Breakaway Presentations

FRIDAY 9.30am

Breakaway Session #1

BRAD ADAMS: Building a Framework for Character Education in Schools for Boys
Always central to the mission at boys’ schools, character education has gained new urgency in recent years. Learning how to navigate change and complexity with a strong moral compass, building character strengths such as perseverance and grit, and understanding one’s self and purpose for others are fundamental for boys’ well-being as they make the journey to manhood. Character Education in Schools for Boys will propose a research-based framework for schools to evaluate current practices, processes, and programs in character education; sharpen strategy and planning for character education; develop meaningful and authentic outcomes; create standards for accountability, reporting, and professional learning; and communicate this focus and consensus to the wider school community. In this session, the CIRCLE team will provide a project update, and share with delegates preliminary observations on the critical factors emerging from this research, and from additional work on character education with clients around the world.

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: All
CLIVE ELEY: The Good Lad Initiative
The Good Lad Initiative (GLI) is a social enterprise that promotes positive and responsible male behaviours in relation to gender-based violence and harassment. This is achieved through unique discussion-based workshops with groups of men that attempt to shift social norms by building positive cultures of awareness, openness, responsiveness and leadership on relevant gender issues affecting them and their societies. GLI was started at Oxford University in 2013 and has since delivered over 250 educational workshops to over 3000 participants in professional organisations, universities and Schools across the UK, including Bournemouth AFC, Oxford, Said Business School, Blavatnik School of Government, Exeter, LSE, York, Durham, Oxford Brookes, Brunel, NTU, Cambridge, St Edwards School and Harrow School.

Clive Eley, an Old Andrean and founding Board Member of GLI, will lead an interactive session explaining the philosophy and approach behind GLI workshops and pose the question of how to better educate young men to be aware of and lead on critical gender issues.

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: All
FRIDAY 12.00pm

Breakaway Session #2

HARRY DUGMORE: Hard Conversations
Hard conversations: new perspectives on people management at work and play. What do you need to know about a person to manage and motivate them, and get them to bring their A-game to every encounter or work day? Prof Harry Dugmore from Rhodes University shares insights from behavioural economics and recent work-place studies that suggest better ways of finding and retaining exceptional performers, setting clear expectations, and having the kind of 'corrective conversations' that produce win-win outcomes

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: All
BRUCE COLLINS: Abolishing the culture of shame
Drawing from Brené Brown's research on shame and vulnerability this session will challenge the paradigm that is perpetuated in many of our boys' schools that men must not be perceived as weak. This journey starts with teachers. Bruce Collins will share insight into Brown's research on men and shame, and how St Alban's College in Pretoria is facing these issues head on in their Professional Development programme.

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: All
DAWN SISO: Making Staff development meaningful
In 2016 SACS re-organised the school timetable to include a weekly staff development session, thereby providing time to make staff development meaningful. During this session, the staff development journey at SACS will be shared with colleagues.

Length: 30 minutes
Audience: All
YVONNE LION-CACHET: Self-Regulation : Enhancing Response Inhibition
In adolescence, the most critical executive skill is response inhibition. How do we understand the teen’s impulses in light of his specific brain development and how do we build response inhibition in this crucial phase?

Length: 15 minutes
Audience: All
PETER WRIGHT: Is there room for my voice?
We live in a very polarised society, with significant socio-political and racial tensions emerging in 2016. These have, to some extent, infiltrated our schools. This presentation is a short personal story from the prospective of a middle-aged, white, male deputy headmaster.

Length: 30 minutes
Audience: All
DAVID STANSBURY: Generation Z: The Impact on Education Today
The children and teenagers that we teach today are the current generation, referred to as Generation Z. My experience as a youth pastor has given me some deep insights into this generation. I believe we need to develop a toolbox that enables us to connect with this generation effectively.

Length: 15 minutes
Audience: All
CALLIE FIELDS: Mentorship - A con or a critical leadership skill?
Mentorship – A Con' or a Critical Leadership skill for the boys in your school? St Stithian's Boys' College dissects their mentor/mentee relationships in their leadership program. How do you coach senior boys in the art of Mentorship which is compassionate, serving and unafraid? How do you explore joint vulnerability from both the senior and junior boys as they try and build a meaningful relationship that should last long after they leave school?

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: Senior
PETER HYSLOP: Boys and their sketchbooks
We live in a post-modern world devoid of interiority, (Hofmeyr, 2013, p. 149), and as educators we want our learners to be fully engaged with the world around them; to examine, to reflect on complexity, to be aesthetically aware and to develop a rich interior life. In my presentation I will argue that drawing has a central role to play in this. I will conclude the presentation with a specific example of an innovative Visual Arts project rooted in sourcebook/sketchbook work, and will provide the complete project, ready to use in the classroom, to all participants in the breakaway session.

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: Senior
KEVIN JOHNSON: Who Sits before you?
Being a Life Coach for many years has provided me with a unique view into what Students, Parents and Business Owners/Leaders see of themselves and how this is played out into the lives of those who sit before them. Why is it that relationships, business, schools or students do not reach true potential? Interesting… Just imagine having the keys to unlocking this true potential not only in you but also in that of those who sit before you!

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: All
FRIDAY 16.00pm

Breakaway Session #3

BRAD ADAMS: Building a Framework for Character Education in Schools for Boys (repeat)
Always central to the mission at boys’ schools, character education has gained new urgency in recent years. Learning how to navigate change and complexity with a strong moral compass, building character strengths such as perseverance and grit, and understanding one’s self and purpose for others are fundamental for boys’ well-being as they make the journey to manhood. Character Education in Schools for Boys will propose a research-based framework for schools to evaluate current practices, processes, and programs in character education; sharpen strategy and planning for character education; develop meaningful and authentic outcomes; create standards for accountability, reporting, and professional learning; and communicate this focus and consensus to the wider school community. In this session, the CIRCLE team will provide a project update, and share with delegates preliminary observations on the critical factors emerging from this research, and from additional work on character education with clients around the world.

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: All
CLIVE ELEY: The Good Lad Initiative (repeat)
The Good Lad Initiative (GLI) is a social enterprise that promotes positive and responsible male behaviours in relation to gender-based violence and harassment. This is achieved through unique discussion-based workshops with groups of men that attempt to shift social norms by building positive cultures of awareness, openness, responsiveness and leadership on relevant gender issues affecting them and their societies. GLI was started at Oxford University in 2013 and has since delivered over 250 educational workshops to over 3000 participants in professional organisations, universities and Schools across the UK, including Bournemouth AFC, Oxford, Said Business School, Blavatnik School of Government, Exeter, LSE, York, Durham, Oxford Brookes, Brunel, NTU, Cambridge, St Edwards School and Harrow School.

Clive Eley, an Old Andrean and founding Board Member of GLI, will lead an interactive session explaining the philosophy and approach behind GLI workshops and pose the question of how to better educate young men to be aware of and lead on critical gender issues.

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: All
SATURDAY 10.00am

Breakaway Session #4

OWEN SKAE: Legacy
Passionate about sport and the difference it can make in people's lives, my talk will be based on James Kerr's book, "Legacy", the story of the phenomenal success of the All Blacks and how these universal lessons can be applied to all aspects of life.

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: All
ANDREW RENARD: Confronting Rape Culture
Rape Culture is an insidious part of society and boys' schools are often accused of fostering, or at the very least, ignoring this problem. This presentation looks at ways of addressing this issue with both senior and junior boys. Andrew Renard conducted Action Research for the IBSC in 2009 on how literature could be used to change boys' attitudes to rape and a summary of this research was included in Steve Biddulph's new book "The New Manhood". Whatever we believe of our boys, they will be placed in situations, both in school and after school, in which they can act decisively in potentially dangerous situations and prevent acts of aggression against woman. We have a duty to inform our boys of the consequences of their actions and their obligations to humanity.

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: Senior
HELEN MILLS: Starting a science club
Tips and tricks for starting a successful Science Club at your school. Practical ideas of experiments that are safe for younger children but still have the 'wow' factor. Integrating your activities with classroom themes and other areas of the curriculum.

Length: 30 minutes
Audience: All
VERONICA ELLIS & BELINDA MARAIS: Collaboration and the power of learning groups
A report back on our journey and the Action Research that we undertook during 2016/2017.

Length: 15 minutes
Audience: All
BARRY ANDREWS: The Juggling Act
My presentation will be based on my experiences as a young male prep school teacher. I will offer advice and my thoughts on how to juggle the many roles that we as young men perform in schools. Through light-hearted anecdotes and some serious questions, I hope to show my audience how valuable they are in the development of fine young men.

Length: 30 minutes
Audience: All
CRAIG CUYLER: Mentorship in a boarding house context
Developing a culture of servant leadership and care for others in a boarding school context is a tough ask. In this short presentation I shall speak about my attempt to create an atmosphere of care and nurture within a boys' boarding house at St Andrew's College.

Length: 15 minutes
Audience: All
DALE JACKSON: Funded scholarships for underprivileged students
The Theo Jackson Scholarship Fund at Jeppe High School for Boys is one of the largest single school scholarship funds in South Africa and has been in existence for over 10 years. With over 50 boys per annum supported on the Scholarship at Jeppe, the presentation will highlight the challenges faced in setting up, managing and growing the scholarship fund and the advantages and disadvantages thereof.

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: Senior
ALAN REDFERN: Creating and developing a leadership curriculum
A workshop that explores the development of a leadership curriculum in a boys' school environment. St Andrew's College, in partnership with the Rhodes Business School, went through a leadership development programme that sought to identify key values and structures by looking at various leadership theories and the practicalities of life within a boarding school.

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: Senior
KEVIN JOHNSON: Who Sits before you? (repeat)
Being a Life Coach for many years has provided me with a unique view into what Students, Parents and Business Owners/Leaders see of themselves and how this is played out into the lives of those who sit before them. Why is it that relationships, business, schools or students do not reach true potential? Interesting… Just imagine having the keys to unlocking this true potential not only in you but also in that of those who sit before you!

Length: 45 minutes
Audience: All