Important Notices

Lasallian Zeal Awards

The Achievement and Recognition Policy – Lasallian Zeal aims to enhance the positive learning community whereby students feel respected and valued. It seeks to affirm and develop positive learning behaviours. The Achievement and Recognition Policy – Lasallian Zeal encourages students to set higher goals for themselves and to achieve their personal best. Motivation to learn is dramatically impacted by being successful.

The five Core Lasallian Principles encompass the categories of achievement and recognition and will be known as Lasallian Zeal. Students will build up nominations over the course of their time at De La Salle College. Students will receive a certificate and a Lasallian Zeal badge in the appropriate colour as described below.

  • Bronze Lasallian Zeal 10 awards in any category
  • Silver Lasallian Zeal 20 awards (10 Bronze Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
  • Gold Lasallian Zeal 30 awards (20 Silver Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
  • Platinum Lasallian Zeal 40 awards (30 Gold Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
Student Name House Year Level Award
Noah Caruso Austins 7 Dunstan Bronze
Joshua Miles Edwins 7 Dunstan Bronze
Adrian Skutela Austins 7 Dunstan Bronze
Harrison Baum Marks 7 Benilde Bronze
Jack Larkin Edwins 7 Benilde Bronze
Gabriel Marsilli Edwins 7 Benilde Bronze

Congratulations to the students who received their Bronze Zeal awards.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Thunderstorm Asthma Warning

Respiratory experts are warning people to be prepared as thunderstorm asthma season approaches — you do not need to have asthma to be affected. Respiratory Specialists advise people to look out for wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and shortness of breath. If you have reliever medication (asthma puffer) you should take it. It is also safe to use someone else’s reliever puffer in an emergency if you don’t have one. Respiratory Specialists advise people should stay indoors, where possible, during spring thunderstorms, particularly when the cool change hits. People with asthma or hayfever should see their Doctor for medication to prevent and treat any potential attacks. People with mild asthma, or who have never experienced an asthma attack, are often most affected because they are not actively taking treatment or have management plans. This is a reminder to mild asthmatics that their condition could suddenly become severe, therefore a current action plan and medication is required.

Asthma Australia urges people to be aware of asthma symptoms.

What is Thunderstorm Asthma?
It is the phenomenon of rye grass pollen being swept up into springtime thunderstorms and ruptured by the pressure of the rain into smaller pollen grains. Cold thunderstorm outflow winds then push the particles down to ground level where they can be inhaled deeply into the lungs and trigger asthma epidemics.

What Symptoms to look out for
Wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and shortness of breath. Take particular care if you have asthma or are prone to hayfever.

How can I prevent it?

  • If you have ever had asthma talk to your Doctor about what you can do to help protect yourself from the risk of thunderstorm asthma this pollen season. Remember taking an asthma preventer properly and regularly is key to preventing asthma, including thunderstorm asthma.
  • If you have hayfever – see your Pharmacist or Doctor for a hayfever treatment plan and check if you should have an asthma reliever puffer, available from pharmacies without a prescription.
  • Where possible, avoid being outside during thunderstorms through November and December – especially during the wind gusts that come before the storm. Close your doors and windows. If you have your air‐conditioning on, turn it onto recirculate.
  • Respiratory Specialists advise if you need to go to Hospital during one of these events, try to go by private transport rather than wait for an Ambulance, as the Ambulance service may be subjected to unprecedented demand similar to the 2016 thunderstorm asthma episode.

Please ensure your son’s asthma and hayfever action plans are up to date with De La Salle Health Centre. Your son’s medical file can be accessed via the Community Portal or you can contact Ms Kylie Upton, Health Centre on (03) 9508 2144 if you require any further information.

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Ms Kylie Upton
Health Centre

Solway Community Fair — 24 November

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