From the Principal

As we prepare for Mission Action Day and Term 1 draws very quickly to a close, there is much to reflect on and be thankful for over the two‐week break leading up to Easter.

This has been a very exciting term as we have:

  • built on last year’s best VCE results ever,
  • the genuine success story of the Year 9 Campus opening and development,
  • our ACC Swimming team emerging as Champions for the second year in a row,
  • the new Rheims Centre for Science and Technology providing an inspiring and engaging environment for our young scientists,
  • our new Year 5 — 8 Middle School model taking shape,
  • our Year 7 and Year 8 teachers busy working on changes to curriculum, courses, assessment and skill development across the board,
  • the revamped ACC Football program set for Term 2 under new Director of Football, Mr Peter Schwab.

Even though Easter Sunday is more than two weeks away, as I will not write to the community again in that time I thought I’d reflect a little on the Lenten period but look more toward what Easter means for us as a Catholic school. In looking back at recent years’ literature on Lent and Easter, Pope Francis’ Lenten message from a couple of years ago contained some key messages intrinsic to what we are focusing on at De La Salle as we prepare for Mission Action Day.

Pope Francis explained,

Every Christian community is called to go out of itself and to be engaged in the life of the greater society of which it is a part, especially with the poor and those who are far away. The Church is missionary by her very nature; she is not self‐enclosed but sent out to every nation and people.

This aligns neatly with the terrific work carried out by so many students and staff this term as they have worked so well to gather sponsorship and raise money for charitable works in less fortunate Lasallian communities abroad. Their work on fundraising and pursuing sponsorship for the MAD walkathon has been creative, generous and heart‐warming. As Lasallians, we operate in a spirit of service, “exercising a preferential option for the poor,” as St John Baptist de La Salle wrote.

In 2019 we can support in a very real and tangible way the poor in our Lasallian community. My recent visit to Papua New Guinea enabled me to witness firsthand the very real need of the De La Salle communities there. It is no exaggeration to say that every $5.00 raised has the potential to make such a difference in this area. Providing basic facilities and services, sponsoring a student’s bus fare or daily lunch money so he or she can actually attend school – all this is made possible through the generosity of our Malvern students supporting their Lasallian colleagues in Pakistan and PNG.

It is interesting to see how Easter messages from our religious leaders link so closely to the work our young men here do to support their social justice initiatives. The 2018 Easter message from Br Robert Schieler, Superior General of the De La Salle Brothers, provides salient lessons for all of us. It encourages us to take the real meaning of Easter and apply it to our work. For us this can mean a dedication to our support of Mission Action Day and also a reminder of how we should treat our fellow students / colleagues.

The resurrection of Jesus and the promise of eternal life are the clearest signs of God’s merciful actions on our behalf. As ambassadors of Jesus Christ, how can we effectively manifest God’s mercy to our sisters and brothers who, with us, live in a world characterized by war, torture, terrorism, epidemics, starving children, rejected refugees, mistreated migrants, relationship‐blocking walls and natural disasters?

We must, I believe, help others to experience God’s mercy through our own concrete and personal merciful actions. We must really do unto others as we would have them do unto us in specific desperate situations.

Lasallians are called to touch hearts with the mercy of God. We, like Pope Francis, must build bridges of mutual understanding and assistance and we must tear down walls of intolerance and exclusion. We must be women and men characterized by tenderness, friendliness, forgiveness, educational excellence and a practical concern for the well‐being of our sisters and brothers who suffer from injustice, exclusion, war, anxiety about the future and lack of educational opportunity.

We have to be convinced that all those whom we encounter will experience God’s mercy and the joy of Easter when they encounter these qualities through us – merciful ministers of God.

Br Robert Schieler, Superior General of the De La Salle Brothers

I wish all in our community a happy, safe and holy Easter and we’ll see you all back in Term 2, refreshed and ready to tackle all the new term brings.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Supervision of The Yard

Parents and students, please note that daily supervision of the College grounds commences at 8:15am and concludes at 3:30pm. Parents are asked to be mindful of this particularly when dropping students off early for school.

Term 2

Term 2 commences for students on Tuesday 23 April. ANZAC Day (Thursday 25 April) is a public holiday and the College will be closed. The College’s annual ANZAC Service for students and staff will be held on Wednesday 24 April.

Uniform Term 2

A reminder to parents all students are required to wear full winter uniform from the start of Term 2. This means students must wear a tie and winter shirt (long sleeve). Class and House Mentors will follow‐up uniform issues with students and may refer students to a House or Year Level Coordinator.

ACC Sport

In Term 2, students from across Year 7 to Year 12 will be involved in ACC Football and Soccer. DLS football shorts and socks are available from the Uniform Shop at Tiverton.

Lost Property

There are a number of lost items of uniform from this term at Reception areas on each campus. Students are asked to check at Reception if they have lost anything before the end of the term.

Mission Action Day (MAD)

Mission Action Day to be held on Friday 5 April is a compulsory school day for all students. If any student is unable to attend, the College asks parents to offer a written explanation to be addressed to the appropriate YLC or House Coordinator.

Students are asked to make a final special effort over this week to increase their sponsorship.

Each student should be aiming for a minimum of $50 to help the College achieve this year’s target of $100,000 to assist Lasallian Missions both in Australia and Asia.

Tiverton Canteen

There will be no canteen facilities available at Tiverton campus on Tuesday 23 April, Wednesday 24 April and Friday 26 April. The canteen at Tiverton will re‐open for Term 2 on Monday 29 April.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Students

On Friday 22 March, the De La Salle College Athletics Carnival was held at Lakeside Stadium. It was a pleasure to see the involvement of all students as they jumped, ran, threw and cheered their way through the day. It was fantastic to see the levels of involvement of the students, and the passion that they brought to supporting their House.

In a first this year, De La Salle awarded a Spirit Trophy, recognising the House that most consistently cheered, chanted, got involved and had the cleanest House area. As St John Baptist de La Salle said: ‘Make it one of your chief occupations to bring about union among your Brothers’. This is truly what the Spirit Trophy recognises – the joining of De La Salle students as brothers supporting each other. Congratulations to the inaugural winners of the Spirit Trophy in 2019 – St. Edwin’s House!

Uniform and Appearance

A reminder that the upcoming holidays are an excellent opportunity to ensure that uniform is clean, neat and tidy. In particular, students can take the time to make certain that their hair is off the collar, off the face and looking neat. Thanks to parents for their support of the College with this.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Faith and Mission

Mission Action Day

In our Lasallian context, we give meaning to the idea of “sacrifice” in the way we live and enact service to others. At De La Salle College, it is through our commitment and participation in Mission Action Day that as a community, support the poor and marginalised. Through our participation in Mission Action Day, we provide ongoing commitment and support to various Lasallian missions and projects as well as other local and national community needs. In particular;

  • Diyagala, Boystown in Sri Lanka;
  • De La Salle Secondary, in Bomana, Papua New Guinea;
  • VCAL Applied Learning Social Justice trip to Wilcannia, in Outback New South Wales;
  • Lasallian Twinning Program, La Salle Secondary College in Khushpur, Pakistan;
  • St Joseph’s Outreach, South Yarra and;
  • Foundation House Dandenong.

Lenten Liturgy

On Thursday morning, we gathered as a College community in the gym for the Lenten Liturgy. Our Lenten Liturgy takes the form of what we, as a Catholic, Lasallian community traditionally associate with the season of Lent, The Stations of the Cross.

Our Lenten Liturgy invited us to symbolically journey through those fateful stops with Jesus. By praying, reflecting and listening throughout each of the stations, we too, also journeyed the passion of Christ and provided us an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made by giving his life up for us.

Jesus lived and died for that essential idea; the ultimate unselfish act as announced in John’s Gospel;

A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friend.

John 15:13

The cross is at the centre of our Christian faith and it holds strong to our belief that when one acts with kind words and good deeds, then one’s life has responded to Jesus’ call to act justly.

Year 7 Reflection Days

Reflection Days are wonderful opportunities for all students to take a step back, develop their reflective capabilities, nurture relationships with their peers and nourish their faith journeys.

DATE MENTOR GROUPS R.E. CLASS TEACHERs
Tuesday 30 April 7 Roland, 7 Solomon, 7 Vincent Ms Marta Webster, Mr Adam Jacobs, Dr Melissa Walsh
Thursday 2 May 7 Benilde, 7 Dunstan Mr Adam Jacobs, Mr Chris Fleming
Friday 3 May 7 Hegarty, 7 Jerome Mr Paul Maxted, Ms Kathryn Holewa

Parents are asked to please carefully read the details in the communication that was sent home recently.

Make Your Easter Chocolate Slavery‐free

We are reminded each year by the Office of Justice and Peace at the Cardinal Knox Centre to make wise choices when we purchase chocolate at Easter.

We in the developed nations shouldn’t be exploiting children and vulnerable people – our brothers and sisters — so that we can enjoy chocolate as part of our celebration of Easter – (or at any time during the year).

Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.

Pope Francis

ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) urges everyone intending to buy chocolate, or run chocolate fundraising during Lent and Easter to:

  • Buy only slavery‐free chocolate – use your buying power to take a stand.
  • Use only slavery‐free chocolate in school fundraising.
  • Eat only slavery‐free chocolate. If your local/favourite shop doesn’t sell slavery‐free chocolate then ask them to please start stocking it.
  • Find out about cocoa bean production and the plight of many children in chocolate production.
  • Thank the managers of stores that are stocking slavery‐free chocolate this Easter.
  • Discuss your slavery‐free chocolate decision with five other people to help spread the word.

What to Look for

Slavery‐free chocolate carries one of these three labels — FAIRTRADE, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ certified.

To find out more about the campaign and slavery‐free chocolate please click here.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Chaplain’s Notes

The High Point Of Our Faith

The term is racing towards the holidays and our Easter celebrations.

Though we often think of Christmas as a high point in our church celebrations, it is Easter that is central to our faith. Palm Sunday begins our Holy Week and culminates with the Triduum celebrations of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. I urge parents to guide your sons through this special time, sharing your own experiences and thoughts on what your faith means to you and attending the services available in all parishes.

The whole College community will gather on Thursday to share in a para‐liturgy focusing on the Stations of the Cross. A pageant, that brings to mind the agony of the passion and crucifixion, will be enacted by students.

If your Lenten preparation has been a bit sketchy, it is still not too late to make an extra effort to move closer to God through prayer and sacrifice.

You might like to share the following prayer when you sit down to dinner with your families:

God of the Resurrection, in this Lenten and Easter season,

may your light shine among us in a new way.
May it dispel darkness and guide us when we are lost.
May the warmth of your light nurture our souls
May the light of Christ bring healing and hope to our families,
Our school, our community and our world.

Amen

Sacraments

Confirmation

Thursday 12 September at St Anthony’s Parish,
Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly.
Preparation will commence in Term 2.

I take this opportunity to wish all families a blessed and joyous celebration in your parishes during Holy Week and a restful holiday.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Tiverton News

It has been another busy fortnight in Years 5 to 8 on the Tiverton side of the campus.

Respect

We have continued to reinforce the important value of ‘Respect’ to all the year levels as we approach the end of Term 1. The Year 8 cohort listened to an informative talk by Metro Trains and Victoria Police about the merits of showing respect on public transport and in the wider community. The officers discussed the fines imposed for anti‐social behaviour and why we have rules and regulations in our civil society.

James Ganas, Tiverton Captain with representatives from Victoria Police and Metro Trains

Year 5, Year 6 and Year 8 students also listened to a talk presented by Stonington Council on how we can show respect in our local community using the metaphor of street graffiti. The council presented the need for our students to think about their own personal brand out in public, as well as the reputation of the College at all times.

These themes have continued to be reinforced at both Year 7 and Year 8 Year level assemblies presented by Mr Stephen Brick and Dr Melissa Walsh. Our students are acknowledged for positive respectful behaviour and also encouraged to be the best versions of themselves. This is an ongoing discussion that will continue to be presented in Term 2 and beyond.

Term 2

We look ahead to Term 2 and there are many things to look forward to:

  • Our Primary School boys will continue the theme of leadership with an excursion to the MCG, as well as inquiry day in St Kilda looking at coastal changes. They have also started 1km time trials as they begin training for the Dendy Sports competition.
  • The Year 7 camp at Ace High in Cape Shanck will occur in Week 2 Term 2 as we continue to challenge our Year 7 students to meet new colleagues in the Year level, get out of their comfort zones with a range of new activities and build strong relationships within their cohort.
  • All the Year levels will also be involved in a range of Basketball‐related activities over a four‐week period in line with the NBA finals at recess and lunchtime driven by the Tiverton Student Leadership team. This social justice initiative will encourage the boys to be more active in the cold winter months, and raise some money for one of the schools chosen charities. More details to come.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Middle Years, Tiverton Campus

Holy Eucharist News

As we come to the end of our first term at Holy Eucharist campus we have taken the opportunity to reflect on the opportunities and challenges presented to our students. One way to gain an understanding of these has been through our Student‐Led Conferences, held over two evenings in the past week, where we have asked students to be present and lead the discussion on their own learning, with their teachers and parents there to help them. As our young men develop, and we encourage them to be responsible for their own learning, it is important that they play a central role in these conferences.

Students were asked to prepare their goals for the semester as well as examples of tasks they have felt challenged them. From this, a discussion was held around their home and school study environments, and how they could be best supported in achieving their goals. It was helpful to parents and teachers alike to hear what perceptions our students had of their efforts and motivations; these were very honest conversations and help us to respond the ‘whole’ student with the various commitments and challenges they face, rather than just the student in the subject we teach. Sharing learning goals and using these as a checkpoint with students during the year is a powerful tool in creating young men who are focussed, accountable and responsible for their own learning and future pathway.

The ways in which our first Year 9 Holy Eucharist group has met the opportunities presented to them at a new campus inspires staff to continue to innovate and we congratulate them on a successful first term.

Ms Lauren Anderson
LATL — Year 9

House News

St Mark’s House Liturgy

Thank you to the St Mark’s families who attended the House Welcome and Liturgy on Tuesday 2 April in the St Miguel Theatre and Peppercorn Cafe. The House Liturgies are an important community event to welcome families into the House fold, bless the House student leaders and meet and greet others in your son’s House family.

Mr Andrew Wozencroft
St Mark’s House Coordinator

House Athletics Competition 2019

Congratulations to St Leo’s House

Congratulations to St Leo’s House for winning the House Athletics competition at Lakeside Oval on Friday! It was an excellent effort by all boys who competed and gave their best for the House. The boys managed to hold on to their title, continuing their winning streak to 4 years in a row!

Whilst it was a tremendous team effort, it is also great to acknowledge a couple of outstanding individual achievements. The following St Leo’s boys were also their year level champions:

  • Primary — Henry Dwyer (Leo’s)
  • Year 7 — Zac Barling (Leo’s)
  • Senior — Joe Lloyd (Leo’s)

Well done and Go Leo’s!

Mr Michael Watty
St Leo’s House Coordinator

Feel the Spirit of St Edwin’s

Congratulations Edwin’s Superstars!

The following students from St Edwin’s House were crowned Athletics champions of their year level at the Athletics Carnival: 

  • Year 8 — Sebastian Fernandez
  • Year 9 — Andre Di Medio
  • Year 10 — Jack Orrell 
  • Year 11 — Keegan Hillemacher

Congratulations to all Edwinners for cheering their hearts out and bringing home the 2019 House Spirit award 

An amazing effort and a massive thank you to all the St Edwin’s staff, students and parents — it takes a whole army to go from last place in 2018 to 2nd place in 2019, and we couldn’t have done it without the dedication, enthusiasm and commitment from all involved.

Ms Jessica Stevenson
St Edwin’s House Coordinator

Parent Network News

Mother’s Day Breakfast

The much anticipated De La Salle College Parent Network Mother’s Day Breakfast is once again a sell out!

Thank you for your support of this fantastic event and to all who are involved in its preparation. We look forward to celebrating our mothers and female carers and the important role that they play in the lives of our students on Wednesday 8 May from 7:15am in the Gym.

The Parent Network is looking for volunteers to assist with this event from 6:00am until approximately 10:30am. Any fathers in particular who are able to assist during that time please contact us via email at parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

Upcoming Events for 2019

Event Date Venue
Year 5 Family Gathering Sunday 5 May TBC
Year 8 Family BBQ Saturday 18 May Phoenix Park, Malvern East
Year 7 “Parents’ Gath” Friday 31 May The Rosstown Hotel
Mother’s Day Breakfast Wednesday 8 May Gym
Parents’ “Christmas in July” Dinner Saturday 27 July TBC
Father’s Day Breakfast Thursday 22 August Gym

Please add the dates of our upcoming events to your 2019 diary.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
President, De La Salle College Parent Network

Lasallian Zeal Awards

Lasallian Zeal Achievement and Recognition, implemented in 2018, aims to enhance the positive learning community at De La Salle, where students feel respected and valued.

The five Core Lasallian Principles encompass the categories of achievement and recognition known as Lasallian Zeal.

  • Faith
  • Inclusiveness
  • Justice
  • Respect
  • Quality Education

Lasallian Zeal encourages students to set higher goals for themselves, to achieve their personal best by affirming and rewarding positive learning behaviours. Motivation to learn is grown through recognition and involvement in community life.

Students are presented with a certificate and a Lasallian Zeal badge according to a tiered system from Bronze to Plantinum, and celebrated in the Duce.

  • Bronze Lasallian Zeal 10 awards
  • Silver Lasallian Zeal 20 awards
  • Gold Lasallian Zeal 30 awards
  • Platinum Lasallian Zeal 40 awards
Student NameHouseMentor GroupAward
Peter Pearse St Mark’s9 GehrigSilver
Damian Moon St Leo’s9 GehrigBronze
Henry AshtonSt Mark’s8 RolandBronze
James BorgeseSt Austin’s8 RolandBronze
Albert LeeSt Edwin’sEdwin’s 5Bronze
Samuel McNidderSt Edwin’sEdwin’s 1Bronze

Congratulations to those students who have been recognised for their achievements!

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Important Notices

New Semester 1 Music Ensembles Concert

Please save the date: Tuesday 28 May, 7pm.

All of our extremely talented De La Salle music ensembles will be performing at this concert, to be held in the PAC.

Featuring the stage band, choir, three concert bands, saxophone, guitar, brass, woodwind, percussion and string ensembles, this concert will be a treat for all who appreciate good music‐making.

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

Mission Action Day

Year 7 Dunstan raised $233 for Mission Action Day 2019 at their recent drink and lolly stall at Tiverton. These students worked very hard organising all aspects of the fundraiser including marketing and selling. A fantastic effort! Congratulations!

Ms Kerry Martin
7 Dunstan Mentor

Keep up to date on Ollie

Parents are encouraged to view subject courses online via our College Learning Management System Ollie.

Parents now have access to view all subjects available at the College. To view subject courses click on the subject’s icon located at the top of your Ollie screen. This will assist in keeping parents abreast of the upcoming work in each of your son’s subjects. Parents have access to view due dates, submitted work as well as each student’s results and feedback entered by his subject teacher on Ollie. We also ask that you ensure your son is utilising the Ollie calendar to record his homework. Parents and teachers are able to view your son’s Ollie calendar to check homework and to work together in developing sound organisational habits in all students.

House pages are also now available. This will help keep you up to date with all the latest information regarding your son’s House related news and events.

For further information on how Ollie enables you to be involved in your son’s learning journey at the College please refer to the Parent User Guide located on the Ollie homepage.

Mr Rob Bonnici
DLD — Digital Learning

Mary Poppins

De La Salle and OLSH proudly present the Disney stage musical Mary Poppins. This family show full of magic, characters and memorable music will delight everyone. Come and reminisce about Mary or discover her for the first time. Book now!

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College calendar.

Fri
5
Apr
Mission Action Day - Basil Street Oval (Darling Park), Malvern East, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Term 2 Concludes
Sat
6
Apr
Sri Lanka Cricket Tour, Colombo – Saturday 6 April to Thursday 18 April
Sat
13
Apr
Lasallian Youth Gathering - 13 April to 16 April
Tue
23
Apr
Students Resume Classes for Term 2
Wed
24
Apr
ANZAC Day Service - Gymnasium, 10:00am - 11:00am
Thu
25
Apr
ANZAC Day Public Holiday
Fri
26
Apr
High Performance Leadership Coaching - Year 9, 10 and 11 Student Leaders, Morgan Hall, 8:00am - 9:30am
College Tour - SMT, 2:00pm - 3:45pm
20 Year College Reunion - Prahran Hotel, 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Mon
29
Apr
Year 7 Camp - Benilde, Dunstan, Hegarty, Jerome - Cape Schanck, 29 April to 1 May
Tue
30
Apr
Year 7 Reflection Day - Roland, Solomon, Vincent - SMT
Wed
1
May
Year 7 Camp - Roland, Solomon, Vincent - Cape Schanck, 1 May to 3 May
Thu
2
May
Year 7 Reflection Day - Benilde, Dunstan - SMT
Fri
3
May
Year 7 Reflection Day - Hegarty, Jerome - SMT
Mary Poppins - Alexander Theatre, Clayton, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Sat
4
May
Mary Poppins - Matinee - Alexander Theatre, Clayton, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Mary Poppins - Alexander Theatre, Clayton, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Sun
5
May
Community Mass - St Patrick's Parish, Murumbeena - 9:00am - 10:00am

From the Principal

As we approach Mission Action Day on 5 April, and all in our community turn their minds toward our annual fundraising drive to support the Lasallian mission, I write this week in relation to one of our key partners. A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to visit Papua New Guinea, along with approximately 15 other Lasallian Principals from Australia and New Zealand, accompanied by our Brother Visitor David Hawke and other key staff from the Lasallian Mission Council.

As one of only four countries in our Lasallian District of ANZPPNG (Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Paua New Guinea ) our colleagues in PNG work closely with us on a variety of fronts. Intrinsic to our networking and relationship is the capacity of Australian schools to support the mission of our PNG neighbours, who really do a genuinely terrific job educating so many students, with such limited resources.

De La Salle Malvern has a proud record of supporting De La Salle Secondary School Bomana, both financially and through sending groups of staff and Year 11 students to work on building projects over a number of years. In formalising this support mechanism in recent years, we have engaged in a “twinning” program with Bomana. Organised with the support and administration of the Lasallian Mission Council and the Trustees, Malvern has a commitment to provide money to Bomana each year to support the education of their boys. This money, primarily from Mission Action Day sponsorship funds raised by students, goes directly to Bomana, where it is used for critical everyday educational resources, the like of which our students take for granted.

Equipment, furniture, basic yet essential everyday maintenance, toilets, reliable running water and electricity supply are all enabled largely in our PNG schools through the generosity of  Australian and New Zealand students, families and other benefactors. It is essential for their future that we continue our tradition of generosity so that these young people in PNG can have the opportunities virtually every Australian child has as a matter of course. There is still a very high percentage of children in PNG who do not have access to an education. Our financial commitment to Bomana and their neighbours really does emphasise the “Make a Difference” aspect of Mission Action Day.

It was certainly an eye‐opening and sobering experience to visit Papua New Guinea. On the first day we had presentations from the Principals below, where they each explained the nature of their schools and the issues and problems they faced. However, most importantly the Principals’ overt positivity, enthusiasm and ambition for their students’ progress was a shining beacon.

De La Salle Secondary School BomanaBr Antony Swamy
Jubilee Catholic Secondary SchoolMrs Bernadette Ove
La Salle Technical College HoholaBr Jeyakumar Kulandaisamy
Sacred Heart Teachers’ CollegeMrs Theckla Aknonero
Rosary Secondary SchoolMr Raphael Kua
Kupau Primary SchoolMr Peter Daka
Mun Primary SchoolMr Pere Koimo

The next day we visited four schools in and around Port Moresby. We toured all four institutions, each of which demonstrated heart‐warming generosity and pride in their school. We went to a mass and a Leaders Investiture at Jubilee, were guests at assemblies, witnessed cultural shows and had a lunch prepared for us by students at Hohola, worked with trainee primary teachers in their classes at Sacred Heart and marvelled at the work and improvements Br Antony and his predecessors have achieved at Bomana – including the handiwork of our visiting Year 11 Immersion groups.

The conditions, facilities and everyday routines of the schools and their students are rudimentary at best by our Melbourne standards. While this was an inevitable and uncomfortable observation for us as visitors from Australia and NZ, what we really took away from the visits was the warmth, enthusiasm, dedication and ambition of staff and students alike at all the schools. The students’ smiles, their friendliness and their gratitude towards us for simply taking the time to visit was extraordinary, remarkable and memorable.

They are doing a simply marvellous job with outrageously limited resources and uncertain futures. Everything we can provide by virtue of our financial support through Mission Action Day, the twinning arrangement and hopefully more containers of resources – literally every dollar and any resource we give – goes such a long way in the Lasallian educational landscape of our PNG schools.

On a different note, you will remember from the last Duce I wrote about the sexual abuse issue, reiterated our stance on the problem, committed to Child Safety and encouraged our community to focus on the many great things a Catholic, Lasallian education provides in 2019 and beyond, leaving behind the shame of the past.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the many parents, staff and others in our De La Salle community for their support in relation to our recent involvement in the media. I have had many emails, messages and phone calls of support in recent weeks and indeed, over the journey we have taken together in recent years around this issue.

I am grateful for the approach of the Trustees of the De La Salle Brothers, led by our Brother Visitor David Hawke. They have been very supportive and in regular contact to provide advice and information as issues arise. I must also mention Br Ambrose Payne, who many of you will know. Ambrose’s unenviable role as Professional Standards Officer for the Brothers puts him in the middle of these issues and he has also worked proactively and supportively with me in dealing with Malvern victims’ cases.

In such a challenging period for our school, Catholic education in general and school leaders like myself, it has been gratifying and heart‐warming to receive such support from my community. I believe in and pray for a brighter future for all in our community and reinforce our commitment to the protection and safety of our young people. 

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principal’s Column

Faith and Mission

Let Us Remember… Christchurch

Nothing has shocked, saddened or upset us more than the news of the recent Christchurch shooting. An act of terror, of extraordinary and unprecedented violence that stole so many innocent lives and has affected so many families and members of the Christchurch community.

As a Christian, Lasallian community, let us all take some time to pray, to remember and reflect on this event and how it continues to affect so many people in so many different ways. As Lasallians, we pray for the repose of the souls of the 50 victims who lost their lives and in particular for those closest to the victims who will all be suffering greatly.

Let us remember we are in the holy presence of God…

We pray for the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch terror attack. We pray also for their loved ones and members of the Christchurch community who are suffering a great deal at this time. May they all be assured that our Lasallian family will keep them in our thoughts and prayers during this tragic, sad and difficult time.

As a Catholic community, we trust in our Lord, knowing that we have not been given a spirit of fear, but one of love and of a strong mind;
Allow the light of Your truth God, to shine and spread, and to illuminate pathways to heal hearts and humanity.

We pray that the Lord’s spirit brings compassion, forgiveness and renewal to all, in our fragile world.

Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle — Pray for us.

Live Jesus In Our Hearts – Forever.

Year 12 Retreat Day

Due to ongoing bushfires and hazards in the area surrounding our booked Year 12 Retreat site, the decision had to be made this year to not take Year 12 students offsite. As can be understood, the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our absolute priority. To compensate to some extent, a Year 12 Retreat Day was scheduled for Monday 18h March.

I would like to acknowledge and congratulate the Year 12 students on the way they entered into the experience given the changed environment and slight amendment to the program.

The Retreat Day was an important opportunity for students to develop their relationships with staff and their fellow House members, to reflect on influences that have shaped them, their faith, family, relationships and journey so far. The day allowed them to question who they are called to become and to explore how our traditions can support us on our life journey. In true De La Salle tradition, our students accepted these challenges with integrity through their honest reflections on how they can grow to become the best versions of themselves.

I know that by continuing to support each other as they did during the Retreat Day our Year 12 cohort will ensure a positive final year.

Kinnoull Morning House Liturgies

This year, on Wednesday mornings, we have formally rostered House Morning Liturgies during mentor time in the Kinnoull Chapel. Each liturgy is written with a particular theme and incorporates the language of each House, their motto and House saint. These liturgies are an excellent way for our Senior House Mentor groups to come together once a week in prayer, and for our Lasallian Captains and House Captains to exercise their faith leadership by running the prayer liturgies for their peers.

Thank you to the House Coordinators for their support, recognising, as a Lasallian community, the importance of taking time out with our students to reflect in a prayerful and contemporary way. By providing an experience that is meaningful and student‐facilitated, we take time to acknowledge that being “in the holy presence of God” is central to who we are at De La Salle College.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Students

National Day Of Action Against Violence And Bullying

On Friday 15 March, students across the College worked in their mentor groups to discuss how to deal with bullying, including learning skills to shut bullying down and support peers.

Together, the groups discussed topics such as:

  • Most people don’t like to see bullying happening, but they can be unsure how, or scared to, say something. What can happen if bystanders just watch bullying happening?
  • Why can it be difficult to show disapproval of bullying or take the side of vulnerable students?
  • Why is it important to stay safe if you see bullying? What are some ways to stay safe?
  • When should you get adult help immediately?

Mentor groups then worked through a range of possible solutions and strategies to use in particular situations. We hope that these empower students to navigate situations with confidence and courage. If you are concerned about your son in any way, please make contact with their mentor teacher so that we can support him and you in moving forward.

If parents would like further resources, please click here. Students are also welcome to come past Ms Alger’s office to collect student and parent advice cards.

School TV

A reminder that De La Salle College has partnered with SchoolTV in order to provide parents with an easy‐to‐access resource on a range of current issues. For example, SchoolTV has created a special report in regard to recent events in Christchurch.

Unfortunately, this event will impact on many kids throughout Australia and New Zealand. Some parents and caregivers may struggle to explain this tragedy to their young people, many of whom are already struggling with high levels of anxiety about the state of their world.

It is important to put this event into context for children of all ages. Although we cannot control what happens in our world, we can choose the way we respond. The distressing nature of this event will never be forgotten, but at the same time, we should not allow it to permanently disturb or destroy our future generations.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be provided with practical strategies on how to talk their children in a reassuring manner. It will also highlight the necessity to be aware of the signs of trauma, should a child be adversely affected. 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.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Staff and Operations

Mission Action Day (MAD)

Preparations are going very well for Mission Action Day to be held on 5 April. Students are asked to make a big, special effort over the next three weeks to increase their sponsorship.

Each student should be aiming for a minimum of $50 to help the College achieve this year’s target of $100,000 to assist Lasallian Missions both in Australia and Asia. Parents and students will receive more detailed information about the event next week.

Emergency Management

The first of our emergency drills for 2019 was held this week. This involved a “Lockdown Drill” on the Kinnoull Campus. Tiverton Campus undertook a similar drill today, and Holy Eucharist Campus will early next term. There will be a number of other drills throughout the year to ensure that as a College we are well placed to deal with an emergency situation should it arise.

Winter Uniform Term 2

Term 2 classes commence for students on Tuesday 23 April. A reminder to parents all students are required to wear full winter uniform from this date. This means students must wear a tie and winter shirt (long sleeve). All uniform requirements can be found in the College Diary, and by clicking here.

Lost Property

There are a number of lost items of uniform from this term at Reception areas on each campus. Students are asked to check at Reception for any missing items.

Parent / Teacher Interviews

The second round of Parent/Teacher interviews will be held on Thursday 28 March from 2:00pm to 8:30pm. Bookings for these sessions open on Thursday 21 March at 12:00pm and close on Tuesday 26 March at 11:59pm.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Kinnoull News

Year 11 Psychology Guest Speaker

Year 11 Psychology students were lucky enough to have Dr Catherine Wilmott from Monash University come and speak with them about head injury and recent research being conducted in conjunction with the AFL in head injury prevention.

Students have been studying brain trauma and plasticity, so our guest speaker has been able to provide students with some real‐life evidence to assist with their studies!

Ms Jessica Stevenson

Year 10 Dance and Social

Over a six‐week period, the students of Star of the Sea College and De La Salle College participated in a ballroom dancing program. The aim of the activity was to enjoy learning several different dance routines whilst getting to know people from other schools. In the muggy, hot Star of the Sea Gymnasium, we were instructed by ever‐so‐helpful and patient Terry and the rest of his dance team, as we did our best to learn all of our dance routines by 14 March.

After weeks of practice, the night finally arrived. The students of De La and Star of the Sea headed out to the De La Gymnasium for a night of dancing. The evening began with socialising, followed by the student favourite “fireball”, a funky line dance. The night’s festivities then proceeded to the students performing various different ballroom dances that we had learnt over the past six weeks.

At 8 o’clock we took a break from dancing to have a drink and a catch up with each other. During this time, entertainment was provided from instructor Terry and his daughter, who carried out multiple exciting dance routines. Music was also performed by De La Salle’s own ‘Toorak Boys’, a Year 10 band.

Preceding the break, we hit the floor for another hour of dancing. Students were excited to find out that the next 60 minutes were going to predominately involve many bush style line dances, which are both fun and easy to do. As the clock hit 9pm the night was over, and it was truly one to remember.

The Year 10 students from both De La Salle College, as well as Star of the Sea College, would like to thank Mrs Joy Bew, Terry and the dance team for showing great helpfulness over the whole program and enabling to make it enjoyable for everybody. We would also like to thank the staff from De La Salle College and Star of the Sea College for supervising our rehearsals every week.

Will Dwyer
Year 10

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh Award

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Abraham Lincoln

Year 9 students continued to learn first hand that preparation really does determine success as the entire cohort embarked on their first Duke of Edinburgh overnight adventurous journey.

Students used either the sandy trails of the Surf Coast or the picturesque Johanna Beach National Park in Glenaire as the backdrop for this outdoor learning experience.

Some students covered 35 kilometres over the two days of walking along the, at times, challenging terrain.

Photo: Peter Pearse, Year 9

As is the case with much of the Year 9 curriculum this journey was student‐centred and saw several key learnings take place from the controlled mistakes students made.

Environmental awareness; food preparation; camp craft; packing; weight distribution; hydration levels and team dynamics were but a few key takeaways that students will now consider for their student‐lead assessment journey in May.

Staff did it tough as well as the entire Year 9 staff were committed to learning alongside our students in a far more rural setting. It is yet another platform for learning in what is an exciting Year 9 curriculum.

Mr David Alexander
Head of Campus, Holy Eucharist

Tiverton News

Primary School Years 5 and 6

It has been an exciting time in the Primary School with the students undertaking a special assembly to celebrate International Women’s Day. It was terrific to see so many parents in attendance to see Lucas Exell, Primary School Captain, deliver an amazing speech about his female heroes and to witness all the students’ hard work in their visual display.

The Year 5 cohort have also travelled to Sovereign Hill for their annual three‐day camp and the students have reported that had a fantastic time. Many thanks to Mr Ben Ahern, Mr Tom Ryan and Mis Olivia Wenzcel for leading this camp.

The Year 6 students also went on their annual camp to Cave Hill and many thanks to Mr Terry Atkins, Mr Andrew Kearns and Mr Tom Ryan for leading this. Year 6 student Ethan Eustace summed up the experience perfectly

Our grade six camp was at Cave Hill Creek. The first night was in a glamping tent. Our activities that day were raft building where I believe everyone got wet. In canoeing, Mr Ryan started a war by splashing our canoe. That night almost no one got to sleep as it was almost freezing. The next day we had crate stacking and log climbing about 10 people got up to the top. After lunch, we packed up our bags and went on a 5‐kilometre hike and it was long. Once we got there we just waited for our food then we did some riddles around the campfire and went to bed in the middle of the night. In the morning we packed our bags and then went on a 1‐kilometre hike and did some hut building.”

Ethan Eustace, Year 6

Year 7 and Year 8

The Wellbeing Team at Tiverton have kept their focus on the theme of respect at the College for the past few weeks. At the Year 7 and 8 assemblies we have discussed the following:

  • The importance of respect for oneself. Getting enough sleep, eating breakfast and good food for the day assists the learning process and the thinking part of the brain
  • The importance of respecting your personal brand. Thinking about the language you use towards each other, within class and out in the school yard, and out in the general public on public transport
  • The importance of respect for other people. We have focused on the need to respect other people’s physical space, physical boundaries, and the impact of your actions on others.

We will continue this process from here until the end of term and have special presentations from Metro Trains and Stonington Council to reinforce this message in relation to our students’ behaviour out in the general public.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Middle Years

House News

Thank you to all our fantastic Edwinner families for joining us for the 2019 St Edwin’s House Liturgy. Saint Miguel Theatre was alive on Tuesday 5 March with laughter, music and enthusiasm as we welcomed parents and students of Years 10–12 to gather and celebrate what will be another fantastic year in Edwin’s House.

Starting with our House Liturgy, we came together in our faith, to remind us what it means to be Lasallian and part of St Edwin’s House. Following the formalities, it was wonderful to see so many families mingling with House Mentors and students in the Peppercorn Café. It brings me a sense of pride and honour, to be able to work with the Edwin’s House boys each and every day, in conjunction with the House Mentors and it was wonderful to be able to share what makes our house special with the parents, especially our incoming Year 10 families.

Ms Jessica Stevenson
St Edwin’s House Coordinator

Parent Network News

Parents’ Welcome Evening

Last Thursday 14 March almost 100 people enjoyed the delicious food, great city views and fabulous ambience of the Sagra Rooftop Bar at the 2019 Parent Network Welcome Evening.  It was a great opportunity to meet new De La Salle College families and catch up with friends from across year levels.

Many thanks to Sharon Herdman for all her hard work in organising a very successful evening and to Angela Carlino for once again providing great support with the obligatory name tags and TryBooking.

Mother’s Day Breakfast

The much anticipated De La Salle College Parent Network Mother’s Day Breakfast is fast approaching! Tickets will go on sale during the last week of term for the breakfast to be held on Wednesday 8 May at 7:30am in the Gym. We expect tickets to sell fast so make sure you book early.

The Parent Network is looking for volunteers to assist with this event from 6:00am until about 10:30am. Any fathers in particular who are able to assist during that time please contact us via email at parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au

Upcoming Events For 2019

EventDateVenue
Year 7 “Parents’ Gath”Friday 5 AprilThe Rosstown Hotel
Year 5 Family GatheringSunday 5 MayTBC
Mother’s Day BreakfastWednesday 8 MayGym
Parents’ “Christmas in July” DinnerSaturday 27 JulyTBC
Father’s Day BreakfastThursday 22 AugustGym

Please add the dates of our upcoming events to your 2019 diary.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
President, De La Salle College Parent Network

Wellbeing News

Cheese For Change

Equality. What a wonderful concept. That all people are worthy of the same amount of respect and regard solely due to the fact that they are human.

The concept of “The Other” is as old as mankind. In fact, without getting too caught up in psychological jargon, to be “The Self” requires “The Other”. Recently, we have seen two diametrically opposite sides of this playing out in both local and global politics. It seems that the advent of the internet, chatrooms and 24 hour media coverage is polarizing communities. It is easy to find people who will  share your way of thinking in a manner that does not require actual thought. I may be being a bit romantic, but I wonder if 80 years ago, a trip to another culture or country would be viewed as an adventure and something to be wondered at. In another country, we become “The Other”. This is one of the reasons that The College’s Immersion Programs are such a wonderful opportunity for our  students to experience being, “The Other”.

The heartbreaking events  in Christchurch can only happen when “The Other” is seen as less than ourselves. Being immersed in another culture is an experience that develops empathy, awareness, connection and a recognition that when basic humanity is considered, we are not different. Abuse of power and privilege is possible only when empathy and understanding are absent. Those students fortunate enough to experience, will remember forever.

We are also seeing these factors play out in the debate surrounding gender equality. Many people feel that for someone else to gain, another must lose. This is not my experience. Violence against women is not the result of random, individual acts of misconduct, but rather is deeply rooted in structurally unequal relationships between women and men.

The most concerning manifestation of gender inequality in Australia is in the behaviours and attitudes towards, and negative stereotypes of, women and girls. A national survey by VicHealth in 2013 found there are still concerning levels of attitudes accepting of violence in the community. More than half surveyed agreed that women often fabricate cases of domestic violence in order to improve their prospects in family law cases; nearly two in five believed that a lot of times women who say they were raped led the man on and later had regrets; and up to one in five believe that there are circumstances in which women bear some responsibility for violence.

If we want an Australia free of violence against women and children we have to challenge the entrenched beliefs and behaviours that drive it, and the social, political and economic structures, practices and systems that support them. To this end, De La Salle is running the “Cheese for Change” fundraiser in support of The White Ribbon Foundation.

White Ribbon is a primary prevention organisation that works with men to change their attitudes to domestic and gender‐based violence. This is an excellent vehicle to accomplish two important goals: to raise some much‐needed funds for White Ribbon, and to raise awareness with our young men about the prevalence and causes of gender‐based violence.

The College has again joined with Moondarra Cheese to supply wonderful quality, Australian‐made cheese to our Community.  At the Parent‐Teacher interview this year, a stall will be run offering the opportunity to purchase cheese. $10 will purchase four flavoured cream cheeses or a waxed cheddar wheel. All money raised will go directly to White Ribbon and students will be encouraged to take the White Ribbon Oath. This is an online undertaking to call out gender inequality and gender violence.

The College is committed to raising young men who see that “Otherness” is a damaging construct that has no place in a caring, empathetic society. No one loses when everyone wins.

Mr Anthony Freeman
College Psychologist, Kinnoull Campus

Lasallian Youth Minister Notes

What is all this MAD fuss about?

Mission Action Day (MAD for short), is an annual fundraising event at De La Salle College, Malvern, and it is a time where we come together as a community to make a difference and to raise funds to support our overseas Lasallian Projects.

De La Salle College, along with other Lasallian schools, has a long tradition of being people of action, and the generosity and commitment our community shows towards supporting our Lasallian brothers and sisters is admirable.

We really do make a difference to those who need our support.

On Mission Action Day, students from De La Salle College, Malvern, conduct an annual walk‐a‐thon, heading along the Gardiners Creek walking track in a loop extending from Kooyong to East Malvern. This walk enables students to get sponsors and to raise money for the poor and marginalised where the De La Salle Brothers are working.

The raised funds are put towards both local charitable needs and/or projects as well as towards Lasallian projects, for example; our Yaluwo Immersion at Diyagala Boys’ Town, in Ragama, Sri Lanka.

Most of these programs are about educating, feeding, housing and helping these poorer communities to acquire the basic necessities.

Mission Action Day gives us all the opportunity to think of the needs of others and to then, as a community, do something practical to help that situation.”

Keep up the incredible work in preparing for Mission Action Day, and we look forward to your continued support in the final two weeks before MAD on Friday 5 April.

Mr James Biviano
Lasallian Youth Minister

Student Achievement

Richmond Bagnall (7 Dunstan) has been busy raising money for Mission Action Day. So far he has raised $375 selling homemade lemonade, rumballs and yoyos at a stand outside his home in Kensington. He also takes orders for yoyos from neighbours and friends. He plans to host another stand before MAD so keep an eye out if you’re out and about in Kensington on the weekends. Congratulations, Richmond.

Ms Kerry Martin

Lasallian Zeal Awards

Lasallian Zeal Achievement and Recognition, implemented in 2018, aims to enhance the positive learning community at De La Salle, where students feel respected and valued.

The five Core Lasallian Principles encompass the categories of achievement and recognition known as Lasallian Zeal.

  • Faith
  • Inclusiveness
  • Justice
  • Respect
  • Quality Education

Lasallian Zeal encourages students to set higher goals for themselves, to achieve their personal best by affirming and rewarding positive learning behaviours. Motivation to learn is grown through recognition and involvement in community life.

Students are presented with a certificate and a Lasallian Zeal badge according to a tiered system from Bronze to Plantinum, and celebrated in the Duce.

  • Bronze Lasallian Zeal 10 awards
  • Silver Lasallian Zeal 20 awards
  • Gold Lasallian Zeal 30 awards
  • Platinum Lasallian Zeal 40 awards
Student NameHouseMentor GroupAward
Luke CornellSt Edwin’s9 Group 10Bronze
Tyson DyerSt Edwin’s9 Group 3Bronze
Henry DeamSt Austin’s9 Group 8Bronze
Charlie McGannSt Edwin’s9 Group 8Bronze

Congratulations to those students who have been recognised for their achievements!

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students