At assembly this past Tuesday I followed with a particular interest in the presentation of an examination of conscience as students were preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The occasion filled me with a sense of great satisfaction that the student body would be given the opportunity to go to “Confession”, but also because they really seemed to be interested.
In the name of the entire De La Salle College ”Oaklands” community: students, parents, staff, alums and benefactors, I extend my greetings. Established in 1851, De La Salle College “Oaklands” 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, tolerance and a concern for the poor. De La Salle College “Oaklands” has an outstanding tradition of academic excellence and, like all Lasallian schools, it continues to foster 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 fostering the virtues of charity, compassion and concern for the poor.
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 excellence is arguably the greatest gift that can be bestowed on the young. I invite 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 "Oaklands"
De La Salle College “Oaklands” is first and foremost an educational community in the Catholic tradition. It is true that our specific heritage finds its origins in the work and vision of Saint John Baptist de La Salle in the 17th Century. Yet, the Church has always held to the importance of education in the lives of all, especially the young. Saint Thomas Aquinas taught that education in the faith is concerned with the knowledge not only of ‘divine things’ but also of the ‘human acts’ by which man comes to God.
No doubt by now you have heard and probably even discussed the decision by Canada’s largest school board to “loosen” up its uniform requirements and policies for students. Teachers abandoned business attire in this system a long time ago. The reaction has been predicable insofar as there are clearly two polarized camps and points of view.