Deputy Principals’ Column
Staff and Operations
Term 3 concludes with the Social Justice Mass on Friday 21 September. Students in Year 7 -12 will be dismissed at 12:53pm. Primary students will be dismissed at 12:30pm. Teaching staff will be involved in Professional Practice activities from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. A small number of senior Geography students will be involved in a School Assessed Coursework activity commencing at 1:30pm.
Term 4 commences for all students on Monday 8 October.
Parents and students are reminded that summer uniform may be worn from the start of Term 4. The summer uniform does not require the College tie to be worn with the short sleeve summer shirt. If the long sleeve shirt is worn, please ensure the tie is also worn.
Cabrini Hospital discounts
Cabrini Hospital offers a 50% discount on attendance fees in the Emergency Department for students 17 years and under as well as other discounts on services. De La Salle College has registered with Cabrini to enable our parents to take up this offer should they wish to do so. For more details click here.
Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations
Faith and Mission
Young Lasallians Evening Gathering
On Monday 17 September, the Young Lasallians Team hosted a Young Lasallians Evening Gathering for the Melbourne region. The event was held at St John’s College Dandenong and, as always, included a broader gathering of the Lasallian family, a shared meal and community time. The night had a particular focus where the Young Lasallians Team launched the “2019 Lasallian Youth Gathering” and celebrations of the Tercentenary year.
It was great to see students from our Senior Leadership Team connect with students from St Bede’s St James and St John’s Colleges. It was particularly heartening to see the Lasallian spirit and camaraderie of the “blazer swap” tradition with the St Bede’s students which began at this same event earlier in the year.
Thank you to our Lasallian Youth Minister, Mr Aaron Trusler for his presence on the night and also to Old Collegian and 2017 College Captain Mr James Biviano who joined us for the evening.
National Child Protection Week
Last week was National Child Protection Week. Protecting Children and young people is everyone’s business and we all have a role to play in protecting those in our care from harm. The key message of the week was “Stronger Communities, Safer Children”. Research tells us that a strong, safe, trusting community is important for young people and helps them to thrive in safety. At De La Salle College, it is essential for us to be aware of this, and to keep raising awareness around all the child safety policies and laws that mandate and legislate around this.
We are reminded by this that St John Baptist de La Salle called us to care for the young people entrusted to us;
“God entrusts to you his care of the young.”
St. John Baptist de La Salle (Med 37.3)
As Lasallians, we must always be committed to our obligation of caring for all young people in our care and ensuring we always safeguard their dignity.
Social Justice Mass
The last day of Term 3 includes our annual Social Justice Mass. As a College community, we recognise our call as Lasallians to make a difference to the least, the last and the lost, and the Social Justice Mass is our commitment supporting those in need and demonstrates how we at De La Salle, live the message of the gospel;
“I was hungry and you gave me food,” (Matthew 25:35).
St. John Baptist de La Salle’s mission and vision was that a concern for the poor would become a shared concern for all Christians. This is realised through genuine experiences of solidarity. The generosity of the De La Salle College students, the families and the staff in the form of the generous donations that have been streaming in throughout Term 3 directly impact the lives of the needy and vulnerable in our community.
Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission