“The Rite Journey’s impact on the at Timaru Boys’ High School has been extremely positive.The programme continues to go from strength to strength. We survey all students every year at Timaru Boys’ and the evidence is without doubt is that the Rite Journey is having a massive, positive impact on the culture and students at Timaru Boys’ High School. Our boys are transforming into respectful, resilient young men. The Rite Journey has had such a positive impact on my teaching journey that it will now always be the backbone of the way I lead staff and students. The programme has been without doubt the most rewarding part of my teaching career. The connections that I have formed with students will be forever close to my heart. I am extremely grateful to Andrew for the program he has created and without doubt would recommend it to any school that wants their students to have the skills to deal with the ever changing 21st century”
“It was brilliant – dare I say – life changing.” – Stella Alexopoulos, Glenroy College, Vic.
“Thank you – this was even more fantastic than I expected – I knew it would be so – a team growth, personal growth and tools for nurturing our young men at Knox.” – Helen Clarke, Knox Grammar, Sydney.
“I have such gratitude toward and admiration for you both. Thanks.” – Peter Tattersall, Regenesis Youth, Sydney.
“Andrew is a passionate presenter who sees a genuine need for a better and more deliberate path to adulthood. His professionalism and practical ideas are fantastic.” – Dustin Dever, Lilydale Adventist Academy, Vic.
“This has been awesome! So many new ideas, thoughts and feelings. Thank you.” – Mandy Meltz, Moriah College, Sydney.
“Andrew is a natural, Amrita is excellent. What a blessing to have two such talented and passionate people walking us through the program.” – Terry Cook, Ocean Forest Lutheran College, WA.
“This has been one of, if not THE best workshop experiences I have had. I’m looking forward to starting the program and seeing the benefits for our students. Congrats Andrew and co. for such an amazing, NEEDED program. It is the reason I got into teaching.” – Anthony Bothe, Victory Lutheran College, Wodonga.
“The workshop was a really beneficial experience as it built up and extended my toolbox of conversations and activities that will be really beneficial for the boys I work with.” – Gideon Robertson, CYC, NZ.
“The presenter’s enthusiasm for the program and knowledge base that forms this is inspiring. An outstanding program and workshop.” – Phil Hodges, St Mark’s College, SA.
“All staff should do this course – if not to teach The Rite Journey but for growth of themselves”. – Kay Simpson, Irene McCormack College, WA.
“I think that The Rite Journey is a wonderful tool which will help me reach the students at a time when they are in dire need.” – Inez McGinley, Irene McCormack College, WA.
“Well done, a great 2 days, pumped to implement changes at our school. Thanks Andrew and Amrita. Legends!” – Cam Golding, Dominic College, Tas.
“Keep up the amazing work and keep challenging the status quo.” – Jo Boyd, Dominic College, Tas.
“Excellent – really enjoyed the whole thing. Love your passion! – Scott Carson, Harvest Christian School, SA.
“A brilliant program, your passion is evident! My dream is that The Rite Journey is held in EVERY high school in Australia!” – Christine Winkler, Harvest Christian School, SA.
“I found the whole workshop beneficial, offering constructive ideas to customise to suit our environment and ethos. Personally, the activities made me feel part of a team allowing all involved to express themselves – thus seeing some of my colleagues in a different light” – Pat Isaaks, London Oratory School, UK.
“It was an excellent workshop and I have a much better appreciation of the program. I am really looking forward to implementing it at Knox” – Brian Sullivan, Knox Grammar, Sydney.
“Andrew is a well informed and passionate presenter who understands the participants and trains in an authentic manner.” – Vanessa Bromhead, Knox Grammar, Sydney.
I received this email and letter today from the deputy at a Rite Journey school.
I wish we could give the general public the experience of how gorgeous boys really are…when we actually sit with them, spend time with them, listen to them, care for them..
EMAIL FROM DEPUTY:
Attached is a letter from a student that refers to a distinct moment of learning.
For those that have dealt with him over the years, he has often presented a very well worked and apparently sincere account of bullying issues and harassment directed at him. Because of his articulate nature, high academic ability and pleasant nature, his account of any event has often been given significant weight. However, over time, some staff have picked up that he may not always be giving a complete and accurate account of events! It became clear that he would deflect blame, accuse others, deny everything.
As a result of the past few lessons in The Rite Journey – focussed on the importance of your word as a man, admitting mistakes, apologising, etc. – it appears that he has had an epiphany.
LETTER FROM STUDENT
To Whom It May Concern
In the few years I have been at the school, I have been involved in more incidents than most people will witness in their whole life. In most of the events I have made out that I am the victim and am not at all responsible. This is (as you already know) not true, I often lie to get myself out of trouble and to avoid punishment.
In Rite Journey, we are currently learning that telling the truth is not the best option, but the only option. When you admit guilt, you understand that what you did was wrong. When you do this, your sentence is normally reduced by one-third.
Punishment is a way of placing criminals on the straight and narrow. By not ever receiving punishment, I did not register what I was doing as wrong and did not try to fix it.
I used to lie a lot at home, to the point where my parents were not able to tell if I was telling the truth. This damaged our relationship, but I have since overcome this problem and we have become closer than ever before.
A possible new motto for the school is “Turning boys into gentlemen”…I want to become a man, and the first step to doing so is to stop lying.
“The Rite Journey has proven to be a great coming of age experience for my daughter. Throughout Year 9 her questions and observations about life and people grew in frequency and depth. Initially I felt challenged by some of the questions she asked because it entailed a shifting away from our adult-child relationship, and I had to meet her with greater seriousness. This of course is the point and the achievement of this program.
My daughter had the framework and support to help her move through the threshold of adolescence and beyond the ambiguities and awkward stances of not knowing who they are in relation to the world and the people in it. She developed an honesty and earnestness that placed her firmly as a human being to be reckoned with. It was a great experience for her and for us, her family, to see her mature throughout the year. The silence and inner anxieties which often accompany this awkward stage of development were left in the dust and so has a momentum and courage which give us great confidence in the years to come. If you have the opportunity to get your child into The Rite Journey, don’t miss it.”
“Since beginning the Rite Journey programme I have noticed my son’s level of maturity and consciousness has grown beyond his years. The programme provides a forum to explore with his male classmates and peers many issues that are important to young men his age, but are very rarely addressed.
The range of physical challenges presented have helped him become more comfortable with the changes he is experiencing in his body. More importantly however, has been the chance to do ‘inner work’ and reflect on the values and opinions of both himself and others. He has been encouraged to express his feelings without judgement and this has strengthened his ‘core’. It has helped him see his place in the world more clearly and perhaps where he sees himself in the future – what sort of man he will become.
How lucky my son is to have had the opportunity to participate in The Rite Journey programme, which has offered him a supported and guided initiation into the adult world – unlike the haphazard and sometimes ill-informed path that I myself experienced.”
“This is the most important teaching I do…even moreso than VCE”
“There is no doubt in my mind that The Rite Journey has changed my son’s life”
“After 5 years of searching the world, we finally found a program that meets the developmental needs of adolescence on our own doorstep. Not only are staff and students reporting the tremendous impact of the program but parents are also expressing their gratitude for such a process. The program is creating a cultural shift in our college.”
“The Rite Journey has been worth it’s weight in gold”