Important Notices

Important notices for all parents.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school excursions, camps and sporting activities. The funding will be provided to the school for the camp/sporting ativities.

Families who previously received the EMA funding may be eligible for the CSEF as there is no age limit restricting those who are eligible – a condition which existed under the former EMA program.

If you hold a current valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. The annual CSEF amount per student will be:

  • $125 for primary school student
  • $225 for secondary school students.

How to Apply

Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from:

Closing Date

The closing date for applications to this fund has been extended to 11 September, 2015. For more information about CSEF visit

St Michael’s Social Justice Group Ashburton presents ‘Charlie’s Country’

This is a fundraising event for Opening the Doors Foundation. The foundation provides grants for children’s education not funded from government or other funding sources. The grants cover costs such as school uniforms, books, school camps and associated costs.

Click here for details.

Victorian Catholic Schools Parent Body Bulletin

The latest issue of the VCSPB Bulletin is now available on the VCSPB website.

Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)

De La Salle College has been selected to take part inthe 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) Main Study.

PISA is an important part of the National Assessment Program in Australia, which is the measure through which governments, education authorities and schools can determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes. All Australian Education Ministers have agreed to Australian schools’ participation in PISA, which is reflected in the Australian Education Act 2013.

International assessments provide a wide range of valuable information for education policy and review in Australia and overseas and also enable Australia to consider the performance of our education system compared with others.

Since the first PISA assessment involving 32 countries in 2000, the survey has continued to raise interest amongst educators and policy-makers world-wide. In 2015, Australia will be one of over 70 countries participating in PISA with around 15,000 students (from more than 800 schools) representing our country.

Approximately 2015 year olds (Year 10) will undertake the assessment on Thursday 27 August. The students have been randomly selected by the ACER and the students and families will be formally notified by the end of the current week.

Mr Steve Young
School Coordinator 2015 PISA



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