Deputy Principals’ Column

Faith and Mission

Recently, I, along with Mr Peter Houlihan, Ms Lisa Harkin and Mr Tom Ryan, attended the Lasallian Educators Conference in Perth, hosted by La Salle College at Middle Swan. It was amazing to see so many Lasallian educators gathered from all over the world.

The delegates were fortunate enough to be in the presence of Br Robert Schieler FSC, the Superior General of the De La Salle Brothers. Br Robert was the keynote speaker at the conference and he reflected on the breadth and diversity that currently exists in Lasallian works all over the world. He began his address by reminding us that as Lasallians, our works of mercy must include and provide a human and Christian education for those living beyond the boundaries and he called on all educators to be open to the changing face of the Lasallian mission, where new vocations have arisen with increasing numbers of laity as well as increasing numbers of women in the ministry. And finally, as Catholic, Lasallian educators we all need to be open to the formation of the heart for all those in our care.

De La Salle Community Mass at St Paul’s Bentleigh

Thank you to all De La Salle students and families who attended our first Community Mass on Sunday 1 May at St Paul’s, Bentleigh. It was a tremendous turn out with more than 30 families in attendance as well as a number of the College Leaders. A particular thanks goes to the following students for their actual involvement in the Mass: Joe Lloyd, Jack Rhodes, Joshua Paul, Connor Woods-Scamporlino, James Canning, Jye Wiedemann and Patrick Walsh. Thank-you also to the following Senior School Leaders for their presence at the Mass: Tom Ponissi, Sri Kumar, Will Taylor, Liam Kelliher, Anthony Arceri, Liam O’Neill and Liam Ramirez and to Mr Michael Petrie and Mr Steve Young who also attended in support of the boys.

Founder’s Day

Next week, throughout the world, Lasallian schools and communities will be celebrating the feast of our founder St John Baptist de La Salle; a man who inspired others by his example to become men and women of prayer, of mercy and presence.

On Friday 13 May we as a Lasallian family will gather to celebrate Founder’s Day. The day will commence with Mass to celebrate and recognise our founder, St John Baptist de La Salle. As Lasallians, we acknowledge that St John Baptist de La Salle opened our eyes to the power of prayer, of being present to others and merciful servants of the poor, which has become a model for us to be better people, Lasallian people.

St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray For Us!
Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever!

Mother’s Day

Ahead of Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, I would like to wish all the mothers a happy Mother’s Day and share with you this special prayer in recognition of mothers everywhere.

A Mother’s Beatitudes
Blessed are mothers… who did without for us; they will be rewarded.
Blessed are mothers… who lost sleep when we were sick; they will find rest.
Blessed are mothers… who taught us how to pray; they will share God’s kingdom.
Blessed are mothers… who comforted us; they shall be comforted.
Blessed are mothers… who taught us right from wrong; they will know justice.
Blessed are mothers… who showed us the Christian life by example; they will live forever.
Blessed are mothers… who shared with us the meaning of peace; they shall know peace.
Blessed are mothers… who taught us the importance of loving God and each other; they shall see God.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Staff and Operations

 Mission Action Day (MAD)

The final phase of money collection for MAD has commenced. The majority of the money promised has been collected and presented to the College. Staff are following up those boys who are yet to return their promised amounts. There will be a presentation to the top 10 money collecting students after the Founder’s Day Mass on 13 February. The top money collector will be recognised by being presented with The Ian Oliver Award. Ian is an Old Collegian and long serving teaching staff member who retired last year. Importantly, Ian was a driving force behind the Mission Action Day fundraising each year. This award was presented for the first time in 2015 as a tribute to Ian and his tireless work in support Lasallian fundraising at the College.

Parent Teacher Evenings

Thank-you to all parents who attended the second of the Parent/Teacher Interviews last week. The trial of the timer and chime was very successful, with numerous positive comments from parents and staff. We will continue with the timer and chime for the next round of interviews in August.

Evacuation Drill

As part of Emergency Management training, the Tiverton campus will undertake a trial campus evacuation on Wednesday 18 May. Parents will be informed prior to the drill by email of the details.

There will be a small disruption to operations at Tiverton Campus during the evacuation drill.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations


Meet Our Student Leaders

Kyle Williams – St Edwin’s House Vice-Captain

Over the past five years at De La Salle, I’ve tried to involve myself as much as possible. I have taken the opportunity to travel to Italy in 2014 and Papua New Guinea in 2015 as part of the school’s cultural and social justice initiatives, as well as being a member of the ACC Hockey Team and Swim Team throughout the years. This year, I have been given the opportunity and privilege of being Edwin’s House-Vice Captain and our main focus is to form the foundations of the House system for the following years to come. I’m aiming to do the best I can with my studies and to travel at the end of Year 12.

Liam Kelliher – St Edwin’s House Vice-Captain

Throughout my time at De La Salle, I have been able to experience many things, which I don’t believe I would have been able to experience anywhere else. From my involvement in ACC sports, such as swimming, football, golf, cross country and hockey, to my involvement in the College’s music program, like the choir and Concert Band, De La Salle has enabled me to extended myself in a vast majority of extra-curricula activities. For this coming year, I hope to do well in my studies and progress onwards to studying Architecture or Fine Arts, both of which are at Monash University. In addition to doing well in my studies, I also hope to help reintroduce the House system back into De La Salle in the most successful way it can be, and to make sure that it is stronger than ever before.

Liam Moore — Mark’s House Vice-Captain

I have had the privilege to be appointed in many leadership roles through my years, such as being a class captain at De La Salle multiple times, being captain of my out of school soccer squad for three years and having the honour of being chosen to travel to the Philippines through school in Year 10. What I aspire to achieve this year can be succinctly expressed in a single quote, which is “be someone who makes everybody feel like a somebody.”

Michael Donnarumma — Austin’s House Vice-Captain

I’m Michael Donnarumma and I am Austin’s House Vice-Captain. Outside of school I work at Ashburton United Soccer Club as a coach. This puts me in a position to teach young people how to become better players and what it is like to be part of a team. I enjoy being a coach at Ashburton as I feel I have to set an example to the other club members. Also if I do my job the right way and coach these kids correctly it will mean they will become better players and they will enjoy their time at the club. A couple of goals for me this year are to engage with a variety of people from different year levels. So for me this would be to know names of different people from different year levels and talk to them to get to know who they are. I also just want to enjoy the rest of my time at De La Salle as I know there is only a short time left now.

Nick Leontaritis – Leo’s House Vice-Captain

Having held leadership roles previously at my primary school, at De La Salle College in ACC sports, as well as outside of school sports, I was able to see how I could make a difference to some people, and also able to motivate those who were lacking motivation. In anything, I believe that people should strive for their best, no matter what their best is in comparison to peers. That is something that I would like to get across to the younger students of the College in our year of leadership.

Another aspiration of mine in 2016 is to unite the Houses, especially Leo’s house, to create a strong bond and brotherhood within the Houses. I can see that this will help to ensure the new vertical House system is effective, as well as the students getting everything out of their years at this great College. As well as uniting those within the House, a unity within the whole College community is imperative for the boys, to feel as though they have a second home at De La Salle.

Sam Michael — Mark’s Vice-Captain

Throughout my time at De La Salle College I have tried to get involved in everything the College has to offer. I have been a class captain, been involved with multiple ACC teams and was fortunate enough last year to go on the Papua New Guinea trip. This year I will be taking in the role of Mark’s Vice-Captain which I am honoured and privileged to be given. I hope as leaders, together we can help implement the pastoral system and allow it to prosper so that it will be there for the younger year levels to enjoy.

Will Jones — Austin’s House Vice-Captain 

Throughout my time at De La Salle I have always aspired to be one of the College leaders. This has motivated me to be involved where possible outside of the College environment. At Huxtaburger Prahran, as acting supervisor, I am responsible for the store from opening until the start of the next shift. I am required to coordinate staff and take responsibility and resolve any issues that may arise.

For 2016, I aim to promote the new pastoral system and instil a sense of pride amongst the student body in their House. By embracing the vertical House structure for Homeroom, I would like to set a standard to build on in future. I believe it is important to take pride in your abilities and utilise them to represent the school, particularly alternative activities, including skiing, cycling, chess, and debating. This is something I would like to promote to my peers, especially in the final year at De La Salle. On my first day of Year 7 then Deputy Principal, Peter Riordan, urged each and every one of us to take risks, to make the most of opportunities, or look back on your time at De La Salle without regret.

 Uniform Requirements

Students are encouraged to wear their uniform with pride to and from the College. The blue and gold College uniform is an intangible aspect of our school spirit and identity. Our boys have built a reputation over the years as strong, faith-filled men of action. They have a strong sense of their place in the world and an obvious connection to a sense of brotherhood within our community.

The recent change in weather has seen the change to our winter uniform for all students. To that end, we are seeking your support in ensuring your son’s grooming reflects his readiness to learn. Much of the recent behavioural research in the field of mindfulness has centred on the importance of acting with intentionality. Likewise, studies would suggest that peak performance comes from recognising your self-worth. Poor attitude, reflected in poor presentation, can result in limited thinking and poor performance. In challenging our boys on the wearing of their uniform, we are challenging them to avoid mediocrity and to be their best. We want the best learning and life outcomes for your sons.

Specifically, your son’s uniform, including his school shoes, must be clean, tidy and well maintained.

  • ties, worn in Terms 2 and 3, must always be done up, including the top button
  • neat haircuts are required, with hair to be groomed at all times
  • hair must be off the collar and the fringe length must be off the face and not tucked behind the ears
  • students are to be clean shaven at all times (no facial hair).

As outlined in the diary, students who fail to meet College expectations regarding appearance and uniform may be sent home by the Deputy Principal – Students and/or the Director of Students.

De La Salle College Leaders joined Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Federal Member for Higgins

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” (John Quincy)

On Friday, several of our De La Salle College Leaders joined Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Federal Member for Higgins, and guest speaker Danni Roche OAM, member of the 1996 Australian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team and current board member at St Kilda Football Club, for breakfast at Malvern Town Hall. The session was inspiring and encouraged our boys to be well informed and well prepared leaders, always ready to seek out a range of perspectives. Both Kelly and Danni emphasised the need to participate in leadership initiatives within communities. Their full, frank and fearless discussion was a reminder to make an impact every single moment. Please see below for some student perspectives on the day.

I was reminded that to lead one’s peers is both an honour and a privilege. Kelly O’Dwyer and Danni Roche’s inspiring discussion made clear that a leader should be prepared to make tough decisions, but always respond to the situation at hand with empathy and understanding of the consequences.” Tom Ponissi (Leo’s Arts Captain)

The breakfast was inspiring and very influential regarding politics and leadership. It is crucial, for today’s generation, to understand the qualities of leadership such as mindfulness, tolerance and determination and I believe that the speakers conveyed this message amazingly.” Liam Ramirez (Austin’s Arts Captain)

I found Danni Roche’s view on leadership particularly interesting. She discussed how the position of “team captain” was shared around her team rather than being allocated to solely one person. This resonated with me because of the leadership team of De La Salle this year where roles and responsibilities are shared around equally with everyone in the team.” Will Wright (Mark’s Arts Captain)

Both Kelly O’Dwyer and Danni Roche made comment to how teamwork is just as essential as leadership in the success of a cohort. Danni related this principle to the success of the 1996 Australian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team back to the teamwork displayed by each member of the team, as well as the leadership of their coach.” Will Jones (Austin’s House Vice-Captain)

Read about the experience from the primary students’ perspective here.

Lost Property

Tiverton and Kinnoull Reception is holding lost property found since the commencement of the school year. Items include sports tops and blazers, sleeping bags and prescription reading glasses. Items may belong to anyone who has visited the Tiverton and Kinnoull Campus. Students should be encouraged to revisit reception in case their lost item has recently been handed in. Please label your son’s valuable uniform items with his name. When items are clearly named, we can contact your son to return important items. Un-named items are rarely collected and more difficult to home.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students



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