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Why commemorating historical events is important for children

111116-why-commemorating-historical-events-is-important-for-childrenIt’s often said that our beliefs and values are defined by the honourable acts of our past.

We hear stories about the bravery of our soldiers and the determination and vision of our early settlers. These stories provide inspiration and map our journey as a community and as a nation.

At Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, we believe commemorating historical events is important for children. These stories allow us to emphasise the significance of adventure, challenge, effort, commitment, curiosity, and risk in the journey towards excellence.

Every day we see growth and change in our students and ourselves, and that reminds us of the significance of the journey together. We seek to imbue all of our young men and women with habits of mind, values, attitudes and core competencies.

Remembrance Day holds a significant place in our heart and the commemoration of this event is dutifully respected with a service and a minute’s silence at 11am.

The importance of commemorating Remembrance Day becomes even clearer when we see how it empowers our students. They gain a sense of understanding of how will and determination can overpower all.

We are confident these values will stand them in good stead for a world which demands that they respond to challenges and adventures with creativity, curiosity, strong leadership and a thorough understanding of how to achieve excellence by serving others in a team environment.

There are a number of other significant events celebrated on the Bishop Tyrrell school calendar:

  • Bishop Tyrrell Day
  • Easter
  • ANZAC Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Grandparents Day
  • Book Week
  • Christmas
  • Speech Day

In recognising these events, we find that some students discover their voice and are able to express themselves with confidence. There is also a willingness among our students to support one another, which is something that fills us with pride. Suddenly, we glimpse again an innocent and good world to which we once felt we belonged but which we feared was lost.

We need to grow and naturally thrive in the life of a community. As TS Elliot rightfully said, “What life have you if you have not life together?”

It is true that such things do ‘contribute to improved learning and increased standards’ but they meet a far deeper need, a human need to belong and to give, and we respect that need.

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