Deputy Principal's Report

But what really matters?

At enrolment time parents bring their future students to a meeting. Having been through the same experience as a parent in wanting the best for our four children, there is an anticipation for all that secondary education can and does assist in preparing for - the building blocks to our children’s futures; university and or various career paths; future relationships; getting along with people who do not think as they do; the expectations that an adult world puts on young adults; rules and more rules; the ‘mess’ and joys’ of life.  When all the ingredients are in the mixing bowl of parenting, there is one constant ingredient that never changes – life for we parents is usually all relative! It is so often the here and the now that is important and it is the experiences of the past and the hopes and dreams for the future that are of concern.

 

Speaking from some experience I now know what does matter is what my children stand for and how they respect others. How they cope with tough times and how their characters have been developed through past experiences within the context of family life and the influences of their teachers and schools. What really matters is that they are comfortable ‘in their own skin’ and that they navigate the tough times with a resilience and self-belief that leads to personal enlightenment, a new or enhanced view of their world. As a father, that’s what really matters to me and I want the same for all the students I walk the journey with. Yes, a good education is very important and yes, the ATAR certainly has its place, as does forming respectful and caring sons and daughters. Knowing how to treat others with dignity is a genuine attribute that will be admired regardless of their vocational pathway.

 

Back to that word ‘resilience’. Recently Hugh van Cuylenburg, the founder of the Resilience Project, led a Padua Parent Forum Night on happiness. ‘Less is more’ says Hugh and an obsession with social media etc does not help the cause in seeking happiness and balance. Hugh reminded the audience that true happiness is always found in gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. Padua promotes and does focus on all three in different ways. More to the point, Hugh said that changing one’s mindset can be difficult but, once achieved, there is a sense of liberation for the person and their ability to build positive emotional cognitive capacity. All the above perhaps can best summed up with that famous line, ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’ The past villages of pastoral care and tough love did none of us any harm.

 

Padua Rosebud has been far from been stagnant in recent weeks, with students being involved in many different activities. Next week we celebrate the annual Spring Concert. It is a time where the audience is invited and share the moment, the talents of our students. Miss Fusco and our Music students and tutors are preparing to showcase our students’ musical gifts. The George Jenkins Theatre will be ‘all ears’ on Wednesday 13 September.

PS This Friday is footy jumper Fundraiser Day at Padua Rosebud. For all the loyal Tiger Faithful, 37 years has been a long wait. May Tigerland enjoy that one day in September.

Wayne Smith
Deputy Principal | Head of Campus Rosebud