The Duce Issue 2019 07 - 16 May 2019

Founder’s Tercentenary — St John Baptist de La Salle

Being Lasallian at De La Salle

2019 marks 300 years since the death of St John Baptist de La Salle. 

The legacy of our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle runs deeply through De La Salle College. As the patron saint of Teachers, founder of the De La Salle brotherhood and author of many missives on the philosophy of teaching, St John Baptist de La Salle is a living presence for all of us here at the College. 

Lasallian Captains Taine Krogh, St Leo’s House and Jack Barnard, St Austin’s House share their reflection on the legacy of St John Baptist de La Salle on the occasion of the Tercentenary (#300 years) since his death.

Each senior House has a student Lasallian Captain. These leaders have a special connection to the Lasallian nature of their education, but what does it mean to be Lasallian? What does the person of the Founder mean to our students in 2019?

Who is St John Baptist de La Salle?

St John Baptist de La Salle, patron Saint of Christian teachers, wasn’t always destined to create a legacy in education. He started off a son of wealthy parents and became a Canon in the Rheims Cathedral. During his time few were privileged enough to live in luxury with most being extremely poor and unable to afford a basic education. St John saw the plight of the poor and sacrificed everything to be able to help them find salvation through education by renouncing his wealth, position and even family home to create a community that remains to this day — The Brothers of Christian Schools. 

Taine Krogh, St Leo’s House Lasallian Captain 2019

St John Baptist De La Salle was a man who was absolutely devoted to his faith and mission. He dedicated his life to helping those in need, particular the poorer children living in his community. His actions have since inspired many and led to the eponymous Lasallian core values that we as a college strive to follow each day.

Jack Barnard, St Austin’s House Lasallian Captain 2019

What is the most Lasallian thing we do here at De La Salle?

I think the most Lasallian thing we do at De La Salle would be Mission Action Day, in raising awareness for our disadvantaged Lasallian brothers and sisters. The whole idea of Mission Action Day promotes some of the finest Lasallian core principles, including respect and concern for the poor. The idea of not only raising awareness but also taking action for those in conditions worse than our own is what it means to be Lasallian.

Jack Barnard, St Austin’s House Lasallian Captain 2019 

Every day we go to school we are doing the most ‘Lasallian thing’ that we can. By coming together as a united group of teachers and students we are living out the legacy of St John Baptist De La Salle without even realising it. One Heart, One Commitment, One life; this is the theme for the Lasallian tercentenary and De La Salle always has and will continue to represent this through the core Lasallian principles of Respect, Quality Education, Inclusiveness, Social Justice and Faith, as set forth by St John and shown through De La Salle College students each and every day.

Taine Krogh, St Leo’s House Lasallian Captain 2019 

What does the role of Lasallian Captain entail? 

Like all the student leaders, the Lasallian Captains serve to support the inclusion of the five core Lasallian principles into everyday life at De La Salle. This year however we were extremely fortunate to be able to attend the Lasallian Youth Gathering and thanks to this we have developed a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Lasallian and how we can support the same inclusive feeling into school. We saw that it meant within our roles we had to ensure that the work of St John carries on well into the future so that all that come after us can experience the power of being a part of a Lasallian College. 

Taine Krogh, St Leo’s House Lasallian Captain 2019 

Being a Lasallian Captain means I am very much a part of the faith aspect of De La Salle. I am often asked to assist with readings at our occasional College Masses and am tasked with helping organise Mission Action Day. Another opportunity that this role presented me with this year was the chance to attend the 2019 Lasallian Youth Gathering with other Lasallian students from around the Asia-Pacific district. The event was an incredible experience and helped me gain a better understanding of the Lasallian organisation around the world.

Jack Barnard, St Austin’s House Lasallian Captain 2019 

What is your favourite story of St John Baptist de La Salle’s life?

My favourite story from De La Salle’s life was when he met Adrian Nyel purely by chance. The reason I like this is because, although it was such a small event at the time, in the grand scheme of things, it set De La Salle on a life-changing course. It’s the thought of having such a great impact by doing so little that I love most about the story.

Jack Barnard, St Austin’s House Lasallian Captain 2019 

My favourite story from St John’s life is the story of where it all started. St John’s close friend Nicholas Roland had passed away and in his will, he asked De La Salle to oversee a group of nuns within the poorer part of the city. One day on his way to the convent he was stopped by Adrian Nyel who asked for help in providing education to boys on the streets in Reims. De La Salle agreed and gradually, without being aware of it, he found himself drawn into an unknown world of poverty. Inspired by their plight that he took the further step of establishing a community of brothers to educate the poor. St John at times was very weary on his journey, but had he not taken the risk and put in the effort, the network would not exist today, showing us all that sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zone to move forward. 

Taine Krogh, St Leo’s House Lasallian Captain 2019 

Faith and Mission

Founders Day

This year, throughout all Lasallian schools and institutions worldwide the Tercentenary of the death of St John Baptist De La Salle will be marked by the Lasallian communities in Victoria with special Founders Day commemorations.

Here in Melbourne, De La Salle College Malvern, St John’s College Dandenong, St Bede’s College Mentone and St James College East Bentleigh will all come together to mark this significant occasion.

On Friday May 17, all four Colleges will come together to celebrate a special Tercentenary Founders Day Mass, where each College will host a Mass and event for particular year levels and all Year 9 students will be involved in Mass, hosted by St James College, at St Patrick’s Cathedral followed by an event at the nearby Academy of Mary Immaculate College attended by Year 9 students from De La Salle, St Bede’s, and St John’s.

De La Salle College, St John’s Dandenong and St Bede’s Mentone will continue the combined festivities with a shared lunch and activity for the remainder of the day on site at the host Colleges. De La Salle College will host Year 12 students, St Bede’s will host Year 10 and Year 11 students and St John’s, Year 7 and Year 8 students as well as the Primary Grade 5 class and Grade 6 class from De La Salle College. 

The occasion at De La Salle College will be shared with three old Collegians who return to celebrate the Mass; Monsignor Stuart Hall was Principal Celebrant, and Fr Peter Matheson and Fr Kevin Dillon as concelebrants and the presence and company of De La Salle Brothers; Br Peter Smyth FSC, Br Michael Carroll, Br Quentin O’Halloran FSC, Br Paul Smith FSC, and Br Bede French FSC.

The logistics to bring the schools together have been substantial and an organising Tercentenary Planning Committee made up of myself and my counterparts from the aforenamed Colleges have been planning and preparing since 2018.

The day is a truly unique and special way to commemorate and celebrate the life and legacy of our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle, as we mark 300 years since his death. A highly significant milestone in the story of Lasallian education.

With all Lasallians around the world this year, we celebrate the Tercentenary and give thanks for all Lasallians and their good works, to renew our commitment to looking after the poor and others in need and to be positive and hopeful about the future.

Mother’s Day

In reflecting on Mother’s Day, it is easy and appropriate that we celebrate mothers and mothering and that many people, such as; grandmothers, aunts, step-parents, close family friends, dads, can fulfil the chief mothering role in families.

But as a Catholic, Lasallian community, we also remember and pray for the mothers who have lost children to terror, have been victims of poverty, been forcibly separated from children at borders, war or natural disaster. We remember mothers and children impacted by abuse and domestic violence. This Mother’s Day, may we all take the time to pray and to speak up for mothers everywhere, and may we be inspired by the grace of our Mother Mary and the love, courage and strength she modelled. 

Year 12 Seminar Day 

This week, the Year 12 students commenced their Seminar Program. The program is an opportunity to develop, nurture and form the students’ faith, as well as, an opportunity to provide personal growth by reflecting and discussing topics presented by guest speakers and unpacking the activities which follow. 

The first session saw guest speaker, former Hawthorn and AFL premiership player Steve Lawrence present to the students on being “men on a mission” through service to others, recognising the gift of themselves and allowing time for God.

The seminars are guided by staff who have volunteered their time to become Seminar Leaders and their aim is to have the students develop an understanding of how to look critically at their own generation, its world and its meaning within the context of a Catholic and Lasallian perspective.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission 

Learning and Teaching

Year 9 – 11 Exams

The examination period for Years 9–11 commences on Monday 3 June. Students from Years 9–11 will be involved in a series of examinations designed to consolidate and examine the learning that has taken place in Semester One. On Wednesday 12 June, all VCE Unit 3 students will complete the General Achievement Test (GAT). Students in Years 5–8 will be involved in in-class assessments in the lead-up to the conclusion of the semester, rather than exams.

Examinations are an integral part of the complete learning experience; however, it is also important to note that at Years 10 and 11 they will form part of the basis for determining entry into certain VCE subjects for 2020.  This is also the case for those Year 9 students wishing to apply for acceleration into a VCE subject in Year 10, 2020.

Given the importance of these examinations in terms of academic progression and crucial examination experience prior to Year 12, it is anticipated students will complete sustained examination preparation. All students are strongly encouraged to create a daily study plan at this point of the semester. In order to prepare effectively for success in exams, study would typically include:

  • revision of all individual notes, classwork and assessment;
  • revision of references and resources published on OLLIE, textbooks and handouts;
  • review and action on feedback for improvement provided for assessment and other tasks;
  • rote learning exercises;
  • practice questions, for speed, accuracy and quality of handwritten responses under time pressure.

The onus for exam preparation of this kind falls directly with each student. In addition, teachers will provide guidance and support within each subject. Where in doubt about the most effective approach for them, students should seek advice from their teachers and mentors.

Timetables for Semester One of 2019 will be made available to students in the coming days. They are specific for each student’s year level. Students will need to carefully check the timetable and make note of the date, time and venue for each exam. 

Please note specifics for each year level below:

  • Year 9 examinations will take place at the Kinnoull campus, commencing on Tuesday 11 June. Upon their commencement, Year 9 students will not have any timetabled classes and will be expected to arrive at school 20–30 minutes prior to the start of their first exam. They will be dismissed from Kinnoull at the conclusion of their last examination each day. 
  • Years 10 and 11 students are not required to be in Homeroom, however, they are to present at their examination location at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of their examinations. They are not required to attend school except for their scheduled examinations. For students undertaking a VCE Unit 3 subject, the VCAA General Achievement Test (GAT) will take place on Wednesday 12 June, from 10:00am to 1:15pm.
  • Year 11 VCAL students will follow the normal timetabled program in order to protect and maintain offsite VET attendance requirements, employer obligations and ongoing project work.

All normal school expectations apply regarding travel on public transport and it is a College requirement that all students attend examinations in their full winter uniform. 

Very best wishes to all students in their preparation for their Semester One exams.

Mr Mark Gustincic
Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching


On Wednesday 8 May, De La Salle held our annual Mother’s Day Breakfast. Here I include School Captain Liam Jenkins’ speech. This speech touches on the importance of relationships, family, resilience, and of course, a mother’s love. 

Our mothers have all sacrificed a great deal for our benefit, to give us the best possible opportunities to succeed in life. The lengths that they go to, for fulfilling our needs, does not go unnoticed nor is it underestimated, it is truly appreciated by your sons and we are all very thankful for it.

Liam Jenkins, College Captain 2019

Please click here to read the full speech Liam gave at the Mother’s Day Breakfast, and click here to enjoy the gallery of photos. 

School TV

Special Report: Parenting Styles — What type of parent are you?

There are so many different opinions offered on how best to parent. New parents will often have firm beliefs about how they wish to balance love and discipline, but this ideal often goes out of the window when a toddler throws their first tantrum in the supermarket!

Raising children can bring parents and caregivers great joy despite many learning ‘on the job’ and growing into the role through experience and understanding. Children will always flourish in a warm and loving environment, supported by clear guidance.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers can gain a greater understanding of the four defined parenting styles by taking part in the quiz. It can guide parents towards deciding which style they wish to adopt and the effects it may have on their children.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help. 

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Chaplain’s Notes

Year 7 Retreat Day

In a lively and highly interactive presentation, the YMT (Youth Ministry Team Australia) invited the Year 7 students to reflect more deeply on community and a sense of belonging.

Through a series of games, skits, small group discussions the students were led to own and believe in, their own uniqueness and the importance of being true to themselves. The reflection days culminated in an invitation to recognise that it is in relationship with the person of Jesus that they most discover their uniqueness and value.

Year 8 Reflection Day

As we come to our celebration of the Feast of St John Baptist de La Salle this week our Year 8 students have started on their round of reflection days. A deep theme in St John Baptist de La Salle’s life was to know each other and to listen to the Spirit of God in all we do. So it is that the Youth Ministry Team focused the Year 8 Retreat on “Knowing God”. The students reflected on their images of God and moved towards their personal relationship with Jesus and their ability to listen to His Spirit. The day culminated in quiet, shared prayer.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Kinnoull Campus

Student Report — High Performance Leadership Coaching

Over the past three weeks, the Year 10 and 11 House Student Leaders have participated in high-performance leadership coaching sessions, facilitated by Nathan Burke (former St Kilda footballer).

In these sessions, we focused on issues within our College, identified our strengths and areas requiring improvement. Student attitude towards teachers and peers, sporting enthusiasm and how we can effectively represent the College, were some of the topics we discussed in a group forum. Nathan presented the concepts of personal and community legacy. Personal legacy is defined as the type of person you are and the conscious effort you make to improve the school. Community legacy refers to how you affect the world around you and how you represent the College in the broader community. 

Nathan introduced us to action versus intention. He used a metaphor that encapsulated this concept perfectly; “my car won’t start if I intend to put petrol in it”. If there is action, there is change. Nathan also reiterated the need for “above the line” thinking as opposed to “below the line” thinking. Above the line refers to having a positive attitude, confidence and a belief that you will succeed. Below the line refers to blame, excuses and denial. If you are a good leader, you will move straight from below the line to above the line and encourage others to follow this outlook. Acknowledging that only you are responsible for your actions and subsequent outcomes was a powerful theme throughout the sessions.

In our smaller groups, we structured methods to enhance a greater sense of brotherhood and ways to build an even stronger community. 

These past three weeks have been thought-provoking and motivational. It has enabled us to question our actions and discover how we can effectively make a positive and lasting impact on the relationships and attitudes within our College and beyond. 

Antony Valcanas
Year 11 St Edwin’s House Leader

Holy Eucharist Campus

Official Opening Event, Thursday 9 May 2019

De La Salle College’s new Holy Eucharist Year 9 Campus was officially opened by His Worship the Mayor of the City of Stonnington, Councillor Steven Stefanopoulos on Thursday 9 May 2019. 

Councillor Stefanopoulos is an Old Collegian of De La Salle College, graduating in the Class of 1992. The Holy Eucharist Campus is De La Salle’s third campus and establishes the College as the first Lasallian school to have a self-sufficient, standalone campus for Year 9 students. 

The campus, located at 1241 Dandenong Road, Malvern East; the site of the previous Holy Eucharist Primary School, opened its doors to the inaugural Year 9 cohort on 31 January 2019. 

Approval for the campus in September 2018 initiated an intensive program of renovation and refurbishment to create a genuine 21st-century learning environment. In just over four months, the site was completely transformed and is now ideally placed to equip young men with the skills required to take their part in the future they will play their part in creating. 

Principal Houlihan said, “The opening of the Year 9 Holy Eucharist Campus is the result of myriad innovative plans and programs coming to fruition. The current climate is one of progression, development and creativity; working towards excellence in all areas of the College and our Year 9 Campus is the flagship for this approach. Our goal, our vision, is to build on our traditions and all the strengths that have made De La Salle a great school for 107 years. We work with our families and our Lasallian community to achieve this and provide a unique education which suits our young men.”

It has been a major change to the fabric of the College. At Holy Eucharist, we have operational autonomy; passionate teachers focusing purely on Year 9 and a cross-curricular approach to learning. Students have risen to the opportunities provided to them through a brand new facility and learning style. They have really embraced the growth mindset we aim to instil in every young man.

We welcome visitors to an Open Day for the public onsite at the Holy Eucharist Campus on Thursday 10 October, 2019.

Mr David Alexander
Head of Holy Eucharist Campus

Tiverton Campus


Dendy Sports Competition

The Year 5 and 6 students have begun their Dendy Sports Competition on Friday afternoons in both AFL football and netball. Participants reported a terrific competition and fun had by all in all of the games. We look forward to seeing and hearing about further skill development in these sports, and the further building of positive relationships between students. Many thanks to the Primary School staff; Mr Ben Ahern, Mr Andrew Kearns and Mr Terry Atkins for their leadership in this space. 

Year 6 student Aidan Stewart commented: “Dendy sports is great because of all of the fun that you have, and you get to have more space to run around. It was a great oval and great refs”.

We are also looking forward to our two different inquiry excursions occurring over the next month. The Year 5 and Year 6 students will head to the Port Phillip Eco Centre in St Kilda on the new, revised time of Wednesday 22 May. The students will focus on the impact of human activity. They will also journey to the MCG on Tuesday 18 June continuing their exploration of leadership with the Melbourne Football Club. Students should wear sports uniform for both of these excursions. 

Year 7

Camps and Activities Week

The Year 7 students journeyed to Ace-High Camp in Cape Schanck during the second week of Term 2 in their class mentor groups. They undertook a variety of activities from horse riding, mountain boarding, nature walks to tackling a giant swing and the flying fox. The intention was to build stronger relationships within the cohort, for students to create new friendships and to consolidate others, and to challenge themselves mentally and physically by taking them out of their comfort zones. 

Read more about the Year 7 Camp and Activities Week.

While not on camp, the Year 7 students undertook a holistic week of learning with a newly created activities week. They took yoga and personal training classes, created mission statements and logos for each of their class groupings, undertook a study skills and organisation session with Elevate education and had a whole day reflection retreat on the Kinnoull campus. 

Many thanks to Year 7 Coordinator Dr Melissa Walsh for her huge investment of time and energy coordinating and leading the program, and to all the Year 7 class mentor teachers and other teaching staff who participated both on the camps and in the activities at school. 

Year 8

Term Focus: Self-Respect, Work Ethic and Organisation 

The Year 8 students will continue developing good work habits, showing each other respect and being organised in Term 2. In a recent Year Level assembly, Mr Stephen Brick discussed the following:

  • Good habits and effort take time to build up
  • Some of these habits include being focused, motivated, finishing tasks well and with quality
  • Being organised will increase your overall productivity, more time will be spent on the things you like, and will reduce your overall stress and anxiety
  • Holding yourself accountable and positive self-talk will assist with this process

There has also been a strong emphasis with the Year 8 students about the College hands-off policy. The Year 8 students have been directed to the Student Management Policy (Level 4 serious offence category) that states the following:

Any fighting over a ball in the schoolyard, play fights between students in or outside of the classroom environment, friendly tackling and threatening and intimidating behaviour will immediately result in a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning detention. On-going physical behaviour will result in a suspension, a return to school meeting with the Director of Students, and it will be recorded on permanent school records. 

Student Management Policy 

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Middle Years

Making Connections

Year 7 Camp and Activities Week 2019

This year, the Year 7 team launched Camp and Activities Week, a new initiative at De La Salle. Spanning five days, the week-long programme was designed around the theme ‘Making Connections’, with activities designed to foster connections to self, community, faith and the environment. As well a three-day camp at Ace-Hi Ranch at Cape Schanck, students participated in a day-long spiritual retreat, as well as study skills workshops, yoga classes and personal training sessions. 

Getting young people away from their tech sometimes be a challenge, however, we were very pleased to see how the students embraced the chance to get moving and trying new things. And our surveys after the week showed that our students did indeed make the most of the opportunity to make new friends and do new things. The spread of activities students nominated as their ‘favourite’ was a testament to the variety and diversity of the programme. 

Already making plans for 2020, the team will continue to refine and tweak the programme so it will enhance the transition of our young people into De La Salle. 

Dr Melissa Walsh
Year 7 Co-ordinator

Student Report

Year 7 camp at Ace-Hi Ranch was an amazing experience that I’m glad I could share with my classmates and with people who weren’t even in my class! On the first day, we arrived at around 10:30 and were given a safety briefing. After putting our things in our cabins, we then started our activities in small groups, with our De La teachers Miss Skinner and Mrs Martin also joining in. We did rock climbing and the photo-find on the first day, and at night when everyone had finished eating dinner, we were told to get our torches because we were going on a night walk. This walk took us in a loop around the farm and back to camp. At one point we stopped at a point that only had 7% artificial light, which is rare in Victoria. We had an awesome view of the stars in the night sky.

Up early the next morning my group did zip lining and the leap of faith. The zip line was great because you could see forever in most directions. Our last activity on the final morning was horse riding — the horse I got was called Franky. The camp is a memory that I will remember for a long time — I would not change any of it. 

Xavier Corrie
7 Benilde

Parent Network News

Mother’s Day Breakfast

The 2019 Mother’s Day Breakfast was again an enormous success and a great celebration of our mothers and female carers and the important role that they play in the lives of our students.

A big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to make this event possible; transforming the Gym into a beautiful dining room, arriving early to serve and cleaning up after over 530 people had enjoyed the morning’s festivities.  A special thank you to Michelle Petersen and Lou Harris for their many hours of hard work co-ordinating this very successful event.  Thank you also to Anna Di Medio for sharing with us her experiences as “a De La Mum” over the past 16 years.

Thank you to Katrina Muir from Madame Flavour Tea for generously donating tea sample boxes for each of our mothers this year. We also thank the following sponsors for their generous donations of prizes for our raffle, which raised over $1,100!

We encourage you to have a look at some of the wonderful photographs of the morning and enjoy reading College Captain Liam Jenkins’ speech.

Christmas In July Dinner

The Parent Network is excited to announce a new addition to the calendar; the “Christmas in July Dinner”, scheduled for Saturday 27 July. Make sure you get in early for this much-anticipated event as tickets are sure to sell fast! Click here to book.

Upcoming Events For 2019

Year 8 Family BBQSaturday 18 May (1pm to 3pm)Phoenix Park, Malvern East
Year 7 Parents’ GatheringFriday 31 MayThe Rosstown Hotel
“Christmas in July” DinnerSaturday 27 JulyMerrimu
Father’s Day BreakfastThursday 22 AugustGym

Please add the dates of our upcoming events to your diary. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
President, De La Salle College Parent Network

The Arts


May is a very busy time for the Musicians of De La Salle. Following on from their participation in the orchestra of Mary Poppins, the Welcome Mass at St. Patrick’s, and performances at the Anzac Day Ceremony and Founders Day, we have an upcoming brace of concerts that will showcase the full extent of the College’s musical talent.

VCE Recital Night – the cream of the crop

Tuesday May 21, from 5:00pm — 7:00pm.
Performing Arts Centre, Tiverton Campus

The very best musicians of De La Salle perform challenging and varied works from their VCE recital programs. 

Autumn Concert – a plentiful bounty of musical delights

Tuesday 28 May, from 7:00pm — 8:30pm.
Performing Arts Centre, Tiverton Campus

Come and enjoy the varied and considerable talents of all of the ensembles of De La Salle, featuring:

  • De La Salle Choir
  • Stage Band
  • Junior, Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands
  • Saxophone, String, Brass, Percussion and Guitar Ensembles

Year 7 Bands Concert

Wednesday 12 June, from 7:00pm — 8:30pm
Performing Arts Centre, Tiverton Campus

Do you have a son in Year 7, who is currently taking part in De La Salle’s excellent Year 7 Band Program? Then you can’t afford to miss one of the most delightful and heart-warming evenings of the school calendar, the Year 7 Bands Concert. The evening will also feature performances by the Junior Concert Band and the Stage Band.

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

Sport News


Round 2

First XVIII Football

  • DLS 4.7.31 defeated by Mazenod 5.14.44
  • Best: Deane-Johns, Webb, Caruso, Lloyd, Ryan, May
  • Goals: Deane-Johns, S. Fernadez, Webb, Adamopoulos

A reasonably strong wind favoured De La Salle and after Mazenod kicked the first few behinds we steadied and managed three goals for the term. We scored the first goal of the quarter and went into half time well placed with a 16-point lead and the breeze behind us, but we were in for a rude awakening. Mazenod stepped up their play immediately. We fought the game out but couldn’t find the goals. A disappointing end to what had started out with a fine performance. We know that a game is won over four quarters and we were unable to produce a second half anywhere near what we did in the first. We are disappointed but our first two games have shown many positives both individually and collectively to build on.

Second XVIII

  • DLS 6.9.45 defeated by CBC St Kilda 12.13.85
  • Goals: Muling (2), Doolan (2), Lagastes, King

Despite another genuine effort, this was a disappointing result. The superiority of CBC was particularly evident in the final quarter when we were still a faint hope of winning; they banged through four goals against the wind. In our defence, we were seriously undermanned. The big power forward, Aidan “The Incredible Hulk” Yates, who was so dominant the previous week, was a late omission. Hayden Reed was also absent as was Ewan Baulch. Then we lost Nathan “Martino” Martinz in the first quarter! 

CBC’s kicking was precise and targeted. De La Salle tended to bomb the ball into the forward half whereas CBC delivered neat passes to forwards and midfielders. In the positives, De La Salle contributed some strong individual performances, none better than Sam Lanigan in defence. As CBC started to get ahead, Sam didn’t fade out of the match. He was still accumulating and contesting as tenaciously in the last quarter as he was in the first. Ben Doolan is an utterly genuine player. He is as honest as the day is long. By the end of final quarter, he was exhausted. The data tells us he clocked up close to 10kms. Joel King was his usual dynamic self. Joel Lagastes plays a raw and untutored style, but he was constructive and instinctive. Oscar “The Grouch” Bates battled manfully in the ruck winning the hitouts to advantage in the second quarter. Sam Paine provided plenty of dash through the middle of the field. Manny Gashi and Louie Moore are two more honest and hard-at-it players. Tom Richards is an intelligent footballer who looked to spread when we gained possession.

Year 10

  • DLS 8.8.56 defeated by Mazenod 14.7.91
  • Best: Sullivan, Gardiner, McMahon, Liakakos, Pietsch, Cumberlidge, Harding
  • Goals: Carlin (4), Doyle, Boscacci, Cumberlidge

Mazenod proved a fast and skilled opponent with De La Salle conceding a 5‑goal lead by quarter time. A lift in effort and tackling allowed us to wrestle back some of the initiative and we hit the scoreboard with 2 goals, but we still struggled to contain our opponents who kicked 3.5. After half time we bounced out of the blocks and kicked the first 3 goals. Two by Harris Carlin. Mazenod steadied and we allowed them to kick 3 goals also. Carlin bobbed up for another to have 4 for the game and could have had 6 if he’d been a little luckier in front of goal.

It was encouraging to see the form of many players including Oscar Harding bouncing back and playing a fine game in the backline, Lachie Doyle gave us a big lift with his ruck work after half time. Ed McMahon switched to CHB and Zac Cumberlidge to CHF worked well for both players, Harrison Pietsch had a good game in midfield as did Finn Sullivan. Duncan Gardiner continues to develop in the backline and captain Lucas Liakakos led the team well.

Round 3


  • DLS 8.7.55 defeated by St Bernards 8.13.61
  • Best: Lloyd, Deane-Johns, Bufalo, O’Connor, McKinnon, Hawker
  • Goals: Lloyd (4), Adamopoulos (2), Wiseman, Bufalo 

Even with a few players unavailable due to injury and illness, the mood in the rooms was buoyed by the presence of Old Coll and Collingwood star defender Braydon Maynard. De La Salle grabbed the initiative early scoring the first two goals of the game within the first 3 minutes and at quarter time we held a well-deserved 10-point lead. The second quarter was an even contest although our defence was under more pressure than the first but still stood firm. Two goals each for the quarter still had us holding a goal lead at the long break.

The consistent message we had employed all day was to keep playing aggressively with and without the ball. The game was there to be won. We started the final quarter well, but we just couldn’t get the reward for all our effort. It was disappointing to lose such a hard-fought game, but we were so proud of the efforts from start to finish and they showed we can match it with any of the teams in the competition.

Second XVIII

  • DLS 6.5.41 defeated by Emmanuel 14.10.94
  • Goals: Yates (2), Bullard, Doolan, Lawless, Zeini

This is a difficult task; Emmanuel were prepared to work exceptionally hard, run with gusto and secure the front position in marking, and while I would like to be as positive as possible when reporting on matches, some constructive criticism is warranted. De La Salle committed a litany of errors in the first quarter; missed tackles, endless turnovers when not under pressure, forwards trying to mark from behind rather than spoil… but enough negatives! The first 10 minutes of the last quarter were terrific. De La Salle actually outscored Emmanuel. 

There was a genuine effort to put bodies into the contest and Pat “Rabbit” Burrows exemplified this. Rabbit battled manfully all day at full back against an opponent who was double Billy Katsianos’ size, and his final quarter was marvellous. Aidan Yates was a serviceable target at Centre Half Forward with real presence and a booming kick. Hayden Reed showed us again why he a serious contender for the Winx Medal. He was everywhere, contesting well above his playing weight. Nathan “Martino” Martinz is another who what he lacks in size, makes up for in attitude. Joel King was his usual athletic self. Tom “Rip Curl” Richards also battled very hard to be a go to option on the wing and one of the few prepared to run hard to help out in defence and then be an option in attack.

Year 10

  • DLS Year 10 17.16.118 defeated St Josephs FTG 7.4.46
  • Best: Liakakos, Scollo, Boscacci, McMahon, Sullivan, Gardiner, Pietsch
  • Goals: Boscacci (5), Liakakos (4), Scollo (4), Kaminaris, Pietsch, Reagan, Algeri

The pre-match talk focus was purely on making sure we started well. Coach Nagle laid down the facts as to why we were four goals down at quarter time and that we needed to start playing for each other and winning the contests. What a lift from the De La Salle team! We kicked six goals four behinds to nothing for the quarter. The drive started from the midfield with Boscacci and our captain Liakakos kicking five goals between them, and key forward Scollo and key defender McMahon dominating their positions. 

At half time, confidence was high and right from the first centre bounce De La Salle controlled the ball. Our teamwork was the best it has been all year and we capitalised on our dominance in possession. Five goals to one increased our lead to 43 points. Every player contributed, ran hard and linked up well with accurate passes. The only disappointing aspect of our final quarter was our inaccuracy in front of goals with a four goal six return. All up, it was a fantastic turnaround after quarter time and a great reward to win by 72 points.

Match reports by Mr Gerard Barns, Mr Peter Schwab and Mr Geordie Nagle

Important Notices

St Michael’s Ashburton Parish Day

On May 19 St Michael’s is holding their inaugural Parish Day. Archbishop Peter Comensoli will celebrate mass at 10:30am. This will be followed by a barbecue and sporting activities for children. Come along and celebrate this wonderful parish community!

As part of the festivities, all past St Michael’s students are invited, as well as past and current parishioners, to participate in our mass choir and orchestra and also to perform music of their choice as general entertainment. We are also seeking assistance in serving and clearing up morning tea. This is an excellent opportunity for community service and/or performance for secondary students.

Any students who would like to participate are asked to email Therese Molnar on She will provide music to those wishing to participate in the church choir/orchestra and confirm rehearsal times. She will also develop and advise the schedule for performances based on chosen music selections. Any general questions can be directed to Mr John Whitehouse, Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council

Important Dates

Important upcoming date sin the College calendar.

Founder's Day Mass and Celebrations - Please consult email for details
NAPLAN - Year 9 - 20 May to 24 May
NAPLAN Catch Up - Year 5 and Year 7 - 20 May to 24 May
Time and Space - Year 7 Mother and Son Night - Gymnasium, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Year 8 Reflection Day - SMT, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Primary 2020 Applications Close
ACC Awards - Mazenod College, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Rites of Passage Year 9 Workshop - Stewardship - Sons and Mothers Evening - Gymnasium, Tiverton Campus, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Autumn Music Concert - PAC, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Year 8 Reflection Day - SMT, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Morrisby Report Evening - Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Student led Duke of Edinburgh Journey - 30 May to 1 June
Year 10 Allwell Testing - Gymnasium, 9:00am - 1:00pm
30 Year College Reunion - Racecourse Hotel, Malvern East, 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Community Mass - St Michael's Church, Ashburton, 10:30am - 11:30am
Semester One Examination Period Commences - 3 June to 13 June
Parent Network Committee Meeting - College Boardroom, 7:30pm - 9:30pm