Friday 17 August 2018 |
Throughout the course of Science Week, I was fortunate to witness some of the very best in kinaesthetic learning: that which encourages cognition and understanding through tactile learning experiences. There is an old Chinese proverb which purports – I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. It is this mantra which resonates so strongly with the learning styles of boys and it was that which came to the fore across the school during the week.
Friday 11 May 2018 |
Potential and Possibility
Things are moving quickly around the College, as they always do. For many of us, the term began even before the term began. In addition to the usual spin up to a new term, this year we have the joyful task of preparing to occupy a new building. We’ve been sneaking ever-growing groups of people in to have a look at the newest part of our collective home.
Friday 20 May 2016 |
During the week the educational supplement in The Australian published an article entitled Colleges pump out cohort of ‘egotists’. While the substance of the article was directed at universities in the United States, the theme holds direct relevance for all educational organisations that share responsibility for the formation of young men and women. It referred to ‘the contagion of self-possessed graduates whose lack of empathy or interest in the broader community [is] a threat to future societies’. Furthermore, the research team who had been commissioned to investigate the culture of university life asserted that there was ‘a concerning trend of diminishing empathy and community consideration in 13 to 19 year olds’, and, that when messages associated with concern for others are sent out they ‘are drowned out by the frequency of messages from parents and the larger culture that emphasises individual achievement’. This is in stark contrast to the educational program in Jesuit schools and particularly Riverview. Central to the educational platform and to Ignatian spirituality is the drive to form men for others – men who will take their place in the world and make a meaningful contribution to it. Each and every boy at the College is required to complete 70 hours of community service by the time that they enter their HSC year. It is not tokenistic nor is it a shallow expectation, for the forms of service the boys engage in can be very demanding; working with disabled children, distributing meals on Night Patrol, assisting the aged, infirmed and elderly, and, embarking on overseas immersions to support the marginalised in countries across South East Asia. These are exercises in humility that promote reflection and growth, aimed to improve the fabric of community for those who are benefactors of the service activities, and, to engender a deep awareness of faith in action for those who render service. It is core to what Jesuit schools aspire to and to what our families commit to through their enrolment.