Education Matters

Meeting the social and emotional needs of boys

Posted by Jason Cheers on Jan 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Meeting the social and emotional needs of boysA key finding from research on boys’ schooling highlights the importance of boys’ sense of attachment or belonging to their school environment. Not only is this sense of connection a major protective factor against risk behaviours as they get older, recent research has also shown its key importance in enhancing student achievement.

At Trinity Grammar School, Sydney, we regard such teacher-student relationship as being a critical factor in ensuring your son has every opportunity to succeed and find meaning and purpose in his schooling. This is very significant for boys.

Meeting the social and emotional needs of students is just as important as academics. The School’s pastoral care system is also central to everything we do. Through it we aim to ensure that each boy is known and nurtured. The boys begin each day around the Quadrangle with their Peer Support leaders, Housemasters and Tutors on hand, who in the House group, enable each boy to be noticed and encouraged at the day’s commencement.

One of our formal pastoral care programmes is our Life Skills Programme, which is delivered through the House/Tutor System. Tutor Group and Life Skills sessions are not formal lessons, though they play a vital role in your son’s education. The programme has been developed by staff here at Trinity to best meet the needs of your son and ensure we understand and know boys.

There are also a number of systems in place to help support your son and family. The School’s ‘E-Care’ system provides a confidential link directly to the School’s Senior Counsellor. The TESS department, which consists of Registered Psychologists/Counsellors, specialist teachers in learning difficulties, Gifted and Talented teachers, ESL teachers, Careers Counsellor, and other special project personnel, provides a wide range of interventions for boys with different needs.

We also conduct a number of different annual surveys across all year levels, regular Middle School Housemaster and Housemaster student interviews, and have a Peer Mediation programme and other systems to help ensure all boys are known, supported and are appropriately guided through their schooling.

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Topics: Boys' education, Risk-taking, Pastoral care