Education Matters

3 ways the IB Diploma can positively impact admission to university

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jan 11, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma has almost tripled in popularity since the early 2000s. At Trinity, we’ve also seen a growing number of students elect to take this challenging and rigorous education option.

Trinity IB Diploma candidates have consistently demonstrated that they are among the world’s best. In 2017, the average score equated to an ATAR of 95.85, with 33 percent of our students achieving an IB score of 40 or above (ATAR 98.30+), considered the equivalent of the Premier’s All-Rounder award and earning an IB Certificate of Distinction. The results also reveal that 79 percent of our IB students achieved an IB score of 33+ and therefore an ATAR equivalent to 90+.

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Topics: All boys education, Trinity difference, Co-curricular activities, Boys learning, Education, International Baccalaureate

6 early learning holiday activities to broaden your son’s mind

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jan 10, 2018 6:00:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, Fathering, Early years, Raising boys, Improve learning, Boys learning, Early learning

Why holidays can be the best time to break bad habits

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jan 4, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Sometimes without even realising it, we fall into a routine or habit that is either difficult to maintain or simply not good for us. When it comes to our children, habits and expectations can be set very quickly and can be tricky to change.  For example if you buy an ice-cream for your son after their swimming lesson a couple of weeks in a row, he may come to expect it every week.

With the holidays, comes a break from the everyday routine, a change of environment, and often a change in attitude. Fortunately, school holidays provide the perfect environment to make changes to the way you do things with your son.  

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Raising boys, Boys learning

Is faith relevant in contemporary education?

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 30, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Religion in schools sometimes gets a bad rap, and from time to time faith in schools comes under scrutiny. When the 2016 Census data was released earlier this year, one of the findings to capture media attention was that nearly a third of Australians (30 percent) report having no religion. Christianity certainly remains the most common religion (52 percent), but it has been in decline since the late 1960s. Yet, enrolment in faith-based schools remains steady, so what role does faith play in a contemporary school setting?

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Topics: All boys education, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Christianity, Religious education, Boys learning, Education

4 tips for encouraging your son to be independent

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 20, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Safety is always at the forefront of our mind when it comes to our children. Our natural response is to protect our children from harm, but we have to be careful not to overprotect them. It is important that children gain increasing levels of independence in order to lead fulfilling adult lives. Encouraging a small level of independence from a young age, and recognising when to increase this level of independence is vital for your son to develop necessary life skills.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Raising boys, Adolescence, Pastoral care, Boys learning, Mental health

5 ways performing arts can benefit your son

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 14, 2017 6:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Boys' education, Music, Academic excellence, Performing arts, Co-curricular activities, Arts, Boys learning

4 Ways to foster positive sibling relationships

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 11, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Strengthening the relationship between your children can be the key to harmony within your home. It’s common and normal for siblings to argue, but there are a range of techniques parents can adopt to encourage siblings to build positive relationships early on and to celebrate each child’s individualism.

Try these four ways to foster positive sibling relationships amongst your children:

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Boys learning

Why you shouldn't take Year 12 exam results at face value

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 8, 2017 6:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Boys' education, Trinity difference, Boys learning, Education

Why students should take public transport to school

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Nov 28, 2017 6:00:00 AM

The benefits of public transport usage and independent active travel for students

There are a number of physical, mental and social benefits associated with independent travel to and from school. It is well understood that walking and cycling are most beneficial to students in terms of overall health and fitness. Dr Michael Carr-Gregg links these active modes of transport to greater time spent outdoors, which in turn has a significant impact on a child’s mental health and stress levels.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Raising boys, Pastoral care, Boys learning, Mental health

9 Tips to help your son transition to Year 7

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Nov 23, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Other than starting school as a young child, the biggest transition in your son’s education can be moving from primary to secondary school. The anticipation of going back to school is heightened as boys face an unfamiliar campus, new mode of learning, increased levels of responsibility and possibly independent travel.

The change can be daunting, so here are nine tips to help your son transition to Year 7:

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Topics: All boys education, Trinity difference, Boys learning, Education