Update from the Dean of Student Life and Wellbeing
This time of year typically sees many graduation ceremonies taking place and I’m always impressed by the sage advice that is shared at those events. Below are some quotes from commencement speeches for 2020 that were published in Forbes magazine:
- “I want to leave you with the greatest piece of knowledge I’ve gained so far, an idea we should all remind ourselves in times like these: It’s not about you. You’re going to be happiest, in my opinion, when you try to be selfless.” David Chang, Chef
- “Memorialize in your heart the way in which these times reveal what really matters: the health and well-being of our loved ones, the resilience of our communities, and the sacrifices made by those—from doctors to garbage collectors—who give their whole selves to serving others”. – Tim Cook, CEO of Apple
- “The class of 2020 won’t be defined by what we lost to this virus but by how we responded to it. The world is yours now and I can’t wait to see what you make of it.” – Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
While we are unable to hold our Leaving Class ceremony this spring, there will be a special celebration for our Year 12 boys tomorrow, who have officially completed their course requirements and are concluding their time as students at the College. Despite a challenging end of year, I have been impressed with how our Leaving Class have responded to this crisis and managed their disappointment and frustration. Instead of grumbling about their difficult circumstances, many boys sought opportunities to enrich the experience of our community, and of those in need beyond the College walls. Kudos to the boys who moved to quickly transition much of the clubs and arts programming to an online format. Thanks as well to those involved in online peer tutoring support for their younger peers, and to those who helped people in need through organizing fundraisers or establishing initiatives to comfort the elderly. These are just some of the accomplishments of our talented and other-minded Leaving Class.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars”. During these dark times, many of our Year 12 students (and those in other years) have indeed shone like stars. Well done boys, and thanks for choosing to make a difference.
Wellbeing Wednesdays have been warmly welcomed by the primary grades. The Weekly Wellbeing Challenge for the Year 6 and 7 boys focuses on accomplishment and perseverance, asking them to post photos or videos of a new skill that they have learned throughout the week.
Thanks for reading,