Illalong News

  • 25th May, 2018

Compassion - practising what we preach

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. (Churchill)

The research of positive psychologist, Martin Seligman supports the notion that it is possible to teach the skills required for well-being, that it is actually possible for people to not only survive but to thrive, or to flourish in this lifetime.

According to Seligman (2011), individuals can flourish by cultivating: Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment. These five measurable elements are referred to as PERMA. Whilst no one thing defines well-being, it is noted that strengths in each of the PERMA domains play a significant role in contributing to one’s well-being thus helping people reach a life of fulfilment, happiness, and meaning (Slavin. 2012, p. 1481).

At A.B. Paterson College, we are committed to creating a culture of well-being, not just for our students but for our staff and the wider College community. Throughout the year, a number of activities are organised by the Staff Well-being Committee to continue to enhance staff well-being utilising the PERMA framework.

This week, the Staff Well-being Committee had the pleasure of organising a High Tea and Cent Auction. The purpose of this event was to raise funds for cancer research by participating in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. According to the Cancer Council, almost 1 in 2 will be affected by cancer at some stage in their lifetime by the age of 85. With staggering statistics such as these, some – if not all of us – will have at least one friend or family member that has been affected. Therefore, supporting the Cancer Council is a cause that is close to the hearts of many.

Not only did this event allow us to raise much-needed funds for the Cancer Council through our morning tea and cent auction, it also provided our staff with an opportunity to put the PERMA elements into action. Getting together for morning tea, to share positive emotions, to build relationships, to laugh, to eat, to engage with a cause bigger than oneself, to relate with colleagues in a positive, friendly manner with the sole purpose of raising funds to assist others, was a truly marvellous occasion and I am so pleased to announce that we managed to raise over $1500 for cancer research!!!

At our College, we make time to speak with our students about empathy, compassion and hope during our everyday interactions, and via our explicit pastoral care programs, House fundraising and Service- learning projects. In a day and age where it seems that time is our most scarce resource, I would ask that we all aim to find the time to consider the needs of others and to act with compassion. Whilst you and your family may not have had the opportunity to participate in a Cancer Council fundraiser this week, we all have the opportunity to speak with our children over dinner tonight about the need to show compassion and consider the needs of others on their personal journey, and to explore ways that we can act to help others.

Toni Kirton
Director of Positive Education & Leadership

Gratitude Box

Thank you to our gracious donors for supplying cent auction prizes:

  • Marriott Surfers Paradise
  • Main Beach Travel
  • Carmody’s Restaurant Southport Sharks
  • Napoli Zero81 Chirn Park
  • Sea World Theme Park
  • The Outlet Furniture Store
  • The Cambus Wallace Mermaid Beach
  • Arbonne consultant Alana MacDonald
  • Ashmore Licensed Post Office
  • Coles Pacific Pines
  • Woolworths Helensvale
  • Crema Espresso Helensvale
  • Arundel meats
  • Zaraffa’s Helensvale

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