SKILLED UP: Noel Mather, from GYM, with participants Ethan Riddle,  Liam Withers  and Charlie Counsell.
SKILLED UP: Noel Mather, from GYM, with participants Ethan Riddle, Liam Withers and Charlie Counsell. Daniel McKenzie

School GYM fosters a path to manhood

POTTSVILLE Beach Public School is assisting the transition to male adolescence after developing a program to teach boys some of the skills to function as young men.

Good Young Men (GYM) has been running for 12 weeks and allows a group of Year 5 boys to take part in a series of activities.

The program explores a range of topics, including healthy diets, good sleeping patterns and the need for regular exercise.

Deputy principal Steve Dean, who helped create and implement GYM, said the program aimed to provide a solid learning environment.

“Our fast-paced society, combined with the introduction and access to social media, has created challenges for our students,” Mr Dean said.

“The aim is to teach the skills we believe boys need to function as good young men in our ever-changing, complex society.”

The program explores teaching and learning in class, followed by sporting and woodworking activities.

Students are working with representatives from the Pottsville and District Men’s Shed to learn skills to complete a set building project.

Principal Jan McKinnon said the program had been successful and would continue.

“It’s an exciting and enriching opportunity for our young boys to ensure a successful path to manhood,” she said.



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