Building good men in the Preparatory School
Published on: 6 February 2020
“Good morning Dr Males,” says Ari at the start of each school day before embracing a hand shake with the Head of the Preparatory School and heading straight for class. The daily routine, undertaken with all boys from Pre-Kindergarten through to Year 6, is about developing respect and good manners early in the Christ Church journey.
This is just one of the many ways Christ Church Grammar School inspires boys and is continuing to build good men.
This year the Preparatory School has implemented the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) framework to help support the social and academic learning of all boys, supplementing the Champion’s Quest reward system which was first introduced in 2014.
“The SWPBS approach is based on the belief that relationships are the foundation for social and academic achievement,” says Deputy Head (Pastoral) of Preparatory School, Mrs Kim Morcom.
“Student achievement is maximised when staff develop positive classroom cultures that promote and exemplify positive student behaviour and interactions, making students feel that they are both cared for and supported to succeed.”
“It encompasses values including; Care and Compassion, Respect, Responsibility and Understanding, Inclusion, and wonderfully complements the School’s Code of Conduct, Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program, Pastoral care model, fortnightly Health and Wellbeing classes, Religious education and Vertical House Groups (VHG).”
Other ways in which Christ Church is inspiring boys in the Preparatory School include the annual Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) Lapathon, World’s Greatest Shave, buddying between year groups, music performances at local aged care facilities and charitable fundraisers throughout the year.