Read the May 2018 edition of Roll Call to find out about the latest student and past student achievements and the 2017 reunions.
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It was terrific to see so many De La mums in attendance with their sons at the now traditional Mother’s Day Breakfast.
As expected, the breakfast sold out in a matter of hours, with all 550 seats snapped up. I love the Mother’s Day event at De La. There is so much energy, positivity and love in the room as the mothers all enjoy the company of not only their sons but also the opportunity to meet and mix with other mothers. As is the tradition the College Captain gave an address. Panos Menidis spoke with great warmth and affection about his mother’s care and influence (prompting many tears around the room). Vice Captains, Joshua Paul and John Beaton were excellent as MCs and guest speaker Jennie Loughnan, AFL Ground Operations Manager, was informative and entertaining relaying stories and impressions of her long association with our College. No doubt the De La Salle Father’s Day Breakfast on 24 August will also sell out very quickly.
Exciting developments with the building program have dominated the landscape around the College this year. As the first stage of the Master Plan takes shape, we have a new Science and Technology Centre due for completion next week. After the builders have finished there will be work to do in cleaning the space, installing new furniture, equipment and materials, and removing the hoardings, sheds and fencing. All is on track for classes to begin in the new centre on the first day of Semester 2, Monday 18 June. I am thrilled for both students and staff that we will be able to offer these long-overdue, sparkling new facilities for all to enjoy.
A great deal of research and creative thinking has gone into the design and development of the new centre. The contemporary facilities will create spaces that inspire and draw students to further study in science – both in VCE and beyond. This facility represents the College’s commitment to a science education that requires new thinking, new approaches and is responsive to the increasing global importance of Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering (STEM) education for young people. These facilities will allow teachers and laboratory technicians to prepare and run activities that will not just showcase science at its best, but also create opportunities for students to develop transferable skills such as team-work, resilience and analysis.
The core of the design is to maximise space for the variety of learning needed across the science curriculum. Highly-specialised practical activity occurs in the labs, where mobile workstations allow re-configuration of the space to suit the activity. Chemical, physical, biological and environmental science have been accommodated across the four laboratories. Adjacent theory and outdoor learning spaces are geared towards students learning in environments for theoretical work. Their proximity allows easy access in and out of labs, as the activity requires.
The central area includes a presentation space, accommodating a whole group in a tiered seating array, and surrounding spaces configured for individual student and small group collaboration. This space will allow and inspire students to present their work and will significantly aid the ever-expanding Robotics program.
The spaces encourage pedagogical approaches that acknowledge the critical role of teacher instruction in learning. They also emphasise the most important dimension of learning, that is, students’ individual engagement in a variety of activities and modes, allowing for depth, enrichment and extension. All spaces have been carefully designed to exploit the effective use of technology in learning. Student devices, presentations to classes and group video projection permeate the design of each space.
Further building plan developments will see the conversion of the Dalny Street flats site to a bus car park by 25 June, surrounded by advertising hoardings promoting the College to High Street traffic. The fence will also be pushed back about five metres to free up more space in the yard for students. In the Term 2 holidays, we will also commence a landscaping project in the front courtyard at Tiverton to add greenery, colour, decking, seating and recreation spaces.
There is a lot happening at De La Salle and I will keep you informed of further developments, but in the short term thank you for your support of the College as we continue to strive to improve all we do and all we offer for your sons’ educational experience.
Mr Peter Houlihan
Founder’s Day – 2018
We were blessed that the rain held off last Friday and this added to the festive atmosphere on the day. This year, the Year 12 Student Leaders were supported by their fellow leaders from Years 9 – 11. They devised a series of activities and events that served to create a fantastic, festive atmosphere. This year the Founder’s Day rides and activities were all funded by the College. The students also enjoyed a soft drink, sausage and zooper dooper for lunch.
I’d like to publicly acknowledge the work that Panos Menidis, Joshua Paul and John Beaton put into the day and to thank them for their leadership, direction and enthusiastic commitment to service. Their actions embodied our Lasallian principle of inclusiveness and went into making Founder’s Day such a success.
Many staff commented that there was a terrific spirit about the day. This was especially evident in the breakfast set up that commenced before 7:00am, during the clean-up at the end of the day and everything in between!
Click here to view a gallery of photos from Founder’s Day 2018.
Medical and/or Dental Appointments should be made before or after school hours. If this is not possible, students should arrange appointments so as to minimise time away from school. The Class/House Mentor, and Year Level/House Coordinator should be notified in writing if this is necessary. Following an absence, students are reminded to obtain a Medical Certificate, especially in instances when they have missed a test or an assessment deadline. All Medical Certificates should be passed on to your Year Level/House Coordinator and these will be forwarded on to the Reception to be placed in your student file. VCE students are also required to bring a Medical Certificate, issued on the day of absence if they miss a SAC.
Regular attendance at school is paramount in your son achieving his potential. See the attached ‘Every Day Counts’ for some guidance in minimising absences tthroughoutthe year.
Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students
Staff and Operations
Mission Action Day Awards
The annual Mission Action Day Awards were presented at the conclusion of the Founders Day Mass on Friday 18 May. Once again the response from students and the wider community has been outstanding. The total collected now stands at almost $100,000 with a small amount still to be returned. Coordinators will follow up students with outstanding pledges.
The following top fundraising students received a Certificate of Commendation from Principal Peter Houlihan;
- Flynn Kenworthy (Year 5)
- Rook Barry (7 Hegarty)
- Archie Reid-Drought (Year 6)
- Joshua Miles (7 Dunstan)
- Alexander Lambadaridis (7 Benilde)
- Luka Zivanic (7 Hegarty)
- Ewan Baulch (Year 10, Edwins 6)
- Nathan Blizzard (Year 12, Austins 6)
- Nicholas Sdralis (8 Jerome)
- Charlie Jones (7 Benilde)
The highest individual fundraiser was Christian Mora (Year 12, Marks 3), who raised $1,225. Christian, who is in his final year at the College has raised almost $10,000 during his years here. This fantastic effort is a wonderful example of service to the Lasallian community. In recognition, Christian was presented with the Ian Oliver Mission Action Award. Mr Ian Oliver, who retired from the College in 2015, was a driving force behind the success of Mission Action Day.
The MAD Raffle was also drawn after the Founders Day Mass. Students earn one raffle ticket for every $50 of sponsorship raised. Congratulations to the following winners who received a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher; Spencer Davey (Year 6), Wesley Li (7 Jerome), Angus Osborne (7 Vincent) and Jake Quinn (Year 11, Leos 1).
The final MAD activity for the year will be the Mission Action Day Thank You lunch on Friday 1 June at lunchtime outside the PAC on Tiverton Campus. The top 250 fundraisers will be invited to this lunch.
Finally, the College thanks the Mission Action Day Committee for their work in organising and administering the entire MAD fundraising process. The MAD Committee included; Miss Ellen Cotter, Mr David Ellul, Ms Kathie Holmes, Mrs Melanie Livera, Mr Paul Maxted, Ms Robyn Miller, Mrs Jacinta Ryan, Mrs Joan Ferguson, Miss Georgina Skinner, Mr Warren Walker, Ms Carly Walsh, Ms Muriel West, Ms Sharon Richards, Ms Ellenor Harris, Mrs Carolyn Green, Ms Kerrie Harman, Mr Aaron Trusler and Lasallian Captains; Romolo Persi, Benjamin Richter, Jackson Reed, Liam Bonato and Hamilton Deam. In particular, the College recognises Mr Larry Evans who is the Chair of the Mission Action Day Committee for his leadership and guidance throughout the MAD process.
Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations
Faith and Mission
On Friday 18 May, as a Lasallian family, the College community gathered to celebrate the work and legacy of the Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle and all those who were inspired by him and followed in his footsteps. We commenced the day with mass to acknowledge that our Lasallian tradition has opened our hearts to the power of prayer, being present to others and dedicating ourselves to the service of the poor and vulnerable.
During the mass, we remembered the Lasallian men who are the inspiration to the names of many of our Tiverton homerooms: Br Benilde, Br Dunstan, Br Gehrig, Fr Hegarty, Br Jerome, Br Miguel, Fr Roland, St Solomon, and St Vincent de Paul. We pray that their charism and service to others continues to guide and mentor the community they created.
The occasion of the Founders Day Mass was made all that more special as we were able to welcome Lasallian Brothers from the Malvern community, Br Michael Carroll FSC, Br Paul Toohey FSC and Br Mandy Dujunco FSC. The brothers are living examples of committed Lasallians inspired by the work and legacy of St John Baptist de La Salle.
Year 9 St John Baptist De La Salle Mosaic
In the Year 9 Immersion Subject, ‘Urban Impact’ students have investigated how humans living in urban settings impact on the environment. Guided by Mr David Happ, they explored initiatives that reduce the negative human impact on our planet, including sustainability and recycling programs.
In Term 1, the Year 9 class elected to recycle plastic and metal lids to produce a mosaic artwork and chose to design an art that would depict our founder, St John Baptist De La Salle. The students felt it was fitting to use ‘throw away items’ such as bottle tops and lids, as it was St John Baptist de La Salle who took the poorest street children, the ‘disregarded’ of his society, saw their potential and educated them. At the conclusion of the Founders Day Mass, Mr David Happ introduced the piece and Year 9 students John Beddoe and Levi Wardle revealed the mosaic to the College community for the first time to a round of applause!
Pictured below are Br Michael Carroll FSC and Br Paul Toohey FSC on Founders Day with the mosaic.
2018 Year 12 Yaluwo Immersion
Congratulations to the following students for their successful applications for the 2018 Yaluwo Immersion to Sri Lanka.
Yaluwo Students 2018
- Oliver Burke
- Finn Carey
- Jacob Carroll
- Nicholas Condon
- Heath McCullough
- Panos Menidis
- Hayden Rideg
- Hamish Sutherland
The process for application and interviews is both time-consuming and incredibly heartening. To hear the students’ reasons for wanting to be involved in the immersion experience. “I want to put into action what it means to be Lasallian,” “I want to make a difference” and “I want to give back to De La what they have given to me” are just some of the remarks.
I feel very privileged to be leading the 2018 Yaluwo group, with the support of staff Ms Rachel Cicala, Mr Anthony Freeman and Mr Chas Thompson. As we begin our preparations we pray that the experience fills our hearts and allows us to fulfil the mission set forth by the founder, St John Baptist de La Salle.
2019 Tercentenary Year
During 2019, the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers), and the wider Lasallian Institute will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the death of St John Baptist de La Salle, (1719–2019). As this goes to print, I am in planning with St Bede’s, St John’s and St James’ Colleges for the 2019 Tercentenary commemoration of the death of our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle.
I invite you to click here to read and watch Brother Superior Robert Schieler FSC’s 2019 update on how we can celebrate the Tercentenary (Year of Lasallian Vocations). This link will take you to the #300 Anthem for the Tercentenary Year “One Heart, One Commitment, One Life”. It was launched from Rome on Founder’s Day.
Year of Youth
On Monday 21 May a group of our Year 10 and 11 Leaders as well as the senior Lasallian Captains, represented De La College at Catholic Education Melbourne and the Archdiocese of Melbourne Year of Youth School Forum at St John’s College, Dandenong for an opportunity to listen and to discuss issues that are important to young leaders.
The forum featured Bishop Mark Edwards as a key presenter and international guest Mr Steve Angrisano and allowed the student leaders an opportunity to openly ask questions discuss issues that are important the youth of today and share their stories, opinions and insights with Church leaders.
There was great energy and spirit in the room amongst all the young people there, a sense of hope for the future of our church. Thank you to Mr McAlroy for attending and to the student leaders who attended on the day — as always, they represented the College in the most outstanding way.
Reconciliation Week 2018
This Sunday 27 May, marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week. The theme for 2018 is Don’t Keep History a Mystery. All Australians are invited to explore our past, learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures and are encouraged to go out and seek a deeper and more meaningful understanding of our rich indigenous national history.
27 May is also the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. On this day was Australia’s most successful referendum and saw more than 90 percent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the census.
Reconciliation Week is a time when we reflect on and acknowledge our cultural history and the devastating and complex relationship Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders have had with colonial Australia. The week is about learning from that past as a way of reshaping the present and making a better future for all Australians.
Let us remember we are in the Holy presence of God…
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Wurundjeri people and we pay our respects to the Elders both past and present, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and the hopes of Aboriginal Australia.
We make this statement believing that we can walk together to a better future because at De La Salle College we commit ourselves to Reconciliation.
The Reconciliation Church Prayer
by Aboriginal Elders and staff of the Reconciliation Church
God of all creation, as we journey together in this Great Southern Land, we pray for healing forgiveness and unity, creating a path of good will,
with justice and compassion.
Jesus through the power of your love, You have given us the courage, wisdom and strength to share our gifts and talents in humility.
In peace and understanding we reconcile with each other.
Creator Spirit, we come together in prayer and thanksgiving for the many blessings we have received.
Allow your Spirit to wash over us and give us strength, to walk together, as one.
St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray For Us
Live Jesus in Our Hearts – Forever
Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission
Year 7 Liturgies
This week we had the last of the Year 8 Liturgies. As of next Tuesday morning, our liturgies will be led by the Year 7 homerooms. Parents are reminded that they are most welcome to join us on Tuesday mornings in the Tiverton Chapel for an 8:15 am start. Please sign in at Reception before attending the liturgy.
First Reconciliation — Father Martin Tanti will celebrate the Sacrament of Penance in the College Chapel on Tuesday 12 June. Year 7 students have been preparing to receive this Sacrament for the first time and will gather in community with their families, as we celebrate this wonderful Sacrament of forgiveness.
First Communion has been scheduled for 18 November 2018 at 11.00 am Mass at St Anthony’s Parish, Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly.
Confirmation will take place on Friday 10 August 2018 at 7:00pm at St Anthony’s Parish, Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads Glen Huntly.
Some important dates for Confirmation candidates and their families
Confirmation Information night
Thursday 7 June, 7.30pm
Padua Pavilion, St Anthony’s Parish, Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly.
It is important that all families attend this night. Please note it is for parents and the Confirmation candidates.
Wednesday 1 August, 8:45am
Family Mass, Practice and Shared supper
Tuesday 7 August, 7:30pm
St Anthony’s Parish, Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly
Bishop’s visit with the Confirmation Candidate
Thursday 9 August, 10:00am
St Anthony’s Parish, Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly
Mrs Joan Ferguson
To celebrate Family Week, the Lasallian Social Justice Committee organised a foursquare competition, with a $1 donation to enter.
All the funds go to CatholicCare, a social service agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Diocese of Sale. The motto for the week was Building Connections, Growing Together.
This is a game which is always played with serious competitiveness at De La and it was fantastic to see a tight competition that involved both Year 11 and Year 12 students. Just something as simple as a foursquare game allowed the students to interact with other students, different from their usual group. The game really epitomized the sense of camaraderie and family that the Lasallian Social Justice Committee aimed to achieve. We hope that the sense of family shown during this foursquare competition can filter down when the students are at home too. Thank you to all the students who participated.
Please enjoy this gallery of Family Week Foursquare action!
Mr Aaron Trusler
Lasallian Youth Minister
On Wednesday 9 May, Monash Engineering welcomed 90 first-year students, their families and representatives from their high schools to the annual Engineering Scholarship Celebration.
It was a great pleasure to represent the school and congratulate on behalf of the school community Mr Anthony Ticinovic (2017) and Mr Samuel Callaghan (2017) who were amongst the select group of recipients celebrated on the evening.
The Dean of Engineering, Professor Elizabeth Croft presented a gift to each scholarship recipient in recognition of their achievements.
Guest-speaker, Mechanical Engineering student Ms Monique Lautee presented an inspiring insight into her life at Monash University. “Engineering is about turning the theory into something useful. It’s going to challenge the way you think, the way you problem solve, the way you work with other people and it will also impact the way you see the world and your place in it,” she emphasised.
Monique’s advice to first-year students is to make the most of every opportunity and don’t be afraid to try something new. “Monash has offered me countless opportunities to not only advance my technical skills, but also to develop myself – both professionally and personally” she said.
Sam and Anthony are pictured below at our Academic Awards assembly earlier this year.
Mrs Caroline Fitzpatrick
Mother’s Day Breakfast
What a spectacular morning and a grand celebration of our mums and carers. A big thankyou to all the volunteers and Mrs Cate Robertson who made it all possible. Our event made the Catholic Education Melbourne news!
Save The Date — Saturday 11 August 2018
Whole School Parent Social Event, GG’s Restaurant, East Melbourne
Invitation To Year 7 Parents Friday 1 June 2018
To book click here.
Mr Anthony Muir
President of the Parent Network
Why are some people more successful than others?
Angela Duckworth, a researcher in America, has been investigating the concept of grit which she defines as passion and perseverance for long-term goals. Her research suggests that grit predicts high achievement by inclining individuals to show up and work very hard, constantly, towards a goal for years and even decades. Also important to success is self-control but her research has differentiated grit from self-control by demonstrating that individuals with self-control can capably manage temptations (i.e. avoid going on their i-phones, watching TV shows, going to the gym) but may not necessarily pursue a long-term goal.
Duckworth has studied famous musicians, athletes, army cadets and her research has found that those who have been more successful have spent more time engaged in;
- deliberate practice;
- pushing themselves out of their comfort zones;
- seeking feedback on their performance and
- repeatedly practising until they improved.
It is this belief in the capacity to overcome setbacks that allowed these individuals to move to the next step.
With exams coming up for students at De La Salle, many students may be disappointed with their marks. This will occur despite their persistent effort in their studies and it will be upsetting when they have not been able to obtain the score they so desperately wanted. However, one way to help your son develop grit is to help them cope with failure or setbacks. It is important for them to remember that it is impossible to learn anything without making mistakes along the way. In fact, there are several famous people who experienced failure many times over (e.g., J.K. Rowling, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan), but refused to give up. Give your son opportunities to fail in a caring, and supportive environment and if needed draw upon the strength of the word YET. This is helpful when students state “I can’t” or “I’m not able to.”
Here is a link to Angela Duckworth’s speech at Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Ceremony, 2018.
Ms Karina Dubroja
College Psychologist, Tiverton Campus
Fees By Instalment — Payment No.2 Due 31 May 2018
For families paying their fees in instalments as per the Fee Schedule, please note that the second payment is due by 31 May 2018. For any account enquiries, please email email@example.com or contact the College on 9508 2100.
Mr Daniel McGrath
Assistant Business Manager
Shared Stories 2018
Once again in 2018, De La Salle College will be involved in the ‘Shared Stories’ anthology series alongside 26 other Catholic schools in the State. The initiative sees schools publish artworks, visual representations, and pieces of writing relating to a set theme and then launched as a formal publication for all to admire. Anthologies are stored in both the National Library of Australia and State Library of Victoria collections. It is a wonderful project that gives many students the opportunity to become published writers and artists. Amongst this privilege, each year the Australian Catholic University and other sponsors select their favourite pieces for awards.
Each year that anthology grows with last year in excess of 570 full-colour pages. Each student who is published will receive their own copy of this together with access to the online publication of their works. This year’s theme is Live Simply, Simply Live, encouraging students to interpret this in their own unique style, with the artistic and literary opportunities endless. Students will be encouraged to interpret the theme personally and to create new works, while also reflecting on the potential of their current coursework in English and Art classes as submissions.
Students will be offered the opportunity to draft, edit and refine works with teachers at the College during lunchtimes, with the final piece of work being submitted in early October. The publication will be launched in November at Star of the Sea. All participating students will have the opportunity to celebrate the results of their creative ability and efforts and recognise outstanding works from all 27 schools! Please contact Miss McBean for more information and stay tuned for a meeting next week to get involved.
Miss Patrice McBean
Media and English Teacher
Time to Shine 2018
Time to Shine 2018 is a musical celebration to showcase the extraordinary talents of youth – featuring singers, dancers and musicians from Catholic secondary schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne. This year’s production will be staged at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne on 28 July 2018 with two shows at 2 pm and 7.30 pm. Tickets now on sale at the Arts Centre Melbourne website. Discount tickets for group bookings (10 or more) are available by phoning 1300 182 183. Featuring almost 400 students from over 50 secondary schools, this event has become a key celebration for Catholic secondary schools in Melbourne to display the performance talents of their students. Time to Shine will also be screened on the Seven Network after the event. Here is the poster for the 2018 event, featuring De La’s very own Henry Prendergast Kruger (2016).
Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students
Important upcoming dates in the College calendar.
Duke of Edinburgh Camp (Practice Journey) — 24 May to 25 May — Brisbane Ranges
Year 8 Reflection Day (Roland, Solomon) — PAC, 9:00am -3:15pm
Year 10 Allwell Testing — Gymnasium, 9:00am — 1:00pm
Year 7 Parents Social Evening — 7:30pm — 9:30pm
Semester One Examination Period — 4 June to 14 June
College Tour — SMT, 9:15am — 11:00am
There is so much that goes on beyond the classroom in a big and busy school like De La Salle College.
This week I would like to focus briefly on the very successful production of Legally Blonde, the Musical, presented by our students last week in conjunction with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Bentleigh. The musical itself was great fun; a truly excellent presentation by many very talented young men and women, all of whom contributed so much to the quality of the performance each night. However, beyond the central features we all see – the singing, dancing, acting, music, stage crew, costumes, set design and all that goes into these events – there is a much greater benefit.
Long-running performing arts events like our annual musicals bring together a vast range of students to work towards a shared goal. Whether they are in a lead role, playing in the orchestra, in the supporting cast or backstage there exists a wonderful sense of belonging, unity and the opportunity for personal growth. These productions encourage, in fact, require, development of a range of crucial skills which benefit the students in their academic and personal lives; commitment, resilience, high-level organisation and interpersonal skills. Each year the students develop wide and close-knit circles of friends as well, which is always lovely to see.
I had an email from one of the cast’s mothers this week, which I believe, sums up the tremendous experiences our boys gain from the performing arts.
I include an extract here:
“One of the reasons we selected De La Salle for our three sons was for the breadth of extracurricular activities offered to students, and the acknowledgement that there are many different passions and talents that can be developed, supported and encouraged.
Our three boys are very different, and for my son, school team sport has not been an area of particular interest. However, in Year 9 he put up his hand to be a part of Grease, beginning his four-year commitment to these productions. Participating in the shows requires many hours of commitment over many months. Through this we have watched him, develop self-confidence, maturity, an understanding of commitment and responsibility, and a sense of team spirit. He has made many new friends, developed a love for the performing arts, and very importantly, experienced joy through performance. His confidence and sense of self, have soared, and we are amazed and proud of the young man he has become.”
“Andrew Murrell and his team are to be commended for the many, many hours of work that go into these events. I know our family is more than a little sad to have watched the final production, but we do hope that he continues to follow this passion as he moves into a new phase of his life. We have your school to thank for that, and hope that many future students will benefit also.”
Coincidentally, I was last week reading an article from the UK on the value of performing arts.
“Arts education is linked to enhanced academic achievement in areas such as mathematics, reading, creative problem solving, critical thinking, and verbal skill, and can improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork. Research acknowledges the value of creativity, curiosity and imaginative play, particularly for young children, and the need for innovative, creative and critical thinking in successful societies of the future”. Also, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation (UNESCO), arts education “keeps students in school”.
The Warwick Commission asserts that arts education should be an entitlement — a universal right — for all children in schools: “We need creative scientists as much as we need artists who understand the property of materials and the affordances of new technology,” it states. Respected education expert Sir Ken Robinson has long declared that “creativity is as important in education as literacy” describing it as a “myth” that only certain people are creative. There is clearly so much more to be said for these shows than what the audience sees on stage on show night.
Thank you and well done to all concerned, especially our Drama Coordinator, Mr Andrew Murrell, who for the second year in a row took on the daunting role of Director. Ms Kelly Williams stepped into the role of leading the orchestra in their many hours of rehearsal and did an outstanding job in developing the students to the stage where their performances were inspiring and an integral, magnificent part of the show.
Thank you to the 550 mums and sons who attended this week’s Mother’s Day Breakfast. Since we held the first one in 2014, with about 240 in attendance the Mother’s Day Breakfast very quickly grew to 400 in 2015, 500 in 2016 and 550 for the past two years. It is a wonderful celebration of community and our mothers/sons’ relationships, which we are very proud to be a part of at De La Salle. A special thank you to Parent Network President, Mr Anthony Muir, ex-President, Mrs Cate Robertson and Alumni Officer, Mrs Trish Woodman who all did so much to make the Breakfast a tremendous success once again. Guest speaker Mrs Jennie Loughnan (aunt of three current students, AFL Ground Operations Manager and Secretary of the De La Salle Old Collegians Football Club) gave an excellent presentation around her experiences with the College and her professional journey through football.
Here at the College, we have had cause to undertake significant reviews around our various trips, exchanges and immersions. I would like to advise our community on the status of two of our traditional social justice immersion experiences for our students.
After many years of very generous personal commitment, service and dedication to numerous projects at De La Salle Secondary School Bomana, Papua New Guinea, Mr Tim Hogan and Mr Warren Walker have decided to step aside from this very demanding commitment. I must thank Tim and Warren for their ongoing willingness to regularly sacrifice a week of their September holidays to lead the Bomana project and provide supervision, instruction and overall invaluable and enriching experiences for many, many Year 11 students over the years. Their qualifications, skills and creativity via backgrounds in trades has been of unlimited value to the projects and all at Bomana are very grateful. The enthusiasm Tim and Warren demonstrated for the PNG trips, their generosity of time and spirit and the frantic pace at which they worked to complete projects in hot, humid, uncomfortable conditions is an enduring memory of the program. Organising and leading the Bomana project and supervising the works is a demanding role, requiring a variety of generalised and specific building skills and indeed, qualifications. In the absence of any formal applications from other suitably qualified staff and with ongoing concerns around being able to satisfy the demands of contemporary risk assessments – including DFAT warnings regarding civil unrest and security for trips of this nature to various countries, including PNG – it has been decided that the Papua New Guinea trip will not run in 2018.
This was a difficult decision for me to make, but for the reasons outlined above, I have little alternative. We will continue to support Bomana financially through our “twinning” arrangement and Mission Action Day funds. We will also explore with Bomana and the Lasallian Foundation how we can best contribute to the Lasallian Mission in Papua New Guinea. The potential for staff to visit PNG and assist with teacher professional learning is certainly one possibility available.
The other trip in question is the annual Exchange Program between De La Salle Malvern and La Salle Green Hills, Manila. Regrettably, we have felt it necessary to take the decision that we will not be sending a group of students to La Salle Green Hills in 2018. Despite the many benefits of the Exchange over more than 20 years, a number of factors combined to drive this decision. Our most recent trip to the Philippines in 2016 raised a number of concerns about the actual nature, purpose and value of the immersion. There are two main concerns influencing our decision. New legislation in Australia makes it even more crucial that we take more and more precautions around Child Safety. This is of particular relevance given our students are in a homestay environment for the best part of two weeks.
Firstly, trips to foreign countries carry a significant risk for us to mitigate, travel warnings from our government advise more caution than ever and the advice and rules around homestays – plus some issues of concern from our experiences in 2014 and 2016 — make that arrangement increasingly difficult. The original purpose, rationale and justification for the Philippines exchange was to be at one with the poor and support them when and how we could. The declining opportunities to engage in true social justice work and activities in Manila has also impacted on the viability and value of the trip from a Lasallian point of view.
Discussions and recommendations from the Camps and Overseas Trips Committee, plus anecdotal evidence regarding the Philippines exchange were communicated to the Executive Team, and to me personally, for consideration. In the current climate, especially with uncertainties around our capacity to mitigate certain sections of the Risk Assessment, I have little choice in the short term but to cancel the exchange for 2018. The safety of our students must be the number one consideration.
I have spoken to Br Ricky Laguda, General Councillor for the Lasallian District of PARC (Pacific-Asia Regional Conference) about my decision. Br Ricky is positive there will be alternative experiences and options for Malvern students to support social justice initiatives within his District. We are still keen to explore these options for the future and we are willing to look at the practicalities of hosting the Green Hills boys next year. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I am confident we can continue the very strong relationship between Malvern, Bomana and Green Hills in other ways.
Congratulations to our students Benjamin Fierenzi, Year 12 (St Leo’s) Infielder and Mackenzie Turley, Year 11 (St Mark’s) Catcher who represented Victoria in the recent Australian Baseball Championships. Their team was successful in winning the bronze medal at the Championships.
Ben was named in the 2018 All Australian Baseball Team selected directly from performances at the Championships, the second year in succession he has achieved this accolade.
With 2018 being an Australian Schoolboys touring year, Ben will now travel to the US in September with this team for a 25 day College Baseball experience, commonly recognised as the Australia’s most prestigious trip in junior baseball giving all the boys the opportunity to fulfil their dreams of playing baseball and attending College in the US in the future. Here is Ben Fierenzi with his Mum, Kellie, at the Mother’s Day Breakfast.
Mr Peter Houlihan
Staff and Operations
Mission Action Day Awards
The annual Mission Action Day Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the Founders Day Liturgy on Friday 18 May. The Mission Action Day awards acknowledge the extraordinary effort of individual students in obtaining sponsorship money. The highest individual fundraiser will be presented with the Ian Oliver Mission Action Award. Ian Oliver, who retired from the College in 2015, was a driving force behind the success of Mission Action Day over many years.
The College once again congratulates the effort of all students. The money raised will support the many development projects and initiatives of the Lasallian Foundation in remote Australia and Asia. The annual Mission Action Day raffle will also be drawn at the Assembly. Students will be allocated a raffle ticket for each $50 increment they raised. Four $50 gift vouchers will be presented to the winners.
There are a small number of students still in the process of collecting and returning their pledged sponsorship money. This money is now overdue and I ask boys to attend to this as soon as possible, so Mission Action Day Fundraiser can be concluded.
Year Level Assemblies in the PAC
Year 7: Thursday 8:30am — 8:55am each fortnight from 17 May until the end of the year.
Year 8: Tuesday 8:30am — 8:55am each week from 8 May to the end of the year.
Year 9: Monday 8:30am — 8:55am each fortnight from 14 May to the end of the year.
From 14 May there will be a change of start time for before school practice for the Concert Band on Mondays and the Stage Band on Tuesdays. Practices will run from 7:30am until 8:30am in the PAC. Boys involved in these ensembles are expected to attend their Mentor Group on Mondays and Tuesdays. The full schedule for before school ensembles is listed below.
|7.30 am — 8.30 am PAC||Concert Band (KWL)||Stage Band (JLE)||Choir (CFR)|
|8.00 am — 8.55 am Music Rooms||Senior Flute (KWL)||Strings (DRC)||Guitar (MLW)|
|8.00 am — 8.55 am PAC||Intermediate Band (PKR)||Junior Band (KWL)|
There are a number of lost items of uniform from this term at Reception areas on each campus. Students are asked to check at Reception if they have lost anything.
Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations
When you set a boundary as a parent, you show that you care
Last week, Tim Winton wrote some wonderful stuff about how men don’t, but should, give clear values statements to teenage boys, who are hungry for direction in a culture that doesn’t seem clear about anything. We men need to step up. We need to have some gravity and sense of responsibility. How else can our youngsters relax or feel safe in this world? How else can they learn to be good women and men? To read more on this topic click here.
High-Performance Leadership Development Program
For the past three weeks, the Year 9, 10 and 11 student leaders have been participating in a series of High-Performance Leadership Development Coaching sessions with former AFL Footballer, Nathan Burke.
During the sessions, the student leaders have been planning for the launch of a Big Brother Little Brother Program at De La Salle College. When asked to establish a rationale for the program, the student leaders identified that the Big Brother Little Brother Program would:
- Establish camaraderie between seniors and junior students;
- Increase connection between students at Tiverton and Kinnoull Campuses;
- Inspire the juniors students to be leaders;
- Give seniors students continued opportunities to make a difference in the life of the College;
- Increase participation levels and College passion; and
- Leave a legacy to further enhance the culture of De La Salle College.
Young Lasallian Leadership Retreat – Year 6, 7, 8 and 9 Student Leaders
Facilitated by the Lasallian Youth Mission, our Year 6, 7, 8 and 9 Student Leaders focused on using their leadership influence. One of the sessions focussed on the teamwork shown by the Belgian horses. The Belgian horses teach us a very clear lesson about the importance of teamwork. When the Belgian horses pull together, they can pull three times more than they can when they work alone. In tandem, the Belgian horses can pull 32,000 pounds, which is a load four times heavier than they could pull alone. The powerful lesson that the magnificent Belgian horses teach conveys the importance of teamwork, collaboration and communication. Together we can achieve great things.
Mother’s Day Breakfast College Captain’s Speech – Panos Menidis
Today, we gather to stop, reflect upon and thank our mothers for everything they have done, everything that they do and everything that they will do for us in the future. This day is one were we universally celebrate the most important woman in our lives. And no that’s not the secret girlfriend you are hiding from your parents, it is the woman that brought you into this life, that raised you since day one and is here with you now as you grow to become a young man.
Read the full version of College Captain, Panos Menidis’s Mother’s Day Breakfast address here.
View the Mother’s Day Breakfast 2018 Photo Gallery here.
National shortage of EpiPen 300mcg Adrenaline (Epinephrine) Auto Injectors
De La Salle College has returned to a full supply of spare adult EpiPen 300mcg adrenaline auto-injectors; however, Alphapharm Pty Ltd (Mylan Australia) has advised the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of the following information:
- Supply of EpiPen 300mcg is constrained due to manufacturing delays;
- Stock levels will not return to normal for some months;
- Mylan Australia advises patients having difficulty obtaining an EpiPen 300mcg auto-injector to contact their local pharmacy for assistance as stock continues to be distributed, despite constrained supply. This may require you to leave your prescription at the pharmacy while stock is ordered; and
- The supply of EpiPen Jnr 150 mcg is not affected.
Students with expired and approaching dates of expiry have been contacted and arrangements made pending full supplies of EpiPen 300mcg.
De La Salle will continue to work with these families on an individual basis until full stocks are returned to local pharmacies. Further information can be obtained from the following link.
Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students
Faith and Mission
Young Lasallians Evening Gathering
On the evening of Monday 7 May the Young Lasallians Team hosted a Young Lasallians Evening Gathering for the Melbourne region at De La Salle College.
We began in the Peppercorn Café with a shared meal with student leaders from De La Salle College and St Bede’s College, then moved on to simple activities to build community and foster sharing among the Young Lasallians present.
The featured speaker at the gathering Br Mandy Dujunco FSC. Br Mandy challenged each of us to think about the journey we are on and how we need to be prepared to be confronted with the challenges that face us. Br Mandy reminded us that it is those very challenges that make us who we are, that teach us the life lessons that nurture the relationships we have with others and God.
It was a fantastic evening of Lasallian spirit and energy, full of reflection, laughter and friendship.
Prayer for Mother’s Day
This Sunday, we celebrate Mother’s Day. We wish all mothers a happy Mother’s Day and share with you this prayer in recognition of mothers everywhere.
We thank you for mothers – for the love they have shown and the care they have given.
We thank you for the qualities of our mothers; for their patience and kindness, their concern, unconditional love and understanding and for the part they play in our lives.
For mothers and motherhood, for children and families, we bring you this day our grateful praise.
We ask Mary our Good Mother, who showed us the Christian life by the example of her motherly love for her son Jesus, to care for and pray always for our mothers and grandmothers.
Year 7 Reflection Days
Reflection Days are wonderful opportunities for our students to take a step back, develop their reflective capabilities and nourish their faith journeys which are explored through presentations, small group discussions and retreat style activities.
This week, we concluded the last of our Year 7 Reflection Days and it was great to see the energy and enthusiasm of all the students involved. As always, the Youth Mission Team (YMT) did a great job engaging the students on the theme of “Knowing God: Communities and Belonging”.
I would like to commend the College Lasallian Youth Minister, Mr Aaron Trusler, for his dedication and engaged presence on all of the days, and also acknowledge the following staff for their commitment to the Reflection Days and their support of the Year 7 boys; Ms Joan Ferguson, Mr Chris Church, Ms Ellen Cotter, Mr Adam Jacobs, Ms Grace Giudice, Mr Ryan McDonough and Mr Paul Maxted.
Lasallian Youth Minister, Aaron Trusler, on the Year 7 Reflection Day
2019 Tercentenary Celebrations
You may or may not be aware that during 2019, the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers), and the wider Lasallian Institute will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the death of St John Baptist de La Salle, (1719–2019).
Earlier this week I attended the first of many planning meetings for the 2019 Tercentenary celebrations of the death of our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle and it was exciting to sit around the table with colleagues from St Bede’s, St James’ and St John’s Colleges as to plan and share ideas.
However, in the meantime, I invite all members from the De La Salle College community to click here to read and watch Brother Superior Robert Schieler, FSC, give an update on how we can all celebrate the Tercentenary (Year of Lasallian Vocations) in 2019!
2019 is going to be a wonderful year to celebrate!
Live Jesus in our hearts!
Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission
Year 7 Roland, Solomon and Vincent Retreat
Led by the Youth Ministry Team, the Year 7 students of homerooms Roland, Solomon and Vincent had a wonderful day of activities and reflections focusing on their relationship with each other and with God. There was a constant buzz of excitement as they took time out from their studies to develop a deeper sense of self and their place in the world. The day concluded with a prayer service in which all students participated.
Year 8 Liturgies
Year 8 Hegarty and 8 Jerome have both led the early morning liturgies in the past two weeks. Hegarty students invited us to reflect on the stoning of St Stephen, the first Martyr. They took from the reading the theme of Courage and led the community to examine the ways in which we are challenged to stand up for the welfare of others and for what we believe. Last Tuesday morning Year 7 Jerome took us back to the Council of Jerusalem, at which time the apostle came to realise that Jesus message was not just for the Jewish people but for all men. The Jerome students invited us to look more deeply at the theme of our College year, “Inclusiveness”, examining the challenges we sometimes miss in our daily lives.
Parents are reminded that they are most welcome to join us on Tuesday mornings in the Tiverton Chapel for an 8:15 am service. Please sign in at Reception before you go to the Chapel.
First Communion has been scheduled for 18 November 2018 at 11.00 am Mass at St Anthony’s Parish, Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly.
Confirmation will take place on Friday 10 August 2018 at 7:00pm at St Anthony’s Parish, Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads Glen Huntly.
Mrs Joan Ferguson
Congratulations to all of our students in Primary who entered the 2018 Higgins ANZAC Day Poetry Competition.
Anzac Day is a significant date on the Australian calendar and the Higgins Anzac School Poetry Competition gives students the opportunity to reflect on the courage and sacrifice of men and women who have served in conflicts and express their own feelings in verse. The theme for the competition was ‘What does Anzac Day mean to you?’
From over three hundred students across eleven schools in the Higgins electorate, three students from De La Salle College were selected as finalists.
The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP praised the effort and quality of the poems and the judges Krista Bell and local RSL Representatives had a very difficult task in selecting finalists and the winner. There were two categories – Year 3 and 4, and Year 5 and 6. In Year 4, Geordan Wain and James Harris were finalists and last Friday were presented with a certificate and copy of their poem. Year 6 student Benjamin Scheloske’s poem was selected as runner-up and he was presented with a picture book, Jack’s Bugle written by Krista Bell, a certificate and a copy of his poem. It was a very exciting morning and we are very proud of all students and their effort, particularly Geordan, James and Benjamin.
On ANZAC day we remember those that have passed,
That fought in a war,
And died for us.
They fought for their country,
And put it all on the line.
I can’t imagine arriving at that beach,
Thinking about loved ones.
I can’t imagine seeing friends dying,
Then the man beside you does.
I can’t imagine having to kill another man,
To save your life!
To pull the trigger,
And watch another man die.
I can’t imagine seeing all the smoke from the guns,
And the blood from the men.
I can’t imagine the shock,
When you hear the first gun shot,
These men weren’t just soldiers,
They were heroes,
And that is why,
We will remember them!
Benjamin Scheloske, Year 6
On ANZAC Day we remember the soldiers,
Who served our country,
To protect us from the enemy.
A lot of them died from bullets,
Some from grenades,
So many lives lost!
So many families left in mourning.
They committed their lives to defend our country,
We are grateful for their sacrifices.
Their soul will live on and we will remember them.
Those who served our country,
We rewarded with pride!
James Harris, Year 4
We pray for the soldiers
That fought that very day.
They stood and didn’t stop,
Until they had it their way.
It wasn’t easy,
Lots have died,
But we remember,
Those who risked their lives,
To protect us all,
On ANZAC Day.
We will remember them,
For being so brave.
Geordan Wain, Year 4
Mrs Anette Phillips, Mr Terry Atkins, Ms Pina Sernio and Mr Michael Chippendale
De La Salle College Primary
The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) Students with Disabilities (SWD) Program aimed to improve the learning outcomes of educationally disadvantaged students, especially in reading and writing ability and numeracy.
Each year, schools could submit SWD applications in either Round 1 (October) or Round 2 (February). Eligibility for the program was then decided by the CECV SWD Committee.
There were seven disability categories: physical disability, chronic health impairment, severe language disorder (including severe developmental verbal dyspraxia), intellectual disability (including global developmental delay), hearing impairment, vision impairment and social-emotional disorders (including autism spectrum disorder). Each disability category had criteria and documentation requirements that had to be met.
Disability funding for Victorian Catholic schools from Federal and State government sources was based on eligible SWD students flagged on the census.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) is a process that all schools must do every year. It counts the number of students who receive extra adjustments or ‘help’ at school because of a disability, as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA). Once the school decides that the student should be counted in the NCCD, they then choose a disability group and one of four levels of help that has been given to the student.
There are four disability categories:
There are four levels of adjustments:
- quality differentiated teaching practice (QDTP)
- extensive adjustments.
Changes to Funding from 2019
Both Federal and State governments have indicated that the NCCD will now be used to inform funding. From 2019 onwards, schools will receive funding based on students counted in the NCCD at supplementary, substantial and extensive adjustments levels. Therefore, the CECV SWD Program will transition to the NCCD for the 2019 program year.
Ms Kathleen Holmes
Education Support Team Coordinator
Year 7 Photography Intern — Mission Action Day 2018
Beyond the formal setting of a classroom, the teaching and non-teaching staff at De La Salle College are committed to nurturing student learning, initiative and interest in myriad ways. So when a student has a great idea, we try to run with it (no pun intended!).
Although he only joined the College in February, Year 7 student Lachlan Burnett had a few thoughts about how he could help the College by tapping into his interest in photography. The result was some great images from one of the big events on the De La calendar – Mission Action Day.
We asked Lachy to explain how he got interested in photography, and what he learnt from his day as a field photographer.
A few years ago for Christmas, my Mum and Dad put some money together to buy me a small point-and-shoot camera as a present. Ever since I have had a strong interest in photography and I take photos wherever I go. My Dad lives on a 68-acre farm which has been the perfect home for that camera, as it houses limitless photo spots.
I have been lucky enough to capture some dramatic events at my Dad’s farm. I also have an interest in cars and trains, so I capture images at places such as the Diamond Valley Miniature Railway in Eltham and the Mornington Railway in… well, Mornington.
These experiences prompted me to take my photography further, so one day I was talking to Dr Walsh about MAD and I wondered if I could take photos on the day. She suggested that I could do some photography for the school with the De La Communications Coordinator, Ms Hermione Gilchrist. One thing led to another and on the day Hermione introduced me to a few technical parts of photography, gave me a red Nikon camera and let me go to take photos.
I was very surprised with how many complicated things there are with technical photography. (And also how heavy a professional camera is!) All up, it was a very enjoyable experience and taught me a lot about cameras and photography.
Lachan Burnett, Year 7
Lachy’s Top Shots — A Gallery
This year, the students at De La Salle raised over $100,000 by participating in the Mission Action Day Walkathon. This money will support projects in Australia and overseas which seek to engage marginalised and disadvantaged members of our global community. Some of Lachy’s photographs which are featured here will also be put on display in the Year 7 building.
Dr Melissa Walsh
Year 7 Coordinator
Experiential learning in the City of Melbourne is alive and well thanks to the Year 9 students of De La Salle College.
During the past term, the Year 9 students have identified real-world issues in the city and have been researching these concerns. For the past two weeks, the students have surveyed, photographed and interviewed a host of people in different locations to add support to their research findings.
The variety of issues is fascinating and include investigating hostile architecture, how street art influences tourism in Melbourne, implications of homelessness and accessibility to different public places to name but a few. The Year 9 students have also participated in the Anzac Spirit program at the Shrine and explored homelessness with The Big Issue.
The students have engaged with all of the activities enthusiastically and are now involved in collating their information to create thorough reports which will be displayed at the Expo Evening on 28 June.
Ms Elizabeth O’Connell
Legally Blonde — the Musical
The fourth co-production between OLSH and De La Salle was the fabulously fun Legally Blonde, the Musical. A veritable army of people, staff and students, have worked on the show for the past two terms and more. It has been a challenge on almost every level with its energy and colour, fabulous characters and music, and frenetic plot, but the ride has been worthwhile and I believe together we created something extraordinary.
My thanks to the Principals of both schools, Ms Anne O’Loughlin and Mr Peter Houlihan, for their constant and unstinting support. Ms Kelly Williams as Musical Director, Ms Julie Freeman-Smith and Ms Megan Donahue as Producers, Ms Stephanie Hill who trained the singers and our wonderful choreographers, Ms Tasha Esteves and Miss Olivia Wenczel all deserve the highest praise for their efforts. Mr Bryan Smith has been his usual, steadfast and energetic contributor to all our preparations. I would also like to mention Mr Ryan Hayward for his stalwart efforts at scenery painting. Miss Sharni Folland was always there when needed most and I am very grateful to her. There are, as I said, so many to thank and I am grateful for every contribution others have made.
The show itself is a non-stop rollercoaster of great music, plot and characters. All students involved worked very hard to produce something special. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Mr Andrew Murrell
Max Getley, Year 9, plays with Burwood Cricket Club. Recently, Max won the Batting and Champion Player Trophies at the Eastern Cricket Association Awards in the Under 14B category of the JD Norman Shield. He scored 251 runs in 8 matches at an average of 83 and accumulated 624 points for his bowling, batting and fielding efforts in the 2017/2018 season. The Award was presented at the Eastern Cricket Association Awards night at the Manningham Town Hall on Monday 7 May. Well done, Max! Click here to read Max’s full cricket career profile.
Congratulations to Noah Millard, Year 10, on his recent results at the Australian National Swiming Championships in Sydney. Noah placed third in the country for the 400 freestyle. This is a testimony to the hours and hours of time and effort Noah puts into his training schedule. In addition to this great result, Noah recently took 16 seconds off his 1500 metre time – another epic achievement! Congratulations, Noah.
Two of our De La sportsmen were represented at the Australian Baseball National Schoolboys tournament last week in Adelaide. Infielder Benjamin Fierenzi, Year 12 and catcher Mackenzie Turley, Year 11 represented Victoria and the team were successful in winning the bronze medal at the Championships.
Benjamin Fierenzi was named in the 2018 All Australian Baseball Team selected directly from performances at the Championships, the second year in succession he has achieved this accolade.
With 2018 being an Australian Schoolboys touring year, he will now travel to the US in September with this team for a 25 day College Baseball experience, commonly recognised as the Australia’s most prestigious trip in junior baseball giving all the boys the opportunity to fulfil their dreams of playing baseball and attending college in the US in the future. Congratulations, Ben! Congratulations, Mackenzie!
Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students