Secondary Pastrol

Secondary Pastoral – Term 4 Week 2

Humility – Exploring humility through the life of Albert Einstein

Reading through Mr Cummings report below, I thought about what other contributions Albert Einstein has given us.

Albert Einstein was born into a Jewish family in Ulm, Germany. As a child, he did not speak much, did not learn to read until seven years old, and often only received average grades. He was initially rejected when applying for college and again when trying to become a physics teacher. In 1896, he renounced his German citizenship in protest of being drafted for military service, becoming a Swiss citizen in 1901. He took a job becoming a patent examiner but continued to work on his love of physics. He set up the Olympia Academy, with other like-minded individuals.

Albert Einstein said, ‘A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing’. Despite all his achievements, his humble nature saw him striving to do and become more. His research, theories, and papers brought him attention and accolades, yet Einstein humbly continued his work, not letting his celebrity status go to his head. Einstein became very popular but, believed that having a humble approach to success was the best way to be successful. He never let his successes get in the way of him thinking of others and being helpful when needed.

Research shows that people who are humble tend to be healthier.  Humble people have better relationships as a result of being more accepting. How do we show humility? How does developing humility support wellbeing?

So I ask you to reflect this week on these questions:

  1. What is more important? Recognition and praise, or acknowledgment of achievement and remaining humble, like Einstein?
  2. Do you need to be bold to be successful?
  3. When might it be necessary to showcase your achievements or abilities?

Now that you have a good understanding of humility:

  1. This week, get your hands dirty by doing some of the things you might not like to do. For example, emptying the rubbish or clearing the table after a meal.
  2. Accept that there might be others who could be better than you are at something. When someone else does well in class or at home, congratulate them, rather than find fault with them.
  3. Try to humbly admit when you’re wrong, apologising if necessary.

From the Heads of 7-9 and 10-12

Albert Einstein famously said that the measure of intelligence is the ability to change. Well, if that’s the case then the students of the Bishop Tyrrell secondary community are ready for their MENSA test! As we conclude our first two weeks back for Term 4 our students, and their families, have rolled with adjusted government deadlines for returning to school; they have dived headlong back into an online learning environment via Microsoft teams and Zoom, and have watched as events on our College calendars have come back to life after having previously been put on hold due to our lockdown. Staying on top of this state of flux is no mean feat and I want to acknowledge again how proud we are of our students and their attitudes to facing what each new week might hold.

Week Two is officially ‘Mental Health’ week and our students are involved in taking time out in tutor to discuss their mental health and put into practice positive self-care strategies both physical and mental. In conjunction with Mr Eddy’s weekly Sport challenges (this week being the weatherproof “Train like a Pro Surfer” challenge) our students are taking measures to care for themselves and others – with our second ‘Screen Free’ Friday also scheduled for the end of Week 2. We also look forward to another guest speaker during Week Three with our second “Wellbeing Wednesday” for the year. Paul Walker, Army Veteran and Mental Health Ambassador loved speaking to youth about resilience and mental health and I am sure all of our students will benefit from his time and wisdom.

Lastly, I wanted to wish Mr Bull a well-deserved break in Term 4 on Long Service Leave, and please rest assured Mr Bull that with Mrs Carlson steering the Years 7 – 9 ship our lower secondary students are in good hands.

Mr Cummings and Mrs Carlson



Ms Tania Lloyd

Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary School