Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday 22 March and Wednesday 28 March from 2:00pm until 8:30pm in the Gymnasium. Students will be dismissed after period 4. The dinner break for staff is 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

Parents are asked to make appointments with teachers who have requested an interview. Bookings will open to parents on Monday 12 March. Students are expected to attend the interview in full College uniform.

Mission Action Day

Mission Action Day on 29 March is a compulsory school day for all students. If any student is unable to attend, the College asks parents to offer a written explanation to be addressed to the appropriate YLC or House Coordinator.

Students are asked to make a special effort over the next three weeks to increase their sponsorship. Each student should be aiming for a minimum of $50 to help the College achieve its overall target of $100,000 to assist Lasallian Missions both in Australia and Asia. Payment of the total sponsorship sum begins after the walk has been completed, usually in term 2.

Sponsorship money can be paid:

  • cash through the student’s Class Mentor
  • online via Trybooking (some fees apply)
  • by credit card at the school office.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

Lasallian Leaders Gathering 2018

Last week I had the privilege of travelling to Brisbane to attend the annual Lasallian Leaders Gathering. The theme of the conference was “Lasallians Without Limits, Working for a Hopeful Future”. It was during the opening address which was shared by Brother Visitor David Hawke fsc and Mr Merv McCormack, Executive Director, Lasallian Mission Council, that we were reminded challenge in our work with young people is to remember to be encouraged and hopeful by what we do and to set off in haste, as did the disciples, when they set off in haste on the road to Emmaus.

This message of hope resonated throughout the days of the conference, in particular, the second day which was spent at yourtown — a charity built on the ethos and beliefs of the De La Salle Brothers whose mission is “to enable young people especially those who are marginalised and without voice, to improve their quality of life.”

I recently came across a reflection written by a former De La Salle College Principal, Br Bill Firman fsc;

There is no greater gift to the unemployed than the dignity that comes with a job and the capacity to earn a living. There is no greater gift to a child than security and love. When we give to help others we do in fact enrich our own lives”
Br Bill Firman fsc

The words remind me of the work witnessed at yourtown, the work of Ms Tracy Adams the CEO, her dedication and the dedication of the team at yourtown is a true example of the work of St John Baptist de La Salle and working with the poorest of the poor, going above and beyond, serving those most in need with respect, dignity and trust. This work is about relationships, connectedness and having an encounter with the other and ultimately God and recognising God in the other. This is why this work so valuable, so important, and as Lasallians, we need to be committed to our ministry of human and Christian education. The very clear message to come out of the conference was that we need to be beacons of hope for all young people in our care.

2018 Prospective Year 12 Yaluwo Sri Lanka Immersion

On the morning of Tuesday 6 March all interested, prospective Year 12 Yaluwo were invited to attend an information assembly in St Miguel Theatre.

Students wishing to express an interest in participating in the program left the assembly with a first stage application form. Parents are invited to contact me at the College if they have any questions. Students who have not yet registered their willingness to continue the tradition of service to our Lasallian communities can collect an application form at Kinnoull Reception.

Br Peter Bray fsc Lecture

Recently, I attended a lecture given by De La Salle Brother, Br. Peter Bray, fsc the 8th Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University in the Holy Land, the first university established in Palestine and the only Catholic University. Bethlehem University provides higher education to the Palestinian people, both Christians and Muslims, in the West Bank. It was established in the Lasallian tradition and provides an education for the Palestinian people dealing with the iniquities of occupation and the heavy restrictions on their freedom. Some of the many challenges and difficulties faced by those attending the university each day are the delays and humiliations associated with travelling from East Jerusalem and having to travel through the Separation Wall each day.

Throughout his address, Br Peter spoke emphatically, honestly and emotionally about the injustice of the plight of the Palestinian people and the struggles he witnesses each day in his work. He described that one of the key aims of Bethlehem University is to maintain its reputation an “Oasis of Peace” for Muslims and Christians, where relationships built on trust and respect are fostered and nurtured. Br Peter’s presentation left us pondering that in a place where it is easy to feel like you have been forgotten and abandoned by the world, to live in hope, brings the promise of peace and justice.

So I leave you with this prayer for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land, who live each day in hope, waiting in hope for the day peace and justice will arrive at their doorstep;

God of our longing,
Remember those who wait and hope for peace.
Hear our prayer for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.
Open ears, eyes and hearts and make a way toward justice, in our war-torn world. Amen

St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us
Live Jesus in our Hearts – Forever

Year 7 Reflection Day Incursions – Term 2

Wednesday, 18 April 7 Hegarty and 7 Dunstan Miss Ellen Cotter Mr Paul Maxted St Miguel Theatre, Kinnoull Campus
Wednesday, 2 May 7 Benilde and 7 Jerome Mrs Grace Giudice and Mr Ryan McDonough Performing Arts Centre, Tiverton Campus
Wednesday, 9 May 7 Vincent, 7 Solomon and 7 Roland Mr Paul Maxted, Mr Chris Church and Mr Adam Jacobs Performing Arts Centre, Tiverton Campus

Students are asked to bring their own recess, snacks, water bottle and lunch. Students are to wear their sports uniform for the day.

Make Your Easter Chocolate Slavery-free

The Office of Justice and Peace at the Cardinal Knox Centre has asked that schools and parishes share the information below. We in the developed nations shouldn’t be exploiting children and vulnerable people – our brothers and sisters — so that we can enjoy chocolate as part of our celebration of Easter (or at any time during the year).

Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”
Pope Francis 2015

Please buy and sell only slavery-free chocolate this Easter. That’s the message from ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) to everyone intending to buy chocolate, or run chocolate fundraising during Lent.

Click here to find out more about having a Slavery-Free Easter.

Mrs Rana Brogan 
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission


ACC – Swimming Championship Success

The De La Salle College Swimming Team won the 2018 ACC Swimming Championships in convincing style at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on Friday 23 February. It was our first win since 1996 and saw De La Salle secure the Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Aggregate Cups. Congratulations to coaches Mr Guy Eylon and Mr Liam Kelliher, who commenced training with the squad in August 2017, and student Co-Captains Angus McLean and Ben Richter, who showed terrific leadership for the whole team. A sensational result for all concerned; for our young men and their families it was truly a night to remember. Campbell Freeman and Noah Millard are off to the 2018 National Swimming Australian Age Championships.

A video of highlights produced by the ACC can be accessed here. For a photo gallery and more details from the night, click here.

The Boys Are Not All Right

Our Kinnoull Campus College Psychologist, Anthony Freeman passed this article on to me recently following the shooting of 17 people, most of them teenagers, at a Florida school. The author wrote,

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School now joins the ranks of Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Columbine and too many other sites of American carnage. What do these shootings have in common? Guns, yes. But also, boys. Girls aren’t pulling the triggers. It is boys. It is almost always boys.”

As a College community, we are often in conversation about raising great men and what it takes to build nurturing and life-protecting men with a sense of purpose and an ethos for life. In adolescence, you son’s education becomes more and more specific – handling vehicles, dealing with sexuality, making choices about work and career, and responding to choices offered around alcohol and drugs.

Like you, we are concerned about getting this right. We must do this work together. It happens slowly, but it also comes to a climactic moment when a boy has to snap out of childishness and take a hold of his life. Like giving birth, that moment needs lots of help. Much of our approach to student engagement and student management focuses on pro-social, positive behaviours. We problem solving adopting a restorative approach and are trying to build a positive school culture that values and honours the dignity of the individual, the family and the College. Our Positive Student Behaviour Policy and our Achievement and Recognition Policy can be viewed via the parent portal.

National Shortage of EpiPen 300mcg Adrenaline (Epinephrine) Auto-Injectors

De La Salle College is aware of the national shortage of EpiPen 300mcg adrenaline auto-injectors and wishes to advise that Anaphylaxis Australia has confirmed that new stock of EpiPen 300mcg adrenaline auto-injectors arrived in Australia last week and will be available in pharmacies this week. It may take some time for stock levels to return to normal. Students with approaching dates of expiry have been contacted and arrangements made pending full supplies of EpiPens.

Athletics Carnival

The De La Salle College Athletics Carnival is a compulsory event for all students. Any student who is absent from the Athletics Carnival will be required to support the absence with a Medical Certificate issued on the day of the absence. Students whose absence is not supported with a Medical Certificate will be followed up by the Year Level/House Coordinator and issued with a Saturday Detention. Students in Years 4 – 7 will be bused to and from the venue and are required to report to the College by 8:40am for homeroom. Buses will depart from the College at 9:00am and students will return to the College by 3:30pm. Events for Years 4 – 7 will begin at 9:30am. If students would prefer to return home with their parents/guardians who are in attendance on the day, written consent must be provided to Class Mentors prior to the Athletics Carnival.

Extended Absences

A gentle reminder for parents that holidays in term time should be avoided wherever possible as this disrupts the continuity of your son’s education and has the potential to impact his achievement and promotion. Requests for an extended leave of absence for a holiday must be made in writing to the Directors of Students: Mr Luke Kenealy (Director of Students 4 – 9) and Mr John McAlroy (Director of Students 10 – 12)

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

On 15 December 2017 the Royal Commission released its final report. The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations are drawn from the work of the Royal Commission and feature in Volume 6 of the report. Read Commissioner Mitchell’s media release here.

The Royal Commission has drawn attention to specific sectors and settings in its work and reports. However, many of the recommendations relate to the need for ongoing action, cooperation and leadership by Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, to ensure child safety is embedded in all child-serving organisations across Australia. The Prime Minister has established a Taskforce to progress a whole of government co-ordinated response. See the Prime Minister’s media release here.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

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