Andrew is first and foremost husband to Becky and father to his four children and 3 step-children. (Yep, he has had his fair share of personal experience with raising children.) He also happens to be a Physical Education / Outdoor Education teacher who has been teaching for 20 years. His passion for health, fitness and providing students with positive and successful experiences in PE led to the publishing of Sport Covered, his exploration of teaching 23 sports using a games based approach to strengthen student’s development of game sense and their motivation to learn.
Following this Andrew turned his passion to providing relevant learning experiences for students, especially in the social, emotional and spiritual realms and this has led him to being one of the world’s most influential contemporary Rites of Passage creators and one of Australia’s most recognised boys’ educators. Each year about 8000 young people in nearly 100 schools are initiated into adulthood through his school based year-long Rite of Passage program ‘The Rite Journey’. This brings the total number of students having completed The Rite Journey to 50,000 from its beginnings in 2005. He has worked with thousands of teachers in hundreds of schools to facilitate a process which honours the transition of our children into a responsible, respectful and resilient adulthood. His contemporary methodologies for working with students in middle years’ classrooms are being used by schools throughout Australia and New Zealand and now in South Korea and Europe.
2013 saw him co-creating a new educational initiative, ‘Habits of Heart’ (www.habitsofheart.com), which are a set of 16 principles which when explicitly taught allow for the growth of social and emotional intelligence.
In March 2014 Andrew took his eldest son through a Rite of Passage experience in Central Australia drawing on his Rite Journey experience and more recently in 2017 he took his youngest son on his Rite of Passage Journey. He is now offering workshops to dads/uncles/grandfathers and mentors on creating a Rite of Passage for their boy. This process of creating a Rite of Passage is the subject of the new online course he is working on, it will outline a process of how we can transform our boys into fine young men.
Andrew has been keen to create resources that help teachers and parents in building relationships with their students and children. The Rite Journey Feeling Cards are the first of his suite of card sets. In 2016 Andrew worked on creating a resource to promote conversation and connection specifically amongst men and boys and the ManMade Toolbox was born. In 2017 he teamed up with Jane Bennett to create his third Card resource a set of conversation cards for women and girls, Woman Wise.
In 2018 Andrew is working on The Rite Journey Parenting Plan which will help parents ‘graduate responsibility’ with their children and help develop resourceful, responsible young men and women.