Roll Call Current Issue — May 2020

As De La Salle continues to operate and educate remotely due to COVID‐19 in Term 2, we may not have reunions but our Old Collegian Community is full of interesting people with interesting lives. Our 2020 May edition is full of great stories, updates and much more. Enjoy!

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Lasallian Roll Call May 2020 PDF

From the Principal

Welcome to the first Duce of what is obviously a very unusual Term 2. It is a period which has been so strange, so unfamiliar and so challenging in so many ways I have been extremely heartened by the response of all in our community.

The days I am on campus are a little haunting and underwhelming – usually there are 1000 plus young men running around, talking, playing downball and calling out a greeting, it really seems like a long time since the students were here and things were “normal.” Schools are really only for the students, so the sooner we are allowed to get them back and all the spirit and camaraderie that brings, the better off we’ll all be.

I have already communicated in various letters and emails my gratitude to the staff, particularly those in key leadership roles who worked so diligently, especially during the recent holidays to ensure all students, staff and systems were set up and ready to go for Term 2. It is largely down to these people that our experience of remote learning has been so successful.

That said, I understand it does present some difficulties for various families. I know our Wellbeing Team is in touch with a range of students and parents and the appropriate advice, support and strategies are in place. I would invite any family experiencing difficulties under the current circumstances to contact us. If unsatisfactory or inadequate study conditions at home make learning difficult for your sons, or if he is having difficulty keeping up with the expectations for whatever reason, please contact Ms Jessica Alger, Deputy Principal — Students jalger@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

Ms Alger and her team are devoting a good deal of time to creative and supportive measures to look after our students, so please let us know if we can help. The boys’ wellbeing and social connection is integral to and just as important as their learning.

On a similar theme, if your son is used to working under the care of the Education Support Department, and there are times when he needs extra support beyond what his teachers and Learning Support Officer can provide remotely, please contact Ms Georgie Skinner gskinner@delasalle.vic.edu.au to discuss your concerns and what nature and level of support may be available and practical. This may include coming into school on some days if that is agreed to be necessary and helpful.

We are all working hard to keep the students on track and the terrific, positive feedback from so many parents has been greatly appreciated. The staff have loved seeing your grateful acknowledgement of their work with the students and the messages on our Facebook page. We are reviewing virtually daily the expectations on the students, the quantity and nature of work, assessment etc and making sure we strike a balance with keeping the students engaged and up to date, bearing in mind what can be best and reasonably achieved remotely.

The school closure obviously meant we were unable to mark ANZAC Day with our traditional ceremony, however thanks to Ms Brogan staff were able to share a mini‐liturgy with their classes on Monday morning. It is important our students have the opportunity to understand and appreciate the history, tradition and sacrifice associated with ANZAC Day and the so very many service men and women who gave their lives for their country. I am a little biased as a History teacher, but I do believe the students of this generation need to understand the meaning of ANZAC Day and my experience in boys’ schools is that they do so with respect and reverence.

My father served in WW2 (he’d be 112 if he was still alive!) and I have fond memories of him marching as an almost 90 year‐old ANZAC with the few remaining diggers from his tiny country town of Harrow, where he grew up. These traditions and memories are an integral part of our fabric as Australians, so hopefully we can return to our normal whole‐school ANZAC service in 2021.

Finally, on a very sad note, as a Lasallian community, we remember and honour the fallen Police Officers who have so tragically and senselessly lost their lives.

We know that our response needs to be grounded in Jesus’ message of compassion, courage and faith. “Fear not” he tells us repeatedly in the Gospels.

We hold in our hearts and in our prayers those who are suffering, grieving and pining under pressure. We remember those Police Officers who have given their lives in the performance of their duty and we pray for their families and friends as they carry the grief of this tragic loss.

We continue to do what we can to alleviate distress and be of service to others and remember those who are always serving others.

St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for Us

Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever

Peter Houlihan
Principal

Faith and Mission

It is unimaginable how we find ourselves caught up in a time where COVID‐19 has crept into our lives uninvited and impacted so many millions of people around the world.

But as Christians, times like these call for us to turn to each other, to stay connected and, most importantly, to remember to look for Christ and see him in the face of everyone we encounter, to remember him daily in our work, and all those men and women who sacrifice so much to do their work in the “front lines” every day.

As Lasallians, we take our steadfast lead from our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle and like him, we too turn to and trust in Jesus our Lord for guidance. We stand together, we pray together, we support each other and we keep in contact.

Pope Francis recently said, “it is together that we will come out of this situation, moving together with hope”. At De La Salle College, we are a community grounded in the Christian virtue of hope and in our Lasallian Core Principles, and we have already started, despite isolation, to endure while moving forward together, remaining connected and, more than anything, keeping the Lasallian spirit alive through our daily contact with staff, students and families.

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day is traditionally a time to gather to remember those Australians and New Zealanders who served and fell in WW1 amidst the valleys and ridges of Gallipoli, on the terraced hills of Palestine, in France, Belgium, Samoa and the Cocos Islands.

Since then, it is also the day on which we remember all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in war and on operational service, on the sands of the North African desert, amidst the mountains and olive groves of Greece, Crete and Syria, in the skies over Europe, in Singapore, in the jungles of Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, in Korea and Vietnam, East Timor and more recently in Afghanistan.

However, this year the day will be rather modest in its exclusion of traditional marches, gatherings and celebrations, but no reason why we should not stop and pause to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, of those who died and those who returned from war wounded in body and spirit.

We remember Lord, all those who suffered as prisoners of war, and those who died in captivity. Our servicemen and women have left us a proud heritage. May we and our successors prove worthy of their sacrifice. We remember them this day and dedicate ourselves to the cause of justice, freedom and peace, and for the wisdom and strength to build a better world.

In the Gospel of St John it reads:

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.  ‘I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another”.  (John 15:9–17)

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

The Ode 

They shall not grow 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.

St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us

Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever

Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Class Iso 2020

On Sunday 22 March 2020, we received the news we had been anticipating that all schools across Victoria would close and commence preparations for a move to remote learning, and that a further announcement would be made regarding Term 2 after the school holidays.

The College Health Centre was well prepared. Several infra‐red non‐contact thermometers, alcohol swabs, disposable gloves and bottles of hand sanitizer had been obtained. Through liaison with the Department of Health systematic tracking of school community members who had been in close contact with confirmed cases was established and every negative test result received brought a small sense of relief, knowing our College community was safe from this virus. However, there was still more work to be done to ensure we were ready for future Government announcements.

Victoria was fighting a deadly virus, a virus that we couldn’t see, smell, taste or hear and De La Salle needed to be ready. Procedures were written, learning rooms were set up, isolation rooms established, (just in case) and entry/exit processes determined. The holidays provided valuable time to facilitate the requirements at school for the students of “essential workers” and those considered “vulnerable”.

Day 1, Term 2 commenced with a small group of students entering the College, not knowing what to expect. They responded to my requests to adhere to physical distancing and “please apply hand sanitizer and wait whilst I take your temperature” with ease and were then directed to an appropriately spaced‐out desk.

Our first recess presented a new problem. How to keep them entertained during recesses and lunch times? We mitigated the risk, asked them to again hand sanitize, disinfected a basketball, and enjoy a game basketball, remembering to go through the whole process every time. By lunchtime, a very unique cohort of students formed new friendships as they enjoyed a sunny day, fresh air and commenced a game of “chasey” (albeit with new rules about non‐contact tagging).  Lunchtime ended, temperatures were again recorded and the students returned to their seats for remote learning until 3:05pm, when we were very pleased to announce we had all survived Day 1.

Fast forward to Day 4 and our group of students, now referring to themselves as “Class Iso 2020”, elected a senior student Thomas Simpson as “Captain Iso”. Deputy Principal of Students, Jessica Alger (safely) presented Thomas with a Class Captain Badge, which he pinned it on himself due to the physical distancing rules.

Day 7 brought another new consideration. How to facilitate receipt of VCD folios of our Year 12 students? A contamination site was established, 23 students arrived at Gate E and handed over their folios one at a time to a gloved staff member who went to great lengths to disinfect the folios, place them in a “clean” site, and arrangements were made for the Teacher to collect them.

I am enormously proud of the students who are attending and adapting so quickly to the new normal, even playing a game of “guess your temperature”. They are polite and courteous, self‐motivated, highly disciplined and didn’t mind my constant nagging about physical distancing (at least never to my face). 

We will see this through and come out the other side. At the end of “Class Iso 2020”, I want them all to look back fondly on our surreal days spent together and know that De La Salle College and the Health Centre cared about them and went to great lengths to keep them safe whilst in our care, as their parents work to keep all of Victoria safe. The College Executive and numerous staff members continue to support the Health Centre during these times and I thank each and every one of you.

Congratulations “Class Iso 2020”, you will all graduate with “Distinctions in Resilience” Awards.

Kylie Upton
Health Centre

House Swimming Report

St Edwin’s Swimming Win

The 2020 De La Salle swimming carnival held on 6 March was a very successful day for Edwin’s house as we took out the house championship. With a late change of venue to GESAC, a shift from the traditional events held was necessary. This shift saw the inclusion of a 16‐man team body board relay and 10 heats for the 50m freestyle and backstroke.

Edwin’s got off to a great start with the Year 7, 8 and 9 body board relay teams dominating in the pool. This set the tone for the rest of the day with the senior swimmers following suit in their relays.

Later in the day some incredible efforts by Edwinners in the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke put Edwin’s house in good stead for the trophy to finally reclaim it from Leo’s! A score check from Mr Kenealy later in the events revealed Edwin’s was in the lead by 30 points with only the team 50m freestyle relays remaining.  All that was left then was to fill every single event with two teams.

Perhaps the defining quality that set Edwin’s apart from the other houses was the willingness from all year levels to get involved. Finding the numbers for our final push was easy with volunteers lining up to join relay teams to bring us home.

Edwin’s house showed not only their strength in the pool but also such great team spirit. Inspired by Antony’s soccer chants, the entire group got behind him ensuring that we were the loudest house of all!

Some special mentions go to a few of the senior swimmer: Sean Kelleher, Sebastian Hadaway and Jeremy Grigg, for their amazing work in their individual races. As well as a few of the younger students: Lucas Excel and Alexander Hadaway, for their contributions in their individual races and team relays. There were many champion Edwin participants on the day.

Thanks to our House teachers Mr Di Ciccio and Mrs Kennedy for their tremendous efforts preparing for the event as well as their hard work on the day.

We are the Edwin’s Army!

Keagan Hillemacher
Edwins Sport Captain

Stay Active, Stay Healthy

With the times that we are in, it is super important for young men to stay fit and active wherever and whenever we can. It is vital that everyone is doing at least one hour a day of physical activity of some sort, whether it’s going for a run, walking the dog, or a having a kick in the park, for the sake of our mental health and physical fitness, we should be doing something active.

As young men, we also need to look after our Mental Health. One way to both stay active and raise awareness for Men’s Mental Health throughout the pandemic is the new ‘Push Up Challenge.’ This is a new campaign that has been introduced to raise awareness of the issue of Male Suicide.

It challenges participants to do 3046 Push Ups over a 21‐day period from 11 May to 30 May. This number reflects the amount of Male Suicides there were in Australia in 2018.

Exercising makes you happy

Exercising each day provides a higher level of blood to your brain, and can also reduce the risk of anxiety, which makes you maintain a higher level of positivity and see an improvement in concentration.

Tips on How to Stay Active:

First thing in the morning, nothing sets up your day better than getting up early and doing some form of physical activity

After long periods of sitting, getting up and going for a walk around the block can be great to reduce stress and regain focus

Getting into a regular sleeping pattern, early nights and early wake ups

Identifying your start and finish times help to give yourself a goal to work towards throughout the day and allow you to rest at night

Lastly — Stay Connected with one another!

Sebastian Fernandez
Sports Assistant

Teacher / Staff Q and A

Jessica Alger, Deputy Principal – Students.

Can you give us a brief description of your position?

My position is centered around wellbeing of all students at De La Salle. My role involves ensuring that staff, students and their parents have the information, support and structures available to learn and teach in an environment that promotes healthy people – in body and in mind.

How long have you taught at De La Salle?

One year and four months, and I’ve loved every minute.

Can you tell us something special about teaching at De La Salle?

It truly is a community, a space where people care for and about each other very deeply and genuinely. A small example of this is the way the students say ‘Thanks Miss’ on the way out of each lesson. They do it naturally, and without prompting. It’s kind, respectful and appreciated by teachers.

Who is someone you admire, and why?

At the moment I am watching ‘The Last Dance’ on Netflix, and it has reignited my admiration for Michael Jordan. A phenomenal sportsperson, but, more importantly, a man who knew the importance of his team, of working with others, of putting in effort in order to improve, and staying humble.

Do you have any pets? Can you share a picture?

I have a cat named Brian. She is 13.

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be all sorts of things – a nurse, a firefighter, a shopkeeper. Very glad I found teaching as I am not sure how good I would have been at those!

Which is your House and who do you support in the AFL?

I am in Leo’s House, and I support Hawthorn in the AFL.

Mark Gustincic, Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

Can you give us a brief description of your position?

I’m responsible for the learning and teaching that happens at the College. A lot of my work is with other College leaders and the teachers, working out the best ways for classes to operate and learning to happen for students from Year 5 to Year 12.

How long have you taught at De La Salle?

I joined De La Salle in 2013.

Can you tell us something special about teaching at De La Salle?

The students are fantastic young men – clever, personable and fun to be around. I really enjoy teaching Media at De La Salle. I’m so often impressed by the creativity and insight of my students.

Who is someone you admire, and why?

Anyone currently working in health, aged care or education. Everyone’s normal way of being has been turned upside down with the onset of COVID‐19. I’ve witnessed genuine heroism and selflessness from people working in these fields in recent weeks.

Do you have any pets? Can you share a picture?

A cat. Her name is Niffy. She’s 14. It’s a love‐hate relationship, as they sometimes are with cats!

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a small child, either a scientist or Evel Knievel.

Which is your House and who do you support in the AFL?

Austins. Bombers.

Important Notices

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 8 May 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.

Roll Call

The May Issue will be available on 4 May.

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