Over 100 fathers share tips at first school ‘Dads’ event

OVER 100 fathers have attended Birrong Boys High School’s first ‘Dads’ event to bridge the gap between school and home and help strengthen relationships with their sons.

Enjoying a barbecue and a panel discussion with representatives from Uniting, Corner Youth Health Service, Ali Faraj from the GWS Giants and Mayor Bilal El-Hayek among others, the dads shared conversations around their successes and struggles.
Topics covered included relationships, balancing work and family life, overcoming obstacles and access to support.
Principal Darren Stevens said it was encouraging to hear fathers speak of a sense of relief to know that they were not alone in their role as the single most important male figure in the life of their young man.
“The response from our fathers and male guardians has been overwhelmingly positive, and we hope this is just the beginning of many initiatives that strengthen bonds between generations and foster a stronger school community,” he said.
Dad Shamal Jalal said: “It made me think about ways I can talk to my son when he gets home from school. It gave me a lot of ideas.”
Dad Marwan Rifahi said: “It was good to interact with others. I realised how much us dads have in common.”
Year 10 student Aimen said: “Most dads are working and don’t have much time to bond with the family. We have been having good conversations now and spending more time together.”
Principal Stevens also thanked sponsors Ausrelief, Swim Brothers, Canterbury Bulldogs, Lakemba Travel Centre, Fitness for Purpose and Street Industries for helping ensure the event’s success.