Character Education – About the Boys

Empowering free range kids through character development
Mr Tim Jenkinson

Character development at Tudor House has long been about helping students learn and practice positive character attributes, habits, beliefs and behaviours. After all, building men of good character builds strong communities. More recently, Tudor House has begun looking at weaving character development into its programs and practices more purposefully. We see student success as being dependent on allowing students to ‘roam beyond the enclosure’ in a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment. Our aim is make our character development programme more deliberate, measureable and inclusive.

This mini-keynote explores how Tudor House has begun deliberately teaching students about the value of character – teaching students to respect themselves and each other, practise Christian virtues, make positive contributions to their school and community and think critically and creatively.  Today’s presentation will have a specific focus on our K-6 Outdoor Education, Woodwork and Boarding Programs.


Before becoming an educator, Tim Jenkinson (MEd)(GCert[Inclusive Practice]) played representative rugby, jackarooed around New South Wales, learnt to shear an “almost acceptable” number of sheep in a day and spent his spare time dreaming of winning tight-head scrums. Now he is a teacher, husband to Tiff and father to Henry and Thomas. Tim was awarded a Premier’s Westfield Scholarship for Excellence in Teaching as well as a Microsoft Teacher of the Year Award. Through a scholarship, Tim attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Tim has written several published articles on topics including the involvement of parents in the learning process and the role technology can play in improving student outcomes. In January 2017, Tim joined The King’s School community as Head of Boarding and Year 6 teacher at Tudor House Preparatory School.