Deputy Principals’ Column
Important information from the areas of curriculum, faith & mission, staff & operations, and students.
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations
Mission Action Day (MAD)
Mission Action Day is a 12km walk-a-thon involving all students and staff and occurs this year on Thursday 24 March. It is the College’s major social justice fundraising event for the year with all proceeds going to support Lasallian charitable works both in Australia and overseas.
As a College we raised over $103,000 last year and we hope to better this amount this year. Planning is about to commence for this event and shortly each student will receive a sponsorship form and detailed instructions about the day. Parents are urged to encourage their son(s) to get behind this significant whole school activity.
Parents please note that the new De La Salle sports uniform (shorts and tracksuit pants) are now available. Check the College website for specific information. This is the final year of the phase in/phase out plan. This year all students in Years 4, 7 and 10 are required to only wear the navy sports uniform. Other year levels can continue to wear the royal blue uniform until the end of the year. The old royal blue sports uniform is no longer available for sale. Coordinators and class mentors will follow-up wearing incorrect items of sports uniform.
House Polo Shirts
Parents are requested to purchase the new House polo for their son(s) by Week 3 of this term. The major House event for this term is the House Athletics Carnival to be held at Lakeside Stadium on Friday 4 March. The expectation by the College is that all students will have the House polo for this event. Non-House T‑shirts and tops will not be permitted at the event. Please see the College website for more details.
Opening Mass and Induction of Student Leaders
The opening Mass for students will be held on Friday 6 February at 11:00am in the College gym. Mass will be followed by a short induction of College and House Captains for 2016. This is a compulsory event for all students and as a consequence periods 3 and 4 will not run as timetabled on Friday.
Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Students
Live Mercy: Be a Presence
Our College Theme for 2016 is: Live Mercy: Be a Presence. This theme sits in line with the Church’s Jubilee Theme: Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Both of these themes prompt us to take up the challenge of the cross; to live as a community that lives what we speak. As a Catholic community, in this Year of Mercy, the theme will find expression in our College liturgies and various other events. At De La Salle College, we are committed to building peoples of faith. Our founder St John Baptist de La Salle was himself a builder of community: people were important to him and he let them know it.
St John challenged those entrusted to his care to even greater things. He recognised the gifts and talents in people and allowed time and space for them to develop their unique gifts. St John’s talent for organising and enabling others unearthed in them many unexpected talents. Today, we do the same when we connect our young men to experiential learning opportunities through VCAL and the In9uiry Program. St John’s work left a legacy. Similarly, we see that re-establishing the House system will leave a legacy in the life of our community. We hope it will contribute to the sense of belonging our young men feel when they join our school community. This work will further develop the social and emotional wellbeing of our young men, thereby increasing their chances of academic success. Our work, indeed our presence, during our lessons … at lunchtime … on retreats … at training sessions for ACC sport … on these occasions will empower the young men in our care. It will provide opportunities for our young men to step up to discover and develop their gifts and talents.
Pope Francis describes the Year of Mercy as a time to open the doors of mercy. I love the way that imagery suggests some fresh air for renewal. All of us are called to become a visible sign of the Father’s action, of God’s action, in the lives of our young men. As St John Baptist once wrote, “Preach by example, and practise before the eyes of the young what you wish them to accept.” He encouraged us to recognise the seed of potential in every action when he wrote, “You can perform miracles by touching the hearts of those entrusted to your care.”
That way, we will live mercy and indeed we will be a presence, especially in times of need.
Ms Lisa Harkin