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

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College Principal - "Stand Firm in your Faith, Be Courageous"

Deputy Principal - "Sunset, Mitimiti"

Special Character - "My 8 Year Journey at De La Salle"

AP Curriculum - Academic Updates

AP Pastoral - "Conquer those trials"

Mitimiti, Northland

Literacy Centre

8OLI Rocket Challenge

Year 9 Activities: Teacher vs Student Debates

Year 10 Activities: Monday Carnival

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De La Salle Staff 2020

“Stand Firm in your Faith, Be Courageous” - 1 Corinthians 16:13

Mr Myles Hogarty

College Principal

Greetings to you all,

The above has been our Scriptural Theme for the year.

The verse is seen in many forms around the College, often referred to in College Assemblies, Liturgies and Masses and quoted to our young men regularly throughout this year. These words and the message that they convey could not have been chosen any better for the challenges that the College community has had to face since March this year.

2020 has been like no other year in the lifetime of our community, it has challenged and tested our patience, resilience and perseverance. As Catholic Lasallians our faith has been tested and I am proud to say that it has not wavered or faltered, in fact I believe that it requires adversity to put our faith to the test at times and to display our courage to hold tightly to it. This is further emphasised in our College motto, “Bonum Certamen Certa Fide.”

This year we have certainly fought the good fight of faith. Throughout the entire COVID period I have been enormously heartened and inspired by the determination of the College staff, students and parents as they have ensured that the presence of a microscopic virus would not stop them from reaching our College vision and goals for this year. I am delighted to report that we have achieved our goals for this year despite the challenges put in front of us.

The sudden move to online teaching and learning was met with a “can do” attitude and while the College initially had some teething issues with home connectivity and the allocation of devices, the majority of our young men showed high levels of engagement online, a true test of their adaptability to change.

Total online teaching and learning was something new to us all and I would especially like to thank the many parents who were also thrust into the role of being “home schoolers” over the lockdown periods; a role that they were never expecting or trained for, but one that they attempted to master for the sake of their son’s education.

I think that it would be fair to say that staff, students and parents all learned some very valuable lessons about teaching and learning over the two lockdown periods and I am sure that these will only add to our better learning habits in the future.

As a College community we were very fortunate that none of our members’ health were affected by the virus, however the effects were felt in the reduction of working hours of our parents and in some cases the loss of employment. As a College we have endeavoured to support our families who were feeling these effects, with the resources that were available to us.

This support will need to continue and has been prioritised by the College. I thank those suppliers of food and clothing and the Service groups in our College for their selfless acts of support for those families who are struggling.

Community is one of our College’s key values, sadly this year we lost the opportunity to celebrate some significant community events. Some Sports, Cultural, Music, Camps, trips and faith events had to be cancelled, yet or young men took this disappointment in their stride and with a mature response, making the best of what we could achieve, testament again to living out our College theme.

I am hopeful that we will have a safe and restful Christmas season and a New Year that is full of optimism and good health for all members of our community.

I thank our parents once again for their strong and positive partnership with the College over this year. Look after one another, use the joy of Christmas and the birth of Christ to further strengthen your faith.

Live Jesus in our Hearts

God Bless

deputy principal

Mr Dermot English

"Sunset, Mitimiti"


This photo is from a trip taken last week to Mitimiti in Northland for 20 boys from Year 10. They had a wonderful time, and were a great group of boys who faced difficult challenges and really bonded. They had a positive mindset and were resilient.

As the sun sets on this year we can be proud of the work done by the parents, the staff and the boys. This week the staff have worked very hard to provide the busiest ever activity week, and it looks like we will have the best pass rates for NCEA in many years. Despite COVID all major events were held, except the School Fair and Year 9 Camp. The school has had a positive mind-set and the community has proved to be resilient.

All the best to everyone for the summer break. Look after yourselves and take the chance to watch those sunsets


Director of Mission - Mr Denis Tutaka

My 8 Year Journey at De La Salle

Kia Orana to you all

This is my final newsletter message to you all and I would like to start by extending to every single one of you, my sincere thanks for being part of my life here at De La Salle College, Mangere. As I now venture to join our Lasallian family at John Paul College in Rotorua, I will always be reminded of your beautiful soul. I started at the College as a Campus Minister in 2013, a Religious Education teacher and eventually a Director of Mission in 2019. Who would have thought that I would start from the lowest rank as “just” a Campus Minister, to be a member of the Senior Leadership Team as a Director of Mission? I certainly never imagined that I would end up here. But, as the great Mr Bull says, “It is what it is.” I have taken on every single challenge I have encountered as a blessing. I have no doubt that my vocational pathway from a Campus Minister to the Director of Mission is somewhat a path prepared by our Lord. I firmly believe in the Lord who guides our way to fulfil His will. Similarly, I feel that the Lord is taking me to Rotorua, to paths I do not yet understand.

My journey has been touched by each and every one of you, whether a staff, a student, a parent or a friend of the College. A special mention to the Board of Trustees and the Principal, Mr Myles Hogarty for giving me the opportunity to grow and be the best Lasallian and teacher I can be. I would like to thank Br Sir Patrick Lynch, the De La Salle Brothers Community in Mangere for supporting me throughout my journey. Br Sir Pat has been my stronghold, especially when times have been tough for me personally. I have basically become part of the Brother’s community, even acting like I live in the Brother’s house by freely walking in to eat or drink from the fridge – a privilege not everyone has with the De La Salle Brothers. I have become close with the Brothers that people sometimes think I am a Religious Brother too. The memories shared with the Brothers are something special I will treasure for the rest of my life.

There are too many of you to mention. I would like to mention particularly my Cook Islander support person, Mereana Teiotaata Iobu. You will always be a great part of my life. Thank you for your friendship, sisterhood and support. To my mentor teachers, you know who you are, especially when I started as a teacher. Your words of encouragement has deeply touched me to the core and I have learnt about teaching and more importantly, about life. Thank you for being there for me. To all the staff and teachers and the many friends I have made at the College, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. You have all become special to me. Finally, thank you to all the students, those whom I have taught and those I have the privilege to meet. You have formed and moulded me into a better person than yesterday. You taught me how to be a great “big brother” and how to be a great teacher. To everyone, I I may have hurt, I apologise to you from the bottom of my heart and pray that we find healing. To say I will miss De La Salle College is an understatement.

As I sign out, I pray that you welcome your new Director of Mission with open arms, support him and the College and continue to strive in our Faith in God, our Service to others and to our Community and remember that we always strive for Excellence in everything we do. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Jesus in our hearts, forever!


Assistant Principal - Mr Phil Doyle

Academic Updates

Senior Option Changes and Updates for 2021

Any students with clashes or subject changes will be invited in on Thursday 28 January 11.00-1.00pm and Friday 29 January 11.00 am – 1.00 pm. Student who will be reissued a MoE funded device will also be contacted at this time.

NCEA Exams and NZQA results

Our boys are working to the very end. We have our last exam next Tuesday 8 December. We congratulate all students who have entered the exams in the right spirit and who have given it their best. Students now have the long wait to late January to receive their results. Students are reminded that to log on to the NZQA extranet to check results and order certificates in the New Year.

Learning Recognition Credits

As NZQA indicated in June, Learning Recognition Credits [LRC] will be awarded to students this year to recognise the disruption from COVID during 2020. The LRC will be calculated based on the number of credits achieved in the 2020 academic year.

Only assessment undertaken during 2020 and reported to NZQA before February 2021 can earn Learning Recognition Credits. This allows for Learning Recognition Credits to be calculated on late reported results from 2020 and any summer school or extra results.

De La Salle Certificate

All our Year 9 and 10 students study towards the De La Salle Certificate. The De La Salle Certificates aim to recognize and Excellence across all subjects. More importantly the De La Salle Certificate values those attributes that test scores don’t always show about our wider values of Faith, Service, and Community.

Our values are actually shown by some simple daily or weekly habits. We value punctuality and attendance. Students who have high attendance and who are on time to class, ready to start at the beginning of each lesson achieve additional points. More importantly, they are setting themselves up for success in all that they do. We use the Weekly Note scores, which we email home to families every week. A Weekly Note score of 4 or 5 can reassure you that your son is fully involved in his lessons and making the best of his opportunities . Students who complete Service hours and who are involved in the wider school activities will achieve additional points towards the De La Salle College Year 9 and 10 Certificates. While we count Service Hours up to 20 points, many boys have exceeded this three and four times over. Finally, we also value participation in the wider life of the school.

The De La Salle Certificate is another way for our students to show that they are giving their best and that they are developing habits that support their learning now and in the future as they head towards NCEA and beyond. We believe all students are capable of achieving the De La Salle Certificate. If you were close this year, set yourself a goal for next year whether it is the De La Salle Certificate or NCEA. If you were successful this year, don’t take anything for granted and come back ready to give your best in 2021.

Men of Excellence

At our Prizegiving we celebrate something extra – a Man of Excellence. A Man of Excellence is the award that shows your son is achieving to the very highest across multiple subjects.

Just like the De La Salle Certificate, we believe all students are capable of achieving a Man of Excellence Award.

Have a blessed Christmas and joyous summer


Mr Elton Charles

"Conquer those trials"

While writing this article it is excellent to see that everybody is currently back at school, and even though we are all cautions of what occurred this year, we are trying to create an environment that is as normal as can be. There have been important lessons learned. We thought that some of these things were impossible; and, equally, we have also learned that there are things we cannot do, or perhaps do not want to do!

Every year we develop a College theme, and this year our theme was “Stand firm in your faith, be Courageous.” God has called and chosen us and empowered us overcome any trials and difficult situations in this life. Only when we conquer those trials, we will be rewarded with eternal glories.

This year we have had challenges, and it was up to us to rise to these challenges to improve ourselves.

Most of our students were able to do this and they must be admired for their strengths and tenacities.

This year the Pastoral Care Team with the support of all teachers played an even more important part of ensuring that the needs of our students were met. There were many challenges brought about by the lockdowns we had. Anxiety, isolation, poverty was just a few of the challenges that our team had to face this year. The relentless dedication from all our staff created an atmosphere for our students where they were able to feel a sense of belonging.

The students at our school are fortunate that they are presented with so many opportunities to discover their interests and explore new concepts. Although opportunities were limited this year, they were still able to explore and participate in several activities. Towards the end of this year the junior students would have had several excursions and activities to make up what they lost out on this year.

Thank you to the parents who work beside and support our staff in motivating and setting expectations for our students. Also I would like to thank all staff and students who have made 2020 to be as normal as possible, given the circumstances and hoping that 2021 will be a far better year for all of us.


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.

Minimum Specifications

  • 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

Suggested Extras

  • 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.

mitimiti, northland

Trevor Uisa-Kainiu 10FRA

Brothers, today was a very challenging day. With again much uncertainty and a big challenge ahead of all of us. I remember at the beginning being excited to go on the walk unaware of the many hills and valleys we were going to encounter. For me walking up the hill was very tiring I just wanted to give up, I was heavily breathing and was hard for me to continue, furthermore going through the bushes I felt the pain of the spikes on my body, and walking down the steep hill was also hard for me as my legs were about to give up and lastly the 2hour walk around the beach, me feeling sick half way, I just wanted to turn back, I didn’t know when it was going to end but I hung in there even though my feet was in so much pain. By the help of the Lord I was able to stand firm in the faith and trust in him. He had given me a blessing to be on this trip and I was going to make the most of it. He had also given me Angels whom I call my brothers that helped me get through the way and Mr English who always encouraged me. And at the end although my feet were in pain. I was so glad to have fight the good fight of Faith, trusting in God and my brothers to help me overcome the journey. My reflection in life is that we are always going through obstacles but we need to stand firm in the faith and be courageous. We have brotherhood and that will always be stronger.


Literacy centre

John Lavea 8BOE
Wilson Amituanai 8ABR


by Norman Peni - Class of 2013 on behalf of 8OLI

Hi My Name is Norman Peni, A proud old boy from the Class of 2013. A little about myself: I am of Samoan Descent, born and raised in Manurewa, attended St Anne’s Catholic School and moved on to De La Salle College from 2007-2013. Moving on from College I went on to Study a Bachelor of Engineering specialising in Electrical and Electronic Engineering . Currently I am working for Transpower helping “Keep the lights on” and delivering power across New Zealand. My current role helps maintain company assets ensuring any works near the Towers and overhead power lines wont hinder our ability to deliver Electricity – ironically as a kid, we used to play near the towers during lunch and now I help look after them.

Recently I had the great opportunity to be an ambassador for the Wonder Project: Rocket Challenge for Mrs Olive and her students. I really loved sharing with the boys, my experiences and knowledge to help accomplish their goals in this challenge and was thoroughly impressed by their hard work and effort at being successful in completing the 2020 Rocket challenge.

It has been great to see that the Lasallian Spirit and wit is still strong and well

As an old-boy I have always known the talents our young men have across the board, and as a brother I encourage our families to continue to help develop these talents so that they too can return, to spread the fruit of their labors within the College and their wider communities, as any success big or small is a shared success for everyone. Live Jesus in our hearts, Forever!

Year 9 Activities Week: Teachers vs Students Debate

Liam Aumareva 9FUT

The debate was a battle that no one should’ve missed! The debate topic was do Aliens exist? When my team (affirming) presented their points, I was confident that we could take the win. Myself, Mr Birchall and Mr Kumar presented evidence of potential U.F.O sightings, scientific facts and exposing the fact that the negating teams' points are based of stereotypes, beliefs and opinions. Things that make your teams’ points a complete joke. At times, I wanted to point out to the negating team why their 3rd speaker’s point was not relevant to the topic.

In the end, we won and even though I won the best speaker for my team, I know there is still room for improvement. It was a fun experience to debate against teachers and it was an awesome experience for my Year 9 brothers to see us all in action in the debate.

Thank you to Mr Tutaka, Mrs Vaotuua, Mr Birchall, Mr Kumar and Mr Tuiasau for an awesome debate!

year 10 activities week: Monday carnival


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Wishing you all a joyous and safe christmas holidays. Thank you to all who contributed to the photos and videos for this newsletter edition.