Founder's Day

Founder's Day 2003 was celebrated on Friday 30 May. This Founder's Day was significant for a number of reasons:
  • It is 50 years since the De La Salle Brothers first came to New Zealand and opened a school in Blenheim and Auckland;
  • It was Brother Oliver O'Leary's 90th birthday and
  • Brother Jack Iremonger (Old Boy of FDMC) celebrated 40 years since he received the Habit of the De La Salle Brothers.

The College community gathered together for the celebration of the Eucharist and marked each of these milestones.

Also present for our celebrations were Bro David Hawke, Provincial of the Brothers and Bro Julian Watson and Bro Tim Peter, former principals of the College. Brother David gave the homily:


During holiday time I tend to read those sections of the daily newspaper which I skip on working days. The recent Christmas holiday break was no exception. On 25 December, of all days, I was reading the Singapore daily, "The Straits Times".

Within "The Straits Times" was a section entitled "What's in your school bag?" The article pointed out that besides text books, students in this high tech age carry sophisticated IT gadgets in their schools bags for this 2003 school year.

One 15 year old student interviewed had a personal digital assistant (PDA) to schedule meetings with friends, a mobile phone to keep in touch, and a PC to play his games.

In a column headed "Most Wanted", students favourites were listed as:
  • An all-in-one notebook with CD burner A Sony Clie PDA
  • A digital camera
  • A PC with Pentium 4 processor
  • A mobile phone which can store lots of messages

We cannot avoid the high tech age and indeed technology enhances work output. I don't know if teachers these days are permitted to ask the question:

but in a school bag in a Lasallian School I would expect to find in addition to some IT gadgets:
  • An openness to God's presence in your life
  • An invitation that Jesus may live in your heart
  • A willingness to achieve your full potential
  • A commitment to recognise the needs of the poor and reach out to them
  • A preparedness to relate to others as brothers and sisters.