Words from an assistant principal

“Being a teenager is tough. What this program allows is for students to explore who they are and practical steps to help them become who they want to be. They have the opportunity to be vulnerable, try new things and grow all in a safe environment. Plus, in a context where students often feel they do not have a voice in school, the program also allows them to not only have a voice, but also control the narrative.

Another important aspect of the program is its team-based element. At school, students are told to strive to be the best they can be. They are given opportunities to work in teams, but rarely do they get to analyse who they are in teams. This program gives students just that and they love the activities they get to do along the way.

From a teacher’s point of view, we often get caught up in worrying about curriculum requirements and can forget why we became teachers in the first place. This program allowed me to not only reflect on my practice, but to also re-connect with my students. Knowing what matters to them personally and how they are feeling about themselves and who they are has really helped me to understand what issues they are facing.”

- Gavin Hilder, Assistant Principal - School Culture (Acting), St Agnes Catholic High School 

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