Education Matters

Trinity IB Visual Arts works are a feast for the eyes!

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 26, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Trinity’s Year 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) students recently exhibited their Visual Arts major works at Trinity’s Delmar Gallery. The Trinity IB artworks presented a feast for the eyes with pieces covering a spectrum of disciplines, from painting and pottery to sculpture and photography.

This exhibition is the culmination of work undertaken by Senior art students over the past year and demonstrates their personal investigation into visual arts.

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Topics: Trinity difference, Arts, Creative arts

How music enhances a boy's education

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM

For millennia, much has been written about how learning music enhances an education. We can start with Plato, Aristotle and Socrates, but neuroscience is giving tangible research-based evidence to support the age-old claims based on experience. One such researcher, Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert from the University of Cambridge starts from a surprising premise: the brain evolved, not to think or feel, but to control movement. Watch his Ted Talk here. Teachers know how crucial the ability to cross the midline is to enable reading. This too is a motor activity.

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Topics: Boys' education, Music, Trinity difference, Arts, Education

Creative skills that travel the world

Posted by Peter Bamford on Aug 12, 2016 6:00:00 AM

It is claimed that over 60 percent of people prefer to look at pictures. A reputable United States study from the 1990s found that we process visual information 60,000 times faster than text. You probably interacted with over 100 visual images before you left home today.

It is indisputable that we live in a digital world that is becoming ever richer in the visual. The means to capture images has never been more accessible - think about the many pictures brought to you every day via social media. You know Facebook is blue, Cadbury is purple and McDonald’s is yellow. The visual is THE contemporary language, one that is universal, pertinent and powerful.

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Topics: Boys' education, Trinity difference, Arts, Creative arts, International Baccalaureate

Collaborative art brings students together

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 10, 2016 6:00:00 AM

In a monumental collaborative art project that links with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), students from Kindergarten to Year 6 at Trinity Grammar Junior School in Summer Hill have created a unique art installation on a grand scale.

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Topics: Boys' education, Trinity difference, Performing arts, Arts, Education

How the pursuit of the creative arts can prepare you for life

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jun 5, 2016 6:00:00 AM

A Creative Arts classroom is not simply a place where the technical skills of painting, acting, photography, musicianship and drawing are taught. It is also a place where these skills are employed to express ideas, interrogate the world, formulate self-identity and to challenge assumptions. In fact, if you scratch the surface of any great artwork you’ll find more than just pigment … but rather, a battlefield of politics, religion, philosophy, history and culture.

Art allows students to value the lessons learned through the trials of experimentation and to understand the way in which the journey shapes the outcome. You need to prepare students for tragedies as well as triumphs. It’s what makes the final victory worthwhile.

Here are 5 ways that study of the arts can prepare children for life outside the classroom:

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Topics: Music, Performing arts, Arts

Trinity's tilt to Vivid Sydney

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jun 4, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Trinity’s Art Festival began early for our Year 7 and 8 students when they had an opportunity to work on a large scale artwork from concept to completion.

In May, the year cohort was broken into class groups of approximately 18 students and they then worked in pairs to design an artwork in response to the theme given to them and within the constraints of materials and size.

This year the theme was a tilt to VIVID Sydney. The year groups had to construct a sculpture from paper and wood. The sculpture was to be assembled into a larger frame that holds the group's work, and then be joined to other groups’ frames to create a circular sculpture installation that will be set up in the Compass Courtyard of the School at the Friday Night Fever event on Friday 3 June.

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Topics: Arts, Education

Celebrating 20 years of the Arts Festival at Trinity

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jun 3, 2016 6:00:00 AM

In an age where people seek to experience as much as they can, often virtually, the Trinity Arts Festival is proud to engage boys in real, meaningful experiences.

This year Trinity Grammar School celebrates its 20th year of hosting its renowned Arts Festival, which now includes a huge array of enriching and vibrant workshops and performances.

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Topics: Music, Performing arts, Arts

5 ways parents can encourage sons to explore their creativity

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jun 1, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Exposing boys to the creative arts from a young age is very important. Afterall how do you know where their interests lie unless they are educated on the possibilities?

Here are five ways parents can encourage their sons to explore their creativity:

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Topics: Parenting tips, Music, Raising boys, Performing arts, Arts

Why the Arts are important in boys' education

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on May 24, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The understanding of the Arts and how it impacts overall student learning is changing.

Previously the education approach to the Arts was from a viewing and appreciation perspective. Students would simply go along and watch drama and music performances and attend art galleries. But today, students are at the very centre of the art making process. They are making films, composing music, painting, sculpting and creating drama productions set for the stage.

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Topics: Boys' education, Performing arts, Arts, Boys learning

Is the study of music the key to professional success?

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on May 22, 2016 6:00:00 AM

“There’s nothing like music to teach you that eventually if you work hard enough, it does get better. You see the results.” The words of Chuck Todd, the Chief White House correspondent for the American television network NBC, succinctly captured the sentiment behind a growing theory that the study of music can create success in other aspects of life.

At Trinity Grammar School, the Music Department aims to develop activities that encourage students to work directly with the raw materials of music so that they can best discover something of its nature, vitality and the range of its expressive qualities. Philip Pratt, Director of Music, expands on this idea.

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Topics: Music, Performing arts, Arts