From the Principal

I have been thrilled with the way the year has unfolded at all three campuses. As ever, there is a great deal going on in relation to formal academic work, settling new students in, especially at Years 5 and 7. The Year 9 students are very quickly developing ownership and identity at Holy Eucharist while taking the new curriculum in their stride, and VCE classes are establishing that steady rhythm so important for success at the senior end of the school.

It has been terrific to catch up with so many parents at the various formal and social events thus far. I always value the opportunity to chat with parents and keep them informed about what is happening. It is also an opportunity to discuss what is expected of their sons and build that sense of community, which is so important in a Lasallian school.

As the new year gets underway, all of us are reminded of our obligations and responsibilities, regardless of our role in the College.

On a Lasallian course in 2017, I was privileged to work with a famous and influential American De La Salle Brother and academic, Br William Mann. Br Bill, as he is known, has since written an article about Lasallian Leadership for the 21st Century, encompassing a variety of salient points for staff and students alike. One of his key themes is that St John Baptist de La Salle invited us to remember, “we are all called to be God’s ambassadors.” Lasallian educators, Br Bill says, are invited to be the link between what is, and what might be. This invitation extends to our young men as well.

I have had several reports of incidences of our students being terrific ambassadors, both within the school and without. Members of the public have phoned and written to compliment our students on exemplary behaviour. However, I am saddened and frustrated when we receive reports — and there have been three in the past week — of our young men letting themselves down with inappropriate behaviour in the public domain, primarily on public transport.

While those in question have largely been identified and the issues addressed, this is an example of not being a good ambassador for our great school. I seek the support and cooperation of all in our community, especially when wearing the College uniform, in setting the right tone and behaving responsibly in public at all times.

On Friday at the Academic Awards and Investiture of Leaders assembly, we will be presenting a range of students who model exemplary academic excellence and leadership. Building on Br Bill’s message, it is these fine young men who set the example and it is for all of us in the Lasallian community to support and encourage these students, to be “ambassadors of hope, to build in our students an awareness of and hunger for a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.”

This concept of being ambassadors, the building of Lasallian spirit and a sense of hope, meaning and purpose is also being presented through our four House Liturgies this term. On Tuesday evening, we had a very successful St Austin’s House Liturgy, superbly led by House Coordinator, Shane Mackintosh and his five Year 12 House Leaders. The other House Liturgies for Year 10–12 students in Leo’s, Edwin’s and Mark’s will occur in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the calendar and here in The Duce. These evenings are a terrific opportunity to build House spirit, for families and staff to come together and share in the education of our students, their spiritual life and sense of community.

On Saturday, we received word of the sad passing of Br Jeff Calligan. Jeff was a great character and while he only spent a few years here in Australia (outside his native USA), Jeff was much loved at Malvern and made a significant impact in his time here. Jeff died peacefully from liver and kidney failure aged 79, in his home state of Louisiana. Please keep Br Jeff and the community at St Paul’s, Covington in your thoughts and prayers.

I am sure you will join with me in wishing our ACC Swimming Team all the best of luck as they compete in the ACC Championships at MSAC on Friday night. A very strong squad of 30 has been selected for the program, keen to emulate the 2018 achievement of being ACC Division 1 Champions. Congratulations to not only those who have been selected in the final team but also the other 25 keen swimmers who had been training with the squad since August.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principals’ Column

Students

Safety And Courtesy

A reminder to all students in our community that their behaviour in public must be courteous, respectful and positive. Many of our students travel home via train or tram, or walk home on main roads, which we share with the public. We need to ensure that when members of the public have an interaction with a De La Salle student, they come away impressed with how polite and considerate they are. Let us all do our bit to make sure this happens.

Students must also take care with their safety, including safely boarding trains and trams, and only crossing at designated crossings and lights. Please talk with your son about how important this is, so he is travelling safely to and from school.

Leadership Induction

This Friday, 22 February, will see the induction of our De La Salle College leaders at the first whole school assembly for 2019. These young men will be presented to the entire school community and commit to a year of service, following the lived example of Saint John Baptist de la Salle. We will hear from the College Captain, Liam Jenkins, who will inspire and motivate all students at De La Salle to aim for their personal best.

Wellbeing Resources

Keeping young people safe is a shared responsibility between schools, parents, communities and the Australian Government. There are a number of government resources that have been created to assist in supporting the wellbeing of students across the country, which you may find useful.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Faith and Mission

College Opening and Welcome Mass – Wednesday 27 February

Next Wednesday evening, 27 February, we will be celebrating our College Welcome and Commissioning Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

This is an occasion for all members of our community to join us in the celebration of welcoming all students and mark their entry into the College, including all Year 7 students and new students to other year levels.

The Mass is also the time we acknowledge and celebrate all of our College Leaders and present them before the community. There is great love at the heart of who we are as a Lasallian family. May we always embrace the faith tradition of our College by supporting, encouraging and loving one another as family.

I hope that staff, students and families celebrate with us on this important occasion in the life of our College.

Fr John Sherman OMI will be the Principal Celebrant at it was most heartening last Monday afternoon when he joined the College Captains, Liam Jenkins, Amedeo Perri and Morgan Morffew for lunch in readiness for the Mass to unpack the Gospel reading.

Students are asked to arrive and be seated no later than 6:00pm, (full school uniform and College Leaders in full winter uniform).
Mass commences at 6:30pm sharp.

House Welcome and Liturgy Evenings

The House Welcome and Liturgy Evenings are important gatherings for each student and their family to be welcomed, informed and supported by their son’s House Coordinator and meet the House Mentors in a relaxed atmosphere.

St Austin’s House Welcome and Liturgy evening on Tuesday night was our first for the year.

As Lasallians, it is important that we develop these family partnerships between the home and the school. We hope for a happy journey for each young man in our care, as he strives for excellence, develops lasting friendships and develops his sense of brotherhood and community. The House system nurtures each student’s confidence to achieve their personal best during their time at De la Salle College. 

Holy Eucharist Parish Mass

Staff, students and families are all invited to join the 10:30am Holy Eucharist Parish Mass this Sunday, 24 February. Our Year 9 students will be actively involved in the mass.

This will be a followed by a BBQ on the new campus and the Holy Eucharist classrooms will be opened for a walk through for those who wish to have a look and see the magnificent learning spaces that have been created.  

Plenary Dialogue for Catholic School Parents

Catholic School Parents Victoria would like to invite parents and carers of children who currently attend Catholic schools to one of two Plenary listening and dialogue sessions in Melbourne in February.

Listen to what the Spirit is saying” — a listening and dialogue session for Catholic school parents, is a unique opportunity for parents and carers to contribute to shaping the future of the Catholic Church in Australia.

  • Cost: Free
  • Tuesday 26 February 2019
  • Cardinal Knox Centre Cathedral Room, 383 Albert St, East Melbourne
  • Two session times available: 10:30am — 12noon and 1:00pm – 2:30pm.
  • RSVP: 22 February 2019
  • Click here to book or visit cspv.catholic.edu.au/events/

For further information, contact Rachel Saliba (Executive Officer), Catholic School Parents Victoria on 03 9267 0458 or email secretary@cspv.catholic.edu.au

Further information about the Plenary Council 2020 can be found at www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au. Parents and carers are able to submit their own responses through this website if they are unable to attend a plenary session.

Mrs Rana Brogan 
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Chaplain’s Notes

Welcome To Our Faith Community

During the first weeks of term, the Year 7 students have gathered in the Chapel to contemplate the ways in which we celebrate in our lives. Parallel to our family and community celebrations, is the way which we at De La Salle, mark special moments in our College.

At key points we come together as a whole College in the Eucharist and this might be followed by a supper, Founder’s Day carnival, Valedictory Dinner, but first, we acknowledge, as our College motto says, that “God is our Leader”. In this light we have celebrated Eucharist with each Year 7 Homeroom in preparation for the formal welcoming Mass to be held next Wednesday at the Cathedral.

The Eucharist is the high point of our faith celebrations and our new students have all had the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the Mass, as a path that leads us to greater friendship with God and with each other.

We are grateful to Father John Sherman and Father Martin Tanti who celebrated these Masses and developed the students’ understanding of Eucharist.

Lent – Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, 6 March, marks the beginning of the Lenten season. We mark the beginning of this journey by an outward symbol when each student’s head is signed with Ashes in a Homeroom Liturgy – Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance and humility.

Lent is not just a “Catholic” time. It is a concept that is practised by many religions and also non‐religious groups. It has its foundation in the wisdom of ancient Jewish tradition.

There is something universal that goes beyond all dogma, which embraces our collective need to be reflective and transformative as persons on this Earth. In essence, Lent is saying – take time out to think about your life

  1. Practice self‐discipline
  2. Think about the needs of others.
  3. Take action to serve.

Each of these concepts is universal and goes to the core of our humanity.
The real goal of Lent – is Conversion. The aspiration for each of us is to come to the end of our six weeks a stronger and more vital person.

If I can be of assistance to families in any way, you are welcome to contact me at the College. There are times in all our families where we need an extra prayer or some personal support, so please know I am available to you.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Tiverton News

Primary School Years 5 and 6

It has been a busy four weeks for our Year 5 and 6 students as they have been undertaking their leadership elections. On Thursday 14 February, we were fortunate enough to have some special guests from the Melbourne Football Club come to talk to us about leadership skills.

Primary Student Leaders 2019

We are proud to present the Primary School Captains for 2019:

  • Primary School Captain — Lucas Excell
  • Primary School Vice Captain — Rick Foley
  • Year 6 Captain — Oliver Hillemacher
  • St Austin’s Captain – Jordan Yuen
  • St Austin’s Vice Captain – Tom Skaro
  • St Mark’s Captain – Aidan O’Flynn
  • St Mark’s Vice Captain – Jonathan Kocolis
  • St Edwin’s Captain – Ethan Eustace
  • St Edwin’s Vice Captain – Alex Simpson
  • St Leo’s Captain – Harrison Shaw
  • St Leo’s Vice Captain – Raphael Pickering

Thank you to all the students who particpated, and congratulations to our newly‐elected Student Leaders!

Year 7 and 8

The emphasis in the first few weeks of the term has been on organisation. We believe that students who come prepared for learning and who complete all set tasks within class and also for home learning will learn best at De La Salle College. Setting up a home learning timetable weekly s a good way for students to be on top of things and to make sure everything is completed well and on time. Both Year levels will also discuss this week about positive computer use within the class and at home. It is school policy that computers are used within the classroom for educational purposes only.

We believe that homework should be completed every night in 1–1.5 hours and that students should complete tasks on their computers or in other ways without the distractions of games or social media outlets. This will continue to be a focus in 2019 to ensure our students perform at their best.

Primary Welcome BBQ

We look forward to seeing our Primary School parents at our Welcome BBQ tonight from 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Kinnoull Oval.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students – Middle Years

Holy Eucharist Campus

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” 

Henry Ford

A core element of our Year 9 program is dedicated to the maturation of our students, to foster their independence as learners.

Last week all Year 9 students were asked to complete a personal stocktake of where they are at as a learner, reflecting on perceived strengths and areas of required growth. Together with Ms Lauren Anderson, Year 9 Learning and Teaching Leader, we will now set about having a follow‐up interview with each student. We hope that over the course of the year this metacognition (‘thinking about your own thinking’) will empower our students to make the requisite improvements and unlock their learning potential.

Already in 2019 our Year 9 students have had access to a raft of speakers whose advice will help to make them more self‐aware and facilitate their own learning. Elevate Education ran a ‘Memory and Mnemonics’ workshop exploring the role attention has on memory and developing techniques to aid learning. Many students unearthed habits that require tweaking!

Students were also briefed by our friends at Duke of Edinburgh Victoria. For the first time this internationally recognised award becomes compulsory at Year 9, neatly packaged within our Discovery curriculum. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.

Perhaps most notable were the full day sessions run by the impressive facilitators at the Rites of Passage Institute. Designed around our Term 1 Campus theme Identity, these powerful sessions aim to provide participants with skills, motivation and passion to make a positive impact on society.

De La Salle is proud of our established partnership with the Rites of Passage Institute and we look forward to the student/parent workshops later in Terms 2, 3 and 4 that will complement our Year 9 students’ learning journies.

The Year 9 cohort have heard me say that the most successful students in the world today are those most responsive to change. It is my hope and belief that activities like the above are preparing them for this.

Mr David Alexander
Head of Year 9 Campus

Music Notes

Instrumental Music Lessons

The due date for enrolments in the Instrumental Music program has been extended until 1 March 2019.

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

Please email Music Administration Officer, Ms Susan Jost sjost@delasalle.vic.edu.au or call on (03) 9508 2136 for more information.

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

Music Ensembles

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

Want to join an ensemble but need more information? Please contact Mr Lee at jlee@delasalle.vic.edu or call (03) 9508 2200 and leave a message.

Mr Jaymee Lee
Ensembles Coordinator


House News

St Edwin’s House Welcome and Liturgy

A reminder of the upcoming Edwin’s House Liturgy on Tuesday 5 March at 7:30pm in Saint Miguel Theatre. Looking forward to joining together to commence the College year as the 2019 Edwin’s community.

Ms Jessica Stevenson
St Edwin’s House Coordinator

St Austin’s House Welcome and Liturgy

St Austin’s House celebrated the beginning of the College year with their annual House Welcome Liturgy and Information evening on Tuesday 19 February. Lead by the St Austin’s Student House Leaders, our St Austin’s families supported the official Commissioning of the 2019 Year 12 students present. Deputy Principal — Students Ms Jessica Alger presented each Year 12 student with their College Year 12 VCE badge.

Following the Liturgy and presentation a large gathering was held in the Peppercorn Café, many families taking the opportunity to catch up with other family members within the House and staff contributing to a strong sense of community and connectedness within the House. Thank you to all those Families and Staff who attended on the night.

Mr Shane Mackintosh
St Austin’s House Coordinator

Parent Network News

Year 7 Welcome Function 2019

The Year 7 Welcome Evening last Thursday was a very popular and well‐attended event, with over 150 parents celebrating the start of their sons’ De La Salle College senior school journeys. Thank you to all involved in delivering a fantastic start to the 2019 Parent Network calendar proper. In particular, thank you to Sharon Herdman (Year Level Rep Co‐ordinator) and the Year 7 Year Level Reps, Jo McAuliffe, Franca Cafici and Katie Saunders, for their hard work in preparing for the event and to the many Parent Network Committee members and volunteers who worked tirelessly on the night.

Upcoming Events For 2019

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

EventDateVenue
Primary Welcome BBQThursday 21 FebruaryKinnoull Oval
Years 8 to 12 Parent’s Welcome DrinksThursday 14 MarchSagra Restaurant
Mother’s Day BreakfastWednesday 8 MayGym
Parents’ “Christmas in July” DinnerSaturday 27 JulyTBC
Father’s Day BreakfastThursday 22 AugustGym
Parent Network AGMMonday 21 OctoberTiverton Board Room

Years 8 to 12 Welcome Evening

Years 8 to 12 Welcome Evening — book now at www.trybooking.com.au/BAWIG. Bookings close Sunday 10 March 2019.

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
President, Parent Network Committee

Important Notices

Mission Action Day 2019 – Friday 5 April

Mission Action Day, or MAD as we know it, is underway for 2019!

As one of the major fundraising events at the College, MAD offers a wonderful opportunity for the entire De La family — students, parents, staff and friends of the College — to band together, seek sponsorship and provide much needed financial support to Lasallian missions both in Australia and overseas.

A strong tradition of our commitment to social justice is reflected in the amazing efforts of the De La community over many years, raising funds to enable a range of projects to proceed and Make A Difference to the lives of so many in need. In the past few years alone, over $100,000 a year has been distributed to projects in Papua New Guinea, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and local missions to name a few.

Students in particular, are being encouraged to focus on why we are making the effort to go somewhat out of our way and devote some time and energy to gaining as many sponsors as they can to support this cause and put our social justice commitment into practice.

So let’s get to it!! Let’s do everything we can to make MAD 2019 a spectaularly successful year where the effort invested and the total we raise can be a source of pride and satisfaction for the whole community!

Mr Chris Martin
on behalf of the 2019 MAD committee

Tiverton Canteen Open

The Tiverton canteen is now open for healthy, convenient lunch options for students. Click here for the 2019 Canteen Menu.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

New Australian Government Data Collection

The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) has requested that all Catholic schools complete the Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection (SES) by Thursday 7 March.

The Department of Education have also produced a Frequently Asked Questions document for parents/guardians.

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training has produced a collection notice for all parents/guardians of students detailing the purpose and the use of the information collected. The College recommends that all parents/guardians read the collection notice and direct any questions to the DET by email seshelpdesk@education.gov.au or phone (free call): SES helpdesk on 1800 677 027 (Option 4).

De La Salle Basketball Club – Friday Night Competition

The City of Monash has announced a major refurbishment of the Oakleigh Recreation Centre facility commencing in May 2019. The current Summer 2018/2019 Season which will conclude at the end of Term 1 will, therefore, spell the end of this competition and of the club.

Br Gerry Barrett commenced this club in 1995 and it is a bit sad to see it fold after 24 years, however, the announcement of the refurbishment of the ORC makes it impossible to continue.

I acknowledge and thank the many parents who have contributed to the operation of the club over the years. When the stadium reopens any basketball competitions will come under the Waverley Basketball Association. At that time interested parents may care to recommence offering a social competition.

Mr Michael Bohan
DLS Basketball Club Coordinator

De La Salle over 35s women’s AFL team

Masters footy is for women over 35 and no football experience is necessary. The environment is supportive. It’s about footy for fun. This year there will be ten women’s masters teams and De La Salle is one of them – which is very exciting!

The De La Salle Cannons – the new team – is building a strong list, and looking for more players. Training is held once a week, on Tuesday nights at 6:00pm, at Waverley Oval – 425 Waverley Road, opposite the old Dairy Bell ice cream factory site.

There are modified rules and we play every second week, to make sure our bodies get some rest in between games! You can read more about the competition here.

The 2019 season starts on 13 April. Come along, try something new and have fun!

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College calendar.

Thu
21
Feb
Primary Welcome BBQ - Kinnoull Oval, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Year 10 Dance Program - Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale, 6:45pm - 9:00pm
Fri
22
Feb
Academic Awards Assembly and Investiture of Leaders - Gymnasium, 10:00am - 11:00am
ACC Swimming Carnival - MSAC, Albert Park, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sun
24
Feb
Holy Eucharist Parish Mass and Welcome BBQ - Holy Eucharist, 1241 Dandenong Rd, Malvern East, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Wed
27
Feb
College Opening and Welcome Mass - St Patrick's Cathedral, East Melbourne, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Thu
28
Feb
Year 10 Dance Program - Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale, 6:45pm - 9:00pm
Sun
3
Mar
ACC Triathlon - Mordialloc
Mon
4
Mar
ACC Concert Band Workshop - St Bede's College, Mentone, 9:00am - 2:45pm
Parent Network Committee Meeting - College Boardroom, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Tue
5
Mar
St Edwin's House Welcome and Liturgy - SMT, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wed
6
Mar
Year 5 Camp - 6 March to 8 March - Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
Ash Wednesday Liturgy - Homerooms, 8:40am - 9:00am

From the Principal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 New Staff

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

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

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

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

Some statistics about the start of the year:

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

All looks well for a terrific year ahead!

Year 12 Retreat

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

Kinnoull Library

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

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

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

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

2019 De La Salle College Theme

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

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

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

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

2018 Year 12 “Yaluwo” Lasallian Immersion to Sri Lanka

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

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

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

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

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

(Jn.3:18)

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

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

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

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

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

Staff Formation with Steve Lawrence

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

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

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

2019 Opening and Welcome Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Students

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

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

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

School Transitions

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

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

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

Surviving Year 12

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

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

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

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

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students


Chaplain’s Notes

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

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

Sacraments

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

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

Lasallian Missions

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

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

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Tiverton News

Tiverton Campus — Years 5 to 8

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

Year 7

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

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

Year 8

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

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

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Primary Students

Welcome from Mr James Biviano, Lasallian Youth Minister

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr James Biviano
Lasallian Youth Minister

Holy Eucharist Campus

What’s next?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms Lauren Anderson
Learning and Teaching Leader‐ Holy Eucharist Campus

Music Notes

Welcoming our new Music Coordinator

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

Instrumental Music Lessons

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

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

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

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

Music Ensembles

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

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

Mr Jaymee Lee
Ensembles Coordinator


Parent Network News

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

FIRST DAY MORNING TEA

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

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2019

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

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

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

WELCOME EVENING

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

YEAR LEVEL REPRESENTATIVES

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

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

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

SELLING AND BUYING SECOND‐HAND TEXTBOOKS FOR 2019

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

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
Parent Network President

Wellbeing News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is masculine, but this is not toxic.

Mr Anthony Freeman
College Psychologist — Kinnoull Campus