LaSalle College Bankstown
is a secondary college located in Bankstown
, New South Wales, Australia
. The College is open to boys from years 7-12 and girls from years 11-12. The College is a Catholic school that runs systematically with the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Sydney
The College is located between Chapel Road and Merideth Street in Bankstown and occupies a fairly large site which forms part of the Catholic Parish of Saint Felix, Bankstown.
The main feeder schools of the College include Saint Felix Primary School, Bankstown; Saint Brenden's Primary School, Bankstown, Saint John Vianny Primary School, Greenacre, Saint Mary's Primary School, Georges Hall; and Christ the King Primary School, Yagoona/Bass Hill.
The De La Salle Brothers run the college in the tradition of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.
LaSalle Catholic College was formed in 1999. It is an amalgamation of three previous schools that existed on the site including- De La Salle High School (7-10) (1951-1998), Benilde Senior Boys High School (11-12) (1968-1999), and Nazareth Senior Girls College (11-12). Both Benilde and De La Salle were run by the De La Salle Brothers
whilst Nazareth College was run by the Josephite
sisters in the tradition of Blessed Mary McKillop
. There are no longer Jospehite sisters at the college, however several De La Salle Brothers still work at the College and live in the nearby Monastery.
As a result of being on the site of three previous schools, the College now has excellent facilities. The College features two full sized ovals, half-a-dozen modern science labs, a drama theatre, a fully-equipped gymnasium used for indoor basketball, a dance studio, a weights room with change rooms, food labs, several modern computer labs, a large library, art rooms, a photo lab and music rooms.
The First principal of the College was Brother Ambrose Payne (1999-2004). The current College Principal is Brother John Pill (2005- ).
Some of the College Milestones to date include-
- 2000 - The first year Year 12 Graduating Class
- 2003 - Cardinal George Pell, then Archbishop Pell, celebrates the graduation mass
- 2004 - The introduction of Year 11 Girls
- 2004 - The Graduation of the first class group to go through the new college from Years 7-12
- 2005 - The first female School Captain
- 2005 - The first graduating class of both boys and girls.
- 2007 - 5th House, Mackillop introduced
LaSalle Catholic College is one of two High Schools in Bankstown and is one of the cities main Catholic High Schools.
- Modern science laboratories and equipment – 6 in total
- Five Computer laboratories with networked access to the school library. Satellite internet connection is also available allowing students to access the Catholic Education Office Schoolsnet portal which offers a vast array of educational resources.
- Several playgrounds – the spacious campus provides Junior and senior College students with their own areas without obvious barriers.
- Large classrooms
- Multi–purpose gymnasium / indoor sports centre – An excellent venue for College assemblies, presentations, exhibitions and other functions.
- Weights room
- Dancing studio
- Drama Theatre – accommodates 150 people. Ideal venue for performances, group meetings
- Library with computerised catalogues, internet access, student computer workstations and Audio visual centre.
- Sports Oval
- Basketball courts
- Design & Technology Rooms
- Construction workshops
- Visual arts room Music studio
- Hospitality and Food Technology room
Girls at LaSalle
The first senior girl students at LaSalle Catholic College commenced Year 11 on January 28th 2004.
The school is located next to St Felix Primary School, a Catholic primary school K-6.
- Paul Keating, former Prime Minister of Australia, was a student of De La Salle Bankstown from 1955-1958
- Michael Hatton, Australian Labor Party former member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Blaxland, New South Wales. Michael has been both a student and teacher at De La Salle Bankstown.
- Ken Moroney, AO APM is was Commissioner of the New South Wales Police in New South Wales from 2002 – 2007. Ken was a student of De La Salle Bankstown.
- Brent Sherwin, Australian Rugby League player for the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs was a student at Benilde Senior Boys High School from 1994-1995.
- Ben Anderson, former Australian Rugby League player for the Melbourne Storm, who is also the son of Chris Anderson who is a former Australian rugby league coach and player, was a student at Benilde Senior Boys High School from 1994-1995.