Education Matters

Benefits of Chess: how it improves your child’s learning

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Nov 20, 2018 6:00:00 AM

It has been regularly cited that the game of chess, invented more than 1,500 years ago in India, has educational and strategic benefits to its players. For children who start playing chess from an early age, it has been claimed to have lasting and profound effects on their cognitive development.

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Topics: Academic excellence, Boys and literacy, Improve learning

7 Things you should know about ATARs

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Nov 15, 2018 6:00:00 AM

The Universities and Admissions Centre (UAC) in NSW and ACT processes applications for admission to most undergraduate degree, advanced diploma, diploma and associate diploma courses at participating institutions in NSW and the ACT as well as some interstate colleges and universities. Importantly, the UAC also calculates and releases the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) which tertiary institutions use as a predictor of a student’s first-year performance at university.

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Topics: Academic excellence, Education, Courses

Benefits of handwriting: why the pen is mightier than the device

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Nov 12, 2018 6:00:00 AM

According to a report developed by the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, the majority of Australian children across all age groups are exceeding the current national recommended guidelines for screen time. Further, the report found that two-thirds of primary school-aged children have their own mobile screen-based device.

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Topics: Literacy, Academic excellence, Boys and literacy, Improve learning

Trinity news: Reflections from Year 6 leavers

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Nov 10, 2018 6:00:00 AM

In Trinity news, we asked students from the Preparatory School for their reflections on different aspects of their time in primary school.

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Topics: Junior School, Students

How to help your son transition to life after school

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Nov 3, 2018 10:10:00 AM

The transition from school into the next stage of life represents a significant change. Leaving the school environment – a place of safety, routine and security – and entering into a new territory of responsibility and independence is exciting, but it can also be a daunting experience.

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Topics: Fathering, Raising boys, Parenting tips

How to improve writing skills

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 31, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Learning to write takes perseverance and practice. Young children can easily become frustrated and even fearful about writing. Often, writing tasks present the first opportunities for a child to utilise independent thought, so it can be quite daunting.

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Topics: Literacy, Boys and literacy, Academic excellence, Improve learning

Student engagement: what do they really mean?

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 29, 2018 6:00:00 AM

By Deborah Williams, Academic Dean, Trinity Grammar School

It has become common place to talk about the importance of engaging young people in learning, but it is perhaps equally as common to find very different ideas about what student engagement actually means, and who is responsible for it.

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Topics: Academic excellence, Improve learning, Mental health, Raising boys

Trinity news: Students excel in national poetry competition

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 27, 2018 6:00:00 AM

In Trinity news, Senior School students were invited to submit work for the 2018 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. The competition is the largest and oldest of its kind in Australia, attracting thousands of entries each year. While all boys are to be congratulated on their participation, special mention must go to Darcy Edwards and Liam Scott of Year 12.

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Topics: Academic excellence, Literacy, Students, Boys and literacy

Beginnings and endings - advice for Year 12

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 25, 2018 6:00:00 AM

By Deborah Williams, Academic Dean

As we look ahead to the start of a new academic year in Term 4, for our Year 12 boys this is the beginning of a different phase of learning. Previously, the assessment schedules, lesson timetables and teachers have played a large role in structuring study time. Now, they must step into the responsibility of setting their own goals, managing a revision programme tailored to their particular needs, rotating evenly through the range of subjects they will present for their final credential, and motivating themselves to faithfully commit to this final process of exam preparation. Of course, their teachers are there to advise and suggest, but as they enter a vast period of unstructured time, it is imperative each boy puts into place a deliberate study plan.

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Topics: Homework, Improve learning, Study tips

7 Tips to help your child practise music

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 17, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Getting children to practise music can be challenging. Music practice requires routine and discipline and needs to be driven by parents. The study of music is a family commitment, in much the same way as rowing, swimming, or water polo. Music practice, particularly for younger children, is led by parents.

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Topics: Academic excellence, Performing arts, Arts, Music, Study tips