Senior School News

This week sees the Year 12 student body completing their final classes on Friday 17 October. Their school program continues next Monday with a fun day of go-karting and concludes with the Final Assembly, Year 12 Breakfast and Valedictory Dinner on Tuesday 21 October, after which a period of SWOTVAC commences. VCAA examinations commence on Wednesday 29 October. We wish all the students sitting their final examinations the very best and encourage them to continue working to the best of their ability in this last push before exams begin.

A reminder for Year 12 students that full school uniform must be worn for examinations and also by students who are returning to school for revision classes in the SWOTVAC period.

Congratulations to the 13 students elected to student leadership positions for 2015. We wish them well as they embark on their leadership journey.

Year 10 students continue to represent the College in ACC cricket, tennis and volleyball in Term 4 and we hope that they are competitive and play in the De La spirit. Congratulations to all those students who have represented the College so well across the entire year.

Mr Luke Kenealy
Head of Kinnoull Campus

Berthe Mouchette Competition

On Friday 1 August five students attended the Berthe Mouchette Oral Competition for VCE French at the Alliance Francaise in St Kilda.

We have recently received the result and I congratulate each student who participated. 


Remy Cadman — Très Bien
Charles Hammond — Brilliant (Finalist)
Nigel Menezes — Très Bien
Liam O’Callaghan — Brilliant (Finalist)
Carlo Sinay — Très Bien

Mr Thierry Moran
Language Department


De La Salle hosts the Model United Nations Conference

Friday 10 October heralded the inaugural De La Salle Model United Nations Conference. The day was born from the idea of John Buchanan, a College Leader who desired to promote internationalism and highlight the increasing need to act as a global citizen. The topic addressed on the day was ‘Responsibility to Protect (R2P): Towards an end to mass atrocity crimes’. Preparation began in August Term 3, as students needed to know their allocated country inside and out in order to outline their country’s stance and history regarding the topic, propose amendments to the R2P resolution, and debate their relevance or potential impact given who they were representing or aligned with.

With the assistance of the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria Division), De La Salle hosted the full day event, which involved the participation of 82 students and eight schools from within the region. To begin the day student delegates heard from guest speaker Rebecca Barber, Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Advisor at Save the Children Australia. The acting Secretary General for the day was Adjunct Professor Ian Howie from RMIT University – a former UN official.

Once the General Assembly came to order and proceedings began there was no doubt that each school’s preparation had been thorough and a high calibre of discussion and debate followed. Supervising staff watching on the sidelines were impressed with the sophistication and maturity with which delegates engaged each other. Indeed, their ability to apply depth of knowledge and critical thinking skills was also commented on by Professor Ian Howie in his closing statement.

The Model United Nations experience pushed students to think with greater insight and complexity. The conference also emphasised the weight of responsibility on the shoulders of country delegates in trying to balance domestic and foreign interests in an international diplomatic setting. De La Salle looks forward to making the event an annual one.

Participating De La Salle Students

Team 1
Sricharan Kumar 10M
Xavier-Joseph de La Masse-Homsy 10M
Samuel De Stefanis 10M
Team 2
Luke Torrisi 12R
Joshua McGivern 12V
James Halliday 12V
Team 3
Alec Young 12R
Joshua Talbot 12V
Ed Hirst 12V
Team 4
John Buchanan 12V
Ali Abid 12J
Jack-Henry Attard 12V
John Dent 12V
Team 5
Karl Maul 11D
Liam Gava 11D
Matthew Mottola 11D
Team 6
Thomas Ponissi 10M
Liam Ramirez 10M
Tanis Van Laake 10M
Team 7
Matthew Wegmuller 11S
Costa Haritos 11V
Daniel Byrden 11R

Participating Schools

De La Salle College (Host)
St John’s College
St Bede’s College
St Bernard’s College
Parade College
Simonds College
Salesian Colege
Sacrè Coeur

Ms Olivia Wenczel
College Leader Coordinator


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