The Making of Men – Year 9 Program

The Making of Men is a year-long program for Year 9 students at Christ Church Grammar School. The program will deliver significant understandings and experiences, bringing the boys together at a time when they are experiencing significant adolescent development, and ready to explore the range of new and exciting possibilities that life presents.

Over the course of the year, the program aligns the concepts and narratives explored in the Personal and Spiritual Development curriculum, the Outdoor Education program at Kooringal and the three week live-in experience conducted on campus in Claremont. This ensures that new concepts are introduced, explored and reinforced in a safe environment.

This contemporary program involves the whole community (including mothers/significant females and fathers/significant males) ensuring our young men develop a strong sense of identity and belonging.

The transition from a boy to a man is a journey and takes time.

The School’s holistic approach to education focuses on developing boys physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, equipping them with skills for life and guiding them as they explore their purpose in life.

Throughout the year the boys will be motivated to achieve excellence in the academic program and also personal growth. They will participate in a rigorous academic and co-curricular program, enjoy time at Kooringal, and hear from experts in the areas of teenagers, drugs and alcohol, masculinity, bullying and positive relationships.

On Queenslea Drive Program (live-in experience)

The live-in experience on campus is unique to this program and has been specifically designed for Christ Church Grammar School students. It will be coordinated and delivered by a team of educators, led by Jarrod Kayler-Thomson, Head of Year 9 On Queenslea Drive Program.

The three key themes for the On Queenslea Drive experience are:

Over the three weeks, these themes will be explored in different formats to engage different learning styles and to keep the program dynamic. Formats include life skills sessions, creative workshops, movies, activities with female students, circle discussions, meeting with Alumni and guest speakers.

When participating in the On Queenslea Drive experience the boys will sleep in a purpose-designed area located on the ground floor of the Music building. The area, currently being renovated, will contain a reception space, bunk beds, lockers, showers and toilets as well as accommodation for the program coordinator. There will also be a laundry and drying area in the facility.

There are many advantages to having the boys live on campus. Individually and collectively they will:

  • find a safe space to explore the concepts of the program and develop a strong sense of identity
  • have an opportunity to talk about ideas and concepts not typically accessed in a classroom
  • develop an understanding that they can act independently and be empowered in their decision making
  • develop strong, healthy relationships
  • have an opportunity to learn with their peers, and develop a special bond with their House group
  • dedicate more time to key aspects of the program (no travel at the beginning and end of the day)
  • experience eating, sleeping and working with a group to create a sense of community
  • undergo skill and emotional development in the areas of consideration, compromise and care – related to developing empathy and stronger communication skills
  • dedicate time to teamwork, developing skills that will assist them in working with others and understanding how groups function productively
  • explore concepts and learn at a deeper level that we equate with understanding.

View the On Queenslea Drive Handbook.

Go to On Queenslea Drive Schedule for the 2018 dates.

Go to On Queenslea Drive FAQs.