Year 12's Wellbeing Talk with Dayne Weston

Student Wellbeing

King's is passionate about equipping our students with strategies to help them maintain a healthy and happy mindset. One of the ways we do that is by hosting guest speakers who bring words of wisdom through their own life experiences. As the Class of 2022 prepared to leave King's for the last time, it was timely to bring in a guest speaker in Week 2, to encourage them for their future journey. In their last Christian Studies classes, former NRL player, Dayne Weston, spoke to our upcoming graduates about finding their purpose in God. Dayne shared his moving testimony about how he fulfilled his NRL dream as a young man, leaving home at only 15 and needing to 'stand on his own two feet' with limited life experience. He played his NRL debut for the Sharks, followed by contracts with the Cowboys, Panthers and Storm. He married and had two boys and they moved for an NRL contract in the UK, but it was there that his life fell apart. Dayne's (former) wife and sons returned to live in Australia and he found himself in a 'very dark place.' While he was 'doing what he loved, his life looked great from the outside, but on the inside he felt hollow and depressed and he lost the will to live.' He returned to the Gold Coast where he was drawn to a local church and gave his heart to Jesus. Dayne was baptised in 2016 and was also remarried. He now shares his story in the hope of encouraging others and bringing hope to young people who may be struggling with depression or anxiety. Thank you, Dayne, for being so open and honest with our students and helping them see how God uses our lives in unimaginable ways.