The importance of listening
Like many Australians, I have an engagement in social media. I utilise various platforms for both professional and personal use and for the most part I find it a positive experience.
Having grown up in quite a different technological world, I sometimes turn to my three daughters (aged 20, 19 and 17) for their reflections on how younger people utilise various forms of technology. Their insights are often enlightening as they share their experiences - both positive and negative.
‘Listen to our young people; really listen!’ That was the fundamental message I took away from a recent meeting of Loreto Board Chairs and Principals that I attended in Sydney with our Council Chair, Mr Julius Matthys.
The presenter was focusing on responses to cyber bullying and the importance of listening carefully to student concerns. I learned that research is suggesting that young people are becoming proficient in protecting their online identities from strangers. The message is being heeded in that area. However, with hundreds and sometimes thousands of ‘friends’ on social media, it can be far more difficult for young people (and adults) to engage productively with others.
There were no quick fix solutions presented during the meeting. However, the message for parents and teachers was to listen to concerns and work collaboratively with each other. It is not a case of the school blaming the home or the home blaming the school, but trying to work together to resolve issues that arise.
It is certainly an aspect of teenage and adult life where our College is constantly learning about appropriate parameters and guidelines. We look forward to sharing further insights and ideas in this area.
NEW SCHOOL TERM
We were delighted to welcome three new students to the College for the commencement of the new term. In addition, we wish the following staff members well as they join the College staff:
- Mr Joshua Pauley – Mathematics
- Ms Catherine Haydon – Liturgical Music
- Ms Tania Papalia – Year 7 English
- Ms Hiromi Takano- Japanese Language Assistant