We celebrated our Founders Day in the last week of last term. It is a day dedicated to celebrating the life of our school patron, St John Baptist De La Salle and to continue his legacy of supporting those in need through fundraising. This year, the College raised money to fund the installation of a clean drinking water plant for staff and students at La Salle High School, Khushpur, in Pakistan. Br David Hawke gave a moving speech at our Founder’s Day Mass about the inspiring work of the Lasallian mission in Khushpur dedicated to educating the poor children of this region in Pakistan. Br David reminded the College of how fortunate we are to have such a caring and safe community here at Revesby and that it is important to consider the real struggles of other young students and to take active steps to support them through our charitable works. This is an important day for the College to come together as a community and celebrate our De La Salle heritage, charism and culture. A day that unites us and reaffirms our identity that instills the Lasallian philosophy that all students ‘enter to learn and leave to serve’.

The beautiful Mass, organised by Mr Doumit and celebrated by Father Salas was a focal point for the day and we were grateful to have, Br David Hawke, Br Adrian Watson, Br Collin Griffin and Br Paul Rogers join us for this. Part of the Mass also involved the badging of our new Year 11 Lasallian Youth Leaders. The Year 11 LYLs are commissioned as our new Lasallian Youth Leaders, charged with bringing to life this mission by leading retreats and assisting with social justice initiatives at De La Salle, Revesby. The Lasallian tradition at the College, is deeply connected to our Lasallian charism which has at the heart a care for the “last, the lost and the least”. A day like our Founder’s Day connects our students to this charism and provides an opportunity for the boys to live out the three Lasallian pillars of Faith, Service and Community.

After Mass, we set up food stalls and a variety of activities including inflatable rides to raise much needed funds and the boys participated wholeheartedly in the day’s events which culminated in a staff v student volleyball match. Many thanks to all the staff and students for your participation, great school spirit and organisation of the day.