Guiding young men on how to be gentlemen
Deniliquin High School’s male students were given a crash course on ‘How to be a gentleman’ during empowerment days this year.
For students from Year 7 to 9, the older boys got their chance at the end of term three.
They were coached by PDHPE teacher and boys adviser Josh Perizzolo and fellow teachers Jamie Loy and Matt Kiley to develop positive habits and behaviours to become ‘‘model citizens in the future’’.
Spending a day at Four Post, the students were involved in many group activities as they worked together to build a raft, competed a range of mental and physical challenges, and did a workshop on how to have a discussion with a mate regarding mental health issues and the ‘R U OK?’ initiative.
‘‘Across the year, we have had approxim- ately 150 boys engaged in empowerment days from Years 7 to 9,’’ Mr Perizzolo said.
‘‘The day helps the boys to interact outside the four walls of the classroom and learn about issues that directly affect men's health.
‘‘We moved the empowerment days to Four Post this year as there are many activities out there that suit the program. A lot of the activities aim to develop team building skills and get the groups to cooperate in a social setting.
‘‘Mel Beckwith (Four Post caretaker) has been very supportive with the donation of the facility for all three Empowerment Days this year, and has indicated an intention of supporting this worthwhile wellbeing initiative in the future.
‘‘John Trist is a wealth of knowledge and I would also like to publicly acknowledge his contribution to all of our empowerment days this year.’’