Deputy Principals’ Report
House Swimming Carnival
The House Swimming Carnival is a great opportunity to foster a sense of identify and belonging amongst all staff and students at the College. Parents are reminded that this is a compulsory College event. If students are absent tomorrow, a medical certificate is required.
Why should your son attend? Swimming is a great recreational activity for people of all ages. Recreational swimming can provide you with a low-impact workout and it’s also a good way to relax and feel good. Swimming is a good all-round activity because it:
- keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body
- builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
- helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
- tones muscles and builds strength
- provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming
With the House Swimming Carnival tomorrow, it is a good opportunity to reflect on the legacy, teaching and actions of the House Saints that we represent. We are blessed to be part of such a strong Lasallian and Catholic community.
Saint Augustine of Canterbury is also known as Saint Austin. Pope Gregory the Great called upon Saint Austin to lead a mission to England to fulfil the Pope’s dream of bringing the Christian faith to that country. Upon arrival they were warmly welcomed by the King and the Queen. Legend says that this first meeting took place under a tree that resembled a peppercorn tree, a tree symbolic of hospitality in iconography. The King gave the land and buildings to establish their mission and encouraged the people to listen to the monks. Under Saint Austin’s influence the monks lived simply among the local people, always respecting their customs. Their lives were a witness to Christianity as they preached of God’s love, cared for the poor and prayed constantly.
Saint Edwin was born a prince, into a non-Christian affluent family. As a young person, Saint Edwin was searching for spiritual guidance and yearning for a deeper meaning to his life. These struggles were resolved when he made a firm and lasting commitment to Christ. Saint Edwin’s search for his spiritual home was a search that lasted a lifetime. For this reason, Saint Edwin is sometimes referred to as the patron saint of homeless persons. Even though Saint Edwin’s social standing and wealth afforded him many opportunities, he never lost sight of even the most vulnerable members of his kingdom. Through the teachings of Catholicism, Saint Edwin worked to ensure that all people, of all social backgrounds, were made to feel equal.
Saint Leo loved learning and valued education. His writing and public speaking overcame a sense of disconnectedness within the Church and helped to unite core values and beliefs within the Catholic faith. Saint Leo emphasised the need for open communication and sought to deal with conflicts peacefully. Saint Leo was considered a great warrior even though he seldom resorted to fighting and bloodshed. He was clearly a strong believer in pacifism.
Saint Mark was a man of action. He founded the Church of Alexandria and shaped the development of Christianity on the African continent. The Gospel of Mark, one of the four Gospels in the New Testament, is named after Saint Mark. The Gospel explores the spiritual journey of Jesus, from his baptism near the River Jordan, to the discovery of the empty tomb following Jesus’ death and burial.
Faith and Mission
“Do not have any anxiety about the future. Leave everything in God’s hands for he will take care of you”St John Baptist de La Salle
On the evening of Thursday 20 October I had the privilege of celebrating our Valedictory Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. It was wonderful to see our Valedictorians gather for a final time, along with their families and the College staff. It was a spectacular setting — with the sun beaming through the golden stained glass windows the atmosphere was set; God and St John Baptist de La Salle were truly in our midst.
Bearing witness to the participation and involvement of our young men and our families during Mass was inspiring. It reflected a genuine understanding, appreciation and affection of our faith tradition, but also of how we live out this faith as Lasallians.
The evening’s celebrations reminded me that while many of the graduates may be nervous and perhaps a little anxious about what lies ahead, God has blessed each of them with multiple gifts and talents that will enable them to make a positive contribution to the world. And I ask our graduates to reflect and trust in the words of our founder St John Baptist de La Salle, “Do not have any anxiety about the future. Leave everything in God’s hands for he will take care of you,” (Letter 101).
Monsignor Tony Ireland, an Old Collegian himself, delivered a most beautiful homily — one which tugged at the heart strings of each and every Lasallian present. His reflection on the Hymn to St John Baptist de La Salle, the careful unpacking of the significance of the words in each verse and what it means to be a Lasallian, reminded us all of what we are truly called to do by living out our faith and making God known to others.
The Class of 2016 has set the bar high and I am encouraged by what the future holds for these fine, young, Lasallian men. I look forward to hearing of the great difference they will make and various encounters they will have as they journey into the next phase of their lives. I pray that they always remember God’s love for them, knowing that they will be in the company of Jesus always and that wherever they journey, they are following in the footsteps of St John Baptist de La Salle.
The Five Lasallian Principles
In the last edition of the Duce I wrote about the Five Lasallian Principles and how we as a College are moving forward to embed the Five Lasallian Principles in our day to day lives, to help us to find expression in our everyday work.
This week I will be meeting and working with a dedicated team of colleagues to further develop ways in which we can enhance the use of these principles to help us find expression in learning and teaching, to ensure that our students are kept safe, and to bring to life our faith in action. The hope is to further anchor all the great things that already take place at the College in these five principles and to discover ways of deepening our identity and commitment to being Lasallian.
The purpose of the meeting is to further develop, enhance and word smith the profiles already developed for each of these Five Lasallian Principles and consider how we best display these at De La Salle College.
All Souls Day – Wednesday 2 November
All Souls Day is a holy day set aside for commemorating the faithful departed, in particular (but not exclusively) one’s relatives.
On Wednesday morning staff will have an opportunity to come together and pray in the Kinnoull Chapel to remember deceased loved ones. On this morning we will pray for all those we love who have passed away; and for all our families and friends in our community as they continue to come to terms with their loss and grief.
Community Mass – St Finbar’s Parish
A reminder that this term we will celebrate our final community Mass for the year at St Finbar’s Parish, Brighton East.
Date: Sunday 6 November
All families from St Finbar’s Parish should have received a letter in the mail outlining the details. This week I have met with students and invited them to be involved in the Mass also.
All members from the College community are invited and encouraged to join us for Mass at St Finbar’s.
Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission
Staff and Operations
House Swimming Carnival — Friday 28 October
The annual De La Salle Inter-House Swimming Carnival will be held at the Carnegie Swim Centre – Koornang Park, Moira Ave, Carnegie. This is a compulsory event for all students from Year 4s to 11.
Parents are also reminded that if for some reason your son is absent on the day a written explanation is required by the College. This must be handed to the Mentor/Homeroom teacher as soon as possible before or after the Swimming Carnival. Disciplinary action will follow for any student who is absent from the carnival without a written explanation from a parent.
All students are expected to wear their De La Salle House sports uniform to and from the venue. Appropriate swimming attire is also required. All students are reminded to be “Sunsmart” and come prepared with a hat, sunscreen and water to drink.
Please refer to the information letter sent this week for full details.
The VCE Unit 3 and 4 examinations commenced on Wednesday 26 October with English in the College gym. De La Salle internal examinations commence on Wednesday 9 November. Students involved in DLS examinations will receive timetable and instructions in the near future. Parents are asked to make themselves aware of their son’s examination timetable. Best wishes to all students for success with their examinations over the next few weeks.
Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations