Deputy Principals’ Column


Safety And Courtesy

A reminder to all students in our community that their behaviour in public must be courteous, respectful and positive. Many of our students travel home via train or tram, or walk home on main roads, which we share with the public. We need to ensure that when members of the public have an interaction with a De La Salle student, they come away impressed with how polite and considerate they are. Let us all do our bit to make sure this happens. 

Students must also take care with their safety, including safely boarding trains and trams, and only crossing at designated crossings and lights. Please talk with your son about how important this is, so he is travelling safely to and from school. 

Leadership Induction

This Friday, 22 February, will see the induction of our De La Salle College leaders at the first whole school assembly for 2019. These young men will be presented to the entire school community and commit to a year of service, following the lived example of Saint John Baptist de la Salle. We will hear from the College Captain, Liam Jenkins, who will inspire and motivate all students at De La Salle to aim for their personal best. 

Wellbeing Resources

Keeping young people safe is a shared responsibility between schools, parents, communities and the Australian Government. There are a number of government resources that have been created to assist in supporting the wellbeing of students across the country, which you may find useful. 

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Faith and Mission

College Opening and Welcome Mass – Wednesday 27 February

Next Wednesday evening, 27 February, we will be celebrating our College Welcome and Commissioning Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. 

This is an occasion for all members of our community to join us in the celebration of welcoming all students and mark their entry into the College, including all Year 7 students and new students to other year levels.

The Mass is also the time we acknowledge and celebrate all of our College Leaders and present them before the community. There is great love at the heart of who we are as a Lasallian family. May we always embrace the faith tradition of our College by supporting, encouraging and loving one another as family. 

I hope that staff, students and families celebrate with us on this important occasion in the life of our College. 

Fr John Sherman OMI will be the Principal Celebrant at it was most heartening last Monday afternoon when he joined the College Captains, Liam Jenkins, Amedeo Perri and Morgan Morffew for lunch in readiness for the Mass to unpack the Gospel reading. 

Students are asked to arrive and be seated no later than 6:00pm, (full school uniform and College Leaders in full winter uniform).
Mass commences at 6:30pm sharp.

House Welcome and Liturgy Evenings

The House Welcome and Liturgy Evenings are important gatherings for each student and their family to be welcomed, informed and supported by their son’s House Coordinator and meet the House Mentors in a relaxed atmosphere. 

St Austin’s House Welcome and Liturgy evening on Tuesday night was our first for the year. 

As Lasallians, it is important that we develop these family partnerships between the home and the school. We hope for a happy journey for each young man in our care, as he strives for excellence, develops lasting friendships and develops his sense of brotherhood and community. The House system nurtures each student’s confidence to achieve their personal best during their time at De la Salle College. 

Holy Eucharist Parish Mass

Staff, students and families are all invited to join the 10:30am Holy Eucharist Parish Mass this Sunday, 24 February. Our Year 9 students will be actively involved in the mass.

This will be a followed by a BBQ on the new campus and the Holy Eucharist classrooms will be opened for a walk through for those who wish to have a look and see the magnificent learning spaces that have been created. 

Plenary Dialogue for Catholic School Parents 

Catholic School Parents Victoria would like to invite parents and carers of children who currently attend Catholic schools to one of two Plenary listening and dialogue sessions in Melbourne in February.

Listen to what the Spirit is saying” — a listening and dialogue session for Catholic school parents, is a unique opportunity for parents and carers to contribute to shaping the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. 

  • Cost: Free
  • Tuesday 26 February 2019 
  • Cardinal Knox Centre Cathedral Room, 383 Albert St, East Melbourne 
  • Two session times available: 10:30am — 12noon and 1:00pm – 2:30pm.
  • RSVP: 22 February 2019
  • Click here to book or visit

For further information, contact Rachel Saliba (Executive Officer), Catholic School Parents Victoria on 03 9267 0458 or email

Further information about the Plenary Council 2020 can be found at Parents and carers are able to submit their own responses through this website if they are unable to attend a plenary session.

Mrs Rana Brogan 
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission 

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