De La Salle College Newsletter “A Catholic School for Boys in the Lasallian Tradition”

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College Principal - "Making the Right Connection"

Associate Principal - "You Lost Me"

Deputy of Curriculum - "Strengthening Literacy and Numeracy"

Deputy of Pastoral - "MADD"

Special Character - “Ministry and Mission”

ICT Academy

Intermediate School News

Literacy Centre


Auckland Ministry of Education Curriculum Fono

HSA Preoperative Student Visit

Careers Corner


De La Salle Sports


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“Making the Right Connection”

Mr Myles Hogarty

College Principal

Our young men are from a generation that is being described as “Learners of a Global Community.’ The use of technology, computers, internet, smart phones etc, certainly enables our students to connect globally and access world-wide learning resources.

My concern is that while our young men are making the connection to this global community, some are becoming more withdrawn and isolated from their own communities and severing that connection, retreating into their own isolated virtual communities.

De La Salle’s success as a school depends on an emphasis on “Community” in many ways, through its learning community, Sports teams, Cultural groups, Special Character groups, Leadership groups and Parent Partnerships. These are all designed to provide our young men with a strong connection to his community and protect him from becoming isolated in a virtual world of social networking and “faceless” communities.

The best communities allow young men to smile, talk, try things, fail, succeed, ask for help, be supported and know that they are valued through the connections to family, friends and teachers.

The College offers our young men many opportunities to engage in global learning and have access to global communities, many of our students are able to access these also in their own homes, however we must not let our students disconnect from the strong values that being a member of a school community can provide them.

Practicing and playing with your friends in a Rugby or Basketball team, preparing and delivering a Debate, performing the College Haka and playing music in a band with your peers is the best way to strengthen the connection to your real community.

Our young men are expected to be involved in Service programmes in our Community and are regularly reminded to be ‘A Man of Service for Others’, a noble value in the often ‘me’ focused environment that is promoted by the social media.

Paul sums this up nicely in his letter to the Philippians 2:4 when he urges them, “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others too.”

De La Salle offers our young men the opportunities to “connect” with their school, families and local communities through a range of activities and it is our expectation that every boy participates in these opportunities that are offered at the College. Sadly we see and read stories of many teenage boys in New Zealand who have become disconnected from their communities and no longer contribute positively to society, they are lost spiritually, culturally and educationally. It is this group who appear all too frequently in crime statistics.

I am heartened by the young men of De La Salle who display various forms of service to their school, family and communities, giving of their talents and time to be connected locally and globally. Peter 4:10 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

Bishop Michael Gielen made this point very strongly to our young men in his Homily at our Founder’s Day Mass last Friday, stating that Service was the most important value that young Catholics and Lasallians needed to display in their lives. His words were very clear, “ Do Service for others.”

As a College community we continue to celebrate the success of boys who have achieved outstandingly in their Academic work, Sport, Service, Music, Culture and Faith, acknowledging and celebrating them in our College assembly again this week.

We are well settled into our structures and routines this term and our young men are regularly reminded of the expectation to achieve Excellence in all areas of their education.

God Bless

associate principal

Mr Dermot English

"You Lost Me"

I was teaching a class recently and looking around noticed some disengagement. I said, ‘Okay guys, where did you lose me?’. One boy put up his hand and said, ‘Sir, we didn’t lose you, you lost us’. We went back to the start and the boys were able to ask again and again about the main point, which I thought I had already done a great job of teaching. It’s hard not to be defensive about criticism.

I have seen boys who defend and defend when they have done something they shouldn’t have. When they talk one-to-one and finally let the truth be told there is a real sense of relief that they don’t have to hide, and that in telling the truth they are still safe. This is how 'Right Relationships' are built. Last week was national anti-bullying week. This is about healthy, open, honest relationships where criticism, or feedback, is helpful, and when given, and is at least listened to, rather than always defended against.

All parents hope that their boys will have positive 'right relationships' throughout their lives. A key way to achieve this is to be open to ways of improving. This is probably the main skill needed for a fulfilling life. Luckily skills can be practised and developed over time!


Deputy Principal - Mr Phil Doyle

Strengthening Literacy and Numeracy

Our Teacher Only Day on this Friday, mandated by the Ministry of Education, was for our teachers to plan for the changes in NCEA qualifications that start in 2023. The day focused on Mana ōrite mō te mātauranga Māori and Strengthening Literacy and Numeracy.

Teacher also made submissions to the Ministry of Education about the draft Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories in our national curriculum that will be introduced for all Year 1 to 10 students in NEW Zealand from 2023.

Aotearoa New Zealand's histories will be taught in all schools and kura so ākonga students can learn how our histories have shaped our lives. In English-medium schools, histories will be taught as part of social sciences. In Māori-medium kura, Te Takanga a te Wā will be taught as part of Te Tikanga ā-Iwi. Your views on this draft will inform the final Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories content. You can comment both on the histories curriculum and the related changes to the Māori language medium curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. Every New Zealander can take part.

Have your say by May 31 on Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories in our national curriculum

Me mātai whakamuri, kia anga whakamua

To shape New Zealand’s future, let’s start with the past

Teachers of Year 7 and 8 attended our Kahui Ako – Community of Learning Conference at St Annes Primary School.


Deputy Principal - Mr Elton Charles


Mr Alataua & Ms Fatu (Massiss Social Workers)


In the beginning Term 2, we have started our MADD Messenger Mentoring programme, targeting our year 9 and 10 students for assistance and support in the classroom environment. This is the second group of students who have participated in MADD Messenger, and it has been a success so far. Petia Wilson old boy of De la Salle, who facilitates the programme will be working alongside our Social workers, Mr Chanel Alataua and Ms Angel Fatu. The programme will be running in the next 8 weeks, Friday period 3 in the chapel.


Last Thursday we were honoured to have the Martin Hautus Foundation trust members visit our 20 year 10 and year 11 students. The students were selected in preference from referrals and assessment from teachers and staff. The students were well engaged and were supported by the trusts mentor Solomon Brown. It was pleasing to see ex staff member returning Mr Arthur Pulotu Solomon and wife Mariertta Solomon also assisting our students. Special thanks to Talei Solomon who is the manager and also our students who will be continuing to mentor our students.


Assistant Principal for Mission - Mr Kane Raukura

Dear friends, families, students and staff of De La Salle College, I pray this finds you well, in good spirits and at peace.

On Friday the 21st May the College Community celebrated our 2021 ‘Founders Day’. This is a special day of remembrance, love, respect and tradition as we honour the Founder of the Christian Schools, our own namesake, Saint John Baptist De La Salle.

A lot of you know the name of the College and may know it is named after some French guy and we have a statue.

But I wonder how much you actually know about this amazingly dedicated, passionate and devout man who gave his all for the creation of the Christian Schools? I would like to share with you his story. Please take a moment to read and digest these short paragraphs on our Founder.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Our Founder

  • Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
  • Patron of Teachers
  • Father of Modern Education

Born at Reims, France into a devout and influential family (30th April 1651), John Baptist de La Salle received the tonsure at age eleven and was named Canon of the Reims Cathedral at sixteen. Though he had to assume the administration of family affairs after his parents died, he completed his theological studies and was ordained priest on 9 April, 1678. Two years later he received the doctorate in theology. Meanwhile he became tentatively involved with a group of rough and barely literate young men who wanted to establish schools for poor boys. Almost by accident, the young De La Salle gradually assumed the leadership of the small group of lay teachers. Moved by the plight of the poor who seemed so “far from salvation” either in this world or the next, he determined to put his own talents and advanced education at the service of the children “often left to themselves and badly brought up.” To be more effective, he abandoned his family home, moved in with the teachers, renounced his position as Canon and his wealth, and so formed the community that became known as the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

His enterprise met opposition from the ecclesiastical authorities who resisted the creation of a new form of religious life, a community of consecrated laymen to conduct gratuitous school “together and by association.” The education establishment resented his innovative methods and his insistence on gratuity for all, regardless of whether they could afford to pay. Nonetheless De La Salle and his Brothers succeeded in creating a network of quality schools throughout France that featured instruction in the vernacular, students grouped according to ability and achievement, integration of religious instruction with secular subjects, well-prepared teachers with a sense of vocation and mission, and the involvement of parents. In addition, De La Salle pioneered in programs for training lay teachers, Sunday courses for working young men, and one of the first institutions in France for the care of delinquents. Worn out by austerities and exhausting labors, he died at Saint Yon near Rouen early on Good Friday, only weeks before his sixty-eighth birthday (7th April 1719).

“Be driven by the love of God because Jesus Christ died for all, that those who live may live not for themselves but for him, who died and rose for them. Above all, let your charity and zeal show how you love the Church. Your work is for the Church, which is the body of Christ. (from a meditation by John Baptist de La Salle)”

The three centuries that separate us from the birth of St. John Baptist De La Salle have been very rich. The proof of this is the continuity of his mission and the affirmation in different contexts of his spiritual heritage. Today, the great De La Salle family is made up of more than 3,000 Brothers, who together with the 90,000 educators and lay collaborators assist in more than 1,100 educational works, in 80 countries more than 1 million pupils, including children, young people and adults.

Here at De La Salle College, we continue our Founders legacy and educational mission. We are proud Lasallians who unite together to ensure great outcomes for our students and community.

On the occasion of this Founders Day. Let’s all say together and with one voice….

Saint John Baptist De La Salle – Pray for Us!

Live Jesus in our hearts – Forever!

God Bless, Mr Raukura

Assistant Principal for Mission

Mr Singh with Techtorium recipients being acknowledged at College assembly for their achievements

ict academy

Senior Students were acknowledged at the College Assembly this week for successfully completing Computer courses at Techtorium Institute of Technology in Newmarket during Term 1 Holidays.


Learning the Digital Way

by 8TAM

Believe it or not, we are living in a digital world. And as we move further, we should adapt to the changes around us. From the moment that we wake up, we make use of different devices to carry on with our daily activities. The students are not far from what we do. The students of today flick, slide and tap the screen better than the adults.

How do we meet them halfway? This is the question that teachers face every day. This year, 8TAM class has made full use of devices. They have used MS Teams to write their narratives, make their own research, do online math drills and recently started using Minecraft to bridge this gap. The students created a world showing the place where Jesus lived to help them understand the situation of Jesus and the Jews in his time. They did this after they have talked about different Scriptural passages showing the image of Jesus. The students were asked to work in pairs to promote collaboration and bring fun into learning. They were given time to work in class and time to present and explain in front of their classmates.

There is something that we could learn every day. And learning does not necessarily have to be done the same way that we did in the past. We have to adjust to the signs of the time.

Lasallians attending mass in St. Anne's Manurewa

literacy centre


Teacher in Charge - Mr Kumar

A group of Year 9 and Year 10 students from our college participated in the South Auckland Mathematics Challenge on Tuesday the 18th of May 2021. The Year 9 teams came out victorious attaining 1st and 2nd spot in the competition. One of the year 10 teams attained 1st place.

Year 9 students

  1. Elijah Tia
  2. Inglis Tavu'i-Lemalie
  3. Bruno Ta'ale
  4. Zylius Taliulu
  5. Issac Ete Ahken
  6. Josiah Cummings
  7. Chisom Ochibulu

Auckland Ministry of Education Curriculum Fono

by Mr Tuiasau

Faculty of Science

HSA Preoperative Student Visit

Mrs Spencer- Teacher in Charge, Health Science Academy

On Tuesday 25 May, 35 Health Science Academy Students with Mrs Fannon went to the Manukau Super Clinic for a Preoperative Visit to explore different careers in Health. This opportunity was organised by FOU Secondary for Health Science Academy Students. Health Science Academy is an opportunity for 25 students from each of Year 11, 12 and 13 who are interested in pursuing a career in the Health Science. Funding and support is given by Counties Manukau District Health Board and Ministry of Health through FOU. Contact for HSA at DLS is Mrs. Spencer (Director of Health Science Academy).


A range of Health professionals were represented at the 10 Health career stations set up around the Superclinic for our students to visit in groups. The focus was on what the job entails - what happens on a daily basis and some practical demonstrations of this. Many of the presenters were young and their passion for their jobs and the people they help, really shone through. They asked and answered questions and brought a lot of humour to the evening , showing a real interest in the plans of our students. Audiologists, anaesthetic technicians, orthopaedic Nurses, orderlies, physiotherapists, CPR nurses, and medical imaging staff - were a selection of the presenters.

One of the most unexpected careers was the Interpreter who works with patients who do not understand English to ensure that they understand and can be involved in decision making about their treatment.

This was an inspiring session that informed our students about career pathways that are available at CMDHB. A message that came through clearly was that there are great job opportunities both in NZ and overseas.

Thank you to the FOU Secondary Team, Mrs F Fannon, Mrs S Spencer, Parents, Whanau, and the Health Science Academy Students for organising and being part of this wonderful career opportunity.

Health Science Academy students
Exploring Respiratory Systems
Interpreting Services
Lelea demonstrating CPR on a baby during CPR training
Year 11 & 12 students

careers corner

Careers Advisor - Mrs Fannon

Old Boy Jonathan Hene left DLS last year and is in his first semester at AUT University. He is studying towards a Bachelor of Business in Accounting & Finance.

Entry requirements for this three year degree include NCEA Level 3 and UE.

Jonathan is finding that he needs to be self motivated in his university studies and is enjoying the challenge.

Jonathan Hene, studying towards a Bachelor of Business in Accounting & Finance

Old Boy Penisio Tupou is currently studying towards a Certificate in Plumbing & Gasfitting Level 3 at NZMA. This is a pre-trade programme and Penisio’s goal is to get an apprenticeship this year so that he can continue his plumbing studies while he works.

Penisio Tupou is currently studying towards a Certificate in Plumbing & Gasfitting

Learner Licence

We have been fortunate to receive funding through Chamber Drive (MSD), enabling 21 boys to gain their Learners Licence, via a 3 day workshop.

On day 3 VTNZ set up a testing station onsite, so the boys are able to sit their test in a familiar environment.

Below are some of the pics showing the boys in a mock class. They will be sitting their test on Friday 28th May.

Experience MIT for a Day

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. FREE MIT experience days during the July school holidays.

If you are interested you are welcome to book online, or pop into the careers room and we can assist you with your registration.




- Music lessons continue from Term 1. A reminder that these are:

  • Bass guitar, brass and guitar with Mr Nana: Monday
  • Drums with Mr Frater: Tuesday
  • Voice with Mr Folau: Thursday
  • Guitar with Mr Galvin: Friday

- Year 7/8 APPA choir have started practising ahead of their first combined rehearsal. More details to follow from Mrs Olive and Mrs Laumemea.

- Smokefree Rockquest and Tangata Beats is coming up: DLS have entries in these competitions already. Keep practicing gentlemen!

- Well done to the groups who performed at assembly last week

De La Salle Sports

2nd XV Rugby Team

Teachers in Charge - Matua Bull & Mr Rex

The team coaches would like to sincerely thank the managers Mr & Mrs Tanuvasa and Coach Mr James Mafoe for their support of the 2nd XV team at the start of the rugby season. Both parties bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise and we are very grateful for their time and volunteering to help us throughout the season.

2nd XV team with Matua Mike Bull & Mr Johnny Rex


Teacher in Charge - Mr D Kumar

The boys put up good show of football skills and came out victorious by beating the opponents James Cook High by 2 goals to nil. Thanks to Mathew Apuda, Old boys - Alex and Miracle.

2nd XV Rugby

1st XIII Rugby League Player of the Match

Teacher in Charge - Mr Brown

Thank you to old boy Mr Anthony Apelu, whos business Cold Classics Barbershop sponsor the 1st XIII Player of the Match. He's pictured here with L-R: Jeremiah Matautia 19 May game and Rodney Vea (c) 26 May game


Photos by Ms Judd


Congratulations to old boys William Palea, George Aleni and Rashuan Fiso on their recent achievements
Open to all Year 11-13 Art students
Open to all Year 7 - 10 students
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Register for Rugby

Well done on making the decision to play rugby for De La Salle College in 2021. It is important that we capture and register your details for our school and Auckland Rugby Union.

Click on this rugby registration link which will load a form for you to complete and submit.

Thank you, and good luck for the season!


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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