18 June 2018

Recently I had the privilege of being invited to attend the annual meeting of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) with two of our students. AIEF are one of the corporate organisations that provide scholarships for some of our indigenous boarders. What struck me is the power that can be generated when educators and the corporate world engage in a strategy which is underpinned with sound moral imperatives and values. As a school community we must continue to search out meaningful partnerships with other groups. Not for the sake of public relations, but for the sake of enhancing the experience we give to all of our boys across the three sub-schools. In providing our boys with diverse experiences we are positioning them to enter the wider community and make a difference in what ever they choose to pursue.

While I have held the view that an individual can truly make a profound difference through commitment and passion , this concept was never more evident for me than when I had the opportunity to hear Sir Bob Geldof speak at UWA this week. He spoke about his hopes and aspirations for Africa and the role Australia is playing and must continue to play to help that continent develop throughout this century. His vision is a tangible example for everyone that from little things big things grow.

Our job as parents and educators is to ensure that we inspire, support and encourage our boys to dream, to take risks and most importantly to lead.

Dr Alec O'Connell