From the Principal

Despite how much we all love being part of the community, schools can be complex and challenging places at the best of times. The past few weeks and certainly those to come, are presenting a myriad of issues to deal with. I have written four or five letters to families and staff in the past week outlining the conditions here at Malvern, the measures we are putting in place and the emphasis on the safety, health and wellbeing of our students and staff.

I do not need to go over that information again, even though our situation changes daily. You will have heard yesterday that the government insists schools stay open and at the moment we are still taking the advice and recommendations of the authorities, as are the vast majority of schools.

I want to offer a few comments around what is obviously becoming an increasingly fragile situation for us all. I am very conscious of the unease the literally unprecedented situation we find ourselves in is generating. There are certainly mixed messages coming through the media, but I’m hoping the following can provide some reassurances.

The Independent Education Union published a helpful comment on Tuesday, which I think sums up our position at the time of writing:

Current advice is that at this stage schools should remain open, except where required for cleaning, contact tracing or isolation. This is supported by public health experts, and it’s important to highlight that (contrary to some suggestions circulating on social media) this is not simply about ‘child‐minding’ or keeping the economy going – it’s part of a broader strategy to manage the spread of the virus. It may be the case that at some point there will be a general closure of schools, but it’s crucial that this is timed for maximum effectiveness.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Brett Sutton, has stated that “pre‐emptive school closures are not likely to be proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID‐19 at this time…” I know many will question this and some high profile schools have elected to close or have been forced to if they have someone in their community testing positive, but I am comforted by the reality that the vast majority of schools (including all ACC schools) remain open and are being guided by advice from the government and CECV. This has been reinforced by the statements this morning from the Prime Minister and Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Brendan Murphy.

While this official advice is for all schools — and a lot of it is reassuring — I am acutely aware of our local context at De La Salle, my responsibility to students and staff wellbeing and the increasing anxiety and questions the situation is generating. I, along with the Executive Team, will continue to monitor all aspects of our situation and provide updates as regularly as practical, particularly if the situation changes. You can also be assured of a sympathetic ear and ongoing support from the Executive Team if required.

In the short term, please be reminded of the Covid‐19 symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore Throat
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • A general feeling of being unwell

At present we have NO person in our community who has tested positive, with families providing a terrific level of cooperation with the Health Centre and me in dealing with any perceived symptoms/issues. As you can see above, schools are advised to remain open but we will close if there is
(a) any confirmed case of Covid‐19 among staff, students and potentially parents or
(b) DHHS, DET and CECV advise us to do so.

If there are specific concerns we may be able to address, it is important you speak with members of the Executive Team or other senior staff, ask questions where need be and be reassured by the measures we are taking. Likewise, we need to work together to keep things in perspective, remain calm, and support each other and, most importantly, our students.

Many of our young men are confused, anxious and seeking advice and reassurance. While none of us knows how this is going to ultimately pan out, I have advised staff it will be helpful to engage in sensible conversation with the students, reiterate helpful facts, don’t buy into their rumours or scaremongering among each other but be the voice of calm, support and reason. A consistent message from all staff is very important here. The two articles attached to my letter on Tuesday and the info at Whole Child Counseling may be helpful for you.

I am also writing to all students and have been visiting classes to answer questions, clarify grey areas and generally trying to put the boys at ease in this difficult situation.

As the days unfold staff welfare/wellbeing is also very much on the agenda, as well as the obvious duty of care to the students. Yesterday’s staff collaborative planning time was important in supporting each other to develop the process for remote learning but also an opportunity to speak, share and support.

In closing, below is a prayer shared with me this week – a nice beacon of hope as we look forward to better times.

Peter Houlihan
Principal

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.

But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.


Richard Hendrick
13 March 2020

Faith and Mission

Opening and Welcome Mass

On the evening of March 5, all new students in Years 5 and 7 at De La Salle College were welcomed warmly at the Opening and Welcome Mass held at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Fr John Sherman OMI celebrated Mass before a filled Cathedral of students, families and staff. We also welcomed the presence of De La Salle Brothers, Br Peter Smyth FSC and Br Michael Carroll FSC.

The evening was also special for our senior Year 12 Captains, our Tiverton Campus Captains, Holy Eucharist Captains and Primary Captains as we witnessed their acknowledgement as the 2020 Leadership group.

Fr Sherman delivered a beautiful homily that gave witness to the words from Matthew’s Gospel (5:13–16), during which he invited our three College Captains to join him on the altar.

The Opening and Welcome Mass is an important annual event in our College Calendar. It brings students, families and staff together to celebrate the commencement of the year ahead, allows us to acknowledge those new to our community and, by celebrating the Eucharist, we recognise what is central to whom we are as a Catholic and Lasallian Community.

Lent

As we continue to journey through the days of Lent and realise that these days are almost over, we remember that we began with Ash Wednesday and received the mark of ashes on our foreheads, and have continued to keep the weeks of prayer and good deeds. Some of us have contributed to the almsgiving that is asked of every Christian.

Soon we will be ready to celebrate with our families the Triduum, the three holiest days of the Christian calendar; Holy Thursday, Good Friday And Holy Saturday.

During this time, we become aware of Jesus dying on the cross and rising again. As we prepare these coming holidays for Easter, I hope that all families find the time to reflect on the story of Jesus. And that this Easter season, as we endure the troubles and complexities that the world is facing, may his teachings remind us to rejoice in his cross and praise him in his resurrection.

Ms Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal Faith and Mission

Students

Coronavirus — a guide for parents

Coronavirus is an evolving international health concern. Around the world, people are being affected in many ways. Individuals of all ages from numerous nationalities are being diagnosed with the virus –– it doesn’t discriminate. Although children are considered at lower risk of infection, they are not immune to the multitude of news reports regularly seen or heard in the media.

This epidemic is a cause for great concern to parents, but it is also very worrying to young people. Many are wondering how best to discuss this epidemic in a way that will be reassuring to kids without making them feel more worried than what they may be already. Parents should not avoid such a discussion with their kids. Not talking about something can often make them worry more. This fact sheet provides helpful hints on managing the stress and anxiety caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Although most children will have already heard about the coronavirus, it is important for parents and care‐givers to take this opportunity to convey the facts about it and set the emotional tone. This may help kids feel more informed and reassured. Involving them and encouraging self‐efficacy can also give them a sense of control and purpose.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be provided with some guidelines on how best to approach this topic whilst still ensuring the wellbeing of their child. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Please follow this link to the special report prepared for the College by SchoolTV.

Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Stude
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Kinnoull Gets Colourful

Visual Communication Design, or VisCom for short, is a growing field with strong pathways to employment in design and design‐related fields including graphic design, industrial and product design, architectural and environmental, website, animation, fashion and communications.

On Tuesday 3 March, the Year 12 VCE VisCom students were treated to an incursion and workshop with Prima from Studio Arts.

Prima was demonstrating industry‐standard techniques of illustration colour work with Copic markers.

Christine Basilli
VCE VisCom Teacher

Tiverton Campus News

Primary School Years 5 and 6

The Primary School students have been working hard to celebrate International Women’s Day this year with a key focus on celebrating women’s achievements and also what the word “equality” means to our Year 5 and 6 students. The students wrote stories and comics and made a Hero Wall within their new classrooms to celebrate this inquiry unit. This culminated in a terrific celebration last week in the Primary School classrooms with our assembly.

The highlight was newly‐elected Primary School captain Charlie Welling espousing that his love of female sporting stars, such as Cathy Freeman and Elyse Perry, is overshadowed by his love for his mum. She is his hero for working hard everyday to support Charlie and his family.

We also want to celebrate the Year 6 classes for doing their best at the Year 6 Cave Hill Creek. The boys and the staff had a terrific learning journey and many thanks to Terry Atkins, Tom Ryan, and Andrew Kearns for leading this. We hope the students are enriched by these learning experiences. We look forward to undertaking the Year 5 camp to Sovereign Hill later in the year.

We also want to celebrate Finn Sebire and Charlie Hill for representing the school at the recent ACC Swimming Championship, where both students tried hard and performed at their best.

This was a theme in our successful Melbourne Football Club leadership day with the values of teamwork, hard work and continuous improvement discussed with our students and the players.

Year 7 and 8

The Year 7 and 8 students continue to settle well into the College in Term One 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.

Both Year levels 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 oneself with an appreciation of personal 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 provided to optimise learning opportunities and development for all our students. This was reiterated at our Year 8 Parent Information Night recently by Dr David Collins from Braingrow.

Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Middle Years

House News

St Edwin’s House Charity is St Vincent De Paul, a charity that works hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. The St Edwin’s House Easter raffle is an annual fundraising event facilitated by Edwin’s House Coordinator, Ms Stevenson and the Senior House Leaders.

Students in Edwin’s House are invited to bring in Easter eggs, which fill up the Easter hampers and once these hampers have been filled, the wider school community has the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets, with all proceeds going to St Vincent De Paul. It is a fantastic opportunity to unite the closely‐knit Edwin’s family in fundraising, but even more of a privilege to share this with the wider school community and contribute to the safety and security of Australia’s less fortunate.

In addition to the annual Easter raffle, St Edwin’s House traditionally holds an annual ‘Winter Sleepout’ where Kinnoull students have the opportunity to sleep at school for a night and endure the cold weather in order to experience a glimpse of what life would be like without the comforts of a bed, heating or a roof over your head.

It is the willingness of St Edwin’s students to become so immersed in fundraising and social justice, which makes our House truly special!

Antony Valcanas
St Edwin’s Lassallian Captain

Music News

As has been announced by Principal Peter Houlihan, all public and in‐school Music Department events in the near future have been cancelled or postponed.

These include:

  • ACC Junior Jazz Workshop (hosted by De La Salle) – postponed. Planned to held in late Term 3 or early Term 4.
  • Autumn Concert – cancelled.
  • Typhoid Mary – postponed. Planned to be held late in Term 3.

At this stage, preparations are continuing for the Music Tour, which is scheduled for July. Further updates will be forthcoming in early Term 2.

While it is disappointing for students to miss these highlight events, the Music staff wish to encourage students and their families to keep engaging in lots of home practice, as we will be doing our best to make up for lost opportunities as soon as safely possible.

Instrumental lessons will continue as normal while the College remains open. In the event of a school closure, the Music Department will be in contact with parents to discuss alternative plans.

Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

Lasallian Youth Minister

Greetings parents, students, staff of the De La Salle College community. My name is Luca Almiento and I am taking on the role of Youth Minister for 2020. In 2019 I was fortunate enough to Volunteer in Perth on a gap year, working with Indigenous Youth in a boarding house setting. It was through this work I developed a deep appreciation for the wider Lasallian charism.

My role within the College is committed to serving this Lasallian family and helping students reach their full potential. It is my role to enact the Lasallian values of faith service and community and to advocate for the school’s various social justice outreach programs. I will be working closely with the Deputy Principal — Faith and Mission, Ms Rana Brogan, and a group of committed Year 10 and 11 students to create a heightened sense of community within the school, with an emphasis on supporting those less fortunate through promoting Mission Action Day and other fundraising efforts throughout the year. I will also be a presence in classrooms, providing students with support in a classroom setting in the hope of being a positive role model.

I hope that through this position as Lasallian Youth Minister I can inspire a culture of service within the College and have a positive impact on the young men at De La Salle College.

Luca Almiento
Lasallian Youth Minister

Sports News

Athletics

André Di Medio, Year 10, is the State Under‐17 men’s pole vault champion! At the recent 2020 Victorian Track & Field Championships, André jumped an equal PB of 4.40m to secure the Gold.

Congratulations André!

Jessica Stevenson
St Edwins House Coordinator

Cricket

Many of you who have been here for a few years will remember Wes Agar from the Class of 2014, when he captained an ACC 1st X1 Cricket Premiership. Wes also had a brief stint on staff for a few months as AFL Trainee in 2015 before moving to Adelaide.

At the Allan Border Medal ceremony in February this year, Wes was named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year – a wonderful honour and just reward for the terrific work Wes has put in since moving to Adelaide. Wes was in a Victorian development squad when still here and has really blossomed into a very promising fast bowler at Sheffield Shield and T20 level since moving to South Australia.

Please click here for the full story.

Peter Houlihan
Principal


Wellbeing News

Student Wellbeing Committee

The Student Wellbeing Committee has been finalised for 2020 with representation across all Year Levels.

The Committee convened for their first meeting this week and plan to meet each fortnight during lunch breaks for the remainder of the year.

With many ideas, the Committee is very keen to be an authentic student voice for their peers and to make a positive impact across the community throughout the year.

Shane Mackintosh
Director of Students — Senior Years

Lasallian Zeal Awards

The Lasallian Zeal Achievement and Recognition Policy seeks to affirm and develop positive learning behaviours. 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
Brock AugustynskiYear 12, Leo’s 01Bronze
Oliver O’BrienYear 12, Leo’s 01Bronze
Thomas QuinYear 12, Leo’s 01Bronze
Christopher MenaraYear 12, Leo’s 04Bronze

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.

Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Important News

Communications to Families

As we navigate the COVID‐19 crisis, regular communication from the College to families becomes increasingly critical. The preferred medium is email, so it is crucial your contact details are up to date.

Letters were emailed home to parents on 11, 12, 13 and 17 March, with inevitably more to come, so please ensure your family email and other contact details are correct so we can maintain contact.

Peter Houlihan
Principal

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities including:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school‐organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

If you still hold a current concession card or Health Care Card, or your student holds a Youth Allowance Health Card, please complete and return the application form to the College by Friday 17 April 2020 – if not sooner.
Please return your form to familyaccounts@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

Government funding assists De La Salle in providing quality education to your son, so we encourage you to apply if eligible. For more information on CSEF please click here.

2020 Photo Permissions

We have had a great response from families, but there are still a significant number of students whose photo permissions have not been updated for 2020. Please check and update 2020 photo permissions via the Community Portal.

From the Principal

The past couple of weeks have been challenging for many of us in Catholic education and I believe it is important for school leaders to respond to their communities in the face of so much negative publicity.

Recent issues and events have generated a good deal of discussion and critical reflection, but I also believe they create an opportunity to affirm the excellent work done by staff and students and reiterate our position on matters of great significance in contemporary education.

I have included below extracts from my Principal’s address at last Friday’s Academic Awards and Leaders’ Investiture Assembly. After highlighting our 2019 VCE students’ tremendous success, I spoke to students, staff and parents present around the need for strong leadership at all levels of the school to meet contemporary issues head‐on and highlight the inherent strengths of De La Salle as we work together to develop great young men.

As we celebrate and acknowledge this year’s student leaders this morning, I would like to speak a little about leadership and related issues. At the very centre of strong, effective and successful leadership is a high level of respect – and as our Lasallian Guiding Principle says – Respect for all persons.

I think all of us are well aware of the controversy surrounding St Kevin’s at the moment. While it would be unfair and inappropriate for me to comment on another school’s affairs, and I have no intention of doing so, the situation does throw into a very stark light a range of themes and issues for contemporary boys’ education and Catholic schools in general.

This is where the critical importance of leadership comes to the fore. Leadership from staff and students, which is built on respect, generates respect and enhances our Lasallian culture of respect.

Boys’ schools are very much in the public eye, Catholic schools probably even more so. The good news for us is that our students largely represent yourselves, your family and your school very well in the public domain and understand the importance of that. I feel very strongly about this – I’m proud to be your Principal and it’s important I acknowledge and thank you for this positive manner in which you conduct yourselves.

As you will know by now, our 2020 College theme is Respect. That must be translated into practice, to mean respect for all in the community. Respect for your peers — all of them — because they all deserve it — respect for your teachers and families and respect for the traditions and values of our College.

It is through respect we can help address the critically important society issue of respect for women and gender equity, and it is through respect we increase our understanding of — and reject — misogyny and associated behaviours.

Another issue to come out of the news this week is a school’s obligation to support any student who reports an issue and deal with it appropriately. I would remind each and every De La Salle student our policies and processes are strong, up‐to‐date and reliable. You need to know that it is safe and right to report any concerns to a trusted staff member to be then addressed with respect and confidence by Ms Alger and me.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Your House is Your Home

The House system plays an important role in fostering a student’s sense of connection and belonging within their House via a range of wellbeing and co‐curricular programs.

These include the vertical pastoral care groups at Kinnoull where House Mentor groups are mixed with Year 10 to 12 students. The House Coordinators and Mentors develop pastoral connections with each student in their House during the three years at Kinnoull.

During lunchtime activities, students are provided with opportunities to represent their House in a range of activities. The College Athletics, Cross Country and Swimming Carnivals also provide opportunities for students to represent their House throughout the year. Student academic achievement was recently added as a way to contribute to their House points tally and the Champion House for the year. House areas are emblazoned with achievements.

There are four Houses at De La Salle College which are;

  • St Austin’s House (Yellow)
  • St Edwin’s House (Green)
  • St Leo’s House (Blue)
  • St Mark’s House (Red)

Shane Mackintosh​
Director of Students — Senior School

St Austin’s House

There is little doubt that each person is affected by the House they are in, especially in the senior years at De La Salle, where I have found the House system more significant. Austin’s House is the place where I spend the first part of my morning at school, where you’ll always find a mate to talk to. Your House becomes a part of your identity at school, the sort of thing that you can take seriously one day, and have a good laugh about the next. Austin’s House feels like a home to me at school.

Patrick Landy — St Austin’s House Lasallian Captain 2020

What really makes your senior years enjoyable is the House system which combines us into ‘vertical’ House homerooms. Austin’s House makes me feel welcomed, happy and relaxed during the times of stress, with fun activities, small competitions and conversations with classmates. Personally, being part of Austin’s House makes me feel very optimistic and enthusiastic to start the day.

Luke Shelley — St Austin’s House Sports Captain 2020

St Edwin’s House

Edwin’s House is full of care, compassion and opportunity. By working with and trusting each other, the Edwins brothers form a powerful army that looks after one another.

The Edwin’s House liturgy held in Saint Miguel Theatre on Wednesday 29 February was a great success, hosted by the House Leaders from Years 10 to 12 and Miss Stevenson, our House Coordinator. The community was able to come together and anticipate the opportunities of this year. Raffle tickets for Edwin’s house charity St Vincent de Paul Society were sold on the night to help support this organisation that reflects our values so precisely.

Joel King — St Edwin’s House Captain

St Leo’s House

In Leo’s, our House is a point of pride for all, especially here at Kinnoull. This sense of pride emanates from an all manner of things, from our established winning culture to the broad interests of each and every Leo’s boy. This communal feeling was especially evident at our House Welcome Liturgy for 2020. Coming together as a House to start the year is always a special feeling and this year was no exception. We enjoyed the musical talents of Sam Martin and Blair Hunter, who really made the night what it was.

St Leo’s House is working closely with Caritas Australia’s ‘Project Compassion’, raising money for the less fortunate people from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Indigenous Australia by helping them help themselves. St Leo’s House is committed to Caritas’ mission and assists in fundraising to raise awareness of the people in the world who are living in poverty, helping to make their lives better.

Jack Lawless — St Leo’s House Captain
Oliver O’Brien — College Vice‐Captain
Chris Menara — St Leo’s Lasallian Captain

St Mark’s House

St Marks House seeks to live by the motto “Be The Change”. This clearly outlines that each of the ‘Marksmen’ should, in some way, shape or form, strive to embody and facilitate change throughout their time at De La Salle and beyond.

The House’s Welcome Evening on 19 February reiterated the importance of positively representing Marks House and the expectations for those within the House. The senior members of St Marks House are actively advocating for camaraderie and a positive culture between the junior years so that Marks House can re‐claim its Glory days.

The St Marks House charity is Opening The Doors — a foundation which addresses the severe educational disadvantage still being experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, providing assistance so that they are able to choose and successfully maintain a positive educational environment for their children. One of the most prominent goals every year is to raise as much money as we can for this foundation.

Flynn Bulman — St Mark’s House Lasallian Captain

Faith and Mission

Lent

This week, we commenced our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday, a time when we are marked with the symbol of the cross in ashes on our foreheads and are invited to “repent and be faithful to the Gospel”.

Lent is also a time to remember that we are ambassadors of Christ. It is a time when all Christians pause and reflect completely on how Christ became our Paschal Sacrifice and how we can figuratively speaking ‘climb into His wounded side’ to find healing, forgiveness and new life.

This year, may we all enter into Lent with our hearts open, embracing more fully the power of the Resurrection, so that we find new hope and encouragement to open our hearts as we respond to God’s grace and to lead others to do the same.

College Opening and Welcome Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral Thursday 5 March

All families of Grade 5 Primary Students, Year 7 Students and College Leaders will have now received a formal letter, co‐signed by College Principal Mr Peter Houlihan and Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission Ms Rana Brogan outlining the details and expectations of the celebration evening at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

On Thursday 5 March, all students new to the College in Years 5 and 7, will be welcomed into the College with a special gift of induction to formally mark their entry into the College community.

Parents are asked to please arrive at the Cathedral no later than 6:00pm to ensure a prompt start to the Mass.

All 2020 College Leaders (Year 12 College Leaders, Holy Eucharist Captains, Tiverton Captains and Primary Captains), will also be commissioned into their respective roles and are required to be dressed in full winter uniform.

All other new students to the College (those in Years 5 and 7), are required to be dressed in full summer uniform.

Ms Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Students

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

Last Friday, 21 February, saw the induction of our De La Salle College leaders at the first whole school assembly for 2020. These young men were presented to the entire school community and committed to a year of service, following the lived example of Saint John Baptist de la Salle. We will hear from the College Captain, Andrew McGaw, who inspired and motivated 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

Academic Awards and Investiture of Leaders 2020

On behalf of all in the De La Salle community, I must congratulate the Class of 2019 on their outstanding VCE results. These included our best results ever in terms of percentages of students with ATARs in the 90s and scores in the 40s. As ever, this level of success is a combination of terrific teaching from terrific teachers and an honest, strategic and personalised approach from students and all involved. These results are cause for great pride and satisfaction, for these award recipients here today, but indeed the whole cohort.

Peter Houlihan
Principal

If your son received an award and is not featured in the gallery, please email duce@delasalle.vic.edu.au with your son’s name and year level to request a copy of your son’s photograph.

Holy Eucharist Campus News

Welcome to Holy Eucharist

A warm, heartfelt welcome to the Year 9 cohort of 2020. Life at Holy Eucharist continues to brim with goodness as it maintains its status as a campus on the move.

Summer works have allowed us to add several digital screens around the campus; the ability to cater to a Technology elective on‐site; and the addition of an operational kitchen for a brand new Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Elective. The learning environment remains fresh, roomy and state of the art. Shading and outdoor breakout spaces have also been a welcome addition to the yard.

Students are empowered to take a more mature and organised approach to their learning this year. The Year 9 calendar is intended to provide unique platforms for their learning. Already this year, the Year 9 cohort have set personal learning goals; engaged in Rites of Passage workshops; began their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, and are working in the community every Tuesday afternoon as a means of Lasallian Service.

On Sunday 25 February the Holy Eucharist Parish formally welcomed Year 9 De La Salle students and their families into East Malvern. The Mass was standing room only and afterwards the crowd spilled out into the yard, to be bathed in sunshine for a well‐received BBQ put on by our Parent Network.

As a team we look forward to aiding this highly distinguishable year of learning.

David Alexander
Head of Year 9 Campus