De La Salle has an enviable reputation nationally and internationally for both our Social Justice awareness and our formal Social Justice programs. From the moment a young man enters the gates of De La Salle he is encouraged to participate in the Lasallian values of care, respect and action for those less fortunate.
Passionate About Helping Others
Social Justice at De La Salle is about learning, living and leading; our curriculum in Religious Education and Personal Development consistently and deliberately exposes our young men to the plight of people beyond our gates. Age appropriate education about the experiences of marginalised and fringe dwellers in our society, and abroad, ensures our students have a sound knowledge base upon which they can build with College based Social Justice programs.
Our students live the mantra to ‘touch hearts’. One of the most tactile examples of Social Justice at De La Salle is our Mission Action Day. In each of the last few years students at De La Salle have raised in excess of $100,000.
These funds support our community-based immersion programs as well as a variety of other Lasallian programs run at home and abroad.
Lasallian Service is a community service program and is an important part of life as a Year 9 student.
Social Justice Immersion Programs
Senior students at De La Salle have the opportunity to spread their wings further and participate in one of our many immersion programs. This includes volunteer work in a remote village in Papua New Guinea, exchanges to our sister school in the Philippines or conducting volunteer work as a ‘Coolie’ in India.
St Vincent de Paul Group
For those who wish to stay closer to home, our long standing association with the St Vincent de Paul Society sees students and staff work together to raise awareness of the issues facing homeless and underprivileged people in Melbourne.
Again, this is coordinated with the capacity for action. We collect over 1,000 food items during our Social Action month in August, which culminates in a whole school celebration of the Eucharist. To provide opportunities for student leadership, we appoint two of the College Leaders to the St Vincent de Paul Group, making it their special focus for the year.
Other opportunities for involvement come with:
- Fundraising days
- Consciousness raising
- Collection of food items
- Volunteering for the Collingwood Soup Van on Sunday nights
- Weekly meetings