Senior Boys Boarding

In the last fortnight, there has been much anticipation over the release of Raising Boys in the 21st Century, an updated edition of Steve Biddulph’s 1996 global bestseller. Steve Biddulph is one of Australia’s best-known psychologists whose books have become go-to-guides on raising boys – although he actively shuns the idea that he is a ‘parenting expert’, believing that exposure to ideas and discussion about what works best is better than simply telling people what to do.

Whilst flicking through my copy of the updated text, a chapter that seemed particularly relevant was that relating to boys and sport. This comes at a time when we are actively encouraging our young men of Hawkins House to make the most of every opportunity and demonstrate commitment to the College through participation in winter-season sports.

Biddulph reminds us that sport provides lessons for life, by teaching all of us (and particularly boys) how to:

  • Be a good loser
  • Be a good winner
  • Be part of a team
  • Give it your best effort
  • Work for a long-term goal or objective
  • See that almost everything you do in life improves with practice (Raising Boys in the 21st Century, p186).

I have been delighted to follow the fortunes of those boys involved in a range of sports this term, including soccer, futsal, rugby, hockey, touch and equestrian. Their dedication to training and their support for their teammates is admirable. I urge those boys who have not yet joined an activity to become involved by speaking to their peers or coaches, organising to attend a trial training session or talking to Mr. Wilson about future opportunities to join College sporting teams.

Finally, the young men of Hawkins House would like to extend warmest Mothers Day wishes to the whole College community. We hope that you all have a wonderful day and know how much you are appreciated.

Mr Fraser Bolton – Senior Boys Boarding