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Principal’s End of Term & Easter Message

As we have come to the end of a very busy but successful term I would just like to add a couple of acknowledgments and reflections re: the final week and wish all in our De La Salle community a safe, happy and holy Easter.

Firstly, thank you to all the students, parents and staff for your efforts to welcome me into the College this term, to get to know me a little and certainly make me feel welcome. I have felt welcomed and supported from the first day, so thank you again.

Thank you to Director of Sport, Peter Harte, and the very significant number of staff who contributed to the training, administration and support of the ACC Athletics Team which performed so very well in Wednesday’s ACC Carnival, coming fourth overall on their re‐entry into Division 1. Congratulations to the 54 students who represented the College so admirably, but also to their many peers who trained with the squad and while they missed final selection were there on the day to support their team‐mates. The disparate nature of aths and the variety of events, facilities and skills required, not to mention the number of students needed to develop a strong team, should not be underestimated. I am very grateful to all involved and the platform has now been established to build the team into an even stronger unit in 2015.

It was great to meet so many students and parents at the Parent‐Teacher Interviews on Wednesday evening and during Thursday. These are a critical time for students to review their work with teachers and in partnership with parents, set goals for improved learning in Term 2, especially as we approach Semester 1 exams.

Friday’s Mission Action Day — as expected with so many devoted and organised staff on the Committee — was an unqualified success. A special thank you to Ian Oliver and the MAD Committee who have met at 7:45am each Tuesday all term to plan the logistics. The pledged amount for 2014 is a record $103,000 which is simply outstanding. Besides running like clockwork from an administrative point of view the students’ involvement and behaviour was pretty much impeccable. I walked the whole 12km course so obviously saw many students, if not the majority at some point and they all followed directions, chatted to mates and just enjoyed the day. This is a direct result of the positive relationships they enjoy with their Homeroom Teachers and the staff in general, something of which we can all be justifiably proud.

The collection of monies goes on next term, but as an event in aid of our Lasallian partners around the world, this is a tremendous expression of our College’s commitment to Social Justice.

The 2014 Parent Network has arranged a couple of functions already this year and we have several large events scheduled throughout this year that I would encourage you to support. On Saturday 29 March the Parent Network hosted a Social Evening for all Primary School parents which was very well attended and a relaxed, enjoyable night was had by all.

On Friday 2 May we will be holding our inaugural Mothers’ Day Breakfast in the PAC for all De La Salle mums and sons. For details and bookings please go to the http://www.delasalle.vic.edu.au/event/mothers-day-breakfast/ on the College website under the Community -> Parent Involvement link. The morning will consist of breakfast, brief presentations from the College Captain and Principal and a talk from a guest speaker from the McGrath Foundation. It would be great to see as many families as possible support the Parent Network for our first big function for 2014.

There will also be a Books & Blokes Breakfast and a Fathers’ Day Breakfast later in the year.

As the football season is upon us I would also like to encourage all in the community to be involved with and support the De La Salle Old Collegians Football Club. The Committee at the Old Colls is very keen to strengthen ties with the College and has tabled a range of ideas to that effect in order to support our students. You will see below an advertisement for a Club Secretary for the Old Colls, so please contact President Richard Williams if you can assist or can recommend anybody. They are also having a season launch lunch on Friday 12th with Glenn Archer and Campbell Brown as guest speakers. Details are available from Richard or the club website.

Finally, I wish you a blessed Easter. This is the pivotal component of our Catholic faith and Jesus rising on the Sunday is perhaps the greatest example of his power to turn sorrow into joy; something we can all use to refer to at some time! We can also use Pope Francis’ tremendous example of the washing of the feet prior to Easter last year as a great illustration of his attitude to service. After all, we are in many ways a Church for the poor and this culture of service also ties in neatly with the outstanding work of our young men in ranging in excess of $100,000 for Lasallian mission works in Australia and around the world.

Enjoy the break and the time with your family and friends and thank you once again for a great Term 1.

Peter Houlihan
Principal