From the Head of the Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann 

Start Early

Across the School, it has been great to talk with parents about the way in which the year is starting for you all. One of the things that keeps coming up is the importance of building the routines nice and early. Stanford Behavioural expert, BJ Fogg talks about the three factors needed for behaviour change: a prompt, motivation and for it to be do-able. His belief is that big change starts with ‘tiny habits’.

If you would like more information, please take a look at our position paper on routines                          

The idea of the small, do-able incremental changes is also seen in the Rosenshine principles of teaching and learning where teachers use small steps with feedback to make sure that your son is making consistent progress.


Parent Workshop Program

Preparations for our Term 1 parent workshop program are now underway. Please see dates below for our workshop suite, along with links to book your place.

1. The Effective Learner at home

This workshop explores the Brighton Grammar School model of the Effective Learner and how it can be applied at home.

When: Monday 17 February, 4.30–5.30pm
Where: Wellbeing Centre
How:     Bookings  

2. PROSPER for Parents

A workshop for parents and guardians of boys from ELC-VCE. 

The PROSPER model is our wellbeing framework at BGS and stands for: Positivity, Relationships, Outcomes, Strengths, Purpose, Engagement & Resilience.

This workshop will cover what the model is, how it is used at BGS, as well as how can you implement the language and framework in your home.

When: Thursday 27 February, 4.30–5.30pm
Where:   Wellbeing Centre
How:    Bookings  

3. Combination workshop for Chinese parents/guardians

This is a workshop event for parents and guardians of our international boys. The workshop will explore both the Effective Learner model and the PROSPER model, as well as how you can build routines into your home.

There will be a Chinese interpreter present at the event.  

Details and booking information:  TBC

If there is otherwise an area of interest that you would like to suggest for the remainder 2020 program, we would love to hear your thoughts.  Please email the Crowther Centre. 


The Understanding Boys Podcast

Have you listened to the Understanding Boys Podcast hosted by Dr Ray Swann? Now with 13 episodes, it’s available wherever you listen to your podcasts or on the Understanding Boys website. In our latest episode Ray talks with Dr Judy Chu, lecturer in Human Biology at Stanford University and co-author of When Boys Become Boys, which offers a new way of thinking about a boy’s development.