From the Principal

The last two weeks have proven to be both controversial and troublesome for De La Salle College and the broader Catholic Church. With the Leader newspaper publishing in the past fortnight details of historical sexual abuse at Malvern and the global news coverage of Archbishop George Pell’s conviction, these are challenging times for those of us in Catholic education. These events and their impact on all associated with our school demand a response, and I know all in our community – students, staff, parents and Old Collegians – have a vested interest in how we are affected and how we deal with the situation.

Those who have been in and around our school for the past few years will know my position on the crimes and sins of abuse that occurred here in our College in the past, certainly in the 1960s and 1970s. Supported by the College Board, Executive Team, wider staff and the Lasallian Mission Council I have written and spoken to reiterate our position, which is unchanging.

De La Salle College is committed to the safety and protection of all children and young people in our care. We acknowledge and own the crimes of abuse in the past, apologise to any and all victims and commit to any support we may be able to provide. Central to our mission is to ensure all our students are cared for and respected.

All involved at De La Salle offer our prayers, support, guidance and redress to those victims whose trust was betrayed in such treacherous and damaging fashion. I remain open and willing to speak with and support any of our past survivors in the hope that we can provide some level of comfort.

My decision to postpone our Opening and Welcoming Mass last week, communicated to all families in my letter, was also out of respect for victims and all those affected by the scourge of institutional abuse. I did not feel it was appropriate for the service to go ahead under the shadow of George Pell’s conviction.

What is crucial for all of us now is to focus on the future. Catholic education and Lasallian education is certainly tainted by the events and articles of the past week, and we must maintain our commitment to our victims. However, in addition to that, I believe there is so much more to what we offer our young men at Malvern. In 2019 and beyond, our staff are committed to all that is good about our school and our traditions, combining the best of our 107 years with the innovations and hopes of the future.

There is so much to be proud of and so much to aspire to at De La Salle. We continue to develop wonderful young men of character and empathy through transmission of Gospel values and seeing the potential for good in all. We always have been and always will be, about building positive relationships, emphasising student wellbeing and academic rigour in an environment built on the Five Core Principles of a Lasallian education.

Last week De La Salle College was officially granted Safeguarding Children Program Accreditation by the Australian Childhood Foundation.

In 2017, the College formed a contractual partnership with the Australian Childhood Foundation to ensure compliance with legislative requirements through an independent safeguarding accreditation process. By this time, De La Salle College had developed policies and procedures benchmarked against Ministerial Order 870 and was committed to further enhancing its systems and processes in an emerging environment that had become highly regulated.

In June 2018, the College underwent a Child Safe Standards Compliance Review with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, (VRQA), and achieved compliance with all Child Safe Standards.

As further evidence of our commitment to a safeguarding culture, the College audit demonstrated a very strong commitment to safeguarding children and young people. This includes the Board, Executive Team, the Deputy Principal – Students/Child Safety Officer and all levels of personnel. This is reflected by strong confidence and understanding amongst staff in relation to their roles and responsibilities in keeping children and young people safe from abuse and exploitation.

Historical abuse must remain an issue for contemporary leadership to address, along with the media reports providing varying degrees of accuracy regarding past events at De La Salle College, however, it is important for us to focus on the future. Our school is committed to providing an environment where all students are safe, valued and respected, capable of and encouraged to achieve great things.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Deputy Principals’ Column

Learning and Teaching

Students today are growing up in what have been described as “Accelerated Times”. Progress and change are moving at a pace that hasn’t been seen before in human history. Things that were certain yesterday aren’t necessarily so today. This acceleration has impacted how we live and work and also how we learn at school.

Celebrated American academic John Kotter illustrates the pressures faced by business at this point in time. He points out how important it is for companies to be ahead of their competition by innovating and doing so quickly and aggressively.

Not all that long ago, commercial success was safely attached to quality, consistency and product reach. As an example, McDonalds became an international giant by making a reasonably simple, consistent product that could be made and sold on a global scale. These days, that is not enough.

Businesses need to adapt to markets that are saturated with choices for consumers. They need to be highly creative, seek out ways to make what they do different from anything else, what they offer more attractive, more available, cheaper. The same is true in education.

In his recent book Australia Reimagined, Hugh Mackay charts the move in Australian schooling to a competition‐based model. What that means is that schools are now much more in competition with one another than they were.

Over the past seven years, Australian universities spent a staggering 1.7 billion dollars on advertising. Why?

There are a number of reasons for this. One of the main ones is that tertiary institutions are competing harder and harder for students, both local and international students.

Melbourne’s population has seen a huge growth spike over recent years. Local residents numbered 2.6 million people in 1971. Last year, the number reached 5 million. It is expected to rise to 8 by 2051. With more people, there come more students, which in turn, leads to greater competition for places in university courses, and later, jobs.

Our Year 12 students are in competition. They compete each year with students from across the state and even schools in other parts of the world that deliver the VCE. That even includes students in a handful of schools in China and the United Arab Emirates, amongst others.   

The competition is intense. So, how can every student at the College, not just those currently in Year 12, best prepare to be competitive and successful?

That will be different for each student, but I’ll highlight two things that may be useful to everyone. The first is about the idea of developing Personal Mastery. This is a concept that comes from eminent academic Professor Peter Senge. He describes it as one of a set of qualities that he calls the 5 Learning Disciplines. There are similarities in Senge’s ideas with ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle’s virtues.

Senge’s concept of Personal Mastery is about an individual’s commitment to personal growth and improvement, about learning new skills, but additionally, it involves a person being clear and honest about their purpose, why they do what they do. Also, Personal Mastery requires vision – being able to see a different and better future for oneself and what choices need to be made to get there. He talks about the tension between reaching that better future and the pull of negative or unhelpful thoughts. The take home point here is to stay focussed on improving the skills that will help you reach the future that you want for yourself, and, throughout, to remain positive.

The second consideration is much closer to home in perspective — our own College’s Learning and Teaching Protocols.

What you see on the slide was created by a group of our teachers. It brilliantly describes the ways that effective learning & teaching can happen from Year 5 through to Year 12. The chart outlines the features of effective Learning Strategies, Learning Environment and Learning Goals. Soon, every classroom will have a copy posted on the wall so that it is prominent. This will help all of you to see the various ways that you may work on optimal learning for yourself, your peers and class. I would encourage you to use it as a reference when thinking about how your own skills may be further developed, your purpose for learning and creating your own unique vision for what success will look like for you in the future.

What we celebrate is how incredibly De La Salle students can rise in the face of intensity, pressure and competition. As their achievements of last year show, they have been disciplined and focused on the rewards that come from perseverance and hard work. The 2018 Year 12 students have assured themselves of University places in highly sought after courses and positioned themselves advantageously in an increasingly globalised workforce, economy and society. They have done this in a way that should inspire us all and make us feel very proud.

Please join me in congratulating them!

Mr Mark Gustincic
Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

Faith and Mission

Last Sunday, while sitting in Mass, I was never more acutely aware that I was surrounded by people, who like me, were struggling and affected by the same daily media news. I sat there and in a moment of weakness, I found myself questioning “how can I be strong in faith, when our Church is so conflicted and challenged?”

Whilst it can be an unsettling time and can lead us to ask the question of why we choose to belong to the Church, we must also unequivocally support and always remember the victims of abuse. We must also do all we can to ensure that the tragic events that they have lived never happen again.

We also must remember the millions of committed Catholic Christians who are moved by faith to do good. Those in our communities who volunteer or work for organisations such as Caritas or the St Vincent de Paul Society to name just two. There are those that provide opportunities that help others to grow to be better versions of themselves; Balgo, Wilcannia, “Yaluwo”, PNG, Mission Action Day, Bethlehem University, and those who we know personally in the Lasallian community that have committed their lives in Sudan or by donating charitable items to Sacred Heart Mission, Malvern Emergency Food Program or St Joseph’s Outreach.

Our Church is about making God’s love real in the world, by making Christ known and loved by the relationships we nurture, grow and care for with others. Our Church is about looking after the suffering, the marginalised, the poor and the vulnerable.

So as we begin this Lenten season, let us remember those whose lives are tormented by the painful memory of sexual, physical, mental and emotional abuse: this prayer is offered to them, their families and friends. May they experience the love of Christ and may the Lord of all tenderness and compassion, restore their hope and give them peace.

St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for Us
Live Jesus in Our Hearts – Forever

Plenary Council — Student Session

On Tuesday 26 February, a representative group of the College Student Leadership Team was invited to participate in a listening, dialogue and submission process to the Australian Plenary Council.

A Plenary Council is a gathering of all local churches in a country. And in Australia, the Plenary Council 2020 is being held so that we can dialogue about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Pope Francis has spoken of the need to engage in the world and respond in faith. He said:

The defining aspect of this change of epoch is that things are no longer in their place. Our previous ways of explaining the world and relationships, good and bad, no longer appears to work. The way in which we locate ourselves in history has changed. Things we thought would never happen, or that we never thought we would see, we are experiencing now, and we dare not even imagine the future. That which appeared normal to us – family, the Church, society and the world – will probably no longer seem that way. We cannot simply wait for what we are experiencing to pass, under the illusion that things will return to being how they were before.”

Pope Francis

The journey toward the Plenary Council will help us to prepare to listen to God by listening to one another. It is important to engage and embrace the voice of our students to ensure that they are included in the listening and dialogue encounter in the next two years.

I would like to thank Mrs Joan Ferguson, College Chaplain for her assistance with facilitating this session.

Ash Wednesday – Wednesday 6 March

Lent is a time to stop and reflect. It is a time to be still and a time to re‐evaluate our lives and the people we are becoming.  It is also a time to think about how we can make a difference, especially to the people around us. 

In the middle of our busy week, we pause together today as a faith community to observe Ash Wednesday. We prepare, to begin our journey through Lent, Holy Week and Easter. God calls us to go beyond ourselves and heed his call to give alms, to be charitable, to fast and to pray. We are called to open our eyes, ears and hearts to the Lords word so that we can truly understand what this means in our lives.                                                                                                                             

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday and placing them on the foreheads of participants to the accompaniment of the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel”.

The ashes we receive are a reminder of the simplicity of life. When we are marked with the ashes, we remember that we are not perfect and the cross on our forehead reminds us that we are God’s children and He is full of love for us and is ready to forgive us our sins.

On Wednesday morning, all staff participated in an Ash Wednesday Liturgy in their respective campus Chapel. Students then participated in class and mentor facilitated liturgies. Our Year 9 Holy Eucharist students were able to attend Mass at Holy Eucharist Parish.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission


Procedure for Early Leavers

A reminder that if your son is unwell whilst at school, he must make his way to the Health Centre or sick bay at the campus he is located at. The First Aid Officer or campus receptionist will then ring you to pick up your son, if deemed appropriate. Students must not call their parents directly to inform them that they are unwell and want to go home.

Please be aware that students must follow correct procedure in regard to leaving the College early. If students have an appointment and need to leave early, they must present a signed note from you to their Year Level/House Coordinator, receive an Early Leavers Pass and then present this to reception when they leave. No student will be allowed to leave without this process occurring.

Child Safety at De La Salle

As De La Salle College proudly acknowledges our accreditation by the Australian Childhood Foundation as a Safeguarding Children Organisation, I would like to acknowledge the work done by the Child Safety Team and wider staff at the College. All staff at De La Salle are trained and committed to ensuring the safety of the students at the College. The Child Safety Team – Mrs Joan Ferguson, Mr Andrew Wozencraft, Mrs Kylie Upton, Ms Jessica Stevenson, Ms Georgie Skinner, Mr Anthony Freeman, Ms Sandy Wreford, Mr David Alexander and I – work strategically to ensure that we are engaging best practice here at De La Salle, and offer support and guidance to our colleagues and students. We have also welcomed College Captain, Liam Jenkins, on to the Child Safety Team, in order to ensure that students’ voices are heard in regard to this important area of school life.

College Captain 2019

The 2019 College Captain, Liam Jenkins, gave a wonderful opening speech at the Academic Awards and Investiture Assembly on Friday 22 February. Click here to read the speech in full.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Staff and Operations

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Wednesday 20 March and Thursday 28 March from 2:00pm until 8:30pm in the Tiverton Gym. Students will be dismissed after period 4.

Parents will have received this week a letter from the College with full details including Log‐in information to make appointments. Please contact Mrs Angela Carlino at Tiverton if you experience any difficulty logging in.

Bookings will open to parents on Friday 8 March at 6:00am. And close on Monday 18 March at 11.59 pm. Parents are asked to make appointments with teachers who have requested an interview. The dinner break for staff is 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Students are expected to attend the interview in full College uniform.

Mission Action Day

Mission Action Day is the College’s major social justice fundraising event for the year with all proceeds going to support Lasallian charitable works both in Australia and overseas.

Thank‐you to all those boys who have already made an effort to seek sponsorship for this event. There only about 4 weeks to go and boys should be trying to achieve as many sponsors as possible.  Every sponsor counts and will help push us a College towards our $100000 target.  Parents have traditionally been very supportive of their sons in this endeavour, but it is hoped that boys will not only rely on their parents but seek sponsors from their wider social network or neighbourhood. As a guide we ask that each boy aims for a target of $50 in total sponsorship.

Mission Action Day to be held on 5 April is a compulsory school day for all students. If any student is unable to attend, the College asks parents to offer a written explanation to be addressed to the appropriate YLC or House Coordinator.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Chaplain’s Notes


Parents, please note that the date for Confirmation has been received.

Thursday 12 September
St Anthony’s Parish, Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly

Ash Wednesday

Staff and Students gathered to mark the beginning of our Lenten season with prayer and the signing of ashes on each other’s forehead.

Lent is a season in which we are challenged to make sacrifices of our time, our talent and our wealth in preparation for the great feast of Easter.

Why give things up for Lent?

Life, we come to understand, is not only about joy. It is about the power to endure what is not joyful as well.

A group of our Year 6 students leading prayer in the Chapel on Ash Wednesday. The primary students were remembering that God’s love is unconditional, but like all love, it demands a response.

In a society that invites self‐gratification at every level, it can be a challenge for young people to grasp the concept of denial. They can ask what difference does it really make; why is it important? Sacrifice makes each of us aware that there are other people for whom we have a responsibility.

When our young people wish to achieve some physical success at sport, they work hard training, eating and sleeping well. It is easy to forget that if we are going to develop our spiritual selves we also need to train our willpower and strengthen our spirits through prayer and denial. Lent is our time as Christians to pay special attention to this side of our development.

Our students have been challenged to gain sponsors during Lent for Mission Action Day. MAD is the major fundraising event of the College, with funds raised used to assist the poor and disadvantaged both in Australia and abroad. Alongside the challenge of seeking the support of others is an even more important one — The question of ‘what can I personally go without? Can I offer the proceeds of my own sacrifice to MAD?’

It may be a good topic of discussion over the dinner table!

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Library News

De La Salle Libraries rock!

In response to a review of library services there have been huge changes in the libraries at De La Salle College this year. The library’s web presence, staff, look and resources have all been renewed and the statistics show that usage is up.

First up, the look been brightened up and our students love it. Lunchtimes in Tiverton Library are packed with Chess and UNO, homework and reading. It’s like a big lounge room!

The reading program has kicked off with each Year 5 to Year 8 class having fortnightly reading sessions in the library, with book recommendations from our Teacher Librarians. Loans are up, but the fact that the students are renewing their books shows that they are enjoying reading, and intend to finish the book.

The biggest impact has been the new library page on Ollie which is designed so that wherever a De La Salle College teacher or student is, they have the powerful resources of the library with them.

Some of the features:

  • The Encyclopaedia Britannica — suits year 5–12. Has three levels of language and a built‐in “read‐to‐me” function
  • EBSCO journal database allows students to search for journal articles and every Australian newspaper. Fabulous for current topics. This also has a “read‐to‐me” function
  • Bibliography – Students need to be taught how to write a proper list of references to show where their information comes from. You will find a handy tool and a video to explain how to use it.
  • If you search the library catalogue, you can find books, and journal articles, newspaper articles, articles in Britannica, videos – recommended resources, all in one click… so why would you Google?

In addition, the Teacher Librarians are curating resources for classroom teachers to provide support and extension material for topics covered in the classroom.

This is only the first month. There is more to come!

Ms Catherine Ryan
Library Team Leader

Tiverton News

Primary School Years 5 and 6

The Primary School students have been working hard to celebrate International Women’s Day this year on Friday 8 March. The boys were asked to bring a photo in of their woman “HERo” which is the theme of women’s day internationally. Some of the boys are celebrating their mum, their grandmother, their sisters, and other sporting celebrities such as Ellis Perry, Sally Pearson and Sam Kerr. Even Queen Fiona from Shrek gets a mention for her bravery and heroism!! We look forward to Primary School Captain Lucas Excel delivering the Primary School assembly speech in relation to this topic this week. Below is a photo of our HERo wall on the Tiverton Campus.

We also wish our Year 5 and 6 classes all the best for their respective camps over the next few weeks. The Year 5 class will be heading to Sovereign Hill under the guidance of Ben Ahern and the Year 6 students will be headed to Cave Hill Creek the following week with Mr Terry Atkins and Mr Andrew Kearns. We hope the boys are enriched by these learning experiences.

Year 7

The Year 7 students continue to settle well into the College and the two themes of “organisation” and “responsible computer use” has resonated well with the students. We do encourage students to plan accordingly for their homework each night and each week to ensure the work is done and stress levels are reduced. We will continue to reiterate at the College that the laptops are for educational purposes only. Students can access the library before and after school, and at recess and lunchtimes in order to complete any work. However, we have a strict no gaming policy as students are encouraged to concentrate within class in order to learn and to respect others in the classroom environment. Also, lunchtime and recesses are used to eat healthy food, play with friends and socialise in a non‐online environment.

The Year 7 immunisations will occur on Tuesday 26 March and thank you to all families who returned the immunisation cards. All Year 7 students are requested to wear their sports uniform on Tuesday. Please consume a full breakfast in the morning and remain well hydrated in the days prior to the immunisation session.

Year 8

The Year 8 students will be focusing on the key issue of “respect” over the coming weeks at our Year Level Assemblies. The focus will begin on respect for one self with an appreciation on grooming and hygiene but also healthy eating habits. We know that learning and memory are adversely affected by unhealthy diets and so we strongly suggest to all our students that breakfast is essential before school and healthy snacks and lunch are provide to optimise learning opportunities and development for all our students.

Coming weeks will focus on respect for others within the school community and outside of the school community in line with our College values.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students (Middle Years)

Holy Eucharist Campus

One of the cornerstones of the Holy Eucharist program is giving our students a range of perspectives by learning from others. Last Wednesday we were lucky enough to hear from former Collingwood Premiership Captain Nick Maxwell who shared his varied journey to AFL success and life beyond football.

Nick faced several challenges in his pursuit to play AFL including being overlooked for local development squads and the AFL draft numerous times. Nick spoke of the importance of aiming high but also having a Plan B; in his case this meant undertaking university studies in Ballarat and working part time while pursuing a career in football. Nick asserted to students ‘if you’re not failing, you’re not aiming high enough’ and spoke very personally about the hurt he felt around just missing out on his dream for years.

His determination and resilience saw him eventually drafted to Collingwood and go on to not just perform on the field but also play a key role in their core leadership group. Nick declined to elaborate on his football playing days instead focussing on his life around football and the continuation in his life of ‘having a Plan B’. Today Nick helps create a positive organisational culture for a number of Melbourne based sporting teams and has gone on to do his Masters in Business Administration.

Nick offered some valuable insights into how a potential sportsman is viewed from every angle, advising our young men to think about the profile they establish for themselves in their own communities and online. He affirmed for our students that ‘you’re not responsible for everything that happens to you but you are responsible for how you respond’ and the examples he shared of his own journey in this regard had a lasting impact on our Year 9 group.

Ms Lauren Anderson
Year 9 Learning and Teaching Leader

Schools Clean Up Australia Day

On Friday 1 March, seven Year 8 volunteers, Mrs Miller and I ventured out into the surrounding streets, in the heat, to pick up rubbish. Not the most glamorous of excursions, but definitely an important one.

Year 8 Volunteers

  • Henry Ashton
  • James Borgese
  • Jackson Cauchi
  • William Flynn
  • Noah Henderson
  • Taylor McConville
  • Nathan Tzanlis

2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the very first Clean Up Sydney Harbour event started by Mr Ian Kiernan, AO in 1989 and this year De La Salle College was proud to participate in what has now become the nation’s largest community‐based environmental event.

Taking action doesn’t have to stop here though. If you would like to continue the efforts, check out Love Our Streets and Love Our Beach — a joint organisation that run clean‐up events on a monthly basis, taking place on a Saturday.

Love Our Streets Clean‐Up Locations

Love Our Beach Clean‐Up Locations

Miss Olivia Wenczel
DLD — Curricula Programs and LATL Commerce 

Lasallian Volunteering Report

Almost a month ago I began my year of LaSallian Volunteering at La Salle College, Middle Swan in Perth. As a volunteer at La Salle, my role is working with the Indigenous students that board at La Salle as a means of having access to an education that they wouldn’t usually have access to at home in their communities.

The students, who are aged between 12 and 17, come from remote communities such as Balgo and Bililuna which are approximately 800km south‐east of Broome. On a day‐to‐day basis, I go to school with the students, working in a similar role to a teacher’s assistant. This involves making sure they get to class, helping them in the classroom to ensure they do not fall behind, as well as helping serve their recess and lunch. After school, we come home, usually go for a swim in our pool and help the students to finish their homework.

Our work isn’t without challenges with the students liking to test our patience but it is all worth it when you see the effort and determination these kids put into their education. So far, volunteering at La Salle College has been a truly wonderful and awe‐inspiring experience. These terrific kids constantly remind me to be appreciative of what we have and make the most of the opportunities that we are given in life.

Mr Joshua Paul
College Vice‐Captain 2018 and Lasallian Volunteer 2019

Parent Network News

Years 8 to 12 Parents’ Welcome Evening

Hurry — bookings closing soon! Don’t miss out on this great event subsidised by the Parent Network! Parents and guardians of current students from all year levels are welcome!

Book now at Bookings close Sunday 10 March 2019.

Primary Welcome Picnic

The Kinnoull Oval was the scene of much activity at the Primary Welcome Picnic held on Thursday 21 February. The atmosphere was great – very social amongst the parents and very active amongst the students and their siblings. Thanks to Lou Harris and Michelle Peterson, our Primary YLRs, for their hard work in encouraging a great turn out and organising some great games for the students and their siblings to play. Thanks also to Mr Tim Hogan and the Applied Learning students who once again supplied a great BBQ service. What a great start to the year for our Primary classes.

Year 9 Holy Eucharist Welcome Mass and BBQ

On Sunday 24 February Year 9 students and their families joined in the celebration of mass with the Holy Eucharist congregation. This was followed by a tour of the new Campus and a BBQ hosted by the Parent Network. Thanks to Mr David Alexander for taking on the idea of a great introduction to the new campus and making it such a successful event.

Our Year 9 YLRS, Louise MacNamara and Linda Curnow (supported by Sharon Herdman), did an amazing job organising the catering, recruiting and coordinating numerous volunteers and transforming the back of the Holy Eucharist basketball court into a shady BBQ oasis.  Thanks also to Angela Carlino and Patricia D’Arcy for helping with the logistics in preparation for this event.

The Parent Network would like to acknowledge the support of Bunnings Chadstone, who donated a BBQ, gas bottle and cooking equipment to the Holy Eucharist Campus. The students are very excited at the prospect of being able to run their own ‘sausage sizzles’ at the new Campus. Thanks also to Bakers Delight Carnegie and Woolworths Carnegie North for donations of supplies towards the BBQ.

Upcoming Events For 2019

Please add the dates of our upcoming events to your 2019 diary.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Years 8 to 12 Parent’s Welcome DrinksThursday 14 MarchSagra Restaurant
Mother’s Day BreakfastWednesday 8 MayGym
Parents’ “Christmas in July” DinnerSaturday 27 JulyTBC
Father’s Day BreakfastThursday 22 AugustGym
Parent Network AGMMonday 21 OctoberTiverton Board Room

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
President, Parent Network

Lasallian Zeal Awards

Lasallian Zeal Achievement and Recognition, implemented in 2018, aims to enhance the positive learning community at De La Salle, where students feel respected and valued.

The five Core Lasallian Principles encompass the categories of achievement and recognition known as Lasallian Zeal.

  • Faith
  • Inclusiveness
  • Justice
  • Respect
  • Quality Education

Lasallian Zeal encourages students to set higher goals for themselves, to achieve their personal best by affirming and rewarding positive learning behaviours. Motivation to learn is grown through recognition and involvement in community life.

Students are presented with a certificate and a Lasallian Zeal badge according to a tiered system from Bronze to Plantinum, and celebrated in the Duce.

  • Bronze Lasallian Zeal 10 awards
  • Silver Lasallian Zeal 20 awards
  • Gold Lasallian Zeal 30 awards
  • Platinum Lasallian Zeal 40 awards
Student NameHouseMentor GroupAward
William RichardsSt Austin’s9 Group 2Bronze
Harrison BirdSt Edwin’s9 Group 1Bronze
Lucas PegoliSt Edwin’sEdwin’s 2Bronze
Liam JenkinsSt Edwin’sEdwin’s 2Bronze

Congratulations to those students who have been recognised for their achievements!

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Important Notices

Contagious Conditions

De La Salle College would like to ask for your co‐operation in an important matter.

Members of our school community receive medical treatment which puts them at serious risk if they are exposed to infectious illnesses, in particular: chicken‐pox, measles, mumps or shingles.

For chicken‐pox, shingles and measles a special protective injection is available, however, it is only effective if given within 72 hours of exposure, and only lasts for one month.

If your son is suspected of having one of these illnesses it is very important that they do not attend school. It is also important that while your son is unwell they remain at home until they are no longer contagious.

If your son has chicken‐pox, measles, mumps or shingles or is suspected of having a contagious disease please contact the school immediately.

The College values your support for the wellbeing of all our students. Please don’t hesitate to contact De La Salle Health Centre, if you have any questions.

Mrs Kylie Upton
Health Centre

Latest changes in Ollie

Parents are encouraged to view subject courses online via our College Learning Management System Ollie.

Parents now have access to view all subjects available at the College. To view courses click on the subject’s icon located at the top of your Ollie screen. This will assist in keeping parents abreast of the upcoming work in each of your son’s subjects. Parents have access to view due dates, submitted work as well as all student’s results and feedback entered by his subject teacher on Ollie. We also ask that you ensure your son is utilising the Ollie calendar to record his homework. Parents and teachers are able to view your son’s Ollie calendar to view homework and to work together in supporting your son’s organisation and homework load.

Over the coming weeks in the lead up to the House Sports Carnival, House pages, will be, made available to keep you up to dates with all the latest information regarding your son’s house. For further information on how Ollie enables you to be involved in your son’s learning journey at the College please refer to the Parent User Guide located on the Ollie homepage.

Mr Rob Bonnici
Director of Learning and Development – Digital Learning

Emergency Management Drills

Over the next two weeks the College will conduct emergency drills on each campus.  These drills have been carefully planned by the Emergency Management Coordinating Team taking into account College events and classroom activities.

These drills will be conducted at Kinnoull on Wednesday 13 March sometime during the day and at Tiverton on Thursday 21 March sometime during the day and take approximately 20 minutes.

There will some disruption to phone services to the College during the drills. Parents will receive an SMS from the College to indicate the drill has commenced.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Mission Action Day 2019

The College is going MAD!!

It’s official! Students, staff, families and friends are going MAD, raising funds to support our Lasallian brothers and sisters in De La Salle missions at home and around the world. The generosity and commitment of our community to Social Justice, one of our key principles, continues to demonstrate that ‘walking the walk’ and being people of action drives our efforts to make a difference in the lives of those who need our support.

Progress so far is encouraging! Staff and students, particularly our leaders from Grade 5 to Year 12, are to be congratulated on their energy and creativity in working together to maximise involvement and keep the total steadily rising. Sausage sizzle and drink packages (instigated by the Year 9 Leaders), class and campus casual days, cup‐cakes, lunchtime activities initiated by Year 9 students Michael Steen, Lachlan Rowe and Daniel Van den Berg, House and Class activities and projects are just some of the initiatives currently supplementing the individual sponsorship efforts of all our students.

So, with Mission Action Day only five weeks away, go MAD, fill those sponsor sheets, get involved and keep our momentum and total ticking over!

Mr Chris Martin
On behalf of the MAD committee

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates on the College calendar.

Year 10 Dance Program - Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale, 6:45pm - 9:00pm
Year 5 Camp Concludes
Labour Day Public Holiday
Year 6 Camp - 12 March to 14 March - Cave Hill Creek
St Leo's House Welcome and Liturgy - SMT, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Year 7 Maths Pathway Parent and Student Information Evening - 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Gymnasium and Rheims Centre
Year 10 Social - Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale, 6:45pm - 9:00pm
Years 8-12 Welcome Evening, 7:00pm, Sagra Restaurant, Malvern
50 Year College Reunion - 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Kooyong Tennis Club, Kooyong
Year 12 Seminar Day - SMT, 9:00am - 2:30pm
Music Soiree for Soloists - PAC, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Back‐to‐back ACC Swimming Champions

Congratulations to our swim team who on Friday 22 February successfully defended their title and claimed the 2019 ACC Division 1 Swimming Championship!

In what was an extremely close swim meet, our defiant team held on to overcome Whitefriars College by 2.5 points. With such close scores for the entirety of the night, it was a true team performance where there was a lot riding on every race; every finishing place really counted.

Just as impressive as the final scores, was the team’s attitude both inside and outside of the pool; the team truly looked out for each other and the senior students embraced the next generation of swimmers coming through.

All 2019 swim team members, led by their Captains, Campbell Freeman and Morgan Morffew, are to be congratulated on their efforts and their contribution to this great success. Swimming requires many dedicated early mornings and these students reaped the rewards of their unwavering commitment. 

Some of our stand out swimmers on the night were:

Campbell Freeman
Open 50m Breast Division 1A Winner
Open 50m Back Division 1A Winner
*Campbell also broke the previous ACC Open 50m Free Division 1 record but finished in second place.

Morgan Morffew
Open 50m Free Division 1B Winner
Open 50m Back Division 1B Winner

John Beddoe
U16 50M Free Division 1B Winner

Will Orton
U15 50M Breast Division 1B Winner

Ryo Hayashi
U13 50M Breast Division 1A Winner

Wesley Li
U13 50M Breast Division 1B Winner

Morgan Morffew, Campbell Freeman, Liam Jenkins and Paolo Cugliari
Open Medley Relay Team Winners
Open Free Relay Team Winners 

Hiroki Hayashi, Sean Kelliher, Stefan Skarlatos and Harry McLean
U17 Medley Relay Team Winners 

Jeremy Grigg, Cameron Clarke, Daniel Park, Alex MacFarlane
U14 Free Relay Team Winners

De La Salle College also won the Junior and Senior Swimming Cup titles on the night. 

Much praise needs to be given to our swim coach Guy Eylon who brings out the competitive edge in all of our swimmers and his dedication to our team over the past few years has been outstanding. This year Guy has been ably assisted by former Swim Captain, Angus McLean (Class of 2018) whose continued willingness to be involved in the De La Salle community sets a fine example for our younger swimmers.

Mr Michael Wilson
ACC Sport Coordinator

From the Principal

I have been thrilled with the way the year has unfolded at all three campuses. As ever, there is a great deal going on in relation to formal academic work, settling new students in, especially at Years 5 and 7. The Year 9 students are very quickly developing ownership and identity at Holy Eucharist while taking the new curriculum in their stride, and VCE classes are establishing that steady rhythm so important for success at the senior end of the school.

It has been terrific to catch up with so many parents at the various formal and social events thus far. I always value the opportunity to chat with parents and keep them informed about what is happening. It is also an opportunity to discuss what is expected of their sons and build that sense of community, which is so important in a Lasallian school.

As the new year gets underway, all of us are reminded of our obligations and responsibilities, regardless of our role in the College.

On a Lasallian course in 2017, I was privileged to work with a famous and influential American De La Salle Brother and academic, Br William Mann. Br Bill, as he is known, has since written an article about Lasallian Leadership for the 21st Century, encompassing a variety of salient points for staff and students alike. One of his key themes is that St John Baptist de La Salle invited us to remember, “we are all called to be God’s ambassadors.” Lasallian educators, Br Bill says, are invited to be the link between what is, and what might be. This invitation extends to our young men as well.

I have had several reports of incidences of our students being terrific ambassadors, both within the school and without. Members of the public have phoned and written to compliment our students on exemplary behaviour. However, I am saddened and frustrated when we receive reports — and there have been three in the past week — of our young men letting themselves down with inappropriate behaviour in the public domain, primarily on public transport.

While those in question have largely been identified and the issues addressed, this is an example of not being a good ambassador for our great school. I seek the support and cooperation of all in our community, especially when wearing the College uniform, in setting the right tone and behaving responsibly in public at all times.

On Friday at the Academic Awards and Investiture of Leaders assembly, we will be presenting a range of students who model exemplary academic excellence and leadership. Building on Br Bill’s message, it is these fine young men who set the example and it is for all of us in the Lasallian community to support and encourage these students, to be “ambassadors of hope, to build in our students an awareness of and hunger for a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.”

This concept of being ambassadors, the building of Lasallian spirit and a sense of hope, meaning and purpose is also being presented through our four House Liturgies this term. On Tuesday evening, we had a very successful St Austin’s House Liturgy, superbly led by House Coordinator, Shane Mackintosh and his five Year 12 House Leaders. The other House Liturgies for Year 10–12 students in Leo’s, Edwin’s and Mark’s will occur in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the calendar and here in The Duce. These evenings are a terrific opportunity to build House spirit, for families and staff to come together and share in the education of our students, their spiritual life and sense of community.

On Saturday, we received word of the sad passing of Br Jeff Calligan. Jeff was a great character and while he only spent a few years here in Australia (outside his native USA), Jeff was much loved at Malvern and made a significant impact in his time here. Jeff died peacefully from liver and kidney failure aged 79, in his home state of Louisiana. Please keep Br Jeff and the community at St Paul’s, Covington in your thoughts and prayers.

I am sure you will join with me in wishing our ACC Swimming Team all the best of luck as they compete in the ACC Championships at MSAC on Friday night. A very strong squad of 30 has been selected for the program, keen to emulate the 2018 achievement of being ACC Division 1 Champions. Congratulations to not only those who have been selected in the final team but also the other 25 keen swimmers who had been training with the squad since August.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Deputy Principals’ Column


Safety And Courtesy

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

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

Leadership Induction

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

Wellbeing Resources

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

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Faith and Mission

College Opening and Welcome Mass – Wednesday 27 February

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

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

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

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

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

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

House Welcome and Liturgy Evenings

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

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

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

Holy Eucharist Parish Mass

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

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

Plenary Dialogue for Catholic School Parents

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs Rana Brogan 
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Chaplain’s Notes

Welcome To Our Faith Community

During the first weeks of term, the Year 7 students have gathered in the Chapel to contemplate the ways in which we celebrate in our lives. Parallel to our family and community celebrations, is the way which we at De La Salle, mark special moments in our College.

At key points we come together as a whole College in the Eucharist and this might be followed by a supper, Founder’s Day carnival, Valedictory Dinner, but first, we acknowledge, as our College motto says, that “God is our Leader”. In this light we have celebrated Eucharist with each Year 7 Homeroom in preparation for the formal welcoming Mass to be held next Wednesday at the Cathedral.

The Eucharist is the high point of our faith celebrations and our new students have all had the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the Mass, as a path that leads us to greater friendship with God and with each other.

We are grateful to Father John Sherman and Father Martin Tanti who celebrated these Masses and developed the students’ understanding of Eucharist.

Lent – Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, 6 March, marks the beginning of the Lenten season. We mark the beginning of this journey by an outward symbol when each student’s head is signed with Ashes in a Homeroom Liturgy – Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance and humility.

Lent is not just a “Catholic” time. It is a concept that is practised by many religions and also non‐religious groups. It has its foundation in the wisdom of ancient Jewish tradition.

There is something universal that goes beyond all dogma, which embraces our collective need to be reflective and transformative as persons on this Earth. In essence, Lent is saying – take time out to think about your life

  1. Practice self‐discipline
  2. Think about the needs of others.
  3. Take action to serve.

Each of these concepts is universal and goes to the core of our humanity.
The real goal of Lent – is Conversion. The aspiration for each of us is to come to the end of our six weeks a stronger and more vital person.

If I can be of assistance to families in any way, you are welcome to contact me at the College. There are times in all our families where we need an extra prayer or some personal support, so please know I am available to you.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Tiverton News

Primary School Years 5 and 6

It has been a busy four weeks for our Year 5 and 6 students as they have been undertaking their leadership elections. On Thursday 14 February, we were fortunate enough to have some special guests from the Melbourne Football Club come to talk to us about leadership skills.

Primary Student Leaders 2019

We are proud to present the Primary School Captains for 2019:

  • Primary School Captain — Lucas Excell
  • Primary School Vice Captain — Rick Foley
  • Year 6 Captain — Oliver Hillemacher
  • St Austin’s Captain – Jordan Yuen
  • St Austin’s Vice Captain – Tom Skaro
  • St Mark’s Captain – Aidan O’Flynn
  • St Mark’s Vice Captain – Jonathan Kocolis
  • St Edwin’s Captain – Ethan Eustace
  • St Edwin’s Vice Captain – Alex Simpson
  • St Leo’s Captain – Harrison Shaw
  • St Leo’s Vice Captain – Raphael Pickering

Thank you to all the students who particpated, and congratulations to our newly‐elected Student Leaders!

Year 7 and 8

The emphasis in the first few weeks of the term has been on organisation. We believe that students who come prepared for learning and who complete all set tasks within class and also for home learning will learn best at De La Salle College. Setting up a home learning timetable weekly s a good way for students to be on top of things and to make sure everything is completed well and on time. Both Year levels will also discuss this week about positive computer use within the class and at home. It is school policy that computers are used within the classroom for educational purposes only.

We believe that homework should be completed every night in 1–1.5 hours and that students should complete tasks on their computers or in other ways without the distractions of games or social media outlets. This will continue to be a focus in 2019 to ensure our students perform at their best.

Primary Welcome BBQ

We look forward to seeing our Primary School parents at our Welcome BBQ tonight from 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Kinnoull Oval.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students – Middle Years

Holy Eucharist Campus

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” 

Henry Ford

A core element of our Year 9 program is dedicated to the maturation of our students, to foster their independence as learners.

Last week all Year 9 students were asked to complete a personal stocktake of where they are at as a learner, reflecting on perceived strengths and areas of required growth. Together with Ms Lauren Anderson, Year 9 Learning and Teaching Leader, we will now set about having a follow‐up interview with each student. We hope that over the course of the year this metacognition (‘thinking about your own thinking’) will empower our students to make the requisite improvements and unlock their learning potential.

Already in 2019 our Year 9 students have had access to a raft of speakers whose advice will help to make them more self‐aware and facilitate their own learning. Elevate Education ran a ‘Memory and Mnemonics’ workshop exploring the role attention has on memory and developing techniques to aid learning. Many students unearthed habits that require tweaking!

Students were also briefed by our friends at Duke of Edinburgh Victoria. For the first time this internationally recognised award becomes compulsory at Year 9, neatly packaged within our Discovery curriculum. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.

Perhaps most notable were the full day sessions run by the impressive facilitators at the Rites of Passage Institute. Designed around our Term 1 Campus theme Identity, these powerful sessions aim to provide participants with skills, motivation and passion to make a positive impact on society.

De La Salle is proud of our established partnership with the Rites of Passage Institute and we look forward to the student/parent workshops later in Terms 2, 3 and 4 that will complement our Year 9 students’ learning journies.

The Year 9 cohort have heard me say that the most successful students in the world today are those most responsive to change. It is my hope and belief that activities like the above are preparing them for this.

Mr David Alexander
Head of Year 9 Campus

Music Notes

Instrumental Music Lessons

The due date for enrolments in the Instrumental Music program has been extended until 1 March 2019.

For the first time, shared lessons (30 minutes, group of two students) are available for students in Years 5 to 8. Available for all instruments and voice, except piano and drum kit (individual lessons only). Shared lessons are an economical means of introducing your son to private musical tuition, and the benefits of involvement in our extensive bands program.

Please email Music Administration Officer, Ms Susan Jost or call on (03) 9508 2136 for more information.

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

Music Ensembles

Music ensembles have commenced for the year. Ensemble times, news and more can be found on our brand new Ollie page where you’ll see all the latest information.

Want to join an ensemble but need more information? Please contact Mr Lee at or call (03) 9508 2200 and leave a message.

Mr Jaymee Lee
Ensembles Coordinator

House News

St Edwin’s House Welcome and Liturgy

A reminder of the upcoming Edwin’s House Liturgy on Tuesday 5 March at 7:30pm in Saint Miguel Theatre. Looking forward to joining together to commence the College year as the 2019 Edwin’s community.

Ms Jessica Stevenson
St Edwin’s House Coordinator

St Austin’s House Welcome and Liturgy

St Austin’s House celebrated the beginning of the College year with their annual House Welcome Liturgy and Information evening on Tuesday 19 February. Lead by the St Austin’s Student House Leaders, our St Austin’s families supported the official Commissioning of the 2019 Year 12 students present. Deputy Principal — Students Ms Jessica Alger presented each Year 12 student with their College Year 12 VCE badge.

Following the Liturgy and presentation a large gathering was held in the Peppercorn Café, many families taking the opportunity to catch up with other family members within the House and staff contributing to a strong sense of community and connectedness within the House. Thank you to all those Families and Staff who attended on the night.

Mr Shane Mackintosh
St Austin’s House Coordinator