Deputy Principals’ Column

Faith and Mission

Welcome to an exciting and hope-filled year at De La Salle College. I would particularly like to welcome all the students, parents and staff who are new to our Community and I pray that your time here will be happy, valuable and productive.

As we begin the year, let us take a moment to reflect on what we are about at De La Salle. What is our identity? What are we trying to achieve? It may sound obvious, but in the busyness and excitement of the moment it is sometimes easy to lose sight of our foundational purpose and mission.

In a Lasallian school, at the core of our distinctiveness is the identity of our founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle. As Lasallian educators we connect to, and associate ourselves with the character of St. John Baptist de La Salle, as a significant influence on the way we support young people to grow in faith and become what St. John himself described to us “Prepare a path for God so that he can enter your heart.” (Med.2.1)

Taken from one of the Five Core Lasallian Principles, “Faith in the Presence of God”, this year our College theme is “Faith”. As a Lasallian school, we nurture in our members an awareness of the living presence of God in our world. This theme of “Faith” calls us all to a deeper awareness of the saving relationship we have with a caring and loving God and moves all of us to see the world through the “eyes of faith”. This theme also invites us to be grateful for our experience of the Lasallian tradition, our participation in the Lasallian family, and to bring an attitude of gratitude to our lives in general. We are also asked to think about what we will commit ourselves to; to think about whom we, as Lasallians, are called to be and how we are called to live with a spirit of service and justice.

College Opening and Welcome Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral

On Thursday 23 February, all students in Year 4, Year 7 and those new to the College in another year level will be presented with an induction gift to mark their entry into the College community. Student Leaders will also be introduced into their respective roles for 2017 before the community.
Parents of Student Leaders, Year 4, Year 7 and students new to the College in another year level are advised to be at the Cathedral no later than 6:00pm to ensure a prompt start to the Service.
All new students to the College are required to be in summer uniform. Student Leaders are required to be in full winter uniform.

Year 12 Retreat

From Monday 6 February to Wednesday 8 February, Year 12 students will be embarking on their Year 12 Retreat. The Year 12 Retreat is a time to provide an opportunity for an experiential component of faith development that can foster a closer relationship with God. A time of reflection and personal searching in an environment of challenge allows for sharing and greater intimacy in relationships between students, their peers and staff, and time to foster a greater understanding of what it means to be a man in today’s society. We take Year 12 students away on a retreat of this kind to set aside this time to allow them to reflect, to share and to wonder. In order to maximise the time we ask students to be very open and honest; very still and trusting.

Please keep them in your prayers as they journey through the retreat with their teachers and peers.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Students

It was wonderful to see the way in which our boys started the year. I managed to attend all of the assemblies at Tiverton Campus and enjoyed hearing each Year Level Coordinator emphasise personal excellence, participation and being prepared to have a go. Many of the Year Level and House Coordinators have written to you introducing themselves, I thought it timely to introduce the wellbeing team.

Meet the Wellbeing Team

The reinvigorated vertical House structure at Kinnoull Campus is into its second year. Within their House Mentor Group, our groupings of younger and older students will foster long-term relationships wherein the former can gain guidance from the latter, who can, in turn, develop their leadership skills as they act as role models for their younger student friends.

Director of Students – Kinnoull Campus and Tiverton Campus
The Director of Students (Years 10 – 12), John McAlroy, Director of Students (Years 4 – 9), Luke Kenealy and Director of Primary, Anette Phillips have a breadth of experience at De La Salle and a robust understanding of the needs of your sons. The Directors of Students are responsible for the:

• House Coordinators in Years 10 – 12
• Year Level Coordinators in Years 7 – 9
• Primary Team


Left to right: Anette Phillips, Luke Kenealy, John McAlroy

Class Mentors – Tiverton Campus
At Tiverton Campus, your son will remain, for the most part in a horizontal structure across primary and into Year 9. The Class Mentors have daily contact with your son/s over the course of the year, attend camp with their mentor group and are again well placed to get to know and support your son/s. The Class Mentor is the first port of call if you need to contact the school.

Year Level Coordinators – Tiverton Campus
The Year Level Coordinators are responsible for ensuring that the Lasallian Charism and Catholic Values are developed and nurtured within the College community. Our Year Level Coordinators are:

• Mr Chris Martin – Year 7
• Mr David Happ – Year 8
• Mr Andrew Wozencroft – Year 9


Left to right: Chris Martin, David Happ, Andrew Wozencroft

House Mentors – Kinnoull Campus
At Kinnoull Campus, our Vertical House structure has enabled our House Mentors to become, and remain, a significant adult in the life of each young man in his/her care. Having daily contact with your son over a three year period, the House Mentors will be well placed to get to know and challenge your son/s to extend themselves in learning and in life. The House Mentor will play a crucial role in the social, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing of the young men in our care. Hence, they are your first port of call if you need to contact the school.

House Coordinators – Kinnoull Campus
The House Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the Lasallian Charism and Catholic Values are developed and nurtured within the College community. This includes supporting the goals of the College Mission, Vision and Philosophy and Values, through modelling of personal growth and development and a style of leadership which is based on service. In short, the House Coordinator sets the tone in the House. Our House Coordinators are:

• Mr Shane Mackintosh – St Austin’s House
• Ms Jess Stevenson – St Edwin’s House
• Mr Michael Watty – St Leo’s House
• Mr Paul Harrup – St Mark’s House


Left to right: Shane Mackintosh, Jess Stevenson, Michael Watty, Paul Harrup

Lunchtime House Activities

Following an extensive Pastoral System Review that began in 2014 and concluded in 2015, the College appointed a House Sport Coordinator. In conjunction with the House/Year Level Coordinators and the Student Leadership Team, we have already mapped out a series of lunchtime activities that will take place over the course of the year. Our student led House Assemblies have been well received by the students and I look forward to witnessing this aspect of College life gather momentum over the course of the year.

Sports Uniform

2017 concludes the four-year rollover to the new College Sport Uniform. All students must have the new sports uniform including new shorts, College polo shirt, College House shirt, rugby top, spray jacket and tracksuit pants. Any other version of the College sports uniform will not be accepted as of 2017. These are all available at the College Uniform shop. The Uniform shop is regularly open at the following times:

Monday: 8:00am – 11:30am
Wednesday: 8:00am – 11:30am
Friday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

If you have any questions in relation to the above, please contact your son’s House /Class Mentor or his Year Level/House Coordinator.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Learning and Teaching

The Keys to Unlocking Academic Excellence

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential; these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” Confucius

Academic success is not linked directly and completely to a person’s natural ability. Success can be accomplished by choosing to work hard and making a commitment to setting high standards to achieve. As we begin the 2017 academic year, we encourage all students to make this commitment, aiming for individual excellence.

Excellence is not only measured in the tasks that students complete, but also through persistence and motivation, demonstrated by a willingness to reach their full potential. Every student will have a different way of achieving their goals; some will attain high scores whilst others may reach it by completing an essay or solving a difficult equation. The learning partnership that promotes this mindset, between students and teachers, is a significant contributor to the success of individuals and is further strengthened by the involvement of parents and caregivers. We are collectively responsible for encouraging our students to work hard to achieve their best in all that they undertake.

Carol Dweck, a world-famous psychologist, has found that people generally hold one of two beliefs about their intelligence. Some consider intellect as a fixed trait that they are born with and others believe that it can change over time. What is vital for our students is for them to see their intelligence as one that continues to develop, thus possessing a ‘growth mindset.’

This will enable them to be prepared to take on challenges and respond to difficulties, leading to growth and improvement. Dweck (2012) states that “no matter what (one’s) ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment”. Therefore we are challenging all students to commit to achieving their best through their determination and diligence.
When you discuss excellence with your son, remind him to find his “willingness to win, the desire to succeed (and) the urge to reach (his) full potential” as he embraces his individual talents whilst striving for personal success in all that he undertakes.
Dweck, C. (2012). Mindset. 1st ed. London: Robinson, p.63.

Ms Rose Connolly
Acting Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching (Term 1, 2017)
Director of Learning and Development – Curricula Programs

Staff

Mission Action Day (MAD)

Mission Action Day is the major social justice activity held at the College each year and will be held on Friday March 31 this year. The event involves a 12km social justice walk on the Gardiner’s Creek walking trail involving all students and staff. All proceeds going to support Lasallian charitable works both in Australia and overseas.

As a College we raised over $103,000 last year and we hope to better this amount in 2017. Planning is about to commence for this event and shortly each student will receive a sponsorship form and detailed instructions about the day. Parents are urged to encourage their son/s to get behind this significant whole school activity.

Sports Uniform

Parents please note this year all students are required to wear the De La Salle navy sports uniform only. The College has been advised by Dobsons that there are currently some sizes of the sports shorts “out of stock”. The College has asked that this situation be rectified as quickly as possible but ask for your understanding and patience, as this is out of our control. Coordinators and Class/House Mentors will monitor sports uniform throughout the year.

House Polo Tops

Parents are requested to ensure their son has a House polo top by week 3 of this term. The major House event for this term is the House Athletics Carnival to be held at Lakeside Stadium on Friday March 10. The expectation by the College is that all students will have the House polo for this event. Non-House t-shirts and tops will not be permitted at the event.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations

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