Deputy Principals’ Column


Founder’s Day – 2018

We were blessed that the rain held off last Friday and this added to the festive atmosphere on the day. This year, the Year 12 Student Leaders were supported by their fellow leaders from Years 9 – 11. They devised a series of activities and events that served to create a fantastic, festive atmosphere. This year the Founder’s Day rides and activities were all funded by the College. The students also enjoyed a soft drink, sausage and zooper dooper for lunch.

I’d like to publicly acknowledge the work that Panos Menidis, Joshua Paul and John Beaton put into the day and to thank them for their leadership, direction and enthusiastic commitment to service. Their actions embodied our Lasallian principle of inclusiveness and went into making Founder’s Day such a success.

Many staff commented that there was a terrific spirit about the day. This was especially evident in the breakfast set up that commenced before 7:00am, during the clean-up at the end of the day and everything in between!

Click here to view a gallery of photos from Founder’s Day 2018.

Medical Certificates

Medical and/or Dental Appointments should be made before or after school hours. If this is not possible, students should arrange appointments so as to minimise time away from school. The Class/House Mentor, and Year Level/House Coordinator should be notified in writing if this is necessary. Following an absence, students are reminded to obtain a Medical Certificate, especially in instances when they have missed a test or an assessment deadline. All Medical Certificates should be passed on to your Year Level/House Coordinator and these will be forwarded on to the Reception to be placed in your student file. VCE students are also required to bring a Medical Certificate, issued on the day of absence if they miss a SAC.

Attendance Reminder

Regular attendance at school is paramount in your son achieving his potential. See the attached ‘Every Day Counts’ for some guidance in minimising absences tthroughoutthe year.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Staff and Operations

Mission Action Day Awards

The annual Mission Action Day Awards were presented at the conclusion of the Founders Day Mass on Friday 18 May. Once again the response from students and the wider community has been outstanding. The total collected now stands at almost $100,000 with a small amount still to be returned. Coordinators will follow up students with outstanding pledges.

The following top fundraising students received a Certificate of Commendation from Principal Peter Houlihan;

  • Flynn Kenworthy (Year 5)
  • Rook Barry (7 Hegarty)
  • Archie Reid-Drought (Year 6)
  • Joshua Miles (7 Dunstan)
  • Alexander Lambadaridis (7 Benilde)
  • Luka Zivanic (7 Hegarty)
  • Ewan Baulch (Year 10, Edwins 6)
  • Nathan Blizzard (Year 12, Austins 6)
  • Nicholas Sdralis (8 Jerome)
  • Charlie Jones (7 Benilde)

The highest individual fundraiser was Christian Mora (Year 12, Marks 3), who raised $1,225. Christian, who is in his final year at the College has raised almost $10,000 during his years here. This fantastic effort is a wonderful example of service to the Lasallian community. In recognition, Christian was presented with the Ian Oliver Mission Action Award. Mr Ian Oliver, who retired from the College in 2015, was a driving force behind the success of Mission Action Day.

The MAD Raffle was also drawn after the Founders Day Mass. Students earn one raffle ticket for every $50 of sponsorship raised. Congratulations to the following winners who received a $50 JB Hi-Fi voucher; Spencer Davey (Year 6), Wesley Li (7 Jerome), Angus Osborne (7 Vincent) and Jake Quinn (Year 11, Leos 1).

The final MAD activity for the year will be the Mission Action Day Thank You lunch on Friday 1 June at lunchtime outside the PAC on Tiverton Campus. The top 250 fundraisers will be invited to this lunch.

Finally, the College thanks the Mission Action Day Committee for their work in organising and administering the entire MAD fundraising process. The MAD Committee included; Miss Ellen Cotter, Mr David Ellul, Ms Kathie Holmes, Mrs Melanie Livera, Mr Paul Maxted, Ms Robyn Miller, Mrs Jacinta Ryan, Mrs Joan Ferguson, Miss Georgina Skinner, Mr Warren Walker, Ms Carly Walsh, Ms Muriel West, Ms Sharon Richards, Ms Ellenor Harris, Mrs Carolyn Green, Ms Kerrie Harman, Mr Aaron Trusler and Lasallian Captains; Romolo Persi, Benjamin Richter, Jackson Reed, Liam Bonato and Hamilton Deam. In particular, the College recognises Mr Larry Evans who is the Chair of the Mission Action Day Committee for his leadership and guidance throughout the MAD process.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

Founders Day

On Friday 18 May, as a Lasallian family, the College community gathered to celebrate the work and legacy of the Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle and all those who were inspired by him and followed in his footsteps. We commenced the day with mass to acknowledge that our Lasallian tradition has opened our hearts to the power of prayer, being present to others and dedicating ourselves to the service of the poor and vulnerable.

During the mass, we remembered the Lasallian men who are the inspiration to the names of many of our Tiverton homerooms: Br Benilde, Br Dunstan, Br Gehrig, Fr Hegarty, Br Jerome, Br Miguel, Fr Roland, St Solomon, and St Vincent de Paul. We pray that their charism and service to others continues to guide and mentor the community they created.

The occasion of the Founders Day Mass was made all that more special as we were able to welcome Lasallian Brothers from the Malvern community, Br Michael Carroll FSC, Br Paul Toohey FSC and Br Mandy Dujunco FSC. The brothers are living examples of committed Lasallians inspired by the work and legacy of St John Baptist de La Salle.

Year 9 St John Baptist De La Salle Mosaic

In the Year 9 Immersion Subject, ‘Urban Impact’ students have investigated how humans living in urban settings impact on the environment. Guided by Mr David Happ, they explored initiatives that reduce the negative human impact on our planet, including sustainability and recycling programs.

In Term 1, the Year 9 class elected to recycle plastic and metal lids to produce a mosaic artwork and chose to design an art that would depict our founder, St John Baptist De La Salle. The students felt it was fitting to use ‘throw away items’ such as bottle tops and lids, as it was St John Baptist de La Salle who took the poorest street children, the ‘disregarded’ of his society, saw their potential and educated them. At the conclusion of the Founders Day Mass, Mr David Happ introduced the piece and Year 9 students John Beddoe and Levi Wardle revealed the mosaic to the College community for the first time to a round of applause!

Pictured below are Br Michael Carroll FSC and Br Paul Toohey FSC on Founders Day with the mosaic.

2018 Year 12 Yaluwo Immersion

Congratulations to the following students for their successful applications for the 2018 Yaluwo Immersion to Sri Lanka.

Yaluwo Students 2018

  • Oliver Burke
  • Finn Carey
  • Jacob Carroll
  • Nicholas Condon
  • Heath McCullough
  • Panos Menidis
  • Hayden Rideg
  • Hamish Sutherland

The process for application and interviews is both time-consuming and incredibly heartening. To hear the students’ reasons for wanting to be involved in the immersion experience. “I want to put into action what it means to be Lasallian,” “I want to make a difference” and “I want to give back to De La what they have given to me” are just some of the remarks.

I feel very privileged to be leading the 2018 Yaluwo group, with the support of staff Ms Rachel Cicala, Mr Anthony Freeman and Mr Chas Thompson. As we begin our preparations we pray that the experience fills our hearts and allows us to fulfil the mission set forth by the founder, St John Baptist de La Salle.

2019 Tercentenary Year

During 2019, the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers), and the wider Lasallian Institute will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the death of St John Baptist de La Salle, (1719–2019). As this goes to print, I am in planning with St Bede’s, St John’s and St James’ Colleges for the 2019 Tercentenary commemoration of the death of our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle.

I invite you to click here to read and watch Brother Superior Robert Schieler FSC’s 2019 update on how we can celebrate the Tercentenary (Year of Lasallian Vocations). This link will take you to the #300 Anthem for the Tercentenary Year “One Heart, One Commitment, One Life”. It was launched from Rome on Founder’s Day.

Year of Youth

On Monday 21 May a group of our Year 10 and 11 Leaders as well as the senior Lasallian Captains, represented De La College at Catholic Education Melbourne and the Archdiocese of Melbourne Year of Youth School Forum at St John’s College, Dandenong for an opportunity to listen and to discuss issues that are important to young leaders.

The forum featured Bishop Mark Edwards as a key presenter and international guest Mr Steve Angrisano and allowed the student leaders an opportunity to openly ask questions discuss issues that are important the youth of today and share their stories, opinions and insights with Church leaders.

There was great energy and spirit in the room amongst all the young people there, a sense of hope for the future of our church. Thank you to Mr McAlroy for attending and to the student leaders who attended on the day — as always, they represented the College in the most outstanding way.

Reconciliation Week 2018

This Sunday 27 May, marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week. The theme for 2018 is Don’t Keep History a Mystery. All Australians are invited to explore our past, learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures and are encouraged to go out and seek a deeper and more meaningful understanding of our rich indigenous national history.

27 May is also the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. On this day was Australia’s most successful referendum and saw more than 90 percent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the census.

Reconciliation Week is a time when we reflect on and acknowledge our cultural history and the devastating and complex relationship Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders have had with colonial Australia. The week is about learning from that past as a way of reshaping the present and making a better future for all Australians.

Let us remember we are in the Holy presence of God…

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Wurundjeri people and we pay our respects to the Elders both past and present, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and the hopes of Aboriginal Australia. 

We make this statement believing that we can walk together to a better future because at De La Salle College we commit ourselves to Reconciliation.

The Reconciliation Church Prayer
by Aboriginal Elders and staff of the Reconciliation Church

God of all creation, as we journey together in this Great Southern Land, we pray for healing forgiveness and unity, creating a path of good will,

with justice and compassion.

Jesus through the power of your love, You have given us the courage, wisdom and strength to share our gifts and talents in humility.

In peace and understanding we reconcile with each other.

Creator Spirit, we come together in prayer and thanksgiving for the many blessings we have received.

Allow your Spirit to wash over us and give us strength, to walk together, as one.



St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray For Us

Live Jesus in Our Hearts – Forever

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

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