Deputy Principals’ Column
2017 ACC Launch Dinner
On Thursday evening, we gathered together at Whitefriars College to celebrate the 2017 ACC Leadership Launch. The College Captains and Vice-Captains were invited to attend, along with Principals, Deputy Principals and Leadership Coordinators. It was a wonderful evening, with the future College leaders celebrating Mass, sharing a formal meal and enjoying the social festivities. It was powerful listening to the College Captains speak of the gifts their communities bring to the ACC; the core elements that are unique and their aspirations for the coming year.
A special part of the night was welcoming representatives from St Joseph’s College, Ferntree Gully. St Joseph’s College will join the ACC in 2017.
High res copies of the images taken on the night can be accessed via the Dropbox link:
Progress on the Child Safe Standards
Ministerial Order No. 870 sets out the specific actions that registered schools need to take to meet the child safe standards which came into effect on 1 August 2016. De La Salle was chosen as one of nine schools across the state to participate in the Child Safe Standards Assessment Program. When we met with the VRQA on Monday we discussed:
- Our proposed training to support the implementation of the Child Safe Standards
- Our child safe strategies, risk controls, policies, statement of commitment, procedures and mechanisms for responding to and reporting allegations of suspected child abuse
- Our reviewed mechanisms
- The information that has been made available to students through appropriate education programs and curriculum offerings
- The information that has been made available to our wider school community
- Our staff selection and induction processes to support child safety.
The pilot involved a three hour visit and the assessment team was pleased with our progress to date.
I have been studying a Graduate Certificate in Guiding Meditation at the Catholic Theological College this year. It has been wonderful and at times challenging. I will share some of those techniques and learnings with the Year 9s during the Year 9 Transition Program over the coming week.
Our meditation has explored the use of mantras, silence and song. To many people the use of mantra or sacred word appears to be an Eastern practice, often associated with Buddhism or Hinduism. However, there is a Christian meditation mantra that has been used for a very long time by the early monks. It is the mantra, “Maranatha.” The word Maranatha is the final instruction of Saint Paul’s teachings to the Corinthians, and it is Saint John’s final instruction in the Book of Revelations. Thus, the last word, the final teaching of the entire Christian Bible is “Maranatha,” which is Aramaic and means, “Come Lord Jesus.”
“Come, Lord Jesus” is a leap into the kind of freedom and surrender that is rightly called the virtue of hope. The theological virtue of hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without closure, without resolution. We are able to trust that Jesus will come again, just as Jesus has come in our past, into our private dilemmas and into our suffering world. Our Christian past then becomes our Christian prologue, and “Come, Lord Jesus” is not a cry of desperation but an assured shout of cosmic hope.
As we await the joy and celebration of Christmas, we look forward with hope to the promise of the New Year. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our families and especially our young men a very merry Christmas and a restful summer holiday.
Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students
Faith and Mission
Last week I was privileged to farewell 19 Year 12 students and three staff as they embarked on their Coolies Immersion experience to India in support of the work of the De La Salle Brothers and the work they do in Boys Town, Madurai.
In true Lasallian spirit, we believe in Jesus and that we are each called to bring about the kingdom of God through reaching out to the poor. The preferential option in favour of the poor, enlightened by a view of faith, helps all Lasallians to recognise the inequities to which society gives rise. As Lasallians, we are all called to make it possible for all victims of social injustice, of poverty, the least, the last and the lost to live with dignity and to be open to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Last Sunday, was the first Sunday of Advent, which was also the first Sunday of a new liturgical year for the Church. In Matthews Gospel last Sunday, “Jesus tells his disciples that the coming of the Son of Man will catch many people unprepared. Jesus tells his disciples that they are to always be ready for the day of the Lord” (Matthew 24:37–44).
As a Catholic community, we know and believe that our Lord is coming even if we can’t predict the timing. Matthew’s Gospel last Sunday allowed us to hear Jesus speak about the need for wakefulness, for watchful waiting, for the coming of the Son of Man.
Jesus calls us to be watchful and vigilant. Because if we become relaxed in our Christian living, we may be caught unprepared.
The Advent season includes the four Sundays that precede Christmas. It is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. It is a timeof hope and mystery and of anticipation and preparation for a kingdom of this world and the next, and a king appearing when we least expect.
I pray for all our staff, students and families, that this Advent season will open eyes and hearts so that hope and peace is brought to all.
Prayer for Advent
God of hope, who brought love into this world,
be the love that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought peace into this world,
be the peace that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought joy into this world,
be the joy that dwells between us.
God of hope, the rock we stand upon,
be the centre, the focus of our lives
always, and particularly this Advent time.
St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for Us
Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever!
Finally, I would like to wish everyone a most happy, holy and safe Christmas break. I look forward to seeing everyone returning safely in the New Year.
Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission
Staff and Operations
Annual Christmas Concert
De La Salle Music will hold the annual Christmas concert in the PAC at Tiverton on Thursday 1 December at 7:30pm. This is always a wonderful finale to the year and will include a terrific evening of Christmas music with some surprises. Music staff and students have been working very hard over recent weeks in preparation for this event. All members of the College community are warmly invited to attend.
A reminder of the following key dates
|Friday 16 December||College Office closes for the year|
|Monday 16 January||College Office reopens for 2017|
|Wednesday 1 February||All students resume classes for 2017|
|Friday 3 February||School Photo Day. Photos will be taken on both campuses|
Information Pack to Families
In preparation for the 2017 academic year an Information Pack containing a range of important documents and general information will be sent to each family shortly after the College Office re-opens in 2017.
On behalf of all the Staff at the College, thank-you for your support throughout this year. I wish all families a joyful Christmas, a Happy New Year and safe holiday period.
Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations