I am delighted to be in the role of Acting Principal for Term 3 while Ian Elder is taking some well-deserved Long Service Leave and I look forward to a successful term for all staff and students.
Much has happened in the past few weeks in regard to our new Consilii Centre, which is nearing completion and we look forward to classes beginning in these state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories from 3 August. A full report will be provided in the next newsletter.
The risk of heavy rainfall today meant the postponement of the College Athletics Carnival until Monday 3 August. The carnival will be held at the State Athletics Centre for the first time. We hope many records are broken given the wonderful facilities this venue provides. In addition to the usual track and field events hurdles will be included for the first time and the wide range of novelty events ensures there is an event for everyone. We look forward to some wonderful House spirit and participation from all students.
The focus of my article for this newsletter is relationships because as Wheatley (2002), a well-known organisational expert states, “Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation (p 19)”.
When we consider our daily lives so much of our happiness and success depends on how we relate with our self, our family, our peers, our colleagues, others in the community, our environment and with God. Healthy relationships build self-esteem, create a sense of belonging, develop respect for others and improve mental and emotional health.
In the movie ‘Cast Away,’ Tom Hanks’ character, stranded on an a deserted island, creates a face on a volleyball and talks to the ball, which he names ‘Wilson,’ as if it were a person. Though fictional and funny, the gesture illustrates how important relationships are for our wellbeing.
For a person to have healthy relationships with others, they must have a positive sense of self and be accepting of their individual strengths and challenges. In our College community we provide many opportunities to understand and build relationships such as through our Mercy Wellbeing Program, our Christian Service Program, Reflection Days and Year 12 Retreat, co-curricular activities, camps and tours, House and Homeroom activities, parent functions and many others. Development of relationships are crucial to assist each student to reach their potential academically, socially and emotionally.
Technology provides a great challenge to building these relationships, with online options of communicating, growing rapidly. The trends of emailing, texting, Facebook, Instagram and many other forums have reduced the need for face to face communication. We all need to encourage the development of the skills necessary to build successful relationships.
The College Management Team are currently looking at the ways we communicate with our community. We will be inviting parents to take part in a short survey that will help streamline and improve our communication. Your input would be greatly appreciated.
Best wishes and God Bless
Mrs Jennifer Oaten, Acting Principal