From the Headmaster's desk ...
At a recent School Disciplinary Subcommittee hearing, one of the Waikato Anglican College Trust Board representatives on the panel made a point that personally struck home to me; that the parents at the meeting could be considered as “victims” of their son’s conduct, given the impact his decision making had had on them and their family.
Parenting in today’s society isn’t an easy option and certainly parenting teenagers is incredibly challenging. Parents in a St Paul’s context come in many forms; the traditional father and mother in the same home; those who solo parent with little input from the other party; those who exercise active shared custody and decision making and may even bring up their son/daughter in a new blended family; and an increasingly growing smaller group, who are grandparents who find themselves having to take responsibility for the upbringing of their grandson/daughter. Additionally, in 2019 many of us often find ourselves parenting, without extended family support.
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