Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Staff Leave in Term 3

The following staff will be on leave for part or all of Term 3:

Staff Leave Period
Mr Chris Martin away for Term 3 replaced by Mr Matt Morris and Mr Shaun Buckley as Acting Yr 7 Coordinator
Mr Jeff Locke away until 18 August replaced by Mr Ryan McDonagh
Mr Michael Wilson away until 21 July
Mrs Marisa Di Giacomo away for the remainder of 2017 replaced by Mrs Grace Gudice
Mr Paul Fegan away for the remainder of 2017
Mr Chris Fleming away for Term 3 replaced by Mrs Roxanne James
Mr Rob Hoich away for Term 3 replaced by Mr Graham Haupt
Mrs Susan Jost away for Term 3 replaced by Ms Rachelle St Ledger
Mr Shane Slavin away for Term 3 replaced by Mrs Michelle SantAngelo
Mrs Christine Thompson away until 21 July
Mr Chas Thompson away until 21 July
Mr Peter Crellin away until 28 July replaced by Mr Andrew Clements
Mr Peter Larsen away until 28 July
Mr Ray Leetham
Mr Raj Rathinam
Mr Anthony Prescott

The following staff will be returning from leave in Term 3: Mr Steve Young, Mrs Mary Finn, Mr Mark Sweeney, Mrs Lillian Russo, Ms Rose Connolly

Last day Term 2

Term 2 concludes at the normal dismissal times for all students on Friday 30 June. The College staff wish all students and families a safe and happy holiday break.

Term 3 Commencement

Term 3 commences on Wednesday 19 July. Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 July are student-free days. College staff will be undertaking professional learning on these days. The College office will be open as normal.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

Last Sunday, we celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi (the Body and Blood of Christ). In doing so we are reminded that when we share in the Eucharist, we become one with the Body of Christ and that we celebrate God’s gift of Himself in the Eucharist. We hear in the Gospel of Jesus giving Himself for us and for the life of the world, that everyone who eats the bread and shares in the Eucharist, will live with the gift of Christ in them.

It is a timely reminder that everything we have is a gift, especially during Refugee Week. It is worth thinking about our lives, our relationships and our treatment of others. We are reminded that each time we receive the bread and the wine — the Body and Blood of Christ — we do this united in the message of Christ and united as one body of all of God’s people.

From 18 to 24 June is Refugee week, and I have been heartened by the students in St Austin’s House who have been actively advocating and promoting various aspects of the St Austin’s House Charity, Melbourne Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office.

The students of St Austin’s House commenced the week with a House Liturgy to pray for the plight of Refugees and Asylum Seekers. During the week, published in the daily notices were testimonials of Refugees, bringing to light personal stories of those who have fled from oppression.

On Friday 23 June a short video of a Refugee’s testimonial will be shared to all House Mentors and Class Mentors to use during homeroom as another way of raising awareness for this issue. The St Austin’s House Senior Leaders have this week spent time visiting Year Level and House assemblies at both Tiverton and Kinnoull campuses, advocating for Refugee Week and displaying posters in classrooms and common areas.

After school, the St Austin’s House Leaders will hold a “Detention4Detention” session where students will be invited to attend, in a symbolic way, a demonstration of their support for this cause.

Friday 23 June is to be a ‘casual clothes day’ for a gold coin donation. Money raised will go directly to the Melbourne Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office.

As a Christian community, we believe that we can all make a difference to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers. It need only start with small acts of kindness and hospitality, demonstrating a compassionate perspective on asylum seeker policies.

Back in 2015, the Pope Francis gave an address on the treatment of refugees and the need for compassion. The Pope said:

We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal. We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Mt 7:12)

Year 9 Reflection Days

This week the Year 9 students attended a series of Reflection Days. The theme, ‘Me, Myself and I’ focused on giving students advice and the tools to explore and discover who they are as a person. The days were facilitated by the Lasallian Youth Mission Team and it was inspiring to witness them lead the Year 9 students in prayer, allowing them the time to reflect and ponder on their lives and the importance of their relationships, with those who surround us and our relationship with God to determine how our life can be lived.

The Lasallian Youth Mission Team made beautiful connections, using the life of the Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle as an example, to show that while life has its ups and downs, just like St John, we can have faith that God is always with us and always present.

Upcoming Community Masses

Sunday 6 August at 9:00am — St Columba’s Parish, Elwood
Sunday 17 September at 9:00am — St James Parish, Brighton

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Students

Year 12 Formal

I’d like to thank the Year 12 Student Leadership Team who did an enormous amount of work in the lead up to the Year 12 Formal. It was brilliant seeing our young men all dressed up and it was a privilege welcoming their partners and friends. The conduct of our young men was exemplary, with many staff commenting on their good manners and the exceptionally positive atmosphere prevalent in the room. A small gallery of photos is here for you to enjoy, and a more comprehensive gallery of photos can be accessed here.

Vincent Shin – Australian Story

Many of you would have seen Australian Story on Monday night. The episode featured Vincent Shin, a former De La Salle student who failed Year 12 yet went on to become Australia’s first in-house school lawyer. Vincent endured many challenges throughout his time at school. His childhood and adolescence were marred by family violence, Vincent described himself as “completely empty… just lost” and mixed with the wrong crowd. Later, Vincent turned his life around, enrolled in a TAFE Diploma of Business, majoring in Legal Practice. Vincent did so well at TAFE that he scored a place in law at Victoria University. On graduating, Vincent worked in family law and his new role at The Grange P – 12 College also provides an opportunity to help children deal with the sorts of experiences he and his family went through. At 31, Vincent is Australia’s first dedicated in-school lawyer, providing students at The Grange P-12 College in Melbourne’s outer west with advice on everything from fines for fare evasion to the legalities of sexting and how to deal with domestic violence. Vincent’s story is truly inspiring. Sins of the Father, Vincent Shin’s Australian Story can be accessed here.

Student Recognition and Achievement Review Committee

A quality Lasallian education is largely focussed on relational trust and academic excellence. This year we have introduced a new Positive Student Behaviour Policy. This work has seen a much more consistent approach to student support and student management. Alongside this work, we have sought to enhance our student recognition and achievement processes. Over the course of Term 2 a committee was assembled to review our student recognition and achievement processes at De La Salle College.

The Student Recognition and Achievement Committee comprised the following staff:

  • Mrs Anette Phillips (Committee Chair)
  • Mr Justin Bourke
  • Ms Karina Dubroja
  • Mr David Happ
  • Mr Shane Mackintosh
  • Mrs Kath Marino
  • Mrs Robyn Miller

To date, the Student Recognition and Achievement Committee have:

  • Developed a project scope
  • Examined current educational research supporting student recognition and achievement
  • Sought to link their work to our Catholic and Lasallian identity and the 5 Core Principles
  • Surveyed staff and students
  • Looked at the processes in place at other like schools
  • Examined key considerations (i.e. tracking student achievement and recording this information securely)
  • Established timelines for implementation in 2018.

I know our students will reap the reward of this work and I am committed to seeing this work come to fruition.

Restorative Practices

Restorative justice is an approach that addresses violations while beginning the process of mending relationships. What is the most effective response when a student damages school property? When a member of our community uses discriminatory or aggressive language towards a peer? When a student violates the personal space of another student and represents a risk to the safety of others?

Ultimately, the way we respond to these challenges is determined by the values we uphold as a Lasallian school. Restorative justice takes into account both personal responsibility and restoration. As we grapple with the paradigm shift that restorative justice implies, we have some basic tenets to return to. In practice, restorative justice is a response to a harmful incident that seeks the inclusion of all involved. It often – though not always – includes a direct encounter or meeting between the people most affected by an incident, guided by a trained facilitator. In the right circumstances, such an encounter can be powerful and even life-changing. This represents another exciting development in the life of the College.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

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