The Duce Issue 2018 16 - 1 November 2018

From the Principal

Last Monday evening 22 October we celebrated the Year 12 students’ graduation from De La Salle with the annual Valedictory Mass and Dinner. The Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral was a beautiful and moving occasion, with Fr John Sherman celebrating and speaking with relevance and meaning to our students.

Our musicians and choir were magnificent; their performances and the grandeur of St Pat’s really added to the significance and quality of this very special evening for the Year 12 cohort and their families. The highlight of the Valedictory Dinner at Marvel Stadium was a wonderfully engaging and memorable presentation from Mrs Bronwyn Joseph, reflecting on her family’s experiences of De La Salle. Lachlan Joseph of the 2018 cohort was the third and final son to graduate and it was terrific to hear Bronwyn describe and relate in such positive fashion the opportunities and experiences De La has provided for her sons.

On Tuesday morning this week I was privileged to be present for the Year 8 Assembly, where twelve students made presentations to their peers on why they would like to be considered for a 2019 Campus Captain role at the new Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus. I had to remind myself at times that these were actually Year 8 students, such was the level of their presentation skills. Their maturity, responsibility, awareness and vision for what these leadership roles will require at Malvern East next year was exemplary. The young men in question have great ambitions for the new campus, they understood and articulated where and how the Five Lasallian Core Principles would fit in and there was a wonderful symmetry in their desire to make Year 9 at Holy Eucharist a success through their leadership and contributions. We now look forward to the finalisation of that process as well as House leadership positions for the new campus.

On Monday I had the pleasure of working for most of the day with the extended group of Lasallian Principals from across Australia and members of the Lasallian Mission Council. I was pleased to learn of the appointment of Br John Pill as the Director of Lasallian Identity. Br John is well known to many of us at Malvern by virtue of his various involvements at De La Salle over the years. The newly created role is closely linked to supporting all of us in Lasallian schools in the tradition of seeing a need and doing something about it, an area we attend to very well at Malvern! There are so many gifts within the Lasallian charism and our model of education that must continue to be shared. As the number of Brothers and their presence in schools declines, Br John’s role will assist in that critical relationship between the Brothers and lay Lasallian partners. The Director of Lasallian Identity will work with schools, their staff and students to maintain the charism beyond this generation.

There is so much energy and life in our Lasallian message and the way this is lived out in our schools. The key now is to ensure we continue to provide formative experiences for our young men, to enable the presence of faith and charism in their everyday life and allow it to positively impact on all aspects of their school life and beyond. The smallest act of kindness in the yard right through to committing weeks of our holidays to social justice work in the Yaluwo Immersion in Sri Lanka; these experiences and decisions allow us to be present for those who need us.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Deputy Principals’ Column

Faith and Mission

All Souls Day

On 2 November, we pray for all souls, those we love who have passed away, the faithful departed on the journey to their heavenly home and all their families and friends who mourn and grieve. Let us commemorate by reflecting on the words of St John Baptist de La Salle, and remember those we love who have died, and those we love who are grieving;

Look with compassion on the state of the holy souls who, although free from fear, yearn for their deliverance so that they may be able quickly to enjoy God, as they wait with hope in the infinite goodness of God, assured that they will have the benefit of being delivered from their sufferings.”
St John Baptist de La Salle — Med 185.1

Christmas Giving Tree

The Christmas season is fast approaching, bringing joy and love to families across the globe. For some, however, Christmas is a time of hardship and sorrow. We at De La Salle ask that we think of those less fortunate in our community and how we may be able to assist them. An intrinsic hallmark of being Lasallian is to identify a need in the community and then take action to address that need. As always, the College is once again supporting a Christmas Giving Tree for St Joseph’s Outreach Services and we invite each student to place a gift on behalf of their family under the tree. Students may donate a gift for either a boy or girl of open age. We ask that you consider the need for gifts for teenagers as a priority. The joy your gift will bring to a child on Christmas morning is immeasurable, the smile on their face will be priceless.

Details regarding the Christmas Giving Tree’s at both Tiverton and Kinnoull Receptions will be communicated home in the coming days. Thank you to all our De La Salle families for their ongoing and constant generosity.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission


Year 12 Valedictory – Reflections of the Vice‐Captains

Over the past 6 years, 1318 High Street, Malvern wasn’t just a school for us, but it has become our home. We all arrived under different circumstances. Take Josh and myself for example, where Josh had plenty of mates joining him from his primary school, I came to De La Salle without knowing many names and faces. It was a daunting prospect at the very least for all of us having to find our own way to school, coming from as far as Sunshine to get here. Within days, it became apparent that there was nowhere else I would rather be. Through the teachers being so happy to be here and all the boys being so welcoming, I couldn’t think of a school better than this one.

From the start of Year 7, it became clear to all of us that there was going to be a brotherhood amongst all of us. From the initial camps down in Jan Juc, where everyone began to learn everyone’s names, to the Year 12 retreat where on the final night with boys shedding tears of emotion and supporting one another.

Over the years our cohort has seen so much success as a year level in the sporting field, classroom and in the arts. With so many talented athletes amongst us and musicians, it won’t be long before one of us is on the world stage whether that be Sean in the NBA or Jordan Burns on Broadway. There will never be any shortage of high achievers in the class of 2018.”

John Beaton – Class of 2018

As a young Year 7, I can recall looking up to the senior students and wondering not only how they were so tall, but how they were having so much fun. To me, it was unimaginable that after the rigors of six years of high school, we would still be here, with a positive mindset, ready to take on the challenges ahead. It is a testament to the culture and the community that De La Salle has developed in allowing for the smoothest of transitions from boys to men. De La Salle has been a place of opportunities for all of us. No matter whether your interests are in our extensive sporting fields, as part of our fine arts department or if they are purely academic, De La has been able to provide us with opportunities to excel.”

Joshua Paul – Class of 2018

Both John and Joshua’s reflections reminded me of an article I read during the week from a Harvard graduate, Deborah Copaken. Copaken wrote, “Though we all went to the same school, and Harvard’s name likely opened doors for many of us, at the end of the day – or at the end of 30 years since graduation, in this case – what was so fascinating about meeting up with my own richly diverse class during reunion was that no matter our original background, no matter our current income or skin colour or struggles or religion or health or career path or family structure, the common threads running through our lives had less to do with Harvard and more with the pressing issues of being human.” To read the full article, click here.

I wish the Year 12 students all the best with their upcoming examinations.

Holy Eucharist – Campus Captain Speeches

With the opening of our new Year 9 Campus at Holy Eucharist, we have begun the process of selecting the Year 9 Student Leadership Team. Here are some highlights from the candidates’ speeches.

I want to be the Holy Eucharist Campus Captain because I want to make Holy Eucharist the best it can be. Now I can’t guarantee Zooper Doopers on a hot day but I always help and show leadership qualities. My vision for Holy Eucharist is to make sure everyone is included; there is quality education and justice.”

Varick Boyd (Year 8)

A good leader is someone who makes decisions, takes action and understands that to achieve success you have to be willing to see your goals through to the end A good leader is who I aspire to be.”

Peter Pearse (Year 8)

I believe that I will be a good leader because I am respectful to all of my peers and teachers, as well as strangers such as people on public transport. I am very reliable, and always make sure that I hand any work or assignments in on time. I am also a good decision maker and think about the impacts of my actions, and in what ways it might affect people including myself. An example of my leadership is my participation in College events. Whether it is an ACC event where I can represent the school or a house carnival, I always put up my hand and give it my best go. I have received some Lasallian Zeal points in recognition of my respect towards other students and teachers. I see the new Holy Eucharist campus as a place where students in year nine can take initiative for their own learning, and see what may lie ahead of them down the path that they choose.”

Kyle Loughnan (Year 8)

If elected I will continue to assist teachers and students in any way possible to the best of my abilities and your interest as a priority. My key objectives are to promote a positive, caring, friendly and above all total respect for each other environment based on Christian ethos and values. This will encourage all students of the Campus to acknowledge our fellow students’ achievements across academic, sports, performing arts, music, and technology disciplines. I will ensure that we achieve these values through emphasising the Lasallian Core Principles and making Lasallian Zeal and the point system have a larger impact in benefiting students.”

Daniel Van den Berg (Year 8)

Leadership requires collaboration, working as part of a team, being confident and resilient, an active listener, problem‐solving and planning and implementing initiatives and embedding and responding to change. These are the skills that I believe I can bring to this role should I be afforded this wonderful opportunity as Holy Eucharist – Campus Captain at De La Salle College. A valuable lesson that has resonated with me over my primary school and early secondary school years has been admiring and aspiring to leaders who do not always lead from the front, but rather walk alongside and put others before themselves, being selfless, show humility, supportive, respectful, encouraging, brave and standing up for what is right, being a champion to and for others and importantly always inclusive.”

Reeve Yogendran (Year 8)

The Core Lasallian Principle I have demonstrated while I have been at De La Salle is inclusiveness. I include people in almost anything, from letting them join a game to letting them join a conversation. I often let them ask me to join. I had a tough time transitioning from primary school to high school. The hardest task for me was finding new friends. The definition of a leader is someone who leads a group of people, whether a sporting team or a teacher, to victory. Being captain of a campus also falls into the leader category. I want to be a leader of something and make a difference.”

Lachie Richter (Year 8)

Most of my leadership consists of striving to help and communicate with different people. I never turn my back on anyone, whether it is in the classroom or at lunch and recess. I also would like to show that I would be able to talk to the students when they are at hardships. I would also like to address that I would keep an open mind to share ideas with the teachers to create a better year. I would also like to be more involved with the schools fundraising and charity works, not only helping the school out but making school more enjoyable for us.”

Christian Alexandropoulos (Year 8)

I would be a good leader because I feel that I have good communication skills and good relationships with you and the staff. This would make me a good conduit between students and teachers. I think I have strong morals and ethics, and I’m not afraid to stand up for what I believe in. I would not ask people to do something I would not do myself. However, I also recognise that different people have different skills, and the ability to delegate is crucial for a leader. While I may not be the best at any one thing, I am a solid all‐rounder, and my effort in class demonstrates this. This leads me on to why I want to become a leader because I believe that my qualities would reflect the College in a positive way.”

Sean MacNamara (Year 8)

In my spare time, I play for the Malvern Baseball club. My preferred position is pitcher, I like pitching because it involves two key qualities that also match my idea of a leader. When you pitch, you have to stay focused, as a leader I would stay focused and calm under pressure, even if I have three test on the same day or the bases are loaded, I will always take two deep breathes and carry on. But the most important aspect of leadership is teamwork, I know it’s cheesy, but it’s true. Even if I don’t get the position, I promise that I will play my part as a team player, whether I’m pitcher or subbed on the bench, Campus Leader or just a fellow student, my team spirit is always unbeatable. This year I was proud to represent De La Salle at Camp La Salle for three days with one of my good friends; Jack. I was taught a lot about leadership and it what it truly means to be a Lasallian and it was great fun and a good experience for me. I will take these qualities I have learnt to wherever I go in the future, whether it be leading the school, pitching on a baseball field or just being me.”

Oscar Boulter (Year 8)

If I was voted Holy Eucharist – Campus Captain, I could help shape many other things about the campus for future years. As well as the social justice program, I would propose a weekly activity where on Fridays at lunch, students who are struggling can come to one of the rooms and get help. They could be helped with their homework, be given sanctuary if they feel lonely and have time to talk about their feelings if things are getting rough. These things could become good traditions for years to come.”

Jeremy Grigg (Year 8)

We wish all of the applicants for Holy Eucharist – Campus Captain well. We are a stronger community because of their service and true Lasallian zeal.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Chaplain’s Notes

First communion

On Sunday 28 October our young students preparing for their First Communion gathered at St Anthony’s Glen Huntly with their parents for a Retreat Day in preparation for the celebration on Sunday 18 November. The day brought them together in reflection, shared activities and prayer. Please keep these young people in your prayers as they move toward this sacred moment in their lives.

Twin Feasts Of All Saints And All Souls

This week the church sets aside time for the celebration of two significant feasts. 1 November each year is dedicated to those men and women whom the church holds up to the faithful as having lived a life worthy of recognition and acknowledges their sainthood. The celebration is a reminder to each of us to live our lives with a keen awareness that our own journey is directed ultimately to being saints in the Kingdom of God.

2 November is dedicated to All Souls. It is a time for us to remember and pray for those who have died. In the Catholic Church, there is a long tradition of continuing our prayers and remembrance of the dead throughout the month of November. Students will be invited to share their prayer for those they wish to remember.

Year 8 Students Explore Jesus The Jew

Recently the Year 8 students visited the Jewish Museum. The boys were intrigued to learn about the teachings, the scrolls, the practice and timeline of the Jewish community that also connected them to the world in which Jesus lived out his mission and purpose. They were able to visit a beautiful synagogue and be exposed to the way in which Jesus would also have prayed during his time on earth, by partaking in an example of a seda meal.

Our Year 12 Students Commence Exams

As exams commence this week, we remember them in prayer. Parents might like to share the following prayer with their sons.

Loving God
be with me now,
as I approach my exams.
Thank you for the many talents and gifts you have
given me and for the opportunity of education.
Calm my nerves and anxiety, help me
to remember all that I have studied,
to express it clearly and to answer the questions
the very best that I can.
Holy Spirit, sit with me in my exam
— and always.
St John Baptist de La Salle
Pray for us.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Year 10 Biology gets under the skin

Year 10 Biological Science Excursion — VITAL — Body Worlds

On 11 October the Year 10 Biological Science students headed to Melbourne Showgrounds, where they took in Gunther von Hagen’s Exhibition “VITAL”, part of his BodyWorlds Expo.

The students got to see first‐hand plastinated bodies, which had been ethically donated for purpose of educating society about the human anatomy. They journeyed through all 13 body systems to deepen their understanding of the human body, but also to see the effects of life that take tolls on the body be it an inherited disease, ageing or even life choices such as smoking.

Students were in awe of the exhibition as there was so much they could physically see which gave them an appreciation of the human body and its mechanics.

We heard shocked reactions of how small the smallest bone in the body is (in the ear), and their awe at seeing some of the bone disorders that people live with every day.

Some of the exhibition highlights elicited comments from the students such as;

  • I can’t believe how many blood vessels there are in the face”
  • That’s what a hip replacement looks like?”
  • I can’t believe how different the smoker’s lung is in comparison to a non‐smokers lung”

This was a wonderful learning opportunity for our Year 10 biology students. A big thank you to the staff members who made this possible — Mr Shardul Kaneria (Learning Area Team Leader), and our attendant Biology Teachers, Mr Paul Harrup and Ms Aoife Bermingham.

Mr Justin Bourke
Excursion Organiser/Biology Teacher

Model UN Conference 2018

On Friday 12 October, De La Salle College hosted our fourth Model United Nations Conference – a highly anticipated event on the students’ calendar.

The topic for this year was, ‘A Right to Freedom: Stopping Human Trafficking’. 88 students from Years 10–12 participated from eight different schools:

  • De La Salle
  • Sacre Coeur
  • Parade College
  • Mazenod College
  • Sacred Heart Girls College, Oakleigh
  • Siena College
  • Caulfield Grammar
  • Lauriston Girls’ School

As the host school, De La Salle had a very strong cohort of 21 students that participated on the day – a number of whom are now veterans of the diplomatic battlefield.

Our participating students are all to be congratulated on how well they represented the College – their knowledge of their allocated country’s position and history regarding human trafficking was impressive and allowed for genuine critical engagement with other delegates during negotiations and moderated caucuses.

2018 Model UN Conference Participants

  • Rodny Garrido (Year 12)
  • Panos Menidis (Year 12)
  • Jackson Reed (Year 12)
  • Griffin Van Laake (Year 12)
  • Joel Van Echteld (Year 12)
  • Joseph Hunter (Year 12)
  • Blair Hopkins (Year 12)
  • Ethan Tambimuttu (Year 12)
  • Sam Gardiner (Year 12)
  • William Hogan (Year 11)
  • Oliver Barr (Year 11)
  • Jack Barnard (Year 11)
  • Hayden Reed (Year 10)
  • Tom Quin (Year 10)
  • Ned Carrick (Year 10)
  • Nicki Bacon (Year 10)
  • Isaac Lewis (Year 10)
  • Jovan Stefanoski (Year 10)
  • Solomon Campbell (Year 10)
  • Patrick Landy (Year 10)
  • Aaron May (Year 10)

Miss Olivia Wenczel
DLD — Curricular Programs

Music Notes


Recently, Year 11 student Benjamin Gibson sat for and passed the prestigious Australian Musical AMusA violin exam. The exam required him to perform complex pieces from memory in front of two highly skilled judges. The performance went for almost an hour. Then his knowledge in musical theory and general knowledge was examined by the judges for about half an hour through questions and answers. Pictured here are Benjamin and his proud violin teacher, Mr David Reichman. We hope you will join us in celebrating this achievement. Well done, Ben!

ACCent on Music Video

The ACCent on Music video (Collaboration) is now available on the ACC website and YouTube channel. This is a 12‐minute documentary‐style video that covers the planning and preparation phase, with the second part featuring actual footage of the concert and responses from some audience members. The ACC’s Curtis Reeder has done a superb job capturing the scope and grandeur of the event and I am sure that you will enjoy watching it.

Ms Cindy Frost
Music Coordinator

House News

House Champions 2018 — St Leo’s

At the Year 12 Farewell Assembly, St Leo’s were awarded the 2018 House Champions. St Leo’s managed to defend their House Champions title, going back‐to‐back in 2018. St Leo’s House had a very strong 2018 campaign, winning the House Swimming, House Athletics and House Cross Country. They also managed to gather points throughout the year through various lunch time activities, Lightning Premierships, and Science Week. While not always having the strongest individuals, the commitment from the St Leo’s students to get involved and participate in all events helped them hold onto their title. Well done to all St Leo’s and good luck in 2019!

Mr Michael Watty
St Leo’s House Coordinator

Parent Network News

Parent Network Executive Committee for 2019

The Parent Network AGM was held on Wednesday 24 October 2018 and we are pleased to announce the new Executive Committee of the DLS Parent Network for 2019.

Mrs Meagan Selkirk

Ms Letecya Stacey

Ms Sonya Ryan

Year Level Representatives Coordinator
Ms Sharon Herdman

Communications Officer
Mr Nick Drossos

General Committee Members 

  • Ms Linda Curnow
  • Mrs Maria La Torre
  • Ms Mary Martin
  • Mr Anthony Muir
  • Mr Anest Nicolaou
  • Mrs Cate Robertson
  • Ms Melinda Rowe

We wish to thank Mr Anthony Muir and Mr Anest Nicolaou who have stepped down from their roles as President and Treasurer, although they will continue on as General Committee Members for 2019.

We also wish to thank Mr Eric Quitt who has retired from the Committee after five years of contribution to the Parent Network.

2019 Year Level Representatives

We are now looking for Year Level Representatives for 2019. The focus for the Parent Network in 2019 will be to build a sense of community throughout De La Salle College. The Year Level ‘Reps’ will be critical to achieving this objective.

Being a Year Level Rep is extremely rewarding and very simple. You will reach out to the parents in your chosen year level, organise small gatherings for them and be a key contact point. The whole school functions are organised by the Parent Network Committee so your role is to encourage everyone in your year level to attend. Our Year Level Rep Coordinator, Ms Sharon Herdman, will assist and support you throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming involved with our great team as a Year Level Rep please email your details to

Next Meeting — Wednesday 14 November

Parent Network Committee Meeting — change from Monday 12 November to Wednesday 14 November, College Boardroom, 7:30pm — 10:30pm.

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
President, Parent Network Committee

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
Noah Caruso Austins 7 Dunstan Bronze
Joshua Miles Edwins 7 Dunstan Bronze
Adrian Skutela Austins 7 Dunstan Bronze
Harrison Baum Marks 7 Benilde Bronze
Jack Larkin Edwins 7 Benilde Bronze
Gabriel Marsilli Edwins 7 Benilde Bronze

Congratulations to the students who received their Bronze Zeal awards.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Thunderstorm Asthma Warning

Respiratory experts are warning people to be prepared as thunderstorm asthma season approaches — you do not need to have asthma to be affected. Respiratory Specialists advise people to look out for wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and shortness of breath. If you have reliever medication (asthma puffer) you should take it. It is also safe to use someone else’s reliever puffer in an emergency if you don’t have one. Respiratory Specialists advise people should stay indoors, where possible, during spring thunderstorms, particularly when the cool change hits. People with asthma or hayfever should see their Doctor for medication to prevent and treat any potential attacks. People with mild asthma, or who have never experienced an asthma attack, are often most affected because they are not actively taking treatment or have management plans. This is a reminder to mild asthmatics that their condition could suddenly become severe, therefore a current action plan and medication is required.

Asthma Australia urges people to be aware of asthma symptoms.

What is Thunderstorm Asthma?
It is the phenomenon of rye grass pollen being swept up into springtime thunderstorms and ruptured by the pressure of the rain into smaller pollen grains. Cold thunderstorm outflow winds then push the particles down to ground level where they can be inhaled deeply into the lungs and trigger asthma epidemics.

What Symptoms to look out for
Wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and shortness of breath. Take particular care if you have asthma or are prone to hayfever.

How can I prevent it?

  • If you have ever had asthma talk to your Doctor about what you can do to help protect yourself from the risk of thunderstorm asthma this pollen season. Remember taking an asthma preventer properly and regularly is key to preventing asthma, including thunderstorm asthma.
  • If you have hayfever – see your Pharmacist or Doctor for a hayfever treatment plan and check if you should have an asthma reliever puffer, available from pharmacies without a prescription.
  • Where possible, avoid being outside during thunderstorms through November and December – especially during the wind gusts that come before the storm. Close your doors and windows. If you have your air‐conditioning on, turn it onto recirculate.
  • Respiratory Specialists advise if you need to go to Hospital during one of these events, try to go by private transport rather than wait for an Ambulance, as the Ambulance service may be subjected to unprecedented demand similar to the 2016 thunderstorm asthma episode.

Please ensure your son’s asthma and hayfever action plans are up to date with De La Salle Health Centre. Your son’s medical file can be accessed via the Community Portal or you can contact Ms Kylie Upton, Health Centre on (03) 9508 2144 if you require any further information.

Useful Apps and Websites:

Ms Kylie Upton
Health Centre

Solway Community Fair — 24 November

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates on the College calendar.

Year 9 Camp Concludes
Year 7, 2020 Acceptance of offers of place (per CEM)
Melbourne Cup Long Weekend
Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Remembrance Day Service - Kinnoull Lawn, 10:30am - 11:00am
ACC Year 7 and 8 Debating and Public Speaking Competition - St Bernard’s College, Essendon, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Semester Two Examination Period Commences
Holy Eucharist Year 9 Campus Open Afternoon - 1241 Dandenong Rd, Malvern East, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Parent Network Committee Meeting - College Boardroom, 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Primary Music Morning - PAC, 8:55am - 12:53pm