Tuesday 14 August 2018 |
On Finding Beauty
Beauty can take a lot of different forms. For me, this week has been highlighted by the varied places we can find and experience beauty. The opening of the HSC Art Exhibition on Friday displayed many different expressions of beauty; from small, intimate black and white stipples of mountain scenes to a series of widely varied portraits of professional surfers and abstract reflections on time displayed in a series of drawers, the men of Year 12 really put on an exceptional display of how you can draw together interest and passion with expression and produce incredible beauty. That continued on Sunday afternoon as the HSC Drama Showcase gave an opportunity for students to give expression to the breadth of experience of what it means to be human.
Friday 31 July 2015 |
Towards Mental Health and Well-Being
One of the more extraordinary assemblies was held at the College last week that profiled the cause of mental health and depression. Taking an enormous leap of courage and faith, School Captain – Xavier Eales, spoke of his personal battle with depression during his adolescent years and his need to seek professional help to deal with it. Surrounded by a loving family and friends, Xavier has come through a very difficult time with resolve, resilience, and with exceptional courage. Xavier encouraged the boys to be mindful of their own mental health and well-being, by not living in denial but instead seeking the necessary assistance where and when they needed it. And, he exhorted the boys to keep a watchful eye on their friends, to be interventionist if necessary when someone is down and troubled especially if they are not seeking help themselves. Rarely is there a spontaneous standing ovation in the Ramsay Hall, but such was the impact of Xavier’s address to the student body, along with his desire to ensure the psychological health of each and every boy in the school. As a sign of solidarity and diversity, each boy concluded the assembly by donning a favourite shirt, the rich striation of colour producing a tangible sign of the diversity and the solidarity in the school community. House Mentors are following up further as part of a program to raise the importance of mental health and responses to this important aspect of care in the College.