From the Principal
Today is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
You will have seen that as an act of witness and solidarity our students have tied orange ribbon on the College fences. Days such as these enable us to consolidate a lot of the anti-bullying language that we use throughout the year.
I have been particularly pleased with the theme of this year which focuses on the development of a 'Kindness Culture'. In theory, kindness should not be hard work. We tell ourselves that it is easy, but that is not necessarily true. Many parents in conversation with me lament the fights their siblings have or some challenges at home caused by a cross word or similar. In the same way, friendship groups at the College can sometimes be undermined by a lack of kindness or a carelessness about how our neighbour feels. And we all have experience of unkindness or selfishness in large organisations.
True kindness relies on authentically caring for others, being thoughtful and attentive to others’ needs, and putting their feelings ahead of your own. If this was really easy, we would not be talking so much about it! It is one of the most important elements of our Catholic faith and a behaviour that in a Catholic school, should be a must-have. Like anything that is worthwhile, a genuine culture of kindness is hard work. Please support us at home by talking to your child, no matter what their age, about how important it is to intentionally think of others.
I hope you are well and enjoying the slow move to cooler weather. Thank you as ever for your support.
Mr Chris Gabbett