This February, the Year 10 boys at Brighton Grammar School embarked upon a six month journey exploring what it means to be a man. The cohort was split into four groups and each experienced six two-hour workshops.
Undergoing such an intensive program over a long period meant that we saw huge shifts and growth their emotional capacity and expression. Quieter ones who were usually good at flying under the radar, each had their moment, stepping up in front of the big group and showing their more confident side. The more popular boys trusted in the process and were able to let down their guard and sit with vulnerability. They all gained a more sophisticated language enabling them to affirm and acknowledge one another for being courageous.
At the end of the program, there was a final session where all four groups reunited and voted for their top three collective standards that would guide their legacy for their final years together at school. They voted for:
"At BGS, we create, embrace and encourage a community where people can feel safe to be themselves and not have to hide behind a mask."
"At BGS, we stand for loyalty and not leaving any man behind."
"At BGS, we will always stand up for those who don't have a voice, for what is right and not be a bystander.”
We saw such significant growth in individuals as well as the cohort bonding and growing closer together. Each of the young men had their own special moment of courageously stepping up in front of the big group and showing a bit of their gold. The things they explored over the past six months will help them throughout their long journeys into masculinity. - Ryder, Principal Facilitator, Tomorrow Man