Learning to manage ourselves during times of stress and unpredictability are critical skills. The
Australian Curriculum articulates this learning in the following way:
Students with well-developed
social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, develop resilience
and a sense of self-worth, resolve conflict, engage in teamwork, and feel positive about themselves and
the world around them. (ACARA)
So, rather than pretend that conflict, doubt, and uncertainty
are not part of 'normal' life, we must actively teach boys how to respond to such everyday challenges.
Wrapping our children in 'cotton wool' by trying to shield them from negative experiences can deprive
them of the very lessons that will serve them well throughout life.
Hopefully, some of the silver
lining in our shared COVID-19 experiences will be some useful lessons in developing greater personal and
social capability as we work towards a new normal.
As we approach the end of this week when all
EREA schools have returned across Australia, please CLICK
HERE to view a communication to all of our parents and caregivers from Dr Wayne Tinsey, EREA Executive
Being Men for Others
A few weeks ago, a parent attending one
of our Principal's Tours asked me what we do to help boys become men for others. It was a great
question and I was happy to provide a couple of examples of the types of projects boys undertake to make
a positive difference in the world. Today's Beanie Day for Motor Neurone Disease is the latest example
of such initiatives.
In the midst of our daily routine, the beanies both remind us of the
needs of those who suffer and give us the opportunity to contribute to the research efforts through our
donations. Congratulations to our Prefects for their enthusiasm, commitment, and extra effort to
give us this chance to be men and women for others this week.
Best wishes for the week ahead.