The Duce Issue 2017 14 – 14 September 2017

From the Principal

This Duce I’d like to share a little of the feedback and analysis from the report we recently received from Enhancing Catholic School Identity Surveys.

Firstly, a special thank you to the many families – along with staff and students — who completed the survey; these projects and their outcomes are obviously a good deal more accurate, meaningful and useful when we have a large number of respondents. The feedback from the Catholic Education Commission was that the completion rate of our De La Salle families was high, which is very encouraging. As ever, it’s great to be able to rely on our De La community to become involved.

Suffice to say this is a very complex project and the data we have received is even more so! In unpacking a couple of the key outcomes we are provided with a picture of our Catholic identity. While a lot of our best work in and beyond the College revolves around our Lasallian charism, we must always remember we are first and foremost a Catholic school, and without the Church, there would have been no St John Baptist de La Salle to hand down the ethos with which we all identify so strongly.

It was interesting to note the ‘Features of a Catholic Education’ which rated most highly among all three sets of respondents; parents, students and staff. Ranked within a couple of decimal points of each other in terms of importance were:

  • Openness to different cultures, beliefs and life philosophies;
  • Involvement in social justice projects;
  • Ecological awareness: care for nature and the environment.

In an overview of the school identity types, the Melbourne Scale explores, from a theological perspective, ways Catholic schools can give shape to their identity in a pluralising cultural context. Our data from the survey responses saw us classified as a school of ‘Recontextualisation’.

This is a Catholic school with a diverse school population, among whom there is at least a significant and recognisable group of Christian believers. The school is deliberately engaged in a common search for a renewed Catholic profile. Through a conversation with plurality, it aims at a reinterpreted understanding of the Christian faith in the contemporary, diversifying world. Resisting a consensus paradigm, it is driven by a focus on difference and ‘otherness’. The encounter and conversation between different views is being moderated for a clear preferential option for the Catholic faith.

Another model used to measure Catholic identity is the Victoria Scale, which provides an overview of how Catholic schools see themselves pedagogically. Given this is the preferred outcome, I was pleased our community’s responses meant we were classified as a ‘Dialogue’ school (maximal Christian identity, maximal solidarity and openness to diversity).

 This is a Catholic school in the midst of cultural and religious plurality. This school deliberately puts emphasis on its Catholic inspiration, while simultaneously taking seriously our multicultural world. A multiplicity of voices, views and perspectives are recognised and engaged with as contributions to the dialogue. A preferential option for the Christian story and message sets the tone for this dialogue. Receptivity and openness to what is different are a prerequisite to re-profiling the Catholic faith in the middle of a pluralising culture (Recontextualisation). In the midst of plurality we search for what it means to be Christian today; as Christians we search for a way to live in the middle of plurality. 

 (Understanding and Interpreting the Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSIP) Report of Your School: A guide for principals and school leadership teams as they explore the survey component of the Enhancing Catholic School Identity Process, July 2014).

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to be involved with Lasallians at different ends of their journey in the College. During the day I interviewed ten Year 5 boys who have applied for a Year 7 place in 2019, from a range of primary schools. These interviews, while only 20 minutes each, are always a great exercise. I find it both encouraging and enlightening to discover what these young men have to offer. They are so full of hope and ambition, many of them so mature and articulate, eager to impress and ready to make the transition to secondary school.

Many of the boys had either been on a tour, have a brother here or know friends and or ex-classmates who attend De La. When asked about what they were looking forward to about coming to the school, there was great excitement, their answers ranging in reference to the variety of subjects available, the specialist facilities, the chance to make new friends and to play ACC sport. The consistent theme among the applicants was their keenness to just get here and become part of the community.

Later that same afternoon I went down to Elsternwick Park to watch The Old Collegians’ Footy Club Under 19 Blues in the Premier Division of the Amateurs. The team is made up predominantly of 2016 Year 12 students with a sprinkling of this year’s Year 12 students and a couple from Year 11. Unfortunately, the team lost comprehensively in their Preliminary Final, but that happens in footy and at their age, there’s always next year. The game wasn’t the story though. In the sheds after the match, I stood in a corner of the crowded room with the players and their families and listened to the young coach, Nick Hyland (Class of 2009) talk about the season. There was little mention of football though, it was all about the camaraderie and true friendship amongst the young men with a common link to the College and the sense of belonging. Nick spoke of the privilege of being considered by the club as a viable candidate to coach, of being accepted by the players and the team — being supported and mentored by a couple of the dads had been so meaningful to him. Last year’s College Vice Captain and Blues 2017 Captain Sean O’Callaghan responded on behalf of the team, speaking about the bond, the friendship and the enjoyment of tackling the season’s highs and lows together.

It was very gratifying to see the most recent De La Salle graduates (and several current students) revelling in the experience of being part of the Lasallian community via the footy club. These young men who all left school nearly 12 months ago, along with many of the dads present who are Old Colls, displayed a beautiful link between their times as students at the College and their ongoing bond. I really hope the Year 5 boys I interviewed on Saturday end up like these young men.

Lastly, a reminder that the Parent Network Annual General Meeting is coming up on Monday 25 October and we would encourage all parents and guardians to attend if they can. The Parent Network is an important part of the structure of the College. Parents who participate have the opportunity to get involved in a friendly and social way while supporting the life of the College, and we deeply appreciate all of their efforts on behalf of the College community.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Deputy Principals’ Column


Young Lasallian Leadership Program

Example makes a much greater impression than words”
St John Baptist de La Salle

Significant time, energy and effort has been invested in the development of our student leaders this year. In collaboration with the Lasallian Youth Ministry, a program was developed to support our Year 6 to Year 9 student leaders. Being a leader can be challenging.

The Young Lasallian Leadership Program began by posing the following questions:

  • Who is a leader in your life?
  • Who have been great leaders in history?
  • What makes someone a good leader?
  • If you could change anything about the world what would it be?

Being a leader is about understanding your strengths and being able to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the people in your leadership team. When everyone works together and puts their strengths together they will become a successful team. It was fantastic to see the older students mentoring the younger students.

Young Lasallian Leadership Day Gallery and Student Reflections

I would like to extend my thanks to Mrs Anette Phillips, Director of Primary and Mr Luke Kenealy, Director of Students Years 4 – 9, for their support of the young men in their care and for their presence on the day.

R U OK? Day

Survey findings released on World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday 10 September indicate that Australians have mixed attitudes and behaviours towards people who die by suicide, and an inaccurate understanding about suicide and its prevention. It may surprise you to learn that 30% of adolescents aged 12–20 have thought about suicide at some point in their lives (Orygen, 2015). In light of data like this, many of you would understand that just like physical fitness, mental fitness takes regular effort.

Good mental health allows our young men to deal with the changes and challenges life throws at them. Good mental health enables life to be lived in a positive and meaningful way. It includes things like being able to work and study, deal with day-to-day life stress, feel connected to others, be involved in activities in your community and ‘bounce back’ when things go wrong.

R U OK? Day emphasises that we are stronger together. Our College Leaders have been spreading an affirmative message of action; creating a more connected College community by encouraging regular, meaningful conversations between their peers. Here is a message to our community from College Captain, James Biviano:

I’ll start with a few quick facts on mental health, men make up 75% of suicides in Australia, and more woman seek suicide prevention help than men. Also one in every five men between 16 and 24 experience a level of mental illness and only 13% of people seek help for their mental illness. To quote Barack Obama, “Too many people who struggle with mental health illnesses are suffering in silence rather than seeking help.”

Why don’t men feel comfortable seeking help? I’ve heard people say it’s because there is a stigma associated with mental illness. We need to be strong and stoic as males; however, the main issue today is with young men thinking they are burdening their mates with their problems. By sharing what you are battling with your mates, it doesn’t pass a burden onto them but offers you a release to be yourself again. Ultimately this brings you closer to your mates, strengthening those bonds whilst maintaining your health. So it is a double win. Feeling awkward and exposed when sharing something personal is a natural response.

This is where R U OK? Day fits in. The day itself doesn’t hold much significance but the message it sends is of vital importance. When you are checking in with your mates, wait for the right time to approach them. Make sure you are in the right headspace and not distracted or stressed. Find a comfortable space and leave yourself time. A possible approach could be making a comment on any behavioural change that is evident. Maybe one of your mates has started to drink more than usual on the weekend or he may be starting to disengage at school. You could start by asking, what has been happening? Why do you think that is?

As a Year 12 community of brothers we have a duty to be mates to our mates, and to make sure they are travelling along well. We are lucky because we have an incredible network of support across the school. We have a group of mates who genuinely want the best for us.

James Biviano
College Captain

Beyond Blue Check In App

This app provides building blocks for how you would approach your friend and gives you a confidence boost to know what to do if your friend does need support. It helps young people plan a conversation; where they will have the conversation, what they will ask, what they have noticed and what they can do to support their friend. Young people also have the chance to rate the conversation through the app and get advice on the next steps in helping their friend while looking after their own mental health.


Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Staff and Operations

Before/After School Supervision

Parents are reminded that students should not be at school before 8:20am or after 3:30pm due to supervision not in place before and after these times. This excludes students who are involved in supervised activities such as sports training or music ensembles. For parents of Primary students, St Joseph’s Primary School, Malvern has before and after school care facilities available. Please contact St Joseph’s (03) 9597 6300 for more information if you are interested.

Term Dates

Term 3 concludes with the Social Justice Mass on Friday 22 September at the normal time. Due to the Mass, there will be no Period 5 or Period 6 classes.

Term 4 commences on Monday 9 October and concludes for students and staff as follows:

Affects Date
Year 12 Friday 20 October (last day of classes)
Years 10 — 11 Friday 1 December
Years 4 — 9 Thursday 7 December
Teaching staff finish Friday 15 December
College office closes Friday 22 December

Staff Changes in Term 4

The following staff will be returning from leave:

  • Mr Shane Slavin
  • Mr Rob Hoich
  • Mr Chris Fleming
  • Mrs Susan Jost
  • Mrs Gemma Austin

The following staff are leaving after completing their replacement contracts:

  • Ms Michelle SantAngelo who was replacing Mr Shane Slavin
  • Mr Graham Haupt who was replacing Mr Rob Hoich
  • Mrs Roxanne James who was replacing Mr Chris Fleming

The following staff are on leave during some or all of Term 4:

  • Mr Chris Martin (on leave Term 4 replaced by Mr Matt Morris)
  • Mr Jeff Locke (on leave Term 4 replaced by Mr Ryan McDonagh)
  • Mr Tim Curran (on leave Term 4 replaced by Mr Michael Chippendale)
  • Mr Ray Leetham (on leave Term 4)
  • Mr Raj Rathinam (on leave Term 4)
  • Mrs Melanie Livera (on leave to 10 November)
  • Mrs Liz Phibbs (on leave to 20 October)
  • Mr Tom Ryan (on leave to 20 October)
  • Mr Bryan Hayes (on leave to 17 October)

Emergency Management Drill

Please note that as part of our Emergency Management Planning, the College will conduct a practice emergency drill in the week commencing Monday 18 September.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

Lasallian Induction Session for New Staff

One of the opportunities for new staff to Lasallian schools is an induction program that runs over four sessions throughout the year. On Wednesday 6 September, De La Salle College hosted the third induction session for new staff to Lasallian schools; our own staff and those from St Bede’s College, St James College and St John’s Regional College.

The session focused on the work of the Lasallian Foundation, which was established in 2004 by the De La Salle Brothers, and supports development projects in the Asia Pacific region and more recently in South Sudan. The De La Salle Brothers have been committed to reaching out to the least, the last and the lost for over 330 years. Through the Lasallian charism and tradition there has been ongoing commitment to support young people and their communities in producing positive change for those who have little hope. In the same way as St John Baptist de La Salle, the Brothers commit themselves to the service of the poor, have always in view, the promotion of justice and those neglected by the rest of society. To take a view in favour of the poor, informed by faith, helps all Lasallians to recognise the inequities that exist in society. As Lasallians, we are all called to make it possible for the least, the last and the lost to live with dignity and to be open to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

We were privileged to have Ms Miranda Chow, CEO of the Lasallian Foundation, to present the session and talk to us about the work of the foundation — providing basic facilities for children, young adults and teachers in underdeveloped countries. Miranda travels extensively for the Foundation identifying needs in the Asia Pacific countries where the De La Salle Brothers have a presence. Once projects have been established, she revisits the sites to assess progress and the use of the new facility and/or program.

Miranda was very clear in stating the appreciation the Lasallian Foundation has for the support of Lasallian schools in Australia through Mission Action Day and other fundraising events that support social justice initiatives both at home and overseas.

Sacrament of Confirmation

It was wonderful to see our Confirmation candidates make their Confirmation last Sunday 10 September at St Anthony’s Parish in Glen Huntly. We are fortunate at De La Salle College to have College Chaplain, Mrs Joan Ferguson prepare our boys for the sacraments. Congratulations to all the students and their families, and a special acknowledgement to Joan for all her work and commitment to the College Sacramental Program.

Community Mass this Sunday

This coming Sunday 17 September, we have our final Community Mass for the year at a “pop up” church in St James Parish in Brighton. 73 North Road, Brighton is the official Church address but access to the “pop up” church is off Murphy Street. Mass commences at 9:00am. Please join us!

A Prayer for R U OK? Day

Today, Thursday 14 September the College recognises the importance of R U OK? Day.

R U OK? Day is dedicated to reminding us to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, “R U OK?”. Connecting regularly and meaningfully is one of the most powerful things we can do to make a difference to anyone who might be struggling. Checking in, by asking a meaningful, honest R U OK? can really make a difference to the mental state of those we care about.

As Christians, we are called by Jesus to show love, care and compassion to all our brothers and sisters and when we care for others we are caring for Christ.


We pray that you bring comfort and relief to those who are troubled in mind and spirit.

Bring them hope, peace and the consolation of a loving community.

Grant patience and courage to the families and friends of those who are struggling and inspire us as we seek to overcome fear, acquire knowledge and advocate for compassionate and enlightened treatment and services.

We remember today all those who live in the depths of mental illness and pray that their perseverance is increased as they face challenges to recovery.

St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for Us

Live Jesus in our Hearts — Forever

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Chaplain’s Notes


Congratulations to Aiden, Julian, Thomas, Michael, Max, Ben, James, Gavin, Cohen, Nathan, Ronan, Scott and Anthony who were Confirmed at St Anthony’s Parish on Sunday 10 September. Also, congratulations to our Year 7 students; Matt, Kyle, Joshua, Locky and Michael who received the Eucharist for the first time and the Sacrament of Confirmation.

In a beautiful ceremony, enhanced by the musicians and choristers of the Parish, Bishop Elliott urged the young people to be strong in their faith and to stand firm for what they believe.

In the lead up to Confirmation the students gathered with their families for a family Mass and a Retreat day. These are some of the comments from their experience exploring Catholic Melbourne.

After I finished Reconciliation (at St Francis) I came out and felt like a new man… I had released all my worries and now I feel much calmer.” 

I learnt that St Francis Church is the oldest church in Melbourne and was surrounded by a creek and bushland.” 

I really enjoyed the visit (to St Patrick’s Cathedral) and the quiz. It was the best visit I have done.” 

This place (Carmelite Chapel, Kew) was awesome and very cool, because the nuns were very nice and the church was amazing.” 

St Anthony’s Shrine (Hawthorn) was built by the Italians and they brought their saints with them. It is different than our churches.”

Mother Teresa started the Order (Missionaries of Charity) because she wanted to help people who were suffering. She is dead now, but the Order carries on her work.”

Wilcannia In Their Own Words

Recently a group of Year 11 students travelled to Wilcannia, a small town located within the Central Darling Shire in north western New South Wales. This was the third largest inland port in the country during the great river boat era of the mid-19th century and is today home to a significant Aboriginal community. Under the watchful eye of Mr Tim Hogan and Mr David Murray, and with the support of Mr Tom Buick, Mr Jeremy Reynolds and Mr John Egan, the students travelled to St Therese’s School to undertake maintenance work and interact with the students.

In a debrief with these students last week this is what they had to say:

We all worked extremely hard over the week and we built a new garden and new paths. This was the best thing I have ever done by far and if we could have stayed longer with the kids, I’m sure every one of us would have liked to do that.”

We did landscaping and painting for the school and worked with the kids. When I heard their stories I realised that I am grateful for what I have been given.”

It’s a real eye opener and it has changed me as a person.”

Amazing trip… made me realise how good social service makes you feel and I want to include more in my life.”

I feel as though we were able to really give the kids a reason to be excited to learn and come to school.”

All of the students expressed a deep appreciation for their experiences and the impact it has had on their lives; stating that they have come to value how fortunate they are with their own families, school and future opportunities. Perhaps most significantly they realised how influential they could be as role models and big brothers for the children at the school.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Tiverton News

Talking ‘Trash’ in Year 7 English

Hi, I am Jacob Dee. I am in Year 7 Dunstan. In English this semester, we have been reading and studying the adventure novel ‘Trash’ by Andy Mulligan. To fully comprehend and understand what we have been reading, we engaged in some interactive activities based around the novel. Everyone in the class had to transform the novel into the new form of a game. There were limited restrictions on the making of the game; which I enjoyed because it allowed me to be more creative with my work. I instantly knew how I was going to make the game. I decided on using ‘Scratch’ that I already had a lot of experience using in the Decoding Immersion subject. ‘Scratch’ is an online program that allows people to share their art, games and animations with coding. The program is very easy to learn and it makes learning in class more entertaining. Our group’s game was based on the idea of the various obstacles that Raphael, the protagonist in the novel, had to overcome. Each player of the game had to use the arrow keys to navigate their way through the different levels and jump over any ‘stinky puddles’. Our class made great and unique games; no game was even close to being similar. There were online games, board games, game shows, and someone even made a scavenger hunt. On the day, we were sharing our games, we had some time to finalise our games and make sure everything was working in the right manner. Following this, we had a turn at playing each other’s games. My partner and I played a game similar to Monopoly but with a ‘Trash’ theme. Instead of chance cards, their group made “Finish the Quote” cards. We then had to evaluate the other group’s game with the criteria given by our teacher. I really had a blast playing and creating games based on the novel ‘Trash’. It allowed us to be more open-minded and creative while doing our work.

Jacob Dee
Year 7 Dunstan

Kinnoull News

Very Special Kids’ Piggy Bank Appeal

This year has seen the introduction of a different Religious Education program for our Year 12 students. The program consists of a number of seminar days as well as a component of community service. Recently, over 20 of our Year 12 students gave up part of their weekend to help fundraise for a local charity — Very Special Kids. Each September, Very Special Kids run their annual Piggy Bank Appeal. Our young men were involved by being part of the collection team in the Bourke Street Mall last Saturday and Sunday. Their combined efforts raised nearly $4,000! It is the giving of their time and energy to help those less fortunate that is one of the core principles of a Lasallian education. We encourage our students to take this ideal and enact it throughout the rest of their lives.

A massive thank you to the boys for their efforts on the weekend! They were all fantastic and really got involved and embraced the whole experience.

Lou Cooney 
Friends of Very Special Kids Coordinator 

Very Special Kids cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing a children’s hospice and professional family support services. We help more than 900 families across Victoria with ongoing support from diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement.

They will be in the Bourke Street Mall each weekend during September, so if you’re in the city look out for the piggy bank and help raise some funds for this worthwhile charity. Alternatively, you can donate online.

Mr Chris Church
Religious Education Learning Area Team Leader

Write a Book in a Day Incursion

At its inception in 2002, Write a Book in a Day began as a partnership between Katherine Suzanna Pritchard Writers Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth. Chris Oakeley from the Centre and a few volunteers ran the competition and 18 teams raised money for the hospital. Now involving hundreds of schools from all over Australia, funds raised by Write a Book in a Day teams go toward childhood cancer research to improve treatments and find a cure.

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in Australian children. Three children die from cancer each week. The Kids’ Cancer Project (TKCP) supports some of the best childhood cancer researchers in Australia — they are independent and not aligned to one institution. The Write a Book in a Day competition has contributed $430,000 of this total since it began supporting TKCP in 2009.

Students from De La Salle College participated in the 2017 competition and this report was prepared for us by Year 12 student, Samuel Callaghan.

On Friday 21 July 2017, students from De La Salle participated in the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ fundraising competition for The Kids Cancer Project. In just a single day, several teams from a range of year levels managed to plan, write and bind their own original books for sick children aged 12 to 16.

Competitors arrived at 8:00am at the Tiverton Library, where each team of around half a dozen students received the parameters of their books. These parameters were year level specific and required teams to incorporate particular characters such as a nun or a shoemaker, settings such a dungeon or a house, and plotlines including discovery of magic powers or a birthday surprise gone wrong, within their stories. Teams were also required to implement key words throughout their stories from a list which included the words emerald and pillow. Despite the strange, and somewhat humorous parameters, as well as the narrow time frame; all teams, from the perfectionist seniors to the eager Year 7 students, managed to bind their books before the finish time.

The task required teams to use strong teamwork and communication skills to ensure that the end products were fluent and coherent. As well as the written story, the books featured hand-designed covers and pictures throughout the pages.

At the end of the day, the books were sent to the organisers of the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ event to be judged. They were also distributed to sick children in hospital to read. The event itself not only produces interesting reading material for sick children, but also raises over $150,000 per year for The Kids Cancer Project. The experience of writing a whole entire book from scratch in a single day is a rewarding challenge which I would highly recommend to any De La Salle student looking to embrace their creativity in a collaborative environment for the enjoyment of others.

Samuel Callaghan
Year 12

This Book ‘Carlos the Magnificent’ was written in a day by a team Year 10 and 11 students. Click to read the book in full.

Ms Olivia Wenczel
Learning Area Team Leader — English

The Science of Sleep

On Wednesday 30 August, our Unit 4 Psychology students had the exciting opportunity to take part in the Epworth Sleep Laboratory incursion. Students were able to test out the different resources used to measure sleep. Leon is shown here connected to EEG, EOG, EMG, (and that is his real time data on the big screen), Lachlan got to try the “bright light therapy glasses” (used to assist shift workers in regulating their sleep cycles), and Laurence tested out a CPAP machine (used to treat Sleep Apnoea).

Ms Jessica Stevenson
Psychology Teacher

Music Notes

Piano Lessons Available

Piano lessons with our new professionally qualified and accredited teacher are conducted in a positive and encouraging environment. Your child will realise his musical potential and achieve his goals through individualised lessons. That means lesson content is based on your child’s learning style, goals and interests. Examples may be pop, classical, movie themes etc.

To ensure that he has an enjoyable and meaningful learning experience, we can build your child’s knowledge around music that he brings in, or an arrangement of his favourite song according to his level can also be provided. Overall, the aim of piano lessons is to nurture a self-directed and confident musician and to develop the expertise to be involved in music making in the long run.

More information:

  • Preparation for AMEB examination is available with clear agreement between teacher, parent and student
  • Lesson time rotates every week to ensure your child does not miss the same class
  • Beginners to advanced level students at all ages are welcomed to apply
  • 30/45/60min x 16 lessons per semester; student can enrol at any point in the year
  • Students are required to have an acoustic piano or a weighted keyboard prior to the commencement of piano lesson
  • For lesson fees, conditions, and an enrolment form, please contact our Music Administrator, Ms Amanda Wallace –
  • If you have any questions on teaching style and lesson content, please contact Ms Heidi Ching –

Ms Cindy Frost
Music Coordinator

Sport News

Year 10 Hockey ACC Premiers

On Tuesday 5 September, a blustery and wet afternoon, the Year 10 Hockey team kept their winning streak alive by winning their fourth consecutive Premiership. This team has only ever lost one game in four years and won all the games they played this season. The team got off to a great start with Elias Fernandez scoring a goal in the opening two minutes, with a total of five goals to zero at the half-time break. The team went on to defeat Emmanuel eight goals to one, in one of their best team performances of the year. Clearly, the senior team will be very strong next year as the players from Year 11 and 12 combine. It has been great to watch all the team members develop as players over the course of the last two seasons. The skill of Elias Fernandez and Declan Edwards is something to behold and I would encourage anyone who gets a chance to watch either of these two in action to do so. You won’t be disappointed! It was also great that all 15 boys who were in the team got a chance to play and contribute to this Historic De La winning streak.

Goal Scorers on the day were: Elias Fernandez 3, Joel May 2, Declan Edwards 2, Arki Konstanopoulos 1

Best Players on the day: Declan Edwards, Elias Fernandez, Arki Konstanopoulos, Sam Andrews, Joel May, Joe Tutty

Mr Andrew Wozencroft
Hockey Team Coach


The De La Salle Basketball Club Summer 2017/2018 Season will commence on Friday 13 October 2017 (the first Friday of Term 4) and will run through until the end of Term 1 2018 with a break for Christmas. You can go to the De La Salle Basketball Club website to register. Registrations open after Tuesday 19 September.

Please follow the instructions closely to complete the registration and payment process. Any Year 12 students who wish to play who have already turned 18 can play in the U18 grade since they are still at school. They can, therefore, complete the season even though it continues into 2018. Any queries can be directed to Michael Bohan 0439 172 465 or

Mr Michael Bohan, on behalf of the DLS Basketball Committee

Cross Country

Year 11 student, Liam Halloran recently competed in the Australian Cross Country Championships in Wollongong. Liam ran in the Victorian team which earned a silver medal, and he ran in the top 20 overall in Australia. A fantastic achievement! Well done, Liam.

Mr John McAlroy
Director of Students — Years 10 — 12

House News

St Mark’s House Footy Jumper Day — 20 September

On Wednesday 20 September, students are allowed to wear a ‘footy jumper’ to school. St Mark’s House will use this opportunity to promote awareness and raise funds for our House Charity, the Opening the Doors Foundation, which aims to provide indigenous students with educational resources and opportunities. The Foundation provides grants towards the funding of educational costs such as school uniforms, books, school camps and other school-associated costs.

The AFL Cup will be on site between 11:00am and 2:00pm and we will have a photo booth for students to have a photo in their footy jumper with the AFL Cup.

Mr Paul Harrup
St Mark’s House Coordinator

Year 8 House Science Slide Competition

This term our Year 8 students were introduced to the wonderful world of Biology, looking at animal and plant cells through a microscope. We decided to run a competition to see who could create the best homemade slide. We collected around fifty different homemade slides that ranged from leaves to dirt to a spider web. Some very creative and exciting slides were produced which made judging difficult, but we congratulate Max Kovacevic who’s fly wing slide has earned St Leo’s House a cool 10 points. Well done Max!

Runners-up were William Dwyer’s sea salt slide and William Regan’s lettuce leaf close-up. Congratulations to every student who had a go. We may have some future biologists amongst us!

  • First place and 10 points to St Leo’s House
  • Second place and 7 points to St Edwin’s House
  • Third place and 5 points to St Edwin’s House

Ms Joelene Dight-Smith
Laboratory Manager – Tiverton Campus

St Austin’s House Charity

At the end of Term 2, St Austin’s House ran a week-long event in support of our House Charity, The Melbourne Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office. The intention of the week was to raise awareness for “Welcome Refugees Week”, a national campaign held between June 19–23.

During the week-long event the following activities were held across the College;

  • Published daily in the student daily notices were testimonials of refugees now living in Australia.
  • A compilation of recorded short stories of refugee testimonials used during homeroom/mentor time for discussion and contemplation.
  • Throughout the week, St Austin’s House Leaders visited both campus Year Level assemblies promoting the week, posters were made and displayed in classrooms and common areas around the College. St Austin’s Student Leaders also visited the staff Monday morning briefings prior to this event to promote awareness with College staff.
  • On Friday 23 June, we held a casual clothes day with a gold coin donation from every member of the community in support of the charity. During lunch time on this day, the Leaders ran a sausage sizzle at Kinnoull selling over 250 sausages and 200 cans of drink.
  • After school on Friday 23 June, a “Detention4Detention” session was held in the St Miguel Theatre where students used this time to demonstrate their support for Refugees in detention.

Last Friday, we welcomed Ms Brenda Hubber, Executive Officer from the Melbourne Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office to receive a cheque on behalf of the De La Salle community for $1,609.58. St Austin’s House is very proud to have raised the awareness of refugees and migrants throughout the week-long campaign and we look forward to building on this next year.

Mr Shane Mackintosh
St Austin’s House Coordinator

Library News

Cite This For Me

Effective referencing is one study skill that cannot be taught too early in a student’s learning life. ‘Cite This For Me’ is an online tool designed to help students prepare their reference lists quickly and easily. It is available on the Library Homepage. In general, De La Salle College uses the Harvard style of referencing, however, students may need to check with their teachers first, as occasionally other styles may be required.

Mrs Susan Jost
College Librarian

Parent Network News

Parent Network Annual General Meeting – 25 October 2017

All parents are warmly invited to attend the Parent Network AGM at 7:30pm on Wednesday 25 October 2017 in the PAC. Mr Tom Ryan, Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations will join us and speak about the upcoming building plans and present the Principal’s report.

New Committee members to be elected at the AGM

We urgently need parents to put up their hand to join the Parent Network committee for 2018. The positions of President and Vice President are becoming vacant and there are also a number of general committee positions to be filled. If you are interested in being part of our very active committee, please let us know by completing the AGM Nomination Form 2017 and forwarding it to

Parent Social Night with ‘DOWN FOR THE COUNT’ – 28 October

If you’re a child of the 70s or 80s DOWN FOR THE COUNT are your very own party band! Aussie and Kiwi classics, and international hits guaranteed to awaken your inner teenager and memories of Countdown and Molly. More information and booking details to follow soon, so save the date — Saturday 28 October.

Mrs Cate Robertson
President — Parent Network Committee

Wellbeing News

Carving out Tech-Free Time

Working on the Tiverton campus, I frequently speak to families in conflict about what is fair and unfair when it comes to technology use. Teenagers always want more time and freedoms online and parents become increasingly frustrated when the boundaries they have put in place are broken. It is not the constant arguments that parents can’t seem to deal with (you’re all used to it!); it’s what technology takes away from parents that matters most. Parents miss not having quality time and conversations with their children. Technology has made teenagers unavailable, as they’re too busy hanging out with friends on video games or constantly chatting on social media.

These days technology can lead parents to become irritated and resentful. It interrupts conversation flow and worse still, it has the potential to make parents and adolescents more distant. It’s often only when technology is removed (at fairly agreed times) that parents can try to break through that teenage angst and have a decent chat. In this article, Melinda Gates recommends having designated times to unplug and suggests agreeing to a family media plan. Even if you don’t make the plan, it might make for a good discussion around fairness and compromise of technology use in your house.

If you do have a chance to chat with your son about his technology use, then make sure you can model similar behaviours. With workplaces becoming increasingly agile and flexible, the boundaries between work and personal life are becoming more fluid (i.e. more people are able to work from home and send emails after hours) but children and teenagers need their parents to be available too.

Ms Karina Dubroja
College Psychologist – Tiverton Campus

Important Notices


Tickets for the Sacre Coeur and De La Salle Senior Musical, Stella are selling fast. Please go to the National Theatre website to secure your tickets. You don’t want to miss out! This production premieres on September 14 and 15 and involves over 50 students from Sacré Cœur and De La Salle from Years 9 to 12. If you, or your friends, love the 1980s, then get a group together and go see Stella!

Stella will be performed at 7:30pm on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 September, at the National Theatre, St Kilda.

Fame! I’m going live forever. Baby, remember my name… Remember, Remember”.

The Importance Of Being Earnest

OLSH College and De La Salle College present The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. We are very excited about the inaugural senior drama production with our two colleges. A very talented cast is enjoying the brilliance of Oscar Wilde as they rehearse this wonderful comedy of manners. The Irishman Oscar Wilde claimed to write ‘trivial comedies for serious people’, but he did much more than that. His wit mixed impudence, farce, and logic. The Importance of Being Earnest was first produced on St Valentine’s Day, 1895, and it has lost little of its bite today.

Now produce your explanation and pray make it improbable.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest will be performed at 7:30pm on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 September, in the OLSH College Hall. To book, please visit TryBooking.

Media Awards 2017

The annual Media Awards Night is on Thursday 12 October at 6:45pm in the St Miguel Theatre. Throughout the year, our Year 12 students have been working hard on their Production Design Plans and films. Please join us in celebrating their efforts with a night of films that are sure to entertain. Family and friends are welcome.

Ms Haylene Peipert
VCE Media Teacher

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates on the College calendar.

ACC Photo Day - Blue and Gold
Class of 2016 - 1 Year Reunion - Racecourse Hotel, Malvern East, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Duke Of Edinburgh Assessment - Anglesea
Year 11 PNG School Improvement and Cultural Experience - 17 to 29 September, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
De La Salle College Arts Week - 18 to 22 September
Art and Design Exhibition Opening Night - PAC, 7:00pm
Art and Design Exhibition Viewing - PAC, 9:00am - 3:30pm
MOFS 'High Tea' - The Gables, 15 Finch Street, Malvern East, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Art and Design Exhibition Viewing - PAC, 9:00am - 12:00pm
College Social Justice Mass - Gymnasium, 1:35pm - 2:29pm
School Holidays - 25 September - 6 October
VCE Trial Exams (Year 12) - 2 October - 6 October