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On Wednesday morning, all Year 12 students attended the ‘Insight’ presentation run by the Black Dog Institute in the Lasallian Education Centre. Guest speaker Kahlia Lynch told her personal story, discussing her battle with poor mental health, anxiety and anorexia during her time in high school and ways in which she overcame these issues.

Black Dog Institute help lead change in breaking down the stigma attached to mental health, with mental ‘fitness’ and resilience at the forefront of their mission and vision. Their motto – Science. Compassion. Action.

1 in 5 of us will experience symptoms of mental illness in any given year. In Australia that’s around 5 million people. Roughly 60% of these people won’t seek help.

Kahlia’s focus expanded to address new challenges and opportunities in mental health – suicide preventiondigital innovationlived experienceyouth and workplace mental health. Her discussion around mood disorders provided new and better ways to treat and prevent conditions like anxiety and depression through conversation, digital tools and novel treatments. Kahlia’s message was also strong in highlighting the difference between ‘normal’ levels of stress or sadness and clinical anxiety and depression.

It was clear to see that the entire Year 12 cohort were deeply moved by Kahlia’s story and she undoubtedly provided the group with various tools for those most at risk of being impacted by poor mental health.

Mr Mark Labrosciano, Year 12 Director


Our session this week was all about leading our buddies through some physical activity. Erin O’Shea and Abbie Coles as Year 8 Student Leaders wrote this account:

We started the day with some girls leading in some warmup games and drills. We played Stuck In The Mud and Rats And Rabbits and it was obvious the girls had a great time chasing after one another. Next, we started with teaching the Reception girls some netball skills, some simple passing techniques were taught and most caught on easily. We then split them into two groups and taught them the skills of shooting and defending. Lastly, we played a short game, where the Reception girls could use all their new-found skills.

Then we moved onto soccer, and they were taught how to kick and stop the ball without using their hands. Then to end the morning, as the last activity, the older girls and the younger girls took part in dribbling the ball around the cones as quickly as they could.

Despite the age gap, the Receptions and Year 8’s alike, had a great day on Thursday. To be able to see older girls show skills in a various range of sports is really inspiring for them and I think it was a fun program for them too. Just being taught how to kick a ball could start years’ worth of sport for the Reception students, and that is why I am really happy to have taken part in this program.


Attention all budding artists!

Bring out your inner artist and enter the DANTE PORTRAIT art competition!

Come to Room 45 next Monday and Tuesday at lunch and work on your entry with some Italian music in the background. Bring your lunch and your pencil case/drawing equipment.

…OR work on it at home. The choice is yours!

There are 2 categories: Year 7-9 and Year 10-12. You can use any medium you like, including buttons, paper squares, uncooked pasta, grains or Minecraft!

Competition closes 3:30pm Friday 4 June.

Entries must be submitted to signora Benedetti via the Library in the marked ‘Italian Week’ competition box.

See the link below for suggested template and pose. Use the examples to inspire you, based on your preferred artistic style. There’s something here for everyone to be involved.

Italian Art Competition Template


You could be the next Modigliani, Arcimboldo or Leonardo!

Ms Angela Benedetti, Italian Coordinator – Secondary


Week 5: Fairness

It’s probably most common for us to discuss fairness in the context of a sport, or when our children respond vehemently with, “that’s not fair!” when they feel wronged. As we remember National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week, it’s an ideal time to reflect on the strength of fairness. Is there ever not an ideal time, in reality?

In the past when I have been involved in teaching the events that are associated with the terrible injustices dealt to our indigenous community, I have often reflected on my own feelings and tried to put myself in another person’s shoes in order to communicate this important topic. As I have taught Rabbit Proof Fence, and discussed traumatic history that surrounds the Stolen Generation, I have tried to imagine what it would have felt like to have had someone in authority enter my home and take my children away. The resultant imaginings create angst beyond belief for me, though I realise imaginings are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the reality of the pain and loss. As a parent, I cannot imagine that pain, nor ever recovering from it.

Another area where fairness is important is in the gender divide, which is multifaceted. Recent events and focus on consent are promoting the imperative for stronger fairness. As awareness around gender identity continues to grow, the language we use and the opportunities we offer are steeped in the opportunity for greater fairness and inclusivity for everyone.

Disability and ageing are also areas that require focus on fairness. Can all people access their entitlements and opportunities as citizens, and how can we, as a community, support and promote that better?

Fairness, as a character strength, is about determining what is morally right. It involves compassion and being sensitised to issues of social injustice, and caring for others so that we can be responsible citizens, trustworthy friends and generally moral people. Those who have a strong sense of fairness would endorse statements like:

  • Everyone should get a fair share
  • It’s wrong to use people
  • I wouldn’t want to cheat anyone, or be cheated
  • I try to be kind to everyone
  • Everyone deserves respect
  • We’re all in this together
  • No one deserves to be discriminated against because of the colour of their skin, their gender or their religious beliefs.
  • We are responsible for our own behavior

The Lasallian values we share seek to nurture an awareness of the poor and victims of injustice and a response to their needs through education and community service. As a community we work towards stronger fairness. At school we remind students that we are all a part of a community where each person is known, valued and cared for where each of us is empowered to explore their curiosities, and positioned to choose to be the leaders we become.

In being fair we also remind ourselves that it’s also about being fair in all the different settings we move in. Being fair and respectful in the classroom, in the yard, on the sports field and at home. The Eco Squad is a great example of students and staff safeguarding the earth in fairness, our Lasallian Youth Leaders, House Captains and College Leaders also respond to this call in their areas of involvement! Our commitment to harnessing student voice in a range of leadership forums is equally powerful and contributes to fairness. Acknowledging each other in greetings and listening to each other respectfully and kindly is also a great beginning point, wherever we are! Together, we can make a difference.

Have a wonderful Week 5!

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Learning and Wellbeing Initiatives Leader

Source: Peterson, C and Seligman, M (2004) Character Strengths and Virtues a Handbook and Classification


Last week presenters from Enlighten Education came to work with Year 7 classees, workshopping different sessions to impart important messages which focused on developing their best selves and the relationships they share, fundamentally using the strengths of kindness, perseverance, social intelligence and leadership. They focused on the importance of each of us as unique individuals who shape our community, and how best to work with each other towards being known, valued and cared for.

Students explain their perspectives below:

“I would like to thank you and all the other teachers for organising the Enlighten Education day. It was super fun and we did a lot of activities. The first activity we did was making a journal. For the journal we got to work in groups of about ten. After we made our journals our groups had to pass around the books and write nice things about each other, then we were off to recess. When we came back from recess we did a powerpoint on friendships. I thought the powerpoint was quite helpful and made us understand the true value of friendship. After lunch we did a meditation, then ended the day. I truly loved the day, it was super relaxed and fun. I really recommend this for the next Year 7s”. – Nyajok Athieu (7GPC-04)

“Some activities we did on the day were making journals, reading affirmations, learning about self- worth, meditation, learning to cope with anxiety and stress, and how to get through tough situations the right way. I felt that I wasn’t alone and could relate to some people. Learning about how to meditate the right way has helped because I’m usually very stressed. I got to talk to and meet new people, and even made a new friend. We were given different affirmations throughout the day that made me feel powerful. Overall the day was very helpful and fun”. – Emilia Vozzo (7GPC-04)

“Goodfellas to me was a talk about how to be a confident, respectful young man. The focus of the session was mainly on how to be a good person in many ways. Some of the things Jack pointed out to us were new and very surprising. Many facts that were stated were about body appreciation, domestic violence statistics, teenage influences and choices/decisions. Many of these were to show us how to act about things and being respectful to others, especially women. Each section was about respecting differences in each gender and not to separate them in anyway as they are both significantly similar. For me it taught us how to respect adulthood and don’t worry about what other people say”. – Michael Sergi (7BPC-04)

“Goodfellas was a great session for young men around the age of 12 to 16 because it talks about how important it is to respect anyone no matter who they are or where they are from. This session was also very important for young boys because Jack pointed out some key attributes including to respect girls and others the same as you would respect yourself or some of your friends. Although Jack was extremely respectful towards women, he also brought up how important it is to never give up. He gave a story of his own life and it really influenced many people. Jack was a young growing boy who loved AFL and he was on his way to the AFL draft until he got injured and broke five different body parts. But that didn’t stop Jack from following his dream and he became and actor and had six jobs. He also talked about how there are no such thing as wearing different colours amongst genders, he told us all about how pink used to be worn on boys and blue was worn on girls and that all changed. To conclude, Jack Ellis was a great influence and showed some extremely positive traits”. – Aidan Grieger (7BPC-04)

Mrs Jo Howat, Assistant Year 7 Director