Deputy Principals’ Column
Faith and Mission
I hope that all members of the De La Salle College community had a happy and Holy Easter, and a restful, peaceful break.
As we continue on this Easter journey, we reflect on the words of Jesus in the Gospel of John, “As the Father sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21). When we reflect on this, we come to realise that in the same way God gave Jesus life by sending him to us, Jesus gives us life. He is our wellspring, He is what nourishes us and gives us life. We each have a responsibility to live this gift of life to the full and commit ourselves to the service of others.
Christ’s example of service calls us to share his love through actively caring for others. Scripture tells us, “Our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active.” (1 John 3:18). The Resurrection of Jesus brings a particular meaning to our understanding of who we are called to be and what we are asked to do with our lives. As Christians, we live the Resurrection and we become people of the Resurrection each time we are called to action to support the marginalised and those most in need.
Last Friday 21 April we gathered as a College community to commemorate ANZAC Day and to remember those that served our country and lost their lives at Gallipoli and during all wars. War is not something to be celebrated, but rather we commemorate and remember the courage and sacrifice of all the brave service men and women that have died serving our country.
Just as we as Christians, as Lasallians are all called to serve, these brave men and women actively lived out their calling to serve our nation. For these reasons on ANZAC Day, we continue to pay respect for those that have fallen and those that continue to serve.
Lest We Forget.
Year 7 Reflection Days
This week marked the beginning of the Year 7 Reflection Days. Once again, we were privileged to have Youth Mission Team (YMT) facilitate the days, focusing on the theme of “Knowing God: Communities and Belonging”.
The outcomes of the day were that;
- students would appreciate the gift of their own uniqueness and worth
- students would realise the potential and value they have
- it is possible and desirable to know Jesus as an intimate friend.
Below are some comments from students who participated in the first Reflection Day on Wednesday 26 April;
Reflection Day was a great day. We did lots of fun activities involving religion and belonging to a community and we learnt a lot. We also played games involving team work and logical thinking. Overall, it was an amazing day.
Max Miller, 7 Hegarty
Today we had our Year 7 Reflection Day. It was so fun. We started with some ice-breakers, a great start to the day. After that we began the activities. We talked about faith and our religion. It was great and I learned a lot. YMT Australia was a great help to all of us.
Conor Haigh, 7 Roland
2017 Lasallian Youth Gathering
The details of the 2017 Lasallian Youth Gathering were recently communicated to Year 12 students and families. The Lasallian Youth Gathering Newsletter and information regarding this event, including registration details can be found here: LYG Newsletter.
Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission
13 Reasons Why
On Wednesday, I issued a communication to all parents/guardians based on a warning issued from leading youth mental health group, headspace. In the warning, they describe the new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, as a program that glamorises and normalises self-harm, thereby promoting the idea suicide is “a common sense approach.”
Many young people experiment with self-harm and it is much more common than most people think. Some drink or eat too much, smoke or drive too fast, gamble or make themselves ill through overwork and stress. If you are a friend, parent, sibling, family member or a concerned other, it can be difficult to know how to help the individual in your life who is self-harming.
Upon learning that someone you care about self-harms, it is typical to experience a range of conflicting emotions and feelings. It is important to remember that the individual who self-harms also experiences this mixed bag of emotions. Try not to take the self-harm personally. It is not aimed at you, and it is not being done to hurt you.
If you or someone you know needs help, please contact the College Counsellors or one of the following agencies:
- Karina Dubroja (Counsellor, De La Salle College) – 9508 2126
- Anthony Freeman (Counsellor, De La Salle College) – 9508 2183
- Headspace – 1800 650 890
- Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- SuicideLine Victoria – 1300 651 251
Students are encouraged to wear their uniform with pride to and from the College. The Blue and Gold College uniform is a tangible representation of our school spirit and identity. Our students have built a reputation over the years as strong, faith-filled men of action. They have a strong sense of their place in the world and an obvious connection to a sense of brotherhood within our community.
The recent change in weather, has seen the change to our winter uniform for all students. To that end, we are seeking your support in ensuring your son’s grooming reflects his readiness to learn. Much of the recent behavioural research in the field of mindfulness has centred on the importance of acting with intentionality. Likewise, studies would suggest that peak performance comes from recognising your self-worth. Poor attitude, reflected in poor presentation can result in limited thinking and poor performance.
In challenging our students on the wearing of their uniform, we are challenging them to avoid mediocrity and to be their best. We want the best learning and life outcomes for your sons. Specifically, your son’s uniform, including his school shoes, must be clean, tidy and well maintained.
- Ties, worn in Term 2 and Term 3, must always be done up, including the top button;
- Neat haircuts are required, with hair to be groomed at all times;
- Hair must be off the collar and the fringe length must be off the face and not tucked behind the ears;
- Students are to be clean shaven at all times (no facial hair).
As outlined in the diary and on the website, students who fail to meet College expectations regarding appearance and uniform, will be issued with a consequence.
Tiverton and Kinnoull Reception is holding lost property found since the commencement of the school year. Items include sports tops and blazers, sleeping bags and prescription reading glasses. Items may belong to anyone who has visited the Tiverton and Kinnoull Campus. Students should be encouraged to revisit Reception in case their lost item has recently been handed in.
Please label your son’s valuable uniform items with his name. When items are clearly named, we can contact your son to return important items. Un-named items are rarely collected and more difficult to home.
Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students
Staff and Operations
Mission Action Day (MAD)
Our annual Mission Action Day was held on 31 March and was a wonderful success. Thank you to all students for an excellent effort in obtaining sponsorship for this event. A large number of students have already collected and returned the pledged money to the College.
Students who have not yet returned the pledged money, please do so as quickly as possible. Class and House Mentors monitor these returns each morning. The donations pledged this year total nearly $100,000 and this money will be of direct assistance to Lasallian communities in need in Australia and Southeast Asia. Information about the projects that will be funded this year will be outlined in coming weeks. The MAD Committee request that all sponsorship money be returned by Friday 5 May.
On Friday 21 April the College gathered in the Gymnasium to commemorate ANZAC Day. The very moving ceremony was led by the College Student Leaders and supported by the College Brass Ensemble. A special focus of the ceremony was the role of women in the services. The contribution of women on the “home front” was also acknowledged as part of the reflection. In addition, we also reflected on the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin and its significant impact on the lives of so many Australians. Thank you to Ms Lisa Harkin who coordinated the ceremony.
Staff Changes for Term 2
There have been some changes to staffing as a result of staff leave this term. Firstly, the following staff are returning from leave in Term 1: Mrs Kath Marino, Mr Mark Gustincic and Mrs Kathie Holmes. Mr Dave Hale also returns to the College to coach Year 7 and Year 9 ACC Soccer.
We welcomed the following new staff: Ms Michelle SantAngelo replacing Mr Mark Sweeney who is on LSL for Term 2, Ms Rita Mouchacca replacing Mrs Lil Russo who is on LSL for Term 2, Ms Nicola Mairs who is replacing Mrs Carmel Dwyer who is on LSL and Mr Peter Jordan who is replacing Mr Rob Oldershaw who is on LSL. Also joining the College are: Ms Heidi Ching instrumental piano instructor, Mr Mitch Brown instrumental guitar instructor and Ms Micaela Campbell Administration at Tiverton.
Mr Barry McLaren (Learning Support Officer) has resigned from the College. We thank Barry for his great work and wish him well in his future endeavours.
During Term 2 a number of pre-service teachers will be on placements at the College. Currently with us are: Ms Amanda Watkins, Ms Tara Nunn and Ms Brittany Raux from Deakin University and Ms Faye Devlin who is on a work placement in the Primary area.
Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations