Dads – we need to step up!
It was great to be able to wave to so many dads as they drop off their children in the morning. All men want to be a good dad, and be a strong, ongoing influence in our children’s lives, but this is not easy.
On occasions I see fathers trying too hard to be ‘cool’ and loved, and not firm when your child needs you to be. I see others who are so engrossed in their work that without realising it they overlook opportunities to build a bond and create happy memories for their children. The importance of showing a genuine interest cannot be underestimated, and they will remember this always.
My own father died in 2015 and, when writing his eulogy, I had an opportunity to reflect on his influence as a parent. My dad always took the time to listen (but encouraged us to solve our own problems), he heard each of his five children read (but never did our homework for us), and he never missed an opportunity to watch us play sport, to take us to the beach, to show us an eagle’s nest or to share stories that I have since passed on to my own three children. More than anything, he was a moral compass; he instilled a set of values that he lived by. I still recall phrases such as, “If you can’t say a good word about someone, don’t say anything at all”, “You get out of life what you put into it” and “It doesn’t cost a cent to be kind”. These still resonate with me today. Through his active community involvement, his devotion to family, his exceptional resilience (his own parents died when he was a baby) and his propensity to have a good laugh, Dad gave me a map to follow on how to live a good life.
With media exposure to some male role models of dubious quality, the time is ripe for us (and other significant males in the lives of our children) to step up and to be good men, highly principled, kind, loving yet firm when we need to be and role models of resilience – men of honour.
That’s the legacy that we leave. What would you like to be remembered for?
Happy Father’s Day.
2021 Term Dates *Note extended mid-year break
Term 1: Wednesday 27 January – Friday 9 April
Term 2: Tuesday 27 April – Friday 25 June
Term 3: Tuesday 20 July – Friday 24 September
Term 4: Tuesday 12 October – Thursday 9 December
UNIFORM SHOP NEWS
Uniform Shop Holiday and Term 4 Opening Times, Fitting Appointments and Online Orders
Uniform Shop Holiday Hours:
Tuesday 13 October 9:30am – 12:30pm
Term 4 Uniform Shop Hours:
Wednesdays 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Please remember that the College hat must be worn in Term 4.
Fitting appointments are available for new students; please phone 8551 0956 prior to Wednesday 23 September to arrange a time. Phone 8551 0956.
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