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1. Statue of St. La Salle & Two Children
Location : Main Entrance, La Salle College
Artist : Aureli
 
Perhaps this is the best known and widely used of all statues of our Founder seen here instructing two children. The original, made of marble, is in the Basilica of St. Peter's in Rome.
 
Our copy originally fronted the old La Salle College building, near the top of the steps.
 
The Founder seems to be pointing to Heaven as if to remind us "that above is our true home."

This statue must have been commissioned by the Founder of the College, Brother Aimar. It was and is a well known school landmark. 
 

2. The Two Water Fountains
Location : Main Entrance, La Salle College
 
Flanking the statue of St. La Salle, as they were in the old school, these two stone fountains have become a favourite resting place or look-out perch for birds. Does anyone actually remember the fountains spouting water? Is the idea attractive?


3. Original Foundation Stone
Location : Covered Entrance to La Salle College
 
This foundation stone is an important heritage link with the origins of La Salle College. 
 
The stone is made of granite. The inscription is as follows:

I H S
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
THIS FOUNDATION STONE WAS LAID BY
HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR
SIR WILLIAM PEEL KBE CMC
ON WEDNESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 1930

Among those present at the stone-laying ceremony were Mgr. C. Costantini, Apostolic Delegate to the Chinese Government, Mgr H. Valtorta, Vicar Apostolic of Hong Kong and the Honourable J. P. Braga, a member of the Legislative Council and an old boy of St. Joseph's College.
 
It may be interesting to note that Governor Peel visited the College again on Sports Day on 5th April 1932 and had this to say:
 
In my long experience with education in East Asia, I am in no way surprised that La Salle College has already got 700 students, because I am not aware of any other institution or professional body which has achieved greater success in the field of education than the Brothers.
 
The sacred monogram at the top of the stone IHS are the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek. It is a suitable introduction to the desire that this building be dedicated to the glory of God.
 
Sir William Peel was Governor of Hong Kong from 1930 to 1935. It was the time of the Long March in China.


4. The Flaming Torch
Location : Garden, La Salle College
 
This is one of six which "graced" the entrance to the old building. They were placed between the columns of the front portico.
 
It is a symbol of learning and the quest for knowledge.It also suggests the warmth in the human heart, the goodness of light keeping the evil of darkness at bay.
 
We are to pass on the torch of learning and the light of God's truth to succeeding generations.
 
Another smaller flaming torch can be seen atop the rear entrance to the College. This is one of several which were stationed at the first landings leading from the side entrances to the G/F and also leading to the field.
 

5. Bust of Br. Aimar
Location : Entrance Foyer of La Salle College
 
In 1966 the mortal remains of Br. Aimar was returned to the college and placed in a vault under a Bust of Br. Aimar previously erected in 1962. Br. Aimar had been exiled to Vietnam after the fall of Hong Kong to the Japanese and died there a few years later far from his beloved La Salle College.
 
Br. Michael Jacques, Assistant Superior General, kindly agreed to go through the procedures necessary to bring back the remains to La Salle for suitable interment in a place of honour in the College.
 
The remains were placed in an urn and personally carried by Br. Michael on the flight to Hong Kong.
 
A bust of Br. Aimar had been sculpted and the remains placed in a granite vault underneath and bearing the inscription "Si monumentum requiris circumspice", that is "If you are looking for a monument to this great man, just look around you at this mighty College which was his creation." The original quotation comes from Sir Christopher Wren, builder of St. Paul's London. The location was one of the two courtyards of the College.
 
When the old College was about to be pulled down to give way to the new, the remains of Br. Aimar were transferred to the Brother's vault in the Catholic Cemetery, Happy Valley. The bust was retained to occupy a place of honour in the school foyer.


6. Painting of La Salle Teaching Class
Location : La Salle Primary, La Salle College
Artist : Cesare Mariari, 1888

The original painting is in the Vatican Museum and, by special approval, was on exhibition in our Motherhouse during the 43rd General Chapter 2000.
 
Bother Patrick Tierney brought back copies from Rome after the 2000 General Chapter.
The facial expressions of La Salle, the Brother-teacher and the pupils are interesting, lively and attractive. Perhaps it can be said that they illustrate the Lasallian spirit of faith and zeal and our mission to bring a human and christian education to youth.


7. Plaque to mark Opening of New School Building
Location : Foyer of La Salle College

The stone is made of marble.

The inscription is as follows:

FOR THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OF YOUTH

THIS NEW BUILDING OF LA SALLE COLLEGE
WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY
HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVENEROR
SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE GBE, KCMG, KCVO
ON FRIDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 1982
 
Among the large and distinguished gathering at the laying of the Foundation Stone was the Superior General, Brother Pablo, his Councillors Brothers Pedro and Jose, Brother Michael Jacques, Visitor, Bishop John Baptist Wu, Sir Albert Rodrigues and Mr. Li Ka Shing.

Sir Murray MacLehose was Governor of Hong Kong from 1971 to 1982. This was the period of the development of New Towns, the arrival of Vietnamese refugees and the start of 
negotiations for the return of Hong Kong to China.

The 100 kilometre MacLehose Trail is named after this Governor.


8. Plaque to mark Blessing of New School Building
Location : Foyer of La Salle College
 
This marble stone was blessed by Bishop John Baptist Wu who later became a cardinal of the Catholic Church.The inscription is as follows:
FIDES ET OPERA

THIS BUILDING WAS BLESSED BY
THE MOST REVEREND
JOHN BAPTIST WU CHENG CHUNG
CATHOLIC BISHOP OF HONG KONG
ON WEDNESDAY 6TH JANUARY 1982
 
Bishop Wu is fondly remembered as a man of God, a true shepherd of his flock.
 

 

 
1. Statue of St. La Salle & Two Children
Location : Main Entrance, La Salle College
Artist : Aureli
 
Perhaps this is the best known and widely used of all statues of our Founder seen here instructing two children. The original, made of marble, is in the Basilica of St. Peter's in Rome.
 
Our copy originally fronted the old La Salle College building, near the top of the steps.
 
The Founder seems to be pointing to Heaven as if to remind us "that above is our true home."

This statue must have been commissioned by the Founder of the College, Brother Aimar. It was and is a well known school landmark. 
 

2. The Two Water Fountains
Location : Main Entrance, La Salle College
 
Flanking the statue of St. La Salle, as they were in the old school, these two stone fountains have become a favourite resting place or look-out perch for birds. Does anyone actually remember the fountains spouting water? Is the idea attractive?


3. Original Foundation Stone
Location : Covered Entrance to La Salle College
 
This foundation stone is an important heritage link with the origins of La Salle College. 
 
The stone is made of granite. The inscription is as follows:

I H S
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
THIS FOUNDATION STONE WAS LAID BY
HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR
SIR WILLIAM PEEL KBE CMC
ON WEDNESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 1930

Among those present at the stone-laying ceremony were Mgr. C. Costantini, Apostolic Delegate to the Chinese Government, Mgr H. Valtorta, Vicar Apostolic of Hong Kong and the Honourable J. P. Braga, a member of the Legislative Council and an old boy of St. Joseph's College.
 
It may be interesting to note that Governor Peel visited the College again on Sports Day on 5th April 1932 and had this to say:
 
In my long experience with education in East Asia, I am in no way surprised that La Salle College has already got 700 students, because I am not aware of any other institution or professional body which has achieved greater success in the field of education than the Brothers.
 
The sacred monogram at the top of the stone IHS are the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek. It is a suitable introduction to the desire that this building be dedicated to the glory of God.
 
Sir William Peel was Governor of Hong Kong from 1930 to 1935. It was the time of the Long March in China.


4. The Flaming Torch
Location : Garden, La Salle College
 
This is one of six which "graced" the entrance to the old building. They were placed between the columns of the front portico.
 
It is a symbol of learning and the quest for knowledge.It also suggests the warmth in the human heart, the goodness of light keeping the evil of darkness at bay.
 
We are to pass on the torch of learning and the light of God's truth to succeeding generations.
 
Another smaller flaming torch can be seen atop the rear entrance to the College. This is one of several which were stationed at the first landings leading from the side entrances to the G/F and also leading to the field.
 

5. Bust of Br. Aimar
Location : Entrance Foyer of La Salle College
 
In 1966 the mortal remains of Br. Aimar was returned to the college and placed in a vault under a Bust of Br. Aimar previously erected in 1962. Br. Aimar had been exiled to Vietnam after the fall of Hong Kong to the Japanese and died there a few years later far from his beloved La Salle College.
 
Br. Michael Jacques, Assistant Superior General, kindly agreed to go through the procedures necessary to bring back the remains to La Salle for suitable interment in a place of honour in the College.
 
The remains were placed in an urn and personally carried by Br. Michael on the flight to Hong Kong.
 
A bust of Br. Aimar had been sculpted and the remains placed in a granite vault underneath and bearing the inscription "Si monumentum requiris circumspice", that is "If you are looking for a monument to this great man, just look around you at this mighty College which was his creation." The original quotation comes from Sir Christopher Wren, builder of St. Paul's London. The location was one of the two courtyards of the College.
 
When the old College was about to be pulled down to give way to the new, the remains of Br. Aimar were transferred to the Brother's vault in the Catholic Cemetery, Happy Valley. The bust was retained to occupy a place of honour in the school foyer.


6. Painting of La Salle Teaching Class
Location : La Salle Primary, La Salle College
Artist : Cesare Mariari, 1888

The original painting is in the Vatican Museum and, by special approval, was on exhibition in our Motherhouse during the 43rd General Chapter 2000.
 
Bother Patrick Tierney brought back copies from Rome after the 2000 General Chapter.
The facial expressions of La Salle, the Brother-teacher and the pupils are interesting, lively and attractive. Perhaps it can be said that they illustrate the Lasallian spirit of faith and zeal and our mission to bring a human and christian education to youth.


7. Plaque to mark Opening of New School Building
Location : Foyer of La Salle College

The stone is made of marble.

The inscription is as follows:

FOR THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OF YOUTH

THIS NEW BUILDING OF LA SALLE COLLEGE
WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY
HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVENEROR
SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE GBE, KCMG, KCVO
ON FRIDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 1982
 
Among the large and distinguished gathering at the laying of the Foundation Stone was the Superior General, Brother Pablo, his Councillors Brothers Pedro and Jose, Brother Michael Jacques, Visitor, Bishop John Baptist Wu, Sir Albert Rodrigues and Mr. Li Ka Shing.

Sir Murray MacLehose was Governor of Hong Kong from 1971 to 1982. This was the period of the development of New Towns, the arrival of Vietnamese refugees and the start of 
negotiations for the return of Hong Kong to China.

The 100 kilometre MacLehose Trail is named after this Governor.


8. Plaque to mark Blessing of New School Building
Location : Foyer of La Salle College
 
This marble stone was blessed by Bishop John Baptist Wu who later became a cardinal of the Catholic Church.The inscription is as follows:
FIDES ET OPERA

THIS BUILDING WAS BLESSED BY
THE MOST REVEREND
JOHN BAPTIST WU CHENG CHUNG
CATHOLIC BISHOP OF HONG KONG
ON WEDNESDAY 6TH JANUARY 1982
 
Bishop Wu is fondly remembered as a man of God, a true shepherd of his flock.
 

 

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