The Duce Issue 2018 06 - 10 May 2018

From the Principal

There is so much that goes on beyond the classroom in a big and busy school like De La Salle College.

This week I would like to focus briefly on the very successful production of Legally Blonde, the Musical, presented by our students last week in conjunction with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Bentleigh. The musical itself was great fun; a truly excellent presentation by many very talented young men and women, all of whom contributed so much to the quality of the performance each night. However, beyond the central features we all see – the singing, dancing, acting, music, stage crew, costumes, set design and all that goes into these events – there is a much greater benefit.

Long‐running performing arts events like our annual musicals bring together a vast range of students to work towards a shared goal. Whether they are in a lead role, playing in the orchestra, in the supporting cast or backstage there exists a wonderful sense of belonging, unity and the opportunity for personal growth. These productions encourage, in fact, require, development of a range of crucial skills which benefit the students in their academic and personal lives; commitment, resilience, high‐level organisation and interpersonal skills. Each year the students develop wide and close‐knit circles of friends as well, which is always lovely to see.

I had an email from one of the cast’s mothers this week, which I believe, sums up the tremendous experiences our boys gain from the performing arts.

I include an extract here:

One of the reasons we selected De La Salle for our three sons was for the breadth of extracurricular activities offered to students, and the acknowledgement that there are many different passions and talents that can be developed, supported and encouraged.

Our three boys are very different, and for my son, school team sport has not been an area of particular interest. However, in Year 9 he put up his hand to be a part of Grease, beginning his four‐year commitment to these productions. Participating in the shows requires many hours of commitment over many months. Through this we have watched him, develop self‐confidence, maturity, an understanding of commitment and responsibility, and a sense of team spirit. He has made many new friends, developed a love for the performing arts, and very importantly, experienced joy through performance. His confidence and sense of self, have soared, and we are amazed and proud of the young man he has become.”

Andrew Murrell and his team are to be commended for the many, many hours of work that go into these events. I know our family is more than a little sad to have watched the final production, but we do hope that he continues to follow this passion as he moves into a new phase of his life. We have your school to thank for that, and hope that many future students will benefit also.”

Coincidentally, I was last week reading an article from the UK on the value of performing arts.

Arts education is linked to enhanced academic achievement in areas such as mathematics, reading, creative problem solving, critical thinking, and verbal skill, and can improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork. Research acknowledges the value of creativity, curiosity and imaginative play, particularly for young children, and the need for innovative, creative and critical thinking in successful societies of the future”. Also, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation (UNESCO), arts education “keeps students in school”.

The Warwick Commission asserts that arts education should be an entitlement — a universal right — for all children in schools: “We need creative scientists as much as we need artists who understand the property of materials and the affordances of new technology,” it states. Respected education expert Sir Ken Robinson has long declared that “creativity is as important in education as literacy” describing it as a “myth” that only certain people are creative. There is clearly so much more to be said for these shows than what the audience sees on stage on show night.

Thank you and well done to all concerned, especially our Drama Coordinator, Mr Andrew Murrell, who for the second year in a row took on the daunting role of Director. Ms Kelly Williams stepped into the role of leading the orchestra in their many hours of rehearsal and did an outstanding job in developing the students to the stage where their performances were inspiring and an integral, magnificent part of the show.

Thank you to the 550 mums and sons who attended this week’s Mother’s Day Breakfast. Since we held the first one in 2014, with about 240 in attendance the Mother’s Day Breakfast very quickly grew to 400 in 2015, 500 in 2016 and 550 for the past two years. It is a wonderful celebration of community and our mothers/sons’ relationships, which we are very proud to be a part of at De La Salle. A special thank you to Parent Network President, Mr Anthony Muir, ex‐President, Mrs Cate Robertson and Alumni Officer, Mrs Trish Woodman who all did so much to make the Breakfast a tremendous success once again. Guest speaker Mrs Jennie Loughnan (aunt of three current students, AFL Ground Operations Manager and Secretary of the De La Salle Old Collegians Football Club) gave an excellent presentation around her experiences with the College and her professional journey through football.

Here at the College, we have had cause to undertake significant reviews around our various trips, exchanges and immersions. I would like to advise our community on the status of two of our traditional social justice immersion experiences for our students.

After many years of very generous personal commitment, service and dedication to numerous projects at De La Salle Secondary School Bomana, Papua New Guinea, Mr Tim Hogan and Mr Warren Walker have decided to step aside from this very demanding commitment. I must thank Tim and Warren for their ongoing willingness to regularly sacrifice a week of their September holidays to lead the Bomana project and provide supervision, instruction and overall invaluable and enriching experiences for many, many Year 11 students over the years. Their qualifications, skills and creativity via backgrounds in trades has been of unlimited value to the projects and all at Bomana are very grateful. The enthusiasm Tim and Warren demonstrated for the PNG trips, their generosity of time and spirit and the frantic pace at which they worked to complete projects in hot, humid, uncomfortable conditions is an enduring memory of the program. Organising and leading the Bomana project and supervising the works is a demanding role, requiring a variety of generalised and specific building skills and indeed, qualifications. In the absence of any formal applications from other suitably qualified staff and with ongoing concerns around being able to satisfy the demands of contemporary risk assessments – including DFAT warnings regarding civil unrest and security for trips of this nature to various countries, including PNG – it has been decided that the Papua New Guinea trip will not run in 2018.

This was a difficult decision for me to make, but for the reasons outlined above, I have little alternative. We will continue to support Bomana financially through our “twinning” arrangement and Mission Action Day funds. We will also explore with Bomana and the Lasallian Foundation how we can best contribute to the Lasallian Mission in Papua New Guinea. The potential for staff to visit PNG and assist with teacher professional learning is certainly one possibility available.

The other trip in question is the annual Exchange Program between De La Salle Malvern and La Salle Green Hills, Manila. Regrettably, we have felt it necessary to take the decision that we will not be sending a group of students to La Salle Green Hills in 2018. Despite the many benefits of the Exchange over more than 20 years, a number of factors combined to drive this decision. Our most recent trip to the Philippines in 2016 raised a number of concerns about the actual nature, purpose and value of the immersion. There are two main concerns influencing our decision. New legislation in Australia makes it even more crucial that we take more and more precautions around Child Safety. This is of particular relevance given our students are in a homestay environment for the best part of two weeks.

Firstly, trips to foreign countries carry a significant risk for us to mitigate, travel warnings from our government advise more caution than ever and the advice and rules around homestays – plus some issues of concern from our experiences in 2014 and 2016 — make that arrangement increasingly difficult. The original purpose, rationale and justification for the Philippines exchange was to be at one with the poor and support them when and how we could. The declining opportunities to engage in true social justice work and activities in Manila has also impacted on the viability and value of the trip from a Lasallian point of view.

Discussions and recommendations from the Camps and Overseas Trips Committee, plus anecdotal evidence regarding the Philippines exchange were communicated to the Executive Team, and to me personally, for consideration. In the current climate, especially with uncertainties around our capacity to mitigate certain sections of the Risk Assessment, I have little choice in the short term but to cancel the exchange for 2018. The safety of our students must be the number one consideration.

I have spoken to Br Ricky Laguda, General Councillor for the Lasallian District of PARC (Pacific‐Asia Regional Conference) about my decision. Br Ricky is positive there will be alternative experiences and options for Malvern students to support social justice initiatives within his District. We are still keen to explore these options for the future and we are willing to look at the practicalities of hosting the Green Hills boys next year. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I am confident we can continue the very strong relationship between Malvern, Bomana and Green Hills in other ways.

Congratulations to our students Benjamin Fierenzi, Year 12 (St Leo’s) Infielder and Mackenzie Turley, Year 11 (St Mark’s) Catcher who represented Victoria in the recent Australian Baseball Championships. Their team was successful in winning the bronze medal at the Championships.

Ben was named in the 2018 All Australian Baseball Team selected directly from performances at the Championships, the second year in succession he has achieved this accolade.
With 2018 being an Australian Schoolboys touring year, Ben will now travel to the US in September with this team for a 25 day College Baseball experience, commonly recognised as the Australia’s most prestigious trip in junior baseball giving all the boys the opportunity to fulfil their dreams of playing baseball and attending College in the US in the future. Here is Ben Fierenzi with his Mum, Kellie, at the Mother’s Day Breakfast.

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 18 May. The Mission Action Day awards acknowledge the extraordinary effort of individual students in obtaining sponsorship money. The highest individual fundraiser will be presented with the Ian Oliver Mission Action 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 effort of all students. The money raised will support the many development projects and initiatives of the Lasallian Foundation in remote Australia and Asia. The annual Mission Action Day raffle will also be drawn at the Assembly. Students will be allocated a raffle ticket for each $50 increment they raised. Four $50 gift vouchers will be presented to the winners.

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 Mission Action Day Fundraiser can be concluded.

Year Level Assemblies in the PAC

Year 7: Thursday 8:30am — 8:55am each fortnight from 17 May until the end of the year.
Year 8: Tuesday 8:30am — 8:55am each week from 8 May to the end of the year.
Year 9: Monday 8:30am — 8:55am each fortnight from 14 May to the end of the year.

Music Ensembles

From 14 May there will be a change of start time for before school practice for the Concert Band on Mondays and the Stage Band on Tuesdays. Practices will run from 7:30am until 8:30am in the PAC. Boys involved in these ensembles are expected to attend their Mentor Group on Mondays and Tuesdays. The full schedule for before school ensembles is listed below.

 Before School Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
7.30 am — 8.30 am PAC Concert Band (KWL) Stage Band (JLE) Choir (CFR)
8.00 am — 8.55 am Music Rooms Senior Flute (KWL) Strings (DRC) Guitar (MLW)
8.00 am — 8.55 am PAC Intermediate Band (PKR) Junior Band (KWL)

Lost Property

There are a number of lost items of uniform from this term at Reception areas on each campus. Students are asked to check at Reception if they have lost anything.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations


When you set a boundary as a parent, you show that you care

Last week, Tim Winton wrote some wonderful stuff about how men don’t, but should, give clear values statements to teenage boys, who are hungry for direction in a culture that doesn’t seem clear about anything. We men need to step up. We need to have some gravity and sense of responsibility. How else can our youngsters relax or feel safe in this world? How else can they learn to be good women and men? To read more on this topic click here.

High‐Performance Leadership Development Program

For the past three weeks, the Year 9, 10 and 11 student leaders have been participating in a series of High‐Performance Leadership Development Coaching sessions with former AFL Footballer, Nathan Burke.

During the sessions, the student leaders have been planning for the launch of a Big Brother Little Brother Program at De La Salle College. When asked to establish a rationale for the program, the student leaders identified that the Big Brother Little Brother Program would:

  1. Establish camaraderie between seniors and junior students;
  2. Increase connection between students at Tiverton and Kinnoull Campuses;
  3. Inspire the juniors students to be leaders;
  4. Give seniors students continued opportunities to make a difference in the life of the College;
  5. Increase participation levels and College passion; and
  6. Leave a legacy to further enhance the culture of De La Salle College.

Young Lasallian Leadership Retreat – Year 6, 7, 8 and 9 Student Leaders

Facilitated by the Lasallian Youth Mission, our Year 6, 7, 8 and 9 Student Leaders focused on using their leadership influence. One of the sessions focussed on the teamwork shown by the Belgian horses. The Belgian horses teach us a very clear lesson about the importance of teamwork. When the Belgian horses pull together, they can pull three times more than they can when they work alone. In tandem, the Belgian horses can pull 32,000 pounds, which is a load four times heavier than they could pull alone. The powerful lesson that the magnificent Belgian horses teach conveys the importance of teamwork, collaboration and communication. Together we can achieve great things.

Read student feedback and view photo gallery here.

Mother’s Day Breakfast College Captain’s Speech – Panos Menidis

Today, we gather to stop, reflect upon and thank our mothers for everything they have done, everything that they do and everything that they will do for us in the future. This day is one were we universally celebrate the most important woman in our lives. And no that’s not the secret girlfriend you are hiding from your parents, it is the woman that brought you into this life, that raised you since day one and is here with you now as you grow to become a young man.

Read the full version of College Captain, Panos Menidis’s Mother’s Day Breakfast address here.

View the Mother’s Day Breakfast 2018 Photo Gallery here.

National shortage of EpiPen 300mcg Adrenaline (Epinephrine) Auto Injectors

De La Salle College has returned to a full supply of spare adult EpiPen 300mcg adrenaline auto‐injectors; however, Alphapharm Pty Ltd (Mylan Australia) has advised the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of the following information:

  • Supply of EpiPen 300mcg is constrained due to manufacturing delays;
  • Stock levels will not return to normal for some months;
  • Mylan Australia advises patients having difficulty obtaining an EpiPen 300mcg auto‐injector to contact their local pharmacy for assistance as stock continues to be distributed, despite constrained supply. This may require you to leave your prescription at the pharmacy while stock is ordered; and
  • The supply of EpiPen Jnr 150 mcg is not affected.

Students with expired and approaching dates of expiry have been contacted and arrangements made pending full supplies of EpiPen 300mcg.

De La Salle will continue to work with these families on an individual basis until full stocks are returned to local pharmacies. Further information can be obtained from the following link.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Faith and Mission

Young Lasallians Evening Gathering

On the evening of Monday 7 May the Young Lasallians Team hosted a Young Lasallians Evening Gathering for the Melbourne region at De La Salle College.

We began in the Peppercorn Café with a shared meal with student leaders from De La Salle College and St Bede’s College, then moved on to simple activities to build community and foster sharing among the Young Lasallians present.

The featured speaker at the gathering Br Mandy Dujunco FSC. Br Mandy challenged each of us to think about the journey we are on and how we need to be prepared to be confronted with the challenges that face us. Br Mandy reminded us that it is those very challenges that make us who we are, that teach us the life lessons that nurture the relationships we have with others and God.

It was a fantastic evening of Lasallian spirit and energy, full of reflection, laughter and friendship.

Prayer for Mother’s Day

This Sunday, we celebrate Mother’s Day. We wish all mothers a happy Mother’s Day and share with you this prayer in recognition of mothers everywhere.

Loving God,

We thank you for mothers – for the love they have shown and the care they have given.

We thank you for the qualities of our mothers; for their patience and kindness, their concern, unconditional love and understanding and for the part they play in our lives.

For mothers and motherhood, for children and families, we bring you this day our grateful praise.

We ask Mary our Good Mother, who showed us the Christian life by the example of her motherly love for her son Jesus, to care for and pray always for our mothers and grandmothers.



Year 7 Reflection Days

Reflection Days are wonderful opportunities for our students to take a step back, develop their reflective capabilities and nourish their faith journeys which are explored through presentations, small group discussions and retreat style activities.

This week, we concluded the last of our Year 7 Reflection Days and it was great to see the energy and enthusiasm of all the students involved. As always, the Youth Mission Team (YMT) did a great job engaging the students on the theme of “Knowing God: Communities and Belonging”.

I would like to commend the College Lasallian Youth Minister, Mr Aaron Trusler, for his dedication and engaged presence on all of the days, and also acknowledge the following staff for their commitment to the Reflection Days and their support of the Year 7 boys; Ms Joan Ferguson, Mr Chris Church, Ms Ellen Cotter, Mr Adam Jacobs, Ms Grace Giudice, Mr Ryan McDonough and Mr Paul Maxted.

Lasallian Youth Minister, Aaron Trusler, on the Year 7 Reflection Day

2019 Tercentenary Celebrations

You may or may not be aware that during 2019, the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers), and the wider Lasallian Institute will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the death of St John Baptist de La Salle, (1719–2019).

Earlier this week I attended the first of many planning meetings for the 2019 Tercentenary celebrations of the death of our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle and it was exciting to sit around the table with colleagues from St Bede’s, St James’ and St John’s Colleges as to plan and share ideas.

However, in the meantime, I invite all members from the De La Salle College community to click here to read and watch Brother Superior Robert Schieler, FSC, give an update on how we can all celebrate the Tercentenary (Year of Lasallian Vocations) in 2019!

2019 is going to be a wonderful year to celebrate!

Live Jesus in our hearts!

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Chaplain’s Notes

Year 7 Roland, Solomon and Vincent Retreat

Led by the Youth Ministry Team, the Year 7 students of homerooms Roland, Solomon and Vincent had a wonderful day of activities and reflections focusing on their relationship with each other and with God. There was a constant buzz of excitement as they took time out from their studies to develop a deeper sense of self and their place in the world. The day concluded with a prayer service in which all students participated.

Year 8 Liturgies

Year 8 Hegarty and 8 Jerome have both led the early morning liturgies in the past two weeks. Hegarty students invited us to reflect on the stoning of St Stephen, the first Martyr. They took from the reading the theme of Courage and led the community to examine the ways in which we are challenged to stand up for the welfare of others and for what we believe. Last Tuesday morning Year 7 Jerome took us back to the Council of Jerusalem, at which time the apostle came to realise that Jesus message was not just for the Jewish people but for all men. The Jerome students invited us to look more deeply at the theme of our College year, “Inclusiveness”, examining the challenges we sometimes miss in our daily lives.

Parents are reminded that they are most welcome to join us on Tuesday mornings in the Tiverton Chapel for an 8:15 am service. Please sign in at Reception before you go to the Chapel.


First Communion has been scheduled for 18 November 2018 at 11.00 am Mass at St Anthony’s Parish, Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly.

Confirmation will take place on Friday 10 August 2018 at 7:00pm at St Anthony’s Parish, Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads Glen Huntly.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Higgins ANZAC Poetry Competition

Congratulations to all of our students in Primary who entered the 2018 Higgins ANZAC Day Poetry Competition.

Anzac Day is a significant date on the Australian calendar and the Higgins Anzac School Poetry Competition gives students the opportunity to reflect on the courage and sacrifice of men and women who have served in conflicts and express their own feelings in verse. The theme for the competition was ‘What does Anzac Day mean to you?’

From over three hundred students across eleven schools in the Higgins electorate, three students from De La Salle College were selected as finalists.

The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP praised the effort and quality of the poems and the judges Krista Bell and local RSL Representatives had a very difficult task in selecting finalists and the winner. There were two categories – Year 3 and 4, and Year 5 and 6. In Year 4, Geordan Wain and James Harris were finalists and last Friday were presented with a certificate and copy of their poem. Year 6 student Benjamin Scheloske’s poem was selected as runner‐up and he was presented with a picture book, Jack’s Bugle written by Krista Bell, a certificate and a copy of his poem. It was a very exciting morning and we are very proud of all students and their effort, particularly Geordan, James and Benjamin.

On ANZAC day we remember those that have passed,
That fought in a war,
And died for us.
They fought for their country,
And put it all on the line.
I can’t imagine arriving at that beach,
Thinking about loved ones.
I can’t imagine seeing friends dying,
Then the man beside you does.
I can’t imagine having to kill another man,
To save your life!
To pull the trigger,
And watch another man die.
I can’t imagine seeing all the smoke from the guns,
And the blood from the men.
I can’t imagine the shock,
When you hear the first gun shot,
These men weren’t just soldiers,
They were heroes,
And that is why,
We will remember them!

Benjamin Scheloske, Year 6

J Harris Year 4 with Hon Kelly O'Dwyer ANZAC Poetry

On ANZAC Day we remember the soldiers,
Who served our country,
To protect us from the enemy.

A lot of them died from bullets,
Some from grenades,
So many lives lost!
So many families left in mourning.

They committed their lives to defend our country,
We are grateful for their sacrifices.
Their soul will live on and we will remember them.
Those who served our country,
We rewarded with pride!

James Harris, Year 4

We pray for the soldiers
That fought that very day.
They stood and didn’t stop,
Until they had it their way.
It wasn’t easy,
Lots have died,
But we remember,
Those who risked their lives,
At dawn,
To protect us all,
From death
We will remember them,
For being so brave.

Geordan Wain, Year 4

Mrs Anette Phillips, Mr Terry Atkins, Ms Pina Sernio and Mr Michael Chippendale
De La Salle College Primary

CECV Students with Disabilities (SWD) Program

The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) Students with Disabilities (SWD) Program aimed to improve the learning outcomes of educationally disadvantaged students, especially in reading and writing ability and numeracy.

Each year, schools could submit SWD applications in either Round 1 (October) or Round 2 (February). Eligibility for the program was then decided by the CECV SWD Committee.

There were seven disability categories: physical disability, chronic health impairment, severe language disorder (including severe developmental verbal dyspraxia), intellectual disability (including global developmental delay), hearing impairment, vision impairment and social‐emotional disorders (including autism spectrum disorder). Each disability category had criteria and documentation requirements that had to be met.

Disability funding for Victorian Catholic schools from Federal and State government sources was based on eligible SWD students flagged on the census.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) is a process that all schools must do every year. It counts the number of students who receive extra adjustments or ‘help’ at school because of a disability, as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA). Once the school decides that the student should be counted in the NCCD, they then choose a disability group and one of four levels of help that has been given to the student.

There are four disability categories:

  • physical
  • cognitive
  • sensory
  • social‐emotional.

There are four levels of adjustments:

  • quality differentiated teaching practice (QDTP)
  • supplementary
  • substantial
  • extensive adjustments.

Changes to Funding from 2019

Both Federal and State governments have indicated that the NCCD will now be used to inform funding. From 2019 onwards, schools will receive funding based on students counted in the NCCD at supplementary, substantial and extensive adjustments levels. Therefore, the CECV SWD Program will transition to the NCCD for the 2019 program year.

More information can be found in the attached Information Sheet and on the NCCD national website.

Ms Kathleen Holmes
Education Support Team Coordinator

Nurturing student interests — a Year 7 Story

Year 7 Photography Intern — Mission Action Day 2018

Beyond the formal setting of a classroom, the teaching and non‐teaching staff at De La Salle College are committed to nurturing student learning, initiative and interest in myriad ways. So when a student has a great idea, we try to run with it (no pun intended!).

Although he only joined the College in February, Year 7 student Lachlan Burnett had a few thoughts about how he could help the College by tapping into his interest in photography. The result was some great images from one of the big events on the De La calendar – Mission Action Day.

We asked Lachy to explain how he got interested in photography, and what he learnt from his day as a field photographer.

A few years ago for Christmas, my Mum and Dad put some money together to buy me a small point‐and‐shoot camera as a present. Ever since I have had a strong interest in photography and I take photos wherever I go. My Dad lives on a 68‐acre farm which has been the perfect home for that camera, as it houses limitless photo spots.

I have been lucky enough to capture some dramatic events at my Dad’s farm. I also have an interest in cars and trains, so I capture images at places such as the Diamond Valley Miniature Railway in Eltham and the Mornington Railway in… well, Mornington.

These experiences prompted me to take my photography further, so one day I was talking to Dr Walsh about MAD and I wondered if I could take photos on the day. She suggested that I could do some photography for the school with the De La Communications Coordinator, Ms Hermione Gilchrist. One thing led to another and on the day Hermione introduced me to a few technical parts of photography, gave me a red Nikon camera and let me go to take photos.

I was very surprised with how many complicated things there are with technical photography. (And also how heavy a professional camera is!) All up, it was a very enjoyable experience and taught me a lot about cameras and photography.

Lachan Burnett, Year 7

Lachy’s Top Shots — A Gallery

This year, the students at De La Salle raised over $100,000 by participating in the Mission Action Day Walkathon. This money will support projects in Australia and overseas which seek to engage marginalised and disadvantaged members of our global community. Some of Lachy’s photographs which are featured here will also be put on display in the Year 7 building.

Dr Melissa Walsh
Year 7 Coordinator

In9uiry — City Experience

Experiential learning in the City of Melbourne is alive and well thanks to the Year 9 students of De La Salle College.

During the past term, the Year 9 students have identified real‐world issues in the city and have been researching these concerns. For the past two weeks, the students have surveyed, photographed and interviewed a host of people in different locations to add support to their research findings.

The variety of issues is fascinating and include investigating hostile architecture, how street art influences tourism in Melbourne, implications of homelessness and accessibility to different public places to name but a few. The Year 9 students have also participated in the Anzac Spirit program at the Shrine and explored homelessness with The Big Issue.

The students have engaged with all of the activities enthusiastically and are now involved in collating their information to create thorough reports which will be displayed at the Expo Evening on 28 June.

Ms Elizabeth O’Connell
In9uiry Coordinator

Performing Arts Notes

Legally Blonde — the Musical

The fourth co‐production between OLSH and De La Salle was the fabulously fun Legally Blonde, the Musical. A veritable army of people, staff and students, have worked on the show for the past two terms and more. It has been a challenge on almost every level with its energy and colour, fabulous characters and music, and frenetic plot, but the ride has been worthwhile and I believe together we created something extraordinary.

My thanks to the Principals of both schools, Ms Anne O’Loughlin and Mr Peter Houlihan, for their constant and unstinting support. Ms Kelly Williams as Musical Director, Ms Julie Freeman‐Smith and Ms Megan Donahue as Producers, Ms Stephanie Hill who trained the singers and our wonderful choreographers, Ms Tasha Esteves and Miss Olivia Wenczel all deserve the highest praise for their efforts. Mr Bryan Smith has been his usual, steadfast and energetic contributor to all our preparations. I would also like to mention Mr Ryan Hayward for his stalwart efforts at scenery painting. Miss Sharni Folland was always there when needed most and I am very grateful to her. There are, as I said, so many to thank and I am grateful for every contribution others have made.

The show itself is a non‐stop rollercoaster of great music, plot and characters. All students involved worked very hard to produce something special. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Mr Andrew Murrell
Drama Coordinator

Sport News


Max Getley, Year 9, plays with Burwood Cricket Club. Recently, Max won the Batting and Champion Player Trophies at the Eastern Cricket Association Awards in the Under 14B category of the JD Norman Shield. He scored 251 runs in 8 matches at an average of 83 and accumulated 624 points for his bowling, batting and fielding efforts in the 2017/2018 season. The Award was presented at the Eastern Cricket Association Awards night at the Manningham Town Hall on Monday 7 May. Well done, Max! Click here to read Max’s full cricket career profile.


Congratulations to Noah Millard, Year 10, on his recent results at the Australian National Swiming Championships in Sydney. Noah placed third in the country for the 400 freestyle. This is a testimony to the hours and hours of time and effort Noah puts into his training schedule. In addition to this great result, Noah recently took 16 seconds off his 1500 metre time – another epic achievement! Congratulations, Noah.


Two of our De La sportsmen were represented at the Australian Baseball National Schoolboys tournament last week in Adelaide. Infielder Benjamin Fierenzi, Year 12 and catcher Mackenzie Turley, Year 11 represented Victoria and the team were successful in winning the bronze medal at the Championships.

Benjamin Fierenzi was named in the 2018 All Australian Baseball Team selected directly from performances at the Championships, the second year in succession he has achieved this accolade.

With 2018 being an Australian Schoolboys touring year, he will now travel to the US in September with this team for a 25 day College Baseball experience, commonly recognised as the Australia’s most prestigious trip in junior baseball giving all the boys the opportunity to fulfil their dreams of playing baseball and attending college in the US in the future. Congratulations, Ben! Congratulations, Mackenzie!

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Parent Network News

Save the Date

Friday 1 June 2018

Year 7 Parent Social Event – Invitation and details to be sent via email soon.

Saturday 11 August 2018

Whole School Parent Social Event, GG’s Restaurant, East Melbourne. Invitation and details to be sent via email soon.



The gym after the set up for the Mother’s Day Breakfast.

Mr Anthony Muir
President of the Parent Network

Important Notices

Time & Space — a program for Mothers and Sons

Now, where did all that time go? You’re invited to a special night with your son. We know that families come in all shapes and sizes and not all mothers can attend an evening such as this. A female mentor such as a grandmother, aunt or family friend is welcome to attend. Register online here or email

Here are a few comments from the 2017 Time & Space Mothers and Sons night:

I found out some new things.”

Excellent to spend time with mum.”

Great bonding time between my son and I without his younger brothers around.”

Enlightening — and we talk to each other a lot!”

Date: Monday 21 May
Time: 6:30pm for 6:45pm start
Venue: De La Salle College

Ms Sarah O’Connor
Personal Development Coordinator

2018–2019 Entertainment Books for Yaluwo

We are selling the very popular Entertainment Book as a fundraiser for our Yaluwo Project. Just $70 gets you a plethora of 2‐for‐1 and discount offers at many dining and entertainment venues. You’ll get your money back in two or three uses! It comes as a smartphone app as well, so go digital if you prefer. Here’s an idea — Buy one for Mother’s Day! Buy online here and support Yaluwo.

Mr Larry Evans
Yaluwo Fundraising Team

Family Week

This term the Lasallian Social Justice Group is focusing on Family Week, an initiative organised by CatholicCare (a social service of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne) from 14 May to 20 May.

At De La Salle College, we understand that our students come from different family backgrounds and dynamics. During Family Week we aim to celebrate the uniqueness of families, encourage students to spend more time with their families and raise awareness for families living below the poverty line. The group of dedicated Year 11 students are continually ensuring that Family Week is appreciated by putting up posters, setting up stands and collating facts for the Daily Notices. What better way to say ‘De La’ and ‘Family’ than with a game of foursquare? So, we will be running a competition during Family Week. Foursquare by nature is a fun, inexpensive, accessible game that anyone can play and enjoy. The money that we raise will go directly to CatholicCare, who will use the money to assist local families living below the poverty line. I hope you all get involved and appreciate the uniqueness of your own family!

Mr Aaron Trusler
Lasallian Youth Minister

Higgins Community Service Awards — Nominations Open

The Higgins Community Service Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of volunteers who freely give their time, skills and energy to help others in our local community. This is a great opportunity to show thanks and give special appreciation for the wonderful work and dedication of our local volunteers. Community groups, clubs or other organisations that engage volunteers in the electorate of Higgins will be able to nominate a recipient who deserves recognition.

The Higgins Community Service Awards will be presented on Thursday 19 July 2018 from 5.30pm – 7.00pm at the Banquet Hall, Malvern Town Hall. At this occasion, members of our local community will come together to recognise and celebrate the exceptional service of volunteers and the organisations they support. To assist you in making a nomination for the 2018 Higgins Community Service Awards, please click here for the nomination form.

Mrs Anette Phillips
Director of Primary

Cabrini Emergency Discount for De La Salle College Families

The College has an arrangement with Cabrini Hospital to provide a discount on Emergency Services.

Please note the change of times for the Cabrini Emergency Department.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend provides an opportunity to invest in your most precious asset… Your Marriage! Forget life’s tensions and interruptions and rekindle the closeness, intimacy, love and romance that brought you together. Recharge your relationship batteries and explore the precious nature of your marriage, allowing you both to share your feelings, hopes and dreams with each other in ways that normal, daily living tends to inhibit. There is no group sharing. Couples and a priest present the weekend. It is based around Catholic values, but couples of all faiths are welcome.

1 June to 3 June 2018, from 7:00pm Friday to 5:00pm Sunday. Accommodation and all meals provided.

For more information, contact Andre and Maria on 0411 225 992.



Important Dates

Important upcoming dates on the College calendar.


Year 9 City Experience Concludes - Roland, Solomon, Vincent - CBD
Music Soirée for Soloists - PAC, 5:45pm - 7:30pm
NAPLAN Testing - 15 May to 17 May
Primary Information Morning - PAC, 9:15am - 10:30am
Year 8 Reflection Day - PAC, 9:00am - 3:15pm
Founder's Day Mass and Celebrations - Kinnoull Campus, Mass 8:55am, Celebrations to 1:00pm, Dismissal times 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Time and Space: Year 7 Mother and Son Night - Gymnasium, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Unit 1 and 3 Music Recital - PAC, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Year 8 Reflection Day - PAC, 9:00am - 3:15pm
Morrisby Report Evening - Gymnasium, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Duke of Edinburgh Camp (Practice Journey) - 24 May to 25 May - Brisbane Ranges