Important News

Mink and Sam — Opens Tonight!

Mink and Sam is a rollicking good, fun show featuring Year 7 and 8 students of De La Salle College and Sacré Cœur.

Two young beings find themselves adrift in their lives and need some help. They meet each other under strange circumstances and the rest… you’ll have to come along and find out!

Come and be awed by the fabulous choreography, amazing costumes and marvellous performers!

Two shows only! Thursday 31 October, 7:30pm and Friday 1 November, 7:30pm. No door sales — please book before you arrive! TryBooking.com/BFRPF.

Mr Andrew Murrell
Drama Coordinator

Fee Payment

2019 Tuition Fees

Families paying 2019 tuition fees are required to pay them in full by 30 November 2019, as per the College Fee policy. To review your current balance, please refer to the parent portal. If you have not provided a payment option form for the payment of your College annual tuition fees, please do so by 30 November 2019 to ensure that you are on an approved payment plan for 2020.

2020 Tuition Fees

The College Board will be ratifying a new College Fee Policy applicable from 2020 so please note billings for 2020 tuition fees will now take place in January 2020. The major change within the policy is the timing of the billings and any discount for payment in full by the end of December is no longer applicable. All families are required to be on a payment plan if they choose not to pay their account in full by 28 February 2020 (discount applies per student). The 2020 annual tuition fees and the updated College Fee Policy will be published on the College website by mid‐November 2020.

For any enquires or further assistance, please contact Ms Ellenor Harris in Family Accounts or email familyaccounts@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

Thunderstorm Asthma Warning

Respiratory experts are warning people to be prepared as we enter thunderstorm asthma season — 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.

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 Doctor for a hayfever treatment plan and check if you should have an asthma reliever puffer.

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 that if you need to go to Hospital during one of these events, try to go by private transport rather than wait for an Ambulance.

Please ensure your son’s asthma and hayfever action plans are up to date with De La Salle Health Centre. If your son suffers from hayfever, please administer antihistamine at home. We have a limited supply of antihistamines at the Health Centre as emergency medication. Your son is not to attend the Health Centre for his daily antihistamine during hayfever season.

Your son’s medical file can be accessed by the community portal or contacting Ms Kylie Upton, Health Centre on 9508 2144 if you require any further information.

Useful Apps and Websites

Mrs Kylie Upton
Health Centre

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