Good Decisions in Public
This week I was thrilled to receive two wonderful emails from members of the public who were impressed by our students’ behaviour after school. The first came from a lady who was shopping at Westfield, Bondi Junction last Wednesday afternoon. She came across a group of young people in Waverley College uniform. They were polite and well-behaved, and were joined by a young man of the same age from another school who seemed to have a mild developmental disability.
The lady was moved to tears by the kindness, respect and inclusivity that each of the students showed to this young man. The lady concluded by suggesting that this behaviour spoke highly of the culture at the College.
A second email came regarding a group of students, again in the correct uniform, who helped a lady and her elderly father whose car had broken down. They all pitched in and assisted the driver move the car off the road.
It’s important to remind our students that we are constantly on show in public, particularly in retail precincts and on public transport. One act of kindness or manners can stick in the mind of people for many years to come.
Just as students who make poor decisions when in public are held accountable by the College, it’s important to celebrate the excellent behaviour shown by the majority of our students whilst in public.
Well done to the students who were recognised in these two emails.
At 11 o’clock on 11 November 1918, fighting in the First World War – the most destructive war fought to that date – came to a formal close.
The mass armies and unprecedented industrialisation that were salient features of the War, had led to a deadlock in Northern France and Belgium that had required four terrible years of attritional warfare and economic blockade to break.
The result was a horrendous casualty list for all the major combatants that shocked their people. Total casualties for WWI are estimated at 20 million dead and 20 million injured.
The College continues to remember this day with a solemn service led by the Waverley College Cadet Unit on Thursday. Students watched the service online at 11am.
>>> Click here to view more about the Remembrance Day service in the Nurrunga article by MAJ(AAC) Julie-Ann de Kantzow.
Mr Patrick Brennan
Deputy Principal (Staff and Student Wellbeing)