From the Principal

Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the annual conference for the Principals Association of Catholic Secondary Schools of Victoria. The keynote speaker, presenting four workshops over two days was Dr Anna Rowlands, St Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought and Practice, Lecturer in Contemporary Catholic Theology and Deputy Director the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University, England.

Dr Rowlands’ key theme for the conference was Catholic Social Teaching, which covers all spheres of life – the economic, political, personal and spiritual, with human dignity at its centre. While I understand this sounds very serious and philosophical at first glance, it is very easy to unpack and relate to our everyday responsibilities as staff and students in a Catholic school.

Catholic Social Teaching (CST) shapes and influences our work in the Catholic system, working along accepted principles such as Life and Dignity of the Human Person, Call to Family, Community and Participation, Rights and Responsibilities, Solidarity, Option for the Poor and Vulnerable and the Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers.

Dr Rowlands was terrific in her ability to interpret CST for contemporary use for school leaders, teachers, education support officers and indeed, students. CST really informs the story we tell ourselves about being human. Dr Rowlands’ key points included CST as:

  • Social AND political by nature;
  • Primarily relational;
  • Virtue and capacity‐oriented: obligations and rights;
  • Grounded in universal common good, expressed in communities of every scale;
  • Constituted by the option for the poor – a pedagogy of the poor;
  • Dignity: personal and communal dimensions.

It is gratifying to see so many of these intrinsic CST principles present and visible in our daily work at De La Salle College. They tie in very nicely with our Five Core Principles of a Lasallian Education and emphasise the social nature of our school, where respect, positive relationships and considering others are integral to what we do each day.

It is an important message to reiterate with all in our community – “Only the recognition of human dignity can make possible the common and personal growth of everyone.”

Together with equality in the recognition of the dignity of each person and of every people, there must also be an awareness that it will be possible to safeguard and promote human dignity only if this is done as a community.

Dr Anna Rowlands

The critical test as to how well we, as a community, adhere to the principles of CST is how much we support the most socially and economically marginal. For our Malvern community that means we look after all in our school equally and ensure each young man and each staff member feels safe, known and supported. Beyond the school boundaries, it relates to supporting needy families or those temporarily experiencing tough times. Further afield, our social justice awareness and actions reach out to the underprivileged in so many Lasallian missions around Asia.

In closing, this commitment to Catholic Social Teaching can be summed up in Pope Francis’ four verbs on the subject:

  • To welcome;
  • To protect;
  • To promote;
  • To integrate.

When we commit as a school to these combined actions, we go a long way to protecting, supporting and developing all in our community — a Lasallian duty of justice, civility and solidarity.

Pope Francis released a statement recently to acknowledge the 300th anniversary of St John Baptist de La Salle’s death, urging the Lasallian Brothers and lay partners to continue their educational mission with the zeal of their founder.

Dear spiritual children of St John Baptist de La Salle, I urge you to deepen and imitate his passion for the least of these and the rejected.

Pope Francis to the Brothers, May 16 2019

Mr Peter Houlihan

Music at De La Salle

In the Music Department, we operate from the belief that the benefits of music to the individual — in terms of cognitive, physical, interpersonal and intrapersonal, emotional and spiritual development (and much more besides) — are unlimited. We foster our students’ sense of belonging and confidence, in an atmosphere of fun with a commitment to excellence.

Sometimes I question myself as I awake early in the morning, often before the sun has risen, in order to arrive at school for a 7:30 rehearsal. Being the first one at school is never a good thing for my sleep schedule, but as soon as we are set up and playing, my doubts are erased. The brilliance of playing challenging music with peers from all year levels and Houses never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Music at De La Salle is an extremely enriching experience that you can take in any direction you see fit, whether that be playing in a rock band, singing in a choir or learning an instrument on your own. The range of musical capabilities and interests present at our school combine to form the plethora of passion us musicians see on display every day. The opportunities I have been presented with at De La Salle have enabled me to grow as a musician throughout the past six years.

I implore anyone who wishes to become involved to do just that.

Joel D. Thompson
Music Captain, 2019

Music is in full swing at De La Salle College. Indeed, the month of May could well be renamed ‘Music Month’, as the music students and Music Department staff worked together with true Lasallian Spirit to deliver numerous exciting and memorable performances.

The month began with the great success of the annual College musical production Mary Poppins, staged in collaboration with Our Lady of Sacred Heart College. The fine talent upon the stage was matched by that found below in the orchestra pit. With a four‐month commitment to weekly rehearsals, the musicians of De La Salle College succeeded in performing this difficult work with great verve and accuracy, supported by only a few staff and professionals.

The following Tuesday evening, the rescheduled Welcome Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral featured the much‐expanded College Choir and liturgical ensemble, who performed with sensitivity and devotion, lending this important occasion for new Lasallians a befitting grandeur.

Two days later, a selection of the developing musical talent in the Year 9 cohort led the celebrations at the Holy Eucharist Campus Opening Ceremony.

My name is Abraham and I play in three of the school music ensembles. I am in the Flute Ensemble, play flute in the Senior Concert Band, and guitar in the Stage Band.

The Senior Concert Band plays medleys from movies as well as some classical pieces. The Stage Band plays many jazz, rock, funk songs, and is my personal favourite.

My favourite piece to play from senior Concert Band is the Blues Brothers’ Medley and from Stage Band, my favourite is Splanky.

The De La Salle music department has created many lasting memories for me, and I am excited about getting to go on Music Tour later this year.

The De La Salle music program has been great for me and has helped me to develop as a musician. I love being involved.

Abraham Pearce, Year 9

A combined Music Staff / Year 12 ensemble performed at the Tiverton Campus for the Tercentenary Mass for our founder St John Baptist De La Salle. A major highlight of this occasion was the rendition of the Tercentenary theme song, One Heart, One Life, One Commitment.

Our VCE musicians were again the centre of attention for the Unit 1 and 3 Recital Night, held in the Performing Arts Centre. Staff and parents in attendance were in equal measure charmed and startled by the high quality of performances by our students, as they executed extremely challenging works with poise and finesse.

The final May musical event was an evening celebrating the wealth of musical life at our College, as all ensembles — Junior, Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands, the Stage Band, the Year 12 funk group Where’s Fletcher?, the Choir and Chamber Choir, the Brass, Saxophone, Percussion, Guitar, Woodwind and String ensembles — performed an amazing diversity of musical styles at the inaugural Autumn Concert.

Please click here for the full Autumn Concert 2019 Photo Gallery.

My name is Harry McInneny, and I am a member of Stage Band, Intermediate band and choir. As well as this, I was recently involved in the School Musical, Mary Poppins. With all of these ensembles and experiences, I’ve learnt to better understand the music that I play, and continue to improve my playing and note reading skills.

Through the school music program, some friends and I formed a band, because of this, we had the chance to perform at the year 10 formal. As the singer of the band, I was nervous at first because it was my first time performing in front of an audience, but it turned out to be a lot of fun, and it was a great confidence booster.

Harry McInenny, Year 10

Looking ahead, the Music Department is busy preparing further exciting events before the term is complete. The Year 7 Bands Concert (also featuring the burgeoning Junior Concert Band and a Year 10 ensemble) will be a highly entertaining event, whereupon we will uncover the next generation of musical talent.

The Chamber Choir will perform an exciting a cappella version of Pharrell Williams’ Freedom at the upcoming Year 12 Seminar Day.

Finally, the Co‐Curricular Assembly on the final day of Term 2 is set to be a grand celebration of Music, Drama and Art, with quite a few surprises in store for the school community as we raise the roof of the Gym in a one‐hour showcase of our diverse ensemble program.

Music is a core element of our daily life at De La Salle College. We are always welcoming new musicians, so if you would like to know more about the ensemble and individual programs offered, please contact the Music Department. Please email Music Administration Officer, Ms Susan Jost or call on (03) 9508 2136 for more information

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

For those still asking… Where’s Fletcher? Fletcher Bird, Music Captain, Class of 2018

Faith and Mission

Message of Pope Francis to the De La Salle Brothers and Lasallian Family

As Lasallians, and in line with our Catholic Teachings and Lasallian Charism, we are drawn to listening to the Spirit in our lives and nurturing an active response from all those we encounter in our community.

The imperative to respond to “the least, the last, and the lost” is integral to all Lasallians.

Recently, Pope Francis welcomed De La Salle Brothers, lay Lasallians and groups of students, where he referred to St John Baptist De La Salle as “a pioneer in the field of education, who created an innovative education system for his time” and stating, that his “legacy is still remarkable today for its vision of the school, the concept of the teacher and innovative teaching methods.”

Furthermore, in news from the Vatican, Pope Francis addressed the De La Salle Brothers on the Anniversary of the Tercentenary of the Founder St John Baptist de La Salle, asking them to “continue their passion to educate those discarded by society and…provide hope for a new life.”

Please click here to read the message from Pope Francis.

Click here to read the article from the Vatican News.

In this Tercentenary year, our hearts and minds are opened as educators by the inspiration of St John Baptist de La Salle. As he described the founding work of St John Baptist de La Salle, Pope Francis’ words remind us that “Teaching cannot be just a job, but a mission.” A Lasallian education is based on God’s love, asking us to have unconditional regard for one another, just as God has unconditional regard for us. Relationships are at the core of our work. We recognise that we are brother and sister to one another, in an academic and spiritual environment where the wellbeing of every student is at the centre.

Live Jesus in our hearts!

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission


Be You

This time of year can be tricky – the weather is cold, the days are short, the flu is going around. It is normal to feel stressed, tired and over it – and it may be that your son is feeling this way!

In order to support your son’s wellbeing and mental health, I would like to direct you to the new initiative between Beyond Blue and Headspace – Be You. Be You is a resource for educators, providing professional learning, fact sheets and other information to teachers and school staff in the domain of positive mental health. Teachers at De La Salle have been engaging with this resource, and completing modules designed to help them notice and support students who may be having a hard time. Even though the website is targeted at educators, please feel free to log on and have a look.

Be You also has a specific community for families on Facebook, which is designed to help parents and families support young people to be their best. Please click here to open the group page on Facebook (Facebook account required).

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Learning and Teaching

New arrangements for the delivery of Semester Reports

Traditionally, students’ academic reports have been produced as paper documents, mailed to families at the conclusion of the semester. This practice will be changing from Semester One of this year. There are a number of reasons for this, leading to what is expected to be a more efficient and effective delivery of reports to students and parents.

End of Semester Reports detail the progress, achievements and areas for improvement for each subject a student has been in enrolled in for a semester. In addition, a Mentor Report describes the student’s involvement in the broader life of the College. Semester reports are one part of the communication of feedback about learning that happens throughout the year. Others include Parent/Student/Teacher interviews, email, phone conversations and progressive reporting through the College’s online learning management system, OLLIE.

Rather than printing and mailing out Semester Reports in June, as was previously the practice, this year, reports will be available to parents and students as secure pdf files through OLLIE. The benefits of this include a dramatic reduction in paper, printing, mailing and handling costs. Also, the reports will be available immediately to families who may not be at home at the time of postal delivery, as long as they have internet access. A step‐by‐step guide for accessing students’ reports via OLLIE was emailed to all parents recently, along with the College’s OLLIE Usage Guide.

The OLLIE portal is a completely secure repository. It is built upon the Schoolbox platform, configured for the needs of our school. Schoolbox is a large and established company, servicing schools locally and internationally. Their product is highly regarded across the education sector. Since our adoption of Schoolbox in 2016, there has been complete confidence in its in‐built security measures and its alignment with our College‐wide IT security systems.  

OLLIE also has the capacity for us to provide new ways of handling communication about academic progress in the future. Results and other feedback may be entered on OLLIE, for students and parents to see, as things happen. The immediacy of this kind of feedback is most useful for the learning process. It provides information about progress during the semester, enabling quick understanding and action, rather than the need to wait for the end of the semester when it is likely to be more difficult to act on a set of results in the most constructive way. The College is in the process of reviewing the best way to further exploit the power of what is commonly referred to as ‘Real Time Reporting’. It is a method of communicating progress to students and parents that has been used in Victorian schools for over a decade and has since been adopted as the primary vehicle for reporting by many schools. There will be no significant change to Semester Report content and our use of Real‐Time Reporting this year, however, the intention is to implement a new system sometime in 2020. More information about this will come in due course.

We are confident that the new method for delivering Semester Reports as PDF files via OLLIE will be an improvement on the previous one. Parents will be notified by email once their son’s reports are available to access via OLLIE. The reports will be uploaded on Friday 28 June.

Should parents wish to receive a report on paper via the post, they must contact College Administration Services. Please email by Monday 17 June should you wish to receive a paper report for your son.

Mr Mark Gustincic
Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

Holy Eucharist Campus

On Monday 27 May, Holy Eucharist Campus hosted a truly meaningful evening for 50 of our Year 9 students and a significant woman in their life.

De La Salle College is incredibly proud of the relationship we are building with the Rites of Passage Institute and it is our Year 9 students that are the beneficiaries.

This institute was founded by Dr Arne Rubinstein. Arne is an expert on Rites of Passage and adolescent development, with 30 years’ experience as a medical doctor, counsellor, mentor, speaker and workshop facilitator. Last night was about aiding important conversation between Year 9 students and a woman close to them – strengthening relationships and providing support in this transitional year. Rites of Passage workshops continue throughout Year 9.

Mr David Alexander
Head of Campus — Holy Eucharist, Year 9

Tiverton Campus News

Year 7 and Year 8

Responding to parent and student concerns about cyber safety can be very challenging in this day and age.  Our students have been born into an online world and we, together with parents, have a responsibility to guide young people through this space as safely as possible. 

Earlier in the year, our Year 7 and 8 students heard from Ms Susan McLean about the appropriate use of their devices and balancing this with some “green time”. She is the most highly qualified Australian Federal Government eSafety certified educator. The session was delivered with clarity and humour and challenged all students to stop and think about what they do online and what the consequences might be for them not only today but for the rest of their lives. As part of our ongoing education of students in this sphere, our Year 7 and 8 students are constantly reminded in our weekly Year level assemblies to report any issues that impact their safety and to speak openly with parents about what is happening to them.

We also welcomed Susan to speak to our parent cohort and her presentation on Respect and Responsibility was straight to the point. She recounted episodes from her extensive experience in this space, from her first report of cyberbullying in 1994 to her training with the FBI, her visit to Facebook’s HQ and her work with the AFL and other organisations.  If you would like some extra information on cyber‐safety, please go onto The College School TV page and explore some of the resources.

Uniform Standard Guidelines

De La Salle adheres to Restorative Practices in managing issues regarding students in the hope that students will understand the vital role they play in the community. It is an expectation that all students follow the below mentioned uniform policy, especially in the coming weeks before the end of Term 2 and we thank you for your cooperation on these matters:

Students are expected to wear clothing which is clean, tidy and well maintained.

  • Shoes should be clean and polished. All students are required to wear black leather school shoes with the school uniform, without exception.
  • Neat haircuts are required, with hair to be groomed at all times. Hair must be above the collar and the fringe length must be off the face and not tucked behind the ears. Examples of inappropriate styling include, but are not limited to: tails, mohawks, shaved heads, ponytails, dreadlocks, undercuts, mullets, lines, hair cut shorter than No. 2 clipper/combs and extreme high fade. There is no variation to normal hair colour.
  • Jewellery, except for a watch and a religious medal (cross) on a necklace, is not to be worn with the College uniform. Jewellery including ear, tongue and/or facial rings (even when covered with tape), wrist bands/bracelets and rings on fingers are not acceptable.
  • Students are not permitted to have visible tattoos.
  • Students are to be clean shaven at all times.

Students who fail to meet College expectations regarding appearance and uniform may be sent home by the Year Level/House Coordinator or Director of Students.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students, Years 5 — 8

Primary News

The Year 5 and 6 teachers have been working hard updating their class network Ollie pages over the course of the first few weeks in Term 2. The Year 5 and 6 pages contain the following information:

  • Literacy Parent Term Overview
  • Numeracy Parent Term Overviews
  • Inquiry and RE Parent Term Overviews
  • Samples of schoolwork (also located on One Note)

We believe it is important for the boys and their families to start navigating these Ollie pages as all Year 7 students are able to access their assignments and homework online via this system. This learning management system allows parents to keep track of their child’s deadlines and assignments. The partnership between home and school is a collaborative venture to ensure the holistic development of each student towards the fulfilment of their true potential.

We have also started planning for Term 3 and have organised a few incursions/excursions at this stage:

  • Stonnington Council Sustainability Schools Program (Tree Planting) on Friday 26h July
  • Science Inquiry Excursion on Friday 13 September (venue to be decided)
  • Lacrosse Incursion with the Malvern Lacrosse Club two Friday afternoons in August
  • Dendy Sports Basketball Hoop Time in August. Trainings will be every Tuesday and Friday.

The Primary students also undertook their inquiry excursion to the Port Phillip Eco Centre in St Kilda on Wednesday 22 May. The students focused on the impact of human activity. We are looking forward to going to the MCG on Tuesday 18 June as they continue their exploration of leadership with the Melbourne Football Club. Students are to please wear their sports uniform for that excursion.

Lastly, we are very pleased to celebrate the endeavours of some of the Year 5 and 6 students in the recently completed Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition. This competition, run by Australian Maths Trust, is a one‐hour problem‐solving competition designed to encourage student curiosity and promote multiple modes of thinking. Whilst not needing previous computer programming ability, the competition can work to identify students’ computer programming potential—something that they might not normally have the opportunity to demonstrate. The following students achieved these results:

  • Geordan Wain, Year 5 – Distinction
  • Robert Clemow, Year 5 – Distinction
  • Ethan Eustace, Year 6 – Credit
  • Rick Foley, Year 6 – Credit
  • Straun Buick, Year 6 – Credit
  • Lucas Exell, Year 6 — Credit

Congratulations on those fine results!

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students, Years 5 — 8

Sports News


Senior Seconds XVIII Round Five Match Report

  • De La Salle 11.9.75 defeated Salesian 11.8.74
  • Best: S. Lanigan, T. Shannon, S. Paine
  • Goals: T. Shannon (4), M. Morffew (2), Baulch, Doolan, King, Reed, Waterstone

There were two burning questions on the lips of the Kinnoull cohort this week. Would salmon be replaced by parmigiana on the Year 12 Formal Dinner menu, and would the Seconds finally secure a win against Salesian in the battle on Wednesday?

The Cellar Dweller Cup was fought out on a magnificent autumn afternoon at the picturesque TH King Oval. The conditions were ripe for a free‐flowing, invigorating contest, and that is exactly what ensued.

Yet again, De La Salle was without the services of a number of key players. Joel Lagastes, Manny “The Man” Gashi and Aiden “Hulk” Yates were all unavailable.

As has become the pattern for the 2019 Twos, at times we looked fabulous with sparkling passages of play; on other occasions we looked diabolical with loose or non‐existent marking of opponents and fundamental skill errors that have the coaching staff tearing out what little hair they have left.

Salesian, after a couple of strategic moves around the midfiled brigade, brought themselves right back into the contest. By the final break, scores were level. The crowd was set for a tense and nerve‐wracking final quarter.

Our first ten minutes was ordinary, but the final ten minutes of the first quarter was well‐oiled. The second quarter saw DLS pile on five goals to one and commanding a 40 point lead at the main break, epitomised by the dominating performance of Travis Shannon. He took strong marks, booted long goals, created contest and brought the ball to ground for such as Morgan “The Fish” Morffew, to crumb and snap handy majors.

Tough’, ‘uncompromising’ and ‘determined’ are words that would describe De La Salle’s approach to the game in this final act of the drama. Morffew’s snap over the left shoulder was the match winner, and won’t be easily forgotten by those who saw it.

There were many fine individual performances. Jonah “The Whale” Haberfield, along with Sam “Tilt” Lanigan were both outstanding with their resolute and no‐nonsense defensive efforts. The on‐ball brigade; Doolan, Reed and King maintained their usual high standard. Pat Muling was excellent, nailed numerous tackles and ensured every Salesian contested mark was hard won. Sam Paine’s runs off half‐back were inspiring. Ewan Baulch provided a much needed tall, muscular presence up forward.

I’m happy to report that both questions can be answered in the affirmative. The ‘parma’ is back and, yes, the Seconds won; albeit by the narrowest of margins.

Mr Gerard Barns
Senior XVIII Coach

7A AFL Football Report

  • De La Salle 6.5.41 defeated Mazenod 4.7.31
  • Best: Sheedy, Rigas, Breguet, Yze, Barling, Chiriano, McKlisky
  • Goals: Yze (2), Rigas (2), Lucas, Randerson

This report has taken extra time to write because I’ve been crying tears of joy, I’m on my fifth keyboard – the others have short‐circuited. Such a shift there has been in the world of sports politics.

Kicking against a 2–3 goal breeze, De La Salle were first on the board with a courageous goal against the wind. Mazenod were able to regain the ascendency kicking three for the quarter and took a twenty point lead. There were desperate efforts all over the ground including a stoic Sheedy settling the back six and providing plenty of rebound. Chiriano was providing first use in the ruck contests and was well support by McGrath and McAuliffe.

Ley again showed poise in the backline and was able to provide plenty of rebound across half back. Lucas and Rigas were good up forward and provided lots of options and were good around the goals. Their input in the second quarter was invaluable assisting De La Salle to outscore Mazenod three goals to one.

Coach Ryan provided the master move in the last quarter moving Randerson to the forward line. He combined with Rigas to kick two valuable goals and put the result beyond doubt.

A great win by the De La Salle team.

Mr Shaun Buckley
7A Football Coach

Parent Network News

Year 5 Family Catchup

The Year 5 Family Catch Up was held at Caulfield Park on Sunday 5 May.  It was a wonderful opportunity to meet some new families and share a delicious afternoon tea.  The students had a fun afternoon kicking the footy and playing tag. 

Year 8 Family BBQ

Phoenix Park in East Malvern provided the perfect setting for the Year 8 Family BBQ, held on Saturday 18 May.  The wonderful weather contributed to a lovely day, with parents and students enjoying great company, lots of chatter and good food.

Year 9 Parents’ Get Together

All Year 9 parents are invited to meet up for a coffee and a chat after drop off next Thursday 13 June from 8:45am onwards at Jake & the Beans Talk Café, 510 Waverley Rd, Malvern East, just eight minutes’ walk from the Holy Eucharist Campus.

For booking purposes please RSVP to by Monday 10 June 2019. Any queries please contact your Year 9 YLR, Linda Curnow, on 0404 448 202 or Look forward to seeing you there!

Christmas In July Dinner

The Parent Network is excited to announce a new addition to the calendar; the “Christmas in July” Dinner, scheduled for Saturday 27 July. Tickets are selling fast so get your table together! Click here to book tickets.

Upcoming Events

Event Date Venue
Year 9 Parents Get Together Thursday 13 June from 8:45am Jake & the Beans Talk Café, Malvern East
Parents’ “Christmas in July” Dinner Saturday 27 July Merrimu
Father’s Day Breakfast Thursday 22 August Gym

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

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 NameHouseMentor GroupAward
Damian MoonSt Leo’s9 Group 9Bronze
Peter PearseSt Mark’s9 Group 9Silver
Henry AshtonSt Mark’s8 RolandBronze
James BorgeseSt Austin’s8 RolandBronze

Congratulations to all of the students receiving their awards.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Important Notices

Health Centre Notice

De La Salle College would like to ask for your co‐operation in an important matter. Members of our school community receive medical treatment which puts them at serious risk if they are exposed to infectious illnesses, in particular: chicken‐pox, measles, mumps or shingles.

For chicken‐pox, shingles and measles, a special protective injection is available, however, it is only effective if given within 72 hours of exposure, and only lasts for one month.

If your son is suspected of having one of these illnesses, it is very important that they do not attend school. It is also important that while your son is unwell they remain at home until they are no longer contagious.

If your son has chicken‐pox, measles, mumps or shingles or is suspected of having a contagious disease please contact the school immediately.

The College values your support for the wellbeing of all our students. Please don’t hesitate to contact De La Salle Health Centre, if you have any questions.

Mrs Kylie Upton,
De La Salle College Health Centre

PNG Clothes Drive – Tiverton and Kinnoull

For the remainder of Term 2, the Year 11 VCAL students and the Student Social Justice Group will be conducting a clothes drive. We are asking for your help in donating any good quality used clothes that you may not use anymore.

All clothes donated will be distributed to our Lasallian Communities in PNG, in particular, our schools in Bomana and Port Moresby.

The following items will be accepted:

  • pants
  • shorts
  • t‐shirts
  • shirts
  • jeans
  • singlets
  • skirts
  • dresses

Donations can be brought to school in a plastic bag, to be collected during morning Homeroom by the social justice group. We ask that each student please contribute at least ONE item of clothing.

The drive will end on 28 June (last day of Term 2). Please share this with your family and friends! This is a wonderful opportunity for you to support the social needs of our Lasallian communities who are in short supply of these types of goods. If you have any questions please ask any of the students completing Year 11 VCAL, Mr James Biviano or Mr Shane Mackintosh.

Mr Shane Mackintosh
St Austin’s House Coordinator

Capture your son’s school moments

Currently, over 180 students do not have permission to be featured in any school publications. Is your son one of them? Please take five minutes to check and update your permissions via the Community Portal today!

Mission Action Day Awards

The annual Mission Action Day Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the Co‐curricular Arts Assembly on Friday 28 June. The Mission Action Day awards acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of individual students in obtaining sponsorship money.

The highest individual fundraiser will be presented with the Ian Oliver Mission Action Award. Mr Ian Oliver, who retired from the College in 2015, was a driving force behind the success of Mission Action Day over many years. The top ten students will also be presented with a Certificate Of Recognition from Mr Houlihan.

The College once again congratulates all students on their efforts. The money you have raised will support many vital Lasallian development projects and initiatives in remote Australia and Asia.

The annual Mission Action Day raffle will also be drawn at the Assembly. Students will be allocated a raffle ticket for each $50 increment they raised. Three $70 gift vouchers will be presented, one for each campus.

There are a small number of students still in the process of collecting and returning their pledged sponsorship money. This money is now overdue and I ask students to attend to this as soon as possible, so our 2019 Mission Action Day Fundraiser can be concluded.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal, Staff and Operations

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College calendar.

Semester One Examination Period - to 13 June
Primary 2020 Offers of place sent
Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
Year 9 Semester 1 Exams, 11 June to 13 June - Holy Eucharist Campus
Year 7 Bands Concert - PAC, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
GAT Testing - Gymnasium, 10:00am - 1:15pm
Semester One Concludes
Year 12 Formal - Lincoln of Toorak, 445 Toorak Rd, Toorak, 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Staff Professional Practice Day - NO CLASSES
Parent Network Committee Meeting - Holy Eucharist Campus, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Year 8 Lightning Premiership Football/Soccer - Basil Street Reserve, Malvern East, 10:35am - 3:0pm
Young Lasallian Team Retreat - Years 6, 7 and 8 Student Leaders - PAC, 8:55am - 3:05pm

Roll Call Current Issue — May 2019

We’re very excited to announce that Roll Call is going paperless in September 2019. This is in keeping with the College’s commitment to reduce its impact on the environment.

Roll Call magazine is published twice per year in May and September and, from September 2019, emailed to all past students and current families.

To continue to receive your magazine in hard copy, please follow the directions on the inside front cover.

Lasallian Roll Call May 2019 PDF

From the Principal

As I write this week’s contribution to Duce it is actually May 15 – the Feast Day of St John Baptist de La Salle. I will paraphrase a little of the message from the Superior General of the Lasallian Order, Br Robert Schieler, FSC and add some local context as well.

On the Founder’s Feast Day, we celebrate the memory and legacy of John Baptist de La Salle and reflect on his feeling compelled by the Holy Spirit to announce the Gospel to the poor. We gratefully acknowledge that he established the landscape for today’s thriving Lasallian ministry of human and Christian education across the world, with over one million students currently in Lasallian education in 81 countries.

Br Robert Schieler, FSC

As we celebrate Founder’s Day on Friday with the three other Melbourne Lasallian schools and during this Lasallian Tercentenary Year, we look to work together and increase our efforts to ensure that our educational communities continue to be experiences of the presence of God.

It is gratifying for all of us at Malvern to witness so many regular examples of our young men demonstrating positive behaviours as modelled and taught by St John Baptist de La Salle. It is through their actions and example, via their behaviours and attitudes, that our students show themselves to be young men of character.

In the last week, we have seen our students intervene to protect a woman attacked by a stranger on a train, acting as tour guides for the visitors and guests at Holy Eucharist’s Official Opening, leading a House prayer service, perform magnificently in the choir at St Patrick’s Cathedral and demonstrate tremendous sportsmanship and discipline in ACC sport. I am sure the Founder would be proud.

On Thursday 10 May we celebrated the official opening of our new Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus at Malvern East. Our guest speaker was an Old Collegian from the Class of 2005, eminent scholar and lawyer, Charles Noonan. Charles has had an amazing career in his 14 years since graduation, beginning with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University, graduating with First Class Honours in Law. While working as Associate to The Honourable Justice Bernard Murphy of the Federal Court of Australia, Charles was awarded the Charles Allen Scholarship (Cambridge Australia Scholarship) to study a Masters of Law at the University of Cambridge. Before taking up his current role last year as a Senior Associate with Maurice Blackburn, Charles was an Associate in the London office of US litigation firm Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP.

Consistent with our Lasallian values, Charles is also a strong advocate for access to justice and has extensive pro bono experience. He has been a research volunteer at the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre, and has worked for the Barristers’ Animal Welfare Panel, the Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic, the Human Rights Law Centre and the Refugee Legal Service.

I would like to convey a little of Charles’ presentation and the key message. His theme was the importance of and advantages to be gained by moving beyond your comfort zone. This resonated strongly with all that has been undertaken by not only the staff at Holy Eucharist, but most certainly, the students as well.

Charles’ emphasis on taking risks, having a go, stepping up when circumstances are challenging, then giving your all, is tremendous advice for our young men. It is particularly relevant to the Year 12s who need to look very closely at how they are travelling after a few months into their final year of VCE. It is easy to coast, stay where it’s comfortable and let the world move around you. However, those who take the initiative, are true to themselves, their peers and families and give of their best because that is what is required – are the students who will succeed. I encourage all our students, but especially the Year 12 students to challenge themselves, move out of their comfort zones and be the best possible version of yourselves.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Founder’s Tercentenary — St John Baptist de La Salle

Being Lasallian at De La Salle

2019 marks 300 years since the death of St John Baptist de La Salle.

The legacy of our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle runs deeply through De La Salle College. As the patron saint of Teachers, founder of the De La Salle brotherhood and author of many missives on the philosophy of teaching, St John Baptist de La Salle is a living presence for all of us here at the College.

Lasallian Captains Taine Krogh, St Leo’s House and Jack Barnard, St Austin’s House share their reflection on the legacy of St John Baptist de La Salle on the occasion of the Tercentenary (#300 years) since his death.

Each senior House has a student Lasallian Captain. These leaders have a special connection to the Lasallian nature of their education, but what does it mean to be Lasallian? What does the person of the Founder mean to our students in 2019?

Who is St John Baptist de La Salle?

St John Baptist de La Salle, patron Saint of Christian teachers, wasn’t always destined to create a legacy in education. He started off a son of wealthy parents and became a Canon in the Rheims Cathedral. During his time few were privileged enough to live in luxury with most being extremely poor and unable to afford a basic education. St John saw the plight of the poor and sacrificed everything to be able to help them find salvation through education by renouncing his wealth, position and even family home to create a community that remains to this day — The Brothers of Christian Schools.

Taine Krogh, St Leo’s House Lasallian Captain 2019

St John Baptist De La Salle was a man who was absolutely devoted to his faith and mission. He dedicated his life to helping those in need, particular the poorer children living in his community. His actions have since inspired many and led to the eponymous Lasallian core values that we as a college strive to follow each day.

Jack Barnard, St Austin’s House Lasallian Captain 2019

What is the most Lasallian thing we do here at De La Salle?

I think the most Lasallian thing we do at De La Salle would be Mission Action Day, in raising awareness for our disadvantaged Lasallian brothers and sisters. The whole idea of Mission Action Day promotes some of the finest Lasallian core principles, including respect and concern for the poor. The idea of not only raising awareness but also taking action for those in conditions worse than our own is what it means to be Lasallian.

Jack Barnard, St Austin’s House Lasallian Captain 2019

Every day we go to school we are doing the most ‘Lasallian thing’ that we can. By coming together as a united group of teachers and students we are living out the legacy of St John Baptist De La Salle without even realising it. One Heart, One Commitment, One life; this is the theme for the Lasallian tercentenary and De La Salle always has and will continue to represent this through the core Lasallian principles of Respect, Quality Education, Inclusiveness, Social Justice and Faith, as set forth by St John and shown through De La Salle College students each and every day.

Taine Krogh, St Leo’s House Lasallian Captain 2019

What does the role of Lasallian Captain entail?

Like all the student leaders, the Lasallian Captains serve to support the inclusion of the five core Lasallian principles into everyday life at De La Salle. This year however we were extremely fortunate to be able to attend the Lasallian Youth Gathering and thanks to this we have developed a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Lasallian and how we can support the same inclusive feeling into school. We saw that it meant within our roles we had to ensure that the work of St John carries on well into the future so that all that come after us can experience the power of being a part of a Lasallian College.

Taine Krogh, St Leo’s House Lasallian Captain 2019

Being a Lasallian Captain means I am very much a part of the faith aspect of De La Salle. I am often asked to assist with readings at our occasional College Masses and am tasked with helping organise Mission Action Day. Another opportunity that this role presented me with this year was the chance to attend the 2019 Lasallian Youth Gathering with other Lasallian students from around the Asia‐Pacific district. The event was an incredible experience and helped me gain a better understanding of the Lasallian organisation around the world.

Jack Barnard, St Austin’s House Lasallian Captain 2019

What is your favourite story of St John Baptist de La Salle’s life?

My favourite story from De La Salle’s life was when he met Adrian Nyel purely by chance. The reason I like this is because, although it was such a small event at the time, in the grand scheme of things, it set De La Salle on a life‐changing course. It’s the thought of having such a great impact by doing so little that I love most about the story.

Jack Barnard, St Austin’s House Lasallian Captain 2019

My favourite story from St John’s life is the story of where it all started. St John’s close friend Nicholas Roland had passed away and in his will, he asked De La Salle to oversee a group of nuns within the poorer part of the city. One day on his way to the convent he was stopped by Adrian Nyel who asked for help in providing education to boys on the streets in Reims. De La Salle agreed and gradually, without being aware of it, he found himself drawn into an unknown world of poverty. Inspired by their plight that he took the further step of establishing a community of brothers to educate the poor. St John at times was very weary on his journey, but had he not taken the risk and put in the effort, the network would not exist today, showing us all that sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zone to move forward.

Taine Krogh, St Leo’s House Lasallian Captain 2019

Faith and Mission

Founders Day

This year, throughout all Lasallian schools and institutions worldwide the Tercentenary of the death of St John Baptist De La Salle will be marked by the Lasallian communities in Victoria with special Founders Day commemorations.

Here in Melbourne, De La Salle College Malvern, St John’s College Dandenong, St Bede’s College Mentone and St James College East Bentleigh will all come together to mark this significant occasion.

On Friday May 17, all four Colleges will come together to celebrate a special Tercentenary Founders Day Mass, where each College will host a Mass and event for particular year levels and all Year 9 students will be involved in Mass, hosted by St James College, at St Patrick’s Cathedral followed by an event at the nearby Academy of Mary Immaculate College attended by Year 9 students from De La Salle, St Bede’s, and St John’s.

De La Salle College, St John’s Dandenong and St Bede’s Mentone will continue the combined festivities with a shared lunch and activity for the remainder of the day on site at the host Colleges. De La Salle College will host Year 12 students, St Bede’s will host Year 10 and Year 11 students and St John’s, Year 7 and Year 8 students as well as the Primary Grade 5 class and Grade 6 class from De La Salle College.

The occasion at De La Salle College will be shared with three old Collegians who return to celebrate the Mass; Monsignor Stuart Hall was Principal Celebrant, and Fr Peter Matheson and Fr Kevin Dillon as concelebrants and the presence and company of De La Salle Brothers; Br Peter Smyth FSC, Br Michael Carroll, Br Quentin O’Halloran FSC, Br Paul Smith FSC, and Br Bede French FSC.

The logistics to bring the schools together have been substantial and an organising Tercentenary Planning Committee made up of myself and my counterparts from the aforenamed Colleges have been planning and preparing since 2018.

The day is a truly unique and special way to commemorate and celebrate the life and legacy of our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle, as we mark 300 years since his death. A highly significant milestone in the story of Lasallian education.

With all Lasallians around the world this year, we celebrate the Tercentenary and give thanks for all Lasallians and their good works, to renew our commitment to looking after the poor and others in need and to be positive and hopeful about the future.

Mother’s Day

In reflecting on Mother’s Day, it is easy and appropriate that we celebrate mothers and mothering and that many people, such as; grandmothers, aunts, step‐parents, close family friends, dads, can fulfil the chief mothering role in families.

But as a Catholic, Lasallian community, we also remember and pray for the mothers who have lost children to terror, have been victims of poverty, been forcibly separated from children at borders, war or natural disaster. We remember mothers and children impacted by abuse and domestic violence. This Mother’s Day, may we all take the time to pray and to speak up for mothers everywhere, and may we be inspired by the grace of our Mother Mary and the love, courage and strength she modelled.

Year 12 Seminar Day

This week, the Year 12 students commenced their Seminar Program. The program is an opportunity to develop, nurture and form the students’ faith, as well as, an opportunity to provide personal growth by reflecting and discussing topics presented by guest speakers and unpacking the activities which follow.

The first session saw guest speaker, former Hawthorn and AFL premiership player Steve Lawrence present to the students on being “men on a mission” through service to others, recognising the gift of themselves and allowing time for God.

The seminars are guided by staff who have volunteered their time to become Seminar Leaders and their aim is to have the students develop an understanding of how to look critically at their own generation, its world and its meaning within the context of a Catholic and Lasallian perspective.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Learning and Teaching

Year 9 – 11 Exams

The examination period for Years 9–11 commences on Monday 3 June. Students from Years 9–11 will be involved in a series of examinations designed to consolidate and examine the learning that has taken place in Semester One. On Wednesday 12 June, all VCE Unit 3 students will complete the General Achievement Test (GAT). Students in Years 5–8 will be involved in in‐class assessments in the lead‐up to the conclusion of the semester, rather than exams.

Examinations are an integral part of the complete learning experience; however, it is also important to note that at Years 10 and 11 they will form part of the basis for determining entry into certain VCE subjects for 2020.  This is also the case for those Year 9 students wishing to apply for acceleration into a VCE subject in Year 10, 2020.

Given the importance of these examinations in terms of academic progression and crucial examination experience prior to Year 12, it is anticipated students will complete sustained examination preparation. All students are strongly encouraged to create a daily study plan at this point of the semester. In order to prepare effectively for success in exams, study would typically include:

  • revision of all individual notes, classwork and assessment;
  • revision of references and resources published on OLLIE, textbooks and handouts;
  • review and action on feedback for improvement provided for assessment and other tasks;
  • rote learning exercises;
  • practice questions, for speed, accuracy and quality of handwritten responses under time pressure.

The onus for exam preparation of this kind falls directly with each student. In addition, teachers will provide guidance and support within each subject. Where in doubt about the most effective approach for them, students should seek advice from their teachers and mentors.

Timetables for Semester One of 2019 will be made available to students in the coming days. They are specific for each student’s year level. Students will need to carefully check the timetable and make note of the date, time and venue for each exam.   

Please note specifics for each year level below:

  • Year 9 examinations will take place at the Kinnoull campus, commencing on Tuesday 11 June. Upon their commencement, Year 9 students will not have any timetabled classes and will be expected to arrive at school 20–30 minutes prior to the start of their first exam. They will be dismissed from Kinnoull at the conclusion of their last examination each day.
  • Years 10 and 11 students are not required to be in Homeroom, however, they are to present at their examination location at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of their examinations. They are not required to attend school except for their scheduled examinations. For students undertaking a VCE Unit 3 subject, the VCAA General Achievement Test (GAT) will take place on Wednesday 12 June, from 10:00am to 1:15pm.
  • Year 11 VCAL students will follow the normal timetabled program in order to protect and maintain offsite VET attendance requirements, employer obligations and ongoing project work.

All normal school expectations apply regarding travel on public transport and it is a College requirement that all students attend examinations in their full winter uniform.

Very best wishes to all students in their preparation for their Semester One exams.

Mr Mark Gustincic
Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching


On Wednesday 8 May, De La Salle held our annual Mother’s Day Breakfast. Here I include School Captain Liam Jenkins’ speech. This speech touches on the importance of relationships, family, resilience, and of course, a mother’s love.

Our mothers have all sacrificed a great deal for our benefit, to give us the best possible opportunities to succeed in life. The lengths that they go to, for fulfilling our needs, does not go unnoticed nor is it underestimated, it is truly appreciated by your sons and we are all very thankful for it.

Liam Jenkins, College Captain 2019

Please click here to read the full speech Liam gave at the Mother’s Day Breakfast, and click here to enjoy the gallery of photos.

School TV

Special Report: Parenting Styles — What type of parent are you?

There are so many different opinions offered on how best to parent. New parents will often have firm beliefs about how they wish to balance love and discipline, but this ideal often goes out of the window when a toddler throws their first tantrum in the supermarket!

Raising children can bring parents and caregivers great joy despite many learning ‘on the job’ and growing into the role through experience and understanding. Children will always flourish in a warm and loving environment, supported by clear guidance.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers can gain a greater understanding of the four defined parenting styles by taking part in the quiz. It can guide parents towards deciding which style they wish to adopt and the effects it may have on their children.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Chaplain’s Notes

Year 7 Retreat Day

In a lively and highly interactive presentation, the YMT (Youth Ministry Team Australia) invited the Year 7 students to reflect more deeply on community and a sense of belonging.

Through a series of games, skits, small group discussions the students were led to own and believe in, their own uniqueness and the importance of being true to themselves. The reflection days culminated in an invitation to recognise that it is in relationship with the person of Jesus that they most discover their uniqueness and value.

Year 8 Reflection Day

As we come to our celebration of the Feast of St John Baptist de La Salle this week our Year 8 students have started on their round of reflection days. A deep theme in St John Baptist de La Salle’s life was to know each other and to listen to the Spirit of God in all we do. So it is that the Youth Ministry Team focused the Year 8 Retreat on “Knowing God”. The students reflected on their images of God and moved towards their personal relationship with Jesus and their ability to listen to His Spirit. The day culminated in quiet, shared prayer.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain