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We Are Lasallian

Our Lasallian Philosophy

St John Baptist de La Salle.jpgDE LASALLE was born in France on 30th April, 1651, the eldest son of a magistrate of Rhelms. Rich, talented and influential, he had a splendid career before him, but at an early age of eleven, made up his mind to become a priest. After taking his Master of Arts degree, he entered the Seminary and was ordained as a priest at the age of 27.

For some time he was attached to the Cathedral of Rhelms. Then one day, there came a man who changed the course of his life. His name was Adrian Nyel. He had been sent by a lady of Rouen to establish a free school for poor boys in Rhelms. He was to consult De La Salle. From the beginning, De La Salle took a keen interest in the new venture. He began by inviting Nyel's teachers to have their meals with him, taught them how to teach, visited them in their classes, and ended by lodging them in his house. During a nationwide famine, he sold his estates and distributed his fortune among the poor. Now he was as poor as his teachers. From then on, they looked on him as their father and founder.

In 1950, Pope Pius XII proclaimed him Patron of Teachers, a fitting tribute to this Father of Modern Pedagogy and Founder of Popular Education.

Bro Jeffrey Chan, on behalf of the La Salle Brothers, presented a relic of St John Baptist de La Salle to the School on 12th April 2004. This precious gift of our school's Founder is now placed in the Pastoral Care cum Prayer Room for veneration.

Our Lasallian Philosophy

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Anchored on our Lasalllian mission and Stephenian heritage - "men of integrity and men for others", tending to "the last, the lost and the least" and "Credere et Servire" - as one community and with one heart, mind and spirit, putting together the quality Stephenian experience that develops each Stephenian towards his full potential and aspirations.

The Mission of the Schools of the Christian Brothers of St. John Baptist De La Salle is to form a community where teachers and students can live their faith and become the persons that God wants them to be.

The School Community
WE BELIEVE that the love of Christ binds us together as children of God, people of all races and conditions, rich or poor, bright or otherwise, for all are made in God's image and members of His family. On this faith rests the mutual love and respect that is fostered between teacher and student in our Schools.

WE BELIEVE that the Brothers and their lay colleagues give testimony to the Providence and the Presence of God as they educate the young in the tradition of St. John Baptist De La Salle, giving attention to all and especially to pupils whose development is hindered by economic, personal and other problems.

Learning and Living the Faith
WE BELIEVE that the learning of religious truth is fundamental to education in our schools.

WE BELIEVE that religious development is not isolated from development of the mind and conscience, nor from development of the body. Logic and analysis, honesty and team-work in games, all provide a sound foundation for understanding religion and living by one's beliefs.

WE BELIEVE that our Schools must teach what is true, just, good and beautiful, guided by our Catholic philosophy which finds harmony not contradiction, in spirit and matter, in faith and reason.

Life-Long Growth
WE BELIEVE that, like parents, teachers labour to form the minds and characters of students and become transformed in the process, as teacher and student help each other grow as persons.

WE BELIEVE that students must learn how to learn as they need to teach themselves after leaving school.

WE BELIEVE that success in school means more than good examination results. It means learning how to live as well as how to make a living.