From the Head of the Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann 

Planting the trees that you will never see

It was with great pleasure that we hosted James Kerr this week at Brighton Grammar. On Monday evening, over 600 members of our community came and heard his keynote about building culture. Earlier that day, James had run sessions with the Prefects and Student leaders, the School Executive as well as the Sport Coaches.

Part of James’ message is that there are three keys to building a team that he has observed time and time again: having both humility and humour, striving for excellence, and building respect. He described how so many of the members of high-performing teams, be it the All Blacks, Team GB or Manchester City, wanted to leave the club better than how they found it. He described how Richie McCaw (a famous New Zealand Captain) wanted to not only be the best number 7 (to pay respect to those that had gone before), but how he wanted to raise the number 7 up for those that came after him. This was a very similar message to Australian of the Year David Morrison’s message delivered at BGS a few years ago of being a leader right now, respecting the past, and planning for the future.

When you listen to James speak, it is easier to see how effort and striving are connected to purpose. By wanting to ‘be’ more, we then draw others into the story. By committing with effort, we clearly demonstrate purpose.

Crowther Parent Workshop Program

Strong Mothers, Strong Sons – Save the date

We are delighted to announce that we will again be hosting the internationally renowned psychologist Megan de Beyer and her program ‘Strong Mothers, Strong Sons’. Megan ran this workshop at BGS last year and received extremely positive feedback.

Aimed at mothers of adolescent boys, the workshop covers topics including: communication, good relationships, how to manage change, conscious parenting and dealing with your son’s emotions (including anger).  

When – Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2019 (times TBC)

Where – Wellbeing Centre, Brighton Grammar School

Cost – Free to BGS mothers

Bookings – Opening soon. To be advised when bookings open subscribe to the BGS Crowther Centre


Tweens, Teens and Technology – Save the date

Date: Monday 13 May 2019

Time: 6.00pm

Venue: Crowther Wellbeing Centre

Bookings will open in Week 1 of Term 2.


Topics for upcoming workshops include: The Effective Learner; Study Habits; and Difficult Conversations. More information will be available closer to the date via the Crowther Centre eNews.