On every occasion I am reminded that the standard of behaviour we walk past, is the standard of behaviour we accept. For young women today, this is a further reminder that you are the person that sets, tolerates and invokes your standard – the one you live by, and the one you are treated by. It is imperative that NEGS’ girls exhibit the confidence to say “yes” or “no” as the situation dictates and is ruled by her individual moral compass, not those of others.
One cannot help but wonder about all the young women in Hollywood – today and in the years gone by – who felt powerless to say no. If they had been better versed in well-being and had more confidence in who they were, the scenarios may have been very different.
At NEGS, this is our goal – to make our girls captains of their destiny. Our Well-Being Program is built upon the virtues of self. However well we do this in an academic and welfare environment, it is critical that these ideals are reinforced in the family home. In all relationships, they must be built on trust and respect. If you ask what is the most important gift to give your daughters, it is self-worth built with respect. This is what will facilitate girls’ development into women and they will be happy because happiness is knowing yourself and wanting what you have.
A lesson that I have learnt as an educator, is the value of students having fun while at school. Certainly not in every lesson, but on a regular basis students need that release from routine and the sometimes humdrum nature of school life. This was highlighted last Friday afternoon when multiple teachers rode a horse for the afternoon, under the guidance of students. The teachers were schooled before tackling an obstacle course, which of course was a race. It is fair to say that most of the teachers found this challenging, yet rewarding. The more competitive ones had riding lessons in the lead up to show that true competition is never dead and preparation is the key to every success.
As we stopped for a moment on Saturday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we remembered and reflected upon all those who have fought/participated in any war – be it on the frontline or in a supporting capacity on the home front. In 1918, when the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare, the Germans called for an armistice in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted allied terms that amounted to unconditional surrender.
This first modern world conflict had brought about the mobilisation of over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave. The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead. (The Australian War Memorial).
This Friday NEGS will be hosting our annual “Celebration of Sport Dinner”. Here we will honour the many gifts and talents of a diverse range of students across NEGS’ sporting life. The night is a mixture of many presentations to individual students for their achievements and celebrations of the generous contributions that many have made to improving NEGS sport. Congratulations will be extended to our winners, highly commended and for all the girls who contribute in making NEGS sport so wonderful. With a current Australian Diamonds netball player, it will be a fantastic night.