Having regular breaks and holidays from school is very important for students, they need a rest just like everyone else. They provide an opportunity to unwind, reflect and recharge in preparation for the next term. Juggling classes, school work, co-curricular activites, hobbies, homework, socialising and everything else can be very taxing on boys in today’s world. Breaks give boys the opportunity to follow a much less demanding schedule so they can sleep in, play, relax and catch up.
Each year, the league table of school results provides a snapshot of the performance by schools across the State. Trinity Grammar School is considered to be one of the very best schools in the nation, and the world. However, due to the limitations of the league tables, Trinity’s high performance may not always be reflected accurately in the league tables.
The core reason for this is that the league tables are formulated by the percentage of Higher School Certificate (HSC) Band 6 results alone.
Transitioning from a carefree and fun school holiday break to a routine-based school year can be a significant adjustment for your son and family. It is important that you get your son excited about going back to school, so that he looks forward to the year ahead with positivity and motivation.
Participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma has almost tripled in popularity since the early 2000s. At Trinity, we’ve also seen a growing number of students elect to take this challenging and rigorous education option.
Trinity IB Diploma candidates have consistently demonstrated that they are among the world’s best. In 2017, the average score equated to an ATAR of 95.85, with 33 percent of our students achieving an IB score of 40 or above (ATAR 98.30+), considered the equivalent of the Premier’s All-Rounder award and earning an IB Certificate of Distinction. The results also reveal that 79 percent of our IB students achieved an IB score of 33+ and therefore an ATAR equivalent to 90+.
School holidays present an opportunity to spend quality one-on-one time with your son, though keeping him from getting too bored can be a challenge. Some boredom can promote creativity, but if you’re struggling to keep him occupied, we have some ideas to help your son get creative, investigate and continue learning.
Sometimes without even realising it, we fall into a routine or habit that is either difficult to maintain or simply not good for us. When it comes to our children, habits and expectations can be set very quickly and can be tricky to change. For example if you buy an ice-cream for your son after their swimming lesson a couple of weeks in a row, he may come to expect it every week.
With the holidays, comes a break from the everyday routine, a change of environment, and often a change in attitude. Fortunately, school holidays provide the perfect environment to make changes to the way you do things with your son.
Will Todd, Year 12 student from Trinity Grammar School in Sydney’s Inner West, recently completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, and before exam results are even released he has managed to secure himself a four year scholarship to Columbia University, an Ivy League University in New York City, USA.
The good news comes on the back of three years of preparation. “I’ve been working towards this since I was in Year 10 – it’s been a dream come true to be accepted into an Ivy League University, and Columbia was my top pick,” said an ecstatic Will.
Religion in schools sometimes gets a bad rap, and from time to time faith in schools comes under scrutiny. When the 2016 Census data was released earlier this year, one of the findings to capture media attention was that nearly a third of Australians (30 percent) report having no religion. Christianity certainly remains the most common religion (52 percent), but it has been in decline since the late 1960s. Yet, enrolment in faith-based schools remains steady, so what role does faith play in a contemporary school setting?
Adolescence is a tumultuous time for boys and a period of rapid change. As parents, we can recognise it is the beginning of what can be an awkward and confusing time. Adolescence is also a time when boys will develop life skills they will carry into their adult lives.
Safety is always at the forefront of our mind when it comes to our children. Our natural response is to protect our children from harm, but we have to be careful not to overprotect them. It is important that children gain increasing levels of independence in order to lead fulfilling adult lives. Encouraging a small level of independence from a young age, and recognising when to increase this level of independence is vital for your son to develop necessary life skills.