in this issue
TERM 3 WEEK 8- COLLEGE NEWSLETTER
College Principal - “Winning and Losing"
Associate Principal - "Addiction"
Special Character - Ministry & Mission
Deputy of Curriculum - Curriculum
Academic Year 7/8
Electronics and Robotics
Pasifika in Health Science - Sign Up Today!
Mr Hawkins- Recipient of the Joyce Fisher Trust Scholarship
De La Salle Youth Week- 3v3 Basketball Competition
Mr Dermot English
In the last two weeks I have had about 20 enrolment interviews of boys hoping to come to De La Salle. I have also spoken to a range of boys here at school who have learning and attendance issues. Almost every one of them also has a problem with the amount of time they spend on devices. It is the world we live in but there is one area where parents can have a very significant impact, and that is around bedtimes. If a boy has a device in his room at night, either a phone or a game console, he is very likely not to get enough sleep. Boys who go to bed at 10 or 11pm or later are not able to learn as effectively the next day because they don’t get enough sleep.
It is difficult as boys can be very upset when their phones or other devices are removed, but if they get to make the rules they will lose out in the end. I always suggest that if there is a curfew or the phone is removed replace it with a book. 15 minutes reading will put a boy to sleep, which will be of great benefit to him. If he reads every night for 15 minutes he will end up achieving more highly at school.
This is a simple strategy which can help in one area to reduce the effects of the addiction which some of our young (and older!) have fallen into.
Assistant Principal - Mission- Mrs Teuila Vaotuua
Vocations Awareness Week
In week 7 we had a series of activities with our De La Salle brothers to highlight vocations and religious life. A resounding welcome was felt amongst junior classes when visited by Br Amir and Br Naqash from Pakistan. In a true spirit of faith, they shared about their own calling to religious life and invited students to open their hearts and minds to the call from God for vocations.
The week involved time with the brothers for staff morning tea, a special liturgy led by the brother’s community and the week concluded with a luncheon at the brothers’ house for the Senior students Special Character team.
Thank you to our De La Salle brothers who have been serving in the Mangere and South Auckland community for 70 years. The week was a great opportunity to remember how the brothers’ personal commitment to religious life has impacted our lives. Let us continue to pray for vocations in our community, so that the generations to come may be blessed with the De La Salle brothers and all other religious communities amongst them and serving within them.
There is a focus to increase prayers on Social Justice during week 8 within the Diocese. Aligned to this theme, Campus Minister Niko visited the Junior school, to highlight the work done in the worldwide Lasallian community for vulnerable communities. This includes the work Niko was involved in last year in Western Australia. If you want to know more about this special opportunity “Share the Mission” available to your son for the future, please send an expression of interest to LomanoN@delasalle.school.nz for more information.
Lastly, please keep in your prayers the family of our dear Whaea Michelle who lost her beloved husband and her beautiful children who lost their beloved Dad Michael Timoti–Hohaia. Thank you to our representatives from staff and students, who represented our school with reverence at the celebration with schools at St Joseph’s/Joachim in Otahuhu with the Timoti-Hohaia family.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace.
Deputy Principal Curriculum- Mr Phil Doyle
Congratulations to the Year 11- 13 students who completed their Practice NCEA Exams and workshops this week. Good to see the young men of the college giving it their best in the classroom. There are two months and just five full school weeks before the real exams start 7 November. You can get a copy of the exam timetable here
- End of Year Senior Reports will be coming out at the start of Term 4.
- There are some other important dates coming up for Year 11 – 13 in the next few weeks.
- Next Thursday 14 September, Year 11 students will be completing the Mathematics [MCAT] and Computer Science or Digital [DCAT] Common Assessment tasks. These are important assessments and count as External Assessment. Success in these External Assessments is a good way to gain Merit and Excellence Endorsements in these two subjects.
- Visual Arts and Technology will also be collecting evidence for portfolio assessments due early in Term 4.
2024 COURSE SELECTION AND OPTIONS ARE ALMOST CLOSED
All Year 8 – 12 students need to have selected their options for 2024 by the end of next week. Great job making tough choices. We are already at 85% completed.
Student Option Selection is accessed through the KAMAR Portal http://parent.delasalle.school.nz Once you have logged in you should select the Option Selection 2024 link. You can make changes and save as many times as you like on the KAMAR Portal up to September 22. There are copies of the Options Booklets saved on the school website under the Academic section – Subject Selection.
For Year 8 students moving into Year 9 students are asked to select whether they want to study an additional language option for one term. At Year 9 all students complete Modules in:
- Art, Drama, Music and - Te Reo Māori
Students can also select one additional language. This will mean that they will study the language instead of one from Art, Drama, or Music. If your son wishes to study an additional language he needs to select via the parent portal.If you do not wish to study an additional language, please select NO.
If you would like to see De La Salle College offer different languages to the ones listed on the KAMAR portal . Please select OTHER. We will make contact to find out what you would like to see us offer.
COMMON ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES FOR LITERACY READING, LITERACY WRITING AND NUMERACY
Year 10 students will be getting additional information in the next two weeks to help them prepare for the Common Assessment Activities for Literacy Reading, Literacy Writing and Numeracy at the end of October. These assessments are all digital. Students and families can have a look at the types of assessments that your son will be sitting and what digital assessment looks like at https://www2.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/external-assessment/digital/preparation-for-students/ and https://ncea.education.govt.nz/ncea-literacy-and-numeracy-students-and-whanau
TIMSS - TRENDS IN INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE STUDY
Students in 9Hautus and 9Turon will be completing the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) assessment 20 October, early next term, TIMSS is an educational research study on student achievement in mathematics and science around the world. The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) is an independent international cooperative of national research institutions and government agencies that has been conducting studies of cross-national achievement since 1959. More than 65 countries are participating in TIMSS 2023. New Zealand has been participating in TIMSS since 1994, most recently in 2018. Students are randomly selected from across New Zealand to participate.
Academic Year 7/8
Assistant Principal- Mr Herbert Tanuvasa
The Year 8 boys went to a Sports Camp this week at Camp Adair where 7 other schools also were participating. The camp is sponsored by the Find your Field of Dreams trust and run by YMCA. Our boys experienced 18 different sports over the week competing against the other schools. We shared our camp facilities with Manurewa Intermediate just as we had done the previous year and enjoyed dining with them and hanging out in our enclave.
The sports camp not only challenged our boys to try different sports, but it also challenged them to perform in a different discipline. Every night 2 schools were chosen to perform a song and dance item and we were chosen for the 2nd evening. The same team bonding the boys had experienced when under pressure on the sports field was now being utilised to bring the group together for something most of them were not too confident about. Ms Felise encouraged them to dig deeper and push through their doubt, very much like how they would have to do so when things did not go well in a game.
How did it go? Watch the video below:
UP THE WAHS!
discipline games event
by Coach Mark Skipps
PARTNERS LEAGUE DIVISION
Saturday 26 August, JP Schmidt (12GTS) and Phillip Si’i (13WAU) competed at the Discipline Games Partners League event, representing Brown Pride (gym owned by old boys Johnnie Timu and Peter Tee Fa’alili). It is a CrossFit event where you compete with a partner of the opposite gender- special mention to Nau & Ina from McAuley High School for partnering up with the boys.
Coming off their 1st XV season and in good physical condition, the boys displayed great effort in the WODs (workout of the day) with a never-give-up attitude. Although there were times the body fatigued, the mindset of 'never give up' and 'finish what you started' regardless of the result was showcased by both our teams. Big shoutout to Zion Te’o (11KUM) for also competing and placing 2nd in his division. I hope to see more La Salle students getting into CrossFit or staying active in general. CrossFit is a good sport to get into especially before/after the winter season because it allows the boys to work on their conditioning as well as stay active after/before their season. Also free CrossFit classes run by Brown Pride is still on, Monday to Thursday 4.00-5.00pm open to all students, come try it out! Good vibes, run by a good coach as well!
“While preparing for the upcoming CrossFit comp I felt a lot of things. I was feeling nervous, happy, anxious, scared, worried and excited. But no matter how I felt there is way to express how I was feeling walking into my second CrossFit comp. You finally realize that all those troubles you had before were pretty irrelevant because it was all about giving it your all and leaving everything you had on the comp grounds. I would encourage boys to come along and do CrossFit because this sport basically only requires you to do three things. You must be keen to learn, give it your all and most important have fun all the time. This is a great sport for you to socialize with new people and express your talents from the man above. As a wise person once said “If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the blinds” -JP Schmidt
“The experience I had throughout my preparation for the comp was somewhat memorable, although my time spent there with the others was short, I was able to meet new people and learn new skills through the sport of CrossFit. I believe that the boys should do CrossFit cause why not! Our poly boys shouldn’t be limited to only rugby but to show people otherwise.” – Phillip Si'i
De La Salle Youth Week
3v3 Basketball Competition
De La Salle Youth Week, 3v3 Basketball Competition we hosted last Thursday and Friday and extend our gratitude for the cooperation and participation in making the event a success- especially the P.E department) 😊
Not only was the energy and enthusiasm on court buzzing, but that vibe extended to the students who came to support as well! 16 teams participated on the day, from a range of year levels 7–13. The aim was to help boost the school moral or spirit, provide opportunities for boys to interact and engage with different year levels, and also provide an opportunity for those that might be a little shy or reserved to showcase their, skill, sportsmanship and teamwork throughout the competition. From dunks to stepback 3s, the games were enjoyed by all. It was awesome to witness some of our basketballers in action, as some of them really do have potential to go on and pursue the sport further and to provide a platform for them to showcase those skills.
We also got a shield made with the winners named engraved, so in the future when we do have these events the boys have an insentive and something to play for.
None of this would have been possible without the support and participation of everyone. Your presence and encouragement undoubtedly played a significant role in creating a positive and memorable experience for our students.
Here's to more successful events in the future, and to nurturing the holistic development of our students together. Thank you once again for your time, effort, and commitment.
Congratulations to the following students for the following achievement in their respective sport
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