The Understanding Boys

Podcast

Conversations about what makes a good man and more

Ross Featherston

UB Podcast

S1: E20 Ross Featherston

Ross Featherston is the eighth headmaster of BGS. Since his start in 2014, he has brought about positive change in every domain of the school. He is loved by parents, staff and the boys.

Ross talks with us about his wisdom and understanding on how to raise boys, he gives us some takeaways, and gives his thoughts about what it’s like to be a parent.

Ross was educated in regional Victoria and is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. He joined Brighton Grammar in 2012 as Head of Senior School, and since his start as Headmaster in 2014 has overseen a new strategic direction for the school.

 

Brought to you by Brighton Grammar School

01:08 – Guest introduction
02:18 – School headship, leading students
05:56 – Pivoting with COVID
07:09 – Learning, skills, and mental health
11:09 – Challenges facing men
13:04 – Enabling boys to grow and be themselves
15:41 – What makes a good teacher
20:56 – Providing a well-rounded education
27:18 – Rules and discipline
31:31 – Key milestones for growing boys
35:20 – Things to focus on during COVID
37:20 – What makes a good man
39:14 – What story he would tell a young boy

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Season 1

20 episodes
Episode 20

Ross Featherston

The eighth headmaster of BGS, Ross shares his wisdom and understanding on how to raise boys, he gives us some takeaways and his thoughts about what it’s like to be a parent.

44min
Episode 19

Raelene Plozza

An Instructional coach and Head of Literacy, Raelene focuses on motivating adolescent boys to read and how parents can help with this most crucial aspect of learning.

48min
Episode 18

Andrew Lauterstein

Andrew is an Olympic medallist and World Championship medalist swimmer. Now a business owner he is a mentor and advocate of life balance and planning for life after sport.

40min
Episode 17

Damien Bolton

Professor Damien talks about parenting, medicine, and shares some insights into the importance of teaching boys to ask for help.

36min
Episode 16

Nathan Lovett Murray

Nathan Lovett-Murray is a former AFL footballer and is now an Indigenous Mentor, a producer, and an educator, raising awareness of racism and its impact on wellbeing.

28min
Episode 15

Dawn O’Neil AM

Dawn O’Neill AM is a lifelong advocate and thought leader on mental health having led major reforms in social and mental health sectors.

40min
Episode 14

David Leser

David Leser is a journalist, feature writer and public interviewer and author of ‘Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing’, an investigation following the #MeToo movement.

39min
Episode 13

Judy Chu

Dr Judy Chu is a lecturer in Human Biology at Stanford University with a fantastic insight into into masculinity issues that are relevant to all men and boys.

62min
Episode 12

Trevor Hendy AM

Former Ironman Australia Trevor Hendy AM shares his journey from professional lifesaver to motivational speaker and life coach, and the lessons that he has learnt.

57min
Episode 11

Dianne Vella-Brodrick

Head of Research at the Centre for Positive Psychology, Dianne has a special focus on young people while working with organisations to assess and promote wellbeing.

60min
Episode 10

Jim Lawrie

This podcast will be a little different to our usual format we’ll explore Jim’s artistry as a young man, talk about growing up and his thoughts on masculinity.

43min
Episode 9

Michael Reichert

Michael explains that paradigms about boys needing to be stoic and ‘man like’ is actually destructive and changing the culture lies with parents, educators and mentors.

51 minutes
Episode 8

Megan De Beyer

International parenting expert Megan gives her tips on how to navigate the challenging teenage years and foster connected, meaningful relationships between parents and sons.

48 minutes
Episode 1

Tim Costello

Reverend Tim Costello speaks with Dr Ray Swann about faith and the importance of modelling empathy in the shaping of good men.

33 minutes
Episode 2

Lisa McCune

Lisa McCune, one of Australia’s most successful screen and theatre actors, shares her experiences on mentorship, motherhood and modern manhood.

40 minutes
Episode 3

James Kerr

The author of Legacy, discusses how he uses the power of storytelling to reach out to young men and encourage them to have a good understanding of self and authenticity.

31 minutes
Episode 4

Steve Biddulph AM

Steve Biddulph AM is an author, activist and psychologist who has written influential bestselling books; and lectures worldwide on parenting, and boys’ education.

28 minutes
Episode 5

Simon Rice

Leading mental health researcher, Dr Simon Rice outlines a collaborative research project with BGS around positive masculinity to improve outcomes for boys’ mental health.

34 minutes
Episode 6

Liz Dawes

Liz Dawes speaks earnestly on helping children deal with loss. She shares her son’s own battle with brain cancer and her continued determination to raise awareness and funds.

29 minutes
Episode 7

Jeff Kennett AC

Jeff Kennett AC, founding Chairman of beyondblue, speaks on what it takes to be a good man today and shares his aspirations to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety.

21 minutes