From the Principal

I am not sure many people say this after many weeks away from work, but it is certainly great to be back in so many ways. My period of Professional Enrichment Leave was very informative, beneficial and engaging and of course, the Long Service Leave was a terrific opportunity to relax and recharge.

As I mentioned to the staff at our briefing this week, it was great to be able to go on leave confident in the knowledge that all staff, especially those acting in various leadership positions created by my absence, would do a tremendous job. I would like to thank Mr Tom Ryan in particular, who did a wonderful job as Acting Principal. I must also mention Mr Rob Bonnici (Acting Deputy Principal: Staff and Operations), Mr Ben Williamson (Acting Director of Learning and Development) and Mr Andy Devlin (Acting English Learning Area Team Leader) and acknowledge the excellent work each did in their respective roles. Opportunities to step into a more senior role are important developmental and professional learning experiences for these staff. I am thrilled each was able to step up, execute the role well and no doubt learn a good deal.

I have certainly walked back in at a very busy time. Exams from Year 9 – 12, end of semester assessments for Years 5 – 8, preparations for 2020 Transition Days and HeadStart, along with timetabling and staffing are just some of the myriad tasks to be dealt with before the end of the year. So many staff across all areas of the College are required to be involved in and complete numerous tasks at this time of year and I am grateful for the effort, organisation and planning which goes into ensuring these are successful and beneficial. In recent years, we have devoted a good deal of attention to maximising the value of the students’ last couple of weeks at school and avoid “downtime”. I am very confident the activities and programs in place will be challenging, engaging and fulfilling for each year level.

I will write in more detail in the next Duce, but in closing, I must touch on a couple of the highlights of my Enrichment Leave:

  • Visiting eight De La Salle schools and two other Catholic schools was a brilliant opportunity to share our charism, learn from how they operate as a Lasallian school and how they promote the Catholic identity.
  • Working with a variety of senior figures in the Vatican and hearing their views, questions, opinions and challenges around the future of the Church and Catholic education was enlightening, to say the least!
  • I also had the privilege of having a meeting with Br Robert Schieler fsc, our Superior General, who was very generous with his time and very keen to hear all that is happening in Malvern and the broader Lasallian works in Australia.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Lest We Forget

There are many symbols associated with Remembrance Day, the central one being a wreath, which represents both Honour and loss.

Since the 1920s the Flanders Poppies have been associated with remembering those who have lost their lives in conflict. This year, a group of our Holy Eucharist students along with myself and Mrs Green have constructed poppies from old Australian Rules Footballs. It would be difficult to find a more quintessentially Melbournian Symbol than a footy.

A poppy has been created for each of the 51 De La Salle Old Boys who gave their lives in the defence of our freedom and liberties.

Rosemary has long been the symbol of remembrance and is fitting, as rosemary grew wild on the Gallipoli. At the Remembrance Day Ceremony, two sprigs of rosemary which were placed in the blazer pocket on the wreath, one representing the families who have lost loved ones in wars and the other representing our current student body.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest we forget.

Mr David Happ
Holy Eucharist Teacher


Respectful Relationships at De La Salle

At De La Salle College, we believe that education is more than just academic success. We believe in education, grounded in the Catholic faith, that teaches the importance of respect so that students may develop positive relationships with others in society.

De La Salle College is a partner school in an initiative that providing intensive training and support to over 1000 Government, Catholic and independent schools to implement the whole school approach to Respectful Relationships.

This year, the existing Personal Development Program has been complemented with the new Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships curriculum materials designed by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. The resources have been developed by experts from Deakin University and the University of Melbourne. These age‐appropriate and evidence‐based resources support curriculum delivery and include lesson plans and activities that help students learn and practice social skills and apply them in a positive way to learning, life and relationships.

Teaching children how to have equal and respectful relationships and how to challenge harmful gender stereotypes will have a long‐lasting, positive impact on the prevalence of violence against women in Australia, and on the prevalence of violence in our society in general.

From an early age, young people can be exposed to harmful messages, attitudes and behaviours that can support violence and stereotype men and women. Many young people witness violence at home and may experience or even perpetrate violence in their own intimate relationships. This is an unfortunate and confronting reality.

Exposure to negative messages, attitudes and behaviours related to gender, consent and violence means that some young people accept violence as normal in their daily lives. This can take the form of victim‐blaming or thinking that some violent acts are not serious.

Compared to the rest of the population, young people aged 16 – 24 are:

  • less likely to understand the dynamics of violence in relationships
  • less likely to reject violence‐supporting attitudes
  • more likely to hold attitudes that support men having greater power than women in relationships

The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships learning materials gives each student the greatest opportunity to actively engage with the learning process, as well as suggested professional reading material for teachers and recommendations for students seeking support.

Studies show that a student’s connectedness or belonging to school and family is the single most important protective factor for young people. It is associated with both positive health and academic outcomes. Students who develop social, emotional and positive relationships skills are:

  • more likely to be motivated
  • more likely to show improved academic outcomes
  • more likely to have higher academic self‐efficiency
  • more likely to show improved mental health
  • less likely to abuse substances
  • less likely to engage in violence

To explore the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships teaching and learning materials click here.

Year 9 students at De La Salle College participated in the Polished Man movement at lunchtime on 20 October. Initiated and organised by Charlie McGann, Year 9, students and teachers at the Holy Eucharist Campus were invited to paint one fingernail blue to mark their awareness of and commitment to ending domestic violence. We congratulate Charlie for bringing this innovative movement to the attention of the College.

If this topic raises concerns or issues for you or someone you know, please call the 24–7 National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Faith and Mission

Christmas Giving Tree

An intrinsic hallmark of being Lasallian is to identify a need in the community and then take action to address that need. Each year at De La Salle College, we ask staff, students and families to think of those less fortunate in our community and how we may be able to make a small difference and bring a smile to the face of a young person at Christmas time who might otherwise go without.

Recently, all families will have received a letter outlining the details about our annual Christmas Giving Tree. With Christmas fast approaching, bringing joy and love to families is something that so many of us are fortunate to experience. For some, however, Christmas is a time of hardship and sorrow.

Once again, the College Christmas Giving Tree will support St Joseph’s Outreach Services and we invite each student to place a gift on behalf of their family under the tree. Students may donate a gift (or more), for either a boy or girl of open age. We ask that you consider the need for gifts for teenagers as a priority.

As we all know, the joy that a gift will bring to a child on Christmas morning is immeasurable, the smile on such a face is priceless.

Christmas Giving Trees will be placed at each of our three campuses of Tiverton, Kinnoull and Holy Eucharist, in the reception areas from Wednesday 13 November. It is anticipated that gifts will be delivered to St Joseph’s Outreach Services in South Yarra, after Monday 2 December.

Families are reminded to please ensure that gifts are not wrapped, rather placed in a gift bag under the giving tree. Please note that aerosols/razors (gift packs) or pretend play weapons cannot be accepted.

I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the families at De La Salle College for their constant generosity and support of this most deserving project and many others throughout the year.

Church announces national drought prayer campaign

The Catholic Church in Australia is dedicating the month of November as a time to pray for those affected by crippling drought conditions and to pray for the gift of rain.

Parishes, schools, families and other Catholic communities across the country are being encouraged to participate in the National Prayer Campaign for Drought, which also invites people to provide assistance to those most in need. The Bureau of Meteorology says that, on some measures, the current drought is the worst in 100 years or more, with most parts of Australia’s eastern states declared to be in drought.

Bishop Columba Macbeth‐Green OSPPE from Wilcannia‐Forbes oversees a diocese that covers about half of New South Wales, including some of the most drought‐affected areas in the country.

He said the month of prayer is an additional response to the local work being done in affected communities.

Some of our Catholic ministries, along with other faith‐based, charitable and government organisations, are doing remarkable work, supporting people with material needs, offering financial support and responding to people’s psychological and spiritual needs,” Bishop Columba said.

In some dioceses, practical responses like school fee relief or support with rising utility bills can ease an increasing burden for families.

But in a Catholic context, prayer must be a part of our response.”

Bishop Columba said the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, has stories of rain being “God’s gift” to people who are suffering, “In times of drought like we are experiencing now, we should pray for God’s gift of rain, which will have the power to quench our arid lands and also lift many people’s fallen spirits,” he said.

Bishop Columba said the National Prayer Campaign must be truly national, noting that the whole country suffers when there is a drought – especially one of this magnitude. The Church needs to be an example of recognising that reality.

That people living where there is plentiful, or at least enough, water don’t seem aware of how much suffering the drought is causing only adds to the hardship of those in drought‐affected communities,” he said.

The Church across Australia – lay people, religious, priests and bishops alike – needs to stand in solidarity with those suffering most acutely, offering prayers and practical support to those in most need.”

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Remembrance Day Service

Jesus said;

A person has no greater love than to lay down his life for his friend”.

John 15:13

On Monday 11 November, students at De La Salle College gathered to commemorate and remember the fallen. As we gathered as a College community to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we paused to pray to our loving God for those who laid down their lives for peace and freedom.

On Remembrance Day, we remember all Australians who have given their lives in war. We stop and reflect that the tradition is one of celebration of peace not war, because on November 11, 1918 the end of the war was signed for the beginning of peace. This reminds us, that as Christians, as Lasallians, that we have a responsibility to work for peace in our world; and to build God’s kingdom on earth.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Model UN Conference 2019

On Thursday 10 October, De La Salle College hosted its fifth Model United Nations Conference – a highly anticipated event on the students’ calendar.

The topic for this year was, ‘Planet Oceans: Protecting the World’s Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources’.

This year, 103 Year 10–12 students from nine different schools participated – the largest delegation to date.

  • De La Salle College
  • Ivanhoe Grammar School
  • Parade College
  • Mazenod College
  • Sacred Heart Girls College, Oakleigh
  • Siena College
  • Caulfield Grammar
  • Lauriston Girls’ School
  • OLSH Bentleigh

As the host school, De La Salle had a very strong cohort of 29 students that participated on the day – a number of whom are now veterans of the diplomatic battlefield.

The participants are all to be congratulated on how well they represented the College – their knowledge of their allocated country’s position and history regarding marine conservation and resources was impressive and allowed for genuine critical engagement with other delegates during negotiations and moderated caucuses.

  • William Hogan (Year 12)
  • Oliver Barr (Year 12)
  • Matthew Catalfamo (Year 12)
  • Michael O’Dwyer (Year 12)
  • Aidan Parish (Year 12)
  • Nick Caruso (Year 12)
  • Andrew McGaw (Year 11)
  • Oliver O’Brien (Year 11)
  • Jacob Nikitas (Year 11)
  • Hayden Reed (Year 11)
  • Tom Quin (Year 11)
  • Ned Carrick (Year 11)
  • Will Dwyer (Year 10)
  • Tom Seddon (Year 10)
  • Cormack Fleming (Year 10)
  • Lachlan Wong (Year 10)
  • Gus Kopczowski (Year 10)
  • Josh Salmon (Year 10)
  • Blair Hunter (Year 10)
  • Miles Munro (Year 10)
  • Thomas Andrewartha (Year 10)
  • Sam Goh (Year 10)
  • Marcus Herman (Year 10)
  • Daniel Pertile (Year 10)
  • Ethan Dattilo (Year 10)
  • Sam Kecskes (Year 10)
  • Kevin Xie (Year 10)
  • Lachlan Connolly (Year 10)
  • Oliver Williams (Year 10)

Miss Olivia Wenczel
Director of Learning and Development — Curricula Programs

Kinnoull News

Media Film a Bond University Award Finalist

One of our Year 12 Media students, Oliver John, entered his film ‘Australia High’ into the Bond University Film and TV Awards and has made it through to the top 30 films, shortlisted in the Comedy category.

Oliver will attend the awards night at Bond University and have a chance to win a scholarship. Congratulations and good luck, Oliver!!

Ms Eliza Meallin
VCE Media Studies Teacher

2019 Lasallian Public Speaking Competition

The 2019 Lasallian Public Speaking Competition was held at St James on 17 October.

Congratulations to Harrison Gatti, Noah Henderson, Oliver Williams, Oliver O’ Brien, Morgan Morffew for their participation in the 2019 Lasallian Public Speaking Competition hosted by St James. Each speaker presented a prepared speech on their own topic and then an impromptu speech with five minutes preparation. Each of our representatives spoke with conviction about their chosen topic‐ the audience was so impressed with the calibre of the speeches and the sensitivity with which our young men spoke.

St Bede’s won overall, but De La Salle had victories as Noah Henderson won the Year 8 Division and Morgan Morffew the Year 12 division.

Well done to Harrison, Noah, Olly, Oliver and Morgan! Bring on the 2020 competition which is to be held at De la Salle. Come along and support our public speakers!

Mrs Christine Thompson
LATL — Humanities

Tiverton Campus News

Primary School — Years 5 and 6

In the Year 6 classroom, the students have started to prepare for their final week of Primary School. The students have all undertaken roles for the Graduation Dinner as they aim to make the final weeks of the school year count. They have written speeches and letters, formed ideas about special performances for the night and worked collaboratively with all staff to create a special experience for all the students and their families.

We look forward to celebrating with you at Merrimu Receptions on Tuesday 3 December from 5:30pm.

We will also be sending all Year 6 families some ideas in the next few weeks regarding effective transition into Year 7. Miss Olivia Wenzcel, Director of Learning and Development, and I will be guiding the current Year 6 students with some literacy and numeracy activities over the holiday break to ensure they are ready, confident and positive for Year 7 at the beginning of February next year. Some information will be sent out to Year 6 parents in the coming weeks

Lastly, our Year 5 students will undertake some PAT (Progressive Achievement Tests) testing over the course of the next 2 weeks. This will provide us with some invaluable data for the Year 6 teachers for 2020 to ensure they differentiate the curriculum in regards to literacy, numeracy and inquiry to assist all learners in 2020. This will enable all students to perform to the best of their standard, finish the 2019 school year off strong and be confident going into Year 7 in 12 months’ time.

Year 7 and 8

In both Year 7 and 8 assemblies this week we will be revisiting two important values that we have explored in 2019 — Work Ethic and Organisation – as we finish off the school year at the Tiverton campus. We believe these values will assist them in the Headstart classes, as well as into 2020 and beyond.

Work Ethic

We believe a good work ethic is about forming good habits such as focusing, staying motivated and finishing tasks immediately. It takes effort to build up but helps in every area of life. In the last month of the school year, worth ethics looks like homework and assignments being completed as soon as possible and not left to the night before. Work is completed before relaxing (not procrastinating) and persisting when work is difficult. It also positive self‐talk and holding yourself accountable to Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely (SMART) goals that the boys will draw up as part of their Headstart program.


We believe if students are organised it will increase their productivity and will provide them more time for the important things. Being organised also reduces your stress and anxiety.

What does this look like?

  • Arriving on time to each class
  • Arriving to class with all materials you might need
  • Having a study or homework plan
  • Submit tasks on time or early
  • Work is kept in order and dated, and
  • Lockers are clean and tidy

We look forward to finishing off the year strongly with the Year 8 camp at Phillip Island next week from Monday to Wednesday, and the Year 7 students are busily getting ready for their final assembly in a few weeks’ time where each mentor group will present an evaluation of their year at De La Salle.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Middle Years

Music Notes

De La Salle Bands perform at the Victorian School Bands Festival

In Terms 3 and 4 each of the Junior Concert Band (led by Ms Claire Block), Intermediate Concert Band (led by Ms Penny Karahalios) and the Stage Band (led by Mr Jaymee Lee) have given performances at the Hawthorn Town Hall as part of the Victorian School Bands Festival.

Pictured below is the Junior Concert Band, which has gone from strength to strength in 2019; the 35 young musicians braving cold early Monday mornings to attend weekly rehearsals with great dedication. The future of the Music Department is in good hands with this fine array of young talent.

Year 7 Concert

The Year 7 Concert, featuring the class ensembles of 7 Dunstan, 7 Jerome and 7 Solomon and guest performances by senior school musicians will take place on Wednesday 20 November in the Performing Arts Centre at 7pm.

Christmas Concert

The entertaining Christmas Concert will take place on Wednesday 4 November in the Performing Arts Centre at 7pm.

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

Chaplain’s Notes

Year 8 Last Supper Reenactments

This term our Year 8 students have been to visit the Jewish Museum. To complement this experience they have participated in a remembrance of Jesus last supper with his disciples.

The students were invited to think about why Jesus adopted the extraordinary role of a servant and washed the feet of the disciples. As they engaged in washing each other’s feet, they reflected on being out of their comfort zone; having someone in their personal space; caring for those who can’t care for themselves and respecting the dignity and needs of others.

They followed this by sharing in the prayers and a meal as Jesus did when he gave us the Eucharist.

First Communion

Congratulations to Carter Kessling who received his first communion recently. Carter spent several weeks preparing for the Sacrament. With his family standing beside him, Carter received Jesus for the first time on 27 October, 2019.

VCE Examinations

VCE examinations are well underway and our Year 9, 10 and 11 students will commence exams shortly. It can be an anxious time for our young men and I ask the Lasallian Community to hold our students in your prayerful support during the days ahead. You may like to use the prayer that follows:

Compassionate God,
Grant our students clearness of mind,
strengthen their determination,
ease their anxieties,
and guide them to peace in you.
We ask this through your Son Jesus,
our companion on the journey.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Lasallian Youth Minister

Crazy Sock Day

On Wednesday 30 October, the De La Salle College, Social Justice Committee made up of dedicated Year 11 and 10 students, ran a “Crazy Sock Day” on the Tiverton Campus to support Catholic Mission.

For a gold coin donation, students on the Tiverton campus were able to come to school in their crazy socks and the student wearing the craziest socks in each year level, won a pair of unique socks. 

The event ran for the cause of supporting the victims of the Sri Lankan Easter Bombings earlier this year, with the raised money going towards helping the rebuilding of damaged churches, and towards providing long‐term trauma counselling to help victims and their families.

Fifa Competition

The Social Justice Committee works hard each week to build awareness and to lend a helping hand where possible. This group also decided to run a Fifa Competition for the Junior Students at Tiverton.

The Junior Fifa Competition ran over two days (Wednesday 6 November and Tuesday 12 November), with teams of students playing each other in front of a crowd of their peers.

This competition was aimed towards supporting Diyagala BoysTown, Ragama, SRI LANKA. With the goal of sponsoring a student’s education at the school. This particular school has been visited by past Year 12 students on the Yaluwo Immersion trip and the Social Justice Committee felt it fitting to support fellow Lasallian students, in which our College shares a valuable connection with.

Mr James Biviano
Lasallian Youth Minister

Sports News


De La Salle College would like to recognise some fine student achievements at the recent Victorian All Schools Athletics Championships that were held at Doncaster Athletics Track. All six students who represented De La Salle performed amazingly well.

These athletes competed against the best in the state and the results are as follows:

  • Sebastian Hadaway ran his personal best in all three of his events, the Under 17 100m, 200m and 400m, making the final in all three and taking out second place in the 400m. Sebastian will now compete in Perth at the Nationals next March.
  • Jack Forer made the final in both the under 17 1500m and 800m, running a PB* in both, and a very quick 2:01 in the 800m final.
  • Keagan Hillemacher ran in the under 18 800m final, in the fastest 800m race of the championships, ran a PB and finished eighth of 11.
  • James Harper threw in the Under 16 discus and javelin, finishing fifth and fourth and achieving PBs in both with throws of 38.85 and 41.72 respectively.
  • Andre Di Medio, one of our most experienced athletes, placed first in the U16 Pole Vault with a height of 4:15, a fantastic result.
  • Dalton Di Medio (Class of 2018) represented the College in the under 20 pole vault, also placed first with a height of 4:60.

For Sebastian, Jack and Keagan it was their first time at the state level All Schools Athletics, and for De La Salle, going from no track runners last year to three this year, it’s a credit to the participants and we’d love to see more competing next year.

If you see these students around their respective campuses, please congratulate them on their hard work and dedication. It’s an outstanding achievement and we should be very proud.

Special thanks should go to Mr Kevin Mannix who coached and supported these students all the way from the lead up to the actual competition.

Mr Peter Larsen
ACC/House Sports Coordinator

* Personal Best

Parent Network News

2020 Parent Network Events

The Parent Network is looking forward to 2020 with new and exciting events planned throughout the year. The focus will continue to be 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.

Please add the dates of our upcoming events to your 2020 diary. We look forward to seeing you there!

Date Event Venue
Thursday 30 January First Day Morning Tea Gymnasium
Thursday 13 February Year 7 Welcome Evening Peppercorn Café
Sunday 23 February Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus Welcome Mass and BBQ Holy Eucharist
Thursday 20 February Primary Welcome BBQ Kinnoull Oval
Thursday 23 April Parent Social Evening TBA
Wednesday 6 May Mother’s Day Breakfast Gymnasium
Saturday 1 August Trivia Night Gymnasium
Thursday 27 August Father’s Day Breakfast Gymnasium

If you are interested in being involved in assisting with any of these events please email your details to

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
President, Parent Network Committee

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.

StudentMentor GroupAward
Jordan Atamian9 DrummBronze
Harry Cunningham9 Drumm Bronze
Ben McLisky9 Drumm Bronze
Benjamin Wayman9 TaylorBronze
Jack Meehan9 Taylor Bronze
Ralph Howard9 RummeryBronze
Reeve Yogendran9 CarmodyBronze
Antony ValcanasEdwin’s 1Bronze

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)

Congratulations to these students on receiving their awards.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Important Notices

2020 Tuition Fees

The College Board has now ratified the Schedule of Fees 2020 and the updated College Fee Policy applicable from 2020. These documents are now available on the College website.

Please note the important changes:

  • all family accounts for the 2020 Annual Tuition Fees will now be issued at the end of January 2020.
  • should you choose not to pay the family account in full by 28 February 2020, the College Board has reiterated families are required to be on a nominated payment plan to ensure the College Annual Tuition Fees are paid in full by 30 November 2020.
  • a discount is applicable per student if the account is paid in full by COB 28 February 2020 (please refer to the College website).
  • the discount applied previously for any payment in full by the end of December is no longer available.

For any enquires or further assistance, please contact Ms Ellenor Harris in Family Accounts or email

Communities That Care Stonnington Parent Survey

Communities That Care Stonnington is passionate about improving the health outcomes for young people. One of their strategies is to explore parent/carer attitudes towards supply of alcohol to their children.

The Our Young People survey has been created to gather community insights and understand common attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. Responses are sought from parents and carers across the Stonnington community, living, working or with children attending school in Stonnington. Simply click here to take part.

Important Dates

Kinnoull Semester 2 Examination Period Commences
Year 8 Camp - 18 November to 20 November, Phillip Island
Unit 3 and 4 Exams Conclude
Year 9 Semester 2 Exams Commence
Year 9 Semester 2 Exams Conclude
Staff Professional Practice Day - No Classes
Year 10 and 11 Headstart Program Commences
Year 9, 2020 Information Night - Session 1, Holy Eucharist Hall, 6:00pm start
Year 9, 2020 Information Night - Session 2, Holy Eucharist Hall, 7:00pm start

From the Acting Principal

Last Wednesday the College held our 2019 Valedictory Mass and Dinner — a very special day for our Year 12 students and their families.

The Mass, celebrated by Fr John Sherman, OMI was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral, with the Valedictory dinner held later that evening at the Sofitel.

In reflecting on the evening it is to clear to me the importance of family, friends and school life in the formation of our young men. When a student joins De La Salle, it is not just he that becomes part of the traditions and history of our College, but his parents and family. This is at the core of what De La Salle College is about. We are a community. A community that celebrates together and struggles together. A community that embraces the Lasallian principles “together and by association”.

As our Year 12 students, their parents, College staff and special guests gathered “together and by association” as one, we were able to farewell and congratulate the graduating Class of 2019. Farewells are often tinged with sadness, but also with the excitement of moving on to something new and different. This was very much the case again this year. Another group of exceptional young men are leaving the College. For many, it will be the last time they put on their blue and gold blazer. They depart sharing a place in the rich history of this great College. They leave as young men well prepared to face the challenges of their final exams and ready to make a difference to our world through their future endeavours. Vale the Class of 2019.

The House Sporting Carnivals are highlights of the year and much‐anticipated events for students and staff. Unfortunately, due to localised, erratic and dangerous weather conditions that developed during the Swimming Carnival on Friday 25 October, we took the decision to abandon the Carnival at 10:40 am.

We have had a good run over recent years with the weather at our Carnivals and we were certainly unlucky this year. Despite our hope that the weather would blow over, the decision to abandon the event prematurely was based on safety concerns, balancing our own risk assessment, the Carnegie Pool safety requirements and the impact of the rain earlier in the morning on students and staff.

It was particularly disappointing for Peter Larsen and Geordie Nagle who had spent many hours preparing for the Carnival along with the College staff and Student Leaders. Thank you to parents for understanding with this and our apology for any disruption this may have caused for you on the day.

World Teachers’ Day occurred on 25 October. This day celebrates and acknowledges the work of all teachers not just on one day of the year but every day. We are blessed to have an outstanding group of teachers working at De La Salle. Their skill, patience, generosity and commitment to our young people is greatly appreciated by all in our community.

Finally, the College will stop at 11:00 am on November 11 to mark Remembrance Day. During this significant and solemn event, we pause to honour and remember those men and women who have served our country in the Armed Services.

Mr Tom Ryan
Acting Principal

Vale Class of 2019

Year 12 Final Days at De La Salle

On Monday, 21 October the 2019 Year 12 cohort celebrated their year with much fun and excitement at the Sidetracked entertainment venue. In keeping with the light‐hearted theme for the day, many students took the opportunity to attend in fancy dress. Without a doubt, the go‐karts and laser tag were the most popular! The students thoroughly enjoyed their time together and the opportunity to share in some fun and laughter with their House Coordinators and other staff.

On Wednesday, 23 October the graduating Year 12 cohort and their families attended the Valedictory Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Following the Mass, families made their way to the Sofitel where the Valedictory Dinner was held in the Grand Ballroom. There were a number of significant speeches and awards presented throughout the evening.

Valedictory Mass and Dinner 2019 Photo Gallery

The following Year 12 students received recognition at the Valedictory Dinner for their outstanding contribution to the College.

Br James Taylor De La Salle Old Collegians Football Club Sportsman of the Year
For achievement by a student in ACC sports combined with a positive approach to his studies.
Joe Lloyd
Fr Les Troy Award
In recognition of a student who has demonstrated service to the Community, the College, local and beyond.
Will Hogan
Hilary Hayes Outstanding Student Award
For outstanding academic results, service to the College and beyond, a significant involvement in College life, a positive role model to his peers and the younger students at De La Salle.
Dominic Gehrig
Br Gerard Rummery Arts Award
For outstanding contribution to the life of the College through involvement in the Visual, Musical or Performing Arts.
Oliver Barr
St John Baptist de La Salle Senior Lasallian Award
To a student who has shown a Christian concern for his fellow students; made De La Salle a better place by his commitment to its ideals; and developed his own talents to the best of his ability and for the welfare of others.
Michael Fabian

The following Student Awards were presented at the Year 12 Final Assembly on 18 October.

Br Damien Harvey Award
In recognition of leadership and service as College Captain.
Liam Jenkins
Leadership Award College Vice‐Captain.
For leadership and service as Vice‐Captain.
Amedeo Perri
Leadership Award College Vice‐Captain.
For leadership and service as Vice‐Captain.
Morgan Morffew
The Anthony Molan Athlete of the Year Award
For leadership in the sporting arena combined with excellence in academia Sponsored by David Stinear. In memory of Anthony Molan Class of 1997, who was an exceptional sportsman.
Liam Jenkins
Australian Defence Force Award for Leadership
In recognition of a student who has shown excellent leadership skills throughout his time in Year 12 plus ($500) Sponsored by Australian Defence Force.
Jack Barnard
Caltex Best All‐Rounder Award
A student who has displayed scholastic achievement across a range of subjects; shown a willingness to assist others; made selfless contributions and has been committed to excellence in all activities.
Sponsored by Caltex.
Joel May
Outstanding contribution to the life of the College
Awarded for his involvement in the Performing Arts.
Eli Te Moni
John Lloyd Trophy for outstanding contribution to the life of the College
Awarded for his involvement in Music.
Ben Gibson
Outstanding Contribution to the life of the College
Awarded for his involvement in Visual Arts.
Stephen Maglis

Congratulations to all award winners.

We wish all the Year 12 students the very best as they embark on their final exams over the coming weeks.

Mr Shane Mackintosh
Director of Students — Senior Years

Faith and Mission

Year 12 Valedictory Celebration

Our Valedictory for the Graduating Class of 2019 took place on the evening of Wednesday 23 October, with a breathtaking evening sun streaming through the stained glass windows of St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Nothing was more exceptional than the example of our fine Year 12 students having their graduation certificates presented as they made their way forward to the altar for the first time as Old Collegians of De La Salle College. The presence of De La Salle Brothers enhances our celebrations and certainly, having Br Visitor David Hawke FSC and Br Peter Smyth FSC enriched the occasion.

Reverend Fr John Sherman OMI, who we are fortunate to have as one of our regional College Chaplains and dedicated to celebrating our Valedictory Mass each year, reflected in his Homily on the deep meaning of Jesus’ Beatitudes. He spoke of the deep faith and love we are challenged and called to go out and have as Lasallians, and of the importance we ought to find in influencing and shaping the world as Christians as we embark on life after school.

My wish for the class of 2019 is that they flourish with the love and life God offers. May they live with the love of Jesus and the zeal of St John Baptist de La Salle in their hearts forever!

Year 12 Papua New Guinea Immersion

Earlier this year the decision was made to postpone the Yaluwo Immersion to Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday bombings. In light of security warnings from the Department Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Australian High Commission in Colombo, Smart Traveller and College travel insurers, the College felt that it was in the best interest of student safety to put the Yaluwo Immersion on hold for 2019.

Through the support of the Brothers in Papua New Guinea at De La Salle College Bomana and we now have an alternative Immersion opportunity for the Year 12 group which is just as exciting. In 2019, will be venturing to Bomana, Papua New Guinea for the Year 12 Immersion Experience.

De La Salle Secondary School Bomana was originally established as a boys’ boarding school in 1964, and it is one of the oldest schools in the country. It became a boys’ day school in 2009. There are about 1200 male students attending De La Salle Bomana, which is situated on the outskirts of Port Moresby.

The Year 12 Group from De La Salle College Malvern has the opportunity to travel to Papua New Guinea to do some very worthwhile work for a community that is equally in need. Given that we already have a long‐standing history and relationship with the community at Bomana from past travels and connections, this will enable us to further enhance the relationships and camaraderie.

Most of the students live in poor, nearby settlement communities which have no access to basic amenities such as electricity and running water. Many come from broken families and difficult circumstances. Over the years, the school has been working to improve student behaviour and morale. Their efforts have resulted in an increasing number of graduates continuing on to university and college courses.

Good luck to the 2019 Papua New Guinea Immersion Group who will be travelling to Bomana at the conclusion of the VCE Examinations in November.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission


Farewells and New Beginnings

Healthy transitions

Transitions are best described as change: a period where we must adapt to new circumstances, expectations, people, environments or routines. Transition happens over time, both before and after what we think of as the ‘big’ day. How quickly children and young people adjust varies.

The end of the educational year brings changes, both big and small, for children, young people and adults. Some find it exciting, some find it stressful, some hardly notice it happened.

Adults use their experience and existing knowledge to predict what changes may be like, and how it may affect them and can develop strategies to help them adjust and cope. With limited prior knowledge or experience to draw on, children and young people often find change difficult and challenging.

When thinking about types of transitions for children and young people we might consider:

  • their first transition from home to an early learning service
  • the first year of school
  • moving from primary to secondary school
  • finishing secondary school and moving to the next stage of study or work.

However, small transitions are happening every day for children and young people: saying goodbye to family in the morning, stopping one thing and starting something new, moving from one room or building to another.

Transitions also occur in home life: moving house, going on holiday, the birth of a sibling, family changes, separations or bereavements. These early years’ experiences can influence how we approach and cope with transitions throughout life.

During transitions, children and young people often communicate their feelings through behaviour. They rely on the adults around them to understand, acknowledge and interpret their behaviour, and provide a safe, secure, predictable space for them.

Transitions are successful when children and young people feel confident, secure and included – and these are all important protective factors for children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Source: Beyond Blue – BeYou

Supporting transitions and building resilience

We build resilience by learning and developing social and emotional skills – including coping skills. With these skills, we manage life stressors, grow confidence and willingness to try new things, and seek and accept help when required.

During transitions, things we can do that provide the most positive experience for children and young people, maintain and grow relationships, and reduce routine disruption and stress include:

  • Plan and prepare for transitions through a supportive orientation process.
  • Have consistent communication with everyone — including the children, young people, their families and educators. 
  • Develop strategies that include planning for and respecting diversity and individual needs.
  • Be flexible when the unexpected happens.
  • Establish routines as soon as possible to develop a sense of predictability in the new environment.

As we move through a time of change, SchoolTV can help with building young people’s resilience.

This month on SchoolTV — Resilience

Resilience is one of those skills that all kids need and should have. It refers to their ability to cope and adapt in situations when confronted with challenges such as adversity, trauma, tragedy, or even stress. It is essential to their mental health and wellbeing as part of their journey to adulthood. It is a skill that can be learned from an early age through the support of an adult role model.

However, being resilient does not mean your child won’t experience any difficulties, but it will better equip them to manage those situations. Over‐protective parenting can be viewed as being unhelpful towards the building of resilience. Although this may be a natural instinct, potentially experiencing failure is all part of the process. Encouraging children to take healthy risks will help them trust their capacity to deal with uncomfortable situations and increase their capacity for courage.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will gain an understanding of how to support their child’s brave behaviour to help them adapt and build resilience. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always 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.

Click here to explore this month’s edition of SchoolTV.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Tiverton Campus News

Years 5 – 8: Key Focus

Respect for Other People

Throughout 2019 students on the Tiverton Campus have been focusing on the key Lasallian value of Respect. As the school year draws to a close we have been focusing on the notion of respect for other people.

We want all De La Salle students to use their thinking part of their brain, instead of their emotional part of their brain, and treat people of difference with respect. We want people of all race, sex, ethnicity, mental and physical abilities, old and young to have a sense of belonging in the De La Salle community at all times. We want our classrooms and playgrounds to be inclusive, collaborative and welcoming. We want respect for the individual and we will continue to educate our students on this core principle to make them better men.

This week two Year 8 students focused on the topic of racism and the importance in our community. They discussed that they had learnt that “we have to include and respect people for who they really are, no matter what the colour of their skin is, or no matter what they believe or even their culture”. They also discussed that in order to stop racism “people have to put themselves in the victim’s shoes. People quite often don’t understand how bad they make the victim feel when they are being racist”.

Racism is something that we do not tolerate at De La Salle College in any form and it is viewed as a Level 4 violation of the De La Salle Principles. As a consequence, offending students participate in an internal suspension where they will research and learn about racism through the Library Guides on Ollie. This will also be on the students’ permanent record in the College.

The Tiverton Wellbeing team will farewell the Year 8 students from the Tiverton campus in a few weeks’ time and we will continue to work with the other Year levels in the next few years, and so we would like to end the year with this poem by David Harris.


If we can not respect another

How can we expect them to respect us

If we can not respect someone’s beliefs

How can we expect them to respect ours

If we can not respect another’s race

How can we expect that race to respect us

If we can not respect others

How can we expect respect in return

Everyone expects respect

No matter who they are

The only way to gain it

Is to start treating everyone

As a friend, a brother, a sister

As part of our extended family

No matter what colour or creed they are

Only then you will start to get

The respect you so clearly crave

David Harris

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Tiverton Campus