An Education Worth Having
An education worth having is one that not only grows a boy academically, but also develops his character to allow him to live a productive, fulfilling and flourishing life.
These are cornerstones of life at Hereworth: our curriculum, including our incorporation of thinking, problem solving and self-regulation, our purposeful focus on a boy’s wellbeing, and our broad sporting and cultural programs, all include a focus on developing a particular character trait in boys – that of resilience. It is one of the best attributes to develop for success in life; that ability to push through challenges and bounce back from hard times, adversity, failure or disappointment.
It is also an important component of our camping and excursion program conducted last week. It too included overcoming challenges involving high ropes, caving, abseiling, canoeing, even venturing out onto the rocky shore with waves washing around to examine the diversity of life forms. All of these activities help to broaden a boys’ school experience, building resilience and nourishing the formation of his character.
Many of the staff and parents who attended the camps and excursions commented on the have-a-go attitude and demeanour of our boys who faced and conquered the challenges presented to them even if it meant stepping out of their comfort zones!
When speaking to many of the boys about these outdoor experiences, I was amazed at their positivity – they had gained great enjoyment being away with their mates, getting to know one another better, as well as their teachers and parents. Many commented that there were times when they felt scared, that they were being stretched, but they persevered and showed courage and resilience to work through challenges and adversity. I really enjoyed watching our boys learning from staff and one another, and working together in a field environment.
Clearly our boys benefited enormously from these experiences, especially in terms of building resilience. I commend them for their commitment to the various activities and for having involved themselves so positively.
Thank you to the many staff and parents who accompanied the boys and assisted with the preparation of meals, transport of materials, instruction of activities and general wellbeing.
To experience the extraordinary goodwill of so many parents, the ability and enthusiasm of our great boys, and an amazingly committed staff whose professionalism and dedication extends well beyond school hours, is indeed a great blessing. The support of all is very much appreciated and ensured the success of the camps and excursions for the benefit of the boys.