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Celebrating the Upstanders

Deputy Principal - Student & Staff Wellbeing, Mr Patrick Brennan

Mr Patrick Brennan, Deputy Principal - Student & Staff Wellbeing

From Deputy Principal – Student & Staff Wellbeing, Mr Patrick Brennan

At Waverley, upstanders are celebrated. This year’s examples of upstanders include boys standing up against bullies, doing good deeds on public transport, calling out poor behaviour and maintaining the College’s good name in the community by making commendable decisions in public. The annual wellbeing survey also gives us an indication of the increasing number of boys who are being identified as upstanders by their peers.

We want our boys to have the courage and integrity to act when they encounter challenging situations or see poor decisions being made. It’s about being an upstander and not being a bystander.

This week I received an email from a manager at McDonald’s Randwick, congratulating Aungier student Zac Wilde. Zac assisted a gentleman who fell to the ground and split his head. He demonstrated care by providing reassurance and performing First Aid until a doctor arrived. Zac then continued to help control the bleeding until an ambulance arrived.

According to the manager, Zac didn’t think twice about helping and stayed cool, calm and collected throughout the whole situation. They also noted that there aren’t many out there who would be as brave, selfless and caring.

The manager offered Zac a free meal as well as a job. Well done, Zac!