in this issue
TERM 3 WEEK 6 - COLLEGE NEWSLETTER
College Principal - "Re-starting again"
Deputy Principal - "Choice"
Special Character - "Special Character Wellness update"
AP Curriculum - "Pacific Learners"
AP Pastoral - "How parents can support their child returning to school after lockdown"
Literacy Centre- Millionaires Club
Lasallian Volunteers 2021
Learning During Lockdown 2.0
Mr Dermot English
There are some circumstances beyond our control around the COVID19 lockdown, such as family members losing jobs, and funerals being held with only 50 people. We can’t control these events, but we can control our response. We have had another 15 days on remote learning, which for many boys is not ideal, but we can control how we respond. I have found I can get many tasks done more quickly as I am not ‘interrupted’ by anyone. For many boys this is an opportunity to be more focused than they are in a classroom.
The problem with this is that if we don’t take the chance to be more focused there can be a sort of down feeling as we realise that we only have ourselves to blame for not being organised, especially for senior boys. Luckily, trying to get rid of that feeling is a good motivator to manage ourselves better. Self-management is a very important Key Competency in the NZ curriculum. It is more important than the number of credits. In the COVID19 future, many more people will have to manage themselves from home in their jobs, so learning how to do this now is a bonus. It's our choice to use this chance to make our future more secure.
Assistant Principal - Mr Phil Doyle
The Ministry of Education has developed the Talanoa Ako Pacific Parent programme - Talanoa Ako on Air radio programme and Talanoa Ako Digital App for Pacific learners and their families.
With the digital app for Pacific families, you’ll have access to parent education sessions, which cover things like NCEA, literacy and numeracy, learning pathways, careers and vocational pathways, school reporting and parent interviews, goal setting and time management. It has functionality for people with visual impairment, and interactive audio, and comes in 10 Pacific languages and English.
The Talanoa Ako app follows the previously launched Talanoa Ako radio programme to support Pacific parents with distance learning.
Parents who have missed the radio programme can start their Talanoa Ako journey via the digital app. The app is free to download for Apple and Android phones and tablets.
Download the Talanoa Ako app – App Store
Download the Talanoa Ako app – Google Play Store
Assistant Principal - Mr Elton Charles
How Parents Can Support Their Child Returning To School After Lockdown
After being away from school, it is normal that many young people will be anxious about returning to school.
Here are some ideas on how you can support your child to transition back to school:
- Speak to your child about how they are feeling about returning to school and try not to make assumptions. Ask them if they are worried or feel scared about anything, but also if they are excited about or looking forward to something. No matter how your child feels, let them know that it is completely normal to feel a mixture of emotions and that everyone will be in the same boat.
- Offer your child as much information about their new routine and school day as you can. This will help them to prepare for any changes that have been made when they come into contact with others.
- Assure your child. Talk with your child about ways they can stay safe at school, such as washing their hands before and after eating, and reassure them that the school are putting measures in place to keep them safe.
- Re-establish a routine to support them into school life. Boys especially react better when they have structure around them. The quicker that this occur, the more settled they will be.
- Don’t put pressure on yourself. The shift back to school is likely to take some time. Children may experience highs and lows. Try your best to encourage, assure and make them feel at ease, without putting pressure on yourself.
- Think ahead. As well as reflecting on what has occurred during the past few weeks, it is important to help children develop hope and a sense of enthusiasm for the future. Always try to be positive around your child giving them a sense of hope.
- Seek support if you need it. Transitioning back to school after being in lockdown is no easy task. The schools pastoral care team is always ready to support you. Please do not hesitate to contact us. Homeroom staff, Deans, Counsellors, Social workers, and Nurses are available to address any of your concerns.
literacy centre: millionaireS club
“Boys Who Read Achieve”
Report by Amanda Chapman, Kristina Ah Ta and Angela Barry
We are pleased to announce that we have two more millionaires in the Literacy Centre’s Millionaires Club.
Congratulations to Jimone Lasalo, 7AND and TJ Emanuela, 8OLI
TJ is our first Year 8 student to reach a million words this year. This is a great academic achievement and students are acknowledged in a whole school assembly, receiving a certificate and an academic badge. Millionaires also have their named added to the Millionaires Honours Board on display in the Literacy Centre.
Term 2 Lexile Competition
Congratulations to the following students who were the top readers in Term 2.
7AND- Marques Tominiko, Jason Tran, Elijah Wilson, Crenshaw Williams
7KUR- Gideon Aialeo, Ayush Gosai, Kohen Masoe
7STW- Kelesi Filimoehala, Leonidas Mataia, Riley Tulisi-Apelu
8ABR- Dayton Wong
8BOE- Simote Lokotui
8OLI- Elijah Hunt, TJ Emanuela
Congratulations to 7KUR, the winning Year 7 Class and 8OLI, the winning Year 8 class for Term 2.
lasallian volunteers 2021
Are you looking for the opportunity of a lifetime? Want to have a gap year that is meaningful?
Lasallian Volunteers offer long-term placements in communities across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
We provide service opportunities for dedicated volunteers within Lasallian schools and communities. Working alongside local staff you will be able to serve those who are in need and share your gifts and talents along the way. Most importantly you will develop relationships with those around you and gain practical skill for life.
Volunteering in our Lasallian programs will offer a world of opportunities for knowledge and personal growth. Whether you're a High School graduate, University student, Principal, Teacher, or anyone who wants to get involved!
Want to make an impact and help support those in need?
By joining the program you can make a difference in the lives of young people, you can be a role model and support young people though service . We provide opportunities for dedicated volunteers within Lasallian schools and communities, in PNG, N.Z and around Australia. Serving in the education and welfare system, volunteers brighten the day of under privileged youth
Want to experience being a Lasallian Volunteer in 2021? Applications close Friday 18 September 2020.
De La Salle Junior Premiere Basketball Team
Mr Mark Skipps
Basketball has become a popular sport here at De La Salle College and because of that, we've managed to make two junior teams. This is an awesome opportunity for our junior boys to represent the College and play a sport they love. Our Junior Premier basketball team is made up of Year 10 students and one Year 8 and they're are led by co-captain's Tyson Isa’ako and Augustino Filipo. With training on Monday's and game day on Thursday's, the Junior Premier basketball team is guided under the watchful eye of our coaches Patrick and Jalen Isa’ako. During preseason, our boys were given an opportunity to sharpen their skills by attending Patrick’s Basketball workshops which he has opened up to our other school basketball teams.
Work as a team, Stay humble in victory and Gracious in defeat
There are two remaining games in the season, and I know the boys will be training hard to win those games to hopefully make the play-offs. So, if you are in the vicinity of Bruce Pulman Arena on a Thursday night, come down and support our team as well as our other College basketball teams.
Big Thank You to Patrick and Jalen Isa’ako for giving up their time and coaching the boys as well as running basketball clinics.
Fight the good fight!
L - R BACK FAR RIGHT: Mr Patrick Isa'ako- Coach, Mr Mark Skipps- Manager; BACK: Jalen Isa'ako- Coach, Benedict Lauofo, Murray Church, Jeshua Maa-Nelson, Tyson Isa'ako, Aute-Jeremiah Neli, David Niko-Toleafoa; FRONT: Saiah Muava'a, Bryan Leumaga, Augustino Filipo, Peseta Fesili; ABSENT: Chisom Ochibulu;
Mr Grant Hobbs- Gateway Co-ordinator
As part of the Gateway programme Nicholas Vili and Soane Johansson took part in a practical and theory based course at Pak N Save in Mangere. Both worked in the Bakery department and did excellent work. Feedback from the staff at Pak N Save was heartwarming and I was very proud of how they managed themselves and of their work ethic.
Senior Students - Return your laptop to school
If you have a laptop please bring it in to school next week. This is for those students who are already BYOD registered as well as those who have borrowed a school device or who have received a MoE device. Being able to access your own device will help with Alert Level 2 requirements and enable you to access work online when devices are at a premium across the school.
If you received a device during this lockdown you can return the laptop to the library. Please make sure to return the power cord as well. Faculty devices will be collected and returned. However, we want you to keep using a device and so a device can be reissued where needed. Priority will be given to Senior students in this situation.
We also want students who received a MoE device from the first lockdown to get in the habit of bringing in those devices to school. We can assist any of you who are still struggling with access and logins by reimaging with a school profile. Students in this situation should again return the device to the library. Again, we want you to keep using a device. A new device can be issued if we have any problems with logins.
We are continuing to look at storage and charging solutions. We should have storage for a limited number of devices in the library by next week. Mr Hogarty has also been looking at ways to provide bags for those of you with MoE devices who want to keep them safe to and from school.
Mr Phil Doyle
Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori - Māori Language Week: 14-20 September 2020
The Māori Language Moment is coming up and we want 1 million of us speaking, singing and celebrating te reo at the same time. This Māori Language Week we are inviting New Zealanders to join us in an unprecedented Māori Language Moment: We want 1 million of us speaking, singing and celebrating te reo at the same time.
De La Salle College
A Catholic School for Boys Year 7-13 in the Lasallian tradition
Creating great men of Faith - Service - Community - Excellence
- Strong Catholic Character and Lasallian traditions
- Dynamic teaching staff
- Strong academic achievements
- High expectations of every student
- Caring and Supportive Pastoral Care team
- Extensive co-curricular activities
For enrolment enquiries contact Mrs Bianca Leau
Phone: +649 276 4319 ext 816
De La Salle College
81 Gray Avenue
+649 276 4319
Connect with us
Facebook: De La Salle College, Auckland
LinkedIn: De La Salle College, Auckland
Instagram: Student Council
College app: SchoolAppsNZ