The Duce Issue 2019 05 - 4 April 2019

From the Principal

As we prepare for Mission Action Day and Term 1 draws very quickly to a close, there is much to reflect on and be thankful for over the two-week break leading up to Easter. 

This has been a very exciting term as we have:

  • built on last year’s best VCE results ever,
  • the genuine success story of the Year 9 Campus opening and development,
  • our ACC Swimming team emerging as Champions for the second year in a row, 
  • the new Rheims Centre for Science and Technology providing an inspiring and engaging environment for our young scientists, 
  • our new Year 5 — 8 Middle School model taking shape, 
  • our Year 7 and Year 8 teachers busy working on changes to curriculum, courses, assessment and skill development across the board,
  • the revamped ACC Football program set for Term 2 under new Director of Football, Mr Peter Schwab. 

Even though Easter Sunday is more than two weeks away, as I will not write to the community again in that time I thought I’d reflect a little on the Lenten period but look more toward what Easter means for us as a Catholic school. In looking back at recent years’ literature on Lent and Easter, Pope Francis’ Lenten message from a couple of years ago contained some key messages intrinsic to what we are focusing on at De La Salle as we prepare for Mission Action Day.

Pope Francis explained, 

Every Christian community is called to go out of itself and to be engaged in the life of the greater society of which it is a part, especially with the poor and those who are far away. The Church is missionary by her very nature; she is not self-enclosed but sent out to every nation and people. 

This aligns neatly with the terrific work carried out by so many students and staff this term as they have worked so well to gather sponsorship and raise money for charitable works in less fortunate Lasallian communities abroad. Their work on fundraising and pursuing sponsorship for the MAD walkathon has been creative, generous and heart-warming. As Lasallians, we operate in a spirit of service, “exercising a preferential option for the poor,” as St John Baptist de La Salle wrote. 

In 2019 we can support in a very real and tangible way the poor in our Lasallian community. My recent visit to Papua New Guinea enabled me to witness firsthand the very real need of the De La Salle communities there. It is no exaggeration to say that every $5.00 raised has the potential to make such a difference in this area. Providing basic facilities and services, sponsoring a student’s bus fare or daily lunch money so he or she can actually attend school – all this is made possible through the generosity of our Malvern students supporting their Lasallian colleagues in Pakistan and PNG.

It is interesting to see how Easter messages from our religious leaders link so closely to the work our young men here do to support their social justice initiatives. The 2018 Easter message from Br Robert Schieler, Superior General of the De La Salle Brothers, provides salient lessons for all of us. It encourages us to take the real meaning of Easter and apply it to our work. For us this can mean a dedication to our support of Mission Action Day and also a reminder of how we should treat our fellow students / colleagues.

The resurrection of Jesus and the promise of eternal life are the clearest signs of God’s merciful actions on our behalf. As ambassadors of Jesus Christ, how can we effectively manifest God’s mercy to our sisters and brothers who, with us, live in a world characterized by war, torture, terrorism, epidemics, starving children, rejected refugees, mistreated migrants, relationship-blocking walls and natural disasters?

We must, I believe, help others to experience God’s mercy through our own concrete and personal merciful actions. We must really do unto others as we would have them do unto us in specific desperate situations.

Lasallians are called to touch hearts with the mercy of God. We, like Pope Francis, must build bridges of mutual understanding and assistance and we must tear down walls of intolerance and exclusion. We must be women and men characterized by tenderness, friendliness, forgiveness, educational excellence and a practical concern for the well-being of our sisters and brothers who suffer from injustice, exclusion, war, anxiety about the future and lack of educational opportunity.

We have to be convinced that all those whom we encounter will experience God’s mercy and the joy of Easter when they encounter these qualities through us – merciful ministers of God.

Br Robert Schieler, Superior General of the De La Salle Brothers 

I wish all in our community a happy, safe and holy Easter and we’ll see you all back in Term 2, refreshed and ready to tackle all the new term brings.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Supervision of The Yard

Parents and students, please note that daily supervision of the College grounds commences at 8:15am and concludes at 3:30pm. Parents are asked to be mindful of this particularly when dropping students off early for school. 

Term 2

Term 2 commences for students on Tuesday 23 April. ANZAC Day (Thursday 25 April) is a public holiday and the College will be closed. The College’s annual ANZAC Service for students and staff will be held on Wednesday 24 April.

Uniform Term 2

A reminder to parents all students are required to wear full winter uniform from the start of Term 2. This means students must wear a tie and winter shirt (long sleeve). Class and House Mentors will follow-up uniform issues with students and may refer students to a House or Year Level Coordinator.

ACC Sport

In Term 2, students from across Year 7 to Year 12 will be involved in ACC Football and Soccer. DLS football shorts and socks are available from the Uniform Shop at Tiverton.

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 if they have lost anything before the end of the term.

Mission Action Day (MAD)

Mission Action Day to be held on Friday 5 April is a compulsory school day for all students. If any student is unable to attend, the College asks parents to offer a written explanation to be addressed to the appropriate YLC or House Coordinator.

Students are asked to make a final special effort over this week 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.

Tiverton Canteen

There will be no canteen facilities available at Tiverton campus on Tuesday 23 April, Wednesday 24 April and Friday 26 April. The canteen at Tiverton will re-open for Term 2 on Monday 29 April. 

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations


On Friday 22 March, the De La Salle College Athletics Carnival was held at Lakeside Stadium. It was a pleasure to see the involvement of all students as they jumped, ran, threw and cheered their way through the day. It was fantastic to see the levels of involvement of the students, and the passion that they brought to supporting their House. 

In a first this year, De La Salle awarded a Spirit Trophy, recognising the House that most consistently cheered, chanted, got involved and had the cleanest House area. As St John Baptist de La Salle said: ‘Make it one of your chief occupations to bring about union among your Brothers’. This is truly what the Spirit Trophy recognises – the joining of De La Salle students as brothers supporting each other. Congratulations to the inaugural winners of the Spirit Trophy in 2019 – St. Edwin’s House! 

Uniform and Appearance

A reminder that the upcoming holidays are an excellent opportunity to ensure that uniform is clean, neat and tidy. In particular, students can take the time to make certain that their hair is off the collar, off the face and looking neat. Thanks to parents for their support of the College with this. 

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Faith and Mission

Mission Action Day 

In our Lasallian context, we give meaning to the idea of “sacrifice” in the way we live and enact service to others. At De La Salle College, it is through our commitment and participation in Mission Action Day that as a community, support the poor and marginalised. Through our participation in Mission Action Day, we provide ongoing commitment and support to various Lasallian missions and projects as well as other local and national community needs. In particular;

  • Diyagala, Boystown in Sri Lanka; 
  • De La Salle Secondary, in Bomana, Papua New Guinea;
  • VCAL Applied Learning Social Justice trip to Wilcannia, in Outback New South Wales;
  • Lasallian Twinning Program, La Salle Secondary College in Khushpur, Pakistan; 
  • St Joseph’s Outreach, South Yarra and;
  • Foundation House Dandenong.

Lenten Liturgy

On Thursday morning, we gathered as a College community in the gym for the Lenten Liturgy. Our Lenten Liturgy takes the form of what we, as a Catholic, Lasallian community traditionally associate with the season of Lent, The Stations of the Cross. 

Our Lenten Liturgy invited us to symbolically journey through those fateful stops with Jesus. By praying, reflecting and listening throughout each of the stations, we too, also journeyed the passion of Christ and provided us an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made by giving his life up for us. 

Jesus lived and died for that essential idea; the ultimate unselfish act as announced in John’s Gospel;

A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friend.

John 15:13

The cross is at the centre of our Christian faith and it holds strong to our belief that when one acts with kind words and good deeds, then one’s life has responded to Jesus’ call to act justly.

Year 7 Reflection Days 

Reflection Days are wonderful opportunities for all students to take a step back, develop their reflective capabilities, nurture relationships with their peers and nourish their faith journeys. 

Tuesday 30 April 7 Roland, 7 Solomon, 7 Vincent Ms Marta Webster, Mr Adam Jacobs, Dr Melissa Walsh 
Thursday 2 May 7 Benilde, 7 Dunstan Mr Adam Jacobs, Mr Chris Fleming 
Friday 3 May 7 Hegarty, 7 Jerome Mr Paul Maxted, Ms Kathryn Holewa 

Parents are asked to please carefully read the details in the communication that was sent home recently. 

Make Your Easter Chocolate Slavery-free

We are reminded each year by the Office of Justice and Peace at the Cardinal Knox Centre to make wise choices when we purchase chocolate at Easter. 

We in the developed nations shouldn’t be exploiting children and vulnerable people – our brothers and sisters — so that we can enjoy chocolate as part of our celebration of Easter – (or at any time during the year).

Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act. 

Pope Francis

ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) urges everyone intending to buy chocolate, or run chocolate fundraising during Lent and Easter to:

  • Buy only slavery-free chocolate – use your buying power to take a stand.
  • Use only slavery-free chocolate in school fundraising.
  • Eat only slavery-free chocolate. If your local/favourite shop doesn’t sell slavery-free chocolate then ask them to please start stocking it.
  • Find out about cocoa bean production and the plight of many children in chocolate production.
  • Thank the managers of stores that are stocking slavery-free chocolate this Easter.
  • Discuss your slavery-free chocolate decision with five other people to help spread the word.

What to Look for

Slavery-free chocolate carries one of these three labels — FAIRTRADE, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ certified. 

To find out more about the campaign and slavery-free chocolate please click here.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission 

Chaplain’s Notes

The High Point Of Our Faith

The term is racing towards the holidays and our Easter celebrations. 

Though we often think of Christmas as a high point in our church celebrations, it is Easter that is central to our faith. Palm Sunday begins our Holy Week and culminates with the Triduum celebrations of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. I urge parents to guide your sons through this special time, sharing your own experiences and thoughts on what your faith means to you and attending the services available in all parishes.

The whole College community will gather on Thursday to share in a para-liturgy focusing on the Stations of the Cross. A pageant, that brings to mind the agony of the passion and crucifixion, will be enacted by students.

If your Lenten preparation has been a bit sketchy, it is still not too late to make an extra effort to move closer to God through prayer and sacrifice. 

You might like to share the following prayer when you sit down to dinner with your families:

God of the Resurrection, in this Lenten and Easter season, 

may your light shine among us in a new way.
May it dispel darkness and guide us when we are lost.
May the warmth of your light nurture our souls
May the light of Christ bring healing and hope to our families,
Our school, our community and our world.




Thursday 12 September at St Anthony’s Parish,
Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly.
Preparation will commence in Term 2.

I take this opportunity to wish all families a blessed and joyous celebration in your parishes during Holy Week and a restful holiday.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Tiverton News

It has been another busy fortnight in Years 5 to 8 on the Tiverton side of the campus. 


We have continued to reinforce the important value of ‘Respect’ to all the year levels as we approach the end of Term 1. The Year 8 cohort listened to an informative talk by Metro Trains and Victoria Police about the merits of showing respect on public transport and in the wider community. The officers discussed the fines imposed for anti-social behaviour and why we have rules and regulations in our civil society. 

James Ganas, Tiverton Captain with representatives from Victoria Police and Metro Trains 

Year 5, Year 6 and Year 8 students also listened to a talk presented by Stonington Council on how we can show respect in our local community using the metaphor of street graffiti. The council presented the need for our students to think about their own personal brand out in public, as well as the reputation of the College at all times. 

These themes have continued to be reinforced at both Year 7 and Year 8 Year level assemblies presented by Mr Stephen Brick and Dr Melissa Walsh. Our students are acknowledged for positive respectful behaviour and also encouraged to be the best versions of themselves. This is an ongoing discussion that will continue to be presented in Term 2 and beyond.

Term 2

We look ahead to Term 2 and there are many things to look forward to:

  • Our Primary School boys will continue the theme of leadership with an excursion to the MCG, as well as inquiry day in St Kilda looking at coastal changes. They have also started 1km time trials as they begin training for the Dendy Sports competition. 
  • The Year 7 camp at Ace High in Cape Shanck will occur in Week 2 Term 2 as we continue to challenge our Year 7 students to meet new colleagues in the Year level, get out of their comfort zones with a range of new activities and build strong relationships within their cohort. 
  • All the Year levels will also be involved in a range of Basketball-related activities over a four-week period in line with the NBA finals at recess and lunchtime driven by the Tiverton Student Leadership team. This social justice initiative will encourage the boys to be more active in the cold winter months, and raise some money for one of the schools chosen charities. More details to come. 

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Middle Years, Tiverton Campus

Holy Eucharist News

As we come to the end of our first term at Holy Eucharist campus we have taken the opportunity to reflect on the opportunities and challenges presented to our students. One way to gain an understanding of these has been through our Student-Led Conferences, held over two evenings in the past week, where we have asked students to be present and lead the discussion on their own learning, with their teachers and parents there to help them. As our young men develop, and we encourage them to be responsible for their own learning, it is important that they play a central role in these conferences. 

Students were asked to prepare their goals for the semester as well as examples of tasks they have felt challenged them. From this, a discussion was held around their home and school study environments, and how they could be best supported in achieving their goals. It was helpful to parents and teachers alike to hear what perceptions our students had of their efforts and motivations; these were very honest conversations and help us to respond the ‘whole’ student with the various commitments and challenges they face, rather than just the student in the subject we teach. Sharing learning goals and using these as a checkpoint with students during the year is a powerful tool in creating young men who are focussed, accountable and responsible for their own learning and future pathway. 

The ways in which our first Year 9 Holy Eucharist group has met the opportunities presented to them at a new campus inspires staff to continue to innovate and we congratulate them on a successful first term. 

Ms Lauren Anderson
LATL — Year 9

House News

St Mark’s House Liturgy

Thank you to the St Mark’s families who attended the House Welcome and Liturgy on Tuesday 2 April in the St Miguel Theatre and Peppercorn Cafe. The House Liturgies are an important community event to welcome families into the House fold, bless the House student leaders and meet and greet others in your son’s House family.

Mr Andrew Wozencroft
St Mark’s House Coordinator

House Athletics Competition 2019

Congratulations to St Leo’s House 

Congratulations to St Leo’s House for winning the House Athletics competition at Lakeside Oval on Friday! It was an excellent effort by all boys who competed and gave their best for the House. The boys managed to hold on to their title, continuing their winning streak to 4 years in a row!

Whilst it was a tremendous team effort, it is also great to acknowledge a couple of outstanding individual achievements. The following St Leo’s boys were also their year level champions:

  • Primary — Henry Dwyer (Leo’s)
  • Year 7 — Zac Barling (Leo’s)
  • Senior — Joe Lloyd (Leo’s)

Well done and Go Leo’s!

Mr Michael Watty
St Leo’s House Coordinator

Feel the Spirit of St Edwin’s

Congratulations Edwin’s Superstars!

The following students from St Edwin’s House were crowned Athletics champions of their year level at the Athletics Carnival: 

  • Year 8 — Sebastian Fernandez
  • Year 9 — Andre Di Medio
  • Year 10 — Jack Orrell 
  • Year 11 — Keegan Hillemacher

Congratulations to all Edwinners for cheering their hearts out and bringing home the 2019 House Spirit award 

An amazing effort and a massive thank you to all the St Edwin’s staff, students and parents — it takes a whole army to go from last place in 2018 to 2nd place in 2019, and we couldn’t have done it without the dedication, enthusiasm and commitment from all involved.

Ms Jessica Stevenson
St Edwin’s House Coordinator

Parent Network News

Mother’s Day Breakfast

The much anticipated De La Salle College Parent Network Mother’s Day Breakfast is once again a sell out! 

Thank you for your support of this fantastic event and to all who are involved in its preparation. We look forward to celebrating our mothers and female carers and the important role that they play in the lives of our students on Wednesday 8 May from 7:15am in the Gym. 

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

Upcoming Events for 2019

Event Date Venue
Year 5 Family Gathering Sunday 5 May TBC
Year 8 Family BBQ Saturday 18 May Phoenix Park, Malvern East 
Year 7 “Parents’ Gath” Friday 31 May The Rosstown Hotel 
Mother’s Day Breakfast Wednesday 8 May Gym
Parents’ “Christmas in July” Dinner Saturday 27 July TBC
Father’s Day Breakfast Thursday 22 August Gym

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

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
Peter Pearse St Mark’s9 GehrigSilver
Damian Moon St Leo’s9 GehrigBronze
Henry AshtonSt Mark’s8 RolandBronze
James BorgeseSt Austin’s8 RolandBronze
Albert LeeSt Edwin’sEdwin’s 5Bronze
Samuel McNidderSt Edwin’sEdwin’s 1Bronze

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

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Important Notices

New Semester 1 Music Ensembles Concert 

Please save the date: Tuesday 28 May, 7pm. 

All of our extremely talented De La Salle music ensembles will be performing at this concert, to be held in the PAC.

Featuring the stage band, choir, three concert bands, saxophone, guitar, brass, woodwind, percussion and string ensembles, this concert will be a treat for all who appreciate good music-making. 

Mr Luke Serrano
Music Coordinator

Mission Action Day

Year 7 Dunstan raised $233 for Mission Action Day 2019 at their recent drink and lolly stall at Tiverton. These students worked very hard organising all aspects of the fundraiser including marketing and selling. A fantastic effort! Congratulations! 

Ms Kerry Martin
7 Dunstan Mentor

Keep up to date on 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 each 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 check homework and to work together in developing sound organisational habits in all students.

House pages are also now available. This will help keep you up to date with all the latest information regarding your son’s House related 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
DLD — 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.

Mission Action Day - Basil Street Oval (Darling Park), Malvern East, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Term 2 Concludes
Sri Lanka Cricket Tour, Colombo – Saturday 6 April to Thursday 18 April
Lasallian Youth Gathering - 13 April to 16 April
Students Resume Classes for Term 2
ANZAC Day Service - Gymnasium, 10:00am - 11:00am
ANZAC Day Public Holiday
High Performance Leadership Coaching - Year 9, 10 and 11 Student Leaders, Morgan Hall, 8:00am - 9:30am
College Tour - SMT, 2:00pm - 3:45pm
20 Year College Reunion - Prahran Hotel, 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Year 7 Camp - Benilde, Dunstan, Hegarty, Jerome - Cape Schanck, 29 April to 1 May
Year 7 Reflection Day - Roland, Solomon, Vincent - SMT
Year 7 Camp - Roland, Solomon, Vincent - Cape Schanck, 1 May to 3 May
Year 7 Reflection Day - Benilde, Dunstan - SMT
Year 7 Reflection Day - Hegarty, Jerome - SMT
Mary Poppins - Alexander Theatre, Clayton, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Mary Poppins - Matinee - Alexander Theatre, Clayton, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Mary Poppins - Alexander Theatre, Clayton, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Community Mass - St Patrick's Parish, Murumbeena - 9:00am - 10:00am