I have always thought the Jesuit religious motto "give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man" far too simplistic. For one thing, this ethos doesn't take into account hormones and puberty. For another, every man should get the opportunity to enjoy some silliness and harmless childish fun now and then.

Life presents so many variables to shape us along with the lifetime journey of learning. Mark Twain was a late bloomer penning Tom Sawyer at the age of 41. Mozart wrote his first symphony at eight.

As a woman of a certain age I intend to one day win Gold in an Olympic event...even if it's not the REAL Olympics. Maybe something like Nicest Nanny, or Happiest Ice-cream eater.

Accomplishment is sweet no matter if it is achieved early or late. The key is attitude.

So I was intrigued to read about a boys school who have introduced a program called, "Boys to Gentlemen" and they have also engaged an image consultant to workshop etiquette, image, grooming and confidence, for the students.

Blackfriars Priory School in South Australia are teaching their boys that good manners and grooming will go a long way in all aspects of their lives.

"Research shows that a person forms an opinion about you within seven to 17 seconds based on your appearance, your body language, your demeanour, your mannerisms and how you are dressed, says image consultant, Paul Giles.

"We all know you need the mind, heart and soul but sometimes you won't get an opportunity if you don't create the right first impression".

I'd like to think his intention is not just to match a good tie to a smart suit, but to address life skills, possibly, further introduce critical thinking skills, collaborating, and social awareness.

A genuine smile, a little charm and self confidence help others feel at ease with an assumption the young man before them is true. It's a behaviour politicians are schooled in, along with salesmen and TV presenters.

No matter what, where, when, how and why, a little extra guidance in the pleases and thank yous is never a waste of time and always good practice.

Meanwhile, I'll be busy practising my ice-cream eating happiest smile.