: 2017 Young Achiever Damian Menz (Business), and Hall of Fame inductees Bao Hoang (Entrepreneur), Commodore Alan Thompson (Legal Profession) and Brian Ford (Education and Community). The forty-two-year age gap between these four men bore no significance. They each possess a true sense of determination, sound leadership maturity and genuine commitment to learning and reflection. In their own personal way they each continue to embrace opportunity wherever they are on the continuum of life. Suzie McErvale Head of Development and Marketing


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Celebrating 60 Years 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner



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FROM THE PRINCIPAL Robert Brennan Principal

“Develop a mindset that prepares for those opportunities to present. We have to be on the alert for opportunities whenever and however they present.” In this edition of the “Griffin”, the College shares stories of a number of past and present students who have embraced the opportunities afforded to them in their lives, and who ran with them very successfully. It is important for all of us to be aware of the opportunities that present, and to make the most of them. Making the most of the opportunities in our lives is not ground breaking advice, nor is it a new way of thinking. Scripture told the story over 2000 years ago, just as we do today. Jesus, in his Parable of the Talents, tells of a master who, before travelling, entrusts his property to his servants. Each receives a different amount according to the abilities of each man. Upon returning, the master asks his three servants for an account of the talents he entrusted to them. The first two servants explain that they each put their talents to work, doubling the value of the property with which they were entrusted. Each of these servants was rewarded: The third servant, however, had merely hidden his talent, and had buried it in the ground. This servant was punished by his master. The message in this parable plainly outlines our responsibility as believers to make the most of the gifts, talents and opportunities given to us. Make the most of every opportunity. When we have anything little in our hands, look at the opportunity to grow it. Don’t focus on what you don’t have today. Rather, know that you have it and you can grow it. It is no coincidence that the success of the people featured in this edition can be directly attributed to their willingness to make the most of the opportunities

presented. In our cover story we highlight the son of a migrant family, who arrived in Australia from Vietnam with nothing, before making the most of the educational opportunities offered to him. He successfully completed his VCE and a Physiotherapy degree, before embarking on a very successful business career that is built on the simple opportunity presented in the form of his mother’s cooking. In the past three years, current students will also have witnessed the extraordinary achievements of an Iranian refugee who arrived with very little other than a fierce desire to succeed. Whilst he was offered numerous opportunities, his success resulted from his willingness to make the most of these opportunities. The profiles highlighted in this issue (along with countless other stories communicated in a variety of College publications over the years) all exhibit a similar theme; individuals making the most of opportunities presented to them. Scripture tells us that God requires more of us than coasting through life, waiting for fate to take control and hoping to end up in heaven. God calls us to “Wake up from our sleep, climb out of our coffins and allow Christ to show us the light!” How do we make the most of every chance we get? Firstly, we must understand that we cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are. Success is a habit, mediocrity and failure are habits, a positive mental attitude is a habit, and exercise is a habit. Understanding this will lead us to create good habits in our lives.

Secondly, we need to acknowledge that the impact of the people with whom we surround ourselves will have a profound influence on what we achieve, and, more importantly, what we will become. Maybe for some of us there is a need for different people in our lives. Make no mistake, our attitudes, speech and behaviour are directly affected or influenced by our friends. We have to ask, “Do our friends encourage, discourage or ignore our dreams, hopes and plans for the future?” In the game of life, we don’t need anyone holding us back as we seek to make the most of every opportunity. Our friends are either empowering and encouraging us, or they’re not. If not, we need to find those who will. Lastly, develop a mindset that prepares for those opportunities to present. We have to be on the alert for opportunities whenever and however they present. Opportunities aren’t usually announced with flashing neon signs or marching bands. More often, they are understated little nudges, subtly pointing us in the right direction. So trust your intuition. Don’t let fear dictate your path. Richard Branson once said, “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity, but you are not sure you can do it, say “Yes” – then learn how to do it later!” Congratulations to the fine men highlighted in this issue, who continue to make the most of opportunities that come their way, and may the rest of us learn from this approach in our next opportunity.


FROM THE RECTOR Fr Frank Bertagnolli SDB Rector

“I hope and pray that the family spirit that exists at Salesian College will continue to underpin our educational endeavours for many years to come.” one of whom (Anthony) was her step-son and proved to be a challenging boy. She had other offers of marriage, but she put her sons first. I believe that the most important value that underpins a Salesian education is the family spirit.

In the 60th year of Salesian College’s mission of education, I have been reflecting on the values and qualities that have underpinned our success, and continue to give impetus to even greater achievements. A charming story of Don Bosco came to mind. In Don Bosco’s mature age, and at a time when he had become well known in Europe, a journalist asked him about the method he employed in educating the young. Don Bosco simply replied, “I just did what my mother taught me… The way she brought up three boys is the way I educate my boys”. A mother’s way, the family way! Don Bosco’s mother, Margaret Occhiena, was illiterate, and a widow at 28 years of age. She took care of her three boys,

The first Salesian priests and brothers who began Salesian College Chadstone in 1957 created an atmosphere of a family. At the 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner, several old boys of the College’s early years remarked on the influence that the priests and brothers had on them, based on the personal interest and care they felt during their years of education. The Salesian Family Spirit values the following qualities: 1. Every family is built on a relationship of loving kindness, that is, love in action, where the children feel they are loved, and their care comes first. This creates confidence, trust and respect. Don Bosco would say, “The young need to know they are loved”. 2. Family provides for the basic needs

of the child, including their physical needs of food and shelter, emotional needs of care and compassion, social needs of sharing with others, intellectual needs of developing the mind, moral needs of knowing right from wrong and spiritual needs of religious belief in a merciful God. Don Bosco provided for all these needs. 3. Each student is accepted and respected as an individual. In all the years that Margaret Occhiena spent looking after the needs of Don Bosco’s boys, she always knew the particular needs of each one of them, and had a kind word for everyone. 4. In a family, presence is very important, that is, personal presence, not that of the TV, or the computer, or the latest gadget. Presence means spending time together, doing things together, setting an example, teaching the young right from wrong, sharing goals and expectations, helping and affirming and reminding and rewarding. I hope and pray that the family spirit that exists at Salesian College will continue to underpin our educational endeavours for many years to come.


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“With architect’s drawings showing the plans in realistic detail, interest and anticipation surrounding these projects continues to build.”

BUILDING DEVELOPMENTS Mr Jack Palumbo Business Manager Two new Food Technology classrooms were completed for the start of 2017, providing custom built kitchens and demonstration audio visual equipment to launch the Food Technology subject. The elective has been popular with students, and soon after opening, the smell of Anzac biscuits and chocolate chip muffins was wafting about the school. The Food Technology rooms are a redevelopment of the original mechanics’ workshop, which was previously used as a storage facility for the Salesian missions, Science labs, and, more recently, Art Studios. The Hall Foyer (which was refurbished in 2014) has had some additions to make it a dedicated history display space. Along with the honour boards and display cabinets, a cabinet showcasing archived uniforms and the recovered bell from the Naylon Tower have been added. The updated space provides a great environment for reunions, tours and small gatherings, with historical photos adding a nostalgic feel.

A small project, certain to have a large impact, has been the Year 12 Kitchenette. The Kitchenette consists of a bank of microwaves and toasted sandwich makers, available for the Year 12s to use during lunchtimes. It has been built into the outside wall of the canteen. It’s a great facility, and will give the Year 12s the responsibility of keeping the kitchenette clean, and making sure it is used appropriately. Work on the Masterplan continues with designs, costings and timelines for major projects being considered for priority. A Student Services and Administration building is currently being considered for a capital grant from the Catholic Education Office Melbourne, and a sports precinct at Mannix has been added to the Masterplan. With architect’s drawings showing the plans in realistic detail, interest and anticipation surrounding these projects continues to build.


2017 CAPTAIN’S MESSAGE Stefano Mascaro 2017 College Captain

“St John Bosco’s teachings have had an irrefutable impact on all of us who have been part of the Salesian community.”

In all the years that have passed and the many years to come, being a leader at Salesian College is an honour. As members of the Student Leadership body for Salesian College Chadstone, the importance of representing and providing a voice for our fellow peers is something on which we pride ourselves. In the positive and nurturing school environment that is Salesian, Student Leadership gives students the opportunity to further their leadership talents and to be active members of the community. Student Leadership is not exclusive to the senior year levels; rather, it is a six-year process which commences in Year 7. We are provided with amazing opportunities in the Junior year levels (such as the opportunity to be a Class Captain or Tour Guide), and these roles form the foundation of our Senior leadership skills. It is up to each growing individual to embrace leadership opportunities as they appear, in order to develop into respectful and honourable young men. However, students who have attained officially elected roles are not the only leaders or great men in our school. The teachers and coaches at Salesian College reward the positive qualities in all students, through the use of the Merit system for Academic Contribution, Cultural, Citizenship or Sporting Involvement.

Our role as Year 12 Student Leaders began at the end of 2016, when we gathered as a Leadership team and participated in a Leadership Program which helped to prepare us for the challenging year ahead. Not only had we been elected to represent our school, but we also represented the many individuals who make up Salesian College. This enormous responsibility conjured up feelings of honour and pride. These feelings were embodied by the whole leadership team, and are what motivates us to strive to be the best leaders we can be. The leaders at Salesian College Chadstone do not stand alone. At the conclusion of the 2016 scholastic year, the College Vice-Captains, Peter and Lachlan, and I were given the amazing opportunity to partake in the annual Salesian Captains’ Conference, which was held at Salesian College in Sunbury. Being able to attend such a prestigious event as members of our proud Salesian community was a humbling experience. Seeing College Captains from numerous Salesian schools across Australia helped us to realise that our overall goal was to live out our daily lives in the way St John Bosco intended, through guidance, leadership and opportunity. This event helped us to further understand the extensive network that is Salesian. St John Bosco’s teachings have had an irrefutable impact on all of us who have been part of the Salesian community. The important union of leadership and spirituality was reinforced to us at the annual Archbishop’s Conversation event, where Archbishop Denis Hart inspired Catholic leaders across the Archdiocese of Melbourne to learn,

grow and carry out our faith and leadership responsibilities with courage. The courage required to undertake our role as young Catholic leaders in today’s society resonated profoundly with us, and we are determined to establish this in our own community. While the Salesian spirit is evident in the students who walk through our school corridors in 2017, it is still manifest in the pupils of the past. In March, Salesian alumni were invited to celebrate at the 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner, marking the 60th anniversary since the commencement of the College in 1957. At this event, past students and staff were recognised for their contribution to the community, including Damian Menz, Bao Hoang, Commodore Alan Thompson and Brian Ford. Hearing the stories of these past pupils and the ways in which they exerted a positive influence in society (largely attributed to the values instilled in them by Don Bosco and the Salesian community) shows how leadership opportunities have always played a pivotal role at the College. From our humble beginnings in 1957 until now, Salesian College has strongly believed in the significance of developing young boys into great men.


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Class of 2016 High Achievers (ATAR of 90 or above)

2016 VCE RESULTS Congratulations to our 2016 Year 12 cohort on their successful VCE results. Continuing Salesian College Chadstone’s tradition of brothers achieving extraordinary results, College Dux Deeshan Ambawatta attained a wonderful ATAR of 99, continuing his family’s legacy of achieving ATAR scores in the 90’s. His brother, Dinushan Ambawatta, who now studies Mechanical Engineering/Commerce at Monash University, achieved an ATAR of 91.1 in 2013. Younger brother Andrew Ambawatta today attends Salesian College as a Year 7 student. Patrick Scott was another clear highlight of our 2016 results, earning a perfect score of 50 in English and a near-perfect 49 in Literature.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2016 VCE 2016 Dux Deeshan Ambawatta achieved an ATAR of 99; putting him in the top 1% of all Year 12 students in the state. 18.4% of our students achieved an ATAR exceeding 90 (from 17.1% in 2015). 9.1% of our study scores were 40 or above (from 8.7% in 2015). Median Study Score: 31 (as in 2015). 36.8% of our students achieved an ATAR above 80 (from 29.3% in 2015).

VCE Completion rate: 100% As well as subject and scholarship prizes being awarded, the Dux Assembly saw the top achiever at each level to be acclaimed as Dux. These boys are listed below: Year Level Dux Year 11: Kevin Tat Year 10: Kevin Jayadi Year 9: Kento Hour Year 8: Jacob Curry Year 7: Pravinth Raghudhevan

We congratulate all boys on their efforts in 2016, and look forward to building upon this level of learning and achievement in the remainder of 2017.

“Continuing Salesian College Chadstone’s tradition of brothers achieving extraordinary results, College Dux Deeshan Ambawatta attained a near-perfect ATAR of 99, continuing his family’s legacy of achieving ATAR scores in the 90’s.”





Deeshan Ambawatta


Engineering (Honours)/Commerce Specialist (Monash University)

Madukapriya Silva


Engineering/Aerospace (Honours) (RMIT University)

Sasika Wijewardana


Laws (Honours) /Arts (Monash University)

David Luong


Secondary Education (Honours)/Arts (Monash University)

Jackson Turnbull


Science (The University of Melbourne)

Max Li


Engineering (Honours)/Commerce (Monash University)

Jake Dell’Arciprete


Arts (The University of Melbourne)

Dominic Pham


Software Engineering (Honours) (Monash University)

Christos Romios


Commerce/Finance (Monash University)

Jamie Nixon


Commerce Specialist/Information Technology (Monash University)

Javid Mohammadi


Optometry (Deakin University)

Bryan Viegas


Commerce (The University of Melbourne)

John Vuong


Commerce/Science (Monash University)

James Roberts


Business/Arts (Monash University)

Thomas Andrews


Secondary Education (Honours)/Arts (Monash University)

Kishon Pawar


Arts (Monash University)

Liam Calleja


Arts (The University of Melbourne)

Michael Te


Commerce (The University of Melbourne)

Patrick Scott


Arts (The University of Melbourne)

Noel Crouch


Commerce/Actuarial Science (Monash University)

Adriano Recce


Business/Banking and Finance (Monash University)

Principal, Robert Brennan with 2016 College Dux, Deeshan Ambawatta

Principal, Robert Brennan with Patrick Scott


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2016 DUX Deeshan Ambawatta Class of 2016 Dux

Continuing Salesian College Chadstone’s tradition of brothers achieving extraordinary results, College Dux Deeshan Ambawatta attained a near-perfect ATAR of 99, continuing his family’s legacy of achieving ATAR scores in the 90’s.

Class of 2016 Dux, Deeshan Ambawatta reflects on the factors that led to his success. Deeshan, your avid commitment to learning and ability to focus is outstanding. Explain how you managed this throughout your final year. I benefited from having my own plan and routines of study. If I saw someone who was clearly succeeding, I’d get my ideas and his together. There’s nothing wrong with receiving a bit more than you give, as long as you acknowledge and remember the debt. I’d pick someone to be competitive with, look ahead and know that it came to an end in November. It’s important to act on your worries, because the more they build up and linger in your head, the more damage they will do. In the grip of struggle, it was support from the boys who stood by my side that got the best out of me. Sometimes we carried, sometimes we were carried, but mostly we functioned in the knowledge that the therapy of support was there whenever it was needed. We boys, we’re like no other. We ensured that we all passed together. Just to be in the company of my classmates made it that much easier. Tell me about the key relationships in your life that hold meaning, and how these have guided you. Firstly, my relationship with my parents, to whom I owe everything. My Mum and Dad have made so many sacrifices for the education of my brother and I, and I believe it’s only a matter of time before we start to repay them. I think my results showed my gratitude and appreciation for their hard work,

especially since they moved to Australia purely for the opportunities offered. My brothers, both in their unique way, definitely made this year easier. Dinushan (who also graduated from Salesian College in 2013 with an ATAR of 91.1) often offered me advice and encouragement regarding subject selection, organisation and so on. Andy (now in Year 7 at Salesian), on the other hand, is yet to graduate, but was equally helpful in terms of relaxing. He’s a clown and always made me laugh, showing me the value of balance. Throughout the six years I’ve been at Salesian, I’ve made a group of mates that I would never exchange. Without these people I would be lost. I consider them my family. Without my teachers, my achievements also wouldn’t have been possible. In particular, Mr McKail, my Literature teacher, guided me throughout the year, always pushing me to do my best and believing in me when I was doubting myself. I am forever grateful to him and all my teachers. What are your parting words/ suggestions for students at Salesian College Chadstone? Boys, our school is like no other. It’s not just a high school, it’s a home, filled with people from every corner of the earth. We learn not only Maths and Science, we learn compassion, empathy and friendship more than anything. Work hard, but don’t forget the true and underlying lessons that are taught in the halls of our school.

“Boys, our school is like no other. It’s not just a high school, it’s a home, filled with people from every corner of the earth.”


OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL Javid Mohammadi Class of 2016 past student

“Salesian College has inspired me to apply my learning to enhance human life in every way I can. I want to keep hope alive in the face of despair, and I look forward to a bright future, to benefit others, as others have helped me.” My name is Javid Mohammadi, and I completed my VCE at Salesian College Chadstone in 2016. When I was a young boy growing up, I would never have imagined such a future. This is my story. From an early age, the only reading and writing skills I had were passed on to me by my father, who had a very limited education himself. There was no formal schooling where we lived before coming to Australia. However, from time to time, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) would set up classes for some of the refugee children, which I would attend. Whenever I had the opportunity, I asked NGO representatives to lend me Science and Maths textbooks to read. However, Salesian College Chadstone in Melbourne provided me with opportunities that I never would have dreamed of. From the very first day I started at the College at the age of 14 years old, I was welcomed wholeheartedly by the whole school community. The first person I met at the College was the Principal, Mr Robert Brennan, who believed in my potential and treated me equally to other students. Mr Brennan and staff at the College provided me with a unique environment that has been a pivotal influence in my life. From the first day of school I was fortunate enough to be looked after academically by all of my teachers, who would regularly check in with me to make sure I was keeping up with the workload. As my English skills had improved, teachers motivated me to push myself to the limit, as they were

acutely aware of my work ethic. The Wellbeing staff met with me on a regular basis, providing me with counselling and support. They built an environment in which I felt safe. My fellow students at the College were also supportive and instrumental to my success. Many of them implicitly understood me and made me feel welcome, through friendship, banter and even with academic support, sharing with me resources that they had come across. Like many of the students at Salesian College Chadstone, I am not Catholic, but I really felt like part of the school, and I saw Mass as an opportunity to reflect on my own faith. The school values shared by all, love, tolerance and faith, really made an impact on me. They changed my life. With all of this support, from Years 9 to 12, I worked as hard as I could. I had made a promise to my parents to really try my best, and I had a personal dream of one day getting a job so that I could repay all their kindness in some way, if not to the people who helped me, then to others who are in need. It was a very challenging time though, as in addition to my school work I had to help my parents with settlement responsibilities. Despite these difficulties I was able to complete Year 12 in 2016, and I was able to achieve an ATAR of 93.85. This was only possible because of the love and compassion, support and trust that the Salesian College community offered me. The support that our family received from the East Malvern Parish community, the Brigidine Order of Nuns and other friends in our neighbourhood who have become like our family members,

was also crucial. My dream now is to become a doctor. The Salesian College motto is “Omnia Omnibus”, meaning “All Things to All Men”. Salesian College has inspired me to apply my learning to enhance human life in every way I can. I want to keep hope alive in the face of despair, and I look forward to a bright future, to benefit others, as others have helped me. I hope my current status as an asylum seeker will not be an obstacle to attending university and achieving my goal of becoming a doctor.


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DANIEL FAALELE Nikita Rodrigues Publications and Communications Officer

At 6’9”,180 kilograms and 17 years of age, past student Daniel Faalele towers above most other teenage boys. After trying his hand at basketball and rugby, Daniel was lifting weights at a local Melbourne gym when he was offered a scholarship by an Assistant Coach from Hawaii University. “The coach offered me a fully paid College Football Scholarship on the spot, saying he could see a lot of potential in me.” Word of this offer soon circulated among other College Football coaches, and before long Michigan University decided to bring a Satellite Camp to Melbourne in June 2016. Daniel attended this camp, and really enjoyed it. “I decided that this was the sport for me.” Daniel felt he needed more experience with American football before playing at a College level, so he decided to search for a high school that could train him. Daniel and his mother, Ruth, got in contact with IMG Academy to enquire about the Football Program. “Before I knew it, I was on a plane to Florida.” Daniel had never played NFL, or even watched a game, before setting foot in the US, but was committed to learn the sport. “I am still learning every day. I love new challenges, and trust that my coaches will coach me right. Learning something new is easy if you enjoy it.” Head of Sports Science at IMG Academy, Matt Rhea, was amazed at Daniel’s lower body power, which was “higher than anything I’ve ever measured”. During a test which involves simulating a shot put

motion using a cable machine, Daniel scored 2,429 watts. The average NFL player usually reaches around 2,200 watts. Before long, Daniel had scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Hawaii, Miami, Michigan and Oregon State. “By the time he makes his debut, he’ll be one of the nation’s most sought after offensive line prospects”, declares Sports Illustrated. When Daniel dreams of a future career in NFL, he dreams of providing a better life for his Mum and younger brother, Taylor. With every practice, he believes he is getting stronger, and learning better technique. Off the field, Daniel is considerate and gentle around other people. “As a child, Daniel would walk away when playtime got rough, as he was worried he might hurt his friends,” his mother, Ruth, says.

Daniel reminisces, “I enjoyed my time at Salesian. I made a lot of friends, and I learnt a lot about the value of discipline. With great discipline, you can take advantage of great opportunities.”

Source: Sports Illustrated Article, ‘Think big: 6’9”, 396-pound Daniel Faalele has coaches drooling – and he’s never played a down’


“I am thankful for the opportunity to work with renowned directors and choreographers, who have given me the support I need to make a career out of what I love doing.”

“LORD OF THE FLIES” PRODUCTION Eventually, order breaks down and chaos ensues. As a member of the Young Ensemble, Campbell plays one of the British school boys who is trapped in the abandoned theatre. Since 2011, Campbell has been a student of musical theatre classes at the Stage Left Performing Arts School, and played a supporting role in the Drama King Theatre Company’s 2016 production of “Day/Night”. Selected to join the Ensemble cast of Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Re:Bourne adaptation of Lord of the Flies, current Year 9 student Campbell Phelan is bringing his childhood stage dreams to life. Published over 60 years ago, William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” is one of the most widely read books today. In this adaptation, the drama is set not on a deserted island, but in a deserted theatre, as a group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around, they start to make their own rules and create their own civilisation.

“From my first ever theatre class, I knew this was something I wanted to pursue in the future. It has always been my dream to perform on stages across the world, doing what I love and what I do best. Dancing has always been my passion, and I hope that one day I will be able to make a career out of it”, says Campbell. A grass-roots community outreach program sourced an ensemble of talented young men from across Victoria. They were joined by a cast of New Adventures professional dancers, a tour group that has created several critically acclaimed works, including “Edward

Source: Arts Centre Melbourne Photographer: Mark Gambino

Scissorhands” and “Sleeping Beauty”. Campbell is thankful for the opportunities the production presented to him. “My favourite thing about being involved in “Lord of the Flies” was getting to meet and work with so many inspiring professional dancers from across Australia and the U.K, who share the same passion and dreams for success that I have. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with renowned directors and choreographers, who have given me the support I need to make a career out of what I love doing.” When reflecting on the role that his education at Salesian College Chadstone has played in his dance career, Campbell appreciates the values he has learnt. “I think the culture of Salesian College has been enormously beneficial in my budding foray into professional and highend amateur productions. The values that Salesian College encourages, such as hard work, dedication, teamwork and respect, are very much the values that producers instil in all performers, to ensure a production’s success”.


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FAMILY TIES Suzie McErvale Head of Development and Marketing

Past student, Founder and Managing Director of Vietnamese hawker style food franchises, ‘Rolld’ and ‘Mama’s Buoi’, Bao Hoang’s ability to embrace opportunity is taking the franchise world by storm. Son to Vietnamese migrants, Van Quy and Thi Phien Hoang, Bao speaks candidly about why family is central to his global business model and his own personal quest to living an authentic life. Today, Bao is Global Winner of the NextGen Award in Franchising, and ‘Rolld’ is ranked #4 on the BRW Fast Starters Lists of all business in Australia. In his own considered and progressive style, Bao reveals how his family’s personal migrant journey is a constant reminder to embrace each day with perseverance, optimism and genuine faith in humanity.


Bao, as the third son of Vietnamese refugees, Van Quy and Thi Phien Hoang, tell me the story of your family’s journey to Australia. If I ever learned courage, risk-taking and opportunism from anyone, it’s from my parents. In June 1980, my parents decided to take the ultimate risk in hope of finding a better life for the family. Half past midnight on June 27, 1980, my Dad, with Mum, two older brothers, some extended family and two hundred other hopefuls quietly left the family home in absolute darkness to board an old boat built for much fewer than were on board. After three days on the open ocean, the boat began to take on water, and many of the children were exhausted and starving, so once they spotted land, they docked, despite hesitation from the Captain. The following day they flagged down a small boat, only to find they had not left Vietnam at all, and the boat was soon followed by a large Vietnamese Communist navy ship. They were forced to board and were taken back to Ho Chi Minh City, where they were imprisoned, the women and children for a month, and the men for six months. Still unsatisfied by the state of the country, and despite the pain of failure the first time, my parents decided to try again. So on June 1, 1981, they hiked two hours out of the village to board a much smaller boat crammed with more than eighty people. The children were sedated to keep them quiet during the escape. They sailed for eight days with nothing in sight, until a Thai boat on its way back from Singapore approached. Fearful of pirates, they tried to pull away,

but they soon realised that the Thai boat had good intentions. The women and children were invited to board the larger ship, and the Thai captain offered to tow their boat to Thailand. On top of the already rough waters, they faced a number of hurdles, but each time the Thai captain risked his own safety to save them, and eventually got them to land. In gratitude, everyone on my parents’ ship gathered some jewellery, including my parents’ wedding rings, and gifted it to the crew. After moving around various refugee camps within Thailand, my parents finally received approval papers to migrate to Australia. At 6:00am, on January 3, 1982, they landed in Melbourne, and were taken to a hostel in Nunawading, where they lived for 8 months, learning the English language and the Australian culture. We are very thankful for the aid of the Government and Catholic community in helping my parents find jobs in various restaurants and fruit picking farms. They worked countless hours to save enough money to buy and settle in their present family home in Oakleigh South. It’s not until we began the Rolld business that my parents really opened up about their journey to Australia. There’s so much more detail in the full story that I’d love to share one day. But every time I hear it, or attempt to retell it, it re-establishes the values I was taught growing up, and motivates me to create my own meaningful journey to make an impact in the world, even if just for my family, and in gratitude for the opportunity that was given to me by my parents.


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After completing your Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Melbourne University in 2004, you immediately joined a Physiotherapy franchise, and after only 2 years, opened 5 clinics. In this time, you were influential in growing the corporate services unit, Actif, and founded the aged care services unit, Revita, now worth $7M. In May 2012, with no hospitality experience, you took the risk to share your Vietnamese family food with the world. What drove you towards this decision? I’ve always had a passion for business and, like many Vietnamese families, food is central in both the everyday and special occasions. On top of that I was born with a big appetite, and blessed with a mother who loves to cook, and even more fortunate that she’s amazing at it! So it was really only a matter of time until the two passions met. My mother, Phien, would cook all the meals in the house, pack the extras (because there is always extra!) and do food deliveries to the siblings who weren’t able to make it, and for all of our and many other occasions, she would be the caterer of choice, even throughout the wider Vietnamese community. People would often ask if they could order food for weekly meals, and she would just smile kindly and proceed to fill their plates. Those comments really stuck with me and my wife, and I often spoke about how rice paper rolls could easily be an alternative to sushi, for their portability and, more importantly, for their amazing flavour

and freshness. So one day we raised our ideas of opening a restaurant with some friends whom we had over for dinner (of course!), and they were immediately excited by it. This then fuelled the fire, and we began the planning. Two years later, our first store in a little Melbourne laneway opened to a waiting crowd of thirty to forty people, with our only marketing being a small A4 menu stuck to the shop front. Our hunch was right; the world was ready and waiting! To be honest, the core of what really drives me is the entrepreneurship, my love of numbers and that little bit of a gamble. I love to listen and learn about what’s going on in the world, discover opportunities and then see what can become of them. I began with Physiotherapy due to my love of sports, and whilst I do still love it, I moved on to do Rolld because it sits closer to my heart. Rolld is not only about me; it’s about my family, my heritage and its culture. It’s about sharing our journey and making more memories along the way. You have been quoted as saying that Rolld and Mama’s Buoi are very “family centric” businesses. Why is it critical for you to keep this family element a part of your business strategy? The word “family” means something different to everybody, because everyone comes from such different walks of life. For myself, my family and consequently

the business, the word ‘family’ represents a core set of values that fundamentally govern how we go about life. These values are: Love (the golden rules of respect and reciprocate), Honour (Do what is right, even when no one is looking.), Share (Collaborate and communicate, truthfully; be authentic.), Dream (Be daring, take risks, try again.), Be Compassionate (Be generous, enrich lives.) and Make Memories (Love the journey.). So whilst the business is still heavily supported by our biological family members, it has fast become a much larger family of people from all walks of life, with varied degrees, interests and expertise, but bound together by these same ‘family’ values. So for me ‘family centric’ means upholding those values, and is a critical element of our business strategy because they are what ultimately guides all of our decision making. The values act as a compass or moral GPS, and with Vietnamese food in the format we’ve created being new to market, navigating through unknown territory can be very challenging, even crippling, without guidance. Ultimately, for me ‘family’ is one of those essential checks and balances to ensure that we all stay on the correct path. What was the greatest influence in you being able to foster your potential, and did Salesian College play a role? I’d say the greatest influence in my life would have to be my parents. Their decision to leave their village and all they knew, and their journey to get


here, portray so many admirable qualities that I’m sure many would see as inspirational. From them I learned to take risks, seize opportunities, persevere, have faith in the goodness in people, and show gratitude for the kindness of others. Throughout my childhood, typical of many Vietnamese refugee families, we watched our parents work 16-hour days in the rag trade out of half of the home garage, only coming up for meals and bedtime. There was no better example of work ethic, determination and making the most of opportunities. Growing up, we didn’t have many of the comforts we do now, nor did we ask for them or expect them. I remember that we all got a Happy Meal on Sunday after church and, if we were lucky, a little play at the local arcade. We were otherwise left to our own devices, and our devices weren’t electronic. They were cushion-made fortresses, hide-and-seek in the living room, marbles and shared bikes, but what made them memorable was that we were always surrounded by family – siblings, cousins, uncles, aunties – laughter and noisy banter that signifies a happy home. I now have an immense appreciation for the simple things in life, and it’s this upbringing that always keeps me grounded. Salesian has given me a lifetime of friendship, as well as nurtured and cemented the values that my parents instilled in us as younger kids. I began my high school years in Salesian, and

actually left for one year to join my older brother after having successfully passed the entry exam to a selective State school, which for my parents was a great achievement. Unfortunately, however, I spent a year going down a path of disappointment, as my grades dramatically dropped. So after only a year, my parents quickly decided to send me back to Salesian. I was like the Prodigal Son returning home! I instantly picked up where I left off, and went on to finish very well academically. What encouraged you to take on the risk as a franchisor with co-founders Ray Esquieres (a Salesian classmate), and cousin Tin Ly? I was quietly confident Rolld would be well received by the market, and so I always planned for reasonably fast expansion. Being a part of a franchise system with the physiotherapy business, I knew the advantages of going down the franchise route. Franchising gives you the ability to expand, despite having limited capital, as it’s the franchisees who invest their own money into opening the store. So if you’re able to demonstrate a solid business model and strong brand identity, potential franchisees aren’t too hard to come by. We were fortunate to have an exciting new business model that was supported by snaking queues every day. The franchise enquiries piled up very quickly, and we were able to open two more stores within six months of opening our first store, and now we have established over sixty stores

in just five years. The challenge with franchising is ensuring that you choose only like-minded individuals who are willing to uphold your values, policies and procedures and retain the standards expected. Having been on both sides of the coin, as franchisee and franchisor, I can better manage expectations, as I know first-hand the things that could cause friction in our group. If we hold strongly onto our values, however, and surround ourselves with people who genuinely hold the same values, I’m confident our risks will pay off.


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or do other things that I love, such as playing golf or attending AFL games to watch my beloved Bombers! Success means that I’ve created a business that has so strong a framework that it can be self-sufficient in the day-to-day. It’s like having successfully raised a child to adulthood and independence.

In 2016, you were ranked #4 on the BRW Fast Starters List of all business in Australia, and in 2017 were awarded Global Winner of the NextGen Award in Franchising. How do you sustain growth when the rate has been so rapid? Growing at such a rapid rate does have its challenges, particularly when there’s no real business equivalent in the market, and we’re refining the model in parallel to the expansion. The short answer is to keep a very keen eye on the cash flow and to ensure that every dollar is used with extreme efficiency. Over the years, we’ve also had to dilute our share to take on investors, who have been an immense help, not only from a financial perspective, but also experience in business, from which I’ve definitely benefited. Creating very strict processes, checks and balances, and accurate data collection and reporting are also hugely important to allow more meticulous decision making. One of my key strengths is prioritising, and this has been critical in overseeing such rapid growth. So much time can be wasted on unnecessary meetings or discussions on petty office politics, so it’s really a matter of ensuring that everyone is in the right places, and doing things with purpose, that makes a positive impact on the business, not ticking boxes for the sake of occupying their eight hours. There’s a big difference between business and busyness.

What does business success mean to you? For me business success can be defined by a number of things. Firstly, my aim is to create a sustainable business model that can be replicated locally and internationally. I strive to build a brand that is loved and trusted across all cultures, and is respected as an example of integrity and authenticity. When people speak of our business, I want them to be able to confidently recommend us to their nearest and dearest. To me, a recommendation reflects so much confidence in your business, that you are willing to risk your own reputation for it. A successful business should also foster a great culture that accepts all people, celebrates uniqueness, challenges people to take risks and provides opportunities for people to become the best versions of themselves. I would love for people to come to work every day because they believe in what we’re trying to achieve and want to contribute to the overall goal, not just to ensure that the pay cheque arrives. I’d also like to create a business that is present and active in the wider global community, not just one that spectates and hopes for change. Lastly, for me, success in business also means establishing balance. I don’t wish to create a business that is allconsuming, that is so demanding that I am unable to spend time with family

What role does faith have in your life? Faith plays an enormous part in my life, particularly because I don’t have a natural aversion to risk, and am driven by opportunity and innovation. People who know me quickly realise that I’m a very optimistic person, confident, but sometimes even mistakenly seen as arrogant. This is because I have faith that the world is ultimately good, and if I project positivity and do good things, then good things will happen to me. My family, especially my Mum, is very religious. My uncle is a priest, so we’ve grown up pretty heavily involved with the parish community. Faith has always been an important and regular part of my life, especially when business or life becomes particularly challenging and there are no clear logical answers. Often the answer is to just let it be, and have faith that it will all work out. That’s not to say I throw my hands up and accept failure. I just accept that some things I cannot control, so I’ll let faith deal with that, and I’ll make the absolute best of the things that I can control. In partnership with the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in September 2016, you officially launched a boarding house to accommodate 150 children in crisis in Vietnam, built solely with funds raised by the Rolld family. What drove you to undertake this altruistic project, and how did you achieve this? My mother was very heavily involved in the early developmental stages of Rolld, and she was very generous to have shared her recipes with us. We, the cofounders, decided that we should pay her for services. But of course, being my mother, she wouldn’t accept payment. After some reflection, she came back to me later that day and said that if we


really wanted to show gratitude, to do it by helping the less fortunate back in Vietnam. This really struck a chord with me, and I spent the next month sending out letters to various charities to see if anyone was interested in partnering on a project. I was approached by a young lady who was the Melbourne representative of a small, relatively unknown charity called Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, and an already loyal customer of Rolld. She immediately thought our Vietnamese inspired brand would be perfect. Initially they’d suggested we support a charity walk or trivia night. However, I had bigger ambitions, and wanted something that we could really sink our teeth into. My wife and I ended up travelling to Vietnam to meet with the Founder, Michael Brosowski, and after a long dinner, and hearing stories of the crisis of child trafficking, we were compelled to really make a difference. As the saying goes, prevention is the best medicine, so Michael and I decided that a boarding house would make the most difference, as child trafficking occurs mostly when children drop out of school because of distance, lack of transport, and poor roads. Once decided, we gathered a team of Rolld staff and a few of the Blue Dragon volunteers and began planning our events. We hosted a cocktail evening and two sit-down dinners – one in Melbourne, one in Sydney – to raise the required funds. We’re so thankful to be surrounded by such generous suppliers and friends who donated products, venues and services to make it all happen. The official launch last September was definitely a highlight of my career so far, and something that really made my parents proud. Today as Founder and Managing Director of a global company, you still acknowledge the people who ground you; your wife Angela, your three children and your immediate family. How has your education and life experience moulded your appreciation of your family? Family is everything to me. My education has taught me about the importance of

kinship and community. As humans, I think we all want to belong and be part of something, and Salesian College definitely fosters a sense of belonging and brotherhood that I will always be grateful for. In my career as a physiotherapist, I’ve crossed paths with people from many walks of life. I’ve seen how varied the definition of ‘family’ can be, and am saddened by the ones whose definitions are negative, even hateful, or just strained by the pressures of life. These are the times when I come home and squeeze my family as hard as I can because I know how lucky I am to belong, to be surrounded by people who love me for everything I am, the good, the bad, and crazily ambitious. Now with the Rolld business, and working very closely with family, and seeing the unconditional support for both myself and the overall business, it really brings home how blessed I am to be surrounded by such a strong fortress of love and trust. How do you balance the demands of business, while keeping a focus on family? As a family we often talk about our goals. To the kids, it’s more about what we want to do, where we want to go, what we want to see. This then opens up the conversation to how we’re going to achieve all those things, and we start to talk about what my wife and I and the kids need to do to get us there. This really helps to set expectations with them in terms of my workload and when I will be home and when I might need to be away travelling. I’m fortunate that my wife can have a pretty flexible schedule, so when my workload jumps up, she’s able to balance it by being at home with the kids more. For me, I have to keep a very organised diary, and schedule in everything from meetings to phone calls, down to travel time. My wife and I set some boundaries, and if we’re crossing these then we know we’re getting overly busy and causing stress for the family, so we pull it back in. For example, we try to make sure we’re at all the major events such as piano recitals, golf tournaments, ballet

concerts and special school functions, and once or twice a week I do the school drop-off. We try to eat most dinners together at the dining table and without distractions of technology. Sometimes when I’m really busy, my wife will drive the family in to work, we share a meal and stories of the day, and then she drives them home so that I can keep working. We also make sure that we have one family break planned and booked in the near future so that we all have something to work towards and be excited about. I believe that, like in most things, open communication and managing expectations will generally keep you out of trouble. What advice do you have for today’s students, keen to succeed in business? My advice would be to read, research, network, work hard, and just DO! Growing up and until now, I’ve read so many business books, and out of each one I take at least one great learning that I’ve been able to use, perhaps not always in a life changing way, but I believe that even the littlest of things can change the course of your life. Do your research about your specific business aspirations, don’t just leave it to chance or assumption. Be proactive in seeking out people who might be able to help you. You’d be surprised how willing people are if you just ask. Sometimes that person can’t help you, but they’ll often redirect you to someone who will. Be prepared to work hard, and that’s an understatement. There will be days and nights of absolute torture, but you tend to always come out the other side stronger and smarter, but please still be mindful to look after your health. You’re no good to anyone dead. The hardest thing to do in business is just to get it started. So, you know what I’m going to say already – just do it! Stop procrastinating or making excuses, or waiting for the ideal scenario. One other important lesson I’ve learnt is to not to assume that everyone in your business will be as dedicated as you. If they were, they’d probably have their own business.


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CHRISTIAN THEOHAROUS MELBOURNE VICTORY Nikita Rodrigues Publications and Communications Officer

Melbourne Victory has signed 17 year-old Christian Theoharous (2016 Year 11 student) as a scholarship player. Christian has been part of Melbourne Victory’s youth system since 2014, and is eligible to play in the Hyundai A-League. Christian first showcased his ability when he came on as a substitute in Melbourne Victory’s pre-season ‘friendly’ game with Atletico Madrid in July 2016.

Congratulations on becoming an official scholarship player at Melbourne Victory. Take me through your journey of how you arrived at where you are today. Thank you so much. At the age of 6 I started playing soccer, while I was also playing tennis and training in gymnastics. At the age of 12 I decided to pursue soccer only, so I continued my journey with the Bentleigh Greens Soccer Club. I was then picked to join the Senior Skillaroos Victorian Under 14s, and from there I was asked to trial for the National Training Centre (NTC), and was successful. I was with the NTC for a year, before being invited to trial for the Melbourne Victory Under 20s. I now have an A-League Scholarship with Melbourne Victory. I have also been asked to attend the Young Socceroos Camp for the Under 20s, with the chance of going to Qatar for the Asian Championship Qualifier at the end of this year. Who were the people who assisted you in your efforts to secure a contract with Melbourne Victory? I can honestly say that securing a contract was partly a result of my own hard work, as well as the hard work of everyone who has believed in me. My parents have been a huge support, and they have sacrificed a lot. I am also grateful to my agent, who negotiates on my behalf. I believe hard work eventually pays off, but it’s also important to believe in yourself and know that you have what it takes to turn your dreams into a reality.

How have you developed professionally over the last few years in Melbourne Victory’s Youth Program? The Youth Program has taught me to think like a professional soccer player. I have learnt the value of discipline, and have often had to say “No” to social events in order to stick to my routine, which involves sleeping at the same time every night and watching what I eat. I also undergo Mental Strength Therapy, which provides me with the tools I need to be able to get to the next level. Take me through your thoughts as you were chosen to debut in your very first A-League game against Brisbane Roar on Saturday, 25 March, 2017. I didn’t feel nervous at all. It felt like just another game, but at a different level. I was excited and grateful that I was actually given the opportunity to play,

Photo credits: Anita Milas, Melbourne Victory Football Club

and I look forward to playing again. Next season, I hope to gain more minutes under my belt, as well as keep improving as a player. How do you feel your education at Salesian College Chadstone prepared you for where you are now? At Salesian College, I learnt to respect my peers in all circles of life. Salesian also taught me to be disciplined, and to always strive to achieve my best. My education enabled me to have a clear vision of my future, and the goals I want to achieve. I found it easy to discuss my future with my teachers, and I am grateful that Salesian understood and supported me in the direction I was heading in. I know that a lot of boys at Salesian look up to me, and I hope that I have encouraged them to reach for their goals, no matter how high those goals might be.


“My education enabled me to have a clear vision of my future, and the goals I want to achieve.”

Sports Academy

At Salesian College Chadstone we have seen the progression of many talented young athletes pass through our corridors, which has inspired us to launch our official Sports Academy Program. The Program aims to assist talented student athletes to achieve at the highest levels of performance in their various sports, while focussing on keeping a balance of their personal education and vocational development. For more information about our Sports Academy Program, visit activities/sport/

George Karvounis

Year 8 student George Karvounis was selected to join Melbourne Victory Football Club’s Youth Development Squad, which aims to prepare young players for the club’s senior teams. George, born in 2004, is one of the youngest players in his team. In addition to his training commitments with Melbourne Victory, George also plays for the Football Technique School (FTS) Soccer Academy, with whom he recently travelled to Dubai to compete in the 2017 La Liga International Tournament. Your future is looking bright, George!


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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? RISHABH TANDON Class of 2005 past student Rishabh Tandon’s connection to Accounting dates back 13 years to his secondary classroom days with Ms Rozanne Misso, a teacher he still acknowledges when reflecting on where he is today. After graduating, Rishabh studied a Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University. Today, he is a Manager in the Deal Advisory team at KPMG San Francisco, with extensive international experience in mergers, acquisition advisory and accounting.

Rishabh, you have said that your affinity for numbers began at Salesian College Chadstone, where you enjoyed studying Accounting. How did your College days prepare you for an international career as a Chartered Accountant? If I’m being honest, when I was picking my subjects at Salesian I had no idea what I wanted to do in my career. I did know that I was good with numbers, so I leaned towards Maths and Science. I thought I’d also diversify my focus towards Business, so I chose Accounting. Coincidentally enough, Accounting ended up being my favourite subject, and I even studied university level Accounting during my final year of school.

After graduating from Monash University and working in Melbourne for four years, you were given an opportunity to move to San Francisco to pursue new career prospects. How did this arise? I’ve always been an avid traveller, and when I started my career I knew that I eventually wanted to live and work overseas. After spending a few years working in Melbourne and learning the ropes, I knew I was ready. The problem was, I didn’t know where I wanted to go. Coincidentally enough, around that time I was recruited to join a team in San Francisco. I knew I had nothing to lose, so I just went for it. I’ve been here for over three years, and I absolutely love it.

Ideally, the subjects you pick in school should have some resemblance to what you might want to do one day. But if you haven’t figured out what that is, I wouldn’t worry about it. Study what you enjoy, and be the best you can be at it. For me, studying Accounting in school put me on the path to a Commerce degree at university. My degree led me to a Big 4 accounting firm after graduating and completing my Chartered Accountant certification.

What guidance do you have for alumni who may currently be weighing up the possibility of moving to another country to pursue their dreams? You should absolutely do it. There are countless opportunities in all professions around the world, and there’s no better way to gain experience, live outside your comfort zone, and learn about the world and yourself. You can always come back to Australia when the time is right.

How did your teachers foster your love of accounting? The teachers at Salesian College are some of the best I’ve ever had. Ms Misso, my Accounting teacher, challenged me to be the best that I could be. The fundamentals that I learned in Accounting at Salesian have stayed with me for the duration of my career. It’s important to understand the basics, so that you’re able to grasp the more detailed concepts as you progress, regardless of what you’re studying.

You are clearly experienced in the financial environments of both Australia and the US. What advice do you have for our students, many of whom are soon to pursue a University education in Commerce? Firstly, it is imperative to focus on the actual study component of university, making sure you pass all your subjects with the best possible marks. However, your grades aren’t everything, and employers will look at other factors. These include extracurricular activities, your passions and interests, and your communication and people skills. To get an edge, I’d

recommend networking like crazy and getting a foothold in as many places as possible. The more people you know, the better positioned you will be to get a job in the competitive graduate market. What are your immediate and long term career goals? My immediate career goals centre around learning how to better anticipate the needs and questions of our clients. In my role, we sit at a critical juncture between the clients and their potential investment targets. The more I am able to understand and present to the clients, the sounder their investment decisions will be. Ultimately, my long term career goal is to be in a strategic role at an organisation with growth opportunities, where I’m able to develop and lead a team. All this being said, I want to gain as many diverse experiences as possible, and really enjoy myself along the way. It’s clear that your teachers, including Ms Rozanne Misso, have had a lasting impression on you. Why else do you look back on your College days so positively? Outside of the guidance of the faculty, I’d say the best thing about Salesian College were my classmates. Some of my closest friends to this day are the ones that I made at school. Even though I’m currently on the other side of the world, I’m in regular contact with a lot of them. As much as we wanted school to be over and done with so that we could enter the ‘real world’, in hindsight those formative years were some of our best. We are very lucky to have been able to attend Salesian and call ourselves alumni. My advice to you all would be to savour the moment and have a good time.


ALUMNI WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Marco Cudizio has been employed at Haileybury College for seven years. He is currently Coordinator of Year 9 Science, of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and of the Year 9 Options and Expeditions Program.

Class of 2013 student Ryan Tennison studied a Bachelor of Journalism at La Trobe University, before beginning his role as a Reporter at the Herald Sun. Ryan was a co-author of a front page Herald Sun article, ‘Enforcer running crime empire from jail’, on December 5, 2016.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from Monash University, Kane Hunkin took on a Cadetship at the Geelong Advertiser in 2009, and was a Freelance Match Day Reporter at AFL Victoria from 2011-2013. He is now Content and Communications Officer at Holmesglen Institute.

STAFF BIRTHS & MARRIAGES Staff member of over ten years Steve Sellwood and his wife Katie recently welcomed their second son, Oliver James Sellwood. Born on Tuesday 7 March at 7.1lbs and 51cm, Oliver joins his older brother, Lucas.

On March 18, 2017 in the romantic surrounds of Werribee Mansion, Sport Manager Domenic Scarpino proposed to his girlfriend of 5 years, Alex Vavala. Domenic and Alex are set to be married in 2019.


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On Friday 17 March we celebrated 60 years of Salesian College Chadstone at the 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner. The night recognised and celebrated outstanding Salesian College Chadstone Alumni who have achieved significant success in their chosen fields of service, and who act as positive role models for current and future students.

motto of ‘Inspire, Educate, Become Great Men’. They spoke with great affection of their student years, the teachers who inspired them (a great favourite of mine, Fr Bill Edwards, was singled out by a couple of the inductees), and expressed their everlasting gratitude to the spirit of Don Bosco in the formative years of Salesian. The opportunity to catch up, laugh and reminisce with so many of the ’57 and ’58 class is something I will forever cherish. While we are now grandfathers with our loss of hair, hearing and memory, we still share a common bond – we are Salesian boys forever.”

2017 YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD The Young Achiever Award is an initiative designed to encourage, inspire and acknowledge the upcoming generation of Salesian men who have significantly contributed to the community, both during and post their time at the College. Hall of Fame Master of Ceremonies and past student, Tony Pilkington, has worked in commercial radio for over 50 years in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. High profile interviewees over his career include Sir Donald Bradman, Mrs Ethel Kennedy and the Rolling Stones.

The 2017 Young Achiever Award was presented to Damian Menz. MR DAMIAN MENZ Business

2010/2011 – Damian studied a Bachelor of Commerce/Laws at university, and graduated with First Class Honours in his Bachelor of Laws. During his final years at university, Damian began his career as a paralegal at Allens (a top tier law firm). He focussed on the pro-bono practice of the firm, which was aimed at giving the homeless a voice. He believes that this was “a humble beginning to a profession not often associated with the search for greater good”. 2012 - Damian achieved the highest possible performance grade at the top tier law firm, Allens. He was one of two people selected in a highly competitive national process to be seconded to Linklaters (Allens’ globally aligned partner in London) for an initial 12 month period. 2013 – 2016 – He consistently received the highest possible performance ratings, and practised banking and finance and private equity law in a different jurisdiction and on some of Europe’s largest financial transactions.

Tony cherishes his memories of the night, and reflects on the legacy Salesian College has built over six decades. “The changes that have occurred at Salesian College Chadstone since I was last there at the end of 1962 are quite staggering. As I walked about on Friday 17 March, I noticed many new, impressive additions, including a new Auditorium and modern Science classrooms. More heartening, though, than the physical features of the campus was the College’s wonderful history of academic achievement, sporting success and the ethnic diversity of the student body. The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees Bao Hoang, Commodore Alan Thompson, and Brian Ford personified the Salesian

siblings, Andrew and Simon Menz, also attended Salesian College Chadstone. During his time at Salesian College, Damian was College Captain, A Grade Debating Captain, recipient of the Past Pupils’ Leadership Award, the Mary McKertich Literary Award, and the Best Achievement Award in Economics, English and Legal Studies (Units 3 & 4). He was also critical in the implementation of the CanTeen (a charity supporting young people with cancer) ‘Bandana Day’, and provided voluntary tuition to other students.

2016 - Damian was seconded to the world’s most pre-eminent investment bank, J.P. Morgan, at their London headquarters. This was a highly sought after secondment, which was only awarded to the highest achievers at Linklaters.

Born 30 August 1987, Damian Menz is the son of Mary and Paul Menz. His two

2017 - Damian is currently employed as Legal Counsel at the Melbourne Racing Club.


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Master Franchise. In 2017, Mama’s Buoi opened its fourth restaurant, spanning across Melbourne and Sydney. Bao is passionate about creating a sustainable business model to support global expansion. Bao established a partnership with the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, and in September 2016 officially launched a boarding house to accommodate 150 children in crisis in Vietnam, built solely with funds raised by the Rolld family. Bao is married to Angela Javier-Hoang, and has three siblings, Minh-Tu, TuanAnh and Quynh-Anh Hoang. He has three children, Lucas, Dominic and Sienna Hoang. COMMODORE ALAN THOMPSON Legal Profession

Bao Hoang was born on 17 August 1982, and is Founder and Managing Director of Rolld Australia Pty Ltd. The group includes Rolld, a fast casual food franchise that serves Vietnamese hawker-style food, and Mama’s Buoi, a casual dining restaurant that serves home-style Vietnamese cooking. Bao attended Salesian College Chadstone from 1994-2000. He was Captain of the Volleyball and Table Tennis teams during his time at the College. After completing his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Melbourne University in 2005, he immediately joined a Physiotherapy franchise, and, after two years, Bao opened five clinics. In this time, he was influential in growing the corporate services unit Actif, and founded the aged care services unit Revita, of which he is a current shareholder and involved in management consultancy. Bao is the third son of Vietnamese refugees Van Quy and Thi Phien Hoang. He wanted to share his love of Vietnamese family recipes with the world, so with no hospitality experience, Bao opened the Rolld chain. He has grown Rolld to encompass 59 stores across Australia, as well as an International

Alan Thompson has shown extraordinary commitment to the service of Australia in his career in the Australian Defence Force. His role as Director General for ADF Personnel Policy principally involved developing policies across the ADF relating to drugs, alcohol, sexuality, sex discrimination, assisting Defence families, redress of grievances, honours and awards, education and training and nonfinancial conditions of service. Commodore Alan Thompson was appointed Chief Lawyer for the Defence Force in 1993, before becoming Head of the Defence Centre, Sydney, in 1994. In his time in this position, he became a member of the 2000 Sydney Olympics Security Committee. He was also a Senior Member of the Veterans’ Review Board, as well as National Chairman of Alcoholics Anonymous. Alan was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia on 26 January, 1993 for his outstanding commitment to Defence Force personnel policy development. Alan is the son of Leslie (dec.) and Frances Thompson, and has two siblings, Rob and Maureen. Alan was happily married to Darian Thompson for 38 years. He is now a retired widower and devoted son to his 91 year old mother, Frances. MR BRIAN WILLIAM FORD Education and Community

Commodore Alan Thompson was born on 29 September 1945. He attended Salesian College Chadstone from 1958 to 1964, during which time he was Editor of the College Newspaper and Convenor of the College Debating Society. Alan has fond memories of Father Alan McDonald and Father Bill Edwards, who he says “embodied the spirit of Don Bosco and inspired me to make some use of my talents. I will always be grateful for my education at Salesian College Chadstone.” After studying a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University, Alan joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1972. Commodore


Brian William Ford was born on September 23, 1946. He attended Salesian College Chadstone from 1959 to 1964. He was Captain of Gould House, Captain of the 1st Football Team and Captain of the 1st 11 Cricket Team. After studying for a Trained Primary Teaching Certificate, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education at Monash University, Brian returned to Salesian College Chadstone to teach from 1966 to 1967, and then again from 1970 to 1974. Brian’s career spans across positions at St Thomas More College, Emmaus College and Berwick Secondary College. He undertook National Service from 1968 to 1969 as a Regimental Duties Instructor at Puckapunyal. His career highlights include being Sportsmaster at Salesian College from 1971 to 1974, Senior Master at Emmaus College from 1985 to 1989, and Learning Team Leader at Berwick Secondary College from 2009 to 2012. Brian’s personal highlights include playing football at the Beaconsfield Football Club from 1964 to 1965 (Best and Fairest 1965), acting as Captain/ Coach at the Springvale Football Club from 1975 to 1977, and playing Cricket for the Salesian Old Boys’ Cricket Club from 1964 to 1974. Brian coached the Salesian College 1st 11 team to the Premiership in the Associated Catholic Colleges Grand Final against Parade College in 1970. He was also Coach of the Springvale Football Club’s ‘Federal League All-Star Team’, and Coach of the Monash University Blues ‘Team of the Half Century’. He was received as a Life Member and a Hall of Fame Inductee of the Salesian Old Boys’ Cricket Club, and a Life Member of the Monash Blues Football Club. Brian is the son of Chris and Jessie Ford, and has four siblings. He is married to Kerri Ford, and has five children, Shannon, Kynan, Candace, Patrick and William.

Salesian Griffin Winter 2017 - Embracing Opportunity  

Past student, Founder and Managing Director of Vietnamese hawker style food franchises, ‘Rolld’ and ‘Mama’s Buoi’, Bao Hoang’s ability to em...

Salesian Griffin Winter 2017 - Embracing Opportunity  

Past student, Founder and Managing Director of Vietnamese hawker style food franchises, ‘Rolld’ and ‘Mama’s Buoi’, Bao Hoang’s ability to em...