Speaker de­liv­ers lessons about life

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PAR­ENTS and sec­ondary school stu­dents at the Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege re­ceived a few life lessons last week when in­spi­ra­tional speaker Si­mon Clegg came to town.

On Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 20, Mr Clegg de­liv­ered sem­i­nars to both the stu­dents and their par­ents about choices, con­se­quences and un­der­stand­ing teenagers in the mod­ern in­ter­net-driven world.

Us­ing real life ex­am­ples of people who had made both good and bad de­ci­sions, in­clud­ing him­self, Mr Clegg took the stu­dents on a jour­ney about the out­comes that choices can have. Teach­ing the stu­dents to be them­selves and have a sense of self-worth was one of the over-arch­ing themes.

“Ev­ery sin­gle choice you make has a con­se­quence,” he told them.

“You just need to hold on to who you are and make the best choices you can.”

At a sep­a­rate sem­i­nar held af­ter school hours it was the par­ents’ turn to learn about is­sues af­fect­ing to­day’s youth, par­tic­u­larly so­cial me­dia and its as­so­ci­ated pres­sures.

Mr Clegg said he hoped the par­ents learned “a lit­tle bit more about the world their teenagers live in and hope­ful- ly some skills to help them be a lit­tle bit more pro-ac­tive in mon­i­tor­ing what their kids do on-line”.

Head of Sec­ondary School James van Gelderen said the col­lege in­vited Mr Clegg to speak be­cause the topics in his pre­sen­ta­tions were a good fit with the school’s aims to build re­silience in all stu­dents and help them bounce back from ad­ver­sity.

Mr van Gelderen said he hoped the stu­dents learned to set goals and work hard to achieve those, “to never give up on their dreams and as­pi­ra­tions”.

As for the par­ents, “I hope they learnt the im­por­tance of spend­ing qual­ity time with their chil­dren and en­gag­ing with them. I hope they also learnt about some of the dan­gers of so­cial me­dia,” he said.

LIFE LESSONS: Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege stu­dents Brooke Evans and Deon Ball (left and right) were im­pressed with last Thurs­day's talk by Si­mon Clegg (cen­tre), who im­pressed upon the school's sec­ondary level stu­dents, the im­por­tance of mak­ing good de­ci­sions and the con­se­quences that bad ones can cre­ate.

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