From the Head of the Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann

Outcomes and accomplishments

In our Effective Learner model, the ‘O’ of the PROSPER acronym refers to ‘outcomes’ (and accomplishments). What this means is that our boys understand that accomplishment is connected to hard work and effort as well as having the right mindset for learning (for instance, a GROWTH mindset, where there is some agility and adaptability), not just to achieving a goal. This is linked to competence: being able to develop mastery is a key to motivation.

To facilitate depth of understanding in outcomes, it is important that we praise the effort more than the result, as Carol Dweck often points out. Still, for our boys, it is important to also find the progress points and ‘wins’ from the term.

In schools, the curriculum standard gets harder across the year. This is because a Year 4 standard is higher than a Year 3 standard and so on, so the boys must progress as they near the next year level. This being the case, we need to be conscious to praise not only academics but also the kinds of values and behaviours that your son has shown over time and with consistency. What he does well in this respect is just as great an outcome or accomplishment as his academic endeavours.


Steve Biddulph is coming to BGS!

World-renowned author of Raising Boys, Steve Biddulph will speak on:

  • how to raise sons who are kind, confident and safe
  • boys and school
  • the importance of dads
  • what single mums can do
  • the three stages of boyhood
  • boys and housework.

This life-changing seminar is unforgettably moving – and funny, too. 

Tickets will sell out so book yours now for Tuesday 21 May 2019 (7.30pm in the Robert Sanderson Centenary Hall).

Please note: We regret that babies and children cannot be admitted to the session.


Parent Workshop Program

Our workshop program has concluded for 2018. If there is an area of interest that you would like to suggest for our 2019 workshops, or feedback you would like to give, we would love to hear your thoughts