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:
Dance dates back to prehistoric times (and probably even further back), and is a part of almost every culture. It’s an activity that transcends time and place, and is valued the world over. It makes us feel good, allows us to express ourselves and is a great form of aerobic exercise whether you dance in front of the mirror for yourself, at an event with friends, or on a stage for the enjoyment of others.
It is well known that children need to move far more than adults do. There is also strong evidence to suggest that incorporating physical activity and movement into classroom learning can improve concentration, student engagement and enjoyment of lessons, and improve interpersonal relationships with both peers and teachers.
In an Australian study into the impact of integrated movement-based activity on primary-aged children, one teacher remarked, “Adults need coffee to have the energy to continue with their busy lives. I give my students ‘coffee’ through movement.”
By Marisa, Trinity parent
When our son was born, we had high hopes that he’d be a confident, happy and well-loved child. By the time he was old enough to start school, he was indeed all of these things! He showed curiosity for the world around him, had a fascination for stars, and was a loving, funny, happy-go-lucky kid.
The jury is still out on whether boys learn differently to girls. At Trinity we have over a century of experience teaching boys and we’re constantly evolving our teaching methods to ensure our boys receive the best education possible.
According to new studies, the environment we create for our children has the greatest impact on the way they learn and what they learn.
Trinity is teaching boys in the best environment possible, setting them up for success by providing:
Staying active as a family is not only beneficial for you and your children’s health, it is also a great opportunity for your family to bond. Staying active improves your energy levels, encourages better sleep and helps maintain mental health. There are many benefits of family exercise, so what can you do to get your family moving?
Here are five tips on how to become more active as a family.
At Trinity Grammar School we aim to educate boys in mind, body and spirit with the focus being on academic education. Sport however, is not simply an adjunct to each boy’s education, but an integral part of it. Sport assists boys to develop important attributes of their character, and fosters respectful relationships and integrity.
Trinity Grammar School recently piloted a programme that saw 80 Year 8 students participate in a Dance Enrichment Programme that covered African Drumming, and Hip-Hop, Pop and Break Dancing. Designed to get the boys engaged with physical exercise, Activities Master Lachlan White said, “Rather than ask why dance should play a role in an all-boys school, we asked ourselves why it shouldn’t. There’s so much more to it than simply having fun – there are many health and wellbeing paybacks as well.”
Participating in sport at school is profoundly important for a boy’s learning, on several levels. Not only does it enhance the obvious fitness and sportsmanship skills, it promotes a healthy mind, and teaches boys how to interact with team mates and deal with wins and losses. At Trinity Grammar School, we incorporate compulsory Sport into the curriculum to help boys develop these skills and unlock their full potential.
There are many life skills boys learn through sport. Here are the top six: