De La Salle College, Mangere East

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De La Salle College
Address
81 Gray Avenue,
Mangere East,
Auckland,
New Zealand

Coordinates 36°57′59″S 174°50′14″E / 36.9663°S 174.8372°E / -36.9663; 174.8372Coordinates: 36°57′59″S 174°50′14″E / 36.9663°S 174.8372°E / -36.9663; 174.8372
Information
Type State: Integrated, Gender Single Sex-Boys School, Secondary (Year 7-13)
Motto Latin: Bonum Certamen Certa
"Fight The Good Fight of Faith"
Established 1953
Ministry of Education Institution no. 94
Principal Mr Myles Hogarty
School roll 987[1] (October 2014)
Socio-economic decile 1 [2]
Website

De La Salle College is an integrated Catholic secondary boys' school Auckland, New Zealand. Established in 1953 by the De La Salle Brothers, it continues to educate young men in the Catholic faith and Christian values. Students are encouraged to develop every aspect of their person and a strong emphasis is placed on excellence in academic study, cultural pride and sporting ability.[3] Applicants need to be willing to support the Catholic character of the College.

The school is located in the south of Auckland, 25 minutes from Auckland City and 15 minutes from Manukau City Centre.

Philosophy[edit]

De La Salle College is a Lasallian educational institution, based on Christian and Catholic values. The college motto is "Fight the Good Fight of Faith". Prayer and worship are emphasised in the life of the college. The college students bear a crest on their uniform in the shape of a shield with a cross in the middle and the words 'Bonum Certamen Certa' which are the Latin words for the motto.

History[edit]

De La Salle College was established in 1953.

In 2008 a new gymnasium was opened, replacing the previous gym, which was opened in 1969. Guests of honour included Prime Minister Helen Clark, Bishop Patrick Dunn, Manukau Mayor Len Brown, as well as past associates with the college. The old gym has been divided into technology suites and material workshops.

In 2012, former St Peters College deputy headmaster Myles Hogarty replaced Br David Miller as principal, ending a 60-year tradition of a De La Salle Brother principalship.[4]

Uniform[edit]

Boys[edit]

Years 7 - 10 (Junior Uniform)

Summer:

  • Blue Cotton Button-Up Shirt
  • Grey drill shorts
  • Black shoes with school socks or sandals
  • Maroon jumper and jacket (optional)

Winter:

  • Blue Cotton Button-Up Shirt
  • College Tie
  • Black trousers
  • Black shoes with school socks
  • Maroon jumper and jacket (optional)
Years 11 - 13 (Senior Uniform)

Summer:

  • White Cotton Button-Up Shirt
  • Grey drill shorts
  • Black shoes with black socks or sandals
  • Navy blue jumper and navy and red jacket (optional)

Winter:

  • White Cotton Button-Up Shirt
  • College Tie
  • College Blazer
  • Black trousers
  • Black shoes with black socks
  • Navy blue jumper and navy and red jacket (optional)

Houses[edit]

The house system of De La Salle College places students into one of four houses, each named after a De La Salle Brother. This system is used for events such as inter-house athletics.

De La Salle College Houses:
Benildus Named after De La Salle Brother Bénilde Romançon
Solomon Named after De La Salle Brother Blessed Solomon Leclercq
Miguel Named after De La Salle Brother Miguel Febres Cordero
Mutien Named after De La Salle Brother Mutien-Marie Wiaux

Sports[edit]

The school has taught many notable sportsmen. De La Salle has produced many great sporting talents including All Black great John Kirwan. In recent times the most notable is All Black Isaia Toeava, Motu Tony (NZ Warriors, Kiwi's) and Henry Fa'afili (NZ Warriors, Kiwi's and Manu Samoa), Lesley Vainikolo (Canberra Raiders, Kiwi's and England Rugby International), Junior Poluleuligaga (Waikato Chiefs, Manu Samoa), George Carmont (Newcastle Knights, Toa Samoa, Wigan Warriors), Jeff Lima (Melbourne Storm, Kiwi's) and the late Sonny Fai (NZ Warriors).

The 2008 De La Salle 1st XV have had great success, winning not only the Auckland title, but the National title. The team traveled to Japan in 2009 for further competition.[5]

Available sports[edit]

In winter, Rugby, football, and basketball are offered. In the summer, volleyball, kilikiti, waka ama, softball, and cricket are offered. New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby Champions 2008

Notable alumni[edit]

Literary[edit]

Broadcasting[edit]

Public service[edit]

  • Len Brown - Mayor of Auckland, former Mayor of Manukau City (2007 - 2010)

Sport[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Football[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 5 November 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2] Martha McKenzie-Minifie, "School's secret of success revealed: Praised by PM, De La Salle's exam results belie its low decile-status", The New Zealand Herald, 11 February 2008, p. A9.
  4. ^ http://manukaucourier.realviewdigital.com/?iid=61456&startpage=page0000004#folio=1
  5. ^ [3] Terry Maddaford, "De La Salle pip Kings for crown: Across the tracks school battle proves decile no barrier to sporting prowess", The New Zealand Herald, 13 November 2008, p. C18.
  6. ^ Tukuitonga, Colin (15 November 2012). "Story: Pacific Island health - Children and young people". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  7. ^ "Agonising loss of bright young star". Manukau Courier. 7 January 2009. 

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