At the recent whole school assembly, I spoke with the students about an interesting link of two things that I like that I had seen in a photo online. The picture was of Daniel Ricciardo (F1 driver) in front of a large grey wall where the words ‘BE NICE’ were painted. His comment on this photo was, “Simple”. Those three words, ‘Be nice. Simple.’ are a clear indication of the expectations that our society has for how we interact with each other and with our environment. By adding the word ‘simple’ it amplifies how easy it is; to smile, be polite, be considerate, and be respectful.
There is a proverb that was used when I was younger (possibly you have heard it before) that speaks to this message. It is called the Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you”. It can be explained like this: if you want to be treated well in this world, you should treat others well. If everyone followed this idea, then everyone would treat others well and therefore, everyone will be treated well. Further to this, we are more likely to enjoy life when we contribute good deeds instead of bad actions. It improves our soul to know that we have done something nice and as such the world is a better place.
The expectations at NGSC also reflect this philosophy – Respect, Achievement, Excellence and Diversity – and we want to see the behaviours that demonstrate the values develop in adolescents as they move through high school. We need to see these flourish within our own self-development and within the strengthening of the school community. It is when we demonstrate our values that we also build our ability to resist negative influences and are encouraged and empowered to stand up for others. At NGSC we are very proud of the many students who support their peers in times of need, whether it be emotionally, socially or in response to online concerns.
It is a right that we all feel safe in our place of work and study. With rights comes responsibility where, as a school community, we can all contribute to the positive interactions, positive environment and positive culture of this school. Within our school programs we have embedded essential elements from Respectful Relationships, cyber safety, mindfulness, and community involvement that help to underpin the overarching school values.
Online safety of young people is of great concern to parents, carers and teachers. Every ‘like’ and ‘comment’ builds on the person’s online reputation. The concern is that some students act without really thinking about the impact of ‘liking’ what they see or read online. By doing so they are agreeing or condoning the information that they have liked. In some cases, this is at the least, disrespectful and at the worst, cyberbullying for which police involvement may result. The safe-online message is promoted in Primary Schools, in the media, in programs and lessons at high school, and yet, some students are not changing their online behaviour. If you as parents and carers would like some information about this please click on the link, https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/the-ultimate-parent-guide-for-child-internet/
Although it is American, the information and tips are relevant worldwide. Please contact the relevant Student Manager at NGSC to also provide support.