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Let’s talk about Rules of Engagement!

Posted on: January 3rd, 2018 by SRC Team -


Happy New Year SRC Club Members!

Over the past few weeks, the SRC Team have been following the discussions happening here on the SRC website, and we want to tell you that what we are seeing and reading is awesome!

It is great to see Club Members commenting and encouraging one another in a positive and uplifting way. We would say that you are following the “rules of engagement” for participation in the SRC to a tee!

So what are “Rules of Engagement?”

They are the principles, guidelines or instructions that state the way things are or should be done, and tell you what you are allowed and not allowed to do. This enables people who may not know each other, to interact and participate safely, and achieve common goals.

There are rules for almost everything we do. Some are known, and some are just learned through our interaction with others.

Rules also help us to develop skills, as we learn new things. Think of the rules in your classroom at school–these are in place to help everyone learn in a safe way.

And if you play a team or individual sport, you will know that the rules make sure the object of game is accomplished, that all decisions made are fair, and that your interactions with other team members are appropriate and safe.

Rules are everywhere, and when it comes to games and game play–following them is what helps us to reach the end goal.

On New Year’s Day, my family had a full day planned for some outdoor, GAME ON, fun.

From Nerf gun wars, to slip n sliding, a water fight (with over 500 water balloons) and lots of pool time, we had to makes sure that with over 25 children (aged from 2 to 16) in attendance that how we engaged or played with one another, was going to be safe and fun.

So my brother-in-law and my neice created some rules for our outdoor game play. Check-out the signs in the picture above!

These rules, along with a handful of adults overseeing the day, helped to ensure that everyone remained safe. As we followed them, it made it easier to have a great time, which we did–especially me!

So here’s a thought…

If you were to think of 3 guidelines for participating in the SRC–what would you recommend to your friends and family?


As you craft your SRC Rules of Engagement, think of:
  • WHY you should participate
  • HOW you should participate
  • WHERE you can participate
  • And WHAT participating in the SRC looks like


Remember–on this week’s post, you can only post 3 guidelines–so think carefully.

The SRC Team looks forward to your comments!


41 Responses

  1. Tessa Knight says:

    Hi SRC
    I think the rules for engagement are:
    1. Do the best you can and praise others for their efforts.
    2. Remember that the reason for participation is to have fun.
    3. The key word in the theme this year is GAME. Remember that this is for fun and at the end of the day the reason for all the activities is to read others stories, find new books and sharing the joy of reading.
    Enjoy the summer reading club and the new year!!!!

  2. Sahansa says:

    Hello SRC!
    My ideas on what the rules of engagement are:
    1. Get what you get and don’t get upset. Don’t cry and be sad if you don’t win a prize be happy because you put yourself out there and had a good crack at it.
    2. Supercharge your summer with reading, writing and fun . It doesn’t matter how slowly you go and doing something just be original , enjoy yourself and don’t stop.
    3. Don’t worry about other people worry about yourself. Just because someone has written 4 stories it does not mean you have to. Romberg to try your best and give others positive and. And constructive feedback on their posts.
    Ha[py Reading!

  3. Madi says:

    Hi SRC

    1. Encourage others don’t be mean
    2. Don’t try to be better than others just enjoy it make sure your writing something that you want to write!
    3. most important rule of engagement have FUN and enjoy it!!!
    Here are my rules of engagement and I hope everyone enjoys the SRC this year!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Hello SRC 🙂

    1. Keep SRC a fun space, no rude words or mean comments but rather encouragement and uplifting words.

    2. Enjoy this summer of reading with lots of fellow readers on

    3. Have fun and GAME ON, play the competitions and who knows maybe you might win:)

    Enjoy your games and reading this summer everybody. Wishing you all an amazing 2018.

  5. Sahansa says:

    Bonjour SRC team!
    A few questions:
    1. What is your fav Harry Potter book and why?
    2. If you could do any sport, what would it be?
    3. What is your fav movie?
    4. What is your fav book?
    5. Do you have an idol? If you do, who is it?

    • SRC Team says:

      Hello Sahansa,

      These are some excellent questions.
      1. It’s been a while since we’ve read the Harry Potter series, but I’d say book 1, because that’s where it all began!
      2. I wish I was really good at Squash.
      3. That’s tough – probably Emma (its an oldie, based on a Jane Austen novel)
      4. This one is tough too… there are so many. I’d say any book that hooks me and keeps me reading to the end!
      5. Not really, but if he were still alive, I’d love to have met Shakespeare!


  6. Tomisin says:

    Hi SRC!

    I think the 3 Rules of Engagement should go along these lines;

    1. Be nice and encourage other members.
    2. Remember to have fun.
    3. Read and learn from the blogs posted.

    • SRC Team says:

      Thanks Tomisin for your suggestions.

      We really like the idea to read and learn from the blogs (and one another’s comments.)

      What new things have you learned? Have you picked up any tips and tricks from our guest Bloggers this year?

  7. Madi says:

    Hi SRC
    The most important rule of engagement for me is smile smile smile 🙂 😉 🙂 😉 and have FUN!!!!!!!!! 🙂 😉

  8. Jennifer says:

    Thanks 🙂

  9. Stephanie says:

    Hi SRC,
    Here are my three guidelines for participating in the SRC:
    1. Treat everyone with respect.
    2. Read! It is a reading club, after all.
    3. Participate in as many activities as you would like to, and have fun!

    Also, it’s just a small thing I noticed, but I hope that all decisions made are fair, rather than fare…

  10. Sahansa says:

    Hi SRC,
    A few tennis questions:
    1. Who is your fav tennis player?
    2. Who do you think will win the Australian Open?
    3. Are you going to Melbourne to see it?

  11. Henry P says:

    -WHY you should participate
    Because it’s heaps of fun to read

    – HOW you should participate
    Always have a try and encorage your friends to have a try too

    – WHERE you can participate
    Anywhere, anytime (especially as a bedtime avoidance tactic)

    – And WHAT participating in the SRC looks like
    Having a try and reading different things regularly

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