De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah is a Catholic secondary systemic boys’ school in the Archdiocese of Sydney. Founded by the De La Salle Brothers, the College is enlivened by their charism and traditions. In particular, the three pillars of the De La Salle Brothers – Faith, Service and Community – are the very foundation of our charism. De La Salle is well known in the broader community as being a place of hospitality and welcome; promoting a strong Lasallian charism; achieving outstanding academic results; having a talented and committed staff; and being a place where boys so obviously have a great love for and loyalty to their school.
De La Salle provides a holistic Catholic education. We aim for students who enrol at the College to embrace our Catholic culture as one that asks them to develop skills, values and attitudes in order to enhance their natural gifts; extending their opportunities through academic challenges, rigorous endeavour and spiritual growth.
We work in partnership with parents and families to educate and prepare our students for their lives beyond their school days through experiences that develop learning and leadership for the common good.
Each year, the college has a theme to provide a particular focus for our community. The theme for this year is:
“Use your God-given gifts to serve others.” 1 Peter 4:10
I commend this website to you and welcome you to De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah.
De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah opened its doors on the 28th January 1958. Sixty-five boys had arrived to start fourth class with Brother Dermot using the basement of the old church, known also as the ‘Dungeon’.
In 1961, the year the presbytery was officially opened, secondary classes began. Father Keller (parish priest at the time), teachers and parishioners recognised an obvious need for planning for the future needs of the school. As part of this planning, Father Keller visualised a large parish complex, basing his dream on the rapid growth of the local population, particularly the local Catholic population.
The new school buildings were designed to be built in two stages. A seam can still be seen running directly down the middle of the building, discoverable near the Learning Centre, and Rooms 12 and 5. Due to the organisation of Father Keller and the hard work of the parishioners the cost of construction was kept very low.
One way of reducing costs was to purchase all internal bricks second-hand and to arrange working bees to clean the bricks. The De La Salle Brothers’ monastery (the current office and staff study) was completed in 1964 thus completing Fr Keller’s planned series of parish buildings. De La Salle Catholic College was labelled for closure in the 1990s, but due to increased enrolments and the efforts of the staff and community, this was called off and a new wave of building works began. The science labs were refurbished first and then all general classrooms, followed by massive building works to convert the library into the hall. Additional renovations included the building of a food tech room, canteen and new toilet facilities, and the conversion of the presbytery/residence to staff study and college office.
Plans are currently underway for further building works to accommodate increasing enrolments and to provide more diverse curriculum opportunities for students.
Mission The community of De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah believe:
We serve our wider community based on our Catholic Lasallian tradition of ministry.
That we as a community strive to be brothers and sisters to each other in all our actions in the spirit of St John Baptist De La Salle.
We should set ourselves challenging goals in all our endeavours, especially in learning, so that we can truly succeed.
Vision At De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah we aspire to provide a quality education for all in an environment where excellence is celebrated and Gospel values are lived out in our Catholic Lasallian tradition.
Our college recognises its role in bringing the Gospel alive in our community and sharing the values of the Catholic Church.
The parish, families, students and staff work hard to help those less fortunate. As well as this, our school recognises our role within the culture of the local community and have strong ties with local groups and organisations.
Our interaction with the Parish includes:
Sacramental Program for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation