The Duce Issue 2018 14 - 20 September 2018

From the Principal

This week marks the culmination of another very busy term with much going on in the school. Thank you to all students, staff and parents for supporting our endeavours both in the classroom and the myriad co‐curricular activities in the wider life of the school.

On Friday after our Social Justice Mass, we will be presenting Lasallian Service Awards for the second year. These are provided by the Brother Visitor, Br David Hawke and the Lasallian Mission Council in Sydney. The Lasallian Service Award is awarded to staff in recognition of their commitment to Lasallian education. The Award recognises, not years of service to the College, but a demonstration of the Five Core Lasallian Principles and other Lasallian qualities throughout various aspects of their work.

Staff are nominated by their peers, with recommendations stemming from the nominees’ demonstrated commitment to and practice of a dedication to Lasallian education. This is exercised through an observation and practice of personal duties and qualities, most of which have their origins in St. John Baptist de La Salle’s text, “The Conduct of the Christian Schools.” In this significant piece of work, advising his first teachers, the Founder emphasised the virtues of a Lasallian teacher such as pedagogical knowledge, patience and wisdom, faith and zeal. The recipients of this year’s awards to be announced tomorrow all demonstrate those virtues in their everyday instruction and relationships with the young men in their care.

On Tuesday night I had the privilege of attending the Associated Catholic Colleges’ ACCent on Music Concert at Hamer Hall. The event is, as you’d imagine, a huge logistical exercise and as such only occurs every three years. With an excess of 650 students from all twelve ACC schools performing, it was a grand occasion indeed. We had 54 De La students playing on the night, representing our College in all but one of the twelve items on the program. It was a terrific program, covering a range of musical styles, rich in variety and of outstanding quality. Senior, Intermediate and Junior Concert Bands, a full orchestra, brass and strings ensembles, choirs, Stage Bands and a magnificent grand finale were all admired and enjoyed by an almost capacity crowd at Hamer Hall.

It was a tremendous experience for our young musicians. To have the opportunity to perform at a venue like Hamer Hall, to interact, rehearse, perform and learn with students and staff from eleven other schools and then produce work of such quality on the night was a huge achievement. I saw quite a few of the boys around the yard and in class today and they were on a high from the whole experience.

Our very own Director of Music, Ms Cindy Frost, was one of the chief driving forces, high up among the main organisers of the very successful event and made a simply outstanding speech advocating the benefits of music education. The ACCent on Music concert was the culmination of many months of planning and rehearsing and Cindy must take a huge slice of the credit for its success, due to her organisational expertise and commitment.

Ms Kelly Williams did a superb job performing as a conductor on stage with a 90 piece concert band – amazing repertoire choice and the band were magnificent. It was great to see Kelly up there in front of a very big concert band, conducting and organising the musicians with such aplomb. Mr Jaymee Lee devised and then managed the transition between instrument collection and storage for almost 700 students. This was a backstage role and hidden from sight but was critical in the flow of the night with so many students needing to get on and off stage quickly. Thank you also to Ms Liz O’Connell who did a sensational job in managing the Balcony, which was a holding place for students not playing. Liz sorted the transition of students from balcony to stage flawlessly.

Huge congratulations to all involved — it was a magnificent night and a great advertisement for music, for an education in music and for the ACC organisation itself. Well done to all concerned.

Continuing a very significant week for the Arts at De La Salle, last night we had the Opening of the Annual Arts Exhibition, held in the Saint Miguel Theatre. There was a vast array of superb artworks on display, highlighted by the Year 12 Studio Arts and Visual Communication and Design pieces. The capacity to exercise their creativity and build, craft and develop a significant piece of work from concept to completion is a wonderful learning experience.

I was very pleased to present the annual Principal’s Art Prize – for the second year in a row – to Brandon Luu, of Year 12 Studio Arts (pictured below). Having been awarded the Principal’s Prize as a Year 11 student for a portrait of a homeless man, this year Brandon researched his family’s roots as refugees, leaving Vietnam in the mid‐1970s, using this as the theme for his project. The end result was interviews with and photographs of his grandfather, who then became the subject of Brandon’s excellent painting.

Congratulations to all the students who had artwork on display and especially to Mr Ryan Hayward – Learning Area Team Leader for Visual Arts, and all the staff who worked with the students across the various subjects and year levels to produce this very high standard.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Term Dates

Term 3 concludes with the Social Justice Mass on Friday 21 September. Students in Year 7 -12 will be dismissed at 12:53pm. Primary students will be dismissed at 12:30pm. Teaching staff will be involved in Professional Practice activities from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. A small number of senior Geography students will be involved in a School Assessed Coursework activity commencing at 1:30pm.

Term 4 commences for all students on Monday 8 October.

Summer uniform

Parents and students are reminded that summer uniform may be worn from the start of Term 4. The summer uniform does not require the College tie to be worn with the short sleeve summer shirt. If the long sleeve shirt is worn, please ensure the tie is also worn.

Cabrini Hospital discounts

Cabrini Hospital offers a 50% discount on attendance fees in the Emergency Department for students 17 years and under as well as other discounts on services. De La Salle College has registered with Cabrini to enable our parents to take up this offer should they wish to do so. For more details click here.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

Young Lasallians Evening Gathering

On Monday 17 September, the Young Lasallians Team hosted a Young Lasallians Evening Gathering for the Melbourne region. The event was held at St John’s College Dandenong and, as always, included a broader gathering of the Lasallian family, a shared meal and community time. The night had a particular focus where the Young Lasallians Team launched the “2019 Lasallian Youth Gathering” and celebrations of the Tercentenary year.

It was great to see students from our Senior Leadership Team connect with students from St Bede’s St James and St John’s Colleges. It was particularly heartening to see the Lasallian spirit and camaraderie of the “blazer swap” tradition with the St Bede’s students which began at this same event earlier in the year.

Thank you to our Lasallian Youth Minister, Mr Aaron Trusler for his presence on the night and also to Old Collegian and 2017 College Captain Mr James Biviano who joined us for the evening.

National Child Protection Week

Last week was National Child Protection Week. Protecting Children and young people is everyone’s business and we all have a role to play in protecting those in our care from harm. The key message of the week was “Stronger Communities, Safer Children”. Research tells us that a strong, safe, trusting community is important for young people and helps them to thrive in safety. At De La Salle College, it is essential for us to be aware of this, and to keep raising awareness around all the child safety policies and laws that mandate and legislate around this.

We are reminded by this that St John Baptist de La Salle called us to care for the young people entrusted to us;

God entrusts to you his care of the young.”

St. John Baptist de La Salle (Med 37.3)

As Lasallians, we must always be committed to our obligation of caring for all young people in our care and ensuring we always safeguard their dignity.

Social Justice Mass

The last day of Term 3 includes our annual Social Justice Mass. As a College community, we recognise our call as Lasallians to make a difference to the least, the last and the lost, and the Social Justice Mass is our commitment supporting those in need and demonstrates how we at De La Salle, live the message of the gospel;

I was hungry and you gave me food,” (Matthew 25:35).

St. John Baptist de La Salle’s mission and vision was that a concern for the poor would become a shared concern for all Christians. This is realised through genuine experiences of solidarity. The generosity of the De La Salle College students, the families and the staff in the form of the generous donations that have been streaming in throughout Term 3 directly impact the lives of the needy and vulnerable in our community.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Language News

France and Italy Study Tours

The Languages Department at De La Salle College offers in‐country Immersion Study Tours to both Italy and France. Students are able to supplement and consolidate their language studies by travelling overseas and experiencing the language and culture first hand. The experience of full immersion is exciting and extremely beneficial to a student’s language acquisition and can contribute to a greater appreciation of a country’s history, art and architecture.

Currently, the College has a group of nine students and three staff who have travelled to France, enjoying the culture and lifestyle… and the magnificent weather! The students have been attending French school with their French “brothers” and are staying with them in their family home as part of an Exchange program that De La Salle College has set up with a school in Bordeaux.

The students are having a wonderful time and are loving the full immersion experience. This experience will not only give the students life‐long memories and contacts but will also help incredibly with their future French language study, both here at the College and beyond.

The France and Italy Study Tours are open to students who wish to expand their studies in French, Italian, Art, History and Architecture. An opportunity to travel to Italy next September will become available soon and there will be more information about this in Term 4.

We wish the French team all the very best and a special thank you to the three staff members for their time and dedication on this trip; Mr Thierry Moran‐ Study Tour Leader, Ms Jess Stevenson and Mr Ben Williamson.

Ms Grace Giudice
LATL – Languages



Walking the final Adventurous Journey for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, 2018

There was a chill in the air but the sun was determined to join us as we headed down the coast toward the Great Ocean Road. We broke our journey at Winchelsea and the energy in the group was already palpable. The 15 boys doing their final Adventurous Journey to achieve their Bronze for the Duke of Edinburgh Award were buzzing with excitement and raring to hit the trail.

The walk began at the Aire River campground. We traversed cliff tops, boardwalks in eucalypt woodland, and the stunning 2km of Johanna Beach. Our tired feet enjoyed splashing through the Johanna River before we climbed up to our campsite for the evening. We pitched tents, looked at stars, threw balls around and spent the evening joking and chatting. Mother Nature was kind and the night was mild.

The next morning saw us up early and on the trail about 7am. We wandered through private paddocks and looked at mobs of kangaroos sunning themselves whilst they pondered us in return. The views on the first part of the climb were amazing – both ocean and country. Once we hit the dirt road, the woodland returned to hide the sea, but this was still lovely! We continued to climb to the top – a walk that was much shorter than we expected. The sun shone for us and we headed to the Twelve Apostles to see the magnificence of the Victorian coastline, before heading back to the city, happy to have accomplished one of the four sections toward the Bronze award.

Ms Liz O’Connell
In9uiry Coordinator

Music Notes

We wrap up the term with an incredible event that took place on the night of Tuesday 18 September at Hamer Hall. The ACCent on Music Spectacular brought together all ACC schools in 11 combined ensembles to perform and celebrate music. It was a wonderful experience for the students involved.

I had the privilege of being invited to address the audience to speak on music advocacy. This is what I had to say:

Teaching music is the best.

Music and sport are the two most important activities a person can do. They are, for the most part, screen‐free and require human engagement. Tonight, though, it’s about the music.

I’ve studied the benefits of learning music, how it fires up those unique neural pathways, how music makes you a more successful learner and how music learning gives you those all‐so‐important transferable skills… all of this is true. In this world where the young people you see on stage tonight are expected to have 17 jobs over 5 careers, we really need those transferable skills.

But learning music is far more than that. If someone told me to learn a musical instrument because it would make me better at other things, I would have laughed. My first priority was to play the opening of Stairway to Heaven then start a rock band with my friends. The only thing I wanted to be better at was music itself.

Learning a musical instrument is challenging. It’s unromantic. It takes a while to develop your muscles and your mind. These days, where information is at our fingertips, artistic endeavours continue to be slow, conscious and deliberate. Isn’t that wonderful? To be compelled to be conscious? Then, once you play for a bit longer, grow a little more confident, join a band, start a band, write a song, perform for an audience… then the journey has really begun.

I like to think of music learning in phases:

  • Phase 1 – turn up
  • Phase 2 – enjoy it
  • Phase 3 – strive for it
  • Phase 4 – encourage someone else to turn up

Music, for many of the young people playing tonight, is a tightly woven tapestry of social connection, or perhaps of retreat and self‐care. For the modern‐day version of my younger‐self, they just need to play Seven Nation Army. Each of our musicians will be scattered across the four phases and the rest of us play a part in helping them make connections.

Educationally, studies show that there are 5 reasons for students to continue learning music. They include:

  1. A love of performing
  2. Unity of purpose
  3. Desire for challenge and professionalism
  4. Quality of relationships (with peers/ teacher)
  5. Opportunities for individual growth and wellbeing

In our ACC schools, we are meeting these targets collectively and individually. These musicians on stage tonight are clever, they are funny, and they have worked hard to perform for you tonight. The other teachers back at school had a rough day today because we took all the good kids.

To the parents of our musicians – thank you for investing in music. We share incredible moments with your sons through our work and we will continue to invest in them.

May we never go a day without being lifted by music.

Ms Cindy Frost
Music Coordinator

Performing Arts News

This year I had the pleasure of directing the De La Salle College and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Bentleigh’s 2018 Senior Play, April’s Fool by David Burton.

The play chronicled the real‐life tragedy of Kristjan Terauds, who died of a drug overdose in April 2009. The author of the play weaved interviews with family and friends, using their actual words, to share Kristjan’s story.

April’s Fool was performed Friday 14 September and Saturday 15 September in OLSH College Bentleigh’s brand new Performing Arts Centre. The cast handled the difficult topic with compassion and sensitivity and performed exceedingly well both nights. As director, I was certainly proud of their performances and our overall end product.

Please join me in congratulating the cast in their enormous efforts:

From De La Salle College: Oliver Barr, James Pavlou, Eli Te Moni, Charlie Ahearn, Jack Barnard, Sean Kelliher, Dylan Minack and Joel Van Echteld
From Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Bentleigh: Lauren Caltabiano, Tiana Genovese, Nikita Dunning, Zoe Stafilis and Imogen Williams

Miss Sharni Folland

Sport News


Matthew Damches, Year 11, St Leo’s House, competed over 7 — 9 September in Brisbane in the Australian Junior and Senior Weightlifting Championships. It was a competitive field of lifters in the 73kg division where Matthew was the youngest by two years. Matthew managed to outlift his nearest competitors by 8kgs (105kg snatch and 125kg clean and jerk) and with this lead, Matthew won the title of National Junior Champion U20’s 2018. Congratulations, Matthew! Outstanding achievement!

Mr John McAlroy
Director of Students (Years 10 – 12)


Ryo Hayashi, Year 7 competed in the Victorian Age Short Course Swimming Championships held at MSAC between 31 August and 2 September. Ryo won a bronze medal for Boys 12‐Year‐old 200m Butterfly. In addition to this result, he placed seventh for the 100m and 200m Individual Medley. He was in the top 20 for 100m Butterfly, 200m Backstroke, and 100m Breaststroke. Congratulations on these terrific results, Ryo!

Dr Melissa Walsh
Year 7 Coordinator

Parent Network News

Upcoming Event

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

Mr Anthony Muir
President, Parent Network Committee

Wellbeing News

Happiness and Connection

Here at De La Salle College, we held our third RU OK? Day on Thursday 13 September.

These days can be difficult to make meaningful without becoming tokenistic. The Wellbeing Team here at the College want our young men to be connected to each other for myriad reasons. The main reason, and the foundation that RU OK? Day is built upon, is to protect against and lower the risk of suicide. Another reason is that the College is a nicer place to work and study in if people in it are connected to each other. This includes student to student, staff to staff and student to staff. Yet another reason, that often goes unheralded, is that there is no learning without wellbeing!

I wanted to include a plethora of interesting graphs and statistics here, but the formatting became too difficult so you’ll have to take my word for it (or contact me and I can share it with you). According to the sociologist, James Michigan, a deep and meaningful relationship provides us with one or all of the following:

  • Emotional Support – You need to be assured that you have people in your corner. These people nurture you and keep you moving forward. This support involves love, trust, care, intimacy, affection and encouragement.
  • Tangible Support – These are the people you can call on for help on things like financial assistance, babysitting the kids so you can watch a movie, or going with you to the dentist or doctor.
  • Appraisal Support – The people who love you enough to give you constructive and honest feedback about yourself. This type of support cannot be expected from mere acquaintances. It can only come from people who know you very well.
  • Informational Support – These are professional acquaintances such as lawyers, mental health professionals, accountants, doctors, clergy and more. They can share their expertise with you when you need it and help you solve problems.
  • Companionship Support – Activity friends who make us feel socially accepted. They could be your reading group or church group or any other group of people you interact with socially.

Normally we get these certain types of support from different people. That’s alright — as long as you have someone you can turn to. These people form your social support group. Their presence is something that you should value and appreciate. They play a big role in making you a happier and well‐rounded person.

For those of us that have a student entering the examination period of their VCE year, we will be called upon to fill all these roles at different times over the next few months. We don’t always have to have the deep and meaningful conversation for an hour or so with our lads, sometimes a meaningful “Are you Ok?” is all that is needed. Lots of little conversations and gestures can become a pattern of care and concern that is enough to get them through.

The other tip that seems to be working with my eldest is to get them to imagine what life will be like this time next year; where will they be, what will they be doing, how will they feel? It helps to see past the next little while and keep the bigger picture in sight.

So, thank you for your ongoing support of your sons (and daughters) and remember to ask if they are ok.

Ms Karina Dubroja and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those staff, students and parents who assisted in the running of the day. Particular thanks must go to Mrs Chris Mundy for her wonderful support and to the VCAL staff and students for helping out with the cooking of 700‐odd sausages on the day!

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 Year Level Award
Jordan Burns Austin’s Year 12 Bronze Zeal
William Byrne‐Jones Austin’s Year 9 Bronze Zeal
Adam Car Leo’s Year 9 Bronze Zeal
Daniel Pertile Austin’s Year 9 Bronze Zeal

Congratulations to the students who received their Bronze Zeal awards.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Buy Early and Save on Uniforms!

Save on selected uniform items between 1 September and 31 October 2018 when you shop at the Dobsons uniform shop during the annual Buy Early Sale!

Beat the back to school rush and save on a range of selected items, including:

  • Blazers
  • Pullovers
  • Summer Shirts
  • Bags
  • Sportswear

With a painless returns policy, now is the time to plan ahead. Whether your son finds a few extra centimetres over the holiday break or not as many as you’d thought, the Uniform Shop has you covered with free returns and exchanges*. For further details or to book a professional 20‐minute uniform fitting please call the Uniform Shop on 03 9576 2678 or by email:

Opening Hours:

Monday 8:30am — 11:30am
Wednesday 8:30am — 11:30am
Friday 12:00pm — 4:00pm

*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale available in‐store only. Click here for full Uniform Price List.

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College Calendar.

Arts Week Concludes
Term Three Concludes
Social Justice Mass - Gymnasium, 8:55am - 10:43am
Term Break - 24 September to 8 October
VCE (Year 12) Trial Exams - 1 October to 5 October
Staff and Students resume classes for Term Four
Year 7 Immunisations - 2nd Round - PAC
ACC Junior and Intermediate Chess Tournament - Parade College, Bundoora, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Media Awards Night - SMT, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Community Mass - St Michael’s Ashburton, 10:30am - 11:30am
ACC Junior Golf Tournament, Northern Golf Club, Glenroy, 8:30am – 1:30pm
Music Soirée for Soloists, 5:45pm - 7:30pm
Unit 2 Music Recital - PAC, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Last day of Year 12 classes