Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Mission Action Day 2018

MAD (Mission Action Day) the annual fundraising event held by De La Salle College, Malvern will this year be held on Thursday 29 March. MAD is the major social justice fundraising activity for the College each year. The money raised goes towards Lasallian Mission projects in poor communities throughout South-East Asia. The event involves a 12km walk along, or near, some sections of the Gardiners Creek walking trail in the Glen Iris area. The students are asked to acquire sponsorship through Term 1 and pay the sponsorship money in the first half of Term 2.

Students have already received preliminary material including sponsorship forms. We have had some outstanding individual efforts over recent years but all students are asked to make a big effort to seek sponsorship pledges over the next five weeks to help us reach our target of exceeding last year’s total of approximately $100,000.

Tiverton Canteen

Preparations for the canteen at Tiverton Campus are continuing. As an interim measure, the College has arranged with the operators of the Kinnoull Canteen to provide students with an online menu booking system to allow students to pre-order from a reduced menu selection. All orders must be made and paid for online by 9:00 am on the day. Orders will be assembled and available for collection by students at the PAC at the start of each recess and lunchtime. Please note: No food will be available for purchase at Tiverton and no money will be accepted. For parents/students to make orders log on to and sign up.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations


Year 7 Camp

Year 7 Benilde, Dunstan and Hegarty have now enjoyed their Year 7 Camp experience. It wonderful to see the way our students return from this camp experience bonded as a class and as a team. I have noticed that my own class, Year 7 Benilde have returned with a new found confidence and independence. The Year 7 Camp is designed to maximise our students’ exposure to new activities they may not have tried before and to develop leadership capabilities. This offers a unique opportunity for our students to branch out and to make new friends. Navigating and building these friendships over the Year 7 Camp experience also teaches our students to be more socially confident – something they can take back to school with them.

Year 7 Transition – Planning for Success

As part of the College’s ongoing commitment to the transition of our Year 7 students, we have partnered with Headspace to deliver an evening for Year 7 parents and guardians. For many students, the first year of high school is a time of great change. Year 7 brings new routines, multiple teachers, new friendships, new transport, and new expectations and responsibilities. Whilst, some students will thrive and enjoy these added responsibilities others may feel that they’re not ready to live up to the expectations and demands of secondary school. For every child, a new school or new stage in their schooling is an opportunity to develop a sense of competence and self-worth. Making this transition smooth is not about removing the obstacle itself, but instead giving your child skills to manage the change. This is another exciting innovation for the College.

Year 7 Transition — Planning for Success
Monday 26 February
PAC, Tiverton Campus
7:30pm — 8:30pm

Medical Action Plans Outstanding

A reminder to parents that we still have 159 medical action plans outstanding. Any student identified as having a medical condition that requires an action management plan must provide a current (2017–2018) plan signed and detailed by a medical practitioner.

If your medical action plan has been submitted within the last 6 months it is still considered current and you will be contacted later in the year for an annual update. Parents can update medical notes via the community portal. All forms can be downloaded by logging into the parent section on Ollie via our College website. Please contact Kylie Upton at the Health Centre on (03) 9508 2100 if you have any concerns.

Tram Safety and Using the Lights

Children and young people need assistance dealing with the traffic environment until at least the age of 10 as they are not equipped physically or developmentally to make the crucial decisions to keep them safe. Like learning to drive a car, children and young people need practise and experience to walk in the traffic environment.

Children and young people are vulnerable road users. Anywhere where there is a potential for moving vehicles is a potentially dangerous traffic situation for children. This includes residential areas, carparks, at traffic lights, along footpaths, pedestrian and other crossings and busy streets like High Street. Although children and young people may think they can handle crossing a road by themselves, remember that children and young people:

  • are easily distracted and focus on only one aspect of what is happening;
  • are smaller and harder for drivers to see;
  • are less predictable than other pedestrians;
  • cannot accurately judge the speed and distance of moving vehicles;
  • cannot accurately predict the direction sounds are coming from;
  • are unable to cope with sudden changes in traffic conditions;
  • do not understand abstract ideas — such as road safety;
  • are unable to identify safe places to cross the road;
  • tend to act inconsistently in and around traffic.

Parents have a key role in educating their children about road safety. Children and young people learn about road safety largely by experience. Parents have opportunities in day-to-day routines to discuss road safety with children on the way to the newsagent, local shop or going to school. Whenever crossing roads, it is an idea to talk about when and why it is safe to cross the road with your children so they can gain a good understanding of road safety issues.

Waiting for the tram

  • Always stand behind the line marking and listen to the staff who are on duty at the tram stop;
  • Never walk out into the path of oncoming trams or traffic;
  • There can be many routes travelling through the one stop;
  • Before boarding have your myki ready to validate;
  • Be aware of the red stop signs on the doors that signal motorists to stop for passengers getting on and off the tram.

Getting on safely

  • When boarding from a kerbside stop, wait for all traffic to stop completely before you walk out onto the road to board the tram;
  • Please wait for passengers get off the tram before you board at any tram stop;
  • When boarding use the handrails to steady yourself when the tram moves;
  • Keep your hands free so that you can steady yourself.

On board

  • Remember to hold onto the handrails. The tram may move off without you realising it, so be prepared or you may lose your balance;
  • Stay clear of the doorways once you have validated your myki;
  • When seated, place any bags on your lap;
  • Please offer your seat to elderly people, pregnant women and people who are mobility impaired;
  • If a seat is not available, move to an empty part of the tram, using the handrails to steady yourself;
  • Do not obstruct the doors when they are closing. If you need the doors reopened, attract the attention of the driver.

When standing on a tram

  • Place schoolbags on the floor between your feet;
  • Allow other passengers room to move around you if they need to get off the tram;
  • Always have something to hold on to as the tram may have to brake suddenly.

Getting off safely

  • Please provide the driver with plenty of notice for your stop by using the stop cord or button;
  • Never use your body, arms or hands to obstruct the tram doors while they are closing. If you miss your stop please inform the driver to ensure they allow the necessary time for you to disembark at the next stop. Reopening doors is at the driver’s discretion;
  • When getting off the tram always watch your step and check for traffic;
  • Once you are off the tram, stay within the safety zone until the road is clear and it’s safe to cross;
  • Never walk out behind a tram to cross tram tracks as you may not see trams coming in the opposite direction.

Positive Parenting Telephone Service

Please find attached a brochure and poster for the Positive Parenting Telephone Service. The Positive Parenting Telephone Service is a free telephone-based parenting education program is for parents, grandparents caring for their grandchildren and carers of children aged 2 to 12 years, living in Victoria. Participants will be provided with a workbook or online modules and will be supported by weekly 30-minute phone calls from a trained parent educator over a 6 to 10 week period. Appointments are available daytime, evening and Saturday mornings. This service is funded by The Department of Education and Training and The Department of Health and Human Services.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Faith and Mission

College Opening and Welcome Mass

This week, on the evening of Wednesday 21 February, the College celebrated its annual Opening and Welcome Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. It was a true celebration that marked the official commencement of our school year and also provided us with an opportunity to break bread together and celebrate the Eucharist. The Opening and Welcome Mass allowed us to formally welcome all newcomers to the College, in particular, the Year 4 and Year 7 students to our Lasallian family and to celebrate and recognise the newly inducted 2018 College Leaders.

Fr John Sherman OMI delivered a beautiful homily that reflected what is at the heart of what it means to be a part of the De La Salle College community. And his invitation of the College Captain and two Vice Captains to stand with him when he delivered his sermon, was a symbolic gesture of our inclusivity, our De La Salle culture and how the spirit of Christ resonates within all of us, through our Lasallian hearts and having a willingness to serve those most in need.

As Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission, one of the highlights of my role is facilitating and leading the Opening and Welcome Celebration Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral each year and witnessing the newest members of our community both students and their families experience the warmth and hospitality of our Lasallian family. I am certain that as each of our newest members begins his time at De La Salle College, he will be blessed with a Lasallian heart, embrace our Lasallian Principles and be inspired by a burning zeal to do what is right and just.

Thank you also to the De La Salle Brothers, Br Michael Carroll, Br Paul Toohey and Br Mandy Dujunco from the Malvern Community for their presence and to all the staff for their assistance throughout the evening.

Ash Wednesday

Last Wednesday 14 February we were reminded of the beginning of the Lenten Season as we attended Ash Wednesday liturgies across both campuses and received a cross of ashes on our forehead. Ash Wednesday is a timely occasion for us to reflect on the meditations of our Founder St John Baptist de La Salle, who reminds us that in receiving the ashes, we are asking God that the spirit of penance may inspire us throughout our Lenten journey.

The purpose of the Church in putting ashes on your head today is to make you realise that today you ought to be filled with the true spirit of penance”
St John Baptist de La Salle
(Mediation 16.1)

In her article Honesty During Lent, Vinita Hampton Wright, a Loyola Press editor reflects,

God invites us, at the beginning of this Lenten season, to have the courage to be honest. Whatever that soul-searching reveals, God’s grace is large enough and merciful enough to help and to heal. When God calls us to mourn and repent, the point is not to make us despair but to give us hope. Repentance opens the heart so that Christ can come in.”

So as Lent begins, may we all remember that Lent is a time for honesty and repentance. It is a time to reflect on how the hard places we hold close within our hearts can be lightened by bringing our burdens to God and having the courage to be honest with ourselves.

And as we begin the season of Lent, I offer you the following;

In 2015, Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.” Cocoa is a key ingredient of chocolate. Much of the chocolate sold in Australia is made using cocoa beans picked by children, many of whom have been enslaved, or forced to work in exploitative conditions.

To buy slavery-free Easter chocolate would be a wonderful action of solidarity to end the horrible trade of children trafficked into picking cocoa beans for the purpose of making our chocolate. Look for any of these three certification symbols on the wrappers: FAIRTRADE, Rainforest, Alliance and UTZ.

Year 12 Retreat

The Retreat recently took place from 5 — 7 February and I would like to acknowledge and congratulate the Year 12 students on the way they entered into the experience. The Year 12 Retreat is an important time away, allows them to reflect on their relationships with themselves, family and friends and provides opportunities for the students to develop their relationships with staff and their fellow House members, to reflect on influences that have shaped them and their values, to question who they are called to become and to explore how our faith tradition can support us in our life journey. Our students accepted these challenges with integrity and supported each other through their honest reflections and how they can grow to become the best versions of themselves. The significance and emotion of the Retreat experience cannot be replicated and does stay with the boys long after the Retreat. I know that by continuing to support each other throughout the year as they did on the Retreat, the boys will ensure a positive final year at school.

I would also like to thank the following staff who attended the retreats in support of our Year 12 boys and of the program;

  • St Austin’s House – Mr Shane McIntosh, Ms Joan Ferguson, Ms Ellen Cotter, Mr John McAlroy,
  • St Edwin’s House – Ms Jess Stevenson, Mr Justin Bourke, Ms Georgina Dwyer, Mr Aaron Trusler
  • St Leo’s House – Mr Michael Watty, Mr Peter Larsen, Ms Sarah O’Connor, Ms Lisa Harkin, Mr Anthony Freeman
  • St Mark’s House – Mr Paul Harrup, Mr Steve Young, Ms Janet Holden, Mr Peter Houlihan

And to all of the Old Collegians who so willingly gave up their time to be involved by running group sessions and sharing their personal stories and experiences also; Joel Caruso, Alexander Martin, Luke Barron, James Biviano, William Campbell, Christopher Groves, Oliver Hart, Adam Martuccio, Anthony Ticinovic, Jordan Brasher, Peter Nikitas.

A final thanks to Mr Tom Ryan who supported the day to day running and logistics of the retreat. And to Father Martin Tanti sdb who attend the three days away and made it possible for us to celebrate Mass together.

Yaluwo Reflections

My Sri Lanka “Yaluwo” Immersion experience was one full of happiness and surprises but it was honestly the best experience of my life. 

Thomas Cairnes Yaluwo 2017

Click here for more Yaluwo Reflections and Photo Gallery

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission


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