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2019 Parent Masterclass Series

More so than ever then, partnerships between schools and their parents are vital if we are to raise our boys to be men of character, men of bravery, men of faith. Indeed, we believe wholeheartedly that parents and schools can navigate through the rocky headlands of childhood and adolescence to raise fine young men willing and able to tackle this volatile, unpredictable, complex and ambiguous world. The 2019 Parent Masterclasses Series focusses on significant issues to help guide the development of relationships that sustain, grow and nurture our boys towards their personal excellence of character and potential.

This year, be it work on understanding the adolescent brain, on how to talk with and listen to our boys, on the connection between sleep, health and resilience, on strength-based parenting and positive education, or on study skills, The King’s Institute will deliver a rich program of shared learning about raising boys in partnership with our parent community.

We invite you to join us and look forward to welcoming you to our Parent Masterclass Series for 2019.

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Term 2

Strength Based Parenting
Professor Lea Waters

Thursday, 6 June – 7.00pm
Futter Hall

Parenting is joyous, but also overwhelming at times, because of the stressful influences that impact our lives. Academic and social media pressures, along with the hectic pace of working parents, affect the whole family.

Whilst the temptation is to pull our kids close to protect them, we can instead work with them to ensure they are mentally strong, resilient and optimistic in their outlook to managing their world.

In her presentation, Lea Waters will talk about the benefits of the science of Strength-Based Parenting that through her published research, have shown in:

  • higher levels of achievement
  • increased levels of life satisfaction and self-esteem
  • reduced risk of depression and anxiety
  • better ways to cope with stress and adversity such as friendship issues and homework challenges.

Lea will also share positive psychology tips that parents can use to cultivate their child’s inherent strengths and then be able to use positive emotions to deal with difficult situation and emotions.

Term 3

What boys need to hear from us: How we talk to boys and what they really need to hear
Andrew Reiner

Wednesday, 24 July - 7.00pm
Futter Hall

There’s nothing wrong with the idea of masculine strength, resolve and stoicism.

But when these qualities are passed down as the defining characteristics of masculine identity, we limit children’s understanding not just of what it means to be a man — a boy.

Why is it that we limit the emotional vocabulary of boys?

We tell ourselves we are preparing them for a world that’s brutish and callous; that the sooner we can groom them for this future, the better off they’ll be.

How can we change this? We can start by letting boys experience their emotions, all of them, without judgment. This means helping them learn the crucial lesson that emotions are not something to fear.

In his Masterclass, Andrew will discuss how parents can talk to their boys about their emotions and that there is nothing to fear.

Term 3

Year 7 Study Skills Evening
Dr Prue Salter

Thursday, 8 August – 7.00pm
Futter Hall

Would you like to know the study skills secrets to success in high school?

An interactive evening for Year 7 parents and students outlining tools and techniques for students to achieve their personal academic best.

Teaching students how to study is as important as helping them achieve school work goals and managing their social lives. Study skills help students achieve not only in school work, but also in their social lives. The King’s School wants its students to achieve their best in their studies and to enjoy school life. Teachers share the same goals to equip all students to do their very best, to guide all students to achieve at their learning potential, and to help all students to enjoy their school experiences. These worthy goals are best evidenced by students who make good grades and display positive attitudes about learning. The learning process involves more than simply telling students to study harder and longer.

The main areas that will be covered are: managing homework and assignments effectively through efficient time management, learning to be more organised for school and at home and working and studying effectively in high schools.

Term 4

Sleep For Better Health, Resilience & Performance
Lisa Maltman

Monday, 28 October– 7.00pm
Futter Hall

Approximately 30% of primary school children and 70% of teenagers are sleep deprived. This is having significant consequences on many areas of their lives such as:

  • Learning and academic performance: sleep helps concentration and motivation along with consolidation and strengthening of new information and memories.
  • Emotional and mental health: studies show students who are sleep deprived are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, negative body image and low self-esteem.
  • Behaviour and decision making: sleep deprivation affects decision making capacity, has a negative effect on behaviour and relationships, and increases risk of accidents.
  • Body systems: sleep deprivation affects children’s physical growth, brain development, immune system and plays a key role in weight gain.

The aims of the evening include:

  • Creating an awareness of the current level of sleep deprivation among students.
  • Empowering parents with the knowledge and practical strategies and tools to manage sleep health for all members of their family.
  • Where to find professional help.