Posted by Br John Cantwell
on 27 July 2017
On Tuesday and Wednesday, 25-26 July twenty-four members of staff new to our Lasallian Catholic schools took part in the follow-up program to their initial introduction to the Lasallian Heritage. For some, the first program had been at the Provincial Office in early February; for others, it was an in-school program.
On Wednesday we were privileged to have Mr Tim Logue, Principal of De La Salle College Revesby Heights, to facilitate the reflection on six months' experience in a Lasallian Catholic school. Tim also shared some of his knowledge and enthusiasm for a highly positive approach to thinking and doing, which was very much appreciated by us all.
As well as catching up with colleagues met earlier in the year, and recalling some of the significant aspects of their initial experience, participants continued a reflection on the Catholic and Lasallian dimensions of their school. After lunch, Amanda Proulx introduced us to Brother Agathon's discussion of the Twelve Virtues of a Good Teacher, and encouraged us to think about their practical implementation.
The evaluations of the program were highly positive. Comments included these: 'The conversations were enlightening, challenging and uplifting. Discussing issues with staff from other schools was positive, affirming we are not alone, going through this with others. A very positive day.' 'It is really appreciated, having this opportunity to stop, reflect and re-align core values.
The impact of days like this is felt in the classroom. "Thank you. I really liked exploring more of the Lasallian virtues and would consider digging deeper into the history and development of its traditions and charism."