Principal's assembly talk on caring for one another

By Mr Simon Coleman | Posted: Friday July 8, 2016

Whanau means family.

Unfortunately some of us are not acting like a family where we look after each other, care for others and respect them. In fact a small group of us are being disrespectful to staff and students and their behaviour is unacceptable.

So in assembly some of the things that show a lack of respect for this occasion are:-

  • talking  when someone is speaking
  • looking around rather than at the speaker
  • putting feet on seats in front
  • clapping at the end and ensuring that they are the last clap
  • chewing gum
  • keeping jackets on even though you have been asked to take it off
  • using your cell phone
  •  kicking the seat in front of you.

What astounds me about this, is that the few who behave this way actually wouldn’t have the confidence to be standing in front of 550 students anyway so instead of recognising this, they would rather put the speaker down.

Every person who is at Geraldine High School, and that includes our staff both teaching and administration, are entitled to be in a safe, respectful and supportive environment. The actions of a few has not made this the case.  So how do you change this attitude and behaviour of a few?

It is simply what the rest of you do!!

It is about all of you not allowing the behaviour of these few to continue. It takes courage and the support of your friends and others around you to stand up to these unacceptable behaviours. But, it is the ‘right’ thing to do and, we will take action with those who don’t follow the expectations and values of our school.

Treating everyone with respect and appreciating the people that we do have in our lives. Being able to look back and say ‘I am really proud of what I have done today, this week or this year’.

And for those of you who need to think about the poor choices you are making, and who have been disrespectful here at school recently; -

there is always the option to change,

always the option to ask for help,

always the option to be different.

Tena koutou, Tena koutou, tena tartoe katoa.