Message from Scott Cowie, head, Senior Division
Monday, Sept. 22 : Speaker Series event with Dr. Adam Cox – 7:30 p.m. in Weston Hall
Monday, Sept. 22 – Friday Sept. 26: Blue Spirit Week (casual grade colours dress all week), various events at various locations throughout the week
Friday, Sept. 26: Terry Fox National School Day Run – Special schedule
Saturday, Sept. 27: Association Day
Even if you’re not a sports fan, I’d be willing to wager a bet that you could name two of the National Football League’s current stars. Running backs Ray Rice, of the Baltimore Ravens and Adrian Peterson, of the Minnesota Vikings, have been competing for news headlines lately, not for their accomplishments on the gridiron, but for cases of domestic violence.
This week’s message isn’t about famous athletes, but I need to mention one more. John Wooden is perhaps one of the greatest coaches that the world of sport has ever known. He never had a losing season as coach for the UCLA Bruins, and during his 10 years with the team, he set a record of an incredible 88 consecutive games without a loss. He also managed to capture 10 national championships during the course of his career. Wooden is also the author of many famous quotes. This is one of my favourites: “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”
I fully agree with Wooden’s view of character, and like him, I believe it gets tested when no one is watching. But it is equally important to model good character and sound judgement when others are watching.
For us as parents, I think this is where the challenge often lies – in knowing that someone is always watching. Just as our instincts have us watch over our kids, we can be confident that they’re returning the favour, observing how we respond to disappointment or failure in our lives, or how we react when a dinner guest tells an inappropriate joke. Similarly, as a student in the Senior Division, your son needs to understand that he too is under the constant scrutiny of the younger boys, those in his house, in the hallway, and at the table next to his during lunch.
As offensive stars, millions of people would have watched Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson play football this season. Yet, when both men committed their acts of violence, no one was watching. Now, millions have seen the video footage of Rice punching his wife in the face, and the camera stills of the damage caused by the switch with which Peterson whipped his four year-old son. I’ve seen it too, it’s graphic and troubling.
I’d encourage you to connect with your son about courage, character and doing the right thing, regardless of who may be watching.
Thanks for reading,