Founded in 1912, De La Salle College provides a Catholic education in the Lasallian tradition for students in Years 5 - 12. A non-zoned Catholic boys’ school; De La Salle College welcomes students throughout the Melbourne metropolitan area.
The College educates over 1,000 students across three campuses – Tiverton, Holy Eucharist and Kinnoull. Each campus is designed for each stage of your son’s development. The College has an open enrolment policy and provides a contemporary learning community that encourages and supports personal excellence.
Our holistic learning environment and specialised programs ensure De La Salle students are challenged and supported throughout their school years. We provide a variety of pathways including VCE, VET and VCAL and our students learn in a community of faith and growth, founded on a culture of social justice. Our support networks, committed teaching staff, extensive co-curricular options and evolving technologies ensure our students reach their full potential throughout their education.
The College’s strong VCE results have continued their impressive pattern of recent years with high numbers of students attaining ATARs in the 90s. 2020 VCE results are particularly notable given the interruptions to onsite learning, with an exceptional 31.57% of ATARs in the 80 - 99.95 range. This is a credit to our students’ resilience, ambition and their teachers’ professional and flexible approaches throughout COVID-19.
Join us for a College tour or visit www.delasalle.vic.edu.au to find out why the College is the right choice for your son.
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Our extensive range of co-curricular opportunities complements classroom learning and provides a broadening of perspective for our students. Our rich music and drama programs cater for students interested in the performing arts, with performance and private tuition available. We offer various sports choices for students at school level, as well as state level competitions.
We are committed to social justice and helping others and students participate in fundraising or volunteer initiatives throughout each year. From music and drama to self-defence and social justice initiatives, there really is something to engage every young man.
The Year 12 VCAL Enterprise Class are working to create a new garden space on the Kinnoull Campus at De La Salle, Malvern. This garden project is part of the Communities Environmental Program: an Australian Government initiative to support small scale, community-led environment projects to address local environmental priorities whilst encouraging the community to connect with their local natural environment. The College received a grant to create a sustainable garden designed to increase habitat and available food sources for animals and thereby increasing biodiversity. Our project has been sponsored by Dr Katie Allen MP, Federal Member for Higgins.
Students were recently visited by Dr Katie Allen MP, and Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans MP. The VCAL students proudly displayed their progress, answered questions about the project and had the opportunity to ask the Ministers questions about local politics.
The final garden will feature native vegetation that will attract and provide a food source for birds, bees and other wildlife. The end project will also see the De La Salle College community reducing our carbon footprint and increasing sustainability, whilst providing an opportunity for our students to gain the knowledge and skills to care for the environment both now and into the future.
So far, students have cleared the invasive weeds, dug holes and set posts for retaining walls and a decorative timber fence, built birdhouses and selected the native plants that will be planted in the garden. The garden is coming along well and, through their continued hard work each Friday, the project is expected to be completed by the end of Term 2.
HOW WE MEET THE NEEDS OF GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS
A comprehensive points based assessment criteria is used to ascertain a student’s eligibility for GATE. This system will allow for assessment of multiple forms of abilities (e.g. intellectual, creative, etc.). Once assessed, a range of curricular, co-curricular and mentoring opportunities are available that are tailored to match the distinctive needs of the individual student. This allows the development of talents in specific domains while pursuing mainstream curricula in other subjects. The opportunities that may be offered include:
As well as preparation for external competitions such as:
And external support programs such as:
Through this program, De La Salle College aims to enable exceptionally able students in a community of faith and excellence to achieve their full potential with integrity and distinction.
Extending across all Year Levels, our Education Support Team assists our teachers to meet the needs of students with additional learning needs.
The team works collaboratively with our teaching staff to:
The Education Support Team consists of a Coordinator, Special Education Teachers and Learning Support Officers.
Students can be referred to the Education Support Department for assessment by either teachers or parents. To determine support needs, Education Support Teachers may complete internal assessments or make recommendations for referrals to external agencies.
SPECIAL LEARNING PROGRAMS
The Education Support Department offers a Literacy Support Program and the Mathematics Department offers a Numeracy Support Program to students in Years 7–9. At Years 10–12, students select their program to best suit their abilities and interests.
College Dux, Class of 2020
Congratulations to 2020 De La Salle College Dux, Aaron May, who achieved an outstanding ATAR of 99.25.
He achieved the following Study Scores; Chemistry 45, English 40, Specialist Maths 40, Mathematical Methods 43 and Physics 48. Aaron also completed Unit 3 & 4 Systems Engineering in 2019, with a Study Score of 44.
Aaron actively participated in College life and was elected College Vice Captain in Year 12, St Leo’s House Year 11 Leader and Senior Table Tennis Captain. He led by example and showed students that it was possible to balance high academic standards with strong involvement in extracurricular College activities, whether they be leadership or ACC sports commitments. He was part of various school sports teams including football, table tennis, volleyball, badminton, tennis and cross country. Aaron also had roles in the ACC Model UN Conference and the Lasallian Leadership Seminar.
“These diverse school activities have not only helped me grow as a person but have also allowed me to maximise the enjoyment out of my schooling life”.
Outside of school, sport continued to be a passion of Aaron’s. He played on several local sports clubs, captained various football sides and umpired his local junior football club.
“Being a part of a team is something that I enjoy doing as it gives me much satisfaction to see the whole team work together to achieve something bigger than any individual could achieve on their own”.
Whilst at school, Aaron belonged to the Ringwood East Australian Air Force Cadets Squadron (408 Squadron) where he was a leading cadet. As a cadet, Aaron was chosen to take part in a flying training program with 10 -15 hours of Australian Defence Force sponsored flying for 20 cadets throughout Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
In Year 10, Aaron received the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership & Teamwork Award. These awards recognise students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both their school and the broader local community.
This year, he commenced a Bachelor of Technology (Aeronautical Engineering) at the Australian Defence Force Academy RAAF program. Aaron is hoping to become a pilot in the RAAF after completing his studies at the ADFA.
“I have just completed the initial familiarisation training stage and have begun my university studies. I am aiming to have a long career in the ADF where I can help to defend our country.”
Aaron embodies the Lasallian spirit and his values including respect for others, leadership, teamwork and mateship are evident in all he does.
De La Salle College congratulates Aaron and the graduating Class of 2020. We look forward to seeing what this exceptional class will achieve in the future.
Outstanding VCE results -
Congratulations to the De La Salle Class of 2020!
The impressive range of superb individual results, with many students doing exceptionally well, is testament to their commitment and organisation, coping very well with the rigours of months of remote learning. The high standard our students have largely been able to maintain as a cohort in comparison to recent years is also noteworthy and a credit to the students’ resilience, ambition and their teachers’ professional and flexible approach this year.
I am so proud of all our young men; without the comfort and routine of everyday onsite contact with peers and teachers they strove for personal success and maximised their results through sheer devotion to the task.
Congratulations to 2020 College Dux, Aaron May, who achieved an outstanding ATAR of 99.25.
Chemistry 45 A+ A+ A+
English 40 A+ A+ A
Specialist Maths 40 A+ B+ A+
Maths Methods 43 A A+ A+
Physics 48 A+ A+ A+
Aaron also took Unit 3 & 4 Systems Engineering in 2019, with a Study Score of 44.
Congratulations again to all our Year 12 students and teachers on this tremendous achievement for 2020.
Congratulations and thank you to all the Unit 3 & 4 teachers who invested so much time, effort and expertise in teaching, mentoring and advising each and every student in their care. De La Salle’s effective management and delivery of remote learning was a highlight in a demanding year.
With the state median for all subjects being 30, we have so many with median Study Scores in the 32 – 36 range, figures which sit at the very top of the scale when compared with any of Victoria’s highest performing schools. Several Learning Areas and individual subjects have achieved their very best results for at least ten years.
The overall improvements we saw in 2020 are testament to the targeted approach and diligent attention to detail evident among the students and the positive relationships our teachers enjoy with our young men. This support and rapport were more important than ever in the months of remote learning, managing the transition back to onsite learning and dealing with such a unique range of academic and wellbeing issues. As ever, the organised and intrinsically motivated performed at the highest standard. The marked difference in the performance of students at all levels has largely removed the “tail” of lower scores of five to ten years ago.
I am so proud of all our young men and how they embraced and coped with the trials delivered to VCE students in 2020. The most capable and diligent were best able to deal with the challenges and changes but perhaps even more worthy of merit was the resilience and performance of those with lesser gifts who strove for personal success and maximised their results through sheer devotion to the task. VCAA’s introduction of the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage (CED) process, diligently applied by our staff, also assisted a range of students
Thank you once again for your support during the year; it was greatly appreciated by all in our wonderful community.
TIVERTON AND KINNOULL CAMPUSES
The Tiverton and Kinnoull Campuses are within a ten minute walk of Malvern station. This station is on the Frankston and Dandenong/Cranbourne railway lines.
Glen Iris Station
Glen Iris station is a five minute tram ride away on Tram 6 (which passes the College on High Street). This station is on the Glen Waverley railway line.
Tram Route 6 operates along High Street. It terminates at Glen Iris station, only five minutes from the College. Route 16 operate along Glenferrie Road. Route 5 operate along Wattletree Road.
To learn more or view transport maps, please visit the Transport page on our website.
HOLY EUCHARIST CAMPUS
Malvern East Station
The Holy Eucharist Campus is within a five minute walk of Malvern East station. This station is on the Glen Waverley railway lines.
Murrumbeena station is within a ten minute walk from the Holy Eucharist Campus. This station is on the Frankston and Dandenong/Cranbourne railway lines.
Bus routes are available along Dandenong Road with stops within a two minute walk from the Holy Eucharist Campus.
When considering a school for your child, a College tour provides a unique opportunity to see the school in action and to experience the learning environment first hand. The tours are led by current students and members of our leadership team and include a presentation by our Principal, Peter Houlihan. Families have the opportunity to view both our Tiverton and Kinnoull Campus’ and hear about the wide range of opportunities available at De La Salle College.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Admission Team via email email@example.com
At De La Salle, our students learn to live and lead. A simple philosophy, but very important as boys learn to take on leadership roles and become active members of the school community. Leadership helps students develop self-respect and come to respect others in the process. Through the College’s robust social justice program and immersion in the Lasallian ethos we see our students develop a strong moral compass and compassion for those around them.
COVID-19 Learning in Lockdown:
This year has involved the snap-in and snap-out of lockdown learning and teaching that we’ve become so proficient in throughout 2020. Routines are well established and learning continuity is strong. Each student at De La Salle College is known and supported through a specialised Wellbeing Team which ensures student engagement. Additionally, the College’s sophisticated online learning management system and digital tools, have allowed learning to continue with little need for radical modification or reinvention.
In 2020 and 2021, teachers adapted their programs and teaching to varying degrees. For many, remote learning has been a smooth process, however subjects with a heavy practical component had to become creative. Art teachers developed interesting activities for students using everyday household items. These student artworks were later displayed in a digital gallery, reflecting the intimacy and introspection of what was a life dominated by interior spaces throughout the year.
In many ways, remote learning did not significantly extend the scope of our existing suite of digital tools. The College invested in online delivery of curriculum for many years prior and remote learning consolidated these existing systems and approaches. This solid foundation contributed to the highly successful movement into remote learning.
Importantly, humans are social beings and learning with peers helps students build a sense of self. Learning is more than acquiring knowledge, it’s the social element of learning that isn’t easily replicated online.
De La Salle addressed these challenges by supporting both students and teachers through an accessible online learning environment and the College’s Wellbeing Team. This team consists of Class Mentors, Year Level and House Coordinators, Directors of Students, the Year 9 Head of Campus, College Psychologists and Health Centre Officer. Students feel supported through daily check-ins with their mentor teacher and participating in GROW (Growing Responsibility for your Own Wellbeing) classes. GROW teachers facilitate students’ learning about mental health, respect and consent, sexual health and self-management.
Despite lockdowns, every day the Wellbeing Team continues to support all students across the school. To improve student engagement, the team implemented House and Year Level activities, online quizzes and wellbeing challenges including longest held plank, best photograph and longest time keeping a ball in the air. They also encourage students to look after their wellbeing at home by taking screen breaks, eating well, exercising and checking in with friends and family.
As many College gatherings moved to online equivalents, it revealed some benefits in this mode of event delivery with unequivocal support for the College to keep some of these occasions online. For example, online parent-teacher interviews are more manageable for everyone as parents and their sons can engage with teachers in their home. Some events however, haven’t translated quite as effectively. Awards assemblies miss the atmosphere and sense of occasion that comes with an audience and team sports, camps, excursions, concerts and drama performances are dimensions of schooling that are special for so many students. We hope for their return soon!
The 2021 lockdowns have seen students, staff and parents confidently approach remote learning. Students and parents are comfortable with De La Salle’s processes and strategies to support learning and wellbeing. We react quickly to snap lockdowns and ensure continuity of learning and connection, however, with each subsequent lockdown students experience time away from friends and usual routines. That takes a toll, so when students are on campus, we ensure that we allocate time for them to re-connect and re-engage with each other, and their teachers.
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