Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Mission Action Day (MAD)

Thank you to all students for their excellent efforts in obtaining sponsorship for this event held on 29 March. Already approximately half of the students have already collected and returned the promised money to the College, but we need every student to collect every dollar to help make the difference in the lives of those less fortunate than us.

Students who have not yet returned your MAD money, please do so as quickly as possible. Class and House Mentors monitor these returns each morning. The donations promised this year total just in excess of $100,000; a wonderful achievement! However, the task now is to ensure all promised donations are collected and returned to allow us to quickly distribute this money to Lasallian communities in need in Australia and Southeast Asia. Information about the projects that will be funded this year will be outlined in coming weeks. The MAD Committee requests that all sponsorship money be returned by Friday 4 May.

Sponsorship money can be paid:

  • in cash through the student’s class mentor
  • online via Trybooking (some fees apply)
  • by credit card at the school office — call (03) 9508 2100 to pay over the phone, or drop by Tiverton Reception.

ANZAC Ceremony

On Tuesday April 24 the College gathered in the Gym to commemorate ANZAC Day. This ceremony was led by the College Student Leaders and supported by the College Brass Ensemble.

This year we remembered those who report on war and honoured a fallen Vietnam Veteran. The task of war correspondents whether journalists, photographers, artists, camera operators or filmmakers. Students and staff were asked to reflect on questions such as -What occurred? What were the experiences of those involved? Why do wars occur? and What can we learn from them?

Thank you to the many staff involved in the preparation of the ceremony, especially Mrs Christine Thompson, Mrs Chris Mundy, Mrs Rana Brogan, Ms Lisa Harkin, Mrs Joan Ferguson and Mr Peter Whittenbury.

Staff Changes for Term 2

There have been some changes to staffing as a result of staff on leave of this term.

  • Returning from leave are Ms Cindy Frost, Mr Luke Georgiou, Mr Jon Hewett, Mrs Eve McLellen and Mrs Kerry Martin (part-time)
  • Ms Nicola Mairs is replacing Mr Andrew Wozencroft who is on LSL for Term 2
  • Mr Stephen Brick will be Acting Year 9 Year Level Coordinator during Mr Wozencroft’s absence
  • Ms Nadina Pacella-Salace is replacing Ms Christine Cooper who is on LSL until 30 April
  • Mr Connor Webster is replacing Mrs Kerry Martin who is on Carers Leave and part-time duties

During Term 2 a number of pre-service teachers will be on placements at the College. Currently with us are; Thanh Huy Do and Luke Eldridge from Monash University, and from 2 May, James Triantafilou and Hayley Presland from the Australian Catholic University.

Joining the College is Ms Helen Bruch in Reception. Miss Mia O’Sullivan and Mr Rob Price have concluded their contracts at the College. We thank Mia and Rob for their great work and wish them well in their future endeavours.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations


Achievement and Recognition – Lasallian Zeal

Over the holidays, I was reading about a handful of social innovators who had used technology to develop anti-bullying apps and technology to redistribute potential food waste to address food shortages within homeless shelters. Their work was being recognised through an organisation called, NationSwell. The CEO and Founder of NationSwell said, “Our main goal is to find and uplift the everyday heroes who are changing their communities and slowly but surely, changing the nation and the world. They are the people in everyday neighbourhoods who feel a fire in their belly to solve challenging social issues.” NationSwell specifically recognises up-and-coming social innovators from incredibly diverse backgrounds, and the hope is that the recognition they receive will propel their mission so that they can make an even greater impact. For example, Karen Washington started Black Urban Growers to encourage primarily black communities to help turn vacant urban lots in the Bronx into thriving gardens. Every year, the program has grown exponentially, both in visibility and the number of nominations.

As the program grows, each Tech Impact AllStars class becomes more competitive, more incredible and generates greater visibility and impact for them and their solution,” the CEO and Founder said. “These are the innovations and the solutions that we’ll need to make our country a more equitable, inclusively prosperous place, and to have more people feel like the American dream is within their reach as well,” Behrman writes. As I read, it was clear to me that this organisation was doing what they could to elevate the creators of these life-changing endeavours so that they’ll reach as many people in need as possible. These brilliant ideas can change the world as long as people know about them. I use this story to highlight the importance of us recognising the participation and contribution of our students through the Achievement and Recognition Process, in awarding Lasallian Zeal nominations.

To give you an indication of our progress thus far:

  • 275 incidents created
  • 204 students have been recognised for their contribution to College life
  • 37 staff have recognised students in this way

Non-teaching staff and administrators can nominate students in these categories.

This is a process for us to elevate students who are working to ensure the inclusion of their peers. Students recognised for their initiative with Mission Action Day, students who have given up their evening to support the White Ribbon Action to end men’s violence towards women and a student who went out of his way to ensure a mobile phone he found was returned to its rightful owner. These may seem like small things but they are effectively learning opportunities. They are ways for us to reinforce what is important for us as Lasallians: inclusion, justice, respect, quality education and faith. If you have any questions, please speak to a member of the Wellbeing Team.

Parents Dropping Items at Reception

Items that dropped off at Reception over the course of the day will be passed on at recess or lunchtime after a message has been broadcast over the College PA. It remains the responsibility of your son to collect the item from Reception; it will not be taken to his class.

As parents/guardians, I can appreciate that you are trying to stay one step ahead of everything your son is going to encounter. The problem? Life doesn’t work that way. While adulthood is filled with serious responsibilities, childhood and early adolescence aren’t exactly stress-free. Your son takes tests, learns new information, gets sick, occasionally forgets to take his lunch and may forget to bring his PE uniform. What helps your son to navigate these kinds of challenges is resilience. Resilient students face perplexing or tough situations and strive to find their own solutions.

As parents/guardians, you can’t be there all the time for your son. You are encouraged to equip your son with the skills to handle the unexpected and, importantly, to find good solutions. I came across a great article by a psychotherapist, Lynn Lyons who shared some salient points on raising resilient young men. You can access the article by clicking here.

Old Collegians Busines Breakfast

On Thursday the 22 of March, the Old Collegians of De La Salle College held a breakfast with the focus being the ethics of business. Panos Menidis, Luke Side, Joshua Paul and myself were invited to attend and listen to three speakers who were all Old Collegians. Mark George was from the class of 1983 and is a professional explorer, achieving such feats as climbing the seven summits, kayaking across the Bass Strait and more! Michael Gleeson was from the class of 1986 and is a sports writer, covering multiple Olympics, Commonwealth Games and fifteen seasons of Australian Football League. Nicholas Harrington was from the class of 1987 and is a barrister of 18 years standing, at one point being a personal legal adviser to James Hird and Nick has also worked with death row prisoners in Louisiana.

The Old Collegians spoke about their personal experiences and how the ethics of business are imperative to their work, boundaries of the personal lives of sportspersons, the morality of the law and putting yourself or others in danger were just some of the many topics discussed. The Old Collegians Business Breakfast was informative and interesting, elevating everyone’s understanding of ethics on the world of business.

Lachlan Joseph
St Edwin’s Arts Captain

White Ribbon – Cheese for Change

I’d like to extend my thanks to Mr Anthony Freeman, School Psychologist, for championing the cause of White Ribbon this year. Moondarra Cheese, our primary sponsor, is the largest manufacturer of flavoured cream cheese in Australia. It is no wonder they have won numerous awards, the highlight being the 2011 DIAA Best Australian Flavoured Cheese. Our White Ribbon – Cheese for Change stall raised $1010.00 – thank you to the families who supported us.

What is men’s violence against women the result of?

Men’s violence is the result of gender norms and inequality. Sometimes men feel pressure to be dominant and in control. Some people believe men must be strong and powerful. These characteristics are called gender norms.

Men often have more power and a higher status than women. We see this in private and public life: in the home, workplace and community. This imbalance is known as gender inequality. Violence against women is more easily accepted in societies where men and women are not equal.

What drives violence against women?

The drivers of men’s violence against women include:

  • gender norms
  • accepting and sometimes approving of men’s violence against women
  • men controlling decision-making
  • limits to women’s independence in public and private life
  • interactions between men that are aggressive and disrespectful towards women.

Other contributors to men’s violence against women

There are also a number of reinforcing factors that, while not a direct cause of men’s violence against women, increase its likelihood and severity:

  • discrimination
  • experience of and exposure to violence
  • alcohol and substance use
  • some cultural and religious practices
  • lack of knowledge of Australian laws
  • loss of traditional family and community support systems.

Only some men use violence against women. Most men think that violence against women is never acceptable.

What about violence against men?

Men are also victims of violence. However, most of the time men and boys are victims of violence by other men.

How can you support someone you know?

Here are some ways you can support someone you know who has told you they are experiencing or have experienced violence:

  • believe the person
  • make sure they understand it is not their fault
  • listen without judging
  • be supportive, encouraging, open and honest
  • ask if they need help from a support service and discuss their options
  • help them get advice and support by calling 1800RESPECT or visiting their website
  • offer to go with the person if they meet with a support service
  • keep in touch with the person to see how they are going.

Note that you may be required by law to report disclosures of violence when children are involved. Check with the Victoria Police for more information on your obligations.

Take the Oath

You can take an oath to “stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women” by clicking here.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Faith and Mission

Welcome Back to Term 2. I hope that all members of the College community had a well-rested and peaceful Easter break.

As the Father sent me, so I send you”

John 20:21

As we continue on our Easter journey, the words of Jesus in the Gospel of John remind us that in the same way God gave Jesus’ life by sending him to us, Jesus gives us life. He is our wellspring, He is what nourishes us and gives us life and we each have a responsibility to live this gift of life to the full and especially as Lasallians, commit ourselves to the service of others. In scripture, we read how we are called as Christians to share Jesus’ love by actively caring for others, “Our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active,” (1 John 3:18). The resurrection of Jesus brings a particular meaning to our understanding of who we are called to be as Christians. As Lasallians, we ought to reflect on this calling and what we are being asked to do with our lives.


On Tuesday 24 April we gather as a College community to mark ANZAC Day and remember those that served our country and lost their lives at Gallipoli and in other conflicts. War is not something to celebrate, but we commemorate and remember the courage and sacrifice of all the brave service men and women that have died serving our country.

Just as we as Christians and as Lasallians are all called to serve, these brave men and women actively lived out their calling to serve our nation. For these reasons on ANZAC Day, we continue to pay respect for those that have fallen and those that continue to serve.

Lest We Forget.

Induction Day for staff new to Lasallian Schools

Monday April 23 saw five our new staff, Ms Sarah Blaschak, Mr Lachlan Morton, Mr Ben Williamson, Mr Ramesh Gammune and Ms Tanya Claudius, complete an induction day for new staff in the Lasallian heritage. Each year, new staff to the College are invited to participate in the formation program as a means of immersing themselves in the Lasallian charism and deepening their knowledge of the Lasallian mission. It is hoped that the day gave staff a saturated awareness into the life and events of St John Baptist de La Salle and the early Brothers, as well as an opportunity to understand and reflect on fulfilling our mission in the Institute, “together and by association.”

La Salle College, Middle Swan Visit

On the afternoon of Tuesday 17 April, 40 students; boys and girls, along with two staff from La Salle College, Middle Swan in Western Australia called in to visit us here at De La Salle, Malvern. After a shared lunch with our Senior Leaders in the PCA, a group of our Year 9 and Year 10 College Ambassadors led the group on a tour of the College, ending with a question and answer session the St Miguel Theatre and viewing of the College promotion video. It was a great way for the students from both Colleges to build friendships from within the wider Lasallian family.

Year 7 Reflection Days

Last week marked the beginning of the Year 7 Reflection Days. Once again, we were privileged to have Youth Mission Team (YMT) facilitate the days, focusing on the theme of “Knowing God: Communities and Belonging”.

The outcomes of the day were;

  • students would appreciate the gift of their own uniqueness and worth;
  • students would realise the potential and value they have;
  • it is possible and desirable to know Jesus as an intimate friend.

Year 7 Reflection Day Incursions

Date Core Groups Supervising RE Teachers Venue
Wednesday 2 May 7 Benilde and 7 Jerome Ms Grace Giudice and Mr Ryan McDonough Performing Arts Centre, Tiverton Campus
Wedesday 7 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.

St Cecilia’s Community Mass

Date: Sunday, 29 April
Time: 10am
Church: St Cecilia’s
Address: 37 Hillside Parade, Glen Iris

All our students from St Cecilia’s Parish should have received the details sent home regarding their attendance. All families are invited to join us at St Cecilia’s.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

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