As Term 3 draws to a close, it is time to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of students and staff. The College continues to excel in the areas of sport, the performing arts, debating and commitment to social justice initiatives.
Sporting highlights include Senior Boys Hockey Premiership coached by Mr Gerard Barns and Mr Jon Edgar and Grand Final appearances by our Year 8 Hockey Team coached by Mr Shane Mackintosh, Year 9 Hockey Team coached by Ms Georgie Skinner and Mr Ken Stokes and our Year 8 Basketball Team coached by Mr Lachie O’Connell.
Congratulations also to all the students who, after many weeks of training, represented the College at the ACC Cross‐Country Championships at Bundoora Park on 11 September. Thanks also to Mr Peter Larsen, Mr Geordie Nagle and staff who assisted and supported the students over this time.
Two students who excelled in extra‐curricular sport in recent weeks were Ryo Hayashi and Daniel Graskoski. Please visit the sports news page in this issue of Duce for details. Congratulations to both Ryo and Daniel.
Our strength as a Performing Arts College also is reflected in the quality of our Music and Drama Programs. After a very successful Music Tour in August, our musicians and Music staff combined to present an extraordinary showcase of talent in the Annual Winter Concert.
Hours are spent rehearsing and preparing and the results were of the highest standard. Our Unit 4 Music student recitals were stunning in their complexity and presentation.
A real highlight for parents was the new event, the Term 3 Music Soirée, in which all instrumental music students had the opportunity to perform solo in front of an audience. Well done to all who performed.
In the area of Drama, our Senior Play Two Weeks With The Queen with OLSH was a wonderful example of the talents of our students. This week our Middle Years students will be involved in the production of Godspell with Sacré Cœur. This promises to be yet another terrific event. Congratulations to the cast and crew involved in these events.
also to our Year 10 Debating Dream Team who continue to impress with strong
results in the statewide competition to reach the last 16 schools.
Term 3 always involves many community events. I thank our Parent Network for organising the very successful and enjoyable “Christmas In July” event and the Father’s Day Breakfast. Our August Parent‐Teacher Interviews were very well attended, as were our various information and expo evenings. Our Year 8 Time and Space father and son night and Year 9 Rites of Passage father and son evening created unique opportunities for connection and communication.
Students were involved in Community Masses in July at St Joseph’s Malvern and last weekend at the final of these for the year at St Cecilia’s Glen Iris. Students and their families from these parishes were joined by our College Leaders in a wonderful spirit of solidarity and support. These Masses continue a long tradition of involvement between De La Salle and the Parish communities. Thank you to Mrs Rana Brogan for her leadership and vision in working with the parishes to organise these Masses. We look to them continuing in 2020.
This week our Year 6 will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St Anthony’s Glen Huntly. This will be a very special occasion for these students and their families. Thank you to Mrs Joan Ferguson for her work in preparing the candidates.
De La Salle is able to provide amazing opportunities to students such as the chance to be involved in a variety of optional camps and trips. This term we ran the following camps; Year 10 Adventure Tour to New Zealand, VCAL Social Justice Camp to Wilcannia, Music Tour to central Victoria and students participated in the Victorian Snowsports Competition at Mt Buller. On Monday a group of Italian Language students will leave for a two‐week language and culture study immersion trip to Italy. Mrs Lil Russo, Mrs Marta Webster and Mr David Happ will accompany the group.
From a whole‐College perspective, work on the Strategic Plan for 2019–2022 is nearing completion. This will identify our priorities and goals for the next four years. Related to this is our Annual Action Planning. The Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Survey (CEMSIS) has commenced. CEMSIS is a valuable source of information and data that will greatly assist us in the planning process. Parents are invited to participate in this process via the link and log in details sent last week. The survey closes on 20 September.
Refurbishment of the Tower Building at Tiverton undertaken during this term is nearing completion. A Planning and Development Group has been formed to investigate and guide the next phase of development works. There will be more information about future plans next term.
For our senior students, and those in Year 12 especially, this a really critical time in the academic year as VCE Unit 4 courses conclude and attention is directed towards revision and exam preparation. All Unit 3 and 4 students will undertake trial VCE exams at the College from 30 September until 4 October. I urge all students to work diligently for the remainder of the term.
Mr John McAlroy will leave the College at the end of this term after 12 years of devoted service to the College community. John has been an outstanding Mathematics Teacher and College Leader and will be greatly missed. On behalf of the College community, I thank John for his dedication and generosity and wish him well as he moves to a new opportunity at St Bede’s College.
Finally, we also wish Mr Ken Stokes and Mr Nigel Yates well‐earned breaks as they commence Long Service Leave in Term 4.
Best wishes for the end of Term 3 and the school holiday period ahead.
Reading something you enjoy for at least 15 minutes every day will do wonders for your wellbeing. Research has shown that reading for pleasure can:
improve relationships with others
reduce the symptoms of depression
improve wellbeing throughout life.
It also unconsciously improves students’ grasp of language in different contexts.
At De La Salle, every student’s life is currently being enriched with reading — in fact it is emphasised in the English Curriculum. Once a fortnight, students from Year 5 to Year 9 have a full period allocated to reading books chosen by themselves in line with their own interests.
The students love biographies, fantasy, action‐adventure, real‐life, historical and humour, and De La Salle’s library collections are built to cater for all levels and broad tastes.
We have also introduced eBooks which students can read on their laptops or on their phone on the way to school. We encourage them to recommend titles which they think should be in the collection.
The latest focus has been on growing the Graphic Novel (comic) collection. The libraries have a number of Japanese Manga collections as well as graphic versions of well‐known novels. Reservation levels are high, showing that our students enjoy the Graphic Novel format.
At De La Salle we recommend that all students read something they enjoy every day and we are always available to guide them towards finding those genres that give them pleasure.
How To Balance Life And
Study – And Keep Your Motivation!
Find The Meaning Behind What You Are Doing
It is a lot easier to achieve things when you know why you want to. One
great way to get past feeling stuck is to connect to your underlying intention.
For instance, you might not be too keen on doing a particular assignment
for school. But underneath that, you probably do care about:
practising your skills
getting further toward your career
feeling a sense of achievement when you finish it.
When you remember the assignment is just a step towards these things,
it’s easier to get started.
It can also help to change the way you think about your intentions from demands (e.g. I have to do the assignment because otherwise, I’ll fail) to choices (e.g. I choose to do the assignment because I want to do well.)
When you think about it, most of the tasks we do are connected to a
bigger purpose. Doing those dishes might not sound very appealing, but how
about creating a nicer space for yourself and feeling freer?
Achieving small tasks and doing things you enjoy can boost
your confidence and lift your mood – helping you keep a healthy headspace. The
activities you make time for have a big impact on your headspace. When you spend
time doing things you enjoy, it can give you relief from hard times, and build
some fun in your life. Likewise, when you set and achieve small tasks that are
important to you (such as completing homework or giving back to your community)
it can help to create a sense of accomplishment and meaning.
In a nutshell, doing ‘stuff’ matters. Yet, if you’re going through a difficult time, doing anything can seem like a lot of effort. And if you’re feeling low you may lose interest in things you once enjoyed. So, what should you do? The key is to focus on doing – even if you don’t want to or feel like it. As you set and achieve even small tasks you will learn more about yourself, build confidence and improve your wellbeing.
Here’s how ‘doing stuff’ can help your headspace:
give you a sense of achievement and purpose
build your confidence
lift your energy
improve your motivation
it can help get you out of a rut if you’re not feeling energised.
Ask an expert: how can I do more stuff?
Here’s how headspace experts suggest you get started:
Set small goals. Setting and achieving goals builds confidence and self‐worth. Think of a small task you want to do every day (maybe it’s making your bed, going for a 15‐minute walk or calling a friend for a chat). It can be anything, the important thing is to set the goal and follow through.
Find activities you enjoy. If you’re going through a hard time, you may not feel excited about doing anything. But think back – what did you used to enjoy? This can be a good place to start.
Make a schedule. When you think of an activity, make time for it. Look ahead at your week and block out some time for the things that you enjoy.
Persist. Find ways to follow through with your scheduled activity, even when you don’t feel like it. You may not feel like doing anything, so it might help to learn new ways to handle this.
Reflect. Once you begin achieving your goals, take some time to reflect on how it makes you feel. Did you enjoy it? Did you feel a sense of accomplishment? If you did, that’s great. If not, that’s OK. You could try something else.
Be kind to yourself. Maybe try a new hobby that you’re not great at, but think of it as making time with yourself to learn and grow. Keep persisting and enjoy the journey of learning. When you’re feeling low or stressed it’s important to put healthy habits in place – to give yourself a better chance of coping with life’s challenges.
Doing stuff and achieving little things every day is an important healthy habit, but it’s not the only one. Things like exercise, eating well, and spending time on your relationships are also important for good mental health. Sourced from: headspace.org.au
A reminder to parents that if a student is not going to be present at school, or needs to leave early, the College must be informed. Please call, email or send your student to school with a note so that we can issue an early leaver’s pass. It is vital that we have this information so that we can accurately track students’ attendance.
At the heart of the mission of the College is to develop and nurture the faith of our students. It is hoped that when students attend Reflection Days, it allows them to spend some time discerning, revisiting and reflecting on the Lasallian charism.
Reflection Days are also wonderful opportunities for all students to take a step back, develop their reflective capabilities and nourish their personal faith journey. This is explored through presentations, small group discussions and retreat style activities.
This year, all our Reflection Days have been full of energy and enthusiasm. Both the Youth Mission Team (YMT) and the Lasallian Mission Team did a great job of engaging our students, finding ways to have them reflect on the gift of their own uniqueness, realising the potential and value they have; and ways of knowing Jesus as an intimate friend.
Charitable Food Donations
Thank you to all families who have been sending in donations of non‐perishable food items and toiletries. Your generous donations will support the following organisations;
There is a real need each winter especially to support the many struggling families and individuals who go without. As Lasallians, we are called to do the work of Jesus Christ and, in the words of our founder St John Baptist de La Salle, “make Christ known to others.” Please continue to send in your donations of non‐perishable food items until the last day of Term Three.
Mrs Rana Brogan Deputy Principal — Faith and Mission
Year 11 Legal Studies Excursion to Dandenong Law Courts
On Thursday 12 September, the Year 11 Legal Studies class attended the Dandenong Magistrates and Drug Court. Here they witnessed two approaches to sanctioning. In the Drug Court, students had the opportunity to observe defendants who are to undertake a program aimed at rehabilitating them, breaking the cycle of crime that is underpinned by their drug use.
The students were also shown a problem‐solving approach where the Magistrate takes a key role in helping the offenders to avoid jail and work towards abstinence and a clean record devoid of reoffending. This system has a 40% success rate of offenders cleaning up their act and staying out of jail. The presiding Magistrate spoke to the students about his role and explained how this is a more effective way of dealing with drugs and mental health issues rather than the traditional methods of imprisonment. He said it encourages greater accountability and supervision. The program’s immediacy swiftly providing eligible offenders with an environment that is supportive, safe and life reforming.
It was also most fortunate the students heard from a Drug Treatment Order Participant who was in attendance as part of his conditions. The man gave his perspective on the program, having had served three years in jail. He said it made him accountable, supported and he felt he was not alone. The Magistrate concluded by emphasising the destructive nature of drugs on young lives, their relationships and the community as a whole.
Finally, the students moved on to the more traditional, adversarial side of the court process. Students witnessed the reality of the custodial process of bail, contesting charges, remand, whilst also hearing the manner in which Magistrates balance the rights of the victims, rules of evidence and other factors they take into consideration when sentencing offenders.
Overall, the court visit allowed all students to see the way the legal system touches the lives of so many and how it is not as glamorous and smooth as it is represented on American crime dramas.
Mrs Sarah Blaschak‐Brooks Year 11 Legal Studies Teacher
The “Good News” for our Senior RE students
This year has seen the
introduction of four new Year 10 Religious Education units.
Jesus — Why is He so special?
The Gospel Code
The influence of religion on Art and Music
The Church — Past Present and Future
Students have been novices in these courses and enjoyed the fruits of the Year 10 teachers’ labours to flesh out engaging lessons.
For example, students explore the unique words, actions and ministry of Jesus in Jesus — Why is He so special?. How was He so different from others of his time and era to the extent that actors have risked precariously hanging from a cross to depict his life, death and resurrection on the Hollywood set? If Jesus lived next door, what impact would He have on you, and your neighbourhood, and how would you feel, and the community be influenced by his presence and actions? An interesting point to ponder!
The Gospel Code unlocks the ‘secrets’ behind the author’s intent of the
Gospels. Writing in such an era AD, the audience was far different, with a
different lifestyle culture, and outlook on life, a time capsule removed from
an audience of today. This unit steps back in time to unlock the hidden
socio‐cultural influences on the texts, looking also at themes the author
Michelangelo could “see the figures” inside the marble before he sculpted it. Devout Christian Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music is heavenly at its best, full of passion and poise. Indeed, the artists and musicians of history through to today’s inspirational painters such as Sieger Koder and modern Christian musicians including evangelical rappers, all have influenced the rich tapestry of art and music and blessed us with their work. The influence of religion on Art and Music was taken on by creatively minded men and their comrades who were interested in dipping into this unit for its colour and beat!
The fourth unit, The Church:
Past Present and Future, explores the early Church (its rifts, splits and
reformations); the current branches of the Church in a state of flux and
reform; and thirdly, students projecting their own voice, vision and
contribution toward a future Church.
The other “good news” in the Religious Education department, is that these Year 10 students will have a choice in Year 11, 2020 of Unit 1 or Unit 2 Religion and Society. Unit 1 explores Australian Indigenous spirituality, from the beginning, and the introduction of other religions into Australia. The current Year 11 Unit 2 Religion and Society has a strong ethics theme weaving through it. Year 12 students will have a combined Seminar Program and Community Engagement (Ministry Options) Program launched next year also.
How privileged we are to serve our Senior Years men a holistic Curriculum, fuelling their intellectual, physical and spiritual enrichment here at De La Salle!
As we enter the final two weeks of Term 3 it is an important time for the Tiverton students to focus on the importance of study and balance.
In the Year 7 Braingrow program, we have been discussing the importance of working with the ‘thinking’ part of our brains and not becoming too stressed and anxious and then using the ‘emotional’ part of our brains to make bad decisions that we might regret. This applies to study habits, whether studying for tests, finishing off homework and assignments, or getting new work for the first time.
We want our students to develop resilience, not become overwhelmed, staying balanced in their thinking and decision‐making so they can perform tasks and complete work to a high standard.
This week, as part of the Braingrow program, we will be focusing on positive brain change and the elements of the RISE principle.
In the final weeks of Term 3, the Student Wellbeing Team will be focusing on students doing the following:
Completing all set work in class and for homework,
Consolidating their learning at home, so they are ready for the next day,
Bringing all set materials, including the correct uniform, to class so students are ready for learning, and
Putting in maximum effort to all classes, every day for the last two weeks.
Come and see any of the Tiverton Wellbeing staff (Director of Students, Year Level Coordinators, Health Care Centre or Tiverton Psychologist) if you are having trouble finding that balance.
One student in Year 8 Benilde, Ryo Hayashi, has amazing study and wellbeing balance. He is not only able to complete all his school work but was also able to compete in the Victorian Swimming Age Short Course Championships at MSAC recently, taking home a silver medal, two bronze medals and a position in the top ten for two other categories. An amazing effort Ryo – well done and keep up the great work and healthy balance in your life!
Mr Martin Gibbs Director of Students Tiverton Campus
Why wouldn’t a teacher want to take an ACC team if it’s offered to them? You get to spend the time with a good group of kids. You coach and watch sport and spend time getting to know them outside of the formal school environment.
I pondered these words as I trudged along to Southern Cross Station and thought to myself, ne’er has truer word been spoken. Certainly the 2019 Grand Final was a testament to those words; in fact, the whole term of hockey was a testament to these sentiments.
De La Salle didn’t change their approach during the Grand Final; why would you when it has worked so successfully? The hockey was worthy of a Grand Final, with a nail‐biting 2 all at half time.
Both teams were fast, ferociously competitive and highly skilled. It’s always interesting to watch how players react to this kind of environment. Sometimes the quiet and unobtrusive performers come to the fore; Luke Simcocks was outstanding in defence and took on Mazenod’s key players and frequently forced them into errors. Ollie O’Brien, was superb playing a number of defensive roles.
The Big Three; Fernandez, Yeates and Edwards were their usual dominant, yet self‐sacrificing selves. Kieran Yeates presents an imposing, muscular and charismatic figure on the pitch. When Yeates (who also appears to be on a first‐name basis with the hockey umpiring fraternity), came off late in the match, the sweat was dripping off him and it wasn’t an overly warm day. He had worked tirelessly in both attack and defence. Fernandez again demonstrated his willingness to do the tough and team‐oriented tasks, placing himself in defence to repel attack after attack from the Mazenod contingent, and Declan Edwards, presented his usual cool, calm and collected focus up forward.
Who will forget the performance of Joel “The Crab” May? Dragged early in the first half, in a brilliant coaching move, he was brought back on and repositioned on the wing where he perched himself in the D on his own, received a pass to, then calmly shot it past the excellent Mazenod goalkeeper.
De La Salle 6 defeated Mazenod 2
Again, thanks so much to everyone for a very enjoyable term. It really has been a pleasure to spend time with you. You represented De La Salle superbly.
Mr Gerard Barns Senior Hockey Coach
Year 9 Hockey Report
The Year 9 Hockey Season provided 20 players with the chance to represent De La Salle College at ACC level in Hockey. With a record of 6 wins and 2 losses, it was a successful campaign, one that saw us progress to the Grand Final (the first for a team from Holy Eucharist Campus), against St Bede’s College.
With De La Salle possessing the best defensive record of any team coming into the final, it was set up to be a captivating battle against the best offensive team in the competition in St Bede’s. De La Salle had most of the play and spent more time than St Bede’s in the attacking half of the pitch.
Unfortunately, St Bede’s were too strong defensively, thwarting attack upon attack and when they did counterattack, it was done in a sharp and incisive manner, prevailing 6 – 1.
The most pleasing aspect was seeing the development of players with little or no hockey experience, developing their hockey skills and gameplay to a high standard. This was the result of dedicated training attendance by the squad involving catching public transport from Tiverton Campus back to Holy Eucharist Campus or to other training venues after school hours. Special thanks must go to Toorak East Malvern Hockey Club which allowed us to train for three sessions at the end of the season utilising their high standard facilities.
The squad consisted of: Christian Alexandropoulos, Jordy Atamian, Oscar Boulter, Isaac Cataldo, Andre Di Medio, Tyson Dyer, Hugh Ford (captain), Charlie Gaiardo, Ben Gallo, James Harper, Lachie Hartung, Ralph Howard, Shaun Leong, Thomas Martin, Gus McLaughlin, Henry Moloney, Abraham Pearce, Dominic Shelley, Alexander Tocchetto, Benjamin Wayman, Reeve Yogendran.
Well played, lads.
Mr Matthew Jones Year 9 Hockey Coach
Ryo “Superfish” Hayashi secures State Silver
Ryo Hayashi, Year 8 Benilde, competed in the Victorian Swimming Age Short Course Championships held at MSAC between 30 August and 1 September.
Ryo won a silver medal in the Boys 13 years old 100m Individual Medley (IM) and two bronze medals for 200m IM & 100m Breaststroke. He was also in the top ten for 100 m/200m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke.
Mr Peter Larsen ACC/House Sports Coordinator
Daniel Graskoski, Year 7 Dunstan, competed in the Australian School Sports Soccer championship in the Capital Territory. His team won the championship and Daniel did not concede one goal throughout the championship.
Year 9 students participated in an excellent liturgy to
commemorate the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven.
Under the creative direction of teachers Mr David Happ and Mr Chris Church, several students worked to present the story of Mary’s role in the story of Salvation. The community engaged in a journey through history, art, scripture and theology, to reveal the faith, courage, tenderness and wisdom revealed in Mary’s life culminating in the reception of the Eucharist.
Confirmation candidates spent the day on a Retreat outing
where they had the opportunity to learn more about the wider church and the
many different ways that people serve God.
Commencing with a visit to St Francis (the oldest church in Victoria) they attended the Sacrament of Reconciliation and then lit candles in the Lady Chapel for those they love. From there the group went to visit the Sisters of Charity (Mother Therese Sisters) who have a refuge for women and children in crises and also a special centre where they feed people who are homeless.
St Patrick’s Cathedral was an adventure where the students, through means of a quiz booklet, learnt about the detail in the Cathedral and the history of the Melbourne church.
After lunch, it was on to Kew and the Carmelite Sisters, a Monastic Order. Our young men were impressed with the joy and happiness of these women whose vocation is prayer. They were also grateful for the hospitality of lemonade and biscuits!
Our last stop for the day was St Anthony’s Shrine in Hawthorn. This Church was built by the Italian migrants who came to Australia after WW11. With a very European feel, it displays many Saints in paintings, stained glass windows and statues.
Confirmation Family Mass
Families and candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation
came together for a family Eucharist on Saturday evening, in preparation for
their Confirmation on Thursday. Father
Pritchard presented them with a Confirmation Medal and families shared supper
Some Important Dates
Wednesday 11 September Students meet with Rev Fr Brendan Hayes who will confirm them and Practice in the Church at St Anthony’s.
Thursday 12 September Confirmation 7:00pm St Anthony’s Church Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly.
All De La Salle College parents and carers are invited to attend the annual Parent Network General Meeting to be held on Monday 21 October at 7:30pm in the Tiverton Boardroom.
The Parent Network’s aim is to encourage a sense of community throughout the College by providing regular opportunities for parents to socialise, connect and participate in College activities. The Committee meets approximately twice a term and being a member provides a great opportunity to be involved in the College community.
During the General Meeting the Parent Network Committee for 2020 will be elected, so if you are interested in joining, please come along! For a nomination form or any enquiries about the workings of the Parent Network Committee please email email@example.com.
Year 5 Kids vs Parents Indoor Cricket
Saturday 14 September
Springvale Indoor Sports Centre
Parent Network General Meeting
Monday 21 October
Please add the dates of our upcoming events to your diary. We look forward to seeing you there!
Mrs Meagan Selkirk President, De La Salle College Parent Network
Friday 13 September is Sports Colours Day to raise money for St Mark’s House Charity — Opening the Doors Foundation, dedicated to improving literacy amongst young indigenous students. Bring your favourite sports top to wear with a gold coin donation. Drinks, chips and popcorn for sale on the day.
Mr Andrew Wozencroft St Mark’s House Coordinator
Arts Week and Showcase Evening
De La Salle College invites you to join us for the Art and Design Week Opening and Showcase evening on Tuesday 17 September at 7:00pm in St Miguel Theatre (SMT), Kinnoull Campus.
Throughout the year, students from Years 5 to 12 have been working hard on their art and design pieces. Please join us as we celebrate their efforts at our annual Art and Design Exhibition. Family and friends welcome. Refreshments provided.
Mr Ryan Hayward Learning Area Team Leader – Visual Arts
Social Justice Non‐Perishable Donations
We are asking all students to get involved and donate any of the following items (listed below) to help make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable and needy within our community.
Contributions will be accepted until the last day of term.
Typhoid Mary is a new, original musical being produced for its premiere in 2020 by De La Salle with OLSH College. Typhoid Mary, with music and lyrics by Andrew Murrell, and script by James Melchior, tells the tale of Mary Mallon, an Irish American cook who infected dozens of people with typhoid fever through unhygienic food preparation in the early 1900s.
Auditions will be from 3:30pm till 5:30pm on Friday 13 September in the PAC. This audition is open to all students from Year 8 and above. Please contact Mr Murrell for the permission form and audition form that both need to be filled out before the audition. If any student needs to audition outside this time, please see Mr Murrell as soon as possible.
Mr Peter Houlihan has commenced his period of Enrichment Leave and in my first Duce as Acting Principal, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on the theme of connection and how it links to two recent significant College events.
“People tell stories and stories make a people”.
Dr Rose‐Marie Prosser
As humans, our connection with each other defines who we are. Last week adventurer, businessman and old Collegian, Mark George (Class of 1984) spoke to over 500 fathers and sons at the College’s Annual Father’s Day Breakfast. Mark highlighted through recounting stories of his great adventures including; climbing Everest, skiing solo to the North and South Poles, the importance of connection with one’s father and the powerful life‐long impact this can have. He used his affinity with the natural environment that was the catalyst for a bond forged with his own father as a child and continues to this day. He urged the young to a connection with their own fathers, whatever it is and embrace it.
In a different way, on Friday 23 August the Lasallian staff communities of De La Salle Malvern, St Bedes Mentone. St John’s Dandenong and St James East Bentleigh gathered as one to mark the death of St John Baptist de La Salle, Patron of Teachers and founder of “The Brothers of the Christian Schools”.
Special guests on the day were the eminent historian and Lasallian academic, Br Gerard Rummery FSC, Brother Visitor Br David Hawke FSC and Dr Rose‐Marie Prosser. Br Gerard gave a powerful keynote address that emphasised the connection we as staff in Lasallian schools have with each other, our school communities and thousands of Brothers and lay educators back to the time of St John Baptist de La Salle in France 300 years ago. Br Gerard reminded us that as educators we have to work “in association” with young people and we must “live and work in the world of today”.
As a school community at Malvern, we can reflect on the simple, yet profound questions Br Gerard posed; “Who are we? Why do we exist? What do we do? It is clear that the legacy of St John Baptist De la Salle and all who have worked in Lasallian schools is now in our hands. The number of Brothers in Australia and in many parts of the world is declining, yet the spirit and charism of St John Baptist de La Salle are still very much alive and continue to evolve in unexpected ways. At De La Salle Malvern, we continue to write our story with every cohort of students in our care.
As Father’s Day 2019 approaches many fathers and sons actively seek to nurture a connection through common interests and values. In our Christian tradition, we look to the example of Jesus who modelled a way of life through his connection and presence amongst people. May we strive to follow his commitment to others through our lives. Happy Father’s Day to all our fathers.
We have less than a month until the end of Term 3. There are some wonderful College events planned over this time including the Winter Ensemble Concert, the Senior Play with OLSH, the Junior Production with Sacre Coeur and a community Mass at St Cecilia’s Parish. All these ventures give students, parents and staff the opportunity to come together as one community. I commend these activities to you and look forward to seeing you on these occasions.
De La Salle is once again participating in “R U OK?” Day on Thursday 12 September.
We know that suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge. However, we know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in the simplest of questions — “Are you ok?”
One of the most significant theories is by United States academic, Dr Thomas Joiner. Dr Joiner’s father took his own life and Thomas has dedicated his research to try and answer the question “why?” His theory tries to answer that complex question by describing three forces at play in someone at risk. The first force is the person thinks they’re a burden on others; the second is that they can withstand a high degree of pain, and the third is they don’t feel connected to others.
It’s this lack of connection (or lack of belonging) that we want to prevent and R U OK? Day encourages people to think about the relationships in their lives and consider whether we are making quality time for those who matter most. Bronnie Ware an Australian palliative care nurse interviewed her patients and asked them about regrets they had throughout life and what they would do differently? One of the top 5 regrets was people wishing they had stayed in contact with friends and put more time and effort into their friendships.
In the lead up to this
nationwide day, we are encouraging all members of the De La Salle Community to
check in with a friend, family member or colleague or more generally put focus
and time into all their relationships (i.e. marital, parental and friendships.)
If you do have someone you’re
wondering about then try and take the time to ask “Are you
ok?” and listen. That way we can help people struggling with life to feel
cared for, valued and important long before they even think about suicide. It
all comes down to regular, face‐to‐face, meaningful conversations about life and
asking “Are you ok?”
We want this to be more than just a token question, asked without really wanting to hear the response. We know that feeling connected to others that genuinely care about us, our emotions and the events of our life is incredibly important. It safeguards us against loneliness, isolation, depression, suicide, anxiety and increases our happiness, contentment and sense of belonging. Human beings weren’t made to live in isolation… we are wired for connection!
Being a parent myself, I’m aware of how incredibly easy it is to focus on the external tasks of life rather than the internal world of emotions and feelings of our boys. This is one of the reasons they turn to peers… we adults become administrators rather than mentors.
So, your homework is this:
Have a conversation with your lad… BUT, before you do, think about the following:
Have I chosen somewhere relatively private and
Have I figured out a time that will be good for
them to chat?
Have I made sure I have enough time to chat
Take what they say seriously and don’t interrupt
or rush the conversation.
Listen to understand DON’T listen to respond
If they need time to think, sit patiently with
Encourage them to explain: “How are you
feeling about that?” or “How long have you felt that way?”
Show that you’ve listened by repeating back
what you’ve heard (in your own words) and ask if you have understood them
Ask: “How would you like me to support
reminder in your diary to call them in a couple of weeks. If they’re really
struggling, follow up with them sooner.
could say: “I’ve been thinking of you and wanted to know how you’ve been
going since we last chatted.”
they’ve found a better way to manage the situation. If they haven’t done
anything, don’t judge them. They might just need someone to listen to them for
in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real
I know it’s a lot of homework,
but if done properly you should be able to get it done in about 30 minutes.
Feel free to report back with any questions you may have… You WILL NOT BE GRADED!
Ms Karina Dubroja College Psychologist, Tiverton Campus
On Monday 22 August the De La Salle community gathered to celebrate our annual Father’s Day breakfast. The importance of the Father and Son relationship is widely known, as young men often develop their self‐esteem and sense of identity through their connection with the male role models in their lives.
A healthy relationship between young men and their families, in general, helps ensure that they have a safe place to be themselves, someone to speak to, and a resource when support is needed.
This relationship was celebrated by our College Captain, Liam Jenkins in his Father’s Day speech, which I include here.
Ms Jessica Alger Deputy Principal, Students
College Captain’s Speech
Good morning all, it is a great honour and pleasure to speak to you today about the inspirational male role models in our lives.
Today, we take this opportunity to reflect on, acknowledge and thank our Dads for the crucial role they play in shaping and influencing the people we have become.
Since we were born we have always looked up to the father figures in our lives. As sons, we’ve always had the peace of mind knowing that we can rely on our dads to always be there for us. Whether that’s witnessing our first steps, our first win in sport, taking us for our first driving lesson, being available to offer much‐needed advice or even attending father’s day speeches — our dads are always around the corner.
Many of the qualities and attributes that we exemplify as sons have been adopted from observing and learning from our father’s behaviours and teachings. Some personal qualities such as:
Being Protective — he makes sure that his family has all the necessities for life as well as prioritising their safety and security.
Being Motivational — Encouraging us to dream big and to believe in ourselves, giving us the confidence to have a go – knowing that our dads are always there to pick us up if we fall.
Being Gracious — Being respectful in the way they treat and speak to others. Considering the feelings and wellbeing of those around us and always selflessly putting others before themselves.
Exemplifying Dedication — Demonstrating how to work hard, stay focused and to have self‐drive to achieve goals
These values set the path that leads us toward becoming a good man and a valued person.
Our dads are so much more than just a parental figure.
Who is the person that is always available to kick the football with you at the park, who is the person that will help you with that tricky maths question, or if he finds it too complicated — has the courage to admit defeat and suggests you go ask your mum? Who is the person that will every day – without fail — ask how your day went and who is the person that will try to get some cheap laughs with some questionable “dad jokes”?
Our dads are our coaches, our teachers, our corny comedians and our mates. Some may also claim to be our ATM’s or “tap and go scanners” – commenting that their wallet now holds a photo of us where their money once used to be.
Our fathers are the people who can relate to our highs and lows as young boys because believe it or not they were once young boys too. Their wisdom and knowledge of manhood will provide us with the direction for manoeuvring through life’s obstacles and this insight is invaluable for what we face ahead. This point is best summed up in a simple quote from an unknown source
“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way”. Author Unknown
Our dads are irreplaceable figures in our lives. They proudly watch us grow into young men and their pride gives us the confidence to tackle each day head‐on. Their reassuring words and their unique wit and humour, which brings a smile to our faces every day, will forever enrich us.
We don’t need to look any further than the person next to us for the guidance and support we need as young men. Although we probably don’t say it enough — dads we value the time we spend together, your company and conversations — you have done an incredible job for us so far and for that, we say thank you.
On Friday 23 August, De La Salle College gathered with St Bede’s College Mentone, St James’ College East Bentleigh and St John’s College Dandenong to celebrate the Tercentenary Year with a combined Staff Formation Day. Joined also by the De La Salle Brothers from the Malvern and Mentone Communities, as well as from Sydney, whose presence on the day further enhanced and enriched the significance of the day.
The day explored the theme of the Tercentenary year, “One Heart. One Commitment. One Life”. The guest keynote speakers; the much respected Br Gerard Rummery fsc and Dr Rose‐Marie Prosser, reflected on this.
We were also privileged to have with us Brother Visitor, David Hawke fsc. In his final remarks at the gathering, Br David commented on how St John Baptist De La Salle “would take great pride in the fact that the ‘human and Christian education’ of young people is so alive in the four Lasallian schools in Melbourne.”
In this special year of the Tercentenary, to be able to come together on such an occasion, to continue to recognise, celebrate and build up the Lasallian Institute and the legacy of the founding work of St John Baptist de La Salle, that is how we live, One Heart. One Commitment. One Life.
Mrs Rana Brogan Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission
The Primary School students have been working hard the last few weeks working on their class debates and presenting them to the wider Primary School cohort, as well as seasoned adjudicators, who discussed their arguments, their presentation skills and what they could develop moving forward into the future.
We believe these skills are essential for student’s development, and their overall health and wellbeing, in terms of confidence levels, ability to form sound arguments, and debate and rationalize under pressure. The overall winners were the Year 6 teams but the Year 5 debaters accounted for themselves very well as shown by the very close results.
The Primary students will also continue to develop their health and wellbeing with the Year 5 and 6 Cross Country championship on Friday 6 September at TH King Reserve from 1:30pm — 3:30pm. The students will also be developing their inquiry and scientific minds at Scienceworks in a few weeks’ time on the 18 September, following on from the Maths Olympiad and Games and ICAS English Competition in the same week.
Year 7 and 8
In Year 7 with our Brain Grow Program and in Year 8 assemblies we will be focusing on the theme of gratitude over the next few weeks. Brain research tells us that our brain has a preference for negative information, so we need to make the positive experiences stick in our brain when they come our way.
Gratitude helps us do this by asking the question of ‘what is right in my life’ instead of ‘what is wrong in my life’? We believe that for Year 7 and 8 students feeling gratitude is so powerful because it activates many different brain areas responsible for their wellbeing.
The students in Year 7 as part of the DLS DNA program will be writing down five things that they are grateful for that are good and right in their life right now. For example, ‘what am I thankful for in my life today – and who in my life has helped to make it that way’? The students are then going to write a short letter to the person they feel gratitude towards expressing their thankfulness to them.
letter will focus on:
What specific actions the person has done for you?
What makes you thankful for those actions?
The key in this letter is for the students to express their appreciation by being thankful and this will hopefully improve their overall health and wellbeing.
Mr Martin Gibbs Director of Students — Middle Years
Here are the upcoming public events in Music at De La Salle for the remainder of Term 3.
Winter Ensembles Concert
Thursday 29 August, 7:00pm — 8.30pm Winter Ensembles Concert in the PAC. All De La Salle College ensembles will perform. The concert will feature a sneak preview of a number from the 2020 Musical – The Curious Career of Typhoid Mary.
Unit 4 Music Performance Recital Evening
Thursday 5 September, 4:30pm — 7:30pm Unit 4 Music Performance Recital Evening in the PAC. Come and listen to the finest musicians of De La Salle perform their 25‐minute recitals. This year’s cohort of Year 12 musicians is extremely talented. This will be a great evening of high‐class music‐making.
Instrumental Music Program Soirée
Monday 9 September, 7:00pm – 8:30pm Instrumental Music Program Soirée. Four concurrent recitals being held in the PAC, Tiverton Library, Rheims Centre and Holy Eucharist Hall. A chance for every student enrolled in the Instrumental Program to shine as a soloist.
On Friday 16 August, St Edwin’s House once again hosted the annual St Vinnies Winter Sleepout in which students sleep out in the cold to get a feel for how it is to be sleeping rough.
The night started off with a moving twilight liturgy. This heartfelt hour was spent reflecting on our own lives and others that may be living in poverty and are in need of our prayers. The liturgy, run by the Edwin’s House leaders was a sacred moment which touched each and every one of us in the room.
Next up was listening to Neil who had been through rough sleeping. His speech was a once in a lifetime opportunity in which we heard stories of events not witnessed by many people. We all had many questions to ask him to which he responded with such grace we were all left in awe. Being able to speak to a real homeless person can really change your perspective on the issue and he alerted us to ways we could help those less fortunate than us.
After Neil’s amazing speech, we moved on to get dinner which was soup and noodles, just as the soup van would provide to those that require their services.
Overall, it was an amazing night where we all learnt so much and took so much from the night. The tireless work by Ms Stevenson, Ms Alger and Mrs Brogan has again created another great night for us students to learn and experience poverty and rough sleeping.
Joel Lagastes St Edwin’s House Lasallian Captain
On Wednesday 28 August, many Tiverton students crowded around the squares of the campus, to participate in the 4‐Square fundraiser.
The fundraiser was
organised by three of our Year 12 Students, Ben Gibson, Michael O’Dwyer and
Wesley Mendes, with the goal of supporting the Immersion Trip to De La Salle
Secondary School, at Bomana in Papua New Guinea, at the conclusion of the 2019
The competition was
fierce and the house spirit was alive, as each house battled it out during the
rainy afternoon, as a wide range of skill was exhibited from students across
all four houses. The day had to have a winner and in the end, it was St
Austin’s House who was victorious.
A big thank you to all the students who got involved, cheering on and representing their House. Also, our thoughts and prayers are with those students preparing for the Papua New Guinea Immersion at the conclusion of the year.