This week, Assistant Principal – Curriculum Nicole Billante and Head of English Chris Waugh travel to St Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas to attend the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC) Annual Conference for 2022.
Themed ‘Pathway to Manhood’, it is the first time in three years that this conference has been hosted ‘offline’. The conference will address elements of character and leadership, diversity and inclusion, stewardship and civic responsibility – so much the purpose of member schools as they collectively strive to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.
In addition, Chris will begin his year-long Action Research project with the IBSC, focusing on Shattering Stereotypes: Helping Boys Cultivate Healthy Masculinity.
The IBSC provides a high-quality professional learning platform for schools for boys and is an organisation which speaks to the mission of Christ’s College.
Along with the IBSC, the Round Square International organisation, which links schools that focus on the six IDEALS of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service, provides College with perspectives that take us beyond our local environment and allow us to seek excellence globally with like-minded schools.
To be the educational leader that we seek to be, we must always be looking for best and next practice, and continually evolving our programmes to best serve the needs of the boys. It is beholden on us to embrace change and continuity as a state of mind in all that we do.
Benefits of mask use
A special ‘thank you’ to the immediate school community for so willingly putting our masks back on to protect our community against winter illness. I do not think there is a single person in New Zealand who wants to wear a mask but it has been clearly demonstrated that any barrier is better than no barrier – and this has been reflected in our own community through a decline in absenteeism. As I indicated when this policy changed, I believe that we will be in this circumstance until the end of the term, with plans to review the decision for Term 3.