in this issue
TERM 1 WEEK 11 - COLLEGE NEWSLETTER
College Principal - "Just Talk to Me"
Associate Principal - "Critic or Warrior "
Deputy of Curriculum - Academic Updates
Deputy of Pastoral - Parent Partnership Meeting
Special Character - “Ministry and Mission”
Intermediate School News
Year of Saint Joseph
Commissioning of Young Vinnies Leaders 2021
Senior Leaders Meet and Greet at McAuley High School
Debates Term One
Faculty of Science
YES Enterprise - Timata Event
Mr Dermot English
"CRITIC or WARRIOR"
There is a famous speech by President Theodore Roosevelt called ‘The Man in the Arena’. Here is some of it.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
This came to mind as I watched some senior boys do their first ever public debate against another school. These boys were in the arena, no extended deadlines, no extra help, nowhere to hide, and they performed. Boys get in the arena when they try a sport, do a speech in class, talk to someone they don’t know or work hard on their first 1000 word essay. We all struggle with criticism and failure, but remember, if you try you are still doing better than the person who didn’t try at all.
Looking back at this term, were we Critic or Warrior on the sidelines or in the arena?
Deputy Principal - Mr Phil Doyle
Well done to the boys on a good term – lots of hard work and activity. We hope the boys get a good rest and come back ready for all the work ahead.
Year 7 -10 Students
We are sending home a copy of the Term’s Weekly Notes this week.
At De La Salle College we want our students to participate fully in school life and to aim for excellence in the classroom. The De La Salle Certificate is also to help get students ready for NCEA.
Students can gain points for their academic achievement as well as good scores in their Weekly Notes, Service and Participation in the wider school. To achieve a Year 9 or 10 De La Salle Certificate, a student needs an overall total of 80 points or 120 for Merit or 150 for Excellence. Look out in the coming weeks for results on the KAMAR Parent Portal. You and your son will be able to see how many points they have towards their De La Salle Certificate.
Year 11 -13
Reports for all Year 11 – 13 will be sent out in Week 2 Term 2.
NCEA Level 1
Well done to the year 11 students who have started their NCEA Journey. Teachers and students have been very busy in the last couple of weeks completing assessment. Previous years have shown us that a student with 20 credits at the start of Term 2 indicates a Year 11 student on track to achieve at this time of year.
Year 12 NCEA Level 2 and Year 13 NCEA Level 3
A student should expect to have 35 credits [15 Level 2 credits from this year and 20 credits from 2020] at this time of year. Year 13 students are also being asked to show how they are planning to meet the University Entrance literacy requirements and identify which 3 subjects they are on track to achieve 14+ credits.
As always ask your son how he can aim for that Merit or Excellence grade.
NCEA and Digital Assessment
We have uploaded our first datafile to NZQA. Your son will have been shown how to login on to the NZQA website in his homeroom. NZQA has also released the 2021 Examination timetable for November 2021 below. The exams in blue on the timetable have the option of either paper or digital assessment. For De La Salle College that means if your son has any of the following options History and Business Studies, L2 and L3 Health, English and the Languages - Tongan and Samoan. If that is something your son is considering get him to talk to the subject teachers involved next term. Teachers involved will be working with interested students in the lead up to November.
Deputy Principal - Mr Elton Charles
Parent Partnership Meetings
Thank you to parents and families who attended their respective Parent Partnership meetings. It was a great opportunity to make connections with other parents and provide feedback about how your son's have settled into College life.
Focus Of Meeting
- Career Pathways
- NCEA Requirements
- Rank Scoring
- Community Engagement
Focus of Meeting
- Year 9 Curriculum
- De La Salle certificate
- Parent Portal
- Year 9 Camp
Assistant Principal for Mission - Mr Kane Raukura
Ministry and Mission
Dear Lasallian family, as we head towards the end of term we can give thanks for the beautiful gift of community and that our lives have been blessed with some much needed normality over the last few weeks. This opportunity has allowed our students and staff at De La Salle College to be able to once more participate in activities that promote our unique charism and catholic character. Over the weekend, seven staff were able to take a road trip down to Francis Douglas Memorial College (FDMC) in New Plymouth. Here they were hosted by the kind staff of FDMC and attended a special programme called ‘Heritage II’. This programme is designed for new staff to Lasallian Schools and enables them to grow in their understanding around our history and traditions. The seven staff greatly enjoyed themselves and found the time away rewarding and enriching.
As well as staff, we have also had students away on ‘Lasallian Leadership Training’ at John Paul College in Rotorua. This occurred this Monday, with 11 keen young souls meeting in the early morning hours and departing the college at 6am. I accompanied them down along with Mr Matthew Apuda (Campus Minister) and we were both impressed with their participation and personal insights during the presentations and discussions. The students represented the school well and were exceptionally behaved. During the course, they were able to listen to motivational speakers who were alumni of John Paul College and who had integrated their ‘Lasallian Leadership’ into their personal lives and careers. Which were all quite impressive and successful. The students came away inspired and more connected to the ideas of service, inclusivity and social justice.
I ask Our Lord to bless our students and keep them safe over the two week break. Thank you once again for entrusting your sons to our care. It is a privilege and honour.
Live Jesus in our hearts!
Year 7 Prizegiving
by Niklis 7TUF
My very first prizegiving here at De la Salle College
It was such a formal occasion that we were allowed to sit on chairs. As we entered the library in single file you could hear a pin drop, it was so quiet. I think everyone couldn’t wait to hear who was receiving awards. We began with prayer and at the end each house had a special verse to pray. Then it was award presentation time. Each teacher came up to announce their awards. As I sat there watching each of my brothers receive their awards I felt so proud. Mr Hogarty gave us a few words of wisdom and congratulated us on a fine start to the year. I concluded our event with the final prayer which I am glad to say, I did not mess up.
Time to work even harder for an award in Term Two.
Learning with the use of Technology
By Joel Leau and Demetrius Ah-Chong 8TAM
De La Salle College has been engaging students and allowing students to be ready for the changes in times. Though the use of computers and tablets started years back, there has been a focus on making students get into it this year.
Our class has started working on different tasks using our devices. Mr. Tamayo usually would give instructions in class and would make us do research and activities using our devices. He would then process our work and learning to deepen our understanding of the different topics.
Using Microsoft Teams, we could type our notes in our class notebooks and get immediate feedback from our teacher. Assignments, Notes, Quizzes are some of the things that we do using MS Teams. We have also proven this to be effective during the lockdown. Our teacher would meet us online, give us instructions and upload different notes and activities to work on. He can see who has done the work and can immediately give our marks.
Online learning is different and fun. It allows us to play around and learn at the same time. Mr. Tamayo has been challenging us with different Maths problems using Quizziz and Kahoot to test our learning and push us to do better. We have also done some researches, summaries, biographies, etc. which is something similar to what the seniors are doing. We feel that as early as now, we are being prepared for our senior years or even beyond.
Though this is just the beginning of the year, we feel that we have much to improve on and we are looking forward to more fun activities and learning using our devices.
YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH
Pope Francis on December 8, 2020 released the apostolic letter Patris Corde on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the declaration by Pius IX, on December 8, 1870, of Saint Joseph as patron of the Universal Church; for the same reason he declared a Year of Saint Joseph, from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.
Commissioning of Young Vinnies Leaders 2021
Mrs Vaotuua - Teacher in Charge
Young Vinnies leaders from Auckland secondary schools braved the rain on Saturday 10 April to attend the commissioning mass for Vinnies and Ignite leaders at St Patrick's Cathedral. These included our DLS leaders
- Carlo De Guzman 12KEA
- Michael Gray 12UFI
- Chad Tuli 13VAI
- Michael Tupou 13 PHI (in absentia)
Mosignor Bernard Keily reminded the congregation that when we were baptized, our own baptism candles were lit from the light of the Easter candle. The hope and dream of that flame was that it will burn brightly for Christ in serving God with our lives. Young Vinnies is an opportunity to serve within schools and community and be generous with our time, possessions, and talents, and a beautiful way to keep the dream of that flame alive.
Cooking starts for senior students this Thursday at St Vincent De Paul Otahuhu after school and more activities will kick start in term 2 including food kitchen, can drives and support for various fundraisers. See our leaders if you are keen to support and and look out for notices to meet in C6, Term 2.
Faculty of Science
Mr Kumar - Head of Faculty
Enviro-council: Creek and Garden Clean-up
Students have shown an increased interest in joining Enviro-council this year. A good turn out after school last week Wednesday saw a successful clean up of the College creek and weeding of the areas around Rongoa garden.
Students also learn how we monitor water quality in our creek by conducting chemical tests. The College creek is alive and home to endangered longfin Eels, which students spotted when cleaning.
We encourage students to start their Enviro-council journey here at the College when they are in Junior College. This helps them build a profile of actions which are involved and thus increases their chances of leadership opportunities through workshops and camps etc.
Auckland Council CEO Visits College
On Tuesday 13 April, the College hosted Jim Stabback, CEO of Auckland Council. The enviro-council was delighted to show the delegates around the College and explain how it has grown in its sustainable actions over the years by using students as the element of change.
From native tree planting along the creek edge and adopting the creek itself as well as monitoring its health through water tests; the establishment of Rongoa garden which provides students with learning opportunities to the insulation project to save energy in Physics labs, these are some of the positive actions we have engaged in.
The visitors spoke to the key Enviro teachers and students about the progress and how these actions in the College and in the community benefits students by empowering them to become an advocate for change in our society.
Jim was accompanied by Bridget Glasgow and Cate Jessep: Sustainable Schools Advisor who has a long standing relationship with the College.
Moth Plant Competition
The Enviro-council at the College is participating in a competition to help Auckland reach its pest-free goal by 2050.
Moth plants are a noxious weed found on fences, creeping on shrubs plants and in reserves.
Start collecting now before the seeds disperse. Over the two week holiday if you find a moth plant, just cut off the pod or root and put it in a plastic bag and bring them to school. The moth pods can be dropped off to Mr Kumar in Term 2 in room G8.
It is recommended you wear gloves to protect your hands. The Enviro-council students will count the pods and send images of pods collected to take part in a competition to win some prizes from the organisers.
Bayley Cummings in Year 12 has already started collecting moth pods and is one of the students interested in helping keep his area around his home moth plant free, also helping Auckland Council reach its pest-free goal.
Make this a family action, go moth plant picking with your family and friends. It’s great way to help keep our environment weed/pest free and help NZ native plants survive.
Watch the video below on how to control moth plants.
YEAR 12 CHEMISTRY
Mr Raukura - Teacher in Charge, Senior Chemistry
“QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS VIA TITRATION – TESTING FOR BLEACH CONCENTRATION IN AN UNKNOWN SAMPLE”
The students in Year 12 Chemistry have been working hard this term towards successfully completing their first internal assessment. They needed to learn a combination of both new practical laboratory skills as well as new mathematical processes. This provides a substantial academic challenge to the young men and one which requires some real dedication to succeed. The class has been excellent in its conduct to date and initial review of the work completed so far looks extremely promising.
I am very proud of these intelligent and capable future chemists of New Zealand. I look forward to marking the final product over the school break.
YEAR 13 CHEMISTRY
WAIHI GOLD MINE TRIP
“RESEARCH INTO AN INDUSTRIAL CHEMICAL PROCESS – EXTRACTION OF GOLD VIA CYANIDE DISSOLUTION”
The students in Year 13 Chemistry recently visited the Martha Mine in Waihi owned by Oceania Gold. This trip was to assist in their understanding around the extraction of gold from gold bearing ore found in deep ground deposits in the area. The students have been involved in active research concerned with how trace elements of gold can be extracted from the rock collected at the Martha Mine Pit and the chemical processes used. At Waihi, the Mill where the gold is extracted, utilises a technique that was designed in New Zealand and uses the chemical called sodium cyanide. This method is extremely economical and allows minute quantities of gold to be extracted from very poor gold bearing rock. Even amounts of 2 grams of gold per tonne of rock can be removed and collected. Controversially, cyanide is a very poisonous substance both for the environment and for living organisms. The students also needed to discover how this danger is mitigated by Oceania Gold at the site and how the process is made safe. The class will present its findings in a written assessment which will be the first internal credits earned for 2021.
The students were also able to meet and chat with old boy, Constable Harley Raukura- Class of 1993, at the Waihi Station where he serves with the NZ Police. This was also a lovely experience and chance opportunity.
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
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