Important Notices

Godspell — Tickets Available now!

Sports Colours Day

Friday 13 September is Sports Colours Day to raise money for St Mark’s House Charity — Opening the Doors Foundation, dedicated to improving literacy amongst young indigenous students. Bring your favourite sports top to wear with a gold coin donation. Drinks, chips and popcorn for sale on the day.

Mr Andrew Wozencroft
St Mark’s House Coordinator

Arts Week and Showcase Evening

De La Salle College invites you to join us for the Art and Design Week Opening and Showcase evening on Tuesday 17 September at 7:00pm in St Miguel Theatre (SMT), Kinnoull Campus.

Throughout the year, students from Years 5 to 12 have been working hard on their art and design pieces. Please join us as we celebrate their efforts at our annual Art and Design Exhibition. Family and friends welcome. Refreshments provided.

Mr Ryan Hayward
Learning Area Team Leader – Visual Arts

Social Justice Non‐Perishable Donations

We are asking all students to get involved and donate any of the following items (listed below) to help make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable and needy within our community.

Contributions will be accepted until the last day of term.

  • Tea Bags — black, green and herbal
  • Coffee (good instant) and Milo
  • Sugar
  • Cordial
  • Porridge/ Oats
  • Long Life Milk
  • Tuna Cans
  • Canned Soups
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Plain Flour and Self Raising Flour
  • Rice/ Pasta/ Pasta
  • Sauces
  • Biscuits — Sweet and Dry
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Vegemite, Jam and Honey
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Jiff crème cleaner for sinks
  • Mugs
  • Women’s Sanitary Products
  • Toiletries — Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving products
  • Any other essentials

Typhoid Mary Auditions

Typhoid Mary is a new, original musical being produced for its premiere in 2020 by De La Salle with OLSH College. Typhoid Mary, with music and lyrics by Andrew Murrell, and script by James Melchior, tells the tale of Mary Mallon, an Irish American cook who infected dozens of people with typhoid fever through unhygienic food preparation in the early 1900s.

Auditions will be from 3:30pm till 5:30pm on Friday 13 September in the PAC. This audition is open to all students from Year 8 and above. Please contact Mr Murrell for the permission form and audition form that both need to be filled out before the audition. If any student needs to audition outside this time, please see Mr Murrell as soon as possible.

Mr Andrew Murrell
Drama Coordinator

Important Dates

Confirmation - St Anthony's Church Glen Huntly, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Godspell - Senior Musical with Sacré Cœur - MAPA, Clayton, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Victorian Weightlifting Schools League - Round 3 - Eleiko Stadium, 9:30am - 3:00pm
Godspell - Senior Musical with Sacré Cœur - MAPA, Clayton, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Year 7, 2021 enrolment interviews - Rheims Centre, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Italian language and culture Study Tour Commences - 15 September to 4 October
Arts Week — 16 September to 21 September
ACC Rock Band Workshop - CBC, St Kilda, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Arts Week Showcase Evening - SMT, Kinnoull Campus, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Year 7, 2021 enrolment interviews - Rheims Centre, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
College Social Justice Mass - College Gymnasium, 8:50am - 10:35am
Year 9 students on Tiverton Campus - PAC and Rheims Centre
Year 5 - 12 including Year 9 - dismissed at 12:40pm
Term Three Concludes
Camp La Salle - 24 September to 26 September - Philip Island, 9:00am - 3:30pm
Staff and Students resume class for Term Four
Holy Eucharist Open Day (Year 8 Cohort) - Holy Eucharist Campus, 9:00am - 4:00pm

From the Acting Principal

Mr Tom Ryan, Acting Principal

Mr Peter Houlihan has commenced his period of Enrichment Leave and in my first Duce as Acting Principal, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on the theme of connection and how it links to two recent significant College events.

People tell stories and stories make a people”.

Dr Rose‐Marie Prosser

As humans, our connection with each other defines who we are. Last week adventurer, businessman and old Collegian, Mark George (Class of 1984) spoke to over 500 fathers and sons at the College’s Annual Father’s Day Breakfast. Mark highlighted through recounting stories of his great adventures including; climbing Everest, skiing solo to the North and South Poles, the importance of connection with one’s father and the powerful life‐long impact this can have. He used his affinity with the natural environment that was the catalyst for a bond forged with his own father as a child and continues to this day. He urged the young to a connection with their own fathers, whatever it is and embrace it.

In a different way, on Friday 23 August the Lasallian staff communities of De La Salle Malvern, St Bedes Mentone. St John’s Dandenong and St James East Bentleigh gathered as one to mark the death of St John Baptist de La Salle, Patron of Teachers and founder of “The Brothers of the Christian Schools”.

Special guests on the day were the eminent historian and Lasallian academic, Br Gerard Rummery FSC, Brother Visitor Br David Hawke FSC and Dr Rose‐Marie Prosser. Br Gerard gave a powerful keynote address that emphasised the connection we as staff in Lasallian schools have with each other, our school communities and thousands of Brothers and lay educators back to the time of St John Baptist de La Salle in France 300 years ago. Br Gerard reminded us that as educators we have to work “in association” with young people and we must “live and work in the world of today”.

As a school community at Malvern, we can reflect on the simple, yet profound questions Br Gerard posed; “Who are we? Why do we exist? What do we do? It is clear that the legacy of St John Baptist De la Salle and all who have worked in Lasallian schools is now in our hands. The number of Brothers in Australia and in many parts of the world is declining, yet the spirit and charism of St John Baptist de La Salle are still very much alive and continue to evolve in unexpected ways. At De La Salle Malvern, we continue to write our story with every cohort of students in our care.

As Father’s Day 2019 approaches many fathers and sons actively seek to nurture a connection through common interests and values. In our Christian tradition, we look to the example of Jesus who modelled a way of life through his connection and presence amongst people. May we strive to follow his commitment to others through our lives. Happy Father’s Day to all our fathers.

We have less than a month until the end of Term 3. There are some wonderful College events planned over this time including the Winter Ensemble Concert, the Senior Play with OLSH, the Junior Production with Sacre Coeur and a community Mass at St Cecilia’s Parish. All these ventures give students, parents and staff the opportunity to come together as one community. I commend these activities to you and look forward to seeing you on these occasions.

Mr Tom Ryan
Acting Principal

Connecting for Health and Wellbeing


De La Salle is once again participating in “R U OK?” Day on Thursday 12 September.

We know that suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge. However, we know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in the simplest of questions — “Are you ok?”

One of the most significant theories is by United States academic, Dr Thomas Joiner. Dr Joiner’s father took his own life and Thomas has dedicated his research to try and answer the question “why?” His theory tries to answer that complex question by describing three forces at play in someone at risk. The first force is the person thinks they’re a burden on others; the second is that they can withstand a high degree of pain, and the third is they don’t feel connected to others.

It’s this lack of connection (or lack of belonging) that we want to prevent and R U OK? Day encourages people to think about the relationships in their lives and consider whether we are making quality time for those who matter most. Bronnie Ware an Australian palliative care nurse interviewed her patients and asked them about regrets they had throughout life and what they would do differently? One of the top 5 regrets was people wishing they had stayed in contact with friends and put more time and effort into their friendships.

In the lead up to this nationwide day, we are encouraging all members of the De La Salle Community to check in with a friend, family member or colleague or more generally put focus and time into all their relationships (i.e. marital, parental and friendships.)

If you do have someone you’re wondering about then try and take the time to ask “Are you ok?” and listen. That way we can help people struggling with life to feel cared for, valued and important long before they even think about suicide. It all comes down to regular, face‐to‐face, meaningful conversations about life and asking “Are you ok?”

We want this to be more than just a token question, asked without really wanting to hear the response. We know that feeling connected to others that genuinely care about us, our emotions and the events of our life is incredibly important. It safeguards us against loneliness, isolation, depression, suicide, anxiety and increases our happiness, contentment and sense of belonging. Human beings weren’t made to live in isolation… we are wired for connection!

Being a parent myself, I’m aware of how incredibly easy it is to focus on the external tasks of life rather than the internal world of emotions and feelings of our boys. This is one of the reasons they turn to peers… we adults become administrators rather than mentors.

So, your homework is this:

Have a conversation with your lad… BUT, before you do, think about the following:

  1. Have I chosen somewhere relatively private and comfy?
  2. Have I figured out a time that will be good for them to chat?
  3. Have I made sure I have enough time to chat properly?
  4. Take what they say seriously and don’t interrupt or rush the conversation.
  5. Listen to understand DON’T listen to respond
  6. If they need time to think, sit patiently with the silence.
  7. Encourage them to explain: “How are you feeling about that?” or “How long have you felt that way?”
  8. Show that you’ve listened by repeating back what you’ve heard (in your own words) and ask if you have understood them properly.
  9. Ask: “How would you like me to support you?”
  10. Pop a reminder in your diary to call them in a couple of weeks. If they’re really struggling, follow up with them sooner.
  11. You could say: “I’ve been thinking of you and wanted to know how you’ve been going since we last chatted.”
  12. Ask if they’ve found a better way to manage the situation. If they haven’t done anything, don’t judge them. They might just need someone to listen to them for the moment.
  13. Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.

I know it’s a lot of homework, but if done properly you should be able to get it done in about 30 minutes.

Feel free to report back with any questions you may have… You WILL NOT BE GRADED!

Ms Karina Dubroja
College Psychologist, Tiverton Campus


On Monday 22 August the De La Salle community gathered to celebrate our annual Father’s Day breakfast. The importance of the Father and Son relationship is widely known, as young men often develop their self‐esteem and sense of identity through their connection with the male role models in their lives.

A healthy relationship between young men and their families, in general, helps ensure that they have a safe place to be themselves, someone to speak to, and a resource when support is needed.

This relationship was celebrated by our College Captain, Liam Jenkins in his Father’s Day speech, which I include here.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal, Students

College Captain’s Speech

Good morning all, it is a great honour and pleasure to speak to you today about the inspirational male role models in our lives.

Today, we take this opportunity to reflect on, acknowledge and thank our Dads for the crucial role they play in shaping and influencing the people we have become.

Since we were born we have always looked up to the father figures in our lives. As sons, we’ve always had the peace of mind knowing that we can rely on our dads to always be there for us. Whether that’s witnessing our first steps, our first win in sport, taking us for our first driving lesson, being available to offer much‐needed advice or even attending father’s day speeches — our dads are always around the corner.

Many of the qualities and attributes that we exemplify as sons have been adopted from observing and learning from our father’s behaviours and teachings. Some personal qualities such as:

  • Being Protective — he makes sure that his family has all the necessities for life as well as prioritising their safety and security.
  • Being Motivational — Encouraging us to dream big and to believe in ourselves, giving us the confidence to have a go – knowing that our dads are always there to pick us up if we fall.
  • Being Gracious — Being respectful in the way they treat and speak to others. Considering the feelings and wellbeing of those around us and always selflessly putting others before themselves.
  • Exemplifying Dedication — Demonstrating how to work hard, stay focused and to have self‐drive to achieve goals

These values set the path that leads us toward becoming a good man and a valued person.

Our dads are so much more than just a parental figure.   

Who is the person that is always available to kick the football with you at the park, who is the person that will help you with that tricky maths question, or if he finds it too complicated — has the courage to admit defeat and suggests you go ask your mum? Who is the person that will every day – without fail — ask how your day went and who is the person that will try to get some cheap laughs with some questionable “dad jokes”?

Our dads are our coaches, our teachers, our corny comedians and our mates. Some may also claim to be our ATM’s or “tap and go scanners” – commenting that their wallet now holds a photo of us where their money once used to be.

Our fathers are the people who can relate to our highs and lows as young boys because believe it or not they were once young boys too. Their wisdom and knowledge of manhood will provide us with the direction for manoeuvring through life’s obstacles and this insight is invaluable for what we face ahead. This point is best summed up in a simple quote from an unknown source

A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way”. Author Unknown

Our dads are irreplaceable figures in our lives. They proudly watch us grow into young men and their pride gives us the confidence to tackle each day head‐on. Their reassuring words and their unique wit and humour, which brings a smile to our faces every day, will forever enrich us.

We don’t need to look any further than the person next to us for the guidance and support we need as young men. Although we probably don’t say it enough — dads we value the time we spend together, your company and conversations — you have done an incredible job for us so far and for that, we say thank you.

Happy Fathers Day!

Love you, Dad.

Liam Jenkins
College Captain 2019

Faith and Mission

Combined Lasallian Staff Formation Day

On Friday 23 August, De La Salle College gathered with St Bede’s College Mentone, St James’ College East Bentleigh and St John’s College Dandenong to celebrate the Tercentenary Year with a combined Staff Formation Day. Joined also by the De La Salle Brothers from the Malvern and Mentone Communities, as well as from Sydney, whose presence on the day further enhanced and enriched the significance of the day.

The day explored the theme of the Tercentenary year, “One Heart. One Commitment. One Life”. The guest keynote speakers; the much respected Br Gerard Rummery fsc and Dr Rose‐Marie Prosser, reflected on this.

We were also privileged to have with us Brother Visitor, David Hawke fsc. In his final remarks at the gathering, Br David commented on how St John Baptist De La Salle “would take great pride in the fact that the ‘human and Christian education’ of young people is so alive in the four Lasallian schools in Melbourne.”

Br David Hawke fsc, Dr Rose‐Marie Prosser and Br Gerard Rummery fsc

In this special year of the Tercentenary, to be able to come together on such an occasion, to continue to recognise, celebrate and build up the Lasallian Institute and the legacy of the founding work of St John Baptist de La Salle, that is how we live, One Heart. One Commitment. One Life.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Tiverton Campus

Primary School Years 5 and 6

The Primary School students have been working hard the last few weeks working on their class debates and presenting them to the wider Primary School cohort, as well as seasoned adjudicators, who discussed their arguments, their presentation skills and what they could develop moving forward into the future.

We believe these skills are essential for student’s development, and their overall health and wellbeing, in terms of confidence levels, ability to form sound arguments, and debate and rationalize under pressure. The overall winners were the Year 6 teams but the Year 5 debaters accounted for themselves very well as shown by the very close results.

The Primary students will also continue to develop their health and wellbeing with the Year 5 and 6 Cross Country championship on Friday 6 September at TH King Reserve from 1:30pm — 3:30pm. The students will also be developing their inquiry and scientific minds at Scienceworks in a few weeks’ time on the 18 September, following on from the Maths Olympiad and Games and ICAS English Competition in the same week.

Year 7 and 8

In Year 7 with our Brain Grow Program and in Year 8 assemblies we will be focusing on the theme of gratitude over the next few weeks. Brain research tells us that our brain has a preference for negative information, so we need to make the positive experiences stick in our brain when they come our way.

Gratitude helps us do this by asking the question of ‘what is right in my life’ instead of ‘what is wrong in my life’? We believe that for Year 7 and 8 students feeling gratitude is so powerful because it activates many different brain areas responsible for their wellbeing.

The students in Year 7 as part of the DLS DNA program will be writing down five things that they are grateful for that are good and right in their life right now. For example, ‘what am I thankful for in my life today – and who in my life has helped to make it that way’? The students are then going to write a short letter to the person they feel gratitude towards expressing their thankfulness to them.

The letter will focus on:

  • What specific actions the person has done for you?
  • What makes you thankful for those actions?

The key in this letter is for the students to express their appreciation by being thankful and this will hopefully improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Middle Years

Music Notes

Here are the upcoming public events in Music at De La Salle for the remainder of Term 3.

Winter Ensembles Concert

Thursday 29 August, 7:00pm — 8.30pm Winter Ensembles Concert in the PAC. All De La Salle College ensembles will perform. The concert will feature a sneak preview of a number from the 2020 Musical – The Curious Career of Typhoid Mary.

Unit 4 Music Performance Recital Evening

Thursday 5 September, 4:30pm — 7:30pm Unit 4 Music Performance Recital Evening in the PAC. Come and listen to the finest musicians of De La Salle perform their 25‐minute recitals. This year’s cohort of Year 12 musicians is extremely talented. This will be a great evening of high‐class music‐making.

Instrumental Music Program Soirée

Monday 9 September, 7:00pm – 8:30pm Instrumental Music Program Soirée. Four concurrent recitals being held in the PAC, Tiverton Library, Rheims Centre and Holy Eucharist Hall. A chance for every student enrolled in the Instrumental Program to shine as a soloist.

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

House News

St Edwin’s Winter Sleepout 2019

On Friday 16 August, St Edwin’s House once again hosted the annual St Vinnies Winter Sleepout in which students sleep out in the cold to get a feel for how it is to be sleeping rough.

The night started off with a moving twilight liturgy. This heartfelt hour was spent reflecting on our own lives and others that may be living in poverty and are in need of our prayers. The liturgy, run by the Edwin’s House leaders was a sacred moment which touched each and every one of us in the room.

Next up was listening to Neil who had been through rough sleeping. His speech was a once in a lifetime opportunity in which we heard stories of events not witnessed by many people. We all had many questions to ask him to which he responded with such grace we were all left in awe. Being able to speak to a real homeless person can really change your perspective on the issue and he alerted us to ways we could help those less fortunate than us.

After Neil’s amazing speech, we moved on to get dinner which was soup and noodles, just as the soup van would provide to those that require their services.

Overall, it was an amazing night where we all learnt so much and took so much from the night. The tireless work by Ms Stevenson, Ms Alger and Mrs Brogan has again created another great night for us students to learn and experience poverty and rough sleeping.

Joel Lagastes
St Edwin’s House Lasallian Captain

Foursquare Tournament

On Wednesday 28 August, many Tiverton students crowded around the squares of the campus, to participate in the 4‐Square fundraiser.

The fundraiser was organised by three of our Year 12 Students, Ben Gibson, Michael O’Dwyer and Wesley Mendes, with the goal of supporting the Immersion Trip to De La Salle Secondary School, at Bomana in Papua New Guinea, at the conclusion of the 2019 school year.

The competition was fierce and the house spirit was alive, as each house battled it out during the rainy afternoon, as a wide range of skill was exhibited from students across all four houses. The day had to have a winner and in the end, it was St Austin’s House who was victorious.

A big thank you to all the students who got involved, cheering on and representing their House. Also, our thoughts and prayers are with those students preparing for the Papua New Guinea Immersion at the conclusion of the year.

Mr James Biviano
Lasallian Youth Minister

Parent Network News

Last Thursday morning the school gym was filled with the sounds of 500 fathers and sons sharing breakfast.  The 2019 Father’s Day Breakfast sold out in record time and was once again an enormous success; a great celebration of the important role our dads and male carers play in the lives of our students.

Our guest speaker, Old Collegian Mr Mark George (Class of 1983), spoke of how the relationship with his father and their shared love for the outdoors has led him to conquer incredible journeys to the remotest parts of the world. Mark’s story was very inspirational and acknowledged the influence that his father had on him from an early age.

Thank you to everyone who made this event such a success. In particular, thank you to the following people:

  • Letecya Stacey for her amazing job in coordinating the breakfast
  • James McEniry for arranging an incredible array of great prizes for the raffle (all 33 of them!), which raised $940
  • Michelle Peterson and Lou Harris for their super creative table decorations
  • Angela Carlino for once again providing fabulous administrative support
  • Our guest speaker, Mark George
  • The College Leaders who led the event in a very professional manner
  • The College Maintenance Team for their assistance in setting up and packing up the gym
  • All of the volunteers who helped to set‐up, serve and clean up afterwards

We encourage you to click here to have a look at a Photo Gallery of some of the wonderful photographs taken on the morning, and the moving speech made by College Captain, Liam Jenkins.

We also thank the following sponsors for their generous donations of prizes for our raffle:

Upcoming Events

Event Date Venue
Year 6 Families’ Dinner and GamesThursday 5 SeptemberGerman Tivoli Club, Windsor
Parent Network AGMMonday 21 OctoberPAC

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

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
President, De La Salle College Parent Network

Important Notices

Godspell — Tickets Available now!

Two Weeks with the Queen

For two performances only, students from De La Salle and OLSH will perform ‘Two Weeks with the Queen’. Based on Morris Gleitzman’s novel that took the world by storm, the story centres around Colin Mudford who reckons he should go straight to the top after his younger brother is diagnosed with cancer. He gets shipped off to live with relatives in London and he needs to get in touch with the Queen as he wants to borrow her doctor to treat his brother in Sydney. The only problem is getting in contact with the Queen…

Thursday 29 August, 7:00pm
Friday 30 August, 7:00pm

Performing Arts Centre
OLSH College Bentleigh

Bookings: OLSH College


Soon Parents/Guardians and students will be invited to participate in the upcoming Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Survey (CEMSIS). This is an annual process where schools listen to the thoughts and feelings students, families and staff have about how their school can improve. These surveys help inform the ongoing improvement of schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

One of the main goals of the family survey is to identify the strengths and areas for improvement in our school. CEMSIS data benefits everyone within our school and provides valuable community insights on areas that each school can focus on. Our school believes it is important to encourage families to have a voice and contribute to shaping the ongoing improvement of the school. All families will be emailed a link shortly with a family pin to complete the online survey. Students will be given the opportunity to complete the survey at school. As a College, we value your feedback and hope you will take the time to complete the survey.

Mr Rob Bonnici
DLD — Digital Learning

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College calendar.

Two Weeks with the Queen - Senior Play with OLSH, OLSH College, Bentleigh, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Winter Ensembles Concert - PAC, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Year 11 Reflection Day - St Joseph's Parish Hall / Syndal Baptist Centre, 8:30am - 2:45pm
Year 9 Subject Selection Interviews (classes as normal) - Holy Eucharist Hall
Two Weeks with the Queen - Senior Play with OLSH, OLSH College, Bentleigh, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Parent Network Committee Meeting - College Boardroom, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Italian Study Tour Final Information Night, Rheims Centre, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
De La Salle Cross Country Championships - Years 9 and 10 - TH King Reserve, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
De La Salle Cross Country Championships - Years 11 and 12 - TH King Reserve, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
De La Salle Cross Country Championships - Years 7 and 8 - TH King Reserve, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Unit 4 Music Performance Recital Evening - PAC, 4:30pm - 7:30pm
De La Salle Cross Country Championships - Years 5 and 6 - TH King Reserve, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Year 7, 2021 Enrolment Interviews, Tiverton - 9:00am - 2:00pm
Community Mass - St Cecilica's Church, Glen Iris, 10:00am - 11:30am
Instrumental Music Program Soirée - PAC, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
College Tour - SMT, 9:00am - 11:00am
ACC Cross Country Carnival- Bundoora Park, 9:00am - 2:00pm
R U OK? Day
MOFS High Tea - The Gables, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Godspell Performance - OLSH Performing Arts Centre, Bentleigh, 7:00pm - 9:30pm

From the Principal

As always seems to be the case, there is a lot going on at De La Salle this fortnight.

It was terrific to catch up with so many parents at the Parent‐Teacher Interview evenings at Tiverton and the second round of the innovative Year 9 Student‐Led Conferences with parents and teachers at Holy Eucharist.

I always enjoy this opportunity to speak to parents. Your feedback and comments are a good barometer of how we are travelling. The vast majority of conversations are very positive. Parents and students are reporting high levels of satisfaction with their experiences and interactions and making the occasional suggestion or recommendation on how we could potentially improve some aspect of the College. I believe this exemplifies the oft iterated three‐way partnership between parents, staff and students.

I also need to inform you of my intention to take a period of leave later in the year. The logistics around that has created a series of opportunities for our staff to apply for Acting Positions in various leadership roles.

The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria’s Recommended Conditions of Employment for Secondary Principals provides for Principal’s Professional Enrichment Leave.

The aims of the professional enrichment program are to:

  • contribute positively to the educational and spiritual leadership of the principal;
  • contribute positively to the management skills of the principal;
  • demonstrate that it is linked to the key areas of the principal’s responsibilities within the school.

As such, the College Board has approved my application for Professional Enrichment Leave for the final four weeks of Term 3 and the September/October term break. The Board has also approved Long Service Leave for the first five weeks of Term 4. I will return to De La Salle on Monday 11 November.

My final day will be 23 August, after which I will be travelling abroad, undertaking a combination of Australian Catholic University studies (two MBA units; School Leadership and Catholic Education) and several Lasallian school visits.

My absence will necessitate a range of replacement positions:

  • Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations, Mr Tom Ryan will be Acting Principal from 26 August to 8 November.
  • Director of Learning and Development — Digital Learning, Mr Rob Bonnici will move into the Deputy Principal: Staff and Operations role.
  • Mr Ben Williamson, current English Learning Area Team Leader, will step into the Director of Learning and Development — Digital Learning role.
  • Mr Andy Devlin will take over as English Learning Area Team Leader.

I am very comfortable with these appointments and have every confidence they will each do a sterling job in these positions in my absence.

While we focus primarily on learning and teaching, wellbeing and positive student behaviour, our staff are also faced daily with wider responsibilities in supporting our students and helping them understand their roles and responsibilities.

We consider ourselves fortunate to work with such terrific students and families at De La Salle, but having said that, there is an enormous amount of time, effort and strategy put into building and maintaining the most positive environment for learning and wellbeing. This requires buy‐in, support and compliance with our standards and expectations around academic work, uniform, grooming, punctuality and respectful relationships.

The Wellbeing team, in particular, have been very busy in recent weeks with Progression Interviews (as outlined in my last Duce article) to support student’s organisation, commitment and academic improvement. They are also working hard on a process to assist students to make much‐needed improvement in their standards of uniform and personal grooming.

Parents and students will receive a letter about this in the coming days. I am sure I can count on your support to assist our staff in this matter, ensuring our young men wear the Blue and Gold with pride and represent themselves and the College well both on campus and in the public domain.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Local and Global

To be Lasallian is to be part of a community that spans the globe.

Here at De La Salle College, we prepare our students to meet the world beyond the College with grace, humility, compassion and commitment. From language studies and immersion programs to teacher‐training and supporting local organisations, all of our connections, local and global, are nurtured and valued.

Read on to discover some of the ways that De La Salle College students and staff connect and contribute.

Orchestral Connections

Our Music students are out and about in the community, putting the skills they have developed at De La Salle to good use. Pictured below are Year 9 students Ben Selkirk (clarinet), his sister Kallista and Peter Orlando (cello), who participated in the orchestra at Sacré Cœur’s Annual Concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday 8 August. Ben and Peter have been rehearsing with the Sacré Cœur orchestra throughout 2019.

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

Student Exchange — Hungary

Over the 2018 summer holidays, extending into 2019, I spent my summer in the beautiful country of Hungary. To expand my language skills both written and spoken, I decided to go for the entire summer, as I am doing Hungarian as a VCE subject for Year 12.

After a long trip around the world, I arrived in Hungary, and met my exchange family. The place I stayed was a little town called Kiskunhalas, about two hours from the capital, Budapest. This is where I went to school with my exchange sibling, Aliz. She took me to her classes and showed me around. Aliz and all her friends were very nice to me, making me feel welcome and comfortable. She taught me proper grammar and helped me correct my mistakes.

At home, I bonded very well with her younger brother, Adam, who attempted to teach me slang and the teenage culture of Hungary. Furthermore, Aliz’s parents Aranka and Robi Gajdacsi made me feel safe and at home while staying. I always felt like I could talk to them or ask something.

In addition to taking care of me for the summer, the Gajdacsi family took me all over the place so that my language development could improve. They also showed me great historical, cultural and traditional landmarks; some examples include the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Hungarian Parliament House and the Duna River, which runs across the country.

Less than a year later, it was my turn to host Adam and Aliz in Australia. They both came to live with me and my family at the start of July. To help them enhance their English skills, I talked to them as much as possible. Aside from that, they both attended formal English school at Box Hill Institute. They saw a lot of Melbourne landmarks like the aquarium, Yarra River, Melbourne Zoo, botanical gardens, and Chadstone.

Lastly, I wanted to show them De La Salle College, my school, to show them around and allow them to observe and compare with their own school. I feel sad to see them go but have greatly enjoyed their company.

Találkozunk újra!

Michael Fabian, Year 12


The Languages Department strives always to make links with the wider community and the world every lesson, not only through learning the Italian and French languages and the intricate grammatical systems, but through speaking, listening to, writing and viewing the language in the world around us.

As part of our commitment to the global rationale of languages, De La Salle College offers many opportunities for students to engage in the wider and global communities.

De La Salle College has an extensive and varied program, please click here to learn more about how Language studies prepare our students to take on the world.

Teacher Training in Malaysia

After a successful application process, I’m delighted to say that I’m going to be spending my summer holidays in rural Malaysia. Here I’ll be delivering teacher training in schools where teachers have little or no formal training.

I believe that every child deserves access to a high standard of education, regardless of where they are born. Together with LRTT and Teach for Malaysia, I’m hoping to form collaborative relationships with the teachers in these schools and deliver pedagogical workshops to improve teaching and thus the quality of education for the children that they teach.

This will be the second time that I will be completing a fellowship with LRTT after a successful trip to India three years ago. I’m really looking forward to helping to provide a sustainable solution to the educational disadvantage that children face overseas. If anyone would like to know more about this fellowship, there’s lots of information at or alternatively, if you’d like to contact me by email, I’d love to discuss this with you!

Miss Emma Fairclough
Mathematics, VCAL, 8 Benilde Homeroom Teacher

Faith and Mission

PARC Educational Mission Assembly

From 4 to 6 August 2019 the PARC Educational Missional Assembly gathered in Manila, Philippines. The Assembly is the preparatory committee for the 3rd International Assembly of the Lasallian Education Mission (AIMEL 2020), which will take place in Rome.

I was privileged to accept the invitation which came from Brother Visitor David Hawke FSC and Merv McCormack (Executive Director, Lasallian Mission Council) to be the Australian delegate to take part in the first PARC Mission Assembly. The gathering of 12, representing the different districts/delegation of PARC, and the Visitors and Auxiliary Visitors were also humbled by the presence of Superior General Br Robert Schieler FSC throughout the Assembly.

While in Manila, the main objectives of the assembly were to evaluate the implementation of the decisions of AIMEL 2013 and propose future lines of action for the Association and the Mission of the 46th General Chapter. Guiding the discussions were the themes;

  • Identity,
  • Vitality and
  • Transformation.

As delegates, we worked together, energised by the dialogue, allowing the spirit to guide our reflections, thoughts and sharing. We left hopeful, knowing that the Lasallian Institute will continue to achieve great things if we remain, and are always, together and by association.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission


Here at De La Salle College, we are lucky to have students with huge potential and a wide array of capabilities. We work hard to give our students opportunities to prepare them to be excellent ambassadors for themselves, and for the College, both within our community and in the wider world.  

Student Leadership 2020

The process for electing the Year 12 College Captains has started, with students putting in their applications and staff providing references for them. The candidates for College Captain and Vice‐Captain spoke passionately and proudly in front of their year level, staff and the 2019 College Captain and Vice Captains on Friday 9h August. Each of the ten candidates spoke of their love for De La Salle, their connection with their peers and their enthusiasm for creating positive change while fostering positive mental health and relationships with staff and community. The next stage of the process involves interviews for the prospective captains, with Mr Houlihan, Mr McAlroy and myself, followed by House Leader elections. It is wonderful to see the depth of ability in the 2020 Year 12 cohort.

Uniform Changes

By now, you will have noticed students wearing De La Salle beanies and scarves. We have worked with the students to ask them what they want in order to make them more comfortable, and to better represent the College in public and on campus –  and scarves and beanies were their suggestions.

These items are now for sale in our school uniform shop and will be in stock at Dobsons stores. The College branded beanie is $16.50 and College branded scarf is $15.50. These items are part of the winter uniform and are to be worn in Terms 2 and 3 going forward. The beanies are an outdoor item of uniform and are not to be worn inside classrooms. Scarves can be worn indoors, but in Science and Technology labs, students may be asked to remove them for safety.

In order to ensure that students at the College look their very best, and take pride in their appearance, staff will regularly run ‘blitzes’. These blitzes will focus on different parts of the uniform and will include things like blazers being worn to and from school, shirts being tucked in, hair being cut appropriately (above the collar, not in a mullet or fade) and students being clean‐shaven. We will also be focusing on students keeping their mobile phones in lockers, and keeping their laptops free of stickers.

If your son is found in breach of these rules he may be issued with a Friday detention, and if he breaches these rules on an ongoing basis he will be given a Saturday detention. In some situations, a student may be sent home until he complies with school direction.

Please support us by speaking with your son and ensuring that he travels to and from school in correct uniform, as well as reminding him that his uniform should be worn perfectly while at school. Please assist us reinforcing that there will be consequences for failing to do this.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Book Week 2019

Reading is my secret power

Book Week at De La Salle has kicked off early with two fabulous author events. Year 5 and 6 classes had a visit from Melbourne Author Skye Melke Wegner.

Wagner delivered a hands‐on workshop called “Creating a Fantasy World”. By the end of the session, each student had the bones of their individual world; its language, terrain, magic and weather. Classroom teachers were able to continue building these imaginative worlds during class time.

Our feature event was the Blokes and Books Breakfast with guest speaker Morris Gleitzman. Fathers of students in Years 5 and 6 were invited to come along and encourage their son’s reading habits with the inspiration of Australian Children’s Book Laureate, Morris Gleitzman. This really fitted with the theme of Book Week “Reading is my Secret Power”.

Morris talked about how he tries to make everything he writes finish in a hopeful way. A feature of this event was student participation in creating the event. The VCAL Year 11 class got to school at the crack of dawn to cook and serve breakfast. Students also photographed and filmed the event.

During Book Week there will be a range of activities available in the Tiverton Library.

  • All week there will be poetry typewriters available to type poems. Students may enter the poetry competition. There is also a Short Story Competition run by the English Department. (This does not need to be typed on a typewriter)
  • Monday – there will be an event using VR glasses
  • Tuesday – teams have formed for a four‐round literary quiz
  • Wednesday — there will be staff v student Scrabble, there is also an opportunity to use calligraphy pens
  • Thursday – students can make flipbooks
  • Friday – Manga Writing workshop …(this event will be postponed to the following week due to Student Free day)

Reading statistics have shot through the roof this year. 82% up on last year. We believe that celebrating reading at all ages gets results.

Read on!

Ms Catherine Ryan
Library Team Leader

Languages at De La Salle

Language students in Years 5 to 12 are exposed to the world through learning about and engaging in the following topics through their Italian and French studies:

  • Cultural practices including cuisine, sport, traditions, poetry, songs and music, political movements, Bastille, Carnevale, youth culture
  • History
  • Art practice including the Renaissance, Impressionism
  • Societal structures, living standards, patriarchal/nuclear families
  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Technology
  • and much more

At VCE level teachers are mandated to teach the language through:

France and Italy Study Tours

  • The Individual
  • The Italian / French Speaking Communities
  • The world around us

In 2018, our French students were given the opportunity to travel to France and be part of an exchange program, staying with host French families in Bordeaux, located in Western France. This year, the French students who hosted our students have spent time at De La Salle College, living with our French students who participated in the exchange last year.

The exchange not only fosters links with the language and culture of the country but also fosters life‐long friendships. It develops in our students an appreciation of our global community and our place in it.

This year in September, a group of 13 students and three staff are heading to Italy to experience their chosen subject in real‐time. They will be touring Venice, Florence and Rome with an extended stay in the tiny medieval town of Orvieto, where they will live in a Monastery and attend Italian classes with locals.

The Culture and Study Tours are conducted every year and while students are almost ready to depart for Italy soon, applications for the France trip for 2020 are soon to be made available. For enquiries, please email Ms Grace Giudice

Poetry Competitions

Students of Italian and French are also exposed to the rich culture of poetry and, every year, enter the Berthe Mouchette Competition (French) and the Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition (Italian). Schools around the State compete in these prestigious competitions and De La Salle has had a very good track record of achieving excellent results.

This year we had two finalists in the Dante Alighieri and three finalists for the Berthe Mouchette. The Berthe Mouchette competition is run by the Alliance Française Association of Victoria and the Dante Alighieri Society competition attracts more than 6,000 competitors. In fact, Melbourne is the only city in the world outside of Italy that runs this cultural competition.


At De La Salle College, our Language staff are committed to keeping abreast of the new curriculum and members of the following associations:

  • MLTAV — Modern Language Teachers Association Victoria
  • AFMLTAV — Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association Victoria
  • COASIT — Italian Assistance Association
  • VATI — Victorian Association of Teachers of Italian

Each of these associations offers Professional Learning every year in both new curriculum links and progressive ways to teach language in a global context.

We encourage our students to keep up their language studies and immerse themselves in other cultures. Please get in touch if you would like more information about our wonderful Languages programs.

Ms Grace Giudice
LATL — Languages

Wilcannia 2019

The Year 12 VCAL students met at 6:30am on Tuesday 30 July and left on our way to Wilcannia NSW for the annual Year 12 VCAL social justice trip.

The drive was almost seven hours to Mildura where we all stayed in the caravan park for one night before finishing the drive to Wilcannia, another five and a half hours including stopping off in Broken Hill for lunch.

On arrival at Wilcannia, we all got settled in our rooms and went off to sleep to be ready for an early start.

The town of Wilcannia was very small and didn’t consist of many shops, only a service station, general store and a pub. The town seemed empty as most residents lived on the outskirts.

We were lucky enough to have Tom and Jeremy volunteer and come along for the trip to cook lunches and dinners for us. The meals prepared were great.

The next six days consisted of waking up in the morning and going straight to the local community school to do a couple of hours of work before having lunch and then a couple more hours of work.

The work mainly consisted of landscaping jobs such as garden beds, brick paths, mulching and other random jobs.

Rory, the St Therese Community School Principal, showed us what needed to be done around the school.

While at the school the VCAL students got involved with the local kids — playing soccer with them at lunch break and conducting a PE class.

We spent an afternoon at the local park with all of the kids, we had lunch, played tee‐ball and cricket, and taught them how to kick and handball an AFL ball.

This trip was a good opportunity to see outback Australia.

We went to a national park for a BBQ which was good. We got to see new places and environments.

We packed up, left Wilcannia on Wednesday 7 August, and headed back to Mildura, staying on the Murray for one night, and then finishing the drive back to De La Salle on Thursday.

Will McDonell, Year 12 VCAL