in this issue
TERM 3 WEEK 2 - COLLEGE NEWSLETTER
College Principal - "Success and Failure"
Associate Principal - "Outside the Bubble"
Deputy of Curriculum - "Option Selection for 2022"
Deputy of Pastoral - "Academic Counselling"
Special Character - “Ministry & Mission”
ICT - Online Safety Parent Toolkit
Health Science Academy Preoperative Student Visit to Manukau Superclinic
De La Salle Sports
De La Salle Oscars
Mr Dermot English
"Outside the Bubble"
Have you ever got in the car in the weekend and without thinking started driving to work? Our brains form pathways of habit that we follow without having to think. This is often a good thing as it can reduce stress, but sometimes we need to break out of our normal pattern, so that new pathways are formed. Last week I travelled to the South Island with 13 boys who all gained Excellence Endorsement in Level 2 last year. This is an incentive and reward trip, an incentive for those thinking about making the effort to get Excellence, and a reward for those who do.
We flew to Dunedin where we were hosted for a night by families from Kavanagh College. The next day we visited the Pacific Students Association at Otago Uni, a student flat, then Cumberland College, a student hostel run by Ziggy Lesa, old boy from 1984. We were addressed by Leroy Filia, an old-boy from 2018, who gave the boys great advice about how to survive outside of South Auckland.
We went down to Dipton in Southland to my family farm, to see how New Zealand’s bills get paid, and how people live in rural NZ, then up to Queenstown for 2 nights. The boys got to do some of the tourist activities and to see one of the most beautiful places in NZ. I would like to thank Matthew Apuda, Johnnie Timu, Amanda Chapman and of course the boys, for a very enjoyable trip
Creating habits is a good thing, but sometimes breaking them is what is needed so we can have new experiences and pathways in our brain. We can do that by getting outside our bubble. You can view more photos through this link
Deputy Principal - Mr Phil Doyle
Option Selection for 2022
De La Salle College has started planning for 2022. Many of you will have started the conversation about options and course selection at this week’s Academic Counselling meeting with your son’s Homeroom Teacher. You can also get more information at upcoming Parent Partnership meetings.
Students in Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 need to select their Options for 2022. Student option choices will close at the start of Week 9 Term 3 - Monday 20th September.
Student Option Selection should be accessed through the KAMAR Portal http://parent.delasalle.school.nz. Once logged in, select the link Option Selection 2022. You can make changes and save as many times as you like on the KAMAR Portal up to Monday, September 20. The Option booklets can be found on the school website under the Academic section – Subject Selection. Options can also be completed by returning the form at the back of the Option booklet and returned to your son’s homeroom teacher.
If there are any other subjects that you would like to see at De La Salle College, we would also like to know. The key principle at De La Salle College is that the curriculum is driven by the needs of our students.
When selecting subjects for 2022, students need to be asking the following questions:
- What subjects do I [or would I] enjoy?
- Where can this subject lead me to?
- What are my chances of success in these subjects?
- What qualifications do I need for the study or work that I hope to do when I leave school?
- Have I discussed my choices with my parents, career advisors and teachers?
Please feel free to contact the school directly if you wish to discuss your son's options further. You can contact your son’s Homeroom teacher and/or Dean, the Careers Advisor or me at telephone: 09 276 4319 ext 882, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal for Mission - Mr Kane Raukura
Dear Lasallians, families and friends of the College, welcome back to Term Three and what will be a busy next few weeks… final winter matches with sport, senior students sprinting towards the finish line (our prelims exams are in just 8 weeks!) and the college will be having its ‘Special Character Review’ with the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Since our last newsletter, so many wonderful and uplifting events have occurred! It is wonderful to see the passion and enthusiasm that staff and students have for our faith, our charism and the colleges special character. I sincerely thank every staff member and student who contributes in any way, your witness is an example to the entire community.
1. The following service opportunities for our students occurred since Term Two!
- i. Students involved with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society – Young Vinnies, volunteered cooking service on numerous occasions.
- ii. Manukau Rovers assistance
- iii. School Lunches
- iv. Niu FM service
- v. Caritas collection and volunteers
- vi. Red Cross collection and volunteers
2. The Sacramental Programme continues and has been strongly supported by students and parents which is very encouraging. The total number of students enrolled now rests at 24 who are committed and fully attending.
3. Feeder School Retreats for Years 5 and 6 have also continued. Saint Joseph’s Otahuhu wrapped up the term and the students who attended were delighted with their day. DLS students who were old boys of Saint Josephs’s assisted and this was much appreciated by the St. Joseph’s staff who attended and they appreciated the thoughtfulness and the link.
4. Chapel – Wall behind the altar. Action completed. I am very pleased with the result. A connection to NZ, God and the beauty of creation.
5. DLS Careers Evening June 30th – a very successful religious vocations stand with two Priests from the Catholic Seminary of Auckland’s Formation Team plus Brothers Pat, Mark and Jack in attendance.
6. Staff Spirituality Day July 9th – an amazing final ‘teachers only day’ for Term Two. This year the staff focussed on two key aspects.
- i. Maori Spirituality led by our guest speaker Mr Manual Beazley. Core ideas around the Maori creation story and its resounding echoes with the Christian creation story were shared. As well as elements of tikanga Maori around ‘Tapu and Mana and Pono, Tika and Aroha’.
- ii. The Rosary. As a intimate part of who we are as Catholics. The Rosary was unpacked with the assistance of our second guest speaker Mr Craig Franswah from Sanctus Rosaries. The second part of his session culminated with the staff creating their own Rosaries which will be gifted to the Year 13 Graduating Class of 2021.
- iii. The day began with the staff reflecting the following idea… that we all ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’. Each staff member kindly supplied a picture of their giant and the morning reflection and prayer was based on this. It really touched peoples hearts and the feedback was very positive.
The entire day was a wonderful celebration of tikanga, catholic values and staff roots, togetherness and family.
7. College Bibles for RE Faculty. After discussion with the Principal, new Bibles and YOUCAT’s were secured for the RE Faculty. This late unbudgeted request was not expected and I sincerely thank the Principal for his swift action and support getting this urgent requirement underway promptly. It is sincerely appreciated.
- Chapel Garden tidy up. School student worker-bee being organised. Still to occur.
- DLS Statue (deep clean) – a project for this term.
- Stations of the Cross alongside the Chapel – a project for the Term Three / Four.
- Installation of new prayer corner shelves in all classrooms – a further update to occur after the T2/T3 Break.
- Training for Liturgy with RE Faculty – to be booked Term Three.
- DLS Catholic Character Review Auckland Diocese (Wednesday 25th August to Friday 27th August).
- Kairos #8 - 17-19th September @ Chosen Valley Christian Camp.
A PRAYER FOR THE NEW TERM
Oh Lord, I pray for all those in academic studies, in this new school term. I place them before You right now because beginning a term is not easy. Especially with examinations and tests looming. But I know that with You they will succeed. They will succeed because You are with them and You can give them the desires of their heart if they delight in You. I pray against any distractions so that they can be focused to do well like You want them to, Amen.
God Bless, Mr Raukura
Assistant Principal for Mission
Journalist, Troels Summerville from stuff.co.nz wrote a wonderful article on Epe that explains his journey with brain cancer over the last few years.
It really highlights him as an amazing young man and how much of a fighter he is.
He has such an indomitable spirit and is always smiling.
I visited with him and took him and his family out for Hot Chocolates/Coffee one weekend morning.
Ben Mitchell from NZ tv drama Shortland Street came out to meet with Epe. So all the family came along and they had a great time sharing stories. Epe was looking a bit frail but as always his strong spirit shone through in his smile. Epe is currently undergoing another dose of chemotherapy so we are hopeful it will go well.
Epe has a couple of fun activities lined up. Hopefully he will be getting a ride in the Police Eagle helicopter which he is really looking forward to, as well as a ride in a jet boat.
Rugby New Zealand also suprised Epe and his entire family, a night out to Eden Park supporting the All Blacks vs Australia at the Bledisloe Cup rugby game this weekend. They thought of everything from parking to a few extra surprises to make the night a memorable one for the Kaihau family. Watch the surprise unfold below.
He is home for now so that is definitely a positive for him and his family.
Please keep him in your prayers.
Teacher in Charge - Mr Hakeagatoa
Triumph at Mathex as De La Salle host first Year 9 and 10 Mathematics Competition
De La Salle had the privilege of hosting the Southern Cluster Mathex Competition for the very first time. There were ten Year 9 teams from local high schools competing to be the top Mathex school. After 20 minutes of intense competition, De La Salle finished in first place. The Year 10 group followed with 11 teams competing for the top spot. Once again, De La Salle was able to snatch victory after another gruelling 20 minutes.
We would like to congratulate the following boys from the Year 9 winning group:
- 1st Place: Albert Ezurike, Bruno Ta’ale, Inglis Tavu’i-Lemalie, Elijah Tia
- 2nd Place: Isaac Ete-AhKen, Jordan Etei-Michael, Chisom Ochibulu, Zylis Taliulu
Congratulations also to the following Year 10 boys for coming first place: Liam Hakeagatoa, Jesse Dmello, and brothers Caesar and Lucius Yandall.
We would like to thank the Head of Mathematics Faculty, Mr Vailahi and the mathematic teachers for hosting the event.
Health Science Academy Perioperative Visit to Manukau Superclinic
by Mrs Spencer
On Monday 2 August, 23 Health Science Academy Students visited the Manukau Superclinic. The Perioperative Team opened their doors to give our students an exclusive insight into all of the different career opportunities available at Counties Manukau Health, with the many different health careers involved in a patients journey through the operative theatres and beyond.
There are part time and full time job opportunities available to our students who have a current CV. Please contact Ms Fannon if you are interested in full time work in Manufacturing – day and night shifts available.
De La Salle Sport
Teacher in Charge - Mr D Kumar
Our 1st XI football team displayed some good football skills and teamwork against a strong Rosehill College side in a quarter final match for Counties Manukau Championship. They were unable to come out victorious and went down to the home side by 2 goals. Despite the loss, a greater teams spirit was evident amongst our boys. Special thanks to the captains Adeley and Lucia.
DE LA SALLE OSCARS
Year 13 Dean, Mr Hurst
Year 13 Ball
This year the Year 13 ball was held at Mount Smart Stadium. The theme was The La Salle Oscars. A great night was had by all and the feedback from the venue was incredibly positive in regard to our student's attitude and behavior.
I would like to thank Miss Phillips, Miss Tanuvasa, the ball committee and also many other staff and students who contributed significant time in planning and organizing such a successful event. Thanks to Mrs Sale and Mrs Leau for their assistance and support, much appreciated.
Awards and winners
- King - Raen Iakimo (13TUI)
- Queen – Maia Makakona (Southern Cross Campus)
- Best dressed male – Raseli Maelega (13HOB)
- Best dressed female - Ayva Niko (Mount Albert Grammar)
- Best dancer male - Faronc'e Tuimauga (13GAN)
- Best dancer female - Alini Finau (Epsom Girls)
- Best Glo Up - Matai Kalolo (13HWK)
- Cutest couple - Soane Katoa (13LIN) & Sia (McAuley)
- Year 13 Homeroom Teacher of the Year - Johnny Rex
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
2022 Enrolments close Friday 13 August
Phone: +649 276 4319 ext 816
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