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It was a privilege for our Years 3 to 6 students and staff to welcome Stan Grant for a special Junior School Assembly this week. Stan shared some lovely insights with our students about storytelling and belonging. One particular connection I made between our wellbeing programs and the talk shared by Stan was the importance of language. 

There are so many positive examples of the power of language within our community. The strength in the words of our School Prayer and the connection to our School values of truth, respect and service. The lovely language of friendship, part of our URStrong program, which explicitly teaches our students about the importance of building positive relationships. The positive feedback given to students about a piece of academic work, a music performance or an effort on the sports field. The beautiful Kaurna words of the Acknowledgement to Country said at the start of every Assembly. I could go on… 

The example we set for our children in our use of language is so important. Important to provide connection, inclusivity and belonging in our community and society in general. Ngaityalya – thank you. Thank you for all that you do to help share with our students the importance of language. 

Mr Ben Storer
Deputy Head of Junior School – Wellbeing and Administration