From the Acting Principal
Welcome to Term 3, 2016. The College has started Term 3 very well and we look forward to yet another successful term of student endeavour across all aspects of College life. Peter Houlihan is enjoying some well-earned leave in the USA after completing the second year of the formation course for Leaders of Lasallian Schools at the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies at St Mary’s College of California. Peter will return to the College on 25 July.
Last week we welcomed to the College two De La Salle Brothers from Brother’s communities in Pakistan: Br Sajid from La Salle House Khushpur, which is a Catechist Training Centre, a School of Culinary Art, a Sewing School, Literacy Centre and Boys Hostel; and Br Waseem, who is Principal of La Salle Urdu High School in Faisalabad. The Brothers are visiting Lasallian schools in Australia to enhance their knowledge of administration, curriculum and pedagogy. During their visit to Malvern they were able to meet with a number of staff and students from across the College and were most appreciative of the hospitality shown to them.
Staff Professional Learning — Child Safe Standards
The professional learning days at the start of the term enabled staff to participate in a range of activities around curriculum design and documentation, learning management systems, ‘flipped learning’ and religious education. On Monday 18 July staff were involved in a professional learning activity related to the implementation of Ministerial Order No. 870 – Child Safe Standards – Managing the Risk of Child Abuse in Schools. The College is currently developing policy and procedures to ensure we meet the new minimum Child Safe Standards legislated by the Victorian Government in 2015. Guest Speaker Ms Monique Blom from the Australian Childhood Foundation addressed many of the issues relevant to schools in relation to child protection and assisted us with progress towards a College Code of Conduct in this very important matter. Thank you also to those parents who participated in the consultations on the new legislation on Tuesday 19 July. The new guidelines for all schools in Victoria come into force on Monday 1 August this year.
Academic Awards – Acknowledging Student Achievements
This week we gathered as a College to acknowledge the outstanding academic work by our students in Semester 1. In Years 10–12, 126 students received awards and in Year 4 – Year 9, 92 awards were presented. The full list of recipients can be viewed here.These awards represent hours of dedicated work by the recipients and serve as a wonderful example for all students. The considerable support of families is also notable on these occasions, because without the support and encouragement of their family students are often not able to maximise their talents and realise their potential. While it is important to recognise those high achieving students, it is hoped all students will aspire to achieve to the best of their ability. It is this quality rather than an award that will ultimately define our boys as men in the years ahead.
Student Achievements — Sport
Recent student achievements have not just been confined to academic endeavours. Year 10 student Ben Fierenzi was recently in the Philippines playing in the gold medal winning Australian baseball representative team, the Southern Mariners, at the Asia Pacific leg of the Under 17 Senior League World Series. Ben has been chosen to play for Australia in the Under 15 World Cup in Japan. We wish him well and look forward to his continued success.
Congratulations also go to Matthew Damches (9V) who recently competed as part of the Victorian Team at the National Youth (Under 17) Weightlifting Championships, where he achieved a gold medal in the 69 kg weight category.
Expectations Regarding Student Appearance
I ask parents to support the efforts of staff at the College as we enforce our expectations regarding student appearance. For students this is an issue of pride in one’s self and pride in the College. Our rules regarding hair length and style, facial hair, and correct wearing of the uniform are clearly outlined on page 8 of the College Diary. Parental support in relation to this aspect of school life is crucial part of the educational partnership we enjoy.
Community Prayers for Hamilton Deam
Finally, I ask for your prayers for Year 10 student Hamilton Deam and his family. Hamilton is in the Alfred Hospital Intensive Care Unit after suffering a brain haemorrhage at the end of the recent school holidays. Hamilton was to receive an academic award this week and we pray that he will be able to make a full recovery and resume his studies here at the College.
Mr Tom Ryan