From the Head of the Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann 

That’s a wrap!

It has been a fantastic year in Crowther this year from workshops to podcasts; from research to implementation.  There has been so much learning for us all.

Some of the key highlights in 2019, along with our everyday wellbeing and academic programs, have been:

  • implementing the Understanding by Design (UBD) framework across the School to develop a deeper connection to learning for the boys
  • continuing to develop our teaching staff through our instructional coaching program
  • running a highly attended parent workshop program (including national speakers)
  • launching the new First Horizon Program for Year 10 boys and mentors
  • presenting the successful Understanding Boys podcast series which trended in the Top 10 for Parent Podcasts nationally
  • developing the School Improvement Tool
  • producing academic publications and working with Orygen on the Positive Masculinity (+M) Framework
  • rolling out BioDash with the Year 9 boys and the University of Melbourne, Centre for Positive Psychology
  • hosting the sold-out international researchED conference at the Urwin Centre

None of this would be possible without the engagement of the boys, the support of our parents and the hard work of Crowther Centre Manager Cherie Harrington for this semester, the Crowther Teaching and Learning Team of Mark Dowley, Jo Davies, Patrick Sanders and Brent Brickhill, and the MarComms team. 

Please enjoy a restful break and I look forward to seeing you next year.


Understanding Boys Podcasts 

This week Dr Ray Swann talks with former Ironman Australia and professional lifesaver Trevor Hendy AM, now a life coach and wholistic personal trainer.

Trevor’s journey from lifesaver to sought after motivational speaker is an interesting one – he has won six Australian Open Ironman titles, is a four-time winner of the Uncle Toby’s Super Series and an Australian champion kayaker. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000 for services to the community and surf lifesaving.

Trevor acknowledges that fame came at a price early in his career and is now able to reflect on how that made him a better man today.