Excellence in schools, five defining factors

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle The concept of excellence can be hard to define. Quite often we know it when we see it, but have trouble articulating how it can be achieved. As a parent, it is important to be able to define and recognise excellence when you are choosing a school for your child. Here are some key […]

What is experiential education and why is it important?

It’s important that parents understand what experiential education is and why it is important for their child. The world is changing at a rapid pace and students must be able to be creative and analytical thinkers to, not only cope, but thrive in this new environment. Why experiential education? As globalisation brings economic and cultural disruption, young people must become more agile and entrepreneurial. Schools need to rethink how and why their programs translate into brave and bold graduates. Research in boys’ education has established the transformative power of taking learning beyond the classroom and engaging in real world experiences. […]

How religion impacts our understanding of vocation

“What are your plans when you graduate?” Year 12 students often dread this question. Students can become increasingly anxious about major life decisions as they approach the end of their schooling. Those who have made further study and career plans often wonder whether they have made good decisions. Getting a job or choosing a course is the easy part. However, the challenges of integrating career paths, family life and social and community commitments prove increasingly difficult. This is partly due to the bureaucratic and individualist tone of modern western life, which has devalued our balanced life roles and contributions at home […]

How to talk to your son about his mental health

Describing our feelings and emotions to others – or even ourselves – is a difficult task for many of us. As mental health is not something that you can physically see, it’s hard to understand it from a more traditional health care perspective. Regardless, your son’s mental health is as important as his physical health so it’s important to be aware of how you can help him and where to find extra support. Before you can learn how to talk to your son about his mental health, you must be aware of what it is. Mental health and mental illness […]

How to help your son plan his first goal

We often forget that goal setting is hard, especially for boys who are still developing processes of planning, actioning and eventually achieving goals. It’s important to remember that learning how to set goals is a skill that takes time and some trial and error. Parents can ensure that their sons build effective goal setting habits by setting up a routine of planning, acting and believing. Here’s how to help your son plan his first goal. Planning goals The planning stage teaches boys to really think about things that are meaningful to them – now and potentially in the future. They […]

How DUMB goals can help your son get results

So often your son is advised to set SMART goals – ones that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. But what if there was a better way for your son to approach his dreams? SMART goals still work Goal setting should be an important part of everyone’s lives. Setting a goal gives us purpose and something to strive for. Working towards a goal gives your son a reason to get up early each morning to attend sport training or head to music rehearsal. The SMART framework is a great way for your son to work out the finer details […]

What is the purpose of outdoor education?

As technology develops in today’s society, our relationship with it is replacing connection with the real world and specifically the outdoors. It is important for boys to stay connected to and immerse themselves in nature. Outdoor education programs, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, offer boys unique learning opportunities in distinctive and challenging landscapes. Outdoor Education Programs Some of our most memorable moments as we progress through our lives often come from those early mornings and warm evenings spent outdoors – surrounded by nature. Put on your hiking shoes as we explore the elements that are involved in outdoor […]

Ten inspirational quotes to encourage parents

As parents, it is important to remember the impact that you are making, especially during the time when boys are in their coming of age phase. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to take each day as it comes, and to enjoy the small wins and the special moments.Although being a parent can be hard at times, it is full of intrinsic value and gratification as you influence and impact your boy’s life. Here are ten inspirational quotes to encourage parents, from some of the most thoughtful people in history. “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key […]

Should school sport be compulsory?

Not every boy is interested in sport, so why should they have to play it? For some parents who have a boy who isn’t showing interest in sport or who may not have played sport themselves, the question “why should school sport be compulsory?” may arise. At Scots, Sport is compulsory for every boy with the expectation that they take part in one winter sport, one summer sport and College Athletics and Swimming if selected. This is an important part of the life of a Scots boy and something that we feel strongly should be a part of all boys’ […]