LaSalle Catholic College Bankstown opened its doors for the first time in 1951 as a Years 5-9 college for boys, eventually becoming a Years 7–12 college in 1999. While the college has seen some changes during its history, the Lasallian values of faith, service and community continue to sit at the heart of the college. In 2016, LaSalle began an exciting new chapter in its history – it became a co-educational college, accepting girls into Year 7.
Our trade training centre, Saint Yon, is now fully functional. This new facility offers vocational pathways to students in Years 11 and 12.
A little more about the Lasallian tradition
Since 1680, educational institutions in more than 80 countries have been influenced by the vision and innovative spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the patron saint of teachers. De La Salle transformed education by forming a community of educators with whom he developed a spirituality of teaching and learning, to give a human and Christian education to young people, especially the poor.
Lasallian Education centers on Catholic values and personal relationships, emphasizing academic excellence, faith formation, inclusion, respect for the individual, service and social justice. A Lasallian Education strives to enrich each student’s cultural, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development.
Today, the De La Salle Christian Brothers and their Lasallian Partners continue to respond to students through advancements in teaching, technology and scholarship. In Lasallian communities, educators touch hearts, stimulate minds and cultivate leadership to prepare students for life, work, and service to society and the Church.
Who are the de La Salle Brothers?
The De La Salle Brothers are ordinary men leading extraordinary lives. They venture wherever the need is greatest to provide education, guidance and inspiration to youth in need. They’re committed to helping young people, especially the marginalised, regardless of their religion or race. Often their De La Salle mission takes them to inhospitable areas, where even the local government cannot persuade teachers and administrators to go. There, the Brothers strive to give disadvantaged youth hope and a positive vision for the future.
The Brothers of the Christian Schools is a religious congregation of men founded by St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers. Brothers are committed to providing a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor. A De La Salle Christian Brother has answered a call to a vocation of faith, service and community with the intent of touching the hearts of young people entrusted to their care. Our vocation offers purpose, personal fulfillment, professional diversity and community life in a religious context.
What is their mission?
The purpose of the De La Salle Brothers is to meet the educational and welfare needs of young people, especially the poor. The Brothers live their Catholic faith through the values of love, compassion, justice and belief in the human dignity of each person.
Where are the Brothers?
When the Brothers first began, more than 300 years ago, they were mostly teachers based in schools. Today there are over 5,000 Brothers working in 80 countries throughout the world, in innovative roles that extend far beyond the classroom. In the Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea (ANZPNG) District, the Brothers’ work stretches from the coast of Papua New Guinea to indigenous communities in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. They perform a diverse range of roles in schools, welfare, employment agencies, universities, prisons, education offices and government departments.
For more information on the de La Salle Brothers and their mission visit: The De La Salle Brothers