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Meet our Students

Our students are our best advertisement — so why hear what sets De La Salle College apart from us, when you can hear it from them? Ten students tell us what they love most about their school, and why your family would love it here too.

Jarred, Year 12

What makes De La Salle different to other schools?
De La Salle encourage their students to get involved in extra curricula activities including art, sport and social justice. Parents should send their sons to De La Salle because it is a great environment and the older students act as brothers for the younger students.

What sort of social justice initiatives have you been involved in through school?
I have been involved in multiple Mission Action Days, the Red Cross Blood Bank and the Philippines Cultural Exchange.

What other opportunities have you had outside of the classroom?
I have had the opportunity to participate in inter-school swimming and soccer as well as going on an adventure camp in Year 9 and travelling to the Philippines in Year 10. The Year 9 adventure camp is the best camp I’ve ever been on; we got to go tubing, horse riding, do archery and go down a water slide.

Which teacher do you look up to and why?
I look up to Principal Houlihan because he gets involved with the students and is very friendly.

How has De La Salle helped shape who you are?
De La Salle has helped shape my morals and the way I treat others.

Which subjects are you studying this year?
Chemistry, Maths, English, History, Geography, Psychology and Religion.

What do you hope to do after graduating?
I hope to join the Australian Defence Force as an Engineer Corps Officer.

Do you have any advice for younger students about the senior years/VCE?
Work hard at school, but make sure you relax and do some extra activities outside of school.

Aiden, Year 5

What is your favourite thing about primary school at De La Salle College?
Playing football.

What’s the best thing about your teacher?
He’s creative.

What is the coolest thing you have made at school?
My shark project.

What’s your favourite activity out of the classroom?
Football.

Why do you think other boys should come to De La Salle College?
Because the people are friendly.

Stefan, Class of 2015

Which subjects are you studying this year?
English, Maths Methods, Biology, Psychology and Italian.

Why do you think it is important for students to be involved in social justice programs?
I believe it’s important to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

What sort of social justice initiatives have you been involved in through school?
De La Salle’s largest social justice initiative is our annual Mission Action Day. It involves raising as much money as possible as a school to assist in various missions in developing countries.

What is the best thing about Kinnoull Campus?
The greater sense of independence.

How has De La Salle helped shape who you are?
Both the teachers and students here at De La Salle have helped mould me into the person I am today. The views and values I have learnt here are ones that will stay with me as I make my transition into adulthood.

What sort of opportunities have you had outside of the classroom?
De La Salle provides extra-curricula opportunities in many different areas. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in the school soccer and table tennis teams, was involved in social justice work at an aged care centre and went on an adventure camp in Queenstown, New Zealand. The camp in New Zealand is the most amazing camp I’ve been on. We did activities like snowboarding, white water rafting and kayaking. Everyone had the best time and it brought us closer together.

What makes De La Salle different to other schools?
The brotherhood and school spirit at De La Salle is something completely unique and I will never forget it. Students and teachers also have strong relationships and it creates a very pleasant environment to be in.

Which teacher do you look up to and why?
I look up to Mr Lawler as it is quite clear that he has a passion for teaching in his given field.

Do you have any advice for younger students about the senior years/VCE?
Make the most of every opportunity you have and make sure you don’t have any regrets when you’re sitting at your final assembly reminiscing about your days at De La.

What do you hope to do after graduating?
Possibly a double degree at Monash while furthering my studies in Greek.

Brandon, Year 10

Why do you think parents should send their sons to De La Salle?
De La Salle lives up to its motto “Learn, Live, Lead” and gives its students the best education.

What is the best thing about Tiverton Campus?
The sporting areas e.g. the gym and basketball courts.

Tell us about the best camp or excursion you have been on.
Camp Howqua in Year 9 is the best camp I’ve been on as it is outdoors and filled with physical activities like survival, which requires you to crawl through mud pits and slide down water slides.

Why do you think it is important to care about and do things for others?
Helping others teaches you maturity and sets a good example.

Which subject are you best at?
Art.

Which teacher do you look up to and why?
Mr Leetham, my Year 6 teacher at De La Salle primary. He influences me to try the best I can in anything I do. He has taught me to never give up.

Keagan, Year 8

How do you get to school every day?
I catch a bus, two trains and a tram.

What is the best thing about Tiverton Campus?

  • it’s fun
  • we get to play lots of basketball
  • we play four square
  • it’s got a good gym, library and canteen.

What makes De La Salle different to other schools?
The way De La Salle helps boys get to know each other and become friends. I’ve also been able to try so many new things such as golf, table tennis, debating and ACC sport.

Why do you think parents should send their sons to De La Salle?
It’s a very caring and personal school and provides a good education. The teachers are supportive and fun and there are plenty of options for students, whether you like sport, trades, music or languages.

What’s your favourite activity outside of the classroom and why?
I like playing football and basketball for De La Salle. I also enjoy raising money for and taking part in Mission Action Day, because it makes me feel like I can make a difference.

Tell us about the best camp or excursion you have been on.
Year 7 camp to Jan Juc, because we went diving and surfing, played beach games and, most importantly, bonded with classmates.

Which subject are you best at?
Physical Education is my passion; I enjoy it and I’m good at it.

Which teacher do you look up to and why?
Mr Wilson is my Homeroom, Science and P.E. teacher. He teaches in a fun way and is caring and supportive.

Why do you think it is important to care about and do things for others?

  • to be a good friend
  • it makes me feel good
  • it’s helpful
  • because some people don’t have anyone else in their life to help.

Nicholas, Year 11

In which year level did you come to De La Salle?
Year 7

What does being Lasallian mean to you?
Being Lasallian means that I’m a part of a greater community; a community that extends further than De La Salle Malvern. All the effort we put in to help others multiplies when you consider the world wide members of the Lasallian family.

Why do you think it is important for students to be involved in social justice programs?
Social justice programs give great life experiences. I went on the Philippines exchange and gained a lot of personal experience from it. I’ve also been involved in the Mission Action Day walkathons and community service through the Lasallian service program.

What is the best thing about Kinnoull Campus?
The fact that it is a bit more serious is something that I find positive.

How has De La Salle helped shape who you are?
De La Salle has given me confidence; I’m proud to be a part of the Lasallian family.

Tell us about your involvement with the Weightlifting Team.
I’ve been involved in weightlifting for three years. I recently travelled to Brisbane for a Nationals Team, representing Victoria.

What’s the best camp or excursion you have been on?
Last year (Year 9) I was lucky enough to go on the Philippines exchange that I mentioned above. This trip opened my eyes to what is happening outside of our country.

What makes De La Salle different to other schools?
I believe De La Salle has a rather impressive sense of involvement.

Which subjects are you studying this year?
This year I’m studying English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Photography, Systems Technology and Spit It Out (an English subject focusing on linguistics, public speaking and debating).

What do you hope to do after graduating?
Veterinary Science, ultimately becoming a Veterinarian and running my own clinic. I hope to maintain photography as a hobby.

Ned, Year 6

What is the best thing about Tiverton Campus?
The gym and sport courts.

What is your favourite thing about primary school at De La Salle College?
We play sport against other schools.

Why do you think other boys should come to De La Salle College?
Because we do fun things in class.

What’s your favourite activity out of the classroom?
P.E.

What’s the best thing about your teacher?
We make numbers with tiles and we make things out of wood with him.

What is the coolest thing you have made in class?
The tile numbers.

Dillon, Year 9

How do you get to school every day?
I get the route 6 tram up High Street to get to school.

What’s your favourite activity outside of the classroom?
My favourite activity outside of class is ACC sport, as it gives you a chance to represent your school playing a sport that you enjoy.

Tell us about the best camp or excursion you have been on.
In Year 7 we snorkelled at Port Phillip Bay. We visited the Marine Centre in Queenscliff. We also learnt how to surf and played scavenger hunts and beach Olympics. Overall Year 7 camp was a blast.

Why do you think parents should send their sons to De La Salle?
Parents should send their sons to De La Salle for the same reason my parents did; send your son/s to De La Salle if you want him to be equipped with the skills to be a good person in life. Being a good person does not mean you must be rich or successful; but a caring, loving person who will make the right decisions most of the time.

Why do you think it is important to care about and do things for others?
It is important to do things and care for others because everyone deserves equal opportunities and rights in life. Doing things for others will benefit them, but will also benefit you more than you are aware.

What’s your favourite thing to buy at the canteen?
My favourite thing to buy at the canteen is a beef burger filled with bacon, lettuce, barbecue sauce and more.

Which subject are you best at?
English is my best subject at school.

Which teacher do you look up to and why?
I look up to Mr Oliver, who retired this year. He was my Maths teacher for half of Semester 1 and I look up to him for many reasons. He was always organised, with some of the most helpful PowerPoint presentations I have ever seen.

Christopher, Year 8

How do you get to school every day?
I catch a train to Armadale and then catch a tram to the De La Salle stop.

Which teacher do you look up to and why?
The teacher I look up to is Mr Wilson. His teaching style really suits me and he is similar to the person I want to be when I grow up.

What is the best thing about Tiverton Campus?
The best thing about Tiverton is all the different learning opportunities available.

Why do you think parents should send their sons to De La Salle?
De La Salle is a school full of learning opportunities. If your son loves music, he can do music lessons on his instrument; if your son is obsessed with basketball, he can do ACC basketball against other schools.

What does being Lasallian mean to you?
Being Lasallian means that you are very generous and kind to all of the teachers and students around you and you are always striving to do your best.

What’s your favourite activity outside of the classroom?
Sport in general.

Why do you think it is important to care about and do things for others?
I think it is important because teachers and students will think of you as a true Lasallian.

Which subject are you best at?
Maths — I have always had consistent results.

What instrument do you play at school?
I have just started playing the trombone.

What’s your favourite thing to buy at the canteen?
Hot dogs – nothing can change my mind.

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