From the Principal

Last Monday evening 22 October we celebrated the Year 12 students’ graduation from De La Salle with the annual Valedictory Mass and Dinner. The Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral was a beautiful and moving occasion, with Fr John Sherman celebrating and speaking with relevance and meaning to our students.

Our musicians and choir were magnificent; their performances and the grandeur of St Pat’s really added to the significance and quality of this very special evening for the Year 12 cohort and their families. The highlight of the Valedictory Dinner at Marvel Stadium was a wonderfully engaging and memorable presentation from Mrs Bronwyn Joseph, reflecting on her family’s experiences of De La Salle. Lachlan Joseph of the 2018 cohort was the third and final son to graduate and it was terrific to hear Bronwyn describe and relate in such positive fashion the opportunities and experiences De La has provided for her sons.

On Tuesday morning this week I was privileged to be present for the Year 8 Assembly, where twelve students made presentations to their peers on why they would like to be considered for a 2019 Campus Captain role at the new Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus. I had to remind myself at times that these were actually Year 8 students, such was the level of their presentation skills. Their maturity, responsibility, awareness and vision for what these leadership roles will require at Malvern East next year was exemplary. The young men in question have great ambitions for the new campus, they understood and articulated where and how the Five Lasallian Core Principles would fit in and there was a wonderful symmetry in their desire to make Year 9 at Holy Eucharist a success through their leadership and contributions. We now look forward to the finalisation of that process as well as House leadership positions for the new campus.

On Monday I had the pleasure of working for most of the day with the extended group of Lasallian Principals from across Australia and members of the Lasallian Mission Council. I was pleased to learn of the appointment of Br John Pill as the Director of Lasallian Identity. Br John is well known to many of us at Malvern by virtue of his various involvements at De La Salle over the years. The newly created role is closely linked to supporting all of us in Lasallian schools in the tradition of seeing a need and doing something about it, an area we attend to very well at Malvern! There are so many gifts within the Lasallian charism and our model of education that must continue to be shared. As the number of Brothers and their presence in schools declines, Br John’s role will assist in that critical relationship between the Brothers and lay Lasallian partners. The Director of Lasallian Identity will work with schools, their staff and students to maintain the charism beyond this generation.

There is so much energy and life in our Lasallian message and the way this is lived out in our schools. The key now is to ensure we continue to provide formative experiences for our young men, to enable the presence of faith and charism in their everyday life and allow it to positively impact on all aspects of their school life and beyond. The smallest act of kindness in the yard right through to committing weeks of our holidays to social justice work in the Yaluwo Immersion in Sri Lanka; these experiences and decisions allow us to be present for those who need us.

Mr Peter Houlihan

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