- A Message from Brother Domenic
- Introducing the Science and Innovation Centre
- History of the Oakleaves Capital Campaign
- Next Steps
As Catholics, we are obliged by our faith to provide for others so that they, in turn, can better provide for themselves and their families in the future. Education is the single most powerful vehicle to effect meaningful and lasting change. This is why John Baptist de La Salle impressed on the early Brothers the school’s image as a true means of salvation. Here, we hear and learn about God so that we can put into action His will for all – that we be saved.
The De La Salle Centre, first erected in 1988, is being transformed into a new Science and Innovation Centre. This new use is exciting but costly. The College has put aside funds from the sale of the property on the lower campus to ensure the renovation is completed. As we now contemplate its completion in the near future, we would like to equip the Centre and the programs being offered there with the best tools possible to serve our students in the future.
I have asked the Administration of the College and the Development Office to identify the needed equipment and a wish list of items for the Centre. The Development Office will contact you, the members of our community, to discuss the ways and means of support for this particular project and the ongoing need to make sure our bursary and scholarship funds are fully subscribed to meet our needs.
I close by thanking you for your anticipated generous support. Be assured that your kindness and charity will go a long way to help us provide a human and Christian education of excellence to all our students in these challenging and uncertain times.
Brother Domenic, fsc
These new labs will allow teachers to teach in a state-of-the-art laboratory setting. It will provide generous space for students to focus on the scientific method while studying biology and chemistry and immersing themselves in the latest developments in each field. Further, the labs will support real, meaningful, and relevant programming; ultimately, giving students an immersive experience in preparation for University and a host of career paths.
Physics is at the forefront of many new technologies, and it encourages students to look at the world differently. The new labs will inspire students to appreciate the fundamentals of the physical world and to pursue complex topics through their inquiry. The labs' design promotes collaboration as students investigate topics at the vanguard of new scientific understanding.
Student inquiry and critical thinking are at the core of a well-balanced liberal arts program – today's classroom encourages students to develop the skills necessary to adapt to an ever-changing society. The Research Centre is critical to supporting and facilitating student research that will investigate topics across a wide range of disciplines. It will feature the latest classroom technology with access to a host of academic databases. Teachers assigned to the Centre will work with students to immerse themselves in the research and inquiry process and encourage them to collaborate and support one another in their work.
Aquaponic Living Wall
Located in the central atrium, the Aquaponic Living Wall will be a central feature of the Science and Innovation Centre. The wall will boast a self-sustaining ecosystem that includes flowing water, plants, and animals. It will be a constant reminder to students of the importance of caring for God's creation and our duty to be good stewards of the Earth. Its presence in the Centre will provide a serene and calming atmosphere for students as they congregate with their peers or work on assignments. It will also serve as a Donor Recognition Wall for those in the community that have supported the renovations of the Centre.
As a university preparatory school, De La Salle College is committed to ensuring students immerse themselves in learning environments that prepare them for their post-secondary careers. These experiences encourage independence, commitment to learning, and meaningful participation in a large group setting. The lecture hall allows teachers the opportunity to deliver instruction before or after any laboratory or research assignment. Moreover, exposure to a lecture hall setting will provide students with a real and relevant independent learning experience. This space will also serve as a much-needed area for large meetings and presentations.
Idea and Innovation Room
Critical and creative thinking are at the core of modern learning – the Idea and Innovation Room will provide students with an environment that supports entrepreneurship and flexibility in their education. As more institutions adopt a seminar/research model of learning, the Idea and Innovation Room will allow students to participate in a learning style that challenges them to pursue ideas and topics that go beyond the prescribed curriculum. This exciting space will encourage collaboration and provide innovative tools and resources to enhance the research and inquiry process.
Care for the environment and of creation is often front and centre in public discourse and our community. Practically speaking, though, students may not have much experience interacting with different ecosystems. The Greenhouse will provide students direct contact with plant life. It will facilitate the cultivation of various species of plants that serve as vital sources of food critical to supporting our ecosystem. The Greenhouse is not exclusive to the use of our academic programs but will instead be an opportunity for students to take ownership of the space and care for the plants inside.
Oakleaves Capital Campaign
Since 2014 the College has prioritized the improvement and enhancement of our facilities, supporting and strengthening our academic and co-curricular programs. These projects include:
- Repurposing of the Heritage House
- Completion of a new playing field
- Renovated School Cafeteria
- Renovated Auditorium
- Introduction of air conditioning throughout the Main Building
The cost of these projects exceeds $4 million, and they have all been completed without introducing excessive increases in tuition fees and without impacting the school’s investments.
The Brothers of the Christian Schools permitted the sale of a small parcel of property along the perimeter of our lower campus for a development project. The proceeds of this sale have been received, and we are pursuing the next phase of our facility improvement plan.
These funds will be used in part for the repurposing of the De La Salle Centre into a new Science and Innovation Centre. We estimate that the outstanding costs of the project are approximately $15 million. To avoid tapping into the College’s emergency reserves, we have set a goal of fundraising an additional $5 million to cover the cost of completing the Science and Innovation Centre.