16 October 2017

Head of Senior School

The first two weeks of term have flown by. It has been amazing to see the boys settle so quickly into the term, especially the Year 9 students who have become accustomed to their new surroundings very quickly. Well done boys.

The Inter-House Swimming Carnival was a wonderful success, with the House spirit on display and action in the pool ensuring the day was a success. Congratulations to St Andrews on a very narrow victory from Shearer. Thank you to the Year 12 leaders for their organisation and inclusion of so many boys in their House.

I presented a message at Friday's Assembly about random acts of kindness following an email from a parent about the caring nature of some of our Senior School boys. A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or a group wishing to either assist or to cheer up an individual. It may take place by being kind or thoughtful, helping someone when they're a little down or needing some assistance, using our manners, giving compliments, volunteering or simply forgiving someone or accepting an apology.

Apart from completing random acts of kindness as a part of being a kind and caring human being researchers have found that doing nice things for people leads to a significant increase in people's positive moods. These acts also lead to an increase in wellness and life satisfaction and improve physical health and good fortune while decreasing negative thoughts and tendencies. These acts are contagious and become the norm; encouraging others to make like gestures. My challenge to us all is to perform at least one random act of kindness each day and look to make our College and our world a little better every day.

Mr Dean Shadgett
Head of Senior School