Be that guy 24 July 2016 11:07

On Monday the third quarter of the year commenced here at Grey College. This quarter promises to be a busy but exciting time with three inter-schools’ events that will be taking place, two of which will be away in Port Elizabeth and Durban respectively, as well as the final home fixture against Paul Roos Gymnasium. Our choir will also be participating in the national “ATKV Applous” finals in Stellenbosch and, in many respects the highlight on our cultural calendar, the annual music festival, will be taking place towards the end of August. During our start-of-the-term assembly on Monday, we welcomed Jo Engelbrecht to the school who addressed the boys on the importance of living one’s life according to a strong value system. He is busy with a national tour and had already addressed close to 40 000 learners as part of his “Be that Guy” campaign.

 

Jo Engelbrecht, of “Jo Black” soos hy algemeen bekendstaan, se boodskap was dat elke Grey-seun die potensiaal het om die regte ding op die regte tyd te doen. Ongelukkig lewe ons in ’n samelewing waar goeie maniere, respek en integriteit, asook ’n goeie waardestelsel, nie altyd aan die orde van die dag is nie. Die jeug, in besonder, verkies om eerder deel van die gesiglose massa te wees en is nie altyd bereid om op te staan vir wat reg is nie. Hierdie boodskap het verseker aanklank by beide die Grey-seuns en -personeel gevind en het baie goed aangesluit by ’n e-pos wat ek die afgelope week van ’n bekommerde graad 10-ouer ontvang het. Die bekommerde ouer het die morele waardes van ’n groep seuns by die skool bevraagteken waar banaliteit, drank, rook en selfs die gebruik van anaboliese steroïdes bykans as vereistes gesien word om deur die betrokke portuurgroep aanvaar te word.

 

The message of the “Be that Guy” campaign is that one needs to stand up for what is right and that it is “cool” and acceptable to stand firm in one’s faith and to live according to one’s moral values. For a Grey boy the challenge is to “be that Grey boy” which means that one does not have to be disrespectful towards staff, swear, use alcohol and smoke or look for shortcuts by taking anabolic steroids to improve one’s physique and athletic performance to be part of the in-crowd. It is, however, also important for parents to “be that Grey parent” and to set an example to one’s son. By building a sound relationship with your son, not to be afraid to be a parent, in the true sense of the word, and to make unpopular decisions this can certainly be accomplished. 

 

Being a parent who is responsible means that one needs to be aware of who your son’s friends are and a parent must also address the moral values of their son by being aware and to act upon their use of language, how they spend their weekends and by taking note, and questioning, their son’s physical development. Moral integrity also starts at home and this sometimes means that parents need to make decisions that might not be popular and that support the school and staff. It is not uncommon nowadays for parents to be dishonest in order for their son to go for example on a weekend leave during a closed weekend at school, or to be content and to look the other way when their son does not attend school on Fridays. Being a responsible parents also means that one should not be manipulated by one’s son to take the easy option so that he can for example rather stay at home “because nothing is happening in class” on a particular day!  

 

Dit is ook belangrik vir die Grey Kollege personeel om as rolmodelle op te tree. Seuns hunker vandag na rolmodelle en elke personeellid moet daarop let om die klein dingetjies reg te doen sodat hulle werklik as rolmodelle kan funksioneer. Hierdie klein dingetjies sluit onder andere in om elke dag betyds by die klas op te daag, om die seuns te groet, om te let op hul eie voorkoms, ten alle tye professioneel en konsekwent op te tree en om regtig daarna te streef om verhoudings met die seuns en ouers te bou. Wees dus daardie Grey-personeellid wat positief ingestel is, wat die ekstra myl vir die skool en seuns sal stap en wat hul taak as ’n Godgegewe roeping sien. Slegs dan sal ’n personeellid ’n opvoeder, en nie net ’n onderwyser, wees wat werklik ’n verskil in die seuns se lewens kan en wil maak nie.

 

It was a wonderful sight to see the Grey boys supporting the under 17 team on Friday during their first match of the Engen Knockout Tournament. The boys were allowed to support the team and to see the majority of the school packed around the Windmill field was truly a wonderful experience. I am sure that this sight will stay etched in the minds of the boys who played for many years to come. 

 

Die skool reis volgende naweek na Port Elizabeth vir die eerste inter-skole van die derde kwartaal en ek vertrou dat die ouers die reis sal meemaak om die seuns daar te ondersteun.  

 

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Kind regards

 

Deon Scheepers

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