Boys sitting in an assembly Boys and Wellbeing

We believe to be a truly successful man you need a strong sense of wellbeing

Why focus on the wellbeing of our boys?
Kay Rogers, Director of Growth and Wellbeing at Leading Boys School in Melbourne, Brighton Grammar School
Kay Rogers, Director of Growth and Wellbeing

We want our boys to feel good, function well and contribute to society in a positive way. We believe it is critical to equip our boys with the skills and mindsets that counteract mental illness and prepare them for a ‘life well lived’.

Enjoy this short video about Wellbeing at BGS.

We want our boys to PROSPER...

Boys at rehearsals for Year 10-12 Brighton Grammar and Firbank Grammar Production of High School Musical

The PROSPER wellbeing curriculum framework was introduced at the beginning of 2015 from K-12 and focuses on strengths and what is working well. PROSPER is an acronym that consists of components optimal for wellbeing:

P – Positive Mindset; Positive emotions
R – Relationships
O – Outcomes and achievement
S – Strengths
P – Purpose and Meaning
E – Engagement
R – Resilience

All students engage in PROSPER/WELLBEING classes that develop social/emotional understandings and skills that fit within the PROSPER framework.

The building blocks

Brighton grammar boys enjoy the Buddy system on an excursion

Junior School activities include:

‘You can do it’ – teaching skills of organisation, persistence, resilience and getting along

Structured play – developing social language and behaviours

‘Circle Time’ – a structured forum to teach boys to express how they are feeling and to be aware of how others are feeling

Life education – sexual relations

‘Silent Cloud’ – a Junior School-wide daily 10 minute mindfulness period after recess to re-gain focus and inner calmness

Growing up

Brighton Grammar Middle School Boys talk at lunch time

Middle School activities include:

Personal Development program exploring issues such as, ‘Who am I?’, adolescent challenges and changes.

‘Camp-fire’ – a structured forum for development of emotional language through learning how to share, how to express and articulate feelings.

One-on-one coaching and learning how to set goals for school, life and other interests.

Identification of character strengths and how to leverage them to achieve goals.

Looking forward

Brighton Grammar Chantology assembly 2015

Senior School activities include:

Positive Psychology – exploring what leads to wellbeing in individuals. 

Respectful relationships – learning how to interact in a positive and respectful way with other people, in particular females, in the workplace, friendship groups and more intimate environments. 

Fixed verses growth mindset – teaching boys how they can truly reach their potential if they adopt a growth mindset in everything they do.   

Career counselling – exploring each boy’s interests and strengths and how that may inform decisions around further study and future career paths. 

Spirituality

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life”

Buddha

 

Young people thrive when they feel safe and supported. 

 

Find out your character strengths

Take this short, VIA character strengths confidential survey and find your strongest attributes and values.  (external site)