Welcome to the September 2022 edition of Roll Call. Our bi-annual Alumni Magazine, Roll Call, is published in May and September and is either mailed or emailed to all past students and current families.
Read about Old Collegians and their diverse careers and stories and catchup on Old Coll news.
On Wednesday 31 August, we will be holding our first annual Giving Day!
Our annual Giving Day creates an opportunity for our alumni and broader community to “give back” to the College to directly support both current and future students in tangible and meaningful ways.
We need to raise $76,000 to fund a complete upgrade of the old tennis court at the Tiverton Campus which these days is used for basketball and PE classes.
With your financial support, we will replace the existing surface with a “Dreamcourt Elite” surface. We will also replace the deteriorating wire fence with a new, robust equivalent. This will result in an all-weather court that is less jarring on legs, will drain and dry more quickly after rain events and, importantly for our basketball players and sports fans, offer the same bounce and feel as an indoor wooden court.
All donations are being MATCHED by generous major sponsors, so please Help Us Get Our Bounce Back and donate.
This year’s Senior Play ‘Almost, Maine’ by John Cariani, enthralled audiences over two successful shows last Thursday and Friday evening. The vignette scenes, were expertly presented by the cast, transforming the stage into a small wintery town where the lives and hearts of the locals were shared. Audiences were invited into the most personal, awkward, heart warming and heart wrenching moments with the characters, and laughed and cried along with them.
Due to COVID-19, intimate moments had to be replaced with glowing puppetry lips, which served to create humour and add another layer to the imagery and metaphor already present within this witty and delicate script. The lighting and music further transformed the space to transport us from one ‘magical moment’ to the next.
This performance was true testament to the dedication and community that exists here at De La Salle College, connecting with our wider school community and stepping in to assist those within our school. Many staff and students volunteered to assist in a variety of roles, including front of house and canteen. A special thanks to the staff that assisted the girls from OLSH College, Bentleigh. It was heart warming to see several Old Collegians returning to the school to attend the shows. The support and appreciation of all involved was not only warmly received, but truly deserved.
De La Salle Cast: Jeremy Grigg, James Arthur, Max Kolpin, Tyson Dyer, Spencer Ballantyne, Jordan Genovese, Harry Podeu, Lachie Richter, Conor Haigh
Understudies/ puppeteers: Skyler Sahely, Oscar Smith, Anton Declerck
As part of our Year 11 and 12 VCAL Social Justice Project, we developed a fundraising event that would raise funds for Breast Cancer Network Australia.
On Thursday 19 May, a large group of Kinnoull and some lucky Tiverton students gathered to witness VCAL Assistant, Dave Murray, shave off his iconic moustache and beard. The event was in honour of Dave’s wife’s battle 7 years ago and anyone who has suffered or is suffering from Breast Cancer. The aim was to raise awareness and funds for the Breast Cancer Network Australia.
Pink ribbons adorned the pillars outside the reception area and there were pink balloons as far as the eye could see. The atmosphere was electric, and the energy of the crowd was supportive and loving.
All VCAL students’ names were put into a hat for the opportunity to be in charge of the shave. Much to Dave’s relief, Year 11 student Tali Bernardi, was chosen and did a fantastic job of carefully shaving off Dave’s beard. A huge roar from the crowd was heard as the final whisker was taken off.
Over $4700 has been raised so far from proceeds of the raffle, food and drink sales on the day and from the generous donations of staff, students, families and friends. Dave and the VCAL student body are extremely grateful for all the fantastic support received.
A huge thank you must go to Director Learning & Development ‑ Professional Learning, Jodie McLaren, for all the work she put into the smooth running of this event.
57 people are diagnosed with Breast Cancer each day in Australia and each of us sadly know someone who is or has been affected by this disease. Dave has shown compassion, courage and commitment and as students we have found this inspiring. We commend him for his actions and hope we have helped educate the College community on the support needed for those suffering from this disease.
Year 11 VCAL students, De La Salle College, Malvern
On Friday 8 April 2022, a glorious Autumn day in Melbourne, our students gathered at Basil Street Oval in East Malvern from 8:45am in preparation for a 13km walk along Gardiner’s Creek Trail. This walk has become the public face of the signature fundraising event at the College – Mission Action Day, more colloquially known as MAD!
Staff had already been busy setting up marquees, speakers, barbecues and inflatable arches. They were directing students to the starting point and were moving to supervision points along the trail to ensure our event ran smoothly and safely. On cue, the students eagerly moved onto the trail at their designated release time and completed their walk.
On return to Basil Street Oval, they were greeted with a free sausage and drink, some music and an ice cream van for those who chose to partake.
Prior to what unfolded as another outstanding day for our community, the campaign to provide support to Lasallian projects had been underway. A new collection platform called My Cause was introduced to enable students to seek sponsorship in a safe and efficient way and at the time of writing, over $78,500 has been raised. This is a truly magnificent effort. We have one week remaining to add to this total before donations are closed on 8 May.
Our final total, our top fundraisers and where the funds are to be distributed will be communicated when finalised. Our thanks to all staff, students, parents, Old Collegians, families and friends who contributed to our 2022 effort thus far. Your generosity is very much appreciated.
De La Salle College is proud to announce Thomas Seddon and Richard Bland as our 2021 College Duxes. Both students achieved an extraordinary ATAR of 98.60.
Thomas Seddon was 2021 College Captain and joined the College in Year 4. During his time at De La Salle, he has received several Academic Achievement Awards, been elected as St Mark’s House Vice Captain, awarded Year 11 Dux and received the Brother Damien Harvey Award in recognition of leadership and service as College Captain 2021. He has accepted an offer to study Law (Honours) / Arts at Monash University.
Richard Bland joined the College in Year 7 and showed strong academic skills in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Specialist Maths. He received numerous Academic Achievement Awards and the 2020 Unit 3&4 Biology Award. Richard’s current offer is to study Engineering (Honours) – Masters Accelerated Pathway at Monash University.
The VCE results from the Class of 2021 continues our impressive pattern of recent years in relation to high numbers of students attaining ATARs in the 90s, with 2021 results in this area particularly notable given the interruptions to onsite learning. Students are commended for their commitment and organisation, resilience and devotion to their studies.
We wish the Class of 2021 all the very best with their chosen careers and look forward to welcoming them back to De La Salle as Old Collegians.
Outstanding VCE results - Congratulations to the De La Salle Class of 2021!
The Median Study Score for 2021 is 31, up from the Victorian state average of 30 last year and places us very favourably in comparison to “like” schools.
The percentage of Study Scores 40 and above is 10.30%, the first time we have broken through the 10% barrier, easily our best result. This achievement continues a steady pattern of growth since 2016, almost doubling the number of Study Scores over 40 in that six-year period. Last year was 8.55% – previously our best in the past ten years – and up from 7.85% in 2019, 7.22% in 2018, 6.43% in 2017 and 5.3% in 2016. This demonstrates terrific progression and growth in six consecutive cohorts – a very pleasing reward for the targeted work of leadership and teachers in lifting results and pushing their students.
We have continued our impressive pattern of recent years in relation to high numbers of students attaining ATARs in the 90s, with 2021 results in this area particularly notable given the interruptions to onsite learning. With 19.10% of the cohort attaining an ATAR of 90 or above despite the remote learning, this is outstanding. This represents essentially an extraordinary 41% increase from 2020’s 13.53%. For almost 20% of our students to achieve an ATAR above 90 is exceptional, given our non-selective, open entry, mixed ability enrolment policy.
We had a remarkable 39.70% of ATARs in the 80 — 99.95 range, an increase of 8.12% from 2020.
The percentage of students with ATARs in the 70 – 99.95 range is 56.70%, up by 6.32%. This continues our record of keeping 50% of ATARs above 70.
The Median ATAR is 73.55, up from 70.60 in 2020, which continues the excellent record in recent years of keeping the Median ATAR above 70.
The impressive range of superb individual results, with many students doing exceptionally well, is testament to their commitment and organisation, coping very well with the rigours of months of remote learning. The high standard our students have largely been able to maintain as a cohort, in comparison to recent years, is also noteworthy and a credit to the students’ resilience, ambition and their teachers’ professional and flexible approach this year.
I am so proud of all our young men; without the comfort and routine of everyday onsite contact with peers and teachers they strove for personal success and maximised their results through sheer devotion to the task.
This year we have two students with the honour of being College Dux. Congratulations to Tom Seddon (College Captain as well!) and Richard Bland, who both attained the extraordinary ATAR of 98.60.
Congratulations again to all our Year 12 students and teachers on this tremendous achievement for 2021.
While there is an impressive range of superb individual results, high standard they have been able to maintain as a cohort is most noteworthy.
Congratulations and thank you to all the Unit 3 and 4 teachers who invested so much time, effort and expertise in teaching, mentoring and advising each and every student in their care. De La Salle’s effective management and delivery of remote learning has been a highlight in the challenges and demands of the past two years. With the state median for all subjects being 30, we have so many with median Study Scores in the 32 – 36 range, figures which sit at the very top of the scale when compared with any of Victoria’s highest performing schools. Several Learning Areas and individual subjects have achieved their very best results for several years.
The overall improvements we saw in 2021 are testament to the targeted approach and diligent attention to detail evident among the students and the positive relationships our teachers enjoy with our young men. This support and rapport were more important than ever in the frustrating months of four separate rounds of remote learning, managing the transition back to onsite learning and dealing with such a unique range of academic and wellbeing issues.
I am so proud of all our young men and how they embraced and coped with the trials delivered to VCE students once again in 2021. The most capable and diligent were best able to deal with the challenges and changes but perhaps even more worthy of merit was the resilience and performance of those with lesser gifts who strove for personal success and maximised their results through sheer devotion to the task. While we of course celebrate the upper end of the results, I must acknowledge the staff who worked so hard to support, challenge and extend students of all abilities and motivation levels. I am very proud of all our young men who persevered under such trying circumstances and came out as successful, proud Lasallians.
VCAA’s second year of the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage (CED) process, diligently applied by our staff, also assisted a range of students.
Thank you once again for your support during the year; it was greatly appreciated by all in our wonderful community. I wish you a happy, holy and safe Christmas and holiday period.
The De La Salle College Art Department is proud to share with you the 2021 Art & Design Exhibition.
This virtual exhibition features a collection of 2021 artworks and mixed media by De La Salle College students and compiled by Visual Art teachers.
Congratulations to all of our 2021 Visual Arts, Visual Communication & Design, Photography & Architecture students for the wonderful work they produced this year under difficult circumstances. Thank you to our most talented young artists, Evan Gujinovic, from Year 7 Dunstan for designing the cover for this publication.
A big thank you to all of the Visual Arts Team — Ryan Hayward, Christine Bassili, Emma D’Angelo, Mark Gustincic, Jonathan Hewett, Kerry Martin, David Happ, Warren Bardsley, Lauren Anderson, Jonathan Pertile, Shane Mackintosh and Travis MacDonald.
Welcome to the September 2021 edition of Roll Call. Our bi-annual Alumni Magazine, Roll Call, is published in May and September and is either mailed or emailed to all past students and current families.
In this September issue, we profile Old Collegians following a diverse range of careers. Articles include public servants, medical specialists, healers, environmentalists, writers, artists and religious leaders. Enjoy the read.
During Semester 1 2021, the Year 12 VCAL Enterprise class worked hard to create a new garden space on the Kinnoull Campus. This garden project was part of the Communities Environmental Program funded by the Commonwealth of Australia — Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and sponsored by Dr Katie Allen MP, Federal Member for Higgins. The intention of the garden was to create a native habitat to attract a range of local native animals. It also allows the De La Salle College community to reduce our carbon footprint and increase sustainability.
The project involved students working each Friday clearing invasive weeds, setting posts for retaining walls and a decorative timber fence, selecting and planting native plants, and mulching the entire area.
During the project, the students were visited by Dr Katie Allen MP, and Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans MP where they proudly displayed their progress and answered questions about the project.
The garden was completed in the first week of Term 3. An official opening will be held once lockdown restrictions ease.
Director of Learning and Development — Experiential Learning
On Thursday 1 April 2021, the school community at De La Salle College, Malvern celebrated ‘Mission Action Day’, an event that over many years has become a signature fundraising event at the College.
The key motivation of this campaign is to provide support, both locally and internationally, to Lasallian projects in need of financial aid. In recent years, over $100,000 annually has been raised and distributed to mission projects in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. This tangible reflection of our commitment to social justice, one of the underlying principles at the College, has been and remains a key focus in our efforts as a community to ‘walk the walk’ and help those in need.
Students, parents, sponsors and staff worked closely together to once again make the event a success. Blessed with fine weather, under staff supervision, students walked approximately 13km along the Gardiner’s Creek Trail between Ashburton and Kooyong to validate the wonderful work done in raising close to $50,000, another amazing total in a challenging post COVID-19 environment.
The College raised $47,284.24 and these funds will be distributed to key Lasallian mission projects in coming weeks. Visit our Mission Action Day page to view the MAD Fundraising Top 10 Tally and our 2021 sponsors.
Our thanks are extended to public users of the Gardiner’s Creek Trail who, over many years, have shown overwhelming understanding and support for our cause. We also thank the many school suppliers who donated to our 2021 effort and their generosity is very much appreciated.
Though times may change, the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves do not. Planning for Mission Action Day 2022 will soon be underway and as a community, we again look forward to going M.A.D. and continuing to do what we can for those who are in need of our assistance.
Welcome to the May 2021 edition of Roll Call. Our bi-annual Alumni Magazine, Roll Call, is published in May and September and is either mailed or emailed to all past students and current families.
In this issue we feature back to back reunions, a focus on women on staff at the College, news of the Class of 2020 and their VCE success and updates from Old Collegians. It is wonderful to see students enjoying life back at school after the disruptions of COVID-19!
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The Year 12 VCAL Enterprise Class are working to create a new garden space on the Kinnoull Campus at De La Salle, Malvern. This garden project is part of the Communities Environmental Program: an Australian Government initiative to support small scale, community-led environment projects to address local environmental priorities whilst encouraging the community to connect with their local natural environment. The College received a grant to create a sustainable garden designed to increase habitat and available food sources for animals and thereby increasing biodiversity. Our project has been sponsored by Dr Katie Allen MP, Federal Member for Higgins.
Students were recently visited by Dr Katie Allen MP, and Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans MP. The VCAL students proudly displayed their progress, answered questions about the project and had the opportunity to ask the Ministers questions about local politics.
The final garden will feature native vegetation that will attract and provide a food source for birds, bees and other wildlife. The end project will also see the De La Salle College community reducing our carbon footprint and increasing sustainability, whilst providing an opportunity for our students to gain the knowledge and skills to care for the environment both now and into the future.
So far, students have cleared the invasive weeds, dug holes and set posts for retaining walls and a decorative timber fence, built birdhouses and selected the native plants that will be planted in the garden. The garden is coming along well and, through their continued hard work each Friday, the project is expected to be completed by the end of Term 2.
Outstanding VCE results - Congratulations to the De La Salle Class of 2020!
The Median Study Score for 2020 is 30, keeping us in line with the State average and many “like” schools
The percentage of Study Scores 40 and above is 8.55% – our best in the past ten years – and up from 7.85% last year, 7.22% in 2018, 6.43% in 2017 and 5.3% in 2016. This displays terrific progression and growth in five consecutive cohorts – a very pleasing reward for the targeted work of leadership and teachers in lifting results and pushing their students
We have continued our impressive pattern of recent years in relation to high numbers of students attaining ATARs in the 90s, with 2020 results in this area particularly notable given the interruptions to onsite learning. With 13.53% of the cohort attaining an ATAR of 90 or above despite the remote learning, this is very pleasing
We had an exceptional 31.57% of ATARs in the 80 — 99.95 range, up almost 2% from 2019
The percentage of students with ATARs in the 70 – 99.96 range is 50.38%. This is marginally lower than last year’s but continues our record of keeping 50% of ATARs above 70
The Median ATAR is 70.60. This is fractionally below the high-water mark of 73.15 set in 2018, but continues the excellent record in recent years of keeping the Median ATAR above 70
The impressive range of superb individual results, with many students doing exceptionally well, is testament to their commitment and organisation, coping very well with the rigours of months of remote learning. The high standard our students have largely been able to maintain as a cohort in comparison to recent years is also noteworthy and a credit to the students’ resilience, ambition and their teachers’ professional and flexible approach this year.
I am so proud of all our young men; without the comfort and routine of everyday onsite contact with peers and teachers they strove for personal success and maximised their results through sheer devotion to the task.
Congratulations to 2020 College Dux, Aaron May, who achieved an outstanding ATAR of 99.25.
Chemistry 45 A+ A+ A+ English 40 A+ A+ A Specialist Maths 40 A+ B+ A+ Maths Methods 43 A A+ A+ Physics 48 A+ A+ A+
Aaron also took Unit 3 & 4 Systems Engineering in 2019, with a Study Score of 44.
Congratulations again to all our Year 12 students and teachers on this tremendous achievement for 2020.
Congratulations and thank you to all the Unit 3 & 4 teachers who invested so much time, effort and expertise in teaching, mentoring and advising each and every student in their care. De La Salle’s effective management and delivery of remote learning was a highlight in a demanding year.
With the state median for all subjects being 30, we have so many with median Study Scores in the 32 – 36 range, figures which sit at the very top of the scale when compared with any of Victoria’s highest performing schools. Several Learning Areas and individual subjects have achieved their very best results for at least ten years.
The overall improvements we saw in 2020 are testament to the targeted approach and diligent attention to detail evident among the students and the positive relationships our teachers enjoy with our young men. This support and rapport were more important than ever in the months of remote learning, managing the transition back to onsite learning and dealing with such a unique range of academic and wellbeing issues. As ever, the organised and intrinsically motivated performed at the highest standard. The marked difference in the performance of students at all levels has largely removed the “tail” of lower scores of five to ten years ago.
I am so proud of all our young men and how they embraced and coped with the trials delivered to VCE students in 2020. The most capable and diligent were best able to deal with the challenges and changes but perhaps even more worthy of merit was the resilience and performance of those with lesser gifts who strove for personal success and maximised their results through sheer devotion to the task. VCAA’s introduction of the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage (CED) process, diligently applied by our staff, also assisted a range of students
Thank you once again for your support during the year; it was greatly appreciated by all in our wonderful community. I wish you a happy and safe holiday in the remaining weeks of your break.
Due to COVID-19, we may not have reunions this year but our Old Collegian Community is full of interesting people with interesting lives. Our September issue showcases some of their stories, updates the reader on student and community activities and how our De La Salle community is coping in our new normal. Enjoy!
It has been terrific to welcome back all the Year 5 – 10 students in the past week; schools are just meant to have lots of students running around, laughing and learning and simply being the great young men we know, so it’s very nice to be back to something approaching “the new normal.”
I have visited each class across all Year Levels in the past week or two, asking the students what they saw as the positives and the challenges in the six-eight weeks of their remote learning experience. The feedback has largely been positive with a variety of good habits and improved work practices discovered, but the overwhelming majority were very glad to be back on-site with their friends — and even their teachers! Many students reported greatly increased levels of responsibility, resilience and organisation on a personal level. Using OLLIE Chat and MS Teams was a great way to work with teachers for part of the lesson, but the ability to set their own timelines to complete work, to push hard then back off when it suited them have been reported as key positives by the De La Salle students.
Other students spoke about the challenge of motivation whilst working alone at home, to keep up to date with the work without teachers and classmates to guide, support and encourage. These young men were grateful for the return to formal classes and the structure and routine this provides. Overall, the students rated the experience a success and felt the College looked after them from learning, wellbeing and organisational perspectives. It was certainly challenging at times to navigate the remote learning landscape and ensure none of our young men slipped through the cracks but a marvellous team approach by many dedicated staff teams meant we have returned in good shape.
The students’ attitude upon resumption is a critical element of restoring their learning and progression; maintaining the good headway they made whilst working at home and for some, catching up where they may have fallen behind. This is where we expect students to rise to our expectations and the simple and fair standards our teachers set. Each young man needs to work to the best of his ability, ensure all work is completed and submitted to the highest standard possible for each individual. It is critical to finish Semester 1 well and for the Year 10s and 11 students in particular, use strong study habits to make sure they have access to the units of their choice in the subject selection process next Term.
The current Black Lives Matter campaign brings into stark reality many of the ugly issues racism brings. In searching for lessons and any positive lessons to come out of this for our students, I have been looking at events in the USA and abroad through a Lasallian lens. A recent article in the AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Educationdrew interesting parallels with how our Core Principles can combat racism.
With reference to our Lasallian values, our Lasallian
mission compels us to directly engage with racial justice. We cannot sit idly by, but must instead lead
by example in creating change on individual and institutional levels (Young et
al, 2018). The Five Core Principles of a Lasallian Education could well be used
to adopt a more balanced and Christian approach at a local, national and
international level. It is my hope and prayer that the work we do with our students
as a matter of course helps them become young men of compassion, character and
empathy, perfectly capable of seeing wrong and doing something about it in
their own way. An emphasis on “Respect for all Persons” and “An Inclusive
Community” for example, can help understanding, tolerance and acceptance in any
circumstances. Whether it’s Year 7 students organising a game in the yard or
dealing with Indigenous disadvantage in our society, embracing the reality that
acknowledging these lived experiences of our peers are ways of helping each
other—particularly our students—transform their realities and build bridges to
each other and of building community/connection/association.
Peter Houlihan Principal
Young, Danielle M., Jeffrey J. Sable, and Jack Curran. “Exploring the Intersections: Racial Justice, our Lasallian Heritage, and the Catholic Tradition.” AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education 9, no. 2 (Institute for Lasallian Studies at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: 2018).
This year, Refugee week will run from Sunday 14 June until Saturday 20 June. Refugee week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers. This year the 2020 theme for Refugee Week isYear of Welcome.
This week at De La Salle College, the community will all be supporting Refugee Week through the initiatives of St Austin’s House who are proudly committed to advocating for the Melbourne Catholic Migrant and Refugee Centre, who provide pastoral care to migrants and refugees in Melbourne.
As Lasallian’s, it is important to always recognise that we are called to be people of hope, of justice and inclusivity and that our message is to promote a culture of encounter with the other in an effort to combat indifference.
Pope Francis reminds us that “We ourselves need to see, and then enable others to see, that migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved,” (Pope Francis, 2014).
Throughout the week, St Austin’s House will be holding a number of
activities to promote the awareness of Refugees and on Friday 19 June students
are asked to make a gold coin donation and wear casual clothes to school in
support of Refugee Week.
Let us remember we are in the holy presence of God…
Merciful God, Whose own Son become a refugee and had no place to call his own; Look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger, are homeless and hungry. Bless those who bring them relief; And inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts; Guide the leaders of our nation to embrace a spirit of compassion and concern for human dignity, especially when dealing with and developing Refugee and Asylum-seeker policies.
St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray For Us Live Jesus in Our Hearts – Forever