I was recently discussing the issue of racism with a colleague following the demonstrations that have occurred around the world. Interestingly, she made the comment that prejudices such as racism begins not with acts of violence but often with a joke or comment that goes unchallenged and over time can become ingrained and acceptable.
Racism is a complex problem and can be difficult to unravel and bring out into the light. What I was reminded of by my colleague was the times when I did not stand up and challenge a friend for their language and attitude towards others.
As a Catholic school we value the dignity of the person. We believe all people are created equal and are the image of God. This is challenging for each and everyone of us. It requires courage and conviction. Courage to challenge those we meet who do not display this value by their words or actions. Conviction to uphold this value in our own actions and words.
One of the many challenges educators face is how do we, in partnership with our families, teach young men to respect the dignity of all people? Firstly, it must be by the example of the adults in this community. We need to hold each other to the highest ideals in respecting each person. Secondly, we need to consistently challenge our young men when their words and actions do not reflect this value of respecting the dignity of all people. Thirdly we need to expose our young men to the inherent beauty in diversity and difference.
One example of engagement with diversity is through the Social Justice programs offered by the College. Opportunities exist where young men and staff encounter people who are often the discarded elements of our society. Through the process of meeting these people and listening to their stories, our young men often see the beauty of the person shine through.
Term Three Activities
All are aware of the restrictions currently in place for social distancing and personal hygiene. As we plan for the resumption of activities in Term Three the College will be required to have in place plans to mitigate the risks of large gatherings and the mingling of adults at events. These rules and guidelines are required by law and cannot be dismissed.
The rules and guidelines will apply to sporting fixtures at all venues across the eight AIC Association Colleges. There will probably be restrictions on spectators at sporting events which will be a great disappointment for the students and their families who may miss out on watching their sons play their games.
The College is mindful of the desire for families to be present at sporting events and will work within the guidelines and laws to ensure the safety of all in our community is maintained.
Plans for the resumption of sporting activities will be communicated to families by the end of this term.
Arrangements for the final two weeks of Term Two
The final two weeks of the term will see the students complete their assessment tasks and begin preparations for the next units of work.
In the final week of the term our Year 5 and 6 students will begin the transition to the St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre under the guidance of their teachers. This is an exciting time for our Junior School as they take possession of their new facilities. Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff – Head of Junior School is very excited about his new office.
Final Day for Students Term Two – Wednesday 24 June
First Day of Term Three – Tuesday 14 July
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal