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In 2015, LASALLE College of the Arts became the first home-grown Singaporean institution to receive the EduTrust Star—the highest accolade of quality awarded to a private education institution in Singapore. Today, LASALLE was awarded the EduTrust Star for the second time running, affirming its high standards and commitment to excellence.

Of nearly 300 private education institutions registered in Singapore with the Committee for Private Education (CPE), LASALLE remains the first and only Singaporean institution to receive the EduTrust Star since the EduTrust Certification Scheme was established in 2009.

“We are delighted to receive the EduTrust Star again. Four years ago, our first Star was a timely recognition of how far the College has come from its humble days as St Patrick’s Arts Centre, and today, our second Star shows that we have not been resting on our laurels. There is nowhere more exciting and dynamic than Singapore right now to be pursuing the arts. Singapore, and indeed the region, is at a stage of rapid maturation as a society where artists, designers and creative thinkers will become increasingly instrumental to its continued growth, and LASALLE stands ready to be a bastion of that growth,” said LASALLE President, Professor Steve Dixon.

"Over the decade, LASALLE has made great strides in furthering a high-quality 21stcentury arts education in Asia. The award of our second EduTrust Star bears witness to this deep commitment. To remain relevant and current, we rigorously benchmark academic quality assurance processes and continuously enhance the curriculum through feedback from the industry and the arts community. In addition, our robust professional and student services ensure that systems and processes are auditable, appropriate and best in class. This enables teaching faculty to focus on nurturing and igniting the creativity and imagination of our students," said LASALLE Provost, Dr Venka Purushothaman.

Since 2015, LASALLE has introduced two new Master of Arts (MA) programmes in Design and Creative Writing, and signed Memoranda of Understanding with worldrenowned institutions such as The New School in New York, the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia, and Zurich University of the Arts. In 2017, a longitudinal alumni survey conducted by Nielsen found that 9 out of 10 LASALLE alumni were employed, happy with their jobs, and found skills taught in school to be relevant at work.

The CPE awards the EduTrust Star to private education institutions for attaining a commendable level of performance in managing the institution and providing an outstanding quality of education and welfare for students. The mark is a symbol of recognition for outstanding achievement. LASALLE has been awarded the EduTrust Star from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2023.

About LASALLE

LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The college offers more than 30 diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in fine arts, design communication, interior design, product design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, arts management, arts pedagogy and practice, art therapy, Asian art histories, and creative writing.

Its faculty is led by a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, and their practice-led research sets LASALLE apart as an international centre of excellence. Critically acclaimed alumni form the core of the cultural and creative sectors in Singapore and increasingly, internationally.

Founded in 1984 by the late De La Salle Brother Joseph McNally – a visionary artist and educator – LASALLE is a non-profit, private educational institution. LASALLE receives tuition grant support from the Singapore Ministry of Education. Its degree programmes are validated by Goldsmiths, University of London.

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We continue to have two FSC Communities in Singapore. One is located in St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) and the other at St Patrick’s School (SPS). On 27-29 August, Br. Armin visited the Brothers’ Community at SJI. At present, there are 4 Brothers living in this community: Larry Humphrey (director), Paul Ho, John Win Kyaw and Paul Mata. Br. Armin met each of us individually, and then met us all together as one community to discuss matters relating to our community life and welfare as Brothers.

On 2-3 September, after his trip to Sri Lanka, Br. Armin headed back to Singapore to visit our Brothers, this time in the community of St Patrick’s School located in the East Coast of Singapore. It is a community of three Brothers namely: Nicholas Seet, Collin Wee and Gregory Lim. He met each one individually and gathered them together to have a fruitful discussion on the Brothers’ life. (Text & Photo: Br. Paul Mata FSC)

The Brothers’ Community at St. Joseph’s Institution in Singapore became the venue of the 32nd District Council Meeting which was held on 2019 October 26.

The DC members had an entire day discussing matters relating to LEAD. They concluded the meeting with a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Fr. Matthew Tan, SJ.

After the mass, all the DC members, together with Br. Ricky Laguda (PARC General Councillor), and the rest of the Brothers in Singapore, went out for dinner in an Italian restaurant. 

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With the loud music of the bagpipes and the flags of the 9 Lasallian educational institutions in Singapore carried in, the procession into the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd began in high spirits. The picture of the founder with his relic was carried by Bro John Wyn accompanied by Bro Gregory. It was then followed by the Brothers, affiliated members and the priests together with the nuncio, Archbishop Marek Zawleski.

In his homily, Archbishop Marek highlighted the Lasallian values as well as the need for vocations for the Brothers and for Christian educators. In his address, Bro Paul Ho echoed the Superior’s message that the celebration is not only of a past memory but also how we can continue the Lasallian mission to cater to new needs in our own circumstances today.

The photographs of the school leaders, staff and students with the Brothers after the Mass took on a joyous mood as everyone felt inspired by the gathering of the Lasallian family together in celebration and prayer. (Br. Nicholas Seet FSC)

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23 Students of St. Joseph’s Institution (SJI) Singapore attended the Year 4 Catholic Retreat from 5-7 July 2019 at La Salle Centre, St. Patrick’s School. The retreat was facilitated by 3 Filipino Young Brothers.

With the theme “Me and My Journey” the retreat focused on deepening of faith through self awareness and looking on one’s capacity to serve, together.
(Text & Photos: Br. Irwin Climaco FSC)

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St. Joseph’s Institution - International, Singapore - On Tuesday 26 November, our High School community came together to celebrate our shared Lasallian values and to recognise the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle, 300 years after his passing. Students and staff wholeheartedly threw themselves into a range of activities designed to mark the occasion. 

The 301 Fun Run took place at the Singapore Polo Club. This was the last event of the year where house points were up for grabs and, in a hard-fought contest, each house smashed through their target of achieving 301 laps of the pitch – the 301 symbolising looking forward, beyond the last 300 years. It was great to see competitive spirits kick in as people sprinted or ambled around the 1km track to rack up as many points as possible for their house! 

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In addition to this physical exertion, there was also the opportunity for people to express their artistic side in the production of banners, each reflecting our Lasallian and house values. Everyone contributed a handprint in the creation of the banners to symbolise the legacy we are leaving by putting our hands to good use in service to others. These banners now have pride of place around the school and are looking fabulous, creating an injection of colour and positivity as people go about their daily business. 

All in all, a wonderful afternoon to bring another busy year to a close.

Among the many new Catholic school principals commissioned by the Archbishop of Singapore, Msgr William Goh, on January 5 at the cathedral, there were three Lasallian principals. They are Mdm Cheryl Choo De La Salle School, Mrs Roisin Paul St Joseph's Institution International and Mr Mark Minjoot St Patrick's School. Brs. Antonio Cubillas, Augustine Julian, Lawrence Humphrey, Paul Ho, Collin Wee and Nicholas Seet were present to pray and share their joy at the special Sunday Mass. (Text & Photos: Br. Nicholas Seet FSC)

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Source: www.straitstimes.com

SINGAPORE - Students of Lasalle College of the Arts will no longer have to travel to different campuses for classes when a new $50 million building is ready by 2025. The 12-storey block to be built on a 6,000 sq m plot of land next to the college's McNally Street campus will help to centralise the school's facilities. It will also be connected to the nearby Rochor MRT station. In recent years, the school has had to lease art facilities in Winstedt Road, classroom spaces in nearby buildings as well as studios from Mediacorp to accommodate a growing student population.

The McNally campus was intended for 1,850 students, but the student population is currently about 2,700.

While the land was earmarked for Lasalle since it moved to the McNally site 12 years ago, funding was a challenge until the Ngee Ann Kongsi pledged $50 million last year.

This is both the Teochew group's single largest donation, and the largest donation received by Lasalle to date.

In a speech on Thursday (Nov 14), Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said it is apt that two historic institutions are coming together to contribute to the nation's future in its bicentennial year.

"Their collaboration is also a testament to how far we have come along this journey from Singapore to Singaporean," added Mr Heng, who noted that a Teochew foundation is donating tens of millions of dollars to an arts school founded by a Catholic order.

"This is not something that happens readily in other parts of the world today, and something that we should treasure and never take for granted," said Mr Heng, who is also Finance Minister, at the cheque presentation ceremony at Lasalle's McNally campus.

The De La Salle brothers first came to Singapore in 1852 to teach at St Joseph's Institution. They went on to set up several schools in Singapore.

It was Brother Joseph McNally who started the St Patrick's Arts Centre in 1984 with 27 students, which would later become Lasalle.

Work on the new building, with a potential gross floor area of 20,000 sq m, will start in 2021 and is expected to take three to four years to complete.

It will include new facilities like a 300-seat lecture theatre, a music recital hall, a film studio, and new galleries on the ground floor that will be open to the public.

The building will also feature a glass facade that opens out to Rochor Canal Road.

Speaking to the media before the event, Lasalle chairman Peter Seah said that he expects the demand for arts education to continue growing.

But whether the school can help meet the demand depends on government policy and space constraints. Lasalle's expansion will help cater to its current student population of 2,700 only.

In his speech, Mr Seah called the new building Lasalle's "crowning glory", and thanked the Kongsi for its generosity.

"Your momentous contribution will no doubt create new and exciting opportunities in the arts that will impact Singapore culturally and socially for many years to come," he said, announcing that the new building will be called the Ngee Ann Kongsi Building.

Ngee Ann Kongsi vice-president Richard Lee said that it was "honoured" by the decision to name the building after the Teochew organisation.

"We hope our gift will enable Lasalle to become a place of intellectual wealth in which your students will treasure and enjoy their academic pursuits and aspirations to be future leaders in the arts and creative industries," he said.

The Kongsi has been donating to Lasalle since 2007 when the school first moved into its McNally campus. These donations have included a Steinway grand piano and $6 million towards books, online databases, scholarships and bursaries.

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On 26 August, 1850 students from both the Elementary School and High School and approximately 220 members of staff, gathered on our new upper field with the ES students in green, and the HS students in white, to form a dramatic, living symbol of our Lasallian identity in the shape of a huge Lasallian Star.

Click on the link for the full article: https://sji-international.com.sg/news/387

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The 24th of August saw another wonderful opportunity for our community to come together through the Elementary School Lapathon 2019: Our Houses United In Service, in support of impoverished children attending the kindergartens and nurseries of the Lasallian schools in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

There was a tremendous sense of unity among all who attended and it was gratifying to see so many parents running (or walking!) with their children. A record $28,560.74 was raised which will go to support the meal programmes in the schools including the development of some of their libraries.

Click on the link for the full article: https://sji-international.com.sg/news/400