Deputy Principal’s Column


Be the change you wish to see in the world.” 

Mahatma Gandhi




Student Leadership Forum, Session 2

What do Viktor Frankl, Tony Lockett and Mahatma Gandhi have in common? All have used their leadership influence to challenge, enhance and support their community. Neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl pioneered an approach to psychotherapy that focuses on the human search for meaning. Tony Lockett, a great character of the modern game, spent his career focusing on something that he was good at, something that really made him stand out. Similarly, Mahatma Gandhi’s profound spirituality and belief in justice inspired the world. During our second Student Leadership Forum, our guest facilitator Nathan Burke challenged the group of student leaders to be the change they wish to see in the world. Our student leaders were encouraged to be conscious of the attitude they bring to their life’s work.

Adopting a pro-active, can-do attitude is a choice. Our student leaders spoke of moments over the course of the week when they acted to challenge their peers, where they demonstrated leadership. “I tried to speak to some of the other younger students and to a couple of students I’ve never met before,” said a Year 9 leader. “I have tried to learn the names of other students in the year level,” echoed another. “I needed to step in when I saw a couple of younger students mucking around whilst waiting for a tram,” said a Year 10 leader. All of them recognised, even in the smaller moments, how they were called to be a leader and to proudly represent the mighty blue and gold.


brother|hood. [ˈbrʌðəhʊd NOUN

  1. the relationship between brothers:
  • the bonds of brotherhood
  • synonyms: camaraderie · fellowship · brotherliness · fraternalism ·
  • the feeling of kinship with and closeness to a group of people or all people:
  • a gesture of solidarity and brotherhood
  1. an association or community of people linked by a common interest, religion, or trade:
  • a religious brotherhood”
  • synonyms: society · association · union · alliance · institution ·

Our Lasallian education is built on five core principles and these core principles are the starting point for all of our endeavours at the College. When our student leaders were asked to describe the school culture at De La Salle College, they picked up many of our espoused Lasallian values and beliefs. The most referenced description of our school culture was the sense of camaraderie and brotherhood the student leaders experienced. These qualities are expressed in our Student Code of Conduct. St John Baptist de La Salle always encouraged his teachers to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the students; to stand together by association. Today, this feeling of kinship, brotherliness and fraternalism is equally present for our young men. A heartening testimony to the strength of our community at De La Salle College.

Child Safety – Reportable Conduct Scheme

In response to the 2013 Betrayal of Trust Report, the Victorian government has progressively introduced legislative reforms, to ensure organisations providing services for children and young people prioritise their safety and wellbeing. More recently, the Children Legislation Amendment (Reportable Conduct) Act 2017 Vic.) has been passed by the Victorian Parliament, paving the way for the introduction of a Victorian Reportable Conduct Scheme. This legislation amends the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic).

The Scheme aims to improve oversight of how organisations respond to allegations of child abuse and child-related misconduct by employees and volunteers. It does so by overseeing workplace investigations into child abuse. The Scheme forms part of a broader child safety framework and complements the initiatives already in place in Catholic schools.

From 1 July 2017, the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) will administer, oversee and monitor the Scheme. De La Salle College is included in the first phase roll-out. The CCYP is preparing guidance material to support the introduction of the Scheme and we look forward to absorbing this advice into our day-to-day practices. Further updates will be provided to our families as they come to hand.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students


Staff and Operations

Awareness of Phishing emails

Catholic Education Melbourne has contacted the College to warn all members of our community about the dangers of Phishing emails.

What is Phishing?

Systems may be accessed when these emails or links in them are opened or responded to and malware or ransomware can be downloaded to systems.

We recommend students and parents:

  • be alert to emails which request any personal information or payments from them
  • never provide passwords or sensitive or financial information or credit card details in response to an email request
  • be aware of the authorised methods by which such details may be requested by the school
  • check the destination of the email address and ensure it is trusted and known to them before they reply
  • do not reply to any suspicious emails from the school, its service providers or other third parties
  • do not click on any links in any suspicious emails; and
  • immediately report any suspicious emails to the school’s IT support.

End of Semester

Parents please note that Semester 1 concludes on Friday 16 June. This is a report writing day and there will be no classes operating, however the College office will be open as normal. Semester 2 classes commence for all students on Monday 19 June. Term 2 concludes on Friday 30 June at the normal dismissal times.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations


Faith and Mission


In our Catholic calendar this past Sunday, the Church recognised Pentecost. On Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and they were granted the gifts of the Holy Spirit which helped them to fulfil their mission to preach the Gospel to all nations. For us, those gifts help us to live a Christian life. When I reflect on the Christian life we live here at De La Salle College, I am often heartened by the mutual respect that staff and students have for one another, the commitment the students show in supporting their House charities, the way we celebrate and affirm one another’s God-given gifts and talents, such as at the recent Arts Assembly, the camaraderie and brotherhood that is displayed daily by the students, the commitment to faith and attendance at the Parish Community Masses, the eagerness to be involved in social justice initiatives — all examples of the Holy Spirit at work.

In our Lasallian ministry, we are called to carry out work that requires us to touch hearts. We do this because we recognise the ever-present Spirit of God in our daily work. We pray that we are filled with the same grace, love and spirit as the Apostles of Jesus were.

You carry out a work that requires you to touch the hearts, but this you cannot do except by the Spirit of God. Pray to Him to give you today the same grace he gave the holy apostles and ask Him that, after filling you with His Holy Spirit to sanctify yourselves, He also communicates Himself to you in order to procure the salvation of others.


St John Baptist de La Salle, Med 43.3 (cf. Jn 14:23–31; Pentecost).

Recent Parish Mass at St Cecilia’s

It was so encouraging to see so many of our students from St Cecilia’s Parish, as well as student leaders, attend our recent Community Mass there. Fr Kevin and the parishioners were warm in their welcome and generously hosted us for a morning tea at the conclusion of mass. It was lovely to make such a link with the parish and to have the boys from St Cecilia’s Parish return to be involved in the mass.

The College was very heartened to receive the email below from Fr Kevin;

This is only a brief email to thank De La Salle College for visiting St Cecilia’s Church for our 10 am Sunday Mass on 28 May.


Our parish community was delighted to have representatives of the College visit us. We were delighted that so many were able to come. Also, the young men who read the Scripture readings and the Prayers of the Faithful had very clearly practised what they had to proclaim, and read and prayed so well. As the presider at the Mass, I was struck by how attentive your students were to my homily and to all of the Mass. Our parishioners also very much enjoyed meeting the young men and their families after Mass, as I did too. One parishioner told me that meeting such fine young men gives her a great deal of hope for the future of the church and the world!


Please thank Mr Peter Houlihan for his presence and his words at the end of Mass. Please thank Mrs Rana Brogan for organising the visit, and preparing the young men for their ministries at Mass.


We do hope that you will continue to visit us, and we look forward to meeting again with representatives of De La Salle College.


Best wishes,

Fr Kevin

Sacrament of Penance

On the evening of Wednesday 31 May, I attended, along with our Director of Primary School, Mrs Anette Phillips, a beautiful liturgy where several of our students took part in making their First Reconciliation. It was an intimate celebration where Father Martin Tanti sdb reminded us of the importance of coming together as members of God’s family, to seek forgiveness, know that God is full of compassion and love God for each of us.

Mrs Joan Ferguson, our College Chaplain, prepared the boys for their First Reconciliation. I wish to acknowledge Joan for her work and the gentle way she guides the hearts of our boys to God during each sacramental journey.

Finally, special congratulations to the following young men for the way they and their families celebrated God’s loving forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance; Phoenix Hussey-Caprioli, Matthew Dell’Oro, Bailey Logan, Kyle Loughnan, Charlie Robinson and Michael Yuen.


Year 9 Reflection Days

All parents/guardians are reminded to please read and return consent forms back to their son’s Class Mentor.

Wednesday 21 June 9 Benilde Ms Rana Brogan
9 Dunstan Mr Chris Fleming
Mr Stephen Brick
Ms Joan Ferguson
Thursday 22 June 9 Hegarty Mr Graeme Lawler
9 Solomon Ms Nicola Mairs
9 Jerome Ms Aoife Birmingham
Mr Noel Patterson
Mr Michael Wilson
Mr Andrew Wozencroft
Ms Joan Ferguson
Friday 23 June 7 Roland Ms Catherine Loft
7 Vincent Ms Emily Ryan
Ms Emma D’Angelo
Ms Joan Ferguson

Term 3 Community Masses

St Columba’s Elwood – Sunday 6 August. Details to be confirmed.
St James Brighton – Sunday 17 September. Details to be confirmed.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

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