At CBC we appreciate that we are not the primary educators of the students who are part of the learning programs at our school. Everything we do to teach and support students is built upon the fabric of love, values, beliefs and habits each family instils throughout their child’s life. For this reason, we always aim to work in partnership with our families, to ensure that our CBC boys experience community life and learning in a way that has a coherence between home and school. To achieve this we work hard to get to know the boys and their families.
As part of this approach, we recognise that during the period a young man is participating in his secondary education, he grows and experiences many significant changes in his life. As such, we strive to have conversations with families about each stage of the adolescent journey. We share approaches the College has developed that promote positive conversations and effectively influence young people. Because this is a period where the boys strive to be independent, there are some times when communications between sons and parents can be challenging, and for this reason CBC works hard to foster dialogue in the family. We do this through our Mother and Son evenings in Year 7, Father and Son evenings in Year 8, and presentations by the Principal about the second stage of adolescence in Year 9. Newsletter articles regularly address issues and positive approaches parents can use to maximise their son’s adolescent social, emotional and spiritual growth.
Although we believe we are the educational experts in relation to each boy’s learning, we readily recognise that parents are the experts in their children. Therefore for us, a parent’s insights and understanding helps the College tailor its approach to each young man’s learning and growth. We achieve this by aiming to ensure that all conversations and planning about each student’s development are undertaken in a collaborative and supportive way. This approach is used by everyone, teachers, school counsellors and leaders.