From the Head of the Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann 

Something for the week ahead: A strengths-based approach

If you are keen to build more wellbeing with the family during this stay at home period, one approach is to play to your strengths.

A integral element of our learning model at BGS focuses on wellbeing. We know that there is an interrelationship between mental and physical health. Therefore, a key part of our model involves having the boys know and develop their individual character strengths.

Our students each complete a character strengths survey. It’s a very powerful tool that identifies the qualities that come most naturally to them. You can take a look at your character strengths too, by completing this VIA Character Strengths survey.



There are many different ways to use strengths in daily life, in problem solving or even in daily interactions. It can be a great way to develop meaningful praise.

See how you go with this; next week I’ll include ways of using character strengths during this particular phase of Distance Learning.

If you would like to learn more about this topic, I would encourage you to listen to the Understanding Boys podcast with Professor Dianne Vella Broderick, Head of Research at the Centre for Positive Psychology at The University of Melbourne.


Parenting Webinars

Our Distance Learning program provides support to the boys and also to parents. I encourage you to join us for an upcoming webinar to explore our Effective Learner Model and look at some structures to assist your son in his daily learning. 

The following webinars are on offer:


Distance Learning for Parents (Secondary School) 

Wednesday 22 April, 7.00 – 7.45pm 

Distance Learning for Parents (Junior School) 

Thursday 23 April, 7.00 – 7.45pm