Manly Sea Eagles inspire students about resilience and respect

Thursday 4 March 2021

St John’s Catholic Primary School at Narraweena was excited to welcome players from their favourite NRL team, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles earlier this week.

Morgan Boyle, Lachlan Croker, Christian Tuipulotu, and Kaeo Weekes were joined by NRL Game Development Officer, Darcy Hardman in delivering a presentation from the NRL Inspire Health and Wellbeing program.

With messages about attitudes, values and skills relating to respect, health & wellbeing, and inclusion/diversity, the program is aimed at inspiring young people to develop resilience and to live a positive, respectful and healthy life.

Through this presentation, the players talked about health and wellbeing and highlighted the importance of resilience, respect, and also gratitude.

The presentation aligned very closely to St. John’s emphasis and focus on strengthening student resilience and wellbeing. The students were given the opportunity to contribute their ideas to these concepts and to participate in some fun activities with the players.

St. John’s students have always participated in local community activities including visits to nursing homes, local preschools, and support of local charities and businesses.

“It was very encouraging to be able to connect in-person once again with a community-centred organisation like the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. This visit made the students feel very special. They were a little star-struck and in awe that the Manly players took the time to visit them at their school and to deliver a presentation just for them,” Principal Mr Mark Bateman said

Local families attending the first of St John’s Open Days were thrilled to catch a glimpse of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles players. Families were invited to tour the school with one of the Year 6 students, and to see all the beautiful aspects of St John’s including classrooms, the playground, music room, library and the newly-renovated St John’s hall. While parents met with the Principal, the future St. John’s students happily participated in student-led art and craft activities, reading and obstacle courses.

St John’s Narraweena offers an authentic, professional Catholic education in delivered with care and compassion.

Another Open Day will be held at St. John’s Narraweena on Thursday 18 March from 9.15am to 10.40am. Families interested in enrolling in 2022 are warmly invited to attend. More details can be found at