From the Principal

This week marks the end of classes for this year’s Year 10 and Year 11 students, having completed six days of VCE Headstart as 2019 Year 11 and Year 12 students. This is a crucial week in that it provides the opportunities for our students to literally get a head start – as the name suggests – and set themselves up for a successful VCE.

I urge all students and parents to have a chat about the week, reflect on what they discovered and decide what will be required to achieve their very best in 2019. There will have been some work set for the Christmas break in each subject. It is a clear expectation this is completed to the best of each students’ ability and the students with the highest level of organisation and aspiration will do so next week. It is much better to complete this important work while the lessons of Headstart week are still fresh in the mind, plus students can then take the remaining seven weeks of the break to relax with a clear conscience and know they are well prepared for the return to school in January. We expect all students to commit fully to their selected subjects and work closely, in association with their teachers in true Lasallian fashion.

The Year 12 students on the Yaluwo Immersion at Diyagala Boys Town have been there for a week and are having a terrific time. I have been in touch with Mrs Brogan during the week and everything is going smoothly. The majority of work this week has been painting classroom walls, desks and furniture, and the team has really enjoyed working alongside the local Sri Lankan boys, getting to know them, playing sport with them and developing friendships. They have also had the opportunity to see a little of Colombo’s history through its colonial buildings and have participated in the Christmas pageant at the children’s hostel at Boys Town.

Planning for the Yaluwo Immersion for November next year is already underway for the 2019 Year 12 students. I spoke to the cohort at an assembly on Thursday morning and outlined the nature of the program, the commitment required, but more importantly the tremendous opportunities and benefits to be gained by the students who participate. Lifelong memories, unique friendships with Sri Lankan Lasallians and a life‐changing experience are all guaranteed by being part of Yaluwo. This chance to live our Lasallian mission, to serve others and exercise that preferential option for the poor as a genuine contribution to our social justice program is something all Year 12 students should consider. Many students picked up an Expression of Interest Form; further copies are available at Kinnoull reception or by emailing Mrs Brogan at rbrogan@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

 

Last Wednesday we held an Open Day at our new Holy Eucharist Year 9 Campus in Malvern East. With still plenty of work to go in completing the refurbishment, much of the site was inaccessible but we were able to show about 160 parents and ten parishioners through enough of the campus to gain a good indication of how things will look in January when the Year 9 cohort move in. We ran tours every 20 minutes from 2:00 – 7:00pm and all were very impressed by the new entrance, new fence, landscaping and freshly opened bright and contemporary reception area. The tours visited the hall, several classrooms, one of the break‐out spaces and the very attractive playing spaces. It was terrific working with so many parents during the afternoon as they shared their enthusiasm for the new development, asked many questions and took one step closer to becoming part of our new Year 9 Campus community. A special thank you to the many staff who came along to support the afternoon, especially Year 9 Head of Campus, Mr David Alexander and the 2019 Learning and Teaching Leader, Ms Lauren Anderson. The team of thirteen teachers are working very hard on putting together a challenging, exciting and engaging Year 9 program for next year; we can’t wait!

 

Finally, it is important I inform you Ms Lisa Harkin, Deputy Principal — Students will be moving on at the end of the year. Ms Harkin has been awarded the position as Head of Campus at the Officer Campus of St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield. While we are very sad to see Ms Harkin go, this is a wonderful opportunity for her, running a growing Campus in her own right and no doubt having a wonderful influence on shaping their community. Ms Harkin has been an outstanding Deputy Principal, driving innovation and support for our students in so many ways, winning hearts and minds along the way. She will certainly be missed, but of course, goes with our best wishes.

I would like to thank all in our community – staff, students and parents – for their wonderful support for and engagement in all that has been achieved at De La in 2018. It has been a very busy year in many ways with a number of new initiatives and developments – curriculum, wellbeing, buildings and planning for the future. All of this depends on the strength, loyalty and sense of belonging our community generates and I thank you all for being part of our 2018 community.

I wish all staff and families a very happy, safe and holy Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing all students back fresh and ready to go in January.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Annual Christmas Concert

The De La Salle music department will hold the annual Christmas concert in the PAC on Thursday 6 December. This is always a wonderful finale to the year and will include a terrific evening of Christmas music with some surprises. Music staff and students have been working very hard over recent weeks in preparation for this event. All members of the College community are warmly invited to attend.

Lost property

Tiverton students who have lost uniform items throughout the year (especially Term 3 or Term 4) are asked to check the lost property area before Thursday 13 December. Items of uniform not collected will be donated to charity.

Christmas Greetings

On behalf of all the staff at the College, thank you to parents for your support in 2018 and best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas and holiday period. May God bless all families.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Students

2019 ACC Launch Dinner

As is traditional, we gather together to celebrate the ACC Leadership Launch for the coming year. The College Captains and Vice‐Captains are invited to attend, along with Principals, Deputy Principals and Leadership Coordinators. This wonderful evening is being held at Salesian College, with the 2019 College Leaders celebrating Mass, sharing a formal meal and enjoying the social festivities. It is always powerful listening to the College Captains speak of the gifts their communities bring to the ACC; the core elements that are unique and their aspirations for the coming year.

A special part of the evening will be listening to College Captain for 2019, Liam Jenkins’ address on behalf of his Lasallian brothers at De La Salle College. You can read the speech here.

Progress on the Child Safe Standards

Recently, the Australian Childhood Foundation audited our policies and processes to safeguard our students against abuse. In total, 65 people were interviewed; staff, parents, students, volunteers, maintenance, administration, human resources, canteen staff and cleaners played a part in the audit.

The Australian Childhood Foundation noted a strong commitment to safeguarding children and young people was evident across all levels of personnel. The students who were interviewed by the Australian Childhood Foundation noted a stronger and more visible safeguarding culture across the College. The parents interviewed by the Australian Childhood Foundation expressed a confidence in the commitment of the College to safeguard students.

The Australian Childhood Foundation emphasised that the College leadership demonstrated a shared commitment to progressing the safeguarding journey through development and implementation of endorsed safeguarding policies and procedures. Establishing a Child Safety Team with broad‐based membership and consulting throughout the College on the safeguarding journey has supported our work in this area.

The Australian Childhood Foundation noted that safeguarding sustainability is front and centre of daily practice and re‐enforced through discussions at staff meetings and ongoing support of the Child Safety Team. At De La Salle College, we aspire to support the aspiration of the whole‐child, this includes faith‐based practices and emphasises personal development and growth.

The Australian Childhood Foundation found that the College demonstrates a high standard of risk mitigation, which is evidenced through thorough processes to meet College expectations, e.g. student billeting and cancellation of programs if the risks are unable to be managed appropriately, therefore compromising the safety of students.

Our teaching staff at De La Salle College were recognised to be very proximate with students and to have strong relationships with the young men in our care. The challenge within this has been to maintain relational safety between students and personnel.

As in most school environments, there are challenges at specific ages and stages for the boys. In their interviews, our staff indicated that Year 8 and Year 9 can be challenging for the young men in our care The Australian Childhood Foundation found that the College has created a number of initiatives, for example, the Positive Student Behaviour Policy and the Achievement and Recognition Policy – Lasallian Zeal to maintain a healthy culture through these year levels and to address any concerns that do arise.

Our Lasallian charism has been strengthened through this process.

Happy Christmas

Christmas is a magical time for children. For me it is time to reflect with gratitude on all the gifts in my life; family, friends, freedom and a great education. As a child, Christmas meant a long wait for Midnight Mass where my Dad played the organ. It was my Gran’s birthday on Christmas Eve so we enjoyed many family gatherings that evening as well. Today, Christmas carols, gift exchanges and family feasts are just some of the enduring traditions that make the season one of the world’s favourite holidays. Amongst this, we remember the gift of a little baby who heralded hope for communities across the ages.

Wishing you and your family a safe, relaxing and joyful Christmas.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Chaplain’s Notes

First Communion

A very excited group of De La Salle College students from Year 4 received the Eucharist for the first time on Sunday 18 November, at St Anthony’s Parish, along with students from the Parish Sunday School.

Congratulations to Alexander Bekos, James Harris and Cooper Attana who showed great reverence in this sacred moment. The families joined in a celebration in the Parish Centre following Mass to receive their certificates and share in a delicious cake. Well done to them all.

Diary note – for new families 2019

If you are planning for your son to prepare for the Sacraments of First Penance, Communion or Confirmation through De La Salle during 2019, please email: jferguson@delasalle.vic.edu.au or you may call on my direct line 9508 2161.

Reconciliation preparation will commence in Term 1 and First Communion will be celebrated in Term 4.

Alternatively, an enrolment form has been included in the recent distribution of information to new parents. Please complete this form and forward to me at the College.
I take this opportunity to wish all our families a blessed and joyous celebration of the Lord’s coming into our lives.

The following prayer, shared during your family preparation, might help to keep a focus on what is truly important at this time.

In this season of rushing and bustle
Help us to focus our hearts on you, O Lord.
Quieten us so that we can be aware
of our waiting and longing for you.
Open our hearts to your words
And make us attentive to your actions
in our lives day by day.
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

St John Baptist de La Salle pray for us. Live Jesus in our hearts forever.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

ACC Junior Debating Championship 2018

Manner, Method and Matter

On 12 November, De La Salle’s ACC Junior Debating team, in the company of Mr Chris Fleming and Mrs Eve McLellan, went off to St Bernard’s College to debate against other ACC schools. Everyone was scored according to what is known as the three M’s: Manner, Method and Matter.

The first debating team, consisting of Noah Caruso, Jude Pabst and myself, had to debate against three speakers from St Joseph’s College. The topic was “Parents should have access to their child’s social media accounts.” We were on the negative side; all speakers of the round did very well, with Jude and myself scoring the highest, and De La Salle taking our first win by one point.

After a short break, our second group debated. The second team consisted of Christian McMahon, Luke Cornell and Oscar Boulter. They debated against three students from Christian Brothers College, St Kilda. The topic they debated was “Australia should become a Republic.” De La Salle was on the affirmative side. We ended up winning by five points with Luke taking out Best Speaker. Both wins put us second overall, not too far behind who we were debating in the final round; Whitefriars College. The final round was an impromptu round, meaning we were given a topic at the event, and we only had 50 minutes to prepare. The team also chose who they felt performed the best, so our final team was Oscar Boulter, Luke Cornell and myself.

The topic was “Autonomous cars will make our roads safer.” All six students in the debating team were allowed to think of ideas, so after 50 long minutes in a classroom, we decided on an order, and a set of arguments and rebuttals. The final debate decided who took out the competition. If we won, then we would be the winners for Division 2. If we lost, we had to hope that third place did not score too high. After an intense debate, the adjudicator awarded Whitefriars the win by a single point. To make matters worse, the team in first place scored more points, so Emanuel College came second, whilst we came third.

We were still happy with a podium finish. The whole team would like to thank Mr Fleming, Mrs McLellan and Dr Walsh for encouraging us all to give it our best, and doing all the behind the scenes work.

We learnt lots and we hope to get them next time!

Noah Henderson
Year 7

Sport News

Hockey

Year 7 student, Sebastian Fernandez recently returned from Hobart where he represented Victoria in the U13 Boys National Hockey Championships. Sebastian played with great composure and strength on the ball as a high striker and his team were awarded fifth place. We hope you will join us in celebrating this great achievement!

2019 ACC Launch Speech

The Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) is a strong and vibrant group of 12 Catholic secondary schools for boys. De La Salle College competes in an array of sport and other activities throughout the year, and it is traditional that the College Captain gives an address at the ACC Launch.

2019 College Captain, Liam Jenkins — ACC Launch Speech

Good evening fellow ACC representatives, staff, leaders and guests. My name is Liam Jenkins and I am the College Captain of De La Salle College for 2019.

On behalf of De La Salle I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the core values that shape life at De La Salle College and the advancements that have occurred recently at the school.

At De La Salle, the notion of brotherhood is a significant part of our Lasallian identity. A sense of brotherhood fuels the bonds between all students at the College. A sense of camaraderie and inclusiveness flows within the College and leaves an everlasting imprint on old Collegians when they reflect upon their time at school. This strong school culture is embraced by all students at De La Salle, further enhancing our ability to tackle whatever task we approach as young men.

De La Salle was established in 1912 by three Irish brothers who taught 54 boys in a parish hall. In recent years, 2012 marked the college centenary. In 2014, the school introduced our first lay principal in Mr Peter Houlihan who still remains our current Principal.

We also reintroduced a vertical House system in 2016. This has further developed our culture at the College and it has been well received by the student cohort. In addition, the school has made some infrastructural advancements with the opening of the Rheims Centre for Science and Technology this year.

2019 brings another significant milestone for the history of De La Salle College with the much‐anticipated opening of the new Year 9 Campus at Holy Eucharist in East Malvern. This will allow the school to grow, whilst providing a customised program for our Year 9 students. Our rich history demonstrates the growth and success that has been achieved by our school over the years. These accomplishments have helped shape who we are today. We are inspired to live by the legacy set by those in the past.

Over the years, De La Salle has established a name for itself through the generosity and service demonstrated by the school community. We believe that it is important to give back to the community in as many ways as possible to show our appreciation and gratitude for the opportunities we receive here De La.

De La Salle has been an active contributor to the community, through our ability to consistently raise $100,000 each year during Mission Action Day where proceeds are donated to a variety of needy communities across the globe. The students are able to see the effect of their generosity through school initiatives that use their funds to build classrooms and establish connections with people living in difficult conditions around the world. We also look to contribute locally with programs including Year 9 Lasallian service, St Vincent de Paul Food Drive, our Social Justice Mass and House Charities.

These thoughtful deeds to help the community can leave lasting effects on the people it touches, as well as exemplify the teachings of our Lasallian founder, St John Baptist de La Salle.

De La Salle is a proud member of the Associated Catholic College community. I believe that we bring a strong presence to the Association through our great passion and dedication whenever representing the College. We enjoy the rivalry and challenges that other Colleges bring; however, we have great respect for all schools part of the ACC.

On behalf of De La Salle College, we look forward to the year to come and I wish the very best for the other school leaders in their last year at their respective schools.

Thank you.

Liam Jenkins
College Captain 2019

Parent Network News

The focus for the Parent Network in 2019 will be to build a sense of community throughout De La Salle College by providing regular opportunities for parents to socialise, connect and participate in College activities. The Parent Network aims to bring people together and develop a more vibrant and connected community.

Upcoming events for 2019

Please add the dates of our upcoming events to your 2019 diary.

Event Date Venue
First Day Morning Tea Thursday 31 January Gymnasium
Year 7 Parents’ Welcome Drinks Thursday 14 February Peppercorn Café
Primary Welcome BBQ Thursday 28 February Kinnoull Oval
Years 8–12 Parent’s Welcome Drinks Thursday 14 March TBC
Mother’s Day Breakfast Wednesday 8 May Gymnasium
Parents’ “Christmas in July” Dinner Saturday 27 July TBC
Father’s Day Breakfast Friday 23 August Gymnasium
Parent Network AGM Monday 21 October Centenary Boardroom

The year will start with some great Parent Network events. Please save the dates. We look forward to seeing you there!

FIRST DAY MORNING TEA

All Year 7 parents and any parent of a new student to the College in 2019 are invited to the First Day Morning Tea.

WELCOME DRINKS

YEAR LEVEL REPRESENTATIVES

The Year Level Representatives (“Reps”) are critical members of our Parent Network Team, bringing together parents in their chosen year levels and acting as a contact point for whole school functions. Thank you to our 2019 Year Level Reps (listed below) for taking on this very important role and to Ms Sharon Herdman, Year Level Rep Coordinator, for assisting and supporting them.

  • Primary Mrs Michelle Peterson and Mrs Louise Harris
  • Year 7 Mrs Jo McAuliffe
  • Year 8 Mr James McEniry and Ms Kirsten Bell
  • Year 9 Mrs Linda Curnow and Mrs Louise MacNamara
  • Year 10 Mrs Cate Robertson
  • Year 11 VACANT*
  • Year 12 Mrs Lesley Corrigan

*If you would like to take on the role of Year 11 Year Level Rep please contact us via email at parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

Selling and buying second‐hand textbooks for 2019

If you are interested in buying or selling second‐hand textbooks for 2019 you can do so through the Sustainable School Shop. Click here to access flyer on how to register, buy and sell.

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
Parent Network President

Important Notices

2019 Schedule of Fees

The Schedule of Fees for 2019 is now finalised. Please refer to the letter from the Principal and the College Board Chair, the 2019 Schedule of Fees and the College Fee Policy newly ratified and effective from 2019.

Should you have any enquiries regarding any of the published documents please do not hesitate to call Mrs Anne‐Maree McKernan or Ms Ellenor Harris in the Finance department on (03) 9508 2100.

Wishing all of our students the very best during this time of exams.

Ms Lyn McGuinness
Director of Finance and Administration

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 Mentor Group Award
Joshua Paul St Edwin’s Edwins 5 Bronze

Congratulations to Joshua who received his Bronze Zeal award.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Social Justice Stationery Drive

During Term 4 and in the lead up to the end of the school year, we are challenged to think of others and to work together to make a difference. The whole College is involved in a stationery drive donation to our schools in Papua New Guinea through the Lasallian Foundation. Students are asked to donate any of the following items:

  • Folders
  • Pens – that work
  • Pencils – lead and colour
  • Textas/crayons
  • Pencil cases
  • Eraser/rulers/sharpeners/scissors/safety glasses
  • Calculators

All items will be accepted from today and are to be placed in the Kinnoull or Tiverton library where there will be a box located next to the printer. During locker clean up in the last week of school, boxes will be placed for collection along the corridors for final donations. We ask that you support all students in their endeavour to show solidarity and bring hope to the needy, poor and vulnerable members of our local community.

With thanks on behalf of the Year 11 VCAL students.

Miss Ellen Cotter
St Austin’s 2 House Mentor

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates on the College calendar.

Fri
30
Nov
Semester Two Examination Period concludes
Kinnoull Final Assembly and Mass - Gymnasium, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Year 12 (2019) Leaders’ Retreat 30 November to 1 December - Don Bosco Retreat Centre
Mon
3
Dec
Report Writing Day — No classes
Tue
4
Dec
Primary 2019 Orientation Day - Centenary Boardroom 9:00am - 10:30am
Year 7 2019 Orientation Day - PAC, 9:30am - 2:30pm
Year 8 into 9 Transition Program - 4 December to 6 December
Year 9 into 10 Transition Program - 4 December to 6 December
Thu
6
Dec
Year 4 - 9 Final Day Mass and Assembly - Gymnasium, 10:45am - 1:00pm
De La Salle Christmas Concert - PAC, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Sun
16
Dec
Yaluwo Sri Lanka, Immersion Program concludes
Fri
21
Dec
College Office closes
Mon
7
Jan
College Office reopens

From the Principal

At the recent Lasallian Principals meeting which I mentioned in the last edition of the Duce, we had various presentations and discussions around the concept of “twinning”, whereby Lasallian Colleges in Australia and New Zealand are paired with our partners in Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.

In order to continue to deliver the works of their mission, our Lasallian brothers and sisters in these two countries absolutely rely on our support. A significant portion of our Mission Action Day money is committed to projects, equipment, resources and wages in De La Salle Colleges in these two countries. Indeed, they would struggle to even survive without our assistance. A great deal of work is currently being undertaken at the Lasallian schools in PNG and we are investigating options for our Year 11 students to return to Bomana De La Salle High School for an immersion in 2019. Pakistan remains a challenging environment but the Brothers and lay staff are doing terrific work in keeping the schools open and viable, with the Lasallian charism a significant feature in the lives of the young people there.

Another way we asked to support the mission in Papua New Guinea and Pakistan is for teachers to visit to work alongside the local staff in solidarity with them, assisting in professional learning, advice, mentoring and just joining their community.

A terrific example of this is the gesture of a Lasallian Principal colleague, Martin Chamberlain, from Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Zealand. Martin and his wife Claire spent a month in Pakistan earlier this year as part of his sabbatical/enrichment leave, immersed with the Lasallian community there, working alongside the Brothers, teachers and students. An extract from their time in Faisalabad is included below.

Two Lasallians among their own in Pakistan

Saturday school lies ahead but my internal clock has a Friday feel about it. Here in Faisalabad, we’ve forgotten what cold feels like. It’s 1800 and still so warm outside that I can barely touch my skin on the concrete balustrade. Humidity is always low so the heat is quite tolerable and there is no apparent direct sunlight through the haze. When Claire and I are too hot, so are the locals, and that’s reassuring. Our room and some others have air‐con and it’s welcomed.

As the fives‐times‐daily prayer from the mosque just over our fence blares out over their enormous speakers, Claire has just returned to our room looking as if she’s been for a swim. Within the half‐hectare school compound, which we must never leave unless accompanied by a Brother, she is grateful for the treadmill in the basement. They punish each other daily until seven non‐existent kilometres have been covered. Unlike me, she has adopted the national dress and finds it very comfortable. Conversely, I’ve embraced the food which she finds too spicy.

We have now visited all five Faisalabad schools. They range from the wealthy Lasalle High School and College, where the $NZ 800 annual fee the 2,000 students pay, runs that school and the other four, which are for the poor. Teachers there are paid up to a maximum $NZ4,740 per year. In the other schools, $1,800 per year is not uncommon. All schools have some Moslem teachers. Moslem students are the majority in the prosperous school, whereas Catholics/Christians are in the others.

We are living in community with eight Brothers and there are 15 trainees for the brotherhood in a separate building onsite. As with anywhere else, I have visited them, the Brothers’ hospitality and cheerfulness know no bounds. I am proudly making it to the 5:30am morning prayers, followed by Mass, to begin the day. Our innards have been well behaved as we dabble in alternatives to the Western fare they supply the elderly Australian and Irish Brother and us with. They are both delightful and assist greatly with training in English for the trainee Brothers. All tuition in the schools is now in English although the poorer schools have to proceed with a blend. In regard to English, Brother Shahzad would be very keen for a specialist English teacher to come and live in the compound (for safety reasons there is no other option and the Brothers are wonderful hosts to men or women alike) for four to eight weeks and train the schools’ teachers in the teaching of the subject and teaching techniques in general. We need to explore that maybe round term 4.

We have never felt anything but secure, even when visiting the bazaars with Brothers’ accompaniment. Goods are about 20 percent of the cost at home. One is reminded of the threat that exists however when crossing the narrow road between the two schools. Three large men in blue overalls carry heavy weapons which they have shown me have a magazine of cartridges containing shot pellets about 3cm in diameter. They take their work seriously.

Cursed be the examination system! In both of our countries, the joy of learning is secondary to the assessment systems and too much energy goes into measurement. I once heard it quoted, “You don’t fatten your pig by weighing it.” At home, it’s credit collecting and here it’s rote. The students spend time learning work they have copied from the chalkboard (it’s been great to use chalk again) and regurgitate it in exams. Teachers who would deviate from this would be punished by the exam system that recognises only material learned by heart without the necessity of comprehension. My work in training staff once their holidays begin on 17 May, will be to gently propose some brainstorming and student‐to‐student discussion prior to content delivery. Hopefully, it will make learning life better for both.

The welcomes we have received at all schools have been humbling. We have been given enough large bunches of roses to stage a state funeral in NZ. Several schools have wheeled out their brass bands, students have presented cards and impeccably rote learned speeches of welcome featuring words such as venerable, esteemed, gracious, privileged, humbled and of course, God bless you the ubiquitous greeting from everyone. We are usually referred to as Mr Martin Joseph and Mrs Claire Martin.

All schools, prosperous or not, most have all classroom surfaces made of concrete. Rooms are rather dark. Six or eight very noisy fans make hearing a challenge and students sit mostly on benches for three. Every school has an attractive uniform and the students are proud of it and their school. Except for the kindy/nursery classes which can have 40, numbers are similar to NZ. The students are all gorgeous an attractive race of people.

The teachers are proud of their work and many are former students of their employing school. The dress of the female teachers is always spectacular. Whether it’s because of our novelty value, we have to be careful where we initiate hand‐shaking while visiting. A crowd five‐deep can form in a very short time and make us feel like celebrities.

Next Tuesday we will once again be the guests at Malkhan Wala (our twinned school) for Founder’s Day and that evening at a function where all teachers from the five schools will gather for a formal occasion. We will then travel to Kushpur which is the Catholic mother lode village, from which many of the Brothers come, and then on to Multan to visit the remainder of the schools. Because of Ramadan, breakup will be early on 17 May and school won’t resume again till 15 August. This seems odd because their academic year starts in March.

We hope things go well back home. New Zealand has a wonderful quality of life but people are special wherever you go and more so for Lasallians.

Kindest regards from Martin (Joseph) and Claire (Martin)

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principals’ Column

Students

SchoolTV – Mindfulness

Over the last decade, mindfulness has been slowly rising in popularity with many individuals practising it on a regular basis. Evidence‐based research has found that there are many benefits to mindfulness which has prompted schools across the nation to implement this practice into their daily routines.

Mindfulness can be described as attention training for your brain, enabling you to focus on something without judgement and to stimulate curiosity. Mindfulness can be practised in a number of ways and is something that can be done by everyone — no matter what your age! It has been practised by many cultures around the world, but it is not exclusively affiliated to any particular philosophy or religion.

Mindfulness helps improve memory, engagement and performance. Its positive effect on the brain can improve immunity, mental wellbeing, learning ability, emotional health and even, time management. It is especially important in this era of information overload as our attention is constantly being pulled in many directions making us more distracted.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents can learn the best way to introduce mindfulness to their children, implementing it into their daily lives to have an overall positive impact on family relationships. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback.

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the College Psychologist for further information.

To access this month’s edition please click here.

Are your current study habits effective?

Or are you inviting interruptions and distractions? Have you thought about where and how you waste time?

Exams can be stressful. The key to feeling in control is preparation, having an effective revision plan and a well‐planned out strategy for the exam itself. The strategies you use will need to be flexible to adjust the type of exam you are sitting. Sometimes heading for the X‐box or checking your Instagram is a well‐earned break and sometimes it is just procrastination – putting off doing the task that you’re supposed to be doing. People procrastinate for a range of reasons. For students, it often happens:

  • When you don’t know exactly what the next step is or how to do it;
  • When that step is difficult, laborious or time‐consuming;
  • When there will be no immediate outcome or product from the work;
  • When you’ve forgotten why the task was important in the first place.

To help stay on task, consider the following tips, then:

Establish work routines
It is easier to settle into study on a given day if you work at roughly the same time, day after day. You need breaks and regular days off, of course, but you don’t want to be deciding on a daily basis whether this is a day off or a study day. Establishing study routines may involve thinking about regular arrival and departure times, settling procedures and lunch arrangements.

Create an association between working and your workspace
Try saying to yourself “When I sit at this desk, it is to work.” Try not to listen to music and don’t have Facebook and Snapchat open. The aim is to establish an association: I sit at this desk, and my brain starts working. If that doesn’t happen and you’re not getting anything done, walk into another room and take a short break.

Take advantage of the times of day when you work best
Most students are able to identify themselves as better able to concentrate in the morning, the afternoon or the evening. If you are a morning person and you are not settling to work before 11:00am, you will not be as productive as you might be. Once you’ve identified when you can concentrate best, plan to work on tasks that require a high concentration level at those times. Other tasks can wait until you’re not so alert and still be performed satisfactorily.

Break tasks into manageable ‘chunks’
You are more likely to put a task off if it seems big or unmanageable. If you have a couple of hours, it will be more reasonable and achievable if you plan to: read and take notes on two chapters or to analyse responses to three questions. Break your study into manageable chunks.

Plan rewards for getting the job done
Precisely because many of the tasks involved in studies do not have immediate or tangible results that you can enjoy, plan to do something that you will enjoy – after finishing the work. All kinds of activities can function as rewards for getting a task done: talking on the phone, writing an email, eating lunch or getting a drink, visiting the common room or going for a walk. Just make sure you earn the reward!

Adapted from the University of New England, 2017.

Best of luck to all students for a successful end to the year. May your effort be rewarded in kind.

Code of Conduct – Parents, Volunteers and Visitors

The Code of Conduct – Parents, Volunteers and Visitors aims to provide clear guidelines to all parents, volunteers and visitors regarding the conduct expected of them whilst on the College premises, engaging in College‐related activities or representing the College. The Code of Conduct – Parents, Volunteers and Visitors can be accessed here.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Staff and Operations

De La Salle Uniform Shop

Please see Important Notices for details on changes in the stocking, donation and sale of items with the old College logo.

Cabrini Hospital discounts

Cabrini Hospital offers 50% discount on attendance fees in the Emergency Department for students 17 years and under as well as other discounts on services. De La Salle College has registered with Cabrini to enable our parents to take up this offer should they wish to do so. For more details click here.

Emergency Management Drills

The College successfully conducted evacuation drills at each campus recently. These drills are a necessary part of our emergency response planning. We are continuing to refine our processes and are well prepared to face an emergency situation should it arise.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

Remembrance Day

Jesus said, “A person hath no greater love than to lay down his life for his friend”. On Friday 9 November, the College commemorated Remembrance Day. To mark the anniversary of the centenary of the Armistice, we gathered as a College community at the Kinnoull Campus to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice and we paused to pray to our loving God for those who laid down their lives for peace and freedom.

2018 “Yaluwo” Sri Lanka Immersion

St John Baptist de La Salle stated “God has chosen you to do his work” (MTR 4.1 [Med 196.1]), and this exactly what the Yaluwo group hopes to set out to do.

On Thursday 22 November the 2018 Yaluwo group will embark on their immersion experience to Sri Lanka. During our month away in Sri Lanka, the group will be challenged to think of others and to work together to make a difference to the community. The nature and value of the experience will allow the “Yaluwo” to put their faith into action by getting involved in various day to day, development and maintenance work as well as immersing themselves in the daily life, culture and traditions of the local community at Diyagala, Boy’s Town.

A pilgrimage such as this provides an opportunity for the “Yaluwo” to discover firsthand the Church at work amongst the poorest of the poor, but also, an opportunity to live with and be in solidarity with our fellow Lasallian brothers and sisters in the hope that a motivation and a vision for the realisation of a just world where the dignity of every human person will be recognised.

Please keep the 2018 Yaluwo group in your prayers.

Let us remember we are in the Holy presence of God…

We pray that Jesus is with them always to give them strength, to endure the situation and to find the blessings and lessons that their daily encounters will bring.

We pray that the zeal and spirit of St John Baptist de La Salle fills them and inspires them each dawn and each dusk.

We pray that our Lord, Jesus protects them daily in their travels, remains at their window and carries them safely to their destination.

St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us

Live Jesus in our hearts — Forever

Christmas Giving Tree Donations

Recently, families would have received information regarding donations for the Christmas Giving Trees. De La Salle College is asking families to think of those less fortunate in our community and how we may be able to assist. An intrinsic hallmark of being Lasallian is to identify a need in the community and then take action to address that need.

As such the College is supporting a Christmas Giving Tree for St Joseph’s Outreach Services and we invite each student to place a gift on behalf of their family under the tree. Students may donate a gift for either a boy or girl of open age and we ask that you please consider the need for gifts for teenagers as a priority.

We have two Christmas Giving Tree’s, one each at the Tiverton reception and the Kinnoull reception areas. The joy your gift will bring to a child on Christmas morning is immeasurable, the smile on their face will be priceless. Thank you to all the families who have already left gift donations under each Christmas tree.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission 

Year 9 Rural Experience

The backdrop for the Year 9 Rural Experience was the Snowy River National Park. The students spent Semester 2 researching issues that are relevant to rural or ‘bush’ life.

Research topics included: health management; mitigation of risks; Indigenous land use; sustainability; and the role of burning in the Australian bush. The students faced many challenges throughout this investigation – working with students that were not in their mentor group or friendship groups; time and work management as many had ACC sport commitments; worry about whether they could cope with the physical demands of camp.

It was terrific to see the students rise to, and grow from these challenges. Students found happiness in rafting, resilience in hiking, bravery in abseiling, wonder in caving, strength in rock climbing and enjoyment in cooking! They developed strong bonds within their camp groups. Students also found out many interesting facts to enhance and augment their research. They will be presenting their findings to the Year 7 students in an Expo next Friday.

Congratulations to all the Year 9 students who embraced the rural experience and have returned with an inner strength and knowledge of their capabilities!

It is a big ask of teachers to be away from family for five days, to ‘rough it’ and participate in all activities so that students can develop an aspect and understanding of themselves which can never be taught in a classroom. My gratitude is extended to Ms Emma Fairclough, Ms Sharni Folland, Ms Carly Walsh, Mr Stephen Brick, Mr Michael Wilson, Mr David Alexander, Mr Michael Chippendale, Mr Andrew Clements, Mr Tom Ryan, Mr Jack Gabron‐Uhe, and Mr Dean Mackintosh. The generosity and willingness of these teachers to be mum, dad, friend and guide over the week of the camp added an important dimension to the learning of Year 9 students at De La Salle College.

Please enjoy the images of camp life.

 

Ms Elizabeth O’Connell
Year 9 In9uiry Coordinator

Parent Network News

Selling and buying second‐hand textbooks for 2019

If you are interested in buying or selling second‐hand textbooks for 2019 you can do so through the Sustainable School Shop. Click here to access flyer on how to register, buy and sell.

2019 Year Level Representatives

We are still appealing for parents who will act as Year Level Representatives in 2019. The focus for the Parent Network in 2019 will be to build a sense of community throughout De La Salle College, and the Year Level ‘Reps’ will be critical to achieving this objective.

Being a Year Level Rep is extremely rewarding and very simple. You will be asked to reach out to the parents in your chosen year level, organise small gatherings for them and be a key contact point for any whole school functions. Our Year Level Rep Coordinator, Mrs Sharon Herdman, will assist and support you throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming involved with our great team as a Year Level Rep please email your details to parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

Ms Meagan Selkirk
President, Parent Network Committee

Important Notices

2019 Schedule of Fees

The Schedule of Fees for 2019 is now finalised. Please refer to the letter from the Principal and the College Board Chair, the 2019 Schedule of Fees and the College Fee Policy newly ratified and effective from 2019.

Should you have any enquiries regarding any of the published documents please do not hesitate to call Mrs Anne‐Maree McKernan or Ms Ellenor Harris in the Finance department on (03) 9508 2100.

Wishing all of our students the very best during this time of exams.

Ms Lyn McGuinness
Director of Finance and Administration

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 Mentor Group Award
Zachary Cumberlidge St Leo’s 9 Benilde Bronze
Mitchell Simmons St Austin’s 9 Benilde Bronze
Curtis Cheney St Austin’s 9 Dunstan Bronze
Kevin Xie St Mark’s 9 Dunstan Bronze
Xavier Geddes St Edwin’s 9 Jerome Bronze
Lucas Cozzi St Austin’s 9 Dunstan Silver
Thomas Andrewartha St Mark’s 9 Benilde Silver

Congratulations to the students who received their Bronze and Silver Zeal awards.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

De La Salle Uniform Shop Stock Changes in 2019

New stock with old logo
Shirts still brand new which have the old logo on them are to be phased out but will remain on sale until the end of 2019.

Second‐hand stock with old logo
Donated uniform items (mostly jumpers) that have the old logo on them will be held until the end of the year, parents will then be asked to come and collect their unsold items. Any unwanted items will be donated to a Lasallian community.

Second‐hand stock not sold in over 18 months
Items that were donated for second‐hand sale over 18 months ago which have not sold will be held until the end of the year, parents will then be asked to come and collect their unsold items. Any unwanted items will be donated to a Lasallian community.

Parents, please note from the start of 2019 there will be no resale of donations of uniform with the old logo. Donations will be accepted for distribution to Lasallian charities. Please contact the Uniform Shop at the College on (03) 9576 2678. for more details.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Social Justice Stationery Drive

During Term 4 and in the lead up to the end of the school year, we are challenged to think of others and to work together to make a difference. The whole school is involved in a Stationery Drive donation to our schools in Papua New Guinea through the Lasallian Foundation. Students are asked to donate any of the following items:

  • Folders
  • Pens – that work
  • Pencils – lead and colour
  • Textas/crayons
  • Pencil cases
  • Eraser/rulers/sharpeners/scissors/safety glasses
  • Calculators

All items will be accepted from today and are to be placed in the Kinnoull or Tiverton library where there will be a box located next to the printer. During locker clean up in the last week of school, boxes will be placed for collection along the corridors for final donations. We ask that you support all students in their endeavour to show solidarity and bring hope to the needy, poor and vulnerable members of our local community.

With thanks on behalf of the Year 11 VCAL students.

Miss Ellen Cotter
St Austin’s 2 House Mentor

Richmond’s Big Chop – Monday 26 November

Richmond Bagnall will become a De La Salle College student next year, when he commences in Year 7, 2019. Before he begins at the College, Richmond is doing something truly special for charity and wanted to share this with his new school community.

On Monday 26 November, during the school assembly at Holy Rosary School, Kensington, Richmond’s hair will be cut. His hair will be donated to Variety Hair with Heart, to be made into a wig for someone who has lost their hair due to a medical condition. Through this initiative, Richmond is also raising money for, and awareness of, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation; whose mission is to keep children safe from violence.

Please take a moment to check out Richmond’s Everyday Hero page. If you are able to make a donation, Richmond and his family would be extremely appreciative. Well done Richmond!

Catholic School Parents Victoria eNewsletter

We encourage all in our community to read the latest issue of Catholic School Parents Victoria eNewsletter. If you would like to subscribe to the CSPV newsletter or provide CSPV with feedback on State advocacy issues you are most welcome to do so via the subscribe or feedback button on the link provided. Alternatively, you can send an email to secretary@cspv.catholic.edu.au.

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College calendar.

Wed
21
Nov
Holy Eucharist Campus Open Afternoon - 1241 Dandenong Rd, Malvern East, 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Unit 3 and 4 Exams Conclude
Thu
22
Nov
Year 10 and Year 11 Headstart Program Commences
Yaluwo Immersion Trip (Sri Lanka) departs
Wed
28
Nov
Year 7 Band Concert - PAC, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Thu
29
Nov
Year 10 and Year 11 Headstart Program Concludes
Fri
30
Nov
Semester 2 Examination Period Concludes
Year 10 and Year 11 Final Mass and Assembly - Gymnasium

From the Principal

Last Monday evening 22 October we celebrated the Year 12 students’ graduation from De La Salle with the annual Valedictory Mass and Dinner. The Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral was a beautiful and moving occasion, with Fr John Sherman celebrating and speaking with relevance and meaning to our students.

Our musicians and choir were magnificent; their performances and the grandeur of St Pat’s really added to the significance and quality of this very special evening for the Year 12 cohort and their families. The highlight of the Valedictory Dinner at Marvel Stadium was a wonderfully engaging and memorable presentation from Mrs Bronwyn Joseph, reflecting on her family’s experiences of De La Salle. Lachlan Joseph of the 2018 cohort was the third and final son to graduate and it was terrific to hear Bronwyn describe and relate in such positive fashion the opportunities and experiences De La has provided for her sons.

On Tuesday morning this week I was privileged to be present for the Year 8 Assembly, where twelve students made presentations to their peers on why they would like to be considered for a 2019 Campus Captain role at the new Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus. I had to remind myself at times that these were actually Year 8 students, such was the level of their presentation skills. Their maturity, responsibility, awareness and vision for what these leadership roles will require at Malvern East next year was exemplary. The young men in question have great ambitions for the new campus, they understood and articulated where and how the Five Lasallian Core Principles would fit in and there was a wonderful symmetry in their desire to make Year 9 at Holy Eucharist a success through their leadership and contributions. We now look forward to the finalisation of that process as well as House leadership positions for the new campus.

On Monday I had the pleasure of working for most of the day with the extended group of Lasallian Principals from across Australia and members of the Lasallian Mission Council. I was pleased to learn of the appointment of Br John Pill as the Director of Lasallian Identity. Br John is well known to many of us at Malvern by virtue of his various involvements at De La Salle over the years. The newly created role is closely linked to supporting all of us in Lasallian schools in the tradition of seeing a need and doing something about it, an area we attend to very well at Malvern! There are so many gifts within the Lasallian charism and our model of education that must continue to be shared. As the number of Brothers and their presence in schools declines, Br John’s role will assist in that critical relationship between the Brothers and lay Lasallian partners. The Director of Lasallian Identity will work with schools, their staff and students to maintain the charism beyond this generation.

There is so much energy and life in our Lasallian message and the way this is lived out in our schools. The key now is to ensure we continue to provide formative experiences for our young men, to enable the presence of faith and charism in their everyday life and allow it to positively impact on all aspects of their school life and beyond. The smallest act of kindness in the yard right through to committing weeks of our holidays to social justice work in the Yaluwo Immersion in Sri Lanka; these experiences and decisions allow us to be present for those who need us.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principals’ Column

Faith and Mission

All Souls Day

On 2 November, we pray for all souls, those we love who have passed away, the faithful departed on the journey to their heavenly home and all their families and friends who mourn and grieve. Let us commemorate by reflecting on the words of St John Baptist de La Salle, and remember those we love who have died, and those we love who are grieving;

Look with compassion on the state of the holy souls who, although free from fear, yearn for their deliverance so that they may be able quickly to enjoy God, as they wait with hope in the infinite goodness of God, assured that they will have the benefit of being delivered from their sufferings.”
St John Baptist de La Salle — Med 185.1

Christmas Giving Tree

The Christmas season is fast approaching, bringing joy and love to families across the globe. For some, however, Christmas is a time of hardship and sorrow. We at De La Salle ask that we think of those less fortunate in our community and how we may be able to assist them. An intrinsic hallmark of being Lasallian is to identify a need in the community and then take action to address that need. As always, the College is once again supporting a Christmas Giving Tree for St Joseph’s Outreach Services and we invite each student to place a gift on behalf of their family under the tree. Students may donate a gift for either a boy or girl of open age. We ask that you consider the need for gifts for teenagers as a priority. The joy your gift will bring to a child on Christmas morning is immeasurable, the smile on their face will be priceless.

Details regarding the Christmas Giving Tree’s at both Tiverton and Kinnoull Receptions will be communicated home in the coming days. Thank you to all our De La Salle families for their ongoing and constant generosity.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Students

Year 12 Valedictory – Reflections of the Vice‐Captains

Over the past 6 years, 1318 High Street, Malvern wasn’t just a school for us, but it has become our home. We all arrived under different circumstances. Take Josh and myself for example, where Josh had plenty of mates joining him from his primary school, I came to De La Salle without knowing many names and faces. It was a daunting prospect at the very least for all of us having to find our own way to school, coming from as far as Sunshine to get here. Within days, it became apparent that there was nowhere else I would rather be. Through the teachers being so happy to be here and all the boys being so welcoming, I couldn’t think of a school better than this one.

From the start of Year 7, it became clear to all of us that there was going to be a brotherhood amongst all of us. From the initial camps down in Jan Juc, where everyone began to learn everyone’s names, to the Year 12 retreat where on the final night with boys shedding tears of emotion and supporting one another.

Over the years our cohort has seen so much success as a year level in the sporting field, classroom and in the arts. With so many talented athletes amongst us and musicians, it won’t be long before one of us is on the world stage whether that be Sean in the NBA or Jordan Burns on Broadway. There will never be any shortage of high achievers in the class of 2018.”

John Beaton – Class of 2018

As a young Year 7, I can recall looking up to the senior students and wondering not only how they were so tall, but how they were having so much fun. To me, it was unimaginable that after the rigors of six years of high school, we would still be here, with a positive mindset, ready to take on the challenges ahead. It is a testament to the culture and the community that De La Salle has developed in allowing for the smoothest of transitions from boys to men. De La Salle has been a place of opportunities for all of us. No matter whether your interests are in our extensive sporting fields, as part of our fine arts department or if they are purely academic, De La has been able to provide us with opportunities to excel.”

Joshua Paul – Class of 2018

Both John and Joshua’s reflections reminded me of an article I read during the week from a Harvard graduate, Deborah Copaken. Copaken wrote, “Though we all went to the same school, and Harvard’s name likely opened doors for many of us, at the end of the day – or at the end of 30 years since graduation, in this case – what was so fascinating about meeting up with my own richly diverse class during reunion was that no matter our original background, no matter our current income or skin colour or struggles or religion or health or career path or family structure, the common threads running through our lives had less to do with Harvard and more with the pressing issues of being human.” To read the full article, click here.

I wish the Year 12 students all the best with their upcoming examinations.

Holy Eucharist – Campus Captain Speeches

With the opening of our new Year 9 Campus at Holy Eucharist, we have begun the process of selecting the Year 9 Student Leadership Team. Here are some highlights from the candidates’ speeches.

I want to be the Holy Eucharist Campus Captain because I want to make Holy Eucharist the best it can be. Now I can’t guarantee Zooper Doopers on a hot day but I always help and show leadership qualities. My vision for Holy Eucharist is to make sure everyone is included; there is quality education and justice.”

Varick Boyd (Year 8)

A good leader is someone who makes decisions, takes action and understands that to achieve success you have to be willing to see your goals through to the end A good leader is who I aspire to be.”

Peter Pearse (Year 8)

I believe that I will be a good leader because I am respectful to all of my peers and teachers, as well as strangers such as people on public transport. I am very reliable, and always make sure that I hand any work or assignments in on time. I am also a good decision maker and think about the impacts of my actions, and in what ways it might affect people including myself. An example of my leadership is my participation in College events. Whether it is an ACC event where I can represent the school or a house carnival, I always put up my hand and give it my best go. I have received some Lasallian Zeal points in recognition of my respect towards other students and teachers. I see the new Holy Eucharist campus as a place where students in year nine can take initiative for their own learning, and see what may lie ahead of them down the path that they choose.”

Kyle Loughnan (Year 8)

If elected I will continue to assist teachers and students in any way possible to the best of my abilities and your interest as a priority. My key objectives are to promote a positive, caring, friendly and above all total respect for each other environment based on Christian ethos and values. This will encourage all students of the Campus to acknowledge our fellow students’ achievements across academic, sports, performing arts, music, and technology disciplines. I will ensure that we achieve these values through emphasising the Lasallian Core Principles and making Lasallian Zeal and the point system have a larger impact in benefiting students.”

Daniel Van den Berg (Year 8)

Leadership requires collaboration, working as part of a team, being confident and resilient, an active listener, problem‐solving and planning and implementing initiatives and embedding and responding to change. These are the skills that I believe I can bring to this role should I be afforded this wonderful opportunity as Holy Eucharist – Campus Captain at De La Salle College. A valuable lesson that has resonated with me over my primary school and early secondary school years has been admiring and aspiring to leaders who do not always lead from the front, but rather walk alongside and put others before themselves, being selfless, show humility, supportive, respectful, encouraging, brave and standing up for what is right, being a champion to and for others and importantly always inclusive.”

Reeve Yogendran (Year 8)

The Core Lasallian Principle I have demonstrated while I have been at De La Salle is inclusiveness. I include people in almost anything, from letting them join a game to letting them join a conversation. I often let them ask me to join. I had a tough time transitioning from primary school to high school. The hardest task for me was finding new friends. The definition of a leader is someone who leads a group of people, whether a sporting team or a teacher, to victory. Being captain of a campus also falls into the leader category. I want to be a leader of something and make a difference.”

Lachie Richter (Year 8)

Most of my leadership consists of striving to help and communicate with different people. I never turn my back on anyone, whether it is in the classroom or at lunch and recess. I also would like to show that I would be able to talk to the students when they are at hardships. I would also like to address that I would keep an open mind to share ideas with the teachers to create a better year. I would also like to be more involved with the schools fundraising and charity works, not only helping the school out but making school more enjoyable for us.”

Christian Alexandropoulos (Year 8)

I would be a good leader because I feel that I have good communication skills and good relationships with you and the staff. This would make me a good conduit between students and teachers. I think I have strong morals and ethics, and I’m not afraid to stand up for what I believe in. I would not ask people to do something I would not do myself. However, I also recognise that different people have different skills, and the ability to delegate is crucial for a leader. While I may not be the best at any one thing, I am a solid all‐rounder, and my effort in class demonstrates this. This leads me on to why I want to become a leader because I believe that my qualities would reflect the College in a positive way.”

Sean MacNamara (Year 8)

In my spare time, I play for the Malvern Baseball club. My preferred position is pitcher, I like pitching because it involves two key qualities that also match my idea of a leader. When you pitch, you have to stay focused, as a leader I would stay focused and calm under pressure, even if I have three test on the same day or the bases are loaded, I will always take two deep breathes and carry on. But the most important aspect of leadership is teamwork, I know it’s cheesy, but it’s true. Even if I don’t get the position, I promise that I will play my part as a team player, whether I’m pitcher or subbed on the bench, Campus Leader or just a fellow student, my team spirit is always unbeatable. This year I was proud to represent De La Salle at Camp La Salle for three days with one of my good friends; Jack. I was taught a lot about leadership and it what it truly means to be a Lasallian and it was great fun and a good experience for me. I will take these qualities I have learnt to wherever I go in the future, whether it be leading the school, pitching on a baseball field or just being me.”

Oscar Boulter (Year 8)

If I was voted Holy Eucharist – Campus Captain, I could help shape many other things about the campus for future years. As well as the social justice program, I would propose a weekly activity where on Fridays at lunch, students who are struggling can come to one of the rooms and get help. They could be helped with their homework, be given sanctuary if they feel lonely and have time to talk about their feelings if things are getting rough. These things could become good traditions for years to come.”

Jeremy Grigg (Year 8)

We wish all of the applicants for Holy Eucharist – Campus Captain well. We are a stronger community because of their service and true Lasallian zeal.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Chaplain’s Notes

First communion

On Sunday 28 October our young students preparing for their First Communion gathered at St Anthony’s Glen Huntly with their parents for a Retreat Day in preparation for the celebration on Sunday 18 November. The day brought them together in reflection, shared activities and prayer. Please keep these young people in your prayers as they move toward this sacred moment in their lives.

Twin Feasts Of All Saints And All Souls

This week the church sets aside time for the celebration of two significant feasts. 1 November each year is dedicated to those men and women whom the church holds up to the faithful as having lived a life worthy of recognition and acknowledges their sainthood. The celebration is a reminder to each of us to live our lives with a keen awareness that our own journey is directed ultimately to being saints in the Kingdom of God.

2 November is dedicated to All Souls. It is a time for us to remember and pray for those who have died. In the Catholic Church, there is a long tradition of continuing our prayers and remembrance of the dead throughout the month of November. Students will be invited to share their prayer for those they wish to remember.

Year 8 Students Explore Jesus The Jew

Recently the Year 8 students visited the Jewish Museum. The boys were intrigued to learn about the teachings, the scrolls, the practice and timeline of the Jewish community that also connected them to the world in which Jesus lived out his mission and purpose. They were able to visit a beautiful synagogue and be exposed to the way in which Jesus would also have prayed during his time on earth, by partaking in an example of a seda meal.

Our Year 12 Students Commence Exams

As exams commence this week, we remember them in prayer. Parents might like to share the following prayer with their sons.

Loving God
be with me now,
as I approach my exams.
Thank you for the many talents and gifts you have
given me and for the opportunity of education.
Calm my nerves and anxiety, help me
to remember all that I have studied,
to express it clearly and to answer the questions
the very best that I can.
Holy Spirit, sit with me in my exam
— and always.
St John Baptist de La Salle
Pray for us.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Year 10 Biology gets under the skin

Year 10 Biological Science Excursion — VITAL — Body Worlds

On 11 October the Year 10 Biological Science students headed to Melbourne Showgrounds, where they took in Gunther von Hagen’s Exhibition “VITAL”, part of his BodyWorlds Expo.

The students got to see first‐hand plastinated bodies, which had been ethically donated for purpose of educating society about the human anatomy. They journeyed through all 13 body systems to deepen their understanding of the human body, but also to see the effects of life that take tolls on the body be it an inherited disease, ageing or even life choices such as smoking.

Students were in awe of the exhibition as there was so much they could physically see which gave them an appreciation of the human body and its mechanics.

We heard shocked reactions of how small the smallest bone in the body is (in the ear), and their awe at seeing some of the bone disorders that people live with every day.

Some of the exhibition highlights elicited comments from the students such as;

  • I can’t believe how many blood vessels there are in the face”
  • That’s what a hip replacement looks like?”
  • I can’t believe how different the smoker’s lung is in comparison to a non‐smokers lung”

This was a wonderful learning opportunity for our Year 10 biology students. A big thank you to the staff members who made this possible — Mr Shardul Kaneria (Learning Area Team Leader), and our attendant Biology Teachers, Mr Paul Harrup and Ms Aoife Bermingham.

Mr Justin Bourke
Excursion Organiser/Biology Teacher

Model UN Conference 2018

On Friday 12 October, De La Salle College hosted our fourth Model United Nations Conference – a highly anticipated event on the students’ calendar.

The topic for this year was, ‘A Right to Freedom: Stopping Human Trafficking’. 88 students from Years 10–12 participated from eight different schools:

  • De La Salle
  • Sacre Coeur
  • Parade College
  • Mazenod College
  • Sacred Heart Girls College, Oakleigh
  • Siena College
  • Caulfield Grammar
  • Lauriston Girls’ School

As the host school, De La Salle had a very strong cohort of 21 students that participated on the day – a number of whom are now veterans of the diplomatic battlefield.

Our participating students are all to be congratulated on how well they represented the College – their knowledge of their allocated country’s position and history regarding human trafficking was impressive and allowed for genuine critical engagement with other delegates during negotiations and moderated caucuses.

2018 Model UN Conference Participants

  • Rodny Garrido (Year 12)
  • Panos Menidis (Year 12)
  • Jackson Reed (Year 12)
  • Griffin Van Laake (Year 12)
  • Joel Van Echteld (Year 12)
  • Joseph Hunter (Year 12)
  • Blair Hopkins (Year 12)
  • Ethan Tambimuttu (Year 12)
  • Sam Gardiner (Year 12)
  • William Hogan (Year 11)
  • Oliver Barr (Year 11)
  • Jack Barnard (Year 11)
  • Hayden Reed (Year 10)
  • Tom Quin (Year 10)
  • Ned Carrick (Year 10)
  • Nicki Bacon (Year 10)
  • Isaac Lewis (Year 10)
  • Jovan Stefanoski (Year 10)
  • Solomon Campbell (Year 10)
  • Patrick Landy (Year 10)
  • Aaron May (Year 10)

Miss Olivia Wenczel
DLD — Curricular Programs