Personal and spiritual development
The personal and spiritual development of boys is nurtured through a range of programs in the Preparatory School.
Social-emotional support programs, including PATHS (Pre-Primary to Year 4), Aussie Optimism (Years 5 and 6) and positive education teach boys how to regulate their emotional responses and develop a positive outlook. These approaches are proven to improve social competence, happiness and learning in children.
Religious Education and chapel services are based on Anglican and Christian traditions. The School’s chaplains teach Bible literacy, Christian values and knowledge and understanding of other major world religions. Virtues cards are awarded to boys found demonstrating any of the many virtues to others, throughout class and during break times.
The Health and Protective Behaviours curriculum teaches boys about personal health and safety issues. The main themes of the program are:
“We all have the right to feel safe at all times.”
“We can talk with someone about anything, no matter what it is.”
It includes teaching boys about understanding their rights and responsibilities, problem solving and practicing protective strategies.
The personal and spiritual development of boys is developed in the Senior School through the subject Personal Spiritual Development (PSD), Health Education and Religious Education as well as thought provoking guest speakers organised by the Centre for Boys’ Health and Wellbeing and the Centre for Ethics.
In Years 7 and 8, boys are encouraged to explore their own personality, learn new skills and develop the capabilities to relate with others. Developing an understanding of self, the value of a positive mindset about themselves, their body and their emotions, happiness and relationships is important. Through Religious Education and chapel services boys are introduced to the central tenets of the Christian faith and investigate how Christianity has developed through time and impacted on today’s society.
In Years 9 and 10, there is a focus on developing resilience, making decisions that strengthen a sense of self, and building and maintaining satisfying relationships. An emphasis is placed on giving students the skills required to help them develop into the men they want to become. Through Religious Education and chapel services boys are introduced to the main features of different world religions as well as examining personal, Australian and the School’s values.
In Years 11 and 12, boys learn to take responsibility for their actions and master their chosen pursuits, by making positive choices. They now know where and to whom they should go for help for themselves and others, and understand how decisions they make can impact on their future. As well as attending chapel services, visiting experts talk to boys on a range of topics including stress management, smart choices, drugs and alcohol, mental health and cyber safety.