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Fundamental Conversations

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12 March 2021

Fundamental Conversations

Fundamental Conversations

This week I had the pleasure of hosting a meeting with our College Captains, Vice Captains and a few key staff to do a temperature check on keeping our culture safe.

As you no doubt would agree, a safe culture doesn’t just happen (in any organisation). We also know that no community has a perfect culture. What is important then, is to keep checking in on the pulse of the community and to do so in a number of ways. A safe culture is a complex concept and is demonstrated by our lived values and associated behaviours. 

There are several key areas we are mindful of when we think about the maintenance of our safe culture on Torrens Park Campus. On a regular basis we must work with our community to

  • keep them informed about safe practices,
  • normalise and embrace a culture of calling out behaviours and actions which undermine the wellbeing and safety of others,
  • create opportunities to learn from and with each other,
  • embrace fairness but more importantly “just ways” as we implement change of respond to issues in our environment, and
  • be agile and flexible in our mindset to ensure we don’t just settle for the easy way out when dealing with the challenging dynamics of life.

So, how do we do monitor and grow the campus culture in purposeful ways? As I reflect on the events and activities that our students and staff have engaged in this term, I am confident that we are mindful of our responsibility to keep our people safe. We have policy, procedure and practices. We empower agency for students and staff in conversations, we take the time to educate our campus community about how we do things at Scotch and of course we have our formal curriculum. 

One of our biggest challenges is to understand all parts of our student culture (both inside and outside the classroom); are there normalised behaviours or rites of passage that people accept but are not necessarily safe? Another ongoing challenge is to understand how we may empower students to engage in the regulation of their own cultural practices to align with the views and values of their families and their school.

At Scotch, we start from a great place in these iterative conversations around improvements for campus and community wellbeing. We are not starting from scratch and our conversations continue to evolve in sophistication. Most importantly, we understand that the relationship between student, parents and staff, now more than ever, needs to be collaborative, inclusive and purposeful. The voice of youth and agency has grown immensely over the last two decades. It is important for us to embrace their views and values and work with them as the wise adults to help create safe and respectful cultures both inside and outside the classroom. 

I don’t believe we have significant issues around culture, but I do believe we each have a responsibility in this conversation. Maybe it’s worth a casual chat with your adolescent/young adults at some stage about what makes them feel uncomfortable when at school, a gathering or when out and about with friends. This will improve our understanding and reinforce the role we play as guiding adults. It may also lead to us working together on matters which we may have been blind to, or biases of which we were unaware. Getting the fundamentals right is about growing together.

I look forward to seeing our Senior Rowers receive their white jumpers tomorrow, the christening of the new quad, the aptly named “Loch Doon”. For those who are going to the twilight One Table I look forward to catching up and encouraging you in the silent auction! 

Have a good weekend.

Dale