A Personalised Education

De La Salle College is a caring, Catholic community with a focus on personalised learning and achievement. Every student is given the challenge and support he needs to excel both in the classroom and beyond.

We understand that every student learns differently and are committed to providing a variety of pathways. Individualised learning is facilitated for students from Year 4 to Year 12. In the primary years, student progression is monitored closely so that in-class support or extension can be provided as needed, either by their class teacher or a specialist staff member.

Transition into our College, whether that be at Year 4, Year 7 or another year level, is a key stage in the personalisation process, with all available information about a student’s strengths and areas for improvement helping our staff create an individual learning plan for them. As an open entry school, we only use a student’s academic history to build a learning plan – not to determine entry to our College. Staff refer to the transition information and academic testing (AAS in Years 4, 6, 8 and 10 and NAPLAN in Years 5, 7 and 9) to help have a better understanding of each individual student and support them in their learning.

Our Learning and Teaching and Wellbeing Teams are committed to helping students achieve their academic, co-curricular and spiritual goals. Our dedicated Student Progression Coordinators track individual student progress and learning behaviours, allowing for early identification of any issues that may arise. Where an issue does arise, Student Progression Coordinators work closely with teachers, mentors and coordinators to provide support to students and parents.

Year 7 to Year 9 students take part in our Maths Pathway program, an innovative, personalised learning program designed to allow students to progress in mathematics as part of their usual class, but at their own pace. This means that students who are achieving at a high level can complete more advanced work, while those who need to consolidate some basic understandings work on these, both supported by their teacher. Essentially, the content of each class is tailor-made to each students’ ability level, with the aim of challenging each student in a way that is appropriate to them. Following the success of this program, STILE has been introduced to our Year 7 science course instead of the traditional textbook which allows students to explore a particular topic that may be of interest to them despite it not being part of the curriculum for that specific year level. For students who experience ongoing difficulties, extra numeracy and literacy help is available.

In Years 7 to 9 students can participate in our Immersion Program, designed to enable learning which is outside the boundaries of traditional subject-based learning or 54 minute timetabled classes. Students are able to engage in six to eight-week programs that emphasise a substantial investigation of an area, putting skill development to the fore. Available subjects range from Robotics, Active Citizenship and Crime and Punishment, to Game Development where students design and make their own video game using code, to Taking Off!, where students plan some travel within set parameters and explore geography, different cultures, creating budgets and working to timelines, and Urban Impact. This wide range of options allows students to choose subjects that are of interest to them and suit their own learning abilities. These Immersion Units help students to develop problem-solving and inquiry skills which they can then apply when selecting their research questions in Year 9 In9uiry, where students take part in a city experience and rural experience.

At Year 10 our curriculum expands, with over 45 subject choices on offer to students. This enables students entering their first year of senior school to choose more specialised subjects that are relevant to their tertiary interest and to tailor their senior study pathway. Progression and Careers staff are of critical importance at this time, assisting students to select subjects that are essential for their chosen tertiary course (if they have one) or that will set them up for a successful VCE. Some of the specialist subjects on offer include Architecture, Media – Inside the Newsroom, Spit it Out (linguistics, public speaking and debating), Making and Breaking the Law, and Prices, Markets & Finances. All students begin their VCE in Year 10 by undertaking Unit 1 Religion and Society. Students also have the opportunity to build on this by accelerating into a second VCE subject in Year 10 and students who have been performing strongly in a particular area will be encouraged to do this.

This approach to learning and teaching in Year 10 empowers students to take control of their learning and provides a smooth transition to the choice, challenge and rigour of Year 11. In addition to VCE, we also offer a VCE/VET (Vocational Education and Training) pathway as well as a VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) pathway. VET and VCAL provide opportunities for students to finish Year 12 and move straight into full-time work and are suitable options for students who would like to work in a trade or have strong skills in vocations like hospitality or sport and recreation. Through our VCAL course, there is a continued focus on improving literacy and numeracy skills while gaining practical work-related skills.

Students studying VCE, VET or VCAL have access to speciality staff who are experts in their areas, as well as a modern curriculum which will not only help students achieve their best in VCE, but set them up to be contributing members of society. We expect all of our students to leave school with the skills, and confidence in themselves, to problem solve, think critically and contribute their knowledge and ideas to the workforce.

Importantly, our ongoing emphasis across all year levels is for students to achieve their personal best. This is different for every student, but it is critical that each young man identifies and continues to work towards goals he has set with his parents and teachers. We encourage every student to find his strengths and be passionate about something, and we work with students to help them understand how they can lead change in their chosen areas of interest.

To gain an in-depth understanding of our curriculum we encourage you to read our Curriculum Handbook, available here.

To read about the wide range of co-curricular opportunities available to students, please click here.

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From the Principal

On the afternoon of Wednesday 21 March we gathered as a staff, complemented by several visiting De La Salle Brothers, to acknowledge and celebrate Br Julian Watson’s 80 years of service for the Human and Christian Education of young people.

In the contemporary world where our graduating students entering the workforce can expect to change careers multiple times in their working life and indeed be employed in roles not even yet invented, 80 years of committed service to the one organisation is a sobering thought. It is also a record and an achievement worth celebrating, if we may indulge ourselves for a moment in a fondness for memories of a bygone era of perhaps less complicated times. In this week’s Duce I would like to relate a little of Br Julian’s career and achievements which were shared with the staff at the afternoon tea on Wednesday.

Keith James Watson was born on 8 January 1922 in East Melbourne, second eldest of four children. The De La Salle Brothers at St Ignatius School in Richmond educated Keith, before he entered the Brothers Novitiate at Castle Hill, Sydney on 21 January 1938. Two months later on 18 March, Keith took the habit of the De La Salle Brothers and proudly adopted the new name Br Julian Bernard.

A stellar teaching and leadership career ensued, highlighted by a powerful and broad reaching influence on many thousands of students and a variety of De La Salle Colleges around eastern Australia and New Zealand.

In 1940, Br Julian began work at De La Salle College, Marrickville, and throughout the 1940’s he made significant contributions at De La Salle College, Orange and De La Salle College, Cronulla.

Moving back to his native Melbourne in February 1947, Br Julian arrived here at De La Salle College, Malvern. In an environment that would challenge many of us, Julian taught his younger brother, Ray in the Year 8 scholarship class. Despite fabled stories of forged notes from home in relation to failure to complete homework, both Ray and Br Julian survived the experience and Br Julian taught the scholarship class of Year 8 students for three years. While he was a Humanities and RE specialist, Br Julian reckons he taught “pretty much everything” in his career.

Many Australian and New Zealand Brothers credit Br Julian with being a genuine pioneer as he was primarily responsible for the successful establishment of three De La Salle Colleges for our Kiwi colleagues.

In 1953, Br Julian became Principal and Director at St Mary’s School, Blenheim in the South Island of New Zealand, the first Lasallian School in New Zealand. He would later move to Auckland and take on the roles of Principal and Director at De La Salle College, Mangere East. Ever the expansionist visionary, Br Julian then became Principal and Director of Francis Douglas College at New Plymouth, a role in which he served with distinction for 10 years.

Br Julian then returned to Australia where he worked at De La Salle College, Scarborough, in southern Queensland. It was then back to his beloved Malvern from 1978 — 1987 where he operated as a teacher and Community Director. Br Julian’s skills were sought after in a range of spheres and in another interlude he found himself at Mentone as Director of five young Brothers in formation.

The beginning of 1989 saw Br Julian return to Malvern where he served as Deputy Principal and Community Director until 1993. In 1994 he was Assistant to Br David Hawke in the care of elderly Brothers during Br David’s first term as Provincial, before retirement and living in the Malvern community, where he remains today, remarkably fit and well at age 96.

After the formalities and cutting of the celebratory cake, Br Julian spoke to the staff and guests. It was terrific to hear a man of such an impeccable career of service, dedication, faith and leadership reflect so humbly. Julian wondered if it was really him we were speaking about when listening to his record built up over eight decades!

All present were thrilled and grateful to hear his heartfelt words of the support, camaraderie and sense of community he has experienced in his many years here at De La Salle, Malvern. Generations of terrific young men to work with, coming from wonderful families and supported by a great staff have been Julian’s key reflections of his time in and around our College. I was very pleased to assure him those qualities he referred to in relation to our students, families and staff all remain very much present in 2018.

We are blessed to work and learn in such a positive environment and we are blessed to have the experience and contribution of a wonderful man like Br Julian Watson. Given his health and positivity we’re sure Br Julian will be around Malvern for a good while yet!

Peter Houlihan

Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Mission Action Day (MAD)

Mission Action Day to be held on 29 March is a compulsory school day for all students. If any student is unable to attend, the College asks parents to offer a written explanation to be addressed to the appropriate Year Level or House Coordinator. Students are asked to make a final special effort over the next week to increase their sponsorship. Each student should be aiming for a minimum of $50 to help the College achieve this year’s target of $100,000 to assist Lasallian Missions both in Australia and Asia.

Emergency Management

The first of our emergency drills for the year was held this week. This involved a “Lockdown Drill” on Tiverton Campus. There will be a number of other drills throughout the year to ensure as a College we are well placed to deal with an emergency situation should it arise.

Term 2

Term 2 classes commence for students on Tuesday 17 April. All staff will be involved in a Professional Learning activity on Monday 16 April.

Uniform Term 2

A reminder to parents that all students are required to wear full winter uniform from the start of Term 2. This means students must wear a tie and winter shirt (long sleeve). All uniform requirements are detailed in the College Diary.

Lost Property

There are a number of lost items of uniform from this term at the Reception areas on each campus. Students are asked to check at Reception if they have lost anything.

Online Food Orders at Tiverton

Parents, please be advised that online ordering has been discontinued and will no longer be available to students. Plans for the Tiverton Canteen are progressing well and hopefully, it will be ready for the start of Term 2. Parents and students will be advised when it is ready to commence operation.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal, Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

Lenten Liturgy

On Tuesday 27 March, the College community will gather together in the gym for the Lenten Liturgy. Our Lenten Liturgy will take the form of what we, as a Catholic, Lasallian community traditionally associate with the season of Lent, The Stations of the Cross.

The Stations of the Cross refer to the story of the final hours of Jesus’ life before he was crucified. It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made by giving his life up for us and also a time for us to personally reflect on the sacrifices that we make.

In our Lasallian context, we try to give meaning to this idea of “sacrifice” in the way we live and enact service to one another. At De La Salle College, it is through our commitment and participation in Mission Action Day that we as a community, readily support the poor and marginalised. It is also through our commitment and participation in Mission Action Day that allows us to provide an ongoing commitment and support to various Lasallian missions and projects as well as other local and national community needs. In particular;

  • Year 12 Yaluwo Trip to Diyagala, Boystown in Sri Lanka;
  • De La Salle Secondary, in Bomana, Papua New Guinea;
  • VCAL Applied Learning Social Justice trip to Wilcannia, Outback New South Wales; and our
  • Ongoing commitment to supporting the Lasallian Twinning Program, La Salle Secondary College in Khushpur, Pakistan

Our Lenten Liturgy will invite us to symbolically journey through those fateful stops with Jesus. By praying, reflecting and listening throughout each of the stations, we too, also journey the passion of Christ.

The cross is at the centre of our Christian faith and it holds strong to our belief that when one acts with kind words and good deeds, then one’s life has responded to Jesus’ call to act justly.

Jesus lived and died for that essential idea; the ultimate unselfish act as announced in John’s Gospel;

A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friend”.

John 15:13

Rise” – Catholic Youth Festival

Saturday 17 March, Ms Ellen Cotter and our College Lasallian Youth Minister, Mr Aaron Trusler along with a group of students, William Dwyer, Samuel McNidder, Jack Forer, Thomas Seddon and Jordan Burns attended “Rise”, a Catholic Youth Festival at Mount St Joseph’s Girls’ College in Altona, to celebrate the Year of Youth on an Archdiocesan level.

The “Rise” festival aimed to empower young people to deepen their relationship with Jesus and to discover and celebrate the life of faith.

The day started with a short introduction and concert where a range of people from different missions performed, followed by the first session “Real Men Don’t Talk, They Do”. Following this, Aaron gathered the students for a quick session on Lasallian leadership. Feedback from the students has been extremely positive, saying they got a lot out of the experience.

To read Aaron’s reflection on the festival, click here.

Catholic Education Week – Young Speakers Colloquium

Recently, I received an invitation from Catholic Education Melbourne seeking student speakers (current or past) for the Catholic Education Week – Young Speakers Colloquium on Friday 16 March. The speaker/s needed to be young people who have experienced overseas social justice immersion programs who may be interested in sharing their stories of involvement in such endeavours. Having just recently been on the College “Yaluwo” Immersion to Sri Lanka, Christopher Groves took up the invitation and proudly represented the College as an Old Collegian at the event, presenting a talk, with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation as well as taking questions from the audience at the end.

Christopher was clearly able to articulate the importance of such experiences like this for students at De La Salle College and how it allows us to live out our Christian and Lasallian principles and how we are all called to be change makers, to see a need and do something about it.

Year 7 Reflection Day Incursions – Term 2

Date Core Groups Supervising R.E. Class Teachers Venue
Wednesday 18 April 7 Hegarty and 7 Dunstan Ms Ellen Cotter and Mr Paul Maxted St Miguel Theatre, Kinnoull Campus
Wednesday 2 May 7 Benilde and 7 Jerome Ms Grace Giudice and Mr Ryan McDonough Performing Arts Centre, Tiverton Campus
Wednesday 9 May 7 Vincent, 7 Solomon and 7 Roland Mr Paul Maxted, Mr Chris Church and Mr Adam Jacobs Performing Arts Centre, Tiverton Campus

Students are asked to bring their own recess, snacks, water bottle and lunch. Students are to wear their sports uniform for the day.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Chaplain’s Notes

And so we approach another celebration of the tridium:

Next week our College will once more gather to mark our preparations for the most important feast in the Christian calendar, Easter. Many times I have asked students that very question – what is our most important feast? It is not surprising that the answer is frequently “Christmas”. That is the fun one! Yet, it is only in Jesus’ death and resurrection that we recognise not only the fullness of Jesus’ humanity, but the full revelation of Jesus as God.

Six weeks ago we were invited to enter the desert and take with us the things we needed to change in our lives. Hopefully we have used these past week’s well and now we can approach our Easter Celebration with a sense of joy and satisfaction, knowing we are better for the time we spent preparing. Part of that preparation has been to think about those who do not live in comfort and peace. Next week, Mission Action Day will finalise Term 1 and our Lenten efforts. It is not too late to make that extra effort gaining sponsors.

I pray that all families are united in spirit as you celebrate the three major feasts underpinning all our faith celebrations: Holy Thursday (the Lord’s Supper), Good Friday (the Crucifixion) and Easter Sunday, (the Resurrection of our Lord).

Year 8 liturgies:

Year 8 Roland led our prayer on Tuesday morning and invited us all to take stock of how quickly we see the “plank” in the eye of others, and how slow we are to recognise our own faults (Mark 7:3–5). In the student delivered homily we were challenged to consider how we can change the way we think and respond in our relationships; firstly looking openly and critically at our own lives, so that me may better understand and empathise with others. Parents who are dropping their son/s at school are most welcome to join us on Tuesday mornings in the Tiverton Chapel for an 8.15am start.  Parents wishing to attend the liturgies must sign in at reception before proceeding to the Chapel.

Year 12 seminar days:

The first of these days was held on Monday 19 March. I was fortunate to participate with the students reflecting on “women in their lives”. The students engaged in an open sharing of opinions and enticed reflection on those who have influenced their thinking and the challenges they face in forming positive and respectful relationships with women.

 Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Year 7 Transition — Planning for Success

Are you a parent of a Year 7 student?

Is your son a monosyllabic teenager who would rather have his teeth pulled than share events from the day? Maybe you have experienced the tearful student having a meltdown over homework? Or been overwhelmed with chirpy enthusiasm as your son recounts the excitement of a game of four-square in the Tiverton yard?

At De La Salle College, we understand that our young people make the transition from primary to secondary school in different ways. Year 7 brings new routines, multiple teachers, new friendships, new transport and new expectations and responsibilities. Whilst, some students will thrive on and enjoy these added responsibilities, others may at times feel overwhelmed by the scale of the changes.

In this time of transition, a challenge facing parents is recognising behaviours for what they are. You may have asked yourself ‘is my young person behaving as expected, given he is entering adolescence and high school’? Or, ‘should I be concerned about what I am seeing and hearing at home’?

In late 2017, Ms Lisa Harkin, Deputy Principal – Students, approached Headspace, the national organisation dedicated to improving the mental health of young Australians. The idea was a workshop for Year 7 parents which would tackle some of the thorny aspects of high school transition.

On Monday 26 February, 60 parents attended the evening session at the Tiverton Campus, hearing first from Headspace expert Ms Kirsten Cleland, who spoke about the adolescent brain, helping to put in context many of the behaviours our young people exhibit as they enter their teenage years. College Psychologists Ms Karina Dubroja and Mr Anthony Freeman followed, sharing practical advice which drew on their experience with students at the College. Through the discussion of some tailored case studies, parents were then able to apply some of their collective wisdom and test out some of the language and strategies for handling challenging situations that their sons may present them with.

After the success of this first event, it is hoped this will become a regular part of the transition program for students entering De La Salle College next year and beyond.

Ms Melissa Walsh
Year 7 Coordinator


The Year 9 In9uiry program enables our students to grow in so many exciting ways.

Understanding their strengths, working successfully with others, developing the skills required to ask relevant questions and effectively researching to create an interesting, dynamic response to these issues is nurtured in our students and the program is already producing thought-provoking discussion in class.

Students with the freedom to use their individual intelligences produce amazing work. Ken Robinson is inspirational and revolutionary in his understanding of pedagogy. He is a good guide for us as mentors in the In9uiry subject. In9uiry allows Year 9 students to travel their educational journey, developing their skills for life in the 21st Century at their pace using topics that intrigue them about the City of Melbourne.

Year 9 students have been busy investigating many aspects of the City of Melbourne. The diversity of their topics is fascinating and shall make for a very interesting expo evening on Thursday 28 June. As teachers, we are honoured to witness the students develop as researchers and take their first steps to becoming active global citizens.

A further step toward global citizenship is to accept the challenges intrinsically associated with social justice. The students at De La Salle College show their concern for those in need by raising great sums of money on Mission Action Day. And, as mentioned in last fortnight’s Duce, Year 9 is the year in which our students complete a term of Lasallian Service. Over the past 6 weeks, nearly ninety of our Year 9 students have participated in this community service.

On Wednesday, I visited a student who has volunteered at Jacana School for Autism. It was obvious how much he had enjoyed his time there, and how much the school valued his contribution to the students with which he worked. Both the Deputy Principal and his Mentor Teacher invited him to return anytime.

Here is some feedback from community members who have been interacting with our Lasallian Service students in their communities:

 “One of our residents has been receiving some technical support from the boys, which he says is “fabulous” and he is “very grateful for their assistance”. Another resident who is very vocal but unfortunately severely hearing impaired has … played cards with the boys and the students painstakingly communicate with him using a whiteboard. They are patient and very polite. Thank you for providing this program and well done to the boys involved.”
Jan, Heritage Care

I would like you to compliment all the boys on what a great job they are doing here at Malvern.”
Donald, a resident of Mecwa care

They were polite, enthusiastic and very nice young men”
Shirley, a local Opp shop

Thanks for the fantastic effort helping at cycling”
Susan, Blind Sports

I would like to thank our Year 9 students who have contributed to a successful first term of Lasallian service. They have touched the lives of so many in our community who are in need.

Ms Elizabeth O’Connell
In9uiry Coordinator

Sport News

House Athletics Carnival

On Friday 16 March, the House Athletic’s Carnival was held at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park. It was perfect weather for the event and student participation was outstanding on the day. The final scores for the carnival are included below:

St Leo’s House — 2424
St Austin’s House — 2055
St Marks House — 1967
St Edwin’s House — 1913

Congratulations to St Leo’s House who were victorious again this year and well done to all students who represented their House on the day. To view a gallery of photos from the event, please click here.

National Championships

Di Medio’s at Australian National Junior Athletics Championships Sydney

We have two new Australian National Champions in Pole Vault in their respected age groups at De La Salle College! Dalton Di Medio, Year 12, winning the Under 20 Men’s pole vault, and André Di Medio, Year 8, winning the Under 15 Men’s pole vault. Both worked and trained all year up to five days a week for this honour. Now, these athletes will take a much-deserved break of three weeks and then back to full training ready for the next challenge.

Andre jumped 2.90m to take out his Gold Medal. Congratulations André!

Dalton jumped 4.50m to secure his Gold medal. Congratulations Dalton!


Year 12 student, Sean Macdonald, has been serving as co-captain of the Victorian Under 18 State Basketball Team which recently won the National Championships in Townsville. In this tournament, Sean played an extremely prominent role in helping the team to victory and was the top-scorer for Victoria in the all-important Grand Final against the Queensland team who were the overwhelming favourite. As a result, Sean was then selected in the Australian Team to play in the Asia-Pacific Championships in Guam. Again, he featured prominently as the Aussies reached the final and comfortably defeated New Zealand to claim the title. Sean was named in the All-Star Five for the tournament as a result. In February, Sean again played for Victoria in the Under 20 State Team in Terrigal and again the Victorians overcame great odds to win another National Title. This made for 3 National Championships in a row for Sean! To top it off, Sean has been named as Basketball Victoria’s Junior Male Athlete of the Year!

Sean’s parents and all of us here at the College are very proud of his achievements and wanted celebrate Sean’s successes with our community. Sean’s father, Kelvin Macdonald, is especially proud of Sean’s attitude, “his humility and the fact that he doesn’t like to ‘go on’ about his successes”.

ACC Sport


First Division — De La Salle (2 / 121) def St Bede’s (8 / 117)

In the final round, the 1st XI lost the toss and St Bede’s elected to bat on a very good wicket at Waverley Oval. The St Bede’s openers started slowly but weren’t troubled until Oliver Bradley (1/16 off 6) got a fine nick straight after drinks to have them 1 for 60. After the first wicket to fall, St Bede’s lost 5 wickets for 15 runs, including a brilliant direct hit run-out from Zac Raymond to dismiss their captain. Liam Jenkins (2 / 24 off 4) accounted for two of the St Bede’s middle order batsmen while singles went to Jackson Reed (1 / 13 off 6) and Pascal Traczewski (1 / 9 off 3). The visitors had slumped to 6 for 76 but had a good 7th wicket partnership to at least put a slightly ‘competitive’ score on the board. Zac Raymond (0 / 21 off 6) and Hugh Hyslop (2 / 16 off 6) closed out the last five overs expertly only going at 4 an over with St Bede’s posting 117 for victory.


Chasing for the first time this season, De La Salle got off to a flyer yet again and never took our foot off the pedal, going at 6 an over for the entire innings. Angus Grey (12 off 19) supported Oliver Bradley’s class innings, belting the St Bede’s bowlers to all parts for a brilliant 72 off 67 balls not out (8 fours, 2 sixes). Jared Williams and Rory Drummond (not out) both chipped in with 12 each which saw us knock off the runs with 14 overs to spare at 2 for 121.

Unfortunately, in the semi-final last week the players lost to St Bernard’s at Waverly Oval. In what can only be described as an anomaly performance, the first XI were dismissed for 75 with Zac Raymond (22) and Marco Walker (11) the only ones who threatened to form a partnership. Things didn’t go De La Salle’s way with the ball either as the St Bernard’s batsmen cruised to an 8 wicket victory inside 20 overs.

This concludes a reasonably successful season yielding only one loss, taking the sting out of the players failing to go “back-to-back-to-back”.

Mr Benjamin Paine
Sports Assistant

Round 6 of Division 2 cricket saw De La Salle College make the long journey out to Essendon to take on St Bernard’s College. St Bernard’s won the toss and on what looked to be a good wicket, chose to bat. Both openers looked strong at the crease through the power play overs and after 8 overs St Bernard’s were 0 for 39. Captain, Jay Thorn then introduced Alex Camm into the attack and within the blink of an eye, he already had 3 wickets in his first over. Bowling to the plan of Coach, Mr Rhoden, De La Salle was able to keep runs to a minimum and wickets throughout the innings, Ari Sioukas (2 / 19) and 1 wicket to both Oliver Ryan and Liam Bonato, as well as another wicket to Alex Camm (4 / 23) ensured St Bernard’s to a score well below par. De La Salle chasing 129 for victory at 6.45 an over, the openers were looking to get De La Salle off to a flyer, and they did just that. Sitting at 2 for 50 after their power play, De La Salle looked to be in a commanding position with opener Alex Riley hitting the majority of the runs. Joined by Captain Jay Thorn, the pair had a 50 partnership with Alex Riley bringing up his own 50 off just 36 balls. Jay Thorn (27) was dismissed in the twelfth over which saw De La Salle at 3 for 94. Ari Sioukas (27*) came in at 5 and with some lusty blows including a monster 6 over square leg and good partnership batting by Alex Riley (59*) saw De La Salle over the line with a total of 3 for 131 with 3.1 overs left.

Mr Thomas Cairnes
Sports Assistant


The final round of senior tennis saw St Joseph’s FTG travel to St Andrews Gardiner Tennis Club to play De La Salle College. De La Salle’s season was already over however this game would decide whether St Joseph’s FTG would finish in first or second place. The singles competition started off strong with Jack Bruce-Smith winning his set 8 games to 3. The only other win in singles was an epic battle in Jesse Wiedemann’s match, which he won 9–8. These were to be the only victories in singles for De La Salle. In doubles, De La Salle didn’t fare much better with only one team registering a victory. This came from the star pairing of Christopher Iramiyan and Jack Bruce-Smith who won their set 8 games to 4. End scores saw St Joseph’s FTG run away with the victory (9 sets 87 games) defeating De La Salle College (3 sets 46 games).

Mr Thomas Cairnes
Sports Assistant

Parent Network News

Save the dates

Wednesday 9 May 2018 – Mother’s Day Breakfast, College Gym
Saturday 11 August 2018 – Whole School Parent Social Event, GG’s Restaurant

Year level representatives

We are desperate to fill the gaps in Year Level Reps before the end of the Term 1. If you can help, please contact Mrs Trish Woodman, Alumni and Community Relations Officer via email twoodman@delasalle.vic.edu.au or phone 03 9508 2138.

  • Primary Lucy Bremner, Kylie Hillmacher, Jo McAuliffe
  • Year 7 Sam Pickering, Lisa McCormack
  • Year 8 VACANT
  • Year 9 VACANT
  • Year 10 VACANT
  • Year 11 VACANT
  • Year 12 Nevia Krizman, Trish Van Buynder, Cate Robertson

Anthony Muir
President of the Parent Network

Important Notices

Legally Blonde — The Musical — 3–5 May

Preparations for a great show are well underway and tickets for Legally Blonde are now on sale!

The Box Office will be open in the hour before performances at the venue the Alexander Theatre. All other in person sales prior to then will only be available at the MAPA Box Office at the Robert Blackwood Hall, 49 Scenic Boulevard, Monash University, Clayton Monday-Friday 9:30am — 4:30pm.

OLSH College and De La Salle students will perform together in the hugely popular and entertaining comedy Legally Blonde the Musical. There will be four performances at the Alexander Theatre at Monash University at 7:30pm on the evenings of 3 May and 4 May, and a matinee show at 2:00pm on Saturday 5 May as well as an evening show at 7.30pm on Saturday 5 May.

It promises to be a wonderful evening of entertainment so get your tickets now!!


De La Salle Old Collegians Association Football Club 2018 Season Launch — 6 April

Established in 1955 as the brainchild of Old Collegian Jim Hawkins, the De La Salle Old Collegians’ Football Club provides a wonderful opportunity for De La old boys to maintain a connection with the College and their peers. The 2018 Season is being launched on Friday 6 April at the RACV Club in the city. Hosted by television personality Nigel Carmody and with special guests including Garry Lyon, this is an event not to be missed!

Administration matters

Absentee Notification

If your son will be away ill, please select one of the below options to advise the College:

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities including:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

Applications for 2018 are now open, through until the end of Term 2, 2018. For more information on CSEF please click here.

Office hours — Term 1 holidays

Please be aware the Tiverton campus office will be open during the Term 1 holiday break from 8:00am — 4:00pm daily, excluding all public holidays.

Ms Mary Georges
Administration Services Manager

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates on the College Calendar.

Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews — Gymnasium, 2:00pm — 8:30pm
Year 4 Camp — Monday 26 March to Wednesday 28 March, Kyneton
Lenten Liturgy — Gymnasium, 8:55am — 9:49am
Year 7 and Year 10 Immunisations — Round 1 — PAC, 10:00am — 1:00pm
ACC Athletics Carnival — Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park, 10:00am — 4:00pm
Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews — Gymnasium, 2:00pm — 8:30pm
Mission Action Day — HA Smith Reserve, Kooyong, 9:00am — 12:00pm — Students dismissed at 12:00pm
Staff Professional Learning Day — NO CLASSES
Students Resume Classes for Term 2

From the Principal

On Friday evening 23 February, I had the privilege of attending the ACC Swimming Carnival and cheering on the De La Salle team to their first victory of the ACC Swimming Championships in 22 years.

This was a long-awaited and particularly sweet victory for the dedicated and talented swimmers, most of whom have competed in the past two years when we came second on both occasions to Whitefriars, who came second to De La for a change.

Swimming training can be a thankless task with many cold, early mornings and the potential for monotony. I have been very proud of each and every one of our athletes for their capacity to stick to the task, maintain the routine and support each other. I regularly see them down at Harold Holt pool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, plus most of the swimmers train with private clubs and squads as well. The swimming team is a great place for the younger students to gain a sense of belonging and peer support as the older boys traditionally look after them, encourage them, include them and build their confidence. There exists in the team a terrific bond across the age groups and year levels.

While our “big names”; Campbell Freeman, Noah Millard, Morgan Morffew and Captain Angus McLean, were simply magnificent on the night, all team members played their parts and contributed to the dominance across all events culminating in a comprehensive 44 point-winning margin over the second placed Whitefriars. Thank you and congratulations to coaches Mr Guy Eylon and 2016 Old Collegian Mr Liam Kelliher. I would also like to acknowledge the legacy of our previous coaches, Mr Chris Windley and Mrs Gabrielle Windley. While they have now moved on to another school, Chris and Gab did a tremendous amount of work in recent years to build a squad with the right culture and push De La swimming back to where it should be. Director of Sport, Mr Jon Edgar and Mr Peter Larsen were also a wonderful support for the team.

From Sunday to Tuesday last week, I attended the annual Lasallian Leaders Gathering, held this year in Brisbane for the first time. The gathering is a rich opportunity for Lasallian Principals, Board Chairs, Directors, Brothers and other senior staff to come together with the Mission Council to report, consult and strategise. All four countries in our District – Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea were well represented. On Sunday afternoon, Brother Visitor Br David Hawke recently reappointed for a further four years and Lasallian Mission Council Chief Executive Merv McCormack reviewed the successes and challenges in our District for 2017 and then mapped out priorities and strategies for the coming year.

In a new and very welcome initiative, we spent Monday out of the conference rooms and travelled to various arms of the yourtown network to see, hear and observe first-hand the myriad of wonderful work this extraordinary service undertakes to support the less fortunate in various communities in and around Brisbane. Yourtown previously operated as BoysTown when the De La Salle Brothers set up a Queensland-based residential school for young men in 1961. So much of the organisation has changed since that time; the services they design and deliver, the assistance service offered and the way they interact with our community, have all evolved. In 2016, the yourtown team felt the time was right to move to a name and image which better reflects the inclusive nature of their work. In an extract from their website, the yourtown staff sum up their goals as a Lasallian organisation.

We aim to achieve real change for those who turn to us, helping them find jobs, learn skills, become great parents and live safe and happy lives. As an inclusive organisation we need to make sure there are no impediments to young people accessing our services. With programs and services at both a national and local level, yourtown is committed to helping young people in your street, your suburb, your community, your town.”

Yourtown aims to build on the strong foundation in place since developed over the previous five decades. Their focus is unambiguously on tackling the tough issues that impact the lives of young people in Australia. Remarkable in both its simplicity and power, the Mission and Vision of yourtown is a concise summary of a raft of initiatives and services to support our community. “To Make a difference, to change lives and create brighter futures” genuinely captures yourtown’s identity and primary purpose – they are an organisation which helps people. I was fortunate enough to visit the yourtown centre in Deception Bay, north of Brisbane, that runs programs and services around early intervention strategies for disadvantaged children from pre-birth to 12 years and their families. A variety of counselling, therapy and support services operate out of Deception Bay. These are designed to support children, strengthen families and communities, enable school retention and re-engagement so as to strengthen these young people’s ties with their community and enable them to access the opportunities education and support can provide. Deception Bay also runs job training and employment readiness programs for adolescents and young adults. In another significant arm of the service, yourtown also plays a key role in supporting the indigenous community, administering employment and wellbeing programs that create job options and community engagement opportunities.

It was humbling to hear the story of yourtown, to see first-hand the dedication and passion of their staff and to hear of the genuine difference they are able to make in the lives of so many from disadvantaged backgrounds. I often talk about St John Baptist de La Salle’s record of identifying a need and having the courage to do something about it but I have rarely seen such a practical application of the Founder’s zeal than I witnessed in spending the day with the yourtown staff. If you’d like further information or you may even wish to provide a donation, visit www.yourtown.com.au and you can see the extent of their services and wonderful community work.

Finally, with Mission Action Day fast approaching – Thursday 29 March – I would urge all families to engage with your sons and support, promote, encourage and drive their efforts to gain sponsorship for the event. So many of our Lasallian communities in Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, India, South Sudan and other impoverished areas literally rely on the generosity of the De La Salle Malvern boys to fund basic projects and services in their schools each year. Our aim is always to top the $100,000 mark and with all in the College working together we should be able to once again achieve this goal.

Mr Peter Houlihan

Deputy Principals’ Column

Staff and Operations

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Thursday 22 March and Wednesday 28 March from 2:00pm until 8:30pm in the Gymnasium. Students will be dismissed after period 4. The dinner break for staff is 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

Parents are asked to make appointments with teachers who have requested an interview. Bookings will open to parents on Monday 12 March. Students are expected to attend the interview in full College uniform.

Mission Action Day

Mission Action Day on 29 March is a compulsory school day for all students. If any student is unable to attend, the College asks parents to offer a written explanation to be addressed to the appropriate YLC or House Coordinator.

Students are asked to make a special effort over the next three weeks to increase their sponsorship. Each student should be aiming for a minimum of $50 to help the College achieve its overall target of $100,000 to assist Lasallian Missions both in Australia and Asia. Payment of the total sponsorship sum begins after the walk has been completed, usually in term 2.

Sponsorship money can be paid:

  • cash through the student’s Class Mentor
  • online via Trybooking (some fees apply)
  • by credit card at the school office.

Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal – Staff and Operations

Faith and Mission

Lasallian Leaders Gathering 2018

Last week I had the privilege of travelling to Brisbane to attend the annual Lasallian Leaders Gathering. The theme of the conference was “Lasallians Without Limits, Working for a Hopeful Future”. It was during the opening address which was shared by Brother Visitor David Hawke fsc and Mr Merv McCormack, Executive Director, Lasallian Mission Council, that we were reminded challenge in our work with young people is to remember to be encouraged and hopeful by what we do and to set off in haste, as did the disciples, when they set off in haste on the road to Emmaus.

This message of hope resonated throughout the days of the conference, in particular, the second day which was spent at yourtown — a charity built on the ethos and beliefs of the De La Salle Brothers whose mission is “to enable young people especially those who are marginalised and without voice, to improve their quality of life.”

I recently came across a reflection written by a former De La Salle College Principal, Br Bill Firman fsc;

There is no greater gift to the unemployed than the dignity that comes with a job and the capacity to earn a living. There is no greater gift to a child than security and love. When we give to help others we do in fact enrich our own lives”
Br Bill Firman fsc

The words remind me of the work witnessed at yourtown, the work of Ms Tracy Adams the CEO, her dedication and the dedication of the team at yourtown is a true example of the work of St John Baptist de La Salle and working with the poorest of the poor, going above and beyond, serving those most in need with respect, dignity and trust. This work is about relationships, connectedness and having an encounter with the other and ultimately God and recognising God in the other. This is why this work so valuable, so important, and as Lasallians, we need to be committed to our ministry of human and Christian education. The very clear message to come out of the conference was that we need to be beacons of hope for all young people in our care.

2018 Prospective Year 12 Yaluwo Sri Lanka Immersion

On the morning of Tuesday 6 March all interested, prospective Year 12 Yaluwo were invited to attend an information assembly in St Miguel Theatre.

Students wishing to express an interest in participating in the program left the assembly with a first stage application form. Parents are invited to contact me at the College if they have any questions. Students who have not yet registered their willingness to continue the tradition of service to our Lasallian communities can collect an application form at Kinnoull Reception.

Br Peter Bray fsc Lecture

Recently, I attended a lecture given by De La Salle Brother, Br. Peter Bray, fsc the 8th Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University in the Holy Land, the first university established in Palestine and the only Catholic University. Bethlehem University provides higher education to the Palestinian people, both Christians and Muslims, in the West Bank. It was established in the Lasallian tradition and provides an education for the Palestinian people dealing with the iniquities of occupation and the heavy restrictions on their freedom. Some of the many challenges and difficulties faced by those attending the university each day are the delays and humiliations associated with travelling from East Jerusalem and having to travel through the Separation Wall each day.

Throughout his address, Br Peter spoke emphatically, honestly and emotionally about the injustice of the plight of the Palestinian people and the struggles he witnesses each day in his work. He described that one of the key aims of Bethlehem University is to maintain its reputation an “Oasis of Peace” for Muslims and Christians, where relationships built on trust and respect are fostered and nurtured. Br Peter’s presentation left us pondering that in a place where it is easy to feel like you have been forgotten and abandoned by the world, to live in hope, brings the promise of peace and justice.

So I leave you with this prayer for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land, who live each day in hope, waiting in hope for the day peace and justice will arrive at their doorstep;

God of our longing,
Remember those who wait and hope for peace.
Hear our prayer for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.
Open ears, eyes and hearts and make a way toward justice, in our war-torn world. Amen

St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us
Live Jesus in our Hearts – Forever

Year 7 Reflection Day Incursions – Term 2

Wednesday, 18 April 7 Hegarty and 7 Dunstan Miss Ellen Cotter Mr Paul Maxted St Miguel Theatre, Kinnoull Campus
Wednesday, 2 May 7 Benilde and 7 Jerome Mrs Grace Giudice and Mr Ryan McDonough Performing Arts Centre, Tiverton Campus
Wednesday, 9 May 7 Vincent, 7 Solomon and 7 Roland Mr Paul Maxted, Mr Chris Church and Mr Adam Jacobs Performing Arts Centre, Tiverton Campus

Students are asked to bring their own recess, snacks, water bottle and lunch. Students are to wear their sports uniform for the day.

Make Your Easter Chocolate Slavery-free

The Office of Justice and Peace at the Cardinal Knox Centre has asked that schools and parishes share the information below. We in the developed nations shouldn’t be exploiting children and vulnerable people – our brothers and sisters — so that we can enjoy chocolate as part of our celebration of Easter (or at any time during the year).

Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”
Pope Francis 2015

Please buy and sell only slavery-free chocolate this Easter. That’s the message from ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) to everyone intending to buy chocolate, or run chocolate fundraising during Lent.

Click here to find out more about having a Slavery-Free Easter.

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission


ACC – Swimming Championship Success

The De La Salle College Swimming Team won the 2018 ACC Swimming Championships in convincing style at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on Friday 23 February. It was our first win since 1996 and saw De La Salle secure the Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Aggregate Cups. Congratulations to coaches Mr Guy Eylon and Mr Liam Kelliher, who commenced training with the squad in August 2017, and student Co-Captains Angus McLean and Ben Richter, who showed terrific leadership for the whole team. A sensational result for all concerned; for our young men and their families it was truly a night to remember. Campbell Freeman and Noah Millard are off to the 2018 National Swimming Australian Age Championships.

A video of highlights produced by the ACC can be accessed here. For a photo gallery and more details from the night, click here.

The Boys Are Not All Right

Our Kinnoull Campus College Psychologist, Anthony Freeman passed this article on to me recently following the shooting of 17 people, most of them teenagers, at a Florida school. The author wrote,

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School now joins the ranks of Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Columbine and too many other sites of American carnage. What do these shootings have in common? Guns, yes. But also, boys. Girls aren’t pulling the triggers. It is boys. It is almost always boys.”

As a College community, we are often in conversation about raising great men and what it takes to build nurturing and life-protecting men with a sense of purpose and an ethos for life. In adolescence, you son’s education becomes more and more specific – handling vehicles, dealing with sexuality, making choices about work and career, and responding to choices offered around alcohol and drugs.

Like you, we are concerned about getting this right. We must do this work together. It happens slowly, but it also comes to a climactic moment when a boy has to snap out of childishness and take a hold of his life. Like giving birth, that moment needs lots of help. Much of our approach to student engagement and student management focuses on pro-social, positive behaviours. We problem solving adopting a restorative approach and are trying to build a positive school culture that values and honours the dignity of the individual, the family and the College. Our Positive Student Behaviour Policy and our Achievement and Recognition Policy can be viewed via the parent portal.

National Shortage of EpiPen 300mcg Adrenaline (Epinephrine) Auto-Injectors

De La Salle College is aware of the national shortage of EpiPen 300mcg adrenaline auto-injectors and wishes to advise that Anaphylaxis Australia has confirmed that new stock of EpiPen 300mcg adrenaline auto-injectors arrived in Australia last week and will be available in pharmacies this week. It may take some time for stock levels to return to normal. Students with approaching dates of expiry have been contacted and arrangements made pending full supplies of EpiPens.

Athletics Carnival

The De La Salle College Athletics Carnival is a compulsory event for all students. Any student who is absent from the Athletics Carnival will be required to support the absence with a Medical Certificate issued on the day of the absence. Students whose absence is not supported with a Medical Certificate will be followed up by the Year Level/House Coordinator and issued with a Saturday Detention. Students in Years 4 – 7 will be bused to and from the venue and are required to report to the College by 8:40am for homeroom. Buses will depart from the College at 9:00am and students will return to the College by 3:30pm. Events for Years 4 – 7 will begin at 9:30am. If students would prefer to return home with their parents/guardians who are in attendance on the day, written consent must be provided to Class Mentors prior to the Athletics Carnival.

Extended Absences

A gentle reminder for parents that holidays in term time should be avoided wherever possible as this disrupts the continuity of your son’s education and has the potential to impact his achievement and promotion. Requests for an extended leave of absence for a holiday must be made in writing to the Directors of Students: Mr Luke Kenealy (Director of Students 4 – 9) lkenealy@delasalle.vic.edu.au and Mr John McAlroy (Director of Students 10 – 12) jmcalroy@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

On 15 December 2017 the Royal Commission released its final report. The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations are drawn from the work of the Royal Commission and feature in Volume 6 of the report. Read Commissioner Mitchell’s media release here.

The Royal Commission has drawn attention to specific sectors and settings in its work and reports. However, many of the recommendations relate to the need for ongoing action, cooperation and leadership by Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, to ensure child safety is embedded in all child-serving organisations across Australia. The Prime Minister has established a Taskforce to progress a whole of government co-ordinated response. See the Prime Minister’s media release here.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Chaplain’s Notes

Brother Denis Loft Reconnects With Mark’s House

Brother Denis Loft, a former student and teacher at De La Salle, rounded off his brief spell in Melbourne with a visit to the Kinnoull Campus to address St Mark’s House, of which he was a member. He presented the Year 10, 11 and 12 students with an in-depth account of conditions in South Sudan, the newest country in our world. The extreme poverty and harsh living conditions continue and stand in stark contrast to the comfort of life in Australia. Brother Denis’ account of life in South Sudan threw open a challenge to the students who can share their own wealth and effort in supporting these communities.

Year 8 Liturgies Continue

Each Tuesday morning a group of Year 8 students lead the College community in prayer to start the day. On Tuesday 6 March, Year 8 Hegarty helped us reflect on forgiveness and how we treat the people we encounter in our lives. Parents who are dropping their son/s at school are most welcome to join us in the Tiverton Chapel for an 8:15 am start. The Chapel is located near the library. We would love to see you there! Please note that due to new Child Safety laws all visitors to the College must sign in at Reception first.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain


The Year 9 program is diverse and offers students the ability to reflect using feedback and peer collaboration to improve personal and educational outcomes. By critiquing the work of others and their own, students develop self-awareness and self-management in order to understand the skills required of a life-long and independent learner.

One aspect of In9uiry in Year 9, is to develop the skill in our students of providing effective and actionable feedback to others and, in turn, listening to feedback from others to enhance our own work. This week the students have developed driving questions, seeking the advice and opinions of their classmates to enhance stimulating driving questions that will inform their research report. This is an integral part of the creation of an interesting, multi-dimensional City Experience project for the Expo evening on June 28.

We have been using the story of Austin’s butterfly and the power of peer review to help show the students what can be achieved when we carefully listen to our peers’ critique of our work and then use their feedback to develop what we originally produced. A key element to being open to any feedback is to first hear what we have done well. Then with an open mind, we listen to how our work might be enhanced.

Alongside the In9uiry program Lasallian Service also runs throughout the Year 9 program, with an expectation that students will volunteer their time for 17.5 hours over one term. Students are encouraged to work with those in our community who most need our help, reflecting the hope of our founder, St John Baptist de la Salle when he prayed:

Lord, set my heart aflame with love for you and my neighbour.

Almost half of the year level has committed to Lasallian Service this term, with students working with the elderly, the deaf, at special needs education centres and with little children. We are proud to have heard so many glowing reports about our young men and the work they are doing. Images of some students working with both ends of the age spectrum in our community are below.

Mrs Elizabeth O’Connell
In9uiry Coordinator

Music Notes

Private lessons

Private lessons are available by contacting the Music Administrator, Ms Susan Jost: sjost@delasalle.vic.edu.au.


Ensembles are well underway for Term 1.

The College ensembles are:

  • Concert Band
  • Intermediate Band
  • Junior Band
  • Stage Band
  • Choir
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble

Any students wishing to join an ensemble can contact Ms Kelly Williams: kwilliams@delasalle.vic.edu.au.

ACC Combined Concert 2018

On 18 September, a concert spectacular will be held at the home of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Hamer Hall at Southbank. Our musicians will combine with other ACC schools to form bands and choirs that will lift the roof! The first rehearsal for this event will involve the De La Salle choir members on Thursday 22 March. Further information regarding this concert will follow in later editions of Duce.

Ms Kelly Williams
Music Department

Sports News

Swimming — ACC Title Win

It has been a long time since our last ACC Swimming Championship but this year’s team made an emphatic statement. De La Salle College won three age-group titles, the three divisional cups (Junior, Intermediate, Senior) and subsequently were named Aggregate Champions.

Many swimmers produced personal best performances on the night and a number broke ACC records. Noah Millard swimming in the Open 200m Freestyle event got the team off to a flying start in the first event of the evening, breaking the ACC record and winning the event convincingly. He also broke the Under 16 50m backstroke record. Campbell Freeman swimming in the Under 17 age group broke the 50m Freestyle record. The most convincing swim of the night belonged to our Under 16 5om relay team who smashed a record that has stood since 1999. The team bettered the previous mark by 4 seconds.

Our new coach Mr Guy Elyon and his assistant Mr Liam Kelliher prepared the team brilliantly and Captains Angus McLean and Ben Richter were fantastic leaders throughout the campaign. A full set of results is available on the ACC website at www.accmelb.com.au. For a photo gallery and more details from the night, click here.

Mr Jon Edgar
Director of Sport


In round 4, the first XI travelled to Croydon to play St Joseph’s, Ferntree Gully. Captain, Hugh Hyslop, won the toss and elected to bat, in what proved to be a successful decision after a 17 run win. There were early worries as the side lost 3 early wickets, however, thanks to some dominant batting from Rory Drummond (42) and Hugh Hyslop (47), De La managed to post 9141. Mahon (3 / 16)was the early destroyer with the ball, reducing St Joseph’s to 3/10, but some middle order partnerships ensured a close finish before De La Salle’s class was eventually too much, as Oliver Bradley (1 / 6) and Pascal Traczewski (2 / 28) closed the match out.

Round 4 saw the second XI go up against Whitefriars at Waverley Oval, East Malvern. Co-captains James Still and Jay Thorn won the toss and elected to bat first. The innings began slowly with De La Salle College scoring at just over a run a ball to see them at the end of the tenth over and 216. Wesley Mendes (32) was the rock of the innings, with some lusty blows from Co-captain Jay Thorn (27*) seeing De La Salle College to a competitive score of 784 off their 20 overs. De La Salle College’s bowling innings could not have got off to a better start with Tom Lyngberg picking up a wicket in the very first over. Steady partnership bowling along with excellent fielding meant the bowlers picked up regular wickets with Alex Camm (3) and Jay Thorn (2) dismissing Whitefriars for 75 after 19 overs to see De La Salle College win by 14 runs.

In round 5, the first XI was faced with the ever-challenging journey to St Bernard’s. The snakepit was in immaculate condition with a flat wicket and lightning fast outfield as De La Salle again won the toss and elected to bat. Angus Grey (27) got off to a quick start before Jared Williams (54) and Hugh Hyslop (35) batted superbly through the middle overs. Some impeccable late hitting from Sam Mahom (41 off 25) led De La Salle to a solid 190 off their 35 overs. The bowlers faced a tough time as St Bernard’s reached the 30th over only two wickets down and well in control. However, the reigning premiers showed their class and managed to take some late wickets through Raymond (2 / 28) and 3 runouts to restrict St Bernard’s to 5/178, resulting in a 12 run victory.

Round 5 of second XI cricket saw the in-form De La Salle College play an upbeat CBC St Kilda at Stanley Grose, East Malvern. At the toss of the coin it favoured De La Salle College and on a synthetic wicket decided to bowl. CBC St Kilda got off to a cracking start with 11 runs coming off the over with 2 boundaries in it. Steady bowling through the middle overs helped restrict the run rate, with Alex Feola’s (3/12) being the pick of the bowlers. At the end of the innings, De La Salle College had to be 104 to win off 20 overs at a run rate of 5.2. De La Salle had a nervous start to the chase losing one of their openers to just the second ball of the innings. Crucial wickets by CBC St Kilda saw De La Salle College slump to 641. A strong seventh-wicket partnership of 50 between Ari Sioukas (32) and Nick Condon (26) saw De La Salle through to the final over requiring just 5 off the last 6 balls. The final over was to be filled with excitement which would see De La Salle College over the line with a bye of the final ball of the innings to score 8104 winning by 2 wickets.

Mr Thomas Cairnes and Mr Benjamin Paine
Sports Assistants


The senior tennis side travelled to Mazenod for their round 4 matches. The match didn’t go in De La Salle’s favour, however, there were many personal highlights on the day. Chris Iramiyan won his 1st seed set 8–6 and Jack Bruce-Smith won his 2nd seed set 8–2, as well as both Chris and Jack combining to win their doubles set 8–0, both continuing there stellar form this season. Michael Fabian and Oliver Bott also won their tight doubles set 9–7. Eventually, Mazenod proved too strong against an undermanned De La Salle to win 8 sets (63 games) to 4 sets (48 games).

In round 5, De La Salle’s senior tennis side hosted Salesian at St Andrews Gardner Tennis Club. It was another close match for our tennis side, eventually losing with 6 sets each but their 66 games were not enough to beat Salesian’s 73 games. Chris Iramiyan (8–2) and Jack Bruce-Smith (8–2) again won both their singles sets, but this week they were accompanied by Byron Gelagin (9–8) and George Kostakos (9–7). In the doubles, the top two pairs also managed to claim victories, with Riley Glass and Jack Bruce-Smith (8–2) and Harry Wolstenholme and Byron Gelagin (8–4) both winning comfortably.

Mr Thomas Cairnes and Mr Benjamin Paine
Sports Assistants


Round 4 of Senior A volleyball consisted of De La Salle College going up against CBC St Kilda in the De La Salle Gymnasium. De La Salle went into the game looking for a big win and they did just that. Never giving CBC St Kilda an inch, De La Salle looked dominant throughout the entire match winning all three sets by impressive margins. The first set went to De La Salle (25–16), the second set (25–14) and the winning set (25–19). De La Salle went to a commanding win of (3 sets 75 points) to CBC St Kilda’s (0 sets 49 points). Best players included Jacob Foltynowicz (1) Sean MacDonald (2) Ethan Powell (3).

Round 4 of Senior B volleyball consisted of De La Salle College going up against CBC St Kilda in the De La Salle Gymnasium. De La Salle looking to bounce back from the week before which they did in superb fashion. De La Salle controlled the tempo of the match eventually winning all three sets, all by convincing margins. The first set was dominated by De La Salle who took it out (25–15). The second and third sets were heavily contested by both sides but De La Salle managed to win both sets (25–18) which was more than enough to give them the win. The final scores were De La Salle (3 sets 75 points) to CBC St Kilda (0 sets 51 points).

Round 5 of Senior A volleyball saw De La Salle College travel out to Mulgrave to face the daunting challenge of Mazenod College. De La Salle looking to continue their strong form from previous weeks, were stopped dead in their tracks by top-of-the-table, undefeated Mazenod. Mazenod who were too strong for the rest of the competition then showed De La Salle why they are premiership favourites. Mazenod won all three sets convincingly with scores of (25–9) (25–6) (25–11). The best players from De La Salle were Sean MacDonald (1) Jacob Foltywicz (2) Max Moolman (3).

Round 5 of Senior B volleyball was contested by De La Salle College and Mazenod at the Provence Centre. After witnessing the loss of the A team, De La Salle looked to level the score. Mazenod started the first set well to gain the momentum with an impressive set win (25–12). De La Salle looked to bounce back in the second set but after losing it (25–6) the game was mentally won by Mazenod. Mazenod made the win official when they won the third set (25–16). Final scores saw De La Salle (0 sets 34 points) defeated by Mazenod (3 sets 75 points). Best players included James McCormack (1) Jasper White (2) Angus McLean (3).

Mr Thomas Cairnes and Mr Benjamin Paine
Sports Assistants


Between Wednesday 14 March and Sunday 18 March, the 2018 Australian Junior Athletics Championships will take place in Sydney. Liam Halloran, Year 12, has qualified for the Under 20 Men’s 800m. Andre di Medio, Year 8 and Dalton di Medio, Year 12 are both off to defend their National titles in the pole vault. Go De La!

Mr John McAlroy
Director of Students 10–12

Parent Network News

Upcoming Events

Years 8 to 12 Parents Welcome Drinks

Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Rosstown Hotel, 1084 Dandenong Rd, Carnegie
$15 for finger food, first drink on arrival then cash bar
Click here to book

Save The Date

Mother’s Day Breakfast – College Gymnasium — Wednesday 9 May
Whole School Parent Social Event – GGs Restaurant – Saturday 11 August

Year Level Representatives

Here are the Year Level Reps so far. If you can fill in any of the gaps we would be delighted to hear from you or if you would like to know more about the role, please email parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au

Primary — Mrs Lucy Bremner, Mrs Kylie Hillmacher, Mrs Jo McAuliffe
Year 7 — Mrs Sam Pickering, Mrs Lisa McCormack
Year 8 — VACANT
Year 9 — VACANT
Year 10 — VACANT
Year 11 — VACANT
Year 12 — Mrs Nevia Krizman, Mrs Trish Van Buynder, Mrs Cate Robertson

Parent Network Committee 2018

Your Parent Network Committee Members are:

Mr Anthony Muir, President
Mrs Meagan Selkirk, Secretary
Mr Anest Nicolaou, Treasurer
Mrs Linda Curnow
Mr Nick Drossos
Mrs Sharon Herdman
Mrs Mary Martin
Mr Eric Quitt
Mrs Cate Robertson
Mrs Mel Rowe
Mrs Sonya Ryan
Mrs Letecya Stacey

Mr Anthony Muir
President of the Parent Network

Wellbeing News

De La Salle and White Ribbon

As an all-boys school and in our Lasallian tradition of raising boys to be fine young men, the College is committed to stopping violence against women.

The statistics regarding domestic and sexual violence against women in Australia is incredibly confronting.

  • One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by someone known to them
  • One in five women over 18 have been stalked in their lifetime
  • One in five women experience harassment within the workplace
  • Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner
  • In Australia, one in four children are exposed to domestic violence

Unfortunately, the list goes on.

Ending men’s violence against women is good for everyone. In demanding an end to violence against women, we are calling for:

  • A new vision of what it means to ‘be a man’.
  • Fair, empowering, happy and peaceful relationships.
  • Girls and women living free from the threat of violence, abuse, intimidation or control.
  • Girls and women experiencing greater equality in the home, workplace and community.

When this happens, men will have better relationships with women and increased emotional connection to themselves and other people. The safety of men will also improve, as the threat of violence from other men will reduce.

White Ribbon is encouraging people to host a #cheeseforchange initiative. The idea is to make a platter, host a gathering and promote the change we need to be in order for our society to move towards an end to violence. The College has proudly partnered with Moondarra Cheese to supply a wonderful range of cream and cheddar cheeses to supply the means to host such an event.

Over the next few weeks, our Kinnoull students will be provided with some of these confronting statistics about Violence towards Women and be encouraged to take the White Ribbon “Oath”. This will tie in with International Women’s Day 8 March 2018, our Year 12 Seminar Days, Mentor Home Rooms and the College’s Personal Development Program. A list of Moondarra products will be emailed to you and available on our website to be purchased on Parent/Teacher evenings. Proceeds from these sales will be donated back to White Ribbon. This is an incredibly confronting issue but one that needs to be discussed with our sons. It is in all our interests to raise caring, respectful young men who are willing to act against violence against women.


Adolescence has been famously described as a period of “storm and stress”. It is a period of development when young men and women test limits of family, school, society and authority in general. While this has been widely regarded as true, it is probably only mostly true.

There is certainly a move away from parental authority and a move towards peers and there does seem to be an increase in risk-taking behaviour. It is helpful to remember that the overwhelming majority of adolescents move through this developmental stage and come out as well adjusted adults. When I speak to parents about their sons, I reassure them that the young boy you put into adolescence is usually the young man you get back at the end of it. And this has always been the case. One of my favourite quotes goes like this…

What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?”

The author of this was Plato in about 400 BC…so not a lot has changed in the roughly 2500 years since then!

Adolescence is changing. Adolescence is different for today’s young people in that it lasts much longer than for previous generations. Prior to the early twentieth century, people experienced puberty later in their teenage years. They also became adults sooner by starting a family and beginning employment at a younger age (activities that traditionally mark the transition from adolescence to adulthood). Their adolescence was therefore much shorter. By the mid-nineteenth century, the age of puberty started to decline (possibly due to better nutrition) before stabilising at the current average in the 1960s. As a result, young people these days undergo puberty earlier than previous generations. The activities that signify the transition from adolescence to adulthood also occur much later. Young people tend to stay in education longer, thereby delaying their entrance to the workforce. They tend to live with their parents until they are older and continue participating in the risky behaviours associated with adolescence. Many young people now also delay parenthood until their thirties.

As a parent, it is important to consider where your son is in his developmental stage. Different stages have different cognitive and emotional abilities. Keeping these in mind as you (attempt to) negotiate limits and expectations. I’ve included some information for you to keep in mind that outlines some of these… GOOD LUCK!

AGE Ages 10–14 Ages 15–19
Physical Body fat increases (girls) Girls usually reach full physical development
Breasts begin to enlarge (girls) Boys reach close to full physical development
Menstrual periods begin (girls) Voice continues to lower (boys)
Hips widen (girls) Facial hair appears (boys)
Testicles and penis grow larger (boys) Weight and height gain continue (boys)
Voice deepens (boys) Eating habits can become sporadic—skipping meals, late night eating
Breasts can get tender (girls and boys)
Height and weight increases (girls and boys)
Skin and hair become oilier, pimples may appear (girls and boys)
Appetite may increase (girls and boys)
Body hair grows (girls and boys)
Hormonal levels change (girls and boys)
Brain develops (girls and boys)
Emotional Sense of identity develops Independent functioning increases
May feel awkward or strange about themselves and their bodies Firmer and more cohesive sense of personal identity develops
Focus on self, increases Examination of inner experiences becomes more important and may include writing a blog or diary
Ability to use speech to express feelings improves Ability for delayed gratification and compromise increases
Close friendships gain importance Ability to think ideas through increases
Realization grows that parents are not perfect, have faults Engagement with parents declines
Overt affection toward parents declines Peer relationships remain important
Occasional rudeness with parents occurs Emotional steadiness increases
Complaints that parents interfere with independence increase Social networks expand and new friendships are formed
Friends and peers influence clothing styles and interests Concern for others increases
Childish behaviour may return, particularly at times of stress
Cognitive Interests tend to focus on the present, thoughts of the future are limited Interests focus on near-future and future
Intellectual interests expand and gain in importance More importance is placed on goals, ambitions, role in life
Ability to do work (physical, mental, emotional) expands Capacity for setting goals and following through increases
Capacity for abstract thinking increases Work habits become more defined
Risk-taking behaviours may emerge (experimenting with tobacco, alcohol, physical risks) Planning capability expands
Ability for foresight grows
Risk-taking behaviours may emerge (experimenting with tobacco, drugs, alcohol, reckless driving)
Sexual Girls develop ahead of boys Feelings of love and passion intensify
Shyness, blushing, and modesty increases More serious relationships develop
Showing off may increase Sharing of tenderness and fears with romantic partner increases
Interest in privacy increases Sense of sexual identity becomes more solid
Interest in sex increases Capacity for affection and sensual love increases
Exploration of issues and questions about sexuality and sexual orientation begins
Concerns about physical and sexual attractiveness to others may develop
Worries about being “normal” become common
Short-term romantic relationships may occur
Moral Testing of rules and limits increases Interest in moral reasoning increases
More consistent evidence of conscience becomes apparent Interest in social, cultural, and family traditions expands
Capacity for abstract thought develops Emphasis on personal dignity and self-esteem increases
Ideals develop, including selection of role models Capacity increases for useful insight
Questioning of moral rights and privileges increases

Mr Anthony Freeman
College Psychologist, Kinnoull Campus

Important Notices

France and Italy 2018 Study Tours Information Evening

All students who are travelling to either Italy or France in September are requested to be present on the night, along with at least one parent/guardian. This is a very important evening where the Tour Leaders will explain the requirements of the trip in more detail, answer any queries that parents may have and a chance to meet with the staff attending the Study Tours. All families will receive an Information Pack, including a Deposit Payment Slip. The deposit of $750 is required by Tuesday 20 March.

We look forward to meeting with you all and thank you for being part of the Language Study Tours at De La Salle College. We are certain that it will be a positive learning experience for all involved.

Date: Tuesday 13 March
Venue: Kinnoull Library
Time: 7:00pm
There will be light refreshments served at the end of the evening.

Mrs Grace Giudice
Learning Area Team Leader- Languages

Absentee Notification

If your son will be away ill, please select one of the below options to advise the College:

  1. Emailing DLS Admin — dlsadmin@delasalle.vic.edu.au
  2. Completing the Absentee Notification form on our website — http://www.delasalle.vic.edu.au/contact/absentee-notification/
  3. Alternatively, leaving a voicemail message via our main number (03) 9508 2100

Ms Mary Georges
Administration Services Manager

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities including:

  • school camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

Applications for 2018 are now open, through until the end of Term 2, 2018. For more information on CSEF please click here.

Ms Mary Georges
Administration Services Manager

Legally Blonde — The Musical — 3–5 May

OLSH College and De La Salle students will perform together in the hugely popular and entertaining comedy Legally Blonde the Musical. There will be four performances at the Alexander Theatre at Monash University at 7:30pm on the evenings of 3 May and 4 May, and a matinee show at 2:00pm on Saturday 5 May as well as an evening show at 7.30pm on Saturday 5 May.

Booking details will be released soon, but in the meantime — save the date!

De La Salle College Old Collegians Association Business Breakfast — 22 March

De La Salle Old Collegians Association Football Club Season 2018 Launch — 6 April

Established in 1955 as the brainchild of Old Collegian Jim Hawkins, the De La Salle Old Collegians’ Football Club provides a wonderful opportunity for De La old boys to maintain a connection with the College and their peers. The 2018 Season is being launched on Friday 6 April at the RACV Club in the city. Hosted by television personality Nigel Carmody and with special guests including Garry Lyon, this is an event not to be missed!

St Benedict’s Primary School Twilight Fair

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates in the College calendar.

Primary Welcome BBQ — Tiverton, 6:00pm — 8:00pm
Year 10 Dance Program — Gymnasium, 7:30pm — 9:30pm
Year 7 Roland Camp — 7 March to 9 March — Torquay
Year 7 Roland Camp BBQ — Torquay, 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Labour Day Public Holiday
Year 6 Camp — 13 March to 15 March, Cave Hill Creek
Year 7 Solomon Camp — 13 March to 15 March — Torquay
St Leo’s House Welcome and Liturgy — SMT, Kinnoull, 7:30pm — 9:00pm
Overseas Language Study Tour Information Evening — Kinnoull Library, 7:00pm — 8:30pm
Year 10 Dance Program — Gymnasium, 7:30pm — 9:30pm
Year 8 to Year 12 Drinks — Rosstown Hotel, Carnegie, 7:30pm — 9:30pm
Year 7 Solomon Camp BBQ — Torquay, 12:00pm — 2:00pm
House Athletics Carnival — Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park, 8:40am – 3:30pm
Year 7 Vincent Camp — 19 March to 21 March — Torquay
St Mark’s House Welcome and Liturgy — SMT, Kinnoull, 7:30pm — 9:00pm
College Tour — SMT, 9:15am — 11:00am
Year 7 Vincent Camp BBQ — Torquay, 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Year 10 Dance Program — Gymnasium, 7:30pm — 9:30pm
Old Collegian’s Business Breakfast — Kooyong Tennis Centre, 7:15am — 9:00am
Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews — Gymnasium, 2:00pm — 8:30pm