Deputy Principals’ Column
Risk Taking in Young People
Heading into the long summer break means lots of things – Christmas, the beach, 20⁄20 Cricket, music, food, and time with friends and family. With the freedom of the holidays, our young men are often trying new things and testing the boundaries. Sometimes that boundary testing also involves risk-taking.
Risk-taking is engaging in activities that have the potential to result in harm – to oneself or to others. Young people, however, may not understand the potential for negative outcomes from their behaviour, particularly if it seems exciting or likely to improve the way their friends see them.
Some of our young men may engage in smoking and binge drinking. It is well documented that smoking impacts the sexual organs, the respiratory system, the circulatory system, the immune system and the musculoskeletal system. Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco smoke that causes smokers to continue to smoke. Along with nicotine, smokers inhale about 7,000 other chemicals in cigarette smoke. What seems so obviously harmful can be alluring to our young men.
Kids Helpline, a Lasallian organisation, have some great advice for parents about the range of health, legal and social consequences from engaging in risky behaviour. Parents have a number of options available to them to actively promote the avoidance of harmful risk-taking.
- Having good communication is the best way to know what young people are doing when they’re not at home. This way, you’ll know if what they do is likely to result in some type of harm.
- Find safer alternatives to alleviate boredom and to give them a feeling of excitement. Engaging in physical activity such as joining a sports team is one option, as are more creative outlets such as performing arts.
- Be a good role model and avoid doing the things you don’t want your young person to do, showing them how to have a good time while still keeping safe. Young people often emulate the behaviours of their parents, whether positive or negative.
- Talk about peer pressure – Young people cannot avoid peer pressure in one form or another. The only thing they can do learn to handle it well.
For more information, go to Kids Helpline.
Be well. Be safe. Be happy.
Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students
Faith and Mission
Yaluwo Sri Lanka Immersion
This Thursday 23 November, I along with the Yaluwo group, made up of two other staff members and 16 recently-graduated Year 12 students, will be embarking on the immersion experience to Sri Lanka. This experience will provide an opportunity for the group to discover firsthand the Church at work amongst the poorest of the poor, and an opportunity to reflect on and to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and our founder, St John Baptist de La Salle. We pray that in our motivation and vision for the realisation of a just world where the dignity of every human person is recognised we can bring real change to the lives of our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka. St John Baptist de La Salle stated “God has chosen you to do his work” (MTR 4.1 [Med 196.1]), and this exactly what the Yaluwo group hopes to set out to do.
During our month away in Sri Lanka, we will be challenged to think of others and work together to make a difference to the community. The experience will allow us to put our faith into action by getting involved in various development and renovation works as well as immersing ourselves in the daily life, culture and traditions of the local community at Diyagala, Boystown.
Please keep the Yaluwo group in your prayers.
Let us remember we are in the Holy presence of God…
We pray that Jesus is with them always to give them strength, to endure the situation and to find the blessings and lessons that their daily encounters will bring.
We pray that the zeal and spirit of St John Baptist de La Salle fill’s them and inspires them each dawn and each dusk.
We pray that our Lord, Jesus protects them daily in their travels, remains at their window and carries them safely to their destination.
And we pray that…
May the light of God surround them and the love of God enfold them.
May the Power of God protect them and Presence of God watch over them.
May the Mind of God protect them and Life of God flow through them.
May the Laws of God direct them and the Power of God abide within them.
May the Joy of God uplift them and the strength of God renew them.
May the Beauty of God inspire them, wherever they are, God be with them.
St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us
Live Jesus in our hearts — Forever
Christmas Giving Tree Donations
Recently, families would have received information regarding donations for the Christmas Giving Trees. De La Salle College is asking families to think of those less fortunate in our community and how we may be able to assist. An intrinsic mark of being Lasallian is to identify a need in the community and then take action to address that need. As such the College is supporting a Christmas Giving Tree for St Joseph’s Outreach Services and we invite each student to place a gift on behalf of their family under the tree. Students may donate a gift for either a boy or girl of open age, however, we do ask that you please consider the need for gifts for teenagers as a priority.
We have two Christmas Giving Trees, one each at the Tiverton reception and the Kinnoull reception areas.
The joy your gift will bring to a child on Christmas morning is immeasurable, and value of the smile on their face will be priceless. Thank you to all the families who have already left gift donations under the Christmas Giving Trees.
Preparing For Advent
Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. It is a time of hope and mystery, of anticipation and preparation for a kingdom of this world and the next, and a king appearing when we least expect. I pray for all our staff, students and families, that this Advent season will open eyes and hearts, so that hope and peace are brought to all.
Finally, because I will be away in Sri Lanka on Immersion with the Yaluwo group, this will be my last Duce article for 2017. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, holy and safe Christmas break. I look forward to seeing everyone return safely in the New Year.
Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission
Staff and Operations
Annual Christmas Concert
De La Salle Music will hold the annual Christmas concert in the PAC at Tiverton on Wednesday 6 December. This is always a wonderful finale to the year and will include a terrific evening of Christmas music with some surprises. Music staff and students have been working very hard over recent weeks in preparation for this event. All members of the College community are warmly invited to attend.
In the week of 4 — 8 December the Tiverton Campus will conduct a trial evacuation drill to test out emergency management procedures. Phone calls into the College may be disrupted during the drill.
Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations