I don’t know about you all, but I have been absolutely enthralled with the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Matilda’s 4-0 victory over Canada on Monday night, clinching top spot in the group, was a match to behold. Even better was the commentary around the school the next day as students dissected the evening’s play in the same manner that we typically hear after the weekend’s footy matches.

As the world celebrates the awe-inspiring athleticism and competitive spirit of the Women’s World Cup, it has become evident that, beyond the goals and saves, the Women’s World Cup is providing valuable life lessons that extend far beyond the football field (soccer, for you Victorians).

What we are seeing are poignant examples of the values that our school holds dear.

The road to the World Cup is paved with countless hours of hard work, training, and overcoming obstacles. The players’ determination to excel and push their limits is a reminder to all students that perseverance is key to achieving their dreams, be it in academics, sports, or any other pursuit.

Players face tough challenges during the tournament, but they never give up. The ability to bounce back from setbacks is a crucial skill for students to develop as they navigate life’s hurdles and setbacks.

The tournament showcases players from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and nations. It reinforces the importance of embracing diversity and appreciating the richness it brings to any community. Students can learn to celebrate differences, foster empathy, and create an inclusive environment in their own schools and community.

The players of the Women’s World Cup are exceptional role models. Their leadership, both on and off the field, inspires students to take initiative, lead by example, and make a positive impact in their communities.

Care and Empathy:
The Women’s World Cup exemplifies the power of teamwork. Successful teams communicate, trust one another, and support their teammates on and off the pitch. This teaches students the value of collaboration and the strength that comes from working together towards a common goal. Amidst the intensity of competition, players exhibit sportsmanship and fair play. These principles teach students the importance of respecting opponents, playing by the rules, and handling both victory and defeat gracefully.

Every day, our students rapidly face their development through childhood and adolescence handling obstacles and challenges as well as victories and euphoric highs. The values that we as a school community choose to live by are reinforced throughout the examples set by peers, teachers, family members, and idols, and it is important that we take the time to discuss and celebrate them when we see them.

Mr Phillip Henniker
Head of Senior School & Student Wellbeing