From the Principal

On Friday evening 23 February, I had the privilege of attending the ACC Swimming Carnival and cheering on the De La Salle team to their first victory of the ACC Swimming Championships in 22 years.

This was a long-awaited and particularly sweet victory for the dedicated and talented swimmers, most of whom have competed in the past two years when we came second on both occasions to Whitefriars, who came second to De La for a change.

Swimming training can be a thankless task with many cold, early mornings and the potential for monotony. I have been very proud of each and every one of our athletes for their capacity to stick to the task, maintain the routine and support each other. I regularly see them down at Harold Holt pool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, plus most of the swimmers train with private clubs and squads as well. The swimming team is a great place for the younger students to gain a sense of belonging and peer support as the older boys traditionally look after them, encourage them, include them and build their confidence. There exists in the team a terrific bond across the age groups and year levels.

While our “big names”; Campbell Freeman, Noah Millard, Morgan Morffew and Captain Angus McLean, were simply magnificent on the night, all team members played their parts and contributed to the dominance across all events culminating in a comprehensive 44 point-winning margin over the second placed Whitefriars. Thank you and congratulations to coaches Mr Guy Eylon and 2016 Old Collegian Mr Liam Kelliher. I would also like to acknowledge the legacy of our previous coaches, Mr Chris Windley and Mrs Gabrielle Windley. While they have now moved on to another school, Chris and Gab did a tremendous amount of work in recent years to build a squad with the right culture and push De La swimming back to where it should be. Director of Sport, Mr Jon Edgar and Mr Peter Larsen were also a wonderful support for the team.

From Sunday to Tuesday last week, I attended the annual Lasallian Leaders Gathering, held this year in Brisbane for the first time. The gathering is a rich opportunity for Lasallian Principals, Board Chairs, Directors, Brothers and other senior staff to come together with the Mission Council to report, consult and strategise. All four countries in our District – Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea were well represented. On Sunday afternoon, Brother Visitor Br David Hawke recently reappointed for a further four years and Lasallian Mission Council Chief Executive Merv McCormack reviewed the successes and challenges in our District for 2017 and then mapped out priorities and strategies for the coming year.

In a new and very welcome initiative, we spent Monday out of the conference rooms and travelled to various arms of the yourtown network to see, hear and observe first-hand the myriad of wonderful work this extraordinary service undertakes to support the less fortunate in various communities in and around Brisbane. Yourtown previously operated as BoysTown when the De La Salle Brothers set up a Queensland-based residential school for young men in 1961. So much of the organisation has changed since that time; the services they design and deliver, the assistance service offered and the way they interact with our community, have all evolved. In 2016, the yourtown team felt the time was right to move to a name and image which better reflects the inclusive nature of their work. In an extract from their website, the yourtown staff sum up their goals as a Lasallian organisation.

We aim to achieve real change for those who turn to us, helping them find jobs, learn skills, become great parents and live safe and happy lives. As an inclusive organisation we need to make sure there are no impediments to young people accessing our services. With programs and services at both a national and local level, yourtown is committed to helping young people in your street, your suburb, your community, your town.”

Yourtown aims to build on the strong foundation in place since developed over the previous five decades. Their focus is unambiguously on tackling the tough issues that impact the lives of young people in Australia. Remarkable in both its simplicity and power, the Mission and Vision of yourtown is a concise summary of a raft of initiatives and services to support our community. “To Make a difference, to change lives and create brighter futures” genuinely captures yourtown’s identity and primary purpose – they are an organisation which helps people. I was fortunate enough to visit the yourtown centre in Deception Bay, north of Brisbane, that runs programs and services around early intervention strategies for disadvantaged children from pre-birth to 12 years and their families. A variety of counselling, therapy and support services operate out of Deception Bay. These are designed to support children, strengthen families and communities, enable school retention and re-engagement so as to strengthen these young people’s ties with their community and enable them to access the opportunities education and support can provide. Deception Bay also runs job training and employment readiness programs for adolescents and young adults. In another significant arm of the service, yourtown also plays a key role in supporting the indigenous community, administering employment and wellbeing programs that create job options and community engagement opportunities.

It was humbling to hear the story of yourtown, to see first-hand the dedication and passion of their staff and to hear of the genuine difference they are able to make in the lives of so many from disadvantaged backgrounds. I often talk about St John Baptist de La Salle’s record of identifying a need and having the courage to do something about it but I have rarely seen such a practical application of the Founder’s zeal than I witnessed in spending the day with the yourtown staff. If you’d like further information or you may even wish to provide a donation, visit and you can see the extent of their services and wonderful community work.

Finally, with Mission Action Day fast approaching – Thursday 29 March – I would urge all families to engage with your sons and support, promote, encourage and drive their efforts to gain sponsorship for the event. So many of our Lasallian communities in Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, India, South Sudan and other impoverished areas literally rely on the generosity of the De La Salle Malvern boys to fund basic projects and services in their schools each year. Our aim is always to top the $100,000 mark and with all in the College working together we should be able to once again achieve this goal.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday 22 March and Wednesday 28 March from 2:00pm until 8:30pm in the Gymnasium. Students will be dismissed after period 4. The dinner break for staff is 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

Parents are asked to make appointments with teachers who have requested an interview. Bookings will open to parents on Monday 12 March. Students are expected to attend the interview in full College uniform.

Mission Action Day

Mission Action Day on 29 March is a compulsory school day for all students. If any student is unable to attend, the College asks parents to offer a written explanation to be addressed to the appropriate YLC or House Coordinator.

Students are asked to make a special effort over the next three weeks to increase their sponsorship. Each student should be aiming for a minimum of $50 to help the College achieve its overall target of $100,000 to assist Lasallian Missions both in Australia and Asia. Payment of the total sponsorship sum begins after the walk has been completed, usually in term 2.

Sponsorship money can be paid:

  • cash through the student’s Class Mentor
  • online via Trybooking (some fees apply)
  • by credit card at the school office.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

Lasallian Leaders Gathering 2018

Last week I had the privilege of travelling to Brisbane to attend the annual Lasallian Leaders Gathering. The theme of the conference was “Lasallians Without Limits, Working for a Hopeful Future”. It was during the opening address which was shared by Brother Visitor David Hawke fsc and Mr Merv McCormack, Executive Director, Lasallian Mission Council, that we were reminded challenge in our work with young people is to remember to be encouraged and hopeful by what we do and to set off in haste, as did the disciples, when they set off in haste on the road to Emmaus.

This message of hope resonated throughout the days of the conference, in particular, the second day which was spent at yourtown — a charity built on the ethos and beliefs of the De La Salle Brothers whose mission is “to enable young people especially those who are marginalised and without voice, to improve their quality of life.”

I recently came across a reflection written by a former De La Salle College Principal, Br Bill Firman fsc;

There is no greater gift to the unemployed than the dignity that comes with a job and the capacity to earn a living. There is no greater gift to a child than security and love. When we give to help others we do in fact enrich our own lives”
Br Bill Firman fsc

The words remind me of the work witnessed at yourtown, the work of Ms Tracy Adams the CEO, her dedication and the dedication of the team at yourtown is a true example of the work of St John Baptist de La Salle and working with the poorest of the poor, going above and beyond, serving those most in need with respect, dignity and trust. This work is about relationships, connectedness and having an encounter with the other and ultimately God and recognising God in the other. This is why this work so valuable, so important, and as Lasallians, we need to be committed to our ministry of human and Christian education. The very clear message to come out of the conference was that we need to be beacons of hope for all young people in our care.

2018 Prospective Year 12 Yaluwo Sri Lanka Immersion

On the morning of Tuesday 6 March all interested, prospective Year 12 Yaluwo were invited to attend an information assembly in St Miguel Theatre.

Students wishing to express an interest in participating in the program left the assembly with a first stage application form. Parents are invited to contact me at the College if they have any questions. Students who have not yet registered their willingness to continue the tradition of service to our Lasallian communities can collect an application form at Kinnoull Reception.

Br Peter Bray fsc Lecture

Recently, I attended a lecture given by De La Salle Brother, Br. Peter Bray, fsc the 8th Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University in the Holy Land, the first university established in Palestine and the only Catholic University. Bethlehem University provides higher education to the Palestinian people, both Christians and Muslims, in the West Bank. It was established in the Lasallian tradition and provides an education for the Palestinian people dealing with the iniquities of occupation and the heavy restrictions on their freedom. Some of the many challenges and difficulties faced by those attending the university each day are the delays and humiliations associated with travelling from East Jerusalem and having to travel through the Separation Wall each day.

Throughout his address, Br Peter spoke emphatically, honestly and emotionally about the injustice of the plight of the Palestinian people and the struggles he witnesses each day in his work. He described that one of the key aims of Bethlehem University is to maintain its reputation an “Oasis of Peace” for Muslims and Christians, where relationships built on trust and respect are fostered and nurtured. Br Peter’s presentation left us pondering that in a place where it is easy to feel like you have been forgotten and abandoned by the world, to live in hope, brings the promise of peace and justice.

So I leave you with this prayer for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land, who live each day in hope, waiting in hope for the day peace and justice will arrive at their doorstep;

God of our longing,
Remember those who wait and hope for peace.
Hear our prayer for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.
Open ears, eyes and hearts and make a way toward justice, in our war-torn world. Amen

St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us
Live Jesus in our Hearts – Forever

Year 7 Reflection Day Incursions – Term 2

Wednesday, 18 April 7 Hegarty and 7 Dunstan Miss Ellen Cotter Mr Paul Maxted St Miguel Theatre, Kinnoull Campus
Wednesday, 2 May 7 Benilde and 7 Jerome Mrs Grace Giudice and Mr Ryan McDonough Performing Arts Centre, Tiverton Campus
Wednesday, 9 May 7 Vincent, 7 Solomon and 7 Roland Mr Paul Maxted, Mr Chris Church and Mr Adam Jacobs Performing Arts Centre, Tiverton Campus

Students are asked to bring their own recess, snacks, water bottle and lunch. Students are to wear their sports uniform for the day.

Make Your Easter Chocolate Slavery-free

The Office of Justice and Peace at the Cardinal Knox Centre has asked that schools and parishes share the information below. We in the developed nations shouldn’t be exploiting children and vulnerable people – our brothers and sisters — so that we can enjoy chocolate as part of our celebration of Easter (or at any time during the year).

Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”
Pope Francis 2015

Please buy and sell only slavery-free chocolate this Easter. That’s the message from ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) to everyone intending to buy chocolate, or run chocolate fundraising during Lent.

Click here to find out more about having a Slavery-Free Easter.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission


ACC – Swimming Championship Success

The De La Salle College Swimming Team won the 2018 ACC Swimming Championships in convincing style at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on Friday 23 February. It was our first win since 1996 and saw De La Salle secure the Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Aggregate Cups. Congratulations to coaches Mr Guy Eylon and Mr Liam Kelliher, who commenced training with the squad in August 2017, and student Co-Captains Angus McLean and Ben Richter, who showed terrific leadership for the whole team. A sensational result for all concerned; for our young men and their families it was truly a night to remember. Campbell Freeman and Noah Millard are off to the 2018 National Swimming Australian Age Championships.

A video of highlights produced by the ACC can be accessed here. For a photo gallery and more details from the night, click here.

The Boys Are Not All Right

Our Kinnoull Campus College Psychologist, Anthony Freeman passed this article on to me recently following the shooting of 17 people, most of them teenagers, at a Florida school. The author wrote,

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School now joins the ranks of Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Columbine and too many other sites of American carnage. What do these shootings have in common? Guns, yes. But also, boys. Girls aren’t pulling the triggers. It is boys. It is almost always boys.”

As a College community, we are often in conversation about raising great men and what it takes to build nurturing and life-protecting men with a sense of purpose and an ethos for life. In adolescence, you son’s education becomes more and more specific – handling vehicles, dealing with sexuality, making choices about work and career, and responding to choices offered around alcohol and drugs.

Like you, we are concerned about getting this right. We must do this work together. It happens slowly, but it also comes to a climactic moment when a boy has to snap out of childishness and take a hold of his life. Like giving birth, that moment needs lots of help. Much of our approach to student engagement and student management focuses on pro-social, positive behaviours. We problem solving adopting a restorative approach and are trying to build a positive school culture that values and honours the dignity of the individual, the family and the College. Our Positive Student Behaviour Policy and our Achievement and Recognition Policy can be viewed via the parent portal.

National Shortage of EpiPen 300mcg Adrenaline (Epinephrine) Auto-Injectors

De La Salle College is aware of the national shortage of EpiPen 300mcg adrenaline auto-injectors and wishes to advise that Anaphylaxis Australia has confirmed that new stock of EpiPen 300mcg adrenaline auto-injectors arrived in Australia last week and will be available in pharmacies this week. It may take some time for stock levels to return to normal. Students with approaching dates of expiry have been contacted and arrangements made pending full supplies of EpiPens.

Athletics Carnival

The De La Salle College Athletics Carnival is a compulsory event for all students. Any student who is absent from the Athletics Carnival will be required to support the absence with a Medical Certificate issued on the day of the absence. Students whose absence is not supported with a Medical Certificate will be followed up by the Year Level/House Coordinator and issued with a Saturday Detention. Students in Years 4 – 7 will be bused to and from the venue and are required to report to the College by 8:40am for homeroom. Buses will depart from the College at 9:00am and students will return to the College by 3:30pm. Events for Years 4 – 7 will begin at 9:30am. If students would prefer to return home with their parents/guardians who are in attendance on the day, written consent must be provided to Class Mentors prior to the Athletics Carnival.

Extended Absences

A gentle reminder for parents that holidays in term time should be avoided wherever possible as this disrupts the continuity of your son’s education and has the potential to impact his achievement and promotion. Requests for an extended leave of absence for a holiday must be made in writing to the Directors of Students: Mr Luke Kenealy (Director of Students 4 – 9) and Mr John McAlroy (Director of Students 10 – 12)

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

On 15 December 2017 the Royal Commission released its final report. The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations are drawn from the work of the Royal Commission and feature in Volume 6 of the report. Read Commissioner Mitchell’s media release here.

The Royal Commission has drawn attention to specific sectors and settings in its work and reports. However, many of the recommendations relate to the need for ongoing action, cooperation and leadership by Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, to ensure child safety is embedded in all child-serving organisations across Australia. The Prime Minister has established a Taskforce to progress a whole of government co-ordinated response. See the Prime Minister’s media release here.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Chaplain’s Notes

Brother Denis Loft Reconnects With Mark’s House

Brother Denis Loft, a former student and teacher at De La Salle, rounded off his brief spell in Melbourne with a visit to the Kinnoull Campus to address St Mark’s House, of which he was a member. He presented the Year 10, 11 and 12 students with an in-depth account of conditions in South Sudan, the newest country in our world. The extreme poverty and harsh living conditions continue and stand in stark contrast to the comfort of life in Australia. Brother Denis’ account of life in South Sudan threw open a challenge to the students who can share their own wealth and effort in supporting these communities.

Year 8 Liturgies Continue

Each Tuesday morning a group of Year 8 students lead the College community in prayer to start the day. On Tuesday 6 March, Year 8 Hegarty helped us reflect on forgiveness and how we treat the people we encounter in our lives. Parents who are dropping their son/s at school are most welcome to join us in the Tiverton Chapel for an 8:15 am start. The Chapel is located near the library. We would love to see you there! Please note that due to new Child Safety laws all visitors to the College must sign in at Reception first.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain


The Year 9 program is diverse and offers students the ability to reflect using feedback and peer collaboration to improve personal and educational outcomes. By critiquing the work of others and their own, students develop self-awareness and self-management in order to understand the skills required of a life-long and independent learner.

One aspect of In9uiry in Year 9, is to develop the skill in our students of providing effective and actionable feedback to others and, in turn, listening to feedback from others to enhance our own work. This week the students have developed driving questions, seeking the advice and opinions of their classmates to enhance stimulating driving questions that will inform their research report. This is an integral part of the creation of an interesting, multi-dimensional City Experience project for the Expo evening on June 28.

We have been using the story of Austin’s butterfly and the power of peer review to help show the students what can be achieved when we carefully listen to our peers’ critique of our work and then use their feedback to develop what we originally produced. A key element to being open to any feedback is to first hear what we have done well. Then with an open mind, we listen to how our work might be enhanced.

Alongside the In9uiry program Lasallian Service also runs throughout the Year 9 program, with an expectation that students will volunteer their time for 17.5 hours over one term. Students are encouraged to work with those in our community who most need our help, reflecting the hope of our founder, St John Baptist de la Salle when he prayed:

Lord, set my heart aflame with love for you and my neighbour.

Almost half of the year level has committed to Lasallian Service this term, with students working with the elderly, the deaf, at special needs education centres and with little children. We are proud to have heard so many glowing reports about our young men and the work they are doing. Images of some students working with both ends of the age spectrum in our community are below.

Mrs Elizabeth O’Connell
In9uiry Coordinator

Music Notes

Private lessons

Private lessons are available by contacting the Music Administrator, Ms Susan Jost:


Ensembles are well underway for Term 1.

The College ensembles are:

  • Concert Band
  • Intermediate Band
  • Junior Band
  • Stage Band
  • Choir
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble

Any students wishing to join an ensemble can contact Ms Kelly Williams:

ACC Combined Concert 2018

On 18 September, a concert spectacular will be held at the home of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Hamer Hall at Southbank. Our musicians will combine with other ACC schools to form bands and choirs that will lift the roof! The first rehearsal for this event will involve the De La Salle choir members on Thursday 22 March. Further information regarding this concert will follow in later editions of Duce.

Ms Kelly Williams
Music Department

Sports News

Swimming — ACC Title Win

It has been a long time since our last ACC Swimming Championship but this year’s team made an emphatic statement. De La Salle College won three age-group titles, the three divisional cups (Junior, Intermediate, Senior) and subsequently were named Aggregate Champions.

Many swimmers produced personal best performances on the night and a number broke ACC records. Noah Millard swimming in the Open 200m Freestyle event got the team off to a flying start in the first event of the evening, breaking the ACC record and winning the event convincingly. He also broke the Under 16 50m backstroke record. Campbell Freeman swimming in the Under 17 age group broke the 50m Freestyle record. The most convincing swim of the night belonged to our Under 16 5om relay team who smashed a record that has stood since 1999. The team bettered the previous mark by 4 seconds.

Our new coach Mr Guy Elyon and his assistant Mr Liam Kelliher prepared the team brilliantly and Captains Angus McLean and Ben Richter were fantastic leaders throughout the campaign. A full set of results is available on the ACC website at For a photo gallery and more details from the night, click here.

Mr Jon Edgar
Director of Sport


In round 4, the first XI travelled to Croydon to play St Joseph’s, Ferntree Gully. Captain, Hugh Hyslop, won the toss and elected to bat, in what proved to be a successful decision after a 17 run win. There were early worries as the side lost 3 early wickets, however, thanks to some dominant batting from Rory Drummond (42) and Hugh Hyslop (47), De La managed to post 9141. Mahon (3 / 16)was the early destroyer with the ball, reducing St Joseph’s to 3/10, but some middle order partnerships ensured a close finish before De La Salle’s class was eventually too much, as Oliver Bradley (1 / 6) and Pascal Traczewski (2 / 28) closed the match out.

Round 4 saw the second XI go up against Whitefriars at Waverley Oval, East Malvern. Co-captains James Still and Jay Thorn won the toss and elected to bat first. The innings began slowly with De La Salle College scoring at just over a run a ball to see them at the end of the tenth over and 216. Wesley Mendes (32) was the rock of the innings, with some lusty blows from Co-captain Jay Thorn (27*) seeing De La Salle College to a competitive score of 784 off their 20 overs. De La Salle College’s bowling innings could not have got off to a better start with Tom Lyngberg picking up a wicket in the very first over. Steady partnership bowling along with excellent fielding meant the bowlers picked up regular wickets with Alex Camm (3) and Jay Thorn (2) dismissing Whitefriars for 75 after 19 overs to see De La Salle College win by 14 runs.

In round 5, the first XI was faced with the ever-challenging journey to St Bernard’s. The snakepit was in immaculate condition with a flat wicket and lightning fast outfield as De La Salle again won the toss and elected to bat. Angus Grey (27) got off to a quick start before Jared Williams (54) and Hugh Hyslop (35) batted superbly through the middle overs. Some impeccable late hitting from Sam Mahom (41 off 25) led De La Salle to a solid 190 off their 35 overs. The bowlers faced a tough time as St Bernard’s reached the 30th over only two wickets down and well in control. However, the reigning premiers showed their class and managed to take some late wickets through Raymond (2 / 28) and 3 runouts to restrict St Bernard’s to 5/178, resulting in a 12 run victory.

Round 5 of second XI cricket saw the in-form De La Salle College play an upbeat CBC St Kilda at Stanley Grose, East Malvern. At the toss of the coin it favoured De La Salle College and on a synthetic wicket decided to bowl. CBC St Kilda got off to a cracking start with 11 runs coming off the over with 2 boundaries in it. Steady bowling through the middle overs helped restrict the run rate, with Alex Feola’s (3/12) being the pick of the bowlers. At the end of the innings, De La Salle College had to be 104 to win off 20 overs at a run rate of 5.2. De La Salle had a nervous start to the chase losing one of their openers to just the second ball of the innings. Crucial wickets by CBC St Kilda saw De La Salle College slump to 641. A strong seventh-wicket partnership of 50 between Ari Sioukas (32) and Nick Condon (26) saw De La Salle through to the final over requiring just 5 off the last 6 balls. The final over was to be filled with excitement which would see De La Salle College over the line with a bye of the final ball of the innings to score 8104 winning by 2 wickets.

Mr Thomas Cairnes and Mr Benjamin Paine
Sports Assistants


The senior tennis side travelled to Mazenod for their round 4 matches. The match didn’t go in De La Salle’s favour, however, there were many personal highlights on the day. Chris Iramiyan won his 1st seed set 8–6 and Jack Bruce-Smith won his 2nd seed set 8–2, as well as both Chris and Jack combining to win their doubles set 8–0, both continuing there stellar form this season. Michael Fabian and Oliver Bott also won their tight doubles set 9–7. Eventually, Mazenod proved too strong against an undermanned De La Salle to win 8 sets (63 games) to 4 sets (48 games).

In round 5, De La Salle’s senior tennis side hosted Salesian at St Andrews Gardner Tennis Club. It was another close match for our tennis side, eventually losing with 6 sets each but their 66 games were not enough to beat Salesian’s 73 games. Chris Iramiyan (8–2) and Jack Bruce-Smith (8–2) again won both their singles sets, but this week they were accompanied by Byron Gelagin (9–8) and George Kostakos (9–7). In the doubles, the top two pairs also managed to claim victories, with Riley Glass and Jack Bruce-Smith (8–2) and Harry Wolstenholme and Byron Gelagin (8–4) both winning comfortably.

Mr Thomas Cairnes and Mr Benjamin Paine
Sports Assistants


Round 4 of Senior A volleyball consisted of De La Salle College going up against CBC St Kilda in the De La Salle Gymnasium. De La Salle went into the game looking for a big win and they did just that. Never giving CBC St Kilda an inch, De La Salle looked dominant throughout the entire match winning all three sets by impressive margins. The first set went to De La Salle (25–16), the second set (25–14) and the winning set (25–19). De La Salle went to a commanding win of (3 sets 75 points) to CBC St Kilda’s (0 sets 49 points). Best players included Jacob Foltynowicz (1) Sean MacDonald (2) Ethan Powell (3).

Round 4 of Senior B volleyball consisted of De La Salle College going up against CBC St Kilda in the De La Salle Gymnasium. De La Salle looking to bounce back from the week before which they did in superb fashion. De La Salle controlled the tempo of the match eventually winning all three sets, all by convincing margins. The first set was dominated by De La Salle who took it out (25–15). The second and third sets were heavily contested by both sides but De La Salle managed to win both sets (25–18) which was more than enough to give them the win. The final scores were De La Salle (3 sets 75 points) to CBC St Kilda (0 sets 51 points).

Round 5 of Senior A volleyball saw De La Salle College travel out to Mulgrave to face the daunting challenge of Mazenod College. De La Salle looking to continue their strong form from previous weeks, were stopped dead in their tracks by top-of-the-table, undefeated Mazenod. Mazenod who were too strong for the rest of the competition then showed De La Salle why they are premiership favourites. Mazenod won all three sets convincingly with scores of (25–9) (25–6) (25–11). The best players from De La Salle were Sean MacDonald (1) Jacob Foltywicz (2) Max Moolman (3).

Round 5 of Senior B volleyball was contested by De La Salle College and Mazenod at the Provence Centre. After witnessing the loss of the A team, De La Salle looked to level the score. Mazenod started the first set well to gain the momentum with an impressive set win (25–12). De La Salle looked to bounce back in the second set but after losing it (25–6) the game was mentally won by Mazenod. Mazenod made the win official when they won the third set (25–16). Final scores saw De La Salle (0 sets 34 points) defeated by Mazenod (3 sets 75 points). Best players included James McCormack (1) Jasper White (2) Angus McLean (3).

Mr Thomas Cairnes and Mr Benjamin Paine
Sports Assistants


Between Wednesday 14 March and Sunday 18 March, the 2018 Australian Junior Athletics Championships will take place in Sydney. Liam Halloran, Year 12, has qualified for the Under 20 Men’s 800m. Andre di Medio, Year 8 and Dalton di Medio, Year 12 are both off to defend their National titles in the pole vault. Go De La!

Mr John McAlroy
Director of Students 10–12

Parent Network News

Upcoming Events

Years 8 to 12 Parents Welcome Drinks

Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Rosstown Hotel, 1084 Dandenong Rd, Carnegie
$15 for finger food, first drink on arrival then cash bar
Click here to book

Save The Date

Mother’s Day Breakfast – College Gymnasium — Wednesday 9 May
Whole School Parent Social Event – GGs Restaurant – Saturday 11 August

Year Level Representatives

Here are the Year Level Reps so far. If you can fill in any of the gaps we would be delighted to hear from you or if you would like to know more about the role, please email

Primary — Mrs Lucy Bremner, Mrs Kylie Hillmacher, Mrs Jo McAuliffe
Year 7 — Mrs Sam Pickering, Mrs Lisa McCormack
Year 8 — VACANT
Year 9 — VACANT
Year 10 — VACANT
Year 11 — VACANT
Year 12 — Mrs Nevia Krizman, Mrs Trish Van Buynder, Mrs Cate Robertson

Parent Network Committee 2018

Your Parent Network Committee Members are:

Mr Anthony Muir, President
Mrs Meagan Selkirk, Secretary
Mr Anest Nicolaou, Treasurer
Mrs Linda Curnow
Mr Nick Drossos
Mrs Sharon Herdman
Mrs Mary Martin
Mr Eric Quitt
Mrs Cate Robertson
Mrs Mel Rowe
Mrs Sonya Ryan
Mrs Letecya Stacey

Mr Anthony Muir
President of the Parent Network

Wellbeing News

De La Salle and White Ribbon

As an all-boys school and in our Lasallian tradition of raising boys to be fine young men, the College is committed to stopping violence against women.

The statistics regarding domestic and sexual violence against women in Australia is incredibly confronting.

  • One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by someone known to them
  • One in five women over 18 have been stalked in their lifetime
  • One in five women experience harassment within the workplace
  • Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner
  • In Australia, one in four children are exposed to domestic violence

Unfortunately, the list goes on.

Ending men’s violence against women is good for everyone. In demanding an end to violence against women, we are calling for:

  • A new vision of what it means to ‘be a man’.
  • Fair, empowering, happy and peaceful relationships.
  • Girls and women living free from the threat of violence, abuse, intimidation or control.
  • Girls and women experiencing greater equality in the home, workplace and community.

When this happens, men will have better relationships with women and increased emotional connection to themselves and other people. The safety of men will also improve, as the threat of violence from other men will reduce.

White Ribbon is encouraging people to host a #cheeseforchange initiative. The idea is to make a platter, host a gathering and promote the change we need to be in order for our society to move towards an end to violence. The College has proudly partnered with Moondarra Cheese to supply a wonderful range of cream and cheddar cheeses to supply the means to host such an event.

Over the next few weeks, our Kinnoull students will be provided with some of these confronting statistics about Violence towards Women and be encouraged to take the White Ribbon “Oath”. This will tie in with International Women’s Day 8 March 2018, our Year 12 Seminar Days, Mentor Home Rooms and the College’s Personal Development Program. A list of Moondarra products will be emailed to you and available on our website to be purchased on Parent/Teacher evenings. Proceeds from these sales will be donated back to White Ribbon. This is an incredibly confronting issue but one that needs to be discussed with our sons. It is in all our interests to raise caring, respectful young men who are willing to act against violence against women.


Adolescence has been famously described as a period of “storm and stress”. It is a period of development when young men and women test limits of family, school, society and authority in general. While this has been widely regarded as true, it is probably only mostly true.

There is certainly a move away from parental authority and a move towards peers and there does seem to be an increase in risk-taking behaviour. It is helpful to remember that the overwhelming majority of adolescents move through this developmental stage and come out as well adjusted adults. When I speak to parents about their sons, I reassure them that the young boy you put into adolescence is usually the young man you get back at the end of it. And this has always been the case. One of my favourite quotes goes like this…

What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?”

The author of this was Plato in about 400 BC…so not a lot has changed in the roughly 2500 years since then!

Adolescence is changing. Adolescence is different for today’s young people in that it lasts much longer than for previous generations. Prior to the early twentieth century, people experienced puberty later in their teenage years. They also became adults sooner by starting a family and beginning employment at a younger age (activities that traditionally mark the transition from adolescence to adulthood). Their adolescence was therefore much shorter. By the mid-nineteenth century, the age of puberty started to decline (possibly due to better nutrition) before stabilising at the current average in the 1960s. As a result, young people these days undergo puberty earlier than previous generations. The activities that signify the transition from adolescence to adulthood also occur much later. Young people tend to stay in education longer, thereby delaying their entrance to the workforce. They tend to live with their parents until they are older and continue participating in the risky behaviours associated with adolescence. Many young people now also delay parenthood until their thirties.

As a parent, it is important to consider where your son is in his developmental stage. Different stages have different cognitive and emotional abilities. Keeping these in mind as you (attempt to) negotiate limits and expectations. I’ve included some information for you to keep in mind that outlines some of these… GOOD LUCK!

AGE Ages 10–14 Ages 15–19
Physical Body fat increases (girls) Girls usually reach full physical development
Breasts begin to enlarge (girls) Boys reach close to full physical development
Menstrual periods begin (girls) Voice continues to lower (boys)
Hips widen (girls) Facial hair appears (boys)
Testicles and penis grow larger (boys) Weight and height gain continue (boys)
Voice deepens (boys) Eating habits can become sporadic—skipping meals, late night eating
Breasts can get tender (girls and boys)
Height and weight increases (girls and boys)
Skin and hair become oilier, pimples may appear (girls and boys)
Appetite may increase (girls and boys)
Body hair grows (girls and boys)
Hormonal levels change (girls and boys)
Brain develops (girls and boys)
Emotional Sense of identity develops Independent functioning increases
May feel awkward or strange about themselves and their bodies Firmer and more cohesive sense of personal identity develops
Focus on self, increases Examination of inner experiences becomes more important and may include writing a blog or diary
Ability to use speech to express feelings improves Ability for delayed gratification and compromise increases
Close friendships gain importance Ability to think ideas through increases
Realization grows that parents are not perfect, have faults Engagement with parents declines
Overt affection toward parents declines Peer relationships remain important
Occasional rudeness with parents occurs Emotional steadiness increases
Complaints that parents interfere with independence increase Social networks expand and new friendships are formed
Friends and peers influence clothing styles and interests Concern for others increases
Childish behaviour may return, particularly at times of stress
Cognitive Interests tend to focus on the present, thoughts of the future are limited Interests focus on near-future and future
Intellectual interests expand and gain in importance More importance is placed on goals, ambitions, role in life
Ability to do work (physical, mental, emotional) expands Capacity for setting goals and following through increases
Capacity for abstract thinking increases Work habits become more defined
Risk-taking behaviours may emerge (experimenting with tobacco, alcohol, physical risks) Planning capability expands
Ability for foresight grows
Risk-taking behaviours may emerge (experimenting with tobacco, drugs, alcohol, reckless driving)
Sexual Girls develop ahead of boys Feelings of love and passion intensify
Shyness, blushing, and modesty increases More serious relationships develop
Showing off may increase Sharing of tenderness and fears with romantic partner increases
Interest in privacy increases Sense of sexual identity becomes more solid
Interest in sex increases Capacity for affection and sensual love increases
Exploration of issues and questions about sexuality and sexual orientation begins
Concerns about physical and sexual attractiveness to others may develop
Worries about being “normal” become common
Short-term romantic relationships may occur
Moral Testing of rules and limits increases Interest in moral reasoning increases
More consistent evidence of conscience becomes apparent Interest in social, cultural, and family traditions expands
Capacity for abstract thought develops Emphasis on personal dignity and self-esteem increases
Ideals develop, including selection of role models Capacity increases for useful insight
Questioning of moral rights and privileges increases

Mr Anthony Freeman
College Psychologist, Kinnoull Campus

Important Notices

France and Italy 2018 Study Tours Information Evening

All students who are travelling to either Italy or France in September are requested to be present on the night, along with at least one parent/guardian. This is a very important evening where the Tour Leaders will explain the requirements of the trip in more detail, answer any queries that parents may have and a chance to meet with the staff attending the Study Tours. All families will receive an Information Pack, including a Deposit Payment Slip. The deposit of $750 is required by Tuesday 20 March.

We look forward to meeting with you all and thank you for being part of the Language Study Tours at De La Salle College. We are certain that it will be a positive learning experience for all involved.

Date: Tuesday 13 March
Venue: Kinnoull Library
Time: 7:00pm
There will be light refreshments served at the end of the evening.

Mrs Grace Giudice
Learning Area Team Leader- Languages

Absentee Notification

If your son will be away ill, please select one of the below options to advise the College:

  1. Emailing DLS Admin —
  2. Completing the Absentee Notification form on our website —
  3. Alternatively, leaving a voicemail message via our main number (03) 9508 2100

Ms Mary Georges
Administration Services Manager

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities including:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

Applications for 2018 are now open, through until the end of Term 2, 2018. For more information on CSEF please click here.

Ms Mary Georges
Administration Services Manager

Legally Blonde — The Musical — 3–5 May

OLSH College and De La Salle students will perform together in the hugely popular and entertaining comedy Legally Blonde the Musical. There will be four performances at the Alexander Theatre at Monash University at 7:30pm on the evenings of 3 May and 4 May, and a matinee show at 2:00pm on Saturday 5 May as well as an evening show at 7.30pm on Saturday 5 May.

Booking details will be released soon, but in the meantime — save the date!

De La Salle College Old Collegians Association Business Breakfast — 22 March

De La Salle Old Collegians Association Football Club Season 2018 Launch — 6 April

Established in 1955 as the brainchild of Old Collegian Jim Hawkins, the De La Salle Old Collegians’ Football Club provides a wonderful opportunity for De La old boys to maintain a connection with the College and their peers. The 2018 Season is being launched on Friday 6 April at the RACV Club in the city. Hosted by television personality Nigel Carmody and with special guests including Garry Lyon, this is an event not to be missed!

St Benedict’s Primary School Twilight Fair

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College calendar.

Primary Welcome BBQ - Tiverton, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Year 10 Dance Program - Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Year 7 Roland Camp - 7 March to 9 March - Torquay
Year 7 Roland Camp BBQ - Torquay, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Labour Day Public Holiday
Year 6 Camp - 13 March to 15 March, Cave Hill Creek
Year 7 Solomon Camp - 13 March to 15 March - Torquay
St Leo's House Welcome and Liturgy - SMT, Kinnoull, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Overseas Language Study Tour Information Evening - Kinnoull Library, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Year 10 Dance Program - Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Year 8 to Year 12 Drinks - Rosstown Hotel, Carnegie, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Year 7 Solomon Camp BBQ - Torquay, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
House Athletics Carnival - Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park, 8:40am – 3:30pm
Year 7 Vincent Camp - 19 March to 21 March - Torquay
St Mark's House Welcome and Liturgy - SMT, Kinnoull, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
College Tour - SMT, 9:15am - 11:00am
Year 7 Vincent Camp BBQ - Torquay, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Year 10 Dance Program - Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Old Collegian's Business Breakfast - Kooyong Tennis Centre, 7:15am - 9:00am
Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews - Gymnasium, 2:00pm - 8:30pm

ACC Swimming Carnival 2018 — De La Salle College takes the Championship

On Friday 23 February the 2018 ACC Swimming Carnival was held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Albert Park.

Captains Angus McLean and Ben Richter led a very strong squad under coaches Guy Eylon and Liam Kelliher and held a convincing lead against long-standing rivals Whitefriars.

Congratulations to the team and thank you to all who turned out on the night to cheer them on to victory!

De La Salle College has not achieved the ultimate success in ACC Swimming since 1996, but three individual and two relay records were enough to propel them into top spot in a supercharged Division 1 competition. With a final team score of 589, they were able to hold back an impressive Whitefriars squad (545 points) from achieving 5 championship wins in a row. St Bede’s finished in third on 503, ahead of St Bernard’s (477), Parade (464.5), St Joseph’s Geelong (442.5) and Salesian (369).”
ACC Swimming

The following records were broken by De La Salle College swimmers:

Noah Millard
De La Salle College
Open 200m freestyle (Event #1)
Previous record: 1:59.31 (2013)

De La Salle College
Senior 4x50m medley relay (Event #11)
Previous record: 2:00.11 (2001)

Campbell Freeman
De La Salle College
Under 17 50m freestyle (Event #26)
Previous record: 24.96 (2000)

Noah Millard
De La Salle College
Under 16 50m backstroke (Event #68)
Previous record: 29.17 (2017)

De La Salle College
Under 16 4x50m freestyle relay (Event #82)
Previous record: 1:48.50 (2016)

Read more, and enjoy the ACC’s photos and videos of our record-breaking swims on the ACC website here: Records Tumble in ACC Super Swim Meet.


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From the Principal

The first few weeks of the school year have been a great success, with staff, students and parents working together to ensure a smooth beginning to the term. This is a positive sign of a strong, healthy and vibrant educational environment.

Last week, Christians around the world marked the beginning of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. Both campuses here at De La Salle held staff liturgies before school and House / Class Mentors ran a similar ceremony in an extended Mentor Group. This ancient day and season has a surprisingly modern appeal. In reading an article in Time magazine about Pope Francis and his views on Lent, I found that beyond Christmas, more people turn up to church on Ash Wednesday than any other day of the year—including Easter.

This mystique isn’t for Catholics alone. The customs of Lent have a quality to them that transcend our religion, most notably, the act of fasting. There is also a distinctly Lasallian link and message for all of us, regardless of your approach to or belief in the traditions of Lent. While Catholics traditionally fast on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during the Lenten season, many people—religious or not—take up this increasingly popular discipline during the year.

Pope Francis’ request is for us to reconsider the heart of this fasting this Lenten season. According to Francis, fasting must never become superficial.

No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others”.

So, if we’re going to fast from anything this Lent, Francis suggests that even more than a particular food or drink, we abstain from indifference towards others. In relation to Lent, the pope writes,

Indifference to our neighbour and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.”

Describing this phenomenon he calls the globalisation of indifference, Francis writes

Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. We end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own.”

Each of us will interpret those words in our own way and apply our own personal meaning and relevance. However, I see a clear link between these words and our Lasallian mission. Encouraging us to avoid a culture of indifference speaks to the heart of our charism’s key messages and highlights what we stand for as a College. We want our community – especially the wonderful young men at the heart of our community – to move beyond their own interests and concerns, as valuable as they are to each of us. The 2018 De La Salle theme of “Inclusivity” supports this line of thinking and positive behaviours. In both the traditional and especially the contemporary Lasallian environment, key touchstones make all the difference in accepting all, caring about issues and people around you and generally looking outward. Hence the current term, “Lasallians without limits.”

In our College we subscribe to and activate intrinsic principles such as:

  • Relationship is key, a heart must be touched
  • Use language and develop a culture of hope and optimism
  • Be creative with how we approach students’ challenges and challenging situations
  • Students need someone in their corner – a role model, mentor, someone to set and administer standards
  • It’s always about the mission, remembering why we’re really here
  • We believe most students want to do well, and are capable of doing so. They just need support, belief, role modelling, mentoring, boundaries, expectations and motivation.

Thank you to all those families who attended the Welcome and Commissioning Mass on Wednesday evening at the magnificent St Patrick’s Cathedral. It was truly a wonderful celebration and a fitting way to acknowledge and welcome all our new students and families for 2018. Our 2018 College Leaders were also presented to the congregation.

Last Thursday the Parent Network hosted an informal welcome function for Year 7 parents to assist the settling in process and support the parents in meeting others from their sons’ cohort. It was a very successful night; the biggest crowd we’ve had in the three years we’ve been running the event and a great opportunity for parents to meet and chat over drinks and nibbles.

In supporting our terrific relationship with the De La Salle Old Collegians Amateur Football Club, I’d ask you to take a look at the flyer in the Important Notices inviting you to attend their season launch. This is a wonderful event, arguably the biggest season launch in suburban football, with about 300 regularly attending at the RACV Club in the city. Each year the Old Colls attract some terrific guests, this year highlighted by Neil Balme and Garry Lyon. We hope many in our community take up the invitation and attend this event on Friday 6 April, 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

And finally, good luck to the ACC Swimming Team for the ACC Swimming Carnival on Friday at the MSAC who will be trying to go one better in 2018 and win the Carnival after the dramatic improvement in the past two years where we have finished second to Whitefriars. The swimming team have been training at Harold Holt pool with new coach Guy Eylon since Term 3 last year with many also committed to a heavy training schedule with their private clubs and coaches. We wish the team all the very best!

Mr Peter Houlihan

Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Mission Action Day 2018

MAD (Mission Action Day) the annual fundraising event held by De La Salle College, Malvern will this year be held on Thursday 29 March. MAD is the major social justice fundraising activity for the College each year. The money raised goes towards Lasallian Mission projects in poor communities throughout South-East Asia. The event involves a 12km walk along, or near, some sections of the Gardiners Creek walking trail in the Glen Iris area. The students are asked to acquire sponsorship through Term 1 and pay the sponsorship money in the first half of Term 2.

Students have already received preliminary material including sponsorship forms. We have had some outstanding individual efforts over recent years but all students are asked to make a big effort to seek sponsorship pledges over the next five weeks to help us reach our target of exceeding last year’s total of approximately $100,000.

Tiverton Canteen

Preparations for the canteen at Tiverton Campus are continuing. As an interim measure, the College has arranged with the operators of the Kinnoull Canteen to provide students with an online menu booking system to allow students to pre-order from a reduced menu selection. All orders must be made and paid for online by 9:00 am on the day. Orders will be assembled and available for collection by students at the PAC at the start of each recess and lunchtime. Please note: No food will be available for purchase at Tiverton and no money will be accepted. For parents/students to make orders log on to and sign up.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations


Year 7 Camp

Year 7 Benilde, Dunstan and Hegarty have now enjoyed their Year 7 Camp experience. It wonderful to see the way our students return from this camp experience bonded as a class and as a team. I have noticed that my own class, Year 7 Benilde have returned with a new found confidence and independence. The Year 7 Camp is designed to maximise our students’ exposure to new activities they may not have tried before and to develop leadership capabilities. This offers a unique opportunity for our students to branch out and to make new friends. Navigating and building these friendships over the Year 7 Camp experience also teaches our students to be more socially confident – something they can take back to school with them.

Year 7 Transition – Planning for Success

As part of the College’s ongoing commitment to the transition of our Year 7 students, we have partnered with Headspace to deliver an evening for Year 7 parents and guardians. For many students, the first year of high school is a time of great change. Year 7 brings new routines, multiple teachers, new friendships, new transport, and new expectations and responsibilities. Whilst, some students will thrive and enjoy these added responsibilities others may feel that they’re not ready to live up to the expectations and demands of secondary school. For every child, a new school or new stage in their schooling is an opportunity to develop a sense of competence and self-worth. Making this transition smooth is not about removing the obstacle itself, but instead giving your child skills to manage the change. This is another exciting innovation for the College.

Year 7 Transition — Planning for Success
Monday 26 February
PAC, Tiverton Campus
7:30pm — 8:30pm

Medical Action Plans Outstanding

A reminder to parents that we still have 159 medical action plans outstanding. Any student identified as having a medical condition that requires an action management plan must provide a current (2017–2018) plan signed and detailed by a medical practitioner.

If your medical action plan has been submitted within the last 6 months it is still considered current and you will be contacted later in the year for an annual update. Parents can update medical notes via the community portal. All forms can be downloaded by logging into the parent section on Ollie via our College website. Please contact Kylie Upton at the Health Centre on (03) 9508 2100 if you have any concerns.

Tram Safety and Using the Lights

Children and young people need assistance dealing with the traffic environment until at least the age of 10 as they are not equipped physically or developmentally to make the crucial decisions to keep them safe. Like learning to drive a car, children and young people need practise and experience to walk in the traffic environment.

Children and young people are vulnerable road users. Anywhere where there is a potential for moving vehicles is a potentially dangerous traffic situation for children. This includes residential areas, carparks, at traffic lights, along footpaths, pedestrian and other crossings and busy streets like High Street. Although children and young people may think they can handle crossing a road by themselves, remember that children and young people:

  • are easily distracted and focus on only one aspect of what is happening;
  • are smaller and harder for drivers to see;
  • are less predictable than other pedestrians;
  • cannot accurately judge the speed and distance of moving vehicles;
  • cannot accurately predict the direction sounds are coming from;
  • are unable to cope with sudden changes in traffic conditions;
  • do not understand abstract ideas — such as road safety;
  • are unable to identify safe places to cross the road;
  • tend to act inconsistently in and around traffic.

Parents have a key role in educating their children about road safety. Children and young people learn about road safety largely by experience. Parents have opportunities in day-to-day routines to discuss road safety with children on the way to the newsagent, local shop or going to school. Whenever crossing roads, it is an idea to talk about when and why it is safe to cross the road with your children so they can gain a good understanding of road safety issues.

Waiting for the tram

  • Always stand behind the line marking and listen to the staff who are on duty at the tram stop;
  • Never walk out into the path of oncoming trams or traffic;
  • There can be many routes travelling through the one stop;
  • Before boarding have your myki ready to validate;
  • Be aware of the red stop signs on the doors that signal motorists to stop for passengers getting on and off the tram.

Getting on safely

  • When boarding from a kerbside stop, wait for all traffic to stop completely before you walk out onto the road to board the tram;
  • Please wait for passengers get off the tram before you board at any tram stop;
  • When boarding use the handrails to steady yourself when the tram moves;
  • Keep your hands free so that you can steady yourself.

On board

  • Remember to hold onto the handrails. The tram may move off without you realising it, so be prepared or you may lose your balance;
  • Stay clear of the doorways once you have validated your myki;
  • When seated, place any bags on your lap;
  • Please offer your seat to elderly people, pregnant women and people who are mobility impaired;
  • If a seat is not available, move to an empty part of the tram, using the handrails to steady yourself;
  • Do not obstruct the doors when they are closing. If you need the doors reopened, attract the attention of the driver.

When standing on a tram

  • Place schoolbags on the floor between your feet;
  • Allow other passengers room to move around you if they need to get off the tram;
  • Always have something to hold on to as the tram may have to brake suddenly.

Getting off safely

  • Please provide the driver with plenty of notice for your stop by using the stop cord or button;
  • Never use your body, arms or hands to obstruct the tram doors while they are closing. If you miss your stop please inform the driver to ensure they allow the necessary time for you to disembark at the next stop. Reopening doors is at the driver’s discretion;
  • When getting off the tram always watch your step and check for traffic;
  • Once you are off the tram, stay within the safety zone until the road is clear and it’s safe to cross;
  • Never walk out behind a tram to cross tram tracks as you may not see trams coming in the opposite direction.

Positive Parenting Telephone Service

Please find attached a brochure and poster for the Positive Parenting Telephone Service. The Positive Parenting Telephone Service is a free telephone-based parenting education program is for parents, grandparents caring for their grandchildren and carers of children aged 2 to 12 years, living in Victoria. Participants will be provided with a workbook or online modules and will be supported by weekly 30-minute phone calls from a trained parent educator over a 6 to 10 week period. Appointments are available daytime, evening and Saturday mornings. This service is funded by The Department of Education and Training and The Department of Health and Human Services.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Faith and Mission

College Opening and Welcome Mass

This week, on the evening of Wednesday 21 February, the College celebrated its annual Opening and Welcome Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. It was a true celebration that marked the official commencement of our school year and also provided us with an opportunity to break bread together and celebrate the Eucharist. The Opening and Welcome Mass allowed us to formally welcome all newcomers to the College, in particular, the Year 4 and Year 7 students to our Lasallian family and to celebrate and recognise the newly inducted 2018 College Leaders.

Fr John Sherman OMI delivered a beautiful homily that reflected what is at the heart of what it means to be a part of the De La Salle College community. And his invitation of the College Captain and two Vice Captains to stand with him when he delivered his sermon, was a symbolic gesture of our inclusivity, our De La Salle culture and how the spirit of Christ resonates within all of us, through our Lasallian hearts and having a willingness to serve those most in need.

As Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission, one of the highlights of my role is facilitating and leading the Opening and Welcome Celebration Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral each year and witnessing the newest members of our community both students and their families experience the warmth and hospitality of our Lasallian family. I am certain that as each of our newest members begins his time at De La Salle College, he will be blessed with a Lasallian heart, embrace our Lasallian Principles and be inspired by a burning zeal to do what is right and just.

Thank you also to the De La Salle Brothers, Br Michael Carroll, Br Paul Toohey and Br Mandy Dujunco from the Malvern Community for their presence and to all the staff for their assistance throughout the evening.

Ash Wednesday

Last Wednesday 14 February we were reminded of the beginning of the Lenten Season as we attended Ash Wednesday liturgies across both campuses and received a cross of ashes on our forehead. Ash Wednesday is a timely occasion for us to reflect on the meditations of our Founder St John Baptist de La Salle, who reminds us that in receiving the ashes, we are asking God that the spirit of penance may inspire us throughout our Lenten journey.

The purpose of the Church in putting ashes on your head today is to make you realise that today you ought to be filled with the true spirit of penance”
St John Baptist de La Salle
(Mediation 16.1)

In her article Honesty During Lent, Vinita Hampton Wright, a Loyola Press editor reflects,

God invites us, at the beginning of this Lenten season, to have the courage to be honest. Whatever that soul-searching reveals, God’s grace is large enough and merciful enough to help and to heal. When God calls us to mourn and repent, the point is not to make us despair but to give us hope. Repentance opens the heart so that Christ can come in.”

So as Lent begins, may we all remember that Lent is a time for honesty and repentance. It is a time to reflect on how the hard places we hold close within our hearts can be lightened by bringing our burdens to God and having the courage to be honest with ourselves.

And as we begin the season of Lent, I offer you the following;

In 2015, Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.” Cocoa is a key ingredient of chocolate. Much of the chocolate sold in Australia is made using cocoa beans picked by children, many of whom have been enslaved, or forced to work in exploitative conditions.

To buy slavery-free Easter chocolate would be a wonderful action of solidarity to end the horrible trade of children trafficked into picking cocoa beans for the purpose of making our chocolate. Look for any of these three certification symbols on the wrappers: FAIRTRADE, Rainforest, Alliance and UTZ.

Year 12 Retreat

The Retreat recently took place from 5 — 7 February and I would like to acknowledge and congratulate the Year 12 students on the way they entered into the experience. The Year 12 Retreat is an important time away, allows them to reflect on their relationships with themselves, family and friends and provides opportunities for the students to develop their relationships with staff and their fellow House members, to reflect on influences that have shaped them and their values, to question who they are called to become and to explore how our faith tradition can support us in our life journey. Our students accepted these challenges with integrity and supported each other through their honest reflections and how they can grow to become the best versions of themselves. The significance and emotion of the Retreat experience cannot be replicated and does stay with the boys long after the Retreat. I know that by continuing to support each other throughout the year as they did on the Retreat, the boys will ensure a positive final year at school.

I would also like to thank the following staff who attended the retreats in support of our Year 12 boys and of the program;

  • St Austin’s House – Mr Shane McIntosh, Ms Joan Ferguson, Ms Ellen Cotter, Mr John McAlroy,
  • St Edwin’s House – Ms Jess Stevenson, Mr Justin Bourke, Ms Georgina Dwyer, Mr Aaron Trusler
  • St Leo’s House – Mr Michael Watty, Mr Peter Larsen, Ms Sarah O’Connor, Ms Lisa Harkin, Mr Anthony Freeman
  • St Mark’s House – Mr Paul Harrup, Mr Steve Young, Ms Janet Holden, Mr Peter Houlihan

And to all of the Old Collegians who so willingly gave up their time to be involved by running group sessions and sharing their personal stories and experiences also; Joel Caruso, Alexander Martin, Luke Barron, James Biviano, William Campbell, Christopher Groves, Oliver Hart, Adam Martuccio, Anthony Ticinovic, Jordan Brasher, Peter Nikitas.

A final thanks to Mr Tom Ryan who supported the day to day running and logistics of the retreat. And to Father Martin Tanti sdb who attend the three days away and made it possible for us to celebrate Mass together.

Yaluwo Reflections

My Sri Lanka “Yaluwo” Immersion experience was one full of happiness and surprises but it was honestly the best experience of my life.

Thomas Cairnes Yaluwo 2017

Click here for more Yaluwo Reflections and Photo Gallery

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission


Chaplain’s Notes


At the start of each year, a “Commissioning” ceremony is held in which all students, parents and teachers of candidates for the Sacraments during the current year, commit to the program and receive a blessing. This will take place at St Anthony’s Parish, Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly, this Sunday 25 February at the commencement of 11:00am Mass.

  • The Sacrament of Penance or First Reconciliation will be held in the College Chapel at a date to be confirmed. Preparation for this will commence during Term 1.
  • Confirmation will be celebrated on Friday 10 August 2018 at 7:00pm.
  • First Communion is scheduled for November at a date to be fixed.

Year 7 and Year 4 Masses

Over the past two weeks, each of the Year 7 Homerooms and the Year 4 class have celebrated Mass in the College Chapel. Fathers Sherman and Tanti explained the actions of the Mass to enable students to understand more fully the great gift of the Eucharist. The students are looking forward to celebrating our welcome Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral with much zeal.

Year 8 Liturgies

Last Tuesday morning a group of Year 8 students led our community in prayer before the school day commenced. We were privileged to not only share prayers but also be inspired by a reflection on the reading, that was delivered by student, Henry Deam. These liturgies are a recurring event that will take place every Tuesday commencing at 8:15am. Parents who are dropping their son at school are most welcome to join us in the Tiverton Chapel.

Brother Denis Loft regales Years 7, 8 and 9 students!

Brother Denis Loft, former student and teacher at De La Salle has spent much of his ministry in Papua New Guinea, South Sudan and is currently working in Palestine. Br Denis took students on a journey through South Sudan, the newest country in our world and highlighted the extreme poverty and devastating effects of civil war. His address and photos were a revelation of just how important is student effort during our Mission Action Day fundraising, that offers support and hope to the least, the last and the lost in our world.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

In9uiry — Year 9

In9uiry in Year 9 is all about experiential learning.

Our students are on a journey to develop their metacognitive abilities and become independent learners who formulate driving questions, lead their own research projects and engage with a world outside the four walls of the classroom. We are growing critical thinkers who look for solutions to real-world issues. Students work independently, researching, reflecting and building on their learning strengths to produce reports and presentations that have explored responses to these inquiries.

The first few weeks of school have seen the cohort investigate their own intelligences, with the intention of students understanding their personal strengths and metacognitive abilities. Understanding students’ own learning strengths is a key aspect of ensuring the project-based learning process is rigorous and effective.

The In9uiry team introduced the theory of multiple intelligences to the boys via an online test, which indicated which intelligences students were strong in, and which required more training. The cohort was then involved in several different workshops which explored a variety of intelligences. The images below show engagement with science, public speaking, logic and visual/spatial intelligences.

The next phase will see students facing the challenge of working in a multi-faceted intelligence group, creating authentic driving questions on their chosen topics, researching and presenting material that engages with a wide audience and responds to an interesting real-world issue.

For those wanting to find out more, this link explores Gardiner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences.

If you would like to explore your own intelligences, try this online test.

The In9uiry expo is 29 June — Year 9 parents, keep this date free!

Ms Elizabeth O’Connell
In9uiry Coordinator


Sports Results


The first XI cricket team were faced with a mercurial opponent in Salesian at Monash University, Clayton in round 2. Captain Hugh Hyslop, won the toss and elected to bat, which proved to be a good decision as Oliver Bradley and Rory Drummond got De La off to a strong start with 31 and 32 respectively. Hyslop finished the innings off with a classy 50 not out from only 41 balls, allowing the team to reach 6 for 167 off their 35 overs. However, the best was yet to come, as the team took to the field and rolled Salesian for a lacklustre 66. This was compounded by strong bowling performances from Marco Walker (2 for 13), Jackson Reed (2 for 0), and debutant Pascal Traczweski finishing with very tidy figures of 3 for 8 off his 6 overs.

The second XI cricket team fought gallantly against Mazenod on their home ground, however, being reduced to seven men due to injuries and absentees meant the narrow loss was a better result than it seems. In their 20 overs, De La managed to scramble to 4 for 65, with the top scorer James Still gaining a solid 27. De La managed to get on top of Mazenod in parts of the second innings, but some gutsy tail-enders from Mazenod managed to fight of the bombardment from De La’s attack to reach the target eight wickets down and with only two balls left. A special mention must go out to Jay Thorn who took 4 for 6 in his allocated four overs.


The Senior A Volleyball team suffered a narrow loss at the hands of St Joseph’s FTG in round 2 of their season. Playing away in Ferntree Gully, De La performed well to win 72 points to St Joey’s 79, however, they managed to win two sets to De La’s one. Best players for the team were Sean MacDonald and Max Moolman.

The Senior B Volleyball team lost convincingly by three sets to St Joseph’s FTG, however, they managed to win 59 points to St Joey’s 76, and were unlucky not to win a set. Positives out of the match were strong performances from Thomas Marshall and Jasper White.


The Senior Tennis team faced a strong opponent in Parade, away at Parade, in round 2. The side managed to win two sets in the singles (Jack Bruce-Smith / Ethan Boyd), both 8–0 and 1 set in the doubles (Jack Bruce-Smith / Byron Gelagin) 8–6. The side won 34 points and will look to increase that to a match-winning amount in upcoming competitions.

Mr Benjamin Paine
Sports Assistant

Parent Network News

On the evening of Thursday 15 February, Year 7 parents were welcomed into the College and also into our Parent Network.

A special thanks to Mrs Sharon Herdman for her wonderful effort in organising the evening and to the following parent volunteers who worked tirelessly with Sharon on the night- Mrs Cate Robertson, Mrs Mary Martin, Mrs Linda Curnow, Mrs Letecya Stacey, Mrs Sonya Ryan, Mrs Samantha Pickering and Mrs Lisa McCormack.

Upcoming Events

Some of our upcoming events are listed below. Be sure to add these dates to your diary!

Primary Welcome BBQ

Date: Thursday 8 March
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Venue: Kinnoull Oval

Year 11 Applied Learning Team will be running a BBQ with sausages or hamburgers plus soft drink available. BYO — Nibbles and other drinks. Funds raised will go towards the purchase of tools for the Papua New Guinea experience.

To book please click here.

Years 8 to 12 Parents Welcome Drinks

Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Rosstown Hotel, Carnegie

Invitations will be going out soon.

Year Level Representatives

Year Level Reps for Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, and Year 11 are desperately needed. Let us know if you can help. We are keen to hear from you. Email


If you haven’t yet joined our team of helpers click here to access the form.

What The Parent Network Is About

The Parent Network committee organises and runs a wide range of events to support the College. All funds raised are directed back to the College. The Parent Network aims to bring people together and develop a more vibrant community.

Mr Anthony Muir
President, Parent Network Committee

Wellbeing News

Now that are a few weeks into the 2018 school year, students are having to cope with school assessments and assignments while trying to adjust to their new classes and new teachers.

Until your son finds his groove this can be a time of increased worry and stress. A stressed mind can lead students to become disorganised, have difficulty starting homework (as they feel so overwhelmed they don’t know where or how to start) and often leads to irritability (those short responses when they walk in the door after their day at school). This can be highly frustrating for parents who are trying very hard to put everything in place to set their son up for success in the 2018 school year.

This article is a good reminder of the ‘emotional rest’ adolescents need and how parent’s responses to their son’s stress can impact on their emotions.

 “I would feel very worried if my pilot had a big emotional reaction to turbulence. The pilot’s reaction would cause me to feel emotionally uneasy. It would probably cause me to have a big reaction because I’m looking to her/him to lead in this scenario. In the same way, our responses and reactions can cause our children to feel emotionally uneasy. So, while I’m not suggesting we be robotic or inhuman in our reactions, we do have the responsibility as parents to ensure that our kids feel confident in our ability to handle raising them, even (and maybe especially) when they test us.”

Ms Karina Dubroja
College Psychologist — Tiverton Campus

Important Notices

Fees by Instalment — Payment No.1 due 28 February 2018

For families paying their fees in instalments as per the Fee Schedule, please note that the first payment is due by 28 February 2018. For any account enquiries, please email or contact the College on 9508 2100.

Mr Daniel McGrath
Assistant Business Manager

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities including:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

Applications for 2018 are now open, through until the end of Term 2, 2018. For more information on CSEF please click here.

Ms Mary Georges
Administration Services Manager

Protect your hearing at the Grand Prix

Are you going to the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix this year? High on any list of how to ensure you have a good day at a Grand Prix race event is to use ear protection.

With engines set to break the 1000 horsepower barrier, it’s more important than ever to protect your ears and hearing”. 

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is a real risk and it can happen very quickly. NIHL can be caused by a one-time exposure to an intense “impulse” sound, such as an explosion, or by continuous exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time. Sound is measured in units called decibels (dB). The louder the sound, the shorter the amount of time it takes for NIHL to happen. Permanent damage can occur at or above 85dB. Mr Craig Dolder, a PhD student in acoustic engineering at the University of Texas in Austin measured sound levels at three locations at a Formula 1 racetrack. He found that at the loudest spot, the peak noise levels were almost 140dB.

Earplugs are a way to ensure you catch all the important action while protecting your hearing for a future of listening to music, watching movies and hearing what your friends, teachers and family are saying to you. Your hearing is a very important sense, and while fast cars are pretty awesome, don’t be permanently damaged for their sake when a bit of planning can protect you. Earplugs such as these are suitable for all ages, inexpensive and available in pharmacies.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Legally Blonde — The Musical — 3–5 May

OLSH College and De La Salle students will perform together in the hugely popular and entertaining comedy Legally Blonde the Musical. There will be four performances at the Alexander Theatre at Monash University at 7:30pm on the evenings of May 3 and 4, and a matinee show at 2:00pm on Saturday 5 May as well as an evening show at 7.30pm on Saturday 5 May.

Booking details will be released soon, but in the meantime — save the date!

De La Salle College Old Collegians Association Business Breakfast — 22 March

De La Salle Old Collegians Association Football Club Season 2018 Launch — 6 April

Established in 1955 as the brainchild of Old Collegian Jim Hawkins, the De La Salle Old Collegians’ Football Club provides a wonderful opportunity for De La old boys to maintain a connection with the College and their peers. The 2018 Season is being launched on Friday 6 April at the RACV Club in the city. Hosted by television personality Nigel Carmody and with special guests including Garry Lyon, this is an event not to be missed!

St Benedict’s Primary School Twilight Fair

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College calendar.

Academic Awards Assembly and Investiture of Leaders - Gymnasium, 11:05am - 11:59am
College Tour - St Miguel Theatre, 2:00pm - 3:45pm
ACC Swimming Carnival - MSAC, Albert Park, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Year 7 Transition - Planning for Success - PAC, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
St Austin's House Welcome and Liturgy - St Miguel Theatre, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Year 7 Jerome Camp - 28 February to 2 March - Torquay
Year 10 Dance Program - Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Year 7 Jerome Camp BBQ - Torquay, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
50 Year College Reunion - The Smith, Prahran, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Year 5 Camp - 5 March to 7 March, Sovereign Hill
Parent Network Committee Meeting - College Boardroom, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
St Edwin's House Welcome and Liturgy - St Miguel Theatre, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Year 7 Roland Camp - 7 March to 9 March - Torquay
Primary Welcome BBQ, Tiverton Campus - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Year 10 Dance Program - Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 9:30pm