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John Paul College: A Catholic School in the Lasallian Tradition

Posted by Br Mark McKeon on 19 February 2019
John Paul College: A Catholic School in the Lasallian Tradition

It is obvious walking onto the grounds of John Paul College that it is a Catholic Lasallian school.  There are numerous visual reminders of this throughout the school. Each day students, when entering the main yard of the school, pass by a statue of Mary, Mother of Young People. Recently a large sign with words in both Maori and English was erected. It read "Kia maumahara tatou-Kei te aroaro tapu tatou o te Atua: Let us remember we are the Holy presence of God".  Images of John Baptist de La Salle appear in almost every educational space. At the opening assembly of the year large banners were revealed utilizing scenes from the life of our Founder reminding the school community of the ley Lasallian principles of Faith, Service, Community. While acknowledging their historical links to the tradition of Edmund Rice and Mary MacKillop, John Paul College is very much a school living the Lasallian charism in the present. The school motto is Ma t pono me te aroha-Through faith and love. This year the Signum Fidei group in the school will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Author: Br Mark McKeon
About: Director of Pastoral Formation at Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland
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