Recently at assembly, I addressed the topic of uniforms with the students. In the short time that I have been at the School, uniform has already been raised as a topic of discussion. Students tend to be more interested in potential modifications to the uniform, of challenging the reasonableness of an aspect of the uniform, or the introduction of more mufti days. Some parents want to let me know how smart the students look, or how slovenly the students look. Some teachers want me to know either that they are tired of being the only ones to maintain standards, or that they think we are focussing too much on the externals and we should relax.
Social development is critical to the growth and wellbeing of young people, particularly as they enter adolescence. Social skills for kids are less about being the most popular kid in school, and more about a child’s ability to form meaningful bonds with others.
Teaching kids social skills is not as difficult as it may sound. Let’s start with the basics.
Vanderbilt University found the top 10 social skills children need to succeed in school, based on surveys of 8,000 elementary teachers and two decades of classroom research, are to:
Think about this: ‘Do you worry about your son more as a young adolescent than you did when he was a newborn baby?’ Research has revealed it is certainly the case for many parents in Britain, where seven-in-ten parents worry about the decisions their teenager makes. Much of this angst stems from the friendship choices our children make and a desire to see our children build positive, healthy and supportive friendships that will sustain them into adulthood.
Your child’s transition to high school can be overwhelming and stressful, or an exciting period full of possibilities. With careful preparation and guidance, your son can experience the latter.
Here are five steps to help your child transition to high school and adapt quickly to his new environment.
School holidays present an opportunity to spend quality one-on-one time with your son, though keeping him from getting too bored can be a challenge. Some boredom can promote creativity, but if you’re struggling to keep him occupied, we have some ideas to help your son get creative, investigate and continue learning.
When you mention performing arts, most boys might think of musicals and plays, but performing arts actually covers a vast range of disciplines from music and drama to dance and public speaking. While many boys might also consider these activities enjoyable, they may not realise the academic advantages gained by those who actively participate in them.
Interpreting a school’s Year 12 exam results can be difficult, especially when some schools offer both the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. The core reason for the difficulty is that the results published by the media are formulated from the percentage of HSC Band 6 results alone which means students completing courses other than the HSC are not factored into the results.
In this ever-increasing digital age, some of us are guilty of having closer relationships with our devices rather than those we love most. A quick check of what’s new on Instagram or your latest WhatsApp thread, can result in many minutes – even hours – absorbed in meaningless online browsing.
With so much happening in the digital world, are you really present; listening and contemplating the thoughts and feelings of those around you?
When it comes to selecting subjects for study in the Senior years, students can feel pressure to choose a future career and begin working towards it. While some students may have a profession in mind, not all students have a clear vision of their futures – and that is perfectly normal.
It is best to start by discussing your son’s views and exploring his options with him to gauge his areas of interest.
Here are four things to consider when selecting subjects with your son:
Sir Kenneth Robinson, British author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts, made a powerful point that many students in school today will get jobs that haven’t even been created yet. Although he made this point over ten years ago, it is as valid today as it was then.
Learning a specific skill set doesn’t have the value in today’s world that it once did. However, learning to be more creative, and thus adaptable, is what prepares students for life during and after school.