“100 years- Touching the hearts of past, present and future Lasallians.”
We are delighted to announce that we will be celebrating our Centenary Year commencing in September 2017. It will be a most exciting celebration which will involve and be meaningful for anyone who is or has been involved with De La Salle College, since its inception.
It was in September 1917 that the school was founded by Brother Edward and it is wonderful to realise that, from those humble beginnings, the College has developed and grown into the thriving community that it is today.
The preparations for this memorable milestone are well underway, with the official launch date for the commemorative events being 22nd September 2017. On that day celebrations will begin with a Special Mass at St Thomas Catholic Church and the day will end with a Centenary Ball. Currently, the planned framework of events will run from late September 2017 until Founder’s Day in May 2018. Other main events will include an Art exhibition and sports events. It is also hoped to include a “Veterans walk.” The services of renowned local historian, Ian Ronayne, have been secured to produce a book which accurately reflects the history of the College. Ian will be keen to talk to those in the community who may wish to share their own special memories with a wider audience and says, “During a period when we are marking so many significant international centenaries, it’s important not to overlook important local anniversaries. I am delighted to be involved in marking 100 years since the founding of De La Salle College, and being given the opportunity to set down its history from 1917 to the present day.” Many other ideas are being considered as it is of paramount importance that all of pupils, families and friends, both past and present, are able to participate in this momentous occasion, appropriately. We are currently keen to receive memories from past pupils, staff and parents, these will form a key part of our Commemorative Book. Details of how to contribute along with further information about the Centenary Ball can be found on the College website www.dls-jersey.co.uk
Whilst celebrating 100 years of the College it is important to think of the future. It is planned that one of the lasting legacies of the Centenary will be to develop a bursary fund which supports future Lasallians in their educational journey at the College.
It is extremely important to us that details of our Centenary are disseminated to as many interested people as possible. During the coming months more information will be available as to how best to support the planning of the various events, as well as actively participating to make this upcoming anniversary one that will be remembered for the next 100 years.
If you feel you could help in any way please contact:
Centenary Co ordinator
De La Salle College
Jersey JE2 7TH