Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Remembrance Day

On Friday 10 November the College will mark Remembrance Day with a short ceremony at Kinnoull. Staff and students from Years 4–11 will gather to reflect and pray for those who were wounded or died in wars. Periods 1 and 2 will be slightly shortened to accommodate the Ceremony. Remembrance Day poppies are available for sale at Tiverton and Kinnoull Receptions.

Lest We Forget.

End of Year Masses and Assemblies

As the academic year quickly draws to a close, preparations are well underway for our final day Masses and assemblies. These are compulsory for all students. They mark the completion of the school year and the acknowledgement of achievement and endeavour in both sport and academic pursuits.

The schedule of Masses and assemblies is as follows:

Date Year Levels Homeroom Activity Recess Mass Assembly Venue Refreshments (for invited guests)
Friday 1 December 10, 11 8:40am — 9:30am House Assemblies
9:30am — 10:00am
10:00am — 10:15am 10:30am 11:15am — 12:00pm College Gym PAC 12:00pm
Thursday 7 December 4 — 9 8:40am — 9:30am Year Level Assemblies
9:30am — 10:00am
10:00am — 10:15am 10:30am 11:15am — 12:00pm College Gym PAC 12:00pm

The Memory Case — Year 7 and 8 Production

After many weeks of preparation, the Year 7 and 8 Drama production in conjunction with Sacre Coeur College “The Memory Case” will be held in the PAC at 7:30 pm on Thursday 9 November and Friday 10 November. For tickets please go to Try Booking.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

In recent weeks, with so many prayer services, assemblies, valedictory celebrations, gatherings and events, I have found myself reflecting on the value of a good De La Salle College family and the contributions that these families make to our community. Amongst the many blessings of serving as Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission of this great College, I have the opportunity to meet many wonderful, faith-filled people who bring warmth, love and a willingness to support us in every way they can.

I think of the parents who have been so selfless, going above and beyond to organise donations and sponsorship for the Year 12 Yaluwo Immersion to Sri Lanka, and the Year 11 Immersion to Papua New Guinea. The parents who have attended without fail, each of the Sunday morning Parish Community Masses in support of our students from those parishes and our College Leaders. The parents who immerse themselves in the life of the College as volunteers, whose willingness to work in partnership, generosity and love of their son/s and our College knows no bounds. I recall the generosity of parents who, during the Term 3 charitable donations collection, drove into the Kinnoull carpark after hours to see me, dropping off large boxes of donations, ensuring that those in need were receiving. For the past two years, I have listened to the parents who give an address at the Valedictory dinner, speaking of the sacrifice involved in raising their boy/s, the genuine love and respect they have for De La Salle College and what it has meant to them and their family along the journey.

I am so grateful for the tireless support of the De La Salle College families and for the great young men who attend our College. It is your positive attitude and generosity throughout the year that helps us to keep the De La spirit alive!

All Souls Day

Last Thursday 2 November was All Soul’s Day. In the Catholic Christian tradition, it is a holy day set aside for honouring and remembering the deceased. Staff gathered in the Kinnoull Chapel for a morning prayer service to pray for all those we love who have gone before us.

Look with compassion on the state of the holy souls who, although free from fear, yearn for their deliverance so that they may be able quickly to enjoy God, as they wait with hope in the infinite goodness of God, assured that they will have the benefit of being delivered from their sufferings.”
St John Baptist de La Salle (Med 185.1)

St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for Us
Live Jesus in Our Hearts – Forever

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission


Year 12 Farewell Assembly

It is always an emotional time when things come to an end — especially when we have to let go of something that is comfortable and familiar. There are always mixed emotions when we say our final farewells. The sadness of saying goodbye to people who have been such a big part of our lives over a long period of time is coupled with the sense of joy we share as we reflect on the past six years. For those who joined us in Primary School, the connection with De La Salle extends even further.

The achievements of our Graduating Class of 2017 will stand as a proud part of the rich history that past students, like them, have created. With the embedding of the House System and the launch of the House Charities, these young men set about creating their own history, their own benchmarks, doing so with true Lasallian zeal. As a group, these young men have shown great loyalty to each other, and the lasting impression they leave me with is one of being a united and friendly group. I wish all of our Year 12 students well with their final exams.

Peer Mentoring at De La Salle College

A few weeks ago, I challenged our student leaders to think about their ambition for the legacy of their leadership. One of the Year 11 students responded by saying, “We want De La Salle to be a school with great camaraderie, a strong sense of pride and a relentless commitment to improvement.” Having participated in a series of high-performance leadership development sessions, the Year 10 and 11 leaders worked to develop a series of activities for the Year 7 students. They saw the program as a precursor for a ‘big brother, little brother’ program.

Click here to read a report from the day and enjoy a photo gallery of the activities enjoyed.

By positively impacting the course of a young student’s life, our Lasallian big brothers build resilience and a sense of self-worth that helps their little brothers to stay engaged at school, strengthen their relationships across Campus and with their community. This, in turn, may lead to longer-term community benefits like an increase in school retention, school and community connectedness. We look forward to embedding this exciting student initiative over the course of 2018.

Are your current study habits effective?

Or are you inviting interruptions and distractions? Have you thought about where and how you waste time?

Exams can be stressful. The key to feeling in control is preparation; having an effective revision plan and a well-planned out strategy for the exam itself. The strategies you use will need to be flexible to adjust to the type of exam you are sitting. Sometimes heading for the X‑box or checking your Instagram is a well-earned break and sometimes it is just procrastination – putting off doing the task that you’re supposed to be doing. People procrastinate for a range of reasons. For students, it often happens:

  • When you don’t know exactly what the next step is or how to do it;
  • When that step is difficult, laborious or time-consuming;
  • When there will be no immediate outcome or product from the work;
  • When you’ve forgotten why the task was important in the first place.

To help you stay on task, consider the following tips:

Establish work routines

  • It is easier to settle into studying on a given day if you work at roughly the same time, day after day. You need breaks and regular days off, of course, but you don’t want to be deciding on a daily basis whether this is a day off or a study day. Establishing study routines may involve thinking about regular arrival and departure times, settling procedures and lunch arrangements.

Create an association between working and your workspace

  • Try saying to yourself “When I sit at this desk, it is to work.” Try not to listen to music and don’t have Facebook and Snapchat open. The aim is to establish an association: I sit at this desk, and my brain starts working. If that doesn’t happen and you’re not getting anything done, walk into another room and take a short break.

Take advantage of the times of day when you work best

  • Most students are able to identify themselves as better able to concentrate in the morning, the afternoon or the evening. If you are a morning person and you are not settling to work before 11am, you will not be as productive as you might be. Once you’ve identified when you can concentrate best, plan to work on tasks that require a high concentration level at those times. Other tasks can wait until you’re not so alert and still be performed satisfactorily.

Break tasks into manageable ‘chunks’

  • You are more likely to put a task off if it seems big or unmanageable. If you have a couple of hours, it will be more reasonable and achievable if you plan to: read and take notes on two chapters or to analyse responses to three questions. Break your study into manageable chunks.

Plan rewards for getting the job done

  • Precisely because many of the tasks involved in studies do not have immediate or tangible results that you can enjoy, plan to do something that you will enjoy – after finishing the work. All kinds of activities can function as rewards for getting a task done: talking on the phone, writing an email, eating lunch or getting a drink, visiting the common room or going for a walk. Just make sure you earn the reward!

Adapted from the University of New England, 2017.

Best of luck to all students for a successful end to the year. May your efforts be rewarded in kind.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

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