Fieldwork plays an important role in the education of boys. At Trinity Grammar School, we believe the benefits of fieldwork in boys' learning are vast.
This is an educational philosophy that we have invested heavily in, having opened a dedicated, state-of-the-art Field Studies Centre in November 2016. Located on 50 hectares at Woollamia in the Shoalhaven, the property brings boys out of their urban environment to learn about the local area and their responsibilities as custodians of this unique environment.
The Field Studies Centre provides an ideal setting for Trinity boys to be nurtured and challenged. Here, we explore the benefits of fieldwork in boys' learning:
- Many of the practices associated with education in a field studies setting, help to facilitate learning in ways that are conducive to the cognitive, social and emotional needs of boys.
- The activity-based nature of fieldwork, which involves hands-on and physical interaction with the natural environment, can significantly improve boys' learning outcomes. We know that the impact of physical activity on boys' learning is significant. This is particularly true for boys in the early stages of adolescence and Middle Years learning – the importance of relevant, meaningful and challenging learning opportunities is vital.
- Fieldwork offers the opportunity to put into practice those themes and ideas that are explored in the classroom. It provides meaningful context for theoretical principles to come to life, improving knowledge and understanding.
- Learning in the field opens windows to discover other people and cultures, providing the opportunity to explore and grow one's own social, political and environmental viewpoints. This is a significant advantage for today's global citizens.
- As students learn new skills, they gain confidence in their learning. Fieldwork provides ample opportunities for students to uncover new skills. Fieldwork enables boys to develop soft skills (emotional, social, psychological, communication, empathy, self-concept) and hard skills (technical, safety, environmental), encouraging growth in mind, body and spirit to foster the development of boys into men.
- Students can learn about leadership and teamwork as they take responsibility for their own learning in a practical setting.
- Students learn to appreciate the natural environment. We know that boys need an education in the outdoors – they are wired to be active.
- Being away from home encourages boys to be self-reliant, independent and responsible, leading to improved confidence, camaraderie, self-esteem and a sense of achievement within the context of community.
For over a century, Trinity Grammar School has guided boys to grow in mind, body and spirit and we know what boys need to truly flourish and succeed. To find out about the Trinity difference and to stay in touch with school news and learn more about educating boys, sign up to our enewsletter.