From the Head of Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann 

Teaching boys about being safe online

We are pleased to announce that through Pauline Anthony’s (Head of e-learning, Junior School) leadership we have successfully become an accredited eSmart school. The eSmart program (an initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation) is a framework for students, staff, parents and guardians to help manage risks, including bullying, cyber-bullying, identity theft and fraud. Whilst the School had in place a clear practice and policy in regard to technology, we are always looking for ways to improve.  The e-Smart framework now gives us further clarity in terms of governance and monitoring. You can read more about our e-smart policy here, with particular reference to the section on ‘Parents at Brighton Grammar’.

Year 12 and study

Author Alexandra Smith has recently published a ‘help book’ for Year 12 students. Titled If You Want to Blitz Your Year 12 Exams Read This Book, it features a number of fantastic learning strategies and also includes a case study of our own Syndicate program. You can read about it here or even purchase the book!

Amazing curriculum – Year 1

Over the past couple of weeks, Year 1 teachers Sam Kuring and Emily Beaton have run an extraordinary curriculum for the boys. As part of an immersive experience into our School and its history, the boys have travelled to the St Andrew’s end of the Secondary school, climbed the Tower, tested themselves to identify some of the School’s past heroes (our Hall of Famers) and had a sit-down with the School Captain, Brad Marais.

What I have loved about this curriculum is not only the sense of identity, belonging and collaboration it has taught the boys as they have worked with others (archives, foundation, student leadership), but also the experience of making the idea of ‘past and present’ so relevant. All of these aspects are reflected in our Effective Learner model. 

Some of the questions from the Year 1 boys, along with their comments and observations, have been hilarious – that wonderful mix of truthfulness and fantasy. What a great thing it is to be a single-campus school!

 


Crowther Events – Looking ahead

Looking ahead, we are excited to be running three workshops with our parents and guardians later this term. Two of the workshops will explore the Effective Learner model and how to build a learner-friendly home, and the other is for parents of boys in (or heading into) adolescence, with a focus on building and establishing effective communication.

The level of interest in these events has been fantastic and we are now fully booked. Please email us your expression of interest in future Crowther events at crowther@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.

Alternatively, if you have topic requests or any feedback for us, we would love to hear your thoughts. Please email us: crowther@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.