Healthy Masculinity workshops – ‘Challenging the title of man’

Mr Karel Bos – Dean of Students

Over the last seven days we have been able to include over one-hundred and fifty boys in our Annual Man up sessions. Tommy Herschell from ‘Find your feet’ has facilitated on-line workshops for our Years 9-11 boarders who are still at home and has visited TSS this week and delivered smaller workshops with our Year 10s.

The workshops explore the detrimental, ‘Man’s law’, vulnerability, being authentic and honesty among peers. These workshops challenge the perception of what the boys feel a young man should be – ‘Challenging the Title of man’.


These workshops have proven to be powerful and raw as trust among the cohorts and groups start to build strong bonds and relationships. Personally, I have been so impressed by the support our boys give each other when a fellow student shares some adversity and complication in their life with the group. We need to learn to share more and understand we are not all flawless and perfect; we share the same problems and issues with each other.

The following comments from our boys in an anonymous survey gives an insight into how effective these workshops can be:

“I liked how no one laughed at the boy who was speaking and showing emotion”

“The exposure and insight into the problems everyone faces helped me realise I’m not alone” 

“It helps you break out of your shell and speak up” 

 “It’s ok to ask for help” 

“Allows for reflection” 

“I never knew blokes around me were struggling”

My name is Tommy Herschell and I am an educator (B.Ed) with fourteen years experience in Australia, India, and the United Kingdom. I am also a journalist who has worked in print, television, and radio over the last 21 years. For the past five years my interest has moved into the role of facilitation- running workshops that support the emotional and mental health of men and women across the country. My role is to assist people to challenge the stereotypes that hold us back when it comes to reaching our full potential. I also work alongside Talent Rise, an organisation that create employment readiness programs for vulnerable young people. I am a proud ambassador for Raise Foundation, a mentoring organisation working with 1500 students annually Australia wide. I am husband to Clare and father of two, Betty and Alfie. I’m a proud Tugun boy who now lives in Avalon on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.. 

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