This week, at home, I have been accused of not really listening when my children have been talking to me. I am sure this is a fate that accompanies us all as we navigate parenthood!! However, it was timely as I have also been reflecting on communication as a whole recently.
As a society we have become very reliant on electronic forms of communication – emails, texts, private messaging, Instagrams - the list goes on. Unfortunately the human piece is often left out of these. The most significant part of communication is body language and tone; however in most electronic communication these are absent. Luckily for us as adults, we have learned how to communicate in a more human form prior to electronic communication taking over. I am sure that many of us worry about our children today who appear to be communicating with even the most important people in their lives via other means. At St Peter’s during the last two years we have included education on cyberbullying and digital citizenship through the presence of John Parsons in the school and also through our assemblies when our seniors give this same message to the rest of the student body. These messages always need to keep in mind “What would Jesus do?” and often that can be a good reminder for our children’s behaviour and also our own! Let us not forget The Golden Rule, “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you” – a good reminder from Matthew 7:12.
As parents, although many households are very busy, it is very important for us to reflect on the communication skills we are providing our children. Communicating with our children is not always easy during teenage years when they have to learn a lot about themselves as young adults, but is crucial to being able to help them when issues become too hard. Part of this is also modelling the behaviour we would want them to copy and therefore showing them that appropriate and respectful communication with other adults can be the greatest teacher. Let’s never forget that they are always watching!
It is exciting that we have another form of communication being worked on within the school at the moment and one that is set to provide excellent entertainment. Dame Agatha’s Greatest Case premieres this Wednesday night at the Little Theatre. Months of work have gone into the preparation of this play and I encourage all of you to support this team of thespians and enjoy a cultural night out at the same time.
Congratulations to the twelve students who sat the ICAS Science competition this year. Having just completed a review of the Science department which came out very positively and is to be commended, I was not surprised to hear that five students gained distinction in this competition. A Distinction award indicates that they are in the top 10% of all students in Australia and New Zealand who attempted the competition. You can read about these students further in this newsletter.
Another real positive for us as a school is our discipline data. This week I presented our discipline data to the staff. It is very pleasing and very affirming that this has been, and continues to be, trending down over the last three years. This is real cause for celebration and acknowledgement of the staff who all work hard in this area of school life. We can’t do it without your support and we appreciate the backing and trust you have in us as a school to make discipline decisions.
Wishing you a wonderful week with all of God’s blessings,