Boys’ School Hosts Time & Space Event
On the 17th and 18th January, Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School was delighted to welcome Bill Jennings to address boys and their parents/mentors. Bill is the founder of Time and Space, a company working in schools around the world, to encourage open, honest, trusting conversations between boys and their parents. Bill worked with Year 7 boys and their Mums/Female Mentors on Monday and with Year 8 pupils and their Dads/Male Mentors on Tuesday.
Through a series of guided conversations, both generations were encouraged to explore their current relationship and to think about ways in which this might develop. The activities were guided by Bill but led by some outstanding members of the Sixth Form. We are also grateful to some parents, who had experienced the Time and Space evenings before and volunteered to lead groups and be members of a discussion panel this year.
These evenings leave a very positive impact and boys are reminded to have similar conversations with their parents on a regular basis – Time and Space will send a reminder email!
As part of the event, boys and their parents brought secret “treasures” – physical items which represent the strength of the relationship between them. Treasures were revealed to each other on the evening and then displayed for all to see at the climax of the event.
Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School has worked with Time and Space for three years. We recognise the importance of the relationships between parents and their sons as well as between home and school and these evenings serve to reinforce those relationships. Thank you to all the boys and parents who participated.
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