A very special New Award

Perhaps the best thing about being a Headmaster is that you get to share your workplace and spend time with young people. Teenagers, like all of us have their fair share of troubles and challenges. Just as you do as parents, teachers have to try to accompany and support the students on their sometimes challenging journey through adolescence. Because we get to live and work so closely together we do get to know each other’s stories pretty well. It’s not all fun and games for sure but it is impossible not to be affected by their sense of fun, their positivity, their innovation and fearlessness, even when they are going through difficult times.

Every day, without exaggeration I see something or hear about something that a student/students are doing that gives me cheer. I have been particularly inspired and delighted over the last year or so by a number of students who have shown special initiative in their compassion for others. Students like Sam who organised the 2nd Techman Festival last September, Harvey and Josh who scaled Mount Snowden, and Evie who organised our Food Bank collection before Christmas.

After some consideration we decided to inaugurate a new award: – the Arrupe Colours Award. Named in honour of the great Jesuit Fr. Pedro Arrupe SJ who coined the phrase ‘ Men and Women for Others’ this award will be given to any student who shows themselves to be a true ‘man or woman for others’ and to have demonstrated initiative in pursuit of this cause.

Today at assembly we made the first Arrupe Colours Award to celebrate Aidan, a student in Rudiments who has been working, for many months, with the Trussell Trust, supporting food banks throughout the country. At the end of last year we received a letter from the Trussell Trust, who run more than 400 foodbanks throughout the country, praising Aidan not only for his work in collecting funds and organising food collections, but also for starting his own campaign which he calls ‘Children for Others’. Watch out for more news about Aidan in the coming weeks.

A lot of the best things about our students happen at home and may not be known to us at school.

We know that many of our students do great things in their families and local communities. If you have news of a student of ours who is showing initiative in the service of others we would like to hear about it.

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