The final chapter of the current Academic Year Is now coming to a close. Final assignments, examinations, and plans for the summer occupy much of our time now. On June 8th the students of the 166th graduating class will gather for a ceremony to celebrate their commencement exercises. Naturally, we are rightly proud of their accomplishments.
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"
This month we acknowledge and celebrate the Feast of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Our Founder and the Patron Saint of Teachers. Likewise, during this month we dedicate our thoughts and prayers in a special way to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The real turning point in the totality of the human experience is the redemption of mankind by Christ. It was the suffering and death of Our Lord on the Cross that spoke for all time of the true nature of God who in the person of His Son atones for us what we cannot do alone.
After regular school hours, many of our buildings and facilities are available for corporate and private events. These include classrooms, the school auditorium, gymnasium and our brand new field, as well as the beautiful Heritage House located on the upper campus.
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