LIFE LESSONS: Whitsunday Christian College students Brooke Evans and Deon Ball (left and right) were impressed a talk by Simon Clegg (centre), who impressed upon the school’s secondary level students, the importance of making good decisions and the consequences that bad ones can create.
LIFE LESSONS: Whitsunday Christian College students Brooke Evans and Deon Ball (left and right) were impressed a talk by Simon Clegg (centre), who impressed upon the school’s secondary level students, the importance of making good decisions and the consequences that bad ones can create.

Speaker delivers lessons about life

PARENTS and secondary school students at the Whitsunday Christian College received a few life lessons when inspirational speaker Simon Clegg came to town.

On Thursday, February 20, Mr Clegg delivered seminars to both the students and their parents about choices, consequences and understanding teenagers in the modern internet-driven world.

Using real life examples of people who had made both good and bad decisions, including himself, Mr Clegg took the students on a journey about the outcomes that choices can have. Teaching the students to be themselves and have a sense of self-worth was one of the over-arching themes.

"Every single choice you make has a consequence," he told them.

"You just need to hold on to who you are and make the best choices you can."

At a separate seminar held after school hours it was the parents' turn to learn about issues affecting today's youth, particularly social media and its associated pressures.

Mr Clegg said he hoped the parents learned "a little bit more about the world their teenagers live in and hopefully some skills to help them be a little bit more pro-active in monitoring what their kids do on-line".

Head of Secondary School James van Gelderen said the college invited Mr Clegg to speak because the topics in his presentations were a good fit with the school's aims to build resilience in all students and help them bounce back from adversity.

Mr van Gelderen said he hoped the students learned to set goals and work hard to achieve those, "to never give up on their dreams and aspirations".

As for the parents, "I hope they learnt the importance of spending quality time with their children and engaging with them. I hope they also learnt about some of the dangers of social media," he said.


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