We strive to work alongside our families and the wider community to help our boys develop the right attitudes and behaviours to navigate the complexity of their lives – now and in the future.
How to be a boy and how to be a man, and how to move from one to another is the inherent challenge of adolescence and integral to the College experience.
Recently, how masculinity is defined, celebrated and displayed has come under scrutiny and the more traditional stereotypes of ‘being a man’ have been appropriately questioned. At College, we discuss identity while engaging the boys across all aspects of our College life – academic, pastoral, co-curricular or spiritual. As community standards and expectations change, we, too, balance those expectations with reflection – based on the present and the future.
All would appreciate how emotional resilience and honesty and a focus on mental health have been transformative in recent years.
When we consider the enduring and ongoing marks of masculinity, we focus on expectations regarding humility, respect and the pursuit of excellence – featured in our graduate outcome.
At last Thursday’s assembly, our Wellbeing Prefect, Tom Stephens, challenged our College community to ensure that a celebration and acceptance of diversity was also part of what it was to ‘be a man’ in the College context.
Specially designed ‘diversity’ bracelets were made available as a sign of our desire to accept and acknowledge the LGBTQ+ within and beyond our community, to embrace kindness and acceptance as characteristics of how we relate to each other and to love through our words and actions. Foremost, we must live and let live through our expectations of mutual respect.
In tandem with the wider community, College continues to redefine what we see as an education for the ‘whole boy’ as he becomes a ‘whole man’. We hope that this is a man in touch with his emotions, strong in his purpose and committed to justice for all.
As the Rangi-Selwyn Bus service only runs during Rangi Ruru term time, it will not be operating for three weeks, from the week beginning Monday 5 July–Friday 9 July. The service will resume on Monday 26 July.