De La Salle Ashy Turns 100 (2016) 
Esto Vir

The Video is available at the following address - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrT1dmc_pRw

Five score year ago is where it all began.
When the first boy walked through those doors and left as a man.
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On the 10th of December 1916, six dedicated Brothers La Salle began the task
Of educating Catholic boys of the parish and creating a culture that would last.
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Inspired by their founder, John Baptist de La Salle, they swore to afford
A very human and Christian education for the young, especially the poor.
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With God at their side, and love in their hearts, and an ethos of Pastoral care,
They built not just a school but an institution of hope, of spirit and prayer.
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On the 10th of December 1916, six dedicated Brothers La Salle began the task
Of educating Catholic boys of the parish and creating a culture that would last.
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Inspired by their founder, John Baptist de La Salle, they swore to afford
A very human and Christian education for the young, especially the poor.
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With God at their side, and love in their hearts, and an ethos of Pastoral care,
They built not just a school but an institution of hope, of spirit and prayer.
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The Parish Priest had purchased the land adjacent to Bethlehem Catholic College.
A vast piece of rugged bushland, so inviting, so bare,  not even a country cottage.

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Led by Director Brother Benignus Patrick, the local community got to work,
Clearing the land, filling in wells, planting hedges, they gave the school its birth.

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They established the colours of their mast, blue white, blue white, blue white, blue,
Colours that would grace so many sporting and academic podiums over the years.

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Classes commenced in February 1917, in the days of what they call the Great War,
Three classrooms housed the students, who learned, played and prayed to the Lord.

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By 1918, there were 230 pupils, but by the year 1965 there were over one thousand.
The very special Brother Peter McIntosh administered the school as it broadened.

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He was followed by Brother Michael Lynch in 1968, the last of the Brothers at large,
In 1972 it became the first Catholic High School in Australia to have lay teachers in charge.
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In 1988 the College became purely a high school and the primary classes ceased,
The college became specialised and its reputation for quality education increased.
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Today, the number of pupils is around 650, but all the principles and ethos remain,
The very special soul of what was built in 1916 continues to prosper and reign.
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Look around you and feel the spirit we have here, and know it is unique,
For we are one only a handful of Sydney high schools who annually meet.
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The six devoted Irish Brothers of 1916 would be so proud of what they created.
Something that each and every one of us must never, ever, take for granted.

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They would be most proud of the diversity our school has come to embrace,
A mostly Irish Caucasian student body has become representative of every race.


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There is nothing about this school that could be labelled superficial or flashy,
This special place we have all grown to love and to know simply as “Ashy”.


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When I recall my school days in this wonderful place my eye sheds a tear,
And I smile to myself, and chant out loud, “esto vir, esto vir, esto vir”.

Geoff Mooney (MoonDog)