Life is about relationships

Christian College students on an exhange trip to Lombok. (pictures supplied)

More than ever, educating the next generation requires an all-encompassing approach to teaching and learning, one that emphasises the importance of personal and social capabilities and of healthy relationships.

The Australian Curriculum’s framework includes core elements of personal and social capability.

In the classroom, this incorporates a range of practices such as recognising and regulating emotions, developing empathy for others, establishing and building positive relationships, making responsible decisions, working effectively in teams, handling challenging situations constructively and developing leadership skills.

Acting principal of Christian College Geelong Mr Rick Geall said there are also countless ways in which students develop relationship skills outside the classroom.

“A major focus of ours is to offer as many opportunities as possible to encourage relationship skills,” he said.

“We do this through Buddy programs, school camps, Outdoor and Environmental Studies field trips, our highly regarded Instrumental Music program, the Year 9 residential experience at Back Creek Farm, the staging of major productions, Project Care and community service initiatives – to name a few.

“We also participate in awareness initiatives that encourage students to consider, reach out and support others. RUOK Day, the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, and National Reconciliation Week, are several of many initiatives that we mark across our campuses.”

Mr Geall said the significance of adults serving as role models for students in cultivating positive relationships cannot be overstated.

“Trust and respect are values that should not merely be taught to students or assumed of them,” he said.

“Rather, as educators and adults, it is our responsibility to exemplify what it truly means to be respectful in all our interactions.”

The college believes a strong sense of connection, whether with peers or teachers, is a cornerstone for promoting both social-emotional wellbeing and academic achievement for students.

“By modelling respect and nurturing healthy relationships, adults create an environment where students can thrive, fostering a sense of belonging and trust that is essential for their overall development and success,” Mr Geall said.

“At Christian College, we are committed to educating the whole person, ensuring they are equipped with not only what they need to achieve academic success, but also thrive as compassionate, socially and emotionally intelligent individuals, well-prepared relationally for the challenges of today’s world.”