"Be first, that you may be of service" underpins our Outreach and Commitees Projects.
We try to address some of the needs of our community in the following ways:
Electronic waste collection
How often have you thought that you can't keep up with how quickly technology is advancing. Unfortunately the planet feels the same way - it cannot keep up with the huge amount of waste that is generated as technology forges ahead.
The electronic waste that each person generates is considerable and often the thought of how to dispose of it is a daunting one. E-waste is banned from landfills as it contains hazardous materials that leach into the ground water when exposed to the elements. Consumption of this water, even after filtration can cause health problems. Often electronic recyclers will only collect if there is a large load.
That is why the environmental committee has decided to have an electronic waste (e-waste) collection a few times a year, giving you the opportunity to dispose of your e-waste in a responsible manner.
De La Salle Holy Cross College makes a dent in the landfill!
On Friday 26th October, De La Salle Holy Cross College filled a whole truck with electronic waste (or e-waste) after a week of collecting from the families in the school. The school’s environmental committee organises an e-waste collection once per term, and it is removed by a company specialising in responsible recycling and processing of the waste to optimise reuse of raw materials and minimise the contamination that occurs as a result of dumping electronic goods such as appliances and cell phones in the landfills.
The Department of Environmental Affairs estimates an annual national tally of 360 000 tonnes of e-waste. Nicole Antonie, chairperson of the school’s committee, points out that “The collection at the school is not only aimed at educating our immediate community of learners, parents and staff, but also at reducing the amount of waste in our landfills and ensuring that contaminants found in e-waste, such as mercury, lead and beryllium, are removed for reuse. We need to be aware that these toxic substances leak into groundwater from the landfills, resulting in serious health hazards such as lung and skin diseases, kidney failure and severe hormonal disorders”.
The school’s student leaders ran an educational assembly with all of their learners before the collection, to ensure that the message was spread into homes.
Lawn dressing compost production at DLSHCC
For the past five years, we’ve produced our own lawn dressing compost, by treating grass clippings. With the help of the Servest team lead by Lufuno Mudzaedzi, the annual scarified clippings are bobcat turned on a regular basis and the pile watered daily. The process takes about 6 months. The last bobcat turn took place today, and the product is now ready for use starting in the April holidays. Cost saving is around R12000.00 per annum. - Greg Braum, Estate Manager.
Lufuno leads the Servest team in the final stages of compost production.
|TEN GREEN COMMANDMENTS |
We must respect the environment.
We must alter our behaviour, as individuals and as nations, in order to preserve
the earth in all its God-given glory.
We must include environmental considerations into all decision making.
We must improve the environment.
We must conserve the resources that adorn and enrich our environment.
We must turn to the renewable resources that the Creator’s goodness has blessed us with.
We must not pollute, litter, waste or destroy.
We must study the environment, the wonders of nature and the processes that affect it.
We must each play a part in caring for the environment.
We must never forget that humanity is an inseparable part of creation.
Valentine's Day - Care Boxes
Sandwich-making for World Hunger Day
We follow a policy in which we reach out to the needy whether they be children, elderly or destitute adults or animals. We believe in giving of our time as well as in kind where needed.
On a weekly basis pupils have visited either the children’s section of Mother Teresa Home or Hotel Hope. On these visits the pupils help feed the babies at Mother Teresa or play with the toddlers, giving them the much needed individual attention. At Hotel Hope, the pupils play with the older children or help with the babies.
In previous years the learners iced and delivered cup cakes to Old Age Homes and Childrens Homes on Valentine's Day. This year they responded to an appeal that a number of NGOs had made, to help with the supply of basic toiletries. The High School pupils donated toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and facecloths to pack into gift parcels called 'DLSHCC Care Boxes' in their Grade Intergrated Groups (GIG) on 13 February. The 'Care Boxes' were delivered to the Immaculata Shelter for the Homeless, Woodside Sanctuary for the Mentally and Physically Handicapped, Khakhibos Jabulani Boys’ Home, the Greenside Eventide Home for the Elderly and the St. Dominics soup kitchen on Valentine's Day.
The food collected in a Pet Food Drive, held to coincide with World Wildlife day, was donated to a shelter for abused and abandoned animals.
Together with the Lasallian Youth we hosted a party for the children of Nazareth House for Easter in which the children had the novel experience of making their own pizzas.
The Easter egg drive which brought in over 3600 eggs, which were distributed to various children’s homes. Eggs were also donated to Woodside Sanctuary, Mother Teresa Home, Sparrow Village, Rosie’s Nursery School and Avril Elizabeth Home.
Johannesburg City Council
Ms Hamilton: Liason Officer for JJC Programme
Johannesburg City Council:
This programme promotes civic awareness, fosters leadership, a distinct sense of community and promotes the values of tolerance and respect. The “failures” of initiatives are considered in detail from many perspectives and are only relinquished once they can be sincerely reframed as successful learning experiences.
This is a dynamic, far-sighted organisation and has been operating for almost 60 years. The community is encouraged to support our representatives and actively support their sincere desire to live out their slogan of being MAD or “making a difference.”
De La Salle Holy Cross College - Johannesburg Junior Councillors inducted
As the outgoing Johannesburg Junior Councillors of 2018, De La Salle Holy Cross College’s Gabriella Gormally and Alice Markham have had a year full of successful projects and outreach. Each year, the two elected councillors from the College join representatives from over 40 schools all over Johannesburg to formulate projects that these young people believe are needed in their communities and South Africa as a whole. As part of the JJC, the councillors have meetings twice each month, hosting prestigious guest speakers and brainstorming projects.
The Council year includes the Dean Walt Carnival, a fun day hosted for young children from underprivileged backgrounds and Madiba Day celebrations. Here the council hosts senior citizens for an afternoon of entertainment and a hot meal. As well as these set events, the councillors are empowered to organise their own projects based on the needs they identify in the community and the issues that they are passionate about. Among others, this included visits to old age and children’s homes and the SPCA, sandwich drives, mental health awareness campaigns and self-defence classes. These events occur within the committees of Advocacy, Outreach, Sports and Recreation, Arts and Culture and Environment.
One the major events of last year, hosted by the Advocacy Committee, was a sanitary hygiene drive for impoverished young women and girls who may miss out on education due to their lack of access for sanitary products. The drive raised R55 766 towards buying reusable sanitary pads from Dignity Dreams as well as collecting 1 980 disposable pads, which were donated to the organisation Kids Haven.
"Melina Manferdini and Gemma Ham were inducted on the 11th of March as the councillors for 2019 and continue on a tradition of over 20 years of De La Salle Holy Cross College High School’s participation in the Johannesburg Junior Council” said Meryl Hamilton, Subject Head (English).
Out-going councillors Alice Markam and Gabrielle Gormally
In-coming councillors - Melina Manferdini and
Profile of a Young Lasallian may be downloaded:
Young Lasallian Creed:
We understand we are living in a reality that is increasingly multi-religious.
We believe in ourselves, others and the Creator’s will to make a better world.
We promote acting in prayer and faith with all cultures and religions.
We understand the joy of living is contagious, and it permeates our daily lives.
We consider that the joy is in the journey, no matter how difficult.
We promote acting passionately and tirelessly to spread happiness.
Using Kindness and Creativity...
We understand young people’s need for compassion as they face their problems.
We consider patience with one another shows love and builds bonds of peace.
We promote trust and hope through actively listening and sharing.
We understand the need for us to participate within the Lasallian Family.
We consider growth through shared experience moves us closer to our mission.
We promote sharing in each other’s experiences for greater understanding.
We understand together we can build a Civilization of Love (Pope John Paul II).
We consider our calling to come together to build a better world.
We promote strengthening our bonds of communication.
We understand De La Salle freed his heart and humbled himself before God.
We consider that only with a humble spirit can we share what we are.
We promote touching the hearts of others.
We understand fulfilling commitments brings meaning to our lives.
We consider providing opportunities an essential quality of our charism
We promote action which empowers young people.
We understand, in this era of globalization, there is a lack of witness.
We consider that actions speak louder than words.
We promote fully committing ourselves each day in the Lasallian Charism.
We understand that it is in small acts that we can make a difference
We consider each individual valuable
We promote working ardently for the young, especially the poor.
LIVE JESUS IN OUR HEARTS! FOREVER