Boys to Men Program
The King's School Boys to Men Program is one of the iconic educational initiatives in Australian education.
The Program is run in Year 10 and involves students stepping aside from their usual program of study to experience training in a variety of life skills.
The Program has caught the imagination of the Australian public with elements of it being featured on television, radio and in the print media. Course content typically includes instruction in areas such as:
- Financial literacy - how to budget, credit card management, saving, investments and wealth creation
- Domestic skills - cooking cleaning, mending and a King's version of an ‘iron man’ competition
- Sex and intimacy - dating, sexual relationships, on-line relationships, promiscuity and pornography
- Etiquette and manners
- Car maintenance, safety and management
A ‘reflective journey’, involving a five day trek and water-based activities, forms part of the Program. During this time, students are given material about manhood on which to reflect. The reflective journey also allows students to be mentored on what it means to be a good man.
The novel Blizzard Lines, by Dr Tim Hawkes, forms part of the material used to guide reflection in the Boys to Men Program.