Acting Dean of Identity | Mr Terry Thompson
During such a busy time of the year I would like to highlight three of the many wonderful initiatives happening at the College right now.
This November, a group of 24 male staff members have taken up the challenge of growing a moustache as part of Movember. The Movember movement provides a great opportunity to speak more openly about men’s health, especially men’s mental health. As was shared with the students last week, research shows that mental health can be strengthened when people are connected to others and feel part of a community.
Over the month of November, staff will be hosting events that hope to connect all members of our College community in a positive way. The most significant of these will be the staff sharing their mo-tivation for Movember. These stories will allow students to see a more vulnerable side of the staff and will highlight the important message that ‘it ain’t weak to speak’.
Mr Rob Johnson (Reidy House Dean)
Dunwich Prep School on North Stradbroke Island
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. (Anthony J. D’Angelo).
For the Senior boys of Building and Construction in 2020, a quote was never so fitting. As part of their core curriculum, the boys are required to learn and then to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the construction of residential structures. What they didn’t know about this topic was the happiness that it would bring to so many young people.
Last week, two of the Building and Construction Year 12 students travelled to the Dunwich Prep School on North Stradbroke Island to deliver the cubby house that they had spent the last year constructing. Built by Nic Carroll and Jeremiah Woodward, these students donated their cubby house to Dunwich Prep School, the school Nic attended prior to Terrace.
Nic and Jeremiah shared their story with the students and staff and told the students how the construction of the cubby house and their hard work in Building and Construction had resulted in them both being offered full time apprenticeships for 2021. They spoke of their passion for building and how their hard work at school had connected them to their future beyond Year 12. In appreciation, Dunwich Prep School led a traditional welcome to Country, sung by the entire class.
Mr Glenn Cameron (Barrett House Dean and Building and Construction teacher)
Xavier House – yourtown visit
Over the past few years, Xavier House have been partners with our Friendship Group ‘yourtown.’ Recently, the House donated $5000 to the organisation. yourtown believe in the notion that “every young person deserves the right to a brighter future.” Since 1961, yourtown has been tackling issues that impact on young people in Australia, including mental health, unemployment, and family issues including domestic violence. As such, yourtown aims to be a part of the solution by providing services to locals. The services include Kids Helpline, training, employment services for young people, parent education and family refuges. As a primarily community funded organisation, Xavier House’s donation is significant, and the charity will use these funds to improve their services. In the near future, their aim is to expand their family refuge camps to ensure the safety and rehabilitation of those who are affected by domestic violence. Xavier House are humbled to be partnered with yourtown, and we are all excited for the years ahead.
Lorenzo Gamboa (11 Xavier)
It is truly wonderful to see our College continuing to live the mission of Edmund Rice.
Live Jesus in our Hearts…Forever