From the Head of the Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann 

Our First Horizon

Over the past week, 200 members of the Brighton Grammar community (Year 10 students, parents/mentors and teachers) participated in the First Horizon program. Based on the best evidence into wellbeing for young men, this program explores community connection, developing ‘agency’ in the world as well as setting a vision and a purpose for the young men.

Set at Sokil Arts Retreat, participants were welcomed to country by Wathaurong man Jordy Edwards, spent time exploring the four primary ways of being that support for healthy masculinity, survived a challenge and then shone on stage at Horizon Fest. The young men and their parent/mentor stood shoulder-to-shoulder and witnessed the sun rising to the first horizon of the new stage of life. A huge thanks to James Hilditch and his team for creating a memorable and, for some, life changing experience.


First Horizon Gallery

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Strong Mothers, Strong Sons Workshop

Megan De Beyer’s Strong Mothers, Strong Sons workshop took place last weekend for BGS parents and the wider community.  The group were provided with parenting tips and advice to better understand the relationship between mother and son and help navigate the teenage years.  The feedback from this program has been very positive. To learn more about parenting your teenage son, read Megan’s tips 



Understanding Boys Podcasts 

This week Dr Ray Swann talks with Head of Research at the Centre for Positive Psychology at The University of Melbourne – Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick about her work, including Bio Dash, a world first program that is being tested with Brighton Grammar students, using biofeedback to improve performance, develop mindfulness and stress-management strategies.