The Duce Issue 2018 13 - 6 September 2018

From the Principal

This is a momentous week in the history of De La Salle College. After more than a year of negotiations, planning and preparations, I am now in a position to formally announce De La Salle College has taken over the lease of the former Holy Eucharist Primary School, Malvern East. In January 2019 this will become our Year 9 Campus.

With a raft of innovative plans and programs coming to fruition, the current climate is one of progression, development, innovation and working towards excellence in all areas of the College. Our goal, our vision, is to build on our traditions and all the strengths which have made De La Salle a great school for 106 years. We work with our families and our Lasallian community to achieve this and provide a unique education which suits our young men.

As negotiations between the various stakeholders became increasingly positive in recent months, raising the likelihood of our proposal coming to fruition, our preparations have been developing. This has included:

  • assembling a team of teachers committed to the new venture;
  • building a leadership team for the campus;
  • planning a new and innovative curriculum; and
  • arranging refurbishment works to reimagine Holy Eucharist as an exciting and engaging, contemporary space for our Year 9s.

Industry is increasingly requiring employees who demonstrate new skills such as critical thinking, creativity, metacognition, problem‐solving, collaboration, motivation, self‐efficacy, and perseverance. We are committed to the design and delivery of education programs and assessment regimes that address the development of such skills in young people. These programs must acknowledge and support the various stages of social, emotional and physiological development of young men moving through adolescence.

In 2014, De La Salle College convened a Working Group of interested staff to review the arrangements at Year 9. Over four years the group has undertaken extensive research of the current academic literature as well as conducted visits to a range of schools with successful Year 9 programs. What the group concluded was that Year 9 at De La Salle College would benefit greatly from change, supported by the many anecdotal reports from staff about issues with student engagement at that year level. A proposal emerged from this work, detailing the introduction of new elements to Year 9.

A Mission Statement for Year 9 was crafted:

The Year 9 program at De La Salle College is designed to be authentic, meaningful, purposeful and distinctive to Year 9 students.
Through collaboration and inquiry, they lead their own learning.

The Working Group also formulated six proposals for the shaping of a new Year 9 program, to be implemented progressively over three years. At this point in time, Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the College’s In9uiry Program have been successfully implemented. The sixth and final stage articulated the need for the acquisition of a site dedicated to Year 9, something that has been woven into the subsequent design of the College’s Master Plan.

It had become clear in investigations of other schools’ Year 9 programs that sites that have some operational autonomy are most successful in providing a customised program for Year 9 students. Two key factors contribute to this – a site that is staffed by teachers committed to Year 9 students and a timetable that is unconstrained by the limitations necessarily imposed by a timetable requiring integration with a Year 7–12 timetable.

The College has been active in investigating possible locations, with the Holy Eucharist site emerging as the most attractive among several other identified locations. Important considerations in assessing possible Year 9 sites have been proximity to the main sites in Malvern, accessibility to public transport, suitability of building stock, recreation space and scope for improvement works, among others. There is very strong stakeholder support and excitement about this proposal coming to fruition. This has been formed through consultation with staff, parents and students. These stakeholders conveyed via a recent survey that a bold step such as the creation of a new site for the College’s Year 9 students represents a necessary step in the further improvement and competitiveness of the College moving into the future.

Significant works are beginning next week to bring the property up to the standard expected of and required for a contemporary 21st century learning environment. It is imperative for our students, staff and parents that our Year 9 Campus presents as a clean, bright, inviting, modern and engaging learning environment. It will be fitted out via the planned refurbishment works to represent a contemporary image, equipped with the facilities and resources to support our innovative curriculum.

All College staff and Board Directors are thrilled that the research, planning, hard work and negotiations have paid off and led to this announcement. The initiative has always been about providing an enhanced experience for our Year 9s and now we are in a position to deliver. Depending on the refurbishment project’s timeline, we hope to invite Year 9 families to an Open Evening at a renovated Holy Eucharist site in late November. This move will also enable us to create more space on the Tiverton site, which we will now plan in more detail.

I would also like to convey my heartfelt thanks to all those individuals and teams who have invested so much time, strategy and energy into this exciting initiative. I look forward to working with all in our community on this terrific project, as the vision for De La Salle College – Holy Eucharist Campus becomes a reality.

Annual Music Concert

I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of all in the Music Learning Area for a simply outstanding concert last week. I said to the audience at the end of the night the annual concert improves in quality each year and I believe this was the best I have seen in my five years. The sheer quality of the students’ playing and singing, the variety of style, sound and genre, the obvious delight the boys took in performing and doing so well in front of friends and family were all highlights.

Fletcher Bird, 2018 Music Captain did a great job as MC and really grew in confidence as the night unfolded. The Junior Band, Stage Band, string, brass, percussion and guitar ensembles were of the highest standard, the increasingly popular choir sang beautifully and indeed all the pieces on a very full program were terrific to watch and listen to.

The relationship between the students and their dedicated teachers is increasingly a feature in the night at these concerts. With an obvious sense of camaraderie, belonging and inclusivity among the many, many students involved, the benefits of their participation in the arts extends well beyond rehearsing and performing.

A big thank you to Music Coordinator, Ms Cindy Frost, for her tremendous dedication to the cause, (after performing with Ms Kelly Williams at the Rheims Centre for Science and Technology Opening, going on to sing at the funeral of the mother of College Chaplain, Mrs Joan’s Ferguson and then rehearsing all afternoon) and of course the wonderful Music staff – Ms Kelly Williams, Mr Jaymee Lee, Mr Paul Coyle, Mr David Reichman, Mr Matt Lewin, Ms Penny Karahalios, Ms Serena Thean, Ms Hannah Trewartha, Mr Jarrod McCluskey and Mr Frank Fabris. Thank you and well done to all concerned.

If at all possible, I would encourage you to attend our annual Christmas concert in December, where the music team always put on a great show. In what is usually a hectic week, it’s really worth coming to — terrific fun each year!

Mr Peter Houlihan

Deputy Principals’ Column

Faith and Mission

Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads that celebrated last Sunday. We give thanks for all fathers and grandfathers. Often we describe them as mentors and role models in our lives and we remember them for their love, guidance, support and for the blessings they are. Or perhaps it is a father‐figure that we are most thankful for who has played a fatherly role in our lives. Whatever the relationship, we offer a prayer of gratitude.

God our Father, through the intercession of St Joseph, foster father of your Son Jesus Christ, we pray that you watch over all fathers, grandfathers and father figures. May they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.


Congratulations to Year 12 Student Joshua Paul

I am pleased to announce that Joshua Paul, a Year 12 student in St Edwin’s House and one of the College Vice‐Captains, has been offered a position as a Lasallian Volunteer in 2019.

Joshua will take up the position at La Salle College Middle Swan, Perth working with the Indigenous boarders. It is a 12‐month volunteer position and Joshua leaves for Perth on January 11, 2019. This is a great achievement as clearly the Lasallian spirit to want to be of service to others has moved and inspired Joshua throughout his years at De La Salle College. Congratulations Joshua!

St Mark’s House Charity — Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne’s Opening the Doors Foundation

St Mark’s House Footy Jumper Day on Wednesday 29 August has managed to raise $1484.25 and counting! The funds raised will be donated to the St Mark’s House charity Opening the Doors Foundation to provide educational resources and opportunities for disadvantaged Indigenous students. Footy Jumper Day saw staff and students proudly wearing their football colours, and featured the presence of the AFL Cup — an exciting moment for many students.

On Friday August 24 St Mark’s House hosted Aboriginal musician and World Vision goodwill Ambassador, Scott Darlow. Scott played and spoke to a full Performing Arts Centre audience, including St Mark’s House students from Years 7, 8 and 12, Primary and College Leaders. Opening The Doors Foundation Trustee, Emeritus Professor Gabrielle McMullen from Australian Catholic University also spoke on behalf of the Foundation.

All of this work reflects who we are as Lasallians, further anchoring us in our Core Principle of Social Justice and deepening our service and commitment to the local community. Not just by raising money, but through advocacy, participation and awareness‐raising. Congratulations to House Coordinator Mr Paul Harrup for his work behind the scenes of these events, the St Mark’s House Student Leaders and all the St Mark’s House staff.

Summary: Social Justice Statement 2018–2019

A place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2018–19 is titled A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land. It confronts the growing challenge of homelessness and housing insecurity in Australia.

The latest Census figures show that more than 116,000 Australians are homeless – something unacceptable for a rich and well‐resourced nation like ours. Yet these people are only the tip of the iceberg: welfare agencies report growing numbers of families and individuals struggling to meet the cost of mortgages or rents and turning to specialist housing services, which are often unable to meet demand.

The Scriptural basis of the Statement is Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30–35), about an outsider who does something that rich and influential men refuse to do: he stops to help a man in desperate need, takes him to safety and pays for his care. The Statement also draws on the example of Pope Francis, who has reached out to men and women on the streets of Rome and reminded us forcefully of the rights of people experiencing homelessness around the world.

The Bishops consider the extent of our housing crisis and Australia’s falling rates of home ownership. They focus especially on those in our society who are most vulnerable to housing insecurity and homelessness. We are reminded that safe and secure housing is a human right, asserted both by the Church’s social teaching and by the Declaration of Human Rights.

Homelessness is a challenge for all levels of society: for government, for Church and community, and for us as individuals. Each one of us can make a difference and, when we join with others, we can be a real force for change that ensures everyone has a place to call home.


Charitable Donations

There is a real need each winter season to support as many struggling families and individuals that go without. As Lasallian’s, we are called to do the work of Jesus Christ and in the words of our founder St. John Baptist de La Salle, “make Christ known to others.”

The donations will support one of the three following organisations;

  • Primary – St Joseph’s Outreach Centre, South Yarra.
  • 7 to 9 – Sacred Heart Mission, St Kilda.
  • 10 to 12 – Malvern Emergency Food Program.

Thank you and a reminder to all families to please continue sending in donations of non‐perishable food items and toiletries.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission 

Chaplain’s Notes

Aglow with the Spirit!

We congratulate the following students who were Confirmed by Bishop Peter Elliott on 10 August, 2018.

Year 6 students

  • Thomas Benvenuto
  • Lucas Bremner
  • Spencer Davey
  • Lucas Earle
  • Patrick Gamba
  • Angus Gill
  • Robert Graham
  • Samuel Hillemacher
  • Matthew Hughes
  • Phoenix Hussey Caprioli
  • Salvatore La Torre
  • Oliver Maher
  • Zane Maillard
  • Thomas McAuliffe
  • Samuel Pearson
  • James Righetti
  • Benjamin Scheloske
  • Riley Suffolk
  • Joshua Summers

Year 7 students

  • Cameron Clarke
  • Noah Henderson
  • Tristan Campbell
  • Jack Lanigan
  • Angus Osborne
  • Ryan Tatlis

Year 8 students

  • Charlie McGann
  • Ahangama Abeyagoonasekera

Cameron, Jack, Gus, Ryan and Charlie also received the Eucharist for the first time.

It was a most joyful celebration as these young people committed themselves in faith to God, supported by their family and friends. We ask that God will continue to bless them as they use their gifts to create a better world.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain


Year 9 students — MAKE YOUR BED!

Last week, our Year 9 students were part of a study skills program led by Success Integrated. It may seem odd to discuss study skills in the middle of Term 3, but the timing could not have been better as now is the time for our students to dig deep. It is now, exhausted from the long winter and with few goals other than to make it to the end of the term, that students need to be challenged to begin making their plans and strategies for a successful end of year exam campaign.

The presenters engaged their audience with music, jokes, chants and challenging ideas and our students responded wholeheartedly. They accepted that ‘now’ is the time to begin working for the harvest (success in the exams). It is NOW that seeds need to be planted so that skills will grow and knowledge can blossom.

So what does this have to do with making your bed? The presenters ended with this clipChange the World by Making Your Bed by Admiral William McRaven. While our camp in week four of Term 4 will not be as arduous as the SEAL training Admiral McRaven describes, it will develop resilience in our students. It will bring with it a sense of achievement, power and knowledge that they are innately ready for the challenges school and life brings.

After they have faced their daily challenges, if they have taken up Admiral McRaven’s advice, they will have a freshly made bed to rest in.

Ms Liz O’Connell
In9uiry Coordinator

Sports News


Year 7 Charlie Jones competed for De La Salle College in alpine skiing at the recent Interschool Snowsports at Mt Buller. Charlie won a silver medal for his performance in the Division 3 Alpine Giant Slalem as an individual and that contribution enabled his team to win the gold medal in the Division 3 team event on aggregate. The team was made up of participants from a variety of the competing schools.

Congratulations to Charlie for the fantastic achievement!

Dr Melissa Walsh
Year 7 Coordinator

House News

St Mark’s House scores a goal for Indigenous Literacy

On Friday 24 August, De La Salle hosted Aboriginal musician and World Vision Goodwill Ambassador, Scott Darlow. Scott played and spoke to a packed audience in the PAC, including St Mark’s House Leaders from Years 7, 8, 12, Primary and College Leaders. Opening The Doors Foundation Trustee, Emeritus Professor Gabrielle McMullen from Australian Catholic University also spoke on behalf of the Opening the Doors Foundation. Pictured below is St Mark’s House Leaders Adam Scandrett, Cameron Roberts, Angus McLean and James McCormack with Professor Gabrielle McMullen and Scott Darlow.

St Mark’s House “Football Jumper Day” on Wednesday August 29 managed to raise $1484.25 to be donated to St Mark’s House charity Opening the Doors Foundation. The Foundation provides grants towards the funding of educational costs such as school uniforms, books, school camps, excursions, levies and other school associated costs. The donation from St Mark’s House will help provide these educational resources and opportunities for disadvantaged indigenous students. On Footy Jumper Day, the presence of the AFL Cup was a highlight for many students.

Thank you to the students and staff that supported the St Mark’s House events.

Mr Paul Harrup
St Mark’s House Coordinator

Parent Network News

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 24 October 7.30pm
College Boardroom

We encourage all parents to attend the Parent Network AGM.

If you are interested in joining the Parent Network Committee for 2019, we are very keen to hear from you. For a nomination form or any enquiries about the workings of the Parent Network Committee please email

Father’s Day Breakfast

The Father’s Day breakfast was a wonderful celebration of our Fathers and the special men in our boys’ lives. Please enjoy these photos from the breakfast and click here to read College Captain Panos Menidis’ speech and see the Father’s Day Photo Gallery.

Huge thank you to Letecya Stacey, Sonya Ryan and Cate Robinson who organised the Father’s Day Breakfast and all those other parents who ‘pitched in’. A lot of hard work goes into these events and they would not happen without the generosity of the parents who take responsibility for running them and all the other parent volunteers who help to make it all happen.

Mr Anthony Muir

Wellbeing News

RU Ok? Day at De La Salle

De La Salle is once again running “RU OK?” Day on Thursday 13 September. We know that suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge the world over. But we also know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions — “Are you ok?”

One of the most significant theories is by United States academic, Dr Thomas Joiner. Because his father took his own life, Thomas has dedicated his research to try and answer that question “why?” His theory tries to answer that complex question by describing three forces at play in someone at risk. The first force is the person thinks they’re a burden on others; the second is that they can withstand a high degree of pain, and the third is they don’t feel connected to others. It’s this lack of connection (or lack of belonging) that we want to prevent. By inspiring people to take the time to ask “Are you ok?” and listen, we can help people struggling with life to feel connected long before they even think about suicide. It all comes down to regular, face‐to‐face, meaningful conversations about life. And asking “Are you ok?” is a great place to start.

In the lead up to this nationwide day, we are encouraging all members of the De La Salle Community to check in with a friend, family member or colleague. We want this to be more than just a token question, asked without really wanting to hear the response. We know that feeling connected to others that genuinely care about us, our emotions and the events of our life is incredibly important. It safeguards us against loneliness, isolation, depression, suicide, anxiety and increases our happiness, contentment and sense of belonging. Human beings weren’t made to live in isolation…we are wired for connection!

Being a parent myself, I’m aware of how incredibly easy it is to focus on the external tasks of life rather than the internal world of emotions and feelings of our boys. This is one of the reasons they turn to peers …we adults become administrators rather than mentors.

So, your homework is this:

Have a conversation with your lad …BUT… before you do, think about the following;

  1. Have I chosen somewhere relatively private and comfy?
  2. Have I figured out a time that will be good for them to chat?
  3. Have I made sure I have enough time to chat properly?
  4. Take what they say seriously and don’t interrupt or rush the conversation.
  5. Listen to understand DON’T listen to respond
  6. If they need time to think, sit patiently with the silence.
  7. Encourage them to explain: “How are you feeling about that?” or “How long have you felt that way?”
  8. Show that you’ve listened by repeating back what you’ve heard (in your own words) and ask if you have understood them properly.
  9. Ask: “How would you like me to support you?”
  10. Pop a reminder in your diary to call them in a couple of weeks. If they’re really struggling, follow up with them sooner.
  11. You could say: “I’ve been thinking of you and wanted to know how you’ve been going since we last chatted.”
  12. Ask if they’ve found a better way to manage the situation. If they haven’t done anything, don’t judge them. They might just need someone to listen to them for the moment.
  13. Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.

I know it’s a lot of homework, but if done properly you should be able to get it done in about 30 minutes.

Feel free to report back with any questions you may have…You WILL NOT BE GRADED!

Mr Anthony Freeman
College Psychologist, Kinnoull Campus

Important Notices

Lasallian Zeal Awards

The Achievement and Recognition Policy – Lasallian Zeal aims to enhance the positive learning community whereby students feel respected and valued. It seeks to affirm and develop positive learning behaviours. The Achievement and Recognition Policy – Lasallian Zeal encourages students to set higher goals for themselves and to achieve their personal best. Motivation to learn is dramatically impacted by being successful.

The five Core Lasallian Principles encompass the categories of achievement and recognition and will be known as Lasallian Zeal. Students will build up nominations over the course of their time at De La Salle College. Students will receive a certificate and a Lasallian Zeal badge in the appropriate colour as described below.

  • Bronze Lasallian Zeal 10 awards in any category
  • Silver Lasallian Zeal 20 awards (10 Bronze Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
  • Gold Lasallian Zeal 30 awards (20 Silver Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
  • Platinum Lasallian Zeal 40 awards (30 Gold Lasallian Zeal plus two in each category)
Student Name House Mentor Group Award
Willem Ashton Marks 9 Benilde Bronze Zeal
Austin Kelly Leos 9 Benilde Bronze Zeal
Marcus Herman Edwins 9 Benilde Bronze Zeal
Mitchell Simmons Austins 9 Benilde Bronze Zeal
Duncan Gardiner Edwins 9 Benilde Bronze Zeal
Lucas Cozzi Austins 9 Benilde Bronze Zeal
William Dwyer Edwins 9 Benilde Bronze Zeal
Harry McInenny Leos 9 Benilde Bronze Zeal

Congratulations to the students who received their Bronze Zeal awards.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Tiverton Canteen

The mobile canteen is open for business from Monday 10 September. Please refer to the De La Salle Tiverton Canteen Menu for the details. The Canteen will be open for breakfast, recess and lunch.

April’s Fool — Senior Drama Production — Two Performances Only

De La Salle College and OLSH Bentleigh present this year’s Senior Play, April’s Fool by David Burton.

The play is about the real‐life tragedy of Kristjan Terauds who died of a drug overdose on April Fool’s Day in 2009. To deal with this tragedy Kristjan’s father wrote a journal entitled April’s Fool. The play is verbatim, weaving real‐life interviews with family and friends to shed a light on Kristjan’s story. Moments of humour and lightness underscore the dark moments of grief and loss throughout the play.

As the director of the play, I could not be prouder of the cast in their work ethic and commitment to the production. The play is challenging for young adults to take on, as they are responsible for sharing a real story, with actual words from the family about such a sensitive topic. The cast has approached this task with a sense of maturity and sensitivity beyond their years, forming a strong bond as an ensemble. Throughout all of the trials, tribulations and hard work of putting together a production, we have never once forgotten to laugh during a rehearsal. The support and kindness that the cast offers one another have made me proud to be their director.

Please come along to show your support to this talented young cast!

When: Friday 14 September at 7:30pm and Saturday 15 September at 7:30pm
Where: Performing Arts Centre at OLSH College Bentleigh, 111 Jasper Road Bentleigh
Cost: $10 students, $20 adults and $50 family (2 adults + 2 children)


Ms Sharni Folland
Senior Play Director

Art and Design Week 2018

You are cordially invited to attend the annual De La Salle College Art & Design Exhibition. This is an opportunity for students from Years 4 through to Year 12 to exhibit the art and design projects they have been working on throughout the year.

Opening night — Wednesday 19 September, 7:00pm, Saint Miguel Theatre (SMT).

Hope to see you there!

Mr Ryan Hayward
LATL Visual Arts

St Finbar’s Fashionable Fundraiser — Sunday 14 October

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College Calendar.

Unit 4 Music Recital - PAC, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Year 7, 2020 Enrolment Interviews - Tiverton Interview Room, 9:00am - 2:30pm
College Tour - SMT, 9:15am - 11:00am
ACC Cross Country Carnival - Bundoora Park, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Journey - Angelsea 7:00am 13 September - 4:00pm 14 September
April’s Fool - Senior Drama Performance - OLSH Performing Arts Centre, 111 Jasper Rd, Bentleigh, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
April’s Fool - Senior Drama Performance - OLSH Performing Arts Centre, 111 Jasper Rd, Bentleigh, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
ACC Hamer Hall Rehearsal - Mazenod Collge, 10:0am - 2:00pm
Arts Week - 17 September to 22 September
ACC Golf Trial - Malvern Valley Golf Course, 11:00am - 3:30pm
Year 9 Football and Soccer Lightning Premiership, 12:00pm - 3:30pm
ACC Accent on Music Concert - Hamer Hall, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Arts Week Showcase Evening - PAC, 7:00pm - 9:00pm