How to Achieve Educational Success – Parent Forum Report

What a wonderful night the Academic Wellbeing presentation on Tuesday 11 August was!

Salesian’s Psychologist Jayne Cowell and Youth Worker Joelle Chaperon assembled a well-informed panel to explore what really helps boys to achieve their true potential in school and what can we do as parents and teachers to allow that to happen.

The night began with Kirsten Cleland from Headspace enlightening the audience about what are the principle concerns that boys seem to have in managing the stress of secondary school life. Tips for managing boys in that quite often torrid time of adolescence were of enormous value for the assembled audience.

The panel were then assembled for a Q&A from the audience. Michael Grose, acclaimed founder of Parenting Ideas and old boy of the College (Class of ’73) headed up the talented panel. Michael has served on the Board of the College for a number of years. Michael generously donating his time and experience to the College was a highlight of the evening.

Luke Daidoni, Class of 2012 and College Captain, achieved an ATAR ranking in the 90’s as well as kept up an extremely robust social and sporting life. Luke’s recollections were very insightful and his passion for the boys at Salesian is demonstrated in his part time work at the College working in Learning Support.

Joelle Chaperon, our College Youth Worker and passionate advocate for the rights of young people, was able to share something of her experience working with boys at our school. To see Joelle close up is to know how passionate she is to work for the boys. Our boys are so lucky to have her.

Kirsten and Lisa Gundish from Headspace made up the panel and were able to make important contributions to our understanding from the perspective of boys who are struggling with managing their workload particularly from a mental health viewpoint.

Facilitated by our Psychologist Jayne Cowell, the night ran very smoothly. Of course a night like this requires input and effort from many members of staff behind the scenes and we were delighted to also have the help of a number of students (listed below) from various year levels to help with parking, ushering, handing out of the food making coffee etc.

Jamie Phung, Anthony Basile, Ashwin Adihetty, Sam Vanderhorst, Kishon Pawar,Jake Dell’Ardiprete and Josh Knight

My hearty thanks to all who were involved in this informative event.

Brendan Douglas
Assistant Principal – Students

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