ROSS HACKTEACHER, ALTA-1 COLLEGE
Young people are becoming increasingly disengaged with our communities. This is causing an undeniable rise in mental health issues, unemployment and a myriad of other significant negative impacts on our society. It is obvious that young people today are crying out for face to face connections with real humans; that solely have the agenda to want to see them thrive. I have recently been introduced to Fraser Griggs from Point 2 Point Solutions who is connected with the UK’s Dallaglio Foundation and he is wanting to ‘kick off’ a program here in Western Australia called Rugby Works. Fraser explained to me, that his mission is to create a program that sees young people thrive through team-work, sportsmanship and a relationship with mentors. I love that the focus isn’t the Rugby, it’s the young people. I am a teacher with 7 years of experience in Australia’s largest and most recently successful care school, Alta-1 College. I have a great need for programs like RugbyWorks in my school, as we are always in desperate need of linking students in with mentors and with the wider community. I can foresee this program being a great success amongst my students as it aims to build confidence, self-esteem and resilience in them through relationship. I would love to see this program rolled out across high-schools throughout Western Australia as it will meet a huge need that can be found in many of our young people.
Mrs Jennie JagoDeputy Principal (Pastoral and Community) Mercy College
P2S (Pathway to Success) Rugby Works Trial.
A small group of twelve Year Nine (girls and boys) and ten Year Ten (boys) students had the opportunity to test drive and pilot the P2S Rugby Works program at Mercy College. The students had the opportunity to build trust and maintain relationships through the medium of rugby. They developed their soft employability skills (problem solving, communication, teamwork and critical thinking). Students were able to learn from their mistakes and resolve problems with others in the team. Pathway to Success (P2S) Rugby Works promotes resilience. It is about helping your people to become aware of the impact of their behaviour on others and to build their commitment to personal accountability and responsibility. Thank you to Fraser Griggs for allowing us the opportunity to see how the program works over a four week block of time. The feedback from the students was very positive as they engaged with the coaches.
The students had the opportunity to work with Bob, Duncan, Tel and Alan. We also met one of the sponsors, Glen, from Rugged Edge on the last Friday. We hope to incorporate the program into our 2019 Year 10 Vocational Education Training classes.