Deputy Principal’s Column
The Importance of Participation
At De La Salle, the overwhelming majority of our young men participate in academic and non-academic activities with terrific energy, enthusiasm and commitment. They quickly develop a sense of belonging – their friends are here, they have great relationships with their teachers and other students, and they identify with our Lasallian values and schooling outcomes. You only have to see a group of our young men chorus ‘the Whoompa’ at the end of an athletics or swimming carnival or swim meet to see evidence of this. Yet, a small minority of our students are not engaged and they struggle to see that their school experience has a strong bearing on their future. At times, these students withdraw from school life and at worst, they risk becoming disaffected from school, disruptive in class and exerting a negative influence on other students. At De La Salle, we always try to meet the needs of students who have become disaffected from school. We have high expectations of our students and seek to pinpoint factors that will contribute to their engagement in learning.
Current research suggests a strong correlation between student engagement and academic performance. The participation component of engagement is characterised by factors such as school and class attendance, being prepared for class, completing homework, attending lessons, and being involved in extra-curricular sports or hobby clubs. Our emphasis on student attendance and participation is an important aspect of College life. With this in mind, we spent some time analysing the participation data from the recent Athletics Carnival. You’ll note that the total points contributed by PARTICIPATING not placing was 1172. Whilst we applaud the young men who placed first, second, third and fourth, we also applaud those in the arena who competed and gave their best on the day.
As Theodore Roosevelt once said,
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
Student Safety – Use of Laneways
Laneways in and around the suburb of Malvern have long been a safety concern for local businesses and residents. These thoroughfares connect popular shopping precincts to car parks and public toilets; however, they can also be solitary places. In the interests of student safety, students are not permitted to loiter in laneways. Students found doing so will be issued with a consequence.
Student Safety – Public Transport
Victorian Police Transit Safety Division officers and local police patrol trains and pay regular visits to all stations. While some officers are in uniform, many work in plain clothes. Over the course of 2016, we continued to develop a strong relationship with the Victorian Transit Police and our local police station. We hope the presence of these officers will provide a deterrent for anti-social behaviour.
Our young men are confident users of public transport across town. Given the school holidays are soon upon us, it is timely to have a discussion with your son/s about travelling safely on public transport.
- If travelling alone, board the first carriage, closest to the driver’s cabin
- Also, try to sit in carriages with other customers, rather than by yourself
- By planning your journey first, you minimise your wait time for services
- Check the Metro website or metroNotify app for the latest service information, including line disruptions and delays
- While you wait for your train, stand in a well-lit area, or, if available on the platform, stand in the yellow safety zones located at many of our stations
- It is a good idea to remove headphones when alighting a train, that way, you can be more aware of your surrounds.
Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students
Staff and Operations
Supervision of The Yard
Parents and students please note that daily supervision of the College grounds commences at 8:15am and concludes at 3:30pm. Parents are asked to be mindful of this, particularly when dropping students off early for school.
The first of our emergency drills for the year will be held in the week commencing Monday 27 March. This will be a ‘Lockdown Drill’ on both campuses. Parents will receive a courtesy email from the College with more details.
Term 2 commences for students on Wednesday 19 April. All staff will be involved in a Professional Learning activity on Tuesday 18 April. Monday 17 April is the Easter Monday public holiday.
Uniform Term 2
A reminder to parents that all students are required to wear full winter uniform from the start of Term 2. This means students must wear a tie and winter shirt (long sleeve). All uniform requirements are found on page 17 of the College Diary and on the College website Uniforms page.
There are a number of lost items of uniform from this term at Reception areas on each campus. Students are asked to check at Reception if they have lost anything.
Mission Action Day (MAD)
Mission Action Day, held on 31 March, is a compulsory school day for all students. If any student is unable to attend, the College asks parents to offer a written explanation to be addressed to the appropriate Year Level Coordinator or House Coordinator.
Students are asked to make a final, special effort over the next week to increase their sponsorship.
Each student should be aiming for a minimum of $50 to help the College achieve this year’s target of $110,000 to assist Lasallian Missions both in Australia and Asia. Please note, this year donations can be made via Trybooking.
Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations
On Thursday 30 March the whole College will gather in the gym for our Lenten Liturgy. Our Lenten Liturgy will take the form of what is traditionally associated with the season of Lent in our Church, The Stations of the Cross. The liturgy will invite us to symbolically journey through those fateful stops.
Today almost every Catholic parish has a specially installed group of stations and many retreat venues will have outdoor stations as well. By walking and/or praying the stations one can literally journey the passion of Jesus and engage fully in prayer. So as we continue on our Lenten journey, we remember that Lent is about working towards having a positive relationship with God, those we encounter and ourselves. This Lent, may we all continue to pray and reflect on the choices we make and to embrace the opportunity of renewal of our commitment to God.
The Mass of St Patrick
Last Friday, 17 March, I was privileged to attend Catholic Educations Melbourne’s annual Mass of St Patrick, at St Patricks Cathedral. I was joined by the College Captain, James Biviano; Vice Captains, Leon Lymbouris and Aaron Trusler and the Lasallian Captains, Joel Caruso, Chris Groves, Oliver Hart, Peter Nikitas and Anthony Ticinovic.
It was a wonderful celebration of the Feast of St Patrick at the Mother Church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. Furthermore, it was a proud moment to see and hear the impressive young men of the De La Salle College choir participating in the Mass, together with with our Music Coordinator, Ms Cindy Frost.
A Young Lasallian Evening with Br David Hawke (Br Visitor/Provincial)
College Captains, James, Leon and Aaron who attended the Lasallian Student Leadership Seminar in January of this year, had an opportunity to gather in the presence of Br David Hawke on the night of Monday 20 March at St. James College with other fellow Lasallian student leaders. The evening began with a light informal dinner, a brief presentation from Br. David and members of the Young Lasallians Team. This was then be followed by a discussion and Q&A session with Br David. The evening concluded with a beautiful Lasallian prayer. It was a wonderful opportunity for our College Captains to engage with their fellow Lasallian counterparts and to participate in reflective conversation with Br David. We were fortunate to also be in the presence of Br Paul Toohey and Br Mandy Dujunco who joined us on the evening.
Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission