From the Head of the Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann 

I say that’s progress!

It has been quite amazing to see just how quickly our boys can learn, especially when they have a great teacher.

During Terms 1 and 2, I had the pleasure of spending some time with Samara Madden and Prep Kurrajong, seeing how literacy is built. When you stop and think about it, it’s pretty hard to learn to read and write. For example: How do you associate an image with a sound? How do you draw a word?

To do this, a range of strategies is applied – from alphabet knowledge to decoding basic sounds and blends (phonemes) and also oral skill development. Our Prep staff are able to do this work, teaching our boys with a mix of humour, fun, physical and practical work combined with clear routines.

It was a great joy to visit their class again this week to see how far the boys had progressed and just how much both their vocabulary and handwriting had improved.

It was also fantastic to hear (and see) many parents at Dr Michael Carr-Greg’s presentation with the Victorian Parent Council last Sunday. It was affirming to see that much of our work at a school level is addressing some of Michael’s key concerns. This also reminds us, however, that we need to remain vigilant and continue to work on developing not only our practice but also our understanding of wellbeing.


Crowther Events 

Free Mental Health Presentation

The Black Dog Institute will be holding a ‘Navigating your teen’s mental health’ webinar on Wednesday 12 September at 6.30pm.

The webinar will benefit any parent or carer of a young person. Attendees will learn:

  • What is anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder?
  • How to spot early warning signs in young people
  • When and where to seek help
  • How to support a young person you care about

To register to attend the webinar, please click HERE.


Parent Workshop Program – Term 3

We have now kicked off our Semester 2 Parent Workshop Program – the first workshop is taking place this morning with our Junior School parents and guardians.

Please see dates below for the remaining Term 3 Workshops, 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.  

  1. Engaging Adolescents

A workshop for parents of boys heading into adolescence (or in it).

This workshop will have a focus on building and establishing communication with your son as well as managing technology.

When:      Thursday 9 August 8.30–9.30am
Where:    Wellbeing Centre

How:         Book HERE


  1. Teens and Technology

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

When:      Wednesday 22 August 4.30–5.30pm

Where:    Wellbeing Centre

How:        This event is currently FULL. To be added to the waitlist, clickHERE


  1. 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


  1. 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 & 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:      Wednesday 12 September 4.00–5.00pm

Where:    Wellbeing Centre

How:         Book HERE


If there is an area of interest that you would like to suggest for future workshops or feedback you would like to give, we would love to hear your thoughts. Please email us at: