Senior School News

There are few times in one’s life where one can leave behind the pressures of daily living and studies to focus on some of the deeper questions of life. Slowing down and taking time out enables one to listen to the ear of their heart and develop a deeper relationship with God, teachers and each other.

From 9 — 11 February, all Year 12 students travelled to Rawson in Gippsland to experience the College’s first Year 12 Retreat for a number of years, led by the Lasallian Ministry team and supported by 20 teachers who volunteered to assist in the guidance and support of the students.

The format of the Retreat entailed large and small group discussion, a variety of presentations, personal journal writing time, peer and parent affirmations, time for reflection, an outdoor Mass and free activity time.

The pace of the Retreat was gentle, which allowed the boys to take time away from their usually hectic lives and situations. It was a special time to give them peace and calm. For many of our students, this retreat awakened them to the presence of God in their lives.

Initially many of the students were concerned about the ‘unknown’. Most had never been on a retreat such as this before and they were assured that experiencing a retreat was not necessarily about having a spiritual or religious experience. The Retreat was about refreshing oneself, relaxing, and taking a journey into the deeper self. It was about gaining the tools to question one’s journey into manhood, understanding the complex nature of relationships, mentoring, developing trust and focusing on their faith journey. I think it would be fair to say that all the boys returned to school life not only transformed and revitalised, but as a more bonded Year 12 cohort.

My sincere thanks go to everyone who participated in this Retreat; in particular to the boys themselves. They excelled in their behaviour and participation during the entire experience and demonstrated what it means to be Lasallian and young men.

Mr Graeme Pender
Faith and Mission Coordinator

St Vincent de Paul Soup Van

Each fortnight on Sunday evenings, College Leaders, as well as De La Salle staff, volunteer their time with St Vincent De Paul’s Soup Van to assist Melbourne’s disadvantaged and homeless. The night begins by preparing food, which is then delivered directly to people’s doors at the Collingwood Commission Houses. Following that, volunteers gather on Smith Street to distribute more food and mingle with the grateful recipients.

This year’s College Leaders have chosen to apply the Lasallian values of helping the less fortunate and keep with tradition by involving themselves with St Vincent’s. The leaders were eager to do something for the wider community which involves moving beyond their comfort zone.

Ms Haylene Peipert
Colle Leaders Coordinator

Statement for students and parents about achieving an S at VCE

The award of an S at VCE at De La Salle College has been changed in accordance with VCAA regulations. In order to achieve an S for a VCE Unit, students have to complete a set of outcomes as described in the study design. Students meet these outcomes by providing evidence of completing work requirements set by the assessing teacher(s).

It is important to note that the award of an S is distinct from the numerical score achieved in school based assessment. Hence it is no longer related to scoring 50% on a final assessment task.

All students will be provided with, in writing, the work requirements that allow satisfactory completion of each outcome. All students completing the same subject will have the same work requirements and same standard that they are expected to meet regardless of the class they are in.

Students receive an S for the unit if the assessing teacher(s) determines that a student has:

  • produced work that demonstrates achievement of the outcomes
  • submitted work on time
  • submitted work that is clearly their own
  • observed VCAA and school rules.

Students receive an N for the unit when one or more of the outcomes are not achieved because:

  • the work does not demonstrate achievement of the outcomes
  • the student has failed to meet a school deadline for the work requirements, including if an extension of time has been granted for any reason, including Special Provision
  • the work cannot be authenticated
  • there has been a substantial breach of rules, including school attendance rules.

If the evidence submitted does not show achievement of the outcome or outcomes the teacher will allow students one chance to ‘redeem’ a satisfactory result, an ‘S’ at redemption by permitting them to submit further work to meet the requirements.

In this case, parents will be informed by email that their son has received a provisional Not Satisfactory or ‘N’ result and what is expected of the student to achieve an S.

For those who have completed some VCE units, this is a significant change. Prior to 2015 students were awarded an S based on achieving 50% on an assessment task. This is no longer the case. The score a student achieves in an assessment task for Units 3 and 4 is essentially for ranking purposes. It is important for students to achieve as high a score as possible as this will contribute to their final study score as well as preparing students for the end of year examinations. For Units 1 and 2, the score will be used to identify strengths and areas for improvement and help to advise students regarding suitable pathways.

Mr Chris Windley
VCE Coordinator


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