What happens in the first few years of a child’s life forms the foundations for the rest of his life. The early years of child development are a time where experiences irreversibly affect how the brain develops. Nurturing from a parent or a caregiver during this time supports healthy brain development and sets children up for success in school and in life.
At Trinity Grammar School we asked staff and students, “Which book changed your life?” in support of the Copyright Agency’s ‘This Book Changed My Life’ social media campaign. The ‘This Book Changed My Life’ campaign asks Australians to upload their own stories and make a pledge to respect creators by agreeing to pay for books and eBooks, attribute creators and ask permission when using material in their own creations.
It has been regularly cited that the game of chess, invented more than 1,500 years ago in India, has educational and strategic benefits to its players. For children who start playing chess from an early age, it has been claimed to have lasting and profound effects on their cognitive development.
According to a report developed by the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, the majority of Australian children across all age groups are exceeding the current national recommended guidelines for screen time. Further, the report found that two-thirds of primary school-aged children have their own mobile screen-based device.
Learning to write takes perseverance and practice. Young children can easily become frustrated and even fearful about writing. Often, writing tasks present the first opportunities for a child to utilise independent thought, so it can be quite daunting.
In Trinity news, Senior School students were invited to submit work for the 2018 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. The competition is the largest and oldest of its kind in Australia, attracting thousands of entries each year. While all boys are to be congratulated on their participation, special mention must go to Darcy Edwards and Liam Scott of Year 12.
In Trinity News: The annual Trinity Junior School Writing Competition, drawing its theme of ‘Find Your Treasure’ from Book Week, saw students from Years 3 to 6 construct imaginative text using images as visual prompts. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing students excel in writing through this wonderful competition,” said Merilyn Ormes, Director of Curriculum/PYP Coordinator at Trinity Grammar School. “Their imagination and creativity never fail to surprise me,” continued Merilyn.
Research from both Australia and overseas consistently shows that girls outperform boys in literacy, while boys outperform girls in numeracy. The reasons why are less about gender and more about a complex mix of socio-economic status and other factors.
By Imran Parker, Preparatory School Debating Captain 2018 (Year 6)
At Trinity Grammar School, we have many opportunities to participate in debating; students can join three different debating competitions - ISDA, IPSHA and House debating.
More than 40 students and staff members from Trinity Grammar School in Sydney have shared the books that mean the most to them in individual videos to support the Copyright Agency’s ‘This Book Changed My Life’ social media campaign.