Seminars and Workshops
Last week, Christ Church welcomed leading expert on the role gender plays in child development and education, Dr Leonard Sax. Dr Sax spoke separately to boys and parents on the traps associated with video games and social networking, and to staff about the characteristics of great teachers of boys.
Celia Lashlie, author of bestselling book He’ll Be Ok: Growing Gorgeous Boys Into Good Men and a regular visitor to Christ Church, addressed Year 9 boys and single mothers this week. The series of talks were funded by the Parents’ Association.
Christ Church Grammar School presents a special seminar and workshop on Boys and Motivation. Hosted by Headmaster Mr Garth Wynne, this event will feature presentations from eminent speakers: Dr Ric Charlesworth, Dr Phil Cummins and Dr Andrew Martin.
Ad Astra, a new Christ Church initiative held at St George’s College last week, offered boys strategies and guidelines to help cope with the intensity of Years 11, 12 and beyond. Developed by the School’s Academic Committee, speakers included academic staff, old boys and the Vice-Chancellor of UWA.
Last week, boys from Years 10 to 12 had an opportunity to hear from expert in drug and alcohol education Paul Dillon. Next week, Years 9 and 10 parents are invited to hear Mr Dillon present an update on teenagers, drugs and alcohol in 2013.
Years 11 and 12 politics and economics students had a rare opportunity to attend a question and answer session with the Premier of Western Australia Colin Barnett this week. Mr Barnett kindly made himself available for almost an hour after a Declaration of the Poll was held in the School Chapel.
On Monday evening, about 300 members of both the school and wider community heard from Dr Michael Kimmel, one of the world’s leading researchers, writers and lecturers on men, masculinity and gender. Dr Kimmel was in Perth to speak at the International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC) Regional Conference, which was also hosted by Christ Church. Headmaster Garth Wynne is currently the Regional Vice-President for Australia and New Zealand of the IBSC.
Australia’s leading child and adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg returned to the Senior School to give boys important life advice and talk about positive psychology. Dr Carr-Gregg’s annual visits are made possible by the Christ Church Parents’ Association.