Deputy Principals’ Column
Staff and Operations
School Improvement Surveys
A number of parents have received an invitation last week regarding participation in an online survey as part of the College’s ongoing commitment to the School Improvement process.
The survey is conducted under the auspices of Catholic Education Melbourne, with the main aim to identify the strengths and areas for further development for the College. The results are enormously important in shaping strategic directions and plans for our school and also include staff and student feedback. Although we strongly encourage you to complete the survey, your participation is voluntary.
Individual responses will remain confidential, with feedback received at the end of the process as an aggregation of all responses by parents who participated in the survey. We ask that the online survey is completed prior to the closing date of Friday 8 September 2017.
There are a number of items of lost property available for collection at each Campus Reception. These include spray jackets, jumpers and rugby tops. These are expensive and we endeavour to find the owners of lost items. Parents are asked to get their son to check the lost property collection if they are missing anything. Also, clearly naming garments is the best way to help us return misplaced items to the owners.
From now until the end of term The College will also host a number of Pre‐service Teachers from a number of different universities for placements with experienced staff. Placements will occur in Visual Arts, RE, HPE, Media, Drama, and Learning Support.
Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations
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Father’s Day Breakfast
On Friday 25 August a terrific turn out of our students’ fathers and male guardians joined us in the Gymnasium for a memorable Father’s Day Breakfast. You can clearly see from a selection of the photos taken at the event in our Father’s Day Breakfast Gallery, that the bond between father and son is a very special one which deserves to be celebrated. We gain so much strength from having strong relationships, and the speeches given at the breakfast, by James Biviano and Elijah Kingsley, show how instrumental this relationship is to many of our students.
Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students
Faith and Mission
St Edwin’s House Winter Sleep Out
On Friday 25 August I was privileged to be involved in the annual Winter Sleep Out. Saint Edwin’s House Leader Ms Jessica Stevenson, along with the Year 12 Leaders of St Edwin’s House, hosted the Kinnoull Campus Winter Sleep Out for the House charity they support, St Vincent de Paul.
The evening commenced with a reverent and prayerful twilight liturgy in the Kinnoull Chapel and concluded in the courtyard where each participant placed a candle at the foot of the cross as a symbol of God’s love and light for all of people. It was humbling to have present with us during the prayer, De La Salle Brothers Michael Carroll and Paul Toohey from the Malvern community.
These sleep out experiences give us a glimpse into the realities, struggles and discomforts of homelessness. By sleeping rough for the night, students were raising awareness and funds for St Vincent de Paul Society, each participant making a donation of $20. The experience of the sleep out challenged all of us, bringing us to realise the comforts of home that we take for granted as well as offering a unique insight into the complicated issues that surround homelessness.
The inspiration for the evening stemmed from the work and life of both St Edwin and St John Baptist de La Salle. Our mission is to make the Gospel a living reality in the lives of the least, the last and the lost, God calls us to treat all our neighbours — especially the least, the last and the lost — with love and compassion. Jesus, in the parable of the Good Samaritan asks of us all to “go and do the same,” (Luke 10:25–37).
Staff Formation and Wellbeing Day
Recently, the De La Salle staff participated in the annual Staff Formation and Wellbeing Day. The Staff Formation and Wellbeing Day is a significant annual event in the College calendar and supports us to live the truth of the Founder, St John Baptist De La Salle, “Fulfil your ministry with all the affection of your heart” (MTR 9.1 [med 201.1]).
The rationale for days such as this is to explore our vocation as Catholic, Lasallian faith educators through our everyday practices, what it means to be Lasallian and how we affirm the dignity and worth of each individual under our care and within our community. Br John Cantwell fsc (Director of Lasallian Mission Services Formation), Ms Amanda Proulx (Assistant Director Young Lasallians) and Mr Gary Burrows (experienced leader in the field of Restorative Practices in Catholic Schools) facilitated the sessions.
To ensure we continue to have a vibrant Catholic and Lasallian identity, it is important that staff are provided with opportunities to be involved in formation experiences. This is to enable our educators to continue to be authentically Catholic, and embrace a commitment to support the ethos of the College’s Vision and Mission, and our religious identity as a Catholic, Lasallian school.
Young Lasallians Evening
On Wednesday evening 30 August, The Young Lasallians Team hosted the second Young Lasallians Evening for the Melbourne region at St Bede’s College in Mentone.
The evening began with a shared meal with student leaders from De La Salle College, St Bede’s College and St James College. The group then moved on to a series of fun and engaging activities to build community and foster sharing among the young Lasallians present.
Br Gary Coyte fsc was the featured guest speaker for the evening and challenged the boys to think about the place of God in their life and nurturing their faith by being in relationship with Christ and really getting to know and understand Jesus. It was a privilege to have De La Salle Brothers, Br Paul Toohey and Br Michael Carroll from the Malvern Community join us for the evening as well.
Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission