Matt Pearce – Middle School Learning Leader

Recently I sat down and watched the film Hacksaw Ridge. I had read much hype about this film and I had been putting off watching it because I didn’t want to be disappointed.

I shouldn’t have waited so long! The story is based around the life of Desmond T. Doss, a man who despite his objections to war and the killing of people, joined the US Military during World War II as an Army Medic.

By refusing to bear arms on religious grounds, Doss was ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance but went on to earn respect and adoration for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life – without firing a shot – to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa.

We all have stories of people who we admire because of the character traits they display, often in times of difficulty or conflict.

Focussing on developing these traits in adolescents provides the foundation for them to be good citizens when they mature into adulthood.

A learner will seek to:
1. Know and display good manners to all
2. Understand the difference between equity and equality
3. Have the courage to admit mistakes
4. Demonstrate an attitude of service to others
5. Work at their highest capability
6. Acknowledge and celebrate the success of others
7. Show compassion and empathy where possible
8. Act with fairness
9. Show love and be willing to receive love
10. Appreciate beauty, quality and mystery.

It might be a worthwhile conversation to have with you child/ren about what character traits you see in them and also spend time sharing stories of people who have inspired you to be a better person.

“By doing this, we can build this generation into people of character, who are courageous, humble, empathetic, act fairly and serve others. The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in time of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of challenge an controversy.”  – Martin Luther King