An experiential learning program is transforming Years 9 and 10: Capstone

Brighton Grammar's Capstone program spans Years 9 and 10 – a vital time in the education of every boy.

Capstone is a series of dynamic, engaging and diverse opportunities. Created within our Positive Masculinity framework, our Capstone program brings together our Anglican heritage, academic, cocurricular and pastoral care programs to create the ideal educational experience, motivating our young boys to be better men.

Some of the benefits of the 9/10 Capstone program


Strengthens family, community and peer relationships and connections


Promotes guided supportive, shared transition as boys become young men


Helps boys learn and grow through transformational experiences

The Program 

The Capstone program is built within the three pillars of positive masculinity (connection, authenticity and motivation) and the four archetypes that represent a BGS boy as he becomes a successful man; the caregiver, the magician, the warrior and the sage. Guided by their peers, the Threshold and Breakthrough experiences throughout the program prepare, develop, extend and challenge our boys to finally complete the First Horizon program near the end of Year 10. Once this program is complete, the boys are welcomed back into the community as young men, and they will lead the school through their Years 11 and 12.

While the transition into manhood is the pinnacle, the journey itself is a crucial part of the process.

The key features of Capstone are:

+M immersion

  • Ontological exploration of self and other (the many ways of being)
  • Social Emotional development through engagement in indigenous, diversity and ethical awareness
  • Guided growth and development through community


Service Programs:

  • Art
  • Diversity
  • Environment
  • Gender Equity
  • Homelessness
  • Indigenous communities
  • Poverty
  • Single parents

World-Class Outdoor Educational journeys

  • The Great South West Journey
  • Yorta Yorta indigenous on country immersion
  • Milikapiti Indigenous Art Tour       

‘Connor’s Run’ – a community-based charity fun run that holds a special place in the BGS community – where boys will contribute either by running or working in support. 

The Capstone program is complimented by a robust academic, rich co-curricular, and strong, supportive pastoral care program. This is Year 9 and 10 at BGS.

BGS archetypes

BGS boys understand there are many component parts of every boy and successful man. These component parts are represented within our student community as the ‘archetypes’ – the magician, sage, warrior and caregiver. More broadly, the terms ‘Creating, Learning, Playing, Being’ are recognised as strategic pillars that guide much of what we do at BGS. The strengths based approach recognises that while we each have a tendency towards one, we have capacity for them all.

These pillars and archetypes can help explain the variety of experiences in the Capstone program and they can be found behind and within each of the components of the Capstone program. 


Academic timeline

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