Head of School’s Comment

John Colet School, Belrose, Sydney

Listening and the ability to really engage is a skill that needs to be developed. As we look at our Value of Respect this term, we begin by considering the benefit of silence, and in particular of listening with attention. Listening takes practice. Listening pays respect to the speaker, encourages them to share their views, and develops empathy and understanding of each other. Treat others like you want to be treated, and as we all know, nobody likes being interrupted or talked over.

Stillness, attention, and listening are core parts of our pedagogy, for both our students and teachers. The practice is built into all areas of our curriculum. Our Primary Shakespeare rehearsals and performances are a particularly great example of this. Each child’s performance is dependent on their weeks of listening, attention and practice. Their ability to connect requires them to be aware and respect those around them.

Julian Wilcock