Guid­ing young men on how to be gen­tle­men

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

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.’’

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