Secondary Pastoral

The Ten Keys to Happier Living are based on a review of the latest research from psychology and related fields. Everyone’s path to happiness is different, but the evidence suggests these Ten Keys consistently tend to have a positive impact on people’s happiness and well-being. The first five keys (GREAT) are about how we interact with the outside world in our daily activities. They are based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing developed as part of the Foresight Project. The second five keys (DREAM) come from inside us and depend on our attitude to life.

This month, based on the key of “Exercising: Take Care of Your Body”, we’re encouraging you to get active, get outdoors and take care of your body!  Let’s reap the benefits of getting our bodies moving and breathing more deeply as a result of exercising, laughing and even singing! We don’t all need to run marathons – there are simple things we can all do to take care of our bodies – for example unplugging from technology, getting outside and – importantly – making sure we get enough sleep!

From the Head 7-9 – Mr Brian Bull (in consultation with the Head of 10-12 Mr Mitchell Cummings)

A little bit of respect goes a long way

Last week at Assembly our takeaway thought was that many people have lived their life following some pretty simple rules. “Be kind, tell the truth, help others when you can, work hard and smart, don’t be afraid to ask for help and be respectful”. Annie Gottlieb said that “Respect is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique”. This was reflected in our recent Harmony Day Celebrations where students wore their national dress or donned something Orange in support of those who have chosen to call Australia home.

“A little bit of respect goes along way” – This simple principle has never failed and has been the creed of many throughout the years. Unfortunately, there are people that say “I’m not going to respect them until they respect me”. Respect is for those who deserve it, not for those who demand it. Those who demand respect in these circumstances actually don’t respect themselves and It has been said that “Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners”. So sometimes you may need to ask yourself – Do I deserve that person’s respect?

Showing respect is actually pretty easy when you think about it – the old saying ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ can be easily interpreted as ‘Respect others as you would have them respect you’ as our friend the Meerkat from compare the market says – “SIMPLES!”

Respect can take many simple forms at school like:

  • Greeting each other in the playground and the classroom.
  • Wait to be asked to be seated.
  • Sit straight and be ready for work – The classroom is not a lounge room.
  • Be mindful of others, respecting their right to learn which is the same as yours.
  • Wait to be dismissed and acknowledge your teacher by saying goodbye.

In the words of Mohammad Rishad Sakhi “Respecting someone indicate the quality of your personality” and remember Respect is not imposed, nor begged, it is earned and offered.

This week in Secondary School we held our first Rewards Afternoon for 2021. Students that were invited to attend watched ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ and ‘Raiders of the lost Ark’ for Years 7 & 8 and 9 to 11 respectively. They also enjoyed a fizzy drink, some chocolate goodies, a pack of chips and an ice cream. All students that received merits from their teacher this Term go into a prize draw on the last day of Term. Keep working hard to earn those merits and you may well be attending our Term 2 Rewards Afternoon.

During Secondary Chapel last week, we considered how Christ asked God to forgive those that crucified him. Particularly those that, not a week earlier, as he entered Jerusalem was calling him the ‘King of King’ and singing Hosannah. This message of forgiveness goes to the heart of the times when we are friends one week and not the next. In these circumstances it may be time to forgive or to ask for forgiveness. Particularly if the statement “I will never be your friend again” is said. “Never – is long time”. So just as Christ sought from God forgiveness for those who turned on him, so we should with those who we have fallen out with. “To forgive will cancel NEVER”.

Remember – “True Friendship Never Ends” or is it – True Friendship – ‘NEVER’ ends!


Ms Tania Lloyd

Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary