What does respect mean to you? Why is respect important? In your role within the community, how important is it that you show respect to those around you?

These are some of the questions community members and past students are being asked in a series of Respectful Relationship Interviews. Students this week were fortunate enough to hear an online address from former LSC student Dyson Heppell. The Essendon Football club captain, took time out of his preparations to return to AFL, to discuss the important aspects of resilience, respect for others and embracing differences.

“Respect is about embracing everyone for who they are and respecting them for who they are so they feel respected and it helps to build trust and safety amongst one and other.” 

Being respectful toward others is one piece of the puzzle, however, it is also very important to have respect for yourself. With a life in the professional sporting area, Dyson understands how important it is to stay positive and focus on your personal wellbeing.

“Something that I’m big on is taking some time for myself everyday … making sure that I check in with myself, taking time for myself so that I’m ready to crack into whatever it is I need to do for the rest of the day.”

Leongatha Secondary College is a leading Respectful Relationships school and all students in Years 7-9 study Respectful Relationships as part of their everyday curriculum and all students at the college participate in a number of events and forums focusing on respect, resilience, and positive wellbeing. 

Leongatha Secondary College aims to be an influential voice in the school and wider community that can promote gender equality and respectful relationships. 

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