Parent Network News

2020 Parent Network Events

The Parent Network is looking forward to 2020 with new and exciting events planned throughout the year. The focus will continue to be 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.

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

Date Event Venue
Thursday 30 January First Day Morning Tea Gymnasium
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 Gymnasium
Saturday 1 August Trivia Night Gymnasium
Thursday 27 August Father’s Day Breakfast Gymnasium

If you are interested in being involved in assisting with any of these events please email your details to

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 Atamian9 DrummBronze
Harry Cunningham9 Drumm Bronze
Ben McLisky9 Drumm Bronze
Benjamin Wayman9 TaylorBronze
Jack Meehan9 Taylor Bronze
Ralph Howard9 RummeryBronze
Reeve Yogendran9 CarmodyBronze
Antony ValcanasEdwin’s 1Bronze

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

2020 Tuition Fees

The College Board has now 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

Communities That Care Stonnington Parent Survey

Communities That Care Stonnington is passionate about improving the health outcomes for young people. One of their strategies is to explore parent/carer attitudes towards supply of alcohol to their children.

The Our Young People survey has been created to gather community insights and understand common attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. Responses are sought from parents and carers across the Stonnington community, living, working or with children attending school in Stonnington. Simply click here to take part.

Important Dates

Kinnoull Semester 2 Examination Period Commences
Year 8 Camp - 18 November to 20 November, Phillip Island
Unit 3 and 4 Exams Conclude
Year 9 Semester 2 Exams Commence
Year 9 Semester 2 Exams Conclude
Staff Professional Practice Day - No Classes
Year 10 and 11 Headstart Program Commences
Year 9, 2020 Information Night - Session 1, Holy Eucharist Hall, 6:00pm start
Year 9, 2020 Information Night - Session 2, Holy Eucharist Hall, 7:00pm start

From the Acting Principal

Last Wednesday the College held our 2019 Valedictory Mass and Dinner — a very special day for our Year 12 students and their families.

The Mass, celebrated by Fr John Sherman, OMI was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral, with the Valedictory dinner held later that evening at the Sofitel.

In reflecting on the evening it is to clear to me the importance of family, friends and school life in the formation of our young men. When a student joins De La Salle, it is not just he that becomes part of the traditions and history of our College, but his parents and family. This is at the core of what De La Salle College is about. We are a community. A community that celebrates together and struggles together. A community that embraces the Lasallian principles “together and by association”.

As our Year 12 students, their parents, College staff and special guests gathered “together and by association” as one, we were able to farewell and congratulate the graduating Class of 2019. Farewells are often tinged with sadness, but also with the excitement of moving on to something new and different. This was very much the case again this year. Another group of exceptional young men are leaving the College. For many, it will be the last time they put on their blue and gold blazer. They depart sharing a place in the rich history of this great College. They leave as young men well prepared to face the challenges of their final exams and ready to make a difference to our world through their future endeavours. Vale the Class of 2019.

The House Sporting Carnivals are highlights of the year and much‐anticipated events for students and staff. Unfortunately, due to localised, erratic and dangerous weather conditions that developed during the Swimming Carnival on Friday 25 October, we took the decision to abandon the Carnival at 10:40 am.

We have had a good run over recent years with the weather at our Carnivals and we were certainly unlucky this year. Despite our hope that the weather would blow over, the decision to abandon the event prematurely was based on safety concerns, balancing our own risk assessment, the Carnegie Pool safety requirements and the impact of the rain earlier in the morning on students and staff.

It was particularly disappointing for Peter Larsen and Geordie Nagle who had spent many hours preparing for the Carnival along with the College staff and Student Leaders. Thank you to parents for understanding with this and our apology for any disruption this may have caused for you on the day.

World Teachers’ Day occurred on 25 October. This day celebrates and acknowledges the work of all teachers not just on one day of the year but every day. We are blessed to have an outstanding group of teachers working at De La Salle. Their skill, patience, generosity and commitment to our young people is greatly appreciated by all in our community.

Finally, the College will stop at 11:00 am on November 11 to mark Remembrance Day. During this significant and solemn event, we pause to honour and remember those men and women who have served our country in the Armed Services.

Mr Tom Ryan
Acting Principal

Vale Class of 2019

Year 12 Final Days at De La Salle

On Monday, 21 October the 2019 Year 12 cohort celebrated their year with much fun and excitement at the Sidetracked entertainment venue. In keeping with the light‐hearted theme for the day, many students took the opportunity to attend in fancy dress. Without a doubt, the go‐karts and laser tag were the most popular! The students thoroughly enjoyed their time together and the opportunity to share in some fun and laughter with their House Coordinators and other staff.

On Wednesday, 23 October the graduating Year 12 cohort and their families attended the Valedictory Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Following the Mass, families made their way to the Sofitel where the Valedictory Dinner was held in the Grand Ballroom. There were a number of significant speeches and awards presented throughout the evening.

Valedictory Mass and Dinner 2019 Photo Gallery

The following Year 12 students received recognition at the Valedictory Dinner for their outstanding contribution to the College.

Br James Taylor De La Salle Old Collegians Football Club Sportsman of the Year
For achievement by a student in ACC sports combined with a positive approach to his studies.
Joe Lloyd
Fr Les Troy Award
In recognition of a student who has demonstrated service to the Community, the College, local and beyond.
Will Hogan
Hilary Hayes Outstanding Student Award
For outstanding academic results, service to the College and beyond, a significant involvement in College life, a positive role model to his peers and the younger students at De La Salle.
Dominic Gehrig
Br Gerard Rummery Arts Award
For outstanding contribution to the life of the College through involvement in the Visual, Musical or Performing Arts.
Oliver Barr
St John Baptist de La Salle Senior Lasallian Award
To a student who has shown a Christian concern for his fellow students; made De La Salle a better place by his commitment to its ideals; and developed his own talents to the best of his ability and for the welfare of others.
Michael Fabian

The following Student Awards were presented at the Year 12 Final Assembly on 18 October.

Br Damien Harvey Award
In recognition of leadership and service as College Captain.
Liam Jenkins
Leadership Award College Vice‐Captain.
For leadership and service as Vice‐Captain.
Amedeo Perri
Leadership Award College Vice‐Captain.
For leadership and service as Vice‐Captain.
Morgan Morffew
The Anthony Molan Athlete of the Year Award
For leadership in the sporting arena combined with excellence in academia Sponsored by David Stinear. In memory of Anthony Molan Class of 1997, who was an exceptional sportsman.
Liam Jenkins
Australian Defence Force Award for Leadership
In recognition of a student who has shown excellent leadership skills throughout his time in Year 12 plus ($500) Sponsored by Australian Defence Force.
Jack Barnard
Caltex Best All‐Rounder Award
A student who has displayed scholastic achievement across a range of subjects; shown a willingness to assist others; made selfless contributions and has been committed to excellence in all activities.
Sponsored by Caltex.
Joel May
Outstanding contribution to the life of the College
Awarded for his involvement in the Performing Arts.
Eli Te Moni
John Lloyd Trophy for outstanding contribution to the life of the College
Awarded for his involvement in Music.
Ben Gibson
Outstanding Contribution to the life of the College
Awarded for his involvement in Visual Arts.
Stephen Maglis

Congratulations to all award winners.

We wish all the Year 12 students the very best as they embark on their final exams over the coming weeks.

Mr Shane Mackintosh
Director of Students — Senior Years

Faith and Mission

Year 12 Valedictory Celebration

Our Valedictory for the Graduating Class of 2019 took place on the evening of Wednesday 23 October, with a breathtaking evening sun streaming through the stained glass windows of St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Nothing was more exceptional than the example of our fine Year 12 students having their graduation certificates presented as they made their way forward to the altar for the first time as Old Collegians of De La Salle College. The presence of De La Salle Brothers enhances our celebrations and certainly, having Br Visitor David Hawke FSC and Br Peter Smyth FSC enriched the occasion.

Reverend Fr John Sherman OMI, who we are fortunate to have as one of our regional College Chaplains and dedicated to celebrating our Valedictory Mass each year, reflected in his Homily on the deep meaning of Jesus’ Beatitudes. He spoke of the deep faith and love we are challenged and called to go out and have as Lasallians, and of the importance we ought to find in influencing and shaping the world as Christians as we embark on life after school.

My wish for the class of 2019 is that they flourish with the love and life God offers. May they live with the love of Jesus and the zeal of St John Baptist de La Salle in their hearts forever!

Year 12 Papua New Guinea Immersion

Earlier this year the decision was made to postpone the Yaluwo Immersion to Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday bombings. In light of security warnings from the Department Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Australian High Commission in Colombo, Smart Traveller and College travel insurers, the College felt that it was in the best interest of student safety to put the Yaluwo Immersion on hold for 2019.

Through the support of the Brothers in Papua New Guinea at De La Salle College Bomana and we now have an alternative Immersion opportunity for the Year 12 group which is just as exciting. In 2019, will be venturing to Bomana, Papua New Guinea for the Year 12 Immersion Experience.

De La Salle Secondary School Bomana was originally established as a boys’ boarding school in 1964, and it is one of the oldest schools in the country. It became a boys’ day school in 2009. There are about 1200 male students attending De La Salle Bomana, which is situated on the outskirts of Port Moresby.

The Year 12 Group from De La Salle College Malvern has the opportunity to travel to Papua New Guinea to do some very worthwhile work for a community that is equally in need. Given that we already have a long‐standing history and relationship with the community at Bomana from past travels and connections, this will enable us to further enhance the relationships and camaraderie.

Most of the students live in poor, nearby settlement communities which have no access to basic amenities such as electricity and running water. Many come from broken families and difficult circumstances. Over the years, the school has been working to improve student behaviour and morale. Their efforts have resulted in an increasing number of graduates continuing on to university and college courses.

Good luck to the 2019 Papua New Guinea Immersion Group who will be travelling to Bomana at the conclusion of the VCE Examinations in November.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission


Farewells and New Beginnings

Healthy transitions

Transitions are best described as change: a period where we must adapt to new circumstances, expectations, people, environments or routines. Transition happens over time, both before and after what we think of as the ‘big’ day. How quickly children and young people adjust varies.

The end of the educational year brings changes, both big and small, for children, young people and adults. Some find it exciting, some find it stressful, some hardly notice it happened.

Adults use their experience and existing knowledge to predict what changes may be like, and how it may affect them and can develop strategies to help them adjust and cope. With limited prior knowledge or experience to draw on, children and young people often find change difficult and challenging.

When thinking about types of transitions for children and young people we might consider:

  • their first transition from home to an early learning service
  • the first year of school
  • moving from primary to secondary school
  • finishing secondary school and moving to the next stage of study or work.

However, small transitions are happening every day for children and young people: saying goodbye to family in the morning, stopping one thing and starting something new, moving from one room or building to another.

Transitions also occur in home life: moving house, going on holiday, the birth of a sibling, family changes, separations or bereavements. These early years’ experiences can influence how we approach and cope with transitions throughout life.

During transitions, children and young people often communicate their feelings through behaviour. They rely on the adults around them to understand, acknowledge and interpret their behaviour, and provide a safe, secure, predictable space for them.

Transitions are successful when children and young people feel confident, secure and included – and these are all important protective factors for children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Source: Beyond Blue – BeYou

Supporting transitions and building resilience

We build resilience by learning and developing social and emotional skills – including coping skills. With these skills, we manage life stressors, grow confidence and willingness to try new things, and seek and accept help when required.

During transitions, things we can do that provide the most positive experience for children and young people, maintain and grow relationships, and reduce routine disruption and stress include:

  • Plan and prepare for transitions through a supportive orientation process.
  • Have consistent communication with everyone — including the children, young people, their families and educators. 
  • Develop strategies that include planning for and respecting diversity and individual needs.
  • Be flexible when the unexpected happens.
  • Establish routines as soon as possible to develop a sense of predictability in the new environment.

As we move through a time of change, SchoolTV can help with building young people’s resilience.

This month on SchoolTV — Resilience

Resilience is one of those skills that all kids need and should have. It refers to their ability to cope and adapt in situations when confronted with challenges such as adversity, trauma, tragedy, or even stress. It is essential to their mental health and wellbeing as part of their journey to adulthood. It is a skill that can be learned from an early age through the support of an adult role model.

However, being resilient does not mean your child won’t experience any difficulties, but it will better equip them to manage those situations. Over‐protective parenting can be viewed as being unhelpful towards the building of resilience. Although this may be a natural instinct, potentially experiencing failure is all part of the process. Encouraging children to take healthy risks will help them trust their capacity to deal with uncomfortable situations and increase their capacity for courage.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will gain an understanding of how to support their child’s brave behaviour to help them adapt and build resilience. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always 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.

Click here to explore this month’s edition of SchoolTV.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Tiverton Campus News

Years 5 – 8: Key Focus

Respect for Other People

Throughout 2019 students on the Tiverton Campus have been focusing on the key Lasallian value of Respect. As the school year draws to a close we have been focusing on the notion of respect for other people.

We want all De La Salle students to use their thinking part of their brain, instead of their emotional part of their brain, and treat people of difference with respect. We want people of all race, sex, ethnicity, mental and physical abilities, old and young to have a sense of belonging in the De La Salle community at all times. We want our classrooms and playgrounds to be inclusive, collaborative and welcoming. We want respect for the individual and we will continue to educate our students on this core principle to make them better men.

This week two Year 8 students focused on the topic of racism and the importance in our community. They discussed that they had learnt that “we have to include and respect people for who they really are, no matter what the colour of their skin is, or no matter what they believe or even their culture”. They also discussed that in order to stop racism “people have to put themselves in the victim’s shoes. People quite often don’t understand how bad they make the victim feel when they are being racist”.

Racism is something that we do not tolerate at De La Salle College in any form and it is viewed as a Level 4 violation of the De La Salle Principles. As a consequence, offending students participate in an internal suspension where they will research and learn about racism through the Library Guides on Ollie. This will also be on the students’ permanent record in the College.

The Tiverton Wellbeing team will farewell the Year 8 students from the Tiverton campus in a few weeks’ time and we will continue to work with the other Year levels in the next few years, and so we would like to end the year with this poem by David Harris.


If we can not respect another

How can we expect them to respect us

If we can not respect someone’s beliefs

How can we expect them to respect ours

If we can not respect another’s race

How can we expect that race to respect us

If we can not respect others

How can we expect respect in return

Everyone expects respect

No matter who they are

The only way to gain it

Is to start treating everyone

As a friend, a brother, a sister

As part of our extended family

No matter what colour or creed they are

Only then you will start to get

The respect you so clearly crave

David Harris

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Tiverton Campus

Parent Network News

Parent Network Executive Committee for 2020

The annual Parent Network General Meeting was held on Monday 21 October 2019.

We are pleased to announce the Executive Committee of the DLS Parent Network for 2020 is:

President Meagan Selkirk
Secretary Letecya Stacey
Treasurer Sonya Ryan
General Committee Members Linda Curnow
  Kym Gardiner
  Sharon Herdman
  Mary Martin
  Melinda Rowe

We wish to thank Nick Drossos, Maria La Torre, Anthony Muir, Anest Nicolaou and Cate Robertson who have retired from the Committee after contributing many years between them to the Parent Network.

2020 Year Level Representatives

We are very excited to have a great group of parents who have volunteered to take on the important roles of Year Level Representatives for 2020. 

Year Level Representatives
Primary Michelle Peterson and Louise Harris
Year 7 Bron Kenworthy
Year 8 Franca Cafici, Amanda Grace and Katie Saunders
Year 9 Kirsten Bell and James McEniry
Year 10 Linda Curnow
Year 11 Trish Van Buynder
Year 12 Vacant

If you are interested in becoming involved with our great team of Year Level Representatives or filling our vacancy for Year 12, please email your details to

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
President, Parent Network Committee

Valedictory 2019 Gallery

Valedictory Mass, St Patrick’s Cathedral

Valedictory Dinner, Sofitel on Collins

If your son attended the Valedictory and is not featured in the gallery, please email with your son’s full name and House to request your son’s photograph. Please note that while every effort is made to capture the event in full, on occasion we may not have a photograph of an individual student.

Important News

Mink and Sam — Opens Tonight!

Mink and Sam is a rollicking good, fun show featuring Year 7 and 8 students of De La Salle College and Sacré Cœur.

Two young beings find themselves adrift in their lives and need some help. They meet each other under strange circumstances and the rest… you’ll have to come along and find out!

Come and be awed by the fabulous choreography, amazing costumes and marvellous performers!

Two shows only! Thursday 31 October, 7:30pm and Friday 1 November, 7:30pm. No door sales — please book before you arrive!

Mr Andrew Murrell
Drama Coordinator

Fee Payment

2019 Tuition Fees

Families paying 2019 tuition fees are required to pay them in full by 30 November 2019, as per the College Fee policy. To review your current balance, please refer to the parent portal. If you have not provided a payment option form for the payment of your College annual tuition fees, please do so by 30 November 2019 to ensure that you are on an approved payment plan for 2020.

2020 Tuition Fees

The College Board will be ratifying a new College Fee Policy applicable from 2020 so please note billings for 2020 tuition fees will now take place in January 2020. The major change within the policy is the timing of the billings and any discount for payment in full by the end of December is no longer applicable. All families are required to be on a payment plan if they choose not to pay their account in full by 28 February 2020 (discount applies per student). The 2020 annual tuition fees and the updated College Fee Policy will be published on the College website by mid‐November 2020.

For any enquires or further assistance, please contact Ms Ellenor Harris in Family Accounts or email

Thunderstorm Asthma Warning

Respiratory experts are warning people to be prepared as we enter thunderstorm asthma season — you do not need to have asthma to be affected.

Respiratory Specialists advise people to look out for wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and shortness of breath. If you have reliever medication (asthma puffer) you should take it. It is also safe to use someone else’s reliever puffer in an emergency if you don’t have one.

Respiratory Specialists advise people should stay indoors, where possible, during spring thunderstorms, particularly when the cool change hits.

People with asthma or hayfever should see their doctor for medication to prevent and treat any potential attacks. People with mild asthma, or who have never experienced an asthma attack, are often most affected because they are not actively taking treatment or have management plans. This is a reminder to mild asthmatics that their condition could suddenly become severe, therefore a current action plan and medication is required.

Asthma Australia urges people to be aware of asthma symptoms.

What is Thunderstorm Asthma?

It is the phenomenon of rye grass pollen being swept up into springtime thunderstorms and ruptured by the pressure of the rain into smaller pollen grains. Cold thunderstorm outflow winds then push the particles down to ground level where they can be inhaled deeply into the lungs and trigger asthma epidemics.

Symptoms to look out for

Wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and shortness of breath. Take particular care if you have asthma or are prone to hayfever.

How can I prevent it?

If you have ever had asthma talk to your doctor about what you can do to help protect yourself from the risk of thunderstorm asthma this pollen season. Remember taking an asthma preventer properly and regularly is key to preventing asthma, including thunderstorm asthma.

If you have hayfever – see your Doctor for a hayfever treatment plan and check if you should have an asthma reliever puffer.

Where possible, avoid being outside during thunderstorms through November and December – especially during the wind gusts that come before the storm. Close your doors and windows. If you have your air‐conditioning on, turn it onto recirculate.

Respiratory Specialists advise that if you need to go to Hospital during one of these events, try to go by private transport rather than wait for an Ambulance.

Please ensure your son’s asthma and hayfever action plans are up to date with De La Salle Health Centre. If your son suffers from hayfever, please administer antihistamine at home. We have a limited supply of antihistamines at the Health Centre as emergency medication. Your son is not to attend the Health Centre for his daily antihistamine during hayfever season.

Your son’s medical file can be accessed by the community portal or contacting Ms Kylie Upton, Health Centre on 9508 2144 if you require any further information.

Useful Apps and Websites

Mrs Kylie Upton
Health Centre

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College calendar.

Unit 3 and 4 Exam Period - 30 October to 20 November
Mink and Sam - Junior Musical - PAC, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Mink and Sam - Junior Musical - PAC, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Melbourne Cup Long Weekend - No Classes
Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday
Drama Elective Assessment Evening - PAC, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Remembrance Day
ACC Years 7 and 8 Debating and Public Speaking Competition - St Bernard's College, Dandenong, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Parent Network Committee and YLR Meeting - College Boardroom, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Year 10 Study Day
Year 11 Study Day

From the Principal

It is a pleasure to be writing to you, the College community, as we commence the final term for 2019. For our Year 12 students, this is likely to be a “roller‐coaster” few weeks of memorable moments and a considerable amount of stress.

The end of Year 12 brings to fruition six years of secondary schooling and the De La Salle community is there to support and encourage the Graduating Class of 2019 over this time. A number of significant events are planned over the next two weeks, including a Year 12 Breakfast, final House and College Assemblies on 18 October, a Celebration Day at Sidetracked, South Oakleigh on 21 October and the Valedictory Mass and Dinner on 23 October.

There are heightened expectations on all Year 12 students at this time. Throughout the year we have reminded our Year 12 students that each one is a leader at the College and therefore has a responsibility to lead through their positive actions and academic endeavours.

Staff at the College have accompanied the graduands at each level of their journey and are to be commended for their outstanding commitment and diligence in preparing the young men not only for the rigours of the exam period, but a successful transition to their future lives.

In the second week of the school holidays, all Unit 3 and 4 students undertook trial VCE exams. Thank you to VCE Coordinator Ms Liz O’Connell and the staff who gave of their time to be at the College to supervise and support the students each day.

On behalf of the College community, I wish the Year 12 cohort every success for the exams ahead and thank the parents and guardians for their support in making our educational partnership a successful one.

Over the September holidays, a number of significant works were completed on the Tiverton Campus, including the removal of trees and the completion of the refurbishment of the Tower Building. This heritage building dates to 1929 and while the façade looks as elegant as ever, the learning spaces have been renewed, transforming them into fresh contemporary learning environments. In the near future, a plan will be finalised for the next phase of refurbishment at Tiverton and arrangements made for the utilisation of the Tower Building for 2020.

From 15 September to 3 October, a group of Italian Language students, accompanied by Mrs Lil Russo, Mrs Marta Webster and Mr David Happ, participated in a very successful trip to Italy. Students were able to attend school in Orvieto and undertake a range of wonderful cultural and sight‐seeing activities, as well as enhancing their confidence in their language skills. Click here to view the Photo Gallery.

The start of Term 4 also brings new ACC seasons in cricket, volleyball and tennis, as well as debating, chess and public speaking competitions. There are also two Performing Arts productions underway. Year 7 and 8 students are currently rehearsing for Mink and Sam with Sacré Cœur, to be performed on 31 October and 1 November. Senior students are also working hard on the 2020 Senior Production with OLSH Typhoid Mary. Both of these productions continue our fine tradition of giving students the opportunity to be involved in quality Performing Arts events.

Finally, a reminder to all students that Term 4 brings a chance for a “fresh start” to consolidate and implement the learning that has already occurred throughout the year. In many ways, Term 4 is the most exciting term of the year as it brings the opportunity to complete so many tasks and it culminates with Headstart and transition programs where all students will move to their 2020 classes. All is set for the learning and challenges that the last term of the school year always brings.

Mr Tom Ryan
Acting Principal

From Boys to Men

Rites of Passage

Throughout 2019, our Year 9 students have been privileged to attend workshops run by the Rites of Passage Institute. These workshops have been deliberately designed around our campus themes; Identity, Stewardship, Futures and Legacy — themes we believe are incredibly important at Year 9 as we support students in their transition from boys to young men.

These workshops have provided Year 9 students with a vehicle to open up about issues that are important to them and connect with families, friends and community who can provide vital support in these formative years.

De La Salle College has been fortunate to have the Rites of Passage Institute lead two successful evenings in the Year 9 calendar. The Institute was founded by Arne Rubinstein, an expert in adolescent development who has personally overseen our events. The programs, seminars and workshops have been attended by well over 100,000 people globally and were well received by our parents and students.

I am the father of two beautiful, young, mischievous boys — Billy, 5 and Lenny, 3. They are at an age where they are still, universally referred to as beautiful… just.

I am a proud Dad but hardly positioned to give adolescent‐parenting advice. I’m struggling enough with the patience required and anxieties associated with toilet training! However, if you are seeking advice, in Arne’s book The Making of Men”, he writes that one of the most important things you can teach your son is that privileges come with responsibilities. Whilst parents should decide what is fair and reasonable for sons my Billy and Lenny’s age, wherever possible, adolescent men must be involved in the decision‐making process.

As your son grows older these decisions will become more serious. Borrowing your car when he gets his licence, for example. Again, as the privilege increases so too should the responsibility. When they are made to feel like they are owning the decision process within a framework they have helped construct, this empowers young men.

Relationships with your son will invariably change as he grows older. In some cases, it may appear to happen overnight. Research suggests that maintaining a relationship with your son through his early teens will be the most challenging. Gradually giving more responsibility to your son is an important part of transitioning to adulthood. Done constructively, it will also go a long way to strengthening your relationship with him.

We all have much to learn and understand about relationships and the complex dynamic that exists between young men and their communities; but what we do know is that there is infinite power in a listening ear, a robust conversation and the sharing of responsibility.

Mr David Alexander
Head of Year 9 Campus


Transitions and Growth

This is a busy time of year at De La Salle, as students start to look forward to the end of 2019 and toward 2020.

We will welcome incoming Year 7 students as they transition to secondary school and become the leaders of Tiverton campus while Year 8 students begin the move to our Holy Eucharist campus. The Year 9 cohort will be welcomed at Kinnoull campus, and the Year 10 and 11 students will focus on the next year of their VCE and VCAL.

As the College goes through this cycle of growth and renewal, we also farewell the Year 12 class of 2019. It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with these young men in my first year at De La Salle. They have been welcoming, enthusiastic, warm, funny and caring, and I know that they will continue to grow into wonderful men who will make their mark on the world.

I wish them all the best in whatever adventures lie in store for them.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Year 10 Industry and Enterprise

Students get a bird’s eye view of Port of Melbourne

Year 10 Industry and Enterprise students recently got a close look at the workings of the Port of Melbourne in Lorimer St, Port Melbourne as part of their work experience preparation unit. A highlight of the visit to the Port was a tour of the 300‐metre high control tower, which dominates the port’s skyline.

After the walk outside the Tower, students were privileged to go into the Control Tower and meet the Harbour Master, who explained how Australia’s biggest container port operates. Students were introduced to the numerous career opportunities in the port which moves more than 7,000 containers a year and is worth more than $102 Billion to the Victorian economy.

Mrs Kerry Martin
Classroom Teacher — Year 10 Industry and Enterprise

Tiverton Campus News

Year 5 and 6

Year 5 and 6 students recently went on an excursion to Taskworks as part of the inquiry unit at the end of Term 3 to explore the following characteristics:

  • motor skills (coordination)
  • problem‐solving
  • teamwork
  • communication
  • leadership
  • initiative
  • creativity
  • competition

It was terrific to see the students get out of their comfort zone and develop important physical and intellectual capabilities throughout the excursion. We look forward to developing this intellectual inquiry further in Term 4 through the APSMO Maths Olympiad and Games and ICAS English Competitions, and the Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) Primary Regionals.

The students also compete in the Hoop Time regional tournament and the Dendy Sports Cricket competition this Term to challenge them physically and emotionally.

Year 7

The Year 7 students will complete their 12‐week Braingrow study in their DLS DNA classes over the next fortnight. The focus has been encouraging the students to use the thinking part of their brain (pre‐frontal cortex) rather than the emotional part of their brain (amygdala) and to undertake activities that are positive, purposeful and aligned with their key values. This will allow them to be more grateful, to make better decisions, and hopefully to become more optimistic and resilient. These students are currently completing their own individual reflection journals and these findings will be presented to the Year level in Weeks 3 and 4 of this Term.

Year 8

As at the first Tiverton assembly this Term, Year 8 Coordinator Mr Stephen Brick reminded the Year 8 cohort that they had only seven weeks before going onto their next educational journey at the Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus in East Malvern.

It is an exciting time for these students — the key focus for this Term is to leave a legacy at this campus and continue to be the best versions of themselves. They soon will be undertaking a Year 9 Headstart program. Students will be expected to complete all set classroom tasks and assignments, continue to progress academically in all their subjects, to ensure a confident and competent start to the independent and collaborative learning culture at Holy Eucharist in 2020.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students Tiverton Campus

Chaplain’s Notes

First Communion

The Sacrament will be celebrated on the 27 October, 11:00am at St Anthony’s Parish Glen Huntly. We wish the students well as they prepare.

Confirmation Presentation

Students gathered in the Chapel and participated in a liturgy of thanksgiving for their recent Confirmation. Acting Principal Mr Tom Ryan spoke to the students about being active members of the Church, using the gifts of the Spirit to respond to the needs of others. Mr Ryan presented each of the students with a Certificate after which the assembled enjoyed a celebration lunch.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Sport News


Congratulations to James Hillemacher, 7 Jerome, who has been selected in the U13 State Hockey Team. James represented Victoria in the Australian U13 Hockey Carnival in Hobart between 2 and 8 October 2019. Congratulations, James.


Daniel Graskoski, 7 Dunstan, represented Victoria at the National Football Federation Australia (FFA) Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour, NSW over the Term 3 break. The U13 boys Victoria team was crowned the U13 boys FFA National Youth Champions and Daniel was awarded the FFA Goalkeeper of the Youth Championships in that category. At the Championships Daniel was also selected to participate in the FFA Youth development camp in the ACT. Congratulations, Daniel.


Matthew Damches, Year 12, Leos 2, Captain of the De La Salle Weightlifting team, represented De La Salle in the sport on Friday 13 September. This was Matthew’s last competition representing the College, capping off an outstanding array of personal and team achievements and successes.

Matthew put on a solid performance at Round 3 of the 2019 School Championships and Sport and Recreation Cup, breaking an impressive number of records on the day:

  • Victorian Junior snatch – (103kg)
  • Victorian Junior total – (223kg)
  • Australian Junior snatch – (103kg)
  • Australian Junior total – (223kg)
  • Australian Under 23 snatch – (103kg)
  • Australian Under 23 total – (223kg)

Matthew also took out the award of “Best Male Lifter”, honouring the dedication of the athlete that he is.

The De La Salle tradition of elite weightlifters is upheld with the support of teachers and individual weightlifters partaking in this wonderful Olympic sport. Congratulations, Matthew!

Mr Michael Watty
St Leo’s House Coordinator