From the Principal

At the recent Lasallian Principals meeting which I mentioned in the last edition of the Duce, we had various presentations and discussions around the concept of “twinning”, whereby Lasallian Colleges in Australia and New Zealand are paired with our partners in Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.

In order to continue to deliver the works of their mission, our Lasallian brothers and sisters in these two countries absolutely rely on our support. A significant portion of our Mission Action Day money is committed to projects, equipment, resources and wages in De La Salle Colleges in these two countries. Indeed, they would struggle to even survive without our assistance. A great deal of work is currently being undertaken at the Lasallian schools in PNG and we are investigating options for our Year 11 students to return to Bomana De La Salle High School for an immersion in 2019. Pakistan remains a challenging environment but the Brothers and lay staff are doing terrific work in keeping the schools open and viable, with the Lasallian charism a significant feature in the lives of the young people there.

Another way we asked to support the mission in Papua New Guinea and Pakistan is for teachers to visit to work alongside the local staff in solidarity with them, assisting in professional learning, advice, mentoring and just joining their community.

A terrific example of this is the gesture of a Lasallian Principal colleague, Martin Chamberlain, from Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Zealand. Martin and his wife Claire spent a month in Pakistan earlier this year as part of his sabbatical/enrichment leave, immersed with the Lasallian community there, working alongside the Brothers, teachers and students. An extract from their time in Faisalabad is included below.

Two Lasallians among their own in Pakistan

Saturday school lies ahead but my internal clock has a Friday feel about it. Here in Faisalabad, we’ve forgotten what cold feels like. It’s 1800 and still so warm outside that I can barely touch my skin on the concrete balustrade. Humidity is always low so the heat is quite tolerable and there is no apparent direct sunlight through the haze. When Claire and I are too hot, so are the locals, and that’s reassuring. Our room and some others have air‐con and it’s welcomed.

As the fives‐times‐daily prayer from the mosque just over our fence blares out over their enormous speakers, Claire has just returned to our room looking as if she’s been for a swim. Within the half‐hectare school compound, which we must never leave unless accompanied by a Brother, she is grateful for the treadmill in the basement. They punish each other daily until seven non‐existent kilometres have been covered. Unlike me, she has adopted the national dress and finds it very comfortable. Conversely, I’ve embraced the food which she finds too spicy.

We have now visited all five Faisalabad schools. They range from the wealthy Lasalle High School and College, where the $NZ 800 annual fee the 2,000 students pay, runs that school and the other four, which are for the poor. Teachers there are paid up to a maximum $NZ4,740 per year. In the other schools, $1,800 per year is not uncommon. All schools have some Moslem teachers. Moslem students are the majority in the prosperous school, whereas Catholics/Christians are in the others.

We are living in community with eight Brothers and there are 15 trainees for the brotherhood in a separate building onsite. As with anywhere else, I have visited them, the Brothers’ hospitality and cheerfulness know no bounds. I am proudly making it to the 5:30am morning prayers, followed by Mass, to begin the day. Our innards have been well behaved as we dabble in alternatives to the Western fare they supply the elderly Australian and Irish Brother and us with. They are both delightful and assist greatly with training in English for the trainee Brothers. All tuition in the schools is now in English although the poorer schools have to proceed with a blend. In regard to English, Brother Shahzad would be very keen for a specialist English teacher to come and live in the compound (for safety reasons there is no other option and the Brothers are wonderful hosts to men or women alike) for four to eight weeks and train the schools’ teachers in the teaching of the subject and teaching techniques in general. We need to explore that maybe round term 4.

We have never felt anything but secure, even when visiting the bazaars with Brothers’ accompaniment. Goods are about 20 percent of the cost at home. One is reminded of the threat that exists however when crossing the narrow road between the two schools. Three large men in blue overalls carry heavy weapons which they have shown me have a magazine of cartridges containing shot pellets about 3cm in diameter. They take their work seriously.

Cursed be the examination system! In both of our countries, the joy of learning is secondary to the assessment systems and too much energy goes into measurement. I once heard it quoted, “You don’t fatten your pig by weighing it.” At home, it’s credit collecting and here it’s rote. The students spend time learning work they have copied from the chalkboard (it’s been great to use chalk again) and regurgitate it in exams. Teachers who would deviate from this would be punished by the exam system that recognises only material learned by heart without the necessity of comprehension. My work in training staff once their holidays begin on 17 May, will be to gently propose some brainstorming and student‐to‐student discussion prior to content delivery. Hopefully, it will make learning life better for both.

The welcomes we have received at all schools have been humbling. We have been given enough large bunches of roses to stage a state funeral in NZ. Several schools have wheeled out their brass bands, students have presented cards and impeccably rote learned speeches of welcome featuring words such as venerable, esteemed, gracious, privileged, humbled and of course, God bless you the ubiquitous greeting from everyone. We are usually referred to as Mr Martin Joseph and Mrs Claire Martin.

All schools, prosperous or not, most have all classroom surfaces made of concrete. Rooms are rather dark. Six or eight very noisy fans make hearing a challenge and students sit mostly on benches for three. Every school has an attractive uniform and the students are proud of it and their school. Except for the kindy/nursery classes which can have 40, numbers are similar to NZ. The students are all gorgeous an attractive race of people.

The teachers are proud of their work and many are former students of their employing school. The dress of the female teachers is always spectacular. Whether it’s because of our novelty value, we have to be careful where we initiate hand‐shaking while visiting. A crowd five‐deep can form in a very short time and make us feel like celebrities.

Next Tuesday we will once again be the guests at Malkhan Wala (our twinned school) for Founder’s Day and that evening at a function where all teachers from the five schools will gather for a formal occasion. We will then travel to Kushpur which is the Catholic mother lode village, from which many of the Brothers come, and then on to Multan to visit the remainder of the schools. Because of Ramadan, breakup will be early on 17 May and school won’t resume again till 15 August. This seems odd because their academic year starts in March.

We hope things go well back home. New Zealand has a wonderful quality of life but people are special wherever you go and more so for Lasallians.

Kindest regards from Martin (Joseph) and Claire (Martin)

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principals’ Column

Students

SchoolTV – Mindfulness

Over the last decade, mindfulness has been slowly rising in popularity with many individuals practising it on a regular basis. Evidence‐based research has found that there are many benefits to mindfulness which has prompted schools across the nation to implement this practice into their daily routines.

Mindfulness can be described as attention training for your brain, enabling you to focus on something without judgement and to stimulate curiosity. Mindfulness can be practised in a number of ways and is something that can be done by everyone — no matter what your age! It has been practised by many cultures around the world, but it is not exclusively affiliated to any particular philosophy or religion.

Mindfulness helps improve memory, engagement and performance. Its positive effect on the brain can improve immunity, mental wellbeing, learning ability, emotional health and even, time management. It is especially important in this era of information overload as our attention is constantly being pulled in many directions making us more distracted.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents can learn the best way to introduce mindfulness to their children, implementing it into their daily lives to have an overall positive impact on family relationships. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback.

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the College Psychologist for further information.

To access this month’s edition please click here.

Are your current study habits effective?

Or are you inviting interruptions and distractions? Have you thought about where and how you waste time?

Exams can be stressful. The key to feeling in control is preparation, having an effective revision plan and a well‐planned out strategy for the exam itself. The strategies you use will need to be flexible to adjust the type of exam you are sitting. Sometimes heading for the X‐box or checking your Instagram is a well‐earned break and sometimes it is just procrastination – putting off doing the task that you’re supposed to be doing. People procrastinate for a range of reasons. For students, it often happens:

  • When you don’t know exactly what the next step is or how to do it;
  • When that step is difficult, laborious or time‐consuming;
  • When there will be no immediate outcome or product from the work;
  • When you’ve forgotten why the task was important in the first place.

To help stay on task, consider the following tips, then:

Establish work routines
It is easier to settle into study on a given day if you work at roughly the same time, day after day. You need breaks and regular days off, of course, but you don’t want to be deciding on a daily basis whether this is a day off or a study day. Establishing study routines may involve thinking about regular arrival and departure times, settling procedures and lunch arrangements.

Create an association between working and your workspace
Try saying to yourself “When I sit at this desk, it is to work.” Try not to listen to music and don’t have Facebook and Snapchat open. The aim is to establish an association: I sit at this desk, and my brain starts working. If that doesn’t happen and you’re not getting anything done, walk into another room and take a short break.

Take advantage of the times of day when you work best
Most students are able to identify themselves as better able to concentrate in the morning, the afternoon or the evening. If you are a morning person and you are not settling to work before 11:00am, you will not be as productive as you might be. Once you’ve identified when you can concentrate best, plan to work on tasks that require a high concentration level at those times. Other tasks can wait until you’re not so alert and still be performed satisfactorily.

Break tasks into manageable ‘chunks’
You are more likely to put a task off if it seems big or unmanageable. If you have a couple of hours, it will be more reasonable and achievable if you plan to: read and take notes on two chapters or to analyse responses to three questions. Break your study into manageable chunks.

Plan rewards for getting the job done
Precisely because many of the tasks involved in studies do not have immediate or tangible results that you can enjoy, plan to do something that you will enjoy – after finishing the work. All kinds of activities can function as rewards for getting a task done: talking on the phone, writing an email, eating lunch or getting a drink, visiting the common room or going for a walk. Just make sure you earn the reward!

Adapted from the University of New England, 2017.

Best of luck to all students for a successful end to the year. May your effort be rewarded in kind.

Code of Conduct – Parents, Volunteers and Visitors

The Code of Conduct – Parents, Volunteers and Visitors aims to provide clear guidelines to all parents, volunteers and visitors regarding the conduct expected of them whilst on the College premises, engaging in College‐related activities or representing the College. The Code of Conduct – Parents, Volunteers and Visitors can be accessed here.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Staff and Operations

De La Salle Uniform Shop

Please see Important Notices for details on changes in the stocking, donation and sale of items with the old College logo.

Cabrini Hospital discounts

Cabrini Hospital offers 50% discount on attendance fees in the Emergency Department for students 17 years and under as well as other discounts on services. De La Salle College has registered with Cabrini to enable our parents to take up this offer should they wish to do so. For more details click here.

Emergency Management Drills

The College successfully conducted evacuation drills at each campus recently. These drills are a necessary part of our emergency response planning. We are continuing to refine our processes and are well prepared to face an emergency situation should it arise.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

Remembrance Day

Jesus said, “A person hath no greater love than to lay down his life for his friend”. On Friday 9 November, the College commemorated Remembrance Day. To mark the anniversary of the centenary of the Armistice, we gathered as a College community at the Kinnoull Campus to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice and we paused to pray to our loving God for those who laid down their lives for peace and freedom.

2018 “Yaluwo” Sri Lanka Immersion

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.

On Thursday 22 November the 2018 Yaluwo group will embark on their immersion experience to Sri Lanka. During our month away in Sri Lanka, the group will be challenged to think of others and to work together to make a difference to the community. The nature and value of the experience will allow the “Yaluwo” to put their faith into action by getting involved in various day to day, development and maintenance work as well as immersing themselves in the daily life, culture and traditions of the local community at Diyagala, Boy’s Town.

A pilgrimage such as this provides an opportunity for the “Yaluwo” to discover firsthand the Church at work amongst the poorest of the poor, but also, an opportunity to live with and be in solidarity with our fellow Lasallian brothers and sisters in the hope that a motivation and a vision for the realisation of a just world where the dignity of every human person will be recognised.

Please keep the 2018 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 fills 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.

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 hallmark 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 and we ask that you please consider the need for gifts for teenagers as a priority.

We have two Christmas Giving Tree’s, 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, the smile on their face will be priceless. Thank you to all the families who have already left gift donations under each Christmas tree.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission 

Year 9 Rural Experience

The backdrop for the Year 9 Rural Experience was the Snowy River National Park. The students spent Semester 2 researching issues that are relevant to rural or ‘bush’ life.

Research topics included: health management; mitigation of risks; Indigenous land use; sustainability; and the role of burning in the Australian bush. The students faced many challenges throughout this investigation – working with students that were not in their mentor group or friendship groups; time and work management as many had ACC sport commitments; worry about whether they could cope with the physical demands of camp.

It was terrific to see the students rise to, and grow from these challenges. Students found happiness in rafting, resilience in hiking, bravery in abseiling, wonder in caving, strength in rock climbing and enjoyment in cooking! They developed strong bonds within their camp groups. Students also found out many interesting facts to enhance and augment their research. They will be presenting their findings to the Year 7 students in an Expo next Friday.

Congratulations to all the Year 9 students who embraced the rural experience and have returned with an inner strength and knowledge of their capabilities!

It is a big ask of teachers to be away from family for five days, to ‘rough it’ and participate in all activities so that students can develop an aspect and understanding of themselves which can never be taught in a classroom. My gratitude is extended to Ms Emma Fairclough, Ms Sharni Folland, Ms Carly Walsh, Mr Stephen Brick, Mr Michael Wilson, Mr David Alexander, Mr Michael Chippendale, Mr Andrew Clements, Mr Tom Ryan, Mr Jack Gabron‐Uhe, and Mr Dean Mackintosh. The generosity and willingness of these teachers to be mum, dad, friend and guide over the week of the camp added an important dimension to the learning of Year 9 students at De La Salle College.

Please enjoy the images of camp life.

 

Ms Elizabeth O’Connell
Year 9 In9uiry Coordinator

Parent Network News

Selling and buying second‐hand textbooks for 2019

If you are interested in buying or selling second‐hand textbooks for 2019 you can do so through the Sustainable School Shop. Click here to access flyer on how to register, buy and sell.

2019 Year Level Representatives

We are still appealing for parents who will act as Year Level Representatives in 2019. The focus for the Parent Network in 2019 will be to build a sense of community throughout De La Salle College, and the Year Level ‘Reps’ will be critical to achieving this objective.

Being a Year Level Rep is extremely rewarding and very simple. You will be asked to reach out to the parents in your chosen year level, organise small gatherings for them and be a key contact point for any whole school functions. Our Year Level Rep Coordinator, Mrs Sharon Herdman, will assist and support you throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming involved with our great team as a Year Level Rep please email your details to parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

Ms Meagan Selkirk
President, Parent Network Committee

Important Notices

2019 Schedule of Fees

The Schedule of Fees for 2019 is now finalised. Please refer to the letter from the Principal and the College Board Chair, the 2019 Schedule of Fees and the College Fee Policy newly ratified and effective from 2019.

Should you have any enquiries regarding any of the published documents please do not hesitate to call Mrs Anne‐Maree McKernan or Ms Ellenor Harris in the Finance department on (03) 9508 2100.

Wishing all of our students the very best during this time of exams.

Ms Lyn McGuinness
Director of Finance and Administration

Lasallian Zeal Awards

The Achievement and Recognition Policy – Lasallian Zeal aims to enhance the positive learning community whereby students feel respected and valued. It seeks to affirm and develop positive learning behaviours. The Achievement and Recognition Policy – Lasallian Zeal encourages students to set higher goals for themselves and to achieve their personal best. Motivation to learn is dramatically impacted by being successful.

The five Core Lasallian Principles encompass the categories of achievement and recognition and will be known as Lasallian Zeal. Students will build up nominations over the course of their time at De La Salle College. Students will receive a certificate and a Lasallian Zeal badge in the appropriate colour as described below.

  • Bronze Lasallian Zeal 10 awards in any category
  • Silver Lasallian Zeal 20 awards (10 Bronze Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
  • Gold Lasallian Zeal 30 awards (20 Silver Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
  • Platinum Lasallian Zeal 40 awards (30 Gold Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
Student Name House Mentor Group Award
Zachary Cumberlidge St Leo’s 9 Benilde Bronze
Mitchell Simmons St Austin’s 9 Benilde Bronze
Curtis Cheney St Austin’s 9 Dunstan Bronze
Kevin Xie St Mark’s 9 Dunstan Bronze
Xavier Geddes St Edwin’s 9 Jerome Bronze
Lucas Cozzi St Austin’s 9 Dunstan Silver
Thomas Andrewartha St Mark’s 9 Benilde Silver

Congratulations to the students who received their Bronze and Silver Zeal awards.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

De La Salle Uniform Shop Stock Changes in 2019

New stock with old logo
Shirts still brand new which have the old logo on them are to be phased out but will remain on sale until the end of 2019.

Second‐hand stock with old logo
Donated uniform items (mostly jumpers) that have the old logo on them will be held until the end of the year, parents will then be asked to come and collect their unsold items. Any unwanted items will be donated to a Lasallian community.

Second‐hand stock not sold in over 18 months
Items that were donated for second‐hand sale over 18 months ago which have not sold will be held until the end of the year, parents will then be asked to come and collect their unsold items. Any unwanted items will be donated to a Lasallian community.

Parents, please note from the start of 2019 there will be no resale of donations of uniform with the old logo. Donations will be accepted for distribution to Lasallian charities. Please contact the Uniform Shop at the College on (03) 9576 2678. for more details.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Social Justice Stationery Drive

During Term 4 and in the lead up to the end of the school year, we are challenged to think of others and to work together to make a difference. The whole school is involved in a Stationery Drive donation to our schools in Papua New Guinea through the Lasallian Foundation. Students are asked to donate any of the following items:

  • Folders
  • Pens – that work
  • Pencils – lead and colour
  • Textas/crayons
  • Pencil cases
  • Eraser/rulers/sharpeners/scissors/safety glasses
  • Calculators

All items will be accepted from today and are to be placed in the Kinnoull or Tiverton library where there will be a box located next to the printer. During locker clean up in the last week of school, boxes will be placed for collection along the corridors for final donations. We ask that you support all students in their endeavour to show solidarity and bring hope to the needy, poor and vulnerable members of our local community.

With thanks on behalf of the Year 11 VCAL students.

Miss Ellen Cotter
St Austin’s 2 House Mentor

Richmond’s Big Chop – Monday 26 November

Richmond Bagnall will become a De La Salle College student next year, when he commences in Year 7, 2019. Before he begins at the College, Richmond is doing something truly special for charity and wanted to share this with his new school community.

On Monday 26 November, during the school assembly at Holy Rosary School, Kensington, Richmond’s hair will be cut. His hair will be donated to Variety Hair with Heart, to be made into a wig for someone who has lost their hair due to a medical condition. Through this initiative, Richmond is also raising money for, and awareness of, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation; whose mission is to keep children safe from violence.

Please take a moment to check out Richmond’s Everyday Hero page. If you are able to make a donation, Richmond and his family would be extremely appreciative. Well done Richmond!

Catholic School Parents Victoria eNewsletter

We encourage all in our community to read the latest issue of Catholic School Parents Victoria eNewsletter. If you would like to subscribe to the CSPV newsletter or provide CSPV with feedback on State advocacy issues you are most welcome to do so via the subscribe or feedback button on the link provided. Alternatively, you can send an email to secretary@cspv.catholic.edu.au.

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College calendar.

Wed
21
Nov
Holy Eucharist Campus Open Afternoon - 1241 Dandenong Rd, Malvern East, 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Unit 3 and 4 Exams Conclude
Thu
22
Nov
Year 10 and Year 11 Headstart Program Commences
Yaluwo Immersion Trip (Sri Lanka) departs
Wed
28
Nov
Year 7 Band Concert - PAC, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Thu
29
Nov
Year 10 and Year 11 Headstart Program Concludes
Fri
30
Nov
Semester 2 Examination Period Concludes
Year 10 and Year 11 Final Mass and Assembly - Gymnasium

From the Principal

Last Monday evening 22 October we celebrated the Year 12 students’ graduation from De La Salle with the annual Valedictory Mass and Dinner. The Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral was a beautiful and moving occasion, with Fr John Sherman celebrating and speaking with relevance and meaning to our students.

Our musicians and choir were magnificent; their performances and the grandeur of St Pat’s really added to the significance and quality of this very special evening for the Year 12 cohort and their families. The highlight of the Valedictory Dinner at Marvel Stadium was a wonderfully engaging and memorable presentation from Mrs Bronwyn Joseph, reflecting on her family’s experiences of De La Salle. Lachlan Joseph of the 2018 cohort was the third and final son to graduate and it was terrific to hear Bronwyn describe and relate in such positive fashion the opportunities and experiences De La has provided for her sons.

On Tuesday morning this week I was privileged to be present for the Year 8 Assembly, where twelve students made presentations to their peers on why they would like to be considered for a 2019 Campus Captain role at the new Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus. I had to remind myself at times that these were actually Year 8 students, such was the level of their presentation skills. Their maturity, responsibility, awareness and vision for what these leadership roles will require at Malvern East next year was exemplary. The young men in question have great ambitions for the new campus, they understood and articulated where and how the Five Lasallian Core Principles would fit in and there was a wonderful symmetry in their desire to make Year 9 at Holy Eucharist a success through their leadership and contributions. We now look forward to the finalisation of that process as well as House leadership positions for the new campus.

On Monday I had the pleasure of working for most of the day with the extended group of Lasallian Principals from across Australia and members of the Lasallian Mission Council. I was pleased to learn of the appointment of Br John Pill as the Director of Lasallian Identity. Br John is well known to many of us at Malvern by virtue of his various involvements at De La Salle over the years. The newly created role is closely linked to supporting all of us in Lasallian schools in the tradition of seeing a need and doing something about it, an area we attend to very well at Malvern! There are so many gifts within the Lasallian charism and our model of education that must continue to be shared. As the number of Brothers and their presence in schools declines, Br John’s role will assist in that critical relationship between the Brothers and lay Lasallian partners. The Director of Lasallian Identity will work with schools, their staff and students to maintain the charism beyond this generation.

There is so much energy and life in our Lasallian message and the way this is lived out in our schools. The key now is to ensure we continue to provide formative experiences for our young men, to enable the presence of faith and charism in their everyday life and allow it to positively impact on all aspects of their school life and beyond. The smallest act of kindness in the yard right through to committing weeks of our holidays to social justice work in the Yaluwo Immersion in Sri Lanka; these experiences and decisions allow us to be present for those who need us.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

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

Chaplain’s Notes

First communion

On Sunday 28 October our young students preparing for their First Communion gathered at St Anthony’s Glen Huntly with their parents for a Retreat Day in preparation for the celebration on Sunday 18 November. The day brought them together in reflection, shared activities and prayer. Please keep these young people in your prayers as they move toward this sacred moment in their lives.

Twin Feasts Of All Saints And All Souls

This week the church sets aside time for the celebration of two significant feasts. 1 November each year is dedicated to those men and women whom the church holds up to the faithful as having lived a life worthy of recognition and acknowledges their sainthood. The celebration is a reminder to each of us to live our lives with a keen awareness that our own journey is directed ultimately to being saints in the Kingdom of God.

2 November is dedicated to All Souls. It is a time for us to remember and pray for those who have died. In the Catholic Church, there is a long tradition of continuing our prayers and remembrance of the dead throughout the month of November. Students will be invited to share their prayer for those they wish to remember.

Year 8 Students Explore Jesus The Jew

Recently the Year 8 students visited the Jewish Museum. The boys were intrigued to learn about the teachings, the scrolls, the practice and timeline of the Jewish community that also connected them to the world in which Jesus lived out his mission and purpose. They were able to visit a beautiful synagogue and be exposed to the way in which Jesus would also have prayed during his time on earth, by partaking in an example of a seda meal.

Our Year 12 Students Commence Exams

As exams commence this week, we remember them in prayer. Parents might like to share the following prayer with their sons.

Loving God
be with me now,
as I approach my exams.
Thank you for the many talents and gifts you have
given me and for the opportunity of education.
Calm my nerves and anxiety, help me
to remember all that I have studied,
to express it clearly and to answer the questions
the very best that I can.
Holy Spirit, sit with me in my exam
— and always.
St John Baptist de La Salle
Pray for us.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Year 10 Biology gets under the skin

Year 10 Biological Science Excursion — VITAL — Body Worlds

On 11 October the Year 10 Biological Science students headed to Melbourne Showgrounds, where they took in Gunther von Hagen’s Exhibition “VITAL”, part of his BodyWorlds Expo.

The students got to see first‐hand plastinated bodies, which had been ethically donated for purpose of educating society about the human anatomy. They journeyed through all 13 body systems to deepen their understanding of the human body, but also to see the effects of life that take tolls on the body be it an inherited disease, ageing or even life choices such as smoking.

Students were in awe of the exhibition as there was so much they could physically see which gave them an appreciation of the human body and its mechanics.

We heard shocked reactions of how small the smallest bone in the body is (in the ear), and their awe at seeing some of the bone disorders that people live with every day.

Some of the exhibition highlights elicited comments from the students such as;

  • I can’t believe how many blood vessels there are in the face”
  • That’s what a hip replacement looks like?”
  • I can’t believe how different the smoker’s lung is in comparison to a non‐smokers lung”

This was a wonderful learning opportunity for our Year 10 biology students. A big thank you to the staff members who made this possible — Mr Shardul Kaneria (Learning Area Team Leader), and our attendant Biology Teachers, Mr Paul Harrup and Ms Aoife Bermingham.

Mr Justin Bourke
Excursion Organiser/Biology Teacher

Model UN Conference 2018

On Friday 12 October, De La Salle College hosted our fourth Model United Nations Conference – a highly anticipated event on the students’ calendar.

The topic for this year was, ‘A Right to Freedom: Stopping Human Trafficking’. 88 students from Years 10–12 participated from eight different schools:

  • De La Salle
  • Sacre Coeur
  • Parade College
  • Mazenod College
  • Sacred Heart Girls College, Oakleigh
  • Siena College
  • Caulfield Grammar
  • Lauriston Girls’ School

As the host school, De La Salle had a very strong cohort of 21 students that participated on the day – a number of whom are now veterans of the diplomatic battlefield.

Our participating students are all to be congratulated on how well they represented the College – their knowledge of their allocated country’s position and history regarding human trafficking was impressive and allowed for genuine critical engagement with other delegates during negotiations and moderated caucuses.

2018 Model UN Conference Participants

  • Rodny Garrido (Year 12)
  • Panos Menidis (Year 12)
  • Jackson Reed (Year 12)
  • Griffin Van Laake (Year 12)
  • Joel Van Echteld (Year 12)
  • Joseph Hunter (Year 12)
  • Blair Hopkins (Year 12)
  • Ethan Tambimuttu (Year 12)
  • Sam Gardiner (Year 12)
  • William Hogan (Year 11)
  • Oliver Barr (Year 11)
  • Jack Barnard (Year 11)
  • Hayden Reed (Year 10)
  • Tom Quin (Year 10)
  • Ned Carrick (Year 10)
  • Nicki Bacon (Year 10)
  • Isaac Lewis (Year 10)
  • Jovan Stefanoski (Year 10)
  • Solomon Campbell (Year 10)
  • Patrick Landy (Year 10)
  • Aaron May (Year 10)

Miss Olivia Wenczel
DLD — Curricular Programs

Music Notes

Violin

Recently, Year 11 student Benjamin Gibson sat for and passed the prestigious Australian Musical AMusA violin exam. The exam required him to perform complex pieces from memory in front of two highly skilled judges. The performance went for almost an hour. Then his knowledge in musical theory and general knowledge was examined by the judges for about half an hour through questions and answers. Pictured here are Benjamin and his proud violin teacher, Mr David Reichman. We hope you will join us in celebrating this achievement. Well done, Ben!

ACCent on Music Video

The ACCent on Music video (Collaboration) is now available on the ACC website and YouTube channel. This is a 12‐minute documentary‐style video that covers the planning and preparation phase, with the second part featuring actual footage of the concert and responses from some audience members. The ACC’s Curtis Reeder has done a superb job capturing the scope and grandeur of the event and I am sure that you will enjoy watching it.

Ms Cindy Frost
Music Coordinator

House News

House Champions 2018 — St Leo’s

At the Year 12 Farewell Assembly, St Leo’s were awarded the 2018 House Champions. St Leo’s managed to defend their House Champions title, going back‐to‐back in 2018. St Leo’s House had a very strong 2018 campaign, winning the House Swimming, House Athletics and House Cross Country. They also managed to gather points throughout the year through various lunch time activities, Lightning Premierships, and Science Week. While not always having the strongest individuals, the commitment from the St Leo’s students to get involved and participate in all events helped them hold onto their title. Well done to all St Leo’s and good luck in 2019!

Mr Michael Watty
St Leo’s House Coordinator

Parent Network News

Parent Network Executive Committee for 2019

The Parent Network AGM was held on Wednesday 24 October 2018 and we are pleased to announce the new Executive Committee of the DLS Parent Network for 2019.

President
Mrs Meagan Selkirk

Secretary
Ms Letecya Stacey

Treasurer
Ms Sonya Ryan

Year Level Representatives Coordinator
Ms Sharon Herdman

Communications Officer
Mr Nick Drossos

General Committee Members 

  • Ms Linda Curnow
  • Mrs Maria La Torre
  • Ms Mary Martin
  • Mr Anthony Muir
  • Mr Anest Nicolaou
  • Mrs Cate Robertson
  • Ms Melinda Rowe

We wish to thank Mr Anthony Muir and Mr Anest Nicolaou who have stepped down from their roles as President and Treasurer, although they will continue on as General Committee Members for 2019.

We also wish to thank Mr Eric Quitt who has retired from the Committee after five years of contribution to the Parent Network.

2019 Year Level Representatives

We are now looking for Year Level Representatives for 2019. The focus for the Parent Network in 2019 will be to build a sense of community throughout De La Salle College. The Year Level ‘Reps’ will be critical to achieving this objective.

Being a Year Level Rep is extremely rewarding and very simple. You will reach out to the parents in your chosen year level, organise small gatherings for them and be a key contact point. The whole school functions are organised by the Parent Network Committee so your role is to encourage everyone in your year level to attend. Our Year Level Rep Coordinator, Ms Sharon Herdman, will assist and support you throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming involved with our great team as a Year Level Rep please email your details to parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

Next Meeting — Wednesday 14 November

Parent Network Committee Meeting — change from Monday 12 November to Wednesday 14 November, College Boardroom, 7:30pm — 10:30pm.

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
President, Parent Network Committee

Important Notices

Lasallian Zeal Awards

The Achievement and Recognition Policy – Lasallian Zeal aims to enhance the positive learning community whereby students feel respected and valued. It seeks to affirm and develop positive learning behaviours. The Achievement and Recognition Policy – Lasallian Zeal encourages students to set higher goals for themselves and to achieve their personal best. Motivation to learn is dramatically impacted by being successful.

The five Core Lasallian Principles encompass the categories of achievement and recognition and will be known as Lasallian Zeal. Students will build up nominations over the course of their time at De La Salle College. Students will receive a certificate and a Lasallian Zeal badge in the appropriate colour as described below.

  • Bronze Lasallian Zeal 10 awards in any category
  • Silver Lasallian Zeal 20 awards (10 Bronze Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
  • Gold Lasallian Zeal 30 awards (20 Silver Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
  • Platinum Lasallian Zeal 40 awards (30 Gold Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
Student Name House Year Level Award
Noah Caruso Austins 7 Dunstan Bronze
Joshua Miles Edwins 7 Dunstan Bronze
Adrian Skutela Austins 7 Dunstan Bronze
Harrison Baum Marks 7 Benilde Bronze
Jack Larkin Edwins 7 Benilde Bronze
Gabriel Marsilli Edwins 7 Benilde Bronze

Congratulations to the students who received their Bronze Zeal awards.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Thunderstorm Asthma Warning

Respiratory experts are warning people to be prepared as thunderstorm asthma season approaches — you do not need to have asthma to be affected. Respiratory Specialists advise people to look out for wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and shortness of breath. If you have reliever medication (asthma puffer) you should take it. It is also safe to use someone else’s reliever puffer in an emergency if you don’t have one. Respiratory Specialists advise people should stay indoors, where possible, during spring thunderstorms, particularly when the cool change hits. People with asthma or hayfever should see their Doctor for medication to prevent and treat any potential attacks. People with mild asthma, or who have never experienced an asthma attack, are often most affected because they are not actively taking treatment or have management plans. This is a reminder to mild asthmatics that their condition could suddenly become severe, therefore a current action plan and medication is required.

Asthma Australia urges people to be aware of asthma symptoms.

What is Thunderstorm Asthma?
It is the phenomenon of rye grass pollen being swept up into springtime thunderstorms and ruptured by the pressure of the rain into smaller pollen grains. Cold thunderstorm outflow winds then push the particles down to ground level where they can be inhaled deeply into the lungs and trigger asthma epidemics.

What Symptoms to look out for
Wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and shortness of breath. Take particular care if you have asthma or are prone to hayfever.

How can I prevent it?

  • If you have ever had asthma talk to your Doctor about what you can do to help protect yourself from the risk of thunderstorm asthma this pollen season. Remember taking an asthma preventer properly and regularly is key to preventing asthma, including thunderstorm asthma.
  • If you have hayfever – see your Pharmacist or Doctor for a hayfever treatment plan and check if you should have an asthma reliever puffer, available from pharmacies without a prescription.
  • Where possible, avoid being outside during thunderstorms through November and December – especially during the wind gusts that come before the storm. Close your doors and windows. If you have your air‐conditioning on, turn it onto recirculate.
  • Respiratory Specialists advise if you need to go to Hospital during one of these events, try to go by private transport rather than wait for an Ambulance, as the Ambulance service may be subjected to unprecedented demand similar to the 2016 thunderstorm asthma episode.

Please ensure your son’s asthma and hayfever action plans are up to date with De La Salle Health Centre. Your son’s medical file can be accessed via the Community Portal or you can contact Ms Kylie Upton, Health Centre on (03) 9508 2144 if you require any further information.

Useful Apps and Websites:

Ms Kylie Upton
Health Centre

Solway Community Fair — 24 November

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates on the College calendar.

Fri
2
Nov
Year 9 Camp Concludes
Year 7, 2020 Acceptance of offers of place (per CEM)
Mon
5
Nov
Melbourne Cup Long Weekend
Tue
6
Nov
Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Fri
9
Nov
Remembrance Day Service - Kinnoull Lawn, 10:30am - 11:00am
Mon
12
Nov
ACC Year 7 and 8 Debating and Public Speaking Competition - St Bernard’s College, Essendon, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Tue
13
Nov
Semester Two Examination Period Commences
Wed
14
Nov
Holy Eucharist Year 9 Campus Open Afternoon - 1241 Dandenong Rd, Malvern East, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Parent Network Committee Meeting - College Boardroom, 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Thu
15
Nov
Primary Music Morning - PAC, 8:55am - 12:53pm

From the Principal

This is a significant week in the school calendar as Friday marks the end of our Year 12 students’ formal schooling.

While this is a poignant moment in all schools, I feel that it is somehow special at De La Salle as each Year 12 cohort who graduate depart with that sense of De La brotherhood. No one seems to actively or artificially create this fraternity but for literally generations, departing Matric, HSC and VCE students at our school have been united and bonded by a tremendous sense of unity and togetherness. Graduates talk about this for many years; it is often brought up in conversation and reminiscences at Old Collegians’ reunions.

I spoke to the Year 12 students last week about the importance of legacy; it is so important for each group of quality young men to move through the final weeks of school in a positive way, do the right thing, make good decisions and leave with great memories. I did make the point that I worry only a little about our boys doing the wrong thing as they have tremendous respect for their school, the staff and their peers. Their capacity to build on the positive culture they have developed over their years at the College is traditionally more important to De La Salle students than any unsavoury or foolish actions to “mark” the end of their Year 12. I am very proud of our student’s for the maturity and responsibility they display.

This is a period of terrific excitement for the Year 12 students as their 13 years of schooling draws inexorably to a close. However, there is still much to do and much to achieve. I always speak to the graduating students about the importance of “finishing well.” This relates to their behaviour, the example they set and the role‐modelling they demonstrate to their younger peers. Critically, it means retaining and then building their focus on achieving all they possibly can in relation to their studies. So much improvement can still be attained through strong examination performances as the raw scores awarded to SACs throughout the year are moderated against exam results.

This is a wonderful time of year as we celebrate the Year 12 classes’ graduation and contribution to the school. Tomorrow we have the traditional Year 12 Old Collegians Breakfast, where Mr David Livera, College Captain from 1998, will be the guest speaker. The Old Collegians Association also donate an embroidered De La sports bag for each graduate. This is followed by the very special and meaningful whole school Final Assembly where our College community farewells the Year 12 cohort. Each student is presented, academic and sporting awards are given out, the outgoing College Captain makes an emotional farewell speech and the 2018 Leaders formally hand over responsibility to the 2019 team in ceremonial style.

An informal celebration at Sidetracked on Monday morning will be followed in the afternoon by the traditional Valedictory Mass at the magnificent St Patrick’s Cathedral and a formal Valedictory Dinner at Marvel Stadium, where the most significant awards are presented in relation to Faith, Academia, the Arts, Sport and Leadership.

I’d like to reference a Lasallian link to the Year 12 students’ exit as well. A recent Lasallian publication, “Let Us Remember: Stories of the Holy Presence of God” contains dozens of examples from De La Salle schools where members of the school community touch hearts. One such extract, “Helpers in Our Midst” tells of the opportunity to look for the “helpers” when things get tough. In a Lasallian school, in a Lasallian community, they are always there when we look for them.

The 2018 Year 12 students have been helpers themselves in so many ways but have also benefited tremendously from the helpers on staff. This cohort, and not just those holding formal leadership roles, has given an enormous amount to the College. Their everyday example and leadership in the vertical pastoral care groups at Kinnoull, their attitude to study, contribution to House and ACC sport, to music and drama, to the Retreat experience, Mission Action Day, Founder’s Day, presence at the Community Masses, the Yaluwo team set for immersion in Sri Lanka – all examples of outstanding helpers.

In turn, the students have been the beneficiary of so many helpers on staff as well in their final year. Their Unit 3 and 4 teachers’ devotion to extracting the best out of them, the everyday friendship and support of House Coordinators and Mentors, the Student Wellbeing Team, sports coaches, music and drama teachers/mentors and of course – their parents!

I wish this wonderful group of young men all the very best for the remainder of 2018 and beyond.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principals’ Column

Faith and Mission

The Lasallian Staff Service Award

It is with much pleasure that I announce that the Lasallian Staff Service Award was presented to three very worthy staff members for their outstanding demonstration of the Five Core Lasallian Principles throughout various aspects of their work, over the course of their teaching careers here at De La Salle College. Congratulations to Mr Peppe Di Ciccio, Mrs Georgina Dwyer and Mr Larry Evans who were nominated by their peers for their commitment and service to a Lasallian education. The awards were presented at the conclusion of our Social Justice Mass at the end of Term 3 and it was most appropriate that Br Michael Carroll FSC, Director of the Brothers Malvern Community presented each recipient with their Lasallian Staff Service Award.

Congratulations to Mr Peppe Di Ciccio, Mrs Georgina Dwyer and Mr Larry Evans on being awarded and recognized in such an honourable way. Please click here to enjoy the recognition speeches in full.

Year 12 Valedictory Mass and Graduation

Next Monday 22 October, we will have the privilege of celebrating our Year 12 Valedictory Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. It will be wonderful to see our Valedictorians gather for a final time, along with their families and the College staff in the spectacular setting of St Patrick’s Cathedral. Gathering at St Patrick’s Cathedral allows us not only to bear witness to our faith as a Christian community but also reflects a genuine appreciation and affection of our faith tradition and of how we live out this faith as Lasallians.

While many of the graduates may be nervous and perhaps a little anxious about what lies ahead, God has blessed each of them, with multiple gifts and talents that will enable them to make a positive contribution to the world. I ask our graduates to reflect on and trust in the words of our Founder St John Baptist de La Salle.

Do not have any anxiety about the future. Leave everything in God’s hands for he will take care of you”

St John Baptist de La Salle (Letter 101)

Camp La Salle – Phillip Island

During the recent school holidays, a small group of Year 7 and Year 8 students attended Camp La Salle at Phillip Island. It was a great opportunity for those students to connect with other young Lasallians from neighbouring Lasallian Colleges. Follow this link to read Lasallian Youth Minister, Mr Aaron Trusler’s full report.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Lasallian Staff Service Awards 2018

Mr Peppe Di Ciccio

This nominee is recognised first and foremost for his amazing levels of stamina and dedication to his students and his Learning Area. His reputation for working tirelessly for the success of his students is legendary. He is constantly, invariably approachable, giving selflessly of his time on their behalf.

With respect to the principle of Faith in the presence of God, when it’s his turn for staff prayer, this gentleman will often deliver a thought‐provoking prayer, which indicates the depth to which he contemplates his relationship with God.

He is well known for the giving of his time equally to all. He has a keen sense of social justice, is troubled by inequities in the world and has taken many strides to do his bit to alleviate these. He was instrumental in establishing the Year 12 Social Justice Immersion program to India. He then either led or participated in three trips to India to support underprivileged Lasallian communities.

This nominee makes extensive OneNote documents to guide the students through their courses; he runs tutorials on a weekly basis and is tireless in his determination to know the course completely. He is well known for his willingness to be generous with his time to all students/members of staff equally. In his soccer team, everyone who signs up is given the chance to play at least once.

He is always available to help, with his colleagues able to contact him for help during evenings, weekends and holidays for assistance. For example, when a colleague left his wallet in a desk drawer at school our nominee happily collected it and took it to his colleague’s home to return it. A true gentleman. This nominee is our famous Science/Chemistry teacher and 2018 ACC Senior Soccer premiership coach, Mr Peppe Di Ciccio.

Mrs Georgina Dwyer

Over many years, this teacher has worked tirelessly to help our young men, not only in her Learning Area but in all aspects of their school life. She is a great support to her students and their faith life at school, actively encouraging her young men to participate in and contribute to liturgies. She spends a great deal of time thinking about and preparing prayer when it is her turn to lead the staff prayer at briefings. She has always actively supported the social justice initiatives of the College by attending many fundraising events over the years, promoting the various initiatives and volunteering to help with events such as the St Vinnies Winter Sleep Out.

This nominee is widely renowned as an excellent educator. She demonstrates to the students a great love for her subject areas and spends an immense amount of time preparing classes which are innovative. She challenges the young men to think and utilise their skills in the various tasks. She is generous with her time, spending many afternoons in the library coaching those who need help. She is always showing how determined she is to enable the young men in her care to achieve success in relation to their ability. She is a charismatic person who is always willing to work with other staff to develop and review curriculum, write rubrics and tasks and discuss a range of issues pertaining to both the academic and pastoral nature of education.

With students, this teacher is firm, yet fair in her dealings in the classroom. She creates a classroom atmosphere where it is expected that students will challenge themselves and make progress, yet for those who find concepts difficult, she shows exemplary patience and gives time to help these individuals to succeed as well. She is a fierce advocate for the College and the Lasallian education and frequently discusses the nature of our programs with those outside the community.

She is a friendly and caring person who always goes out of her way to help those around her. Nothing is too much trouble as she checks on those who are struggling, enjoys the banter of the staffroom and if she says she will do something, it is always done. I think you will agree the qualities outlined above all align very evenly with the Five Core Principles of a Lasallian education and we are indeed very fortunate to have a teacher who embodies, who lives these values every day of her life

Congratulations, Mrs Georgina Dwyer!

Mr Larry Evans

The main reason behind the nomination of this recipient of the Lasallian Service Award is his friendly approach and wonderful rapport with students and staff alike. As a maths and science teacher over many years at De La he has consistently, year in year out been a wonderful support for his students, and invariably loyal to the College.

He participates fully in all aspects of the school community including expressions of faith through masses, liturgies and support of various social justice initiatives the school runs, including supporting the Year 12 Coolies trip to work with disadvantaged schools in India.

His commitment to the Principle of a Quality Education is best demonstrated via his consistent approach to teaching. He is always willing to help his students and other staff, and always gives his all to supporting his colleagues, consistent with our Lasallian values of working together and by association. He is friendly and approachable at all times and makes significant contributions to the Learning Areas in which he works.

Finally, this teacher is perhaps best known in recent years for his amazing work with MAD. This is typical of his commitment to helping others and is very impressive indeed.

Congratulations to Mr Larry Evans on receiving the Lasallian Service Award.

Music Notes

Phunk Messengers score une douce victoire

Twenty‐five schools were invited to compete in a Battle of the Bands at Sacre Cœur’s annual French Village Fair 2018 on Saturday 13 October, and this year musicians from De La Salle won the title and $500 prize money! The band de jour was called ‘Fletcher and the Phunk Messengers’ and featured Fletcher Bird, Jordan Burns, Nathan Barrow, Ben Coonan, Dominic Gehrig, Joel Thompson, Anthony Ryan, and Eli Te Moni. Congratulations!

Ms Cindy Frost
Music Coordinator