Literacy development is when your child learns about expressing him or herself with noises, words and language. It forms the foundation for reading, writing, communicating and interacting with people. When it comes to supporting your child’s early literacy development it is never too early to start!
Digital technology, which includes computers, smartphones and tablets, as well as social media and other mobile apps and digital software, is pervasive in a boy’s personal life. However, digital literacy is important in education as it is a proven tool for enhancing learning experiences. Boys already have access to and familiarity with a range of digital tools — parents can encourage the utilisation of these tools to make for a more effective learning experience. Here are just some of the ways digital technology can support learning:
Trinity Grammar School, situated in Sydney’s inner west, is a vibrant, diverse, multi-cultural, multi-faith boys’ school that has its foundations in the Anglican tradition. Established over 100 years ago, the School was originally founded for children of Anglican families in what was then known as the western suburbs. As Sydney has grown and changed, so too has Trinity.
Outdoor education is generally defined as experiential learning that takes places in, or is about, the outdoors. The benefits of outdoor education are profound and can have a significant impact on a child’s overall education journey. Children can experience novel adventures, form lasting memories and learn practical life skills. More than this, the cultural and spiritual benefits can be particularly empowering.
While many independent schools in Australia have an affiliation to a specific religion, many seek to ensure their community is diverse and represents the mix of religions, races, and cultures, found in our ever-increasing multi-cultural society. Whether in primary or secondary education, religious diversity strengthens the school community and helps students to gain a wider perspective, while developing empathy and an appreciation of others’ viewpoints.
Digital literacy is the ability to use digital technologies to research, create and complete tasks. It can also be used for entertainment, connecting with other people and keeping informed. Digital literacy is important in education to ensure children have the skills and knowledge to perform basic tasks for living in a digital society, and to be equipped with a digital foundation that prepares them for tertiary education and the workforce of the future.
Pioneering studies released in the 21st century have found there is a robust connection between learning spaces and learning outcomes. A Harvard study that examined the foundations for student success, discovered that environmental exposures in school buildings can impact student health, thinking and performance. Strategic use of space can positively impact the education journey – both teachers and students feel inspired to achieve excellence.
Trinity Grammar School provides boys with the opportunity to learn broadcasting and production techniques, in addition to other behind the scenes creative arts courses. For some boys, this is a great alternative to being in the spotlight. These opportunities allow them to work behind the scenes making videos or helping to stage school productions with lighting, filming and sound. Courses such as these are essential to raising well-rounded boys, building their self-confidence and further enhancing their connectedness to the School.
Earlier this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under five. Currently, 80 percent of adolescents do not get enough physical activity. According to WHO, the key to tackling childhood obesity and physical activity is getting it right from the very beginning. Specifically, it is thought that increasing the amount of active playtime for children under five will help kids to grow up healthy.
The role of extra-curricular activities is predominantly to help boys develop into well-rounded individuals. At Trinity Grammar School, we refer to ‘co-curricular’ rather than ‘extra-curricular’ activities, as we believe they are paramount to an education in mind, body and spirit and run alongside the curriculum as a vital support to it, rather than be considered ‘extra’. The reasons why boys should be involved in extra-curricular activities are many and participation should be encouraged, yet finding a healthy balance is crucial because there is the a risk of overscheduling children. Nevertheless, boys who participate in a range of co-curricular activities can develop many skills that will help them to flourish, including: