Deputy Principals’ Column

Faith and Mission

I was sitting in mass last Sunday, listening to Father deliver his homily. I was intrigued as he explained to the congregation the details and history of what was, Sunday’s feast day, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which most would still know by its traditional Latin name, Corpus Christi. As he unpacked the origins of this observance, I began to reflect on how nowadays, this feast invites us all to sit at the table with Christ and join in the mystery of Jesus self-gift to us in the Eucharistic meal. St Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, reminds us that our being in communion in the body and blood of Christ makes the Church become one, in the body and blood of Christ,

The blessing cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. The fact that there is only one loaf means that though there are many of us, we form one single body because we all have a share in this one loaf.”

1 Corinthians 10:16–17

Jesus’ hospitality is wide; it embraces the whole person. I think it is true that anyone willing to turn up to the table to share in this loaf will find that the hand of the Lord is generous and that they will encounter a welcoming spirit, genuine hospitality, tenderness and companionship.

Year 9 Lasallian Service Intergenerational Project

This year, a number of our Year 9 students have been working under the guidance of Ms Elizabeth O’Connell completing their Year 9 Lasallian Service. In conjunction with JoCare, an organisation from St Joseph’s Parish in Malvern a group of our Year 9 students volunteered in the inaugural Intergenerational Project sponsored by the St Joseph’s Parish, Cabrini Hospital and Stonnington Council.

Each Tuesday afternoon, the Year 9 group met with an older person from the parish community and compiled a book of the highlights of each older person’s life. These were recently presented at a gathering which celebrated the lives of these older members of our community. Lasallian Service is a ‘community service’ program, structured in a way that allows our students to put into practice the core principles of our Lasallian charism; Faith, Inclusiveness, Justice, Respect and Quality Education. The experience of Lasallian Service encourages students to put their faith into action, as well as enhancing their learning and awareness of social justice in a broader sense.

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We are called to be stewards of God’s creation

 As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling.” — Pope Francis, January 18, 2015.

At De La Salle College, we take this call to be stewards of God’s creation seriously. Knowing that solar energy creates clean, renewable power from the sun and benefits the environment, we have recently drastically increased our solar energy generation.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Staff and Operations

Staff Changes for change of Semester

As Semester 1 draws to close there will be a number of changes to staff that need to be communicated. Planned staff changes for circumstances such as Long Service Leave are part of the regular cycle of College life. In addition to this some staff become ill or change their employment arrangements after the year has started and must be covered. Below is a list of staff changes that will occur either at the start of the new semester on 18 June or the start of Term 3 on 16 July.

Staff Changes from the start of Semester 2 (18 June 2018)

Staff member on leave Duration of absence Replaced by
Mr Shaun Buckley Until end of Term 2 Mr Nic Nicolau
Mr Paul Coyle Until end of Term 2 To be confirmed
Ms Emily Ryan Until end of Term 2 Internal cover
Mrs Caroline Fitzpatrick Until end of Term 2 Miss Olivia Wenczel (Year 12 English), Ms Elena Brasacchio
Mr Kevin Hunter Semester 2 Ms Jennifer Spence
Ms Lisa Harkin 25 June until end of Term 2 Internal cover
Mr Shane Slavin Semester 2 To be confirmed
Mrs Joan Ferguson Until 20 July Internal cover
Ms Michele O’Mahoney Until end of Term 2 Ms Freda Siomos, Ms Catherine Gadzinski
Mr Gerard Barns 25 June until 30 July Internal cover

Staff Changes from the start Term 3 (16 July 2018)

Staff member on leave Duration of absence Replaced by
Mr David Happ Until 30 July Ms Isabella Kottek, Year 8 YLC by Mr Luke Kenealy
Mrs Vanessa Marolda Until 25 July Ms Nadia Pacella-Solace
Mr Shane Mackintosh Until 30 July Mr Matt Jones, Austins HC by Mr John McAlroy
Ms Trish Woodman Until 24 August To be confirmed
Ms Christine Cooper Term 3 Dasha Vorobieva

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations


Are your contact details up-to-date?

There are times when we will need to contact you, including on the day if your son is absent and you haven’t informed the school as to why. Do we have your most up to date contact details? If not, please contact the College on (03) 9508 2100 so we can update our records. Please include parent/carer’s name, address, phone number, email address and emergency contact details. Please remember to contact the College if any of these details or your circumstances change.

Please notify the College of your son’s absence

Protecting the safety and wellbeing of children through the reporting and monitoring of absenteeism is the responsibility of both parents/carers and schools. Please remember to call the College on (03) 9508 2100 or log your son’s absence here early in the morning if your son is going to be away or late for school so your child’s absence can be recorded correctly.

For further information on the processes and procedures our College uses to record, monitor and follow-up student attendance and absence please read our Attendance Policy here.

School Refusal is not the Same as Wagging

Attempting to understand school refusal is no mean feat. Many people still consider it in a similar vein to “wagging” or parent-condoned absenteeism. However, school refusal is an often misunderstood and serious difficulty for many students. To find out more, click here.

Family and Domestic Violence

Family and domestic violence has a serious impact on the community, workplaces, families and individuals. The CECV joins in the sentiment of the Victorian Catholic Bishops’ statement on Domestic Violence: Committing to prevention and response.

Our goal must be a society where all people are safe in their home, families and close relationships; where violence and abuse are not acceptable: and where all relationships respect the equality and dignity of teach person. This is part of the Gospel of love and respect.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

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