2019 VCE Results

Outstanding VCE results — Congratulations to the De La Salle Class of 2019!

I am thrilled to announce this year’s Year 12 students have achieved excellent results, producing some of the best VCE results in our history in relation to the key data. The most noteworthy statistics demonstrate significant improvement in a range of critical areas:

  • The Median Study Score for 2019 is 31, comfortably above the State median of 30, keeping us ahead of the pack and many “like” schools
  • We have our best‐ever achievement in relation to students attaining ATARs in the 90s. With 13.9% of the cohort attaining an ATAR of 90 or above, this represents an improvement in 2019 of almost 3%.
  • The percentage of students with ATARs in the 70 – 99.96 range is 54%. This is marginally lower than last year’s extraordinary results but a dramatic increase from 45.86% in 2017
  • The percentage of Study Scores 40 and above is 7.85 – our best ever – and up from 7.22% last year, 6.43% in 2017 and 5.3% in 2016. This displays terrific progression and growth in four consecutive cohorts – a very pleasing reward for the targeted work of teachers in lifting results and pushing their students
  • The Median ATAR is 72.35. This fractionally below the high‐water mark of 73.15 set last year, but continues the excellent progression from 67.60 in 2017 and 64.18 in 2016

While there is an impressive range of superb individual results, with many students doing exceptionally well, the high standard they have been able to maintain as a cohort is most noteworthy.

Congratulations and thank you to all the Unit 3 & 4 teachers who invested so much time, effort and expertise in teaching, mentoring and advising each and every student in their care. With the state median for all subjects being 30, we have so many with median Study Scores in the 34 – 40 range, figures which sit at the very top of the scale when compared with any of Victoria’s highest performing schools. Several Learning Areas and individual subjects have achieved their very best results for at least ten years.

The overall improvement in 2019 is testament to the targeted approach and diligent attention to detail evident among the students and the positive relationships our teachers enjoy with our young men. As ever, the organised and intrinsically motivated performed at the highest standard. The marked difference in the performance of students at all levels has largely removed the “tail” of lower scores.

I am so proud of all our young men; of course, the most able and diligent but perhaps even more so of those with lesser gifts who strove for personal success and maximised their results through sheer devotion to the task.

Congratulations to 2019 College Dux Amedeo Perri, who achieved an outstanding ATAR of 98.55.
His results

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Amedeo’s extraordinary results in six diverse and very challenging Unit 3 & 4 Studies are the result of a disciplined, organised approach, a dedication to maximising his potential and a willingness to work closely with teachers and peers. Amedeo has also made a tremendous contribution to the wider life of the College as Vice Captain and his significant involvement in the music program. He is an excellent role model for his peers. In studying six very demanding subjects, including an almost perfect score for Unit 3 & 4 Software Development while still in Year 11 and attaining scores in the 40s for four of them, Amedeo set a tremendous example for other De La Salle students.

Congratulations again to all our Year 12 students and teachers on this tremendous achievement for 2019.

Wishing all in our De La Salle community a safe, happy and holy Christmas.

Mr Peter Houlihan

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From the Principal

Yet another year has flown by and as we prepare to farewell our young men for the summer at the end of HeadStart, there is so much to reflect on and be thankful for.

Perhaps the highlight of the year was the establishment of the Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus, which has been a tremendous success. The year at Malvern East has changed the academic, wellbeing and spiritual experience of so many students. I must thank not only the staff for leading the innovative program but also the Year 9 students themselves for embracing the challenges and making sure the experience was so enriching for them.

This week has seen the involvement of all year levels in various Transition Programs and the commencement of HeadStart, where all 2019 classes roll over to the 2020 timetable. So much work, by so many people, has ensured the value and success of the program. The removal of any perceived downtime at the end of the year ensures students are engaged in valuable preparation for 2020. All classes are now ready to hit the ground running from the very first day of next year.

In February this year, a group of our Year 9 students were filmed at Holy Eucharist working with Arne Rubenstein and Tracey Spicer as part of the Rites of Passage program. Extracts from that day now feature throughout Episode 3 of “Silent No More.”

Silent No More” is a documentary carrying the powerful message and challenge of, “How can we change the culture to respect women and respect each other?” Given the recent negative publicity around the culture of boys’ schools, this is timely. The first episode aired on Monday night and it is uncomfortable to watch and bear witness to some of the behaviours.

The three‐episode documentary, produced by Southern Pictures and presented by Tracey Spicer, an advocate of change in Australia and a supporter of the #metoo movement, investigates the hidden epidemic of workplace sexual harassment and assault, it’s devastating cost and how we can change things for the better.

Having watched Episode 3 in full, I would encourage all staff and parents to find time to watch the documentary in its entirety. Our students discuss issues of respect and disrespect towards women in social media, socially and through teenage peer pressure.  We follow their journey to the end of the documentary, where I can say, with great pride, our students represent themselves, their family and their school in a way that is honourable and poignant as they outline the type of men they would like to become.

Thank you to Mr David Alexander (Head of Holy Eucharist Campus), Ms Lauren Anderson (Year 9 Learning and Teaching Leader) and all those involved in implementing the Rites of Passage program for the first time this year. Our Year 9s have gained a great deal from their involvement and dealing with the issues within.

Silent No More” will be available to watch on the ABC on 25 November (Ep1), 2 December (Ep 2) and 9 December (Ep 3) or via iView.

Last Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the presentation of the annual Higgins Medal Awards at Sacré Cœur. The Higgins Medal recognises students who excel in their studies and extracurricular activities, show strong leadership amongst their peers and provide exemplary service to the school community. The Higgins Medal is open to all schools who have a campus within the Federal Division of Higgins.

We nominated two students, Lucas Exell (Year 6) and Jude Pabst (Year 9). Both are exemplary students, leaders and role models and both nominations were successful. Dr Katie Allen MP presented them with their medals on Wednesday 27 November. Lucas has been our Primary Captain for 2019, demonstrating great leadership, compassion and strength of character. Jude has been a wonderful ambassador for the new Year 9 Program at Holy Eucharist and has simply shone in all aspects of school life. The boys were thrilled – as were their parents!

I would like to thank all in our De La Salle community for their support and work right throughout 2019. Students, staff in all their various roles, parents, the De La Salle Brothers and certainly the College Board of Directors have all done so much to support the growth, development and success of all areas of the College. We have a wonderful Lasallian community and I look forward to working with you all again next year.

I wish you all a safe, happy and holy Christmas and New Year period.

Mr Peter Houlihan

A Gift and a Challenge

As we come to the close of the academic year, there can be both a sense of excitement and unease. The excitement that Christmas is coming, school holidays are just around the corner, and we have summer to look forward to. The gift of time with friends and family is to be truly cherished.

The changes involved at this time of year can be unsettling. As students anticipate the year ahead through our Transition and Headstart programs, they can become anxious or worried. Our programs are designed to reduce these anxieties by giving students a sense of what is to come, but you may like additional resources to help navigate through this.

Please visit De La Salle’s SchoolTV page for a wide range of resources to assist with transitions. You are always welcome to contact your son’s Mentor Teacher, House or Year Level Co‐ordinator, or the College Psychologists for further support.

I wish you all the best for a safe, happy and merry holiday period and look forward to 2020.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Tiverton Campus News

Year 5 and 6

The Year 5 and 6 students have been working hard to complete their studies for 2019 after completing their PAT testing last week in reading, comprehension and maths. It was terrific to see some many students improve in these categories which should build confidence in all the students moving into Year 5 and 6 respectively. This data will be discussed at the beginning of the Year 6 2020 school year with our Parent Meet and Greet evenings.

It was also terrific to hear about our group of debaters who represented the College at Mentone Grammar a few weeks ago and many thanks to Mr Andrew Kearns for taking them. Our debaters lost two rounds but won one, and the adjudicators gave some very constructive feedback to our students:

  • Eye contact is a must
  • More Rebuttal
  • Summaries at the conclusion are a good idea.
  • Continue to focus on this technique – Topic, Explanation, Evidence, Link

Year 7

The students will complete the school year on Wednesday 4 December with a movie celebration day at Lido Cinemas followed by a Mass and assembly on Thursday 5 December. This will proceed after the Year 6 Graduation Dinner evening on Tuesday 3 December and the Year 5 and 6 Transition morning on the same day. We are very proud of our Year 6 students finishing in the De La Salle Primary school and we cannot wait to see how they keep developing and growing in Year 7 next year.

All the Year 7 mentor classes finished off the last week of the Year 7 school year in assembly reflecting on the many successes they have experienced in 2020. It was terrific to hear the support for the 12‐week DLS DNA Braingrow program, the Year 7 camp at Ace High in Term 2, their love of ACC sport, and the want to move into Year 8 to grow and progress even more. The students also gave presents and cards to their mentor teachers which highlighted a close bond and connection to these hard‐working staff members and many thanks to Dr Melissa Walsh who has coordinated the Year level with energy, expertise and lots of patience!

The next two weeks the Year 7 students will be starting their Year 8 Headstart program which will focus on goal setting and positive psychology so they start Year 8 in a positive fashion after focusing on their key character strengths, their SMART goals for 2020, and their ability to use a growth mindset in all endeavours next year.

Year 8

The Year 8 students finished off their time on the Tiverton campus with the end of year camp at Phillip Island Adventure Resort. The students undertook a range of activities from high ropes, flying fox, surfing and canoeing which took them out of their comfort zone and forced them to communicate and take risks with their peers in the year level. The campers also played table tennis, pitched tents, walked to Smiths Beach and competed in a trivia championship for their nighttime activities. Many thanks for all the staff who attended the camp, including the Holy Eucharist Year 9 staff as part of our transition program.

The students will begin their Headstart program at the Tiverton campus working in teams in preparation for the Pilgrimage to Holy Eucharist at the end of the week. The students will work collaboratively in teams to ensure they begin their inquiry approach to learning for 2020 and we wish them all the best in these endeavours.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students, Tiverton Campus

Chaplain’s Notes

Diary Note for 2020

Confirmation will be celebrated on Friday 9 October, 2020 at 7:00pm.

If you are planning for your son to prepare for the Sacraments of First Penance, Communion or Confirmation through De La Salle during 2020, please email: jferguson@delasalle.vic.edu.au or you may call on my direct line 9508 2161. 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.

Our Giving Trees

On each campus, there is a giving tree under which students and their families are invited to leave a gift for a young person this Christmas. If you have not had a chance, there is still time before next Thursday.

Advent commences next Sunday and, in this holy season, we are reminded of the needs of those who are not blessed as we might be. We might recall how Mary risked herself to say yes to God; how she reached out to help her cousin and how, like so many refugees, she undertook an arduous journey, giving life to Jesus in humble circumstances.

The nativity stories include images of poverty, desperation, confusion and even violence. They speak to people who are familiar with hardship and insecurity, people who have experienced the dark side of life. They remind us that God works in the gritty reality of our lives. God offers light to those who walk in darkness and he invites us to be the carriers of that light!

I take this opportunity to wish all our families a blessed and joyous celebration of the Lord’s renewed presence into our lives.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Music Notes

Year 7 Music Concert

7 Dunstan, led by Ms Block were victorious for the first time in the history of the Year 7 Band Competition at the Year 7 Bands Concert held on Wednesday 20 November. For their efforts, they won perpetual bragging rights and a free pizza lunch.

The instrument award winners for Semester 2 were Lachie Grey (flute), Richmond Bagnall (clarinet), Marcus Viscovich (saxophone), Seb Walker (trumpet), Charlie Doyle (trombone), Cason Schutz (bass guitar), Alexander Hadaway (percussion). Congratulations to all of our young musicians.

Year 10 outfit Cormac and the Bruh Moments also performed two ’80’s classics as our guest artists.

Christmas Concert

Please come along to celebrate our year in Music and the spirit of Christmas (set for a very funky and groovy makeover!) at our Christmas Concert in the PAC on 4 December, 7:00pm.

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

Parent Network News

In 2020 the Parent Network will continue to focus on building a sense of community throughout De La Salle College by providing regular opportunities for parents to socialise, connect and participate in College activities.

2020 Parent Network Events

Please add the dates of our upcoming events to your 2020 diary.  We look forward to seeing you there!

DateEvent Venue
Thursday 30 January First Day Morning Tea Gym
Thursday 13 February Year 7 Welcome Evening Peppercorn Café
Sunday 23 February Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus Welcome Mass and BBQ Holy Eucharist
Thursday 20 February Primary Welcome BBQ Kinnoull Oval
Thursday 23 April Parent Social Evening TBA
Wednesday 6 May Mother’s Day Breakfast Gym
Saturday 1 August Trivia Night Gym
Thursday 27 August Father’s Day Breakfast Gym

If you are interested in being involved in assisting with any of these events please email your details to parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

First Day Morning Tea

All Year 7 parents and guardians are invited to the First Day Morning Tea.
Parents and guardians of any student who is new to the College in 2020 are also welcome.

Year 7 Parent Welcome

Trivia Night 2020

The De La Salle College Parent Network Trivia Night is back by popular demand in 2020! The word is that the De La Salle College Staff Room is already ringing with the sounds of Quiz Masters in training. So over the break, it’s time to swat up on your “unimportant facts or details that are considered to be amusing rather than serious or useful”.

Save the date for what is sure to be an entertaining evening! More details to follow. If you would like to join in organising this exciting event please email your details to parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
President, Parent Network Committee

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.

StudentMentor GroupAward
Jordan Anasta7 JeromeBronze
Oscar Ballantyne7 JeromeBronze
William Nguyen7 JeromeBronze
Patrick Pawlak‐Bloch7 JeromeBronze
Hugh Florance7 BenildeBronze
Joshua Summers7 BenildeBronze
Samuel Hillemacher7 JeromeBronze
Samuel Pearson7 RolandBronze
Riley Suffolk7 RolandBronze
Thomas McAuliffe7 HegartyBronze
Angus Gill7 VincentBronze

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)

Congratulations to these students on receiving their awards.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Important Notices

2019 Tuition Fees

All 2019 Tuition Fees are due and payable by 30 November 2019. If there is any reason why you cannot pay your account in full please contact Ms Ellenor Harris in Family Accounts or email familyaccounts@delasalle.vic.edu.au

Please note if you have not yet returned your forms nominating a payment plan for future Tuition Fees kindly email to familyaccounts@delasalle.vic.edu.au. These forms are available on the College website.

2020 Tuition Fees

The College Board has recently ratified the Schedule of Fees 2020 and the updated College Fee Policy applicable from 2020. These documents are now available on the College website.

Please note the important changes:

  • all family accounts for the 2020 Annual Tuition Fees will now be issued at the end of January 2020.
  • should you choose not to pay the family account in full by 28 February 2020, the College Board has reiterated families are required to be on a nominated payment plan to ensure the College Annual Tuition Fees are paid in full by 30 November 2020.
  • a discount is applicable per student if the account is paid in full by COB 28 February 2020 (please refer to the College website).
  • the discount applied previously for any payment in full by the end of December is no longer available.

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

Lost property

Tiverton students who have lost uniform items throughout the year (especially Terms 3 or 4) are asked to check the lost property area at Tiverton before Thursday 5 December. There are also numerous miscellaneous items left behind from the recent Year 8 Camp. Items of uniform not collected will be donated to charity.

Annual Christmas Concert

De La Salle Music will hold the annual Christmas concert in the PAC at Tiverton on Wednesday 4 December. This is always a beautiful way to end the year and celebrate the talents of our music students and staff in a fun‐filled atmosphere. All members of the College community are warmly invited to attend. If you can… wear something festive!

Last Day for Students

This year all students from Year 5 to 11 finish on the same day; Thursday 5 December. The day involves the conclusion to the “HeadStart” Program, final Mentor Groups, Mass and the Semester 2 Academic Awards Assembly. Parents of Awardees will receive a personal invitation from the College to attend the Awards Ceremony.

Please note:

  • 2019 Year 8 students will be at Holy Eucharist Campus.
  • Years 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 will be dismissed at 1:30 pm.
  • Year 8 students will be dismissed at 1:00 pm.

Christmas Greetings

On behalf of all the staff at the College thank you to parents for your support this year. I hope all families have a safe and restful holiday period. Please check the College calendar for start dates for 2020.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Year 10 Dance Program 2020

A reminder to Year 9 students to lodge their application form for the 2020 Year 10 Dance Program.

Evening dance classes at Star of the Sea College in Gardenvale commence the second week back Term 1 and culminate in a Social Dance on 12 March in the De La Salle College Gymnasium.

In 2019, 230 students joined in and learned ballroom and line dancing, having lots of fun and meeting new people. If you are a little unsure about participating then I suggest you take a gamble and register, you will not regret it! It is a great way to make friends in a safe environment.

Do not leave it until next year to reserve your place or you might be disappointed! Click here to open a printable application form. Completed forms and payment must be returned to Mrs Joy Bew directly.

If you would like to discuss the Program, then please feel free to email
tandjbew17@bigpond.com or telephone me on 0422 396 110. I look forward to meeting all the participants at the first lesson on 6 February.

Mrs Joy Bew
Coordinator of the Year 10 Dance Program 2020

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College calendar.

2020 Year 8, 11, 12 Academic Headstart begins
2020 Year 9, 10 Academic Headstart begins
Semester Two Examination Period concludes
Year 8 into 9 Transition Program begins
Year 6 Mystery Tour
Year 10 and 11 Headstart Program concludes
Year 8 into 9 Transition Program concludes
College Office Closes - 12:00pm

From the Principal

I am not sure many people say this after many weeks away from work, but it is certainly great to be back in so many ways. My period of Professional Enrichment Leave was very informative, beneficial and engaging and of course, the Long Service Leave was a terrific opportunity to relax and recharge.

As I mentioned to the staff at our briefing this week, it was great to be able to go on leave confident in the knowledge that all staff, especially those acting in various leadership positions created by my absence, would do a tremendous job. I would like to thank Mr Tom Ryan in particular, who did a wonderful job as Acting Principal. I must also mention Mr Rob Bonnici (Acting Deputy Principal: Staff and Operations), Mr Ben Williamson (Acting Director of Learning and Development) and Mr Andy Devlin (Acting English Learning Area Team Leader) and acknowledge the excellent work each did in their respective roles. Opportunities to step into a more senior role are important developmental and professional learning experiences for these staff. I am thrilled each was able to step up, execute the role well and no doubt learn a good deal.

I have certainly walked back in at a very busy time. Exams from Year 9 – 12, end of semester assessments for Years 5 – 8, preparations for 2020 Transition Days and HeadStart, along with timetabling and staffing are just some of the myriad tasks to be dealt with before the end of the year. So many staff across all areas of the College are required to be involved in and complete numerous tasks at this time of year and I am grateful for the effort, organisation and planning which goes into ensuring these are successful and beneficial. In recent years, we have devoted a good deal of attention to maximising the value of the students’ last couple of weeks at school and avoid “downtime”. I am very confident the activities and programs in place will be challenging, engaging and fulfilling for each year level.

I will write in more detail in the next Duce, but in closing, I must touch on a couple of the highlights of my Enrichment Leave:

  • Visiting eight De La Salle schools and two other Catholic schools was a brilliant opportunity to share our charism, learn from how they operate as a Lasallian school and how they promote the Catholic identity.
  • Working with a variety of senior figures in the Vatican and hearing their views, questions, opinions and challenges around the future of the Church and Catholic education was enlightening, to say the least!
  • I also had the privilege of having a meeting with Br Robert Schieler fsc, our Superior General, who was very generous with his time and very keen to hear all that is happening in Malvern and the broader Lasallian works in Australia.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Lest We Forget

There are many symbols associated with Remembrance Day, the central one being a wreath, which represents both Honour and loss.

Since the 1920s the Flanders Poppies have been associated with remembering those who have lost their lives in conflict. This year, a group of our Holy Eucharist students along with myself and Mrs Green have constructed poppies from old Australian Rules Footballs. It would be difficult to find a more quintessentially Melbournian Symbol than a footy.

A poppy has been created for each of the 51 De La Salle Old Boys who gave their lives in the defence of our freedom and liberties.

Rosemary has long been the symbol of remembrance and is fitting, as rosemary grew wild on the Gallipoli. At the Remembrance Day Ceremony, two sprigs of rosemary which were placed in the blazer pocket on the wreath, one representing the families who have lost loved ones in wars and the other representing our current student body.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest we forget.

Mr David Happ
Holy Eucharist Teacher


Respectful Relationships at De La Salle

At De La Salle College, we believe that education is more than just academic success. We believe in education, grounded in the Catholic faith, that teaches the importance of respect so that students may develop positive relationships with others in society.

De La Salle College is a partner school in an initiative that providing intensive training and support to over 1000 Government, Catholic and independent schools to implement the whole school approach to Respectful Relationships.

This year, the existing Personal Development Program has been complemented with the new Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships curriculum materials designed by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. The resources have been developed by experts from Deakin University and the University of Melbourne. These age‐appropriate and evidence‐based resources support curriculum delivery and include lesson plans and activities that help students learn and practice social skills and apply them in a positive way to learning, life and relationships.

Teaching children how to have equal and respectful relationships and how to challenge harmful gender stereotypes will have a long‐lasting, positive impact on the prevalence of violence against women in Australia, and on the prevalence of violence in our society in general.

From an early age, young people can be exposed to harmful messages, attitudes and behaviours that can support violence and stereotype men and women. Many young people witness violence at home and may experience or even perpetrate violence in their own intimate relationships. This is an unfortunate and confronting reality.

Exposure to negative messages, attitudes and behaviours related to gender, consent and violence means that some young people accept violence as normal in their daily lives. This can take the form of victim‐blaming or thinking that some violent acts are not serious.

Compared to the rest of the population, young people aged 16 – 24 are:

  • less likely to understand the dynamics of violence in relationships
  • less likely to reject violence‐supporting attitudes
  • more likely to hold attitudes that support men having greater power than women in relationships

The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships learning materials gives each student the greatest opportunity to actively engage with the learning process, as well as suggested professional reading material for teachers and recommendations for students seeking support.

Studies show that a student’s connectedness or belonging to school and family is the single most important protective factor for young people. It is associated with both positive health and academic outcomes. Students who develop social, emotional and positive relationships skills are:

  • more likely to be motivated
  • more likely to show improved academic outcomes
  • more likely to have higher academic self‐efficiency
  • more likely to show improved mental health
  • less likely to abuse substances
  • less likely to engage in violence

To explore the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships teaching and learning materials click here.

Year 9 students at De La Salle College participated in the Polished Man movement at lunchtime on 20 October. Initiated and organised by Charlie McGann, Year 9, students and teachers at the Holy Eucharist Campus were invited to paint one fingernail blue to mark their awareness of and commitment to ending domestic violence. We congratulate Charlie for bringing this innovative movement to the attention of the College.

If this topic raises concerns or issues for you or someone you know, please call the 24–7 National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Faith and Mission

Christmas Giving Tree

An intrinsic hallmark of being Lasallian is to identify a need in the community and then take action to address that need. Each year at De La Salle College, we ask staff, students and families to think of those less fortunate in our community and how we may be able to make a small difference and bring a smile to the face of a young person at Christmas time who might otherwise go without.

Recently, all families will have received a letter outlining the details about our annual Christmas Giving Tree. With Christmas fast approaching, bringing joy and love to families is something that so many of us are fortunate to experience. For some, however, Christmas is a time of hardship and sorrow.

Once again, the College Christmas Giving Tree will support 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 (or more), for either a boy or girl of open age. We ask that you consider the need for gifts for teenagers as a priority.

As we all know, the joy that a gift will bring to a child on Christmas morning is immeasurable, the smile on such a face is priceless.

Christmas Giving Trees will be placed at each of our three campuses of Tiverton, Kinnoull and Holy Eucharist, in the reception areas from Wednesday 13 November. It is anticipated that gifts will be delivered to St Joseph’s Outreach Services in South Yarra, after Monday 2 December.

Families are reminded to please ensure that gifts are not wrapped, rather placed in a gift bag under the giving tree. Please note that aerosols/razors (gift packs) or pretend play weapons cannot be accepted.

I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the families at De La Salle College for their constant generosity and support of this most deserving project and many others throughout the year.

Church announces national drought prayer campaign

The Catholic Church in Australia is dedicating the month of November as a time to pray for those affected by crippling drought conditions and to pray for the gift of rain.

Parishes, schools, families and other Catholic communities across the country are being encouraged to participate in the National Prayer Campaign for Drought, which also invites people to provide assistance to those most in need. The Bureau of Meteorology says that, on some measures, the current drought is the worst in 100 years or more, with most parts of Australia’s eastern states declared to be in drought.

Bishop Columba Macbeth‐Green OSPPE from Wilcannia‐Forbes oversees a diocese that covers about half of New South Wales, including some of the most drought‐affected areas in the country.

He said the month of prayer is an additional response to the local work being done in affected communities.

Some of our Catholic ministries, along with other faith‐based, charitable and government organisations, are doing remarkable work, supporting people with material needs, offering financial support and responding to people’s psychological and spiritual needs,” Bishop Columba said.

In some dioceses, practical responses like school fee relief or support with rising utility bills can ease an increasing burden for families.

But in a Catholic context, prayer must be a part of our response.”

Bishop Columba said the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, has stories of rain being “God’s gift” to people who are suffering, “In times of drought like we are experiencing now, we should pray for God’s gift of rain, which will have the power to quench our arid lands and also lift many people’s fallen spirits,” he said.

Bishop Columba said the National Prayer Campaign must be truly national, noting that the whole country suffers when there is a drought – especially one of this magnitude. The Church needs to be an example of recognising that reality.

That people living where there is plentiful, or at least enough, water don’t seem aware of how much suffering the drought is causing only adds to the hardship of those in drought‐affected communities,” he said.

The Church across Australia – lay people, religious, priests and bishops alike – needs to stand in solidarity with those suffering most acutely, offering prayers and practical support to those in most need.”

Article from:                                                                                                     https://mediablog.catholic.org.au/church-announces-national-drought-prayer-campaign/

Remembrance Day Service

Jesus said;

A person has no greater love than to lay down his life for his friend”.

John 15:13

On Monday 11 November, students at De La Salle College gathered to commemorate and remember the fallen. As we gathered as a College community to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we paused to pray to our loving God for those who laid down their lives for peace and freedom.

On Remembrance Day, we remember all Australians who have given their lives in war. We stop and reflect that the tradition is one of celebration of peace not war, because on November 11, 1918 the end of the war was signed for the beginning of peace. This reminds us, that as Christians, as Lasallians, that we have a responsibility to work for peace in our world; and to build God’s kingdom on earth.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Model UN Conference 2019

On Thursday 10 October, De La Salle College hosted its fifth Model United Nations Conference – a highly anticipated event on the students’ calendar.

The topic for this year was, ‘Planet Oceans: Protecting the World’s Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources’.

This year, 103 Year 10–12 students from nine different schools participated – the largest delegation to date.

  • De La Salle College
  • Ivanhoe Grammar School
  • Parade College
  • Mazenod College
  • Sacred Heart Girls College, Oakleigh
  • Siena College
  • Caulfield Grammar
  • Lauriston Girls’ School
  • OLSH Bentleigh

As the host school, De La Salle had a very strong cohort of 29 students that participated on the day – a number of whom are now veterans of the diplomatic battlefield.

The participants are all to be congratulated on how well they represented the College – their knowledge of their allocated country’s position and history regarding marine conservation and resources was impressive and allowed for genuine critical engagement with other delegates during negotiations and moderated caucuses.

  • William Hogan (Year 12)
  • Oliver Barr (Year 12)
  • Matthew Catalfamo (Year 12)
  • Michael O’Dwyer (Year 12)
  • Aidan Parish (Year 12)
  • Nick Caruso (Year 12)
  • Andrew McGaw (Year 11)
  • Oliver O’Brien (Year 11)
  • Jacob Nikitas (Year 11)
  • Hayden Reed (Year 11)
  • Tom Quin (Year 11)
  • Ned Carrick (Year 11)
  • Will Dwyer (Year 10)
  • Tom Seddon (Year 10)
  • Cormack Fleming (Year 10)
  • Lachlan Wong (Year 10)
  • Gus Kopczowski (Year 10)
  • Josh Salmon (Year 10)
  • Blair Hunter (Year 10)
  • Miles Munro (Year 10)
  • Thomas Andrewartha (Year 10)
  • Sam Goh (Year 10)
  • Marcus Herman (Year 10)
  • Daniel Pertile (Year 10)
  • Ethan Dattilo (Year 10)
  • Sam Kecskes (Year 10)
  • Kevin Xie (Year 10)
  • Lachlan Connolly (Year 10)
  • Oliver Williams (Year 10)

Miss Olivia Wenczel
Director of Learning and Development — Curricula Programs

Kinnoull News

Media Film a Bond University Award Finalist

One of our Year 12 Media students, Oliver John, entered his film ‘Australia High’ into the Bond University Film and TV Awards and has made it through to the top 30 films, shortlisted in the Comedy category.

Oliver will attend the awards night at Bond University and have a chance to win a scholarship. Congratulations and good luck, Oliver!!

Ms Eliza Meallin
VCE Media Studies Teacher

2019 Lasallian Public Speaking Competition

The 2019 Lasallian Public Speaking Competition was held at St James on 17 October.

Congratulations to Harrison Gatti, Noah Henderson, Oliver Williams, Oliver O’ Brien, Morgan Morffew for their participation in the 2019 Lasallian Public Speaking Competition hosted by St James. Each speaker presented a prepared speech on their own topic and then an impromptu speech with five minutes preparation. Each of our representatives spoke with conviction about their chosen topic‐ the audience was so impressed with the calibre of the speeches and the sensitivity with which our young men spoke.

St Bede’s won overall, but De La Salle had victories as Noah Henderson won the Year 8 Division and Morgan Morffew the Year 12 division.

Well done to Harrison, Noah, Olly, Oliver and Morgan! Bring on the 2020 competition which is to be held at De la Salle. Come along and support our public speakers!

Mrs Christine Thompson
LATL — Humanities

Tiverton Campus News

Primary School — Years 5 and 6

In the Year 6 classroom, the students have started to prepare for their final week of Primary School. The students have all undertaken roles for the Graduation Dinner as they aim to make the final weeks of the school year count. They have written speeches and letters, formed ideas about special performances for the night and worked collaboratively with all staff to create a special experience for all the students and their families.

We look forward to celebrating with you at Merrimu Receptions on Tuesday 3 December from 5:30pm.

We will also be sending all Year 6 families some ideas in the next few weeks regarding effective transition into Year 7. Miss Olivia Wenzcel, Director of Learning and Development, and I will be guiding the current Year 6 students with some literacy and numeracy activities over the holiday break to ensure they are ready, confident and positive for Year 7 at the beginning of February next year. Some information will be sent out to Year 6 parents in the coming weeks

Lastly, our Year 5 students will undertake some PAT (Progressive Achievement Tests) testing over the course of the next 2 weeks. This will provide us with some invaluable data for the Year 6 teachers for 2020 to ensure they differentiate the curriculum in regards to literacy, numeracy and inquiry to assist all learners in 2020. This will enable all students to perform to the best of their standard, finish the 2019 school year off strong and be confident going into Year 7 in 12 months’ time.

Year 7 and 8

In both Year 7 and 8 assemblies this week we will be revisiting two important values that we have explored in 2019 — Work Ethic and Organisation – as we finish off the school year at the Tiverton campus. We believe these values will assist them in the Headstart classes, as well as into 2020 and beyond.

Work Ethic

We believe a good work ethic is about forming good habits such as focusing, staying motivated and finishing tasks immediately. It takes effort to build up but helps in every area of life. In the last month of the school year, worth ethics looks like homework and assignments being completed as soon as possible and not left to the night before. Work is completed before relaxing (not procrastinating) and persisting when work is difficult. It also positive self‐talk and holding yourself accountable to Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely (SMART) goals that the boys will draw up as part of their Headstart program.


We believe if students are organised it will increase their productivity and will provide them more time for the important things. Being organised also reduces your stress and anxiety.

What does this look like?

  • Arriving on time to each class
  • Arriving to class with all materials you might need
  • Having a study or homework plan
  • Submit tasks on time or early
  • Work is kept in order and dated, and
  • Lockers are clean and tidy

We look forward to finishing off the year strongly with the Year 8 camp at Phillip Island next week from Monday to Wednesday, and the Year 7 students are busily getting ready for their final assembly in a few weeks’ time where each mentor group will present an evaluation of their year at De La Salle.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Middle Years

Music Notes

De La Salle Bands perform at the Victorian School Bands Festival

In Terms 3 and 4 each of the Junior Concert Band (led by Ms Claire Block), Intermediate Concert Band (led by Ms Penny Karahalios) and the Stage Band (led by Mr Jaymee Lee) have given performances at the Hawthorn Town Hall as part of the Victorian School Bands Festival.

Pictured below is the Junior Concert Band, which has gone from strength to strength in 2019; the 35 young musicians braving cold early Monday mornings to attend weekly rehearsals with great dedication. The future of the Music Department is in good hands with this fine array of young talent.

Year 7 Concert

The Year 7 Concert, featuring the class ensembles of 7 Dunstan, 7 Jerome and 7 Solomon and guest performances by senior school musicians will take place on Wednesday 20 November in the Performing Arts Centre at 7pm.

Christmas Concert

The entertaining Christmas Concert will take place on Wednesday 4 November in the Performing Arts Centre at 7pm.

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

Chaplain’s Notes

Year 8 Last Supper Reenactments

This term our Year 8 students have been to visit the Jewish Museum. To complement this experience they have participated in a remembrance of Jesus last supper with his disciples.

The students were invited to think about why Jesus adopted the extraordinary role of a servant and washed the feet of the disciples. As they engaged in washing each other’s feet, they reflected on being out of their comfort zone; having someone in their personal space; caring for those who can’t care for themselves and respecting the dignity and needs of others.

They followed this by sharing in the prayers and a meal as Jesus did when he gave us the Eucharist.

First Communion

Congratulations to Carter Kessling who received his first communion recently. Carter spent several weeks preparing for the Sacrament. With his family standing beside him, Carter received Jesus for the first time on 27 October, 2019.

VCE Examinations

VCE examinations are well underway and our Year 9, 10 and 11 students will commence exams shortly. It can be an anxious time for our young men and I ask the Lasallian Community to hold our students in your prayerful support during the days ahead. You may like to use the prayer that follows:

Compassionate God,
Grant our students clearness of mind,
strengthen their determination,
ease their anxieties,
and guide them to peace in you.
We ask this through your Son Jesus,
our companion on the journey.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Lasallian Youth Minister

Crazy Sock Day

On Wednesday 30 October, the De La Salle College, Social Justice Committee made up of dedicated Year 11 and 10 students, ran a “Crazy Sock Day” on the Tiverton Campus to support Catholic Mission.

For a gold coin donation, students on the Tiverton campus were able to come to school in their crazy socks and the student wearing the craziest socks in each year level, won a pair of unique socks. 

The event ran for the cause of supporting the victims of the Sri Lankan Easter Bombings earlier this year, with the raised money going towards helping the rebuilding of damaged churches, and towards providing long‐term trauma counselling to help victims and their families.

Fifa Competition

The Social Justice Committee works hard each week to build awareness and to lend a helping hand where possible. This group also decided to run a Fifa Competition for the Junior Students at Tiverton.

The Junior Fifa Competition ran over two days (Wednesday 6 November and Tuesday 12 November), with teams of students playing each other in front of a crowd of their peers.

This competition was aimed towards supporting Diyagala BoysTown, Ragama, SRI LANKA. With the goal of sponsoring a student’s education at the school. This particular school has been visited by past Year 12 students on the Yaluwo Immersion trip and the Social Justice Committee felt it fitting to support fellow Lasallian students, in which our College shares a valuable connection with.

Mr James Biviano
Lasallian Youth Minister