From the Acting Principal
As Term 3 draws to a close, it is time to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of students and staff. The College continues to excel in the areas of sport, the performing arts, debating and commitment to social justice initiatives.
Sporting highlights include Senior Boys Hockey Premiership coached by Mr Gerard Barns and Mr Jon Edgar and Grand Final appearances by our Year 8 Hockey Team coached by Mr Shane Mackintosh, Year 9 Hockey Team coached by Ms Georgie Skinner and Mr Ken Stokes and our Year 8 Basketball Team coached by Mr Lachie O’Connell.
Congratulations also to all the students who, after many weeks of training, represented the College at the ACC Cross-Country Championships at Bundoora Park on 11 September. Thanks also to Mr Peter Larsen, Mr Geordie Nagle and staff who assisted and supported the students over this time.
Two students who excelled in extra-curricular sport in recent weeks were Ryo Hayashi and Daniel Graskoski. Please visit the sports news page in this issue of Duce for details. Congratulations to both Ryo and Daniel.
Our strength as a Performing Arts College also is reflected in the quality of our Music and Drama Programs. After a very successful Music Tour in August, our musicians and Music staff combined to present an extraordinary showcase of talent in the Annual Winter Concert.
Hours are spent rehearsing and preparing and the results were of the highest standard. Our Unit 4 Music student recitals were stunning in their complexity and presentation.
A real highlight for parents was the new event, the Term 3 Music Soirée, in which all instrumental music students had the opportunity to perform solo in front of an audience. Well done to all who performed.
In the area of Drama, our Senior Play Two Weeks With The Queen with OLSH was a wonderful example of the talents of our students. This week our Middle Years students will be involved in the production of Godspell with Sacré Cœur. This promises to be yet another terrific event. Congratulations to the cast and crew involved in these events.
Congratulations also to our Year 10 Debating Dream Team who continue to impress with strong results in the statewide competition to reach the last 16 schools.
Term 3 always involves many community events. I thank our Parent Network for organising the very successful and enjoyable “Christmas In July” event and the Father’s Day Breakfast. Our August Parent-Teacher Interviews were very well attended, as were our various information and expo evenings. Our Year 8 Time and Space father and son night and Year 9 Rites of Passage father and son evening created unique opportunities for connection and communication.
Students were involved in Community Masses in July at St Joseph’s Malvern and last weekend at the final of these for the year at St Cecilia’s Glen Iris. Students and their families from these parishes were joined by our College Leaders in a wonderful spirit of solidarity and support. These Masses continue a long tradition of involvement between De La Salle and the Parish communities. Thank you to Mrs Rana Brogan for her leadership and vision in working with the parishes to organise these Masses. We look to them continuing in 2020.
This week our Year 6 will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St Anthony’s Glen Huntly. This will be a very special occasion for these students and their families. Thank you to Mrs Joan Ferguson for her work in preparing the candidates.
De La Salle is able to provide amazing opportunities to students such as the chance to be involved in a variety of optional camps and trips. This term we ran the following camps; Year 10 Adventure Tour to New Zealand, VCAL Social Justice Camp to Wilcannia, Music Tour to central Victoria and students participated in the Victorian Snowsports Competition at Mt Buller. On Monday a group of Italian Language students will leave for a two-week language and culture study immersion trip to Italy. Mrs Lil Russo, Mrs Marta Webster and Mr David Happ will accompany the group.
From a whole-College perspective, work on the Strategic Plan for 2019–2022 is nearing completion. This will identify our priorities and goals for the next four years. Related to this is our Annual Action Planning. The Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Survey (CEMSIS) has commenced. CEMSIS is a valuable source of information and data that will greatly assist us in the planning process. Parents are invited to participate in this process via the link and log in details sent last week. The survey closes on 20 September.
Refurbishment of the Tower Building at Tiverton undertaken during this term is nearing completion. A Planning and Development Group has been formed to investigate and guide the next phase of development works. There will be more information about future plans next term.
For our senior students, and those in Year 12 especially, this a really critical time in the academic year as VCE Unit 4 courses conclude and attention is directed towards revision and exam preparation. All Unit 3 and 4 students will undertake trial VCE exams at the College from 30 September until 4 October. I urge all students to work diligently for the remainder of the term.
Mr John McAlroy will leave the College at the end of this term after 12 years of devoted service to the College community. John has been an outstanding Mathematics Teacher and College Leader and will be greatly missed. On behalf of the College community, I thank John for his dedication and generosity and wish him well as he moves to a new opportunity at St Bede’s College.
Finally, we also wish Mr Ken Stokes and Mr Nigel Yates well-earned breaks as they commence Long Service Leave in Term 4.
Best wishes for the end of Term 3 and the school holiday period ahead.
Mr Tom Ryan