The Duce Issue 2019 13 - 12 September 2019

Study and Balance

Balance your life with reading

Reading something you enjoy for at least 15 minutes every day will do wonders for your wellbeing. Research has shown that reading for pleasure can:

  • increase empathy
  • improve relationships with others
  • reduce the symptoms of depression
  • improve wellbeing throughout life.

It also unconsciously improves students’ grasp of language in different contexts.

At De La Salle, every student’s life is currently being enriched with reading — in fact it is emphasised in the English Curriculum. Once a fortnight, students from Year 5 to Year 9 have a full period allocated to reading books chosen by themselves in line with their own interests.

The students love biographies, fantasy, action-adventure, real-life, historical and humour, and De La Salle’s library collections are built to cater for all levels and broad tastes. 

We have also introduced eBooks which students can read on their laptops or on their phone on the way to school. We encourage them to recommend titles which they think should be in the collection.

The latest focus has been on growing the Graphic Novel (comic) collection. The libraries have a number of Japanese Manga collections as well as graphic versions of well-known novels. Reservation levels are high, showing that our students enjoy the Graphic Novel format.

At De La Salle we recommend that all students read something they enjoy every day and we are always available to guide them towards finding those genres that give them pleasure. 

Ms Catherine Ryan
Library Team Leader


How To Balance Life And Study – And Keep Your Motivation!

Find The Meaning Behind What You Are Doing

It is a lot easier to achieve things when you know why you want to. One great way to get past feeling stuck is to connect to your underlying intention.

For instance, you might not be too keen on doing a particular assignment for school. But underneath that, you probably do care about:

  • learning more
  • practising your skills
  • getting further toward your career
  • feeling a sense of achievement when you finish it.

When you remember the assignment is just a step towards these things, it’s easier to get started.

It can also help to change the way you think about your intentions from demands (e.g. I have to do the assignment because otherwise, I’ll fail) to choices (e.g. I choose to do the assignment because I want to do well.)

When you think about it, most of the tasks we do are connected to a bigger purpose. Doing those dishes might not sound very appealing, but how about creating a nicer space for yourself and feeling freer?

Finding it tricky to think of what’s important to you? You might like to try a bull’s eye values activity or a life compass exercise. You could also try the Values Ink app, for a digital version.

Balancing Life’s Demands And Feeling Good

Achieving small tasks and doing things you enjoy can boost your confidence and lift your mood – helping you keep a healthy headspace. The activities you make time for have a big impact on your headspace. When you spend time doing things you enjoy, it can give you relief from hard times, and build some fun in your life. Likewise, when you set and achieve small tasks that are important to you (such as completing homework or giving back to your community) it can help to create a sense of accomplishment and meaning. 

In a nutshell, doing ‘stuff’ matters. Yet, if you’re going through a difficult time, doing anything can seem like a lot of effort. And if you’re feeling low you may lose interest in things you once enjoyed. So, what should you do? The key is to focus on doing – even if you don’t want to or feel like it. As you set and achieve even small tasks you will learn more about yourself, build confidence and improve your wellbeing. 

Here’s how ‘doing stuff’ can help your headspace:

  • give you a sense of achievement and purpose 
  • build your confidence
  • lift your energy
  • improve your motivation
  • it can help get you out of a rut if you’re not feeling energised.
  • Ask an expert: how can I do more stuff?

Here’s how headspace experts suggest you get started:

Set small goals. Setting and achieving goals builds confidence and self-worth. Think of a small task you want to do every day (maybe it’s making your bed, going for a 15-minute walk or calling a friend for a chat). It can be anything, the important thing is to set the goal and follow through.

Find activities you enjoy. If you’re going through a hard time, you may not feel excited about doing anything. But think back – what did you used to enjoy? This can be a good place to start.

Make a schedule. When you think of an activity, make time for it. Look ahead at your week and block out some time for the things that you enjoy. 

Persist. Find ways to follow through with your scheduled activity, even when you don’t feel like it. You may not feel like doing anything, so it might help to learn new ways to handle this.

Reflect. Once you begin achieving your goals, take some time to reflect on how it makes you feel. Did you enjoy it? Did you feel a sense of accomplishment? If you did, that’s great. If not, that’s OK. You could try something else.

Be kind to yourself. Maybe try a new hobby that you’re not great at, but think of it as making time with yourself to learn and grow. Keep persisting and enjoy the journey of learning. When you’re feeling low or stressed it’s important to put healthy habits in place – to give yourself a better chance of coping with life’s challenges.

Doing stuff and achieving little things every day is an important healthy habit, but it’s not the only one. Things like exercise, eating well, and spending time on your relationships are also important for good mental health. Sourced from:

Attendance Notification

A reminder to parents that if a student is not going to be present at school, or needs to leave early, the College must be informed. Please call, email or send your student to school with a note so that we can issue an early leaver’s pass. It is vital that we have this information so that we can accurately track students’ attendance. 

Ms Jessica Alger
Deputy Principal — Students

Faith and Mission

Reflection Days

At the heart of the mission of the College is to develop and nurture the faith of our students. It is hoped that when students attend Reflection Days, it allows them to spend some time discerning, revisiting and reflecting on the Lasallian charism.

Reflection Days are also wonderful opportunities for all students to take a step back, develop their reflective capabilities and nourish their personal faith journey. This is explored through presentations, small group discussions and retreat style activities. 

This year, all our Reflection Days have been full of energy and enthusiasm. Both the Youth Mission Team (YMT) and the Lasallian Mission Team did a great job of engaging our students, finding ways to have them reflect on the gift of their own uniqueness, realising the potential and value they have; and ways of knowing Jesus as an intimate friend.

Charitable Food Donations 

Thank you to all families who have been sending in donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries. Your generous donations will support the following organisations;

There is a real need each winter especially to support the many struggling families and individuals who go without. As Lasallians, we are called to do the work of Jesus Christ and, in the words of our founder St John Baptist de La Salle, “make Christ known to others.” Please continue to send in your donations of non-perishable food items until the last day of Term Three. 

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal — Faith and Mission 

Kinnoull Campus

Year 11 Legal Studies Excursion to Dandenong Law Courts

On Thursday 12 September, the Year 11 Legal Studies class attended the Dandenong Magistrates and Drug Court. Here they witnessed two approaches to sanctioning. In the Drug Court, students had the opportunity to observe defendants who are to undertake a program aimed at rehabilitating them, breaking the cycle of crime that is underpinned by their drug use. 

The students were also shown a problem-solving approach where the Magistrate takes a key role in helping the offenders to avoid jail and work towards abstinence and a clean record devoid of reoffending. This system has a 40% success rate of offenders cleaning up their act and staying out of jail. The presiding Magistrate spoke to the students about his role and explained how this is a more effective way of dealing with drugs and mental health issues rather than the traditional methods of imprisonment. He said it encourages greater accountability and supervision. The program’s immediacy swiftly providing eligible offenders with an environment that is supportive, safe and life reforming. 

It was also most fortunate the students heard from a Drug Treatment Order Participant who was in attendance as part of his conditions. The man gave his perspective on the program, having had served three years in jail. He said it made him accountable, supported and he felt he was not alone. The Magistrate concluded by emphasising the destructive nature of drugs on young lives, their relationships and the community as a whole. 

Finally, the students moved on to the more traditional, adversarial side of the court process. Students witnessed the reality of the custodial process of bail, contesting charges, remand, whilst also hearing the manner in which Magistrates balance the rights of the victims, rules of evidence and other factors they take into consideration when sentencing offenders. 

Overall, the court visit allowed all students to see the way the legal system touches the lives of so many and how it is not as glamorous and smooth as it is represented on American crime dramas.

Mrs Sarah Blaschak-Brooks
Year 11 Legal Studies Teacher

The “Good News” for our Senior RE students 

This year has seen the introduction of four new Year 10 Religious Education units.

They are;

  • Jesus — Why is He so special? 
  • The Gospel Code 
  • The influence of religion on Art and Music 
  • The Church — Past Present and Future 

Students have been novices in these courses and enjoyed the fruits of the Year 10 teachers’ labours to flesh out engaging lessons.

For example, students explore the unique words, actions and ministry of Jesus in Jesus — Why is He so special?. How was He so different from others of his time and era to the extent that actors have risked precariously hanging from a cross to depict his life, death and resurrection on the Hollywood set? If Jesus lived next door, what impact would He have on you, and your neighbourhood, and how would you feel, and the community be influenced by his presence and actions? An interesting point to ponder!

The Gospel Code unlocks the ‘secrets’ behind the author’s intent of the Gospels. Writing in such an era AD, the audience was far different, with a different lifestyle culture, and outlook on life, a time capsule removed from an audience of today. This unit steps back in time to unlock the hidden socio-cultural influences on the texts, looking also at themes the author emphasized. 

Michelangelo could “see the figures” inside the marble before he sculpted it. Devout Christian Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music is heavenly at its best, full of passion and poise. Indeed, the artists and musicians of history through to today’s inspirational painters such as Sieger Koder and modern Christian musicians including evangelical rappers, all have influenced the rich tapestry of art and music and blessed us with their work. The influence of religion on Art and Music was taken on by creatively minded men and their comrades who were interested in dipping into this unit for its colour and beat! 

The fourth unit, The Church: Past Present and Future, explores the early Church (its rifts, splits and reformations); the current branches of the Church in a state of flux and reform; and thirdly, students projecting their own voice, vision and contribution toward a future Church. 

The other “good news” in the Religious Education department, is that these Year 10 students will have a choice in Year 11, 2020 of Unit 1 or Unit 2 Religion and Society. Unit 1 explores Australian Indigenous spirituality, from the beginning, and the introduction of other religions into Australia. The current Year 11 Unit 2 Religion and Society has a strong ethics theme weaving through it. Year 12 students will have a combined Seminar Program and Community Engagement (Ministry Options) Program launched next year also. 

How privileged we are to serve our Senior Years men a holistic Curriculum, fuelling their intellectual, physical and spiritual enrichment here at De La Salle!

Ms Kathryn Holewa
LATL – Religious Education

Tiverton Campus

Years 5 to 8

As we enter the final two weeks of Term 3 it is an important time for the Tiverton students to focus on the importance of study and balance. 

In the Year 7 Braingrow program, we have been discussing the importance of working with the ‘thinking’ part of our brains and not becoming too stressed and anxious and then using the ’emotional’ part of our brains to make bad decisions that we might regret. This applies to study habits, whether studying for tests, finishing off homework and assignments, or getting new work for the first time. 

We want our students to develop resilience, not become overwhelmed, staying balanced in their thinking and decision-making so they can perform tasks and complete work to a high standard. 

This week, as part of the Braingrow program, we will be focusing on positive brain change and the elements of the RISE principle. 

RISE means to:

  • REPEAT things ®,
  • Take Responsibility (I),
  • Create a SAFE environment (S),
  • Put in EFFORT (E).

For more information regarding the Braingrow program please go to

In the final weeks of Term 3, the Student Wellbeing Team will be focusing on students doing the following:

  • Completing all set work in class and for homework,
  • Consolidating their learning at home, so they are ready for the next day,
  • Bringing all set materials, including the correct uniform, to class so students are ready for learning, and
  • Putting in maximum effort to all classes, every day for the last two weeks.

Come and see any of the Tiverton Wellbeing staff (Director of Students, Year Level Coordinators, Health Care Centre or Tiverton Psychologist) if you are having trouble finding that balance.

One student in Year 8 Benilde, Ryo Hayashi, has amazing study and wellbeing balance. He is not only able to complete all his school work but was also able to compete in the Victorian Swimming Age Short Course Championships at MSAC recently, taking home a silver medal, two bronze medals and a position in the top ten for two other categories. An amazing effort Ryo – well done and keep up the great work and healthy balance in your life!

Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students Tiverton Campus

Sport News


ACC Hockey — De La Salle takes the Grand Final

Mr Jon Edgar once said, 

Why wouldn’t a teacher want to take an ACC team if it’s offered to them? You get to spend the time with a good group of kids. You coach and watch sport and spend time getting to know them outside of the formal school environment.

I pondered these words as I trudged along to Southern Cross Station and thought to myself, ne’er has truer word been spoken. Certainly the 2019 Grand Final was a testament to those words; in fact, the whole term of hockey was a testament to these sentiments. 

De La Salle didn’t change their approach during the Grand Final; why would you when it has worked so successfully? The hockey was worthy of a Grand Final, with a nail-biting 2 all at half time.

Both teams were fast, ferociously competitive and highly skilled. It’s always interesting to watch how players react to this kind of environment. Sometimes the quiet and unobtrusive performers come to the fore; Luke Simcocks was outstanding in defence and took on Mazenod’s key players and frequently forced them into errors. Ollie O’Brien, was superb playing a number of defensive roles. 

The Big Three; Fernandez, Yeates and Edwards were their usual dominant, yet self-sacrificing selves. Kieran Yeates presents an imposing, muscular and charismatic figure on the pitch. When Yeates (who also appears to be on a first-name basis with the hockey umpiring fraternity), came off late in the match, the sweat was dripping off him and it wasn’t an overly warm day. He had worked tirelessly in both attack and defence. Fernandez again demonstrated his willingness to do the tough and team-oriented tasks, placing himself in defence to repel attack after attack from the Mazenod contingent, and Declan Edwards, presented his usual cool, calm and collected focus up forward.

Who will forget the performance of Joel “The Crab” May? Dragged early in the first half, in a brilliant coaching move, he was brought back on and repositioned on the wing where he perched himself in the D on his own, received a pass to, then calmly shot it past the excellent Mazenod goalkeeper. 

De La Salle 6 defeated Mazenod 2 

Again, thanks so much to everyone for a very enjoyable term. It really has been a pleasure to spend time with you. You represented De La Salle superbly. 

Mr Gerard Barns
Senior Hockey Coach

Year 9 Hockey Report

The Year 9 Hockey Season provided 20 players with the chance to represent De La Salle College at ACC level in Hockey. With a record of 6 wins and 2 losses, it was a successful campaign, one that saw us progress to the Grand Final (the first for a team from Holy Eucharist Campus), against St Bede’s College. 

With De La Salle possessing the best defensive record of any team coming into the final, it was set up to be a captivating battle against the best offensive team in the competition in St Bede’s. De La Salle had most of the play and spent more time than St Bede’s in the attacking half of the pitch. 

Unfortunately, St Bede’s were too strong defensively, thwarting attack upon attack and when they did counterattack, it was done in a sharp and incisive manner, prevailing 6 – 1. 

The most pleasing aspect was seeing the development of players with little or no hockey experience, developing their hockey skills and gameplay to a high standard. This was the result of dedicated training attendance by the squad involving catching public transport from Tiverton Campus back to Holy Eucharist Campus or to other training venues after school hours. Special thanks must go to Toorak East Malvern Hockey Club which allowed us to train for three sessions at the end of the season utilising their high standard facilities.

The squad consisted of: Christian Alexandropoulos, Jordy Atamian, Oscar Boulter, Isaac Cataldo, Andre Di Medio, Tyson Dyer, Hugh Ford (captain), Charlie Gaiardo, Ben Gallo, James Harper, Lachie Hartung, Ralph Howard, Shaun Leong, Thomas Martin, Gus McLaughlin, Henry Moloney, Abraham Pearce, Dominic Shelley, Alexander Tocchetto, Benjamin Wayman, Reeve Yogendran.

Well played, lads.

Mr Matthew Jones
Year 9 Hockey Coach


Ryo “Superfish” Hayashi secures State Silver

Ryo Hayashi, Year 8 Benilde, competed in the Victorian Swimming Age Short Course Championships held at MSAC between 30 August and 1 September. 

Ryo won a silver medal in the Boys 13 years old 100m Individual Medley (IM) and two bronze medals for 200m IM & 100m Breaststroke. He was also in the top ten for 100 m/200m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke.

Congratulations, Ryo!

Mr Peter Larsen
ACC/House Sports Coordinator


Daniel Graskoski, Year 7 Dunstan, competed in the Australian School Sports Soccer championship in the Capital Territory. His team won the championship and Daniel did not concede one goal throughout the championship. 

Congratulations, Daniel!

Mr Jonathan Hewett
7 Dunstan Homeroom Teacher

Chaplain’s Notes

Communion Liturgy At Holy Eucharist

Year 9 students participated in an excellent liturgy to commemorate the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven.

Under the creative direction of teachers Mr David Happ and Mr Chris Church, several students worked to present the story of Mary’s role in the story of Salvation. The community engaged in a journey through history, art, scripture and theology, to reveal the faith, courage, tenderness and wisdom revealed in Mary’s life culminating in the reception of the Eucharist.

Confirmation Retreat

Confirmation candidates spent the day on a Retreat outing where they had the opportunity to learn more about the wider church and the many different ways that people serve God. 

Commencing with a visit to St Francis (the oldest church in Victoria) they attended the Sacrament of Reconciliation and then lit candles in the Lady Chapel for those they love. From there the group went to visit the Sisters of Charity (Mother Therese Sisters) who have a refuge for women and children in crises and also a special centre where they feed people who are homeless.

St Patrick’s Cathedral was an adventure where the students, through means of a quiz booklet, learnt about the detail in the Cathedral and the history of the Melbourne church.

After lunch, it was on to Kew and the Carmelite Sisters, a Monastic Order. Our young men were impressed with the joy and happiness of these women whose vocation is prayer. They were also grateful for the hospitality of lemonade and biscuits!

Our last stop for the day was St Anthony’s Shrine in Hawthorn. This Church was built by the Italian migrants who came to Australia after WW11. With a very European feel, it displays many Saints in paintings, stained glass windows and statues. 

Confirmation Family Mass

Families and candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation came together for a family Eucharist on Saturday evening, in preparation for their Confirmation on Thursday.  Father Pritchard presented them with a Confirmation Medal and families shared supper after Mass.

Some Important Dates

Wednesday 11 September
Students meet with Rev Fr Brendan Hayes who will confirm them and Practice in the Church at St Anthony’s.

Thursday 12 September
Confirmation 7:00pm
St Anthony’s Church Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Parent Network News

All De La Salle College parents and carers are invited to attend the annual Parent Network General Meeting to be held on Monday 21 October at 7:30pm in the Tiverton Boardroom.

The Parent Network’s aim is to encourage a sense of community throughout the College by providing regular opportunities for parents to socialise, connect and participate in College activities. The Committee meets approximately twice a term and being a member provides a great opportunity to be involved in the College community.

During the General Meeting the Parent Network Committee for 2020 will be elected, so if you are interested in joining, please come along! For a nomination form or any enquiries about the workings of the Parent Network Committee please email

Upcoming Events

Event Date Venue
Year 5 Kids vs Parents Indoor Cricket Saturday 14 September Springvale Indoor Sports Centre 
Parent Network General MeetingMonday 21 October College Boardroom

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

Important Notices

Godspell — Tickets Available now!

Sports Colours Day

Friday 13 September is Sports Colours Day to raise money for St Mark’s House Charity — Opening the Doors Foundation, dedicated to improving literacy amongst young indigenous students. Bring your favourite sports top to wear with a gold coin donation. Drinks, chips and popcorn for sale on the day. 

Mr Andrew Wozencroft
St Mark’s House Coordinator

Arts Week and Showcase Evening

De La Salle College invites you to join us for the Art and Design Week Opening and Showcase evening on Tuesday 17 September at 7:00pm in St Miguel Theatre (SMT), Kinnoull Campus. 

Throughout the year, students from Years 5 to 12 have been working hard on their art and design pieces. Please join us as we celebrate their efforts at our annual Art and Design Exhibition. Family and friends welcome. Refreshments provided.

Mr Ryan Hayward
Learning Area Team Leader – Visual Arts

Social Justice Non-Perishable Donations

We are asking all students to get involved and donate any of the following items (listed below) to help make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable and needy within our community.

Contributions will be accepted until the last day of term. 

  • Tea Bags — black, green and herbal 
  • Coffee (good instant) and Milo 
  • Sugar
  • Cordial
  • Porridge/ Oats
  • Long Life Milk 
  • Tuna Cans
  • Canned Soups
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Plain Flour and Self Raising Flour 
  • Rice/ Pasta/ Pasta 
  • Sauces
  • Biscuits — Sweet and Dry 
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Vegemite, Jam and Honey 
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Jiff crème cleaner for sinks 
  • Mugs
  • Women’s Sanitary Products
  • Toiletries — Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving products 
  • Any other essentials 

Typhoid Mary Auditions

Typhoid Mary is a new, original musical being produced for its premiere in 2020 by De La Salle with OLSH College. Typhoid Mary, with music and lyrics by Andrew Murrell, and script by James Melchior, tells the tale of Mary Mallon, an Irish American cook who infected dozens of people with typhoid fever through unhygienic food preparation in the early 1900s. 

Auditions will be from 3:30pm till 5:30pm on Friday 13 September in the PAC. This audition is open to all students from Year 8 and above. Please contact Mr Murrell for the permission form and audition form that both need to be filled out before the audition. If any student needs to audition outside this time, please see Mr Murrell as soon as possible.

Mr Andrew Murrell
Drama Coordinator

Important Dates

Confirmation - St Anthony's Church Glen Huntly, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Godspell - Senior Musical with Sacré Cœur - MAPA, Clayton, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Victorian Weightlifting Schools League - Round 3 - Eleiko Stadium, 9:30am - 3:00pm
Godspell - Senior Musical with Sacré Cœur - MAPA, Clayton, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Year 7, 2021 enrolment interviews - Rheims Centre, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Italian language and culture Study Tour Commences - 15 September to 4 October
Arts Week — 16 September to 21 September
ACC Rock Band Workshop - CBC, St Kilda, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Arts Week Showcase Evening - SMT, Kinnoull Campus, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Year 7, 2021 enrolment interviews - Rheims Centre, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
College Social Justice Mass - College Gymnasium, 8:50am - 10:35am
Year 9 students on Tiverton Campus - PAC and Rheims Centre
Year 5 - 12 including Year 9 - dismissed at 12:40pm
Term Three Concludes
Camp La Salle - 24 September to 26 September - Philip Island, 9:00am - 3:30pm
Staff and Students resume class for Term Four
Holy Eucharist Open Day (Year 8 Cohort) - Holy Eucharist Campus, 9:00am - 4:00pm