Dear Parents and Carers,
As the year comes to an end, I would like to reflect on some of the highlights and achievements of our Pastoral Care Program in the past two months.
In November, we celebrated Gotcha4life Donut Day, a national initiative to raise awareness and funds for mental health and suicide prevention. Our students enjoyed a delicious donut and learned about the importance of having a ‘gotcha’ mate who can support them through tough times. We also participated in Movember, a global movement to change the face of men’s health. Our staff and students grew moustaches, shaved their heads, and ran laps to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health.
In week 7, our Year 10 students embarked on a challenging and rewarding camp experience, spending five days in the bush. They learned valuable skills such as navigation, survival, teamwork, and leadership. They also engaged in the Walk the Line program, a powerful presentation by a guest speaker on domestic violence. The program aimed to educate our young men on the causes and consequences of domestic violence and empower them to stand up and speak out against it. Thank you to Mr Ross, Mr Mackinnon and our SRC for leading such a wonderful initiative.
Another program taking place was the Elephant Ed workshops on consent, delivered by trained facilitators to our Year 10 students. The workshops covered topics such as healthy relationships, communication, boundaries, and respect. The students were encouraged to ask questions and share their opinions in a safe and respectful environment.
I am very proud of our students for their involvement and enthusiasm in these events and programs. I would also like to thank our staff and parents for their support and collaboration in our pastoral care initiatives. I hope you all have a wonderful and restful holiday season and I look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Director of Pastoral Care