As the end of term looms on the horizon, we can look back on another week that enlivened the hearts and minds of the students. The first groups have already left for Year 10 Service Week whilst the remainder of the cohort will commence next Monday. We thank Jesuit tertian, Fr Rafal (pictured left), for sharing with the boys his personal experience of serving others, and we look forward to seeing these young men return having reflected upon their own experiences of service through a variety of contexts.
TRUE FRIENDS, LEADERSHIP AND GROWTH
Former Australian Cricket Captain, Steve Smith, and founder of Gotcha for life, Gus Worland, with the Year 11 students
On Monday Steve Smith, former Australian Cricket team Captain in conjunction with Mr Gus Worland, Chairman of the Gotcha for Life male mental health movement, came to the College to speak to Year 11 students about the challenges of leadership and, more particularly, about how young men must not feel constricted by perceptions of male identity that suggest they cannot share how they are feeling. Steve’s presentation in conjunction with Gotcha for Life follows in the spirit of the Friends Listen Assembly and continues the discussion on leadership for Year 11s as they discern their place in leading the College next year.
Steve reflected on his own time at school and the challenges associated with balancing academic and sporting goals. He encouraged the students to find a healthy balance so all interests remained enjoyable. When reflecting on his recent challenges as Test Captain, he impressed strongly upon the students that ultimately one must be accountable for their actions, accept responsibility, reflect upon their actions and learn from their experiences.
He went on to stress how Australians tend not to talk to each other, and when we talk to our mates, they often tell us to “man up and soldier on”. At this point, Mr Gus Worland stated that all young men should aim to “turn your mates into friends [because] as you get older, you tend to become more isolated and therefore you need those close people around you. Hold on to your friends and try hard to deepen those relationships now.” This message was enthusiastically received by the students who went on to ask a range of questions before lining up for photos. It is incumbent upon the students to now absorb the messages and find ways to apply it to their own context.
BOSTON AND NEW YORK STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Students from Boston College and Fordham Prep with their Year 10 Riverview counterparts from the ‘Companions in Formation’ Exchange Program
Over the last two weeks, nine students from Year 10 have hosted students from Boston College and Fordham Prep, New York. The American students were exposed to a range of service, cultural, educational and social experiences over the two weeks and now look forward to hosting our students when they go over to Boston and New York in September. Highlights of the trip included service work at Loaves and Fishes Café, Inala School and Bushlink. As hosts, our students learnt the values inherent in hospitable behaviour whilst forming friendships that will form into international relationships that give witness to the breadth of Ignatian education.
LORD OF THE FLIES
The Year 11 production of Lord of the Flies
The Year 11 Drama Production Lord of the Flies was performed on Wednesday and Thursday, with the final production on tonight. A professional and engaging video promotion was played to all students encouraging them to get along, and the performance certainly did justice to the video. The cast and crew must be commended for an outstanding production that was clearly thoroughly rehearsed to ensure all students could explore their God given gifts.