Deputy Principals’ Column

Faith and Mission

Welcome back to Term 3 after what was hopefully a restful break for all of our families.

During this break, I travelled to Manhattan College in New York to commence my second year of Lasallian Studies at The Buttimer Institute. This is an intensive Lasallian education and formation course that studies the life, work and spirituality of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and the origins of the Lasallian Educational Mission. The second year of the course was a detailed and extensive study on St La Salle’s educational vision and my time was spent studying closely the readings, writings and reflections of his text, “The Conduct of the Christian Schools.”

If there is one thing I learned during my Buttimer Two studies, it is that St John Baptist de La Salle was a great synthesizer, and he proved to be very good at tuning in to what was or was not happening in education at the time and drawing from that to develop methods for education, which have become, essentially what we know and recognise many of them to be today.

My reflections this year whilst away at Buttimer, have led me to a deeper understanding that as Lasallian’s we are called to doing God’s work and the work of St La Salle by touching the hearts of our students and inspiring them with the Christian faith. To accompany them on their journey and to know that to truly touch hearts, begins with the formation of the heart. The approach through the heart is what led de La Salle to use the Gospel parable of the Good Shepard to compare the teacher to a shepherd who is responsible for leading their sheep and watching over them. The sheep need to know their shepherd, but to know them, we must also allow them to know us.

Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever!

Charitable Donations

In the lead up to our Social Justice Mass at the end of Term 3, families will receive communication requesting their generous support by donating a range of non‐perishable food items and toiletries.

The donations will support one of the three following organisations;

  • Primary – St Joseph’s Outreach Centre, South Yarra
  • 7 to 9 – Sacred Heart Mission, St Kilda
  • 10 to 12 – Malvern Emergency Food Program

There is a pressing need each winter season to support as many struggling families and individuals as we can. As Lasallian’s, we are called to do the work of Jesus Christ and in the words of our founder St. John Baptist de La Salle, “make Christ known to others.”

Year 10 Reflection Days

At the heart of the mission of the College is to nurture the faith of our students. It is hoped that the Reflection Day, will allow students to spend some time discerning, reflecting and revisiting the Lasallian charism and the place of faith in their life. Students will make their own way to and from the venue. Attendance is compulsory. Students have been asked to bring their own recess, lunch and drink as per a normal school day. Students will not be permitted to leave the venue to purchase food. Students are permitted to wear their sport uniform on the day. Parents are asked to please ensure that they have read and signed the online consent form.

Wednesday 1 August 2018, 8:30am — 2:45pm

Houses Supervising R.E. Teachers and Class Mentors Venue
St Austin’s and St Mark’s Mr Tom Ryan, Mr Shane Mackintosh, Mr Paul Harrup, Mrs Catherine Loft, Mrs Marta Webster, Mr Chris Church, Mr Ben Williamson St Joseph’s Outreach Services, 30–54 Fitzgerald St. South Yarra
St Edwin’s and St Leo’s Miss Jessica Stevenson, Mr Michael Watty, Mr Graeme Lawler, Mrs Grace Giudice, Mrs Christine Bassilli, Mrs Rana Brogan Syndal Baptist Centre, 588 High Street Road, Glen Waverly

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission


Tomorrow Man

On Day One of our recent Staff Professional Learning Days, we enjoyed a keynote address from Tom Bell of Tomorrow Man. Tom asked, “What does it mean to be a bloke today? And what do we want it to look like tomorrow?” Tom’s personal sharing about positive masculinity, building social capital and strengthening emotional muscle really struck a chord with staff.

In the same vein, consider this video of a tradie talking about violence against women that has gone viral.

A young Latrobe Valley dad is calling on Australian men to change rape culture, starting with their language. A diesel mechanic in the forestry industry, Jakson Elfring said he often pulled up his colleagues and mates for using sexist language or for making inappropriate comments. Mr Elfring, from Hazelwood, south‐east of Melbourne, posted a video on social media telling men to have more respect for women, after he and his partner noticed a string of sexual assaults being reported on the news.

I thought about it for a couple of hours,” Mr Elfring said. “This is something I should actually talk about to try and make a change and having respect for your mum is good start.”

Benjamin Hewitt attains Australian Scout Medallion

Year 9 student Benjamin Hewitt has achieved a milestone in Scouting as the recipient of the Australian Scouting Medallion. Benjamin belongs to the 5th/6th Moorabbin Central Venturer Unit, and the award represents sustained effort over many months and years. Only a small percentage reach this level, and we congratulate Benjamin on his self‐discipline, teamwork and leadership.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Staff and Operations

Academic Awards Assemblies

Academic Awards assemblies will be held on Friday 27 July in the College Gymnasium. These awards recognise student academic excellence and endeavour.

  • The Kinnoull Campus Assembly will be held during Period 1 (8.55 am – 9.50 am)
  • The Tiverton Campus Assembly will be held during Period 3 (11.05 am – 12.00 pm)

Parents, guests and awardees are invited to morning tea in Tiverton Library at the conclusion for each of the assemblies.

Parent/ Teacher Interviews

Semester 2 parent/teacher interviews will be held on Wednesday 8 August and Thursday 16 August. All students will be dismissed at 12:50 pm.

Secondary parents
Parent/teacher interviews run from 2.00 pm – 8.30 pm in the College Gymnasium. Staff have a dinner break from 5.30pm until 6.30pm. Students are expected to attend the parent/teacher interviews in College uniform. The schedule for booking arrangements for the second parent/teacher interview session is as follows:

  • Friday 27 July — PTO bookings re‐open to parents for session 1 (6.00 am)
  • Monday 6 August — PTO bookings close to parents for session 1 (11.59pm)
  • Friday 10 August — PTO bookings re‐open to parents for session 2 (12.00 pm)
  • Tuesday 14 August — PTO bookings close to parents for session 2 (11.59pm)

Parents, please note that there may be times in the schedule when staff are blocked out as unavailable. There are a number of reasons that may have caused this; including ACC Sport fixtures, part‐time staff and staff illness. All teaching staff will make every effort to make contact you if they are away and you cannot see them. Please contact them to let them know you were unable to make an interview time with them.

Primary parents
Primary parent/teacher interviews will also be held on Wednesday 8 August and Thursday 16 August. Interviews will be 15 minutes in duration for all year levels and will be held in the new Science and Technology Centre. Year 6 in room T512, Year 5 in room T515 and Year 4 in room T514. Please refer to the email sent by Mrs Anette Phillips about the booking process.

Staff Formation Day — Thursday 9 August

The College will be closed on Thursday 9 August 2018. No facilities will be available on this day. All De La Salle College staff will combine with staff from Killester College, Kilbreda College and Star of the Sea College for a spirituality day.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

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