The Duce Issue 2017 06 - 11 May 2017

From the Principal

It is with great sadness I begin this edition of Duce with a reference to the passing of our wonderful friend and colleague, Brian Coulthard. However, in taking this opportunity to remember Brian and his tremendous contributions to Lasallian education both here and in New Zealand we are provided with a reminder of a beautiful man and a life well lived.

Brian came to us just over ten years ago after leaving the UK and working for a number of years at Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth, New Zealand, also a Lasallian school. He was a man of great humility, of essential gentleness and in his own quiet and unassuming way a man of great example. Overwhelmingly positive, always with a kind word and a cheery greeting, Brian very quickly built a terrific rapport with his students and colleagues at Malvern. His main role was VCE Physics but he taught many classes of Year 7 — 10 Science as well. Brian will be remembered by his students as a wise, talented and patient teacher, passionate about Science and well versed in that most critical of teachers’ skills — developing positive and meaningful professional relationships with the boys under his tutelage.

I visited Brian in his home just days before his death and despite the inevitability surrounding his condition, he was cheerful, resolute, brave and very grateful for the care and attention of his family and many friends. Brian was very appreciative of the many cards, best wishes and messages from so many in the De La Salle community. He found the outpouring of affection and concern for his health very humbling and my main memory from my last conversation with Brian was his positive attitude. There was no self‐pity, just a recognition of the fact he had a wonderful family and many great friends and colleagues who cared deeply for him, something he clearly treasured in his final days. Brian and his wife Rosie have been for a long time devoted parishioners at St Joseph’s in Malvern and their faith has been of immense support and comfort during the cruel battle with leukaemia.

It is in difficult times such as this where a community turns inward and looks after its own. Our Chaplain, Mrs Joan Ferguson has been a wonderful support to Brian and Rosie, visiting regularly and being by their side when needed most in the very difficult final weeks and at the end. With the news coming to school that the end was near for Brian, many staff and students were distressed and this was only compounded when we heard Brian had succumbed. I must thank Mrs Rana Brogan, Deputy Principal — Faith and Mission and Mr Tom Ryan, Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations and Joan for their experience, expertise and planning around supporting our community through prayer and liturgy for staff and students, organising our counsellors to be available, setting up the two chapels with a memorial for Brian and assisting in managing the day on Friday when the news came through. Our staff felt the loss keenly but were of wonderful support to each other in our hour of need.

When listening to the Gospel reading in Mass on Sunday, I was struck by the synergy between Brian’s life and Jesus’ use of the metaphor of the shepherd. An analysis of the passage suggests Jesus used the metaphor of the shepherd to indicate vigilance in care and attention. Brian was certainly the epitome of this in his dealing with his students. It is not unusual for a young man to lose his way here and there in Physics or Science – somewhat like a sheep – and in his perceptive manner, Brian was able to provide direction to help his students get back on track. A good teacher, like a good shepherd knows how to observe and listen, to read the signs and gently advise or put in place measures to assist in finding the right path.
The Gospel of the good shepherd and its parallel with Brian’s work and indeed that of all effective educators extended my thinking around the issue of guidance, direction and choices. The Gospel line, “You had gone astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your soul,” of course has a significant religious message. However, I believe it also has direct relevance in so many other avenues of education at De La Salle. The Gospel message is about Jesus offering himself as guide and guardian for our souls. If we look, He is always there, providing a prompt for better decisions and forgiving our unwise choices.

While the Gospel may resonate more with some than others, there remains an important message for all in a school environment. So much of our work at De la Salle, arguably the most significant and important work, is keeping our young men on track to ensure they are developing good habits and a frame of mind to achieve their best. Our teachers, especially the wellbeing teams, devote an incredible amount of time, effort and resources into monitoring our boys’ learning progress and wellbeing, identifying issues and implementing interventions to support their improvement. I’m sure some of you will have already received emails around learning or behavioural concerns via the new system on Synergetic. Like the shepherd in the Gospel, it is our job to be ready when one of our charges strays and be there to put in place procedures to ensure a correction of mind and spirit. This new system of intervening when students’ work habits or learning progress flag a concern has the potential to markedly improve outcomes.

Last Thursday evening I attended an Associated Catholic Colleges function at Mazenod College, where a range of staff from various ACC schools were acknowledged for their outstanding contribution to ACC sport and the arts. Our very own Gerard Barns was presented with his award for 22 years of ACC sports coaching at Malvern. Gerard has coached at least two sports every year in his career at De La Salle and often up to four. Football, cricket, athletics, hockey and soccer have been his staples and we estimate Gerard has coached at least 50 different teams in his time here! Congratulations Gerard and thank you from the College and the hundreds of boys who have benefited from your skills enthusiasm and generosity of time and spirit.

Last week we celebrated Mother’s Day with the now, traditional breakfast, seeing a record crowd of 550! A heartfelt thank you to Mrs Cate Robertson and Mr Eric Quitt from the extraordinarily hardworking Parent Network Committee who once again organised a superb function. Thank you to Runaway Cupcakes in Malvern, Pentel, Liza and Albert Zago, Silver Maple and Cooper & Milla’s in Toorak for their support of the event. Mrs Michelle Gotch, past mum to three Old Collegians was our guest speaker, giving an excellent presentation of her years as a De La mum, her wonderful and very enjoyable years of support to the Old Colls Footy Club and now her integral role in the establishment of the first De La women’s footy team. College Captain, James Biviano, spoke beautifully about the importance of all mums and especially his own mum, Jenny, who was quite justifiably shedding a little tear. This has really become a flagship event for the community and a magnificent occasion to demonstrate all that is great about the partnership between students, parents and staff at De La Salle. Keep an eye out for the Father’s Day breakfast, sure to be just as popular!

Speaking of mums and football, this Saturday 13 May is the annual Ladies Lunch at the De La Salle Old Collegians Football Club with two excellent guest speakers. Please see the attached flyer for further information and booking details.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Mission Action Day Awards

The annual Mission Action Day Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the Founders Day Liturgy on Friday 12 May. Again this this year the response from students and the wider community has been excellent, with about $100,000 pledged. The Mission Action Day Awards acknowledge the extraordinary effort of individual students in obtaining sponsorship money.

The top 10 fundraisers will receive a Certificate of Commendation from College Principal, Mr Peter Houlihan. The highest individual fundraiser will be presented with the Ian Oliver Mission Action Day Award. Ian Oliver, who retired from the College in 2015, was a driving force behind the success of Mission Action Day over many years.

The College once again congratulates the efforts of all students. The money raised will support the many development projects and initiatives of the Lasallian Foundation in remote Australia and throughout Asia.

The annual Mission Action Day raffle will also be drawn at the assembly. Boys will be allocated a raffle ticket for each $50 increment they raised. The major prize is a $200 JB Hi Fi voucher, with a runner‐up prize of a $50 voucher for each campus.

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

Emergency Management

Last week the College was placed into a precautionary semi‐lock down situation after a gas leak in Northbrook Avenue. Our procedures went smoothly with minimal disruption to the College.

The next emergency management drills will occur in the week commencing 15 May. Parents will be notified prior to the drill that it is occurring.

Change of dismissal times this week

Parents please note the following changes this week.

Thursday 11 May — Due to the 2:00 pm Funeral of Mr Brian Coulthard, there were no classes in periods 5 and 6 for Year 7 — 12s. ACC sport for Year 7 and 8 students, the Unit 3 HPE excursion and the Year 10 History excursion proceeded as planned. Primary classes continued as normal and the College Administration remained open as normal.

Friday 12 May — Founders Day — Primary and Year 7 students will be dismissed at 12:30pm and Year 8 — 12 students at 1:00 pm. College Administration will close at 2:00 pm.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

VALE Brian Coulthard.

It is with great sadness that the community was informed recently of the passing of staff member, Brian Coulthard. Brian was a much loved and respected member of the De La Salle College family, and he will be remembered by staff and students for his dedication to his classes, his hard work and commitment to his students.

We have all been saddened by Brian’s death. We keep in our prayers Brian’s family, and in this time of grief and sorrow our community will come together in loving support for each other.

Vale Brian; in God’s eternal care.

Enhancing Catholic Identity Survey

The Enhancing Catholic School Identity survey assists us in better understanding how our Catholic Identity is expressed in work and practice here at De La Salle. Every four years, Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) asks all Catholic Schools in the archdiocese of Melbourne to register and complete the online survey.

The Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, (Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven), was commissioned by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) to design a process, based on sound research, to accomplish the goal of understanding our current Catholic identity and where each Catholic School community might like to see it in the future. Completing the online survey is a key element in this process as it gathers responses from the parent community, students and staff.

Thank you to all families who took the time to complete the survey, to the teaching staff who took the time with the students in their Religious Education Classes to complete and to the College staff for their commitment to completing the survey last Monday during an afterschool Staff Seminar.

Founders Day

This Friday 12 May, we will be celebrating the feast of our founder St John Baptist De La Salle; a man who inspired others by his example to become men and women of prayer, and we celebrate the passion invoked within our Founder to commit to the service of the poor.

As a Lasallian family, the College community will gather and commence the day with mass that will celebrate the work and legacy of the founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle and all those who were inspired by him and followed in his footsteps. As a Lasallian community, we acknowledge that our Lasallian tradition, has opened our hearts to the power of prayer, being present to others and dedicating ourselves to the service of the poor and vulnerable.

St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray For Us!
Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever!

De La Salle Community Mass at St Mary’s Bentleigh

It was a heartening to see the many students and families attend our first Community Mass for the year at St Mary’s in East Malvern. A particular thanks goes to the students for their actual involvement in the mass as well as the Senior School Leaders for their presence at the mass in support of the boys from the St Mary’s Parish.

Thank you also to Monsignor Stuart Hall and the St Mary’s parishioners for their welcome and sharing morning tea with us at the conclusion of mass.

We celebrate in the month of May, Mary and all mothers.

In the Church calendar, the month of May is traditionally dedicated to Our Lady, Mary the mother of Jesus. We remember, that Mary had the courage say ‘yes’ to God’s calling.

Our founder, St John Baptist de La Salle, in one of his meditations reflects on Mary’s acceptance to be a servant of the Lord and her immediate response to yes to God;

When the angel declares to Mary that she is the Mother of God, and honours her as such, this admirable Virgin has no other reply except that she is the servant of the Lord…. May all the graces God gives us, no, matter how remarkable they may be, incline us also to be humble ourselves.”

St John Baptist de La Salle, (Med 112.1).

Mary gave up everything she had known to enter into this new world that God put before her. She could have very easily refused God’s request to be the mother of Christ, but she took on the calling to be a ‘servant of the Lord’ and we ought to be inspired by her actions and recognise that we too, are called to answer Gods call, to be servants to one another through our work and day to day living and especially, to those in most need. And so as Mother’s Day approaches this Sunday, we think of and give thanks to all mothers or significant women who raised us, served, cared and loved us unconditionally, held us, fed us kissed away our pain and sacrificed so much for us.

We pray and ask God to bless all mothers today and especially on Mother’s Day.


Year 8 Reflection Days

Wednesday 17 May 8 Hegarty and 8 Benilde Br. Paul Toohey and Mr. Gerard Barns
Wednesday 24 May 8 Vincent and 8 Jerome Mr. David Happ
Friday 26 May 8 Roland, 8 Dunstan and 8 Solomon Mr. Chris Church and Ms. Nicola Mairs

Next Community Mass
St Cecilia’s Church
Sunday 28 May at 10:00am
77 Hillside Pde, Glen Iris

2017 Lasallian Youth Gathering
Year 12 students interested in attending the 2017 Lasallian Youth Gathering please refer to the information documents communicated home or see Mrs Brogan.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal — Faith and Mission


Founder’s Day

We are very much looking forward to celebrating Founder’s Day on Friday. Behind the scenes, the Year 12 Student Leaders have booked food trucks and ice‐cream vans, negotiated council requirements and developed a program of activities for the day.

This year, the work of the Year 12 Student Leaders is underpinned by three guiding principles: ‘Brotherhood at Heart, Excellence in Mind and Service through Spirit.’ The leadership team’s active contribution to the community has sought to encourage student participation, develop stronger relationships and to foster a sense of Lasallian spirit and belonging.

All of the Year 12 Student Leaders have lived out the mission of these guiding principles in a spirit of service in the lead up to the day.

Please note, any student who is absent on Friday for Founder’s Day will need to have the absence supported by a medical certificate.

Tuning in to Teens

Tuning in to Teens, a program facilitated by the Student Psychologists, Ms Karina Dubroja and Mr Anthony Freeman, began last week. The program seeks to build an understanding of:

  • Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Competence, and
  • Emotion Coaching.

During the early years, children depend on parents to assist them to regulate their emotions. As they develop, their parents teach them about emotions, and increasingly they begin to understand and then regulate their own emotions. Some parenting styles have been found to be optimal in this regard.

Longitudinal research by Gottman and colleagues (1996; 1997) has provided one of the more detailed descriptions of some of these different parenting styles and how they affect children’s emotion regulation and other aspects of development. Gottman et al. found that the way positive and negative emotions are managed and coached (a way of teaching children about emotions) by the parent was a crucial part of emotion socialisation. From detailed interviews, they concluded that parents have a personal theory about emotions, called a Meta‐emotion philosophy. This philosophy, which is shaped by the parent’s experiences in their family of origin and continues to be refined over their life, influences the beliefs and responses they have to their own and others’ emotions. For example, a parent who believes that anger is about loss of control and therefore suppresses angry emotions, may not be able to teach their child about optimal ways to understand and regulate anger, nor about how to resolve situations of conflict.

The quotes below provide an indication of the range of experiences of program participants:

  • It was easy to understand, but felt very strange doing it at first’
  • The entire family is now more conscious of their own and other’s feelings/emotions.’
  • Thank you for the chance to do the program — it is the best thing I have done to improve my relationship with my kids.’

Child Safety

De La Salle College has recently joined SAM4Schools, a secure, online Risk and Compliance Management System that benefits schools and their providers of on‐site goods or services (POGS)/contractors.

SAM4Schools provides the framework for us to establish and maintain an up‐to‐date Compliance Register for every POGS and contractor that work with us. This has provided an additional safeguard and support for De La Salle to meet its workplace obligations and comply with current legislation, while providing our legal duty of care.

The Addams Family

All students benefit from the opportunity to learn about and experience the arts. Studies of The Arts in its many forms – whether as a stand‐alone subject or integrated into the school curriculum – increasingly accept participation in The Arts as an essential part of achieving success in school, work and life. Importantly, students who are actively involved in The Arts also watch fewer hours of TV, participate in more community service and report less boredom at school.

I commend the talented musicians, performers, dancers and stage hands for a wonderful performance. We are indeed gifted with some incredibly brilliant staff who have, so generously, given of their artistic time and energy to support the production. I will be counting down the days until the next senior production.


Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Chaplain’s Notes

Year 7 Reflection Day

Year 7 students recently participated in a Reflection Day run in association with the Youth Ministry Team (YMT). The photograph below shows Year 7 students participating in a prayer session to conclude their day of retreat. Students voted their experience with the YMT and College staff “a fun day”. In a lively and highly interactive presentation, the YMT invited students to reflect more deeply on community and their sense of belonging. The sessions culminated in an invitation to recognise that it is in relationship with the person of Jesus that they most discover their uniqueness and value.

Our Lady’s Month

Traditionally the month of May is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is also 100 years since Our Lady appeared to three children in the town of Fatima, Portugal. Between May and October 1917, several apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary appeared to three shepherd children; Lucia dos Santos and her two younger cousins, Francisco and Jacinta. The last appearance, on 13 October 1917 was confirmed by a miracle witnessed by 60,000 people, known in the Catholic world as “the day the sun danced”. Our Lady asked the children to pray the rosary and encourage others to do the same, so that peace might be restored to the world. Each of our College Chapels has been provided with rosary beads to enable students to enter into this beautiful form of meditation.


Sacrament preparation

Preparation for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation is underway. Parents are advised that there will be an Information Night on Wednesday 17 May.

First Reconciliation will be held in the Tiverton Chapel on Wednesday 31 May.

Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday 10 September at 11:00am. Mass at St Anthony’s Parish Church, Glen Huntly. Classes will commence in Term 2.

First Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 19 November.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Primary News

Superfish – Ryo Hayashi

Year 6 student, Ryo Hayashi has blitzed the field in all competitions of the Dendy District, Zone and State Swimming Championships, and won a place in the Nationals in the Boys 11 Year Old 50m Breaststroke. Ryo won first place with a time of 41.65 seconds and also came fifth in Boys 11 Year Old Butterfly.

He represented De La Salle in the ACC Swimming competition earlier in Term 1 and his swim coaches, Mr Chris and Mrs Gab Windley, together with Director of Sport, Mr Jon Edgar, Year 4 Teacher, Mr Tim Curran, his Classroom Teacher Mrs Katherine Aldcroft and Director of Primary School, Mrs Anette Phillips couldn’t be prouder of Ryo. His parents continue to celebrate his talent that seems to come with ease and we will all be cheering him on from afar as he takes on the rest of Australia in Queensland very soon.

Go Ryo! We wish you the very best!

Higgins ANZAC Centenary School Poetry Competition

All of our primary students recently entered their own poems in the Higgins ANZAC Centenary School Poetry Competition. The theme for the competition was ‘What does ANZAC Day mean to you?’. Elijah Bazley (Y6), Henry DeVries (Y6) and William Walker (Y6) have been selected from over 300 entries from Primary Schools across the Higgins electorate as finalists in the competition. A wonderful achievement! Well done.

You can read Elijah, William and Henry’s poems here:

The Anzac Centenary School Poetry Competition gives students in the Higgins electorate the opportunity to express how they feel about the Anzac story and to look carefully at an important part of our national history. The competition honours the service and sacrifice of the original ANZACs in the First World War, and all the Australian men and women who have served in conflicts.

A panel including Mr Andre Awadalla, Editor of the Stonnington Leader and the Progress Leader newspapers, representatives of local RSLs and local author Ms Anna Ciddor will select the winning poem and honourable mentions.

There is a special morning tea next Friday 19 May with the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer, who has returned to the office, one month after the birth of her second child Edward, to announce the winners of this competition.

We are very proud of all the entries from the De La Salle Primary students and wish our three finalists every success. Congratulations to them and everyone on their wonderful effort!

Mrs Anette Phillips
Director of Primary School 


Kinnoull News

ACC Art and Technology Exhibition 2017

Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) is presenting its biennial Art and Technology Exhibition. The ACC is an association of 12 Catholic secondary schools for boys, covering various suburbs in and around Melbourne. Over 240 students from Years 7 — 12 have been selected by their respective schools to display their exceptional artistic and technological achievements. The exhibition will run from Wednesday 31 May to Sunday 4 June in The Atrium and Deakin Edge at Federation Square, Melbourne and will be open for school groups and members of the public to attend. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. The ACC have put together this YouTube video to promote the exhibition. Further information about the exhibition, is available under “The Arts” menu on the ACC website:

The Art and Technology areas included in the exhibition are:

  • Art
  • VCD
  • Photography
  • Ceramics / Sculpture
  • Multimedia
  • Digital Art
  • Systems Engineering
  • Food and Technology
  • Product Design and Technology – wood, metal, plastics and textiles

This is the third of the ACC’s biennial exhibitions, with the first exhibition held in 2013 in Federation Square and the most recent event at Abbotsford Convent in 2015. There is great excitement surrounding the exhibition and we are looking forward to exhibiting the works of our De La Salle students in the magnificent Federation Square precinct.

Mr Ryan Hayward
Learning Area Team Leader – Visual Arts

VCE Geography Fieldwork

On Friday 28 April and Monday 1 May, the two Year 11 VCE Geography classes completed their Unit 1 fieldwork, investigating the impact of the Black Saturday bushfires on Kinglake and the surrounding regions. The students travelled by bus and visited a number of sites that had been affected by these fires. At these sites, they practised some skills important to Geography, including taking photographs of areas impacted by the fires and evidence of recovery, a fieldwork sketch, a gully cross section illustrating the impact of these fires on the waterways and a vegetation transect showing evidence of regrowth and trees still affected by these fires. The students also recorded information and were able to evaluate the change that has occurred in this region as a result of the fires. We had lunch in the township of Kinglake, which has been completely rebuilt since the fires and this enabled the students to support this local community. I was very impressed with the manner in which the students prepared for the day and conducted themselves in a region still recovering and rebuilding from this traumatic event, now eight years ago. The students are now completing their fieldwork reports as a follow up to the day. This will enable them to demonstrate their knowledge of the region, analyse the information collected and use it to answer both their research question and hypothesis.

Mrs Georgina Dwyer
VCE Geography Teacher

St Edwin’s House Leaders visit Society of St Vincent de Paul

St Edwin’s House Leaders attended the St Vincent De Paul conference on Thursday 4 May. The Student Leaders heard from various community leaders and schools about how young people can put advocacy into practice, helping those less fortunate than themselves.

Ms Jess Stevenson
St Edwin’s House Coordinator

DAV Debating

In 2017, De La Salle has been able to field one Year 11 (B Grade) team, two Year 10 (C Grade) teams and two Year 9 (D Grade) teams in the Debaters Association of Victoria competition. The College has a strong history of success within the DAV competition; in 2015 and 2016, Tom Ponissi took out the DAV Swannie Award, which is presented to the best speakers from each grade in each region based on the highest average score throughout the competition. We have also been a regular fixture in the finals rounds over the last few years. As a voluntary commitment, the boys attend a number of lunchtime sessions to prepare for each round. There are three types of debates that they experience across the five rounds – prepared topic (known in advance), advised topic (only given a single word indicator of the topic, eg: animals), and secret topic (no hints provided). The boys are wished the best of luck with the competition as they head into Round 4 on Wednesday 24 May.

Please click here to see the latest ACC Debating Results

Ms Olivia Wenzcel
Learning Area Team Leader — English

Music Notes

Piano Lessons

This term we welcome Heidi Ching to the De La Salle community. After a demand in students looking for piano lessons, we were able to welcome Heidi as our piano teacher. Heidi comes to us from Sydney and has a wealth of experience in teaching, accompanying and performing. We warmly welcome her to the team.

If any families are interested in piano lessons, there is currently still some space available. Please contact Mrs Amanda Wallace for further information.

Ms Cindy Frost
Music Coordinator


Wellbeing News

Stress and its signs

It’s about this time when students undertaking their VCE start to realise the amount of work required and effort that needs to be put into it. It’s also about this time when the end seems to start looming… Ominously! Some people seem to breeze through it with little or no change to their routine. Others, well… not so much.

We know that stress and anxiety in moderation can be a really useful tool. Sports psychology in particular is all about managing and channelling stress into performance. VCE is not that dissimilar!

When we view stress and anxiety (and they’re not exactly the same thing) as something that is useful and that helps us get ready for action, it enhances our performance. When we become overwhelmed by it, it can be quite disabling.

Stress is better when it doesn’t sneak up on us. When we are able to manage it through rituals and routines and NOT foregoing activities that keep us healthy, it doesn’t impact on us as much.

A weekly stocktake is a useful activity and some of the key signs that we may be becoming stressed, at least from my professional experience are as follows:

Sleep disruption
Stressed people tend to have patterns to their sleep disruption:

  • They can fall asleep quickly after being exhausted from managing their stress;
  • They stay awake for roughly 90 minutes (one sleep cycle) and are unable to sleep;
  • They wake in the middle of the night…again for roughly 90 minutes; or
  • They wake about 90 minutes early and can’t get back to sleep.

Cravings for fatty, salty, sugary sorts of foods – the body wants to replace the fat it metabolises into sugar when under stress.

Ruminating – going over and over things in your head…imagining every possible negative outcome.

Memory issues – when stressed, our higher brain functions or inner resources become less available to us. This includes things like problem solving, concentration, creativity and the like. Don’t worry, they’re still there, we just can’t access them as well as we normally can.

Everyone has different symptoms of being stressed, but these ones are the most common. Coupled with a lack of sleep, you can see how it may get problematic pretty quickly.

So, what to do about it? Here’s some more dot points!

List the sources of stress

  • Get yourself a pen and paper and be as specific as possible – then be more specific!
  • Don’t say it’s the subject – say it’s that topic in the subject;
  • Don’t say it’s lack of time – list the commitments that you have and see where some changes can be made; and
  • Generate a specific solution to a specific stress. For example: I need to learn how to do simultaneous equations – Pete had a tutor, I’ll get their name and ring them on Tuesday before I go to footy training and I’ll put a reminder on my phone so that I remember.


  • Most people feel better after they make a list and come up with some solutions but then fail to act. Guess what happens. Yep.

Review and revise

  • That solution didn’t quite work but if I also asked Mum to remind me, then I’d get it done”.
  • They can’t tutor me because our schedules don’t match but they gave me the number of another person”.


  • The current stress needs to be managed.
  • EXERCISE is the best. Stress is priming our bodies to fight/flight/freeze. We can trick it and manage the stress by moving!
  • Yoga, meditation, movies, being social. Whatever works for you — as long as you don’t get the “guilts” about it. If reading the paper for 30 minutes makes you more efficient for the rest of the day then don’t say “I should have been cleaning/studying/laundry” etc.

Stress is going to happen, this year or another. Do a regular stocktake, ask for help, come in and see one of the Student Counsellors and DO SOMETHING. Stress is compounded by inaction. Even if the thing you try doesn’t work, you will still be less stressed than if you did nothing, and you help get your internal resources to come back on‐line!

Have a look at this TED talk from Kelly McGonigal on ‘How to Make Stress your Friend’ —

Be well.

Mr Anthony Freeman
Student Counsellor / Psychologist

Kids HelpLine

Worried? Sad? Hurt? Upset? Tips that could help…

Children and young people have access to lots of social media, TV, movies and games. While the wonderful array of content available offers many positive learning opportunities, there is some content that may have potentially harmful effects on young people.

Keeping an eye on what media children and young people are accessing, and any changes in their behaviour, is a good way to help avoid any long‐term worries down the track.

Kids Helpline (KHL) has put together Tip Sheets that suggest ways to help manage worry and concerns some may experience due to exposure to some media content. The three sheets are audience specific for:

  • children
  • teenagers and young adults, and
  • teachers and parents.

They include tips about managing individual worries and about how to help others. We encourage you to distribute these to children, young people, teachers and parents who might find these helpful.

KHL is Australia’s only free, private and confidential 247 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

Talking with KHL can help. Counsellors are available 247. Any time. Any reason.

Free call 1800 55 1800 or visit

Parent Network News

Day at Races – 19 August 2017

Our Day at the Races event is now on 19 August due to Melbourne Racing Club availability.

We need your help please!

The Parent Network of De La Salle College, with the support of its broader community, will be holding its major fundraising event for the year, A Day at the Races at Caulfield Racecourse, 19 August 2017.

College run events provide an excellent opportunity to get involved, meet other parents, and play a key role in building a strong school community. This is something that we pride ourselves on at De La Salle.

If you are interested in being a member of the fundraising sub‐committee for A Day at the Races, we would love to hear from you — please email

Similar to last year, as part of the A Day at the Races event, the Parent Network will be establishing an online auction via which will run from mid‐year until The Race Day 2017. While more details will follow soon, in the meantime please start thinking about products, services and vouchers you, your business or your broader network may be willing to donate for the online auction. Donations will also be acknowledged to the De La Salle and broader community in various forms such as newsletters, our webpage and Facebook page, representing an excellent opportunity to promote your business. Please contact us on our email address above with any enquiries or donation offers.

Thankyou in anticipation of your support.

Mothers’ Day Breakfast 2017

This year’s Mothers’ Day breakfast was held in our school gymnasium on Wednesday 3 May. It was a huge success with 550 people in attendance.

We were greeted by our School Leaders and enjoyed a wonderful welcome from our College Principal, Mr Peter Houlihan. Peter introduced our guest speaker Mrs Michelle Gosch, who spoke of her boys who were are former De La Salle students and also of her time organising Women’s AFL.

It was wonderful to see so many mothers and sons talking and enjoying their time together during this special occasion. This is certainly a very special event in the De La Salle calendar.

Thank you to all the fathers who volunteered; your help was invaluable. To all the clean‐up crew thank you for getting the gym back to normal and getting all the dishes done in the PAC. I would like to thank Mr Michael Bohan and the College Maintenance Team for getting the Gym ready and more importantly a big thank you again, to all the Dads who help set‐up, serve and clean up after the event.

Mr Eric Quitt
Organiser – Mothers’ Day Breakfast 2017

Mothers’ Day Breakfast 2017 Photo Gallery

The Duce 2017 Mothers’ Day Breakfast Photo Gallery

Mrs Cate Robertson
President – Parent Network Committee

Important Notices

Founder’s Day

On Friday 12 May, the De La Salle Community will be celebrating Founder’s Day; a day marking the Feast of St John Baptist de La Salle. St John Baptist de La Salle cared for young people. By his very example, St John taught his students how to meet failure and frailty with compassion; how to affirm, strengthen and heal. At the present time there are Lasallian schools in 80 different countries around the globe.

The day will commence with mentor groups at 8:40am followed by Mass in the College Gymnasium. At approximately 10:15am all students will move across to the Kinnoull Campus to participate in a wide range of activities and festivities that have been planned by the College Leaders. Highlights include sports activities, De La Classic Catch, a jumping castle, bubble soccer, a mechanical bull, sumo wrestling, a showcase of De La Salle’s best bands and singers, some homemade treats and an array of fun activities managed by the Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 Student Leaders.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Tom Ponissi takes home two Premier’s VCE Awards

Our 2016 Dux and all‐round high achiever Tom Ponissi received two awards for excellence in Media and History Revolutions. The annual Premier’s VCE Awards recognise the top‐performing students in the state, with more than 287 students presented with awards for outstanding results this year.

The entire De La Salle College community is very proud of Tom, and would like to congratulate him on being the recipient of such a prestigious award. Tom’s teachers, Mrs Kerry Martin — Media, and Mrs Christine Thompson — History Revolutions, share in Tom’s success and we are very proud of their efforts.

Tom is currently studying Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) at RMIT University. To read more about the Premier’s VCE Awards, visit

Here is Tom receiving one of his awards from State Member for Monbulk, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education, Minister for Emergency Services, Mr James Merlino.

Mrs Christine Thompson
History Teacher

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates on the College calendar.

Founder's Day Mass and Celebrations, Kinnoull Campus
Year 9 City Experience - 15 May to 19 May
ACC Open Golf Tournament
Year 8 Reflection Day
Grandparents' Day (Primary)
Time and Space: Year 7 Mother and Son Night - Gymnasium, 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Unit 1 & 3 Music Recital - Performing Arts Centre, 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Year 12 Seminar Day #2
Year 8 Reflection Day
College Tour - St Miguel Theatre, 9:15am
Year 10 Morrisby Report Evening
Year 8 Reflection Day

Library News

Newspaper Digital Edition Access

De La Salle provides access to The Age Newspaper Replica on the Library Homepage Newspapers are an essential part of a student’s understanding of contemporary issues. By clicking on The Age icon, students will be able to access an exact replica of The Age newspaper. It is easy to browse, search and navigate, and articles can be printed or emailed. It includes the latest issue of The Age and an archive of the last six months of publications.

Access is only available while using the College Wi‐Fi, making the Library the perfect place to undertake research using this valuable resource. We look forward to assisting students and staff who wish to make use of The Age Newspaper Replica in the Tiverton Library from 8:00am – 4:00pm and the Kinnoull Library from 8:00am-6:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:00am – 5:00pm Friday.

Mrs Susan Jost
College Librarian