Shepparton News

Blues kick goals with due respect

- By Georgia Rossiter

Carlton Football Club players virtually tuned in to the classroom at Greater Shepparton Secondary College to introduce the Carlton Respects program on August 16.

Run over four weeks, the Carlton Respects virtual program teaches Years 7 and 8 students about respect, equality, and fostering respectful relationsh­ips. Each session is led by a Carlton FC player.

‘‘Carlton Respects is a really big program we do every year,’’ Carlton player Lochie O’Brien said in the introducti­on to the program.

‘‘Primarily (it deals with) promoting gender equality and treating everyone equally and fairly.’’

GSSC’s participat­ion in the program is part of its broader role as a lead school in the Victorian Government’s Respectful Relationsh­ips Initiative.

Department of Education and Training’s project lead for the initiative Simone Nolan said the program aimed to address family violence by teaching students about healthy relationsh­ips, resilience, and respect.

‘‘The school is using Carlton Respects as an early engagement program with Years 7 and 8,’’ she said. ‘‘It utilises AFL and AFLW players as role models to deliver key messages centred around

respect and equality.’’

Mr O’Brien was joined by teammates Lachie Fogarty and Matt Cottrell, along with AFLW Carlton player Vaomua Laloifi to talk about how the program has

benefited the club.

‘‘We feel as AFL players, we have a platform as well,’’ Mr Fogarty said.

‘‘We’ve got a pretty big following, and we feel it’s our responsibi­lity

to educate others and show them what the right way is.’’

The program was set to begin in late August but has been delayed until GSSC returns to face-to-face teaching.

 ??  ?? New lessons: Carlton Football Club players tuned into a GSSC classroom to kick off the Carlton Respects program.
New lessons: Carlton Football Club players tuned into a GSSC classroom to kick off the Carlton Respects program.

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