Deputy Principals’ Column
Faith and Mission
This week, 19 June through to 25 June, is Refugee Week. Refugee Week is an annual week-long celebration of the positive contributions of refugees to Australian society. Hundreds of events are held around the country such as concerts, fundraisers, film screenings and other events and gatherings.
CAPSA (Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum) believe that we can all make a difference when it comes to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, starting with small acts of kindness and hospitality, and by becoming a more collective voice and demanding more compassionate asylum seeker policies. Further to this, as a Catholic community, you may like to consider and reflect on some of Pope Francis’ key statements on being accepting of all immigrants and pray the prayer below for all refugee’s and asylum seekers, especially those who have lost their lives or become displaced in their search for freedom and peace.
We are a country of foreigners
“In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants.” – Pope Francis
We must support the refugees fleeing Syria
“On this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities. Is this not what we want for our own children? We
must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation.” – Pope Francis
“Do unto others…”
“Nonetheless, when the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past. We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our “neighbours” and everything around us.” – Pope Francis
A Prayer for Refugees
Compassionate God, make your loving presence felt to refugees, torn from home, family and everything familiar.
Warm especially the hearts of the young, the old, and the most vulnerable among them.
Help them know that you accompany them as you accompanied Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their exile to Egypt.
Lead refugees to a new home and a new hope, as you led the Holy Family to their new home in Nazareth. Open our hearts to receive them as our sisters and brothers in whose face we see your son, Jesus.
St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray For Us
Live Jesus in Our Hearts — Forever
Year 7 Reflection Days
Last week, 15–17 June, all Year 7 students attended their Reflection Days at St Joseph’s Parish, South Yarra.
Youth Mission Team Australia led the day and have been operating in Catholic schools for over 30 years across many dioceses around the country.
The theme of the day was Belonging, Community and God and students were asked to reflect on the different ways we are called to celebrate each other and ourselves and that God made each of us for a purpose. The day was vibrant, fun and engaging and provided the students many encounters in faith, as well as time to pray.
Year 9 Reflection Day
On Monday 20 June Year 9 students returning from camp attended a Reflection Day. The day was overseen by the Lasallian Youth Mission Team. The team allowed the students to reflect and ponder on their lives and the importance of connecting relationships, our relationships with ourselves, those who surround us and our relationship with God.
Year 10 Reflection Days
On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the Year 10 students also attended their Reflection days. Also led by the Lasallian Youth Mission Team, the theme was Service, Opportunity, Sacrifice.
The Year 10 students were asked to think about the call of ‘service, opportunity and sacrifice’ by keeping in mind our fellow humans and the needs of others. There was a strong focus on what it means to be Lasallian and that we are all invited to take up this call to be on mission by Jesus and St John Baptist de La Salle.
Year 9 Lasallian Service
Congratulations to the first group of Year 9 students who have returned from Lasallian Service. It was wonderful to receive so much positive feedback (and in some cases letters), from the various agencies about the boys and the way they were able to show compassion and care for the elderly, initiative and direction at the various childcare centres and dedication and focus at the various other placements attended.
There is nothing more pleasing than receiving feedback from the supervisors at these venues about how outstanding the young men of De La Salle are. Most certainly, the boys do rise to the occasion and they do themselves, their families and the College proud.
Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission
Staff News for Term 3
As Term 2 draws to a close a number of staff have commenced periods of leave. The following staff are away on leave:
Luke Kenealy (Director of Students 4–9), Gemma Austin and Kathie Holmes (MMEC), Loretta Sayers (instrumental music) and Joan Ferguson (College Chaplin)
From the start of next term the College begins a busy period of staff away on leave:
- Peter Houlihan is on study leave/LSL until 22⁄7.
- Gemma Austin continues on LSL until 15⁄7. She will be replaced by Carmel Dwyer.
- Kathie Holmes continues on LSL until 15⁄7. Anne Grieves will coordinate MMEC at Tiverton and Eve McLellan at Kinnoull.
- Lil Russo is on LSL until 15⁄7. She will be replaced by Grace Gudice.
- Joan Ferguson continues on LSL until 25⁄7.
- Peter Crellin is on LSL until 22⁄7. He will be replaced by Andy Clements.
- Mary Finn is on leave until 22⁄7. She will be replaced by Grace Gudice.
- Jacinta Ryan is on LSL until 22⁄7. She will be replaced by Megan Oliver.
- Michael Ryan is on LSL until 5⁄8. He will be replaced by Maria Hawley.
- Andrew Murrell is on LSL until 16⁄9. He will be replaced by Tara Daniel.
- Carmel Dwyer is on LSL for the remainder of 2016 after 15⁄7.
- Paul Coyle is on leave until 16⁄9. He will be replaced by Grant Furneaux.
The new staff in this group are Tara Daniel and Grant Furneaux who are both highly experienced educators in the areas of Drama and Music respectively. We also welcome back to the College Courtney Walton from maternity leave and Christine Cooper from LSL in Terms 1 and 2.
Next term the College will continue to host a number of pre-service teachers from the University of Melbourne, Monash, Deakin, ACU, Latrobe and Victoria University. They will be working with a number of our experienced staff and in the areas of Humanities, Health and Physical Education, Special Education and Year 6.
Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations