Senior School News

This edition of Senior School News includes information from the Head of Kinnoull Campus, student achievements and student perspectives on the recent Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment Camp.

From the Head of Kinnoull Campus

Congratulations to Nicholas Payne of Year 10 who won the Big Air freestyle skiing competition at Falls Creek during Term 3 before competing at Thredbo’s Big Air competition, where he came 3rd. He then went to Charlotte’s Pass where he competed in the Red Bull Drop Track competition, for which competitors jump off a cliff to clear a road.

Due to his win at Falls Creek, he got an invite to the One Hit Wonder event, which was held in Thredbo with a 100’ jump. This competition is for international professional big air skiers and is Australia’s only gold ranked AFP (Association of Freesking Professionals) event, so Nick was certainly skiing with the big boys. Nick successfully completed Stage 4 of five rounds with a Cork 9 before deciding to withdraw. A fantastic achievement, with hopefully a massive future in front of him in this sport.


Year 12 end their school years

The year officially ended for Year 12 students on Tuesday 21 October with a wonderful breakfast, followed by an emotional final assembly, the likes of which many experienced staff had never seen before. The College Captain received a standing ovation from the entire school for his efforts during the year and his beautifully scripted speech.

This was followed by the Valedictory Mass and Valedictory Dinner which was a fitting farewell for the students before embarking on final exams this week. The Year 12 students should be extremely proud of the manner in which they concluded the year and have set the tone for the years to follow. We wish them well for these final weeks. A big thank you to all the staff and parents who so ably and happily assisted at all of these functions.

Year 11 and Year 10

Examination timetables will be published this week so a reminder to all students to check the dates and see the relevant year level coordinator if there are any problems.

Mr Luke Kenealy
Head of Kinnoull Campus


Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment – 2014 Camp

The weekend of October 17–19 saw Jack Rhodes (10D) and Matthew Talbot-Weichman (10D) attend the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment. Year 10 and 11 students from schools across District 9800 (Melbourne Metropolitan area, stretching into the north-west to include Bendigo, and reaching as far north as Echuca on the Murray) attend a weekend long camp designed to develop their potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning. Its aim is to communicate to young people a series of ideas, problems and social experiences which will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards. A program of thought provoking speakers, social situations and personal challenges is offered.

Below are reflections from the two Year 10 De La Salle boys that attended the camp:

The RYPEN camp last weekend was one of the best experiences I’ve had. From the team and confidence building exercises to the formal dinner — the weekend was one I’ll never forget. Personally I gained a lot of confidence from activities like the public speaking and outdoor activities. I was inspired by the leaders by learning how similar their experiences are to ours and how far they have come since them. People we just met quickly became friends, and as friends we learnt a lot from each other and our lives. This was an experience like no other and I recommend it to anyone wanting to make new friends and learn some life lessons.

Matthew Talbot

 Doing this camp was definitely one of the better experiences I have had through school. Hearing about it in the newsletters, it sounded like the typical camp, where you go do this and then that, meet a few people and then never see them again. This ‘camp’ though was different; it gave me an insight into how to lead a group of people while still allowing others to contribute, as well as giving me an insight into myself as a person. When it was all done and dusted we were all quite sad to leave, but we have all kept in touch through social media and are planning to organise a meeting in the city to all catch up once again.

Jack Rhodes

Ms Olivia Wenczel
College Leader Coordinator

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