OSCA Executive Director, Scott Montgomery (’85) chats with James Lamont (’06), Founder of Jump Start Communications and Nick Clark, Teacher and Psychologist, about tips for parents as they help their son transition from School to the wider world.
Please note: Nick Clark is the School Psychologist and provides psychological services to current students only. Nick is not available to Old Boys and their families.
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You’ve probably noticed the pandemic is changing our vocabulary. Who expected the year of “ISO”, or that “G’day” would give way to “Stay Safe”, or “Take Care” would acquire new levels of significance?
Between Stage 3 and Stage 4 lockdowns my wife and I escaped to Bondi to see three of our grandchildren. We loved the cliff top walk to the Gap Park at South Head. Alas, the Gap for all its magnificence and beauty, has a dark side; it is a renowned suicide spot.
This year we noticed the tribute plaque to Don Ritchie OAM, a Vaucluse resident (and Scots College Old Boy) who became known as the Angel of the Gap. Mr Ritchie would regularly cross from his house to the cliff top path to talk to distressed people. Over 50 years it is estimated that he saved the lives of hundreds of people.
As isolation makes demands on us all, let us remember that some of us are more vulnerable than we seem. Don Ritchie knew that a conversation with someone who cares, even a stranger, can transform everything.
At Scotch we know this too. We learned at school that for Christ’s sake we should care!
Let’s do it! …and hey,
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