Posted by Br Gary Wilson FSC
on 3 March 2021
Understanding the tradition and practices of a new school can be daunting for starting or transferring teachers, but it can be enlightened somewhat when they meet, even on-line, across many Lasallian schools. The Compass program provided just that for thirty-seven educators. Run by the 'Formation for Mission' team from Lasallian Mission Services Bankstown, it was seen by participants as welcoming, engaging, and relevant to their teaching practice.
The one-day, three-session program combined meeting others, listening to stories of John Baptist de La Salle, the tradition of education for the disadvantaged, and the values that inspired De La Salle and Lasallian schools today. For the beginnings of a network of Lasallian Animators, there was a presentation on the powerful family network in Reims to which John Baptist de La Salle belonged, and which made things difficult for him. Inputs blended into reflection, discussions and listening to others' experience and perspectives. Some features that were appreciated were a booklet with quotations, timelines etc, and focus on the challenges of incorporating ideas and learnings into one's interactions with students and colleagues. Interest was raised in the global reach and connections of Lasallian education. A few comments were:
"This is a fantastic program that enables us new teachers to learn about De La Salle as well as broaden our reach through meeting other Lasallian teachers. A great day."
"Very welcoming and enjoyable way to meet and learn from people from other Lasallian schools and get a deeper insight into how the Lasallian tradition plays a role in our schools."
"A welcoming and informative day. I found the history of La Salle interesting and the excerpts relevant to my practice. Overall an excellent introduction to the Lasallian community."
"Very thorough, inclusive and practical. Understanding Lasallian ethos is so important to our culture and behaviour."
The team of Br Peter Ryan, Mr Philippe Dulawan and Br John Cantwell, who ran the program, foreshadow some timetabled seminars during the coming year. For more information:
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