Finally, the younger the boys are the more likely they are to be influenced by what they see us
do. Don't underestimate the power of children seeing the adults in their lives reading for pleasure.
Don't feel guilty for taking some time to sit on the couch for a couple of hours indulging in your favourite
book. I think it is one of the best ways to encourage your son's reading.
This week I have been assisting with a School Review at St Joseph's College,
Gregory Terrace in Brisbane. All schools in the EREA Network undertake a review, every five years,
to ensure that our work remains grounded in the Touchstones. While there are many performance and compliance
requirements of modern schools, the EREA Renewal process is different.
If you think of the
Touchstones as our compass that help us plot our course as a Christian educational institution, the renewal
process is a good way to check our bearings every five years. When there are many competing priorities
and pressures on schools, it can be challenging to remain focussed on what is most important. So,
during the renewal process we ask ourselves, 'Have we stayed true to our course as a school in the Edmund
Rice tradition?' The role of the panel is to listen to the community's reflections on how they live
the Touchstones as a contemporary school.
As you can imagine, participating in the panel for
another school is also great professional development for those involved. Interviewing staff, students
and families about the work and life in their school is also a rich source of new ideas and possibilities
Best wishes for the weekend ahead. I'm looking forward to coming home next
week, even if it is a little cooler than Brisbane.