La Salle students offered a wealth of opportunities

COMMUNITY FOCUS: La Salle students laid a wreath at last year's Anzac Day commemoration in Lithgow.
COMMUNITY FOCUS: La Salle students laid a wreath at last year's Anzac Day commemoration in Lithgow.

La Salle Academy in Lithgow is a Catholic co-educational secondary school for students in Years 7-12.

It was originally established in 1953 by the De La Salle brothers, as a Catholic school for boys. The Sisters of St Joseph then joined in partnership with the De La Salle order.

By 1995, the school was operated solely by lay staff. Over the years, a number of additions have been built on the school site, including a gymnasium, farm, trade centre and a new school hall.

There is a large oval and other dedicated areas for sport and recreation.

The diverse student population of La Salle Academy comes mainly from the greater Lithgow area but many students travel from adjacent townships.

The main Catholic feeder schools are St Patrick's Primary School Lithgow, St Joseph's Primary School Portland and St Joseph's Catholic School Oberon.

An increasing number of students come from the Blue Mountains.

Students who are not Catholic may also seek enrolment at La Salle Academy, provided they are willing to participate in the religious and liturgical life of the school and support its Catholic mission and ethos.

The school places a high level of focus on social justice and the students themselves regularly initiate activities to raise awareness or funds to support those less fortunate.

Students are encouraged to achieve to their full potential by effort, persistence and application to their studies.

A wide variety of subject choices and extra-curricular activities are offered to students which cater for their interests and skill development.

Students of La Salle Academy have enjoyed a great deal of success at sporting arenas and are encouraged to participate in as many community activities as practical in order to foster a comprehensive approach to their spiritual, academic and social development.

Year 12 students at La Salle Academy have enjoyed a high level of success in the HSC, achieving their goals of university entry, further study with other educational providers or entry into the workforce.

Prospective students can phone 6354 5100 to arrange for a tour of the school and an interview.