in this issue
TERM 4 WEEK 6 - COLLEGE NEWSLETTER
College Principal - "Though we are many, We are one"
Deputy Principal - "What is your adventure"
Special Character - Staff Spirituality Day
AP Curriculum - Academic Updates
AP Pastoral - New students in 2021
ICT Academy - 2021 BYOD Information
Intermediate School Fundraiser
2021 Men of Service
Technology & COVID-19
In the Community
Mr Dermot English
"WHAT IS YOUR ADVENTURE?”
I firmly believe that boys and young men need an adventure. In most cultures there has been a rite of initiation into manhood, which usually involves the boys being mentored by their elders through a difficult test of pain and endurance. This helps boys believe in themselves, and also realise that they don’t know everything. It is an adventure because it means setting off on a journey, not being sure that you have everything you need, and not being sure of the outcome. So it involves doubt and uncertainty.
This week we've had attend at the College boys who are coming here for the first time next year. They are starting on their De La Salle adventure, uncertain that they have all the skills they need, and uncertain exactly where it will lead them. What gives them confidence is the boys who are already here and who have been on that journey for some time and who will help them.
Where is our adventure, something that isn’t just learning a skill, but is where we have courage to face our uncertainties and build character?
This could be as simple for a boy as talking to someone that they don’t know, deciding to do debating, joining a sports team where they don’t know anyone, delivering a speech, doing a full page of writing, or ask the teacher a question in class! If we only do what we’ve always done our world will always stay the same size. "What is your adventure?"
Director of Mission - Mr Denis Tutaka
Kia Orana, Fakaalofalahi atu, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Magandang Hapon and Kia Ora to you all
Last week, we farewelled the Year 13 students and congratulated those who received academic awards at our Senior Prizegiving. Prizegiving's are always an interesting type of celebration because we award those who have worked hard throughout the year and wish them well for the next year. We do not celebrate because we are absolutely certain that the award recipients will be successful in the future. Instead, we celebrate because our students have demonstrated that they can go above and beyond themselves within that particular timeframe of one year. The truth is, we do not know what students will become when they leave school. However, what we do know is that whilst at school, they can perform to their utmost best. Therefore, we award our students because it is in our human nature to recognise when people go above and beyond both for themselves and for others.
We have heroes because the definition of the term highlights that very point – to go above and beyond themselves in helping others.
We need that recognition because without it, we lose the meaning of why we are human.
In a similar way, on Friday 13 November, De La Salle College staff bonded together at Staff Spirituality day, held at St Anne’s Parish, Manurewa to go above and beyond in sharing their personal journey with their colleagues.
The event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of so many of the staff. Firstly, the central presenters, Br Waseem and Matthew Apuda. Then the animators, Ronise Laumemea, Mark Skipps, Fusi Puleiku, Otto Wendt, and Grant Waugh. We had the group facilitators, Hayley Boersen, Heston Stowers, Anthony Hawkins, Christina Ainiu, Faalepo Vaotuua and Fuimaono Tuiasau. We had the closing liturgy crew, Grant Hobbs, Maria Fouhy, Blossom Fernandes and Teuila Vaotuua. Then, we had Julie Sale and Bianca Leau who organised our morning-tea and lunch.
Thank you to all the team for a day filled with laughter, tears of gratitude and tears of joy. It was very rare to spend a day laughing and sharing with colleagues and glad the day achieved its purpose, He Kanohi ki te Kanohi- Face to face encounter.
“Live Jesus in our Hearts! Forever!"
Assistant Principal - Mr Phil Doyle
NCEA Exams start 16 November and continue until the start of December. NCEA morning exams start at 9.30am. You need to be at school by 9.00am to enter the exam. Afternoon exams start at 2.00pm. You need to be at school by 1.40pm to enter the exam. You must be in school uniform. Head home straight after exams. You may need to plan different travel arrangements as afternoon exams do not finish until 5.00pm.
NCEA Admission Slips
All NCEA students require an admission slip to enter the exams. NZQA Exam Centre Manager, Mrs Barabara Warrender must confirm their identity. NZQA provide the Admission Slip. Your son will be bring the slip home this week. If your son loses his slip he can print one off his NZQA student login page. Students who have never logged in to the NZQA learner site should register now using their National Student Number (NSN) and date of birth. To prevent delays in accessing personal information (including examination results in January 2018) this should be done as soon as possible.
Student Exam Hub
Go to the NZQA Student Exam Hub at https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/ncea/ a quick and convenient way to find and access everything you'll need through your NCEA exam journey.
- Set up your Student Login for NZQA and check your login details. You'll need your NSN number ready if you're setting up your login for the first time.
- Get ready – what to do before a digital exam and what to expect
- Find out - What you need to bring to your exam
- Find out - how to manage exam pressure
Mr Elton Charles
In the last two days the College celebrated two important events. Both of these events related to the intake of our new year seven and nine students starting in 2021.
We were delighted to see the excited faces of our future Lasallian men and look forward to a new committed partnership with these young men and their families. Below are some photos of year seven and nine students starting in 2021.
2021 BYOD Information
All students can participate in the School’s BYOD Programme with approval from their parents. Device specifications needed to connect to the School’s Computer Network are listed below.
- 11-inch screen ideally touch screen
- 4GB RAM memory ideally 8GB
- 128 GB Hard Drive Ideally Solid State (SSD) to reduce risk of damage
- Wi-Fi: 802.11n ideally 802.11ac
- Keyboard and trackpad (mouse)
- Battery capable of running 6 hours
- AC Power adapter/ charger
- 2 USB Ports
- Audio out
- Upgrade to 2-year warranty to include battery replacement
- Carry bag / protective case will help with daily use
- USB Pen Drive / Headphone
Other considerations Insure the device either household contents policy or a new separate policy.
Recommended Device The School’s recommended device for 2021 is Acer Travelmate B311 Spin and can be purchased at a discounted price from Harvey Norman’s Manukau branch
Return of Ministry of Education devices supplied during COVID-19 disruptions
All laptops need to be returned to the school library with the power cord before Monday 30 November.
The devices used this year by students in Year 13 will be reallocated to students in Year 11 in 2021.
For students returning in 2021 you will be able to collect the device available at the start of school in 2021.
Fundraiser- The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ
A big thank you to everyone who supported our annual Year 7/8 Fred Hollows Foundation cake stall. We have raised close to $1000 to send to the Pacific Islands for eye operations. Thank you to everyone staff and students for your awesome generosity for a worthy cause. Fa’afetai lava. Year 7/8.
Teachers in Charge: Mr Keane and Ms Judd
The Junior tag team has had a sucessful two weeks after beating Wesley College in the Southern Zone Tag tourmanment at Bruce Pulman Park and then qualifying for the wider Auckland Championships at Pakuranga on Monday 16 November. Southern zone champions.
The team qualified for the semi finals against Kelston Boys High after beating Orewa and Manurewa College in a pool play. The semi-final was hard fought with a five all draw leading to a drop off to decide the winner. Kelston ended up scoring in the last minute to go through to the final. De La Salle ended up a respectable third by beating Orewa College in the third and fourth play off.
Well done to student coaches Phranklyn Mano Le-Mamea, Willy Lavaka, Joe Pulu who coached and held daily training sessions at school to prepare the boys for both tournaments. The future of tag football is bright with the talent and energy in this group of young men.
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
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