From the Principal

Welcome back for 2020. I hope all in our De La Salle community had a terrific break over the summer and have returned refreshed and ready to work.

Our thoughts and prayers have been with the many thousands of Australians so badly affected by the terrible bushfires. Various members of our school have already been making suggestions as to how we may be able to support the affected communities, in true Lasallian spirit.

A special welcome to all those families who are joining De La Salle for the first time this year, especially those in the Year 5 and Year 7 cohorts. Beginning at a new school can be a daunting exercise but I am thrilled with the way all our new students have settled in, been made to feel comfortable and are already thinking this is well and truly “their” school – as should be the case.

It’s been wonderful to meet so many new and existing parents at the various Information Nights and other events which always dominate the first few weeks of the school year. I believe it is always a sign of a great school when parents turn up in such numbers to support these events and take such an active interest in their sons’ progress, wellbeing and indeed all aspects of school life.

In this week’s Duce I would like to reflect on the three wonderful days we had away last week with the Year 12 students on their Annual Retreat. Firstly, I must thank all our Year 12 students, especially the incoming House Leaders, and acknowledge the terrific manner in which they engaged in the Retreat, ably supported and led by attending staff.

Traditionally, a “Retreat” is an opportunity to get away from normal daily work and routines, literally retreat to a more remote location and focus on reflection, contemplation, dialogue and discussion. Each year I see the Year 12 students approach their retreat with a little trepidation, presuming it’s going to be one long RE class! However, when they see they have the chance to discuss, share and deal with issues so relevant to them, they open up.

Sharing experiences and opinions on issues that influence and impact them is very invigorating for our young men and it was great to be immersed in their animated and heartfelt discussions. Sharing their views on family, relationships, values, Lasallian charism, religion, influences, goals, connections and other contemporary societal issues was a rich learning experience for all.

The Retreat is a significant feature of our students’ passage into and through Year 12, setting them up for the year both as individuals and as a cohort. I’m sure it helps them be the best version of themselves in their final year, preparing to leave us in November as great young men.

I was thrilled to pass on the news to our De La Community of Old Collegian, Wes Agar, being awarded the very prestigious Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year Award at Monday night’s Allan Border Medal Ceremony. Wes graduated from De La Salle in the Class of 2014, when he captained an ACC 1st XI Cricket Premiership. Wes also had a brief stint on staff for a few months as AFL Trainee in 2015 before moving to Adelaide.

Being named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year is a great honour and a just reward for the terrific work Wes has put in since moving to Adelaide. Wes was in a Victorian development squad but has really blossomed into a promising fast bowler at Sheffield Shield, 50 over and T20 levels since moving to South Australia.

Finally, I have been thrilled to receive three calls from members of the public in the past week, extolling the virtues of our terrific De La students. Impeccable manners on the 72 tram reported by an elderly woman, assisting a woman across a pedestrian crossing on her walking frame reported by a driver at the lights and a group of students assisting a gentleman who was very distressed on the pavement having tipped over his motorised wheelchair. We do expect this type of respect and leadership from all our young men, but it is very heartening to receive news like this; we are so proud of our students and even more so in situations like this.

Enjoy the first few weeks of the academic year and I hope to catch up with as of you as possible at the exciting events coming up this term.

Mr Peter Houlihan

A Lived Mission

Papua New Guinea Immersion – 2019

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another.

1 Peter 4:10

Mission is central to who we are as Lasallians. Service to the “least, the last and the lost” is what we identify with. Our hope is to always expose our students to different cultures where there is great need, and to continue to grow their understanding of the concept of “Lasallians Without Borders”.

As many members of our College community know, last year the “Yaluwo” Immersion to Sri Lanka was postponed due to the sad and unfortunate Easter Bombings. Given that security warnings from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Australian High Commission in Colombo, Smart Traveller and the College’s travel insurers, it was felt to be in the best interest of student safety that the Immersion to Sri Lanka was put on hold for 2019.

However, as an alternative, were fortunate enough through contact with the De La Salle Brothers in Papua New Guinea to establish an alternative arrangement for the 2019 Year 12 group to travel to De La Salle Secondary School, in Bomana.

It was wonderful to travel to with a group of 16 students who were committed to making a difference to the community at Bomana and also to the staff who committed their time and support to our students and the community at Bomana.

Travelling with a large group of students and staff with their hearts in the right place is always profound. If there is one thing to take away from such an experience it is that whilst we can’t always do everything, we can do something, and we can do it well.

The group worked tirelessly day in and day out re‐building the old Chapel on the school grounds. A complete team effort support by four local Papua New Guinean tradesmen that supported us on site each day.

Our work also included sanding down and re‐painting three classrooms.

The people of Papua New Guinea, and especially the community at Bomana must be thanked for their warmth, hospitality and generosity of spirit. St John Baptist de La Salle reminds us to “often ask God for the Grace to touch hearts,” but was us who left with our hearts touched and spirits moved by the staff and students at De La Salle, Bomana.

Enough cannot be said of the ways each of us was challenged to aspire to be more than we are. Our evening reflections were moments of personal encounter with one another and God, and as a group, kindled the Lasallian spirit within us. Our hearts were touched immensely by the honesty and depth of this sharing.

I wish to thank and acknowledge the following young men for choosing to participate in the Immersion at the end of Year 12, taking up the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the community at De la Salle Secondary School, Bomana;

Oliver Barr, Nathan Barrow, Ben Gibson, Matthew Damches, Liam Jenkins, Tom Kelly, Joel May, Wes Mendes, Morgan Morffew, Ben Nason, Michael O’Dwyer, Kristoff Soliven, Patrick Stanhope, Eli Te Moni, Joseph Ward and Tom Williamson.

Also, the following staff for their commitment and time given to our students and for the way they supported the students and the immersion the entire time we were away; Ms Georgina Dwyer, Ms Lucy Russell, and Mr Chas Thompson. Their constant support, collegiality and care for the students is a demonstration of what it means to have a true Lasallian heart.

Ms Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal — Faith and Mission


I’d like to take the opportunity to welcome you to 2020. It has been a busy start to the year. Over the past week, students have returned to school and been involved in House and Year Level assemblies, extended time with their mentor groups, and other opportunities to reconnect with school life.

In the Wellbeing area at the College, we have a number of clear priorities for 2020. We will continue to focus on building and supporting students’ strengths through embedding Positive Psychology across the curriculum and in our wellbeing programs.

We will continue to maintain Australian Childhood Foundation Accreditation, making sure the College has a clear and prominent safeguarding culture, with the safety of all children and young people at the forefront of our work.

Staff across the College will continue to use Restorative Practices in their work with students. They will use relationship restoration and discussion as a tool to address and work through conflict, helping equip students with the skills to manage conflict productively themselves.

We will further grow Student Voice at De La Salle, with the creation of a Student Wellbeing Committee.

We will focus on Respectful Relationships across the College – between peers, teachers, families and in regard to relationships with women. The importance of respect will be prominent and positive throughout 2020.


A reminder that in support of our students and their families, De La Salle is proud to partner with 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 three important topics:

Talking About Bushfires

The recent bushfire season in Australia has been catastrophic. It left in its wake a tragic loss of human life, native animals, livestock as well as many homes. Families have been either exposed or affected directly or indirectly, leaving many people feeling overwhelmed and devastated.

During such a traumatic event, children and teenagers are the most vulnerable. It is important to understand that they may not fully comprehend what they have seen either first‐hand or in the media coverage. It can make them feel sad, anxious and even stressed.

Whilst most will recover and resume normal functioning, there will be some young people that will be more deeply affected and require psychological support. The University of Melbourne’s ‘Beyond Bushfire Project’ found that mental health problems doubled in recovering communities up to 3 or 4 years after a bushfire.

In order to support our young people during this time, it is also important for adults to manage their own shock, grief, anxiety and anger before talking to kids about this tragedy.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be given some key strategies that can be implemented to support kids who feel scared or worried as a result of this traumatic event. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

Moving To A New School

Moving to a new school is a big deal! Your child is going to meet lots of new people and be thrown into new situations. That’s bound to make them feel lots of different emotions. They may feel worried and anxious, but also excited and happy – all at the same time!

It is considered to be one of the most important transition periods of a student’s life and can present some significant psychological challenges for both students and parents.

Making new friends, learning new routines, discovering new environments, accepting new cultures and adjusting to new learning practices is all part of the process. Some children will sail through this period of change, whilst others may need a bit more guidance. It is important to give your child the chance to feel comfortable in their new space. This may take a few months, but ensure you keep the lines of communication open and check in regularly with your child to see how they are settling in.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be presented with a number of strategies that can be deployed to help ensure a smooth transition. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

Read the Moving to a New School special report.

Surviving the Final Year

It’s no secret that the end of school can be a huge source of anxiety for both students and parents alike. Studies have shown that over 40% of final year students suffer from high‐level anxiety or stress, with some even suffering from depression.

It is important to prepare a student’s brain for success. Studies show there is a clear link between students taking care of their health, and their overall productivity during the final year of school. Understanding how best to support your child’s health and wellbeing during this time will help them perform at their best. The student brain has a lot going on, so understanding how it works will help them get the most out their brainpower. Acknowledge that not all stress is bad. The art is in finding the right balance. Having the right amount of stress can encourage students to be at their optimal level of alertness, and improve behavioural and cognitive performance. It helps tune their brain and focus.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be presented with a number of strategies on how best to support their child during the final year at school. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

Read the Surviving the Final Year special report.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Learning and Teaching

Real‐time Reporting 2020

After over 18 months of investigation, preparations were made in the latter part of 2019 to enable some subtle but important changes to the way that student learning is assessed and the results reported to students and parents.

Semester Reports

It has been a long‐standing arrangement that parents receive a written summary of all of their son’s learning over a semester, in the form of a written report. This report generally included pages of detailed assessment task results, the level at which skills in that subject had been developed, work habits, etc. Another page featured a written comment from the student’s Mentor, instances of absence and lateness and co‐curricular involvement.

Whilst there has been value in this document, it has not sufficiently supported the sharing of information about a student’s progress with parents at a time when it is most likely to be acted upon — during the course of the semester, rather than at the end. For this reason, the College will be shifting the emphasis from the end of the semester reporting to more frequent communication throughout.

The main vehicle for this communication is our online learning management system – OLLIE.

OLLIE and Real‐time Reporting

OLLIE has been in place at De La Salle for several years now. It is a powerful platform for teachers to use to help in the learning and teaching process.

It is a resource repository, an organisational tool for students, a way to communicate, collaborate and so much more. OLLIE has been designed to enable learning to be posted or submitted by students, be assessed by the teacher and feedback provided to students and parents in a very efficient way.

This is where the term ‘Real‐time Reporting’ comes from – assessment is reported as it happens, rather than at the end of the year or semester. Our teachers have been building their proficiency in the use of this complex system since its introduction, with 2020 a perfect time for us to commit to using it as the primary reporting tool for all student learning.

What that means is that parents and students will have access to assessment information, including deadlines, from the beginning of each new semester. Teachers will be posting assessment results within two weeks of the assessment deadline. This will maximise the opportunity for successes and shortcomings to be addressed in the learning that immediately follows.

Assessment Rubrics

For Years 5–10, rubrics will be used as the predominant tool for assessing and reporting progression in learning. Rubrics are written expressions of the steps involved in the incremental development of a skill. They help students to understand more clearly what they are showing proficiency in and what the next steps are for them to improve and develop further.

In the VCE years, VCAA requirements dictate the way that we assess work. Often that involves numerical results for achievement in a specific task.

Throughout the course of a semester, parents should expect to be receiving notifications about upcoming due dates, as well as the publication of results via OLLIE.

Semester Reports – Changed, Not Abandoned

The end of semester reports will not be done away with entirely. Feedback from a parent focus group last year indicated that more content in the Mentor report would be welcomed. We are resolved to attend to that. Other, less necessary elements of semester reports will no longer be presented in the same way though, due to that information being made available throughout the semester.

A lot of thought has been given to the changes outlined above, and we expect there may be a period of ‘teething’ as teachers become used to the detail of the new expectations. Also, parents will need to be confident in being able to access and navigate OLLIE in order to access their son’s results. With all of this in mind, we are optimistic that OLLIE will provide the best platform in an ongoing way for the rich and timely communication – ‘real‐time reporting’, that will be assist each student to learn best.

Mr Mark Gustincic
Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

Faith and Mission

College Theme 2020

Lasallian’ describes a person who is fulfilling the mission set forth by St John Baptist de La Salle. Being Lasallian is based on Five Core Principles;

  • Faith in the Presence of God
  • Concern for the Poor and Social Justice
  • Quality Education
  • Respect for all Persons
  • Inclusive Community

These Five Lasallian Principles help us to find expression in our everyday work, they help us to find expression in learning and teaching and demonstrate for us the importance of student wellbeing. It provides also us with a way to live out our faith and brings to life our faith in action.

At De la Salle College, we are a community of faith and our faith is what 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 applying the call to discipleship to his own life, 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 is something supremely valuable and worthwhile, and not just for the convenience of society.

In 2020, the Lasallian Principle of ‘Respect’ has been chosen as our College theme.

Have great respect for each person you are with”

St John Baptist de La Salle
Part 1, Chapter 2, of The Rules of Christian Decorum and Civility

A theme that is most fitting, as it recognises the deep aspirations that St John Baptist de La Salle had for his communities, and also recognises that at De La Salle College we value respect in every interaction between students, staff, families and the community.

De La Salle College is committed to the Respectful Relationships initiative and 2020 will be a year of growth in this area. As a Catholic College in the Lasallian tradition, we aim to uphold the dignity and worth of all and recognise the value of positive relationships because “we are all created in the image and likeness of God”.

Year 12 Retreat — 2020

Recently, the Year 12 cohort travelled to Rawson for the annual Year 12 Retreat. The Retreat assists students in recognising the importance of understanding and developing fullness of life, nurturing their God‐given gifts. The activities are designed to open students to their spiritual dimension as well as fostering a sense of community and a heightened awareness of their own giftedness and that of others.

Throughout the Retreat, the process of spiritual formation and development is ongoing. As a Catholic school in the Lasallian tradition, providing an environment for our students to get away for a few nights to reflect and “retreat” from the pressures of everyday home and school life is foundational.

Students reflect on relationships, family and themselves, nurture friendships, think about the year ahead, reflect on the man they want to become and grow towards a faith maturity.

I would like to thank the following staff who attended the retreat for their support of our Year 12 students and the program;

  • St Austin’s House — Ms Angela Runci, Mr Shane McIntosh, Ms Liz O’Connell Ms Marta Webster;
  • St Edwin’s House — Ms Jess Stevenson, Ms Clare Kennedy, Ms Eliza Meallin;
  • St Leo’s House — Mr Michael Watty, Ms Jess Alger, Ms Emma Fairclough, Mr Anthony Freeman;
  • St Mark’s House — Mr Andrew Wozencroft, Mr Andrew Devlin Ms Janet Holden, Mr Peter Houlihan, Ms Joan Ferguson;
  • Lasallian Youth Ministers — Luca Almiento and James Biviano;

To all of the Old Collegians who gave up their time to join us and be involved in the running of sessions and sharing their personal stories and experiences, I extend my thanks; Charlie Ahearn, Jack Barnard, Liam Jenkins, Taine Krogh, Joe Lloyd, Joel May and Kristoff Soliven.

And finally, thank you to Mr Rob Bonnici who supported the day to day running and logistics of the retreat as Site Manager.

College Opening and Welcome Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral

On Thursday 5 March, all students new to the College in Years 5 and 7, will be welcomed with a special gift of induction, formally marking their entry into the College community.

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

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

All 2020 College Leaders (Year 12 College Leaders, Holy Eucharist Captains, Tiverton Captains and Primary Captains), will be commissioned into their respective roles and are required to be dressed in full winter uniform.

All other new students to the College (those in Years 5 and 7), are required to be dressed in full summer uniform.

Ms Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Tiverton Campus News

Primary School — Years 5 and 6

The Primary School for Years 5 and 6 has started with a flurry of activity with new students integrating well into the new classrooms, new processes and procedures, and getting used to their new teachers for 2020.

The Student leadership elections occurred during this week and we are all excited to see what these leaders will bring to the College. We also had our Meet and Greet sessions with the classroom teachers and many thanks to the parent body for attending, and for Mr Andrew Kearns, Mr Terry Atkins and Mrs Anette Phillips for leading that important process.

There is also a relaxed Primary School Welcome BBQ on Thursday 21 February and we look forward to seeing as many of you there.

Student Leaders 2020

Year 5

  • Julian Perri — Captain
  • Charlie Hill and Benjamin Marchesani – Vice‐Captains

Year 6

  • Charlie Welling – Captain
  • Jeremy Thai – Vice‐Captain
  • Tom Harrison — Austins Captain
  • Franklin Dunn — Austins Vice‐Captain
  • Tom Dinh — Edwins Captain
  • Benjamin Easton — Edwins Vice‐Captain
  • Henry Dwyer — Leos Captain
  • James Harris — Leos Vice‐Captain
  • Evan Chen — Marks Captain
  • Lincoln Higginbotham — Marks Vice‐Captain

Year 7

Under the leadership of Dr Melissa Walsh, Year 7 Coordinator, and our class mentors the Year 7 students have started their journey into the Middle School 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.

Our philosophy for Year 7 is for students to be curious, creative, critical thinkers and confidently encounter new situations. These could include House competitions at lunchtimes, ACC sports trials and upcoming student leadership elections. There has been a strong emphasis on the students getting organised for their classes and their learning, to keep up with their homework on the learning management system Ollie, to use their Resilience Project diaries regularly, 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

Our Year 8 students have started the 2020 school year brightly, under the guidance of our new Year 8 Coordinator, Ms Susan Kiernan, and their class mentors in the newly refurbished Tower Building. The emphasis has been to get students into regular routines during the school 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.

We orient our Year 8 students to work towards their personal best and prepare for the transition to the Year 9 Campus by the end of the year. The Year 8 students are encouraged to engage in upcoming House Competitions and ACC sports trials, as well as other offerings at the school, to further develop their skills.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Middle Years

Parent Network News

The Parent Network will continue to focus on building a sense of community throughout De La Salle College in 2020 by providing regular opportunities for parents to socialise, connect and participate in College activities.

First Day Morning Tea

The first Parent Network event for 2020 was held on Thursday 30 January in the Gym, with over 150 new and Year 7 parents attending the First Day Morning Tea. It was a great start to the year, with a lovely morning tea of fruit, cakes, biscuits, tea, coffee and juice.

Thank you to the following people who made the event a great success:

  • Mrs Angela Carlino for organising the event, including the morning tea, RSVPs, name tags, set up, volunteers, etc
  • A small but enthusiastic group of volunteers who helped set up, greet parents and clean up after the event
  • Mrs Lynda Exell, representing our Year 7 YLRs
  • The Maintenance Team for setting up the gym and tidying away the tables and urns

Year 7 Parent Welcome

A reminder that the all Year 7 Parents are invited to the Year 7 Welcome Evening in The Peppercorn Café tonight, Thursday 13 February at 7:30pm. This is always a great way to meet other Year 7 parents as well as the Year 7 College staff. We look forward to seeing you there!

Trivia Night 2020

The De La Salle College Parent Network Trivia Night is back in 2020 by popular demand! Save the date — Saturday 1 August — for what is sure to be an entertaining evening. More details to follow.

If you would like to join in organising this exciting event please email your details to

2020 Parent Network Events

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

Date Event Venue
Thursday 13 February Year 7 Welcome Evening Peppercorn Café
Sunday 23 February Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus Welcome Mass & 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 Gym
Saturday 1 August Trivia Night Gym
Thursday 27 August Father’s Day Breakfast Gym

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

The Lasallian Zeal Achievement and Recognition Policy seeks to affirm and develop positive learning behaviours. 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
Benjamin DoolanYear 12, Edwin’s 01Bronze
William DwyerYear 11, Edwin’s 04Silver
Bradley AbrahamYear 11, Edwin’s 02Bronze

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 Photo Permissions Due Now

Only a third of students currently have provided their photo permission for 2020. Please check and update 2020 photo permissions via the Community Portal.

The Duce is a digital publication, so please check Yes to Web Permissions to ensure your son’s achievements can be celebrated in the official College eNewsletter.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews for Years 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 will be held on Wednesday 18 March and Thursday 26 March from 2:00pm until 8:30pm in the Gymnasium at Tiverton. Students will be dismissed after Period 4 on these days.

The dinner break for staff is 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. No interviews are scheduled during this time. Students are expected to attend the interview in full College uniform.

Bookings are made using PTO. Parents will receive an email with login details and information about Parent Teacher Interviews on Wednesday 26 March. Bookings will open to parents on Monday 2 March. Parents are asked to make appointments with teachers who have requested an interview.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Do you see yourself as a journalist?

The College is looking to appoint a senior student reporter to contribute to our alumni magazine, Roll Call. The magazine is a high quality, full‐colour publication, which is published twice yearly in May and September. Our readership is made up of 6,000 former students, current students and staff.

This is an excellent opportunity to have your material published. If you are interested in the role, please forward 200 words on why you should be chosen. To be eligible you must be a student on the Senior Campus and include the endorsement of an English teacher. Please email

Ms Kerry Martin
Editor, Roll Call

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College Calendar.

Year 7 Welcome Evening: 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Peppercorn Café, Kinnoull Campus
Year 10 Dance Program: 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale
St Austin’s House Welcome and Liturgy: 7:30pm - 9:00pm, PAC, Tiverton Campus
St Leo’s House Welcome and Liturgy: 7:30pm - 9:00pm, SMT, Kinnoull Campus
St Edwin's House Welcome and Liturgy: 7:30pm - 9:00pm, PAC, Tiverton Campus
St Mark's House Welcome and Liturgy: 7:30pm - 9:00pm, SMT, Kinnoull Campus
Primary Welcome BBQ; 7:00pm - 9:00pm , Kinnoull Lawn, Kinnoull Campus
Year 10 Dance Program: 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale
Academic Awards Assembly and Investiture of Leaders: 11:00am - 12:30pm, College Gymnasium, Tiverton Campus
Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus Welcome Mass and BBQ: 10:30am - 1:00pm, Holy Eucharist Campus

2019 VCE Results

Outstanding VCE results — Congratulations to the De La Salle Class of 2019!

I am thrilled to announce this year’s Year 12 students have achieved excellent results, producing some of the best VCE results in our history in relation to the key data. The most noteworthy statistics demonstrate significant improvement in a range of critical areas:

  • The Median Study Score for 2019 is 31, comfortably above the State median of 30, keeping us ahead of the pack and many “like” schools
  • We have our best‐ever achievement in relation to students attaining ATARs in the 90s. With 13.9% of the cohort attaining an ATAR of 90 or above, this represents an improvement in 2019 of almost 3%.
  • The percentage of students with ATARs in the 70 – 99.96 range is 54%. This is marginally lower than last year’s extraordinary results but a dramatic increase from 45.86% in 2017
  • The percentage of Study Scores 40 and above is 7.85 – our best ever – and up from 7.22% last year, 6.43% in 2017 and 5.3% in 2016. This displays terrific progression and growth in four consecutive cohorts – a very pleasing reward for the targeted work of teachers in lifting results and pushing their students
  • The Median ATAR is 72.35. This fractionally below the high‐water mark of 73.15 set last year, but continues the excellent progression from 67.60 in 2017 and 64.18 in 2016

While there is an impressive range of superb individual results, with many students doing exceptionally well, the high standard they have been able to maintain as a cohort is most noteworthy.

Congratulations and thank you to all the Unit 3 & 4 teachers who invested so much time, effort and expertise in teaching, mentoring and advising each and every student in their care. With the state median for all subjects being 30, we have so many with median Study Scores in the 34 – 40 range, figures which sit at the very top of the scale when compared with any of Victoria’s highest performing schools. Several Learning Areas and individual subjects have achieved their very best results for at least ten years.

The overall improvement in 2019 is testament to the targeted approach and diligent attention to detail evident among the students and the positive relationships our teachers enjoy with our young men. As ever, the organised and intrinsically motivated performed at the highest standard. The marked difference in the performance of students at all levels has largely removed the “tail” of lower scores.

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

Congratulations to 2019 College Dux Amedeo Perri, who achieved an outstanding ATAR of 98.55.
His results

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT ( Year 11, 2018) 49

Amedeo’s extraordinary results in six diverse and very challenging Unit 3 & 4 Studies are the result of a disciplined, organised approach, a dedication to maximising his potential and a willingness to work closely with teachers and peers. Amedeo has also made a tremendous contribution to the wider life of the College as Vice Captain and his significant involvement in the music program. He is an excellent role model for his peers. In studying six very demanding subjects, including an almost perfect score for Unit 3 & 4 Software Development while still in Year 11 and attaining scores in the 40s for four of them, Amedeo set a tremendous example for other De La Salle students.

Congratulations again to all our Year 12 students and teachers on this tremendous achievement for 2019.

Wishing all in our De La Salle community a safe, happy and holy Christmas.

Mr Peter Houlihan

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From the Principal

Yet another year has flown by and as we prepare to farewell our young men for the summer at the end of HeadStart, there is so much to reflect on and be thankful for.

Perhaps the highlight of the year was the establishment of the Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus, which has been a tremendous success. The year at Malvern East has changed the academic, wellbeing and spiritual experience of so many students. I must thank not only the staff for leading the innovative program but also the Year 9 students themselves for embracing the challenges and making sure the experience was so enriching for them.

This week has seen the involvement of all year levels in various Transition Programs and the commencement of HeadStart, where all 2019 classes roll over to the 2020 timetable. So much work, by so many people, has ensured the value and success of the program. The removal of any perceived downtime at the end of the year ensures students are engaged in valuable preparation for 2020. All classes are now ready to hit the ground running from the very first day of next year.

In February this year, a group of our Year 9 students were filmed at Holy Eucharist working with Arne Rubenstein and Tracey Spicer as part of the Rites of Passage program. Extracts from that day now feature throughout Episode 3 of “Silent No More.”

Silent No More” is a documentary carrying the powerful message and challenge of, “How can we change the culture to respect women and respect each other?” Given the recent negative publicity around the culture of boys’ schools, this is timely. The first episode aired on Monday night and it is uncomfortable to watch and bear witness to some of the behaviours.

The three‐episode documentary, produced by Southern Pictures and presented by Tracey Spicer, an advocate of change in Australia and a supporter of the #metoo movement, investigates the hidden epidemic of workplace sexual harassment and assault, it’s devastating cost and how we can change things for the better.

Having watched Episode 3 in full, I would encourage all staff and parents to find time to watch the documentary in its entirety. Our students discuss issues of respect and disrespect towards women in social media, socially and through teenage peer pressure.  We follow their journey to the end of the documentary, where I can say, with great pride, our students represent themselves, their family and their school in a way that is honourable and poignant as they outline the type of men they would like to become.

Thank you to Mr David Alexander (Head of Holy Eucharist Campus), Ms Lauren Anderson (Year 9 Learning and Teaching Leader) and all those involved in implementing the Rites of Passage program for the first time this year. Our Year 9s have gained a great deal from their involvement and dealing with the issues within.

Silent No More” will be available to watch on the ABC on 25 November (Ep1), 2 December (Ep 2) and 9 December (Ep 3) or via iView.

Last Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the presentation of the annual Higgins Medal Awards at Sacré Cœur. The Higgins Medal recognises students who excel in their studies and extracurricular activities, show strong leadership amongst their peers and provide exemplary service to the school community. The Higgins Medal is open to all schools who have a campus within the Federal Division of Higgins.

We nominated two students, Lucas Exell (Year 6) and Jude Pabst (Year 9). Both are exemplary students, leaders and role models and both nominations were successful. Dr Katie Allen MP presented them with their medals on Wednesday 27 November. Lucas has been our Primary Captain for 2019, demonstrating great leadership, compassion and strength of character. Jude has been a wonderful ambassador for the new Year 9 Program at Holy Eucharist and has simply shone in all aspects of school life. The boys were thrilled – as were their parents!

I would like to thank all in our De La Salle community for their support and work right throughout 2019. Students, staff in all their various roles, parents, the De La Salle Brothers and certainly the College Board of Directors have all done so much to support the growth, development and success of all areas of the College. We have a wonderful Lasallian community and I look forward to working with you all again next year.

I wish you all a safe, happy and holy Christmas and New Year period.

Mr Peter Houlihan

A Gift and a Challenge

As we come to the close of the academic year, there can be both a sense of excitement and unease. The excitement that Christmas is coming, school holidays are just around the corner, and we have summer to look forward to. The gift of time with friends and family is to be truly cherished.

The changes involved at this time of year can be unsettling. As students anticipate the year ahead through our Transition and Headstart programs, they can become anxious or worried. Our programs are designed to reduce these anxieties by giving students a sense of what is to come, but you may like additional resources to help navigate through this.

Please visit De La Salle’s SchoolTV page for a wide range of resources to assist with transitions. You are always welcome to contact your son’s Mentor Teacher, House or Year Level Co‐ordinator, or the College Psychologists for further support.

I wish you all the best for a safe, happy and merry holiday period and look forward to 2020.

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Tiverton Campus News

Year 5 and 6

The Year 5 and 6 students have been working hard to complete their studies for 2019 after completing their PAT testing last week in reading, comprehension and maths. It was terrific to see some many students improve in these categories which should build confidence in all the students moving into Year 5 and 6 respectively. This data will be discussed at the beginning of the Year 6 2020 school year with our Parent Meet and Greet evenings.

It was also terrific to hear about our group of debaters who represented the College at Mentone Grammar a few weeks ago and many thanks to Mr Andrew Kearns for taking them. Our debaters lost two rounds but won one, and the adjudicators gave some very constructive feedback to our students:

  • Eye contact is a must
  • More Rebuttal
  • Summaries at the conclusion are a good idea.
  • Continue to focus on this technique – Topic, Explanation, Evidence, Link

Year 7

The students will complete the school year on Wednesday 4 December with a movie celebration day at Lido Cinemas followed by a Mass and assembly on Thursday 5 December. This will proceed after the Year 6 Graduation Dinner evening on Tuesday 3 December and the Year 5 and 6 Transition morning on the same day. We are very proud of our Year 6 students finishing in the De La Salle Primary school and we cannot wait to see how they keep developing and growing in Year 7 next year.

All the Year 7 mentor classes finished off the last week of the Year 7 school year in assembly reflecting on the many successes they have experienced in 2020. It was terrific to hear the support for the 12‐week DLS DNA Braingrow program, the Year 7 camp at Ace High in Term 2, their love of ACC sport, and the want to move into Year 8 to grow and progress even more. The students also gave presents and cards to their mentor teachers which highlighted a close bond and connection to these hard‐working staff members and many thanks to Dr Melissa Walsh who has coordinated the Year level with energy, expertise and lots of patience!

The next two weeks the Year 7 students will be starting their Year 8 Headstart program which will focus on goal setting and positive psychology so they start Year 8 in a positive fashion after focusing on their key character strengths, their SMART goals for 2020, and their ability to use a growth mindset in all endeavours next year.

Year 8

The Year 8 students finished off their time on the Tiverton campus with the end of year camp at Phillip Island Adventure Resort. The students undertook a range of activities from high ropes, flying fox, surfing and canoeing which took them out of their comfort zone and forced them to communicate and take risks with their peers in the year level. The campers also played table tennis, pitched tents, walked to Smiths Beach and competed in a trivia championship for their nighttime activities. Many thanks for all the staff who attended the camp, including the Holy Eucharist Year 9 staff as part of our transition program.

The students will begin their Headstart program at the Tiverton campus working in teams in preparation for the Pilgrimage to Holy Eucharist at the end of the week. The students will work collaboratively in teams to ensure they begin their inquiry approach to learning for 2020 and we wish them all the best in these endeavours.

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students, Tiverton Campus

Chaplain’s Notes

Diary Note for 2020

Confirmation will be celebrated on Friday 9 October, 2020 at 7:00pm.

If you are planning for your son to prepare for the Sacraments of First Penance, Communion or Confirmation through De La Salle during 2020, please email: or you may call on my direct line 9508 2161. Alternatively, an enrolment form has been included in the recent distribution of information to new parents. Please complete this form and forward to me at the College.

Our Giving Trees

On each campus, there is a giving tree under which students and their families are invited to leave a gift for a young person this Christmas. If you have not had a chance, there is still time before next Thursday.

Advent commences next Sunday and, in this holy season, we are reminded of the needs of those who are not blessed as we might be. We might recall how Mary risked herself to say yes to God; how she reached out to help her cousin and how, like so many refugees, she undertook an arduous journey, giving life to Jesus in humble circumstances.

The nativity stories include images of poverty, desperation, confusion and even violence. They speak to people who are familiar with hardship and insecurity, people who have experienced the dark side of life. They remind us that God works in the gritty reality of our lives. God offers light to those who walk in darkness and he invites us to be the carriers of that light!

I take this opportunity to wish all our families a blessed and joyous celebration of the Lord’s renewed presence into our lives.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Music Notes

Year 7 Music Concert

7 Dunstan, led by Ms Block were victorious for the first time in the history of the Year 7 Band Competition at the Year 7 Bands Concert held on Wednesday 20 November. For their efforts, they won perpetual bragging rights and a free pizza lunch.

The instrument award winners for Semester 2 were Lachie Grey (flute), Richmond Bagnall (clarinet), Marcus Viscovich (saxophone), Seb Walker (trumpet), Charlie Doyle (trombone), Cason Schutz (bass guitar), Alexander Hadaway (percussion). Congratulations to all of our young musicians.

Year 10 outfit Cormac and the Bruh Moments also performed two ’80’s classics as our guest artists.

Christmas Concert

Please come along to celebrate our year in Music and the spirit of Christmas (set for a very funky and groovy makeover!) at our Christmas Concert in the PAC on 4 December, 7:00pm.

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

Parent Network News

In 2020 the Parent Network will continue to focus 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.

2020 Parent Network Events

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

DateEvent Venue
Thursday 30 January First Day Morning Tea Gym
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 Gym
Saturday 1 August Trivia Night Gym
Thursday 27 August Father’s Day Breakfast Gym

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

First Day Morning Tea

All Year 7 parents and guardians are invited to the First Day Morning Tea.
Parents and guardians of any student who is new to the College in 2020 are also welcome.

Year 7 Parent Welcome

Trivia Night 2020

The De La Salle College Parent Network Trivia Night is back by popular demand in 2020! The word is that the De La Salle College Staff Room is already ringing with the sounds of Quiz Masters in training. So over the break, it’s time to swat up on your “unimportant facts or details that are considered to be amusing rather than serious or useful”.

Save the date for what is sure to be an entertaining evening! More details to follow. If you would like to join in organising this exciting event 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 Anasta7 JeromeBronze
Oscar Ballantyne7 JeromeBronze
William Nguyen7 JeromeBronze
Patrick Pawlak‐Bloch7 JeromeBronze
Hugh Florance7 BenildeBronze
Joshua Summers7 BenildeBronze
Samuel Hillemacher7 JeromeBronze
Samuel Pearson7 RolandBronze
Riley Suffolk7 RolandBronze
Thomas McAuliffe7 HegartyBronze
Angus Gill7 VincentBronze

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

2019 Tuition Fees

All 2019 Tuition Fees are due and payable by 30 November 2019. If there is any reason why you cannot pay your account in full please contact Ms Ellenor Harris in Family Accounts or email

Please note if you have not yet returned your forms nominating a payment plan for future Tuition Fees kindly email to These forms are available on the College website.

2020 Tuition Fees

The College Board has recently 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

Lost property

Tiverton students who have lost uniform items throughout the year (especially Terms 3 or 4) are asked to check the lost property area at Tiverton before Thursday 5 December. There are also numerous miscellaneous items left behind from the recent Year 8 Camp. Items of uniform not collected will be donated to charity.

Annual Christmas Concert

De La Salle Music will hold the annual Christmas concert in the PAC at Tiverton on Wednesday 4 December. This is always a beautiful way to end the year and celebrate the talents of our music students and staff in a fun‐filled atmosphere. All members of the College community are warmly invited to attend. If you can… wear something festive!

Last Day for Students

This year all students from Year 5 to 11 finish on the same day; Thursday 5 December. The day involves the conclusion to the “HeadStart” Program, final Mentor Groups, Mass and the Semester 2 Academic Awards Assembly. Parents of Awardees will receive a personal invitation from the College to attend the Awards Ceremony.

Please note:

  • 2019 Year 8 students will be at Holy Eucharist Campus.
  • Years 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 will be dismissed at 1:30 pm.
  • Year 8 students will be dismissed at 1:00 pm.

Christmas Greetings

On behalf of all the staff at the College thank you to parents for your support this year. I hope all families have a safe and restful holiday period. Please check the College calendar for start dates for 2020.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Year 10 Dance Program 2020

A reminder to Year 9 students to lodge their application form for the 2020 Year 10 Dance Program.

Evening dance classes at Star of the Sea College in Gardenvale commence the second week back Term 1 and culminate in a Social Dance on 12 March in the De La Salle College Gymnasium.

In 2019, 230 students joined in and learned ballroom and line dancing, having lots of fun and meeting new people. If you are a little unsure about participating then I suggest you take a gamble and register, you will not regret it! It is a great way to make friends in a safe environment.

Do not leave it until next year to reserve your place or you might be disappointed! Click here to open a printable application form. Completed forms and payment must be returned to Mrs Joy Bew directly.

If you would like to discuss the Program, then please feel free to email or telephone me on 0422 396 110. I look forward to meeting all the participants at the first lesson on 6 February.

Mrs Joy Bew
Coordinator of the Year 10 Dance Program 2020

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College calendar.

2020 Year 8, 11, 12 Academic Headstart begins
2020 Year 9, 10 Academic Headstart begins
Semester Two Examination Period concludes
Year 8 into 9 Transition Program begins
Year 6 Mystery Tour
Year 10 and 11 Headstart Program concludes
Year 8 into 9 Transition Program concludes
College Office Closes - 12:00pm