We welcome Mr Chris Ryan, College Principal to the ATC community. Chris has thirty years of experience as a teacher working with boys in Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition. He is married to Louise and is the proud father of three young women.
Every culture, in every part of the world, in every era has engaged in rituals. This would suggest that rituals are a fundamental part of the human condition. Rituals have even been called our most basic form of technology – they are a mechanism that can change things, solve problems, perform certain functions and accomplish tangible results.
There is an inhouse ‘joke’ with the staff at ATC, particularly with longer serving staff, around my liking of the word ‘journey’. I suppose everyone has a pet word and in the education game I think that the word journey is a very apt word. In most instances learning is never instant and usually requires some experiences, time or observations before the learning is understood. I don’t think I am on my own in the use of this word ‘journey’.
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. Oprah Winfrey
There is always so much to celebrate in our lives. No doubt there are large numbers of South Africans across the globe who are celebrating the success of their rugby team winning the World Cup. No doubt there will be celebrations across Australia this week when we have the race that stops the nation.
They may forget what you said but they will not forget how you made them feel. – Carl Buechner
This quote from Carl Buechner has been my core motivation throughout my teaching career. When I recall the teachers I remember fondly, I recall the teachers who made me feel successful or capable of achieving. Last Friday was World Teachers Day and it provided us with the opportunity to recognise the contribution of teachers at our Friday assembly.