Deputy Principals’ Column
Staff and Operations
Mission Action Day (MAD)
Mission Action Day to be held 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 Year Level or House Coordinator. Students are asked to make a final special effort over the next week to increase their sponsorship. Each student should be aiming for a minimum of $50 to help the College achieve this year’s target of $100,000 to assist Lasallian Missions both in Australia and Asia.
The first of our emergency drills for the year was held this week. This involved a “Lockdown Drill” on Tiverton Campus. There will be a number of other drills throughout the year to ensure as a College we are well placed to deal with an emergency situation should it arise.
Term 2 classes commence for students on Tuesday 17 April. All staff will be involved in a Professional Learning activity on Monday 16 April.
Uniform Term 2
A reminder to parents that all students are required to wear full winter uniform from the start of Term 2. This means students must wear a tie and winter shirt (long sleeve). All uniform requirements are detailed in the College Diary.
There are a number of lost items of uniform from this term at the Reception areas on each campus. Students are asked to check at Reception if they have lost anything.
Online Food Orders at Tiverton
Parents, please be advised that online ordering has been discontinued and will no longer be available to students. Plans for the Tiverton Canteen are progressing well and hopefully, it will be ready for the start of Term 2. Parents and students will be advised when it is ready to commence operation.
Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal, Staff and Operations
Faith and Mission
On Tuesday 27 March, the College community will gather together in the gym for the Lenten Liturgy. Our Lenten Liturgy will take the form of what we, as a Catholic, Lasallian community traditionally associate with the season of Lent, The Stations of the Cross.
The Stations of the Cross refer to the story of the final hours of Jesus’ life before he was crucified. It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made by giving his life up for us and also a time for us to personally reflect on the sacrifices that we make.
In our Lasallian context, we try to give meaning to this idea of “sacrifice” in the way we live and enact service to one another. At De La Salle College, it is through our commitment and participation in Mission Action Day that we as a community, readily support the poor and marginalised. It is also through our commitment and participation in Mission Action Day that allows us to provide an ongoing commitment and support to various Lasallian missions and projects as well as other local and national community needs. In particular;
- Year 12 Yaluwo Trip to Diyagala, Boystown in Sri Lanka;
- De La Salle Secondary, in Bomana, Papua New Guinea;
- VCAL Applied Learning Social Justice trip to Wilcannia, Outback New South Wales; and our
- Ongoing commitment to supporting the Lasallian Twinning Program, La Salle Secondary College in Khushpur, Pakistan
Our Lenten Liturgy will invite us to symbolically journey through those fateful stops with Jesus. By praying, reflecting and listening throughout each of the stations, we too, also journey the passion of Christ.
The cross is at the centre of our Christian faith and it holds strong to our belief that when one acts with kind words and good deeds, then one’s life has responded to Jesus’ call to act justly.
Jesus lived and died for that essential idea; the ultimate unselfish act as announced in John’s Gospel;
“A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friend”.
“Rise” – Catholic Youth Festival
Saturday 17 March, Ms Ellen Cotter and our College Lasallian Youth Minister, Mr Aaron Trusler along with a group of students, William Dwyer, Samuel McNidder, Jack Forer, Thomas Seddon and Jordan Burns attended “Rise”, a Catholic Youth Festival at Mount St Joseph’s Girls’ College in Altona, to celebrate the Year of Youth on an Archdiocesan level.
The “Rise” festival aimed to empower young people to deepen their relationship with Jesus and to discover and celebrate the life of faith.
The day started with a short introduction and concert where a range of people from different missions performed, followed by the first session “Real Men Don’t Talk, They Do”. Following this, Aaron gathered the students for a quick session on Lasallian leadership. Feedback from the students has been extremely positive, saying they got a lot out of the experience.
To read Aaron’s reflection on the festival, click here.
Catholic Education Week – Young Speakers Colloquium
Recently, I received an invitation from Catholic Education Melbourne seeking student speakers (current or past) for the Catholic Education Week – Young Speakers Colloquium on Friday 16 March. The speaker/s needed to be young people who have experienced overseas social justice immersion programs who may be interested in sharing their stories of involvement in such endeavours. Having just recently been on the College “Yaluwo” Immersion to Sri Lanka, Christopher Groves took up the invitation and proudly represented the College as an Old Collegian at the event, presenting a talk, with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation as well as taking questions from the audience at the end.
Christopher was clearly able to articulate the importance of such experiences like this for students at De La Salle College and how it allows us to live out our Christian and Lasallian principles and how we are all called to be change makers, to see a need and do something about it.
Year 7 Reflection Day Incursions – Term 2
|Date||Core Groups||Supervising R.E. Class Teachers||Venue|
|Wednesday 18 April||7 Hegarty and 7 Dunstan||Ms Ellen Cotter and Mr Paul Maxted||St Miguel Theatre, Kinnoull Campus|
|Wednesday 2 May||7 Benilde and 7 Jerome||Ms 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.
Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission