From the Principal

A very warm welcome back to all families for the 2019 school year, with a special mention of those new to the De La Salle community. It has been a terrific beginning to the year with a smooth transition for the new Year 7 students and the many others across the College having their first week at a new school.

One of the many great features of De La is the community of positive relationships which exist across the board. Welcoming new staff, students and families, helping them settle in is a key part of who we are and what a Lasallian community provides. I have been out in the yard and in classrooms in the past week, talking to many of the Year 5 — 8 students at Tiverton in particular, and note a wonderful level of enthusiasm and camaraderie already.

I was very proud to announce to the community in December that in 2018, De La Salle achieved our best VCE results on record, with a significant increase in all the key data from 2017 and especially from 2016.

  • The Median Study Score for 2018 is 32, up from 30 last year and 29 in 2016. To leap three places in two years is indeed momentous.
  • The percentage of Study Scores 40 and above is 7.22%, up from 6.43% last year and 5.3% in 2016.
  • Median ATAR is 73.15, up from 67.60 last year and 64.18 in 2016.
  • The percentage of students with ATARs in the 70 – 99.96 range is 57.62, a dramatic increase from 45.86% in 2017.

While there is an impressive range of superb individual results, with many students doing exceptionally well, the unprecedented high standard they have set as a cohort is most noteworthy. Congratulations and thank you to all the Units 3 and 4 teachers who invested so much time, effort and expertise in teaching, mentoring and advising the students in their care. Remembering that the state median for all subjects is 30, De La’s many Study Scores in the 34 – 38 range places us at the very top of the scale when compared with any of Victoria’s highest performing schools.

The overall improvement is a testament to the targeted approach and diligent attention to detail of the 2018 cohort and the positive relationships our teachers form with the young men they teach.

As ever, the most organised and intrinsically motivated students performed at the highest standard. However, the real difference in the improved results comes in the middle and lower band. While the top end has certainly improved, achieving an overall increase relies on all students stepping up. The marked difference in the performance of students at all levels sends a powerful message that each and every one can achieve and do very well with the right approach.

Congratulations to the 2018 College Dux, Harrison Cook, who achieved an outstanding ATAR of 98.25. Harrison’s extraordinary results in six diverse and very challenging Unit 3 and 4 Studies are the result of a disciplined, organised approach, a dedication to maximising his potential and a willingness to work closely with teachers and peers. Harrison’s results in his six subjects – attaining scores in the 40s for four of them – sets a tremendous example for other De La Salle students.

All in the wider De La Salle community were thrilled with the successful opening of our new Year 9 Holy Eucharist campus in Malvern East last Thursday. An enormous amount of work has been invested by so many people in so many areas since September to ensure all was in readiness for last week.

An extensive renovation and refurbishment program was executed on time and on budget by Schiavello Builders and Montlaur Project Management, transforming the buildings to a clean, bright and spacious contemporary learning setting for our Year 9 students.

New Head of Campus, David Alexander and Deputy Principal: Learning and Teaching, Mark Gustincic assembled a highly skilled, innovative and dedicated Year 9 teaching team. Supported by Lauren Anderson in the newly created role of Year 9 Learning and Teaching Leader, the team has developed an engaging, original, cross‐curricular learning experience for our young men. The Year 9 campus has begun its life in very encouraging style, full of promise and exciting opportunities for the many cohorts of Year 9 students to come.

We will officially welcome all students and families to Holy Eucharist with a special De La Salle mass at the parish church at 10:30am on Sunday 24th February, followed by a family BBQ courtesy of our ever‐supportive Parent Network. This promises to be a special day enjoyed by all.

We have been fortunate to recruit a range of excellent new staff for the 2019 school year, outlined in the list below.

2019 New Staff

Name Role
Ms Jessica AlgerDeputy Principal — Students
Ms Lauren AndersonYear 9 Learning and Teaching Leader
Mr Martin GibbsDirector of Students (Middle Years)
Mr James GigaczCollege Organiser
Ms Catherine RyanLibrary Team Leader
Ms Eliza MeallinVCE Media Teacher
Ms Dasha VorobievaLanguages Teacher
Mr Luke SerranoMusic Coordinator
Mr Lucas ClaytonCasual Trombone Teacher
Mr Alex ZolkoverDigital Services Manager (ICT)
Mr Rodger HoskinVCE Commerce Teacher
Ms Kathryn HolewaReligious Education LATL and Maths/Science Teacher
Mr Clint HutchinsonDesign Technology Teacher
Mr James BivianoLasallian Youth Minister
Mr Geordie NagleAFL Trainee
Miss Prema D’cruzVCE Commerce Teacher
Mr Henrich GalamVCE English Teacher
Mr Ben AhernYear 5 Teacher
Ms Dianne SaugyLibrary Technician
Ms Pam LeedingEducation Support Officer — VASS and Alumni
Ms Angela RunciEnglish and RE Teacher
Mr Peter SchwabDirector of Football
Ms Rupali SharmaLaboratory Technician
Miss Madalaine Jaskiewicz Kinnoull Receptionist

In closing, I would like to thank all staff, students and families for their contributions to making the beginning of 2019 so smooth and successful. I look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible during the year.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Operationally, the College has made a very smooth start to 2019.

Some statistics about the start of the year:

  • We opened with 1095 students (including 51 students in Years 5 and 6)
  • We welcomed 196 students into Year 7
  • 25 new staff (including 17 teachers) commenced this year
  • Holy Eucharist Year 9 Campus opened with 14 staff, and 156 students.

All looks well for a terrific year ahead!

Year 12 Retreat

Unfortunately, we had to postpone the Year 12 Retreat due to bushfires in the Thompson River Catchment. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the fires. We hope the Retreat will be rescheduled for later in Term 1. Parents and students will be notified well in advance once arrangements are confirmed.

Kinnoull Library

In 2019 the Kinnoull Library will again be open after school for students. A roster of staff will support the students each afternoon.

Kinnoull Library closing times are:
Monday – Thursday: 6:00pm
Friday: 5:00pm

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

Welcome to an exciting and hope‐filled year at De La Salle College. I would particularly like to welcome all of the staff, students and parents who are new to our College. I pray that your time here will be happy and productive.

2019 De La Salle College Theme

As Lasallians, we are a community of faith, and our faith underpins all that we do, in the living presence of God. We believe in our students, our community and our world.

Just as St John Baptist de La Salle lived out his faith in Christ by heeding the call to discipleship, a Lasallian is committed to the respect and reverence of others, seeing all as valuable and important in the eyes of God. This leads us to understand that educating the individual in the Lasallian tradition, providing a “human and Christian” education, is something that is supremely valuable and worthwhile.

For 2019, the Lasallian Principle of “Quality Education” has been chosen as our College theme and the accompanying quote in this special year of the Tercentenary was inspired from the upcoming 2019 APLEC Conference theme, “Educating for Life: One Heart, One Commitment, One Life.”

It is most fitting, that in the 2019 year of the Tercentenary, this Lasallian principle of “Quality Education is chosen as it recognises the deep aspirations that St John Baptist de La Salle had for his Lasallian communities. 2019 is a special year, as we commemorate the Tercentenary of our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle. As Lasallians, we recognise this as an important milestone in the life of the Lasallian Institute – the 300th anniversary of the death of the Founder. The Tercentenary year will provide us with the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our past as well as create a future that is filled with hope, living in the moment in the presence of God.

2018 Year 12 “Yaluwo” Lasallian Immersion to Sri Lanka

On Thursday 22 November 2018 the Yaluwo group prepared to depart for their immersion experience in Sri Lanka.

Having just completed their VCE exams, they were about to embark on a social justice experience of a life time, spending almost one month away from home. To those who are new to our De La Salle College community, Yaluwo means “Friends” in Sinhalese, the native Sri Lankan language, and the friendship certainly continued to grow and flourish in the most authentic ways as we arrived and settled at Diyagala Boys’ Town.

As Lasallians, we are committed to living our lives in solidarity with the poor and the most vulnerable. Our Year 12 students who embarked on the Yaluwo Immersion answered God’s call to live and serve their fellow Lasallian brothers (and sisters), at Diyagala Boys’ Town Technical Boarding School. An experience that provided them with an opportunity to appreciate our Lasallian vocation of service and “touching hearts”.

In the Gospel of St John, we are reminded of the importance of service as more than just words, that it needs to be visible and real;

 “Our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active.”

(Jn.3:18)

It was heartening to witness our students fully immerse themselves in the work and the community at Diyagala, recognising that an immersion experience is about building relationships with others, not just doing something for others. An immersion experience involves a recognition not only of the needs of others but also their gifts. Such service can enable those who are voiceless, devalued or forgotten in our society to be heard, valued and seen. Our Lasallian charism enables us to recognise that all lives are gifts from God and we can nurture our own gift by being of service to those in need. Through our listening, our compassion and our service we bring hope for the future to others.

After days of sanding wooden cupboards, painting walls and polishing ceramic floor tiles, the Diyagala students, Br Denzil, Br Loyola and Br Granville surprised and honoured us by revealing they were naming the room the “Yaluwo Parlour”. The Yaluwo Parlour will be used as a guest waiting room and social room for the students.

On behalf of the 2018 Yaluwo Immersion group, I would like to mention in the dedication of the De La Salle Brothers in Sri Lanka. The gentle, decent and good men who dedicate their lives to working with ‘the last, the least and the lost.” In the true spirit of the Founder St. John Baptist de La Salle, the Brothers work tirelessly to care for the students in their care at Diyagala, helping to provide them with an education to break the cycle of poverty. It was a privilege to know them, to support them and to have had the opportunity to work alongside them.

A personal thanks also to Mr Chas Thompson and Mr Anthony Freeman for their commitment, dedication and individual contributions.

Finally, to the students, Oliver Burke, Finn Carey, Jacob Carroll, Ky Morgenthaler, Heath McCullough, Panos Menidis, Hayden Rideg and Hamish Sutherland — a heartfelt thank you. Each day I was witnessing our young Lasallian men be the living face of Christ, “touching hearts” of all those they encountered.

Staff Formation with Steve Lawrence

It was great to have Steve Lawrence join the staff in our first week back to explore how we go about inspiring and equipping ourselves as educators in our role as custodians of the Catholic faith, how we model this to the students and how we represent and lead the faith.

As Catholic school educators, it is important that we remain openly Catholic in inspiration and nature. Our role as Catholic educators is the education of the whole person since we recognise that it is in Jesus Christ that all human values find fulfilment and unity. As Lasallians, we recognise that by living out, modelling and participating in the faith, we create a positive climate for our students to grow their faith.

Steve’s key theme to the staff was “Fanning the Flame of Faith” and he reminded us that the conversations, interactions, moments we have with our students resonate for years to come. Every day we are shaping the lives of the young people we encounter. We were challenged to allow God into our lives, even in times of doubt. Steve asked us to know the scriptures and to know them well. Christ was a teacher. We are called to be participators of Christ as teachers. To fan the flame, we ourselves, “need to be on fire.” Just like the example given in the Road to Emmaus, we too, are called to walk alongside our students, just as Jesus walked along the road with his disciples.

2019 Opening and Welcome Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral

On Wednesday 27 February, all Year 7 students and new students across all year levels, will be formally welcomed into the College community.

All families will receive a formal letter, co‐signed by the College Principal Mr Peter Houlihan and the Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission, Mrs Rana Brogan outlining the details and expectations of the celebration evening at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Parents are asked to please arrive no later than 6:00pm to ensure a prompt 6:30pm start to the Mass.

All 2019 College Leaders (All Year 12 College Leaders, Tiverton Captain and Vice Captains, Primary Captain and Vice Captains and Holy Eucharist Captain and Vice Captains), will be commissioned into their respective roles and are required to be dressed in full winter uniform.

Year 7 students and all other new students to the College are required to be dressed in full summer uniform.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Students

It has been a busy start to the year at De La Salle College, and despite being new to the school, I have been quickly immersed in Lasallian life. De La Salle has already proved to be a welcoming, positive place to be each day, and I look forward to working with the staff, students and families here.

Over the last week, students have returned to school and been involved in House and Year Level assemblies, spent extended time with their mentor groups, and enjoyed other opportunities to reconnect with school life.

While we hope that all students are immersed in the school community, the start of the year can be a tricky time. In order to support students and their families, De La Salle is proud to introduce SchoolTV, which can be accessed via the tab on Ollie. SchoolTV is presented by Dr Michael Carr‐Gregg, and offers expert information in an easy to access format. This month, SchoolTV covers two important topics:

School Transitions

Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means your children are growing up!

However, transitioning is an ongoing process. It can continue long after students have entered their new environment and may encounter difficulties at a number of different stages. These stressors may appear as anxiety and frustration and result in negative or disruptive behaviours. Such behaviours can become problematic, making the transitioning process even more difficult for children and parents.

In this episode of SchoolTV, parents will learn practical strategies to assist your child during the transition process and reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Surviving Year 12

The final year of secondary school is a year of hard work and a huge commitment for students. It can be hard to find a balance between study and life. It is a time when personalities start to emerge, there are more complex interpersonal relationships and there is the pressure to perform academically. With all of this going on, it’s not surprising that some students have an emotional response and it is therefore extremely important for parents to know how to support their children during this time.

Some students will need more support than others. Keeping the communication lines open with your child, his teachers, mentors and other parents will be crucial. Being aware of your son’s mental and physical wellbeing can play a vital role in his success.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice for students and parents to help get through the final year of secondary school.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in SchoolTV, we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school for further information.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students


Chaplain’s Notes

A warm welcome back to a new academic year and especially to those who have joined us for the first time. We will all be working hard to ensure that your sons feel comfortable and secure as they begin this new period in their lives.

As we prepare for the College Welcome Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday 27 February, I will be engaging your sons in an exploration of what Eucharist means and we will celebrate Mass in Homeroom groups in the Chapel. This will provide an introduction to the liturgical life of the College and hopefully enhance the experience of students when attending the Cathedral.

Sacraments

The College supports students seeking Sacrament preparation.  If your Parish offers preparation I would encourage you to use these opportunities as your first option. 

If you do wish to tap into the College program and have not already contacted me, please do so without delay on my direct line: 9508 2161. You may also email me at jferguson@delasalle.vic.edu.au or alternatively, return the form included in the 2019 new student package.

Lasallian Missions

On Wednesday 6 February, our Year 11 and 12 students were treated to a firsthand account of the missionary work of the Brothers through a presentation by Brother Denis Loft FSC. Brother Denis has been working in Palestine at the University of Bethlehem for the past two years, following six years he spent in South Sudan and 20 years in PNG. Brother Denis explained the poverty and disparity in the distribution of the world’s wealth and encouraged students to think about the opportunity they have through Mission Action Day, to make a personal effort to change the lives of those who struggle to live with dignity. I urge parents to get behind your son and encourage their efforts to create a more just world.

I look forward to sharing in your son’s faith journey and invite you to contact me at any time you may wish some additional support for yourself as a parent or for your son.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Tiverton News

Tiverton Campus — Years 5 to 8

The Primary School has started 2019 with a flurry of activity with new students integrating well into the new Year 5 or 6 classrooms and working with their teachers productively. A highlight of the week was finishing with a round of Kanga cricket on the Malvern Oval where the boys displayed superb cricketing skills and gamesmanship.

Year 7

Student leadership elections occur this week and we are all excited to hear the speeches and see what these leaders will bring to the College. The staff are very keen to see as many parents as possible in our annual Meet and Greet sessions on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 February from 1:30pm6:30pm. There is also a relaxed Primary School Welcome BBQ on Thursday 21 February and we look forward to seeing as many of you there.

Under the leadership of Dr Melissa Walsh, Year 7 Coordinator, and our class mentors the new students have started their journey into Year 7 with excitement and enthusiasm. Students in their first assembly have been told to “be brave” and to try new things in the first term at the College. These could include House competitions at lunchtimes, ACC sports trials and upcoming student leadership elections. There has been a strong emphasis on the boys getting organised for their classes and their learning, to keep up with their homework on the learning management system Ollie and to keep asking questions of their teachers to gain confidence, knowledge and understanding in all that they do. We wish these students well.

Year 8

Like our Year 7 cohort, our Year 8 students have started 2019 brightly under the guidance of Stephen Brick, Year 8 Coordinator, and their class mentors. The emphasis with the students has been to get into regular routines throughout the week and on the weekend to enable homework to be completed, consolidate what has been learnt in the class at home, and to strive for excellence in all disciplines that the school offers.

Year 8 students are also encouraged to engage in upcoming House Competitions and ACC sport trials, as well as other offerings at school to further develop their skills. We looking forward to seeing many students and parents attend the Welcome Mass on Wednesday 27 February, which is a fantastic celebration at the College.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Primary Students

Welcome from Mr James Biviano, Lasallian Youth Minister

Greetings to the parents, students, staff and our wider lasallian community, my name is James Biviano and I am taking on the role of Youth Minister for 2019. I graduated from De La Salle College in 2017. I was fortunate enough to have held the role of 2017 College Captain. This was a great opportunity to share in the faith and charism of this Lasallian school.

My new role at the College is committed to serving this lasallian family and helping students achieve their full potential. It is my job to enact the lasallian values of faith service and community, and to be an advocate for the College’s various social justice outreach programs.

I will be working closely with Year 11 students to create a heightened sense of community amongst the school, with an emphasis on the support of the less fortunate in our community, to which our Mission Action Day funds and other fundraising events will seek to support.

Our 2019 College theme for the Tercentenary is ‘a Quality Education’, and I will be working closely with students to help guide and support them to achieve their academic goals.

I am very passionate about developing our community of brothers throughout the school, and emphasising the importance of building relationships with all those around you, as the greatest gift I received from the College is the friendships I have made and the sense of camaraderie.

Serving as a Lasallian Youth Minister will enable me to provide students with the opportunity to develop numerous skills, and feel more included and involved in the life of the College.

Mr James Biviano
Lasallian Youth Minister

Holy Eucharist Campus

What’s next?”

This is a question Mr David Alexander, Head of Campus, and I have asked ourselves often over the last months as we worked towards the opening of the Holy Eucharist campus; a site designed specifically for our Year 9 cohort. The question has continued to be asked as the College prepared the physical space of the campus and our dedicated staff worked tirelessly to develop an innovative and engaging curriculum, ready for day one.

It is now a question that we offer up to our Year 9 students.

  • What’s next for you?
  • What do you want to get out of this year?
  • How can we support your learning?
  • What are the possible solutions to the problem?

Often we are met with confused faces. Aren’t teachers meant to have the answers, not meet student’s questions with questions ourselves? This deliberate and sometimes confronting approach forces students, in a society where any answer is only a click away, to think for themselves. We want our students to approach tasks with a can‐do attitude and realise that they themselves hold the answers to many of the questions they pose.

It allows them space to consider their next step. What’s coming up for you? Will you enter the part‐time workforce for the first time this year? Will you manage school, family and community commitments better than ever before? Not surprisingly many students find it difficult to articulate what might be in their future, and, as educational trendspotters will tell you, our ever‐developing workforce makes knowing with certainty the job you will have almost an impossibility.

So our focus at Holy Eucharist is on building skills. In a traditional sense we can no longer train students for a job so we must equip them with the skills needed to be successful in the varied pathway they will inevitably have. Responsibility, resilience, problem solving and a strong sense of identity are our focus. We, as a team at Holy Eucharist, are enthusiastic to embark on this journey with your sons, ready to assist them to extend themselves and meet the challenges along the way.

So, we ask “What’s next?”, knowing that the answers will certainly lead your son to places he has not yet considered, to a future that is unimaginably exciting and full of possibilities.

Ms Lauren Anderson
Learning and Teaching Leader‐ Holy Eucharist Campus

Music Notes

Welcoming our new Music Coordinator

Mr Luke Serrano has taken over the reins from Ms Cindy Frost in 2019. Luke has 16 years’ experience teaching Music in ACC schools and is a composer, arranger and saxophonist. Attendees to the Accent on Music combined ACC schools concert in Hamer Hall in September 2018 may remember Luke conducting his own jazz composition ‘Stompin’ at the ACC’ (pictured), which featured De La Salle’s 2018 Music Dux Fletcher Bird on drums.

Instrumental Music Lessons

The due date for enrolments in the Instrumental Music program has been extended until 1 March.

For the first time, shared lessons (30 minutes, group of two students) are available for students in Years 5 to 8. Available for all instruments and voice, except piano and drum kit (individual lessons only). Shared lessons are an economical means of introducing your son to private musical tuition, and the benefits of involvement in our extensive bands program.

Please email Music Administration Officer, Ms Susan Jost sjost@delasalle.vic.edu.au or call on 9508 2136 for more information.

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

Music Ensembles

Music ensembles have commenced for the year. Ensemble times, news and more can be found on our brand new Ollie page where you’ll see all the latest information.

Want to join an ensemble but need more information? Please contact Mr Lee at jlee@delasalle.vic.edu or call 9508 2200 and leave a message.

Mr Jaymee Lee
Ensembles Coordinator


Parent Network News

The focus for the Parent Network in 2019 is on building a sense of community throughout De La Salle College by providing regular opportunities for parents to socialise, connect and participate in College activities. The Parent Network aims to bring people together and develop a more vibrant and connected community.

FIRST DAY MORNING TEA

The first event on the 2019 Parent Network calendar was very well attended with around 100 Year 7 parents and parents of new students to the College in attendance. The morning event was held at the Tiverton Campus Gymnasium and was a great success. The Parent Network Committee would like to again welcome all the new students and their families; we hope to see you at future 2019 events.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2019

Please add the dates of our upcoming events to your 2019 diary.

EventDateVenue
Year 7 Parents’ Welcome EveningThursday 14 FebruaryPeppercorn Café
Primary Welcome BBQThursday 21 FebruaryKinnoull Oval
Years 8 to 12 Parents’ Welcome EveningThursday 14 MarchSagra
Mother’s Day BreakfastWednesday 8 MayGymnasium
Parents’ “Christmas in July” DinnerSaturday 27 JulyTBC
Father’s Day BreakfastThursday 22 AugustGymnasium
Parent Network AGMMonday 21 OctoberCentenary Boardroom

The year will start with some great Parent Network events. Please save the dates. We look forward to seeing you there!

WELCOME EVENING

Our Year 7 Welcome Evening is coming up on Thursday 14 February. You can book online now via TryBooking — www.trybooking.com/BAPOE.

YEAR LEVEL REPRESENTATIVES

The Year Level Representatives (“Reps”) are critical members of our Parent Network Team, bringing together parents in their chosen year levels and acting as a contact point for whole school functions. Thank you to our 2019 Year Level Reps (listed below) for taking on this very important role and to Ms Sharon Herdman, Year Level Rep Coordinator, for assisting and supporting them.

  • Primary — Mrs Michelle Peterson and Mrs Louise Harris
  • Year 7 — Mrs Jo McAuliffe
  • Year 8 — Mr James McEniry and Ms Kirsten Bell
  • Year 9 — Mrs Linda Curnow and Mrs Louise MacNamara
  • Year 10 — Mrs Cate Robertson
  • Year 11 — VACANT*
  • Year 12 — Mrs Lesley Corrigan

*The Parent Network is still looking for a Year 11 Rep. If you would like to take on the role please contact us via email at parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

SELLING AND BUYING SECOND‐HAND TEXTBOOKS FOR 2019

If you are interested in buying or selling second‐hand textbooks for 2019 you can do so through the Sustainable School Shop. Click here to access the flyer on how to register, buy and sell.

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
Parent Network President

Wellbeing News

In December 2018, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel with a group of our Year 12 students and two colleagues to Sri Lanka on the Yaluwo Immersion. This was an incredibly powerful and rewarding experience, one that I can highly recommend to any student considering it.

While staying at Diyagala Boys’ Town, I had the privilege and honour to meet a group of men whose entire lives are devoted to educating young men from a background of poverty, hardship and grief. There were a number of Lasallian Brothers I would like to mention. Brother Loyola, Brother Denzel and Brother Grenville were our primary day‐to‐day contacts while staying at Diyagala. It is difficult to describe the amount of care, patience and understanding that these Brothers have for the boys. They would probably be embarrassed if they read this piece, but, to me, they were exemplifying what it means to be “a good man”.

These men were firm and kind, they were patient and they led. What struck me the most was how much they knew of each boy’s circumstances. There are about 150 students at Diyagala, over four year levels and Brother Loyola knew each boy individually. He was aware of their history, their difficulties and their strengths. It was, and is, inspiring. Like islands of calm in the lives of the young men in their care, these strong, gentle, caring, loving men are living their mission with a distinct lack of hubris.

The same qualities were also present in the Brothers who were running the school in the slums of Colombo, living the Lasallian credo of “the least, the last, the lost” every day. It was refreshing to observe the form of their masculinity in the face of such profound poverty and hardship. In my view, such masculinity is something to aspire to.

While I was overseas, and in the weeks following Christmas, the controversial Gillette advertisement was released. If you haven’t seen it, it can be viewed here. This ad is, in all likelihood, designed to tag onto the #metoo movement in order to sell products. However, the message it extols is laudable. The YouTube of the ad currently has twice as many downvotes as upvotes. I find this astonishing. As well as encouraging men to act in a slightly less traditional way it also asks that men hold other men accountable for their actions and their examples. This is hard. Even harder when you are a young man who is in the process of becoming yourself, who values the opinion of his peers and is constantly bombarded by images that depict men as “players” and women as objects.

I foolishly tried arguing with the ad’s critics on various social media platforms (don’t do this… it doesn’t work). What I think I discovered while arguing on Facebook, is that there is often a complete misunderstanding of what “toxic masculinity” is referring to. “Toxic” is a description, an adjective. “Toxic masculinity” is a subset of masculinity, it is not all of masculinity.

Toxic Masculinity” is an extreme version of masculinity. The version that says it is not manly to show vulnerability, that real men don’t cry, that to be a man is to be completely self‐reliant, that seeking help is a weakness, and that women are inferior. This distorted and reductive masculinity is called “toxic” because it is genuinely unhealthy. Men with such a narrow view of masculinity are at a much greater risk of suicide, relationship breakdown, health problems, early death, depression and more.

The American Psychological Association has recently released guidelines for working with men to challenge toxic masculinity. It has done so in response to the many mental health issues that toxic masculinity gives rise to. An excellent article that explains these guidelines can be found here.

Given this phenomenon, it was interesting to compare it with the young men who lived at the Diyagala Boy’s Town. They have an emotional openness to them that surprised me. I think I was expecting that teenagers with such difficult backgrounds would be closed off and reserved. I found it was the opposite. The young men, ranging in age from 14 years to 20 years were comfortable with each other and with us. They played, they wrestled and competed, but they also comforted, hugged and supported each other. Much like our students do here at De La.

I suppose the purpose of this article is to remind myself of what male strength can be like. It doesn’t need to be defined by sporting prowess, conform to stereotypes or promote building ourselves up by putting others down. It can be a gentle and assured care for others that comes from knowing each other’s story and history.

It can come from recognizing that at some point in our lives, we all could be one of “the least or the last or the lost”. At times like those, we can call on each other for support — without guilt, without hubris — and, as Lasallians, give and receive it with love.

This is masculine, but this is not toxic.

Mr Anthony Freeman
College Psychologist — Kinnoull Campus

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College Calendar.

Thu
7
Feb
Year 10 Dance Program - Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Primary Meet and Greet - Year 5 and Year 6 Classrooms, Tiverton, 1:45pm - 6:45pm
Catch Up Photographs - PAC Foyer, 8:30am - 10:30am
Thu
14
Feb
Year 10 Dance Program - Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Year 7 Parents Welcome Evening - Peppercorn Café, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Fri
15
Feb
College Tour - SMT, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tue
19
Feb
St Austin's House Welcome and Liturgy - SMT, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Thu
21
Feb
Year 10 Dance Program - Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Primary Welcome BBQ - Kinnoull Oval, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

2018 VCE Results

Our best VCE results in over 10 years — congratulations to the De La Salle Class of 2018!

I am thrilled to announce this year’s Year 12 students have achieved extraordinary results, producing the best VCE results in recent history and quite possibly ever in the VCE era. The most noteworthy statistic is the significant improvement in all the key data:

- The Median Study Score for 2018 is 32, up from 30 last year and 29 in 2016. To leap three places in two years is indeed momentous. 
- The percentage of Study Scores 40 and above is 7.22%, up from 6.43% last year and 5.3% in 2016. 
- Median ATAR is 73.15, up from 67.60 last year and 64.18 in 2016. 
- The percentage of students with ATARs in the 70–99.96 range is 57.62%, a dramatic increase from 45.86% in 2017.

While there is an impressive range of superb individual results, with many students doing exceptionally well, the unprecedented high standard they have set as a cohort is most noteworthy. Congratulations and thank you to all the Unit 3 and Unit 4 teachers who invested so much time, effort and expertise in teaching, mentoring and advising each and every student in their care. With the state median for all subjects being 30, we have so many with median Study Scores in the 34 – 38 range, figures which sit at the very top of the scale when compared with any of Victoria’s highest performing schools. As all but nine of our students take Unit 3 and Unit 4 English, to increase the median score to 33 is a brilliant outcome.

The overall improvement in 2018 is testament to the targeted approach and diligent attention to detail evident among the students and the positive relationships our teachers enjoy with our young men. As ever, the organised and intrinsically motivated performed at the highest standard.

However, the real difference in the improved results comes in the middle and lower band of the scores. While the top end has certainly improved, an overall increase relies on all students stepping up. The marked difference in the performance of students at all levels has removed the “tail” of lower scores.

I am so proud of all our young men; of course, the most able and diligent but perhaps even more so of those with lesser gifts who strove for personal success and maximised their results through sheer devotion to the task.

Congratulations to 2018 College Dux Harrison Cook, who achieved an outstanding ATAR of 98.25. Harrison’s extraordinary results in six diverse and very challenging Unit 3 & 4 studies are the result of a disciplined, organised approach, a dedication to maximising his potential and a willingness to work closely with teachers and peers. Harrison’s results in his six subjects – attaining scores in the 40s for four of them – set a tremendous example for other De La Salle students.

Biology (2017) — 40
Chemistry — 48
English — 47
Languages: French — 31
Maths: Mathematical Methods — 35
Psychology — 41

Harrison is also the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship at the University of Melbourne where he will be studying Biomedicine. 

Congratulations again to all our Year 12 students and teachers on this tremendous achievement for 2018. I wish you all a safe, happy and holy Christmas and a restful break.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

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From the Principal

This week marks the end of classes for this year’s Year 10 and Year 11 students, having completed six days of VCE Headstart as 2019 Year 11 and Year 12 students. This is a crucial week in that it provides the opportunities for our students to literally get a head start – as the name suggests – and set themselves up for a successful VCE.

I urge all students and parents to have a chat about the week, reflect on what they discovered and decide what will be required to achieve their very best in 2019. There will have been some work set for the Christmas break in each subject. It is a clear expectation this is completed to the best of each students’ ability and the students with the highest level of organisation and aspiration will do so next week. It is much better to complete this important work while the lessons of Headstart week are still fresh in the mind, plus students can then take the remaining seven weeks of the break to relax with a clear conscience and know they are well prepared for the return to school in January. We expect all students to commit fully to their selected subjects and work closely, in association with their teachers in true Lasallian fashion.

The Year 12 students on the Yaluwo Immersion at Diyagala Boys Town have been there for a week and are having a terrific time. I have been in touch with Mrs Brogan during the week and everything is going smoothly. The majority of work this week has been painting classroom walls, desks and furniture, and the team has really enjoyed working alongside the local Sri Lankan boys, getting to know them, playing sport with them and developing friendships. They have also had the opportunity to see a little of Colombo’s history through its colonial buildings and have participated in the Christmas pageant at the children’s hostel at Boys Town.

Planning for the Yaluwo Immersion for November next year is already underway for the 2019 Year 12 students. I spoke to the cohort at an assembly on Thursday morning and outlined the nature of the program, the commitment required, but more importantly the tremendous opportunities and benefits to be gained by the students who participate. Lifelong memories, unique friendships with Sri Lankan Lasallians and a life‐changing experience are all guaranteed by being part of Yaluwo. This chance to live our Lasallian mission, to serve others and exercise that preferential option for the poor as a genuine contribution to our social justice program is something all Year 12 students should consider. Many students picked up an Expression of Interest Form; further copies are available at Kinnoull reception or by emailing Mrs Brogan at rbrogan@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

 

Last Wednesday we held an Open Day at our new Holy Eucharist Year 9 Campus in Malvern East. With still plenty of work to go in completing the refurbishment, much of the site was inaccessible but we were able to show about 160 parents and ten parishioners through enough of the campus to gain a good indication of how things will look in January when the Year 9 cohort move in. We ran tours every 20 minutes from 2:00 – 7:00pm and all were very impressed by the new entrance, new fence, landscaping and freshly opened bright and contemporary reception area. The tours visited the hall, several classrooms, one of the break‐out spaces and the very attractive playing spaces. It was terrific working with so many parents during the afternoon as they shared their enthusiasm for the new development, asked many questions and took one step closer to becoming part of our new Year 9 Campus community. A special thank you to the many staff who came along to support the afternoon, especially Year 9 Head of Campus, Mr David Alexander and the 2019 Learning and Teaching Leader, Ms Lauren Anderson. The team of thirteen teachers are working very hard on putting together a challenging, exciting and engaging Year 9 program for next year; we can’t wait!

 

Finally, it is important I inform you Ms Lisa Harkin, Deputy Principal — Students will be moving on at the end of the year. Ms Harkin has been awarded the position as Head of Campus at the Officer Campus of St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield. While we are very sad to see Ms Harkin go, this is a wonderful opportunity for her, running a growing Campus in her own right and no doubt having a wonderful influence on shaping their community. Ms Harkin has been an outstanding Deputy Principal, driving innovation and support for our students in so many ways, winning hearts and minds along the way. She will certainly be missed, but of course, goes with our best wishes.

I would like to thank all in our community – staff, students and parents – for their wonderful support for and engagement in all that has been achieved at De La in 2018. It has been a very busy year in many ways with a number of new initiatives and developments – curriculum, wellbeing, buildings and planning for the future. All of this depends on the strength, loyalty and sense of belonging our community generates and I thank you all for being part of our 2018 community.

I wish all staff and families a very happy, safe and holy Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing all students back fresh and ready to go in January.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Annual Christmas Concert

The De La Salle music department will hold the annual Christmas concert in the PAC on Thursday 6 December. This is always a wonderful finale to the year and will include a terrific evening of Christmas music with some surprises. Music staff and students have been working very hard over recent weeks in preparation for this event. All members of the College community are warmly invited to attend.

Lost property

Tiverton students who have lost uniform items throughout the year (especially Term 3 or Term 4) are asked to check the lost property area before Thursday 13 December. Items of uniform not collected will be donated to charity.

Christmas Greetings

On behalf of all the staff at the College, thank you to parents for your support in 2018 and best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas and holiday period. May God bless all families.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Students

2019 ACC Launch Dinner

As is traditional, we gather together to celebrate the ACC Leadership Launch for the coming year. The College Captains and Vice‐Captains are invited to attend, along with Principals, Deputy Principals and Leadership Coordinators. This wonderful evening is being held at Salesian College, with the 2019 College Leaders celebrating Mass, sharing a formal meal and enjoying the social festivities. It is always powerful listening to the College Captains speak of the gifts their communities bring to the ACC; the core elements that are unique and their aspirations for the coming year.

A special part of the evening will be listening to College Captain for 2019, Liam Jenkins’ address on behalf of his Lasallian brothers at De La Salle College. You can read the speech here.

Progress on the Child Safe Standards

Recently, the Australian Childhood Foundation audited our policies and processes to safeguard our students against abuse. In total, 65 people were interviewed; staff, parents, students, volunteers, maintenance, administration, human resources, canteen staff and cleaners played a part in the audit.

The Australian Childhood Foundation noted a strong commitment to safeguarding children and young people was evident across all levels of personnel. The students who were interviewed by the Australian Childhood Foundation noted a stronger and more visible safeguarding culture across the College. The parents interviewed by the Australian Childhood Foundation expressed a confidence in the commitment of the College to safeguard students.

The Australian Childhood Foundation emphasised that the College leadership demonstrated a shared commitment to progressing the safeguarding journey through development and implementation of endorsed safeguarding policies and procedures. Establishing a Child Safety Team with broad‐based membership and consulting throughout the College on the safeguarding journey has supported our work in this area.

The Australian Childhood Foundation noted that safeguarding sustainability is front and centre of daily practice and re‐enforced through discussions at staff meetings and ongoing support of the Child Safety Team. At De La Salle College, we aspire to support the aspiration of the whole‐child, this includes faith‐based practices and emphasises personal development and growth.

The Australian Childhood Foundation found that the College demonstrates a high standard of risk mitigation, which is evidenced through thorough processes to meet College expectations, e.g. student billeting and cancellation of programs if the risks are unable to be managed appropriately, therefore compromising the safety of students.

Our teaching staff at De La Salle College were recognised to be very proximate with students and to have strong relationships with the young men in our care. The challenge within this has been to maintain relational safety between students and personnel.

As in most school environments, there are challenges at specific ages and stages for the boys. In their interviews, our staff indicated that Year 8 and Year 9 can be challenging for the young men in our care The Australian Childhood Foundation found that the College has created a number of initiatives, for example, the Positive Student Behaviour Policy and the Achievement and Recognition Policy – Lasallian Zeal to maintain a healthy culture through these year levels and to address any concerns that do arise.

Our Lasallian charism has been strengthened through this process.

Happy Christmas

Christmas is a magical time for children. For me it is time to reflect with gratitude on all the gifts in my life; family, friends, freedom and a great education. As a child, Christmas meant a long wait for Midnight Mass where my Dad played the organ. It was my Gran’s birthday on Christmas Eve so we enjoyed many family gatherings that evening as well. Today, Christmas carols, gift exchanges and family feasts are just some of the enduring traditions that make the season one of the world’s favourite holidays. Amongst this, we remember the gift of a little baby who heralded hope for communities across the ages.

Wishing you and your family a safe, relaxing and joyful Christmas.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Chaplain’s Notes

First Communion

A very excited group of De La Salle College students from Year 4 received the Eucharist for the first time on Sunday 18 November, at St Anthony’s Parish, along with students from the Parish Sunday School.

Congratulations to Alexander Bekos, James Harris and Cooper Attana who showed great reverence in this sacred moment. The families joined in a celebration in the Parish Centre following Mass to receive their certificates and share in a delicious cake. Well done to them all.

Diary note – for new families 2019

If you are planning for your son to prepare for the Sacraments of First Penance, Communion or Confirmation through De La Salle during 2019, please email: jferguson@delasalle.vic.edu.au or you may call on my direct line 9508 2161.

Reconciliation preparation will commence in Term 1 and First Communion will be celebrated in Term 4.

Alternatively, an enrolment form has been included in the recent distribution of information to new parents. Please complete this form and forward to me at the College.
I take this opportunity to wish all our families a blessed and joyous celebration of the Lord’s coming into our lives.

The following prayer, shared during your family preparation, might help to keep a focus on what is truly important at this time.

In this season of rushing and bustle
Help us to focus our hearts on you, O Lord.
Quieten us so that we can be aware
of our waiting and longing for you.
Open our hearts to your words
And make us attentive to your actions
in our lives day by day.
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

St John Baptist de La Salle pray for us. Live Jesus in our hearts forever.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

ACC Junior Debating Championship 2018

Manner, Method and Matter

On 12 November, De La Salle’s ACC Junior Debating team, in the company of Mr Chris Fleming and Mrs Eve McLellan, went off to St Bernard’s College to debate against other ACC schools. Everyone was scored according to what is known as the three M’s: Manner, Method and Matter.

The first debating team, consisting of Noah Caruso, Jude Pabst and myself, had to debate against three speakers from St Joseph’s College. The topic was “Parents should have access to their child’s social media accounts.” We were on the negative side; all speakers of the round did very well, with Jude and myself scoring the highest, and De La Salle taking our first win by one point.

After a short break, our second group debated. The second team consisted of Christian McMahon, Luke Cornell and Oscar Boulter. They debated against three students from Christian Brothers College, St Kilda. The topic they debated was “Australia should become a Republic.” De La Salle was on the affirmative side. We ended up winning by five points with Luke taking out Best Speaker. Both wins put us second overall, not too far behind who we were debating in the final round; Whitefriars College. The final round was an impromptu round, meaning we were given a topic at the event, and we only had 50 minutes to prepare. The team also chose who they felt performed the best, so our final team was Oscar Boulter, Luke Cornell and myself.

The topic was “Autonomous cars will make our roads safer.” All six students in the debating team were allowed to think of ideas, so after 50 long minutes in a classroom, we decided on an order, and a set of arguments and rebuttals. The final debate decided who took out the competition. If we won, then we would be the winners for Division 2. If we lost, we had to hope that third place did not score too high. After an intense debate, the adjudicator awarded Whitefriars the win by a single point. To make matters worse, the team in first place scored more points, so Emanuel College came second, whilst we came third.

We were still happy with a podium finish. The whole team would like to thank Mr Fleming, Mrs McLellan and Dr Walsh for encouraging us all to give it our best, and doing all the behind the scenes work.

We learnt lots and we hope to get them next time!

Noah Henderson
Year 7

Sport News

Hockey

Year 7 student, Sebastian Fernandez recently returned from Hobart where he represented Victoria in the U13 Boys National Hockey Championships. Sebastian played with great composure and strength on the ball as a high striker and his team were awarded fifth place. We hope you will join us in celebrating this great achievement!

2019 ACC Launch Speech

The Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) is a strong and vibrant group of 12 Catholic secondary schools for boys. De La Salle College competes in an array of sport and other activities throughout the year, and it is traditional that the College Captain gives an address at the ACC Launch.

2019 College Captain, Liam Jenkins — ACC Launch Speech

Good evening fellow ACC representatives, staff, leaders and guests. My name is Liam Jenkins and I am the College Captain of De La Salle College for 2019.

On behalf of De La Salle I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the core values that shape life at De La Salle College and the advancements that have occurred recently at the school.

At De La Salle, the notion of brotherhood is a significant part of our Lasallian identity. A sense of brotherhood fuels the bonds between all students at the College. A sense of camaraderie and inclusiveness flows within the College and leaves an everlasting imprint on old Collegians when they reflect upon their time at school. This strong school culture is embraced by all students at De La Salle, further enhancing our ability to tackle whatever task we approach as young men.

De La Salle was established in 1912 by three Irish brothers who taught 54 boys in a parish hall. In recent years, 2012 marked the college centenary. In 2014, the school introduced our first lay principal in Mr Peter Houlihan who still remains our current Principal.

We also reintroduced a vertical House system in 2016. This has further developed our culture at the College and it has been well received by the student cohort. In addition, the school has made some infrastructural advancements with the opening of the Rheims Centre for Science and Technology this year.

2019 brings another significant milestone for the history of De La Salle College with the much‐anticipated opening of the new Year 9 Campus at Holy Eucharist in East Malvern. This will allow the school to grow, whilst providing a customised program for our Year 9 students. Our rich history demonstrates the growth and success that has been achieved by our school over the years. These accomplishments have helped shape who we are today. We are inspired to live by the legacy set by those in the past.

Over the years, De La Salle has established a name for itself through the generosity and service demonstrated by the school community. We believe that it is important to give back to the community in as many ways as possible to show our appreciation and gratitude for the opportunities we receive here De La.

De La Salle has been an active contributor to the community, through our ability to consistently raise $100,000 each year during Mission Action Day where proceeds are donated to a variety of needy communities across the globe. The students are able to see the effect of their generosity through school initiatives that use their funds to build classrooms and establish connections with people living in difficult conditions around the world. We also look to contribute locally with programs including Year 9 Lasallian service, St Vincent de Paul Food Drive, our Social Justice Mass and House Charities.

These thoughtful deeds to help the community can leave lasting effects on the people it touches, as well as exemplify the teachings of our Lasallian founder, St John Baptist de La Salle.

De La Salle is a proud member of the Associated Catholic College community. I believe that we bring a strong presence to the Association through our great passion and dedication whenever representing the College. We enjoy the rivalry and challenges that other Colleges bring; however, we have great respect for all schools part of the ACC.

On behalf of De La Salle College, we look forward to the year to come and I wish the very best for the other school leaders in their last year at their respective schools.

Thank you.

Liam Jenkins
College Captain 2019

Parent Network News

The focus for the Parent Network in 2019 will be to build a sense of community throughout De La Salle College by providing regular opportunities for parents to socialise, connect and participate in College activities. The Parent Network aims to bring people together and develop a more vibrant and connected community.

Upcoming events for 2019

Please add the dates of our upcoming events to your 2019 diary.

Event Date Venue
First Day Morning Tea Thursday 31 January Gymnasium
Year 7 Parents’ Welcome Drinks Thursday 14 February Peppercorn Café
Primary Welcome BBQ Thursday 28 February Kinnoull Oval
Years 8–12 Parent’s Welcome Drinks Thursday 14 March TBC
Mother’s Day Breakfast Wednesday 8 May Gymnasium
Parents’ “Christmas in July” Dinner Saturday 27 July TBC
Father’s Day Breakfast Friday 23 August Gymnasium
Parent Network AGM Monday 21 October Centenary Boardroom

The year will start with some great Parent Network events. Please save the dates. We look forward to seeing you there!

FIRST DAY MORNING TEA

All Year 7 parents and any parent of a new student to the College in 2019 are invited to the First Day Morning Tea.

WELCOME DRINKS

YEAR LEVEL REPRESENTATIVES

The Year Level Representatives (“Reps”) are critical members of our Parent Network Team, bringing together parents in their chosen year levels and acting as a contact point for whole school functions. Thank you to our 2019 Year Level Reps (listed below) for taking on this very important role and to Ms Sharon Herdman, Year Level Rep Coordinator, for assisting and supporting them.

  • Primary Mrs Michelle Peterson and Mrs Louise Harris
  • Year 7 Mrs Jo McAuliffe
  • Year 8 Mr James McEniry and Ms Kirsten Bell
  • Year 9 Mrs Linda Curnow and Mrs Louise MacNamara
  • Year 10 Mrs Cate Robertson
  • Year 11 VACANT*
  • Year 12 Mrs Lesley Corrigan

*If you would like to take on the role of Year 11 Year Level Rep please contact us via email at parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

Selling and buying second‐hand textbooks for 2019

If you are interested in buying or selling second‐hand textbooks for 2019 you can do so through the Sustainable School Shop. Click here to access flyer on how to register, buy and sell.

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
Parent Network President

Important Notices

2019 Schedule of Fees

The Schedule of Fees for 2019 is now finalised. Please refer to the letter from the Principal and the College Board Chair, the 2019 Schedule of Fees and the College Fee Policy newly ratified and effective from 2019.

Should you have any enquiries regarding any of the published documents please do not hesitate to call Mrs Anne‐Maree McKernan or Ms Ellenor Harris in the Finance department on (03) 9508 2100.

Wishing all of our students the very best during this time of exams.

Ms Lyn McGuinness
Director of Finance and Administration

Lasallian Zeal Awards

The Achievement and Recognition Policy – Lasallian Zeal aims to enhance the positive learning community whereby students feel respected and valued. It seeks to affirm and develop positive learning behaviours. The Achievement and Recognition Policy – Lasallian Zeal encourages students to set higher goals for themselves and to achieve their personal best. Motivation to learn is dramatically impacted by being successful.

The five Core Lasallian Principles encompass the categories of achievement and recognition and will be known as Lasallian Zeal. Students will build up nominations over the course of their time at De La Salle College. Students will receive a certificate and a Lasallian Zeal badge in the appropriate colour as described below.

  • Bronze Lasallian Zeal 10 awards in any category
  • Silver Lasallian Zeal 20 awards (10 Bronze Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
  • Gold Lasallian Zeal 30 awards (20 Silver Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
  • Platinum Lasallian Zeal 40 awards (30 Gold Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
Student Name House Mentor Group Award
Joshua Paul St Edwin’s Edwins 5 Bronze

Congratulations to Joshua who received his Bronze Zeal award.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Social Justice Stationery Drive

During Term 4 and in the lead up to the end of the school year, we are challenged to think of others and to work together to make a difference. The whole College is involved in a stationery drive donation to our schools in Papua New Guinea through the Lasallian Foundation. Students are asked to donate any of the following items:

  • Folders
  • Pens – that work
  • Pencils – lead and colour
  • Textas/crayons
  • Pencil cases
  • Eraser/rulers/sharpeners/scissors/safety glasses
  • Calculators

All items will be accepted from today and are to be placed in the Kinnoull or Tiverton library where there will be a box located next to the printer. During locker clean up in the last week of school, boxes will be placed for collection along the corridors for final donations. We ask that you support all students in their endeavour to show solidarity and bring hope to the needy, poor and vulnerable members of our local community.

With thanks on behalf of the Year 11 VCAL students.

Miss Ellen Cotter
St Austin’s 2 House Mentor