A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston
As we prepare to farewell the young men who make up the BGS Class of 2016, I was compelled on Tuesday evening to watch the first episode of Man Up – a three-part documentary series on the ABC.
Man Up explores masculinity and men’s mental health in Australia today. It’s a confronting and challenging series, yet one that I commend to you. The website that is attached to the series can be found here.
On a slightly different note, best wishes to our Middle and Senior School athletes this Saturday afternoon as they run, jump and throw at the APS Athletics Final at Albert Park. It would be great to see as many BGS supporters there as the team hopes to match (or even better) last year’s excellent third place.
Rethinking Masculinity: questioning what it means to ‘be a man’
Our young men are growing up in a society that, in many cases, reinforces unhealthy connotations of masculinity.
Boys are often taught that ‘being a man’ means placing little or no value on caring, relationships or empathy, and that respect is linked to violence.
The media frequently backs up the that view ‘being a man’ means emotions should be repressed and women are sexual conquests as opposed to equals and friends.
As a society, it’s crucial that we enable our boys to question and reconsider this definition of masculinity. Schools must play their part in this.
Click here to read the rest of Alex Sylvan’s article about BGS’s compulsory unit, Rethinking Masculinity, which is part of our Year 10 boys’ Wellbeing curriculum.
Boys and staff get active for Health and PE week
After a cold and rainy couple of days, the boys were relieved to see the sun shining today as they participated in the BGS Gift sprint race (our version of the Stawell Gift) at lunchtime as part of Health and PE Week. The winner was Ben Durkin (Year 11). Congratulations to everyone who took part.
The staff were also all smiles about being active role models for the boys this morning.