Friday, 8 July 2016

A good read...

Recently, I celebrated my birthday and was gifted the book Through the lives of a foster child  by Daryl Brougham. It shares an authentic insight into the story of his (Daryl's) experience as a foster child in our New Zealand society. As I read the story, I realised how one can never truly understand what it is like to be in someone else's shoes, however it is important to gain an insight into others lives so that we can understand the obstacles they have been faced with in their life so far. I know I will never be able to say, "I know what you are going through!" to my learners (I have not had the same experiences in the same context - in fact no two people have!), yet I hope that when they tell me their stories I can empathise with them in a way in which they know I am there for support. As the first half year of my teaching career ends, I feel very fortunate for all my learners and colleagues whom have shared with me my journey so far. Thank you to you all and I look forward to the next half!


  1. I am going to have a read of this too Steph after reading your post. About a month ago I was privileged to listen to a keynote by Steve Pemberton in South Carolina. He has had a rugged childhood in the US foster system and spoke about how he changed the trajectory of his life with some help from unexpected adults who crossed his path. I have also heard a keynote from Ashley Judd a couple of years ago sharing her experience with the foster system. These people who can give voice to the millions of others who go through 'The System' and are never heard of are powerful influencers in society. I consider myself so blessed to be able to offer hope and support to vulnerable children in our community and can see that you do too.

    1. That would have been amazing to hear from Steve Pemberton and Ashley Judd - it is incredible how these people are able to still see the positive in all the cruel experiences they have faced. It takes great courage to not only go through such an experience but to share the struggle as well is extremely brave and as you say gives voice to those who feel they may not be heard. We are very blessed to work in the community we do and I am very grateful to be a part of all the learners' lives.