Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Remembrance Day

This morning we marked the 98th Remembrance Day with a short ceremony at Kinnoull. Staff and students came together to reflect and pray for those who were wounded or died in wars. This year, due to exams, Years 4- 9 students only attended the ceremony. Lest We Forget.

End of Year Masses and Assemblies

As the academic year quickly draws to a close preparations are well underway for our final Masses and assemblies. These are compulsory for all students and mark the completion of the school year and the acknowledgement of achievement and endeavour in both sport and academic pursuits.

The schedule of Masses and assemblies is as follows:

Date Year Levels Homeroom Times Periods Mass Start Time Assembly Start Time Venue Refreshmentsfor invited guests
Friday 25 November 10 and 11 8:40 am – 8:55 am 1 and 2 Headstart 11:15am 12:00 pm College Gym PAC 1:00 pm
Thursday 1 December 4- 9 8:40am – 9:15am None 9:30am 10:15am College Gym PAC 11:15am



Exams can be stressful. The key to feeling in control is preparation, having an effective revision plan and a well-planned out strategy for the exam itself. The strategies you use will need to be flexible to adjust the type of exam you are sitting.

Over the exam period, it is important to create a study plan. Using a weekly planner can allow enough time to revise for each exam. This study plan should be based on a number of factors:

  • the actual details of the exam in terms of number, type, and length of questions
  • how much of the course content is being tested
  • how much each question is weighted
  • what percentage of your overall mark the exam is worth
  • how many marks you already have from other course assessments
  • what strategies you are planning to use for your revision.

Revision Strategies

It’s important to match the studying techniques to the style of exam and question types that you know will be included. Let’s take a look at the ones we outlined earlier and apply some different techniques.

Question type Some suggested study methods
  • Practise writing essay plans/outlines.
  • Practise writing whole essays or essay parts that can be used in more than one essay.
  • Practise summarising theories, research and other specific evidence that you can use in your paragraphs to support your points.
  • Find possible essay questions to practise.
Short answer
  • Revise and memorise key terms, theories and concepts from the course.
  • Practise writing definitions and explanations.
  • Practise questions that involving applying the revised concepts.
Multiple choice
  • Revise and memorise key terms, theories and concepts from the course.
  • Study with a friend or study group, testing each other’s knowledge and recall of key terms, theories and concepts.
  • Revise formulae
  • Develop a glossary of key terms, ideas or formulae
  • Practise questions without looking for hints in the course material to mimic exam conditions and help you deal with difficult questions that might appear
  • Practise difficult questions beyond the examples used in lectures and tutorials.

Don’t forget to be realistic — you need to maximise the amount of time you devote to revising but at the same time allow yourself time for rest and relaxation.

Adapted from the Australian National University – Learning and Development.


Whilst our boys are wrapping up their learning for 2016 through their final exams and assessments, planning for 2017 is in full swing. Over the course of the last few weeks we have been reviewing and enhancing the Headstart and Transition Programs. Headstart is an exciting academic program that aims to meaningfully support our students’ transition from one academic year to the next. This program provides educational advantage to all our students by strengthening their academic and organisational skills through the commencement of the next year’s coursework in the last weeks of the current school year. This program commences on Friday 18 November and involves the participation of all students from Years 10 and 11.

The implementation of Headstart benefits our senior students and prepares them for the rigours of VCE studies, enabling them to undertake their studies with confidence and success. This program also assists students in better utilising their time after the exam period and provides opportunities for subject/elective changes before the start of the new academic year. By starting next year’s coursework at the end of the current year, senior students will be prepared to undertake independent study over the extended summer break. We want our students to engage with their learning in a meaningful and effective way. In addition, the program will ensure a smooth transition for your child into the next year level.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Faith and Mission

Community Mass at St Finbar’s, Brighton East

Last Sunday morning, November 6, we celebrated mass at St Finbar’s in Brighton East. The Mass provided a wonderful opportunity for our boys to reconnect with their parish and fellow parishioner’s and also to celebrate the Eucharist with the community where they attended primary school.

It was so heartening to see such a large cohort of students from De La Salle attend and to witness the warm welcomes and interactions after the Mass, as we all gathered on the front steps of the church.

This was our final Community Mass for 2016. I look forward to next year’s gatherings at the various parish Masses with our students.

Year 11 Student Information 

Recently, all the Year 11 students were sent home with retreat medical and consent forms for the commencement of 2017. It was noted that there was an error with the date on the consent form sent home. Information to address this was emailed to all families as well as a copy of the amended consent form. Please also click here for a copy of this form.

As outlined to families in the email sent home: Families who do not return the amended form, it will be assumed you have taken note of the information in the email and have given consent for your son to attend on 6 – 8 February 2017

Coolies” India Immersion

In just over a week, we will be fare-welling the 2016 Coolies group as they embark on their immersion experience to India. This experience provides an opportunity to discover firsthand the church at work amongst the poorest of the poor but also an opportunity to reflect on and to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and our founder, St John Baptist de La Salle, in the hope that a motivation and a vision for the realisation of a just world where the dignity of every human person is recognised.

During their time in India, the students and staff will be challenged to think of others and to work together to make a difference to the community. The nature and value of the experience allows the students to put their faith into action by getting involved in various development and building works as well as immersing themselves in the culture and traditions of the local community.


Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

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