Lasallian Association

Luurnpa Catholic School is part of Catholic Education Western Australia in the Broome Diocese. Since the school began in 1984 we have been a Lasallian school associated with other Lasallian schools through out the world.  There are over 900 Lasallian schools in 84 countries with 875 000. In Balgo there is a De La Salle Brothers community and others who are Lasallians. Our Lasallian association includes the Share The Mission program where students who have just finished Year 12 in Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea volunteer to work for 11 months at Luurnpa Catholic School. Other Lasallian groups visit our school during the holidays and run activities for our students.

All staff receive Lasallian formation while at Luurnpa Catholic School. Some of our staff have been educated in Lasallian school. The principal attends an annual meeting of Lasallian leaders from Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea each year as well as two regional Lasallian Principal meetings each year.

We have a strong relationship with La Salle College Middle Swan Perth. Our students are given the opportunity to board at La Salle College to widen their educational opportunities. Each year Lasalle College brings a group of Year 11 students to us during the school holidays to run activities for our students. Other connections with La Sallian schools include student group visits from De La Salle College Malvern and St James East Bentleigh.


At Luurnpa Catholic School, we are committed to our faith, our educational community and our spirit of service and compassion. Our Lasallian charism guides, nurtures, challenges and encourages all our endeavours. We value our role in the international Lasallian network and strive for meaning, relevance and creativity to deliver a quality education for our students. In the tradition of St John Baptist de La Salle we are committed to leading our students to a life of faith, learning, leadership and service.



St. John Baptist de La Salle

  • Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
  • Patron of Christian Teachers
  • Father of Modern Education

Born at Reims into a devout and influential family, John Baptist de La Salle received the tonsure at age eleven and was named Canon of the Reims Cathedral at sixteen. Though he had to assume the administration of family affairs after his parents died, he completed his theological studies and was ordained priest on 9 April, 1678. Two years later he received the doctorate in theology. Meanwhile he became tentatively involved with a group of rough and barely literate young men who wanted to establish schools for poor boys. Almost by accident, the young De La Salle gradually assumed the leadership of the small group of lay teachers. Moved by the plight of the poor who seemed so "far from salvation" either in this world or the next, he determined to put his own talents and advanced education at the service of the children "often left to themselves and badly brought up." To be more effective, he abandoned his family home, moved in with the teachers, renounced his position as Canon and his wealth, and so formed the community that became known as the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

His enterprise met opposition from the ecclesiastical authorities who resisted the creation of a new form of religious life, a community of consecrated laymen to conduct gratuitous school "together and by association." The education establishment resented his innovative methods and his insistence on gratuity for all, regardless of whether they could afford to pay. Nonetheless De La Salle and his Brothers succeeded in creating a network of quality schools throughout France that featured instruction in the vernacular, students grouped according to ability and achievement, integration of religious instruction with secular subjects, well-prepared teachers with a sense of vocation and mission, and the involvement of parents. In addition, De La Salle pioneered in programs for training lay teachers, Sunday courses for working young men, and one of the first institutions in France for the care of delinquents. Worn out by austerities and exhausting labors, he died at Saint Yon near Rouen early on Good Friday, only weeks before his sixty-eighth birthday.

Today over 4000 Brothers and 75000 Lasallians serving 800 000 students in 84 countries continue to be inspired by the life and writings of St John Baptist De La Salle.

Significant information

Feast Day/Memorial

7 April


Rheims, France, 30 April 1651


Rouen, France, 7 April 1719

Ordained Priest

9 April 1678


19 February 1888


24 May 1900

Proclaimed Patron of Educators

15 May 1950

Name Meaning

God is gracious (= John)




This 200 year old prayer reflects the spirituality of St. John Baptist de La Salle.



Prayer of the teacher before school.


You, O Lord,
are my strength, my patience, my light, and my counsel.
It is you who touch the hearts of the children entrusted to my care.
Abandon me not to myself for one moment.

For my own guidance and that of my students,
grant me the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety,
the spirit of a holy fear of you and an ardent zeal to procure your glory.

I unite my efforts to those of Jesus Christ, and I beg the Most Blessed Virgin, Saint Joseph, the Guardian Angels, and Saint John Baptist de La Salle to protect me this day in the performance of my duties. Amen.


You can perform miracles…

by touching hearts of the children

entrusted to your care.

These are the miracles

which God gives you the power to perform and which, indeed he expects of you.

St John Baptist De La Salle


God ever faithful,

we thank you for the gift to your Church

of St John Baptist De La Salle.

We pray that like him,

we may deepen our friendship with you

and grow more aware

of your presence in our lives each day.

Inspire us and lead us to bring

the Good News of your love

to all those you have put in our care.

We ask this through Christ our Lord Amen.