Deputy Principals’ Column

Faith and Mission

All Souls Day

On 2 November, we pray for all souls, those we love who have passed away, the faithful departed on the journey to their heavenly home and all their families and friends who mourn and grieve. Let us commemorate by reflecting on the words of St John Baptist de La Salle, and remember those we love who have died, and those we love who are grieving;

Look with compassion on the state of the holy souls who, although free from fear, yearn for their deliverance so that they may be able quickly to enjoy God, as they wait with hope in the infinite goodness of God, assured that they will have the benefit of being delivered from their sufferings.”
St John Baptist de La Salle — Med 185.1

Christmas Giving Tree

The Christmas season is fast approaching, bringing joy and love to families across the globe. For some, however, Christmas is a time of hardship and sorrow. We at De La Salle ask that we think of those less fortunate in our community and how we may be able to assist them. An intrinsic hallmark of being Lasallian is to identify a need in the community and then take action to address that need. As always, the College is once again 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. We ask that you consider the need for gifts for teenagers as a priority. The joy your gift will bring to a child on Christmas morning is immeasurable, the smile on their face will be priceless.

Details regarding the Christmas Giving Tree’s at both Tiverton and Kinnoull Receptions will be communicated home in the coming days. Thank you to all our De La Salle families for their ongoing and constant generosity.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Students

Year 12 Valedictory – Reflections of the Vice‐Captains

Over the past 6 years, 1318 High Street, Malvern wasn’t just a school for us, but it has become our home. We all arrived under different circumstances. Take Josh and myself for example, where Josh had plenty of mates joining him from his primary school, I came to De La Salle without knowing many names and faces. It was a daunting prospect at the very least for all of us having to find our own way to school, coming from as far as Sunshine to get here. Within days, it became apparent that there was nowhere else I would rather be. Through the teachers being so happy to be here and all the boys being so welcoming, I couldn’t think of a school better than this one.

From the start of Year 7, it became clear to all of us that there was going to be a brotherhood amongst all of us. From the initial camps down in Jan Juc, where everyone began to learn everyone’s names, to the Year 12 retreat where on the final night with boys shedding tears of emotion and supporting one another.

Over the years our cohort has seen so much success as a year level in the sporting field, classroom and in the arts. With so many talented athletes amongst us and musicians, it won’t be long before one of us is on the world stage whether that be Sean in the NBA or Jordan Burns on Broadway. There will never be any shortage of high achievers in the class of 2018.”

John Beaton – Class of 2018

As a young Year 7, I can recall looking up to the senior students and wondering not only how they were so tall, but how they were having so much fun. To me, it was unimaginable that after the rigors of six years of high school, we would still be here, with a positive mindset, ready to take on the challenges ahead. It is a testament to the culture and the community that De La Salle has developed in allowing for the smoothest of transitions from boys to men. De La Salle has been a place of opportunities for all of us. No matter whether your interests are in our extensive sporting fields, as part of our fine arts department or if they are purely academic, De La has been able to provide us with opportunities to excel.”

Joshua Paul – Class of 2018

Both John and Joshua’s reflections reminded me of an article I read during the week from a Harvard graduate, Deborah Copaken. Copaken wrote, “Though we all went to the same school, and Harvard’s name likely opened doors for many of us, at the end of the day – or at the end of 30 years since graduation, in this case – what was so fascinating about meeting up with my own richly diverse class during reunion was that no matter our original background, no matter our current income or skin colour or struggles or religion or health or career path or family structure, the common threads running through our lives had less to do with Harvard and more with the pressing issues of being human.” To read the full article, click here.

I wish the Year 12 students all the best with their upcoming examinations.

Holy Eucharist – Campus Captain Speeches

With the opening of our new Year 9 Campus at Holy Eucharist, we have begun the process of selecting the Year 9 Student Leadership Team. Here are some highlights from the candidates’ speeches.

I want to be the Holy Eucharist Campus Captain because I want to make Holy Eucharist the best it can be. Now I can’t guarantee Zooper Doopers on a hot day but I always help and show leadership qualities. My vision for Holy Eucharist is to make sure everyone is included; there is quality education and justice.”

Varick Boyd (Year 8)

A good leader is someone who makes decisions, takes action and understands that to achieve success you have to be willing to see your goals through to the end A good leader is who I aspire to be.”

Peter Pearse (Year 8)

I believe that I will be a good leader because I am respectful to all of my peers and teachers, as well as strangers such as people on public transport. I am very reliable, and always make sure that I hand any work or assignments in on time. I am also a good decision maker and think about the impacts of my actions, and in what ways it might affect people including myself. An example of my leadership is my participation in College events. Whether it is an ACC event where I can represent the school or a house carnival, I always put up my hand and give it my best go. I have received some Lasallian Zeal points in recognition of my respect towards other students and teachers. I see the new Holy Eucharist campus as a place where students in year nine can take initiative for their own learning, and see what may lie ahead of them down the path that they choose.”

Kyle Loughnan (Year 8)

If elected I will continue to assist teachers and students in any way possible to the best of my abilities and your interest as a priority. My key objectives are to promote a positive, caring, friendly and above all total respect for each other environment based on Christian ethos and values. This will encourage all students of the Campus to acknowledge our fellow students’ achievements across academic, sports, performing arts, music, and technology disciplines. I will ensure that we achieve these values through emphasising the Lasallian Core Principles and making Lasallian Zeal and the point system have a larger impact in benefiting students.”

Daniel Van den Berg (Year 8)

Leadership requires collaboration, working as part of a team, being confident and resilient, an active listener, problem‐solving and planning and implementing initiatives and embedding and responding to change. These are the skills that I believe I can bring to this role should I be afforded this wonderful opportunity as Holy Eucharist – Campus Captain at De La Salle College. A valuable lesson that has resonated with me over my primary school and early secondary school years has been admiring and aspiring to leaders who do not always lead from the front, but rather walk alongside and put others before themselves, being selfless, show humility, supportive, respectful, encouraging, brave and standing up for what is right, being a champion to and for others and importantly always inclusive.”

Reeve Yogendran (Year 8)

The Core Lasallian Principle I have demonstrated while I have been at De La Salle is inclusiveness. I include people in almost anything, from letting them join a game to letting them join a conversation. I often let them ask me to join. I had a tough time transitioning from primary school to high school. The hardest task for me was finding new friends. The definition of a leader is someone who leads a group of people, whether a sporting team or a teacher, to victory. Being captain of a campus also falls into the leader category. I want to be a leader of something and make a difference.”

Lachie Richter (Year 8)

Most of my leadership consists of striving to help and communicate with different people. I never turn my back on anyone, whether it is in the classroom or at lunch and recess. I also would like to show that I would be able to talk to the students when they are at hardships. I would also like to address that I would keep an open mind to share ideas with the teachers to create a better year. I would also like to be more involved with the schools fundraising and charity works, not only helping the school out but making school more enjoyable for us.”

Christian Alexandropoulos (Year 8)

I would be a good leader because I feel that I have good communication skills and good relationships with you and the staff. This would make me a good conduit between students and teachers. I think I have strong morals and ethics, and I’m not afraid to stand up for what I believe in. I would not ask people to do something I would not do myself. However, I also recognise that different people have different skills, and the ability to delegate is crucial for a leader. While I may not be the best at any one thing, I am a solid all‐rounder, and my effort in class demonstrates this. This leads me on to why I want to become a leader because I believe that my qualities would reflect the College in a positive way.”

Sean MacNamara (Year 8)

In my spare time, I play for the Malvern Baseball club. My preferred position is pitcher, I like pitching because it involves two key qualities that also match my idea of a leader. When you pitch, you have to stay focused, as a leader I would stay focused and calm under pressure, even if I have three test on the same day or the bases are loaded, I will always take two deep breathes and carry on. But the most important aspect of leadership is teamwork, I know it’s cheesy, but it’s true. Even if I don’t get the position, I promise that I will play my part as a team player, whether I’m pitcher or subbed on the bench, Campus Leader or just a fellow student, my team spirit is always unbeatable. This year I was proud to represent De La Salle at Camp La Salle for three days with one of my good friends; Jack. I was taught a lot about leadership and it what it truly means to be a Lasallian and it was great fun and a good experience for me. I will take these qualities I have learnt to wherever I go in the future, whether it be leading the school, pitching on a baseball field or just being me.”

Oscar Boulter (Year 8)

If I was voted Holy Eucharist – Campus Captain, I could help shape many other things about the campus for future years. As well as the social justice program, I would propose a weekly activity where on Fridays at lunch, students who are struggling can come to one of the rooms and get help. They could be helped with their homework, be given sanctuary if they feel lonely and have time to talk about their feelings if things are getting rough. These things could become good traditions for years to come.”

Jeremy Grigg (Year 8)

We wish all of the applicants for Holy Eucharist – Campus Captain well. We are a stronger community because of their service and true Lasallian zeal.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

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