The Duce Issue 2018 18 - 30 November 2018

From the Principal

This week marks the end of classes for this year’s Year 10 and Year 11 students, having completed six days of VCE Headstart as 2019 Year 11 and Year 12 students. This is a crucial week in that it provides the opportunities for our students to literally get a head start – as the name suggests – and set themselves up for a successful VCE.

I urge all students and parents to have a chat about the week, reflect on what they discovered and decide what will be required to achieve their very best in 2019. There will have been some work set for the Christmas break in each subject. It is a clear expectation this is completed to the best of each students’ ability and the students with the highest level of organisation and aspiration will do so next week. It is much better to complete this important work while the lessons of Headstart week are still fresh in the mind, plus students can then take the remaining seven weeks of the break to relax with a clear conscience and know they are well prepared for the return to school in January. We expect all students to commit fully to their selected subjects and work closely, in association with their teachers in true Lasallian fashion.

The Year 12 students on the Yaluwo Immersion at Diyagala Boys Town have been there for a week and are having a terrific time. I have been in touch with Mrs Brogan during the week and everything is going smoothly. The majority of work this week has been painting classroom walls, desks and furniture, and the team has really enjoyed working alongside the local Sri Lankan boys, getting to know them, playing sport with them and developing friendships. They have also had the opportunity to see a little of Colombo’s history through its colonial buildings and have participated in the Christmas pageant at the children’s hostel at Boys Town.

Planning for the Yaluwo Immersion for November next year is already underway for the 2019 Year 12 students. I spoke to the cohort at an assembly on Thursday morning and outlined the nature of the program, the commitment required, but more importantly the tremendous opportunities and benefits to be gained by the students who participate. Lifelong memories, unique friendships with Sri Lankan Lasallians and a life‐changing experience are all guaranteed by being part of Yaluwo. This chance to live our Lasallian mission, to serve others and exercise that preferential option for the poor as a genuine contribution to our social justice program is something all Year 12 students should consider. Many students picked up an Expression of Interest Form; further copies are available at Kinnoull reception or by emailing Mrs Brogan at


Last Wednesday we held an Open Day at our new Holy Eucharist Year 9 Campus in Malvern East. With still plenty of work to go in completing the refurbishment, much of the site was inaccessible but we were able to show about 160 parents and ten parishioners through enough of the campus to gain a good indication of how things will look in January when the Year 9 cohort move in. We ran tours every 20 minutes from 2:00 – 7:00pm and all were very impressed by the new entrance, new fence, landscaping and freshly opened bright and contemporary reception area. The tours visited the hall, several classrooms, one of the break‐out spaces and the very attractive playing spaces. It was terrific working with so many parents during the afternoon as they shared their enthusiasm for the new development, asked many questions and took one step closer to becoming part of our new Year 9 Campus community. A special thank you to the many staff who came along to support the afternoon, especially Year 9 Head of Campus, Mr David Alexander and the 2019 Learning and Teaching Leader, Ms Lauren Anderson. The team of thirteen teachers are working very hard on putting together a challenging, exciting and engaging Year 9 program for next year; we can’t wait!


Finally, it is important I inform you Ms Lisa Harkin, Deputy Principal — Students will be moving on at the end of the year. Ms Harkin has been awarded the position as Head of Campus at the Officer Campus of St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield. While we are very sad to see Ms Harkin go, this is a wonderful opportunity for her, running a growing Campus in her own right and no doubt having a wonderful influence on shaping their community. Ms Harkin has been an outstanding Deputy Principal, driving innovation and support for our students in so many ways, winning hearts and minds along the way. She will certainly be missed, but of course, goes with our best wishes.

I would like to thank all in our community – staff, students and parents – for their wonderful support for and engagement in all that has been achieved at De La in 2018. It has been a very busy year in many ways with a number of new initiatives and developments – curriculum, wellbeing, buildings and planning for the future. All of this depends on the strength, loyalty and sense of belonging our community generates and I thank you all for being part of our 2018 community.

I wish all staff and families a very happy, safe and holy Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing all students back fresh and ready to go in January.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Annual Christmas Concert

The De La Salle music department will hold the annual Christmas concert in the PAC on Thursday 6 December. This is always a wonderful finale to the year and will include a terrific evening of Christmas music with some surprises. Music staff and students have been working very hard over recent weeks in preparation for this event. All members of the College community are warmly invited to attend.

Lost property

Tiverton students who have lost uniform items throughout the year (especially Term 3 or Term 4) are asked to check the lost property area before Thursday 13 December. Items of uniform not collected will be donated to charity.

Christmas Greetings

On behalf of all the staff at the College, thank you to parents for your support in 2018 and best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas and holiday period. May God bless all families.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations


2019 ACC Launch Dinner

As is traditional, we gather together to celebrate the ACC Leadership Launch for the coming year. The College Captains and Vice‐Captains are invited to attend, along with Principals, Deputy Principals and Leadership Coordinators. This wonderful evening is being held at Salesian College, with the 2019 College Leaders celebrating Mass, sharing a formal meal and enjoying the social festivities. It is always powerful listening to the College Captains speak of the gifts their communities bring to the ACC; the core elements that are unique and their aspirations for the coming year.

A special part of the evening will be listening to College Captain for 2019, Liam Jenkins’ address on behalf of his Lasallian brothers at De La Salle College. You can read the speech here.

Progress on the Child Safe Standards

Recently, the Australian Childhood Foundation audited our policies and processes to safeguard our students against abuse. In total, 65 people were interviewed; staff, parents, students, volunteers, maintenance, administration, human resources, canteen staff and cleaners played a part in the audit.

The Australian Childhood Foundation noted a strong commitment to safeguarding children and young people was evident across all levels of personnel. The students who were interviewed by the Australian Childhood Foundation noted a stronger and more visible safeguarding culture across the College. The parents interviewed by the Australian Childhood Foundation expressed a confidence in the commitment of the College to safeguard students.

The Australian Childhood Foundation emphasised that the College leadership demonstrated a shared commitment to progressing the safeguarding journey through development and implementation of endorsed safeguarding policies and procedures. Establishing a Child Safety Team with broad‐based membership and consulting throughout the College on the safeguarding journey has supported our work in this area.

The Australian Childhood Foundation noted that safeguarding sustainability is front and centre of daily practice and re‐enforced through discussions at staff meetings and ongoing support of the Child Safety Team. At De La Salle College, we aspire to support the aspiration of the whole‐child, this includes faith‐based practices and emphasises personal development and growth.

The Australian Childhood Foundation found that the College demonstrates a high standard of risk mitigation, which is evidenced through thorough processes to meet College expectations, e.g. student billeting and cancellation of programs if the risks are unable to be managed appropriately, therefore compromising the safety of students.

Our teaching staff at De La Salle College were recognised to be very proximate with students and to have strong relationships with the young men in our care. The challenge within this has been to maintain relational safety between students and personnel.

As in most school environments, there are challenges at specific ages and stages for the boys. In their interviews, our staff indicated that Year 8 and Year 9 can be challenging for the young men in our care The Australian Childhood Foundation found that the College has created a number of initiatives, for example, the Positive Student Behaviour Policy and the Achievement and Recognition Policy – Lasallian Zeal to maintain a healthy culture through these year levels and to address any concerns that do arise.

Our Lasallian charism has been strengthened through this process.

Happy Christmas

Christmas is a magical time for children. For me it is time to reflect with gratitude on all the gifts in my life; family, friends, freedom and a great education. As a child, Christmas meant a long wait for Midnight Mass where my Dad played the organ. It was my Gran’s birthday on Christmas Eve so we enjoyed many family gatherings that evening as well. Today, Christmas carols, gift exchanges and family feasts are just some of the enduring traditions that make the season one of the world’s favourite holidays. Amongst this, we remember the gift of a little baby who heralded hope for communities across the ages.

Wishing you and your family a safe, relaxing and joyful Christmas.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Chaplain’s Notes

First Communion

A very excited group of De La Salle College students from Year 4 received the Eucharist for the first time on Sunday 18 November, at St Anthony’s Parish, along with students from the Parish Sunday School.

Congratulations to Alexander Bekos, James Harris and Cooper Attana who showed great reverence in this sacred moment. The families joined in a celebration in the Parish Centre following Mass to receive their certificates and share in a delicious cake. Well done to them all.

Diary note – for new families 2019

If you are planning for your son to prepare for the Sacraments of First Penance, Communion or Confirmation through De La Salle during 2019, please email: or you may call on my direct line 9508 2161.

Reconciliation preparation will commence in Term 1 and First Communion will be celebrated in Term 4.

Alternatively, an enrolment form has been included in the recent distribution of information to new parents. Please complete this form and forward to me at the College.
I take this opportunity to wish all our families a blessed and joyous celebration of the Lord’s coming into our lives.

The following prayer, shared during your family preparation, might help to keep a focus on what is truly important at this time.

In this season of rushing and bustle
Help us to focus our hearts on you, O Lord.
Quieten us so that we can be aware
of our waiting and longing for you.
Open our hearts to your words
And make us attentive to your actions
in our lives day by day.
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

St John Baptist de La Salle pray for us. Live Jesus in our hearts forever.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

ACC Junior Debating Championship 2018

Manner, Method and Matter

On 12 November, De La Salle’s ACC Junior Debating team, in the company of Mr Chris Fleming and Mrs Eve McLellan, went off to St Bernard’s College to debate against other ACC schools. Everyone was scored according to what is known as the three M’s: Manner, Method and Matter.

The first debating team, consisting of Noah Caruso, Jude Pabst and myself, had to debate against three speakers from St Joseph’s College. The topic was “Parents should have access to their child’s social media accounts.” We were on the negative side; all speakers of the round did very well, with Jude and myself scoring the highest, and De La Salle taking our first win by one point.

After a short break, our second group debated. The second team consisted of Christian McMahon, Luke Cornell and Oscar Boulter. They debated against three students from Christian Brothers College, St Kilda. The topic they debated was “Australia should become a Republic.” De La Salle was on the affirmative side. We ended up winning by five points with Luke taking out Best Speaker. Both wins put us second overall, not too far behind who we were debating in the final round; Whitefriars College. The final round was an impromptu round, meaning we were given a topic at the event, and we only had 50 minutes to prepare. The team also chose who they felt performed the best, so our final team was Oscar Boulter, Luke Cornell and myself.

The topic was “Autonomous cars will make our roads safer.” All six students in the debating team were allowed to think of ideas, so after 50 long minutes in a classroom, we decided on an order, and a set of arguments and rebuttals. The final debate decided who took out the competition. If we won, then we would be the winners for Division 2. If we lost, we had to hope that third place did not score too high. After an intense debate, the adjudicator awarded Whitefriars the win by a single point. To make matters worse, the team in first place scored more points, so Emanuel College came second, whilst we came third.

We were still happy with a podium finish. The whole team would like to thank Mr Fleming, Mrs McLellan and Dr Walsh for encouraging us all to give it our best, and doing all the behind the scenes work.

We learnt lots and we hope to get them next time!

Noah Henderson
Year 7

Sport News


Year 7 student, Sebastian Fernandez recently returned from Hobart where he represented Victoria in the U13 Boys National Hockey Championships. Sebastian played with great composure and strength on the ball as a high striker and his team were awarded fifth place. We hope you will join us in celebrating this great achievement!

2019 ACC Launch Speech

The Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) is a strong and vibrant group of 12 Catholic secondary schools for boys. De La Salle College competes in an array of sport and other activities throughout the year, and it is traditional that the College Captain gives an address at the ACC Launch.

2019 College Captain, Liam Jenkins — ACC Launch Speech

Good evening fellow ACC representatives, staff, leaders and guests. My name is Liam Jenkins and I am the College Captain of De La Salle College for 2019.

On behalf of De La Salle I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the core values that shape life at De La Salle College and the advancements that have occurred recently at the school.

At De La Salle, the notion of brotherhood is a significant part of our Lasallian identity. A sense of brotherhood fuels the bonds between all students at the College. A sense of camaraderie and inclusiveness flows within the College and leaves an everlasting imprint on old Collegians when they reflect upon their time at school. This strong school culture is embraced by all students at De La Salle, further enhancing our ability to tackle whatever task we approach as young men.

De La Salle was established in 1912 by three Irish brothers who taught 54 boys in a parish hall. In recent years, 2012 marked the college centenary. In 2014, the school introduced our first lay principal in Mr Peter Houlihan who still remains our current Principal.

We also reintroduced a vertical House system in 2016. This has further developed our culture at the College and it has been well received by the student cohort. In addition, the school has made some infrastructural advancements with the opening of the Rheims Centre for Science and Technology this year.

2019 brings another significant milestone for the history of De La Salle College with the much‐anticipated opening of the new Year 9 Campus at Holy Eucharist in East Malvern. This will allow the school to grow, whilst providing a customised program for our Year 9 students. Our rich history demonstrates the growth and success that has been achieved by our school over the years. These accomplishments have helped shape who we are today. We are inspired to live by the legacy set by those in the past.

Over the years, De La Salle has established a name for itself through the generosity and service demonstrated by the school community. We believe that it is important to give back to the community in as many ways as possible to show our appreciation and gratitude for the opportunities we receive here De La.

De La Salle has been an active contributor to the community, through our ability to consistently raise $100,000 each year during Mission Action Day where proceeds are donated to a variety of needy communities across the globe. The students are able to see the effect of their generosity through school initiatives that use their funds to build classrooms and establish connections with people living in difficult conditions around the world. We also look to contribute locally with programs including Year 9 Lasallian service, St Vincent de Paul Food Drive, our Social Justice Mass and House Charities.

These thoughtful deeds to help the community can leave lasting effects on the people it touches, as well as exemplify the teachings of our Lasallian founder, St John Baptist de La Salle.

De La Salle is a proud member of the Associated Catholic College community. I believe that we bring a strong presence to the Association through our great passion and dedication whenever representing the College. We enjoy the rivalry and challenges that other Colleges bring; however, we have great respect for all schools part of the ACC.

On behalf of De La Salle College, we look forward to the year to come and I wish the very best for the other school leaders in their last year at their respective schools.

Thank you.

Liam Jenkins
College Captain 2019

Parent Network News

The focus for the Parent Network in 2019 will be to build a sense of community throughout De La Salle College by providing regular opportunities for parents to socialise, connect and participate in College activities. The Parent Network aims to bring people together and develop a more vibrant and connected community.

Upcoming events for 2019

Please add the dates of our upcoming events to your 2019 diary.

Event Date Venue
First Day Morning Tea Thursday 31 January Gymnasium
Year 7 Parents’ Welcome Drinks Thursday 14 February Peppercorn Café
Primary Welcome BBQ Thursday 28 February Kinnoull Oval
Years 8–12 Parent’s Welcome Drinks Thursday 14 March TBC
Mother’s Day Breakfast Wednesday 8 May Gymnasium
Parents’ “Christmas in July” Dinner Saturday 27 July TBC
Father’s Day Breakfast Friday 23 August Gymnasium
Parent Network AGM Monday 21 October Centenary Boardroom

The year will start with some great Parent Network events. Please save the dates. We look forward to seeing you there!


All Year 7 parents and any parent of a new student to the College in 2019 are invited to the First Day Morning Tea.



The Year Level Representatives (“Reps”) are critical members of our Parent Network Team, bringing together parents in their chosen year levels and acting as a contact point for whole school functions. Thank you to our 2019 Year Level Reps (listed below) for taking on this very important role and to Ms Sharon Herdman, Year Level Rep Coordinator, for assisting and supporting them.

  • Primary Mrs Michelle Peterson and Mrs Louise Harris
  • Year 7 Mrs Jo McAuliffe
  • Year 8 Mr James McEniry and Ms Kirsten Bell
  • Year 9 Mrs Linda Curnow and Mrs Louise MacNamara
  • Year 10 Mrs Cate Robertson
  • Year 11 VACANT*
  • Year 12 Mrs Lesley Corrigan

*If you would like to take on the role of Year 11 Year Level Rep please contact us via email at

Selling and buying second‐hand textbooks for 2019

If you are interested in buying or selling second‐hand textbooks for 2019 you can do so through the Sustainable School Shop. Click here to access flyer on how to register, buy and sell.

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
Parent Network President

Important Notices

2019 Schedule of Fees

The Schedule of Fees for 2019 is now finalised. Please refer to the letter from the Principal and the College Board Chair, the 2019 Schedule of Fees and the College Fee Policy newly ratified and effective from 2019.

Should you have any enquiries regarding any of the published documents please do not hesitate to call Mrs Anne‐Maree McKernan or Ms Ellenor Harris in the Finance department on (03) 9508 2100.

Wishing all of our students the very best during this time of exams.

Ms Lyn McGuinness
Director of Finance and Administration

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
Joshua Paul St Edwin’s Edwins 5 Bronze

Congratulations to Joshua who received his Bronze Zeal award.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal — Students

Social Justice Stationery Drive

During Term 4 and in the lead up to the end of the school year, we are challenged to think of others and to work together to make a difference. The whole College is involved in a stationery drive donation to our schools in Papua New Guinea through the Lasallian Foundation. Students are asked to donate any of the following items:

  • Folders
  • Pens – that work
  • Pencils – lead and colour
  • Textas/crayons
  • Pencil cases
  • Eraser/rulers/sharpeners/scissors/safety glasses
  • Calculators

All items will be accepted from today and are to be placed in the Kinnoull or Tiverton library where there will be a box located next to the printer. During locker clean up in the last week of school, boxes will be placed for collection along the corridors for final donations. We ask that you support all students in their endeavour to show solidarity and bring hope to the needy, poor and vulnerable members of our local community.

With thanks on behalf of the Year 11 VCAL students.

Miss Ellen Cotter
St Austin’s 2 House Mentor

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates on the College calendar.

Semester Two Examination Period concludes
Kinnoull Final Assembly and Mass - Gymnasium, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Year 12 (2019) Leaders’ Retreat 30 November to 1 December - Don Bosco Retreat Centre
Report Writing Day — No classes
Primary 2019 Orientation Day - Centenary Boardroom 9:00am - 10:30am
Year 7 2019 Orientation Day - PAC, 9:30am - 2:30pm
Year 8 into 9 Transition Program - 4 December to 6 December
Year 9 into 10 Transition Program - 4 December to 6 December
Year 4 - 9 Final Day Mass and Assembly - Gymnasium, 10:45am - 1:00pm
De La Salle Christmas Concert - PAC, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Yaluwo Sri Lanka, Immersion Program concludes
College Office closes
College Office reopens