Deputy Principal’s Column

Staff and Operations

Important Dates

A reminder of the following key dates;

  • Friday 22 December College Office closes for the year
  • Monday 15 January College Office reopens for 2018
  • Monday 29 January Teaching staff resume for 2018
  • Wednesday 31 January All students resume classes for 2018. School Photo Day. Photos will be taken on both campuses.

Information Pack for Families

In preparation for the 2018 academic year, an Information Pack containing a range of important documents and general information will be sent to each family shortly after the College Office re-opens in 2018.

Lost property

Tiverton students who have lost uniform items throughout the year (especially Terms 3 or 4) are asked to check the lost property area at Tiverton before Thursday 14 December. Items of uniform not collected will be donated to charity.

Christmas Greetings

On behalf of all College staff thank-you for your support throughout this year as we look forward a very exciting 2018. The Staff of the College wish all families a wonderful Christmas, happy New Year and a safe and restful holiday period.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations

Students

ACC Leadership Launch

Camaraderie is by far the most prominent feature found at De La Salle College. It is a characteristic that is recognised by all of the students at the College. The sense of brotherhood is inspiring to all and is especially prominent when old Collegians return to the College. It is a fantastic attribute of De La Salle and one we are proud to have.

De La Salle is proud to be associated with the league of the ACC. Our rich history has allowed us to continue to bring enthusiasm, commitment, camaraderie… and the greatest cheer squad to every event! But above all, De La Salle brings a deep and abiding respect for all of the Associated Catholic Colleges. On behalf of De La Salle College, we look forward to another fantastic year.

Panos Menidis, 2018 College Captain.

Click here to read Panos’ speech at the ACC Leadership Launch in full.

For this final Duce of 2017, I would like to share this excerpt from my speech to the Year 6 Graduation Class of 2017.

Lesson Number 1: “Persistence trumps talent”
I’ve always admired a student for their persistence more than for their successes. Often, success is defined by adversity. More specifically, success can be a victory in the face of adversity. This means that obstacles, hardships and failures are all part of the game and our Year 6 students have enjoyed the challenge.

Lesson Number 2: “Know what is really important”
Nobody ever gets it right the first time around. What is important is to be brave and kind – both online and face to face. Don’t be a bully. Don’t even be a bully to the bully. When you hurt someone’s feelings remember that it is important to apologise. This is a sign of true courage. Learn to be compassionate and try to always be there for your friends. Be kind to those you meet and listen to those who struggle to be heard. Try to be fun and light.

Be serious when needed, love and forgive always. Remember the times when you felt alone and then try to reach out to others who are alone. Don’t be afraid to tell the truth, no matter how difficult it may be, and no matter what the consequence. In times of need, turn to your family and especially your parents. Know that a true friend is someone who always listens and is genuinely interested in the good and bad.

Lesson Number 3: “Step out of your comfort zone”
Step out of your comfort zone and try new things. It is okay to disagree but it is not okay to be cruel. Never settle for less than you can be. Stand up for yourself and challenge yourself. The worst thing that can happen is that you learn something. When you adopt this mindset, there is no such thing as failure.

Lesson Number 4: “You are enough”
Whatever you do, whatever happens, you are already 100% perfect. There is nothing you have to do to prove that you are enough. You don’t have to prove it to anybody.

Lesson Number 5: “Your life is in your own hands”
You are 100% responsible for how your life turns out. Your happiness, your relationships, your success, your health, your wealth, everything is in your hands. Exercise each day. Send thank you cards and tell those who are important to you that you love them. Say, “I love you.”

Lesson Number 6: “You have to finish”
Finish what you are doing, even if it is not perfect. In an ideal world you’d have both, but move on. Do better next time. It’s one thing to give up because you failed. It is another thing to give up even before you finish. Some students do not make the most of the opportunities they are afforded here at De La Salle College. You are very blessed to have been here and we are blessed to have had you here. Try not to take shortcuts. Write your own story. Run your own marathon. Be who you truly are and not what you think others want you to be. Return to the arms of your loving God and your family whenever you need support.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

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