St Edwin’s House Charity is St Vincent De Paul, a charity that works hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. The St Edwin’s House Easter raffle is an annual fundraising event facilitated by Edwin’s House Coordinator, Ms Stevenson and the Senior House Leaders.
Students in Edwin’s House are invited to bring in Easter eggs, which fill up the Easter hampers and once these hampers have been filled, the wider school community has the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets, with all proceeds going to St Vincent De Paul. It is a fantastic opportunity to unite the closely‐knit Edwin’s family in fundraising, but even more of a privilege to share this with the wider school community and contribute to the safety and security of Australia’s less fortunate.
In addition to the annual Easter raffle, St Edwin’s House traditionally holds an annual ‘Winter Sleepout’ where Kinnoull students have the opportunity to sleep at school for a night and endure the cold weather in order to experience a glimpse of what life would be like without the comforts of a bed, heating or a roof over your head.
It is the
willingness of St Edwin’s students to become so immersed in fundraising and
social justice, which makes our House truly special!
As has been announced by
Principal Peter Houlihan, all public and in‐school Music Department events in
the near future have been cancelled or postponed.
ACC Junior Jazz Workshop (hosted by De La Salle) – postponed. Planned to held in late Term 3 or early Term 4.
Autumn Concert – cancelled.
Typhoid Mary – postponed. Planned to be held late in Term 3.
At this stage, preparations are continuing for the Music Tour, which is scheduled for July. Further updates will be forthcoming in early Term 2.
While it is disappointing for
students to miss these highlight events, the Music staff wish to encourage
students and their families to keep engaging in lots of home practice, as we
will be doing our best to make up for lost opportunities as soon as safely
Instrumental lessons will
continue as normal while the College remains open. In the event of a school
closure, the Music Department will be in contact with parents to discuss
Greetings parents, students, staff of
the De La Salle College community. My name is Luca Almiento and I am taking on
the role of Youth Minister for 2020. In 2019 I was fortunate enough to
Volunteer in Perth on a gap year, working with Indigenous Youth in a boarding
house setting. It was through this work I developed a deep appreciation for the
wider Lasallian charism.
My role within the College is committed to serving this Lasallian family and helping students reach their full potential. It is my role to enact the Lasallian values of faith service and community and to advocate for the school’s various social justice outreach programs. I will be working closely with the Deputy Principal — Faith and Mission, Ms Rana Brogan, and a group of committed Year 10 and 11 students to create a heightened sense of community within the school, with an emphasis on supporting those less fortunate through promoting Mission Action Day and other fundraising efforts throughout the year. I will also be a presence in classrooms, providing students with support in a classroom setting in the hope of being a positive role model.
I hope that through this position as Lasallian Youth Minister I can inspire a culture of service within the College and have a positive impact on the young men at De La Salle College.
André Di Medio, Year 10, is the State Under‐17 men’s pole vault champion! At the recent 2020 Victorian Track & Field Championships, André jumped an equal PB of 4.40m to secure the Gold.
Jessica Stevenson St Edwins House Coordinator
Many of you who have been here for a few years will remember Wes Agar from the Class of 2014, when he captained an ACC 1st X1 Cricket Premiership. Wes also had a brief stint on staff for a few months as AFL Trainee in 2015 before moving to Adelaide.
At the Allan Border Medal ceremony in February this year, Wes was named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year – a wonderful honour and just reward for the terrific work Wes has put in since moving to Adelaide. Wes was in a Victorian development squad when still here and has really blossomed into a very promising fast bowler at Sheffield Shield and T20 level since moving to South Australia.
The Lasallian Zeal Achievement and Recognition Policy seeks to affirm and develop positive learning behaviours. 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.
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Year 12, Leo’s 01
Year 12, Leo’s 01
Year 12, Leo’s 04
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)
Congratulations to these students on receiving their awards.
As we navigate the COVID‐19 crisis, regular communication from the College to families becomes increasingly critical. The preferred medium is email, so it is crucial your contact details are up to date.
Letters were emailed home to parents on 11, 12, 13 and 17 March, with inevitably more to come, so please ensure your family email and other contact details are correct so we can maintain contact.
Peter Houlihan Principal
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund
Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible
students to attend activities including:
school camps or trips
swimming and school‐organised sport programs
outdoor education programs
excursions and incursions.
If you still hold a current concession card or Health Care Card, or your student holds a Youth Allowance Health Card, please complete and return the application form to the College by Friday 17 April 2020 – if not sooner. Please return your form to email@example.com.
Government funding assists De La Salle in providing quality education to your son, so we encourage you to apply if eligible. For more information on CSEF please click here.
2020 Photo Permissions
We have had a great response from families, but there are still a significant number of students whose photo permissions have not been updated for 2020. Please check and update 2020 photo permissions via the Community Portal.
The past couple of weeks have been challenging for many of
us in Catholic education and I believe it is important for school leaders to
respond to their communities in the face of so much negative publicity.
Recent issues and events have generated a good deal of discussion and critical reflection, but I also believe they create an opportunity to affirm the excellent work done by staff and students and reiterate our position on matters of great significance in contemporary education.
I have included below extracts from my Principal’s address at last Friday’s Academic Awards and Leaders’ Investiture Assembly. After highlighting our 2019 VCE students’ tremendous success, I spoke to students, staff and parents present around the need for strong leadership at all levels of the school to meet contemporary issues head‐on and highlight the inherent strengths of De La Salle as we work together to develop great young men.
As we celebrate and acknowledge this year’s student leaders this morning, I would like to speak a little about leadership and related issues. At the very centre of strong, effective and successful leadership is a high level of respect – and as our Lasallian Guiding Principle says – Respect for all persons.
I think all of us are well aware of the controversy surrounding St Kevin’s at the moment. While it would be unfair and inappropriate for me to comment on another school’s affairs, and I have no intention of doing so, the situation does throw into a very stark light a range of themes and issues for contemporary boys’ education and Catholic schools in general.
This is where
the critical importance of leadership comes to the fore. Leadership from staff
and students, which is built on respect, generates respect and
enhances our Lasallian culture of respect.
Boys’ schools are very much in the public eye, Catholic schools probably even more so. The good news for us is that our students largely represent yourselves, your family and your school very well in the public domain and understand the importance of that. I feel very strongly about this – I’m proud to be your Principal and it’s important I acknowledge and thank you for this positive manner in which you conduct yourselves.
As you will know by now, our 2020 College theme is Respect. That must be translated into practice, to mean respect for all in the community. Respect for your peers — all of them — because they all deserve it — respect for your teachers and families and respect for the traditions and values of our College.
It is through respect we can help address the critically important society issue of respect for women and gender equity, and it is through respect we increase our understanding of — and reject — misogyny and associated behaviours.
Another issue to come out of the news this week is a school’s obligation to support any student who reports an issue and deal with it appropriately. I would remind each and every De La Salle student our policies and processes are strong, up‐to‐date and reliable. You need to know that it is safe and right to report any concerns to a trusted staff member to be then addressed with respect and confidence by Ms Alger and me.
The House system plays an important role in fostering a student’s sense of connection and belonging within their House via a range of wellbeing and co‐curricular programs.
These include the vertical pastoral care groups at Kinnoull where House Mentor groups are mixed with Year 10 to 12 students. The House Coordinators and Mentors develop pastoral connections with each student in their House during the three years at Kinnoull.
During lunchtime activities, students are provided with opportunities to represent their House in a range of activities. The College Athletics, Cross Country and Swimming Carnivals also provide opportunities for students to represent their House throughout the year. Student academic achievement was recently added as a way to contribute to their House points tally and the Champion House for the year. House areas are emblazoned with achievements.
There are four Houses at De La Salle College which are;
St Austin’s House (Yellow)
St Edwin’s House (Green)
St Leo’s House (Blue)
St Mark’s House (Red)
Shane Mackintosh Director of Students — Senior School
St Austin’s House
There is little doubt that each person is affected by the House they are in, especially in the senior years at De La Salle, where I have found the House system more significant. Austin’s House is the place where I spend the first part of my morning at school, where you’ll always find a mate to talk to. Your House becomes a part of your identity at school, the sort of thing that you can take seriously one day, and have a good laugh about the next. Austin’s House feels like a home to me at school.
Patrick Landy — St Austin’s House Lasallian Captain 2020
What really makes your senior years enjoyable is the House system which combines us into ‘vertical’ House homerooms. Austin’s House makes me feel welcomed, happy and relaxed during the times of stress, with fun activities, small competitions and conversations with classmates. Personally, being part of Austin’s House makes me feel very optimistic and enthusiastic to start the day.
Luke Shelley — St Austin’s House Sports Captain 2020
St Edwin’s House
Edwin’s House is full of care, compassion and opportunity. By working with and trusting each other, the Edwins brothers form a powerful army that looks after one another.
The Edwin’s House liturgy held in Saint Miguel Theatre on Wednesday 29 February was a great success, hosted by the House Leaders from Years 10 to 12 and Miss Stevenson, our House Coordinator. The community was able to come together and anticipate the opportunities of this year. Raffle tickets for Edwin’s house charity St Vincent de Paul Society were sold on the night to help support this organisation that reflects our values so precisely.
Joel King — St Edwin’s House Captain
St Leo’s House
In Leo’s, our House is a point of pride for all, especially here at Kinnoull. This sense of pride emanates from an all manner of things, from our established winning culture to the broad interests of each and every Leo’s boy. This communal feeling was especially evident at our House Welcome Liturgy for 2020. Coming together as a House to start the year is always a special feeling and this year was no exception. We enjoyed the musical talents of Sam Martin and Blair Hunter, who really made the night what it was.
St Leo’s House is working closely with Caritas Australia’s ‘Project Compassion’, raising money for the less fortunate people from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Indigenous Australia by helping them help themselves. St Leo’s House is committed to Caritas’ mission and assists in fundraising to raise awareness of the people in the world who are living in poverty, helping to make their lives better.
Jack Lawless — St Leo’s House Captain Oliver O’Brien — College Vice‐Captain Chris Menara — St Leo’s Lasallian Captain
St Mark’s House
St Marks House seeks to live by the motto “Be The Change”. This clearly outlines that each of the ‘Marksmen’ should, in some way, shape or form, strive to embody and facilitate change throughout their time at De La Salle and beyond.
The House’s Welcome Evening on 19 February reiterated the importance of positively representing Marks House and the expectations for those within the House. The senior members of St Marks House are actively advocating for camaraderie and a positive culture between the junior years so that Marks House can re‐claim its Glory days.
The St Marks House charity is Opening The Doors — a foundation which addresses the severe educational disadvantage still being experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, providing assistance so that they are able to choose and successfully maintain a positive educational environment for their children. One of the most prominent goals every year is to raise as much money as we can for this foundation.
This week, we commenced our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday, a time when we are marked with the symbol of the cross in ashes on our foreheads and are invited to “repent and be faithful to the Gospel”.
Lent is also a time to remember that we are ambassadors of Christ. It is a time when all Christians pause and reflect completely on how Christ became our Paschal Sacrifice and how we can figuratively speaking ‘climb into His wounded side’ to find healing, forgiveness and new life.
This year, may we all enter into Lent with our hearts open, embracing more fully the power of the Resurrection, so that we find new hope and encouragement to open our hearts as we respond to God’s grace and to lead others to do the same.
College Opening and Welcome Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral Thursday 5 March
All families of Grade 5 Primary
Students, Year 7 Students and College Leaders will have now received a formal
letter, co‐signed by College Principal Mr Peter Houlihan and Deputy Principal –
Faith and Mission Ms Rana Brogan outlining the details and expectations of the
celebration evening at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
On Thursday 5 March, all students new to the College in Years 5 and 7, will
be welcomed into the College with a special gift of induction to formally mark
their entry into the College community.
Parents are asked to please arrive at the Cathedral no later than 6:00pm to
ensure a prompt start to the Mass.
All 2020 College Leaders (Year 12 College Leaders, Holy Eucharist Captains,
Tiverton Captains and Primary Captains), will also be commissioned into their
respective roles and are required to be dressed in full winter uniform.
All other new students to the College (those in Years 5 and 7), are
required to be dressed in full summer uniform.
Ms Rana Brogan Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission
A reminder to all students in our community that their
behaviour in public must be courteous, respectful and positive. Many of our
students travel home via train or tram, or walk home on main roads, which we
share with the public. We need to ensure that when members of the public have
an interaction with a De La Salle student, they come away impressed with how
polite and considerate they are. Let us all do our bit to make sure this
Students must also take care with their safety, including
safely boarding trains and trams, and only crossing at designated crossings and
lights. Please talk with your son about how important this is, so he is
travelling safely to and from school.
Last Friday, 21 February, saw the induction of our De La Salle College leaders at the first whole school assembly for 2020. These young men were presented to the entire school community and committed to a year of service, following the lived example of Saint John Baptist de la Salle. We will hear from the College Captain, Andrew McGaw, who inspired and motivated all students at De La Salle to aim for their personal best.
Keeping young people safe is a shared responsibility between
schools, parents, communities and the Australian Government. There are a number
of government resources that have been created to assist in supporting the
wellbeing of students across the country, which you may find useful.
On behalf of all in the De La Salle community, I must congratulate the Class of 2019 on their outstanding VCE results. These included our best results ever in terms of percentages of students with ATARs in the 90s and scores in the 40s. As ever, this level of success is a combination of terrific teaching from terrific teachers and an honest, strategic and personalised approach from students and all involved. These results are cause for great pride and satisfaction, for these award recipients here today, but indeed the whole cohort.
Peter Houlihan Principal
If your son received an award and is not featured in the gallery, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your son’s name and year level to request a copy of your son’s photograph.
A warm, heartfelt welcome to the Year 9 cohort of 2020. Life at Holy Eucharist continues to brim with goodness as it maintains its status as a campus on the move.
Summer works have allowed us to add several digital screens around the campus; the ability to cater to a Technology elective on‐site; and the addition of an operational kitchen for a brand new Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Elective. The learning environment remains fresh, roomy and state of the art. Shading and outdoor breakout spaces have also been a welcome addition to the yard.
Students are empowered to take a more mature and organised approach to their learning this year. The Year 9 calendar is intended to provide unique platforms for their learning. Already this year, the Year 9 cohort have set personal learning goals; engaged in Rites of Passage workshops; began their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, and are working in the community every Tuesday afternoon as a means of Lasallian Service.
On Sunday 25 February the Holy Eucharist Parish formally welcomed Year 9 De La Salle students and their families into East Malvern. The Mass was standing room only and afterwards the crowd spilled out into the yard, to be bathed in sunshine for a well‐received BBQ put on by our Parent Network.
As a team we look forward to aiding this highly
distinguishable year of learning.
The Primary School students and their parents attended a welcome BBQ that was coordinated by the parents association and the VCAL Senior Students at the Kinnoull Oval. It was heart‐warming to hear all the positive feedback regarding the smooth transition into the College from the new Year 5 parent body, and the excitement of the Year 6 students into the new teaching and learning facilities. Many thanks to Mrs Anette Phillips, Mr Andrew Kearns and Mr Terry Atkins for their positive and proactive start to the school year.
We also wish our Year 5 and 6 classes all the best for their respective camps over the next few weeks. The Year 5 class will be heading to Sovereign Hill under the guidance of Mrs Anette Phillips, and the Year 6 students will be headed to Cave Hill Creek the following week with Mr Terry Atkins and Mr Andrew Kearns. We hope the students are enriched by these learning experiences. Further information will be coming out soon. In the meantime, the Year 5 and 6 students will have a leadership retreat with the Melbourne Football Club, and an excursion to the state library, treasury and expedition buildings. Term 1 is always a very busy one in the Primary School!
The Year 7 and 8 students continue to settle well into the College and the two themes of “organisation” and “respect” have resonated well with the students. We do encourage students to plan accordingly through the use of their school diaries and Ollie for their homework each night, and each week to ensure the work is done so stress levels are reduced.
We will continue to reiterate at the College that the laptops are for educational purposes only. Students can access the library before and after school, and at recess and lunchtimes in order to complete any work. However, we do have a strict ‘no gaming’ policy as students are encouraged to concentrate, to learn and to respect others in the classroom environment. Also, lunchtime and recesses are used to eat healthy food, play with friends and socialise in a non‐online environment.
The focus in assemblies has been one of respect for oneself with an appreciation of personal presentation and hygiene, but also healthy eating habits. We know that learning and memory are adversely affected by unhealthy diets and so we strongly suggest to all our students that eating breakfast is essential before school. Healthy snacks and lunches are provided to optimise learning opportunities and development for all our students.
We have also started to focus on respect for others both within and beyond the school community, in line with our key College theme of 2020 — ‘Respect’.
In a recent assembly, I expressed my concern for Year 7 and 8 students and their inability to cross busy intersections near De La Salle College on High, Glenferrie and Wattletree Roads correctly which has led to some disappointing messages from the general public. We will continue to educate our students on being safe and respectful, and for our students to call out any inappropriate or dangerous behaviours of others while not on school grounds.
Mr Martin Gibbs Director of Students — Middle Years
4 x Silver Medal: 1500m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 200m Backstroke, 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay
4 x Bronze Medal: 800m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Backstroke, 4 x 50m Medley Relay
Swimming Victoria awarded Ryo the Henry (Hicks) B. Ive Trophy for attaining the highest aggregate points across all strokes for a male in the 12, 12⁄13, 13 and Under and 13 year age groups at the 2020 Victorian Age Swimming Championships.
He has six National qualifying times and will swim in April at National Age Swimming Championships in Perth.
Mr David Alexander Head of Campus — Holy Eucharist
By giving students their voice, we recognise the individual and enable a young person to feel a sense of empowerment and connection with their school life.
Schools that are able to effectively create a positive culture through experiences based on respectful and positive relationships not only enhance the wellbeing of the young person but can also provide opportunities for student empowerment and engagement in their educational context.
De La Salle College is excited to be launching a new Student Wellbeing Committee this year that will enable students to have an authentic voice within the College.
The committee will consist of students across all Year Levels, allowing for both senior and junior students to collaborate their ideas and work in concert with each other.
By enabling and promoting the participation of all students we are:
Supporting our students to understand their rights,
contribute to child safety planning and raise concerns;
Promoting and encouraging student participation in
Valuing and respecting students opinions;
Seeking students views about what makes them feel safe
Establishing an environment of trust and inclusion
that enables students to ask questions and speak up if they are worried or
The House welcome and liturgy events, held at the beginning of each year, are a wonderful opportunity to bring the community together in the spirit of the four Houses, their namesake Saints, and in celebration of the new student leaders who will guide their Houses through the panoply of events and competitions.
The first few weeks of Term 1 have provided some great examples of the Parent Network building the 2020 De La Salle College community.
Year 7 Parent Welcome
On Thursday 13 February the Peppercorn Café was abuzz with conversation and excitement with over 120 Year 7 parents in attendance at the Year 7 Welcome Evening. Congratulations to all involved in delivering a fantastic start to the 2020 Parent Network calendar proper!
A special thank you to the following people
who made the night such a great success:
The fabulous Year 7 Year Level Reps, Bron Kenworthy, Lynda Exell and Sharon De Jager, who did an amazing job greeting and serving our guests
Mary Martin, Letecya Stacey, Sonya Ryan and Greg Selkirk our set‐up/serve/clean up and purchasing team
Angela Carlino for all her work behind the scenes in making the event possible
Albert and Maria from the Peppercorn Café, our hardworking caterers
Primary Welcome BBQ
Last Thursday evening over 70 Primary parents, students and teachers took over Kinnoull Oval to enjoy games, BBQ food and lots of socializing! Thank you to Michelle Peterson and Lou Harris who once again organised the event, including arranging games for the students to play and encouraging a great turn out. Thanks also to Tim Hogan and the VCAL students for feeding our hungry Primary families and to the College staff, in particular the Primary Teachers, for making the time to join in welcoming the Primary families of 2020.
Year 9 Holy Eucharist Welcome Mass and BBQ
On Sunday 23 February the 2020 Year 9s were treated to a BBQ in the sunshine after celebrating mass with the Holy Eucharist community. About 75 De La Salle students and families attended the event, bringing attendance up over 200 people. There was quite a crowd with people enjoying the shady areas, queuing for a sausage in bread and students playing basketball.
Thank you to our Year 9 YLRS, James McEniry and Kirsten Bell, who did an amazing job organising the event, including collecting donations, purchasing supplies, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, setting up, cleaning up – and cooking sausages! Thanks to our volunteers, as well as Angela Carlino and Patricia D’Arcy for helping with the logistics in preparation for this event.
The Parent Network would like to acknowledge the support of Aldi Carnegie, Bakers Delight Carnegie and Woolworths Carnegie. These sponsors donated items for the BBQ that allowed us to make this a free event at minimal cost to the Parent Network.
Trivia Night 2020
Have you started organising your table for the return of the De La Salle College Parent Network Trivia Night?? The word is that staff and parents from across the De La Salle community are busy swatting up on their trivia for what promises to be an entertaining evening. Make sure you save the date! More details to follow.
2020 Parent Network Events
Please add the dates of our upcoming events
to your 2020 diary. We look forward to
seeing you there!