Posted by Mr Nicholas Sposari
on 26 February 2019
Last Monday [18 February] Miss Gabriel, Mr. Proctor and myself attended a Lasallian professional development course - an introduction into Lasallian tradition and teaching. The day was productive and meaningful - providing an insight into the values and expectations of Jean-Baptiste De La Salle and his educational platform.
'Gravity', 'silence', 'humility', 'prudence', 'wisdom', 'patience', 'reserve', gentleness', 'zeal', 'vigilance', 'piety' and 'generosity' are the twelve core virtues of being a good teacher. As educators in a Lasallian school, we must all strive to support each student through their individual learning journey and work closely alongside them in order for them to achieve their goals. Teachers are learners. We learn from our students, their parents and the community. As much as we as teachers strive to work towards these virtues, so can our students. The year 12 cohort and our Prefects should look to these virtues and seek to understand and be guided by them. As leaders, each of them is called to lead - to encourage, demonstrate, challenge and accept. These twelve virtues are simply about 'goodness'. All students at De La Salle, Revesby Heights are called to "think highly of your work", words St. Jean-Baptiste De La Salle spoke of with high regard. It would be remiss to say that these twelve virtues can be applicable to all our students. These virtues and the teaching of De La Salle should empower every student to strive for goodness, knowledge and leadership.
Whether it is in the science lab or on the cricket pitch, the Lasallian spirit shines through our boys. The basis of Lasallian education is the 'human and Christian' - understanding the qualities and needs of individuals and each students' connection to their faith. As the year progresses, may each De La Sallian seize every opportunity, achieve their goals and let the Lasallian spirit shine through them. Let 2019 be a year of personal growth and maturation for our boys; and for all teachers, support staff and the wider community to live the Lasallian values in their everyday lives