From the Head of the Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann 


One of the most important things we can teach our boys that just might lead them down a path to future success is routine or habit.

You will have heard the adage ‘we are all creatures of habit’. As much as we would like to think that our daily actions result from consideration and self-control, most are products of our unconscious habits. The same can be said for our boys. Instilling good habits early on will set them up with the tools they need later in life to get ahead.

Stanford psychologist BJ Fogg argues that to change behaviour, there are only three things you can do:

  1. Have an epiphany
  2. Change your environment
  3. Take small steps.

It’s often the third that we can focus on at school.

On this, the following article has been written by Christian Machar, Head of Student Leadership (Years 7–12).

The Power of Habit

A warning to avid eNews readers – I wrote on this same subject last year, but bed-making is a habit that I have practised methodically each day since. With less than half the year to go, I think it is an important message to convey.

What feedback did you receive about your son’s learning at the recent Parent–Teacher Discussions? Has he used this feedback to put in place positive habits, both in and outside the classroom? Has he set up a study routine at home? Is he reading for 20 minutes each night before bed?

One powerful and simple habit to start with is making the bed each morning.

“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” says US Navy Admiral William McRaven in the New York Times bestseller Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life … And Maybe the World. “It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”

In The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg calls daily bed-making a ‘keystone habit’, something that kick-starts a chain of other good decisions throughout the day and gives you a sense of ‘taking charge’.

McRaven continues: “If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right. And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made – that you made – and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.”

Christian Machar
Head of Student Leadership Years 7–12


Crowther Events

Parent Workshop Program – Term 3

Our workshop program for parents continues. Last week we hosted parents from across the School in a session about Engaging Adolescents. The workshopfocusedd on building and establishing communication between parent and son, as well as providing some tips on how to manage technology.

For the remaining Term 3 Workshops, please see dates below, along with links to book your place. Places are strictly limited and are booking out fast. I would encourage you all to book your place now or risk missing out.  

Should you wish for Crowther to present or explore the best research available on a certain key topic, please contact us at:

1. Teens and Technology

This workshop will have a focus on all things technology, including: managing technology at home, problems with engagement/disengagement, and issues around cyberbullying, sexting, inappropriate content and more.

When:      Wednesday 22 August 4.30–5.30pm

Where:    Wellbeing Centre

How:        This event is full. To put your name on the waitlist, click HERE


2. Effective Learner Part II – Building Deeper Routines

This workshop is Part II in our Effective Learner series and best suited to those who have previously attended an Effective Learner workshop.

The workshop will continue to explore the Effective Learner model and look deeper into how to build routines into the home. It will also provide discussion on common issues faced by parents and strategies on how to combat these.

When:      Wednesday 29 August 7.00–8.00pm

Where:     Wellbeing Centre

How:         Book HERE


 3. PROSPER for Parents

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

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

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

When:      Wednesday 12 September 4.00–5.00pm

Where:    Wellbeing Centre

How:         Book HERE