In our Mission Statement, we state that Cannon Hill Anglican College is a dynamic Christian learning community which strives to offer a balanced and holistic educational environment, in order to develop the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, aesthetic and spiritual dimensions of each of its members. In a recent issue of Pax et Bonum, we used a food theme to illustrate an holistic approach to education.
Intellectual - Brain Food
Year 4 students, Hannah and Benjamin, summed up the idea of Brain Food best, when they said respectively “It is a long time between morning tea and lunch time – we get hungry and want to eat something. The little break helps our brain.” And, “If we didn’t eat the fruit, we would concentrate on being hungry rather than on doing work.”
Social – Staff Wellbeing
Under the Smarter Schools National Partnerships funding, CHAC is participating in a school-based project to support the development of a deeper whole school approach to the physical, spiritual, emotional, psychological wellbeing of staff.
Physical – Dietary Needs
Part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum for Year 8s is a core unit which develops the prerequisite skills associated with life-long learning and decisions regarding personal health and physical activity. Students examine dietary needs for adolescents, healthy eating plans based on the five food groups, junk food, the facts about fad and crash diets, and body image, including the role the media plays in the latter. In Year 10, students learn about the importance of diet and body weight in relation to fuelling and affecting sports performance.
Emotional – Pastoral Care
Whether it is meeting and making new friends over dinner at camp, bonding at a House BBQ, supporting one another through the Big Sister and Big Brother programs, sharing House pizzas, or connecting with both older and younger students through the vertical House system – students are nurtured, fulfilled and blessed with sustenance for the body and soul.
Aesthetic – Visual Art
Our Year 8s’ still-life watercolour and fine-point-pen drawings, of either fruit or a plate of vegetables, saw the culmination of a unit in which they learned how to engage the right side of their brain, in order to be more effective in their art studies through the use of observational techniques.
Spiritual – Ministry
Jesus changed water to wine, fed thousands with fish and bread, and encouraged his followers to share what they had with one another, so that all could be filled. Holy Communion, which lies at the heart of the Christian tradition, continues to provide spiritual nourishment for millions. Food – so ordinary but with such power as a symbol of inclusion and life. We encourage students to be inclusive which, in turn, nourishes others.