De La Salle College Newsletter Catholic School for Boys in the Lasallian tradition

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College Principal - “By Perseverance the Snail Reached the Ark"

Deputy Principal - "...and the Word Became Flesh"

Special Character - "Waiting in Line"

AP Curriculum - "NCEA Updates"

AP Pastoral - "Social Media Awareness"

ICT Academy - "NCEA Computer Science Courses for Years 12 & 13 Students"

Literacy Centre- Millionaires Club

Letters to the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern

Literacy Centre Lockdown Luscious Lexicon of Family Favourite Recipes

Attitude Presentation

Social Justice Week


Tongan Language Week 2020


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“By Perseverance the Snail reached the Ark”

Mr Myles Hogarty

College Principal

Greetings to you all,

Welcome to Week 8 of Term 3 and a hint of Spring signalled by the longer days, warmer sun and the range of spring flowers popping up in the College gardens.

Our young men like all school students in Auckland, have lost 10 weeks of face-to-face teaching so far this year, the equivalent of one school term.

While we met this challenge by teaching online, staying engaged and in communication with our young men, I am firmly of the belief that our students work and learn best when they can interact on a personal level with their teacher and classmates.

Futurists will tell us that working online or alone at home is the future of many forms of work, yes these opportunities are becoming more common but a teenage boy cannot be expected to discipline himself for several hours of solitary online work; perhaps some adults can, but from the feedback of our Staff: online teaching suggests that they too, also found this challenging.

It is very obvious to our teaching staff that our students enjoy the opportunity to interact with them, their classmates and enjoy all social interactions that come with learning at school.

As a College we anticipated that some of our Senior students would return from the last period of lockdown anxious about meeting their academic requirements and end of year exams.

Our staff are reassuring them that with a carefully planned programme of class work and perseverance in their studies, they will be in a strong position to achieve their academic goals.

De La Salle staff are offering a range of after school tutorials and workshops to assist our Senior school with their academic goals and will continue these into the Term 3 holidays. It is up to our Senior students to take these additional learning opportunities, to persevere with their studies and finish the year off on a positive manner. They have the time and College support to reach their goals and take some positives from what has been a disruptive year.

As the title of this article reads; perseverance will get the results.

I am confident that our Senior students will rise to the latest challenge; Stand Firm in their Faith and Be Courageous.

God bless

M Hogarty

deputy principal

Mr Dermot English

"and the Word Became Flesh”

Last year I came across a Ted Talk from Sala Tiatia, a De La Salle old-boy from the 90s. I highly recommend that you watch and listen to it. Sala speaks about the power of words, especially in his life. What other people say to us can be a problem, especially if it is in the form of mocking, bullying or putting people down. He talks of that, and then about the incredible power of encouraging and supporting words; ‘what can be uttered can become a reality’.

The other very powerful words are those that we say to ourselves. What is it that we are actually saying to ourselves each day. It could be ‘Im worried, I’m not good enough, I can’t do this, I don’t have enough time, everything is ruined, no-one understands me’ or it could be ‘now I can prove myself, this is my chance to learn more, I have what I need, I can look after myself, as long as I study I will pass’. And the word became flesh.

What we think affects our bodies, our actions, and becomes our reality. Words can literally change us.

So in this time of uncertainty and change, let us be aware of the words we are using with others, and with ourselves. Defend yourself against toxic or anxiety-inducing words and try to build up your own store of encouraging words and thoughts. The words we use directly affect our bodies, our moods, those around us and our whole life. Remember, the Word Became Flesh.


Director of Mission - Mr Denis Tutaka

The poem, "Waiting In Line" comes from an anonymous author.

The message is a reminder that as we journey in life, we need to be ready.


Assistant Principal - Mr Phil Doyle

NCEA Updates

Options due by Monday 21 September

We only have a few more days to complete your Options and Course Selections for 2021. Options and Course Selections due Monday 21 September for all current Year 9 - 12 students.

In 2021

  • * Year 12 and 13 students study Religious Education five Options. Year 12 students complete courses in literacy and numeracy.
  • * Year 11 students study Religious + Health Education, English, Mathematics, Science. You will need to select two Options.
  • * Year 10 need to select four half year Options.

You can complete your Course Selection through the KAMAR Portal. Talk to your Homeroom teacher now.

De La Salle Certificate and NCEA Progress

Even with the challenges of COVID-19 we have had some outstanding Progress with NCEA Credits - There are over 50 students Year 11 – 13 students have already achieved NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3.

Senior Exam Week - Week 1 Term 4

We have moved our Senior Practice Exam Week to October 12 – October 16 link for the timetable here, Students need to attend all Workshop and Exam sessions. Morning session are from 8.50 am – 11.50 am. Afternoon sessions are from 12.50 pm – 3.50 pm. Students will have study leave at all other times. Students need to start planning now how they will get to and from school on the days they have exams.

Senior Reports

Our senior students will now receive their reports Week 3 next term.

NCEA Exam Timetable

Here is the link to the NCEA exams in November.

Stick the NZQA timetable up on the fridge or on your wall. Highlight your exams.


Assistant Principal - Mr Elton Charles

Social Media Awareness

Schools and social media safety experts are warning parents and children to avoid viewing a video on social media that shows footage that is extremely disturbing. Although there was some success at removing this content from Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and Twitter and other platforms the content remains in circulation in different forms. It is difficult to keep children from seeing any harmful content. Therefore, it is important that parents check with children to see if they had seen the footage as this would make them feel extremely distressed.

If you become aware of your son being exposed to any social media content that has upset them, then it is important to seek help with this.

Where to get help

For Young People

De La Salle College Counsellors- knightn@delasalle.school.nz, sewellm@delasalle.school.nz

Youthline Helpline – Call 0800 376 633, text 234, email or webchat (7-11pm daily) for young people and their parents, whānau and friends.

Rainbow Youth – Call (09) 376 4155 (11am-5pm weekdays) or webchat (3-5 weekdays) for peer support for youth in the rainbow community, their friends and whānau.

0800 WHATSUP or webchat to talk about anything with trained counsellors. Call: Monday to Friday 12-11pm, Sat and Sun 3-11pm. Webchat: Mon-Fri 1-10pm, Sat-Sun 3-10pm. Kidsline – Call 0800 543 754 (0800 KIDSLINE) for young people up to 18 years old, 4-9pm weekdays.

The Lowdown – Call 0800 111 757, text 5626, email or webchat to get support for young people experiencing depression or anxiety.

For family, whānau, support workers

Helpline Skylight – Call 0800 299 100 for support through trauma, loss and grief. 9am–5pm weekdays.

Supporting Families – Call 0800 732 825 for families and whānau supporting a loved one who has a mental illness. 8:30am-5pm weekdays

Parent Help – Call 0800 568 856 for parents/whānau seeking support, advice and practical strategies on all parenting concerns. 9am-9pm daily


NCEA Computer Science Courses for Years 12 & 13 Students

Online or Onsite - Term 3 Holidays

Congratulations to the following students for achieving Computer Science Topics listed:

Level 3 Cloud Technologies - Sosaia Otuafi

Level 3 Programming - Angelo Toalepai, Wilson Nguyen

Level 3 Games - La’didas Tukerangi, Niko Lomano, Jean-Paul Toleafoa, Nikhil Gosai, Elliot Hokai, Devante Mika, Logan Leilua, Eneliko Vaotu’ua

Level 4 Servers - Luani Nansen

Techtorium is offering further Levels 3 & 4 NCEA Computer Courses online or onsite during Term 3 Holidays. These courses are open to Years 12 and 13 students and approved by NZQA. All course costs will be covered by the College. See below for course details and dates.


“Boys Who Read Achieve”

Report by Amanda Chapman, Kristina Ah Ta and Angela Barry

We are pleased to announce that we have five more millionaires in the Literacy Centre’s Millionaire Club.

Marques Tominiko and Elijah Wilson both from 7AND; Lucas Vaaga, 7TUF; Jett Anitelea and Manaia Iakimo, both from 8ABR.
Marques Tominiko 7AND
Elijah Wilson 7AND
Lucas Vaaga 7TUF
Jett Anitelea 8ABR

Manaia is the first person to be a Millionaire in both 2019 and 2020.

Manaia Iakimo 8ABR

This is a great academic achievement and students are usually acknowledged in a whole school assembly, receiving a certificate and an academic badge. Due to the Level 2.5 Lockdown for Covid 19 Mr Hogarty kindly acknowledged the students’ achievement in the Literacy Centre. TJ Emanuela (acknowledged in the last newsletter) also received his certificate and badge. These millionaires will have their names added to the Millionaires Honours Board on display in the Literacy Centre.

Mr Hogarty, TJ Emanuela, Jett Anitelea, Manaia Iakimo, Elijah Wilson, Marques Tominiko, Lucas Vaaga, Robbie Dahl

Letters to the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern

One of the Literacy Centre’s assignments during the latest lockdown was for all Year 7 and 8 students to write to Jacinda Ardern regarding their experiences dealing with Covid 19 and how it has affected their families and communities. These letters have now been sent to the Prime Minister. Below are some extracts from the students’ letters.

My school is now closed for a further 2 weeks. They have had to put sanitizers in every room of the school and had to put a ban on handshakes for a while. For online school, I kind of like it but I have one problem, it’s reading e-books, I'd rather read a book in hand, but I must read somehow so it'll have to do. The rest is fine, I can get a lot of work done swiftly, and can concentrate independently - by Chisom Ochibulu.

First things first, I want to say thank you, for all the things you’ve done for the community, such as leading us through this Pandemic, and leading us through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings. We are all very blessed to have you as our Prime Minister. Covid-19 has affected my school learning. I always liked going to school, but since lockdown, I've had to do my work online which I'm not really a big fan of. I'll do it, but I would prefer going school normally - by Jason Tran.

With school being shut down because of the pandemic, I have found online learning difficult at times because I don’t have a teacher around to explain to me exactly where I went wrong when I'm stuck on something. Although my teachers are online always available to help when needed I still feel the one on one eye contact approach always works for me. So, I'm looking forward to returning to school when it is safe - by Khadaphius Saufua-Jansen

Literacy Centre Lockdown Luscious Lexicon of Family Favourite Recipes

The second assignment that the Literacy Centre set during Lockdown 2 was asking for a family favourite recipe. Students were asked to choose a family recipe, write it down and write a couple of paragraphs explaining why it’s a favourite. Here is Bonaventure Lipa-Patau’s recipe.

Fried Chicken

Recently, I’ve discovered how diverse food can be. Various textures, flavour combinations and exquisite cuisines make food memorable. When my mum introduced this recipe that she got from a woman who makes video tutorials on delicious refreshments, I was eager and determined to be taught how to create such beautiful techniques and how to enhance the flavour palette into this dish but also making it look sophisticated and refined. By Bonaventure Lipa-Patau


Chicken nibbles or chicken breast (either will do)

Light soy sauce (2 tbsp)

Potato starch (2 tbsp)


Garlic cloves

Tomato sauce

Notes: Defrost chicken nibbles/breast in a pot or sink if it was in the freezer the night before.


Step 1: Add your defrosted chicken nibbles/breast in a bowl. Make sure it’s dry before use.

Step 2: Pour 1 tbsp of light soy sauce and mix thoroughly until all is covered.

Step 3: Then add 1-2 tbsp of potato starch and knead again until it is reached the perfect consistency.

Step 4: Fry the chicken on medium heat (150oC if using an electric fryer/frying pan) and start frying your chicken until it has a beautiful golden caramelised colour. Make sure the chicken is cooked right through. If you fry the chicken a second time it will get that nice extra crunch to it.

Step 5: Chop your leek into thin, long strips and peel your garlic cloves so it’s ready to be in the hot fry pan. Make sure that all components are precise and perfect to how you want it but don’t burn it.

Step 6: Apply all your elements jointly in a sauté pan and drizzle it with tomato sauce. You can garnish it with spring onion to intensify the aromatic relishes and you’re done.

Preparation Time: 5-10 mins. Cooking Time: 10-15 mins. Serves: 4-6

Conclusion- The dish is very quick and easy to make and you can use as comfort food when watching T.V, making it for your family dinner or gathering and eating it when you randomly feel hungry. Hope you enjoy it making it sometime just as much as I did. It was enjoyable to watch and create a succulent and mouth-watering dish that filled my appetite and satisfied me to the fullest.


Year 7 Attitude Presentation

As I entered the library all of a sudden I spied a man who looked unfamiliar to me. His name was Robbie. He was spitting facts mainly about social media, being a creator, being appropriate and tackling technology. He explained these topics using funny stories from his own experiences. My favourite story was when he told us about how his dad thought that ‘LOL’ meant ‘Lots of Love’ and he sent this as a text to his neighbour when their dog died. We played games which made his presentation extremely interesting and fun - By Sidharth Chand 7TUF

On Tuesday 8th September ‘Attitude’ came into De la Salle College to talk to the Year 7’s about ‘Tackling Technology’. Our lesson was taught by Robbie who is a New Zealander from the from the South Island. During the lesson I learnt about being aware of the mistakes we can make online. On the internet it’s very easy to hate and be negative, because everything can be anonymous. I also learnt to have a positive mindset when communicating online and to keep the link between my virtual world and my reality. I thoroughly enjoyed the session and I thank Attitude for coming in to educate us - By Lucas Va’aga 7TUF


Junior School Social Justice Week

The Year 7 & 8 Junior school participated in Social Justice week facilitated by Year 10 class 10B. This year the Social Justice week theme is Catholic Social Teaching, which provides a moral framework to guide our decisions and actions. Catholic Social Teaching has never been more relevant than now:

"From navigating through a world still responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, to an increased awareness of racism and historic injustice, and the ever-increasing socio-economic disparities, the Church’s social teaching helps us focus our concerns about the world. It provides a lens through which we can try to make sense of how our society is being changed, particularly by COVID-19 at this time."

Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori - Māori Language Week: 14-20 September 2020

tongan language week 2020

Jerome Vea & Mrs Verma
Mr Hogarty, Miss Puleiku & Mr Ufi
Miss Puleiku, Mrs Verma, Mrs Kumar
Year 13 Tongan students
Mr Ufi & Mr Tuiasau


Maori Artwork by Elijah Hunt 8OLI and Poem by Tevita Fa'aui 9FUT

Financial Assistance for School Attendance Dues

Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest or the Revenue Manager on 09-360-3069 at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland for further information.

Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support with the payment of attendance dues for preference students attending Catholic schools in the Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary.

Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest or the Revenue Manager at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland for further information. Application forms for the Hardship Scheme are available from school and parish offices, or can be downloaded here.

If your family has been affected financially by COVID-19 please click on link for the hardship application that needs to be completed and returned to the College directly or email the Catholic Diocese.


De La Salle College

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