From the Head of the Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann 

A new horizon…

Over the past six years, we have taken a very active role in developing our wellbeing programs. We wish to ensure that our boys are well prepared for life (with wellbeing skills) as well as growing up in a school culture where it is normal to ask for help in any aspect of learning (social, emotional, academic, spiritual, physical and so on).

A key part in this has been parental involvement and improving the ‘3 cornered partnership’. One program we have been developing for the past three years is the cornerstone of the Year 9/10 program, which has been a rite of passage where parents have come along to mark a ‘point in time’ from childhood to adulthood. Following the program last year, and the evaluation through Crowther and our partners Orygen (The National Centre for Excellent in Youth Mental Health), we’re pleased to announce a few key changes and findings:

  1. Our research with Orygen has confirmed that the program improves social connectedness for the boys (they feel more able to talk with each other and feel bonded).
  2. We’ve appointed James Hilditch to a new role to run the program – now called ‘The First Horizon’ – and will continue to develop our own internal staff (as per best practice in wellbeing guidelines)
  3. James’ role will be to develop the cultural aspects of a number of our programs (Young Warriors, Year 8 Father/Son) as well as our Indigenous programs
  4. We are opening up the program to include the mentor of choice from the boy (so that could be mum, dad, uncle, aunt and brother).

Parents and Guardians of Year 10 boys are already aware of these updates; there will be an opportunity for further information at a Crowther Workshop later this year.


Parent Workshops
Tweens, Teens and Technology 

Date: Monday 26 August 2019

Time: 6.00 – 7.00pm 

Venue: Crowther Wellbeing Centre

Bookings: via Trybooking

Topics for upcoming workshops include:

– High Performance for Every Boy: improving health & enjoyment outcomes at Annandale Gym (16 September 2019)
– The Effective Learner, Study Habits and Difficult Conversations

More information on these workshops will be available closer to the date via the Crowther Centre eNews.