Cultural activities form an integral part of the broarder curriculum offered at the College. Details for each ectivity can be found be selecting from the list on the right. Some details are still to be provided.

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Pupils are expected to take part in one cultural activity per year.

This week in Culture

24 March to 29 March

Saint Benildus

  • Memorial: 13 August; 29 January
  • Profile
    • Educated by the De La Salle Brothers. An excellent student, he was a part-time teacher by age 14. Joined the De La Salle Brothers at age 14, entering his noviate on 10 February 1820, and taking the name Benildus. Teacher at several schools. Director of a community at Saugues in southern France in 1841. He founded a school there, and remained with it the rest of his life. Taught classes and catechism, visited the sick, and attracted many to the religious life; over 200 of his students became De La Salle brothers. Known for his sanctity, effective teaching, generosity to students, Brothers, and townspeople, and for the excellent reputation of his school.
  • Born: 14 June 1805 at Thuret, France as Pierre Romancon
  • Died: 13 August 1862 at Saugues, France of natural causes
  • Venerated: 6 January 1928
  • Beatified: 4 April 1948 by Pope Pius XII
  • Canonized: 29 October 1967 by Pope Paul VI

 St. Benildus

St. Benildus was a de Lasalle Christian Brother noted for his sanctity, effictive teaching and spirit of generostiy towards his pupils, confreres and townspeople. He stands as a model for parents and teachers. He made it a priority to receive and guide young people through his loving example. May we always teach by lives of love, compassion and understanding.


Pierre Romançon was born in the village of Thuret in south-central France. The only thing unusual about this hero of God was his height: Benildus was extremely short.  So short that people ridiculed him about it till the day he died.  By all other external standards, he was a totally normal guy.  He grew up in France during the aftermath of the French Revolution. He was so far ahead of his classmates in elementary school that when he was only fourteen years old the Brothers engaged him as a substitute teacher. .  While still in school, he felt called to become a religious and dedicate himself to the teaching.  But he had to overcome steady opposition from his dad to do it.  When he finally joined the Brothers of the Christian Schools, his dad visited the novitiate only to once again try to stop him.  But his dad didn’t succeed in stopping young Pierre.  With tears in his eyes Pierre told his dad, “If I had to live here on nothing but potato skins, I would not leave this house.”  As the father walked sadly away, the young novice raced into the chapel to lay his sadness at the foot of the Eucharist. 

From 1821 to 1841 he taught successfully in the network of elementary schools conducted by the Brothers out of the administrative center at Clermont-Ferrand. In 1841 he was appointed Director of a school that was opening in the town, an isolated village on a barren plateau in southern France. For the next twenty years he worked quietly and effectively as teacher and principal to educate the boys in the village and some from the neighbouring farms, many of whom were in their teens and had never been to school before. Small as he was, he was known as a strict but fair disciplinarian. In time the little school became the center of the social and intellectual life of the village, with evening classes for the adults and tutoring for the less gifted students. Brother Benilde's extraordinary religious sense was evident to everyone: at Mass with the students in the parish church, teaching catechism, preparing boys for first communion, visiting and praying with the sick, and rumours of near-miraculous cures. He was especially effective in helping others see and respond to their religious vocations. At his death more than 200 Brothers and an impressive number of priests had been his students. At his beatification, Pope Pius XII stressed that his sanctification was attained by enduring "the terrible daily grind" and by "doing common things in an uncommon way." .  Through him we learn that Holiness is actually all about doing the ordinary things with extraordinary love.

 

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