Posted by John Dunn
on 15 November 2019
On the first day of Term 4, the staff of De La Salle College Ashfield participated in a day of Lasallian service as part of our three-year cycle of the College Staff Spirituality Program titled 'HEAD- HEART- HANDS'.
This current three-year cycle began in 2017 when the staff attended the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) in Sydney with all of the students of the College. This enabled our staff to understand (HEAD) in a real way the faith journey of our students. In 2018 the staff experienced a 'Silent Retreat' at the Marist Hermitage at Mittagong. As part of this retreat an 'Affirmation' session took place where staff, working in small groups of 8, were asked to make comments about what gifts their colleagues bring to their work at the College. This was our HEART experience.
In 2019 it was time for our 'HANDS' component again and so our mission for the day was to work in a variety of our Lasallian workplaces around the Sydney Region from 9.00am -3.00pm. Each of our staff elected to do one of the following for the day:
- Provincial Office Bankstown packing up the old office and loading the utes and mini-bus to take furniture and hardware to the container at Holy Spirit Lakemba which is bound for our New Guinea schools.
- Provincial Office Bankstown creating teaching resources for the Lasallian primary school teachers in Papua New Guinea.
- Holy Spirit Lakemba loading the Papua New Guinea Container.
- Brothers Community Bankstown cleaning up all the gardens with Br Gerry and the community which was a physically demanding day's work .
- Brothers Community Kensington visits to Parmenie and Karlaminda following the program designed for the day by Br Lewis and Br Arian.
- San Miguel Family Centre Kurmond gardening, painting and cooking a BBQ for the community.
- yourtown Transition to Work Centre St. Mary's staff worked with young job seekers via a program for the day designed by David Le of the Social Enterprises Group.
- yourtown Job Active Centre Campbelltown working with young people developing work skills. Thanks to Valerie Tarela for organising the day so well for us.
Staff have reported that they really enjoyed the experience and that it was a positive way to begin Term 4. Many commented that it was good to network with the broader Lasallian community with many staff not realising the scope of Lasallian works, even just in our own Sydney region.
Thanks to Lasallian Educational Services and particularly to Joanne Nehme and Julie Alibrandi for their assistance in the planning and organisation of the day. Thank you also to our own College Leadership Team for their great support of the day.
It is our hope that we can maintain our connections with everyone we met on the day so that we can continue to put Faith, Service and Community at the heart of what we do as Lasallians.