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. Both on the side of man’s knowledge of God and on the side of his love and worship of God, religious education involves the operation of supernatural factors such as revelation, grace and the sacramental life.
As far as St. La Salle was concerned, the essential mission of the Institute he founded was to implement God’s plan for human salvation. He encouraged his teachers to appreciate that they were chosen by God to provide a human and Christian education of excellence to the young so as to realise God’s loving plan in their regard.
In the Decree on Education GRAVISSIMUM EDUCATIONIS we find: “A Christian education does not merely strive for the maturing of the human person … but has as its principal purpose this goal: that the baptised, while they are gradually introduced to the knowledge of the mystery of salvation, become ever more aware of the gift of Faith they have received … and they learn not only how to bear witness to the hope that is in them but also to help in the Christian formation of the world."
As we begin a new school year we pray that the school and home will unite their respective efforts to help in the formation of our young people, intellectually and spiritually. Teaching is a great act of charity and genuine learning is facilitated by true and unselfish love. We pray for our administration and teachers who together and by their association are called to fidelity to the Gospel and the Magisterium. Teachers in a Catholic school are responsible for serving, illuminating and teaching divine truth and at all times refraining from any attitudes that confuse the hearts and minds of students.
De La Salle is a school with a clear vision and mission. This reality demands a discipline of belief and adherence to clear expectations so that a common good for the young can be truly achieved for their good now and in the future.
Brother Domenic, fsc