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
Principal

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 quickcliq.com.au and sign up.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations

Students

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

Sacraments

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

Sports Results

Cricket

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.

Volleyball

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.

Tennis

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 parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

Volunteers

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 accounts@delasalle.vic.edu.au 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.

Fri
23
Feb
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
Mon
26
Feb
Year 7 Transition - Planning for Success - PAC, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Tue
27
Feb
St Austin's House Welcome and Liturgy - St Miguel Theatre, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wed
28
Feb
Year 7 Jerome Camp - 28 February to 2 March - Torquay
Thu
1
Mar
Year 10 Dance Program - Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Fri
2
Mar
Year 7 Jerome Camp BBQ - Torquay, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
50 Year College Reunion - The Smith, Prahran, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Mon
5
Mar
Year 5 Camp - 5 March to 7 March, Sovereign Hill
Parent Network Committee Meeting - College Boardroom, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Tue
6
Mar
St Edwin's House Welcome and Liturgy - St Miguel Theatre, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wed
7
Mar
Year 7 Roland Camp - 7 March to 9 March - Torquay
Thu
8
Mar
Primary Welcome BBQ, Tiverton Campus - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Year 10 Dance Program - Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

House News

House Welcome and Liturgies

De La Salle College formally invites families to their House Welcome, Information and Liturgy evenings.St Austin’s House — 27 February St Edwin’s House — 6 March St Leo’s House — 13 March

St Mark’s House — 20 March 2018

Each event is held from 7.30pm in the St Miguel Theatre, Kinnoull Campus.

The formal part of the evening will include a short Liturgy involving the House student leaders followed by some important information relating to your son’s House and the College Wellbeing Programs. At the conclusion of the 45-minute presentation, light refreshments will be provided in the Peppercorn Café. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet with your son’s House Mentor as well as other parents from his Mentor group. For catering and administration purposes, could I ask that families RSVP to your son’s House Coordinator a week prior to their House event. The House Mentors and Student House Leaders are looking forward to seeing you present on the night.

Mr John McAlroy
Director of Students 10–12

Science Competition for House Points

To welcome students to the wonderful world of microscopes, the Science team are holding a Slide Competition. Year 8 students who have produced a good homemade slide can submit it to your Science Teacher or the Laboratory Technician before the last week of Term 1 for a chance to win bonus house points! Your slide can be of any biological cell. Last year’s winner by Max Kovacevic of St Leo’s House, shown below, is of a fly’s wing. The best slide viewed under the microscope will be awarded ten house points and be displayed near the Tiverton Science News Wall in the Year 8 corridor and in the Duce. Points will also be awarded for the second and third best slides. Winners will be announced at the beginning of Term 2. Have fun and good luck!

Ms Joelene Dight-Smith
Laboratory Manager – Tiverton Campus

From the Principal

Welcome back for 2018 and I hope you enjoy reading this first edition of the Duce for the year. As the year gets underway, there is sure to be a wide variety of important and informative news to be made aware of.

If you have been on campus in the past couple of weeks you will have seen the first stages of the Master Plan coming to fruition. The old science labs, canteen, drama and band rooms on the ground floor of the Foley Building have been stripped out, and building on the new Science and Technology Centre begins this week. The flats on the corner of Dalny Street have gone and when the site is cleaned up the buses will park there, creating more space in the yard for our students. A temporary canteen is in place, to open shortly and the landscaping in the front courtyard will begin in the Term 1 holidays. Exciting times indeed!

I was very proud of our 2017 VCE results, with a strong showing almost across the board in our various scores. The most noteworthy statistic is that there was significant improvement in all the key data:

  • The Median Study Score for 2017 is 30, up from 29 in 2016;
  • The percentage of Study Scores 40 and above is 6.43%, up from 5.3% in 2016;
  • Median ATAR is 67.60, up from 64.18 last year;
  • The percentage of students with ATARs in the 90s is 12.03%, an increase of more than 3%;
  • The percentage of students’ ATARs of 80 and above is 28.57%, also a healthy increase from 2016.

My congratulations and thanks to all the Unit 3 and 4 teachers who invested so much time, effort and expertise in teaching, mentoring and advising each and every student in their care. Several subjects had median Study Scores in the 34 – 36 range, figures which sit at the very top of the scale when compared with any of Victoria’s highest performing schools. The overall improvement in 2017 is a testament to the targeted approach and diligent attention of the students and the positive relationships our teachers form with our young men. As ever, the organised and intrinsically motivated students performed to the highest standard.

Congratulations to 2017 College Dux, Sam Callaghan, who achieved an outstanding ATAR of 99.50. Sam’s extraordinary results in perhaps the six most challenging Unit 3 and 4 subjects are the result of a disciplined, organised approach, a dedication to maximising his potential and a willingness to work closely with teachers and peers. Sam’s results in his six subjects – attaining scores in the 40s for five of them – sets a tremendous example for other De La Salle students.

A key focus for 2018 is to improve the level of student engagement at all levels. Our teachers are planning interventions related to the classroom climate that significantly improve student engagement and learning:

  • High expectations
  • Strong teacher-student relationships
  • Clarity and structure in instruction
  • Active learning
  • Encouragement and praise
  • Consistent corrections and consequences.

As I write we are in the middle of a very engaging, challenging and rewarding Year 12 Retreat, being held at Rawson Village in Gippsland. With more than 180 Year 12 students working in their four Houses, it is a big few days – especially feeding them! I cannot speak highly enough of the conduct, application and engagement of these terrific young men as they navigate the various activities centred around themes supporting their transition from adolescence into manhood. The Retreat sessions involve reading, presentations, discussion, reflection and sharing ideas around values, beliefs, affirmation, relationships and resilience. Now in its third year, the involvement of Old Collegians from the previous year’s graduation class has been a most successful and beneficial addition to the program. It is wonderful to see these twelve Old Colls return to support the current Year 12 students on their journey in a mature and thoughtful style. A special thank you to all the staff involved, especially the four House Coordinators, Mrs Brogan as the Retreat Coordinator and Mr Ryan for looking after all the logistics.

We are very excited about the high quality of the new staff we welcome to the College in 2018, each of whom will make a positive contribution in their area of expertise.

Miss Sarah Blaschak — English
Mr Thomas Cairnes — Sports Assistant Trainee
Mr Andrew Devlin — English
Miss Emma Fairclough — Maths/Science
Miss Sharni Folland — Drama
Mr Richard Freeman — Clarinet
Mr Ramesh Gammune — Design Technology
Ms Jennifer Hall — Music
Miss Patrice McBean — Media/English
Ms Lyn McGuinness — Director of Finance & Administration
Miss Lydia Moloney — Media/English
Mr Lachlan Morton — English
Ms Elizabeth O’Connell — Maths, Year 9 Inquiry
Ms Dale Orders — Maths
Mr Benjamin Paine — Sports Assistant Trainee
Ms Pina Sernio — Year 6
Ms Hanna Trewartha — Trombone
Mr Aaron Trusler — Lasallian Youth Minister
Mr Ben Williamson — English Learning Area Team Leader

Finally, a reminder for all families in Year 4 and Year 7 and those others who are new to De La Salle in 2018 – the Opening and Welcome Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in the city at 6:30pm on Wednesday 21 February. Families will receive specific information, but I would ask that all new families ensure the date is free and students are at the Cathedral by 6:00pm. This is a special event in the life of the College, compulsory for all new students and a great opportunity for the whole family to come along (there’s plenty of space at St Patrick’s) to see the students presented and welcomed to our community.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principals’ Column

Faith and Mission

Happy New Year! Welcome back to all staff, students, parents and members of the community. I hope that the break brought you peace, and that you are all returning well rested and refreshed for the year ahead.

There is always something very exciting about returning for a new school year. Staff commenced our first official day by celebrating the Eucharist next door at St Joseph’s. Fr Martin sdb joyfully reminded us that there was something very good happening in the church that morning,

It is a new beginning, so let’s celebrate this new school year, its challenges, our good work, the fun times, the relationships that will develop and ultimately, the boys, because we are here for them and their futures.”
— Fr Martin Tanti sdb

So whatever part you play in the De La Salle College community, may the beginning of this new school year bring the gift of love, the gift of faith and the gift of God’s blessings to all.

2018 College Theme

I am very excited to announce that our College theme for 2018 is Inclusiveness. This is taken from the Lasallian Core Principle of Inclusive Community. De La Salle College commits itself to this Lasallian Core Principle of being an Inclusive Community. In doing so, we commit to working together to build genuine, authentic relationships whereby all are included and diversity is respected.

God of love, set me aflame with love for you and for my neighbour.”
- St John Baptist de La Salle

From a Lasallian point of view, this principle of inclusivity no doubt refers to the stated purpose of the Institute to educate young people, especially the poor, who were not ‘included’ in education until St John Baptist de La Salle and the early Brothers reformed schooling and made it available and accessible.

The poor of de La Salle’s 17th Century world may not necessarily be the same in 21st century Malvern, but we acknowledge and recognise this in other forms; troubled youth, those on the periphery, unsettled home situations. As well as all of this, it is important to recognise that the educational emphasis on ‘differentiation’ is also a part of being inclusive: we recognise that not all young people (or even staff members), are from the same ‘mould’, and we respect different ‘intelligences’, personal stories and ways of learning.

As Lasallians, our community is accepting and welcoming, one that fosters strong relationships and is inclusive of all.

Opening and Welcome Mass

On Wednesday 21 February, all students new to the College in Years 4 and 7 and all new students across all year levels, will be welcomed into the College with a Certificate of Induction to formally mark their entry into the College community.

All families will by now have received a formal letter, co-signed by College Principal Mr Peter Houlihan and myself, outlining the details and expectations of the celebration evening at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Parents are asked to please arrive at the Cathedral no later than 6:00pm to ensure a prompt start to the Mass.

All 2018 College Leaders (Year 12 College Leaders, Tiverton Captains and Primary Captains), will be commissioned into their respective roles and are required to be dressed in full winter uniformAll other new students to the College (those in Years 4, 7 and new to other year levels), are required to be dressed in full summer uniform.

Yaluwo Immersion – Sri Lanka

De La Salle College is proud to offer the Yaluwo Sri Lanka Immersion Experience to Year 12 students. Students in Year 12 are invited to apply to participate in this immersion experience to Sri Lanka to live and work with some of the poorest and most marginalised boys in Sri Lanka where the De La Salle Brothers have established Diyagala, Boystown Technical School in Ragama.

Each day we were reminded of the importance of being present in the life of the other, and that as Lasallians, we strive to fulfil our mission as a member of the Lasallian community, “together and by association.” This immersion challenged our students to stand in solidarity with fellow Lasallians, experiencing genuine need and gave them the experience to reach out to the marginalised by giving back and working with and for the community at Diyagala, Boystown. It was life-giving to be able to travel with sixteen of our Year 12 students and two of our staff and to witness them nurture a visible expression of our Lasallian spirit in action as well as continue the work of St John Baptist de La Salle in the Lasallian tradition.

Our Yaluwo Immersion is a true pilgrimage where we are invited to be in community with each other and fellow Lasallian brothers and sisters, to put our faith into action and to reflect on the part that God plays in our lives.

This is what Jesus asks of you: To do justice, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with our God”
— Micah 6:8

Some of the work we did consisted of restoring the music room (sanding and painting the walls), building the driveway fence, clearing logs and debris after a tropical storm, clearing the coconut and cinnamon plantations, and weeding and clearing the vegetable patch. The late afternoons were spent unwinding, playing a match of either soccer, cricket or basketball with the Diyagala students.

Br Denzil, Br Loyola and Br Granville welcomed the Yaluwo staff and students into their community by allowing us to break bread with them, pray with them, share stories and work beside them to provide support for the Diyagala students. The time spent with students and the members of the Diyagala community, talking, praying, playing games, singing, sharing stories and experiences are so memorable and special they will live in our hearts forever.

Below are a few “2017 Yaluwo Reflections”. I will continue to include these over the next few weeks.

One of many things from the trip which reminded me of what I studied in Year 12 came from a mason we were working with, Vinsun, 29. Being intrigued by his manner of work with the old manual tools which I had learnt at TAFE, I spent a lot of time with him. He was one of 5 masons, working 9–10 hour days, then he played cricket with the students of the school before dinner. As he spoke Sinhala and only a little English, communication involved mainly actions, gestures, learning the names of tools in each other’s language and sharing pictures of family and home life for us both. He is from a very beautiful village in the highland tea country called Talawakele which we (the Yaluwo group), later saw from a train in the touring week. However, the moment in particular was when he showed me a picture of his wife, son and daughter. The immense pride, genuine love and welcoming spirit shown by Vinsun embodied the difference to the sometimes superficial values and ulterior motives of ‘western’ society.

It was also showed how easy it is to enter a third world country and meet people which on face value seem very happy with very little material possessions., but as our time at the school came to an end, it became very evident to us of their deeper complications of family separation, loss and the lack of opportunity for them in their own country. Instead, what they do have is an intrinsic sense of identity and community which, along with their positivity, has inspired me to be more grateful for the smaller things in life, and has built my appreciation and respect for the boys in Diyagala Boys Town. 

Luke Barron
Yaluwo 2017

 My time in Sri Lanka was a life-changing experience that opened my eyes to a world I didn’t know existed. Being able to work hands-on with the boys in Diyagala Boys’ Town was an opportunity that I’m extremely grateful for. Although the boys were aged from 14–19 years old, alongside their study, they worked long, hard hours and they taught me how to be patient with and respect my work. The language barrier made communication difficult, however, there was an unspoken language between us (the Yaluwo) and the Diyagala boys that was priceless and it allowed us to build strong relationships over the three weeks that we were working with them. The hardest part was saying goodbye and knowing that we were going home to our comfortable homes. However, I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity and wouldn’t change it for anything.

James Biviano
Yaluwo 2017

Yaluwo was most definitely an experience I will never forget. It was truly a once in a lifetime immersion. The relationships that developed throughout the trip, both within the Yaluwo group of De La boys and the wider Diyagala Boys’ Town Community, are ones that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Not for a second do I doubt my decision to be a part of such an amazing trip and I am proud to say I was on the first Sri Lankan “Yaluwo” Immersion.

Christopher Groves
Yaluwo 2017

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Students

A Warm Welcome

Happy New Year to all members of our Lasallian community, particularly to the families of our new Year 7 students. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and a relaxing holiday during the extended summer period.

The beginning of the school year can be an emotional time for teachers, parents/guardians and our young men. For many students, the return to school is a time of great change. The new school year brings new routines, teachers, friendships, 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 school. It is our role to support you through this transition, to reassure you and the young men in our care, and to help you feel safe and secure. Many of you have probably received communication from the College welcoming you to the school and providing you with a little information on what to expect. Please make contact with the College should you require support with your son’s learning.

House Welcome and Liturgies

Our re-energised House structure has seen our young men forge new friendships and develop a stronger sense of brotherhood. Parents and guardians of all students in the various Houses at Kinnoull Campus are invited to attend our House Welcome and Liturgies. Attendance at the House Welcome and Liturgy is compulsory for all Years 10 and 12 students. Students are to attend in their full school uniform. The House Welcome and Liturgy will give you an opportunity to meet your son’s House Mentor and mix with other parents in your House. I hope I will see you on the night.

SunSmart App

SunSmart has a new app, see UV, which uses augmented reality to depict what your skin could look like if you don’t protect it in the sun. We actively encourage all within our community to use a combination of sun protection measures during the daily sun protection times and remind everyone of the need to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.

Slip, Slop, Slap

One of the most successful health campaigns in Australia’s history was launched by Cancer Council in 1981. Sid the seagull, wearing board shorts, t-shirt and a hat, tap-danced his way across our TV screens singing a catchy jingle to remind us of three easy ways of protecting against skin cancer.

You might remember Sid singing, “Slip, Slop, Slap! It sounds like a breeze when you say it like that Slip, Slop, Slap!” Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat! Most skin cancer can be prevented by using good sun protection. I encourage you to talk to your son about the importance of wearing sunscreen.

Secondary School Vaccinations in 2018

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to Year 7 and 10 students. These vaccines provide protection against:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose for Year 7 students;
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses for Year 7 students;
  • Meningococcal A/C/W/Y – one dose for Year 10 students.

Parents/guardians of Year 7 and 10 students should look out for the vaccine consent card booklet coming home from school with your son. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your son is being vaccinated at school.

The Stonnington Council immunisation service may contact you about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by Wednesday 28 February if you do not want your contact details given to the Stonnington Council immunisation service.

To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au or SSVP-Factsheet-2018.pdf. Additionally, the Commonwealth government is funding vaccinations for all children under 20 years who missed scheduled vaccines. If students have missed vaccines, either in childhood or adolescence, and require catch-up vaccines, they should speak with their immunisation provider, local council or GP.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Chaplain’s Notes

As we launch into the new academic year, all of our new students in Year 7 and Year 4 will celebrate a class Eucharist in the Chapel.

This will provide an introduction to the liturgical life of the College and prepare them for the Welcome Mass to be celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday 21 February. The Eucharist is the high point of our faith celebrations and our new students will all have the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the Mass as a path that leads us to greater friendship with God and with each other.

Year 12 Retreat

I have just returned from three uplifting days reflecting with our Year 12 cohort. Our young men are so inspiring and give me such great hope for the future. The Retreat at Rawson Village concluded with a Eucharist celebrated under the beautiful trees. A fitting conclusion to the time spent delving into our life stories, relationships and faith.

Sacraments

The College supports students seeking Sacrament preparation. If your Parish offers preparation, I would encourage you to use these opportunities as your first option. If you do wish to tap into the College program and have not already contacted me, please do so without delay on my direct line: 9508 2161. You may also email me at jferguson@delasalle.vic.edu.au or alternatively, return the form included in the 2018 new student package.

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, on Sunday 25 February, but this date is to be confirmed at present.

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.

Lent – Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is early this year and occurs next week on Wednesday 14 February. We mark the beginning of this journey with an outward symbol when each student’s forehead is signed with Ashes in a Homeroom Liturgy – Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance and humility.

Lent is not just a “Catholic” time. It is a concept that is practised by many religions and also non-religious groups. It has its foundation in the wisdom of ancient Jewish tradition. There is something universal that goes beyond all dogma, which embraces our collective need to be reflective and transformative as persons on this earth.

In essence, Lent is saying – take time out to think about your life.

  • Practice self-discipline
  • Think about the needs of others.
  • Take action to serve.

Each of these concepts is universal and goes to the core of our humanity. The real goal of Lent – is Conversion. The aspiration of every Christian is to leave Lent a stronger and more vital person of faith than when we entered.

I wish all our families every blessing as you progress through the new academic year.

If I can be of assistance to families in any way, you are welcome to contact me at the College. There are times in all our families where we need an extra prayer or some personal support, so please know I am available to you.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Welcome Aaron Trusler, Lasallian Youth Minister

Greetings parents, students and staff, my name is Aaron Trusler and I am the new Lasallian Youth Minister for 2018.

I graduated from De La Salle last year, where I was fortunate enough to be a College Vice-Captain. During my time as Vice-Captain, I was able to immerse myself in the Lasallian family, to see all aspects of the Lasallian life and experience the amazing effect it has on people.

I was fortunate enough to travel to De La Salle, Bomana in Papua New Guinea. Being in PNG was my first overseas worldwide experience of the Lasallian family. Seeing how all the students in PNG embraced us and made us feel like family, made me truly appreciate the worldwide Lasallian values. The Lasallian spirit was so strong. I desire to replicate a similar feeling of family and camaraderie here at De La Salle, Malvern by working with the senior students to encourage them to get out of their comfort zone and speak to the younger year levels or even just students in their class that they may not know very well.

I was also fortunate enough to attend the Lasallian Student Leadership Seminar in Sydney, where there were 60 student leaders from 22 Lasallian schools across the ANZPPNG district (Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea). This seminar was run by youth ministers who truly inspired me to become one myself. They taught and lived-out the Lasallian values of faith, service and community, which was an amazing experience to be a part of. They treated everyone with respect and generosity and encouraged every student leader to get out of their comfort zone and get to know the other leaders from across ANZPPNG. Out of the 32 Lasallian schools across the ANZPPNG district, only four do not have a Youth Minister at their school, with some Lasallian schools appointing two Youth Ministers, so this is not an unfamiliar role worldwide.

My role is committed to strengthening the Lasallian charism with the students. It is my job to exercise wise stewardship and provide a point of reference for students to act out the Lasallian values of faith, service and community. This year, the College theme is Inclusiveness so I hope to work closely with the senior students, to ensure the junior students feel welcomed and a part of this wonderful Lasallian family.

One of my key roles is to start a Lasallian Youth Team, a social justice group targeted at Year 11 students. The team will be advocating for social justice and raising awareness of issues around the world. I encourage all students to get involved in this, as it will strengthen the sense of Lasallian spirit, and the teachings of St John Baptist de La Salle.

Mr Aaron Trusler
Lasallian Youth Minister

Learning and Teaching Protocols

Taking into consideration the College’s 2015–2018 Strategic Plan Learning and Teaching objective: To improve student learning outcomes within an environment designed to support contemporary learning and teaching practices, a working group was established in the second half of 2017 to improve learning and teaching across the whole College as a strategic priority.

In the midst of aiming to achieve our College Mission: To be an outstanding school striving for excellence and innovative academic achievement in a supportive community to best prepare young men for our world; the working group developed the Learning and Teaching Protocols.

The protocols acknowledge the shifting roles of student and teacher in the 21st century classroom and the increasingly dynamic global context in which our students live. They recognise the importance of providing an innovative and inclusive education in the Lasallian tradition that allows each learner, student and staff, to experience success and to strive for personal excellence in all endeavours. With all members of the De La Salle College community; students, staff and parents, embracing and committing to the Learning and Teaching Protocols, students will mature as empowered learners who are active, independent and motivated participants in the learning process.

The Learning and Teaching Protocols work to establish consistency of expectation for the student, teacher and parent regarding the learning environment. They call upon students and teachers to set their respective expectations high. Finally, the protocols aim to promote engagement within the learning environment, by defining and emphasising the shared responsibilities of both students and teachers.

Miss Olivia Wenczel
Director of Learning and Development – Curricula Programs

Sport

Athletics

As 2017 drew to a close, Year 12 student Dalton Di Medio and Year 8 student André Di Medio travelled to South Australia to compete at the 2017 Australian All Schools Championships. André took first place in the boys’ Under 14 Pole Vault. After a nail-biting showdown, Dalton came away with second place in the boys’ Under 18 Pole Vault.

André and Dalton have both qualified to represent Victoria in Sydney in the ultimate Australian Junior Athletic Track and Field Championships in March this year. Congratulations and best of luck to both of these fine athletes!

Golf

It has been a great start to the year for Year 11 student our 2017 Junior Golf Team Captain, Kristoff Soliven, took out first place at the Patterson River Jr Golf Open 2018 with the score of one under 71 (-1). Congratulations Kristoff!

Mr John McAlroy
Director of Students 10–12

Parent Network News

The 2018 school year got off to a fine start with the Parent Network Morning Tea for parents of new students.

On the morning of Wednesday 31 January, the Gymnasium was abuzz with excitement tinged with trepidation from both our new parents and students. New parents were welcomed into the College and also into our Parent Network. A group of parent volunteers worked behind the scenes to make the morning tea a welcoming and successful occasion.

Upcoming Events

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

Year 7 Parents Welcome Drinks
Date: Thursday 15 February 2018
Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
Venue: Peppercorn Café, Kinnoull Campus — finger food and refreshments provided
RSVP: www.trybooking.com/TXKG

Primary Welcome BBQ
Date: Thursday 8 March
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Kinnoull Oval

Years 8 to 12 Parents Welcome Drinks
Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
Venue: to be confirmed

Joining the Parent Network

Volunteers
Thank you to all parents who are returning their Volunteer Forms. If you want to join our team of helpers click here click here to access the form.

Year Level Representatives
We are still looking for more Year Level Reps. If you would like to be involved in the planning and organising of events for your son’s year level please let us know via: parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au

Mr Anthony Muir
Parent Network President

Important Notices

Education Support Team – replacing MMEC

This year we launched our new Education Support Team. The Education Support Team replaces the Mary Mackillop Enhancement Centre (MMEC).

The Education Support Team consists of a Coordinator, Special Education Teachers (case managers) and Learning Support Officers. The new structure sees the creation of more case manager roles, with each case manager responsible for supporting students across specific year levels only. With more case managers and smaller caseloads students with additional learning needs will receive more tailored support than ever before.

The Education Support Team will also better support to our teaching staff, to ensure they sufficiently cater for students with additional learning needs. The team will work collaboratively with teachers to:

  • Identify and implement appropriate adjustments to support student wellbeing and learning;
  • Enhance teachers’ knowledge of students with learning difficulties; and
  • Inform teaching practices in an environment of inclusivity and success.

The Education Support Team will continue to offer support to Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) funded students, as well as students who do not qualify for CEM-funding. The team will also continue to facilitate our Literacy Support Program to students who meet the enrolment criteria for this program.

For more information about the Education Support Team, please click here or contact the relevant Special Education Teacher:

Year Level Special Education Teacher Email address
Year 7 – Year 8 Miss Georgina Skinner gskinner@delasalle.vic.edu.au
Year 9 – Year 10 Mrs Eve McLellan emclellan@delasalle.vic.edu.au
All other levels Ms Kathleen Holmes kholmes@delasalle.vic.edu.au

Ms Kathleen Holmes
Education Support Team Coordinator

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend provides an opportunity to invest in your most precious asset… Your Marriage! Forget life’s tensions and interruptions and rekindle the closeness, intimacy, love and romance that brought you together. Recharge your relationship batteries and explore the precious nature of your marriage, allowing you both to share your feelings, hopes and dreams with each other in ways that normal, daily living tends to inhibit. There is no group sharing. Couples and a priest present the weekend. It is based around Catholic values, but couples of all faiths are welcome.

16 to 18 March 2018, from 7:00pm Friday to 5:00pm Sunday. Accommodation and all meals provided.

For more information, contact Andre and Maria on 0411 225 992.
Email: vicbookings@wwme.org.au
Website: www.wwme.org.au

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates on the College Calendar.

Thu
8
Feb
Year 7 Benilde Camp - 7 February to 9 February - Torquay
Year 10 Dance Program - Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Fri
9
Feb
Year 7 Benilde Camp BBQ - Torquay
Mon
12
Feb
Catch Up Photographs, PAC - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Tue
13
Feb
VCE (Unit 3 and 4) Information Evening, Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Wed
14
Feb
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Year 7 Dunstan Camp - 14 February to 16 February - Torquay
Thu
15
Feb
Year 10 Dance Program - Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Year 7 Welcome Drinks - Peppercorn Café, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Fri
16
Feb
Year 7 Dunstan Camp BBQ - Torquay
Mon
19
Feb
Year 7 Hegarty Camp - 19 February to 21 February - Torquay
Wed
21
Feb
College Opening and Welcome Mass - St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Year 7 Hegarty Camp BBQ - Torquay
Fri
23
Feb
College Tour - SMT, 2:00pm - 3:45pm

From the Principal

As the end of the year draws to a close, with all the attendant celebrations and enjoyment, I would like to thank all in the De La Salle community for another wonderful year.

I will not attempt to summarise here all the events, programs and activities of 2017, but I must say once again, for so very many reasons, this is a terrific environment for all our staff, students and parents to work together. In so many ways, all we do and all we aspire to is underpinned by our Catholic identity and our Lasallian charism. This has once again provided a reliable platform for our academic, spiritual, social and co-curricular endeavours.

While 2017 has seen a vast range of initiatives, developments and improvements aimed fairly and squarely at improving students’ learning and wellbeing there is even more to look forward to in 2018. A variety of teams within the staff continue to collaborate to design and implement strategies and programs to build in our students the motivation, independence, resilience and most importantly, the skills required for success in all elements of their school experience.

At this time of year, we traditionally say farewell to a range of staff who are either moving on to opportunities in other schools, concluding replacement contracts or retiring.

Ms Kerrie Jordan, Director of Finance and Administration, will be leaving us mid-January as she has been accepted for a voluntary position at a hospital in Tanzania for 2018 – our Lasallian ethos has obviously rubbed off! Kerrie has been a valued member of our College Board and Executive Team, taking a leading role in the Master Plan process, managing the College Finances and the administration of the non-teaching staff in the College amongst myriad other duties.

I would like to thank and acknowledge the following staff for their contribution to the College, some for a term or two and others for over twenty years.

  • Ms Nicola Mairs
  • Mr Matthew Morris
  • Mr Ken McAlpine
  • Mr Lachlan McKenzie
  • Mrs Gemma Austin
  • Mr Paul Fegan
  • Ms Marisa Di Giacamo
  • Ms Emily Scott
  • Ms Patricia Burke
  • Ms Marg McPhee
  • Mr Tim Brodrick
  • Mrs Katherine Aldcroft
  • Mr Noel Patterson
  • Ms Jane Robertson
  • Mrs Mary Finn
  • Mr Daniel Van Bergen
  • Ms Rose Connolly
  • Mr Heath Tregear
  • Ms Amanda Wallace

While it is obviously difficult for me to commemorate these individuals’ contributions in this space, it is important to acknowledge the gifts each of them has brought to our Lasallian community in their respective roles. They have provided a wonderful contribution via their teaching, music or administration – some through decades of service — to the Lasallian ethos and of course to the young men with whom they worked so closely and passionately. I thank you all for your contributions and wish you the very best in wherever your next journey takes you.

Ms Haylene Peipert is taking 2018 off to travel, we wish Haylene well and look forward to her return in 2019. Ms Kate McIlroy is commencing parental leave at the end of the year, we wish her all the best for the impending birth.

We are now in the season of Advent leading up to Christmas, traditionally a very happy time of year, full of hope and generosity of spirit. It is my hope and prayer that each of you can reflect on your year, be content with your life and feel you can approach Christmas and the holidays in a positive frame of mind. As Catholics, we are focused on the importance of hope during this liturgical season dedicated to preparing for Christmas. Advent offers us the opportunity to rediscover the beauty of being together during the weeks leading up to Christmas, so keep that in mind and enjoy the time of hope and promise with your family as you prepare for Christmas Day.

Speaking of hope, I have just returned from a few days in Sri Lanka, visiting the Year 12s on their Yaluwo social justice immersion at Diyagala Boys Town, a Lasallian boarding school in a poor area on the outskirts of Colombo. The 150 boys at this technical training school are from impoverished, underprivileged and often broken homes and the De La Salle Brothers provide education, training and employment for them – an inspiring story of hope and success.

However, whilst staying with the Brothers at Boys Town, they took us to the slums of Colombo where – among the very worst of conditions – another team of De La Salle Brothers run Lasallian Community Education Services. This comprises three schools in an environment so harsh none of us will ever experience the like in our typical Melbourne lives. Where permanent unemployment, drug and alcohol addiction, child abuse and neglect and teenage pregnancy is the norm, most parents have no education and most of their kids either never enrol in school or drop out, the Brothers provide hope and a pathway to a better life.

Space will not permit a more detailed account today but suffice to say in the gloom of these people’s lives — in stark contrast with our happiness in the Advent season in Melbourne — the Brothers do provide genuine hope and an alternative to the cycle of unemployment, addiction and poverty.

In my position I read a lot of information, documents and literature about the role of our Lasallian movement in social justice, the obligation to provide a service to the poor, to seek out the poor and the marginalised in our 21st century community and do something about it. We certainly play our part in Malvern as best we can, but I have never before been so humbled or inspired by the relatively young Sri Lankan Brothers operating Lasallian Community Education Services in an environment so challenging, against odds so overwhelming, we can only really imagine as being our daily place of work. Please think of them and pray for them in the critical and inspiring work these men are devoted to in order to improve the chances of the young in the slums of Colombo.

As you approach Christmas with your friends and family I would ask each of you to bear in mind the real meaning of Christmas and give at least a thought to the very many in our society less fortunate than us, even right here in Melbourne.

Thank you to all in our wonderful community of De La Salle Malvern for your involvement, support and contributions in 2017. It has been terrific working with you all, educating your sons and in partnership making our great college an even better place for all of us.

I wish you all a safe, holy and happy Christmas with family and friends and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal