With the access to the world at our fingertips, we are constantly bombarded with images and stories that seem to paint the young people in our world in a not so glamorous light. As an older person, I am aware that sometimes teenagers are misunderstood and the availability of social media has led to adults getting a biased view of today’s youth.
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- Week In Review
Last week I attended the National EREA Principals gathering in Canberra. While a number of not so pleasant experiences dotted my three days, there was one very moving and powerful event that occurred. Certainly, the below zero temperatures and the not so inspiring Queensland State of Origin performance were the low lights of the week.
One of our four touchstones that defines us as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition is Justice and Solidarity. In this touchstone we are called to commit to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.
In many ways Edmund Rice was an extraordinary man. Yet, in many ways he was just an ordinary man. This apparent contradiction is not as confusing as it may seem. He grew up in a relatively well-off Catholic family in County Kilkenny Ireland, received a limited education before joining his uncle’s business in Waterford, providing supplies for ships and for the British Navy and Army.
‘I was brought up to believe you should always live the most interesting life you can.’ Nick McDonell
I think I must have been thinking of McDonell’s quote when I decided to take up teaching as a career. Come to think of it, it must have been a part of my decision-making to accept the challenge of leading the ATC community as Principal.