According to the Australian Government’s 2015 Mental Health of Children and Adolescents Report, almost three percent of Australian children aged four to 17 met diagnostic criteria for a major depressive order, with adolescents aged 12 to 17 at greatest risk. The report also found that approximately seven percent of young people aged four to 17 had an anxiety disorder.
While the Higher School Certificate has been around for a long time and you might think you know everything there is to know about it, we share some interesting facts about the HSC you may not be aware of, courtesy of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
Events such as R U OK? Day, remind us to be aware of each other’s mental health. While experiencing social and emotional difficulties is a natural part of growing up for children, sometimes symptoms display for an extended period of time or begin to interfere with everyday life, indicating more serious mental health concerns.
By Luqman Radwan, Elie Charbel, Aaron Ha and Kareem Anboussi, Year 6
In Trinity news, mid-August saw the whole of Year 6 at the Preparatory School depart for Woollamia in the Jervis Bay region. It was an extraordinary field studies new experience for the whole of Year 6. As we left we saw all our parents waving goodbye to us. It was sad that we had to leave them but we were excited for the week ahead. It took two and a half hours to reach the Trinity Field Studies Centre and when we arrived, we were all overjoyed to be there. We arrived in a pandemonium as we came off the bus. As soon as we settled in and finished with our luggage we found out our cabin groups. We then unpacked and headed to our first activity.
The key to academic success is effort and perseverance. Regular homework and structured study go a long way toward enhancing academic performance.
Many schools offer scholarships for the education of outstanding students. Scholarships are highly competitive, and students must demonstrate excellence and achievement in a range of activities. At Trinity, even our Academic Scholarships are not awarded on academic excellence alone. We also look for exemplary conduct and excellence in sport, co-curricular, community service and leadership.
The love for our children is one of the most deeply felt emotions we ever experience. Although a powerful force, it can be difficult at times to express this love and affection, and more commonly, find time to connect with our children. Time when we can relax, play and bond with our son can be in short supply in our busy lives, but it is at the heart of developing a special relationship with your child.
http://info.trinity.nsw.edu.au/blog/trinity-da-vinci-decathletes-put-to-the-testBy Lisa Gossling, Head of Gifted and Talented Education
‘Challenge’, ‘curiosity’ and ‘choice’ are three aspects of learning that are essential to successfully engaging students in their learning – this is especially true for gifted or talented students, which are referred to as High Potential Learners (HPL) at Trinity. We focus on providing our boys with opportunities to collaborate on a regular basis with like-minded peers, with shared passions and interests. We provide flexible grouping options that honour student voice and allow them to be challenged in their thinking. Boys engage in learning at a level where pace, depth and complexity are tailored to individual need. Stanley and Benbow (1983) specify the importance of these by stating that: “The pace of learning and the depth and complexity of study in the context of strong academic programmes are critical aspects for students to have consistent learning gains.”
By Deborah Williams
Choosing HSC subjects for Years 11 and 12 can seem quite bewildering to students in Year 10. While some have clear and definite aspirations for pathways beyond school, more often, students are in fact exploring a range of quite often diverse possibilities.
There are some important principles to observe when choosing a programme of study for Years 11 and 12.
A healthy dose of confidence is vital to a child’s social and emotional development. A positive sense of self-worth is also critical to learning and academic success.
Confident people are usually authentic and express themselves and their opinions freely when the situation warrants it. Confidence generally leads to a happy and fulfilling life which is what we ultimately seek for our children. A lack of confidence can be symptomatic of anxiety and depression and so needs to be managed carefully.