Posted by Kane Raukura
on 5 May 2021
Dear Lasallian family, we can give thanks for the beautiful gift of community and that our lives have been blessed with some much needed normality over the last few weeks. This opportunity has allowed our students and staff at De La Salle College to be able to once more participate in activities that promote our unique charism and catholic character. Seven staff were able to take a road trip down to Francis Douglas Memorial College (FDMC) in New Plymouth. Here they were hosted by the kind staff of FDMC and attended a special programme called 'Heritage II'. This programme is designed for new staff to Lasallian Schools and enables them to grow in their understanding around our history and traditions. The seven staff greatly enjoyed themselves and found the time away rewarding and enriching.
As well as staff, we have also had students away on 'Lasallian Leadership Training' at John Paul College in Rotorua. With 11 keen young souls meeting in the early morning hours and departing the college at 6am. I accompanied them down along with Mr Matthew Apuda (Campus Minister) and we were both impressed with their participation and personal insights during the presentations and discussions. The students represented the school well and were exceptionally behaved. During the course, they were able to listen to motivational speakers who were alumni of John Paul College and who had integrated their 'Lasallian Leadership' into their personal lives and careers. Which were all quite impressive and successful. The students came away inspired and more connected to the ideas of service, inclusivity and social justice.
I ask Our Lord to bless our students and keep them safe over the two week break. Thank you once again for entrusting your sons to our care. It is a privilege and honour.
Live Jesus in our hearts!