The Duce Issue 2019 04 - 21 March 2019

From the Principal

As we approach Mission Action Day on 5 April, and all in our community turn their minds toward our annual fundraising drive to support the Lasallian mission, I write this week in relation to one of our key partners. A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to visit Papua New Guinea, along with approximately 15 other Lasallian Principals from Australia and New Zealand, accompanied by our Brother Visitor David Hawke and other key staff from the Lasallian Mission Council. 

As one of only four countries in our Lasallian District of ANZPPNG (Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Paua New Guinea ) our colleagues in PNG work closely with us on a variety of fronts. Intrinsic to our networking and relationship is the capacity of Australian schools to support the mission of our PNG neighbours, who really do a genuinely terrific job educating so many students, with such limited resources.

De La Salle Malvern has a proud record of supporting De La Salle Secondary School Bomana, both financially and through sending groups of staff and Year 11 students to work on building projects over a number of years. In formalising this support mechanism in recent years, we have engaged in a “twinning” program with Bomana. Organised with the support and administration of the Lasallian Mission Council and the Trustees, Malvern has a commitment to provide money to Bomana each year to support the education of their boys. This money, primarily from Mission Action Day sponsorship funds raised by students, goes directly to Bomana, where it is used for critical everyday educational resources, the like of which our students take for granted. 

Equipment, furniture, basic yet essential everyday maintenance, toilets, reliable running water and electricity supply are all enabled largely in our PNG schools through the generosity of  Australian and New Zealand students, families and other benefactors. It is essential for their future that we continue our tradition of generosity so that these young people in PNG can have the opportunities virtually every Australian child has as a matter of course. There is still a very high percentage of children in PNG who do not have access to an education. Our financial commitment to Bomana and their neighbours really does emphasise the “Make a Difference” aspect of Mission Action Day.

It was certainly an eye-opening and sobering experience to visit Papua New Guinea. On the first day we had presentations from the Principals below, where they each explained the nature of their schools and the issues and problems they faced. However, most importantly the Principals’ overt positivity, enthusiasm and ambition for their students’ progress was a shining beacon.

De La Salle Secondary School BomanaBr Antony Swamy
Jubilee Catholic Secondary SchoolMrs Bernadette Ove
La Salle Technical College HoholaBr Jeyakumar Kulandaisamy
Sacred Heart Teachers’ CollegeMrs Theckla Aknonero
Rosary Secondary SchoolMr Raphael Kua
Kupau Primary SchoolMr Peter Daka
Mun Primary SchoolMr Pere Koimo

The next day we visited four schools in and around Port Moresby. We toured all four institutions, each of which demonstrated heart-warming generosity and pride in their school. We went to a mass and a Leaders Investiture at Jubilee, were guests at assemblies, witnessed cultural shows and had a lunch prepared for us by students at Hohola, worked with trainee primary teachers in their classes at Sacred Heart and marvelled at the work and improvements Br Antony and his predecessors have achieved at Bomana – including the handiwork of our visiting Year 11 Immersion groups.

The conditions, facilities and everyday routines of the schools and their students are rudimentary at best by our Melbourne standards. While this was an inevitable and uncomfortable observation for us as visitors from Australia and NZ, what we really took away from the visits was the warmth, enthusiasm, dedication and ambition of staff and students alike at all the schools. The students’ smiles, their friendliness and their gratitude towards us for simply taking the time to visit was extraordinary, remarkable and memorable.

They are doing a simply marvellous job with outrageously limited resources and uncertain futures. Everything we can provide by virtue of our financial support through Mission Action Day, the twinning arrangement and hopefully more containers of resources – literally every dollar and any resource we give – goes such a long way in the Lasallian educational landscape of our PNG schools.

On a different note, you will remember from the last Duce I wrote about the sexual abuse issue, reiterated our stance on the problem, committed to Child Safety and encouraged our community to focus on the many great things a Catholic, Lasallian education provides in 2019 and beyond, leaving behind the shame of the past.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the many parents, staff and others in our De La Salle community for their support in relation to our recent involvement in the media. I have had many emails, messages and phone calls of support in recent weeks and indeed, over the journey we have taken together in recent years around this issue. 

I am grateful for the approach of the Trustees of the De La Salle Brothers, led by our Brother Visitor David Hawke. They have been very supportive and in regular contact to provide advice and information as issues arise. I must also mention Br Ambrose Payne, who many of you will know. Ambrose’s unenviable role as Professional Standards Officer for the Brothers puts him in the middle of these issues and he has also worked proactively and supportively with me in dealing with Malvern victims’ cases.

In such a challenging period for our school, Catholic education in general and school leaders like myself, it has been gratifying and heart-warming to receive such support from my community. I believe in and pray for a brighter future for all in our community and reinforce our commitment to the protection and safety of our young people. 

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principal’s Column

Faith and Mission

Let Us Remember… Christchurch

Nothing has shocked, saddened or upset us more than the news of the recent Christchurch shooting. An act of terror, of extraordinary and unprecedented violence that stole so many innocent lives and has affected so many families and members of the Christchurch community. 

As a Christian, Lasallian community, let us all take some time to pray, to remember and reflect on this event and how it continues to affect so many people in so many different ways. As Lasallians, we pray for the repose of the souls of the 50 victims who lost their lives and in particular for those closest to the victims who will all be suffering greatly.

Let us remember we are in the holy presence of God…

We pray for the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch terror attack. We pray also for their loved ones and members of the Christchurch community who are suffering a great deal at this time. May they all be assured that our Lasallian family will keep them in our thoughts and prayers during this tragic, sad and difficult time.

As a Catholic community, we trust in our Lord, knowing that we have not been given a spirit of fear, but one of love and of a strong mind;
Allow the light of Your truth God, to shine and spread, and to illuminate pathways to heal hearts and humanity.

We pray that the Lord’s spirit brings compassion, forgiveness and renewal to all, in our fragile world.

Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle — Pray for us.

Live Jesus In Our Hearts – Forever.

Year 12 Retreat Day

Due to ongoing bushfires and hazards in the area surrounding our booked Year 12 Retreat site, the decision had to be made this year to not take Year 12 students offsite. As can be understood, the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our absolute priority. To compensate to some extent, a Year 12 Retreat Day was scheduled for Monday 18h March. 

I would like to acknowledge and congratulate the Year 12 students on the way they entered into the experience given the changed environment and slight amendment to the program. 

The Retreat Day was an important opportunity for students to develop their relationships with staff and their fellow House members, to reflect on influences that have shaped them, their faith, family, relationships and journey so far. The day allowed them to question who they are called to become and to explore how our traditions can support us on our life journey. In true De La Salle tradition, our students accepted these challenges with integrity through their honest reflections on how they can grow to become the best versions of themselves. 

I know that by continuing to support each other as they did during the Retreat Day our Year 12 cohort will ensure a positive final year.

Kinnoull Morning House Liturgies

This year, on Wednesday mornings, we have formally rostered House Morning Liturgies during mentor time in the Kinnoull Chapel. Each liturgy is written with a particular theme and incorporates the language of each House, their motto and House saint. These liturgies are an excellent way for our Senior House Mentor groups to come together once a week in prayer, and for our Lasallian Captains and House Captains to exercise their faith leadership by running the prayer liturgies for their peers.

Thank you to the House Coordinators for their support, recognising, as a Lasallian community, the importance of taking time out with our students to reflect in a prayerful and contemporary way. By providing an experience that is meaningful and student-facilitated, we take time to acknowledge that being “in the holy presence of God” is central to who we are at De La Salle College.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Students

National Day Of Action Against Violence And Bullying

On Friday 15 March, students across the College worked in their mentor groups to discuss how to deal with bullying, including learning skills to shut bullying down and support peers. 

Together, the groups discussed topics such as:

  • Most people don’t like to see bullying happening, but they can be unsure how, or scared to, say something. What can happen if bystanders just watch bullying happening?
  • Why can it be difficult to show disapproval of bullying or take the side of vulnerable students?
  • Why is it important to stay safe if you see bullying? What are some ways to stay safe?
  • When should you get adult help immediately?

Mentor groups then worked through a range of possible solutions and strategies to use in particular situations. We hope that these empower students to navigate situations with confidence and courage. If you are concerned about your son in any way, please make contact with their mentor teacher so that we can support him and you in moving forward. 

If parents would like further resources, please click here. Students are also welcome to come past Ms Alger’s office to collect student and parent advice cards.

School TV

A reminder that De La Salle College has partnered with SchoolTV in order to provide parents with an easy-to-access resource on a range of current issues. For example, SchoolTV has created a special report in regard to recent events in Christchurch.

Unfortunately, this event will impact on many kids throughout Australia and New Zealand. Some parents and caregivers may struggle to explain this tragedy to their young people, many of whom are already struggling with high levels of anxiety about the state of their world.

It is important to put this event into context for children of all ages. Although we cannot control what happens in our world, we can choose the way we respond. The distressing nature of this event will never be forgotten, but at the same time, we should not allow it to permanently disturb or destroy our future generations.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be provided with practical strategies on how to talk their children in a reassuring manner. It will also highlight the necessity to be aware of the signs of trauma, should a child be adversely affected. 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

Staff and Operations

Mission Action Day (MAD)

Preparations are going very well for Mission Action Day to be held on 5 April. Students are asked to make a big, special effort over the next three weeks to increase their sponsorship.

Each student should be aiming for a minimum of $50 to help the College achieve this year’s target of $100,000 to assist Lasallian Missions both in Australia and Asia. Parents and students will receive more detailed information about the event next week.

Emergency Management

The first of our emergency drills for 2019 was held this week. This involved a “Lockdown Drill” on the Kinnoull Campus. Tiverton Campus undertook a similar drill today, and Holy Eucharist Campus will early next term. There will be a number of other drills throughout the year to ensure that as a College we are well placed to deal with an emergency situation should it arise.

Winter Uniform Term 2

Term 2 classes commence for students on Tuesday 23 April. A reminder to parents all students are required to wear full winter uniform from this date. This means students must wear a tie and winter shirt (long sleeve). All uniform requirements can be found in the College Diary, and by clicking here.

Lost Property

There are a number of lost items of uniform from this term at Reception areas on each campus. Students are asked to check at Reception for any missing items.

Parent / Teacher Interviews

The second round of Parent/Teacher interviews will be held on Thursday 28 March from 2:00pm to 8:30pm. Bookings for these sessions open on Thursday 21 March at 12:00pm and close on Tuesday 26 March at 11:59pm.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

Kinnoull News

Year 11 Psychology Guest Speaker

Year 11 Psychology students were lucky enough to have Dr Catherine Wilmott from Monash University come and speak with them about head injury and recent research being conducted in conjunction with the AFL in head injury prevention. 

Students have been studying brain trauma and plasticity, so our guest speaker has been able to provide students with some real-life evidence to assist with their studies! 

Ms Jessica Stevenson

Year 10 Dance and Social

Over a six-week period, the students of Star of the Sea College and De La Salle College participated in a ballroom dancing program. The aim of the activity was to enjoy learning several different dance routines whilst getting to know people from other schools. In the muggy, hot Star of the Sea Gymnasium, we were instructed by ever-so-helpful and patient Terry and the rest of his dance team, as we did our best to learn all of our dance routines by 14 March.

After weeks of practice, the night finally arrived. The students of De La and Star of the Sea headed out to the De La Gymnasium for a night of dancing. The evening began with socialising, followed by the student favourite “fireball”, a funky line dance. The night’s festivities then proceeded to the students performing various different ballroom dances that we had learnt over the past six weeks. 

At 8 o’clock we took a break from dancing to have a drink and a catch up with each other. During this time, entertainment was provided from instructor Terry and his daughter, who carried out multiple exciting dance routines. Music was also performed by De La Salle’s own ‘Toorak Boys’, a Year 10 band.

Preceding the break, we hit the floor for another hour of dancing. Students were excited to find out that the next 60 minutes were going to predominately involve many bush style line dances, which are both fun and easy to do. As the clock hit 9pm the night was over, and it was truly one to remember.

The Year 10 students from both De La Salle College, as well as Star of the Sea College, would like to thank Mrs Joy Bew, Terry and the dance team for showing great helpfulness over the whole program and enabling to make it enjoyable for everybody. We would also like to thank the staff from De La Salle College and Star of the Sea College for supervising our rehearsals every week.

Will Dwyer
Year 10

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh Award

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Abraham Lincoln

Year 9 students continued to learn first hand that preparation really does determine success as the entire cohort embarked on their first Duke of Edinburgh overnight adventurous journey.

Students used either the sandy trails of the Surf Coast or the picturesque Johanna Beach National Park in Glenaire as the backdrop for this outdoor learning experience.

Some students covered 35 kilometres over the two days of walking along the, at times, challenging terrain.

Photo: Peter Pearse, Year 9

As is the case with much of the Year 9 curriculum this journey was student-centred and saw several key learnings take place from the controlled mistakes students made.

Environmental awareness; food preparation; camp craft; packing; weight distribution; hydration levels and team dynamics were but a few key takeaways that students will now consider for their student-lead assessment journey in May.

Staff did it tough as well as the entire Year 9 staff were committed to learning alongside our students in a far more rural setting. It is yet another platform for learning in what is an exciting Year 9 curriculum.

Mr David Alexander
Head of Campus, Holy Eucharist

Tiverton News

Primary School Years 5 and 6

It has been an exciting time in the Primary School with the students undertaking a special assembly to celebrate International Women’s Day. It was terrific to see so many parents in attendance to see Lucas Exell, Primary School Captain, deliver an amazing speech about his female heroes and to witness all the students’ hard work in their visual display. 

The Year 5 cohort have also travelled to Sovereign Hill for their annual three-day camp and the students have reported that had a fantastic time. Many thanks to Mr Ben Ahern, Mr Tom Ryan and Mis Olivia Wenzcel for leading this camp. 

The Year 6 students also went on their annual camp to Cave Hill and many thanks to Mr Terry Atkins, Mr Andrew Kearns and Mr Tom Ryan for leading this. Year 6 student Ethan Eustace summed up the experience perfectly 

Our grade six camp was at Cave Hill Creek. The first night was in a glamping tent. Our activities that day were raft building where I believe everyone got wet. In canoeing, Mr Ryan started a war by splashing our canoe. That night almost no one got to sleep as it was almost freezing. The next day we had crate stacking and log climbing about 10 people got up to the top. After lunch, we packed up our bags and went on a 5‑kilometre hike and it was long. Once we got there we just waited for our food then we did some riddles around the campfire and went to bed in the middle of the night. In the morning we packed our bags and then went on a 1‑kilometre hike and did some hut building.”

Ethan Eustace, Year 6

Year 7 and Year 8

The Wellbeing Team at Tiverton have kept their focus on the theme of respect at the College for the past few weeks. At the Year 7 and 8 assemblies we have discussed the following:

  • The importance of respect for oneself. Getting enough sleep, eating breakfast and good food for the day assists the learning process and the thinking part of the brain
  • The importance of respecting your personal brand. Thinking about the language you use towards each other, within class and out in the school yard, and out in the general public on public transport
  • The importance of respect for other people. We have focused on the need to respect other people’s physical space, physical boundaries, and the impact of your actions on others. 

We will continue this process from here until the end of term and have special presentations from Metro Trains and Stonington Council to reinforce this message in relation to our students’ behaviour out in the general public. 

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Middle Years

House News

Thank you to all our fantastic Edwinner families for joining us for the 2019 St Edwin’s House Liturgy. Saint Miguel Theatre was alive on Tuesday 5 March with laughter, music and enthusiasm as we welcomed parents and students of Years 10–12 to gather and celebrate what will be another fantastic year in Edwin’s House. 

Starting with our House Liturgy, we came together in our faith, to remind us what it means to be Lasallian and part of St Edwin’s House. Following the formalities, it was wonderful to see so many families mingling with House Mentors and students in the Peppercorn Café. It brings me a sense of pride and honour, to be able to work with the Edwin’s House boys each and every day, in conjunction with the House Mentors and it was wonderful to be able to share what makes our house special with the parents, especially our incoming Year 10 families. 

Ms Jessica Stevenson
St Edwin’s House Coordinator

Parent Network News

Parents’ Welcome Evening

Last Thursday 14 March almost 100 people enjoyed the delicious food, great city views and fabulous ambience of the Sagra Rooftop Bar at the 2019 Parent Network Welcome Evening.  It was a great opportunity to meet new De La Salle College families and catch up with friends from across year levels.

Many thanks to Sharon Herdman for all her hard work in organising a very successful evening and to Angela Carlino for once again providing great support with the obligatory name tags and TryBooking. 

Mother’s Day Breakfast

The much anticipated De La Salle College Parent Network Mother’s Day Breakfast is fast approaching! Tickets will go on sale during the last week of term for the breakfast to be held on Wednesday 8 May at 7:30am in the Gym. We expect tickets to sell fast so make sure you book early.

The Parent Network is looking for volunteers to assist with this event from 6:00am until about 10:30am. Any fathers in particular who are able to assist during that time please contact us via email at parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au

Upcoming Events For 2019

EventDateVenue
Year 7 “Parents’ Gath”Friday 5 AprilThe Rosstown Hotel
Year 5 Family GatheringSunday 5 MayTBC
Mother’s Day BreakfastWednesday 8 MayGym
Parents’ “Christmas in July” DinnerSaturday 27 JulyTBC
Father’s Day BreakfastThursday 22 AugustGym

Please add the dates of our upcoming events to your 2019 diary.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Mrs Meagan Selkirk
President, De La Salle College Parent Network

Wellbeing News

Cheese For Change

Equality. What a wonderful concept. That all people are worthy of the same amount of respect and regard solely due to the fact that they are human.

The concept of “The Other” is as old as mankind. In fact, without getting too caught up in psychological jargon, to be “The Self” requires “The Other”. Recently, we have seen two diametrically opposite sides of this playing out in both local and global politics. It seems that the advent of the internet, chatrooms and 24 hour media coverage is polarizing communities. It is easy to find people who will  share your way of thinking in a manner that does not require actual thought. I may be being a bit romantic, but I wonder if 80 years ago, a trip to another culture or country would be viewed as an adventure and something to be wondered at. In another country, we become “The Other”. This is one of the reasons that The College’s Immersion Programs are such a wonderful opportunity for our  students to experience being, “The Other”. 

The heartbreaking events  in Christchurch can only happen when “The Other” is seen as less than ourselves. Being immersed in another culture is an experience that develops empathy, awareness, connection and a recognition that when basic humanity is considered, we are not different. Abuse of power and privilege is possible only when empathy and understanding are absent. Those students fortunate enough to experience, will remember forever. 

We are also seeing these factors play out in the debate surrounding gender equality. Many people feel that for someone else to gain, another must lose. This is not my experience. Violence against women is not the result of random, individual acts of misconduct, but rather is deeply rooted in structurally unequal relationships between women and men.

The most concerning manifestation of gender inequality in Australia is in the behaviours and attitudes towards, and negative stereotypes of, women and girls. A national survey by VicHealth in 2013 found there are still concerning levels of attitudes accepting of violence in the community. More than half surveyed agreed that women often fabricate cases of domestic violence in order to improve their prospects in family law cases; nearly two in five believed that a lot of times women who say they were raped led the man on and later had regrets; and up to one in five believe that there are circumstances in which women bear some responsibility for violence.

If we want an Australia free of violence against women and children we have to challenge the entrenched beliefs and behaviours that drive it, and the social, political and economic structures, practices and systems that support them. To this end, De La Salle is running the “Cheese for Change” fundraiser in support of The White Ribbon Foundation.

White Ribbon is a primary prevention organisation that works with men to change their attitudes to domestic and gender-based violence. This is an excellent vehicle to accomplish two important goals: to raise some much-needed funds for White Ribbon, and to raise awareness with our young men about the prevalence and causes of gender-based violence.

The College has again joined with Moondarra Cheese to supply wonderful quality, Australian-made cheese to our Community.  At the Parent-Teacher interview this year, a stall will be run offering the opportunity to purchase cheese. $10 will purchase four flavoured cream cheeses or a waxed cheddar wheel. All money raised will go directly to White Ribbon and students will be encouraged to take the White Ribbon Oath. This is an online undertaking to call out gender inequality and gender violence.

The College is committed to raising young men who see that “Otherness” is a damaging construct that has no place in a caring, empathetic society. No one loses when everyone wins. 

Mr Anthony Freeman
College Psychologist, Kinnoull Campus

Lasallian Youth Minister Notes

What is all this MAD fuss about?

Mission Action Day (MAD for short), is an annual fundraising event at De La Salle College, Malvern, and it is a time where we come together as a community to make a difference and to raise funds to support our overseas Lasallian Projects. 

De La Salle College, along with other Lasallian schools, has a long tradition of being people of action, and the generosity and commitment our community shows towards supporting our Lasallian brothers and sisters is admirable. 

We really do make a difference to those who need our support. 

On Mission Action Day, students from De La Salle College, Malvern, conduct an annual walk‐a‐thon, heading along the Gardiners Creek walking track in a loop extending from Kooyong to East Malvern. This walk enables students to get sponsors and to raise money for the poor and marginalised where the De La Salle Brothers are working.

The raised funds are put towards both local charitable needs and/or projects as well as towards Lasallian projects, for example; our Yaluwo Immersion at Diyagala Boys’ Town, in Ragama, Sri Lanka. 

Most of these programs are about educating, feeding, housing and helping these poorer communities to acquire the basic necessities.

Mission Action Day gives us all the opportunity to think of the needs of others and to then, as a community, do something practical to help that situation.”

Keep up the incredible work in preparing for Mission Action Day, and we look forward to your continued support in the final two weeks before MAD on Friday 5 April. 

Mr James Biviano
Lasallian Youth Minister

Student Achievement

Richmond Bagnall (7 Dunstan) has been busy raising money for Mission Action Day. So far he has raised $375 selling homemade lemonade, rumballs and yoyos at a stand outside his home in Kensington. He also takes orders for yoyos from neighbours and friends. He plans to host another stand before MAD so keep an eye out if you’re out and about in Kensington on the weekends. Congratulations, Richmond.

Ms Kerry Martin

Lasallian Zeal Awards

Lasallian Zeal Achievement and Recognition, implemented in 2018, aims to enhance the positive learning community at De La Salle, where students feel respected and valued. 

The five Core Lasallian Principles encompass the categories of achievement and recognition known as Lasallian Zeal. 

  • Faith
  • Inclusiveness
  • Justice
  • Respect
  • Quality Education

Lasallian Zeal encourages students to set higher goals for themselves, to achieve their personal best by affirming and rewarding positive learning behaviours. Motivation to learn is grown through recognition and involvement in community life.

Students are presented with a certificate and a Lasallian Zeal badge according to a tiered system from Bronze to Plantinum, and celebrated in the Duce.

  • Bronze Lasallian Zeal 10 awards
  • Silver Lasallian Zeal 20 awards
  • Gold Lasallian Zeal 30 awards
  • Platinum Lasallian Zeal 40 awards
Student NameHouseMentor GroupAward
Luke CornellSt Edwin’s9 Group 10Bronze
Tyson DyerSt Edwin’s9 Group 3Bronze
Henry DeamSt Austin’s9 Group 8Bronze
Charlie McGannSt Edwin’s9 Group 8Bronze

Congratulations to those students who have been recognised for their achievements!

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Important Notices

The Lasallian Mission in Papua New Guinea

Calling for your assistance, please! Did you know that some Australian Lasallian schools (and some non-Lasallian schools, too), generously donate to our PNG Containers’ Project? We have been sending used tables, chairs, desks, filing cabinets, computers, sports gear and clothing, stationery, textbooks, and so on, all of which are superfluous to Australian schools’ requirements, to support Lasallian staff and students in our schools in PNG. The Project has made a wonderful contribution to the range of goods available for our PNG cousins, and when the containers are emptied, we convert them into teacher housing in Port Moresby. (Yes, housing in Port Moresby is very expensive).

All good so far sounds great, but purchasing a 40-foot container, paying for storage of donated goods awaiting shipping to PNG, plus the associated freight forwarding and Customs charges, is an expensive exercise. Maybe you are in the shipping, trucking or customs agency businesses yourself, or you have contacts who are? Maybe you have spare space in a factory or warehouse which we might be able to use occasionally? Maybe you have goods like the ones described above which are no longer needed? 

If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we invite you to contact Joanne Nehme, the Lasallian Volunteers’ Coordinator for Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea, at joannenehme@delasalle.org.au or on 02 9795 6400, who will be very happy to discuss these matters with you.

Latest changes in Ollie 

Parents are encouraged to view subject courses online via our College Learning Management System Ollie.

Parents now have access to view all subjects available at the College. To view subject courses click on the subject’s icon located at the top of your Ollie screen. This will assist in keeping parents abreast of the upcoming work in each of your son’s subjects. Parents have access to view due dates, submitted work as well as all student’s results and feedback entered by his subject teacher on Ollie. We also ask that you ensure your son is utilising the Ollie calendar to record his homework. Parents and teachers are able to view your son’s Ollie calendar to view homework and to work together in supporting your son’s organisation and homework load. 

In the lead up to the House Sports Carnival, House pages, are now available. This will help keep you up to date with all the latest information regarding your son’s house, including House Charity, student leaders, news and events.

For further information on how Ollie enables you to be involved in your son’s learning journey at the College please refer to the Parent User Guide located on the Ollie homepage.

Mr Rob Bonnici
Director of Learning and Development – Digital Learning

Mary Poppins

De La Salle and OLSH proudly present the Disney stage musical Mary Poppins. This family show full of magic, characters and memorable music will delight everyone. Come and reminisce about Mary or discover her for the first time. Book now!

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College Calendar.

Fri
22
Mar
De La Salle Athletics Carnival - Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Tue
26
Mar
Year 7 and 10 Immunisations — 1st Round - PAC, 9:00am - 12:40pm
Plus 50 Year Reunion - Kooyong Tennis Club, Kooyong, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Year 9 (Student facilitated) Student‐Parent‐Teacher Interviews - Holy Eucharist Campus, 4:00pm - 8:30pm
Wed
27
Mar
ACC Athletics Carnival - Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thu
28
Mar
Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews - Gymnasium, 2:00pm - 8:30pm
Tue
2
Apr
St Mark’s House Welcome and Liturgy - SMT, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Thu
4
Apr
Year 9 Encounter Lenten Liturgy - Holy Eucharist Campus, 9:00am - 10:00am
Lenten Liturgy - Gymnasium, 9:00am - 10:00am
Fri
5
Apr
Mission Action Day - Gardiners Creek Walking Trail, 8:45am - 2:30pm
Term 1 Concludes