Much of my work as Head of Campus, Early & Junior Years is working a few weeks or even months ahead of the present to prepare for the upcoming events and strategic intents of the college. As I prepare to leave, I have become somewhat reflective in my role and whilst in this thoughtful state, I came across an interesting speaker and an article which I share with you now.
I listened to a speaker at a Mission to Educate high tea at Versace recently. The speaker was Narelle Urquhart who is the Indigenous Cultural Support Officer at Bond University. In her address, she spoke of the horrendous circumstances of her life as a child, a teenager and young adult. I will not go into detail about the abuse she suffered, but it was harrowing to listen to. Ultimately, she spoke of coming through these troubled times and gaining an education, and how she now works at Bond University and is studying towards a law degree. She spoke of her own children and her insistence on high standards for them so they could embrace an education for their future. The quote which resonated with me was this -:
“It’s not my ability but my circumstance that has affected my education.”
The reason it struck a nerve with me was that I often think about how fortunate and blessed the students at Trinity Lutheran College are. They come from loving and nurturing homes with parents and extended families who love and provide for them. They come to a school where teachers and staff work hard to provide a quality education for them. The Trinity community, which embraces each one of these students is amazing and something to be treasured.
Recently, I also read a synopsis of a TED talk given by Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of the New York Times bestseller “How to Raise an Adult. She argued that when shaping the futures of our children, parents should focus their attention on two things and they are ‘chores’ and ‘how to love’. Her argument was that by giving children chores, it gives high expectations to your children and a discipline which will reap very strong rewards in their future. It teaches them that not everything in life is great fun and that sometimes we just have to tough things out and see the job through. She further argues that happiness (or for some of us contentment) comes from love, and this promotes a positive mindset and the wellness to be successful in the future.
Thank you to the parents who raise and prepare their children so well for school life. It makes working at Trinity a pleasure.
Mrs Trudy Moala
Head of Campus, Early & Junior Years