Understanding boys

Schools are not succeeding in capturing the imagination and energy of many boys. Too many boys feel that school is a combination of a hostile authority and meaningless tasks. And governments are concerned because schools are not imparting to many boys the values governments wish them to learn – such as productivity, citizenship and helping the community. Boys and men at risk cost the community in road deaths, suicides and broken families. Men are 90 per cent of the people kept at great cost in prisons. Likewise, the vast majority of school suspensions and expulsions and slow achievers are boys.

More: http://www.boyseducation.com.au/how-to-get-boys-learning/


The War on Boys

Boys vs girls … how boys are being left behind by an education system that does not understand them.


English lessons a must before entering international school

Chavagnes International College (www.chavagnes.org) is offering intensive English courses, especially designed for boys who wish to join the school but need to improve their English before they arrive, but also open to others. These courses take place from April to August every year.

More information about English language courses here : www.stagesdanglais.com

Chavagnes one of Europe’s best schools

Property Guides, the European relocation experts, list Chavagnes International College among Europe’s twenty best schools:


Chavagnes International College is the leading European Catholic boarding school for boys, educating young gentlemen through the medium of English and preparing them for UK university entrance, including Oxford an Cambridge.


Being a parent to boys is different …

Here is one mother’s account of the adventure of being a parent of an energetic little boy; full of surprises, but worth every minute: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/11/12/5-things-i-learned-about-raising-boys-so-far/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.f0ee84cb7ae8


Many schools are failing our boys

From the Washington post :

My 8-year-old son has been struggling in school. Again.

Re-entry after winter break has not been easy for him. The rules and restrictions of school – Sit Still. Be Quiet. Do What You Are Told, Nothing More, Nothing Less. – have been grating on him, and it shows. His teacher recently emailed me; she’d noticed a change in his behavior (more belligerent, less likely to cooperate) and wanted to know if there was anything going on at home.

My guess, I said, was that he was upset about having to be back in school after break. I was right.

The lack of movement and rigid restrictions associated with modern schooling are killing my son’s soul.



For the full article


Boarding Schools Are Good for Teenage Boys

Full article at: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/boarding-schools-good-teenage-boys


Teenage boys will not be freed from the bog they are immured in by new-fangled modifications and medications, but by old-fashioned reason and remedies. Boys today suffer from despondency, lack of direction, and a masculine identity crisis, overwhelmed as they are by widespread feminization, relativism, pornography, and cultural collapse. The quandary is rooted in a neglect of male nature, and a return to real attentiveness is requisite before there can be any renewal in male character.

Meanwhile, boys remain under siege. They live virtual lives. They underachieve and underperform. They don’t go to college. The men they become are often crippled by passivity and insipidity, cheating church and country of priests, fathers, laborers, and leaders. One solution lies in making education lively enough to bring boys back to life. A revival of Catholic boarding schools for high-school age boys is central to this solution, for it allows life and education to be liturgical, imparting the greatest impetus, the truest direction, and the richest culture—which is the foundation of a happy life.

Parent-made new short film on life at Chavagnes, Catholic boarding school for boys

For information on Chavagnes international College: www.chavagnes.org

Another Chavagnes boy heads for Oriel

Iwo Wojcik, an 18-year-old Polish student at Chavagnes International College looks set to establish something of a tradition linking Oriel College, Oxford with his unique Catholic boarding school in France.

Chavagnes bases its educational philosophy on the teachings of the Blessed  John Henry Newman who, before his conversion to Catholicism from Anglicanism, was a Fellow of Oriel College in the University of Oxford.

A former Chavagnes boy (2002-2005), now Father Stephen Morrison, began the latter-day cooperation between Chavagnes and Oriel when he gained a place and then Organ and Academic Scholarships there several years ago.

Then another Oriel man, Father Bede Rowe,  was Chavagnes chaplain from 2010-2014.

And now another successful Chavagnes student begins his studies in French literature at Oriel in October. Well done, Iwo!

Support for boarding schools has stabilised

According to Nick Morrison in The Telegraph, support for boarding schools has stabilised at arounf 68,000 pupils; and the nulber is now on the increase.

Part of this, Morrison claims, is due to an improvement in extra-cirricular activities on offer, and also because busy parents find boarding can be a better solution than having children at home with insufficient parental input due to hectic to work schedules.