In 1994, when the Brothers in Toronto made the brave and bold move to “re-privatise” the College by withdrawing from the publicly-funded Catholic school system, a decision was made to address the needs of female students whose families no longer had an option of having an independent Catholic school alternative. Since Lasallian schools have come to understand more fully the importance of respect for all persons and the inclusivity of community, the change from having been an all boys’ school for generations simply seemed to be a natural and just pastoral response to a growing need. So many parents who were able to provide a Lasallian education of excellence wanted to give the same opportunity to their daughters. De La Salle College “Oaklands” is committed to the fostering of a strong sense of community and family. A co-educational setting and a deliberate choice to limit the overall number of students have made the DEL experience a truly family-oriented school environment. Instilling a sense of family in our young people is a great need in today’s world.
Moreover, it is of utmost importance that in today’s society young men learn to respect and reverence others and not be sheltered from a world they will have to face. It is our belief that this can best be done in a co-educational environment where young ladies and gentlemen learn and experience the Core Principles of a Lasallian Education: a quality education, respect for all persons, faith in the presence of God, concern for the poor and marginalised, and the importance of a community the fosters Christian values and virtues. Together, young women and men work, learn and socialise together, and together strive to make real in their lives the message of the Gospel.