Newsletter 6th March 2015-Recent News-Tauranga Boys College

Newsletter 6th March 2015

Newsletter 6th March 2015

Newsletter 6th March 2015-Recent News-Tauranga Boys College

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It is with considerable sadness that we learnt of the recent passing of Celia Lashlie.  Celia was well known for her work in boys’ schools and with young men throughout New Zealand.  She was the first woman to work in a men’s prison as a prison guard.  These experiences, as well as that as a solo mother, influenced her later career and life.  She was held in high regard as a social commentator.  In 2004 she completed the “Good Man Project” working with twenty-five of New Zealand’s boys’ schools including Tauranga Boys’ College.  This project was aimed at creating a definition of what it is to be a ‘good man’.  Her research, based on conversations with adolescents and adults in the twenty-five different boys’ schools, established a pathway which many of those schools follow as they endeavour to establish in tomorrow’s adults, the characteristics of good men.   

Celia has been a regular visitor to the College over the last decade and her ideas are used as the platform from which we have developed the concept of being a good man.  These qualities are emphasized frequently in a variety of forums to our boys as they journey through the college from young boys into good men.  Celia’s life was devoted to helping young people, in particular young men such as those at Tauranga Boys’ College, to develop the desirable qualities we want all our old boys to display. 
Celia’s death means we have lost an influential and inspirational New Zealander.  

We define a good man as one who is: trusting, loyal, humorous, honest, motivated, hardworking, generous, humble, compassionate and respectful.