John Hendry — On Why Relationships Matter
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Ezra reconnects with his ex-house master from school, John Hendry. In this episode, John discusses how the loss of a loved one can alter one's perspective on relationships. Committing his life as an educator for more than 50 years, John reflects on a defining moment that altered the direction of his future. We hear more about what does it mean to be kind; and that much like our ability to be proficient at anything else, kindness too requires practice.


John Hendry has committed his life to education. For over 50 years, he has worked at all levels of school and higher education including Geelong Grammar School, where he spent 36 years of his career. His passion for education is coupled with his belief on the importance of relationships. As the lead consultant at Parents Victoria, John is working on a relationship-based education, of which you can read more about it here.

If you want to know more about John, feel free to read here.

Episode Structure

  • 0:00 - Introductions 
  • 0:58 - What defines a 20-year-old relationship? 
  • 3:35 - How do you move forward from a family tragedy 
  • 7:13 - What happens when you're given the chance to try 
  • 12:28 - A galaxy of relationships 
  • 18:45 - Thank you's 
  • 20:32 - What's John up to now? 
  • 21:41 - Credits 

Book Recommendations

  1. Morality by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
  2. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell (and I would second that recommendation too).
  3. The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: How Risk Taking Transforms Us, Body and Mind



John can be reached at the following email:

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