In keeping with the tradition begun by St. John Baptist de La Salle, De La Salle College reaffirms the vision of Catholic education whereby dedicated teachers, in service to and in association with young men and women, may experience opportunities to grow spiritually, intellectually, artistically and physically, fostering Christian virtues and principles inspired by the worldwide Lasallian movement.
Faith is an integral part of every aspect of the De La Salle experience. Saint De La Salle transformed education by forming a community of committed educators with whom he developed a spirituality of teaching and learning in order to give a human and Christian education to young people, especially the poor. With this in mind, we work every day to instill a value system to our students that remains as important as ever in modern society.
We at Del pride ourselves on the lengths we'll go to give our students the best possible education. This is why we became the first and only school to run the flex-mod system in Canada, a revolutionary school scheduling format that prepares students for post-secondary education better than ever before. From the moment students can enter in grade 5 to the day they leave in grade 12, we work to maximize their academic potential. With our revitalized schedule, it's our belief we now do it better than ever before.
Fine arts have always been an integral part of the Del community. From one of our most prized clubs, Theatre De La Salle, to our exceptional music and art programs, the fine arts are a key part of what we do here at De La Salle. Students who come here will have the opportunity to explore their artistic passions, whatever they may be!
Fostering the opportunity for our students to become well-rounded adults when they leave is something we take very seriously. Whether it be our high-quality athletic programs or our revamped club system, students at Del are given the chance to explore their passions on campus beyond a traditional classroom setting. Whether it be on our state-of-the-art athletic field or in a club like Debate, we take very seriously our co-curriculars and promote a culture of hard work and achievement.
In the name of the entire De La Salle College community: students, parents, staff, alums and benefactors, I extend my greetings. Established in 1851, De La Salle College is part of a world-wide movement inspired by the life and work of St. John Baptist de La Salle who responded to the needs of his time in 17th Century France by founding a religious community of teaching Brothers and providing a Christian education mostly for the sons of artisans and the poor. What he accomplished, however, was more than just open schools, he created a vision of educating youth.
Throughout its long history Brothers and many other dedicated persons have worked tirelessly to continue this vision at the College. A Lasallian school is centred on a life of faith. In such a school, God's presence is a lived reality. It is a Christian school in the Roman Catholic tradition which proclaims the message of the Gospel to today’s youth.
The Christian action and community service programs are an essential part of the education of young people attending the College and assist in the fostering of charity, compassion and a concern for the poor. De La Salle College has an outstanding tradition of academic excellence and, like all Lasallian schools, it continues to promote excellence in all areas of school life. Community service and other Christian action initiatives make up an essential component of the educational experience of young people attending the College. These programs assist students in nurturing a spirit of faith and zeal today and in their family and professional lives beyond school.
Education in the Lasallian tradition is about how to make a life and not simply how to make a living. Such a view is not always easy to pursue since our culture is generally indifferent to this vision. A sound, Christian education based on good example, charity, and the pursuit of excellence is arguably the greatest gift that can be bestowed on the young. I join our students and staff in inviting you to become part of this vision in whatever way possible. May the Patron of All Christian Teachers, St. John Baptist de La Salle bless you and those dear to you.
Live, Jesus in our hearts. Forever.
Brother Domenic Viggiani, FSC
President, De La Salle College