The Duce Issue 2018 01 - 8 February 2018

From the Principal

Welcome back for 2018 and I hope you enjoy reading this first edition of the Duce for the year. As the year gets underway, there is sure to be a wide variety of important and informative news to be made aware of.

If you have been on campus in the past couple of weeks you will have seen the first stages of the Master Plan coming to fruition. The old science labs, canteen, drama and band rooms on the ground floor of the Foley Building have been stripped out, and building on the new Science and Technology Centre begins this week. The flats on the corner of Dalny Street have gone and when the site is cleaned up the buses will park there, creating more space in the yard for our students. A temporary canteen is in place, to open shortly and the landscaping in the front courtyard will begin in the Term 1 holidays. Exciting times indeed!

I was very proud of our 2017 VCE results, with a strong showing almost across the board in our various scores. The most noteworthy statistic is that there was significant improvement in all the key data:

  • The Median Study Score for 2017 is 30, up from 29 in 2016;
  • The percentage of Study Scores 40 and above is 6.43%, up from 5.3% in 2016;
  • Median ATAR is 67.60, up from 64.18 last year;
  • The percentage of students with ATARs in the 90s is 12.03%, an increase of more than 3%;
  • The percentage of students’ ATARs of 80 and above is 28.57%, also a healthy increase from 2016.

My congratulations and thanks to all the Unit 3 and 4 teachers who invested so much time, effort and expertise in teaching, mentoring and advising each and every student in their care. Several subjects had median Study Scores in the 34 – 36 range, figures which sit at the very top of the scale when compared with any of Victoria’s highest performing schools. The overall improvement in 2017 is a testament to the targeted approach and diligent attention of the students and the positive relationships our teachers form with our young men. As ever, the organised and intrinsically motivated students performed to the highest standard.

Congratulations to 2017 College Dux, Sam Callaghan, who achieved an outstanding ATAR of 99.50. Sam’s extraordinary results in perhaps the six most challenging Unit 3 and 4 subjects are the result of a disciplined, organised approach, a dedication to maximising his potential and a willingness to work closely with teachers and peers. Sam’s results in his six subjects – attaining scores in the 40s for five of them – sets a tremendous example for other De La Salle students.

A key focus for 2018 is to improve the level of student engagement at all levels. Our teachers are planning interventions related to the classroom climate that significantly improve student engagement and learning:

  • High expectations
  • Strong teacher-student relationships
  • Clarity and structure in instruction
  • Active learning
  • Encouragement and praise
  • Consistent corrections and consequences.

As I write we are in the middle of a very engaging, challenging and rewarding Year 12 Retreat, being held at Rawson Village in Gippsland. With more than 180 Year 12 students working in their four Houses, it is a big few days – especially feeding them! I cannot speak highly enough of the conduct, application and engagement of these terrific young men as they navigate the various activities centred around themes supporting their transition from adolescence into manhood. The Retreat sessions involve reading, presentations, discussion, reflection and sharing ideas around values, beliefs, affirmation, relationships and resilience. Now in its third year, the involvement of Old Collegians from the previous year’s graduation class has been a most successful and beneficial addition to the program. It is wonderful to see these twelve Old Colls return to support the current Year 12 students on their journey in a mature and thoughtful style. A special thank you to all the staff involved, especially the four House Coordinators, Mrs Brogan as the Retreat Coordinator and Mr Ryan for looking after all the logistics.

We are very excited about the high quality of the new staff we welcome to the College in 2018, each of whom will make a positive contribution in their area of expertise.

Miss Sarah Blaschak — English
Mr Thomas Cairnes — Sports Assistant Trainee
Mr Andrew Devlin — English
Miss Emma Fairclough — Maths/Science
Miss Sharni Folland — Drama
Mr Richard Freeman — Clarinet
Mr Ramesh Gammune — Design Technology
Ms Jennifer Hall — Music
Miss Patrice McBean — Media/English
Ms Lyn McGuinness — Director of Finance & Administration
Miss Lydia Moloney — Media/English
Mr Lachlan Morton — English
Ms Elizabeth O’Connell — Maths, Year 9 Inquiry
Ms Dale Orders — Maths
Mr Benjamin Paine — Sports Assistant Trainee
Ms Pina Sernio — Year 6
Ms Hanna Trewartha — Trombone
Mr Aaron Trusler — Lasallian Youth Minister
Mr Ben Williamson — English Learning Area Team Leader

Finally, a reminder for all families in Year 4 and Year 7 and those others who are new to De La Salle in 2018 – the Opening and Welcome Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in the city at 6:30pm on Wednesday 21 February. Families will receive specific information, but I would ask that all new families ensure the date is free and students are at the Cathedral by 6:00pm. This is a special event in the life of the College, compulsory for all new students and a great opportunity for the whole family to come along (there’s plenty of space at St Patrick’s) to see the students presented and welcomed to our community.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

Deputy Principals’ Column

Faith and Mission

Happy New Year! Welcome back to all staff, students, parents and members of the community. I hope that the break brought you peace, and that you are all returning well rested and refreshed for the year ahead.

There is always something very exciting about returning for a new school year. Staff commenced our first official day by celebrating the Eucharist next door at St Joseph’s. Fr Martin sdb joyfully reminded us that there was something very good happening in the church that morning,

It is a new beginning, so let’s celebrate this new school year, its challenges, our good work, the fun times, the relationships that will develop and ultimately, the boys, because we are here for them and their futures.”
— Fr Martin Tanti sdb

So whatever part you play in the De La Salle College community, may the beginning of this new school year bring the gift of love, the gift of faith and the gift of God’s blessings to all.

2018 College Theme

I am very excited to announce that our College theme for 2018 is Inclusiveness. This is taken from the Lasallian Core Principle of Inclusive Community. De La Salle College commits itself to this Lasallian Core Principle of being an Inclusive Community. In doing so, we commit to working together to build genuine, authentic relationships whereby all are included and diversity is respected.

God of love, set me aflame with love for you and for my neighbour.”
- St John Baptist de La Salle

From a Lasallian point of view, this principle of inclusivity no doubt refers to the stated purpose of the Institute to educate young people, especially the poor, who were not ‘included’ in education until St John Baptist de La Salle and the early Brothers reformed schooling and made it available and accessible.

The poor of de La Salle’s 17th Century world may not necessarily be the same in 21st century Malvern, but we acknowledge and recognise this in other forms; troubled youth, those on the periphery, unsettled home situations. As well as all of this, it is important to recognise that the educational emphasis on ‘differentiation’ is also a part of being inclusive: we recognise that not all young people (or even staff members), are from the same ‘mould’, and we respect different ‘intelligences’, personal stories and ways of learning.

As Lasallians, our community is accepting and welcoming, one that fosters strong relationships and is inclusive of all.

Opening and Welcome Mass

On Wednesday 21 February, all students new to the College in Years 4 and 7 and all new students across all year levels, will be welcomed into the College with a Certificate of Induction to formally mark their entry into the College community.

All families will by now have received a formal letter, co-signed by College Principal Mr Peter Houlihan and myself, outlining the details and expectations of the celebration evening at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Parents are asked to please arrive at the Cathedral no later than 6:00pm to ensure a prompt start to the Mass.

All 2018 College Leaders (Year 12 College Leaders, Tiverton Captains and Primary Captains), will be commissioned into their respective roles and are required to be dressed in full winter uniformAll other new students to the College (those in Years 4, 7 and new to other year levels), are required to be dressed in full summer uniform.

Yaluwo Immersion – Sri Lanka

De La Salle College is proud to offer the Yaluwo Sri Lanka Immersion Experience to Year 12 students. Students in Year 12 are invited to apply to participate in this immersion experience to Sri Lanka to live and work with some of the poorest and most marginalised boys in Sri Lanka where the De La Salle Brothers have established Diyagala, Boystown Technical School in Ragama.

Each day we were reminded of the importance of being present in the life of the other, and that as Lasallians, we strive to fulfil our mission as a member of the Lasallian community, “together and by association.” This immersion challenged our students to stand in solidarity with fellow Lasallians, experiencing genuine need and gave them the experience to reach out to the marginalised by giving back and working with and for the community at Diyagala, Boystown. It was life-giving to be able to travel with sixteen of our Year 12 students and two of our staff and to witness them nurture a visible expression of our Lasallian spirit in action as well as continue the work of St John Baptist de La Salle in the Lasallian tradition.

Our Yaluwo Immersion is a true pilgrimage where we are invited to be in community with each other and fellow Lasallian brothers and sisters, to put our faith into action and to reflect on the part that God plays in our lives.

This is what Jesus asks of you: To do justice, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with our God”
— Micah 6:8

Some of the work we did consisted of restoring the music room (sanding and painting the walls), building the driveway fence, clearing logs and debris after a tropical storm, clearing the coconut and cinnamon plantations, and weeding and clearing the vegetable patch. The late afternoons were spent unwinding, playing a match of either soccer, cricket or basketball with the Diyagala students.

Br Denzil, Br Loyola and Br Granville welcomed the Yaluwo staff and students into their community by allowing us to break bread with them, pray with them, share stories and work beside them to provide support for the Diyagala students. The time spent with students and the members of the Diyagala community, talking, praying, playing games, singing, sharing stories and experiences are so memorable and special they will live in our hearts forever.

Below are a few “2017 Yaluwo Reflections”. I will continue to include these over the next few weeks.

One of many things from the trip which reminded me of what I studied in Year 12 came from a mason we were working with, Vinsun, 29. Being intrigued by his manner of work with the old manual tools which I had learnt at TAFE, I spent a lot of time with him. He was one of 5 masons, working 9–10 hour days, then he played cricket with the students of the school before dinner. As he spoke Sinhala and only a little English, communication involved mainly actions, gestures, learning the names of tools in each other’s language and sharing pictures of family and home life for us both. He is from a very beautiful village in the highland tea country called Talawakele which we (the Yaluwo group), later saw from a train in the touring week. However, the moment in particular was when he showed me a picture of his wife, son and daughter. The immense pride, genuine love and welcoming spirit shown by Vinsun embodied the difference to the sometimes superficial values and ulterior motives of ‘western’ society.

It was also showed how easy it is to enter a third world country and meet people which on face value seem very happy with very little material possessions., but as our time at the school came to an end, it became very evident to us of their deeper complications of family separation, loss and the lack of opportunity for them in their own country. Instead, what they do have is an intrinsic sense of identity and community which, along with their positivity, has inspired me to be more grateful for the smaller things in life, and has built my appreciation and respect for the boys in Diyagala Boys Town. 

Luke Barron
Yaluwo 2017

 My time in Sri Lanka was a life-changing experience that opened my eyes to a world I didn’t know existed. Being able to work hands-on with the boys in Diyagala Boys’ Town was an opportunity that I’m extremely grateful for. Although the boys were aged from 14–19 years old, alongside their study, they worked long, hard hours and they taught me how to be patient with and respect my work. The language barrier made communication difficult, however, there was an unspoken language between us (the Yaluwo) and the Diyagala boys that was priceless and it allowed us to build strong relationships over the three weeks that we were working with them. The hardest part was saying goodbye and knowing that we were going home to our comfortable homes. However, I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity and wouldn’t change it for anything.

James Biviano
Yaluwo 2017

Yaluwo was most definitely an experience I will never forget. It was truly a once in a lifetime immersion. The relationships that developed throughout the trip, both within the Yaluwo group of De La boys and the wider Diyagala Boys’ Town Community, are ones that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Not for a second do I doubt my decision to be a part of such an amazing trip and I am proud to say I was on the first Sri Lankan “Yaluwo” Immersion.

Christopher Groves
Yaluwo 2017

Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission

Students

A Warm Welcome

Happy New Year to all members of our Lasallian community, particularly to the families of our new Year 7 students. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and a relaxing holiday during the extended summer period.

The beginning of the school year can be an emotional time for teachers, parents/guardians and our young men. For many students, the return to school is a time of great change. The new school year brings new routines, teachers, friendships, transport, and new expectations and responsibilities.

 

Whilst, some students will thrive and enjoy these added responsibilities others may feel that they’re not ready to live up to the expectations and demands of school. It is our role to support you through this transition, to reassure you and the young men in our care, and to help you feel safe and secure. Many of you have probably received communication from the College welcoming you to the school and providing you with a little information on what to expect. Please make contact with the College should you require support with your son’s learning.

House Welcome and Liturgies

Our re-energised House structure has seen our young men forge new friendships and develop a stronger sense of brotherhood. Parents and guardians of all students in the various Houses at Kinnoull Campus are invited to attend our House Welcome and Liturgies. Attendance at the House Welcome and Liturgy is compulsory for all Years 10 and 12 students. Students are to attend in their full school uniform. The House Welcome and Liturgy will give you an opportunity to meet your son’s House Mentor and mix with other parents in your House. I hope I will see you on the night.

SunSmart App

SunSmart has a new app, see UV, which uses augmented reality to depict what your skin could look like if you don’t protect it in the sun. We actively encourage all within our community to use a combination of sun protection measures during the daily sun protection times and remind everyone of the need to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.

Slip, Slop, Slap

One of the most successful health campaigns in Australia’s history was launched by Cancer Council in 1981. Sid the seagull, wearing board shorts, t-shirt and a hat, tap-danced his way across our TV screens singing a catchy jingle to remind us of three easy ways of protecting against skin cancer.

You might remember Sid singing, “Slip, Slop, Slap! It sounds like a breeze when you say it like that Slip, Slop, Slap!” Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat! Most skin cancer can be prevented by using good sun protection. I encourage you to talk to your son about the importance of wearing sunscreen.

Secondary School Vaccinations in 2018

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to Year 7 and 10 students. These vaccines provide protection against:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose for Year 7 students;
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses for Year 7 students;
  • Meningococcal A/C/W/Y – one dose for Year 10 students.

Parents/guardians of Year 7 and 10 students should look out for the vaccine consent card booklet coming home from school with your son. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your son is being vaccinated at school.

The Stonnington Council immunisation service may contact you about the Secondary School Vaccine Program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by Wednesday 28 February if you do not want your contact details given to the Stonnington Council immunisation service.

To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au or SSVP-Factsheet-2018.pdf. Additionally, the Commonwealth government is funding vaccinations for all children under 20 years who missed scheduled vaccines. If students have missed vaccines, either in childhood or adolescence, and require catch-up vaccines, they should speak with their immunisation provider, local council or GP.

Ms Lisa Harkin
Deputy Principal – Students

Chaplain’s Notes

As we launch into the new academic year, all of our new students in Year 7 and Year 4 will celebrate a class Eucharist in the Chapel.

This will provide an introduction to the liturgical life of the College and prepare them for the Welcome Mass to be celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday 21 February. The Eucharist is the high point of our faith celebrations and our new students will all have the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the Mass as a path that leads us to greater friendship with God and with each other.

Year 12 Retreat

I have just returned from three uplifting days reflecting with our Year 12 cohort. Our young men are so inspiring and give me such great hope for the future. The Retreat at Rawson Village concluded with a Eucharist celebrated under the beautiful trees. A fitting conclusion to the time spent delving into our life stories, relationships and faith.

Sacraments

The College supports students seeking Sacrament preparation. If your Parish offers preparation, I would encourage you to use these opportunities as your first option. If you do wish to tap into the College program and have not already contacted me, please do so without delay on my direct line: 9508 2161. You may also email me at jferguson@delasalle.vic.edu.au or alternatively, return the form included in the 2018 new student package.

At the start of each year, a Commissioning” ceremony is held in which all students, parents and teachers of candidates for the Sacraments during the current year, commit to the program and receive a blessing. This will take place at St Anthony’s Parish, Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly, on Sunday 25 February, but this date is to be confirmed at present.

The Sacrament of Penance or First Reconciliation will be held in the College Chapel at a date to be confirmed. Preparation for this will commence during Term 1.

Lent – Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is early this year and occurs next week on Wednesday 14 February. We mark the beginning of this journey with an outward symbol when each student’s forehead is signed with Ashes in a Homeroom Liturgy – Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance and humility.

Lent is not just a “Catholic” time. It is a concept that is practised by many religions and also non-religious groups. It has its foundation in the wisdom of ancient Jewish tradition. There is something universal that goes beyond all dogma, which embraces our collective need to be reflective and transformative as persons on this earth.

In essence, Lent is saying – take time out to think about your life.

  • Practice self-discipline
  • Think about the needs of others.
  • Take action to serve.

Each of these concepts is universal and goes to the core of our humanity. The real goal of Lent – is Conversion. The aspiration of every Christian is to leave Lent a stronger and more vital person of faith than when we entered.

I wish all our families every blessing as you progress through the new academic year.

If I can be of assistance to families in any way, you are welcome to contact me at the College. There are times in all our families where we need an extra prayer or some personal support, so please know I am available to you.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

Welcome Aaron Trusler, Lasallian Youth Minister

Greetings parents, students and staff, my name is Aaron Trusler and I am the new Lasallian Youth Minister for 2018.

I graduated from De La Salle last year, where I was fortunate enough to be a College Vice-Captain. During my time as Vice-Captain, I was able to immerse myself in the Lasallian family, to see all aspects of the Lasallian life and experience the amazing effect it has on people.

I was fortunate enough to travel to De La Salle, Bomana in Papua New Guinea. Being in PNG was my first overseas worldwide experience of the Lasallian family. Seeing how all the students in PNG embraced us and made us feel like family, made me truly appreciate the worldwide Lasallian values. The Lasallian spirit was so strong. I desire to replicate a similar feeling of family and camaraderie here at De La Salle, Malvern by working with the senior students to encourage them to get out of their comfort zone and speak to the younger year levels or even just students in their class that they may not know very well.

I was also fortunate enough to attend the Lasallian Student Leadership Seminar in Sydney, where there were 60 student leaders from 22 Lasallian schools across the ANZPPNG district (Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea). This seminar was run by youth ministers who truly inspired me to become one myself. They taught and lived-out the Lasallian values of faith, service and community, which was an amazing experience to be a part of. They treated everyone with respect and generosity and encouraged every student leader to get out of their comfort zone and get to know the other leaders from across ANZPPNG. Out of the 32 Lasallian schools across the ANZPPNG district, only four do not have a Youth Minister at their school, with some Lasallian schools appointing two Youth Ministers, so this is not an unfamiliar role worldwide.

My role is committed to strengthening the Lasallian charism with the students. It is my job to exercise wise stewardship and provide a point of reference for students to act out the Lasallian values of faith, service and community. This year, the College theme is Inclusiveness so I hope to work closely with the senior students, to ensure the junior students feel welcomed and a part of this wonderful Lasallian family.

One of my key roles is to start a Lasallian Youth Team, a social justice group targeted at Year 11 students. The team will be advocating for social justice and raising awareness of issues around the world. I encourage all students to get involved in this, as it will strengthen the sense of Lasallian spirit, and the teachings of St John Baptist de La Salle.

Mr Aaron Trusler
Lasallian Youth Minister

Learning and Teaching Protocols

Taking into consideration the College’s 2015–2018 Strategic Plan Learning and Teaching objective: To improve student learning outcomes within an environment designed to support contemporary learning and teaching practices, a working group was established in the second half of 2017 to improve learning and teaching across the whole College as a strategic priority.

In the midst of aiming to achieve our College Mission: To be an outstanding school striving for excellence and innovative academic achievement in a supportive community to best prepare young men for our world; the working group developed the Learning and Teaching Protocols.

The protocols acknowledge the shifting roles of student and teacher in the 21st century classroom and the increasingly dynamic global context in which our students live. They recognise the importance of providing an innovative and inclusive education in the Lasallian tradition that allows each learner, student and staff, to experience success and to strive for personal excellence in all endeavours. With all members of the De La Salle College community; students, staff and parents, embracing and committing to the Learning and Teaching Protocols, students will mature as empowered learners who are active, independent and motivated participants in the learning process.

The Learning and Teaching Protocols work to establish consistency of expectation for the student, teacher and parent regarding the learning environment. They call upon students and teachers to set their respective expectations high. Finally, the protocols aim to promote engagement within the learning environment, by defining and emphasising the shared responsibilities of both students and teachers.

Miss Olivia Wenczel
Director of Learning and Development – Curricula Programs

Sport

Athletics

As 2017 drew to a close, Year 12 student Dalton Di Medio and Year 8 student André Di Medio travelled to South Australia to compete at the 2017 Australian All Schools Championships. André took first place in the boys’ Under 14 Pole Vault. After a nail-biting showdown, Dalton came away with second place in the boys’ Under 18 Pole Vault.

André and Dalton have both qualified to represent Victoria in Sydney in the ultimate Australian Junior Athletic Track and Field Championships in March this year. Congratulations and best of luck to both of these fine athletes!

Golf

It has been a great start to the year for Year 11 student our 2017 Junior Golf Team Captain, Kristoff Soliven, took out first place at the Patterson River Jr Golf Open 2018 with the score of one under 71 (-1). Congratulations Kristoff!

Mr John McAlroy
Director of Students 10–12

Parent Network News

The 2018 school year got off to a fine start with the Parent Network Morning Tea for parents of new students.

On the morning of Wednesday 31 January, the Gymnasium was abuzz with excitement tinged with trepidation from both our new parents and students. New parents were welcomed into the College and also into our Parent Network. A group of parent volunteers worked behind the scenes to make the morning tea a welcoming and successful occasion.

Upcoming Events

Some of our upcoming events are listed below. Be sure to add these dates to your diary!

Year 7 Parents Welcome Drinks
Date: Thursday 15 February 2018
Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
Venue: Peppercorn Café, Kinnoull Campus — finger food and refreshments provided
RSVP: www.trybooking.com/TXKG

Primary Welcome BBQ
Date: Thursday 8 March
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Kinnoull Oval

Years 8 to 12 Parents Welcome Drinks
Date: Thursday 15 March
Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
Venue: to be confirmed

Joining the Parent Network

Volunteers
Thank you to all parents who are returning their Volunteer Forms. If you want to join our team of helpers click here click here to access the form.

Year Level Representatives
We are still looking for more Year Level Reps. If you would like to be involved in the planning and organising of events for your son’s year level please let us know via: parentnetwork@delasalle.vic.edu.au

Mr Anthony Muir
Parent Network President

Important Notices

Education Support Team – replacing MMEC

This year we launched our new Education Support Team. The Education Support Team replaces the Mary Mackillop Enhancement Centre (MMEC).

The Education Support Team consists of a Coordinator, Special Education Teachers (case managers) and Learning Support Officers. The new structure sees the creation of more case manager roles, with each case manager responsible for supporting students across specific year levels only. With more case managers and smaller caseloads students with additional learning needs will receive more tailored support than ever before.

The Education Support Team will also better support to our teaching staff, to ensure they sufficiently cater for students with additional learning needs. The team will work collaboratively with teachers to:

  • Identify and implement appropriate adjustments to support student wellbeing and learning;
  • Enhance teachers’ knowledge of students with learning difficulties; and
  • Inform teaching practices in an environment of inclusivity and success.

The Education Support Team will continue to offer support to Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) funded students, as well as students who do not qualify for CEM-funding. The team will also continue to facilitate our Literacy Support Program to students who meet the enrolment criteria for this program.

For more information about the Education Support Team, please click here or contact the relevant Special Education Teacher:

Year Level Special Education Teacher Email address
Year 7 – Year 8 Miss Georgina Skinner gskinner@delasalle.vic.edu.au
Year 9 – Year 10 Mrs Eve McLellan emclellan@delasalle.vic.edu.au
All other levels Ms Kathleen Holmes kholmes@delasalle.vic.edu.au

Ms Kathleen Holmes
Education Support Team Coordinator

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend provides an opportunity to invest in your most precious asset… Your Marriage! Forget life’s tensions and interruptions and rekindle the closeness, intimacy, love and romance that brought you together. Recharge your relationship batteries and explore the precious nature of your marriage, allowing you both to share your feelings, hopes and dreams with each other in ways that normal, daily living tends to inhibit. There is no group sharing. Couples and a priest present the weekend. It is based around Catholic values, but couples of all faiths are welcome.

16 to 18 March 2018, from 7:00pm Friday to 5:00pm Sunday. Accommodation and all meals provided.

For more information, contact Andre and Maria on 0411 225 992.
Email: vicbookings@wwme.org.au
Website: www.wwme.org.au

Important Dates

Important upcoming dates on the College Calendar.

Thu
8
Feb
Year 7 Benilde Camp - 7 February to 9 February - Torquay
Year 10 Dance Program - Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Fri
9
Feb
Year 7 Benilde Camp BBQ - Torquay
Mon
12
Feb
Catch Up Photographs, PAC - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Tue
13
Feb
VCE (Unit 3 and 4) Information Evening, Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Wed
14
Feb
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Year 7 Dunstan Camp - 14 February to 16 February - Torquay
Thu
15
Feb
Year 10 Dance Program - Gymnasium, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Year 7 Welcome Drinks - Peppercorn Café, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Fri
16
Feb
Year 7 Dunstan Camp BBQ - Torquay
Mon
19
Feb
Year 7 Hegarty Camp - 19 February to 21 February - Torquay
Wed
21
Feb
College Opening and Welcome Mass - St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Year 7 Hegarty Camp BBQ - Torquay
Fri
23
Feb
College Tour - SMT, 2:00pm - 3:45pm