Over the past weeks, students in Year 5 and 6 have been involved in mentoring days for the boys and the girls separately. The Year 6 boys accompanied by Mr Bennett and a number of male pastors and chaplains, had a memorable day bush walking and swimming at Kondadlilla Waterfalls. The theme for the discussions throughout the day was “What it means to be a godly man”.
The girls had a special day also with a visiting presenter who spoke on the importance of developing a good self image and how to navigate the pre-teen and teenage years with confidence and discernment regarding advertising .Unhealthy images are so often wrongly portrayed in the media as “ideal” for young ladies.The girls worked in groups throughout the day with the Year 6 teachers and Pastor Joc, discussing the topics presented and making summaries of the the points raised by the girls.
This week the Year 5 boys went on a biking excursion with Mr Bennett and other male teachers, pastors and chaplains and the theme continued to be “What it means to be a godly man”.
The Year 5 girls also had a very special “Girlie Day” with their teachers and Joc our primary pastor. In Health, the students have been doing the Friendology programme which has kindly been funded by our College P and F. This programme addresses the issue of friendships – how to be a good friend and how to tell the difference between toxic friendships and healthy friendships.This will be very important as our girls move through upper primary and secondary school. The Year 5 girls had a lovely day which we believe will create memories and skills which will stay with them for a lifetime.
These mentoring days will continue also for the Year 4 boys and girls in Semester 2.
We believe that the impact of these special days may not be measured in educational standards of A’s, B’s, C’s and D’s but will certainly be measured as important milestones in becoming strong young men and women.
Cheryl Bryers, Head of Primary